Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tackle-It Tuesday: The Swimmin' Box

YIKES! This has gotten out of hand. This is the cardboard copy paper box that we use to cram all things swimming into. It lives at the bottom of our linen closet, which is in the main bathroom. Over the years we have acquired many swimsuits and other items. It's time to clean it out. Sure, we need to keep some extras on hand for growing boys and girls, but the trunks that are too small for Sam need to go. And the suits too small for Eva need to go. I mean, if we do have one more kid, people will give us this stuff as hand-me-downs or else we can probably afford the $7 to get a new suit at Target, you know? I have to learn to let things go!

Anyway, this situation gets as out of control as our Winter Situation (boots, hats, scarves, gloves, etc.), which we will tackle on another Tuesday!

Here is the finished product!
Do you like how it's by the toilet brush and plunger? I have to be breaking some sanitary laws or something. I think a nice Target basket it in order for the swimsuits!

Here's the giveaway bag:

These were hard to give away. Michael and Joel had twin trunks, so I only saved one pair for Sam.

Also hard to give away because I got these for tiny Sam.

Also hard to give away. A teeny little hippie bikini my girls wore.

Okay, are ya'll happy now? I'm cleaning this mess up! I know my husband will be thrilled. Let's hope not TOO thrilled or you'll be seeing the I'M PREGNANT post in a few weeks .. haha!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Moshi Monster Monday!!! Perler Bead Fun!

Moshi Monster Monday is back! The kids got the bright idea to make moshlings out of Perler Beads, those beads you arrange on a plastic plate with spikes and then iron using a piece of parchment paper on top. Believe me, it's the only time you will catch me ironing. So I ran Joel to Michael's Arts and Crafts store to buy a ton of Perler Beads. The vacuum says CRUNCH CRUNCH when it picks them up, but it's better than ME on my hands and knees picking up those suckers! Enjoy the non-musical stylings of Perler Bead Moshlings ...
Mr. Snoodle

Gabby

Woolly

Angel

Professor Purplex

Gurgle

Friday, July 27, 2012

Freaking Friday: Fifteen Minutes of Work, Then Play!

Thanks to my friend with the 5 kids (you hafta visit her blog now since I installed her Sitemeter so she can see that she's getting traffic from me), I have another blog post for you on Freaking Friday. I was doing her dishes and saying I felt guilty for sitting around her kitchen table entering giveaways online right before doing the dishes. She asked why did I feel guilty? She said work for 15 minutes (dishes), play/break for 15 minutes.

You could also do 5 minutes at a time.

My thing is I get overwhelmed by bigger tasks like helping a kid tackle their bedroom. But if we set a timer for 15 minutes and then know we'll go get some water and a snack after the timer goes off, it makes life a little easier. Then 5 or 15 minutes later you get back to the task til it's done.

My kids always gripe about cleaning up spaces, especially since most of the damage is done by the Littles (2-year-old Sam and 4-year-old Eva). I set the timer for 5 minutes and tell them to do as much as they can in those 5 minutes then they are done. I'll pick up the rest since they are my spawn lovely precious children.


PLEASIE ENTER MY GIVEAWAY of the Copy Kids DVD to get your kids to eat more fruits and veggies AND the Littlest Pet Shop 8-pack for your next birthday party! It's over on the 31st and I need lots of entries. I'll probably be not seeing you this weekend because my husband is coming home on Friday and we'll be busy all weekend, so just keep coming back and reading the vintage (4 years old) posts from back when I ONLY had 4 kids :-)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thankful Thursday: Delivery.com Dinner!!!!



So I got home last night from a 4-hour playdate that was also a meeting about homeschool field trips and the potential of another homeschool group co-op. I took 6 kids and when we got home it was dinnertime. Kids get hungry, I was hungry because I was too busy yakking with my friends to eat lunch. Did I mention my husband has been out of town for almost 3 weeks? Then I remembered that I had a $40 Delivery.com gift card to try out and review. PERFECT TIMING!


How easy could it be, though, right? If I want delivery, I usually have to dig out old menus and then tally up how much it will be and try to figure out a tip and all that. I am telling you Delivery.com saved my night! It was so easy, too! I  just went to Delivery.com, entered my address, and immediately two of the best Chinese restaurants popped up. I'm in Kansas City, so we don't have a lot of delivery options, but I'm sure in bigger cities you'd have more choices for restaurants.

