Two minor domestic triumphs:
1) Located Source of Mysterious Bad Smell. First thing this morning, I started encountering little air pockets of Bad Smell, mostly in the kitchen but also everywhere else. The usual culprits proclaimed their innocence: twins' diapers were clean, kitchen trash seemed fine; the diaper pail, while not exactly springtime fresh, was within normal limits. I kept smelling something, though. Then, as I went to wipe up the twins after their breakfast, I found the problem: a nasty washcloth. A washcloth can turn on you like that. I spritzed the hell out of it with Febreze: when a washcloth smells that terrible, I like to do prep before it goes through the wash.
2) Used a $10 Off Coupon at Target. The challenge was to spend the necessary $100, but on things we would buy anyway. A coupon for $10 off $100 is good, but if I buy a bunch of pretty-sparklies and dishes and baby clothes we don't need, it's only 10% off--that's hardly even a sale. If I buy diapers and dish soap and cat food, it's a free package of diapers. I came home with the world's most boring Target haul (paper towels! light bulbs!), but I used that coupon.
Hey, ethical dilemma: The other day when I went to Target, I got a pair of earrings that were 75% off--$3.74. When I got home and was looking at the receipt to see if I needed to save it, I noticed that the earrings were not on there. They were in my bag, but unpaid for. On one hand, it's only $3.74, and I'm going to feel like a major kiss-up dork if I go to customer service and insist on paying. On the other hand, it doesn't sit well with me to just let it go. Usually I wear new earrings the very next day, but I find that when I look at them, I think uncomfortably of how I--totally inadvertently--"stole" them. What would you do? I'll tell you later what I've decided.
Life-improving products, part 4 - (Continued from part 1, part 2, and part 3.) Stearns Youth Life Vest (photo from Amazon.com). I’d been too scared to take the kids to any body of water oth...