Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #149


Messy Messy Fail - Where do you think my canna lilies and elephant ear plants still are?  That's right - in the ground and snowed upon.  Gotta get them out before they turn to mush!

Tidy Victory - I have somehow managed to stretch our last grocery visit to last two weeks.  Could that be due to my overcrowded panty?  No way, and if it was I would definitely still claim this as a victory! Way to not shop, go me!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #148



Messy Messy Fail - I knew that every month the Kindergartener's class was given a simple project to complete with family for a few weeks time.  But I had forgotten about the November project, that is until I saw all of the family turkeys displayed on the wall outside his classroom at parent teacher conferences.  We are handing it in on Monday.

Tidy Victory - I have discovered Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.  Brilliant.  Absolutely brilliant.  My favorite is when he had Sia with him - how funny were they together!!  Have you ever watched these?  If not, you should because it's amazingness with music.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #147

Messy Messy Fail - Not only had I not had my hair cut in, um, I can't believe I'm saying this, 8 MONTHS, but my poor sons hadn't either since the end of August.  Their cowlicks, or as we call them hair horns, were in full force and could no longer be controlled.    Not even hair gel could keep those hair horns down.  Can't imagine what his teachers think of me........

Tidy Victory - I FINALLY GOT MY HAIR DONE!!!  There is just something so magical about going to the salon and telling your stylist, "Please, just fix it, do whatever!!!".  And she fixed it all right - thank you Miss Faith! :)

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #146



Messy Messy Fail - It's truly amazing how caught up we can get with life that we forget really important events that happen every year.  Like a typical tradition.  Like carving the pumpkins.  It was seriously the night before Halloween and my husband says, "So when did you plan on carving the pumpkins?".  I looked up, rolled my eyes and slapped my forehead.  How could I have forgotten the PUMPKINS?!?!?!?!  

Tidy Victory - We had a terrific Halloween - the first enjoyable one to be exact.  No one really cried, everyone had their Halloween costume on and the weather was decent.  Slightly cold but we were grateful it wasn't raining.  I hope your Halloween's were as good as ours!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #145

Messy Messy Fail - I was lookin' so cute and chic for my monthly date night with my husband.  We had dinner and then went to a movie (The Accountant, awesomeness!).   I was lookin' cute, that is, until I looked down after our movie and found giant butter stains all of my new top.  I'm such a slob!

Tidy Victory - We ended the evening at a local favorite - Southern Tier Brewery.  Not only do they sell delicious libations but CLOTHES too!  I scored a great Pumpkin T at 25% off - picture to follow soon!



Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #144

Messy Messy Fail - We lost the dish strainer for a hot second.  I thought perhaps our house cleaner had hid it from me to teach me a lesson.  It was under the sink.  *sigh*

Tidy Victory - We convinced the Kindergartener to not be a house for Halloween.  That's right folks - he requested a house costume, a white one at that.  I was absolutely baffled and scrambling for a play B that I could convince him of.  But when I realized that after watching Night on Bald Mountain from Disney's Fantasia for the 93282982023402934023 time and suggested he be the demon bat on top of the mountain, his eyes lit up and he said "Yes!".  So one bat cape and Batman (it has the word bat in it so it's acceptable) gauntlets later, we have a demon bat costume.  

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #143

Messy Messy Fail - Have you ever forgotten to change the litter box?  Have you every forgotten to change the litter box for a week?  Enough said.

Tidy Victory - The Kindergartener was desperately in need of a fall jacket or vest - the kid seriously grew over night!  I knew I had $15 in rewards to use from my Banana Republic card (that you can charge Old Navy and Gap purchases on!) so off to our local Old Navy we went.  Kid picked out his yellow and blue puffy vest, we go to the counter, I present my phone with the $15 rewards coupon code on it.  I was pretty sure I'd have to pay at least $5 for the vest, but when the clerk (does anyone even use that word anymore?) rang us up, my balance came to $0.  So in conclusion, I would like to take this moment to thank Old Navy for my son's free puffy vest - you saved us from the chill of fall!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #142

Messy Messy Fail - Three times - count that THREE times - I spilled food today.  1 - A plate of uneaten spaghetti and a smashed meatball from the toddler.  2 - A mug of milk I was taking out the microwave (do anyone else's kids drink warm milk?).  3 - Half of a can of diet Pepsi (I guess that's what I get for drinking diet Pepsi).  What a messy, messy mess SERIOUSLY!

