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Today is Working Parents Day

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Today, a Sunday of all days this year, we celebrate Working Parents. It's another one of those unique holidays shared today with National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day, National Play Doh Day and Step Family Day, among others.

Like most working parents, I have a full plate and display a lot of patience--most of the time, anyway. Though I work p/t, I'm still busy at my job outside the home three days a week and then I come home and start my second job--being a mom.

It wasn't in the original plans. After marriage I was going to be the one to stay home and raise our family. But the economy and circumstances of unemployment when our only son was just 9 months old forced me to return to the workforce.

It's not too bad at all! I'm blessed to work at a great location, with flexible scheduling and decent pay. It's also a job with a definite purpose. Not everyone can say that about their job.

Sometimes I just wish I was given a genie in a bottle to grant my three wishes: day of pampering at a spa with regular frequency, keep my home ship shape clean FOREVER, and freedom to do more family things. Is that to much to ask?

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GAYLLYNNE 9/21/2012 6:50AM

    If you find that genie, please sent her/him my way!! I also think "working mother" is the same thing!

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STLCARDSFANS05 9/18/2012 9:09AM

    working parents...quite redundant. ;)

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ANDYINBC 9/17/2012 1:29AM

    Where are those genies when we need them?

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LHLADY517 9/16/2012 11:42PM

    I so understand.

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    yes....that genie would be nice some days!

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So Glad I Do Not Celebrate National Cream-filled Donut Day

Friday, September 14, 2012

Today, September 14th, is National Cream-filled Donut Day. There are no other recognized unusual holidays today. It sits all by itself this date on the calendar, a square just for praise of the ooey gooey mess of cream-filled fried cakes.

Thank goodness I've never craved such a sugary treat. Or I might have been first in line at the popular donut shops this morning.

For me the WOW factor wears off after the first bite. And that is an alarming bite.

So, NO, I won't be celebrating this unusual national holiday, thank you very much!

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BUSYMOM911 9/15/2012 12:30PM

    I think I can make it today without celebrating. Reading your blog was enough.
I recognized it.

Dunkin' Donuts might not be happy about it, but my waistline (once i find it) is closer to coming to stay.

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ANDYINBC 9/15/2012 12:08PM

    I don't believe in this day... I prefer my doughnuts glazed with no cream or filling!

Hope your day is great!

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GAYLLYNNE 9/15/2012 9:24AM

    LOL - so glad I missed this!!! Good for you keeping all that will power!!!

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JANTWO 9/15/2012 12:40AM

    I did not know about that national day either!!!!

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LYNNIERN 9/14/2012 10:57PM

    Love your blogs and I love reading about all these crazy holidays!! I knew that August 8th was National Sneak a Zucchini on your Neighbors Porch day but I never knew about National Peanut Day or National Creme-Filled Donut Day.

BTW, will you be making a hat tomorrow??

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National Peanut Day

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today is National Peanut Day.

For my afternoon snack, I'm enjoying Granny Smith wedges dipped into organic PB.

Last night I whipped up a batch of brownies for my family and included peanut butter nuggets in the mix. That's our dessert and school snacks the remainder of this week and into the weekend.

We are fortunate that not one of us in this household has a peanut allergy and we all love PBJ sandwiches. YUMMY!

How will you celebrate National Peanut Day?

** For those of you who saw this post after the initial hour, I had happy fingers and out of habit added "butter" when in fact it's National Peanut Day. If you wish to mark your calendar now, National Peanut Butter Day is Jan 24.

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LYNNIERN 9/14/2012 7:52AM

    I had pb with and apple for a snack. Yum!!

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GAYLLYNNE 9/14/2012 6:53AM

    I love peanuts but doubt I will celebrate. Maybe I'll make a pbj sandwich for my son when he comes home!!

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IMREITE 9/14/2012 1:32AM

    i prefer other nuts, but i will be using peanuts to make a homemade trail mix for when i travel this weekend.

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JANTWO 9/14/2012 12:11AM

    I did not know it was National Peanut Day. I LOVE peanuts!!!!

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BUSYMOM911 9/13/2012 5:42PM

    Thanks for letting me know.

Maybe I will celebrate with some peanut chocolate clusters while watching Glee! tonight. (if the calories allow after having supper)

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LHLADY517 9/13/2012 5:31PM

    Went to buy some apples, and they just didn't look good today. Oh, well. I'll just have a spoon of peanut butter.

