The Buffy

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My life is pretty dull. I play with a toddler, watch a lot of Yo Gabba Gabba and experiment with the crock pot. I have no bed time and I find humor in Laffy Taffy jokes. Conan O'Brien is my anti-drug.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Coobies and Cooties and Coupons, oh my!

So this 32DD mama (yeah, now we all know my bra size) is sick of the lack of comfort in this world. It isn't cute to flop, but it also isn't cute to itch. Or adjust. Or have boobs up to your eyebrows because there is so much padding to hold your puppies that... nevermind.

Anyway.

I just discovered a sweet offer! I haven't tried them for myself, but I've heard AWESOME things about Coobie Seamless bras. Supportive, comfortable, not ugly. Three things I can stand behind! One size can fit 32A-36D, available in 7+ styles and 70+ colors or patterns. Anywho, you can save 30% on your entire freaking order using the code USFG at www.shopcoobie.com. I'm going to try them out for myself and will let the world know how my girls feel after a nice long day rocking a Coobie!

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SANTA! I KNOW HIM! And I'm getting a package!


So stinking excited - our rotten little family is going to start a new tradition this Christmas with PackagefromSanta.com - the ONLY Santa memory service that does it ALL! You get personalized letters, packages phone calls, AND videos from the big guy in the red suit.

Kids being jerks?
Yeah. This will definitely help.

I mean, sure, we all want to see our childrens' faces light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from St. Nick. Moreso, I want my kids to help put away their laundry and maybe not attempt to shove each other out of moving vehicles for at least 30 days a year. Some call it blackmail. Some call it deception.

I call it the joy of the holiday season.

It's not just a letter from Santa - it's an experience! It's joy, memories, wonder, happiness, guilt and bribery in a box and I am a HUGE fan! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only the jolly old elf would know.

Every package also comes with a free personalized call AND video from Santa that can be scheduled at any time. This techy part of packagefromsanta.com is UNREAL. So freaking well done and high-end and my kids are going to lose their minds!

I want my kids to BELIEVE - I know I do. PackagefromSanta.com really helps make the magic happen and for that I am #grateful. Like even #pumpkinspiceeverythinggrateful.

PFS has an A+ Rating with the BBB due to their unmatched high-touch customer service, so you can be confident that you're making a wise purchase (unlike that forearm tattoo that you envisioned to be much, much smaller than it actually is...) They have real people on the phone ready to help answer questions. Like, you don't have to push zero 838 times. Its kind of unheard of anymore, so this is pretty epic.

Clicky here to see a video to learn more about this amazeballs Santa memory service that I know my family is going to utilize for years to come! There are three different price points to choose from, and I'm going to be reviewing the Silver package later on ($29.95) which includes:


  • Personalized letter from the Ho Ho Ho King
  • Personalized video from Santa
  • Personalized Phone call from Santa to a cell OR land line (!!!)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate
  • Autographed Santa photo (Tommy will legit beg me to hang this in his room)
  • Autographed Rudolph photo, because Rudolph knows how to write his name now FYI
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp 
  • ... AND APPARENTLY EVEN MORE! 
It also comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee, which shows that they are THAT confident your kid will freaking love this.


Check out https://www.packagefromsanta.com/ and save 25% OFF your order when you use FAMS17 at checkout! UM, COUPON! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Red/head



It's one of those days where only a pile of Sally Beauty products, leftover eyeliner and some sappy recorded movies will make things better. 

The Tommy woke us about 45 minutes after we turned off the light with a pile of vomit and a mountain of tears. An hour later he was showered and we were staring at him in the dark, waiting for it to start again. Of course he is full of energy today... and I'm barely creeping along. 


Maybe we both were just looking for an excuse for a new look?!
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dollar Store (or cheaper!) haunted trailer




Our elementary school PTA holds an annual Trunk or Treat event so that our children can safely trick or treat and celebrate the season in a secure environment. Since Emma was in kindergarten last year, we did not know what to expect. We were both pretty impressed by the effort's parents and teachers alike put into the backs of their cars, but my husband had a great idea – taking it a step further. Borrowing a trailer from the company, we would create a not-too-scary, not-too-big haunted house!

 Fast forward a year, and I passively mention the possibility of it to a PTA officer. Yeah, she freaking loved the idea. So here I am, realizing the event is this week and I NEED A HAUNTED TRAILER! 

A giant, spooky, EMPTY trailer.
A spooky, **empty** trailer. Ahem. 

Using Dollar Store table clothes, I divide up the space to make a 'route of traffic'. Be sure to cut off the excess fabric at the bottom since it could be for another project later!


A spooktastic touch that will cause people to jump? Remove a Goodwill or dollar store mirror from its frame and scrap sections of the backing to reveal the glass. Print an eerie face and tape to the back - the results are subtle enough that my husband glanced at the mirror a few moments ago, looked again and announced that it was, "Really creepy". Coming from him, that's huge. 


