Monday, December 29, 2014

Sometimes, I Pick A Favorite...

   Some days I like to play a little game called "Which Kiddo's the Fav??"

   You know you do it too...typically it depends on which child is the most well-behaved that day...but some days it gets awarded to the most helpful, or funniest child. Sometimes my favorite is the most snuggly....and if I'm in a really sour mood, it could be the child who "takes care of" the ones annoying me. It all depends on my mood.
    Like when A will do just about anything I ask of her...or M gives me couch cuddles....or J tells me he loves me (repeatedly. because he wants something...).
   Growing up, I always heard my mom say "I love you all the same" and "I don't have any favorites". As a mom, I know she forced herself say these things to keep the peace among the horde. And for that, I am grateful. But as a mother, I now know better.  
    And I believe it's okay to think this way because at the end (and beginning) of the day, I do love all of my kiddos the same. However, as their behavior during the day varies, so does my thoughts about the children. I mean sure, they're all great, they have fantastic qualities, and yet all three are different, and have different strengths and weaknesses.
     Do I ever tell them they've made it to "favorite" rank?? Of course not! I just keep these thoughts to myself...and you

Monday, December 22, 2014

Twas The Monday Before Christmas... for nothin for today. I was going to post a recipe for Moose Poop, but my mom came to visit us, so I don't have it all together like I had wanted it. And trust me, you want this recipe!!!
  So I leave you with this thought about Christmas Moose: 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Proof That My Children Are A Few Crayons Short Of A Rainbow

Proof that my children are a few crayons short of a rainbow.....
    You know how you wander around the house aimlessly while talking on the phone? That was me the other day-wandering around the house while talking to my dad on the phone and then I settled on the office chair in the living room. Five seconds later, I was kissing the floor my foot felt like it was broken. I can’t tell you what happened, because I don’t know. One moment I was upright, the next, I felt myself and said chair falling….”Man down! Man down!” I yelled as my body slid to the floor in a heap.
   As I laid there (still yelling “Man down! Man down!”) the 8yo came over, took my phone and my slippers and resumed my conversation with my father. “Call 911!” I heard him say….then “Oh, DON’T call 911!!” even though all I was able to utter was “Man down!”  Boy am I glad that kid has his medical degree!
     While I lay there, face-planted into our faux wood floor, I mentally assessed the damage. Wind knocked out? Check. Foot screaming in pain? Check. The 6yo comes over and asked what hurt (finally! Someone cares!). I let her know that my foot hurt “real bad” so of course (another M.D. in the family) she lifted each foot and squeezed it. “This one? This one?”  Then she dropped my feet and walked away.
   After a few minutes, I found the strength to roll over on my back and I reached for my phone. The 8yo got the hint and delivered it along with my slippers. Next the 6&8yos lifted my hand and gasped. Apparently I had gotten some red marker on my hand earlier. They both insisted that this was blood and needed a bandaid. Finally! Some medical assistance!
    Then the 8yo felt my forehead for a fever, prayed for me, then he stepped on the injured foot.  Good times. When I finally got up, he exclaimed “Good! All your bones are together again! You’re fixed!” 

    And.... this is the crew who is supposed to care for me when I am older….Such good hands….. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014's Christmas Products #Review #Giveaway #Sponsored

     Looking for a unique Christmas gift?? offers many photo-related products- my favorite feature is that you can just choose photos from your social sites!!!
   If you're like me, you've already downloaded the photos from your phone to your computer...into who-knows-what album?? But I can usually remember which social networking site I posted the pic to, which is why I love this feature!
     My friends over are sent me an aluminum photo panel, a custom ornament and a 6ft roll of custom wrapping paper to review, along with codes to give away one of each of these products!!! YAY!!! So here's the review:
         Here is a photo of the aluminum photo panel:

     When I first heard of this product, I wasn't even sure what it was- I just clicked a photo and ordered it!And now, I love it!!! It had a shiny finish and looks like a frameless, glossy photo on the wall. It feels a bit heavy and has these wooden stoppers on the back so that you can hang it on your l and it won't touch the wall (unless you have a really funky-shaped wall). I love how shiny it is, too!

      The custom ornament I received is made of metal too! I chose the oval shape and again a photo that I had uploaded to Facebook. This will be a gift for someone special for Christmas!

      When it came to ordering the custom 6ft gift wrap, I kept adding photos because the page told me too! It said something about "the photos may be blurry, so add more". And I did. At the time, I didn't realize that the preview I saw would repeat (even though the site did say something like that), so basically I got wrapping paper with millions of photos on it, lol!!!

      I think it's great-I mean, who wouldn't want to see our faces on everything?? My plan for the wrap is to use it for family gifts-that way they can always save (and frame) it. Worried about cutting sloppy or having uneven edges? The paper has cutting lines printed across the back- really thought this product through!!!

