FadeAway SleepSounds WORKS!

Ultimately it’s has been a God send for me more than for the children. When it rains here in Charlotte unlike others, I don’t try to hide from it. I do the opposite. I open the window and may even go sit on the porch. The sound of rain, thunderstorms, wind chimes just soothes me. It’s the same sounds I can listen to everyday via Fade Away Sleep Sounds.

Have you heard of white noise /sounds? I’ll explain, White noise is a type of noise that is produced by combining sounds of all different frequencies together. If you took all of the imaginable tones that a human can hear and combined them together, you would have white noise.

I love the way Fade Away Sounds explains it: See below. https://www.facebook.com/fadeawaysleep/videos/10154432454291052/

 

When asked my moms friends of Queen City Stay At Home Moms how they enjoyed it I got responses all across the board. Since we have 5 babies aged 10 months and below, we thought it would be cool to try the white sounds on our little ones.

But after 4 weeks of consistently using the Fade Away Sleep Sounds, the common response was “it works!”  The babies love white noise. And it makes sense. They’ve just spent their entire life in the womb. And the womb is deafeningly loud. I guess you can say White noise sounds like “home” to a baby.

Here’s what my mom friends have shared:

Kim said she was able to do laundry, and have an uninterrupted lunch date with her husband while the baby slept soundly in the next room..

Tina shared, “As a homeschooling mom, having her little one nap at a certain time every day makes life much easier.”

Lisa messaged me and said the she wants to try more. She wrote, ” It helps not only her twins, but her husband too!”

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These sounds are  a way cheaper  and less toxic option than running your actual water or burn gas driving in circles till Little Bruce falls asleep.

They have so many sounds. Don’t miss any of them.

Follow them on twitter () and Facebook ().  and  thier YouTube Channel () –

Also, Fade Away Sleep Sounds are available on most all of the streaming and music download sites, listen in at  Spotify!

and Apple Music

Personally I suggest you  buy and download the sounds (as opposed to online streaming), from their  the website ()

Parents, you are gonna LOVE this. Be sure to share it with you baby for a full night sleep.

Enjoy!

Jabela

Oh, also see- 10 Facts About Baby Sleep You Never Knew You Knew   

 

 

Disclosure: This has been another honest but paid review by the moms of Queen City Stay At Home Moms. The opinions are all ours.

Breastfeeding Starter Kit

Yippee! It’s World Breast Feeding Week! This year,my daughter will be sharing her amazing Breastfeeding Starter Kit  with local mom at the BIG Latch On!

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Here’s how I celebrated it last week  (click here!) This year should be amazing!Here in Charlotte, it’s such a little community of like minded mamas here and it’s getting more and more connected with every event. I love it!!!-  shared byShelly Bloser Boyce

“CLC and runs the local normalize breastfeeding group here in Charlotte. Less impressive, but I’ve nursed my one child. It was really freaking hard and worth every tear”. Shelly

In spite of my husband saying “all you have to do is pop the tit out and give it to the baby. No complicated procedure there.” Thank God all men do not think like him.

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For those that really need help with increasing you milk supply keep reading.

Nursing Pads-When you begin nursing a baby you quickly figure out that you need nursing pads to protect your clothing (and pride!) from leaks. There are some good disposable ones, but most are scratchy and uncomfortable, and if you use them as much as I did with my first baby – you end up spending a fortune. The reusable fabric ones are therefore a Godsend

Here, try to make it your self. I found an excellent tutorial by DIY Materintiy

Lactation CookiesIt’s a sweet snack full of goodies thought to help breastfeeding mamas keep up their milk supply and produce more nutritious milk. Do they really work? Well I think so. I have used them  while nursing six of my nine babies and my daughter uses them for her clients. This recipe is a tried, true:

Lactation Cookie

Prep Time:15 Min Cook Time:35 Min Total Time:50 Min
Serves 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter or coconut oil at room temp (coconut oil will make the cookies dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 2 cups rolled gluten free oats
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips (look for aa high cocoa percentage to keep the chips dairy & soy free)
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes (or Brewers Yeast – type will dictate if it is gluten free or not)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 9 x 13 pan
Instructions
  • Preheat oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix flax seed meal in the water and set aside for 3-5 minutes.
  • Cream coconut oil (or butter) and sugar.
  • Add flax seed mixture and nutritional yeast flakes. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add coconut and oat flour and mix well.
  • Add baking soda, salt & rolled oats. Mix well.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  • If your mixture seems dry add in a little more water a tablespoon or two at a time.
  • Spread evenly in a 9×13 pan and bake at 325 for 30-40m minutes.
  • The edges should be golden brown and the middle should be set.
  • Let cool (if you can resist the urge to cut into them right away) and cut into bars.
  • Enjoy!

