Why I hate Chuck E. Cheese

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It’s nothing personal against the big creepy mouse, really.  It’s more the fact that they are understaffed and need kiddie bouncers.  Like maybe hire some buff 12 year olds to stop the little ones from climbing on the rides while someone else is on them or stop kids from hogging the skee ball machines.  I also believe that they should hand out Xanax and a shot of whiskey to every parent who walks through the door.  I was certainly needing one the other day when we took the kids to a birthday party there.  Well it wasn’t exactly a birthday party. The mom didn’t pay for a party package so it was kind of like “Hey, follow us to Chuck E. Cheese hell, but I’m not going to tell you you’re going to have to fend for yourselves when it comes to pizza/drinks/tokens until we get there.” Actually, the mom didn’t tell us until she and her sister had already ordered stuff for their kids and Trey was just sitting there. So Will ordered us some food, drinks and of course tokens.  I didn’t feel obligated to hang around the birthday girl since we had to pay for our own stuff.  Also, our pizza took a record 30 minutes to get done, when everyone else’s was done in around 10 minutes.

My granddaughter, Kali, was on a ride and one little girl took it upon her self to try to climb into the girl (which was for only one person). I looked right at her and told her “Um, honey, you need to get down right now”.  I have no clue where her mom was and I’m sure she didn’t either. She looked to be around 3.  Not to mention, there were girls who looked to be at least 12 running through the already crowded game area.  Then the machines were taking Trey’s tokens but the game wasn’t working. Good luck trying to tell someone who works there about it.  They acted as if checking the machine and refunding tokens wasn’t part of their job. I mean I get it, your job sucks. They couldn’t pay me enough to deal with all of the screaming,yelling kids that come in and out of that place.  I just hope that maybe that job is enough to motivate them to finish college and get a job where they don’t have to deal with the craziness that comes from working at a place like Chuck E. Cheese. If I had to deal with that on a daily basis, I don’t think I’d last a week before they had to put me in a straight jacket and lock me away.  Of course, it’s not just the kids who are at fault. Their parents are also.  Apparently no on teachers their kids basic manners anymore.  I don’t think any of those kids knew what “wait your turn” means.

When we got ready to leave I didn’t bother going to find the mom who cooked up the idea for us all to go to this place I wouldn’t wish on my biggest enemy.  I just text her and told her we were leaving and thanks for the invite.  She text back later and said that she had been looking for us and sorry that we had to leave. I wasn’t sorry one bit LOL.  We left because for one, my nerves just couldn’t handle the mess that is Chuck E. Cheese and two, Rhiannon wanted to go shopping with some money she had saved up.  I was just glad we had an excuse to leave…

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6 Reasons to Buy a Certified Pre-Owned Phone from Gazelle

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Ever considered buying a certified pre-owned phone? Gazelle has a new premium service which enables you to do just that at prices that won’t break the bank. Here are 6 reasons to purchase your device from Gazelle:

1. You Save Money – you don’t have to pay full MSRP on a certified pre-owned device
2. No Contract or Strings Attached – did you lose, break or have your phone stolen? No need to worry if you buy a certified pre-owned device
3. High Quality – the Gazelle certification includes a rigorous 30-point inspection to ensure the devices are fully functional
4. Risk-Free to You – Gazelle offers you 30 days to return if you are not happy
5. Teaching Your Kids Responsibility – a certified pre-owned smart device is a great solution for parents looking to fit their child with his or her first cellphone, a brand new cellphone may not be the best choice, and for good reason
6. Customer Satisfaction – Recognized by an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and a 9.5/10 Reseller Ratings review average

Today through Saturday 1/31, Gazelle has lowered the price of the Certified pre-owned iPhone 4S starting at $119, so you’ll save even more money! Now that you’ve heard all of the great reasons to choose a certified pre-owned device from Gazelle, go to buy.gazelle.com to find a device for you or someone else from a company you can trust.

