Mommy Review Monday: Scott TP

The stomach bug hit me today. Hard. It's always tough when mamma is sick.

I feel exhausted after being sick most of the day so this will be a pretty short Mommy Review Monday and I have come up with something we don't always think much of until you end up using a lot of it:

Toilet Paper
We go through a lot of this at our house since there are so many of us (and the kids still like to use more than they should), so we buy it in bulk at Sam's Club. Last trip to Sam's I had Garen get it and he picked up Scott brand instead of the Sam's Club brand (which is pretty similar to Charmin but cheaper).

I've always been told not to slap the hand that feeds you so I've not complained about the thin, scratchy paper…until today. I have officially sanded my butt.

Here's the positives of Scott brand toilet paper:

  • It's cheapest you can find at Sam's Club
  • It provides excellent exfoliation for your booty.
  • It would work for TP-ing houses because it's so cheap- although it might break mid-throw.

And the negatives:

  • No matter how cheap, it's still not a bargain because you have to use more because it's so thin.
  • It will rub you raw if used frequently
  • It comes individually wrapped- both a pain and a waste of paper

There you have it- Scott toilet paper is pretty shitty. For more amusing toilet talk, be sure to check out my story about Mr. Shitter.

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Thursday’s Thoughts:  Like riding a bike

From my Five-Minute Journal, today’s quote was from Albert Einstein:

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. 

Although this morning was the first time I’d heard this quote, I think it’s been something that I’ve always subconsciously tried to use in my life when things are a challenge. 

Just like “putting one foot in front of the other” or “taking one baby step at a time” help us make moves in the right direction, the concept of peddling to keep balanced is just as true. 

Right now you hear a lot of hype about “work-life balance.” There’s an abundance of advice on this topic but- let’s face it- this is a hard thing to do!

And, quite frankly, I get sooo overwhelmed trying to keep a good balance that I often times loose balance. Similar to learning to ride without your training wheels, you’re going along fine until you start thinking about balancing too much. Then what happens??? 

You freak out and you loose your balance. (P.S. It’s even more likely to happen if you wear princess dress pjs to ride your bike-see Anna below)The moral of my rambling Thursday’s Thoughts may sound like I’m advocating for mindlessly riding throughout life (and probably not wearing a helmet). 

But, the truth is, I think if we all just keep peddling forward without putting on the brakes so much, we’re a little more likely to have a smoother ride as we go up and down the hills and valleys of our lives. 

Safe travels and let me know your best tips for this ride through life…

Wellness Wednesday: 6 Reasons to Drink More Water & 6 Ways to Make it Happen 

Today, one of the things I aim to accomplish is to drink enough water. I live in a state of dehydration- most days running on coffee alone. Yes, I realize that this is terrible.
So…I’m working on it. I know on the days that I have consumed the right amount I feel soooooo much better. Why not do it every day, you may ask? I could come up with a million different reasons. None of them really all that great.In an effort to “talk myself” into drinking enough each day, I’m listing a few reasons of why I should get my daily quota:

  1. Humans are 60 percent water so it affects our digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. 
  2. Water is essential for the kidneys to function….so it makes sense that you’re more likely to get kidney stones if you don’t drink enough water. (both of these two reasons seem pretty crucial to well being….)
  3. When dehydrated, the skin can become more vulnerable to skin dryness and wrinkling (so, that explains my wrinkles…and I was pissed that my expensive skin care wasn’t working)
  4. Water is used to lubricate the joints (I can certainly feel the difference in my joints when I drink more- yes, already at 34 years old thanks to dehydration)
  5. Drinking water when you think you’re hungry may be the fix you need to avoid that unhealthy snack. 
  6. Water is the cheapest drink you can get- even if you have buy it. Cha-Ching! Frugality in its simplest form right there. 

If you don’t believe me, check it out at WebMD

Here’s how I plan to help myself with this:

  1. Drink a big glass of water when I wake up before working out 
  2. Drink another glass before I let myself have my first cup of coffee (I know this is going to be a hard one)
  3. Drink another glass before I have lunch
  4. Drink another glass before I have an afternoon cup of coffee or snack (can you tell I like coffee???)
  5. Drink another glass as I’m fixing dinner
  6. Drink another glass before bed

These are all big glasses so six should be plenty in combination with the fruits and vegetables that I regularly eat that also have water content. Did you notice there’s a bunch of befores in that list? Carrot and stick folks- thats the way I’ve got to roll with habit changes.

