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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year’s Resolutions


Amy Hannold Familytimeandmoney.com


Does the New Year mean resolutions for you? If you are like many people, dieting, exercise, better money management, and more living “in the moment” (slowing down, prioritizing) top your list of changes.

At the University of Washington, they studied people making New Year’s resolutions. They found that "The keys to making a successful resolution are a person's confidence that he or she can make the behavior change and the commitment to making that change," says a researcher. The study also indicates that "resolutions are a process, not a one-time effort that offers people a chance to create new habits." Even if people are successful, they need to follow-up on their behavior over the years.

To be successful with your own resolutions, consider their suggestions:
• Have a strong initial commitment to make a change.• Have coping strategies to deal with problems that will come up. • Keep track of your progress. The more monitoring you do and feedback you get, the better you will do.

Sure-fire ingredients for setting yourself up for resolution failure include:
• Not thinking about making resolutions until the last minute.• Reacting on New Year's Eve and making your resolutions based on what's bothering you or is on your mind at that time.• Framing your resolutions as absolutes by saying, "I will never do X again."

Persistence can pay off. Of the people who successfully achieved their top resolution, only 40 percent of them did so on their first attempt. The rest made multiple tries, with 17 percent finally succeeding after more than six attempts.


As final words of encouragement to resolution makers they offer these suggestions:
"Take credit for success when you achieve a resolution, but it is a mistake to blame yourself if you fail. Instead, look at the barriers that were in your way. See how you can do better the next time and figure out a better plan to succeed. You do get to try again and can make behavior changes throughout the year, not only at New Year's."


What does this mean for those of us mindful of our money? According to financial experts quoted by the Associated Press, New Year or not, there is no better time to improve your financial circumstances than today. Evaluate your spending and investing. Think ahead, they suggest, to the day that you will be thankful that you made allocations for the future. Preparing for the future financially may require learning more about money and how to make it work for you. Make it your goal to know more about your investments and insurances (life, home, health—evaluate periodically as your needs change). Seek reliable, reasonable, and recommended financial advice.


The best advice of all is to track your progress-and any detours-as you journey through the New Year. Keep a log of your money savings, track your progress towards goals and document what you have learned. When you can show yourself positive change, you will be inspired. Share your goals and progress with others. Use the buddy system and enlist the encouragement of your family or friends!


While we’re thinking ahead to the future, Valentines Day is approaching! For affordable and thoughtful ideas on making your sweetie feel special, check out these sites: “Mars and Venus” minded can find a “Romantic Planner”, a calendar of romance for every day of the month—and lots of other good ideas: http://www.marsvenus.com/Romance_Planner.php

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WIN - Wyland Dolphin tail Fin, Snorkle and Mask


Even with several months left of winter and rain I am still ready for some sunshine and my kids are ready to hit the pool again.

Get reayd for summer 2010 with this New Line of Fun Swimming Accessories with Wyland Marine Life Artwork that Encourages Kids to Protect the Ocean

Legendary artist, philanthropist and marine lover, Wyland, has teamed up with FINIS, Worldwide Leader in Technical Swimming Development, to create a new line of fun and lively ocean-inspired swim gear. Now available in stores, the range of colorful snorkels, masks and fins emulate the colors and aesthetics of marine wildlife introducing children to an “under the sea” swimming experience. Wyland’s hope is that the new line of high-end but affordable and fun swim gear will help raise awareness amongst today’s youth and educate them about the dangers that the world’s oceans and wetlands currently face.

“My art is about spreading the message that if people see the beauty in nature, they’ll work to preserve it”, says Wyland. “Wyland’s partnership with FINIS is a perfect way to share this message to swimmers of all ages,” says John Mix, President of FINIS. “Wyland is the master of marine life imagery – we are thrilled to be working with him to make our high-quality product line more appealing to kids by adding his creativity and artwork.”


