This morning while lazily walking through Wal-Mart I found a few discoveries. One I was actually impressed with, the other not so impressed. As everyone knows, it is the new trend of going green that has suddenly hit the shelves everywhere as marketers try desperately to get your money. Wal-Mart has unsurprisingly followed suit. Where I live is pretty rural so in order to get organic, all natural items I have to unwillingly drag my behind to this mass-brainwashing-super-giant. However, as much as I hate to admit it, sometimes they do surprise me with their selections. Other times though, I could scream at the person who runs the joint for being so ignorant. Then again, Wal-Mart doesn't care about the consumer, only about what sells. One week they will have a really great tasting organic treat, but if it doesn't sell too quickly or enough then its out the door the next week. Move it over, we gotta make more money boys! At any rate, beggars cannot be choosers. So, I greedily take whatever organic, all natural goodies I can get and go about my merry little way. (But the guilt keeps brewing inside as I hand over our hard earned cash.)

During my adventures of WallyLand this morning, I spied a little surprise. BPA free baby bottles! I have no business in on that isle as my son is well past that stage, but I was curious and thought I would see if people even have the option of buying BPA free bottles here. And I guess they do! Though, they are slim pickin'. Only two choices out of about 20 different bottles. Although, they were available at great prices, as this is Wal-Mart's motto. Why cant Wal-Mart go totally BPA free so that Moms who aren't informed of the dangers don't accidentally buy the BPA laced bottles? Again, if Mr. Wally is making his dough, that is all that matters.

As I left the Baby Section and headed to my actual destination of the Cereal Isle, I was disappointed yet again with the likes of Wal-Mart. In a sea of sugary puffs and chocolate dreams, I found only a handful of healthy cereals. And I'm talking the REALLY healthy cereals, not the claim-to-be-healthy kinds that are chalked full of sugar and enriched crap. Did you know that Cheerios, which claims to reduce cholesterol, is loaded full of unhealthy ingredients. I want more options, Wal-Mart! I love my Kashi cereal, dont get me wrong but come on guys, Im getting sick of eating the same old, same old. And by the way ladies and gents, General Mills new advertising campaign saying that you need more grains and their cereal is a great source, is WRONG! Just read the labels people. Companies will say and do anything to get your money, this is no new concept. All Im saying is be informed so you don't get the wool pulled over your eyes in the end.

These were just a couple of the items I felt compelled to discuss today, however I feel the need to get the word out there about these sleazy companies stealing your money and feeding you lies. I do believe I will be writing more on this subject in time to come. So, stay updated by checking back often. I am determined to inform the uninformed, as I was an uninformed person myself once.



It is now August and the dog days of summer are upon us. That means for most of us, the heat is rising and the thermometers are mostly red. I know if its as hot in your area of the world as it is in mine then your poor little air conditioner is doing all it can to keep up. And probably failing. So, I'm here to share a few money saving, sanity saving, cool 'em down tricks I've picked up over the years.

Tip #1-Power up those fans! Setting up a fan in your room will help drastically. But to save energy only use a fan in the room you are occupying. And unless you are in a big room, you will probably only need a small fan to do the trick. It also matters where you place the fan. Hot air rises so stick that baby on a shelf if you can so the cool air falls to the floor, cooling the whole room instead of just the bottom half.

Tip #2-Use dark curtains during the hot months. Putting up dark window covers will help absorb the heat and keep it from coming in your house. Its okay to open the curtains at night or first thing in the morning before it gets too hot, but as the temperature climbs start pulling those drapes shut.

Tip #3-Take advantage of the cool hours. If you happen to live in a place where it cools down at night, then use that as your time to give you AC a break. At night before you go to bed, open up all the windows and stick a fan in them if you want. This will save a lot of money on your Electric bill. Just remember to turn your AC back on before it gets too hot so that it doesn't have a lot of catching up to do. I would not suggest doing this though if you live in a high crime area.

Tip #4-If you have a cellar, use it. Spend the hot part of the day underground and turn up the thermostat so your AC will run less. I personally have never utilized this tip, as I have never lived in a house will a cellar or basement. But I would if I could.

I hope this article finds all of you cool and dry. And just think, in another month or so it will start cooling off. In 5 months, we will all be in sweaters, complaining how cold it is! Go figure! :)



It's THURSDAY, which means this week is almost over! WooHoo! This has been one sleepless, stressful week for our family. We are currently trying to get Jade to sleep through the night without the need to nurse quite so often. This means lots of Baby-Daddy rocking sessions through out the night. But hey, less nursing for me! :) Poor Daddy! I have faith it will be for the best in the end. I do believe our nursing days are numbered. I am trying to be patient and go slow though, I know this will be tough on Jade as it is almost his favorite thing to do.

