Three Question Thursday 9.8.16

Three Question Thursday 9.8.16 - Tina B's World

Here’s my three..

1. If you played for Major League Baseball, what would your walk-up song be? 

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I can’t tell you how much this stumped me. I thought about it for days, weeks even…

What song describes me?

What song would get me pumped up to hit a home run?

What song comes in clutch when I need motivation?

I’d have to have a list to pick through. It’s impossible for me to pick just one or even three! I would have a roster-size rotation of songs (for non-baseball fans, that is either 25 or 40).

Here are a few I’d choose, in no particular order:

  • DMX – “You Could Be Blind”
  • New Kids on the Block – “Remix (I Like The)”
  • Jamie Foxx – “Winner”
  • JC Flow – “Doin Me”
  • Curt Chambers – “Digging For Gold”
  • Johnny Cash – “Rusty Cage”
  • Backstreet Boys – “Show Em What You’re Made Of”
  • Rod Stewart – “Human”
  • Jussie Smollet – “Battle Cry”
  • Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”
  • BoyZone – “Who We Are”

Google them all. Or YouTube them. Spotify. Whatever.

2. What are you looking forward to in the next month? 

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My birthday. I don’t relish the faces people make or the reactions I get when I tell people my birthday is September 11th, but it is what it is. I’ll be 35 on Sunday. No, my age doesn’t bother me. I’m good with it. There’s plenty of other things in the world that bother me. I guess you could say I got 99 problems, but my age ain’t one.

3. What’s your fave breakfast? 

It’s a toss-up. I love plain ole Cheerios with bananas and milk.

I also love challah bread french toast. One of my local diners makes it and it’s simply divine!

That’s my list.

Have YOU been asked anything cool recently?

August 2016 Photo Challenge: Black & White

August was a very interesting month for us..

Some things happened, good and bad, but for this, we are concentrating on the good :)

I tried to photo as much of it as I could, so here goes:

Mini had her softball awards dinner. She will tell you all about it in one of her “Mini Monday” posts (coming next Monday), but for now, here she is with her team ball…

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 7-Eleven decided to add another “Bring Your Own Cup Day” to their calendar… Mini and her father couldn’t have been more thrilled about it! Yes, that is a Slurpee hat she is wearing :)

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's World

In the beginning of the month, our canine brood looked like this:

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's World

By the end of the month, it looked like this:

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's WorldYup. We got two more Pugs. Are we crazy? Maybe, but we’re definitely full of love.

We got Mini’s pics done for her birthday (which was in June, because we are SO on the ball with these things!) and she looked amazing! So grown up :)

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Okey doke, now for the bonus pic:

My incredibly lazy, but insanely cute office staff, doing what they do best!

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Can’t wait to see everyone else’s entries! Link up with us HERE.

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16

Three Questions Thursday 8.18.16 - Tina B's World

Here is a little looksie at three random questions I was asked in the past week and my responses to them…

I really should keep better track of questions asked so I don’t have to go back into all my social media and texts from now on!

1. Do you keep a journal or diary?

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I used to. Many times over the course of my life, I kept a journal. I’d write things down. Random thoughts. Sometimes a good writing exercise would pop into my head and I would write it down. Other times, I wrote out things I was angry at.

As a kid, my parents read my journal. As an adult, my roommates did. When I moved in with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, I couldn’t trust him not to read it after all the other time I had been burned. My blogs are the closest thing to a journal I keep now.

2. What age do you consider “old”?

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I think “old” is a state of mind and it also varies from person to person.

When I was younger, I thought people who were in their 60s were old. Now that my parents are all in their 60s, it doesn’t seem so old anymore. Nanny passed right after she turned 93. Yes, i agree that is old… but Nan never really seemed “old” to me until she was near the end.

I’ve met people in their 70s and 80s that I think are old. It’s true what they say “You’re only as old as you feel”.

