Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Adorable HappyGreenBe Dress giveaway at a friends blog!

Check it out! These clothes are so ADORABLE!!!  I love their bold colors! 
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Monday, December 28, 2009

Cell phone services? Yay or Nay!

Ok seriously, Nay!

We had been with Sprint for ten years. Well my husband had been. I've pretty much been with them for the last 7 years.  So recently I came across how you can get out of your contract because you don't agree with their increase. I did that! I got out of our contract, and they didn't try to keep us! Now the best part about this, The plan we had, we were paying an arm and a leg for literally. 150 a month for Two phones, where my parents pay that price for THREE phones, and needless to say, all three have data!
So needless to say we switched over. I had brought up the idea of switching over to At&t for iphones, despite my hatred for At&T who we recently switched our house and internet from again. We've been back and forth. They have horrible customer service as far as I'm concerned. If I have to call in more than twice, honestly, more than once, about the exact same billing issue, then I'm angry. Of course I recently had to do that with Sprint too, so really, cell phone services are all the same. Crappy customer service, (some of the people I know I will not say all of them are).

To me, customer service has gone down hill period. Nobody cares anymore, and well, I don't really blame them, because they as employees are probably getting screwed over somehow too.

On the other note, we did get our iphones this christmas, I didn't get to keep my old number on our plan because At&t doesn't have the technology to share minutes for two phones that have different area codes. Sprint did have that technology, guess you win some and lose some. 

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bumbleride Indie Twin -The Chevy Suburban of strollers review and giveaway Winner Announced

Winner is

post number 56

A Happy Hippy Mom said...


I'm a fan of Bumbleride on Facebook.
December 8, 2009 11:58 PM


The winner has 48 hours to respond or I will draw again!



Just before Thanksgiving I received the Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller to take for a test drive. This stroller is the luxury SUV of strollers in my opinion.
      The bumbleride Indie Twin is a double side by side stroller. When I first got the package, I did have to put it together of course. Now I will admit, I am one of those people who looks at an item and attempts to put it together without reading the directions, about 8 times out of 10 I am able to do so with no issues.
This stroller was one of the 2 out of 10. I studied it and studied it for a good twenty minutes before I gave in and looked at the directions.  Once I got going though from the directions, I was able to catch on a little easier.  So it is one of those things you will want to read the directions first. Also keep in mind, I may not be completely on top of my game, as I do have pregnant brain these days.





       In an ideal world, you really want just one product that does it all. For example a car, (yes over the last couple of years I have come to compare strollers to cars now) In a car, you really want something that kind of does it all. Safety, smooth driving, roomy, great price, great gas mileage and many even want the ability to entertain. (I know its great having that DVD player for those really long driving trips.) In my personal opinion several of these apply to strollers. I believe you'd even be able to put an attachment for a portable DVD player on the stroller. Wouldn't that be nice! Imagine a little entertainment area set up on this stroller. You could easily play the Your baby could read DVD's.




Some of the features on the Indie Twin that I have to point out because they really do think they make or break the stroller in the regards to its use. 
The brake is the first I would like to point out. Many strollers have the exact type of brake that the Indie Twin has, the big bar that you lift up or push down. Now while I have to admit, I hate pushing up the bar when I am ready to move, I have found this type of brake doesn't work very well on every stroller that has it.



This is a BIG safety feature that I will have to point out. The Indie Twin, while hard to push up and down the brake, it doesn't move when you have that brake on. That is important when you're trying to get your kids out and in the car etc, or out of the car, and into the stroller, for obvious safety reasons.  One in and one out, you need something that won't move. This brake has held up very well, and kept the stroller from moving.
Now granted, you can't be lazy and not put the brake on and expect the stroller to not budge when moving it. This would mean user error.I do know a few people who would attempt that one.
 I start with safety, as we all know, that when it comes to kids, we need a safe environment, especially in a stroller. I think that the brake really has to be my most important feature when using a stroller, especially now, after we've seen what can happen in the blink of an eye.  I've seen lots of strollers who use the bar as the brake, but even with the bar up, the stroller will move a good ways forward or backwards when getting your child in and out.When you have kids, you know, accidents can happen even when you think you've done everything to prevent it.
The Bumbleride Indie Twin has 4 wheels.  The front two swivel and also lock into place for brisk straight walks.  When my husband first looked at the stroller he was upset with me at first, as men usually do not pay attention. The wheels were locked. His very first response was, you can't turn it.
I have seen other strollers, with the front wheel swivel as well, that were hard to turn.
At this point I had already had the opportunity to play with it a little bit, and had already found that feature out. I pointed it out. He unlocked it and went on to explore the stroller without saying anything else.
I do believe this swivel feature is imperative for turning a stroller smoothly. And the Indie twin does make very good use of the swivel front wheels. I also liked that it did lock into place as well for those straight walks.
The swivel wheels play more than just a safety roll as well. When the front wheels are locked into place, it does not make for a wonderful turning. But of course, the key is, the swivel wheels should really be unlocked when moving, and it probably is best locked when loading and unloading,along with the brake.

