Spontaneous.....Day 2 of Summer Camp

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I am not a spontaneous person at all.

I can remember being in college and riding around with my best friend. She stopped the car on the side of the road and walked up the grass hill and said, "let's roll down."  I thought she was crazy! There were many other times that different spontaneous things happened. Nothing too crazy, but enough that it was definitely out of my comfort zone. Such as eating chocolate on a bridge or driving around and finding underwear to take pictures of on a clothes line. Those ideas were not mine. But you know what? I had fun!  

I am completely ok with out of the blue saying, "Let's go get a snow cone or ice cream." We are spontaneous when it comes to things like that. But for the most part, we like to know what we are doing. 

Dawson and I work better with a schedule. We love a good routine, and we like making sure we are on time with certain things. Jon, on the other hand, is the most go with the flow person I have ever met. He doesn't have to have a schedule or a time sequence. In fact, we often drive him crazy with our "schedule" we love to have. Sometimes it is ok to be "free." If only I could actually convince myself of that. 

As I said I would, I made a schedule for us to go by each day. Of course, this schedule is not set in stone, and there will be days we won't go by it either. A couple of days a week we will head to my grandmother's house, so that kind of throws the routine out of whack. But that doesn't mean I can't throw some play and learning in there. I also know that some days we may end up at the pool, or even outside playing all day. You know our family loves camping, so that's a possibility too. 

Do you have a schedule for your little ones? This one is geared for an older kid, so you may have to tweak it for your own. 

I texted Holly and Emily this schedule, Holly laughed. Emily said, "Oldest sibling scheduler for sure, lol."  It suits my personality, but then again it helps. Sometimes I feel so scatter brained it helps level out. 

Our summer camp activity is included within the schedule for each day. Along with the weekly themes and each daily project. 

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Maybe you could set a goal for your family to be on a little routine/schedule. I know not all parents are home during the day, but that doesn't mean you can't plan an afternoon with them a couple of days a week! 

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SO FAR!

Ashleigh is a Wife, Mother, & Graphic Designer.

Cinnamon anyone?

Today is officially the last day of school for Dawson. Well, actually, tomorrow is the last day of school, but I am not making him go. We stayed home yesterday and went through tons of stuff and cleaned out. More or less just to have something to do, but it needed to be done as well. Thankfully, Holly's little boy Sloan, his school is having a fundraiser yard sale, and they are taking donations. So win-win on my part! 

On another note, I don't have to have coffee every day. I hear some people say, man if I don't have my coffee I can't function. Well, here is the deal, I bet if you didn't have your coffee and replaced it with a great smoothie, you would be quite alright. Sometimes I like to mix my morning drink up and then some days I want coffee. If I drink too much of it too many days in a row, I start getting horrible heartburn. One reason I try to pick and choose.  I knew I was going to be home all day so I thought a pot of coffee would be wonderful to go along with that. However, I was just about out of creamer. For the love, I still can't figure out how to drink coffee only black. For me, it's not even worth making if that's how it has to be. One of my favorite coffee creamers is the Cinnabon kind. However, I also know the ingredients in it, are not real. So I tried to recreate it from home with what I had and without going to the store. It doesn't taste identical to it, but I thought it was pretty darn tasty if you like a cinnamon creamer for your coffee. 

Mind you; these ingredients are what I had on hand. Had I have had different ingredients I may have changed this recipe up a bit more. But again, it did the job for me and got my "cinnamon" fix out. 

In a sauce pan add the following:

1/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup half and half

1 1/2 cup 2% milk

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1 -12oz. can evaporated milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Let those ingredients come to a boil while mixing. That allows the sugar to melt and incorporate. Take if off the heat and let it cool before storing in a glass container. 

Shake well before each use. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Cinnamon Coffee Creamer
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
In a saucepan, add all ingredients. Bring to a boil while mixing until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Store in a glass container, in the fridge. 

You could have totally added sweetened condensed milk. That was the plan, but when you go shopping in your own home, you have to improvise. All in all, I would make this recipe again and use it. 

What is your favorite go to creamer? Do you make your own? 

Ashleigh is a Wife, Mother, & Graphic Designer.

Convenient Popsicles

Have you ever made something and you left out a step in the recipe that made all the difference in how it turned out? I did that recently, and I got so frustrated with myself. I was making some snack/energy balls, which just consists of putting all the ingredients into a bowl, then mixing. After that, it needs to set up in the fridge for a bit so they can almost dry a little, so they are easier to roll into balls. Well, after mixing all of the ingredients, I immediately try to roll into balls, they are of course too sticky. So, I add more oats, still sticky; I add even more oats! Ugh, why aren't these rolling they are supposed to?! Then I realize, I was supposed to let them set in the fridge for a bit before I even rolled them into balls. Call it pregnant brain, momma brain whatever; oh well I thought, I just have a decent size bowl of granola.

Don't you hate when that happens?

I posted a while back about some popsicles and other things I made to take on our beach trip. Of course, I made the popsicles once we got there and they were super easy to make.
 
Sometimes it's hard to get our kids to eat the amount of vegetables we would like for them to eat. I came across another popsicle recipe that included fruits and vegetables. I'm sure it may not sound good to mix carrots or spinach along with other ingredients to make a popsicle, but hey, you don't know until you try, right? I put spinach in my smoothies all the time, and you can't taste it! 

I love recipes by Livesimply.me and this one is toddler approved. Check out her popsicle recipe I tried. Livesimply.me

Look at that color!!

Look at that color!!

 

Since my son never finishes a whole popsicle at one time, I just put them back in the same mold and pop it back in the freezer. 

Toddler approved ;) 

Toddler approved ;) 

I don't think homemade popsicles can get much easier, or healthy! 

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Holly is a Wife, Mother, & Business Manager.