Every child dreams of being a mermaid or a dolphin when they think about the ocean, with that in mind FINIS and Wyland have created the “Dolphin Tail”, a unique piece that slips onto both feet at once and secures them with an adjustable Velcro strap. Feeling like the “Little Mermaid” the child can swim easily with this fun lightweight fin. Available in aqua or pink, they resemble the swimming technique of an actual dolphin, fish, or mermaid in the sea. The Dolphin Tail is available for $29.99 at www.FINISINC.com.

For the older kids, there is the “Whale Tail” monofin, a larger, firmer version of the Dolphin Tail. These fins are tailored towards anyone over the age of 12 who is simply looking for a little fun while swimming. Designed for kids and adults with shoes sizes 1-7 for kids and 8-12 for adults, these adjustable fins make for fast underwater swimming. The Whale Tail retails at $49.99 for kids and $89.99 for adults and is available at www.FINISINC.com.

Your child can go under the sea and explore with these ocean inspired Guppy Goggles and Explorer and Elite Mask and Snorkel sets. These goggles, masks and snorkel sets boast superior-quality materials, an ergonomic design and comes in sizes for both youth and adults. The goggles are available for $11.99-$14.99 and the mask and snorkel sets are available for $24.99- $49.99 at www.FINISINC.com.

For more information, visit www.FINISINC.com.

WIN: 24/7 MOMS and Finis Inc are giving away one Wyland Dolphin Tail and mask and snorkel set.

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Think Taxes Now –Save Time & Money Later!



Amy Hannold, FamilyTimeandMoney.com


Before you ring in the new year, take some time to consider your tax-filing situation. Here are some things to think about:


Given To Charity This Year? – This is a good time to gather your charitable giving receipts. Are there any other deductions you want to acquire before 2010 begins? Consult your tax preparer or IRS.gov for information. IRS.gov also has a list of reputable charities – check here before you give to an unfamiliar charity.


Contribute to an IRA for yourself and your spouse. You have until April 15, 2010 to make IRA contributions for 2009. (From cnn.com: check out CNN.com or MSN.com for their money-related articles).


Consider your withholdings allowances and withholding status: Though many of us look forward to a tax refund every year, ask yourself if what you’re getting back could be paid to you throughout the year, instead of loaning it to Uncle Sam at 0% interest—wouldn’t that be better? Evaluate your W-4 and see if any changes can be made.


Get Organized: Make it a resolution! Designate one area in your home and one set of files to organize all of your financial/home data. Start collecting those pieces of information that you’ll need at tax time. Being organized can save you lots of time and money when you know what you have and can find it fast! This includes receipts for big purchases, warranties/instructions, credit card statements, etc.


Want More Money Information? Check out these sites:

http://www.moneyinstructor.com/

This site has information for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and individuals who want to teach kids money matters—and learn for themselves as well! Read more about personal finance and other helpful money saving/investing/credit ideas.

http://finance.yahoo.com/taxes Several finance articles on money and personal finance can be found here. Lots of information on new tax laws and how to prepare for filing taxes.


Best Consumer and Finance Freebie: Order your free copy of the “Consumer Action Handbook”! It’s the yellow pages/encyclopedia of everything you need to know to protect yourself, make wise spending decisions and more!:

http://www.consumeraction.gov/

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What is one New Years resolution you would like to make?
Riddle:
Q: Why did the little grape try not to snore?


A: It did not want to wake the rest of the bunch.

(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Teacher Conferences: My Love and Hate Relationship


I will be completely honest I have a love hate relationship with teacher conferences, report cards coming home and IEP (individualized education plan) meetings.

Being the mom to what we call a puzzle child never makes these events ones I look forward to. What mother wants to hear the shortcomings of their child whether it be academics, social skills, physical abilities or_________? None that I have ever meet.

We moms of puzzle children have to dig deep and hang onto the positives, the smallest accomplishments, the milestones that are finally accomplished even if they are years behind what society calls normal.

