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Thursday, June 29, 2017
For Mother's Day, I tried to make decorated glass in frames. They made it seem so simple. Instead, I had blurry words and pictures drawn by my kids and a huge mess in my dining room.
Then came the wonderful search on Pinterest. You see, I have lots of mason jar lids and baby food jars. So I thought I'd look for something else that I could try that would incorporate them. I found this cute video on there to make candle holders with the mason jar lids. It looked so easy. I went looking for alum powder. They sell it with the spices. Except I could only find the little jars of it. And it takes 4 of them to make a cup, which was called for in the recipe. Also, when I tried hot gluing the 2 pieces of the lid together, it didn't stay together. So my husband tried using Super Glue. He got it all over his hands. For the next day or two, every time I looked over at him, he was picking at his fingertips. When I went to move the lid, I also got it on my fingers. Want to be annoyed for a while? Get that stuff on your hands.
Finally came time to soak the lid. I was so excited when I saw that crystals were forming.
It was actually working! Can it be, I am actually going to have a decent gift that I made someone for Christmas?! My joy was short lived.
I've considered myself lucky that I have potatoes growing and a couple flowers finally bloomed. Oh yeah, and green onions. But anyone can, or should be able to, grow those. They are like weeds.
We just aren't meant to be artistic in such ways. So what should I do? I don't have much money to spend. As a matter of fact, my husband and I have created a list that includes the people we want to give gifts to, as well as how much we want to spend on each person. Plus what type of gifts we want to get them. In this way, I can start saving and looking for the gifts we had in mind for them. It was a tip we got from our counselor who was a fan of Dave Ramsey.
This is actually a great help to us. Most people wait until November to start buying gifts. That is when prices are higher than normal, despite all the "sales" and "deals". Now is the time to really get things cheap. In addition, why wait until the last minute to start buying? We all know we have our normal bills to take care of every month. For most people, that leaves very little extra cash on hand. So they turn to credit cards. Christmas shouldn't strap you down and wring out your pockets. You want to give, start saving early! This is what we are trying to do. Now to figure out how to give and what to give in such a way that I'm not left with pennies every week... I did buy my brother a used Lego set. He wanted a retired set from 2001. My Mom found it for $10 on eBay.
Its nothing fancy, but it is what he wanted. So one gift down, and only 28 left to go!
Where are you with your Christmas list? What ideas do you have? I'd love to hear about them below!
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Due to bonuses around my sign up, I got up to $8.54. Whoo! Haven’t earned another penny since. And they spam up my inbox with survey offers and Paid Emails. Those are the emails that work like ads for certain companies. I’m all for hustling on the side, but as a mother I don’t have time for pittance-earning side deals. Nor do I see their "challenges" worth getting excited for.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
I bought a cheap blow up pool from Wal-Mart.
They needed to spend time outdoors. After all, inside they either play with their Legos or want something that involves the television. Movies are good, but in moderation. Video games are fun, but mind-numbing and time consuming. I, myself can spend hours getting lost in Minecraft. So the pool is a good way to get them outside in the sun. Baby girl isn't into it when the water is still cold.
We do reading sessions. Bible stories and their readers. When they want to learn about something, I offer to look it up and we can learn together. I want them to understand that reading is the best way to travel the world and see amazing things without leaving home. It doesn't cost money we don't have. It is good for all ages. And it covers every subject out there.
We do make park rounds still.
We love the care packages that come from my Mother.
I had to pull out the next size in baby clothes for my little nerd.
And one of their favorite things to do during summer vacation?? Sleepovers in the living room!
So keep on getting creative and having fun. Before you know it, school will be back in session and the grind will be in full force!
Thursday, June 22, 2017
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Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
~ William Faulkner
But I dream things that never were;
and I say, "Why not?
and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
-Henry David Thoreau
Saturday, June 17, 2017
From that moment on, was a comedic series of events. My husband was dumbfounded as he came to see why I was suddenly calling out the baby's name in surprise. He told me to tell him what to do because he was at a loss. At this point is when my brain kicked in again and I was able to formulate a strategy to battle the mess. I told him to grab a bag. I immobilized the baby and starting cleaning her up a bit. I had him scooping up what he could and dumping it into the bag. Then came the time to spray and scrub the floor. I told him a bath was required for this level of dirtiness. To spray the spot heavily and I would get to it when I finished cleaning the baby up. Especially since he had just gotten home from working over night and needed to eat before heading to bed.
