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5 Weekly Random Thoughts

1. Matt brought me the most beautiful bouquet of brightly colored tulips for Valentine’s Day. I’m so thankful for a husband who knows to bring me tulips instead of roses. A friend of mine rolled her eyes and scoffed that tulips are not romantic like roses. But you know what is romantic? A man who knows his wife well enough to know that tulips will make her smile simply because he remembered that tulips are her favorite. Period.



2. It’s almost swim suit season, y’all. You know what that means? In my house it means “put down the cheeseburger, Fatty McFaterson”. It’s back to salads and those Healthy Choice steamer meals for me. I have to admit, I feel much better when I’m eating right and honestly those Healthy Choice meals are really good. Plus this year, we have 2 beach vacations and my sister’s wedding so I need to be skinny enough to fit in my bridesmaid dress. That’s motivation.



3. Insomnia is going to kill me. Is that possible? Death by insomnia? I had several nights in a row this week where I saw every hour between midnight and 5am. This is ridiculous. I’ve tried Ambien, OTC sleep aids, having a set bedtime routine…I’m about one night short of going for hypnosis. Because seriously- mama with no sleep is a bitchy mama. 


4. Speaking of insomnia, one night during my insomnia-fest I ended up shopping on my iPhone apps. I got some great deals for the kids for spring and summer. Sneakers at H&M for Mase and Zoey for $6 each, dresses at H&M for Zoey for $4, shirts for Mase at H&M for $2.45 each…you just can’t beat those prices. I also got great deals at Children’s Place- short sleeve graphic tees for Zoey, Mase, & Maia for $3.75 each plus free shipping! 



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Scenes From Snopocolypse 2014

If you’re following me on Instagram then you saw a few of the images I shared from the big snow storm that hit our city last week. We ended up with just under a foot of snow and about a half an inch of ice from sleet. Just to put that into perspective for those of you who are in the North- we’ve lived here for 9 years and we’ve never seen more than 2 inches of snow. On top of that it rarely, if ever, snows more than once per winter. So this was a big deal down here. 




 The snow started falling around noon on Tuesday and shortly after the first flake hit the ground I got the call that school was letting out  2 hours early. 




 The snow was still pretty light but falling steadily as I waited at the bus stop for the kids. At this point we were all very skeptical of the 10-12 inches of snow prediction. It’s been over a decade since our city saw that kind of a snow storm. So we all rolled our eyes, laughed a little, bought a few extra bottles of wine, and settled in for a snow day or two. 





By the time Matt got home a few hours later we were around an inch or so of snow on our back deck but really nothing was on the roads yet. Schools were called off the next day in anticipation of the storm to come. The kids went to bed reluctantly with the promise that they could build a snowman the next day. I went to bed hopeful that it would snow enough that Matt would stay home and be the one building that snowman instead of me. 





By mid-morning on Wednesday it was snowing steadily and starting to accumulate. The kids were giddy with excitement. Matt and I were eyeing the forecast with some trepidation and hoping we weren’t going to be snowed in for days with 4 kids. By early afternoon the kids had convinced us to take them outside to play in the snow. Y’all- it was scene. Let me remind you, we are not prepared for a snow storm. We do not own snow suits or boots. We had to improvise with layers of clothing. Zoey had to wear Mase’s old sneakers with ziploc bags covering them, Maia’s old gloves, and my scarf. We looked ridiculous.














The kids quickly realized that snow is a lot more fun in theory. Zoey did not appreciate the fact that the snow was both wet and cold. She was really offended when a clump fell off a tree and landed on her head.  I managed to get in a couple of pictures with the kids this year. 








Matt found an old sled in the garage but it was more work than fun with this type of snow. A couple of times up and down the driveway was enough for the kids. Zoey was very insistent that she was not sitting on that sled. 






It didn’t take long before the kids were ready to go inside and warm up with hot chocolate. We watched the snow continue to fall for hours, then transition into sleet, and then back to snow again. 





The kids managed to convince Matt to take them out again on Thursday. By Thursday around lunchtime we had around 10 inches of snow and it was still coming down so mom was happy to stay inside and watch through the window with a cup of hot coffee. 




















The kids were out of school the rest of last week and finally went back on Monday. Matt stayed home Wednesday and Thursday and went into work for a few hours on Friday. It was a long week but we were lucky- we never lost power and we didn’t lose heat. So all in all- we survived. It was fun and I’m glad the kids enjoyed it. We baked cookies, watched movies, and stayed in our jammies all day. And now I’m ready for Spring. 


The End.



He Said, She Said: Playing With Kids

{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}

Setting the Scene: Zoey is at an age where she likes to play with us with actual interaction instead of us just sitting next to her while she plays. She has a serious love affair going on with Maia’s Littlest Pet Shop toys and wants us to spend hours playing with them, complete with animal voices and acting skills. Matt will spend those hours playing with her until I start to see the panic in his eyes that he may never escape. The following conversation took place one night last week after he spent 2 hours playing pet shop with Zoey.


He Said: How come you don’t have to spend hours playing with tiny, strange looking, plastic animals?


She Said: Uh. What do you think I do all day while you’re at work?


He Said: Oh.


She Said: Yeah. So by the time you get home, it’s totally your turn.


He Said: Sigh


She Said: You know, you could always play my version of hide and seek with her. It worked with the big kids when they were little.


He Said: Hide and seek is even worse than pet shop.


She Said: Why?


He Said: Because I have to actually get up and find her.


She Said: Silly man. That’s not how special hide and seek works. 


He Said: What are you talking about?


She Said: First, she hides and you don’t seek.


He Said: At all?


She Said: Not for awhile. About 10 minutes and then just follow the giggles until you find her. Then you hide.


