The BEST Strawberry Lemonade Recipe!!

The BEST Strawberry Lemonade

The General recently bought us a juicer and I have been playing around with some tasty juice ideas. The first one my husband begged me to make was Strawberry Lemonade and I have to say that this recipe is absolutely perfect!

Ingredients

2 cups of lemon juice (fresh squeezed provides the best flavor!)
2 cups of strawberry juice (again fresh squeezed would be ideal)
9 1/2 cups of filtered water
2 3/4 cups of sugar
2 3/4 filtered water

Directions

Pour sugar into the 2 3/4 cups of water and heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour lemon juice, strawberry juice, and filtered water into gallon jug. Add sugar water, then mix (I placed the cap on the jug and shook it.) Refrigerate and serve cold.

There you have it! Easy and delicious!!!

Hey! I’ve never met you and this is crazy…

…But will you be my Facebook friend?

Let me say this, I trust my husband completely. I have no questions about his loyalty or commitment to me. Other people? Well, they haven’t earned the trust that he has.

So, with that said, let me ask this at the risk of sounding like a crazy jealous wife. Is it weird that my husband’s co-worker’s wife sent him a FB friend request, without ever having met him in person. She met him the same time she met me. At Baby A’s birthday party. I don’t necessarily think she had any ulterior motives with this request, but it seems incredibly strange to me. She and I have since become Facebook friends and she seems like a nice enough lady, but still.

And what’s odd, is I’ve noticed other people becoming friends with people for no apparent reason or common interest. People they’ve met one time or the spouse of an acquaintance. I don’t understand this. Are people really that desperate for friends? It took me a couple of years before I sent my BFFs husband a friend request. And if I meet you in the grocery store, don’t expect to be my best FB friend afterwards, or any FB friend for that matter.

So, with that being said, is it ok to send friend requests to your friends’ spouses (whom you’ve met a handful of times) and people you just met or only have mutual friends but have never met? Is sending a request to the member of the opposite sex ok, if you aren’t friends with their spouse? Or do you save the Facebook friend status for people you know personally or at least have met through a common interest (in my case, my Twi-Mom friends)? How would you feel if your husband/wife was requested by a “new” friend or a co-worker?

Or maybe I am just being crazy paranoid about people and I should just embrace everyone’s friendship? I don’t know.

I’m still here!!!

I’ve been away for a while. I apologize. Life has been happening. And for that I do not apologize.

When I started this blog, I never intended to have a daily, weekly, or even a monthly post. I’m not very good at making a schedule like that. While many other bloggers are constantly writing and scheduling new posts, I may be reading a book to Baby A or helping Miss S with her homework or snuggling Miss I. I could be having a quiet conversation with my husband or enjoying family game night. I might also be doing (neverending!) housework. Or I’m working on a fun project that I’ll eventually get to share with you all. But it will be shared on my own time, and I really hope that you all understand that. It’s not that I like to leave you all hanging or wondering what I am up to, its just that my time is allotted to my family first. I do post pretty regularly to my facebook page (have you liked it yet? CLICK HERE to give me a like then!!), so hopefully you can kind of keep up with my happenings that way, even if I don’t have regular blog posts. I know that I have awesome fans and you’ll stick by me, whether I have one post a month, or 3 or 4 in a week. You rock that way. And I’m random in that way! Haha!

Also, there are times, when I just flat don’t know what to write about that you might be interested in reading? I’m not a real housewife of New Jersey so I’m not sure my daily happenings are all that interesting to read about. LOL! So, tell me in the comments, what would you like me to write about?

 

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The Best Dressed Elf- GIVEAWAY!!!

Omgoodness! While looking through Instagram one day, I ran across a new idea that I hadn’t seen before. Nutmeg’s Shelf creates extremely affordable Elf on the Shelf outfits and accessories! They are adorable!! Hair bows, boas, skirts, scarves, pj pants, aprons, cocoa mugs and sets, reindeer food, mail man kits, doula elf kits, Doctor Who kits, and so much more! If you don’t see something you’d like, you can simply ask and she’ll do her best to create your ideal outfit or accessories. Most items range between $5 and $15. I followed her and then proceeded to like her on Facebook. She has since sent our elf Daizy several cute outfits, as well as offering a giveaway and coupon for all of you wonderful people!!

The outfits and accessories I received were super cute!! We got two skirts with matching bows, a boa, a mug of cocoa, and reindeer food. And there are PJ Pants for you!!! You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway below for your chance to win!! And if you don’t happen to win, but still want to get your own Elf outfit, be sure to like Nutmeg’s Shelf on Facebook and mention The Pinspired Mom and you’ll receive a free scarf or set of two hairbows with your order!!

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Dream Dates

I don’t write much about my internal struggles of having to share Miss S with her dad. Mostly because I’m afraid that sometime, somewhere down the road, my own words will be taken out of context, twisted and turned against me in some way. And yes, this has happened before. Do I get along with her dad? Not even in the slightest. Does she know this? She’s a smart girl, she knows. Do I understand that she loves him even though I don’t? Yes. Little girls love their daddys, and she’s no exception. Do I think she loves me any less because she loves her dad? Nope. Little girls love their mommas, and again she’s no exception. She is a very blessed little girl who has so many people that love her and that she can call family.

