Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Okay Ebates is awesome

I had heard of ebates a number of times but never took the time to really research it until it was discussed on my message board one day.  I decided to check it out since they all loved it.  Yeah it is awesome.  In less than a month of using it I have already saved 25 bucks and got a 10 dollar Target gift card.  

I detest shopping in stores with my kiddos.  The crowds, the dealing with whiny kids, the putting on actual clothes instead of pajamas.  Ugh it is just too much.  So I do a ton of online shopping.  So ebates was right up my alley.  You just go to the ebates site and choose the store you are going to shop from.  It redirects you to their site and you get a percentage of your total back from ebates.  Some stores are better than others of course.

My new favorite thing is to buy things from Walmart, Petsmart, and ToysRus and have it shipped to the store.  Free shipping that way and then I get back my ebates percentage.  Genius I tell ya.

So check it out if you haven't already (affiliate link) Ebates.  You won't be sorry.  Yay for saving money.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

A few words can make your day better

I sit in the cry room at church.  My kids don't cry per say.  But they are LOUD.  LOUDLY LOUD.  And active and argumentative.  So we sit in the "angel" cry room which always amuses me because if my kids were acting angelic, I wouldn't be sitting in the cry room.  

Today though it was just me and the boys.  Mr. Destructo had to work all night and wasn't up in time to go to church.  So it was just me and the boys which quite possibly is like my biggest nightmare.  Especially because church is right smack dab during Ollie's nap time and typically Destructo is wired from being cooped up in his Sunday school class beforehand.

Usually the room is full but today it was just us.  Then an older lady with an older boy came and sat in there. I couldn't really figure out why because obviously her kid knows how to behave in church as this point.  (It was actually because she couldn't find a seat in the main worship area I would later find out.)  So then I had company to witness my kids spirited, non listening, dad isn't here and mom is outnumbered behavior.

Needless to say it wasn't horrible although I had to get onto Destructo numerous times (and Owl started shrieking at least once.)  But what happened after made my day.  Heck it might have made my week.  She said my boys are cute and I am doing a great job.  She shared that she sat in a cry room with her two boys many years ago and a lady actually shushed her older son.  In a cry room.  We both agreed that if you sit in a cry room, you can't complain about kids behavior.  She then said that I am training and shaping their behavior and one day I won't need the cry room anymore.  And she said you are doing a great job.

Moms need to hear stuff like that every so often.  So often I feel like so many people are staring at me in church, at the store, wherever.  (Side note Destructo took a foam axe while we were looking at the dollar section of Target and proceeded to ax/chop/whatever a random lady's cart that was walking by because he was defending his territory and she was "in the way."  I was mortified.)  As my kiddos tantrum, scream, demand, and argue with me people watch.  The fact that someone was watching today and thought I was doing a great job made today awesome.  

Random acts of kindness and thoughtful words go such a long way.  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Snake/Monster/Insert your Nightmare of Choice here Repellent

So Destructo started having recurrent nightmares about snakes.  Yellow and purple polka dotted snakes to be exact.  He was waking up every single night around three AM and coming into our room, laying in our bed, waking me up thoroughly, and eventually going back to bed.  Then I was wide awake for hours.  This wasn't working especially with Officer Owl the eight month old who sleeps like a newborn.

So I hit upon the idea of making snake repellent.  All I did was fill a spray bottle with water and a few drops of essential oil.  Destructo picked lemon eucalyptus essential oil the first time we made it and orange essential oil the next time we made it.

Let me tell you it was a huge hit.  He has only woken up once or twice since then and he said it wasn't from a bad dream.  I highly encourage you to try it if you have kids with nightmares.  Every night he sprays his bed and room and then has his toy lizard and snake smell it to make sure it is stinky.  Then he puts them far away from where he sprayed.  It is too cute if I do say so myself.

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