Thursday, November 28, 2013


Mags: "Christmas Carols are the greatest songs ever made. Even when I don't know all the words, I just sing 'jingle jingle jingle' and you can't even tell I'm makin' it up."

Friday, November 22, 2013


Mags: "This dinner is...ummm...what's that word? Oh, yeah. SCRUMPTIOUS! This dinner is scrumptious!"

So, hey. Guess what? It's November. How in the name of jellybeans did that happen? And, it's not just November, but a week away from Thanksgiving. Who has a turkey I could borrow? Kidding. We're excited to celebrate by eating ourselves into a coma with some of our funny extended family. Honestly, I can't wait to get cooking and fill the house with a multitude of delicious aromas. 

In fact, I haven't cooked in a while. This new schedule of ours leaves me coming home after Chris and the kids. So, the cooking torch was passed to him. (All the fire alarms in the house just breathed sighs of relief.) Enter Chris. This man o' mine is a resourceful fellow. He completes all tasks effectively and efficiently. No muss, no fuss. He didn't bat an eye at having this new chore of soothing our savage beasts with tasty nourishment. It can be a tough task. The kids don't let you get away with too much fancy food (like rice pilaf or quinoa). 

Needless to say he took on that battle of food wills head on. He's been making some easy and flavorful dishes over the past few months. 

I have to note one company in particular that has made it past the kid test time and time again; Gorton's. No matter what type or flavor we serve up from Gorton's...the kids gobble it down. And let's be honest, who doesn't trust the Gorton's Fisherman? 

Here are five WICKED GOOD reasons for you to dive in and try their product: 

1. He looks JUST like my Uncle Tim. In fact, I think we have the kids convinced it IS Uncle Tim on the box. Okay, fine, maybe not Mags, but DEFINITELY Tucker. He fell for it hook, line and sinker. <---See what I did there?

2. Their campaign speaks my language. Literally. I'm from Bahston and so are they! See? 

3. Their abundant variety of tasty seafood products are always a crowd pleaser in this house. And, also, their products for dinner always result in our kids making it into the "Clean Plate Club." Check it out!

4. Over the past three months of crazy schedule changes and big adjustments in our house, they provided us with some no stress, little mess, great tasting food to eat.

5. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and of course on their site, Gorton's, where they offer coupons. What are you waiting for? Print some off and try them yourself! You won't be disappointed.

Thanks, Gorton'sAnd thanks, Chris, for all you do!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's the Plan?

Me: "How does it feel to be six?"
Mags: "Pretty good. So far it's all going according to plan."

Monday, November 18, 2013

This Post Brought to you by the Number 6

Mags to me: WAIT. A. SECOND. You like baby orange slices TOO? It's like I don't even KNOW you!

There's a meme going around Facebook where you are given a number and then, you tell that many unknown facts about yourself.  Since it's Mags' sixth birthday today, I'm going to tell you SIX lesser known things about her. 

1. Mags slept the first six weeks of her life away. In fact, she slept so much, that I called the doctor on multiple occasions to make sure it was normal. 

2. She can sing the words to a song after hearing it only a few times.

3. Her favorite vegetable is spinach.

4. She can reenact, in great detail,  every single moment of her day from start to finish.

5. Before she was her verbose self, Mags used baby sign a lot. This lead her gymnastics teacher to think that she was deaf for the first two sessions of classes.

6. When she gets really excited, she'll do a little shimmy and shake with her bottom. It pretty much is THE cutest thing I've ever seen. 

See for yourself.


If you haven't already read it, check out Mags' three part birth story. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Two by Two

Remember our friends at Grace Hill Media? They're the ones who have enabled Michele and me to run promotions and giveaways with you guys for movies like The Conjuring and The Exorcist. Well, they're back again and this time they're asking us to help them promote Paramount's highly anticipated blockbuster Noah.

After visions of an apocalyptic downpour, Noah, the world’s only righteous man, is chosen to undertake a divine mission to build a massive ark to save his family and all of creation before the impending rains fall and the flood waters rise. 

Check out this impressive clip...

Wait a minute...that's not it! 
Looks like someone got into the Little People last night.
Vine + Chris + Little People collection = Silly Remake  

Impressive all the same, but here's the real trailer...

Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and God! Seriously, what's not to like?!!?
But that's not all. As the film's 2014 release draws closer, Grace Hill Media promises a fun promotion for everyone at ODNT and According to Mags. Who knows? Maybe they'll raffle off a couple of Rhodesian giraffe … or the ark!!!
Holy cow! I better go start gathering the animals. 

But not the stinky ones. Or the mean ones. Or the slimy ones. 
Or the bitey ones. Or the quilled ones. Or the...okay, fine! 
ALL of God's creatures are welcome. 
(Seriously, someone conviniently forget about the stinky ones.)

Ketchup With Us #30

In honor of Movember, Michele and I are talking 'staches. And the amazing men who wear them. We like to make things easy around here so we'll give you a choice. You can respond traditionally in word or you can just link a picture. It's entirely up to you.

One of the most genuine, tender, handsome guys I know snuck up behind me.  I turned around and got a sneak peek into the future. Soon enough this will be...but not today...I'm holding my eyelids open with tooth picks so I don't blink. 

For a QUICK EXPLANATION of this link-up, click here. In short, Mel and I will post a picture or video with a prompt on the 1st and 15th of every month. And, with each prompt, we'll feature a linker from the previous KWU. Which reminds me ...

Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer for today is ...

Dana @ Kiss My List


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'KETCHUP WITH US' - Prompt 30

In 57 words or less … OR with just a simple picture … tell us about your favorite  mustachioed man.

Friday, November 8, 2013

An Early Morning Conversation with Mags

Me: "I'm going to vacuum under the table real quick. Could you please help me by pulling the chairs out?"
Mags: "Sure."
Me: "Thanks." (vacuum starts up with a roar)
Me: (shuts off vacuum) "What? What's the matter?"
Mags: "If you vacuum under here, how will I remember what I ate all week? See? There's my Honey Nut Cheerios. There's my taco. Right there is my toaster strudel and there's Daddy's stir fry he made." 
Me: "You could take a picture with the iPad of the smorgasbord under here."
Mags: "Great idea. Hold on one moment, my dearest Mama."
Me: (waits)
Mags: (returns with iPad, aims it under the table) "OH! What's that? RIGHT THERE!" (pointing
Me: "I don't know, it's all looks disgusting to me."
Mags: "Well, I don't know what THAT piece is, but I'm pretty sure I didn't like that one." (snaps picture
Me: "All set?"
Mags: "Yep. Done capturing some memories."
Me: "That picture is definitely not going to show and tell."

Anybody else have a four day pile up of food under their table? It looks like a few unassuming crumbs at first, and then...dun dun dun!  They coagulate to form the dreaded "FOOD BUNNIES." Much like their cousins, the "DUST BUNNIES," they can take over the floor under a dinner table in a matter of days. 

I've even heard of a dangerous new hybrid of "HOUSE BUNNIES." I think it may be an urban legend...much like spiders nesting in a person's hair. Supposedly, these bottom floor dwellers join forces to form a dust/food bunny hybrid under your fridge and stove. Keep your eyes out, people. And approach with caution. 


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Urban Dictionary: Furbish Edition

Tuck: "You know what I'm putting on my Christmas list?"
Me: "Legos?"
Tuck: "Yep...AND a Furby BOOM!"
Me: *mumbles* "What did I ever do to you except spend 6 weeks on bedrest and 3 days in labor and 3 hours of pushing and..."
Tuck: "What?"
Me: "Huh? Oh...I was just saying that's furbtastic, honey!"

What Furby is really saying


a-loh/doo?Play with me. Play with me! PLAY! WITH! ME!
Dah/doo-ayIt's 3AM. Who wants an adrenaline rush?
Dah/lee-koo/koo-/wah!My batteries never say die.
Hey/boo/loo-looThe joke is on YOU! 
Kah/may-may/u-nyeI love to wake your sleeping child.
Doo-moh/may-lah/kahShaking me will just make me angry!
May-tah/kahYou won't like me when I'm angry!
Kay/mee-mee/a-tahPotty mouth.
Dah/a-loh/nah/bahSunset or sunrise...I'm flexible.
nee-tye/kahGizmo is cu-kah!
Dah/noh-lahI will not be ignored!
Kah/mee-mee/noo-loo/wahI'm very happy to annoy you.
Kah/toh-loo/may-tahI see you with that screw driver.
Wee-tee/kah/way-lohIt's a Phillips head screw. SUCKAH!