Also, new in my world, I found out today we will be getting DSL in my area within two weeks! I know for most of the population this is nothing to get excited about, but to me it is. Up until now, my only options were Dial-Up or Satellite! Do you know how expensive satellite internet is? Try $70 a month, at least. No way, Hose! On two incomes I might pay that, but on one not going to happen. So, soon I will be able to do everything a lot faster. And I will be able to watch YouTube! I feel an addiction coming on. Good thing I have great self control, sometimes. (Ha!)

My website of the day recommendation is 5MinutesforBooks.com. This is a great blog which I read quite frequently. Weekly, they review a choice book and then offer it in their giveaways. Each week they give out copies of books they choose, sometimes two or three at a time. And they are always good books. So, if you are a book lover, check out this blog. There just might be something in it for you.

Right now, I'm going to check on Jade to see how his first ever nap in a crib is going. Maybe soon I will get my bed back! Oh, it is bittersweet when a child grows up.



Today is Monday and every last minute of it has felt exactly like a Monday. But, at least I had a wonderful weekend. Alexia's birthday party on Friday went beautifully, smooshed cake and all! She had a blast and was super excited to receive her brand new bike. In fact, she was so happy that on Saturday she rode a little over a mile with only one itty bitty spill! Man, that girl is one tough cookie. Sunday, we all just sat back and took it easy. Steven and I were able to steal a couple of hours to ourselves as well, which was much needed!

And that brings us up to speed with Monday, now well underway. In the midst of my weekly house cleaning, I have been able to find you some exciting websites and useful tips to try out. These are all green, baby! I love searching and finding new ways to help me be a better friend to Miss Mother Earth.

Today, through a weekly email I receive, I was directed to one of the most eco-friendly blogs I have ever read. Its entitled No Impact Man, after a father in NYC who has chosen to live impact-free for one year in the city and take his wife and daughter along for the ride. He has a ton a great tips and I will continue to scan through them and let you know when I find something notable.

Also, I found Preserve Toothbrushes. I have used these toothbrushes before and they are great! You can get them at Wal-Mart and I think they run around $2.50 a pop. But the great thing about them? They are made from recycled products AND when you are done with the toothbrush, just print out one of their labels from the website and ship it back to them for free! They use them to make things like park benches and decks and more! What a great idea! And I found out today they make other products too, like a line of personal care products and tableware and kitchen items! All recyclable!!! I really love this idea!

Lastly, I found a great all-natural way to get rid of lice! I know, I know...its a yucky subject. But, when you have kids, you are bound to deal with head lice at some point or another. Wouldn't you feel better about lathering them up with something natural and enviro-friendly than soaking their little brains in a chemical bath?? I know I would. The website is a little cheesy looking, but I've heard it really does the trick and with NO CHEMICALS!!!

Ok, ladies and gents, I'm off to try to quickly clean up the house before Jade wakes from his afternoon nap. I hope you guys have a wonderful rest of the day and take it easy, its Monday for crying out loud! :)



Good evening everybody! I'm getting ready to head to bed and thought I'd type a quick post to let you know what I've been up to lately. The past couple of days have been pretty laid back and very beautifully weathered here. So that means Jade and I have been spending a lot of time outside. During his naps though, I've been letting my fingers do a lot of walking around the web again. I found some really cool sites too that you may or may not want to check out. If you do then good, if not...whatever.

SwapTree.com which is this really neat site that is a cross between Amazon and Freecycle. They let you trade books, music, DVDs, and more. I tried it out today and I'm hooked. First I took some of my old DVDs that I haven't watched in ages and typed in the UPC code on them. It looks it up automatically! Then enter the condition of the item and voila! they hook you up with items that you can trade for. They take into consideration the condition of the item and the popularity so no one gets gypped. I traded my first item today: Family Guy DVD for old school White Zombie album! I will let you know when I get the item and how well it really went down.

TheYeastDiet.com will not interest everybody. But here lately I have been seriously thinking about going Yeast Free. Did you know that when yeast gets out of control in your body it can cause things such as migraines, sinus problems, infections, fatigue, and much more. I suffer from a lot of these symptoms. I'm not diagnosing myself yet, but I figure it wont hurt me. If you have any of these problems like me, maybe you should check out the information they have to offer.

Well, I guess that's all I have for now. I thought I had a lot more but I guess I'm just too tired. Its only 9:30pm and I'm already exhausted. What happened to late night partying til the sun came up? Now I get up with the sun (son)! Oh how the tables have turned.

Real quick, tomorrow is Alexia's birthday and I will be super busy baking her cake and fixing decorations for the party. I'm really excited! Please send her all the mental birthday wishes you can muster, she's going to be 5!!!



