Friday, August 15, 2014

Life Lately

    Life has been busy around here and like usual, summer is flying by.  And while I am so sad to see the kids go back to school and our pool and beach days come to an end, a small piece of me is looking forward to a schedule.  The schedule that school brings along with it.  

In the meantime, here are the pics I have  been taking of our summer so far.  Notice the eldest is missing.  Her social life is just so busy!  Ahhh, to be a teen!

What about you?  How has your summer been?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

And the winner is..... michikosc! Out of the 4 entries, number 4, my only instagram entry won!

Michikosc, email me your address, so we can get your Applebee's prize out to you!  Thank you to all who entered!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Applebee's and a {giveaway}!!!

We took the fam to Applebee's the other night.  I know what your thinking... going out to eat is expensive especially with kids.  I disagree.
Recently, when speaking to neighbors after the bus picked up our kids, we were discussing the price of eating out.  And for the same price as most popular fast food restaurants, you can enjoy a nice, sit down meal that is served to you.
Applebees has a new menu out with a lot of different dishes.  I was invited to try some of these dishes and they did not disappoint.

I had the grilled chicken wonton tacos as an appetizer and then the margarita queso chicken and shrimp that had avocado on it for dinner.  Both were delicious and I loved that they added advocado to the menu.
My daughter had the shrimp scampi linguine and could not stop talking about it.  She also had to take half of it home because it is such a big portion!

My son was loving these fried pretzels with cream cheese dipping sauce!  They are drizzled with caramel and so warm and the sauce is so gooey, but not too sweet!

And now it's your turn!  You and a guest can win a dinner at Applebee's (a $60 value)!  Head over to their website and tell me what you would love to eat off their new menu!
To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you would love to try off the new menu!  And for an extra entry, follow me on instagram and repost my Applebee's picture with the hashtag #seeyoutomorrow.

A winner will be randomly chosen in one week and announced here!

The fine print:
I was compensated with a free meal, but all opinions listed here are my own.

This free dinner can only be used at one of the following, Doherty-owned locations:

In New Jersey, Applebee's is located in Brick, Bridgewater, Butler, Clifton, East Hanover, Edison, Flemington, Garfield, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hillsborough, Howell, Jersey City, Jersey Gardens, Kearny, Lacey, Manahawkin, Manalapan, Manchester, Middletown, Milltown, Mt. Olive, Newark,Newton, North Bergen, Northvale, Ocean, Paramus, Parsippany, Phillipsburg, Piscataway, Rockaway, Tinton Falls, Toms River,  Totowa, Union, Wall and Woodbridge.

On Long Island, Applebee's is located in Nassau County:  Baldwin, Bellmore, Bethpage, Elmont, New Hyde Park, Rosedale, Valley Stream and  Westbury and in Suffolk County: Bohemia, Brentwood, Commack, East Farmingdale,  East Islip, Farmingville, Huntington, Lake Grove, Lindenhurst, Miller Place, North Babylon, Patchogue, Riverhead and Shirley. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

iPhone Time!

Just some random pictures from the last week or so!  I broke down and bought an iphone!  I love it and the kids do too, as you can see by their crazy selfies!

Monday, March 31, 2014

What it Takes to Take a Shower Around Here

Lately, blog posts write themselves in my head as I go about my day, but the time to actually get to the computer to write them doesn't happen.
Today while taking a shower, I realized my life is totally blog-worthy and today I would take the time to write.

I take a shower everyday.  I have to- my hair can be very oily and missing a day doesn't work for me.  I have a schedule during the week and it works for me.
-I get up at 5:10 with the husband.
-He leaves at 5:25.
-Once he leaves I can usually go back to sleep unless the baby is up and wants to nurse.
-At 6:20, I get up and make my eldest eggs and she leaves for school at 6:40.
-6:40 I take a shower and get ready for the day.  Throw a load of wash in and get ready for the kids I babysit in the morning to come.

This usually works well and everyone is asleep while I shower.
Today, I decided I needed more sleep and messed up the whole system. 
 After the husband left for work, I fed the baby and went back to sleep.  My eldest slept in because she has been sick and I knew I only had one kid for babysitting this morning and she wouldn't be here till 7:40.  I set the alarm for 7:30 and enjoyed some great sleep.  When I woke up, I straightened the living room and threw a load of wash in.
I then told the kids not to wake their older sister or the baby while I took a quick shower.  Big Mistake!  I first was greeted with intermittent warm and then cold water due to the laundry I threw in stealing my hot water! 
Next I heard-
"Mom, can I have a go-gurt?"
Me- fine.
"Mom, I don't know how to do my math!"
Me- why do you wait till the last minute?
"Mom, I want to enter this pool poster contest for school."
Me- Wait till I get out of the shower!
"Mom- can I have another go-gurt?"
Me- fine.
"Mom- the baby is up- can I get her out?"
Me- Of course she is up, you guys are soooo loud.
"Mom, so can I get her out?"
Me- fine.
"Mom, I really need help with my homework."