3. What made you smile in the past week?

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Mini’s softball awards were last week. She won the Sportsmanship trophy. She was shocked and confused when she won. Throughout the season, Mini has been helping the younger girls on her team.

She gave one a lesson in hitting.

She high-fived girls who made good plays, even if they weren’t on her “team” when they played (she was in an instructional league with one big team and they’d be split in half to play an actual game).

She cheered for everyone.

After I explained this all to her, she just said “Oh. Are you sure I deserve it? Other people cheered too.” THAT is why she won it. Her humbleness is one of her best traits.

Well, that’s mine.

Have YOU been asked any interesting Q’s lately?

Chatterbox: Mabel’s Labels Review

Some of you might be familiar with the House Party website. They give you packs of awesome stuff to throw a party with and you post about it.

I have hosted two parties with them. I am a dummy and keep forgetting to take better pics, but I am going to do better. Promise!

They also have a Chatterbox program, where they send you awesome Chat Packs to review and post about. I have tried some Dove hair products, illy k-cups and Doggy Dentastix to name a few items.

This Chatterbox was from Mabel’s Labels.

I have been dying to try the labels, but with spending cuts we’ve made, labels just weren’t in the budget. I was pumped for this Chatterbox though!

I was sent a coupon code to use on the Mabel’s Labels site that gave me an Ultimate Back to School Combo for free! We went with a Science theme because we’re super proud nerds :)

First off, the Mini Tags. I loved the brilliant blue of these. The colors just popped. Mini has decided these will be her backpack’s zipper pull :)

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Next, the Custom Shoe Stickers. Circular and perfect for crayon, colored pencil and marker boxes too!

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Next, the Mini Custom Name Stickers. Perfect for pens and markers.

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Last, but certainly not least, the Tag Mates™ Stick On Clothing Labels. These are a great size to stick on clothing tags, but also for labeling individual pencils (because I’m crazy like that).

Chatterbox: Mabel's Labels Review - Tina B's World

Not only are these stickers cute, they are insanely durable. I scratched them with my nail several times and not a scratch mark on them. I can’t wait to see how they hold up during the year! :)

If you want more info about House Party and their Chatterbox program, click HERE.

To check out this and other fantastic labels from Mabel’s, click HERE.

Mini Monday – Post 12 – Summer Camp Part 3

My last week of Summer Camp was a great one!

I am going to miss all my new friends and I can’t wait to see them in school next month.

We had a camp Talent Show this week and it was so much fun! I didn’t perform and stayed in the audience.

Now onto my crafts:

We did some scratch art. I made a door knob hanger.

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We also did tie-dye. I had so much fun and these were awesome colors. When I took it out of the bag, I was afraid I would get dye on my hands so I put on some rubber gloves.

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What does THIS fox say? Nothing! He’s made out of paper! HAHA

Tina B's World: Mini Monday - Post 12 - Summer Camp Part 3

This turtle is cute and was a fun project. It’s name is “Netor” (pronounced “nectar”).

Tina B's World: Mini Monday - Post 12 - Summer Camp Part 3

My favorite craft I did all summer was the lanyard. I love doing the box and barrel stitches. I love seeing all the colors and patterns together. It is so pretty,

My least favorite craft was the Pokemon one. I don’t play Pokemon so I don’t know what to do with the craft now. I don’t want to just throw it out because I worked hard on it. I just don’t know what to do.

I did not want camp to end. I would love it to be all summer. Mom says I have a few weeks of nothing to do before school starts. I hope I can go to the beach once or twice!

I hope I have just as much fun next year when I go!

See you next time!

~Mini

Three Questions Thursday 8.11.16

Three Questions Thursday 8.11.16 - Tina B's World

My three questions for the week:

1. What do you want for your birthday? 

Three Questions Thursday 8.11.16 - Tina B's World

My birthday is a month from today. It’s weird getting questions like this when you’re an adult.

What do you really tell people?

