On Thursday, Miles and Oliver both had their Christmas lunches in their classes, so somewhere in the midst of running between their classes, I remembered to take a picture.


We’re still here, I’ve just been too busy to post. Gotta do some catchup now…

Playing a game on the Wii. Peacefully, for once.


A few weeks ago, I got an iPhone. And one of the reasons I got an iPhone was the camera. (You may have heard, I’m a bit of a photography enthusiast.) Around the time I got my iPhone, I learned about GrooveBook.

Let me back up a little. I have boxes and boxes of prints from high school, college, London, and just everyday life. Up until about, say, 2004, when George bought a digital camera. Since then, I’ve rarely had prints made. A few photo books here and there, and certainly some enlargements of the boys for framing, but no more envelopes of 4x6s to stick in my purse. I can’t say I really missed them, but sometimes (especially with the boys), it’s nice to have physical prints to show off or to give away.

Enter the GrooveBook. A book of your photos from your iPhone or iPad, printed and sent to you for only $2.99! You get one book monthly, and can put up to 100 of your photos in it. And the prints are perforated so if you want to give a print to someone, or put one on your corkboard at work or whatever, you can do that easily, without destroying the rest of the book.

Pretty cool – it prints the date and location of the photo on the perforated part. Also, I’m glad I painted my fingernails last night.
Cardstock cover to protect your photos

Here’s how it works…

It’s very simple:
· Upload up to 100 photos a month from your phone
· Receive a keepsake photo book of your photos in about 7 days (just $2.99 shipping & processing)
· The books are made with quality photo-paper and perforated edges so that you can use the photos however you please

Now, I’m not going to say the quality of the prints is what you’d get from a pro lab after shooting on a DSLR, but it’s better than I expected. Obviously we’re working with a camera phone here, but all things considered, I was pleased.

If you want to try this, GrooveBook will send you a book for free by using the code PyjammysGroove. Download the app here: GrooveBook app

(and sorry, Android users, it’s only for iPhone and iPad right now. See why I got an iPhone?)

All opinions are my own. GrooveBook sent me a sample book with my photos for free, but I was not compensated for this post. I only review products I think are cool or useful or fun. This is all three.


Maury-Frank has a new best friend. I don’t think this is going to end well.


One of the reasons I love living in our neighborhood – carolers! Even though it was probably 70 degrees outside. Miles especially seemed enchanted by the whole experience.

How to deal with filthy children

My top three favorite smells are:

1. Sweet Olive (the only good thing about springtime in Louisiana)
2. Baked goods (I would never work in a bakery because that might ruin it for me.) (Plus I’d weigh 635 pounds.)
3. Clean laundry.

You know what’s disappointing? When you can’t use scented laundry detergent because your baby’s eczema is exacerbated by the perfumes in detergent and fabric softener. So the only way you can get your “clean laundry smell” fix is by walking by people’s houses when they’re doing laundry. I mean, it’s better than nothing, I suppose.

Fortunately, sometimes the aforementioned baby will outgrow the laundry scent sensitivity and Mom can once again have clothes that smell clean rather than like, I don’t know, cotton.

So isn’t it lucky that the P&G eStore sells these lovely Tide PODS to toss in your laundry? I also love these premeasured receptacles of delight because I suspect when I use regular liquid detergent, I use WAY too much of it. So even though these may seem more expensive on a load-by-load basis, I think it really all comes out in the wash (ha) because you are using the correct amount. Very nifty.

And then of course you get that great Tide scent all over your clothes. My mom used Tide when I was growing up, so I think I have a particular affinity for that scent. And contained within these pods is not just laundry detergent. They also contain stain remover. I think it goes without saying that when you have little boys that like to get down and dirty when they play, stain removal is an important feature. (Also, Tide has those triplet commercials, so I can’t help but feel somewhat obligated to use it. Although if they need triplets for commercials, I will be more than happy to supply some.)

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Right now, until December 29th, you can get $1 off your purchase of two Tide, Downy, or Bounce purchases. And you’ll get free shipping when you spend just $25 in the P&G eStore. And free samples! And (yes, there’s more) you can get 15% off your first order by using the code A9Z-MN5-KY3-ISA.

Off to do more laundry…

Cash trumps chocolate?

‘Tis the season…a friend of mine got this in her mailbox after leaving her mail carrier a mug with candy in it.


Can you say “ingrate”? Geez, Keith, it’s not like it was the Jelly of the Month club…


Oliver made this sign at Millie’s birthday party on Saturday. I think he was staking his claim. Take note, Miles and Linus!


Cheering on Daddy as he shot paintballs at the lawn furniture. We’re classy, we are.