What I Learned This Week

Ok, so, here’s the thing. For starters, it has warmed up substantially. Next, Baseball practices are still miserable because even though 54 degrees is much warmer than SIX, it is still too cold, in my humble opinion to be stuck standing outside watching my boys practice. And lastly, I won’t be happy until the temperature stays around the 80 degree mark.

Here’s what else I learned this week.

1. When in Sephora, you should use care around the cosmetic displays, otherwise, you may end up with bright – AND I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick covering your middle finger and wedding ring, with no earthly idea how it got there.

2. When your middle finger and wedding ring is covered in bright – AND A I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick, the fella working at Reeds Jewelers will ask you if you’ve been painting when you stop in to ask if they’d mind cleaning your wedding ring.

3. For the life of me, I can’t figure out who, in their right mind, would wear bright – AND I MEAN BRIGHT – pink lipstick.

4. Sephora is a bit overwhelming to me.

5.  Since he now mutilates them, Bentley can no longer “play” with stuffed toys.

6. The blender drives Bentley just as crazy as the vacuum cleaner does.

7. Skechers yoga mat flip-flops aren’t as comfortable as the Croc ones I’ve been wearing for the past two years.

8. American Idol isn’t nearly as exciting this season. I’m thinking the novelty has worn off for me.

9. If you enjoy criminal, incarceration-type shows, you should totally watch Orange Is The New Black on Netflix.

10. It is difficult for a twelve-year old to get the hang of putting in and taking out contact lenses, especially one who has extremely LONG eye-lashes.

11. Apparently, nine-year olds are too cool to hunt Easter eggs at the church Easter egg hunt.

12. I wish I could s-l-o-w this growing-up thing down.

13. Alex enjoys watching Leave It To Beaver!!!!

14. Netflix is pretty cool.

That’s what I learned this week.

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THIS Is American Idol [Live Blogging]

It is Thursday night and THIS is American Idol!

I have been sitting standing at the ballfield for two hours while Alex practiced. I am froze. My girls are froze. Yes, I said that. Doing things a little different this year since there isn’t a results show. Instead, as the contestants who have made it through are called, their red-lighted chairs turn green. The lighted chairs don’t have nearly the dramatic effect that Ryan Seacrest on result night, but I like it. And while we’re on the subject of dramatic effects, um, J-Lo’s girls are about to bust up outta that dress.

It’s movie night and that should make for an interesting night of singing.

Adanna Duru – Love You, I Do  (Dream Girls): First of all, I love, love, love that gold dress. It looks fabulous on stage, and on her. Except, is she wearing silver shoes? Hopefully, the television lights are playing tricks on her shoes are really gold. Adanna is a seasoned performer. She looks the part and tonight, she sounds the part, too. Good job, girl.

Daniel Seavey – Lost Stars (Begin Again) – I don’t know this song, but I really like Daniel. He’s a cutie patootie and he could be the next Beibs. Let’s see how this young cat does on this not-so-young love song. Maybe it’s just me, but this performance sounds really bad to me. It almost sounds like its too high for his voice. Not so sure he did enough to stay in the ballgame with that mess.

Rayvon Owen – Staying Alive (Saturday Night Fever) – I LOVE this song, but I’m not at all impressed with this arrangement. It’s funky, but W-A-Y too slow. I find myself trying to push the melody along. The good news is, he is doing a good job on it. He’s a really good performer, and I think he’ll advance, but I think he could’ve killed a faster version.

Nick Fradiani – Danger Zone (Top Gun) – This performance is just ok in my humble opinion. No big notes. No big finish. Just ok. That’s about all I have to say about that.

Joey Cook – Mad World (Donnie Darko) – I don’t know this movie, or song. Joey is quirky. Her hair is a hot, mint-green mess, but I like her voice. I’ve liked her since she sang King of Spain and played the Squeeze Box. That said, I’m not sure this song did much for her this week.

The Judges do not agree with me.

Tyanna Jones – The Circle of Life (Lion King) – Dear goodness, Tyanna’s hair is more of a hot green mess than Joey’s is. I just don’t get it. I happen to love this song, but honestly, I don’t think this is Tyanna’s best performance. In fact, it sounds about a half-step off key.

Quentin Alexander – You’re The One That I Want (Grease) – Y’all. Quentin KILLED it. I had chills. They were electrifying. See what I did there? Oh boy knocked it outta the park.

Harry claims the performance was horribly out of tune.

It sounded wonderful from my big, blue, bloggy couch.

Maddie Walker – Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Footloose) – This sounds very karaoke to me. Not good. Not good, at all.

Well, look at that. Kenny Loggins is in the house. I find it funny that not many of these kids are singing along. I suppose there’s a pretty good chance these young guns are too young to even know that movie.