     Now, who wants to win these fab products??
   I am giving these away on the FB fan page, so enter to win a product by clicking on the corresponding link:

Aluminum photo panel: Click here!
Custom Ornament: Click here!
6ft Roll Gift wrap:  Click here!
     Giveaway ends 12/18/14! Good luck!!!

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions on the products are my own. I was compensated for my review with the aforementioned product from I received no other compensation. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Collage .com One-Click Photo Book #Review2 #Sponsored

     So our good friends at were distraught that I couldn't figure out how to do the "fancy-dancy" stuff to my albums that they had featured in their stock photos that they not only explained the simple process to me, but sent me two more photo books so I could TRY the fancy-dancy and tell you all about it!!!
   One of my favorite things about using for photo gifts is the option to utilize your social media profiles instead of digging through saved albums on the computer. If I know that I want to use photos that I remember posting to Instagram or Facebook, I can just click and add!

    Once you've chosen your project and uploaded your photos, you're ready to create your custom project! For this post, I made two photo books ( one 11.5x8.5 hardcover and a 8x6 softcover book). Instead of just uploading 20 pics and letting the website design my book, I uploaded a ton and was able to add multiple photos onto pages!
     I did this by clicking on each page individually-this way I could center my photos and add multiples to a page. Most of my pages have 1 photo, and you can click on "stretch to cover" if you want the photo to take up the whole page. My last post described how to add a background to cover the extra page if you don't want to stretch your photos.

      I added multiple photos to pages by dragging photos from the column on the left to the page- the more you put on the page, the smaller the photos become. If you know you want certain photos on a page, but cannot figure out how to lay then out, just click on "free form or shuffle" button until the look works for you.

     If you're like me, you wait until last to do the front page. You can choose a collage of all of the photos in the book or add different ones. You can also choose to have a shape and title on the front cover.

           And just like that, your photobook will be ready for you to order!!! They have plenty of photo projects to choose from and always seem to have a discount code via email or Facebook! Right now their discount on these books is still valid!

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm Not *That* Crazy, I Swear...

    You know that moment when someone you're just really starting to like asks you for your social media profile and you're like "Um...uh...yeah...." Because you want them to like you for who you are when you are with them....and not introduce them to the three-ringed-circus you *really* are on social media. I'm talking the real you. "Cray-to-the-z". Cray-Z.
     And yet, I find myself unabashedly accepting friend requests, over and over again....most of the time, I do warn them...I mean, I think it's only fair to let them know what they're getting themselves into before cray photos of me in crochet beards, my unprofessional humor and inexplicable things my kids say assault their news feed.....

    In fact, I've even considered drawing up a would look something like this:

                I __________ do hereby declare that I am acknowledging the sanity-less lifestyle of                      BlondieChell and am consciously making the decision to be her friend on a social media site. I            am fully aware that this means I will be subject to random and strange postings, some of which            I may have no prior knowledge. I affirm that if I find this submersion to be more than I had                  thought I bargained for, I have the right to separate from this relationship quietly. I will not bash          or speak ill of the things I have seen or heard.

   Great idea, right???I mean really, who hasn't thought of doing something like this before?? Oh, just me?? well, now that yours eyes have been opened, I dare you to unsee it....hahahaha.....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BuluBox Promo #Sponsored

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    *Disclaimer: this is a promotion from BuluBox. In exchange for posting this, I will receive a free BuluBox.

Monday, December 1, 2014

BlondieChell's Black Friday Do's and Don'ts

How to Black Friday:

    Are you one of the millions of Americans too intimidated by the Black Friday madness to get off the couch and join in?? Well this post is for you!! I have some easy "do's" and "don'ts" to help you survive the Black Friday madness!!!
1. Hair up. This is a must. Okay, Hair up, and tight-that way no one can yank your pony or tear out your tresses easily.
2. Game face on. Just enough makeup to support your "I'm-serious-about-Black-Friday-get-in-my-way-and-you-die" look.
                     I couldn't decide which game face shot to here ya go!

3. Wear comfy I'm not talking pajamas, I'm talking clothes you will be comfortable running, squatting, fighting and standing for hours in.
4. Do your research-that good deal you're looking for-is it *really* a good deal?? And is it worth the Black Friday madness to purchase??
5. Have a game plan. Decide which deals are important enough to camp out over and which ones you'll take your chances on. From there, it's helpful to have a list of items and stores, and sort which stores you'll hit and in what order.
6. Don't take a purse-wear something closer to your clothing like an under-the-sweatshirt fanny pack, or hide-away wallet. Only carry the essentials-an ID, the cards you'll use and your cell.
7. Pack snacks. Of course, some stores will have donuts and coffee, but will you really have time to sample all the goodies from all the stores?? No! Of course not! You're ON A MISSION!!!!
1. Show up late. You this this, and you may not get that fab deal you wanted.
   Eh...that's about it....I do believe Black Friday's kind of a "free for all"