Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Moon

So today is the big day.

The first day of spring!  Hip Hip Hooray!  Of course it's only 21 degrees in Wyoming and there is snow everywhere but just knowing it is officially spring makes me pretty happy.

It's also a big day because it is my sister-in-law, Libby's, birthday.

Who am I kidding?

New Moon is released today!  My sister and her 9 year old son went to the midnight release party and got me a copy.  My folks are hand delivering it late this afternoon and I'm super excited (Matt, on the other hand, is pretty depressed).

It's so bad it's good.

What are you doing this weekend?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Date night In--Truth or Dare

Okay, this was my favorite date of recent memory!

There are Truth or Dare games on the market but they are a bit too much for me (too tacky, too dirty).

We made our own game.

Here's what you need:

  • Put the kids to bed. 
  • Dress in comfy clothes.  
  • Make a comfy sitting area.
  • Get 40 pieces of paper (20 for each), 2 pens, a hat, and a die
Here's how to play:

  1. Each person takes 20 sheets of paper and writes 10 truths and 10 dares (for a total of 20 truths and 20 dares).
  2. Scrunch up the papers and put them in a hat.
  3. Rather than picking truth or dare, roll a die. Even numbers are truths; odd numbers are dares. (FYI, I do this because I'd NEVER pick a dare!  Ha ha!)
  4. Now take turns drawing out papers and doing what was on them/answering truths!

You can make this sexy and steamy or quirky and fun (which is more our style)!

Some of our dares included:

  • rapping a Christmas carol or nursery rhyme
  • Doing 5 naked jumping jacks
  • Doing a 30 second dance routine

Some truths were:

  • If you were going to get a tattoo, what would you get, where would you put it, and why?
  • Have you ever passed gas and blamed someone else?
  • Would you rather lick a dogs tongue or kiss its bum?
This is meant to be fun. If there are issues in your marriage, this is NOT the time to address them (which is my way of saying--don't have truths that say things like: have you ever cheated on me?, etc.)  Also, since you will draw the questions out of the hat, you might draw your own.  Don't put anything in the hat you don't want to do/answer!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Things I Love--Neti Pot

As my dedicated readers know, I was recently sick.  And I'm nursing so my medication use is very limited. Basically what I rely on is Vitamin C, rest, and my Neti Pot.

If you aren't familiar with a Neti Pot let me explain.

A Neti Pot looks like a tea pot.  This is exactly the one I have (I got it for $10 at Walgreens).

When you have nasal issues--dryness, congestion, allergies, stuffiness ... you put a saline packet into the pot and fill it with warm water.  Then you put the spout up to one nostril, lean to the side and forward, and pour water through your sinuses.  Yes.  You pour water through your nose.

The water cleanses your sinuses and clear out mucus (which means you probably don't want to do this in front of anyone).  

I don't smile when I do this.

When you use the Neti Pot you breathe through your mouth so you aren't drowning.  I repeat, you are NOT drowning.

Honestly, there is a little pressure and a strange feeling (like if water has ever shot out your nose) but it doesn't hurt (unless you make your own saline solution with too much salt--which I don't recommend).

With this sickness I decided to put a drop of Johnson Baby Shampoo into the pot with the saline solution to help kill the icky biofilm in my nose.  Worked like a charm.

I know there are a lot of critics and people who would never try this but honestly, it does work.

I LOVE my Neti Pot.  

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What I Think About--Sex (A summary)

So last week I just shared my heart about sex and I was surprised by the support I received.  Thank you to everyone who shared insights and encouragement.

A few comments from last week really moved me and I wanted to share them and my thoughts about them. 

The first comment indicated the reader was surprised by my Orgasm post, given my profile biography.  My profile says I’m a God-fearing woman who is a part of a Christ-centered home and marriage.  Somehow in the world today, my love and passion for Jesus means that I am supposed to be neutral about sex (and here I am encouraging everyone to work on becoming more orgasmic with their husbands!). 


As I said last week, I believe that sex was designed by God and created to be pleasurable.  How has something that is a gift from God been so twisted that now God’s people are ashamed of enjoying the gift?  What can we, The Church, do to reclaim the gift of sex from worldly perversion? 

In my opinion, the answer is to talk about sex! 

(Did you just hear the Salt-n-Peppa rap song in your head?  No?  It was just me?  Dang it!) 

Why is it women can get together and complain about husbands, moan about mother-in-laws, laugh about potty training mishaps, seek advice on discipline, share birthing/pregnancy stories, and talk about menstrual cycles and breast milk but when it comes to sex, mums the word?  

