Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No Mo' Motivation

My sister is getting married in three days. I have NO motivation to get things done today. It could be that there has been 80+ degree weather the past week and the heat is draining me or it could be that I have a headcold. I need to get my butt in gear, get off the computer and start sewing so I can have everything done today. I think I am going to take the kids to the babysitters so I can do chores.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Black Sweat Shop Friday.

I went Black Friday shopping. I am sure that everyone knew that already. I went with a couple of my sisters right at midnight. We went to Walmart and stocked up on what was left at their store. We got there right at midnight so some of the things that were door busters were already gone.
After we went to walmart we decided to go to the mall because they were suppose to have some good deals there. The mall was insane! Last year when my sister in law was working there she said that there was no one. This year there were lines starting at the register and going out the door in all of the stores that we had on our list. So we decided not to get anything at the mall.

On our way out these are the friends that we met. They told us that we could take their pictures if we didn't buy anything from the mall. Good thing that the lines were too long.
The signs got me thinking. I think I am pro sweat shop. It gives people in other counties jobs. Most places that you purchase are made outside of the US. Think about it. Even your food is grown in Central America. We told the guys that we are tree huggers and we put our kids in cloth diapers. But our cloth diapers were made in sweat shops. I will be using each cloth diaper at least 20 times and there is more energy put into all of those disposables and the disposables just go into a landfill. You choose your battles.

Friday, November 19, 2010

International Make Someone Feel Uncomfortable Day

So many weird things were happening and I told my husband about them. I think it might be normal to have one weird thing, but it was one weird thing after the next.
First off: There was a guy on the side of the road, hitch hiking, while pulling up his pant leg to show some skin. I automatically looked around to see if he had any friends around him and he was alone. It was so weird!
Then when I was in Target, there was a lady in a neck brace, in one of those electric power chairs, with her dwarf boy friend. I wouldn't of thought anything about it until he go up on her lap and started kissing her in the middle of the isle. Something like that is SO not NORMAL!
Then after that when I was walking out of Target, there was a group of handicapped adults (Handicapped enough that they would need hospice care) sitting by the bench outside smoking some doobies. I am not sure if they got the memo, but that made me feel really uncomfortable that their caretaker lets them have smoke breaks.
I told my husband how weird it was. I also said that all of those things are normal for the town that we live in but three things in one day is weird!
After the day has ended I look on my facebook page and see that I was invited to join the "International Make Someone Feel Uncomfortable Day". Jokes on me.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What!!!


For any one that has children they feel panic when they hear a boom in the house. On Tuesday, around 9 o'clock, one child of mine was climbing on the cabinets that go above the toilets while the other child watched. I was getting ready for the day upstairs in the bathroom. I heard a crash, then I heard two cries right after it. I tried to open the door. The door wouldn't budge because the cabinets the fell over were about the same with of the little half bathroom. In a panic I ran up stairs and called 9-1-1. When I called 9-1-1 both of the kids were under the cabinet. I was afraid to pus the door open more because I was afraid that I was going to injere them. I talked to the operator with tears in my eyes because I didn't know what to do.
They sent over a police officer and the fire department. I was able to talk the kids into crawling out from under the cabinets (good thing it had doors on it!). All that they did was reach on arm into the bathroom and rotate the cabinets enough to pull both of the kids out.
After all of this I called my husband to tell him what happened; he laughed. I had a baby sitter come over to watch the kids and I told her; she laughed. The same thing with my kenpo instructor and my dad.
On top of all of this Texas is telling people that he had firetrucks come to his house.
I also think that the kids might of knocked some marbles loose during all of this. Today I caught Texas trying to teach Marilyn how to kiss: ON THE LIPS!!! I yelled at him trying not to laugh, and told him that he can only kiss the girl that he marries, and he CAN'T marry his sister! It was just funny because he had her in a dipping position with his lips puckered.

Whew, all of this stuff may seem really funny but it's taking a toll on me. I need to be getting to bed. Spencer is sick from the stinking strep bug that has been going around and I told him that I would run to the drug store before he heads off to work for some medicine. I clipped some coupons and everything so all that I'll have to do is throw on some clothes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our Environment

Environment? I have all of these things that I am allergic to and I keep them out of my house, the hippies that make organic items are doing this not just for marketing but for our safety, and there are all of these hippies that are trying to control every aspect of our life and tell us this is the way that it should be. To make your home a better environment for you and your family should be your own choice.
I'm trying to make my children's environment better by doing little things like dusting, making sure there is no harmful chemicals in contact with them and things like this (mostly it's because my kids think spray bottles are squirt guns). There are some downsides like the cleaners without the harmful chemicals don't clean as well. You win some and you loose some.
Ok, My sister in law gave me some essential oils to try out. I was sceptical. I tried them anyways. I have to say that they do help. They don't cure, they help. I Was thinking that they would just smell pretty. The oils really do seep into your skin, and into your bloodstream to help medicate you. I wonder if the people that invented cigarettes thought that the harmful chemicals didn't go into their bodies when they inhaled that junk?
This is just something to think about.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

McCormic Cinnamon Chipotle Rub

We have this McCormick Cinnamon Chipotle Rub. I thought I would make something up around this one seasoning. It came out to be really good so I am sharing what I did with everyone:

McCormick Cinnamon Chipotle Chicken Nachos

About a half a bag of corn chips
rinsed pinto beans
Avocado (optional because my kids don't like it)
chopped cilantro
1/2 cup cooked corn
2 cups shredded mild cheese (I used Mexican cheese and Mozzarella)
2/3 cup mango salsa (sold at Costco)
A dollop of sour cream for each serving

Chicken:
1/2 lb diced chicken
3 Tbsp McCormick Rub
2 Tbsp oil to fry in

Rub the chicken with the seasonings, fry at a high heat until fully cooked.
Lay out chips on a cookie sheet. Top the chips with beans, cheese, corn, and chicken. Place in oven at 350 until cheese is melted (about 10 minutes).
Top the hot nachos with cilantro, avocado, and sour cream. Serve with salsa on side so chips don't get soggy. Enjoy the sweet and spicy nachos :)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Megan's Law


Every so often I go onto Family Watchdog and type in peoples names. Don't worry, it's just the names of people that I don't want to be around in the first place. I guess I am subconsciously trying to find another reason not to go around these people.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hashimoto's

I know that I have not been on here in forever. I have been busy. I was also feeling sick. Sick enough that it makes it hard to do the every day things.
Just a background check on me. I have all of this crazy "unhealthy" blood running through my veins.
In 2003, I had sinus surgery because I was always getting sick. Not hypochondriac sick, sick enough that they tell you to go home from work because they are affraid of you getting everyone else sick.
Later on that year, I had a really bad head ache. I went to the doctor, he sent me to a Optomologist and he that thought that I was deathly ill. After a bunch of x-rays and CAT scans they said that I just had migraines.

After giving birth to my son I was told that everything should be back to normal after 9 months. I weighed more than when I was pregnant with my son after nine months, and my hair was still falling out. I was dieting and exercising. I never exercised or dieted before. I found out that I had hypothyroidism a couple years later.

I made an appointment with a new doctor that is a little bit out there. After all of my blood work coming back crazy as ever. This doctor told me that he is pretty sure that it's not my diet that is causing my blood results to be so bad (almost all of the other doctors told me that it could of been my diet. Even when I was on a vegetarian diet!). I know there is no way that it could be my diet, or lack of exercises. There are days where I work out 4 hours, and I still take care of my family! The doctor told me that I have an auto immune disease that is causing everything to be out of wack. He wants to charge me more that I can afford for the "treatments" that he wants to give me when he told me strait up that he is unsure if they will work or not.
This doctor gave me a book about what is going on with my body. He thinks I have an auto immune disease called Hashimoto's. One of the main things is being gluten intolerant. I have always eaten bread and I never thought to just cut out gluten. I have not had gluten for the past three days and my waste line is getting thiner. I am not cutting carbs. My bloodsuger is starting to feel like it is getting back to normal. My vitamins feel like they are going back in wack.
I am still taking my handful of vitamins a day. I am just thankful that I am starting to feel better.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Peaches


Say hello to Peaches Wally. The four year old named her if you were not able to tell.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I haven't been on here for a, um, long time.

