Saturday, February 21, 2009

My husband was the last to get ice cream.

He got some for K- earlier on in the week. She wanted some Thursday and this is what I found:

Friday, February 20, 2009

Bzz Agent Product Review: The Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

I'm bzzing today about a product that I'm checking out for Bzz Agent. The product that I'm giving a whirl is the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner. The product advertisements boast the following:

Safe for use on most shower and tub surfaces. This includes fiberglass, tile, acrylic and plastic. This DOES NOT INCLUDE showers that are natural marble, have finished wood surfaces or brass fixtures. Good to know.

Better cleaner, same affordable price. Actually the suggested retail price has been lowered to $14.99 for a full set, so that is much better than hovering around the $20.00 mark when I checked them out in the store previously.

One-touch use for ease and convenience. The cleaning solution starts working as soon as it hits your shower/tub. There is a 15 second delay, but don't worry. There is also a warning on the bottle to remember that it is not to be used as bath wash. Yuck. I can't imagine.

No more water spots. The cleaner is supposed to combine with your shower water to remove soap scum and mildew and also prevent the build up of water spots. I could care less about the water spots. I do, however, care about the mildew. Again, yuck.

One bottle lasts up to three weeks, when used once daily. Just press the button when you are getting out of the shower.

Here are some things that I discovered:
1. Putting the hanger on was a little tricky. I'm thinking that other people thought the same, as the directions were written as such.
2. My husband has a shower caddy. I have to remove the shower caddy to use the automatic shower cleaner, then after the cleaner is done, I have to put the caddy back. I've discovered that I can hang the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner from the shower curtain rod and just cover it with the shower curtain. No one sees, and hubs isn't mad at me for taking his shower caddy down.
3. Being that it is in use in my tub/shower, one side of the tub will be skipped. Yuck.
4. My shower curtain will get cleaned without my putting it into the laundry. That's a good thing.
5. You have to rinse before taking a bath or shower, as it makes the floor of the tub slick. Yes, I read this before getting into the tub. I'm thankful for having known that. Remember folks, read the directions.
6. It says that it is safe to spray on all personal care products like shampoo, sponges and soap. It is a chemical, though. If it makes the bottom of the tub slick and you aren't supposed to use it as a bath wash (not that I would have), I'm thinking that washing with it isn't that good of an idea. It will dry to a non-slick surface between showers, so that is good to know.

Now that I have used it, I have to say that this product is probably not well suited to us. I will continue to use it to give it the full test run. If I decide it isn't for us, Mom is waiting in the wings for the unit. She would like to use it in the shower in their vacation trailer on their river property. Honestly, I think that it would be a better application for this device. Shower only and no tub.

When I received the shower cleaner, I also received the Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel wand. I was really excited to get this little bonus in my box. It was easy to put together and equally easy to stamp onto the inside of the toilet bowl. (Gives a new meaning to Stampin' Up, huh Rachael?) It smells wonderful and I am curious to see if it keeps my toilet bowl as clean as giving it a weekly cleaning with the standard liquid and brush. I admit that this was something that I really did want to buy to try, so it was a super-duper bonus in the box.

Included in the automatic shower cleaning kit was one of their flushable wipes. Another nice little bonus. I'm not generally a disposable wipe user in the house (same for Swiffer), but it's a one sheet thing. I'll give it a try.

So, anyone interested in a coupon for $5.00 off a Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner starter kit? If you are, feel free to e-mail me your mailing address and I'll get it sent out. I only have 5 coupons, so I'll send them out to the first 5 who request them. Don't like their product after you buy it? They have a money back guarantee!

If you do buy one or have any experience with the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner, let me know-- good, bad or otherwise. I'll bzz back to Bzz Agent with all the feedback that you give me. Thanks! :)

Edited to add: Don't hang the Automatic Shower Cleaner from a tension rod. It will fall down in the middle of the night with a very loud boom, leak cleaning solution on your fabric shower curtain (strip the color out of it, as per the listed warning), and leave tiny shards of broken casing on the floor. On a bright note, the unit still works, but clearly isn't a good fit for us. We just don't have the ability to leave it hanging from the shower as the directions would wish. Bummer.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

33 Marriage Facts

I stole this one from Jawan at The McGinnis Message. Enjoy!

