Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." - Desmond Tutu

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Things I Love *Baby Wipes*

More than just baby bottoms...I use these things for everything. They are really good snot rags because they don't make Cole's nose all red and sore. I also use them to clean the inside of my car (dashboard, etc). I have a box of these in every room in the house and a couple in the car.
Here is an article I found on the internet about the many uses for baby wipes...I'm gonna try using them as a make-up remover tonight and I really want to try them as a duster. I've also used them to clean off shoes and they work great.
Almost all parents, regardless of their children’s ages, will tell you that baby wipes are an indispensable item in their arsenal. They’re sanitary as well as convenient and are one of those things making life a little easier. In addition to keeping baby’s bottom clean, baby wipes have many other uses. If you’ve only used these moist towels for their intended purpose, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Intrigued? Read on to learn the many uses for baby wipes.
1. Stain remover – If you spilled your food or drink on clothes, furniture or the carpet, don’t despair. Baby wipes work wonderfully to remove stains. Just take one from the box and dab the stain until the stain is lifted. Best of all, no smelly sprays or harmful chemicals were used to clean up!
2. Remove crayon from walls – If your budding Rembrandt got creative all over your living room wall, don’t buy expensive chemicals. Erase the crayon with a baby wipe.
3. Remove stray hairs from pets – If your shaggy pet is shedding all over your carpet, give him a daily rubdown with a baby wipe. This will remove all the excess hair and keep it off the furniture and rugs.
4. Remove deodorant stains – If you’ve ever been late for work because you have to change your clothes after they’ve become stained with unsightly deodorant marks, you’ll appreciate this one. Baby wipes remove the white marks left behind by most deodorants. Just wipe and you’re on your way.
5. A scrap booker’s best friend – If you’re into scrap booking, baby wipes are an important tool. Baby wipes will clean off your rubber stamps and have them looking like new. In addition, they’re great for cleaning glue and ink off the hands.
6. Shine your shoes – Use baby wipes to clean and shine your leather shoes so they’ll sparkle.
7. Remove telltale lipstick from the collar – Thanks to baby wipes, no one has to know your business but you and your significant other. If you’ve mistakenly gotten lipstick on your clothing, gently rub the stain with a baby wipe until the lipstick disappears.
8. Keep a box in the car – Use them to clean spills, wipe windows, clean the upholstery and dashboard, and to keep children clean after snacks on a long car ride.
9. Dust – Use to dust televisions, stereos, remote controls, other appliances and items around the house where dust accumulates due to static electricity.
10. Shine your shower – and your bathtub too! Use wipes after each shower to remove soap scum and prevent future buildup.
11. Remove makeup – Baby wipes are a gentle, refreshing way to remove makeup, leaving your face feeling refreshed. They are especially handy for this when you’re traveling and don’t want to pack extra cleansers and cosmetics.
12. Remove scuff marks – Can’t get those scuff marks off your floors? Give them a wipe. You may need a little elbow grease but those nasty little black marks will be gone in no time.
13. Is your floor a sticky mess? Once again, baby wipes to the rescue. If spilled soda or sticky food is making it hard to walk in your kitchen, give them a wipe.
14. Remove marks made by a felt tip pen or marker – If you act quickly, you can use a baby wipe to remove marker stains before they set in and make a permanent stain.
Even families with grown children will agree that every house needs a box of these handy wipes for cleaning and other projects. Frugal housekeepers will appreciate another use for baby wipes. The container is convenient for storing toys, sewing materials, nuts and bolts and many other small items. The next time you’re grocery shopping, why not put baby wipes on the list? You’ll wonder what you ever did without them.
Any other suggestions???

Friday, July 25, 2008

Happy Birthday

A Poem For Mom

You are the sunlight in my day,
You are the moon I see far away.
You are the tree I lean upon,
You are the one that makes troubles be gone.
You are the one who taught me life,
How not to fight, and what is right.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my mom.
You are the one who cares for me,
You are the eyes that help me see.
You are the one who knows me best,
When it's time to have fun and time to rest.
You are the one who has helped me to dream,
You hear my heart and you hear my screams.
Afraid of life but looking for love,
I'm blessed for God sent you from above.
You are my friend, my heart, and my soul
You are the greatest friend I know.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my Mom.
(© Champagne S. Baker)

Happy Birthday Mom
I Love You!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Making memories of us...

It's been 3 years...and my love for you grows more and more everyday.
Happy Anniversary Husband.
I Love You.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Things I Love *Swiffer*

Over the weekend I tried couple of new cleaning gadgets and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. I absolutely despise sweeping and mopping. And our kitchen floor is always dirty...2 dogs and a toddler will do that to a floor. I bought a Swiffer Sweeper Vac and a Swiffer Wet Jet to see if they really worked. And, oh boy, do they ever. I may never have dirty floors again. The Vac picked up ALOT of stuff, including dog food. And the Wet Jet is super fast and super easy. The only bad thing is having to buy the replacement pads and cleaning solution, but I'll sacrifice.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

An Okie's Attempt at a Cajun Favorite

Weekend before last we went to Marlow to have a Shrimp Boil for the July birthday's. I called my resident Cajun Buddy (aka Julie) and got the recipe...

Getting started...

Yumm...Look at all that shrimp...

Cole liked it...

Liz liked the corn...

We had watermelon for dessert...

Overall, it was a really good meal. We rushed it a little bit, but now we know what to do next time.

Saturday Morning

Watching cartoons
We have hundreds of $'s worth of toys in our living room and he plays with a laundry basket...

Fading fast...
Yep, it's nap time...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Thoughtful Thursday

"If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy." - Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Thrifty Thoughts - Half as much...(Update)

Amy responded to my previous post about using half as much...she heard that you could cut dryter sheets in half, so I gave it a try. And I really liked it. I actually think it's easier to cut them in half rather than using them twice. I always loose track of whether or not it was the 1st use or the 2nd use...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Thrifty Thoughts - Half as much...

I've been trying to come up with ways to make our $'s go further lately. One thing I came up with was trying to use half as much...of everything. I know Tide probably paid someone an enormous amount to calculate how much laundry soap it took for a load of clothes (or maybe they just want us to use more of their product so we have to buy more sooner), but I actually think we can get away with using half of what the directions say. So I've been trying it and it works just fine for me. Our clothes are not really dirty so they don't need a bunch of soap. Same with dishwasher detergent, shampoo, etc. I even try to use a dryer sheet twice before I toss it in the garbage. I probably won't see any real noticle difference in the checkbook for awhile but in the long run it should work to our advantage...

Any other ideas for stretching a $?

Thoughtful Thursday

"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves his mark." - Unknown Author

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


We took Cole back to the ENT yesterday to have his ears checked again, and Dr Pillow said they looked GREAT. I think this is the 1st time ever the Little Man's ears have been clean. Keep your fingers crossed they stay that way...

Wordless Wednesday

Who needs a horse, when you have a Wheeler...

Monday, July 7, 2008

4th of July

Cole spent the 4th of July in Marlow with Nana & Papa.

For some reason, Cole has started walking around with his hands behind his back...

Papa decorated a golf cart for Cole to ride in the 4th of July parade. They won "Best Dressed Off Road Vehicle".

After a full day in the park...

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