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Did you survive the first day of school?

Yesterday was the first day of school for Martha and Tink.  Tink is in the same school while Martha is in high school now.  I remember when Martha was young everyone said to enjoy every moment because they grow up so fast.  I was wondering how it could pass by so quickly because it wasn’t at the time—nighttime feedings, fussiness, sleep-deprived parents, etc.  You know what, it went by in the blink of an eye.

Hubby usually gets up after I take Martha to school in the mornings.  He was up early yesterday to see her off on her first day of school; first days are bittersweet to him because when I was teaching he was the one taking them to school on the first day.  Now I do.  He had tears in his eyes when he looked at me and said, “She’s going to high school.”  We stood side by side remembering all we could–delivery, taking her home from the hospital, sleepless nights, toddler years, everything.  Then Martha told me she was ready and rolled her eyes and laughed at us.  Oh teenagers!

Tink had the normal first day jitters.  She hugged her daddy extra tight before we left.  By the time we arrived at her school, she was ready to go!

Tink was out at her regular school time and had plenty of papers for me to fill out; this is the one thing I don’t like about the first day.  I had no idea what time to pick up Martha as she now has after school activities every day after school.  I did get to pick her up sooner than I thought, so I was happy.  She did not have a lot of papers for me to fill out, but there were a lot of papers for me to read and school supplies to be ordered.

Thankfully dinner was in the crockpot.  Everyone was hungry at different times last night so we staggered eating.  This actually gave hubby and I one-on-one time with each girl to talk with them about their first day.  I think they enjoyed it; I know we did.

Martha and Tink went to sleep quite easily last night and were ready for day 2 of a new school year.  I went to bed later thank usual double checking to make certain they had everything they needed (this is usually their job but I wanted to check until they get into the routine again).  I went to sleep quite easily as well.

I survived the first day of school.  Did you?

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Scentsy Review

I have heard people rave and rave about Scentsy for a while now. I thought it was no big deal and bought some knock-off scent bars for my house. I was not impressed with them. The scent did not last long at all–3 days max. Sure they weren’t pricey but once you start adding up how many you need to keep your home smelling wonderful, it starts getting pricey.

I found a wonderful Scentsy consultant online and offered to do a review here on my blog. She took me up on my offer. The communication from her is wonderful! I was impressed right away. I let her know what scent I wanted and she informed me when the product was being shipped.

The candle warmer and scent bar were in perfect shape when i received them. I opened up the scent bar packaging, and the smell of lemon and berries filled the area where I was sitting. I couldn’t wait to use it, but I did have to wait as our electricity was out from a summer storm.

The wait gave me more time to think about where I wanted to put the warmer–my bedroom, my bathroom, the kitchen, the living room, or Tink and Martha’s bathroom. I decided on the girls’ bathroom. The girls each have a litter box in their room so sometimes the hallway can smell like cats.

I put the warmer together (super, super easy) and placed a cube of Lemon and Berries into it. I noticed right as it started melting that the smell was wonderful. As time passed, the smell started entering the hallway covering up the cat smell. Some knock-off candle bars just mixed with the cat smell, and it wasn’t pleasant. The Scentsy product does not do that. It totally covers up the smell. I also put the warmer in my kitchen. Wonderful!

I am more than impressed with Scentsy products and will no longer buy knockoffs. Scentsy bars are only $5 and last longer.  They may seem more expensive at first (as I have heard “Scentsy is expensive” from some of my firiends), but it isn’t once you factor in hte length of time the scent lasts.  Honestly, I was paying $2.50 for knockoffs so another $2.50 isn’t a huge jump.

I have to say that I am even more impressed my Scentsy consultant, Jamie. Any time I want to place an order, it will be through her. She is so friendly and is quick to answer emails. You can like Jamie’s Facebook page or visit her web page .

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Noxicare Natural Pain Relief and a #GIVEAWAY


I have been looking at more natural remedies for ailments and illnesses for my household.  When the opportunity came up for me to review a tube of Noxicare pain relief cream,  I could not pass on it.  I had won a bottle of the pain relief capsules from a blog website around 6 months ago, and I was impressed.

When I received my tube, Tink decided I needed a shoulder rub.  I couldn’t pass that up expecially when my shoulders were bothering me.  She opens the tube and notices it is a different color than she is used to seeing; it is a bright yellowish green.  She puts a little on my shoulders and was impressed with how little she needed to cover the area.  I liked how my shoulders started feeling some relief right away.

Martha was skeptical when I told her about this product.  She is used to the strong-smelling tubes of pain relief cream.  Since she had practice for band, her legs were sore.  I told her to try some.  At first she said “I still hurt, but I don’t hurt as bad.”  Once she started walking around, she said she felt better.  I looked for my tube the next day, and I found it in her room.  I think she liked it more that she wanted to admit (she is a teen after all).  A couple of days later she said she loved it from the first day.  I do not mind her using this since it contains all natural ingredients.

Noxicare’s natural pain relief cream is odorless, not greasy, and lasts a long time.  Since you only use a small amount, the tube will last a while.

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Sometimes It’s Hard Being a Kitty #WW

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Dinner Is Served–Chicken Spaghetti in the Slow Cooker

Martha and Tink have been wanting chicken spaghetti this summer.  I kept telling them it was too hot to use the oven.  I mean, temps at 100 with feels-like temps (with humidity factored in) around 110.  There was no way I was turning on the oven for more than 15 minutes.

With school starting next week, I decided I would start using my slow cooker a week early.  Things are going to get busy super fast.   Martha’s schedule is crazy so I thought that if I cook in the slow cooker then food will be ready and hot for whenever our crazy schedules allow us to eat dinner.   I have pinned recipes on Pinterest for a while now so I started sorting through them.  I came across a recipe (quick and easy) for chicken spaghetti.  I knew I had to try this one first.  Martha and Tink were so excited; hubby was as well as he loves chicken spaghetti.

I found the recipe on Reasons to Skip the Housework.  It is super easy.  This is not a recipe that you keep in the slow cooker all day; it only takes 2-3 hours on low.  This will be added as a family favorite.  Everyone loved it!  You can find the recipe here.

I was thinking of making a double batch and freezing half of it; I am glad I didn’t.  The recipe makes a ton of servings!  We had at least 3 servings left.  Hubby will take some for lunch and the rest is in the freezer for leftover night.