I've been meaning to add a certain special link to my page to help out my greatest gal pal, Ashley. Well, since I am a procrastinator and have taken so long to do it I figured I would just go ahead and write a whole post about it. Nothing fancy, cause I'm not a fancy kinda girl. Just to let you know that it is one of the coolest, easiest to read, down to earth personal websites I keep up with. She has a great section dedicated to Freebies. Now who doesn't love free stuff?? I know I do, and I check it daily because she updates it very often. And its good stuff too, nothing cheesy. Such as free shirts, samples, granola, and first aid kits...just to name a few. There is also a place to find great work at home sites. I think we all would work from home if we could. She has personal writings and HTML tutorials and LOLcatz (because that woman is crazy for those cats!) Its chalked full of information to fill your mind with so why don't you stroll on over to A Peculiar Pea and check it out. Tell her Melissa sent you. No, you wont get a discount but I'm sure it will be much appreciated!

Have a wonderful night everybody!


Do you know why I love having children to hang out with? Because they motivate me to get off my lazy butt and DO something! Before I was a Mom it was nothing for me to sit on the couch all day flipping through the channels or worse, sleeping all day. (Actually I wouldn't mind that one!) But now that Ive crossed over into Motherhood, there's no going back. When I became pregnant I set out to be the best darn Mama I knew how to be. To me, that starts with getting up and getting out! I've enjoyed this summer to the fullest of our abilities this year and I plan to continue that pattern. In the midst of doing our summer exploring we have found some really cool places to start great family traditions. Honestly, I didn't know Missouri had quite so much to offer. So far since Spring we have visited Springfield, MO for a little cave exploring, drive-thru zoo-ing, and a some Bass Pro Shopping! The southwestern portion of Missouri actually has a lot to offer for the outdoors. We also have been to Van Buren, MO a few times to swim in the Current River and see Big Springs in all its beauty. This is one of my favorite areas and I am a little sentimental about it since Big Springs is where I got married. We've done a little camping at Deer Creek and Sam A. Baker which was equally as beautiful and cool. And we found some neat little places like Castor River Shut-Ins to do some great fishing and swimming. When I moved here 2 years ago, I honestly hated this place. Over time and adventures though, I am learning to see this place in a whole new light. It might not be the Appalachian Mountains but it is unique all the same.

During our most recent adventures, we re-visited a little spot we found on Father's Day per my Aunt Rachel called Castor River Shut-Ins. This time luck was on our side because the place was empty except for a few people enjoying the day. We had the best area all to ourselves where we spent the whole afternoon splashing and wading and swimming and picking up cool rocks. The kids had a blast and Jade couldn't stay out of the water. Which I am glad for because at the beginning of summer I was worried he would never get in. Now that he's walking though, he's a lot braver.

So, once again we had an amazing weekend to add to the scrapbook. (Considering I kept a scrapbook, more like a box of stuff, ha!) What is your family doing this year to have fun and make new traditions? Even if there's nothing to do where you live or if gas is just too darn expensive, get your butts out to a park, playground, backyard or something. "They" say kids need at very least 15 minutes a day outdoors. Are your kids getting it?



Today I've been walking all over the web just seeing what I can see. As most of you who know me personally know that I love to talk health, organic, parenting and lifestyle changes. Well I've found some really neat sites that do just that. I added a couple to my Blog List on the right of my page so please by all means, check them out! I will be adding more tomorrow. Now finally I have something to back up my "crazy ideas" so that all of you that think I'm full of crap can see: No, I am not! I sometimes think that most people believe I am just blowing out hot air when I discuss things like BPA in baby bottles and plastics or why sugar is in almost everything commercially produced and why it is bad for you. So, if you think I'm full of it then read for yourself. These blogs that I've found have some very valuable information and they have done the research to back it up.

So grab you a glass of something cold and take a few moments to read something good for you!



For those of you who are concerned you already know that I will soon be making a trip to South Carolina. And well those who don't, now you know! In just one short little itty bitty month Jade and I will be taking our first trip solo sans airways. I'm a little nervous seeing as this is the first time in my 25 years my whole body will be completely detached from the earth. I'm not sure I'm gonna like the feeling of that. I mean, I'm a little involved with the idea of keep my feet firmly planted on the ground. Ah well, it will save me a bunch of money and tons a time and not to mention I wont have to drive for 12 hours with a baby. There are so many restrictions to things you can and cannot take in the sky. I had no idea. You can take a pair of really sharp scissors but you cant take a knife. You can take a lighter and hairspray but it has to be 3 oz. or smaller. You cant take a bow and arrow or a sword. That one really disappointed me. I was really planning on doing some hunting while in SC. :) So I guess this will be a new experience for me to add to the books. That's a good thing though, I need something new right now. Ive become too stuck in my ways, too comfortable with my surroundings. I'm a Gemi for pete's sake, I need some damn excitement. Maybe that's why Ive been so stressed out lately. I just know it is going to be super great to get to see my Mom. Ive become a little resentful towards people because of it. I just think it sucks that my Mom doesn't get to see her only grandchild grow up. She's cheated out of so many of his first because I'm stuck in this hell hole. Its just not fair, but what is.