So this is a update on everything. I have been super busy and I know where all of my time has been going.
First off, last week we got a puppy. If I don't have enough on my plate. I let my hubby talk me into getting a puppy.
Texas is also doing a co-op preschool with three other moms teaching. My day to teach is tomorrow.
We are still doing play dates every week.
I was chosen to host a Durex party ;) I was chosen to host a kleenex party before. Yeah for free stuff.
I am still doing lots and lots of couponing to cut the grocery bill down.
I have been making lots of bows. People have been asking me where I have been buying them so I am going to teach a class on how to make bows.
Our vacuum broke the same day that we got the puppy. I went to a vacuum shop and they wanted 32 dollars for just the brush. Dude, for three dollars more I can buy a new vacuum! Thanks Target for having vacuums for 35 dollars.
We have had the puppy for a week and the puppy still isn't house trained. She also howls whenever she is lonly.
Spencer and I let Texas name the puppy. Her name is "Peaches Wally".
We are still doing Kenpo. Spencer has been doing really well in the class and he was asked to be in a professional fight. It's next week and it's only a minute long but he is still exited that he was asked.
My little sister was proposed to last week also. The guy seems nice. She wants to get married in Decamber. No she is not pregnant, we are mormon lol. She also wants me to make all of the flowers by hand. I am going to try to have all of the flowers done by thanksgiving.
My other little sister is finaly going to bless her baby. Her baby is now three, so she's not really a baby any more. Normally they try to have babies blessed when they are newborns.
I think I have everything. I should take pictures of the bows and some of the flowers so you can see what they are turning out like. I think I've updated you on all of the big things. Of course there are other things like Spencer going fishing when I am having a bad day (grrr!). But all of these things are just life.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Beckwith Estate

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Palmyra-NY/The-Beckwith-Mansion-Estate/90782943653

My dad rents out his HUGE house. He lives in a town called Palmyra NY. It's a small town that gets tourist durring the summer. The rest of the year it's pritty slow. He created a facebook page to get the word out that he rents out his house.

We went out to visit my dad for Christmas. It was nice. For the house being so old the house is HUGE! It's a cute little town that he lives in. Lots of old shops and some Amish live not too far away. They have a Menonite store not too far away from the town if you want to buy some amish food and see some of the things that amish and Menonites use. It was a nice trip. I think I bloged about my trip back in January.

There is only one Hotell in the whole town and that place gets booked fast. So if you are thinking of going to the west side of New York, My dad has a few rooms. Click on the "like" button to become a fan, and on that page it has a link to his blog that has more pictures.

Friday, September 10, 2010

I do have some crafty skills...


I just don't use my skills as often as I should.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Laudry Soap


I feel so weird posting this. I started making laundry soap. I have a year supply of other "free and clear" laundry soap, but Marilyn is allergic to almost all of our soap so she is getting special treatment just because I would rather not rub creams on her morning and night.


All that the soap has in it is:

1-2 inches of a shredded Zote bar (or any oil free bar like Ivory) cost about $1
1 cup baking soda: cost about $3 for the big box
1 cup washing soda: cost about $3 for a huge box
1 cup borax: cost about $3 for a big box
2 table spoons oxiclean: cost about $5 for a tub

I just mix off of the ingredients in a container. I keep this laundry soap dry and I use it as a powder because I see it as a hassle to boil all of the ingredients. At first the zote will be really soft and look stringy in the detergent but after a couple of days with all of the other ingredients, the zote will dry up and start to crumble so it will look more like a normal laundry soap.
For all of the ingredients it cost less than 20 dollars, but per recipe it cost less than three bucks. Each load of laundry: less than 5 cents. Most other laundry detergent cost about 10 cents a load. For Dreft or another gentle laundry soap, there is no way that you are going to find something for 5 cents a load.
I use about 2 tablespoons per a wash and all of the clothes come out looking clean and smelling great. This recipe helps remove yellow stains (like all of the pit stains on my white shirts) wich is awesome in my opinion. And the baking soda takes out all of the smells. I was doing a mixture of Oxiclean and baking soda before for presoaking diapers, now I just make this soap and use it with a gallon of water to soak the diapers.
For my fabric softener I am still using about a tablespoon of vinegar in the wash. I've heard that you can use watered down hair conditioner as fabric softener, but that sounds iffy to me because of all of the perfumes that they put into most conditioners. I guess it would work, I just don't want to try it.
I hope this is helpful for all of you economically cautious, environmently cautious, and paranoid people out there. Wow, I just described myself in three short phrases. Enjoy people!

Friday, September 3, 2010

I Just Need to Breathe

I changed my whole title because it wasn't as fitting as I wanted for what I was posting. I am finally posting that I did that because I got bored enough.
Wait, I have something else to say! MY SON HAS BEEN SUCH A TERROR! My son has been rubbing off on my daughter too. You know, just those days where it's one thing after the next: Full pop can in the silverware drawer. Crushed almost all of my dried roses to make a "milkshake" with a brand new thing of yogurt. Full bag of Cheetos in the sink taking a bath. Color crayon mural on the closet door. Going to the store with the kids to have one of the dragging feet while I am pushing the shopping cart and having that child yell "NO" at strangers. Then having those strangers give you advice how to raise your child (Trust me, I've tried way before they gave me the advice and if it worked then I wouldn't be in the situation!) Toilet paper machete on our popcorn ceiling. Kids saying that they are hungry, me making them their food, just so they can yell that they are not hungry. Finding an open cake mix in a closet with a spoon in it. No naps. Children following me around crying because dad wants to give them spankings for acting the way they are.
My dad tells me that I would always do crap like this when I was a kid. Whenever I tell my dad anything that the kids have done that drives me crazy he tells me something that I did when I kid that was almost exactly the same. When my dad was a kid he would do the terrorizing things to his parents and the one before that was my grandfather. My dad got all girls, five girls and out of all of us two are were terrors when we were kids. The two of us that were terrorist as kids grew out of it and have kids of our own. So far my sister that was a terror with me does not have a terrorist of her own.
I guess karma is just biting me in my butt. I am just waiting for the day that my kids have kids of their own. I am thinking that for some people the terror skips a generation. We'll find out. For right now I need to take a deap breath.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Christmas Shopping

http://www.freebies2deals.com/2010/09/extra-50-off-at-graveyard-mall-check.html

This morning I got an attachment from freebies to deals. The link to freebies2deals is right above. There is a coupon code for 50% off of graveyardmall that works in the clearance section! The code is shipbyseptember17. The kids are finally going to get a wagon that they can ride in. The code gave an additional half off to make it 75% off but with the shipping it came to 65% off.



I already have scooters for the kids from my Disney Movie Rewards. I think they are going to be from mom and dad though because Texas has seen the scooter that I got for Marilyn and he keeps on asking if he can play with it.

So at this rate I will only need to buy candy for Christmas. Two years ago we didn't have a budget for Christmas and got whatever family wanted (It didn't seem that bad then). I think this year it will be 75 for each of the kids, and 5 dollars for extended family members (Spencers side of the family draws names and they have a budget of 35). So all together that comes out to a 330 dollar budget. I am praying that they have the little George Forman's on sale for five dollars on black Friday again.
I haven't bought Texas' Christmas present yet because last year he wanted one thing and when we went to Bass Pro to see Santa, he saw all of the toys and wanted a remote controlled car instead.
Something else: we try to do a Secret Santa every year. Most years we go out of our way and spend 100 dollars per a person. This year I kind of want to find an angel tree and snag all of the tags so I know what the kids want for Christmas. I just kind of want to do that, I probably won't do it. This is just my own opinion but there are families out there that just want handouts and I don't want to do any of those kinds of families and it feels like every time we ask for a name that is what we get. What I really want to get nice gifts for abused children. I want to get them clothes, a blanket, a bag to hold everything in, and a toy to comfort them. That is what I really want to do for Secret Santa.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Marilyn's Going to be Two!


