That’s A Wrap ~ 2015

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I still can’t bring myself to accept that another year has come and gone.  It seems like just yesterday I was making the decision whether to do something with this blog or shut it down and that was back in March.  My most viewed piece that month was “I Met Him On The Internet” with 296 views.  It’s the story behind how I met my husband.

My best month this year was July with 3,456 views for the month.  The top viewed post was “What Do Bloggers Actually Do?“.  A funny piece that only we as bloggers would understand that brought in 272 views.

But my winning post for the year goes to the letter I wrote to Whirlpool Corporation after my $1500 washer took a crap at only 14 months old.  It was entitled “One Pissed Off Customer” and received 467 views, 324 of them were in one day on June 3rd.  It also got me blocked from their Twitter.  Yes people, a major billion dollar corporation BLOCKED little ol’ me from their Twitter.  But in the end they paid for my washer to get fixed and it wasn’t under warranty.

I uploaded 984 pictures.  I like being visual obviously.

My top 5 commenters were Rockin Random Mom, Cuddle Fairy, Growing Up Kater Tot, Random Musings, and Flop Til You Drop.  So I would like to thank Michelle, Becky, Katie, Debbie, and Sandi for taking time out of their days to leave me such awesome comments!

I also want to give a HUGE thank you to not only all the bloggers who share my crazy thoughts and mayhem across all their social networks but also to my friends (especially Lynn, Shaina, Tammy, and Stacy) YOU ALL ROCK!  Sharing my stuff puts a huge smile on my face 😆!

My top reference guide for leading people to my blog came from Facebook with 2,222.  Followed by Twitter with 1,726.  Search engines such as google, bing, and yahoo at 1,437.  And the top country in which my views came from was right here in the good ol USA with 14,795 followed by the UK with 5,675.

And at the time I am writing this post there has been 26,952 peeks at my blog and I now have a following of 8,459 peeps.

So what lies ahead for me for 2016?

Bringing back #momsterslink

Monday Music Mantras where I will be sharing what music I have been listening to.

Daily Post Writing Prompts.  I feel the need to challenge my writing skills a bit.  And it’s a great way for networking.

Wednesday Workout Updates 2016 is the year I am getting in shape with no excuses!!!  I will keep you updated every Wednesday and possibly even challenge you with some exercises to try.  Also if  you got a FitBit for Christmas or already have one please add me, for my friends and I are always doing the daily and weekly challenges.

Throwback Thursdays where I will choose a post from the past, revamp it a bit, and post it.

Bringing Back Friday’s Top 5.  But instead of blogs, I will be choosing blog posts instead.

Quotes Of The Week

My Fabulous National Holiday Posts

That’s A Wrap Weekly Updates About What’s Going On In Souzaville

And I am also going to start featuring guest posts.  Therefore if you are interested in writing one for me, please let me know at domesticatedmomster@gmail.com.

I am wishing you all a safe, fun, and full of happiness new year! ❤️to you all!

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That’s A Wrap ~ November 28, 2015

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Did everyone survive the Thanksgiving holiday?  I did by stuffing the turkey with Xanax and consuming large amounts of wine.

However…I forgot to take a single picture of the food that I slaved away in the kitchen all day making.  **wipes her nose with her sleeve**

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We woke up to a wonderful white Thanksgiving morning where the snow actually was stuck to the ground and the kids of course scurried around in search of any snow gear that fit.  Their daddy doesn’t like them going out in the cold without being bundled up like the poor boys from “Christmas Story”.  I say let them go out how they want…they will defrost.

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My father joined us for Thanksgiving this year and he even stayed at our house instead of a hotel or in his Winnebago.  I made sure I had plenty of Bacardi and coke on hand for him.  This pic was taken after he had a couple of them.

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Earlier in the week I volunteered to help with my mini monster B’s class feast. 23 kids, 8 parents, and a shit ton whole lot of food made for quite the chaotic event but watching my son light up as I walked through his classroom door and telling his teacher that “his mommy is awesome” was all worth it.  Mine would be the one in the red shirt consuming his “turkey figurine made from Oreos” while his plate of food sits untouched an arm length away.

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On Friday afternoon we took the entire Souzaville clan to pick out our 2015 Christmas tree.  We also got it home all in one piece and even decorated it and got the rest of the Christmas decorations up.

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Earlier in the week I had made little beaded tree decorations shaped like candy canes and wreaths with the kids.  (You can find the link on my Everything Christmas Pinterest board)  I guess I am kind of making this into a tradition so that when they are older they can see the ones they have made along the years.  Last year it was globes with their handprints but I don’t think one of them made it to see the light of this year so we may have to redo those.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday and remembered all that there is to be thankful for.  I know I have tons to be thankful for each and everyday.

