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I Smell Change And It Smells Like Windex

We are about to have some changes in the Mommy’s Joy household.  No I’m not pregnant before you even ask.  I know after my cryptic post a few weeks ago I had several people wondering that.  Even close friends and family were knocking down my doors accusing me of not telling them first.  And I had to explain to them all that no, not all hopes and wishes are locked up around the stork.  Or at least not all of mine right now. I’ll save that for another day when I feel like I can afford to dream about it.

What I was hoping and wishing and praying and being very vague about as to not jinx it was that we had someone interested in buying our house.  But sadly, they pulled their contract due to what amounts in my book as a really stupid reason.  Simply put, if you love a house so much that you spend over two hours in it the first time you look at it, drag your family back for second viewing, put in an offer… Come really close to accepting the counter offer that you expected to get. Come back for a third visit and state to my husband that ultimately the reason you can’t by the house is because one object you own is too big and you hate it and would get rid of if you had a choice (and could easily if you had any cajones) doesn’t make any sense to me.  And I wish I could describe it more clearly for you so it made more sense but it really made none so I can’t even write it sensibly.  But that was it.  The day I was hoping and praying was the day that a mom and dad bent over and took one… let their teenager make a decision for them.  Blah!

And that leads me to now.  And to change.  Ahhh. Change.  I’ve never been one to actively seek out change but I’ve also never hidden from it either.  I’m always up for chopping my hair off or deciding today would be a nice day to go blonde or red on a whim.  Changing venues or cleaning out my closet? Hey I’m up for it! I’m good with change generally.  I’m not afraid of it even though sometimes it can be really daunting.  I truly believe change can be refreshing and important in a persons life.  Without change how can you grow? And thats why my world is going to be changing as of tomorrow. Hopefully for the better. But that’s always the risk.

If anyone knows me or has paid any attention to the time of day I post or the time of day I may tweet or send emails then you know that I’m a night owl. My favorite time of the day is about 5-6 AM when the sun is just starting to create light.  It’s the best time to fall asleep!  Which doesn’t make for a happy morning person… at all.  I’m lucky if I see 9:00 roll over on my clock with my eyes open. And if they are, they are usually only opened forcefully by a loud buzzer and a crowbar.  And as luck would have it I have a kid that loves a later to bed later to rise schedule as part of her natural routine too.  Its fit us perfectly.  We fit perfectly.  But as I said, these times they are a changin’. Literally.

I’m about to become a morning person wether I like it or not.  I wish I could say it’s a job or something grand that I’m going to waking up earlier for but in truth it’s only to clean my house. Yay! Exciting huh! I bet ya’ll are just on the edge of your seats waiting to hear why.  Why would any sensible woman be getting up earlier then her natural body rhythm allows to clean?  My first answer to that…. Did I ever make claims on sensibility? My second answer is because we are under instructions from our realtor to have our house clean by 9 AM every day because of the new way he will be pushing the sale of our house.  WHEW! I told you it was exciting!

I would go into details but I don’t want to excite you any further and be responsible for any heart attacks.

So that’s it. I’m embracing change, and my alarm clock. And I promise not to put it under my pillow like I have done in the past and claim it never went off.  It’s a good thing really. Not only for my house but for me.  My daily routine needed a pick-me-up and I think this is just the ticket. But if you see a surly woman at the store early in the morning slamming Diet Pepsis and snarling over the next few weeks till my body adjusts, you may want to just back away.  Slowly.  SLOWER! As to not poke the cranky bear.

It might also help to keep me from getting too cranky if you would enter my giveaway for a chance to win a Chocbite Gourmet Chocolate Bar.  There will be 4 winners and there a tons of ways to enter and win! So go HERE  NOW and check it out!

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Chocbite Gourmet Chocolate Bars Review and Giveaway! 4 Winners! CLOSED!!

Have you ever been hankering for a snack and thought to yourself… “I really could go for a huge milk chocolate candy bar with nerds and macadamia nuts on it”?  Or had a friend who was really hard to shop for during a birthday or holiday?  This friend has everything or has already tried so many things it hard to find them that perfect gift.  How about a dark chocolate bar with spicy mango chunks, lime & chili almonds, crystalized ginger, and a hint of cayenne pepper? As you can see I’m going WAY off the charts with the imagination when it comes to a simple chocolate candy bar….

Or am I?

