Disney Pixar’s #Brave Looks So Full of Win!

I don’t know what it is, but this new Disney Pixar movie has got me so excited; I absolutely can. not. wait. to see it!

A movie about a girl who doesn’t want to do what everyone else says she needs to is a winner in my eyes.

I want Babydoll to grow up and know that she can do whatever it is she wants, as long as it does not hurt others.  It doesn’t matter if a girl is “supposed” to do it, if she is passionate about it, she can do it.

I have been waiting patiently for months for this thing to come out; I’ve only got a couple more months to go!!!!

Here’s the newest trailer; I love that it touches on the fact that family is important, no matter the time period.


I’ve Got Gas


Gas is expensive.  You really notice it when you have a husband who makes a two hour round-trip commute for work.

And I’m just going to put this out there:  It’s also not much fun to purchase.

The yummy fresh pasta I purchased today-that’s a fun purchase.

My new vacuum-fun purchase all the way.

Gas-eh, not so much.

Enter MurPay!

Who thought that buying gas could be made fun, convenient, AND frugal?  Not me…

MurPay allows users to text the amount they’ll be spending on gas {up to $125} and receive a custom code to purchase that gas.

This code is good for 24 hours, and when you do use the code at the pump, you’ll get the best gas price in the past 24 hours or three cents off per gallon, whichever is less.

That’s right, the cheapest price on gas!  Just because you texted them!  How insanely awesome is that?

So insanely awesome.

But how does all this awesome work?

  1. Sign up for MurPay.  It’s FREE and only takes a few minutes.
  2. Verify your checking account information.
  3. Text “MURPAY” and the dollar amount you’d like to spend on gas to 304050.
  4. Pay for your gas using your unique code and Customer Verification Number.
  5. Go! You only pay for what you actually purchase, even if your code was for more!

Let’s do this!

We’re smack-dab in the middle of soccer season, which means we’re trekking hither and yon, in addition to Vince’s commute.

With an away game this weekend, Babydoll and I decided to try out our new-fangled way to get gas.

I sent a text the previous night:

Out the door we head!

This game was almost 30 miles away, one way; almost 60 miles round trip!

Considering she had two games this weekend, plus she’ll be playing in a tournament about 30 miles away next weekend which will warrant three round trips, the mileage starts to add up fast.

The game was over and it was time to get gas and head home.

Murphy USA wasn’t too far from where we were, so we headed that way.  This was a new-to-us store.

We got there and found something we hadn’t seen before, an Additech console!  This allows you to purchase additives for your gasoline, designed to clean your engine.  It talked to us!

It was time to purchase my gas with my handy code.  Excuse the glare, it was rather difficult to get a good shot with the sun the level it was!

Next you would enter your Customer Verification Number, watch your savings appear, and get to pumping.

An employee was heading out to tell me I couldn’t take pictures, so I wasn’t able to get pictures of that process, but I bet you can imagine what it looks like.

Why is this so cool again?

Several reasons!  I love my smartphone and it was fun using it to purchase gas!

Then there’s the huge one:  the savings you get.  The best price in a 24 hour period or three cents off {whichever is less}, you can’t beat that man!

There’s something else about MurPay that I think is really cool for households that are trying to budget gas for teenagers, multiple drivers, etc.

You can set purchase limits and product restrictions:

They also have an app!

Of course I’m going to love an app if I enjoyed purchasing gas on my phone!

The Murphy USA app lets you find gas prices nearby {including competitor prices – Murphy USA knows who has the best price}, gives you driving directions to the nearest Murphy USA, allows you to use MurPay, and lets you sign up for coupons and discounts!

It does all of this for free.

This is an awful lot for a gas station yes?

Yes, but you know what I love about it?  It shows that Murphy USA cares about its customers.

Sure, not every person will use every helpful tool that they provide, but they’ve provided several options in the hopes that one will work for their customers.

Let me know if you use the MurPay service and what you think!

True Confessions:  I was compensated for this post.  It was still tons of fun to learn about this service and to use it.  As always, all statements are my own opinions.

It’s Party Time! Woot Woot! #UBP12

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Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Oh my gosh, how fun is that banner up there?!

That’s right, it’s super fun!  As it should be; the Ultimate Blog Party is quite possibly one of the most fun annual events in all the blogosphere.

I joined last year and met quite a few super-awesome bloggers {like That Odd Mom}, found some great blogs, and even won a prize!

So, despite my being fashionably late to the party, I had to join up again this year!

Who Am I?


My name is Tiffany and I’m the pizzazz-filled chick behind Sweet Phenomena.

