3 Victoria Secret Sweaters AND a scarf for $30

Nov 30, 2009

There's a GREAT deal going on at Victoria Secret and it's only good until this Wednesday (Dec 2).

Victoria's Secret has select sweaters right now 3 for $30. That, alone, is a GREAT deal. (The regular price of each one is $28.)

But, it gets even better . . . if you use certain coupon codes, you also get 20% off your purchase and one FREE scarf.

To get in on the deal, stack these three promo codes: 3for30, scarf09, and vssave20 - at checkout - after you have selected your three sweaters to bring the price to $24.00. (You may have to do the coupon codes in all CAPS - try that if they don't work.)

The sweaters come in 8 styles all with a choice of colors. Shipping adds $6.99, which brings the total price to $30.99.

Don't miss out on this deal!

Thanks to my cousin, Terri, for bringing it to my attention!

$5 Magazine Subscriptions

Need a Christmas present for someone on your list? How about a magazine subscription?

I know of a TON of magazine where you can get a subscription for a YEAR for $5! But hurry, the deals (at least the Amazon ones) end on December 1!

The first list is on Amazon.com. Click here to see all the choices. They include things like Real Simple, People Style Watch, Sports Illustrated Kids, Smart Money and Cosmopolitan (among others).

The other offer is from Good Housekeeping. Click here for their list. They include magazines like Oprah's magazine, Woman's Day, Food Network and Smart Money (among others).

Enjoy!

Cyber Monday Deals

Nov 29, 2009

Happy Cyber Monday!

If you didn't happen to wait in line in the dark Thursday night/Friday morning at various stores, now is your time to make some headway with your Christmas shopping.

Many sites offer great deals today!

The ones that are being proclaimed as having the best deals are:

Amazon.com: They are going to be selling laptops, GPS's, digital cameras - for great prices. In addition, over a hundred Blue-Ray movies are selling for $9.99 or under. They are also selling the 8GB IPod Touch for just $158.

Walmart.com: I saw they have a 32" LCD screen TV for $398 and a Little Tykes Kitchen for only $45, among other deals.

Best Buy: They have great deals on all of their departments.

IMPORTANT: Many products and companies have "put out" coupon codes. Before you buy ANYTHING today, do a quick google search for that product name and "coupon code." You may be able to find a code online somewhere that will help you save even MORE when combined with the Cyber Monday deal.

Other deals: All the Gap owned stores (Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperline, Athleta) have 20% off your online purchase and FREE shipping. Click here for a link to all of them.

Ann Taylor is offering 40% your entire purchase! Click here for that deal.

New York & Company is giving 50% off your entire purchase! Click here.

Barnes and Noble has a 15% off coupon off one item. The coupon code is U4Y3X9B - And then, they are selling all their NY Times Best Sellers for 50% off and 50-60% off DVDs. Click here.

Staples: Such deals as Norton Antivirus for $9.99!!! And, Tom Tom GPS for $79.99.

Amazon.com Black Friday Deals

Nov 26, 2009

Just a reminder to check Amazon.com for Black Friday deals before heading out to the stores at 4 AM tomorrow!

You never know what you could get online with FREE shipping and then, sleep in.

Click here for their deals.

75% Off Photo Christmas Cards

I already got all of my Christmas cards, for FREE, from Seehere (Click here for that deal.) But, if you aren't taking advantage of that deal (or need more than 100 cards), here's a good deal for you.

At VistaPrint, all Christmas cards are currently 75% off. To give you an understanding of how much this will cost you (when all is said and done) - if you order 100 4 x 8 cards (with shipping) it will come to $15.48.

That's a good deal. Not great, but good. Free is better. But, to give you a comparison, 100 cards at Costco would cost about $30. (Of course, Costco cards are a larger size.) So, just keep that in mind when/if you decide to order.

Click here for their site.

Johnny Rockets Coupons

I love Johnny Rockets milkshakes (okay, I love ALL milkshakes). So, whenever I go into a Johnny Rockets, that's the first thing I order.

Thus, I wanted to share these coupons with you. If you purchase any entree there, you get a FREE milkshake. The other coupon is for a FREE hamburger with the purchase of any entree and drink.

Johnny Rockets are often in shopping centers, so you may want to print these coupons out and have them with you when you go shopping this weekend!

Click here for your coupon.

FREE Dunkin Donuts Coffee

Nov 25, 2009

Oh, how I miss Dunkin Donuts . . .

But, that is not what this post is about. If you are one of those who is lucky enough to live near a Dunkin Donuts, then make sure to stop by this Friday or Saturday (November 27 & 28) for a FREE sample size coffee.

Now, I'm not sure how SMALL a sample size may be - but if you're in the area, pop in and check it out.

Click here for details.

FREE Photos with Santa

Do you remember when we were kids, and you went to the mall to sit on Santa's lap, and your mom or dad had their own camera with them? You'd sit down, they'd snap away and off you went with your photo.

Well, not anymore!

I take my kids to the mall and have to fork over at LEAST 20 bucks for one photo! Just ONE! Not even a package!

And, heaven forbid you try to take a photo with your own camera. They practically send you to the North Pole to clean up after the elves!

So, I have a deal for you - well, for SOME of you. It depends where you live in the country.

If you live near a Bass Pro Shop, stop over and have a photo taken with Santa - for FREE!

They also have a Winter Wonderland set up in their store, with crafts and activities for kids to do. And, these aren't silly little games. They have Slot Car Racing, a Shot Gun Arcade, a Remote Control Car Track, Bass Fishing Game, Activity Tables to write letters to Santa and color, Model Trains and a Laser Arcade

And, the best part (besides the FREE 4x6 photo, of course) is that if the line is 30 minutes or longer, they give you a ticket with a time on it. You can go visit the Winter Wonderland and come back at your assigned time. Anyone with kids knows how AWESOME that is!

I'm sorry if you can't participate in this great activity. If it makes you feel any better, I can't either. The nearest Bass Pro Shop to us is about an hour away. But, if you have one near you, make sure to take your kids for a fun family day!

FREE Photobook

I am not the type of person who scrapbooks (or "scraps," as the die-hards call it.) I just don't have the patience for all that cutting and pasting (unless it's the kind I can do on my laptop.)

But, I have found a way to make great photo albums by using my computer!

And, I've found a way for you to get one FREE this holiday season!

Photoworks is offering a FREE 20-page photobook if you use the code BONNIE at checkout.

You'll have to hurry, though, because they are only honoring this code for the first 25,000 people who use it - or it expires on 12/7/09.

The books retail for $39.95 - but if you get in on this deal, it's FREE - with FREE shipping!

