You are not going to win chores, not today

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Fur trap!!
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My cutie waiting to play ❀ Notice the maroon carpet
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Dining room flooring. It looked like a good idea at the time.

Since we have moved into a much larger home than we have had previously I find myself cleaning all of the time. I face a couple new obstacles in my new cleaning adventure. The two biggest obstacles are my daughter and my cat. They are the messiest people I have ever met. (Yes my cat is human) I have come to the conclusion that cleaning with a toddler and a cat is like cleaning a desk full of papers with a fan on. For example the other day I swept, swiffered and moped our dining room. About ten minutes later my cat puked and my toddler spilled milk all over. Ugh! Now the milk wouldn’t be such a problem except we have really dark flooring in our dining room and milk seems to show up even after it is cleaned. And the cat puke, well its gross. I am not sure what I was thinking when I picked out the flooring. It. shows. everything. I think my cat is mulching or something because I have never had to deal with so much fur in my life and my poor floor is suffering. Now it is a dark brown with a hint of orange fur.

In our living room some idiot installed maroon carpet. (It wasn’t me) Why in the world would you do that?? It shows everything and then some. If Avery eats one cracker you know it. If I leave the house when I come back I know everything my daughter and husband ate just by the crumbs on the floor. I vacuum at least once a day if not twice. Between the fur and the crumbs I am almost ready to rip the stupid carpet out myself. I had big plans for what little tax return I would be getting. Now those have disappeared because I have set my sights on one huge maroon eyesore that needs to go far far away.

The other day my bestie stopped over and we were talking about cleaning and how much we didn’t want to do it. She works full-time and I know how hard it is to keep a house clean while working. Our convo brought me back to when I did work full-time and how much my “week-ends” sucked. I put “week-ends” in quotations because it never really felt like I had any time off. Between grocery shopping and cleaning it seemed like I never left work. Then I started thinking about my life now. Here I am blessed with this wonderful little girl that I get to spend every day with and I waste most of my time cleaning. She doesn’t care if every nook and cranny of the house is clean or the laundry is done. All she cares about is her toys and her cartoons are available. I almost feel guilty that almost every morning is dedicated to dishes, laundry and other chores. It should be dedicated to spending time with my little girl who is growing up way too fast. Before I know it I will be back to work and my “week-ends” are going to stink again and I will be wishing I would have spent more time with my little when I was at home with her. So today the chores are not going to win. I am going to play, dance and repeat.

Ugh just turn the t.v. on

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Chalkboard that I had to do freestyle because the stencils fell through for me πŸ˜‰

I never in a million years thought I would be the type of parent that would let my kid watch t.v. Then I had kids and everything changed. Tonight we were hanging pictures up in our daughters room and she wouldn’t behave. She has been a little stinker all day not to mention she slept like five hours last night and the night before and the night before that. I had gotten her a chalkboard butterfly to put on her door and I was trying with my trusty stencils to put her name on it then it happened. She would not stop; pulling chalk off of the table, climbing on the chair that I was sitting on and pretty much anything else she could do to get my attention. Side note on the stencils; chalk and stencils do not mix. Finally the t.v. babysitter saved me. The Bubble Guppies were on and peace was restored.

I am not against t.v. at all. I have a great appreciation and love for my television and that love runs deep. When I got pregnant I had always pictured me reading books and playing with my kids all of the time. I guess I forgot about the part that included laundry, cleaning and going to the bathroom. You know they never tell you that once you have children you will never go to the bathroom alone again. If I would have known that I would have definitely appreciated my bathroom time more.

I was one of those girls that people with kids laughed at behind my back. I had all of these ideas like my kids were never going to sleep with me, they would never watch t.v. and they would always eat everything on their plate. I probably thought they would never get dirty either. Gosh I was dumb. Now I have learned and all of those things I said I would never let happen, happened and continue to this day. If I met the girl that I used to be I would probably slap her and her little ideas.