Last month I attended our two youngest boys Teacher conferences. When I sit in meetings and the topic is Caleb our puzzle child I often have to bite my lip and hold back saying more then I should.

I look at these specialist/teachers wondering if they are telling me everything there is about my child's lack of accomplishments, if they are advocating enough for my child, if they are as concerned as I am, if they truly understand my frustrations and fears and mostly I wonder if they are telling me everything there is available to us with a child that has an IEP (individualized education plan). I leave these meetings always feeling like isn't there more our school system should be offering for the puzzle children.

Now don't misunderstand me I feel very fortunate that Caleb is in the school he is , to have the teachers and specialist he has, to know that he is happy and feels secure at school each day. I only question the system and does the system keep our teachers from really giving our children the best education they need and deserve. How many times have I heard "He doesn't qualify!" yet knowing he is in need of the additional services. Does that mean my child is actually being denied the same education of the non-puzzled children or the highly capable children?

I often feel I am alone on this journey, advocating for my child in a system that I am not fully aware of what it has to offer him or what I should expect from the system.

What happened to no child left behind? How does one look me in the eyes and say "We are giving him all the services he qualifies for". Yet, he is getting further and further behind his classmates.

I can assure you that as I attend each Teacher conference, IEP meeting and see my child's report cards I will continue to be his advocate, I will continue to discover the system that I am not fully aware of. I will not give up on or give into the system when it comes to my child or your child.

Do you have a puzzle child in your world? What are your thoughts and concerns about the education your child is receiving?

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Appetizers To Ring In The New Year

Ring in the New Year with these 5 Quick appetizers

Pesto Twists -from: Nestle
These tasty twists made with pesto, hazelnuts and Parmesan cheese are a delicious way to start the evening.


ingredients
1 package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
1 container (7 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Pesto with Basil
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts or almonds
1/2 cup (1.5 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese

directions
PREHEAT oven to 400° F. PLACE pastry sheets on lightly floured surface. Roll each sheet into 12-inch square. Spread pesto over one rolled pastry sheet. Sprinkle nuts and cheese evenly over pesto. Lay second sheet on top and press lightly. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Twist each strip and place on baking sheet. BAKE for 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cream Cheese 'n Herb Cucumber Bites from: Kraft Foods

What You Need
1 carrot, shredded (about 1/2 cup), divided
1/2 cup PHILADELPHIA Chive & Onion 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese
2 cucumbers, cut lengthwise in half, seeded

Make It

RESERVE 2 Tbsp. carrots. Mix remaining carrots with cream cheese; spoon into cucumber shells. Top with reserved carrots.

CUT each cucumber half into 5 pieces to serve.

Turkey Club Tortilla Roll-ups
from: Pillsbury

Pretty spirals filled with thin-sliced turkey from the deli, fresh greens, peppers, and creamy dressing, roll up fast for a quick lunch or appetizer.

INGREDIENTS
1/2cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
4oz cream cheese, softened
1/2cup chopped drained pepperoncini
2tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled
6Old El Paso® flour tortillas, 8-inch (from 11.5-oz package)
1/2cup chopped tomato
1/2lb thinly sliced cooked turkey

6 leaves leaf lettuce

DIRECTIONS
1.In small bowl, mix mayonnaise and cream cheese until smooth. Stir in pepperoncini, cilantro and bacon.
2.Warm tortillas as directed on package.
3.Spread about 2 tablespoons mayonnaise mixture on each tortilla. Top each with 1 rounded tablespoon tomato, 1 slice turkey and 1 lettuce leaf. Roll up each tortilla tightly. Cut each roll into 8 pieces; secure each piece with cocktail toothpick. Serve immediately or cover tightly and refrigerate until serving time.