On a lighter note, Ive been wanting to tell you about this awesome camping trip me and the fam took last weekend. Well, it was just part of the fam, Alexia was with her Mother. But we had a really fun weekend camping at Sam A. Baker. It was really beautiful splashing around in the river and walking along the trails. Jade had a ball throwing rocks and showing me the pretty ones. I cant wait to take Alexia with us next time, I know she will love it. Especially the river part. And our new tent worked out wonderfully. Its the perfect size for all four of us without the hassle our last one gave us. Word of the Wise: a porch on a tent is not worth the trouble to put it up. Just get some bug repellent. But make sure its DEET-free! You don't want to give your kids cancer do you?

Ok, I'm going to enjoy the next 10 minutes of Jade's nap to myself. Please everyone enjoy your afternoon...its a hot one! Drink lots of H2O!



These past few days have been a whirlwind of obstacles as usual. I'm left out of breath, out of patience, wondering what the crap just happened. I'm an easy going person, not used to so much going on at one time. I guess I better get used to it. This is my life now.

Last weekend we had a two day yard sale. It was slow business being Fourth of July and all. We were trying to raise money to go on a trip next weekend that we ended up deciding not to go on. Instead, we blew the money as fast as we made it. WE are good at that! But it was the 4th and there was a carnival in town. The kids enjoyed it a ton anyways, so what the heck...its only paper, right? And I did get to ride my first carnival ride in over 5 years. I was more afraid than Alexia. I was hanging on to that girl for dear life. It will be a while before I do that again!

On Sunday, we took it easy and watched the kids play in the yard all day. Then we went out for a movie and pizza! We had a blast! I highly recommend going to see Wall-E if you haven't already. I do believe that is the best kids movie I have ever seen. It really makes you stop and think what are we leaving for our kids. But I don't want to say too much and give it away, I'm bad about that. Just go see it!

Yesterday I had the car so that Jade and I could go run errands. We went to Poplar Bluff unfortunately. Man, I dread going to that stupid town. It seems most people's IQ drops at least 40% when they hit city limits or get behind the wheel of a car for that matter. For instance, this one dude that I encountered must have thought the road was built just for him. But I let him know otherwise. So, it started in the Wal-Mart parking lot (which I was already peeved because I despise that place.) There is a 3-way STOP and I'm pulling up to it, the only car at a stop sign. As I begin to turn left I quickly catch a glimpse of a white vehicle speeding from behind me and passing me at the STOP sign! I was instantly enraged! I thought well maybe he has an emergency. So I caught up with him and he is bouncing his head around like a chicken watching everything but the road. So I gave him the finger to let him know he had wronged me and I wasn't happy about it. I was afraid he didn't see me so I go to get in the lane beside him and he cuts me off! I was beyond any relevance. So I pulled back over into my original lane and then, hallelujah we get caught at a red light! I rolled down my window and laid on my horn. I gave him all I had. I called him every name in the book and a few I made up. And do you know what he said to me?!? "So what, get over it lady!" Get over it? Get over it? I feel like I'm the only sane driver left around here and he is telling me to get over it? He endangered my child and he is telling me to get over it? I started to come out of my car at that point, but the light turned green and he drove away. What kind of arrogant B*ST*RD has the nerve to tell a mother to get over it? I don't know, maybe I should have gotten over it. But every single time I go to PB I get cut off, pulled in front of, almost sideswiped, or worse. I'm sick of it! It should be a requirement to take a driving test every time you go to the DMV, for anything! It amazes me there aren't more wrecks in that town. Oh well, I said my piece and am done with it. That dude just better hope I never see him again. And again Jade, I am sorry you had to see that side of Mama. I will try to better behave in the future!


Welcome Aboard, Now do the Monkey Dance

So I suppose Ive jumped on the bandwagon and picked up a hitch hiking hobby too! Yes, Im talking about this blog. I figure everyone else is doing it and Im a pretty entertaining writer (sometimes), so why not give it a shot? I really could use the extra cash worst than your Mama needs another McFlurry with Oreos!

I promise to deliver my up to the moment wittiness for your pleasure and will make it a five minutes well spent reading over my rambles. Just pull up a chair and sit back with a margarita and take time to enjoy the day, for just a minute.

Thanks for stopping by. Stay cool kids!