30 Day Blogging Challenge

30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 25

Click here for the links to all of my posts for the 30 Day Blogging Challenge!  And now, on  to today’s topic…

Write about the worst injury you’ve had

The year was 2013, March, the middle of winter in Ohio.  I had just shoveled the snow and put down salt on my driveway the day before.  Unfortunately, the have temps rose above freezing and then dropped the next day.  My kids and I were walking out of the garage to get in the van for school drop off.  The one spot that had refroze was the spot that I stepped on.  I lost my balance and sprained my left ankle. Needless to say it felt like I actually broke the ankle.  So I painfully dropped the kids off at the sitter, drove to the emergency room, and proceeded to get X-rays.  Fortunately, the X-rays showed no breaks, but only the sprain.  I had to be off my feet for the next few days and in an air cast.  For the past year I have been having bad pain in the ankle so when I had an MRI done it showed scarring left over from the sprain.  The doctor put me into physical therapy which helped a little.  Today, the pain continues, but is getting better. I think that has something to do with me continuing to do the stretches and my daily walks during my break at work seem to help it too.  I really hope I never have an ankle injury ever again.  It could have been worse, though!  I love being able to play outside with my kids and having to be off of my feet for a long period of time would have been tough!

What about you?  What’s your worst injury ever?

30 Day Blogging Challenge

30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 24

Write a letter to your future self

Dear Future Self,

Hello future me!  Today is March 29th, 2016.  I am 36 years old, married with 4 kids, a full-time job, a house, a car and plenty of things to keep me busy.  I hope that you continue to put your family first because they are the most important part of your life.  Don’t stop praying, going to Mass, standing up for your faith. Be the daddy to your kids that they need and continue to love and support your wife.

I hope you, the future version of me, will continue to work hard at your job and continue to grow in success to support your family.  Retirement will be here before you know it and in several years your kids will be in college. You

You don’t have to be the best.  You don’t have to be perfect.  Just be the father and daddy God wants you to be.  Believe in Him and do everything He says to do and your life will be fine.  Stop worrying about things that may happen in the future.  God is in control.


Your past self

Health Safe Cleaning With Kids

Health Safe Cleaning With Kids

*The following post is from guest blogger Katherine Fowler on the subject of health safe cleaning with your kids. Katherine is a writer and a small cleaning business owner based in London. You can check out her business website at: http://www.promptcleaners.co.uk

Being a parent means spending plenty of time cleaning, among other things. You are faced with unimaginable piles of clutter each and every day. You are bound to combat the mess each and every time. That’s why now you are thinking about letting your small ones pitch in. It would be much faster and easier if they helped you put the place in order, right?

Health Safe Cleaning With Kids

Then again, if your kids are going to play their part in housekeeping, you need to ensure that the products they are using are non-toxic and kid-free. It’s no secret that conventional cleaners contain an unregulated amount of dangerous chemicals. When you become a parent, it is your responsibility to keep your offspring safe. That’s why you shouldn’t let bottles of toxic cleaners sit around. Instead try and make your own cleaning products, using ingredients you are familiar with, such as cornstarch, lemons, white vinegar, table salt and baking soda. Let us make it easy for you. Here are a few recipes to help you build your cleaning army.

How to make an all-purpose disinfectant: Combine 1 tablespoon each of lavender and tea tree essential oil, and 2 cups of plain water in a spray bottle. Shake well. Use on home surfaces such as walls, sinks, cutting boards, etc. Don’t be afraid to use this around your kids – they will be perfectly safe.

How to make an all-purpose cleaner by Prompt Tenancy Cleaners Stockwell: Mix together equal parts water and equal parts white vinegar. Add a dab of castile soap or mild dish soap. Shake the bottle well before each use. This recipe will help you get rid of grime and gunk found on common areas around the house.

How to make a window cleaner: When it comes to cleaning glass, white vinegar will come to your rescue, as always. Mix one part vinegar to two parts water into a spray bottle, give it a good shake and use as you would use a regular window cleaner. If you can’t stand the smell, add a few drops of essential oil of your choosing. A vinegar-free alternative to this recipe is using one part distilled water to one part rubbing alcohol. Add a few dabs of castile soap (mild dish soap will do the job) and stir.

How to make wood cleaner: Fill a one-gallon bucket with hot water. Mix together ½ cup of lemon juice and ¾ cup of olive oil. Stir well. This formula works just great for wood surfaces. It not only helps to disinfect the surface, but also acts as a polisher. Your wooden floors and furniture will look great. No need for rinsing. Plus, it’s safe for your kids.

How to make a floor cleaner: Add a few dabs of castile soap to one gallon of warm water. Stir to combine. Wet the floor and mop from one corner to the other until you clean everything.

How to make a sink and oven cleaner: Just use one cup of baking soda and some water to form a paste. Apply it on the item you want to clean and let it work for a while. Go back to it after a while and scrub off the grime. Rinse well. Voilà!

