Try It Tuesday

28 Oct

Since the break-in, I’ve been on edge. Like, crazy on edge.

The other night, Huff the Hubs moved his pillow and, thinking it was a man coming into our bedroom to murder us, I screamed at the top of my lungs. To which HtH said: “Baby, I think you’re a little tense.”

(Gee, ya think?!)

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I’ve been looking to find ways to help myself with the tension and the constant fear that someone is going to bust into my house. I’ve been exercising, reading my Bible, talking to my counselor, but I felt like I needed more help. Like, medicinal help. But, I didn’t really like the thought of popping pills. I was talking to my mom about it who spoke to a family friend with similar anxiety issues. She said she had started using essential oils to calm her whenever she felt jumpy or anxious. So I thought, “I’ll give it a try!”

I bought three different kinds:

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I went to the natural grocery store and picked these up. I got eucalyptus because its used in many stress relief products as well as a blend of various oils to be used when one is feeling anxious, and another to help me stay focused and sharp (I have a severe case of Mommy Brain). I first tried rubbing the oils on my hands, but I noticed that the scents just weren’t the same when applied to my skin. (I.e., they smelled one way in the bottle and another on my hands. I think its because of my scented hand soap.) Then, I went to Wal-Mart and found this:

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This diffuser was only $4! I was so happy I found it because it works SO well! It diffuses the scent throughout the whole house! (Much to HtH and my sister’s disapproval.) After I bought this, I was HOOKED on these oils! I really feel like they’ve been helping. I even took a bubble bath the other night and put a few drops of eucalyptus in the bath water; it. was. HEAVENLY.

 

Have you ever used essential oils? What do you use them for? What do you think about them?

Mommy Monday

27 Oct

I come from a long line of TV lovers. As a kid, one of the ways we would bond as a family would be to watch Home Improvement, China Beach, or something on ABC’s TGIF. Needless to say, I heart TV.

 

I used to watch all kinds of shows and would stay up-to-date on all the episodes. I’d chat with friends and coworkers about theories and things I wished the writers would make happen.

 

Then, I had a kid…and my show-watching changed. A LOT.

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Now, instead of humming the theme song to New Girl, I’m sing the opening to Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (won’t you ride along with me; ride along!). Now, instead of talking about what happened on Scandal, I talk about who guest starred on Sesame Street.

 

But with guest stars like this, can you blame me?

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I won’t lie though; sometimes the children’s shows are pretty good! I get sucked in and two hours later, I have nothing to show for my life except an indention in my recliner the shape of my butt.

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What about you? Have you found yourself watching Mickey Mouse Club House over Game of Thrones? 

Fan Girl Friday

24 Oct

Ooooooh yeaaaahhh! Its the end of another work week, baby! And you know what that means: geeky goodies to whet your fangirl (or fanboy) appetite! And I’ve got some AWESOME finds this week!

You guys, the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is FINALLY here and I’m pretty sure the Internet almost broke because I watched it so many times! Haven’t seen it? Here ya go:

Looks awesome, right?! I’m a little nervous after seeing Captain America’s shield split in two… Please tell me nothing bad happens to The Cap! He’s my fave!

 

And speaking of caps (like that segue?) check this ah-MAY-zing tactical hat from Think Geek! There’s pockets to store all your stuff!

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I want one! You know how handy these things would be at places like the fair, concerts, or the zoo? You wouldn’t have to carry a big purse around! Just stuff your stuff in your hat!

 

Remember a few FGF’s ago when I showed you the gorgeous wedding cakes Disney World offers for folks who hitched at their parks? Well take a look at these mind-blowing confections! (Click here for more!)

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Who wants to make one of these for my birthday this year? Any takers? Bueller? Bueller?

 

Halloween is next Friday, but some are already in the spooky spirit. Like this little boy named Noah! He was born this summer and, instead of choosing just one costume, his parents chose 31!

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His parents, Jessica and Peter Chavkin LURVE All Hallows Eve and have been posting their son’s daily dress up on their Instagram account. Go take a look at the cuteness! My favorite? Baby Noah as Jean Valjean!

 

 

Costume Couture!

23 Oct

Halloween is only a week away! Have you picked out your (or your kid’s) costume yet? If not, have no fear my procrastinating peeps! I’ve got you covered! Take a gander at these clever (and cheap!) last-minute costumes!

 

For the Woody Allen fan (if need be, just raid your hipster-pal’s closet):

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For the guy that basically has Nick Miller’s wardrobe (and budget):

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For the “punny” girl (or boy):

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For the young feline fanatic:

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For the group that can’t leave anyone out:

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For the one who makes his own luck:

penny

 

For the one who wants to look like one of my drawings:

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Pretty great, right? For more ideas, click here, here, and here!

Do you already have your costume picked out? What are you going to be? What about your kids? Got any good ideas for last-minute costumes? Share them in the comments!

Writer Wednesday

22 Oct

Today’s Writer Wednesday is autobiographical (sort of) in nature.

Here’s today’s prompt:

“Write about a pet that used to be in your life.”

When I was little, my best friend Marissa lived across the street. She had a cat lovingly referred to as “Momma Cat”. Momma Cat had a litter of kittens one day, and one was given to my sisters and me. The kitty had a twin brother who my bestie and her brother named Copper. At the time, we were obsessed with the Disney movie The Fox and the Houndso we named our twin Tod.