Marilyn is going to be two in November. I just ordered her birthday present online. I know it's a few months in advance but I've been watching the prices for everything go up the past couple of weeks because the holiday season starts at the end of August believe it or not. I found this out when I worked in retail.
I told my husband that Marilyn really doesn't need another baby doll because she got one last year. He used the line that she would like another one more like her cousins doll. Don't act surprised because I know I have told you before that Marilyn is spoiled.
I got the doll at Toyscamp.com because they had free shipping and their prices are pretty low for the brands that they carry. I also went to RetailMeNot.com and found a promo code for 25% off. The same doll at ToysRus is over 45 dollars with the shipping. I think I did ok getting the doll for less than 30. The little mommy from fisher-price are 35 dollars at ToysRus for heavens sake!
We are also looking for a baby doll stroller that is affordable and won't fall apart in a week. Most of the doll strollers that look like that are not going to fall apart are over 20 dollars. If anyone knows of a more affordable doll stroller let me know. I am starting to debate on getting one from ebay for just the frame and making a new seat.
The doll is cute, it's the same brand as her other baby doll, about the same quality of the American Girl Bitty Baby doll but less money. I am sure that it will hold up to lots of love.

Jason's Cavity Maker Cake

So this is the BEST of the best chocolate cake recipie. It is in our family cookbook. My little cousin Jason invented it about seven years ago. My little cousin is now 16 and able to go on dates. When did that happen?

Ok, so here is the recipie:

1 devilsfood cake mix (pilsburry is the best)
1 large box of jello instant chocolate pudding
12 oz chocolate chips
16 oz sour cream
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs

Mix the dry ingredents and then add the wet ingredents. Put in greased baking pan and bake at 325 (his recipe has a higher temp, but I it seems to taste toasty whenever I cook it at that temp) for about an hour until the middle springs back.

This is my favorite cake. It has gotten to the point where we have given up on buying any kind of cake because I know that I can make a better tasting one at home.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Jiffy Cake Mix

I don't know about all yall, but these cake mixes taste like dirt to me. I remember getting them as a kid for the Easybake oven. I think we bought them this time around because of the smaller portion size. Our family normally tosses half of the cake in the trash.

What is normally wrong with the Jiffy cake mixes: Too dry, weird after taste, texture is off.

Because I want to use up what we have in the pantry I decided to doctor up the cake mix. It turned out good. This is what we added:

1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk
1 jiffy mix
1 egg

Mix together and stir in a spoonful of sprinkles for a "funfetti" effect. Baked in a greased pan at 350.
We served it with butter cream frosting and more sprinkles. I didn't get any more pictures because my camera ran out of batteries. The cake really turned out well.

Friday, August 27, 2010

More Flowers

Spencer took Texas to "work" yesterday. He called me, I could hear Texas' voice and Texas' friend, Wyatt in the background. Spencer took the kids fishing. The day before Texas was a terror and I needed a break. It was just one of those days where you get one chore done and while I was doing that one chore, four more chores were created by two little tornado's. Two little tornadoes that kept on throwing fits and driving their mother crazy!
It was a nice break having Texas go fishing. I was able to have some "me" time. I was able to put the house back to normal. The house still isn't clean, but it's normal. I was also able to make some flowers. I imagined them to look better than they came out. I really should start selling them. I guess Marilyn can wear a different one each day, but that is a whole bunch of headbands... Ok, here I go. The flowers are for sale, send pictures to your friends and family, I'll do custom orders. Small flower headbands cost $1.50, large flower headbands cost $3.00.


This baby was such a good model. She stayed still and didn't even blink!
They came out cute don't ya think? (well, all but the daisy. The daisy looks too retro)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Just Because She's Spoiled

Marilyn is the most stuborn little girl I have ever seen. She will seriosly scream for two hours because she wants chips instead of her dinner. If she doesn't have her baby doll or her bear at night it is the same thing.
When we were at the family reunion, Marilyn kept on taking one of my neices baby dolls and claming it as her own. I hept on hearing "NO!" and "MINE!" in her little voice. Those words were folowed by a fast little pitter-patter of her little feet. After the little pitter patter there I was snatching the doll away, folowed by death screaches, then folowed by my sister in law finding another doll and handing it to Marilyn.
Marilyn does this to get her way, and it works. Daddy gives in. Now daddy wants to buy her another baby doll for her birthday. She has a baby doll but the daddy wants me to find a baby doll just like her other one but a couple inches smaller. Sounds like a chalenge!
Oh and Spencer also wants me to find a doll stroller that wont fall appart. They had a deal on Gilt.com but I passed it up hoping that I can find a better deal on black friday.


Aside that I found some super cute flowers. Not saying where because they were still expecive, but I couldn't pass them up. My freinds tell me that Marilyn has alot of hair assories but that is because I make almost all of them. I also like to have bows that match every outfit, the same with shoes. The home made bows and flowers are so much better than the store bought ones that I have: They cordinate with more outfits and I don't really need to worry about it getting lost because they cost pennies to make (about 25-50 cents per flower and about 10 cents per headband).

Here are the ones that I bought. Do you see what I mean? They are super cute. I want to see one close up to see how they are made and then I want to try to make one.

Here is my Miss Marilyn wearing one of the headbands that I made♥

... and then a bunch of headbands that I made for my cute little neice. I need to go and get some more silk flowers. I think all of those headbands cost about three dollars to make.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Guess who's back?

So I got back yesterday from my trip to Utah. We made it to the funiral within minutes. After that we went to Spencer's parents house. They were doing a family reunion the same weekend. We were able to see some freinds and visit with most of our family.
I was able to finaly meet my niece Zoe. I gave her a bunch of headbands that I made her cute little head. We had a little lunch with my mom and a couple of my sisters. I taught my little sister Amber how to curl her hair with a flat iron when I was there so I was able to acomplish something :P
My other little sister was out of town in California when I was up in Utah. It's weird how things work out like that.
I never was able to give my nephew Nathaniel his birthday present in person because my sister and her husband didn't want to see my face.

Durring the family reunion we went camping. TEXAS LOVES CAMPING! My brother in law and sister in law brought up their dog. Marilyn loves dogs more than you can imagine. Seeing most of the family was a treat.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Zulily Code

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This code is for 10 dollars off of 30 dollars at Zulily.com. I have done post about them before. I have gotten a bunch of shoes for Marilyn there (I think I have placed about five orders through them). With the promo you can get something special that most other kids don't have for your little ones. It's another one of the sites where the inventory changes every day. I don't know how long the coupon code is good for. This code is brand new.

Gilt-ty Pleasure



I guess someone that I sent the link to gilt.com to liked something that they had because I had another credit for 25 bucks. I just got 20 pairs (or 40 socks) of Little Miss Matched socks for 95 cents. That is the price of shipping and all.

So here is the link again:
http://www.gilt.com/invite/buffnclean

If you invite a friend, on their first order you get a credit of 25 dollars. The prices at Gilt.com are a little bit high, but about half the price of the manufacture site. These boutique sites have items that hardly ever go on sale and that is why they only have them for a couple of days. You may find brands like Right Bank Babies or Elephantito on this site for 50% off or more (so you are getting Wal-Mart prices on Rodeo Drive clothes).

I am pritty excited about all of the socks!

I also just got a "groupon" for gap. I talked myself into the groupon because I gave my Carters punch card to one of my friends because I didn't want to spend another 60 dollar there just to get 10 dollars back. She was saying that she needed more winter clothes for her little girl so I just gave it to her. I think I got everything that I wanted from Carters. Gap has clothes in my size so maybe I can get myself some new jeans.

Nails


I gave myself a sharpi marker manicure on one hand. Then I realised after I was done with my left hand that I am for sure not a lefty. I am for sure that I'm not talented enough to do both hands and have both hands look good.
I did the manicure in the first place because my nails are growing. My nails hardly ever grow. Out of my excitement and boredom, I tried to make my nails cute.

Because of my lack of skill, I changed it up a bit and this is what they look like now.


This last one is just for fun. When I was loading up the pictures about a dozen pictures that I didn't take came up. I know exactly whose little toes those are because one of my children always wants to go bear foot, and the other always wants to wear shoes.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fun.

