Saturday, July 31, 2010

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time!


mmmmmmmm….. jellllllly…….

*Homer Simpson drool*

The husband wouldn’t be too embarrassed to hold your wallet for you – he could just stand up next to the wall all cool like – looking like the smartest husband in the mall because he brought a snack.

This product is best when carried in a Rainbow Bright or She-ra lunchbox.  Sandwich bag wrap not included but suggested.  This product is peanut free, however may not be appropriate for those with latex allergies.  This product is not for human consumption, however it may make a very good teething toy for an infant. 

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Fabulous Finds Friday – Sleep.

You got it.  Sleep.

There is no actual fabulous find today – why?


With the opening of the week including a major technological crash (my cell phone), meet the teacher, school shopping, pre-teen frustrations and puppy dog training (she hates people…another story all together…)I’ve just not had any opportunity to find something really rockin’ awesome to share.

So, the thing I reccomend this Fabulous Friday?

Cuddle up with the one you love, put on a great movie, and relax.

We’ll be back to normal (as normal as I can be anyway – really) tomorrow.

And, if you have any fabulous finds suggestions, send them my way. 

Have a great day!  I’m off to do more shopping…school starts Monday.  Oh and on that note…enjoy my most favorite commercial ever:

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Scooter Stroller

Remember when you were a kid and you’d go grocery shopping with your mom – and when she wasn’t looking you’d take a running start and then jump up on the wheel bar of the shopping cart and ride it through the store?

I remember it like it was yesterday…

Probably because I did do that yesterday.

I’m not completely convinced that this fun little shopping pastime didn’t spawn this idea:


Not sure exactly what that is?

Here’s a better picture:



{shaking head}

I am so disappointed that my kids no longer need strollers.

Thank you Matt and Eunice for throwing this our way.  I’m pretty sure I might still want to get one for Summer…ya think it’s adaptable for dogs?

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fashion Tech-sessory

Admit it, you like the title of this post.


I’ve spent the last two days trying to set up a new cell phone.  You would think that in this age of all the technological advances and blah blah blah – there’d be an easier way to do this.

And for the record, I’m NOT technologically challenged.  Promise.

But – I do love me a good piece of technology.  And a good purse.  I have several purses.

I do not have this purse:


And quite frankly I’m confused…is this so that people around you can watch TV?  Because walking and watching cannot be safe…  Is there going to be a rash of women walking down crowded streets holding their bags in front of their faces because the latest “Twilight” movie is playing on their bag?  Imagine the car accidents – you thought driving and putting on makeup was bad – how about driving while watching Edward and Jacob fight for Bella’s undying love and devotion?

It’s a safety issue I tell you – safety PEOPLE!

And just imagine those women that suffer from OCOS disorder – Obsessive Compulsive Oh SHINY! – This is just plain cruel.  Am I right Ginger?  Ginger? – hey get away from those marbles….Ginger…GINGER????

(Love ya Gingah – mean it babe!)

Oh and if you do decide the safety risk is worth it…be prepared to pay top dollar for this one of a kind hand bag – and for the TV service subscription as well.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Yet another product that I am a victim proud owner of.


You see ----  *enter sad infomercial music here*  I was born with…fine, limp hair.

It’s true.  I know.  Someone should hold a telethon.

So, because you already know that I’m a very hip and with it – and NOW type of person – and the only way for me to get the latest style in my hair was to back comb it until there was a little bit of height in it.

Yes, I’ve also tried root lifter.  And I feel that product is inappropriately named.  It did not lift my roots at all – they still had sad little faces and poor attitudes.

Anyway I bought some bumpits with the hope of an age-appropriate hair style that didn’t require much back combing or uplifting of the roots.

Let me ask you a question…have you ever back combed your hair (ratted, teased, etc) and then gotten your comb stuck and had to pull it out? 

Or have you moms ever tried to get a sucker (previously sucked on) out of a child’s hair?

That is exactly what it takes to get a bumpit out of your hair.

There are tiny little comb-like teeth on the banana shaped dohickey.  You are supposed to tease your hair and then insert the bumpit then gently smooth the rest of the hair over it.



