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Now booking Marshal Scotty’s Mini Photo Sessions

You all know how much I love to dress up my kids in costumes, paint their faces or put makeup on them and then take their pictures. Well, I had a blast last year getting ready for Halloween!

This year I get to do it again and I get to bring YOU!

I am now booking mini photo sessions at Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park

This is a rare opportunity so if you have been thinking you want pics at the park you better act fast.
$150 ($75 deposit to reserve your spot)
September 15, 16, & 18
20 minute session.
You can wear a costume, be regular, whatever you want.
4 full res images with print release online gallery.
Up to 4 people per session, $25 each additional.
Text or call Michelle to book: 619-851-6333

Make sure you come visit  Scotty’s Scare Trail. It will be soooooo scary this year!

Here is my post from last Halloween…

Do you all remember the old Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park? It’s the old amusement park 2 exits up the 8 east, that was abandoned in the mid 1990’s.

I had the rare opportunity to take some photos there while they transformed it into Scotty’s Scare trail for Halloween. I was like a kid in the candy store.

I decided to make it into a scary picture story. Little Laney Lou went to Marshal Scary Scotty’s and met a clown.

Here is the story…

Little Laney Lou went to Marshal Scary Scotty’s to ride the Ferris Wheel. She loved the Ferris Wheel. She brought her doll Francis so she could have fun too.

She also got to ride the Little Dipper roller coaster.   She met a clown who liked to play dolls.

She followed the clown over the bridge and to the pool.

Laney Lou played life guard at the pool. She explored the changing rooms.

And they all lived hauntingly ever after…. or did they?

Another day in my life.

I added to my shopping cart today!

Every year about this time, the orders start coming in and everyone asks “can I order off your website?”

Well, now… YES you can!!!

I spent the day taking product photos and adding to my shop inventory. I am creative and can usually figure things out but I am not always “computer savvy “.  After watching about 3 hours of YouTube videos on how this is done,  I think it should work.

I can ship to you or you can choose local pick up.

I couldn’t figure out how to do a “choose an option” category (all the YouTube videos are running together and my eyes burn) so this is going to have to do for now. I listed everything individually. If anyone is interested in trading WooCommerce help for candles, you let me know!

So, shop til you drop and I will see you at the sale on November 15th. Be there or be square.

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Another day in my life.

 

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My White Trash, Redneck, Trailer Park 40th Birthday Party!

My sweet husband decided to throw me a white trash birthday party…

This is what the invitation said…

My old lady is turning 40 and I is throwin her this party. I telled her I was throwin her a 30th party so don’t tell her you know her reel age. It is not a suprise cuz you cant pull anyting over on her. Plus, she luves Walmart.

Were gonna have contests with reel good prizes.We will be providing some kinda slop for chow, but please bring an appeteezer, cassarole or a desert to share.WE is gonna have a prize for the best one in the trailer park.

This here is a trashy party, so you best Bring your own quality beer (Pabst, Old Milwakee, Naty Ice, Miller High Life etc.) You will be turned away at the dorr if you bring any of that impurt crud.

Redneck/White Trash duds- clothing rekwired, for some of you classy folks who threw out yer overalls years ago. For the rest of you…I am sure you can get all gussied up…. probably not too much different then yer usually outfits you’d wear to any ol’ hooten nanny.

Decorate a toilet seat. Bling it up good. We gonna to hang them up and vote on the best one.

If you gonna drank dont drive. You can crash on our flour or bring your trailer and park it out front.

Most important, we don’t have our brats and we dont wanna see yours.

He was going hand write these words and print them out on white lined paper for the best white trash invites ever. Then mail them in the envelopes we have been saving from our bills (we pay online), but he decided to do an Evite instead (much easier and cheaper). So, I am using the paper and envelopes for the thank you notes. Just you wait friends! Ha!

I’m the birthday girl!

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I bought this dress at Amvets (I thought it was a dress and found out it is really a nightie) .

Check out my real fox feet earrings (sorry PETA, I bought the feet at an estate sale!).

So, about the decorations…

I wish I could say these were my ideas but Brad was the one that came up with everything (maybe he should have his own blog!). He spent a week getting ready for the party.

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Miss spelled spray painted partee (party) sign in the front yard (he even parked the car on the lawn).

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 Miss spelled bertday (birthday) sign with old pictures of me in the entry way.

Beer can garland and more spray painted sheets hanging in the family room.

