Snow Ice Cream

With all the beautiful snow that has accumulated over the past few days the kiddos are begging to play outside. And trust me, by day 18 of winter break I NEED them to go outside. Cabin fever has set in BAD. I am praying for a heat wave and school tomorrow, mostly just school tomorrow by whatever means possible. Haha! One small factor that continues to put a huge damper on any outside plans, the temperature! The temperature currently reads -5  degrees and with the wind it feels more like -26 degrees. That. Is. Cold!  All that snow and not one thing we could do with it! Or is there?

The kiddo’s favorite show on Netflix is 17 Kids and Counting, the show that showcases the Duggar family. And in one of their episodes they made snow ice cream. So the kiddos asked if we could make some. (FYI…we are on day 18 of winter break and day 2 of cabin fever so appearances were not our number one priority…I was just happy everyone had on clean underwear…we can worry about clothes and hair later. Haha!)

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As mom, I saw this as a golden opportunity to teach kitchen measurement…I am a sucker for hands-on learning opportunities. Mostly because the children don’t even realize they are learning, they just see it as fun. Well, maybe not so much the youngest…her expression is priceless in this pic. Haha!

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So we looked up the snow ice cream recipe on the Duggar’s website and got to work. I was a tad skeptical if it was going to taste good.

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And what do you know, it taste fantastic! Thanks Duggars for sharing your snow ice cream recipe with us. It was a great way to integrate a hands-on learning experience and it tasted delicious!

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Have you ever had snow ice cream? Do you have a fun snow activity you enjoy doing with your kiddos? Any suggestions or idea for indoor snow activities/experiment, please!!

The tired mother’s creed {with free printable}

We just got home from Kings Island (I will be blogging about this later) and we are regrouping before a Mud Hens Game this evening. I went to check my email and saw that a very dear friend sent me an email with a link to the following (boy does she know me, it was precisely what I needed to read at this moment):

For the days we are running on empty. For the days we just don’t think we have it in us to read one more story, play one more game of Uno, wash one more round of sheets. For the days when we think everyone else has it altogether. For the days we’re sure anyone else would do this job better.


For those days. You know the ones.

Repeat after me:

 1.I shall not judge my house, my kid’s summer activities or my crafting skills by Pinterest’s standards.

 2.I shall not measure what I’ve accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry but by the assurance of deep love I’ve tickled into my kids

 3.I shall say “yes” to blanket forts and see past the chaos to the memories we’re building.

 4.I shall surprise my kids with trips to get ice cream when they’re already in their pajamas.

 5.I shall not compare myself to other mothers, but find my identity in the God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.

 6.I shall remember that a messy house at peace is better than an immaculate house tied up in knots.

 7.I shall play music loudly and teach my kids the joy of wildly uncoordinated dance.

 8.I shall remind myself that perfect is simply a street sign at the intersection of impossible and frustration in Never Never land.

 9.I shall embrace the fact that in becoming a mom I traded perfect for a house full of real.

 10.I shall promise to love this body that bore these three children – out loud, especially in front of my daughter.

 11.I shall give my other mother friends the gift of guilt-free friendship.

 12.I shall do my best to admit to my people my “unfine” moments.

 13.I shall say “sorry” when sorry is necessary.

 14.I pray God I shall never be too proud, angry or stubborn to ask for my children’s forgiveness.

 15.I shall make space in my grown up world for goofball moments with my kids.

 16.I shall love their father and make sure they know I love him.

 17.I shall model kind words – to kids and grown-ups alike.

 18.I shall not be intimidated by the inside of my minivan – this season of chip bags, goldfish crackers and discarded socks too shall pass.

 19.I shall always make time to encourage new moms.

 20.I shall not resent that last call for kisses and cups of water but remember instead that when I blink they’ll all be in college.


~ with love from one tired mother to another.



{click here to download the below printable version}


Thank you Kristy

If you can relate, if you are also a tired mother, reply with a brief message expressing so. Please share this with all the tired moms in your life.