Stop Counting to 3 & Start Teaching Responsibility

Stop Counting to 3 & Start Teach Responsibility | Reasons why you shouldn't count to three with an alternative way to get your child to behave. | #Children #Parenting #Behavior |

When it comes to parenting, we all have our opinions. Spanking vs. No Spanking. Co-sleeping vs. Crying it out. Cloth vs. Disposable. Formula vs. Breast. Yeah, there’s a lot of decisions to make and wade though.

One seemingly innocent parenting skill, is to count to three. The purpose of which is that if your child doesn’t respond within that count, an appropriate punishment would be handed out. Unfortunately, there is one major pitfall to this method plus a scary possibility. Let’s start with the pitfall.

We all know that before the age of five, children absorb and learn faster and easier than at any age. Repetition and patterns teach us better than anything else. Ever watched a children’s educational program? They repeat the same numbers, letters, colors, etc. over and over throughout the same program because it helps it to stick.

Bacon Ranch Pasta – A Mouthwatering Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta | Creamy ranch goodness with bacon and tomato! |

Let’s face it, there are few people who don’t like ranch, bacon or pasta. So what happens when you add them all together? Yeah, that’s right. You get a mouth explosion of goodness!

When I make Bacon Ranch Pasta for cookouts or potlucks, someone is always asking for the recipe. Oh and I have to make extra for a certain lady at my husband’s work! Those are the kind of compliments that I like receiving.

Nature Walking in June of 2014

Nature Walking - June 2014 | Flowers, Animals, Fish and more! |

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At the end of May I started getting exercise. Not just “more” exercise but “some” exercise! For the last several years I’ve been really good at holding my computer chair in place. All that that has accomplished is to make me severely out of shape and unhealthy.

I began with water aerobics for an hour and within a week I added walking for a half hour. I’m now walking about 1.7 miles a day and I hope to increase it to 2.5 by the end of July. Being very obese, walking isn’t very easy or enjoyable.

In order to make walking a little more palatable, I challenge myself to find one interesting or beautiful picture. Sometimes I find several in one day. Sometimes I find weird things that I doubt anyone else would be interested in.

Funny Presidential Quotes

Presidential Funny Quotes such as '“The caribou love it. They rub against it and they have babies. There are more caribou in Alaska than you can shake a stick at. - George Bush, on the Alaska pipeline | Laugh with Us -

Rather than give you jokes about our presidents (most of which are quite tasteless) we’re giving you some humorous quotes by our presidents.
They’ve said some interesting, witty and downright eyebrow raising statements. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Democrat or Republican, there is something for everyone!

Mrs. Huddle finds this quote particularly humorous:
“The caribou love it. They rub against it and they have babies. There are more caribou in Alaska than you can shake a stick at.”
-George Bush, on the Alaska pipeline

Mock Swiss Steak – The quick & easy version!

Mock Swiss Steak

I had some cube steak in the freezer which I normally turn into Country Fried Steak. Unfortunately, that dish doesn’t quite fit into the new diet. Oh, I won’t give up my tasty favorite dish but for now, it will have to wait.

So, what to do with my cube steak? After poking around the internet, I came up with Swiss steak. This was a dish I knew my hubby would love. I didn’t however, feel like jumping through all the steps of standard Swiss steak. Let’s just say, I’ve “dummied down” the recipes I found!

If you want Swiss steak but are short on time, I think you’ll enjoy this recipe.

Happiness is Homemade #26

Happiness is Homemade

Welcome back for another great week at Happiness is Homemade Link Party! Each week we get more and more excited to see your links…they keep getting better and better so keep them coming!!

It’s time to link up your favorite recipes, crafts or your latest DIY projects. Find something new for yourself and make some new friends! Links are shown on 6 different blogs for maximum exposure.

Reviewing Our TLCVoxBox from Influenster

TLCVoxBox from

We received a box full of goodies from for product review and testing. Over the last month we’ve poked, prodded and had a good time with all of it!

Included in our box was the following items: Ivory Soap, Bryers Gelato Indulgences, Neosporin Neo to Go!, Puffs to Go, Shell Rewards Network Card, and Avon ANEW Reversalist.

Of all the products in the box when I opened it, I was most intrigued by the Avon ANEW and the Bryers Gelato. I was weary of the Ivory and the Shell Rewards program.

Fun With Ivory Soap

Colored Soap Cloud with Ivory Soap

We recently received a bar of Ivory Soap from for product testing. After giving the soap a trial run on Megan’s face, we decided to have a little fun with it. Now Megan can say she did a little science during summer vacation.

Creating a soap cloud with Ivory Soap in your microwave is quick, simple and fun!