Sunday, September 12, 2010

Another new week

Usually Sunday rolls around and I'm feeling kinda, bleh. Jason has to go back to work, I'll be stuck home alone with a dozen kids. Just bah. Well I'm sort of excited today because I have class tomorrow and Tuesday. That's right I started school again. A entirely new major. Nursing!

Fun stuffs I'm loving my pre-req's I hope this joy lasts.

As for the kiddos. Kiwi's hand healed fabulously. It's perfect and smooth and looks beautiful. She also turned 1 on the 2nd. So she's 1 and 10 days old now hehe.

Stryder tested OUT of preschool so he's been home schooling with me. He has his shapes, colors, letters and numbers down. We're still working on reading. He can recognize words but the phonics still escape him. Which is logical. He's 4.

My  handsome hubby is working on getting his CCNA lab together. Eventually he's going to take the CCIE. However he's starting with the CCNA, he might test for A+ and MCSE as well. I hope he does. He's smart he needs those pieces of paper though as proof.

I'm working on getting back into couponing and thriftiness. I need to write out a 'staples' book. I had one on my old phone but it got deleted. I need to figure out how to keep prices low on things like soap and flour. I need to stop spending on things that are perks like cheez-its and reeses. LOL

I've been trying to go primal as well. Moving as Grok moved, eating as grok ate, this means no carbs, very few fruits, bare toed, and constantly moving with the occasional sprint.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


Kiwi Squish Bunz burned her hand on Monday July 26th, 2010 at around 11:20 in the afternoon. She has second degree burns on approximately 30% of her hand right now. On Monday we took her to the Summit ER, we followed up again on Tuesday. Wednesday the 28th we drove to Phoenix and took her to the Maricopa Medical Center where the Arizona Burn Center is located. They finished debriding the burn, taught us how to properly change the dressing and then told us to come back on Tuesday. Thursday the 29th she woke up with a fever of 101.7. Our pediatrician gave us antibiotics to treat a possible skin infection related to the burn. We then drove down to Phoenix again, they took a look at it and said it's fine, we just need to scrub it harder. They then re-bandaged her and said we didn't need to give her the antibiotics. Thank the Lord!

We have been home for 2 days now, it's really nice. I'm waiting on Jason to call a co-worker of his to get a blessing for Kiwi. We're hoping to avoid surgery to remove the rest of the dead tissue from her hand. What we're hoping for is no surgery on Tuesday, that she resumes full usage of her hand soon so we don't have to do physical therapy 10 times a day.

She'll be 11 months old on the 2nd.

Her burns were caused by the 'safe' 'low wattage' light bulb inside a scentsy burner  Scentsy I had removed the shade to empty the wax from it and turned off the bulb. I placed her on the floor and went to the kitchen. About a minute later I heard her shriek, I ran back into the room and she was on Stryders bed screaming and holding her hand to her face. I ran it under cold water for about 20 minutes until Jason got home, ran her outside to show him. He said take her to the ER, while I was on my way he called and said to stop at the fire station first. They were going to fly us to Phoenix but called ahead to Show Low and they said to come there first. While we were there they cut away the blistering. Applied Silver Sulfazide cream, bandaged it and said to come back the next day. She wasn't in pain until Wednesday when we went to the burn center and they debrided the dead tissue to expose the fresh. Now she's on Tylenol 3.

Monday, July 5, 2010

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Monday, May 24, 2010


I'm a reader.. Oh boy am I a reader. When I was little my little brother actually told my parents to make me QUIT reading because it took FOREVER for us to go anywhere because I had to stop and read all the signs (imagine this at the bulletin board at the grocery store, or a phone pole in front of a restaraunt). I thought he was being a spoiled little turd, my parents told him to deal with it. And life moved on.

Well enter the internet. OMG more stuff to read, more ways to rot my brain. So now I am on the computer like 10-12 hours a day, on top of reading a book, when I go to the bathroom, nap with my daughter etc etc. I have a netbook, a kindle and a droid so basically my brain is ALWAYS shoved up some authors butt enjoying the view. (yeah I'm grody like that)

Anyhow My point is, you need to read too. Enter this contest. Do it. Cause I don't need to win but I want to but I also want someone I know to win so the loss hurts less :-D

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Warning girly version of Frugal Fail.

