January 31, 2014

Superbowl Food

In my house, we cheer for the Dallas Cowboys. But it's been 18 years since they've been to the big game.  That's really depressing when you're the die-hard fan like My Husband. He has loved the Cowboys since he was 7 years old and has never faltered. He's thrown a lot of stuff at the TV and slammed a lot of doors in the past 18 years, let me tell you!

Even though our favorite team isn't playing on Sunday, we still watch the Superbowl and do all The Stuff.  My sister-in-law offered up her house this year so I'm off the hook hosting our little party. We will have all the typical Superbowl Food - pizza, wings, hoagies, and dips. 

Thanks to Pinterest, this dip landed on my radar and it looks fan-freaking-tastic. This dip is happening on Sunday.


I mean seriously, look at that gooey cheesiness! How can that NOT be good? Artery clogging? Most definitely. But who cares. It's national cheat day. Indulge and enjoy.

It's not a party without dessert so I'll be doing something fun with these items:



I hope you have a great weekend!

January 30, 2014

A Bathroom "Murder"

A recent trip to the dentist revealed that my kid's baby teeth just don't want to come out. Bud is almost 12 years old and he still has 6 baby teeth to lose. Boo is 9 years old and still has a mouth FULL of baby teeth. To date, he's only lost 7 teeth.

The 7th tooth finally fell out the other night. The tooth had been loose for awhile and was very wiggly, but we've learned that this boy has some serious roots on his baby teeth. They don't budge easily.

So he's sitting at the kitchen table doing whatever he possible can to avoid doing his homework and he starts to mess with the loose tooth and it starts to bleed.  All of this is unbeknownst to me because I had gone upstairs to gather some laundry.  I come back down to find him sitting on the bathroom counter in the middle of murder scene.  He had blood running down his face, his arm, it was on the counter, the WALL, and all over the sink! Blood was everywhere! How is it possible that one little baby tooth would cause so much blood?!? 

The tooth was finally extracted from his mouth. The bleeding stop. The mess was cleaned up. And the funniest part? He never once inquired about payment from the tooth fairy.  I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry.  My babies are growing up too fast.


January 29, 2014

Genius

I'm not biased or anything, but he might just be the smartest kid on the planet:



He's preventing future neck issues, right?


January 28, 2014

Hair Confession

It has been a year since my last "professional" haircut.  I use quotation marks around "professional" because at the ripe old age of 40, I still can't find someone who can cut my hair consistently well.  I've tried many places, ranging in price ranges up to $50 a cut and still, almost every single time at some point, I am disappointed and break-up with that stylist.

I was using a salon near my house for quite some time. I had 2 girls that I like well enough. But over time, as usual, the bad hair cut happens. The year-ago hair cut?  It was terrible. In hindsight, I should have gone back and complained, but I did not. She completely screwed up the layers! It was uneven and choppy. When your husband notices it, you know there is a problem.

I've never been afraid to cut my own hair so I grabbed a pair of scissors and took a few inches off the length to help hide the bad cut of the layers. It helped for the most part but for the past year I've just been growing out the layers and straight-trimming the ends as needed. The only problem with this fix has been the horrible split ends on the layers from blow-drying and the flat iron. My hair grows sloooooooow.

All of this has now morphed into a bigger problem. I am fearful and nervous to let anyone near my head with a pair of scissors. I'm tired of the crappy cuts that aren't cheap! I'm close, oh so close, to chopping it all off but I literally talk myself out of it once a week because I don't know who I can trust to do it right - and keep doing it right.

I have clearly have control issues.


January 23, 2014

Hibernating

There is something about winter that makes me hibernate. I wouldn't say it's seasonal depression, but winter makes me incredibly lazy. Yesterday we shoveled out from another foot of snow. We are definitely paying our dues for having very mild winters for the past 4 years. At this rate, the boys will be in school until July. February is typically the snowiest month for us so I'm leery of what may lie ahead.

The good news is I am slowly clearing off the DVR one Lifetime movie at a time. If only I lead an exciting life I'd have more to write about!


January 16, 2014

Evil Cookies

And so begins that time of year when everyone's plan to detox from all the holiday sugar gets sabotaged...

Girl Scout Cookies go on sale today.

It's a good thing the price of a box keeps increasing while the number of cookies inside the box keeps decreasing. It's easier to limit how many boxes you purchase.

The Samoas are my favorite.

Good luck!!


January 15, 2014

Laundry Rules

Doing laundry has to be one of the worst chores ever. I've always said that if I could afford to out-source this evil chore, I'd do it in a heart beat. I would glad pay someone else to wash, fold, and put away our laundry. 

The other morning my 11 year old, who is well on his way to teen-dom, asked "WHERE ARE ALL MY PANTS?" in a exasperated, you suck at being a mom tone because as you know, as the mom, I should spend all my free time doing laundry.  He didn't like my reply.

A very long time ago I came up with a system of doing laundry because as a mom who has always worked full-time, I felt like I was spending my entire weekend doing laundry. And that didn't quite seem fair, especially since The Husband was home all day long.  First and foremost, I told The Husband he was on his own. I don't do his laundry. Obviously if he needs something washed or started a load and didn't finish it, I will help him out. I'm not that heartless. But as far as keeping up with his laundry? Oh hell no. I have enough to worry about.

I still do the boy's laundry separately. I started doing it that way when they were babies and it just stuck. Why sort clothes and socks? It's easier, to me, to do it this way. And because they have a mother who is slightly addicted to shopping, they have more than enough clothes to sustain them for quite some time. I do their laundry every other week. Yep. Not a typo. I essentially do their laundry twice a month.  They wear pajamas more than once and have tall hampers in their closets. Sure, at the end of the second week that hamper is full. I have a large capacity washer - 2 loads, and it's done (2 loads per boy)  In the winter, there may be a 3rd load to do with bulkier items.

