Sunday, October 10, 2010

What?? Can you hear it?

Do all men have hearing problems or just the one I live with?  I have a rule in my house, the volume does not go above 20...what was the TV just on? 24.  I feel like I'm constantly asking hubby to turn down the TV..and I swear he turns it back up when I'm not looking. (Seriously...he JUST did this as I was writing this...he turned the channel I told him it was too loud and looked and it was on 25!!!!)

I know that the commercials are louder than the TV shows, and this is always his excuse (but our Government is working on changing that...thank goodness!)  But when the TV is so loud I have to turn up the volume on the baby monitor to make sure I don't miss my baby crying...that's too damn loud!!

And while we are on hearing problems and men...of course he also has selective hearing when it comes to me.  I can talk to him and when I'm done, he won't respond.  I say his name he gives me a blank stare and a... "what?"

Oh nothing dear, I was just having a conversation with...myself!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Candy Bar advice

I went to my Sister-in-Law's baby shower yesterday and we played a game I had never heard of.  We got a piece of paper that had a list of candy bars and gum names.  Using that list we were asked to write our words of advice, using as many names of candy bars or gum that we could.  I thought it would be impossible, but after I got a start...I had a great time coming up with more.  All of the stories and advice was great, but since I didn't write them all down, you only get to hear here it goes....
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

What They DON'T Tell You About Motherhood...

I am a "Boobie Chaser", er uh...that is I follow the blog Boobies, Babies & a Blog, and I absolutely love this post, so I thought I would share it with my readers :)

What They DON'T Tell You About Motherhood...

Hope you enjoyed as much as I did!

Winnter - Take 2

I did not get a reply from my first winner, so I have drawn a new winning number, which is

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-09-26 14:55:02 UTC
And comment number 6 is:

Stephanie said...

September 1, 2010 11:59 AM
Congrats Stephanie!!  I will be in touch with you shortly :)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

JumpStart Get Moving Winner

And the winner of the free JumpStart Get Moving Wii game is...comment #41
twifanheather said... 41 Following your blog!

Congrats!!  I will be sending you an email shortly.

If the winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours after I have sent an email, I will pick another winner.

Thanks for entering everyone!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Can someone explain to me why women's sized clothing has to be bright bold pattern s or look like it belongs on a 75 year old woman?

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

Cupcake in a jar

Oh my gosh people, check this out it looks so yummy.  I might actually attempt to make this for teachers/day care providers this winter.  It is a cupcake in a jar.  Thank you cakies for this wonderful idea!!

Homemade Baby Food

Yummy, squash!!
With baby number two, I decided to attempt to make my own baby food.  I read all over online and everyone made it sound super simple.  My first attempt was green beans.  They turned out kinda watery and a little too chunky.  I might save them and use them when baby is a little more of a skilled eater.

My second attempt was with butternut squash.  This time I do believe I can declare it a total success. 
The process really is simple.  If I can do it, anyone can.  Of course, I did buy a recipe book of sorts...I needed to have the directions in black and white right in front of my face while I was making the food.  The book that I used is called The Basic Baby Food Cookbook, which  I found on Amazon.  It is the absolute basic on how to steam, process and freeze your baby food.  Also, it is sorted by the age that your baby should eat certain foods, and lists the different minerals and vitamins your baby is getting when eating each food.

So, how do you do it?  Here's the abbreviated version.

Steam your fruit or veggie until well done....way more soft that you or I would prefer.  Do not add any seasonings to the food.  You can use either fresh or frozen foods.  Don't get rid of the water in the pan from steaming the food, it has some of the food's nutrients in it and you will add it to your food when you process it.

Next, let the food cool.  When it has cooled, remove skin if needed and then put in your food processor or blender.  Add about 2 ozs of the reserved water to begin with and start processing.  You may need to add more water, just make sure to do it slowly.  I found out the hard way that adding too much water is not very cool. 

If you have a baby new to eating baby food, you may want to strain the food before you freeze it.  To freeze, just put the processed food into ice cube trays, tap them on the counter to get any air bubbles out and put in the freezer.  Once they are frozen,  you can put them into a freezer bag, and label them with the food and date you made it.  It is good for 3 months!

