Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I've recently decided it's time to start painting my nails again! Now, you and I both know that I don't have a lot of free time. But I've found that if I follow this routine, I can paint them at 8 pm, go to sleep at 10, and not have any sheet marks at all. Plus, my mani will last 4-5 days with no chips- I usually just have to repaint because of new growth.
So without further ado, my nail routine:
1. Sally Hanson Instant Cuticle Remove. I apply this all around my nails, wait a bit (you can wait longer that it says), then use the thumbnail of my opposite hand to push back/scrape the cuticles. Works awesome.
2. Wash your hands and dry them well.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
So I'm really sorry about this, but I need you to have this song in your head too, because I am going flippin crazy. After Mr. Sasha and I watched the Jan 16 Idol epi, we were laughing hilariously at this guy. And the next morning, I told Mr. Sasha that I could not get his song out of my head. And since then, he's been periodically singing a little snippet, which of course, puts in right back in my head, and I AM GOING CRAZY!!!!!
Plus, I've always wondered how to post a youtube video, and by George, I think I did it!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Edited to add: Does anybody want to create a C25K blinkie? Some runners don't have rugrats/hellions yet, and they certainly shouldn't be left out of the fun! If I knew how to do it, I'd be all over it!
You know when you see a family on Super Nanny and the kids are standing up in their chairs at the dinner table shouting "No!" at their mom-at-her-wits-end, and then they show the kids spitting on their parents, rolling around on the floor, taking off their clothes, screaming, crying for no reason, and generally doing things that make you say, "Wow, so glad that's not me"?
Well, that's me.
Now, I was thinking about it, and I'm not so sure I'm willing to go on TV for this child-behavior modification process. I really don't want everyone in the USA seeing my dirty-ass house and the fact that my kids eat food of the floor. And I thought about Wife Swap too, but someone might think Mr. Sasha is hot and not want to leave. So that won't work....
Do you think Nanny Jo or whatever her name is would do a phone consult? Really, I don't think it's me- I think anybody would have a difficult time with The Wild Child, although day care says she is an angel (when she's not biting her tasty little friends). If it's just the Terrible Twos, shit, I've got a long way to go since WC's birthday was just a few weeks ago.
So I'm pretty much open to whatever you got. Lay it on me- what am I doing wrong?????
Sunday, January 27, 2008
However, it appears that while I was deciding, she fell asleep, so if I go in there, I might wake her up, at which point she would surely think nap time was over, and I've got lots of plans for the next two hours (Bret Michaels and the treadmill are waiting for me as we speak).
I know I am risking having to launder pee pee sheets and blankets, but hell, I love laundry, and I love me time even more, so I think I'll just risk it.....
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Also, OMG, I am beyond pumped about this blog. Since I occasionally have to do some actual work, and also feed and bathe and dress my kiddos, I miss out on a ton of BBC drama. This site is like Cliff Notes - BBC Drama for the busy! Love it love it love it! Plus they put me on their blogroll, so they obviously seem to be cool themselves.
Just went and checked out the whole Red Box thing and it is way cool. I wanted Superbad but settled for the new Bourne movie. Mr. Sasha is excited since that was his first choice anyway. Also went to Sam's and had the best time buying all kind of things I don't need in bulk. But you get in there, and 40 granola bars and 20 yogurts just seems like a great idea.
Laundry awaits (and you know I love laundry!!!!) I totally made The Wild Child change her clothes before nap so I could wash the hot mustard off her shirt and get another load of whites done. I should totally work for a cleaners.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Should he get so mad that he throws the computer out the window and you never hear from me again, Traci and Kate know all my personal info and what police station you'd need to call if you were worried. :-)
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Anyway, my mother in law was using Bare Minerals and wanted me to try it, so she bought me the starter kit at Ulta last year. I loved the idea and was super excited.
Although I love the products, turns out I am not able to wear their foundation. It really causes me to itch, and I have since learned that it contains bismuth and some people are sensitive to that.
I also thought that the blush colors included in the kit (warmth and glee) were a bit dark for me. I did love the Mineral Veil.
