Friday, December 28, 2012

Friday Find

Oil of Olay Vanilla Indulgence

   I have been using this body wash daily for about a week. It claimed to give 24 hour  moisturize after 4 showers. It has a nice soft vanilla scent that isn't overwhelming. I have noticed a difference in my skin after a week of use. It hasn't given me crazy amounts of moisturizing but it is better. Canadian winters are brutally dry and any Canadian can tell you how brutal it is on our skin. Any product that helps is welcome!

And that is this Friday's find folks!

*I was not compensated in any way for my mention of this product, it is just my personal opinion*

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Oh Brother!

My Sister-In-Law passed this recap of a texting conversation she had with my Brother when she first learned I have a blog.
 My Sister in law to me: Just texted (my Brothers name was here).

 Their conversation to each other:
- Did you know Marilyn has a blog? (That's my real name. It's not Jaksgirl, I bet you figured that huh?)

- No

- She does it's super cute and clever

- My sister?
Yes dear Brother. I might actually be super cute and clever. Crazy huh?

This actually makes me smile and I thank my Sister in Law for passing it on.
I can totally hear him saying this and can see the little half grin on his face.

He is just a few months short of being 2 years older than me. Yup he is older than me. And quite a bit taller than me. He is slimmer than me. He's more athletic than me (he has also broken way more bones than me, like way more!). He has brown eyes. I have blue eyes. He's a sharper shot than me (this is an understatement, he's a brilliant hunter. I don't hunt. I shoot the breeze, that's about all I shoot!). He lives in a small town and loves it. I live in the city and love it. He loves the outdoors. I would rather be inside. He has 2 two daughters. I have 2 sons.

We are opposite in lots of ways but I couldn't love him more. I am very lucky to have been blessed with such a great older Brother. Growing up with him was never dull, I promise you!

Are you like your siblings or are you like me and Brother and different in many ways? Or are you an only child? I have always wondered what it is like to not have had a sibling to share your childhood with. Is it awesome being an only child or would you have rather to have had a sibling or two? Inquiring minds want to know!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday find

 My husband came home with a half eaten bag of these the other night...

RUFFLES® MAX® Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins Flavored Potato Chips

The rest of the bag didn't last last long in our house. They are delicious!
I believe they are new, in our area anyways, I don't eat a lot of chips but these are really good!

*I was not compensated in any way for my mention of this product. It is totally just my personal opinion.*

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Things I learned last week

I usually post this list earlier in the week but it's been a busy week! However I did learn some stuff last week so here it goes...

~When the lights for the Christmas tree all work on the first try, I feel like dancing I am so excited. Okay, I totally did dance when it happened.

~4 ladies, 1 kitchen and just a couple of hours can produce lots of yummy Christmas baking and lots of laughs.

~As much as I love a bit of warmer weather, I don’t love the headaches I get with the Chinooks that bring the warmer weather in.

~It really irritates me when people sigh really loud  purposely for attention. I purposely ignore them when they do it. It bugs me so much!

~The long black scuff mark on my linoleum is not going any where. No matter what I have tried, it’s won’t go away! Not even magic eraser worked and it works on anything! I am stumped.

~I only 4 shopping days left until Christmas…uh oh.

~I should not try and wash my windows at the gas station with that squeegee thing they have there. I suck at it. I am better off leaving my windows dirty.

~Regardless of how it feels sometimes, we are not given more than we can handle.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Confident Mom


I am not a perfect mom or wife – I don’t have it all together all the time. I fall down. I fail. I get tired and overwhelmed.
I have also stopped trying to be the "perfect" anything. I just want to be able to give my family, my friends, my work all that I can of myself but save a little for me too!
Too often I try to pack too much into a day and then when it doesn't all get done, I feel bad about it and myself. And of course, I was trying to get way too much done in the time I gave myself. But I always had in the back of mind, "but every other Mom and wife gets it all done? Why can't I? What is wrong with me?". And then I realized...a lot women struggle with this. I am not alone. And it's okay to need help!

These days I am getting better. Along with accepting that I am not perfect, that I am only one person and that I deserve "down" time too...I found something that actually works for me. Similar to the control journal you may have seen or heard off from the FLYlady, I stumbled onto an equally great (if not a bit simpler) tool on a site called The Confident Mom. This site is full of great tools to help with weekly planning, meal planning, recipes, summer survival, back to school survival, and organization planning and management and a lot more. The Confident Mom weekly planner helps me get a handle on my meal planning, weekly grocery shopping, appointments, reminders and daily and weekly chores. It's easy to follow and I like that I  can tweak it to fit me and my family. I three hole punched it and put in a small binder. Easy to keep track off and to store. I have been playing around with it for a few weeks and have found that I am not falling behind on my housework as much and am way less frazzled. I have our whole week at a glance so it is easier to keep on top of it all. I can actually breathe and slow down a bit. And another really great thing that has come out of it? Anyone in my house can use it or look at it and know whats happening this week. I love that!