He of course took it on by himself though. I got in the tub and commenced scrubbing feces from myself and the little lady. I called for his assistance and he told me the rug might need to be thrown out.
"Is it not coming out with the cleaner?", I queried.
"I don't have high hopes." Not the answer I was hoping to hear. I paid good money for our rug. I liked that rug. I wasn't willing to scrap it at the first accident. Then I start questioning him about how bad it really was and came to find that it wasn't entirely the fact there was a slight stain left. It was because of what had caused the stain that left him feeling uneasy about the continued use of the rug.
So typical of a new dad! Or of a man in general. The thought that crap was on the rug, bothered him more than the fact that there was a slight stain. The latter bugs me, because I'm OCD about stuff like that. Its at this point, though, that I start laughing. And I inform him that I'm not throwing it away just like that. I will do what I can to get rid of the stain and that he will have to get used to bodily fluids that can leave stains. After all. We have a 7 month old baby. She will make messes. And he will come to find that unless he has an endless supply of money flowing, you have to get over it.
After finally getting her cleaned up, we checked the rug. Yes, there is a slightly darker shade on part of the rug.
Its clean though! After all that, she ended up throwing up on the rug repeatedly throughout the day. It won't remain pristine. Nothing does when you have kids. Why else do I tell him often, "This is why parents can't have nice things!" But its worth the hassle. We do what we do for our babies. No matter the mess. No matter the frustration. No matter the smells, sights, and exhaustion that accompany them. We do all from unconditional love.
Now that I have shared, I'm curious. How many of you have such stories or experiences you have gone through?
Friday, June 16, 2017
The latest one I was a part of was the Cars 3 movie. I took my kids and husband along. We made it a family night out event.
When I first got the invitation, I was thinking, "No way. Its going to be dumb and a waste of effort." After all, how many series in the movie industry are worth their time? Star Wars, Star Trek, Maze Runner... Those are what come to mind for me as being good all the way through. Hunger Games was pretty good... but I didn't like the ending or the fact that the girl couldn't pick a guy and stay firm in her choice of who she loved. But I digress. In the end, I felt this would be another failed movie made by creators who are low on ideas and dragging the series into a trilogy that will crash and burn.
To my surprise, though, the apprehension I felt was short lived.
The comedic lines run strong throughout the movie. Lightning McQueen is no longer the spotlight racer he once was. He has used his mentors, Doc Hudson, training to reach the top. But now he is running against a younger, new generation of racers. The people he had become used to racing against is slowly being pushed from the sport. A choice has to be made. Does he accept that he is not the racer of now and move on to the next step in his career? Or does he try to change and learn the new way racing is taking the track?
In his pursuit of the future, he meets Cruz, his personal trainer. Through the course of training, he will find that one doesn't really stop learning. And that the lessons you learn can reveal that there is more to a person than meets the immediate eye.
I think this movie would make a great ending to the series. It was cute, very family-friendly, and worth the fun time we spent watching it together. This is one of my favorite scenes from the movie.
Let me know what you think about it!
Her name is Megan. She is a K-12 Art Teacher that started this business with her mother. Together, they have created and launched Wild Magnolia about a month or so ago. Their styles are geared towards teen and adult women with a creative, Bohemian-type flair. If you want to read more of her story, check it out here.
There is quite the variety in the items they offer. Shirts, dresses, rompers, and pants are just the beginning. I've fallen in love with some of the jewelry pieces she has on there as well. Like these Gold Petite Drop Earring Aqua Chalcedony or this Tetris Necklace in Blue/Cyan.
Which is another thing, she makes a lot of the jewelry herself! Talk about being an accomplished lady. There are some small home accents to check out as well as some art.
If you are near Southern New Jersey or planning a trip there in April of 2018, be sure to look for her new store front! Shop in person and be sure to let her know you read about her on my blog. In the meantime, these items and these that are newest to her website. Check them out and then browse around the other things. What strikes your fancy most? Do you have any suggestions for her?
I am a huge fan of women who start their own business, who can balance life and career with their dreams. I greatly hope to see this one aspire to the top of the totem pole in fashion!