When you go to their site by clicking here, click on the words that say, "As Seen on Bonnie Hunt." (It's on the right hand side in a light blue box.) Create a 20-page book (Item #3157086). Check out using the code BONNIE.

What a great gift for your family - or maybe the grandparents this holiday season???

Have fun!

FREE $10 From Snapfish

Shutterfly is offering a FREE $10 to use on their website if you register at Parenting.com.

Here's how it works.

Click here to get on the Parenting website. The headline on the page is about a Baby Model Search with Ford Models. Click on that.

A registration page will then pop up. You must register with them to enter the Baby Model Search, but you don't have to enter the model search to get the FREE coupon code.

At the end of the registration page, there is a small box that is checked saying you want to receive future offers and your $10 coupon code. (DON'T uncheck it - as I am sometimes in the habit of doing - because you WANT that code!)

The code will then be emailed to you. Unfortunately, the code cannot be applied toward shipping, but it does not expire until November 2010.

This might be a good code to apply towards some sort of photo gift this season!

Enjoy!

Save Your Receipts

Nov 24, 2009

I've decided that I need to write a blog post about the importance of saving your receipts. It may seem like a simple concept, but I'm surprised to find out how many people don't do this - and are, thus, wasting a ton of money!

Let me begin by explaining to you the system I have.

In my purse, I have a long plastic “envelope” of sorts. I got it when we booked a trip to Disney World through AAA and our tickets came in it. It’s getting rather ‘ratty’ now, though, and I’m tempted to stop by AAA and see if I can talk them out of another one!

Anyway, I digress . . . in that plastic envelope I keep 2 regular white envelopes. One is marked with the month and year and just says “Receipts.” At the moment, the other one says, “November 23 – December 22, 2009 grocery receipts.” The reason for those dates is that is the date our credit card changes over and I can keep track of how much I spent at the grocery store on each credit card statement.

Whenever I buy anything, I stick the receipt in either the grocery envelope or the other one. At the end of each month (or credit card cycle), I put the envelope in a decorative shoe box I keep in my room and I make two new envelopes.

Now, why is this important? First of all, how many times have you purchased an item (generally an expensive one), only to have it break on you? If you don’t have your receipt, you are just out of luck. (Unless, you bought the item at Target with your credit card – in which case, they can look it up for your if you just hand them that same card.) I know that, personally, I have purchased a great number of things that I desperately “need” – can we say, “new shoes?” – only to find, a few months later, that I never even wore them all season long. Just last week, I returned two pairs of sandals to Kohls that I bought last February. I never once put them on all summer long and thus, decided I wasn’t going to ever wear them. I searched through that box in my room, found the receipt and off to Kohl’s I went. When I got that credit back on my Kohl’s card, it almost felt like I’d found 35 extra dollars in my pocket!

My husband never, ever saves his receipts. I am always finding and collecting them in the car, or in the laundry, or on his nightstand table. If they are just for beer or energy drinks, I chuck them. But, I sure am glad that I didn’t throw away the receipt I found last summer for the new printer/scanner/fax he bought me for my birthday, because, wouldn’t you know, it stopped working about 6 weeks later. Rob had no idea where the receipt was – but I did! (Lucky him!)

I have even been known to go through my kitchen pantry – on a cleaning spree – and take out all the canned and boxed food I bought and haven’t used in the last few months. If they have not expired, I dig out my receipts and return them – and then, usually ask for a store gift card which I can then use on my grocery trip that day. Once again, it almost feels like free money. After all, I may have bought those pinto beans with the best intentions, but if I haven’t eaten them in 4 months, I probably am not going to . . .

The Christmas shopping season is upon us and we will all be buying numerous items – to give as gifts, to decorate our house, to feed our guests. SAVE YOUR RECEIPTS! You never know if that electronics item you give your child will stop working in a few weeks – or if your mom will hate the sweater you bought her – or if you bought just too many cans of corn for Christmas dinner.

You’ll save yourself a ton of stress (and money) if you have a system to your receipt madness and you can lay your hand on that little piece of paper in a matter of minutes!

CHEAP MP3 Album Downloads

Nov 23, 2009

Amazon.com is running a FABULOUS MP3 album deal right now. They are selling NUMEROUS albums for $5!! The WHOLE album.

And then, if you enter the coupon code MP34FREE - you get $3 off! Code expires 11/30/09.

That's $2 for a WHOLE album download!

The code is only good for one use. You can also use it for to buy 3 singles.

It does NOT get better than that!

Click here.

Black Friday - ALL Week at Amazon

Black Friday has come early! (At least, on Amazon.com.)

Every day, all week, they will be offering GREAT deals - but only in 4 hour increments. As I type this (7:30 AM CST) some of the deals are:

Polar Express DVD - $5.99

Yes, Man DVD - $5

Blazing Saddles DVD - $2

Some of the mornings deals (especially on gold jewelry) are sold out already. They only have limited quanties of each. It looks like they have some big ticket items coming up.

It appears that every 2 hours, they will list each deal and each deal only last for 4 hours (or until it is sold out.)

Late tonight, they will be selling the Sex and the City Movie for $3.99! You don't want to miss out on that one!

They also have some Black Friday deals which they say are featured in their emails, for great prices (and it doesn't look like those have time limits - though they do have limited quantities).

So, make sure to visit Amazon.com regularly by clicking here (or any of the links above) to check out the deals all week long!

Striving for Wow

My daughter’s 2nd grade class has a behavioral system. There are certain color levels each student can reach during the day, with each kid starting the day on the “good” color of green. Depending on how they act, they may go up or down to the various colors. Yellow, blue, and red, I believe, aren’t ones you want your child to end up on. (Fortunately, we haven’t had to deal with those colors yet this year.) The goal each day, though, is purple. That color is called “Wow.”

According to Jordan’s teacher, in order to earn “Wow” a student has to do something extraordinary that day – whether it be helping another student, or doing really well at an assignment or being the only one to obey the teacher. Fortunately, Jordan has come home about 5 or 6 times this year having earned the purple level.

After school one day last week, as Jordan was sitting at our kitchen counter eating her snack, we chatted about her day.

“Guess who got ‘Wow’ today?” she asked me, in a sing-songy voice.

“Who?” I said, trying to act confused. After all, I was sure, by the way she said it, it must be her.

“I’ll give you a hint,” she said. “Their name begins with the letter ‘C.’”

The letter C? Now, that threw me for a loop.

“I don’t know . . .” I said, wondering if she could possibly be misspelling her own name, in which case, we had a big problem on our hands.

“I’ll give you another hint,” she said. “It’s like the show ‘I-someone.”

I-someone? What was she talking about?

“I honestly don’t know Jordan.” I told her.

“Carly!” she said, all excited. “Carly got ‘Wow’ today.”

