Tuesday, November 30, 2010

So You Think You're Crafty

One of my favorite "crafty" bloggers- well, probablly my favorite- especially because she shares her crafts through tutorials, is Mandy from Mandipidy.
Well, she has entered a contest called So You Think You're Crafty and we can vote for her!

Her work is amazing and check her blog if you want see for yourself
and if you like her work
vote here.

The only thing is I don't think they are going to tell us who did what.
Now because I am always looking at Mandy's stuff, I am just gonna say the ruffle apron sure reminds me of her.
Vote accordingly if you can- I would love to see her make it to the finals.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

What Would You Do?

The other day while taking my eldest to the dentist, I encountered one of those situations that is hard to deal with as a mom and as a Christian.
We entered the waiting room to find a woman sitting and reading and a couple watching Everybody Loves Raymond on the TV.
Now I have seen the show plenty of times before but not something my daughter watches.

My daughter proceeded to play with her ipod and I was reading something I had in my pocketbook.
Then on the TV the two main characters started to talk about that 3 little word that married couples sometimes talk about.
I was cringing and flinching.

What would you have done?

I had a couple of options:
I could of done nothing and prayed my daughter was momentarily hard of hearing.
I could of asked the couple if we could have changed the channel, a little worried that they would of been upset.
I could of asked the office manager if we could wait in the back (they are very nice there).

Wanna know what I did?

Nothing- I am embarrassed to say- I did nothing.

I was too worried the couple would be upset- I didn't want to make a scene and ask the office manager- so I did nothing.

Then I just hoped it would be over quickly and of course, it wasn't because it was the premise for the whole show.

My daughter played with her ipod the whole time and did not look up- but she is not deaf.

I am pretty outgoing and usually have no problem standing up for myself- but this time I blew it.

Has something like this ever happened to you? What did you do?

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

How Fast the Time goes...

And so ends Thanksgiving dinner, black Friday shopping, and time by myself.
It was nice and I enjoyed my time. I got some good deals and put a minor dent in my shopping and took down the fall stuff. A couple of Christmas things went up and the rest will follow.
Enjoy your weekend.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!- a quick prayer

What a great night- what a great day!
Dear Lord,
How amazing you are.
Thank you for your amazing blessings.
Thank you Lord for my family, my church and my church family, my home, Your provisions, my husband's job, my wonderful kids, my dependable husband and my relationship with You.
Please be with anyone who needs you tonight- please let no one go hungry and cold and let me always be mindful of those who are without.
Please let me really understand JOY this time of year- not just happiness or excitement, but joy, the kind that stays with you even when things get hard because I have You.
Please let me share this with others always and show it to those who are around me most, like my husband and kids.
Thank you for today and everyday.
Thank you for constantly choosing to work on me and to stay by my side.
And thank you for a mother-in-law who cooked an amazing dinner, so I didn't have to and a mother who took the kids overnight for the next 2 nights, so I can get some rest.
In Your Name,

Happy Thanksgiving!
Smart and Trendy Moms

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And The Winner Is...

Congratulations to Theresa!
Theresa said...
I would pick the 1948 New Recipes for Good Eating Vintage Cookbook. I love the cover of it and sounds like it would have some yummy recipes.

I will send your email to Stacey!
And a special thanks to Stacey, The Cookbook Addict, for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway.
Check out Stacey's blog here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

IcE cReAm SuNdAE nIgHt

Well, the husband instituted ice cream sundae night last weekend.
Of course, it was a rousing success.
Some of us only eat the whipped topping and some of us only ate the gummy bears.
And this mommy was nice enough to share her secret and delicious recipe for peanut butter topping!
A tablespoon of peanut butter, a tiny sprinkle of sugar, about 30 seconds in the microwave, stir and add ice cream- delicious!!
Almost as good as Friendlys.

Speaking of food, have you entered the awesome cookbook giveaway yet- if not, enter here.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

all i want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth...

We had a first over here at The Chatty Mommy's house- middle brother knocked out middle sister's tooth while rough housing on the couch.
Where was mom when this happened?
Your guess is as good as mine.

Good thing it was extremely loose anyway and no one got hurt.

