Monday Mom Tip!

Happy Almost Thanksgiving to ya!

I’m excited about this Mom tip!  And it’s just in time for you to use it.  Do you have a crock pot (AKA slow cooker)?  If not, go get one!  Or more!!  I have 3 right now and I tell you what, the world is MINE!!!  I can make breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts in that bad boy.  Not icky stuff either.  We have baked lemon pepper chicken, rosemary chicken, chicken and rice, cake, soup, chili, ham (yeah, HAM!), turkey breast, ribs, roast, you name it.  And in case you missed it, yes I said CAKE.  We had a molten lava cake one year and my Dad had a fit!  Even my in-laws went crazy for it.  So my tip is, cut the drama at the push of a button.  Put that ham in the crock pot (you may have to cut it depending on the size of your cooker) and let it cook overnight.

*WARNING:  THE SMELL OF HAM IN THE CROCKPOT WILL KICK YOU IN THE FACE & MAKE YOU CRY*

but it’s worth it!

If you need ideas, check google, pinterest or even facebook.  There are too many to list.  To be honest, sometimes I just try different stuff and see how it pans out.  I won’t get into my antics with rice in the crock pot.  Let’s just say I had to add water 3 more times.  No worries, it was still top notch by the time I figured it out!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and don’t forget to be thankful for your family!

TonyaThanksgiving dinner

Randomness…My Specialty!

So I’ve been changing a lot of things lately (some by my choosing, others not) and have had to recalibrate my place of peace.  I feel better.  I do get angry sometimes (who doesn’t), but I am noticing a glimmer of hope when it comes to keeping my cool.  I had been stressing about a lot of things that just didn’t need immediate attention.  Then I rediscovered some things that I’d been disregarding that I actually enjoyed.  Maybe you’ve been there.

I realized I had a desire to wear makeup again.  No, I don’t really need it (in my personal opinion) and I’d given it up about 2 years ago when I had an allergic reaction to tea tree lip balm (or my daughter sticking her fingernails in it-I still don’t know to this day which it is). I had to stop wearing lip liner, lipstick and gloss until it cleared up.  It was like a freedom I’d never known, in a way.  No more hunting for my perfect shade.  It took me over 2 years to find one I’d liked then had a durn allergic reaction and had to toss it!  Anyway, it’s been gone and now I’m playing with lipstick and gloss again.

As a Mom, I wondered if I my choice to wear or not wear would have an effect on my 7 year old daughter.  She does seem to try EVERYTHING she sees Mommy do.  I wrote books, she wrote books.  I worked on my laptop, she wanted and eventually got and worked on her laptop.  I do crafts, she’s doing crafts.  I redecorate & design, well you get the idea.  So would she start wanting to wear makeup too?  And what rules would I have to lay down if she did?  Should I only wear it when she’s not around?  Am I the only one thinking I’m asking too many questions?  LOL!!!!

Ok, so that’s how my “thought ball” gets rolling.  Anyway, I’m back to trying lipshades and came across a video on YouTube about DIY lipsticks and gloss from crayons.  I know, it’s an old concept, but I think I may give it a whirl just to find my perfect shade.  I mean, you have NO IDEA how many boxes of crayons are in this house.  There’s an actual shoe box FULL of them!  Not to mention the ones in the closet for next year.  Anyway, I’m gonna try it!  Have you tried it or some other cool DIY beauty trick/treat?  Please share!

(here’s the link to one of the videos I watched.  This lady has the biggest, prettiest eyes!)

lipstick out of crayons

http://youtu.be/FPgF69IKcW0?t=2m32s

Oh, lastly, I changed my hair.  My hubby likes it straight and I’ve conceded for years.  Now it’s time to bring the curls back!  So I tried some bantu knots (my favorite low maintenance, lasts 3 days, super cute hairstyle) and they turned out great!  I used some Aunt Jackie’s Curl la-la and fell in love!  It smells great and help up so well in this Greensboro humidity.  As a matter of fact, my hair was dripped on (runoff from my building at work), drizzled on as I walked to my first office, blown during my walk to my second office & held up during the parent teacher conference this afternoon.  And guess what?!  My curls are still fresh & popping!  I like how they fell to big juicy curls as opposed to the “tight enough to crack a walnut” look.  lol

 tjb4tjafter

Well, thanks for listening to my randomness.  This was a great way to kill time while observing my son practice math on his multiplication app.  I may tell you about our parent teacher conference that was the WORST ever, but not tonight.  Don’t want to spoil the mood.  We must do this again.  I’ll bring cookies next time.  LOL!  Have a great night everybody!

XO,

Tonya

Monday Mom Tip!

Today’s tip comes with a side of bad timing.  I really should have told you this in September or something.  Anyway, here it is:

Stay a month ahead of the holidays!

I mean, really, who can argue with that?  I’m a state employee and an entrepreneur.  So my pay schedule tries to run my household.  Since my “job-job” only pays once a month we have to stay on top of things, usually a month in advance.  So we plan for Thanksgiving at the end of October (we don’t celebrate Halloween so that’s no biggie-it actually gives us a jump on the rush).  At the end of November we are taking care of Christmas.  So no Christmas rush drama, either.  It’s worked well these last few years, so we’ll probably keep doing it.  But, I am really considering going back to some other great ideas:

1.  After Christmas shopping for the upcoming year.  I’ve bought super-expensive Christmas cards for $2 when they were in the double digits!  Not to mention decorations and home decor.  You can make a killing since some places mark it down to 90% off!

2.  Open a Christmas account through my bank.  Take out $20-$30 per month and use it for Christmas shopping.  That’ll be a few hundred bucks to get a jump on groceries, decor, gas for trips, bills or unexpected expenses (you never know) that try to interrupt the holiday fun.

3.  Cut down on what we buy for the children.  Don’t give me that look.  We have really rottenized those little jokers and then their grandparents ALWAYS double down on what we do.  It’s ridiculous that they get so much that they can’t remember what they got!  So I’m thinking a gift card for a reasonable amount and let them get some money management skills by making their own purchases.  My oldest is showing miserly traits.  His will probably last 3-5 months.  The other 2 may blow it in one go.

So I hope these tips, well ideas really, have helped you!  If you’ve got any great ideas on how to cut down on the chaos, please share!

My next tip?  I’ll give you a hint:  It’s tasty!

See ya next time!

Tonya

 

Monday Mom Tip!

A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!  (King Richard III, Act 5)

No truer words have ever been said.  Until now.  My dishwasher!  My dishwasher!  My kitchen for a dishwasher!  Yeah, I’m trying not to lose it.  My dishes have residue and are not getting clean.  What absolute worse time is there to have your dishwasher on hiatus than 2 weeks before Thanksgiving?!  Well, I’m taking on the task of cleaning that bad boy out.  I’ve tried (here’s the tips)

1.  Running a few empty cycles with no detergent, dishes or rinse agent

2.  Running a few cycles with vinegar in the rinse agent compartment (nothing else in there)

3.  Running a few cycles with a cup of vinegar in the top drawer

All worked for a short duration, but now I think I’ve hit a wall.  Time to take it apart and start degunking.  Well, almost.  I love blogs and found a tip that just may work even better (before I have to take out the toolbox-or call someone).

Run hot water in the sink for a few minutes before starting the dishwasher to degunk the sink (I’ll probably also do the vinegar & baking soda with some salt as well to really get the goop out).  Then, pour 1 gallon of vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher.  Let it sit a bit then run on the pots and pans cycle.

We’ll see how it goes.  If you’ve had this dilemma, what did you do?  Did it work?

Until next time!

Tonya

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