A Lovely List

A Lovely List

As many of you who follow me know, the last two weeks have been rough. Not just a little rough, but the kind of rough that saps your energy, works you half to death and leaves you collapsed on your bed completely exhausted.  Between car problems, flea problems, child care problems, as well as starting a college course in addition to working, blogging, helping to launch a book, and being a mom, my heart was heavy and my body worn out.

Saturday we officially were rid of the flea problem after bombing the house for hopefully the last time. Once again I washed load after load of laundry and vacuumed.  I wanted to be happy the fleas were gone but honestly I was so exhausted I couldn’t look on the bright side.

Bella Grace Vol 1aBy that evening I was finally able to sit down and catch my breath. In the process of cleaning the entire house from top to bottom, I stumbled upon a wonderful magazine I had purchased about four months earlier called Bella Grace.  I had found it while browsing the magazine rack at Meijer.  I almost didn’t buy it because it was $19.99.  It seemed an insane amount of money to spend on a magazine but it was filled with so many uplifting and inspiring photos and stories that I couldn’t resist.

I spent hours reading and rereading that issue of Bella Grace during the summer and now it was in my hands once more almost as if fate had intervened. If ever I needed to be uplifted and inspired it was now.  I flipped through the beautiful photographs and stories until I came to one called The Lovely List.

I read the comments different women had listed as things they thought were lovely. It was in that instant that I knew I needed to pick up a pencil and start a list of my own.  I needed to remind myself that even in the most trying times there is still something lovely in every day.  Here is my version of a Lovely List, a reminder that in the darkness there is happiness, light and love (even if sometimes it is hard to find.)

  • My husband, there through the good and the bad
  • My boys laughing
  • A soft scarf
  • Pajamas
  • Leopard print accessories
  • Socks-colorful, funky, and fuzzy
  • A trip to the farmer’s market
  • Fog, thick as pea soup on a misty morning drive
  • Thunder that rolls on and on
  • Pretty paper
  • Colorful ink pens
  • Homemade chicken soup
  • Autumn in all its glorious splendor
  • The sound of dry leaves blowing across the lawn
  • The smell of baking cookies
  • Strawberries dipped in sugar
  • A blanket fresh out of the dryer
  • Clean sheets
  • Music that matches my mood
  • Photographs
  • Snail mail
  • Lipstick
  • Lying in a hammock under our oak tree reading
  • Yellow roses and star gazer lilies
  • Homemade popcorn made on the stove top
  • A warm fire
  • A glass of Riesling after a long day
  • The sound a new book makes when you break the spine for the first time
  • Apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts
  • Sunshine after the storm
  • Snow days
  • Picking raspberries and eating them fresh off the bush
  • Fleece
  • Sitting and watching the waves roll in and out
  • My friends (Suzie, Julie, Elizabeth, Missy, and Kathy life would be awful without you)
  • A scented candle
  • A scary movie
  • Feeding the squirrels and chipmunks
  • Lazy Sunday mornings
  • Teacups
  • White raspberry tea
  • Hugs
  • Pink, peach and sunshine yellow
  • Book stores
  • Fresh bread
  • Sweater weather
  • A giant pot of beef stew
  • The excitement I feel when I write something I am really proud of
  • Bonfires
  • The excitement I feel when someone comments on my writing

I hope this post inspires other to create a list of their own.  Everyone needs to have a Lovely List to look at when times are tough.

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Fabfitfun Fall 2014- Fun in a Box!

Fabfitfun Fall 2014- A Box of Fun!

Lately I have made a point of trying a few new things and treating myself to little things that are special. I have bought a few make-up items featured on YouTube videos, picked up a couple of new sweaters for fall, and signed up for a couple of subscription boxes.

If you are not familiar with subscription boxes they are a great way to try out high end products on the cheap. Plus it is also a way to get a few nice things for yourself that you would honestly never pay full price for because lets face it, all our money is getting spent on our kids!  Between my one son’s piano lessons, the other son’s Little League Baseball, and the cost of clothes, food, and all the rest, there usually isn’t a whole lot left for a weary mom to splurge on herself.

I signed up to get the Fabfitfun subscription box. I had never heard of this until I caught it on a few Youtube videos.  After seeing just two videos for the Winter 2014 box and then the Spring 2014 box I knew I wanted one.  I wanted it so bad in fact that I tracked my shipping every single day for two weeks and practically assaulted the delivery man when he finally showed up.