We all need room in our strollers. My third little man is a big boy. We do have a small umbrella stroller that we got years ago. At a year old, he fits up the stroller all the way. He will not fit in that stroller much longer, as he really does take up pretty much the entire stroller. So having room to grow, because we all know, babies are being born bigger. I believe there was a 15 pound baby born not too long ago so I am sure this mom, knows exactly what I'm referring to when it comes to big babies!


I know myself first hand about having a big baby (ok maybe not that big, but he was big compared to all of my friends little ones). Not all one year olds can walk, and not every person can carry a one year old thats 25 to 30 pounds on their hip everywhere they go. And to have to buy another stroller because they grow out of the one you have. Well, after a couple years and you have another baby, I can see, you need to buy another stroller to get a double, but having to buy another stroller for the one because of size, well, it defeats the purpose, and keep in mind, even umbrella strollers aren't cheap these days. So as I've ranted enough about that the point I was making, was that you need room to grow for these kids now a days.

Not every stroller you get can be used for a newbie, and the carseat attachment feature is nice, but not something I will use. We didn't use a carrier for very long with our third, and chances are, since I have a convertible carseat sitting in my nursery awaiting the birth of this baby, I will not use a carrier for very long with this little girl. So it's important that I have a stroller that will work well with a  newborn without a car seat carrier. While many strollers say they work well for newborns. Some companies have different versions of what works well.
The Indie Twin, will work for a newborn, as it does have the ability to lay all the way flat. And then it has the ability to attach a car seat, as well as another option to purchase a carry cot. If I can use one stroller from birth to todllerhood, in the long run, I'm saving a ton of money. 

          Not everyone has an SUV, and despite having an SUV myself, I still feel the Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller doesn't fold down flat as I think it could. I do like the way you can carry it by the handles on the back. That was a nice feature in putting it in my car. However, I do feel its bulky, and taking it out of the car and setting it back up was a little tricky. You can't do it one handed that is for sure. But if you have a full size SUV you will not have any problems at all getting it in and out, so that is something to always be sure of. This is where I think it'd be great if the baby stores gave you the ability to test it (with an employee there of course) checking to make sure that the specific stroller you're looking at will fit properly in your car.  Purchasing it and then taking it back somewhat defeats the purpose of really learning about a stroller prior to getting it.
On the bottom of the stroller there is plenty of room for the items like diaper bags and such, which is going to be a must have for me when this 4th comes along. I almost think I need to carry a diaper bag for the older two, and one each for the younger two.

           You need a good price on a stroller as raising a baby isn't cheap by any means, and raising more than one within just a few years age difference, or in my experience (or rather soon to be experience) 16 months apart. You need affordabilty. But  as prices go up on everything else, so did the price of strollers.
Now needless to say, even the usual brands have gone up in price. Basic umbrella strollers can ring in at 100.00 now a days. I remember when they were 10 dollars.
          Now there are strollers in all price ranges. The Indie Twin is a little more expensive than some, however, I have seen strollers that aren't anywhere near a comparision in quality, and they are the same price.
The Bumbleride Indie Twin is retailed at 659.00.  Right there in the middle when it comes to price, but I will say despite it being so big, it really is of better quality when it is compared to other strollers, that are the same price, and some that are even more than this one.  But again, I would have to say, that despite its price tag, buying a cheaper stroller will end you up the same price in the long run. If you have to keep replacing it, how is that saving any money?
All in all, they made a great stroller which my kids loved as you can tell, even  my 6 year old.

And just in time for a great Christmas present to you! One lucky reader will win their very own Bumbleride Indie Twin stroller.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

In General, my opinion of strollers.

