Rebranding and Back From the Near Dead

Thank you all for your patience. I know it’s been crazy quiet over here for a couple of months. Anywho, as some of you recall, I was traveling earlier this year and once I returned home I got sick… well that sickness drug out for over 5 weeks and to be honest I still don’t feel 100% yet. (Hugs and love to all of you who checked on me)

In the midst of that, the #COVID19 #coronavirus #pandemic #lockdown #quarantine situation happened and life got hectic in a whole different way so we have been spending the time thinking things over and have decided on a re-branding of sorts that will include partnering with a fellow blogger so we will soon be known as the 2 Humble Hootchies (our blog name and url will be changing today ^_^. This will also take care of the issue I’ve had with Facebook not liking my blog link off and on for months now)

In short, we are not dead/retired over here just healing, thinking, working on interviews with different businesses/organizations, spending a lot of time helping elderly friends/neighbors and enjoying the upsurge in family time. Feel free to let me know what you guys have been into 🥰🥰 Love you all and see you soon as the….

Blogging… How Did You Get Here?

In lieu of a long intro and a lot of hubbub, I’m going to cut right to the point of this short post.

What made all of you become bloggers?

I’m curious because I know when I started off on this adventure, I didn’t set out to become a blogger but that is where I happily ended up.

I wanted to share my experiences with people, places and products with others and it evolved into this.

Do you have a favorite platform? (Twitter, IG, Pinterest, Facebook etc.) Do you have one you can’t stand? Have you found any tools you can’t live without? (Tailwinds, MailChimp, etc.) Have you run into any scams? Are your family and friends supportive? Did you start out with a free blog or did you jump all in and get a premium paid blog with all the bells and whistles? Whats the biggest mistake you made starting out? Do you work mostly on your laptop or your phone?

Please feel free to share your story in the comments. I’d love to hear more about what makes you tick and your journey.

Nothing Like having Kids LOL

I’m behind on posting because life has been a busy busy thing, so I thought I’d drop something to make you all laugh today. Hang in there everyone, the weekend is approaching…. YOU CAN DO IT!!! * hugs*

We all know or remember this feeling… ease the baby down slowly then back away as quietly as you can all while praying the door won’t creak as you shut it lol
Trying your best to clean with a toddler in the house is an accident waiting to happen. We’ve all been “rear-ended” like this before… (same applies if you have a cat or dog too)
This on needs no explanation heh heh heh
My parents were kings of this one… I’m not bad at it myself. Teenagers will test you in ways you never thought possible. *WooSaaaa* (@mawadu78 me and @thevirginiaimp lol)
I once found one under the drivers seat of my car in the middle of July with my first child – like an idiot, I opened it. Never… NEVER again did I make that mistake. Directly in the trash is the only place for long lost anything with dairy in it.
No matter how the internet uses this cat I find myself relating LOL

Hope I was able to get you giggling. Have a great Thursday and thank you for stopping by my little corner of the web! The memes used in this post were found HERE on Buzzfeed!

Wine, Moths and Snakes… OH NO!

I’m a wine lover.

In my world there is no better way to wrap up a nice evening than to pour a glass of wine, step outside on the deck and sip away as I look up at the stars.

This is exactly what I was doing a few nights ago as I enjoyed the warm spring night here in the mountains of Virginia. However, with the porch light on, nature – in the form of flying insects, were flocking to the walkway on my deck in droves. Overwhelmed at an alarming rate, and having no desire to end up with bugs in my wine – I grab the insect spray, pointed it at the porch light and sprayed away.

Content with my thorough dousing of the insects I dash back a few steps to avoid getting hit by the over-spray. When I turn around to see the results, I’m met with the most startling sight.

A snake.

A large snake.

A large, long pissed off snake about 3 feet from my face… ho shit!!

The following takes place:

Me: *blinks in stunned silence at the sight before me but remains quiet and motionless*

Snake: *Hisses at me in an agitated manner as it starts to unfurl from the porch light*

Me: *Calls husband’s name as I continue to watch my scaly visitor move*

Husband: “Yes, Baby?”

Snake: *hiss hiss*

Me: Thinking – *I’m so sorry Mister Snake. If I had know you were there I would have never sprayed you like that – in fact I would have kept me and my wine sipping in the house… my apologies* – Calls Husband’s name 3 times in a row* (It’s all I can manage to do)

Husband: *Comes to the door* “What’s wrong?”

Me: “There’s a snake on the porch light and it’s slowly moving toward me.”

Husband: O.o *looks over at light through the screen door* “F*ck!!”

Me: “Yeah, kinda my thought too. Could you slowly open the screen door so it’s between me and our uninvited guest? I’d really appreciate not being out here any longer.”

