Easy {Low Sodium} Pickled Jalapenos

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This year, I started container gardening. I was brought up on a self-sufficient farm and gardening is kind of in my blood. But I haven't had the room, nor the time, until now to grow my own garden over the past 5 or so years. I was bound and determined to make that change this year and I started with just a few plants on my large back porch. Basically, I'm growing salsa. Tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapenos. I use the cilantro almost daily in my family meals. The tomatoes? Well, those aren't doing as well as I had hoped and they are SO slow to ripen. So I'm left with jalapenos. And lots of them. We chop them (and let me tell you, these jokers are HOT, just like we like them) and top some of our favorite foods, but I've had an abundance. Good and bad. I don't like to waste food and wasting something I've grown is even less acceptable than wasting something I bought. We buy canned jalapenos often, and that seemed silly considering I had a whole baggy full of fresh jalapenos in my … [Continue]

8 On-The-Go Summer Essentials for Moms

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For the record, I'm sharing these 8 summer essentials for moms on the go (hey, that's me) as part of a sponsored post for Poise Microliner through Socialstars. #PoisewithSAM So, you're a mom on the go like me, huh? We're always heading to the pool, or to the beach, or off on a bike ride, or some other family adventure, especially in the summertime, and it's important for moms to be prepared for anything, and everything! We need to make sure we have everything the kids need. We need to make sure to have everything the husband needs. Everyone will need to be fed if you're out all day. But what about mom? We need to be prepared too. And let's face it, as moms, we have issues. No, I'm not talking emotional scars here. I'm talking "mom" stuff. You know, the stuff that happens to us after we become moms and begin to age a little? Yes, that stuff. It's not pretty, but it's a fact of life and when we're out in the elements, all day long, we need to be prepared. Yes, I do mean the damage the … [Continue]

Schlitterbahn Galveston…The Best Day EVER!

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Just so you know, I participated in Schlitterbahn’s Mom’s Ice Chest Challenge to facilitate this post. We planned a picnic and packed a #BahnCooler, and had an awesome day. As always, all opinions and ideas are entirely my own. We went to Schlitterbahn Galveston this past weekend and Bubby officially dubbed it the best day EVER! He wasn't far off the mark. Other than the marriage to my husband, and the birth of my children, it totally ranked up there for me too! Schlitterbahn truly has something for everyone, no matter your age, and this is the perfect family day of fun. The minute we walked in, I knew we'd have fun! There was so much to see and do. But I was apprehensive. My babies had never done anything like this before. Would they be scared to slide down all of these big slides? Schlitterbahn is the ONLY water park I've ever been to in my life that allows the little ones (under 42" tall, since Bubby is only 41.5" tall) to ride almost all of the rides as long as a parent … [Continue]

On Being a Mom of “Advanced Maternal Age”

Note the absence of a Daddy in this family photo. They had one, the same one, but he was never present.

People often ask me what it's like to be an "old" mom. They don't say it like that, but that's what they mean. They say things like, "How does it feel to have young children in your forties?" or "How do you deal with little kids at YOUR age?". Those kinds of things. I say I feel blessed. Let me explain. You see, I've seen both sides of the coin. I was a young parent (not as young as a lot of my southern cohorts, but young by my standards). I was barely 22 when I had my first minion. She was gorgeous. She was perfect. I wasn't ready for her, financially or emotionally. I loved her with all of my heart and soul, but we struggled and I wasn't in a strong relationship. I was a kid. Then number two came along, not planned, and I wasn't ready, at the age of 27. We muddled through. We were happy. We survived 2 marriages (my fault, not theirs) and a lot of macaroni and cheese...together. It wasn't always fun. But I wasn't ready for them. Financially, as most young parents (not all, … [Continue]

Patriotic Mommy & Daughter Bracelets: Crafts for Kids

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Just so you know, I received product from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. My Bug loves to craft. She loves to make things, especially jewelry, and the shinier the better! But I'm just not all that crafty and I really don't have a lot of free time. She always does a good job on her little projects so in preparation for the 4th of July, I headed to Oriental Trading Company in search of something for her to curb her crafting itch and to occupy some of her summer free time. I found this adorable American Flag Flip Flop Bracelet Craft Kit and I just knew she would love it. When the kit arrived, I was pleased with the contents, especially at that price point. Everything was wrapped and packaged separately, and there was a full set of instructions. Now that Bug is reading so well, I just had to open everything up and she couldn't wait to get started on her Mommy and Daughter bracelet project. Seriously, she couldn't wait. … [Continue]

My first “baby” is 20! What the what?

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My first baby is 20 today. What the what? For those of you that really know me, you know I have 3 "sets" of babies. I had my first "set" when I was pretty young (yes, I was young once) from my first (oh what a mistake other than the babies) husband. My 2nd "set" came to me ready made when I married B. And my 3rd "set" came from this crazy life that you read about daily with Bug and Bubby (which by the way is totally my last set). BUT, my baby from my first set? She's 20 today. TWENTY. And she has a baby of her own. Yes, that makes me a grandma, or Mimi as I prefer. Y'all, she's grown! When did this happen? In a blink, my "first" baby is grown. And what a beautiful grown up she's turned out to be. I'm proud, I'm elated, and I'm sad. I really miss my baby. That girl? That little hot mess that couldn't go to school without mommy sitting by her desk for at least 10 minutes before she could acclimate every day? She's grown. And she's a mommy. And she's a good mommy at that. And she's … [Continue]