I have 3 boys, and will soon have a fourth child, if you haven't read previous post, my first girl. By April 4th 2010, I will have a 6 year old, a almost 4 year old (just a month shy), a 16 month old, and a newborn.
In 2003, I had my first son, J. From early on, he was pretty mobile, which meant a stroller was a huge necessity.  Back then, I had never really heard of any brand other than the typical Graco brand. That was the baby brand.
Over the years, and children later, many other companies, have stepped up to the plate to bring bigger and better useful items to use for your little one.
Now, after 3 children and counting, I would have to say, the only item I really, NEED to get me through the days with my children, is a stroller. It is no longer a great luxury item you really could use because it makes life easier, it is now, (in my household) something that if I do not have, there is no walking outside my front door.
I can't possibly carry a 16 month old and a newborn, and keep up with a nearly 4 year old and a 6 year old. How would I even make it two steps away from the car, without one getting hit by a car?
Now, not every stroller is the same, just like a car, every stroller has a difference, and in some cases, those differences can make a huge difference in safety of the child. A good frame on a stroller really will hold up  in the event of a possible accident, as we all have seen. And if you are a parent, you know, that accidents can happen even in the blink of an eye. 
I compare strollers to cars for several reasons,
Price- There are a wide range of prices for Strollers, and I will say, I have noticed that more strollers are higher in price these days. Even your basic umbrella stroller is not just 10 dollars to purchase any longer.
Safety- As we can all say, not every single stroller will hold up to the horrible accident that occurred at the train station this past year. That accident really was one of those it only takes a half a second and the blink of an eye for something to happen. It was amazing that child survived and barely scratched up.
Features- Strollers have different features, these are usually more like, snack area, cup holder for mom and dad shopping bag holders diaper bag holder and so on. I believe I have even heard of a stroller that has a radio attached for those who jog. It is amazing what kinds of things they can have now.
Ease of use- Just like a car the stroller moves, and for it to be bumpy, hard to push,  and just overall not easy to use, well, it can be a pain, if the stroller breaks easily

Friday, December 4, 2009

Why Thrift stores really can be awesome!

So the other day, I went off to find out about purchasing a new tree stand for our fake tree. For the last two years we've bought a real tree, but this year we decided we will use the fake tree. Well we lost the stand to it among our last move. So I needed a tree stand so we'd be able to use our tree. I never buy Christmas decorations until after. So after no go at Walmart, I went over to the thrift store. This thrift store I went to, has certain color stickers that are half off and 25 percent off certain days. Well that day, was the red sticker. So I found a tree, with a red sticker on it, it did have a tree stand, however I wasn't sure if everything was there or what. But I figured hey what the heck, half off at least I'd be able to use my tree if I can't use this one. So I got it home, start setting it up. Of course at first I set it up wrong as those tree parts really seem like they can go anyway until after you put it all together and its wonky.
Got it together, plugged the lights in, and everything worked! It was a little lopsided and my husband needs to help fix it, but all in all, I found a great  buy, I paid 12.00 for it.

Here's a picture of our new (new to us) tree.



Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holey Donuts Holiday Giveaway $150 cash prize

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Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

School's out for Thanksgiving!

YAY, I have been busy busy busy. School is out for Thanksgiving week, which is great for me.
I have been trying to get majority of the PTA work out of the way prior to tomorrow. I have just a little bit left to finish up as soon as I find more tape. Then they will be ready to go on Wed.
I do have a few things to get together so they're ready to go home to parents as soon as school gets back in.
Dec 1st is right around the corner, so we need to get that ready.
We're going to be doing a scrapbook for the boys teachers, so I need to get the cardstock ready so I can send them home just before Winter Break. I want to make sure this gets done for the teachers as next year I'll be a little busy too. I just want to have it all done and ready prior to Teacher appreciation day.

For Jordans teacher we're making a blanket for her in the kids art class. So I have to get that set up on what day we'll do that. Then I need to finish coming up with the game for the party that day. My other sons class doesn't really need me to do anything for the party, so I'm a little bummed. Next year will be much different. When he's in the four year old program There will be more for me to do. I hope. So all in all this week is going to be a good fun week. Monday and Tuesday we're going to do craft stuff, and work on our homemade christmas gifts! And then Wed is get the house clean for Turkey day!
It'll be a good week with no school and lots of family time. Maybe even watch a movie together.

Yay for good weeks.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I have been busy

I have been very busy lately, it seems each week something with school has been going on. Reflections program is almost over. I hope to have everything ready to be turned in by Monday or Tuesday next week.
I'm excited for the kids.
Today though my biggest man caught a stomach bug, last night was an evening because he was in the bathroom so much. So I kept him home today from school, just in case.  He seems to be doing better now though, but my husband and I both seem to have caught it.
Hopefully it doesnt go through to the other two boys.
December 1st we will confirm gender. I know she said she's 80 percent sure its a girl, but there's still room for error.
I did break down and purchase some dresses, because they were 1.00, but I will take them back or give them to a friend in the event that its a boy instead.
I need to get a working on my diaper cakes. I want to make a few actually. I got pretty much everything except for the extra little things for it.

