Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday Funnies: Birds

This week's funnies are all about birds!  The first one is my favorite and the second one is all too relatable. :-/  

I shall name him Birdie Sanders

When you sit down and your thighs do the thing.

I open the other bird's cage and dump his food.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Friday Funnies: Social Distancing

Today's funnies are all about social distancing.  2 words we'd never really thought of until the Covid-19 outbreak and now it's just part of our normal lives!  We can laugh or huddle in a corner and cry. I choose to laugh (for today anyway. Tomorrow I may huddle in a corner. It depends.)

social distancing meme

social distancing funny

social distancing funny

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Why We Aren't Going Back to Church [yet].

Despite the Covid19 numbers being horrible (at the time of this writing we've now lost more Americans to coronavirus than we did to the Vietnam War, Iraq/Afghanistan, Gulf War, and 9/11....COMBINED), some places are opening back up.

There is much debate over the topic of what/when/how to open more of our country.  It's been a long 8 weeks-ish at home with nothing much to do but referee my kids' arguments.

Coronavirus. This is fine.

My particular county is still experiencing a continued increase in cases. And yet, we are opening.

That's right. Restaurants are open now, retail stores have opened back up, county workers are going back to county offices instead of working from home.  And churches are going to start meeting in person.

We won't be going to church yet.

We are thankful that our church is moving slowly and not just flinging the doors wide open on the first Sunday back. They've taken reasonable, measured steps and stages which we appreciate.  But even so.

Covid19 is prevalent in our community.  We have a fair amount of at-risk individuals that attend our church.  While mask-wearing is encouraged (by the church, the county, the state, and the CDC), there will be plenty that refuse to do so.

I don't want to accidentally give someone this virus.  Studies are showing that many who spread Covid19 are asymptomatic!  They wouldn't even know to stay home because they had no symptoms!  I don't want to give someone's grandma or immune-compromised child a potentially deadly illness.

So, we aren't going to church yet. Some like to act like their faith gives them the power to meet in person and not be affected (see some of those whacko preachers who defied stay at home orders).  Some people continue to claim it is just the flu (God help me with some of your children. Things down here are rough.).  

But in fact, it is my faith that compels me to stay home from church.
My love for my community, for everyone else's grandmas and grandpas.  For my own.  For our neighbors and coworkers.  I would feel awful if they became ill.  So for now, we will continue to stay home and watch church online.  Thankful for technology that allows us to gather digitally.

If you choose to go back sooner, we can still be friends. :)  Just promise me you'll wear a mask! 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Friday Funnies

Everywhere we look the world is saturated with comments, stories, and memes about Covid19.  And lest you think I'm above week's funnies have a bit of a pandemic twist to them.  But this week?  I needed a break from all-things-coronavirus.  You too?  Good. This week's humor is all about gardening!  Happy Friday (is today Friday?  I can't keep track anymore).
Darn impatiens. Gardening humor.

Spring flower humor
What kind of bulbs did you say you planted?

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Our Favorite Family-Friendly Netflix Movies

Clearly we are all staying at home a lot more lately.  Thank you, Covid19 Pandemic. *sarcastic eyeroll*

If your family is like ours, more being at home = more Netflix watching.

My husband and I are watching things like Ozark when the kids aren't around.  But cartel-money-laundering-murderer isn't exactly the topic I want my kids to be watching.  So here are our favorite family-friendly Netflix movies.
Need a family-friendly movie to watch on Netflix? Here are our favorites for family movie night..including some old movies and newer releases too!

1. Despicable Me

Despicable Me  & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
The world has become a bit overrun with minion memes.  But don't let that stop you from rewatching the original Despicable Me movie. Steve Carell is a fabulous tender-hearted-former-bad-guy in this kid's movie that will keep even the adults entertained.

2. Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
We saw The Secret Life of Pets in the theater when it released in 2016 and we all enjoyed it!  Another family-friendly movie that the adults will enjoy just as much as the kids!

3. Hook

Hook & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
Who else remembers seeing Hook as a kid? *raises hand*  It's now available on Netflix so that you can share the magical experience with your own children!

4. Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Spider Man Into the Spider-Verse  & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
Truth bomb: I do not like super hero movies. I know. As a boy-mom it's something I fail at.  These are just not my jam. However, my 9 yr old watched this and you know what? It was pretty good!  Definitely worth giving a try, especially if your kid loves Spider Man!

5. Stuart Little

Stuart Little & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
This little mouse movie is a great one for the whole family to watch together! It came out in 1999 but is still a sweet family movie.

6. Yours, Mine, and Ours

Yours Mine and Ours & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
Originally a Lucille Ball movie, this was redone in 2005 with Dennis Quad and Renee Russo. A single father (Quad) of 8 marries a woman with 10 children.  This movie is sure to bring some laughs as it celebrates what it means to be a family.

7. The Bee Movie

The Bee Movie & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
Jerry Seinfeld voices the main character is this creative movie guessed it...a bee.  Definitely one that will get families laughing together. 

8. Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
If you didn't get the chance to see Christopher Robin when it debuted in 2018, now is your chance! We have watched it several times on Netflix. The movie is calm (not a chaotic/loud flick) yet it definitely has some humor.  I highly recommend checking Christopher Robin out on Netflix if you haven't already.

9. Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
Mary Poppins. Does it get any more family friendly than Mary Poppins? Our kids loved that Lin Manuel-Miranda is also in this film.  Now, I do think they original Marry Poppins is better than this sequel, but maybe that's because I'm nostalgic for my own childhood version of the movie.  At any rate, Mary Poppins Returns is another wonderful family-friendly movie option on Netflix.

10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
We are going all the way back to 1968 with this Netflix recommendation!  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang stars Dick Van Dyke as the single father of 2 children.  He's constantly making quirky inventions!  This is a great movie to watch before working on a STEM project together!

11. The Karate Kid

The Karate Kid & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
You may be thinking of the original Karate Kid movie, but the one available on Netflix right now is the 2010 version.  That sounds so NEW to me but was TEN years ago! Starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

12. Spy Kids

Spy Kids & other great family-friendly movies on Netflix
Hard to believe that this movie came out 19 years ago!  Yet Spy Kids is such a fun movie experience for children.  Even though it debuted before your children were even born, I bet they would enjoy getting to watch it with you on Netflix!

That's it, folks!  Those are my top 12 family-friendly movie recommendations for Netflix. Were there any great movies that I missed?  

One "Kids" Movie That Didn't Make the Cut

Cat In The Hat is on Netflix and had been promoted as a family movie, bringing a beloved Dr. Seuss character to the big screen. Grinch was amazing, after all.  Along came Cat in the Hat.  The jokes are shocking and lewd. That whole movie is a steaming pile of garbage.  
Horrible movies not appropriate for kids
I'm no husband and I loved "The Hangover" when we saw it in theaters and I have an entire Pinterest board of "PG 13 Humor".  But Cat in the Hat?  We're gonna pass.

Are there any other family-friendly kids movies on Netflix that you can think of to add to my list? 

The best family-friendly movies available on Netflix. Click through for our 12 favorites!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Friday Funnies: Mother's Day Edition

In honor of Mother's Day this Sunday, today's funnies are all mom-related.  Enjoy!

Funny mothers day comics

You're going to miss this, I whisper to myself as I'm shot in the butt with a nerf gun while unclogging the toilet

How did the baby sleep last night? Me: Pours ground coffee directly into mouth.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Mother's Day Gifts In the Time of Covid19

Mother's Day is coming this Sunday and for awhile I was completely perplexed as to what to get for my mom and mother-in-law.  

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation we are all practicing distancing and not seeing each other.  Plus I didn't want to send a gift card to a store when they can't actually go out to shop in the store. They could shop online I suppose....but still that wasn't the right option
The best mother's day gift idea to give during the covid-19 crisis

Then I thought of getting flowers sent to them. BUT a delivery person would have to touch the flowers and come up to the door to deliver.  Nope. Didn't want to do that.

Finally it dawned on me yesterday.  The perfect gift for Mother's Day in light of our quarantine/lockdown situation.

A magazine subscription!

They will get something in the mail once a month and it will give them something to DO while stuck at home!

I ordered from but if you have airline miles you may be able to use your MagsForMiles account.  There were a lot of options like HGTV Magazine, People, Do It Yourself, and Woman's Day, Southern Living, etc.  
Social distancing mother's day gift idea
A magazine subscription will be the perfect Mother's Day gift for my mom and mother-in-law.  I'm so excited to email them on Sunday and let them know that a magazine is on it's way!