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Lactation Tea-It’s is a mild galactagogue (a substance that can be used to increase milk supply). Its main milk-boosting ingredient is fenugreek, an slightly bitter-tasting. Some moms find that sipping a few cups of this tea a day is an easy way to help their bodies make more milk. Some drink it hot, some drink it iced, and some mix it with milk or  apple juice. Another bonus is that the tea bad (if used is good for sore nipples- just insert your nursing pad to avoid staining your shirt.)  tea 2

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Guess What?  your milk will probably be just right for your baby regardless of what you eat. Your body knows exactly what nutrition your baby needs at every stage of development.But eating healthy  while nursing builds a stronger body and has incredible results long term.

Order your Lactation treats and tea from Cassie’s Sweetz.

Win a  vegan Smash Cake*here!

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If you are in Charlotte this weekend, visit Cassie’s Sweetz at the Big Latch On at Baby & Co. this Saturday from 10am- 1pm. She will have Breastfeeding Starter Kits available for sale.

Details? Click the image below. See You There!

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My Son, The Professional European Basketball Player

Well, they don’t call me QC Supermom for nothing!  I’ve earned this name time and time again. As of Sunday July 31 2016, I am the teen mom of a professional International Basketball player. Without doubt, I know it has been for grace and mercy!

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For that last 3 weeks I have been crunched up on the 2nd floor of the hospital visitors lounge. Just keeping hopeful and eager for some good news. All of a sudden my phone rings, it’a my son. He tells me his departure date has been moved up and he’s leaving for Dresden Germany two weeks early.

At first I was sad because I want all of my son out of the U.S. But then extremely happy because he will be doing what he loves and in spite of the fact that  we will miss him, I know this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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What was I to say other than, “I’ll wash your laundry tonight.”?  After all, I gave him the wings. Now was not the time to lock him in a cage from flying. With that, I escorted him to the Charlotte Douglas airport.

Whew! I was so happy when he face called me after the 15 hr flight safely. I remember going almost 2 decades ago and recalled the huge planes, how good the food was and small the toilets were. With a time difference of 6 hours behind us, I asked him what differences have he noticed between the USA and Berlin.  He replied,”Everything over here is small mom.”
—-well yeah, to him, I bet so.He’s 6’8 after all.
These guys must stick out like orange mailboxes.

Because I didn’t want him to forget any of the lessons he has ever learned so , I called in back up. My friends sent him away with tons of advice. See below….jervon c

My folks added ;

Valarie -No “Anchor Babies”? Love it! Amen….. that’s a legacy statement right there.

JabeLa – I have never sugar coated a thing to them. Now is not the time to do so. YES…”..

TC Cooper LOL Love it!
.Cooper- Thanks for the invite to share. I’m just so very proud of your guy!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Cooper -Be curious enough to ask lots of questions and especially listen to answers. Be wise enough to run everything you hear and see through the filter of your faith in God and the values by which you’ve been raised.
Cooper-  Finally … Always remember that God has not given you a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. God is for you; therefore, NOTHING and NO ONE can prevail against you. Work hard and live out the experience to its fullest. ❤ ❤ ❤
Robert  -Girl you know I’m proud as hell for you son. I’m happy he’s taking his skills to another level. I have confidence in him and know that he’ll do a great job. Congratulations!

Burkes We are all one family. Stay open to life, love and work, wherever you find it and can be the most useful. Gift someone with your smile! Look for God’s grace and love everywhere. There are always more things to learn, places to discover and people to know, so stay curious and open.

