Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Being a mommy is not always glamorous. When you clean Goobers, Big Hunks, or Chunky Whoppers of dirty diapers. Get Good and Plenty of sleep when you can to prepare for Marathon sleepless nights. It doesn't matter if your girl is a Nerd or Smartie, just give her Mounds of Hugs and Kisses. Don't be a Dum Dum when you Skor with your Sugar Daddy, and be careful, or you might make another Baby Ruth or Junior Mint.It was such a fun game, and with candy names like Skor, Hot Tamales and Mounds, I'm pretty sure you could come up with a story or advice for a bride to be as well!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Can someone explain to me why you are not able to find hardly any petite length pants or even shirts in women's sizes? Are there no fat, short people out there in the world other than me? Some of us don't enjoying having to hem up every pair of pants we own.
I wish I was talented and could be a clothing designer...maybe I could make all my own clothes instead of just having to alter everyone else's.
Rant over...for now....
Monday, September 6, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Bennett had a first this month too. He got his first try of baby cereal. Why so late you ask? Only because it took so long to get his 4 month check-up done. By the time we made it to the doctor, he was 5 1/2 months old! But he really likes it and does very well with it, as long as he isn't tired. Caiden took a few pictures of Bennett's first bites for me.
Finally, our whole family made our first trip to the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, IL and the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, IL. Then when we were done, we stop and visited uncle Garett and aunt Jen's house. It was a busy but fun day!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Of course, as soon as we move to the new house, they are going to start road construction on our main road we use to get anywhere. There will be no access to that road starting next week, or so the sign says. Not sure how far the road will be closed, but I'm hoping not too far, so I'm not driving way out of my way. An hour long commute, twice a day, with two kids is long enough for me, thank you.
Caiden's 5th birthday is coming up as well. Excited to have all the family over to the new house...just hope it is ready by then! We are getting there. The kitchen, boys' room, our room, bathrooms, playroom are all done. The living room is close...we even got some pictures hung on the wall today!
I'm also letting Caiden take 4 friends to Chucky Cheese for his birthday. This will be the first time he has been there (me too)...but he is just dying to go. This will also be his first birthday party with friends...wish me luck!! It's only for 2 hours, how bad could it be? We shall see...stay tuned.
Finally, I know I have been promising a review, and it is still coming. Hoping to post it this weekend. I'll give you a hint...it is a kid's Wii game...and there is a giveaway with the review. You don't want to miss it!
Until next time...have a good weekend :)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Almost a week after the move, I finally have my kitchen mostly done. The rest of my house leaves something to be desired. Poor Caiden is going to be living in a room of boxes for quite some time I'm afraid.
On another note, keep your eyes peeled for a new exciting review and giveaway for my readers in the coming weeks. I'm super excited!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
• First and foremost, always put your cell phone, purse, or briefcase, and anything else you'll need that day, on the floor of the backseat. When you retrieve it at the end of the ride, you'll notice your child.
• Seat your younger (or quieter) child behind the front passenger seat, where he's most likely to catch your eye. Parks's, Balfour's, and Edwards's babies all were behind the driver's side when they died.
• Keep a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in the car seat when it's empty. When you put your child in the seat, move the animal to the front passenger seat, to remind you that your baby's on board.
• Ask your child's babysitter or daycare provider to always phone you promptly if your child isn't dropped off as scheduled.
• Make a habit of always opening the back door of your car after you park, to check that there's no kid back there.
• Never assume someone else -- a spouse, an older child -- has taken a young kid out of her seat. Such miscommunication has led to more than a few hot-car deaths.
• Invest in a device to help you remember small passengers. The Cars-N-Kids monitor plays a lullabye when the car stops and a child is in the seat ($29.95; carsnkids.com). The ChildMinder System sounds an alarm if you walk away and leave your child in the seat ($69.95; babyalert.info).
• Put visual cues in your office and home. Static-cling decals reminding you to check the car seat are available at Emmasinspirations.com and Kidsandcars.org.
You can read the full article here.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
*Edit: I fixed it!! Yippee*
Then in August will be our next big change. Caiden will leave the daycare he is in now and begin Kindergarten in his new school, in the school district we are moving into. Which means he will not know anyone. We toured his new school a couple of weeks ago and I think he was pretty excited. We'll see what he thinks when the day comes. I am dreading it, because I still remember what it was like when he started his new daycare/preschool a year ago. But of course, I don't tell him this! And of course I am sad because my first baby is going off to school. I think I'm going to have to take the whole day off to recover! On the plus side, the school is less and a mile away from our house! YAY!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Only after being a mommy myself can I fathom all that you have done for me and everything that you have been through with me. The love, happiness, is all too great for words, but so is the worry. I cannot imagine how you must have felt all those times you had to watch me go away in the hands of the surgeons, holding me down while they poked me with their needles. Putting on a brave face for me when you are a nervous wreck inside. I had the easy part, I slept right through it!
