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Slacker Mom Goes Shopping

Shop at Macy's

Disclaimer: Disclaimer: As part of the Macy’s Advisory Board I was compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

Would you be surprised if I told you how much I detest clothing shopping? I’m a certified shopaholic, yet setting aside time each day for clothing for myself fills me with depression and terror. I can spend hours online picking out the perfect curriculum, and I look forward to back-to-school shopping for my kids each year. Stepping into a department store to hunt down the perfect ensemble, or try on the best fit of jeans, seems overwhelming. Facing a tiny dressing room with stacks of clothes to try as I get undressed in front of a mirror isn’t exactly high on my list of things to do in life.

Recently I was asked to shop at Macy’s to give a real mom’s opinion of the store. I had up until that point, owned two items from my local Cottonwood Macy’s (so dubbed because it is the only remnant of the former Cottonwood Mall.) The two items I own are two Lladro statues my husband has given me; one for our first Valentine’s Day and the second was this one I had casually mentioned would make a perfect wedding cake topper–he gave that one to me when he proposed. :)

For some reason, I had it in my head that Macy’s was an expensive store. As I strolled the aisles, I noticed a couple of things: these clothes were actually affordable and in my budget! (Especially when paired with their frequent coupons like these!) Second, I noted that I could actually bring my kids here. Unlike other Macy’s or other department stores, Cottonwood is unlikely to be crowded even on a Saturday. I guess the demise of an attached mall will do that to a store. It was one of those places your kids can run around or hide in the clothing racks (please tell me mine aren’t the only ones that do that?!) and you don’t have to panic thinking you’ve actually lost your children.

In general, Macy’s was easy to navigate, and the store clerks are happy to help you find what you need. This time I was in need of new bras and a trained sales associate gave me a free fitting and spent nearly an hour helping me pick and choose between all the different styles available. You can even get a free personal shopper appointment if you struggle to decide what looks best on you like I do!

I’m not sure I’m going to transform into a fashionista anytime soon… but it’s nice to know Macy’s is available to meet my budget and help me figure out my own personal style!

How do you feel about clothing shopping for yourself?

I Have Much to Tell You.

…but I still can’t find my camera charger! I’m hoping that as I pack to move, it will surface. With my luck, it will surface once I’m unpacking in the new house.

Speaking of a new house! Actually – I’m totally superstitious so I’m just gonna keep those details to myself. In less you know me in real life, in which case, I’ll probably tell you far more than you are interested in knowing. I don’t want to jinx anything here on the blog!

No pictures to show. I should pack a box or something.

Hopefully soon (really!) I will tell you all about our curriculum for the year and how our year is going. It’s already off to a better start than last year, though I’m not sure how throwing a potential move into the mix will affect things.

In other not so surprising news…

My kitchen is a mess. The kids are driving each other crazy. The kids are driving me crazy. And I just this second realized I should have put in that darn frozen lasagna an hour ago.

Lost? #adhd

I would very much like to share some cute pictures and updates on how our first week and a half of homeschool went. However… I have misplaced my camera’s battery charger and my camera is dead so I can’t upload them.

I’m also missing our rechargeable battery charger if anyone has seen that…?

One other thing, it is apparent that I’ve lost my marbles. I’ll be hunting for them under the couch and behind the dresser as I attempt to locate miscellaneous battery chargers.

All a day in the life of an adhd mind, I tell you.

Time flies when you’re having fun…

40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

Unfortunately, this summer has been really, really long!

No, it hasn’t been that bad. It certainly hasn’t been our best summer (remember when I did summer school that one time?) but it could be worse (remember last summer when I didn’t have a car or the internet?) I guess you could sum it up neatly by saying this is your run-of-the-mill, average summer. Four kids sure take a lot of time and all of your energy.

Here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to, since I obviously haven’t been blogging about it.

