Monthly Archives: June 2013

S has been in a mood lately as he is cutting two molars and one front tooth, the poor guy! Friday was probably the worst day yet in terms of his moodiness, and to make matters worse he would not nap! I tried putting him down twice, but he just cried and whimpered so I got him back up.

I needed to go to the grocery store, and unfortunately is was looking like I would have to take a cranky, overtired kid to the store since he wouldn’t nap! So we loaded up in the car and headed off. I went to a different store than usual because this one was having a sale on cereal and we had some store coupons as well. I told S he needed to be on his best behavior, and we went inside.

First up, I needed bagels from the bakery department. I was having a hard time finding them and was was concentrating pretty intently on my search when I noticed someone behind the counter end her phone call urgently with “I’ve gotta go!!” and then she came running out yelling “Hey! Hey!” I ignored her, figuring someone behind us was doing something stupid. She repeated “Hey! Hey!” and approached us almost at a run. I stopped, and she asked if S wanted a cookie. That was the emergency: a toddler is here and I want to offer him a cookie! Seriously lady?

In my head, I’m thinking “No, he doesn’t need a cookie. He threw not only his own lunch but also MY lunch on the ground earlier, and he is super cranky!” But on the other hand, she already offered it, and if I refused S would be even more cranky and I still had ALL of my shopping to do. Harrumph! So, S got a cookie. We thanked her and moved along.

image(7)He held on to the cookie, dumbfounded, for a few minutes, and then he started eating it like a chipmunk who couldn’t believe his luck.

image(8)At least he was being quiet.

But then, as I had not anticipated an eager bakery lady jumping out at us to give S any cookies, I had nothing with which to clean his face off. So he spent the rest of our outing with chocolate on his face. I could just feel the judging eyes of everyone we came across. “Look at that kid’s dirty face. Why doesn’t she clean him up?” Of course, probably no one was even looking at us at all, much less judging us. I think I just really needed a nap too!


Looking at the pictures now, his face really isn’t all that bad, but it is much dirtier than I usually have his face so I was super conscious of it!


Have you ever heard of someone so excitedly giving out cookies to kids?

And if you were wondering, S took regular naps on Saturday and again today! Phew!


When did the Internet become all about slideshows and videos? I hate when I see a link to a story I am interested in, click on it, and then a video shows up. No, I don’t want to watch it, I want to read it. Can someone transcribe it for me and let me know when it is ready? Please?

And slideshows. Today I clicked on a link for the ten best plants for kids to grow. I expected a list to easily scan and then I would have the knowledge and be done with that website. But no. It was a slideshow. I don’t need a picture of chives to know what they are. Just give me a list. I know you want me to stay on your website longer and look at all of your sponsor ads, but I just want to learn and move along. What really grinds my gears in the ad that is placed in the middle of the slideshow, so that I ten item list becomes a twelve item slideshow. Who has time for that?

I remember when the Internet was all about geocities, auto play midi files, and flashy gifs. I miss those days.

Today S and I went to the zoo with my mom and my brother. It was a lot of fun! I hadn’t been there since last summer, and they have made a lot of progress on their new entrance. It is going to be NICE when it is finished!



We started out with the giraffes. There are four giraffes, but I only got three in this shot. Oh well. S liked them! There is a small exhibit next to the giraffes that we went into where they have birds and these really mean looking rodents. S reached out to point to one and it ran away so suddenly that it left S trembling in fear. Poor kid! We quickly left and went back outside!



We came across this peacock. Aren’t the feathers beautiful? S wasn’t very interested, but we we able to calm down and get back in the stroller. We saw some hyenas and the tiger before heading into the gorilla house.



Don’t you feel like that some days? It would only be better if the baby gorilla was running around this gorilla, happily playing. Ha ha. Poor gorilla.


S and the “ball exhibit”

Next we made our way outside again, and S was out of the stroller. It was a lot quieter out here, so he was able to stretch his legs and walk more freely without me freaking out about him running off into a crowd! I am pretty sure the exhibit in that picture above is empty, but S was really into the balls floating in the water.