There is a link on my sidebar as well, if you want to check it out. I believe so much that this site and it's products can really help me and other ladies out there become "The Confident Mom" they really want to be that I decided to become a Confident Mom affiliate. I can only back something I truly believe adds value to my life and the lives of those who may try it. This is definitely a tool to help you get organized and actually help you get some of your time back...can you imagine having free time and being on top of things in your house? It can actually happen. It's happening for me right now.
And now, on with the week...I am ready!
Happy Monday!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday find

This weeks find was lovingly found on Etsy. Like so many others, I love browsing the Etsy website.
I really love this...

Unique Personalized Family Hand Soap Dispenser

Unique Personalized Family Hand Soap Dispenser
I made the picture a big one so you can hopefully read all the words!

Very cute right? I'm pretty sure this will also find its way into my bathroom, someday. I really, really like it. It would make a great gift as well!
You can find it here.

Did you stumble across anything unique this week or just anything you want to share this fine Friday?

*I was not compensated in anyway for mentioning this product, the seller or Etsy, I shared just because I like it*

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A day in the life

Life in our house is rarely boring. There is usually something odd happening. I sometimes sit back at the end of a day and laugh at somethings that go on. We roll with the punches and love to torment each other. That's family.

Hear is a snippet of something that happened last week.

I am in the kitchen, making dinner on the main floor of our home.
KingK and LittleA are upstairs. KingK in our bedroom changing out of his work clothes and LittleA in his own room.

I hear...

"Mom, Dad threw your panties at me"

Without hesitation I respond "I am sure they are clean, don't worry"

LittleA calls out to me again.

"Mooooommmm...Dad threw your panties at me".

I repeat. " I am sure they are clean, don't worry about it."

And then I take a minute to think. I am sure he wouldn't throw my underwear at him if they weren't a clean pair...or would he? I abandon my dinner making and take the stairs two at a time to investigate the situation.

At the top of the stairs, I am at the door of LittleA's room. He is sitting on the chair in his room, surrounded by a pair of my panties and what looks like the entire contents of one my drawers.
I start gathering the items and reassuring LittleA that the panties are indeed clean ones.

On his floor I find every bathing suit I own (a few of these are bikinis even. Never been worn mind you but I have a few), a few pairs of pantyhose, a few bra's...

As I am grabbing all the items off the floor. I call out to KingK,

"Did you dump my entire drawer in his room?"

"Yup" he replies simply.

LittleA grumbles and says." He even threw your Spanx at me."

Observations and questions that only now come to mind after reading what I wrote:

-I never asked KingK why he did it. Things like that this just happen at our house. I also wasn't freaked out or embarrassed that my bathing suits and what not were scattered on LittleA's bedroom floor. I am not a shy person or a sensitive one. Sensitivity in our house is pretty impossible. I like it this way.
-I didn't flinch or get even annoyed when the first report was made of my panties been tossed at my youngest son. There is something really wrong with that. I have been so desensitized living with boys!
-I scooped up the articles, put them back in the drawer, and went back to making dinner.
-KingK carried on with what he was doing.
-LittleA barely looked up from TV he was watching in his room through out all of this.
-We are so used to this kind of stuff, we barely flinch anymore.
-LittleA knows what Spanx are, at that I have some. A girl (me, the only girl) has few secrets in our house.
-Yes, I have Spanx. I most of the time can't be bothered to wear them or forget I even have them but there, I said it. I have some.

Do a lot of funny shenanigans happen in your house?
Are you easily embarrassed?
The big question, do you own a pair of Spanx?
(there is no shame in wanting to keep your wobbly bits contained, most of us have wobbly bits, let's face it!).

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Things I learned last week


~I actually can get to work before 8:00 am. This is big news! It is possible!                                            

~Walmart after 10:00 PM on a weeknight is delightful. So quiet and no lines. It's lovely.

~I seriously have to consider that I am in love with a doctor... Dr. Pepper. I might be addicted.

~Gold fish can survive without being fed for days...poor Tangerine, the neglected fish. I really do feel  bad for you!

~My 12 year old son has his own YouTube channel that I was not aware of. There will be full post on this, soon!

~2 women, a bottle of red wine and the movie "Magic Mike" on a Saturday night make for a night of good laughs.

~If you put a plate of washed and cut up veggies in the fridge and place it front and centre...they will eat it.

~Regardless of how it feels sometimes, we are not given more than we can handle.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday find

This week's find was found at a neat little shop I check out from time to time. The shop is called Land and Sea here in my city but I did Google it and I did find it on Ebay as well.

                                                   Trap -a-crap!!!!

TRAP-A-CRAP Bathroom Toilet Spray

Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know! Never again be ashamed of embarrassing odors when you use this incredible bathroom product!
Now there's no need for separate bathrooms to preserve your relationship! By aromatherapy magic, not a chemical cover-up, Poo~Pourri provides a way to prevent bathroom odors by forming a barrier of essential oils that neutralize unpleasant odors before they come into contact with the air. Now you can do your business and your husband, wife, roommates, coworkers and kids will never know.
Poo-Pourri not only improves air quality, it's environmentally friendly. There are no aerosols or harsh chemicals involved, only natural essential oils that eliminate bathroom odors and are safe for the planet and your septic system as well.

