I’ve decided to start posting a monthly “ramblings” post, where I talk about all things that are NOT projects related. My kids, products I love, books I’m reading, vacations I will never get to go on, and budgeting stuff are all likely topics. A lot of times I have something I want to blog about, but it doesn’t fit into a project post and isn’t worthy of it’s on post. So, monthly ramblings was born!
So where to begin?
Let’s start with my kids. This month Elijah has started using his very limited communication skills to talk on the phone. Up until now he has just smiled and tried to push buttons when you hand him a phone, but now he has little conversations. His first real one was with my mom, and here is how it went…
Wait, before I tell you the conversation, I have to preface by saying that my parents have a wild turkey that hangs out on their back porch. He has been doing it for years, and he is pretty much Elijah’s favorite thing ever… “Tur-tur” was even one of his first words. Here is a picture of him…
Anyway, this is Elijah’s first phone conversation, and I’m just guessing as to what my mom said.
Grandma: “Hi Elijah”
(okay, this is kinda lame to type out because you can’t hear how adorable he is when he says hi. Trust me …its adorable)
Grandma: “This is Grandma.. (or something like that)
Grandma:”Oh yes, the turkey’s here, he’s doing good.” (we don’t really worry about proper English around here.)
Elijah: “Paw Paw?”
Grandma:”Grandpa’s doing good too…”
How cute is that? He asked how the turkey and grandpa were doing…. The turkey first, mind you.
He is seven months now. He has two teeth and kinda sorta crawls… mostly just slithers around on his belly. Elijah never slithered, he went right into crawling and was tearing around the house by 6 months. Levi gets around pretty well on our shaggy rug…he just reaches forward, grasps two giant handfuls of shag and muscles himself around. Fortunately he is pretty much useless on the smooth wood floors. It also doesn’t look like he will be walking at eight months like Elijah and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I also decided to start making monthly videos that I’ll embed into all my rambling posts. This is a little bit for you and mostly for me…if I tell you that I’m going to post them, that means I have a deadline and they will actually get done. Right now all our videos are a disorganized mess, this will keep them nice, neat,and watchable. Anyway, I have never done something like this before, so here is a four and a half minute movie that took me forever to make. Enjoy :)
Here’s a question regarding videos….is it weird that there isn’t music, or is music annoying? Would it be better if there was music that was just really really soft?
This month Adam and I decided it’s time to learn Spanish. We live in South Texas, where you are in the minority if you DON’T speak Spanish. We both took many years of Spanish in high school, but you know how that goes…the only phrase I can remember is “Cuando es tu cumpleanos” which means “when is your birthday” and is pretty much a useless phrase to know. I’m pretty sure most of you have at least heard of Rosetta Stone, it’s a pretty popular way of learning new language. It’s an immersion technique so there is no English involved, it’s mostly pictures and repetition. It’s very through and they should really just use this in high school…I probably would remember more than one phrase if we had done that. Adam and I aren’t very far into it, but I love that it gives my brain excercise. That may sound weird, but being a stay at home mom sometimes I feel like my brain is turning to mush talking to a toddler and a baby all day. Seriously, I don’t even speak English anymore…Adam and I both catch ourselves calling things what Elijah does, so “tur-tur”, “poopie”, and “bi” (water…don’t ask) are said more than I want to admit. Anyway, if you want to learn another language, I highly recommend Rosetta Stone. That being said, it is really expensive. We borrowed ours and I honestly can’t tell you that I would have forked out nearly $500 for it. If I was paying I probably would have bought Instant Immersion, which also has great reviews and is only thirty bucks.
I know, I’m like the last person in America to read these books. In case you haven’t heard already…they are really good. Everyone else I’ve talked to about them say’s something along the lines of “I read the whole series in three days!”. Well, I’ve been reading them for over a month and am halfway through the second book. I’m having a bit of a trouble finding uninterrupted time to read…most of my uninterrupted time goes towards projects and blogging. But anyway, they are really good…Adam is already done with the series. We also (don’t judge us!) both read the Twilight series, and the Hunger Games are better than those. By the time I get around to writing my June ramblings I will be finished with them, so I’m taking suggestions as to what series to read next!