Note that you have to assign tasks to your children according to their age. You can’t expect your 5-year old to clean the toilet, can you? However, your teenager girl will easily handle the job. You want to let your small ones do lighter jobs such as picking up their toys, taking clothes to the hamper, dusting, setting the table (putting non-sharp objects on the table) and so on and so forth. Your older children can take on heavy-duty cleaning tasks, such as vacuuming, washing the dishes, sweeping the floor, sanitizing the house, etc.


As you can see, it’s relatively easy to make your own cleaning products that are safe for your children. And sometimes you can get all the ingredients you need straight from the pantry. Now, that’s cool, isn’t it? So, educate your children on how to properly tackle some of the domestic chores and you will be fine.

Dear Kids

Dear Kids, Volume 15

Dear Kids,

This weekend was Easter so we had lots of fun things to do! Our fun weekend started out on Saturday morning. Chad, you had your first coach pitch baseball practice at 11:30. Cason, you had a basketball scrimmage at 12:30 and then your first baseball practice at 2:00. Sunday, we all went to Mass at 11:00. Cooper, you put on a real show. Halfway through Mass you got so fussy mommy had to take you outside. As soon as you left the pew, you screamed, “Byeeeee!” People were smiling and laughing. After church, we went to Mimi and Pops’ house for lunch. The weather was very warm and perfect for an Easter Egg hunt. We attempted a family picture 11 times but not one picture had us all standing still together – but, that’s what makes us a fun family! Carlee and Chad, you two were covering your eyes from the sun and Cooper you were just being a toddler and running off to get the basketball. After lunch, Pops and I took all of you to the ball field to practice hitting and fielding ground balls. I am very excited about baseball season!

This week, you all get out of school after Thursday and we are making the long drive down to Georgia to see Grandma and Pawpaw. It’s going to be fun!

Have a great week at school. I love each of you very much.



Health Safe Cleaning With Kids

30 Day Blogging Challenge – Day 23

For the complete list of 30 Day Blogging Challenge topics, click here.

On to today’s topic…

Write a Letter to your Teenage Self

Dear Teenage Self:

Hello teenage Jeremy. There are several things I want to tell you about your future so listen up, punk.

  • The Internet is kind of a big deal – Yeah, it wasn’t just some crazy fad that hung around for a few years. It’s huge.
  • You’re a manager in 2016 – I bet you thought you were going to be a famous musician or a music teacher? God had other plans!
  • You get married in 2004 and by 2014 you will have 4 kids! – Yes, I said 4 and they are wonderful.
  • You become Catholic in 2009 – All the things you heard about Catholics you find out aren’t even close to being true.

Here’s my advice to you:

  1. All of those girls that you are trying to impress – just stop it. None of them are your future wife. You will meet your wife in the strangest way possible – and it will be God’s timing.

  2. Get a snow blower. Trust me, you’ll need it where you live in 2004.

  3. Don’t take friendships for granted. One friend will lose her life before you graduate and you will be devastated.

  4. Those extra Spanish classes you are taking – work hard in them because you’re first college degree and first job depend on your efforts.

  5. Stop worrying and being so OCD about everything. It’s 2016 and the older version of yourself is still struggling with this.

  6. In 1997, Titanic will come out and be a huge smash. Don’t see this movie. Please don’t. You have always loved the history of the real Titanic, but this movie is a 4 hour bore-a-thon.

  7. Stop opening new credit card accounts. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. Use cash to buy everything.

  8. Those people in high school that you are working so hard to become friends with – 99% of them won’t even be following you on Facebook. Oh yeah, Facebook is somewhat a big deal. Without it, you wouldn’t know how poorly other people use the English language.

  9. Don’t give up on playing basketball. You’ll be coaching your kids one day.

  10. Sleep. Sleep as much as you can. When you become a daddy you’ll wish you had more time to sleep.

  11. Don’t take your grandmother for granted. Call her, visit her, go help her around the house.

  12. Do more things to show mom and dad you love them. You almost lose your mom in 2015.

  13. Keep forgiving people.

  14. That road rage thing you are doing. Just stop it. People get shot in 2016 for just about anything that makes other drivers mad. Focus on keeping yourself and your family safe.

  15. Buy stock in Apple. Not the food. The company. Trust me.

  16. Get a map and learn how to get to Tuscaloosa. Might be kind of important one day!

  17. Don’t stop writing!

  18. High school is over in the blink of an eye and when you get to my age you’ll almost be out 20 years. Nothing you did those 4 years really matters today except for the life long friendships you made.

  19. I know you hate Algebra, and math in general. When you get to college, you’ll make an A in it. You might be using math every day in your career in mortgage banking.

  20. Travel. You’ll go to Germany in 2000 and 2001. Learn as much as you can about other cultures.

  21. In September of 2001, your life, along with the lives of other Americans, will change forever. Pray for your enemies for they will only increase in numbers by 2016. Pray for those who persecute you.

  22. Donald Trump runs for president in 2016.  No, I’m not making that up.  Don’t you dare vote for that jerk.