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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Ever wake up and have the craving for fresh squeezed lemonade? No? Me neither! But apparently the small humans that live in my household do and they will beg ALLLL day until I finally break and let the word slip out, “OK”.

 

  Wait… No! I meant no! Inside I start panicking…

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  But I’ve already said it. Those two letters that are a binding contract for small dictators. “OK…” I say again defeated.

 

So it begins. We hand squeeze lemons, but let’s face it, I am the BEST lemon squeezer in all of the land, so I have to do most of the grunt work. Plus, one of the kids always has a microscopic cut in their hand that burns when the lemon juice touches them.

 

Squeezing Lemons

“It’s been 20 minutes and we only have how much juice?” Alright it’s time to move on.

 

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The kids love helping me stir all the ingredients together. Of course it is never sugary enough for them so we always have to add more sugar. Then they each need a turn stirring it, again.

 

Alas, we are finished. My kids have puckered lips and by this time, I may or may not have needed to add some vodka to my lemonade.

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If you are also interested in appeasing the tiny humans in your household, I have attached my recipe. You may want to double or triple it. This makes about a quart because that’s all the juice I can squeeze before going insane.

 

Ingredients:

  • About 6 lemons (7 if you want some fancy garnish)

  • 1 – 1.5 C sugar (tiny people say it needs at least 1.5 C)

  • 5 C water

Directions:

1) Hand squeeze lemons to get approx. 1 C lemon juice, or if you are smart you have a juicer. Set in the fridge to chill.

2) Make some simple sugar by mixing 1 C sugar and 1 C  water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Chill in fridge… or add ice cubes to cool if the little people are too impatient to wait.

3) Mix the remaining 4 C water, lemon juice and simple syrup into a pitcher. Pour over ice and enjoy! (Adding alcohol to your glass is optional)

 

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The Reality of Cleaning For Company

The Reality of Cleaning For Company

All things considered, I am usually satisfied with the condition of my home. I have tiny humans in my house that seem to create small tornadoes in every room they enter, along with a dog who seems to blow his coat every damn day of the year.
So, I do what I can and there are normally no complaints. But for some reason, things change when I hear that we are having company.

 

As soon as I get word that “other people” will be entering my house, I look around with seemingly brand new eyes. I have eyes that are so much clearer it’s like I’m in a Claritin commercial. I see specks of lint all over the carpet, I discover the dried remnants of spilled milk down the the fronts of my cabinet doors, and suddenly it looks like the Death Star destroyed Alderaan inside my microwave.

 

How did my house get like this?!?

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Panic sets in. I start barking orders at my kids (that they seemingly ignore). After a grueling combination of bribes and threats, we all get to work. I run around tirelessly perfecting the look of my house in no particular order while my kids pretend to clean their rooms. I think that I may suffer from cleaning A.D.D. I start working in the kitchen, then I take something to the living room… oh let me sweep the entry way.

After 45 minutes, I’ve been working hard, but it looks like I haven’t gotten much done because I don’t stay in one room long enough to make a difference. It also doesn’t help that about every 10 minutes I take a break to check a Facebook notification and then get sucked into playing a round of Candy Crush. OK, I ran out of lives….

 


Back to cleaning!



Once, I am finally finished cleaning all the rooms (ok maybe just the rooms that the guests will primarily see), I now see lots of other relatively unimportant things to fix. That throw pillow is in the center of the couch… Who would do that?! It needs to be on the left lounge chair! There are finger prints on the refrigerator door. WHY?!?! How hard is it to grab the f&@&$*% handle to open and close the fridge?!? 

OMG! Yoshi needs a bath… wait then the house will smell like wet dog… is that better than dirty dog? I CAN’T DECIDE!


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Eventually, I give up and drink wine while simultaneously spraying Febreeze on the rest of the living spaces. And the dog. And maybe even the kids.

SHIT! Look at the time! They will be here in 20 minutes and I am still in my PJs….

 

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A Few Facts About Rebecca

A Few Facts About Rebecca

Hi! I’m Rebecca – lover of all things fabulous. Making an about me section is a little overwhelming considering my amount of awesome… But I’ll give it a shot and keep it simple.

I have an amazing husband, Chris, who is slightly more geeky than me and I love him all the more for it.

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Together we created 3 wonderful little humans – Hailey (8), Olivia (7), and Aubrey (2) — yes, all girls!

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I have a 6-year-old Alaskan Klee Kai, Yoshi, who is basically the coolest dog ever. OK not basically… he is!

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 The other loves of my life are iced coffee & reading. Besides spending time with my family, I also enjoy spending my weekends dedicated to binge watching entire seasons of TV or partying with my friends. Of course, “partying with my friends” means attending a baby shower or celebrating a small child’s birthday.

I started blogging to talk about my interests like books, pop culture, food (I love food!) — and of course my imperfect parenting. Real life isn’t sugar-coated and neither will my posts be. I’ll occasionally drop some words that would make me put a quarter in the swear jar, if we had one… which we don’t, because… why?!