You know you are redneck when you don’t have to take any internet photos and make then your own we already had enough white trash family photos to put up!

Oh, and Kenny Rogers!

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We used a blow up kiddie pool for the drinks and these beautiful paper flower centerpieces.

I poured soup cans 3/4 full of quikrete, then I poured soy wax on top of that (didn’t want to fill the whole can up with wax because they didn’t need to burn for months) to make candles for the tables.

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For party favors we made White Trash Boob Job kits and Trailer Trash Love Gloves which were balloons!

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This is what the packages said.

bottle lights

Brad worked really hard on his beer bottle lights. He took Christmas lights and inserted them into the bottles then used black electrical tape to secure them. Now, doesn’t he look hot?

wind chimes

I especially like the wind chimes he made.

Here is a list of the decorations:

  • Miss spelled birthday signs on cardboard
  • Spray painted miss spelled sheet signs hanging from the trees in the front yard
  • Cars parked on the lawn
  • American flags down the driveway
  • Beer can wind chimes
  • Foil and sheets hanging from the windows inside the house
  • Beer can garland
  • Beer bottle lights
  • Kiddie pool full of ice and drinks
  • Decorated toilet seats hanging on the fence
  • Fire ring out back
  • Soup can candles
  • Love glove balloons and Boob Job Kits Balloons party favors
  • butcher paper for table cloths
  • Paper flower centerpieces from the dollar store

 

My Redneck Family…

I think we are a pretty fun family. Everyone got really into it (especially my in laws and my mom!) and their outfits were hysterical.

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Do you think this would make a good Christmas card?

Now, let’s talk about the cake…

I have to say I was very impressed with the cake. It was a trailer with all the amenities.

Trailer Cake

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It had an antenna on the top, above ground pool, monster trucks in the front yard, clothing line with clothes on it, couch (made of rice crispies) on the porch, aluminum roof, town trucks and cars in the front yard. And, let’s not forget the hot girl (supposed to be me). We never did eat it, it was just to good to look at!

 And the food… 

Since it was pot luck, we asked that everyone bring a dish to share. We gave a prize for the best food.

We had everything: Twinkies, pigs in a blanket, onion dip, cheez wiz on crackers and even chicken nuggets. We made sloppy Joes and mac n cheese with hot dogs.
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Joe and Shelly took first place with their ‘Kitty Litter Cake’. Click here for the recipe.

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Marci took second place with her Twinkie and Ding Dong cake on a toilet seat.

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The prizes for the best food:

  • 1st prize was a George Forman grill (from the thrift store) and that went to Shelly for the kitty litter cake.
  • 2nd prize was a slicer (from the thrift store) and that went to Marci for the Twinkie cake on the toilet seat
  • 3rd and 4th prizes were Larry the Cable Guy Beer Bread and Chicken Batter and that went to Brooke for her Bologna Pate’ and Shelby for her cornbread and hot dog muffins.
  • I think Shurie should get an honorable mention for the Micky D’s chicken nuggets. She really went all out!

Check out our guests…

Since this was a fancy party, our guests came in their best attire! Brad made a mug shot back drop and we had a friend (Ed Rodden photography) take mug shots of all the guests. Here are a few…

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And we played some games…

Brad went all out for this. He shopped hard for the prizes. He made sure they were worth winning!

  • Toilet seat decorating contest- 1st place received Red Neck wind chimes.
  • Spam carving- 1st place received an autographed Daisy Duke photo
  • Ping Pong Ball spitting contest- 1st place received a pet grooming kit (Pedi Paws trimmer and nail scissors with file)
  • Turkey bowling- 1st place received a Snuggie
  • Best Dressed Man- 1st place received a $15.69 Walmart gift card.
  • Best Dressed Woman- 1st place received a $15.69 Walmart gift card.
  • Best Mullet- 1st place received a Mini Mullet Party pack from Blue Q (Body Wash/Car Wash, Mullet Wash, Air Freshener)
  • Best Pregnant lady- 1st place received a ‘Mother Like No Other’ Candle set.

Decorated Toilet Seats

scott's seat Scott won first place with his remote control toilet seat.

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We had fun posing in front of the toilet seats!

Spam Carving Contest

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Works of art.

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Scott was our winner again. He really cleaned up that night. He went home with the autographed Daisy duke photo.

