I can't breathe.


I can't breathe through my left nostril right now. Sometimes it's my right one, but right now, it's my left. My ears are clogged and make everything sound funny and make me feel dizzy. My sinuses hurt so much that my teeth are aching. This is what winter has done to me. A sinus infection and bronchitis. Not.cool.

However, I didn't get the worst of it. Neither did the hubs (even though he's got the same thing I do, I think he's got a touch of a stomach virus as well). Poor little Thad has it the worst. Last weekend, he had the runniest nose ever. I thought maybe it was because of these crazy non-existent teeth that are bugging him. Then the cough started. By Monday, I was making a doctor's appointment for him. The hubs took him in because I already had an appointment scheduled for my yearly with my OB since I didn't have to work that day. I get home and find out that Thad has bronchiolitis and RSV. Awesome. The breathing treatment they did in the office didn't do anything for him. Monday night was rough.

Tuesday, the hubs felt like crap, and both he and the boy had a fever so they stayed home together and I went to work. By the time I got off work, Thad still had a fever, still sounded like crap, and just wasn't himself. We called the doctor and were told to bring him in. Come to find out, he now has an ear infection on top of the bronchiolitis and RSV. Wonderful. He was finally prescribed some antibiotics to help with his ears (but it causes diarrhea).

Wednesday and Thursday I spent at home sick with a sick son and sick husband. I tried to go back to work Friday and only made it half a day. Needless to say, it's been a long week. Thad is finally starting to feel better. The hubs and I are still congested, but our coughs are starting to go away as well.

I just can't wait until I can breathe out of both my nostrils.



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Random Ramblings...


  1. Sorry I haven't posted, life is crazy right now.  
  2. The teething monster has stolen my child and refuses to give him back.  
  3. I hate being at school until 7:00 for parent teacher conferences, only to see three parents - 1 of them isn't even in my class, but rather my peer tutor class that is more like a structured study hall.  So yep, two parents.  Ugh, I would have rather been at home battling the teething monster.
  4. My husband gets a hair up his ass every year about joining the military.  Long story short, he's been told many times for various reasons that he wouldn't be "eligible" - the last time he was told he needed to earn 15 college credits and he'd be good to go.  Well.....a semester of college later and he's got those credits.  Still don't know if he'll get in, but I'd really like to know once and for all.  If so, great, I'm all for it.  I'll support him no matter what, but I'm tired of having my world turned upside down every year when it becomes a possibility.  
  5. I hate my "spastic colon" (doctor's words, not mine) and it hates me.
  6. I need to find a new face wash.  My skin is disgusting and is breaking out - painful, deep zits anyone?  I'm taking suggestions, please help!  My skin thinks I'm in highschool and doesn't believe that I only teach it.
  7. I still want to learn to be a crazy coupon lady.  I want to learn how to go into a store and buy $400 worth of stuff and pay $50.  Looking for a teacher, please let me know if you can help.
  8. I need to post Thad's 6 month stats - will do soon! 
On a positive note, I've lost 55 pounds and I'm 27 pounds from my goal!  I can even fit into my "fat" first-couple-months of pregnancy pants...lol, go me!

I hope you all have a fabulous week everyone!  Oh and feel free to enter the Numi Key giveaway - 2 winners and literally, only 2 different entries!  Pretty good odds so far!

Numi Key Review & Giveaway! *2 WINNERS*


The Numi Key.  Whoever invented this thing was a genius!  How many of you are like me (an extremely frugal, deal seeking momma) and have a billion of those loyalty cards stuffed in your wallet and buried in your purse?  I think that I have a card for every store I've ever been to (ok, not really, but I have a ton).  The Numi Key can solve this billion card dilemma for you.  

Here are the specs:

  • Replace the stack of loyalty and membership cards you currently carry with one easy-to-use key chain device
  • Add, delete, and modify your cards from any Internet-connected PC.
  • Support for coupons, gift cards, and tickets, coming soon!
  • Connects to your PC via USB 2.0 (cable included)
  • Dimensions:  2” x 1.5” x 0.5”
  • Battery recharges via USB connection
  • Stores up to any combination of 50 coupons, loyalty cards or gift cards

The day I received my Numi Key, the hubs wanted to know what the heck I was doing as I sat at the computer with a stack of loyalty cards in front of me.  When I explained the concept he was impressed (and actually probably a little more excited than I was to try it out).  

Here's how the Numi Key works:

At the core of the MoBeam® technology is a very simple idea: Have a light source mimic the black-and-white sequencing of a barcode. Instead of registering the reflection from a barcode – the laser actually receives beams of light originating from the MoBeam nĂ¼mi™ key – but with the same result.

The first place I tried my Numi Key was Kmart, this barcode was actually pre-loaded as option on the Numi Key site.  I tried and tried and couldn't get it to work.  Boy did I feel silly!  So I came home, re-read my directions and watched the video (yep, they have video to show you how easy it is to use...lol, maybe I should have done all this before I went out).  I realized I'd been holding it too close to the scanner...oops!  Later that week I hit Sam's Club, sure enough the Numi worked great.  The checker was actually really impressed with the idea (so was the lady at Kmart even when it didn't work).  

The Numi attaches to your key chain and isn't very big or bulky so it's easy to carry around without feeling like you've added a ton of weight to your key chain.  You can also add coupons and gift cards to it.  Talk about eliminating crap from your purse!  For anyone, mom or not, that's always a good thing.  You can buy the Numi Key for $19.95 or you can win one here!

TWO lucky readers will a Numi Key of their own!

Mandatory Entries: (This must be done for any extra entries to count.)  Follow my blog publicly via Google Friend Connect and tell me why you'd like to win a Numi Key.

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Giveaway will end on February 17th at 11:59 PM CST.  Winner will be chosen using random.org and emailed.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.  Please leave your email address or make sure it is public in your profile so I can contact you. 

Disclaimer: This review is based on my personal experience and is my honest opinion.  I was given the product(s) mentioned above to review at no cost.  No other compensation was received.  A special thanks to Mobeam  for allowing me to review the Numi Key.

Sneak Peak!


Here's a quick (unedited) sneak peak of Thad's 6 month pics...even though he isn't 6 months old until tomorrow ;) He did pretty well, even after he toppled over backwards and bumped his head...ugh, bad mom alert...

Geographic Tongue


No. This is obviously not me, BUT...that is exactly how my tongue looks every now and then.

Why?  It's something called Geographic Tongue.  (Feel free to check out the Mayo Clinic's website for a host of information.)  It affects about 2% of the population. With me, it didn't start until I was in my 20s.  It started a few years after my allergies really kicked in and made my life hell.  Is it allergy related?  Some think so.  I've never narrowed it down to any particular food, but I'd love to figure it out.  I know that for me, certain types of gum trigger it and some candies.  Many times though, it starts for no apparent reason.  I can't tie it to anything I've eaten or anything I've done.  Every few weeks (and sometimes less frequently), my tongue will start to go numb in places and within the next 24 hours I have these weird flare up spots on my tongue.

Does it hurt?  Most people, no.  Mine can get very uncomfortable at times.  It's almost like having a mass of swollen taste buds, instead of just one.  As the "episode" progresses, my spots sometimes move and get bigger/smaller.  The whole thing is a pain in the butt.  Is there a treatment?  No, not really.  Some say taking Benadryl will help and I can say that it does seem to help a teeny, tiny, little bit, but it doesn't fix it or make it go away any faster.

So as one of the most random posts I ever written, I hope I've educated you...lol.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Barberry & Lace WINNER!


Congratulations to Dee Parker on winning the Barberry & Lace Giveaway!
I'll be emailing you shortly!