And to make this post even sweeter, she has agreed to offer my readers a special discount! At checkout, use the code TEXASNERD25 to get 25% off your order! This deal will run through July 4th. Perfect time to grab some gear for the holiday fun!
I started up the fundraiser and a dear friend of mine made a considerably large donation. The gratitude I felt was tremendous. I didn't even think I would get the amount she had donated, let alone more. Call it an empty hope created by desperation. I have learned, however, that God moves in mysterious ways. So after receiving that amount, I called up someone that I was given high recommendations to. This person was previously a lawyer and the best when it came to family cases. What I hoped for was a weight to be lifted from my shoulders. What was returned to me instead was a blow to my dreams. He is now a mediator who works to find middle ground for those in legal disputes. He also refers you to the best in the business depending on your needs. He explains the law and what options you have. My options are not just limited. They are singular. The state of Texas protects the accused in some ways, more than the victims. I should've known this. After all, I've been involved in a case where I interpreted for a friend whose illegal deaf wife tried to kill him in his sleep, with his children present and witnessing, and she not only got out of being deported (despite those who knew her pushing for that option), but she also got out of jail and was given primary custody of the kids. If that is possible, how much more so a guy keeping his rights when he does things morally wrong with or to his children?
The legal advice I received knocked me down a peg and put me in the cloud cover of doubting my ability to be the Mom I need to be. I was told that the State would not easily give full custody to one parent over the other, if at all. They will exhaust other options, and funding, to keep both parents in the children's lives. Even fighting for supervised visits with the documentation I have would cost me in the neighborhood of $10,000. And that's just a start. Instead, I was told to document every instance in a journal. Make sure my kids tell me everything. Make sure they can reach me no matter what time or where while with him. And to pray that nothing bad happens. I have since filed an additional report with Child Protective Services. They began an investigation, but I was told that the situation fell into a slightly gray area. So they would reach out to my ex-husband and inform that certain actions are from here on, prohibited. Should anything happen again, they will look further into supervised visitation rights. As for the kids being left alone or unsupervised at the theme park, that isn't considered a bad thing that they will investigate until one of them is severely injured, kidnapped, or worse. So the training of them knowing exactly how to respond to strangers, dangerous situations, or being in a moment of feeling uncomfortable about something has taken on an urgent tone. We talk about it often. My daughter knows to yell to her brothers for assistance if her father refuses to listen to her. I choose to think that I have scared him enough with my words and actions that he will back away from ever making such choices again.
The campaign I had started, was removed. The money I had received was returned to my donors. I am focusing on doing what I can to make them safe as much as possible. I also pray that God's will be done and that I have strength to accept what I cannot control. Its a hard way to live. Its a struggle that I have to endure. May it be known, however, that I will not seek a way into the loophole I have been made aware of. I will stay ready for the moment when I can finally have them safe and be done with him. I have expressed to them and to him, that they have the ability to call me any time for any reason. I send snacks and food as I'm able to ensure they are well fed. I also feed them before they leave and upon returning to me.
I love them dearly. I may not have made all the right choices. I may still be learning from the decisions and outcomes I have been through, but I keep pushing forward. I will always do my best for them.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central's global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who's grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the '80s, and proves to be Gru's most formidable nemesis to date. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2017.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
But let's check into reality now! I was sent something from Chatterbox (a division of House Party) to try out and talk about. I love being a part of Chatterbox! I get some pretty cool stuff every once in a while. This time it was a Kleenex go-anywhere pack.
As a mom, having tissues on hand everywhere I go is a must. Between random colds, allergies or when the waterworks start because someone isn't happy, I often have to reach for a tissue fast. Sadly, I was always having to carry a box of them around. I have a mini van.
That box tended to roll from front to under seats, and sometimes went to the back. It was always a hassle trying to find it.
Enter the go-anywhere pack. It has 30 3-play tissues in it. They are also ultra soft. There are a couple things I love about these. They have a snap strap that can clip anywhere. Around the headrest rod is where I have mine.
They dispense easily from the pack. Just one hand gets what I needed. And finally, it protects my tissues. Keeps them from getting wet or dirty. Not like something dripping or falling into the box. They are slim, so they stay out of the way.
Now I'm ready for anything the kiddos bring my way. What about you? Summer time is here. Time for those long trips and drives.Walmart has them here. Amazon has them in stock here.