When Getting Kids First Car

Boy oh boy does time fly… I remember just like it was yesterday when they were babies. But they sure do grow up fast, don’t they!

I can also remember the day she rode her first bike… well, now…

One of my kids is getting to that age where they are almost old enough to drive, and she is wanted a new (used) car.

I have read that Volvo’s are one of the safest cars out on the road these days… so looking at that for her first car.

but I know Honda’s are good cars, Toyota’s are good cars, Nissan’s are good cars and Ford’s are good cars to have and own.

What kind of car do you get your kids for their first ride?

What about the windows… Tinted or not tinted?

What shade… how light or dark would you get the windows tinted? Do you keep it legal or go darker because that’s with the kids want most of the time.

Do you like the tinted eyebrow visor strip or not?

She says she don’t care what kind of car her first car is as long as it runs great and drives well to get from point A to point B no problem, and looks cool and keeps out heat with tinted windows, plus she wants a system in it for her loud music. She also wants rims and good tires.

I was thinking we would also get an alarm installed too.

What’s your Kids First Car? And did you get it tinted?

I really do hate seeing all that purple faded and bubbling tint out on the roads these days, so my friend that I was talking to about it said just don’t get cheap film on your windows, pay a little extra to get quality with a lifetime warranty and professional install.

It sure can be scary to think, feel and know your kid (baby) is out driving on the roads… are there in danger of all the crazy drivers out there?

Or are all the other drivers out there in danger from a new driver cursing around with her friends wherever they wish to go?

Well hopefully everyone will be safe, all we can do sometimes is pray and hope for the best.

Other times we can take as much percussion as we can… things like safest vehicle to drive… good tires and breaks… Window tinting can also add to the safety of the car, anywhere from cutting out the glare from the headlights of other cars and trucks on the road, but also god forbid there was an accident the window tint would hold together all the broken glass so not to shatter everywhere.

Would you buy a new car or a used car for your kid’s first car?

Do you buy it for them or make them work hard and save up for it?

I remember my first car… I had a job and asked my boss to barrow the money… then I bought a 89 Ford Escort slammed with rims, tinted windows and a system in it that slammed.











(This was not my car but its a image of the same kind of car… image from cargurus. com site)

I had purchased an alarm system and made an appointment for the next day… the alarm system was in the box and the box was in the car locked up and parked right outside my house… I woke up the next day and my car was stolen. I spent the next few years paying off that car loan for a car I could not drive.

So that’s why I believe in a alarm system first thing for any car.

Any ways thanks for reading my blog post about my kids first car and all my thoughts and feelings

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Many blessings




Migraines & the Food Elimination Diet

After my hysterectomy last May (2012) my migraines just won’t go away. Cheese and yogurt seem to be triggers but I also believe they are hormone related. I finally went to a hormone dr and she advised me to do a Food Elimination Diet along with blood to check my hormone levels.

I’m eliminating gluten & processed dairy. Raw milk has so many healing properties I will continue to use our raw milk. I will cut back on coffee, I don’t believe that is a trigger for me so I’m not eliminating it. I would go bonkers if I had to.
After reading the Whole Nutrition Cookbook I am excited about the possibilities of finding a cure for this misery!
Also, I’m debating on doing the Elisa food allergy test. The results are not a guarantee so I’m not sure I want to spend the money on the test.
Wish me luck!!!!

My Love For Cooking

It’s game day at our house this morning. Game day calls for something special for breakfast. Something special to me is homemade cinnamon rolls. Every time I make them I remember my mom making them for us when I was a kid.

One of the many things my mom taught me growing up was how to cook. I can remember cooking a casserole at 10 years old and having a sense of accomplishment. Even before that I remember cooking pancakes ( I still have a serious thing for pancakes).
Being a wife and a mother of 5 I can’t imagine not having the ability to provide delicious meals for my family.

I pray that my girls develop the same passion for cooking. I can’t imagine not having the ability to whip up something special for my family.

Thank you Mama for everything you have taught me, especially how to cook!!! I love you more than words.

All those dirty cups on the counters!

I’m really tired of all the dirty cups in my kitchen! We use to have a colored cup for each kid. But my 8yr old now uses the regular size cups. So our system needs some tweaking! Here is what I came up with:
Drew circles on a place-mat with fabric markers then wrote each family members’ name on a circle and “TAAA DAAAA”!!!
I could have planned better and made these really cute. But I just wanted to get it done and not have to buy anything.
Reduce Reuse Recycle!! Save money!!!

Preparing for baby

With the arrival of baby #5 in 16 weeks, we are making lots of changes in our home.
Here’s what’s going on:

  • Added a laundry room: such a blessing this has been!
  • Cosmetic changes in the kitchen, adding bead board & painting
  • The boy’s are now in one room to make room for baby Olivia.
  • Improving the boy’s closet (I wish we would have taken before pics)
  • Improving the girl’s closet (will definitely take before and after pics)
  • Painting the living room
  • LOTS of reorganizing!!!

As the kids are getting older and they are consuming more food, I am having to make changes with food prep and shopping trips. I feel like we have finally crossed the bridge into “a large family”. I see that as a challenge. It’s fun!!

I am really wanting to replace my 4.5 qt KitchenAid mixer with the 7qt…..it comes with a pretty big price tag…so I will have to wait.

With all that being said, I hope to blog more than what I have been…but what I blog about will be about all kinds of things not just bento.
Merry Christmas from my kitchen to yours!!

Tiffin Box

The box: Tiffin lunch box from TARGET
In the box:
Top tier
ham sandwich on a bagel thin
fruit leather
cheese stick
Middle tier
apple slices
Bottom tier
veggie dip
I found this cute lunch box at Target yesterday.
This box would be great for a day at the beach or by the pool!
You can fit a whole lot of food in there. 🙂

I love you bento {{Banana Art}}

The Box:
In the Box:
Nutella rollup
Honey Wheat Sticks
Heart Candy Box 1 pc of heart shaped candy
Orange slices
Mini banana with banana art *instructions below*
Asparagus Bundles *recipe below*

Lunchbox Love Notes for Kids  enter code: LBLCMP for 10% off

 Banana Art: Use a tooth pick to write or draw on a banana peel. Within minutes it begins to darken. 😉

Aparagus Bundles
1lb asparagus
3 slices of bacon cut into thirds
1 stick of butter
1/2cup brown sugar
1tsp teriyaki sauce
1tsp garlic salt
  • Heat oven to 400degrees
  • In a small pot: melt butter.  Add in brown sugar, teriyaki sauce, & garlic salt. Once boiling remove from heat.
  • wash & break off ends of asparagus
  • wrap 1pc of the cut bacon around 4 pieces of asparagus, secure with a toothpick
  • place bundles in a greased pan
  • pour sugar mixture over bundles
  • Bake for 20 mins

Linsey’s Lunch Foods

I’m a list maker. One of my most used lists is of lunch foods.
 I hang it on the inside of the cabinet door.
When meal planning or preparing lunches in a hurry, my list saves me a lot time.
Speaking of meal planning: I FAIL big time at that! =)
You can download Linsey’s Lunch Foods
Go ahead download and print it!