And All Of a Sudden, It’s July

Hi friends!

Thanks so much for supporting my cancerversary last month. That whole cancer experience was very weird, and celebrating my survivor status in June helps me cope with all of that. So, for many of you who read those posts last year when I was actually going through the cancer experience, I know it was a bit repetitive, but it was therapeutic for me to dedicate a whole month of blog posts to it.

So, tell me, how was your June? School did not end for us until June 13, so we really just got back in the swing of summer in the past week or so. We’ve pretty much been hanging out and relaxing…I’ve actually been trying to get them to understand that you don’t always have to go somewhere or do something to have a good time. So far, they’re not buying it.

In honor of the 4th of July this week, I thought I’d post a few pictures of my favorite 4th of July desserts. I love dessert…especially on the 4th of July, and these are two of the recipes I have tried in recent years.

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This is a simple yellow cake that I made and used blueberries and strawberries for the stars and stripes. We happened to have extra peppermint candies lying around so the kids and I decided to add those on the cake as well.



Last year, I decided that I really wanted to make a trifle. Except I don’t really like pudding much. So I altered the recipe and instead of pudding I used whipped cream. And then I used colored frosting and flags to give it that Independence Day oomph!

This year, I bought 4th of July sprinkles and I’ve been scouring through Pinterest to find a recipe. I’ll definitely let you know what I decide and if you have any ideas, please share them!

Have a great holiday weekend!


Summer Media Moguls

One mom uses talk radio to teach her kids this summer.This summer, the Littles have been working on a big project. It’s big. It touches on all subjects in school that we should be reviewing throughout the summer, but I don’t have to stand up in front of them and make them do worksheets. They have their own radio show!


Internet radio is big…and relatively inexpensive. Each week, they have business/ production meetings where they develop topics for show segments. They research those topics by reading magazines, checking the internet, and watching the news. If they have a special guest, they must have developed their interview questions. On Thursday, I review everything with them and we refine our goals. By Friday, all research and scripts must be complete so we can be ready for Sunday.

I’m their Executive Producer (because I pay for the studio time) and their Momager (because they’re convinced they are going to “blow up” from this experience).

Blow up. Right.

Sometimes it is frustrating. Sometimes they don’t do their research…and oh…sometimes I’ve had to threaten to announce on air that they didn’t do their chores properly. 🙂

But for the most part, I’ve enjoyed watching them participate in a project like this. They’ve learned public speaking, current events, social studies, research skills, news reporting, and math. They’ve even done book reviews, which was my sneaky, yet brilliant way of getting them to read more.

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And who knows, they just might blow up.

Dessert Makers

The Three Amigos love to help me in the kitchen. All of them. Our kitchen isn’t that big, so sometimes they have to take turns. They don’t like that part.

All month long, I’ve been plagued by emails and articles and blogs featuring desserts. Summer fun desserts. Cool off from summer heat with this dessert. Take this dessert to your next summer gathering. Lots of dessert.

And then I found one I couldn’t resist. (It didn’t take long for that to happen.) All of us were ready to try our hands at it.

Except it’s for a trifle. And all the trifle recipes I’ve seen have pudding in them.  I wasn’t feeling like having a pudding dessert. But I wanted a trifle. So I Googled “Banana-free trifle.” And wouldn’t you know, I found one we could make.

Because I was trying to be a little health conscious, we used strawberries, blueberries, and angel food cake. Oh! And the whipped topping was low-fat. It’s the best I could do…these things are generally just not on the healthy side.

I used blue frosting and mixed it with the whipped topping, then I used more whipped frosting. And of course, what is a dessert without sprinkles? So we had to add sprinkles. And it was oh so good.

So tell me, what summer desserts have you tried this summer?

The Only Male in The House

Well, it happened. I knew it would. I never thought what I would do when it did. I’ve got three kids in puberty. Oh Em Gee.

And I don’t know what to do. We’ve had the talks…I’ve recommended the books. So from a biological standpoint, they understand. But from an emotional standpoint, I’m not sure if they do.

I’m not even sure if I do.

Both girls now have… shall we say…changes occurring in their bodies. BOTH. And you know my thyroid levels still are fluctuating. So we have three hormonal (i.e. cra-cra) women under one roof. And the dog, well…she’s cra-cra too.

I felt so bad for the boy that my first instinct was to buy him those noise cancelling headphones so he can mentally “get away” when he needs too. You see, he’s been asking for for them for more than a year and I’ve refused…but this weekend, I wanted to buy them. I even shopped a bit on line for them. But I didn’t buy them. Yet anyway.

And then I happened to read a blog post from the Mob Society about when boys are approaching puberty.  And I felt like she was discussing my son. And I realized, he’s got it too.

Well friends, this is what happens when three children are born in 3.5 years. They do everything together. Even puberty. So I do feel bad for him, because he’s the only male in the house. But I feel really bad for me, because I’m the one who’s supposed to guide them through this process. And so far ya’ll…they ALL want to talk about it. And I think it’s a good thing that we are talking about it…but talking about it kinda makes it real. And secretly between you and me, somedays I’m not ready for the real.

Do you have any advice for me on how to survive the next 5 years or so?

Summer Organization Project: My In-Box(es)

Hello. My name is Toni and I have a lot of email addresses.

I have so many email addresses that the Three Amigos don’t need their own email addresses. They each actually use one of mine. Because I have several. Like 10…I think. Matter of fact, I asked Cheryl  last week how many she had and she didn’t respond. She just kind of looked at me with that “We both love technology and have adult  A.D.D., so there’s no need for me to answer” look. So, I think she has a lot too.

So, why do I need more than 2 (the basic one for work and one for home)? The answer is simple. I don’t need more than two! At all. I want more than 2. And now, I don’t know what to do with them.

And the reason I am keeping them is because I think I’m supposed to do something with them. All of them. So that’s what I’m going to figure this week. Why I have them, and if it’s a good reason, then I’ll keep them. If not, I’ll delete them. And just so I don’t convince myself of the good reason, I have to put that reason into effect right away.

But for now, I’m taking a poll. After all it’s only Tuesday and the end of the week is not until Saturday. How many email addresses do you have? If you have more than two email addresses, how do you use them?