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19 Feb

I’m sick. Today my voice is nearly completely gone.

Let’s get straight to it. The vlog for today. I should start by saying, I love the people I live with. They’re all necessary to complete my happiness and as you can see in the very ordinary day, where I don’t feel well, each one of them touches my heart and makes me laugh.

I found the funny yet again.


See you tomorrow.


Messy House Tour Tag

7 Oct

My house is a MESS and Saturday is the messiest day of all. After the running around and functioning of the week is over, our tidy rooms become piles, stacks, and evidence that five people call this place home.

After doing a quick walk through, I thought it wasn’t so bad. On second thought, I began to worry that I might be alone; that my husband and I might be living like college students, with our mix matched thrifty furniture and bare walls, buried beneath our three kids’ toys and worksheets. (Ooh another thing for my future employer to find out about).

And so, I created a tag. Fellow bloggers, please feel free to join me in posting your messy abodes. I beg you.


The Messy House Tag

My top 10 messy nooks and crannies

1. What your living room looks like right now, in it’s current state and time:

Messy Living Room

Our living in it’s current state: 3:17 pm

2. The laundry pile (don’t act like there isn’t a pile):

Laundry Room

Laundry room and bathroom as is.

3. Your full kitchen sink:

Full Kitchen Sink

My sink full of dishes. I really need a trough

4. Find the ledge with the thickest dust:

Thickest ledge of desk top of fridge in messy house tour tag

The top of my fridge! I’m only 5’2”. That’s my excuse.

5. An unfinished project:

Need to clean and finish repainting these stairs...and weed eat

Need to clean and finish repainting these stairs!


Betsy is Messy too!

Betsy is Messy too!

6. Outdoor mess that needs tending to:

Outdoor Mess Messy House Tour Tag garden

I have no idea what to do here. I am not a gardener. So I just keep pulling the weeds and look at rocks


7. Inside a closet. Pick a closet, any closet:

Closet in Messy House Tour

My closet. It’s not too bad.

8. Something that no one will ever notice, but it bothers you:

Blind wand is nearly in the center of the blinds and the window is smooched against the wall in the corner of the room....for no reason.

Blind wand is nearly in the center of the blinds and the window is smooched against the wall in the corner of the room….for no reason.

9. Someone else’s mess; you can’t be blamed for all of it:

Betsy needs to clean her kitchen too!

Betsy needs to clean her kitchen too!


10. The cleanest room in your house, because we all know it’s normally spotless:

My clean living room. Cleaned up the baby a little too!

My clean living room. Cleaned up the baby a little too!

Toddler eating a snack

I cleaned my baby up too

I need to know that I’m not alone in this. If you do this tag, please let me know. You can use the #DontStressTheMess


Since we’re friends now, I hope you’ll follow and come back soon. YOU are  invited to check out my full Messy House Tour! A fun collaboration I participated in, with the 411 mommas and created this Messy Home Tour for you. Come on inside for more of my Messy home.











11 Sep

Let’s jump right in. You’re in the mood to pop some tags, but you don’t want to waste your time. You walk in to a musty store and think nothing good can come out of this. Well…you may be right, but if you follow these tips, you might be surprised.





For this experiment, I allowed myself a budget of $100 (At a thrift store?! Yep, and I’ll tell you why in tip #4) and 2 hours. That’s it. Any more time and you’ll smell like a giant moth ball. You can check out the entire haul and lookbook of everything I bought and how it looked at the end of this article.


#1. Prepare the night before.

Check your Pinterest, where you have stored up your fashion ideas. You can check out my style board here. Get re-inspired, so that tomorrow, you can be on the lookout for some  of those key items.

#2. Wear a dress.

That’s right (ladies) wear your simplest dress, that is easy to take on and off. You will be trying on a lot of clothes! Wear simple wedges. This will give you height so whether you are trying on skirts or jeans, you’ll be lifted and cute.

#3. Don’t forget to wear your makeup?

I know, it sounds vain, but nothing looks good on you when you are a frumpilicious mess. This is high fashion fun. Ok, maybe not high fashion. Store your mimosa in your purse. You want to look in the mirror and feel pulled together.

#4. Get a cart!

You’re going to pick up every possibility, so give your arms a break. You’re only picking up clothes on this trip. Leave the gravy boat for next time. $100 goes a long way at a thrift store. With a big budget in mind, you won’t have to add up as you go, so put anything and everything that might work in your cart.

#5. Go with what you know.

