Monday, April 30, 2007

Free




Yep. That's right. I got all of this for free!!!! Gotta love The Grocery Game!

I bought:

3 bottles of CitreShine Conditioner
1 bottle of CitreShine Shampoo
1 Soft Soap Cashmere Body Wash
2 Hormel Natural Choice Deli Meats
2 Fresh Express Spinach w/carrots
1 36ct Rhodes White Dinner Rolls
1 Hot Pockets Breakfast Biscuits
1 OneTouch UltraSmart Glucose Meter
1 Pretzel & Cheese HandiSnack
1 Oreo HandiSnack
12 double rolls Cottonelle Toilet paper
2 cans Enfamil Gentlease Infant formula
1 Soft Soap Hand Soap
2 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
2 York Peppermint Patties
1 Hershey's with Almonds
1 Kit Kat
10 ct Schick ST disposable razors
2 bars Johnson's Buddies Soap
2 Hershey's Cacao Reserve Bars

If I would have paid full price, it would have been over $187!!!!! (The glucose meter was regularly $84.99 alone!)

Names

Growing up, I mainly liked my name...it wasn't too common. I also felt special that my parents didn't give me a middle name. But I knew when I had kids of my own that I wanted my kids to have unique names. Not weird, just ones that you didn't hear everyday. Now, thanks to technology, you can know how many people in the U.S. share your name.



http://howmanyofme.com/search/

We have 60,346 other people who share our last name.

I share my first name with 423,932 other ladies.

My husband has 1,179,767 others that share his name.

And here where my triumph lies...

All 3 of my kids share their names with......

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other people.

Mission accomplished!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

And That's a Blog!


We're watching Amazing Race, where this week, they had to complete tasks on an Air Force base on Guam. Hubby quickly notices the discrepancies in the airplanes being shown. (Thank goodness for DVR's!) In editing, they showed 3 different military planes which drove my husband NUTS! To the untrained eye (aka, a woman's eye), I didn't even notice that they were showing different planes. Even when he used the rewind feature on our DVR, I still didn't notice a difference, nor did I care. So he makes me pull up on Google an image of each aircraft. "I knew it! It's all fake! I can't watch this show anymore!" he shouts! I couldn't have been prouder. He had just inadvertantly done his very first blog! That's my man!

Friday, April 27, 2007

Icing on the cake

"Mommy! The dog is eating something!"

"Oh great!"

I get up, go outside.

"NO! GET AWAY FROM THE DOG!"

I grab a stick. Yep, a squirrel bone with some meat and fur on it! And I live in a forest because......

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Last night as we were watching TV (Survivor, The Office & 30 Rock to be exact), we heard a roaring noise overhead. Was that a helicopter? Then it swoops by again. Hubby goes outside. It's a freakin' Apache helicopter! We are no where near anything! Well, as hubby is looking at the sky, he sees a bat flying around. (That's not him holding the bat. I lifted that from the web). This morning when he wakes up, he warns the girls, "If you see a bat, leave it alone!" (We've had several rabid bats found in our area).

Well, K remember her daddy's words well, and runs up to wake me up, "Mommy! Mommy! I see a bat outside!"

"Was it in the backyard or the frontyard?"

"The front."

"Okay, don't let the dog or cat out in the front. I'll be down in a minute."

As I lay there trying to wake up, the thought crosses my mind, this will make a good blog. (Yes, I know I have problems!)

I made it downstairs and ask her to show me where she saw it. She points out the window, but I can't see anything. So I head out the front door to take a closer look. Nothing. Just a bunch of dead leaves on the grass. So much for my great blog!

Without anything spectacular to blog about, I decide to get dressed and head over to K's school for her "Super Kids' Day" where the kids get to do lots of fun games and activities. We had a good time.

I came home and needed to get the trimmings from our HUGE palm out to the trash before the trashmen got to our house. As I was taking them from the backyard to the frontyard, I keep smelling nasty, dead animal smell. I glance around to see if I can see the culprit, but come up empty handed. The smell is not terribly strong, so I figured it wasn't a very large animal. As I go to grab the last of the palm remnants, I find it. The very limited remains of a squirrel...a little fur and some organs or something. YUCK! And I know exactly how it got there.

