Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Cindy Tote - A Review

I have been wanting a new work bag for, well, ever. In fact, I told Keith recently that I really wanted the Thirty-One Cindy tote, but couldn't justify the price at this time. He mentioned that since I had been complaining about this for well over two years, I could use part of our tax refund to get a bag for myself. I was super excited, but wanted to make sure it was going to be money well spent.

I emailed my wonderful friend, MB, who confirmed that yes, the Cindy tote was a great bag, and..... there was a great deal going on this month as well!

*Please excuse the cell phone pictures, our computer is still broken and I (meaning Keith and the mess that his desk) still cannot find the camera cord.

The front. 
Isn't it pretty? 

And no, I swear I did not hug the bag 
out of happiness when 
I first took it out of the box.

The inside has one zippered pocket, 
as well as three deep open pockets.  
There is nothing I like more than a bag with lots of pockets.

Here it is filled with my work stuff.  
Lunch bag (also 31), planner, and kindle fire (because 
in case you missed yesterday's post 
two amazing books came out yesterday).

There are also two side pockets, 
perfect for water bottles.
Or medium DD iced coffee cups.
(Hey! I had blood drawn today and
that was my treat!)

All in all, I love this bag.  It's perfect for work and play!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Happiness Project - Week 3

Well I can see that Tima beat me to posting, but she is 7 hours ahead of me..... ;)

Happiness is not one, but two of your favorite authors/series publishing new books on the same day.

The book on the left is Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost. This is part of her Night Prince series. And it stars Vlad, as in Vlad the Impaler.  Most don't know this, but my love of vampires began while reading about the real Vlad Dracul when I was in high school. I even wrote a paper in college, discussing how Eastern European folklore (namely from Vlad and Countess Elizabeth Bathory) found its way into modern day America. 

And the book on the right... ahhhh... The Black Dagger Brotherhood. Blay and Qhuinn. Wrath and all the others..................

Sorry, I was day dreaming about being a BDB shellan.

I devoured the first seven books of the series when I discovered them (thanks Melissa and Juliet!) a couple of years ago. Since then, I have eagerly awaited each new release. In the newest book, Lover at Last, we finally get to see Blaylock and Qhuinn have their happily ever after.  I am SO excited.

The only problem - which do I read first???

I've got 3 hours and 20 minutes to decide 
since then it will be lunch time.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend Re-Cap

One of the kids threw a pull-up in the dirty clothes, 
and I didn't realize it until after I had washed it. 
(Hey, at least it was a clean one.)  
That was a lot of fun to try 
and clean out of the washer. 
(And then have to re-wash a bunch of clothes.) 

Keith bought me flowers. ♥ 
And then the kids decorated my credenza 
with "Easter animals". 
Please do not argue with Keira
 about the "Easter penguins". 
You won't win.

My town had an Easter egg hunt on Saturday. 
The kids had a great time. 
After finding their eggs and getting their goody bags, 
we headed over to the village hall where 
they got "hopped" up on sugar with cookies and munchkins.  
Good times. Not.  

Then we met the Easter Bunny. 
Well, everyone but Keira who is scared of him. 
 A female police officer even offered to go up 
with Keira to meet the bunny, but she declined. 

I did a little shopping at Kohls and picked me up some 
of those stackable bracelets.
I also got this watch and bracelet set.
I'm not sure how I feel about the fact that 
the colors do not coordinate, 
but for $4.60 I will deal with it.

I don't have any phone pics, but on Sunday, 
we went to celebrate my cousin's twins' first birthday. 
My kids had an absolute blast coloring pictures for the twins.
I also got to rock a 4 month old baby for awhile.
Ah... teeny tiny babies are so much fun.
Although I'm glad I got to hand him back to his dad. :)

Colin and Connor had the "best night ever" staying up late and reading books 
until they ratted themselves out and came downstairs to tell me it was the best night ever. 
Connor went to bed after that.
20 minutes later I found Colin 
hiding in the office and pretending to drink my wine.

Friday, March 22, 2013

A Daughter's Request

Keira made me this crown.  She asked me this morning to take it to work and wear it for my work friends. That felt a little awkward to me... so I thought I'd take a picture and share it with my non-work friends. ;)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kids These Days

I know it's a mother job to worry about her children. But this morning, it hit me. I need to do something fast before it's too late. This situation is getting out of control.

It all started on the way to Connor's school. The radio was tuned into this not-very-local classic rock station that only sometimes comes in.

Connor: Mommy, can you turn on a good song?

Me: Sure. Wait, what? This is a good song.

Connor: No it's not. I like Daddy's music.

Me: Daddy listens to horrible music. This is classic Guns N' Roses. Besides your daddy grew up with heavy metal and only recently started getting into that pop junk music on KISS FM. I told you the other day when you asked me to turn off Pink Floyd that we only listen to Mommy's music in the morning.

Connor: Well can you turn on horrible music then?