I had seen a few spoilers so I knew most of the contents of the box but instead of ruining the surprise for me it just made me want it all the more! So let me share with you the contents of my precious box.  Below I will list all the ways to get one of your very own if you are interested as well as a coupon code to save $10 off your first box.

Lets dig right in.  When the box arrives it looks like this and when you lift the lid this is what greets you.  Click the pictures to see supersized high resolution photos.

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The card you see as soon as you open the box has a listing inside of all the products you will find along with the grand total but I don’t want to spoil your surprise so we’ll skip that for now!  Moving on:

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Once you remove your flyers you get to see all the great stuff waiting for you.  The first two products are bonus products.  It isn’t considered part of the grand total, it’s more like free samples.  The first sample is Numi Organic Tea (I love tea!) and Mary’s Organic Crackers.  You’ll notice a trend that most of the items in this box are either organic or vegan or all natural which is a major plus to me.

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The next item I absolutely loved.  It was this adorable apron with bows, polka dots and a ruffled bottom by Jessie Steel.  Its retail value is $32.  I already have an apron but it is old and dirty and this will be a perfect replacement.

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After the apron came this full sized bottle from Dermalogica.  I have seen this brand at Ulta but have never bought any because it is way expensive.  This bottle is $56 and since you just add a few drops to the moisturizer you are already using it should last a pretty long time.

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I love this LaNatura Travel Sized Body Butter that retails for $18.  Even though it is travel sized it is still pretty big and the smell is wonderful.

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Plus, because it is free of synthetic fragrances I can actually wear it without having an allergic reaction or getting a migraine.

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Okay, the next item is just plain fun and at $22 it is something I love but would not spend the money on!!  It is the Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream in the color “Always There” and it has a built in mirror and a light in the lid so you can always get that perfect application.  I understand why it is called true lip color.  Most glosses look quite colorful in the tube but when you swipe them on your lips they give just a hint of color.  This product is more like a cream lipstick and goes on exactly like it looks.

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It is no secret I love The Honest Company, but I have never purchased their bar soap.  Usually I don’t like bar soap.  I actually use the Honest Body and Hair Wash, but I am willing to give this a try.  Value, $4.95.

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Plus just like the body butter it is 84% organic and made with coconut, olive, and argon oils.  Pictured is a coupon code to save 25% off your first purchase from the Honest Company.  Feel free to use the code!!

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DSC_6805I was very excited to get the next item.  I am trying very hard to grow my hair extra long.  I haven’t had long hair for quite some time now and every time is starts to grow out the ends get fried and I have to go get it cut again just to keep it healthy.  So I am hoping the Chi 44 Iron Guard lives up to its claims.  At stores it would cost $14.50.

Also included is the cutest pair of little footie socks ever with little gripers on the soles.  Supposedly they are for yoga or Pilates but I think they will work just fine keeping my toes warm while I walk across my hardwood floors on the way to the TV. They are pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month and come with a coupon code to get two pairs of socks for free.  I loved these so much I have already placed my order.  $12 value.

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The Grammar Company is the next item in the box.  It is a collection of four thank you cards and envelopes along with sealing wax and a wax press to seal your envelopes!  The seal is tHx, an abbreviation for Thanks.  The cost of it all is $43.  I will totally use this.  The girly girl in me and the teacher in me thinks this is fabulous.

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Included is a coupon code to save on 50% off your purchase at the Grammar Co.

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The last item in the box is a three month membership to FitFusion.  It is an online video gym library to all the best trainers.  It retails for $29.97.

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So there you have it.  Tons of wonderful items and the grand total for the entire box is $232.42.

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The best part is I only paid $39.99 for all of this.  These boxes usually cost $49.99 each season but when you buy your first box you can use a coupon code to save $10.  The fall box is still for sale if you want to get one of your very own.  Click on the link below to get one for yourself and use the following Coupon Code to save yourself $10.

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Use code TRYFFF to save $10.

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There’s a Flea on Me!

There's a Flea on Me!

There is a flea on me and there are two on you. No, this is not the opening of a Dr. Seuss story; this is me trying to find a sense of humor in my tragic tale of woe.  Humorous is not how I would describe the past week of my life, however, more like grueling, nightmarish and let’s not forget itchy.

