Monthly Archives: January 2010

Not Quite Wordless Wednesday

Evidently my adorable, yet sneaky son decided the wall in our bedroom was boring. I didn’t notice this until I was going to bed, so he was already asleep. We were upset about this misplaced artwork, but it is extremely cute. When he was questioned about it the following morning, he knew he had done wrong, apologized for being sneaky and drawing on the wall, and then proceeded to describe it was a picture of Daddy, Mommy, & himself… I, of course, will remove it from our rented walls, but not before I captured it on film. He’ll only be a sweet, little, 3 year old for so long…I’m determined to capture as many memories as I can.

To-Do Tuesday 2010 – Week 4

I fell off the blogging wagon for a bit (skipped TDT Week 3)…shame on me! I am feeling much better though, and am slowly betting back in the groove. I’ve been taking it super slow the last couple weeks, and it’s been driving me crazy. Hopefully I will back in full swing soon. My list this week is a little light, but I’m really striving to get it done!
1. Read daily – personal quiet time. (I’ve been doing really good on this one…it’ll be a habit soon!)
2. Purge kids rooms of toys they don’t play with.
3. Keep up with tracking our budget. (Been consistent for almost a month!)
4. Stick to weekly menu plan! (Get creative to use up some stuff in our pantry.)
5. Blog, blog, blog!
6. Rest! (I like to crochet while resting, so I am always being constructive.)
7. Convince Greg to grocery shop before bad weather hits. (Expecting ‘horrendous’ cold weather – sleet, freezing rain, ice, & snow…weatherman’s words not mine. *shudder*)
8. Spend quality time with my babies…all 5 of them. ;)
I ‘stole’ the following from Crazy Adventures in Parenting…the fearless leader of To-Do Tuesday. =)

Would you like to join us this week for To-Do Tuesday? Start with just a few things. Don’t over-do it your first couple of times. You’ll grow to become a list-a-holic later, start small now, though, k?
Just so you know, you can join us at anytime, it doesn’t have to be on Tuesdays – the list will go up every Tuesday for you to link to, but you can make your list and link to us at any point in the week!

Remember, with “To-Do Tuesday”, we’re attacking our to-do lists each week, blogging about our lists and what we’ve got going on, and sharing it with each other to help keep each other accountable. Everyone should come back here to link up in the MckLinky as the central “To-Do Tuesday Hub” so we can visit who’s participating and offer encouragement to each other throughout the week. Don’t forget to add the “To-Do Tuesday” button to your post, linking back to this post!

Let’s continue to cross items off our list as we go and help support each other in completing our lists! Don’t forget my useful HTML tutorial on how to effectively “cross-out” or √ “check off” your items on your to-do list!

Joining us? We’re using a new linky alternative called MckLinky! Please add your link below (to your To Do Tuesday post, and not the main page of your blog).

AXE Hair Care Giveaway WINNER!

Using random.org,

the comment…
The Bookworm said…
I’m a subscriber, via Google Reader.
hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com
JANUARY 12, 2010 12:26 PM
was chosen!
Congrats!
Due to the number of entrants, and the generous amount of coupons sent by CarlywithAXE, everyone who entered will receive 2 coupons for a FREE Axe Hair Care Product!
Huge thanks to Carly and AXE, and to all who entered and spread the word about my giveaway!