Don’t waste your time looking at things, you know you don’t wear. My favorite thrift store divides clothing by color. Sweet. I know I look deathly in cream, most oranges, reds, and pinks, so I pass right on to greens, greys, blacks, whites, blues, and purples. I can’t wear anything that isn’t cotton. It’s sad, but I can’t. I sweat too much, so I don’t bother even trying it on.

#6. Avoid anything from Old Navy if you can help it.

This is second hand clothing. Guess what, the original owner of that Old Navy t-shirt already gave it a run for it’s money. Sometimes there’s an exception, as you’ll see in my haul. Look over your items carefully. There is NO reason to buy anything that is not in tip top shape. See pilling or stains? Leave it.


This should be tip #1, but I got excited. This means no kids or friends or people to tell you what looks good or not. This is about efficiency. You’re on a mission. In fact, while strolling the aisles it’s best to not even be distracted by other shoppers. Throw in your ear buds and jam while you sort.

#8. Try new things.

This is your chance to try on something different. Now, don’t go crazy and put on something like this! Take yourself out of your norm and get creative. Worst case scenario, you’ll be out $2, but hey you tried. Of course, have limits!

#9. Try on everything!

Half way through your shopping experience. Stop. Make your way to the dressing room and start trying on every item. For this trip, I probably tried on 37 items the first time in the dressing room. Make two piles. Yes and no. Now, go back to the racks and do it some more.

#10. Bring a calculator.

Your cart looks like the arm chair in your bedroom when you’re done getting ready. Piled high and spilling over. Other patrons are eyeing your strange behavior and you don’t care because you’re FABULOUS! Start adding. Pay attention to the “sale of the day”. Green tags 50% off? “Senior citizen day? Call your grandma to come check you out. Nah, leave Granny at home. You can afford this. Where else can you get this many clothes for $68? That’s right. My entire haul cost me only $68!

Okay, you’ve made your selections. You’re giddy with your deals and ready to check out. Take off your hangers to speed up the process in line. One you get home, take your time removing your tags. Most thrift stores in my area, staple them on. Go slowly! Wash your items before use!

Congratulations! Now, put your feet up and drag that mimosa out of your purse. You did it. With the money you saved, you can buy your accessories. That’s my style. I love to change up my clothes often, so I don’t mind thrifting. It allows me to expand my style horizons. I spend more money on things that are going to stick around for a while. Shoes, jewelry, and makeup. That way, I can get a well rounded look for less.



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My Very First Blog Post (circa 2005!)

3 Sep

I flipped through my rolodex this morning to the very back of the internet and there it was – my very first blog post.

That’s right, I managed to sign in without one failed attempt to Xanga! Before there was WordPress or Blogger or Tumblr or what have you, there was Xanga.

When I tracked down my old page, I found it no longer exists in original form. Xanga had moved along and I didn’t go with it. So in a pretty little zip file, I accessed this pretty embarrassing glimpse into my former life.

Former life may be a little generous, because much to my chagrin, I haven’t changed quite enough. So let me set the scene.

My screen name: Pinklexxxus52

My avitar: Me with baby Sam (in our pickup truck) What is happening? (*and yet more proof that I invented the selfiesam and i

HOLD the phone. What’s up with this name? Three x’s. Was I unawares? I just want to gently pat the top of my 24 year old head. Speaking of which, here is my photo


I wonder what I was whispering about?

PREMISE: So here’s what my Xanga was. I called myself RodeoMom (I’ve never once attended a rodeo). It was essentially an advice column to teenage girls. I friended all my little sisters’ friends (no one my age was on the internet and they were defiantly not blogging!).

So here you go. My first ever blog post!

Happy 2005. Just want to let you know that I am ready for business. Let me know if you need anything. ANYTHING. Well as far as me answering questions……I do not perform services. Unless as you know I do perform some life managing services, which include

Personalized Signitures*

The Ten Things To Think about before Tinkering with Teenage boys!!!

How to get your room cleaned. FOR REAL

Organization 101


Tricks of the Trade

Ask Away

*please note that the personalized signature comes with a lifetime guarantee of individuality accompanied by  a one time processing fee.