Rich- Remember God has your back. Keep him first in your life. your family is so proud of you and love you .
Pressley- Yoooooo!!!!
JabeLa -Lassen Sie sich nicht auf Ihre Mutter gemein sein

                                      Ich überlebte ein Teenager Mutter zu sein!

CFL: Kids Cow Shirt With Tail Tutoral

Tomorrow is Cow Appreciation Day. Yay! My little ones look forward to it every year . This year instead of Friday, it’s on a Tuesday. Another change is in the requirement for the free food.  You can wear anything cow’ish and get an entre’. Need help making a quick costume?

I have a few. See this previous post and continue reading below.

With the help of my four fellas, here’s what we came up with :

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Yes, a ChickFilA cow is glued on. We also glued coins on it, don’t ask why. I used left over cuttings for this shirt.

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This cow shirt has 2 teats for breastfeeding.

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Soccer Cow Shirt

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This is a sports cow shirt.

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For the tail, we cut out a shape on fabric. untied the twine. Tied string around the twine squeezed the glue on the shirt where I wanted to tail to be placed.I laid the “tail” down- then covered it with glued black fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

         Supplies

cow$7 -Pack Of Shirts        Free Glue  Gun              String (for the tail)            Scissors

6 Glue Sticks                        Black & white Fabric (felt works great too)       Twine (for the tails)

 

Note: We are not entering a contest. The mission was to create creative cow’ish costumes. The boys did most of the work themselves with very little help from me.Personally I think they did great! It shows that you don’t have to spend a whole lot to spend quality time with your children.

 

Click here and see this one that came across my inbox just today. READ IT!!!!!

 

Friday Four: Parenting Kids As The Police Kills Blacks

Do you feel like you are in the Twilight Zone? Are you angry, confused, fearful, hopeless, ready to leave the United States of America? I am.Just yesterday, we celebrated The Fourth Of July; The Declaration Of Independence,  then BAM- today the police goes on a Black Man Purge!

I’ve had to come off my “GOD Box” to put my Facebook Lurkers in check, because they got too bold behind the computer screen. But I knew they were just speaking their truth and  I should really understand the underlying information they were sharing.  I received that they wanted power over us, our children and our livelihood. That, I just can’t allow. And neither should you parents.

I will not live in fear. I will not allow my children to live in fear. I will not rely on anyone for my food (completely) And I will not allow my loved ones to perish either. It’s a great feeling to know it’s not all whites that feel this way. I must add.Because I want my children to continue  to grow their love, appreciation and knowledge of all races.

It is said, “A generation that ignores their history  has no future.” The time is now to wake up and  and be present with our children’s  psychological needs. New sneakers won’t do it. There are four things I need you to do this weekend:

  1. Go plant a garden. Yes, start feeding yourself. As they say, the hand that feeds you -control you. It could soon become a batering tool, and it’s a great way to get in shape and get your mind of all of the brothers and sisters being murdered by the police. Today, my husband took the kids to play tennis and I took them with me this morning to shop for school and college supplies.
  2. Learn 4 “Prepper Strategies”. It’s time to work together. Look out for your neighbor, and protect each other. Be prepared to make sacrifices to help take care of others by learning ways, to build together.As anger increases, so does crime rates. As a parent, your job is to protect your seeds.
  3. Be mindful of what and how you communicate information about police, and other people of authority with your minors. I hate the officers that kill for no reason. I also know helpful officers that strive to keep peace in words and not violence.
  4. Back away from social media. It can be overwhelming and depressing. Moniter what your children are exsposed to also. Instead, celebrate, love, respect more!

Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People

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IF WE ONLY HAD IT this GOOD WITH POLICE OFFICERS—–

One good thing about is that the WORLD is the getting true story of American blacks. So many countries have been on social media connecting with black Americans.They want facts they know they will not get on the news. Thanks to social media, it is out.

 

Cornel West: Social Activist Says President Obama’s Response to Police Shootings Was ‘Weak’

Stay Safe Sound and Aware Good people! QCSM

How to Request Insurance Reimbursement for Doula Services

Continuing from my last post on

Wednesday Wow: Paying Your Doula .

Here’s how to file your paper work to get your doula fees paid.

