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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Durability

With summer coming up, I'm getting just a *tiny* bit excited to be outside again and got all excited when I saw this.


Okay, yes I see how handy you would be as drink holders.  But let me run down a list of questions I have.

A. Can I attach you to a lounge chair?  Hello layout season... I won't be basking on a picnic table.

B. Can you handle the weight of a child sitting or standing on you?

C. Will the clips stand the test of time and last me longer than a week?

D. Can you zap anyone who tries to take a drink except me?


E. Can you attach to my purse somehow so I could take mochas with me wherever I wanted... even if I don't have a free hand?

F. Could you possibly lower your price to $3.95 for the set of 4?  I'm dutch.  Paying $4.95 just doesn't seem worth it to me.  I would much prefer under a dollar for each one.

That's it for now, but I will have more questions for you later!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What are they LOOKING at?

So again just browsing and wasting time while I should be packing up MY. ENTIRE. HOUSE.  I discover a garden section in an online magazine and see this.  First off, kinda creepy, especially if they're pointed toward your house.


THEN I see what they're looking at.

Lovely.

Kids these days....

Monday, March 28, 2011

My purse weighs more than my kids

So I was perusing my daily deal websites, and found this -- buy 2 for $7.00 with free shipping.  Suh-weet!


I love this idea.  If you have ever looked up a study at what carries the most bacteria, the bottom of a woman's purse is usually in the top 2.  So this makes sense.

My one question would be: Is there a weight limit associated with how much these can hold?

Let me just say that my purse is slightly larger than most women's.  It's a tad larger than a diaper bag.  And when people stop me when I'm out with my kids and tell me I'm so smart because I have combined my purse AND diaper bag, I smile and nod, and then walk away wishing there was yet a bigger purse out there so I could actually do that.

I carry everything in there from essentials (cell phone, lip gloss, coupons, and food), to less essential but still necessary (money, wallet, etc.).   I even haul gifts, books, mail, kleenex (only the travel pack size, c'mon), or jewelry.  And don't judge, but there has been the rare, sleep-deprived occasion when I've picked up my purse thinking it was my child because of the weight, and vice versa (it just doesn't work as well to sling your child over your shoulder and walk into a store... people give you weird looks).

You know you're a Mom when you only have to carry your purse for 10 minutes and you already have indents on your shoulder.  Sometimes I have to do a double take in the mirror because I think I'm starting to look a little uneven.  (Note to self: Switch purse to other shoulder next time... spice it up a bit.)

I think the worst indication my purse is a tad large is that it triggers the weight limit on our front seat and the seatbelt sign starts flashing.  Hmmmm.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Goal: $40 for a brand new blingin' outfit, can it be done?

If you think you know me, you won't truly understand me until you realize what a thrill it is for me when I save money.  Or when I get a spectacular deal.  So can we make our goal today, and still be a fashionista?  Can we please not spend $5,000.00 on a new wardrobe (even though I would love it if someone would submit an entry for me at What Not to Wear) and still look cute while appropriately flattering our body types?

Alright, so we'll first start off with the basics... gotta have some jeans.  We'll start with the $7.00 jeans from Target (click here to find out how to get them for that price); either the skinny jeans, or the boot cut... personally I would advise most women toward the boot cut as it is typically more flattering, but you can choose depending on the type of shoe you wear what works best.


Then we'll move on toward something all women should wear: a top of some sort.  This one is currently $2.99 at Wet Seal.




And because I live in a city that rarely stops raining, let's get some sort of warmer attire thrown in here.  We'll throw in a splash of feminine flair and sheen for a splurge item of $15.99.  You know you're cheap when a splurge item costs $15.99.  Yeah, I know.  So far we are at $25.98... and we still have to accessorize... stay with me, we can do this.
Okay, let's get those feet-a-walkin... in these a-DOR-able pumps for a mere $10.49.  Hello?!  Can't go wrong there.

And of course I didn't forget jewelry.  So here's a little bling bling for ya.

This statement ring rings up for only $2.99.
Or for $1.00 more you could always get this one, or BOTH!  (For our sake, we'll only count the first one in the mix, just because I like it more.)
And because these bad boys are sold out...


because they were ONLY FIFTY CENTS(!!!!!!), I am choosing these replacements... still cute at $5.99, plus they tie in the jacket well enough to bring this outfit from a daytime look to a "Hey Hon, let's get us a sitter and go out to dinner tonight."


So now we're at a total of $45.45.  Hold the phone, here.  If I recall, our goal was $40.00.  I am just that determined, so stay with me.  If you all haven't experienced the wonder that is Ebates, let me personally invite you.  You get paid to shop, now THAT is shopping therapy!  For even signing up, you will get $5.00 added to your account (plus I will for referring you, and you'll in turn get $5.00 for every friend you refer).  THEN, if it couldn't get any better than a FREE $5.00, you get a percent  back at stores you would normally shop at anyway.  So, Target and Wet Seal are at 3%, while Sears is at 2% which would lower our total (including your FREE $5.00) to $39.23.  Sha-blam baby!  Welcome to my world of clearance shopping.

