You know I am. (don't you judge me!) I admit it- I love me some trash TV.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
- 1 J&J Softlotion
- 2 Colgate toothpastes
- 1 Aussie Shampoo (also had $1 coupon)
- 1 Aussie Conditioner (also had $1 coupon)
- 1 big Hershey candy bar
- 1 Right Guard Clinical deodorant
- 1 Covergirl Smoothers powder (also had $1 coupon)
- 1 Sally Hansen polish
- 2 L'Oreal glosses
And that was all FREE after ECB. In fact, they pretty much paid me $3 to take that stuff out of their store since I had some coupons!
They were out of the Complete saline solution, the Garnier cleaning cloths, and the G2, but I may stop by tomorrow and see if they re-stock.
Yay for Black Friday shopping!
Get thee to CVS!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sasha: "That's probably my favorite episode." (smiling)
CVS baby cashier: "My favorite is Benihana Christmas. (pause) You know, I haven't met many people your age who like that show."
Sasha: (no longer smiling) "Well, I know a lot of people my age who like the show......."
Holy cow, this is a great deal- it's 50% off! This is a step up from the one I have (the 205) and this is only $5 more than the 205 costs at Amazon! Plus it ships free (and no tax!)!!!!
I can't imagine running outside without my Garmin now. It shows my pace and distance and elapsed time. Love it love it love it.
You need one. Or the runner in your life does!
I also picked up these princess lip balms for WC's stocking- 69 cents each! She's very into "wipstick" right now and these are super-cheap.
Follow these steps to ensure you get your free shipping AND your ebates rebates.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Now, if you still haven't signed up for ebates, or never used it after you signed up before, now's the time! If you sign up and purchase something by Dec 31 (and of course you'll be buying something before Dec 31, it's the holidays!) we'll both get $10!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I had already picked this up in red at Target for $39.99, but look! Amazon has it for $25 and in pink! I am so getting this and returning the red one to Target!
She will love it. The best thing about this is that the back only has 1 wheel in the middle of the base instead of two on the outsides- when P was learning to use a scooter, he kept banging his ankle bone on the back wheel and it was absolutely no fun for him. Plus the base is extra-wide to accomodate a toddler better.
Edit: This wasn't eligible for free shipping on Amazon, and the shipping was $10.75. So I went to Target.com (go through ebates for 4% back) and the shipping would have been $9.79. So I added $50 worth of shoes so I could get free shipping on those items, and that lowered the shipping on the scooter $6.27. Still a savings. Are you dizzy yet? I am, but I am saving money!
Yes, I know I should count my blessings, and I do that every day, I promise.
But between The Politician boycotting haircuts and throwing up every time someone in a 5 mile radius eats an orange and The Wild Child, well, being wild, I am not sure I have any rope left. I'm defintely at the end.
I'm just trying to be a good mom. I want to give my kids whatever tools they need to succeed in life. Actually, even if they end up being slackers, I still want them to be able to be part of the orange-eating, haircut-getting society and live long, happy, healthy lives.
So Santa, all I ask for is to continue to be surrounded by supportive friends who ask questions, listen, and offer advice or even just an ear or a shoulder to cry on. I have made so many fabulous friends this year and I don't know what I would have done without them.
I may also need to increase my dose of Lexapro, but I realize you can't help with that.
We'll have some Peanut Butter Blossoms waiting for you on the fireplace when you stop by on the 24th. (Props to Hershey's for having the recipe on their site!) I'm sure you'll hear from P and WC between now and then. I believe their list is long, but I'm preparing them for a Wise Man Christmas, and I know they will understand why Santa is bringing three gifts. The Sashas are on a mission to help everyone remember The Reason For The Season.
I had already picked up some of the rooms of furniture locally to go with WC's Dora house. See, her 3rd birthday is just a week after Christmas, so I've got to get birthday presents too, plus my mom always asks me to do her shopping for the kids. (Aren't I a nice daughter?)
But then.... I saw this grouping of furniture on Amazon for much cheaper! This seems to be the older furniture for the last version of the house. The new version has "hot spots" where you can do things like plug in the lamp and turn on the radio, and I guess the old furniture doesn't have those features. I don't think WC is going to notice, or care, so I think I'll take back what I had purchased at Wally World and order this set.
