Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Pumping out shitacular service

As I'm in final countdown mode to baby three, I have been knocking off things to purchase:

It's been awhile so I'm basically starting from scratch which absolutely okay. Scary but okay.

The only thing I put off because I knew I was covered for was a breast pump. That was until I called my insurance. I have had fights with them before and honestly they are the big eats dicks on the planet. From baby #1 genetic testing (you apparently don't need to know if your kid has problems) to my possible blood clot with baby #2 (I guess dying is way more suitable to them). Now it is pumps. Technically covered by the ACA (with no sarcasm - Thanks Obama), the workaround is that you take their officially sanctioned pump which may or may not be consumer viable instead the basic equivalent by a higher brand.

What pissed me off was the rep saying you can take a free one or you're on your own. Great. As much I pay, I really do in premiums and co-pay at ceilings, you expect a letter something about "hey you're having a kid, here is what you need to know". No, as their customer you have to read their ridiculous and ridiculously long explanation of benefits appendix which is updated annually. To be fair and honest, reading Wikipedia is more fun while having hemmorids.

What am I saying? That Moms talk. If you're a mom, especially a new one, you're reading this. We read Amazon reviews. Talk during car pick up lines. Give friends advice via Facebook. Word gets out fast so up that service infamous blue insurance company. Wouldn't take much.

So. By April, you'll have my verdict on this pump. I try to give pictures and in depth reviews. I'll even purchase parts for my old Medela and compare the two on pumping prowess. Here is hoping this insurance issued pump isn't a piece of crap.

You already know how much I love (that's sarcasm) my insurance.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

All saints parade

There are days that I forget that I send my kids to parochial school. It's so enmeshed with my daily life that you forget it.

Then you get an email stating that your child is to participate in the annual All Saints Day Parade.


I don't really do saints. No really as a convert, saints are really cool and holy people but other than that and you getting an automatic ticket into heaven, I don't think about them.

Conundrum here.

So using my passion planner, I mapped out to make a saint's costume.

I think St. Lucy is logistically the best option. The Ladybug wasn't named for a saint but her great grandmothers (who were and are saints). So with that being said, she can wear a white dress, a red sash, and a green crown.

We already had the dress from halloweens past and we picked a crown at party city for $3! I call that a win

The Ladybug was so happy that she stuck with St. Lucy all weekend. Not bad. N

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review on being a housewife.

HausfrauHausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happens if you refuse to participate in life? Or worse prefer passivity - just let things happen to you? The novel follows Anna a American expat living in Zurich. Her serious failures and how she approaches each.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Getting ready for escuela

I refused to start this school year already behind. Not happening.

So one Saturday in August, I sat down and plotted out my command center.

I purchased two plastic drawer stations from target. Pulled out two ribbon boards from Vera Bradley. I grabbed one cork board from my office that I really wasn't using and a mail box from kirklands.

With the stations, I made shape labels with crafts, papers, and supplies for each kid.

The ribbon boards were velcroed to the wall.

The cork board was hung and velcroed to the wall over command hooks (bookbags and lunch boxes).

Now I felt better. To better organize that cork board, I took gift tags and labeled zones for calendars, flyers, projects, fees, etc. Really, things these kids need for school.

A couple months into the school year and the system works very well. I know where stuff is and we don't have meltdowns that often over lost items.

I call that a win here!

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Family Day in Coach Land

I am a strong proponent of family life. What? It is the first community you belong to. Whether you have two parents, grandparents, a single mom/dad - family life is important and we should be promoting it.

That being said, I practice what I preach. While ice shows or Dino expositions are pricey for me, I try to find fun activities that we can do year round that get our kids interested in the world around them. I also plan days that we all will be together.

One such day is Columbus Day. We don't mention Columbus here (or the first thanksgiving-another time folks). So we focus on our family. Family Day is the day/weekend where we unwind and welcome fall in Coach Land!

This year we spent a Saturday at Cabin John Park on their Eye Spy Train. A blast! The kids were given cards and crayons to point out the scenes we rode by. We also hung out at the fire house! We learned about fire safety and tried on gear and climbed a fire engine.

At home, I made Hamburger Soup (will post a batch of fall and winter appropriate soups later).

Then I planned my escape- I had a week long meeting therefore by managing expectations, my children know not to face time me about how dad gave them icky food. By icky, I mean relatively normal food.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Book review about random meetings and second chances.

One Plus OneOne Plus One by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A single mom of two kids and a man whose life is in turmoil collide in a wild adventure. Did I mention a dog that farts? No. Well there is one of those too.

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Friday, October 16, 2015


Three years of being a naturalista!  Three years!   Some days are better than others but I am proud and still proud of my decision to be bold and be myself.   I see more and more women taking that road.  I also women feeling like they have defend themselves to either keep using perms or returning to perming their hair.  Let me say this:


Loud enough for you?  You should never feel compelled to explain your actions about yourself to anyone.   Especially about your appearance. 

Anyhoo, I will get off my soapbox ladies.  As promised, I am doing my semi-annual hair product listing.  The good, the bad, the eh.   So let's dig in:

The teezer - I used it.  It's okay.  Not my favorite but I used it.  Especially while in Salt Lake City (for a week).   I have since stopped.   I would point you here for reasons why.   I use my fingers now to detangle.

Conditioners - at this point, any one while slip and used on a weekly to bi-weekly basis.  My hair is so dense that I would rather not deal with it other than my weekly encounter.  Just rather not.

 Styling products
  • Miss Jessie's still not good
  • Shea moisture kids curling cream - good at first.  Better for Ladybug's hair than mine which left white particles throughout.
Hair bands - I pull my hair into a tight bun on the regular now so I  use the following:
  • Conditioner
  • Shea butter 
  • No breakage hair bands
  • Do rag or silk wrap to keep hair smoothed out.

That's it.  No really that's it.  Other than twist outs that braided and possibly curled.  Nothing magical really happens.