Maybe I’m inept.  I suppose this could all be user error.  But it took me a solid 30 minutes (and lots of tears) to get the stupid thing out of my hair.  While there was a lot of laughter coming from the other room.  I’m going to assume  my family was watching an old episode of The Andy Griffith Show and not laughing at me.

It doesn’t matter anyway.  I’ve given up.  I don’t need hair like this:


wait – that’s what it looked like after removing the bumpit…


yea, that’s it…I don’t need hair like this.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Eye Tattoo

I’m not much of a makeup wearer.

Probably because I’m naturally beautiful…and humble…but mostly beautiful.

But the little bit of Makeup I do wear comes from one of those boutique-y shops that sells the kind of makeup that is supposed to be good for your face (because you know, purposely making your face dirty every day is good for it…)

Anyway – while I was shopping one day, I found these:


They are rub on tattoos – for your eyes!  Forget trying to get the “smokey eye” with differing shades of brown and black – heck no!  Just press one of these babies against your eye …

So you know I bought some, right?  I had to try them out.

*the following story is true – although no photographic evidence exists – I swear, it’s true…I couldn’t possibly make this stuff up.*

I decided to buy the Smokey eye set – although animal prints were intriguing, I couldn’t think of any real-world applications for them – after all, it is JULY, not OCTOBER.


The instructions seemed simple enough, remove the protective backing, apply to eye, remove carefully and then brush with the setting powder.


I remove the protective backing.

I then take about fifteen minutes to look over the product. 

I can’t seem to figure out which end is up.  Does anyone know – for a smoky eye does the dark part go on top or bottom?  I do a quick internet search and decide it goes on top…back to my project.

I cut the piece in half so that each “eye” is on a single piece of paper.  I figure this is smart, because you see I don’t want to smudge the other eye while I’m working with the first one.  I’m really proud of this discovery – because you see it didn’t say to do that in the instructions.

I lift the shadow to my eye and apply.

I then think back to my childhood days of temporary tattoos – you had to press HARD for those to transfer.

So the pressing commenced.

This is where I should note that this isn’t your typical tattoo…it’s powder with some sort of an adhesive built in.  You can lightly brush your finger past, and it’s gonna get some shadow on it.  But, I didn’t think of that.  I PRESSED.

Note number two – don’t apply in haste – make sure it’s on straight.

I’m just sayin’.

When I removed – actually peeled – this thing back – first, it hurt.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the extra pressing, or just because the adhesive is that strong…either way, it was not a comfortable experience.  Again, pretty sure it was user related, and not product related.

I looked in the mirror at my handy work.


Not so much smoky eye – more like, well ---- (and this is NOT me)  This:


Why the lack of photographic evidence you ask?  Well – quite frankly, I was worried I’d scare my kids.

That and I was pretty sure my husband might make fun of me for life.

So I tried to scrub it off.  

It didn’t feel good at all to scrub off.  This stuff is definitely meant to stay.

Thank goodness I had some heavy duty makeup remover left over from Halloween.

It did leave me with some red eye lids which did scare the kids.  I promise it was a lot less traumatizing than the smoky eye effect.  Well, maybe…

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Football Fanatics

I’m a football fan.

Big. Fan.

I have a college team – BYU (Go Cougars!) and my NFL team is ….



Anyway – football season starts soon.  And I’m so excited I can barely stand it.   So I started shopping for Bears and Cougars regalia so we can properly enjoy football season.  You know, the standard stuff – Jersey’s, blankets, hats with soda pop can holders…

And don’t forget the double zero Jersey for the dog…


Wait, what?

Here’s the deal – I do admit to dressing my dog.  I have a Chihuahua and she gets cold so I do have a few t-shirts and sweaters for her.  HOWEVER – I’ve never spent more than two dollars on any one shirt.

This. Jersey. Is. $29.95.

I don’t think I’ve ever spent that on any one item of my own clothing.   I’m a bargain shopper…

So to re-cap…I’m a football fanatic.  I dress my dog.  I’m not crazy enough to dress my dog in a jersey that costs more than two pairs of jeans from the Target.

That is all.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Fabulous Finds Friday – Masterpiece by Julie deAzevedo

Here’s where I admit something to you all.