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God is Good

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sharing GOOD NEWS and Prayers of Thanksgiving...

This week we learned that my DH receives a State of Missouri unemployment benefits, thus granting him permission to attend the C.A.I.T. program at Washington University in St. Louis without paying anything out of pocket! WooHoo!!

We are so very grateful he's able to attend this prestigious program for IT professionals. And especially thankful that the costs are covered for us.

Thank you to all the Prayer Warriors. Our prayers were answered on this matter. We are all truly blessed in so many ways!

GOD is good all the time! All the time, God is good!!

~ Lynn

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LYNNIERN 9/10/2012 11:06PM

    Such awesome news! Congratulations to your hubby, you and your family! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNSET09 9/9/2012 6:27AM

  All of the time and as the praises go up, the blessings come down. He is a force to be reckoned with as he is a Child of the Most High God. Keep the faith and keep the prayers coming. I would love to be able to attend school free of charged. That in itself is a blessing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDYINBC 9/9/2012 3:19AM

    So glad for you and your family!

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NANCYPAT1 9/9/2012 1:17AM

    God is good all the time - sometimes we just don't see it through our human eyes - taking time to listen and SEE is important.

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THEBETH43 9/9/2012 1:00AM


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To Busy to Care

Thursday, August 30, 2012

These past couple of weeks have been pretty trying on my emotions and waist line.

I should have never brought into the house those FREE snack bags: chips, crackers, scoops, etc. They are my downfall and NO ON CAN EAT JUST ONE!

So, next time we get a stash of FREE snack food, I'm hiding it in the basement, passing it along to neighbors, or finding other alternatives to carry the generosity forward.

Spark on....

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SUNSET09 8/31/2012 10:06PM

  My weakness is the Lays Wavy chips and Iíve learned that when I add them on my food tracker, itís not worth the calories when I could have had something more healthy, more of it and more beneficial to my weight lost effort. Everything in moderation as sometimes, we are our own worst enemy. Great idea! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARI_GIRL 8/31/2012 4:50PM

    I have issues with chips, so I totally understand. I haven't really cut anything out of my diet completely because it makes me binge, but chips are the exception- I do best if I avoid them completely. At first it was stressful walking past them in the grocery store, and now I'm fine!

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    You are so right how sad it is that we can't donate them once again for the shelters. And I'm right there with you on the chip trap..... I found out this past week that I can't have Club Crackers and cream cheese in the house any longer. Buy the cream cheese when I need it for wraps (lunch at co-op) but no extra!

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SOCDIRECTOR 8/31/2012 7:43AM

    Thank you all for your encouraging comments. Yes, we are blessed to have generosity still alive and well in our lives.

RE: Shelter Suggestion...

Unfortunately, that's not an option in this situation where product is taken off the shelf by the manufacturer.

You see, there are some really devious people who will take that sealed bag of chips ($3.49-4.99 retail) and return it to any local grocer for a cash refund. Otherwise, that person who so kindly shared these extra bags might lose employment if the FREE bag chips land at any area shelter.

If making a donation to a shelter, EACH AND EVERY bag would have to be opened at the time it was dropped off. Other companies have had to implore this new policy as well for the same reason.

So sad... A few dishonest people ruined it for all the rest!

Comment edited on: 8/31/2012 7:49:49 AM

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HEYITSLISA 8/31/2012 7:06AM

    hard to pass up on FREE! Chips used to be my downfall, but the longer you go without the less you crave them. Stay strong! emoticon emoticon

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LASKIE2 8/31/2012 6:17AM

    Donate the free stuff to a homeless shelter!

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CANDOK1260 8/31/2012 5:00AM

    yes free snack don't come calorie free Congratulations on your 15,000 fitness minutes!

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LAURELSPARK 8/31/2012 3:50AM

    I'm with you 100%!

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ANDYINBC 8/31/2012 1:21AM

    Or make sure the free snack food Is healthy. 🍅🍆🍓🍊

Yes, chips and other snacks are killers. My family and I have been getting better at leaving them on he shelves of the grocery store.

Comment edited on: 8/31/2012 1:23:55 AM

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JANTWO 8/31/2012 1:00AM

    Good idea!!!!

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