Comparison pricing: (if purchased individually)
- bedroom $14.97
- playroom $9.97
- living room $9.97
- bathroom $14.97
- kitchen $14.97
- pet set $???, but let's say $9.97 for argument sake
That's $74.82 plus 8% tax for a grand total of $80.81.
But if I order from Amazon, it's $24.99 plus $5.49 shipping (no tax) for a total of $30.48.
Last week I picked up the Dora Magical Welcome Home Dollhouse. It looks like something she will love. I actually paid about $70 at Target using a $10 coupon I had for that item and a 10% reward certificate.
Does anyone have this? What do you think?
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
Y'all, hands down, my most favorite book ever. What? You haven't read it? That's absurd. Stop what you are doing and order it. You won't regret it.
Now, it's probably not for your kids, as it's recommended for grades 3 and above. But if you are on board with me on the whole "Christmas has become over-commercialized" thing, this book will speak to you. You'll most likely shed a small tear and your heart will feel warm and like it may just explode after you're done reading it. Or at least that's what happens to me each and every time I finish it.
Now, let's discuss something I typically don't discuss. Me making money on this blog. It really doesn't happen. I get a little here and there from Ebates referrals and My Survey referrals and I've even had a DirecTV referral and a Gymboree Visa referral (see left sidebar should you be so inclined.)
But if you happen to be ordering anything from Amazon, anything at all, would you kindly click on one of my Amazon links before you put stuff in your cart? That'll give me a small percentage of your order, and I'd appreciate it and it would certainly support my Sephora and Avon habit. And it might get Mr. Sasha off my back a little. He's always checking the front porch for boxes and asking, "What'd you order now?"
Thursday, November 20, 2008
According to the Wall Street Journal, Japan's newest fashion craze has women imitating Paris Hilton.
The end of the world is near.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Oh, I love momAgenda! (click on graphic to check them out!)
I have the Kitchen Folio and it's just darling- I've printed out all the free downloads and filled them in with all the Sasha family info and have it by the phone in the kitchen- perfect for the babysitter, or for Mr. Sasha- who never seems to know where to find stuff.
Be sure and check out their new holiday downloads too- cards sent/received, gifts purchased, etc. Just what us busy moms need.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Christmas Sucks by Joanna Kimes
We're getting ready to leave to drive down for WC's post-op appointment, and I'm gathering up my reading material for the 3 hour trip.
Mr. Sasha saw what I had set out and flipped.
"Christmas Sucks??? That's terrible! You can't read that!"
Oh, Mr. Sasha. Chill out! This book is just a hilarious look at America's over-commercialization of the holiday. (See? Someone agrees with me!) I'm hell-bent that this holiday season at the Sashas is going to be less about the presents and the family drama and more about the reason for the season. Are you with me?
It's a great pick up-put down read, which is exactly what I need right now. And the humor- oh, it's just perfect! I've never read one of Joanne Kimes's books before, but I will certainly be checking them out now. She and I- we'd great along great.
Monday, November 17, 2008
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 1/2 cups applesauce
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup of milk
For Cake: Mix white cake mix with applesauce until smooth. May take more or less applesauce. Use at own discretion.
Pour mixture into a 9X9 inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake at 350°F in a conventional oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until cake tests done.
For Icing: Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add the remaining ingredients for the icing, stirring rapidly with a wire whisk until smooth. Pour over warm cake.
Here were some additional notes:
- The cake mix powder is mixed with applesauce ONLY, do not prepare the cake according to the directions on the box!
- Many people poked holes in the baked cake before adding the topping. It tastes a bit different, but is not necessary.
- The 'icing' is VERY runny, but don't worry, it's supposed to be!
- Some posters added cinnamon to the cake or the icing. Again, not necessary.
- The recipe calls for a 9x9 pan, but you can use an 8x8, 9x13 and 11x7 and it will worked fine every time.
Does this sound prize-winning? I love all the suggestions I've gotten, and remember I still have the Christmas dessert contest I can use them for. With WC's appointment tomorrow I'm going to be short on time this week and the contest is Thursday.
I'm still not convinced that all her thrashing around in the recovery room didn't mess up the dermabond. But we're going to see the doctor tomorrow so we shall see what he says. Tomorrow we'll discuss scar care and I'm sure they have us do something to minimize scarring.
