Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Snake

Last night my husband was planting some hostas for me and we found a baby garden snake. It was tiny, about 6 inches and very active. He showed our son who was completely captivated by it.

We brought it in and put in our former crabitat. (Our hermit crabs had been upgraded to a bigger home and this one still had the heat rock and watering shell) We intended to keep it over night so he could show his cousin the following day.

About halfway to bedtime we decided it was probably not snake proofed enough for our peace of mind, so we released it outside.

This morning my son imediately went to the tank looking for the snake. I told him what happened and he says,

Oh the snake got out Mommy? That's not good.

I could have died laughing at his serious tone and expression! His phrases are always surprising me, but the inflection he chooses is what strikes me the funniest. My little serious man!

we took the opportunity to teach him about snakes being dangerous and should be left on their own. Now we wonder where Momma Snake is hiding.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Pennies for Xrays

My son swallowed a penny the other day. Being a nurse I didn't think too much of it really. Being a Mom I felt he got past my defensive screening and found an object that he could have chocked on! Terrible! But I knew that this is a normal part of childhood and made sure it did indeed go down. (He could swallow and keep down water)

We kept a close eye on him and he did great the rest of the night. However, the next morning he couldn't keep anything (even water) down. After cleaning the puddles, we headed for the hospital for an Xray. His doctor ordered just in case.

Turns out he had a flu bug, and the penny was waiting for his exit orders in the large bowel. Sometimes strange coincidences occur simultaneously!

Here is the basics in coin swallowing:
  • Make sure offending object is in the stomach by giving them water then food.
  • Watch for signs of airway obstruction like drooling or turning blue
  • Contact your pediatrician with any concerns or for questions
  • If all is clear, wait a few days (2-4) for penny to pass (they don't even feel it)
  • Don't beat yourself up, but make sure all loose change is put away until this stage passes

Monday, July 19, 2010

Momma's Boy

I was changing my son yesterday and as usual hugged him into my lap when all done and told him "I love you!" He eloquently replied, "Oh. You Love me? Hmmm."

Being as ornery as he is, I asked him, "Don't you love Mommy?" and immediately thought I could see a glimpse into the future. Oh my I thought! I hope he doesn't have this conversation with any of his future girl friends.

What a disaster that would be. Can you picture it? Imagine the look on that poor gal's face. Aren't you going to say you love me too? and getting a... Hmm

My little heart breaker is growing up too fast. All babies do, but why does Mommy's little boy have to be such a man already? And why do us gals have to hear it back? I hope I can at least teach my daughter to break that cycle.

If you love someone, tell them! If they say hmm, let it go. It's better than "That's too bad" at least! These little ones start out knowing so much and we teach them all the wrong responses. I sincerely hope that when my son does fall in love he says so, and only when he's sure!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

How To Make PlayDough

All kids love playdough, but most kids run out way before your ready to buy more. So here is the easy instructions you can use to make your own. Be sure to store it in an air tight container. (You can even recycle butter tubs for this purpose.)


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 1 Cup Water

(Wheat flour will make a sand colored dough that kids will love!)


  • Combine Flour and Salt in large bowl
  • Pour in water and mix until you reach desired consistency
  • That's It! Your ready to play!

If your dough starts to dry out just knead in more water. This kind of playdough does not last as long as it's cooked counterparts.

You want colors or better texture?
No problem add a few ingredients and steps and you can have anything you want. Here is another recipe that is more like the store bought kind.


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 Cup Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cream of Tarter
  • Food Coloring (2 packages KoolAid can be used as well)
  • Mix dry ingredients in a pan making sure to get out lumps
  • Add water and heat while stirring until resembles mashed potatoes
  • DO NOT OVER COOK as it will crumble when playing
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool
  • Knead until smooth
  • Your hands may smell of the Kool-Aid flavor even with gloves.
  • Save the coloring step for last and use bakers gel/paste colors. Kids love watching the dough change colors
  • Add glitter for sparkly dough
  • Add Vanilla extract or Peppermint extract to keep dough preserved, prevent molding, and add wonderful scent.
There is no limit to the kinds of dough you can create for your little ones. Just experiment and find what works for you. Make sure to store them out of reach as these are not intended to eat. It will not harm your child, but it can make your pets very ill due to the high salt content.

Friday, July 9, 2010

My new StoreFront

You can find discount clothes for your little ones in my new digi-store, KidZKorneR.
Only on efleaa:

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kids Clothes Store

KidZ KorneR was born from the piles of clothing that my children seemed to outgrow before actually wearing. I was washing new clothes, putting them in the closet and finding that they were too small by the time I pulled them out again.

All my items are clean, stain free (as far as I can tell) and from my loving smoke free home. They start at a bid of $1.00 and have very low shipping rates. Efleaa has such great specials that I am able to keep costs down so I am passing the savings along as these are tight times for everyone.

I just opened a FREE store on efleaa.com
Come on over and check out KidZKorneR on efleaa and bid on quality used and new children's clothing and more. Be sure to bookmark me as I am adding a few new items every day!

Thank you for your time and support!

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