Well Thanksgiving is coming up, I'm cooking this year! So that should be fun.
I've got my menu planned, and turkey is in the freezer, I'll take it out on Sunday so it starts to thaw.
I'm ready for the holidays to be over though.
April needs to get here a little faster. I really hate being pregnant, the outcome is the only thing that gets me through it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Plan Toys Circus Giveaway Closed- Winner announced

 Winner is number 78
Ginny
Love the 7156 Green Dollhouse with furniture
 Winner has 48 hours to respond, or I will pick a new number.


Just recently, I got the plan toys Circus toy for my kids to  play with.
After doing our evening pick up and after dinner of course, Friday evening we pulled out the box. While my kids were trying to get the box from me they kept guessing what kind of toy it was. My 6 year olds first though was Play Dough. But it wasn't, It was the Plan Toys Circus activity set.
A little information on this specific toy, the age of this toy is labeled at 3 years and above.
The Child Development Skills, which can be found here are creative development skills, Language and Communication skills and Social Development skills. I agree that this toy is appropriately aged. My 6 year old, enjoyed playing with the circus when we pulled it out that evening. However, he has not asked to bring it back out specifically for him to play. My 3 year old, really seemed to enjoy the Circus that evening, and since opening it up, he has pulled it out both on Saturday and Sunday evening to play with it again. Many times, toys don't get played with but once, and then they're done at least for awhile. 



So Friday evening, I sat down on the floor in our living room and opened up the box and began putting it together. As I was opening the packages to get it set up, I looked for the directions on how to put things together. The directions weren't very clear, so for a pregnant brain like mine, It took me a minute to figure out some of the pieces at first. But it wasn't really that hard. 
When I asked my 3 year old what his favorite part about the circus was, he said the magic box. In the set, there is a magic box, and there is a little person you put in there and make him disappear. It was so fun to amaze them at first, then they figured out how I did it.
I wasn't the coolest magic mommy after they figured it out. Then they proceeded to make him disappear themselves.





 A little later though my 3 year old found the booklet with the other plan toys products in there and began telling me which one he wanted.
Which is great, because Christmas is coming up, and I've already started racking my brain trying to figure out educational toys to get them for Christmas this year. It is so hard to buy for the kids who have so many toys already.




So all in all, my kids had a great time playing with the circus. If you recall the earlier post I had about Plan Toys and how they are all natural toys (so no lead paint to worry about) Then you know I'm excited about this toy because of the all natural no harmful toxins involved in making the toy.
And plan toys has so many different age group toys as well. You really could get all of your Christmas shopping done for all of your little ones just shopping at Plan Toys, and that really does make a huge difference when shopping for different age groups.

And you could get a head start on your Christmas shopping for your little ones. Plan Toy's is allowing me to give away The Plan Toys Circus Activity Set to one lucky reader!

This giveaway will be open until Nov. 8th 12pm Central Time.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The updated Nestle product boycott list

I took this from another blog. This is important. We Formula Feed right now, and while I have no problems with Formula feeding I am very Pro Breastfeeding as well. I personally didn't make it very long with my first two boys, but I made it to just past 9 months with my third, (I had to quit nursing because of the pregnancy). I plan to make it to a year with number 4. 



As promised, here is the updated Nestlé product list (current as of Oct. 7, 2009). The information below came from Nestlé USA product list, Corporate Watch, Gerber and Nestlé Brands.


Don’t know what the Nestle boycott is all about? Educate yourself. Check out my post, Annie’s (PhDinParenting’s) post and Best for Babies’ Anthology of Activist Blogs & Twitter Names. Remember, knowledge is power.

THE NESTLE BOYCOTT LIST
Candy and Chocolate:
Baby Ruth
Bit-O-Honey
Butterfinger
Carlos V (”the authentic Mexican chocolate bar”)
Chunky
Gobstoppers
Goobers
Laffy Taffy
Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
Nerds
Nestle Abuelita chocolate
Nestle Crunch
Nips
Oh Henry!
Oompas
Pixy Stix
Raisinets
Runts
Sno-Caps
Spree
Sweettarts
Wonka
100 Grand
Frozen Foods:
Lean Cuisine (frozen meals)
Lean Pockets (sandwiches)
Hot Pockets (sandwiches)
Stouffer’s (frozen meals)
Baking:
La Lechera (sweetened condensed milk)
Libby’s Pumpkin
Nestle Tollhouse Morsels and baking ingredients
Ice Cream:
Dreyer’s (ice creams, frozen yogurts, frozen fruit bars, sherbets)
Edy’s (ice creams, frozen yogurts and sherbets)
Häagen-Dazs (ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, bars)
Nestle Delicias
Nestle Drumstick
Nestle Push-Ups
The Skinny Cow (ice cream treats)
Pet food:
Alpo
Beneful
Cat Chow
Dog Chow
Fancy Feast
Felix
Friskies
Frosty Paws (dog ice cream treats)
Gourmet
One
Pro Plan