I’m a wife, I’m a mom, I’m a homeschooler {who, by the way, does not wear dresses and does not grow my hair long and does not homeschool for religious reasons; although, my hair is long, because I like it that way…}, I’m a social media maven {no, really, that’s my job title, for real}, I’m a blogger, I’m a volunteer, and I’m a gamer.

I’m several other things, too, but those give you a good idea of who I am.  I have a stellar husband {Vince}, a sweet daughter {Babydoll}, a stupendous cat {Princess}, and a swell dog {Winston Fitzpatrick}.

You can read more about me here.

What is Sweet Phenomena?


Sweet Phenomena is a blog about life, homeschooling, domestic violence awareness, and all the super-uber stuff that makes life worth living!

You’ll find product reviews, giveaways, thoughts on homeschooling, information on domestic violence, and lots more.

An eBook is on the way next month as well, which I am so excited about!  From there I’d like to start developing resources and curriculum devoted to teaching children about domestic violence, prevention, and more.

Sweet Phenomena is also getting a face lift in the next couple of weeks!

Lots going on here!! If you’d like to read more about the blog, you can do so here.

Party On!


Hang out, check out those big pretty pink buttons to the right, and let me know you came by {so I can stop in at your place!}.

It’s nice to meet you!


The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Methods


There are a variety of homeschooling methods out there.  I’m still learning about some…

Really, the way you homeschool is a method.  It may be strictly one style or it may be a combination of several.

Still trying to figure out which one {or ones} work for you?

Here you go, the ultimate guide to homeschool methods!

Homeschool Mosaics Homeschool Methods – This is a new site, but it’s great!  There are methods on here I’ve never heard of before.

Choosing a Homeschooling Method:  Which One is Right For You? – An extensive list of homeschooling methods.

Homeschooling and Its Many Faces – Lots of links for a variety of methods.

Homeschool Methods – Finding a Method That’s Right for You – More links for a variety of methods.

Homeschool Methods, Uniquely You – A great post with curricula/resource info, too.

The Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll – This is so cool:  homeschool blogs are linked up based on their homeschooling method.

Homeschooling Methods – Lots and lots and lots of links!

Methods and Styles Directory – Exactly what the title says.

Homeschool Approaches – A few I’ve never heard of before.

Discover the Homeschooling Method That’s Right For You – A great bulleted breakdown of several methods.

Resources for Exploring Various Homeschooling Methods – Links to not only website, but books and other resources as well.

Best Homeschool Method Blogs 2010 – The voting may be over but this is still a great list of blogs about specific methods.

8 Homeschooling Methods – Um, eight homeschooling methods…

Curriculum Methods and Reviews – I think we all love learning about new-to-us curricula.

Homeschooling Approaches and Methods – Again, self-explanatory.

Carlie is looking to feature YOU!  She’s looking for posts on a variety of homeschooling methods.

I Got a Vacuum and Chocolate Eggs…How Was Your Week?

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Jealous much?

I thought so.

No, really, I would be, too.  Vacuums totally rock, especially when they’re new and they suck as they should.

And chocolate eggs?  I mean, Cadbury chocolate eggs?  Filled with caramel?  Skip-and-squee-around-the-kitchen kind of good.

That snazzy looking piece of home cleaning goodness up there is my new vacuum.  Wanna know what makes it even sweeter?

I got it for $100.  Instead of $250.

Can you believe that?  No, no I couldn’t either.

It was the floor model and I needed a vacuum so I made the bold move of purchasing it.  I’ve already vacuumed and calmed myself to the gentle whirring…

So, it’s been one of those weeks.  Not necessarily bad, just busy.  I can’t believe I haven’t updated Sweet Phenomena in a week.

I feel completely shameful.  I apologize.

But you know, I have good excuses, like chocolate eggs and vacuums.  And a neutered dog and a Babydoll that needed to see the doctor and a homeowners’ association SNAFU and a neutered dog that needed to go back to the doctor and life.

I should really start listening to Vince.  He does, after all, have kick booty time management skills.  They’re rather intricate, but revolve around just saying “NO!”.

Wanna know what I feel like right now?

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That’s right.  I’m feeling like my OJ needs a little kick.

So, I raise my glass to you, Sweet Phenomena peeps.  I’m relaxing this evening with some lasagna, chocolate eggs, a vacuum, and some TV.

Possibly a margarita.  Or three.

And then tomorrow I shall start anew, shuttling Babydoll off to soccer, writing killer content {after all, I have my stupendous content calendar from Content Brew}, and vacuuming.

Blinds, stairs, carpets, bare floors, nothing shall be safe from my awesome appliance.

Wish me luck.