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i’m moving out !!!! I love my mannersandmars blog but i have grown into this person that isn’t so much…. looking forward to my getting comfortable in my new home, and i hope you will join me there…. I’m still adding and changing so i hope we can connect there just as we have here !! 

Love and Peace 

❤ Amanda 


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Present Day Adventures = {PDA}

This week has gone extremely fast. My husband and I actually had a little disagreement about how many days there are until my birthday. I was thinking I had more time, so sadly, he won. Doesn’t yesterday feel like Friday ?? Just me. Okay…

Maybe it was because Steven stayed home from work Sunday. He desired some extra Emmett time.

I had some work to do in the basement and this is what I came up to. I couldn’t resist the photo.

I knew with the upcoming weather change if we wanted any safe outside time that Monday was the best day. Emmett enjoyed sledding in 30 degree weather and I enjoyed the workout of pulling him up and down the hill.

Since the cold, as promised, showed up we baked on Tuesday. Emmett was pretty good at helping with the ingredients. Recipe to be shared later this week. {My moms ‘ol with a spice of my own touch} 🙂

As a SAHM (and everyone out there knows this) sometimes it’s easy to let ourselves go. By this I mean: getting dressed means putting a bra on and new comfy pants and pulling your hair up on top of your head in a gum band. It’s not that hard to fall into this rut.

Lately I’ve been thinking I wouldn’t be attracted to myself if I were my husband…So (I know it’s not much), I decided to put a little effort and spin on my look for when the hubby’s coming home from work.

Yes it’s a simple pony-twitted to the side with a clip. But it has inspired a somewhat nicer {simple} up do look for in public. {this picture has no justice either}

Easiest frozen treat ever. Apply whipped cream to half of a gram cracker place the other half on top and place in a sealed container in the freezer. Quick, yummy & (if you use the right ingredients) healthy. My boys love them.

Finally today we went on a family date, out to lunch and grocery shopping. Steven and I voted (he won) we weren’t on a time schedule to get out the door. So before leaving I was able to cut both of their hair, and straighten mine. It takes awhile. But I’m pleased to see how well the cut (by yours truly) still looks and it might actually be growing this month.

Only 9 more months until my sisters wedding… In which my hair must be long to be beautifully done up.

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time.



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I wanted to take a moment and say thank you and welcome, to those who have taken a minute (or two) and followed and liked my blog or blog posts. It means more to me than I could say in type. This blog has got me through a lot of times, and I’m hoping to make it even bigger and better for you.

What would you like to see in the future? What don’t you want to see? 

I’ve added some more menus and links on the right feel free to check them out.

Praying you have a blessed week.

Looking forward to your feedback !! 


Psalms 4: 6-7 
 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.

Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.


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Reasons I <3 Being a SAHM

March 1st 2011, I held our first positive pregnancy test. I remember laying in bed that morning just knowing that I was in fact expecting. I had been charting my temp’s for several weeks and I had stayed high for several days, I just had that “I’m pregnant” feeling. Sure enough I was…. running through the house screaming was what woke my hubby….

…then we went on our marry way, it was Tuesday, so I went to my TOPS meeting. Sitting right beside my Aunt Dee was the hardest thing I had to do that day. I felt like I could burst with excitement, but I did well keeping it cool.

Did you catch my posts from Monday and Tuesday to see how we got to this point ?

(Two years later,) I think being a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) is the absolute best job anyone could have.


Staying home with Emmett means my #1 concern is him and his happiness and my second is keeping our house running. Often times I end up busier than people that have full time jobs.

I would like to give you MY top 3 reasons I love being a SAHM. (By the way), I didn’t know what a SAHM was until I was pregnant and was researching and reading forms, blogs and medical articals on sites like this and this. So don’t feel bad…

Everyday is a new adventure

As a SAHM, you really don’t know what your going to wake up to. First off how you feel doesn’t matter so much as does how your child feels. If Emmett wakes up laughing and playing I know today’s going to be a great day (within like 5 minutes). If he wakes up whinnying and cranking around, there may or may not be a more challenging day ahead. No matter what my day has in store for me, I know that it will be an adventure simply because this world we live in is a child’s playground. How can you not love watching your child learn, play and grow.

Nothing else matters

Unlike my husband, I don’t have to listen to my boss’s (blah blah blah) orders and fulfill his every need. If it’s a cuddle that Emmett wants it a cuddle he shall get. Please don’t think I just sit on the couch all day and cuddle with my child, though that would be nice. What I’m trying to say is, no matter what you do all day long as a SAHM if you loved, and cared for your child you’ve done the most important thing you could of done with your day. End of story, no flack from the boss, just whatever matters that day.

Everything is fixed with love

I’m the sole care provider for my little one and I know that in fact he is held when he wants to be and love all day long…. There’s nothing like mother’s love that makes anything & everything better.

This afternoon at lunch, Emmett bit his tongue. You know the feeling the pain, there’s nothing you can do about it and you just want it so stop ASAP… Crying he got down off his chair and wanted me to pick him up. I did hugged and kissed him, told him that he was going to be just fine and he stopped crying, went back to his chair and finished eating. He was all better just knowing that I loved him and was there for him. Just one of the many joys that inspired this post. 🙂

No matter what anyone says: being a SAHM, isn’t the easiest (or most talked about) job in the world but it is the most REWARDING.


Thanks for stopping by today, until next time.




half+way update

I can’t believe how fast January is going, not really I take it back…. Once you have a child, ALL months go SO fast. I wish there were a time machine to stop time for just a while; to simply enjoy everything for what it is, without the pressures of everyday life. Since that doesn’t exist I took today to assess my progress {so far}.

