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Saturday, October 31, 2009

I Guess There Are Worse Comparisons

Tonight I was putting away some clothes and CJ asked me what I was doing. I said, "I'm just cleaning up a bit." She paused for a minute and then said, "Mama, I give you time to clean up. Like Cinderella." She then shut the door, but through the door she said "You can come out when you're done."

Funny kid, funny kid.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Research Before You Buy

A couple weeks ago we thought we were going to have to buy Verity a new carseat. She was barely squeezing in with a normal shirt on, and she couldn't wear a jacket at all. Not a good thing with winter quickly approaching.* We have a Britax Marathon for Charissa which we love because it's so easy to install, and we thought we'd just get another one of those. But, being the crazy person that I am, I wasn't going to do anything until I did a little research. One of my favorite resources is Consumer Reports because they are an independent company that tests products in lots of different ways so you can get a very well-balanced assessment. For instance, for carseats CR checks crash protection, ease of installation, durability, size, and tons of other things. After looking over all the carseats they tested, I wasn't surprised to see that the Britax was high-ranking, but I was surprised that it was #2. And I was even more surprised when I saw what was #1 - the Cosco Scenera. I've seen the Cosco brand around, and I know people that have their carseats, but I was really shocked that the $70 (!!!) carseat beat out the $280 one. The Britax and the Cosco scored the same on every test except one - the crash safety in which the Cosco got a higher score. What in the world! So save $210 and then have a safer car seat? You can bet that we will be buying the Cosco Scenera.

So a half hour at Barnes & Nobles sipping Starbucks with my husband ends up saving us $210. That's a pretty good deal to me. It just goes to show that the most expensive thing is not always the best product. Moral of the story: do a little research before you purchase.

*It turns out that one of the straps was caught on the underside of the carseat and so once we fixed that Verity has a lot more room.

Sometimes We Fall

Today I took the girls to the doctor to get their flu shots. The medical building hires people to drive around in golf carts and pick people up in the parking lot and drive them to the building (it's a really big parking lot). I normally choose to walk, but today we hitched a ride. When we got up to the building, I was getting up when I stumbled over something , and then fell over the rail on the side, but since I was holding Verity I couldn't do anything to break my fall. I ended up landing directly on my right elbow and somehow hurting the back of my left knee. In a way it was kind of funny because I was laying there on the pavement when all these very nice people start running over to me to make sure that Verity and I were ok, making me feel like I was in a movie. But then the pain set in and nothing was funny anymore. It's been 14 hours and my elbow is still throbbing.

The interesting thing about this whole thing was that I didn't have time to consciously react to what was going on, but instinctively I held onto Verity. In fact, I landed in such a way that she was on top of me, hardly even effected by the fall. It's good to know that my instincts are to protect my babies.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tuesday Tip - Teacher Discounts!

A friend of mine recently let me in on the fact that AC Moore and Joann's give discount cards to teachers. You get 10% off at AC Moore, and 15% off at Joann's. Plus you can still use your coupons! Immediately I said, "Sign me up!" Well, actually sign Britt up.

Here's how it works. For AC Moore you just copy your teacher license or home school certificate and mail it in to this address. For Joann's you print off an application here, mail it in, and then when you receive your card you have to have it signed by a store manager before you can use it.

Isn't that a great tip for you to know?

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Finally!

About 4 months later, I've finally listed my products on etsy.  While I'm not going to be trying to make a career out of crafting, I do need to sell these things just to get them out of my house.  

And I haven't posted anything over at Flowers of Verity in a long time, but a return is in the works!  It's not because I haven't been doing anything, it's that I've been doing so much I haven't had time to blog about it.  Hopefully I'll be able to update this week.  

Monday, October 05, 2009

Silly Kid

I had put the girls down for a nap, and had started working on some sewing when Charissa came rushing into my "crafting room."  She seemed worried and agitated so I asked her what was wrong.  And this is what she said: "Mama!  I lost it!  My belly button is gone!"  

I try very hard not to laugh at my children when they are upset, but this was a tough one.  When I had my voice under control I showed Charissa that her belly button had in fact not disappeared.  Much relieved, she trotted back off to bed.

What do you do with a kid like this? :)