Fails and finds

by Kim on November 21, 2013

This was bound to happen eventually.

With all the crockpot cooking I’ve been doing lately, and all the night-before preparation for said crockpot cooking, I knew that one day I’d inevitably forget to plug the dang thing in before leaving for work in the morning.

But what I actually did, yesterday morning, was even worse! I managed to get the thing out of the fridge, plug it in, and even turn it on—but I set it to WARM instead of LOW.

Come. ON!

Imagine how excited I was to walk through the door at 6 PM last night, expecting the house to be filled with the smell of beef that’s been simmering in onions and veggies all day. Instead, I came home to raw beef that had been kept slightly warm all day, probably swimming in a nice bacteria bath.

And now it’s in the trash, along with all those painstakingly chopped vegetables. Ugh.

While we’re on the topic of Kim Fails, here’s another awesome thing I’ve done within the past 24 hours: cut my ankle shaving and walked around on a white carpet for several minutes before realizing it.

I mean, you think you’ve got problems, people.

Cleaning it up was like cleaning up after a dog in heat. (Or at least, what TV portrays that to be like. I’ve never actually done it. Or owned a dog.)

Anytime you’re in a bad mood, remember this fail-proof cure: go to Target and buy things.

Like cute, colorful hand weights!


There’s a 10% off coupon on Cartwheel right now, so load up, folks!

I wanted a set of 10-pounders, and of course, they were the most boring color of the entire set (light grey). Is it just me, or did they purposefully go from feminine colors to more masculine colors the heavier the weights get? HMMM…

P.S. The teenage boy who checked me out at Target (as in, rang me up…AS IF) took one look at my humble wrinkly Cartwheel printout and said, “Oh, you printed it out? Don’t you have the app?”

…Like I’m 90. Which I guess I am.

Guess what else I picked up at Target:


My first ever Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning product. (In case you’re not familiar, MM is an all-natural brand that uses essential oils instead of chemicals).

OHH my gosh, guys. This stuff. Smells. Amazing.

I got the lavender scented all-purpose cleaner and it’s intoxicatingly good. Even Brent walked into the kitchen, where I was unnecessarily wiping down every single surface, and said, “What is that SMELL?” (Er, in a good way.)

Since this post is turning into a random, directionless brain dumping, I’ll let you in on another little story from my fascinating life:

Yesterday, I tasted Diet Coke for the first time in 3 months. As you might remember from this post, I used to be a big fan (to my own embarrassment), but finally reached a point when I was ready to cut the aspartame garbage out of my life.

It ended up being a clean, easy break (surprisingly easy, really), and the only reason I touched the stuff yesterday was because we had a bunch leftover in the break room at work from the tailgating party and I was curious to see if I’d even like the taste anymore.

Results: yuck. Seriously, yuck. I was honestly shocked that I ever liked it so much. The stuff was clearly manipulating my brain somehow, that whole time.

Now, it’s so sickeningly sweet to me that it tastes like I’m drinking straight syrup. (I mean, what did I expect: I now think sparkling water tastes really sweet.) Plus, it left a filmy, weird layer on the inside of my mouth that I don’t remember ever getting back in my DC hay days. (I’m sure it colored my experience a little bit that my brain was screaming “Chemicals! Fake! Gross!” the whole time.)

So there’s that little tidbit for you. I honestly doubt I’ll ever drink soda again—except for the occasional stomach flu 7up, of course. There’s nothing like 7up during a yackfest.

So now that I’ve mentioned blood AND puke in this post…

Oh, wait!

Almost forgot to mention one more incredible Target purchase. Meet my new toothbrush:


I originally bought if for Mason—he hates brushing his teeth, and I thought he might think an electric brush was cool. But he didn’t fall for it.

His loss is my gain.

I’ve never had an electric toothbrush before, and dang, these things are awesome! Jake & the Neverland Pirates decals and all.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s done the crockpot fail.

Have you ever given something up, tried it again later, and been shocked by the difference in taste?

Do you use an electric toothbrush?


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Alysia @ Slim Sanity November 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm

With you 100% on the diet coke thing. Soda in general really. Oh, and any of the ‘low fat’ 100 calorie snack things. I used to stock up on low fat cookies and stuff. I don’t know how I ever ate that crap and said it was good!


Melissa @ Fit 'n' Well Mommy November 22, 2013 at 1:38 am

I’ve definitely had a crockpot fail more than once! But, a little retail therapy always makes things SO much better!

I love the toothbrush! My husband and I use electric toothbrushes and I love them. Sometimes I’m lazy, and use a regular toothbrush, but for the most part, I use it everyday.
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Carrie @ Eight Crazy Soles November 21, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Love that you printed out your Cartwheel coupon! That is totally something I would do too! Been there done that with the crockpot. : (. Btw, check out Mrs. Meyers here Not so natural after all, bummer.
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Alex @ Alex Runs For Food November 21, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Haha this is great…. Sorry to say but I haven’t had the crockpot fail yet. And I was really surprised when you said you printed your cartwheel barcode?! I didn’t even know you could… I just use the app.
I finally started using an electric toothbrush and I love it!!
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

HAHA about the printed barcode–I’m seriously ancient, aren’t I? How did everyone but me learn about the app first??


Kim November 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I got to work one day and had a freak out about the crock pot (I thought I forgot to turn it on) – I text my neighbor and asked her if she was home and if she minded running over to check on it. Good thing – all set up and ready to go but not turned on – hooray for a great neighbor!!!
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I need a neighbor like that!!


