Thursday, December 30, 2010

My last hurrah!

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Here we go again! I know I said I wasn't going to focus on losing weight, instead focus on eating better. HOWEVER... I'm gonna do both now. Go figure... me changing my mind... whoda thunk it?

Last year I lost 30 pounds only to put it right back on 2 months later. Fun. No. Not really fun. More like WTF. That's what I thinking.

I'm not sure what happened. I still don't know why I quit dieting. Oh yeah that's right... Dr. Pepper called my name. Over. And over. And over again. Then, I fell off that dieting bandwagon and guiltily (or not) enjoyed my DP and yummy goulash. Yummmm... carbs. I freakin love them.

So, here we go again! My last hurrah. I'm almost sad. I wont be saying that when I'm one of the skinny bitches that can buy all the cute clothes. I hope. I hope I get to be a skinny bitch... except I wont be a bitch. I'll just be skinny... woot! The best part... I will be able to breathe OMG! Play with my kids without feeling like I'm dying!

Maybe even stun my hubby. He's so sweet. I was making the ticker above here's our convo.

Me: Babe, what should I set this at? What weight would I look good at?
Him: What do you weight now?
Me: 225 (EEK)
Him: 225?
Me: Yeah, 225
Him: 225
Me: That's what I said.
Him: 225
Me: Damn it baby what weight would I look good at?
Him: I keep telling you 225!

I got giddy. At least he still thinks I'm attractive, double chin and all.

Here's to losing my belly and my last amazing pot of goulash! Oh how I will miss goulash. Wish me luck!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I'm ready!

 

Are you ready for Christmas yet? I am almost there! WHOOO! Normally every year, I have nothing wrapped at this point and there are still a ton of things I want to get. This year is a whole different ball game! I only have 2 presents left to wrap and about 5 more things I want to get and I am completely done! I will finish it up this Sunday. To have all that done is a major accomplishment, I have a TON of people to buy for.

Monday we are going to get pictures taken at Portrait Innovations. We have to wait until 7:30 at night, which is melt down time for Nugget. So, I'm hoping he will cooperate and we can get some amazing photos. The chances of that happening are slim, but I'm still hopeful.

I'm super excited for Christmas this year. Can't wait to see the kiddos open their gifts. Can't wait for Christmas Eve to see their faces filled with anticipation. Can't wait for Christmas dinner at my aunts house. I love Christmas time! I think my favorite part is shopping for my husband.  I love finding him the perfect gift. It's semi- easy to shop for my kiddos, and it's fun too. Just not as fun as shopping for hubby.

 Some things under my tree this year for the Noodle and the Nugget:


 



 




 









And a ton more. Every year they end up overloaded. 
I wont tell ya about what I got the hubby, on the off chance that he will read this. But, I am excited to see him open his presents as well!

On my wish list:




It's not the most expensive camera, and I'm sure it's not the greatest BUT I want it! Love that you can share pictures on facebook right from the camera and the best part... it's purple!

I also can't wait for my niece to open her presents. I actually won one of her gifts, and I'm sure she will love it! I won it from Mommy Katie blog. Here's a pic.




I also got her a kitchen set from CSN Stores. I got it on sale and I'm sure she will love it too!


Well I guess I'm done rambling! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Hopes and Dreams in 2011!

With the new year coming faster than I would like, it's time to think about where my life is going and what I would like to change, what previous plans need to altered or even excluded altogether. I do it every year, and even though some of the things I change are small, they still make a big impact! This year I have quite a few things planned, so I thought I would share them!

The number one thing I plan to change in the near future: A baby. We have talked about it numerous times and finally decided that another baby would complete us. I plan to start trying after the new year. I am super scared about this one! I've had problems in the past getting and staying pregnant, so this major life change is a scary one. But it's one I'm ready to face!

The second  new possibility is exciting. We are going to try to buy a house in the next 6 months. I have wanted to do this for so long, everything is finally coming together and I think we may be able to do it! We plan to get a 4 bedroom for the possible new baby. If a new baby is not "meant to be", I'm sure my husband will have fun decorating an extra bedroom with all of his toys action figures! I have daydreams of decorating our new house everyday, and I get excited thinking about it!

Another big plan is to start eating better. I am a McDonalds addict. I wish there was a support group! Everyday I go get a Dr. Pepper from McDonalds. I absolutely have to stop. My husband and I have decided that at the beginning of the year we are going to start eating better and living healthier. We are waiting until then because with the holidays being so close, it's hard to stay away from all the goodies! The main motivation for this is to be around to see our kids grow. They deserve for us to be healthy, and as active as we can be. At the rate we are going now, we wont be in shape when they need us to be. There is nothing I fear more than my kids thinking we are not there for them, so this change is needed.

My last aspiration is to save more money. I'm sure this one is on everyone's list! It's so hard in this economy, but I believe we can do it. My husband has a lot of side jobs that he does, and we plan to put that money back into a savings account for emergencies. Hopefully those emergencies will be few and far between!

Normally I would say I would like to lose weight, but I believe that will come with eating better! These are the things I would like to change in 2011. I can't wait to see what the new year brings since I have a game plan this year! Hopes and dreams can easily be altered, but I really hope these plans are meant to be! I hope you will share what you would like to change in the comments! Thanks for reading!


