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Bringing Out the Bear Hands… #humor

Funny Bear Hands

Anyone else having a day like this too?

The kids have all been home for 2 weeks now – and are driving me crazy. The house is a total Post-Christmas-Disaster. And I’ve lost all motivation to do much of anything except eat cookies in the recliner while I watch movies. There’s so much to do, and I don’t wanna do it. And if one more child asks me to get them a glass of juice, someone is going to see my Bear Hands….. Happy Holidays!


Tips on Staying Slim Throughout the Holidays!

Christmas Cookie Low Fat Recipes

“Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” – Edna Ferber

The holidays are a festive time of year filled with celebrations and parties that seem to center around food. This isn’t a time when you should be concerned with dieting, instead place the majority of your focus on maintaining your weight. The following tips will help you stay slim throughout the holidays and keep those pounds from doing damage to your waistline.


Never come to a party or gathering ravenous. Instead, eat something healthy and protein rich at home before the party and once you arrive choose healthy snacks to nibble on like vegetables and fruits. If the party is a pot luck type of gathering, bring a healthy dish to pass like hummus, vegetables and low fat pita chips or a salad loaded with vegetables, legumes and low calorie dressing. Also, keep cocktails to a minimum as they are loaded with sugar and empty calories. Better yet, pair your festive beverage with a glass of water to keep you full and help you cut back on portions.

Hit the Gym:

The holidays are an excellent time to hit the gym a little harder. This is a busy time of year with parties, holiday shopping and wrapping presents and most people usually choose this month to skip exercising. Make time in your hectic schedule to work out as you not only will help keep the pounds at bay, but you will feel better about yourself and will think twice about indulging on that extra holiday treat.

Don’t Deny Yourself:

Being too strict with your eating regimen during the holiday season won’t help you keep the pounds off. This could backfire and cause you to overindulge and gorge on a favorite treat. If you have a favorite cookie or snack during the holiday season, go ahead and enjoy within moderation. This doesn’t mean it until it’s gone, but instead enjoy a piece of cheesecake or chocolate fudge and be done. Maybe you don’t even need to eat the entire thing, but could be satisfied with just a bite or two.

Keep Track of Your Weight:

Manage your weight during the holiday season and keep track of your weight by stepping on the scale. By weighing yourself every other day, you’ll be able to see if the pounds are creeping on or if you’re keeping your weight under control.

Load Up on Fiber:

Foods rich in fiber are not only healthy for you, but they will also keep you full longer. Enjoy foods like whole grain rice or pastas, cabbage, spinach, beans and pumpkin.

Christy Levine currently writes for Edrugstore MD, an online facilitator for discreet medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra online, where they offer an ask a physician section on  Laura has extensive background in health and wellness and enjoys offering her tips on the eDrugstore.MD Blog.
{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored guest post. Graphics from Dinner Tool – Drop Holiday Pounds with Low-Calorie Recipes.}

Who’s Getting Coal for Christmas?? #humor

Funny Holiday Saying Plaque

What do you think?

Is it worth the risk? Probably, but I’m still aiming for being on the “Nice” list, so I’ll keep being good. Not perfect mind you, but good. How about you guys – Which list are you on this year? Nice, or Naughty?

Leave me a comment and tell me which list you’re on and why!

I can’t wait to read your stories – I have some funny fans. Happy Holidays!


Bloggers Have Messy Homes & Other Thoughts on Housework…

“My House was clean yesterday. Sorry you missed it.” – I want this wooden sign. I want to hang it over the front entry way of my home, so people know what to expect. But, I saw this picture on Facebook, with no link, so I’m unsure of where to buy it. I searched the web, and all I can find is some shopping site from the UK, but I don’t have UK money. I don’t know what those little L shaped dollar signs even mean. So if you find this for sale in US dollars, please let me know. Better yet – Tell Santa. He knows where I live.

A Clean House is the Sign of a Broken Computer


“A Messy House is a sign of Creativity”

There are tons of bloggers who have beautiful homes. People like the couple over at Young House Love – they blog, and they blog about the amazingly creative upgrades that they do to their home. And their home is clean. Not while they’re doing projects, of course. But even when they’re ripping out a wall and building something from wood that probably came from a tree that they grew from a seed, and then cut down themselves with hand tools {they’re amazing, and I’m sure that they do this} – Even during those big remodels, I’m pretty sure their house is still less of a disaster than mine is. So, while many people say “A Messy House is a sign of Creativity” – the creative bloggers I’ve seen all have amazing homes. I try to keep up with housework – while I wait for my camera to upload new pictures for a review, I throw a load of laundry in. I blog while I cook dinner. I multi-task. Yet still, between bottles and snacks and backpacks and homework and writing and giveaways and bath time and story time and answering emails – the housework lingers. It mocks me from the messy corners, knowing that I don’t have time to leave my computer chair and tackle it. I should tackle it too. Football style.

