Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Juice Journey #2 - The Pajamba Juice Store

Just a reminder, I'm getting paid for this. All the words and opinions are still mine. 


We've been going to Jamba Juice a lot this month. Why? Because I signed up to try everything on the menu and let you know what I thought. Here are a few things I have learned.

  • Jamba Juice is really tasty, but of you buy seven of them at the same time it becomes hard to differentiate the flavors. 
  • You can mix any two Jamba Juices together and make another tasty Jamba Juice.
  • You too can get a free Jamba Juice by downloading the Isis Mobile Wallet App and visisting your local Jamba Juice! They are giving away a million Jamba Juices and there are plenty left. 
  • My daughter LOVES Jamba Juice.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I'm Not Supermom

Stevie here. I'm the non-baby on the left in picture above. I've taken over John's blog this week because I want to introduce you to someone. She’s called Supermom. It’s a funny phrase people throw around to refer to moms that “do it all”. The soccer moms. The PTA presidents.The moms that make homemade meals from scratch every. damn. night. Whether or not we want to admit it, I think all moms have at least SOME desire to be that mom. Sure, it may not be cooking, or dealing with other PTA members that you covet. But you want that sense of order. You want to have (or seem like you have) your proverbial shit together. 

My discovery of Pinterest marked the beginning of my slow decent into “Supermom Madness.” As I perused pin after pin of perfectly decorated homes, labeled pantries, adorable laundry rooms, Montessori-style playrooms, recipes that require 40 ingredients and twice as many mom-minutes to make, I would frantically save them to my boards. My obsession grew. I collected pin after pin about indoor/outdoor activities with every age group imaginable, pins about how to clip coupons and save money on groceries, but then I couldn't eat those groceries because now I had pins that told me that I have to eat "super foods". Pins showing me how to make my food pretty, my kids pretty, my house pretty, my pretty pretty!!

Pretty All the Things! - I'm Not Supermom

It was exhausting

Now I will readily admit that those pins aren't logical. I’m sure the blogger that created it thought to herself “and now I will immortalize the last time this linen closet ever looks like this. Ever.” But I still looked at it and said to myself: that could be my life. That could be my linen closet! And that’s what filled my head every night when I went to bed. I wanted all the linen closets. I wanted all the bento lunches. The craft spaces, the spring outfits, the perfect party decorations with chalkboard labels and creative punches in amazing jars with hand-calligraphied signs. I wanted it all. And I couldn't have it. And it drove me nuts. 

I had to take a break. I ran away from Pinterest for a while. Other moms must have been feeling the same Pinterest burn out I was, because around the same time I fled from Pinterest I started seeing articles shared by friends and fellow moms about not being “Supermom”.  Just be ok with the mess, they would tell me. Don’t bother folding your kids’ clothes, they said. They’re just going to get tossed around anyway. Don’t spend time cleaning when you could be playing and having interactions with your kids! Enjoy the moment! 

So, being the sheep that I am, I listened. You’re right, article. I’m no Supermom. I’m just a regular mom with my two kids and my full-time job. I should just go with the flow. Messes will happen but we will survive. The clothes will still be clean if they aren't neatly folded. And I will be closer with my family because I will have spent quality time with them rather than cleaning!

Experience All the Things! - I'm Not Supermom

I’ll just fast-forward through the chaos here and tell you that it didn't go over well. Our mornings became a stressful shuffle of digging through what may or may not have been baskets of clean clothes, trying to find matching socks, searching through the kitchen to find my keys, John's keys, ANY KEYS WILL DO. But we can't because they are hiding underneath the unpaid, unopened bill on the counter that itself was underneath John’s belt. “JOHN I FOUND YOUR BELT!”

Our evenings became John frantically searching through the kitchen for something to make for dinner or pack for lunch the next day -  but we can’t  - because there’s yesterday’s dishes sitting in the sink, and a backpack? Seriously, who puts a backpack in the sink! 