I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network blogging program, for a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kmart Giveaway!

So,  yesterday I posted about Flying Giggles and Lollipops and her amazing giveaway for a Sears GC. Well.... today she has a another great giveaway! Head over and enter to win a $500 KMART gift card!
Go HERE to enter. It ends December 17, 2010 11:59 P.M PST and there are a bunch of extra entries! Good luck... but not too much :) This mama wants to shop!!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mom To Bed By 8!

Mom to Bed by 8 is having a great giveaway! Head over and enter to win a $250 Visa Gift Card! She has a busy year planned for her readers, so check her out and subscribe to win! Go HERE to enter Good luck! Ends 1/11

Wedding Days!


My best friend got married on Black Friday, and I've been wanting to post about it! Just haven't had the time. It's crazy how close Christmas is!
Anyway, I was going to post some of her wedding pictures but they all come out blurry (on here), and I'm not sure if I can anyway because I wasn't the one to take them. I don't know all those copyright laws, so better safe than sorry!
Here are a few that I took. I ended up taking 102 photos total, and I broke my camera after an hour. I'm sure there would have been many more! I didn't get any good ones of them standing at the altar because I was in the wedding. Hubby had the camera but he's not great at taking photos, they all came out super dark. She was such a pretty bride, and her husband is such a great guy. I was proud to be her maid of honor!





I took this one of me and the kiddos, I am shocked that they both cooperated! I love it, just wish hubby was in it too! Yes, I know my son need a haircut, badly. BUT, his curls are almost gone, and I'm afraid if I cut it they will be gone forever... I'm gonna have to soon though because he can hardly see!

Just because I don't think I have ever posted a picture of my hubby... here's this one too.



Last one... The Beautiful Bride, myself, our best buddy Kristie, and another friend, Derek!


Side note: It's a good thing I don't drink often. Her wedding was definitely a reason to celebrate, so I did! I broke my camera, lost my keys (hubby was driving a different car anyway), sliced my toe open, lost my cell phone (finally found it), and had a hangover from hell the next day. The kiddos stayed at my sister in laws house, so everything was taken care of. HOWEVER, I'm still hoping there is no need to "celebrate" for a long long while :)

Thanks for reading!

Sears Giveaway!


The mother of all blog giveaways! Flying Giggles and Lollipops is giving away a $500 Sears GC!!  Oh, the Christmas presents this could buy (for momma!)  It ends December 17, 2010 11:59 P.M PST. You can tweet daily, and there are a ton of extra entries! The Sears GC can also be used at Roebuck and Co., Lands’ End, The Great Outdoors, and Kmart Stores. Go HERE to enter or HERE to visit Sears. Judging from her post it looks like Sears has had an overhaul, and it looks great! I love their new find-it center!
Good luck!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Another Rayovac giveaway!

Rayovac wants to power your holidays with fun new contest. To enter, just visit the Mom Rocks the Holidays with Rayovac  contest tab on Facebook, like them and tell them how you or your mom makes the holidays rock for a chance to win the Grand Prize of $1,000 cash! There will be 3 Grand Prize winners and 20 Runner Up winners will take home a Paper Jamz guitar, amp, drum kit, guitar strap, and two Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 packs of batteries.
Also, be sure to visit Mommy Goggles ‘Moms Rock the Holidays with Rayovac & Paper Jamz Giveaway!‘ where you can win 1 of 5 Mom Rocks the Holiday prize packs that include a $50 Visa Gift Card, Paper Jamz guitar and Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 pack of batteries.
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mom Rocks The Holidays Sweepstakes!

Rayovac wants to hear how you (or your mom) rocks the holidays! Head over to their facebook page and "like" them, let them know how you rock in 120 words or less and your entered to win $1,000 cash from Rayovac!! There are also Twenty (20) First Place Prize winners will receive a Rayovac Jam kit including a Paper Jamz guitar, drum, amp and guitar strap as well as 2 packs of Rayovac Alkaline AAA 24 packs (prize package valued at $90).
This would be an amazing win this time of year! 
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Helpful Tips for Holiday Tech Shopping

When shopping for electronics and all things tech-y it's easy to get overwhelmed! There are so many different brands, prices, rebates, reviews and it can all get very frustrating when your standing in the store staring at 5 kinds of the same thing! Here are some tips to help get you through your electronic shopping this holiday season.

1. Do your research! I always hit Amazon before I leave to go shopping for electronics. In my opinion they have the best and most honest reviews of products. Take the time to read through them all. A lot of times there are a bunch of good but a few bad reviews. Make sure you read through the bad ones to, so that you know there could be something wrong with what you want to buy.

2. Quality matters. I'm a frugal/cheap/money hungry girl! HOWEVER, when I buy electronics I make sure I get the top of the line. I want something that is going to last. If there is a laptop for $300 and one for $400, the only thing that matters to me is which one will last longer and how much use I can get out of it.

3. Take cash when shopping. I find that if I know exactly what I want before I leave the house I only take enough money to cover that and nothing else. The reason is that sales associates will try to get you to buy this or that to go with it. Or they might even try to get you to buy something entirely different (and more expensive).