Ping Pong Spitting Contest

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These people are serious about their ping pong spitting rules. They made sure the beer can line was straight. If you stepped over the line you were disqualified.

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Turkey Bowling

So, we had a left over turkey we didn’t cook last Thanksgiving (how convenient, and I say I am not a hoarder!) and it was just what we needed for the Turkey Bowling. We have a long driveway and it was perfect for this. The guys set up beer cans at the bottom of our driveway and everyone got a turn. The poor turkey was a done deal when it was over!

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The Gifts…

People were so generous and so funny! I ended up with a ton of Walmart gift cards (you know I can buy something fancy with those!), flowers, white trash date night pack, mullet headband, moonshine and a beer bottle bong (the boys had fun with that one).

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 My gift basket had all kinds of fun things for a white trash date. Zip ties, Vodka in Propel bottles, whip cream, cherries, a plastic window curtain (?), Spam, vegetable oil (?), a jump rope and a few other fun things.

 Best Party EVER!

So, you know you had a good party when your friends call the next day and tell you they hurt from laughing so hard. We laughed all night long and I am still laughing about it. People didn’t start leaving until after midnight (we started at 5pm) and I had to kick the rest of the guests out of the spa at 2:30am! guests

Another day in my life.

Who Would Have Thought That Just Dance 3 Would Be So Dramatic!

I bought Just Dance 3 for the kids and I. I thought it would be a fun game we could do together as a family and I could get a work out. Well, I was wrong. It turned out to be awful. It ended up with Teagan crying and yelling. Let me tell you what happened…

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They were all excited to pick out the song. Teagan picked Party Rock (he loves that song) and we picked our color and our dancers. At first they thought it was really fun. They looked so funny gyrating around to the music. Teagan has a little bit of rhythm but Delaney has absolutely none, zip, zero (super cute though). So, they were really into it and so was I. I wanted to get all the moves right and I was working up a sweat doing it. When the song was over and we were scored I was so excited to do as good as I did on my first try. Teagan was not too happy. He was mad. I guess he is competitive like his Dad and he was not happy that I had done better than him. I told him it was beginners luck and we picked a new song. You can see I only got 2 stars on my first try, but Teagan was still upset.

 

The second song ended the same way. I won and Teagan was crying about me being good and him losing! Delaney was still standing there trying to focus on her moves (poor little girl). This went on for a few more songs and I was having a blast while my 6 year old was having a break down. I ended up having to turn it off and we had to have a little lesson about being a sore loser (I guess I could have thrown the dance a little). After moving on to play dough, we decided to give it another try. This time I got smart and opted out. I let Teagan and Delaney do their dance while I cheered and took pictures. Teagan danced all over his poor sister and he was happy once again.

It made me remember back in the day when Shiloh and I got a hold of a copy of Darrin’s Dance Grooves. We would have a couple of glasses of wine and bust out our DVD. Oh, we were serious. Thankfully there is no video evidence. And we could tear up the floor at  galactic bowling when we would bust out our moves. Can you say Saaa-weeet? I think I still remember the routine.

Now Just Dance 3 is a family favorite (as long as mom doesn’t dance). We even had friends over and all the kids were so cute trying to dance. Teagan even played it cool and didn’t throw a fit (I didn’t dance against him, so we didn’t have an issue). I did dance against my friend Yadira and her 11 year old daughter Elizabeth. I was so mad that I did so bad and then I realized I was looking at the wrong score and it was really me who did pretty well. Talk about me feeling dumb. We had so much fun but Elizabeth was really good and I kept getting beat by an 11 year old!

So, next time you come over remind me you want to play Just Dance and maybe we will even have Just Dance 4!

Another day in my life.

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I know it is not Thanksgiving yet.

I have never done this before. I am usually all stressed out around the holidays. For me it is my busiest time of the year. Not just because it is Christmas but because it is candle season. When you have a seasonal business you have to make hay when the sun shines. Well, I start selling candles when it is getting to be chilly outside (not many people want to burn candles in the summer unless it is to keep the bugs away) which makes October through December is my busy time. Not only do I get busy with candles but the kids get busier, we have more parties to go to and fun things to do. So many years I can remember not being able to really celebrate Christmas and all the festivities because I was so exhausted and burned out from work. I have finally learned my lesson. I looked at the calendar and if I don’t decorate now, it is not going to get done (yes I have had many a year without even a tree but that was pre-children). So, make fun of me all you want but my tree is up (only half decorated but it is up) and we have started to decorate!

