Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Keep moving forward

It seems that we are just busier and busier with each week! Last week we celebrated my 28th birthday with some of my friends, between myself and the three other moms that came over to play games we had 7 kids to keep busy. Cards Against Humanity was the game of the night, thanks to that wonderful game we had a ton of fun and laughed until we cried.

Looking back I wish I would have taken more photos but we were caught up in the moment and having a great time. The gaggle of children were all over the place, they made magic potions, played xbox games and watched youtube videos. It was a hectic night, but it was totally worth the chaos.

Since then we have unboxed our June Nerd Block Jr boxes, adding up the content of the boxes it was worth more than we paid for it, but there were fewer items than previous boxes. Check out our unboxing videos:

You can see our youtube channel by clicking HERE.

Hopefully we will balance out some of the things going on and get a few more fun things done this Summer, but until then we are just making it work the best we can.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Coming Soon in June

It's a wonderful month, not only is it sunny and warm but it's my birth month! We are eagerly awaiting the June Nerd Block Jr boxes so we can make our new videos with our green screen. We have been practicing and perfecting our skills at the whole replacing a background thing, I have started making various images to use for different videos. Hopefully once we get some things settled around home we will be able to make more gaming videos, or you know, if Aedan can peel me off the PC now that I am addicted to Minecraft.

Another neat thing? We will be doing a skylander giveaway soon, maybe more than one depending on what we end up with. Aedan has been asking if we can do some giveaways for his youtube subscribers, right now he is still low on subs but he has been getting some decent views, in just four months he has gotten over 2,000 views, and over 1,000 of those are on one video.

I think we are figuring out better ways to do things and how to promote these in the right ways to let them be seen by the right kind of people, finding that target audience is pretty high on the goal list and we are doing better at that lately.

As these things all come together I will do my best to keep the blog updated with all of the new things we are doing. Hang in there and get ready for some giveaway action.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Addicted to Minecraft

So where the heck have I been? Well I blame my best friend for that one, she introduced me to Minecraft on PC, I might have still escaped without getting addicted had she not included me in a group of friends that played together.

Yup, I have been neglecting y'all for a group of gamers. It happens, suck it up buttercup. It turns out I know all but two of the people in the group from either high school or through my brother so it was interesting to reconnect with these people.

It seems like taking care of the kids and keeping the house in some sort of order is taking up most of my time and when I can manage to sneak a little time for myself I end up playing Minecraft and working on our town. I have realized that I am awful at being creative on that game, my house is a generic rectangle with some windows and a door, seriously it is lame.

I will attempt to make more time for the blog if I can, we are working on introducing green screen into our YouTube videos and learning how to do that to the best of my ability is a task in itself, and I can say it looks strange having a green screen set up in my dining room turned sewing room. I think it is safe to say that we don't have a normal house anymore.

Anything else new? Well I am making progress at figuring out the whole single parent thing, most of it is finally figuring out my support system. Now I am working on my personal crap, I can tell you I have a metric butt ton of baggage to work through and some big issues to overcome but for now we are doing alright.

Hopefully I will keep the blog on the to-do the list but for now I am off to tackle the rest of the house, I think I am in the clear for Minecraft since everyone is busy.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Around the corner.

Kindergarten is around the corner for my oldest and I am on the search for the coolest stuff for his transition to the big school. He has been going to pre-k for two years at a small building next door to the elementary school and he was known for his geeky tee shirts and knoweledge of all things Marvel but now as he shifts from being the big fish in a small pond to one of the hundreds of students at the larger building I want to give him unique items that won't be the same as a dozen other kids in his class.

At the small school he was one of 8 kids in a classroom, kindergarten can have up to 30 kids and I don't want him to panic if he can't find his backpack in the sea of standard walmart/target look-alikes so I am leaning towards a MadPax Later Gator or Spiketus Rex bag. These are super cool and when Aedan saw them he said they remind him of Bowser. A friend of mine bought one for her kid and said it held up well to the wear and tear of a full year of use. The price seems a bit steep but if it lasts more than one year like many of the online reviews claim I think it will be well worth it for a backpack that stands out from the crowd.

As far as supplies go I will be scouring the internet for things that Aedan likes that are not the standard edition like everyone else, this is one of the perks to having a kid that enjoys being different and nerdy, I get to find unique things that start a conversation and he just eats it up.