Tidy Victory - With the 2 bushels of apples we picked last weekend I made my first favorite apple recipe - Grandma's Apple Crunch.  I cannot tell you how glad I am that my mother-in-law gave me this recipe - it is seriously SO good and ooey-gooey.  Looking for a quick apple dessert that doesn't require a crust?  Try this one!


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #141

Messy Messy Fail - I was packing up my inventory from my LuLaRoe launch party today (yay!) all by myself (THANK GOODNESS!) when I let a clothing rack tip over.  As in I let too many heavy items remain on one end, and the whole darn thing just flipped.  So glad NO ONE was around to see that.  

Tidy Victory - Other then my flipped clothing rack, I think my launch party was a success!  I've already ordered inventory to replace what I sold (gotta keep things new and fresh!) and am now getting ready for my ONLINE launch party TONIGHT 10/2 at 8 PM EST at LuLaRoe Katie Derrenbacher on FB.  There will be ANOTHER giveaway for all my shoppers who make a purchase so make sure to stop by - you never know what I'm going to have in my inventory!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

LuLaRoe, Here I Come!


Messy Messy Fail - I've been to what my local peeps will understand as Tiny Tops (a Tops Friendly Markets in our neighborhood that's really small, hence the name) a total of three days in a row.  Nothing like forgetting a VITAL pantry item at every trip - first it was milk, then I realized we needed bread, then the third and final trip for peanut butter.  The cashiers were laughing at me.

Tidy Victory - While at Tiny Tops - my 2nd visit - I came across a 50% off bin FULL of E.L.F. Makeup which I happen to like!  I scored a tube of mascara, a baked blush, two other blush palettes and a purple cream eye shadow crayon (complimentary to my green eyes) for a $1.50 each!  So far I've only tried the baked blush and I REALLY like it, gives off a nice glow!  Did you know I have a blush obsession?  You can read about that here :)  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Apple-Glazed Pork Chops with Raisins for #AppleWeek

Messy Messy Fail - I am just hanging on to my front hanging baskets for dear life.  We purchased two beautiful pots of pinkish-red trillion bells at the end of May beginning of June and only let them dry out a few times.  Of course we get quite neglectful of them as we get into September, and the stems have turned almost entirely brown.  Yet I still feed them Bloom Booster and all of a sudden, all these little flowers show up on the brown straggly stems.  Almost perfectly appropriate for Halloween, but that's not for another month.

Tidy Victory - Do you want to know what the NYS auto inspector said to me when I went to pick up my car and asked if there was anything to be watching for?  "Ma'am, this car is going to be around for a long time".  I KNEW it would pay off to purchase a 2007 Champagne Camry (whom I have since named Cecilia) even if it meant I would not be driving the most sporty or even most appealing car.  Perhaps I shall change her name to La Cucaracha!


Monday, September 26, 2016

Hot & Boozy Caramel Apple Cider for #AppleWeek

Messy Messy Fail - Did I mention in previous posts that the front left burner on my cooktop only boils now?  I'm so mad about this that I feel as though I may have ranted about it on another post, but I'm going to again because I'm that mad.  Regardless of the setting on the dial, that burner only boils.  I discovered this after pretty much burning two separate meals in my NON-STICK pan which is now my NON-USABLE-CANCER-CAUSING pan.  Did you know you aren't supposed to cook above medium heat on a non-stick pan?  That's right folks - it can't take any more heat than medium and the pan will be of no good.  So thank you to my only-boils-on-the-left-burner cooktop for ruining my non-stick pan.  Rant finished. 

Tidy Victory - After months of just stuffing and CRAMMING linens into my linen closet to make them fit, I decided it was time to clean out and reorganize.  I love organizing the sheet sets so that you fold the fitted sheet, top sheet and one pillowcase in a stack together then insert the stack into the other matching pillowcase, fold the end over and TA-DA - all together and ready to go.  No searching anymore.  AND I found a plastic bag full of travel size toiletry items that I forgot I had also stuffed in that linen closet :)