Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Milk Stout – Great Beer for Winter

downloadBelching Beaver has done a phenomenal job with this beer.

It is a Delicious and fun beer to bring to any event or just sip while sitting around the fireplace. There are a lot of peanut butter beers out there but this one is the best by far.

The flavor is a nice well-balanced peanut buttery chocolate.

Pour- a beautiful dark brown/black color.

Body – much lighter than you would expect.

ABV –  5.3

Finish – nice and creamy. Stays on the palate for a bit.

Estimated Calories – 159

5 out of 5 stars.

5 out of 5

 

 

How to make your parents happy – an easy guide for teenagers

why-animalsOK teenagers,  I have compiled a list of 7 easy things you can do to help make your momma’s lives easier. We mommas are so easy to please I couldn’t even come up with a top 10 list.

The funny thing is that if your momma’s life is easier thanks to you than your life will be easier. Follow this full proof plan and just sit back and be amazed at the results.

1) Say good-morning and give us a hug

When you wake up just come over and give us a hug. It will be a great start to our day. (disclaimer – we will brag about this to co-workers and friends)

2) LET US KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN YOU GET THERE

Just shoot us a text letting us know you have arrived safely and where you ended up. We don’t need details just a general outline so when someone asks where our kids is we don’t have to look like morons and say we don’t know (disclaimer – a change of plans does not absolve you from this responsibility)

3) Put your dishes in the sink and rinse them off

We will be appreciative each and every time. I promise we will never take it for granted.  (disclaimer this may cause a slight gasp from your momma the first couple of times but eventually she will get used to it and stop gasping).

4) Give us a goodnight hug

This ends our day nicely and ensure we will have a pleasant nights sleep which means we will be less crabby in the morning. This is just a win-win for everyone in the house.

5) Tell us you like your dinner and say thank you

again, this may cause a few audible gasps in the beginning and perhaps a little tearing up but you would be surprised how much more likely we are to make you your favorite meals.

6) When we are talking to you please put down your phone, iPad, game etc.

The conversation will most likely be brief and we will be immeasurably impressed if you give us your attention for the 30 seconds we are asking for it.

7) Tell us you love us

once a day would be nice, twice a day would be ideal

Honestly that is all it takes. Follow these simple steps and have a more peaceful coexistence.

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Today I realized I was a controlling wife..in a not good way

im_not_bossy_rectangle_magnetYou know you may be too controlling when you are listening to a “How to be a better father” podcast and trying to figure out how to apply it towards your parenting as a momma.

As I was listening to the daily Podcast from Focus on the Family instead of thinking,  “Oh I should let my husband listen to this” I was thinking,”Oh good tip, how can I implement that in my parenting.”

I think these are the moments God steps in and gives you a little smack upside the head because next thing you know I thought, “What am I doing”? and that is the moment I start the spiral down the rabbit hole. In my head it sounds like this….,

“Gasp….I  am bossy”

“I do think I parent better than him”

“I do think I know what’s right all the time”

“He so much more patient with me than I am with him”

“He is so much more supportive of me than I am of him”

Blah blah blah…” It just goes on and on,

Let me give you a little background on Mr. Incredible. He is about the best dad around. He is loving, affectionate,kind and fair. He is the calmer of the two of us. He is the more patient of the two of us and he is not a yeller. He sets an amazing example of how a husband and father should act.

Why then do I feel compelled to redirect his parenting?

Part of the reason is the fact that I have had a very strained relationship with some of my family over the years. It comes from years of unresolved conflict that have built up and now feelings have been hurt for so long and there is so much resentment.

One of my biggest fears is that my little family will fall into that trap and grow apart. That we they won’t be close as they get older. I am so worried about this that whenever there is conflict with relationships in our home I try to mediate and navigate. I just want everyone to be happy and get along.

When Mr incredible parents in a way that I may not agree with I find myself redirecting him. I don’t want him to do anything that would damage his relationships with the cherubs.

How really lame and arrogant of me!?!?

He is a good man. He knows what he is doing. When he does something that irritates my daughter (and he can drive her insane) I need to let that go and let them work it out. Obviously he is doing OK . He has apparently not caused any long-term damage yet and they all adore him.

He doesn’t interfere with my parenting. He lets me discipline my way. Even when I am yelling so loud that vein in my forehead is about to rupture. (Although he may give me a little shoulder rub in the midst of my rampage to settle me down) He certainly is not telling me how to do my parenting his way.