Back inside, they put the capybaras back where they had been before. At least, I think these are capybaras. I just Googled how to spell capybara, and the images that came up look a bit different that this. Oh well. There were also some sort of primate in here and a sloth. I forgot to find out the name of those primates that S really liked last time, and they weren’t being as interesting this time anyhow. He liked this rodent though, capybara or not!


Polar bear cubs

We stumbled upon the polar bear cub exhibit (we thought it was somewhere else, oops). As you can imagine, there was a crowd. These two were putting on quite the show though, roughhousing, chasing, swimming, splashing. They were all over the place, and really enjoying their playtime! They were so much fun to watch, and I know B is jealous that he missed them. We will just have to go back though. I’m sure S won’t mind!

My camera was about ready to die after that, but we also saw the elephant and the farm animal exhibit. S also liked the miscellaneous seagulls flying around. We had fun, and it was a nice walk and a nice change of pace!

Thursday Thoughts

Time for a Thursday Thoughts link up with Ramblings of a Suburban Mom!

  • If you want a good book, try Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. I could hardly put it down! I finished it Tuesday night, staying up way past my bedtime because I just had to know how it ended!

Where’d You Go, Bernadette

  • Did you see Big Brother last night?! I have so many questions about the MVP twist! Mainly, if the MVP nominee wins the veto and uses it to save themselves, then who gets to renominate? The HoH or the MVP? I cannot wait to see how this new twist plays out in the game!
  • And on American Baking Competition I felt so bad for Effie! She was so easy to emphasize with and it was hard to see her go! Especially when Brian is still on the show! But I suppose the show isn’t called “American Baking Competition with good attitudes”, so likeability doesn’t come in to play with the judging. Sad times.
  • I hope Cochran does a good job on the BB recap for I think I am going to really miss Dalton Ross doing it :-/
  • I am taking S to the zoo today! I hope they have the baby polar bears out! And I need to get to see whatever animal S really liked the last time we were there. I forgot what they are called, but I remember where they are kept! It would also be cool if we saw the zoologist who did the zoomobile talk we were at the other day. But I doubt that will happen.
  • I changed the filter on our brita last night and our water tastes funny now. Yuck. I hate the first few pitchers of water on a new filter. Does anyone else have that problem or is it just me?
  • I’m very excited that I get to start a new book now that I finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette. I will be reading the Crappy Pictures book next. Horray!

What’s on your mind today?


June Goodies Co. Tasters Box #3

Goodies Co. is a monthly subscription box service that sends 5-8 sample sized food products right to your door for $7/month. The box ships via FedEx Smartpost and it took a week to get to my door (NY) from Alabama. I am not sure how many different boxes went out this month, but I received Tasters Box #3.

First Look

First Look

I just realized that I forgot to do a second look! Oops! Well, on to the contents I suppose…


Lays Stax

Lays Stax chips – Adobadas. I honestly have no idea what flavor this is, since everything is written in Spanish. There is a picture of a tomato and a chile pepper though, so I knew it would be ‘hot’. They are kind of thicker than a Pringles chip, and it is nice that it has such a strong flavor because that kind of prevents you from eating too many in one sitting, you know?


Pringles Stix

Pringles Stix – Cheese. I know what flavor these are! They really do have a strong cheesy flavor. It was a bit strong for me, but S loved them. I had to put the package away because he kept asking for more. Out of sight, out of mind! (He only had three, relax)


Smooch pouch

Smooch Snacks – Mango, Pineapple, Banana, Chia & Acerola. S was right with me when I was opening the box up and taking pictures. He tried his hardest to get this right away, even though he had just finished a big lunch! The kid likes pouches, and I am sure he will love this one.


gimMe Roasted Seaweed Snacks

Gimme Health – Honey Dijon Seaweed snacks. I haven’t tried these yet, and I am kind of scared to! We didn’t like the seaweed we got in the Love With Food box this month, but those weren’t flavored like these are.


Dream Water

Dream Water – NightTEA Night. This is all B’s, as nursing mothers can’t drink these products, but he is going to take it with him on his next business trip. Sometimes he has trouble sleeping on the road, so hopefully this will help him out!


