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Camping & My Family

 

I love camping. I couldn’t wait until my girls were old enough to appreciate it for all of it’s glory. This past summer my girls were 12 and 13, and finally willing to go. Over the years I have been keeping in mind things my mother had done for us as a child along with things I had seen on Pinterest. I had pinned so many different tricks and tips from Pinterest.

I have created a “camping tote”. I use totes for everything! In my camping tote, I have things I only use for camping. I have a designated spatula and tongs, baby wipes, my fire starter, paper plates, plastic silverware, knives, flashlights, hand sanitizer, and more. I will add a list at the bottom. I plan on swapping out paper plates for camp like cookware and eatware.

One of the most space saving things I had come across was hanging fishing poles from the the handles of the vehicle. Since I have a 3rd row seating truck they couldn’t just lay in the back. So I took 3 sets of bungee cords stretched from one side to the other. Each section has 2 bungee cords I laid all of my fishing poles on top and in between them I used zip ties to keep them separated. Best thing ever! No more taking them out to go grocery shopping or swimming or even hunting. The best part is I can leave them in my vehicle. And I am always prepared to go fishing anytime anywhere.

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(Picture above isn’t my vehicle)

Next time I would like to share is my fire starter. This one takes some time getting use to but well worth it. I keep a small grocery bag or a 1 gallon zip lock bag next to my dryer. Whenever I empty my dryer lint I place it directly into the bag/zip lock baggie. When you want to start a fire just simply place some of the lint under a pile of wood and light. Seriously that easy! No more using store bought fire starters, gas, or any other method. There is no limit to the amount you can use either. Use a little or use a lot. Collect it all year long. I use the lint to start my backyard fires on Friday nights.

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If you’re like me I like my seasonings but I hate the bulk when camping. So another great way to save space but still enjoy great taste is using smaller containers. Containers such as tic-tac containers, plastic straws (with the ends melted).

I always have aluminum foil. I place it over the grill part while I am cooking. The grill is often the bottom part from my grill at home. You can never be to prepared. Yes it is always gunky or black so to transport it to the campsite I place it inside a trash bag (this way my vehicle does not get dirty with the black stuff). I also use aluminum foil to cook my potatoes and carrots on the grill. I simply cut the potatoes in half add carrots and butter whatever seasons close it up and throw it on the flames. Flip occasionally and then enjoy the awesomeness!

I always pack bug spray and sunscreen. But taking sage with you is also a good idea. Just throw some sage into your campfire and the mosquitos will leave you alone. Listerine is also a great thing to use for bugs. Mixed 50/50 with household vinegar then sprayed all over body and the ground around your tents.

Things I keep in my camping tote:

  • Baby wipes
  • Flashlights
  • Aluminum foil
  • Sage
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • My firestarter
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Plates
  • Silverware
  • Bug wipes (I like the kind from Avon)
  • Listerine
  • Sparklers
  • Trashbags

*Of course before going camping I add more but these items always stay in the tote

Preparing for the hunt

Hunting can be tricky.  I couldn’t tell you how many times I have found my self in my deer stand and then discovered I forgot something. it is the most frustrating thing ever! I have created a checklist I go over to ensure this never happens again. And today I am going to share it with you.

Equipment I always take with me

  • My bow
  • My release
  • Quiver of arrows
  • My backpack full of necessary items
  • Rangefinder
  • Binoculars
  • Safety Harness
  • My boots (I put on when I arrive at my hunting spot)

In my backpack I carry:

  • Hand warmers 
  • Binoculars
  • Grunt call
  • Rattling Antlers
  • Doe urine
  • Buck Bomb
  • Knife with a gut hook
  • Scent Wafer
  • String Wax
  • Chap-stick
  • Flashlight
  • My license (hunting)/tags
  • Gloves (light weight and heavy)
  • Extra socks
  • Water
  • A snack
  • Chapstick
  • Tissues
  • Extra batteries for my flashlight

I get up super early and I am not always wide awake and thinking. I double and sometimes even triple check to make sure I have everything I need ready to go.  I prepare all of  the above before I go to bed. I also check to see when tomorrows sunrise is.

Getting dressed for the hunt is a different today than when I went with my dad. I worry about scent control now. I always take a shower and wash my hair and body with special shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I use Scent Killer Gold for her.

After getting dressed and putting on my deodorant I am careful not to put on any perfume. I grab my backpack and head to my favorite hunting spot. Once there I put on my hunting boots, harness and backpack. I then spray myself down with field spray, and head to my stand.

