Grocery Haul

Hey guys!

So I finally had to do it. I had to make my first large (actually HUGE) grocery haul by myself….and take both kids with me. Let me start out by saying I was fucking terried at first.

Not only did I have a bunch to get, but I would have both kids…oh and to top it off it’s snowing and icy outside today!

But I did. I trekked through our local Kroger with two carts and both kids in tow. I spent about 25% of the time in there chasing A.J through the aisles and listening anxiously to David crying (I was just waiting for someone to say something about me not being able to control either of the boys- but nobody ever did).

I’m going to share with you everything we got for the month on this haul, but let me first say I NEVER WANT TO FUCKING DO THAT WITH BOTH KIDS BY MYSELF AGAIN!

So…what’d I get??

  • 1 3Musketeers Candy Bar
  • 5 Boxes of Barilla Rotini Pasta Noodles
  • 2 Boxes of Bomb Pop Original Ice Pops
  • 2 Cans Bush’s Best Original Baked Beans
  • 2 Cans Bush’s Best Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans
  • 4 Cans Comforts Sensitivity Infant Formula
  • 6 DiGiorno Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Pizza
  • 6 DiGiorno Rising Crust Cheese Pizza
  • 1 Doritos Flamin’ Hot Limon Flavored Chips
  • 4 12pack Cans Dr. Pepper
  • 2 Jars Duke’s Real Mayonnaise
  • 1 Bottle Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • 3 Packs Hillshire Farm Ultra Thin Sliced Honey Ham Lunch Meat
  • 3 Boxes Hostess Snack Pack Chocolate Donuts
  • 3 Bags Idahoan Buttery Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 Bags Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 Bags Idahoan Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes
  • 3 Bags Idahoan Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • 1 Jar Jif Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 10 Bags Knorr Fiesta Sides Spanish Rice
  • 8 Boxes Kraft Original Flavor Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
  • 2 Packs Kraft Singles American Cheese Slices
  • 3 Bags Steakhouse Style Cook-in-Bag Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 Boxes Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • 3 Jugs Apple Juice
  • 2 Gallons 2% Reduced Fat Milk
  • 2 Jars 6-Cheese Pasta Sauce
  • 2 Jars Classic Pasta Sauce
  • 3 Bags Peppercorn Seasoned Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 Boxes Garlic 3-Cheese Texas Toast
  • 2 Boxes Galic Texas Toast
  • 1 Dozen Grade A Large Eggs
  • 2 Jars Parmesan & Romano Pasta Sauce
  • 3 Bags Shredded Mexican Style Cheese Blend
  • 12 Cans Supersweet Whole Kernel Golden Corn
  • 2 Jars Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 2 Loaves White Sandwich Bread
  • 1 Box Pecan Spinwheels Pastries
  • 1 Box Star Crunch Caramel & Crisp Rice Cookies
  • 1 Box Swiss Rolls Big Pack
  • 3 Boxes Luzianne Tea Bags Family Size
  • 15 Packs McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 4 Boxes Old El Paso Enchilada Dinner Kit
  • 1 Box Orville Movie Theater Popcorn
  • 9 Packs Pioneer Brown Gravy Mix
  • 4 Packs Boneless Pork Loin Chops
  • 3 Cans Pringles Pizza Flavored Crips
  • 1 Can Pringles Sour Cream & Onion Flavored Crisps
  • 1 Reese’s Fast Break King Size Candy Bar
  • 1 Reese’s King Size Peanut Butter Cups
  • 2 Packs Sargento Baby Swiss Cheese Slices
  • 1 Jug Simply Orange Juice
  • 2 Cases Sprite 24cans
  • 1 Box Stouffer’s Classic Family Size Lasagna
  • 8 Boxes Stove Stop Chicken Stuffing Mix
  • 8 Packs Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 4 Boxes Velveeta Original Shells & Cheese Dinner

Subtotal: $721.27
Coupon Savings: $95.70
Final Total: $625.57

As you can see in the pictures above, our freezer and pantry are definitely stocked! In case you’re wondering why you don’t see those baulky packs of pork chops or chicken breasts, I always separate out our meat and put them in aluminum foil before putting them in the freezer. That way when I buy the large packs (10 pork chops or 8-10 pieces of chicken) I don’t thaw out too much for that night’s dinner and have a ton going to waste.