4. Get the warranty! In the past I've went the cheap way and skipped out on getting the warranty. In the long run it ended up costing me more! You never know what could happen to your valuables, and if you have kids it's almost a guarantee that the most expensive thing will end up broke! (Well, my kids anyway)

5. Ask questions. While your shopping don't be afraid to ask the associate questions about what ever you are thinking about buying. A good tip is to write them down at home so you don't forget. If they can't answer your questions, maybe you should go to another store that can. You deserve to know everything about what your buying before you spend you hard earned money on it!

Well those are my 5 tips, I hope you enjoyed them and can put them to use this holiday season. They would have helped me in the past! Remember, the holidays are supposed to be fun, so don't get too frustrated when your out shopping for that iPad! ;)

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Monday, November 22, 2010

BlogHer/Poptart giveaways!



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Insanely Busy Weekend

Followed by what is going to be an even busier week! I'm so drained, I don't think I have quit moving once since Friday, and I don't see an end in sight!

Here's a quick rundown of my weekend:
Friday:
1. Helped my mom pack.
2. Started cleaning the massive amount of JUNK in my dinging room.
3. Went to my best friends Bachorlette/Bachelor party. Finally passed out around 5 am.
Saturday:
1. Got up at 7 with Nugget. (Love my early bird...)
2.Went to the Fire Department with my daughter and the rest of the Daisies. 9 giggling girl scouts :)
3. Help my mom move. How can one woman have so much stuff??
4. Cleaned the rest of my house/finished clearing out junk in my dining room.
Sunday:
1. Moved my old broken kitchen table and roll top desk to the TRASH!! Been wanting to do that for a year!
2. Moved my nice new shiny kitchen table in, and threaten each person living in my house within an inch of their lives! If there is any JUNK on my new table, or any crayon markings - Mama's gonna lose it! (See pics below!)
3. Invited over my cousin and her family for dinner and to watch the game. 2 toddlers + no naps in an enclosed area = NO GOOD!
4. Spent an hour trying to get a piece of glass out of my daughter's foot. I'm seriously thankful that no one called the cops due to her screaming over it!
5. Fixed dinner and thoroughly enjoyed sitting at my new table :)
6. Tried to get ready for today, but passed out at 9!

This week is gonna be crazy! Bombing the house today to make sure there are NO FLEAS at all when I bring my new chihuahua home on Tuesday! I'm also moving my daughter bunk beds out today and my old couch. I think it's time for an overhaul here, or maybe I just got a hair up my wazoo.
Taking my cousin to the doc Tuesday and Wednesday is the rehearsal for my BFF's wedding. Thanksgiving on Thursday and finally my bestie is getting married on Black Friday. No shopping for me this year. I can't say I'm all that sad about it either :) I still don't understand why she chose Black Friday!

Here's a few pics to show how much CRAP we had accumulated in my dining room. I've mentioned it a couple times but my husband and his family do antique and collectible shows. That's all fine and good, until the crap starts taking over my house! He is a pack rat/borderline hoarder! Not all the stuff is his, but at least 90% is!

Here is a picture of my nice and new to me kitchen table! It's also my son's favorite place for his bike! I'd like to get a table cloth and a vase with some flowers on it eventually. If I can ever stop finding things to I have to get done!
Well, thanks for listening to me ramble! I'm off to start my busy day!



Saturday, November 20, 2010

$100 Visa Gift Card giveaways!



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

What Brings Comfort and Joy!

When I seen this opportunity I knew I had to grab at it. It's not very often that you sit down and think about who or what brings you comfort. A lot of times it's easy to take them for granted. With Thanksgiving coming up, I was thinking about everyone I'm thankful for just the other day. I'd like to share it here!

I could sum it all up in one word, Family. My family has always been my rock in one way or another. My family brings me more comfort than a tub of ice cream brings a girl that just went through a horrible break up! Here's an example. When I was little my grandmother lived with us, I thought that it was normal until high school. I just thought all families lived together forever. I loved the fact that she was always there. When she had her stroke when I was 15, our family bonded together to help keep her happy. She lived for 3 years after her stroke and even though it was hard, we took care of her until the very end. AND even though it was hard for HER, she was still there for me. She listened to boy troubles, school troubles, and even boring work trouble. Before she had her stroke, she was always there and that didn't stop. When she passed away, my whole family helped support each other. It brought us all closer - as if that were possible.

Another example. When I first met my husband and decided to move out, my mom lost it lol! She didn't want to lose her baby, and I had a hard time leaving. When I got pregnant not long after, she was there for me and as excited as I was. When I lost that baby my mom was the shoulder that I cried on... for days. The rest of family was also there for me. To listen or to talk or whatever I needed. They brought me comfort when I needed it the most. I went on to have my daughter and 3 more miscarriages before having my son. Each miscarriage hurt worst than the last, and my family, including my new husband, never let me sink.

My family now is still my comfort and joy! My kids bring a smile to my face a million times a day, and I would be so lost without them! My cousin is my best friend, and her daughter is another (beautiful) light in my life.  My mom is and always will be, my rock. My husband listens any time I need to talk, and he is also an amazing comfort to me.