We already have a ninja turtle lunch box, although I can not remember where it came from for the life of me. I think I might have bought it for him the night that his father died, that whole day and night was a blur so I can't remember what we bought on that trip. It was a wal mart score and I think we might jazz it up a bit with something custom, again to avoid his getting lost in the dozens of look-alikes I am sure there will be in a large school where all the parents have the same three stores to choose from.

I enjoy being an online shopper for the fact that my kids usually have things that other people haven't seen, being a review blogger for years also gave us access to things that weren't even on the market yet and that is something we have grown accustomed to and still enjoy. Aedan has a collection of cool shirts from places like shirt.woot and teefury. Anytime there are shirts less than $6 on there we stock up on grab bags and even with shipping they end up being equal or less in price than wal-mart or target.

This upcoming school year is going to be an adventure for him, and this Summer break is going to be a long drawn out shopping trip for me as I try to get things without breaking the bank and scouring deal sites to make sure we are indeed getting the best deals possible. I will get the most out of this break, and I hope he is happy with what we come up with for his supplies.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

a new addiction

My kids have an amazing person in their life, Henry was very close with their father when he was living in California, and since Jeff's death Henry has been there for the kids in so many ways. Yesterday, my kids received a package from Henry and inside there were some toys from kidrobot. 

First there were three Marvel Micro MUNNY blindboxes, once opened we found Thing, Spider-Man, and Wolverine. Each of these characters were blank and the kids used sheets of foam stickers to add accessories and costume pieces to customize to their liking.

Next there were three TMNT Ooze Action mini figures, they got Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Donatello, they each had mini weapons that they could hold in their hands.

Lastly, there was a super cool blank MUNNY that allows them to use special markers (three included) to draw in this blank figure and then clean it off to use again and again.

After opening all of these goodies and playing with them they have made it clear that they want more. Aedan is especially in love with the Deadpool items they sell including the Deadpool Labbit. Deadpool was their father's favorite Marvel character and Aedan has adopted that as his own as well, this Labbit is super funky and cool enough to add to our other Deadpool figure.

I love having kids that get so enthused by collectibles and I am now brainstorming how to display these figures between playtime, we might end up being those people with a living room full of display cases!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Classy Gals

I never claim to be a classy person, I was raised by rednecks and I would never pass for a lady raised in high society but I suddenly feel much higher on the scale of classiness thanks to some people living near me. I will not disclose their names, thankfully I don't know some of them since I do my best to NOT mingle with the neighborhood folk, and I will not post any pictures of these people no matter how tempting it may be.

The other day I had taken the boys outside to play and I parked my derierre in a chair so I could watch them destroy the yard when I noticed one of my neighbors walking up the road in a white sweater dress. This particular day was around 85 degrees easily and my first thought was wow it is awfully hot to be wearing that, but my second thought was the one that stuck with me is this lady wearing a white sweater dress with black thong underwear? Well, lets just answer that one factually, she indeed was, I know because that white sweater dress was actually pretty see-through and I saw too much. I still shudder thinking about it.

the best representation of that dress without showing you actual visible panties

As I sat there in that chair, I debated with myself on whether to snap a picture on my phone, It was like my very own People of Wal-Mart but without the Wal-Mart. I think I actually raised my phone a few times and I ultimately decided not to photograph it because if it were me I wouldn't want to find a horrific image of my cellulite squishing it's way around some too small underwear in a cheap see through dress. Of course, it wouldn't have happened to me since I do that thing where I look at myself from behind in a mirror before leaving my house, and hell she might not have ever seen a picture on the internet since she has knocked on my door on more than one occasion asking for my wifi password. (which I did not give her, duh)

Tonight I decided to type that story so I can add this new one: A few hours ago while getting my kids ready for bed I heard one of those knocks that is either a cop doing a raid or a pissed off dealer/john/druggie and I couldn't help but overhear the resulting chaos.