Nice bed-time routines (you know, the part where the quality interaction with my kids is supposed to be happening) turned into grunted profanities because I unexpectedly had a toy rhinoceros embedded in the padding of my foot.

“Mom, why are you crying?”

“Because that rhinoceros is an asshole,” is not, under an circumstance, what I actually said. 

So yeah. It took having my foot impaled by a tiny safari animal to realize that this wasn’t working. I can’t be let-the-house-go-to-hell-so-I-can-live-in-the-moment-mom. I also can’t be Supermom. Well where does that leave me? 

I’ll tell you. If I knock of all the extras, it leaves me with “mom”. I’ll be mom

I’ll enjoy the moment. And I will fold socks. (Not that sock folding is a specific "mom job", it's just something I do.) I will be kind of spontaneous! I will be somewhat organized! And I will fail every once in a while! And I will forgive myself! And I will start sentences with “and!” 

I will run the race and not worry so much about finishing it. I do care. I love striving for that Supermom title. I loved making inspiration boards of things to do to the house. I love pinning cute outfits I’ll never be able to afford. MY LINEN CLOSET DESERVES PERFECTION, DAMMIT. PINTEREST, HONEY! I’M COMING HOME!!

I’m not Supermom. I never will be. But I can idolize those perfect, albeit pretend, Supermoms of Pinterest. I know I’ll never live in a world of perfect organization or herringbone accent walls, but I’d rather shoot for those stars and land on top of the world (yes, I just quoted Pitbull) than land in the gutter that was my house for a week. I can dream. And then I can wake up. And somewhere in-between, I can be mom

In-Between All The Things - I'm Not Supermom

PS - don't forget to come join the fun on the Ask Your Dad Blog Facebook page! We try to keep things neat and tidy there. But you know, Supermom.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time for a Juice Journey, a Jamba Juice Journey!

This article is sponsored. Yep, dad is getting paid. BAM. Benjamins. And Juice. Is there anything better?

Remember a few months ago when I won a $250.00 gift card to Jamba Juice? Remember how much fun we had thinking of ways I could spend $250.00 at Jamba Juice. Well, here are a few things I did.

Jamba Juice for EVERYONE!!

I walked into a Jamba Juice, channeled my inner Oprah, and shouted, "You get a Jamba Juice! You get a Jamba Juice! EVERYBODY. GETS. A. JAMBA. JUICE!!!!! I looked kind of like this:


Granted, it was the middle of the workday on a Tuesday, so there were only two people there. But those people we're very appreciative of their free Jamba Juices.

Look how happy they look!
Jamba Juice for my office!!

The next thing I did was buy Jamba Juice for my whole office! They too were very appreciative, yet less willing to have their picture taken. So instead, pretend like these are the people in my office, and not the cast of The Office on NBC that in no way endorses my blog, or Jamba Juice, even though they should, because Jamba Juice is pretty dang tasty!

Source: NBC- The Office (Jamba Juices added by me)

Jamba Juice as Household Currency!!

Yes, I bartered with Jamba Juice. My wife loves them. I love backrubs. Win/win

So! Anyway!

I posted on the Ask Your Dad Facebook page, and on Twitter about all the fun stuff I was doing with my Jamba Wealth and lo-and-behold the good people at Jamba Juice took notice! They had their own idea. Why not try every single Jamba Juice on the menu and let you all know what I think! In return, they are sponsoring a series of posts on Ask Your Dad, a percentage of which will go to my charity driver for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!! (See the sidebar if you want to donate).

Here is the coolest part. You too can participate in my #JuiceJourney (like it, I made up the hashtag) and get free juice! All you have to do is download the new Isis Mobile Wallet App for your Android Phone and stop by any Jamba Juice! They're doing this until they give away 1,000,000 Jamba Juices!!

If you take a picture of yourself with your free Jamba Juice, tweet it or instagram it with the hashtag #JuiceJourney and I will add it to my weekly updates!

Click here or the image below to find out more! And stay tuned to my social channels and Ask Your Dad for my weekly updates as Duchess, Stevie and I work are way through the Jamba Juice Menu!