Something To Think About Before Purchasing A Pet

© 2014 Little Kristy

© 2014 Little Kristy 

We recently welcomed a new addition to our home, a cat! For me a home just isn’t complete without a tiny furry cat. Tiggy, our new cat, is a mini Persian and boy does she have a lot of fur! She is a sweet, playful and mellow kitty and fits right into our family. For those of you considering adding a new addition to your family I would like to give you some advice and food for thought before you purchase a new pet.

First, make sure you really want a pet. I’m not a member of PETA or anything, but a pet should a will become a part of your family. They become another family member. You are responsible for creating a safe environment for them. They need food, water, shelter, and attention. Are you willing to do that? If you have children are you willing to take the time to care for your new pet?  Ask yourself these questions before you purchase a new pet.

Secondly, this goes out to all the young couples out there. Please, please do not purchase a pet if you aren’t sure you want to have a pet around a baby. It breaks my heart when young couples purchase a pet and then when they find out their having a baby they give up the animal. If you want to start a family and you aren’t sure you can handle a pet and a baby. DON’T PURCHASE A NEW PET!

Thirdly, and lastly, if you don’t have the money to buy what your pet needs, don’t purchase a pet. Pets can be expense. They have to go to the vet, they have to have food, toys, etc. Also, animals can become sick, they may need medication. On a side note; if you do not have the space or room for your animal do not purchase a new pet.

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Pets can be a wonderful blessing! Tiggy is my shadow around the house and my best friend. One day she will be a good companion to any child. If you’re willing to take care and love a pet then by all means purchase a new pet! Just make sure you have thoroughly considered the huge responsibility of owning one.

Written By: Little Kristy

One Sassy Homemaker’s Product Review

I’ll admit I have a bit of a Clorox fetish; I use it to disinfect sinks, toilets, and make my whites brighter. When the Clorox company came out with a new bleach product, the Clorox Smart Seek Bleach, I was all for that. Many of us own clothes or towels that are mostly white, but still have some color in them. I purchased the product and it was amazing!

The ease of washing a large load of all white items and mostly white items together along with bleaching them at the same time cut down laundry time. Clorox Smart Seek Bleach brightened all of my items including my favorite kitty robe. Yes, I own a fuzzy kitty robe, moving on.

This is a One Sassy Homemaker approved product!

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Price: $1.98 – $3.74

Stores: Any grocery store.

For More Information: https://www.clorox.com/products/clorox-smart-seek-bleach/

Written By: Little Kristy

Video Game Family

Interest-in-the-Wii-U-Surges-After-Nintendo-s-E3-Presentation-Report-451910-2Having a child one day is something that my husband and I are looking forward to. As I look around our home you can definitely tell we are going to be a geek family. We enjoy playing games on a PC, our phones, a tablet, a PS2, a PS3, an Xbox 360, and a Wii. Our kids will have no choice but to be geeks with us. All humor aside though, I was thinking, how much video game time will I allow my child to have and what games will I allow them to play? [Editor’s note: How much time will you allow your husband to spend coaching his electronic football squads, refighting historic strategic campaigns, or leading tactical squads against future alien threats?] – Note the Editor is my husband. :)

I love playing video games and to be honest, I’m not going to give that up. Playing video games relaxes my spouse and me. It is our hobby. I know our child is going to see us playing and will want to play too, so I can’t say, “No,” to that. But, I want to encourage outside play time, too. I also want them to be up and about rather than glued to the TV for hours. Yet, I know that they still need exposure to technology.

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My husband and I have decided to develop some rules concerning video games. First, we both agree that there will be no video game consoles in their bedrooms. It’s too much of a temptation for them. The reality is that once you start playing a game it is hard to stop. It’s even harder when you can’t sleep. It’s hard enough for adults to stop playing a video game when they know they need to go to bed, let alone a child. Also, by keeping the video games in one central place in the home, rather than one in each bedroom, it will give us the ability to monitor their time with the games. When we say, “It’s bedtime,” that means bedtime, not playing video games in bed.

We honestly haven’t figured out a time limit for video games. That is something we will have to research more, but for sure, chores, homework, and reading time will have to come first. If it’s a nice sunny day outside, you bet I’ll kick my child out of the house to play!  I also want them to develop tactile perception skills even when they’re young, meaning they learn at an early age what different objects feel like and what to do in social play settings. These are skills that video games cannot teach. When they are young and need development in these skills, video games will be a low priority for them.

Small_Mario_NSMBUThe question of what games will we allow is a question that I have to admit we are still working on. One day while shopping at Game Stop I noticed that Nintendo by far has the most games for children. After taking a look I found that there are many of Nintendo’s games that I would allow my young child to play. Compared to the Xbox and Playstation which are aimed towards older teens and adults, Nintendo seems to be aimed for young children and families.