Hmmm. This was interesting. I’d never heard of Carly before. But, I did understand now she had been giving me the hint in reference to the Disney show, “I Carly.”

Jordan just kept smiling as she ate her cookie.

“And, this is a good thing?” I asked.

“It’s great!” Jordan said, full of enthusiasm.

“Really? Why?” I asked her, curious about why some other child reaching ‘Wow’ was causing my daughter to be so delighted.

“Because, Carly has never reached ‘Wow’ before and she really wanted to. And then, today, she did!”

“And, so you’re happy for her?”

“Yes. I want everyone to get reach ‘Wow’ at least once. It’s really exciting.”

And, I have to say, it was at that moment I fell in love with my daughter all over again.

Because, honestly, isn’t that the attitude we all should have? Isn’t that the mental outlook I, personally, should have all day, every day? Happy when I succeed at something, but just as excited when someone else does, too?

It made me stop and think about myself. I don’t usually view myself as a jealous person. That’s one vice I have never really struggled with. But, on the other hand, am I genuinely thrilled when someone else succeeds at something for which I, myself, am striving? I honestly couldn’t answer that question. Or, maybe I could answer it, but I didn’t like the response.

Yet, here sat my all-of-seven-years-old daughter, demonstrating an incredibly mature level of empathy and love for another person. I would have liked to take credit for her compassion, but I wasn’t sure I was deserving of it. I honestly think that that is just who Jordan is – who she has been since the day she was born.

And I’m the lucky one who gets to learn from her.

If I could have, I would have moved her to "Wow" just for that.

Free Shipping on All Purse and Shoe Orders

I have a hard time buying shoes. My size is a problem (my feet grew during my last pregnancy!) and I don't have the time to go searching for shoes. So, if and when I find a website that offers FREE shipping - for purchases and returns, I am ALL for it.

I just discovered a new site (at least, it's new to me.) It's called Endless and they carry all brands of shoes - up to a Woman's size 15!!! (I didn't know shoes came in that size.) They have a 365 day return policy and 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Some of their shoes are relatively expensive - it's not like they are Payless Shoe Source or anything. But, the fact that I can order the shoes (as many sizes and styles as I like) with no shipping charge and then, I can return the ones I don't like or the ones that don't fit for NO SHIPPING fees - to me, that's huge! It saves me a TON of time!

If you'd like to check out their products, click here.

100 Free Photo Prints

I have another great deal for you from SeeHere. If you enter the code prints - you can get 100 FREE 4x6 photo prints.

There is still a shipping charge - when I did it, it came to $5.19. But, that's still cheaper than you could buy that many prints - or even print them yourself.

This time of year is a GREAT time to be getting FREE prints!

Facebook Deal - Philosophy

Once again, you must be on Facebook to partake in this deal.

If you become a fan of the store Philosophy, you will get a FREE sample of their Gingerbread Man Shower Gel.

Sports Crocs - $9.99 plus FREE Shipping

Nov 20, 2009


Okay, here's another great present idea for your kids.

If you go to the Crocs website by clicking here, they are selling their "Sports Team" crocs for $9.99! I think they have a TON of team choices - both professional and college. (I also notice they have some adult flip flops for the same price and adult sports Crocs, too.) KID SIZES ARE ON THE LAST FEW PAGES!!!!

And, to make the deal even better, right now, they are offering either FREE shipping or 10% off your order - whichever works out to be more of a savings for you.

If you want the FREE shipping, type the code CHOOSESHIP - and if you want the 10% off, type in the code CHOOSE10

My kids love their Crocs - and I love the whole they're-easy-to-get-on-and-thus-out-the-door-faster feature.

Hurry before the deal ends! It's the "deal of the week" so it might end today. I'm not sure!

FREE on Your Birthday - Fudruckers

If you sign up at Fudruckers, but clicking here, they will send you a coupon for a FREE 1/3 lb burger on your birthday.

In addition, they say that every year, on the anniversary of signing up for their Fudds Club, they'll send you "something special."

Happy Birthday!

Campbell's Coupons

I am not "big" on grocery store coupons. As I've explained before, I used to love them - but that was when I lived near grocery stores that doubled and tripled up to a dollar. Nowadays, though, I find it's cheaper to buy generic most of the time than it is to use a coupon for a namebrand.

Having said that, Thanksgiving is next week and I KNOW a lot of us will be buying similar products to make our traditional dishes - can anyone say "string bean casserole?" And, I'm sure that a lot of the ingredients we all use will come from Campbells.

So, before you head to the grocery store to shop, click here to see what Campbells' coupons you can print off to take with you.

There are coupons for creamed soups, chicken stock, stuffing, gravy, french fried onions, etc.

Hope this helps your wallet (at least a little) when shopping for the big meal!

Redbook magazine subscription - $5 for TWO YEARS

Nov 19, 2009

Do you need a Christmas gift for you mom? Mother-in-law? A girlfriend?

Well, I don't know about you, but I love Redbook (when I actually have time to sit and read a magazine) and if you go to Amazon.com by clicking here you can order a TWO-YEAR subscription for $5!!! It says $10, but if you look at the middle of the page, it says that $5 will be taken off when you add the subscription to your cart.

Now THAT'S a great deal!

FREE Book Recording

I have a great Christmas present idea for your kids - from you and the grandparents - and it's FREE!

A Story Before Bed is a website where you can record a book for your child. This way, your child can listen to you read to them - whether you (or grandma and grandpa) are near or far.

The cost of each book recording is $6.99 but if you enter the coupon code DD4W-DY6L-XG6W you can get a book recording for FREE!

And, if you are a deployed military member, you can sign up with them and they will email you FREE coupon codes so you can send books back to your kids!

Make sure to email this deal on to the grandparents in your kids' lives! The deal ends December 15!

Thanks to my friend, Mike, (who's currently stationed in Kuwait!) for finding this great deal!

Free Steaz Organic Iced Teaz at Target

Click here to print a coupon for a FREE Steaz Organize Ice Teaz at Target.

Enjoy!

GAP, Limited and Barnes and Noble Coupons

Here are some coupons to help you with you your Christmas shopping.

Get a coupon for 20% off your purchase at GAP by clicking here. You can use it at the store or online. The coupon is good through January 30, 2010.

Get a coupon to save money at The Limited by clicking here. You can get $15 of a $15 purchase (FREE stuff!), $30 off a $100 purchase, or a $50 off a $150 purchase. Coupon expires 11/23/09.
Save 25% off on one item at Barnes and Noble with this coupon. It expires 11/22/09.

Enjoy the savings!

$30 Worth of FREE Stuff from Chick-Fil-A

Nov 18, 2009

Okay, this is a GREAT deal if you are a Chick-fil-A fan.