My cat, Harry Potter, is a hunter-wannabe. He likes to bring roadkill (which there is a lot of around here), and bring it into the backyard as his prize and afternoon snack. Yeah, I know it's gross. I also found about 2 inches of a squirrel tail on the back porch. Hubby's got a job to do when he gets home. I don't do dead things. Blech!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A New Day

Well, after an icky afternoon/evening yesterday, I'm feeling better. (I think I might be getting another ear infection though). Hopefully Baby G's tooth will finally break through and he'll feel better. I hate teething!!!!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What went wrong?

Today was a pretty good day. We had some fabulous thunder and lightning storms here. With DD1 at school and DD2 at a friend's house, it was just me and the little guy. We went to the dollar store and got 15 of those plastic shoe boxes so I could organize my master closet, full of all the toiletry items I have purchased. Got a lot of it organized. Baby G took a little nap and so did I. Woke up, ate some lunch, and then went to pick up the kids from school. Still doing good. Got home, fed the kids a snack. For some reason, I started getting very agitated.

The baby started getting really fussy, and I just couldn't handle it. I stuck him in his crib and went in the backyard. Breathe in. Breathe out. I called the hubby to see when he would be home.

"About 5-10 minutes, honey."

Thank goodness!!! I went in. He was wailing in his room. I went into the garage to get some laundry out of the dryer. Went back in...still crying. I just couldn't handle it!

I went in the kitchen, turned the exhaust fan on and worked on the dishes. I sent the 6 yr old up to make sure that the baby wasn't injured or anything. She came back down to report. "He seems to be fine, but he sounds awful!"

The 4 yr old started whining, so I sent her up to her room. (Although I felt as if I was going crazy with no good explination of why, I didn't scream at them.) Hubby made it home and all three kids were okay. Whew! The baby had fallen asleep. The girls came downstairs and we all had dinner. The baby woke up. DH took him and put the girls to bed while I did the dishes from dinner. I'm feeling a little better, but still kinda weird. Good thing babies are so forgetful (or forgiving...not sure which one). My son greeted me with a huge smile when I finally sat down to watch American Idol. Good thing tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Lucky Day!

I ran into the grocery store to get 3 bottles of Dial Hand Soap. I was getting them for FREE with the store's triple coupon policy. Nice. I came back out to the car to find a $5 bill just waiting for me in the parking lot. It's not often you go to the store and come out ahead!

Monday, April 23, 2007

The kids have a blog

Yep, I've set up a blog for the kids. You can check it out at http://mugglekids.blogspot.com. It doesn't have much yet, but I hope to keep it updated with their stuff. It'll mostly be a photoblog, but since they are such cute kids, I figured no one would mind.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lipstick

Those that know me, know that I don't wear very much makeup. But when Walgreens had their sale on their Almay lipstick (the 12hr colorstay stuff) that you get for free after the rebate, I just couldn't resist. I put my makeup on for chruch on Sunday, and was excited to try out the new lipstick. The color looked great! The only problem is, is that Monday morning it is still on!!!! I tried scrubbing my lips with soap and a washcloth with no luck!! It took until Monday evening to completely wear off.



Thanks to my favorite message board, I was able to get a few tips on how to remove it for the next application. So yesterday, I tried out the lipstick again (a girl has to look nice for an outing to the park). It stayed on beautifully once again, but thanks to the tips posted, I had some ideas of how to get it off. I grabbed a baby wipe....got quite a bit off, but there was still a rosy hue to my lips. I then took some baby oil on a dry wash cloth and was able to remove the remainder of the color. Just remember to wash the oil off of your lips before eating dinner.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

An Unexpected Time Capsule

I am very ADD, and therefore, very talented at avoiding things that I don't really want to do. One of things I am famous for avoiding is cleaning my house. Monday was one of those days.

The day started out well with a coupon swap. Excellent! Got some great coupons, shared some. It was great.

I left quickly because my new refrigerator was being delivered. A friend of mine hooked me up with a superb deal. The fridge was missing the handle on the freezer, which is easily replaceable for really cheap. Hence the good deal. But our fridge is getting up in years (it was from when I was a teen), so we were ready to jump when a good deal came along.



So of course, I had to sweep out the garage so there would be a clean spot for the fridge to be placed. As I was sweeping, I noticed that there was quite a bit of lit around my dryer. So I began sweeping. I could quickly see that sweeping was not going to cut it. I ran inside and got my handy dandy Kenmore canister.