And then it hits me- these are your kids.  The ones you hoped for, dreamed about and prayed for and this is your crazy life.  Love it.  Cue that song- "these are the best days of my life- my lifffffeeee life."

And I get out of the shower with my towel and smile at the kids and tell them I will be right there and Jack holds out his book and says, "Mom, can you sign my reading?"
"JACK!  Wait till I am dressed at least!!!"
Cue music- "The best days of my life...."
And tomorrow I will take my shower early again.  Lesson learned.
Happy Monday!

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Daybook Entry- Monday, March 3, 2014


Outside my window... sunny, but sooo cold, with a little dusting of snow on the ground.

I am thinking... thank God we didn't get another storm.

I am thankful... for my family.

In the kitchen... pernil with a recipe from my neighbor.

I am wearing... "mom" jeans and the famous tee shirt over a long sleeve tee shirt I say I invented and my husband says he did.

I am creating... nothing, but man, do I have some good ideas!

I am going... no where all week! Except church on Wednesday night! Love being home.

I am wondering... how fast I can whip this house into shape before my husband comes home.

I am reading... a devotional by Max Lucado.

I am hoping... to get on a better schedule and restore some order with the children.

I am looking forward to... spring- who isn't though?

I am learning... to be thoughtful in my answers and that my kids are watching my every move and action.

Around the house... we have a new washer and I just love it!

I am pondering... nothing really - too tired for actual thoughts. :)

A favorite quote for today... "A soft answer turns away wrath." Proverbs 15:1

One of my favorite things... white chocolate!

A few plans for the rest of the week: organizing, cleaning, maybe a little sleep- nothing major.

 A peek into my day...

Have to list some ebay- hoping to do it today!

Happy Monday!

 Linking up here.
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This Is What Almost 9 Months Looks Like...

Pregnancy brings about so many feelings that run through your mind.  
I couldn't believe we were having our 5th.  Number five! 
It seemed surreal.  I have always wanted a lot of kids, but wanting and living it are two very different things. But, I wish I could of saw what today would look like back then.  
I was excited to be pregnant and knew he or she would be great, but I didn't realize how great.  I didn't realize that I would finally have that "she is my last one so I am going to enjoy everything" feeling.  I didn't feel sad as I nursed my 4th child for the last time.  Maybe I knew.  I knew he wouldn't be my last.

And now I enjoy my moments.  She is up all night, but before long she won't be.  And when I nurse her for the 4th time in the middle of the night, I am all too aware that my nursing days are numbered.  I think back 14 years when my mom sat with me while I nursed my first child and said how great it is. And I took it for granted.  

The funny thing is that even at their young ages, the older 4 seem to understand that she is our last baby and they enjoy her everyday.  They cherish her laughs, they all want to hold her and maybe they already understand what I didn't in my early adulthood.  And for that and for this little girl, we are all blessed.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WILW- Valentine's Crayons/ Instagram Giveaway

Have you tried making these yet?
We have been making them for years and are making them again this year to hand out in the kids' classes for Valentine's day.

They are pretty easy. Unwrap all those broken crayons you have laying around (maybe it's just my house?) and put them into a silicon cupcake mold.

Bake on a cookie sheet in a 225 oven until melted. Take them out of the oven and then let them cool. When cool, pop out of the mold.

The color possibilities are endless and the kids love to color with them.

You can give them as gifts or just use them for a fun craft day.

Want to win 6 individually wrapped heart crayons?

Head over for my first ever Instagram only giveaway!

Follow me on Instagram and repost the picture below with the hashtag #thechattymommy.

I will pick a winner Monday morning and mail out asap.
U.S. only please.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Starting Over....

Here I am ....
Still the same gal, just busy and changing. Forever changing. And I mean that in a good way. Yeah, I want to lose weight- hate to say it, because I always say it, so you can believe it when you see it or the proof is in the pudding ::errr:: maybe no pudding? But, regardless I am working on it. Just like I am working on being more organized and a better mom and a better cook....

Yada, yada.
I love the New Year, but I also want to tread lightly on naming 1,000 resolutions I plan on tackling.  I am the quintessential "January resolution///what resolution? by March" girl
But, I do miss blogging, so here is my jumping off point.
So much is new it seems, but I guess with a baby that's how it goes.

Some things going on?
-I am homeschooling my kindergartner, not exactly by choice, but necessity, and I am enjoying having him home, but striving to do my best to be his teacher.
-Our little girl is 8 months and just got over her first fever like a champ.  She is a blast.

-I am on instagram and now entered a weight loss competition with a bunch of fun, supportive women that you can check out with the hashtag #alittletoofluffy
-And I have a lot of new plans for the blog...  (have I said that before?)
Stay tuned...

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