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  • November 10, 2010 8:14 pm

I think I’ve mentioned my affection for Real Simple Magazine before, but I recently stumbled upon a blog published by their website and just had to share.

Click here to visit Simply Stated, a daily account of recipes, home ideas, entertaining ideas, stories from another mom’s adventures in chaos, etc.  In my own chaotic world, just the idea that something can be Simple in any way makes me giddy with the possibilities.  I think that’s why I have such a crush on this magazine and it’s little website; just imagine if everything was Real Simple.

:)

Matches Scavenger Hunt

  • October 6, 2010 6:42 pm

Have you ever noticed that some things are so very difficult to find at the local Wal-Mart?  I don’t mean to just pick on just Wal-Mart; sometimes things are just as difficult to find at the lovely Target, or even a grocery store.

Like matches.

Granted, they don’t have an “official” isle, but today I couldn’t even begin to guess what section of the store they might live.  I finally had to ask the Wal-Mart Gurus, and amazingly-they were found in the kitchen gadget isle.  Who would’ve thought?  Can openers and matches all in the same place…Amazing.

There should be a “general stuff that doesn’t have a home” kind of isle, and things like matches, Off, batteries, peanuts, stick-on-the-wall-hooks, and FLY SWATTERS could be all in the same place.

Just a thought.

She did it

  • September 20, 2010 8:28 pm

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Remember when I said my daughter was working towards being the proud owner of a rodent?

She succeeded.

Dang it all.  She kept her room almost immaculate for thirty days, and I had to make good on my promise.  I was certain she would not hold up her end of the deal!  I would have bet actual money on it!

She sure showed me.

But, that doesn’t mean the lovely hamster might not end up being a classroom pet.  She has to keep her room in moderate compliance to keep the rodent as a close personal friend.

So, we shall see how long this part of the program lasts.

The Perils of Parenting

  • September 13, 2010 8:05 pm

Tonight on Dateline NBC Kate Snow did some hidden camera exclusives with kids and teenagers covering topics like bullying, stranger danger, texting and driving, and drinking and driving.  THIS is what I’ve been wanting to do with my kids for SO LONG!  We aren’t to the stage of making decisions on drinking and driving yet, but we do have conversations on opening the door at home, and even bullying.

The set ups Dateline provided were perfect.  They put middle schoolers in a room playing Wii, one pegged as the bully, and one as the victim.  Then, the cameras told the tale of how real kids responded to real uncomfortable situations.  Another scenario included adults going up to homes with puppies, balloons, and crisis, begging to be let in to deliver the goodies or make an important phone call.  Some kids did well–resisting the need to accept the sensational gifts or to help someone in need.  Most did not.  The last set of circumstances involved teenagers on a “set” for a reality TV show audition.  One teen was pegged as tipsy for his birthday, and then was handed the keys to a car they would all ride in to the next part in the audition process.  All teenagers–regardless of background or obvious gut feelings–stepped into that car, with the drunk driver.

I’ve often thought of hiring some strangers to bribe my children with candy, puppies, or crisis–wondering how they would handle the situation.  After watching this episode, I’m convinced I need to run a set of scenarios of my own.  Most children did not pass with flying colors, but the set up provided amazing conversational moments.

And, from what I can tell, parenting is a lot of conversational moments.

Rewards

  • August 17, 2010 6:53 pm

We are two weeks into working towards a reward in this house, and I’m almost afraid we will get there.  My daughter has been absolutely begging for her own pet rodent, specifically a guinea pig.  She’s been begging for a while, a very long while, but, Eww.  (Insert total body shudder here.) 

Now, I’m an animal lover; don’t get me wrong.  We’ve always had dogs, cats, and even fish.  But, I’ve never been a fan of the caged pet, especially those in the rodent family.  It just doesn’t seem like very much fun to me to live your life in such a small space, and to be dependant on another being for habitat cleanliness.  On top of that, I don’t really enjoy cleaning habitats in general-mine or any one else’s.  And, I have this small hunch that if my super organized and clean daughter had such a habitat in her room, I would be the one in charge of its cleanliness.  The rodent’s cleanliness, specifically.

But, in a moment of weakness, I accepted her challenge.  Instead of just a blanket “no,” I made a deal.  If she showed responsibility in the form of a reliable change in behavior-specifically by keeping her room clean-I would cave and buy the small mammal. 

Honestly, I didn’t think she would pull it off.  It’s not that I’m pessimistic by nature, it’s just that I know my daughter.  She can implode a room in two seconds flat-just by unloading her backpack.  There was no way she could keep her room clean, neat, and organized for THIRTY DAYS.

We are on Day Seventeen.

I’m scared we may have a new member of the family soon, and while I applaud her efforts and welcome the change in behavior….Ewww!

I’m just imagining the scurrying and scampering and snuggling that might happen in just a few short weeks.  It won’t be long before I’m insane.

but it’s not miiiiinnnneeee!

