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SAVERS with kids!

I found this thing while I was setting up my bullet journal, which lead me to something else and then, something else. Before long, I stumbled on a post at Bohoberry.com about this book called The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. He sounds like one of those public speakers that is as slick as a car salesman, but I liked the way he organized life goals. He also said that how you start your morning determines how your day goes. I can agree with that, so it made me think some more. Part of my problem with Peanut comes when she’s not medicated. She’s wild and impossible to talk to. Heaven help trying to get her to do something, too. I was looking over this list of things that is designed to help bring focus and calm to your morning, and wondering how it would translate to an 8 year old. So, yesterday, I sat down and made a kid-friendly version of SAVERS with the girls.

Really quick: SAVERS is an acronym which stands for:

S-silence

A-affirmations

V-Visualization

E-Exercise

R- Read

S- Scribe

 

Silence and Exercise- 

The girls are all excited about yoga thanks to their teachers, which I think it awesome, so the “silence” part isn’t actually going to be silent. Today, I started gonoodle.com with the yoga and exercise options there and totally went crazy with it today. GoNoodle is a really neat website that hosts short rhythm and movement videos with some meditation, yoga, and other things wrapped in. It’s great for classrooms that need to wiggle, awesome brain breaks and, for the teacher with two kids that need to have someone besides me teaching them yoga, it’s a GODSEND! Since we can do both yoga AND dancing exercise at GoNoodle, that’s a two-fer!

Affirmations-

I found some affirmations for kids (you can find them here) and made these little cards using them and Word’s clipart finders. I cut them up and put them in a little Tupperware container. Each girl has her own set and each day they pull one. Today, Tadpole’s was “I am beautiful,” and Peanut’s was, “I reach for the stars.” They love them!

Here is my version of these lunchbox notes with clipart I got through Word. SAVERS file

Visualization-

I let them pick their visualization today (yesterday, I picked it so that they could see what I was talking about). Peanut decided to visualize remembering to turn her light off in her room when she leaves it. Tadpole is still working on her room, so… yeah.

Read-

We then read a chapter from the BFG. They’re enjoying it and the chapters are short. It works and there’s a movie coming out that may provide us a chance to go to the movies before school starts.

Scribe-

For Scribing— I grabbed them a few sheets of loose white paper and let them draw about their day. Tadpole’s is full of angry scribbles, and Peanut organized hers into four sections. Me? I wrote this in a journal entry in my Penzu journal before editing it up and posting it here as a blog entry!

 

I call today a success! Tadpole got bored with Yoga pretty quickly, but otherwise was right there with us the whole time. I’m starting this over the summer during the day, so we can work on getting it tighter before school starts. In an ideal world, I’d like to do this before school every morning. Wish us luck! Today, this process took us 30 minutes, but we did all of it and we did about 20 minutes of Exercise and Yoga. We’ll start getting faster now that we know the parts!

I’ll keep you posted on our progress. With any luck, I can roll this into my exercise routine in the evening, too, and get everyone involved! I have built in workout buddies, why not use them?

Until next time!

 

 

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Self-Help- Affirmations

This is one of those things that sounds SOOO cheesy when you start and you feel ridiculous doing it. Honestly, I think that’s because you’re doing it on purpose, now. We’ve done this all our lives, admit it! “You’ve got this!” before a job interview. “Piece of cake!” before a difficult test. So, why does this feel weird?

Because we don’t believe it. You feel like you’re lying to yourself when you say it. So, the point here is that if we say things often enough, they’ll become the truth. Don’t just say an affirmation in the morning and that’s it. Keep telling yourself this all day long. While you’re at it, tell someone else, too. They may snort, but with luck, they’ll internalize it, anyway.

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So, I did a wander around Pinterest to find some goodies about Affirmations. The first one I found was actually in a post by bohoberry.com about an Affirmation Challenge. Check this out: 30day_infographic. (It’s a .pdf, so make sure you have a reader that can handle it!)

I found a ton of them just doing a basic search for “Affirmations,” so you can really find some that makes you happy.

