Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tim Allen Would Be So Proud

If only

Everyone sets goals during deployments. It gives you something to strive for, something to keep you busy, and leaves you feeling accomplished (assuming you hit those goals).

There are some pretty common goals out there. Most spouses express a desire to lose weight or get in shape, some have more personal goals for themselves and others (like me) decide to try to tackle home improvement projects. Some women are super ambitious and set multiple goals. These ladies scare me in an I'm-impressed-but-I-can't-be-your-friend-or-I'll-look-lazy-in-comparison sort of way.

During last year's deployment I had new cabinets put in. I was extremely happy with these, since our house is severely lacking in storage space and the kitchen hasn't been updated since the 1960's. I kept it to myself and didn't breathe a word of it to Huzzy, expecting him to be overjoyed when he got home. Well, he was overjoyed when he got home, but it had nothing to do with the cabinets. He didn't give a damn about the cabinets. Oh well. I suppose when you return from deployment you have other things on your mind. You know, like spending quality time with your kids. Geez, get your mind out of the gutter already.


Huzzy has mentioned on more than one occasion that he wants to get the dining room floor sanded down and re-stained. I would love that too, since I'm pretty sure the last people that stained this hardwood floor were the people who installed it. There's literally no finish on my floor at all. It's all worn away over the years.

Unfortunately, (fortunately?) Huzzy is my own personal Tim-the-tool-man-Taylor. There are some things that Huzzy is awesome at fixing, and then there are the things he thinks he is awesome at fixing just because he read about them in a magazine or saw a picture online. Yikes.

This man is a danger to himself and everyone around him.

A couple years ago, Huzzy was working on something in the garage while I was at work. On my way home I got a text asking if we have a first aid kit. He refused to tell me what happened, and said he would be fine it wasn't a big deal. I swung by CVS and stocked up on gauze, peroxide and every other first aid supply I could find. When I got home Huzzy had man-fixed it. Which basically means he wrapped his bleeding hand with a wad of paper towels and duct taped it in place. Nice.

Later that same year he insisted on installing new attic stairs while I was out... I'm not sure if it happened before or after the new ones were installed, but at some point he managed to fall down the stairs and scrape the hell out of both arms. What Huzzy saw as a do-it-yourselfer's battle scars, I saw as another unnecessary brush with death.

He purposefully will wait until I am gone before doing anything remotely electrical, because he has this bad habit of "accidentally" electrocuting the people who help him. According to legend, he electrocuted his sister when they were younger, but she swears she doesn't remember it. In my mind that's just further proof that it did happen. He also zapped a friend of his who was helping fix the wiring in the nursery. The man cannot be trusted.

Where was I? Oh yes, the hardwood floors.

Since Huzzy is gone, I'm going to take care of the floors myself. I figure in the long run I'm still saving money on gauze, band-aids and therapy bills. Huzzy of course doesn't know, and won't find out until he comes home. And just like last time he probably won't notice for the first few days. If ever.

The only thing that bothers me is that after this deployment the Enterprise is getting decommissioned. Since he's staying on for the decommissioning and then going to shore duty, Huzzy won't be deploying for years. YEARS.

People, this means that any work I want to get done to the house is going to have to be done during his duty day. I'm going to be stuck on 24 hour limits to fix the house without the risk of bloodshed. Meanwhile, Huzzy has been collecting an assortment of tools to help him complete all his "projects" he'll soon be able to work on.

I'm doomed.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I Hate Being Sick

I know a lot of women who get sick but manage to do everything on their to-do list, care for their sick husband and children, and make it look easy. I'm not one of them.

Thanks to the constant weather fluctuations I've gotten sick yet again. Damn you, Virginia. Huzzy's gone on deployment (duh) so that means I get to suffer through it alone. Baby Girl is sick too, which means we're both miserable and snotty. I should probably just wrap my house in caution tape as a warning to anyone who might possibly want to stop by.

I tend to get sick quite a bit anymore, and no matter what I do nothing helps. I get the stupid flu shot, I take vitamins, I was breastfed. Every time I hear people saying how awesome breastfeeding is and how their kids are never sick I get the stabby urge. Because it totally didn't work for me, as evidenced by the fact that I am constantly sick. Maybe it's just me. Sometimes I wonder if I have an immune system at all. I think it packed up and left after I got the chicken pox.