Pesto Party Dip- from Nestle

Sports fans will tackle this winning recipe for Pesto Party Dip. Perfect on veggies, crackers and bread sticks, this delicious crowd-pleaser goes hand in hand with the big game. With its creamy texture and robust pesto taste, this dip is sure to score extra points.

ingredients
1 container (7 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Pesto with Basil
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons BUITONI Refrigerated Freshly Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Assorted fresh vegetables, crackers, bread sticks or shrimp

directions
PLACE pesto, cream cheese, sour cream and Parmesan cheese in food processor or blender; cover. Process until creamy.

SERVE with fresh vegetables, crackers, bread sticks or shrimp.

Bacon Quesadillas :from: Kraft Foods

What You Need!

4 flour tortillas, (6 inch)
1 cup KRAFT Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits
1/4 cup thin green onion slices

Make It!

PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Top half of each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the cheese and 1 Tbsp. each of the bacon bits and green onion. Fold tortillas in half; press lightly to secure.

PLACE in single layer on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.



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FREE Building Fun At Home Depot Kids Workshops

Join the building fun Saturday January 2nd at Home Depot's Kids Workshop and let your kids build their own Calendar for 2010.

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.

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WIN - Quick Last Minute New Years Tyson Any’tizers

Ready to ring in the New Year but still in need of Simple and Yummy appetizers to feed your guest or take to the New Year's eve party your attending this year.

Check out our 24/7 MOMS recommendation then enter to WIN it.

Try the new Tyson Any’tizers they are available in four new Sauce and Stir varieties:

Chicken Breast Chunks with General Tso Sauce
Chicken Breast Chunks with Spicy Sweet & Sour Sauce
Crispy Breaded Wings with Citrus Fire Sauce
Crispy Breaded Wings with General Tso Sauce

Made with the highest quality chicken, these bold new flavors offer protein-packed options that can be customized with the two included sauce packets to satisfy any snacking occasion. Perfect for the after-school snack attack, the big game day party or even holiday hosting, these new varieties are sure to keep families and hungry guests satisfied. Plus, they’re ready in minutes, straight from the oven or microwave, making them an easy-to-prepare, no-hassle snack.

WIN: 24/7 MOMS and Tyson are giving away One coupon for one FREE Tyson chicken product to two moms.


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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What is your favorite song to sing in the shower?
Riddle:
Q: What has forty feet and sings?


A: The school choir!

(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Survey Says......10 in 2010


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New Years Eve Kid Friendly Food

Do It Yourself Pizza Party

Create a fun DIY pizza buffet for kids and adults. They will enjoy creating their own mouth watering pizzas with the toppings they like and enjoy. Set out ready to top pizza crusts, bowls of pizza toppings and cheese and of course a big bowl of pizza sauce.

For the Pizza dough there are several options:
- Use individual boboli pizza crust you purchase at the store
- Purchase Rhodes Pizza Dough
- Order pizza dough from your local pizza parlor to make your own crusts
- Use English muffins as the pizza crust
- Make your own pizza dough


Topping Suggestions:

  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Cooked chicken
  • Salami
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Red, green and yellow sweet peppers
  • Hot peppers (pickled and fresh)
  • Fruit - pineapple, avocado, or tomatoes
  • Sausages - sliced pepperoni or crumbled cooked Italian sausage
  • herbs - oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary
  • Assorted shredded pizza cheese
Bubbly Jell-O Parfait
from: Family Fun

Grab a spoon and toast the New Year with a cool, sparkly dessert that wiggles.

1. Make bubbly Jell-O according to the directions on a box of Sparkling White Grape Jell-O. Be sure to use club soda, seltzer, or ginger ale and follow the tips on the box for getting the gelatin to sparkle.

2. Chill the Jell-O in champagne flutes or parfait glasses. We suggest making these the day of the party, since they might lose some bubbliness if they're made further ahead. Wind a metallic multicolored star garland (available at party stores) up the stem of the glass for pizzazz.

Confetti Cake - from: Family Fun

Celebrate New Year's or any special occasion with Confetti Cake.