I’m super thankful for the associate at the store who helped me push one of my over filled carts to our van while I pushed the other cart, filled with groceries and two kids, and carried the hand basket filled with items.

To say it was a stressful and hard journey is putting it lightly. But it’s over now and everything has been put in its rightful spot.

I’m curious as to if any of you guys [whoever you are reading this] use a ton of coupons when you go shopping [I am obsessed with my couponing] and pre planned lists, or do most of you just seems to wing it when you get there? I personally feel more stressed if I’m at the store with no list or coupons [because I know I’ll forget something that we really need].

XOXO

Star, Moon, & Ascendant Horoscope

Hey y’all!

So I’ve been super into horoscopes and stars alignments and astrology lately. I’m not really sure why, I’ve honestly never given it any thought before [and Andy says it’s just all b.s]. But I’ve been looking deeper into my own and I actually think it all describes me perfectly.

When it comes to horoscopes, we all have the one sign that we know we are, that’s called our “ascendant”. But, did you know you also have two other signs, a sun and a moon. They may not be the one you check everyday, if you’re into astrology.

I’m still learning about all of them, but I’m actually really enjoying the research and it’s been helping me relax at night. Instead of reading my entire horoscope first thing in the morning [because I know if I do that I’ll start basing my daily decisions from it and I’m just not there in the research yet], I read it at night as a way of reflecting on my day and its been helping me wind down and get ready for bed.

So if you’re not familiar with all three of your actual signs, I’ve listed them below with brief descriptions of each.

SUN:

The sun determines your ego, identity, and “role” in life. It’s the core of who you are, and is the sign you’re most likely to already know.

MOON:

The moon rules your emotions, moods, and feelings, This is likely the sign you most think of yourself as, since it reflects your personality wen you’re alone or deeply comfortable.

ASCENDANT (RISING):

Your ascendant is the “mask” you present to people. It can be seen in your personal style and how you come off to people when you first meet. Some say it becomes less relevant as you get older. It changes every two hours, so if it doesn’t make sense, text your mom [or dad] to confirm your birth time.

So for me:
I’m a Scorpio rising, Scorpio moon, and Virgo sun. So what exactly does that tell people about me?

Well, as a Scorpio rising, I come across as passionate, incisive, cunning, strategic, and perceptive. My intense and tenacious drive comes off as intimidating and powerful, if not malicious and aggressive.
Yep, that actually sounds about right, lol.

As a Scorpio moon, my emotional self is intense, passionate, and a bit dramatic. I have trouble opening up and letting other people in, and try to keep my intense darker emotions private. I find it difficult to trust others, which means my powers of perception may manifest in suspicion and controlling tendencies. Since it’s in my first house, I find security and safety through my self and self-image, also because it’s in my first house my moon in Scorpio is hyper-present in my personality.
I would normally try and deny this, but if you guys have learned or already knew anything about me, you know me denying this would nothing but extreme lies, lol.

As for my Virgo sun, I am particularly smart, responsible, hard-working, and self-sacrificing. I’m thorough, meticulous, and intention in everything I do- I can accomplish things that most people can’t, but may also get bogged down by the details of my day-to-day. I have a need to be wholesome. With it being in my tenth house, I feel the need to distinguish myself from others through goals, success, and responsibility.
Again, I’d try denying these things, but you all would probably call me out as a liar- with good reason and lots of evidence, lol.

