The Crazy Suburban Mom: 2010-10-17

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Onward and outward with my ICBINB Fridge Makeover and some coupons for you

Outward as in throw outward.  And I don't just mean that petrified salad making a pool of primordial goo at the bottom of the crisper - I'm talking containers.

While I was at this whole ICBINB fridge makeover business I took a look at what I was storing things in, motley plastic crew that it was, and I noticed I was using quite a few Chinese Soup take out containers with 5's on the bottom.  I tried to ascertain if that was safe ----  Or --- If I was now part plastic and what I found was that the containers are likely bio-degradable - hmmm - and safe as originally used.

It's gets a bit murky with reheating.  And reheating.  And reheating, yet again.

So for part of my makeover, they are gone too.

Out with the murky take out containers and in with something much better; I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, I got the sticks...  I like the sticks.  Makes me want to go out and buy a vintage butter dish, put on my pearls and go all Donna Reed..

I do like it, but I knew that, I've used it before and it does hit all those buttery notes.  For the life of me I can't quite remember why I stopped using it actually - It tastes like butter only, I don't know less fatty?

I like butter but it can be a bit like lead, you know?  Fatty.  Heavy.  Where as ICBINB is more like eating a buttery cloud - Um sorry,  I'm waxing all light yellow and buttery but it's hard to explain.  I guess you could say  I'm doing a poor job so how 'bout I stop trying and just give out some coupons?

I have five little booklet things with info for you and 2 coupons for $1.50 each.  Get a good sale and yep, that would cover quite a bit of your ICBINB try, wouldn't it?

So who is doing this makeover with me?  Or needs to?   Who's afraid to do it because the CDC will be slapping  BIO-HAZARD tape across your front door if you start?

I'll pick five comments tomorrow for the coupons - US Please - just tell me something (anything) about your fridge.  How 'bout the scariest thing you've found. The oldest thing... Or that it's perfect... Or even that you have one of those souped up jazzy one's - I'll be jealous but you can tell me...

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Actually I think I'll let Ginger monitor the giveaway cause she loves hearing about stuff that comes out of the fridge and she - unlike me - doesn't care how old it is.

Okay - That's it.  Tell me about your fridge - I've got five little info books with coupons to give away.


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 *ICBINB gave me some things to help with the makeover, like the coupons, for example - They did not provide anything like a new fridge*

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

kind of insulted

I had to buy spackle today so I thought I'd look at the purses while I was there.  I guess that seems like a non sequitur, spackle and purses, but I was at Target and they conveniently have both.

I like that in a store.

But have you noticed that Target's stuff doesn't seem to be as, um how to say this... Quite as nice as it used to be?

A few years ago man, I loved their clothes and accessories.  But now, it's weird, there's this 'designer' push and the stuff seems so - Well.

Do you know there are designers doing their handbags  now- Mulberry for one.  And the tags say - Mulberry for Target.  Um.  Let me just say some people get tweaked by the name thing - purses that say LV for example; too showy.

But 'Mulberry for Target' feels like a, Oh we'll design for you it but we want to be very, very clear this is not really us, kinda thing...

And the bags were um, well here's the thing.  I left Target with my spackle, and let me be very clear - They have damn good spackle - and went to Wal-Mart where I found a gazillion tank tops for $3.  Now, I know it's winter almost but if anyone asks me, is it hot in here to you? My answer is always, YES. So tank tops are year round wear for me and I got a few...

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Okay, twelve.

Were they cheap?  Yeah, I got a size up for shrinkage but they were no cheaper looking then the stuff at Target where nothing  was $3...

And while I was at Wal-Mart I looked at the purses and you know what?  There wasn't one I wanted there either.  They were all kinds of cheap in a man-made I'm gonna fall apart in four days sort of way but here's the thing:  They were like, twelve dollars where Targets were up to FORTY SOMETHING with an embarrassing tag that screamed look at me! I'm pretending that I have a designer purse.

I can't afford designer things but that doesn't mean I want to buy designer things, actual designer things, like Mulberry for Target, that look worse then the worst knock-off - Ever.  It feels like someone decided, slap a designer label on something and women will buy anything....

I'm actually feeling kind of insulted at the moment.



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Monday, October 18, 2010

Grab your babies and run, the horror the horror....

So who's doing that Fridge Makeover with me because I have something to report.

I am a nut about expiration dates.  And I don't mean just careful, I mean bring on the OCD meds obsessive about out of date food.  In fact I frequently bring food to the customer service departments at grocery stores because I check everything before I buy it.  I assume they want to know as much as I do although the fact that's its on the shelves makes that sort of unlikely but whatever.

So when I got to step one part two...

Remove everything inside, and perform a “freshness audit,” throwing away anything that is passed its prime (make sure to check expiration dates, especially on infrequently used products.)

Yeah it's going slow, I know... and found this...

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and this...

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and omg, this (and I know none of these pictures are good but by now I was just trembling with out of date terror.)

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I was horrified.  