$14.99 Kids Birthday Party Packs at Birthday Express

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One of the biggest hurdles to the perfect themed birthday party is getting all the supplies together. One store might have the Frozen-themed plates you’re looking for, but not the cups or napkins.
Birthday Express solves this problem with the launch of their new Express Value Packs, which include all the party essentials you need to have a fun kids’ birthday party. As an added bonus, they’re extremely affordable with Express Value Packs starting at just $14.99. This includes a savings of up to 30%!! Check out a few of our favorite Express Value Packs below:
In addition to the great savings you receive with the Express Value Packs, you can also combine your savings with 15% off orders over $50. Just use coupon code AFCBDXP15 at checkout.
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Customized guitar

I was bored on the internet so I’ve been browsing random sites. The latest thing I have been admiring are the customized Les Paul guitars here. No, I don’t know how to play guitar, but those make me wish I did LOL. I didn’t realize they could be pricey, but from what I’ve heard of the Les Paul brand, they are worth it. They come in so many styles and colors. It should be easy for someone to find one that fits their personality :) .

Reebok Weekend Sale

I just wanted to let y’all know about the deal that Reebok has this weekend only. Shoppers can get 30% off site wide on anything except for CrossFit®, Les Mills items with $0.98 endings, UFC fan gear, gift cards and custom shoes. The sale runs from Friday, January 16th-Sunday January 18th.  Just enter code NewYear30 at checkout.

 

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Great Ideas at Birthdayexpress.com

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Birthdayexpress.com has all sorts of ideas for your child’s next birthday party. My favorite right now are the personalized plates that can be purchased. These are especially great for first birthdays! Your own customized images can be added to the plates to make for a unique and awesome addition to your child’s birthday party. Personalized plates can also be purchase for other events and holidays. Take a look around the site and I am sure you will be able to find tons of ideas for your childs party. They have all sorts of themes so it will be difficult to choose from just one. And right now, you can get 15% off orders $50+ at BirthdayExpress.com .

 

 

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Happy New Year: 12 Bible Verses To Help Your Marriage For The Next 12 Months

A new year is upon us which means that many people will be making resolutions. This time-honored tradition has inspired people to lose weight, learn a new language, travel the world, take more time for themselves, and much more.

Most resolutions are based on improving yourself from an individualistic standpoint. Less common are the resolutions geared towards improving a relationship in their life. Your marriage is one of the most important, if not the most important, commitment you’ve made in your life. Each year you should resolve to improve and build upon your marriage.

To help get you started in 2015, here are 12 Bible verses for the next 12 months to help your marriage.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope – Jeremiah 29:11

There is no better way to start the new year, than with a passage about the future. It is important to cherish each new day but there is something about the new year that really evokes a sense of hope and foresight into the future. Use this opportunity to plan for the things that you hope to accomplish as a couple in the new year. This could be a commitment to take the honeymoon you never did, spend more time with your family as a group, or making sure that you never go to bed angry with one another.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect – Romans 12:2

This passage in particular has a little bit more of an individualistic connotation. However, it is something that you and your spouse can strive to together. Not conforming to the norms that society has dictated will keep you both true to yourselves and who you are. Interests and tastes will change over time, but from a fundamental standpoint, you should stay true to yourself.

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law – Romans 13:8-10

The main takeaway from this passage is simply to love each other. If you love one another, you will be abiding by all of the commandments mentioned.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love – 1 Corinthians 13:13

This simple verse should put everything into perspective. The greatest feeling is love, even when there seems to be no hope. It is important to show your love for your significant other especially in times where their faith is wavering or they have lost hope.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love – Ephesians 4:2

Another simple verse to help guide the your actions and temperament with one another. Instead of being quick to anger, you should both make a concerted effort to remain patient with one another and show each other love and affection.

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching – Proverbs 1:8

While this verse won’t apply to all marriages, it does apply to those with children. Far too often are parents run by their children. The child has the final say and in the end, gets what they want. This puts a lot of strain on the parents and their marriage both financially and emotionally. As parents, in the coming year, place greater emphasis on raising your children to have respect and courtesy for their elders.

She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks – Proverbs 31: 15-17

Portioning for servant girls is not a very common trait today, but the rest of the passage is. Women have a hefty load in today’s world. They are often providers, caregivers, and maintainers of the family’s lives. As a husband, it is important to show her admiration and respect. Give her the attention and help she deserves in 2015.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us – 1 John 4: 18-19

There are a lot of unknowns in the coming year. Many people are fearful of the unknown. However, love conquers this fear. Together, you and your spouse can march fearfully into the new year of unknowns with love to guide you.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her – Ephesians 5:25

This straightforward verse is applicable to both genders. Both husbands and wives should love their significant other just as Christ love the church.