And pretty funny the next morning when big sister asked middle sister what she got under her pillow and chatty mommy had to rush to the pillow before she could and grabbed out the tooth leaving 75 cents she happened to have in her hand in place of said tooth as daughter reached for it.
We don't believe in the tooth fairy, but these kids really like to watch me go the extra mile.
Can't wait till they have their own kids- I might just laugh at them for awhile.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Silly me...

Let me start by saying coupons can be dangerous!

I found a coupon for hot chocolate from dunkin' donuts. But, wait, it was for white hot chocolate!!!!
Have you ever heard of something so tasty?
I do not like regular chocolate, but Mama loves white chocolate.
And for only 99 cents, who can go wrong?

Then I realized I will be an adult today.
I will go somewhere with a styrofoam cup with a lid and a little opening to slurp from!
This was new.
I do not drink much of anything but water and I detest coffee and tea.
So, I never take a coffee cup anywhere.
I am so not cool.
I never have one in the store, when I drive or in Sunday School.

Now was my chance to get this white chocolate delight for only 99 cents and do my food shopping while sipping from my styrofoam cup and walking at the same time!

I order it, get me and the little guy back in the van and give it a minute to cool down- I hear that stuff can be hot!
I take a nice sip and

And a normal person might give up with a burnt mouth- but not me.

I wait a little longer and try again.
This time it is not hot, but my teeth start to chatter from the sweetest drink I have ever tasted.
Oh yeah, that's right, white chocolate is nothing more than sugar and high fructose corn syrup.

Never again.
I am going back to my "ruin the environment" plastic water bottle.

And a good thing too- did you know there are 25 grams of fat in that white hot chocolate and 56 grams of carbs?
So, not worth it- I'd rather eat taco bell- but that is a whole other story.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Birthday Party Pics...

A couple of weeks ago, we had my daughter's birthday!

She received the play-doh cake makin' station- which all the kids played with.

Clothes that made mama happy.

And of course, we had cupcakes! We had friends over during the day and the family at night. We had mac and cheese and nuggets with the friends and chili from the crock pot with the family! It was a long, but fun day.

And thank you to the mommy of her friend that bought this awesome gift that will be used as Christmas gifts for our Sunday school teachers. (Pretend you didn't hear that if you are one of our teachers). Now that is what I call a 2 in 1 gift!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Meet The Cookbook Addict {giveaway}

A little about me... My name is Stacey and I live in NE Wisconsin near Green Bay. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 boys and a baby girl ages 1-8, we have 2 dogs, 1 hamster, and since it rained last night I’m guessing about 5 frogs the boys brought inside that are hiding somewhere in my house. I also have an amazing husband who is (for some reason) crazy supportive of my vintage cookbook addiction.

How did you start collecting?I think it started with my frustrations on how our eating habits have evolved over time. I look at us now with our lists of must have staples in our hands while grocery shopping and wonder how those lists have changed from milk, sugar, and eggs to instead Mac n cheese, hot dogs and frozen pizza. I became attracted to the simplicity of the past, simple recipes, simple ingredients, the time when you were out of bread you just made more (and were able to name every single ingredient in it too!). I also fell in love with the personal side of history that comes with them. The everydayness of their stories. I could relate to having to scrape meals to together during hard times and I could actually use information like “how DO you get gum out of carpet?” I feel like nowadays we think we’re smarter and above people from the past. Yes we do have more information than they did, but for the most part, I feel sometimes all we’re doing is re-inventing the wheel.