Spencer's best friends grandpa past away. His funeral is this Friday. So we get to cancel all of our plans to go out to Utah. Hey you can spell funeral with out fun.
My little sister is coming out to California because one of her best friends is getting married this weekend. So I am going to miss her. She will be here and I will be there.
I had to mix up all of my weekend plans. My kids are going to miss a birthday party. Texas good Friend that moved away six months ago is going to be in town. I had to reschedule all of kenpo classes and the double date that I had planed for the weekend has gone down the crapper.
I am going to try to make the best of our trip out to Utah. This weekend will be the my husbands family reunion so we'll try to make it to part of that. I am hoping that Spencer and I can go on a date to my favorite restaurant in the whole wide world: The Bohemian. I also hope to meet my new niece Zoë.
Tonight Spencer, the kids and I went to Target with some coupons and got a bunch of snacks and juice boxes for the trip. I figure that gas station junk food cost twice as much or more. We got an awesome price on the juice boxes. An 8 pack for less than a dollar each. They are normally three bucks a 8 pack. My friend traded me some coupons (YES!). I also had coupons for some of Spencers favorite snack: Bugles, and chex mix. And the kids got some of their favorites: fruit roll ups. I had a budget and I stayed in budget even though Spencer did sneak in some ice cream and hot fudge (I saw him sneak it, if I thought that we would need to use the card I would have him put it back).
I said that I was going to finish packing today. I only am a quarter of the way done. I should get off of the computer and get my butt in gear.

Monday, August 16, 2010

What have you been missing?




Here are some of the pictures of the chicken stew that I made. All of it was eaten. Everyone loved it. I posted the recipe last week when I made the stew but I am posting pictures now. I guess I will update that post too so it will have pictures.



I got a haircut on Saturday. I gave the lady the picture of how I wanted it and she cut it much shorter than the picture. When I got home my husband confested that he didn't like it. I put the flat iron to it and he said that it looked better.



I got the Toobydo baithing suit for Marilyn in the mail today. It fits too. She had two other baithing suits that she could wear, but one of the suits was too small and left dents in her sholders and the other was too big and wide. The big one I think will always show her nips. Her new one fits her long torso much better.

Oh, The day has been going along slowly. I have a four year old that needs a nap and a one year old that was waken up by the four year old durring her nap. So I've had two chidren that have been throwing fits all day. The younger one isn't has bad as the older one.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dapi Update

The Dapi is the most affordable cloth diaper on the market that I have found other than the good old trifold diapers. They cost about 3 bucks a piece. I bought one to try it out thinking that it would be like the kisaluv brand because some of the reviews said that. They have no anti leak or water barrier on the diapers so you do need some kind of water proof pants to go over them. They are like the trifold diaper without the pins.
I washed them and they shrunk: They shrunk a lot. It was a large and I would say that the size now is in between a small and a medium because I washed them in hot water before putting them on my babies bum. Because they shrunk so much the Velcro rubs on my baby's skin :(.
These diapers did give me a good idea though. Now I kind of want to buy some trifolds, cut them to be contoured, and put a waterproof layer on the outside and some snaps and voila: a all in one diaper! Now all I need to do is get my sewing machine that has been broken for the past couple of years fixed and get some suplies to make them.

Long Day

This morning started off as a long day. The alarm clock died, so my husband goes running out of the house when he hears the street sweeper. He tries to start the truck and the battery is dead. Sure enough, we get a ticket.
Marilyn wakes up puking.
I get a phone call from Texas' freinds mom that was suppose to come over yesterday asking if we have time today for a playdate. Of course we do, I'm just not going to mention anything about Marilyn's vomit that I just cleaned up.
Texas only wants to eat cookie dough today.
I get an email saying that my whole order from JC Pennys was canceled because I ordered $10 worth of stuff, and I had a $10 off $10 coupon and they didn't want to replace and ship out a backordered item. Made four calls to customer service to see if I could still get the shoes that I ordered with the discount that I had before.
My husband breaks me the news that he might not go fishing because we don't have enough money in the bank account. I want him to go because he comes back relaxed from trips like that. He finds out about my stash of money that was hidden in my box of whitestips when I offered to give him money to go. Now I need to make a new stash of money. That money was the "surprize, we have shelves" money. My husband is SPOILED!
Days like this can only get better. I just feel rushed. It's only 1:30. I need to go grocery shopping today or tomorrow and there is also a womens activity for church and Kenpo.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My Gilt Credit

Ok, so the other day I posted about the site Gilt. When I placed the order through them they were having a promotion where if you ordered any children's item you would get a 25 dollar credit. So I bought a 10 dollar item that day. Sure enough, once the credit can be used most of the items on the site are over 30 dollars. I waited a couple of days until they got some things in that were more affordable. When I was looking Texas saw these lunch boxes and wanted one.
I looked online for just generic lunchboxes like the ones that I had when I was a kid. I even called my mom and asked her how much they cost back when I was in elementary school. Back then they were about 10 dollars and they came with the thermos. Now they are 20 and you need to buy a thermos separate from the dang thing. So they come out to 40 bucks for both the box and the thermos. That is too much money to spend on something that you replace every year.
Another reason that I am justifying getting this: Most of the time that we go to the park, all of my sons friends bring lunches, and because his little lunch bag isn't big enough, I pack the rest of our lunch in a used grocery bag. If I don't pack a lunch we go and get some fast food (which is bad for my wallet and bad for our health).



So this is the "Lunch Box" that we got: The Goodbyn lunchbox. It is more of a food storage container. It is really cute. It comes with stickers to decorate the front of the thing. There are little sections so there is no need for a gazillion plastic baggies and there is a bottle that fits in the middle so less trash there too. I'm going to be so green :P

Hopefully I will be motivated to use this thing just like using my reusable water bottles. The water bottles paid for themselves the first trip to an amusement park. So I am sure that these lunchboxes will save us money after the first couple of uses. These things retail for about 25 dollars. They are on sale over at Gilt for 15 and then I had my 25 dollar credit.
I looked up the tupperware lunch set that they have and it retails for the same price: $25. It comes with a tumber, sandwitch container, a snack container and a bag. The bigger one cost more. For thermos brand lunch boxes it's not too bad. Prices from $7 (for just the bag, not a box). When you try to find ones with the thermos is when it get pricy. Wow, the weirdest things make me feel poor.

Zucchini Stew

Ok, when you look at the title you think, "what the heck is Jen doing?"
This is really a chicken stew that I made with leftover zucchini that turned out really well.

What is in it:

1 lb chicken thighs
1 lb shredded zucchini
3 medium sized carrots diced
2 large potatoes diced
1/2 lg white onion diced
1 can of stewed tomatoes
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp season salt

Because our friend gave us so much zucchini I have been loosing ideas and ways to use it. Zucchini has lots of moisture in it so when you over cook it, the zucchini turns to mush and adds bulk to the stew. You really can't taste the flavor of the zucchini in this stew so if you do want more of the zucchini flavor wait about an hour before serving and dice up some more and throw it in your crockpot. I just threw all of the ingredients into the crock pot and let it cook for about five hours. You shouldn't need to add water. You may want to add a slurry (four and water mixture, same as what you do to make a gravy) at the end to thicken the broth up. I put in the vinegar because it needed more of the savory flavor and we didn't have any red wine because I am alcohol free.

Later on I'll post some pictures of the stew for everyone to see :)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Gilt

Sorry for not being on here in forever. I have some family in town so I have been entertaining her and her daughter the past few days.
I just wanted to let you know about another one of those cool shopping sites.

http://www.gilt.com/invite/buffnclean

If you sign up through this link and buy something you can give me a 25 dollar credit :P Ok for real though: Right now they are having a crazy good sale where if you buy any children's item, you get a 25 dollar credit to use for later.

