Friday, January 31

Little Bitty's Holiday Fun: Valentine's Day Heart Attack Part 1

 Show someone special how much you care about them with a Heart Attack.

Starting on February 1st, my two younger daughters will wake up to new heart on their bedroom door that says something that I love about them. By Valentine's Day they will have 14 things that I love about them, plus a little Valentine gift. 

Foam Hearts

With having two teenagers in the house too, I figure I would text/snap chat/or FB message them Heart Attacks. I would think they might like that instead of posting them on their bedroom doors.

Little Bitty

Thursday, January 23

Little Bitty's So Called Life: One on One Time

Being a mom of four, has plenty of challenges of its own, but when you add a full time management position in retail, makes it crazy. I have been working a crazy schedule for the last two months, and I can tell it is taking a toll on my youngest. She wrote me a letter wanting me to take one day a week for 'mommy and Sammy time'. After reading this letter, I felt heart broken. I have been working a lot and have not had a whole lot of time with my kids, one on one time with each.

The two of us find a quite spot and made a list of different things that we want to do together. We did not stop there, I opened up my planner and we started planning our first date. 

Twenty-Five plus date ideas with your kids:

  1. Picnic: at the park or on the floor in the living room
  2. Hiking or long walk with the dog
  3. Coffee Date: Coffee for Mommy, hot chocolate for Sammy
  4. Afternoon of Crafts: I have Pinterest Board full of them
  5. Special Dinner/Lunch: out on the town or just stay in
  6. Enjoy a sunset or stargaze
  7. Movie: at the theaters or at home
  8. Play a sport: shoot some hoops, throw the softball around, run a 5k, 
  9. Spa Date: go get a mani or pedi
  10. Shopping: shoe shopping, clothes shopping, or just window shopping
  11. Plant a garden
  12. Read: go to the library or book store and pick out a chapter book to read together.
  13. Go to a water park or the YMCA pool
  14. Bake something new together
  15. Take a class: cooking class, basketball clinic, art class
  16. Game Night: board, card or video games
  17. Museum/Zoo
  18. Photo Shoot: at home, dress up, do makeup, take some glamour shots
  19. Volunteer together
  20. Go to a concert
  21. Write a story together, then act it out
  22. Blanket fort in the living room or in the backyard
  23. Tea & Scones and watch 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'
  24. Bowling
  25. Camp out: in the back yard or in the living room 
  26. Start a Mother Daughter Journal
  27. Overnight trip
  28. Ice cream
There are plenty of other date ideas out there, all that really matters is that you are spending that one on one time with your kids. 

Little Bitty

Thursday, January 16

Little Bitty's Recipe Box: Baked Tacos

Baked Tacos

This week's new Pinterest Recipe is 
Baked Tacos. I did not follow the recipe the exact way, added my own mix to it.


2 Pound lean ground beef
2 package taco seasoning mix
1 medium onion 
1 package soft taco shells
1 package Mexican blend shredded cheese
Taco Toppings:
sour cream


Preheat oven at 375. Brown the ground beef and drain grease completely. Chopped medium onion and tomatoes, shred lettuce and cut up avocados.  Add the taco seasonings, water and chopped onion to ground beef. Let the ground beef mixture simmer for about 10 min. Scoop ground beef mixture into soft taco shells, standing them up side by side in a casserole dish. Sprinkle shredded cheese in each taco. Bake in oven for 10 mins. Serve hot, don't forget the topics.

This recipe made 12 tacos, enough for a family of 6. I received 6 stars for this recipe. 

Little Bitty

Tuesday, January 14

Little Bitty's Book Shelf: 'No More Perfect Moms'

"You are not the only mom who feels worthless sometimes.

You are not the only mom who yelled at your children today.
You are not the only mom who is trying to blend two families into one and finding it far more difficult than you thought.
You are not the only mom who has struggled with infertility.
You are not the only mom who has had 
trouble bonding with an adopted child.
You are not the only mom who wishes her 
husband would just hold her and listen to her."
-No More Perfect Moms by Jill Savage (page 22)

No More Perfect Moms:

Learn to Love Your Real Life

As moms, we all struggle. We fall short to our own standards. You are not alone. You are among friends. Jill Savage in No More Perfect Moms provides the antidote to the Perfection Infection so that imperfect moms can be set free from impossible exceptions of life. 

Like most moms, we have this desire to be the perfect mom. We read books and magazines, we plan and prepare, we dream and determine that everything is going to be perfect. 'There are no perfect moms - just imperfect women who will fall off the pedestal of their own expectations more often than they can care to admit.' 

'We must understand that the imperfect parts of our lives are counterbalanced with the reality of a perfect God who longs to shine His light through the cracks in our lives.'

This is a must read survival guide for moms of all ages. And don't just read it alone, get a few other moms to read it with you. Jill has a leader's guide, discussion videos and other additional information to go along with this book.

Little Bitty

Friday, January 10

Recipe Box: Philly Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers

Philly Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers

I love Pinterest, but the only problem is that I spend so much time pinning things I want to try and I don't try anything. Well that is going to change this year. I am challenging  myself to try one new recipe every week. This week is Philly Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers.


24 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef
12 Slices Provolone Cheese
6 Large Green Bell Peppers
1 Medium Sweet Onion
8 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms
2 Tbs. Butter

Salt and Pepper – to taste 


Preheat oven to 400F
Slice peppers in half (lengthwise), remove ribs and seeds.
Slice onions and mushrooms.  Saute over medium heat with butter and a little salt and pepper. Saute until onions and mushroom are nice and caramelized.  Cook time about 20 to 25 minutes
Slice roast beef into thin strips and add to the onion/mushroom mixture. Cook time 5 to 10 minutes
Line the inside of each pepper with a slice of provolone cheese. 
Fill each pepper with meat mixture until they are nearly overflowing.
Top each pepper with another slice of provolone cheese.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese on top is golden brown. 
Serves a family of 6.

Out of the 6, I got 5 stars on this recipe. My 9 year old would not try it because she does not like mushrooms or bell peppers. 

Little Bitty