Seriously, if you're a dude you probably do not want to read this. :-D

Well I guess it's ok

Just in case you're still reading I'll start somewhere easy, the dishwasher. Did you know, seriously, did you KNOW that handing washing dishes uses MORE water than the typical dishwasher? No joke. Now, if you're like my husband and only wash in cold (why, babe? Why?) Then the energy savings are there so it doesn't much matter. If you're like me and wash in the hottest water possible and some times add bleach because you're a psychotic germ-o-phobe... then you still save on energy using your dishwasher. Even when you use the sanitize setting and get your water temperature up to lava!

That being said, the pre-washing that most of us have to do to keep our dishwashers running at top notch is really a pain in the ass. No joke I have heard of people finding WHOLE chicken bones in the bottom of thier dishwashers (winking cause that person knows who they are) Ok, so there is a line to not cross when you put stuff in the dishwasher but basic crusted on food should realistically be fine. Baked on food, ehh thats toeing it, a chicken carcass is a no. Last week I tested out my dishwasher. We have a mini counter top model which is a life saver, or a hand saver, whatever. I have been using what ever detergent the dollar store(Dollar General) carries. Which means I basically have to put clean dishes in the dish washer, wasting time, energy, water etc etc. Last time we were at Wally World(gag, yes I shop there) We picked up some Cascade complete. A BIG bottle, with bleach :-D Can you tell this made me happy. It did. Then I started loading the dishwasher. I started with the morning dishes. They came out SPARKLING. I then did all of our glasses (which we typically have to do by hand because they get cloudy and ugg) SPARKLING. Now the BIG test, oatmeal dishes. I love oatmeal but rarely eat it, I do make Stryder and Jason eat it a lot though. I put the dishwasher on heavy duty for this cycle. Guess what, 3 day crusted on oatmeal. No match for the big guy.

Now here's the math. It takes about $.25 for me to run 1 dish load through my dishwasher, I do about 5 loads a week. It's about $.37 for the same size load to run through the sink. About $.17 to just rinse the dishes before I put them in the dishwasher. So figure a unthourough prewash in the sink is about $.25. So thats $.50 just in energy/water costs to run my dishwasher with the cheap stuff. $.42 for the cascade. Cascade complete I use 1 oz per washload so it's $.10/load. Final cost $.52 I had to use 2 ozs of the other stuff and it still didn't get clean so figure $.125/load so a final cost of $.63.

Cascade Complete WINs $.52 vs cheap stuff $.63(including energy and water costs)



The Diva Cup.

She is my pal, my bud, my friend in my time of need. Why am I waxing poetic??? You obviously haven't found the joys of the menstrual cup. Before I found her I used OB and panty liners. My cramps were debilitating! There was literally 2 days a month I couldn't get off the couch. Vicoden and Oxy's were my best friend. Being the light weight I am it meant I slept through those 2 days and just suffered.

After I had Stryder and while Jason and I were trying to conceive Cayley I started doing research. Thanks to the great ladies over at LSG (peace to ya my homies) I found the Diva and a whole slew of other options. I ordered one and fell in love. I paid $18.45 for it, it lasts 10! years. The funny thing is I just my MyPoints gift cards on it. So it was free. My alternative method used to cost me, $.19/tampon at 30/mo. That's $5.70 plus liners at $.06 each (I used Always) $1.80 so $7.50/mo vs FREE I believe the Diva Cup Wins.

