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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Inevitable Issues during Deployment and TDY's

Our fish died today. I should have seen it coming, because my husband left for tdy (temporary duty) a few days ago. It seems like there is some sort of unspoken rule that when your spouse is gone on a tdy or a deployment there are certain things that are going to happen.

First, if your children own a fish, one of them will die. You, the left behind spouse, will get to deal with the crying and sadness. You get to deal with the clean up and all the explanations.

Speaking of explanations, it seems every time dad leaves my son asks a question about sex, puberty, drugs, or some sort of topic "dad" should have to answer. Instead it's me about a week after dad leaves.

Of course, your child's school will have a daddy/daughter dance right in the middle of deployment. This never fails. I swear my kid's school never even had these dances until my husband got deployed.

Also, all of your kids are going to get sick. My kids never get sick and now they are all coughing and congested. More than likely you will get sick to.

If you own your home there is going to be some sort of household problem as well. The first time my husband deployed the toilet broke and it took me about 4 hours of working on it and then eventually calling someone for help to fix it. This time one of the master bathroom sinks is leaking underneath the cabinet. I have no idea what to do about that, so it will just have to wait. Lucky for us we have two sinks, I'll just use the other one.

If you rent a house you might find out that your landlord hasn't paid their mortgage and the house is being foreclosed on and now you get to move houses with out your spouse there to help. You may think that's crazy, but I know multiple people in the military that this has happened to.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pressman Toys - iPieces review and giveaway

Have you heard about the new interactive games that have come out for your iPad? Pressman Toys has come out with lots of interactive iPad games including the Fishing Game, Game of Goose, Snakes and Ladders, Air Hockey and iPieces Pool. 

Recently, Pressman Toys was gracious enough to send me two games to try out, iPieces Air Hockey and iPieces Pool (Billiards).  My kids loved both games and I love the fact that they are playing a game I can play too. Even better for me the small pieces, it's going to be easy to pack for a road trip or even a flight with kids!

I was most excited to try out the iPieces Air Hockey game. I love air hockey and wondered how much fun it would be on the iPad. It is fun, but more challenging, because little circles float on to the screen with - or + signs. If you hit one you either gain points or lose points. You can be up by several points and instantly be tied or even behind. Check out this video to see how it works.
iPieces Pool (Billiards) is a little more straight forward. It's the same rules as regular pool. 
iPieces are available for purchase at Toys“R”Us, Barnes and Noble, K-mart, Radio Shack, Learning Express, and BJ’s Wholesale Club stores nationwide.

You have a chance to win an iPieces game of your choice:   the Fishing GameGame of GooseSnakes and LaddersAir Hockey or iPieces Pool.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

My cousin made this one year for our family reunion and now at my house Spicy Chicken Spaghetti is a staple. Everyone loves it including all three kids and it is easy to make. I consider this to be Tex-Mex food because of the Rotel.

Spicy Chicken Spaghetti

12 - 16 oz angel hair pasta
1 can Rotel original undrained
1 can cream of chicken
1 can cream of mushroom
12.5-ounce can chicken
8 oz sour cream
1/2 cup diced onions (optional)
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
Parmesan or Cojack cheese

Boil the angel hair pasta and drain. Then add all the ingrediants except the cheese. Once well blended pour into a baking dish and bake covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Top with cheese, if you like stick it back into the oven to melt the cheese.
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Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Don't forget to login to Ebates to shop. They give you back a % of each puchase you make. For example I spent $75 at Old Navy and I got $7.50 back
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

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