Hello lovelies!  Twice in one day, what in the world!

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Ever noticed how the things you love kinda changes from month to month?

Today, I am linking up with Domestic Mama for a monthly link-up.  The last Friday of the month, I will answer a list of questions about my “favorites”, because we all know those change month to month :) .

 

 
Wanna join me?

Awesome….all you have to do is write a post about your likes/dislikes once a month and link up your answers so we can all see. Too easy right? 

RULES
1. Follow the host and co-hosts (we’ll supply the link)
2. HAVE FUN! Spread the word!
 
If you would like to co-host…please let me know HERE
 
Here are the questions……..
 
1. What’s your must watch, can’t live without television show at the moment?
Since HJ and I usually watch movies over tv shows, I am going to go with what movie has been on non-stop.  It is no longer Space Jam!  Now, it is one of my favorite movies from childhood, The Sandlot.  You’re killing me smalls!
 
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2. What’s that one thing you have been craving lately?
Any food from the grill, love grilling weather!
 
3. What pair of shoes are you completely head over heels in love with right now?
(We wanna see a photo)
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4. Which 2 bloggers are you crushing on this month?
I love her blog!  I have been lucky enough to be emailing back and forth with her.  When she sent an email that made her sound a bit like a protective, older sister, I knew we could be great friends.
Beth, from Hope and Coffee
I don’t remember how I came across her blog, but she is so sweet.  She has 2 beautiful little girls and another little one on the way!
5. What tune got stuck in your head and you just can’t get enough? 
Country and hip hop, great summer song!
 
6.  Apps? What app has you all excited?
The past few weeks, I downloaded the Kayak app to help me find an inexpensive hotel, I was on it a lot!  It searches all the travel websites to help you find the lowest price!

7. What is that one accessory that you’ve been taking everywhere?

It’s hot, so my Camelbak Eddy Bottle.
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8. Where’s that one place you and your friends have been feeling right at home?

The park.  HJ and I have been heading to a near-by park a few times a week.

9. What book has you hiding under the covers with a torch at night because you just can’t put it down?
I just finished The Life of Pi last night.  While it started off slow, I quickly got into it.  And the ending, WHAT!?!
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10. What’s your favourite word, you know that one you use in every sentence because it just sounds so good to you?
I don;t know my favorite word of the moment, but HJ’s is definitely WHY.

 

11. What fashion item did you have to have?

My white tank from Stitch Fix, love it!

 

12. What’s that thing that has really been grinding on your nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard?

Bills, ugh.

 

I am unsure how this happened.  HJ love, LOVES basketball.  Not that I hate basketball, but I never played after 8th grade.  I am 5’2″, so basketball was not an area I flourished at.  HJ however, loves it.  I blame Space Jam.  He loves watching the movie.  He thinks Michael Jordan is amazing.

Last week, we were at a park.  A little kid came up to us and said, “I am cute and popular”.  I wasn’t sure how to respond, so I stood their dumbfounded by this 5 year olds confidence (I didn’t know “popular” was a thing in preschool???).  HJ looks at him, crosses his arms, and says, “Yeah, well I’m Michael Jordan.”

HJ for the win.

You can also no longer call something “orange”, it is now “basketball orange”.

This past weekend, my nephew received a basketball hoop for his birthday.  Hj learned he could shoot.  The basket was lowered and he had a smaller ball, but he could throw it under handed and make it.  He loved it.  This week, his papa found him his own little basketball. He has been practicing his dribbling and is getting decent-ish.  He even took a nap with the ball.

I asked him what he wanted to do the other night and he responded with “play basketball”.  Of course.  The sorority I advise has a basketball hoop that is lowered to his height, so we hopped on the bike and made our way there.

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After a few minutes, some of the girls came out to play.  He taught them all to shoot.

 

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He would pass one the ball, show her the form.  If she missed, he would tell her to try again.  He loved the attention.  And he even learned he could slam dunk (with a little help).

