Thursday, July 2, 2015

Backseat Babble

My child is a very grumpy child when it comes to one question.

What would you like for breakfast - blank or blank? 

This morning she decided pancake.  I went to heat one up and *DAMMIT* no whip cream. 

Yes, whip cream. 

Miss Boo Boo La La has decided she no longer wants syrup on ANYTHING but cheesy tortillas and bacon. (I hear the "yuck" from here!)

I call upstairs, "We are out of whip cream, do you still want a pancake?"

"WHATEVER! UGH! I guess I will have cereal!"

"Well, I GUESS you will get it yourself if you cannot be civil.  You have an hour to get yourself breakfast and get ready." 

Hour passes by, we grab all we needed to get through the day and are driving to camp. 

...from the backseat, "Isn't breakfast the most important meal of the day?"

That ship sailed sister.  That ship sailed.

She won't starve though, she has a morning and afternoon snack, plus lunch, in her backpack. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My blog

So yes, I have been really busy and totally ignoring my blog.


But, I partially hated how it looked and just had not made much effort to get that fixed.

I originally had some random blogger template.

Then I won a contest and got a design.  It was fine, but I kind of "outgrew" it so I purchased this template from some blog designer who probably does not exist anymore.

It was really cute, right??  Yet somehow I thought if I paid someone to custom design my blog I would be so much happier.


I hated the process, I hate how it turned out.  I couldn't ask for any more revisions.  It just got too much.  Every time I tried to explain the look - it got more country-fied. 


It was not the blog designers fault, I mean I picked the original elements and she went from there.  It just somehow went sideways from what I actually wanted. 

Something like what I had above, just more customized.

But now I have even outgrown that.  I am a mother to a child who turns, in her words, the BIG 1 - OH, next winter and I need something a little cleaner and more sophisticated. 

So pretty soon.  

I am excited. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#RockTheGarden Recap - Or - My birthday pretty much rocked this year.

Sunday was a big day.

Final Round of the US Open.

Father's Day.

First Official Day of Summer.

My birthday.

Yes, it was my birthday on Father's Day. Not a typical occurrence, but it happens.

This year I decided to ask for what I really wanted.

Ticket's to Rock The Garden at the Walker Sculpture Garden!

I didn't really care who was playing, but with JD McPherson, Babes In Toyland (SCORE! Reunited Legends!) and Modest Mouse as the beef of Sunday's lineup, I was pretty stoked.

Let's get a closer look at JD McPherson.


I loved every minute from my bloody mary at Spasso that morning to the view of Modest Mouse that evening as the sun set over the back of my shoulder. 

But my favorite part of any event is of course....

People Watching.  

I mean I learned from the best, my dad natch. He loves to sit there and watch all the loonies go by. From the local mall to the granddaddy watching place of all time The MN State Fair my dad would poke my side and point out anyone or anything cool, beautiful, funny, silly, or unusual.

He would have loved the transvestite Santa Claus who popped up dancing from a few rows in front of us Sunday night.  :) Hair in a pony and wearing RED Converse All Stars with his/her red mini-dress. 

Another excellent thing at concerts are the t-shirts. People will wear ANYTHING on a t-shirt at a concert. The best were the Minnesota Themes on shirts.  My two favorites:

Now those are some good musical references!

So thank you Terry for saying YES to a concert. I love going places with you - even if you are checking your phone to see who won the Open every 30 seconds from 8:45 to the moment your sports app told you Spieth won.  :)  

Love you baby!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy Tenth-aversary YouTube & 91 Month-aversary to Mommy's Nest!

I posted my first video on YouTube on November 7, 2006.  I did it so I could email it to friends and family.

It went like this:

Fun - Huh? No?

Well, I got more adventurous.

See?  From November 2007 - we can now rake!

And then in November 2008 we learned to Vote - not Boat!

And in March of 2011 We shook it like we just didn't care who was watching at the MN Zoo!

And now - Boo Boo even has her very OWN YouTube Channel with gems like this one with Gma.

What I learned from Ten Years of YouTube?  It's fun to look back at how silly we can be...

And YOU? (Tube?)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cheap Meals

I got an email from a grocery store saying:

Enjoy a delicious dinner for under $5 with our 3 Day Sale!

I thought that was pretty cool that they were sending an email to help me out with a "delicious" meal for my family.

After I opened it and saw:

Frozen Pizza
A lame bag of iceburg lettuce mix

I was pissed off. 

