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Monday, January 27, 2014

Forget about the other blog!

Holy smokes, I gotta stop getting on the computer after taking Ambien!
Ok, so last night apparently I took my night time meds, then decided it was good time to catch up on my blog, only I couldn't log into my blog. So I guess I created a new one. Ugh.
So, don't bother with that one.
So embarrassing.
This is basically what I wrote just to catch you up:

Okay, so I have been trying to pinch pennies here and there, every little bit helps. So I am still using my "homemade" laundry detergent. I am very pleased with it, I am still on my first batch and can probably make another 2 batches from the supplies I bought. It smells great and cleans great. My supplies cost me:
Large box Purex: $4.99
Large box Borax: 3.99
Large box Arm and Hammer Baking Soda: 2.99
Large container Purex Crystals 4.99 (this is optional but I love they way they smell)
Total cost (rounded up):$14
I have used this for a month now and am still on the first batch. I only use about a tablespoon per load (yes, I have a He washer).
I do several loads a day since there are 5 of us in this house.
I have also made "homemade dish detergent" with the borax and it works great. (with borax, washing soda, and salt)
Before I was spending at least $30 to $40 a month on Tide or Cheer and Downy. Now I am spending $14 for those supplies that will last me about 3 months- that equals out to 4.67 a month.

I can tell you this is making a huge difference at our house. I have also switched to using a multipurpose cleaner using a dawn/vinegar mixture.
These simple cleaners can be used for cleaning floors as well: some dawn, baking soda, mix well, then drop in a little bit of vinegar to get a reaction with the soda. Mix well with mop and clean.
Try these things if you are trying to find new ways to help pinch pennies that won't put a damper on your lifestyle and get pack to me, let me know how they work for you!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Legoland, seriously- this place rocked.

First off, let me just say when we went I was sick as a dog.
I spent the first 2 hours just looking for a safe placing to vomit. Seriously. I mean, I was glancing this way and that way and thinking "Oh, there's a nice bush that I can puke into. I wonder how many people will notice?"
It was horrible.
My mom was awesome, she always is.
And Legoland is overwhelming. It really is. There is so much to see that one day just isn't enough and I felt really, really bad that I was sick and missing out on it.
I mean just look:

That's the Statue of Liberty right there, folks. Made entirely of legos. And I'm pretty sure if you vomit on lego-liberty you go straight to jail. I wasn't chancing it.



You see this beauty? Bok Tower in all it's glory! Lego-Bok!!!! For everyone not from Lake Wales, Bok Tower is like the Statue of Liberty of the South. It's not your fault that you aren't as awesome as us, and we'll try to overlook the fact that we have an awesome singing tower and you don't.  Notice the teeny-tiny people in the background in comparison to these huge lego-made buildings, it's really amazing.



Okay, now only all the Star Wars stuff:



In that last one, I'm pretty sure that KK thought she was posing with Gene Simmons, I mean- just look at her.





They even had a safari:


 After we saw some of the lego exhibits the kids wanted to go to the water park, so we let them play on the water-slides and wave pool, I found a nice table by the snack bar, put my head on the nice cold table and while my mom watched the kiddos I took myself a nap. When I woke up I was fine. My migraine was gone, my nausea was gone, it was a miracle.
So game-on.
For the rest of day the kids and I rode the rides (and they have some crazy roller coasters and we rode them all), played games, got our faces painted, and had a ball.

All in all it was a blast. Legoland was definitely a MUST-GO-SEE!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's been forever, I'm sorry.

I haven't written, you've missed me I can tell.
I've been enjoying summer. My kids and I are living it up. You can't fault me for that.
There's a lot to catch up on.
But not now.
Later. I promise.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I have a comedian on my hands.



After I picked the kids up from school yesterday we had to run some errands. Loads of fun. I always kick myself and swear I am NEV-UH (said with a heavy southern drawl) dragging them along with me again. But then my A.D.D. kicks in and .... oh look, something shiny! *Gasp* And look at that lady walking that itty, bitty dog!
So there we were at TJMaxx, all three kids, ...... and can I just interject something here - there is something about that store that puts that crazy in my kids. I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's the sheer plethora of items they have, it's not like other stores. You never know what you'll find. It's like a treasure hunt.
We had found some good stuff on this trip, and The Boy was already in a particularly good mood anyway. We got to the checkout and the kiddos sat down on the little bench there at the front while the cashier rang up our finds.
Cashier: You have a beautiful family.
Me: Thank you ve- (I didn't get to finish because The Boy interrupts)
The Boy: We're nothing but trouble!
Cashier: *giggles* He's so cute.
Me: Yea, you have no idea.

She continues ringing us up as The Boy strolls over.
The Boy: Look, I'm not going to blame you that you didn't recognize us..... (leans in close and whispers) We're in disguise!

Kill me now! After that she just eyed us suspiciously, like she was wondering "Are they celebrities, or mass murderers?"

I really like TJMaxx, it's a shame I can't go back there.

Monday, April 8, 2013

There's No Arguing With That Kind of Logic


Jon woke up this morning with a perfectly round blue ink imprint on his cheek and on the back of his hand. When he stumbled to the table for breakfast I asked him about it.
Me: What’s with the tattoo?
Him:  Hhhmmmppphhhh???
Me: The blue circle on your cheek.
Him: (blank stare)
Me: It’s a different look. I would have gone for an eagle, or maybe a dolphin, but a circle is good. It’s definitely different.
Him: (stomping off to the bathroom to have a look. After a few seconds he stomps back into the kitchen, an angry face adorns his face) WHO WROTE ON MY FACE???
(Everyone looks at him like he’s grown a second or possibly a third nose.)
Me: Jon, no one has written on your face.
Him: Oh, SOMEONE has!
Me: Come with me and we’ll get it off. (Off we go to bathroom where I work on his cheek with some of my facial cleanser, that’s when I notice the same perfect blue circle on his hand. I point it out to him.) Look, JJ, there’s another of those blue circles. (He looks at his hand.)
Him: WHO IS DOING THIS TO ME???? (This must be how people feel when aliens abduct them; I’d better try to explain it to him)
Me: Obviously you slept on something last night and it transferred onto your skin.
Him: Uh no! The only thing I slept on last night is my bed!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Just another trip to Target


I had to go Target (my favorite store) to get a phone cord so we could watch Breaking Dawn Part II. Direct TV won’t let us just order the movies anymore for some reason, we have to have a phone cord attached, I really hate it.  We can wait for the movie to download, but it takes F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!!
So off I went to Target, only guess what??? Target doesn’t carry phone cords. Seems like they just aren’t in high demand any more. Hmmmm.
I picked up a few other items and headed to the checkout.
The following is the conversation I had with the clerk:

Clerk: Did you find everything you were looking for today?
Me: No, I didn’t. I’m afraid I’m going to have to break up with you.
Clerk: (blank stare)
Me: I mean we can still be friends and all, I’m just not gonna get that Target tattoo that I was planning on getting.
Clerk: (crickets chirping)
Me: It’s not you…..it’s me. No, wait. Scratch that. It is you, it’s totally you. After all, y’all are the store, I mean you’re supposed to have the stuff that I want. And when you don’t it sucks.
Clerk: (rapid eye blinking)
Me: Don’t get me wrong. I love you guys. Target rocks. I love you like I love puffy unicorn stickers. Seriously.
Clerk: Well….I…you know…..so…..um…….
Me: You wanna exchange phone numbers so we can talk about it later?
Clerk: (weird, freaked-out smile)
Me: No? Well, okay then, have a great day!

And off I went in search of a phone cord (HEB had one, go figure!)