Ingredients
  • 1 1-pound box angel food cake mix
  • 1/4 cup colored candy sprinkles
  • FROSTING INGREDIENTS AND DECORATIONS:
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 8 teaspoons cold water
  • 2 cups whipping cream (unwhipped)
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Colored sprinkles
  • 2 decorative cake sprays (available at party stores)
  • Wire star garland (available at party stores)
  • 1 sheet of shiny or metallic colored paper (for year star)
  • Marker
  • Tape
Instructions
  1. Follow the directions on the cake mix box, but just before pouring the batter into the tube pan, add the sprinkles.

  2. Mix them quickly and gently with as few strokes as possible and pour the batter into the pan immediately. If you mix and pour too slowly, the colors may bleed and color the surrounding batter.

  3. Make the frosting right before you plan to apply it so that it doesn't set. For best results, apply the frosting, sprinkles, and decoration no more than an hour before serving.

  4. Combine the gelatin and water in a small saucepan.

  5. Let it stand until thick.

  6. Set the pan over low heat, stirring constantly until the gelatin dissolves.

  7. Don't let it boil, as that would reduce the gelling power of the gelatin.

  8. Remove the gelatin from the heat. While it cools a bit, combine the cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl.

  9. Whip them with an electric mixer until the mixture thickens slightly.

  10. Gradually pour the liquid gelatin (don't let it set) into the whipped cream mixture and continue to beat at slow speed until blended. Then whip it at high speed until it's stiff and peaks form when you lift the beaters.

  11. Frost the completely cooled cake with a generous, fluffy layer, making swirls and peaks as you go.

  12. Add confetti (colored sprinkles) and the sparkly year decoration. (Tip: We applied the sprinkles to the sides of the cake by lightly tossing them against the frosting. After we stuck our store-bought metallic sprays entwined with a star garland into the cake, we cut a 2-inch star out of paper, wrote the year numerals on it, and taped it to the sprays.) Store the cake in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


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WIN - Tinycandy's Gift Book


Tinycandy’s Gift is a new Christmas story tracing the origins of the popular holiday treat, the candy cane. For Susan Estes’ third book, she explains that it is children’s differences that make them special to the world and highlights through vivid illustrations just how important one person can be.

Tinycandy is an elf growing up in the North Pole who always felt left out because he walks with a limp. With Christmas approaching, Tinycandy is desperate to find his special “gift” in order to contribute to Christmas in Santa’s workshop and become accepted by the other elves. Tinycandy soon discovers that his gift is making special candies shaped like hooks that make Christmas a little sweeter for everyone. Impressed by Tinycandy’s new talent, Santa christens the special treats “Candy Canes.”

In Tinycandy’s Gift, Estes creates a unique history of how the candy cane got its name and weaves in a classic tale that conveys to children one of the pivotal rules of life. Estes has spent her life working with and raising children and believes that teaching them to appreciate their own and others’ differences is the most important lesson of all.

Tinycandy’s Gift by Susan Estes and illustrated by MikeMotz.com (Dragon Pencil, Oct. 2009, ISBN 978-1-60131-036-1, hardcover, $14.95)

For more information on the book and available read-a-long CD, visit www.seecreativeconcepts.com.

WIN- 24/7 MOMS and Susan Estes are giving away one copy of Tinycandy's Gift book.

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New Years Eve Kid Fun

Ready to ring in a New Year?

My kids love the excitement of New Years eve, mostly because we allow them to stay up until midnight and enjoy the annual neighborhood party with all of their friends.

What are you planning this New Years eve with your kids? 24/7 MOMS has compiled some fun ideas for you to create Family Fun this New Years eve as we leave 2009 and enter 2010.

Party Fun:
Creative Fun - Have craft station where kids can decorate and create their own party hats and noise makers. Provide hats and items to embellish them with, provide bottles filled with beans then allow kids to decorate with stickers and paper cut outs to create their own noise makers.