Now that I have my own family to take care of, I make sure that my kids know how important it is to trust each other and always be there for one another. To comfort one another and just listen. Family, to me, is the most important thing in the world. Family, to me, is comfort and joy!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Kleenex blogging program, making me eligible to get a $40 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

14 Ways To Have A Fresh and Festive Holiday!

I love the holidays, I go a little crazy with d├ęcorating, planning, and spending every year. That's part of it though, and I love it all. There are times that holidays get me down though, and I have to perk myself back up to get in the spirit. Between worrying about money and whose going where and whose going there, I get a little crazy! Here are 14 ways that I get back in the holiday spirit!

1. Listen to Christmas music! I love Christmas music! Every year I try to find a new song or new artist with an amazing voice to get me in the Christmas mood. We start listening to Christmas music before the stores even start playing it - you know that's early!

2. Visit Santa! Every year there are multiple Santas at our local malls. Taking the kiddos to visit him gets them in the mood, and seeing their eyes light up - cheers me up too. It's okay to go more than once, and besides getting that picture with him is priceless later on :)

3. Bake Christmas treats! I love making cookies with my kids, and trying to perfect the art of my grandmother's Million Dollar Fudge recipe every year. Same with the Christmas music, I try to find a new recipe every year! This one is my daughter's favorite traditions, she loves to cook/bake/create!

4. Decorate! If your going to decorate, please do it carefully! Seems like every year around here my husband gets hurt putting up our Christmas lights! Decorating your home brings that welcoming feeling to everyone that walks in, it brightens up your room and your mood!

5. Bust out the photo albums! Every year my kids and I like to look at the Christmas's from years past to see how much we have all changed and what all we got to enjoy that day. It gets me so excited every year. It's so much fun to see how much you change in only one year!

6. Get family pictures taken. Personalized Christmas cards are so awesome to receive, every year we get family pictures and use them as Christmas cards. It's great for out of town family members. They get to see how you've changed!

7. Start a new tradition. Our Christmas tradition has always been opening one package on Christmas Eve. It's always pj's to wear for Santa. This year I decided to start another one. We packed a shoebox full of goodies to mail overseas to a little girl that won't get anything this year. This made my daughter feel so good, and she loved picking out her gifts! We will do this every year from here on out!

8. Make it fun! Take a friend with you if your going shopping, and have a lunch date while your out! You deserve some fun too. Buying for others can be daunting, so go get your nails done while your out, to make it special for you too!

9. Get rid of old toys! About 2 weeks before the big day, I go through my kids rooms and donate the toys that they no longer play with or the ones that have been laying on their floor for a month getting stepped on. It helps out others, and makes more room for new stuff. If your family is anything like mine, you'll need the room! My father in law goes over the top with gifts every year!

10. Take advantage of parties! If you or your spouse has a Christmas party go to it and have fun! You don't have to spend a ton of money on a new outfit, you can use the dress you wore last year - trust me if anyone remembers at all - they have way too much time on their hands!

11. If your going out of town, throw a fabric softener in your luggage! I recommend Snuggle :) It keeps every thing smelling fresh, static free, and keeps you from getting homesick!

12. Get outside! Have fun playing in the snow, the kiddo's will love it! You can bundle them up tight and not worry about anything. Have fun making snow angels, making snowmen, and having snowball fights! These are the things your kids will remember in the long run, not whether or not the got the "hot" toy on the list that year!

13. Skip the visit! If visiting a certain family member will cause stress this year, just skip it! Life is too short to worry about it. You can send them a nice card, or gift in the mail and leave it at that - while keeping your sanity!

14. Finally, just have fun! Remember the reason for the season, and enjoy spending time with your family. The holidays are only once a year. Take a ton of pictures and eat too much fruitcake because later on having a good time is all that will matter!

I hope you enjoyed my top 14 list, and I hope they help this holiday season! Holidays can be stressful, and these tips help me every year to get over the stress factor and keep my holidays fresh and festive!!


I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Snuggle blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.” (make sure you link to http://snuggle.twittermoms.com/about)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

10 Tips for Smart Holiday Shopping and Gifting!

I love to shop, so much so that hubby and I have a ton of stuff... everywhere! One thing I don't like about shopping is the rush during the holiday season. Call me crazy, but having 542 strangers breathing on me, pushing me, and running past me to get the hottest toy of the year, is not my idea of a good time :). Here are a few tips that get me through the holiday maddness, and help my loved ones get the good stuff!

1. If your going to brave Black Friday, make a game plan the night before. Know exactly what stores you want to hit, and how much coffee your going to need to get you through it! Bring a shopping buddy along, it can get boring standing in line by yourself. Also, they can be on the lookout for your hot items, and vice versa.

2. Shop all year long. I absolutely love after Christmas sales. I try to look for things I know my kids would love and put them in a tote. By November, that tote is normally over flowing into a gazillion boxes, but that's less shopping I would have to do during what I like to call "crunch time".

3. Use your stockpile! I know there are a lot of bloggers that use coupons and show others how to use them. You could end up with an amazing stockpile by December. Use some of your bath products and beauty products to make a cute basket for that hard to shop for sister in law. (Or whoever). Why not give them something they can use?

4. Online tools! There are tons of free shipping codes out there, and great cash back incentives at online shops. CSN.com (among others) has a ton of items with free shipping. Combine that with a coupon code, and your already saving time and gas!