Right now, until November 30, if you go to Chick-fil-A and purchase a $20 gift card, they'll give you a FREE 2010 calendar.

In that calendar are $30 worth of coupons for FREE items!

I've included the list of the items below. But, if you regularly eat at Chick-fil-A, then buying yourself a gift card you can use for your purchases later is no extra cash coming out of your pocket - and you'll get a ton of free items!

You may want to calculate how much you think you spent at Chick-fil-A all year and purchase that amount in gift cards, getting numerous calendars - and thus, double or triple the coupons.

January - FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Biscuit or FREE Small Bowl of Hearty Breast of Chicken Soup
February - FREE Large Sprite®
March - FREE Chick-n-StripsTM (3-count)
April - FREE Medium Freshly Squeezed Chick-fil-A® Lemonade
May - FREE Small Hand-Spun Milkshake
June - FREE DASANI® Bottled Water and FREE Small Fruit Cup
July - FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Salad Sandwich
August - FREE Large Coca-Cola Zero
September - FREE Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
October - FREE Large Coca-Cola®
November - FREE Large Diet Coke®
December - FREE Chick-n-MinisTM (3-count) or FREE Large Waffle Potato Fries

Work From Home - KGB Special Agent

Remember how being a special agent for the KGB meant you were a spy for the Russian Security Agency? Well, things sure have changed.

KGB is now an information service where people can text questions (some serious, some funny - some are basically directory assistance needs). You need to be able to quickly research the questions online and, as fast as possible, reply with an answer.

It's a work-from-home job. You get paid per question you answer.

This is what their website says about the schedule:

"kgb Special Agents fit their “Special Agent life” around their normal activities. When the kids are at school. When they’re between college classes. Any time. Mornings. Afternoons. Or nights. Special Agents sign up for shifts based on their weekly availability. Since we want people 24/7, we’ve probably got just the times that work for you. And, since we know you want to be busy fielding questions when you are logged in working, weekly shift selection helps ensure exactly that.

We require an easily attainable minimum number of hours to work – 8 hours per month or 2 hours per week on average – to make sure that agents remain engaged and up-to-date with kgb’s processes. Special Agents have the freedom to select when and how often they work. But those who remain inactive after 30 consecutive days will be removed from our ranks."

If this sounds like a job you'd enjoy, click here to apply.

Sleeping at Sea World

Nov 17, 2009


I started writing this blog back in May and I have to say, though I have thoroughly enjoyed the writing component, the whole blogging process has been a great deal of trial and error. Before I started writing this website, I knew no one who blogged. Not one single person.

I didn’t even know where to begin when it came to blogging. So, when my best friend, Shanika, gave me a gift card to Barnes and Noble last spring (It was an early birthday present. Or maybe, knowing her, it could have been a late Christmas gift. I can’t remember.) Regardless, I took that gift card down to the store one evening after the kids were in bed and bought a Blogging for Dummies book. And that’s how I began to learn my way around the blogasphere.

Now, books are nice. They’re great. I have gotten a lot of information from them and also from websites. But, personally, I feel like there is nothing like another human being who knows what they are doing. In the last 6 months I’ve made quite a few “blogging friends” online, but I didn’t actually know anyone who blogged. I spent a lot of time wishing I had someone – anyone – whom I could call or have coffee with where I could say, “Hey, what advertising companies do you use?” or “How do I put a video link on my side bar?”

I feel like I’ve been doing fairly well on my own, but I was longing for a blogger friend – and I honestly didn’t know where I was going to get one.

And then, two weeks ago, I received an email. It was from a woman I didn’t know – had never even heard of her, or her website, to be quite honest. But, she had found me, and my blog, and wanted to invite me to an event for Mom Bloggers – at Sea World San Antonio. She told me it would be a sleepover. They were just inviting a small number of bloggers and would I be interested in attending?

You know how some things sound too good to be true? Well, this was one of them. I mean, first of all, hadn’t I just been thinking that I had NO blogger friends – let alone MOM blogger friends – and suddenly, this woman is giving me the opportunity to make some – in person?

And then there was the Sea World factor. That sounds expensive, I thought . . . and immediately emailed her the question. She wrote back right away. No cost. It was an event hosted by her Mom blogger networking site, The Motherhood, along with a Mom Blogging site I belong to, The Mom Bloggers Club. And, of course, Sea World had invited us.

Hmmm . . . no cost . . . a chance to meet other bloggers . . . AND a sleepover at Sea World? Did it get much better than that?

Now that I have returned from the adventure, I’d have to say the answer is, “No. It does not get much better than that.” I had an incredible experience – one I will never, ever forget.

We arrived at Sea World on Saturday evening at 5 PM. I must admit, the two hour drive down there, all alone in my car was, in and of itself, exciting to me. I was able to listen to my own music, on my own radio stations. I even stopped to get myself a drink at a restaurant on the way and I didn’t have to share it with one single little person.

There were 15 of us. All Moms. All bloggers. It was kind of like going to camp. I knew not a soul. Perhaps I was a little nervous, but not much. I couldn’t wait for the excitement to begin.
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They introduced us to our tour guide whose name was Chance. He quickly informed us that when he takes kids on these adventures, he gets their attention by calling out, “Hey, Campers.” To which they reply with, “Hey, what?” He said that he didn’t feel that would work with us, so instead, how about he call out, “Hey, Moms” when he needed us.

All the happy chatter stopped suddenly at that suggestion. We just stared at him. “Hey, Moms?” Could we possibly feel any dowdier? He immediately sensed our alarm.

“Okay, how about, instead of that, I called out, ‘Hey, Hotties?’”
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Phew. That was much better. We could all live with that. So, “Hey, Hotties” it was for the rest of the weekend.

That evening, and the next morning, we experienced Sea World in a way I never even imagined possible. There was no one else in the park except for us – or if there was, we didn’t see them. We received a private tour of the aquarium, highlighted by the shark exhibit. We went behind the scenes of their shows to see, up close, the Beluga whales, the sea lions, the seals, and, of course, Shamu! (Did you know that if you put your hand up to the glass, next to her face, she sticks her tongue out at you?) In the morning, we were the only ones at the dolphin pool. We all got to feed them and watch them “show off” for us with their jumps. A few of them particularly liked having their bellies rubbed and we were all more than happy to oblige!

We ate dinner in one of the dining rooms (prepared by Sea World’s Executive Chef) with the park’s General Manager, Dan Decker – who informed us that he follows all of our blogs on Twitter. (Hi, Dan!) It was fascinating to hear from him all that Sea World is doing in the conservation department. As you all probably know by now, our family is passionate about recycling and composting and using solar energy. Sea World is, too. They recently converted 20 of their vehicles to solar electric power, recycle all of the condensation from their air conditioning units and soon, will begin composting their excess food.