Though I in no way want to get sucked into buying the expensive figurines for the Disney’s Infinity, we will follow the age guidelines found on all games. For Nintendo, I am impressed with Reader Rabbit For Preschoolers, Learning with the PooYoos, and the ever popular, Dora the Explorer games. Not to mention that Mario is still a family friendly game and all the Lego video games.

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There is nothing wrong with playing video games; your brain cells aren’t going to melt. In fact, the best of video gaming teaches patience, creative problem solving, and resource management. The key is to keep all things, including gaming, in moderation. As parents we need to monitor what our children are playing and how much time they are playing video games. Lay down some rules and use some common sense. By doing so, you can still enjoy some family video game time together and trust that your kids are building brain cells when they game alone!

Written By: Little Kristy

Stuffed Green Peppers

A few months ago I asked you on the One Sassy Homemaker Facebook page what I should cook with ground beef and you guys made some excellent suggestions! I went with Diane Ward’s suggestion, of stuffed peppers. Although I downloaded a basic recipe from the internet, I ended up creating my own recipe.

You Need:

Green Peppers – Eight Large Peppers

Diced Tomatoes – 1-28oz Can

Ground Beef – 1 Pound

Onion Diced – 1 Large Onion

Package of Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice

Tomato Sauce – 1 – 28oz Can

Pace Picante Salsa – 1 Cup

Cheddar Cheese – As Much As You Want

Here’s What You Do:

Preheat your oven to 350.

Using a large skillet, cook the beef until brown; drain fat. Place ground beef back into skillet and add the diced onions.  Sauté the onions and beef together for a few minutes. Add the entire can of diced tomatoes, juice and all! While the beef mixture is coming to a bubble, follow the instructions for the Mexican rice. Once it’s cooked, add the rice to your beef mixture. When the beef mixture is bubbly, lower the heat and let it simmer.

Cut the tops off the green peppers and place them in a large pot of boiling water. Remove peppers after five minutes, this allows them to become tender. Sprinkle salt into each pepper and place in a baking dish. Fill each pepper with beef mixture and add cheese to the top.

In a separate bowl, mix in your tomato sauce and salsa.  Pour mixture over stuffed peppers. Just for the heck of it, add a ton of cheese on top. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Let this dish of delicious goodness bake for 25 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and the cheese has melted.

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Forgive the photo quality, but this recipe creates a nice and simple Mexican dish that will use up the ground beef you have in the freezer. For myself, I only used four peppers which meant I had a lot of the beef mixture left over. I was able to use the leftover beef mixture for burritos. I created two meals with only one recipe! That to me is a recipe worth trying again!

Written By: Little Kristy

All I Can Do Is Pray

img-thingSometimes, I wonder how empty does, “I’m praying for you sound,”? When you tell someone that is going through a hard time, “I’m praying for you,” it just seems too easy to say. Currently, my family is going through a bit of a struggle and I wish that I could physically be there with them. However, due to distance, I can’t.  Yet, it seems all I can do is to tell them, “I’m praying for you.” It just doesn’t seem like enough.

When you read the Bible you find time and time again verses discussing prayer and the power of prayer.  Philippians 4:6 tells us that we are to always be praying and make requests to God, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

Another verse tells us that God hears all our prayers. Psalms 66:20 “Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.”

Why is it than that I feel that saying, “I’m praying for you,” isn’t enough? Well, it’s because I love my family so much that I hate to see anyone of them suffer. I want their pain to go away in an instant and I want to wave a magic wand and make everything right again. However, we know that pray doesn’t work that way. If it did, all the glory would then be on us and not on God.

What my family is going through, I believe, is God is working in their lives. He is preparing them for something that only God knows right now. God knows my heart when I tell my family I’m praying for them. He will answer my prayers, but maybe not as fast I think they should be answered. He will answer according to His perfect timing.

Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

True, I do believe sometimes we throw that phrase, “I’m praying for you,” around a lot. I have been guilty of saying that to someone and then forgetting entirely to pray for them. True, sometimes when we become uncomfortable we say we will pray for someone just to feel better about ourselves. What we need to do is to be more aware of how powerful prayer is.

Prayer is powerful. When we prayer we are talking to God; we are talking to our Creator! It is good to offer prayer to someone going through a hard time and sometimes that is all we can do. Just make sure that your heart is true when you say that and make sure you follow through. When God’s people pray, God hears those prayers. He knows your heart and your intentions. Our hearts need to pray in truth.

Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Pray for those who are suffering around you. God may use you to help them in some way, but He will always listen to your prayers and will always answer prayers.  Telling someone you will pray for them is powerful. It is what God commands us to do. If all it seems you can do is pray, then pray with a pure a fervent heart and trust in the Lord, that He will help the person you for whom you’re praying.

Written By: Little Kristy