  • July 22, 2010 8:06 pm

My children have superpowers.  Aren’t you jealous?  What kind of superpowers you may ask?  Well, they have an insane ability to be able to filter and process any trash, toy, book, or general clutter for ownership.  This ability comes in super handy almost daily, and in a variety of situations.  For example, this evening when we returned from an all day field trip to a water park.  Now, if you’re me, and plan for three hoodlums for an entire day of outside fun in the Texas Heat, there is a certain amount of STUFF that goes along with that–stuff including a cooler, drinks, a swim bag, extra clothes, a towel bag, food, more drinks, bandaids, and of course, a camera.  Upon our return, I laid out the evening plan, consisting of car, baths, teeth, pjs, reading, and bed.  They knew the plan.  They agreed to the plan, and yet, they did not follow through on the plan.  I was the first one back out to the car to make the second trip into the house, and as I came in saddled with STUFF, I found my little superhero angels sprinkled through the house in various states of leisure.

Umm, no.

I reminded them of the PLAN, and shlepped them all back out the door to help me unload, pointing out more specific items they could choose to retrieve.  And, that’s when I got my favorite line, “but it’s not mmmmmmmmmmmmmmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnneeeeee!”

Umm, okay.

Blink.

Blink. Blink.

And, despite their superhero status, this silent conversation usually ends with an, “oh, okay…I’ll get it.”

Umm, yes.  Yes you will. 

There have been times when I have gone on strike, only picking up after myself, only cleaning up my own trash, and only washing my own clothes.  It’s a little embarrassing to admit that, but I did it to make a point-running a home is not a one person job, it’s a team effort.  Even if things aren’t yyyyoouuurrrrssss, it’s just good manners to help out for the good of the team.

Lucky for me, I’ve got superheros on my team.  Lucky for them, I’m learning how to channel their energy against the Dark Side.

The Sleepover Shake Down

  • July 12, 2010 8:35 pm

You know how it goes…

You plan a lovely afternoon playdate, or even an adventure to the park or the zoo.  The children play together beautifully, taking turns, sharing toys, using manners.  The Mommies have time to start and finish complete conversations, time to sit on a park bench or curl up on the couch for an afternoon chat.  But, it’s a set up.

After such a long, successful day, one of the kids will approach one of the Mommies with The Plan.  They have it all worked out.  They’ve planned dinner (usually McDonald’s or Taco Bell-something “easy” for the Mom).  They’ve planned the sleeping arrangments, and sometimes those over-achiever types have even planned activities for the evening.  They have reasons why TONIGHT is the BEST NIGHT for a sleepover, and why it MIGHT NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN-as well as HOW LONG it has been since the last sleepover.  They look at the Mommies with sweet puppy dog eyes, and a very long Plleeeaaase, as if any of that makes a difference.

Little do they know…

Sometimes, it does.

The Mommies seem to always reply with a “We’ll see, go play and we’ll talk about it.”  You can almost always see the mental high five as the kids turn, make eye contact, and smirk.  I’ve even caught a silent, “Yessss!” when they think they’ve been successful.

Tonight, I fell victim to the Sleepover Shake Down.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for Summer, and sometimes it’s nice to see the little children put one over on us Clueless Moms.

Mobile Posting

  • June 9, 2010 5:18 am

I have been eyeing the Iphone for quite some time now, but alas we are dedicated to Sprint for life. My husband assured me that someday Sprint would step up to the plate, and come out with a properly competitive phone. He was right. (Better print that statement off, honey.) Yesterday, I picked up my brand new HTC Evolution, and I’m in love. The possibilities of organization in my life are limitless. Not to mention, I just typed this entire post from this phone. Lookout world, I’m armed and dangerous!

www.alice.com

  • June 1, 2010 8:24 pm

A friend recommended this site to me for basic necessity shopping.  The site cashes online coupons in addition to keeping a running shopping list personalized by you.  The bonus:  the items are delivered to your door at no additional cost.  You can set up a schedule of products to be delivered every 2 weeks, or whatever your timeline allows.  I’ve only played on the site, and not actually placed an order, but I have it on good authority that it might be a life changing experience.

Any testimonies?

Coupon Diva Presentation

  • May 23, 2010 8:27 pm

Hannah Witherspoon of Sanger will be giving a presentation on Couponing this Tuesday evening at the Learning Ladder Campus-known to most of us as “the old Intermediate School” near the Decatur Football Stadium.

I love a good deal, and I love couponing.  I’ve talked before about the Grocery Game and the amazing deals that are available with a little extra planning and list writing.  I have great hopes for this presentation, and hope to learn more great tips.

If you are interested, plan to attend the lecture at 6 p.m.  Admission is two canned goods (a donation for WARM).  You can also get a preview here on the Coupon Diva blog.