Have a fabulous week!

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That’s A Wrap ~ Week 3

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It’s been pretty quiet on the home front this week.  **knocks on large piece of wood**  The kids finally had a full week of school and none of that stuff I dare speak of.  If you are wondering what I am referring to, and missed week 2, please refer to it there. 😖

I have been in the kitchen a lot this week…well more then I am usually in the kitchen.  I managed to use up all the ripened vegetables from the garden making a big batch of spaghetti sauce, salsa, and some yummy pasta salad.

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I am happy to report that soccer is coming to a close for my little monster M this weekend and for little monster B next weekend.  I am hoping to enjoy the break from the juggling of sports schedules for a minute before wrestling starts.That's A Wrap Week 3 weekly review blogging  Next year I will be juggling 3 different soccer schedules which my husband and I joked about just parking our camper in the parking lot at the sports complex and making a day of it.  Now I am thinking maybe we weren’t joking after all.

I realized today that I have seen these 5 little boys go from a group of scatter brained kids on the field to now working as a team and actually making it an enjoyable game to watch.  I hope that my son will have bonds with these kids throughout his life of growing up here in our small town.  I give kudos to all who make it possible for these sports to continue on.

My son had a his first little school performance this week and I wasn’t able to get any pictures.  Why you ask?  Well they invited all family members for each student.  This meant mothers, fathers, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and siblings…all in one tiny classroom…along with the 23 students and 1 teacher.  WITH NO AIR!That's A Wrap weekly review blogging  I about died!  Like seriously there was one point I thought I was going to pass out and hit the floor.  My son’s skit was first.  He was “Jack Be Nimble”.  Just as I was about to stand up and start taking video someone’s child, that they weren’t paying any attention to, crawled right onto my feet and I couldn’t stand up.  And I MISSED IT!That's A Wrap Week 3 weekly review blogging  To say I was upset is an understatement.  I then shot the mother of said child a look…she still wasn’t paying attention!  I didn’t want to pick the crawling toddler up for fear he may start screaming.  Not to mention I was holding my professional camera and there was nowhere to set it down.  So I got literally one picture of my son at the end before we left. 😁

He did such a great job though and I have come to the realization that my son is not shy what…so…ever.  I love to see how genuinely concerned him and his peers are about one another at this age.  So much innocence.  His teacher did a wonderful job of pulling it all together.  She has her hands full with 23 students in her class.

On the blogging front I wrote about my bad mommy moment and about how to get smart about your credit.  If you missed them please take a look.

I have a day filled with soccer and halloween decor today.  I can’t believe it’s the middle of the month already and I haven’t gotten out a single decoration.  Nor have I bought any to add to our collection.  Guess I will be hitting the clearance racks to find stuff to store away for next year.  If you would like to see our decor from last year click here.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

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~That’s A Wrap Week 2~

That's A Wrap Week 2

This week I believe has been busier then the last.  The spawn of the pink eye, that we thought we had under control, reared its ugly head 😷 again Thursday morning.  Another trip to the doctor with all toddlers in tow and a different eye drop prescription and hopefully we will get it all under control.  I feel like I have washed sheets everyday!  Oh wait CAUSE I HAVE!  Not to mention that makes 4 school days that have been missed because of this nasty contagion.

I also had some internet issues this week that caused a delay in my Thursday launch of #momsterslink. Not only that but whatever was in the techno air also caused a tweak in my brain.  I made several mistakes this week including typing a link to my Facebook page wrong in a thread, listing my hostess post for #momsterslink incorrectly, and calling a fellow blogger THE WRONG NAME!  Sorry Clare@MudpieFridays  She has a fabulous blog…please be sure to check it out if you haven’t already.

The weather has been wonderful but strange here lately.  We had some rain followed with warm sunny 80*F days.  The garden is still producing lots of tomatoes and a various assortment of peppers.  The basil has attracted a swarm of bees that are pesky little f**kers buzzers but I just leave them alone as I know they are important for the environment.  I am also allergic, so I truly must leave them alone.  But because we still have an enormous amount of goodies coming out of the garden I have been trying to come up with stuff to eat using the garden fresh veggies in everything.

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Also did you know that you can pick tomatoes from the vine while they are green, place them in a cardboard box, close the lid, and they will ripen!  It really works!  And they taste delicious!

My son had his homecoming dance last Saturday night.  Him and his girlfriend Bessie looked adorable of course. That's A Wrap Week 2 I must say that I thought her dress was very tasteful compared to some of the dresses I saw strewn across various social medias that moms let their 15-year-old girls wear.  Call me old-fashioned but at that age…any age really…sometimes it’s better to leave a little to the imagination.