Is sex really that sacred or are we just scared to be judged because maybe our struggles or issues aren’t normal?  

Can we talk about sex?  I’m not suggesting we be graphic and share favorite positions but surely women, especially Christian women, can come together to share thoughts, concerns, trials and triumphs in the bedroom.  Sex is a gift.  God called it Good.  Let’s stop treating it as though it is taboo.

The other comment I received was from a woman who is very interested in sex but whose frequency desire is not matched by her husband’s.  This woman refers to her situation as “an anomaly” and really it is treated as such.  Even in my own church there is talk about men wanting it more than women and I even read a blog last week that encouraged women to not say no to their husbands for one month.  

But what about women who don’t have this problem?  What about the women whose husbands are telling them no?  How do we handle this in an environment where Christian women are not supposed to want or need sex?  This is a tough stereotype to crack!

I have no answers to this.  But for those readers who might be the women who would prefer to have sex more than their husbands, let me tell you that you are not alone.  More than one woman contacted me about this.  And a few years ago my life group played a version of “The Newlywed Game” (even though we’d all been married at least 3 years).  One of the questions was “Who wants it more-him or her?”  There were 5 couples.  Of those 5 couples, 3 of the women wanted it more than the husbands.  Now this is not statistically sound or anything but I’d consider our group to be very much the norm so if you are a woman and you’d like to have sex more than you do, I think it is safe to assume other women around you feel the same way (even if they don’t talk about it).

Does anyone have a book suggestion that you can recommend that might help women who would like to have sex more but whose husbands are as interested or are physically unable to perform?

So what can we do?  How can women encourage one another?  How can we open up and be raw and honest about our sex lives? 

The comment lines are open.  Please share.  If you’d like to share “out of the spotlight” e-mail me at:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tuesdays Too Clean Tip--DVD Organization

When we moved into our new house I got to design our closets and I gotta tell you, it was dreamy.  In my cleaning closet I purposefully made lots of shelving but with room for my vacuum and floor cleaners below.  It was perfect.
Or so I thought.

Imagine my surprise when my dreamy closet started looking like this!

Are you shocked?  I know--me too!

I feel like I need to justify myself.

Here's what happened.  When we moved we had a TV niche built in above our fireplace.  Great for the TV.  Not so great for the "stuff" that accompanies TVs.  We quickly realized we needed a spot for all of our cords and DVDs and VHS tapes (yes, we still have a VCR and tapes because I refuse to buy DVD versions of Barney that the kids will outgrow in a year anyway!).  My great little cleaning closet became a haven for all the non-sense that didn't have a home in our new home.

Needless to say the closet became a bone of contention in my home.  For whatever reason I was totally unsettled.  So one Saturday organizing this closet was my mission.

I had to be realistic that the closet needed to house items not specifically intended to be there (cords, DVDs, VHS tapes, etc.).  I also had to be creative.  So here's what I did:

  1. I bought bins (for large cords groups) and drawers (for phone cords and accessories).  I also got some baskets for cleaning gear and a car CD organizer.  I spent less than $30 at Target.
  2. I took everything OUT of the closet and grouped them (phone items, Ipod stuff, camera gear, cleaning stuff, dvds, movies, etc).
  3. I tackled individual groups.  I minimized where I could and put items in bins (Ipod stuff in one bin, phone accessories in drawers, camera manuals and cords in another, etc.).
  4. The DVDs were the big task.  I took all the DVDs and covers out of the cases and put them in the CD case.  I alphabetized the movies by genre (Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, and Romance).  I left 4 spaces at the end of each genre to add more as needed (we don't buy a lot of movies).
All of these DVDs fit into one big CD case with the exception of kid's DVDs which I put into a smaller, travel sized case.  Now it goes from closet to car with ease!

This was a huge space saver and I was able to EASILY freecycle the empty dvd cases (though plan B was to call schools to see if art teachers wanted them).

Now my closet looks like this!

DVD cases for kids' movies (which I kept because I'll eventually pass them on) and VHS movies are on the very high, top shelf.

The second shelf is used for DVDs (on the far left).  Technology gadget stuff is in the center, and manual bins are on the far right.

Cleaning stuff is on the bottom shelf.  Big bottle cleaners that need diluted are in a basket on the left and small spray cleaners are in a basket on the right.

Ironing tools are front and center and within easy grasp for Matt.  (That's right, I don't iron.  Domestic goddesses such as myself have limits.  Ironing is mine!).