5. Swagbucks! Save your swagbucks all year and cash them in for $5 Amazon gift cards. I have a little over $200 in Amazon gift codes from Swagbucks this year! That's all I will need for hubby's gifts (and then some). Swagbucks is a simple search engine that rewards you for searching on it!

6. Save those gift cards! I keep most of the gift cards I get all year from Birthdays or Anniversarys. I use them to get Christmas gifts. Hubby says I should spend them on myself, but I feel like I am, when I don't have to use our cashflow :). They add up quick, and can help in a pinch.

7. Do it yourself. A lot of my family members would perfer handmade gifts over something they really didn't want/need. If your crafty take advantage of that and make your gifts. Find your supplies at sales or clearance and you wont have to spend much at all. Plus, it comes from the heart. AWWWW!

8. Enter blog giveaways! I enter a ton of giveaways and I have won some really neat stuff for my kids. I save it back all year and use it for Christmas or Birthdays. What is better than free? Another plus is you find some really great blogs to follow and find a ton of cool shops that you never would have known about otherwise. I love blog giveaways!

9. Save those bags! I save all the cute bags and boxes from the Christmas before and use them again. By the next year people wont remember, and there is no harm in using them again! Tissues papers can be saved inside the bags so they don't get messed up. I hang them all in the back of my closet so they are out of the way!

10. Don't rule out a store based on it's name. Office Depot has a ton of great products that would be good for anyone of your list! Printers, supplies, you name it they have it!

I love shopping for Christmas but it's best to remember what's important. Your loved one! Don't let money come before the fact that you are together. There are a bunch of resources to use to ensure the best gifts for the best price! I hope I helped out and gave you some ideas for this year! Happy Shopping!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Office Depot blogging program, making me eligible to get a $40 Office Depot gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.” (make sure you link to http://officedepotsmartgifts.twittermoms.com/about )

Monday, November 8, 2010

Happy Halloween - A little late!

Halloween was great this year! We carved pumpkins, painted pumpkins, and got dressed up 3 different times. We also went to The Red Barn Farm and to 2 different Fall Festivals. Both kiddos had a great time, and got a ton of candy :) (aka Momma's gonna get fat).
  My son hated getting the pumpkin "guts" from the pumpkin, but my daughter was all over it! She had so much fun. Nugget liked painting the whole freaking kitchen pumpkin better.

 Yes, both my kiddos were vampires. Noodle convinced me and her dad that her brother HAD to be a vamp with her, so she wouldn't get lonely when everyone else passed on... yeah nice huh? At least she has an imagination, and I think that's great. I love this picture of her :)
 Nugget didn't dig his costume very much. He hated the cape. He did look pretty cute though. The Mooch and my cousin Dani went trick or treating with us. They all looked adorable, if ya ask me!
Hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

10 Things For New Mom's to Remember!

Bringing home a baby creates a whirlwind of emotions, schedules, and a little bit of insanity. In that mix it gets hard to remember what's important - your new baby! Here is my top 10 list of things for new moms to remember.

1. The most important thing (I think) - Your baby is only at this age one time. Relish in it, because it goes by entirely way too fast! Take a ton of pictures so you can remember later. The first few weeks may seem to go by in a blur.

2. Not everything has to be scheduled! Leave a little room for the unexpected.Your never know what could come up, and you may have to change your plans. Also, if your baby wants to eat, then let it eat - even if it is an hour early.

3. Recruit help! Your not Superman. If you have someone around to come help clean the house or help make dinner, then let them. It won't make you look like a bad mom, it will prove that you know your limits and your not ashamed to ask for help!

4. Get great cleaning products that prevent germs. Babies immune systems are not totally developed right off the bat, you need to have cleaning products that you trust to get rid of harmful germs. (I personally use Lysol... on like everything. BUT that's because I'm a germaphobe)

5. Get things ready before the baby comes home. Sterilize your bottles, prepare the nursery, and disinfect all your baby products beforehand, so you have less to do later and you can enjoy your baby.

6. Nap when the baby does! You will need those few extra winks. When the baby lays down, you should do the same. More than likely it will not throw off your sleeping routine, because the baby will do that for you :)

7. Keep all your important information in one place that it easily accessible. I don't know how many times I lost my daughter's shot records before I finally started putting it in one spot. My advice: get a binder or planner and keep important info in there.

8. Ask your mom/stepmom/mother figure. More than likely they have been there and done that. If you have a question don't be afraid to ask. I just tried to remember that there is never a stupid question. You may find a new found respect for your mom, I know I did.

9. Trust your gut instinct. I know I just said that you should ask your mother figure, but also don't be afraid to go with what you feel is right. Your the child's mother - ultimately things should be done the way you want them. Don't be afraid to tell the doctor/family/whoever NO. They don't call it a Mother's Insticnt for no reason :)

10. This too shall pass. I said that over and over when I first brought my daughter home! There are stages for everything. Just like your getting used to being a new mom, you baby is getting used to just being! It will be a work in progress, and that's good! You can put down your baby, and walk away when the crying gets to be too much. Breath alone for a few minutes, and go back to your baby. It's okay for him or her to cry!