DIVA - Free vs disposables at $7.50/mo

Now somewhere I am failing is mama cloth. I am ADDICTED!! I have spent: wait for it... $88....... yeah. They are pretty, I'm like a ferret, I see pretty, I want pretty I sell a ton of stuff  to buy pretty. LOL That said my stash is WORTH easily twice that. ;-) Yeah, I'm just that good. Here's a photo from today. I have 5 more on the way from Cow Belle Boutique. The ones in the middle are from Pink Lemonade. I love Celia and Sue like sisters, no really they are AWESOME to work with ;-D

Now lets do the math on this. YES obviously I could have sewn my own, but what fun is that. The backs on these are WindPro(about $17/yard) the tops are designer cotton, or OBV($10-$16/yrd) The middles are either Zorb or Bamboo fleece. They are GORGEOUS and have KAM snaps. Yes I own all of these materials I just SUCK at topstitching. Anyhow. Figure these will last 10 years (if I abuse them) 20+ if I take care of them and keep popping out babies at 18+ months without a period (WIN) So 10 years is 120 months. From above I was paying approximately $1.80/mo in disposable panty liners. $88 divided by 120 months comes to $.73. Yeah 73! Cents, and that goes down every month I use them past 10 years as well.

Not so frugal investment =s WIN. $1.80 vs $.73

Next up, cloth diapering. I have to go through a LOT of old documents though to find the final price I paid because I've bought and sold a LOT!! :-D

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Frugality win or lose?

I'm listening to baby Brendon sing to Quest for Camelot. One of the kids favorite movies. We're a 1 TV household right now. We have our TV hooked up to the DVD player and a tape player. All of our movies except maybe 2 were donated to use by family and friends. Jason and I have NEVER paid for TV. We pay for internet. This internet is bundled with our home phone which is how I work. I take reservations for a popular local cruise line. Cruises in AZ you say? Yes, we have lakes and paddle boats just like any other state.

Now with that internet Jason and I both have our netbooks. AAO D150(which was a birthday gift to me) and AAO D250(Jason won a $500 Amazon gift card to pay for this after losing his other one). I am a avid TV show follower. No joke, I watch it all, Greys Anatomy, House, United States of Tara, Big Bang Theory, Nurse Jackie, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries..etc. How do I keep up with my shows without paying for TV service, out in the boonies where we have no 'air' signal. Easy. and we DO pay for a subscription to$15/3mos) This subscription is what protects us from anti-piracy laws.

Television/Internet/Social Networking (FREE) due to working for the cruise line.

Right now I am drinking FREE coffee? How does a person go about getting free coffee and tea? Easy. I review products and then bzz or talk about them on social networking sites and blogs like this one. I am drinking Tasters Choice instant Columbian. It's delicious! This is my second free sample. I also have recieved their French Roast (mmm), Regular, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Decaf. For instant coffee, it's awesome. It tastes like Denny's coffee. Which is one of my favorites. The flavor brings back good memories of LONG nights repairing street lamps. One of my favorite jobs.

Other free coffees and tea I've received have been and Teavana. I've received tons of free Starbucks coffees as well. This is great since I drink 1 cup of coffee and 1-2 pots of tea a day.

Tea/Coffee Addiction (FREE) due to free samples and coupons. THANK YOU!!

Detergent is something that I'm a BIG stickler on. I have scary sensitive skin, I just developed a allergy to Purex and Gain both of which I have been using for a couple of years. So I am once again on the search for a good laundry detergent. I use TIDE on my daughters cloth diapers. She has never had a reaction and stains are minimal. That said I am going to take the Rock'in Green Chanllenge, and Rock a soak of all of her medium and newborn dipes and see what Charlies and Tide left behind. I'm a little scared to tell the truth. Now I rock a top loader, and so do both of my parents(il's) so water usage is NOT an issue. All of our water gets fed out into the garden and so does my in-laws, my parents unfortunately use septic so I have to be careful what I feed to their machine. If I have done my math right, Tide costs me - $.043/load plus 1 stain release packet which is an additional $.033 so we're talking about 7 cents a load with tide. I do 2-3 loads of diapers a week, with 2 extra rinses and it takes 2 cycles in the dryer to dryer. Now according to this site, It is $1.14 per hot wash and another $.26 for my 2 cold rinses (first to get the poop off and at the end to get the soap out) The same site says that my 2 dryer cycles costs about $.75. So all together I am paying (or my in-laws are paying sorry) About $2 a load of diapers, so approximately $6 week with detergent and energy costs added in.

