WFMW-How to Pick & Preserve Pumpkins

I dare you to say that three times fast.
Fall has blown in and left a trail of colorful leaves and bulging pumpkins to share. This, without a doubt, is my favorite time of the year.
The pumpkin and I go way back. I’m usually the first on my street to garnish my front porch with bright orange in September.
My kids and hubby love to carve pumpkins the week of Halloween, but I like keep a few out through Thanksgiving. I’ve learned it’s nearly impossible without some careful pumpkin picking. 
How to Pick a Pumpkin that will last:
  • Choose a pumpkin free of blemishes, nicks or discolored marks, mold or mildew.
  • Make sure it has a stem attached. If the stem is brittle or breaks with a tug, this pumpkin won’t last long.
  • Pick a pumpkin that feels firm to the touch. Don’t choose pumpkins with soft spots.
  • If it’s available, buy your pumpkins right off the vine! It’s a really fun family outing an if you buy them in October, these pumpkins will last throughout November.

How to Preserve Your Carved Pumpkin:
  • Before you carve, soak the pumpkin in water with a little bleach added in. (This will kill any mold or rot. Make sure you dry it thoroughly).
  • Spray your pumpkin with a clear coat of gloss shellac. This not only makes it shiny, it seals the pumpkin and it lasts longer (tip from my real life friend, Karen).
  • Once you create your masterpiece, rub vegetable oil or petroleum jelly over the entire area, especially the cut part.


And this is just a bonus tip: paint on your pumpkins-words, names, patterns, etc!

That works for me!
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I’m On the Edge {Giveaway}

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We’re Moms.
We’re Proudly Imperfect.
And We’re All in This Together.
How can you go wrong with a motto like that? 
The other day I dashed out the door as soon as my hubby walked in. We high-fived as I said, “Dinner is in the oven, I’ll be back in 30 minutes. Keep everyone alive.” I left on the premise of filling a prescription. And that was the truth, it needed to be filled.
But to be honest, I needed the 30 minutes to wander up and down the aisles of Walgreens and hope the pharmacy wasn’t caught up.
I found my happy place reading greeting cards.
I know. It doesn’t get more exciting than that.
But, seriously, I’ve always loved cards. I usually just read the funny ones. But I bought FIVE cards to send to some special gals in my life. 
I discovered Hallmark’s new line, The Edge of Motherhood
One word for y’all: Hilarious.
Make that two: Hilarious & True.
An example:


Or two:
And so when I got an email from a Hallmark person about this line of cards, I knew I had to share. Because some days, we’re all on the edge.
Leave a comment telling which card made you laugh and win a HUGE package of cards ($60 value)!
This giveaway closes on Thursday.

The Name of the Game

You may have gathered we’ve been down on our pet luck lately.
(A few months ago, one of our kitty’s disappeared and never found her way back home. And then our bunny rabbit was killed by a wild animal and in softening the blow to our kids, we somehow semi-promised them a horse).
And then my hubby didn’t get a promotion to a more rural area that would have led to a potential horse purchase.
You could say there’s been some animal-related guilt in our grown-up world.
So.
I might have mentioned getting a dog to the family the other day. 
Because I like to mix up the crazy.
I figured it would take months to find a dog with these specifications: smallish, good with kids, shed-free, Terrier (because according to my Twitter friends, they are swell), not a puppy, but not too old either, female, house-broken, crate-trained, spayed and preferably, free.
I’m not picky, just specific.
My daughter has been Googling with my supervision “cheep dogs that don’t bite kids” all weekend.
And guess what her prayer request was in Sunday School?
Yep.
It looks like God is on the Throne. And He is speedy-fast.
Because The Almighty not only provided everything on our list, he provided it TWICE.
They are called 3 year old Miniature Schnauzer sisters. The sweet family looking for a home for them is facing some hard times and they just wanted to find a nice home.
We fit that description 2/3 of the time.
They are getting up to speed on some vet stuff tomorrow (courtesy of this family) and we’ll pick them up on Tuesday.
My daughter composed this comprehensive list of potential dog names in preparation of God’s answer: 
My personal favorites are Key Lime Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Kit Kat, Skittles and Whip Cream (but that may be just because I’m hungry). Her personal favorite girl name was Claude.
But since they aren’t puppies, we decided it wouldn’t be right to change their names: Dusty and Sasha. 
However, because Sasha is nicknamed “Cha Cha” it only seemed appropriate to give Dusty a nickname.
I thought is would be cute to come up with a rhyming name for Dusty since I think of my dirty house when I say her name. (Because it’s really all about inflection on a dog’s name, anyway.)
We racked our brains over dinner. There just aren’t that many names that rhyme with Dusty.
But my kids really liked one:  “Lusty”
So, we decided Dusty wasn’t so bad after all. 
Since “Cha Cha” is also a great dance, we thought it would be fun to nickname Dusty “The Pachanga,” but the kids liked “Disco.”
I hope these dogs are ready for The Crazy.
Because that’s the name of the game.
Around here.
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And this is where you tell me YOUR pet’s name and how you came up with it!