The fact that their insurance company might reimburse at least some portion of the fee for your services might make you attractive to a group of potential clients who might not have been interested before. Getting reimbursement for doula services requires patience and persistence, but it can be done. If you are going to offer this as a possibility for your clients, you will also need to be willing to offer some guidance and, most likely, a fair amount of support, as they attempt to get reimbursed.

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How to Request Insurance Reimbursement for Doula Services

___     Pay your doula in full.

___     Get an invoice from her which includes the following information:

  1. The doula’s name and address
  2. Her social security number/taxpayer ID number or NPI number
  3. The date and location services were provided
  4. The CPT code for the services provided
  5. A diagnosis code
  6. The doula’s signature

___     Submit the invoice with a claim form to your insurance company.

___     Within four weeks, expect a letter telling you either that

  1. They need more information before they can process your claim.
  2. This is not a covered expense.

___     Ask your Doula to send you the following:

  1. A copy of her certification (if she is certified)
  2. Other credentials or relevant training
  3. A letter detailing her training and experience and what she did for you

___     If possible, ask your obstetrician or midwife for a letter explaining why a doula helped you, was necessary, or saved the insurance company money. (Did you have a high-risk pregnancy? Did the doula’s suggestions appear to prevent complications or help your labor to progress more quickly? Did the doula’s presence decrease your need for expensive pain medications?)

___     Write a letter explaining why you felt the need for a doula and how you believe the doula was beneficial to your health.

___     Submit to your insurance company: the doula’s letter and credentials the letter from the doctor your cover letter

___     If they refuse it, write a letter to Health Services requesting that they review the claim, as you feel it was a cost-cutting measure and they should cover the cost.

___     Follow up by telephone if necessary.

___      If they refuse, write a letter to the CEO explaining why you feel that doula care should be a covered expense. They may not pay your claim, but they will consider it for the future. (Kelli Way, ICCE, CD(DONA) 1998.

 

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If you are a doula, I suggest you click over and read the guide to getting a National Provider Number and helping your clients get reimbursed.

Also, here is a pdf from DONA with several FAQ’s on insurance reimbursement

And here’s how to contact me for my birthing services:

The Pink GrassHopper Birth

On Twitter- Doula In Charlotte

FaceBook – Doula In Charlotte

 

Wednesday Wow: Paying Your Doula

 

Would you love to hire a Doula but you honestly can’t afford one? Fear not! Your Health Insurance may cover it!

Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same.
– Catherine Jones

So you’re having a baby huh? Congrats! Things are about to be change in a beautiful way! 

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Grab a bowl of oatmeal and relax. I did it 9 times, you’ll be okay.

 

I love being a Charlotte doula. I not only help couples before conception, but I also get to help them  during and after delivery. (Check out my Facebook page)

I love attending births.  I love how it makes me feel.  I love how it makes the mom feel.  I love making a difference in other peoples’ lives.

Charlotte has a great selection of professional doulas, and I am proud to be among some of the best in the business. IF I COULD DO IT FOR FREE I WOULD. But I can’t. Aside from the cost of education, books, workshops, continued education, and advertising (website, cards, brochures), we also take into consideration the time that it takes for all of these as well as out of pocket expenses.

In the grand scheme of things, you’re paying for an invaluable service during your pregnancy, labor, and birth. The difference a doula can make during this time is often priceless. The least that can be done is pay her asking fee.  If you need help with that, look no further than your maternity Insurance. (See My Webpage)

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As a doula, one of the first questions I’m asked is, will my HMA pay for your services?  Here’s the short answer:

Expenses paid for a doula who’s primary purpose is for delivery of the infant are reimbursable. Charges where the primary purpose is child care after delivery are not covered. An explanation of the primary purpose should accompany the claim.