Those are my 10 tips! Hope that it reaches someone that can use it, I know I wish I would have known these things when I was first bringing home my daughter - it would have helped with my sanity :)

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great giveaway at Educational Toys Planet!

Enter to win Quercetti’s Super Marble Run Vortis  over at Educational Toys Planet blog! This thing looks really neat, my daughter would love it! Check out all the cool Marble Runs at Educational Toys Planet! They look really cool too! This giveaway ends 10/30! Good luck!   

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My funk is fixed

I promised I don't stink. Not that kind of funk ;)

For the last week or so, I've been in some kind of weird funk. I don't know how to explain it other than that. A funk. I've cried for no reason, been pissed off for no reason, and have had like zero patience with everyone. I get like that occasionally, I have no clue why. Normally it last a few days and I'm good after that. Not this time. I'm still not sure what brought it on, but I think I fixed it.

Normally, when I get like that I think that I need to get away for a while. Go to a friends house and just be "free" for a bit. In general, it helps but I still feel a little on edge for a few days. Today I took a totally different approach. After crying myself to sleep last night like a blubbering fool (over nothing in particular), I woke up this morning and realized that I needed to snap the hell out of it. Just like that I was already in a better mood. Not great at that point, but better. Then I took a shower - even better. After that I went shopping and bought a book - when I got home, I got lost in that book for an hour. I loved it. I felt almost refreshed.

When my daughter came from school, I was ecstatic lol! My daughter, son, husband, and I played outside for a long time. When it got dark, I took the kiddos inside and played for 2 hours straight. I didn't worry about bath times, or dinner times, not even bed times and it felt amazing! I took all the time limits out of my evening and it went great.

Now, I know I can't do that every night. BUT sometimes it's okay. So the kids went to bed without a bath one night - it wont kill them. So what that they didn't eat until 8 - they weren't starving. I don't care that Noodles bed time is 8, she's in bed almost asleep an hour later, she will still be fine tomorrow.

Today I learned that sometimes, it's good to push the limits and not stick to schedules so much. Today I needed it. I feel amazing right now. I feel like I really got to spend some quality time with my kids without the hassles of our evening routine. It was a fun day, and I'm content.

I'm off to get lost in my book for a little while longer. I hope you all enjoy your week :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Win an Oreck!

Mommy Living the Life of Riley! $799 Oreck Edge Vacuum Cleaner Giveaway

See that beauty above? You can win it at Mommy Living the Life of Riley! I could totally use this, my vacuum now sucks - and NOT literally! The belts pops off every single day and it makes me insane. The Oreck Edge Vacuum Cleaner has a ton of really cool features including the HEPA Quality Filter system. Also, it's only 13 lbs! So head over and enter to win, there are a ton of extra entries too! It ends November 30th, and it's open to U.S. only. Good luck! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

This is why I love fall...

The mooch! 
 Poop throwing!
Pumpkins!
Sibling love!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Writing Contest?!

So, I like to write... but from the looks of my blog, you probably couldn't tell! BUT I have a secret... it's a secret blog that I'm too afraid to make public.. I don't want criticism :) (yet) I was super excited to find this contest though... I may make the plunge and let everyone see my psychotic adventurous writing style!

Erika from The Girl Next Door Grows Up is hosting a Blogger Writing Contest once a month at her site. Starting October 3rd she will have a linky up for 48 hours, you can add your best post to. The winner will be picked the following week!

She is currently looking for sponsors, so if your interested let her know! You don't have to be a shop owner to sponsor!

Like most contests there are rules, so check out her post, and get ready to write!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Noodle!

We celebrated my daughter's 6th birthday this past weekend! It's so hard to believe that she is 6 already. Seems like just yesterday I was potty training her! She has developed quite an attitude and I can already see that her teenage years are going to be insane... but that's okay, what goes around comes around, right? I'm only getting my payback lol!
She's a good kiddo, very free spirited and I love that. She started girl scouts this month, and so far is loving it. I became a troop leader and she's very excited about that. I can't wait to see what we end up doing!
Well, here are a few pics of her birthday party. Her hair is sooo messed up because she was running around like a crazy kid at Fun Run.



 (not a good pic, but it was fun!)


HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY GIRL... you can quit growing so fast now, k?










Saturday, September 25, 2010

I might lose some followers with this post.

I hung out with an old friend today and this is what I have to say. It might offend you, if it does... well it does.

As some of you know it took me a long time and a whole lot of heartbreaks to get pregnant with my son. After so many heartbreaks I ended up being jealous of any woman that I saw that was pregnant. Sounds bad, but it's true. I've looked at pregnancy entirely different since I went through what I did. It's a gift, a true gift. It seriously pisses me off that abortion is thrown around so easily. Weather it's said or done, it makes me angry. There are SO MANY WOMEN that can't have babies. Those woman would give anything to have what others throw away. Those women that cry every month, desperate to get that positive pregnancy test. Those women that pray to God every single day, begging him. Those women that feel so desperate, like they failed. I know because I was one of them.

