Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bugs Beware!

Most summers we get ants in our kitchen. Some summers we have those little tiny ants and some summers they are the big black ants. Either way I hate them. This summer, however, we had no ants. I didn't mention it because I was sure I would jinx us and both types of ants would set up residence on my counters as soon as I said something.

Lately, though we've been plagued by flies. They are everywhere and I hate them too! They buzz around the table at dinner, and fly past my ear when I finally get a free minute to sit down and relax. Gross!!

Never fear, though! Ken to the rescue!!

I bought him an electric fly swatter for Christmas last year. It was sort of a gag gift, but he actually got really excited about it. The one I bought was from Lowe's and is similar to this one*:

It has two offset buttons on the handle. You hold down both of them and it electrifies the metal slats going across the fly swatter. When you hit a fly, it ZAPS! like a bug zapper. Sometimes the jolt is enough to kill the fly, sometimes it stuns it. Either way, you can easily pick it up with a tissue and dispose of it.

Not knowing that we already had one, my brother brought us this one at the beginning of October*:


This one has more of a mesh-type grid and a super cool lightning bolt design, but it doesn't seem to have as much power. It still stuns flies, but not for as long. It also only has one button, which seems like a bit of a safety issue because it would be easier to accidentally power it up. {Please keep both of them out of the reach of children!}

It's funny to me how much use we've gotten out of both of these seeing as how they were both mostly gag gifts. I even asked if we really needed two of them, but Ken insists that they are strategically placed around the house so that one is also close by in case of "emergency."

Have you ever bought a gag gift that turned out to be useful?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What We've Been Reading

I often lament the fact that I don't get very many chances to sit down with a good book. I've realized recently, though, that I do it's just not exactly as I had imagined.

My kids all share a room and that room used to get pretty loud at bedtime. We would go through our night routine and I'd say goodnight, leave the room and then wait on the couch for the visits to start. It irritated me to no end, because one kid out of bed would inevitably lead to another and another until I felt like a Jack-in-the-Box.

So I totally revamped our evening routine and it's worked much better since then. My favorite part has been tweaking the way I read to them. I used to let them pick out picture books and we'd fight over which bed to sit in and whose books to read first. And obviously someone would pick a book that someone else didn't want to hear. Now we do it differently.

I realized that Frances and Henry were ready to listen to some really good chapter books. And while Benjamin may be a little young for them, he follows their example most nights and listens along (otherwise he falls asleep or leaves the room; either of which is fine with me). I've really enjoyed picking out some of my own favorites to read to them. Nothing beats watching your kids get really involved in a story that you remember being involved in at their age!

So here's what we've been reading lately (I've included Amazon links. If you click through and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission, but your purchase price is not affected).

We started with The Chronicles of Narnia which the kids absolutely loved! It was so much fun to hear them making connections from one book to another. We then moved on to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz

Since then we've read Peter Pan (which I had never read before), and then Little House on the Prairie and Little House in the Big Woods . Yes, we read them out of order. That was my fault! But I read the copies my grandmother gave me when I was a kid, so there's that!

Now we've moved on to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH . I loved this movie growing up, but I don't think I've ever read the book. I found the movie in a dollar bin at Big Lots last year, so they've seen the movie, but that just made them more excited for the book. We've just started, but I can tell they like it so far. I even find myself reading ahead after they go to sleep! Patience is not a virtue I've been endowed with!

I've got a few more in mind, but I start to stress about it because there are so many books! I used to stress about all the good books I wanted to read, now I stress double because of all my favorites I'll have to re-read! All in all, it's not a bad problem to have.

What are you reading with your kiddos?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I'm Just Sayin' {Anonymous Advice} #TuesdayTen

I can't decide is this is an easy topic or a difficult one. The idea is to offer up ten nuggets of advice to give to anyone I choose. Well, maybe I'll just be difficult and let you choose who the advice is for!!  

Facing a difficult dilemma? Take a look at this list and determine the advice that seems to fit. 
Worried about a life situation? Pick out the words of wisdom that make you feel better.
Trying to choose between two troublesome choices? The answer is here! You just have to decide which answer it is!



  1. Yes. The only real problem is whether you brave enough to actually go for it. And the answer to that one is also yes. You've got this! Go for it!
  2. Blue. Buy the blue one. It matches everything else so much better than the other choice. Definitely go for the blue!
  3. I think you know the answer to this one. It isn't your fault and it isn't her fault. It's just the way the chips fall sometimes. Move on.
  4. It's under the couch cushion. Wa-a-a-a-a-a-a-ay under the couch cushion. Yes, you're going to get crumbs under your fingernails, but if you want it back, that's the price you'll have to pay.
  5. Give it time. I know it seems huge right now, but I promise when you look back on this in a month, you'll laugh at what a big deal you thought it was!
  6. No. It's not normal. Not at all. And you really should have to put up with it. You are better than that. Get out now and don't look back!
  7. I'm going to say this as gently as I can, but you are the one perpetuating the problem and I think you know that. You know what you need to do, now put on your big girl panties and DO IT!
  8. Yes, he likes you. And you like him. And this isn't the 1950s so go ahead and ask him. He'll say yes!
  9. It's yours if you want it. You just have to work up the nerve to go after it. Does knowing that it's already yours help?
  10. Sure, I could tell you; but that would ruin the surprise. You don't really want that do you??
**BONUS** Approximately 25 miles per hour.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Mother of All Meltdowns

I love my birthday! It's a week dedicated to celebrating me and the joy I bring to other's lives...and cake. That's the best part!! Because birthday cake has no calories, right?

There's a running joke in my family that everyone's favorite type of cake is chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. At least that's what my mom thinks. That's the cake she always offers people for their birthday. And I'm sure no one who reads this will be surprised to find out that chocolate cake with chocolate frosting is my mom's favorite cake combo! It turns out that we all prefer different types of cake even though we lovingly put up with the double chocolate offerings for years.

When you're the mom, you get to pick the cake, right? When I make my kids' cakes for their birthdays, I usually pick a white or yellow cake with cream cheese frosting. It has less to do with a flavor preference and more to do with decorating choices. The Olaf, the snowman cake had to be a white cake, right? And Iron Man was easier to decorate with a white base than a chocolate one.

Why all the talk of birthdays and cakes? Because today I am proud to commemorate the birthday of my book! The Mother of All Meltdowns turns one today! This is an occurrence that I am so honored to recognize today; not only for the fabulous book that was released, but for the amazing friendships and business relationships that have come about because of it. Together my co-authors and I traveled the amazing journey from concept all the way through actual ink on actual paper in a real book. I am honored to have been a part of it and ever so thankful that Crystal chose to include me in it.

To celebrate, we are offering this amazing collection of mothering meltdowns for only 99 cents on Amazon.com. You can buy it by clicking right here. You'll discover that despite all those moments you thought you were the only mom falling apart over kid mishaps and parenting drama, you were never really alone. We've all been there, and we lived to tell the tale!

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