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Friday, February 24, 2012

French Toast Casserole

For my 6yr old's special day tomorrow I decided to make a French Toast Casserole. Its super easy and way yummo! I have a bread machine which making the bread a lot easier. I use Challah bread, normally I would take it out after the "rising" cycle finishes to take it out and braid the bread before baking. However since 1. I'm lazy and 2. Its going to be chopped into pieces, it doesn't really matter!

One loaf 1.5-2lb of Challah bread -chopped into squares
8 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup white sugar (optional)
1 cup brown sugar

After you make your bread and chop into squares as best as you can put it into a glass casserole dish and set aside.

Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk till well blended 1-2 mins.

After mixing, pour as evenly as you can over the bread. Cover with plastic wrap or tin foil. You may have to squish your bread down a bit(that's ok to do!).

Put in fridge overnight. I tend to do this after I get off work, bread made before so its ready to go when I get home about 9:30-10:00pm.

In the morning heat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 45mins to an hour. It depends on how thick your casserole is, larger dish = shorter cook time.

Let it cool for a few when you get it out. Cut, add syrup, and EAT!

You can find varying recipes on the internet. This is the one I use personally. I am 100% for making it your own. That is part of the joy in cooking! Make it, tweek it, love it!

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Smarterer



I'm a Bzzagent and I got a new Campaign! Smarterer test! This was pretty cool!

My BzzAgent.com score for today was 308 -Awesome - You've achieved the Familiar level in BzzAgent! Only 142 points from the next level Proficient!

This is what Smarterer is about:

I can take my Bzzagent test, earn my badge, then share with you guys! After that I can unlock new tests and take more to earn more badges related to blogging.

Blogger test
Facebook test
Flickr test
Twitter test
WordPress test
Tumblr Test
And many more!

I don't use Tumblr, WordPress, or Flicker, so I probably won't score well on those at all! lol but its worth a shot!

Some of the questions are rated VE = very easy and they go up to I believe Hard. I was happy with my score for today but think I will take it again to try to get a better score. What cha think? Go for the gusto? I think so!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Children's Advil

Children's Advil: Thx #ChildrensAdvil for my free sample. $1 off coupon: http://bit.ly/yB9U8q. Like them on FB.

I got a Free sample of Children's Advil through www.smiley360.com a few weeks ago. I have tried other pain medications for my children but never tried the Advil before. No reason just haven't.

This sample came at a great time. The day after it came my 6yr had a migraine. Great time to try it out! It sure did help him! Plus he told me it wasn't yucky tasting, bonus!

Now Friday he came home from school with a fever, it came down within 15mins of giving him a dose of Advil.

Now last night Gabriel my 2yr old started feeling bad and running a fever. Gave him a dose an hour before bed and it seemed to perk him right back up after it kicked in. Kept him home today (Tuesday Valentines Day) from Mommies Day Out and it seemed to help him until his URI made him feel worse. That is the URI making him feel bad and not the fever. The Advil was doing its job of keeping his fever down, I sent him to bed not running a fever. Poor thing feels so bad. Thanks Advil for doing a great job and Smiley360.com for my free sample!

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chronic Pain

Do you suffer from chronic pain?

Are you in a little bit or a lot?

Does your spine feel like if you ripped it our of your back you would feel better?

Chopped off your head to make your migraine go away?

This post just needed to be said. If you don't have some level of pain everyday you live with, you don't get it. You just don't. You may say you do, but you don't. If you have never wanted to shove hot pokers through your eyes to make the sun go away and into your ears to make the sound stop, you have never had a migraine.

I have had migraines since, like forever. Oh I have a headache is NOT a migraine. The pain is awful, you want to vomit, light stings, and sounds you thought you couldn't hear are like a marching band in your bedroom.

Since I turned 30 last year mine have been farther apart. However my husband suffers anywhere from 5-20 a month. Some lasting 2-7 days. YES SEVEN days. He has only had a few that have lasted that long before. He has suffered for the last 3 years from that kind of pain. He is a Disabled Vet, he may not look it from the outside but he is. He is 70% disabled-service connected. He got a virus that destroyed part of his CNS, which makes his resting heart-rate about 100-120, blood pressure is threw the roof and other very bad things. There are more things wrong with him but I am not going to go into that right now.

Even though he is in HUGE amounts of pain, i.e. a 5-8 on the pain scale, a lot of the time. This is something he has come to live with on a daily basis. He still goes to work, school, plays with his kids, etc. Because he HAS to! This is just something that chronic pain does to you, you just learn to live with it and deal most days.

