Ignore the fact I need to wash my hair - Coconuts II

Monday, November 28, 2016

A couple of months ago I unpacked a box on YouTube - and I blogged about getting this box of amazing coconut oil products.

Skinny & Company is the brand and today I decided that my skin was looking pretty great - I love slathering the calming lavender & coconut facial oil on myself morning and night. I had done nothing but that for the past four days and....
This is 49.5

I have not put on any makeup since Thursday. I have been only putting on coconut oil and sitting in my hot tub.  Well, I did shower after those soaks.  :)

And while it is a little expensive for coconut oil and essential oils - it is not more expensive than any other face moisturizer I currently buy for myself.  And TODAY of all days I went to buy some and got BOGO.  They are having a "Black Friday Weekend" sale that seems to still be going strong. 

So enjoy a little slather for yourself....

Happy Cyber-Monday Peeps.

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I broke my rule....

Friday, November 25, 2016

Due to an accidental drowning - Boo Boo La La lost her iPod.

She didn't even have it a whole year and she was totally crushed.

Daddy promised her a new one, but the first one that came was a dud. You could not set it up and it didn't hold a charge for more than a few hours anyway.

Then we got busy and she had tablets she could use that Mommy and Daddy use, but not as much as their phones.

We toyed with the idea of a phone to replace the iPod until I found out how much it would be each month to get her service.  She is ten - she mostly texts her friends on a free texting app over our WiFi and she can get Xfinity WiFi almost everywhere in our neighborhood.  So, that was out.

Then I happened to Google, "Best deal on an iPod touch", and voila - Target.

The closest ones to us had VERY FEW IN STOCK and they, of course, were open.

So, Mommy broke her rule.

She shopped on Thanksgiving.

How about you?  Are you shopping, decorating, or just snuggling in for a long-overdue break?

No matter what - 'Tis the Season and our family wishes you well.
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And that is why I love him....

Friday, November 4, 2016

I kind of like chickens.

I kind of generically lump roosters and chickens together.

I have wanted a giant metal chicken since I read this post, but my love of chickens started when my child was not even one yet - so late 2006-ish.

Someone at work gave me this cocky-dude for being at work so early all the time.

I was seriously smitten

Then, I found this chicken about 2009 (?) at TJMaxx...I walked around with it for an hour trying to convince myself not to buy it.  

This one about 2014...she is a pretty birdie.

And it sort of spilled into my kitchen after that...with canisters, a napkin holder, I even got a giant brass wishbone at Target last year.

But nothing was enough.  I still wanted a big metal chicken of my own.  With it's own cool personality. I saw one at the State Fair, but when my husband went back to get it - it was gone.

So I forgot about it.

Last week my daughter started jibber-jabbing, "Mom, I really want to tell you what Daddy got you for your anniversary.  It is really good.  What did you get him?  You should really start thinking about your husband and what he would like.  But, I can't tell you what Daddy bought you, but it is gooood!"

I mean she said this to me like a bunch of times in various iterations.

I was concerned.  Was it something crazy???!!! I mean a ten-year-old girl thinks it is cool.

New golf clubs?

Then, last night, T-bone asked if he could give me my anniversary present. And when I said no, he actually looked a little sad.

(pouty lips)

This morning I came downstairs and T-bone wasted no time. He TOLD me he was giving me my gift now and started opening up the sliding glass door...

I am the luckiest woman ALIVE!

I think he likes me.  I sure do love him.

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I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This morning I saw a clip of Trump where he said he has a son, Barron, and he is all worried what kind of role model Hillary Clinton would be for his poor son and the children of America.

For real, I almost puked.

I cannot believe that people do not read for themselves and hear that that man is truly a criminal, bigot, racist, misogynist, whatever horrible thing - who calls women pigs, dogs, ugly, etc. and even has refused to pay people for legitimate services they have provided his PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN...WTF.

Hillary's investigation is based on something every Secretary of State before her did - her job.  She sent and received emails.  And yes, there was a better way to do it, but Wikileaks can apparently get your email from anywhere so what difference does it make that it was on a private server?

And she isn't the only politician to do this...

Trump has raped his own wife, allegedly raped a child, is friends with sexual predators and generally bad people and there is even an article you can find that lists all of the scandals that surround him in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile,Hillary is rated as honest and her families charity is rated exceptionally.

Tell me.  Really TELL ME.  How is she the bad role model?

Every time I hear about the email "controversy" on the news I wonder if the news people understand that they are handing this election to Trump.  "We don't know what we don't know?" SHUT UP,


People are only paying half attention.  You need to watch your words.


I heard a gentleman interviewed on the news yesterday saying he was voting for the first time at age 46 because he heard Hillary say something he didn't like.  The news person pointed out that the guy listened to the FIRST sentence Hillary said about closing mines, but not everything she said after about finding better jobs for miners  

I mean really dude...get all the facts before you vote. Especially if you freely admit that at age 46 you NEVER VOTED BEFORE.  

Trump will keep you in that mine and figure out how to not pay you for that work.

I am out.  This is the last time I will talk about it.

Please read things.

Please vote.

I have voted each time there was an election, including primaries.

I have done my homework on my ballot, especially  on the school board nominees.

Join me.

It is important.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


If you do not like fall in Minnesota then there has to be something wrong with you.

I mean when else would you see a little bunny hopping in the leaves?

There is nothing better than smelling the crisp fresh autumn air, occasionally punctuated by roasting coffee beans from the Caribou HQ down the road.