Guys. Toilet paper rolls. Glow sticks. Dark corners. Cut out some creepy eyes. Blammo! 


I found these creepy masks on Amazon and immediately decided they were perfect for some eery dark creatures. Simply attach a mask around an inflated balloon and secure with tape, drape some of that excess vinyl tablecloth material around it, repeat and you have a family of phantoms that will give even the bravest soul at least a brief pause! 






With some strategically draped gummy-feeling beetles in darker areas, the creepiest ceramic dolls I've ever seen from a Goodwill store and some mood-setting music courtesy of a pre-made Spotify playlist, after the dusk hours the haunted trailer was a smashing success with the grade school kids! 




Do you have any fan favorites for a creepy haunted house? Share them below!

Monday, October 16, 2017

I finally broke down and bought an app to update here, and I'm genuinely glad I did - I have SO MUCH in the pipeline that I'm excited to share with the world! I'm building a mini haunted house for a school function this Friday evening; I'm starting a new anxiety med to help bolster my brainariffic progress, along with a new therapist and things thus far are a-okay; I've been finally mastering the art of calorie counting Sunday evening through Friday afternoon while still having care-free-calorie weekends with my husband and kids - plus I actually have a craft room! And I've been cooking! And costumes are made and so stinking cute!
So much to share! ... but it's 9 pm and I'm rapidly turning into a pumpkin. That is, if this little man crashes soon. Darn you, five minute nap in the early afternoon! 



Monday, September 25, 2017

Let's get things clear - I'm no DD

AH,
to be able to post again with pictures. My pictures. Pictures I've taken.
Soon, my friends. I'm excited to say that writing will soon commence once more, from a sane and healthy place. Kids are in school. Summer is pseudo-done (I say this because, September 25th. It's 90 degrees out. Ungff.

So until I find an app that allows posting with images and without the cray cray, we'll have to settle for boring. School pickup line-boring. Newly paid for PTA-mom-boring. "I'll be the DD tonight so you guys can go crazy" boring.

I mean, I'm not being a designated driver for any fools. I just can't post pictures. Let's not get too confused, okay?
Okay.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Will Move for Money - Ways to earn with your Fitbit!

Hi. My name is Buffy. What's your name?
That's a beautiful name. Do you own a Fitbit?
ME TOO!
Did you know that you can make some moolah with your steps?
YOU DIDN'T?! Silly person. Well, nice talking to you!

...



Just kidding, minus the money portion. I've been randomly cashing in with my Fitbit (a.k.a. my best friend)  here and there, and figured it was high time everyone else do the same!

Walgreens: Perhaps one of the easier sites to accumulate and cash out, the Balance program allows you to earn balance rewards in exchange for your activity! Those rewards then get transferred to your Balance Rewards card, which can be redeemed for free items at Walgreens!

Sweatcoin: A relatively new app, this one lets you earn 'coins' for your outside activity! This is an especially cool app, because it syncs with your phone to track outdoor steps to convert to coins (1000 steps = 1 coin). These coins can then be redeemed for gadgets and services. While this is still a relatively new program and the redemption options aren't fully loaded yet, the points add up pretty quick!

this has to be worth a few bucks and a baked potato, right?!
Achievement: I adore this app, because it's so simple and seamless! After linking your Fitbit, you earn up to 80 points daily for your activities. But, it's not just the activities - if you post healthy activities on Twitter or other social media sites you can earn up to 6 points daily. Sleep, you get points. I always forget about Achievement until I suddenly am sent an email saying I have 10,000 points to redeem for a $10 gift card or Paypal.

Bounts: This UK app (yup - it's open to the US) has recently undergone some changes, but is still a great way to challenge yourself and potentially get some free gear in the process.

Leap4Life: This is actually website-based versus app-based, but it's another great tool to get some freebies! You earn points for joining activities on a group level, and can redeem those points for merchandise or gift cards. SCORE.

Stepbet: From the makers of Dietbet comes my new personal love/hell. Stepbet isn't technically free - you join a challenge that will last between 6-12 weeks and pay into the pot. So long as you meet your daily goals (as determined by Stepbet, not you) for the entire time frame you get to split the pot with the other finishers! If you fail, you're out the money. Sad trombone, but the idea of actually losing money is enough to keep my butt moving! I'm currently in a Stepbet that is in its' final week. $20 buy-in, 980 something starters and is now down to 625. That means as of right now we'll cash out at approximately $26 after Stepbet takes their little cut.

Runister: While I'm just now starting to research this one, the just of it is simple - track your active walking or jogging, earn money, cash out via Paypal.
some apps aren't worth the bruises.

There are a handful of other apps and sites that sync to your Fitbit (HiGi, Goodcoin, Scorecard Bonus through Dick's Sporting Goods) but I've NEVER been able to get any of these to work properly, or the redemption options are lackluster at best. Not worth the clicky clicky of the keyboard.