While Brad and I were in the attic digging out all the Christmas stuff, the kids were coloring (or we thought they were coloring). Did I mention I have these incredible kids with really long attention spans? They can color for hours and be so happy doing it. Not today. My mom always says, ” Kids and pets will make a fool of you every time”. I don’t know about making a fool of me but they didn’t stay busy coloring. They made a fort.

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This was their interesting fort. It was made out of their trampoline and all my candle holders, books, boxes and whatever they could find in the living room. It looks kind of dangerous if you ask me (what kind of parents let their kids make this kind of fort?). They even decorated it with pictures frames they found around the house. They were so proud of themselves. They even packed snacks (see the trail mix bag on the trampoline) and some toys for their camp out. They weren’t too happy when I made them take it down but I convinced them it wouldn’t fit in the living room with the Christmas tree and everything else that goes with it. They were happy about cleaning it up after that.

After they cleaned up Brad started to put together the tree. We have an artificial tree and I am so excited about it. Last year after Christmas I was checking out Craig’s list and I noticed quite a few Christmas trees for free. I started searching daily for one that said 9′ Costco Christmas tree (because that was the one I had wanted before Christmas and we didn’t want to pay $400 for one). I found these little old people in Poway that were giving one away. They were getting up there in age and didn’t need to have such a large tree. They were putting it out on the curb for anyone to take for FREE!!!. I called them and convinced them to save it for me until I could get there later that night. I made them my new grandparents and they even invited me in for tea and cookies (I had to decline, who knows if there were psycho killer grandparents or not) but I had to get back home to Brad and the kids. Yes, I went to a Craig’s list meet up alone, at night. They were old and Brad felt safe letting me go (you can give me a lecture later). Grandpa helped me shove the tree in the Tahoe (it only got a little bent) and off I went.

Back to the Christmas tree. Brad set it up and plugged in the lights and it worked for about 5 minutes before a section of lights went out. The poor guy spent about 2 hours trying to figure out where the lights were supposed to ‘correctly’ plug in. He gave up that night and the next day went to buy a light detector.

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Naomi happened to stop by while all this was happening and thought we were crazy for decorating before Thanksgiving and snapped a picture of our tree from the street view (she even put it on Facebook).

kid-tree

Brad spent another hour or so (this free tree is starting to add up in man hours) fixing the lights and we were finally ready for decorating. While Brad was busy with the lights and the kids had colored and then made a fort, they decided to decorate their own tree. I love how they used the huge ornaments and they left the ornaments in the boxes and just hung them on the tree. Delaney was especially proud of herself.

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Teagan and Delaney helped me unwrap some of the decorations and put (throw) them on the couch (they are still sitting there). I think we will decorate a little at a time. Maybe we will make this our nightly family fun for the next week.

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So here is the tree without decorations but hey, the lights work. And you don’t have to tell me I don’t have any window coverings because I know this (I am working on it) but I am thinking of hanging garland from the hooks!

I will keep you posted on how the decorating is going and if we ever finish it. The kids are excited to get their Elf on the Shelf out and I have already been telling them to be good because Elkan (our elf) is going to report back to Santa. I guess this is to be continued…

Another day in my life.

Vinyl Table Cloth Seat Covers

I used to make fun of my mom because she always had a plastic or vinyl tablecloth on the table when we were growing up. Now I know she is the smartest woman alive. Sometimes it is not about being cool, but about being practical. I think I am turning into my mother.

I like the distressed or rustic look and  I have a beautiful dining room table that is carved teak wood from India. Does anyone ever see it? NO, I keep it covered up because one drink on it and it is ring city (you should see our Indian coffee table). I think one day when the kids are older the table can come out for display with beautiful placemats and settings but for now with a 4 and 6-year-old, it is staying under wraps (or until I decide to get rid of it and get something more practical). I am now all about the vinyl tablecloth. I get them for $5 at Wal-Mart and I have one for every season! When it gets trashed, it goes in the trash. So easy.

I also have these really nice bar stools. They are covered in a velvety pattern fabric and they are really nice. Not so nice with kids around. I decided I like the vinyl , why not make a vinyl seat cover. This way when the kids thrash them with food and glue or paint or whatever they are doing I don’t have to worry about it.

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I have had old towels on the bar stools forever (I confess, 2 years) and this is what they look like on a daily basis.

