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Welcome to Raising Califorina where you will be taken behind the scenes to peek at the lives of a Southern California family. You will have access to never before seen footage and exclusive interviews that will give you insight on what it is like to be a kid in California!


Welcome to our $179 Mess!!

So, I took the boys with me to Cost Plus World Market yesterday. If you have never been there, let me assure you that 99.9% of the merchandise within this store is highly breakable! Not only is everything breakable, the aisles are so narrow that California can reach shelves full of wine bottles to the left and shelves full of candle holders to the right with little effort, while securely restrained in the cart. So, I promised both boys a toy if they made good decisions and kept their hands to themselves. They did a great job! California chose a miniature chime that can be played with a mallet. Tennessee chose a gel filled squeeze ball, something similar to this ball from OfficePlayground.com:

We've had this ball for less than 24 hours and I hear a scream from the second floor landing...

"Mom, come upstairs NOW IT'S AN EMERGENCY!!!"
I say, "Are you bleeding?"
He says, "Nooo, hurry you need to see this!"
I say, "OK, just a second."
He says, "NOOOO it's an EMERGENCY!!"

I go upstairs to see a gooey mess on the floor. Tennessee demonstrated how sticky and strong this gooey mess was by stepping on it with his freshly showered foot (L.A. Mama shakes her head in disbelief and tells him to take another shower). His foot stuck to the carpet as he struggled to step away. WONDERFUL! I have no idea what is inside of these balls but it is something like silicone.

I knew this needed heavy duty cleaning right away, so I headed to Bed, Bath and Beyond to buy a steam cleaner. The cheapest one was $179. Of course, there was no one in sight to help me lug this machine into the cart and then into the car...but I managed on my own(all 5 feet and 90 pounds of me).

Daddio put it together: California made a "boat" out of the box:

...and Tennessee(the $179 mess maker)made an appearance. They say that the perpetrator usually returns to the scene of the crime, well in this case, he actually wanted to be photographed!

* A note to parents, grandparents, caregivers, gift givers...don't buy one of these seemingly harmless balls for a kid, just don't.


prelude619 said...

OMG! Thats too funny! Thanks for the info! About the steam cleaners, I need to buy one and I saw a few at wal-mart. Do they have a good selection at BBB?

L.A. Mama said...

No they didn't have a very good selection at BBB. I looked at them at Target a couple of weeks ago...just in case something ridiculous like this might happen and they didn't have a good selection either. The Hoover that I bought seems to work well and it comes with attachments to do spot cleaning. I despise carpet...it is so much trouble!

prelude619 said...

yeah I know how much trouble it is. When I bought my condo, I didn't know I would have a baby on the way. So I chose carpet for my place. What used to look like new, now look like a battle field with a baby/toddler in the house. So I really need to buy one soon.