Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Run! It's the real deal people!
You. Are. Welcome.
Also a note to all of my bloggy friends. I have some thoughts on those play list thingys. While i have been known to click play on many a friends player i am perplexed as to why some people make it so that their player automatically starts as soon as i come to visit. What's up with that? Often times while i am blogging i am listening to my own choice music or watching TV and well...to be honest i feel like play lists on auto play are kinda like disrespecting my audio space. ya know? does anyone else feel that way? gotta do a quick poll...it's over there on my sidebar. (i hope i didn't offend anyone...i cannot be alone on this, right?)
***dude if you are here viewing this then blogger fixed the horrible problem they were having earlier with custom domains. my blog address was being redirected to a google search page. scared the crap outta me. i am not even sure if the problem is fixed yet but the whole thought if possibly losing my beloved blog put me into full panic mode. i am going to save it somehow, any ideas on how to do that??***
moving right along...
i have a few thank you notes to write.
I want to thank you for telling me about a really fun giveaway/post prompt that your friend over at I'm Being Held Hostage is hosting. i loooove me a giveaway so i decided to join. I love the way that blogging connects friends, don't you? Anyone you call a friend is most def someone i am interested in knowing. I know we already have a bunch of mutual friends and that only goes to further prove our awesomeness. See how many people we love who loves us back? COOL!
BIG red puffy heart,
PS It was also so wonderful of you to share about this giveaway. You could have easily kept it all to yourself. I hope I win. ;)
Dear Lady in the Market,
It was so nice to hear you calling my name from the other side of the produce section. I don't know why I expected to see someone i know when I turned around (which would have been strange since i know very few people in this dirty town i currently reside in) to see who was shouting "Mamarazzi", since it is a pseudo name for my blog and all. But there you were, so excited to see me, like i was a celebrity or something. It was so sweet of you to gush over the posts i had made recently giving me a blow by blow of my life. I promised to give you a shout out on my blog and i am sorry that i haven't done it sooner but HOLLA!!
BIG red puffy heart,
PS now that we know each other feel free to YELL my real name the next time you see me.
Remember that morning that you ran me off the road? I hope you never forget me. I am sure your court date (or paying your ticket) has come and gone but i hope you learned a valuable lesson from that day. Not only do I hope you are a safer driver who doesn't eat and check email while driving down the hwy at high speeds anymore...but i also hope you learned to wave with more than one finger. You are rude. Thank you for reminding me that I need to watch out for people like you.
No puffy heart for you,
PS. wasn't it awesome how before i even hung up with the CHP that they had you pulled over? You. Are. Welcome.
now for the people in my life who i love above all others....
Thank you making your bed everyday. I know it's just part of your daily routine but it makes me smile every time i walk past your beautiful happy looking room and see it so neat and tidy. It makes me proud to be your mama. I know you are probably just doing it for your Lovies, making sure they have a nice place to spend their day, but I like to think it has a little to do with my happiness too...right? You are such a great kid, i could list the many things you do that bring pure joy to your daddy and me. I hope we tell you often enough how much you mean to us and how much we love you and how proud we are of the lovely young woman you are blossoming into.
I love you,
PS. Could you pretty please start taking the same care with your bathroom, it's gross.
Dear Big Daddy,
I love you. You bring laughter and love into my life. It amazes me everyday how wonderful it is to be married to my best friend. I hope i tell you enough how wonderful you are. I try to remember to give you lots of attention and affection cuz i know you are like all needy like that *wink*. My world is a better brighter place because of you. Thanks for that.
I love you,
PS could you bring me some diet pepsi...mama needs a fix.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
OK i am ready to face another week now...is it Monday yet?