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So I cut out a piece of tablecloth that would fit over and around the seat. I would give you my measurement but you need to measure your own to make sure they are going to fit. I rounded the corners and I did not finish the edges (some of the tablecloth edges were already finished). This is a picture of my Christmas ones I am making since I forgot to take a picture of the fall one.

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I used 1/4″ elastic from Wal-Mart. One $1.44 package did all 4 seat covers. I zig zag stitched the edge and I pulled the elastic as tight as it would stretch as I sewed.

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It kind of looks like a giant shower cap when it is finished.

I think they turned out great. The wrong side of the tablecloth, where the felt is, sticks to my velvet seat cover and it holds it in place (it doesn’t slip around). Now I have to finish sewing the Christmas ones.

Another day in my life.


1900 Injections and Still Counting!

I sometimes feel like I need to just spill whatever is on my mind. I am not sure you want to hear about it, but since my blog is titled “Another Day in My Life” I’m just going to put out there. I guess this is kind of like a dear diary (now don’t you feel privileged you get to read my diary or does it creep you out? heh heh). Maybe the only person who reads this is my mom and in that case I doubt you are finding out anything new about me (or maybe you are). It has been kind of nice when friends have called to tell me they have read this and they think I am funny, or they say things like, “I never knew that about you before”. Dude wants me to start video blogging (vlogging) so you can actually hear and see me tell my stories. I am still trying to learn how to work my camcorder (I want to inspire you, not make you sick) but as soon as I do, I will be sure to make an awesome video for you. Until then here is what happened last night.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society called me last night. They want me to send out some letters to some friends asking for support. I am the busiest person on the planet and I almost told them no but I changed my mind and told the guy to mail me the letters. I don’t know if I will hand them out, I probably will to a few close friends. The phone call made me think. It made me sad for all the people suffering with this disease that is yet to be cured. Then I remembered, Oh duh, I have it too (it is amazing how I forget sometimes).I really would love it if they could find a cure for MS, but is that really possible?

I am not shy about talking about having MS but I don’t talk about it for sympathy. It is a part of my life. It is always there even if I don’t want it to be. I try not to think about it (not always a good thing). If I tell myself I feel good, then I do. No one feels good all the time right (I am sure there are people out there who feel a lot worse than I do every day)? It is always at night when I have to give myself my daily medication that I remember how much having MS really sucks!  I just hope that by me talking about it, people might understand it more.

Since I was diagnosed in 2007 I have given myself over 1900 injections. The meds for MS are only injectable and I really hate that part. I don’t mind the needles (they don’t faze me anymore), I can give myself my shot with my eyes closed. It is what happens after the injections. The medication breaks down my tissue and causes these lumps under my skin (big lumps and they are sore for a few days). After so many injections (I try to rotate the injections sites but there are only so many places I can shoot up) my body is turning into a lumpy mess and it has only been 6 years. I hate to think of how lumpy I am going to be in 6 more years (yuck). Most women my age are worrying about cellulite on their thighs and let me tell you honey, cellulite ain’t got nothing on these lumps on my thighs  (in my head I keep hearing Fergie singing… my humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps, check it out). I am a pretty strong, secure woman but I have to tell you I am starting to get a complex about this (it is a good thing my husband thinks I am hot).

I could switch medications but the other ones I have tried give me flu-like symptoms. The meds I take give me the flu symptoms about every 6 months (this is so weird and doesn’t happen to everyone, lucky me) and then my body readjusts and I am fine. I am trading the flu for lumps. I am not sure if that is the best trade-off. They are supposedly coming out with an oral medication but I have read up on some of it and the side effects are not fun and I don’t feel like dying anytime soon so I am going to wait until they have tried it on enough willing participants to feel like it is safe (no guinea pig here, sorry).

So, I keep injecting. The meds are supposed to slow the progression of MS. I really hope it is working. The stories that freak me out are of the people who have MS and are fine one day and the next day they just can’t walk. How crazy is that? Or, they wake up and they can’t see (I did have that happen and it was really scary). Besides taking my medication there is really nothing I can do to stop it Oh ya, diet and exercise helps), so I try not to think about that part of it. I thank the Lord every day for all he has blessed me with. I pray that I can handle whatever life throws at me and that I can be good example to my kids. And hey, if it gets down to it, I will just bling out my cane, or my eye patch and head out to little league, or dance class or where ever.