Ladies and gentleman and children of all ages I want to introduce to you Chocbite! Custom Gourmet Chocolate bars. They are made right here in my home town of Austin, Tx by an amazing woman with a mind so creative, and curiously twisted enough to consider putting wasabi and soy almonds or Fruity pebbles on a chocolate bar.  She offers up so many different taste sensations and experiences there is an endless amount of possibilities one could create. And that’s the best part! YOU create your own experience and you can get as crazy or traditional as you want! How great is that I ask you?

Even the folks over at Good Morning America thought it was an awesome idea and featured it on their recent “Helping Woman Navigate Sticky Situations” segment as a way to help mend relationships! Check out the video clip here (about min 4)

One visit to the Chocbite website and you can see how easy it is to find something for everyone’s tastes and imagination.  First you can choose from four different types of chocolate in which to built your custom made bar. There are the classics, Semi-sweet dark chocolate and milk chocolate. The always elegant white chocolate. All the way to the unusual and very rarely seen on the chocolate candy bar market Bitter sweet dark chocolate.

And now, even after your mouth is already watering from the idea of such great options in chocolate you get to move on to the toppings! Who doesn’t love toppings?  But beware… there are so many topping options you might find yourself changing your minds over and over.  Here’s a hint…. Just get another chocolate bar and try a different flavor combination!  That’s the only way to really make sure the first bar is a wonderful as the second…and third…and fourth that comes from this wonderful chocolatier.

There are over 30 different “Sweet Toppings” alone to choose from.  Butterscotch pieces, Key Lime Candy Flakes, Mini Marshmallows….Pop Rocks? You name it Chocbite probably has it or could create it! After perusing the Sweet Toppings its then time to move on to the “Savory Toppings” where you can choose from Espresso, Lemon Salt, or even Flax Seed for the more health conscious chocolate eaters. Add to that the many other fantastic choices you can find under “Nut Toppings” and “Fruit Toppings” (not just your traditional nuts and fruits I might add) and “Decorative Toppings” and I promise you will have a mind blowing experience from ordering the chocolate all the way to when it reaches your door step.

My husband and I had the yummy opportunity to try out a couple different bars with the toppings of our choices. We are pretty simple folk when it comes to flavors so we tried to get a creative as possible with our limited taste buds.  My husband chose a semi-sweet chocolate bar with walnuts and mango and I had a milk chocolate bar with peppermint and cranberries. Both bars arrived in the most adorable packages and shape I promise you have ever seen for a chocolate bar. Perfect for gifts!

Check it out!!! Who took a bite out of my bar?

After admiring the absolute awesomeness of the appearance, and dragging my husband through the horrifying experience of having to wait to eat his till after I took pictures, we finally enjoyed our first bites. All I can say for that is WOW! My dreams and fantasies of the perfect chocolate bar all wrapped up in to one bite. I know this sounds a little extreme but it’s not.  I honestly believe my dear friend and chocolatier has created the perfect chocolate bar.

And you now you have a chance to try it yourselves!!  My friend Adz, The Chief Chocolate Lover, and creator of Chocbite is generously allowing me to giveaway 1 Chocbite chocolate bar with all the toppings of their choice to 4 of my lucky winners!!! (Canada and US)

And for those who either can’t resist jumping in with both feet and feel you MUST have that chocolate now Adz is also letting my readers have a 20% discount on products on the Chocbite website.  Just use the coupon code MOMMYSJOY.

To win you must follow these very simple and fun rules:

First Mandatory Entry (1 comment):

Go to the Chocbite website and move through the steps of building your own chocolate bar.  Chose your favorite type of chocolate, chose all the toppings you would want (just don’t move on to the last and final step of checking out unless you intend to go ahead and purchase your chocolate bar.  And I wouldn’t blame you if you did.)  Then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what all you would put on your bar.  Just note… what ever you tell me you want is what you are getting if you win. So choose wisely!

Bonus Entries:

Important: Each comment is an entry! For example if you tweet about this giveaway leave a comment for each time you do. If you have any questions about this e-mail me at mom@mommysjoy.com

Contest will close on June 15th 2010 at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time. All entries after that point will be tossed out without bias. Winner will be chosen with Random.org. Winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be selected.

In effort to have full disclosure about my reviewing and giveaway practices a free sample of this product was sent to me to review. All opinions are my own and if you disagree with me then that is your prerogative. If you choose to purchase this product after my review and are dissatisfied do not hold me or my family liable.  The opinions I’ve stated are as true and honest as I can get but I am only human and therefore my opinions may differ from yours.  If you are not of the organic human persuasion and disagree with my opinions then please feel free to take me to court over a chocolate bar.