Ninja Cat @ Yahoo! Video
PS this is post 299...what should i do for my 300th post?! i feel like it should be special, but i am out of ideas (cuz i have posted 300 times already)...please leave a suggestion, if i choose yours there might be a prize in it for you!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek
Tonight was the Fall Round Up at Jordan's school. They hosted a BBQ, carnival games and sold crafts and art work that the children made. It. Was. Awesome. I am not a big fan of fundraisers that include parents having to take candle, gift wrap, candy etc sales. I would much rather spend a few bucks on a bracelet a kid made than solicit family members and friends. If you are on a parent booster club or school board PLEASE talk to them about fundraising. While it is SOOO important to get money into these schools i TOTALLY think there are far more creative ways to do so. Walk-a-Thons, Spell-a-Thons, Hop-a-Thons bake sales and Art fairs. A little bit of work and volunteering your time goes WAY further and bonus...people won't start avoiding you at the office. Suhweet!
here is a booth that had bracelets and picture frames made by the 2nd graders, SO CUTE!
mmmmm home baked goodness!
"daddy, I need some more money...pleeeeease!"
OF COURSE daddy came through and she got a new cupcake. All in all it was a really fun evening for the kids. They had LOTS of baked goods, crafts and even a DUNK TANK...oh yeah! Good times!
Angie from SevEn cLoWn CirCuS . Congrats Angie, email me your address and i will get the box out to you at the beginning of next week. It was a lot of fun putting together a box of treasures, i hope you enjoy my junk more than i enjoyed hoarding and storing it...i am happy to share!
i just got the new Land Of Nod catalog...i am in love with these darling 12 days of Christmas Ornaments. I want them...i really, really want them. I love that catalog. I especially love all of the cute nursery bedding and decor for children's rooms. It makes me wanna move so i can have new rooms to decorate...and ESPECIALLY makes me want a baby...even more!!!
from gorgeous designer bags to the simplicity of smooshed FRUIT, i know i am all over the place but i love to share what my kid loves too, lucky you! AND J loves this FruitaBu organic smooshed fruit. Have y'all tried these? Your kids will go nuts over the "fruit by the foot" type rolls they have in Strawberry, Orange and Grape. They are made with REAL organic fruit and J BIG-red-puffy-heart-L O V E S them. OH and each roll is a FULL serving of fruit...yep REALLY. Gotta feel good about that right? They have the big boxes at Costco right now!
and finally a very short video of J dancing The Cotton Eyed Joe with the Young Women at our ward's talent show last Saturday (a thrilling post in itself best left un posted). You can't see J for the fist few seconds or the last few seconds because OF COURSE she had to get behind the tallest girl in the group. Look for her though...J is wearing a green Banana Republic tee shirt and jeans swinging a camo bandanna. I am super proud of her. They decided to do the dance at the last minute (organization at it's finest) and taught the girls like 5 minutes before the show was to start. But J jumped up there without fear of looking silly. i love that about her!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Now onto the original post. I was walking down the hallway and noticed J's door closed. She never closes her door unless she is sleeping or changing. It was before bedtime, she has already showered and changed into her PJs so i was curious. I rang her doorbell (yep, a doorbell on a 'never closed' door). She sweetly said, "come on in!" So i did. She was laying on her bed with a pile of green envelopes and note cards, busily writing with her super cute feathered pen. She didn't look up as she said, "Hold on just a sec, i am almost done." So i did. Once she was finished writing she said, "I am almost finished writing my thank you notes for all of my birthday gifts." Wow...i didn't even have to remind her. We had picked up the note cards a few weeks ago, and here she was almost done. A few nights ago she had asked for the list of gifts she had received so she could get started, and that was the last i had thought about it. I said, "that is awesome, I am glad you remembered to that on your own, it shows real maturity." She smiled really big and said, "Well i AM a teenager now." *sniff sniff sigh* TRUE!
So i snapped a few pictures (gotta document moments like these) closed her curtains, listened to her say her prayers and said goodnight. She asked, "Can i finish the last two? I really want to get them in the mail tomorrow." I said sure and she asked me if i would mind addressing them and sending them off. She also told me she had not licked the envelopes..."just in case you want to read them." Dude, this kid knows me...OF COURSE i want to read them!!
yep she is growing up very nicely, don't you think? Seems like just yesterday we were making deals like, "OK write 2 more notes now then you can go play for an hour, and come back and write more." I am BIG on thank you notes. I want to instill the value of gratitude in my kid...looks like it 's working! i am feeling pretty good about that right now.
