Monday, March 25, 2013

Sure! I know Bob Smith from London!

I was asked a question by someone just recently, that made me think of a whole bunch of other mildly ridiculous and sometimes hysterical questions I have been asked since I moved State side...

Some of them have been asked by people who live in the US and some have been asked by people at home (I am not going to name any names.) Below are a list of 'serious' questions I have been asked. No jokes here!!




Questions from the USA

1. Ooooh! You're from England? Did you find it difficult learning a new language?

2. So what did you cook back in England? You had to buy everything from farms and make everything from scratch, right? You don't have grocery stores like we do here do you?

3. Oh my god, your accent is so cool! I'd LOVE to go to Australia! Did you ever get to meet Steve Irwin??

4. You're not from around here are you? Do I hear a Pennsylvania accent?

5. Oh, those black bowler hats that all the men wear in England are SO cute!

6. "Excuse me Mam, did I hear you say you were from England??? Do you happen to know someone called Bob Smith? He lives in London!?"

7. Do you know the queen?

8. (Cops in a restaurant) "I have a thing about the English accent, could you please say, in your sexiest English voice, {Mans Name} You are soooo sexy!" Uhm... No.

9. OH cool!!!! You're a Brit!! TOODLE PIP, PIP PIP, CHEERIO CHAPS!

10. Everything stops there at noon for tea and crumpets, right?

11. Your teeth are so nice! You must have had those fixed here, huh? Seeing as everyone in England has bad teeth and all.

Questions from England

1. Can you send me a gun?

2. Do you have cheese over there?

3. What about cows?

4. Do you not find it all very 'Jerry Springer?'

5. Aren't you worried about getting eaten by an alligator?

6. Oooh you're not going to be living anywhere near where that movie Deliverance was filmed are you? You know! De de ling ding ding din ding ding ding..

7. How big exactly is a supersized Big Mac? Can you eat a whole one? I bet they are HUGE!

8. Does your husband talk like the Marlboro Man? You know, "Howdy Pardner" Does he wear chaps?

9. A 20 hour drive from Maryland to Florida? But it's only 2 inches on the map!!

10. I don't understand American Football. ME NEITHER! ;)

11. They eat burgers every day! I bet you are so sick of burgers.

That is actually a relatively short list!! There are many more, I am sure!!

Have you ever been asked a funny question by someone out of town or country? I'd love to hear them if you have!!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Tasha


Thursday, March 21, 2013

#MTMmixer ~ Life of the Party ~ Blog Hop!!




I am very excited to announce that I have been chosen to be 'The Life of the Party' over at More Than Mommies!

This is a huge blog hop that they host every 2 weeks and is a fantastic and super fun way to find some awesome new blogs to follow!

Welcome to everyone who is finding my blog by participating in this hop! I am so glad that you stopped by! (Bring coffee next time? I won't say no to vodka either...) My name is Tasha and as the title of my blog suggests, I am a New English Mum in America :) I moved to the US 5 years ago to marry my Husband who I had met 3 years previously when I came here to visit my Dad! The whole story of that can be found right here!

I mainly blog about day to day life, being a Mum, my craft attempts that would NOT put Martha Stewart to shame, England, but not the royals (pah) and all that stuff. I do like to throw in the odd recipe or two (because we all need food, right?) and I also love to review products and host giveaways!

I hope you continue to read what I have to offer and I look forward to visiting you back!

Now to the good stuff!!


Here are the "rules"
(Don't make us post bouncers at the door.)

  • Follow the Life of The Party - New English Mum in America - We will choose our Next LOTHP from those who link up their twitter handle. Use our hashtag #MTMmixer when tweeting so we can keep up with you there! We would still TOTALLY appreciate a shout out on Twitter if you don't mind!
  • Follow our Mixologists - This week our Mixologist is Ms. MommyHH6 - Every week we will choose one participant to get our party started at the #4 slot. All you have to do is link up under the first Linky (and follow the "rules") to be considered!
  • Follow the person directly BEFORE you on the hop!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Google Friend Connect Going Bye Bye...

Argh! Seeing as I am slightly slow... I have only 'just' found out that Google are retiring Google Friend Connect for good, very soon!! Would everyone who follows me on GFC kindly follow me on Bloglovin instead? Pretty please?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Have you got the X Factor?

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Cole sure does!

I thought this was so cute. He really does go for it! (He is singing to himself in the mirror, lol)


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Guest Post - Say Hello to Christy from 'Mother of the Year!'

I would like to introduce the FIRST EVER guest blogger to appear on New English Mum in America! If you get a chance, you must visit her over at Mother of the Year

I love reading her blog and her hilarious take on motherhood! I hope you will too!

