Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Things I'm (And My Family Members) Are Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm currently running around my kitchen cursing.

I do not like to cook. But I like to eat. So I will cook. If something burns, I'll share it on my Instagram account.

Despite cooking and cursing, I am thankful for my family.

I'm thankful for my Diet Coke. I'm thankful for books. I'm thankful that the military did not take Tom away from us during the holiday season.

I decided to ask my family what they are thankful for. Here are their responses:


"I'm thankful for Ruby. I'm glad I got her from the shelter. She wanted a home."

"I'm thankful for my Daddy. He makes me laugh."

"I'm thankful for my toys."

*At this point I cleared my throat pointedly. Hello? If she's thankful for Daddy, why not the Mommy who gained multiple stretch marks to carry her?*

"I'm thankful that we got to go to Disney World."

*She did not grasp my subtle sounds*


"I'm thankful for the rolls at Texas Roadhouse."

"I'm thankful for my family." (At least he included me.)

"I'm thankful for my teachers." (No teacher photo--but he does like the ones who are understanding.)

"I'm thankful for my life."


"The hell is this for?"

(I'd like to think he'd say his family if he weren't confused.)

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, have a wonderful Thursday.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hey, It's Okay Tuesday!

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. They have a section called Hey, It’s Okay and will list a bunch of things to be okay about. You're welcome to join in and do something like this on your blog. Doesn't have to be on a Tuesday either. Just make sure you link up and that the post you link up is a Hey, It's Okay Post. Grab the button if you'd like!

--To have shouted, "Yay" at the beginning of The Walking Dead.

--To not care that Sophia Vegara got married. She seems nice enough, but meh. I was more excited about The Walking Dead.

--To have already shopped the Kohls Black Friday sale. It came up online on Monday.

--To still be debating if I'm going to go shopping Thanksgiving evening. It's supposed to be rainy, so I'm not sure. (We eat at 3. So by the evening we're not doing a dang thing. Hence shopping is fine. ;)

--To be dragging out all the Christmas stuff after Thanksgiving.

--To not be surprised Meri from Sister Wives was talking to another man online. (It turns out she was catfished.)

--To be PISSED that The Bastard Executioner was cancelled. It was a good show.

--To be happy that my Holiday Guide For Eight-Year-Old Girls helped out some people. (I'll be doing one for husbands shortly. If you're curious on why I'm not doing one for teenage boys, it's because the entire list would be a variety of video games..)

--To LOVE the cheese ball from Hickory Farms. I also decided to try the wine spread and I'm glad I did. It's very good. It's cheesy with a tang.

Airing My Dirty Laundry

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Holiday Guide For An Eight-Year-Old Girl

My daughter is 8 and like most kids, she's excited for Christmas. She already has a list of what she wants. I decided to share the list in case you have an eight-year-old in your life and you aren't sure what to get her. Black Friday is this week so you might be able to get some of these for good prices then. Don't want to fight crowds? A lot of deals pop up online!

1. Shopkins Mystery.

These are a Target exclusive. They randomly pop up on the Target site and on the Target shelves. . (FYI: the "mystery" is that the Shopkins are neon.) The price is $34. You can buy them on the Target website here.

2. This Interactive Journal.

Natalie says you can hide secrets in the journal. I asked if she'd hide secrets from me and she was like, "Well maybe." She's only 8 so right now secrets to her consists of sneaking a piece of candy before dinner and trying on my jewelry. You can purchase this on Amazon and in most stores. (I've seen it at Target.) This is $21.99.

3. Minecraft Stuff.

Natalie would take all things Minecraft. She spends hours watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. StampyCat. Diamond Dan. Squid. These people are millionaires. I told Natalie she needs to figure out how to make the videos so she can become a millionaire. "But the money would be mine. Maybe I'd share some with you, but only maybe," she once told me. You can buy Minecraft stuff in stores and on Amazon. This is under $20.

4. This creepy marionette doll from Five Nights At Freddy's.

I know! It is frightening. But Natalie LOVES the game Five Nights At Freddy's. Have a kid? They'll probably know what it is. Go ask. Yes, it's disturbing. No, I would never want to play it. You can buy this marionette doll on Etsy from AllthingsFreddys. It's a little pricey at $52, but it's made well. I always like to support people who have their own business.

5. Orbeez Foot Spa.

I won't lie: I picture the tiny balls all over the house. Embedded in the carpet. The cat. I'm told it's not as messy as I think but they don't know my daughter as I know my daughter. Unless this is an amazing deal, I doubt Natalie will be getting this. But if she gets Christmas money she might turn around and buy it. Help! You can buy this in most stores or on Amazon. This is under $30.

6. My Little Pony Apple Acres Barn Pack.

Natalie has a ton of My Little Pony stuff so I'm not sure if she'll be getting this. We have so many plastic pony houses that end up falling apart. We're running out of room for all the parts. I've seen this in most stores and on Amazon. This is under $20.

7. American Girl clothes.

Yes, American Girl items are overpriced. But they are made well. Natalie has 3 dolls and she feels like they don't have enough clothes. "Marie-Grace wanted to wear a beautiful dress and she couldn't because I don't own one!" Natalie informed me matter-of-factly. I'm told good deals might occur on Cyber Monday so I'll be checking out the site then. This outfit is $34. It costs more than many of my outfits. You can buy it here.

8. Shopkins Dolls.

These can be tricky to find. I bought mine at You just have to periodically check. The dolls will randomly become available and then go out of stock. I've seen these in store at WalMart and Target, but never all three at once. Each doll is $16.99. They randomly pop up on Amazon too. Just type in "shopkins dolls." Do the same at Toys R Us.

9. Beanie Boos.

As if your daughter needs more stuffed animals. Am I right? But Natalie loves these. She really wants this one. I've seen them at Claires and the Hallmark Store. They range from $7-$14.50, depending on the size. There are a lot of them on the Claires website now.

10. Makeup Kits.

My daughter LOVES makeup. She looks like a two dollar you-know-what after she applies it though. Still. She has fun. No, I don't let her go to school looking like a drunken Kardashian. But the house is fair game. Have fun. Look like a washed out Real Housewife of OC! Enjoy! You can buy makeup kits at Claires, Kohls, Target...the one pictures can be purchased at Claires for $16.50.

11. Barbie anything.

My daughter has TONS of Barbies. So now she feels like she needs clothes for them. This set was $23 and you can purchase it at Toys R Us. If you aren't sure what Barbie the eight-year-old in your life has, I'd go with clothes. Or Barbie furniture.

Happy Shopping!

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