October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012

October 4, 2012 – Isn’t this guy a hoot?  Couldn’t resist…

October 3, 2012

October 3, 2012

October 3, 2012

October 3, 2012 – Mr. Winston is chillin’ on the couch while I get some work done.  He didn’t even follow me into the kitchen; he must be comfy…

Swanky New Undies for Mr. Sweet Phenomena #MaLoUnderwear

MaLo Underwear at K-Mart

How many of you watched Saved by the Bell?


Yes, I did too.  Who knew I’d be blogging about Mario Lopez’s new underwear line 20-something years later?

Not I.

The Man. The Legend.

That guy down there is my amazeballs husband.

Mr. & Mrs. Sweet Phenomena

Note: Black and white finish was done for no other reason than to make myself look better.  I’m selfish like that.

He’s a pretty swell guy if I do say so, and he works uber-hard making power for the fine folks in the area.

Twice a year that uber-hard becomes ultra-super-uber-hard: the power plant has what they call an outage. He gets to wield tools and turn things and push things and lift things.

It takes a toll on his clothes, especially his under-stuff: t-shirts and underwear.

So, I announced to him that I would be buying him new, fancy underwear.

He looked concerned.

Maybe, possibly because there was this one time when I made him wear an {awesome} purple tie for the job interview for this job.

But, that was three years ago.  And they still remember the tie.

Score. I win.

Enter MaLo

Not the real MaLo, but his underwear.  Underwear line, that is.

I trekked off to K-Mart to find these mythical garments for a two-fold purpose: get the man some comfy, awesomesauce underwear for this season’s outage {started today}, and to add some fun to his drawer.

Because really, who doesn’t want a little fun in their pants?

Shopping for MaLo Underwear at K-Mart

After a little digging, I came upon the Promised Land.

MaLo Underwear at K-Mart

I was ready to stock up on underwear and t-shirts, but unfortunately the only t-shirts this location carried were colored.  I’m pretty sure they do come in white though.

Now, I love colored t-shirts, but they don’t work so well under a blue work shirt.

I did manage to grab six pairs of underwear: three “normal” ones for him and three “WHOA” colors for me.  Well, not “for me.”  For him, but I liked the colors.  You know.

MaLo Underwear by Mario Lopez

MaLo Underwear by Mario Lopez

There were even some purple ones that I wanted to get.  But I decided to pace myself and warm him up slowly.

I really wanted the print ones I’ve seen other bloggers get, but our K-Mart didn’t have those either.  Total bummer.  He actually kind of liked those.

And what are we replacing you ask?  These:

Old Underwear

So, How Did it Go?

Well, we’re still waiting.  As I said, the outage just started, but I think these will outlast the others.

They’re thick, but not too thick, and just feel cozy and soft and substantial.

You know how some clothes feel substantial?  That feeling.

And, when I showed them to my husband, he didn’t become violently ill, or even a little ill, so we’ve crossed that “never buy me anything again because you made me wear a purple tie” hurdle.

I can’t wait to find some more for him.  With skulls and stuff.  Super manly and super awesome!

I think Mr. Lopez said it best himself:

MaLo Tweet

“Malo’ is all about ‘masculine with an edge… Packaging is the statue of David, one of the most iconic bodies in the world. MaLo captures some of that beauty & masculinity but with a MaLo twist.” – Mario Lopez

Be sure to check out MaLo on Facebook and Pinterest for even more great ideas on revamping your husband’s wardrobe!

Want to see more of my shopping trip and the crazy stuff I found? Check out my Google+ album.

True Confessions: I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and MaLo. #CBias #SocialFabric

October 1, 2012


October 1, 2012 – Working at the newly cleaned off and ready for work desk was going well.  Until the pets thought it would be fun to play…

Always be Prepared #KotexMom

Most of us have at least a month of school under our belts by now.  Routines are developing, schedules are in full force, and Fall is in the air.

We’re not going to talk about stuff like that, though.  We’re going to talk about one of those things that always seems to slip our minds: what happens when your daughter starts her period while away from home.

The most obvious place for this to happen is at school, but I homeschool, so I quickly thought of all the times when it could still happen:  at soccer practice/games, while at a friend’s house, or out shopping.

No matter what type of school your child is in, starting her period while away is something very real to your daughter.

So, how do you deal with this?  More importantly, how do you help her deal with it?

Prepare Yourself to Prepare Her

Remember all those times you think to yourself as a mother: “Oh, I hope she doesn’t get information about that from other kids…”

Well, this is one of those times you should be thinking that.  You should be the one to prep your daughter for this, not someone else.

You can’t really do a good job at this unless you’ve got everything down yourself.

Know if she has any “systems” in place at school, such as a nurse. Maybe the nurse has an emergency kit on hand.

Make sure she has all the supplies she needs {pads, a change of clothes, etc.}. This doesn’t have to be anything major, but she should get used to carrying a pad or two at the very least.

This will help her feel more prepared for when the time comes.  U by Kotex Tween has an array of awesome products designed specifically for tweens.  They’re colorful, they’re small, they’re compact.  No more lugging around that massive pillow in the icky pastel pink wrapper…

Make sure she understands what will and won’t happen. How many times have we experienced the fear of the unknown?  Tons.  Don’t do that to your daughter.

Kotex has put together a great site that covers any topic related to periods that you can possibly imagine.  I really like their section on first period questions.  Study that with your daughter and you’re set to go!

Preparation is key here folks.  Set your daughter up for success and make sure she’s got her period pack on her at all times.

Let her know what will happen so she knows what to expect and how to react.

How did you prepare your daughter?  Did your mother prepare you?  Let’s chat below!

True Confessions:  I wrote this review while participating in a Brand Ambassador Campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of U by Kotex Tween and received products to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.