Here is a little bit about her:

'Hi! My name is Christy and I'm really funny. At least that's what my Gram tells me. She shows my blog to all her Bingo ladies. Besides being hilarious (obviously), I am the mother of two beautiful girls. They are actually the most beautiful girls in the world. I'm sure you thought your daughters were, but I'm sorry to say they were just runner-ups. Anyway, this blog is centered around me and the mistakes I make as a mother. Believe me when I say, I am never going to win Mother of the Year. Also sometimes referred to MOTY. Hope you enjoy as much as Grandma does!'

Thanks Christy for taking over the reins today!


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My name is Christy. I am the mother of two beautiful girls and the host of this guest blog. I am constantly striving to win the title of Mother of the Year, but I just keeping falling short. Right off the bat, I lose points due to my vehicle. Everyone knows that all perfect mothers drive a mini-van. I refuse to drive a mini-van, practical or not. If it comes down to mini-van or no more kids, I’m going to ask to see what’s behind door #3. I definitely want to try for a son someday so maybe I’ll have to trade one of my daughters to ensure that everyone fits comfortably in my small car. Maybe I could just trade in my husband? Then again, I do need him to help make child #3 sooo I dunno.… I’ll work out the details later. I do know that I refuse to drive a mini-van, thus lowering my chances of winning Mother of the Year. Also, I did just mention something about trading in one of my kids. That probably wasn’t very Mother of the Year-ish either. Let’s not tell the Mother of the Year Committee about that.

Then there’s the matter of the PTA. I refuse to join. All Mother of the Years belong to the PTA. I stereotype PTA members. I have never actually met a PTA mom, but I’m assuming they are all Stepford Wife-ish. I can’t handle that nonsense. I’m more like the mom on Malcolm in the Middle. I watched that show long before I officially became a mom and I’m wondering if maybe she was a bad influence on me? She had a household of boys that obviously made her go nuts. I have only girls. I suppose I have no excuse. Then again, too much estrogen is never a good thing either.

So we have my refusal to drive a mini-van and my avoidance of the PTA. Besides that there are the small matters of forgetting my first daughter in the car when she was days old, dropping my second daughter, dumping an entire bottle on my first daughter, etc. You get the idea…

My chances of winning MOTY get slimmer and slimmer with each new day of my motherhood. One would think that I would get better at this mother business with time and experience. It appears that I am doing quite the opposite. I never really liked following the crowd anyway. Maybe this is the one time when that is a good idea. Either way, if you ever need to feel better about your parenting, I welcome you to come read my blog @ http://notgonnawin.blogspot.com/. I guarantee that you will realize you are not the awful parent you think you are….but I definitely am. Only moms featured on People of Walmart look worse than I do.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

How to clean your red microfiber couch!

We recently bought a red, second hand, microfiber couch... It's in great condition but it was a bit on the dirty side. Over the past couple of months, due to having a 2 year old, is has got much worse!!

I wasn't too sure how to clean it, so I did a bit of research and came across this awesome blog post over at Chris & Robin's Nest. She has a beige/tan colored couch though and after reading the reviews, I noticed that a lot of people were not overly happy with the results on their 'red' couches, so I thought I would just go ahead and give it a try and see what happened!

I am amazed! Just look at the pictures below! It looks so much better!!

BEFORE! See all the dirt in the seams?

AFTER!!

The secret ingredient is rubbing alcohol!!!

You will need:

  • An empty spray bottle
  • A bottle of regular old rubbing alcohol
  • A scrub sponge (preferably white, I used a green one and it was fine but I wouldn't recommend doing this on a white or cream couch without testing it first! You wouldn't want the color to transfer!)
  • A soft brush (I used one that I would clean dishes with)
 Fill up the spray bottle with the rubbing alcohol and saturate the area you want to clean. Scrub it with the scrub sponge (Don't be gentle!!) you will notice that it actually starts to look worse. DON'T WORRY! It will look lot's better when it dries!!

Leave it to dry completely

Once dry, using circular motions, rub the soft brush all over

DONE!

Let me know how it works out for you!!

*Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible if this does not work for you! Please, before you do this, test it out in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that it works for your couch!!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Scott's Liquid Gold, 'Dust 'n Go' Review and a Giveaway!

 
I recently had the chance to work with a company who's products I absolutely love! Their name is 'Scott's Liquid Gold', they are an all American, family owned company, who have been in business for 60 years! They started bottling their most famous product (Wood Cleaner and Preservative) in 1951 in the family garage and sold it out the back of a station wagon! Nowadays, they have a manufacturing facility which is located in Denver, Colorado.

I was sent a product to try out that I have never used before. The product is called 'Dust 'n Go' for wood and more!


Each container contains 20 pre-moistened wipes and are perfect for dusting touch ups on almost every surface in your home including, wood, plastic, leather and vinyl.

