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Cave in Nova Scotia – Wordless Wednesday

This is a cave in Nova Scotia. We passed it while traveling to look at a some properties about an hour or two from my mom’s house called Folly Mountain Cave. The children thought it was cool!

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Week #44 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Ready to roll with The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #44 (for us)? Because we are!

5. Child with the quizzes last week added up several quizzes and announces, “If you put them all together, I got 120%!”

4. Jr. wanted to be a tiger so he drew stripes on himself with a pen! Lovely, eh? Yeah, he did whole body coverage, we only took a photo of his arm!

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3. On our older daughter’s birthday, our youngest ran into her room and jumped on her saying, “Happy Birthday!” Then he proceeded to ask her to make him a card from him…and she did! lol!

2. When my husband and I did the Pennzoil shop, we walked to get a cart. Hubby got the cart and started back to where I was, in the meantime I had started to walk with another man with a cart, thinking it was him! I looked over and realized it was not my husband and went, “Oh!” He simply said, “Excuse me” to pass by me. I turned and my husband was back a ways. I asked him, “Did you see that?” He said yes, puts his arms out and asks me, “What are you doing?” Then proceeded to teased me. We laughed but I was so embarrassed! I don’t think the strange man realized what I did.

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1. When we left the house the cats were on the work horses facing our car in the driveway. When we came back they were facing the exact opposite! Funny cats had not moved other than to turn!

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Keep Your Car Running with Pennzoil

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopandOil #CollectiveBias

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Our 2006 Chevy Malibu was long overdue for an oil change so we took it to Walmart’s Auto Center. We had some other shopping to do so it was so easy and convenient to drop the car off, then go about our other shopping. The Auto Center only uses Pennzoil. We asked for Conventional Motor Oil, which is a traditional oil base, with Active Cleaning Agents to continuously prevent dirt and contaminants from creating performance-robbing deposits. We usually get the oil changed when the car tells us it needs to be done. Nice little feature that saves us from having to remember when our last oil change was!

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Pennzoil is known to help clean out sludge lesser oils leave behind. It is designed for protection and may enable you to drive an extra 550 miles per year vs. a dirty engine (a dirty engine is NOT good!). Regular oil changes keep your car running smoothly and prevents bad things from happening…like a clogged, dirty engine. Our car is much happier after we get the oil changed!

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A funny thing happened to me while we were shopping. When my husband went to get a cart I waited in the front entry way (for some reason hubby did not grab a cart at the Auto Center and we walked all the way around to the front entrance!?). Well, I started walking along side him only to discover the man I was walking with was NOT my husband! Can you say embarrassing? When I looked over at the man I said a quiet, “Oh!” I don’t think he realized what I did because he simply said, “Excuse me” and went on his merry way. Meanwhile, I look back at my husband and asked, “Did you see that?” He said he did and then spreads his arms and goes, “What are you doing walking with another man?” And proceeded to tease me. Probably will not live this one down!

FFR Pennzoil Shopping Trip

After that embarrassing moment, we were able to get a few groceries and items for our upcoming trip. It was nice to have another the oil change and shopping checked off our to-do list.

If you change your own oil, here is a Pennzoil coupon to use on your next purchase, which is available for a limited time.

How often do you get your car’s oil changed?

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BiteSizers

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Meal time is always crazy at my house. With a growing 5 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl (going on 15), preparing meals is always hectic.  I try my best to have them eat what we eat, but sometimes it’s hard. Trying to cut food up into small enough pieces for their liking while they are yelling “I’m hungry, “Is it ready yet”, etc. can make any mom struggle to have a smooth meal time.  Anything that makes this part easier, I’m signing up for!

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Thank goodness for BiteSizers! Upon first opening they look like everyday scissors. I thought to myself, they’ll probably work the same as kitchen scissors.  Guess what? They work a whole lot better! Way better than using a fork a knife. Who would have thought?! Simply take whatever you are eating, use BiteSizers to cut pieces to your liking, and that’s it!  I was honestly amazed at how easily it cut through this quesadilla.