I like music.  All kinds.  My CD player contains everything from Metallica to Mana, Broadway to Boston Pops, Groupie Pop to Gospel.  I’ll even admit to owning a Brittany Spears CD (from the teeny bopper years – before she got weird)

My favorite CD right now, however has got to be Masterpiece by Julie de Azevedo.


If you don’t know who she is – you can find out more about her here.

I. Love. Her. Music. Seriously.

And the cool part about Julie?   She’s a mom, with a real life and real “days” and just real everything.  And maybe that’s why I like her music so much – I can totally relate to her style.

The music is uplifting, it’s feel good – it’s fun to listen to.  (And, when I’m listening to her CD, dancing around my kitchen, signing along at the top of my voice – my kids look at me like I’ve totally lost it – which is also a great bonus especially when they have friends over…that’s the best time to do it).

There are some great clips of her music Here: – where you can get to know her.  Her music is best described as contemporary Christian – you know, songs that have GOOD messages in them not songs that talk about, well other things.

Her music is good. I promise.  She’s an interesting person – the real deal.  Oh, and there’s an added bonus to listening to her music – it makes you feel good.  A smile is always a good thing.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pet Stroller

Ever need to take your dog for a walk but don’t want to mess with that pesky leash? 

Get annoyed when Fido decides to sniff every rock and tree and creature you pass by?

Do you have a mini-pup with small legs that just can’t keep up with you?

Do you have a lot of extra money laying around that you just don’t know what to do with?

Well then, do I have a deal for you.  For the low, low price of $333.34 you can own one of these babies:


(dog not included)

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pampered Kitty

I had a cat growing up.

Actually I had two.  Abby (who hated everyone) and Rambo (who hated Abby).  It was great fun.

Anyway, we had one of those covered litter boxes that looks kind of like a dog kennel. 

Nothing. Like. This.  After all – we were normal people.


Well, pretty normal anyway – current state of mind not considered.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

The Barkalator…

Maybe I watch too many episodes of Phineas and Ferb.  With the kids.  Yea, with the kids – we’ll go with that.

Anyway for some reason I see this product as something invented by the inept Doofenschmirtz.

And I also imagine him calling it “The Bark A Late Or” as only he can.


And explanation from Professor Doofenschmirtz:


You see, the little thing around his neck translates his FEEEELllings into human speech that comes out of the hand held dohickey.  It can tell you if she’s saaaad, hungry, or just needs to use the bathroom!  I will use it to be friends with all the dogs in the world (because you know, Perry, as a small boy I had a dog once and I could never figure out what she needed.  We never became the close friends that we could have been and I was such a sad little boy) What – what are you doing? Where are you going Perry the Platypus?  Perrrrry?

See, it now makes all the sense in the world.  A Barkalator (It’s actually called a Bowlingual Translator – but I like Barkalator better) will be coming to a store near you – if you live in Japan it will be near to you I mean, not anywhere near you in the United States…but you know, sort of.   Did I mention to use it you also need to know Japanese?  That’s just a small problem, right?

Oh, and here’s a video about Doofenschmirtz and Perry – just in case you have no idea who they are…and if you have no idea, I feel bad for you – I mean, really?

(My post is about dogs, and this is the closest Doofenschmirtz reference to Dogs I could find on Youtube.  Also, this show is on The Disney Channel – DISNEY people.  Thanks.)

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Admit It, I’m A Sorter…

Today is my birthday - (which explains the late post…or at least I say it explains it.  None of the activity explained below has anything to do with this late post…promise.)

Anyway – two of my friends (remember the ladies with the fans?  Yea, them…)  noticed that I’m apparently incapable of eating Skittles candy without sorting them first.

Yes, I sort my Skittles – you can blame my mother for that.  I love her for it too – really I do. really.

So these two friends took it a step further and decided that if I can’t eat Skittles without sorting them, I probably can’t eat any other mixed colored candy without sorting it either.

Guess what – they were right.

All this week, every day – twice a day – I’ve received a package.  What was in the package?  A small bowl filled with mixed colored candies.

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:


There was even one full of M&M’s – plain and peanut together in the same bowl. OH THE HUMANITY!  ahem…sorry, I’m better now.  Honest.

Problem was, once I sorted the plain from the peanut – I couldn’t leave it alone.

All those colors mixed together just looked… messy.