Pinate' - Purchase a pinate' or make your own by using a large gift bag that you decorate wit New Years pictures/cut-outs, stickers and curling ribbon, fill and seal the top and hang by it's handles. Fill with small toys and candy.

Clock Hunt - Have an adult or teenager hide a ticking clock/timer. After the clock is hidden, send the kids off to find it. For additional fun, set the clock's alarm to go off in five to ten minutes. If the children don't find the clock—the alarm will go off giving them a clue as to where it is hidden


Party Favors:

Party Crackers - DIY and Make your own party crackers.
You can make your own by filling cardboard TP rolls with small prizes and candy. Then wrap with wrapping paper and tie the ends. They can also be purchased in party stores.

Confetti Balloons -
Have the kids punch paper circles out of brightly colored construction paper with a hole puncher to make their own confetti. (or use store-bought confetti.) Put as many confetti pieces as possible into each deflated balloon using a funnel. Blow up the balloons and hang them in reach of the children. A few moments before midnight ( or time you are celebrating), hand out the pins. Then when the clock strikes let the kids pop the balloons and let the confetti fly.

Party poppers - (little plastic bottle) - You can purchase these at Target and I have even seen them at grocery stores.

Family Traditions:
Family Slumber party - Everyone camps out together in your family room or bonus room. Allow your kids to make tents and forts to sleep in. OR have a kids only slumber party ( mom and dad get to sleep in their own beds).

Time Capsule - Make a family time capsule. Use a paint can or other empty container. Fill with items from the past year, pictures, newspaper articles, grocery ad, TV schedule, event tickets and written memories and stories from family members about the past year. Bury it or place in your attic to pull out in 5 to 10 years.

Kid Celebration - Celebrate the New year with your children earlier in the evening and set a particular time to welcome in the new Year such as 8:00 or 9:00 then put them to bed so the adults can celebrate kid free.

Special Foods - Choose a desert or main course that become your yearly tradition to eat on New Years eve with your family. It could be anything form Take -out to something you cook at home. Or as simple as serving Sparkling cider.

Family Letter - Write a combined letter with each family members input with memories, stories and thoughts about the year. Seal in an envelope writing the current year on it and put in a safe place to open 5 to 10 years from now.

First Nights - Attend a community First Night event in your area. Google search for local information on your community celebrations.

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Free Creative FUN for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores


Lakeshore Learning Store offers free craft making opportunities for your kids each Saturday from 11am-3pm. These crafts are geared towards children aged 3 and up.

Saturday January 2nd join in the creativity fun and make Precious Memories Photo Stand.

Click here to find a store near you.

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: Do you prefer Cake or Cupcakes?
Riddle: A fun cupcake story today

Perfect Cupcakes

A young man was visiting his brother and sister-in-law for Sunday dinner. As he arrived at their house he found his young nephew, Mikey, helping them bake some cupcakes.

After they were done, his sister-in-law allowed Mikey to put the icing on. When the boy had finished, he brought them to the table.

"The cupcakes look delicious, Mike." his uncle said. He took a bite and said, "Mikey these are so good."

As he finished cupcake and took another, he again complimented his little nephew. "The cupcakes look beautiful, Mikey," his uncle said. "How did you get the icing so neat?"

His nephew replied, "It was easy. I just licked them."

The uncle turned pale. He pointed to the plate of cupcakes. "You licked all of these?"

Mikey replied, "Well no. After a while my tongue got tired, and I got the dog to help."


(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Deal Of The Day - Family Fun Magazine

Deal of the Day - I think that I have been subscribing to Family Fun magazine since the year it hit the news stands - It has given me oodles and oodles of great ideas of fun with my kids. TODAY you can get a 1 year subscription for $4.95 from the 24/7 MOMS Amazon store. ( the price says $9.95 however $5.00 will be taken off at check out). Subscribe today at the 24/7 MOMS store in the magazine section.

