Lumistick, The Mother of All Glow Sticks

With 2 kids glow sticks are pretty much a staple in my house. Kids love them & are easily entertained by them, plus they won’t break the wallet. The only problem is they never seem to last more than a few hours. Naturally once they’re out, my kids just toss them aside & I’m constantly finding sad looking dead glow sticks everywhere…and that’s if they didn’t break open before dying out, turning each of my kids into human glow sticks. So if you’re sick of crappy glow sticks & whining kids because of said crappy glow sticks, then you’ll want to continue reading because I have found the BEST glow sticks out there! They’re called Lumistick & they’re amazing! These things freaking last! For example, my 4 year old wanted to sleep with one & somewhere around 3am she wondered into my bed, glow stick still in hand. It was bright green so I asked her to put it under the covers while we slept. By the morning we had completely forgotten it was still somewhere in my bed. Around 11 pm that night (almost 24 hours later) while climbing into bed my feet hit something underneath the blankets…it was the forgotten glow stick & it was STILL glowing bright green!! I swear, not even a little dull in color. My husband & I were cracking up. 
We also brought them along on our recent trip to Disney. What better way to test out some new glow sticks, right? The packaging alone makes them totally worth it. They come in a protective cardboard tube, like you would see a poster rolled up in. 

We were able to throw it in a suitcase & not have to worry about TSA wondering why the hell we had 100 (yes, 100 come in the tube) glow sticks in our carry on. Between my 2 kids & my niece & nephew who were also on the trip, these were a huge hit! I never noticed how dark the Disney parks get at night (seriously, it’s like dangerously dark). The Lumisticks not only helped light the way, but it also helped us keep tabs on our kids at all times. One of my favorite things about Lumisticks are the bunny ear headbands. You take 2 glow sticks & round them into 2 ears on top of a plastic headpiece. For us it was perfect because they looked like Mickey ears! We were stopped by a few people asking us where in the park we got them! My daughter added a middle piece to make it look like Minnie’s bow. 

The kids found so many fun things to do with these. They made headpieces, bracelets, necklaces, even a jump rope!

In case you’re still thinking “glow sticks are all the same,” I promise you, not all glow sticks are created equally. And to prove that, we did a little experiment using the Lumistick which we got off of Amazon & the Supreme Glow glowsticks that we picked up at Target for $4 (for a 3 pack). Notice the packaging says “glows up to 10+ hours.” Riiiight.  One lasted 2 hours, another lasted just over 3 hours & the third one lit up in only half the stick.  Also they were no where near as bright as the Lumistick. I couldn’t even take a picture to show the difference because the Supreme Glow didn’t look activated at all on camera. Needless to say, Lumistick won hands down! 
There is a reason why Lumistick is ranked #3 in the light-up toy category on Amazon. You can get 100 8 inch glow sticks in 5 different colors for just over $5!! AND if you’re a Prime member (if you’re not, you’re living under a rock & we can’t be friends), you get them in 2 days!

These are perfect for camping, vacations, late night summer fun or simply getting your kids to play nicely together! You can get them in different quantities as well, even 1,000 which would make for perfect party favors, props, business outings, school dances, etc. As a mom on the PTO (please don’t tell anyone) I’m definitely mentioning these for the next school dance! So click on the link below  You won’t be sorry, I promise! I’m already putting in for my next order!

https://www.amazon.com/LumiStick-Brand-Glowsticks-Bracelets-Colors/dp/B000IZ9N78

Lo Bosworth Reveals Her Struggles with Anxiety and Depression That Led to the Worst Year Ever All Because of Vitamins

Lo Bosworth Reveals Struggle with Anxiety & Depression

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Lo Bosworth Reveals Her Struggles with Anxiety and Depression That Led to the Worst Year Ever
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Lo Bosworth is opening up about her severe depression and anxiety.

The Laguna Beach and The Hills alum shared on her personal blog, The Lo Down, and an accompanying YouTube video that shes been quietly battling mental health issues for the past year.

2016 wasnt only just the worst year ever, it was also the year I turned 30, founded my own feminine wellness company, and brought an amazing puppy home. So not all bad, she wrote in a post titled 2016: The Year of My Great Depression. Light does find way of shining through the darkness. And what is the darkness Im referring to? Crippling anxiety and depression at the hands of a severe vitamin deficiency that went undiscovered for 16 months.
Bosworth, 30, explained that starting in the fall of 2015, she started feeling very off, dealing with insomnia and a constantly racing mind.