Those of you who follow me know that I teach in an impoverished school district. Over the years I have had students plagued with fleas, cockroaches, ringworm, pink-eye, and in the last few years bedbugs.  Praise god, I have managed to keep things that crawl out of my house and even avoided catching ringworm.  Pink eye I have succumbed to more than once and while I hate it, at least the treatment is just a bottle of drops, a couple of days and done.

My run of good luck ran out, though, last week. It was a Wednesday night when my husband came to me and showed me that he had an itchy rash on his feet and legs.  If there is one thing I have learned from being a mom over the last decade and a half from countless pediatricians and general practitioners is that rashes are usually no big deal.  As long as its not chicken pox or shingles you are usually just fine.  My youngest son, as well as my self, suffers from “contact dermatitis” all the time.  Basically we touch stuff and have allergic reactions that go away in two to three days.  This was the driving force behind my switching to Honest.com household products as well as buying my giant jugs of ECOS laundry detergent from Costco.

So, as I was saying, when my husband showed me his rash I sort of shrugged it off. Friday night while watching an episode of Bones that I had recorded I started scratching my own ankles and noticed that I had developed a rash just like my husbands.  Okay, so something was up.  I thought about my laundry and remembered that I had washed one load of clothes with Tide Free and Clear.  AJ had managed to get the bottom hem of his good khaki pants caught in his bike chain and I knew ECOS probably wouldn’t be able to get the black grease out of his pants so I used the Tide that I kept on hand for just such an emergency.  Because I only wash large loads odds were high that some of mine and Bill’s socks were mixed in the load.  So there, the mystery was solved.

Saturday night rolled around and while I was reading a book I noticed that there was a little black bug on my white robe that I was wearing. There was nothing remarkable about the bug.  It looked like a gnat.  I shooed it off and went back to reading.  In the back of my mind, however, thoughts were stirring.

Sunday night was the clincher. It was 10:00 pm and I was in bed reading.  I looked to the side when something moved on my white sheets.  There was another little black bug.  When I reached for it…it jumped!!!  I was freaking out but I held perfectly still and stared at my white sheets with serious concentration.  There was another one, and another one, and holy shit there were six fleas on my sheets!  SIX!!!

“BILL!” I screamed, and I do mean I screamed. I am still shocked the boys slept through that.  He came running in the room yelling, “What?  What’s wrong?”

“WE HAVE FLEAS!” At this point I had already jumped out of bed and was pulling back the covers to expose all of the white sheets.  Sure enough, we had fleas.  I looked at my feet, which were now planted on the carpeting and there was a flea on my foot.  There was a flea on Bill’s foot.

“Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!” I just kept saying.

Bill, always the voice of reason, tried to calm me down. “Okay, it’s late too to do anything about it now.  We’ll tackle this in the morning.”

“Oh no we won’t. Meijer is open 24 hours a day.”  In less than a minute I was dressed and grabbing my keys.

At Meijer I was overwhelmed by your flea removal options. There were powders, sprays, Fabreeze versions, and then The Bomb.  Being as this was my first infestation (and it better damn well be my last) I didn’t know what to buy, so I bought one of everything, except The Bomb.  Before heading to the check out lane I ran down the cookie isle and grabbed two packs of Keebler Fudge Grahams.  If ever there was a moment when chocolate was allowable due to extreme stress this was it.

$64 dollars later I was back at the house and reading the labels on all of the different bottles I had purchased. As Bill and I read it became abundantly clear that we couldn’t actually do anything about our situation until the next day.  Every single bottle said the same thing, that after spraying the contents you needed to leave the area for at least two hours.  The boys were already sleeping.  It was a school night.  There was nothing to do but wait.

I called and cancelled the nanny for the next day and put in for a substitute teacher. I would take the day off of work and tackle the problem head on.

That night I did not sleep. Seriously, not one wink.  First, I refused to go in the bedroom.  It just was not going to happen.  So I stayed up all night in the living room with the lights on so I could quickly knock off any little critter that tried to suck my blood.  It was a long damn night and by the time morning rolled around and I needed to get the boys off to school I had bags on top of the bags under my eyes.

The war began at 9:15 am. I dropped Casey off at school and Googled “how do you get rid of fleas.”  The fast responses were to spray and wash everything.  Every blanket, pillow, sheet, towel, and item of clothing had to be washed in hot water and dried in the dryer to kill live fleas as well as eggs.

