When Daddy Fills In For Mommy

When Daddy Fills In For Mommy

On Election Day my boys didn’t have school, but as a teacher I still had to go in for a Professional Development day.  Since I had just used sick days for household and car purposes my husband offered to take the day off of work and take care of the boys.

I have learned from past experiences that when three males are left at home all day that the house will be a mess when I arrive.  Since I know what to expect I am not that shocked when I walk in and there is stuff everywhere.

What I do find funny are the comments my honey says to me.  Before I get a lot of people calling me out for husband bashing I would just like to say that a.) I am not bashing my husband.  I actually love the guy a lot and I know I am very blessed that he is such a hands on guy, and b.) he is actually pretty capable of running the house when I’m not around.  I think all ladies would agree with me, however, that guys and girls look at things a bit differently.

Example #1

What he said:  I washed a couple of loads of laundry for you.

What this means for me:  There are now three laundry baskets of clean clothes sitting in the living room.  The clothes are clean, but since they have been sitting wadded up for several hours they are now hopelessly wrinkled and I will probably just rewash them as opposed to trying to iron all of that.

Example #2

What he said:  I fed the boys lunch today.

What this means for me:  The kitchen has been ransacked because he couldn’t find what he was looking for. Half of the kitchen contents are now in the wrong place, the sink is full of dishes, and the table is covered in crumbs.

Example #3

What he said:  I took care of dinner.

What this means for me:  He picked up a rotisserie chicken at Costco.  Now all I have to do is make a couple of side dishes, reheat the chicken and serve dinner.

Example #4

What he said:  I went on line and paid the bills.

What this means for me:  I now have to defend why $68 spent at Sephora was a necessary expenditure as well as my subscription to Boxy Charms and Popsugar.  For some crazy reason he disagrees.

Do you and your hubby have different opinions on how things should get done?  Share below!

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Clean Living: Old Factory Hand Poured Candles

Clean Living Old Factory Candles

I love candles but it is difficult for me to go out and buy scented candles because so many of them are too strong or the synthetic fragrances used to scent them will trigger a migraine. The only candle I really buy that doesn’t make me sick is Macintosh Apple from the Yankee Candle shop.  So, I was really excited when Rachel from The Old Factory contacted me and asked me to review their soy based candles made with essential oils and cotton paper wicks.

FullSizeRender2Soy candles burn more cleanly than paraffin candles so they off-gas less. Further, fragrance contains phthalates which has over twenty years of research showing that they mess with hormone levels and reproductive health.  Scary!  Essential oils don’t contain phthalates.  Further, some poorly crafted candles or candles produced in other countries and imported here have been shown to use lead in their wicks.  There is NO safe level for lead contamination.

I told Rachel I would be happy to review the candles they sent me and leave a fair review of the product. In the mean time I went to Amazon to view all the candles they sold and check out the price.  Old Factory candles come in three packs in a wide range of scents.  I was also surprised to see that they had a number of “male” inspired scents as well as the traditional floral, holiday, and fruit ones that women are so fond of.

A three pack of candles from Amazon costs $30.99 but they are currently on sale for $25.  The good news is that they qualify for free shipping if you spend $35 through Amazon, so add on a new book or some other item to avoid S&H.

FullSizeRender3I requested the Spa Gift Package with comes with Cucumber, Green Tea and Lemongrass. When the candles came I will say that I was a little surprised by their size.  Each candle is two ounces in size.  I think in my mind I was expecting them to be larger, something similar in size to an Airwick or Glade candle.  Still, there was no denying the quality of them.

First off, the glass jars are very cute and well made. Once my candles are all used up I have every intention of keeping the jars and repurposing them.  Each candle smelled exactly as labeled.  I think my favorite one was the Green Tea.  I burned a different candle in my room each night until I tried all three and I was very happy with the aroma in the room.  The entire room was scented pretty quickly.  The lemongrass is naturally a stronger smell so I recommend using that one in a larger room.  It did over-power my bedroom after a while.  Each candle is guaranteed to burn for 20 hours. FullSizeRender4

Another plus to the candles are that they are made 100% in the USA so if you believe in buying local or supporting small businesses this is a great company to support.

Because the packaging is so cute I can honestly see myself purchasing some of these to use as hostess gifts in the coming holiday season. I know I will be giving a cute, fun, and safe gift to friends and loved ones.

To check them out for yourself click on the pictures or click the link right here:  Old Factory Candles at Amazon

**Full Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post.  I will not make a commission from any clicks from my website.  My only compensation was a single three pack of candles to try for review.  My opinions written here are honest and genuine. 

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Tired Mommy Survival: Never Have a Dead Phone Ever Again

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