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     It is the second week of January and we have packed away all decorations, gone back to work, and sent the kids back to school. How is the New Year's resolution going? I have to admit I sort of fell off the wagon a bit. 

     Teaching kiddos to count can be frustrating, for kids and adults. Making it fun can keep it lighthearted and have the little ones engaged. This is a simple activity that takes no time to put together and most items can be found right in your cupboard! 

     The one thing that I am exceptionally good at is producing very head strong offspring. The one thing I really had to work at was learning to parent them. Each one seems to be more difficult than the last. Some days are much easier than others, but in the end I know that I am sending very unique and individual children into the world. It is just getting them there that proves to be difficult. 

     I can feel that day looming on the horizon. Every day, it seems to inch closer and closer, and there is not a thing I can do about it. The other night, I was laying in bed doing my nails. The light was off, but I had the bedside lamp on, which is typically more than enough light. My husband and I began debating something that required me to read the back of the nail polish bottle. It was that moment I realized I had the eyes of someone who is middle aged. I blinked a few times, squinted a little, I even moved the bottle closer to my face. It was all in vain. I couldn't read the damn white print. I was convinced the issue was the bottle until I turned on the light and the words magically appeared on the bottle. Every day, I get one day closer to being thirty seven years old. It is happening and I can't change it. 

Looking for a super yummy, home baked treat that the entire family will love? This Butter Cake recipe has been in my family for as long as I can remember, and it is one my kiddos will all know how to make before they move out. It is perfect for taking to parties, tastes great the next day, and is far from low it is the best comfort food you can ask for! The cake takes about 20 minutes to whip together, another 4 minutes for the topping, and 60 minutes to bake at 350 degrees. I prefer to bake it in a prepared Bundt pan, but I am sure you could try others. 
What You Need:
3 c. flour 
2 c. white sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 eggs. 


3/4 c. white sugar
1/3 c. butter
3 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. In a large bowl, mix the flour, 2 cups sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Blend in buttermilk, 1 cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 4 eggs. Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Prick holes in the still warm cake. For this part, I use a chopstick. Poke about 30 holes. Slowly spoon the sauce over cake trying to focus on the holes you made. Let cake cool before removing from pan. 

To Make Butter Sauce: In a saucepan combine the remaining 3/4 cups sugar, 1/3 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and the water. Cook over medium heat, until fully melted and combined, but do not boil.
     Many nights,  I wake up to reach for my husband in the middle of the night, and instead there is only his pillow beside me. For many women, they would love the break from the snoring or the enjoyment of having the entire bed to themselves. Instead, I dread when my best friend is gone for work. It is like a piece of me is missing. I want to curl up in a ball and just wait for him to get back home to complete me again. Instead, I have to keep going because I have three little people who count on me to make breakfast or to play board games. I knew exactly what I was getting into years ago when we met. At the time it didn't seem like it was a big deal, I figured it was a small price to pay for such an amazing guy. Then, reality hits. 

     Every kiddo loves to fingerpaint, and every parent hates the mess! In our home, we have found an awesome solution that works great, even on the go. Want to see how we fingerpaint the mess free way? Keep reading! 

     When my husband married me, it was not because I am sexy. I am not the girl you find browsing makeup articles on how to get more seductive eyes, or how to make him want you in under five minutes. Instead, I am more than likely playing with my kids or reading about how to get a screaming toddler into bed in less than six hours. I don't have the time to fix my hair or do my makeup. When I am getting ready to start the day, the kids are typically fighting about who is better at catching popcorn in their mouth, so I don't get a ton of "me" time. My "look" is the mommy look, same as millions of other beautiful women. Clothed in whatever we happen to grab from the closet that morning, still half asleep, hair pulled back so the baby can't eat it, jacket covered in yesterday's lunch, and bags under our eyes because the kiddo woke up and had a nightmare last night. Still, I managed to snag a pretty amazing guy. Day after day, he tolerates me wearing yoga pants and his tee shirts, even when we go out to dinner. Occasionally, when we have some extra time, I might get to brush my hair before throwing it into a messy bun. Most days, I might be able to manage a shower. That is my mommy victory for the day. Not trying to look like a magazine cover, but just getting clean. Still, at the end of the day, I know my husband adores me and thinks I am the sexiest woman on the face of the earth. I never doubt it, even on the worst days. I like to be appreciated for my mind, my skills as a mom, my abilities as a wife, and everything else I bring to the table. Yet, I know there is something lacking when it comes to how he sees me. He doesn't know me as that super beautiful woman that I always wanted to be. I just don't have the time or patience to find that person in me. 

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     Everyone has been jumping on the adult coloring bandwagon lately, so I gave it a try myself. It has been proven to be as therapeutic as meditation. With three kids running around on Christmas break, I need all the relaxation I can get. 
     Not really sure if coloring is your thing? There are a ton of places you can print out beautiful pages for you to try adult coloring for free. These pages are a great way to try out adult coloring to see if you love the new fad as much as everyone else does. 

     Since we are a blended family, we started completely over with traditions. We wanted to start anew and fresh. We also didn't want to break the bank, especially during the holiday season. Need some tips on how to make your own family traditions? Keep reading!