Helpless On The Floor


I lie sleepless on a pile of blankets on the floor. I stroke the small blond hairs off the feverish head of my daughter as she lets out soft whimpers in her sleep. There is no bed for either of us tonight. The bed has turned scary. The security that was once her owl blanket now tumbles in the washing machine along with her puke covered sheets and clothing.

Her bed has fresh new sheets, but still she chooses the floor. My body acts as a mattress. Thirty pounds lies on top of my full bladder, but my bladder will have to wait. This is the most comfort my daughter has had all evening and I won’t risk disturbing it.
Our child can’t catch a break. It has been sickness after sickness ever since the cold weather hit.

My helplessness takes a brief reprieve until she wakes crying again. I try to prepare myself for the next round of coughing and tears, but I am too exhausted to think.
The night has not been our friend. The worst of it always comes in the evening. Let’s hope the morning is kinder.

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Play Dough Ornaments

Over the last couple of months my daughter has found a new obsession. Morning, noon & night you can find her at our coffee table buried up to her elbows in Play-Doh. She has become quite creative with her dough. There are so many possibilities. The fun is endless. Check out our list of fun Play-Doh activities this week at Seek Magazine.

The only problem with Play-Doh, is that we go through it so quickly. It is not always convenient or cost effective for me to run out to the store to buy more, so I often make it at home. I have tried many different recipes. I have made it cooked, uncooked, with hair conditioner, with Jello, but my favorite one is a recipe I found on Instructables.

There is a lot that you can do with a basic play dough recipe. You can add different colors, spices, scented oils and various textures. My daughter is in a sparkly phase. She likes to wear her sparkle tutu everyday & her sparkle shoes & she loves playing with glitter. We decided to mix our dough with glitter. Mai called it sparkletastic play dough.

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It looked so pretty after we were through with it. It looked so festive. One of the activities that was on our play dough activities list was making Christmas ornaments. So that is just what we did.

Snowflake ornament

I rolled out a circle about 3″ around. I pressed a felt snowflake into my circle to make an imprint.


Use the back side of a spoon & press in all the way around to form a snowflake shape. Pull the felt piece out of the middle of the ornament.


Use a straw to poke a hole in your ornament where you would like your string to go. You may have to lift the ornament up so that the straw goes all the way through.


Let dry to harden. This might take a couple of days depending on the thickness of the ornament. Do not bake as the glitter will melt & cause the ornament to explode. Add a ribbon or string.


Family Hearts Ornament

Using a cookie cutters cut out three heart shaped ornaments. If you have 3 different sized heart cutters use the 3 different sizes. If you do not, use the same sized cutter & just spread out 2 of the hearts to form larger hearts so that you have three in increasing sizes.

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Poke a hole into the smallest heart at the top center part of your heart. For the larger two hearts poke a hole in the top center & bottom center.


Let the hearts dry & harden for a day or two. Using a ribbon or string, string your 3 hearts together with the largest on top & the other 2 dangling beneath in descending order.


Using a marker or paint, write your names onto each heart.




You may also paint your ornaments after hardening. Mai is very excited to put up the tree in a couple of weeks & now we have some new lovely ornaments for our tree.

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Pancake Battered Banana Bites


For those of you that have been following me for a while, you know that I have had a long hard battle with my daughter over eating. She has been known to be a picky one. Not only is she picky, she doesn’t like to eat. She has much more important things to be doing & she will tell you. “Mama I don’t want to eat. I am so busy.” This is coming from my 2 year old. I am not sure what it is that could have my toddler so busy, but whatever it is, it has kept her from the dinner table on many occasions.

We have come a long way over the last few months and have seen great improvements. Her appetite has increased which is wonderful, but her variety of foods remains the same. Breakfast is one of her better meals. Thank goodness. And as luck would have it, it is my favorite meal to make. I love making bite-sized foods & if it is something that she can dip, it is usually a home run.

Pancake Battered Banana Bites


6 ripe bananas

1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

1 tbsp of brown sugar

3 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 large egg

1 tsp honey

1 cup of milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil


In a large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, milk & vegetable oil and stir well. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg & add to the rest of the batter. Mix in the honey. Slice bananas into 1/2″ slices. Dip the banana in the pancake batter. Place on a hot griddle or frying pan set to medium heat. (Test with water, water drops should dance across the surface when added.) Cook until the edges are cooked & firm up. Flip & cook on the other side. Cook until the batter on the sides is firm & cooked.

We served ours with a peanut honey sauce, but you can also use maple syrup or eat as is.

Peanut Sauce:

2 tbsp peanut butter

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp honey

Heat the peanut butter & water for 20 seconds in a microwave safe dish. Stir well until smooth. Add the honey & stir well. Serve warm

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These were a big hit with both my daughter & my husband. Mai loves to dip, so she had hers with peanut sauce & syrup.




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You Could Have Been A Millionaire



Toddlers have a mind of their own. It is not always easy to get them to see things our way. As convincing as we might think we are, they might not always agree. Powers struggles ensue over bedtime, meals, potty training & behavioral issues. I don’t really like having to result to bribery, but I have to admit that I have cracked under pressure from time to time. In moments of desperation & frustration I have resorted to completely irrational bartering.

A million dollars for a few minutes of extra sleep or a poop on the potty seems like a reasonable deal doesn’t it? I was perfectly willing to take out a couple of loans and maybe sell some blood just to get her lay back down in bed or to push out a little turd into the toilet. Alas, she never takes mommy up on her offer. Do you know how much Play-Doh you could have bought with a million dollars?

My darling daughter, some day many years from now you will get your license. How upset are you going to be when you realize that you could have gotten a new car if you had just finished all of your peas when you were 2 years old?

You have however been known to be swayed with a piece of chocolate. No woman can resist chocolate. I just hope when you hit 16 you still think a Hershey bar is a better alternative than a car.


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Tissue Box Christmas Chimney Craft


Up on the housetop, click, click, click
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick…

When I was a child my grandmother used to have a wonderful Christmas record of children singing. This was my favorite carol on the album. I have gotten into the holiday spirit a little bit early & have started singing Christmas carols around our house & even at work. Not everyone appreciates my caroling, but Mai loves mommy’s songs. I think this one is going to be a favorite of hers too.

My husband is obsessed with tissues. We literally have a box of tissues in every single room in our house. Some rooms have multiple boxes. I have been wanting to do something with our empty boxes for some time. Luckily, all my caroling had me inspired.

Tissue Box Chimney Craft

What you will need:

An empty tissue box

Red & black paint

Cotton balls


2 Empty toilet paper rolls or 1 paper towel roll cut in two

Black construction paper or a black foam sheet


Paint your tissue box with the red paint & let it dry. Mai wanted more than one color. She had a multi-colored chimney, but it still came out great.

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Using black paint, line all 4 sides of the tissue box to make the look of brick. Depending on your children’s ability you may need to help with this part.

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Paint 2 toilet paper rolls or 1 paper towel roll cut into 2 pieces in red. Paint 1/4 of one end of each piece in black. Let the paint dry.

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Using glue, apply stretched out cotton balls to form snow. Leave the opening of the box uncovered.

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Cut ovals out of construction paper or foam for the bottom of the boots


Glue the oval shape to the black side of the roll.



Add more cotton around the top edge of the black to form fur on the boot.


Let the glue dry & then tuck both Santa legs into the tissue box opening with the legs sticking up.

Here is Mai’s creation…


And mommy’s too…


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