However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband – Ephesians 5:33

The verse can be applied in reverse to both genders. The matter of fact is that in the coming year, spouses must love one another as much as they love themselves as well as respecting one another.

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs – Proverbs 10:12

Another straight-forward verse to live by for the next 12 months and beyond. Anger and hatred toward one another will only make things worse. Forgiveness and love will help to mend wounds and right any wrongs.

A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live – Proverbs 15:27

While the verse focuses on the man, it can be applied to the woman too. Greed is a vice, a cardinal sin, that left unchecked can wreak havoc on a marriage. Greed comes in many forms. Spouses should not be greedy when it comes to money, attention, time for themselves, personal belongings, and more. Greed can also lead one to lust for another, causing them to be unfaithful. Remaining humble and grateful for what you have should be an important focus of your new year.

 

Andrew Fujii is a marketing professional with expertise in digital/web and content marketing. He is also a copywriter for multiple agencies producing copy for blogs, articles, websites, product packaging, mobile apps, and more.

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The joys of dealing with a sociopathic inlaw

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I have come to the realization that my mother in law is a sociopath. It’s not a term I use lightly either.  I’ve known her for 16 years so I’ve dealt with her enough to know how she is. For a long time, I just thought she was mean and rude. That is until I saw the way she behaved when she didn’t get her way.  She has tried to turn my 18 year old step daughter and her mom against us.  I am guessing that is because she can’t control my kids so she has to try to control my stepdaughter.  She has made up outright lies about things my husband and I have said and done.  And of course, my stepdaughter and her mom’s answer is “Well I like her and I’m not going to hate her just because you do.”  I told my stepdaughter that was fine but I was tired of my mil calling her with lies and drama all the time.  When my husband called his mom out on her lies, she immediately started being downright threatening and hateful to my husband. That’s what sociopaths/narcissists do when they get called out. They can be very dangerous people.  They can be extremely manipulative and very often succeed in turning people against you if those people don’t know you well.

My husband had a cousin who sent him a message on Facebook saying that he shouldn’t treat his mom so badly and that he was being a spoiled brat.  My MIL supposedly helped raise her when she was younger and also the cousin’s sons when they were younger.  All of them have been on drugs and committed crimes so my MIL must not have done too great of a job.  My husband turned out really well surprisingly. That’s because he had the influence of some other,more sane relatives.  And we married when he was 20 and I was 21. So it’s almost like we’ve grown up together. We spent the first few years of our marriage arguing because of the amount of control he allowed his mom to have over him.  Once he started seeing how she really was and could see the way she manipulated situations, he started distancing himself from her.  She has never really went out of her way to see our kids.  But she will complain about not being able to see them. My MIL is in her 50s but she says she’s old so we should come visit her.  That’s just ridiculous.  But now, I am not even going to entertain that idea.  We are cutting her out of our lives for good. That’s the only way to deal with a  sociopath. She will never change, unless she wants to. And the problem with sociopaths is that they don’t see a problem and don’t want to change.  If this was just a case of us getting in an argument and she was able to really feel guilt for the way she’s treated us, we could work through this. But she doesn’t feel bad for anything she says or does to anyone. To her, it’s all about getting her way.

So, I’d like to hear from anyone reading this. Have you ever dealt with someone like this? Leave your answer in the comments please.

Drama Drama….

Remember how I wrote about finding out my husband had a nearly 18 year old daughter from a relationship he had when he was a teenager himself? If not, then here’s the post .  Well we went to visit her several times and eventually convinced her to move in with us. She was living in another state in a group home (for reasons I’m not going to get into on here).  The area she was wanting to move to was not a good one.  We were afraid she might get in with the wrong crowd and end up not only getting herself hurt, but possibly her child (who is a year old).  She realized she didn’t want to be on her own just yet,especially in a place where she doesn’t have family.  So we went and picked her up last Sunday.  We drove 6 hours out there, helped her load her stuff off, then drove 6 hours back.  Her bio mom lives in the same state. She lost custody of K when K was 4.  I’m not sure why she was never able to get custody back. And she hadn’t seen K since she was 14. She never made the effort to see her in the group homes she was in. I’m not sure if the state would have allowed that or not. However, K’s mom was supposed to go visit her when she was having the baby and she never did.  I don’t have a lot of respect for the bio mom because she’s extremely rude and blames everyone else for her problems.  I added bio mom on my Facebook in an effort to be cordial with her. I even told her that we would make sure that K. had a way to come and see her. I get a message back that basically says “I don’t have a problem with you or Will, but I seriously hope you aren’t planning on getting my daughter with y’all and turning her against me. I love my daughter whether or not I was able to be with her.”  I kept my cool, even though I wanted to tell her exactly what I think of her mothering skills.  I told her that was not our intention at all.I also told her we’d bring K. and the baby to her or she was more than welcome to come to our house if she wanted.  She stated “No, I won’t come out there, she can come see me”.   We weren’t planning on turning K. against her mom. All we wanted was to move her down here so we could be around K. and the baby.