Another day in my life.

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I Lost My Mind At Costco!

I went to Costco yesterday. I do quite a bit of our shopping there and I try to go once every two weeks. I was on a huge time crunch and I was trying to cram about fifty-eight things into an hour and a half. I know if I hit Costco at just the right time I can get in and out in about forty minutes (no exaggerating on this one, I totally can do this. Although, you can’t stop and try the samples if you are trying to power through Costco).

I usually go in and head straight to the back and get my bread first, then my meats and veggies and circle around. I think everyone else does this too because there is a stream of people moving in this direction. This day I did it a little bit different. I did a quick jog to the left (I really did jog, can you picture it?) and got to the snack aisle. I grabbed a bag of chocolate covered pomegranates (this is important, remember the pomegranates), those cheese and crackers with the red stick to smear the cheese on (Delaney has been asking for those) and a package of Tiger Protein Bars. I then headed down the right center aisle straight to the back and put 2 loaves of bread in my cart. I swooped (that is what I call it when I run through the cold room) through and grabbed a bag of spinach and some raspberries, and then got my milk, eggs, cheese, butter and yogurt. I walked my way up to the front and checked out.

It wasn’t until I got home and loaded that I started to figure out that I was a little bit crazy (I have been crazy for a while, I know). Julia was at the house (she had just dropped off Teagan) and she helped me unload. I asked her if she had seen the bread and she told me no. I was bummed because I really needed the bread and I hoped I had not been charged for it. I went on unloading and didn’t think much of it.

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Later that night I decided to get out the pomegranates for Teagan and Brad (they love them) and I couldn’t find them and I couldn’t remember unloading them. Hmmm, weird. I then decided to look at my receipt. There was no bread on it (good thing) but there was also no chocolate pomegranates, no cheese and crackers and no Tiger Bars.

What the hammer is going on? I swear I put them in my cart. I specifically remember going down those isles first. What happened. I don’t remember putting them on the conveyor belt, so I guess they never made it through the check stand. Can you say, “Welcome to Crazy Town?” What happened? Did someone else grab my cart,? But when? Did someone take the stuff out of my cart? How random to take chocolate covered pomegranates, cheese and crackers, bread and Tiger Bars. Strange combo. Did I pull a fast one and some how grab an empty cart after I the bread area? I think I would have noticed that one. I guess this is one mystery I will never solve (unless I ask Costco to see their security cameras and then they would really think I am a psycho!).

Another day in my life.

Delaney’s Little Mermaid Under the Sea Party

Mermaid-Invite

Delaney Was turning 4 and decided she wanted a Disney Little Mermaid Ariel birthday party. I found this amazing invitiation online and added my own font.

Party-favor-buckets

We invited 10 girls and I made each girl a bucket of goodies. In it I put goldfish crackers, Ariel tatoos, a Little Mermaid beachtowel, and  a mermaid skirt for dress up.

Party-favor-tags

I found this tag online added my own font, then tied bows with ribbon I got out of the dollar bin at Michael’s.

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For the mermaid skirts I bought tulle and this stetchy teal fabric with silver glitter at Walmart. I cut a piece of fabric 32″ wide and 22″ long. With right sides together I stitched up the back leaving the last 8″ open at the bottom. I zig zag stitched an 18″ x 1/2″ wide piece of elastic to the waist. Then I gathered up a 62″ x 8″ piece of tulle and stitched it over the opening in the back (for a tail or fin look).

Beach-towel-chair-covers

Setting the table was so fun. I used the Ariel beach towels for chair covers. I tied each one with a bow of tulle. I used a seafoam green plastic table cloth and Ariel printed plates from Party City (I know it is plastic but I wanted easy clean up).

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I had lots of fun sea shells on the table and decorated my plate stand with the extra tulle. I put little glass dishes with goldfish crackers and M&Ms down the center. I had a blast making rice crispie treat sushi. I cheated a little. I was running out of time so I took the packaged premade rice cripie treats and I cut them and molded them into sushi rice. I found swedish fish candy at Michael’s. Then I took the Fruit by the Foot rolls, cut it into stips and wraped it around to look like Nigiri Sushi.

The pink things with the seafoam green sprigs on the top are actually marshmallow strawberries but I thought they looked like something Ariel would eat from the ocean.