Chicken pox is totally normal for kids to get, I know. What isn't normal is when you're the only one who has it, and it doesn't hit you until you're 14 years old. And I totally have chicken pox scars because no matter how many time my mom would yell at me for scratching it, scratching felt good and I wasn't about to stop.

Anyway... My God this is a terrible ramble. I'm going to blame it on the illness and the medicine and the position of Mars in relation to the Moon.

I'll leave you with an email I sent off to Huzzy a little earlier.

Hey hon,

Man, this cold is kicking my ass. I feel weak everywhere. I took a warm bath and it was pretty relaxing until I heard the house getting destroyed and had to get out. Then I let Baby Girl take a bath since I'm assuming she was wrecking my house out of pure jealousy. I would have let her in the bath with me, but she likes peeing in the bath and I know people say urine is sterile but I'm not sure I'll ever believe that and as much as I love our daughter I'm not bathing in her pee. Or yours either for that matter, sorry. So don't try getting any ideas. You keep your 'sterile' pee away from me thankyouverymuch.

Tomorrow is trash day and it pretty much took everything out of me just going around the house and collecting the trash. I mean, not like our house is a landfill or anything, but there's the diaper bin in Baby Girl's room, the trash can in the bathroom, the kitchen trashcan and the mountain of dead tissues that were building next to our bed. ok, so maybe they weren't dead tissues since they weren't ever alive really. But still. You're probably all grossed out right now but it's ok because A - I'm too sick to care, and B - the house will be thoroughly disinfected before you come home. Yay Lysol!

Gotta go, I think I just heard something breaking
I love you!

I'm probably going to look back at this post later and think "Omg, what the hell was I thinking?" But again, I'm too sick to care right now.

If you don't hear from me in the next few days it's because I died. Or I just didn't have anything interesting to say. Probably the latter but hey, you never know right? Keep it interesting.

Monday, April 23, 2012

I'm a Terrible Mother!

Sometimes I feel bad for me. Being a mom is tough!

Other times, I feel bad for my daughter. Like, really, really bad.

Today is one of those days.

Because really, who doesn't dress up with a tutu and fairy wings and ride on a huge piggie bank?

I should probably be medicated or something. But saving up pictures to embarrass my daughter with later works just as well.

Better even.

Have a great day. Go embarrass your kids. It's a blast, I swear.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

World Book Night 2012

Loving the special cover!

I'm excited to say that I was chosen to be one of the lucky "givers" for World Book Night 2012. If you haven't heard of this before, that's probably because it's so new! This is actually the first year they will be doing this in the United States, and I am hoping that it is a HUGE success and they continue to do this for many years to come.

Basically, a lot of publishers and bookstores get together and donate books in an effort to increase literacy and a love of reading. There were 30 books on the list this year, and I was lucky enough to receive Ender's Game to give out!

Ender's Game is one of those wonderful books that I read when I was younger and it stayed with me for years. As a matter of fact, during last year's deployment I picked it up again for a reread. Afterwards I found out that there were multiple sequels and (of course) I had to go read those as well. It's a science fiction book about children and war and... Well, it's kind of hard to explain honestly.

I was actually surprised to find that this book is actually on the Navy's recommended reading list. Wow!


I picked up my box of books from the local Barnes and Noble earlier today, and I'm totally psyched. Now, the point is to give the books to people who wouldn't normally read. I received 20 books, and 2 are being set aside for a couple people that I'm hoping will enjoy the book as much as I do.

The remaining 18... Well, I was going to just go stand outside WalMart and hand them out. Then I thought, maybe I should just go hand them out by the NEX. I mean, it is on the reading list anyway, right?

Then I started thinking about it. I know a TON of people who could really use some books right now. People who are stuck watching the same bad movies over and over again because there's nothing else to do. Or playing the same video games over and over.

Who better then deployed service members?

So I'm currently trying to get a hold of the Chaplain on the USS Enterprise to see if there's a way for me to send this box of books out to them. I know the men and women there would love to have some fresh reading material. PLUS (as I reiterate for the third time) it's on the damn reading list!