Here’s a few more things that I’ll be doing to help me:

  • Use crystal light one or two times to keep it not so flavorless 
  • Drink warm water with lemon. This makes me feel classy. That may be weird but that’s ok. 
  • Have a yeti, knock-off yeti, or water bottle with you and full at any time. 
  • Drink a few sips after every call I make (since I’m in sales that’s a lot every day). 
  • Order water with lime from Sonic rather than a fountain drink. Or just avoid Sonic works too. Again, frugality and health often coincide. 
  • Eat healthy. Eating healthy makes you want to drink more water and drinking more water makes you want to eat healthier. 

So now I guess I better go get back to drinking more water…

Stay hydrated, my friends!

For more info on Wellness and my Well Being journey check out my first Wellness Wednesday post. 

(Not so) Tall Tale Tuesday: Pride and Coffee 

It’s Tuesday again and you know what that means???

Yes, that’s right… it’s (Not so) Tall Tale Tuesday.  See the first of these posts for the background of these tales. The next prompt in the list on A Medium Corporation by Bianca Bass is:

Write about a lesson you learned the hard way.

Man, I have to admit that this one was another  challenge for me. And mostly because there are a few big life lessons you sometimes learn the hard way but that you don’t want to share on a blog for the world to read. Sorry world. We’re just not that close yet. 

So, I’ve got a somewhat lighter (not so) tall tale to share. I call it:

Pride and Coffee 

It was my first day of work at Texas Health Resources in the HR department. We had a very nice sized break room, complete with a commercial-grade coffee maker. During my first trip to the break room for coffee, I came upon an almost empty coffee pot and I was about to pour the last cup. I didn’t want to be that person. You know…the person that drinks the last cup and then doesn’t make anymore so the next person that comes in has to make a pot and then wait around for a cup of coffee. Nobody wants to be that person (or at least wants to be caught being that person… especially not the newby on the floor). 

So, what did I do???  I decided to make another pot. 

Now, understand that I rarely make coffee at my house. I’m very spoiled and my loving husband usually makes it but I get the basics of a traditional coffee maker. This one seemed pretty similar, just larger so I didn’t want to bother anyone with asking how to use it. Too much pride. 

Instead I hunted through the cabinets to find the filters, etc and poured the water into the top of the machine. I turned it on. Then I stood back for it to do its thing, thinking to myself what a good person I was for not being that person and for figuring out the big coffee maker all by myself. 

Then it happened. It started leaking everywhere. Panic insued. 

What was going on?!? Hadn’t I done the right thing?!? 

At that point one of the senior Administrative Assistants on the floor came in to find me trying to desperately stop the leaking and clean up the gigantic slip hazard I’d created. Did I mention I was the program manager of Employee Safety so it was my job to prevent things like this from happening???

Luckily, she was very kind and understanding about it, explaining that this coffee maker had integrated water built into it. However, by me pouring water into it, not only did I cause it to overflow, I also managed to break it. 

The entire floor had to go without coffee the rest of the day and the following thanks to the new girl attempting to make coffee. 

Lessons learned the hard way:

  • Don’t ever let pride get in the way of clarifying the right way to do something. That’s a nice way for saying don’t be too proud to ask for help. 
  • Being the newby is tough. Be kind to those folks. Everyone has been there at least once. 
  • Don’t drink the last of the coffee. Wait until someone else comes and drinks it so they can make a fresh pot. (I’m kinda joking.)

Happy (not so) tall tale Tuesday. I hope you all sleep well and wake up to a pot of coffee someone else made for you!

Mommy Review Monday: Five-Minute Journal 

A few days back I posted about my new journey using The Five-Minute Journal and said I’d let you all know how it’s gone for 5 days- and now it’s been more than that but I decided to wait to post on Mommy Review Monday. I did make it the solid 5 days that it challenged me to do in the intro and I’ll soon be rewarding myself with a new large white pie dish (and you can bet I’ll be baking a big apple pie in it first)!  In case you’re wondering, it has you identify a reward if you do complete 5 days in a row (carrot) and a consequence if you don’t make it (stick). My consequence was to give Garen $100. I realize that may be a stupid consequence. (I had a really hard time coming up with something). 