The following is a partial list of insurance companies have reimbursed in whole or in part for doula services:
Aetna Healthcare

AltPro
Baylor Health Care System/WEB TPA
Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield PPO
Cigna
Degussa, a German Chemical Company
Elmcare, LLC, C/O North American Medical Management
Foundation for Medical Care
Fortis Insurance
Glencare Managed Health Inc.
Great-West Life & Annuity Ins. Co.
HNTB (Peoria, IL)
Houston New England Financial, Employee Benefits (Fort Scott, KS)
Humana Employers Health
Lutheran General Physician’s Organization
Maritime Life
Medical Mutual
Oschner HMO, Louisiana
Professional Benefits Administrators
Prudential Healthcare
Qualchoice
Summit Management Services, Inc
Travelers
United HealthCare of Georgia (San Antonio, TX)
United Health POS
Wausau Benefits, Inc

 

Note: I would ask the doula for her NPI (National Provider Number It may or may not be an issue. Find out before hiring her. or it may be coming completely out of your pockets.

~~~~ON NEXT Monday, I’ll tell you the procedure to filing your doula fees~~~~

HSA qualifications vary; including Medicad. For some insurance companies may want you to identify as an out of network licensed healthcare provider and may make it easier to get reimbursement to your clients.  Depends on the insurance company and the state insurance laws.

I tell my clients to get their OBGYN to write them a prescription for me (a doula) One day Blue Cross Blue Shield called me directly just to ask if I was a doula in their network  and I was so proud to say, “Not yet but I am a certified doula .”  (Via my  numerous clients birth records and doula registration receipts) But they didn’t ask for them . So far, getting paid has never been an issue for me. My clients are instructed to submit receipts through their health insurance coverage, not a flex spending.

Feel free to check out my Pintrest board on ‘Pregnancy’. It’s the rated board for doulas! I’m sure you’ll find great information there.

If this hasn’t helped, just go to your HSA . They should have a third party administrator who can answer this for you.

Here are some beautiful quotes on pregnancy. Click here!

Lock It Down Tips & Tricks for a Dreadhead

Call me lazy, cultural or creating mini versions of my husband. We love our locks. To be more specific DREADLOCKS. This love of culture start way before I was here. As I learned dreads are dated from  1887 They have been worn for various reasons in each culture: as an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, ethnic pride, and as a political statement.

Today, I’m just share more information on how to grow and care for them. Note: I am NOT an expert. Just a mom that tries to save money and do as much as possible in house. I.E. to save money. Since there’s not too much free information on this topic and we are asked how we do our boys hair on the regular,, I figured I would share what I know.

No matter how you start locking many experts say you must avoid getting the hair wet from 4-6 weeks. Otherwise it will breakdown…and trust me, you don’t want that.

Traditionally, it was believed that in order to create dreadlocks, an individual had to refrain from brushing, combing or cutting. This method created dreadlocks that varied greatly in size, width, shape, length, and texture. Freeform locks are patterned to a degree, as the hair is separated in “chunks” (not parted as with a comb) into fairly determinate sections after washing.

rasA variety of other starter methods have been developed to offer greater control over the general appearance of dreadlocks. Together, these alternative techniques are more commonly referred to as “salon” or “manicured” dreadlocks.[20]

Using beeswax to make dreads can cause problems because it does not wash out, due to the high melting point of natural wax. Because wax is a hydrocarbon, water alone, no matter how hot, will not be able to remove wax.[21]

 

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My sons range from 4 to 24. Just 4 of them have locs.

 

As with the organic and freeform method, the salon methods rely on hair naturally matting over a period of months to gradually form dreadlocks. The difference is in the initial technique by which loose hair is encouraged to form a rope-like shape. Whereas freeform dreadlocks can be created by simply refraining from combing or brushing hair and occasionally separating matted sections, salon dreadlocks use tool techniques to form the basis of the starter, immature set of dreadlocks.

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For African hair types, salon dreadlocks can be formed by evenly sectioning and styling the loose hair into braids, coils, twists, or using a procedure called dread perming specifically used for straight hair. For European, Hispanic, Asian, and Indian hair types, Backcombing and Twist and Rip are some of the more popular methods of achieving starter dreadlocks.

 