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Freebie Of The Day - Become Skin Care


Freebie Of The Day - FREE Become Skin Care Weekender Sample Kit. When you sign up HERE.

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24/7 MOMS Rock In 2010


24/7 MOMS wants to rock the mom world in 201o. So, we are looking for how you as a MOM want to improve, change or help your MOM world to rock in 2010.

Tell us the areas you want to know more about, want ideas, want MOM tips or want help in.

Anything from Home Organization, Meal planning, potty training, getting your kids to listen, making memories- Tell us what you want from 24/7 MOMS in 2010.

Leave us a comment or email us at trisha@247moms.com

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WIN -Thomas & Friends™ Splish Splash Splosh DVD


Soak up adventure with Thomas and his engine friends as they travel around the Island of Sodor in the all-new Thomas & Friends™ Splish Splash Splosh arriving on DVD January 5, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Teaching timeless life lessons such as discovery, friendship and cooperation, the Thomas & Friends animated series invites children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story.

The new host, Driver Perkins is new on the Island of Sodor, and can be seen ONLY on DVD. Driver Perkins helps out Sir Topham Hatt, all of Sodor’s engines and the train engineers. This friendly character also engages children with interactive dialogue and extra fun, like showing how to make a cake that looks just like Thomas and more!

Even when it’s wet outside you can still have plenty of fun, especially when you share your adventures with Thomas & Friends! Grab your galoshes and join the team as they prepare for rainy day visits and sudsy spills, and then get unstuck from a snowy situation in this collection of stories from the Island of Sodor.

The new DVD includes the following episodes:
o Playtime
o Splish Splash Splosh
o Slippy Sodor


WIN: 24/7 MOMS and Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment are giving away one copy of the all-new Thomas & Friends™ Splish Splash Splosh DVD.

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14 Post Christmas Family Fun Ideas

The Celebration is over, the packages are unwrapped and now it is either begin the un-decorating or continue the family fun. I choose the family fun, Ill get to the clean up once my kids are back in school.

Here are our 14 post Christmas family fun ideas:

Ice Skating - Take your kids ice skating to either an indoor or an out door rink.

PJ Day - Announce a stay in your PJ day. Allow your kids to hang out all day in their PJ's.

Snow Day - If you live close to the snow, pile your kids into the car and head to the snow for a fun day of sledding or skiing

Puzzle fun - Begin a family puzzle that you work on during your kids Christmas vacation.

Gamer day - Announce an all day video Game day for the family. Even mom and dad get to play video games with the kids. Make up fun competitions, eat pic-nick style while playing games.

Bowling - Take your kids to the local bowling alley for a family fun game. Be sure to ask for bumpers. Award prizes to your kids,

Movie Day - Who doesn't love a movie day? Rent or watch already owned moves your entire family can enjoy. Pop that popcorn get out the left over Christmas treats and enjoy a day together.

Museum fun - Play tourist and visit your local museums with your kids. Be sure to check for free and discount days.

Plan a post Christmas party - Was life crazy the last few weeks and you never got around to hosting a Christmas party. Plan a post Christmas party for families.

Family Reading - Did anyone get a new book that the whole family would enjoy? hold a nightly family reading time and enjoy a book together.

Art Projects - Do you have a kid art project you have been waiting to have time to accomplish with you kids. Now is a great time to do an art project with your kids.
Scrap booking fun - Take a day and create a 2009 Christmas scrapbook of your activities and celebrations.

Game Time - Don't put away the new games your children received without first playing them. Take time and have a family game night or day.

Cooking Fun - Kids love to cook why not let them help you prepare a meal one night or better yet prepare and freeze a few meals for the busy days ahead.

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Table Talk

Tonight's Table Talk
....to create conversation

Q: What is one thing you would like to do during the rest of your Christmas vacation?
Riddle:
Q: Why did the coach go to the bank?