Fighting The Funk

Okay, as most of you know I had my appendix out last week. It was kinda an emergency thing, was totally unexpected, and I am almost good-to-go…physically. I am still pretty sore. It varies by day. If I sit up too long or walk around too much or lift something too heavy, I pay for it. I have pretty much lived on the couch for the past week. It sucks. I can’t do my normal wife/mom stuff. Greg has been cooking dinner, the kids have been keeping their messes toned down for the most part, and I have been watching TV, reading, and crocheting like a crazy person. I have several items ready to stock at my non-existent Etsy store…not sure if anyone will buy them, but what the heck, it’s kept me busy. My funk is in my brain. Since I can’t stand long enough to cook what I want to, can’t carry the laundry basket, and have been confined to the couch for long periods of time, I am getting frustrated. Typically, I wouldn’t categorize myself as a super active person, but I miss doing stuff. I’m about to the point where I want to say ‘screw it’ and do what I want to do, but I’m afraid I will hurt myself and be down for even longer…and then I might just lose my mind. The fact that I’ve had to rely on so many different people for stuff is really bothering me. It is very hard for me to let go of control of my duties. To have to instruct someone else on how to do my job or to ask someone for a favor is difficult. I hate that. I am determined to get out of this funk. I am aiming for feeling well enough to go to church on Sunday and sit through the entire service without being in pain all afternoon. I mean, come on…they lapriscopically removed my appendix…a useless organ that is about the size of my pinky finger…over a week ago. The 3 incisions put together might be a little over an inch long. Surely this annoying pain that isn’t excruciating by any means, that puts me in a bad mood and makes me snippy will be over soon…right?

Anyways, so this isn’t a post consisting entirely of my griping, click here to read a funny story about when my Mom was here (it’s her blog…leave her some comment love, she’s new to blogging!), and/or click here to enter the AXE contest that ends TOMORROW!

Funny Story Friday

We have a lot of fun at our house. We like to play tricks on each other and joke around. I often have ideas for some really good pranks or comebacks, but rarely do I actually act on them or vocalize…until recently.
The victim = Greg, my super hot husband

The prankster = sweet, little me

A couple weeks ago, the kids were sleeping, I was in bed reading, and Greg had just gotten out of the shower. The door to our room was open, but since the kids were asleep Greg decided to get dressed without shutting the door. He emerges from the bathroom in his towel, I glance up and an evil plan quickly forms in my brain. He gets his underwear out of the drawer, drops his towel, I look at the doorway and in my scolding voice say ‘Get back in your bed right now!’. Greg hits the floor the fastest I’ve ever seen him move, and I double over in hysterics. He then realizes that all the kids are still sleeping, and I got him good. We laugh it up for a few days, and now I’m nervously waiting….for payback.

The Appendectomy Adventure

Last night, after dinner, I began having abdominal cramps. I originally thought it might be gas cramps, then heartburn, then the word appendix crept into my head. It continued getting worse for about 5 hours…5 long hours of attempting, and failing to get comfortable…before finally asking my Mom (who was in the last 30-45 minutes of her 13 hour drive here from Galveston to visit us) about her previous appendix experience. After discussing things with her and consulting WebMD, I became really nervous that I was having problems with my appendix. When Mom arrived I was persuaded to go to ER by a very insistent Mother & a concerned husband. We checked into the ER at 1:30am, I was seen by a Doctor, had blood drawn, an IV started, a CT scan, and a consult with the surgeon by 6:00am. This was my view…for what seemed like forever.

Once it was determined (by the CT scan) that I would indeed have to have an appendectomy, I was transferred to Pre-OP. Being overly tired, and a little nervous about general anesthesia I kept randomly crying…which in turn really ticked me off because I had no control over the tears. After kissing Greg bye to head into surgery, the nurse gave me what she lovingly called ‘I don’t care medicine’, and I was wheeled towards the OR. Next thing I remember was waking up in recovery. They had removed my appendix laparoscopically, and I would most likely be released that afternoon. Gotta love modern medicine.
I was soon reunited with my wonderful husband, and put in a regular room. I dozed on and off, ate some liquid lunch,
and was told around 3:30 that I was being discharged. When I went to get dressed, it came to my attention that a certain article of clothing was missing…my bra. Not only my bra, but my favorite bra. Black with purple straps, and crazy neon embroidered shapes on it. (This is not TMI…just relevant detail.) Somehow, after I removed it before my CT scan, and before I was taken into surgery it disappeared. I, of course, blamed Greg since he is who I threw it at to stuff into my purse…he blamed the nurse. Regardless of who lost it…it was missing. Greg, slightly embarrassed about the missing undergarment told me to forget it, he’d buy me a new one. So what did I do? Told the nurse I’d lost my bra. She called down to ER, and they explained what had happened. They located it earlier that morning, and attempted to send it up with my surgeon, but he refused to carry the crazy designed bra enclosed in the clear plastic bag up to the 2nd floor. We picked it up on our way out.
I arrived home, one useless organ lighter, to my sweet baby boy, being cared for by my amazing Mom, tons of encouraging messages on Facebook & Twitter from my wonderful friends and family, and a vase of beautiful flowers from my fantastic brother & sister-in-law.
A huge thank you to all of you. I truly appreciate each and every one of you…my readers, family, friends, and the great staff at the hospital. Needless-to-say I feel loved.