  • Removes dust, dirt fingerprints and smudges
  • Moisturizes, protects and enhances all types of surfaces
  • Does not contain wax
  • Does not leave an oily or dulling residue

 The one thing I love most about Scott's Liquid Gold Products is the awesome almond scent! I have used their wood preservative before and it smells absolutely amazing. These wipes smell exactly the same. I used them on my base boards that run down my stairs and for a good few days I could smell the almonds! It's so good, that I almost want to eat it. I don't recommend that though!

I also used it on my quite disgusting dining room table. My Son had spilled all kinds of sticky messes on it and it cleaned it pretty well with not all that much effort either! (And of course left it smelling awesome!)

Table Before
Table After

You really should visit their website and check out their other products! There are a few more that I really want to try out, my next buy is going to be their floor cleaner!

You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too!

You can also Enter the Scott’s Liquid Gold “Spring Clean-Up” Sweepstakes and you could win a $500 Wal-Mart Gift Card!!! Visit Scott’s Liquid Gold on Facebook at  http://on.fb.me/15w2b0Q to enter. Entries must be received before 11:59 pm MST on March 31, 2013! Everyone that enters will receive a coupon too!

The folks over at Scott's Liquid Gold have given me the opportunity to host a giveaway for you guys! They are kindly giving away a Spring Cleaning Survival Kit which includes four full size products! Scott’s Liquid Gold Wood Cleaner and Preservative, Clean Screen, Dust’n Go, and Wood Wash Concentrate!

  

 Please enter below on the Giveaway widget. Open to residents of the US only.  You must be over the age of 18. The giveaway will run for one week beginning, March 11th at 8pm. The winner will be selected at random on March, 18th and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. New English Mum in America is not responsible for prize shipment.  Please read the full terms and conditions located at the bottom of the entry form.




Disclaimer - I received the above product for free. I was under NO obligation to provide a good review. All opinions are mine and mine alone.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Baked Rice Pudding Recipe

I adore Rice Pudding. I made some a few days ago and my house smelled absolutely amazing! My Mum used to make this all the time when I was growing up; I can't get it quite like hers though... I wish I could because I have never tasted another quite like it!

I think it's down to the cream... In England there are lot's of different thicknesses of cream available to buy. You can buy Single Cream, Double Cream, Whipping Cream (Heavy Cream) or my personal favorite, Clotted Cream (yum!). She pours double cream all over the rice pudding for the last 15 minutes of cooking and it goes so thick and gooey and creamy. (I'm salivating just thinking about it...)

The one I make is still very good! I also add cinnamon and nutmeg to mine, which my Mum doesn't do. It just gives it that added flair AND makes the house smell good!

Here is my recipe. It only makes enough for 4, but you can certainly double it up and have leftovers, it's actually even better the next day I think! I just add a little milk to it and stick it in the microwave for a couple of minutes :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Liebster Blog Award!

I have just been given the Liebster Blog Award by Chelsea over at Married Filing Jointly! Thank you so much! This has actually made me really happy! It proves that people are in fact reading what I write and that it is definitely worth all of my hard work! Yay!!

The Liebster Blog Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers (or have been blogging for less than 6 months). It is to show newer bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs. It was created to promote appreciation and recognition among the blog world. Liebster translates to “dearest” (or favorite/best) in German. It is also known as the Love Blog Award.

Here are the guidelines for the award!

1. You must post 11 random things about yourself. 
2. Answer the questions that the nominator set for you. 
3. Create 11 questions for the people you nominate. 
4. Choose 11 new blogs you love and link them in your post.  
5. Please leave me a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you!

My 11 Random Things:

1. I eat weird things. Cheese puff and cream cheese sandwiches? Yum!

2. My second toe is longer than my big toe. I am unsure whether this is weird or not. I've been told that this means I am clever! Or may be able to learn to play the piano with my toes? lol

3. I can turn my eyelids inside out. I'm sure that's not a good thing to be able to do though. I'm not quite sure when I learned I could do this, or why I even tried...

4. I am a little OCD. If I am stressed, I pull my eyebrows out - Never said that in public before... It's quite a problem and I only just learned recently that there is a name for this. Apparently, I am not the only one that does it, I have fellow weirdo's! If I

Friday, March 1, 2013

Review & Giveaway! Premama Prenatal Vitamin Drink




I recently had the opportunity to review Premama, Prenatal Vitamin Drink Mix. I wish this had have been available when I was pregnant...

When I was pregnant with little man, I had the worst morning sickness ever. It wasn't actually just morning sickness either, it was morning, noon and night sickness. Everyone promised me that it would go away after my first trimester... It didn't. I would wake up in the morning, lay in bed and feel absolutely fine. I would get out of bed and within minutes, I would be running through the house like a crazy woman trying to make it to the bathroom in time. FOR 9 MONTHS. Every little thing would set me off.

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