A female voice started screaming about someone owing her mama money and they best be paying it back (her vernacular not mine) I continued getting the boys set up, Aedan in the bedroom and Avery had already crashed out on the sofa. I walked into the kids play room when I heard the woman get louder and start dropping more and more F-bombs, I moved the curtain to peek out and make sure they weren't in my yard or driveway when she spotted me. This woman was easily the size of Melissa McCarthy (actress from The Heat, or Mike and Molly) and she was wearing clothes that would have fit one of those sickly skinny Olsen twins. You can be whatever size you want, but please don't have your breasts and butt cheeks hanging out of your clothing where I have to see it. The raged out, underdressed woman then began hurling insults my way, although I doubt that she even knew the gender or age of the person that peeked out, her most cunning line was b*tch if you come out here I will f*ck you up. Believe me lady, I have no plans of going out there while you are being your mama's loan shark.

All in all I have dozens of stories from the six months I have lived here and most of the entertaining ones involve people that live in the building next door.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Never have enough...Tees!

I can never have enough tees. I love goofy and geeky shirts! In the past week I have added two new ones to my collection and my oldest got one more for his. I admit to stalking the tee sites for the grab bag deals and sometimes I just have to buy a few of the $10 shirts when they feature a character I really like. These are some of my favorites:

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Girls Nerd Block April

Just as we anticipated our girls nerd block arrived today, we have gotten one block every day for three days in a row. This block was really cool, we got some really fun stuff and the boys are already playing with their loot.

April's Girls Nerd Block included:

  • a plush Smurf
  • a three pack of My Little Pony toys
  • a large Mickey sticker
  • a PlayMobil figure blind bag
  • a Filly Princess blind bag

We also did a video of the unboxing, Avery is the recipient of the girls block so he was "in charge" of opening it, Aedan was happy to assist but Avery is not nearly as talkative as Aedan so we end up with dead air on the video.

April Nerd Block Jr. Boys

I will say it over and over but Nerd Block needs a gender neutral box for kids. We opened our boys block last night and are still waiting for our girls block to arrive. I know I have no girls, but the goodies in the girls block are too awesome to pass up, we especially love the My Little Pony stuff.

In this month's boys box we received:

  • Ninja Turtles Mash-em (we got Michelangelo)
  • a plush mustache from mustache friends
  • a hot wheels car
  • Star Wars Squeez Mees (similar to squinkys)
  • Marvel Grab Zag
  • Sonic Light Force 
Here is our video from the unboxing, we are still having camera issues so excuse the unstable shooting on my phone. We are hoping to resolve this before filming the girls box.

These are just perfect for my home, I can put one in each bedroom and easily bring laundry up and down from the third floor to the first. They stand without collapsing and the pockets can hold either detergent and fabric softener or socks (when we fold them) so we can put things away quickly. I will be getting another set for the basement and bathrooms to keep the to-wash piles contained.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Things Actually Said 2

I have gathered a few more of those lovely things that were actually said by people (myself included) and I am ready to share a few with you.

  • I have decided that there is no Easter Bunny costume in existence that doesn't look creepy as f*ck

  • I have a new thing: when someone calls me all excited and says "have you heard" I am just going to be like "nope. I was too busy minding my own damn business"

  • E: Did we talk today?
Me: No? IDK

E: Oh Wait! Yes we did! Your kid crapped his pants.

  • I made my morning coffee in the keruig, but I forgot to put the mug in there and brewed my coffee in the spill over reservoir, I think I need to drink coffee before operating my coffee maker.
And then there was this lovely conversation between myself and a friend:

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Nerd Block

The original Nerd Block arrived this afternoon and my kids were eager to open it. We dealt with a camera malfunction while recording and I had to edit out a sibling scuffle, but we got the video up:

We will be doing both the boys and girls Nerd Block Juniors when they arrive, I am guessing tomorrow, the tracking they give us is really no good only updating once it leaves Canada and then arriving three days or so before the projected delivery date.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Anatomy of a Nerd Mom.

I am a proud Nerd Mom, I have two boys that love so many things from so many fandoms and I do my best to be knowledgeable about all of those things and keep up with my own interests. Nerd Moms are amazingly awesome but there are things I need to keep the awesome alive...

