Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Dr Scholl's For Her Comfort Insoles Review

   So thanks to the awesome team at Influenster (anybody want an invite?? comment & I'll email you!) I received a pair of Dr Scholl's For Her Comfort Insoles to review for free! So what did I do? Well, first I offered them to hubby, but they were too small for his shoes. Next on my list?? My fav sis-in-law-to-be! And she loves them!
    MFSILTB put them in her fancy dress heels so she could look fab in comfort during her busy Sunday! See, her day job keeps her on her toes, chasing preschoolers and babies, so by the end of the day, her poor (small!) feet ache.
     These Dr Scholl's For Her Comfort Insoles have the fantastic massaging gel we've come to know (and love) AND it has something called "FABUstep gel" So it's totes fabu! How fantastic is that??
     Here's a pic of MFSILTB's shoes with the insoles:

*Disclaimer: I received this product for free with no other compensation. All comments/opinions are my own. You're welcome ;)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Why I Workout At Home. Alone.

      I use workout DVDs because I am a social exerciser and I do not have time or $$ for a gym membership. Oh yeah-I also don't like people watching me workout because in my mind, I'm not mastering the exercise as well as the instructor is demonstrating it. So there. I'm an at-home-work-out-vid kind of girl. Because I like working out with people, but not real people.
      That being said, I like to think that I'm a fitness cheerleader-you ran .2mi?? Yay for you! I love hearing when others complete a workout, no matter how small, as long as they are challenging themselves.
      That being said, the only other person I've watched work out is the Hubs, who did the Supreme 90 Day series with me. But now we live in a house with 11 people. ELEVEN. which means I try to get my "wodvd" time in when no one else (except the youngest two. They don't care. They even join me!) is around. Or else my self-consciousness creeps in and I'm done. If you're not going to do it with me, then don't watch me, right?
      Now here's the story. I thought I was strong enough. Strong enough to watch someone else workout with a dvd. Strong enough to cheer them on, and even though the moves weren't anywhere near the instructors, praise them anyway. Apparently I'm weaker than I knew...
      Saturday morning, another one of the adults in the house decided it was an excellent idea to workout while the kids & I were eating cereal. It was fine, really. I didn't mind. I was 3/4 of the way finished with my bowl when I looked over and...couldn't stop laughing. I know it sounds awful, but if you saw what I saw, you would have laughed too. Now, the only problem with the situation was that I had a mouth full of cereal and milk. Which had no where to go.
      Laughter is as rampant in my family as sarcasm. And it takes down whomever is in it's path. I've experienced my fair share of soda and drinks snorting out of my nose (puke too, but I wasn't laughing then) and even ice cream, so I knew that if I didn't find a solution quick, I was bound to experience some nostril burning and a huge mess all over the living room.
       After contemplating (have you ever tried to think of a sound solution while laughing? Yeah. It's hard) for a minute, I rushed to the bathroom to spit out my contents into the toilet. Did I mention I was also trying to be discreet? I'm 85% sure that I'm the only one who knew I was laughing. Because I didn't want to be discouraging. But I also couldn't finish my cereal or glance over the couch anymore. Because I was trying to be supportive. And not laugh.
      So are you an at-home-workout-dvd-er?? Or do you hit the gym? Or just do your own thing??
       

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tattler Thursday Blog Hop, Oct 24, 2013

   Hooray for Tattler Thursday! Who doesn't appreciate a good story??? Well, I got a fresh one right here for ya: This is how I started the week off, by posting this on my FB wall late Monday evening: "You know that moment after a shower when you walk into your pitch-dark room, headed for bed, then step into a warm puddle of pee while simultaneously bludgeoning your 5yo with your elbow? Yeah...happens to me too....." True story. Remember, there's 11 of us in a 3bdrm house all the way up here in Alaska...so the 4 boys share in a room, and the girls sleep on the floor in the parent's rooms. And there's only one toilet. Apparently my 5yo was so tired that not only did she not make it to the bathroom, she didn't move at all after she peed. She just stood there. Silently. In the dark. All creepy-like. Until I walked into her. Then I got smart and turned the light on to see what I stepped in. And who I hit. So yeah, it's been an awesome week, especially since that's the 3rd "Oops-I-peed-my-pants" that's happened in the past week (her 1st offense. I give her props because she hasn't done it since she peed in the middle of the hallway at her birthday sleepover party last year) that wasn't done by the 2yo. I can hear the carpet crying at night. I would too, if I was peed on.
   So, please, join us for Tattler Thursday this week and get your hop on!