Beverages:

Coffee-Mate
Jamba (bottled smoothies and juices)
Milo Powdered Beverage and Ready-to-Drink
Nescafé
Nescafé Café con Leche
Nescafe Clasico (soluble coffees from Mexico)
Nescafe Dolce Gusto
Nesquik
Nestea
Nestle Juicy Juice 100% fruit juices
Nestle Carnation Malted Milk
Nestle Carnation Milks (instant breakfast)
Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix
Nestle Milk Chocolate
Nestle Nido (powdered milk for kids)
Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee

Specialty items:

Buitoni (pasta, sauce, shredded cheeses)
Maggi Seasonings
Maggi Taste of Asia
Infant Formula:
Nestle Good Start
Gerber Pure Water (for mixing with formula)
Baby Foods:
Cerelac
Gerber (cereals, juice, 1st Foods, 2nd Foods, 3rd Foods, etc.)
Gerber Graduates (snacks, meal options, side dishes, beverages, Preschooler meals/snacks, etc.)
Mucilon
NaturNes
Nestum
Accessories:
Gerber - cups, diaper pins, pacifiers, bowls, spoons, outlet plugs, thermometers, tooth and gum cleanser, bottles (all of these are made by Gerber)
Breastfeeding supplies:
Gerber Seal ‘N Go breast milk storage bags, bottles, nipples, nursing pads, Breast Therapy warm or cool relief packs, Breast Therapy gentle moisturizing balm (all of these are made by Gerber)
Bottled Water:
Arrowhead
Deer Park
Gerber Pure Water
Perrier
Poland Spring
Pure Life
S. Pellegrino
Vittel
Breakfast Cereals:
see joint ventures below
Performance Nutrition:
PowerBar
Boost

Miscellaneous:
Jenny Craig
Joint Ventures (in which Nestle is partnered with another company):
Nestlé SA has several joint ventures. These are some of the larger ones:
Beverage Partners Worldwide, formed in 2001, is a joint venture between the Coca-Cola Company and Nestlé S.A. It concentrates on tapping markets in the beverage sectors, particularly ready-to-drink coffee and teas, such as Nestea.
Cereal Partners Worldwide is a joint venture between Nestlé and General Mills. From what I understand, in the USA, the cereals are made by General Mills. In the UK, they are made by Nestle.
Laboratories Innéov is a joint venture between Nestlé and L’Oréal, formed in 2002. Cosmetics included in are:
L’Oreal
Maybelline
Garnier
Lancome
Dairy Partners Americas is a 50/50 partnership between New Zealand dairy multinational, Fonterra and Nestlé and was established in January 2003. The alliance now operates joint ventures in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador and Colombia.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

I have attempted Gumbo.

We will see how it turns out. I had to make the roux three times, because really the first two, burned and I just couldn't add that to it.

tonight is best and hottest, so no old navy coupon hunting for me.


If anyone wants to pass along a coupon, please feel free to add me to your facebook. I'd love to get one of the big coupons so I can get some more maternity clothes for me! I'm wanting to be selfish this time around since it really is my last pregnancy.


I'm also taking my oldest sons class some apples for snack today. I hope he's excited. I think I'll also bring him a cup of peanut butter to dip his apples in. He loves peanut butter with apples. I think he'd gotten it from his gramps or maybe it was his daddy who did it first. Either way, he really enjoys it.

I also made some chex mix todayMuddy buddies

9 cups Corn Chex®, Rice Chex®, Wheat Chex® or Chocolate Chex® cereal (or combination)
1cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2cup peanut butter
1/4cup butter or margarine
1teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2cups powdered sugar

1.Into large bowl, measure cereal; set aside.
2.In 1-quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave about 30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated. Pour into 2-gallon resealable food-storage plastic bag.
3.Add powdered sugar. Seal bag; shake until well coated. Spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.        

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Focus group-home improvement

Focus group online for home improvement

https://s-w2ka8-157170.sgizmo.com 
 
Can't hurt to try and get in, they're giving a free gift code of 75 dollars for your time if you qualify.