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Moving on isn’t as easy, and it doesn’t happen all at once, but when your finally ready, selling your old engagement ring is a great way to financially and emotionally shut the door on your divorce.

Often times, the last thing that is left after a divorce is the ring. It doesn’t matter if the divorce was contentious or mutual, what to do with the unneeded ring presents an interesting challenge both emotionally and financially. Although diamonds are an asset, just like cars and houses, they have so much emotion tied up in them it’s hard to not view them as more than just dollars and cents.

The key to making a good decision about what to do with an unneeded diamond ring is to accept the emotional ties that go along with the ring, and do what will make you the happiest. Of course, we wouldn’t recommend throwing it off a bridge, but giving it to a child to use for their wedding is an option that can flip bad memories into good ones in a heartbeat.

The most common option of what to do with an old diamond ring is to sell it. There are a lot of ways to sell your ring, including craigslist, ebay, and pawn shops; but a new trend has emerged with companies that buy diamond rings online such as The Diamond Lining. This allows you to safely access the best prices for your ring without the uncertainty of having to venture into pawn shops or meet strangers at coffee shops. The cash that you receive for your ring can help you seed a retirement fun or college saving fund, of perhaps take a much needed vacation.

Financially selling a ring is often the last step in the divorce process, and emotionally it can be a hurdle as well, but there is no time like the present to finally take the last step.

*This post is sponsored by The Diamond Lining.

For the past few years, I have been looking into my full length mirror and thinking, “I swear I can hardly see anything in this mirror.”  The mirror is old, I think I got in the early ’00 sometime.  On top of all that it was only $10, so I am guessing the quality wasn’t the best to start with.  I splurged and got a new, $15 mirror and holy cow, I can see in it!  My clothes match!

And then, I had this old, dingy mirror stuffed in my closet.  Then it hit me.  You know how you will see pictures of kids on their first day of school?  And sometimes their crafty parents put a chalk board next to them that will say cute things like what they want to be when they grow up and their new teachers name?  I always thought those were cute.  And, the full length mirror height would allow you to see growth year after year.  So yes, my craft idea came about because I want a cute picture that my son will probably never even pose for.

Oh well.

Here is the old mirror before:IMG_4193

 

I gathered up my chalk board paint (leftover from HJ’s table) and a foam brush.

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Then, I started painting the mirror.  To make the chalkboard really use-able, use 5-6 coats of paint.  This is what it looked like after 1 coat:IMG_4195

 

Tyson watched me.

After the 5 coats dried (over-night), I covered the mirror with card board and taped it off.

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Then, HJ picked out a spray paint.  He went with Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze.  WE took the mirror outside and sprayed the frame of the mirror.

Once that dried for a few days, it was ready to color!

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PicMonkey Collage

 

I have mentioned Stitch Fix a few times on my blog, but never went into detail much on it.  Here’s the scoop:

Stitch Fix is like having your own personal shopper.  When you register, you go through a style profile, picking items you like and don’t like.  You go over things like “I like to show off my…” and “dislike to show my…”.  They ask your sizes, height and weight.  They also ask for things like your pinterest account, instagram, twitter, blogs, etc. so they can see what you like to wear.  Then comes the fun part, you get to schedule a “fix”.  You can schedule monthly fixes or just on an “as needed” basis and you can go in and set a date.  You can also request certain things like, “I have a wedding coming up, please send a few dresses”.

Then, you receive a “fix”.  It is a cutely packaged box wrapped up in tissue paper.

IMG_4071You are assigned a stylist, who writes you little notes.  This fix, I had Alexandra, who I requested after she did a fabulous job on my first fix.  It also includes the prices of each item.  They ranged from $38-88:

IMG_4072 This time, my note said “no clothes with animals :)” as per my request (my last fix had an abundance of them, and I learned I don’t like them on my clothes).