I vacuumed around the dryer and I began vacuuming around the vent that goes to the outside. Well, now I had a challenge! It was full of caked on lint from years of neglect. I pulled it out of the wall (saw a little lizard hiding in the cracks), and scrubbed the heck out of that vent! I even discovered that it had a little flap to cover the opening when the dryer was not in use. Who knew?!?! I was able to restore that little flap to its intended function. (You're welcome little flap).

After the vent was spic and span, I moved onto the dryer's lint trap. How was I to get down this curvy crevice? Here's my first idea:



Well, the hanger and tape didn't grab too much. So I tried to squeeze the hose of the vacuum into the trap. No luck. I tried the skinny little crack attachment... Denied again! I opened the dryer to see if I could vacuum out the excess lint through the little holes in the back of the drum. Nope. Not gonna work. So I looked at the dryer. I was going to get that lint. But how? There was only one option. Time to get the drill....



So I unplug the dryer, and wiggle it out from its happy little home for the past 5 1/2 years. Slowly, but surely, I was able to pull it out enough to squeeze behind it. (Thanks for those skinny genes Mom!) I bust out the hubby's ratchet set & drill to begin unscrewing the pack plates on the dryer. It took me a little time, but I was able to find the right size bit for the job. And of course, once I found it, I dropped it down the lint trap. Now I had to get to that lint trap! My resolve was strengthened.



After I got the main plate off the back, there were more screws on the lint trap. Luckily, they were a different size than the bit that fell down the lint trap. Once they were all removed, I tried to remove the trap. Easier said than done. I wiggled it. I shook it. I tried to pry it off. I bent down low to see if I could see some mysterious connection that I had missed. Little did I know, I was searching in the complete opposite direction that I should have been looking. I will not say how long I was stumped by the dilemma that lay before me, but let's just say I think my baby gained a pound or two as I was perplexed.

I was just about to give up, when I remembered seeing 2 screws on the top of the dryer right where the lint trap catcher goes in. Ah ha! I quickly found my Phillip's head bit for the drill and removed them. They were it! I was able to wriggle it loose just enough to get my hand under.



I was so thankful that I'm not one that gets grossed out easily because there was a lot of yucky stuff in the back of that dryer! This dryer was my mom's when I was a kid, and I highly doubt that Mom ever unscrewed the back to clean it out. That suspicion was quickly confirmed as I proceeded to pull out wads of lint.




As I picked through the lint (yep, I picked through the lint), I found a vast array of tiny treasures.



  • An eraser tip
  • A piece of petrified cat food
  • 3 safety pins of varying rust levels
  • A yellow thumb tack
  • 2 Collar tabs
  • 4 letter beads, D P V Y
  • 7 blue beads
  • A part of a Lego man's helmet (the little blue curvy thing)
  • A screw
  • A straight pin
  • A toothpick
  • 7 earrings (including a red note earring from when I was in middle school)
  • 2 blue barrettes from when I was a kid
  • A small bit of a plastic barrette, white
  • A piece of a pen cap
  • The all important drill bit, the newest member of the group
  • A paper clip
  • A bobby pin
  • A hot pink barrette
  • $0.11 and a fake penny

    I also found a couple socks behind the washer.

    If you'd like a close up of the treasures, click here.


    I cleaned everything up, and I was able to put it all back together! Yay for me! And the dryer still works! I used it today. So now I have a spotless dryer. Just don't ask me about the house....



    And if you care to see how many bottle of laundry detergent I have from The Grocery Game, here you go:

  • Saturday, April 14, 2007

    Andy Barker, P.I.

    If you haven't watched it yet, NBC has a funny new show called Andy Barker, P.I. Andy is an accountant/private investigator. It's hysterical! It's cheesy! It's got a space on my DVR! You can check out the episodes online. Enjoy!

    http://www.nbc.com/Andy_Barker_PI/

    Peas!

    The baby got his first taste of peas today and LOVED them! He was so excited he was shaking! I couldn't shovel them in fast enough! Maybe I'll actually have a baby that will eat baby food. The girls never would. We'll have to wait and see how it turns out...make sure they didn't upset his tummy or anything. ;)

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    If You Were Impressed....

    If you were impressed by my Grocery Gaming below, and you've been inspired to try out the Grocery Game for only $1, I would love to be your referral! Just send me an email at mugglemom78 at gmail dot com and I'll send you the info. I'm always happy to answer questions, so bring 'em on!

    Monday, April 9, 2007

    Yeah, you know you're jealous!