“I hate housework. You make the beds, you wash the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.” – Joan Rivers

Surprising fact – I like cleaning. I get excited over new kitchen sponges with cool designs. I love buying the latest cleaning gadgets – the Black & Decker Steam Mop thrills me ten times more than my new iPhone. I’m a bit {ok, my family would say a lot} OCD – I insist on all of the drinkware being put away on the shelf in rows: juice glasses, mugs, then tall drinking glasses. In rows, people – we’re not animals. You don’t just stack a drinking glass in front of a mug? Who does that? And the canned goods should also be in rows, according to type, with all labels facing forward. Who puts a can of corn in the green bean row? Right? Books and DVD’s should be organized according to color. Why is this so hard for the savages that I live with to understand?

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” – Phyllis Diller

The problem is this – 2 years ago, I lived alone. Just me and my cat. She was a neighborhood stray that adopted me when I moved into my new house. I asked her what her name was; she said “Meow.” Weird name, but I don’t judge. So I lived in a clean, neat, and organized home for a couple years, just me and Meow. Then life threw some curve balls, as it tends to do when things are going along too comfortably. First, my mother moved into the spare bedroom – with her 4 little dogs. Then, my brother and his 2 boys remodeled my basement, and moved in too. They brought a few fish – but they had a tank, so that was ok too. Then I found out I was pregnant. Woah. So my boyfriend moved in with me. He brought a dog. My house was now a bit different. And by “a bit”, I mean like flipped upside down. Flipped like one of those rides at the fair that I’m much too old to ride.

“I will clean house when Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner.” – Roseanne Barr

What at first was going to be a temporary arrangement has become the new normal. Our house is filled with messes, craziness, and mayhem – but it’s also filled with love. I drink much more coffee now than I ever have before – {and if you know me, you know I drink it by the bucket!} – just to keep up with it all. My mother and I decided to buy a new home together last November – it’s not that much bigger, but it has a pool, and a really big property, and is in a much better area. I love this house. I love the view from my back door, of the beautiful snow-covered fields and trees. And I love the view inside – of Abby smile when she’s dancing in the kitchen with Grandma, while Daddy cooks us a great dinner, and Uncle James plays with those wild nephews of mine. My brother and the boys will probably move out sometime this next year – so for now, I try to ignore the chaos, and enjoy having them all here. With a full house, Abby can’t yet move to her own room, and is sharing the Master Bedroom with her Daddy and I. But while she may not get her own room – she gets to play with her cousins every day. She gets to see Grandma and Uncle James every night. She’s surrounded by a big bunch of people who adore her. And a house full of family, love, and happiness is about as good as it gets. So, I suppose the cleaning can wait…

“And this mess is so big
And so deep and so tall,
We cannot pick it up.
There is no way at all!”
―Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

What do YOU think?

Share your stories in the comments… Are you a blogger who actually has a clean home? How do you feel about cleaning up after kids? Do you clean up after kids? Or do your children play board games with the dust bunnies? I love hearing from you guys.

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Big Girls Don’t Cry – But Moms Do!

Funny cartoon about moms

Big girls don’t cry – But Moms Do!

Not sure where this came from, since I found it on Facebook – so if you know the source, please leave it in a comment so I credit them. But – it’s just way too funny not to share, right? Abby’s not in school yet. But I can totally imagine this being me some day…

How about you?

Have you ever cried when dropping off the kids? Do they take it way better than you do?

Share your best-funniest-most-embarrassing stories in the comments.


I Ran Out of Coffee, So I Just Gave Up On Everything…

Anyone else relate??

Yep, this is exactly what I do when I run out of coffee – give up. Lol. I found this on Facebook today, so I can’t credit the source – if you know where it came from, leave a comment and I’ll gladly add a credit. Clearly, whoever put this together is someone I’d get along with perfectly :)


Mommy Thoughts: Toddlers and Ringing Phones…

Funny Toddler Quote

So true, right?

A friend of mine shared this quote today, from, and I loved it.

It’s funny how babies, toddlers, -heck even big kids sometimes-bring out the soft side in even the toughest guys.

My daughters dad is definitely a “tough guy”- not a lot of smiles, race car driver, construction worker- you get the idea. When I hear him down on his hands and knees, playing with Abby and her tea set, it melts my heart.

Kids are amazing….

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