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THAT Family Tree Society-Issue 55


Picture of the Week:

The Week in Review: I’m not naming names, but a *certain two year old* colored herself pretty with a pink marker. At least she matches. (Oh, and I was interviewed over here this week).

Introduction into The Society: Help me welcome, Blooming Buds!
 1.    Tell us a little about your blog (name/reason why you blog):   
I started my blog as a journal for my girls (as I print it every year) and to keep family and friends up to date.  It was first called Life with my Flowers because our last name means Flowers in another language.  At the moment I realized we were THAT family, I changed the name to Blooming Buds, as I’m trying to grow my flowers healthier and ER-free.    

2.    How long have you blogging?
Since November of 2007. I love blogging so much, that I even make blogs for others a part of my graphic design business.   

3.    How would you define THAT family?
THAT family is the family that hears from people:  “When would God let you breathe for a bit??”…. OR… “those are the kind of things that only happens to your family”…. Or…”you always have something going on”…  Or when you are telling a story, please will answer: “That is not true.. That didn’t happen to you”… OR.. “You should write a book about your life.. For real”…    

4.    When did you discover you were a part of THAT family?   
One day, I realized my family is just not another family out there.. We are THAT family that people talks about while having lunch and at the park!!!!We are THAT family that is greeted when we get to the ER, because not only we go too much, but because we always go in bulk (all 5 of us.. as we have nobody to look up for the non-sick child)… My kids has pee on me on public places.. I have been THAT mom running in the mall trying to find something cheap for her daughter to wear because she pee on her clothes (and for some reason the extra outfit got wet or who knows what else, THAT mom that have gotten to the car to realize one of her kids dropped a shoe who knows where, my oldest daughter cracked her head open at a birthday party while wearing a white dress, my youngest has had blood coming out of somewhere from her face 4 times in the last 2 months (one of those bleeding, ending in 6 stitches), our camera has been mugged 2 times in the last 6 months (an extra time I was mugged, but there was no camera to be mugged)…  My oldest daughter has been THAT child in school since she first started attending.. First she was THAT child biting everybody else, and then she was THAT child throwing tantrums and disturbing the class…Of course, I cant forget to mention that we are THAT family who was driving one day, and a mister was trying to sell us a dog.. We were not into that, and at some point the guy got tired of asking and dissapeared leaving us with the dog INSIDE the car… 10 months later, the dog is still part of our family… Something like that only happens to THAT family…. I honestly could go ON and ON and ON…. 

5.    Where can we find your blog?  
My family blog is at www.3bloomingbuds.com. The name of my blog is Blooming Buds, but I had to settle on the number 3 (the number of my kids) for the title because the bloomingbuds.com domain costs over 4G.. Yes, it cant be that easy for THAT family to have the domain we want, right?  I LOVE LOVE comments and new readers.. So, stop by and I promise to stop by yours and comment all over! 

You Have Arrived

Well. My hubby got his birthday wish earlier this week: a Global Positioning Satellite.
I think most people call it a GPS. But we aren’t most people. 
I like the way global positioning satellite just rolls off the tongue. Don’t you? 
My hubby hooked it up and we took a family drive to the mall. Of course, he put in the mall’s address, so the woman in the box could tell him where to go. Because clearly, he doesn’t get enough of my bossiness.
I’ll tell you one thing: that lady has an attitude and apparently an outdated map.
She led us straight to a large body of water.
I gloated.
And then I offered to the family: “I think we should name her.”
We ran down a list of every conceivable name and narrowed it down to two:
Lucy.
I suggested Delilah.
What else can you name a sultry-voiced woman who led my man astray?
Delilah led us back home and confidently stated, “You have arrived.”
You bet we have.
Y’all have a happy weekend. We have big plans for our positioning satellite (i.e. WalMart)!



