Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Party at Joes?

This is the first year that I can remember actually being prepared for Christmas ahead of time.  I'm usually scrambling for last minute gifts or feel I need to get more for someone (Hubster, the kids, MIL).  I ordered the kids stuff online on Cyber Monday and then a few more things a couple days later.  Hubster bought his own presents (as did I) and I'm thinking Hubster can do the scrambling for his so-hard-to-buy-for parents.  I've bought a few things for each but will not stress doing more.  I sent my parents a beautiful gift basket (and that's all I'm saying in case they happen upon this post). 

That's it. 

Nothing is wrapped.  Nothing ever gets wrapped until Christmas Eve.  I still need to do some baking for our neighborhood treat swap, but I've been down with the flu (or some nasty virus that causes high fever and chest clenching coughs) for the past three days and figure the neighbors would prefer nothing over treats infested with this crap.  So technically I'm done. 

Oh Wait. 


I totally forgot the Teachers.  Puddin Pop's last day of school was yesterday and she was home sick.  Handsome's last day is tomorrow so, If I can muster up enough energy to drag myself out today, I could send something tomorrow.  Or...

I could use eGift Social and send gifts through Facebook and/or email.


What?  You didn't know?

I have a feeling this is going to get big.  With companies like Sears and Kmart already on board.  Virtual giving is headed to the next level.  Instead of giving the virtual treat of Ice Cream for a friend's Birthday, you can send an actual Cold Stone Treat.  No.  It doesn't get delivered to their door, but it is good for an actual ice cream treat on their next visit.  Or, you could send a Perfect Paton Margarita from Joe's Crab Shack to make some new best friends. 

I like that the gifts can be personalized.  Rather than just sending a $10 gift card, you can send a specific drink, appetizer, or even a Double Deluxe Cheeseburger from Culver's.  You can also send gift cards is specific dollar amounts, but I like the idea of sending drinks.  Haven't we all sent virtual drinks through several different FB apps?  Now we can send real ones.  I think we should have a party.  We could all show up at our local Joe's Crab Shack with our smart phones or laptops and send each other drinks.  Who's up for that?  Just leave a comment and we'll set something up. 

I'm off to pick out the perfect gift for the three Teachers in our lives.

Happy Holidays!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of First Data and received an eGift gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

She was Cute, and now she's gone

This post was supposed to go a little differently.  It was supposed to conclude that my suspicions were right.  It won't.  It will prove me all wrong.

Since we've moved into this house in 2003 we can count on two yearly pesty events.  We get ants in the early spring (everyone in the cul de sac does) and we get a mouse in the winter (there's my assumption, A mouse).   We've found that, if at the first sign of winter thaw, we spray the perimeter of the house, we can avoid the ants that take over.  If we miss that first ,or do it too early, it takes more than a week to get rid of them all.  The mouse comes when it's cold, is very comfortable visiting and often comes out from under the couch to visit me after everyone has gone to bed.  She looks at me, I look at her, and she travels across the room to hide under the entertainment center.  I'm okay with that.  Getting caught off guard sucks but, up until now, the alternatives, for me, have been worse.

Snap Traps won't work because if they catch the mouse anywhere other than on the head, which they always do, then I have to listen to the squeaking while they try to free themselves.

Glue traps have the same effect.  Mouse gets paw stuck in trap, tries to bite off paw, gets head stuck in glue and squeaks until it is removed.

D-con~ We have small kids and pets.  Enough said.

I'm not a feminist or a girly girl.  I believe women can do anything men can do.  I also believe they get to choose which of those tasks they want to take on.  Rodent removal is NOT a job I feel I have to tackle to prove myself.

I'm up before everyone else.  I'm home most of the day while everyone else is at work and school.  I'm up several hours after everyone else goes to bed.  Listening to a trapped, undead, squeaky mouse and waiting for someone else to take care of it is not my idea of enjoyable.  Other than let the little critter come out to visit me every once in a while, what is the solution? 

 Nooski Moouse Trap.

