Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Super Easy Fried Bean and Cheese Burritos

I just really love these burritos. They are one of my go-to meals for lunch or dinner whenever I don't know what to make. It's an especially helpful recipe if I'm pressed for time. So I decided to share the recipe! They are easy to make, easy to double, and something my whole family will eat.

You start off with refried beans, cheese, tortillas and olive oil. I really love the refried beans from Trader Joe's, they use organic pinto beans and put some other spices in there, so they are already seasoned. I use 10-inch tortillas and with 3 cans of beans, you end up with 8-10 burritos (depending on how full you make them.) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The day my son saw a naked woman.

Ughhhhhhhh. I want to scream out in frustration!

My son came to me today while he was online- he's learning to make websites, which is great and he loves it. He came to me and said he had seen an inappropriate picture. He closed the tab and came to get me. Phew. That's the good news...and I'll go back to that in a minute.

The terrible news is that I went into the history and looked at where he had been. He had been searching for an image of cardboard armor and had then stumbled onto an adult dating site. Well, the homepage for this site is a nude woman. Standing there with no clothes on, inviting you to try this site. I am SO sad for this. I am sad and disgusted that the first naked woman he's seeing is a girl he will never meet in real life, and certainly not someone he will be romantically involved with. I am screaming inside. I'm so upset about it. I've had some time to think about it, I'm more angry. Angry that we live in a world that makes it nearly impossible to guard our children's innocence. Certainly we can and need to be taking measures and steps to protect our kids on the internet with internet safety programs, blocking adult content, etc. But in the end, it is not a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN.

Sigh, even as I'm writing this, I'm blaming myself. If we would just have had better security, maybe that wouldn't have happened. And then I feel pity, my poor precious son, being exposed to something that he should never have seen. I feel discouraged and so so sad.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Teaching Our Kids to Take Responsibility Part 2

This is the next post in Teaching Our Kids to Take Responsibility. You can read the first one here- about teaching our kids to take responsibility for their actions. This post?

Teaching Our Kids to Take Responsibility for Their Happiness

Happiness. It's something we all want right? But I can say that it is 100% difficult to make someone
else happy if they don't want to be. You can try, and sometimes it does work- but I find it's hard to make it last.

This is especially true for a child who doesn't want to be happy. I mean, I've bought toys, planned special trips, promised tv, let them play extra nintendo, bought donuts, candy, you know, all those healthy things- and while those things do seem to provide temporary happiness- usually just around the corner is something that makes the child unhappy and now we're back to square one.

So…I learned early on that if anyone was going to be making my kids happy, it wasn't going to be me. I just can't keep up with it! They MUST learn that if they want to be happy- there is only one person who can make that choice- and it wasn't me, lol.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Teaching Our Kids to Take Responsibility Part 1

This is the first post in a two part series. I've never done a series- ha! But...I feel like I have a lot to say about this and it really comes in two parts, so here goes.

This first part is- 

Teaching Our to Take Responsibility for Their Actions

One of things that I've really been thinking about lately is how to teach my kids to take responsibility for their actions. I want them to understand that they have a choice as to how they will respond to situations, especially ones that could end up with them getting hurt or hurting someone else.

The premise is teaching our kids that when something happens to them- they can either react based on what's right, or based on the action. So.....this is obviously tough, something even adults have a hard time with. But...something I feel like would be a huge asset to them. And really- based in reality. Because at the end of the day, we are the ones footing the bill for our actions.