To serve, put a cube or two into a small bowl, cover it and put it in the fridge overnight.  It should be ready for you the next day.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Looking to Promote your Giveaways?

Are you looking for some new places to post your giveaways to get the word out about them?  Go check out Giveaway Scout.  All you need to do is post a quick blurb about their site (like I'm doing now) and then fill in the information they need.  They will then scan your new postings and post all of your giveaways!  Sound too good to pass it up?  Head over there now and check it out!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Jump Start Get Moving Family Fitness Review and Giveaway

Anyone who knows my family knows that my son loves video games. He would play them every waking hour of every day if we let him. As a just barley 5 year old, it is hard to find games for the Wii that he can play. One that he always wants to play is Wii Fit, but if we let him play it, he quickly gets frustrated because he is too light and the game does not always recognize his actions on the balance board, and many of the other activities are far too advanced for him. So, imagine my excitement when I found out that JumpStart was going to be coming out with a Wii Fit for Kids, so to speak. It is called Get Moving Family Fitness and it was designed with the help of fitness expert, Brook Burke.

What better way to make sure your kid is getting exercise while playing video games? This will be especially beneficial during the upcoming, long and cold Iowa winter!

There are many activities that kids can choose from, including games like Volleyball, Basketball and even things like Dodge ball and Pinball. And of course, since this a JumpStart game, your child will be able to design their person, or the "Jumpee", choosing hair, eyes, clothing and more!

The only issue we have ran into is that sometimes Caiden had a hard time getting his Jumpee on the game recognize his movements, but I have a feeling he just may not be doing the movements exact enough. It might also help if we had the Wii Motion Plus.

All in all, I think this is an excellent game for your children to keep them moving, especially when they aren't able to get outside! Get Moving can be found in stores for the low price of $29.99, which is a great price for a brand spankin' new Wii game! And if that isn't a good enough deal for you, how would you like to win one for free? Yep, FREE!!!
All you need to do is head over to JumpStart's website and then come back and tell me one fact about Get Moving that I did not mention in my review. You must do this step to be entered into the contest.
For additional entries you can:
1. Add my button to your side bar and leave me a link to your blog in your comment;
2. Follow me on blogger or twitter;
3. Subscribe to my blog;
4. Send an email to at least 5 of your non-blogging friends to tell them about the giveaway, and copy me;
6. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet in the comment (you can do this once a day); and
7. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment with a link to your post
*Please leave a separate comment for each of the items you do
This giveaway is open to bloggers and non-bloggers. If your blog profile is private, or you’re a non-blogger, please leave an email address in your comment or your entry will be disqualified.This contest will end at 10:00 p.m. Central Time on Monday, September 13th. Good luck everyone!
Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this game for the purpose of this review. I am not expected to return the game.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

A month of firsts

The month of August has been a month of firsts in my house, all of which have been fun and exciting! We started off the month with Caiden's first birthday party with friends and his first trip to Chuck E Cheese. Unfortunately, only one of his friends was able to make his party, but that didn't dampen the day for him. They both had a blast playing games, climbing in the play area, dancing with Chuck and getting in the ticket blaster booth to catch a bunch of free tickets. It was a ton of fun and we will be going back again!
In the middle of the month, Caiden had another first...and this one was a BIG one. Caiden had his first day of Kindergarten on a Thursday. The day before we found out which teacher he had and which classroom. He actually got the teacher he wanted, which I was shocked about. He also got to meet the other Caden in his class. We dropped off all his supplies, I filled out some paperwork and we were ready for the next day. I didn't sleep very well that night, worried about his first day. He was so excited to go, I dropped him off at the before/after care that morning with no tears! On Friday the other half of the new Kindergartners had their first day, so we didn't go back until Monday. Well....Monday was harder. He loves Kindergarten, but he isn't so fond of the before and after care as of yet. I think it is just overwhelming for him. What can I say, he takes after Mommy. Meeting new people is tough and it stinks to be somewhere where there are a ton of people you don't know. Of course, every night when I come get him, he is happy and having a good time. Every day has gotten better and Friday was a pretty quick and painless drop off. Then comes the weekend and two days of not going. We'll see how this Monday goes.