Maybe y'all are starting to get pretty tired of hearing how great J is. I know we are REALLY blessed to have such an agreeable kiddo. Don't think for one minute i take that for granted or think that it will last forever. But right now i am going to go and write her a thank you note for being so awesome and for allowing us to bask in her awesomeness...i am going to stick it in her lunch bag. She deserves to know how proud i am of her...and maybe a little positive reinforcement will help is last a little longer. Wishful thinking OR awesome plan? I guess that all remains to be seen...stay tuned!
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Monday, September 22, 2008
The big highlight of the day was a troop of 3 people in a squeaky mini van who came barreling down the street to a screeching halt at our little sale. They spent the next hour going through our junk and spent a lot of money on CDs and VHS before they spotted J's Bake Sale. THEN the real spending began. They bought a little of everything but cleaned her out of bags of candy (i got a few big Halloween sized treats on sale and we bagged them up in the little snack sized zippies and sold them for 25 cents each...quick easy profit!!) . After they left J said, "they are my favorite customers today!" It really was hilarious watching this toothless brood of loud people cutting up, singing songs from the Cds and talking about the movies on the VHS tapes they were poking through THEN getting excited about candy and baked goods. Good times, i am telling you i will NEVER forget these people...ever. No sooner had J replenished her table than did we hear the squeaky van again. They came running up to J wanting to shake her hand telling her she would be famous someday for her baking skills. THEN they bought ALL of the Lemon cookies she had left. Yep Lemon cookies. CrazyMamaof6 posted the EASY recipe on her blog. But let me tell you here too...because once you try them you will go "three-toothless-people-in-a-squeaky-mini-van" CrAzY over them, no joke. And you will go "my-name-is-Mamarazzi-and-i-don't-bake" Super CrAzY when you find out how easy they are to make. Oh and just so you know my friend Jen and her husband Mark stopped by too and bought a 3 pack of Lemon cookies and she emailed me later for the recipe...so it's not just crazy people who like them. The recipe is at the bottom of this post...
You may enjoy these cute pics of my adorable daughter and read all about the big bucks her bake sale brought in!
Here she is making cupcakes (cost $.79 cake mix $.98 frosting $2 for sprinkles). She sold 2 dz. for $.25 each. mmmmm....cupcakes!
Lemon Drops (cost 2 $.79 cake mixes made 5 dz) She sold them three to a baggie for $.50 each
OK the truth is she did a lot of THIS once the baking started and deserted me at 11pm to go to bed "tired from all that baking" but it was a good thing one of us got some good sleep.
so she could look super cute and sell lots of stuff the next day! I think the cute kid and the AWESOME display her cool mama made helped her sales a lot!
She also made brownies (cost 2 boxed mix $.98 ea made 20 BIG brownies) Sold for $1.00 each. And Snicker doodles (cost 2 refrigerated sugar cookie dough buy one get one $2.38 made 2 dz BIG cookies) Sold in packs of 2 for .$50...so all in all the girl did well! So my new big tip for ANYONE having a yard sale is to put some baked goods out there too. I didn't waste my time making anything from scratch, people still bought it, what were they gonna do ask for their money back if they didn't like it? OH and most everyone who stopped bought either some of our crap or some of our goodies...so it was a win/win...ahh happy shoppers...i like that!
Lemon Drops (that's what J named them)
1box lemon cake mix (any brand)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
mix the DRY mix with the oil and eggs making cookie "dough". roll the dough into balls. roll balls in powdered sugar. place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes *you may need to adjust time depending on the size of your balls (that's what she said) since they don't change color as you bake them. dust with more powdered sugar after baking. our first batch got a little crispy on the bottom but it did not take away from the lemony goodness!
I will have my drawing for the Box Of Mamarazzi Goodness sometime this week! It's not too late to enter.
