Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Funny Kiddy Story - "I Wanna Go To Church!!"


This funny kiddy story comes courtesy of Ethan.

While living in California we attended a church in Woodland Hills called "In His Presence Church." We absolutely loved and adored the church and so did the kids which was very important to me. I'm not one to judge but I prefer to attend a church that is actively teaching my children about the bible just as much as I'm getting taught about the bible. For us this church was doing that and much more.

SO we started attending Wednesday night services and again, the kids loved it. One Wednesday just before leaving to go to church, Ethan started crying and saying he was sick and his ear was hurting him. I assumed he must be getting an ear infection. So I told my hubby to take Mekhi to church and I'd stay back with Ethan.

Oh no!!!! Ethan wasn't having it. He quickly jumped in and said no, he wanted to go to church. Hubby and I were puzzled of course. We even started laughing because he still had tears in his eyes and a shaky voice while protesting to us that he didn't want to miss church. We asked him if he was expecting a prize or something in class and he said no, he just wanted to go. He even promised us that he felt better.

Since the church was just down the street, we ended up taking him. We figured that there's no way God would make my child suffer for wanting to praise him. ;)

Anywhoo, I told his teacher he wasn't feeling well and to page me immediately if she noticed anything wrong with him. He went through the entire service just fine. He even got to play David in a play they had in class which said a lot because Ethan is an EXTREMELY shy child who hates having the spot light on him.

Anywhoo, As soon as we got in the car, he starts complaining about his ear again and was still a little fussy once we got home.

I was so touched as I'm sure God was that he held in his pain just to go to church. He got big points from me that night. I felt like a proud mama. :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - It Ain't Over till God Says It's Over!"


Here's to an inspirational Monday and week!!

Inspirational Quote:

God knows how to turn the hearts of people, and if He doesn't turn them, He can certainly move them out of the way. You have to remember that He is working behind the scenes on your behalf. He's got the right people, the right breaks, the right opportunities lined up for you. With God there are no disadvantages. You may have been through some bad breaks in life. You may have had some disappointments, but let me encourage you; don't stay on that page. There are new chapters up ahead. It's not over until God says it's over, so keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping because God has wonderful things in store for your future! - Joel Osteen

Have a fabulous week everyone!! :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - Dreams


Here's a little inspiration to start off your week on the right foot!!

Inspirational Quote:

You need to make preparations to live a blessed life. You need to be determined to keep that dream of yours out in front of you no matter what the negative report looks like. Hebrews 6:12 tells us that through faith and patience we will inherit God's promises, so stay in faith and keep that vision in front of you. Keep believing, keep expecting, and keep making preparations because God will fulfill the dreams He placed in your heart! - Joel Osteen

My hope is that you all take heed to this quote and keep it in mind when you're down and feel like quitting on whatever dreams you have in your heart. Kick butt this week in all you do!

Have a blessed and prosperous week everyone! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Fallen Soldier - "Rachel will ALWAYS be a Marine Wife"





I'm writing with sweaty palms because I just don't know what to say or how to even say it. Earlier this week Rachel, a fellow mommy blogger & fellow Marine Wife lost her beloved hubby to the war in Afghanistan.

Even though I don't know her personally, I've truly enjoyed reading her blog and catching up on cute little stories she shares with the blogosphere about her journey in life with her adorable little baby girl Ariana and her hubby. It hit me like a ton of bricks when I read her post about how she spent March 14, 2010. Please, please, please stop by Rachel's blog "A Little Pink in a world of Camo" and leave her your words of encouragement. I couldn't help but to cry for her because she's so very young, she's lost the love of her life and a partner in parenting her gorgeous little baby girl.

In times like these all anyone can do is pray. I have no idea how Rachel even got the strength to share her story with us in such a poignant post but I'm so glad she did because we needed to know about her story. If not to grieve with her but to make sure we remember the ultimate sacrifice her hubby paid for this country. Not only did he pay the ultimate price but so did she and so did her daughter.

It's such a strange, unreal and intense feeling to know that each time your mate goes out to work there's a strong possibility that he won't return alive. It's a feeling I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy. I'm SOOO very sorry for Rachel's loss.

I'm sending up a TON of prayers for Rachel and her precious daughter Ariana.