My watering can is also up front for two reasons.  1.  To remind me that I actually need to water plants 2.  The natural light green tone of the closet just makes the watering can look like a useful but cute accessory.  And who says you can't accessorize your closets!?!

Sadly none of these items are labeled because my label maker is out of paper.  Tragic comedy, I know.

Are you emotionally attached to your DVD cases?  Would you ever consider organizing them like this?  How'd I do?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Days of Play--Ooblich!

Ooblich (pronouned Ewww--blick!) was a staple of fun at our house growing up.  And the cool thing is that it provides huge amount of tactile fun at a minimal cost!

What you'll need:
Big bowl
food coloring (optional)
ziploc bags (optional)
cups, spoons, etc. (optional)

What you'll do:

  1. Put cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Slowly add water and food coloring and mix it together with your hands.
  3. Now play!

This mixture gets very hard when squeezed yet "melts" as well.  It is delightful!

For younger children:
This is pretty messy so if you don't want your little one to get too dirty (or you don't want him or her to eat cornstarch) then you can put the ooblich in a baggies.  The results are the same.

For older children:
Allow kids to stir ooblich and pour it into cups.  Let them pour it out on cookie sheets and manipulate it.

Thanks, SD, for reminding me of this good, clean fun!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Travel Bug

The Improbable Housewifeposted this and I had to Amen it (and copy it!).  

I love travel (even though I lamented about DH traveling for work.  Really, I wouldn't complain if I was WITH him!)

Do you have any experience with this bug?

Symptoms include daydreaming of beaches, being without children, margaritas, and hiking boots.

My travel bug started young with parents who wanted to go everywhere in the US and Canada.  They took us on super fun trips all over and I loved it.  I luckily married a man who is equally interested in looking at the world.  Now if someone would just finance our passion ...

With the travel bug in mind, and remembering about past adventures, I have questions!  Don't you love questions?  Please join in the fun and let me get to know you better.  Comment away, blog away, whatever your fancy.  I want to read your answers, so let me know if you're stealing this for your blog so I can hop over there and read your answers.

The Questions
  1. Have you ever gone on a trip all by yourself and if so, where?
  2. How many states have you been to and which ones are on your list to go to that you haven't visited?
  3. How many countries have you been to?
  4. Where were you born, and do you still live there?
  5. How many states have you lived in and where?
  6. Would you take your children on an adventure vacation and where?
  7. I would describe my travel bug as...
  8. What was the best trip you ever took with friends?

My Answers:
1.  Have you ever gone on a trip all by yourself and if so, where?
     I really, really want to say yes to this but alas, I cannot.  Outside of a day trip to go shopping, I've never traveled alone.  I prefer to be in the company of friends or family.  If I go with a group of gals I can be the person "in charge" but I rest a lot easier if I'm not the leader.

2.  How many states have you been to and which ones are on your list to go to that you haven't visited?
     I've been to: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Florida, Alaska, and Hawaii.  I really want to spend more time in New England and I really would like to go visit all the old Civil War battle fields.  

3.  How many countries have you been to?
    I've been to: Mexico, Canada, Antigua, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic (which was my favorite).  India is my travel go-to dream!

4.  Where were you born, and do you still live there?

     I was born in Wyoming and I still live here (but not in the same town!).

5.  How many states have you lived in and where?
     I've only lived in Wyoming and Nevada.  Boo Hiss Vegas.  I'm a cold weather person!

6.  Would you take your children on an adventure vacation and where?

     When my children are old enough (which means they can walk longer distances by themselves) I want them to go EVERYWHERE with us.  It is important to me that we do mission work as a family.  If we are talking fun only vacations, then I want to take the kids to climb Kilimanjaro OR to scuba in the Great Barrier Reef (again, we are accepting donations to fund these trips)!

7.  I would describe my travel bug as...

     heavily symptomatic and disrupting normal eating and sleeping patterns.  Carefully, it's contagious.

8.  What was the best trip you ever took with friends?
     Off the bat I want to say my trip to Scottsdale, AZ with my family.  Tilted Kilt??  Anyhow, since the real purpose of this trip was taking my mom to the Mayo Clinic I probably can't use this answer.

Runner up--Spring Break in CanCun and the bus trip to La Isla Mujres (and if you don't get that, it's okay.  Only Megan and Melissa will understand and only they need to!)

Don't blog--leave me a comment with one or two of the answers.  I'd love to know!