So I clicked on one of the restaurants and a menu popped up! And all I had to do was click on each item to order it and it added it to my cart and to my total. I also had the option of inputting special instructions, such as "no onion" or "no MSG." This also gave me the option of ordering a larger container of egg drop soup and a larger container of fried rice.

Then there was the total. All I had to do was enter the gift card code and it took $40 off the total. Then I also had the option to tip 10%, 15% or 20% and it calculated it for me and added it to my total. I got a ton of food for 7 of us and only paid $10 plus tip. Oh, and I paid it all online with a debit card so I didn't have to scramble to write a check. When the food came, we just took it and ate it!

A Delivery.com gift card would be perfect for someone who is homebound or just had a baby or who has a baby in the NICU and the last thing they want to do is cook. This is a great gift for a bachelor or bachelorette who doesn't love to cook (that was me once!).

My husband is out of town often and when he comes home he does not want to eat out. Delivery.com is going to be perfect for those times when I am too whooped to think about feeding a nutritious dinner to my kids. We all love Chinese food, so it is great. Can I suggest Jimmy John's sign on with Delivery.com, please? And all the pizza restaurants, like Pizza Hut, need to also take Delivery.com cards as payment.
HAPPY FAMILY!!!!!!!!!!!

My dinner!
I give Delivery.com 5 kids out of 5, my highest rating.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Washing Hair in the Sink


This is my precious Callie. I had just washed her hair in the kitchen sink, laying down on a towel. Then she washed her doll Laura's hair the same way in the bathroom. My mom's mom used to wash my hair this way because they did not have a shower. It is a good memory. I love that I'm passing it down! Callie loves having her hair washed with the sprayer in the kitchen sink!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tackle-It Tuesday: FINALLY My Closet?!

Before we begin, I'd like to remind the class that I am in a rockin' giveaway hop that runs through July 31. You can check out my offerings here and enter to win my prize package! Now, on to my closet ...

I love to organize. I could come to your house and see a problem and fix it immediately. I recently helped my friend find a home for her Kitchen Aid mixer. Her husband  had told her to take it out of the kitchen; it was too big and there was no spot for it. I was like HUH? Where would you put it? You use it all the time! So I checked around and in her pantry I asked if I could move some things around to make a home for the mixer in the bottom of the pantry. I enjoyed moving things around and combining things to make room and it fit perfectly!

Alas, it's like those therapists who fix everyone else but their life is a freaking mess (equals over half of the therapists I've known in my life; no, I have not been to lots of therapy and when I've gone I've been told I don't need it. I used to work at a place with therapist and even dated a psychologist ... who was dating me, half his age ... see what I mean?). Anyway ...

So here is the post where the BEFORE pictures were. And here are the AFTER shots. My husband can send the swag to this chick right  here because she kicked my butt YESTERDAY and I knew I had to get on it. I mean, she's a professional organizer!

Voila!

Note how all the crap hanging on the door is gone?

Yes, this is like all the shirts and skirts I have, including maternity! And this seems like a lot of clothing to me, much of it I never wear.

I maybe have like 10 pair of shoes. Note the black color scheme. And how often do I wear those stripper heels?  Well, like 3 times last year. But they are so pretty and were bought by my man (and Jordan)!

Yep, here is what I took out of the closet to make it look clean. To make room for my shoes I took out the scrapbooking/memorabilia tub and put it on the cedar chest. Then stuff that was hanging on the door goes on top of the tub, right? Look, Aron is coming home Friday and maybe for a long time. I will have more time to work on this THEN. For now my head is barely above water with this house and if I can keep laundry done and dishes done and keep my kids healthy and happy and fed and clean and all that while doing it all by myself, then I'm doing a good job. I'm sure scrapbooking will be another post someday ... I do it very simply but have so much stuff to scrap and I save everything my kids have ever touched!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday Mommy Monday

Well, ya'll peoples, I can't find the cord thingie that goes from the computer to the camera, so I can't do what I wanted to do today. Instead, I'll just give you a little glimpse into my life on this Monday ...

We all slept in late. I wake up first, and this morning just lay in bed reading the third 50 Shades book. It's alright. Summer rocks when you don't have a "real" job!

