You Can Call Me Mrs. Fazlani

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For years, I’ve been coveting this soft-sided family cooler.

31 Lunch Bag

Isn’t it amazing?

It’s perfect for the zoo, the park, the pool – basically it’d be useful pretty much every single day all summer long. And every summer, I promise myself that I’m going to buy one before the next summer rolls around.

But then I find myself at a Thirty-One party (where these coolers are sold), and I just can’t pull the trigger and buy one. It seems expensive, and I manage to talk myself out of it – only to kick myself when we’re at the pool and don’t have the right size soft cooler to go with us.

This has been going on for years.

So imagine my sheer joy when I found one at a garage sale last weekend. The exact Thirty One soft-sided cooler that I’d been coveting for years.

And it was only $1.00.

Yes – $1 !!

The only catch was that it was embroidered across the front with:

The Fazlani Family

Fazlani Family Lunchbox

I hesitated for all of 15 seconds before taking it to the owner to hand over my dollar.

Me: Are you going to feel weird if I’m carrying the Fazlani Family cooler all over town this summer?

Her: Not at all. It’s not our last name either, we got it at a garage sale years ago.

So I am now officially Mrs. Fazlani – and I’m loving it.

Those kids peeing in the pool? Yup – they look like a couple of Fazlani kids to me.

That 3-year-old who is standing at the top of the playground and yelling, MOMMY I HAVE TO POOP at the top of his lungs? Yeah – that’s a Fazlani kid. And for the record, he’s been to the bathroom 4 times already, and he doesn’t have to poop!

The hottie husband that looks like this?

Even Steven

Yup – snagged by Mrs. Fazlani years ago. Lucky witch.

The slightly tipsy lady at the bus stop on the last day of school?

Might be Mrs. Fazlani.

Probably not – but maybe

All in all, I’d say that Mrs. Fazlani is going to have a great summer!

PS – If any of you ARE Mrs.Fazlani – THANK YOU for the cooler!!


  1. Samantha

    June 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

    And if you ever get bored of being the Fazlani family you can go to hobby lobby and pick up a seam ripper and remove that embroidery….or buy an iron on patch to go over the top.

    It might just be easier to change your names by deed poll though 🙂

  2. Theresa

    June 3, 2014 at 9:34 am

    OMG, “it’s not our last name either” I. AM. ROLLING. This post MADE my day. Your posts bring so much laughter to my life. Thank you!

  3. Frugalistablog

    June 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Who is Mrs. Fazlani? I want to know!

  4. Bethany Bauer

    June 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    That part made me about wet my pants. I want a Fazlani cooler. $1…seriously! I’m so jealous….

  5. Christie

    June 3, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    So I’m the creepy one who appears to stalk your family. 🙂 It was nice meeting you at the pool today! I would have bought Mrs Fazlani’s cooler, too. Hope to see you again! Thanks for sharing your pool toys, too!!

  6. Kim Hainline

    June 3, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    This was so funny! It reminds me of the time my mom found a zip up hoodie on the side of the road, brought it home, washed it, and wore it all the time. The one problem? It said “Karen” on the back of it. My mom is Jean. I can remember having a friend spend the night and whispering to me, “I thought your mom’s name was Jean.”

  7. Rose

    June 4, 2014 at 3:40 am

    What is this magical cooler that everyone covets? I need a new pool bag!

  8. Melissa Bangle

    June 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

    OMGEEZ! The tears are ROLLING! You are hilarious! You always make me laugh, but this one is TOO MUCH!

    BTW Rose, I am a thirty one consultant and can hook you up with your very own pool cooler. It’s called the Picnic Thermal Tote and you can even get “Fazlani Family” embroidered on it if you’d like! 😀 LOL

  9. Michelle

    June 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Rose, check out my website to find the cooler! It’s actually called a Picnic Thermal!

  10. Michelle

    June 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  11. Kathy DeBate Blanchard

    June 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Love your stories. This made me laugh out loud. Maybe partly because I once bought a wallet at a chuch sale. It was just what I had been looking for and could not find in the stores. Only it had a “T” embroidered on it. No where in my name is a “T”. Did that stop me? Heck no. One of the best garage sale finds of my life. I love it.

  12. Amy

    June 4, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Oh, my codfish, you made me laugh so hard and I so needed it. I’ve had to ground two out of my three children today and put the dog in the laundry room twice, my version of doggie grounding. #firstfulldayoutofschool #doomed

  13. Tess @ Tips on Life & Love

    June 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Haha, that photo of your husband is hilarious. And I’m sure the Fazlani Family are proud.

  14. Erin Janda Rawlings

    June 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hilarious! I have that cooler – it is well worth changing your name!

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