Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Healthy Baby Home Party

I was chosen by Seventh Generation to host a Healthy Baby Home Party.

What is it, you ask?

Well, I was sent a bunch of goodies (free of charge) to discuss with my friends and family. Each family in attendance was given a bag of samples and coupons so that they could decide if moving to natural, healthy products would work for their families.

We had a great time! We ate, played games and discussed the goodness of things...and some of the badness of things too.

One family received diapers and wipes. There were coupons for Babble bottles, seeds to plant, dish washing liquid and a bunch of other cool stuff!

We played bingo and ate...did I say that already? LOL What's a party without food? Right?





Thanks Seventh Generation for providing such amazing party products!
I'm seriously in love with the lavender flower and mint dish washing detergent! It smells amazing and honestly, it cleans a whole lot better than I expected! I think it also calms my nerves while I'm doing my least favorite chore!

Thanks to everyone that attended! I hope you are putting your samples to good use! These products don't contain harmful chemicals like some of the top name brands. Anything to make my family healthier is a win in my book!

XOXO
RoJo

Mimosa Punch

Hey y'all!

This past weekend I hosted a bridal shower for my best friend Miko. I made a punch. A really good punch. So good, in fact that many people have asked me for the recipe. I usually just dump stuff in. This time was no exception. I turned to Pinterest for guidance, but ending up doing my own thing anyway. I chilled all of the ingredients beforehand so that it would be ready to enjoy.



Mimosa Punch

Ingredients

1 - 2 liter Ginger Ale
1 Carton Mango Nectar (can be found on the Hispanic food aisle)
3 Bottles of Champagne (I used J. Roget Spumante)
1/2 Cup Triple Sec
Orange Juice - I think I used a little over half a gallon
Assorted fresh fruit

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into drink dispenser (or punch bowl)
*Be careful of the ginger ale and champagne bubble!
Give a gentle stir
ENJOY!!

And since you asked, the shower was a big hit! Everyone had a great time, especially the bride to be! I'll post about the entire occasion later. I just wanted to share this since people won't let me sleep LOL!
If you make it, let me know how you like it! I've also made this using different flavor nectars...Mango is my favorite!

XOXO
RoJo

Thursday, August 11, 2016

30 + 3

Howdy folks!

If you follow me on Instagram (@littlemisschocolatekiss), you know that I celebrated my birthday last week. It has been great! I've mainly been posting pictures of food...because that's what I do lol. I've gotten a lot of questions about getting free birthday meals, so I wanted to kind of update the list (old list can be found here or here).

A lot of the programs have changed. Some you have to sign up for again (many I didn't) and yes it takes a lot of work initally, but I've been eating free or cheap for almost 2 weeks now so to me it's worth it.

Some places give full meals, some give something for free and others give a percentage off. I didn't make it down the whole list because some of them expire on your actual birthday. Others give you a few weeks to a whole month. Either way, enjoy as many as you can! You have to sign up on each site. Maybe someone should develop an app that will just sign you up for all of them. If you do, give me 10% that's all I ask!

Let me know if I left anything off!


Columbia Sportswear
Pizza Hut
Applebee's
Lancome
Sonic Drive In
NBAStore.com
Airwick.com
Keds.com
Texas Roadhouse
Wendy's
Sephora
Footaction
Marble Slab
Ruby Tuesday
Moe's
Captain D's
Panera
Maidenform
American Eagle
Dickey's Barbecue
Red Robin
Olive Garden
Shop Your Way Rewards
JC Penny
Baskin Robins
Starbucks
HuHot Mongolian Grill
Jason's Deli
O'Charley's
California Dreaming
Joe's Crab Shack
IHOP
Fuddruckers
Brueggers's Bagels
Zoe's Kitchen
Rita's
The Hickory Tavern
Golden Corral
Old Chicago Pizza
Newk's Eatery
Bojangle's
Jersey Mike's
Chuck E. Cheese
Mellow Mushroom
Sephora
Ulta Beauty
The Melting Pot
McAlister's
Cupcake Down South
Krispy Kreme


XOXO
RoJo

Friday, June 24, 2016

Making a House a Home

It has already been 2 months since closing on our new home. It has been bittersweet. I'm beyond ecstatic to be in a house that I mostly love, on the side of town that I adore. BUT it has not come without many issues.