Since I knew I had a ton of work to do I decided to tackle the problem one room at a time so I could avoid leaving the house. I pulled all bedding, clothes, and linens into the garage, which connects to the laundry room and got started with the first load.  Then I sprayed the bedrooms, and I mean I sprayed the holy hell out of them, as well as the bathrooms.  While I waited for 2 ½ hours to pass I did multiple loads of laundry.  Because we have hard wood floors I put all the clean stuff in baskets on the kitchen floor.

Finally I vacuumed the bedrooms as instructed (and got totally light headed in the process). I spent no less than 30 minutes in each room vacuuming the same spots endlessly as well as all baseboards.  I only stopped long enough to rotate the loads of laundry.

Next it was time for the living room. We only have an area rug but I knew I also needed to spray the sofas.  I had at it.  I sprayed and sprayed.  This time I really did have to leave the house so I didn’t accidentally kill myself on flea spray fumes.

I spent two hours running a few errands. I bought new hair brushes and a few other things since I actually threw mine away, not willing to take any chances!  When time was up I went home and continued my war of laundry and vacuuming.

Bill and the boys came home and he cooked the Costco pizza I grabbed while out. Then Bill helped with returning clean laundry to cleaned bedrooms.  It was 9 pm when I finally called it a night.  I ached in every bone of my body.  I was beyond exhausted.  I climbed into bed to relax for a few minutes in front of the television before turning in.  As I sat there I looked down to see two fleas on my bare legs.  This time I didn’t scream.  I didn’t even shoo them off.  I just broke down crying, a deep, heaving, hiccupping cry…ugly face and all.  AJ came into my room and a second later so did Bill.

I pointed at my legs and said, “It didn’t work. All that work I did and they are still here.  I can’t take another day off of work to fight fleas.”  Bill used toilet paper to get the fleas off my legs and flushed them down the toilet.

We dug out an old bottle of Deep Woods Off! and sprayed ourselves along with all the bedding and went to bed.

The next day the nanny showed up and showed us her flea bites, two of which were infected from scratching. She also informed us that if fleas showed up in her house we would be paying for her professional extermination.  Then she said she quit until next week, after we had it under control.

To say my world had turned into a hell would be an understatement. Bill and I took turns missing work, and Bill went ahead the next day and Bombed the house with the big one.  I came home from work and once again started washing every single piece of fabric in the house.  We threw our enormous Land’s End Goose Down Quilt in the trash.  It was too big to wash and I just knew it would be filled with eggs and larva.

Even after the bomb we still saw the occasional flea. I continued to throw down a little spray in the bedrooms and shut the doors so the poison could work.  I vacuumed for an hour every day to suck up dead fleas and eggs.  Further Google searches taught us that even with all the work we did there would still be eggs that survived the Bomb and the vacuum so it was recommended that we re-Bomb in three weeks!

Today is the second day that I haven’t seen a flea, but I am not stupid. I know that somewhere there is still a few around.  I will continue to vacuum and we plan to Bomb the house again in two weeks.

A trick I did learn during this week of misery was to spray a deet based product like Off! or Repel on just your feet and ankles. Fleas are mostly in the carpets and feet=food for a flea.  Plus, a few sprays of deet on the foot of the bed and on the blanket near the foot will keep them off your bed while you sleep during the night.

I seriously pray none of you have had a flea infestation and I apologize to those of you who are now scratching at invisible bugs or any cases of the willies I may have caused.

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When Mom Gets a Day Off

When Mom Gets a Day Off

“Have a great day off,” my husband says as he walks out the door, and he truly means it. After all, I have the day off work thanks to a Muslim holiday in my school district and my children are still going to school in the district in which we live. In his mind I have a fantastic day ahead of me.

Even though I had the day off I still got up at 5:00 am so I would have a chance to have a little time to myself to get ready before the boys got up.

Once I was dressed and had my make-up on I made homemade pancakes and sausages for the boys as a treat for breakfast. After breakfast I cleaned the kitchen, gave AJ a quick kiss good-bye as he headed to the bus stop, and then tossed in some laundry while Casey watched a cartoon.

After I dropped Casey off at school I drove straight to Meijer’s to stock up on some staples, then went to Costco for some of our favorite organic items and more necessities.

Back home I carried it all in and cleaned out the pantry and fridge as I put it all away. I swapped out the laundry in the machines and emptied the dishwasher before heading back out to hit the post office, return library books, and grab AJ’s prescription refill. While at Rite Aid I figured it was a perfect chance to grab my flu shot and my pneumonia shot.