Now with the Rockin Green I should be able to cut out that last rinse (-.13) I will have my laundry line set up here at the house once I get my washing machine fixed (ugg) (-.75) the water is water I would have to use to water the garden anyhow(-.30) I will still have to wash on hot though for sanitizing purposes. (+.85) The cost of detergent will be about $.33/load which is a HUGE increase over my Tide costs. I am considering stocking up on a Co-Op so I can get cheaper prices per load. This is using Hard Rock since we have insanely hard water (my shower curtain crunches) Soft/Classic Rock are a bit cheaper. How ever if I line dry(the sun is a natural stain bleacher and sanitizer as well) I should only be spending $1.15/load or $3.45/week on cloth diapers.

Cloth Diaper WIN (3.45/week) vs Target diapers. sz 3 96/ct $13.69- (6.85/week)

To be continued...

Friday, April 2, 2010

Mobile blogging

With the droid 2.1 update coming out soon i decided to try mobile blogging. I've been blogging from my netbook.

I babysat the crandell clan today. We went for a walk i threatened them for getting into my nail polish, we had fun.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Well, indeed..

I was going to write about my love of Korres. Jason bought me some for Valentines day and I love it.

However, I just found out that my bestfriends house was robbed. That sort of puts things into perspective. Everythings gone. Her TV's, computers, cameras, jewelry, her daughters college money, clothes, purses, sunglasses....just WOW! This is an arena I don't have any idea how to handle, she is looking for her serial numbers, recipts etc. I know that she needs to make a list of whats gone, make sure to cancel any cards... Aside from that I'm at a loss.

Does anyone know of anything I can tell her? 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sketchers Shape-ups

I truly love them!! I purchased them with my tax return at the end of January. I went to JC Penney to try a few pairs of tennis shoes on and fell in love with these goofy looking shoes. I can feel the workout in my abs, my back, my calves my thighs. I love it.

Jason and I walk every day. 1/2 the time I wear my crocs (I have several pairs) and the other half I wear my sketchers. Love it!

Sunday, March 21, 2010


I'm a stalker of FSOT forums and Deal of day websites.

Its an addiction. There, I said it.

Good thing I rarely buy.

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Deal"icious Mom

I won a giveaway. Thanks to They tend to be one of my favorite blogs to check out for freebies. I'm slowly getting the links set back up on my computer so I had a few blogs to catch up on in the last couple of days. YAY.

So what did I win? Wanchai Ferry “Perfect Night In” prize pack that includes one VIP coupon valid for a free package of any of the Wanchai Ferry frozen entrees, in addition to a set of great Asian-inspired rice bowls, chopsticks, bamboo placemats, flavored fortune cookies, and a $25 Target gift card.

WooHOO! I've been wanting to try this for a few months. We don't have a Chinese food place in town and some days it's just too much of a pain to make it from scratch. I've already been stalking to figure out what to spend my gift card on ;-D

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Excitement..yeah not really

Last night my MIL, mom, Cayley and I went and had a girls night at church. It was Relief Societys birthday and we had a FABULOUS dinner followed by hollywood squares. It was really fun. I hope to be able to go to more relief society events in the future.

With that said, while I am LDS, and my faith is solid I do not stick to the prohibitions. Because of the I believe I will never see the inside of the temple. Number one, while I do not drink often, I do believe in a medicinal shot of whiskey and LOVE a thick dark beer. MMM. I drink tea like I live in the desert. My favorite being  Verde Au Laite from Teavana. I tend to add a packet of Truvia and a bit more Lait to to it. I LOVE tea mmm.

Nothing much is going on craft or book wise. I finally got a new phone after going through 6 in 2 years. I really hope this one holds up a little better :-) What did I get? A droid.... droooiid *sigh* I love it. Thank you again babe!!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Lazy Weekender Welcomes Monday, new at 9am...