The best way, though, is to make your own. Here’s a good method:

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And here’s a fellow wordpress blogger who collects Happy Thoughts (which I LOVE!!) and affirmations.

I’m sure you can find more. What works for you?

 

Until next time!

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Self Help Trip- The Miracle Morning

So, I was working on my new bullet journal this week (I’ll write about that later), trying to start a habit or ten. I found a spread through Pinterest that I thought was downright awesome. The pin linked me to a blog at bohoberry.com. In this case, it was a two page spread she said came from a book she’d read called The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod. Before I go a step further, I want to say that I HAVE NOT read this book. Yet. I would like to and I have it on the list of things I need to pick up from Amazon when I get paid again. However, I am only passing on some information through a second-hand source, mainly because she did an awesome job at telling me about it that, not only do I want to read the book, but I also feel I can get started on my own without having read the book based on what she’s written. Crazy, right?

Eh.

So, the gist is that how you start your morning determines how the rest of your day goes. I can totally agree, here. According to bohoberry and Mr. Elrod, there are things you need to do to start off your morning right. Elrod calls them the Life S.A.V.E.R.S. Yay, acronyms! *coughs* The letters stand for:

S- Silence- this can be achieved a few different ways, based on your needs/wants/beliefs, etc. Meditation, prayer, contemplation… whatever! The goal here is to find the thing that brings you peacefulness first thing in the morning.

A-Affirmations- Positive things you tell yourself about… YOURSELF! Find a mantra that reinforces your self-worth and repeat it. Say it out loud to yourself EVERY DAY.

V- Visualization- Picturing how you want things to go in your head. This is one of those, “if you see it, you can do it” things. Start with getting your kids fed, dressed, teeth and hair brushed and out the door on time before school. That one is always the hardest one for me, honestly.

E- Exercise- DO SOMETHING, even if it’s a ten minute walk on the treadmill. That’s ten minutes more than you were doing before! And who knows? Maybe next week, you’ll make it a ten minute JOG, instead?

R- Reading- Dedicate a few minutes to reading to yourself, in a quiet, happy place. Have you ever read the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People? One of those seven habits is READING every day. Part of why I love reading is that it helps me calm down. I can totally see this as a good thing.

S- Scribe- The word makes my medievalist heart happy. Really, it’s just about writing down your thoughts and feelings. Journaling, writing in a diary, whatever. Just get your thoughts out. Personally, I have carpal tunnel, so while I enjoy journaling, it has to be done digitally as much as possible. Penzu is my go to here. Go ahead, give it a whirl!

 

You also use the “Level 10 Life” goal idea to gauge where your life is how and set goals to help you make it better. This is the part I’m actually excited about. Elrod has outlined 10 areas of everyone’s life and you rate each of those 10 areas on a scale from 1-10, where 10 is being the best it could possibly be. The 10 areas are:

1- Family & Friends

2-Personal Development

3-Spirituality

4- Finances

5- Career

6-Marriage

7- Fun & Recreation

8- Giving and Contributing

9-Physical Environment

10- Health and Fitness

My spread looks like this right now:

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Yeah, I messed up the right side. I’m going to work on that next month. You can see Bohoberry’s here, it’s a lot neater AND she explains each piece better than I could. Color Coding it makes it look pretty. Yeah, I like it pretty. It motivates me to do something with it. Boring is just… boring!

 

So, there it is. At least, there’s the cliff notes to the Cliff’s Notes version BohoBerry posted in her book review last year. 

The interesting thing to note is that there are lots of these books out there. There’s even a Quick Start Guide available at Miraclemorning.com and you can download it here, too. There’s a Facebook group, too!

Hal Elrod also hosts a podcast on his personal page that is really intriguing. I can’t help but think a TedTalk with this guy would be awesome to watch.

 

So, this is my attempt to organize and make my life a little better. I’ll share what I find as I come across it. Feel free to comment with more ideas! And totally hang out at Bohoberry.com for a while. She’s a great blogger and it is well worth the time to give it a listen!

