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July 9, 2014 | Parenting

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.

July 7, 2014 | Inspiration

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are. – Chinese Proverb

July 6, 2014 | Pasta, Side Dish

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.

July 5, 2014 | Other Stuff..

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.

July 1, 2014 | Independence Day

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

June 30, 2014 | Independence Day

We hope you have a fun & safe Independence Day this year! There is nothing Mr. Huddle likes better on the Fourth of July than to watch fireworks and spend time with his kids. Children make holidays so much exciting and fun!

Here are a few riddles just for the little ones…
Q: What did one flag say to the other flag?
A: Nothing. It just waved!

June 30, 2014 | Inspiration

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

June 29, 2014 | Beef

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.

June 29, 2014 | Archived

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.

June 24, 2014 | Archived

We received a box full of goodies from Influenster.com 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.

June 23, 2014 | Archived

We recently received a bar of Ivory Soap from Influenster.com 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!

June 23, 2014 | Inspiration

I love how summer just wraps it’s arms around you like a warm blanket. – Kellie Elmore