We also learned that Anheuser-Busch recently sold Sea World and so, if you enjoy seeing those Clydesdales at the park, you better get there in the next two weeks before they’re gone!

And where did we sleep, you ask?

You’re not going to believe it.

With the penguins!

Okay, let’s say right up front, they are a little bit stinky. I was slightly concerned about this and brought my allergy meds. But, within a minute of walking in, you quickly adjust to the smell. We all slept on air mattresses, facing the “puffin” exhibit (in case you’re not sure, they’re a type of sea bird). There was an enormous glass wall that allowed us to watch the birds swimming right in front of us. Can you even try to think of a more calming way to fall asleep?

I cannot, of course, leave out the other women. Meeting them was all that I hoped it would be. As we hung out before bedtime, sitting in a circle, I asked them question after question about blogging. I was sorry I didn’t bring a notebook – but fortunately, someone lent me a pen and paper to jot down all their great ideas. I am incredibly excited about the knowledge I gathered from them and hopefully, in the near future, you’ll be seeing some of their ideas implemented on my blog.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that I’d have an experience like the one I had this past weekend. The weather was perfect and you couldn’t help but be filled with such a sense of peace as you sat, in the moonlight, next to the whale pool as they blew water your way. I made friends that I am already certain I will have for a lifetime. And, I was able to learn so much about a topic that I have come to love so dearly in the past six months – blogging!

Thank you to Sea World for making this possible. Thank you to the Motherhood for doing such a great job hosting us! And thank you to all my fellow “Hotties” for making the night so incredibly special!

For years to come, I’m going to look back on this weekend and smile.

$5 Krispy Kreme Calendar = $75 Worth of Coupons

Nov 16, 2009

I haven't seen this calendar yet, but I'll be sure to check it out when I drive by Krispy Kreme.

Right now, they are selling their 2010 calendar for $5.

And, in it are $75 worth of coupons for Krispy Kreme you can use all year long.

Once again, these may be good coupons to keep in your car for when your kids are begging you for a snack!

Click here to find a Krispy Kreme near you which is participating in this deal.

Free 100 Photo Cards and FREE Photo Christmas Ornament

UPDATE: The Free ornament code is no longer working.

It's almost Christmas time! Have you started to think about your Christmas cards? Well, I have! (In fact, I'm thinking about my cards AND yours!)

And, I have a way for you to get a bunch of them for FREE! I think you need to do each of these deals separately (but they all have FREE shipping).

Go to the website SeeHere and create an account by clicking here.

Then, go to the Green Navigation menu at the top and click on Photo Cards.

Pick the 4 x8 cards and design them. Select 50 of them.

When you checkout, use the coupon code newbaby to bring your total to ZERO dollars! (And, shipping is FREE, too!)

I don't know when this code expires - and I haven't tried it yet - so hurry!

THEN, I have another deal for you . . . this one is also from SeeHere, but it's for a FREE photo ornament!

Do the same as you did above for the photo cards, but select "ornaments" instead of Photo Cards.

You have to pick the red or white round ornaments, to get it for FREE.

Use the promotion code mallornament (it doesn't expire until 3/31/10). Ornament and shipping are FREE!

Finally, the other deal I have for your comes from the blog Freebies 4 Mom. Using her exclusive coupon code (click on her site to find it) you can get either 50 FREE photos or 50 FREE photo cards. (Her deal expires November 30.)

30% off at Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy

Nov 13, 2009

If you're starting your Christmas shopping, I've got a GREAT coupon for you!

Until this Sunday (November 15) you can use the attached coupon (click here) to get 30% off at Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy.

You can even use the coupons at their outlet stores! (Now, THAT is rare!)

And, for every dollar you spend, GAP will donate 5% of what you spend to high-need classrooms through DonarsChoose.org.

It's a win-win for everyone!

(Thanks to my friend, Demi, for this great deal!)

Free on Your Birthday - Medieval Times and TGI Fridays

Not everywhere has a Medieval Times restaurant near them. I think the closest one to me may be in Dallas. I remember, growing up in New Jersey, there was one not too far away. I only went there a few times but it was a great experience each time I did.

So, if you are one of the lucky ones to have a Medieval Times near you (check here for locations) you'll want to sign up for their birthday club - because, when your birthday arrives, they'll send you a coupon for a "free feast and tournament" during your birth month. That's a $53 value! In order to redeem it, another feast meal must be purchased, but that's okay, because I doubt many of you would go alone anyway!

Click here to sign up.

Another great deal is from TGI Fridays. If you sign up with them, by clicking here, you'll not only get a coupon for a FREE dessert for your birthday, but you'll also get a coupon for a FREE appetizer or dessert, just for signing up. They also say they send you a coupon for a "one time skip to the front of the line" pass. I guess that means no wait when you go in?

Enjoy the deals!

FREE Snack for your Pets

Nov 12, 2009

Okay, I am not a big "pet person." I'll admit that right up front.

We merely have fish and quite honestly, I don't ever remember to feed them.

However, I know that many of you out there are quite fond of your pets, so I'll share this deal I found with you.

If you go to PetSmart's site by clickin here - and sign up to (I guess) be on their mailing list - you can email coupons to 4 of your friends for an individually wrapper Greenies Chew. (Retail value about $4.49.)

I don't know what a Greenies Chew is - I guess some sort of dog snack?

Regardless . . . it's a good deal for you pet lovers out there. I imagine your spouse can count as a 'friend' - so mail one to him/her.

Enjoy!

Free Housecleaning for Cancer Patients

Nov 11, 2009


Okay, my church sent out an email about this organization yesterday and it is just so FABULOUS, I had to share it.

The organization is called Cleaning for a Reason.

And, if you have cancer and are going through chemo, they will CLEAN your house once a month for four months - while you are undergoing treatment - for FREE!

They have 590 cleaning partners in all 50 states and Canada.

Just go to their website to sign up by clicking here. And then, you need to have a doctor fax a note confirming your treatment.

If you or someone close to you does not have cancer, (count your blessings) and then take a moment to think about whether you know someone who is fighting this battle. Then, please pass this information on to them!
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My mom went through chemo and I am certain that the last thing she wanted to deal with at that time was cleaning her house!
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(In addition, if you know someone who owns or works for a cleaning service, please pass this organization onto them. Perhaps, they'd like to get involved with volunteering their services!)

Work From Home - Seasonal - 1-800-Flowers

I just found out that 1-800-Flowers is hiring Seasonal Employees to work from home taking orders!

Unfortunately, to apply for this job, you must be a resident and live in the following states: Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia.

I apologize to those (including me) who that does not include.

But, if you do live there and want to apply, you can do so by clicking here.

