September 30, 2011

Flashback Friday

Little Callie Wilson-I must be around 8 here? Just guessing.

September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

A few cute shots from my Iphone as of late.

Lily with some of her "favorite little kids." I finally got Lily in a picture, she's always so busy!

And two cute ones of P-one of him actually grinning! And one of him putting up with us at a local restaurant.

September 27, 2011

Beer Bread-3 Ingredients!

We ate this amazing bread with dinner two nights in a row. It's so so yummy, and SO easy.

Beer Bread: (from

3 cups self rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 12 oz. bottle of beer

Sift the flour and sugar into a bowl.

Stir in the beer. The batter will be thick.

Pour into a lightly greased loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

September 22, 2011

First Pinterest Project

We started our fall crafting early this year! Parker and Lily made ghosts from their hand or foot stamps. They turned out pretty cute. I got all our supplies at Walmart for around $6.

I'm hoping to debut our other little project after I run to the store tomorrow.

September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

I think he knows that when the Iphone is out, I'm snapping away, but no matter how much I beg, shout his name, and look like a fool, he will not look at me and smile for a picture!

September 20, 2011

Top 10 Tuesday

Maybe I'll start a new tradition with this one. But 10 items is a hard list to come up with on occasion. I started off with a fun one that I'm also passionate about-10 reasons why cloth diapers are better than disposable diapers. So here goes. (oh, and I just threw in a few pictures of how cute my boy is in cloth!)

10 Reasons Why Cloth Diapers Are Better than Disposable Diapers.

1. Obviously-you save tons and tons of money. Google it. Thousands and thousands of dollars. I have spent $200 on my CD stash. And they are one sized, so he uses them the ENTIRE time he is in diapers.

2. You save the planet. Diapers take 550 years to decompose, so, every single disposable diaper ever manufactured and then used is still out there decomposing somewhere. YIKES.

3. You save your baby's bum. Google dioxin. Scary.

4. Throw out your Destin! Cloth diapers are so much gentler on your babies skin (meaning, natural materials and fibers vs. the bleached paper of a disposable diaper). No more diaper rash!

5. You can re-sell your diapers ( for up to 70% of what you originally paid for them.

6. You can hand them down to your next baby.

7. You don't get those explosive diapers (I won't get too graphic, but you know what I mean) with cloth diapers like you do sposies.

8. You always have diapers on hand(no more late night trips to Kroger!)

9. You have so many options-the pattern and material, the type of diaper you want (pocket, prefold, fitted, AIO, AI2, hybrid). You can adjust the absorbency...basically PERSONALIZE the perfect diaper for your baby!

10. Fluffy bums are so much CUTER! How else can a baby's butt get compliments but when its wrapped in an adorable cloth diaper??

September 19, 2011

Another Birthday Party! And Happy Birthday Lily!

Whew, feels like we just had one. Luckily, my sweet daughter took it easy on me, and she decided she wanted to invite a few close friends to Build a Bear Workshop. All the kids got to make their own bears. They had such a fun time, and they were so cute. The kids were really well behaved too! We finished off the day with cake in the food court and presents. No cleanup before or after for me, I was very pleased! The cake was pretty yummy, from a local bakery we had tried out for the first time. Lily was tickled with her bear, all her presents, and had a wonderful day with all her friends and family!

Today she is 7...I really can't believe it. We got her new Keds, a necklace from Justice, and a brand new bike, with brakes on the handle bars and a kickstand, her only stipulations. I promised her shopping at Target with some birthday money later, and a kids meal. She's easy to please! And we're making a big spaghetti dinner tonight.

The child that has saved my life in SO many ways. We may have grown up a bit together, but she was (and still is) the stimulus for all that I do-including getting a college degree. She's so kind to others, genuinely has fun pretty much wherever she is, loves Jesus, loves her little brother, helps me at home, plays softball, does great in school and recognizes double the sight words required, loves animals, bugs, and being outside, and has the cutest freckles and curls. I can't believe how grown up she seems now. I love you to the moon and back and then some, Lily Bug!

September 16, 2011

Adorable Giveaway

Parker is insanely obsessed with balls. Dad and Lily play softball, so he is constantly saying ball, wanting the ball, throwing the ball down the driveway...