Each item has a little note-card with suggestions on how to wear the items.  You are encouraged to try everything on to see how it looks, even if on first glance you think “nah”.

IMG_4075Here was my first item this month, a cute blue sleeveless dress.  I loved the color and style and really wanted to love it on.

IMG_4073 When I put it on, I liked it.  It was flattering.  My only thing, I would want to wear it to work and it is a bit short for that.

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This was the next shirt.

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Look at the cute detail on the buttons:

IMG_4089I tried the shirt on.  It fit well, but I thought it was a bit tight on my belly.  I have a fear of looking like I have a pouch.

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Then I tried on this super soft skirt.

IMG_4085 IMG_4101It was…ok.  The only thing was, the price was too high for my taste.  I felt I could find a similar item for cheaper.  And the color is a bit “eh”.  But I tried it on…

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I didn’t love it, but I did love the pockets.  I think it should be a law that all skirts and dresses have pockets.  The Pocket Law.  I should start a petition.

Next was a cute white shirt, the Jack by BB Dakota.  I was excited for this instantly.  I pictured myself being able to wear this to work and for fun.

IMG_4094I tried it on and…

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Last, was a pair of jeans:

IMG_4103Kut from the Kloth Bootcut.

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Naturally, they are a bit long.  I am short, all pants are.

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Then I did the “back-pocket test”. Please tell me I am not the only one that does this.

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Final verdict:   They are comfy, and it’s hard to find jeans that fit just-so.  But, I have a lot of dark wash jeans.

I did keep the white tank!

I logged into my account and bought the shirt.  As for everything  else,  I let them know why I didn’t keep it to help my next fix be even better.

For the items I didn’t keep, I packed them into a pre-paid envelope that Stitch Fix sent along and mailed them back with-in 3 days.  I am only charged for what I keep.

It is nice to have the clothes delivered to my door, where I can try them on with items I already own.  Plus, who doesn’t like surprises?

Want to give stitch fix a try?  Here is the link with my referral code.  You don’t have to use the referral code, you can just go to their site, but I do get a credit on my account for referrals, so why not help me out!  Plus once you sign up, you can get your own referrals!

This post was not sponsored by stitch fix, I just love the concept and wanted to share it with all of you!

How’s that for a title?  And yes, somehow in my wild and crazy world, the 2 collided.

Last Friday, I went on a field trip with HJ’s daycare (no, we didn’t go to a strip club).  I was in a car with a dad (the driver), and 4 boys (ages 6, 8, 10, 12).  HJ insisted on riding in the other car.  Without me.  Tear.

On our way home from a long day of adventures, we were driving down a rode.  Out the window, I noticed we were about to pass a strip club.  One that had a large sign proclaiming “NUDE Showgirls” and a classy picture of a women’s silhouette hanging upside down on a pole.

I held my breath hoping no one else noticed it.  Fat chance, huh?

One of the younger boys says, “What was that girl doing to that pole?”

The 8 year old says, “What’s a showgirl and what was that other word?”

The 10 year old says, “It started with an “N” I think.”

The dad and I say we didn’t see anything and try to avoid this conversation.

The oldest boy pipes up, “It said nude.  Nude showgirls.”

The dad says, “Nah, I think it said nerd, it must be that new computer place.”

I agree with the dad and try to drop it.

Older boys start shouting, “It said NUDE!  N-U-D-E.  We can read!  What does nude showgirls mean?”

By this point all the boys are shouting, “Yeah!  What’s a nude showgirl!!!  NUDE SHOWGIRLS!!”

I read quite a few books on parenting, but not one EVER mentioned this subject.  And not only that, but these aren’t MY kids, so I can’t handle it how I would with my own.  I thought about saying, “ask your parents”, but then figured they would all think it was something naughty and be sure to ask.  Without saying to ask their parents, maybe they would just forget it.  While I am racking my brain on what to say and how to handle this, driving dad comes to the rescue with, “Hey, I like this song!” and turns the radio loud enough to mask the boys questions.  Then the debate turned to Mackelmore, and all was forgotten.