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DIYP-Make a Fall Sign

My sweet real life friend of MayDay! MayDay! is super crafty.
Every time I visit her gorgeous home, I’m inspired.
She made a cute Fall sign and I knew it must be shared!
It’s very easy and inexpensive. 
Supplies:
$2 unfinished wooden plaque from WalMart
Black and white craft paint
Printer
Ribbon
First, I painted the wood black.
Then, I printed a large “W” (for my last name) and a picture of a crow (I Googled “crow clipart”)
I cut the inside of the letter and the crow, so that the white paper became a stencil:

I placed the ‘stencil’ on top of the black plaque and painted the inside of the crow white. I used a sponge brush:
I did the same thing with the “W”:

I stapled some leftover orange gingham ribbon to the back and hung it:
Love it!
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The Bitter & The Sweet

To taste bitter is distressing to the mind. It is peculiarly acidic and distasteful to the tongue.
To taste sweet is pleasing to the mind and feelings. It is delightful to the tongue.
Bitter and sweet are antonyms. Opposites. 
Unless they meld together to form the bittersweet.
Bittersweet is pleasure alloyed with pain.
Bittersweet is my today.
We are NOT moving.
I am tasting the sweetness of staying near my dear family and loving friends for awhile longer, the sweetness of sameness and stability. The endearing sweet taste of comfort.
I am tasting the bitterness of an adventure I won’t take, the excitement of something new and different that I won’t experience, the bitter taste that comes with watching the man I stood by taste disappointment.
But that is life, isn’t it? Days of pleasure peppered with pain. Days of pain dotted with moments of pleasure.
And I embrace both.
Because I believe God orders my steps. The baby ones that move me small paces and the giant leaps that take my breath away.
The steps that are both bitter and sweet.
*bitter, sweet as defined by the Dictionary



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WFMW:Sock It to Me


I’ve been fighting the lost sock war most of my adult life.

It’s been ugly. The casualties have been many.
Over a year ago, I discovered a helpful tip right here on Works For Me Wednesday from the greatest tip- giver, Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer. She wrote a beautiful post about her sock battles. I may have even cried.
She slew the mighty foe by storing all her socks downstairs in a drawer.  I’ve tweaked the tip to work for me and find it to be the most helpful organizational tip in my house! I have labeled baskets (with my kid’s names) in my laundry room and the socks go straight from the dryer to the appropriate basket (see picture below):

And, brace yourself, I don’t even match the pairs. 

(Of course, when I need to stop complaining in the house, I send my complainers to the sock basket [insert wicked laugh here]).
This has been so helpful in trying to leave the house quickly and amazingly, we don’t lose socks any longer. 
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Alrighty, enough about me. 
Except that I wanted to mention my sweet friend Amber of The Run a Muck (also known as the beautiful mother behind the Mother Letter Project) has a lovely WFMW idea to step away from the web world and plan a sister party with real life friends. I need to do this more! You can read more here and see how you can participate (there are fun prizes too)!

