Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited: February 2011 Edition

It's the 1st of the month!  And you know what that means.  It's time to get STUPID excited!!!!

For those of you new to my blog, "Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited" is a feature I post on the first day of each month. It's like Oprah's Favorite things - if Oprah was really cheap. And loved to shop at Kohl's.

Now, let me make clear that I am not hawking or reviewing products here. Nobody's paying me or providing me with anything. LTTMMSE is just a little outlet for me to exclaim over and dissect little materialistic things that make me ridiculously excited. Sidenote: It doesn't take much, people.

Grab the button below and link on up in the comments if you want to make your own list! I'd love to read what makes you STUPID excited too!! And if you'd like to see my past lists, they're all linked up on my LTTMMSE page.

Little Things That Make Me Stupid Excited


I've got *TEN* stupidly exciting things for the month of February!  Let's get started, shall we?


Um, hi.  I got these GloDoodle thingies on a whim for Aidan and Owen for Christmas this year, and OMG they are only like the coolest thing EVER.  It's kinda like a magnadoodle, except you draw with the attached pen (or your finger works too) on a clear board and it shows up in neon.  You can change colors from green to red to yellow, and then erase it all with the push of a button.  I have no idea how it works.  It's just plain magic. 

It came with these 3-D glasses and cards that you can stick underneath it to trace, but my boys pay no attention to those features.  They just free-hand it.  But you know what my favorite thing about this toy is?  The boys take them to bed, and they act as a little transition to sleepy time/night-light toy.  Boys in bed + lights off + glo-doodles activated = mommy relief.



Sally Hansen makes a french manicure PEN!  And nobody told me!  Yes, I am stupidly excited about this!  My nails look fabulous and I did it all myself!  I found it at Target!



While we're on the subject of nails, I also found this Nail Artist Paint and Stencil Kit by Kiss at Target.  It comes with little stencil sticker thingies and three different polishes with a super fine brush to paint the stencils on.  So far I've used it twice and thought it worked great both times.  Pedicure schmedicure!  Now I can have cute feet for way cheaper than what a pedicure costs.



Boxed Sugar Cookies from Target

Is anyone else as addicted to these things as I am?  I looooove them.  L-O-V-E love them.  I bought 30 of them to hand out as "birthday treats" for Aidan and Owen's birthday celebration at preschool yesterday (which OMG, they are turning FOUR.  Stay tuned for a post about that.), but preschool got snowed out.  Oh, darnit.  WHAT am I going to do with 30 sugar cookies????  What could I possibly do with them...hmm hmm hmmmmmmmmm.  I mean, I can't let them go to waste, now can I?  No, of course not.  I simply must eat them.  There's nothing else to be done.

The things I do for my kids, I tell you.


"Watch Now" Documentaries on Netflix

Okay, I know I'm kinda cheating on this one because I had Netflix on last month's list of LTTMMSE, but I just couldn't help myself.  I know I already talked about the "watch now" feature through the Wii and how I've been watching loads of documentaries, but I wanted to mention a few of them by name.  Oh, how I love a good documentary.  In fact, I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker once upon a time - true story.  Anyways, if you're a nerd like me and  like a little non-fiction in your movie repertoire, check some of these out and let me know what you think.

Man on Wire  (Wow.  Just...wow.)
Dear Zachary:  A Letter to A Son About His Father  (WARNING:  This one is sad.  I mean, it about killed me it was so sad.  Watch it at your own risk.)
Babies (Loved this.)

I've got about a million others in my instant queue that I haven't gotten around to watching, like The Cove, Grey Gardens, Radio Bikini....  Anyone have any other recommendations for me?



Elie Saab Spring Collection

Now going in a completely different direction, I got stupid excited when I saw Elie Saab's spring collection.  Now, I am not a fashion maven.  I don't even know who Elie Saab is.  But I know that these dresses are gorgeous.  I want them.  I want to be in a movie and win an Academy Award just so I can wear one of these dresses.  Maybe I could just wear one while I *watch* the Academy Awards on the couch in my family room.  Can you get Elie Saab at Kohl's?  ;-)


Even though I grew up and live in the midwest now, I did spend 4 years living in California when I was in college.  And there are two things I miss tremendously about California.  The beach, you ask?  The ocean?  The weather?