Back to the television; you are probably picturing my daughter in front of the t.v. all day while I go about my day. Not true. I am not a Real Housewife of (insert county here) I have become a little more aware of the cleanliness of my home since I started staying home. Maybe because I have to look at my house all day now instead of spending most of time at work. I do have daily chores and then I add some things everyday if time allows. During those chores there is time for dancing, singing and playing. I usually have a little toddler following me and hugging my legs through most of it. There are some precious moments where she actually does pay attention to the t.v. and I can get a little something done toddler free.

All in all things get done and my floors get clean. Now the floors may be clean but there are a layer of toys on top of them. I guess it’s getting down to crunch time since the big Birthday party is coming so I am getting a little frazzled. Normally I would have rooms that are kind of off-limits to guests (Like that closet I shove all kinds of crap into when people come over.) But since we just moved into this house I know people are going to want to take a peek and see the work we have been doing. Which is fine but now I don’t have any secret hiding spots for my crap.Β  I know most people don’t see that spider web in the corner behind the desk but I know it is there. I guess if someone came over and inspected my house that closely I would probably have to ask them to leave.

I guess t.v. really isn’t that bad for kids as long as it’s not all they do. Avery has actually learned some things and she loves dancing and music now. I think it is because of the Bubble Guppies and the fact that I listen to music a lot.Β  Some of the cartoons are really cute and entertaining the first couple of times you watch them. After the 500th time they do start to wear on a person. Now it’s back to cleaning and getting hugged while I am doing it πŸ™‚

 

Why is there a booger on my….

After a couple heavy posts I decided it’s time to have a little fun and joke around again πŸ˜‰ (Hence the title of this blog entry)

Since having a toddler I have said a lot of things and asked a lot of questions that I never thought I would ever ask in my life. Like the other day when I asked “Why is there a booger on my water bottle? Turns out my daughter was chewing on it and left me a present behind.Β  I think I say “Don’t put THAT in your mouth” a 100 times a day. The other night my husband told me that when I talk to Avery I sound like I am talking to a dog because I am always saying, “Come here Avery”or “Avery, get OVER here!!”

We are teaching Avery how to use steps since we have moved into our new house. (She knows how to but she never had to go up a flight of them before) I feel like I am a motivational speaker when we are going up and down the stairs. She wants to look back instead of forward so then I am always saying “Avery look ahead don’t look behind you” Avery keeping looking forward” She also has an obsession with the toilet. She loves to splash around in there like she is at a water park. Now you are probably wondering why don’t you put a child lock on your toilet dummy. I don’t have one on there because I am a dummy and I hate toilet child locks. So every once in a while Avery gets to go to the “water park”.

We just moved in to a new house but you really wouldn’t know it. We no longer have a coffee table, bookcases or shelving because our daughter would destroy everything. I have a table that she can barely reach that I have by a set of windows so I thought it would be okay to put some cute decorations on it. I came home the other day and there was an angel laying on the floor with no head. Somehow Avery used her superpowers to get that angel and take its head off. I thank God that I had enough sense not to get plants and put them on that nice table by the window.

As I am writing she has managed to take the cushion off of the couch and she is using it as her trampoline. I am actually getting a little sick to my stomach from the bouncing. Did I mention she BROKE our couch? Yeah that happened…. I watch and actually DVR cartoons now. I think my almost two year-old uses more DVR space then I do.Β  Did I mention the toys? The toys that are all over the house? I found a plastic pig in the refrigerator the other day. These toys are dangerous to adults. Like in the middle of the night when you are so sleepy but have to go to the bathroom so you get up and then it happens you step on a Lego or princess and you are wide awake and in horrible pain.