Please share a little about Vintage Cookbooks.All of the different types of cookbooks can be a little overwhelming so I like to break them down into categories and some of the main ones to know are:
There’s the late and great 1800’s early 1900’s antique homemaking/cooking/serving cookbooks. Typically the oldest type found (if collecting American cookbooks). You can find recipes for detergents, facial cream, medicine (of course I wouldn't use the opium they list as an ingredient but that’s just me) and about a million other things you forget weren't invented by companies. I also love them for examples of “how one ought to behave in public” and “what is expected of the hostess when guests are to be served”. They’re like Emily Post on steroids and absolutely, positively fascinating! Prices vary with these but they’re extremely popular and collectible.
There’s what I like to call the “big mama-jammas” the “one stop shop” cookbooks. They can be counted on for having recipes chapters for breakfast, hor d’orvs, dinner party menus, recipes for bridge luncheons, Sunday suppers and everything in between. They’re usually thick and heavy and generally were put out by big hitter companies like Good Housekeeping, Betty Crocker, or Culinary Arts Institute. They are also a pretty sure bet if collecting and consistently popular.
There’s also the cookbooks that were put out by church and local groups to raise money. They’re smaller in size but have some of the best tried and true recipes you can find! As far as collecting and value go they’re a world all their own. I personally think that they should stay in the area they were written for so only occasionally do I put them up for sale but of course that’s just MY opinion!

Then there’s the advertising recipe booklets that were generally put out by top companies usually to promote a specific product. With company funded test kitchens on Park Ave. and spokeswomen that became the rock stars of their time. There’s pure advertising genius with these babies because this is time where eating and food REALLY started to change. It was after WWII and companies had a surplus of “shelf-stable” processed food that they had been sending to the troops and decided to market to the general public. These promo type books were around earlier but they increased exponentially during the late 40’s and into the 50’s. It’s good to do your research with these but cover art and rarity play big factors in value. For me that’s where I stop, for the most part but others sometimes collect what they think WILL be popular and that’s a good way to ensure long term success in your collection.

What are your favorites?My personal favorites are a toss up between my 1899 White House Cookbook with so many “extras” tucked between it’s pages I swear I can still find things I never saw before and my 1902 Women’s Favorite Cookbook with the most amazing illustrations and one of the most complete sources for every recipe dealing with the home at that time. Then there are the handwritten books I have with notes about bills to pay and dates to remember and all of them are from ladies who lived in my area. They’re just priceless to me and I would sob uncontrollably if I lost them.

What is your inspiration?My inspiration comes from wanting my kids to have memories of how absolutely AMAZING home baked bread smells in the oven and how lucky they are in life. Also I know it sounds kind of corny but it’s inspiring to me to think I’m helping save these recipes that all of these under-appreciated and over-worked women were so dearly proud of by making sure they get treated and recognized as the treasures they are.
(This, by the way, just touched my heart when she talked about her kids and wanting them to smell fresh bread- I am so there!)

Stacey is giving one Chatty Mommy reader a 1942 copy of The Greater American Cookbook by Ruth Berolzheimer!

Here's how to win:
-You must be a follower of this blog and visit The Cookbook Addict and tell me which is your favorite cookbook! -mandatory

-Choose The Cookbook Addict as a favorite on etsy! (3 extra entries)

-Blog About It! (5 extra entries)
Leave a separate comment for each entry.

A winner will be picked Thanksgiving morning at 10am EST via random.org!
This is giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

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*I was not compensated in anyway for this giveaway.*

A Field Trip To Petco- I kid you not.

So, we went to Petco. And I know you are thinking- why would I go to Petco? Basically, for the love of my son and the need to be on every field trip! And since my son's teacher is a true animal lover- off we went. I do not like animals and am even more puzzled by them after this trip.

I mean, let's talk ferrets. First, got to say - gross. Second- the nice lady explained how they have professional ferret breeders that sell them the ferrets that they sell to their customers. Seriously?
People in our country will go hungry and cold tonight- OUR COUNTRY- but don't worry because someone is making money off of breeding ferrets so other people can buy them. I ask you again- seriously?

Ok- sorry about that- back to the kids. They were pretty good and tried not to touch the glass.

They liked all the animals and a cute little girl asked me which bird I liked best? And I was a nice adult, so instead of saying, "none- they are dirty and spread their allergy filled dander all over", - I simply replied, -"the yellow one is pretty".

The lizard was cute- I almost don't mind this little guy. That is actually my finger touching it- and maybe I am sorry I admitted that because my skin's looking a little dry and my nail looks dirty, but it isn't - I promise.

The kids loved the turtle race!

But, the best was and will always be- McDonald's afterwards!!!! Try taking 12 orders and giving kids take-out, yeah, maybe not the best idea. I packed a salad for myself, but of course, ate some of the boys' fries and nuggets! Hey- I am trying.