Well there you have it. Not much has changed. I still blog, I still offer Top 10’s (did I invent that too? I think I must have),  I still love teenagers and want to help them achieve awesome, I’m still a very strange mom offering services that don’t exist. If nothing else, at least I’m consistent. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cowboy up…





Here’s What’s Actually Happening: 22 Pictures Where I have Absolutely No Idea What’s Happening

30 May

Here’s What’s Actually Happening

This Tim Williams article is circulating, so I thought I would take the liberty of not leaving you hanging.
22 Pictures Where I have Absolutely No Idea What’s Happening


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #1. A Stephen J Cullen photo shoot


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #2. Biggest blowout of the season: UPS man swerves to miss Jason and Sew as they pose for their Sr. Prom pics


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #3. I see London, I see Frack, I see my Drunk Monkey Buddy’s butt crack. Bleh


#4. Hydrotherapy in the Dead Sea


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #5. Oh Deer, Patty patty wished for sweetheart to pawn over and ended up with a fawn to get sweet on.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #6. Well someone had too much to drink at the Hobbs Convention.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #7. I’m not sure that’s the Pinch Shot he was going for.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #8. Meanwhile at the ATM, Dale said he’d pony up the money and Dale always follows through.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #9. Updated Shia law being signed into affect as new designer Hijabs are being unveiled


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #10. Chick Magnet


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #11. TRESemme NEW: Now Sulfate Free Hormone Replacement Therapy Shampoo (*may cause side effects)


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #12. Sing a Song of Sixpence, A pocket full of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #13. Teen Mom, Season 6 “Butt we love each other”


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #14. Puss in Shower


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #15. I’m sloth excited for this Symposium on Nothrotheriidae Evolution


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #16. When I grow up I want to be a tree at the Renaissance Festival: Dreams Do Come True


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #17. Founder of reborns.com’s Christmas Card


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #18. The first Bison Burger


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #19. Scavenger Hunt: #6. Age my Face on a stranger in public while pretending that you’re typing.


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #20. Looks like Yankee Doodle went to Town


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #21. Sean Hannity in line at the ATM


Here’s What’s Actually Happening: #22. The Pot at the End of the Rainbow


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The Hidden Dangers of the Leader and Me Program (7 Healthy Habits)??

3 Oct

This isn’t the typical content for my blog or my channel, but eh:

For the first time in a long while, I stood in a room tonight with several hundred other people and felt as though I was the only person in the room not drinking the kool-aid. Hearing my own thoughts run through my head, I understand how they can seem like a stretch of the imagination or even disloyal in some regard. It sounds like something out of a conspiracy theory handbook, but I am somehow moved to pen my thoughts nonetheless.
This year our school district is taking part in the Leader and Me program. It’s based off the book, The 7 Healthy Habits of Happy Kids. It’s mission is to, “develop leaders one student at a time.” It’s cute. They have 7 habits (Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand and Then to be Understood, with seven corresponding tag lines and hand motions, and little animated animals to encourage kids along, using the “the analogy of a mature tree to illustrate applying the habits to one’s life.”
When I went to enroll my kids at school this year, it was the first time I got a sense that something was different. It was subtle, but everywhere I looked, I could see signs of the 7 Healthy Habits. Our PTA hung posters and painted walls. They were visible from the moment you entered the building and on every classroom wall. It was so important in fact, that the first week of school was spent learning the Healthy Habits, the hand motions, the tag lines, and how “through the power of a common language” and understanding our students would discover on their journey, just who they were. What talents and gifts they had, because after all, they each had the leadership potential.
Maybe you can sense my incredulous tone and I will say that on the surface it seemed just fine, but the more I heard and the more I witnessed, the more I have come to question it and after tonight’s symposium, I am puzzled. To have a set of values in and of themselves is great. I have no problem with my children learning leadership, accountability, adaptability, communications, responsibility and so forth, but what has me puzzled is how and why this particular book, this program, and these values are the ones our schools have decided are good? When I began to ask around, not only is this program in my school district, but several surrounding districts in my area and then throughout the country….and now, throughout the world. The video presentation tonight, directly through the Leader and Me program had teachers testifying to the success that they have seen since the implementation of this program. To be fair, I should tell you that according to the website, “The Leader in Me is not an event and it’s not a curriculum, it’s ubiquitous leadership development.”For those of you who don’t have time to google the definition of “ubiquitous” it means: “Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent:” One teacher in the video expressed great joy, stating, “they [students] are the most impressionable at this age..”
Why am I so bothered by something that seems so harmless? For one thing, while I find the 7 Healthy Habits to be acceptable tools and values, they are not the most important things that I seek for my children, nor would I hope for them to seek for themselves. To find out who they are and what gifts and strengths they have should not be cast to them to “ensure buy-in” by their school district in hopes that they will reach “their maximum potential.” It is not the Habits that we should be concerned about, it’s the implementation and indoctrination telling my kids WHO they are with no regard for what we value and we seek. When you start seeing things like: “Gives everyone a common language that becomes the core of the culture” it makes me, as believer of Jesus, quiver in unbelief. When this “program” comes into our schools, takes a week out of the school year and is instilled in every classroom daily, creates a school environment where silence is the standard for the sake of respecting others, where control is achieved for the sake of compliance and policy, and where chanting tag lines and silent hand motions are looked upon with admiration instead of disdain for the eerily familiar, I think we have pulled the wool over our own eyes.
Is it really our goal to rise up a nation of leaders? Why are we starting this in Elementary schools across the nation and world? Can you imagine this in a high school? Of course not, they aren’t that impressionable. As parents we should be widely concerned about who is impressing what on our children. What would happen if instead of seeking to be leaders of others, we sought to love others. Instead of reaching to achieve, “our maximum potential” we did nothing with our selfish ambition and sought see others as better than ourselves? The words and actions from Leader in Me, look familiar and parallel my core values and faith beliefs, but they are not them. They are just close enough to make me wonder what the agenda is behind this book and program that is rampantly spreading throughout the world. I don’t fault my school or my district even, necessarily. I think the majority of administration, are just like the head nodders that were in my meeting this evening, but I see the potential for this kind of indoctrination to our youth on a mass level to seek a common world view. I see your potential eye rolls and sighs of disgust, but I raise you this final thought: regardless of whether this program has a hidden agenda or if it is the next great achievement for this up and coming generation, I urge you to think about who it is and what you want influencing your children and make sure that what they hear is sound doctrine and not just what someone else wants to put in their ear.