Friday, September 19, 2008
How I Spent May, among MANY others that are all about her remodeling. Seriously, she is a total bad a$$ and cheap, er i mean frugal...so she does it all herself!! Below is a post that she made earlier this week about a run in at Lowe's® Home Improvement with a RUDE DUDE! It. Is. Awesome.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
OH Mister PIT, Mister PIT, Mister PIT-I-FUL ...Who Let You Down?
Today at Lowe's: no exaggeration.
Me: I'd like to replace 2 tall windows in my dining room with french doors. I think the windows I'd be tearing out might be taller than 80 inches (standard door height). If I have a door opening that is taller than 80 inches, can I special order doors in a standard width, but a non-standard height?
Jerk: They won't touch that. Lowe's Install won't do any door installation if it wasn't a door there before.
(I already know this, because I added a window to my kitchen in Green Bay, and Lowe's Install was zero help then as well.)
Me: Yes. I'm aware that Lowe's will not install the doors for me. I plan on installing it myself.
Jerk: You mean YOUR HUSBAND will install it, with his friends.
Me: NO. I mean ME. I will install the door. With MY friends.
Jerk: LAUGHS IN MY FACE. Once he can control his chuckles enough to speak, he gets very serious, and in a patronizing voice says. "Um. THAT would require the use of POW-ER TOOLS, you know."
Me: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! (yes I said that) Yes. I know what power tools are. I know how to use them, and I know what it would take to install a door. I'm going to install the door myself. Now, CAN YOU SPECIAL ORDER THEM IN A SPECIFIC HEIGHT?
Jerk: (looks at me, then looks at my kids) Why are you even looking at doors without your husband?
Me: What?! Because it is MY house, too. I don't go down to HIS office and pick out the doors there. PLUS, If I AM the one framing it in, then I AM going to pick it out.
(I am so irritated and offended at this point I decide to just leave.)
Jerk: Laughs sarcastically and shakes his head, "Yeah. Right. Well, good luck with that one."
Me: For REAL?! You know, I really don't appreciate your assumption that I don't know what I'm talking about.
Jerk: Well if you know what you are talking about then why even ask me questions? Since you're such an expert, and all, you should just go into business.
Me: I HAVE actually considered that. Maybe when my kids get older, I will. I CAN DO STUFF. I HAVE done this before. I completely gutted a 90 year old kitchen, and rebuilt it from the bare studs MYSELF, after I added a window. AND, I completely remodeled a different kitchen from floor to ceiling last year. MYSELF. I've put in 5 floors this summer, tore down 1 wall, built 4 walls and a shower, done the plumbing and electrical work to THREE bathrooms, and framed 2 doors. MYSELF. I'm not asking these questions just to waste your time.
Jerk: Oh no... I know ALL about your type. You come down here with your kids and your big ideas from a magazine, spend all your husband's money on projects, and then take them home for him to put together. Then YOU hang a picture up on the wall and take credit for the finished product. (laughs to himself with satisfaction for putting me in my place)
The momma bear swooped in and taught that young man a valuable lesson.
Me: HOW. DARE. YOU. JUDGE. ME.
How dare you take one look at me and my children, and assume that all I can do is shop and make babies. Every one of the tools in my garage has MY name on it, not my husbands...and I am 100% capable of installing that door myself, from start to finish.
How dare you send the message to my daughters that their mother is stupid, and just because they are girls, they'll never build something. I do believe in gender roles, but you are wrong. ANYONE is capable of improving and beautifying their home, including me.
You know NOTHING about me.
You are a salesperson and your job is to sell me a door, not tell me I CAN'T do it. What ever happened to "you can do it, we can help"? You can say, "Sayonara" to your commission, because when I DO buy my french doors, they will not be from Lowe's.
Reese (folding her arms): YEAH. (my favorite part)
Instead of going straight to management, I went to Carrie's house FUMING, and complained to her (and everyone else I talked to in the next 2 hours), about how I'd been mistreated, and ya-ya women's rights... until I smoke stopped coming out of my ears.
