Expanding Ghost.

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One of the best things about being a mom is all the fun times I get to have with my son. Xavier loves to learn and he is a very inquisitive person. So I decided we would do Science experiment to teach my son bout carbon dioxide for our craft time last night.  And to add extra fun with Halloween just around the corner why not make it a ghost. πŸ™‚
This is super simple and fast. But lots of fun!  Now I call that a TRIPLE WIN!   I am willing to bet most of you even have all these ingredients in the house. So then it is a another win.  Yes? If not it I’d all cheap and easy to get. So that is also a win!

Here is what you need:
– 1 balloon
– A sharpie marker (optional to draw face on balloon)
– 1 empty water bottle
– 1/2 a cup of vinegar
– 1 Tablespoon of baking soda.
– 1 funnel..now I didn’t have a funnel so I stretched the opening of the balloon and had him dump the baking soda in the balloon.

So what you do.
You take you water bottle and pour in 1/2 cup of vinegar.
Then you take your balloon. If you want now is the time to draw your face on your balloon aka your Ghost.
Next you Will place the funnel in the opening of the balloon. Then add the 1 tablespoon of baking soda inside the ballon.
Now you want to attach the balloon to the top of the water bottle..WITHOUT letting the baking soda fallout of the ballon into the bottle.
Once it is attached you lift your Ghost up so the baking soda falls inside and mixes with the vinegar forming the carbon dioxide.
And your Ghost comes to life and expands πŸ™‚
Here are some pictures I took while my Xman and I did this. I also have videos posted on my instagram you can check out! 

http://instagram.com/nerdy.mama.owl

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Just before we made out Ghost come to life

Smiles before he brought our Ghost to life.

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He was hugging his new friends. My boy is such a sweetie. πŸ™‚

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                            He loved this!

And here some pictures from the rest of our night. ..

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                     Playing on the couch πŸ™‚

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Playing his Abcmouse. He loves it. If you have kids check out Abc.com it truly is a amazing site! You have nothing to loose. They offer free 30 day traial! πŸ™‚

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A nd we ended our night by watching Little Mermaid 2 Return to the Sea. πŸ™‚

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Well thanks for checking this out!  And thanks for all the love you guys leave me in comments and likes. πŸ™‚ Happy Wednesday!
Sending lots of Peace Love & Happiness to your family from ours!

Til next time,
Nerdy Mama Owl
Lauren Akin.

Craft & Play Time Our Crazy Life

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Good Day To All You Wonderful People!

First let me say a HUGE thank you for all the new followers and the love ya’ll have given me. It is so amazing! I also have found so many new blogs thanks to you guys!

Okay so I have told you I am live a SUPER CRAZY Busy life. Which is totally incredible in itself. This past weekend went by so fast, it is insane. But it was so packed! We loved every minute. We had a fun time decorating our front door for Halloween. Which I will be showing. So simple too, which as us busy moms know scores points in our books. My boss’ birthday was Wednesday. So Friday I made her chocolate cupcakes with a peppermint buttercream frosting, topped with a York peppermint patty (picture posted below). Β Her and I eat the heck out of the York Patties since being I have been pregnant. Also I made football cupcakes for my youngest nephews football game. It was supposed to be the last game of the season but the Eagles kicked butt and WON! So now we are in for the Championships! I made green cupcakes with footballs on top (Pictures posted below). Then we had some errands to run. Got to have a nice lunch with my love just the two of us. That was refreshing. Then we headed over to Turkey Creek for the Pizza Party that was going on for my oldest nephew. They won their soccer game as well that day. My son spotted turtles and was in HEAVEN. He has been asking for a fish and a turtle for Christmas. Seeing the turtles there did nothing but encourage that desire. Xavier alsohad a birthday party and trunk or treating to go to as well. Then there was cleaning and projects around the house we worked on as well. We also made homemade playdough which my son turned into growing goo. Silly boy. It was a ton of fun tho! We got so much going on. I must say I LOVE IT! These are moments of making memories. And moments that you get being a mom. Best Job in the world right πŸ™‚

This coming weekend is trick or treating, another birthday, the boys sports games. My sisters birthday as well. Plus lots of other activities. Which I will share as they happen.

I have started planning my sons 4th Birthday Party. Which is gonna be a BLAST! So we got holidays, road trips, Birthdays, & the birth of our beautiful baby girl coming in just a few weeks to few short months. Best part is I get to experience it all with my amazing son & my amazing man. What more can I ever ask for?

Alright I has a LONG Monday and it is now after midnight so I am gonna leave it here and chat more soon!

Hope you enjoy these pictures as well. Thanks in advance for any love you beautiful people leave me.

Peace, Love, & Happiness,

Nerdy Mama Owl, L. Akin.

York Peppermint Patty Cupcakes
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Football cupcakes I made for the team
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Doctor Who cake I had a order for. The customer wanted simple. It is all edible.
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Tardis pumpkin done.
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What can you do with a white sheet, Scissors, tape, and black construction paper. Make a door look like a Skull. πŸ™‚
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This is the Chicken Curry recipe. A favorite. I learned this from my mother in law since It is Thomas’ favorite. One of my favorite memories is in her kitchen learning it.
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Silly Pictures Time with my Xman! Love my son so much. He is so full of life!
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Us cheering for Anthony at football!!’
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Xavier found a moth at the game.
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Football Game!:Go Eagles!
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Little Iron Chef in the Making

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I am a very busy woman. Between being a full time mom to a VERY energetic 3 year old, I am a full time nurse, then I care for our MANY pets, I also am currently 6 months pregnant, plus taking care of my amazing fiance, our home, and fulfilling the orders I get for my crafts I do. Which I LOVE my busy crazy life. It is always go go go but it is making memories and having a blast on this beautiful adventure & would never want to change it. This being said I do love it when I can get meals cooked fast, even better if they are on the healthy side, & easy.

