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Ways to Know Your Life is Completely Legit

In a lot of ways I am an old-school parent. While I am loving and nurturing, I don’t try to be my children’s friend. I’m not terribly concerned about whether they like me or not.  By that standard, I suppose I am winning at parenting when I am being mean mom. Am I right?

For instance.

baby with chicken pox

Hezekiah, about 10 months old, sporting a full-blown case of the pox.

Recently a child of mine, who was too young to be in on the Chicken Pox Plague of 2005, lay at my feet whining, moaning and groaning because I “didn’t let” her get chicken pox. Not only was said child not born yet during the Chicken Pox Plague (in which 8 out of 8 little earthlings came down with a full case) but I had the gall to get her vaccinated against future chicken pox. Now she will never get them. And she’s devastated. Not only that, she’s going to get them when she is an adult and die. So says my poor child who I never “allowed” to get the chicken pox. Sometimes life just isn’t fair.

That’s legit

It’s also totally legit when you head out to your first school PTO meeting (you’ve never gone before because it’s on Boy Scout night) and you mean to post on the event page, “I’m trying to make it” but instead post it on your personal page on Facebook and then leave the house for several hours…Only to return home to comments from friends who are obviously worried about you. And you realize your comment on the wrong page came across as a rather pathetic plea for attention. Then you’re worried because you would never vaguebook…so you wonder how well your friends actually know you. But then you realize you are probably over thinking it. So you drop it. Only to then write a full paragraph about it on your blog.


And finally, have you heard of Paribus? It’s a completely legit app that you put on your phone and it finds money for you. It scans your purchases and if it finds what you bought cheaper (for instance, you order something from Amazon and then the price drops) they get the money back for you! I have just been a member since February 1st and have gotten over $7 back so far. After signing up, there is no more work for me. Paribus makes its money by keeping 25% of the money recovered. It’s win-win.

And that’s about it. I’m trying to make it. To the PTO, to bed and maybe even to my next birthday.


  1. Liz

    Just curious about the Paribus app. It says it take 25% commission of what it saves you. You said 5%. Just curious if that’s because you referred people. I love Ebates. A bit different. You save a percentage upfront. We received about $60 last year just because we were signed up. Now they added a feature that runs through online coupons also. Totally free

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      No, that isn’t a referral link or anything. I probably misread the details 🙂 Off to check that out and change it to 25%. At any rate, I am thrilled to be getting random money back. Coffee time!

      • Tanya

        Another good one, if you shop at Walmart, is to use their Savings Catcher. You can download an app and take a picture of your receipt OR quickly enter the receipt number and the date online, and if anything you bought was cheaper in a competitor’s store in your area they give you credit back that you can use as an ecard. I got 50.00 there last year and we don’t do all our shopping there. Bonus hint… collect receipts from people who won’t bother to put them in…you have 7 days to enter them, so it would have to be someone you saw often, but…
        Thanks for the huge laugh about vaguebooking… that so sounds like something that would happen to me!

  2. thissquirrelsnest

    I would like to generously trade my immune system to pox free child. I’ve had it 3 times, shin g les once, and am unable to keep immunity from the vaccine for more than 2 years. Also lost immunity to Rubella during last pregnancy so it really has a world of fail to give to the disease yearning.

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      So you’re saying there is still hope for her?! She’ll be thrilled. And hanks for the generous offer.

  3. Rebecca Montgomery

    I can’t even remember how long I have been reading here- pre Apollo for sure- but this is one of my favorite posts of yours. It was real and it made me laugh. You’re gonna make it! Thanks for continuing to share these pieces of your life.

  4. Peg

    Renee, give a try. I’ve received almost $300 in the last two years from them. It’s painless and what the heck,
    it saves you money.
    When any of my kids called me the meanest mother in the world, I told them I only came in second place last year, but this year I’m trying harder. Also, I didn’t care if my kids liked me, they needed to worry if I liked them…(just kidding)

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