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What I’m Reading Now

This summer I signed up for a summer reading contest at my local public library. You have to read a book set in each decade (30s up through 2000s), read a book published in each decade, watch a movie released in each decade, watch a movie set in each decade, and listen to a CD with music originally published during each decade. There are weekly drawings, as well as a grand prize drawing.

So currently I am reading, The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck.

“The story revolves around New Englander Ethan Allen Hawley, who works as a clerk in a grocery store he used to own. His wife and kids resent their lowly social and economic position, and don’t put any value in the high levels of honesty and integrity that Ethan struggles to maintain in a corrupt society. Under this constant pressure, Hawley will eventually manage to get back the store by renouncing his morals, but the new-found wealth will not bring happiness.”

I have only read the first chapter, but I am hooked! I normally don’t go for books by John Steinbeck. I was forced the read The Red Pony in high school and it was torture (no offense to those of you who love that book).

Anyway, if you want to read something different this summer instead of the newest book coming out, I highly recommend you check this book out of your library. It seems like it is a pretty quick read. While you’re at the library, be sure to ask about the different reading programs they have for kids! Get your children reading too! I know our library has a lot of different programs for kids and the kids have a blast!

Proud or Pissed?

So husband is out of town and the kiddies are driving me insane. Constantly running to the basement and bringing up things like decks of cards, etc. Now if you lived with my husband you would know that he is an insane pack rat and I basically have to stash things where I can…keeping things like decks of cards or board games out of the kids hands is not always easy.

The last straw was when I came out of the bathroom and the kids were in the garage swimming in a freaking cooler that my husband was SUPPOSED to have emptied. It was the cooler that we filled with ice and pop for Z’s party almost 2 weeks ago. After dragging the damn cooler to the entrance of the garage and emptying it, I changed the kids clothes and got them in the car. I had it. We were off to Home Depot.

Now you have to understand something. I HATE Home Depot. Whenever I am dragged there by my husband, I constantly complain to him how the place just sucks the life out of me. I don’t know what it is, but I literally feel all my energy draining when I am there. But, nonetheless we were headed to Home Depot.

After wandering the store to find what I need, I finally settled on getting two of those chain locks. You know, those kind you see on apartment doors. One was going on my door leading out to my garage and the other was going on the door leading down to my basement.

My next step was to locate all the tools I needed for my project. Now remember, I mentioned above that I live with a pack rat. He says he organized his tools. Ha! Not really. But I finally found what I needed and got started. Let me tell you…there is something about using power tools and accomplishing what you set out to do, that makes you feel so proud of yourself! Sure I could have waited until hubby got back from out of town, but I did it myself and now I am not going to be beating my head against the wall with the kids constantly opening those two doors. Not to mention the whole cooler thing…thats just dangerous.

So hubby is either going to be proud of me or severely pissed that I drilled holes into a brand new door (door leading out to garage)…not to mention the holes I drilled into the molding. Ah well!

White Chocolate Chex Mix

This is a HUGE hit with both kids and adults. When I was in college and some Professors had potlucks on the last day of class, I would bring a HUGE bowl of this and it was always gone right away. I usually left out the peanuts because I don’t like them (haha) and one of my classes we had a peanut allergy.

You could make this holiday specific too. Red and green M&M’s at Christmas, pastel M&M’s at Easter, etc.

White Chocolate Chex Mix

3 cups Rice Chex
3 cups Corn Chex
3 cups Cheerios
3 cups Pretzels
2 cups Mixed nuts
12 oz M&M’s
1lb White Chocolate

Melt the chocolate. Mix with the rice Chex, corn Chex, Cheerios, pretzels, and mixed nuts. Continue to break up and mix until the white chocolate is completely dry. Add M&M’s. Store in an air tight container.

Dear Mommy in Swim Class,

I understand that to you, your child is the cutest child on the planet. And I do have to admit, he was pretty cute, but what is not cute is the fact that he kept spitting water at all the kids. Now he is only 1 1/2 years old so maybe he didn’t know any better. But you sure as hell did. Repeat after me “Son, you are not allowed to spit water”. See was that hard? Oh and it is OK to speak in a firm voice to your child. They may cry, but they’ll get over it.

Oh and one more thing, I may have said sorry when B splashed water at you, accidentally I may add since the direction was to kick their feet, but I didn’t mean it. I was glad she got your precious hair wet.

Sincerely,

Mommy of B.