The dinner we made yesterday was just that. Actually it was made by my son with very little help from me and with my supervision of course. We Made “Mini Chicken Pot Pies” Β Now this can be adjusted easily to customize your meat you choose, including no meat at all, customize your veggies, & the soup you use. Also budget friendly.

Ingredients:

1 can of refrigerated biscuits

1 think large chicken breast (use any meat you wish)

1 can of mixed veggies (can use fresh or frozen veggies as well)

1 can of cream of chicken soup (can adjust the flavor to whatever you want)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a muffin tin.

Cook the chicken in a skillet. (we cut ours in to bite size pieces so it cooked faster and we didn’t have to cut it later.)

In a medium size bowl mix the chicken, cream of chicken soup, & can of mixed veggies.

Roll each biscuit out into bout 5 1/2 in round. Place each in muffin tin, firmly pressed on bottom and sizes.

Spoon the mix into the cups bout 3/4 way full.

Pull the edges of the dough towards the center and pinch to hold in place.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes. Or til Golden brown.

ENJOY!!

Here are some pictures of my son making it step by step pretty much. πŸ™‚ If you try this let me know what you think. I know my mom in law Laurie will be trying this. πŸ™‚

Xavier is placing te chicken I cut up into the skillet to cook.

Xman is placing the chicken I cut up into the skillet to cook.

My Xman is Rolling the biscuits out

My Xman is Rolling the biscuits out

Xman pressing them into the muffin tin

Xman pressing them into the muffin tin

Xman filling them up.

Xman filling them up.

all done and ready to eat.

all done and ready to eat.

ENJOY as my son says. YUM MOMMY!

ENJOY as my son says. YUM MOMMY!

As always Sending you all Peace Love & Happiness!

Sincerely,

Lauren Akin, the nerdy mama owl.

Greeting from Us!

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I am SUPER excited to be back into writing. As most my writings I keep private. I have been told COUNTLESS times to write a book or share them. As those poems and writings about my personal experiences in life I am not ready to share yet so I am gonna start where I am comfortable and come back to my blogging world. I have missed it dearly. My blog will be ramblings on my life journey of being a wife, mom, crafter, baker, cooking adventures, fitness & health coach.

I started blogging back in 2009. My first blog was about my adventures as a military wife & mom. Most of you who still follow me to this day were shocked when I finally shared I had left my husband and I became open to the abuse and deep pain and hardships we went through. I left finally thanks to the strength I got to protect my son. I did blog since then and as you know I ended up moving on but my blogging was off and on. Many of you asked for updates. It was so hard for me so I just with drew. but I am GRATEFUL for the support from yall for ME and even Thomas as is injury and recovery and all our separation played out.

So for my faithful followers I will tell you a short bit of update on that. Thomas and I are still not divorced. I have paid 3 grand so far for all the legal stuff but we are hoping to finally reach it soon. Thomas is recovering quite well. They did FINALLY amputate part of his right leg. Funny Thomas and I told them from day 1 to do that. He is up and moving around. He has another son with a woman named Jessica. Thomas has not seen Xavier in over 2 years now. They have some contact but it isn’t constant. I can’t wait for my divorce to be done and have the legal system finally get what is owed to my son in support from Thomas. I have worked 2 jobs at times to provide for Xavier. So it will be a great relief.

Now for What is going on now…. I got a amazing man by my side who is here for me and Xavier. He also has a daughter of his own. So together we have 3 kids. Yes I said 3! Surprise!! I am PREGNANT. We are having a girl due Feb 2015. Both my babies are February babies. πŸ™‚ Best kind right. I have also since updated moved to a new house. It is a beautiful 3 bedroom 2 bath home, with a HUGE yard. We live out in the sticks so to speak so we get to have a country like setting. It is so nice & my son who is all boy loves the space. I also got a new job. I am full time Nurse πŸ™‚ I work for a family caring for a man from his home. It is a great job. As Thomas mom tells me.. she always knew I would be great at that kind of job. She and I are still close and as she says always will be family.

In other great news once my divorce is final I will be getting married again. No date or time set but it is what we want. And he has spoiled me with a beautiful ring. He is so sweet & loving. He has stepped up for me and my son. My son after about 6 months started calling him Dad. We both told Xavier no but Xavier was persistent on it. He will tell you he has 2 dads tho. His daddy and then his daddy Thomas. It is one thing to have a kid of your own but to step up like he has and help me with my son. It is so amazing and a reason i love him so much. I am so blessed for him to be in my life and my sons life and now to have our own child. God truly is amazing! Now his little girl is a beautiful girl. So bright and a ray of sunshine. I however will not cross boundries and am careful due to not wanting to disrespect her mom. She has a mom already and a great one at that. Just as I hope and pray that Thomas girlfriend, gives me the same respect and if she is down the road around my son and involved in his life doesn’t disrespect me and my sons relationship and my role as his only mother.

I am excited to share my adventures of my crafts, life as a mom and wife. I live my life in a positive outlook. God has blessed me so much. I have been through so much in my life. But I am thankful for it all It has taught me a lot. Has mad me the very strong independent woman I am today. I am able to be a better mom and person for it.

I have a strong support system from my family and my friends. I would be lost without the amazing my amazing man, my kids, my family, & friends.

Well til next time. Lots of Peace Love & Happiness.

-Nerdy.Mama.Owl