Monday, February 25, 2008

Big Tease – Daddy’s Gone – Daddy’s Home....

So, Hubby was SCHEDULED TO deploy Friday morning. I’m not going to go into too many details – he came back home Saturday morning and will now be leaving tomorrow…. So it’s great that we have a few more days together but in a way it’s just a big tease and were just delaying the inevitable. Not to mention it’s confusing to our daughter. We told her Daddy’s not going to be home for a long time, and then he comes back the next day…

We sat down last weekend and talked to her to explain that Daddy’s leaving. The Elmo video (See previous post on Feb. 8) had arrived in the mail last weekend – Perfect timing. So, she watched that – great video – and then we talk to her. I hung up a calendar outside her bedroom door so she can X off the days and I showed her the day Daddy will be back. When it gets closer to his arrival we will do a paper chain (see previous craft of the week).

Mrs. Marine

Friday, February 22, 2008

Craft of the Week – Potato Stamps

Potato Stamps

You will need:
A Potato

Cut the potato in half (do not peel) and cut a shape into the cut side of the potato. Any shape you want, (your making the potato into a stamp) I did this and made a bear like paw print.
Put the paint onto a plate and dip Potato Stamp into paint, then place on paper to make a print! Fun, Fun!

Mrs. Marine

I’m a Postie

I recently signed up for payperpost. The name explains it all. They pay you money to post about certain topics on your blog.
So far I’m still learning how it all works. I found payperpost on other blogs, I had seen the name mentioned on several other blogs and finally decided to Google it and check it out. Before I try any online money making opportunity I always search on Google to find the reviews. All the reviews people wrote were good. So, here I am, I’m what payperpost calls a “Postie”.
Let’s talk money: Payment for a post is anywhere from $5 to $135, maybe more, not sure. So I definitely like that the potential to make money is there. I’m a stay at home mom, anything I can do on my computer to make money from home is awesome. The military doesn’t pay as well as it should and if I can bring in some money then, the more the merrier.
There is also a referral program and what’s really cool is You can get paid to review ANY of my posts (see the little purple banner at the bottom of all my posts) click it and review one of my posts and you can get paid too. There are lots of great tools on the site. I was just looking at my blogger dashboard on payperpost and found something about Promoting my blog with blog carnivals, sounds interesting. We all know the more visitors to our blogs the better and the more fun.

Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Craft of the Week - Homemade Playdough

Playdough Recipe

You will need:
1 c Flour
1/2 c Salt
1 c Water
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. Salad Oil
Food Coloring

Mix together all ingredients and cook for 3 minutes over low heat. Stir well. Add food coloring. Store in a plastic container. Kids love it and it is easier to clean up.

Mrs. Marine

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you had a great day. Just a regular evening with the kids for us. I didn't want to cook so hubby went and got KFC. When he returned he also had roses and a card for me and a heart balloon for Princess! He has his moments... Now he's watching wrestling.

Mrs. Marine

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

History Class - (10 years from now)

This thought keeps entering my mind every now and then:
One day, my daughter will be in a High School History class and the teacher will begin a lesson about the War – Operation Iraqi Freedom. She will raise her hand and tell the class that her dad was in Iraq in the march to Bagdad. She will have some interesting souvenirs to show the class as well. We have money with Saddam’s Picture on it…..
It’s so weird to think that one day she will be learning about this in school. Maybe she will pay more attention in History Class than I did.

Mrs. Marine

Cheese Tortellini

Buitoni Cheese Tortellini - (in refrigerator section)
1lb. Italian Sausage (ground or link, your choice)
Marinara Sauce
Garlic Bread

Preheat oven for garlic bread. Cook Italian sausage in skillet, drain grease.
Boil tortellini in large pot, drain. (Don’t forget the garlic bread)
Add marinara sauce and sausage to pot, heat through stirring occasionally.

We had this for dinner last night; it’s really easy and its one of my family’s favorites!

Mrs. Marine

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tuesday Bloody Tuesday

Really bad title I know, but that was my morning and I’m thinking of the song Bloody Sunday.
It was 5 minutes before we needed to leave the house to take Princess to school. I told her to put her shoes on, but of course there is something else she has to do first. Blow her nose.
She is in the bathroom blowing her nose and she begins to scream, “Help Mommy there’s blood in my nose”. She is over the top dramatic, so I expected to find a speck of blood when I walked into the bathroom.
NO, there was blood running down her shirt, and on the floor along with a bloody tissue that she was holding to her nose. AHHH. It took several tissues and lots of wining, but I finally got it to stop….
Then had to RUN to get her shoes on and barley make it to school on time.
O-the Joys Parenthood.

Mrs. Marine

What do you think of the makeover?

I haven’t been too satisfied with the basic layout I had picked from blogger. So I finally got around to searching for a better one. Tada! What do you think? It’s simple but pretty and I like the 3 columns.
I created my M&M family at:

Mrs. Marine

Friday, February 08, 2008

Elmo to help military families talk to kids

Sesame Street DVD to be distributed free to ease deployment discussions

With a little help from Elmo, left, and his father, Sesame Street is urging parents to level with their little ones — especially those in military families trying to deal with Mom or Dad's lengthy deployment overseas

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Mrs. Marine

Craft of the Week - Paper Bag Puppets

Paper Bag Puppets

You will need:
Paper Bag (duh)
Markers, stickers, buttons, yarn for hair, construction paper
(anything you want to decorate it with, make people or animal puppets!)

I'm sure you all know the basic idea. Put your hand into the folded paper bag and the fold becomes the mouth.
Decorate puppets and put on a show!

Easy and simple way to have a puppet theatre:
Get a short shower curtain rod (the kind that pressure mount). Put it down low in a doorway and drape a sheet over it like a curtain.
Your child site behind it and holds the puppets above in view and puts on a show!

Mrs. Marine

Friday, February 01, 2008

Craft of the Week - Fingerprint Bugs!

Sorry this is late, I posted in a hurry and clicked Save instead of Publish, so it was saved on Friday, but you couldnt see it. Oops.

Fingerprint Bugs!

You will need:
Ink Pad (washable ink) one color is fine, but more is better

Press tip of finger onto ink pad then place on paper. Draw legs and face with pen. Really Cute! Different size fingers - different size bugs. Get more creative and draw on the paper to go with the bugs: Flowers, gras, trees. Draw wings on the bugs to make, butterflys, flys, moths, etc.....
Use your imagination!

Mrs. Marine