Back to the story. We get back here on Monday morning about 12 am.  We all go to bed around 2 am. K’s mom had been texting/calling her since we left the group home. She was wanting K. to come over the next day.   Around 2 we left to go meet them at Wal-mart.  We live about 45 min from the town we met bio mom in.  Bio mom lives maybe 15 min away.  So we really went out of our way so she could see K.  When we got there, bio mom didn’t even acknowledge I was there and only managed to mutter out a “hey” to Will. Now, did I expect her to be all excited to see us? No.  But it would have been nice if she had at least said “Thank you.”  We thought that K. might just stay the night and then come back home the next day to get settled in here.  Nope.  Will text her to see when she wanted to come home and she said she was going to stay with her stepsister. Ok,fine. Well then yesterday, Will text her again asking when she was coming home so we could make plans to come get her.  She said “Well, my mom is wanting me to stay until the weekend.”  She then wanted Will to drive 45 min to pick her up, bring her out here to get some clothes for her and the baby, and then drive her back. Um, no.  Her step sister ended up driving her out here.  Will talked to her before she got here and said that he was a little jealous that she was spending all this time with her mom and her family and basically ignoring us. K.’s excuse was, “Well I didn’t do anything wrong. I figured you’d understand I’d want to see my family because I haven’t seen them in awhile.”  It’s not that we didn’t think she’d want to see them, we just thought she’d get settled in here first.  Will also told her that her mom could be more appreciative of the fact that we drove her all the way out there to see them. She said “Well, my mom doesn’t have a car.”  The car that they were in when we met up with them was her stepsister’s car.  It just seems like she makes excuses for her mom.  However, when we visited her in the group home,she kept saying how immature her mom was and how her mom got on her nerves.  It seems now she’s done a total turn around when it comes to her mom.  And to add to all this, my mil has become buddy/buddy with the bio mom. I thought it was kind of odd at first that my mil hasn’t called Will,but then again, she’s probably getting all her news from bio mom. I’d love for my mil to explain just why it’s imperative for her to be friends with bio mom. There’s really no sense in it.

I just told Will to not even text K. anymore.  We are not planning things around her.  If she gets ready to come home and we aren’t busy, then we’ll go get her. Otherwise, she’ll have to wait until it’s convenient for us.  Will and I are both hurt by the way she has treated us.  We didn’t think it would be easy with her moving in here, but we didn’t expect her to use us that way.  We have spent a lot of money on her and the baby.  We took time out of our schedule to come and get her. That also cost money.  It’s like she doesn’t even appreciate it.  I know part of it is that she has this newfound freedom. I get that.  But she needs to learn to respect other people. I guess that’s something she was never taught.  I just pray she sees who really cares about her and stop acting so self centered.

Looking for awesome themes for you blog? Look no further!

I never have the time or patience to design my own wordpress themes. However, it’s not easy to find decent non expensive themes. I’ve heard that most of the free ones are loaded with adware. So I try to stay away from those.  Now, I know a lot of work goes into making the themes, but I don’t have several hundred dollars to spend on one theme. I was doing an internet search for affordable themes and came across Luvly. I was really impressed at how easy the site is to navigate.  You don’t have to search very long to find what you want(or at least, I didn’t :).   There are several wordpress themes to choose from and several of them are in my price range. And they don’t just have wordpress themes. They also have a variety of Blogger themes.  In addition to having themes for blogs, they also have icons, backgrounds, Facebook cover photo templates,and much more.  There’s even a free section where you can snag a few clip art and printable freebies (which are super cute, by the way).

So, if you’re like me and don’t have the time and/or money to design a new theme for your blog, check out luvly.co . I’m sure you will find something that you like and that won’t be too harsh on your wallet.