Archive for the ‘Other’ Category

Packing for Camping

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Lessons from my son.  How not to  pack for a trip.

1.  Empty all clothes drawers onto the floor.

2.  Read a Book

3.  Act surprised when someone tells you to clean it up.

Who Says Chickens are Dumb

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Just look at Chirp checking out stock prices.

The opposite of recycling. Excessive Newspaper Ads.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

This was this morning’s newspaper (that thin thing on the left).  The pack of 24 store advertisement is on the right.

For all the talk of going green and conserving you would think that having a pack of ads that is three times thicker than the actual newspaper seems a bit, well, not green.

How much paper and energy is wasted to print 24 seperate store ads (3 of them being 1/4 inch thick magazines).  And half of them just had a seperate ad in the Sunday paper just two days ago. 

I’m done venting.  Now I guess I need to go do a few newspaper crafts.

Phillies 2009 National League Champions!!!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Bring on the Yankees…

 and back to back World Series Championships!

Birthdays and Home Sales

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

It’s a big day today.

My babies turn 4…I mean 8 (how did this happen so quickly?), and our home that we bought when we got married and planned to spend the rest of our lives in is being sold today.

Luckily we’re on vacation, so the twins will have a super fun birthday, and being away will keep my mind off the house being closed on today.  (we signed all the papers before we went out of town…I didn’t know you could do that.)

I must admit that I didn’t expect the house being sold to affect me this much. It’s just a house for goodness sakes. But then I figured that in 41 years, I’ve never had my home sold.  The house I grew up in is the house my parents still live in, and of course now I do again too since we moved in to care for my folks.  And the home I lived in since I got married was one we planned to stay in…so I’m kinda sappy about the whole thing.   I hate that.  Not to mention (ok, I guess I am mentioning it), I worked so hard planting hundreds of trees and berries and flowers to make it almost totally secluded on its 4 acres in addition to all the improvements in the house.  It really is beautiful. 

I am very glad though that the new owners love the place, and they have five kids, so I know they will really enjoy it and appreciate it as much as we did. 

And the up side is that in stressing about the house sale today, I won’t think as much about how our twins are growing up so fast.

Go Phillies!

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

National League East Champions for the third year in a row!

Sorry, I had to indulge.   My parents started taking me to games back in 1976 (the last time they were good for a couple years in a row), and they’re in my blood.   In a few decades I’ll probably be one of those little old ladies you see sitting at the game taking score and waving my big foam Phillies #1 finger.

Indoor Picnic

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The girls (and about 8 stuffed animals) decided to have a picnic to keep themselves entertained while I got some work done yesterday.

Being relatively unsupervised, they chose lots of dried cranberries and cheerios (and grape juice) as their lunch, and every animal had to have some.

Luckily the dogs were more than happy to clean everything up for me.

Homemade Shampoo

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Here is something I never thought I’d try.  Homemade Shampoo.

But there I was hunting around for some knitting projects to work on when we go on a long trip this week, and I stumbled upon homemade deodorant at Angry Chicken.  Not that I particularly wanted to make homemade deodorant, because frankly I’m lazy when it comes to making anything with ingredients that I have to go to the health food store to buy, but I was curious as to just how you would make homemade deodorant.

And in there I found this link for homemade shampoo.  It intrigued me since it said it only consisted of using baking soda and water with an apple cider vinegar rinse.

I could do that.  I have baking soda and vinegar in the house.  And I had used vinegar for years to make my hair shinier.

So on a whim I decided to wash my hair with a Tablespoon of baking soda mixed with water.  I did however skip the vinegar rinse because it was going to be raining that day and I know from past experience that if your hair gets wet after using an apple cider vinegar rinse you will smell a bit like vinegar.  My hubby hates the smell of vinegar.

For a rinse I decided to try green tea instead.  Why green tea?  Because I had it in the house and thought it sounded healthy and all natural. 

At this point my husband and son had weird looks on their faces as to why I was bringing baking soda and a cup of tea in the shower with me, but they know better, and didn’t even bother to ask.

The results.

Well, that was a week ago and I have been using it ever since….it really works.  And the bonus is that it keeps my very oily hair cleaner longer than commercial shampoo.  Generally I would have to wash my hair every 24 hours, and by then my hair would look dirty, now it stays clean that whole time. 

I don’t always use a rinse because I don’t always feel like making a cup of tea, but the baking soda alone works great. .  I am thinking of checking out some different teas that are said to have different effects on your hair..

Next I’m going to try it on Makenna’s thick, dry hair to see the results.  I won’t try it on Jarod.  I can’t imagine my boy letting my put something you bake with on his head.  

So my hair is shinier and softer, I’m saving some money and we’ll be helping the environment too.  Yeah.


Here are some other links to homemade shampoo.

Frugal Granola

Craftbits.  A good listing of hair types and what herbs work best for them.

Happy Easter…

Sunday, April 19th, 2009
…to everyone of the Orthodox faith who celebrate Easter today.
Our kids love it.  Easter (with the yummy food and egg hunt) with one side of the family last week and again this week.

Egg Hunt

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

The first egg hunt is always the best. 

That look of ‘why are these colored things scattered on the ground?’, ‘and why do you want me to pick them up’… But once they get the hang of it and they just want more eggs.

The twins ‘hunted’ too.  More of a mob scene then a hunt when the eggs are scattered across a huge, very muddy area and there’s about 100 7-8 year olds running into each other.

Checking out the spoils.

They all were happy.  Including daddy since Alexandra was just too young to eat most of her candy he had to help her.