Need something fun and free to do this week

Today we went with my friend Melissa and her two kids to the pumpkin patch in Flowermound.
It was a blast! The bounce houses, hayride and  fun wooden cut outs of many different characters our kids love.

Everything is free to do at the this dallas pumpkin patch except for taking a pumpkin home and of course their food. They donate to CCA and are also collecting old cell phones for soldiers. I am all for anything for our soldiers, as my husband was a sailor for almost 8 years as well as my grandfather and my uncle. I support our military very much so. 

There is also another pumpkin patch right next to this one, and not everything is free on that side. I have not been over there so I can't talk to much on it, but I do know its there.
This one though has enough to keep your kids entertained and to tire them out and ready for naps.
There's also great picture opportunties as well. Which I will upload a few from our first trip out here, with family. All of the pictures I took today need to go in to be developed.



This is a picture of all the pumpkins that were out waiting for us to go find the one we'd take home.
We were on the hayride in this picture.



My oldest sitting on the tractor in the picture area. This area has alot of wooden cut outs and other props great for picture taking.











My husband and oldest sons standing on top of the hay bales, they had alot of fun just sliding on them.



My sweet littlest man sitting next to the pumpkin my parents bought for my boys. The place provides wagons to use free of charge to pull your kids and pumpkins around the patch in! How awesome are they!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's been another one of those weeks

This week was already off to a bad start. My family was leaving town, and as it stood for time off and possible travels for myself I won't see them till the baby is born, which is still a good ways off.  So Monday had a blah ending. Between my husband who just couldn't shake his being a "jerk", to the kids going nuts, including the baby who had gotten used to being held and rocked all night by grandma for the last ten days. My night was filled with lots of events for a tired pregnant lady, especially after driving all over the place all day long that day.  The next morning, (yesterday) I was off to a bad start too. Got up just a little later than I should have. And once you realize that, its like you become doomed to have a bad day. It was a day better than I had thought it would be. I went to an event yesterday, and learned alot. I got an awesome new webcam and new software that was just totally neato! Yes people still use the words neato.
On top of the stuff I learned, I also met some really awesome ladies. I don't think I've ever actually felt comfortable around a group of ladies, ever. I didn't feel judged by any means, and usually, I do.
After though, I ended up having to go back over to my house instead of being able to get the other two kids that I dropped off at my MIL's house while I was at the event. They live over 60 miles away and where I was, was kind of in between the two. But I had to get back in time to get my oldest from school. So overall I was in the car for several hours yesterday afternoon/early evening. I didn't even make it home before my husband. But there was a good ending to the evening. I had stopped and rented the proposal, and my husband and I watched it. The movie was GREAT!! I had to put that in caps, because it really was a funny romantic comedy, my husband liked it alot. Sandra Bullock is seriously one of my favorite actresses. She also looks great!!

Today, well, its going to be another day, I've got a ton of cleaning to do (since my mother isn't here and apparently my husband says the house is much messier , you know because I was home yesterday to pick up.)

Other than that I have a few projects to do, I need to work on a few things, plus get to cleaning up my craft room.
I also need to start boxing up my sewing/embroidery machine. *Cry* Hopefully it's selling today. I need to let it go and hope I can find a great deal on another machine one day.




So to touch on some of the stuff I have won. I had won an Orbit Stroller from Handmedowns.com
I haven't gotten it yet, and I won a britax roundabout seat (which really couldn't have come at a better time its gunna be used for the baby). But it hasn't made it here yet.
I just wonder if I'll actually get any of the stuff I've won. 

I have a MetroMoms event tomorrow to go to, and in just a couple of weeks the Best and Hottest Products event is coming up!! WoooHoooo I am excited for it. A moms night out with dinner and fun and I can't forget that the goody bag looks awesome !! I think I'm more excited about that than the items (mainly cause I know theres just no way I'll get to pick first and get that awesome stroller) (which I could actually used).
For now though, let me hope that today can get better. I mean after all, it is Hump Day!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cleaning Spree

Saturday is Jordan's birthday. Tomorrow night my family comes in to town. And I have been rushing around trying to clean up to get things looking at least decent.
I will be hosting my first PTA meeting, which means people in my house that aren't family, and well, that rarely happens. So I'm on this cleaning organizing spree that I should have really gotten started on days ago. It just seemed that something else would always come up, and when it wasn't something else, I was just completely exhausted.
So I'm running around today trying to get it all cleaned up. So far, I've decluttered the table in the dining room, the counters in my kitchen, done a portion of the dishes and done a couple loads of laundry.
I still have a million in half things to do, 45 minutes till school is out for my oldest son.  I also need to pull out my steam cleaners. The hardwood floor one and the carpet one. I just feel like I'm never going to get everything done.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Entitlment Free Child-Parenting Book Review and Giveaway! Blog Giveaway Extended!