I now long for the days when Avery slept, ate, pooped and repeated. I had candles, plants, decorations and things that don’t have bite marks. I know those days will come when she won’t want anything to do with me and the thought of even riding in a car with me will be embarrassing. When I miss the cuddles and goodnight kisses I will look back at this post and I will pop in a movie and take a nap πŸ˜‰

But then she runs up to me in her cute little outfits, grabs my hand and holds it tight. I remember why I wanted kids so badly :)She keeps me on my toes for sure and everyday is pretty much dedicated to her. Like this morning for instance instead of doing my daily chores, I ran around getting her bag packed for her little two-year old photo shoot today. (I have been told I treat her like a supermodel when she gets her pictures taken.) I really do not think that is the case πŸ˜‰ But I wouldn’t have my life any other way; she makes me so happy I could just burst ❀ Being a mom is truly the best job I have ever had πŸ™‚

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An example of toddler destruction πŸ˜‰
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These are toys, some parts are small. Adults beware!

On a BUDGET

I love staying at home with my daughter but it does come with some financial hardship. Like this morning I had a full-out panic attack when I was balancing the checkbook. It is hard when you have big events coming up like Birthday’s, Christmas etc. Tis’ the season of blowing all of your money πŸ˜‰ I have never claimed to be a math whiz but I have learned some strategies to make those dollars stretch until they break πŸ™‚ The first tip I learned was to use those coupons! Now I am not an extreme coupon-er, I only use coupons for things that we use or need. At Target for example they have this wonderful app called Cartwheel. My advice to you USE IT and use it often. You can combine your Cartwheel with one manufacturer’s coupon and one Target coupon per item. For example I have my allergy med on my Cartwheel and I have a Target coupon for it as well. Sometimes when the Gods look down upon us items that are in Target’s ad are also in Cartwheel. Than the saving gets crazy πŸ˜‰ Another awesome savings to us is the grocery store we go to. The store we use gives what they call “pump perks” So some items that are on sale also give you savings on gas. Your perks are good for one month so you can save them and get a huge savings at the pump! If you are lucky enough to have a grocery store like this in your area you are truly blessed πŸ˜‰ Now another tip is those coupons they call “piggybacks” they print out at the register when you check out. Always pay attention to those I have found some great deals with them. One more tip is to stock up! On things you use, not on 100 razors that will sit in your closet for the next ten years. For example I go through a lot of cream soups.(My husband nicknamed me the casserole queen.) It is so nice when you go into your cupboard and one of those things you use everyday is there and you have lots of it. So by now you are probably picturing me in a dark room clipping coupons, my hair a mess and with stains all over my clothes. But that’s really not me. It does take a little work but it’s not like I have a binder that I pull out at the checkout. Usually I sift through my coupons before I go to the store and I go through the Cartwheel app when Avery is taking a nap. Always look through the clearance racks. I have found some great, name-brand clothes in those racks. If you go to the end of almost any aisle at any store they usually have items on clearance or on sale. Go through them, look at them but don’t get into a pushing or shouting match. I almost had a confrontation in the Lego aisle a couple of years ago with a very mean lady while trying to get the last box of Sponge Bob Lego’s for my step-son. I am happy to report I did get theΒ  Lego’s and he has now outgrown Lego’s so I don’t have to risk my life anymore πŸ™‚

If you are one of the lucky ones that knows months in advance that you might have the chance to stay at home when your baby is born, do yourself a favor and save those pennies! My advice to you is to pay something off. Whether it be a car, school loan, or credit card bill. Whatever you have to pay off to get those monthly payments reduced. It is amazing what you can do to a loan when you pay a little extra every month. It will also help you to get used to living on a budget. Maybe you are one of those people who I believe were made in some kind of factory somewhere that are really good at saving money. I give you props πŸ™‚ I have met some of you and I am jealous.

I have tons of other things I try to do to save money. Some work some not so much. It all depends on what works for your family. Sometimes you will have those little angels from Heaven that give you a bag of clothes that their kids outgrew or other items that they don’t use anymore. Thank them maybe even bake them some cookies.

If you are able to stay at home I wish you luck:) It is wonderful to stay home but it does come with some stress. If you do chose to work or have to work you are awesome! I did it and it is hard.

I am no expert at this or really anything in life but I have learned some hard lessons in the financial department and other life departments so if I can help anyone I am glad to do it πŸ™‚

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Piggyback coupon
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Digging through the clearance rack paid off!!