But, the fact of the matter is, it still cuts through my soul on the days that I have to send her to her dad’s house in another state. Days like today. She’s not just a part of my family, she is a part of me. Literally. And to have her gone at all, hurts. But it’s especially hard during the Holidays. I know she enjoys her time with her other family and that she needs to spend time with them, but for all the good it does for her, it sucks bad for me. I hide this of course, because I would hate for her to not enjoy herself and have fun because she’s worried about how bad I feel and think that I am sitting around listlessly, counting the days until she comes home. Obviously I do count down the days, but I would rather her focus her attention on spending time with them instead of feeling bad for me. She knows I miss her terribly but also that I want her to have fun. So I spend a lot of time hiding my feelings from her in an effort to let her be her happiest. Besides, times like right now, she’ll be home sooner rather than later, and we can go back to our regularly scheduled family time.

One way, that I try to stay connected with her while she’s gone (especially during the shorter visits) is to have dream dates with her. We decide on a place to meet in our dreams and then we have a mommy/daughter date there in our dreams. It can be any place, real or made up, exotic locations or our own backyard, just something that we think we’ll both enjoy. We do it every night, even when she’s at home, but I try to write down our predetermined locations and send them with her, when she goes off to her dad’s. This way, we are still “seeing and interacting” with each other, even though we may not be able to actually talk to each other over the week or so that she’s gone. Its something special for the two of us, and she really seems to enjoy going on our “dates”. It makes it easier on me (and probably her too) while she’s gone to have even just the time in her dreams.

So yes, today sucks. Every day that she has to leave sucks. Every day that she’s gone sucks. I dislike it, even hate it. But, these days happen. But they also go, and she and I have little moments that make them suck less, until its time for her to come home.

Disclaimer: These are MY feelings as a divorced mother. I understand that her father has the right to time with her and that she needs to have him in her life. I will not dispute that. But I am entitled to whatever feelings I may have about my own unique situation. Please do not judge or feel the need to stand up for “father’s rights”. Its not a post about that. Its about missing my daughter and how I stay feeling connected to her when my physical and verbal connection is limited.

“With Hope, the Odds Don’t Matter”

A few weeks ago, a very inspirational woman reached out to me, and asked if I would be willing to help her share her story. Her name is Heather. Heather has a beautiful 8 year old daughter named Lily and an adoring husband named Cameron. She is a very happy woman with only the most positive of outlooks on life. Those rose colored glasses that she claims to wear, are what helped her to become a survivor of a disease that seldom has a happy ending. Heather is a 7 year survivor of mesothelioma. She was diagnosed with this deadly cancer just three months after her daughter’s birth, at the age of 36.

Mesothelioma Awareness- Heather's Story

Heather’s cancer was caused by asbestos. Her father worked construction and would bring the awful dust home in his clothes. Asbestos is the only known cause of Mesothelioma yet it is not banned in the US. Most people who are diagnosed die within 2 years. Heather is one of the few survivors and has made it her mission to spread awareness. She tells her story the best…

I can’t imagine the emotions that this courageous woman went through during her treatment. But its obvious that hope was her silver sword that helped her win the battle.

Heather- thank you for reaching out to me. You are an inspiration. It is an honor for me to share your story. I hope that by my sharing your story, even just one person was affected and will share your crusade for awareness and a cure. Good luck and You Go Girl!!!

To learn more about Heather and to keep up with her crusade for awareness, treatments, and a cure, click HERE
To learn more about what medical treatments are used click HERE

Elf on the Shelf Giveaway!!

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Hosted by: Sweetie’s Studio

 

Co-Hosted by: Chronicles of Motherly Beauty

 

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Elf on the Shelf is a special scout elf sent from the North Pole to help Santa Claus manage his naughty and nice lists. When a family adopts an elf and gives it a name, the elf receives its Christmas magic and can fly to the North Pole each night to tell Santa Claus about all of the day’s adventures. Each morning, the elf returns to its family and perches in a different place to watch the fun. Children love to wake up and race around the house looking for their elf each morning.

There are two simple rules that every child knows when it comes to having an elf. First, an elf cannot be touched; Christmas magic is very fragile and if an elf is touched it may lose that magic and be unable to fly back to the North Pole. Second, an elf cannot speak or move while anyone in the house is awake! An elf’s job is to watch and listen.

Elves typically appear in their families’ homes at the beginning of the holiday season (around Thanksgiving in the U.S.). On Christmas Eve, the elves return to the North Pole with Santa Claus–until next year!

Click here are some ideas for daily elf activities, you can search Pinterest for TONS of ideas, kid related & adult related!

You can also borrow some of the ideas that I used with our family elf last year…check them out HERE

Good Luck!

Disclosure: Sweetie’s Studio is responsible for the cost & shipment of the prize. The Pinspired Mom is not responsible for prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

Tom Foolery and 13 Yule Lads of Iceland by Wendy Nystrom

Just released! Author Wendy Nystrom’s newest children’s book “Tom Foolery and 13 Yule Lads of Iceland” is an adorable third adventure of Iceland tales. Check out the Awesome Release party on November 7 on Facebook. Check it out HERE! There will be games, prizes, laughs, and fun!

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*Wendy Nystrom is a published author with Anchor Group Publishing, wife and a mother of three wonderful children. Wendy grew up in St. Paul, MN, and has lived at different points in her life in Minnesota, Texas, Idaho, Colorado, West Virginia, and Iceland. She currently resides in Michigan (USA). Wendy is an avid reader of many different genres; she love adventures; and devotes some of her time to being active in schools, the local library, and other community projects. She earned a BA in Geography concentrating on Urban Planning at Texas State University. Wendy began writing children stories in 2005 while living on the wonderfully imagination filled island of Iceland. Her writing paradise is sitting around a campfire deep in the mountains with a huge moon above with the mountain outlined all around while a story teller weaves a tale of adventure with a splash of fun as a pebble skips across the water.

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