I came across an awesome giveaway on one of my favorite blogs, and these balls are insanely adorable, and soft and safer for him (and me! My toes get HURT sometimes!)

Check out the Giveaway Here!

September 14, 2011

My Mei Tai-an ALMOST Wordless Wednesday

My mother showed up with this box...

A Singer sewing machine from the 1940s. And here is how we spent our Wednesday (along with Dunkin Donuts hot coffee, and later, veggie subs.) I can't give you instructions because I am not really sure what she did. I only helped where I could. Let's just say I've been bit by the sewing bug, and although it took me 2 hours to thread the bobbit this evening, I'm not giving up just yet.

The end result: My beautiful Mei Tai. Parker already loves being worn on my back!

September 6, 2011

I heart Publix

Since becoming a stay at home mom, I have definietly fallen into the couponing craze. I am not a pyscho by no means (I did once get 20 boxes of pasta for free, but they are still going to good use), but I love a deal and I love stocking up. I try to get as much as I will need until the next sales cycle.

Couponing can be hard to get a hang of, but if you live in the south, will teach you everything you need to know. I print coupons from the Internet as well as cut them from the free papers and Sunday papers that I buy.

I fell off the wagon and my stockpile was dwindling, but here is what happened today at Publix:

I got all this for $15.37 and I saved $47.02 cents. These are all products that I would normally buy and use. I don't just get cat litter because it's on sale for .65 or anything. I'm saving on things we love and would buy at regular price (well, we used to buy at regular price!)

I got two Whole Fruit sorbets, regularly $2.99 for $.49 each, 4 Ken's salad dressings regularly $1.99 for $.50 each, two glass cleaners for $0.24 each, 4 boxes of Cheezits for $1.54 each, 2 Breyers ice creams for $1.99 each, 2 Degree deodorants regularly $2.07 for $0.07 each, and 6 jars of pasta sauce for $.39 each!

You get AMAZING deals at Publix. When they have B1G1, you don't have to buy both, you can get one for half the price. Add that to a coupon, and you are saving tons of money. Publix also takes local competitors coupons and doubles coupons up to .50 (I.E. a $.50 coupon becomes $1 off).

Couponing can be difficult when you are trying to plan healthy dinners, but I generally avoid the really junky stuff. I don't stock pile Hungry Man Dinners or Hostess Cupcakes. Not that I won't eat the ice cream and Cheez Its, but I am always on the prowl for any organic coupons or healthy snacks for the kids, like yogurt, applesauce, etc. I've gotten huge bags of granola, organic milk and eggs, organic waffles and french toast, organic chips, organic applesauce, organic yogurt, and more. You just need to take the time to look, and you can save your family insane amounts of money. I will never again pay full price for cereal, cleaning products, or any snack really. And you're saving, so you can spend more on the fruits and organic chicken.

Happy couponing!

September 2, 2011

Wilson Spaghetti Sauce

Wilson is my maiden name, and my parents both make the best spaghetti sauce. I think everyone adds a little bit of their own "something" to it, but here is how I make my parents sauce:

1 small yellow onion chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
A few teaspoons olive oil.

Combine the above, and saute until the onions are translucent, but not brown.

Meat: I use turkey sausage, but you can really use regular ground beef, meatballs, whatever. Go ahead and brown your meat.

1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 large can tomato sauce
1 small can tomato puree

(IMO, the Contadina brand is the best, but Hunts will work or store brand too.)
Garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper to taste. Salt and pepper to taste too.

Combine everything in a big pot or crockpot. I crockpot mine and let it cook all day, occasionally stirring or adding more spice (and I just dropped and broke my crockpot last night, sadly). You could probably let it cook on low on the stove for an hour or two.

Yum! Makes you feel like you are back in Jersey.

Mexican Mac N Cheese

Here is a super easy, freeze-able recipe I got from my sweet friend Brittany. It is so insanely easy, not very healthy, but a yummy fast fix for lunch or dinner. My kids refused it, as it was a little spicy, but I made Shane the rest for lunch today.

2 cups elbow macaroni
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 package taco seasoning
1 cup Velvetta, cut into really small pieces

Cook the macaroni as the box directs. In a baking dish, combine everything else, and cook for about 25 minutes. Yuuuum. Might be good with some veggies thrown in, like onions, olives, or diced tomatoes next time.