Curious to know what your house signs are (there’s so much more to it than this short post I’ve made)? Check out THIS WEBSITE, or download the Co-Star App (I much prefer the app because my phone is near me more than my computer sometimes) and share yours with me today. If you download the app, share your username below [or add me under the username mdmoentmann and let’s see how compatible we’d be as friends 🙂
You can also view my chart HERE

XOXOX

Here I Sit At 5:00 A.M

Hey y’all!

Just like the title says, it’s 5:00 a.m. and for some reason I can’t turn off my body to get some sleep. I’m thinking it’s because I did nothing but sleep Wednesday and then I really didn’t do anything Thursday (other than the trip to the dentist) so I didn’t use up any energy.

My brain knows I need to sleep, since Andy’s going back to work today and I’ll be left alone with the kids…but I just can’t turn my body off and relax enough to sleep. Every time I almost get good and comfortable, my face will itch or start to hurt a little bit and then I’m pretty much wide awake again. It’s a horrible circle I’m stuck in.

I actually got both kids to sleep at a decent time last night which meant I could’ve went in our bedroom and actually slept with Andy…but I didn’t because I would’ve just kept him up all night with my tossing and turning. So I’ve been sitting here in the kids’ room watching reruns of Modern Family and looking up random things I’ve been curious to try for the blog or podcast.

Since I’m not getting any sleep tonight, I’m hoping that at least after lunch I can get both kids to take their nap at the same time [and that Junior will go down pretty easy for his nap] so then I can take one with them. Otherwise I’ll be up until regular bedtime around 1130/midnight (since it’s Friday A.J knows we stay up later).

Fuck you guys! How do you all turn off your insomnia and actually get a decent night’s sleep?? I swear it’s starting to seem like once or twice a week I’m staying up all night and day because I just can’t turn off my brain and my body won’t relax enough for me to pass out.

It’s to the point where I’m actually considering asking my doctor about some kind of sleep aid because I can’t get but so tired during the day since I have the kids…which means I HAVE to get a full nights sleep.

So if you guys have any tips, tricks, or even products that help you fall asleep on nights when your body doesn’t really want to relax let me now about them in the comments below! I’m dying to find something that could help me.

XOXOX

A Little Funny Story For Everyone

Hey y’all!

So while I was down yesterday from a toothache and an allergic reaction to the antibiotics (amoxicillin), Andy couldn’t find the charger for A.J’s tablet so he could watch his bedtime shows, so he let Junior watch them on my computer. Totally fine!

But when he opened my internet browser, he saw I had a site bookmarked on the bar that says “PORN”. So he clicked it…

He thought it was actually a porn website…Y’ALL!! IT WAS PINTEREST!

As y’all know, we’re working on trying to buy some property, so I’ve been on Pinterest a lot to plan out and get design ideas (plus I’ve been looking for recipes to change up our dinner menu). But now Andy thinks I’m a little crazy.

According to him, labeling it as “porn” is rude and very misleading..HAHA.

Now he says he doesn’t trust any of the labels I have in my bookmarks.

That was my little bit of humor from today’s shit show.

Do you guys label things “weird” when you bookmark them on your computer or phone??

XOXO

Well..This Is FANTASTIC!

Hey y’all!

So I’ve had a toothache for the past week and I was taking amoxicillin and ibuprofen until the dentist could see me for an appointment. Well the past two days my face has been swelling HORRIBLY! Andy and I thought that I had a horrible tooth infection or something going on. So the dentist could finally see me this morning, with my face looking like I swallowed a five pound bag of potatoes.

Well it turns out, that there is a little bit of infection in the tooth, but nowhere near enough to make it swell up like it has. Apparently, I’m allergic to amoxicillin. I did not know that, I’ve been taking it as an antibiotic my entire life.

But the dentist said that we can develop new allergies as we get older. So by taking the amoxicillin, thinking I was doing something good to help a little bit, I was actually doing myself more harm.

So now I have a different antibiotic and he wrote me a prescription for some other pain medication, and that’s supposed to get rid of the infection and swelling until I get to the dentist again and can get the tooth pulled. I’m also on Benadryl for the allergic reaction.