ErikaMC November 21, 2013 at 11:34 am

I can’t stand the taste of pop anymore. I use to have a can of Dr. Pepper every day and just quit (can’t even remember why now) and it’s been years since I’ve had one. Every once in a great while I’ll steal a sip of my husband’s and every time I think it’s gross. That has also happened with milk chocolate – I’ve eaten dark chocolate for so long now that I can’t stand the taste of milk chocolate.

Our son just got his first electric tooth brush (Batman) and I thought he’d be scared of it but he likes it. I’ve never had one so I have to admit that I tried his – only once though!


Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Oh funny, I’m the same way about chocolate!! I’ve never even thought about the sweetness factor–I just thought I preferred dark chocolate.


Ali November 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve burned more than I ever should in the crock pot! Ughh… Isn’t it funny how diet coke tastes horrible after you haven’t had it in a while? I was in the same boat as you and really liked it… now I can’t stand it!
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Yes, so weird!

Well, maybe at least you can find something salvageable in a burnt crock pot meal–when it’s raw, the trash is the only option! Booo. But I’ve learned my lesson and will now check the setting four zillion times before leaving the house.


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries November 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

Totally guilty of the “the crockpot fail”! So frustrating, right? I’ve also had my crockpot lid randomly shatter (?!), and then another time the chicken breasts I had in the crockpot ended up being a few little black charred nuggets. Ha! Good thing plenty of other fabulous crockpot meals have made up for my fails!

I used to eat artificial sugar ALL the time (Splenda, aspartame, etc.), and now I can hardly stand it. Occasionally I’ll enjoy a Diet Coke, but that’s about as far as I’ll get. I also used to sweeten my coffee, and now I only add a little half & half or milk. I tried to sweeten it a few weeks ago, and I could barely stand how SWEET it was!!
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

So weird about your crockpot lid!! What??

Reminds me of a baby shower I was at once where there was this giant glass bowl of punch. Right in the middle of the party, with no one even NEAR it, it randomly shattered right there on the table. I don’t understand physics. :)

I love that we can train our taste buds!!


Katie @ running4cupcakes November 21, 2013 at 9:53 am

Ahhhh that is totally something that I would do!!! And I feel the same way about diet coke too – except for at restaurants – I think that still tastes awesome. ;) Fountain is way better than can. :)


Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

That’s true!! The can I had was a little warm too, haha–that never helps. Really brings out the aluminum flavor. :)


Emily @ More Than Just Dessert November 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

I am lovin’ that toothbrush!! And I agree, Target is the definite cure for all fails. :)
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

For real. :) My husband asked if I wanted him to go and I was like NO.


Kelly November 21, 2013 at 9:45 am

I am the same way with soda now too! I used to drink Mountain Dew like crazy in high school and college, and then I quit a few years ago. Occasionally I will try it but it is SO sweet, I just don’t know how I used to drink so much of it!
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Isn’t that weird? I know people are like “ugh you health freak”–I’ve been trying to convince my husband for years that I LEGITIMATELY like salad.


Kelly November 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hahaha right?! Things can be delicious AND good for you. It doesn’t have to be automatically bad for you if it tastes delicious.
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

LOL! I just forwarded that quote to my husband with the words “comment on my blog that goes against everything you believe in.” He’ll love it.


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Katie November 21, 2013 at 9:35 am

You poor thing! i would be so ticked, or in tears…one of the two. I had an electric toothbrush when I was in high school, my dentist recommended it, but it hurt my teeth, I look at the kids ones and nest time I might pick one up and try it out!
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I’m actually really surprised I didn’t have a meltdown over it! Target helped, of course.

The kid one is pretty darn small, but it’s all I’ve ever had so I don’t know any different. :)


Britt @ A Life Worth Living November 21, 2013 at 8:26 am

Oh man, you poor thing! I’ve had those days where it’s just one thing after the other.
I used to have an electric toothbrush, but it didn’t do much for me, so I got rid of it after awhile. Yours is pretty awesome now, my nephew would be in love with it
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:51 pm

It is so, so awesome. ;) I was actually hoping for an Elmo or Mickey Mouse, but this was the best I could do.


Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 21, 2013 at 7:50 am

Oh goodness…all these fails at one time…yikes! I can’t say I’ve not turned the crock pot on…as of yet! But I have thought about it and when I do plan on making a crock pot meal, I check the thing about 10 times before I leave the house because I don’t trust myself. So far so good! ;-)

hehehe…love your toothbrush! I don’t have an electric toothbrush, but I hear they’re really good for oral hygiene. I really should consider getting one. I don’t think they’re that expensive either, right?
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I’ve heard that they can actually be SUUUUUPER expensive–like $100-$200! (Not kidding.) But the one I got was $5.99 and way better decorated. :)


Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate November 21, 2013 at 7:21 am

Scott’s mom is a dental hygienist and ever since we started dating I have used one! I can never go back now– I feel like my teeth aren’t as clean when I don’t use it. Plus, I didn’t even tell my dentist I used one and she noticed.
Okay okay, I GUESS I will go to Target today since they are having a few deals….


Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I have a dentist appointment next week and I’m secretly totally challenging my hygienist. :)


Presley @ Run Pretty November 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

I love your toothbrush. Jake is totally in right now.

Maddux isn’t a huge fan of the teeth-brushing process, either. He’ll let me get the front teeth, but if I go near his molars all hell breaks loose. If you find a solution, let me know. haha For now, I’m letting him brush his own teeth, but I suspect this will lead to cavities if I don’t intervene.
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Kim November 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

I have a special Tooth Brushing Hold that involves pinning his arms to his sides, laying him over my knees, and powering through it. (Sorry that sounds suggestive and gross.)

Jake was actually like plan D–I was holding out for Elmo or Mickey, but no dice.


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