Good Morning/Good Night Checklist Printable *COLOR VERSION*

Printable Good Morning/Good Night Checklist - Boys

Printable Good Morning/Good Night Checklist – Boys

Printable Good Morning/Good Night Checklist - Girls

Printable Good Morning/Good Night Checklist – Girls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning? Or is it? I remember how hard it was to get the kids ready and out the door in the mornings. Nightmare! After I created these checklists and put them on the kids’ walls in their rooms, life was much easier. A lot of kids LOVE checklists. Most kids crave structure & knowing what’s next. This checklist allows them to visually see what they need to do in the mornings and at night. Preparations the night before really seemed to help my kids be ready to go in the morning. If I ever slipped up and said, “Eh, we’ll do that in the morning” for something on our Good Night list, the next morning was NOT so good! Hope this helps!

{My original post with the checklists were black and white, I thought today I’d give you a color version instead.}

Click to download PDF:
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ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

Sodium Benzoate and Jake

I caught myself feeling bum-fuzzled as I sat at the table trying to proceed with school while my son bounced, wriggled, and chirped loudly for several minutes. He’s a boy so he is very active, but this was different from his normal rambunctiousness. I had noticed this a few days before but couldn’t really put my finger on what it was. And it hit me. Like a 2×4 between the eyes. SYRUP! JoJo (my little chef) had made us the most wonderful pancakes for breakfast, and I had made sausage to compliment her dish. My son covered his in syrup as usual, and gobbled them down.

I know you’re thinking about blaming the sugar in the syrup, but my kids can handle sugar. I know how my kids act with sugar in their systems, and this ‘ain’t it’. It was more than that. So I read the back of the bottle of store-brand syrup and two words stood out to me – why I don’t know – was it divine intervention? Maybe. Or maybe I had just read it before and forgotten. Those two words were SODIUM BENZOATE.

Store brand syrup – unhealthy, I know – but didn’t realize it had this effect on my son

I Googled ‘sodium benzoate, kids’. And I realized this could possibly be a major problem for my son {and well, all of us}. From what I read it’s especially a problem when combined with food dyes  and Vitamin C or Citric Acid, or… so many other things. This stuff is in TOOTHPASTE, MEDICINES, RELISH, PEPPERS, SALAD DRESSING, FRUIT JUICE, SODAS, CONDIMENTS…

I know the web is full of conspiracy theorists and crazy super duper health nuts, and while I don’t know that I can be counted with either, I saw evidence of a problem with my child and I have a suspicion that SODIUM BENZOATE is a major culprit.

Research it for yourself, see how it affects your kid. Try to cut it out. It’s not terribly difficult, but it is something to watch for. I found it in my cabinets/fridge in the relish, syrup (of course), & salad dressing – so far. The search continues.

While my son has been tested for ADD/ADHD he passed the test and is just a normal little boy, or so they say. {winky, winky}. This list helped me begin to see that there’s a place to start {from healthychild.org – link below}. I copied this list into a notepad app on my phone so that I’ll always have it to refer to while out. Maybe you could try that as well.

If your child is hyperactive or has ADHD and you’d like to try eliminating these potential triggers, here’s are the artificial food dyes to look out for:

  • Yellow #6
  • Yellow #5
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Red #40
  • Red #3
  • Orange B
  • Green #3
  • Blue #2
  • Blue #1
From my research I’ve discovered basically we just need to eat at home and grow as much of our own foods as possible. This article HOW FOOD COMPANIES EXPLOIT AMERICANS WITH INGREDIENTS BANNED IN OTHER COUNTRIES will scare the pants off of you when it comes to the crazy stuff we as Americans are being fed, and businesses are advertising as “safe” for our families! You might just start a garden today after reading it.
We’ve all just got to try to do the best for our families. Understanding the problem and where it stems from is just the beginning. Hopefully this article can help you find a place to start. Thanks for reading!
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ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

All my favorite recipes

Simple Sausage Casserole

The next time you’re invited to a shower or brunch or, well, anywhere they want you to bring finger-foods give this baby a try. It’s super easy and oh so yummy! Once you make it you’ll have to limit the number of times you allow yourself to make it per year or else you’ll gain 30 pounds. But you’ll be super happy while eating it. ;-) Give it a whirl!