You guys!!! I did not need another thing I’m allergic too- there’s already a book of things.

But that’s been my week 🙂 Hopefully yours is going much better.

XOXO

Let’s Talk JoJo Siwa

Hey guys!

So I’ve seen posts all over social media talking about it, and I was ignoring it for a little while. But now I’m ready to throw my opinions out on the whole topic.

*This is going to be a little more serious that some of the other posts.*

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to her for feeling comfortable enough in her own skin and confident in all of her loving followers to finally talk about this.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, basically about a week or so ago JoJo Siwa (yes, the one who started out on Dance Moms) came out to the public that she’s gay. You can find entire stories about it HERE.

While I have seen a ton of positive messages from people all over the world that completely love her and support her 100%, there have been just as many posts from people saying things similar to “my kids will not be watching or playing with merchandise from JoJo anymore”, “it’s such a shame that someone so talented and beautiful would go against the Bible and ruin her life like this”, and my top “favorite” (that’s complete sarcasm by the way- this one disturbed me most of all) “if you plan on being a smart and generally good person you’ll throw away all your JoJo Siwa things and petition to have her removed from social media, gays do not belong in our society”…I mean really, come the fuck on y’all! THIS IS 2021!

If y’all are throwing away merchandise and boycotting, and even shaming, someone who is so [generally] happy and positive for kids just because of her sexuality, that says a lot more about you than it does JoJo. She does nothing but promote body and self positivity to kids/teens and strives to teach them about keeping a generally positive attitude. Why would you not want your kids to see that?

If she were trying to push her sexuality or beliefs onto kids [like a lot of you parents are doing], I could maybe understand boycotting and being a bit upset with her. BUT SHE’S NOT! She came out to the public because she felt like [as her fans] y’all deserve to know the REAL her, she respects and loves everyone that much- enough to be completely honest with y’all.

While both of my kids are too young to know who JoJo Siwa is [and they’re boys], if they wanted to watch her videos and buy her merchandise I WOULD LET THEM! She is one of the best role models your kids can have! She doesn’t promote being overly sexual. She doesn’t promote doing any kind of drugs. She doesn’t promote kids doing anything illegal. She DOES promote being yourself, being kind to others, and being happy/having a positive outlook on life.

So can someone please explain to me why she’s a bad role model…but some parents consider their kids looking up to [and watching videos of] Bhad Bhabie accpetable?

BIGGEST FUCKING HIPPOCRATES I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE!

Do better people. She’s still human and has feelings. Shaming her because she’s not a child anymore and is finally opening up about who she really is makes y’all look like shitty people- NOT HER!

We support and love JoJo Siwa in our house [well, I do at least. My kids are too young to know who she is and Andy couldn’t care less-but he’s not against her].

XOXO

I See No End In Sight…

Hey guys,

So this is more of a ranting blog post than anything. I know I probably seem to rant quite a bit between this blog and the podcast, but y’all….mom life is HARD sometimes!

But anyway…

So I’m sitting here in Junior and David’s bedroom with them [while Andy’s sleeping in our bed] because of course it was 11:00 p.m [past bed time for the kids], but they weren’t ready to go to sleep. And by now y’all know what that means. I sit up half the night with them watching “The Brave Little Toaster”, while they scream, try getting up, cry, and go through about 15-20 diapers and 3-4 bottles…all the while Andy’s sleeping peacefully in our nice comfortable bed.

Don’t get me wrong now, I absolutely love my kids to death and would die just to make sure they’re safe…but you guys!!!! This whole deal with them both fighting bed time for 3-4 hours EVERY SINGLE FUCKING NIGHT has to end or I swear I’m going to lose my mind and end up in a psych hospital somewhere. If they just wanted to lay down and watch t.v or a movie that would be fine, but they don’t. It’s like they think it’s the middle of the day [instead of the middle of the night] for some reason. And their internal clocks/schedules aren’t off because they’re awake again and ready to go every morning at 9:00 a.m (no matter what time they fall asleep). Meanwhile I’m over here getting 3-4 hours of sleep a night and wake up feeling like I’m dying!

