Babies and Chaos

Relaxation when you’re a mom

Let’s talk relaxation, as a mother I don’t get a whole lot of it. When I do it’s only for a short time before I feel guilty or the husband and baby find me. As little me time as we get we all know that it is very important to treat ourselves occasionally or else we would lose our minds.

So what do I recommend?

I was recently presented the opportunity to try a product that I want to share with you. It is the BluBerry Acai Masque by Fountain of Youth Skincare. I have been putting it to the test by using it once or twice a week for the last month and I must say my skin looks amazing! This product is specifically designed to help with scarring, pigmentation, fine lines, hydrating, acne, and anti-aging. You may not know this about me but I smoked from the age of 14 until I was 21 and lately I have really started to notice the effects it had on my skin. After 4 weeks of using this product I have noticed a huge difference. To the point that I forgot I wasn’t wearing foundation one day. The ingredients are even vegan and organic. I mean can it get any better than that?!

Such cute packaging!
This container just says luxury to me.

It is such a relaxing experience to use this masque. It smells heavenly. A lot of blueberry products have too strong of a smell for me but this one was perfect. What I did was I splashed some water on my face, then I mixed a small amount of the masque with some water in my hand and then spread it over my face and neck. Then you just relax for 10 to 20 minutes. I liked to do this in the bath so that it was a spa like experience (except for the one-time Skyla was with me, not so relaxing). Then just wipe it away with a warm washcloth and moisturize. I was sent a sample of the coconut moisturizer to use afterward and it smells soooo good.

So what’s the catch?

No catch I swear, I really do love this product. I did have a bit of confusion when using the product because the instruction sheet it came with and the instructions on the container were different. I chose to follow the ones on the container for most of the times I used it but I did use the instructions on the sheet as well. Both had the same results but the ones on the container used less product and I preferred it.

As soon as you open the container you can smell this amazingness.
This smells so good and is vegan, organic, cruelty free, and farm grown!

The product is available at https://fountainofyouthskincare.com/product/blueberry-acai-masque-vegan-skin-care/ and you get 2 ounces for $30.00. You can also get bigger sizes if you would like. To me at first that seemed like a lot but honestly once I started using the masque I realized it goes a lot further than I thought. I still have half of a container left and I have been using it for over a month. That is a lot of relaxation time people. Once a week (or more) you can unwind and pamper yourself without breaking the bank.

As with any new skincare product I did see some small breakouts at first but I expected this. It’s the same as when you get a professional facial. They were all minor and went away within a few days. I was sent the product for free but this is my honest and unbiased review. So what do you think? Will you be pampering yourself?

Damn You Costco

Have you ever walked into a Costco for one or two things and then walked back out an hour later having spent $200 and having various sample cups in your cart? It’s like those greeters hypnotize you! “Ooh look a 500 pack of Christmas cards! I don’t know what I will do with all of those but I need them!” I can’t be the only one to get sucked into the Costco madness, can I?

Today we went to Costco and managed to stay on budget!!! (cue the applause) I feel very accomplished. Next I just have to get through Target without visiting every single aisle (which we all know is pretty much impossible). I don’t know what it is about shopping but I love finding a good deal. Some people brag about how much they spend. I will forever brag about how little I spent. Now to find the balance between getting a good deal on things I actually need and skipping the deal however good on what I don’t need.

Speaking of, yesterday our local church had a Grandma’s attic sale. Basically what this means is that there are no set prices and you just pay what you can. I have to admit I found some great deals. I felt somewhat bad though as I only had $5.45 to give. The ladies who were working kept pointing me to more things. I kept telling them I don’t have very much to give but they said to take it and they didn’t want to pack it all up again. They actually started giving away everything at 1pm and I was still there so I didn’t feel too bad.

These are the types of shopping experiences that I absolutely love though. Who wouldn’t love to find unique items, especially antique items, for an affordable price. Now I just have to find placed to put everything that I found. Over the next few weeks I will show you what I do with my finds. I hope you are as excited as I am.