Simple Sausage Casserole

1 pound bulk pork sausage

8 oz cream cheese (softened)

2 – 8oz cans refrigerated crescent rolls

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease bottom of 9×11 baking dish. Roll one can of dough out into the bottom of the baking dish without separating. Press together seams together. Bake for 5 minutes. While it’s baking, cook the sausage in a skillet over medium heat until crumbly & beginning to brown; drain. Careful not to overcook the dough (take it out after 5 minutes, just long enough to let it get semi-firm). Stir the cream cheese into the cooked sausage. Spread over baked crescent roll dough. Top the sausage mixture with the remaining can of rolls, pressing seams together. Return to oven & bake until the top layer is golden brown, about 8 minutes.

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

"If you're lucky enough to live at the lake, you're lucky enough."

Lucky Enough

Today is a beginning for us. After a very sick and busy February and March – with everything from stomach bug, to flu-like virus, to tooth pain/dry socket, and Spring Break –  I look forward to getting back to our regularly scheduled programming.Today is the first day after spring break around here. This SB was our first in homeschool and like all other SBs before it, lacking in anything too terribly exciting. We stayed home mostly, like we always do. But really, staying home isn’t the same when you have a lake to fish in, fields to run in {dodging the land mines left by our bovine friends}, and family to spend time with.

Spring break always seems to fall on the week I have to work the most {I am a freelance graphic designer by trade, and have a regular monthly gig wherein I do the layout & other things for a small local newspaper}. So I always feel badly for the kids, but then again, they like to eat… a lot!

Thankfully this week I’ve had some help from family, my grandmother stepped in one day {did I mention she’s 77?} and took them fishing ALL DAY. When I took them down the drive way to her house on the lake I walked in and saw her re-lining her bait-cast fishing rod. She only needed me to put my finger on the knot she’d tied because her tremors keep her from doing things like that on her own. I held the box of fishing line as she cranked away on her reel. Tying the hook on is the only thing she couldn’t remember how to do, so I gave her a quick reminder lesson. Quickly she pulled out a rubber june bug/chartreuse lizard, ran him through with her hook and she was ready to go.  I can’t tell you how much I love that she is doing so well. My grandfather passed away one year and almost 2 months ago. While she misses him, like we all do, I’ve never seen her so happy to be on her own. 

The kids had a blast! When I came to pick them up to take JoJo to practice, “the boy” wasn’t ready to go and of course Big Mama {who is neither tall nor big} proclaimed, “Let him stay!!!”. She raised 4 boys, so she knows how to handle them and keep them entertained. With girls {like me} she’s a little out of her comfort zone but we’re still best buddies anyway, as long as I don’t ask her to wear anything pink or floral.

While our spring break wasn’t  a trip to anywhere exotic or different we had a break and we enjoyed it. So, this post is a ‘get back to it Cornbread Mama’ reminder to myself. I had done very well posting every day until the plague hit our house. Hopefully we’ll be back on track and in our little rut again easily. Hope you enjoyed your spring break, or enjoy it if it’s coming up. Spend time with your family, that’s really what we all need mostly anyway.

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

Caffee Bros Cotton Gin

Fair to Middlin’

“Fair to middlin” have you ever heard that phrase? I have -my entire life. I thought it was ‘fair to midland’ though. I always assumed it was some geographical term. Then I was enlightened by my dear 77 year old grandmother who is as bright and spry as they come.

She was raised here in the home I live in and love, on a cotton farm. There was a cotton gin across the road that was run by her dad and uncles, the Caffee Bros. Cotton Gin.  The picture at the top of this post is one of the only pictures we have of the gin in working order. Below is the other picture we have. My grandmother has memories of this place and the way things worked, it’s fascinating to talk to her about it. She grew up very close to her father who was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known. I am thankful that I was able to get to know my great-grandparents, something a lot of people cannot say, they passed away when I was 17. They had been married for… I can’t even remember how long. And they died within 2 days of each other of very different health problems. It was beautiful and sad at the same time.