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!
If you have made it through all of this, CONGRATS! It has been a busy month for this busy Mom. Hoping to post a little more often now, but that remains to be seen!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Change is good

I posted earlier about some upcoming changes. As you know we moved last month. So far, the changes have gone well. Caiden and Bennett both adjusted well to their new rooms and their new beds. We have a much longer drive to daycare everyday, which has been ok for the boys too. Bennett talks for while and then goes to sleep, and Caiden watches a movie. In August when Caiden starts school, we will have a much shorter commute, not having to drive all the way across town anymore. School is less than a mile from our house, and Bennett's daycare is in between our house and school! I'm not sure what I will do with all that extra time!

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 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

Move complete

We officially moved into our new house last weekend. I just have to ask, how the heck did we fit all of this crap into our tiny 800 sq ft house? It is amazing! But, we are here. Unpacking is going much slower than I ever remember in the past (I used to be a frequent mover, just ask my aunt how many pages are dedicated to me in her address book). Unpacking with an infant in the house is a much different experience.

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

Simple steps to avoid tragedy

We have all heard a horrific story or two about a parent who forgets their child in the back seat of their vehicle and doesn't realize it until it is too late. I found a great article on which has some very simple steps to make sure this doesn't happen to your family:

• 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; The ChildMinder System sounds an alarm if you walk away and leave your child in the seat ($69.95;

• Put visual cues in your office and home. Static-cling decals reminding you to check the car seat are available at and

You can read the full article here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


So, someone tell me how long my blog has looked like used to look different. It had a layout from The Cutest Blog on the Block. I never removed it. What the heck happened??? *scratches head* Wonder how long it has been like this and I haven't noticed until now!! Well, guess I'm off to search for a new layout!

*Edit: I fixed it!! Yippee*


In less than 2 weeks we will be moving into this house! Beautiful isn't it? I'm super excited!! The move will be the first of a few changes in our family. I'm hoping the Caiden will adjust well to his new room. In his new room he will have a new twin sized bed. Right now, he is still in a toddler bed, but when we move, we will finally get to set up the crib for Bennett, so we will need the crib mattress from Caiden's toddler bed. I'm hoping he will adjust to both of these changes pretty quickly.

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!!

And then there is Bennett. I now have to start the mission to find a new in-home daycare for him as well. I am dreading this. I was really hoping I would never have to do this search again. Yuck. But the little booger is growing like a weed. Today I have him in an outfit that is size 6/9 months and it fits perfectly. He is 2 days shy of 3 months old!! At his 2 month checkup a couple of weeks ago, he was 13 pounds 2 ounces!! He is a healthy guy, that's for sure. Also had his 2 month pics taken about a week ago. They turned out adorable!! This one made me laugh out loud when I saw it, and seems to be many people's favorites.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day

As I approach my first Mother's Day at a mommy of two boys, I can't help but to think of my own mom. So this post, I write to her:

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 10:00 at 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 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.

For Monkey

I came across a post on Boobies, Babies and a Blog asking for Prayers for Monkey. Monkey has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Cancer is a horrible disease for anyone and no one should have to suffer from it, but especially not such a young child.

Please pray for Monkey.


My life is crazy!!