The hubsters and I had a fab evening out to dinner with some friends from his work.  We went to our local restaurant called “The Martin”.That's A Wrap Week 2  It has such a history there and I will surely be blogging about it someday.  They serve everything basque style and it’s so delicious that I even love the cow tongue….yes you read that right…cow tongue.

I wrapped up the week with a “me” day in the city.  I had my year-long ongoing adventure of a sleeve tattoo worked on.  It’s so close to being done and I am loving how it is coming together.That's A Wrap Week 2 tattoos batteborn tattoo shop Tim Burton  If you are ever in Reno, Nevada and looking to get some tattoo work done I highly recommend Archie at Battleborn Tattoo.  He’s been the owner there now 11+ years and has done work on both my husband and myself.

I also got my hair touched-up so nothing new to picture with that.  And to end the day I enjoyed some “all-you-can-eat” sushi from the Sushi Pier. That's A Wrap Week 2 sushi pier I was entertained my a mother and daughter team sitting next to me who were enjoying sake bombs and trying to get our sushi chef to smile.  They failed miserably.  But I had a good laugh with them in their efforts.

I then came home to the children already in bed and I nestled into mine and watched the movie “Insidious 3” which I had started to watch the night before but fell asleep.  I love scary movies and I must admit this one had me a bit spooked.  Here’s the trailer if you dare….

Have a fabulous week my friends!

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That’s A Wrap ~ Week 1

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I have decided to do something new.  I have been in a bit of a blogging funk for a couple of weeks now and so in order not to continue in this humdrum of a stage I have decided to start a series entitled “That’s A Wrap” basically highlighting what I have been doing all week.  The things that tickled my fancy, choked me to near death, and various other stuff.

The beginning of the week was pretty smooth sailing with our normal routine of getting all the kids off to school in the mornings.  On Tuesday I took the girls to the park and then off to get slurpees with the beautiful weather.  Then as Wednesday rolled in I got a call from the school saying that my monster B was in the nurse’s office with a “pink” eye.  Lovely I thought as I hung up the phone.  Off to the doctor to confirm that yes indeed he did have pink eye which is a very contagious eye infection.

One doctors visit and a prescription later we are home and having to put drops in the eye every two hours and trying to explain to a 5, 4, and 3-year-old to avoid contact with one another.  **starts laughing**  Because at that point all I could do was laugh and hope that it didn’t spread to anyone else.

This also meant that my poor boy had to miss his school carnival fundraiser that he had been looking forward to since the day they announced it.  **sad mommy face**

Also rolling in with the pink eye was a rainy storm front ☔️which meant 3 toddlers stuck inside and a mommy trying to avoid the brink of insanity. That's A Wrap Salsa Fresh #cleaneating garden First I harvested some fresh veggies from the garden and made fresh salsa.  To say it’s 🔥a little on the spicy side is an understatement, and I swear that the longer it sits in the fridge the hotter it gets.

Then it was time to get the creativity flowing…

I got out every box of every form of art activity there was…including some of the Halloween projects that I had started last year. That's A Wrap art creativity halloween wreath holiday DIY

On the right is the start of a Halloween wreath…I plan to do a DIY post about it…maybe in time for next Halloween.   I had bought all the stuff to make it last year but that’s about as far as I got.

I am also working on a series of canvas monster paintings for the kids rooms.  Below is my first one.  He’s not quite done yet, just a few finishing touches to go.  In the top left corner is the pic in which I painted from.  The artist is Macmcrae.com.  Check out his website he has some really cool art work.

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I also let the mini monsters get in on some Halloween creations of their own.  Katie at Growing Up Kater Tot had posted a pic on Facebook of a project she was doing with her little one and it sparked the idea for these…

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This is what one’s kitchen table looks like after a day of myself and 3 toddlers creativity train…

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After a long day of arts and crafts, it was then time to settle into our new chairs that daddy picked up at the store along with the movie “Gremlins” a classic that oddly didn’t create nightmares…

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Wrapping up the week monster B’s pink eye has almost cleared but we woke up to the lovely monster Z’s eye swollen shut so needless to say…the trying to keep them separated…was a complete fail **left eye starts to twitch**

We had a morning soccer game ⚽️ in 50*F weather.

And now I am watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up wondering if there is going to be practice for monster M this afternoon.

And teenage monster M has his homecoming dance tonight.

There’s also a lovely bottle of wine…just patiently waiting for my day week to be over.🍷

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