Beautiful Christmas Centerpieces
Look at these beautiful centerpieces!! These will be perfect at Christmas!
Antique oil lamp
This is an old oil (kerosene?) lamp, it needs a little sprucing up but I am a sucker for this stuff.
Beautiful pitcher
This pitcher is the perfect match to a serving bowl I got at a garage sale a few weeks back, love.
Pretty mirror on stand.
Once I get my basement set up the way I want, this is going behind the sectional. So pretty! Sorry the picture quality is low!

 

Grandma’s Molasses Ginger Cookies

My plan for today was to show you all the great activities I do outside with Sky when it is hot out. Well mother nature had other plans. Today was super windy and rainy so we stayed inside.  So instead of sharing those activities with you, I have decided to share with you my grandma’s recipe for Soft Molasses Ginger Cookies

These cookies are my absolute favorite to eat and make. The best part about making them (in my book) is that you don’t have to cream butter with sugar. I don’t know about you but I always forget to get the butter out to thaw and my cookies never turn out right. Like my Christmas sugar cookies. Those never work out well. Maybe I’ll show you that epic fail in December. But anywho onto the cookies I don’t mess up.

Grandma Jackie’s Soft Molasses Ginger cookies are amazing. They have a little bit of spice from the ginger and cloves but are still sweet. The best part is that they stay soft. I mean don’t get me wrong I like ginger snaps, but I absolutely love these. I like to add some candied ginger for a little extra spice but it is completely optional. They are so easy to make and they only take 10 minutes in the oven to bake. Here’s how it’s done.

First you want to get all your ingredients together. If you are like me then you have most, if not all, of these ingredients as staples in your kitchen. You will need:

2 ¼ cup flour

2tsp baking soda

1tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

1 cup packed brown sugar

¾ cup cooking oil

¼ cup molasses

1 egg

¼ tsp salt

Optional: White sugar to roll cookies in, candied ginger

Then you need to mix up the dry ingredients. So the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. This is also where I mix in my candied ginger. FYI the candied ginger can be tough to cut up as it gets pretty sticky. I have found the best bet is to use a sharp knife and go slow. I am thinking next time I might stick it in the freezer first to see how that goes. The dry ingredients can go into a medium sized bowl, I prefer one with a spout to make it easier to combine with the wet ingredients later on.

Once you have the dry together it is time to get the wet together. I put these in my bigger mixing bowl. This dough gets super thick so I recommend using a stand mixer. For the wet ingredients, you will put in the brown sugar, cooking oil (this time I used coconut oil but I have used regular vegetable oil in the past), molasses, and the egg. If you measure out your oil and then use the same measuring cup for the molasses you will have a much easier time getting all that sticky molasses out of the cup.

Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. I like to do this in thirds and make sure the it is fully incorporated before adding more. Now the dough won’t look exactly pretty at this point. It is a very dark brown color but it should smell amazing. At this point you should start preheating your oven to 375.

Now comes the fun part. Rolling little one inch balls. Your idea of fun may be different than mine lol. You are going to end up with about 48 little balls. Maybe more, maybe less depending on how big you make them. If you want you can roll these little balls in white sugar. I mean I personally can’t see ever making them without the sugar but you do you boo.

Now just place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet and stick in the oven for 10 minutes. Once the timer goes off take them out and put on a cooling rack and you are done!

You now have enough cookies to fill your cookie jar, or your belly. Whatever. I won’t judge.

I hope you love these cookies as much as I do. Let me know if you tried them out and what you think in the comments below! Come back every Tuesday and Thursday for new content. 🙂

Grandma Jackie’s Molasses Ginger Cookies

Ingredients:

·       2 ¼ cup flour

·       2 tsp baking soda

·       1 tsp ground ginger

·       1 tsp ground cinnamon

·       ½ tsp ground cloves

·       1 cup packed brown sugar

·       ¾ cup cooking oil

·       ¼ cup molasses

·       1 egg

·       ¼ tsp salt

·       White sugar (optional)

·       Small diced candied ginger (optional)

 

1.     Stir together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. (also add candied ginger if using)

2.     In separate bowl combine brown sugar, cooking oil, molasses, and egg. Beat well.

3.     Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients in thirds. Fully incorporate before adding more. (dough will get very thick). Preheat oven to 375.