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Regardless of hair type or texture and starter method used, dreadlocks require time before they are fully matured. So use light weight oils to condition your scalp and a little gloss if you choose for shine.  Do not use heavy greases, waxes and pomades while the process hair goes through as it develops into matured dreadlocks is continuous.

During this time, don’t let your lock become a magnet for lint. Wear a silk scarf or use a satin pillow case.

There is also the ability to adopt different types of fake dreadlocks that may make the hair look as real as possible. This process is called synthetic dreadlocks. There are two different types of synthetic dreadlocks. The first is dread extensions, in which other hair can be infused with the wearer’s own hair. The second is dreadfalls, in which one dread is tied into another with either elastic or lace. Both of these methods are used to make dreads look better and more appealing.

Need more? Click here!

Okay now, go get loc’d up!

 

Friday Four: Happy Father’s Day, Really!

Grown Mama talk…… All Kids Need a Caring, Loving, Mature, and Providing Dad.Notice I said nothing about fashion, a genius, cute or rich? Because those qualities really don’t matter to a child.

I had a pretty good dad. We had a roof over our head, food on our table and clothes on our back. Every once in a while we got extra’s. Without a doubt we enjoyed having him and my om together. To this day, I still can’t recall them ever arguing. He never forgot any birthday, his anniversary or any opportunity to enjoy a good fishing rip with his friends on Saturday mornings.

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My memories growing up with my dad is like a hurricane. I was the wild one. The super  crazy,’Black Sheep” of the family.The 1st one to break the rules would be me. I was a teen mom that helped my sister push the car out the yard to party, and ate candy in the store before reaching the cashier.I was wild and careless. But he never called me anything other than my birth name.

He didn’t make it to many of my chorus events or games,but when I got home, the moon-pies were in the table and his stink work boots were waiting to be pulled off. There were no father daughter dances, pictures or lunches, but we barely missed any family reunions.

Once I left home  and became a mom, I met Raj. Raj was the total opposite.

I guess what I’m saying is there is no magical fatherhood path.

Cassie’s Sweetz has awesome Fathers Day gifts for the Low, Low…… See here! 

 

I asked For This Husband
by Jabela

I asked God for a man to treat me like a queen, that I might feel beautiful.
I was remained cuddly after birthing and nursed his babies, that I might learn love myself.

I asked for a man that would always put our family first, that I may never have to beg for groceries..
I was given a desk top computer and garden sneakers, that I might grow food in the yard and work from home after the children are asleep..

I asked for a man that also wanted a big  house, that I might entertain family and friends.
I was given a  decent sized- happy home with an incredible yard, and lawn chairs that I might enjoy nature, fresh air and the opportunity to watch the kids as they play outside.

I asked for a man to worship God with me every Sunday, that I may follow the traditional ways of my people.
I was given a tank of gas and a bunch of adios, that lead me to discovering the many faces of God outside of the church.

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given Life, that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I had desired.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers and true needs were fulfilled.

I am, among all moms, most richly blessed.menu

Need Ideas  for your guy? Try all or a few of these odd but cute ideas for dad

  1. Scavenger Hunt – Create a scavenger hunt and give dad clues to help him find his special Father’s Day gift. This can be an indoor activity or a scavenger hunt bike ride around the neighborhood. Arrange to have dad find his last clue at a picnic lunch or a nearby restaurant.
  2. Dad Olympics – For the dad who likes all kinds of competition, set up a Dad Olympics. Dad and the kids can compete in fun games such as Frisbee throwing or three-legged races. Younger children can decorate the game props with Father’s Day wishes and pictures
  3. Make a Dad Book!  It’s a book all about dad and how incredible he is.The feature picture is a rough draft of what our final product will be. We’re using his actual photos in action doing different thing with the family and adding script. The binding will be done with a hot glue gun and hole puncher.
  4. If any good games are on this weekend that you already know he wants to watch, turn it into a big deal! Create a tasty spread of his favorite dishes and cold  drinks to enjoy. Now everyone can sit a enjoy it with him. Just promise not to talk too much during the game.

Here’s another list of absolutely amazing gifts too! lick here—->  X <——

That’s my dad and grand dad below on my wedding day! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155745040140252&set=t.839145251&type=3&theater

Wednesday Wow: CHEAP Family Summer Fun List

