Monday, November 17, 2014

How To Faux Clap In Public

          If you are like me (and I do imagine that I'm not alone!) you may have a hard time keeping time in know, like clapping along to the beat with everyone at that concert or even during church. But you also know that if you don't clap, people will *know* that you are incapable of keeping you find yourself clapping, starting off with the crowd...and 30 seconds later you're completely off the beat. You're so off that your hands are meeting
at the exact opposite time that everyone else's are....and by now you've thrown so much enthusiasm into it that everyone within a 10ft radius knows how wrong you are.
          And if you've just commiserated with everything I just mentioned, then this post is for you...

How To Faux Clap In Public:

             1. Watch the arms of the people in front of you (note: do *not* watch someone facing you. This is a counter-measure that will compromise your mission) and try to match the motion of your arms with their's...When you make it about the arms instead of the hands, you will look legit.

            2. When trying to "clap", do NOT actually make the clapping sound!!!! You may allow your hands to meet, but do NOT make the sound! When you make the sound, the jig is up! That is how everyone around you will know that you cannot clap!!! Now, forcing your hands to meet without actually making a sound is a skill that takes time to hone, so it is best to practice this at home before attending your event.

           3. When all else fails, just put your hands down by your sides and tap your thighs....(it's completely okay to rock or sway while doing this). This is the "I-just-don't-feel-like-clapping-but-I-could-clap-if-I-wanted-to" look.

*Disclaimer: If none of these tips work for you, then I suggest just keeping your hands in your pockets. At all times. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Photo Books From Collage . com #Review #Sponsored

   A few weeks ago, I brought you a promo code offer for products from In return for posting, I had the opportunity to make two photo books of my own!
   The process seemed simple enough-upload your own photos or choose a site (like FB or Instagram) where you've already uploaded photos, then you can choose from those. The only thing I couldn't figure out was how to make a collage on a page like in their stock photo:

    I also couldn't figure out how to: 1. Personalize the front cover 2.Get a shape with the collage on the front cover. Other than that, the website was easy to navigate. I went ahead and chose photos from my Instagram account, because that's where I upload my bestest and favoritist photos!

       After you choose your photos, Collage . com automatically places them in order, but you can change the order if you choose. I was completely happy with this set-up:

Then, I went ahead and viewed what my book's collage cover would look like (while I was trying to figure out how to get a shape on there...but that failed....)

         Oh, and this shot shows you the different things you can do like change the filter on the pages, and pick a background for your pages ;)

    The products I got to pick out were: a 20 page 11.5"x8" hardcover photobook and a 8"x6" softcover photobook....and here they are:

      And each book came with a nifty invoice! 

     My favorite is the hardback book. Personally, I think it's a better gift because it has a hard cover as opposed to a soft cover (I also have kids which means my life requires me to look for sturdier items), but there's tons of other great gifts on the site *and* they always have great promos going on!!! So if you're looking for an easy gift option that allows you to memorialize moments, Collage . com is for you!!!
       Disclaimer: In exchange for a review, I was given two photo books. All thoughts and opinions of the product and process are my own!

Coffee Pic Dump 11-10-14

This week's post is a Coffee Pic Dump!!! Enjoy!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

BlondieChell & Flu Shots

     I've never been a believer in flu shots-I mean sure, I know they exist, but I never had one and yet I still rarely caught the flu. I was blessed with a fab immune system, so the kiddos & I are rarely sick (except the 6yo. She has this thing where she gets sick right before major holidays/events. Last year she missed out on Valentines Day & Halloween....)
      However, my current occupation requires me to get the flu shot. Ewwwww....and last year was my first time getting it. And a few days later, I had flu-like symptoms. Yuck!!!
     This year?? I just had my shot on Wednesday and Sunday a.m. I woke up with the headache you get when you have the flu, plus I felt yuck. Apparently I only get portions of the flu after having the shot, but it still put me out of commission. I was relegated to the couch all day while Hubs took some of the kiddos to church, then he had to work.
     Thankfully the older two are capable of making PBJ's and keeping the rag on my forehead freezing cold & wet (okay, besides me, only A can get my forehead rag to the temperature I like it. Even the Hubs fails in comparison).
     So I am accepting my fate of contracting the flu once a year as long as my job requires me to. The only other family member subjected to this same fate is the 3yo whom I take with me to work. So far, he has no symptoms and I don't believe he did last year, either.
     I woke up today (Monday) feeling 99.9% better. I still have remnants of the headache which I am hoping disappears after a few rounds of coffee, but I am off to work! Wish me luck ;)

Monday, October 27, 2014

How To Be Prepared To Run Anytime

  Here's my quick "How To Be Prepared To Run Anytime" post:

    1. Always wear your running shoes. Always. Because you never know when you're going to have to chase down a child or purse snatcher.
    2. Keep a hat (I prefer the bearded kind!) in your car.
    3. Have a hoodie handy.
    4. Try to get away with wearing your running pants to work ;) I can because I work with kiddos, and they don't care what you're wearing (let alone what they're wearing)
    5. Keep your sports band for your phone in your car (if you wear earbuds, keep them inside the armband)

     This idea came to mind because I got tired of having to choose between my work-outs and helping friends out, so now I can still help friends, but grab a run during my lunch hour or while I'm waiting around for someone. Being prepared gives me the power to still control my exercise time. Another option? Keeping a stuffed gymbag in my trunk....which is an option if steps 1-5 don't work for you.
    Because I'm always prepared to run, I get to tackle my kiddos and enjoy beautiful views like this:

               Always be prepared!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Teaching Manners to Boys

         How do you know you've successfully taught good manners to your offspring?? When you witness them teaching these same skills to others. So far, I have affirmed that I am doing an *excellent* job teaching my boy manners.
   Scenario #1: The 3yo was minding his own business in preschool when he took a toy from another child. The other child demanded that M give back the toy. M's response? "Say please!"
     Total success with that one.
   Scenario #2: While shopping with all three children the other day, M wandered from the cart and was in the middle of an aisle, An elderly woman was passing by and he drifted back into her cart. She apologized profusely for bumping him with hr cart. I assured her that he was fine (whether or not he was fine, I like to think it was his fault for not paying attention to his surroundings) and she moved on. J, the 8yo decided to pass on some social etiquette by saying (in an "outside voice") "NEXT TIME YOU SHOULD SAY 'EXCUSE ME, PLEASE'". So, so helpful. Let me add that his voice remained the same tone and lacked sarcasm & anger.
     So am I proud of my boys?!? Of course!!! Embarrassed?? Most definitely!!! But at least I know that my boys are remembering their manners....Unfortunately the daughter doesn't have a similar story...which must mean that I need to reassess my parenting skills with her...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why BlondieChell Runs Reason #287

  Some people may not understand why I took up running as an adult...I mean, especially after having kids (because chasing them around can be enough some days).
  Me?? I run for the cardio...
  The leftover baby weight...
   My sports-induced asthma... be stronger and faster than my kiddos...because the day they can one-up me is the day I lose... (Also, you never know when you're going to have to run faster than one of your kiddos....)
   So, I try.
   Ad the other day, they 7yo (almost 8. He'll be 8 in a few weeks) challenged me to a "short run". He had this notion that he is faster than I. So, I indulged him. Here's the (a bit blurry) video:

   Don't mind the Hubs cheering for the kiddo. He made his choice, and now he's on the couch. Always. *Always* be better, stronger and faster than your kids...because one day, it may come in handy ;)