So hopefully it all goes according to plan and I can get these mailed out to them shortly. World Book Night is tomorrow, and so there's no way for the sailors to actually get the books ON the day, but it's the thought that counts, right?

Hopefully the organizers of World Book Night will be as excited as I am with this plan. The best part is, it would go in the ship's library. Instead of only a handful of people getting to enjoy the book, many more will be able to borrow it and read it.

Yay, books!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

My Mental Health Day

During last year's deployment I prided myself on my ability to keep up with everything. The house was clean (most of the time), projects were fully completed and my kid was happy and well cared for. I therefor assumed that this deployment would be much the same.

I was so, so wrong.

I forgot to take into account the face that Baby Girl was now walking, running and destroying my house on a daily basis. I forgot to consider the new puppy we got right before he left. I forgot to account for how God-awful tired I was going to be.

Yesterday was probably the worst day so far of this deployment. Though it started off rough with sickness and things breaking, I had managed to keep a sense of humor about it all. I laughed it off, joking about how ridiculous it was that we all seemed to break down the minute he left. Yesterday my sense of humor broke, too.

I was losing my temper so quickly that I was actually worried. My list of things to do was growing daily, and I couldn't even manage to finish one task completely. At any given moment Baby Girl needed me, or the puppy needed me. Sometimes it was another MilSpouse who needed me. I was so frustrated at my inability to do everything.

My hedges are half trimmed, and my yard is half-mowed. The only time I can do either of those things is when Baby Girl is napping, and naps have become things of myth and legend. Dishes in the sink, house in utter chaos... When was I going to catch up? I was spending all my time trying to do everything that I was actually accomplishing nothing.

So today I decided to try something new. I said to hell with the cleaning. Yes, all of it.

After breakfast I took Baby Girl and the puppy on a walk. We all needed the fresh air.

I took a trip to the store and bought a bike, hooked it up to the kid's trailer I got for Baby Girl and went for a ride. (Note to self - Exercise more! My knees were about to give out on me...) There's nothing like a bike ride with your kid yelling from behind "This is fun!! This is fun!!

When we got back I made an easy lunch, then we sat down to watch Sesame Street. Baby Girl fell asleep on the couch for a full hour. SHE FELL ASLEEP. Instead of running around cleaning during this time, I took a time out for myself and called my grandmother. It's been a while since I've been able to chat with her and not feel rushed.

When Baby Girl woke up I took her outside and filled up her kiddie pool. I sprayed her and the puppy with the hose and spent some time playing and taking pictures. While she was entertaining herself I planted some vegetables I'd been meaning to get around to. This playtime excursion lasted nearly 2 hours.

Then we had dinner. Since I was feeling lazy today, we had a breakfast-for-dinner dinner. Eggs, bacon, biscuits. Yummy stuff, but easy cooking!

There will be ice cream for dessert tonight. And some bath time fun. With any luck, she'll sleep well tonight and I'll have some time to myself. I might clean. Maybe. Or maybe I'll just hire someone.

I know I can't brush off the cleaning and chores every day. They'll have to get done eventually. But I'm going to go ahead and consider this my "Mental Health Day". It did me a load of good. And I know it was good for Baby Girl as well. She wasn't competing with dirty dishes for my attention today.

I think sometimes we need to take a step back, breathe, and accept that we can't do it all. At least, not all the time.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

What A Week!

Or rather, what a couple weeks! Every time I think I'm going to have some downtime something else pops up. It's been great really, as it helps keep my mind off of this deployment.

Today I took Baby Girl to see the circus. I haven't seen Ringling Brothers since I was little, so it was pretty cool so see it again. Baby Girl sat there like a statue for the first 30-40 minutes or so. She was just amazed at everything that was going on. And the elephants. Craziness. She couldn't care less about the lions and tigers, the horses were ok... But if they brought out elephants she was glued to her seat.

During intermission I decided to get us some snacks. The snow cone lasted about 15 minutes before it ended up all over her. New record I guess. She was getting really figitty and bored though (not to mention soaked) so we left before the end. Still, it was totally worth going. I just wish Huzzy was around for it.