In December I took a minute to look ahead a whole year. Eighteen days later, that seems way too overwhelming to think about. Lets just focus on this month. My birthday month, are you following my 28 days to 28 years stories {ending up being just a blog everyday, so you can get to know my manners and mar-isms}.

January Goals:

Organize Kitchen {user friendly}
Order Emmett Dresser
Buy a new mattress
Book a winter craft show
Try a new recipe {Made surf n’ turf & Better Than Fries for the family last week}
Organize Bedroom {make more relaxing}
Organize Emmett’s room {When dresser arrives}
Place Potty Chair in bathroom {scary}
Take time to read more {Before Birthday, and keep habit}
Craft at least 4 more items for craft show
Create Baked Goods list for vendor shows
Shop for under-bed storage/headboard for our bed

+ All this before the end of the month !! I don’t know about you but I’m excited for February, all the pinks, reds (Emmett’s favorite color), and love in the air !

set goals

What are you goals before February arrives ??



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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

I miss waking up to this little thumb sucker !!!



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28 Days to 28 Years (Day 14)

This has been my last 24 hours.

    F. E. V. E. R
    Right (now)

Praising God Emmett is well 🙂

Tomorrows post will be more exciting 😉



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Homemade Baby Wipes

If you’ve known my son for more than five minutes you know he is half ginger. (My sister actually called him ginger for a few months). I’ve never met anyone with such sensitive skin. Day one home from the hospital we had every cream known to man in his changing station, nothing really (ever) worked.

My good friend and neighbor growing up suggested to make our own wipes to help with our problem. Knowing what we know now we should of just kept doing that indefinitely.

I do believe our little guy is allergic to methylisothiazolinone (MI), a chemical found in commercially manufactured diaper wipes. After doing a little of my own research, I was actually quite concerned with many products I purchase for our family. Click here to read the original study that prompted my digging. One article said methylisothiazolinone is used to desensitized skin, REALLY ?

    Homemade wipes are so easy to make and gentle on the skin.



1/8-1/4 cup baby oil
1/8-1/4 cup baby shampoo
2 cups warms water
1 soft (I use Viva) roll of paper towel
1 container at least half the size of the roll with a lid that fastens tightly

Using a sharp knife, cut the paper towel roll in half and remove the center.
Add liquid to container and place half roll in. Secure lid and flip upside-down for at least 15 minutes.

A once screaming, rolling all around two year old was breathing with the sound of relief upon a bottom cleaning.
I guarantee you and your baby will be happier, healthier and just a little richer.
Not only are paper towels better and softer they are less expensive than regular wipes.




how we got here (part 2)

November 19, 2005 we said “I do,” took a few days off work, had a good time and changed my name. Steven ended up quitting his job to finish out training for the Navy. He went to the gym twice a day and ate only salads, with only 5 lbs, to go he should of been fine, but it was a struggle. I guess he took this as a sign because he told me we has going to the gym and when he came home he said, “I’m not going to the Navy.”

The next day he applied at the company that he currently resides and most days is happy with his choice.

In 2009 my husband and I decided it would be best if I started working/staying at home. We came to that conclusion with many factors but the most important one, we needed to save our family, which was essentially our marriage. November 19, 2008 was our 3 year anniversary; and we really didn’t know or see each other what so ever. I believe we saw each other for a handful of hours over the span of 3 days, the WHOLE month of November.

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Needless to say neither of us were very happy. So I took a leave from work to see how it would go, and we ended up happy with what life was going to look like. January 2009, I met with my boss and explained I wouldn’t be returning from my leave. Though it was sad and I still miss my clients and friends from work, I wouldn’t change it for the world.



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how we got here

May 18, 2001 my husband (Steven) 1st boyfriend, and I went on our first date. It was a pretty simple being that times were simple then. We went to Ponderosa, I didn’t eat but one plate, because I was nervous as all get out. {Ponderosa is my husbands ‘go-to’ restaurant in present day.}

We broke-up a year later.

June 2004, I graduated high school, and started Cosmetology school 11 days later. Cosmetology school went really fast, I worked two jobs and came home as much as I could. Especially when I needed to do laundry, the ‘laundry mat’ wasn’t my favorite place in the city. Steven and I continued to talk as much as we could, I knew he still liked me but wasn’t really sold I wanted to be with anyone at the time.

June 2005, I graduated Cosmetology school and moved back in to my parents house. Knowing it would be temporary I hurried up and landed a job in my field and a second part-time job working at a local convenience store, {Sheetz}. I worked everyday most weeks. But found myself hanging out with friends in my spare time, and Steven ended up being one of those friends.

He was enlisted to leave for the Navy Basic Training the next spring. We both wanted some freedom, and lets face it living with your parent’s and kid sibling isn’t the best deal when your an adult on your own schedule. July 19, 2005 we moved in to an apartment in a small town about 40 minutes from home. {Keep in mind we did this as friends.} Knowing that he as going to the Navy in months I knew that I needed to figure out how to pay for the apartment and be a big girl on my own, that’s what we did.

However, that’s not what ended up happening. Before Steven left for the Navy he asked me to marry him, yes marry, I was rolling around the idea that I may like/love him and was in some strange form of denial. And he asked me to marry him… I said Yes ! We told my parents right away, my dad wanted to know how many people we were going to invite to the wedding right away. LOL. When we told Steven’s parents, his Dad wanted to know if I was going to color my hair before the wedding. (It was a chilly red, yes that’s what I color tube at the salon I worked at said). I said that I was in fact planning on getting married with somewhat more of a natural looking color.

We sold Steven’s truck and planned a wedding in 6 short weeks. This included my mom making ALL the dresses. She’s good !




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