Life through Rebel’s eyes

I’m Rebel. Most people see a huge pit bull. They’re scared because I have a bad rap. Truth is I’m clumsy as all get out! I mean I’ve fallen down the steps y’all and I run and slide into walls and cabinets, chasing after a toy. 

I usually live indoors, but I do like being outside! Oh the smells, I can smell! I’ll put my nose so far in the ground that I get dirt up my nose. 

I sure do love car rides with my humans. Yes, they’re one of my absolute favorite things in this world. I like sticking my head out the window and letting the wind blow around my ears and jowls. Of course I love all those new smells! I like to lick Dad’s ear while he’s driving. 

My child human is my very best friend and sister. She gets down on the floor and plays with me. Sometimes when I don’t have the zoomies, she’ll lay her head on me. She likes walking me. I’m good for her and don’t try to drag her around. I love her hugs and cuddles. She taught me to give her my paw in less than 20 minutes! 

When I get my food I sit and wait until mom or dad says I can eat. I’m a good boy and I listen most of the time to what I’m told. Every now and then I put my nose in the trash, my humans don’t like that very much. They also don’t like when I chew on my bed, but I’m getting better at that. Dad gets really happy when I don’t chew on it or lick it and Mom blows a whistle when I do. I don’t like the whistle but it gets my attention.

They only thing I’ve ever killed is a toy! I sure like to chew on those suckers,  until there’s a big mess for mom to clean up. Now they buy me toys for power chewers. Sometimes they don’t stand up, because I really go to town on them. 

I love treats. Any kind of treats. From apples to milk bones. Eating is one of my favorite past times.

My humans think I’m the most handsome and smartest dog ever. They think I have an amazing smile. I’m happy, healthy and loved because they don’t let the world darken my shine. They let people know real fast they have a big baby that doesn’t like walking on wet grass and I’m a good boy. My gas is the only thing dangerous about me, I can clear a room in no time! Just be cautioned when you’re around me I just may lick you to death. 

Saving the turtles

We have a lot of turtles on our road. I mean A LOT. I guess you could say I’m the crazy turtle lady. Do normal people do this? I have to stop and get them across the road. Always in the direction they’re going, of course. No, this isn’t completely safe and you probably shouldn’t do it, but turtles.

Every time I’ve seen one and didn’t stop, by the time I’ve been on my way back home, someone has hit it. Then that makes me feel like a terrible person and if I’d just stopped and been late for whatever it’d been okay. At least the innocent turtle would still have been alive. Right?

My husband and I have already saved 2 this past week! Last Saturday while on the way to the Y,  there was one crossing the road. My husband stopped, I ran across the road, grabbed the little guy, put him safely on the other side and ran back to the car. All while my husband was parked in the middle of the road. 

Today after our daughter’s end of the year awards ceremony, there was another one but he wasn’t exactly crossing the road. He was going down the road. So what do we do in that situation?

We brought him home. We have woods behind our house. I put him in the shade and poured a cup of water over him. He seemed a little dry. Hopefully he won’t try to get back in the road.

I bought some turtle crossing signs to put on our mailbox pole. Hopefully people will pay attention to them, but who knows? If not, they’re probably the same ones hitting the poor turtles. 

Aren’t these the cutest signs ever? I ordered the signs from amazon for $12 per sign. We got the screws from Lowe’s.We screwed the signs into our mailbox pole. By we, I meant Benji.

Do y’all think this will work? Anyone have any other ideas that could help save the turtles? I’d love your input!

Get your own save the turtles sign from Amazon.

Making Play Dough

Maggie was so excited about making this play dough. I was super excited that it only called for a few ingredients. We had so much fun making this and I’m sure you and your children will too. 

What you need:

  • 2 cups of corn starch
  • 1 cup conditioner
  • Large plastic bowl
  • Measuring cup
  • Rubber spatula
  • Food coloring 
  • A quart size bag for storage

Maggie gives fantastic directions!

You may need to add more conditioner and or cornstarch, to get the right consistency.

You will dye your hands! It’s totally worth it!

The end result.

Hope you enjoyed this play dough recipe!

Cleaning stains in car seats and carpet with Pinesol

This whole inspiration came from my best friend. She came up with this to use for her own car and told me about it. This girl has been my best friend for literally half my life and hasn’t let me down yet. This hack is definitely no different from her! We’ve went from living less than 10 miles from each other to over 600. We’ve been through a lot together and even though we’re so far away, we’re still together in this thing of raising children in messy cars.  

You need:

  • 1 spray bottle
  • 1 part Pinesol (your choice of fragrance)
  • 2 parts water
  • A bowl or bucket of water
  • A cleaning rag
  • A toothbrush or scrub brush

When I first wanted to try this cleaning hack I was just planning on using it on my seats and carpet. There are plenty of stains from spilled coffee to ice cream to only God knows what. I was going to wipe everything down, but all I had with me was the pinesol concoction and quite frankly I was being to lazy to walk inside. 

I sprayed it on my dashboard, doors, middle console  and scrubbed away with Maggies help. I’m not sure what the particular name for the part where the seatbelt comes out of the door, but it was pretty nasty, so I took a picture. Then I cleaned it, woah y’all! I took another picture. So luckily I got before and after pictures. 

Before – After

It was getting dark on me so I’m going to clean the carpet and seats tomorrow. I can’t wait to see the results.

The directions are in the video.

Middle floorboard in the backseat – Before / After


Passenger seat – Before / After

Maggie’s drink holder / ice cream disaster – Before / After

Maggie’s reaction! 

Backseat floorboard – Before / After

Coffee stains passenger floorboard/middle – Before / After

After (There was a little stain that wouldn’t come out.)

Pinesol will definitely be my go to for stains in my car for now on! I hope this was helpful. Happy car cleaning.

Ocean Sensory Project

I’m probably more excited about maggie being on summer break than she is. It’s a little disheartening to know I’m about to have a third grader, but none the less we’re going to make this summer one for the scrapbook! We have a few trips planned and a Disney Vacation we’re in the midst of planning. This blog and a few more aren’t going to be about big trips, but the everyday days. 

Maggie and I searched Pinterest to find some fun projects to do. She decided she wanted to do the Ocean Sensory Project first. I ordered the beads from amazon, bought a 16 quart plastic container and toy ocean animals from a dollar store.

You need:

  • Water beads
  • Gallon pitcher
  • Tablespoon measuring spoon
  • Small water safe toys
  • Plastic container


Maggie gives you directions.

Things didn’t turn out like we’d planned, here’s more information.

These things are so neat! They’re a little deformed right now.

Before we went to bed.

After we got up the next morning. They grew a little bit more.

Time to play!

We all really enjoyed doing the ocean sensory bin! We think you will too! 

To see how we’re spending our lazy summer days check out the links under Summer Days With Maggie. I’m sure you’ll find something fun to do with your little one or just for yourself!