LAFF: Stewardship and Questionable Cat Parenting Decisions……#NotSponsored

Last week we attended our nieces 1st birthday party. On our way home at 9pm, we realized we needed to pick up TWO items at our local CVS. So we stopped into the store, meaning to only pick up the TWO items needed and then headed home.

We got home at 10pm. So WHY did it take an HOUR in the store when we only needed TWO items?

Two words that made our inner Mennonite extremely happy: Extra Bucks.

CVS Extra Bucks are printed out as coupons on your receipt when you check out and can be used right away. And we used the poo outta them. We just kept remembering things we “needed”. Our lives wouldn’t have been the same had we not brought home that lipstick, ELF face brush, a cartload of conditioner, and bag of chocolate.

And when we heard that the Christmas gift we had wanted to purchase for Riley was on clearance, we jumped at the chance to procure it. However, he was a little less enthused.

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Yes, I realize this isn’t the best photo, but it’s the only one we were able to get. Riley only had this sweater on for a minute and as soon as this picture was taken it was removed.

And we learned that some cats aren’t meant for sweaters. 😛

Happy Weekend!

FTC Disclosure: The brands mentioned in this blog were purchased with our own money. This post was not sponsored.

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Lulabelle Eats Asia Part 1: Mixed Crackers (Thailand)…….

So the other day I asked Chad to go out and get the strangest food he could so I could do some reviews for my blog. And by strange I mean stuff that I’m not used to eating–stuff that you don’t typically get in America.

After basically clearing out the entire Asian section of our grocery store, Chad came home with a large bundle of Asian treats for me to review. So for the next few days, with the exception of LAFF’s, we’ll be exploring interesting snack items from all over Asia!

Today’s item is called Mixed Crackers from Thailand:

Smell: Like fried chicken and there are even little round nugget-y things that straight up look like chicken nuggets….but the good kind you can get at a gourmet restaurant, not like the ones at McDonald’s.

Look: Among the nugget-y chicken things are wasabi pea bits, what appears to be rice sticks and these ADORABLE little cilindrical crackers that have TINY seaweed wrapped around it!! Like a tiny sushi roll.

Well done on presentation, Thailand! Now let’s eat it!

All the elements together make for a salty, slightly sweet and spicy with the chicken nugget thingys and the wasabi peas. Each serving is 120 calories and there are 3 servings in the tub. I ate the entire tub in one setting. #NewYearsResolutionDownTheDrain………

Mixed Crackers came in a metal can that had a pop top.  I was very impressed when I opened the tab to see a moisture packet thingy tucked on the top of the snack mix.

That’s definitely not a normal thing for snacks sold in the USA.

To sum up, this was a great snack that was not overly salty but filling. And I wouldn’t be opposed to purchasing it again. 🙂

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PS: My sister-in-laws soap shop just added organic dog shampoo!! If you are a fur parent with a dog, check out her link: http://coloradomadesudz.com/store#!/Dog-Shampoo-Sudz/p/77992091/category=22069013

Also, she is considering making laundry soap available on her site. Here’s what I need from my Anxienistas–go to her shop and comment that you’d love to have laundry soap available for purchase from her. 

Thanks guys!! 🙂

FTC disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased with our hard earned cash. This post was not sponsored.

*It should be noted that in my defense, my New Years Resolution wasn’t necessarily to eat healthier, but to exercise more. 😛 #LoopHoles

DIY Aquarium/Calm Down Bottle….

So my mom retired a few years ago, but she used to work as a developmental therapist for infants and children up to three years of age. Because of this, she always had a plethora of toys to use in therapy with the kids. One of these toys she made herself. And today I’m going to teach you how to make one yourself. Now normally she used a smaller soda bottle, like a 20 oz’er, but I’m using a 2 liter bottle and it worked just as well. Although a smaller bottle would be better for smaller hands to hold.

This weekend Chad and I celebrated the first birthday of our niece. I still can’t believe it’s been a year since she was born. One of the gifts she received from us is an actual aquarium in a bottle that I made myself.

