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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.

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.

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.

Hotel California…

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….”

Bang Bang Baby

I got a gun for Christmas.  A sweet little .380 pink Taurus.  Today was the first day that I got to take it to the range and shoot and it was so nice.  There’s something very primal about holding a gun and knowing you could defend yourself with it.  I do a lot of my grocery shopping late at night at a 24 hour grocery that isn’t in the best neighborhood.  It’s the best time to go because I can go while the kids are asleep and Boy Scout is home (which pretty much limits to late hours) and I don’t have to hurry. Downside is the seedy neighborhood so Boy Scout talked me into getting a handgun.  I’m not sure he was thrilled that I chose a pink one, but hey.  I couldn’t resist, it’s cute!  Speaking of grocery shopping, don’t miss tomorrow’s Sunday paper with a possible 6 coupon inserts!

Montagne Jeunesse

I received the cutest little Fruit Smoothie face mask from Montagne Jeunesse in my complimentary Influenster Holiday Vox-Box.  I see these frequently at Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and CVS.  My 6 year old daughter is obsessed with face masks and beauty products in general, so she immediately glommed onto this and begged until I agreed to do a face mask with her.  She applied it to both of us and it was a lot of fun–it smelled fantastic and left both of us with silky smooth skin.  Of course she has perfect baby skin anyways, but she really had a great time doing this with me.  More information about Montagne Jeunesse can be found on their official website at http://www.montagnejeunesse.com The official word on Montagne Jeunesse as provided by Influenster:

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