  1. Keeping the house cleanish. Really! The kids and I did an intense panic clean (for a home inspection) and we’ve done a moderate job at keeping it up. Kind of a miracle. I’m slowly seeing the piles start, well, piling up again. Sigh.
  2. Quilting. I made a quilt! It’s the kind of quilt that really deserves its own post, but here’s a sneak peek:

    40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

    40th Anniversary Quilt for my In-Laws

  3. Feeding four kids. This deserves its own spot on the list because hello, that’s hard work. Especially when you take into consideration that grocery shopping often involves four children.
  4. Homeschool obsessing. I’m gearing up for the new year, and I’m hoping this next year will be far more successful than last. I should really do a “wrap up” post on the previous year. We’ll see.
  5. Homeschool shopping. Online shopping mostly because a) I like to buy used when I can, b) I don’t have any homeschool stores here and c) retail shopping involves four children.
  6. Quilt obsessing. I’m constantly designing quilts in my head, though most days I don’t even break out the sewing machine. Most days, my dining room table isn’t clean enough to break out the sewing machine, let alone put fabric on it. I have high hopes for a sewing room one day.
  7. Fabric shopping. Or at least a lot of fabric window shopping online.
  8. There seems to be a strong “shopping” theme in this list, did you notice?
  9. House shopping. (Yes, more shopping! I get bored, okay?) And yes, I said house shopping. Nothing official yet, but we’re hoping to move soon, and it is looking like that might actually happen.
  10. Raised caterpillars and released butterflies! (We used this awesome kit!–affiliate link)
  11. Going to Seven Peaks, parks, a splash pad, and other kid-fun type activities. Not too much of that, I wouldn’t want my kids expecting fun on a regular basis!

What have you been up to this summer? Has your summer flown by, or is it dragging just a leeeetle bit now that it’s August?

Psst… it’s almost my birthday! Come back soon for a freebie!

Slacker Mom Does Dishes #Sponsored

cascade

cascade

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom CentralConsulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a review for Cascade Platinum Pacs, a nifty ‘all-in-one’ dishwashing detergent. I’m not a fan of doing the dishes (it’s almost the worst chore ever, except for laundry, which is the worst), so my ears perked up at the claims:

  • Powers away tough, 24 hour stuck-on food
  • Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes
  • Helps maintain the look of new machines and helps prevent additional hard-water
    build-up
  • Delivers exceptional dishware shine

Eliminates the need to pre-wash dishes? Hmm. My kids have no qualms about shoving plates in the dishwasher till smeared with ranch dressing and spaghetti sauce. In my aging crappy dishwasher, this has always led to a second wash and a severe “you must rinse the dishes first!” lecture. I have never not rinsed my dishes because as much as I hate the dishes (and I really, really do hate doing the dishes), I know that neglecting the pre-wash will result in nasty dishes.

Imagine my surprise when the new Cascade Platinum Pacs actually worked, thanks to their triple acting formula. It worked on the spaghetti sauce, it worked on the container of leftovers that had been in the fridge way too long (scraped off then placed in the dishwasher), and it almost worked on that big gob of peanut butter on a spoon someone tossed in to wash. {Okay, it was me.} The glasses were shiny and for the first time I realized how not shiny they had been previously. Even the peanut butter coated spoon was nearly streak free. Did I mention I even ran my dishwasher on the lightest cycle? I tend to migrate towards the cheapy dishwasher detergent, but I’m seriously considering switching. Something that makes loading the dishes less of a chore is well worth the cost. This detergent is totally slacker mom approved!

Cascade is hosting an Instagram contest! If you’re on Instagram (and you should be!), you’ll definitely want to check it out. The grand prize is a kitchen makeover! Go here to register and see all the details.

Each   week,  two contestants will be selected to receive a brand new Whirlpool dishwasher.  Additionally, one lucky grand prize winner will receive a Platinum kitchen makeover!

To win, users have to both register and upload a photo with the #MyPlatinum hashtag and tag  @MyCascade. Participants that have not registered will be disqualified from winning. Each week will have a   6-­‐day entry period where Instagram users can enter the contest with their #MyPlatinum Photo.

Stay connected and up to date on all the latest contests and promotions by liking Cascade on Facebook today!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom CentralConsulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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