My sisters and I were so excited to have a pet. The only pet we had up until that point was a dog named Shep (who was promptly given away because we girls were terrified of him). A cute and cuddly kitten seemed more our speed. When Tod was small, we would hold him in our little hands and cuddle him like crazy. Soon, he got bigger which meant he was the perfect size to torture. Not in a sadistic way. More in a “we-don’t-have-a-brother-to-torment-with-girly-stuff-so-the-cat-is-a-good-substitute” sort of way.

Tod, in his natural habitat. (AKA, hiding from us)

Tod, in his natural habitat. (AKA, hiding from us)

We dressed that cat up in our doll clothes, pushed him up the street in our toy strollers, and even placed cat food trails along the monkey bars in the backyard to see how far he could walk without slipping. We snuggled him close, brought him in the house to catch mice, and even tried to teach him to play fetch (a plan that failed miserably).

Tod was never an inside cat–our dad wasn’t the biggest fan–but sometimes I’d sneak outside on Saturday mornings before anyone woke up and bring him into the bedroom my sisters and I shared, plopping him on the bottom bunk with Bridget, giggling quietly. As we grew up, Tod became less and less of a priority. We weren’t neglectful by any means. He was still fed, he always got his neck and back scratched, but he just didn’t stick around as much. He was usually patrolling the neighborhood for some tail (ha; pun intended), looking for a fight, or just being curious.  

One day, we came home and saw Tod was gone. I honestly have no idea what happened to that cat. My middle sister thinks he may have gotten into a fight with another cat and lost or might have known he was sick and went off to die in peace somewhere. I was sad when I realized Tod wasn’t coming back, but I was glad knowing that we had made some great memories with that furry feline. Memories that I still hold dear.

"Look at the camera, Tod, and smile pretty."

“Look at the camera, Tod, and smile pretty.”

Do you have memories of your first pet? What kind of animal was it? What was his/her name?

Try It Tuesday

21 Oct

Every once in a while, a product will catch my eye and I’ll just have to buy it and try it! And today’s Try It Tuesday is a “twofer” of two new products!

The first one is Campbell’s Oven Sauces®! I’ve been wanting to try their crockpot and skillet sauces, but none of them really looked that appetizing to me. Until I saw the sauces made for the oven. More specifically, the roast chicken sauce.

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This was super easy! All I had to do was thaw chicken and cut some potatoes and carrots. The sauce did the rest! I put the chicken and veggies in the casserole dish, poured the sauce on top and 45 minutes later we had dinner:

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This was REALLY good! They have other flavors too! We tried the creamy garlic and I think I liked it better than the roast. I HIGHLY recommend this!

 

Next up,  is Nestle’s Delightfulls® Filled Morsels. Nestle has four flavors of milk chocolate morsels: cherry-filled, mint-filled, peanut butter-filled, and caramel-filled. When I saw that bag on the baking aisle, I snatched them up! I was so excited!

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We made chocolate chip cookies with these! And, sadly, we ate all of the cookies before I could snap a picture of them–ha! But trust me when I say they are DELISH! I think I’m going to make a trail mix with a tablespoon of these!

 

Have you tried these products? Do you like them? Are there any new products out there you’ve tried? What do you think of them?

Mommy Monday

20 Oct

I used to be crazy in shape.

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Now I’m just in a crazy shape.

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Before Hermione, I worked out at least 5 times a week. If I only worked out 4 days in a week, I considered myself a complete failure. I would think, “Oh my gosh! I suck! I need to go run laps!” And I would.

I’m not kidding.

My first “big girl” job that I had right out of college was as a technical writer for a government contracting company. I would walk up and down the stairs over and over during my morning and afternoon breaks, and then I would run laps outside during lunch. Seriously.

My, how times have changed. I’m lucky if I get to work out twice a week, let alone 5!

Exercising used to give me so much energy! Now its such a chore. Used to while I ran I would think: “I am burning so many calories right now!” These days my thoughts are: “I could be sleeping right now. Or sitting in my recliner, getting some peace and quiet because its Hermione’s nap time.”

I was just starting to be able to accept my body and then I got pregnant. That’s proof that God has a sense of humor!

And even though I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, I’m not back to my pre-pregnancy size. Things have been…shifted. And areas of my body that I didn’t know could jiggle, jiggle.

My nephew likes to do this thing where he sneaks up behind you and punches your backside. Last time he did it, I said, “Noah, what did I say about that?”

He grinned and replied, “Not to do it because it makes your booty jiggle!” He then exploded into laughter. And why wouldn’t he? Jiggling booties are pretty funny. They fall into the same category as burps and farts.

Moving on…

I used to think that I would absolutely freak out if I didn’t get my “body back”. But now that I’ve lived through pregnancy and labor, I couldn’t give the furry crack of a rat’s behind. For so many reasons, too many to list now. Yeah, I get a little frustrated when I can’t button certain pants or outfits I used to love I now can’t stand because they don’t look the same, but I’m okay with that. And that fact alone shows that I’ve come a LONG way. There are so many other things I need to spend my time thinking about rather than my weight. (Like if I can sneak in a nap before Hermione wakes up from her’s!)

Don’t get me wrong, I still workout and try to be healthy. I want to be able to take care of Hermione, Huff the Hubs, and myself, so I want to be as efficient as possible (and if that means skipping a nap and hopping on the elliptical, I’ll do it). BUT, my weight doesn’t control my life like it used to. The scale used to OWN me; but not anymore! I’ve broken free from those chains! Free at last, free at last!

 

What about you? Are you comfortable with your post-baby body? Are you working toward any goals? Are there ways you sneak in exercise? Have you broken free from the scale’s control? Got any tips for me and my readers?

 

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