I know that there are millions of reasons why women have abortions. But damn it, there are ways to prevent it. Why is it that abortion is the easy way out? Why not put that baby up for adoption? There WILL BE someone out there to love that baby. Maybe you don't want to go that route, because it's harder on you... well maybe you shouldn't have had sex. Maybe you should grow up? Maybe, just maybe you should use a freakin condom/birth control pills/one of the hundreds of other ways to prevent it. To the girls that do it over and over again... well maybe you should be sterilized.

It sucks when you hang out with an old friend and find that you have nothing in common anymore. It sucks even more when that friend is going to do something you totally don't agree with - even if it is none of your damn business. Makes you realize that you wont be hanging out with them anytime soon. It's almost like kissing part of your good old days goodbye.


I've been friends with this girl since high school, and we have talked off and on through out the years. Our kids play together once or twice a year, but I didn't really want to just end the friendship. It's always good to have friends. I will still be friends with this girl, but I'm sure I will never look at her the same way again.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Little Yaya's Giveaway!

Little Yaya's is having an amazing giveaway! Head over and enter to win a great Sears prize pack! It ends 9/27. Good luck!
 
Back-to-School Crush Kit includes:
$175 Sears Gift Card
One of the hottest trends for fall the Bongo Power Skinny Denim Jeggings -- $19.99
The cool new cat on the scene: Rebecca Bonbon Girl’s Paw Print Umbrella -- $5.99 and Rebecca Bonbon Sequin Tote -- $19.99
And the opportunity to rock the military trend with the Bailey Blue Junior’s Military Strapless Ponte Dress -- $29.99
The total prize package is over $250!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mamaroo giveaway!



Another great giveaway at Mom To Bed By 8! Go here to enter to win a 4moms mamaRoo! I'd love one of these for my soon to be niece or nephew! It ends 10/4 and it's open to US only! Good luck!

Sears giveaway!

Win a $250 Back-To-School Crush Kit (including $175 Sears Gift Cert.) from Sears! Head over to  Mom to bed by 8  to enter! You can tweet daily for extra entries every day!! It ends October 14th and is open to US only!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

So this...

Is what happens when you give a two year old a strawberry shake on an hour and a half long car ride.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Great giveaway!

It's already September! Seems like as soon as Summer comes to an end that the New Year is already here. The last few months of the year are so busy for us, I'm sure most of you too. Since Halloween is right around the corner I thought I would share this great giveaway over at New Age Mama! Head over and enter to win your choice of costume (up to $50) from Anytime Costumes! It's open to the US only and ends on 9/29.
Good luck!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A little story

Words have a lasting impression, sometimes good, sometimes great, and other times hurtful. These words have changed my life in one way or another.

"Hi, I'm your dad, I'm sorry it took so long to see you again."

"Your Dad is leaving again, I'm sorry"

"Hello again, I missed you."

"She's had a stroke, and it don't look good"

"Grandma's gone baby, she waited until you called"

"No. She's not. She can't be, I need her"

"Why does she get to sleep? She was gone the whole time Grandma was sick, and she gets to skip out on helping with the funeral."

"If one more person orders a waffle tonight, I'm leaving for the Army"

"I'll take a waffle please"

"Goodbye, I love you"

"Hey, You must be from out of space cause I can see the stars in your eyes."

"That line normally work for you?"

"I love you"


"I love you more"


"I'm done, take your rings"

"If you want to move up in this business, you need motivation, you lack it"

"You like Yoda?! Want to go to the movies?"

"Let's move in together"

"Your pregnant????"


"I'm sorry, the baby never developed"


"It hurts more than I thought"


"Best Birthday Present ever - things will be fine this time"


"Congratulations, it's a girl!"


"I love you"


"I love you more"

"Mommy"


"We can't afford for you to stay at home"

"I'm sorry, you lost the baby" 


"I'm sorry, you lost the baby"


"I'm sorry, you lost the baby"


"I have something to tell you"


"I will fight for you"


"If you hurt without him, don't let him go, tell him you love him and that you will forever. He forgave you, now forgive yourself"


"Happy Birthday... again"


"Congratulations, it's a boy!"


"I feel complete"


"Me too"


"Mommy"






This was inspired by Maria's post at Mom of Three Seeks Sanity on "Things you thought you'd never hear."These phrases shaped me into who I am today. They kind of tell a little story. What words shaped you? Thanks for reading!





Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Giveaways I entered today!

$50 Visa GC ~ Bensmomma (It's her birthday, go say hi!) 9/8
BABY BASH EVENT!! $40 CSN Stores GC at OurKidsMom exp 9/30 
$75 Online Jockey Shopping Spree at Rockin Mama exp 9/15 
Marmaduke DVD at The Mommy-Files exp 9/8
Britax Frontier 85 Car Seat at Mom's Best Bets exp 9/29  
High Sierra Backpack at Little Yaya's exp 9/18 
$100 Visa GC at Bargain Mom exp 9/30 
$25 Sam's Club GC at The Happy Wife exp 9/8 
Liv Girl doll at Mom to Bed by 8 exp 9/21
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally at OurKidsMom exp 9/15
CoCaLo Naturals Tranquil Crib Bedding Set at Mama's Getting Kinda Crunchy  9/3
$40 CSN Stores GC at I Heart Giveaways 9/3
Crane Humidifier at Health, Beauty, Children & Family  9/3

Monday, August 30, 2010

I can dream

I want to be here:
 


With this guy:

Throw in a few of these:



Maybe some of these:


 That would make me a happy girl :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

2 already!