Monday, November 4, 2013

These Monkeys are too Hip to be Square

Me: "Mags, may I take your monkey with me to New Orleans?"
Mags: "No way, Mama!"
Me: "I promise I'll bring her back in one piece."
Mags: "I trust you. But no."
Me: "I was going to take some..."
Mags: "Mama. No means no."
Me: "Okay, okay. No monkey."
Mags: "You know what we could do instead? Maybe we could FaceTime with her!"

It didn't take long for her to become a loved member of the "Nighty Night" society. She had all the makings of a star.  Her heart of gold and glitzy nature fit her new community perfectly. She had been waiting  for this moment where she found somewhere to settle in and feel at home. Finally, that time had come. With her guitar by her side, Star Harmonkey finally felt complete.

Who would want to leave that kind of community behind? 
Not Star, that's for sure.

But, Ima Bananerd, who came along for the ride from Planet Sock Monkey was another story. She had a thirst for knowledge with a streak of independence that couldn't be ignored. She was smart, sassy...and just a little bit clumsy. True to her nerdy form, she was matched perfectly with none other...than a Physics teacher. 

Like Ima, the physics teacher (we'll call her Mel) had a very spunky friend who lived far away and, as luck would have it, she was going to vist her the very weekend Ima arrived. And, even though Ima had just traveled all the way from Planet Sock Monkey, she snapped her suspenders, grabbed her backpack and her Phyics book and jumped into the open suitcase She never said no to learning something new. 

Ima passed the time traveling by listening to her Sock Monkey friend, M.O.N.K's, newest rap CD. She promised him she'd write a review of each of his songs. 

Before she knew it, the suitcase unzipped and Ima was greeted by not one, but TWO Patch Product friends. Magenta Beetsch and ANOTHER Star Harmonkey, also sent from Planet Sock Monkey , were ready to go when she arrived. The connection to these two was immediate. Star, being characteristically sweet, and Magenta, having a heart of gold and a funky style to boot, made her feel right at home. Being in a new city, Ima was anxious to write down her observations and collect some data for her research on city life. 

Throughout the next four days she traveled by car, bus, airplane and 
Street Car.

She ate native cheeses and developed a love for a delicious fried 
dough treat called Beignets. 

Ima also went on a spooky ghost tour. And perhaps a little more scary than ghosts, she tried a Lucky hot dog from a cart on the street. That was more her zombie Sock Monkey friend, Eaton Dedd's style, but when in Rome...

The whirlwind trip left her head spinning. Even though she was sad to leave her friends behind, she knew she would be able to FaceTime and text.  That, and she had a lot of fun memories to look back on and share. As her Sock Monkey friend, Long Sock Silver says, "We'll be seein' yaaaarrrr again real soon." 

Want to win one of these trendsetting little friends for the little monkey in your life? Michele and I are each giving one away right here. Our two lucky winners will get to choose from the six limited edition friends listed above. (More monkeys are coming soon to Planet Sock Monkey.) 

Entries will be accepted until the end of Monday, November 11, 2013. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Ketchup With Us - #29

Mags: "Mama! Where did that bruise come from on the back of you leg?"
Me: "What bruise?"
Mags: "The HUGE one right there?"
Me: "Oh, yeah. Hmmm. Not sure."
Mags: "That's not normal."

There have been many a time that I don't know how I got a barrage of bruises. It's the life of a mom. We're all moving too fast and things like Legos underfoot and train tables directly at shin level won't get in our way...for long. I wish I could say that these mystery injuries came with being a mom, but I've always been a little bit...clumsy.  My poor dad can attest to that as he recounts one of my infamous childhood injuries. I swear the poor guy still dreams about my ice skating style...or lack thereof. 

He was just inches away from catching his overly ambitious daughter. The Winter Olympics were in full force and I was going to be the next Nancy Kerrigan. My dad referred to MY move as the "Triple Sow Cow Double Butt Slam." I was up, spinning and then...and then...KABOOM! Tailbone broken.

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Our esteemed Ketchup With Us Featured Writer for today is ...

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'KETCHUP WITH US' - Prompt 29

In 57 words or less, tell us about your DUMBEST INJURY ever. (Or, if you're like me, pick one of them.)


Mags: "Our pumpkins are a sad, sad sight. But, look! They're still delicious to squirrels."