    Just got back from Grocery Gaming. Probably one of my best shopping trips to date. Here's what I bought:



    (another view)



    How much do you wager that I spent? $100? $200?

    Well, I'll help you out a little.

    The total amount of groceries that I bought (this is 2 stores combined), was $229.13

    I walked out paying....

    (drum roll, please)




    $36.23!!!!

    for a savings of

    $192.90 or 85%!!!

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how it's done!

    Sunday, April 8, 2007

    On a happier note....

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    Not only is it Easter, celebrating our Lord's resurrection, it is also my dear husband's birthday! (And the baby is 5 months old today too). I was Debbie Downer today though since I'm still feeling cruddy! There's always next year. I did make brownies though...

    Anyone have a guillotine handy?

    Last week I had a terrible cold (maybe strep, i'm not sure). Then this week, it turned into a double ear infection, probably one of the most painful things I've ever experience. I've been on antibiotics for about 4 days, and still feel like C-R-A-P! I'm about ready to chop off my head! I am so tired of feeling sick! I'm ready to move on! Next!

    Saturday, April 7, 2007

    Now I Know I'm in Trouble!

    I guess you know you're a true addict when you begin dreaming of blogs! Yep, it's true. I had blogs on the brain last night as I slept. I don't recall exactly what was involved, but I knew I had a problem! My name is muggle, and I'm a recent blog addict.

    Friday, April 6, 2007

    Just checking my email, honey...

    I've been off of the computer for over 24 hours...which in itself is amazing! I just ran downstairs to "check my email" when I realized all that that entailed. Not only do I have to check my email, I have to check my personal messages on KU, check my myspace account for messages, my gmail account, and my blog. Whew! So 1/2 an hour later, I'm heading back to bed.

    Thursday, April 5, 2007

    New Discovery

    He's done it! G-dawg had found his little piggies! And he couldn't be happier! He actually fought off sleep last night because he wanted to play with his feet. It seems cute now, but it wasn't so cute last night when I was trying to go to sleep. I would be extatic too if my toes were that cute!


    Wednesday, April 4, 2007

    What an adventure!!!

    A trip to the doctor's office is never just that. I had a friend pick up the oldest from school, so I just had the 4 yr old and the baby. No big deal, right? I get to the office, and I'm getting the baby set up in the stroller when I hear :::SHUT:::

    My lovely 4 year old has helped mommy out by shutting the car door......WITH MY KEYS INSIDE!!!! Okay, breathe, count to 10, don't yell. Luckily I remembered that my dear, sweet hubby has put a key under the bumper in one of those nifty little magnetic boxes. I duck under the car to retrieve my saving grace, and I am quite excited to find it quickly. I unlock the car and rescue my keys and diaper bag. Whew! Into the doctor's office we go...

    I get checked in and we take our seat in the waiting room. I keep thinking that I'm hearing some flatulence, when my daughter smiles at me and says, "Excuse me mommy. I tooted!"

    I was somewhat relieved to hear her say that because I was really hoping that it wasn't the baby. Boy, was I wrong! He just discovered his feet yesterday so he was having a blast trying to get his scrumptious toes into his drooly mouth. That's when I knew there was trouble. Nice yellow poo oozing out. Great! Just what I needed. I can't head to the bathroom because they'll be calling my name any minute. So we have to wait, hoping that no more business is conducted south of the border. Finally, I hear my name. We go in and I get to tackle the bomb that has gone off in my son's pants. About 6 wipes, a change of clothes and 2 specimen bags (for the dirty diaper & dirty clothes) later, we have a clean baby.

    After all that excitement, the actual doctor's visit seemed quite mundane. It was as I suspected, an ear infection. I got my prescription and left to pick up the oldest. The best part of the afternoon was that they took my expired coupon for a $20 gift card with the filling of my prescription. Nice! So it wasn't all bad....

    And the saga continues

    I woke up this morning to my car alarm going off at 1am. I think there is a ghost in my garage, because there is no reason for it to be going off! Well, I ran downstairs to turn it off, only to notice that my right ear is KILLING me!!! Lovely! An ear infection to make me feel so much better. So, I'm off to the doctor's this afternoon. Ugh! I hate going to the doctors. Oh well.

    Monday, April 2, 2007

    A New Week...Thank Goodness!!!!

    We are all finally feeling better!
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    Now we just sound terrible with our hacky coughs. Oh well! You can't have it all...