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Once again my career took me on the road. My mission? Find 1 ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity and make the most of my 1 day of visiting. You may remember I did the same thing in San Francisco last fall. Though I was in Philly...
While at Blissdom Canada last year I met the wonderful PR team from Evenflo Baby. Having a few wee ones, I was interested in seeing their newest technology – SureLatch auto-retracting connectors. Huh? “It’s simple!”...
It never fails to amaze me the number of innocent looking strangers and not-so-strangers that insist on getting all up in my v-jay-jay business. Questions like ‘Are you done having kids’ ‘Are you using protection’...
There’s nothing better than sliding into freshly washed white cotton sheets at day’s end after a luxuriously long shower. The nights are surprisingly cool so I crack open the window to let in the brisk draught. I slide in feet...
I’m sure by now you’re all sick of hearing about #Blogher13, so lets talk about the drive home, shall we? First of all, a 12 hour drive is never 12 hours. Be prepared for ANYTHING. The Keurig will blow a fuze in the car –...
Ladies, I have a secret to share with you. Gentlemen – cover your ears, you don’t want to hear this (just trust me on this one!) Flawed Predictions There’s an asteroid approaching earth and its closer than you may think. ...
Let’s talk about S – E – X. ‘Cause I’m 30 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child and to my husband’s chagrin have no desire to partake in the kind of nooky that got us here. Funny – being so busy with...
Chloe, the youngest, will be 2 years old next month. Like most girls she’s currently a little obsessed with ‘Let it Go’ and everything Frozen.
The Elsa doll we bought my niece that sings? Yup – we’re planning on getting it for her birthday. She danced with the box for 1/2 hour at the party!
So last night after taking the girls shopping for clothes we peek into Toys’R Us because
I have a death wish I’m crazy I promised them each (1) ONE surprise if they behaved – which they did, mostly.
I turn to the stroller, 1 stuffie in each hand. “Do you want….. This one? Or This one?” I inquire, presenting two equally yummy options.
“EEEESSSSSSAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” She screeched. What the f…. was that?
“ESSA! ESSSSSSAAAAAA! ESSA-ESSA-ESSA-ESSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”
It takes me a minute but I come to the realization that she’s screaming ‘Elsa’. As in Frozen. As in I’m standing right in front of the damn doll I’m supposed to buy for her next month.
Fuck. Full disclosure: it is my kids’ mania I object to, not the Frozen movie.
So I caved. I bought it, along with a crown for Annabelle. And she hugged it, and squeezed it, and loved it so much! The whole mall likely heard the song the damn thing plays.
It’s time to head back home but what the heck – the kids are being good so I decide a quick trip to the Showcase store can’t do any harm. You know – that ‘as seen on TV’ store?
Don’t go in there – at least, not until the holidays are over. It’s a freaking Frozen mecca. Coin banks, tin purses, stuffed Olaf’s, fake snowballs that feel like real snow balls, cutlery, tattoos and every other Elsa & Anna crap you can think of prevails.
Double Fuck. All caps.
We left the store with 3 tin purses – one for each daughter.
There are no more words, so I show you pictures.Read More
I hate ordering the ‘perfect‘ meal at a nice restaurant only to end up paying a fortune for something I barely touched.
I’m so over it, to be honest. I once asked if I could order off the kids’ menu because the portion was reasonable and HELLO $10.
The snooty waitress ‘reminded‘ me that kids menus were for the 12 and under crowd. Thanks.
I’ve discovered that it’s not what you ask, but how you ask it. If you say ‘can I order off the kids’ menu‘ it’s an immediate no.
If you say ‘I don’t care how much you charge me but THIS is the portion I want’ you’ll get the kids meal item at the kids meal price – just without juice and desert.
I went to dinner with friends last night and was hungry for steak. I had a 6oz New York Striploin with mashed potatoes and veggies…. and it cost me $10.99.
I didn’t over eat, and I didn’t spend a fortune.
Do you have tricks for easier and / or cheaper eating out? Less here your restaurant hack!Read More