I knew about some of the issues going into the house. At that time I had a friend tell me that the issues weren't major and that they would help me to resolve some of them. The previous owner of the house also gave me an allowance to fix some of the issues so I figured I'd be good to go.

Well, (insert sigh), things changed. While the owner did give me the allowance, the company that did part of the work is refusing to give me the remaining balance. One job didn't need to be completed and they were pre-paid. They gave me no paperwork or anything. In fact, they just showed up to do the work without even attempting to call me, even though it's MY HOUSE. Their reasoning being that the money isn't "mine." But it is. It was negotiated in closing. And now this is a big mess. So I'll say it here like I have said before, I do NOT recommend Econo Bug in Lexington, SC. For anything. Unless you are having a particularly bad day and need to talk to someone with a stanky attitude. Now, the guys that did the work on my bathroom floors did a great job, I won't take that from them. And yes, the bug company does repairs (think about termite damage and such).

In addition to that, the friend that offered help got busy and wasn't, after all, able to help.

Along with having to have both bathroom floors completely replaced, I had plumbing issues. There was a major clog that prevented water to flow to the proper sewage drainage. Fun. I got that cleared and everything seemed fine for about a month. Then the **** hit the fan. Just doing my duties of cleaning, washing clothes and such, the plumbing began to back up into the tub and shower. Nastiness. Turns out there are roots in the sewer line. The plumber said it's been going on for a very long time and gave me some measures to take, which I did. First thing was to call the sewer company and have them to install a clean out at the road. This was in hopes that the problem pipe(s) would be discovered by them and they would take care of it. I called them on a Wednesday and the following Monday it was installed. I have no idea if they removed the roots. They also didn't call or give me any paperwork. But they did what I asked and it wasn't at a cost to me so... The second thing was to pour some root killer down the toilet before going to bed, which I also did that same day. Now I just need someone to come and camera the line and tell me if I still have roots in the pipes.

What else has happened, you ask? The A/C has gone out twice. I'm praying that my body temperature was just elevated this morning and that it is not going out again. It's too hot! Already in the high 90's here.

Luckily my realtor is the greatest and I got a home warranty. I will gladly continue to pay the service fee. I figure pretty soon I will have a brand new house with all these repairs. Beyond painting the entire inside of the house I haven't done much. But I still have lots to do. But the way my bank account is set up, it has to wait. A long time. I'm trying to get back into baking but the oven also hates me LOL.

Looking through my photos, I have not taken a picture of the outside of the house. Probably because it still needs work in the yard, but the inside has priority. I just hope my neighbors don't get me booted out of the neighborhood because my yard is unruly lol. I do cut the grass to the best of my ability!

I have many boxes to unpack. Hopefully it will be done before Boogie's birthday in less than a month! But we will see about that too. They might just get stuffed in closets!

Anywho, here are a few pictures from the current progress. I've changed some light fixtures and painted. Oh yeah, my dad installed a new mailbox because the previous owner took the one that was there. I think it was an heirloom or something.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WOO SAHH

Lordy.

The past few weeks have been nuts! We moved into our new house after almost a month of repairs. Everything was going fine until it wasn't! It's been in the 90's here and it is super hot. And guess what? My AC broke. Not once, but twice within a week! ANNNNDDDD then my plumbing lost it's mind (and is still on the fritz). But let's all say a prayer that it will be fixed tomorrow!

On top of all of that I've been having crazy health issues. A few weeks ago I went to pick my mom up from having surgery and while the nurse was giving the at home instructions I started not feeling too hot. I got up to "get some air" and BAM. I passed slam out. Scared the crap out of my mom and my niece. But after a few minutes I was fine. Or so I thought.

I went to the doctor just to make sure everything was OK and to appease my mom. Everything was NOT OK. Not OK. My doctor called and told me that I needed to get in to see my endocrinologist ASAP.

So I got an appointment at his earliest opening (yesterday). When he saw my blood work he said "WHOA" and told me not to take any Synthroid for 7 days. And he lowered my dosage. Of course after being told that I was in "hyper" mode again I started noticing all of the symptoms. I hope they ease quickly. And I hope I don't start back gaining weight. I thought I was doing really well dropping the pounds. I even managed to wear a size 10 dress to a wedding this past weekend!

So y'all keep me in your prayers that this dosage will be correct soon. I mean, it's only been almost 2 years. Sheesh.

Take care of yourselves! Be kind to others! Always spread love!

XOXO
RoJo