So, here it is, in all my obsessive compulsive disorder.

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So here’s my product proposal – because I know I’m not the only sorter out there…

I KNOW I’m not – and don’t tell me otherwise…I’m not crazy…la la la la la*fingers in ears…*I’m not listening!I 

Please – candy companies of the world…sell your flavors as individually packaged novelties.    I’m telling you – it’s a new niche market.  You’ll make millions.

Millions…you hear me – there’s at least that many people out there like me. 

Shut up – there are too.  Let me believe it.  It makes me feel better.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

My Birthday Present

My husband, (also known as the “best husband ever”) bought me the greatest birthday present.

Her name is Summer and she is 4.5 pounds and 5 years old.

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So As I was looking for puppy accessories (you know, toys, leashes, collars, bones – stuff like that)  I found a few things that I consider to be, well – perfect for this site.

Let me show you a few things from my online adventure:


Apparently these purses are all the rage in Czechoslovakia. For adult women.  Apparently they didn’t quite get the Paris Hilton dog IN a purse thing.  They went directly to the purse shaped like a dog.  At least this one won’t run away…maybe.

Or this one – Space dog.


Yea, that’s not creepy looking at all.  Kinda looks like they wrapped her in tinfoil.  I think the person who designed this has had one too many Costco hot dogs…just sayin’.

Or, Gold tone:


I’m thinking it’s a bit too much like something you’d find in King Tut’s tomb.

and finally


Yea, that’s not disturbing…

Ok, yes – yes it is.  Here’s one more picture of my cute puppy to get that image out of your mind:


Much Better.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010


Remember these?


Yea me too.  Ahhh…good times.

Since my birthday is coming up – two of my friends decided to take me on a walk down memory lane, and bought me some of these:


You see, they are like Garbage Pail Kids – for grownups.

Some of the products included on these cards:


hehehehehe….Gripe Nuts – they stay grouchy even in milk.  Cap’n Crutch – the cereal the goes down with the ship.  And Zilla Wafers – the cookies that terrorized Tokyo!

And they are stickers too…and include bubble gum…you know just in case you really want to relive your teenage days.

(For the record…I do not in any way shape or form take any responsibility  for the injuries caused to your adult jaw by chewing bubble gum.  In fact, I do not recommend anyone over the age of 14 attempt it.)

Thank you Ginger and Adrienne…really.  I’m still looking for ways to pay you back.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

iShirt and iDress

Or, iStupid…whatever.


This Australian company has decided it’s far too hard to slip your iPad into your purse, backpack, or you know to simply CARRY it…so they’ve designed clothing for the iPad enthusiast.

Apparently, the iPad is Australia’s newest fashion accessory.

Ah, to be one of the beautiful people…

No really – to be one of the beautiful people, I’m pretty sure you don’t NEED one of these.

Thank you Matt M for the post.  I suppose the next thing we should watch for are iBoxers and the iBikini for the summer time iPad and iPhone enthusiast.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cow Pies

Okay, so when I was searching for the website for yesterday’s post – I came across this one.


That would be a cow pie clock.

Waste Not Want Not – or Want Not Waste Alot.  Whatever.

So, one more time with my awesome Photoshop skills (which are improving by the day…don’t you think?)


Yep, I bet he’d buy it. 

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Moose Nuggets

If you are our friend on facebook – you’ve likely seen this…but only because Marjean C. Pointed it out.


Here’s the deal.  I make all kinds of jewelry.  I love the unique quality that natural gemstones and semi precious stone add to the pieces I make.

Key word here: STONES.

As a mother of five I can tell you I’ve seen small pebblish things like these before – but I’d never put them into a pair of earrings or a bracelet.


I’m sorry, but no amount of lacquer and string can make moose nuggets wearable.  And while we are at it – let’s just exclude rabbit nuggets, dog piles and cow pies too.

Of course with my awesome Photoshop skills, I have found one use for cow pies -


Yep, I think it adds a touch of class, don’t you?

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Fabulous Finds Friday – Archivalife

Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe today’s find.

First I need to tell you a secret. 

I am a closet scrap-a-holic…but I’m not very good at it. 

Regardless of how pretty I can make my scrapbook pages, I do believe that it is very important to preserve your family history, and your personal history.  In fact, my most treasured possession is a book written by my grandmother that details her life from childhood through marriage, children and grandchildren.