All products above are what i currently use. I have a list of products I plan to test and try. I have come across several products just for women and I cannot wait to try them out! I will be doing product reviews on them later and posting their links for you.

 

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Parenting is not always easy

So I have been raising 4 girls. My nieces have gone from struggling to deal and understand with everything that has happened. They didn’t quite understand why they went from living with their mommy to living with me. They have gone from being so frustrating they were throwing fits before and after each and every supervised visit with their mother (my sister). Counseling had been a huge help in helping them understand what is going on and why. The fits and confusion had slowed way down. It was so amazing we were finally running like a well oiled train. They would come home from school do their homework and chores no problem.

Then we went back to court in November and since grandma Tina had filed for custody the judge decided to allow her every other weekend visits. At first, I thought this was a great idea not realizing how wrong I would be. Along with her visits my sister had been upgraded to every other weekend 2 hour visits. Which meant yes, no more fits weekly or so I thought.

So everything was good at first we settled into the new routine. Then I started noticing things. Things such as my youngest niece not snapping herself into her car seat anymore. This had been something she had done on her own for several months. Now she is playing I don’t know how or I am to little to do this on my own. Come to find out that grandma and grandpa had been treating her like a baby and doing it for her. This reverted us back and undid all of everything I had been building for the last year. Awesome! So awesome, so what else is unraveling you may ask? Well, my oldest niece is back to throwing bad, wild, violent fits. Each and every time she has to come home, before she goes, and everytime she don’t get her own way. When asked to do her chores she now once again throws herself down on the floor and says”it’s to hard” or “I don’t have to do this at grandma’s”. If you remember before it was she didn’t have to do it at mommy’s house. She fights me so much again.

I had everything under control and now right back to how it was in the beginning. We literally have to start over. Is it going to be this way each and every time the judge decides to mess with our lives? I hope not. Parenting is literally not always easy. It is frustrating, can be overwhelming, constantly changing, and most of all hard. Every time you think you have things under control bam you lose all control. You may not see the changes in children right away but as weeks went on I noticed. I think it took all of 2 visits to notice everything I had been teaching them undone. In a matter of 2 weeks destroy a year of my work. The girls think they are incapable of doing things for themselves. I had them thinking they were big girls and they were learning self-reliance and independance and it was glorious. Now I have to start all over again. I hope this time it doesn’t take a year to fix what has been undone.

Wish me luck this is a never ending process I fear.

How I work from home

About 2 years ago I was working in a  factory. I decided I wanted to be one of those people who worked from home. I started doing research and looking for the perfect company for me. I was also attending college full time so I needed something flexible. I had seem multiple work at home jobs but all were a bust. I was about to give up when I came across Support.com. I had read tests your from current and past employers and decided to give it a go!

I filled out the application and was given an over the phone interview date and time. I had to make sure I had a computer with certain specs and Internet at home and of course a quiet place to work. The day came for my over the phone interview, I was so nervous. I made it through the interview and got hired in. I went through the training and love working at home.

Some of my favorites benefits are I can wear what I want, I do not have to do my make-up. I save on gas. I get to spend my breaks with my children. I always get to have a drink and my phone at my desk.
If you want to apply with Support.com use this link and please let them know I (Gwendolynn Finton) referred you http://www.support.com/about/careers/openings scroll down the page until you see career.  Once you click on careers it will ask what type type in remote and apply to which ever one you are most interested in. During your phone interview they will ask if someone referred you that is when you tell them my name.

Before you apply pay attention to the details of the job and the pay some jobs are better pay than others.

 

My daughter and dating

So my 12 year comes to me and says we need to talk. Oh boy I think to myself. Am I prepared for this? No, I wasn’t. What she wanted to talk about was a boy. A Boy who wanted to date her. My baby girl. She went on to tell me I figured I would tell you that I was going to accept his invitation to be his girlfriend. Ok…I am the type of person who investigates. I quickly got on Facebook and messaged my friend whom had a son in my daughter’s grade. She quickly replied back that this boy my daughter wanted to date was bad news. He almost got her son kicked out of school and likes to pressure girls into doing things. I am not cool with some little 12 -13 year old boy pressuring my daughter into anything!

So I tell my daughter basically in no uncertain terms that if this boy wants to date her he must jump through hoops. One such thing I am requiring him to do is fill out the boyfriend application bf-app. She looked it over and quickly denied it. She claims most info on that is not relevant. I disagree. 

I agreed to meet this boy and give him a chance even though it is against my better judgement. I also snuck the boyfriend application to her little sister with instructions to give it to said boy. I almost can’t wait to receive it back.

