This is a great reminder that it is ok to take time for ourselves and to say “no” sometimes, it is good for us:) Thanks Toddler Interpreter!

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Mommy Stress isn’t a term you will hear until you become a stressed out Mommy yourself. Not enough credit is given to the workload of a Mommy, especially when there are small children involved. Quite often the contributor to a large proportion of Mommy Stress is the expectations that a Mother puts on herself; we are often our worst critic. It can almost feel like an impossible task to prepare meals, be the perfect Mother and partner, keep a clean house and meet all the social commitments on a daily basis. Contributing to the Mommy Stress is the feeling of lack of achievement. It doesn’t matter how well you changed diapers, kept up with the washing or entertained the little ones, there is the same amount of work to do the very next day, and still the same amount of Mommy Stress.

To combat Mommy Stress there are some…

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I am happy to have started this blog as a place for Mom’s to come and brighten each others day, share our trials and tribulations, recipes, craft ideas, health and wellness, and most importantly just have fun!

Taking my son to the doctor


Took my son Johnny to the ENT doctor he needed to have his ears cleaned and checked. On our way he says “Mom are you sure this guy is an expert?” I said “Yes he specializes in just kids ears” John says “Well what if it is his first day” I say ” No he has been doing this for a long time, you have nothing to worry about”


A few minutes later John says “Well what if he called in sick and I get someone else and it is his first day” I say “That isn’t going to happen if he was sick they would have canceled ” John says “Good I just don’t want to get there and have it be some just guy with a drill”


Amazing what he is thinking!!!


I wonder where he gets his anxiety from? LOL 🙂

Thank you!


Welcome and Thank you to all our new followers! I hope you have enjoyed what I have posted this far.

In additional to the crocheting projects and patterns, interesting things I find about parenting and children, I am going to be adding a little something fun.  A section about things kids say. Over the years my kids have said some of the funniest things I always wished that I had written them down. So I am going to start ! Please feel free to comment and share funny stories of your own.

As Mom’s we can never laugh too much! I know there are times when all I can do is laugh or cry, so lets laugh!!


Thanks Eda this is great!!



Today I have prepared a picture tutorial for Priscilla Hewitt’s Sunburst Granny Square .The written pattern can be found here: patterns/Afghan Squares/Sunburst Granny Square.pdf

Chain 5. Join with a sl st to form a ring.

Chain 3.

The chain 3 will count as the first dc , work 15 more dc in the ring;

join with a sl st.(16dc). Fasten off.

Attach next colour with a sl st to any dc,

puff st in the same st and in each dc around. Here is how to do the puff st:

Yarn over,insert hook in the st and pull up a long loop

yarn over

pull up another long loop from the same stitch

yarn over again(3 times in total)

yarn over and pull through all remaining 7 loops on hook,chain 1 to lock.

puff st in each dc around,join with a sl st to the first puff st.

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Thought everyone would enjoy these 🙂



I am still searching the ‘ perfect pattern’ for my new project. Yesterday I tried two patterns:

This pattern is from They have lovely – gorgeous-wonderful-fantastic! patterns; both knit and crochet.

I did a change in the last row in this pattern though. Now instead of one  project idea , I have two perfect project ideas!!!!

This pattern is from ‘rosehip’. Such a wonderful pattern; I got carried away and already made six of them!

And as I have mentioned red carnations in my last post,I have received some for the ‘International women’s day’ yesterday.

I hope you all have a nice day!

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I love to use this things look so much nicer. The center is smoother and flatter than the traditional start to a circle, great for hats, mittens, anything really!

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Nurturing Joy

Tissue Paper ‘Stained Glass’ Hearts

So easy, my 3-year-old could help!

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Clear, repositionable Con-Tact paper (I got mine years ago at Bed, Bath and Beyond.)
  • Tissue paper in shades of red, pink, and purple torn into small pieces
  • Blue painters tape
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn, ribbon, etc.

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I love these, what a great way to use up extra yarn. I love to read and am a firm believer that you can never have too many bookmarks

Thanks Zen Garden Angel


I had some lovely green cotton yarn left over from my bags project and wanted to use the rest up. So I crocheted this little round box and a few tatted bookmarks.

The top and bottom of the box are doubles. 4 circles are used and then a small border or side/middle. It’s like having a thicker base by using 2 rounds sewn together. And the double one’s for the top of the box are great for keeping whatever treasures are inside, safe from falling out. 🙂  I sew half of each round on the top with a whip stitch. Then I tuck one full circle on the inside and the other for the cover.  I am using the little bit of yarn left over to make a tassel and I’ll add that to the box later.

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I love this pattern, I think I may take a break on all my baby hats and make this for me 🙂


Chi-Town Crochet Cowl
by Kathy Kelly

Yarn: 1 skein Lamb’s Pride Worsted 190 yards
Size K 6.5 mm hook, or size to achieve a relaxed stitch and flexible fabric, gauge is not important.
darning needle
This pattern uses a multiple of 4 + 1 stitches.
Example is 30” long and 8” wide, joined with a single twist to make a moebius.

Stitch abbreviations U.S. Terminology used
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
st = stitch
sp = space
sk st = skip stitch

Make enough chains so that when the ends are joined it will easily fit over your head. Be sure the final number is a multiple of 4 + 1.  (I chained 81).
Note: When working dc rows do not work into 1st stitch directly underneath turning ch. Ch 3 turning chain counts as a dc throughout.

Row 1: dc in 4th…

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