My Kids Want to Be Entitled

I love my kids and I do a lot for them. They go through phases where they think they rule the world and they get an entitled, superior attitude and that is not going to fly. You guys are no better than anyone else, you do not deserve special treatment.

There are things that I need to do and there are things I don’t. They have trouble seeing the difference sometimes.

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Things I Need to Do VS. What I Don’t

Need-Feed you
Don’t-I don’t have to make your special requests


Need-Make sure your clothes are clean

Don’t-I don’t have to put your clothes away for you or pick out your outfit everyday, especially if you’re going to complain about my choice.


Need-To make sure you are dressed

Don’t-I don’t have to brush your hair everyday, you are fully capable of doing it, just keep track of all your brushes.


Need-To clothe you

Don’t-I don’t need to keep track of where you left your sneakers, jackets or the socks I just handed you.


Need-To make sure you do your homework.

Don’t- I don’t need for you to enjoy it.


Need-To provide you with the technology needed in order to complete your assignments.

Don’t-I don’t need to allow you full reign or use of said technology.


Need-To make sure you are clean

Don’t-I don’t need to let you take a 30-40 minute shower or get you fancy soap or body wash to use.


My kids don’t act like this all the time, if fact it can be a rare thing. But when they do, I make sure they know that the world doesn’t revolve around them and they need to be conscious of the way they act and speak.

20 Questions for Stella on Her Birthday

Yesterday Stella turned 8, I can’t believe my tiny baby is now 8 years old. She is quite a character, and puts a smile on everyone’s face (maybe not Maizie’s all the time).

Every year I ask the kids 20 questions on their birthday. Here we go…
How old are you?   8

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She couldn’t blow them out

What did you get for your birthday?   GoldieBlox Survival Kit and MadLibs
What is your favorite color? Turquoise and Cyan
What is your favorite TV show?   Liv and Maddie
What is your favorite toy? GoldieBlox Action Figure

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She is beyond thrilled with her gift

What do you want to be when you grow up?   Fashion Designer and Engineer, but ultimately an Imagineer
What sport do you play? Soccer

What are you good at?   Soccer and Football
What is your favorite food?   Pepperoni pizza
What food do you hate?   Artichokes, Brussel Sprouts and Bacon
What is your favorite outfit?   Any of her Batman clothes

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Stella has a deep love for Batman

What is your favorite song?   Never Forget You and Try Everything
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?   Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
Who is the best in your family?   Everyone
What is your pet’s name?   Goldie and Amazing (goldfish)
What makes you happy?   When Maizie’s nice

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She’s concentrating at skee ball

What makes you mad?   Mondays
What is your favorite thing to do at school?   Math and Science
Who is your teacher?   Mrs. Scanlon
Where do you want to go on vacation?   Washington DC

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She scored another cake at Dave and Busters

What was the best thing that happened when you were 7? Going to the Lego Discovery Center


Stella took a personal day for her birthday. She had never been to Dave and Busters so that’s where she wanted to go, and she wanted to go to Zara.

Happy Birthday Stella-Blue!!!

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere


I received the Bubble Windstorm and the Bubble Flurry from Bubble Blitz and Imperial Toys to review with my kids. The second that box arrived at our house, they couldn’t wait to open it and see what was inside.

Bubble Blitz bonanza
Bubble Blitz bonanza
Bubble Windstorm: Create endless streams of bubbles with the Bubble Windstorm! This incredible bubble machine shoots hundreds of Bubble Blitz bubbles into the air at the press of a button.
Bubble Flurry: Dip the handheld Bubble Flurry’s wand into bubble solution and press the button to make hundreds of bubbles in seconds.

Once they opened it it was a race to the park to give it a try; we wanted plenty of room to use the bubbles. (They do require two AA batteries each.)

Let the bonanza begin
Let the bonanza begin

I was amazed at the amount of bubbles these created. They were everywhere and it was fantastic. The bubble solution is scented which was an added bonus.

So many bubbles, so much fun!
So many bubbles, so much fun!

