July 1, 2015

A New Toy

A couple of weeks ago when summer break was on the horizon, I decided to be "fun mom" and ordered a bunch of floss sugar to use in our cotton candy machine.  The machine we had was one my son got for Christmas two years ago. I remembered that it didn't work the best but I figured it was because we weren't using authentic cotton candy sugar.

I was wrong.

When the floss sugar arrived, my son was over the moon excited to make cotton candy and had plans to share it with the neighborhood. Can you imagine his disappointment when the damn thing spun for 30 minutes and only produced a tablespoon of cotton candy?!? 

We checked a few stores and no one seems to sell them (usually around $40) and I'm pretty sure I know why - because they don't work! 

Enter Amazon.  It seems as though you have two choices when it comes to cotton candy machines:  $40 shit versions that don't work OR $200+ machines.  After debating it for over a week, I splurged. My rationale? We aren't going on a summer vacation this year ;)

This thing kicks ass! It is worth every single penny.

Yeah, it's big but the bowl detaches so storing it won't be an issue. However, I'm not sure we'll be storing it much. If my 10 year old has his way, it will become a permanent fixture in our kitchen like the refrigerator!

It didn't make as much of a mess as I thought it would so that's a plus. But I would recommend doing it outside or in the garage.  I did not purchase the dome - that was an extra $80. And honestly, after using it twice, the dome would hinder collecting the cotton candy and it's an extra thing you'd have to clean. I also recommend having a second person to help because once your pour the sugar in, cotton candy immediately begins to fly!

It's safe to say I'm going to be the most favorite Aunt ever this 4th of July!

June 25, 2015

The Storm

We were hit by a crazy storm on Tuesday night, knocking out power for about 30 long hours. We were initially told no power until at least the weekend so imagine our glee when it came back on at 11pm last night! Loud cheers could be heard through everyone's open windows.

Our damage was minimal. We have a fan-shaped decorative piece of siding that is over a double window on the second story - it was ripped right off the house. Other houses in my neighborhood are missing roofing shingles, flashing, gutters, and some tree/car damage (we don't have giant trees near us - one reason the neighborhood was appealing!)  We were lucky. Just a half mile down the road, trees were down everywhere and at least 3 homes were have been declared uninhabitable.  Much of the white vinyl fencing surrounding these homes is gone. Not just laying on the ground - but gone.

The National Weather Service has surveyed the damage and said it was "straight line winds" and I suppose they are the experts but it was pretty damn close to being a tornado. Can straight line winds have a defined path?! We've never had winds & rain like that before.

I can confirm that living like the Amish sucks, even for just a day. We are spoiled, for sure. It's okay. I can own it. There is nothing fun about living without electricity in June.

June 18, 2015

BarkBox Review ~ Box #2

So our second BarkBox arrived in the mail the other day and once again, I got the shipping notification after the box arrived. So weird.

The 2 blue toys are really nice but the dogs are indifferent toward them. They definitely like stuffed toys that they can rip apart better ... lol

The bag of treats were liked as usual.

I could have done without the dog scarf. It's cute, of course, but my dogs don't enjoy "clothing" at all. Maybe it's a Shepherd thing.

Here's proof this puppy is growing - she's 4 months old now!


June 16, 2015

Too Much to Waste!

I've been using L'Oreal Paris's Miracle Blur for over a year now. I really like this product. It's light, non-greasy, and really does smooth my skin before I apply my foundation. The only "con" is it's expensive - $20 per tube.  But a little goes a long way so that is a plus!

However, the packaging is terrible. It is VERY difficult to squeeze the tube when you're fairly sure it's almost empty. The tube is too stiff. Imagine my surprise when I decided to cut open the tube to see how much I was about to throw away?  I was flabbergasted:

Look at all that product I almost threw away!  That it at least a week's worth of applications people!  Come on, L'Oreal!  There is a better way to package this product so we actually get to use all of it! 

FYI - I tried the Miracle Blur with sunscreen in it. Don't bother. It's sticky and smelly and just not the same.  I guess I'm not the only one who feels this way because when I went to purchase a new tube of the (normal) Miracle Blur, I bought the last one on the shelf but there were about 10 boxes of the sunscreen version.

So in summary, cut open that tube before you you toss it! You will likely be amazed (and annoyed) at how much is getting wasted inside that dumb tube!