Aug 192014

The Punky Family Heads Back to Brick & Mortar

So many things have changed recently. When we decided to send the kids to cyber school, it was because we were quite possibly in the world’s worst school district. It wasn’t just academics, it was the whole “hey, don’t get stabbed while you’re there, huh?” vibe which permeates everything. I mean, our crime index put us at 12%. That’s you know… safer than 12% of cities in the US (which doesn’t sound too bad until you realize that also means 88% of the US is safer than Allentown – uhm, ok.)

Our particular neighborhood wasn’t bad exactly, but crime was inching out of downtown slowly and surely. My van had been shot or vandalized on more than one occasion – in fact, I still have a small bullet hole in my windshield that we brought with us to the suburbs. We had things routinely stolen when we had forgetful moments about locking them up tight. We even had a Shop Vac stolen (really, I can’t make this crap up) right before our move. It was on our back porch and to my knowledge, full of bees. I hope they had fun with that. We also had a rather delightful (no sarcasm there, he was a nice guy, unfortunately his clientele was not) drug dealer move in across the street. Yep, it was time to go.

After the kids being home for school for 5 years, we decided it was time for them to go back amongst their peers. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a fan of the concept of common core, on any level, but it was going to end up in their cyber school curriculum anyway. I went to public school, and turned out just fine. After much searching, debate, and weighing options, we settled on the district we wanted to be in. It was the district I graduated from, and one that several of our friends already live in.  After many months of prepping, showing, selling, buying, moving, and complete insanity — they will be starting school on September 2, 2014. Yay!

I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and the year hasn’t even begun yet.

Just imagine, when your little one starts kindergarten, you start to learn the ropes of being the parent of a school-age child. You learn their school, the teachers, the rules, the schedule. One day at a time. Then maybe you have another little one who starts kindergarten a few years later. By then, you’re an old pro at that. Making lunches, bus schedules, and parents nights are easy peasy and you can handle a classroom birthday party or addressing last minute Valentines with your eyes closed. Well, I’m (we’re) being dumped into three schools unceremoniously and simultaneously. One in grade school, one in middle school, one in high school. Can you tell I’m freaking out a little bit?

School clothes? School supplies? Gym bags? School lunches? Bus stops? Snow Days? Clubs? Electives?

Hold me.

Jul 212014
27th Annual Philadelphia Irish Pub Tour de Shore

(You guys know I don’t usually push press releases, but this is a great cause and I wanted to share with you!)   RECORD-BREAKING 2000 BICYCLISTS WILL PEDAL FROM PHILADELPHIA TO ATLANTIC CITY FOR THE 27th ANNUAL IRISH PUB TOUR DE SHORE 65-mile ride to benefit the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation by raising money to local children charities and the families of fallen police officers and firefighters.   PHILADELPHIA – (July 21, 2014) – This Sunday, July 27th, while most of Philadelphia is still sleeping, 2,000 enthusiastic cyclists will take [...]

Jul 182014
We did it!

After much drama, much Xanax, many prayers, and a huge sigh of relief when the MIA movers finally showed up (5 hours late!) we are FINALLY in our new home. Thank you for your patience while I get things sorted out. I miss being here! (Also, I have a totally new and exciting project in the works, so I won’t be coming back empty handed!)

Jun 202014

I miss you all, I really do. I miss writing, I miss being snarky, I miss oversharing my life with you. However, I’ve entered the most soul-sucking era of my life that I have ever encountered. Moving. We sold our house (yay!) and we bought another one (yay!) and the in-between makes me think they will find me curled up in a corner somewhere with a pretty heavy drinking problem. We close in July, so hopefully I’ll be back soon. Pray for me those around me.

May 212014
Derma MD Skincare Review

I was lucky enough to be contacted by the lovely folks over at Derma MD, and sent a great product suite to review. You all know how I’m brutally honest about my skincare products, so how did Derma MD fare? Everyone’s skin type is different and so are their issues and needs. For a LINE to be effective, it must have several active ingredients to provide all the following: ingredients to deep pore cleanse, moisturizing and hydrating ingredients to maintain and increase moisture, antioxidants to protect from free radical damage, [...]

May 142014
Mini Spinach and Swiss Quiches with OvenArt Bakeware

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.     Recently I got the chance to check out some silicone baking cups ($19.95) from OvenArt Bakeware. I was excited, because I had never used silicone baking products before. They SEEMED like a great idea, but I wasn’t willing to give up my paper liners. Until now!  OvenArt Bakeware touts their silicone baking cups as “the fun, easy to use, and easy to clean replacement for paper muffin liners!”  They are BPA-free, premium silicone which allows you to bake, [...]

Apr 302014
Beauty Army Review

BeautyArmy is a San Francisco based personalized e-commerce company in the beauty and personal care space. Sifting through thousands of products online has become the norm in e-commerce but BeautyArmy has changed that. After completing a quick profile, BeautyArmy technology matches you to products that fit your specific needs. This narrows down the 1.3 million different beauty and personal care products available to a manageable set recommended just for you, based on your unique attributes. BeautyArmy works with over 200 beauty and personal care brands including Stila, NARS, Urban Decay, [...]

Apr 302014
Conscious Box Review

This month I got to check out* a great subscription box called Conscious Box! Start replacing the products in your life with healthier choices. Every month, we scour the globe for natural, non-GMO products, like delicious snacks, lush cosmetics and non-toxic cleaners. Then we box them up and send them to you. It’s an easy way to discover new favorites, and start living a healthier, more “conscious” life. Choose a box type: Taster or Plus. The Taster offers a nice, monthly sampling of natural goodies. The Plus is the enhanced [...]

Apr 302014
Reducing Plastic, One Step at a Time

Reducing Plastic, One Step at a Time Doctors and researchers have linked BPA in numerous studies to hormone and thyroid problems, behavior issues, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and even kidney and heart conditions. A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology furthermore suggests there is a strong link between exposure to BPA and the increasing incidence of asthma. As consumer awareness surges, manufacturers of plastic products are seeking to avoid the use of the better-known toxins that are being rejected by consumers and use new and different chemicals [...]

Apr 282014
Splash Shower Tunes Review

Splash Shower Tunes Review I’m a music junkie. I live my life with a soundtrack both in my head and in the air. I love everything from Frank Sinatra to Slayer and everything in between (let’s not talk about how I couldn’t walk the day after last year’s Slayer/Rob Zombie show, okay?). Until recently, I had an extremely high-tech way of taking my music with me into the shower. It was called… a bowl. Yep. A bowl. Supposedly the concave shape of a bowl is good for amplifying my tuneage, [...]

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