I've have a very eclectic taste in music. I love CCR, Pink Floyd, Bad Religion, Type O Negative, Pearl Jam, Adele, The Cure, and Rise Against. I love heavy metal like Five Finger Death Punch, southern rock like The Band, folk rock like Dylan, and whatever kind of rock the Lumineers play.  If you look at my spotify playlists, you would think I had numerous personalities based on the diversity of songs.

It's not that all pop music is bad. But when you hear your 4 year old daughter singing her own version of some of these songs, you begin to worry. (And laugh, because she is hilarious.)

Keira's version:
I throw my hands to the air sometimes
San Diego
San Diego

Cause I told you once 
and I told you once
It's like dynamite

San Diego
San Diego

Real song: Taio Cruz's "Dynamite"

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes
Saying ayo
Gotta let go

Cause I told you once
Now I told you twice
We gon' light it up
Like it's dynamite

Or how about Colin, dancing around in the kitchen to Pitbull's "Back In Time". (Which technically is a good song since it's got the Dirty Dancing song going on.  And sure, Pitbull is nice to look at, but wait, I digress...)

I just don't want my kids to grow up thinking that Daddy's music is best. Because seriously, as I've stated to him time and time again, his music sucks. Mine rules. ;)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Happiness Project - Week 2

Need I say more?
I love that boy.
I just cannot believe he will be finishing up
first grade in a couple of months.

I took him shopping with me to Kohls on Sunday,
and this morning he said,
Remember when we went to Kohls?
That was an awesome time with you.

I got him the "Where's My Water" app for  our Kindle Fire,
and he gave me a big hug and said,
Thank you Mommy,
You are the best. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

High Five For Friday

I found this fun idea over at From My Grey Desk
Basically you post about your five favorite things from the week.

  1. My fun nails! Essie's Chrome polish and Avon's Mosaic Top Coat in Black
  2. Keith's awesome find - can you believe someone was throwing this out? It will soon be our new entertainment center.
  3.  Sharing a picture and laughing with my sister (We loved Pitch Perfect)
  4.  A dunkaccino from DD (a yummy blend of hot chocolate and coffee, perfect for this cold Chicago morning)
  5.  A new board game for the kids. I picked this up at the twins' club resale over the weekend.
    The kids loved it! Gave up something to do in the evenings since due to the time change, we are having some trouble putting them to bed.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

World Kidney Day

Did you know that today is World Kidney Day
Did you even know there was such a thing? 
Do you know why I'm even interested in this? 

Did you know that one in three people are at risk for kidney disease?
Did you know that the groceries you buy can affect your kidneys?

Check out this page and see the 8 Golden Rules 
for taking care of your kidneys and yourself.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Happiness Project - Week 1

Well, I'm debating giving up the blog. 
Not necessarily something that should be posted on 
something titled the Happiness Project, 
but still I wanted to put it out there. 
Until I actually make the decision, 
I can still play along with Leigh and 
post things that make me happy.

For instance, this cabinet/credenza/thingy that Keith found on the side of the road. 
Check out our new entertainment center! 
I cannot wait! 
The top needs some staining, 
and one of the corners has some scratches. 
Once those are fixed, 
I can't wait to see it sitting pretty in our family room.

Side note - that's a toddler bed on top. Not some weird extension of the cabinet.
And please ignore the mess behind... I'm not allowed to clean the garage.

Hey, while you are here, why not check out my giveaway?
Or not.
It's cool.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Giveaway! (And A Review...)

One of the benefits of being a Purex Insider is getting to try new stuff before everybody else. Recently, I received a bottle of Dial's newest body wash - Coconut Water.  First of all, the smell is absolutely wonderful! It instantly transports you to a Caribbean island... (one where children still stand outside the cabana and scream your name, but I digress...)

Not only does the body wash leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, but there is also a nice fragrance that perfumes your skin even after you towel off. Even my husband with extremely dry skin was in love with this stuff - his words after using it for the first time: I can't believe my skin feels like I've already put lotion on it, even though I just got out of the shower.

Purex and Dial have generously shared with me not one, but TWO coupons for a FREE bottle of Dial Coconut Water Body Wash to give to some lucky readers of my blog. It's easy to enter the contest, just check out the widget below.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I wish...

I wish I could write the most amazing blog post that would have people talking and sharing it and somehow land me a book deal. But even as I type this, I think of Pearl Jam's song Wishlist and for a moment I am sad as I remember that one time that I don't let myself think of anymore. Then I replay the song in my mind as I think of all the things I wish for. All the things I wish I had. And how I wish yesterday had gone differently and how I wish my kids behaved and that their father didn't yell and how I wish I had an answer for what was wrong with me.  I wish I didn't want to write this to try to prove something.

But Eddie reminds me that I wish I was as fortunate, as fortunate as me...

I am blessed - I truly am.

It's just hard to remember that sometimes.