I tried to copy the picture of what I got but it wouldn't let me so here is a link:

http://www.toobydoo.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=8_63&products_id=276

They were out of the red bathing suit so I got it in blue. Oh, and there is no way that I would spend 40 dollars on a bathing suit for Marilyn. It cost 10. Then I am getting the 25 dollar credit. Yeah for me :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes

Marilyn keeps putting on her shoes and saying "ouch" with every step. I figured it was time to pack up all her shoes that were fitting snug. I just packed up a pair of black Sunday shoes, a pair of white Sunday shoes, beige leather striderites, pink leather striderites, multi colored sandals and brown leather T-straps. That seems like allot to pack away but none of the shoes are fitting her any more.
In the stash I was lucky to find two pairs of shoes that she'll fit into. She now has a pair of black crocks, and a pair of bedazzled sketchers. If her new Sunday shoes don't come before Sunday she'll be wearing crocs to church on Sunday.


These are the shoes that I ordered. They are striderite and they only cost 7 bucks. I figure it's worth the wait to get better quality shoes for the price that you would get just going to the store and picking something up.

Rise and Shine

This morning I was awaken by my 20 month old with her voice repeating the word "go" in a sing-song voice. When she says "go" like this it means that it's time to go. She managed to crawl out of her crib, put on some shoes and she found a jacket and put it on, then she crawled into my bed to wake me up. It was only 6:30 and I should of figured she wanted to wake up. I did think that she was cute all dressed up. I just wanted one more hour of sleep.
Later on when I was trying to go to the bathroom I was interrupted by a four year old wanting to tell me about the movie that he is going to see today at the theater. Seriously he walked right into the bathroom and started chatting away. I am glad that he is excited about the movies but at times I do want to be alone.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Dragging With My Horns and Tail.

I want to say that I am making all of this up so I don't get into trouble.
I was looking at some pictures on facebook of friends. I just clicked in the thumbnail thinking that one of my friends went to a drag club. When I clicked on it I thought it was no one that I knew. I have noting against drag queens. I love that they are able to flaunt their sexuality. I love confidence. I clicked on the next button to realise that the person that looked like a drag queen was one of my step sisters that I haven't spoken to in years. Ouch: I have a brutal mind.
The person that was standing next to her in the picture looked really feminine but had full on facial hair. The person was tagged in the photo so I clicked on the link. The person is FEMALE! Out of my curiosity I opened up some of her pictures. I guess the two of them are in a relationship. That is a way to find out someones relationship status. I guess she doesn't keep in contact with my step mom. Sad how things work out. I am not sure if she understands how much a mother really loves a child.
I feel guilty for judging her the way that I did. I don't believe who she is, is something negative so I don't want you to think that of her.
I deleted my myspace account that I was friends with her on. I think I am just now finding out that she has a Facebook page. I miss her. I don't know if I should make an effort to contact her or not.

Thank You Rebates!

So the other day I posted that I thought that we were negative 75 dollars in our bank account. Our bank charges 35 dollars for each bounced check. My husband checks the account balances over the phone so I think he wasn't paying attention on what they were saying about the 35 dollars. The 35 dollars were rebates that were going into the account. The checks were not put into the same category because the other checks that go into he account are direct deposit. So we only had 75 dollars in our account and we were not negative. We are still really close to broke so I still can't spend any money.
My hubby has been out of town and we have a rebate from Costco so we can go grocery shopping. The rebate check has his name on it and they won't let me cash it. It has been on our fridge for the past couple of weeks. I have the list of what I want to get over there.
We needed some fresh groceries, so I did the coin star thing the other day to pay for our groceries. I am hoping things will get better for the company that my husband work for so I don't feel as broke. Something a little bit odd: It seems like every time I go to the store it cost me eight dollars and change out of pocket. I went to Target for groceries and that is how much it cost. I didn't get much: milk, American cheese, fruit roll ups, soap, three greeting cards, some pop n'fresh, face wash, yogurt. I wanted to get some more things that I had coupons for but that never happened. They were closing and I just thought that the store closing was my sign that I really didn't need all off of the other things right then.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Caribean Pizza


I wanted Jerk Chicken and Texas wanted Pizza, so we had a compromise: A Caribbean style pizza and it was SO good.

If you want to try this yo will need:
an adult
One can of refrigerated crescent roll dough
1/4 cup salsa (I used fresh homemade)
1 chicken breast diced
1 1/2 Tbsp jerk seasoning
1/3 cup shredded cheese

Green onions and cilantro for garnish.

Toast the dough until it is fully cooked according to directions on the can
Cook the chicken with the Jerk seasoning in a frying pan until fully cooked
Top the crust/cooked dough with salsa, then cheese, then your cooked chicken
Place back into the over until cheese is melted
Remove and serve topped with the cilantro and green onions.

Zucchini

One of the old men from church has a garden with a ton of zucchini. My hubby made a trade and now we have 15 pounds of zucchini. The trade was that I would bottle some of it with our pressure cooker. I went to bottle some fagioli soup and we only had three jars. That's awesome: we have 15 lbs of zucchini, no money for more jars, so we need to eat the remaining 10 pounds of zucchini that I haven't cooked yet before it rots.

Here is Marilyn in the outfit that she picked out with some of the zucchini.


My last three jars. I used a pressure cooker for three jars.


The remaining soup I put it in the crock pot and we had it for dinner last night. The kids loved it.

Fagioli Recipe

1 lb ground beef
1 med onion chopped
2 tbsp spaghetti sauce seasoning (I use the old spice island recipe for the seasoning)
2 cloves garlic
- brown all of these ingredients above in a pan

a stalk of celery diced
2 med-large carrots chopped
1 cup of diced potato
2 cups squash or zucchini

a small can tomato paste (my hubby doesn't like the tomato chunks, but you can use whatever you want)
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 can white beans (I rinse them)
1 small can of v8
parsley, salt and pepper to taste

-throw everything into a crock pot and cook for about 4 hours on low. Feeds 8.

Monday, July 19, 2010

8 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Use Coupons

This morning this was the article that was posted on the front page of yahoo. I think couponing is worth it. I do admit that it takes time. I have done the whole "I don't need it but it will make me money if I get it". I love high volume coupons. But the one the fits me so well was number seven. I have done that so many times. My husband doesn't mind. I guess he is just glad that he doesn't have to go to the store when I use the coupons.

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/110063/8-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-use-coupons?mod=series-a-article

by Amy Fontinelle
Monday, July 19, 2010

"Couponing seems to be a time-tested strategy used by moms everywhere to stretch the household budget. But there are many reasons why using coupons won't necessarily help you come out ahead. Here are eight reasons why the savings generated from coupons aren't always worth the costs of collecting and using them.

1. You have to buy a newspaper.

This doesn't apply to any free coupons you happen to get along with products or in the mail, but once you pay for a newspaper, you've lost money. You then have to make up for that loss by using enough coupons to break even. Then, you have to use even more coupons to come out ahead. And that doesn't even account for the value of the time you spend clipping and organizing them.

2. Clipping coupons takes time.

Yes, you can do it while you watch TV and turn "unproductive" time into "productive" time. But there are a lot of things you can do while you watch TV - mop the floor, prepare a week's worth of meals or actually let yourself relax and not do anything for once. Your time might be better spent on another activity.

3. Getting a newspaper invites lots of additional advertising into your home.

Advertising is powerful stuff - this is part of the reason why companies offer coupons in the first place. You might actually end up buying more stuff by having all those ads around, negating any savings you get from coupons. The same is true if a coupon compels you to venture into a store you wouldn't otherwise visit.

4. Many of the coupons will be for things you neither need nor want.

Unfortunately, coupon circulars aren't customized to your shopping habits. If you are a die-hard bargain hunter, if may be hard for you to turn down a good deal, even if it means buying something you weren't planning on getting anyway. However, from a financial perspective, buying more than you need or want just doesn't make sense.

5. Coupons can tempt you to spend your grocery dollars on things you shouldn't.

Coupons don't always market the healthiest foods. This might mean that they'll lead you to buy things that aren't very good for you. Anyone can see that clipping coupons that tempt you to purchase sugary cereals and fatty or salty snacks isn't the greatest thing for your health. If your idea of a healthy snack is more "I'll have an apple" and less "I'll just have one serving of potato chips," you're unlikely to find much in the coupon circulars at all that will interest you. The "fruits and veggies" section of your coupon organizer is going to be a lonely place. Do you really want an incentive to bring more junk food into the house? Plus, if you have a monthly grocery budget that you stick to no matter what, coupons will only get you more food or different food - they won't truly save you any money.