This time when I return home I made a phone call to Comcast. They over billed us. I hate calling Comcast. No, I loathe calling Comcast. I think I would rather have a root canal. After an hour of being on hold and finally talking to someone only slightly more functional than Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber, I managed to get the bill fixed.

A quick look at the clock and it is time to head to the collision shop. My car got hit by another driver two weeks earlier at my son’s little league game and today was the first opportunity we had to get an appointment and take the car in for an estimate. I grabbed a stack of papers that I still need to grade and headed off to the shop. While I wait in the tiny lobby for my estimate I graded papers. Luckily the shop was having a slow day and it only took about thirty minutes for my estimate.

I had really hoped to squeeze in a manicure today, I haven’t had on in well over a month and cuticles are disgusting but there is no time. I hurry home to start dinner because now it is almost time for the boys to arrive from school and Casey has to eat quickly because he has Catechism tonight.

No sooner do I finish dinner the boys walked in. Bill arrived home about twenty minutes later and said, “Wow, you are so lucky to get a day off. I’d love a day to stay home by myself and relax.”

So how relaxing was your last day off?

Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness: Funny Stories by Sleep Deprived Moms

Today is an incredibly exciting day for me.  Today is the book launch for Motherhood May Cause Drowsiness!!!  It is my first time being a published author!!!

Several very funny mom bloggers, as well as myself, collected our best work along with some yet to be seen stuff and it is now available in paperback or digital editions on Amazon!  A big shout out goes to my editor, Lisa Nolan, who made all of this possible!

So if you want to read about sleep deprived moms, the crazy things we do while totally exhausted, and the hilarity that follows, click the picture below.  Please check back and let me know what you think of it.  I am dying to hear reviews.

-Tina

PS- Yes, that is me on the cover, as well as my six-year-old’s foot on my head.

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Mom’s Favorite Things

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Sometimes as mom’s we get so wrapped up in taking care of the kids and maintaining a relatively sane home that we often forget to do anything special for ourselves.  Lately I have made a point to put myself in my top five to do list.   Yes, the kids are still number one, and my husband is number two, and then my job is number three, but I have officially put myself before laundry and scrubbing the bathrooms!!  Hey, I’m moving up!  Seriously, though, sometimes we need to take a moment and do something just for us for no other reason than we simply want to.

With that in mind, I thought I would share some recent discoveries that I have come across that have put a smile on my face, and the best part is these are relatively inexpensive finds compared to the Smashbox Palette I wrote about last week (although I still think that was pretty awesome).

First up, I love make-up.  I do a full face every day not because I have to but because I love too.  I even wear make-up on the weekends because that is when I feel free to play around and try new things that I know I don’t have time to do in the morning before work.  Recently I have been watching YouTube videos by Jessica on her channel JAMBeauty.  She is a make-up guru and I have been learning lots of new stuff.  One of the things she talks about a lot is make-up brushes.  Honestly, I never really stopped to think about my brushes before.  Then I started to think about just how old my brushes were and I realized that most of them had been purchased before AJ was born (14 years ago) or were received free in a Clinique or Lancôme gift bag.  After close examination it was decided that my brushes were actually pretty gross .  So I took a trip to Sephora and almost fainted when I saw the prices.  Once I picked myself up off the floor I drove to Ulta thinking they would have to be cheaper.  Wrong!  There was no way I was going to drop a $100+ on brushes.

At Target I found a small selection but after feeling the soft supple brushes at the Fancy Pants beauty stores the Target ones just seemed so crappy (sorry Target, I still love you) plus the better made ones were only a few dollars cheaper than the Fancy Pants stores.

Fall2Then I discovered E.L.F!  Now maybe you all already know about E.L.F. but it was brand spanking new to me and they made my day.  Their brushes were great and the best part was they were only $3 a brush!!  Bazinga!  I stocked up on them.  Then today at Meijer doing a grocery run I found that E.L.F. had just come out with a brand new kabuki brush for only $6 and it is every bit as awesome as the Fancy Pants store.  I have noticed that applying my make-up really is easier using the right tools, especially lining the eyes and doing my brows.  My make-up looks better and goes on faster.  That’s a win-win!