To-Do Tuesday 2010 – Week 2

Well, I didn’t really make the progress I wanted to on my list last week, but it wasn’t entirely my fault…Greg played a little more MW2 on his man-cation than I expected, and he got called into work one afternoon. So, I’ve recycled a few items from last weeks list. Not sure if I’ll get to all of these because my Mom is coming to visit! She should be arriving in the wee hours tomorrow morning, so we’ll see how much of this actually gets done. I will say that because of these To-Do Lists & Flylady, I am not freaking out about my house being unacceptable…it actually looks pretty good! Okay, enough jabbering…on to the list!
1. Read daily – personal quiet time. (I’ve been doing really good on this one…it’ll be a habit soon!)
2. Purge kids rooms of toys they don’t play with.
3. Keep up with tracking our budget.
4. Stick to weekly menu plan!
5. Have Greg clean/bring in kid’s HUGE doll house from garage.
6. Have Greg put all holiday (Christmas, Easter, Fall, etc.) decorations in the attic. (Not just in the garage!)
7. Organize the laundry room to make room for craft storage.
8. Donate all purged items. (Actually take them out of the house & to the thrift store!)
9. Finish planned blog posts! (Thanksgiving dinner, Gingerbread house/cookie decorating, recipes, Christmas, & G/K’s Birthday’s).
10. Go grocery shopping.
I ‘stole’ the following from Crazy Adventures in Parenting…the fearless leader of To-Do Tuesday. =)

Would you like to join us this week for To-Do Tuesday? Start with just a few things. Don’t over-do it your first couple of times. You’ll grow to become a list-a-holic later, start small now, though, k?
Just so you know, you can join us at anytime, it doesn’t have to be on Tuesdays – the list will go up every Tuesday for you to link to, but you can make your list and link to us at any point in the week!

Remember, with “To-Do Tuesday”, we’re attacking our to-do lists each week, blogging about our lists and what we’ve got going on, and sharing it with each other to help keep each other accountable. Everyone should come back here to link up in the MckLinky as the central “To-Do Tuesday Hub” so we can visit who’s participating and offer encouragement to each other throughout the week. Don’t forget to add the “To-Do Tuesday” button to your post, linking back to this post!

Let’s continue to cross items off our list as we go and help support each other in completing our lists! Don’t forget my useful HTML tutorial on how to effectively “cross-out” or √ “check off” your items on your to-do list!

Joining us? We’re using a new linky alternative called MckLinky! Please add your link below (to your To Do Tuesday post, and not the main page of your blog).

AXE Hair Care REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Carly with AXE to see if I would be interested in trying and reviewing AXE Hair products.