More information on the job is listed here.

Good luck!

Free Krispy Kreme for Veterans

If you served your country in the military, then you have earned a FREE Krispy Kreme Donut. (See, all that blood, sweat and tears was worth it!)

Happy Veterans' Day!!!

Head over TODAY to Krispy Kreme to get your FREE donut of any variety.

For details, click here.

FREE for Veterans - Outback Steakhouse

Nov 10, 2009

I KNEW there was a reason I married my soldier husband and I may have just found it! (Just kidding, honey!)

This Wednesday, Veteran's Day, Outback Steakhouse is giving a FREE bloomin' onion and a beverage to all Veteran's. You just need to show them proof of your military service. Click here for details.

I LOVE Bloomin' onions. And, I know, I shouldn't admit this because I think they're rated one of the most unhealthy foods for you to eat.

But, nonetheless, I LOVE them. I wonder if I can get Rob to take me out to Outback for a date on Wednesday . . .

Don't forget that Applebees is giving Veteran's a FREE meal on Wednesday, too. So, if you're a VET, go to Outback for you appetizer and Applebees for your meal!

Enjoy!

Save Money with Groupon

In the last few weeks, I discovered a website that I'm beginning to really love.

Many of you may be familiar with it, but for those of you who aren't, it's called Groupon.

This is how it works. You can sign up to join their email list by clicking here (I did this, so I get a notifiction each day about the daily deal) or you can just remember to go to their site each day.

Anyway, if I were to go on their site, and find the link to Austin, I might be able to pay $25 for a $50 gift certificate to a local spa. Or, I might see a deal to pay $27 for $90 worth of Jazz classes at a local studio. Every day the deal is different. I've seen deals for restaurants, ice cream places, amusement parks, dog grooming, zip lining - even a deal for a trapeze school!

The thing is, though, that the deal is not "on" unless a certain number of people buy it. Some days the number is 25. Sometimes it's more. Once that many people purchase it, however, the deal is valid and you have until the end of the day to buy it. (Though, I see that some of the deals have "sold out" - so there may be a limit on how many are for sale each day. Thus, if you really want something, don't wait to buy it.)

In addition, if you see a great deal, you can send an email or Facebook or Twitter message, to a friend about it and if they buy it, you get a $10 credit (but always use the link on their page to do this so that you get the credit!)

Just a few days ago, I purchased one of their deals. But I can't tell you what it is, because it's going to be a Christmas present for someone who's probably reading this!

I really enjoy seeing what the new deal is each day. I bet you will, too!

REALLY Cheap or FREE Baby Wipes

Okay, now I realize that not everyone out there buys baby wipes (so I will do more than one post today) -BUT, for those you who DO buy them, you KNOW that the amount of wipes a family can go through can be A LOT! And, the cost adds up.

So, I have a great deal for you! (And, the great news is, the deal runs until December 5.) But, since I'm not sure how long the coupon will be online, make sure to print them out now.

Click here to find a coupon for $1 Off Target's Up & Up Baby Wipes. Coupon says one coupon per transaction - not per person.

Then, head down to your local Target. I haven't been able to do this yet, because I am currently home sick with the flu, but from what I gather from my research, the Solo Packs of wipes and the Flushable Toddler Wipes Refill Packs are regularly 97 cents (In which case, the package will be free with coupon.) The tub of wipes cost somewhere between $1.27 and $1.66 - depending on where you live, I believe. So, using this coupon should make the tub cost between 27 and 66 cents (a GREAT deal!)

Stock up!

Imaginary Friends

Nov 9, 2009

When I was little, I had an imaginary friend. His name was John. I would insist my parents set a place for him at dinner and make room for him in the backseat of the car. He was my buddy and we did everything together. My mom, perhaps slightly worried that I was becoming delusional, would always say to me, “Now, Kelly, you do know that John is only imaginary, right?” I would tell her, “Yes. His name is John the Imagine.”

I don’t know how long it was that John the Imagine hung around. My parents don’t recall the last time he joined us for dinner or went on a family outing. It just seemed that, suddenly, one day he was gone. I guess I had grown up. I liked to think that, as with the dragon, Elliot, in the movie Pete’s Dragon, he’d found another small child who needed him more.

I recognize that many, if not most, children have imaginary friends. I understand that this is normal. In fact, I have a Masters Degree in Educational Counseling and, in at least one of my classes, we studied how and why children create these special friends.

So, it was no surprise to me that when my daughter Jordan was about 2 years old, she, too, brought home a friend whom the rest of us could not see. What was surprising, though, was that Jordan was not talking about some strange child we had never met. No. Jordan’s friend was my grandmother – my deceased grandmother.

Yes, you read that correctly. Her imaginary friend was my deceased maternal grandmother, whom I had always called “Mimi.”

Maybe I should backtrack a little. When I was growing up, Mimi was an enormous part of my life. She attended every birthday party, school play, church musical and awards ceremony that I ever had. She was always at our house, or us at hers. I loved no one more than Mimi and very few people just as much. That was why, when I got my driver’s license at the age of 17, she was the first person I took for a ride in my car. That was why I talked to her regularly on the phone, even after I married and moved across the country. And, that was why I was just devastated when she unexpectedly passed away in the year 2000.

Perhaps it was, in part, her death that led me to even want to have children. Before that, I had been teaching high school and, quite honestly, I really couldn’t see why anyone would want to have kids (I should save that, though, for a whole other post). When Mimi died, however, something inside me changed. Maybe it was the thought of how life still needs to go on. Maybe it was a way for me to pass on a little bit of Mimi to someone else. Whatever the reason, I began to think about having a child of my own and our daughter, Jordan, was born two years later.

I admit, when Jordan arrived, I did wonder about Mimi. I used to tell my mom that I wondered if Mimi knew Jordan, before she was born. I liked to think my grandmother had loved her from heaven, kissed her, and then somehow sent her on to us. Maybe the idea of that sounds silly, but it was that thought which always made me smile.

Still, at that point in Jordan’s life, we didn’t talk about Mimi much to her – nor even very often around her. I mean, she was only two. I had probably told her, at some point, that I’d had a grandmother, just like she had, and that I’d called mine “Mimi.” I’m certain, though, that was the extent of our conversations regarding Mimi.

Yet, somewhere around the age of two, Jordan began to talk about Mimi. And, she always referred to her as “My Mimi.” Sometimes it would just be things like, “My Mimi took me to the park and we went on the swings.” Or, she might say, “My Mimi’s favorite color is blue.” (Which, actually, was true.)

She’d tell us about the food and pies “My Mimi” would prepare for her and the places they’d go together. Whenever I was with my mom, and Jordan would talk this way, we would just look at each other, over her head. What was this about? Didn’t this seem a little odd? Should we let this go on? Did we need to say something to her?