Hiya Snappers! Welcome back to the 24th week of the Tattler Thursday Blog and Social Network Hop!


It's time to tattle and hop!


It's a share your crazy, gross, hilarious, in-the-trenches
parenthood stories, or any tattle that you may want to share with us, that has
nothing to do with kids, kind of blog hop! We love funny stories and we want to
hear yours! You don't have to have kids to participate!

Just leave a comment with your story, post not required! So
think of your funniest, wackiest or favorite stories, leave a comment  with your story/tattle, follow your Hostesses
and Co-Hostesses, visit and discover other blogs, and have fun!

Remember the easiest way to get a follow back is to
like/follow other pages and leave a comment! So hop around, tell your friends
and share, share, share! This is a hop designed for you to have fun and share!
Happy Tattling!
about the Blog Hop HERE!






 
This week's Featured Blogger is Joules from Pocketful of Joules.  Joules has been blogging since March 2011 on everything from losing a job,
finding a new one, selling a house, buying a house, moving twice, getting
pregnant and popping out a baby 2 months early. She’s a full time working
mother, a blogger, a DIYer, a writer and a gourmet marshmallow eater.  Be sure to pay her a visit!



To be picked as next week's featured blogger of the week, and to be eligible for October's Tattler's Studio featured post on W3G, all about you and your blog, simply comment on one of the three Hostesses blogs with a funny, silly, gross, scary, wacky, or crazy kid story!

The Rules are:

1- Follow Your Host and Co-Hostesses

2- Grab the button and display it on your blog or hop page/section

3- Leave a comment with a funny, wacky, or gross kid story/tattle


*Be Sure to Hop over to other blogs and visit/network and share the Hop



*Have fun Hopping! (and come back next week!)

 
Your Hostesses
The Wild and Wonderful World of GingerssnapsComfytown Chronicles


The Co-Hostesses
THE DIRTY DIAPER   
 
 
I'm No Hum Drum Mum    Complete Bliss Blog
 
BabyForScale   
 





























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Monday, October 21, 2013

Phrases That Don't Make Sense- Money Doesn't Grow On Trees

Hi. My name's Michelle, and sometimes I think about things to much. Like the phrase, "Money doesn't grow on trees". Of course money doesn't grow on trees. Neither does electricity. Why don't we say "Electricity doesn't grow on trees". There's tons of things that do not grow on trees, but are not associated with trees, because...well, they're just not. That being said, in on of my "it's late at night so anything makes sense to me" delusions, I was thinking that in order to use a phrase like that, it at lease has to or had to (at one point) make sense. But if you think about it, it really makes just as much sense to say "Money doesn't grow on trees" as it does to say "Horses don't grow on trees". No, duh. So, here's some more reasons (besides just making sense) why saying "Money doesn't grow on trees" just doesn't make sense.

1. Because dollar bills are made of paper which is made from trees...

2. Things that grow on trees (fruit & nuts) we buy in stores...but we don't buy $$ in stores....hhhmmm....

3. If money grew on trees, it would be it's own species. And there would be money tree groves....that had to be maintained, so people would get paid for maintaining the money trees....so people would have to buy money to pay the people who take care of the money trees....

4. If money grew on trees, how would the tree's DNA know which president's face to put on it? Or writing for that manner? Would a tree know if it's been transplanted from Europe to the U.S.? What about money trees on country borders? What would happen if a country's border changed? HOW WOULD THE TREE KNOW???

5. Now that our culture is switching to using debit/credit cards for more things, no one really uses paper money any more...so we're going to have to start saying "Credit cards don't grow on trees" (but really, they're made from plastic which is made from oil...which comes from the ground....) Plus...coins are metal...which comes from rocks....