I've now officially been back to work for 2 weeks. It is tough getting up early and going to work because Bennett still isn't sleeping all night long. But other than that, it is going well. It truly is nice to use my brain again. Some people may not understand this, but I am a better mom working than I would ever be staying home. Stay at home moms are awesome, and I am totally jealous as times, but I just couldn't do it full time...I think my mind would get bored.
Bennett is doing well at daycare and she just loves having him there. Everything is going great...
So, apparently because things were going way too smoothly, I decided a couple of weeks ago to throw a wrench in the whole thing, by putting our house up for sale. We got it listed a week before I went back to work. That same weekend we toured the big city and surrounding area to look at about 10 houses. We really just need something bigger, our current house is 816 Square feet on the main level...400 finished in the basement. Bennett has been sleeping in a bassinet since he came home from the hospital. First in the living room with me on the couch, and now in our bedroom. With 4 people and a dog...this house is just too darn small!!!
My title says it all, my life is crazy! Things like this always happen to me! I got a call at work Friday morning that someone wanted to look at our house at 5:00 that night, so I had to go home and clean the house. While I was there, my realtor called and said that the person looking at our house still wanted to qualify for the first time home buyer tax credit. To make a long story short, we sold our house and bought a new house in 2 hours with 1 and a half hours left until the end of tax credit!
With the purchase of this home, we have actually moved to a suburb of the city we live in, which means I have to change Caiden's school. I had just registered him for Kindergarten in March and now I have to start the process all over again! Luckily, we haven't missed the Kindergarten open house at his new school. Not so excited about making him make new friends all over again though :( I know he will be fine, but it makes me sad to think I'm doing this to him all over again...we just went through this last August when I changed him from an in-home daycare to a daycare center/preschool.
So, now we have just over a month to get everything packed. We close and move on June 11th!! Oh how I wish it was here already, I can't take many more days cramped in this tiny house! 2500 Square feet, 4 bedrooms, THREE BATHROOMS...HERE WE COME!!! I can't wait!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Oh how time flies

I cannot believe that tomorrow morning I will be headed back to work. I does not seem possible that it has been 8 weeks since my second son entered this world! When it was time to go back to work after Caiden was born almost 5 years ago, I was so ready to get back to reality. Now that tomorrow is the big day; this time around, I am not ready!
What's the difference this time? I think it is because my hubby is home every night to relieve me of my duties and to hold adult conversation. When Caiden was a newborn, hubby was working out of town, leaving on Monday morning and coming home Thursday night. So I couldn't wait to get back to work and be with other adults.
What makes me the most nervous is the mornings. Bennett currently wakes up at about 4AM to eat and goes back to sleep by 5. So at that point, do I go back to sleep for an hour, or do I just begin the day at 4? Then I have to get 2 children ready and out the door, dropping them off at two different places and get to work by 7:45AM. Of course, everyone at work knows not to expect me on time on my first day back. Actually I told them not to count on it for at least the first 2 months!
In case you didn't know, I am NOT a morning person. I will get up at the last minute possible to get to work on time...and now I don't know what that last minute is!
Why doesn't hubby help me in the mornings you wonder? Well, because he has to drive over an hour to work everyday, so many days he is on the road before we even wake Caiden up.
Oh boy...tomorrow will be interesting!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ramblings of a Sleep Deprived Mama

Bennett is now 5 weeks old and we have yet to get on a schedule. I better start one soon, because I go back to work in less than three weeks...YIKES!! It sometimes feels like his schedule is getting more and more off; he is starting to sleep more during the day and not so much at night. Of course, I do believe my child knows that he is slowly torturing me at night, because right when I have about had enough at night, I get him out of his bed praying he will go back to sleep, and he will look right at me, coo and smile. Melts my heart every time!

It is still weird for me to say the "kids" or the "children" instead of just Caiden. New flash to self...I now have 2 children! Get used to it!

Is it strange that I sometimes wish I was still in the hospital? Ok, really it didn't feel like a hospital, more like a hotel room, with a hospital bed in it. I mean come on...I had nurses and doctors at my finger tips if I had any questions, someone else to stay up with the baby all night long until I was ready for the baby in the morning, no worries about laundry or cleaning the house, visitors to chat with throughout the day...all I had to do was put my feet up and rest. I even had someone else to change most of the poopy diapers!!! How could you not miss it at times?

And while I was up in the wee hours of the morning one day, I found my mind wandering to Michelle know, the 19 children and counting woman from Arkansas. When was the last time she got to sleep through the night? She has been pregnant or had a newborn for like the last 20 years or something, and I know she breastfeeds, so no one else can get up for the midnight feedings. I have been doing it for 5 weeks...maybe the last 3 months if you count my inability to go all night long without peeing in my last couple of weeks of pregnancy....and I just can't WAIT to sleep for 6 or 7 hours at night.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Children's Minds...

It is so funny how a child's mind works sometimes. We have a friend over tonight that my son likes very much and is always concerned about where is is going if he walks out the door. So the friend decides he's going to go to the local gas station to get some beer for him and hubby for the night (and also pick me up a Mt. Dew).

