Rainy days and Wednesdays always get me down

I’m at home today. Mr. Giraffe had a fever overnight and into the morning. So I kept him home with me.

I did go in to work for a few hours this morning to get some stuff to work on from home. I’m so lucky to have a job that lets me work from home occasionally. Giraffe is finally getting a head of hair. This is what it looked like after I took his hat off.  He makes me giggle.


Happy New Year

So this was like a preview of the future.

They look like frat boys. Red solo cups and all. The oldest was suspicious of the bubbly beverage, as if I was giving him alcohol… Teetotaler.

Happy New Year everybody!!!

Sending you all blessings for 2012:

“May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.”
-Traditional Irish Blessing

Feeling a little blue…

No, not that kind of blue.

This kind: On Sunday a select group of the coolest kids in the universe came over for a Smurf Blu-Ray/DVD release party. I was chosen (with probably 10,000 others) to host a party about the movie through Crowdtap.

I had a Smurf sized budget so I went to the dollar store and bought blue decorations. Stumbled on these blue juices that were low sugar. Since it was a little kid party I went with junk food and pizza as the food theme. Unoriginal but it works. The tablecloth is blue I swear! This pic has a pink tint for some reason.We were sent a digital media kit with activities but we made our own Smurf games to play.

It was such a beautiful day for December that I just didn’t want to waste it. I dyed a bunch of eggs blue and we had a Smurf race. The kids and parents had to hold their egg in a spoon and race across the yard without dropping the egg. Here is everyone all lined up and ready to go! I was impressed with the abilities of even the smallest participants in keeping their egg on their spoon.

Look at those mad skillz! Rock on little Princess!

We also did a SmurfTossing game. 

Evil. I know. I imagine Gargamel has a similar game before he eats them. Why does he want to eat them anyway? I’ve never figured that out. I can’t imagine that a Smurf is very tasty. How many of them would you have to eat to get full? They’re tiny!

I digress, back to the game. One Mommy had the misfortune of aiding in the demise of one of our Smurf eggs. See the other poor unfortunate Smurf soul on the sidewalk. One of the little fellows at the party had the best time smashing Smurf eggs. Complete with evil cackle.

Another Smurf egg took a Kamikaze dive into the side of the house. After the games we watched the Smurf movie to wind everybody down.

Kids are amazing multi-taskers. Look at Turtle. Eating popcorn, coloring, and watching the movie. The kids enjoyed the movie and the grown-ups had fun just hanging out. Great play date! Need to do them more often. Thanks to Crowdtap and The Smurf Movie for the opportunity to have a fun time.

Here are the links to the Smurf digital media if your kids would have fun with them:

Coloring Sheets: http://flash.sonypictures.com/shared/homevideo/thesmurfs/finalprintables_digitalall.PDF
Papa Smurf Potion Commotion Game: http://www.smurfhappens.com/game/papasmurf/
Clumsy’s Central Park Dash Game: http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/thesmurfs/ (a bunch more games at www.smurfhappens.com)
Goldrun iPhone App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goldrun/id396800792?mt=8

Disclosure: I am eligible to earn rewards through Crowdtap based on my selection to host the Smurf Blu-Ray/DVD release party but as of the date of writing this post I have not received any compensation by Crowdtap or any other entity.



Today has been a good day

#1 – I won a dozen cupcakes via Carryout Menu’s book of Face page AND they delivered them to my work.

#2 – Received an email from gDiapers telling me that I was picked to be part of their gMum program and that my package of goodies to spread the love of gDiapers is on it’s way. I love my gDiapers, Giraffe looks so stinking cute in them.

Seriously, look at how adorable these are.

Even though I don’t have a girl I love this dress and coordinating diapers.

Would make a great baby gift for any new or expectant mother of a girl.

#3 – Turtle has been on “Green” all week at school. Praisealujah. I was afraid I was going to have to Google “boot camps for Kindergarteners”.

#4 – I am successfully slogging through the backlog of paperwork at my job and started to see the top of my desk again. It has been a while…

Because I don’t want this post to be too full of happiness and glittery rainbow farting unicorns – Giraffe is teething and, he may or may not have been, inhabited by a demon. Holy crap. That tooth needs to come through so my sweet angel baby comes back. Poor little guy.


I’ve been in a funk lately. Work has been busy, home has been busy. Those combined have made me a slacker-blogger.

However, today I have caught up with the laundry, went grocery shopping, and got the kiddos asleep at a reasonable hour so here I am. Speaking of grocery shopping, I’m seriously addicted to couponing. Strangers in the store were admiring my coupon binder and the guy in line behind me was amazed that printing out coups on the internet dropped my grocery bill by $104. Woot-woot! It was like getting one-third of my groceries for nothing. I’m such a dork that I get excited about that. I wish I could figure out how to buy $1000 worth of groceries for 10 bucks like those extreme couponers, but I don’t have the time (or energy) to go to 7 different stores to do my grocery shopping.

I’m looking at my receipt now and I see the cashier screwed me out of one dollar and kept my coup. Betch!

Look at this receipt though, I didn’t think it was ever going to stop printing.  I think I will wear it like a scarf to work tomorrow it’s that beautiful.

I take it back. I want to be one of those cray-cray extreme coupon bishes. I think I’m well on my way there. 😛

Hmm, probably should post some of Turtle’s lunches, right? I have to admit something here though. I let him buy school lunch. Twice. In the same week. Mom Fail. He asked to buy lunch on chicken nugget and pizza days. How could I resist this purty face?

Here’s a good lunch. I was informed by his teacher that the cheese shark was met with great approval by all the other kids in his class. I love the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish bread. It’s adorable.

This one I was trying to be “Thanksgiving-y” It’s a turkey. I promise. Use your imagination. OK?!

By the way, a sprinkling of Fruity Pebbles inside the PBJ and banana wrap = mind blown. Good stuff.

Chomp, chomp, chomp. Everybody’s favorite ghost eater.

This lunch came back completely empty. Even the grapes. I was very impressed.

And now for something completely different. Dumb employee of the week goes to 1-800-Flowers. Occasionally, I get to order flowers for the office. I put my name as the orderer of flowers and as the the person receiving said flower arrangement. I get this on my voicemail from someone at 1-800-Flowers “Hello Catherine. We’re just checking to see if you want to put a message on the card with the flowers you are sending to Catherine. You can give us a call, blah blah blah.” Note: I checked the “No card” box on the order and the billing and shipping address for the flowers is the same. That and you know, my name is the same on both places too. Le sigh.

At least the flowers were pretty.

ARM & HAMMER(TM) Simply Saline (TM) Neti Pot Kit

Snot season is beginning. When I was little I remember my mom having us use Neti Pots to clear out the funk from inside our noses. I’d forgotten about it until last year when a particularly nasty bug got stuck up in my sinuses. I was pregnant with Giraffe and didn’t want to take any meds. The first time I used the Neti Pot, Holy Mama, what a relief and absolutely disgusting the amount of goo that was released. I didn’t think a human head could hold that much extra stuff. No wonder my head had been killing me.

I used a different brand last year, but this year, I am going to give Simply Saline Neti Pot from Arm & Hammer a try. I’m getting it free via Smiley360.com. Go check them out, you might qualify too! Get your full value rebate (up to $14.99 value!) at http://bit.ly/td6YFW

*I will be provided reimbursement for the cost of a Simply Saline Neti Pot in return for a review.

via ARM & HAMMER(TM) Simply Saline (TM) Neti Pot Kit.