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My next awesome discovery is Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Meritage.  It is a pinkish, redish, brown if that makes any sense.  It has become my go to lipcolor because even though it is bold it is oddly enough a neutral.  It looks perfect if I am wearing pinks, browns, or silvery metalics.  Sometimes if I want to tone it down a little I’ll swipe on some Buxom Gloss in White Russian (another recent discovery).  The lip pencil is $24, so its not super cheap but I always find that a new lip color is the easiest way to renew your look.  It is totally normal for me to have a dozen lipsticks in my purse at any given time.

My next three discoveries are of the yummy variety.  First is Oreo’s Pumpkin Spice cookies.  OMG!  These are so freaky good.  I usually hate regular Oreo’s but when I saw these I thought, what the heck?  Well, its now three packages later and I am still nibbling on these with no signs of getting sick of them any time soon, which honestly, I wish I would already.

Fall4Next, I always carry a granola bar or a Nature Valley bar in my purse for emergencies.  I had seen the Kind bars in the stores many times but for some reason they didn’t look appetizing to me.  I finally tried one and they have officially replaced the granola bar in my purse.  I especially love the Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew, and they are so much healthy than my Quaker Oats Chocolate Chip bar.

Finally, I wanted to mention a few treats that have made their way into my “Oh No, Mommy is About to Lose Her Shit!” drawer, or as it is sometimes refered to; “Its That Time of the Month Drawer.”  This is my secret stash of pampering things for when I just can’t take it anymore.  In a perfect world it would be stocked with Xanax, Prozac, and wine, but really it holds some fancy soaps, a new nail polish, samples of teas, treats and chocolate.  The Ghirardelli Minis are scrumptious and perfect for when you just need a bite. The Chocolate XOXOX bar is for your bigger chocolate needs and is also very good and is guaranteed to take some of the bitch out of your time of the month, which is good for the whole family!

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Tired Mommy Survival: Never Have a Dead Phone Ever Again

Never Have a Dead Phone Ever Again

I am not OCD, but there are times when I have some major OCD tendencies. One of my tendencies is to never run below half of anything.  I never let my car get below half a tank of gas…ever.  I have crazy fears that one day there will be a horrible snow storm and I will be one of those unfortunate people who get trapped on the freeway and then watches as their car slowly runs out of gas.  Has this ever happened to me?  No, but I plan to make sure it never does.

The same runs true of certain food items, toilet paper, and personal hygiene products. Yes, I know there is a store not five minutes from my house, but what if?  What if there is a tornado, or a flood, or a blizzard, or a solar flare that burns out the power grid as we know it and everyone in the house is suffering from a tummy bug?  Suddenly my toilet paper hoarding skills are going to make a lot of sense.  No, I am not crazy.  Well, maybe just a little.  Really, I’m just a mom who never wants to get caught with her pants down, both literally and figuratively.

Anyway, this post is about my iPhone. As you may have guessed by now I start to freak out when my phone falls below that magical number of 50%.  I need my phone for so many things during the day.  I need it to stay in contact with my husband. I need it in case my children’s school calls and one of my kids are sick.  I also need it through out the day for blogging purposes, teaching purposes, texting, and even watching CNN during my lunch hour.

272I have a charger at work, and in my car, and in my house, but sometimes you are no where near an electrical outlet. At Target I found the perfect solution to fix my power draining fears.  It’s the MyCharge Energy Shot Mobile Battery Charger for iPhone and it was only $19.99!

It is super small, just the size of a lipstick so keeping it in your purse is a breeze, not to mention it’s so darn cute!!  I know that sounds shallow, but honestly it really is adorable with its multi-pink tones and white chevron pattern.

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It’s so easy to use that it is truly dummy proof. You charge it just like you would your phone.  There is a little indicator light that turns green once the battery is fully charged.  As your phone drains the battery it will turn yellow first and finally red to let you know that battery is just about done.  The energy shot gives you one full power refill, or in my case will give me two 50% refills since I never let my phone die all the way.

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Plus it comes with a matching drawstring pouch that lets you keep your energy shot and the micro power cord together. No digging and digging through your purse trying to find a one inch black cord that has fallen to the bottom somewhere.

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This is so practical and useful that I plan to get my son one (just not in pink). He will be going on a class trip to Washington DC this year without me or his dad.  I was worried about being able to stay in contact with him while he was gone.  I knew he’d be playing games and end up draining his phone’s battery before he’d have a chance to recharge.  Now I know he will have a back up source of power while on the long bus ride.

Once again, if you know of some awesome product that no mom should be without please share below in the comments.

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