  • The nerd mom needs coffee. I know this may not be true for all moms, but I NEED IT. This starts the day with as much energy as possible to explore the fandoms. +5 to speed for drinking from a cool coffee thermos

  • The nerd mom need reference material. I have comics, movies, books, and my favorite The Marvel Encyclopedia. If my kids ask a question I want to be able to answer it. Did you know my kid schooled someone on Hawkeye when he was three? When a grown man at the Avengers movie said that Hawkeye should marry Black Widow my Aedan spouted the facts: "Hawkeye marries Mockingbird and then she dies." They were separated at the time, but the kid was right. 

  • The nerd mom has her own interests outside of her children's. I am a browncoat, a whovian, a potterhead, and an avid reader, among other things. I watch lots of movies and shows on netflix and I am constantly looking for the next thing to read or watch. I play games on console, pc, and tabletop (Check out Munchkin!) and I love to write and would love to write fan fiction someday.

  • The nerd mom is awesome. It's completely true. I am pretty awesome. I know the name of every skylander, I can quote many shows accurately, I can sew my children any costume they want and I have more geeky tee shirts than I can wear in a month. I help my son with his youtube channel (FireFlowerFamily) I help my kids build upon their interests and feel confident that they are doing well even when others frown upon what they like. (My Little Pony for example) I want my kids to know that it is not un-cool to be what you really are, and they should be proud to have things they really care about. They will go to comic con, they will watch movies and shows and read comics and books, and I will keep them stocked with new and exciting things to enjoy. If they ever decide they are done with these things I will box them up and save them, because as an adult I can tell you there are things I wish I could have saved from my childhood, things I gave up to be "cooler" and I wish I never had. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dream Big!

I have already made a post on Dreams, but I am going to get a little more in depth with my thoughts. I was inspired the other night when I was talking with an old friend about doing what needs to be done, instead of doing what we want to, because we have families to take care of.

I went to college for journalism but I dropped out, I am was unaware of my panic disorder at the time but let's just say I was a mess. Well after the death of my husband 5 months ago I took a long look at my life, I would no longer be caring for a terminally ill person on top of the two children so I had some time I could devote to something else. I had originally thought about returning to school, I could finish up that journalism degree, but then I thought about it.

love Juno. 

After blogging for about 5 years in various places I don't think I could go into journalism, no matter the venue in which you work in that field there is always a bias and as a blogger I get to say what I want and not what someone else tells me to say. I am able to work my sense of humor into everything and not worry about offending a higher-up, I am the boss lady so to speak and I call the shots.

Now, about that humor, if you know me personally you would know that I joke about absolutely everything all the time. I use humor to deal with my stress, and as a person with panic disorder I get stressed a lot so humor keeps me loose and more likely to go with the flow. My family used to tell me that I should be a stand-up comic, and I might as well be now. I sprinkle my strange sense of humor on everything I do, check out my Twitter, and Google+ pages, I am a riot.

I am working on writing my own books, it broadens my writing from the blogs I have been doing but still allows me to speak freely and organically without a script. I have more than a few ideas I am working on, but I am attempting to pick the project I am most inspired to complete so I am not all over the place. On top of that I still blog, that is something that I enjoy profusely even if no one reads it.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Follow your dreams

Sometimes when you hear someone say something like "follow your dreams" you just laugh it off, and when they go a step further to "it's never too late to follow your dreams" you roll your eyes so hard they nearly pop out of your head. I know these things sound ridiculous, I am right there with you, I went through so many dreams for my life that I can't imagine actually doing any of them for a living but just look a little closer at your dreams and you might see you are doing them in your life now!

Acting. I have some wonderful videos of plays and musicals from high school, I could actually embarrass quite a few people with those, but looking at my life I see the little bits of acting still sprinkled in there. Just today I acted my way out of a very tough situation in front of two very tough critics, I acted like I wasn't eating the snickers I shoved into my mouth when the kids walked in on me. I totally nailed it, they looked at me with those tiny eyebrows raised questioning the chipmunk cheeks on my face, but they eventually believed I was just cleaning the kitchen and left me to chew in peace.

Singing. I used to want to be in a musical more than anything, but here I am a widowed homemaker with two kiddos. Did I miss out on my dreams? Oh hell no, you missed one hell of a performance the other night when I belted Let It Go in my shower. I rocked it, both the kids head me through the walls and even threw me gifts in appreciation, or maybe they tossed blocks at the door to get me to stop, who knows for sure?