I am not saying there are not times when parents can use a little reality check from each other, but in a supportive way, in private. If it is more of a rarity that we are redirecting as opposed to the norm I would imagine these moments would be met with much better receptiveness..

If you need some biblical back up check out these verses on a Quarrelsome (i.e. bossy, controlling wife)

A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping. – Proverbs 19:1b

It’s better to live alone in the corner of an attic  than with a quarrelsome wife in a lovely home. – Proverbs 21:9

It’s better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. – Proverbs 21:19

A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.  Stopping her complaints is like trying to stop the wind or trying to hold something with greased hands. – Proverbs 27:15-16

Do those sound like the ways you want to be perceived?  Not me. I want to set an example for my cherubs of how a wife should act. I don’t want to be the wife that they remember as disciplining dad  I want to be the wife they remember as their dad’s partner. That we stand united on all fronts. The bible makes it pretty easy to figure out the right way to act.

Proverbs 31:10-12  A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Which wife do you want to be?

 

The beauty of being on a budget

WP_20141116_16_59_58_ProI  use the term budget loosely. We never ever have extra cash. Our family days usually consist of packing a lunch and going to a park or on a hike. No complaints, those are lovely activities to do with your family. When there are six of you it is just the logical course of action.

This week we had a treat. It has probably been two months since we have all been together on the same day. When we realized we had this opportunity we wanted to make it AWESOME. They cherubs have all been working hard in school and just pretty good on all fronts.

Sunday rolled around.  We had received a gift card for the movies so we started the day with all of us going to see Big Hero 6 (big thumbs up from all of us.)

Let me tell you there is nothing sweeter than watching 3 grown boys (2 of whom are man/children) totally into an animated family movie. Several of us got a little teary.

After the movies we told them we were taking them bowling. If you could have seen their faces….all of them objected. They offered to just go to the park. The most money conscious cherub of the group quickly totaled up the cost and blurted it to the group. The idea was met with more objections of “It is ok” “The movies were great” “We don’t have to spend that money”

We went anyway. It was the most fun, best day. Not because it cost money, but because the whole day was such a treat.  We had a blast and I didn’t even bowl. (the shoes totally gross me out.)

While I was being entertained by the shenanigans of my family at the bowling alley I realized how blessed we were to be on a budget. It has given my cherubs a deep appreciation of these moments. They don’t take this stuff for granted. It was special.

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I also realized WP_20141116_16_34_46_Proas important as it is to teach our children responsible money habits I feel like it is equally important to teach them that it is OK to let loose every once in a while.  As you can see from the scores above we are not gifted when it come to bowling, but it didn’t matter.

Moving Rocks

 

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I get so overwhelmed at all of the sadness in the world. Wars, famine, genocide, disease. Besides prayer, I cannot even begin to imagine how to help. I feel there are many people who share this sentiment.

I have a good friend who told me once, “There are people who move boulders and there are people who move rocks.” I personally am a rock mover. It is by no means a negative. In fact, I think it is a pretty small percentage of the population that actually moves boulders. One of the reasons our society suffers from detachment and apathy is that we feel like we need to move boulders in order to make a difference. That seems impossible so we defer to doing nothing.

The bible says we cannot work our way into heaven. In Ephesians 2:8-9  it says; For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

So why do we do good works? In Genesis 1:27 it saysSo God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Being created is God’s image means our hearts were created like his. Since we have God’s heart we are meant to naturally do good works.

So how do we help? How do we have an impact? I have a proposal. This proposal will not solve world issues, but I do believe it will have a positive impact. And a positive impact is better than helplessness and apathy

My proposal is this; Help just one person a day. Small gesture such as giving a blessing bag (link of items below), making extra food for an elderly neighbor, providing counsel and prayer for someone struggling,  We don’t have to do giant, time-consuming things to have a positive impact. I have started a list of small ways we can reach out to someone every day. If we each help just one person a day that is 365 people every year.

That may not be a boulder but it is an awfully big rock.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in it’s various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen

Blessing bag list of items http://homesweetroad.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Blessing-Backpack-Printable.pdf

I am still working on the list of every day small gestures and will post later next week.