The amount of bubbles created was crazy, I can’t get over it.

Bubble Blitz bubble toys can be found at Target, Walmart and other retailers. In March you can also get 25% off all bubble products at with the promo code CELEBLITZ.

My kids have had several bubble toys over the years, but this takes the cake.

Disclosure: I was given the products to review, but the opinions expressed are completely my own.

Minecraft Explosion

It started as a normal situation, Teddy and Stella got into a fight. Nothing new, it happens seven to eight times a day (with three kids, there’s always an argument over something).

This one was over one of Teddy’s light sabers. He came downstairs all in a lather saying Stella broke one of his light sabers. He said she grabbed it and broke it. It was in two pieces, but it was able to be slid back into place. He was all worked up because it “wasn’t the same anymore”.

Stella is known for grabbing things, so I was pretty miffed about this whole incident. I called her into the room and was ready to tear into her. Then she fills in the rest of the story…

Teddy held out the light saber for her to hold on to as he tried to lift her. Poor judgment on both of them.

I confronted Teddy with my new found information, which he had no choice but to admit his part in the terrible decision. I told him it was just as much his fault as it was Stella’s.

He wasn’t happy.

A few minutes later, Stella came running done stairs in tears.

“Teddy blew up my world!”

She has an array of Mi World shops in her room and I thought that was what she was talking about.

I couldn’t have been more wrong! (It took me a few minutes to figure out what happened.)

All three of the kids have there Minecraft world linked up on their tablets. Well, Teddy went into Stella’s world and set off a whole lot of TNT and blew up a bunch of her stuff.

Working together, a rare sight!
Working together, a rare sight!

Man was she upset. She was crying about not being able to get her animals back in their pen.

This is where my parenting skills are lacking because I started laughing and couldn’t keep a straight face (I tried SO hard). So I told her we need to go take this problem to Daddy.

This conversation went on for twenty minutes about how what happened with Stella and the light saber was an accident, but what Teddy did was on purpose and that was a big difference.

It was just another weekend in the Kraus House.

Stella’s Leprechaun Trap

I keep a list of ideas for You Tube on a white board near my desk. A few weeks ago I wrote a bunch of St. Patrick’s Day and Easter ideas on it. Included on the list was a Leprechaun trap.

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Stella’s trap made of pure imagination and determination

Stella read it, asked what it was, and flipped out. She was spewing out ideas like an erupting volcano. She couldn’t wait to build a trap. This was right up her alley. Especially once she found out once you catch a Leprechaun he has to give you his gold. Besides building, she is also a big fan of money.

If there is something to be created or built, Stella is your girl.

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Putting on the finishing touches

Last weekend I took a nap. When I woke up, she had come up with a plan, gathered her materials and built her trap. She planned out how to lure him and how to trap him.

She even found out that a Leprechaun is about the same weight as an apple. So, when she made her stairs she made sure they could hold his weight by field testing them…she put an apple on the stairs to see if the would hold up. They did.

Now all she has to do is wait for St. Patrick’s Day and see if her trap worked. I did make sure to tell her that they are very tricky and hard to catch.

Here’s Stella presenting her trap to the world…look out Leprechauns!

Good luck Stella-Blue!

I Wear Pajamas to School Drop Off

I admit it, I occasionally wear my pajamas when I drop my kids off at school. I usually change into yoga pants before I enter the great big world and on special days I actually get really dressed and put on make up before drop off (but that’s as elusive as a leprechaun).

I must admit, my attire completely depends on the demeanor of my sweet, darling children. If they are cooperative, than I can change. But that, once again, can be like that leprechaun. It can also depend on how I feel.

Today I had an incredible headache and every time I moved I could feel my heartbeat pound in my head like it was going to explode. Today my kids were lucky they even got to school. I would have brought them in my underwear if I wasn’t already wearing pants, it hurt to bend over.

Wearing pajamas to school drop off
This is what I wore today, pudding stain and all (I did have a coat zipped).

There was recently an article floating around that was going to ban parents from wear pajamas at drop off, who cares? Getting three kids out of the house can be a challenge, no matter how organized you are.