I am raising 4 girls currently between mine and my sisters girls, I am not prepared for any of them to begin dating any boys at all.

Moon Sand

Materials:

8 cups of flour

1 cup of baby oil
Directions:

Combine the flour and baby oil in a large tray or container. I used a large bowl, but I would recommend something with a lid if you plan on storing it and reusing it.

The sand is really soft as you would imagine, and it packs really well so you can still make sandcastles with it.
How it worked for me:

My kids loved it! They begged me to make them an entire sandbox full. They played with this stuff for hours and hours. Well worth it! They built all kinds of things with it. Had no problems building, it held together pretty good.

 

The struggle is REAL

Life gets hard, it gets stressful. It gets even harder and more stressful when you have things that happen that shouldn’t. Like extra children joining your household, or parrts of your family decides to fight against what you are trying to do. Especially when it is for them and their children. I have been waiting for my nieces social security cards for well over 4 months now. My lawyer finally got tired of me gripping on him about them and finally filed a motion to get them. I need them to get my nieces into counseling without them the counselor refuses to see them. SO my sister only after seeing the motion comes forward and claims she had no idea I needed them. She then proceeds to tell the lawyer she will have them to me by Monday that was Friday it is now Wednesday and still no cards or birth certificates. I would like to say I am surprised however I am not.

My sister is so salty that the judge gave me custody she has done everything in her power to irritate my life! Anything from driving by my house constantly to refusing the times I am available to do her weekly supervised visitation. Instead on focusing on herself and getting her life together she is trying to ruin mine. This is the time for her to save up money, take some parenting classes, kick her drug dealing bf to the curb, rebuild family bonds and much much more.

It is sad when you can literally sit back and watch two precious little girls grow up knowing their mother will miss it. It may be easier if it had been from the mother being deceased as opposed to the parent actually being alive and well and just choosing to opt out. It is a very heart breaking realization.

I took my oldest niece her first counseling session today (I got the social security number from the doctor’s office whom was tired of seeing my struggle),She showed the counselor how incredibly smart she was. I was so proud of her!

I explained how yes she should of been going into 1st grade however it was said she couldn’t remember her address and the school wouldn’t take her (this was a lie). So the counsel was asking me for my address for her records, and there was my 6 year old niece so proudly stating our address to her. This confused the counselor. I had to explain that she had learned  my address after 3 days of being placed in my care so the issue wasn’t she couldn’t remember it was she was never taught it. She then after hearing that went on to brag about her 4 year old sister also knowing our address.

These girls are like sponges! And I mean sponges they will remember  anything if they practice enough. Such as my cell phone number after just an hour of repeating it out loud. There is absolutely no reason why either of them shouldn’t of already been in school. I have them both enrolled into school, and their mom is insisting on them going to  their step-brother’s school which is 2 towns away. Like I said anything and everything to irritate me. I am just happy it is not up to her or she would have me driving over an hour to take them to school, just because she doesn’t have to do the driving.

I am doing my best to let most of this go in one ear and out the other. AND I give huge props to daddy’s that have to deal  with mothers who do this constantly keeping your cool is not always easy. And that is 18 years of it! Once again if your a daddy and you have to deal with a woman like this, I am proud of you for not killing her because trust me the struggle is real! Not that anyone would really kill the baby momma over things like this but seriously do they ever stop and think about how this affects the children?

As adult we need to remember little ears have big mouths. They hear and see everything and repeat and act just like you. Be kind to each other no matter how hard it is.  We need to teach them to treat others as we want others to treat us.  We need to teach them patience.

 

Spray Chalk Recipe

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoon

Spray Chalk Recipe:

Ingredients:

    • 6 tablespoons of Cornstarch
    • 3 cups of water
    • 10 drops of food coloring

How To:

    • Mix the ingredients in a bowl, then pour them in a spray bottle.
    • Spray the chalk on the sidewalk! To avoid clumping in the bottle, shake before using.

*Tip: Look for spray bottles at the dollar store or in the laundry section of Walmart.

 

 

 

 

Scratch n Sniff Paint Recipe

  • What you’ll need:
    • Water
    • Kool-Aid

How To:

Mix together 1/3 packet of Kool aid with approximately 1/3 cup of water. Mix together, then paint! You’ll want to let them dry for about an hour. After that, you can scratch and sniff the flavors!

How To:

Mix together 1/3 packet of Kool aid with approximately 1/3 cup of water. Mix together, then paint! You’ll want to let them dry for about an hour. After that, you can scratch and sniff the flavors!

 

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