Someone please tell me that this doesn’t last forever! Because if it does, seriously I’m just going to start planning my funeral [this will be the death of me].

Ok, rant over. Thanks for listening [whoever you are].

XOXOX

The Monday-est Tuesday Ever!

Hey guys!

So is it just me or does today actually feel like a Monday instead of a Tuesday. Like I’ve literally gotten NOTHING done around the house today except I’ve vacuumed the same room SIX (6) times and done one load of laundry. I just can’t find the motivation to get anything done.

Oh, and on top of that, I woke up in the middle of the night with an infection and now my top gum is super swollen and hurts like hell. Just…an all around great day. On top of the same issues as any other day- Junior running around tearing shit up like a maniac and David just being fussy from teething and wanting me to hold him 24/7.

Can we just skip to the weekend already! I need a break and some wine. Or, better yet…I want another vacation, but this time I want just Andy and I to take a vacation somewhere just us (even if it’s only for one night). I want a real date night without either of the kids for 24 hours. I think I’m starting to feel a little ‘mommy burn out’.

Maybe when Andy gets home tonight he can sit with Junior while I try to relax for a few minutes in the shower or just soaking in the tub.

We shall see.

Anyone having a crappy Tuesday like me? [Please say yes..lol]

XOXO

Just A Little Morning Venting…

Hey guys!

So seriously, is it just the ones that I happen to find or are all “mom-groups” so fucking judgmental that instead of making you feel better and being supportive that just en up making you feel like absolute shit??

Why is it so hard for other mom’s to grasp the concept of just supporting each other and helping to build each other’s self-esteem?

As moms, I definitely think we have enough on our plates stressing us out and killing our self-esteem that we don’t need others adding to that. I’ve joined and left quite a few mom groups on Facebook [and some of them I even went through and personally blocked every member because of the amount of judgment and hate they feed off giving others].

Between the stress of always wanting that “perfectly” clean house and the most well-behaved kids and trying to find quiet time for ourselves to avoid our mental health dropping off, every mom feels inadequate at times and questions whether she’s really being “the best mom she can be for her kids”. We have our really good days where we feel we’re on top of the world, but more often than many care to admit we also have really low days where we would much rather hide in a hobbit hole and be forgotten by the universe.

Every mom wants to find another mom that she can connect with, be best friends, have playdates with kids…but there is so much judgment and that “I’m better than you” mentality in mom-groups that it’s almost impossible to find someone you can befriend.

No wonder most moms feel lonely 98% of the time.

It’s 1am….I Can’t Sleep…

Hey y’all!

So it’s a little after 1am and since I can’t sleep, I’m sitting here in bed watching tv and trying to think of how to revamp this blog so it’s blends nicely with the Podcast and the rest of our social media.

What I’m thinking right now is to maybe keep the blog going for step-by-step guides on projects we do (we actually have a few planned), family vacation stories (the ones that don’t make it to video for our YouTube channel), and to share fun parenting hacks that we learn with the kids. But I’m also not sure how y’all would feel about that.

I know this blog started out as a place for me to rant about things going on, but I seem to be doing most of that on podcast. However, since the Podcast shows are usually limited to a 30 minute window (except for thee specials), I could also use the blog to share those stories with more details if you guys are into that.

I honestly have no clue what the best decision is right now. If you guys want to share your thoughts, let us know in the comments section below. We would love to hear from the readers what you’d like to see from us here 🙂

Either way we go, we do know that the blog name will be changing to match the rest of our branding across social media. That way it’ll be easier for you guys to find.

But don’t worry, you won’t get lost if you miss our announcement after we change the name. You can always find all our links on our LinkTree page. We try to keep those links as up-to-date as possible for you.

But let us know which of those two directions above you’d rather see the blog go in, or if you’d like us to make it a mix both.

XOXO

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