Either way, looks like we'll be doing another surgery to remove the remaining scar tissue. I can't imagine not finishing what we started.
It is amazing to me to see how much they removed.
I'll update tomorrow night!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery
Yesterday I picked up another present for kids. I think they'll both like this, although The Politician is really the one more into trains. I got the DVD at Target, where it was priced at $14.99, but I used the $5 coupon that was in the Target toy catalog to make the final price $9.99. Looks like Amazon's price is only $1 more. Actually less than that if you figure I paid tax at Target.
This movie is narrated by Pierce Brosnan (yummy) and has great reviews on Amazon and is actually a 67 minute movie rather than the usual shorts. Hopefully this will be a hit.
Hey girlies! I know quite a few of you have the C25K button on your sidebar.
Would you switch it out with this code so it will link back to my original C25K post?
Thanks so much!
If you do so, leave me a comment and let me know! I can add you to the C25K Blogroll!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
When I picked up The Out-of-Sync Child from the library the other day, I flipped through it on my way out the door. After a few seconds of flipping, I felt my eyes fill up with tears and I moved towards the wall so I could lean against it for a second.
I found it. I found a paragraph that I should print out and give to everyone that knows WC.
From page 193:
A mother wrote me this letter: "By the time Rob was two, I felt he had a special need, but I couldn't figure out what it was. He required constant attention. Time-outs didn't work because I couldn't contain him. He was defiant, disobedient, disrespectful, and demanding. He was always busy, always talking (great verbal skills!), strong willed, contrary, and easily frustrated. I felt blessed to have Rob, and wouldn't trade him for the world, of course, but he constantly tested and rejected me."
And more on the next page.
"What was the reason for his behavior? How could I regain control? What method of discipline would get through to him? If his behavior was an attempt to get my attention, how could I supply it in a way that would satisfy him? How could I help a high-energy child channel his energy in a positive direction? I was desperate for answers."
If you replaced Rob's name with WC's and switched out them hes and hims for shes and hers, I could have written that, word for word.
You don't know how good it feels to know that you are not alone.
That's a great question! I'm currently reading this book and came upon a great section on Sensory Diets.
The Out-of-Sync Child
From page 229 "Just as the main food groups provide daily nutritional requirements, a daily sensory diet fulfills physical and emotional needs. The out-of-sync child needs an individualized diet of tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive nourishment more than most not doesn't know how to get it. So, we must and can help.
A sensory diet includes a combination of alerting, organizing, and calming activities."
Here are some of the things I've found help WC. Some of these came from our OT, and some WC was already seeking herself (smart little thing).
Alerting- benefit the underresponsive child, who needs a boost to become effectively aroused
- Crunchy food- she loves and asks for cereal, popcorn, chips, crackers, pretzels, and ice
- Jumping up and down on a mattress or trampoline- we got a mini tramp at the suggestion of the CDS and WC sometimes seeks it out on her own
- Drinking large amounts of Crystal Light Raspberry Lemonade- WC practically begs for this, and the OT realized that she was "seeking" oral stimulation because this is pretty tart!
- She also loves lots of spicy food- Hot Mustard from McDonald's, salsa, spicy chips- the spicier the better
Organizing- help regulate the child's responses
- Chewy foods- including granola bars, fruit bars, chewy fruit snacks, cheese sticks
- Play dough and coloring
- At OT, she loves that yucky goo that has bugs in it- she loves getting the bugs out
Calming- help decrease sensory overload
- Getting massages- she'll say "I need a massage"- we concentrate on one body part at a time and do sort of a deep-tissue massage
- She insists on us rocking her in the rocking chair before bed- she knows she needs this transition time and rocking helps her relax
- Popsicles- the sucking activity is calming
- We use a white-noise machine in her room at night and she finds it calming
WC's main issue is "regulation" which means she has trouble modulating (adjusting) her mood and senses. Because of this, she needs a sensory diet that includes all of the above since she can go from being understimulated (sensory-seeking) to overstimulated in 60 seconds. Transitions are rough and she can basically be described as uneven. But we have seen great improvement from OT and from simply being more aware of how her system works.
If you don't mind sharing, I'd love to hear what items you include in the sensory diets of your students!