That all developed into a feeling of anxiety that lasted for almost 2 months without any relief, she recalled. I mean, can you imagine having a 60 day long panic attack? I can now I lived it. On top of all of this, imagine that you have no idea why your body is turning itself inside out, your brain feels like its on Pluto, and your sweet boyfriend is wondering what the f is going on. The unknown is certainly a terrifying place.

When therapy and medication failed to provide steady relief, it was discovered that the reality TV star was actually suffering from severe deficiencies of vitamins B12 and vitamin D.Genetic testing revealed that her body doesnt process B12 and D in the way that other people can.

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Bosworth explained that people with these deficiencies can develop fatigue, headaches, dizziness and the mental health symptoms that she experienced. She also shared that if the problems arent fixed, they can become permanent.

This article was originally published on PEOPLE.com

25 Things About Me

A few other Mommy bloggers and Mommy Insta Lovers have tagged me in a “fun” little game of “25 Interesting Things About Me.” I’m not exactly the most interesting person, but here goes…

25 Things “Interesting” Things About Me:

1. I have 2 different colored eyes. One blue, one greenish-blue (Depending on the weather, some times the difference REALLY stands out)

2. I absolutely LOATHE cucumbers. Love pickles, detest cucumbers. I cannot eat food if it has a cucumber anywhere near it. They taint everything they touch.

3. My husband is 13 1/2 years older than me (I was 5 when he graduated high school)

4. I am double jointed in my arms

5. I have an irrational fear of Styrofoam. I can’t touch it or hear it.

6. I do everything in 3’s

7. I have 5 tattoos (none of which my mother approves of)

8. Speaking of tattoos…I was that girl that tattooed a boys initials. Needless to say, we broke up shortly after Image result for eye roll emoticon

9. Cats terrify me (And make me sneeze)

10. I have 2 children (But we already knew that)

11. l’m afraid of birds

12. I love to work out. It’s a mental stress reliever.

13.  I can recite every. single. line in the movie Pretty Woman

14. If I could eat burritos every day for the rest of my life, I would die happy

15. I do not like change, surprises or the unknown

16. I’m a huge basketball fan

17. I fall asleep watching The Golden Girls every night

18. I don’t like clutter. At all.

19. I live & breathe for coffee

20. I could eat green beans for breakfast, lunch & dinner

21. Between calls & texts, I talk to my mom at least 20 times a day

22. I am really struggling for things to write

23. I have a huge sweet tooth

24. I put ketchup on everything but french fries

25. I am not very interesting. At all.

Who’s With Me?!

 

BRB, kids.

Posted by Scary Mommy 2 on Sunday, March 5, 2017

The 2017 Oscars

Ok so I’m a little late to the game, but here are my picks for best dressed! Naomi Harris looked beautiful and elegant but with an added edge with the peep top. Taraji P. Henson just slays in everything she wears (Hail to the Cookie!). She looks elegant, old Hollywood glam. Chris went with a bold color tux instead of the every day black. Somehow it makes him even hotter & I didn’t think that was possible.

Chris Evans in Ferragamo
Taraji P. Henson In Alberta Ferretti
Naomi Harris In Calvin Klein by Appointment & Bulgari jewelry

Reaching The Asshole Stage of Childhood

Let me just start off by saying my kids aren’t really an asshole. They, and most kids this age, just have some SERIOUS asshole tenancies. I’d say from about age 4 to 6 (maybe beyond, I don’t know, I haven’t gotten past 6 yet), they just…CHANGE! They find their voice & are no longer afraid to speak their mind. They suddenly grow a backbone. They master the backtalk & dagger eye stare. My only question…WHAT IN THE HELL HAPPENED?! My once sweet, gentle & caring princesses have turned into a ravenous, self-entitled, foaming-at-the-mouth, terrorists! Once upon a time kids did things the first time they were asked. Then they approach 4 & they are telling you what to do. And the comments! Dear lord, they have a comment for everything! Like with my kids, “Put your shoes away Sophia.” She tells me (with the dirtiest mean girl look) “why are yours out?  Why don’t you put yours away?” Hmmm…Well let me tell you why, dear. Because this is my house. I pay for this house so you can have a nice place to live. I clean this house so you don’t have to trip over toys that you leave all over the place. Everything you have under this roof is because of me and your father, so if I want to leave my shoes out, I will damn it.(God, that feels good)

Now don’t get me wrong. I love my girls so damn much, but this head spinning Linda Blair shit can go away at any time now. Just the other day I came out of the shower to both kids laughing like crazy. I giggled to myself, basking in the fact that my daughters are best friends. BUT NO! Do you want to know why they were having so much fun? Because they decided to have a water fight in the living room while I was in the shower. A WATER FIGHT! IN THE LIVING ROOM!! There were 6 empty water bottles all over the ground. Everything was soaked. The couch, the ground, the TV, each other, everything! Then they had the audacity to tell me to chill out. “It’s just water, Mom.”