Today, I am guest posting over at Domestic Mamma.   Vicki has been helping her ailing father, and while she is out of town, I was lucky enough to step in and post on her blog!  I am sharing a super yummy recipe, and the best thing is, you can even freeze it.  I love being able to freeze meals and use them on busy, hectic nights!  So, go check it out

 

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See that?  That is what started it all.  I was playing in the driveway with HJ one night, while the college neighbors across the street were moving out for the summer.  I noticed a girl carry that out to the curb and set it down.  I jumped to attention.  I have been on the look out for an inexpensive headboard for HJ (that is actually the foot-board pictured above, but at the time I thought it was just a 1 piece thing).

I walked across the street and asked if she was getting rid of her bed, she told me that she was,  and to help myself.  For free.  I offered to pay her, but she said no.  She then proceeded to bring out the whole bed, which included a frame, foot-board and headboard.  Then her roommate came out and they helped me carry it across the street to my garage.  And then HJ insisted they come inside and he gave them a house tour.  Including, opening his dresser drawers.  He wanted to show them where his new bed would reside.

I decided to stain the bed a dark cherry to match the dresser in his room.  Here is a picture of the headboard before I got after it:

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I sanded all the pieces down, and then started the staining process.  I smoothed the stain on with a cloth, and then wiped it off with another cloth.  I would let the stain dry for a while, and then start the next coat.  Eventually, I got the color I desired and I topped it with a clear sealer to help prevent dings and scratches.

Then, it was time to bring the bed into the house.  I attempted putting the pieces together on my own.  After some frustrations upon realizing I am not actually super-mom, I called in a neighbor for reinforcements.  But, we got it figured out with only one scratch, and some not so pretty vocabulary.

The finished product looks cute, and considering I spent about $15 on supplies, I would say it is a pretty good deal!

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Here is a closer look at the foot-board:

IMG_4063See how close it matches the dresser?

And the headboard:

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HJ was excited to put his books on the shelf.

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And a full view of the room:

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What do you think?

Did any of you notice that HJ’s cute truck bedding seems to have disappeared?

Dog shaming.  That dog ate it.  He ate HJ’s bedding.  I was sooo pissed.  Ty has also consumed a number of pillows, a shoe and a couch.  That’s right, a flippin’ couch.  He has outgrown everything but the shredding of sheets and comforters, ugh!

 

“Never make someone a priority while allowing yourself to be their option”.

“If it is important to you, you will find a way.  If not, you’ll find an excuse.”

These two quotes had been running through my mind over and over the last month.

You may remember the ex telling me he wanted to try to make things work.  The past month, I kept letting the excuses as to why he couldn’t hang out slide by.  Finally, I had enough of being strung along.  I was tired of feeling like he was just saying things to keep me interested in case he changed his mind.  I felt like he had put me on the back burner while running about his life just as before.

While discussing his weekend plans the other day, I realized they were jammed packed of things he said were his “priorities”.  I did not make the cut, yet again.  I let him know that it hurt.  That he was the one saying he wanted to hang out to see where things were, yet never had time to hang out.  He was the one who said he wanted to make it work, when really, he just wanted time to decide.  I felt like I was put in some sort of relationship limbo.  That he expected me to just sit there and wait for him to make up his mind.

I told him, if he really wanted to hang out, he would make time.  If he really wanted to be in HJ’s life as well as my own, he would prove it.  But day after day, the excuses came.

And the only thing that was being proved is that he hadn’t changed one bit.

I told him I was done.  I was tired of being played a fool.  I was over it.

When it was over, I was surprised at how much it didn’t bother me.  I was almost relieved.  Finally, that baggage is gone.  I don’t have to anxiously wait at the phone hoping he will want to see me.  Hoping he will call to say hi.  Because I don’t deserve that.  I deserve better.  And with that, I felt lighter.  Happier.