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Electro drums

Until now, I had never heard of electro drums, not to mention great electro drums. That said, apparently you can get great electro drums if that’s what you’re looking for. If you’re curious as to how an electro drum sounds, then here is a video that features an app that simulates electro drum sounds. I’m not very big into creating music of my own, but it seems like this would be helpful to those who are.

Minecraft and the Monster

One of the great things about Monster being at the age that he is means that we can play Minecraft together and have a fun time with it! Lately, Gentleman and Monster and I have our own little Minecraft server where we spend time building and playing together. It’s really wonderful and so enriching to get to play with him and get his ideas and opinions for how the world should look. I like sitting and just talking to him while we play. I think that’s when I get the most interesting conversations out of him. When we’re playing Minecraft together, it’s a time where he lets me see his whole world view and I love it. I look forward to many years of gaming with this kid.

Tax services

Tax season is coming up sooner than expected. I have always done my taxes on my own, but I know many people who get a little help with their taxes. There are some services that can help you out in your local area. If you happen to be in the North Carolina area, you may look into using Russell Allen & Associates. Sometimes taxes can be pretty cut and dry, but sometimes they can be complicated. For the more complicated times, using a tax service can help you out tremendously from what I’m told. It never hurts to look into it.

Engaged

As of a couple of weeks ago, I am engaged to Gentleman. We’ve been together for 2 years. We’ve been living together for a year and a half of that time. I’m pretty happy and excited for what the future will bring. The big stress now is wedding planning. I know absolutely nothing about weddings or what to do. Thankfully, I have a good friend that is going to be helping me plan all of this out. We’re not getting married until probably later in Spring, but there is so much to do in the meantime. I’m looking forward to it, but also looking forward to being married to this guy that’s been so good to Monster and I and continues to be my biggest support system. He’s absolutely wonderful and I couldn’t be marrying a better guy.

Mother’s rings

I have personally never had a mother’s ring, but as my child gets older I find more and more that I do wish I had some kind of mother’s ring. So I’ve taken to looking at mothers rings online. I’m glad that Monster was born in a month that has a birthstone that I absolutely love. It’s such a lovely shade of blue. Blue is one of my favorite colors, so I’m very much looking forward to buying a mother’s ring if I ever find a style that I enjoy.

August already?

Well, we’ve got Monster all set up for school and we’re finishing a few things to get Gentleman set up to go back to school in a few weeks. It’s weird to think that over the next few weeks I’ll be buying school supplies for two people instead of just one. It’ll be nice though. I’m looking forward to seeing the beginning of this school year. This summer has brought about so many positive changes that will make the upcoming year absolutely wonderful. At least, that is my hope. We will see how it goes! Wish me luck!

Native Instruments

I have found myself watching KPop mash up videos lately where they use different mixing instruments to create one really neat song. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I tried to create those types of songs. It would probably just sound like a bunch of noise, but I do admire those who are interested in that. If you happen to be someone who is interested in different musical instruments, see MF for more information!

TLC VoxBox

Thanks to Influenster, I’ve had the opportunity to test out a few products that are new to me and a couple classics. All of the following products were provided by Influenster for free, but the thoughts are still my own.

Shell Fuel Rewards Network
This is something that seemed interesting at first glance, but upon further review probably won’t be something that I utilize ever. Nothing against Shell or the Fuel Rewards program, but there is only one Shell in my city and it’s completely out of my way to get to. The amount I would save in gas would be equal to the amount of gas it would take to get me to the Shell gas station in my city, so it’s just simply not worth it to me. However, it does appear to be a really great way to help cut back on fuel costs.

Gentleman and I were recently going over our budget and realized that with our minimal driving, we are still spending about $160 a month in gas for the car. It’s a bit less now that Monster is out of school, but that’s still a substantial amount! Every little bit of savings could help, were it more conveniently located. That said, if there are Shell gas stations near you, definitely check out this reward program. It could save you a ton!

Breyers Gelato Indulgences
This was included in the VoxBox but I have not had the opportunity to purchase it yet, as we have not made a shopping trip. However, I will (hopefully!) be able to review this soon. For the purposes of full disclosure, I was provided a coupon to purchase a Breyers Gelato Indulgences for free, which I intend to do tomorrow.

Puffs To Go
Oh man, I love Puffs. They are my favorite tissues. Gentleman and I went on a date last weekend to see “The Fault In Our Stars”. What a beautiful, tragic movie. I was so thankful to have Puffs To Go in my purse because I was crying halfway through the movie and couldn’t stop. I didn’t stop crying until we got home. I was glad nice and soft to wipe my tears away, so I wasn’t a gross, teary, snotty mess. Thanks, Puffs!

Neosporin Neo To Go
This is a product that I have, but I haven’t been able to try out. Neosporin is a nice classic product. Now that it’s in it’s new Neo To Go packaging, it makes it even more convenient. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), nobody in my family has had any scrapes or scratches lately. I have mixed feelings on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

Ivory Bar Soap
Another classic product. I have so many Ivory soap bars and they are Monster’s favorite. They have a nice, gentle smell and they’re easy on the skin. He has dry, sensitive skin (just like his mother..) and he’s able to use Ivory soap without any issues. It’s nice to be able to rely on a brand for so many years.

Avon Anew Reversalist Express Wrinkle Smoother
Now this is an odd product for me. I’m only 28. I don’t have many wrinkles. At least, not that I notice! I have tried this out and it did help the little wrinkles that I do have around my eyes, but I feel like I’m not able to really test this product as much as I want to. I’m going to do a bit more research with my mother (sorry, Mom!) and get back with you guys.

All in all, another exciting and awesome VoxBox, courtesy of Influenster.

Starting a new business?

Gentleman and I were talking about what it might be like to start up a new business in our town. We thought about what type of business we might want to set up and what the steps might be. One thing that I hadn’t thought of is that if we were to own a business, we would be an employer. That means we would probably need some type of employer’s representation to help us handle legal matters. Let’s face it – neither of us are lawyers, so we would definitely need help in that aspect of things. I am always fascinated by the legal system and how different sections of it work. I’d love to learn more about business law. Perhaps in my free time, I’ll read up on some of it.

Moving is stressful

I have basically been coming home, moving stuff from one apartment to the other, unpacking, coordinating the sale of old items we no longer need or want, etc almost every day for the past like, two weeks. There’s always been something going on. This has left little-to-no downtime for me (and the rest of my family). We’re at a point where the move is (finally) almost over and we are all quite thankful for that. We have one more trip of a bunch of small stuff and cleaning supplies that we need to go grab tomorrow but then we will be done and turning in the keys to our old apartment and being done with it forever. I still can’t believe we moved into such a beautiful, wonderful apartment. I am thrilled beyond belief.