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Abandoned Amusement Park Marshal Scotty’s Photo Shoot

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!

Here is my post from Halloween years past…

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.





Another day in my life.



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!


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.

partee sign

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


 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!

cooler and centerpieces

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.

party favors

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


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.


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


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.
kitty litter cake

Joe and Shelly took first place with their ‘Kitty Litter Cake’. Click here for the recipe.

twinkie cake

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

food winners

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…


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.



We had fun posing in front of the toilet seats!

Spam Carving Contest


Works of art.


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

Ping Pong Spitting Contest


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.


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!


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).


 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…


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.


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.


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.

patchy lights

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).


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.


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.


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.