"From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli
We will fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marines"

Recipe - "Chicken Cookies"


I recently got this cool recipe from my lovely Dutch friend [who can throw down in the kitchen] named Edo and figured I'd share it with everyone. It's actually chicken nuggets but a friend of ours called them "chicken cookies" to make it sound cuter.

I figured I'd list them as such to get people to click on the recipe and try em out. See how I tricked ya'll? lol

You'll need-
4 pieces of chicken breast
flour
2 tins of pineapple chunks
2 tins of tangerines or mandarin parts
1 tin of mixed pickles (You'll find these at any asian market)
2 cloves of garlic
1 egg
garlic powder
black pepper
salt
Vegetable oil
water

Ok starting off with the chicken "cookies": Cut the chicken breast in really tiny pieces-but don't use ground chicken, that loses all the texture you want. Once it's chopped up, add the egg and enough flour and water to make it a nice supple but firm batter, season with salt and pepper and garlic powder and don't be afraid to be generous with the last. Place a skillet with a generous amount of vegetable oil on a high flame and when the oil is hot scoop-using two spoons- dollops of the batter in to it. Fry till nice and golden brown. These are your "cookies".

Open all the tins and separate the fruit and pickles from the liquid they came in. Pour the liquids into a bowl and whisk in some flour to thicken it up slightly but not too much. In a wok or a big pan heat a little layer of oil, glaze the garlic (finely chopped) in it. Add the fruit and the thickened liquid, heat on medium fire till the sauce has a nice gooey thickness, add in the chicken nuggets and you're done! Serve with white rice.

Viola!!! Let me know how this turns out for ya.

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays - "This time last year"

It's Wordless Wednesdays with my girl Angie from Seven Clown Circus.

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This week's pic. is dedicated to our cute little puppy Chip. This is how he looked when we first got him. Ain't he a cutie pie!?

Now he's all white which I think is a little bit of false advertisement if you ask me. I had no idea that grooming a dog would change his colors. Hmmm... He's still a cutie pie but I actually loved the way his coat was in this pic.

Anywhoo, we got him this time last year and I honestly think that if we didn't end up getting him, he would'nt be alive today. The conditions his owner had him in was disgusting and he was sold to us without shots before he was supposed to be so that could've turned out fatal for him but he's a tough cookie. He's been through a lot in his short year here on earth.

Although he gets on my nerves from time to time, he's a really sweet, super cool puppy whom we love and adore. He adds a lot more joy that torment so we'll keep him (for now, kidding).

Shout out to the Chipster! :)



Monday, March 15, 2010

Inspirational Mondays




Start off your week with a little inspiration!

This week's inspirational quote is a pretty popular one but one that seems hard to actually apply to your life.

Dance like there's nobody watching
Love like you'll never get hurt
Sing like there's nobody listening
Live like it's heaven on earth
And speak from the heart to be heard

Try your hardest to apply this simple, poetic yet poignant quote to your week. My wish is that it'll transform your life and motivate you to live this way from now on.



Have a wonderful and blessed week everyone! :)




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Interview with "Tina Turbin." Author of "Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy"

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Tina Turbin, Author of the children's book:


"Danny the Dragon meets Jimmy."

I did a review on this fascinating children's book in February. Check it out here!

Tina (http://TinaTurbin.com) is a widely-acclaimed, award-winning children's published author, writer, researcher, humanitarian and mother. Working for many years with children in the Entertainment Business, Tina has always been an advocate for families, women’s issues, and celiac and gluten issues as a way to improve the quality of lives of others (http://GlutenFreeHelp.info). As a member and contributing writer for such distinguished organizations as the National Association of Baby Boomer Women (NABBW), National Association of Divorced Women and Children (NADWC), Baby Boomer Knowledge Center, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), Awareness Magazine and numerous other publications, her indispensable advice on the topics of family, children's literacy, gluten, celiac disease and issues affecting women and children has proven invaluable to many. Tina is proud to work closely with the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center in raising funds and awareness for celiac research, and she is also a tireless supporter and friend to the community through her readings of her delightful Danny the Dragon children’s series (http://DannyTheDragon.com) at libraries, schools and hospitals. Proud member of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME).