Shortbread Cookies

Duchy Originals – Highland Shortbread. It is taking all of my willpower to not open these up until B gets home from work. I love shortbread, and I am certain these will be delicious!

I was impressed this month. Only $7 to try new products, several of which are full sized? Great deal!

Did you get a Goodies Co. Tasters Box this month? What was in yours?


I was not compensated to provide this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

So What Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, so that means I’m linking up with Life after I Dew for So What Wednesdays!

So what if…

  • I had said well over a week ago that I should throw away my old slippers, but I am still wearing them!
  • S hid my flip flops somewhere in the house and I haven’t been able to find them for three days.
  • I took S to a Zoomoblie program and he spent more time playing with my keys and cell phone and looking at the animals.
  • I am sad that the Stanley Cup Finals are over simply because that means no more Don Cherry suits until next season!
  • I watch America’s Got Talent but I am not entirely sure how it works. I imagine they will explain the rules as the go along, right? This is my first season watching it.
  • I am SUPER excited about Big Brother tonight. Did you see the pictures of the inside of the house? It looks awesome!
  • I am shamelessly asking everyone to go vote for my kid so we can win a 6 month Citrus Lane subscription. All you have to do is click the thumbs up! Thanks in advance! 🙂

What are you saying “So What?!” to today?

I asked my parents for a subscription to Hammock Pack for my birthday, and I could not be happier about it! They gifted me a three month subscription and I am already excited about the July box! Thanks Mom and Dad!

Hammock Pack is a monthly subscription box service that sends everything you need to take a mini getaway without actually going away! Hammock Pack costs $25/month plus $5 shipping. They ship USPS priority mail and it arrived very quickly! I was thrilled! This month’s theme was “Lake House Getaway”.

Everything came neatly packaged, and there was an information card!

First Look

First Look

The contents were protected with brown crinkled paper. S has loved playing with this for the past few days. He comes into the office, sees the Hammock Pack box and asks me to open it so he can play with the paper. He makes a huge mess, but it is easy to clean up for the next time!

Second Look

Let’s get started!

The main item in the box is a paperback book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple.


A good book!

I was not so sure about someone else picking a book for me, but I must say that I have hardly been able to put it down! I am halfway through it and it is really quite good so far! What I like is that it is written such that you are piecing together Bernadette’s personality and back story through a series of emails, letters, articles and encounters, so it is very easy to pick up and put down at anytime. No 20+ page chapters here! I don’t want to say much more about it, since I haven’t finished it yet and I don’t want to inadvertently give anything away, but it is good so far and I am anxious to find out what happens!

Next up is a package of Blum Naturals organic face wipes (10 wipes).


Blum Naturals Organic Face Wipes

I love that these are all individually wrapped. They are perfect for traveling with, and according to the information card they are great for wiping away makeup and sunscreen. I am planning to save these for our next (several) trips.

What’s a trip to the Lake House without a snack?


The Good Bean roasted chickpeas

 The Good Bean roasted chickpeas are delicious! I wasn’t sure what they would taste like, so I naturally had to open them immediately to find out! There are crunchy, but not hard, and nice and salty. The texture is kind of like a wasabi pea only without the wasabi.


Coconut water

Big Tree Farms Coconut Water. This is evaporated coconut water, which I had never heard of before! You are supposed to add this whole packet to 12 oz of water to help you stay hydrated. I am wondering if there are other things to do with it, like add it to a smoothie. I think I would like it best that way, but either way I will give it a go!


All Good Lips

Lastly, we have Elemental Herbs All Good Lips. It has SPF 18 to protect your lips, and it also gives your lips a slight color. Mine is ‘Maroon Creek’, and it is perfect because it is only a few shades from my natural lip color. It has a bit of a minty taste to it too, which I love!


June 2013 Hammock Pack

I admit, I was wowed by this month’s Hammock Pack. I cannot wait to see what next month’s theme is, and what comes inside!

Did you get a Hammock Pack this month? What did you think? Are you reading the book?!


I was not compensated to provide this review. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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