Friday, December 19, 2014

A Mom's Unrealistic Christmas List

I'm sure like many of you someone (probably your husband) has been asking what you want for Christmas. The older I get the more at a loss I am as to what I want. Sure there are tons of things that I want but they aren't always really feasible. Except for that DSLR and Immersion Blender that my husband refuses to buy most of the items on my list aren't really things that are readily available on Amazon.

My unrealistic Christmas list

Moms christmas list

A Dishwasher that actually washes the dishes. I want to be able to put dirty dishes in and have them come out sparkling clean without having to scrape them and scrub them first.

A maid. I'm an awful cleaner and I really never want to hear the words, "you should clean the baseboards" ever again. I've never looked at someones baseboards and I hope you aren't looking at mine.

For my husband to tackle that "honey do" list that never seems to get done. Like the desk I've been asking for him to pick up since June.

Every item that I have favorited on Etsy.

To spend the day lounging, watching movies and eating take out. Like we did in our kid free days.

To sleep in and not feel like I've lost half the day.

For the laundry to just stop piling up.

Self cleaning bathroom.

For my hair to stop coming in grey.

My son to stop saying, "add this to my Christmas list". Santa is beyond done.

A never ending supply of wine.

For the dirty socks to find their way to the hamper.

For the bills to pay themselves.

To finally be the person I am on Pinterest. Crafty, stylish and a great chef!

A refrigerator and pantry that replenishes it self, no more food shopping.

The return of All My Children and One Life to Live, yeah I haven't let that one go yet.

The 4 year-old to say "please" and "thank you", without me reminding him.

To get Taylor Swift out of my head, that infectious little album just won't quit.

For my son to come home from his grandparents and say, "no one brought me any new toys today".

A day without Mickey, Jake, Sophia and Doc.

A way to slow time down so that I could truly enjoy the holiday season instead of feeling so rushed.

For an extra week or so between now and Christmas.

And while I know I can't get most or any or all of these things. There is one thing I can give myself and that is a break. I realized on Wednesday that the days between now and Christmas is shorter than I imagined. Between work and plans there isn't a whole lot of time left for me to enjoy this season with Jackson. So this will be my last post, likely until the New Year, you can still find me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your families and that Santa is good to you and yours.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BOS Napa Wine Chiller

I was provided with the Balls of Steel (BOS) Napa Wine Chiller to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wine is kind of my passion and I love anything that adds to my enjoyment of wine; like the Balls of Steel (BOS) Napa Wine Chiller which is fun, functional and gives back to charity. Balls of Steel donates 15% to MD Anderson to fight testicular cancer. BOS was designed to help make a topic, like testicular cancer, that might be uncomfortable to talk about and raise awareness and start conversations. 

wine chiller

How Balls of Steel (BOS) works: 
  • Place ball in pouch and freeze for a minimum of 90 minutes. For the first use freeze for 4 or more hours, this also gives the best results. 
  • Tilt empty wine glass and gently roll in the Napa Wine Chiller. 
  • Pour wine slightly above the ball and in 2 minutes you will have perfectly chilled wine. 
Balls of steel wine chiller

My husband tried it out with a sweet red wine that he hadn't chilled. The wine was quickly chilled and perfect to drink. We had friends over last week and everyone was curious what it was and how it works. 

What I love about this product is that you don't need to chill a whole bottle of wine . It saves you space in the fridge. Also I have a friend who doesn't like her wine chilled so it allows me to have a cold glass of wine while she drinks hers at room temperature. And the BOS Napa Wine chiller, chills your wine without dilluting it or getting looks from friends as you add ice to your wine. 

balls of steel wine chiller

Some tips for using Balls of Steel (BOS) Napa Wine chiller:

  • Place the BOS Napa Wine chiller in your glass before pouring your wine.
  • Use a spoon to get it out of your glass. 
  • Rinse, dry and refreeze after each use. 

The BOS Napa Wine chiller can be purchased for $29.95. Balls of Steel also offers other fun drinking accessories like the perfect whiskey glass, Balls of Steel whiskey chillers and these bottle opener coasters that I wish I had thought of. How perfect is that a coaster that also opens your bottle?!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Dreaded Christmas Tape

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It was orange and it had The Chipmunk Song and Goofy sang the 12 Days of Christmas. It wasn't Christmas without it. 

I don't know where the tape came from but, I remember it being in our car every December . I remember when one side ended having to eject it and flip it over if I was riding up front or shouting for my Mom to turn it over when I was sitting in the back.

My mom never complained about the tape. When it was just her, my brother and I in the car we listened without complaint. 

But on the rare occasion my Dad was with us he complained. "The dreaded Christmas tape", he would say when he was with us. And when he was with us, it usually meant we were making the hour plus drive to my Aunts or my Grandmothers for the holiday.

I remember those drives. The smell of my Dad's Honda. In the days before the van and Walkman and third row seating. When we road as a family of four with the dreaded Christmas tape on. My Dad complaining about his seat belt and not being able to get toll money from his pants pocket and trying to get his jacket off because he was too hot, even though I always thought it was too cold in the car and his driving made me ill. 

My brother and I exchanged gifts in the car, and I remember his excitement wanting to exchange before we pulled out of the driveway and me wanting to wait. To hold off on the surprise. I never wanted to rush the holiday. 

I remember watching the trees fly by and wondering what gifts would await at our relatives. I remember being excited to go to my Aunt A's even if we were the youngest by decades and there were no kids to play with and I remember dreading Aunt J's with the long Italian meals and the kiddie table and the cousins who we never seemed to know what to do with. 

And I remember worrying that we would get home too late, that Santa would miss us if we weren't home. I remember long good byes and my Dad saying, " I didn't get to talk to so and so", even though we were there for 6 hours. My brother fell asleep on the way home and we were rushed off to bed the moment we walked in the door. 

I would lay awake in my twin bed with the brass headboard waiting and listening for Santa. 

Those are the Christmases I remember, the ones that are classic in my mind. My brother waking me at dawn ready to scout out what Santa brought us.  The piles of presents, the lights on the tree. My brother shouting "I got a bike!" 

And for me, that dreaded Christmas tape was the soundtrack to those years when we believed. When everything was magic and just a bit more wonderful. Those were good years. 

So the other day when I was at the register at Kohls I saw a CD, with Mickey and Friends singing Christmas Songs. And there in line at Kohls I was taken back 25 years to those Christmases. I quickly added it to my order. 

After I picked Jack up from school I put it in the CD player . No tape to flip over.  And he smiled and said, "Mommy I love this CD" and I smiled and nodded cause I remember the joy of the dreaded Christmas tape. 

What reminds you of your childhood holidays? 

Also if you are curious here is the link to the dreaded Christmas tape, otherwise known as DISNEY'S MERRY CHRISTMAS CAROLS .