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I then went on to cut up some cantaloupe. Usually I use a fork and knife to cut fruit up.  Using BiteSizers was a whole lot easier. I went from cutting a quesadilla to cantaloupe, and then I cut up a PBJ just for fun.  They work on any food that I would ever feed my kids.  I love that it has a Snap-On cap to keep the blades good and for easy travel. I can throw them in my diaper bag easily.  There’s even a handy built-in sizer guide so you can cut food to the size recommended by experts as best for children.

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Since I started using BiteSizers both of my kids have tried more foods than ever. It’s just so easy to cut a little bite off of whatever I’m eating and share with my kids. BiteSizers are available exclusively at

www.mixedpears.com and www.amazon.com

I would highly recommend them to anyone with young children.

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Week #43 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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Ready to roll with The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #43 (for us)? Because we are!

5. One of our children, whom shall remain nameless, responded to a question in their school work with “something”. Of course it is something! We have a smarty pants on our hands.

4. Here’s how a child filled out a quiz like this:

Student Quiz 2015
mm…not sure if they didn’t understand what they were suppose to do or what.

3. Their response to our grading it, “Whatevs”….a classic Robert Gould response. Let’s just say we need an attitude adjustment towards school.

2. One son slicked back his hair like Elvis and was chanting something as he came out of the bathroom.

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1. We had friends over on Sunday and our youngest daughter literally picked up their 10 year old son to get him to go in the direction SHE wanted him to go in! Bossy much? She is in the middle of four boys…maybe that enables her bossiness??

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New Lip Balm Collection from Mwah

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If you are like us, you are trying to make wiser, healthy choices not only in your grocery store shopping but also beauty and personal care products. For several years we have been using natural alternatives from shampoos and toothpaste to even lip balm. There are some ingredients in commercial lip balms that you will want to avoid, such as: parabens and sulfates. That’s why we made the switch. We go through a lot of lip balm during the winter months so we were eager to try a new natural lip care called Mwah®.

Mwah offers an effective, fresh, high-quality, and healthy spin on lip care that’s still affordable for all young women. Mwah lip care products are natural, void of harmful chemicals and preservatives, never tested on animals, produced in a 100% solar powered factory in southern California and with a portion of all profits donated to the World Wildlife Fund. The collection includes three lip balm products: a slider tub, a stick and a gloss, all available in a variety of yummy flavors for girls looking for an irresistible pucker.

Mwah Review

Mwah has very nice packaging and included a sturdy, plastic drawstring bag.

Our nearly 18 year old daughter liked it and says this about Mwah, “A bit greasy but it smells good and keeps your lips soft. It does not really have a taste so that should prevent Jr. from eating it!”

Our oldest son, nearly 13, thought it was too oily and doesn’t smell nice, but he is a boy and this is a girl product! ;)

The rest of us thought it smelled good! The smells are very true to their flavors and are not fake.

The other girls liked the extra oiliness because it made them feel like they did not have to apply so much.

So the majority liked Mwah!

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Mwah Product Line:
Lip Balm Slider Tub (SRP: $3.99). Flavors: Coconut Chick, Mango Tango, Sweet Tart
Lip Balm Stick (SRP: $1.99/single, $4.99/3-pack). Flavors: Creamsicle, Mango Madness, Strawberry Sweetheart
Lip Gloss (SRP: $2.99). Flavors: Berrylicious, Peachy Keen, Sugar Lips

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You can check out the full line of products and get more info at http://www.perfectlypoutable.com.

Mwah is currently available at CVS/pharmacy, Ulta, HEB, Amazon.com and Meijer stores. Over the next few months, the products will be available nationwide at retailers including Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

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Pretty Farm Cats – Wordless Wednesday

The only animals making the move with us are our three pretty farm cats and our loveable pooch! Too bad the rest of the animals were not small enough to fit into a vehicle with all of us!

These three below are looking sleepy, aren’t they?

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Moving to Nova Scotia

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We are looking to move back to the Halifax region, but realistically could be anywhere in the center sections of the province.