He Said: What’s so special about that?


She Said: Depends on where you hide. Last time I took my Kindle and hid in the car. Took her about 20 minutes to find me. 


He Said: Huh. So you got 20 minutes of peace and quiet and you were technically still playing with her. It’s brilliant.


She Said: Yes. Yes I am.


He Said: And so modest. 


The End.


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Taking The Next Potty Training Step With Cottonelle

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I have been changing diapers for 13 years, y’all. 13 years. Do you know how many diapers that adds up to be? Well, I don’t either but I’m pretty sure it’s more than any sane person would want to change in their lifetime. I am over changing diapers. If only my last child would get on board with my plan. Of all my children, Zoey has been the most resistant to potty training. She has a few quirky sensory things about texture and she really does not like the feel of toilet paper. She refuses to wipe with toilet paper after using the potty. I’m talking, flat out refusal here people- with tears and shrieks that make my eardrums weep. 


I bought her a little pink princess potty awhile ago to start the potty training process but we continued to use baby wipes for the clean up process because it was the only way she would actually use the potty. Zoey really wants to use the big potty like her big siblings- with one of those little potty seats, of course, so she doesn’t end up inside the toilet. I made her a little deal. When she decides it’s time to wipe with toilet paper (with or without assistance) then she can use the big potty. So far, she has resisted and fought against the lure of the big potty. It was a stalemate.





Then I found out about the Cottonelle Clean Care Routine. It was the solution to our issues. I grabbed both the moist cleansing cloths and a pack of the clean care toilet paper at Wal-Mart. Did you know if you buy both items together at Wal-Mart in February you will receive a $5 Vudu movie credit (Vudu is like Redbox and offers HD movies). Simply take a picture of the receipt showing you purchased both items and text or email your picture to clean@drvsusa.com. You will receive a text or email back with a code valid for a $5 movie credit. You can find more information at www.DRVSusa.com/cottonellemovies.






The moist cleansing cloths ended up being the perfect potty training tool for Zoey. The cleansing cloths are soft enough to not bother her sensory issues, moist enough to clean as well as the baby wipes, and strong enough not to tear apart during use. The best part? They’re flushable! Zoey was a little skeptical until she figured out she could pull one out of the dispenser by herself. Normally if she pulls out a wipe on her own she ends up with a handful. The Cottonelle dispenser allows her to pull one out easily and keeps the rest of the cloths moist so she doesn’t grab a half dried out one the next time she uses the potty. 










I chose the Cottonelle Clean Care Gentle toilet paper, hoping that the soft texture would help Zoey overcome her aversion to toilet paper. I eased her in to using the toilet paper by showing her how to wipe with the moist cleansing cloths first and then how to pat herself dry with the toilet paper. So far, so good- she didn’t object or throw the roll of toilet paper at me so I think we’re making progress. And truthfully- the Cottonelle Clean Care Gentle toilet paper is much softer than our usual brand. I don’t think I’m going to be able to convince the rest of the family to go back to the other brand. They’re spoiled now. 






If you are in the trenches of potty training you should give the Cottonelle Clean Care moist cleansing cloths and toilet paper a try. It really did make a difference for our little potty trainer. And honestly it even helps with the older kids as well. We haven’t had one toilet clogged by excessive toilet paper usage since the big kids started using the moist cleansing cloths. That’s a win/win, y’all. Mom is not much of a fan of using a plunger. 



Shows I Will Always Watch in Re-Runs

I love TV. I admit it freely. Sometimes I just like to veg out on the couch and watch a show that doesn’t require me to pay close attention. For me, that means reruns. I have a whole bunch that I look for when I just need a mental break. Some are newer shows, some are from years ago, and some bring me back to a simpler time in my life. Either way, they all represent comfort like a warm, fuzzy, blanket for me. 


10 Shows I Watch In Rerun


1. Everybody Loves Raymond- this is my holy grail of comfort TV shows. It makes me laugh every time- no matter how many times I’ve seen a particular episode I will still laugh. It’s my pick-me-up show when I’m having a rough day.


2. Roseanne- another one of my favorite shows from long ago. I love every season except for the final one which was horrible. The early seasons are my favorite. 


3. Supernatural- um, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in one show? Yes please. I’ll take two. Again, the early seasons are my favorite. This show is a no-brainer for me. I will watch every episode in repeat no matter how many times I’ve seen it. I just love it.    


4. The Middle- even though this one isn’t an older show it’s still a favorite. I relate to Frankie- poor, tired, stressed out Frankie. I relate, sister. Plus Ty reminds me of Axl and Matt is a total Mike. It’s like watching my life minus the bad home decor.    


5. Criminal Minds- once upon a time I wanted to be a criminal profiler so this show speaks to me. I love it. I can watch every episode in repeat and love them all over again.    


6. Reba- oh Reba, how I love this show. It makes me laugh. I was so sad when it went off the air.    


7. Charmed- I watched every episode of this show the first time around and now I’ve seen them all in repeat as well. I wish I had some of those magical powers- there are a few people I’d like to body slam with my mind. 


8. Mad About You- probably one of my most favorite shows ever from years ago. Helen Hunt and Paul Raiser were just the best in this show. I formed a lot of my ideas of marriage from this show- just ask Matt. Ha!


9. King of Queens- no matter how many times I see an episode it never gets old. It’s just funny. And Matt says I have a lot of Carrie in me. I’m not sure that is intended as a compliment but I’m going to go ahead and take it as one. 


10. Big Bang Theory- Matt and I have watched this show from the beginning and it never gets old. It’s just perfection- and one of the few shows we completely agree on. 


Do you have any shows you love to watch in reruns no matter how many times you’ve seen them?


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