1. What are your middle names? Delevan and Lynn. (Mine is not Delevan.)
2. How long have you been together? 15 years. (Married for 12.)
3. How long did you know each other before you started dating? We met in late January and began dating on February 14. We were to go out on February 13, but my brother had the stomach flu and was running around the house vomiting. I didn't think that would make a good first impression, so we switched our date to the next afternoon.
4. Who asked who out? He asked me out first. I told him, "I don't mean to shoot you down, but I'm still kind of dating someone." He took my phone number and told me that he would phone me that weekend. I ran home and gave the guy I was dating one last chance. I ended up dumping him and waiting for Hubs' call. He never called. The next week, I knew that the ball was in my court. I asked him if he wanted to do anything. He did!
5. How old were each of you? I was 20 and he had just turned 22.
6. Whose siblings do/ did you see the most? Mine.
7. Do you have any children together? 2. One here, one in heaven.
8. What about pets? One Maine Coon cat (AKA our first child) and Spike, our Green Iguana.
9. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? My husband's digestive problems. The loss of Bailey was very difficult, as well.
10. Did you go to the same school? College, yes. High school, no.
11. Are you from the same home town? No. Hubs is from the greener and more expensive side of the fence.
12. Who is smarter? We each have our own gifts. Each of us have different gifts that compliment each other. I actually don't think that either one is smarter than the other!
13. Who is more sensitive? We both are. He is softer in some ways and I'm softer in others.
14. Where do you eat out most as a couple? Panera and Einstein's.
15. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Maybe Madeline Island in the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. (Bailey was a vacation baby. This is why her middle name is Madeline.)
16. Who has the craziest exes? That would be me. Hubs didn't date anyone before me. I had the ex-fiance who ended up being a dru*g dealer. Ah, yes. Good times there. I didn't know. (And no, I've never partaken.) His car would magically be broken on the weekends. Um, yes. That would be so that he could borrow my car to do his running in. Then, when I broke up with him for cheating on me with a 16 year old tart, he forged my name on paperwork, sailed it past the notary at the car dealership where he worked and stole my car with a title that appeared to be free, clear and in his name. I had to pull charges against him to get my car back. It was way ugly.

The guy I was dating at the time that Hubs asked me out? Well, he was so special, too. Definitely a rebound guy, as I wouldn't have picked him otherwise. (Mean, I know, but honest.) He was his own unique person and very self absorbed. He would drive to his house from mine (an hour + away) then tell me that he had no gas money to get me back home, so he'd just have to have me spend the night. I lived at home and that wasn't an option. He longed for the relationship that he had in high school, though at that point he was 23 and should have let it go by then. I was tired of hearing him moan and groan that I lived too far away. He was the one who pursued me, so I told him that perhaps we needed to see other people. I started dating Hubs, he went back to dating his high school girlfriend and ended up with the same relationship problems that they had before. He wanted me to break up with Hubs and go back to him. No thank you.
17. Who has the worse temper? Me.
18. Who does the cooking? Me.
19. Who is more social? MEEEEEEE!
20. Who is the neat-freak? Our home is lived in. Neither one is a neat freak, though we don't live in squalor or a dump.
21. Who is the more stubborn? Me, by far. Though, K- is nipping at my heels at a pretty good pace.
22. Who hogs the bed? Me if he would give me the opportunity and he doesn't.
23. Who wakes up earlier? It depends. It goes both ways.
24. Where was your first date? Technically, we met at the college library, decided that we couldn't actually study and decided to drive to the mall and walk around a bit.
25. Who has the bigger family? Me.
26. Do you get flowers often? Nah. Hubs stopped buying me flowers (not altogether, just now once a year or so) when I said, "Sure! I'll marry you!" He does buy me a beautiful hanging basket every year for Mother's Day!
27. How do you spend the holidays? We start at home, travel to our family homes (which aren't far) and are back at home by 3 PM so that we can enjoy the rest of the day together.
28. Who is more jealous? Neither one of us are particularly jealous.
29. How long did it take to get serious? We knew from the beginning. We were talking about seriously big, not-going-anywhere things the first week. We even talked about adoption the first week we dated.
30. Who eats more? Hubs.
31. Who does the laundry? Me.
32. Who’s better with the computer? Hubs.
33. Who drives when you are together? Me. I have some driving anxieties (I've been rear-ended a few times) and I'm kind of a bad backseat driver.