So, of course as soon as friend walks out the door, Caiden asks where he is going. I told him he was just going to run to the gas station for a minute, to which I get a series of "whys" from Caiden. After answering as many of the as I can, he goes to the door to check it out for himself. He comes back to me and being 100% serious says "Mom he didn't run, he took his car."

Oh, the things kids say....

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Sleepy Wrap Baby Carrier Review

I know that baby carriers have some bad press right now because of the baby sling recall, but not all slings and wraps are bad. In fact, I think most of them are safe as long as you follow the directions of the carrier and wear your baby the way the carrier was intended.

That being said, I wanted to share my experience with the newest baby carrier I have purchased. When I was pregnant, I asked around in my mommy online community to get some recommendations for a baby carrier. I had tried one style with my first son, and it worked ok, but it was difficult for me to use because you had to put the child into the carrier and then finish tying it. I was always afraid I was going to drop my son. Also, my personal preference has always been a wrap type carrier over a sling because I feel that an infant is much safer in a wrap. (This is just my personal feeling, and I felt like this with my first son as well; long before the recall came out.) So after looking into the different types that were recommended to me, I decided to go with the Sleepy Wrap. There were two major reasons I chose this wrap over all of the others:
  1. You tie the wrap completely before you put the child in; and
  2. it is reasonably priced;
It took some practice to tie the Sleepy Wrap correctly. Using the directions provided on Sleepy Wrap's website, along with a couple of videos I found on YouTube, I finally felt comfortable enough to try putting something in my wrap...but before I put my 2 week old child in it, I started with the Curious George doll that my dog is cuddling with in this post.

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 sleep 8 hours a night, but I can lay in any position I want to, and get out of bed without any pain
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.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Win it: Curious George 2

My child absolutely loves Curious George. We have the theme song from the first movie on our iPod, and every time that song comes up on shuffle, he knows it right away and starts singing along, usually before I even realize what song is playing.
So, imagine my excitement when I found that Jolly Mom has a giveaway running right now for not only the movie Curious George 2: Follow that Monkey DVD, but also the CD Soundtrack and Book!!! If you would like a chance to win, go over to Jolly Mom's blog to enter! Good luck :-)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Inside-out Bacon Cheeseburger

This is the BEST burgers you can make at home, and they are so simple!!

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

Make It!
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

Wordless Wednesday

This is the best picture I have gotten so far

Monday, March 15, 2010

Teach your Child to Eat Right

How to Raise Natural Eaters--and End Dinner-Table Fights ForeverThe No-Nonsense Way to Teach Kids to Eat Right -- By Sarah Haan, Registered Dietitian and BabyFit Contributor, and Becky Hand BabyFit Head Dietitian

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.

As the parent or caregiver, you are in charge of when the family eats, where the family eats, and what the family is served.
The child is in charge of deciding how much (if any) food is eaten. So as you proceed, we encourage you to keep an open mind and evaluate where you may be crossing the lines of responsibility when feeding your child. The Responsibilities of the Parents and CaregiversBy teaching your child how to provide nourishment for the body and providing your child with nutritious foods and a healthy eating environment, your child will learn to take responsibility for his own healthy eating choices. Here are some tips to help. When to eat, Where to eat, What to serve:

*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

*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.

Case Study #1: Think about the message being conveyed to your child when you say, "Nathan, you can't have cake for dessert until you eat your green beans." This tactic gives power to the cake. It teaches the child that the cake is better, or more prized, than the green beans. The child is taught by the adult that green beans are less desired than the cake because the green beans are being used as a punishment and the cake is the ultimate reward.
Case Study #2: Children are masters at manipulation, especially with food. And parents often express the fear that their child isn't eating enough or will only eat one food--applesauce, for example. This one food becomes the power food. No matter what is prepared at mealtime the child refuses to eat it, kicking and screaming until the parents give in and the power food, applesauce, is provided. Every meal is a battleground. Situations like this are not healthy for the child or parent. Realize that a child's body will not allow starvation. Our bodies know how much we need if we eat in a way that fosters our natural satiety. When parents hold fast to their feeding responsibilities, there are no power struggles. Rather quickly, the child realizes that her applesauce isn't coming and she is no longer in control of the foods served in the home. She begins eating what is served at meal and snack times to satisfy her hunger and nourish her body appropriately. To make a true commitment to optimize your child's natural hunger cues, you must let go of the jobs that are NOT your responsibility. Appropriate feeding is built on trust. As a parent, educate yourself on ways to plan, prepare and serve healthy meals and snacks. Then trust your child's ability to eat and grow in the way nature intended.
For excellent resources on the topic of feeding children, check out the books by Ellyn Satter: Child of Mine, Feeding with Love and Good SenseHow to Get Your Kid to Eat, But Not Too MuchSecrets of Feeding a Healthy FamilyYour Child's Weight: Helping without Harming

