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October Recap

November 2, 2014

halloween hat

Halloween is vying for the top spot in my Favorite Holiday category.  When else could I wear this hat and it be perfectly okay?  

October was a really busy month for our house.  Come to think of it, every month feels like a really busy month for our house and we don’t even participate in youth sports.  I wonder if this young generation will look back on their childhood and “super busy” will be the dominant theme.  

Among other things this month was dominated by our school jog-a-thon, college football, fall break, Addison’s birthday, treats for class parties and of course, Halloween.

I’m happy to say that Pinterest actually served its purpose this month.  I had pinned these Oreo Brownies a while ago and when it was time to bring treats to the class party I pulled up the pin for inspiration.  I actually made something from Pinterest rather than just wasting time pinning things I probably won’t ever get to and feeling less than adequate because of all of the professional looking projects and photos.  I also made it point to keep it simple when it comes to treats this month.  Box birthday cake, box brownie mix, 2 ingredient pumpkin spice cookies, and easy party popcorn.  Clearly I’m not ashamed to make something from a mix.  As I’ve already said, I’m super busy so I don’t have time for the perfect Pinterest recipes unless they are stupid simple.

Oreo Brownies

One thing of note this month…I caught a glimpse of the future.  Normally, Addison wears his hair however it happens to look when he rolls out of bed.  He is not concerned with hair or clothes in the slightest.  For Halloween he wanted his hair styled to go with his costume so we applied the hair gel in mass quantities.  It looked pretty awesome, I must say.  While at the class party another mom pointed out how his styled hair made him look like a teenager.  I glanced across the room and sure enough, there was a tall, slender teen boy where a quirky 10 year old should be.  I had to cover my eyes because I saw what I wasn’t ready to see; my little boy growing up.  

October

Rather than wallow in the thought of lost boyhood I will push those thought aside for now.  I’m not ready to look forward to the future so I will focus on the present.  Fall is my favorite time of year as evidenced by the following…

OU/TX

pumpkin spice cookies

campfire

jack-o-lanterns

creeper pumpkin

 

vampire and zombie costumes

I’m looking forward to seeing what November has in store.  By they way, thank you to those who keep coming back to read and check in with what is going on in this little ol’ blog.  I truly appreciate it.

 

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Slime the Principals

October 30, 2014

This month I was able to wrap up the first of two major events that I was/am in charge of.  Our elementary school jog-a-thon took place at the beginning of this month with the awards ceremony being two weeks later.  Among the prizes was the reward of sliming the Principals if our school raised a certain amount of money.  This was a fabulous prize because 1) it was so much fun to watch the Principals reaction 2) the kids went wild over it and 3) it was the cheapest of all the prizes.  All this cost me was a package of Xanthan Gum from the grocery store and food coloring.  Xanthan Gum, water and food coloring.  That’s all it takes to make a bucket full of super slimy slime.  Yes, it made a big mess but it was worth it.   Continue reading

Holiday Cards with Minted

October 20, 2014
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions and ideas are my own.
 
I can’t believe I’m about to say this…but…it’s time to start thinking about Christmas cards. I know, I know, it’s not even Halloween yet.  Here’s the deal. Every year I think to myself oh, I have plenty to time to get Christmas cards made.  I’ll work on that next week. Before I know it December 1st has come and gone and I don’t even have a decent family photo. Then I’m scrambling to create a card online and have to pay out the wazoo for overnight shipping. There is a lot of cursing involved in this process. 
 

This year I am taking a different approach…I’m planning ahead. Kind of unusual for me, I know, but I have this opportunity to order my Christmas cards through Minted.com and I’m all over this.  Just call me Hugs, Kisses and Thinking Ahead. 

 
Dear Husband witnesses my frustration every year and asks why I even go to the trouble to send out a Christmas card  if it’s so stressful. 
 
Why?  Because I love seeing Christmas cards from our friends and relatives. I love seeing how their kids have grown each year. I love seeing the different styles of cards they choose. I love decorating with them and hanging them up in my entryway, they welcome anyone who comes to our house. Watching the cards increase in number is like counting down the Advent for me. With each card I hang up they are telling me that Christmas is getting closer and closer. 
 
If I get so much joy from the Christmas cards that pass through our door, then I have to assume those who receive our card get a little bit of holiday cheer from our smiling faces. 
 
I’ve tried several different holiday card websites. One year I even created my own card on Picmonkey.  This year I am trying out Minted.com
 
Minted has over 200 beautiful designs to choose from. I’ve combed their site and saved all of my favorites with our picture in them trying to decide which one I like best.  This is a really tough decision, I mean, seriously, these designs are just gorgeous.  Just check these out. 
 
holiday cards with minted
christmas cards with minted

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Natural Makeup Eraser Giveaway

October 6, 2014

I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news.  Let’s get the bad news over with first.