I now understand all of those crazy rules you gave me growing up. Now I can't figure out how the heck you ever let us walk across town, ride the bus to school, let some high school kid watch us, stay home alone...DRIVE A CAR!!! The thought of my two boys doing any of this stuff scares me silly!
While I sit here writing this, listening to little Bennett babble and almost laugh at me...at 10:00 at night...it brings tears to my eyes, thinking of you. While I am enjoying my first Mother's Day as a mama of two...such a happy time...you are dealing with the first Mother's Day without your mom. If I'm not able to see you tomorrow, please know I am thinking of you. I know Mother's Day will never be the same for you, but even though you are sad, remember, this day is to celebrate you too. For being such a wondering mother to your three kids, giving us all the love and support we need and helping all three of us become the wonderful, caring, successful adults that we are.
Please pray for Monkey.
Monday, April 26, 2010
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
- You tie the wrap completely before you put the child in; and
- it is reasonably priced;
Finally, I was ready to actually put Bennett in the wrap. The first time he didn't like it too much. But about 2 days ago I really had some house work to be done and Bennett was having trouble getting to sleep. So, I got out my Sleepy Wrap, got Bennett all nestled in and started clearing the dishwasher. He was asleep in a matter of minutes and I got all my dishes done!
I absolutely love this wrap. Like I said it takes a little practice to get it tied right, but after you do, it works wonderfully from newborn infant, all the way up to a toddler.
Please note, I was not compensated in any way to write this review. I just wanted let my readers know about this wonderful wrap.
Monday, March 22, 2010
I can't fit into my pre-pregnancy pants, but I have reached my pre-pregnancy weight
I can't exercise to get my shape back, but I can walk without becoming short of breath
I can't pick up my four year old, but he can sit on my lap while I hold the baby
I can't breastfeed, but I can hold my baby close while I feed him his bottle (and daddy can have a turn too)
I can't just grab my purse and go, but I can stay home from work until the end of April
I can see my feet and toes, (and I can see that I need a new pedicure!)
I can see my ankles
I can fit into my shoes, which I can tie all by myself
There are many things I can't do right now, but I can cherish every moment I have with my family. There are some people that are not so lucky. Remembering this during the tough times helps me get through it.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
What You Need!
1 lb. ground beef
3 Tbsp. KRAFT Ranch Dressing, divided
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled
(I sometimes use the real bacon bits you can buy for salads)
2 KRAFT Singles, cut into quarters
4 hamburger buns, lightly toasted
4 lettuce leaves
8 slices tomato
HEAT grill to medium heat.
MIX meat and 2 Tbsp. dressing; shape into 8 thin patties. Combine remaining dressing and bacon. Spoon onto centers of 4 patties; top with Singles quarters and remaining patties. Pinch edges together to seal.
GRILL 7 to 9 min. on each side or until burgers are done (160°F).
FILL buns with lettuce, burgers and tomatoes.
inside-out bacon cheeseburgers recipe at kraftfoods.com
Monday, March 15, 2010
Have you ever stopped to consider how a baby boy knows to cry when he is hungry? Have you questioned how a newborn girl knows to stop nursing when she is full? These tiny people are demonstrating what is known as "natural satiety," or the body's innate ability to regulate fullness and energy needs. Almost every person is born with the natural ability to maintain a healthy weight, but as time passes, we begin to ignore this important capability. Positive parental involvement is necessary when it comes to feeding children and promoting emotionally healthy approaches to eating. Raising kids to enjoy healthy foods and have a balanced relationship with food is no easy task, and the tactic of parenting to support natural satiety is even harder. The strategy is best presented by the eating and feeding authority, Ellyn Satter, a registered dietitian and child psychotherapist. Her "division of responsibility" may initially sound unconventional and perhaps even unhealthy; however, upon further review her techniques make perfect sense. Her recommendations are also supported by a substantial amount of research which demonstrates that children have a healthier relationship with food and a healthier body weight as teens and adults, when raised by caregivers who optimize their child's natural hunger cues. Who's in charge of what?The parents and the child have distinct roles when it comes to feeding and eating responsibilities.
*Plan the timing of three meals and up to three snacks throughout the day. If your child does not eat one meal, keep in mind that those planned snacks will help ensure that your child is meeting nutrient needs. Do not allow grazing between these planned meals and planned snack times.
