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Music club

Monster’s school is putting together some after-school clubs here in the next few weeks. He’s very excited because one of them is a music club where he could play an instrument. I really want him to get into music and playing an instrument. I think that would help his focus and dedication so much. If we had a little bit more money, we would go to musiansfriends and get an instrument that he could practice. I played the trumpet when I was in middle school. I think he’d absolutely love playing that!

Quiche

One dish I was always very intimidated by was quiche. It seemed like something really fancy and something that I, a very bad cook, could just never master. That is, until a friend of mine told me it was basically egg pie. So I finally got the courage to make this egg pie quiche and guess what? It’s surprisingly easy! It was a good reminder for me to not let myself get so discouraged. I’ve made all sorts of quiche in the past few weeks. I like to ‘cheat’ a little and buy pre-made crust, but mostly as a time-saver. And, I’ll be honest, my favorite part of quiche? The crust! I loooove crust. It’s delicious! So quiche is perfect for me.

What have you tried lately that you used to be intimidated by?

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.