Being a Bargain Momma, I frequent the BBC bargain board and read about Everyday Minerals, which costs a fraction of the price of BE. They even offer a sample kit with 3 foundations, one concealer, and one blush for about $4, which is for the shipping.
I was instantly hooked. Now, I still love some of the Bare Minerals products, I just can't wear their foundation.
So here's my EDM routine:
- Apply EDM Tinted Silk Dust as a primer, using BE foundation brush from original kit
- Apply EDM Golden Fair Matte foundation using BE's full flawless face brush.
- Apply EDM Finishing Dust (identical to BE's Mineral Veil) with EDM powder brush
- Apply blush (I have various blushes and I like BE and EDM equally)
- Apply eye makeup (various- EDM and BE and Clinique)
So here's my suggestions:
Order a sample kit from the Custom Kits page. First decide what formula you want. I went with matte since I tend to have oily skin. Then, decide on the colors you want to try. This color guide is kinda hidden on their site, but I think it's very helpful. I'd been wearing Fawn, but I recently decided it was too yellow, so I switched to Golden Fair and it's a perfect match.
I don't use concealer, so I'm not much help on what to pick there. As for the blush, the sort of hidden blush color guide is helpful too. I like Plum Dust, Soft Touch, and Nick Nack.
Anyway, once you've figured out your shades, the kits are the way to go. You can get 6 full sized products (including brushes) for the insane price of $32. Crazy cheap!
Let me know if you have questions. I've ordered from them a million times and have always been happy. And at their prices, you can experiment.
There's something we need to chat about. To me, you ought to be a wholesome show, full of fun, lighthearted stories that kids can enjoy, and oh, bonus, learn some Spanish too!
But my Tivo has picked up some epis that don't quite fit that mold. What's up with "Dora and the Missing Babies" and "Dora and the Missing Puppies"? You are scaring the hell out of The Politician, and I'm even having to pre-screen your show because sometime the titles don't sufficiently warn me about the scary content. One epi had an innocent title, but when I looked at the description, there was "a mean man" so that had to be deleted too.
Just yesterday, P left the room in tears when the dog catcher was taking all the dogs in the missing puppies epi, and missing babies? Seriously? Are you guys running out of ideas?
Also, Swiper is a bit too menacing sometimes. Tone that down too while you're at it.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So an hour and a half of chasing her around the waiting room (Don't touch that baby! Stay away from that trash can! Come back here!) I find out she does in fact have an eye infection (caused by the cold) and an ear infection to boot. Who knew? Seriously, how many other kids never get fevers???? (Jinxing it, I know.)
Just put her down for a nap because I got tired of her spitting on me because the eye drops royally pissed her off. Yeah, yeah, sucks to be 2.
Monday, January 21, 2008
WTH does it mean??? I have like 40 in a row today, all with different blognames at the end....
If I click on them, I get this error at blogger:
The following errors were found:layoutType: That is not one of the acceptable values
So, just wondering if anyone knew.....
So I pretty much let my kids have the run of the house (shut up, you do it too). I figure everything is pretty much child-proofed and we've even tethered their furniture to the walls in their room so it can't come crashing down on them. I think it's all because The Politician was pretty much a dream child. Not a climber, not an explorer, not too big into making messes.
But oh, my, have things changed.
If I just look away for 10 seconds, something like this happens.
The Wild Child opened up the pantry (hindsight: I should not have had Mr. Sasha WD-40 the pantry door hinges because now I can't hear when the pantry is opened), got out a relatively new box of Fruity Cheerios, made herself at home on the sofa inside a pop-up toy chest, and promptly emptied the entire box into the toy chest.
I will admit to putting the cereal back in the box to serve later. (You know you'd do that too.)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Damn. Damn. Damn.
Did you ever eat at Taco Tico? They had these awesome Cinnamon Crispitos (or something like that- give me a break, it's been 20+ years since they closed) and these chips taste identical! Please don't get mad at me, but I need someone to share this sickness with me.
I'm so sorry.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
It was not.
It was a box with the words "Magic Circle" on the side in big letters, addressed to Mr. Sasha.
And the return address was from Stamina Products.
You can see where my mind went.