But, ultimately, what was there to say? She loved Mimi and thus, “My Mimi” became a regular part of our everyday life.

Now, I must admit that though I cognitively knew this was just my daughter’s imaginary friend – whom she happened to name after my grandmother – it also, at times, made me wonder.

Could Jordan see things we couldn’t? Did a part of her really remember meeting my grandmother before she was born? I know. It sounds nuts. Even as I type those words, I think that those of you who read this will think I’ve been watching too many episodes of Ghost Whisperer. And yet . . . it was just so odd.

There would be nights when I’d find Jordan in her bed, sobbing her little eyes out. I’d sit on her bed and ask her what was wrong and she’d cry, “I just miss My Mimi so much.”

One time, when Jordan didn’t know my mom was watching, my mom saw Jordan go up to a photo of Mimi, which my mom had on her dresser, pick it up and kiss Mimi’s face. We weren’t even sure we’d ever told Jordan that photo was of Mimi. Perhaps we had, but if so, it hadn’t been recently.

Unfortunately, Jordan’s “friend” also made for some awkward conversations. Jordan would regularly talk about Mimi, to everyone she knew. So much so that people would ask me about her. “Is that Jordan’s grandma?” they’d say.

“No,” I’d have to tell them, “It’s my grandmother."

“Oh, does she live in Texas, too?” they’d ask.

“No, she’s dead,”

Silence. Silence. Silence.

Yep. There’s nothing like that to halt a conversation.

My Mimi was a part of our life for years. We came to love hearing Jordan talk about her and the adventures the two of them had together. We all knew that Mimi was gone, but somehow, having this little girl tell us all about her made us feel like she was still there with us.

My mom used to say, “One day, she’ll stop talking about Mimi. We won’t even know that it will be the last time she mentions her, until a few weeks later, when we realize she’s gone.” And that’s exactly what happened. Suddenly, one day, we realized that we hadn’t heard about “My Mimi” in quite awhile – and Jordan never spoke of her again.

Not hearing about Mimi from Jordan, of course, did not stop us from thinking about her and still missing her. Just last week, as I was driving home from picking up the boys from school, I suddenly had a fond memory of Mimi. She used to love watching Wheel of Fortune. Every night, even if she was at our house, everything would stop at 7 PM so that she could sit on the couch and watch her “program,” as she called it. The memory made me smile as I pulled into our driveway.

Later that evening, as I was preparing dinner, I told Jordan she could turn on the TV. My husband works late 2 nights a week and on those evenings, I allow the kids to watch TV while we eat. Generally, Jordan picks her favorite channel – The Food Network. On this particular night, though, when Jordan clicked on the television, Wheel of Fortune popped up.

“Oh! I love this show!” Jordan exclaimed.

“You do?” I asked. When had she ever seen it? I wondered.

“Yes! They put up words and you have to guess the letters,” she said, as she sat down on the couch, eyes glued to the screen.

Hmmm . . . I thought. Perhaps it was just an odd coincidence that I had just been thinking about Mimi and this show and then, suddenly, Jordan turns it on and is mesmerized by it.

I, however, chose to think that maybe, just maybe, this was Mimi – telling me that she was still with me – still loving me– still in my heart.

Still, my Mimi.

Free Whataburger

I've got another Freebie for you!

If you have a Whataburger in your area, you'll want to head there tomorrow (Tuesday, November 10) between 5 and 9 PM - and make sure you're dressed in Orange! If you are, they'll give you a FREE Whataburger. Click here for details.

Now, I must admit, I have only had a Whataburger once in my entire life and it was about 10 years ago. So, this will be a pretty new experience for me -and my kids. But you KNOW, we'll be there!

In addition, if you click on that link above and sign up for their "12 Days of Whataburger" promotion, beginning December 1 they will email you (every other day until December 23) a coupon for FREE food item.

Enjoy!

Free on Facebook

Nov 6, 2009

Just wanted to put up a few Facebook Freebies.

You have to be on FACEBOOK to partake in these deals.

Become a fan of Grandma Rubys Sweet Shoppe and receive a half pound of their yummy fudge! When you join, you’ll need to click on the link to their website. On there are instructions regarding how to get on their mailing list. (The sad news is, though, you are still responsible for shipping and handling charges. You can, however, buy an additional pound of fudge, get the extra half pound for free and not pay any shipping charges. It’s up to you!)

Become a fan of Clarins (which is a beauty company) before Sunday, November 8 and you’ll get some kind of deal next week –but they’re not saying what that thing is. The most recent clue they gave was that it is the “ultimate fix.” This is what their site says: "We’re going to be giving away a special treat to all of our VIPs on Facebook next week! Tell your friends to become a fan of our Facebook page by this Sunday if they want to get in on the action!"

I figure, if it’s not a very good treat, I can always “unfan” them!

Finally, become a Fan of Cheerios and they will donate a book (up to the first 500,000) to the charity First Book – who gives books to kids who don’t have any. It’s any easy way to help someone else!

Free Ringling Bros. Circus Admission - Baby's First Circus Program


Okay, this is a FABULOUS freebie and I wish I had known about it when each of my kids were born!

If you have a newborn (under 1 year) or know someone who does, you’ll want to pass this information on to them.

It seems that the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus allows you to register your new baby on their site. Once you do, they will mail you a certificate for one FREE entrance to the circus – which never expires. Once you register them, and get the certificate, you need to put it in a safe place because, one day, when they are a little bit older, you can use that certificate to get them FREE admission to their first circus! How fabulous is THAT?

For information on this program, click here.

FREEBIES for Veterans

Nov 5, 2009

I have a bunch of FREE deals to tell you about for VETERANS!!! (In honor of Veteran’s Day – but not all the deals are ON Veteran’s Day.)

I am married to a Veteran (and am the daughter of one, too) and so, these are deals that are near and dear to my heart. (Of course, I wish these places would also recognize the enormous sacrifice the spouses make when sending their loved one off to war by giving us a good deal, too – but, oh well, you can’t have everything, now can you?)

Here they are:

1. FREE dinner at McCormick and Schmick’s! This Sunday, the 8th of November, McCormick and Schmick’s is giving free meals to Veterans. Call to make a reservation, because this is a POPULAR deal! Click here for information.

2. FREE entrĂ©e at Applebees on Wednesday, November 11th. They have a limited menu you can chose from, but it’s FREE! (Make sure your Applebees is participating by calling ahead.) Click here for information.

3. FREE meal at Golden Corral on Monday, November 16th from 5 – 9 PM. (This is nationwide at every Golden Corral.) Click here for information.