The days I do wear my pajamas, I don’t get out of the car. Since there’s usually an issue with one or more of my kids (a fight) they’re lucky I actually come to a complete stop (just kidding!).

I am the treasurer of the school’s PTO so I have to frequently enter the building in the morning to drop things off and to check the mail. On these days, I make sure I am wearing yoga pants or jeans, but if I am wearing a coat I can’t guarantee a bra. I have also forgotten to put on real shoes, but my slippers do look like moccasins.

Pajamas to school
I made two stops before I realized I had my slippers on that day.

I must say, I do feel you should have changed out of your pajamas by the time you need to pick up your kids in the afternoon (I know Maizie would be mortified if I did that).

Have you ever worn pajamas to drop off your kids?

Life in the Lipstick Jungle

Life is hard. What can make it better? Lipstick!

It does if you’re Maizie.

The first thing she does when she gets up is puts on a thick coat of lipstick. Before she even leaves her room, she’s gussied herself up for the breakfast table.

I must say, I have visions of her rolling over, grabbing a hand mirror and slathering the bright colors on before her feet even hit the floor, but I know this is not true (the mirror is in pieces).

I can’t pinpoint when the obsession with lipstick started, but if you ever get a peek in her purse it’s full of lipsticks, glosses and lipliners.

One might think, who cares? Well the caveat is…she’s only ten years old and in fourth grade.

She LOVES make-up! That’s what she wanted for Christmas and her brother and sister obliged.

She goes to school with her lipstick on. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t leave the house without her lipstick.

On occasion she will try to go to school with eyeshadow and blush, but that gets washed off before we leave the house. Her big question is…When can she wear mascara? I told her not until she can drive.

I see the looks other parents give us when she’s sporting her Kelly Osbourne look, but you know what, if it makes her happen and gives her some confidence, I’m fine with it.

She has a serious anxiety disorder and if lipstick helps her cope, so be it. No one at school has said anything to her, so as long as her trademark colored lips are accepted, she’ll keep wearing it.

Watch as her rule for playing in the snow is that Teddy COULD NOT mess up her lipstick!

Twenty Question for Maizie on Her Birthday

Today Maizie turns 10, double digits~ I can’t believe it.

Maizie is a beautiful girl with the most infectious laugh who loves her video games.

Maizie with her cake and chocolate milk breakfast
Maizie with her cake and chocolate milk breakfast

She knows what she wants and when she wants it, and don’t try to tell he otherwise.

Each year I ask the kids 20 questions on their birthday. Here we go…
How old are you? 10
What did you get for your birthday? Disney Infinity

Someone's happy about her gift
Someone’s happy about her gift

What is your favorite color? Yellow and Pink
What is your favorite TV show? Teen Titans Go
What is your favorite toy? My tablet
What do you want to be when you grow up? Veterinarian
What are you good at? Track
What is your favorite food?   Ice Cream Cake
What food do you hate? Bananas
What is your favorite outfit? Dresses and leggings, NOT JEANS
What is your favorite song? What Does the Fox Say?
What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Mint Chocolate Chip and Strawberry
Who is the best in your family? All of us

Playing with Teddy after school...he couldn't wait!
Playing with Teddy after school…he couldn’t wait!

What is your pet’s name? Bama (Alabama Worley the dog) and Amazing (the fish we weren’t supposed to get)
What makes you happy? Opening presents
What makes you mad? When people get sick
What is your favorite thing to do at school? Math
Who is your teacher? Mrs. Schwartz
Where do you want to go on vacation? On a cruise ship
What was best memory about being 9? Going on vacation to New Hampshire

Happy, happy girl
Happy, happy girl

Every school year the kids get to take two personal days. They usually take one as their birthday and so far they want to go to Dave and Buster’s. Maizie was so happy to go today!

She even got more cake
She even got more cake

Happy Birthday Maizie!

The Christmas Countdown

Wow, all of a sudden it’s December and the countdown is on, I’m somewhat ready.