*All meals and snacks should be eaten at the dining room or kitchen tables. Say so-long to eating on the couch, in front of the television or computer, in bed, or in the car. Insist that your child show up for all meals, even if he says, "I'm not hungry." Once in awhile, a special family meal or snack in front of the TV is acceptable, but it's important to maintain the regularity of meals eaten at the table.
*Support an eating environment void of noisy distractions. Turn off the television and radio during snack and mealtime. Do not allow cell phones, iPods or any other electronic devices at the table. (That also goes for you, Mom!)
*Keep the eating environment pleasant for all. Use family mealtime to unwind and talk about highlights from the day. It is the perfect opportunity to connect with your child.
*Plan and prepare nutritious meals and snacks. Offer your child healthy foods from every food group: grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat and beans. For more information on kids nutrition, check out the BabyFit Kids Nutrition Resource Center or http://www.mypyramid.gov/.
*Use healthy and tasty cooking methods like baking, broiling, grilling, roasting, steaming, and sauteing to prepare your child's food.
*Offer a variety of foods to your child so new flavors and textures can be sampled. Try new recipes. Look for new ideas on how to serve healthy foods in fun, creative ways that your child will enjoy. Let your child be involved in preparing foods.
*Don't become a short-order cook. Let the child choose what to eat only from the foods offered on the table. Offer some family food favorites, as well as new food adventures. "Cooking to order" at each meal will not foster a healthy environment in which a child will learn to be open to trying new foods.
*Offer so-called "forbidden foods" only a few times throughout the week. This will lessen their appeal. While transitioning to an environment that supports natural satiety, your children may overindulge on these foods at first, but they will eventually become less exciting.
*Never praise your child for finishing a meal and do not force your child to be a member of the clean plate club. This only teaches a child to link food and eating to please and adult, thus giving food emotional power.
*You are your child's greatest example. Role model healthy eating habits and appropriate table manners. Use phrases like "please" and "no, thank you" when speaking to other diners.
*Do not reward, bribe or punish your child with food. (For example: Never say "if you finish your homework, you can have a brownie.") Remember that food is to nourish the body. Food can not solve relationship problems, ease loneliness, calm nerves, or relieve boredom. When adults use food to reward or punish, they may be teaching the child to become an emotional eater.
*When dealing with a picky eater, don't be tempted to coax or bribe your child into eating. Be patient. Establishing healthy eating habits takes a lifetime. Continue to offer your child new foods, but pair it on the table with foods you know will be accepted. This way, your child can feel free to try the unfamiliar food, along with the favorites.
*Offer new foods more than once and in different forms. It may take up to 10 exposures before your child accepts a new food.The Responsibilities of the Child How much, and whether to eat:It is up to the child to decide how much to eat from the foods offered at the table, and whether to eat at all. That is, kids get to select from the healthy foods offered, and then decide how much to eat. They get to decide what to eat first and whether to eat anything. Remember, there should be absolutely no coaxing or bribing from an adult.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Why my sudden interest in lung cancer? Well, unfortunately my friend Jamie was not the last person I know that had to deal with cancer. This past November my Grandma passed away from lung cancer, 2 months after being diagnosed. She didn't have any symptoms, and by the time they caught it, it had spread to her liver. Of course, you must assume that my Grandma smoked for years and years, but that assumption would be incorrect. My Grandma never smoked a day in her life. And this is more common than you think. Lung cancer is not a smoker's disease. Anyone can get it, ANYONE.
Every day, about 500 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer. The disease surpassed breast cancer in 1985 as the largest killer of women.
With few early symptoms and no techniques for early detection, lung cancer is rarely caught before reaching stage 4. Five years after diagnosis, only 15 percent of lung cancer victims are still alive, a statistic that has been static for 40 years.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Next, over at Audrey's Giveaway Blog, she is giving away a must have for anyone that has a child or children in diapers. The Babymel Change Station is a changing pad that also has space for some diapers, wipes and other things, all folded up in a handy little carry along you can take anywhere! Click here for your chance to win!
Mad Hatter Mom currently has a giveaway for a free weeks supply of the new Pampers Cruisers with Dry-Max AND a Liz Lange diaper clutch. For your chance to win, click here.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
Over at A Mom's Balancing Act, there is a giveaway for a CozyWedge. What is that you ask? It is a much safer alternative to bumper pads in your baby's crib. You can check them out by clicking here, and then head over to A Mom's Balancing Act to win it for your baby!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I just don't get it, and the thought of using my foot to flush had never crossed my mind until I saw a co-worker's foot disappear to flush years ago. My next thought was that would explain the black scuff marks on the side of the toilet...I was never able to figure that one out either.
Are you a foot flusher? Please take a minute to answer my poll and feel free to leave a comment on why you do or don't flush with your foot.
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