The other fun food was the oyster cookies (top plate). I took 2 Pepperidge Farm cookies that look like oysters, put pink frosting in between them. Then I added a small marshmallow for a pearl.

Mermaid-face-paint

Dude was in town for the party and she was a huge help. She is an amazing face painter. Here is her little mermaid she did!

cake-and-punch

I made under the sea soda by mixing blue Hawaiian punch, 7-up and lime sherbert (it can also double as Yoda Soda for a Star Wars party just incase you need to do that). It foams up good and looked like sea water.

Delaney had been asking for an Ariel cupcake cake. I had to much to do than to slave over cupcakes so I outsourced. Look what I found at Albertsons of all places! She loved it and her cupcake cake idea was great because we didn’t have to cut it we just pulled off the cup cakes and passed them out.

Waiting-for-Ariel

Since this was a Little Mermaid party of coarse Ariel had to make an appearance. The girls was so cute as they waited, looking out the front window for Ariel. Little did they know that Ariel snuck in the back door (she didn’t want to show off her human legs just yet) and was waiting for them.

Claire-dressed-up-like-Ariel

Our friend Claire looks just like Ariel. Her grandmother made her this awesome costume and she was the hit of the party. The girls were in awe and it was so adorable to watch.

Ariel-read-them-her-story

Ariel read them her own story. She brought with her Sebastian the crab (stuffed, not a real crab, gross) and that was her gift to the birthday girl.

Delaney sat on Ariel’s lap while we sang her Happy Birthday. She didn’t want to move out of her lap. She really did have a wonderful birthday. I hope we gave her memories she will have forever (if not she can look at this blog).

I found these thank you cards online and printed one for each guest with their photo with Ariel.

I think I had more fun than Delaney (it was my party, right?). The whole Ariel theme was so much fun and the girls and their moms had a great time. After Ariel left one little girl told her mom, “I saw her legs”. The mom said, “How did you feel about that?” The little girl said,”I think she was in human form”. Priceless!

Just another day in my life.


Contest! Win $100 in Designs By Chelle Candles!

Win $100 in Designs By Chelle Candles

Are you excited? Well, I am! Who doesn’t like free stuff? Let the contest begin!!!!!

All you have to do is promote my Designs By Chelle business page on your wall, on your page, via message, or email, and ask that the person(s) to go like my Designs By Chelle Business page. Then they just have to come over here to the blog, and comment on THIS blog post, letting me know who sent them (please have your friends put down your name, if they don’t tell me who sent them you won’t get the credit). The person with the highest send over rate will win the $100 in candles. The more you post and promote on Facebook, the better your chances will be to win.. Friends can send friends over for you too.. the possibilities are endless.

I am keeping it simple, as always (well, maybe not always). Facebook has changed their rules on contests. So, I have my own rules to accommodate the legal stuff.

Here are the officially official rules – Please Read these before commenting below.

  •  The contest is open to any United States resident. We will ship but any shipping charges will be included in the $100 certificate.
  •  Any comments geared towards this contest, and posted on Designs By Chelle Facebook page will be deleted and not counted towards the total. The comments have to be posted on THIS blog post. No exceptions.
  •  We are not responsible for computer error. (i.e. comment not posting properly) If you don’t see your comment after a few days, post again. We will only count each name once.
  •  Anyone can like Designs by Chelle’s page, and comment. We will be checking that each name has liked the official page. It won’t be counted, if not.
  •  The value of this contest is $100 in candles and/or shipping and handling. It is non-redeemable for cash, non-refundable, and cannot be gifted to another person. Example: If shipping and handling is $25 the amount in free candles is $75.
  •  Winner must use the certificate by December 21, 2012 (December 17, 2012 if shipping). Sorry, but this is a seasonal gift.
  •  The results will be posted no later than 10 a.m. PST December 1st, or as soon as the comments are tallied, and double checked for accuracy.
  •  By commenting below, and stating your name, you are declaring that you have read the rules, and agree to the terms and conditions.
  • We are not choosing a winner. The number of comments for one particular person determines the winner.
  •  We are giving you a month to get your comments in. No comments will be counted after noon, pacific time, on Friday November 30th, 2012.
  • If you have been sent to this page by a friend and are wondering, “What’s in it for me?”, allow me to enlighten you (candle humor).  Your post counts as one entry for the friend whose name you have dropped, and as an entry for yourself!  You too are now in the running for free candles, go spread the word!

Another day in my life.