Now my pain is from an accident from about 10 years ago that royally screwed my back up forever. When I was pregnant I was extremely uncomfortable and a lot of days I could barley walk I was in so much pain. During my second pregnancy my hips shifted and since then I have had issues with that pain too. Most days my pain is tolerable. About a 1-2 on the pain scale. Those days I don't take anything, just deal with the daily pain and go on with my day.

Some days however my pain gets so bad that I need a little something.

Wait... before I say ONE more word, let me get this out. I HATE pain pills. HATE HATE HATE HATE taking them. I usually only take half a pill because I hate them so much. I usually will try a heating pad or rest before I go and take that pill. Because sometimes I have just over done it and rest/heat will help and I can get on with my day. Also because of some family history with pain medication I am also not a fan of them.

The days I do have to take something, I take into consideration what I need to do that day before I will go to the meds cabinet and get one. I.E. take the kids places, work, school, etc. Most days I don't take a damn thing, maybe a Advil or something and that's it.

Well when I take something, if I take a whole one MY butt is IN bed and the kids are being watched. I would NEVER take anything and go anywhere or go to work or DRIVE. I ain't that stupid. AND yes it pisses me off when people think I take them all the time and that they assume shit that AIN'T TRUE.

I LIVE with daily pain, and so do MANY other people I know and love. So before you start in on me or them about what WE do with OUR lives and how we live them, SHUT your mouth. Because you DON'T know what you are talking about. I try my best not to judge before I know the truth. So please do me the same favor and do the same.

so on that note

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Do you or don't you?

So when you have great customer service do you make sure to point that out to the company about that employee? Or do you just move on and don't think twice. About 90% of people just don't report the good things. Only the bad. I try to tell managers when I get good customer service from one of their employees that they did a great job.

After working in retail/service industry for so long. Good feedback is necessary to keep employees happy. It better coming from a customer because that is the "reason you have a job". Last quarter at work another girl and I got a shout out on a survey. I think I was more pumped about that then getting a "Good Job" thing from a manager. That shout out means to me that I'm doing my job correctly and that I am fulfilling the needs of my customers.

But what happens when something bad happens? Everyone is all up in arms when that happens.

Well I had a HORRIBLE experience with an online company. If you know me you know that they tried to rip me off, big time. I bought a GC at a discounted price from this company 10days before Christmas. 100% expecting it to show up before Christmas.

Well the day before Christmas, nada. 1 week after Christmas, still nada. No emails, no phone calls, no mail. Nothing to say that my order was going to be late, canceled or otherwise delayed. 10 days after Christmas I tried to call their 1-800 number and after about 2 mins of waiting it went to voicemail. I didn't leave a message the first time(not that it would have done one bit of good anyways). After trying 3 more times that same day I finally left a very pleasant message to please return my call so I can learn the status of my order.

No response for 4 or so days. Call again and again. Well there is no "contact us" email on their website. So I went and found them on Facebook. Again I was very nice and asked them to please check into my order. I got a response within 2 mins asking me to email my account information to xxx@xxx.com. Sure no problem. I can do that without much effort (I'm a fast typer).

I get a response the next day stating that they did see my order, it would be another 2-3 weeks before the cards would be shipped out. If I this was unacceptable they could refund my money that day. I emailed back stating I was promised to have the card in the mail by Friday and if it was not I would like my money back.

That was the LAST time I heard from them. I repeatedly tried to call, email, and Facebook message them for another week or so. Finally I had ENOUGH. I just wanted my money back, no biggie right. Refund my $15 and I will be right as rain. I don't think my requests were rude. I wasn't mad at them, just wanted my money back.

Well when they stopped talking to me, and I asked several times before doing anything else. That's when I took it to the next level. I contacted the BBB and found out that 240 something complaints had been filed against them, and only a handful of them were even acknowledged. Most were about not receiving products ordered and refusal of the company to refund money. I am not the only one to blog about this and I saw on a "freebie" Facebook page where she was urging her customers NOT to order from them. I thought I should add my two cents into the mix.

After many weeks of giving the company MANY chances to make it right, I went to my bank and disputed the charges and got my money refunded. I really hate I had to go that route. I wish it hadn't gotten that far.

I did have another foul-up with another VERY large company with an online order. But after about 2 weeks of phone calls back and forth, they did make it right and saved Christmas by getting me my items in time.

I really am a nice person. I do get walked on a bunch. I do have a hard time saying no, and can't. I'tt just about to go to the end of the earth and back for my family and friends. But when you mess with my family or money that is a WHOLE another thing. The momma bear in me will come out and get you! I tell people, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

So don't feel bad about speaking up for what is right. Don't let that great compliment go unsaid when someone deserves it.

So my question to you, do you or don't you say anything either way?

So on that note...

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