So, now that I've sufficiently ruined the usage of the phrase, "Money doesn't row on trees", I do hope that you'll join me in refraining from using the phrase....(or at lease use it with knowledge that it doesn't really make sense!)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tattler Thursday, Oct 17, 2013. Places I'm Not Taking Amber Part I

   I found this tattle-tale (more like "rant") filed under "Places I'm Not Taking Amber Anymore...On a plane...". This was written in angst last summer (2012) after I had taken all 3 kiddos (by myself-Hubs had to join us later) on a flight to the east coast. Since it's just been sitting there, I figured I may as well put it to some good use, and who doesn't love a good tattle on Tattler Thursday??
    I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not taking Amber on a plane. Ever. Again.
   Apparently she's developed a sensitivity to motion (which seemed to come out of nowhere-it didn't seem to affect her until she was about 18 months old), which means we have to administer anti-nausea meds prior to long trips or air travel.  This isn't too big of an issue, unless she makes it one. 
    This time, I tried to be a "good mommy" and instead of forcing Amber to chew or swallow Nauzene tablets after she stopped liking the taste, I found some liquid anti-nausea meds-cherry flavored.  Every kid likes taking liquid medicine, right?? Wrong.  She refuses.  It's become such a huge battle, that I tried diluting it with juice.  According to the directions, that's a no-no, and we discovered why the hard way-it loses its effectiveness...oops...
    Prior to our trip to DIA (takes us 3 hrs to drive to the airport), she took her meds without too much conflict.  It was her airport behavior that frazzled me.  To save $$, we only took carry-ons (and 1 personal item-crammed as much as we could get away with). 
     The plan?? Josiah & Amber had backpacks and one drag-along suitcase. I had an over-the-shoulder bag and a drag-along. And a stroller with the littlest. Yeeeeeeeeeesssss..... A flawless plan with no flaws.
     Amber's "specifically-designed-for-kids" drag-along seemed to be giving her problems. And her backpack was too heavy. Yeah, okay. By the time we reached the floor where our gate was located, I was dragging two suitcases (Josiah's was a bit big for him-my fault because his smaller one was packed in another bag), carrying two over-the-shoulder bags (thankfully Amber's had a strap) and lugging her backpack. Josiah carried his backpack w/no prob and pushed Malachi (who thinks a stroller *must* move every second he's in it). Amber still whined.
      On the airplane, it took all the kids about an hour before they fell asleep. When Amber woke, she started crying. Why? I don't know...I don't even know if she knows....but I tried shushing her as best as I could so she wouldn't wake anyone else up during the 3 & 1/2 hour flight (including the 1yo in my lap). My efforts were futile. Eventually, we landed...and somehow made it off the plane and to the pick-up area with Amber not dragging anything, and Josiah & I carrying/pushing everything (Did I mention we also brought along car seats? Yeah....)
       (A year later we took another East Coast trip to see the fam, and we did let Amber come with us. She was almost five, and way more of a trooper. )
Now on to the blog hop! Happy hopping!!!


Hiya Snappers! Welcome back to the 23rd week of the Tattler Thursday Blog and Social Network Hop!


It's time to tattle and hop!


It's a share your crazy, gross, hilarious, in-the-trenches
parenthood stories, or any tattle that you may want to share with us, that has
nothing to do with kids, kind of blog hop! We love funny stories and we want to
hear yours! You don't have to have kids to participate!

Just leave a comment with your story, post not required! So
think of your funniest, wackiest or favorite stories, leave a comment  with your story/tattle, follow your Hostesses
and Co-Hostesses, visit and discover other blogs, and have fun!

Remember the easiest way to get a follow back is to
like/follow other pages and leave a comment! So hop around, tell your friends
and share, share, share! This is a hop designed for you to have fun and share!
Happy Tattling!


about the Blog Hop HERE!







This week's featured blogger is Confessions of a (Not-so-) Super Mom!  She describes her blog as: "A not-so-prolific blog about whatever I feel like, regarding my not-so-super and totally self-deprecating parenting." You should go check out her blog and give her some lovin'!

To be picked as next week's featured blogger of the week, and to be eligible for October's Tattler's Studio featured post on W3G, all about you and your blog, simply comment on one of the three Hostesses blogs with a funny, silly, gross, scary, wacky, or crazy kid story!
The Rules are:
1- Follow Your Host and Co-Hostesses
2- Grab the button and display it on your blog or hop page/section
3- Leave a comment with a funny, wacky, or gross story/tattle


*Be Sure to Hop over to other blogs and visit/network and share the Hop



*Have fun Hopping! (and come back next week!)