Last week my favorite Avon consultant, Valeri, sent me one of the new PRO-TO-Go Limited Edition shades to try! She knows how much I love this highly pigmented lipstick that's sort of like a balm (it's very moisturizing!) and thought I might like to try Party Rouge.
Well, she was right! What a great color! And I love the silver case they are using for the limited edition colors. I just put in an order for Beaming Berry and Shimmering Red because I'm sure I'll like them just as much.
Valerie has offered up a free shipping code for Sasha Says readers to use! And of course, you'll need to go through ebates to get 5% back.
Follow these steps to ensure you get your free shipping AND your ebates rebates.
1. Visit Valerie's site to make her your default rep
2. Log into ebates to get 5% back and go through them to get to the Avon site
3. Once the Avon site pulls up again, you should see Valeri's name near the top of the site
4. Choose your products (don't forget about trying the Magix primer!- it's BOGO half off- so 2 for $15) and then use code FSANY to get free shipping
5. Post here and tell me what you ordered since I'm a makeup junkie and also quite nosy!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So we will see them in person next Tuesday and get our scar management plan- I assume it will involve some vitamin E oil or Mederma or those scar sheets or something. I'm on board with whatever they say!
Well, we were supposed to be headed south today for our post-op visit to discuss scar care, but since poor WC woke up throwing up in her bed yesterday morning, we've rescheduled for next Tuesday.
I'm getting worried as the bandage wears off though. Click on the pic to make it bigger- see that red raised area on the top part of the wound? That doesn't look right to me.
I've emailed the nurse practitioner to get her opinion. I'm pretty much convinced that when WC was having her devil-possessed drug-induced fit after surgery, she messed up their work. They did internal dissolving stitches and Dermabond on the top layer- and I'm no expert, but what if her thrashing around messed up the part they did the Dermabond on?
I'm crestfallen.... Now I am thinking surgery #2 is definitely in our future and I was really hoping we were done.
What do you guys think? Any experience with post-surgery wounds?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
There's a fabulous deal at Target right now on the Glade 4 oz holiday candles. A few of the scents are pictured above- I think there are five holiday scents in total, but the Apple Cinnamon and Cinnamon Gingerbread are my two faves, and since I have my finger on the pulse of the brains of moms everywhere , they'll be your favorites too.
If you purchase 4 of the candles at $2.50 each (total of $10), you'll get a $5 Target giftcard. To make the deal sweeter, you can use two of the coupons that are $1.50 off two candles (11-2 Smart Source insert). So you'll get 4 candles for $2! I'm planning on doing this deal a few times to use as part of my teacher gifts.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Previously, I've won third place twice (read about it here and here) so I need to step up this year!
What's your no-fail recipe that will guarantee me a first place win?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I had a question about the prior book and if it had info about children who are sensitive to sound.
I think that book is really more of an "overview" and I don't remember anything specific like that. The two books below, the first in particular, have come highly recommended to me and I have them coming to me.
Too Loud Too Bright Too Fast Too Tight
The Out-of-Sync Child
Our OT let us borrow this fabulous book. If you or anyone family you know is dealing with a child with sensory issues, this is a great starting point to learn about SPD. It really explains it well and puts it into perspective.
I modify slightly, so here's how I do it.
What you'll need:
- 1 pkg. (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix (I ONLY use Jiffy! 44 cents!)
- 1 egg
- skim milk
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix (I typically get the low sodium McCormick)
- shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F. Prepare corn muffin batter as directed on package using egg and skim milk; spread into well-greased 12-inch pizza pan. Bake 8 to 10 min. or until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, cook meat with seasoning mix as directed on package.
Spread meat mixture over the crust and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake an additional 4 to 5 min. or until cheese is melted. Top as desired with lettuce, tomato, sour cream, etc.
There's just something about taco meat and cornbread together that is so yummy!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Over the weekend I was telling Mr. Sasha that I really hate the over-commercialization of the holiday season, and I told him I'd heard about doing a "Wise Man Christmas", which, if I understand right, involves giving 3 presents and relating it to the gifts the wise men brought Baby Jesus. Anyone know anything about this idea?
Anyway, I found what I consider to be a good deal on some character Crocs for the kids- regular price $29.99, and they are on sale for $16.99. Remember to use free shipping code crocsavp08.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
However, it was 83 degrees at 3 pm yesterday!
So I wore a t shirt, shorts, and flip flops.