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10 months old!!!

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Ok, nevermind the fact that Baby J will be 11 months in 5 days!

Better late than never, right? I’ll blame it all on lazy summer days. But since I’m sooooo late I’ll keep this short and sweet. Baby J learned to walk right before she turned 10 months! So she’s excitedly spent the month perfecting her newly found skill.

And because she’s so cute walking around, here’s a little clip for you to check it out. (I promise she’ll make you smile :) )

Happy 13th birthday!!!

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Happy birthday! Turtle D is 13!

Turtle D

When she was younger she used to eat soooooo slow. So we started calling her Turtle D. Now her rate of speed at the dinner table has sped up. Considerably. :) But lately we have new areas in which she holds true to her name. Like getting dressed and ready for the day. However I do understand. Being this cute doesn’t happen during a commercial break.

Happy birthday Turtle D! Here’s to you growing up into a beautiful young lady. We love you!!!

Stewed okra and tomatoes

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It’s back! The Pinterest Challenge, summer edition , hosted by a few of my favorite blogs YoungHouseLove and Bower Power.  And this time they brought along  Ten June and Centsational Girl. Stop by and give them a visit and check out the cool things others have done!

We’ve been busy around here doing…………………..well just regular family summer … stuff. But if you’re new here have a look around. Stay awhile. Here’s what I’ve been up to.


Okra is one of those foods that you either love it or hate it. Growing up my Mom used to eat it and I thought that it looked sooooo disgusting. I mean come on, it was slimy! But since then I’ve learned to love it. I love fried okra, and I’ll even drive across town to a Fresh Market to buy dried okra (it’s delish).

I needed a new side dish that would please everyone (well, almost everyone, Turtle D hates okra. But with a family of six, 5 out of 6 isn’t bad, right?So I set out to try to make stewed okra and tomatoes. And I won’t lie. The first time I ate it was at a buffet restaurant. And it’s basically the only reason I’d go to that restaurant now. It seemed pretty straight forward so I gave it a shot. Initially I planned on using fresh okra and tomatoes but decided against it when I saw that we had both frozen okra and canned tomatoes already! I used fire roasted diced tomatoes, which worked out great. The seasoning was perfect, but if you choose fresh tomatoes, or regular canned tomatoes you can season them with salt and pepper as well as any other seasoning that you prefer.

Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

  • okra, frozen cut or fresh   1 1/2 pounds
  • tomatoes, canned or fresh   24 ounces
  • onion
  • oil
  • salt and pepper (optional)
  1. Dice onion and saute in oil until soft and translucent.
  2. If using fresh okra cut into small pieces.
  3. Add onions, okra and tomatoes to a medium sized sauce pan.
  4. Allow to come to a soft boil. Stir occasionally.
  5. Cover and reduce heat,  simmer. Cook approximately 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Done when mixture has thickened slightly and okra is tender.

I loved it and can’t believe it was so easy. Serve it over rice or alone as a side dish. Hope you enjoy.

9 months old!

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Baby J is 9 months old! Not only is she growing quicker than ever, but her little personality is exploding with character. It’s really cool to be able to watch her become her own tiny person.

She’s pretty amazing. Here’s what she’s up to:

  • drinks less milk and eats more table food
  • has her two bottom teeth
  • sleeps through the entire night
  • can crawl up the stairs
  • starting to cruise
  • stands up on her own (without pulling up)
  • climbs over, under, and thru anything

It worked, free Redbox for everyone!!!

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RedBox video rental kiosk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a skeptic. Any sale that’s too great, I’m checking for holes and expiration dates! So when I ran across a post (here) about free Redbox movies I was a little suspicious. I’m not a total pessimist, it’s just that I hate to be the lady that’s holding up the line so long that it looks like I’m applying for a home loan at the kiosk.

You know that lady, we’ve all seen her!

Anyways, this weekend I gave it a try and it worked! Well actually, the first code I tried (REDBOX) did not work. But I jotted down a short list of codes before I left the house so I moved on to the second code (DVDONME). And BINGO!

Don’t you love free stuff? I’ve never won anything, so I have to take my small victories wherever I can get them! So we actually used the same code again tonight.

So head on over to Pretty Providence to check it out. Thanks ladies of PP!

I’ll continue to update this post as I try more codes. And note that the promo codes are only good for one night’s rental ($1.20). So if you keep the movie for more than one night, or choose a blu ray you’ll have to pay the difference.

***promo code REDBOX did not work for me, but DVDONME has worked twice.***

Happy Father’s Day

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Happy Father’s Day!

As a family we are so lucky to have Antonio as our Daddy. Being the only male in the house he deals with pouting, school shopping, rolling eyes, refereeing fights over borrowed clothes, and gives the best pep talks.

He holds her hand, she holds his heart.

Four girls… and he does it all so well. I know that he was meant to be “Daddy”.

A Father is someone who they’ll always look up to, no matter how tall they get.

He is King of the Throne, D.A.D, Our Sun…Daddy.

Safe in Daddy’s arms.

It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping. ~ John Sinor  :)

Happy Father’s Day!

It’s Summer!!!

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It’s summertime!!! Well maybe not officially, but it’s already summer around here!  The kids have been out of school for three weeks already. And somehow I’ve managed to get the “OMG, I’m so bored” look only once or twice, though I’m sure they do it all the time as soon as I turn my back.

Is she bored?!

So here’s a little of what we’ve been up to and planning to do to keep the boredom at bay:

  • Practice driving (for Monkey) yes, driving … as in a vehicle. A real one!
  • Go roller skating
  • Mastering potty training (for the Little One finally)
  • Go to the movies
  • Try new recipes
  • Teach the Little One to ride her bike
  • Bowling
  • Catch up on reading
  • Swimming

Kids in the summer time definitely aren’t cheap. Here’s a few tips to help entertain on a budget.

  1. Go skating on family night. Pay a flat rate to include skates for the whole family. Plus the family atmosphere is way better than going on days when you’d get ran over by the Speed Devil skating backwards to BBD. Well…. except if that’s you….
  2. Go to the dollar movies. Actually, it’s $1.99 in our area!  But they show a good variety of movies that are fairly recent.
  3. If you’d rather curl up at home with a movie, hit up a RedBox.

    (Photo credit: kalebdf)

    They’re easy, convenient and everywhere. Plus it’s way cheaper than using On-Demand on your cable. AND I just read a post that claims that you can get it for free. Yeah, free.  I found the info here. However, I haven’t tried it yet. I’ll update you guys when I do.

  4. Go to a matinee for new releases.  You can save about $2.50, PER PERSON! Who cares if the sun is still out!
  5. Purchase a family pass for a neighborhood pool or water park.
  6. Most libraries have tons of summer activities. Involve your kids before they’re too cool to want to participate. They also have summer reading programs that rewards free treats and great offers. Reading = Free ice cream          Everyone wins. :)
  7. Like bowling? AMF bowling is offering FREE bowling for kids 15 and under ALL summer.
    Bowlingballs on ball return

    (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Here’s the link. You sign up and they will email you a weekly voucher that’s good for 2 games per day for each kid! For the rest of the family, they offer a great one time flat rate for the entire summer.

To further keeps costs down, always feed the kiddos before you leave the house. If not, stomachs will growl in unison upon passing the nearest fast food joint!

Hope this helps to keep a little cash in your pockets. Any ideas or tips that work for you? Pass them along!


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