My Jackie O costume came to review from Anytime Costumes. I haven't tried it on yet, but I know the skirt won't fit. So as we head off for what my friend Wendy calls liquid cancer (sodas at Sonic's Happy Hour) I am knowing I have to forego my usual 500-ounce vanilla coke. I believe it is time to get healthy and fit into my old summer clothes, folks. I'll let you know how that goes, since I'm hearing on the radio that after 40 it is practically IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight on your own.

This prompted the kids to drag out my carefully packed Halloween tub and dress up and do crafts while I paid bills.

They hung out in the new pool trio on the patio while I made lunch and did dishes and laundry.

Oh, the life of a kid!

I actually got in a shower, now am preparing to get a bike helmet for Joel on the way to his fencing lesson. Where is my other flippin' flip flop?

Later I'll take Joel to Scouts, come home, put away laundry, write a piece about making the teaching of manners fun and harp on the kids to clean out the van so their dad doesn't have to do it when he gets home (the harping). As a mom, I don't feel like I harp enough and I need to work on it.

Part of our lawn is dead and part is growing high. I would weed whack it if I knew how.

Yes, Aron is still gone. No, I don't know when he's coming home from Wyoming.

Don't worry, Moshi Monster fans! I'll be back next Monday with Perler Bead Moshi Monster creations! And we still have to discuss the game! Leave me any suggestions in the comments!

Hey, wanna win something? Go here to check out my prizes for the 12 Days of Christmas in July giveaway hop I joined.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Romantic Sunday

I'm missing my husband like crazy lately, so all the love songs I hear make me think of him. Here are a few of my recent favorites. If you get my posts via email, you may not be able to see the song to click on it to watch it on YouTube (if you even want to!) .... so just click on the name of the blog in the email and it should come where you want it. If not, please just scroll down to the post you want.

Jason Mraz "I Won't Give Up" (you're welcome, Andrea)


Train "If It's Love"


I hafta plug the giveaway hop I'm in now. You can enter to win my stuff or tons of other prizes!



Friday, July 20, 2012

12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway Hop!!!!!! #12DaysCmasJuly

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by, and sorry this giveaway is over. There's still a review below, though, then I'd love it if you'd head to the TOP of the blog (picture me as the flight attendant I almost was giving you directions with my arms) to check out the GIVEAWAYS tab, which also includes the link to my Free Blogger Opps site.

Then you may head to the RIGHT side of the blog for my most popular posts. May I suggest you click on LAUGH? Always something funny going on with all these kids running around!


I am so excited to hook up with GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! and Planet Weidknecht for the 12 Days of Christmas in July Giveaway Hop! These great ladies are hosting the hop, which has tons of other blogmasters giving away all kinds of great prizes! Wanna know what I'm giving away this time?

First of all, The Party Works has generously offered one lucky winner THIS Littlest Pet Shop 8-pack party pack, valued at $27.68


My sons used to be in love with LPS stuff and we would have done ANYTHING to have had this set at their birthday parties when they were younger. Don't feel sorry for me, though, because two girls followed those two boys (and then another one came; confusing?), so the girls are now into LPS really badly! This is such a great thing to have a party pack all made up and ready to go. It eliminates making a list or worrying about trying to remember exactly what to buy for a birthday party you're having.




The other freebie I'm offering is a copy of the DVD Copy-Kids Eat Fruits and Vegetables. This DVD is divided into 12 chapters which are an average of 7 minutes each and focus on a different fruit or vegetable. This DVD is valued at $19.95 and is perfect for kids 6 months to 5 years old. The premise is that kids copy what they see other kids doing. If they see other kids eating all sorts of great foods, they will also do that. I see that happening when we go to my healthy pal's house ... my kids try things I don't normally serve because they see their friends eating it! For instance, I don't love mushrooms, onions or peppers, but I do want them to try new things. I didn't used to like tomatoes until I helped my husband grow them in our own garden. Let your kids pick out the produce after watching this DVD!



This DVD is super cute and shows little kids inspecting, talking about and eating each vegetable or fruit and loving it! This is such a great idea! If you don't win this giveaway, head here to buy the DVD!

There are all sorts of ways to enter to win these great prizes! Just check out the trusty Rafflecopter below for your choices and your multiple chances to win!  Thanks for coming by and sharing this giveaway!



Check out all the other rockin' bloggers who are offering great things!






*Prizes can be shipped within the United States only.

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