I found a whole bunch of other great deals, but some are specific to local areas. If you are interested in the list, click here. The deals include such things as Buy One, Get One Free meals, Free plastic surgery for Vets who sustained injuries on Active Duty, FREE walking canes, FREE admission to Knotts Berry Farms, FREE football tickets, FREE wedding gowns, FREE admission to Colonial Williamsburg and to all Federal Parks, FREE massages . . . the list goes on.

Also, Home Depot and Lowes offer 10% off during the week of Veteran’s Day.

Check each location, store, or restaurant for what you will need to prove your Veteran status. Some will require a copy of your discharge papers or a current military ID or just a photo of you in uniform.

Don’t forget to pass this on to all the Veterans you know! They deserve these great deals (and much, much more!)

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Free Ice Cream at Amy's TONIGHT

Nov 4, 2009

I apologize to those of you who don't live in Austin, because you won't be able to take advantage of this.

BUT . . . if you do live in one of those cities, I want to make you aware that Amy's Ice Cream is giving away FREE ice cream from 3 PM to 7 PM TONIGHT! They are celebrating 25 years of serving ice cream to their Austin customers.

Head over and get yourself (and your kids) a scoop!

(Thanks to my friend, Kristen, for making aware of this great deal!)

Details can be found here.

Kohl's Deal - $5 OFF a $5 Purchase

I just had to do two posts today! Right now, if you go to the Kohl's site and sign up for their Sale Alerts, via email, they will email you a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $5 or more.

They'll immediately send you a confirmation email, but you may have to wait about 10 days for the coupon to arrive.

You'll also get 10% off your next Kohl's purchase.

What a great way to get a stocking stuffer! (or two - sign up your spouse, too!) Kohl's always has GREAT sales and if you are a Kohl's cardmember, they regularly send you coupons for either 15%, 20% or 30% off your entire purchase.

Have fun shopping - FOR FREE!

Work From Home - Transcription

How do Wednesdays come around so quickly? Here we go again - with another Work From Home job!

The company I'm profiling today is called QuickTate. According to their website, they "transcribe voicemail messages, memos, letters and other documents."

You can pick your hours (though they are busier during the day) and you can work as much or as little as you wish.

They pay 1/4 a cent per word. They say they if you typed for a full hour, you'd make between $5-$7 per hour. Now, that's not a lot of money, but if you're not making anything from home - it's better than that!

They say this is a great job if you already have a job and are at your computer all day. You can stay "logged into" their website and when a job is available, it will come through on your speakers. You can type the message and submit it, and then get back to your "other job."

For information on this company and how to apply, click here.

Good luck!

Free Steaz Zero Calorie and Free Spaghetti at Fazoli's

Nov 3, 2009

I have two FREE deals for you today!

The first is a coupon for a FREE Steaz Zero Calorie drink. They are sold at Whole Foods and other natural food stores. The drink is an all natural diet soda alternative. It comes in raspberry, orange, blueberry pomegrante, black cherry and green tea flavors. Click here for your coupon. I don't see an expiration date on the coupon, but it does say "While Supplies Last."

The other great deal I have for you is for Fazoli's. This coupon is for a FREE small spaghetti with the purchase of a drink. Now, if you're a huge eater, this might not fill you. But, I bet that my kids and I could all be satisfied with a small spaghetti and a beverage! The coupon doesn't expire until January 18, 2010. What a great way to take my family out to eat (though, I think my husband may need to order his own meal!). Click here for the coupon. And click here to find a Fazoli's near you.

Things My Daughter Learns at School

Nov 2, 2009

Let me preface this by saying that I am thrilled my daughter learns as much in school as she does. She loves school and is always coming home with a plethora of facts which she likes to share with us. Most of the time, I am excited to hear what she’s recently learned. I love hearing about how Abraham Lincoln never got to live in the White House or how if there’s a fire, you need to “stop, drop and roll.”

There are some facts, however, that I wish she didn’t learn. Or, should I say, if she did learn them, she didn’t feel the need to share them with me.

I’ll give you an example. Recently, our home seems to be inundated with moths. (Okay, when I say inundated, I mean I’ve come across about 5 in the past 2 days.) But, to me, that’s 5 too many. I don’t know where they are coming from, but I wish they’d go back home.

Last night, during dinner, one particular moth and I played “hide and seek.” I eventually won this game and the moth found its way into our trash can. When I sat back down at the table, Jordan said to me, “Did you kill it?”

“Yes,” I told her.

“Good,” she said, “Because you know, if that were a female moth, and you didn’t catch her, she’d lay eggs all over our house.” With that said, she took another bite of her dinner.

I, however, felt the need to put down my fork after the comment.

“Jordan,” I sighed. “That’s just gross.”

“It’s true,” she said calmly.

“I don’t care if it’s true. It’s disgusting. Don’t talk about stuff like that!” We then continued on with our meal.

I had all but forgotten about that conversation, and our moth situation, until tonight. I was putting my three-year-old son, Bennett, to bed when Jordan called out to me from the bathroom, “Mommy! There’s a moth in the bathroom!”

Ick, I thought. Another one.

As I was walking towards the bathroom, Jordan was running out of it. I went inside and looked around. “I don’t see it,” I called to her.

“It’s in the tub,” she yelled back.

I looked under a few baths toys and sure enough, the moth flew out of the shower.

I quickly closed the door to the room and began my battle, fly swatter in hand.

I imagine that if this struggle, between me and the moth, had been caught on tape, it would be a big hit on YouTube. There was a lot of screaming involved, mostly by me (maybe some by the moth – do moths scream?). And a lot of swatting at my hair as the moth seemed to attack me and fly into my head, over and over again.

And then, all of a sudden, the moth made a surprise move. It flew under our door and into the hallway.

Under the door? I didn’t even know that was possible. But, as it turns out, it is – at least, for a moth.

I opened the door to the bathroom and saw my two oldest kids standing there, staring at me.

“Did you kill it?” my three year old asked.

“No,” I said, frustrated. “It got away.”

“Where is it now?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I told him. “Somewhere . . .”

We all stood around, glancing from wall to wall, searching for the moth.

Where could it have gone? I wondered.

I was about to give up when I heard my daughter, very calmly and dryly say, “Pretty soon we’ll all be sleeping on eggs.”

Leave it to my daughter to always have a positive spin on a situation.

But, I must admit, her comment gave me a renewed determination to find that moth. I wasn’t exactly sure if she was correct about the eggs, but I also wasn’t taking any chances either.

To make a long story a little bit longer, the moth ultimately lost the battle and my children ended up in bed, sans any moth eggs (at least, I hope).

Yes, I am happy that my daughter can take what she learns in the classroom and apply it to her everyday life. However, I must say, when her lessons revolve around insects, I think I’d prefer she keep some of that knowledge to herself.

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