Anything you would add or take away from this outfit?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just a phone call away...

Photo Credit: SurfDoggy

Sometimes a phone call is exactly what you need in the morning... you know, to FIND your phone.  Yeah, and to read up on the 3 missed texts this morning.

Good times.

I find that I miss calls often, so to every one of you who has tried in vain to get ahold of me, keep in mind I don't exactly always know where my phone is.  Especially with boxes everywhere filled with "stuff" to move.

No big surprise that I lost my phone a couple days ago.  So I asked my kids to go find Mommy's phone.  Not a minute later they come toting it along and yelling "Mommy's phone! Mommy's phone!"

Lovely.

Who have they called, who have they texted, what have they bought, what did they download, and how large will my phone bill be??

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's a giveaway!!

Okay, so really it's more like a "Can anyone actually use this and if so, you can have it!"  Hoorah!

I delved deep into organizing/cleaning mode today to conquer the ever problematic tupperware drawer.  Yikes.  Turns out I have about 7 "bowls" and about 14 lids that just don't match.  But there was one that I saw promise in.

Everyone knows about tupperware products, right?  Well, for those that don't, I'm nearly 100% certain that they come with a lifetime guarantee.  Let's say it gets dragged through the mud outside by a toddler, and you run it through your dishwasher and it happens to get mangled, you can contact a distributor to get a new lid.  Or something along those lines.  And no, this didn't happen to this lid, just can't match it to a partner in crime.  I'm not trying to sell you anything, don't worry.  BUT, I did find a lid that I have no clue what it belongs to, but thought maybe someone out there in blog land might have it's mate.  Slim chance I know, but after a week straight of blogging, my brain couldn't come up with anything else to blog about, so there you have it?!

Here's a pic of the lid.; it's a rounded 7x7", item #839-17.



And to all you perpetual recyclers, you'll be proud to know the extra, lonely, cheap uncommitted comrades are all in my recycle bin.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Endless Organizing



There are times as a mother when you feel overworked.  One of those times for me would be when I have just reorganized every single clothing item in their room and they decide they don't like the look of their carpet so they feel the need to cover it with ALL of their clothes.

When I talk organizing, I don't just mean putting things away haphazardly and shoving things in drawers.  I have their drawers organized by item (shirts, pants, shorts, pjs, etc), but then I take it a step further.  Bordering on OCD, I then organize by color, and then I separate out short-sleeved onesies from long-sleeved onesies, fleece zip up pjs from 2 piece pjs, and the list goes on.

Believe it or not, their closet is worse.  Any top that isn't a onesie gets hung up.  Everything is organized first by tank tops, then short-sleeved shirts, then long-sleeved shirts, then hoodies, and finally coats.  Then among those sections feel free to insert places for long and short sleeved button downs, because they belong in categories of their own, separate but still connected to their less formal sleeve-length buddies.  Oh, and don't forget this is ALL organized by color.  They even have their own color for hangers (as do Dust and I actually).

NOW, before you think I've completely lost it.  Come over to my house sometime and see for yourself if it ever actually looks like that for more than 1 day. :(  Sadly, it does not.  This is also why I flip a lugnut every time my poor husband tries to put things away.

You may think I'm crazy but it's my method of madness that keeps me down to a 1 hour get-out-the-door timeframe.  And that's on a good day.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Grace




Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Alarms and wipes

Give me 1 minute and I'll fully explain the connection.

As I was sitting down to my breakfast (at 11 am... I was HUNGRY), the alarm on my phone went off.  As confused as I was, I checked it just to make sure it wasn't anything important.  Oh my goodness, doctor appointment in 45 minutes.  YIKES!  I literally inhaled my breakfast, poured coffee into a travel mug, set my keys, purse, coffee, etc. out by the door, picked out the kids' clothes (which happened to be setting out from the laundry I have yet to put away), and barrel into their room in hopes of easily dressing them and zipping out the door.

But Queso had mightily different plans.  As this Mama ONCE AGAIN forgot to tape her son's pants on, he was sleeping buck naked with random splotches of goodness smeared everywhere.  Lovely.  TMI for some of you, but just wait til you're a parent, your therapy will involve sharing the information too. Just wait.


So being that I had no extra time for baths, I'll just say that we nearly blew through our stash of wipes in getting him clean.  I almost sprayed cologne on him, but he didn't really smell... unless I was just too accustomed to it by that point.  I got him dressed, had him sit on Grapenut's crib, and got her dressed and ready to go.  Came back in the room, decided I didn't like Queso's shirt, switched it, got their hair done, shoes on, and out the door.  Phew.

I walked into the waiting room to hear the receptionist say, "Oh, you're all matching in your green, good for you!"  Being that it was St. Patrick's Day and I had NO CLUE, I was just as impressed as she was.  We were all in the same tones of green even, we just won't say what I was actually wearing, because it didn't even cross my mind to look before we left.