6. The same coupons tend to be offered over and over again.

After a few months of coupon clipping, you'll realize that you're repeatedly clipping the same coupons. This might work for you if you use the same products repeatedly, but it's not so great if you prefer variety and experimentation. You often won't use all the coupons you clip by their expiration date, so you'll have to toss that yogurt coupon that expired on June 30 only to clip another identical one that doesn't expire until July 31. This is time consuming - not to mention aggravating. The redundancy of coupons is especially annoying if the coupons are for items you don't even want to buy.

7. You might become a slave to coupons.

It can be very difficult to buy something without a coupon once you get used to using coupons. Knowing that you can get ice cream for $2.50 might make it difficult for you to spend $4 on it even though many times, it would be worth it to spend the extra $1.50 rather than pine for ice cream and cast longing glances at your freezer every night for three weeks until your next coupon arrives. You might also find yourself making more trips to the grocery store in order to purchase things only when you have coupons for them.

8. Shopping takes longer.

If you have to hunt up and down the aisles in search of the item you have a coupon for, you'll spend more time at the store. This could also lead you to spend more money, potentially negating the savings you're working so hard to accrue.

The Bottom Line

Yes, you can save a lot of money with coupons, especially when you combine them with sales. However, there are some drawbacks to coupons that must be taken into account. Perhaps the most dedicated coupon clippers can overcome these hurdles and still achieve overall savings. If you're not one of them, there's no need to start clipping."

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Dappi


I found a cloth diaper that is under five dollars. It's named Dappi. Yes it's a teribl name. You heard me right about the price. It's not just an old school prefold like our grandmothers used. Prefolds do cost about three to five bucks a piece but this is not a tricky prefold. The reviews on this diaper are better than some of the 25 dollar diapers. They compair it to Kissaluvs quality. I think I paid 20 dollars for each one of my kissaluvs. I really want to try them to see if they are to par. They cost 2.99 a piece and they are made of a cotton and a poly blend. They don't come in any cute patterns, just white. I have a kissaluvs in hot pink and one that is in a retro flower print. I don't think it's worth paying more just to have the prints.
On the reviews Dappi received a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Can you guess what Happy Heiny's® scored? They got a whopping 2.5 stars. I think this brand would of gotten a better rating if they didn't shrink in the wash. That was the one down side.
On the site that I was looking at, the number one diaper is GroBaby. GroBaby is a good diaper: I have six GroBaby diapers just because after I tried them I found a sale on them. They were on sale for about 10 bucks a piece but with shipping and tax they came to about 14 a piece. They are easy to use but I think that the smartipants are still number one. Smartipants was their number four out of their two hundred and some odd different brands of diapers that the site had.
I also would like to try the new Bum Genius diapers. The new 4.0. Their new diapers look like they would work out well. I am on their waiting list. The Bum Genius diapers were rated number 2. Number 3 was thirsties diaper set. The Thirsties look a bit cheap to me, but eh, if they work, why not. Sposoeasy was number 5. Heck, this is the first time that I've heard of Sposoeasy. They look just like Bum Genius to me. I guess they are a good diaper. I am not going to go through all of the diapers. It's a really long list. Those are some of the best diapers.
Most of the diapers on the list I have never heard of so I am googling each one to see what they look like and how each one is different.
The Dappi so far is the cheapest diaper that I have found. I would love to try these to see how they work.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A Lesson to Learn



This video is suppose to be about second chances. Yahoo has a whole channel that is just about people getting a second chance. I saw this and thought that this guy could teach me something. Not something about being green. I think everyone is their own degree of green without having to make an effort. The man in the video taught me something about being humble. He realised that he doesn't need everything that he had and his time is more important than stuff. Ignore the cheesy music in the background of the video and just look at everything that this man has and how happy he seems.
Then I think of everything that we have in our house and everything that we really don't need. I wonder what it would be like if we got rid of everything and just had only the basics. Most of the junk that is around our house is just stuff. I have told my husband that when we move I want to downsize our home and get rid of everything and start from scratch, only getting the things that we need. He doesn't like the idea but I think it's a great idea. Packing to move is just a chore. Why pack when you can sell every thing and use the money to get new things? We would look really silly only have food storage to unpack into a new home. I have dreams. I guess one of the big dreams is that everything in the house has a place. I guess that is never going to happen.

Baby Face

I just want to keep on talking because I wasn't finished venting. Spencer left for work about a half an hour ago. I think the next Saturday that he'll have off is on Christmas.
Something sweet: Yesterday I was at a play date and one of the moms thought that I went to high school with her. I am almost ten years older than her. It made me feel like my smile wrinkles aren't that bad. I brought it up and KenPo and everyone thought that I was younger than I was. I thought that I looked my age, I guess I look a bit younger. People also think that Spencer looks young for his age. If they do the math of some of the things that he has accomplished in his life they guess 25 or 26. If they don't do the math then they guess younger, like I'm a pedophile kind of young. But then people say that I look older than him. I guess if he looks like he is 18 and I look like I am 20 that's fine. Both of us point out what makes up looked aged. One of the things that we point out is that we have two kids. Do kids make you look older?
The other day one of my friends that has seven children was in the store with all of her seven children because it's the summer time and all seven children are out of school, was stopped and asked how old she was and if all of the kids were hers. If you have seven kids you are going to be asked that. But then the worker in the store thought that she was too young to have kids those ages. The worker thought that she looked like she was 22. The mother with seven children is in her 30's. That's not too crazy because I know of a mom that is 22 and has seven kids. You can tell which mother doesn't believe in birth control.
About having tons of kids: some of my high school friends are now expecting number five. I know that I am in my late 20's, but five kids seems like a lot of work and I am not sure if I would be able to handle that many children at my age. I am sure that they can. God only knows what is best for the person. All of those Mamma's were blesses with ovaries that produce billions of eggs and are able to grow and pop out babies faster than china and some people are still trying to brew up and baby in a test tube and are paying a hundred grand just to have the experience of having their very own biological child with genetic likeness.
I don't know which one would be harder to handle: having 10 kids or having 10 miscarriages and seeing the mother with the ten kids and envying what the other mother has. This is the maternal instinct that drive some women crazy. Crazy as in the women that kidnap pregnant ladies and try to do cesareans on them to take the baby. CRAZY! I know how hard miscarriages are and I am not taking them lightly. Miscarriages put a hole in your sole. They are really hard to handle. You never truly understand them unless you go through one.
No I have not gone though a miscarriage recently. Do you want my view on them? Miscarriages put allot of stress on a person. First off you are all emotional because the hormones are all out of wack so you cry about every little thing already. Once a person finds out that they are expecting she'll start planing in her head what is to come and how her life is changing. The mother may be excited or may be scared. You imagine your like changing in the next year and the next 70 years. You dream of that person inside of you as a child and as an adult. You dream of their faces and their personalities. You think of the life of the person and what they will become if the future. You want the person to grow into a terrific person and you already want the best for them and you haven't even met them. Then one day it is all taken away and none of the things that you were planing are ever going to happen.

