Fun Lunches Are A Must – Add Fruitshooters For The Win!

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Fruitshooter's

*Today’s post was sponsored by Fruitshoot.  All opinions and lunch ideas are my own. I have this special treat I love to do for my girls. I don’t do it as often as I should, but then it’s not a treat, is it? I like to make bento-style lunches for them. I create sushi rolls out of sandwhiches, or just the meat and cheese.  I add in vegetables and fruits, and the best part?  They are so excited by the fun take on the food, that they happily eat all the healthy food I can pack into the meal…and even better?  They eat more than they would if I just offered them a sandwich. Today we’re heading out on an adventure for our first day of spring break. For my new job (more on that later), we’re heading out to a farm to check out the baby animals.  The girls are so excited, but I’m going to surprise them with their favorite kind of lunches. I’ve got all their favorites in there.  Tomatoes, cheese, carrots, bologna, craisins, strawberry’s, yogurt covered raisins, and hard boiled eggs. I rolled the bologna and cheese into sushi-like rolls, and then made the  out of them, too. I went with a “round” theme with the carrots to match the rest of the fruits, and mixed all the fruits, dried and fresh, together for them. All of that is topped off with their (and my) newest favorite drink.  Apple Fruitshooter’s!!  They love the tasty drink, and that they can open them themselves (that whole independent streak they’ve got going) – and I love that handy little note at the top of the label “No Sugar Added”. It’s a fun and easy way for us to all get what we want…and it’s a great way to get a drink into their lunches. So how do you like to fun-up your kids lunches? *~* Like Fruitshoot on Facebook *~* *Today’s post was sponsored by Fruitshoot.  All opinions and lunch ideas are my own.   Read more »


by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.


Panic – He’s a Teenager! Pour Your Heart Out

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PANIC!

As a baby he was all Mama’s boy. I was a single mom and he was my world. As he grew, he stayed that way. He listened to my musicals in the car with me. Everything was shared, no secrets kept. Over time, and with age, the world began to shift. Sisters were born. School got harder. Life got busier. He became a pre-teen. The hugging slipped away. The talking disappeared. Sullenness crept in where sunshine had lived. And then we had a teenager. Over the past few years, the ever-changing relationship has left me at time joyous, befuddled, angry, and sad. The need for independence, coupled with the distance already formed, has left some gaps in the relationship. I don’t understand him, although I try. He is a sensitive one, like I always was, and I find myself now understanding my dad’s frustration when I was that age. There are ways Denver is just like me—and ways he is nothing like me. I don’t know how to parent a teenager. I don’t know how to let go and hold tight. I don’t know how to keep his trust as he tests mine. Yet, in the frustration and pain, there are moments. Times we share laughter. Times we have a playful battle of wits (or wills). There are some subjects we share an enjoyment of (raising a Geek when you’re one helps). Some days I think I’m losing him and will never get him back. Some days I worry I didn’t do a good enough job raising him. But these days, as he’s getting a little older—a little closer to good-bye—we are starting to find that middle ground. There are times I think he might actually like his parents (heaven forbid). And so I think there is hope. Just so long as he knows how proud we are of him (we are, so much). So long as he knows how smart he is and how much potential he has. Then I am happy, and think maybe I didn’t do such a bad job in raising him after all. * Are you ready for the teen years?  I still have two kids to go through, and they’re girls. I don’t think I’m ready for that. *~* Written for Things I can’t Say’s Pour Your Heart Out Read more »


by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.


Top Ten Tuesday – Dream Family Vacations

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Top 10 Dream Family Vacations

At this point in our life, a family vacation is a dream…so this list is appropriate. I’d love to take my kids on vacation just about anywhere. Some of these are more realistic than others, but they’re al ideas I’ve had. 10. Disney.  Of course. I’d be happy with Disney World visits – or a Disney Cruise. I think my kids would get a total kick out of it. 9. Washington D.C. As a former nearly-resident, I’d love to take my kids to see the nations capital. 8. Hawaii.  Okay, this is a dream family or no…I just always wanted to go. 7. California.  Yup, the state, not a specific place.  My parents took my brother and I when I was in middle school.  We drove the coastline, and back up through-started in Fresno, ended in San Fran.  It was amazing, and while I’d never want to live there, California is a cool place to visit. 6. Yellowstone. A given, right? 5. Florida – the Gulf beaches. This was Erik’s idea, and I agree. Every time we went to Florida, we always went to the beaches, not just the hot attractions. 4. A drive around the country. I mean the whole country. A friend of mine did a Great American Road Trip last year. I think that’s an awesome idea. 3. Gatlinburg. A “simple” vacation – just renting a cabin in the mountains and enjoying the time away. This is on the docket for “maybe next year”. 2. Colonial Williamsburg/Busch Gardens.  I’ve been & LOVE.  Plus, we could visit w/ my BFF Jess and her family, and even stay with them for a few days.  This is also on the “maybe next year” list. 1. Universal Studios.  I mean, what Geek family wouldn’t want to?  Especially one with a Harry Potter obsessed little one like Kennedy.  She’d kill to see Hogsmeade…and this summer they’re going to open Diagon Alley.  I think Kennedy and I would be totally geeked out there. * And that’s my list for this week.  Many big dreams, a couple of realistic ones. Just need to start those savings jars. What about you? What are your dream family vacation destinations? I’m always looking for new recommendations! Feel free to join me for Top Ten Tuesday! If anyone is interested, I can create a linky     Read more »


by Sarah Cass

Multi-published author. Mom of 3 special needs kids. Wife to 1 good man.
Redefining Perfect every day.