 
Your Hostesses
The Wild and Wonderful World of GingerssnapsComfytown Chronicles


The Co-Hostesses
The Wine Chronicles   
 
    Complete Bliss Blog
 
BabyForScale   
 





























***If you have any questions or suggestions, you can reach us at tattlerthursday@gmail.com***

Monday, October 14, 2013

Things You Wish You Didn't Know About Me, List 2 (56-80)

         A few months ago (okay, so it was almost a year!) I posted a list of "55 Things You May Wish You Didn't Know About Me". As I was typing this one (and checking the last one to make sure I'm not reiterating myself) I discovered that there are some things that are a bit different from February's list. Like #'s 60 & 71 .

56. Every time I see attached earlobes, I get this vision in my head of me taking a knife and performing a botched form of cosmetic surgery. There. They're welcome ;)

57. My last 2 kids I had naturally-no meds at all! (it's not that I didn't want them-I was too far "gone" by the time I wanted them, lol)

58. My FaceBook relationship status w/the hubs has been "it's complicated" since he joined. Why? Because marriage is complicated. (You would not believe the number of random "are you guys okay?" messages we receive from aquaintances (yes, not "good friends", but folks we barely know who feel it is their duty to "fix" our marriage)

59. I am learning the art of "tapestry crochet"

60. I am becoming a skilled snot-rocketter! (see here)

61. I've tried boiled peanuts. Once.

62. I've puked just about every color of the rainbow. Including black.

63. The kitchen hates me.

64. I love fuzzy socks!!!

65. I don't like banana-flavored stuff. I will eat a banana, but not banana, -------, & -------.

66. I've seen moose (in real life!)

67. I just turned 27. Three more years and I'll be 30 (and making fun of the Hubs for being 35.
Mwahahaha)

68. I am a Twitter "cheater". The only people I *actually* follow are the ones that I get sent to my phone.

69. I am one of those adults who has been sucked back into fairytale land with tv shows like Once Upon a Time.

70. I score awesome deals at Kohl's. Like $3.80 Tony Hawk jeans for my son & $3 shades.

71. The longest distance I've ran without stopping is 8 miles.

72. I live in Alaska now.

73. I enjoy watching comedies. And mystery shows. And crime shows.

74. I love Wawa. (Everything from their coffee to their mugs to their food. Everything's better with Wawa!)

75. I've emailed Wawa and requested them to open up a store in Colorado. Now I must do the same for AK.

76. Chest hair terrifies me (serious nightmares from a certain college professor!)

77. Sometimes I share more information than people care to know.

78. I saw my first fist-fight this summer. Up close & personal.

79. I've watched fireworks on the beach.

80. I've accidentally let my daughter walk outside the house (and attend school) looking like a hoochie-mama. Bad Mom award right there.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Annie's White Cheddar Mac N Cheese Review

         I got to try Annie's White Cheddar Microwavable Mac and Cheese Cup when Influenster included a free sample in my Mama Vox Box!
        At first, I was hesitant. Annie's is a company that caters towards the organic/natural crowd (at least from my understanding). Moms trust Annie's. I was not one of those moms. However, I think I may be one now!
       My first "wow!" came after I read the ingredient list. I wondered how Annie's could make a microwavable mac & cheese cup, and still keep their reputation. (Sadly, I didn't write the ingredients down, but trust me-it was a short, readable list!)
       My 2nd "wow" came after I tasted it! I must admit, the white cheddar didn't look appealing, it tasted ah-MAZing! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. By myself. It was just as quick and easy as other microwavable mac & cheese cups, but tastier! I am *sold* on these!!!


Yum. O. The sauce did thicken a little more after I took this pic, but once the mac n cheese hit my mouth, I just couldn't stop shoveling it in. At all.


   *Disclaimer: All opinions and comments about this product are my own. I received this product for free from Influenster (with no other compensation). I believe that honest reviews help companies tailor their products to their customer's needs.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Total Nutrition by Immortal Herbs Review


        Thanks to Tomoson, I had the opportunity to try Total Nutrition by Immrtal Herbs. It's "a diverse blend of premium quality superfood ingredients sourced from across the globe". "Just one tablespoon is enough to provide the average American with an entire day's worth of nutrients!" Sounds fantastic, right?? Uhuh. That's what I thought too.