Okay, here is some fun information about me. I am totally obsessed with water. It’s pretty much the healthiest obsession that ever existed, I know. I basically can’t drink anything else…I don’t like coffee, soda, alcohol or sports drinks. I can handle a some juice and sweet tea, but I usually water them down a lot. So whenever I leave the house I MUST have water with me. I’m to cheap to buy tons of bottled water (surprise surprise), so I have a special water mug I take everywhere. If we happen to be going somewhere and I forget my water…the minute I realize I don’t have it my mouth gets all dry and I’ve suddenly never been thirstier. It drives Adam nuts…he likes to say that I would die of thirst if I got lost in our backyard. Anyway, for months…years now… I have been on the lookout for the perfect water cup. It has to stay cold, fit in my purse, be able to operate with one hand, and it CAN’T LEAK. I’d found and used plenty of cups that fit three of those things, but never the ultimate cup that fit all four. Until last month, that is, when I ran across this cup on Amazon.
It’s amazing… it excels at doing all for of the things I need it too. I do wish it held more, but I don’t want it to be bigger. If only this cup held as much water as Mary Poppins carpetbag…
What’s up with all the Amazon links?
I’m sure by now you’ve noticed that I link to Amazon a lot, so let me tell you why. First off, I’m an Amazon affiliate…which means that when someone buys an item through one of my links I get a small percent of that sale. A real small percent, 4-6% to be exact. You don’t have to buy the item I linked to either, you can buy anything on Amazon. (You can also buy things through the Amazon button on my sidebar, the one that says “Domestic Imperfection: Favorites” on it.) I mostly became an affiliate because I figured I could make some money back on my own purchases….turns out that’s a big no-no. Oops! That would have been awesome though! If you are a blogger and want to become an affiliate it is super easy, just sign up here. Don’t expect to get rich though, I don’t even make enough off it each month to fill up my gas tank. Anyway, I don’t just link to it to make bookoo’s money off of y’all…when I post a link to something on Amazon it’s because (usually) I bought the item from there AND I really like it. Plus you have to love that every amazon item has a ton of honest reviews. What did we do before online reviews? Just drag our grumpy kids from store to store and take our chances on an item? No thanks. The point is…well, I don’t know what the point is. I think I just had to get it off my chest that my Amazon links make me money.
Ever since I wrote the post about paying off our mortgage I get a lot of e-mails from people asking tips on being frugal and saving money. I do most of my shopping online and a really easy way to save some money is to use Ebates. Basically, Ebates gives you cash back for purchases you make online. It’s really easy to use…you just go to their website, click on the store you want to shop at, then Ebates redirects you and tracks your purchase. Each store offers different percentages of cash back, and on holidays and whatnot they will run double cash back specials. They have coupon codes for those stores too… though it isn’t the best list and I always check RetailMeNot as well. I’ve been an Ebates member since 2008 and to date have recieved$378 back for buying stuff that I would have bought anyway. Pretty sweet right? Unfortunately they don’t offer cashback from Amazon or e-bay, if they did my number would be WAY higher than $378. Anyway, they mail you a check every three months and I’ve never had a problem. If you sign up through this link right here we will both receive $5 after your first purchase.
I think that’s all the rambling I have for this month. I’ll be better prepared for June, this one I decided to write on a whim. Plus that video took forever to make. Oh, I do have one more thing….last week I lost over half of my followers on my Pinterest “from the blog” board. I have no idea what happened, but if you were following that way there is a 50/50 chance that you’re not anymore. If you’d like to re-follow, here is the link.
Anyway, I need to get packing…we’re leaving for South Padre soon and there is a lot of stuff to take when you have two babies!