Clark Beckham - Sunday Morning (Cheaper By The Dozen 2) – Clark chose a great song and he sang it very well. The arrangement was good and I loved it.

Jax – Gonna Grow Old With You (The Wedding Singer) – This performance didn’t do much for me. Two words – BOR and ING.

Qaasim Middleton – Come Together (Across The Universe) – This performance is so much better than several that we’ve seen tonight. I’m hopeful the judges use the save tonight. He deserves it. Triple loved it.

Best of the night: Q squared: Qaasim and Quentin

Worst of the night: Toss up between Jax and Maddie Walker

Going home: Maddie Walker

What say you?

 

 

What I Learned This Week

I am pleased to report that the snow is gone. Hopefully, we are finished with that mess. Unfortunately, the plague has hit the household. Alex is currently down for the count. I’m praying it passes quickly and without claiming any other victims.

I’m currently bonding with the newest cast of Dancing With The Stars. I’m rooting for Nastia Lukin and of course, Val Chmerkovskiy.  You know me. I always root for the Chmerkovskiy boys.

Since it was almost 80 degrees out today, I am hoping McDaddy gets the little red car out of storage this week.

But, onto what I learned this week.

1. When McDaddy randomly says, “Yankee should make a candle called, Old Flame” it will make me giggle for days.

2. Derek Hough choreographed a portion of White & Davis’ short program at the Olympics.

3. Books of the Bible are accelerated reading points.

4. A revolver keeps the shell casing in the chamber after firing.

5. If you’re looking for an award winning cake – my Daddy’s Fresh Apple Cake recipe is your best bet.

6. A fly-swatter is a good discipline technique for a Yorkie.

7. Even if your Tiffany & Co. bracelet is lost in the seat sliding mechanism in your Jeep for months, and it gets scratched, bent, dull and broken, the fine jewelers at Tiffany & Co. can restore it to its original, beautiful, shiny condition.

8. The pygmy three-toed sloth is an ugly animal.

9. Bath & Body has some fabulous soap scents out right now.

10. I need to clear some a bunch of pics off of my iPhone.

11. Kohls is still my favorite place to shop.

12. It is fun to try something new at a restaurant once in awhile.

13. The Otter Box is no doubt, a filthy germ-infested surface.

14. It is possible to keep your kitchen counters free of debris! Especially with this!

 

15. My menu board is one of the best changes I’ve made this year in an effort to be more organized!

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

I am so thankful to report that the crazy head issue I had going on last week finally cleared up on Saturday. My head is back to normal, which really means instead of the feeling that my head is swimming, it is really just running a million miles a minute. And, in case you were wondering, a clear head running a million miles a minute is ALWAYS better than a swimming head running a million miles a minute.

I have learned a great deal this week, but unfortunately, most of it isn’t bloggable (is that a word?) because it isn’t my information to share. I plan to share it eventually, but it’ll have to wait a few weeks, maybe months.

Let’s talk about some things that are bloggable, shall we?

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is totally capable of chewing plum through a leash.

2. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is totally capable of totally demolishing a dog bed.

3. A determined (or bored) Yorkshire terrier is an aggravation.

4. It’s a good thing my determined, bored Yorkshire terrier has a cute face.

5. If you purchase a Christmas DVD for the Elf On The Shelf to present to the kids and you convince yourself – two days later – that it must have been left out of the bag at the Mart of Walls, you should probably check the cookbook basket on top of the fridge.

6. When you find a Christmas DVD in the cookbook basket on top of the fridge in the month of March, you will hit yourself on the forehead and call yourself a dork.

7. ABC News interrupted regular scheduled programming to announce the reintroduction of Coke Classis in 1985.

8. 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10 and 12/12 always fall on the same day of the week (Doomsday) in any year. This year’s doomsdays are all on Saturdays.

9. 12/12 is Stevie’s birthday.

10. 5/9, 9/5, 7/11 and 11/7 also fall on Doomsday.

11. I am fascinated by #8 and #10.

12. Our fridge is making some kind of crazy noise.

That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

My head has been swimming all day. I’m not sure if it’s a side effect from the methotrexate or some sort of virus, but it is making me crazy. In fact, I’ve wondered several times if its all in my head. It is hard to put into words, but basically, my head feels queasy, like maybe my head is swimming. People have all kinds of things going on, things a lot worse than what I have going on… but, man, I would love to just feel normal, again.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. General Malaise is a common side effect of methotrexate.

2. Malaise is a a generalized feeling of discomfort, illness, or lack of well-being.

3. Guess what? I am definitely suffering from malaise.

4. It is possible for Bentley to bite and chew all the way through his leash.

5. How To Get Away With Murder leaves you on the edge of your seat.

6. If you’re not watching “How To Get Away With Murder,” you should be.

7. The leashes sold at Dollar General are about 24-inches long.

8. A 24- inch leash is ridiculous.

9. The more I type, the dizzier I get.

That’s what I learned this week.