I was thinking, now, this isn't very discreet packaging. And also, if Mr. Sasha did order such products, should I be concerned that I didn't know about said product order?
Turns out it was a new electrical panel for his broken elliptical. Nutty packaging and store name, but I suppose no one ask me.
Friday, January 18, 2008
We also appear to let our kids drive tricycles around the house. Actually, this was right after Mr. Sasha got it put together a second time since I had to take it home because I found it on the playground not working properly. The kiddos were just giving it a test drive to make sure it was correctly assembled before we took it back to the school.
And also, I am raising a chocoholic. Maybe it's because I kept it away from her until age 2, but WC loves her some chocolate.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
My laundry is piling up, I have been blindly paying my credit card bills with no regard to actually verifying the charges on there (so NOT CPA-like), my kids have had chicken nuggets from the freezer 5 night in a row for dinner, I have 5 million shirts in the Fan that need to go to the cleaners, we need milk, I need some more Afrin (shut up), and by God, I really just need some "me" time.
A new Sophie Kinsella book is coming out soon, so I've really got to figure this out soon. I can't tell you the last book I read that was not related to raising children or didn't contain colorful pictures.
Ideas seriously appreciated.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
However, it looks like we may have trouble getting a spot if we wait until Fall 09 to enter the school. She said they will fill up the Pre-K this year and then those kids will move up to K, so there won't be any added spots.... But we are definitely in for Pre-K if we want to take it....
I'm so torn. I don't have a back-up K plan. I won't be ready for public school and really wanted him to attend this private K. Hmmm... Mr. Sasha and I will have to discuss tonight.
Also, P vetoed karate last night. He had a rough day at school (didn't like the snack and didn't want to watch a movie) and was in generally a bad mood when I picked him up. I certainly wouldn't have been the night to teach him self defense moves, seeing as how he wasn't very agreeable to any of my instructions, and he certainly didn't need to know any methods of defending himself. Hopefully tonight will go better.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I think the duct tape is our next option! She is quite a rascally rabbit and I think that might be the solution! Glad to hear it works for you.
I should really try to slow down a little. In my haste to try to email the spreadsheet out quickly, I've been cutting and pasting from previous emails. So this little note that was supposed to go to one mom who commiserated on WC's undressing/peeing in bed, ended up going to who knows how many unsuspecting people.
So lest you think I am totally crazy (which I am by the way), that last sentence should not have been there!
And on the way home, I had to pull over because my little Houdini, The Wild Child, managed to get the plastic wrap off a bottle of bubbles and had poured the whole bottle on herself (and her Britax seat) and the wand was en route to her mouth.
Also, the Suzy Bogguss CD is getting put away today. P will be crushed, but I just cannot listen to "Two Step Round the Christmas Tree" any more. And I might put it away so well that it is not findable come November.....
Saturday, January 12, 2008
This afternoon I managed to get out for a bit and do some shopping.
I can't believe how crazy I am going with the makeup these days- I swear I hardly wear any, but I just can't stop buying!
I didn't find anything worth standing in line for at Old Navy, but I had a $20 Children's Place gift card burning a hold in my pocket, so I stopped in there and I got 2 pair of PJs for WC for next year, and a cute pink/white velour outfit for next year too.
A stop at the Gap where an awesome sale clerk let me use my expired birthday $15 off $60. She also broke up my order so that I could use a $10 reward card too. So two pair of very cool jeans, and it looks they have gotten on the bandwagon with vanity sizing, because I wore a size smaller than usual. I am totally cool with that, by the way. Totally fine with wearing a smaller size. No heartache at all there.
My best purchase, though was the $50 navy velvet dress I got for WC to wear next Christmas. After using a $10 Gymboree Visa reward and getting 5% off for using my card, I only paid $7! It is beautiful. Pic here, but seriously, it doesn't do it justice.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Post a comment and let me know how it's going. Or if you have questions...
Edited: Oh- and feel free to snag the "Running Mom" graphic from above for your blog!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Turns out she got bitten yesterday on the back during Spanish class. And it was a pretty bad bite and broke the skin, although it did not bleed.
I held my breath as she was telling me this story, sure that WC did something to retaliate.