A: To get his quarter back!

(each day 24/7 MOMS posts a question and riddle to help you create dinner time conversation with your families)

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

What to BUY during the after Christmas sales

Get ready to THINK outside of Christmas - we have 9 what to buy ideas for you that will save you time and money during the after Christmas sales.

1. RED - I enjoy decorating my home for Valentines day and over the years I have purchased many of my items during the after Christmas sale. Red Candles, Red paper products, Red Candy, Red dishes, Red towels and even a red miniature Christmas tree that I hang heart ornaments on and display on a table

2. GREEN - Green dishes, candles and other items that can be used in your St. Patrick's day celebration.

3. Gifts , gifts and more gifts can be purchased for those upcoming Birthdays, Mothers day, Fathers day and weddings. Also keep an eye out for favors and decorations you can use for upcoming Birthday celebrations. Perfect time to fill up your gift closet for the coming year.

4. Easter fun- Purchase your Easter Basket fillers on sale now - Check out the sticking stuffer sections at Target and Walmart .

5. Planning ahead - Purchase the items you know you will need for next Christmas Including Gingerbread house kits, Gift wrap, Christmas cards, candles, paper goods, lights, stockings, ornaments, craft kits etc.

6. Ho Ho Ho - Think about your Christmas gift giving list for next year and buy gifts on clearance for teachers, annual gift exchange parties you attend, family members, your children etc.

7. Deals - Look for everyday items you are in need of that prices have been slashed on - Kitchen appliances, dishes, linens, clothing etc.

8. Groceries - Purchase food items that you usually purchase but are are in Christmas packaging. Such as cookies, crackers, cake mixes etc. Also items such as Kleenex, candles, paper products.

9. Think - When you are out shopping think outside of Christmas and how you can use the items on clearance for other occasions, celebrations and everyday.

What do you buy during the after Christmas sales?

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

What to do with those Christmas Leftovers - Prime Rib Leftover Recipes

Our big Christmas celebration is over and we had a fabulous Prime Rib dinner thanks to the Novotny Chef also known as the Dad and Husband in our home.

Now it's time to take our left overs and create meals that my family will enjoy.

Below are a few simple and yummy recipes for Prime rib leftovers.

What will you create with your Christmas leftovers?

Quick French Dip Sandwich

Ingredients:
left over prime rib sliced for sandwich's
1 -2 Au jus sauce
Sandwich Rolls ( toasted if you choose)

Directions:
Make au ju according to package.
Add sliced prime rib to au ju.
Places desired amount of sliced prime rid onto sandwich rolls.
Serve with individual bowls of au ju for dipping sandwich into.

Prime Rib Noodle Stroganoff Dish

Trisha's Simple Version
Ingredients:
left over prime rib cut-up into bite size pieces
1 -2 Pkgs Brown gravy mix
1 bag egg noodles cooked

Directions:
Make gravy according to package.
Add cut-up prime rib to gravy.
Pour over cooked noodles.

Paula Deens - Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cubed round steak, cut into thin strips
  • House Seasoning, recipe follows
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Cooked egg noodles

Directions

Season the steak strips with House Seasoning, then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding salt and pepper, as needed. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.

House Seasoning:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Yields: 1 1/2 cups



Prime Rib Soup
from: Better recipes

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 bones from a roasted Beef Rib roast, with some meat attached*
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 of 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup pearled barley
  • 1 medium potato, diced
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables

Method

Put all ingredients, through parsley, in a large pot. Cook over medium heat for 1/2 hour. Add barley and cook for another 1/2 hour. Remove bones from pot & cool. Remove meat from bones & cut into pieces. Return meat to pot and then add potato and mixed vegetables. Cook 1/2 hour or until potatoes are cooked.

Notes: *If bones are not left over from a cooked roast, be sure to season them and brown them in the oven before making soup.

Number of Servings: 6 servings

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