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I was recently lucky enough to be chosen to receive a Mom Voxbox from Influenster chock full of lovely products.  Among them was a single bar of ivory soap that Ivory was kind enough to send .  Although I’m not normally a ‘bar’ soap type of person, I did find many uses for this product.  I flaked some into my laundry and it did a great job.  Also, I found that it’s actually pure and gentle enough to use on my face without breakouts.  Overall, very good product at a reasonable price. Find your Ivory now at your nearest retailer, including stores such as Walmart and Target as well as any major grocery, dollar and drug store.  A 10-pack of Ivory bar soap retails for around  $4.49 (bath bar size).



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I was lucky enough to recently receive a Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal in my Mom Voxbox from Influenster, which I shared with the Beauty Sleeping brats.  They loved it and so did I!  These will definitely be a regular in the snack rotation in our household.

Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies

Enjoy chewy, soft-baked cookies in a family-favorite flavor! With wholesome Quaker Oats and delicious raisins, you’ll never remember they came from our kitchen instead of yours.

 -Made with Whole Grain Quaker Oats -Individually packaged -Provides a good source of fiber -Contains 6 grams of total fat per serving

 Where to Buy

You can find Quaker Soft Baked Oatmeal Cookies at most major retailers.

Suggested retail price: $2.69 for a box of 6 cookies


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If you have little ones with allergies then you’re probably already familiar with Children’s Claritin. It’s a lifesaver for many of us and an indispensable part of the allergy season ‘survival kit’ that all allergy moms keep on hand. Children’s Claritin has long been part of my own ‘survival kit’ and I’m proud to say that BeautySleeping is now part of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew. Mom Select and Children’s Claritin have put together this initiative to help moms and kids with tips and resources to get through allergy season. There’s a printable coupon for Children’s Claritin available here

Disclosure: As a member of the Children’s Claritin Mom Crew, I receive product samples and promotional items to share and use as I see fit. No monetary compensation has taken place and any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience

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Turns out, you really can forgive almost anything.  A few days ago Dogzilla conspired with Horse Dog, Doberman Destroyer, to dig underneath the chicken coop.  She was the physical labor, Dogzilla was the chicken killer.  He killed my Marans hen and badly hurt my speckled Sussex hen as well.  I was so angry that if someone had offered me a wooden nickel for both dogs I would have taken it without a second thought.  I’ve been mad, at Dogzilla in particular, for several days now.  And he knows it.  Tonight he climbed up on the couch next to me, all 150+ lbs of him and laid his head on my knee, looking at me with the saddest puppy dog eyes I’ve ever seen.  So of course I forgave him.  I love him even if he’s a big chicken-eating duffus.  But I did let him know that next time he touches a chicken we will have big problems.  Big.  Dumb dog.

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342: approximately the number of times this morning that I’ve ‘reminded’ the kids to stop fighting.  Maybe there’s something to this Friday the 13th business after all.  They’ve argued over cardboard boxes (apparently there is a correct and incorrect way to imprison one’s sibling in one), whose Lunchable is whose, which cup they should each drink from, how close their feet are to each other’s on the couch (my personal favorite), and about 18,443 other things that matter to no one.  Bossypants is home from school for the second day in a row due to teacher ‘in-service’ workdays.  That means today equals one day longer than she and Little Man can feasibly coexist without imminent meltdown.  Despite it being freezing cold outside I have bundled them up and sent them out to annoy the goats and chickens, may the powers-that-be help them.  The goats and chickens, that is.

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The FedEx truck brought something exciting today–my Glade ‘Design the Air’ House Party pack!  If you’re not familiar with House Party you really need to go and take a look at their website.  This is the first House Party I’ve been selected for in a few years so I’m pretty excited.  Here’s a little sneak peek of the goodies, more on party day in a few weeks.

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Something I couldn’t have foreseen 10 years ago has recently been rattling around in my brain.  I want a job.  10  years ago I was in the military and fed up that I didn’t get to spend enough time with my husband and kids.  Being at home all day sounded like the BEST THING EVER.  Oh, how I laugh at 10-years-ago me.  I was so naive.  I thought spending time with the under-5 crowd all day sounded super fun.  And for a while it was.  We made crafts, I cooked a lot, we cuddled.  It slowly devolved into a mind-numbing groundhog day-esque existence where everything was the same, every day.  Now a good day is when I wear my socks right-side out.  Bonus points if they match.

I gently approached the topic of mommy getting a job while everyone was at the dinner table the other night and the effect was quite dramatic.  Bossypants actually cried, Boyscout laughed, and Little Man informed me that ‘you belong to me, mama’.  The problem of course being that Little Man is still at home–he won’t be in kindergarten until next fall.  Boy Scout works crazy and unpredictable hours that would make it difficult if not impossible to count on him for childcare and let’s face it, paying for childcare would kind of defeat the purpose.  Which all adds up to NO SOUP FOR YOU.  Job, that is.

I need out, people!  Somebody send me a hacksaw in a krispy kreme.  Or just forget the saw and send the Krispy Kreme.  If I can’t actually escape to a job I can put myself in a sugar coma and drift along until Little Man gets to kindergarten.

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave….”

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