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Win a Free Scentsy Warmer and 3 Scent Bars

Remember my post that month where I declared my LOVE for my Scentsy Warmer? If you don't, you can read it here. Well imagine my excitement when I discovered a giveaway for a free Warmer and 3 Scent Bars!! Of course I have entered. If you would like to enter for you chance to win, head over to Sited and Blogged Contest Hub by clicking here. Good luck :)

Camera Critters 3/14

It's been way too long!!

Meet Sully, our 40 pound lap dog.

Camera Critters

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cancer Sucks

I believe everyone has been affected by cancer at some point during their lives, whether it be fighting the battles themselves, or watching a friend or family member struggle with this horrible disease. I posted over a year ago about my friend who lost her battle with breast cancer after 18 months, leaving behind 3 beautiful children (triplet 2 year olds), her husband and many other friends and family members. And you will see the "Save the Tatas" button to the left of this post.

If you are a regular visitor, you may have noticed a new button under the "Save the Tatas" button, which may not be familiar to you. Clicking on this button will take you to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation's website, where you can make a donation to help with Lung Cancer Research.

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.

I have been looking for organizations like Save the Tatas, the Susan G. Koman Foundation, etc. for lung cancer, but they are very difficult to find. For some reason, it appears that lung cancer has been shunned from research, fundraising and support type groups. I bet you can't even tell me what color ribbon symbolizes lung cancer. But, you can instantly spout out what color is breast cancer awareness. I'm not saying that all of the breast cancer groups are bad, all cancer research is great...anything to get rid of this horrid disease forever.

I found an article that I found very interesting. It states:

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.

(You can read the full article here)

So, if you would like to help with lung cancer research, please click here to view the PSA from the Bonne J. Addario Lung Cancer foundation and click on the button below to donate your $20 today.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Current Giveaways

I have been looking for a new thermometer for awhile, but I wasn't sure what kind to get. I just knew I didn't want to do under the arm anymore. That's why I'm so happy to have found a giveaway for a free Exergen Temporal Scanner (forehead thermometer) over at MamaBuzz.

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

What a week

Midway through my first week home as a mommy of two has gone pretty smoothly. What a difference it makes to have daddy home. Next week when he goes back to work could be interesting. Caiden isn't real excited about going to school right now, but I think it's because he knows we are at home. Once he gets there, he enjoys it.
And speaking of school, Daddy stayed home with Bennett this morning and I went on my first outing since Bennett joined our family. After taking Caiden to school and a quick trip to Wal-Mart, I stopped by the elementary school and picked up the paperwork to register Caiden for Kindergarten. I want to cry just thinking about it (and it has nothing to do with hormones, I swear). My baby going to school! If you remember, back in August of last year I started him in a new daycare center/preschool. It was rough going for the first couple of weeks, and I dread doing that all over again for Kindergarten. I'm hoping to send him to the same school as one of his preschool buddies so he at least knows one person.
Bennett is doing wonderful. A nurse came to our home on Monday to check up on him and me, and we both passed with flying colors. He is back up to 8lbs 10 oz after being down to 8lbs 6oz the day we left the hospital. He is letting mommy get about 4 hours of sleep at a time at night, which is AWESOME. I cannot complain one bit about it. It is still tough getting up in the middle of the night, and when he does get up, he stays awake for about 2 hours before he goes back to sleep, but still, I get FOUR HOURS OF SLEEP AT ONE TIME!! For those of you who don't know, when Caiden was a baby, he didn't sleep at night, at all. He would finally fall asleep between 5 and 7 in the morning.
So, all in all, it has been a wonderful week so far!