My husband, having used the shampoo, body wash, and body spray in the past was eager to be a guinea pig try the AXE brand hair styling product. I told Carly that I would love to try and write a review, and I soon received a box containing shampoo and hair styler.
In the past, I had always purchased hair styling products for my husband based on if I could get a deal by using a coupon or finding a good sale. Because of this, my poor husband has been stuck with everything from organic mousse to curl enhancing gel (he does not have curls). Since receiving this hair care package from AXE…or should I call it a hair “rescue” package…I have been banned from purchasing these sale items. The products we received were AXE Primed – Just Clean shampoo, and AXE Whatever – Messy Look paste. I asked him several questions about each item…here’s the verdict.
Q: How did you like the packaging? A: ‘The flip-top on the shampoo is awesome.’
Q: What did you think of the scent? A: ‘I really like the scent of both the shampoo and paste. They smell fresh and clean.’
Q: How did you feel about the shampoo? A: ‘I like that it doesn’t make your hair poofy.’ The paste? ‘It’s phenomenal. It’s not sticky, doesn’t make your hair crunchy, and it lasts all day without having to re-apply.’
Q: On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best) how would you rate each product? A: Shampoo = 8 Paste = 10
Q: Is there anything you didn’t like about the products? A: ‘No. Everything was as good or better than I expected it to be.’
So as you can see, the overall opinion on the AXE products we received was very positive. In my 3rd person opinion, (since I didn’t actually use the product on myself) I really liked the scent, and the way they made his hair look and feel. The scent of the paste was a little strong when hubby used it on my toddler, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t intended for use by toddlers. LOL
A huge thanks to Carly and AXE (you can follow her on twitter @CarlywithAXE or check out the AXE Hair Crisis Relief site) for the opportunity to try and review this product…my husband has now requested that I ONLY purchase AXE hair styling products for him.
ON TO THE GIVEAWAY!
Up for grabs:
1st Prize (1 winner): 2 Full size AXE Hair Care products + 2 coupons for a FREE AXE Hair product.
Extra Prizes (10+ winners): coupon for FREE AXE Hair product.
How to enter:
1. Follow @jessalexander on twitter. (1 entry)
2. Tweet the following message: ‘Enter to win AXE Hair products for your man from Life @ 30! http://tinyurl.com/lifeat30AXE Ends @ NOON CST Jan. 23! @jessalexander’ (1 entry)
3. Subscribe to my blog via e-mail or RSS feed. (1 entry)
4. Leave a comment stating why your man needs AXE! (1 entry)
Leave a separate comment below for each entry. (Be sure to post the link to your tweets in your comment & make sure your e-mail is in your comment or easily found in your blogger profile.) Please remember you can enter daily, so enter, enter, enter! This giveaway begins Monday, January 11, 2010 and the winners will be chosen at NOON CST on January 23, 2010 using random.org. Winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply with their mailing address or a new winner will be drawn. *ONE PRIZE PER PERSON*
*NOTE* 1st prize in this giveaway is available to U.S. residents only, but my readers from outside the U.S. are eligible to win the coupons…sorry for the inconvenience! (If you live outside the U.S., please note that in your entries so there is no confusion.)

Making A Difference ~ How Wheat Works

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Wheat Food Council. All opinions are 100% mine.

Making a difference, even a seemingly small one, is something that I want to do. I also want to pass this want on to my children. Trinity, my oldest daughter, has had the want to help others since she was very small. I remember the first time she saw a World Vision commercial, and came to me with huge tears streaming from her big green eyes asking if she could send the starving in children in Africa sandwiches. We do make it a point to give to various organizations throughout the year, but I often feel that its just not enough. Then there are people who want to help but can’t.

There is an organization that I just recently found out about, and am pretty impressed with. They not only are helping people who are needy, these needy people include U.S. Troops and their families. And as you know, I have lots of love for our military and their families. This organization educates you through an interactive, online multimedia program how wheat goes from farm-to-fork, so that you better understand its nutritional value. I had no idea how many different kinds of wheat there were, and that they were grown all across the world.
The interactive program is located at How Wheat Works. I highly recommend you check it out. Not only for the education…it is quite interesting, but through the program you can virtually grow, harvest, and mill your own kernels to create a specific wheat food. All ages can participate, so get your children involved as well! The program has four phases – growth, harvest, milling/baking, and the grocer’s aisle…it only takes a few minutes to complete each phase, but the program spans the course of four days. You get to choose the type of wheat you wish to grow, and there are activity suggestions at the end of each phase which allow you to extend your learning experience through wheat-based recipes, viewing videos, and visiting your state’s wheat commission site.
Here’s the best part…whether you have extra money or not, you can help some one and it not cost a cent. For each participant, the Wheat Foods Council will donate two pounds of flour, up to 90,000 pounds to Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to needy U.S. troops and their families. This donation is made possible by the members at ADM and ConAgra Mills, two of the world’s largest millers. The Council is also extending the program to the youth through www.wheatfoods.org and you can become a fan of the Wheat Foods Council on Facebook. So what are you waiting for? Make a difference in someone’s life. It may take little effort from you, but have a huge impact on them.

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