Let’s jump right in here. This is a collection of things to do this summer that is not only cheap but educational too! It’s a string of conversations between myself and my online friends everywhere!  The great thing about their collection is that you can find most of the ideas in your town under a different name. Just search, ask and go. The summer you want is available. You do not have to sit in the house this summer.   Get out with your children and have fun! 
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K-Moments Photo from the Total Children’s Wellness Fair

Hikes through a wooded area, camping in the backyard/ living room turn all electronics off for the day. We just did this over the weekend and everyone had a great time. We set up games like a water balloon throwing contest, bean bag toss, kick ball, sack races and other fun things. Made a fake fire, and had a simple dinner of hot dogs and chips, lunch we had a picnic lunch at the local park and did some exploring of the trails

 Library programs. Swimming, fishing, and picnics at the lake. Free concerts at the park. Slumber parties or tenting in the back yard. Hot dogs on the grill.
Get active in your mom group. If you don’t have one find one like Queen City Stay At Home Moms. We do a lot of co operative adventures together! 
It doesn’t cost anything just being with friends and family is enough for me. Sitting visiting laughing playing board games card games or sitting around a fire in my back yard

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Both of my daughters (now in their 30’s and 40’s) remember the fun times we had loading up stuff from the pantry – crackers, tuna, peanut butter, jug of water and beach towels – and heading to the beach for the day. Most favorite memories =o)  

Free science museum Thursday afternoons, zoo passes, park, pool, and drop off at grandmas!

Oh, water SPRAY PADS!!!! Everywhere has at least one spray PAD!
Get a foam swim tube @ dollar store poke holes in it attach it to hose. Viola a sprinkler you can make it go upward or down like a shower!

VISIT a friend that live in an apartment with a pool- Grab some towels and go swimming! 

Make koolaid popsicles in ice cube tray. Make a tent in the backyard with old sheet or blanket or tarp. Catch fireflies at night. Look at the stars. Have a block party with neighbors. Potluck and play the radio. Teach kids how to tell ghost stories or read out loud to them from library books.

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welcome to my life right now. That is ok, some of the most fun things are free.

I set up obstacle courses for my kids then we take turns setting it up we use stuff we already have

Thank god there’s a site for free stuff to do in Chicago lol I’d be struck too often.
 Help your favorite holistic vendor get ready for a local community  fair like the Total Children’s Wellness Fair.in Charlotte NC
Dollar tree, five and below, sisters pool, beach and free library passes to Beardsley zoo. Woo hoo!

Did anyone mention the BEACH????  ( my sons below! #proud mom)boyss
My girls love it too. 1 missing-my girls
 Fishing, box of worms at wal-mart $3.50-4.00 ! Pack picnic lunch, sit on bank !
Definitely, we are using our $3 to go see the dollar movie :)

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NC by Train and Amtrak are offering a Summer 2016 Deal for kids ages 2-12! Up to two children can ride for $5 (per each full-fare paying adult) to any destination in NC Tuesday-Thursday, and Saturday (some blackout dates apply). Entry promo code V765 for the discount!

 Details below-
Seasonal: Summer
 Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
 Through 8.31.2016
 Grades: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School
 Age: 2-12
 $5
Cont…….
Pack a picnic lunch and go to the park.

  Or better yet, grab a recipe from Kelle Cooking With Kids and create a healthy treat together!
That why we go to the dollar store!

Yes. Think we’ll go somewhere. Go set in pickup in are driveway for awhile. And not even move. Get out go back into house. Wow that was cool
Yup… well, there is always the imagination and that’s free! You can even run away with it. 3 bucks will get you some lemons, you probably some sugar just add water. lol Make the best of your day.
thhhh

Summer Bonus Perks:

You can even earn free coffee/ make an extra $200-$300 a month with no investment. by hosting Organo Gold House Parties with friends. (You can get more info on that —–right here!
RIGHT NOW I’m hooking up a family in need! I am giving away a week of media camp with Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp.
Haven’t heard about it yet?….I’ll update you.
At CYBC [Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp]. We have campers from various states, cities, and regions who come for the CYBC experience. Radio (June 20-24) & Sports Broadcasting (June 27th-July 1st) is still available register now atwww.Charlotteybc.com. Age groups 9-12 and 13-17.
All you have to do tell how you would spend the extra $300 you’ll save.
Post it below. I’ll notify the winner RIGHT here on next Friday!