So, along the lines of the "just a drop" stuff only more fun right? The name itseylf fits into our home perfectly. And all natural as well, this I truly appreciate.
If this stuff works like they say it does...we need this in our house! It seems like every other time I walk into a bathroom in our house, one of the boys (biggest culprit is the biggest boy, my husband KingK) has dropped a bomb of stink in there. And I am never prepared...although, I should's not an uncommon thing in our house! 

So this may find its way into our home. We are just that classy. 

*I was not compensated in anyway for my mention of this product or the store I found it in*

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Random confession

Another rando...

We all take short cuts, as Mom's, as Wives, and as busy sometimes lazy humans in general. It's okay. We aren't perfect. And you are not expected to be. Did you know that? Holy Crap right? Spread the word, tell your friends. None of us are perfect. Breaking news!

My confession? My dirty little secret?

I don't iron clothes. I would rather clean all 3 toilets in my house with a toothbrush than iron clothes. I suck at it and avoid it at all costs. My Mom is awesome at it. She even enjoys it. She has shown me several times how to properly do it. As much as I appreciate her efforts, I just don't have the patience for it.
When my oldest son bigJ was around 8 years old a situation came up where I was left no option but to iron a pair of pants. Dire situations call for drastic measures, I tell ya. I can't remember why it was so dire but I can assure you it must have been very serious. So I lug out the ironing board. BigJ is alerted by the loud creaky sound it made as I set it up. He walks around it and eagerly asks "what is that?". I tell him it's an ironing board. He asks "what do you do with it?". This is a true story folks. It is a sad but true story. He was 8 and had not once seen me iron.
So yeah, it does not happen in our house very often. Wrinkly clothes? Shove em  in the dryer. Hang em in the bathroom while you are showering and hope the wrinkles steam out. Or spray them with water and smooth them out with your hand. Oh and Downy has a great spray. It's called wrinkle releaser, it works okay and it leaves your clothes smelling downy fresh, bonus!
And part two of my confession? I don't care if we aren't all starched and wrinkle free when we leave our house. Semi wrinkle free is good enough for me! And if your clothes are also little wrinkly, I probably won't even notice. It's just not a detail I care about.
And about that ironing board? BigJ found a use for it the day I first introduced him to it. He used it as a launch pad of sorts. He pushed his cars off of it, having contests on which one could land the farthest away after being pushed off of it at great 8 year old speeds. I left it up for him for days. That was the most use it has yet to get, to this very day!

That actually reminds me of the fabulous use my kids found for my very disliked and abandoned thighmaster... but that's a tale for another time.

That's my confession, what yours?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

10 Day you challenge-One picture of yourself

Well, as of last Thursday we are on the last challenge of the 10 day you challenge. This one I have been dreading a bit, I have to be honest but I doing it. I have to finish what I started at least.

1 picture of myself.

Boo. I am not photogenic at all. All pictures of me turn out bad. And it doesn't help that I tend to do odd, random things when getting my picture taken. Like try to be sexy. It never ends up looking sexy. Ever.

So here you go, I am on the left. I chose this picture for a few reasons.
1) It is recent, it was taken last month. I don't get my picture often. I don't really like it.
2) My eyes are not red in this one and I look somewhat normal, this is rare.
3) I am with my #1 fan, what could be better?

My  #1 fan and I hit NYC in October. Our dream trip together, yay!
And here we are on the tour bus, being tourists. Yeah we did.
We will be back NYC!

I am really uncomfortable sharing pictures of myself, is this normal? Do you love getting your picture taken? Do you like showing pictures of yourself?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Things I learned last week

~I really don't like pads with wings. I know they offer added protection or whatever but I find the wings an extra step I would rather not have to do. I am lazy.

~I am way behind this year where I am usually at with gift buying at this point in the season. I usually almost done by this time and I am not even close this year!

~I might actually be one of the only people left on this earth that has does not a have some sort of smart phone. And for the record, I am fine with that. I don't need access to the internet wherever I am. or emails. Or apps. I just need and want to text and phone people. Call me a simpleton if you want!

~I will almost break my arms loading them up with grocery bags trying to avoid taking 2 trips when unloading them from the car to the house. 2 trips are almost always needed anyways. You would think I would learn.

~The term "assface", totally makes me laugh. If I call people this name, does that make me an assface? I am totally laughing right now. Assface. That's good stuff.

~Grade 7 students still have big birthday parties. I thought now that they are in grade 7, they were too old and would just have sleepovers. Wrong. My weekends are still being taken up driving littleA to this theatre, that pool...for birthday parties. I am kind of grumpy about it. Enough already!

~When left alone in my house on a Sunday afternoon (yes, totally and completely alone, this rarely happens) I can get tons of housework done. Uninterrupted time can be such a  a beautiful thing!

~Regardless of how it feels sometimes, we are not given more than we can handle.