Writing. I may not have a bestselling book, but I am working on it. Seriously, I am actually still writing and not just blogging. The blogging thing was a hobby and I have been doing that for about 5 years but I am working on a few different book ideas.

Just to give this post a little something extra, I am going to throw in a photo of me with a gold doubloon stuck to my face, Avery decided I needed some pizzazz and licked it and smacked it to my forehead. Good times.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

It's hard out here for a geek.

I find that it is hard to be a geek financially. There is something to be said about the amount of completely awesome stuff in the world that I want for my home. Etsy, TeeMagnet, Modcloth, and ThinkGeek are almost always on my most visited pages in my browser. I could easily spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, if I had it, just on kitchy nerd stuff.

As far as tees I already have quite the collection but it is always expanding thanks to the quertee tee insanity and the yetee's grab bag deals. You give me a shot at a cool shirt for $6-8 bucks and I am all over it. I haven't received anything that I haven't liked so far, even if the shirt is beyond my fandom I at least get the reference.

Modcloth has been a new obsession, they have some geekery including a Doctor Who book and robe that I want along with some lightsaber wall lights and enough kitchy crap to make me squeal in delight. I have the truffle shuffle salt and pepper shakers as well as the sandwich cutter that turns a plain old lunch into tetris pieces, and I do play with my food.
truffle shuffle salt and pepper shakers from modcloth

ThinkGeek is the place I shop for Christmas presents, I know most of my friend's preferred fandoms so it is easy to pop on over and pick something snazzy for a decent price. I have more than a few items I would fight a Dalek for at ThinkGeek. My oldest and his uncle (my late husband's brother) have matching Minecraft tees from ThinkGeek thanks to me, and I might just have to get my youngest one now since he is growing into their sizes. (I might just be browsing their clearance in between paragraphs, holy shizznizz is that the 11th doctor on a mug?!!)

Etsy is my true downfall, I have an Etsy shop myself so I am on quite a bit, but when I see the handmade geekery that exists in the world I get giddy and can't quite sit still. I have items marked to come back to, although I never quite seem to purchase my whole wish list because it is ever expanding.

There it is, the internet is full of little pieces of geekery you can own and I treat them like Pokemon, I want them all!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Things actually said:

So sometimes there are things said that I just can't believe left someone's mouth, I am leaving the WHO a secret, so here is a collection of some of the things that were said in the last week or so:

  • Apparently I can identify Mormons by the way they look

  • I have my best ideas when I am at that half hallucinating point of mom sleep deprivation

  • but there is still talk of kidnapping and lobotomy

  • is Proverbs the biblical equivalent of "you can't turn a hoe into a housewife"?

  • just FYI I just told my female Canadian friend I would marry her so she can have citizenship

  • I haven't had a napping child in at least 18 months....tell me stories....what's it like?

  • Damn you and your uterine bleeding!!

  • SO I remember thinking I was a hard ass once upon a time, and now I get my panties in a bunch over magazines and people's feelings. lol

Friday, March 28, 2014

Stop that. Start doing.

Do you ever just stop and wonder how you got so off course? I do that quite frequently, I am super easily distracted and I have never been able to have a set schedule no matter how hard I have tried. I started to realize some of my issues and I was not happy with what I saw.

MY PHONE. I hate admitting my smart phone is an issue, My late-husband and I never owned a smart phone, we actually had a slider phone on his mother's family plan that we shared. That's right, we didn't even have our own phones until I purchased a pre-paid smart phone in October of last year. I got that sucker and suddenly I was playing games, texting, and visiting facebook all to often. When I started to think of things I should do I would get distracted. "I need to do the dishes, but let me check my notifications first and then play on this game to catch up with my friends."

MY LAPTOP. I purchased a chromebook in January and suddenly I had another problem on my hands, I could sit my lazy ass on the sofa and do all of the things on the internet I couldn't do on the desktop because of the uncomfortable chair. I swear using one of the dining chairs that was here when I moved in as a computer chair was one of the best things I could have ever done, it made me get up when my butt went numb and start doing something else. When I got the chromebook I was sitting comfortably wasting time doing crap online when I should have been taking care of my house.