I didn't want to get in the picture, but she screamed if I tried to walk away...

Anyway, all in all a good day. Yesterday I went to our FRG meeting which was...interesting. I'll leave it at that. I'm supposed to be throwing a care package party in the next 2 weeks, and I'm really scared that no one is going to show up. Bummer. I hope at least a few people show some interest! I don't want to do this stuff all by myself!

I was all set to start potty training Baby Girl but she's having none of it right now. No matter what I do she won't sit on the potty. So I caved and bought more diapers. I'll start it up slowly I guess, and hopefully she'll be ready to train soon. It's one of my deployment goals, so I'd really like to have her at least halfway there by the time Daddy gets home.

I've been so busy I've totally been slacking on being crafty, so hopefully I will be able to do a project tomorrow. I need to pull out my sewing machine and dust it off. I think I'm going to start with something simple and see how it goes. I'll keep you updated of course!

Huzzy still hasn't gotten his Easter care package... I'm hoping that one gets there soon. I won't be sending out the next one until he's gotten it. I don't need him getting flooded with care packages and then running out of room!

World Book Night is on Monday, so I definitely need to run to Barnes and Nobles and pick up my box of books. I'll be giving out Ender's Game. Anyway read that before? Personally its one of my favorite books, so I'm super psyched to give it out. I'm thinking of mainly giving it to Navy and Navy families since it is one of those random books that is actually on the Navy's recommended reading list. Not that anyone cares I suppose. But hey, who would turn down a free book??

Well, the kiddo is asleep and I am bushed. It's time for beddy-bye. Hopefully I'll get some crafty stuff done tomorrow and have some wonderful updates for you. Keep your fingers crossed!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Letter I Can't Send

Dear Huzzy,

  I'm so sorry. I know how much you miss Baby Girl, I know how much you regret missing all those milestones. I wish I was able to do anything to help you.

  You ask for pictures and I send them, but I always feel guilty at the same time. I feel guilty that we are OK, that there are so many pictures of our daughter laughing and smiling even though her daddy is so far away. I know you want her to be having fun. You don't want us to sit around crying all the time missing you. But I still feel guilty when I realize that we are having fun and laughs while you are gone.

  I feel guilty because I'm the lucky one. I'm the parent that gets to stay home with her all day and be here for everything while you've spent half her life away.

  She's a toddler. For all the good and bad, I find myself needing time away from her. Just a few minutes of peace, please. I countdown to naps and bedtime, because that's the only quiet time I get. I suppose most parents feel that way at one time or another. It's perfectly normal, I know.

  But I feel selfish. Wishing for my own quiet time makes me feel so horribly ungrateful and I hate myself just a little. I know you would do anything right now just to be here with us, with her. You wouldn't wish her to bed early or complain when she wants a piggy-back ride for the millionth time. Maybe it would be different if you were home more. Maybe I wouldn't feel so guilty. But you aren't, and you miss so much. So very, very much. And I find myself taking it for granted.

  You ask how she's doing, you want to know everything. I'm so sorry. I try. I try to let you know what's going on with us without making you feel worse for being away. But I can't find the right words. I'm doing something wrong, I know it. I don't want to leave you out, but I don't want to hurt you either. I want you to know she loves you and misses you, but I don't want to tell you about how she calls out "Daddy, where are you?" every day. I don't want to tell you how when I say "I love you" she responds with "I fuv you" and immediately goes looking for you. If it breaks my heart to see her - this beautiful, naive child - always searching for her daddy, I can't imagine how it affects you.

 No one wants to see their child grow up in emails, pictures and postcards.

 I know we're both looking at that light at the end of the tunnel. When this is over and you'll be home for... Well, the longest we've ever had you.

 Until then, I remain...

Selfish, Human, Scared, Proud, Lonely, Grateful, Ungrateful

But Always Lovingly,


Monday, April 16, 2012

Month of the Military Child

Hey all! If you haven't been over to Wife of a Sailor's blog, you really need to go! April is month of the military child, and she's put out a call to other milspouses for guest bloggers.

Well, today's my day! That's right, I've got a guest post on her site right now. How exciting!

