Friday, April 24, 2009

"Are you kidding me?"

No, Brody! I'm not kidding! Check this out, I was selected as a guest blogger on Miscellaneous Finds 4 U. Yay! I'm so excited!! Can you tell?

Thursday, April 23, 2009

"You can't go up the stairs with your hands. Just your feet."

Brody was so right! I should never have tried that. Well, some things work and some things don't, right? I told you about some sites I was using to get free samples. Let me refresh your memory:

Freeflys says "Cheap is good but free is better!" Today I requested a Free Sample of Quaker® Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond True Delights! Sounds yummy! They also have soooo many categories to choose from and will send you e-mails to remind you that you need to get more free stuff. I just joined another one today called Shop4Freebies that had a lot of good stuff for free. I ordered hair care products and rice cake samples and GoodNites which will come in handy for my 3 year old. I also requested a potty training DVD that has songs and stuff to make going potty fun!!! Is that possible? I guess I'll find out when it comes. I'll share some more ways to save money and earn gift certificates next time.

Well, these sites worked great. So, I got the Quaker® Mini Delights in Chocolatey Drizzle. It's a 90 calorie snack pack and oh, so good! I was pouring every little last crumb into my mouth. You've gotta try them!!! Unfortunately, the GoodNites® didn't work out so well. They leaked. And they were boxer style! Hellllo. What? I guess my son didn't complain but I can't see that wearing big paper shorts is very comfortable. I am right now this very minutes licking a Quaker® Simple Harvest All Natural Multigrain Chewy Granola Bar (could they have made the name any longer?) out of my teeth. I kinda want to know what happened to the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Almond True Delights. Nevertheless, it was tasty but a little too sweet for me. That said, I can pronounce everything on the label!! I just received the Huggies® Pull-Ups potty training DVD so I'll let you know how fun they make going potty! I can hardly wait.

I said I would get back to telling you about more ways to save money and earn gift certificates. So, my favorite website site for earning gift certificates so far is MyPoints. Here's how it works. Become a member for free (duh!) then go shopping! So, if you want to buy from Old Navy then go to MyPoints and click on SHOP, look through the hundreds of stores until you find Old Navy (or you could do it the easy way and put Old Navy in the search line....boooorrrrriiiiing!). Click on the store name and it takes you straight to their website. Right now they are offering 4 points per dollar at Old Navy and that is on top of the sale prices you will find on the website. Every store has different point rewards and they have so many fabulous stores. FAO Schwarz, Sephora, Gap, Home Depot, Banana Republic, Apple Store, Avon, Babies 'R' Us, Barnes and Noble, Bath & Body Works, Bose, Cheaptickets, Leap Frog, Lord and Taylor, Priceline, I mean I could go on forever! When you make your purchase through the MyPoints website the points are credited to your MyPoints account. They will also send you offers for bonus points and you will earn 5 points for every e-mail you read. The offers are always different but they are always great. I've been thinking about sponsoring a child through Christian Children's Fund for a long time. I put things to the back of my mind to bring up to my hubby and then I always forget. Well, I got an e-mail from MyPoints and the offer was for CCF! They were offering 750 points to sponsor a child. I finally remembered to speak with my husband and I got a 755 point reward (remember 5 points to click through the e-mail) for something I was going to do anyway! I am a very forgetful girl and hardly ever remember to go to MyPoints first. So, I'll go to Old, place an order and then remember that I would have earned points for it. UGH! Well, even with my forgetful brain I have earned 3 gift cards worth $50 each. Just for clicking a button in an e-mail!! Now, redeem your points for gift cards by clicking on REWARDS. Again, you can choose from some great stores like Old Navy (shocker!) and Kohl's and , oh, I don't know just a ton of stores!! You can also earn points by playing games but I haven't tried that yet. When you sign up be sure to refer your friends because when your friend joins and earns 250 points then you'll get 250 points too. Now who wouldn't want 250 points extra? So, if you want to sign up and help me get extra points then leave me a comment with your e-mail and I'll refer you. If, you don't want to help me get extra points :( you should still sign up yourself. Free money people!!

Oh, and no I didn't really try to go up the stairs with my hands. I have no idea why Brody said that. He must've been considering the idea.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"My throat hurts when I spit at it."

"You mean swallow?", I said. Brody insisted that he must wear pajamas today, all day, because he had a sore throat. Amazing how it cleared up when he wanted to go outside and blow bubbles. Brody, with his little brother in tow, set out to catch bubbles with his teeth. He caught one. When he decided that his teeth weren't the best option he promptly switched to barbecue tongs. Rhys, wanting to be like his big brother, grabbed the closest match to barbecue tongs, a rubber mallet. Of course, the tongs being too tight to be effective, Brody quickly abandoned that idea too. Rhys let go the mallet. Lo and behold he finally found the perfect thing. My little boys danced with glee catching bubbles with their hands. Imagine that!

Friday, April 17, 2009

"Momma, can you please not do that anymore?"

He can't really be saying this! Did he really just say that?! Ever since Brody could sit in a high chair we've had this routine. I'd wipe his little face and he'd try to eat the towel, as I'm sure all babies do. But I'd let him have it when I was done and say, "Missed a spot." As he got older our routine changed. He'd stick out his tongue and I'd say it. Then when he could talk he'd say, "You missed a spot." and stick out his tongue. Then he'd wipe his own mouth and I'd come to do the parts he'd really missed and I'd say it and he'd stick his tongue out. Then we moved in with my sister to have our house remodeled. I continued the tradition there but when Rhys was born we moved to my mom and dad's house while Dave stayed behind to work. When Brody ate, my mom would get the spots we missed but she didn't know about the tongue. When he stuck it our at her she was a little confused and I had to explain. Eventually, because she kept forgetting, I think, he quit getting his tongue wiped. When we moved back into our house I started up our eating ritual but Brody had forgotten. I said, "Missed a spot." and he just looked at me waiting for me to wipe his face. I told him to stick out his tongue and I dabbed at it. He said, "Why did you do that?" I could not believe that he didn't know. I explained it to him and he laughed. We've been doing it again ever since....until this morning and that's what he said!! I must've looked pretty heart broken. He quickly said it was okay if we kept doing it. I don't ever want my kids to feel like I'm laying a guilt trip on them so we'll see if he asks to do it at lunch. Maybe I won't argue if he wants to do it but I just can't keep him a baby forever. I just don't want to lose the special things that we have. The stupid little things like dabbing at his tongue with a wet paper towel and saying, "Missed a spot."