All I want is the same cake I get from Benkert’s Bakery (located in Centereach, NY – worth the drive no matter where you live!). It’s a triple chocolate fudge cake. I only have it once a year. I wonder why :)

2. Why was Pluto demoted? 

Mini is really stuck on this whole Pluto thing! I get tired of answering the same questions over and over, so I told her to do a little research on it.

She comes back with “It’s a planetoid now, which has the word planet in it. That means it’s a planet.”

You know what? I’m going to give her this one.

Let her future Science teacher reason with her :)

3. Who do you consider a role model? 

Three Questions Thursday 8.11.16 - Tina B's World

There are many people who do good in this world.

They donate their money and time to charity.

They use their voices for good, not evil.

They make the most of a bad situation.

I commend them all. Truly, I do.

For me personally? It’s that beautiful woman in that picture. My Grandmother, “Nanny”.

Nanny lived her life in service to others. In her later years, she was a Senior Companion. If you asked her what she did, she would tell you “I take old ladies shopping.” The kicker? These ladies were younger than she was!

Even in her passing at the age of 93, she was still in service to others. Nan donated her body to Science. I always told her they might find the fountain of youth in her. She said to me, “Good. then I can haunt you people forever!”

She didn’t judge. She said our lives are our lives. It wasn’t up to her to judge one way or another. She gave her opinion when asked… or even when not. She made the typical old people jokes (along the lines of “Quiche ya? I hardly know ya!”), but sometimes she came out with the funniest one-liners (as previously mentioned in her comment about haunting us).

For instance, another extended family member complained all the time. Nanny referred to her as “Moan-a”. She would hilariously mutter it under her breath when the other family member started in on whatever. I’d have to hide my face and stifle my laughter.

When my sister once took Nan to the ER because of a nosebleed, the nurse asked her if she snored. Nan’s response? “I don’t know. I’ve never stayed awake to check.”

She will always be my role model. I aspire to be like her.

So I ask all of you…

What do you ask for when your birthday comes around?

What are your feelings on Pluto?

Who do you look up to?

ZzzQuil Review

I received a ZzzQuil sample free of charge for testing purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

Let’s talk about sleep.

ZzzQuil Review - Tina B's World

Any excuse to showcase my sleeping furkids! :)

According to research (which changes all the time!), adult humanoids are supposed to get around 8 hours of sleep a night. Our mancubs? About 10ish. My Pugs need about 21 hours of sleep to function. My Hound? A lot, but she’s awake a lot more than her Puglings (Pug siblings).

Fact: many of us don’t get the recommended amount of sleep.

Things keep us up.

What keeps me up?

For one, the greatest hits of the 80′s. My mind is like a jukebox I can’t turn off.

Seriously, it’s like I can see the little pink radio with the flashing red button from my childhood playing Rick Astley or Tina Turner or New Kids on the Block. Every time one song ends, another pops into my head.

Next, what I’m doing with my life.

Should I post that blog post?

Why am I only 5 feet tall?

Why are there fly and bug guts all over my ceiling?

Is my night light going to blow out in the middle of the night and force me to bang me knee as I get up to pee?

Seriously, why hasn’t the husband cleaned the fly guts off the ceiling?

The thing that keeps me awake most?

Mini.

She doesn’t physically keep me up, only mentally. I’m lucky I birthed a sleeper. The universe knows I’m someone who needs my rest, so the powers that be gifted me with a child who just loves her sleep. Yay me!

I wonder if I’m a good enough parent.

Is Mini doing okay mentally? Welllll she IS a Bassett so the jury’s still out. :)  <- if you knew my family, you’d be laughing right now.

We all have things that keep us up at night.

So, how can ZzzQuil help?

ZzzQuil Review - Tina B's World

Simple. It’s hard to be worried and think about things when you’re passed out!