So do me a favor and hop over there. Then please, leave a comment and let me know what you think! It's my first time writing a post for another blog, so I'd adore some feedback!

Thanks guys!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Themed Care Package Fun

This post has been migrated to my new blog. You can check it out here: 

How Time Flies...

Well, it looks like I haven't made any personal updates this whole week! I got into a roll with the military freebies and honestly I've just been swamped otherwise! Between meetings, dentists, fencing going up, exterminators at the house and a load of other things on my to-do list, I haven't had much time for a lengthy blog post.

And to be honest, I don't have that time now either! Here are some pictures from our holiday with family to tide you over. Well, not that you care so much. But I'm a doting mother so I'm going to post them anyway.

Expect a really really for-real update in the next few days. Once things settle here. They're still putting up our fence and it's pretty loud with all the tools going! >_<

Baby Girl loves her Pop pop's swing set.

Baby Girl with her cousins.

Baby Girl just chilling.

She's getting so big. She's not really a baby anymore I guess, but she'll always be my baby. Though I wouldn't be against having another little one... Huzzy needs to get home from this deployment because Baby Fever is kicking in!!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Here's To The Heroes - Yes, Another Military Freebie

Anheuser Busch does this great freebie for military families every year. It's super simple - Once a year you get a single-day complimentary admission to any one of their parks. (Sea World, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place...)

They will give the free passes to the military member and up to three direct dependents. If you're flying solo deployment style, that's OK too. Your service member does not have to be there for you to get your free pass. Kids have to have an adult present though. Most unfortunately they are not running a daycare. Drats.

We've used these before (pretty much every year I'm near enough to go to Busch Gardens) and it's always a nice treat. I don't know about you guys, but at about $66 per adult ... plus parking .... plus food ... and you know you want souvenirs... Getting in for free definitely makes it easier for me to afford the day (and enjoy it without worrying about how much I'm spending).

It's still pretty early in the year, I know. But now that you know about this awesome freebie you can plan an awesome day trip...on the cheap! As for me I'll be skipping Busch Gardens this year. Baby Girl has a thing for Elmo so it looks like we're Sesame Place bound. Pretty sure I'll be parting with a lot of green paper in exchange for Elmo-covered paraphernalia. Sweet.

I guess I'm on a roll lately but I can't help it. When Huzzy goes away it seems like I'm literally thrown all these awesome deals and such. This one isn't just for deployed service members. If you're lucky enough to have yours home with you take them along and enjoy the day!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

You Like Me, You Really Like Me!

Hey all! I found out last night that another MilSpouse nominated me for Best U.S. Military Spouse Blog. I would love love love it if you would head over and vote for me too!

All you have to do is give a "thumbs up" to the comment nominating me. It's towards the middle of page three.

Thanks guys!

Free Welcome Home Banners - Military

Is your loved one getting ready to return from deployment? I'm happy for you! (And jealous, but mostly happy!)

When Huzzy returned from deployment last year we made banners out of white sheets and paint to hang up at the house. For the pier though, I just had a sign made. I've got some pretty wretched handwriting, so this was just the more attractive option. actually gives away free welcome home signs for military. They come out looking great (I put Huzzy's picture on it which I think just embarrassed him) and all you pay for is shipping. These aren't cheap cardboard signs either and they hold up great.

My sign was pretty basic, but you can personalize your sign any way you want. Not everyone does signs I guess, but I've always thought they were a nice touch.

Anyway, if you're finally nearing the end of the deployment roller coaster and want a free sign go over here and check it out!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Free Care Package Courtesy of Scion

Another freebie goodie for deployed service members!

If you haven't swung over to Scion you might want to stop by. It looks like they are *still* doing their free care packages for deployed service members. I ordered one of these for Huzzy during last year's deployment. It took a few months to get to him (I think, it's all a blur now) but they did send him a package with random goodies in it. (Deck of cards, pen, etc. No food stuffs)

This is (obviously) for military personnel only. Head over here to order one!

Again, this is another success story. It may take a bit to get there, but this is legit and it will arrive...eventually. I just wouldn't wait until the last month or so to request it!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Free Photo Book For Deployed Service Members!