MY LIFE. This might be hard for someone outside of the situation to understand but I was married to Jeff for 5 years and he was sick for all of that time, but he wasn't diagnosed until a few months into the marriage, although I have no doubt that the cancer was there before we found it. Being married to a cancer patient is hard, we had bi-weekly appointments that I did not miss (until developing agoraphobia and panic disorder) and treatments that lasted for days causing him to be ill and leaving me to care for our home and children on my own. The last year of his life was an increasingly difficult time as he developed more and more debilitating symptoms and his personality and strength faded away. I stressed about taking care of the kids and home while he was alive and worried about what it would be like once he died, because we already knew he would die in the near future, we just weren't aware of how near that future would be, Once he passed away in November I had no sick husband to care for, I still had the kids and home but in comparison to what was on my plate before it was nothing. I found myself testing the waters of being lazy, sleeping in, and ordering out more than needed. I didn't quite see that it was grief making me retreat from my life, but the time I had previously invested into him needed to be channeled into something I was passionate about.

SO. What did I do? I stopped messing with my phone, I deleted the apps I would play and turned off notifications for my facebook on my phone. I now make "deals" with myself that if I completed such and such task I could get online and check my email and facebook. Then I began leaving the chromebook upstairs, I only use it once the kids are asleep and I am in bed myself. I originally purchased it so I could do my writing and I only have time to do that at night so why bother bringing it downstairs into the living areas to tempt me? Also, I reevaluated my life, I became really close with a friend who has amazing faith and started to question my own.

After losing my husband at 27 and having two young children you would think that my faith would be shaken and destroyed but in all honesty it is stronger than it ever was before. I see that in losing my husband, who I was heavily co-dependent on, I have begun to nurture my strength and I am overcoming my anxiety and agoraphobia. In being the only person my children have (in the home) I have been forced to face my fears and push through panic to achieve some normalcy in our lives. Again, my amazing friend is helping me take these baby steps that allows me to expand my limits and learn that I have more power over this than I ever believed before.

So if you need to balance your life I say go for it. Evaluate what you need to STOP (excessive phones, computers, and laziness) and what you need to START (setting goals, making schedules, pushing boundaries) and make your life a better one for you and your family.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Murphy, your law isn't welcome here!

I start each night the same way, I put Avery to bed and once he is settled I move on to Aedan. While in Avery's room last night I heard a shriek from the hallway that made me bolt for the door, well there was nothing in the hallway...I peeked in Aedan's bedroom, nothing. I peeked in my sewing room, nothing. I peeked in my bedroom, also nothing. That left one room...the bathroom...and it clicked!

The damn door. We had to adjust the door because it drug against the carpet when we moved in, ever since then it acted like it was locked even when it wasn't which required jiggling and shaking and curse words to open. I stood outside the bathroom door and shouted for Aedan, he was indeed stuck behind the stubborn locked/not actually locked door so I began the shimmy shimmy shake on the handle to free my trapped child.


It wasn't happening. I tried a credit card, butter knife, and screwdriver in the door frame to push the lock from that side, NOPE. I used to be good at this, I was a delinquent and broke into my childhood home multiple times when rolling in at 4 am without my house key and those were external locks not a simple indoor knob. I am slipping in my old age, or maybe it is the fact that I am such a housewife now, regardless, I am off my game.

who's that peeking out at me?

I ended up taking the doorknob off and attempting to pop the lock mechanism out of the hole keeping the door shut, that is another big NOPE. I bet Aedan was trapped in there for a good fifteen minutes before I got him to hold his side of the door knob while I reattached my side and finally got enough jiggle to free my child. I then took the door knob back off to prevent anyone from getting stuck in there again, looks like we will be going to the hardware store to get a new knob.

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Spring, get outside NOW!!!

I am all about staying inside on my butt playing video games, but after this "Forever Winter", that I can only imagine came about from too many people watching the bootleg version of Frozen, I was thrilled to finally get outside and bask in the sun for a while.

Avery, my younger son, was ready to go outside. He bolted for the door in nothing but his diaper because he is a nudist. My older son, Aedan, sat watching YouTube video game tutorials and refused to come out until I stomped, yelled, and threatened to turn the computer off.

After both of them were outside we filled some tubs with water and added some fizzy colored tablets to make them turn colors, then I gave the kids a dozen or so "tools" to use to play in said water. The kids splashed and played until the yard and half the porch was covered in water and bubble solution and then we headed inside.