 

Until next time!

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Things you should know about me…

Sometimes, I don’t make much sense. I admit it and I’m alright with it. My husband says I’m a woman and it’s my prerogative to be contradictory. I say there’s more to it than that. I don’t know exactly what, but I know it’s more than just mammary glands and ovaries. It is with that in mind that I will warn you about the following itemized things. You’re going to see them come up, repeatedly, if you’re following along at home, so just be aware that they exist and maybe it’ll help explain why I seem to be all over the place.

  1. I suffer from depression. That’s a biggie, so I’m putting it first. I’ve been on Lexapro, a mild antidepressant, for almost 5 years now. I’m pretty sure I’ve been like this my whole life, but it’s been shunted to the side for a really long time and laughed off. PMS, moody teenager, middle kid syndrome… it’s all there. It wasn’t until after my second child was born and I couldn’t stop crying over silly things like commercials about sleeping babies, that I finally said something to someone. It was my OBGYN, actually, and I hadn’t planned on saying anything. He asked me how I was doing and I burst into tears. Sure, I had a five year old and a 4 month old baby, but things weren’t BAD. He suggested a mild antidepressant, small dose. Since then, we’ve upped the dose and I’m still taking it every day. If I don’t take it, I’m cranky and weepy, so I know it’s not just me. Depression is ugly and it makes zero sense when the person going through it has a clear head. We’re fully aware of this, so pointing it out is… well, pointless. No, I don’t know what causes it. It’s not a reaction to anything going on in my life. Sometimes, things just don’t feel like they’re going in a way that will end with me a)having friends, b) having a life outside of work, and c) not being taken advantage of. I’ve been crapped on, forgotten, left out, and ignored by people who were my friends so many times that my ability to trust people with that relationship is really, really difficult. It makes me appear bitchy, or snooty, or distant. It turns people away. I get that. So, I understand that my loneliness, if you can call it that when there are two little people saying, “Mama,” every two minutes, is partly my own fault. Depression isn’t about logic. It’s about… ok, I don’t even know what it’s about. I just know that I never feel good enough to have what I do have, and a serious case of Imposter Syndrome nails me to the wall. It’s ugly. And that’s when everything in my life is going WELL! We know that’s not always the case, so you can imagine, if it’s that rough when I don’t have anything to base those things on, how much more fun it is when I do! Ugly is an understatement. The best medicine I’ve found for this problem are my friends, the ones who just expect me to show up whenever something is going on. Even if it’s just sitting around our favorite Irish Pub munching on fried mac and cheese bites and singing loudly to whatever music is playing, it’s magic to my soul.
  2. I’m always trying something to help myself out of this. I hate the depression. I hate it so much I bury it and try to deal with it on my own. There is only one or two people in my life that ever know when I’m getting nailed with it. Sometimes, I’m so good at burying it that even my husband doesn’t know. One way I deal with it is that I try to do things to head it off when I feel it coming. It never stops it completely, of course, but sometimes I can get some peace. I recently started a bullet journal system that I’ll be happy to tell you about in a later post. I’m telling you this because you’ll see me post about this neat thing that feels good internally from time to time and I want you to know where it’s coming from.
  3. I hate being disorganized. Call it Type A personality or the J in my INFJ, but chaos raises my blood pressure. I don’t fly by the seat of my pants well.I need some kind of frame for whatever I’m working on to keep it controlled and organized. I usually buy a new organizer for every project I start, too, while we’re on the subject. Yeah, I’m that nerd.
  4. I feel like I’ve missed something important if I spend a day doing nothing. It doesn’t have to be a big something, but it has to be SOMETHING. Wiping out the sink, taking out the trash, picking up the den, or planting something… it has to be SOMETHING. I need to be able to say, “I did this today.” The more “this” there is, the more successful I feel.
  5. I love animals. I can’t say no to their sweet little faces. Me walking into a pet shop is one of the hardest things I ever do on a regular basis.
  6. I’m allergic to EVERYTHING. I used to think it was just seasonal allergies, but it turns out I have at least a mild allergic reaction to EVERYTHING. This is a problem, of course. I like being outside. I like working in my garden. I like petting my cat. I like snuggling my guinea pig. I like flowers. I combat this in my classroom by having an air purifier on all the time. It really has helped, too. I can’t do that at home, because I’d need one in every room of the house, going 24/7, and that’s just not going to work with my not wanting to pay a $1,000 electric bill every month. My allergist put me on Allegra and a spray called Dymista to help regulate it, and also recommended Immunotherapy. I hate shots, but I really want to breathe like normal people, so I’m doing it. Here’s hoping I can breathe happy in a few years! As it is, the Allegra and Dymista have done a lot for my ability to breathe with only a few flare ups when I do something out of the ordinary.
  7. I am a  huge nerd. I’ve come to terms with it, though. I enjoy learning new things and I love reading books. I’ve finally hit the age where non-fiction books don’t bore me, or maybe they just write them better than they used to nowadays. Either way, Dan Jones is one of my favorite reads, lately. His writings on medieval England are very well done and engaging, on top of being filled with documentation.
  8. My kids are amazing. The inspire me in ways no one will ever fully understand. They make me want to be the best person I can be for them and make me question everything I do. That they are both independent thinkers, avid  book lovers, and generally happy kids, means I’m hopefully doing this right. I screw up, don’t get me wrong. However, they accept my apologies when I do and we work together to fix it. These two are going to be amazing women some day. Just, hopefully, not too soon…
  9. I am a card carrying member of the SCA. I joined a few years ago and I can’t imagine what I did without them. The focus of the Society for Creative Anachronism is the preservation and education of medieval life. What this means is that I get to do all the nerdy stuff I love, like learn new embroidery techniques, take up bobbin lace making, focus my gardening and use period methods to produce balms and salves, read tons of books, take out my frustrations with the world with my sword and shield, and camp outside in a canvas tent surrounded by friends and the smell of smoking fire pits.
  10. I am addicted to Pinterest. Seriously, we’re not going to talk about how many pins I have, how many boards I’ve created, or how extensive my collection of pictures of Tom Hiddleston is, ok? Just take my word for it. The good news is that I have picked up really cool things like my laundry detergent and a few cleaning tips, recipes, and craft ideas without having to buy things online! SQUEE!

