Foodie Friday: Pizza Pleasing Everyone


The Superbowl commercials are not the only thing I look forward to on Superbowl Sunday; I love the food! My parents are amazing cooks and the food is one of the main reasons I love going over to their house (besides visiting!). However, now that we have moved away from home and started our own family, we also get to start our on traditions; including hosting parties with some amazing food.

One of the main staples I try to provide party wise, are foods that I know my children will eat. Who wants to be forced to go to a party only to not have food there you can eat or like? I sure don’t and I know my kids wouldn’t appreciate a party in their own home without some of their favorites to munch on.  My guess, like in our home, your home has a conglomerate of family members with different taste pallets. We have the “cheese only” person, the “pepperoni only” person, the “everything” person and the “anything” person. It gets very complicated around dinner time when trying to place a pizza order and forget getting a frozen pizza, we would need about 4 to please everyone. Then one fine day, Hubs had an idea. It was a brilliant idea; and idea that please everyone. We only buy cheese pizzas at the store. GASP! I did not like this idea at first. I am the “everything” person, so cheese only was a sin. However, he explained and it was one of those “duhh” moments. I’m sure you have now realized what his brilliant idea was. If you haven’t yet, don’t sweat it; it took me a few minutes to catch on.

His brilliant idea? Buy cheese pizzas then add toppings. <smacks forehead>. Seriously? Its that simple? Yes…yes it is.

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We always have pepperoni on hand (Bug’s favorite sandwich for school lunch) and since I love my dirty martinis, we tend to have a jar of Kalamata olives missing some juice in the fridge as well. So this Superbowl Sunday save yourself some stress and buy a few cheese pizzas from the freezer section and some toppings. You can even set up a pizza bar and let every one make their own half of a pizza.

Wordy Wednesday: IEP vs IFSP; The Difference


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There is no secret we are a military family. With being a military family, there is no secret that we move quiet often. Sometimes every few months and sometimes every few years. Knowing we can move often we always need to have all our ducks in a row for a quick turn around. This means we need to always have copies of past IEP’s, school records, shots and I suggest a letter from the previous teacher regarding the students performance.

Why a letter? TIP: As we know, it takes a unspecified amount if time for a child with ASD to deal with the changes. With the moving process, there are a lot of them. Knowing where your child was pre-move can help the new education team see where regression has accrued and show when normalcy or progress has been made. It is a great bench mark to use.

Monday , I mentioned we might be moving. We have known for a while. However, one month it’s we are moving “here”, the next month it’s “there” and the month after it’s “were staying another two years”. So we are trying to sit back and let the dust settle. In the process of waiting…. And waiting….. And waiting I found out some of our vital paperwork needed to move was expired. Then I found out that the paperwork that was expired was wrong… For 4 years! Yes, I’m aggravated however, there is nothing we can do but fix it. Fixing it means enrolling the right child into an educational EFMP program the Army requires us to due to Bug having a IEP. Why was the paperwork wrong? Bug was never enrolled; he has had a IEP for 4 years. Diva, who never had an IEP, was enrolled two years ago claiming she had a IFSP. Wait, a what? And this is where the old dog learned something new.

There is something called a IFSP; individual family support plan. It is applied for ages birth through 2. At age 3 is where an IEP comes into play. I was going to create a cute little infographic, but why recreate the wheel? I found a great PDF that explains the difference between IEP vs. IFSP from the Pacer Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Click here for link to PDF.

Hope this helps explain some things!

Tip{py} Tuesday…kids’ clothing storage!


Okay so today I’m going to share something I did at my home to organize our kids’ clothing. That said, in order to share I will be including pics of my son’s room. *Disclaimer: I did not pick it up first! I took the pics as-is; it was a crazy morning. Try not to judge 🙂 Any illusions you had that my house is always clean are about to be shattered. Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

Our youngest’s room is on the small side and we were struggling in our new house to fit all the furniture we needed in his room. We had his bed…

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His train table

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And no room for much else. Here is a panoramic of the whole room.

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A nice room, just not tons of space. We didn’t really have anywhere to put his clothes. I was at Target in the dollar section and I saw these clothes hangers. They were only a $1 and the size of each of the sections made them work perfectly for stacking clothes.

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When I am really on top of my game and organized, I will have each section designated for a type of clothing. PJ s in the top, then t- shirts, then long-sleeve, then pants, for example. It was a space-saving option that was also cost-effective. Win-win! Hanging shoe organizers would work really well too.

Mommy Monday: 30 Minutes to Decide Your Future


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How would you react? Your hands would start to shake, your breathing will pick up, your eyes will dilate and your heart will race. At least that is what happened to me when I got that call from Hubs, “I just walked out of my Commanders office; he just gave me 30 minutes to call you and decide our future”. 

A bit of a back story- Hubs job will soon be obsolete. There is no set time line; but we are told to expect a very fast paced exit. Hubs is in a place in his career where he needs to advance to stay competitive. However, how can he stay competitive in a career field that is ceasing to exist. This is the question we had 30 minutes (over a phone!); to decide where we go from here. 

He was given three choices. Try having that conversation over the phone. It’s hard! I’m a people reader. I relie heavily on reading peoples facial expressions. I can’t do that over the phone. Panic hit. How am I suppose to help make a choice that will effect our family; our future?

It wasn’t. 30 minutes is not enough time. Even 5 days later we are still trying to make a decision. However, we did have to make a choice and provide his Commander with an answer. Was it the right answer? No idea. When will we find out? No idea. It’s a choice we had to make and a decision we have to live with. 

There are so many factors we need to take into consideration.  It’s not just “let’s move. It’s a new adventure!”. It’s more like “we have to transfers the ieps, we need recommendations for new specialists, we need to contact the pharmacy and get a stock pile of medications and supplies, we need to research schools, interview new ABAs, set up a new respite worker; and so on”.    
What do they say? Focus on the journey, not the destination.  I will try, however, it seems the journey will be a long and arguious one.  

Foodie Friday…Pigs in a blanket…for breakfast!


Weekday breakfasts can definitely be a challenge and my house is no exception.  Clothes are flying, folders checked, bags zipped.  Breakfast fits somewhere in there too.  It can be hard to find recipes that are quick and easy that the kids will eat.  I came across this recipe on the back of JONES all-natural sausage and thought I’d give it a try.  It was a hit with my kids which means I pass it on to all of you.  🙂  Have a great weekend!

Start with a package of crescent rolls.

Start with a package of crescent rolls.

Then a package of frozen sausage links (usually they come in packages of 10).

Then a package of frozen sausage links (usually they come in packages of 10).
Here is the recipe from the back of a JONES all-natural sausage package.

Here is the recipe from the back of a JONES all-natural sausage package.

After preheating the oven, here are the crescents, rolled out...

After preheating the oven, here are the crescents, rolled out…

then each piece cut into threes, making 12 total.

then each piece cut into threes, making 12 total.

Roll each crescent around a sausage link and place seam side down on the cookie sheet.  You'll have two extra to bake as plain rolls unless you bust into another package of sausage links.

Roll each crescent around a sausage link and place seam side down on the cookie sheet. You’ll have two extra to bake as plain rolls unless you bust into another package of sausage links.

Bake according to recipe directions, rolls should be golden brown.

Bake according to recipe directions, rolls should be golden brown.

Breakfast is served!

Breakfast is served!