Baby’s First Tastes of Food (Funniest Reactions!)

19 Jun

This video was so much fun to put together. It took several months of getting footage and it all happens in less than three minutes! We recorded Betsy every time she tried a bite of a new food and her facial expressions were hysterical.

Betsy is our third child. We are older now and seasoned parents. That is by no means to say we know what we are doing; we are just parenting differently at this stage in the game.

Feeding time (she sounds like a chicken) is less of a struggle for baby #3. I remember with Sam, we strictly followed the baby food jar labels, as if Gerber were the be-all and end-all for our child. We religiously made sure he had his grains, veg, and fruit serving at every meal and minced up his little portion just so. If he missed a meal or wasn’t eating much we fretted whether or not he would “be ok”!

By the time we had our second child we were a little more realistic. They will eat when they are hungry and they won’t when they aren’t! She got her nutrients and we have always been conscious of what we are feeding our kids. No trans fats and processed food here!

Now with Betsy. She eats what we eat. She’s not very impressed by baby food purees and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that from the beginning of her food exploration we just gave her…….FOOD! There is a pretty popular trend right now called Baby Led Weaning. It’s where you give your baby food and let them gnaw and explore it. In the early stages they might not even be eating much of it (trust me, most of it ends up on the floor). Opponents of baby led weaning fear that the baby “might choke” or they won’t be able to chew because they don’t have teeth. Trust me, your baby will find a way.

We really didn’t even know that baby led weaning was a thing. We just fed our baby. I guess we do a mixture of techniques without even thinking about it. Go with your gut. That’s our mantra. Our baby is hungry, she eats food. Tell your friends.

I love that we have this footage. Watching it even now makes me teary. She ages four months in three minutes during this video. That’s what life feels like. They grow too fast.

100 Questions No One Asks TAG BOMBED by Charlotte (So Hilarious)

11 Jun

The other day I decided to make a quick Tag video for my Youtube channel

We were getting ready to head up to the town fair. I sat down in the living room and Charlotte wondered in and sat in my shadow as she usually does. While Charlotte does enjoy hovering in my shadow, she relishes in the spot light and so this how she STOLE THE SHOW!

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We TAG you! Let us know if you do it!

Full list of questions:

1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
5:Do you like to use post-it notes?
6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?
8:Do you have freckles?
9:Do you always smile for pictures?
10:What is your biggest pet peeve?
11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
12:Have you ever peed in the woods?
13:What about pooped in the woods?
14:Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?
15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?
16:How many people have you slept with this week?
17:What size is your bed?
18:What is your Song of the week?
19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
20:Do you still watch cartoons?
21:Whats your least favorite movie?
22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
23:What do you drink with dinner?
24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
25:What is your favorite food?
26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
27:Last person you kissed/kissed you?
28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
31:Can you change the oil on a car?
32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
33:Ever ran out of gas?
34:Favorite kind of sandwich?
35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?
36:What is your usual bedtime?
37:Are you lazy?
38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
39:What is your Chinese astrological sign?
40:How many languages can you speak?
41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
43:Are you stubborn?
44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
45:Ever watch soap operas?
46:Are you afraid of heights?
47:Do you sing in the car?
48:Do you sing in the shower?
49:Do you dance in the car?
50:Ever used a gun?
51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?
53:Is Christmas stressful?
54:Ever eat a pierogi?
55:Favorite type of fruit pie?
56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
57:Do you believe in ghosts?
58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
59:Take a vitamin daily?
60:Wear slippers?
61:Wear a bath robe?
62:What do you wear to bed?
63:First concert?
64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
65:Nike or Adidas?
66:Cheetos Or Fritos?
67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
69:Ever take dance lessons?
70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
71:Can you curl your tongue?
72:Ever won a spelling bee?
73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
74:Own any record albums?
75:Own a record player?
76:Regularly burn incense?
77:Ever been in love?
78:Who would you like to see in concert?
79:What was the last concert you saw?
80:Hot tea or cold tea?
81:Tea or coffee?
82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?
83:Can you swim well?
84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
85:Are you patient?
86:DJ or band, at a wedding?
87:Ever won a contest?
88:Ever have plastic surgery?
89:Which are better black or green olives?
90:Can you knit or crochet?
91:Best room for a fireplace?
92:Do you want to get married?
93:If married, how long have you been married?
94:Who was your HS crush?
95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
96:Do you have kids?
97:Do you want kids?
98:Whats your favorite color?
99:Do you miss anyone right now?
100: something that happened to you in middle school

The Globalization of Motherhood

9 Apr

This week marks one year on Youtube. On the afternoon of April 11, 2012, I decided to turn my camera at my face and start a vlog. I had spent a few months watching other mommy vloggers and accidentally stumbled upon a community that I didn’t even know existed.

It’s a culture in the future and a concept that would have been hard to ponder just a decade or so before. We are in the beginning stages of the globalization of motherhood. At no other point in history have we as moms had more resources or support, while at the same time, it can be argued that mothers today have more pressures and expectations than ever before.

When I stumbled upon this “community” as they call themselves, I was drawn in and in awe of the phenomenon I was witness to. Here, mothers from literally all corners of the globe, can enter the living room of another mother, hear her story, her struggles, her joys, and encourage and interact in very real ways. Relationships are built between women who have never met and may never meet, yet the connections are real and the support is sensed.

We had some friends over for dinner this past weekend and the topic came up about our channel.   To explain further the ways in which, the internet, and Youtube in particular have changed the way we interact, I gave them an illustration of what had transpired between another mother and myself. My friend, as I refer to her as, lives in France. She has five children, whose youngest was born shortly after my baby Betsy. She is so full of energy and always cheerful. She too is moving soon, just as we have. In fact, she plans to paint her new entry way the SAME color as we painted our laundry room here in Missouri!

Maybe a taste in paint colors is a minor commonality, but when my laundry room inspires someone a world away, the world gets very small and the relationships we build seem very close. It’s just paint, but it’s also hope. By making the world very small, we are then able realize that the problems in it are also ours and the solutions to it are within reach.

I often hear the fear that technology gets in the way of “real relationships” and that an email or text will somehow end  face to face conversation or the written word. I would rather encourage you to embrace technology and what it’s done for us socially. Today while I was grabbing lunch, a friend from elementary school flagged me down in the parking lot. I had not seen her face to face in 25 years and yet because of Facebook, I actually just talked to her last week and our conversation flowed as if no time had gone by.

If this past year on Youtube has taught me anything, it’s that the world is very small and if I want to tell you about it, I’ll update my blog.

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24 Jun

It’s so exciting to think that we have come this far with Hi Noon (Season 2) after only 2  1/2 short months (75 days). This is an exciting milestone! On April 11, 2012, I started vlogging daily. Some days I wasn’t sure I would get a video uploaded in time. Some days I wasn’t sure I “was in the mood”, but I stuck to my mission of finding the funny in my every day. Just like life, some days are funnier than others!

So far this season we have had over 7,200+ views (as of June 24, 2012)! One day 10,000 views might not seem like an impressive number, but today I am grateful for it and encouraged to see what comes next for Hi Noon.

We are dedicated to vlogging and sharing the funny in our day! So, today we celebrate the number 10,000 because I can look back at the last 75 days and know that I laughed and smiled at some point every day! I should add, that during this time I have been challenged with some of the greatest losses in my life. I don’t say this to peak questions or gain sympathies, but to reiterate and challenge you, to search beyond circumstance and in some way, find the funny in every day.

Thanks for watching and laughing with us.

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