During this time frame bedtime also becomes impossible. You know that book “Go The Fuck To Sleep?” That’s my life right. Each. And. Every. Night. It takes about an hour & a half. 38 drinks of water. 12 bathroom trips. 7 times of “I forgot my favorite toy & I can’t sleep without it” & they go to the absolute bottom of the toy box & pull out a toy I haven’t seen in a year. Then comes a fight. Either with me or with their dad because now they’ve decided they’re no longer tired. But you just have to hang in there because inevitably it will happen, they will fall asleep. It may be from sheer exhaustion from the yelling & crying, but hey, a win is a win.

Where was this information years ago? Like BEFORE they turned 4? I could have used the time to prepare. They tell you the “terrible two’s” are bad…please, there really is nothing terrible about it. Three was awful. People warned me about that. I was so happy to see 3 go. 4 wasn’t too bad with my oldest. However, my youngest who is now 4 has become a demon. An adorable little demon. 5 was absolutely fucking terrifying. When they are 5, you can’t even lock yourself in the bathroom anymore to hide. They WILL find you. And why didn’t anyone warn me!? Did people think I had it figured out by now? Was everyone playing a cruel joke on me? Do you all just hate me?

We’ve recently reached 6 with my oldest & well, she knows everything & she’s never wrong. It’s her way or the highway. But at the same time, the temper tantrums are less. She is more willing to help out, take on bigger roles. Can she be sassy? She was born that way. Can she be challenging? Absolutely. Now that she’s in Kindergarten full time, trying to get her out of bed every morning is like dealing with a teenager. And don’t even get me started on the fights over what she is going to wear. But at 6, I can see her coming into her own. And it’s a good thing.

I remember one time a friend told me their kid always acted like a “douche” & I thought “damn, how can anyone call their kid a douche? How can a kid even know how to act like a douche?” But I get it now. I totally get it. You’re kid’s a douche. My kid’s an asshole. #cheers

Look, I love being a mom. It’s my entire world. My girls are my entire world. And it’s true when people tell you how fast it all goes by & it’s true when they say you should cherish every minute. However, it’s ok to wish certain ages or phases hurry up & pass quickly. It’s ok to not cherish every single thing, like say…the age of 5 for example (seriously it’s the worst). It’s ok to get annoyed & fed up. It’s ok to fall apart & cry over it all. And yes, it’s even ok to call your kid an asshole because at some point they all are (just don’t say it to their face).

High Heeled Mommy xo

P.S. You have all been warned about 5. Even 4. You’re welcome, good luck & may God have mercy on your soul.

 

 

No Bake Cereal Bars

healthy-no-bake-3-ingredient-cereal-bars-6These. Are. Awesome. I found them on Pinterest. Super easy, quick & delicious…and only 3 ingredients! Bonus, they’re also gluten & dairy free! 

Ingredients

3 cups of Cheerios (we used honey nut, but be careful, not every box of honey nut Cheerios is gluten free yet! Look for the newer boxes.)

1/2 cup of Honey

1/2 of Peanut Butter

Instructions

Line a pan with parchment aluminum foil (spray with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick)

Combine peanut butter & honey in a large saucepan & set over medium heat. Heat until mixture just starts to simmer, about 2-3 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat & stir until mixture is well-combined.

Stir in cereal until evenly coated. Pour mixture onto prepared pan & flatten out a bit so you don’t have a big pile (you’ll want to cut into bars later).

 Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Cut into bars.

That’s it! So easy. My kids loved them (and I couldn’t get enough either!)

Italian Lemon Pound Cake

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I got this recipe off Facebook & decided to try it out for Mother’s Day. It was amazing! Definitely worth blowing my diet for 🙂

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose  flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup of sour cream

4 tablespoons lemon juice

Zest of 2 lemons ( about 2 tbsp.)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees

1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest.

2. Mix half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Mix in the buttermilk and then add in the remaining flour mixture. Mix just until the flour disappears. Pour the cake batter into a bundt pan that has been generously sprayed with baking spray.

3. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.  Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Turn the cake over on a cake platter. Spread half of the lemon glaze over the warm cake so that the glaze can soak into the cake. Let the cake cool completely and drizzle the remaining glaze over the cake.