Caffee Bros Cotton Gin, Alabama

Caffee Bros Cotton Gin, Alabama

Back to the phrase… she said that after they finished baling cotton, they would take a sample from each bale and wrap it in brown paper. They would then rate the quality of the cotton and ‘fair to middlin’ was one of the grades. Today it means ‘just okay’, or ‘fair’ as it did back then.

I don’t know about you but I really enjoy learning from our previous generations. I hope we continue to learn from them, if not we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes.

A quick internet search revealed this info:

As to the original version of the phrase ‘fair to middling’, that is also of American origin. ‘Middling’ was and is a term used by farmers to describe the quality of farm produce, especially sheep. There were several loosely defined grades of produce: ‘good’, ‘fair, ‘middling’, ‘ordinary’ and ‘poor’.

‘Middling’ is an old Scots word and has been in use since at least the 15th century with the same meaning as now, that is, ‘of medium or moderate size, strength, quality’.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/fair-to-middling.html

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

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In my spare time

All mothers laugh at this statement. Like we really have spare time! There’s always something we should or could be doing at any moment. Whether you’re like me and take some time for yourself, I don’t know. I hope you find time for yourself, but I know how hard that can be.

The finished product, my first couple drawing

The finished product, my first couple drawing

When I do find some time, I enjoy drawing graphite portraits (that’s just a fancy way of saying pencil portraits) for clients. This one I just finished for a couple’s one-year anniversary. It’s my first of a couple, and of grown-ups, most of my clients usually ask me to draw kids and dogs.

Although now, I sit here and pick out the flaws and see where I should have done something differently. *Sigh* ‘Tis the artist curse.

Overall I’m happy with it and I really hope the couple is as well.

Interested In A Portrait?

All you need is a high quality photograph of your subject. I hand draw all portraits from photographs in graphite (pencil). I do ask that you give me about a month to expect the finished drawing. In certain cases I can rush a portrait.

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8×10 image on 11×14 Bristol board (one subject) $150
11×14 image on 14×17 Bristol board (one subject) $200 {**Example above is 11×14 on 14×17}
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Contact me for more info. Prices are subject to change.

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

Mama's Biscuits

Mama’s biscuits

I tell you the best way to make a man, well, my man happy is #1 buy him some cows, and #2 make him breakfast for supper. Yeah, he’s fairly easy to please {well, all except the cows}. Tonight we all hurt ourselves on the home made biscuits with honey, link sausage, grits, eggs, & pancakes (by JoJo). So I thought I’d share my tried and true biscuit recipe.

MAMA’S BISCUITS

3 cups SR. flour

3/4 cups butter (room temp)

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

1 tsp salt

1 tbs sugar

Cut the butter into the flour and add other ingredients. Stir together then work with hands to combine.

I hate to roll out dough so I flour my hands then grab a small ball of dough and flatten into a biscuit shape. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 450 degrees 10-12 minutes.

Hope you enjoy!

ABOUT CORNBREAD MAMA

Living on a small family farm in the Southeast Cornbread Mama enjoys sharing about her life. Between being the wife of a cowboy, homeschooling mom to boy/girl twins, artist, and Christ-follower praying for a simple life in this crazy world Cornbread Mama finds comfort in writing about her family adventures here on the farm surrounded by 18 cows and calves, 2 donkeys, 3 dogs, and 9 chickens. So pull up a rocker and sit a spell.

My Aversion to Soup

So since I have this molar-shaped hole in my gum that seems to not want me to chew anything – at all – I’m looking for easily chewable and/or drinkable recipes. I’ve only been surviving on applesauce, yogurt, and Boost. I am HUNGRY Y’ALL!

Sadly, I have a major aversion to soup which is really causing me problems friends. But alas I’ve found something that may work to satisfy my hunger without asking me to chew much - Pioneer Woman’s Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Now who’s gonna come make it for me?

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I Don’t Want To Go On The Cart

So this tooth shaped hole in my jaw is healing and the pain has subsided greatly, I may just make it yet. For a little while I wasn’t so sure. But thankfully life will go on. I’m sorry to be neglecting the blog. I hope to be back to my normal self soon.



Great news, my sister is home and enjoying time with her kids and hubby. Thank you for all the prayers! I can’t wait to see her. I’m pretty sure she brought me back a monkey! 😜