I do my own laundry the same way - every other week.  It might seem extreme but you know what? It works and makes it manageable for me instead of worrying about doing everyone's laundry every weekend. The added bonus is that is forces the boys to NOT wear the same things over and over and over.  It's genius if you ask me.  Sheets and towels are washed mid-week as needed because who cares if they sit in the dryer unfolded for three days. I surely don't.

So when Bud complained about having no (athletic) pants the other day, I said, "Oh really? Because I just cleaned out your closet the other day and you have 8 pairs of jeans hanging in your closet. Go get dressed."

Some people, however, take avoiding doing laundry to a whole new level. Consider this comment I came across:


Yeah, wow. I wash my jeans on average once every six months or so! They're so much more comfortable unwashed and don't get all shrunken or worn out so quickly. :)

Say whut?  Now that's gross. Think about where you sat in those pants over the past six months. Eww!! I'm surprised her pants aren't walking around on their own. I've had a few questionable looks when I've been asked about how I handle laundry but don't knock it until you've tried it. Anything stained gets pre-treated and if it's really bad, like a muddy set of clothes, I will wash things right away.  There are exceptions to my rules! 


January 14, 2014

Lessons Learned

Once upon a time we bought an Otter Box for Bud's ipod 5. The Otter Box can be a pricey investment but when you consider the job it's supposed to do, it's a worthwhile expense.

However, when you take the Otter Box OFF, this WILL inevitably happen:


Excuses were made and blame was placed on someone else, of course! 

Okay, dear son, I have one question for you:  Who took off the Otter Box case?

Yeah, I thought so too.

The ipod is still operational and it's now back in the Otter Box case, a little too late.  It will continue to have a cracked-up screen until he can earn the money to pay to have it fixed. One day he'll learn, right?!

January 10, 2014

Deals Galore!

It's my second favorite time of year - winter clearance time! I had a very successful trip to Marshall's the other day. It might be my new favorite store. It's not overwhelming like giant department stores are to me. Sure you have to hunt a bit but Marshall's doesn't carry a ton of inventory at any one time so it's relatively easy to browse the racks.

You cannot beat the discounted prices on name brand clothing either. It's like a gold mind. It's the only place I buy Under Armour hoodies for the boys, paying only $20-$25 per sweatshirt. It's cheaper than "gently used" hoodies on eBay. Seriously!

So my haul:

A cream-colored cowl neck sweater - Retail $58, @ Marshall's for $20 - I paid $12.

Avia yoga pants - Retail $30, @ Marshall's for $15 - I paid $10.

Marika legging-yoga pants - Retail $34, @ Marshall's for $16.99 - I paid $10.

Lucky Brand flannel pajama pants - Retail $40, @ Marshall's for $20 - I paid $10.

Lucky Brand Men's flannel PJ set - Retail $50, @ Marshall's for $24.99 - I paid $15.

Isaac Mizrahi Perfect Coverage bra - Retail $38, @ Marshall's for $9.99! - I paid $5.

So...

Retail was $250; Marshall's regular prices were $106.97 but I only paid $62, a savings of 75% over retail or 42% over Marshall's already low prices!

I LOVE SHOPPING. I do, I really do. There. I said it.

January 9, 2014

Icy Creek

I stopped to snap this picture this morning. It's a small creek near my house that is completely frozen. The sheets of ice are fascinating to me. It's been a few years since we've seen anything like this around here.


We're expecting some rain tomorrow and over the weekend, along with warmer temperatures. Things are about to get really messy.

I promise I'm not turning this into a weather blog! Life is a bit boring right now, since all I do is go to work, come home, and try to keep warm!


January 8, 2014

PROOF

As per my car yesterday morning:


Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! ONE degree!



January 7, 2014

Frozen

Nothing like sending the kids back to school after Christmas break to only go a day and then have the next day off due to snow. Three days later it was 60 degrees and pouring rain. And on the 4th day, 1 degree with wind chills into the -teens. C-R-A-Z-Y!! I know we don't have it as bad as other parts of the country but for NJ's standards it's bad and even worse because of the wild temperature swings.

The Husband and I got new cell phones and I'm having some trouble emailing pictures. I think the files may be too big? Or Yahoo and/or Gmail both suck? So bear with me. I'll figure it out.

During the phone transfer at the cell phone store, mine went smoothly but The Husband's did not. He's been having trouble with his phone for quite some time and now we (probably) know why. For some reason, he has 23,000 contacts on his phone.  Even the tech's were stumped but obviously, somehow, his contacts had been replicated over and over - and over. This just stands as further proof he should never touch a computer or computer-like device. Every single time he screws them up.  I give it 3 months before he starts having trouble with this brand new phone!

I contemplated switching to an iPhone but in the end I decided to stick with the Android. I keep hearing of more and more people dissatisfied with the iPhone (and being a slave to Apple products) so I decided to stick with what I know. So far, so good with the LG G2.  It has a beautiful display and was easy to navigate.


January 2, 2014

Best Break Ever

Christmas break was wonderful. Sure, we spent quality time with family celebrating the holidays and had a blast on New Year's Eve at our 5th Annual Breakfast for Dinner fiasco.  But I could have won an award for the laziest people on the planet. I will never admit to how many movies I watched or how much time I spent with my butt firmly planted on the couch.

My only form of exertion was when I took the dog for a walk. And the day I took the boys into the city to get all of us off the couch!

I did spend some time reorganizing some things when I put away the Christmas decorations. The laundry is all caught up. The house is clean and so is the basement.

2014 is off to a good start!