a Sister Party

What works for you?
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  57. Jen @ Live Life to the Full
  58. (Locked out? No worries)
  59. PeasAndCoos – DIY Halloween Costume
  60. Se7en Bits and Bobs for Beginner Bloggers
  61. Lisa – Gratitude Challenge at TheSunshineIsIn blog
  62. Unintended Housewife (High Quality Low Cost Soap)
  63. Kim @justbeingamum (Recipe – Melting Moments)
  64. Joanna @ OneKrustyMama
  65. Kara @ Home With Purpose (Wearing My Baby)
  66. My New Design Works Well
  67. Kristine (Deodorize your garbage disposal)
  68. Jean Stockdale – When the cats away . . .
  69. Joanna @OneKrustyMama Shopping For Me!!
  70. Sunnymama (secondhand toys)
  71. Green Baby Guide (Maternity Halloween Costume)
  72. Good (&Cheap;) Eats (Apple Pie tutorial)
  73. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings (spruce up a wall)
  74. LifeasMOM (5 Great Fall Read Alouds)
  75. How To Care For Your Wooden Cutting Boards!
  76. Adventure Mom Janna ~ Training Kids Gods Way
  77. Lisa@StopnSmellt heChocolates (Dish soap drizzler)
  78. Peta (mum of 7) my laundry solution
  79. Stephanie (Bible Lessons Made Easy)
  80. Tara @ Feels Like Home (Automatic Bill Payment)
  81. Daily Diner (feeding young picky kids)
  82. A Busy Mom of Two (the importance of daycare)
  83. Tea Parties&Baseball; Games (a neat fall day trip)
  84. Annie Kate (Free AP Resources for Teens and Moms)
  85. Mari @ My Little Corner (Cookie making tip)
  86. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Book List)
  87. Girls in White Dresses (peel tomatoes fast / easy)
  88. All Things Heart and Home~Fall Fashion~
  89. Brilliant Moms (Favorite Kitchen Tool)
  90. Kates Kitchen : DIY dress shirt for little boys!
  91. Prayer and Children
  92. Steady Mom (most helpful parenting books)
  93. Julie From Inmates
  94. QAMom – Making closets accessible for kids
  95. Emily @ Live Renewed (Babywearing)
  96. Cindi @ This is My Life (Taking a Spin…)
  97. Missy @ missysthrifty (Soccer Season)
  98. Be Home Happy (prescription coupons)
  99. Be Home Happy (prescription coupons)
  100. Audra (Gas Stove Cleaning Tip!)
  101. Baileys Leaf (Uncle Wiggilys Story Book)
  102. GroovieMom (Have A Swap Party)
  103. KLee – keeping safe on the internet
  104. The Prudent Homemaker (Apple Tart)
  105. Alicia – tips for dinner and work when Dads away
  106. Sandra – scheduling the day with a preschooler< /li>
  107. Sandra @ A Lot of Savings (Blogger & Website Tips)
  108. Katie @ Clean&Classic; Interiors (Chalk Ink!)
  109. Jeni (Free Kid Entertainment)
  110. Everything Moms – Cookie Help!
  111. Painting Pink Pajamas – Organizing with recyclables
  112. pennypinchinmomm a (the go box)
  113. Karen @ Mommy Im Home (Easy homemade bread)
  114. RedemptionUnlimi ted (3 Ways to Feed Toddlers Soup)
  1. Paula@Organizing Tips 4 Moms (To – Do Lists)
  2. Lifestyle Logic – making budgets work
  3. Indiana Shannon (FREE museum admission this Sat)
  4. SWAP SAVERS (Lose Weight & Save Money)
  5. Sherean – More free nursery art!
  6. Songbirdtiff – Frugal fall decor party
  7. Easy rice cooking
  8. Homegrown Strawberries
  9. Oven Roasted Veggies
  10. Newlyweds (Grease Monkeys)
  11. Cheryl@SomewhatC runchy (cleaning stainless steel)
  12. Tips To Save 74% of Grocery Bill Carolina Mama
  13. Joyful Johnsons online receipts
  14. Great book on pregnancy and childbirth preparation
  15. MothersHideaway – Lullaby CD Works for me!
  16. Sports Bra Nursing Bra
  17. Mellisa @ Getting all my Ducks in a Row
  18. Simple Mangerchine : homemade distressed jeans
  19. Bobbie (clean ceiling fan)
  20. SuddenlyStayAtHo me w / How to Water Hanging Plants
  21. LFinn Designs – honey vanilla granola recipe
  22. Yummie Tummie tanks (and giveaway for $100 gc!)
  23. Kim @ Adv SAHM (Sippy Cups)
  24. Inside The White Picket Fence (How To Mend A Tear)
  25. Because I Must (93 days until CHRISTMAS!)
  26. Miller Mix (chapped lips)
  27. Momarazzi – Toy Storage
  28. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Cheap Thrills!)
  29. Twice Remembered {Red Cottage Kitchen on a Budget}