I’ve wanted to make an advent calendar for the kids the past couple of years, but next thing I know it’s November 30th and I’m out of time. Now I do get my kids the “24 Chocolate Days” as Stella calls it, the advent calendars where you open it each day and eat a piece of chocolate. But, I wanted something bigger and better.

Stella and her 24 Chocolate Days
Stella and her 24 Chocolate Days

This year I started my efforts three weeks ago. I knew what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t find what I needed to make the advent calendar I pictured in my head. (I get real fancy in there.)

I did find a great alternative, and guess what? I didn’t cost me the $42 it would have for my “vision” advent calendar. I found it at the Dollar Spot at Target. It was actually $3, but that’s still $39 less than I would have spent if I went with my original plan.

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My Target Dollar Spot find, perfect advent calendar

Now to come up with twenty four things to do with my kids. Let’s face it, I’m pretty lazy. Doing things once or twice a week is no problem, but keeping up with something everyday is going to be a challenge, but it is the holiday season.

Here’s what I came up with, many of these things we do every year and some of these things are new.

  1. Decorate the house
  2. Make a wreath
  3. Decorate Gee’s tree (my mom)
  4. Go to a tree lighting
  5. Cut down our tree
  6. Do the Jingle Run (this is mine)
  7. Celebrate Maizie’s Birthday
  8. Deliver our Elf gifts
  9. Pancakes and cocoa for dinner
  10. Write out cards
  11. Look at light displays
  12. Go to Winter Wonderland
  13. Kids shop for each other
  14. Make a gingerbread house
  15. Visit Santa
  16. Go to La Salette Shrine
  17. Make giant snowflakes
  18. Make Christmas trees
  19. Make Christmas cakes
  20. Movie day
  21. Make cookies and fudge
  22. Put out all the presents
  23. Make reindeer food
  24. Go to Auntie Sally’s House

Some of these things are subject to change. Teddy is having his surgery on the ninth and that may throw some things off, depending how well he can see. Not to mention this is the time of the year that the yak attacks seem to hit us.

I’m thinking positive and hoping we can get it all done.

Hope you all enjoy this holiday season! What have you got planned?

Cataracts…Teddy’s Blind Again

In July we found out that Teddy was pretty much blind in his right eye because of cataracts. He had it fixed right before Halloween and for a few short weeks he could see again.

When he went to the doctor to get checked after the surgery, he checked both eyes and everything was fine. He did have a cataract in the other eye, but it hadn’t changed in months.

Ted told the surgeon he wanted it fixed right away considering how fast the other eye deteriorated. The surgeon completely agreed. He said it would have to be corrected eventually and since it wasn’t cosmetic, there’s no issue getting it done before it became a problem.

That appointment was on November 2nd. The only thing was, the ophthalmologist had to approve the surgery, just a formality. Teddy’s doctor was on fully booked and then on vacation, no big deal.

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Teddy could see on his birthday

The office called to make an appointment for the day after the doctor returned, November 19th. Good because we knew the surgeon was already booked at the hospital and could get us in soon.

The night I made the appointment, Teddy told me he thought his eye (the other one) was getting bad because he was having trouble seeing. He could hardly read (he can’t see close up with the new lens) and I already knew his nearsightedness was becoming an issue. (I took him in September because he was having trouble, but it wasn’t the cataract.)

I told him he was going to the eye doctor and then we could schedule the next surgery. Then he would be able to see. Little did I know what we were going to find out.

The cataract in the other eye had pretty much quintupled, the new eye couldn’t see as far as they hoped and he basically has no sight in the other eye.

He can see people and objects far away, but he can’t read the board and he can’t read his work. When is he going to catch a break?

Luckily he will only have to wait a couple of weeks for the next surgery. He is scheduled for December 9th. He will finally have sight in both eyes.

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This time he’s not nervous, he’s excited to see

When it’s done, he will have to wear glasses. The doctor did tell us that he may never have to change his prescription because his eyes will be surgically corrected.

For now we do all we can at school so he can manage for the next couple of weeks.

I’ll keep you updated!