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VeggieTales Noah’s Ark [Review & Giveaway]

If you have ever had small children in your life, chances are you have heard of VeggieTales. Even though my boys are a little past the Veggie Tales demographic, I was eager for the opportunity to share VeggieTales’ newest tale because VeggieTales is wholesome Bible based entertainment for children, and in my opinion, there isn’t nearly enough of that on the market. And anyway, who doesn’t love Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber?

I received an advance copy of VeggieTales Noah’s Ark, and as you might have guessed, it is the story of Noah’s Ark.

ABOUT VEGGIETALES NOAH’S ARK  

In NOAH’S ARK, Shem and Sadie return home from their honeymoon to find that Noah (played by Pa Grape) has begun, at God’s direction, to work on a massive ark (that looks like an orange!) which his wife Naamah (played by Madame Blueberry) and sons Ham (played by Larry) and Japheth (played by Bob) are helping construct before the start of 40 days and 40 nights of rain.

But Shem doesn’t understand Noah’s unshakable faith in God, particularly when animals start arriving two-by-two – while the rain is nowhere to be seen. When the great storm does come, Shem begins to understand Noah’s determination to preserve humanity’s future … and more importantly, the importance of trusting in God.

In NOAH’S ARK, Brady, the multi-Emmy award-winning host of one of TV’s most famous game shows, Let’s Make a Deal, and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway, brings to life Noah’s son Shem, who first questions, then learns to embrace, his father’s direction from God. Christian singer, actress and radio host Jaci Velasquez co-stars as Shem’s wife, Sadie.

“Saying ‘yes’ to VeggieTales was a no-brainer – my daughter’s a fan and I love the music and messages,” says Brady, who performs seven original songs in NOAH’S ARK. “The best part is, Bob and Larry are down to earth and they never let the ‘I’m a global Veggie superstar’ thing go to their heads.”

NOAH’S ARK also features a brand-new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment, in which Larry dons a safari outfit as he goes on a quest for a gigantic, golden egg. (This was a favorite part of mine!)

Less than three weeks after the DVD and digital download release of NOAH’S ARK, the VeggieTales excitement continues when five all-new episodes of VeggieTales In The House, the hit animated series, debut exclusively on Netflix – bringing the total of VeggieTales In the House episodes to 15 as the series continues its first season.

MY THOUGHTS

First, I loved this particular version of Noah’s Ark, because it focused on Shem’s perspective. I haven’t ever stopped to think about it from any other perspective than Noah’s. After first doubting and questioning, ultimately Shem learns to embrace his father’s direction from God. The movie serves as a wonderful reminder, that God’s plan is ALWAYS better than our plan.

I have always loved Wayne Brady. McDaddy and I loved him on Whose Line? back in the day. He is a hoot on Let’s Make A Deal, and I was most impressed with him when McDaddy and I had the opportunity to see him live in person. He is so talented and I think Wayne Brady was a great choice for Shem.

My niece, whom I watched the movie with, stated, “There is a lot of music in this movie.” I have to agree with her, I even caught myself tapping my toe! (And, I love that the cast sang karaoke on the Ark!)

I giggled when the female hamster lost her mate and there was a movie reference from The Titanic – and was relieved when male hamster made his way back to her at the end.

The VeggieTales never disappoint. I loved Noah’s Ark and thought this was a great episode.

THE GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive their won copy of VeggieTales Noah’s Ark (which will be available on DVD March 3, 2015). This giveaway is open to US Residents only. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite vegetable is. Simple, right? The winner will be chosen by Random.Org on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (the same day as the release). The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim the prize.

In the interest of full disclosure: I was provided two copies of VeggieTales Noah’s Ark by Grace Hill Media to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and in no way influenced my opinion of the movie.

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What I Learned This Week

It’s been a relaxing week around here.

The boys were out of school all of last week thanks to Snowmegedden 2015.

I hesitate to complain because we barely got any snow during the months of December and January, but DANG. Give it a break, Mother Nature.

I thought I was going stir-friggin-crazy.

It is supposed to be one degree at drop-off time in the morning. You can’t even imagine what kind of person I become when the thermometer reads ONE.

In fact, it makes me cantankerous even typing such nonsense. Let me just get on with what I learned this week.

1. When mashing potatoes on the kitchen counter, it is wise to move the fresh chocolate chip cookies away from the potatoes. Unless of course, you are fond of chocolate chip cookies covered in mashed potatoes.

2. I never realized growing up that the Golden Girls was so inappropriate for children.

3. Unfortunately, my boys watched an episode of Golden Girls and laughed silly. It’s sad that there are so many sexual references in that show, because it is really funny.

