Category Archives: Reviews

M.I.A…and no REALLY good excuses…

So it’s been a while…no, actually it’s been a LONG while! I have no good excuse. In February, my husband got a job 13 hours away from home. Talk about fun…not really. So over the summer, me and the girls were back and forth between there and home. It was…adventurous…to say the least! Now, finally, we are back home and (almost) getting settled back into our routine.

Does that really excuse me? No, but hey, my hiatus was much needed for our family. ;)

On another note, I am wondering why this book…

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is not in every household in the world. It’s INSANE good. Even if you just want some common knowledge, it. is. worth. it. My husband and I aren’t following exactly step-by-step, but let me tell you, it makes me think twice, triple, quadruple, about money and how we spend it! And, ask my dear husband, I never really gave too much thought about it before! Now, I catch myself thinking, “Do I really need to buy this when I could either make it or do without it?” It’s been an awesome revelation to me! Totally recommend it to anyone even a teeeeeeny bit interested in how to get a hold of your money.

Ta-ta for now! (it feels GREAT to be back!!!!!)

Great book = slacking on the housework

ImageI discovered this GREAT writer a while back, and within a few weeks (literally) read every one of his books. Yesterday morning, after little debate, I purchased his newest book via Kindle. Needless to say, the whole day was shot as far as housework went, fed my girls enough to survive (kidding) and read the entire thing from front to back. It’s great, like all of his other books, and I recommend it to ANYone!!!!!! You will not regret getting sucked into this author’s world.

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Ooommm! Easy Peasy Yoga Pants!

Remember I had pre-ordered this book? (this post)

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Well, I received it a couple days ago! I love it! There are such cute patterns that I’m planning on trying for my girls. Last night I took a crack at my first project…wow, was it easy!!

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I did a pair for my teeny-tiny 1 year old…and they are a bit big, but I’d rather that than small!

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And I did a pair for my 3 year old…which I did in 4T so she has room to grow. She loved them so much, she slept in them! (SCORE! She’s my picky-dresser!)

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The instructions and patterns are so easy to follow…at least for the yoga pants!  I’m fired up to try more of these patterns!

Happy Day to all!

Book Review and Project Results

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered this sewing book. I’ve never owned a sewing book and was interested in what kind of projects it had.  I looked it over when it came in the mail, but didn’t actually crack it open for a while.  There are some cute, simple, quick projects.

The directions are okay to follow.  You definitely need prior sewing and pattern reading experience. I followed the directions pretty close, but was able to throw in my own way of doing it also. I’ve only tried two of the purse patterns, so I don’t have any say-so on the rest of the book.

Below are two of the handbags that I did. The red one I sent to a friend of mine who had her first child after trying to conceive for 7 years! And the black and white one, I use for a diaper clutch for myself. It’s perfect size and my daughter has outgrown needing a whole diaper bag.

I also am on the pre-order list for this sewing book. It doesn’t ship until March sometime, but I’m excited to try some of the projects in it!  By March, I’ll probably forget about it and receive a forgotten “gift” in the mail! :) Love getting stuff in the mail!

Frappe + Funny Lesson

My partner-in-crime, LifeAsAWife, along with everyone else who knows me, knows I L.O.V.E. McDonald’s Caramel Frappe’s.

I LOVE THEM!

And it’s not a good thing. Trust me.

1) Can get expensive.

2) CALORIES

3) Too hard to bundle up the kids just to run to McD’s for a Frappe…but often necessary.

So, when she gave me this link…she was either thinking–

“Oh, great! Now she can make her own instead of buying them! Save money!”

OR

“Oh, great! Now she can make her own and I can watch her gain weight!”

(Gggrrrrr @ LifeAsAWife)! :)

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Yes, I have tried these homemade frappes and yes I am in love with them! Darn!

**Troubleshooting: I have tweaked the recipe a bit to my liking. Less cream, more milk–makes me think it’s less calories??! And, I just add in about 4 or 5 tray ice cubes because I’m too lazy to measure out an actual 1-1.5 cups of ice. This recipe is great, but it makes a large portion. The styro cup is a 16 oz and it fills it. So half it if that’s too much. Also, I don’t usually put caramel drizzle or the whipped cream on top. I omit the calories and don’t like when into melts in my frappe (oh my problems, right?). I order it without at McD’s too.

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Also, here a funny lesson list that those of us with kids will appreciate! Have a good weekend! :)

11 Step Program for those thinking of having kids

by Amy Lawrence

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.

2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.

3. Go home.

4. Pick up the paper.

5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2

Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their…

1. Methods of discipline.

2. Lack of patience.

3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.

4. Allowing their children to run wild.

5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child’s breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.

Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel…

1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)

2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.

3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.

4. Set the alarm for 3AM.

5. As you can’t get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.

6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.

7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.

8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.

9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4

Can you stand the mess children make? T o find out…

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.

2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.

3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.

4. Then rub them on the clean walls.

5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.

6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5

Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.

1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.

2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this – all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don’t think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that.

1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.

Leave it there.

2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.

3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.

4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week’s groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8

1. Hollow out a melon.

2. Make a small hole in the side.

3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.

4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.

5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.

6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you’re thinking What’s ‘Noggin’?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying ‘mommy’ repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each ‘mommy’; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11

Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the ‘mommy’ tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

This is all very tongue in cheek; anyone who is parent will say ‘it’s all worth it!’ Share it with your friends, both those who do and don’t have kids. I guarantee they’ll get a chuckle out of it. Remember, a sense of humor is one of the most important things you’ll need when you become a parent!