       While I enjoy making "smoothies" (I throw some spinach, water & frozen fruits into my Ninja & blend), I was looking for something "extra" to add-something tat can help up the nutrient factor. And here it was. And it was blech. I know, I know, but it was. It even smelled blech.
         I only received one packet of total nutrition to try, so I did my best to document my journey with photos. I poured the powder into a cup, then added water and blended until it was sufficiently mixed. Since the concotion stank, I threw it in my Ninja, added some frozen fruits and a handful of stevia packets and Ninja'd. And it still smelled and tasted gross. So I drank a few sips then doled the rest out to the kiddos. (That's what they're for, right?? Experimenting on??)





         If they decide to revamp their formula, I'd be willing to try it again! Until then, I can't seem to get the bitter tate out of my memory. Blech (yes. That's exactly what it tasted like. Blech.)


*Disclaimer: I believe in honest reviews about products, because they help companies tailor their products to meet their customer's needs. The following disclaimer is from Tomoson:
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream Review

   Influenster sent me their Mama Vox Box to try out and inside was some Ponds Luminous Finish BB+ Cream. Besides being a BB cream, it's also supposed to tone your skin! Yay!
   This is the second BB cream I've used and reviewed (check here for the 1st one!). In comparison, this cream is less messy (the tube has a more controlled spout) and is smelly(?) (it has some...odor to it...I think they meant well, but I don't like it).
    I received two different shades (light & medium) in my Influenster Mama Vox Box, which I thought was great because they let me choose my shade. BB creams seem to only have light, medium and dark shades. Though these creams can replace liquid foundations (I don't use liquid foundation or powder anymore-all I do is slap some BB cream on!) they only come in the broader ranges, unlike more specific foundation shades. Another reason I appreciate receiving two different shades is because my skin tone changes from light to medium in the summer time, but when the sun disappears, so does my tan, which used to mean that I would use two or three different foundations (sometimes blending colors, depending on the time of year) but now I only have two BB creams to choose from! Light or medium!


      I don't really know the science behind BB creams, but it seems like magic to me! I just slap some on, and after a few minutes (foundation takes a few minutes too to set) my skin looks flawless! I honestly thought that the light Ponds BB cream would be too "light" (you know: like a pasty-white) but it blended so well with my skin tone!
     The texture of the Ponds BB cream is rich and thick, but still spreadable. When I use liquid foundation, I always use a damp sponge to apply it to my face, and I do it really really quick so that it doesn't dry in weird different-colored patches all over my face. With BB cream, I just squeeze some onto my fingers and smear all over my face & I'm good to go!
  See??



            So if you're looking for a fantastic BB cream to try, check out Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream! Check them out on Facebook now to get a coupon!

        *Disclaimer: I received this product for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I believe honest reviews are more effective than padded ones.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Snippets of Convos With BlondieChell Part I

Well, you asked for it, so here it is. Raw, unfiltered (except names. Names are a no-no) snippets of conversations I have had. I am trying to avoid publicly embarrassing anyone, so I have hidden the names of the subjects. They're welcome ;)

FB Messsage:
Subject 1: I stand by my word. I don't visit until you learn to shoot a gun!!! Lol
Me: Rofl. That just has "accident waiting to happen" all over it!
Subject 1: Hey, at least I would *almost* be safe...
Me: Somehow the shot would ricochet & I'd ending up hitting you, lol

Person I Haven't Talked To In A *Really* Long Time:
PIHTTIARLT: Hi
Me: Hi, ---------!
PIHTTIARLT: I had my baby
Me: I see. Congrats. We moved to Alaska.
PIHTTIARLT: I heard

Text:

Subject 2: You guys make it into Denver safe?
Me: No. We crashed in the middle of the ocean. Swimming towards Mexico now.
Subject 2: Cool!!!! Have fun!!
Me: Oh crap. There's a shark. Gotta go!
Subject 2: Swim faster!
Me: I can't! I lost half of my right leg in the crash! I'm a gimp!
Subject 2: Darn. No more running for you.

Text:
Me: I was thinking u guys were having underwear-flinging wars or something.
Subject 3: I don't know if I should laugh or gag?! Lol
Me: U set me up for disappointment
Subject 3: Lol forgive me
Me: No!

Recent verbal conversation:

“Go in there, sit down & fart, and then he’ll leave”
“No he won’t!”
“Just go in there”
“You don’t understand-nothing will come out. I can’t do it with anyone in there!”

This. This is why I don't have many friends. Enjoy your week!!!