You see my thought was that "delicious" would also mean something healthy - and definitely NOT frozen pizza. 

I cannot tell you the number of times I have checked out at this same store and seen what other people buy - and what I buy - and thought to myself, "You bought crap & ramen and I STILL SPENT LESS AND GOT MORE!" 

Not that I hate ramen, but to all those people. 

You're doing it wrong. 

You see when I go to the store I spend time looking at the ad, looking at coupons online, checking the store website and getting texts and emails for further deals, THEN I make my list of the items my family will eat that I can get for a better price.  Always keeping in mind the need for fruit and vegetables, and healthy protein.

In fact, the night before I received the email from this store I had visited it to get some pork chops for our dinner.  I was going "off book" for how I cook and getting something thawed instead of using what I had, had been a rough day.

To my delight pork chops (really NICE bone-in loin chops) were on sale for $1.99/lb.

Why would this store not email me something like this:

Enjoy a delicious dinner for under $10 for your family of SIX with our 3 Day Sale!

Let's do the math: I got six thick bone-in chops for $6.23, I could add the lame 88 cent salad and some herb rice mix (Knorr pasta sides are usually a buck, let's say we use 2) and I would have spent $9.11 to feed the four adults and one child in my family - and how we eat there were TWO chops left over.

Hello lunch for me today with leftover potatoes and veggies from another meal.  

EVEN if I broke down and used a $2.50 bag of frozen or fresh veggies I would have been at $10.73.

Basically what I am trying to say is this:

Every week there are sales on some fruit or veggie - BUY THAT.

Every week there are sales on proteins - BUY THOSE.

Every week there are healthier choices of convenient foods - or buy some rice and dried pasta on sale and add your own can of tomatoes - often ON SALE.

Let me give you an example: I bought two huge cans of enchilada sauce when it was on sale for $1.50 and I had a coupon for $1 off two - plus 5% cartwheel and 5% Target RedCard discount. They ended up at 85 cents each for me and I can use them to make enchiladas OR dump over onions and a roast for a TRULY delicious meal for my family at some later date.  These cans of sauce are normally over two dollars each.

I am not against foods that make life easier. We eat frozen pizza on occasion (I got a NICE one for $1.99 from a text, White Chicken!) but as the place people look to for value and nutrition for their family why wouldn't grocery stores highlight deals on easy HEALTHY food for their customers that cost LESS?

Stores?  Cub, Target, Byerly's??? Anyone?

Or maybe I just start grocery shopping for others for a living.

It could happen.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mascara - I found a great one! Or should I say - Sensational!

I have VERY light eyelashes.

VERY LIGHT - I cannot leave my house without mascara on or people think I am sick.

I found this "They're REAL!" mascara that was awesome, but super expensive IMHO.

So I have been trying every drugstore kind that calls itself something representing

Fluffy, Thick or LONG Beautiful Lashes...

To no avail.

Until I found this at Target.

The one that looked the LEAST promising to me up front was the best. 


Lashes for days on the right eye - nada on the left...

And wonderous wonder of all wonderment - it lasted ALL DAY, which on me like, never happens.

So if you like that other spend-y brand - go ahead and give this a try for about $6.

You're Welcome.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Reminds me of someone...

I wrote about my grandmother a lot.

She was pretty cool - What with teaching me how to "brew tea" and all. 

She has been gone from this world over three years now.  I know as she passed away before I started my job here.  At the time I was laid off and not working, so I was able to visit her and be there for her funeral.  

Sometimes things are a blessing. 

And this morning I was thinking, Boo Boo is about like my Grandma.  

Pretty independent, creative, and loves a tiara. 

Actually my Grandmother's Tiara on Boo - she inherited it. 

Grandma would have appreciated the polymer clay class Boo Boo and I took yesterday.  

She has her Grandmother and Great-Grandmother's eye for color this one....

Kind of a pointless post - but for me there is a reason.

I need to remember all the fun we have when we do things like yesterday.

It is not hard to go to the store, get some clay, and do this at home too.  In fact I found out at the class that this stuff is less than $3 a pack....and you don't need very much of it.

I have promised her we will do this craft over the weekend of Spring Break.

And now you know too.

Send me YouTube videos of polymer clay crafts if you know of any!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015


In super high tech fashion.....ha ha ha.
I put names in a bowl and Boo Boo La La fished one out in the presence of two adults.

Winner - 

The Elk River Mommy, Who is looking for new dining room curtains.


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