What about you?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Glove Box Extras

When we got the new truck, I swore to my husband that I would keep it clean. I've done a pretty good job. Wanna know my secret? I've kept a the soft pack package of Windex Window Wipes and a lint roller in my upper glove box. (My truck has two glove boxes and a split top console. Weird, I know.) When I'm waiting for someone, I can pull out a wipe and get the dashboard, windows, steering wheel and in all the little letter holes for the shifter. As a bonus, they are nice to have in your car in case your pop explodes on you, not that I know what that is like. The lint roller? Nice to quickly get rid of crumbs on your seats. A quick clean while you wait! It works for me!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tales from the Trenches: The Search for the Great Deal

My husband tells me that I can go into a store that I've never been in before, an antennae pops out of my head (invisible, of course) and I can go straight to the clearance rack. I fancy myself somewhat of a deal shopper. I get it from my grandpa. If it was on sale, he'd stock up. If it was free, he'd take 10 of them. I've been dealie-doin' lately. In fact, I dealie-do'd a bit this weekend.

I was dealie-doing in Amish Country. They had signs up that said 75% off Fall and Christmas merchandise. WHEW-WHO! I got all warm and fuzzy when I found Root Candles still on the clearance. Now, I have shared with you my candle snobbery. Sorry. It just is. But! I found my scent. My love. My Tangerine Lemongrass. Hubs was going to stock up. I figured that with the discount, the candle would be $4.75. Now, that is a deal. Hubs wanted me to buy all of them. Then it happened. While it was with all the fall and Christmas, it wasn't on a further markdown. It was marked to only $13.20. No sale.

On Sunday, we decided to make a run to the outlet stores in Lodi. We usually go once a year, get a good laugh, then leave. I was armed with a Children's Place coupon for an additional 15% off and a coupon for buy one get one free Auntie Anne's pretzels. We made a beeline for the pretzels and they took my coupon. Hooray! A savings of $2.69 already! Hubs saw them giving away coupon cards and he was all about getting me one. I didn't have the heart to tell him that I've never saved anything by using the card, but it was so thoughtful. It was very cute to see that every store we went to, he was hunting through the book to see what savings we could get.

They had a Root Outlet. Oh, you have to know where this is going. So, Hubs is all excited that they have a 40% off coupon. You know me, though. I admittedly wanted the massive huge sale that was better than the 40% off. Needless to say, we found that we need to remind ourselves that outlet does not equal clearance, thus leaving us empty handed again.

But wait! There was a Jockey store next door! Hubs hunted through the coupons and found one. When we walked in, they had 40% off the already marked clearance prices. I knew that this would be good. I have another thing to admit. I'm an underwear snob. I will absolutely only wear Jockey. I will not pay full or even close to full price for Jockey, though. I left with two boxes of underwear for $11.00. Now keep in mind that each box is usually $18.00. That my friends is big savings. $25.00 worth of savings, in fact! Makes a snobby underwear brand girl happy!

Oh, across the way from there was the Children's Place Outlet. Now, I can tell you that there have been years that I have absolutely cashed in. There have been years that I have walked out with nothing. This trip wasn't bad. I found fleece two-piece jammies for $2.99 a pair. I picked up two pair (in sizes for the next two Christmas' or so), some tights and a pair of slippers. I ended up saving about $38.00 there.

So, our success at outlet shopping is kind of so-so. One reason that might be so is that we don't shop at outlets often. Again, I think that I've been dumb and kind of thought outlet equaled great sale, but that just isn't so. Many stores have regular prices. Sometimes they'll throw you a bone and you can get something decently priced. Part of my problem might be that I'm not willing to spend large hunks of money at one time, let alone at all. I'm horrible. K- knows that if it isn't on sale, we don't buy it. (Rare occasions, usually for something odd for a cold or something.)

On the way home from the outlets, Hubs decided that we should stop by the thrift store. Oh, we have now found out that thrift shopping on a Sunday is generally bad. However, I did score a great dress for Easter for a whole buck. (That's the only thing we bought!) I gave it a good laundering and now it is hanging to dry. I didn't try it on when I bought it (you can't try it on there and there was some obvious neckline soiling), but now that it is clean and dry, I've tried it on. IT FITS! I need to have my good friend Laurie give it a nip here, a tuck there and a big hem. (I'm short, remember?) An Easter dress that I love for a whole entire dollar! Whew-who! Bargain!

