Throw Back Thursday

So for Throw Back Thursday I am going wayy back like wayy back ..

I am curious as to what your favorite High School memory is ?

Mine is driving with Carson to Seaside and watching the waves after school in his Mustang eating Los Olas Chips ..we did this often -prob once a week – then we parted ways around 3-330 so I could go to work ..LOL..the things you remember !! OHH and I KNOW this makes me a total nerd BUT i loved getting “assigned ” new books to read .. I remember being excited when we had to read a book !! 

 

Your turn ! 

 

Can you tell me how to get back to Sesame Street ?

I love Sesame Street -always have always will -Max is outgrowing ( per Max style ) and now its a fight to get him to watch ..really any kid shows now that he is “5 and a big kid ” SIGH my last kiddo and he now hates all kid shows ..let’s be honest Max has wanted to be a teenager since he was born (look at his ideal) ! He picks out his own clothes …refuses help when getting in the car ..packs his own lunch ( ok this is a VERY broad statement ) packs his own backpack ..is now “in charge ” of getting the drinks with dinner ( self -appointed) and he puts his own clean clothes away ..sound like heaven ?? well no its not ..most of these require about 10 extra mins of my time for his Independence AND i have no more baby..toddler ..or even needy “kindergartner ” ..as the preschool director told the kindergarten teacher at Max’s school when asked if Max was ready for Kindergarten ..”I cannot imagine Max not going to kindergarten this year …it would be like stopping the wind heck he could have gone last year  ” LMAO I am BY no means saying Max is some kind of genius ( and honestly neither was she ) He is just the type of kid that moves ( literally and figuratively ) faster than his birth years ..Did I tell u he is riding a bike with no training wheels and can tie his own shoes ??  ?? ANYWAYS this is not about how advanced I THINK my kid is ..the tone of this post took a horrid twist …. my point IS this :

My Sesame Street days are over ..I will never again watch a little one slurp up the last of his cereal while singing with Elmo …AND that got me thinking ..I watched Sesame Street -Mr Hooper anyone ? Dave watched Sesame Street -they had just come out with the deaf Muppet. Max watched Sesame street -ELMO ELMO ELMO ..

Over decades I MUST Have learned so much from Jim Henson and staff…and yes sir I have : 

Five things I Stephanie Droegemueller have learned over the past ..umm..30 years From Sesame Street :

1. Don’t hang around the grouch in the trash can ..he smells and will just make ya bummed ..besides HE always gets the life lesson and feels better while you are still trying to weed through the trash he left ! 

2.Paperclips make a totally acceptable collection-cheap btw -and let me tell you something universal as hell ..( I so identify with Bert’s practical side ) 

3. Friends come in all shapes and sizes NOT just multi-colors..yes yes we all know the lesson of Black-Chinese-White we are all equal ..BUT did u notice Gonzo ..??( big nose ) Big Bird?? ( freakishly tall ) Ernie ?? (head shape ?? ) So the next time u r hanging with a Jewish ,kareem aldo ja barr with a football shaped head remember you learned this kind of tolerance through one Saturday AM PBS show.

4.There’s one in every crowd ..and you will learn to love them (so long as you dont  A. have to parent them and B .Have to spend more than an hour with them ) That’s right I am talking about the character Animal ..or the 1970’s version of ADHD.

5.Never give up on your dreams- even if others cannot see them or doubt you .. 

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So long 

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Thx for the memories …lessons …and quiet reflection you inspired today ..

and now on a happy note guess what we start next week ????? 

yes you guessed it T-BALLLLLLLLL !! YAYYAYYAYYAYAYYAYA and yes yes I will sign up for team mom ..or snack mom or who the hell else knows cuz DAMN IT MAX YOU ARE ONLY 5 …and I still have some years of parenting left !! hee-hee 

Some Wednesday ADULT funnies (do not open pics at work )  as we part …

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What do you get when you put 50 lawyers in a room with 50 lesbians? 

One hundred people who don’t do dick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art of Happy

It is so damn cliche to say my kids make me happy ..i am so grateful ..blah blah blah ..and kinda of untrue …sometimes anyways ..

Sometimes my kiddos do NOT make me happy they make me mad, sad, confused and kinda troll like at 2AM ..

HOWEVER this has not been one of those weeks :

This week I am madly in love and I would like share with you why ..( please hold your vomit until the end of the show ) 

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See now you know you smiled too ..

 

On the wagon and finding a smile …

So I am on the wagon for a couple months 🙂 June 15th to be exact .

Nothing fun about that ..(I now want red wine ……for breakfast ) Vitamin B-12 Has been a life saver ..I am drinking less coffee and have WAY more motivation.