But no, she just shook her finger at the biter and said "No biting Twos!!!!". It seems she also told everyone she came into contact with for the next hour that he had bitten her and he wasn't supposed to, because "No biting Twos!!!".
That's my girl.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
So if that's you, please don't think I was ignoring you! I have replied to every single request (at least I think I have!).
Just send me a non-Comcast email address and I'll be sure and send it your way!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Anyway, I believe I broke two toes last night- two of the middle-ish ones on my right foot. Now, I have broken toes before, but I was drunk both times, and I am embarrassed to say I don't even have an excuse this time. Just misjudged the door frame. And it wasn't even in the dark. Good Lord.
Monday, January 7, 2008
And I am waiting on The Wild Child to finally finish eating since she's been at the table for 45 minutes.
I am looking at a little gift catalog and just saw my new motto: "I used to care, but now I take a pill for that."
I got Bare Essentuals Buxom Lips in
Dior Diorshow Mascara in Black. Per Sephora: Dior's cult-fave, super volumizing, lengthening, and curling mascara. And Traci gives it the highest recommendation (first on her Sephora list for me!), so I must try it.
- Samples - DKNY Be Delicious Body Lotion - 0.23 oz
- Samples - Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time - 0.03 oz
- Samples - Philosophy Hope In A Tube And Eye Believe - 2 x 0.067 oz
It also prompted me to choose a deluxe sample, so I chose: Deluxe Samples - Kinerase C6 Peptide Intensive Treatment - 0.25 oz.
And then I entered Kinerase in the Promotion Code field and got: A free deluxe sample of Kinerase Brightening Face serum, a brightening, anti-aging formula containing a luxurious pearl extract, which instantly leaves the skin with a luminous, glamorous finish, while supplies last.
I am just going to be beautiful! I have a friend who swears by the Kinerase products, so I am anxious to see what they are all about. If they make my skin look like Courteney Cox Arquette's, fine by me.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The doc cleaned them out for us, and we had a good discussion on nutrition and she assured me that P wasn't going to waste away and she totally made me feel better about the whole "refusing to eat school food" thing. We also discussed chewable vitamins and she asked about WC's arm.
At the end, she said, "Well, is there anything else we need to talk about?"
Without missing a beat, P said, "Well, what about my Smarties?????"
The doc laughed and said, "Don't worry, I won't forget to give you Smarties on your way out."
On another note, I have had some awesome new commenters lately, and I can't wait to check out all your blogs and update my blogroll, and I swear that will happen soon. Well, maybe not soon looking at my to-do list for this week, but I promise it will happen!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
- Heard The Wild Child saying "Naked Jaybird" over the monitor this AM and got scared that she was naked and had wet the bed
- Said "Phew" when Mr. Sasha went to investigate and reported that she was fully clothed and dry
- Ran 3 miles
- Showered and got myself and The Politician dressed
- Took The Politician by Wal-Mart to pick out a birthday gift for #6 because I am all about the procrastination this week
- Took P to the birthday party at the local inflatable gym and gossiped with some fun parents. Also, had cake eating experience #1 of the day.
- Came home and got some presents ready for a birthday party The Wild Child was going to this afternoon
- Washed all of her bedding, including her bumper, because she de-clothed herself during nap today and wet the bed
- Griped at Mr. Sasha because he dripped pee pee all through the house carrying the soaking wet bedding to the laundry room
- Reluctantly took WC to a birthday party at an indoor splash pad, which turned out to be so much cooler than I thought, and we both had a fab time. Had cake eating experience #2 of the day.
- Came home to find that Mr. Sasha did not transfer the bedding from the washer to the dryer (and was pissed off, duh!)
- Was working on the that when I noticed WC was being quiet and so I went looking and found her in my bathroom rubbing her liquid soap all over her arms and legs, saying "Lotion"
- Tossed her in the tub to wash off said soap and also chlorine smell
- Put her bed back together
- Texted a friend to see if she was still up for a pitcher of margs at Taco Cabana later tonight (She is! Yay!!!!!)