Product Description

The Nooski Mouse Trap works every time. It's the first truly new design for a mouse trap in over a century. Its patented system uses latex rubber rings that kill the mice every time, and it can be used over and over again. It really is the 'better mouse trap'.

With the Nooski Mouse Trap you need no more fiddly springs and snap traps that catch your fingers and maim mice. No more cruel glue traps. No more dangerous poisons that cause mice to die painful slow deaths. The Nooski Mouse Trap is safe, clean and easy.

How does the Nooski Mouse trap work?

* The trap is set by rolling on a latex rubber ring
* The mouse is attracted by the bait, we use a little peanut butter
* The mouse works its way into the trap
* The latex ring is triggered
* The mouse dies swiftly inside or next to the trap
* Set the trap again with another ring

The mouse cannot run off and die in its nest causing bad odors and it is impossible for them to steal the bait without being caught. Other traps often fail or maim. The Nooski Mouse Trap works swiftly and humanely and works every time, guaranteed.

Whereas snap traps are often thrown out with a dead and bloody mouse, the Nooski Mouse Trap can be used again and again. Ten latex rings are included to catch ten mice, and Nooski Refill Packs give you unlimited use.

Designed and made in New Zealand. The Nooski Mouse Trap pack includes one clear trap, black safety tunnel and ten latex rubber rings to catch ten mice.

Trigger Housing
Simply roll the ring into position, no separate loading cone required. Built from tough ABS plastic, the NOOSKI Mouse Trap is guaranteed to give 100% success, every time.

Safety Tunnel
Acting as the bait container as well as the safety tunnel. The safety tunnel allows you to set the trap inside without worry of pets or children setting it off.

Length: 150mm, Width: 56mm, Height: 33mm, Weight: 50 grams.

This is, quite simply put, the best mouse trap. EVER...even if it did prove me wrong.  It came in the mail yesterday and I immediately turned the package over to Hubster.  He set it, and placed it behind the couch, while the kids and I were at a birthday party.  When he came home last night (from a late night DJ gig), the trap had already caught my little friend.  She was peacefully dead beside the trap.  He removed her, reset the trap and put it back.  He told me all of this this morning when we got up.  I was sure there was nothing else to catch.  Deluded that there was only one friendly little critter.  He moved the couch.  There it was.  The second little critter.  No noise.  No blood.  I now will find out how seriously delusional I have been.  It's set for the third time.

Easy to use. Takes seconds to set.  We used peanut butter as bait and apparently they LOVE it.  It's quick and noiseless.  It's humane.  It's a solution to my winter-time dilemma.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Friends are for Sharing Secrets...and Showers

Good friends are those that share their best secrets with you.

I have a vision of one of my bestest friends, getting out of the shower.  I can't for the life of me figure out why I was in the bathroom while she was in the shower.  We never lived together.  It may have been that week we spent in Florida together but most of that is a blur as well.  It was more than 20 years ago.  She shared with me a moisturizing tip that I've never forgotten.  One I practice, especially in the winter months,  all year long.  What is it?

It's Johnson's Baby oil!  Right out of the shower, before drying off.  You cover your body in the baby oil and then pat dry with a towel.  I swear it works.  Locking in the moisture it leaves your skin feeling baby smooth and the scents are subtle and fresh.  Who doesn't love that new baby smell?  I've been using the Baby Oil Gel with Shea and Cocoa Butter. Not only is my skin baby smooth but while snuggling with my 4 year old the other night she asked "Mommy, why do you smell like a delicious candle?" I had to smile.

Johnson's has been making products for babies for over 100 years and are always trying to improve on their already great products as well as develop new ones for babies sensitive skin.

The secret is out.

It's not just for babies. 

Try it. 

I'm now going to call my friend and see if she remembers why I was in the bathroom with her while she was in the shower.  Even though it was more than 20 years, it was one of the best "secrets" ever shared.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Johnson’s and received the products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wordless Wednesday~ I gave up my legs

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