Friday, March 5, 2010

It's a boy!!!

Our little miracle was born on March 2nd at 12:44 p.m. He weighed 8 lbs and 15ozs and was 20 3/4 inches long. He seems to be a pretty content little guy so far.

Here he is...Bennett Evan :)

Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Boy and his Dog

Just a few cute pics I snapped tonight.

I love my Scentsy Warmer

I'm probably way behind the times on this one, but I got a Scentsy Warmer for Christmas from my mom and I LOVE it!! I had never heard of such a thing before I opened it up at Christmas time, but I'm now officially addicted. If you are like me and totally in the dark about what I'm talking about, keep reading.

The Scentsy Warmer is a warmer with a small light bulb in the bottom and a little dish on top. In the dish is where you put a block or two from the wickless Scentsy Bar, which is slowly melted by the bulb below. The bars have 6 blocks in them, and in my small house, I usually only need to use one at a time to fill the whole house with a wonderful fragrance. (Currently my house smells like grape bubble gum). Each bar has as much fragrance at as 12 oz candle, and it they are only $5 each!! What a deal!!

When you want to change to a different scent, simply pour the melted wax back into the Scentsy Bar container, wipe out the dish with a paper towel and put the new scent in.

In addition to the beautiful pot, the reason I like it so much, is because it is so much safer than burning a candle. And when you have a 4 year old child and a 6 year old beagle running around a very small house, candles are just not an option around here.

So, be sure to go to the Scentsy website and find a consultant in your area.

I was not paid or compensated in any way for this blog post...I just wanted to share my new obsession.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Giveaways Around Bloggy Land

I'm on a mission to find the latest and greatest baby stuff, since there are only 9 days (YES NINE DAYS) until baby arrives. Since it has been 4.5 years since I've had a baby in the house, I feel like I'm out of touch; like it's the first baby all over again. So where do I go, to the blog world of course, to try to win it for free. So, with that, here is what I have found today...

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


So, I was standing in line at work waiting to use the restroom, because I am way too lazy to walk to the other side of the building to the other restroom. As I was standing there, I notice the person in the stall, lift one of their feet and next thing I hear is FLUSH. Now, this isn't the first time I have seen this, but every time I do, it makes me wonder....why do people feel it necessary to flush with their foot? Are they not going to just walk to the sink and wash their hands as soon as they walk out of the stall? And if they are worried about picking up germs from the flusher, why do they feel save unlocking and opening the stall door with their hands? The hands they fear so much that just flushed the toilet immediately go on to open the stall door.

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.

Get This - Survey Results -

Monday, February 15, 2010

Yes, I'm still alive!!

In case any of you were wondering, I am still alive, and I am still pregnant!! I really got out of blogging mode for quite a while. Sorry about that. I don't know how often I will update in the near future, but hopefully more than once every 2 or 3 months!

So...update on me. I am currently 37 weeks pregnant, and ready to be done! I have been much more comfortable this time than I was when I was pregnant with Caiden, but I'm starting to get sore, and I'm always tired. But, there is an end in sight. I have a C-Section scheduled for March 2nd...2 weeks from tomorrow!! The pic on the right is from a week ago, so I was 36 weeks pregnant. Caiden is super excited for the baby to come. Every time I tell him how many days are left until the baby comes, he tells me he hates that number because it is too big LOL.

Caiden is doing well in school...usually. I have started getting letters about him starting Kindergarten in the fall...I just can't decide what to do. I need to talk to his teacher and see if she thinks he is ready. They offer something called AK here, which is basically Kindergarten, but it is only for 1/2 a day. Since he has only been in a structured setting for a year and he is a July baby, I'm thinking that this might be the option for him. I need to find out if his daycare is able to pick him up mid-day though. I don't know if they have any other AK students there.

What else is new? Not much, just trying to get through these last two weeks of work. Then it is 8 weeks off of working outside the home, and the beginning of sleepless nights, diapers, bottles and all of the snuggly fun that comes with a new baby!