 

So, there you go. There’s more to me than this, of course, but these are the things you’re going to hear about a lot, so I thought you deserved fair warning. You’re welcome. 😉

 

Until next time!

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A Day of “YES”!

I had a rare day, today. I got a bonus on my paycheck due to an underpayment, so the girly day I had planned on having with my girls was amped up to level 10! There were things we HAD to do, but offset were things we WANTED to do. Some things they didn’t realize they wanted to do until we did them, even! Here’s the 411 on my day (do people even say that, anymore?):

We woke up WAY too early, but I had planned on doing that, anyway. We munched on muffins that we bought last night (chocolate chip for the girls and cranberry for me), then brainstormed our agenda, and dressed to head out the door. We left the house around 9.

My first stop was the Board of Education, so I could make sure all my paperwork was filed for my renewal on my certificate. I would really like to continue working next year and the DDS finally got my hard card driver’s license in the mail, so… yeah. This took longer than expected, which drives me crazy. There was no one else in the office when we arrived (I took the girls with me for maximum annoyance… naturally, they were on their best behavior and charmed everyone in the building!), but it still took almost 30 minutes to sign papers, get them notarized, copy my new driver’s license and leave. Grrrr. Security down there is crazy! Metal detector worthy of TSA, which I had to explain to the girls. They started asking the security officers questions and the two of them on duty were smiling while they answered them. It was stinkin’ adorable! Then you hand over your driver’s license, which gets scanned, and you get a visitor’s sticker with your picture on it and check in time that must be visible inside the building. The girls were chatting with the security guards the whole time about their tablets which they brought with them to keep them busy while I worked on my certification paperwork. Naturally, the little one needed to go to the bathroom while we were there, but I couldn’t leave the office, so I had to trust them to go. One of the ladies in HR walked them to the restroom, where they wowed her with their manners (“Knock before you barge in, ok? That’s what I always do when I need to go and the door is closed.” Whose kids are these, anyway?). We left and they smiled and waved at the security guards, then freaked out about going down the stairs on the front of the building.

