All posts by DiPaola Momma (HNIC)

What exactly is the Target there?

With the holidays fast approaching.. and even faster if you go to some stores that ALREADY have out the Christmas decor!!.. I was thinking about applying for a part-time holiday job just to support my shopping habits. Yeah, like I’ve got time for that. I guess I’m falling prey to the ooogie boogie economic news and thinking it might be smart to get some extra income.

Not wanting to drag my rug rats into a store kicking and screaming (could you imagine the internal dialog of the person accepting my application?…”this woman can’t even deal with her screaming brats. What would she do on senior citizen day?”)..So I found one on-line and off I went. Lord it’s hard to recall names and numbers when you’ve been a stay-at-home haus frau for so long! It wasn’t too bad though until I got to the personal questionnaire part.

I was dumb founded! They asked questions like “What percentage of politicians to you believe are honest” and “How satisfied are you with your life” …huh? What business of yours is it? I fail to see how these questions are relevant to my ability to stock cat litter on a shelf!

I still filled out the darn thing. And I might even be crazy enough to work nights and weekends for 90 days. To tell the truth I mostly want the discounts.. ha! Happy Holidays (thought I’d join the retail trend)

Go to Amazon.. the force is with you!

Once again from the fabulous super-saving brain of the AMAZING Jessica… This week’s SUPER deal!

This time I’ve just plain stolen her deal word for word (e.g. cut and paste). I tried this out and it works! Wooo Hoooo for my Elanore Closet!

Buy 1 Star Wars Lightsaber, Get 1 FreeSpend $25 get FREE Super Saver shippingSpend $50 on “Qualifying Products” get $10 off ***Hasbro games buy 2 get 1 free***The only Qualifying products I could find were the lightsabers and Clone Wars monopoly.I bought 2 Chutes & Ladders games @ $7.99 each and got the Monopoly Clone Wars (reg. $19.99) FREEI bought 1 Star Wars Clone Wars Lightsaber and got a 2nd one FREEThe Free S&H, $10 off w/ $50 qualifying purchase, the FREE game, and FREE 2nd Lightsaber all came off when I went through check out. You see your total right before you click Place Order (or Proceed with Order; can’t remember).To get this deal (or something similar) go to amazon.comClick on Shop All Departments (top left of screen)>Toys, Kids & Baby>Toys and Games Click on Toy Savings Event (top left link)On the right hand side you will see the Hasbro and Star Wars links Good luck!Jessica

Shipping Method:
FREE Super Saver Shipping
Shipping Preference:
Group my items into as few shipments as possible
Subtotal of Items:
Shipping & Handling:
Super Saver Discount
$10 off
Free Game
Promotion Applied

Total for this Order:

Mopping up

Okay, back to the tips and tricks portion of our game plan.

I found a GREAT product last week. I will ALWAYS try something out for at the very least a week, before I recommend it to you.. or tell ya to steer clear. This way I give everything a chance and you can be sure I did.

I don’t know about you, but with four kids keeping my floors clean is well… pretty much impossible. I’ve gone through just about every mop or mopping system out there. I’ve even considered calling up the U.S. Navy to find out where the heck to get the stuff they used to make us put on the floors before we spent three hours buffing the broken 80 year old tiles to a reflective glow. I still don’t get the point in that exercise.

I have both laminate and tile in high traffic areas in my house. And by “high traffic” I mean… kids, cats, mud covered clod hoppers, hot wheels race tracks and a cooking style that resembles a Jackson Pollack mural! So you can guess I’ve got the dirt on dirty floors right? I’ve pretty much given up on anything other than slowing the growth of new life forms on the floor. Then I found this new mop. My heart lurched when our gaze first met. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried using a magic eraser sponge. But boy howdy those things are like magic.. huh maybe that’s how they got the name? Anywho.. they make a mop and get this folks.. it works like magic too!

So run out my Mommy minions and grab one. They work with my regular floor cleaner and I also tried their brand. We may not be able to see our reflections like back in my Navy days, but I’m okay with that. At least my floors are clean. And to be honest I’m good with avoiding the wall mirrors and not having to deal with a reflective floor too.

Marsha Marsha Marsha

I had a completely different post all lined up in my busy brain today. I signed on this morning and bam! I couldn’t let this topic go no matter how I tried. Maybe writing about it will erase the mental images..hopefully.

It seems that Maureen McCormick, aka Marsha Brady has written a “tell all” book about her days on The Brady Bunch TV show in the 70s. Come on! Can’t any of my fond childhood memories remain sacred?! First it was Mrs. Brady pulling a Mrs. Robinson with Greg.. eeeewww! Then came the fall of my tweenage crush on Rick Springfield. Turns out he thinks smacking Jessie’s girl around is how to make her “his”. Now floating around out there will be tales of Marsha and Jan doing the “I kissed a girl” thing. And oh BIG surprise people where doing cocaine on set… um it was the 70s people BIG SHOCKER there!

So this family that was so perfect in my 9 year old brain, with the cool ranch style tracked house, the popular kids helping out the dorks, mom and dad still hot for each other, a house maid (lord I wish I had one of those now!) isn’t. Nope it turns out Dad was in the closet. Mom had a thing for her son. The two older daughters where busy questioning their sexuality. Baby Cindy was hitting the hooch. My god what was the house keeper up to? I shutter to think about what the dog did!

Now I haven’t read the book, and don’t have any intent to. I don’t much care what they’ve all done with their lives. What is it with the publishing obsession with the “tell all” genre? Okay, so there is an audience for it. But can I once again just put in my two cents and say with conviction.. eeeewwww!