  30. Tales of a Mommy Monster – frozen pancake tip
  31. Titus 2 Homemaker (filling workboxes)
  32. Rachel @ Must Share… (Crock Pot Minestrone)
  33. Katie @ Favorites and Things (Free Things)
  34. Kaye (Its Like BOGO for Halloween)
  35. TwoHeartsTogethe r (Knitted Swiffer Mop Cover)
  36. ilovemy5kids (Paint colors that r good 4 the soul)
  37. Brandi (Stop Runny Noses FAST!)
  38. Mara @ Mission : Organization (backup meals)
  39. Abigails Mommy – Homemade Pitas
  40. Lisa @ Extraordinary Life
  41. Sheila ~ Resolving Conflict in your Marriage
  42. Mary Ann (cleaning husbands closet)
  43. Pam @ BeyondJustMom (being a good enough parent)
  44. Cheerios Underfoot – Start a lending library
  45. Condo Bl
    ues (Door decor)
  46. The Meanest Momma (Recipe Organization)
  47. Organize&Decorat; e Everything (organizing ribbon)
  48. Make Money by Decluttering
  49. Eat More Coconut : chicken curry recipe
  50. e – Mom (Kids Film : Cloudy w / a Chance of Meatballs)
  51. Learn to Ferment Your Own Food
  52. staci @ teaching money to kids (Walking Tacos)
  53. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove – Thrifty Fall Decor
  54. Keeping the Castle (clutter control)
  55. Health Begins With Mom – Liquid from Cooking Veggies
  56. My Frugal Lifestyle {Decorative Cornstalks 4 Fall}
  57. Whats Cooking (takes time to eat healthier)
  58. Cheap teacher gift – – MOMumental Savings
  59. Amanda – A few helpful homeschooling websites : )
  60. Whats Cooking (seasoning cast iron)
  61. Colleen (personalizing gift card gifts)
  62. LaVonne @LongWait – Fall Consignment
  63. WLBA (getting young children to clean their room)
  64. More Than A Mom (Rubber Gloves)
  65. Kristen @ A Day in the Life (Using Hidden Spaces)
  66. Moveable Growth Chart
  67. Toddlers Telling Time (a countdown)
  68. Routine Charts for bedtime morning etc.
  69. Houstonmom (wasp spray for self defense)
  70. Bring on the Lloyds… (Frugal Craft Paint!)
  71. EnviroBecca (credit card sanity)
  72. Books in the bed
  73. Cheri @ What is it NOW – Dinner prep @ lunchtime
  74. Keeping the Kingdom First (Baby Essential – Bumbo)
  75. Jennie @ A Welcoming Heart
  76. Garibay Soup (Feeding my family natural food!)
  77. Free 2 Be Frugal (Wow Coupons)
  78. Thrift Store discounts!
  79. Kelly – Library Box
  80. Mrs. Wright Gone Wrong (Always have kid socks!)
  81. Amyswandering (Mega List of Birthday Party Ideas)
  82. Top10 Organizing Tips By Ashlee@WorkmanWitticism s
  83. Eden (getting kids to work)
  84. Tips for Tackling the Never – Ending Laundry Monster
  85. Olivia@Of Such is the Kingdom (Faerie Gold)
  86. Multitasking Mama – downtime
  87. Amber@ClassicHou sewife : Permt Marker on White bd!
  88. Odd Mom (Perfect eggs every time)
  89. Kristi_runwatch (organizing coupons)
  90. Thats {FAM}tastic! (Girls Night Treats!)
  91. Schwartz (cheap coupon organization)
  92. Tina@homeschoolr oadtrip
  93. BerryMorins Bits & Tips – Laid Off
  94. Jenna @ Decoupage Designs~ Organized Bedding
  95. Botanical sunscreen
  96. Abbi @Proverbs 31 Living (fixing a laundry basket)
  97. A Slob Comes Clean (Happy dog – no stinky chicken)
  98. Rebecca at Turned Loose (Are dishes clean or dirty)
  99. Secrets of a Southern Kitchen (Navy Bean Pie)
  100. Secrets of a Southern Kitchen (Navy Bean Pie)
  101. Kelli @ writing the waves (Awesome st
    ain remover)
  102. Innkeeper Seely : new favorite food blog
  103. Alyssa @ A Lovely Refuge (The Joy of the Library)
  104. Ginny @ makeadiff21
  105. Ginny @ makeadiff21 (With the correct link – sorry)
  106. Simply Sweet Home (fruity pebble cookies)
  107. Heather @ Green Baby Green Mama (ear infections)
  108. LaaneLoves (repairing denim)
  109. Beating strep – throat naturally!
  110. Unexpected Bliss (Natural Food)
  111. Hilary (AKA KYredhead) ~ Conquer the Dish Monster
  112. ProlificMom (Do the Hokey – Pokey)
  113. TrentTribe (Free Sermons4Kids)
  114. Grateful for Grace (ya gotta have these!)
  115. Mom & Dad to R Kids (Saving $ with coupons)


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