Onward to mainstream store shopping. Walgreen's has Lysol cleaners BOGO and I had coupons. I admit that this is another area where I tend to be brand loyal. While they didn't have my bathroom cleaner for the shower (I got a rain check), they did have the bleach toilet bowl cleaner. I was able to walk out with 4 bottles for $1.25 each. So, my trip out where I ended up sliding on ice and having to throw the truck into neutral to stop the spin ended up being half helpful. I find Walgreen's to be like that, though. At least the one near us. If you watch the ads, they can have very good sales but often they run out of product. This irritates me. And yes, I've spoken to the store manager about it.

So how is outlet shopping for you? Do you go to them? Do you run into unavailable ad items, too?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Bloggy Giveaway Love: Double Dipped Sweets and The Lysol Neutra Air Freshmatic

I received my box of Bloggy Giveaway goodies on Valentine's Day. Oh, look at what I won. (No Jamie, I'm not eating it all myself! :) )My wonderful prize pack from Double Dipped Sweets included more than I even thought! Oh, and they made it Valentine's themed, too!
K- with her requested Gummy Worm apple. Now before you go ACK!, it was most delicious. I've eaten it two nights in a row for dinner. (And Jamie, what was that you were asking about how my eating was going? I promise! I've been good up until this weekend of cheating!)
I'm taking this one to work and sharing with the girls. It was so big that it didn't fit in the cellophane bag that she had for the apple!

The package also included 6 dipped pretzel rods (sharing some with my mother-in-law who is a dipped pretzel junkie), 12 dipped oreos (I think that I counted those right! I'm sharing those with my dad, who is an oreo junkie.) There were also two bags of flavored drizzly/dip popcorn. Such a delight to come home and find a box of goodies waiting for me! Thank you for sharing your homemade goodness! Hey, don't forget to drop by and see what Double Dipped Sweets has that you might want to blow your diet on!

Jawan at The McGinnis Message sent me a Lysol Neutra Air Freshmatic kit. How great! Now, I have to admit that I got it all put together, turned it around and accidentally sprayed myself right in the face with it. Duh! So, if you get one of those, watch where you put your handies when you are flipping it around. It smells good in the air, but the taste isn't as pleasant!
Thank you so much ladies! I've enjoyed winning your lovely bloggy giveaway prizes!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

An Amish Anniversary

We went on our annual anniversary overnight to Amish Country. We're not too far away, but it's a nice little trip. K- was so excited, that she decided to pack our bag for us. When a 5 year old says that they've packed your bag to go on an overnight trip, rest assured that she has packed only the essentials.
When we stopped by the bulk food store, we hung out and talked to the horses for a minute. The one closest to us was a little agitated. We think that he didn't like being tied to the rail.
When we stopped for Hubs to purchase another lens brush for his binoculars, I got a picture of some folks on their way down the road. They may have been on their way to the Amish funeral that we drove by. We were caught between buggies in a funeral procession to the home while on our way to the store.
Here was our "creature home" for the night. The Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek. We love this Inn.
K- has claimed her bed already. You can see that her polar bear is resting on the pillow.
Here's the rest of the room. My mother-in-law always likes for us to show pictures of our rooms to her. I don't quite know why. Since I have them, I figured that I would share them with you, too.
My people. They were out looking for more buggies to cruise by. We visited the Coblentz Chocolate Company. It was just next door to the Inn, so why not? I accidentally got hubs hooked on these. Neither one of us like coffee, but these are very tasty. I always said that if they could make coffee taste the way that it smells, I would drink it. Well, these take the way coffee smells, therefore they are good. Too good, actually.
I felt very Pioneer Woman when I took this photo. I felt like I could have been on their ranch. I wasn't though. I was tip-toeing over the road apples to get this shot. Speaking of shot, I heard a gunshot as I was taking this photo but since I was in Amish country, I wasn't concerned. When we were on our way, we did see a few Amish boys on their bikes cruising through the country and one had a shot gun across his handlebars. I'm guessing that may have been where the shot came from.
We participated in the Great American Backyard Bird Count. We went to The Wilderness Center to do our counting.
We saw different birds, but the ones that cooperated with my camera were the Nut Hatch and--
oops-- not a bird here. We did have hungry squirrels.
The Red-bellied Woodpecker. I just love woodpeckers and was thrilled that I got a photo of them. I was able to get some pictures of the Downy Woodpecker, but they were only of the backside.

We had a great time on our anniversary trip. We were able to kick back, relax and enjoy each other's company this weekend. I hope that you had a great weekend, too!