My son turned 2 last week! He is growing up sooo fast! His actual birthday was on Wednesday and we went to Fun Run for a while, it was so fun. We missed having Noodle there, so we didn't stay long, but we had fun for a while.

Sunday was his party and he got a ton of stuff! We broke out our old bounce house that hasn't been used since Noodle turned 2! All the kids had so much beating up the pinata and playing at the park. I loved watching him open his presents, he got so excited with every one of them! His favorite thing was the Cars Birthday Card that my mom got for him, he wouldn't put it down!

Here's a few pictures of the fun day!
I can't believe my baby is 2 already! He's such a Momma's Boy right now and I love it. I hope it stays that way for a while! Terrible 2's are already kicking in, YIKES, but this mama can handle it! Happy Birthday Nugget, I love you!

Bright Stars Giveaway!

Head over to A Mom's Balancing Act and enter to win a Bright Starts InGenuity Cradle & Sway Swing! This would be a great baby shower gift! This giveaway ends 9/14 and it's open to U.S. only!

Friday, August 20, 2010

I'm not fine.

Wednesday night I woke up in the middle of the night by MOST horrible pain I have ever felt. Worse than childbirth, seriously. I come out in the living room where my hubby was still awake, playing video games (naturally). I pretty much fall down in the hall grabbing my stomach and crying. The only way I know how to explain how it felt is to say that something needed to come out, like there was something inside me clawing me. I know it sounds stupid. It was low like it was in my baby parts. My first thought was a tubal pregnancy, then I thought it was my IUD.

I tell him I think that I need to go to the hospital and he says, "You should go lay back down for a bit, you probably ate something bad, your fine, you just need to rest."
Mother fucker... I'm not fine. I hate hospitals, I wont go to unless I'm having a baby or unconscious.

I drove myself, I have no clue how I got there in one piece, but I did. BUT by the time I got there it stopped hurting so bad. I went in they did all their tests, and poked me 12,568 times. I had a high white blood cell count. The norm is like 10,000 mine was 17,000. So, they kept me. I couldn't sleep until they gave me some amazing drugs. I can't remember what it was... but I really liked it.

They did some testing the next day and the OBGYN came to see me. We talked about getting my IUD taken out because that *could* be the cause, but they weren't sure. I don't want anymore babies. I like the little bit of sanity I have. So, I said we would wait on that.

The doc says my pain was from ovulation. Really? I've obviously ovulated (hee hee) for the better part of 15 years and never felt anything like that. There was still something wrong because I have a high white blood cell count, so there is infection somewhere. They wanted to keep me another night, but I refused. After talking to my hubby off and on that day, I really wanted my kids to remain in one piece and lately I don't think he is competent. They gave me total of 5 bags of antibiotics and I went home. Still feeling like shit.

Before I left though I got a text from him. He was sick. Every single time he don't get enough sleep he gets a headache. Every single time he gets a headache, he starts vomiting. I don't understand it, but it never fails.
I come home to my house being destroyed and my kids not fed. He's half awake in the chair with a puke bowl next to him. Great.
I half assed get the kids fed, and ready for bed. Then I have to help him. Why? He must think I'm invincible, because again - I'm NOT fine. Normally, I wouldn't be irritated with him for being sick. BUT I really felt horrible.

I wake up today and get the kiddo ready for school. Then I get the call - "Sheila, can you take me somewhere? By the way, how ya feeling?" I wanted to say Sure why not? Just got out of the hospital yesterday, I'm still sick, but hey I'll run ya wherever you want. Instead I said sure, I'm fine. Then, my mom calls and needs me to take her somewhere tomorrow morning by 9 am. Again, I say yes. I did it to myself though, because I can't say no.

Something is still wrong with me. I still need to be fixed, and I'm not fine. My belly hurts every time I move, and it feels like my girls parts are falling out. I'm waiting until after Sunday because my little man's birthday party, and I'm going back to get things checked out. But I'm not fucking fine, it's obvious. If one more person asks me to help them or expects me to be up to par I'm going to scream!

Sorry, this was a longer than expected - guess I needed to vent more than I thought!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Energizer Smart Charger

I think an Energizer Smart Charger would make my life easier because I'm constantly on the go. I would love to be able to charge batteries over night instead of making sure I stop by the store to grab batteries. I'm always taking pictures and it seems like at every important event the batteries run out and I'm left with no pictures. (4th of July, B-days, and Christmas - just this last year lol)
The Energizer Smart Charger would be perfect for our family! I love this video of the Energizer kids take charge #recharge!

Energizer is offering up a $15 Target gift card and Energizer Smart Charger to anyone who posts a blog about the following topics:
  • Recapping your encounter with our Smart ChargHers at BlogHer
  • Review of any Energizer charger and/or Energizer rechargeable batteries
  • Why you think an Energizer Smart Charger would make your life easier
If you have any friends that would like to take advantage of this, please let them know. All they have to do is write the post and send it to wendyb@blickandstaff.com and we’ll send out a gift card and charger. This opportunity is open until August 27, 2010 (first 200 entries only).