And, if that wasn't impressive enough, I was a whopping 5 minutes early, holla!  It is odd when the expression "I'm early, is that okay?" erupts from my mouth; even more odd when I have a goofy smile attached to it as I'm chuckling to myself.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bunco Temp

Let me first say that anyone who needs a sub for bunco, I'm game!

I had such a fun night yesterday.  My friend Alisa invited me to fill in for her Mom's bunco group yesterday.  So I dutifully checked first with Dust, got a hold of him 3 hours later, and happily replied I could!

I had played a LONG time ago, so the rules weren't exactly fresh in my mind, but since I know how to recognize numbers on a dice, I was good to go!  It was fun to meet new people.  I ended up meeting an awesome woman of God who has adopted 5 kids through the foster system, after having 3 naturally.  WOW!  Of course there were tears involved in that conversation!  But just how neat it is to run into people who have such a similar heart for adoption.  As Dust and I are open to wherever God calls us to adopt from next, it was great to talk with her about her experiences.

I won 2 categories (woot woot) but only spoke up about winning one.  But I left feeling rejuvenated.  It was great to meet new people, but even greater to see a person sitting across the table who I hope to be like someday... a woman dedicated to God, where He calls, and a Mom to many!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Coupon failure

Have you ever ran out of milk, coffee, AND creamer at the same time?  It not, then you don't know how desperate I was to get to the store sans kids.

So I grab my coupons, make my list, and zip off to the grocery store in desperation as I try to be home by 8:30 am so my husband can leave for work.  I get there and drive my cart right past the coupon stand, glancing in to make sure I have the correct week.  Yup, they must've just made two different covers this week.  No time to stop, gotta keep going.

Grab my items, find my chocolate that's on sale, and off I go to checkout.  Phew.  I'm going to make it.

"Ummm, this coupon isn't ringing up."  After a bit of looking and haggling (and a line starting to form behind me) the cashier asks "Is that the right week?"

"Oh yup, I checked it before I left.  See, March 6-12.  (Insert semi-long pause.)  Ohhhhhhhhh. Whoops.  My bad. I'm SO sorry."

"Do you still want these items?"

"I'm so sorry, but no.  WAIT, leave that chocolate in there though. Thanks!"  So off I went with my head hung low realizing I really need to get a grip on calendar dates even though it has already been burned into my head what week we're in with all of the deadlines I had for the 15th.  But at least I have milk for my kids, coffee and creamer for me, and most important, chocolate for breakfast.

Oh, and no, Fred Meyer does NOT make 2 covers for their weekly coupons... shoulda been my first clue.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

McDonald's Disappointment

Well, I thoroughly disappointed my kids today.  I got them dressed for the morning, had them pick out which boots they wanted to wear, and this Mama got ready before 11 (am or pm--it's still impressive folks).  And we hustled out the door for a "drive".

When we pulled into the McDonald's parking lot I heard squeals of laughter and "Gramma", "Nana", and "Jude and Emmy" floated up to me in the front of the car.  When I pulled into the drive-thru, it kinda confused them.  So I told them this trip was for Mama today.

When you run out of creamer AND COFFEE at home it's time to make a coffee run.  And since i had gift cards to McD's, that's where I was going to get my morning jolt.  When I ordered more than one, I think it just confused the kids more.  Then I heard "Nummys" from the back and had to remind them, "Nope, this trip was for Mama."  I didn't feel the need to say that it was Mama's selfish trip for coffee alone and that I didn't see the point in buying overpriced chicken nuggets for the car ride home since we have some in our freezer.  I tried reasoning with them when they were under a year old and I was sorely defeated, so I musta just given up trying.

But here's some pictures where they actually got to enjoy McD's. :)  See, I'm not always selfish.




Monday, March 14, 2011

Looking closer

When you are raising "twins" and snapping pics, it pays to look close at the details.

For instance, if you'll notice in this picture, there appears to be a look on Grapenut's face that encourages a viewer to think she might be a little scared.

And if you look just a smidge closer, you'll see the hand that shoved her to her doom.  Let's journey back a bit and see this in sequence.


Jealous.


Excited.


Scared.

Terror.


Victory!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fashion Friday (FAILURES)

There are times when visiting stores that I happen to make it to the clearance section.  Aaaaand, that's a flat out lie.  Usually I have coupon(s) in hand as I beeline for the sale racks.  The problem is that sometimes there is a very blatant reason some of these items have made it to clearance.

There is no one I know who should buy this.







Wet Seal: Take the hit, and just burn any of these you have left... what makes it worse is you have a choice between pink or red.


If someone can ACTUALLY pull off wearing these, props to you... but I would never go there, just sayin'.




And if anyone would actually pay $9.99 for this, you should just go kick yourself.

However, there are some rather adorable things showcased as well, gotta love sales!  (And, make sure to buy through ebates for some cash back in your pocket.)

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