Let me add a little humor into this before I really get involved in writing about the actual content of this parenting style book. When I first got the news of doing this review, my first thought was ok, this is supposed to be a parenting book, it better be really short, or otherwise this author has something wrong thinking that a parent really has time to read this when they have kids already.

Now let me add to that statement! This book is not just for those who are reading "What to expect when you're expecting" books. Although, I'll recommend if you are expecting your first, this would be a good book to start reading, because it could be beneficial to start this parenting early on.

On to the book review itself. I was skeptical at first, but as I started reading it, Just the first chapter made me think, this is exactly the type of parent I want to be. I want to be that parent that watches their child grow up without wanting everything in site, but still innocent enough that when I give him something he appreciates it and  is happy that mommy bought him something, rather than expecting something. My first son, is the first grandson on both sides. Then  my second came, and well, he was the second. And so on till the third. Currently my SIL is expecting her first, and added a step grandson to the mix when she got married. Still though, my kids are spoiled. The one thing I dislike the most, is how my children have gotten to the point of not appreciating the things they have. One of the things that tipped me off to this, was how my mother sent my now almost 6 year old a toy when it wasn't his birthday, but just because. She had sent a box of school supplies and school clothes for him, and had to put a little gift (toy) for each one.  This was my oldest sons first year going to school. After we went through the box my son asked me to call his grandmother (my mother). I really thought at that moment I had taught him well. I thought he was wanting to call her to thank her, so I readily agreed and got her on the phone. He kind of thanked her in his own way, but then proceeded to tell her he did not want the black power ranger, but wanted the red power ranger. I was shocked, mortified, angry. I immediately took the phone and told my mother I'd call her back. I was so upset with my son. At the time, getting ready to turn 5 years old just a couple months later. Yes, this was only a year ago. So I tried to talk to him about it. Explain why that was not appropriate, that she did not have to send him a new toy it was not a holiday, it was not his birthday yet, but chose to out of the kindness of her heart, and what he said to her was disrespectful and very hurtful because he was showing he didn't appreciate the gift.
I was also pregnant at this time, so my anger was already ten times fold when this situation happened.

I needed this book before a year ago.
The book talks about how you take on a lifestyle of "Entitlement Free" family. What this means in English because I know when I read the title I wasn't sure either. But it means you're teaching them that they don't need everything, that giving is better than receiving,but at the same time, that you can still shower your child with love, rewards, hopes and dreams. It means showing your child a non selfish way of growing up. Something I really think most of us as parents want to show our children. Life doesn't just revolve around them, and sometimes we make it so it seems like it does, and thats when we get a child to do as my son did a year ago.
Now please don't get the book wrong either, its not saying you can't not do nice things and special things for your child. It's not saying you can only give them the necessities in life and that is it. Instead the book teaches you how you can do it, without making them want every single time.

This book had just come in time. It took me about two weeks to read it, I have three kids and I am currently pregnant too so I was reading this at night when I wasn't exhausted. I just finished this, well last night, considering its 2:30am now. My second son is currently going through that tantrum stage right now. We're weaning my youngest, and trying to get him on a bottle. I'm pregnant (did I mention that yet), and there's been enough drama between myself and my oldest sons school, and then of course my husband and I. This is just the events going on specifically in my house, add in everything else and the last few weeks have been just horrible. So this tantrum stage is just bad. Probably again ten times bad because I am pregnant and have no patience currently.  So as I was reading the book slowly,  and I was trying to incorporate this parenting style into my life and daily routine specifically with him, because he's in that stage. The book gives situations, and then guidance for those type of situations, several of them hit head on with what is going on right now.
In the beginning it talks about quick fixes for tantrums. I have myself on too many occasions given in. Even though I always knew, giving in ruins everything. Many times I've given in just so I could get rest when I was sick. Consistency is always key. Something I just haven't had.
So this is why I don't call this book just a parenting book, but rather a parenting lifestyle. To achieve the results, you as the parents, have to learn and change your lifestyle. Something that is really hard, but I really think worth it in the end. I am working on achieving that end result where my children want to give their presents away instead of keeping every one of them, and that at the end of the week, month, or just one special day, I can do that one special thing for them, and they give me those adoring eyes and they thank me and they really do appreciate what I have done for them. I want my children to learn that they are not the only ones in this world, and there really are other children who have it far worse than they do. My kids are good kids, but they really are, just kids. And I don't want to lose the innocence they have, I just want them to lose the selfishness they can give out so easily which isn't their fault.