Husband: *opens door – So I can slide inside*

Okay, so now I’m inside the house and safe but there is still a decent sized snake on the porch light (it’s well over three feet long). It’s almost midnight and I have no desire to let him slither off to hide somewhere else outside on the deck or patio. My husband (The Satyr) is not a “Man versus Wild” kind of guy but he arms up with a broom, puts his sneakers on and grabs a flash light. He’s about as ready as he can get at the hour on short notice.

Luckily for all of us, the adult children were home and had just settled into bed so I go knock.

Me: *knock knock knock*

My daughter The Sprite: “Yes?”

Me: I hate to disturb you guys at this hour but I need your help getting this snake off the porch light.

The Sprite: “Mommy, that doesn’t make any sense??!”

Her Fiance: “I think it does, Honey. I’m pretty sure your mom said there is a snake on the deck light and I need to go help take care of it.”

The Sprite: “Why is there a snake!!??”

Me: Thinking – *that’s a valid question that I have no answer for. I’m just as shocked as you are*

We all are up and about now. My son, The Imp, takes one look at the situation, calls the snake a nope rope and a danger noodle and immediately decides wants nothing to do with the fiasco before taking up residence on the couch. The rest of us go outside in our Pjs armed with – 2 flashlights, the kitchen broom, a plastic pole, some work gloves, a knife and a push broom…. yes this has us all looking as ridiculous as it sounds.

About fifteen minutes later we had the snake taken care of and all is well but I’d have to say that was the last thing I expected from deciding to step outside with my Chardonnay.

Have you guys had any interesting run ins with nature? Please feel free to share.

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DIY Poo Pourri

Let’s face it, most people do not want to talk about bathroom activities. What goes on in and around the porcelain throne is not usually a topic of discussion. I’m not the shy type, so when I saw the video advertisement for Poo Pourri I was all in! However, more often than not when I see articles or blog posts about Poo Pourri the person writing it says something like “I bought this as a gag gift”. Not me, when I saw this product advertised, I was all for what it was promising to do and bought it right away.

About ten days and twenty-two dollars later my order arrived in the mail. My family and I tried it and we have been fans ever since… well,  fans of the product because it works, and it works well. We just weren’t big fans of the price tag and shipping costs. A four oz bottle will set you back around ten dollars and even if you find it in a discount store five bucks is as cheap as I’ve ever found the four oz size, though it’s usually around eight dollars.

I don’t mind paying good money for something that works – but for a household that has five people in it on a regular basis on top of entertaining often, keeping both bathrooms stocked with this spray proved to be costly.

With saving money in mind, I turned to the wonder known as the interwebs and researched  how to make my own.

The recipe ended up being more simple than I thought it would be. I had all of the ingredients right down to the distilled water on hand!

Here’s the recipe I used:

Step 1 – 2 Teaspoons of Vegetable Glycerin or Dish Soap.
Step 2 – 2 Teaspoons of Rubbing Alcohol.
Step 3 – 20-30 Drops of a Fragrant Essential Oil. (I used lavender oil)
Step 4 – Fill the remainder of the 4 oz spray bottle with distilled water. (I used an empty Poo Pourri bottle I had under the sink)

After that, it was simply a matter of shaking it up and spraying. That was it.

I was honestly impressed with just how close it was to what I had been buying for a mere fraction of the cost. The results were 8.5 out of 10 – This recipe took a few more sprays for the same effect and still wasn’t quite as strong, yet for a cost difference of about twenty-five cents per bottle for this homemade version versus at least five dollars – if not ten dollars a bottle for the name brand, I’m sold.

Have any of you made a DIY version of something that worked out well (or not lol)? If you’ve blogged about it please leave a link to it in the comments, I’d love to try it!

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Better Eating For The Family

As a family we have made a decision.

We have decided that we are going to make a serious concerted effort to eat better.  Three out of the four of us have really packed on the pounds over the last year. We need to eat better and move more. We looked at the current weight loss trends and we decided that we don’t want to do any fad diets or Cleanses or Keto or Carnivore or any of that (not that there’s anything wrong with some of those). We just want to do something that is more of a permanent lifestyle change and we don’t want to live in a world were we can’t eat bread or potatoes, but kudos to any of you that can go carb light for life.

In the spirit of our decision we have decided to make Sunday’s family food prep day. I think having a variety of healthy foods on hand will greatly curb one of our biggest weaknesses and that is grabbing something quick because we are all busy and we do not do hungry (Hangry – lol) very well. A bad habit that leads us all to making poor food choices.

With that said, if anyone would like to drop a link or two to some recipes or tips we’d appreciate it greatly.

The Imp of the Reverse

Every now and again life comes at us all pretty fast. Luckily for us it brings a good measure of humor along with it.

