Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I have a best friend. Or rather, I used to have a best friend. We are no longer best friends, I don't think we even qualify as friends any more. Except on facebook. Goddamn facebook.

The last time I spoke to her, her then-boyfriend was an alcoholic and she didn't know what to do. I tried to help her, I tried to help her figure out her options. But then that was it. I didn't hear another word from her. Come to find out that she stayed with him. Had a child with him. Got engaged to him. And just this past weekend, married him.

This is not the only time this has happened to me. I had another extremely close friend that got beaten up badly by her husband. She then confessed to me that he has been beating her for years. She said she was afraid he was going to kill her. I offered her a place to stay. I tried to help. I tried to help her figure out her options. That was the last I heard from her.

Each of these women I have tried to contact. I have called and left messages with both. I have sent emails and facebook messages. The second woman is not on facebook, so I have no idea what happened. But the first is.

I was invited to her bachelorette's party. I was busy so I didn't go, but I felt awkward anyways since I didn't even know they were engaged, let alone getting married. I emailed her and told her that I was sorry I could not make the party, I had prior engagements, but I would love to grab lunch with her soon. I never heard a word back.

Just this morning I saw her wedding pictures. I did not click on them. Just scrolling through and seeing them made me sad. I miss her. I am sad that I was not invited to share this special time with her. It is all too much for 9 am.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Many Uses of Ivory

Did you know that there are tons of ways to use a bar of Ivory soap? I sure didn't. When I got one in the mail I immediately wondered how I would use it. I use body wash in the shower so that was not an option. So I looked online for ideas and I decided I would microwave it.

Yup. I microwaved soap. I was a little concerned that it would cause my microwave to blow up, but thankfully it did not. The bar of soap grew bigger and bigger until it erupted. We all had a good time watching it. This is the result:

I let it cool for a few minutes then I took it out so we could play with it.

It kinda felt like foam.

It stayed together very nicely and made a nice hat.

It also crumpled and made a pretty big mess. The cleanest mess ever! 

And when we were done, our hands smelt like Ivory soap. It was pretty awesome. We packed up the bits and pieces of the soap that we made a mess out of and Ryder dumped the whole bag into his bath. Like magic, it turned right back into usable soap and it was fun to squish it together!

But this isn't the only way to use the soap - for another craft project, it is great carving material. Oh, yeah, and you can use it to clean things like your body, face, or clothes.

I love the versatility of this soap. I also like that it is 99.44% pure and is dye-free (we all have sensitive skin around here). It is also a great value at around $4.49 for a ten pack of bath sized bars. So, who knew this would be one of my favorite products?

I received a complimentary bar from Ivory and Influenster as part of the Mom VoxBox campaign. All opinions are my own.

I Am

I Am

I am honest and trusting 
I wonder why I am so sad all the time 
I hear a dull roar 
I see a beautiful person 
I want to travel the world 
I am honest and trusting

I pretend to be calm 
I feel uncertain about time 
I touch a soft lining 
I worry about my son 
I cry when it feels hopeless 
I am honest and trusting

I understand plans change 
I say science will make it clear 
I dream about getting away 
I try to be optimistic 
I hope everything will work out 
I am honest and trusting

Mama’s Losin’ It

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Candy Whore?

I had some Reese's Pieces today. I know you are jealous. Why did I have a bag of them, I am sure you are wondering, why, let me tell you, Loyal Reader.

We were up in Concord, NH, for the evening and we needed a snack. The closest store was a Rite-Aid. Now, I don't think I've been in a Rite-Aid for over a decade, but it was there. We went in and, per usual, we examined every item in the store before settling on the items we looked at first. I spied a buy one get one free sale on the Reese's and I had to have two bags!

We went up to the cashier and she asked if I had one of these Wellness cards. I told her that I didn't but asked that she use the store card. Well, apparently, there is no store card. So, if I wanted my free bag of Reese's (of course I did) I would need to sign up for one of these dumb cards. So, I did. I gave her my phone number and she gave me a Wellness card. I tried to walk away without it, but she made sure I remembered to take it.

I promptly threw it away when I got home. What do I need with one of these cards for? I will never need it again. I hate how they trick you into giving them your phone number for a free bag of candy. Wow. Now I kinda feel like a candy whore.

In case you were wondering, I did not eat both bags at once. Despite how much I wanted to :)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Yummy Cookies

Influenster sent me a complementary Mom VoxBox. See:

The first thing we tried (of course) was the Quaker Soft Baked Cookie. Ryder was a little put off that it was a raisin cookie, he was probably assuming it would be chocolate chip, but like a good mother, I made him try it. "Mmmm! It's good!" Seems like the raisins were alright after all.

And a little side note: the one cookie had 170 calories, but it also had 4 grams of fiber. So one cookie should be enough for a snack. You know I usually have a couple of cookies, when I eat them, but this one was quite filling.