I am glad to have gotten out and seen the sun but now I am dealing with a headache from the brightness. I plan to spend the rest of the evening watching tv with my kiddos and eating Pasta Chips, the Marinara ones are fabulous and my kids think they taste like pizza. YUM!

Now I am off to enjoy some family time and see what tomorrow holds for us.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

How a three year old can ruin your day.

I had started to feel like I was coasting, things just happened, nothing seemed like work and then suddenly my youngest turned three and my world went spinning out of control.

Somehow I had forgotten how difficult my other child was at three, there must be something that gives you amnesia or else people's first child would turn three and then they would be done. Maybe that's it, my first was just about to turn two when my youngest was born, there was still a year until all hell broke loose.

SO.... How did my three year old ruin my day?

First off, this starts at the night before when he went to bed at the normal bedtime, in bed by 8pm asleep by 8:30. I made a few phone calls and did some dishes  I woke up and felt pretty good, I threw on a simple dress I bought after I had my first son and I noticed that I am slimmer than I was then, so I went to my tall mirror and thought I would strike a pose. Vanity is bad, I wanged my elbow on the door frame and got a nice shock, it took a good ten minutes to get rid of the tingle in my funny bone.

I decided to move on with my day, who cares what I look like? Nobody I saw. I found some frozen strawberries and thought the kids might like some milkshakes, after making sure the mixture was just perfect for the littles I brought their cups in and my youngest just said "NO!" I had to ask "No, what?" and he then proceeded to tell me how he didn't like milkshakes and I should go get him a cup of plain ol' milk. Whatever.

Now that I feel like I am waiting for the next bad thing to happen my day might go better, but that is what I get for feeling to confident just out of bed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nerd Block Jr

Nerd Blocks are our favorite subscription boxes, ever since my oldest had the dream of having a youtube channel we decided to record the kids unboxing the goodies. This month I had planned to do the first Nerd Block Jr boxes (one for girl and boy) with my friend E's kids, but my boys got to them first. The boy box was crushed and bulged open on one side but the girl box arrived safe and sound.

I still have no idea why they wouldn't have a gender neutral box so that made me order one of each gender themed box because frankly my boys like so many things deemed "girly" by society. This month the boys actually liked the girl box more than the boy one, but nevertheless here is our spur of the moment video of the unboxing. Had I had more time to prepare it would have been better set up.

Monday, March 17, 2014

You can give me advice but you can't make me take it.

Have you ever heard non-parents give parenting advice? You can usually tell by the sound of ignorant confidence in their voice, when it comes to knowing how kids will change your life ignorance is truly bliss. I remember thinking I knew what it would be like to have kids, I was a nanny for three years, I had experience.


There is nothing about babysitting, being a nanny, visiting your niece/nephew/cousin that actually compares to having your own child. I never expected the crying....all night crying....I know babies cry but I had no idea the way their extended wails could crumble my nerves to rubble and make me sob while I attempted to rock them to sleep.

I also recall seeing kids in stained clothes and thinking that my kids would never wear stained clothing, they wouldn't look like we were extras from Newsies, and I was right. My wonderfully stubborn children have both refused to wear a stitch of clothing from ages 2-4. Avery may only be three but he shows no sign of breaking this habit anytime soon, imagine how many times I have had to explain to company that is just isn't worth the fight or the time spent washing the clothes they rip off and dirty.

Now as the single parent of two boys I get the most advise from people without children of their own, or even people with only one child. Do you know why parents of multiple children don't comment with their advice? It's because they are too damn busy attempting to get through another day of every child being in a different phase with new challenges, and they know better than anyone that there is no magic thing to do to make it all better.

I know the childless people seem the obvious ones to be frustrated with, but I get MORE frustrated with the ones with just one kid, these are worse in my opinion because they know how to handle their one child but have yet to experience two (or more) kids screaming about different things on opposite ends of the house possibly covered in sticky, nasty, substances.