Here’s what I found out about this wonderfully energetic and sweet woman:

1. What made you want to write children’s books as opposed to other genres?

I love children and feel I have a lot to share with them and their ways of looking at the world. I do have many things I write weekly for adults and moms, so my interests are very broad as an author actually

2. What‘s your inspiration when writing these kinds of books?

I was always very imaginative and into the Arts from as far back I can recall but I wrote my first children’s story at age 16. I had made a decision when I saw on my first born child, that I wanted to set aside my personal goals like writing. I found being a mom so wonderful, satisfying and fun. I soon had three children, we loved to read and play games with books and ideas were rolling around in my little head. I always knew that as they got older I would someday get back into writing again.

3. Sometimes children’s books are written with just a simple book in mind. What made you come up with the idea to provide children with this particular story via DVD/CD?

To answer your question about the DVD first: I visited a school to do a reading of my Danny the Dragon book and the school works with kids from very young all through High School and they had a number for deaf students. Carol Downing did the sign while I read to these lovely children. These kids amazed me, the staff inspired me and I walked away from that day with a new view on many aspects, and so did my photographer who came with me for the reading. I got in the car and my ideas starting rolling away on how I could help or do more. I first attended a fund raiser and donated to that and that was not enough. So now we have the DVD as well. The profits of this DVD all are donated by me to the school and areas of Literacy and education. Statistically, HS deaf students graduate with a 4th grade reading level. I could not walk away knowing that, and not get involved. I love to help.

Now your question about the audio-book/CD: This book is the story of Danny the Dragon and then it is followed by 10 beautiful classical songs from working composers today in Hollywood. I donate all the profits to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. I went for many years not being able to find out what was wrong with my body and went to many doctors. I then resorted to searching for my own answers, like many undiagnosed celiac. I came upon this subject called Celiac and gluten and the lights went ON. I presented this topic to my doctor and asked for the proper test. I FINALLY had the test I had needed and there is my story in a very short version. I soon learned more such as the many adverse effects that gluten produces in many children and adult bodies- and even animals! One in every 120-130 people have this disease which means about 2.35-2.85 Americans to this date have not yet been diagnosed. It takes an average of 4-10 years (depending on who your reference) to be properly diagnosed and in the meantime other auto-immune diseases can begin and a whole mess evolves. People find out about celiac or gluten intolerance and start researching it themselves and bring the topic up to their doctors like I did, after many years of tests and troubles to no resolution. Also, many kids with autism are taken off of gluten for a very good reason. So now you know why I donate the profits to the Celiac Disease Center. I care very much about this area and to help get people better informed.

4. With your background in the entertainment industry and after creating the DVD did you ever think of creating a “Danny the Dragon” cartoon?

The approach has come to me two times to have an animated version. We shall see down the road. I am so busy now.

5. What’s next for your “Danny the Dragon” series of books?

I cannot share the details but I am on two other treatments in this series as well as the kids Gluten Free cookbook, but it has a twist. It will be a fun one!

6. Who is your favorite author (dead or alive)?

I do love EB White. To this day I love to watch how animals communicate with one another. As a mom and reading to my three kids the list increased. I have many more that would fill up this page and I do not want to bore too many people but in all honesty, I can safely bet that many of my favorites are the same as your readers.

7. If you could write a children’s book about your childhood what would the title & story line be?

The Never Ending Adventures and Excitement of Tina Lang Turbin Story line would be about a wise young girl who went through life as a child “observing”, taking it all in and experiences a heck of a lot while having quite a lot of fun. She then took her travels of “Life” to benefit the lives of many others- with sincerity and from her heart.

Thanks so much to Tina Turbin for sharing her amazing story and taking the time to answer my questions about this much needed and refreshing children's book. My kids really do adore this story and I can't wait to read more from her "Danny the Dragon series. :)



"Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy" - DVD Review

I’ve decided to continue my rant about the absolutely fabulous Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy” story. Why because I love this story and I’m so infatuated with the way it’s told. This time however, I’m ranting about the DVD. I had the pleasure of getting the entire collection and wrote a review on the Book/CD, you can read that review here. I also got the chance to interview Tina herself [you read that interview here].