If you’re having trouble turning your mind off and know you have a block of time to get a full 8 hours of sleep, ZzzQuil is for you. Now, I know what you’re thinking.. ZzzQuil is the same as NyQuil and I’d rather not deal with some insane dreams. I’m happy to report that I did NOT have any trippy dreams on this!

I woke up rested, refreshed and wondering why I never bothered trying this stuff before.

Here are some other things you should know before you take ZzzQuil:

  • It helps you fall asleep in less than 20 minutes.
  • You sleep soundly and wake up refreshed.
  • It’s not for pain or colds. It’s just for sleep.
  • It’s non-habit forming.
  • Make sure you allow time for 7-8 hours of sleep. If you have to be up in less than that, try a supplement and do not try ZzzQuil.

Overall, I highly recommend this if you have trouble getting to sleep.

I would definitely recommend to a friend.

Al Trautwig and Parent Labels

I actually kinda sympathize with Al Trautwig. Let me tell you why.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m adopted.

And we need to talk about it.

Not just my adoption, but adoption as a whole and family dynamics.

I’ll start with my story, for those of you who are new to me.

My Mother had MS. This was back in the 80′s when there weren’t very many medical advancements like today. My Father wasn’t in the picture. I was put into foster care at the age of 7 and adopted by the same people at the age of 12.

I’m now in my 30′s. When I talk about “my parents”, I’m referring to my adopted parents. My Mother is my Mother. My Father is my Father. It has always been this way for me. It was my normal.

Did I have 2 sets of “parents”? For me, the answer is yes.

Growing up, kids would ask questions about my “real” parents, as if my foster/adopted parents were fake or something. It is a concept not a lot of people really and truly understand. It’s hard to explain those things to kids. I knew my situation, but when you’re younger it’s a hard concept to wrap your head around.

Other than having to tell my friends, I had to tell my daughter. When Mini turned 7, she finally started poking into my history. She had never questioned anything before and thought it was normal to have seven grandparents. At first, she was very confused at first and had a ton of questions. She understands it all now.

When I heard the comments by Al Trautwig, I shook my head. I chuckled a bit, too. I understand what he thought he was saying. His words were not completely unique to me.

Mr. Trautwig is one of a big bunch of people who feel like they need to differentiate between biological and adopted parents.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t.

If a child has your last name, you’re their parent. It doesn’t matter if your name is on the first birth certificate or the second, you’re still their parent.

I could sit here and say things like “being a parent is more than just the name on an original birth certificate” or “if a child lives in your home and you have agreed to be responsible for them, you’re a parent”, but people know that already.

I hope that people who have already commented about this online are right and this opens up discussions.

Mom. Dad. Mother. Father. Adopted. Foster. Biological. Birth.

Whatever your “label”, we’re all parents.

Mini-Monday – Post 11 – Summer Camp Part 2

Hi, Everyone!

There is only one more week left of summer camp and I am really sad about that. I am going to miss all my friends. Softball ends this week too and I am going to miss my friends there too.

I am having the best time at summer camp and I hope I get a chance to come back next year!

Here are some more awesome crafts I’ve been doing:

I keep losing the string for this visor and it kind of looks like a boomerang. Ha ha

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A visor. The string broke off. Oops!

I haven’t done a lot of sand art. It is so much fun and I would love to do it again.

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I love sand art!

I love donuts. I was very happy to paint this.

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Mmmm donut!

I promise I will not let my Mom near this. She is not very good with plants.

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My beautiful flower :)

We don’t play Pokemon Go. I had no idea who this character was until I asked a counselor. My Mom thought it was very funny that I colored him brown. I wish someone had told me what colors he was. Is it ‘he’ or ‘it’?

Mini-Monday - Post 11 - Summer Camp Part 2

Mini-Monday - Post 11 - Summer Camp Part 2

Peek-a-boo? Pikachu!

I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the crafts I have been doing. I will post the last few next week.

I can’t believe my summer is halfway over and summer camp is almost done.

See you next time!

~Mini