Before we got to the mall for fun stuff, we took our reading logs to the Oglethorpe Mall Branch of the Live Oak Library System. The lady running the kid’s section of the library was AWESOME with my two, who were in awe of so many books in one place (like they’ve never seen it before… silly kids!) that they couldn’t stay focused on anything. They just wanted to get a book! We were entered in the grand prize drawing (oooo) and picked up our coupons for awesome stuff. Seriously, $5 off bowling, free entry to Oatland Island, $5 off at Frames and Games, some percentage off Lovin’ Spoons (froyo, peeps!), and a free entry to the UGA Aquarium on Skidaway! They even had copies of the Barnes and Noble Reading Log, which  automatically qualified them for a free book for all the books the girls have read! Totally worth writing down all the reading the kids do! While we were there, they each picked out a new library book (Peanut picked up the first How to Train Your Dragon and Tadpole grabbed Pigeon wants a Puppy), and I headed upstairs to define my nerdiness by picking up a book about the documentation backing up the existence of King Arthur in English History and an Encyclopedia of Embroidery stitches! Win-Win!

`From there, we went back to midtown and Oglethorpe Mall. You see, I’d told them about manicure/pedicure time and they were excited! We had to stop and buy new sandals first (myself included, because I don’t own any that wouldn’t rub my little toe. Defeats the purpose of painting it if you rub the polish off!), so we went in the JC Penny side of the mall and stopped at Payless Shoes. They’re having a BOGO 1/2 off sale, which made me even happier! We each got a pair of sandals (and I got a set of earrings that has 9 pairs on it, not even joking!) and we headed over to Tip Top Nails, which is in the corner behind the soft play area. They are the only place I know locally that has kid-sized chairs for pedicures. PS- if anyone is interested, they only charge $20 for a full on pedicure, with two designed nails, and a kid-worthy manicure (trim and shape, then paint) with two nail designs. Can’t get that deal if you’re older than 8! The girls were super excited about the little flowers that were added to their colored nails. I want to add that letting an expert paint their nails is TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Our next stop was Bath and Body Works, because I had a gift card from one of my end of the year gifts! They’re having a HUGE FREAKIN’ SALE right now, so if you can hit them up, you can do some serious damage with your favorite smells! I let the girls pick out the smaller travel sized scents they liked (body spray, bath gel, and lotion.. 3 for $6!) and I picked up soap refills for the house (6 for $24!), as well as some hand scrub for the gardening I’m about to start. *rubs her hands together* Throw in the hand sanitizer that we just HAD to have (5 for $3) and you’ll understand why we had some fun in that place.

I tried to walk past Build a Bear, I swear! I failed miserably. I opened my mouth to tell them we were only going to get the small critters (the ones that are already stuffed!), but was cut off my a high-pitched girly SQUEAL when the youngest saw… HORSES! Not My Little Pony (she has those already), but the stuffed version of REAL HORSES. Yeah. *sighs* Today was my “yes” day, so I did what I could to keep the oldest one to the same price as the horse. Naturally, the oldest picks a dog, which HAS to have a leash and a bowl of food (I managed to cut her off about him needing a bed. GO ME!), which meant the youngest one’s horse got a bridle and a new brush (it has…like… hair in the mane and tail, so this is actually rather practical and she loves brushing hair, soo….). That’s about the point when I said “Screw it,” because the bear sitting by my door is still wearing the Mrs. Claus dress she’s been in for two years. I bought her a Wonder Woman costume to change it up. See how I didn’t buy myself a new bear? Are you impressed? Don’t be. Because I saw this little mini- bear that looked like a flamingo and she just called to me. She was on sale for $5, people! I bought her a mini-tutu to go with it, which was on sale for $8. All in all, the cheapest thing I could’ve purchased in that store! The best part, though, was the the dog Peanut got comes in a box that looks like a dog house! I begged for one for the horse and the sales lady  bent the horse’s legs in order for the thing to go in the box. The girls were THRILLED! They take this Bear making thing seriously, let me tell you. Both the horse and the dog were fluffed and dressed, then had birth certificates printed! Look at these faces and tell me they’re not serious about it!