I love pulling out the boots and the sweaters - layering on a scarf in a pretty shade that brightens up my normal navy/black/dark wardrobe.

And leaves. I love the leaves....

I remember raking them up with Boo Boo about five years ago when I had just been given my new job, but I had weeks until I had to start...it was heaven.

Boo Boo was in total heaven.

I have to remember she still loves to do things like this...when she gets home on Friday I plan to have a nice big pile raked up for her and her buddy Tess.

(and secretly video tape from the bay window, shhhh!)

Please join us!

Enjoy The Fall.

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4 -0!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Skoal Vikings!

The Vikings are 4 & 0! I mean, really??  Really??



And guess what!  So is my Fantasy Football Team!!!

I blacked out everyone - except this random guy we let into our league who is totally arrogant and has proposed RIDICULOUS trades to pretty much all of us.

Like, I am not giving you Jordy Nelson dude - backup!

The thing is though, DeAngelo Williams may move to a limited role, there are not any really decent Running Backs remaining, and I AM a Vikings Fan.  sigh.

Do you not know about being a Vikings Fan?  

It is all about heartbreak my friend.  Heartbreak. 

I mean - 

Gary Anderson's wide kick, Brett Favre's inteception, losing EVERY DAMN SUPERBOWL WE WERE EVER IN...and have not been back since 1977.  OMG that Tony Dorsett TD. Ugh. Puke.

So, despite my team and I being 4 & 0 I don't anticipate a Super Bowl ring - or bragging rights with the blogger crew in 2017.  

Let's just hope the D shows up Sunday against the Texans.  


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I was a little more than worried.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Boo Boo La La was not looking forward to school this year much.

She told anyone who asked that she was NOT excited to go back to school this year.

I know why.

Last year.

Last year SUCKED so hard. I was emailing and calling the Superintendant, crying on shoulders, just SICK over the cluster that was my child's classroom.  I hated being so upset.

Her teacher's child got very sick. I felt soooo bad, but the principal (who thank sweet baby Jesus is moved on) didn't handle the situation very well from a staffing standpoint. They had a DIFFERENT SUB EVERY DAY FROM THE SIXTH DAY OF SCHOOL UNTIL MEA - LATE OCTOBER!

It was, to say the least, utterly ridiculous.

So, this year she was not very excited. She was dwelling on the year of teachers being taken away - or running - and that no one got in trouble for anything, except her when she would point out things were going awry.

Last year was so different.

But, she volunteered for school patrol, is doing Girls On The Run, All-District Choir and we just changed to a new gymnastics club which went super well on the first night!


And I got a story on the way home yesterday about her great (read solid - mid 40-ish/early 50-ish teach who is going nowhere!) is letting them chew GUM IN CLASS. As long as they DO NOT leave wrappers on the floor, blow bubbles, stick gum under tables, and throw the gum away when they go to leave the classroom.

So in honor of her moving on - I am looking back at all the FIRST DAY photos we have taken.

Pre-K Year 1

Pre-K Year 2

Kindergarten, forgot to snap a pick until we were already THERE!

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade!!

Fifth Grade
Here is to enjoying a happy school year Peeps!

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Fabulous Friday - Oh the pain!

Friday, September 2, 2016

About four months ago Boo Boo La La and I went to a fundraiser for Girls On The Run.

Girls On The Run is a National Organization for elementary/middle school girls focused on girl empowerment through a program that includes running - and ultimately recognizing their GIRL POWER by running a real 5k.

Like hundreds of people run - it is open to the community and is really a great time.

That little pumpkin smiling big in the front left - NEVER wants her picture taken. 
That is the power of GOTR.

And why I believe, as Bob Ross said:

The happy accident here was one of the mystery boxes we opened at the luncheon.

It contained a certificate for three training sessions and nine cycling sessions at a place called Bodies by Burgoon.  I thought about it for a while and finally set up an account and emailed them to get started in July. 

Then they asked me - what is my intention?  And I thought about it and realized that I wanted to run with my daughter. Not someone else being her running buddy at the GOTR 5k. 

And so today - even on Fabulous Friday - I am in pain peeps. 

I worked out HARD yesterday and my muscles are sobbing, but I still parked 3/4 of a mile from my desk and walked up every painful flight of stairs.  Because I want to be smiling in that picture this fall too. 

Have a great weekend! 

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School Starts Next Week.

Monday, August 29, 2016

I sure hope you are having as great of a summer as we are - we spent time with family, went to a wedding in Houston, celebrated a friend earning their Karate Black Belt at TEN YEARS OF AGE!!! Went to San Diego, swam, ran around and enjoyed the general merriment of the warmer months.  

School starts a week from tomorrow - so of course we have to fit in some end of summer fun!

State Fair anyone?  
Cheers to that with a Grain Belt Blu - a most delicious blueberry beer! Yum.


We ate, rode, and saw cool people like Senator Amy Klobuchar!

We pet the animals - everyone but Grandma who said, "No thank you." 

We bought stuff, made stuff, and showed Dad where to get something for ME! :)  

And of course we rode the big slide, but got a TERRIBLE video this year.

Watch this one instead! 

Happy Summer!
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

I don't know if you recall the Boo Boo La La Dictionary.  In the Abridged Version we identified that polka dots were in fact actually called coconuts.

You would have been vehemently corrected if you used polka dot.

The only thing we like around here more than Boo Boo La La is to bring you fun things that may make your life easier.

To that end, we look forward to trying out some items from Skinny & Co. very soon.

Body scrub you can spread on your croissant?

Sign us up!

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