Out of boredom OR Necessity I have done some research I call it my Happiness Project – it was called FUCK THIS SHIT -but I changed it to a more positive name.

Here is some advice I found and will try:

 Enjoy an afternoon tea. There is good reason some of the most advanced societies in our world take time for afternoon tea. Along with some health benefits, afternoon tea relaxes our mind, replenishes our spirit, and nurtures our soul. No wonder it continues to be one of our longest-lasting memories of experiencing different cultures. We would be wise to embrace some of its routine in our daily schedule.

Set Goals. I ordered a book online and will be a certified Preschool teacher ( hopefully ) in 4 months …

Drink lots of water.  I drink too much so I had to cut back ….( insert headaches here ) BUT its getting better and I have discovered lime water !! YUMMOOO !!

Daily workouts. ( Who the hell am I kidding this may or may not happen ) I have been sleeping in my work out clothes as motivation to work out daily in the AM -NO its not working BUT ill keep trying ..workout clothes ARE comfy !

Laugh. I do this daily -I have a Max and a Dave ..BUT i have decided to check pinterest or other sites every AM to get a laugh ..My hubby sent me this :

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 PLEASE I AM begging you to read this blog !! HYSTERICAL :
http://postgradproblems.com/

 

Wake 15 minutes earlier. Many of our days begin at breakneck speed. We wake with just enough time on the clock to get ready, quickly eat breakfast, and catch the next bus in time. Or we wake and are immediately placed into the throes of life trying to get kids, spouses, and ourselves ready for the day. Meanwhile, the full brunt of the day has yet to even begin. Find some extra space by waking on your own terms, even for just 15 minutes. You will find peace and calm there. And for the next 23 hours, you’ll be glad you did.NOPE NOT GONNA 5 AM Is early enough !! hee-hee ok MAYBE 4:45?? 

This is a quote from AA of all places BUT I LIKE IT ! … “We only have today.  And what we use it for matters.  I choose to use it for good.  I hope I make the same choice tomorrow. “

And if I ever lose sight …Channel an inner asshole ..

good lord

 

OR inner hippee

vague blog

I have heard reading is good …..sometimes tough with my life but little by little ..

Anyone wanna share a happy secret ?

Or a way to not fantasize about wine ?

Either way hoping to hear from ya !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Fact (s) For Today

Did you know ?

Spring Cleaning! 10 Things You Should Throw Out Right Now

Declutter and gain peace of mind by purging the unnecessary stuff in your house

Nothing like the promise of a fresh new season! While you’re still feeling motivated to tackle those spring cleaning projects, start by purging unnecessary stuff that not only takes up space and leads to clutter, but also seriously challenges that amazing peace of mind that comes from organized living. We asked professional organizers for their tips on what items to toss right away — or better yet, donate to an organization that can make good use of them — and here are their top 10.

1. Unworn clothes

If you’re holding onto stuff in case it comes back in style one day, you’re squandering closet space and the ease of navigating a clutter-free wardrobe. “Closets are a major cluttering source. If you haven’t worn something in the past 12 to 18 months, you no longer need it,” says Donna David of Donna David & Co. Donate your clothes to a great cause, or tryreselling them online.

Specifically, take advantage of the new, warmer season to analyze your cold-weather gear. “Now’s a great time to go through your closet and see what fall and winter clothes, shoes and purses you didn’t wear the past two years,” says Linda Rosen of Linda Rosen Interiors. “If you haven’t worn it during that period, chances are you won’t wear it again. It’s time to make a run to your local charity.”

2. Unnecessary paperwork

Sure, you need to hold on to some paperwork for an extended period of time, like tax-related materials. (The Internal Revenue Service offers detailed guidelines for how long you may wish to keep tax records for various contingencies; seven years generally covers it.) But beyond that, you may be storing an unnecessary number of useless hard copies out of fear of throwing away something important. David advises keeping only the prior month’s bill for a given account, for instance, “since all information is available online. I recommend shredding the rest.”

3. Office supplies

If your desk is filled with dried-out pens and White-Out bottles, you should acknowledge that those things are never ever coming back from the dead. (But you already knew that.) Do yourself a favor and dump those into the trash, and while you’re at it, go ahead and “get rid of office supplies that haven’t been utilized in a year,” says David. “Chances are you don’t need them.”

4. Old electronics

Unused gadgets — not to mention the associated tangle of cords –are just taking up space, not to mention causing confusion as to what goes with what. “Oftentimes, we keep cables and wire to equipment we don’t even own anymore,” says Cyndi Seidler of HandyGirl Organizers, and spring cleaning is a perfect time to ditch it.