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I know I have been gone for awhile, but I am back with energy. Tomorrow a cool, vintage giveaway and soon, my new blog design!

And I am still working on my etsy store- I just figured out how to do my pictures, so stay tuned- my store later this week.

Which do you like- The Chatty Mommy Shop or The Chatty Mommy Shoppe?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Hello Shutterfly!

It's Christmas Card time again!!!
For years, I procrastinated and took forever to mail my cards out.
It wouldn't be unlike me to mail them out the day after Christmas with the attitude- it's the thought that counts.
And way back when I bought the cards that you slip the picture in- costing me for the cards and the 4x6 pictures I slipped into them. And then the work of the slipping!
Well, welcome to 2010 where everyone gets picture cards printed, making life easier, but still sharing the pic of the kids with both family and friends.
And the last couple of years, I have managed to get my act together and mail them out right after Thanksgiving or maybe even the day before!
I thought this year might be the year for a group photo, but the scale has told me something different.
So, I have a great pic of the kids that I won't elaborate on because certain family members might be reading.
I have been contemplating which card to go with and then I remembered Shutterfly!
A couple of my girlfriends used them last year and I loved the Christmas photo cards
These are my contenders- what do you think?

I love the brown with the red!

Love that you get a whole picture out of this one- wonder if I can fit all the family names on this one?

Yes, I know brown and red- I am a simple gal.

And this one is simple, but I like the snowflakes all around it.

I love this one, but isn't the little girl adorable?
Shutterfly also has wall calendars and other photo gifts.
I might just check them out for gifts for the grandparents- cuz you know, grandparents just love gifts with their grandkids' pictures on it!
Check out Shutterfly today!
Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly… sign up: here!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Got Stuff Your Not Using- Sell It!

I know I have been speaking about it a lot, but I just love the idea of not having to dip into the monthly budget to pay for Christmas and on a bigger scale, would love to be able to pay down some debt.
I read this post and it inspired me. Read it if you get the chance and if you can read the comments too. So many interesting testimonies of paying down debt and interesting ideas. One of the things that really spoke to me is when Kendra (the blog author) wrote about things in every room that had no real purpose. Boy, do I have stuff like that.
So, I am back on my quest to sell things off on ebay and don't forget my Christmas cash ideas.
I plan to get rid of the clutter.
What about you?
Do you have an interesting story of how you got rid of some debt either recently or awhile back?
I could use the encouragement!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Daybook Entry- November 8th

Outside my window...
it is actually snowing and hailing- that's Long Island for you!

I am thinking...
I can't believe Thanksgiving is around the corner- can't wait!

I am thankful for...
so many things- my relationship with the Lord, my husband, my kids, my mom, my best friend, my house, my van, husband's job, food on the table and the ability to be home for the kids.

I am wearing...
Layers- A grey shirt with a black velour sweatshirt and husbands' grey sweats because I need to get mine into the wash.

In the learning room...
teaching the little guy colors- he does well one day and then goes right back to calling blue- green!

I am remembering...
when they were young and small.

I am going...
nowhere! The roads are bad and I am so happy to be home.

I am currently reading...
The Missing by Beverly Lewis- one of my favorite Christian Amish romance novels!

I am hoping...
I never forget how blessed I am.

On my mind...
I am so so sorry my etsy store is not up. I ran into a lot of picture issues and am still trying to work it all out- as soon as it is up - you will be the first to know. I am sorry guys!

Noticing that...
the little guy never watches TV so we spend the whole day attached at the hip- I will turn around and miss this time one day, so I will soak it all in now.

Pondering these words...
Do no be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

From the kitchen...
LEFTOVERS from a weekend birthday party. Chili, homemade mac and cheese and corn bread. WOO HOO!

Around the house...
Still cleaning after my daughter's birthday and need to get the wash under control.

One of my favorite things...
Lemon squares my girlfriend made me- wishing for more, but thankful they are gone. They were delicious!

From my Camera:

someone got a hold of my camera- I wonder who?

Check out more daybook entries, here.

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