Build a Bear

 

From there, we were famished and in need of lunch, so we headed to one of my favorite places to munch: Romano’s Macaroni Grill. We were settled into what is fast becoming our booth (we sit here every time we come, it seems) near the bar and Brendan, the bartender, handled our lunch. She was great, even stopped to chat with the girls about their Build A Bear visit and the awesome deal we got on their sandals!  It’s not a cheap place, but it isn’t bad if you are careful about what you order. Since the girls both got kids stuff and I got a build your own pasta, it wasn’t too bad. AND you can draw on the table! That’s not even counting the yummy rosemary bread. SOOO GOOD!

Lunch at Romano's

After lunch, we hit Barnes and Noble for those free books. I had a gift card from one of my parents’ end of the year present, so I bought myself a really cool leather journal! I also bought Peanut’s copies of the books I know she’s going to need for next year (“Mom, really? It’s summer!”), and grabbed an extra for myself so I can write notes in the margins. The girls didn’t really like the free book selection, so grudgingly picked a book before begging to get books they actually wanted. Peanut picked books about dinosaurs (a beautiful paperback DK Encyclopedia that she somehow doesn’t already own) and a thinner DinoTrux book (which I let slide because it does have rather large words in it that I plan on making her sound out). Tadpole, on the other hand, has become addicted to Ever After High, and grabbed two of the books off that shelf which are easily on a 6th grade reading level. She wants me to read them to her, so I’m going to make her earn chapters by doing her chores. Before you look at me askance (“OOO, Tiff, it’s 10 PM. that’s a big word!”), I also bought Roald Dahl’s The BFG, which Peanut ooh’d about once she realized that she’s been seeing the advertisements for that movie coming out, which we will be reading together. As I write this, we’ve already read the first two chapters and can clock off another 20 minutes on our reading logs! GO US! I was a little disappointed because they didn’t have a bullet journal anywhere in their journal section. I will point out that I didn’t get a good chance to look, because the girls were whiny about being “bored” by then, and even distracting them with bookmarks didn’t dissuade them for long. Ooops, there was another big word, huh? Maybe I’m tired and the big words flow more freely when my mind is ready to shut down? Something to ponder for later…

My fingers were hurting from carrying all of this and I’d promised them we’d go to Claire’s and “GLAM IT UP” and then hit the candy shop before we left the mall in search of a genie lamp. We stopped by the Swagger Wagon to unload round one and then headed back inside the mall for round 2. We headed for the furthest place from us, Claire’s, where we went a little crazy over tiaras, necklaces, earrings, fake hair, and bracelets. Based on this picture… totally worth it!

Princesses

I drug Tadpole into Earthbound Trading Company (I really love that store!) where we snooped around and I made a mental wish list in my head of stuff I wanted, tried on fancy Mardi Gras masks, looked for genie lamps (seriously, how do they not stock oil lamps in that place?), and ultimately left empty handed. PS- Still wearing Tiaras, here.

We even dipped into Spencer’s for a second, but aside from dancing to the music and laughing at the Ninja Turtle paraphernalia in the front of the store, didn’t stay very long. It’s another store I love wandering into and just looking around. The humor is apparent, everywhere, and I love being around things that take NOTHING terribly seriously, as often as I can. Maybe I do have something in common with Harley Quinn? NAH! However, still wearing Tiaras, here.

I snuck into Perfumania for S&G’s, just to see whether people still carried Euphoria by Calvin Klein and how much it runs. I don’t wear perfume to school because of potential allergies in the building, but I really do love the smell of that fragrance. $79 for the large bottle (that I’d never use all of) and $59 for the much smaller bottle. Yeah, I totally can’t justify that. *sighs* By the way, STILL wearing Tiaras here!