I need to go back, get his name, and complain. Maybe I'll stuff my bra and wear a pink shirt that says, "Bank Breaker, Baby Maker" on it.
I used to avoid confrontation at all costs. I'm glad that today, at least, I told this guy how I felt. It felt good, but he is an idiot and didn't even care. I'm adding Jerk from Lowe's to Emily's list of things that must go.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Hosted by Cecily and Mama Geek
Zachary "looks" unimpressed but he used the word AWESOME like 100 times!
Garrett and Brock taking a deep breath ready to bloooooow!
LOOK at the "boiling ICE"!!
yep a little bit of science goes a loooooong way with kids!
It was so much fun listening to their ideas of why the ice when added to water create the fog
(i so wish i had written it down).
Do you know dry ice works ?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
it is almost 4am...i can't sleep...i rarely sleep, but tonight is different. TONIGHT i have a plan forming in my head and i need to "Blog it Out"
OK, i am DONE! i am seriously tired of any sort of clutter in my house. What? You say, Mamarazzi has clutter? and my answer to you would be, YES! You can't see it. You need to open closets and cabinets where i have it all cleverly organized. But seriously, what am i hanging on to all of this stuff for?
1. I NEVER plan on working in an office again, and i have beautiful clothes that i haven't worn in over a year...they are all pretty much fabulous, which is why i have held onto them for so long, heck some of it has never even been warn. Honestly i have a big closet and it is stuffed, PLUS another closet in a separate room that is stuffed...yet i wear the same "uniform" daily (summer: mini skirts and tee shirts and winter: yoga pants and tee shirts, lame, but it works for my life). This stuff has got to go!! OH and don't even get me started on my "I Have a Dream" collection of clothing...dream on sista, not gonna happen before the clothes go totally outta style! And guess what? i am seriously, honestly OK with that! Shocking? Then you don't know me!
2. I have tons of kitchen stuff i never use...TONS!! My kitchen cabinets runneth over...who needs 12 cookie sheets? i mean really? it is totally time...time to consolidate no more than 3 cookie sheets...that seems right, right? especially for someone who like NEVER bakes! Though to be honest i MIGHT bake more if i had a pretty PINK Kitchen Aid Mixer i don't know why i continue to beg for this..it's never gonna happen!
3. I do not think i will open another preschool again. If i do it will be on a muuuuch smaller scale (maybe 2 times a week enrichment program in my home, someday, maaaaybe). So i can totally get rid of the hundreds of boxes turning our 2 car garage into a barely one car garage.
4. SHOES!! i have hundreds and hundreds of pairs of shoes. Yet, everyday i wear the same 2 pairs of flip flops...part of my summer uniform. Come winter i will switch to running shoes (i don't run in) and Uggs..ya know, to go with my winter uniform. I am getting rid of the majority of them...i think i will even limit myself to a number...i am thinking no one needs more than 10 pairs of shoes...so i will keep 25.
5. Books...not gonna keep them anymore. I never read a novel more than once. I will hold on to my HUGE collection of parenting and curriculum development books. I use those. I need them. Soooo those can stay...everything else GONE!!
6. Those 4 boxes that my husband has moved from house to house over the last 10 yrs of his life. He gets to consolidate them down to 1...2 if he doesn't complain about it. I will get rid of my "gonna sort through that someday" boxes too...we don't need them. They take up precious space. It is time to let go.
7. I have soooo much stuff, pass along gifts (you know what i mean, it's totally cute, but not you?!) ribbon, note cards, invitations (to parties i am never going to have), that stuff i found on clearance and could not walk away from (shoot i might NEED that someday) that remains un-opened, oh and wedding gifts i didn't have gift receipts for, yep like i STILL need to keep those!
so 7 VERY good reasons and lists of items...yeah i feel better already just "blogging it out" makes me feel all....exhilarated, alive and READY!!! FREEEEEEDOM!!
I am going to spend the next few days organizing and PURGING!! I am having a HUGE yard sale this weekend. yep...THIS weekend!