Here is what you are going to need:

Two liter bottle-Needs to be clear for best results (slowly peel off the label)
Water
20 Oz bottle of Baby Oil
Fine glitter
Larger glitter/sequins
Food Coloring in blue
Shiny silver ribbon
Scissors
Marker
Red Paper clips
Hot glue/Glue gun

After peeling off the bottle label, rinse out the bottle and wipe dry. Take 3/4 of the bottle of baby oil and pour it into the bottle. Then take the shiny ribbon and marker and draw fish shapes into the ribbon and cut them out. Take your red paper clips and twist them into sea-horse shapes (If you can’t do it by memory, no worries. I had to google the basic shape. 😉 ).

Then fill up the remaining bottle space with water, leaving about 4 inches at the top. Drop in your fish shapes. Then drop in food coloring but start with one to two drops so it doesn’t get too dark. Keep adding color until it’s blue enough but you can still see the fish shapes (I put in 5-10 drops and that was too much to where it was harder to see the fish shapes).

Finally, plug-in your glue gun and put some hot glue into the cap of the bottle and also around the threads on the bottle top. Screw on the bottle cap and then run a line of glue around the bottom edge of the cap.

(As an optional last step, you can cut out a sign to put on the bottle with the child’s name and “Aquarium” to personalize it).

When your aquarium is finished, turn it on its side and shake it to make the fish swim.

Use this bottle in every day play with your baby or when they are fussy as a way to get them to relax.

Alternatively if you didn’t want to make an aquarium, use the same steps as above but fill the bottle with small bouncy balls, ribbon or other small objects. For older children, you can do this and create an “I Spy” game by making a list of objects the child has to find in the bottle when they look at it and turn it around.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

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The contents are easily seen in person, but the lighting was just too bright here. If you look carefully you can sorta see the fish shapes floating around.

Beware of Bag Balm…….

It happened on December 23. Chad and I had just arrived at my parents house up north and were getting ready for bed.

As it is winter and we were up north, my hands were inevitably dry. And of course I forgot to pack my go-to hand lotion. But I was in luck because my mom is the best host ever and has a basket of goodies on the bathroom counter. Things like little toothbrushes, toothpaste and shampoo….just in case you forgot something.

I also noticed she had a container of something called Bag Balm. I was curious and picked it up. It looked like this. As it came in a green and red container I thought about it being Christmas and just assumed it would smell Christmasy–like cinnamon and pine needles.

I. Was. So. Wrong.

But before I describe how it smelled, I want to describe the directions for use that you can read for yourself at the link above. First of all, Bag Balm was originally formulated for use on farm animals um, “nether regions.”

Yeah. Farm animals. Not humans.

Even so I expected the directions to reference use on people at least once.

Nope. I was a little skeeved out by the fact that there were LITERALLY no instructions for use on humans…..But it was in my parents guest room. As in, “Here. Use this. You’re welcome.”

Let me see if I can describe the smell accurately. It’s like if you have a new leather shoe, shrink yourself down to a size smaller than the shoe and you move INTO the shoe to live.

Yeah. You are now the woman who lived in a shoe. But the shoe just reeks of leather, so you light a candle to mask the pungent odor.

But the candle is hemp scented so now not only is there an overwhelming smell of leather, but you’ve just added in the pungent smell of pot. All that’s left to do now is put on a Nirvana album and jam out.

But the good news is that Bag Balm DOES in fact work very well in moisturizing your hands.

So there’s that. 😛

PS: After returning home from vacation, I tore into my Christmas gift from my sister-in-law who makes organic soap in amazing scents. After using her hand-made soap, I haven’t had to use extra hand moisturizer. You can find out more about her awesome products at: www.coloradomadesudz.com

FTC DISCLAIMER: All products mentioned were gifted to me by my awesome sister-in- law. This post is not sponsored.

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New Years Confessions……..

On Christmas morning one of our Littles (our 2 yr. old nephew) pulled the following item out of his stocking. When I saw it, I’m not gonna lie, I felt a tinge of jealousy.

See, I love all things **banana flavored and am also curious about things that smell like banana. And the Mennonite in me appreciated the efficiency of a product that not only can wash and condition your hair, but washes your body as well.

While running errands tonight with Chad, I found it.

And I bought it.

I don’t know why I’m covering my face. I’m really not ashamed.

I’m going to smell awesome! 😛

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**I blame my mom for the banana thing. She always made sure we had bananas in the house as a healthy treat and would list them off first when we complained that we were hungry and there was nothing to eat.

Years later we discovered she actually hates bananas but kept them in the house and ate them daily because darn it, they are good for you.

#TrueStory 😀