I was ushered off to the candy store, but was allowed one stop at Starbucks. I had TWO gift cards for that one and actually managed to get them both an iced hot chocolate, me a caramel frappicino and a pastry, and still have a balance left on one of the cards! The frappe was too strong for me, btw. I hate the taste of coffee and the caramel didn’t hide it well enough. Strangely, McDonald’s has a better one. Huh. We sat outside Starbucks with our booty, still wearing our Tiaras, and had Princess Coffee Break!

We did manage to dip into a new store called Rocket Fizz, which is a retro candy and soda shop. The collection of goodies in there was crazy and I’ll have to drag my husband in there, some time. He’d love it! Nothing to draw the kids’ eyes, though, except the giant lolipops in the doorway. LOL I was drug out of there after a cursory look around. Boo. We were greeted like royalty thanks to the Tiaras, though!

After that, we headed for the Candy Shop; Savannah Sweets, to be exact. This is a satellite location, but they make pralines and turtles on site there. The real one is on River Street. GO THERE. I forced the girls to get things the store actually made, not prepackaged stuff, which took them some thinking about. Peanut settled on marshmallows on a stick, dipped in chocolate and coated in Mini M&M’s and Tadpole fell for the chocolate covered cherries. After adding half a dozen turtles for Dad, we were out of there! See how I didn’t buy myself anything? Are you as impressed as I am! WHOOHOO! Progress! Still wearing those Tiaras, here!

Now, as crazy as it sounds, we weren’t done, yet. You see, we were on the search for a genie bottle. Our search had come up empty, thus far (not that we’d been looking very hard, but…). My next great idea? World Market! They have all kinds of imported stuff from India, so surely they’ll have a perfume bottle with gems glued on it, right? I know they have glass lanterns (I have a collection of them in my Christmas decorations!), so this can be worked with! Alas, no perfume bottles. However, they DID have the lanterns! They even had lanterns with different colored glass! WIN-WIN! And as we’re leaving, they have worry dolls on magnets! Now, normally, I would arch my eyebrow about the magnet, but it served my purpose today! The lanterns are metal. The dolls are on magnets. Know what we found? GENIES! The girls squealed, people! (chalk another one up for Mom!) Tadpole has ditched her Tiara by the point, but both Peanut and I still had ours on!

Now, the second to last thing on my to do list was to get our pet guinea pig a bigger cage for his visits to the Franklin House on school breaks. He’s gotten rather… rotund in his 3 years and needs a lot more space than before. He’s about to have a visitor, too, so there’s going to be a need for space here. We headed over to Pet Supermarket, which is a lot smaller than Petsmart, but the people are MUCH nicer! I bit the bullet and bought him the biggest small animal cage in the store for this endeavor. No more growing pains. He’s got plenty of room to be the biggest, laziest, fattest pig on the planet, now! He’s rather happy about the arrangement, I want to add! It’s too big to put on top of anything, though, so now he’s on eye level with Mitch, the cat! Mitch is aware that he’s there, but doesn’t have to deal with him much. However, now the thing is on eye level. hahaha. Fun times ahead! Now, here comes the part I had to really think about and it’s a move that’s both bold and, probably, stupid. They had guinea pigs there, 4 of them. All girls. Jo-Jo is a boy. I have an empty cage that is big enough for two small pigs. I have two girls cooing over the baby guinea pigs that I want to teach: a) responsibility, and b) cleanliness. I want their rooms to get cleaned and stay clean. They want a tiny guinea pig to call their own. *sighs* I came home with two baby GIRL guinea pigs. No, they will not be playing with Jo-Jo. Dana, in fact, came up with the perfect solution. The guinea pigs (Princess and Isabella, btw) will be living in the girls rooms. So, not only do they have to feed and water her, and clean her cage, they also must be able to get to the pig AND have space in their floor for the pig to run around on supervised romp times. Oh, and if they want stuff for their pig, they’re going to have to earn it by doing their chores, keeping their room clean, and spending money wisely. I’ll buy food and hay, the rest is up to them! *cracks her knucles* Let’s do this thing. If, at any point, they aren’t taking care of the pig, it will be donated to a classroom at school, supplies and all. Period. BTW, STILL WEARING MY TIARA, here!