P.S. If you shop through Ebates/Rakuten you can get up to 25% cash back on a purchase.  I always use Rakuten when I order online. That little bit of extra money every few months is a nice little bonus!  If you'd like to get cash back for shopping online you can use my referral link.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

3 ingredient D-I-Y Laundry Detergent (no boiling or grating!)

In an attempt to find easy ways to save money, I began looking online for ways to make my own laundry detergent. Many DIY laundry detergent recipes call for grating soap or boiling water.  
Some recipes make 10 gallons at once. I didn't want to DIY our laundry detergent and end up with 10 gallons because what if we didn't like the soap and then were stuck with 10 gallons!?  

Finally I found this recipe for laundry detergent.  It only takes 3 ingredients and has just 4 steps, this laundry soap was right up my alley!  

3 ingredients, 4 steps, 5 minutes.  People, it doesn't get any easier than that!
Simple laundry soap recipe with 3 ingredients

DIY Laundry Detergent Ingredients:

  • Washing Soda
  • Borax
  • Dawn Dish Soap (Blue original)
3 ingredient diy laundry detergent3 ingredient easy diy laundry soapdawn dish soap for 3 ingredient diy laundry detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent Instructions:

  • Get an empty gallon jug
  • Put in 3 T. washing soda, 3T. borax, and 2 T Dawn
  • Pour in 4C hot water
  • Once your laundry soap mixture is cool, top off the jug with cold water. Bubbles will overflow, that's okay.  Once bubbling stops, put cap on your new gallon jug of laundry soap and give yourself a high-five!

DIY Laundry Detergent Cost:

  • Dawn soap-$2.64 at Walmart (I already had this on hand because it's also what we use to do dishes)
  • Borax-$4.47 at Walmart
  • Washing Soda-$4.12 at Walmart
  • Gallon jug-Free, wash out a gallon of water or some other jug you already have around the house.

Total cost of your 3 ingredient laundry detergent:


I can get at least 10 more gallons of this simple laundry detergent out of these supplies. Which means 11 gallons of laundry detergent for $11.23 total. 

Where else can you buy a gallon of laundry soap for $1.02?!?

Cost Comparison Tide Vs. DIY Laundry Detergent:

For 11 gallons of our 3 Ingredient Laundry Soap it costs $11.23 for 1,408 ounces. Price per ounce: 0.00797. 

I found this Tide at Walmart for $11.97 for 92 ounces. Since there are 128 ounces in a galloon, I would have to buy 15.03 bottles of this Tide to have the same 11 gallons of laundry soap. Rounding down to 15 bottles of Tide the cost would be  (15x11.97)= $179.55 (0.127 per ounce)

179.55 vs. $11.23
Easy DIY laundry detergent without boiling or grating soap!
Making my own laundry detergent saves $168.32.  THAT is a huge savings!  Is DIY-ing my laundry soap, spending 5 minutes per gallon (55 minutes total for 11 gallons if we do it one gallon at a time) worth $168?!  YES.  I don't make $168 an hour so spending an hour of time to essentially "earn" that much money is definitely worth it.

But what if I buy less expensive laundry detergent? Should I still make my own?

YES! The least expensive brand I can find at Walmart is "Xtra" which costs 0.04/ounce which is $56.32 for 11 gallons. Versus $11.23 by making it yourself.  Your savings is $45.09 for 55 minutes of work!  Again, I don't make $45 an hour so it is STILL a huge savings to make my own laundry detergent.  Not having to boil or grate anything means this is the easiest laundry detergent recipe I've seen!

Fabric softener aka my kryptonite

I love my Downy liquid fabric softener.  You will pry it from my cold dead hands unless you have a fabulous copycat DIY recipe.  If you know how to make Downy at home, hit me up!  Otherwise that's a laundry product I'll keep buying at the store.

Downy fabric softener with Robert Downy Jr

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday Funnies

Who is ready to laugh?  Me!  Here are 3 great funnies I found around the web this week:

There goes my plan for today.

when short people see someone shorter than them

four strongest materials known to man