4. According to the cashier in our local grocery store, I look old enough to be a grandma.

5. The newest cast of Dancing With The Stars will be announced today!!!

6. Bathing Bentley in Pantene shampoo makes him smell much better than the raspberry puppy shampoo I purchased at PetSmart.

7. Bathing Bentley in Pantene shampoo makes me wish I could bathe him daily because it also makes his fur so soft.

8. I think we have more iPhone cables in this house that don’t work than ones that do.

9. It will take me a sweet forever to decide on monogramming for oh snap pockets (31 Gifts) intended to declutter my kitchen counter.

10. Muck Boots are wonderful for snowy, icy conditions.

That’s what I learned this week.

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Organization Tips and Tricks

There are few things I like better than a good organization project. Much to McDaddy’s dismay, Pinterest helps with any and all organization projects I am interested in.

In fact, I have an entire Pinterest board full of tips to help me around the house.

Most recently, I found this on Pinterest:

So, I did what I typically do when I know McDaddy will roll his eyes at my newest idea.

I went to MY Daddy.

I showed him the picture of the pin and asked if he thought it was something he could do.

And of course, he did it.

It looks almost identical to the one on Pinterest and I love it!

Basically, instead of squatting down low enough to easily wrestle with the pots and pans, all I do now is pull the entire drawer out, get what I need and then push it back in.

Y’all.

It is just as fabulous as it looks.

If you’ve spent any time around here, you may remember that my Dad also built a wall unit for my mudroom.

 This took organization in our home to a whole new level.

I have forgotten how beautiful this wall unit was before we bogged it down with everything it was meant to hold.

And finally, my newest organizational project makes me smile every time I open the cabinet door.

Here is the before…

which, I’ll admit it B – A- D.

And just take a look at this:

 

I found the basket on the right at Wal-Mart. It is really long and works like a drawer which means, AGAIN, that I don’t have to get myself down on the floor and go digging through the mess to find Bentley’s puppy shampoo.

Oh, and I almost forgot about this great storage hack,

All of those crazy plastic bags are now kept nice, neat and tidy AND they smell nice and fresh, too!

Happy Hump Day, y’all.

What I Learned This Week – Pepperoni Rolls

I learned something very important this week. I learned  that I will never again buy pepperoni rolls from anyone because I can make better ones.

I’ve purchased pepperoni rolls recently as a fund-raiser. They were hard and nasty.  On several occasions, I’ve purchased pepperoni rolls at the grocery store and every single time, I am sorry that I purchased them.

In another words, my pepperoni rolls are the bomb dot com.

I have both made friends and influenced people with my pepperoni rolls. Last week, while sharing my menu board on Facebook, several people asked me for me pepperoni roll “recipe.” I thought I’d share it here with all eight of you, too.

Here’s how to make the Bomb dot com pepperoni rolls.

First, you’ll need these ingredients:

 

1. First, you’ll need to follow the directions on the back of the frozen rolls. Basically, spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place rolls in the muffin pans and cover the pans with saran wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray so that the wrap doesn’t stick to the rolls.

2. Let the rolls raise 3-5 hours.

They will swell like ankles during pregnancy. Don’t panic. This is normal.

3. You can flatten the rolls in either of two ways. You can do it the fancy way and use a rolling pin, or save time and frustration and use your hands. Just know that you’ll have to pull it carefully so as not to put a hole in the roll or else all of your goodies will ooze out during baking.

4. Once you flatten the roll out, place 4-5 pieces of pepperoni and a pile of mozzarella cheese on it.

 

5. Fold each corner toward the middle, making sure you close the roll completely.

6. Bake pepperoni rolls for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Best when served WARM.

 

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That’s what I learned this week.

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What I Learned This Week

Well, I am two weeks into the Methotrexate and so far, I haven’t experienced any noticeable side effects. I am so thankful for that. I appreciate your prayers.

Here’s what I learned this week.

1. Jim Carrey’s middle name is Eugene.

2. Shopping in Lowes is dangerous.

3. When the knobs on a jewelry armoire become loose and spin (and the drawers are lined, hiding the screw head), you may not have any luck removing or replacing them.

4. Bentley is more cooperative with me brushing him late in the evening.

5. Washing a 31 small zipper pouch will make it look brand new.

6. Same with a Vera Bradley purse.

7. When you fail to find your favorite off-brand silvery eye liner at several drug stores, Amazon is a great place to look.

8. The new Investigation Discovery channel on our cable lineup has kept me entertained for the past two weeks.

9. It feels good to finish up a three month project.

10. Having a menu board on the wall in our dining room has changed my opinion on dinner times.

11. I cannot stand sleeping with socks on.

12. It is difficult to get rid of the nasty chest congestion goop.

13. I am not completely convinced that deploying iPads to every student in our county is the best idea.

14. Walmart really does have the cheapest prices in our area.

That’s what I learned this week.

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