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My sweet G has had 9 ear infections in the last 7 months. If I had known that we were going to be dealing with this in November, I would have done things differently. I think that is the overall theme to parenting, “ahhh… if I’d only know.”

Here are the reasons why G did not get tubes:

*When kids turn 2, they tend to outgrow them. He turned 2 in February.
*Spring was on its way.
*He started taking Xylarex. A non-antibiotic that is supposed to reduce ear infections.

Here are the reasons G is getting tubes at 6am tomorrow:

*He has woken up between 1-4 times each night since November. He’s tired. We’re tired.
*Spring is here. No change.
*I will not pump any more antibiotics into this poor child.
*He is always messing with his ear and says, “ouch, ouch, ouch.”
*I cannot see him in pain anymore.

So many people have said it’s life changing for the child. I’m not counting on anything. I don’t want to get my hopes up. Pssst… I will let you in on a little secret – I am kinda getting my hopes up. But, please don’t tell anyone – I don’t want to jinx it.

Our appointment is at tomorrow at 6am. Please think of me, my sweet husband, and, most importantly, G.


coupon crazies.


We have all seen them. The coupon crazies. They’re in front of you in line at the Target and the grocery store – every time.

Yesterday I witnessed a woman with a full cart of Target goodies… toys, household products, clothes, art supplies, etc… Up and up went the total and then, right before my eyes, she handed over a stack of coupons.

Then there I was. Staring. (Ok, so I was staring the whole time, what’s the big deal?) Watching the total plummet. Her original total was at least over $50. Post stack-o-coupons the total was $8 and change.

To be honest, it kinda pissed me off. How can she do this and I can’t? What was her trick? So, being the shy person that I am… I say, “Hi. How’d you do that!?” Her response was short. In fact, too short. “Coupons online.” Uh, okay – can you be a little more specific? (Alright, that’s where my shyness comes in – I didn’t really push her for more details.)

Let’s be honest here, folks. We all want to be a coupon crazy. One of my friends has offered to give me a coupon tutorial. I plan to take notes and study her every print and cut. And when I save almost 90%, I’ll be sure to tell you.

And, don’t worry – I’ll share my secrets.



Alright, I have a confession to make. I do have a huge interest in customer service and sharing my experiences with you. However, I am also a mom of a wild child. I guess this is a semi-official mommy blog. So, in addition to my product reviews and my experiences out and about (good and bad) – I will throw in a few personal mom stories here and there.

As for writing something now… Well, it’s nap time which is very precious mommy time, so I’m getting back to work!

just a thought.


I’ve had my share of…

Me: “Hi, how are you?”
Them: No response.
Me: “Uh, okay, can I get…?”

That brief interaction with a server/teller/cashier/customer service rep/etc… really makes me angry. Usually, I bite my tongue to keep from saying what I really want to say which is: “I SAID hello, how are you?” (In a tone that is not the most pleasant.)

I wonder – is it really that hard to respond? Are you so scripted that you don’t have a response? Are you that miserable? Maybe you don’t think I really care? Maybe you didn’t hear me? Maybe you’re mad because I’m just buying one small item? Maybe you just had a fight via text message? Maybe today is your last day and you just don’t care?

Who knows?

I have discovered that not only does bad service exist, but bad people exist, too. One scenario, that I am sure you are familiar with, goes like this… The friendly associate greets the customer with delight – as if that customer is the only customer in the whole entire universe. The customer stands there like a deer in headlights and does not know what to do other than proceed with whatever he/she is there to do.

Does the customer think he/she is too good to talk to an associate? Is the customer on the mobile phone? (Rude, btw.) Perhaps the customer is so used to bad service that he/she assumes that the associate wasn’t even speaking to him/her.

I know all of you have seen or experienced one of these.

Can this circle be broken?