So, that was our crazy fun, girlie day! I’m so stinking exhausted! How do people do this level of pampering and shopping on a regular basis? Both girls CRASHED at bedtime, though. I haven’t heard a peep out of either of them since I turned off their lights. They’re both VERY excited to get started cleaning their rooms tomorrow, too. Hopefully the squealing guinea pigs in the den will continue to be motivation for this task and the Zone Cleaning flip charts that have kind of slid to the side thanks to a back injury on my part (it’s not a habit, yet, darnit) will help back them up with keeping their spaces picked up.

I can honestly say that this was a terribly expensive day of saying, “yes,” but I’m really thinking it has done a lot for the three of us. We bonded over silly stuff, like how many people grinned at us because they knew exactly why we were all three wearing tiaras and flashy fake jewelry around the mall, and a few that bowed in our royal presence (hahaha, no joke. Some people are awesome!). We laughed about a guinea pig crawling into Tadpole’s hair as we held them to get them used to the girls this evening before putting them in their cage. We made wishes on genies. We giggled as the pedicure got to the part where they take the scouring pad to the bottoms of your feet and it tickles like crazy! And we practiced our royal voices and waves as we greeted our populace at the Mall of Oglethorpe. Memories like these make today completely worth it. I probably won’t be able to replicate it EVER again, and I had plans for that bonus that didn’t include any of this. I don’t have buyers remorse over any of it, though. And I wouldn’t trade a single moment of it for a hundred dollars back in my pocket.

I even got two fresh bottles of wine out of the deal. Mwahahahaha!

Wish me luck!

 

Until next time!

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Digging in the Dirt

There is really nothing I love more than digging in the dirt. Except, that is, when my girls dig in the dirt with me! This morning, I finally got them outside to help me plant the plants that survived from Mother’s Day until now (most of them were dead by the following weekend, btw). So, today, I planted a knock out rose, and the girls planted a snap dragon, a vinca, and a… ok, I have no idea what that little plant was. It had pink flowers, which is why the little one picked it. They helped me plant one of my favorite bulbs, a JUMBO Elephant Ear!

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I also snuck in planting the purple calla lily one of the kids in my class got me as an end of the year gift! It’s now snug in the dirt shaded in my back yard!

 

On my way from the front yard to the back, I passed the way out of control grape vines that grow on my privacy fence and ran almost face first into this…

 

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Looks like something out of a horror movie, doesn’t it?

I’ve been doing some research tonight and, with the help of a wonderful friend who is quite handy with plants, I have learned that these are galls caused by the eggs of flies or midges.

You can find out more, here.

So, thank you, Charlotte! You’re a gem! Now I know it’s just nightmare worthy on a basic level, it won’t actually kill me. 🙂

Until next time!

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Tired- Day 2

Ok, so I went out tonight to play BUNCO with friends and learned a few things. Eating healthy is not easy. Oreo Truffles are AMAZING. Paula Dean’s Strawberry Shortcake recipe when worked by a BUNCO babe is some serious yumminess.

It is with these bits of very useful information, mixed with the scale at the Dr.’s office where I got my Immunology shots this afternoon (236 lbs today, my friends), that prompted further action.

So, I did everything on my workout list for the 2nd day, substituting longer planks and more lunges where they crossed on the plan, then doubled jumping jacks, squats, and high knees. I did mention that the Oreo Truffles were good, right?

I need to update my food list on MyFitnessPal, but otherwise, that’s been my day.

Now, let me share the trouble with you, because I know you’re as curious as I am.

Paula Dean’s Strawberry Shortcake Triffle

Oreo Truffles

Now, you can see why I needed to sweat a little extra, right? Was it worth it? Oh yeah, totally. ❤

 

Until next time!