In Need of a Money Tree and a Shrink

I have been up for the past couple of hours. I'm awake because I don't feel so hot. It's a Saturday too. Isn't Saturday suppose to be the funnest day of the week? I guess it's not suppose to be fun for me because it feels like I need to puke.
I started thinking about my teeth. I have crazy dreams that my teeth falling out. I really do need to go to the dentist. Well, not just go to the dentist; I need to get my teeth fixed. I think I have three or four cavities. For sure I have one tooth that needs to be filled because I think the filling fell out of it. It feels nice and sharp. I keep on putting my tongue on it just to feel how sharp it is.
The reason that I haven't gone to the dentist is because we don't have insurance to cover dental. A simple filling cost about 500 bucks. That is all of the money that I have saved up for my shelves that I want to put in our garage. This whole thing makes me want to cry. All of my hard work saving the money for something that is so material is going to go to something that I have to have. I guess I shouldn't be so upset because I told Spencer that I really didn't need the shelves I just wanted them. I also told him that I could hold out for another year without shelves just in case we move. And of course he said that he was going to use that money to build up the business outside of California.
I guess that I am awake because I am a little bit stressed too. Yesterday we were overdrawn in our checking account by 75 dollars. I know that doesn't seem like much. We were over drawn because our nephew decided to park in a reserved parking spot and got the work vehicle towed. The impound yard would not take checks or American express that the company would pay for, but they did take our visa that did not have enough money in the account. And another reason that we are overdrawn is because my husband paid for a business dinner. Yeah! Now we have NO spending money at all for the next two weeks.
For some reason I am the one that gets the fingers pointed at because we have no money left. Are you for real? I was the one that bought groceries and toiletries, and stuff for the office and kept everything under 50 bucks for the whole two weeks. All of the other spending that I have done was paying bills. Wait, I went to Taco Bell and spent 6 dollars on me and the kids, but I used my gift card from Kleenex. I know it's not his fault that he went over. Both of those things that he paid for he wasn't suppose to pay out of his pocket.
To add more stress to my life my husband wants a puppy for his birthday. Yes, you heard me right: he wants a puppy. We lost our dogs a couple months ago. Both of our dogs were picked up within the hour of getting out, and yet there has been a black mutt roaming the streets of our neighborhood for weeks. I think someone had it out for our dogs because they were adopted so fast. I don't want to get another dog while we live in this house. I am afraid that if we get the same kind of breed of dog the same thing will happen while we are living here. I do want another dog like Ginger. Does anyone in the Western United States have a Black Mouth Cur that they would be willing to give away? How about a house swap?
Crap! Now I have a migraine coming on. I need to stop stressing about everything.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tide: Are You For Real?


I was washing the poopy diaper inserts with Tide stian release. Someone commented on how their child was alerigic to the stuff. Well sure enough, yesterday my daughter had a nice splotchy rash that was in the shape of a rectangle. The same rectangle shape that the insert is. I just wanted white inserts, and what I got in return was a red splotchy bum.
I havn't used the rectangle inserts for a while because they are made of terry cloth and are hard to scrub all of the dirt out of. In most of the diapers that need those kind of soakers I just insert a trifold. And because of this I am now finding out that my daughter is alergic to Tide.
Now I get to wash all of the inserts that I am unsure of being washed in Tide in some boiling hot vineger water. Ahhh! I would like to hit Tide right now: Hit them with my car.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Famous Dave's


I started to "Like" Famous Dave's on Facebook just so I could get a coupon for a buy one get one entree. The last Famous Dave's that I went to was out in Utah. The one in South Jordan Utah is good. I went to the one that is out in Redlands California and I am glad that we had a coupon. It was a fun date trying to eat the tough tri tip, and smothering all of the flavor of the food out with their six different flavors of sauce. It made it a great activity. The food was edible but I don't think it's worth 15 bucks a person.
FYI: If you are ever feeling fat; just go into a Famous Dave's (or a Home Town Buffet). It made me feel like a super model.

Fishy

It's the fish. On Saturday Spencer went fishing. He caught a bunch of sea bass (I think we have about 10 lbs). The boat caught over 700 fish that night. That was a great night for fishing. Now we have a bunch of fish to eat. Last night we had fish tacos with avacado and black beans. Tonight we are having fried fish with with a dill crust, vegies and diced red potatoes. I need two more meals. Any ideas?

Snow White Scooter

One of my friends posted pictures of when she got this same thing. I have been procrastinating at bit.

My mom and my aunt gave me a bunch of codes from their movies and I submitted it for a scooter. This is going to be a present for Marilyn. I wouldn't count this as free because it takes some work to get it and the movie codes that you need, you need to buy movies or ask someone with movies if you can have thier codes.
To prove how much it cost me I am posting a recipt again.

Thanks Mom and Aunt Karen for all of the codes♥

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Price is Right, Biotch!


I will tell how much it cost before the sale and my coupons then the total cost of all of this and of what I spent on all of this.

$50.56 is what all of this would of cost if there were no coupons and no sales.

Because I returned one item and rebought it for an extra savings of 2 dollars, this all cost $8.20



The Sharpie Markers before the sale cost more than everything that I spent out of pocket. Sorry that the picture is sideways: It won't let me rotate.

I am proud of myself. I told my hubby how much I spent and he said it was good that I returned one thing to use an extra coupon. We have needed some of these things for a while now and I've just been procrastinating until back to school sales for them.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Good Day For Free!

This morning there was a knock at the door. I heard the truck drive off so I knew that there was a package. I told Texas that he could bring it inside and open it. At the very top there was this:



At first I thought that this was a binder to help plan the party. I was wrong. It's an art kit:



Texas was so excited. He kept on asking who sent it, and if it was his birthday. I told him that Kleenex sent it and want us to have a party. Now he is twice as excited. I let him and Marilyn use it while I did dishes and there is going to be a party. Kleenex made me look like the nicest mom ever.

I signed up for a house party. Well I signed up for a few house parties and Kleenex choose me to throw one of their parties. The sent me this huge box of the new Kleenex hand towels and a 10 dollar visa gift card. I feel so spoiled!



Now here is the annoying part. . .



I never take picture of the free things that I get so here I go. This wasn't quite free. It was 8 dollars and change out of pocket. After the rebates it will be free :) Thank you RiteAid and P&G for all of the coupons and rebates. Without the coupons this would of been over 100 dollars. I looked like a fool going through the check out three times. It may waste time but it saves money.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Where Did My Babies Go?

Seriously? I was going through another batch of clothes that are too small for my kids and both of them have grown out of another size. Marilyn is now a 2T and Texas is in size 5 and 6. I look at Marilyn and think that she's tini-tinie. I guess that she is about average hight, and her arms must be super long. Today she has been running around in a 2T hoodie that fits her perfectly: she won't take it off.
Texas is going through a phase where he only wants to wear shorts. He tried on some 4T pants the other day and they were too short. I know that he's grown out of 5T shirts because my cousin pointed out that his pajama top was a little bit snug.

Marilyn has sprouted through four sizes so far this year. She's just catching up. On her one year birthday she was in a size 3-6 months or maybe a 6-9 months. The coat that she wore to my dads house was 9 months and she was swimming in it. I think I got the coat for five bucks on clearence over at Gymboree. I got lucky. I bought the jacket to gift it because it was a super good deal. All of the other clothes that we got for her for her first winter were 18 months and 2T. I thought that because my son was in those sizes when he was 8 months, I thought that she would too be in the same sizes. I'm so foolish :P

I looked through the stash of clothes that I have for my kids and I think Marilyn is ok on clothes. I need to get her some Sunday shoes and that is about it. I got some hand-me-downs from my little sister (hoping that they would fit). My neice and Marilyn are shaped so different. Marilyn has a longer torso so her rootbeer belly hangs out.
Texas may need some more clothes. He has three shirts and five pairs of pants and a jacket in the stash. No undies to grow into: Most of the undies that he wears are in 2T. I think it's time to pack those puppies up.

Because of this growth spurt, there will be a girl that will get some brand new winter hand-me-downs. I think It will be my neice Zoë if I'm not willing to get knocked up in the next year or so.


All of this is kind of making me stress out about money. I'm doing all of the budgeting in my head for the rest of the year has I type this.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Short Vacation

We left on a short vacation on Friday. I know that it's only Thursday. We drove 24 hours to get to Huston Texas. It was lots of fun. Houston Texas smells like barbecue and everyone is super polite. I was surprised to her a homeless person say, "excuse me", instead of, "Get off of my f*&%ing sidewalk!". It was like a whole different world.
We were able to see and do lots of things. We went to an alligator park, to the aquarium and to a fast food drive through that had prime rib.



The gator park was exciting! This guy freaked me out a bit by standing up right when I was about to take the picture. I was about three feet away from it.



This is the picture right before it got up.
The most exciting thing I saw at the park was a bird that had a crawdad in it's mouth; I tried to take a picture of it and it started to fly away. Stupid me turned off my camera at the same moment a gator snapped at the bird flying away from me. It was awesome to see.




Um. We ate at the aquarium because we were told that it's not worth going inside because of how small the place is. The food wasn't that great but Texas loved watching the fish.