Well the DVD to me was the icing on this fabulously entertaining, educational and wholesome story. I’m a visual person so I loved the fact that Tina provided this DVD to go along with her “Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy” story book/CD. Not only did she provide this visually artistic and colorful DVD, but she also provided a sign interpreter to make sure no child is left out of this exquisite story.

My children loved this DVD. They sat through the entire viewing of it and were actually intrigued with the sign interpreter. They kept asking me what she was doing and tried mimicking her a few times. I thought it was so cute that they wanted to learn sign language.

The best part about this DVD is the fact that Tina Turbin is generously donating half of the profits to the Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf and other causes to help further education and support literacy and the welfare of all children.

I sang her praises before but I’m truly grateful to have such a dedicated advocate for education such as Tina Turbin. I tip my hat off to her.

Tina Turbin (http://TinaTurbin.com) is a widely-acclaimed, award-winning children's published author, writer, researcher, humanitarian and mother. Working for many years with children in the Entertainment Business, Tina has always been an advocate for families, women’s issues, and celiac and gluten issues as a way to improve the quality of lives of others (http://GlutenFreeHelp.info). As a member and contributing writer for such distinguished organizations as the National Association of Baby Boomer Women (NABBW), National Association of Divorced Women and Children (NADWC), Baby Boomer Knowledge Center, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), Awareness Magazine and numerous other publications, her indispensable advice on the topics of family, children's literacy, gluten, celiac disease and issues affecting women and children has proven invaluable to many. Tina is proud to work closely with the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center in raising funds and awareness for celiac research, and she is also a tireless supporter and friend to the community through her readings of her delightful Danny the Dragon children’s series (http://DannyTheDragon.com) at libraries, schools and hospitals. Proud member of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), the Southern Independent Booksellers Association (SIBA) the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME).


Please make sure you check out Tina’s website to purchase this spectacular collection. I’ll definitely be picking up the rest of the “Danny the Dragon” stories.




Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays

It's Wordless Wednesdays!
Which means, you find a picture whether it be funny, sappy or just plain cute.

Stop by Angie's spot Seven Clown Circus (click the tent below) grab her button and link up then write up about your pic.

Let's get started!







Take a VERY close look at this pic and you'll see 2 little holes that weren't covered up after someone mistakenly placed this sign in the wrong spot on the first try. lol.

Really!?!? Seriously?!?!

Don't they usually measure these things out before actually drilling the holes in the wall? Not only that but don't they sell wall putty [I think that's what it's called] at Home Depot? I'm quite sure that they could've purchased something to cover the holes up.

What makes it worse is that this sign has a dining table for this restaurant directly beside the holes. As you can see in this pic, hubby's hand is resting comfortably on said table while I'm waiting in line to purchase our food. Yep, that's how close we were to the holes. Whoever constructed this sign and holes, should be ashamed of themselves and so should the building manager who approved and signed off on the completion of this construction.

That just wouldn't have flown with me. You mess up, you fix it. That's just embarrassing to see. I've said it before and I'll say it again, "It's Hawaii". [I say this because my experiences with the Hawaiian culture is that they are VERY, Umm, let's see how I can say it nicely... errr laid back, they're super sweet but definitely WAY too laid back for my taste].

Figured I'd give you guys one last view. ;)

Happy Hump Day everyone!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

R.I.P. Rica

I just found out that our little bird Rica passed away today. :(

I feel a little weird about this news because Rica and I always had a love hate relationship. Hubby got the bird as a birthday gift when he was 16 years old (yes I too thought this was a weird birthday gift for a 16 yr old boy but he LOVES birds so stay with me). His Aunt got him the bird who was a baby when he got her so they quickly formed a cute little bond.

When it was time to go off to college hubby refused to leave the bird with his mom so he took her to college. There's been tons of cute and funny stories involving Rica before I even had the chance to meet her. She was pretty domesticated so she didn't fly high or away whenever hubby left her out. She did try to make a run for it once and ended up really high in a tree and hubby had to climb up there and take his time getting her back.

Once hubby and I got together her time with him was limited and Rica HATED me for that, I mean HATED me with a passion. Every time I went to feed her or clean out her cage she tried to peck at my hands. I was SOO sweet and nice to her and continued to try to bond with her but she could care less. I had to put on a glove before sticking my hand in her cage. She never actually pecked me and I'm sure it wouldn't have been painful but I thought that was awfully rude of her to peck someone who was being so nice and taking care of her but of course I understood that she was a little jealous or annoyed that I took away her time with hubby.