5. Unmatched items

This goes for socks that have lost their pairing partner, pot lids missing pots, plastic storage lids without their matching storage containers (or vice versa), and bed linens that don’t belong to a set. “Do people really need more than two sets of bed sheets and loads of blankets or towels anyway?” says Seidler.

6. Expired kitchen items

Seidler reminds us that pantry items like vitamins and supplements have expiration dates — check them and ditch anything past its prime. Further, purge expired herbs and spices. They may only last a couple of years in the cupboard if ground, or about four years if whole, or in extract or seed form.

This is also the time to do spring cleaning in the pantry and the freezer. “Check the dates on the labels in the pantry, and make sure you still intend to eat those freezer foods within a reasonable time frame,” Rosen says.

7. Old makeup and nail polishes

We get it. We’re sentimental about everything including makeup. (Hello, we bought that lipstick for our wedding!) But keeping makeup for too long not only leads to clutter, but also can be a hazard. Makeup does expire, Seidler says.

8. Some of your kids’ stuff

Don’t freak out: We’re not suggesting you throw out all of your kids’ artwork wholesale. It’s just that saving every single piece forever isn’t practical — and it’s not even the goal. “As precious as your children’s arts and crafts projects are, consider saving only the very special pieces for posterity,” says Rosen. “Kids’ art is whimsical and fun when framed and hung in a playroom or hallway, but multiple boxes of it stored in closets will only collect dust and take up valuable space.”

9. Books

If you’ve made the swap and now do your reading on a Kindle or tablet, you may have tons of books you’d never even consider opening. But even if you don’t have a device, consider ditching books you’ve already read. “Sort through your favorite books, then donate the rest to your local library, charity or shelter,” says Rosen. “The chance that you’ll read those books again are slim to none, so give someone else the pleasure of a good read.”

10. Garage clutter


And there is more :

At our office, we’re always hearing of ridiculous beauty tricks that sound too good (or crazy) to be true, but there’s no better feeling than making a weird beauty discovery that really works. After spending some time with the most common beauty problems everyone encounters, we’ve put together all of our favorite weird beauty tricks that do what they say they’ll do. Our hope is that some of your most frustrating beauty problems will be solved with these tricks!

1. To avoid stray mascara marks, hold a plastic spoon (curve out) over your eyelid when applying your mascara so the excess can go on the spoon, not your lids.

2. To reduce puffy eyes, cut raw, peeled potatoes in half and place over your eyes for 10 minutes. The potato will cool your eyes and any swelling will decrease.

3. Next time you need a face mask but don’t have time to run to the store, use Pepto Bismol. In the same way it breaks down oil and acids in your digestive system, it breaks down any on your face. Use two tablespoons and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

4. If you’re starting to notice cellulite creeping up anywhere, use coffee grounds as a body scrub. The caffeine will stimulate skin cells and using it as a scrub will get rid of any dead skin trying to cling to life.

5. In need of a deep conditioning treatment? Get the mayonnaise out of your fridge and into your hair for about 20 minutes. For added benefits, use your blow dryer so the heat will activate the mayonnaise even more.

6. If your nail polish seems to dry with bubbles in it, it may be because the polish is being stored at too warm of a temperature. Keep your polish in the fridge and the cool temperature will make sure that it always dries smoothly.

7. After a workout, some people have the issue of a red face long after the last exercise. To combat this, take an antihistamine  so the redness will be majorly reduced.

8. Whether you’re always getting blisters or you’ve got a new pair of shoes to break in, rubbing a little bit of Vaseline on areas that tend to get blisters will reduce any friction so your feet won’t be cut up by the end of the night.

9. Glitter nail polish is a nightmare to remove, but if you soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, place on your nail, wrap your finger tip in tin foil and let it sit for five minutes, the glitter will slide right off.

10. In a rush after an at-home manicure? Submerge your fingers in cold water for three minutes and your nails will come out dry.


 

OHH NO HE DIDNT 

Dave aced his last EMT test ..next stop ? National Registry test and my baby is an EMT ! YAYYAYYA DAVE !!


 

 

Can you find what’s wrong with this picture ? ( no just one ) 

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It is National Siblings day ! Miss you Hol and Jon !

 


In case you get hungry  

5-STAR CHEESEBURGER CASSEROLE

Ingredients

2 cups (6 ounces) uncooked rotini pasta (spiral pasta)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound 95% lean ground beef
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 tablespoons ketchup
4-5 large Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 cups low fat cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup dill pickles, finely chopped

Happy Thursday ..and for god sake’s try this once in ur life ..it is quite freeing ! 

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