One kid can be difficult, but when you bring siblings into the mix there are situations that are just downright impossible. I have had to choose between the child playing with scissors and the one with diarrhea flowing out of their diaper. Imagine being paralyzed in shock for the first five seconds attempting to quickly figure out what is more important when one kids is dropping your jewelry into the vents and the other is attempting to climb the entertainment center. Once I had to pick which child got stung by a wasp, I ended up getting the wasp off my four month old as my three year old got stung, but I figured that he was older and much larger so if he were to have a reaction I would have the ability to dose him with antihistamine and get help rather than my baby not being able to take medicine.

I know some of these people who give me advice are wondering why I never took their advice, and honestly I usually try it a few times, but there is no "right answer" and some things simply won't work for some kids. If someone doesn't stick with your idea just let it go, they have bigger fish to fry.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


It's incredibly cool the way things happen sometimes, after my kids lost their dad we had kind of stopped playing Skylanders together. They usually played that game with him, and he was the one that took them to the store all the time to track down all of the figures we didn't have. I decided not to pressure them into doing things that reminded them of him, but one day changed our outlook on Skylanders forever.

I get a TON of packages since I am an online shopping addict and I have done product reviews for years, so it is never a huge deal to get unexpected packages. One day I opened the door to find a few packages I was expecting along with one that was from Activision.

I wasn't expecting anything from them, especially since I didn't even make it to the Family Game Summit which fell on the day my husband passed. When I opened the box I found two employee exclusive Skylanders for my kids, both were the same one, Snowderdash.

With these figures was a letter that was very nice:

 Hi Aedan and Avery,
 A friend of mine let me know that you two were really into Skylanders, which is one of the games my company makes. I got these ultra-rare Snowederdash figures and I think you would really enjoy being their new buddies. They are so rare you can't even buy them, so make your friends jealous. :)
 Best Wishes,
    Your Friend at Activision

I remember fawning over employee exclusive Skylanders before, they would be on eBay for $500-1000 and were just too much for us to invest in at the time, but that day I felt like my husband was happy for my boys, they now have something unique and super collectible to go with their other 100+ Skylander figurines. Yes, we opened them both, I could never have given one to both of them to share, this is so special I think they each deserved to have their own.

So to the employee at Activision, whoever you are, THANK YOU. You made my children so happy and renewed their love for a game they had attached to the memory of their father. To this day they tell people that their Daddy sent them these figures from heaven, and they keep them close.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Death of a Mom Blogger

Well not death, that is a strong word considering I am a widow, let's go with "rebirth". Yes, that sounds new aged and hippy enough to satisfy my crunchy side while making my nerd side ponder what form of rebirth it is. I am kind of hoping it is Doctor Who style.

I have been a blogger for five years, I have written posts hoping to get the attention of pr reps and make it big, I have done posts for review product, coupons, money, and flat out nothing. I have sold my soul for a measly vacuum and I wish to be free of the prison of doing things only for a review. Not that I don't like reviewing RELEVANT things, toys are great, video games are wonderful, and if I could go to GenCon or meet Chris Hemsworth I might sell a kidney...anyway.

Do you know what I want to write about? Everything! My life, my kids, our adventures, my cat, the weather, video games I play, comic books and graphic novels, regular books and regular novels, smut, my crazy friends and family, the conversations I have with my crazy friends, philosophy, the infield fly rule, crafts, crap I found on Facebook while I should have been parenting, things my kids said while they should have been sleeping, and beef jerky.

 I am a single parent after being widowed and I have more snarky and bitter comments than you can shake a stick at. I absolutely love the finer things in life, if by finer things you mean Marvel Comics, Doctor Who, and video games. I used to strive to be a perfect housewife and mother, but I see that I will never be a June Cleaver, I have a better shot at being a meat cleaver. I would deny myself the pleasure of the geeky things in my life but now I see that all the times I hid it there was no point, I can be perfectly happy hopped up on coffee singing show tunes while I do dishes. 

Does Dr. Horrible count as show tunes? It was a musical....

The craziest thing has happened since I gave up on the illusion of being the perfect homemaker, my kids are happy! Didn't my house fall to shambles and my life turn upside down? Well, a little bit. At one point today I noticed that every dish in the house was dirty, but we had Pokemon plates left from my son's birthday party so we carried on, the dishes got done after dinner and the kids continued being happy. Why would I want to stress out just because my life has changed in almost every way possible? Each day is a new adventure and I am going to be myself and teach my children it is best for them to be themselves.