Hey all! I don't believe I mentioned this before, but there is this awesome program going on right now through RocketLife and the USO.

Basically, you can register for a code for a free photo book for your deployed service member. RocketLife takes care of making the book, and the USO takes care of shipping it. So it costs you...nada! Just a little of your time and you're good to go.

Now, since it is specifically for deployed service members you have to be mailing it to an APO/FPO address. If you try to send it elsewhere the code will not work and you will have to pony up the money and pay for it yourself.

I actually put one of these together for Huzzy a few weeks ago and he already got it! I was honestly expecting it to take a while but he got it about 3 weeks after I made it. Really not bad at all if you ask me!

So if you want to send off a free photo book go here and get started!

Just a tip - You do NOT have to input any credit card information. When you get down to that part skip down to where it asks for the promo code and enter that instead. It will automatically skip the credit card info part. Also, pick the longest ship time. If you try to ship it faster you'll pay for shipping (and really, it won't get there faster anyway).

Friday, April 6, 2012

“Are we nearly there yet Mum?” - 4 Great Car Games for Kids

Image by: T Morris

So, it’s coming up to Easter, and lots of us will be planning on driving up and down the country to see relatives and friends during the school holidays. Whilst your little ones might be looking forward to spending a weekend at Granny and Granddad’s (I know mine are, but that’s mainly because the supply of junk food and fizzy drinks is virtually constant...), one thing us parents are not looking forward to is the drive.
We all know how difficult it can be – half an hour of playing with cars and dolls, a round of I Spy, and then the boredom sets in, and you end up with choruses of “Are we nearly there yet?” every ten minutes.
One trick we use is to travel in the evening, after dinner, shortly before bedtime. Bundle the kids in the car in PJs with their favourite pillows, blanket and cuddly toys, and get whoever’s not driving to read them a bedtime story as you set off (or pop an audio book on) Half an hour later, you’ll have sleeping angels on the back seat.

But if this isn’t feasible for you, here are some great, tried and tested car games to help the journey pass a little easier!

1.       The Alphabet Game
A great, interesting alternative to I Spy, this can keep the kids going for as long as you can come up with categories! Just pick a theme, for example, food, and get them to name something for every letter, so, “A is for apple, B is for biscuit, C is for chips...”
If you want to make it into a learning game, or you have slightly older kids, go with more specific categories, like places/cities or fruit and vegetables.

2.       The Story Game
This is really fun for kids just reaching reading age and above – if they love reading or being read to and have a wild imagination, then this is an ideal activity for them.
The idea is that you construct a story by each saying a line. So, you could start off with “There once was a girl named Gloria and she lived...” and then let the next person take over, make up a sentence and it pass on to the next person. Let it go as far as your kids imaginations will take them!

 3.       The Scavenger Hunt
This is a game that requires minimal preparation and is great for kids that get travel sick, as they’ll be looking out with window.
All you need to do is make up a scavenger hunt list before you leave, and give it to your kids on the journey – and when they get all the items they get a lollipop or some other small treat.
Think about what kind of places you’ll be traveling through – towns, cities, country – and tailor the list to what you’ll think they might see.
It could be anything from a flashing traffic light to a horse to a boat, but try to make a list it about 10-15 items long, or they could get bored with it.
You can even make this into a pre-trip activity, and get your kids to think of things they want to spot on the journey.

4.       The Numberplate Game
This game is good for laughs and is really simple to play. Just pick a number plate, take the letters and whoever comes up with the craziest sentence beginning with those letters wins that round.
aSo, if the numberplate is A123 BCD, then your sentence could be “Aliens buy cats dummies” – you get the idea.

Happy traveling!

Jasmine Ayres blogs for Kids Island, an online kids toys specialist. She writes for other mums, whether advising on car games for kids to play or which kids electric cars to buy to keep the sprogs entertained.

MilSpouse Friday Fill In #70

It's the first Friday of the month which means it's once again time to answer questions with Wife of a Sailor! Don't forget to link up with us!