When we had kids she REALLY HATED me and shared the same sentiment for the kids despite them really trying to bond with her. She did eventually warm up to them (a little) but NEVER to me. Whenever hubby let her out to clean up while I was in the same room, she'd fly up and try to attack my head.

Needless to say I was a little irritated with her after a while. I couldn't bond with her and I'd given up trying. I just made sure she was fed and given water and her cage was clean and that was it. To my defense there were times she probably would've kicked the bucket earlier because hubby had totally gotten over his "love" for birds. One time hubby had the bright idea of leaving her in the garage to live when we move to a much bigger house while living in Cali. I didn't object since by this time the hate part of a relationship was at an all time high, I know, it's mean of me, please don't judge me. Anywhoo, I came home one day and noticed that her head was cocked to one side and she was no longer chirping so I moved her inside. The very next day she was back to her old self. Did I get any sort of appreciation from Rica?! No!!! She still tried to peck me. :/

Anywhoo, when we got orders to Hawaii we couldn't take Rica because Hawaii's pretty strict with letting animals on their island and her plane ticket would've cost the same as ours (I know ridiculous right?) so we asked one of hubby's friends to watch her for us until we could bring her over. Fast forward over a year later and Rica's fate is grim.

So this is my good bye to Rica. She lived for 18 yrs!!! Wow, that's a lot for a little birdy. Even though we weren't with her physically at the time of her departure, we never forgot her and never will.

Farewell dear Rica. You will be missed. Not necessarily by me, oh who am I kidding, I'll miss the little bugger. :(

Monday, March 8, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Sisterly Love"


Happy Monday everyone!

As always, I gotta hit you up with a little inspiration to get you through the week. :-)

Inspirational Quote:

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. - Martin Luther King JR.

Inspirational Scripture:

Sisters, we taught you how to live in a way that will please God, and you are living that way. Now we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live that way even more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 NCV

I was compelled to write about serving and being a "sister" after being able to pursue a great opportunity which is to be a Published writer for my very own weekly E-newsletter. I can't say enough "thank yous" to Nicki/Joyce/Eric for providing such an awesome opportunity and to Supah for putting me on to it.

I'm also pretty grateful for the "behind the scenes" support system I've gotten to be apart of since starting up this whole process (you guys know who you are ;) ). I'm honored to be apart of this amazing experience.

With that said, "YOU" too can be apart of this fast growing and fascinating experience. Bring Macaroni Kid to your town each week. It's SOOO much fun and you get TONS of perks from free/discounted tickets for your family to attend events, to free/discounted classes for your kids, to free grooming for your doggy. The list of perks goes on and on and on. So shoot me an email at kerryanne@macaronikid.com to get started.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesdays - "Baby Smiles"

It's time for some cute, funny or sappy photos!!!

Wanna play along? Cool, click on the circus tent below to link up and let's get started.








This week's photo is SUPER adorable. It's a picture of my munchkin # 3 and his "future wife". She was born a week after him and is as cute as a button.

She was taking a nap and I had just finished changing his diaper. I decided to place him next to her for a minute and he started looking at her & gave this HUGE smile and kept smiling with her for a good minute. It was the CUTEST thing ever.

I have to make sure I keep this pic and show it to them in the future. Wouldn't it be sweet if they actually do end up together? That'll be a match made in heaven because I'm already cool with her mom and dad so it'll be such a breeze to have them in the fam. ;)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Inspirational Mondays - "Advice"

Happy Monday everyone!!

This week's Inspirational Mondays quote is:

"Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it"

Inspirational Scripture:

"Pride only breeds quarrels but wisdom is found in those who take advice" - Proverbs 13:10 (NIV)

Be wise people, take heed to any good advice given to you and make a profit out of it in any way possible. This deosn't mean it has to be monetary profits, you can be profitable by adhering to a positive attitude about your life style, you can even make that doctor's appointment you've been putting off. Either way, be wise my friends.

Have a blessed and prosperous week ya'll

Ciao! :-)




Quotes provided by "God's Little Devotional for Graduates" - Honor Books