So here’s what I think so far…

What I like:

  • It only takes 5 minutes. Seriously. They weren’t lying. It only takes that long total for morning and night entries combined. If you’re taking more than that you aren’t writing what comes to your mind first, which seems beyond the point to me. 
  • I really like the quotes of the day. They’re all very inspirational and not all the ones you hear over and over again. 
  • I like the challenges. One day a week there’s a random challenge. This week is to read or skim over your favorite book. Fun, right?
  • It’s nice looking back at what you thought would make the day great in the morning VS. what actually made the day great at the end of the day. 
  • It’s geared towards the positive. We all could use a bit more of that in our lives. 
  • I like the texture of the cover. Yes, that kind of thing does matter to me. Weird, I know. 
  • I like that there’s a ribbon in it for a bookmark. I’m always up for added convenience. 
  • I think that it has been super helpful in reminding me how incredibly fortunate I am. In a world where I just got irritated because my same-day Amazon shipment didn’t make it, I sure can use this as a kick in the rear. A positive kick in the right direction. 
  • Priced at $22.95 and sold by Intelligent Change on Amazon, I think it’s well worth the money. Don’t they say “you can’t put a price on happiness” or something like that?!?  As a side note, I just discovered their website and it looks amazing so I’ll be checking that out too. Told ya I was a nerd!

What I would change:

  • I would make the cover a darker color. I’m imagining how dirty it might get after making a few overnight work trips with me. 
  • I’d also give the cover a little more flex. I like journals to flex a bit more than a traditional hardcover but I know I’m just being picky and they had to cater to a wide array of preferences. I’m sure this is a good happy medium. 
  • I would include a pen holder on it. One of the initial challenges that I identified when considering excuses I might come up with to not write in it religiously– Failure to have a pen conveniently nearby. Lazy, yes. Truth, also yes. I keep one in my nightstand but who knows if I’ll always remember to put one on my hotel night stand when I travel. 
  • Maybe slightly more room to write. Not very much or it would encourage writing too much, defeating its own purpose. 

So, there you have it. I think it’s great and I would highly recommend to anyone who:

  • Wants to have a more positive outlook on life
  • Wants to journal but doesn’t know where to start
  • Wants to journal but doesn’t have time 
  • Wants to be more grateful for the people and circumstances in their lives

Sweet Sunday: Easy Banana Bread

Today I had a few very ripe bananas and decided to make a little tasty treat for the family. My Grammy mailed this recipe to me when I was in college, along with $5 to buy a pound of butter and a loaf pan. Great memories and pretty great recipe too. It seems like we never end up eating all of our bananas before they get too ripe to eat, so this makes me feel better than wasting food. Waste not, want not, right?!? Plus, it makes for a great easy breakfast or snack for the kiddos. 

I cherish the note on the back. Grammy cracked and shelled thousands of pounds of pecans by hand in her lifetime. Almost every single recipe made with pecans was made with “her” pecans- she’d bag pounds each year to keep in the freezer. 

Enough reminiscing. You want the recipe, right?!? Here it is:

Easy Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 Medium ripe bananas
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 Cup flour
  • Optional: 1/2 to 1 Cup pecans (I’ve omitted them in these photos because the kids prefer it without- personally, I think it’s better WITH the pecans)

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Prepare loaf pan or mini loaf pan (this is what I usually use- 3 out of 4 loafs) using spray of your choice. I like Bakers Choice (or something like that with flour included)
  • I put my ripe bananas in first and turn on my mixer until they’re well beaten. You could mash if you want. 
  • Add sugar, egg, and melted butter. Mix well. 
  • Add salt and baking soda. Mix. 
  • Slowly add flour. 
  • Mix and scrape bottom of bowl to be sure it’s all mixed in. 
  • Pour into either your loaf pan or 3 mini-loaf pans. 
  • If using a loaf pan, bake 40-45 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. If using mini-loaf pans (like my Wilton one pictured above) bake 30 mins. 
  • Cool slightly before removing. 

Enjoy- maybe with a little butter- because everything is better with butter!Yes, I got to enjoy my coffee for about twenty minutes today. It was AMAZING! And the mug…that’s from a Disney trip and my daddy bought it for me because I will always be his princess! Are you hungry yet? I’m trying not to go eat another slice… I keep telling myself, “It’s for the kids. It’s for the kids.” I’m not sure how long that will last. I will say that this is a very kid-approved recipe. Look at that smirk. She almost looks like she got caught in the cookie jar. Truth is- she ate Will’s slice before he had a chance. 

I hope your Sunday was as sweet as ours!