Remember when I got the regular gig on the show Oklahoma LIVE?  Well, I did.  I was asked to do a monthly segment on the show and I had the freedom to come up with all of the topics.  The bad news is that Oklahoma LIVE has been canceled.  I don’t know the reasons why the show was canceled.  My guess is 1) they didn’t have me on as a guest often enough and 2) the show was on opposite Ellen.  Seriously, who is going to watch a local talk show when they can be watching Ellen? Continue reading

How to recruit younger women to your volunteer organization

September 15, 2014

recruit younger women to your volunteer organization

This post could also be called “How in the world did you get all of those young moms to join a volunteer organization?!”

recruit younger women to your organization

(look how cute we are…learning at Assistance League National Conference)

Two weeks ago I attended the Assistance League National Conference.  (<– click to see all the fun pics from Disney World) 4 of the 6 of us attending from our chapter were “younger” women, meaning, we have school age children.  I was the baby of the group at a ripe old age of 38.   Continue reading

Assistance League and Walt Disney World

September 9, 2014

Disney World

(Assistance League delegate at the final night of National Conference)

This past weekend I was able to take a trip to Orlando.  You may be thinking, oh, you got to take a family vacation to Disney World!  Nope.  This trip was big girls only.  I went with 5 other women from my Assistance League chapter to attend the national convention.  I was lucky enough to attend and even more lucky that it was just down the road from the happiest place on earth. Continue reading

Find Your Village

August 7, 2014

find your village

Recently I read a blogger who had the privilege of being on the Huff post.  She waxed poetic about a village of women who loved each other, depended on one anotherother, helped each other in every family rearing occasion.  She lamented the loss of this intimate village that she has never had. Continue reading

Washing Machine Woes

July 24, 2014

maytag washing machine

36 – Facebook conversations about washing machine brands and how they just don’t last like they used to 

32 – washing machine reviews I read online

12 – phone calls with my repairman discussing what I should do

10 – Days my washing machine was been broken

9 – Facebook friends who made repairman recommendations

6 – loads of laundry ready and waiting for the new washer

3 – tweets with Maytag hoping they would throw me a bone

2 – loads of laundry that I did at my mother-in-law’s house

1 – underwear left until I would have to hand wash or go commando

 

 

Grow Your Google Plus Circles

June 25, 2014

To all my blogging friends…this is the last link up to grow your google plus circles for the summer!  

To my non-blogging friends.  Just ignore this and click over to yesterday’s post to watch me drop it like it’s hot.

Back to my blogging friends…I hope some of you have gotten on board the google plus train b/c this baby is picking up steam.  

 

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I’m Still A Girl At Heart

June 24, 2014

Last week was the youth mission trip for our church youth.  Since I was part of the interim youth team I helped out best I could.  This past week marked the finish line for my stint at being “in charge” of youth (I use that phrase loosely because I’m not sure I was ever really in charge or knew what I was doing).  This year the mission trip was local, helping Oklahoma residents who are still recovering from the 2013 tornadoes.  I’m so proud of what these kids were able to accomplish and even more proud of their selfless attitude.  My heart swells with pride and I have almost a parental feeling toward these teens.  

Which brings me to today.  I reluctantly admit that I’m old enough to be these teenager’s mother.  That’s a hard pill to swallow because inside I still feel like a girl at heart.  Last week it really hit home that these kids view me on the same playing field as their mom even though I have children much younger than them…maybe because I’m friends with many of their parents.

So here’s what happened.  One night of mission trip we decided to have a lip-sync contest (the idea coming from the adults, I might add).  My incredible friend Dr. Kate busted out an amazing mash-up of Sir Mix A Lot and Fresh Prince.  Sister proved that she has the moves.  I jazzercized my way through Everything Is Awesome and dropped it like it was hot.  The kids minds were blown, as in brains exploded by the sheer awesomeness we brought.  At first I thought it was our rad moves that had them in awe.  Actually, it was the fact that two grannies such as ourselves could get up in front of a group of teens and bring it.

See, they see us as moms; aka car-poolers, aka PTA volunteers, aka disciplinarians, aka fun-haters.  Because we drive our kids all over creation every day, shuttling them to and from activities, they assume it is our most favorite thing in the world to do.  Remember when your mom used to say your face would freeze like that when you had a scowl?  Well, it did.  My forehead has permanent creases that only Botox can remedy because of my “mom face”.  I’ve exchanged my shorty shorts for long shorts…not because I think they are indecent but to hide the spider veins that criss-cross my thighs and give away my age.  Perky boobs of my youth?  Those got traded in with my license to breast feed two babies.

So they see us as the responsible ones, the ones who are in charge, the ones who don’t want to get our hair wet in the pool, the ones who carry the credit cards and consider consequences.  While all that might be true it doesn’t mean that I am ready to crawl into a grave and wait to die…because they view 40 as I view 90.  And when we reveal how cool we actually are they are floored, not because of our mad skills but because their minds can’t conceive how someone who has busted out two kids can still bust a move.

Yes, I may be the responsible one, the one who gets angry at huge messes, who cooks the meals, who schedules the activities, who drops off and picks up.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t know how to have fun, how to laugh until I cry, love an impromptu dance party in the kitchen and go on dates with my husband.  I’m still a girl at heart.

Prepare to have your mind blown…