1.  In n' Out; and
2.  Jamba Juice

So imagine my hysterical excitement when my mom called me the other day having spotted Jamba Juice smoothie mixes in the freezer aisle of Super Target.  I almost spontaneously combusted, no joke.  Now, the recipe on the back says to mix it with apple juice, but I use skim milk instead for a less sugary version.  I've tried the Razzmatazz and Strawberries Wild so far, and I give a slight edge to the Strawberries Wild.  Yum.  


My kids get dry, red, chapped skin in the winter on their faces.  For awhile I was doing aquaphor and vaseline and stuff b/c when I think chapped face, I think barrier ointment.  But then the pharmacist at Super Target recommended that we use this stuff instead, and now I bow down to the god of Cetaphil.  It's amazing and works like a dream on their skin.  I use it to moisturize my hands too and it does a great job.  


Preschool Artwork

Ashley painted this picture during free-time at preschool the other day.  When I asked her what it was, she said "It's a polar bear dreaming of hearts."  God, I love that kid.


You know, I loved 'Hey There Delilah' as much as the next person, but that song didn't hold a candle to this follow-up by the Plain White T's.  I love this song.  Love.   Everytime it comes on the radio, I do a little happy dance.


And there you have it!  Hope you enjoyed the February edition of LTTMMSE!


wonderchris said...

Polar bear dreaming of hearts - it doesn't get better than that!!!

Loved the list and seriously "Babies" was perfect!!

Rebecca said...

Love that song. Crave those cookies. Want to try that lotion. Wish I could afford Elie!

LL said...

I love this whole idea- I think I'll make a list for March (I have to plan ahead for these things). I've put the Glo-Doodle in my Amazon shopping cart because Landon would LOVE it and he has a birthday sometime in the future (well, not until July, but whatever, I like to be prepared). As for documentaries, we got Spellbound, or Spell-something, a documentary about the National Spelling Bee that was really good, and we're not usually documentary people. And as you said, Man on Wire was pretty awesome.

Kat said...

Megan, I don't remember where you live (or if you've ever mentioned it), but I live in Oklahoma and we have Jamba Juices all over the place! We started getting them about 10 years ago. So, my point is, don't give up hope...a Jamba Juice could be coming to a corner near you!!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Our dermatologist recommended the Cetaphil moisturizer for the girls' faces, and it does work great.

But why are people taunting me with cookies everywhere I turn??? I am about to spontaneously combust if I don't have a homemade chocolate chip cookie - and SOON!

What's that smell coming from the oven, you ask? It's not chocolate chip cookies. No, it's a pumpkin pie.

Hubby thinks he's really deprived if there are no sweets in the house, and we're clean slap out (as we say in Alabama). I had the makings for a pumpkin pie so I thought I'd clear that little corner out of my pantry.

And there's no way I could be responsible enough to make cookies here by myself...I might just eat them all before the girls got up from their nap and hubby got home from work.

I love your list, as always!!! :) :)

Sarah said...

Glo-doodles are awesome. My son has one, and I'm not sure who enjoys it more, me, him or my husband. It's whole family fun. Although I need to find a way to clean the crumbs out of it.

Sugar cookies are the best. There is a bakery here in town that makes the best ever. Well worth the price, and they aren't cheap.

Anonymous said...

I am in love with those designer dresses!!!

and the polar bear dreaming of hearts :)

Katherine said...

Cetaphil is considered an essential item in our house. It is phenomenal lotion!

Ruth Anne said...

Must check out Glo-Doodle.

LOVED the Plain White T's song.

Love documentaries, and will be checking out Babies and Man on Wire. Not so much the sad one.

About the french tip pen... do you need a steady hand? I tend to be jittery. Shaky. Maybe it's from the lack of sleep. Maybe from the caffeine. Maybe I've just become a trembling sort of person. I want to try it. But don't want to look like I painted my fingernails with white out while tipsy.

Dani Hampton said...