I asked J if she had anything she wanted to get rid of...she looked at me a little crazy eyed and said, "NO! How about we just bake some stuff and i can have a bake sale?" I guess I will be keeping some of those kitchen items after all. No matter how hard i try to convince her that cooking is much more fun than baking, she keeps asking...thank goodness i have bloggy friends who post super easy, super awesome recipes...or i might never get that Mother of the Year nomination!
Hey Meg...i so wish you were here to help me decide what i need to keep and what can go, you are so good at that...i guess its easy when it's mom's stuff tho, huh?! BUT, you would probably end up taking it all home, or selling it on Ebay.
OH i almost forget i have a gazillion coupons for ICE CREAM left over from our "Block" Party? if you want some email me never2pink at yahoo dot com...i have them for both cartons of the slow churned and slow churned bars...oh and coupons for FrostyPaws frozen treats for your dog too...for real, for dogs! AHHH Good Mail!!
Ya know what? I might find some REALLY cool stuff that YOU might like. I am going to put together a "Box of Mamarazzi Goodness" as i go through things...i know what you MIGHT be thinking, but i have a lot of cool stuff...i am not going to put junk in that box of goodness. Sooooo IF you are interested in WINNING this "Box of Mamarazzi Goodness" let me know WITH your comment (extra points for creativity and proooof that you READ the post! *wink*). You can comment up to 5 times, each comment is an entry...i will have a drawing sometime next week. Go on...you know you wanna...it's fun, it's free and it's gonna be FABULOUS!
please play the "Box of Mamarazzi Goodness" Giveaway...my self esteem depends on it.
OK so don't be jealous BUT, he says the worst part of it all is not being able to jump up and take care of my every little need. It's true ladies, this man is a keeper. And to be honest, i miss that about him too...i am realizing how much he spoils me AND that i need to spoil him more.
Monday, September 15, 2008
So you know that we WON a Dreyer's Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute. They delivered a Party In A Box several weeks ago, filled with invites for the neighbors and other things we would need to have EVERYONE on our block join us for a FREE ice cream party. I was pretty excited, the WHOLE reason i even entered the contest is because we have lived in this house for over 2 YEARS and we do not know ANY of our neighbors. Truth. It is lame, this is a strange area, people are weird, and all the proof i needed was the simple fact that there were only 3 households that stopped by our party. Yep THREE...LAME! It is FREE ice cream people, you were invited, we are awesome...seriously, what exactly is YOUR problem? What is even more sad is that the three households that did attend all said the neighborhood has ALWAYS sucked. Big Daddy grew up in this house. His parents own it and have rented it out for several years. Even the 1 set of neighbors we do know (who have lived here since he was a kid) didn't show up. LAME!
Thank goodness we combined J's Family Birthday party with the ice cream party and there were like 100 (OK it felt like 100) kids here and they hoovered plenty of ice cream (again cementing my position for Auntie of the year, thank you very much!). And seriously, WE know how to partaaaaaaaay!! Really, we are So. Much. Fun. but...whatev!
ANYWAY...i can't even talk about it anymore. I feel like there was a FAR more deserving neighborhood, than this crappy one we live in, that should have enjoyed this fantastic treat. Dreyer's seriously knows how to put together a package for success, and all one needs is a fabulous neighborhood to share it with. I need to move.
J and her BFF Emma in their super cute aprons scooping ice creamit was HOT that day but the girls were ready to scoop and spread the frozen LOVE! i mean look at all that yummy ice cream!
our THREE neighbors...so pathetic!
my nephew Garrett...sugar coma...do not resuscitate, just add more sugar.
nephews Zachary and Parker....mmmm ice cream!
I guess ALL in ALL it wasn't a TOTAL waste, but it totally confirmed that i am seriously living on planet MARS...what is wrong with the people in this area? BIZARRE!
AND a Happy Birthday to my bloggy friend Leeann @ the world through the eyes of me i hope it was EVERYTHING wonderful!