No.  Horrified doesn't even describe it.  I was pretty much all bag up this fridge in a Bio-Hazard bag,  SELL THE HOUSE, and grab the baby and run cause this place is going to have out of date cooties FOR. EVER.

Although perhaps if I was properly medicated a new fridge might (might) be enough.

So.  I hope you all are doing the ICBINB Fridge Makeover with me so you don't have to grab your babies and run, too.  The directions are right HERE where I question whether the green stuff in the deli drawer is new cheese or old meat.

What are you waiting for?  Go!

And for anyone who's doing it what horrors are you finding.  Please tell me, it's not just me....

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Even people without allergies have them

The odd thing about allergies is some people don't have them and have them anyway.  Let me explain.

My son's been on allergy medicine  (On and off, once they get past a certain age - You can't make them and if they want their noses to run you have to just keep them in tissues) and living with an air cleaner since he was two.  I can tell you what it's like to give a two year old nasal spray but it's  not pretty and I like to keep things pretty here.  I didn't take him for allergy testing for years and years because he has this needle thing.  Falls like a stone, he does.

By the time I took him I was convinced the little allergy needles wouldn't get to him.  HA!  I don't want to go there either.  My point here is, ever heard of something called eosinophilic rhinitis?    It's also called non-allergic rhinitis.

Yep, after all those years of not testing him and then finally testing him plus the drama of the smelling salts and all he doesn't have allergies, but he does.

The bottom line is, he didn't test positive for anything but he has to be treated for allergies because he acts like he is ...um, allergic to....um, everything.

The point of this is air quality.  Mom Central asked me to write about The Filtrete Site and their Clear Advantage Program where you can sign up to get reminders to change your air filters (I need that) as well as a seasonal newsletter, hints and coupons.

They sell the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M which

  • Captures 94 percent of large airborne particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air as it passes through the filter
  • Captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles than ordinary fiberglass filters
  • Helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to warm your home this Fall and Winter


If you do  check it out and decide to get one, HERE is a link to a rebate form.

We are huge on air filters here, have three.  And one in the HVAC. Dust is a huge issue around here, although you'd think I'd be neater wouldn't you? Never mind that...  You can't beat good air quality with a stick, especially if you have a kid with allergies.  Or in my case a kid without allergies who has them anyway.


“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

By jove, I've discovered Regurgajerky...

 I went to buy ground turkey to make more meatloaf jerky and for some reason that stuff is so expensive if not on sale but I'm trying to say on topic so - The store was charging a King's Ransom for ground up mystery poultry but chicken breasts were very affordable: Perfect! Breast Jerky it is and I took pictures this time.

 Boil boneless chicken breasts in water, you don't want to use stock or add salt, it's not good for dogs.  When they are fully cooked cut into serving sized pieces and drain on a paper towel.


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Preheat oven to as low as you can; in my case 170 degrees F

Arrange pieces on a greased (something like PAM) cookie sheet

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And bake for hours with the oven door open (ajar) 

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 ...turning Breast Jerky every hour until it looks like shoe leather.


How long will depend on how thick the pieces are but figure on at least four hours.

Now if you want to know Ginger's unsolicited review....


Yep, she threw it right back up at me but for dogs that's a, Boy howdy! Yes! I LOVE IT! But she says I  should rename it Regurgajerky.

I know calling it Regurgajerky isn't a big selling point for most people but Ginger thought it was a hoot and a half and I dunno - For dogs a snack you can eat now...and later is like dinner and dessert and a midnight snack in one chicken flavored dried out thing.

She took the gagged up piece and ran with it.

Now, really it has to do with her not having the teeth to chew it the first time;  I imagine most dogs would get it down on the first try.

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Bing Our School Needs Blog Tour

Mom Central sent an email asking me to participate in the "Bing Our School Needs Blog Tour" a few weeks ago and I said, absolutely - Where do I sign?  That may seem odd because my son graduated public school last year but good schools don't only make the student better; they make the whole community better.

People forget that when property tax time rolls around...

New Jersey lost millions in funding for schools this year due to what I understand to be a paperwork error. Or a typo.  Or something that someone in Washington could have Googled....  There was blame heaped on all sides, jobs lost, posturing... But it was the kids (and the community) that lost.

Subsequently there was some sort of windfall, I don't know how that will hash itself out.

But when I read about Bing's campaign to help support education I was in. They want to help teachers and students - The communities - They want to know what Our Schools Need.


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Tell them.  Here's how..


Teachers and students create entry their entry - Our School Needs.... 
(Students under 18 will need a parent/guardian or teacher submit the entry on their behalf.)
Visit Bing  for the detail and if you didn't watch that video  go watch it now!   There are just a few more days - Voting begins October 22nd.  There will be three categories: Grades K-6, 7-9 and 10-12. And there  will be a grand prize winning school who will receive $100,000 and each category will have a first prize of $50,000.

"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Bing and received a DonorsChoose.org giving code and gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate."

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