  1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed? Well, the easy answer is I would kept this whole deployment thing from spinning up again, but that's unrealistic. Even if I could live last month over there's nothing I could do about Huzzy leaving.
  2. What was your favorite thing that happened in March? I've started getting more involved with our FRG and keeping busy. I can't change this deployment but I can change the way I react to it, and that's sort of my goal this go around.
  3. Check your phone... who was the last person you called and what is your favorite thing about them? The last person I talked to was Huzzy's dad. He's a very easy going guy. Every time I come visit I'm worried Baby Girl is going to destroy his house or break something, but Huzzy's dad just literally doesn't care. He's much more relaxed than I am. lol
  4. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? TARDIS Blue. Just because.
  5. What are you looking forward to in April? World Book Night! I got picked to be a giver and I'm super excited to hand out my book! I will be giving away copies of Ender's Game.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Here, There, and Everywhere!

Hey all!

You might have noticed there haven't been any updates the last couple days. I thought I had posted this before but I guess not!

I've temporarily left the area and gone home to visit family. It is Easter weekend after all! And it seemed like a good idea to take Baby Girl back home to visit her cousins and spend some much needed time catching up.

Updates may be a little lacking until I get back. I will be back on Tuesday at the latest.

Also, if you are taking part in our Walmart Gift Card Giveaway, please understand that not having my computer here makes the whole process a little slower for me. Once the contest ends I need to go through and verify all the entries before I can announce a winner. I will do my best to get the winner up there ASAP, so hang in there!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pinspired To Repurpose

I'm pretty bad at thinking up interesting things to do myself. I love the idea of being crafty, but the reality is that I need someone to show me cool ideas because I would never think of them myself. Thank God for Pinterest, huh?

So last time I whipped up some awesome chocolate mint cupcakes that I found on Pinterest and they turned out great. This time I opted to stay away from food. Since Huzzy isn't around to eat what I make it would either end up in my belly or in the trash. Neither are acceptable outcomes for me, so I decided to do a very very simple repurposing.

The only reason I'm bothering to mention it at all is because it's such a simple (but brilliant!) idea that I'd never thought of before. I'm feeling pretty silly now!

You know those old cookie/baking trays? The ones that get all nasty and useless eventually? No matter how much you scrub them they're just permanently stained? No? Well, send me your secrets for cleaning them then...

Honestly, I just give up on those baking trays. Eventually I get so annoyed with how they look that I toss them, but I found this awesome idea on Pinterest! Instead of chucking them I gave them a new purpose!

Like I said, this is incredibly easy. All you need is some fun colored spray paint and you're good! Luckily I already had some on hand, so these cost me nothing. Hang them up on the wall and you have a fun magnet board for the kiddos! Now maybe I won't step on this hard little alphabet letters in my kitchen anymore!

I should have taken a "before" picture, but to be honest I would probably have been too embarrassed to upload it anyway! These sheets were a disaster!


This is more purple than blue, but it doesn't show well on camera.

Baby Girl wanted to play right away.

Finally got them hung on the wall!

What do you think? I'm pretty happy with the end result. It gave me a use for them and added some much needed color to Baby Girl's room. Huzzah! I used those command strip things since I had them laying around and also when I get tired of these being on the wall I won't ruin the paint trying to get them off.

All in all a success I'd say!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blog of The Month - April 2012!

Hey all! Well, it's that time again. A new month means a new featured blog.

First a big old thanks to Crazy Momma over at Randomonium! If you somehow managed to miss her last month make sure you swing by and say hello!

This month's blog of the month is Bit of Blue Sky and is written by a fellow milspouse. Shannon is amazing with the ins and outs of the military and helping other military families during deployments. She blogs about all of that and has managed to make my psuedo-crafty attempts look downright pathetic. If you're a milspouse she's a must-read, and if you're getting into the crafty side of life you should definitely check out her craft tutorials!

As usual, the Blog of the Month will have their button on my sidebar for the whole month. Make sure you stop by and say hi!

Winner Annouced! - Military Appreciation Giveaway


A big old thanks to everyone who entered! Unfortunately there's only one gift card to give away and only one winner. 

Congratulations to Julia A. you are our winner! 

If you didn't win this time, don't give up! Head on over to my other giveaway and enter! You might just get lucky!