For example, my husband and my son last week. My son (The Imp) is 16, and like most 16 year-olds, he is ten foot tall and bulletproof. Thanks to a TV show (The Golden Girls) and a short conversation, it comes to our son’s awareness that we have an attic…. an attic he has never been in and the following unfolds –

Son: Can we get into our attic?

Husband: Yes, we can.

Son: How?

Husband: Move the access panel, grab the ladder and climb in.

Son: I want to go in the attic and look around!

Husband: It’s kind of late.

Me: Why don’t you wait until this weekend. That way your dad can bring in the ladder and help you into the attic.

Son: I bet I can do it with a chair!

Me and Husband: *exchange look*

Me: Why don’t we just wait.

Son: Nah, I have enough upper body strength. I can pull myself into that opening… no problem.

Me and Husband: *exchange look number two*

Son: *scurries down the hall wearing a big grin while carrying a dining room chair*

*clink* *rustle rustle* *bump* *grunt* groan*

~~~ Silence ~~~

THUNK WHAM SCRAAAAAPPPPEE

Husband: *is already getting up from the couch*

Son: DAAAAAAAAD!!!

Husband reports the sight of two legs and feet hanging out of the opening in the ceiling, a tipped over step stool that was apparently put on top of the chair for added lift, a wooden shield (we are still uncertain as to its role in this whole fiasco) and the coat rack that has been ripped out of the wall and is lying in a heap on the floor amongst the crumpled jackets… backing out of the attic had not gone as smoothly as getting in it would seem.

The Imp was fine (a little scuffed up but in high spirits). Instead of waiting and going into the attic over the weekend as we suggested, he spent that time learning how to patch drywall.

Never a dull moment. lol

Any of you have some fun child rearing stories to share?

The Satyr (My Husband) by JeCorey Holder Artist Extraordinaire

Game Night Fun!

The weekend is here and we are ready for it! Nothing like rounding up friends and family for some food and fun! I never tire of playing games and with the variety of available games out there you shouldn’t either. I’ve even found out that there has been a new spin put on some old classics.

Uno now has blank customizable cards (where you write in what you want the player after you to do) and a card that once played causes you to swap hands with another player. (I was not ready to trade in my three cards for fourteen but it happened lol)

I hadn’t played the board game Sorry in eons and after getting a new game around the holidays we noticed that there are some changes to this game as well. You no longer need to pull a 1 or a 2 to get out of start, the slide areas on the board are now color coded with three colors each so you can only slide if your token color is one of the three on the slide bar and you now have three tokens of each color instead of four.

In my world classic playing cards are a must. Gin, rummy, hearts, spades and more can all be played using a regular deck of playing cards. So if having a large array of games sitting around isn’t your thing you can still have quite the variety of games at your fingertips as long as you have cards on hand

When it comes to snacks there isn’t much that my crew won’t eat but Lays Classic Potato Chips are always a crowd pleaser. Plain, dipped, partially crushed lol it doesn’t matter we love these things. Our current thirst quenching favorite would be the flavored waters by Nestle! With orange, grape, lemon, wild berry and more there is definitely something for everyone with this brand.

We haven’t cracked into the Zombie Opoly yet so that one is first in line for this weekend. What games do you all like to play? Have you noticed any changes with old favorites?


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Winner Winner!

We had our first giveaway over the last two weeks and for this blog to be “the new kid on the block” I think it all went rather well. With 173 entries overall I’d have to call our first freebie event a smashing success!

So without further ado, I’d like to announce Lola Harkins of Beaufort, NC (name and location used with permission) as our winner! She will be receiving the makeup bag in the next 7-10 business via USPS.

I’d like to thank all of you that entered and shared the giveaway as well as those who have read and commented on this blog over the past few months once again.

We might see you soon with another giveaway.

Hugs and Love,

The Virginia Nymph


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First Giveaway!

All of you followers and commenters have been amazing! It’s been a wonderful couple of months and I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. To show my appreciation I’m giving away the LOKASS Drawstring Makeup Bag pictured below. I have partnered with a fellow blogger Vivian at Thoughts From the Shower for this giveaway so you will see this post there as well.

All you have to do to enter is share this post on social media (FB, Twitter, IG, Pinterest, etc…), use the hashtag #VANGIVEAWAY and then comment on this post where you have shared it, (you can also drop a link if that is easier, and make sure your post is public so we can verify it, please). This giveaway is international and the shipping of the prize will be covered by us. Each share gets you one entry. Entries close on Friday March 15th at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be chosen and announced Sunday March 17th 2019 at 6:00 PM EST.

I look forward to rewarding you all for your support.

You can also share this post from Vivian’s Blog – Thoughts From the Shower located HERE. There is no cap on entries. We hope you all have fun with this.

Love and hugs to all. ^_^

Your Friend,

The Virginia Nymph