The Toothless Tiger

tootless tigerThis 30 Day No Yelling Challenge has really got me thinking. Last week when I began the challenge I just wanted to change a behavior. I wanted my words to carry more weight and have more impact. After a week of trying not to yell I have now noticed that yelling is not the problem. It is a symptom of my problem.

I am an inherent yeller. I come from a long line of yellers. We are Greek and by nature we are loudly expressive. All week I have been basically biting my tongue instead of loosing my cool. Although it is better than yelling  I am still getting momma mad. In fact probably even more angry because I do not have my usual outlet. So I sit there and seethe over the same things again and again. The reason I am irritated again and again is because I am a Toothless Tiger. My cherubs heard that phrase on a television show and have affectionately applied it to me.  I am all roar and relatively no bite. I am the queen of second and third chances.  I now realize this is not working.

Example; I asked one of the cherubs to put away their laundry multiple times throughout the day. For those of you with little ones, once they reach teenage years it ‘s a whole new ball of wax. You are constantly trying to navigate the lines of giving them enough freedom, micro managing and holding them accountable. What worked when they were little no longer works (at least for me)

As the hours progressed and the clothes just sat there. I felt myself getting more and more anxious and worked up. The harder I tried not to yell the more I thought I would explode. That is when I had my “AHAAA” moment. I made a change.

I walked in to the room and explained that if the room was not clean in the next hour there would be a consequence. No excuses (not even that fact that there was homework), no procrastination.

Do you think the room was clean in an hour? Nope!

And do you know why?

Because I am full of empty threats.

But not this time girlfriend. I went in, unplugged the Play-Station and took it with a somewhat dramatic flair. No words, no anger. And let me tell you. It was liberating. It felt way better than almost having an aneurysm. Of course it was met with moans and anger and “That is so not fair!!” statements. But I didn’t care. I didn’t feel bad, not one bit.  I liked it…a lot.

It seems so easy. I cannot believe it took me this long to catch on. Literally every how to be a better parent blog, article and conversation you will have touts follow through as the key to getting a better response from your cherubs. Since last week I have been a very Toothy Tiger, all bite and not much roar.

My goal for the next 30 Days – consequences every time! No chances, no excuses. I am super excited. I will follow up next month and let  you know how it went.

Do it yourself mismatched chairs in antiqued red

WP_20140928_10_45_35_ProI may have mentioned that I really have no artistic ability. I got a C- in sewing class in high school (out of pity.)

I am one of those get it done quick type of gals. I barely have patience to apply a second coat of paint. I cannot do a multi step process project.

That is why I am so stoked to share this project with you. Most things I do come out nowhere near the way they look on Pinterest. In fact they look like a pre-school project complete with streaks, out of the line coloring etc. Frankly it is a little sad.

I will never go to a paint it yourself ceramic store again. They mock me.

This project was done on a gamble and honestly it looked great.

Let me give you a little background. We have had the same Ikea table for the past 12 years. It was hanging on by a thread; well really it was duct tape.

I found this awesome table at Cost Plus on clearance. It had some scratches and dents in it but frankly that is my style. The cherubs are hard on furniture so anything that comes “worn” is a bonus that we don’t have the stress of that first scratch. Anyway check out the table. I got it for $175.00 on clearance from $600.00. It is sturdy.

Now my dilemma was chairs. Our old chairs looked terrible with it and they were on their last leg anyway. I decided that mismatched chairs were a look I liked and they are in our budget.

I found 3 white wood chairs on Craig’s list for $30 and 1 black wood chair at a garage sale for $15. I decided red would look best for our set up.

After researching I found that spray paint is the way to go when painting chairs because of the many nooks and crevices. I found this great Colonel Red Paint pictured below. It already has primer so one less step…. Yay me!

The red was too red so I decided to buy a bronze colored metallic paint to spray on top.

I sanded the chairs (albeit quickly) and wiped them down with a damp cloth. Not hot soapy water, just a damp cloth. Now mind you my attention to detail is not stellar. I am ok with imperfections. It makes life easier.

Next step I cut up a couple of trash bags to put the chairs on and put a big piece of cardboard behind them.

I spray painted the chairs red. This took 2 coats (to my dismay) I waited about 30 minutes in between coats.

As the second coat was drying I took the bronze metallic paint and lightly sprayed over the red chairs.
The result t was phenomenal!!! It looks so rad with the table.

Exodus 35:25
Every skilled woman spun with her hands and brought what she had spun—blue, purple or scarlet yarn or fine linen.

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