Houston, Texas has barbicue eveywhere. The place smells like barbicue in the morning. You can get really nice cuts of meat in drive thru's. Everything grilled that we had out there was awesome.

On Independence day Texas and Marilyn decited to go swimming in their nice festive clothing; I didn't get any pictures of them in their cute clothes. We were able to wach fireworks ontop of my sister in laws parking garrage.





On the way home Spencer was able to work a little bit out in Texas. It's a long drive out there and back but I gotta say that it was well worth it.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Artsie Fartsie

For all of you that don't know: I can paint and draw. I can draw really well. Right now at this moment I am in the mood to make some art work. I want it to look like one of the old golden books that I had when I was a kid. I kind of want the picture that I am making to look like my daughter. I am not even sure where any of my drawing pencils are anymore. The last time I drew something out on a whim, that I can think of is way back before Texas was born. Texas is now four years old. Everything else that I have drawn have been commissioned so it's not really art. I don't know what it is but I wouldn't call it art. Art has feeling and emotion in it. Drawing a portrait of a couple might have feeling but there isn't emotion.
Something else that is kind of sad: I went to school for art. Yes, I am good enough that a school paid for my tuition because they wanted me to go to their school to paint and draw. The only time that there is emotion in my drawings is when I am in the mood to draw. When drawings get repetitive the emotion starts to disappear.
I guess I will get my butt in gear and start drawing before I forget how to.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Envy


It kind of bothers me when there are moms that are so super duper that they make all of their own baby food, have a super clean house, they go on two play dates a day, they are super fit and run marathons, do only cloth diapering to save the environment, they use stainless reusable water bottles all of the time, they have a doctorate but they choose to stay at home, they never gossip and they are always super nice to everyone. Where do these people come from? MARS!?!?!
Wow, these ladies have no room for fault. Do they ever sleep? I will admit that I am jealous of them because I want all of that. I'm real. I have crumbs under my kitchen table. I only put my daughter in those fancy cloth diapers when she starts to get a rash from the other diapers. I buy bottled water when I get thirsty. I don't find time to go running. I don't let people walk all over me, if anyone does this I am automatically not your friend. So I have something that those other moms have right there. Woop-Woop! Well, I guess it's time for me to vacuum those crumbs that are under my table so someone else will think I am that perfect mom.

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Blah Blah Blah on Some Crazy Bass Budget

I was reading a blog and it said that you should keep spending on clothes to 500 dollars a year. Who spends that much on one person!?!?! I would honestly love to spend that amount on clothes a year per each person. It probably seems like I spend that amount but I have been keeping track. So far to date I have spent 180 on clothes for the whole family. That is only 30 dollars a month, or a dollar a day. So that is about a quarter a person a day. I buy in advance for the season after so most of the things that I have gotten are jackets and jeans for the winter, some shoes to grow into and really cute dresses that Marilyn doesn't really need, I just thought that she would look really cute in them. I really haven't gotten any summer clothes yet for the kids this year because of the whole buying in advance thing. Another reason is that I really can't handle the thought of paying twenty dollars on a pair of shorts that the kid will grow out of and only wears for three months.
I haven't walked into the Carters or OshKosh outlets over here for months (sense September) because I don't want to be tempted to buy random items of clothing. They are reasonably priced but the kids really don't need all of those things right now. I could justify it by telling myself that Texas needs shirts for next year, but when I go in I will probably only get Texas four shirts and then because I use a coupon that I need to spend 50 dollars on I use the rest of the 38 dollars on random things. Random things meaning more clothes for Marilyn. Marilyn is the one that gets hand-me-downs so maybe I shouldn't even buy her clothes. Wait, half of the hand-me-downs that she gets don't fit her right.
This is just like the Rachel Ray forty dollars a day. Only the people that make over one hundred ta year could afford to eat like that.
Now I would like to hear someone say that they spend a whopping two-thousand dollars a year on their family's clothes. Wait, wait, wait... I'll ask my little sister what she spends on clothes a year.

So I asked my sister and she said that their was no way that she spent 500 dollars a year on clothes because she is a "bargain shopper". Her and her daughter have tons of clothes! Then I asked her about how much a month she spent on clothes and it changed to about 80 dollars a month. She's so funny! I love my little sister.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

K-Y® Brand INTRIGUE™


I have been looking at some of my post. It feels like I am such a pozer and someone before has said the same thing. So here is something different:
The many uses of K-Y® Brand INTRIGUE™. I did get some of the things strait off of the KY site so please forgive me. This personal lubricant is made out of dimithicone that is similar to silicone. It acts like a viscous liquid, similar to the texture of honey. Dimethicone is used in manufacturing cosmetics, drugs and is the main ingredient in silly putty. They use this chemical as a anti-foaming agent (in cooking oil) and an anti-caking agent in food. Now I will get to the many uses:


Oil stains: If got some oil on your clothes uses some K-Y and scrub a little to help release it. Similar to baby oil, K-Y® Brand INTRIGUE™ Premium Personal Lubricant may leave a residue on some natural fabrics, like cotton. You can remove this residue by applying a clear alcohol (i.e. nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol), rubbing the fabric with a white towel and washing immediately after. Or, you can remove the residue with dry cleaning.

Removing sicker gunk: Get out a cotton ball and put a dab of this kind of K-Y on it and rub that goop off.

Hair smother: The same main ingredient of other brands like Friz-Ease, just doesn't have all of the perfumes.

Lotion: Dimethicone is used widely in skin-moisturizing lotions where it is listed as an active ingredient whose purpose is "skin protection and is normal makes up 15% of the moisturizer.

Rain-x: Just water some of this good ol' K-Y down, polish your windshield with it and watch the beads of water run off.

Squeaky doors: no need to go out and get a bottle of WD40 if you can just get some warm K-Y mixed up with some acitone (nail polish remover). Dab some on and take away the annoying squeak.

Herbicide: I guess it works if it was on wikipedia and just don't know how it works. I think it's mixed with something else.

Lice removal: Just in case you get lice. I'll keep all of the other comments to myself. I guess lice hate the chemical that is found in this stuff and steer clear of it. It doesn't kill the eggs. They will just find another home.


Now that you know what a bottle of K-Y can do, go out and get a bottle, tell your significant other that you got a bottle and then tell him or her why you got it.



http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ingredient.php?ingred06=702011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polydimethylsiloxane

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Long Term Loo

This is for everyone. I am trying to get a years worth of storage of everything. There is a lot of math involved and everyone has the day (or days) where they run out of something and then they have to run to the store to get a replacement. I am not quite to the goal of a years worth of stuff but I am getting closer.
video
In this video it shows my closet where I keep all of the random bathroom stuff. I looked at the video and at the beginning I look like the crept keeper. I have been a little bit sick and some people have pointed out that it shows. I look way better than I did last week so if you think I look like butt I'm sorry.
video To quote my self, "You do need to clean your clothes. If you don't have a years worth of laundry detergent then your clothes will be dirty."
Ugh, I am such a mom. I repeat myself and what I said was kind of a duh moment. Yes for all of you that don't know: If you don't clean your clothes, your clothes will stay dirty.

The second video shows some of the stuff that we are storing our in our garage.
These are some of the things that you and I use on a regular basis that I am trying to get a year supply of:

Personal care items:

toilet paper
wipes
face cream
eye cream
face scrub
face wash
shaving cream
Cotton balls
q-tips
toothbrushes
tooth paste
teeth bleachers
hair removal (wax or nair)
hair die
razors
shampoo
conditioner
hair products
vitamins
over the counter medications
make up
first aid

If you have younger children or babies you may need:

Diapers
wipes
baby soap
baby lotion
baby powder
diaper rash cream
body wash
medicine for them

Cleaning products:

floor cleaner
window cleaner
toilet cleaner
multi purpose cleaner
paper towels
green scrubbies
rubber gloves

If you make a list of everything it looks like a whole bunch of stuff (because it is). I don't recommend going out and buying everything all at once. Getting a years worth of stuff should take time. They way that you can start is by looking for sales and coupons. When you see an item that you would purchase on sale, get two instead of one and store it for later. Keep on doing this until you have a years worth. Rotate what you do have by using the oldest item first. Before you know it you will have a year supply of something.