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The Thrifty Mama is having a great Giveaway day!

If you regularly check out other peoples blogs you’ll undoubtedly see giveaways. Some good, some great, some Ok.  Today I have found one that interests me.

Check out what the giveaways are for today!

Leave a comment on her blog (NOT MINE) for a chance at her giveaways.  Good luck.


Healthy Kid’s Lunches

I was supposed to blog about my kid’s lunches this week.  And quite frankly I would have preferred that to the chick drama that sashayed itself into my life this week.  But I was overruled.

So here I am… late… as usual. Obviously you will notice a lack of actual lunch in this photo.  But this is what I compiled my children’s lunches from.  All of it relatively healthy.  The Hillshire Farms deli selects are something I found when I started Weight Watchers a few years ago and needed to find a lower “points” sandwich.  Five slices of either ham, smoked turkey or roasted turkey are a portion for only 60 calories total.

So normally lunches for my kids include a main dish (sandwiches this week; and always on whole wheat bread), a dairy item Yogurt and/or cheese cubes, a snack (pretzels this week) and a drink.  note:  I only give my 8 & 5 yr olds half sandwiches.  The reason is a whole sandwich is too much in a school lunch hour (which isn’t an hour) and it’s too much for their little tummies).

I always have them bring a water bottle to school, but in their lunches I try to send milk.  Ahh the great flavored milk debate…  So here’s my opinion.  I don’t mind chocolate milk – ONCE IN A WHILE.  Everyday doesn’t cut it with me.  So my kids suffer through only getting chocolate milk a few times a week.  Strawberry milk looks too toxic for me, soooo… no.

Two things missing from this photo are a sweet and a fruit.  I try to stick a small treat in a few times a week and an apple/banana/berries or melon.  

One of these Dove dark chocolates is what went into lunches a few times this week.

I shall endeavor to expand my healthy repertoire!  To do this I will head to my favorite blogs!  The best places  to start are and  For my 5 year old, I think I’m going to try some ideas from

If you need more ideas check out my blogroll.

This is my vice


This cabinet is what I'm striving for (cabinet included!)

I keep dreaming about splurging on Polish Pottery.


I don’t know if it’s because my Tata (grandfather) was from Poland or if I just love it because it’s gorgeous.  But I think it’s a little bit of both.  Would I really have stopped to look at something this colorful if it hadn’t been Polish? Probably not, but I did.  Now I’m hooked. I currently have serving dishes, large bowls, small bowls, teapot, sugar bowl, an apple baker and random assorted dishes.

My husband recently came home and surprised me by bringing me some new pieces!

My goal is to eventually have a complete dinner set (I’m a long ways away).  Of course at the rate of speed that I make my purchases–it will be a mismatched set.  But that just adds character.

Did I mention it’s not my husband’s favorite?  This is where it gets confusing–for me too.  See I’m still not sure if he doesn’t like it or is desperately hoping I’ll start getting rid of other ceramics (Polish or not) soon. I have no more room.  And that’s why I’m hoping for a buffet & hutch for Christmas this year!  (pipe dream)

Maybe in a year, the photo I post will be an update of my new buffet and hutch filled with my own collection…

Here are a few links to places where you can find Polish Pottery:

Pottery Monster
Polish Pottery & more
Polish Pottery Blog