- Came on here to tell you about my crazy day
Friday, January 4, 2008
Let's take the world by storm and start a running revolution! Let's get such a big group of moms together doing the C25K that the Wall Street Journal does an article on us! If I can do it, so can you! See my post Run Like the Wind to see the transformation of Mr. Sasha.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
He's currently napping, courtesy of Vallium. I'm headed to pick up a few things for The Wild Child's par-tays (she gets two! buddies and family) and then to pick up the kids and see what clever notes the teachers have left me today. Any predictions? Bathroom antics? Lunchroom drama? Carnivore commotion? Only time will tell....
Poor Mr. Sasha. On the way up to The Big City, I immediately made two changes in his car. Before we left the driveway. 1. Turned off the Sports Talk Radio, because it makes me nauseous, almost like when I walk through the door at the airport, and 2. Switched his heat from console/floor to floor only, because console heat is like the breath of a dragon on my face! Of course after my explanations, he's all "You totally need to do stand-up, like The Working Mom Comedy Show." Shut up and be logical. We all know heat rises and now that the season is finally o-ver, what's the need in rehasing what's already happened? I know you all agree with me. High five me.
2. Mr. Sasha and I both actually took longer than 9 weeks to complete the Couch to 5K Plan. When you read about the plan at www.coolrunning.com, they say that it's OK to repeat weeks if you don't feel ready to move on. So I have to admit that we did that several times, and I think we both got stuck around week 5, and I may or may not have repeated said week for 2 months or so. I think it really took him about 5-6 months to lose the total 60 pounds. But. Still. It's awesome. Promise. Get on the bandwagon and be cool like me.
And this is not a clarification, but just an FYI- I am having a weird allergic reaction to God knows what because I woke up with the left side of my face swollen and red and my eyes were not agreeable to contacts. Not sure what's up, but this is not a good day for random problems. Mr. Sasha is scheduled for Lasik surgery in a bit, and I totally planned on doing lots of magazine reading in the waiting room while he recovers (he's quite the baby so I imagine he'll be in recovery for longer than the normal person). I did not plan on having to relive yesterday in my brain to figure out what's going on with my face. Hopefully this will be short-lived. I mean, I've got a new Us Weekly to read- I need to read "Destroyed By Mama: Shame on Lynne Spears"!
Yeah, I can totally see this happening. I have heard that I did the same thing myself.....
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I love the 100 calorie packs because I am the worst at portion control, so these are no-brainers for me. In WW speak, most sweets are my "red light food", but these packs makes sweets doable. My personal favorite of the 100 cal packs are the Lorna Doones.
OK, so I haven't tried these Hershey's Trio Kisses, and Walgreens was stupid enough to block out part of the package in their Sunday ad, so I can't even tell what the third thing is (dark chocolate? peanut butter? coca cola?), but I bet they are rockin' awesome. I ran to Walgreens yesterday to try to find them, but they didn't have them yet (then why did you have them in your ad?), so I will try again tomorrow and report back to you.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Seriously, I much preferred The Politician's method of training. He simply refused to even sit on the potty, until right before his third bday, when he totally changed his mind and fully day-trained within 1 week.
The Wild Child is wearing me out and I am not at all ready for this. She took off her diaper and peed in her bed at nap again today, although she did pull up her pants after removing her diaper rather than sleep nekkid. My friend Slim has suggested duct tape, and by God, I'll be trying that.
All day I've been finding her discarded diapers on the floor and frantically searching for her, praying that she hasn't decided to pee on the carpet, because she sure as hell doesn't want to pee on the potty. We've tried an Elmo insert on our big potty, and even the little "Royal Potty" that is just her size. She may sit on there for a sec, but she's off in a flash, her bare little bottom running away from me as fast as she can, laughing hysterically at me.
Mercy. Uncle. Seriously. I don't know what to do but laugh.
Here's that shot I've been promising of my little rock star. Watch for him- he'll be big one day. Hope he can sing better than Mr. Sasha and I can.
Oh- I want to do some online shopping at Sephora since I didn't make it up there on Monday. Any ideas on new products to try? I want to get to $75 to get free shipping. (Isn't that logical?) Traci, this is your bag- ideas for me?