While I did take a few reservations on Saturday, and mop the floor...this weekend pretty much me, sitting my ass. Jason has a 4 day weekend every other week. So our weekend technically started on Thursday night. What did we do. Nothing ;-). Friday, more nothing... umm Saturday... betcha can guess. Yesterday however after I slept until 1pm, (yes I didn't have to work or go to church or anything like that) We headed to Show Low, sans kiddos.

I have to say spending time with the hubby, even if it's at Walmart tends to be the highlight of my week in all ways. The best thing about the trip was that we only spent $12.50 in cash and ended up with an entire back seat of grocery's. Baby gorilla just turned 6 months an actually decided that she LIKES baby food so we've been trying to get into the habit of feeding her 3 meals a day. That heaven for WIC, we get almost 100 jars of baby food every month now, along with the dry cereal you add breast milk or yogurt to. (not I didn't say formula, yeah my babies don't get formula unless I'm out of order for some reason)

Now since I didn't cook anything, and I'm rereading Assassins Quest (I love you Robin Hobb) on my kindle, no news there. I did try my hand at making my own mama cloth, I have to say I was successful, in that my pattern worked well. However my fabric choices leave a little to be desired. Who knew that Wool jersey stretched while being sewn by the serger which mean that it then gets all wrinkly on the edges. LOL.

I also started a new pair of Longies for baby cakes in some nice purewool I traded for. They are just LOVELY. I am using my nickle plated Knit Picks for this. I never thought I'd love something as much as my Harmony needles, needless to say I was WRONG. They are pointy and smooth and I do miss the bendy hand feel of the Harmonys but they are pretty awesome.

Aside from that I'm babysitting today for a few hours. Their dad had to take their momma to the airport. A quick turn around trip to Phoenix is never quick. I don't envy them.

Ohh I almost forgot, Jason bought Cayley a traning cup yesterday and she LOVES it. We put a splash of water in it for her to play with. Talk about happy baby, she's so excited when she sees it she shakes. Totally cute!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Does this make me a little ADD...

I'm one of those people who are defined by their hobbies. I have lots of them, I stand by them, invest in them and am really good at them. That being said however, I DO have my priorities straight.

I love my husband. This man, WOW is he the center of my universe or WHAT? *sigh* Not a second goes by that I don't think, oh wow, I have to show this to Jason. He's also my favorite hobby. *wink wink* Since we have kids and lives outside of the bedroom we do not get to participate as often as we would like. Hell we've been married for over a year now and still act like newly weds. Making out in his parents pantry and tossing our kids at my parents so we can snuggle and uhh 'practice'.
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My kids. Right now, I want to SELL my 3 year old. He's one of those kids that's too damn smart for his own good. Seriously, if he didn't still have a soft pallet and my laziness he would probably be finished with Kindergarten already. Go figure. He reads, plays with play-doh, eats salads and pushes all his daddy's buttons.

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Now my 6 month old. She's sooo sweet! I've never met a more relaxed laid back baby. She's cool, confident and has her daddy's red hair. Another thing just like her daddy is that famous Reidhead temper!! I get cursed out, ALL the TIME!!

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Work, not a hobby. I babysit out of my home. Take reservations by phone. Supplement my income by selling anything I'm no longer using. I also am a big fan of Barter. I love to trade. Another thing is sweepstakes and blog giveaways. Love them.

As for hobbys. They are a little obvious to anyone who walks into my living room. Luckily for me, very few people do so they aren't shocked by my disaster. I read, which recently has become easier and more portable due to a Kindle and ebooks. I knit, this is a love hate relationship, I have a hard time finishing projects unless they are perfect but I don't want to put too much effort into something to just have to rip out a bunch of stitches. Ravelry is one of my favorite sites. I sew, clothes for myself, my kids, objects for my home and things for my friends. I love fat quarters of designer fabrics, Sew Mama Sew!, diaper sewing Divas, DiaperSwappers and Pattern Review. Along with sewing is a love for cloth diapering my children. It's an addiction as well. Babywearing, thebabywearer. I love wraps, I hate Mei Tai's, I have a love hate relationship with pouches and slings. Lastly, I love to cook. Some days my KitchenAid is my best friend. It listens to me bitch and works it's butt off ;-)