From the heart today.

I was going to push myself to write out the cornbread recipe to go with the chili from last week, 100° fever and all.  And then I thought, why do I put so much pressure on myself to do these posts?  I know you guys like them, & may even love them, but is torturing myself in the process very healthy at all?  Probably not.

I have a very strong work ethic, always have, always will.  I have NEVER burned any of my bridges, and can without a doubt tell you that I could go back to any of my previous jobs if I wanted to because I didn’t burn any bridges.  My father instilled very early on in me my work ethic and taught me never to abuse “calling out” sick.  Only call out sick if you are truly sick.  Sometimes this had the opposite effect in terms of guilt.  Even if I was sick, I always felt the need to justify it, and half the time I would still go to work anyway because I felt I was letting everyone down.  I even felt guilty during my 1st maternity leave.  I mean seriously, I was having a BABY, but still felt guilty for not going to work!

But that was the old Melissa.

This new Melissa has let a lot go, for the better.  I don’t know if it’s post-kids, and life is more unpredictable than ever, or because I’m older & possibly wiser ;)

Well, I’ve decided to take a sick day today (well, kinda, does mom ever really get a sick day? HA!), and to not write a cornbread post today, because honestly, this flu is KICKIN’ my butt :)

So, Shel Silverstein, I am honoring your birthday today by listening to my voice :) Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!


weekly wrap

If you missed anything from last week, here’s a wrap up of all the fun that was had last week at mama♥miss!

Tuesday, I shared with you something yummy for these new cooler nights.

My Favorite Chili Recipe

Thursday, there was the first of many children’s book/craft combos.

Paper Plate Cherry Pie

and Friday, it was a fall printable to update your wall with some fall.

Subway Art Sign Fall Print

subway art sign: fall print

It’s time to update my wall art (& yours)!

So, what does that mean for you?

Well, I designed a lovely new subway art inspired sign for you to add to your wall (this time I did it before the actual first day of fall, which is tomorrow, September 22nd) – HA!

YAY me!  I think this is the first time EVER I am ahead of schedule!  It may be small potatoes, but man, it feels good :)

So, without further ado, here’s the pretty little sign I whipped up – ENJOY!

FREE printable fall subway art sign (sized 8×10 with the border).

(click on the button for a printable PDF file):

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Kid Crafts: Paper Plate Cherry Pie

As part of the Virtual Book Club this month, we read “Pie in the Sky” by Lois Ehlert.

This book is one of V’s favorites.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, it means I read it over, and over, and over, and OVER, and over, and over some more!

We also sang the song “Sing a Song of Sixpence” (this book cover always reminds me of that song, so I thought, why not?)

He are the words if you’d like to sing along with us:

“Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye.

Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;

Wasn’t that a dainty dish, To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house, Counting out his money;

The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes;

When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose”.

And then after singing, we made this great craft with easy household supplies.

This activity also works with fine motor skills (the weaving & the stamping).


  • #2 pencil
  • red paint
  • brown construction paper, cut in 3 – 4, 1/2 inch strips
  • paper plate
  • scissors


  • Cut the paper plate across, from top to bottom, then from side to side, dividing the paper plate into four equal parts.  In pie terms: start with the whole pie & cut it into four pieces ;)
  • Cut four vertical slits in each individual piece of pie.  The slits will sit in the middle of each piece, not connecting to either the top or the bottom.
  • Have your child weave the strips through the slits up & down, alternating the pattern for each strip.  The basket weave technique replicates the lattice on pies.
  • Next, dip the eraser end of the pencil in red paint.
  • Have your child dab the eraser end with paint onto the pie slices creating the cherries.

And there you have it, a cherry pie fit for a queen (or king)!

Real Life Wednesday

Hair by Daddy.

Did you know the hubs is a software engineer by day & hairstylist by night?

This is what happens when daddy & V are left alone for an extended amount of time.

I think the conversation went something like this.

V: “daddy more clips”…“daddy this one, too”

Hubs: “run downstairs & show mommy”


Nothing is more special than the daddy daughter bond…I speak as a self-proclaimed daddy’s girl myself :)

Yes indeed, I do believe she may have him wrapped around her little finger already.

I think he did a pretty good job.  It’s quite colorful, don’t ya think?

What kind of special daddy-kiddo moments have you witnessed?

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