Grandma. Kept. Very. Detailed. Notes. And. Journals.

I think she may have loved to have one of these:

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Look, I was skeptical about this at first – I figured it was just another scrapbook company (I’m from Utah originally, and I know scrapbook companies are a dime a dozen…seriously, go to the yellow pages, look ‘em up.)

This thing goes beyond a scrapbook (and doesn’t even require any frilly embellishments or glue.)  It’s a timeline.  In one book you can chronicle decades of a lifetime in one easy to read and view format.

The pages fold out in an accordion style so that you can read the entire timeline at once, or in periods of 10 units at a time.  Each unit gives you a space to note the things that are most important to you in that year. 

Who was your loved one/significant other?  (Or you know, who were you crushing on that year???)

What pets did you have?

What kind of car did you drive?

What school did you attend?

All at a glance.

You can flip the page over and write a detailed summary of the decade complete with embarrassing facts interesting tidbits.

You can buy either the Lifelines (which is the timeline described above) or the traditional scrapbook – OR you can opt to purchase both which come in a fabulous beautiful wonderful leather bound display quality case.


I’ve been trying to chronicle my history in this book since I got it three weeks ago.  It’s been a fun walk down memory lane and a great family project  (EWWWW Mom!  You drove WHAT?????)

I won’t lie to you, it is a big purchase - $125.00 for the Classic Edition or $49.95 for just the LifeLines book – however, Like I said above, the most priceless possession I own is my grandmother’s history.  This will last for generations, as will your family legacy – and that is what is most important.

*As with all Fabulous Finds posts – I have this product in my possession and have used it myself.  I am not in any way compensated for this review of this product nor will I receive any compensation should you decide to purchase this product.  Archivalife did offer me a complimentary sample of the product for review.  Please refer to our FTC Compliance if you have any further questions.*

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Caffeinated Candy Pops

These suckers are not for kids.

Unless you like the bouncing off the walls running in circles climbing the curtains type of child.


Think Geek says these suckers contain 70mg of caffeine per pop – which is as much as a single energy drink.

For those of you that don’t know me well (And why not?  It isn’t like I’m a mysterious person who doesn’t interact with her adoring fans…)  I don’t drink anything caffeinated.  I don’t eat anything with caffeine in it.    I haven’t for 10 years.

That’s right, I’m naturally perky.

I can only imagine what the consequences of me ingesting one of these might be…

Yep, that’s about right.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Bark Off

Again, I’m not a dog owner – but…This is Bark Off – An ultrasonic sound wave (or something like that) that annoys dogs to the point that they will stop barking.


There seems something strange (and somewhat mean) to me about hurting your dog’s sensitive ears so that they will no longer bark. 

Of course the ad doesn’t come right out and say that it hurts the dog…but it kind of seems like the same concept that my sisters and I enlisted as kids

“ow, quit it!”


“OW!  Quit IT!!!”

*pinch a little harder*

“OWWWWW!!! I’m gonna tell Mom!”

*pinches even harder* - “If you tell mom anything I’m going to make it REALLY hurt!”


Okay, on second thought, being a big meanie to achieve silence is incredibly effective.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Just In Case You Need To Pass Your Civil Service Requirements…

If you are an Andy Griffith fan – that makes sense to you.

If not, well – I feel sad for you.  Really, really sad.

You see, I’ve only seen this item once before:


And this is where I saw it:

One full inch taller huh?  Hmmmm…perhaps I should rethink this and make it a Friday Post? 

I am going to go lock myself in a closet now.  I’ll promise to come out when I’m at least one full inch taller – that’ll make me at least 5 feet tall.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

What Day Is It Again?

Ever have those times when you can’t remember what day of the week it is?

To be fair, it does happen to me – especially in the summer time when the kids are home and we have no real place to be…but eventually I do remember, not because I have one of these though:


Promise, I don’t have one of these. 


Why don’t you believe me?

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Goatee Saver

So you are a guy, and you want one of these:


But you simply cannot shave a straight line. 

Then you need one of these:


What is it?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words:


This picture is worth at least a thousand words…and a few other things.

Goatee Saver – found at – of course.

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