4.     Shape into one inch balls.

5.     Roll in white sugar if you choose.

6.     Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

7.     Bake for 10 minutes.

8.     Cool on wire rack.

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Goodbye Grandpa

Today we buried my grandpa. I was planning on writing this great article on his life and accomplishments but now as I sit here I am having trouble thinking of what to write. All I can tell you is that he was a great man who had faults like all of us. But I loved him.

My grandma and myself many, many years ago.

The yound men who performed the military funeral.
Words cannot express how grateful I am to these young men for treating my grandpa with such respect today.

I can tell you that he was 84 years old. He was a veteran of the Korean war. My grandpa had 6 children, 17 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. He was married to my grandma for 62 years, and now when you look her in the eyes you can see that the spark is gone. The spark of love that he kindled in her heart has been dampened. I can tell you that I didn’t cry until they played taps and handed his folded flag to my grandma. I was fortunate enough to see my grandpa a week before he passed away. He was cracking jokes and was in good spirits. I will never ever take that time for granted.

My grandpa Donald Samuel King and my daughter.
The last time I saw my grandpa, this is him with my daughter.

I wish I could tell you more about him but I cannot find the words. How do I describe the feelings in my heart? There is pain, and love, and there is something else but I do not know the words. I am sorry if you wanted to know more about him. I just don’t know what to say. If you want to know something you can ask me and I will do my best to answer. Thank you for reading my babbling.

His obituary: http://www.schumacher-kish.com/index.cfm/public:obituaries/view/fh_id/14573/id/4243314/lud/3C52AA57B4292C8A630D3226BC6B3B3F

Apples and Oranges

So I am sure you have all seen the videos going around about the parents who pulled terrible “pranks” on their kids for YouTube views. I put pranks in quotation marks because these went way further than any prank ever should. This is like the difference between toiletpapering a house and spray painting it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlXI0K0tuf4

If you want to watch the abuse click on the link above, but I must tell you it is awful. I was only able to watch about a minute of it before I had to stop. I cannot take when people are treated poorly. The only good that came out of this situation is that the children were taken away from their father and put into emergency custody with their birth mother.

Now we don’t know if this will be permanent or what will happen but it is a start. Things like this make my heart ache, not just for these children but the children who are suffering in silence. I would like to just take a moment to tell you all that you are the voice for children who have no voice. If you ever feel that something is not right please, please, please follow your instincts and tell someone.

While this whole thing has been going on and you see everyone condemning these parents (which I totally agree with btw) I am also see all these women bullying other women. Most prominently this new picture of the Olsen twins where they are not looking their greatest. I know they are in the public eye and that invites this type of criticism but honestly as grown adults don’t you think we should be trying to make a kinder world? Just because they are celebrities does not give us a free pass to be nasty. Just because they might not see our individual comment does not mean it is ok.

I must admit I am not a saint when it comes to talking about other people but I am trying to make a conscience effort to not be a bucket dipper. If you don’t know what a bucket dipper is, it is a thing to teach to children about how everyone has a bucket and we should be aiming to make it overflow with compliments and positive words but every time we are mean or hurtful we are dipping from their bucket. How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kidshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=babiesandchao-20&l=am2&o=1&a=1595620273 is a great book to teach children and ourselves about being a bucket filler rather than a bucket dipper.

Now I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea and think that I am comparing this child abuse to this bullying, it is like comparing apples and oranges but you see they are both fruits. If we want our children to be kind adults who would never laugh at this type of thing then we need to show them that no form of hate is ok.

 

 

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