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Why I’m Not on Pinterest

Thursday, October 4th, 2012
By Glinda

I’ve got nothing against Pinterest.

In fact, I’m sort of fascinated by Pinterest.  I mean, in theory, what’s not to like?

Cute things, pretty things, kid things, food things, and all kinds of things in between.

But yet I have managed to not register for an account, nor do I visit even semi-regularly.

You see, I simply don’t have the time.

I am one of those people who would lose myself in all of the stuff, finding excuses to go on the site when I didn’t really need to, or needlessly researching photos in order to Pin them.

I don’t have the time for that.

I feel like I would be back in the olden, heady days of my personal blog (I started blogging in 2004) where I spent an inordinate amount of time visiting other people’s blogs.

I’ve got a fourth grader to homeschool, a house to at least attempt to keep clean, a demanding toddler with a full therapy schedule, and oh hey, some things called friends in real life that I should try to call and talk to.

Roll those all together, which isn’t even counting cooking or reading books or spending time with my husband, and you have someone who is so far successfully resisting the siren call of Pinterest.

How about you?

OMG! A Halloween Craft for the Lazy and Cheap

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
By Glinda

Which is right. up. my. alley.

In my current neighborhood, Halloween is a big deal, and over half of the nieghborhood really goes for broke at Halloween, maybe even moreso than at Christmas.  Across the street, my son’s friend sets up an elaborate walk-thru haunted house on their front lawn every year.

It’s not like I’m going to win any competitions or anything, but I love putting up lots of Halloween decorations.  However, I rarely seem to have the time or money to do as much as I’d like.


The easiest freaking Halloween craft I think I have ever seen.

And those are going to be PERFECT lining my walkway.


Why couldn’t I have thought of that myself?

I Thought Everyone Knew This Already…

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
By Glinda

Roseart doesn’t even have the decency to melt correctly!

Once, long ago, as a newbie mom, I bought some Roseart crayons for the Munchkin. I mean, the price was so cheap! How could I not buy them? Then I figured out that Roseart crayons are the equivalent to the free crayons you get with the kids’ menus at restaurants. Which suck. So, never again did Roseart darken my shopping cart.

reddit via buzzfeed

If You Buy This, Kindly Let Me Know So I Can Come Over and Beat You Over the Head with Some Sense

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
By Glinda

I’m going to call it right here.

Any parent who buys their child a $15,000 gingerbread house (that will essentially start to decompose in a matter of days) as a Christmas present needs to turn in their parenting license ASAP.

Don’t things like this make you wish there were such things as parenting licenses?

Iowa Teen Does a DIY Prom Dress

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
By Glinda

Out of gum wrappers!


I applaud the creativity of both her dress and her boyfriend’s vest, but his hat will hopefully disappear before the actual prom.

Marketing FAIL

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
By Glinda

dog hair bow

From a swear-to-god true craigslist ad



$1.25 EACH ( MIM – OF 10 )



If you are going to go for some sort of dual marketing ploy, at least do it in a different ad! Just imagine how embarassed my daughter would be to have the same bow in her hair as the Yorkie down the street.

Hot Xmas Toys 2009

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
By Glinda

Honestly, it’s never too early to shop for Christmas.  If you want to score some of the hottest toys, you’ve got to be on top of your game.  And I’m here to help.  I’ve got a list of some of the most-wanted toys for Christmas 2009, just for you!

Zhu zhu pets hamsterZhu Zhu Pets.  These are simply flying off the shelves.  They have their own personalities, can purr, and can scoot around the floor on their own.  But the beauty is, there’s no mess to clean up!

Wild Planet Crayola Crayon TownWild Planet Crayon Town  This play set comes in many forms, from a zoo to a horse ranch. It combines the art with construction and imaginary play.  Kids can even use old and broken crayons to make more scenery.  This toy is getting fantastic reviews!

Tamagotchi Music StarTamagotchi Music Star. There are lots of different “skins” and colors to choose from on this popular, tiny electronic toy.  Children raise their tamagotchi to be music stars, where they can then be in their own band and play their own music!

PixOs Ultimate 3D Design StationPixOs Ultimate 3D Design Station  Kids are able to make 2D and 3D designs with movable parts and hinges, all with no ink and zero mess.  If you haven’t yet gotten in on the PixOs bandwagon, this might be the time.  Super fun!

Printies Design StudioPrinties Design Studio Lots of different sets, from Ocean to Pets, allow your kids to design and stuff their own animals.  Sort of like Build-a-Bear, but without all the extra cost! Just print out the design on an inkjet printer, and up to six pets can be made with no sewing and no glue!

LEGO City Advent CalendarLego 2009 Advent Calendar This one you have to get before Christmas! The Lego enthusiast in your life will love building a new piece of the set every day during Advent.

Bop ItBop ItA new game for the whole family.  It’s most comparable to “Simon Says” but in the most high-tech way possible!

VTech Bugsby Reading System & Pen BundleVTech Bugsby Reading System & Pen Bundle
  The newest reading system from VTech helps to build reading skills through comprehension, phonics, word recognition, and more!  You can begin with the starter kit, and then add more popular character titles, from Dora to Max and Ruby.

MindflexMindflex A new, fairly amazing game that actually reads your brain waves to levitate foam balls and sends them on different obstacle courses that progress in difficulty as you master the game.  Don’t believe it?  It does actually work!

Fisher Price Mickey's Magic Choo ChooMickey’s Magic Choo-Choo Train  Just like on the show, this train lays its own tracks!  Music and different modes make for plenty of toddler fun!

Taking “Crafty” to a Whole New Level

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
By Glinda

Placenta teddy bear

First, we had recipes that utilized the placenta.

Now, we have a teddy bear.

Supposedly, this is being marketed as a “sustainable” toy.  It is actually a kit you can order which will allow you to dry and then mold your own placenta into what is arguably a teddy bear.

I really, really wish I was kidding about this.

(via Inhabitots)

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