LOVE Jamba Juice! I had one like once a week when I was living in Texas. I was browsing through a packet of coupon's they handed me at the door at Target last week and about ran to the frozen food section when I saw the one for a dollar off a Jamba Juice pack! We made it with apple juice and it was pretty sweet. I will try the milk next time.

Liz said...

I would make a slight modification and say specifically "LoftHouse" cookies like that are THE best!

Jen said...

I just have one question, where to do plan on wearing those sassy dress and pretty nails? To work?

Big Momma said...

i've seen those jamba juice mixes in the store a couple of times and i've almost bought them more than once (one of those times may have been yesterday...) but i think now i'll actually have to get them. and i love the plain white t's. you should listen to the song "1,2,3,4" if you're into that kind of thing - i put in on the soundtrack for the video of my wedding. if you're looking for a really good documentary on netflix, i LOVED The Business of Being Born. there's definitely a home-birth slant but i thought it was terribly interesting. :)

just so you know, that polar bear dreaming of hearts melted mine. <3


Suze said...

Hi Megan - I'm new to your blog...randomly came across it yesterday and got drawn in by your great sense of humor and writing style! Love your list - I have to go and check out your past ones now! And I can't wait to run out and get some of that Cetaphil...been using the Aquaphor on my soon to be 17 month old's cheeks and don't feel it's doing the job, so thanks for the recommendation!

The Empress said...

Where'd you learn about these dresses??

I lerve them.

And your nails on hands and feet look gorge.

Off to listen to the song you have up, I am dying for new music.

You know, winter and all.

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

I am loving ur list and it is freakishly similar to what my list would look like lol

Amber said...

Oooooh! Great list! A couple things I learned: I need to get the little toe stencil kit (my "pedicure" is soooo completely ghetto at the moment), I need to get some of that Cetaphil cream, and I need to get some of the Jamba Juice mix. I saw it at Target the other day and was thiiiis close to throwing it in the cart. Grrr.

Second of all, thank you SOO SOOO SOOO MUCH for your sweet comments on my blog, and for making me feel better in general. It's nice to hear I am not alone on this and that people don't think I sound like a terrible awful person. I thought of you actually very shortly after they told us 2 boys and knew you'd have some great advice with the same gender combination :) You are the only one I "know" who has a similar lineup of kiddos! So, THANK YOU for putting a smile on my face! Your boys are so precious. I'm getting so excited to have twin boys of my own but as you know---it's very scary to me too.
Have a great (snow?) day! (Snow day here at least!)

Lauren P. said...

ok, thank you for making me not nap while my 3 nap and, instead, wanna watch documentaries on my mac via netflix!!!

i LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE cetaphil!!! have been using it on my kids for a couple years now. have you tried their wash in the pump bottle? divine! we use that at baths. for extra dry skin, don't use water to wash it off - just use a soft cloth or towel. :)

Belle said...

Megan!!! I found the perfect wreath for you to make next!!!


Loved this month's LTTMMSE btw. Always a fan. ;)

Belle said...

Wait, wait, wait! THIS one is SO more YOU! :)

blueviolet said...

Now I am getting stupid excited! I am going to try both of the nail things, and I had no idea Cetaphil went beyond face wash! Who knew?

Holly Ann said...

Oo, oo, I'm so excited! I just made my first list! This is the first time I've joined in the party on one of these types of shared blogging ideas. Here it is: http://www.twinsplusone.com/2011/02/little-things-that-make-me-stupid.html

Thanks so much!!

Anonymous said...

Lets just go ahead and make March the "I Love Everything About Target" month. Now THAT'S something to get stupid excited about!!

Christina said...

First off, Happy *late* Birthday to your beebs! They grow up so quick don't they? :(
Second, I played along this month!


Hope your well! xo

Brandy@YDK said...

I need to try the cetaphil. G gets the chapped cheeks too. I have been using straight vaseline but it's not cutting it

JallieDaddy said...

Thanks for mentioneing Netflix; I'd forgotten. If / when I get time I must try it; it sounds great. That's a great little happy song too: thanks, I'd never heard of them before :)