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Murky Monday On A Mother’s Day Crack High

Today I’ll just simply apologize to my readers for not having a better Murky Monday rant for you.  If you came here today looking for some soul rotting, vile spewing rant its just not possible.   (Nor was it possible for me to not write small novel today but this one is worth it if you make it to the end… I promise)  It  was really difficult for me to come up with anything for my Murky Monday theme when I’m still coming down off the high from such a wonderful day as yesterday.  Mother’s Day

To start we went out for a nice breakfast where there was a play ground for my daughter to disappear into and we could sit in peace.  Then as we were leaving my daughter did the one thing I will never forget this Mother’s day. For the first time she looked at me, unprompted, and said “I uub uu”. (That’s I love you in 2 year old speak) KABOOM! Did you hear that? That was my heart exploding.

Then we headed home, to simply have my hubby turn around and leave again with daughter in tow, to give me some quiet alone time with Lifetime. Ya, I’ll admit it. When I’m feeling all gushy and woman like I tend to see whats happening on the ole’ Lifetime movie channel.  This is also where you can find me when I’m running a fever or have decided that I’m never shaving my legs and armpits again and the man in my life can suck it. There’s nothing like a happy ending to a cheesy murder or mismatched love to make a day either go by faster or slower depending on my mood at the moment.   But today was all gushy, balloons, and pink carnations… and love stories for Mom… Sigh.

After a nice afternoon on the couch I decided to open a bottle of wine, it was technically 5:00 somewhere, and pored myself a massive sized glass, or two… ah hem…or three.  I’m typically a 2 glass and then I’ll start giggling type of chick and I hate showing that giggle side of me.  Too many crazy things have happened in my life, (Dad, look away) some of them including water and nudity, when I have the giggles. But I figured the gravitational pull of my couch was enough to keep me planted and safe, even if I was snickering and snorting at every commercial like a banshie.

By dinner time, which I only halfway helped my husband cook, (somebody had to deal with the whole chicken otherwise it probably would have ended up breaded, fried, stuffed, sauteed, and undercooked.) I was in complete heaven.  Nice dinner, happy daughter (she spent the whole day with daddy which made her glow and will probably result in today being a special kind of hell as she won’t get to see him as much) , and a husband who even did dishes after dinner.  Ahhh.  The only thing missing was a bubble bath but by then I’d had enough to drink I probably would have drowned in the tub.

Today, instead of hung over, I’m feeling rather spry and happy.  And as I sit here writing this my husband is still crashed out asleep.  Poor guy. I think he had a long day. You see, I think Mother’s day isn’t only a day to celebrate moms but to really impress on those in your life that Mothers are a special blend of DNA that create an amazing person. We are genetically designed to be able to carry a multitude of duties throughout the day from scraping day old egg off plates that suddenly appear in the sink to battling unwilling and “OMG what is THAT?…..  Urp…Never mind” kind of stains in the laundry. Cleaning up puke, poop, and pee from everything hairy and hairless living under the roof and making sure everyone is happy and content and well napped even if it means avoiding sleep your self.  Protecting all the family members from themselves and those “Hay, look at me moments!”.  And magically making the boo boos from those moments disappear with a kiss. And don’t forget our ability to bend time and find several hours a day of extra day light for blowing bubbles outside, going down slides, or pushing swings. Making sure all the family members are well fed and the fridge won’t ever run out of milk and cheese. Cooking dinner. Ducking as dinner is shot at you, baby style, with fork sling shots.  Cleaning up the battle grounds after dinner. All to the tune of a small little kiss good night and the knowledge that we get to do it all over again the next day. And we go to bed with a satisfied sigh BECAUSE we do get to do it all again the next day. We are moms and we are multi-taskers. We were born to be torn in so many different directions we make Humpty Dumpty look like a chump. And we pull it all together everyday for the betterment of our families and those we love. And we carry with us the satisfaction that WE did that. I am MOM! Hear me ROAR!

It’s the hardest, dirtiest, smelliest, stickiest, selfless/selfish job on earth.  And I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

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Weekend Giggles- Special Mother’s Day Edition

Cow & Boy

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Cow & Boy

Rose Is Rose

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Rose Is Rose

The Buckets

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The Buckets

Brewster Rockit

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Brewster Rockit

Grand Avenue

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Grand Avenue

Wizard of Id

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Wizard of Id

Daddy’s Home

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Daddy's Home

HaPPy MoTHeR’s DaY MoM!

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