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For many years I dreamed of moving back to Nova Scotia, however, my husband always had a job here in Illinois and his mom and brother were here. When we moved here to the farm three years ago, I had pretty much settled into life in Illinois. Then another death in my family occurred. My husband’s second bout of unemployment in six years was encroaching upon a year and we threw the idea of moving back to Nova Scotia out there. To my surprise EVERYONE was on board…everyone but me. I was the least excited person in our family. ME!? My husband wondered why we had not thought of this back in 2013 when he lost his job and so did I. We got our passports, started researching moving back, farming, housing, etc. with the intention of visiting Nova Scotia in the fall of 2014.

When we visited Nova Scotia in November/December 2014 we checked out some farm properties and I worked on our children’s proof of Canadian Citizenship and getting other paper work started. Let’s just say it is not a simple or easy move! When I moved here to the United States, it was just little old me with a few pieces of luggage and boxes. Now we have a boat load of children AND stuff!

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This beach is in the Pictou section in the map at the beginning of this post. And no, not all beaches in Nova Scotia are rocky!

We are in the process of selling our animals. It is rather bittersweet. We thought these were our “forever” animals. There is a lot of paper work and expense to transport animals across the border to Canada. We held out hope we might be able to take them with us, but finally decided it was just too much. We have a buyer for our cows, a farmer friend, thankfully. It is a relief to know they are going to a good home. We have a buyer for the 33 chickens we have left, they will be picked up soon. We have a buyer for our compact Kubota tractor. Our horse is returning to his owner, he was just with us on a free-lease (meaning we paid for nearly all his upkeep for the privilege of “owning” him). If we had of been moving within Illinois, his owner would have allowed us to keep him. He is nearly 31 years old and she couldn’t bear the thought of not seeing him again, plus a three day drive would have been rough on an older horse. Only the goats and sheep left to sell, plus a few odds and ends such as a goat milk stanchion, cow panels, t-posts (though we priced them in N.S. and are thinking we might take them with us!) and things like that.

It is a bit surreal and I do not think it has really sunk in yet. I have not even seen all there is to see in Chicago, let alone Illinois. You do not know how many “if onlys” we have been voicing! Guess we will still have lots to do when we come back for a visit.

Meanwhile we have sooooo much to do to get ready for a major move across country.

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Week #42 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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I think I am finally on a roll for Saturday Top Five Laughs posts. Woohoo! Once again, joining The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday Top Five Laughs – week #42 (for us)!

4. Hubby slipped in our hallway and knocked over the water cooler. You would have thought that World War III broke out.

3. Our oldest wanted our youngest to come and give her a kiss goodnight and Jr.’s response was, “No, you didn’t call me ‘the chosen one‘.” Oh my!

2. I am sitting here and I hear a voice groan, “I’m pregnant!” I look over and one of our daughters is sitting next to me with a ball beneath her clothes. Then another daughter does the same thing with another ball, but bigger ball. The first daughter goes, “How many children do you have in there?” Then a third daughter does and and the second daughter asks here, “How many children do you have in there?” I think they have lost it! Now the first daughter just exclaimed, with the big ball beneath her shirt, “Ahhh I am having quadruplets!”

1. Watching children learn to use the yo-yo is funny!

And I cannot think of a fifth one….brain is fried or frozen. Take your pick!

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Hermes the Guernsey-Jersey Bull Calf – Wordless Wednesday

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Remember our Guernsey-Jersey bull calf? We sold him in December. He was closing in on nearly 300 pounds at almost 3 months of age. We had to take some photos before he left for his new home. Of course, he was not very cooperative and moved quite a bit. Hopefully these photos show how big, healthy and cute he was/is!

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We did not even advertise Hermes was for sale. Someone had come to our farm for something else and asked to buy him and we decided to go for it. He was picked up a few days later. Comet, his mama missed him for a while and still does at times, but she is adapting now that we have her mama, Miss Moo back from her date with the Jersey bull.

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