I am planning to make this parenting lifestyle change now, and I want to give one of my readers the chance to win their own copy of the book.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

I made it through an entire morning carrying my littlest

Last Thursday I received the Kokopax Carrier, this came the day before heading off for the first time to help my oldest son's teacher at school on Friday morning. Now I knew I was going to need to carry him because well, I was not able to just let him roam free (crawling). So this came just in time. I decided to try out the carrier while I was working. Now some of the things I did, besides walking back and forth from the work room to my sons classroom, I ran off photo copies and lots of them, so lots of standing. Stapling (the old fashioned way too). So lots of movement, as well as some standing around. All the while, he was in the Kokopax carrier. It was just great and boy do I mean great. He was comfortable he never cried, or whined at all. We got through almost three hours of being there that morning with no fuss.

While in there, I also got lots of compliments, and lots of questions about it. And to make it even neater, I really think the name will stick. I mean who could forget the name Kokopax when you ask about it because you liked what you saw?
Not an easily forgotten name like some things, like my kids names.




Some of the features I love about this one. The adjustments are easily made on the carrier, and thats a good thing considering most people who use it may have more than one kid with them and be by themselves. Alright maybe not most, but mostly me! Also with the bar that opens out to allow the carrier to stand on ground without falling over, so you can easily put your little one in there. Plus it has a harness system inside, you never know when they might try and figure out that they can move. I know mine started to bounce (he really enjoys his bouncer) inside the carrier. Also my husband and I are not anywhere near the same sizing, he's 6 ft and I'm just over 5ft. He tried on the carrier  and we never actually adjusted any of the straps. He was able to put him on with no issues.


Then we get back to the, he actually practiced babywearing! I have used a few different types of carriers, I have the Beco, a ring sling, a pouch sling, a moby among my list of babywearing tools. My husband has never once tried any of those to carry our children, but Thursday evening, He put on this one with our little man in it.
  It was so cool seeing him wear it.  We went over to his parents house this weekend where lots of family were in town visiting as well, and my husband showed it off for me and didn't complain. For that, I gave him the left over pudding and gumbo to take for lunch today.

All in all, this is a great carrier, lots of great features to it, It really does what it needs to do, comfortable, and safely.
Also check out the story behind the carrier, they have a neat little timeline graphic on the page giving details about how the kokopax carrier came about. I must say I really think the way the name was thought of was pretty neat and interesting!  They have other baby products as well, I'm really liking the diaper totes, those fabrics are beautiful!

I also have to admit, I was a little worried about it when I first saw it. I thought it was going to be hard to use, and hard to adjust and can't forget uncomfortable. But it wasn't. It really was easy to get on and off without help.
The only down fall, as this is the first time I've ever carried on my back instead of front. My littlest really loves my hair, and he has better access to it back there. But I will have to admit, even in the front he manages to grab my hair too. I'm thinking I just need to shave my hair off and let it grow back when he's like 5.




This carrier gets four thumbs up. My husband loves it, and so do I!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I am go to alot of Metromom events which I take my current youngest two. So my current youngest son wants to see things too. And almost everytime I don't make it to the events early enough to grab a high chair for him. So I ran across an sling type chair, and I decided to attempt to make my own version.

And I did just that this morning.

Now I'm not that great at sewing, but I do try. This is my first attempt and I did just use some plain fabric. I think other than the things I would change on how I made it, I'm happy about the overall idea coming together.
It is not made the same way as the sling seat I saw. It is actually completely different. Just the same idea of fabric sling seat is all I did.

This one was pretty easy to make, but again there will be some changes on the second try because I think the overall seat could come out cleaner cut that what this one did.
Here's my little man sitting in it (he was eating a goldfish snack.)




Friday, September 18, 2009

Crazy days with 3 boys

So we've been on the new routine for school, with some eventful days. I won't go too much into details as its really just crazy at this point to dwell on any of that. 
But along with some events happening at my oldest sons school, my middle son, has been a little brat lately. Not sure if its so he can get attention exactly, its something.
So that brings me to a new review I have coming up which will also include my first giveaway. I'm stoked about it. It's a book, a very interesting book that I think may be helping. I'm about half way through with the book, and I've already been incorporating some of the things I've read in the book, and I really think it may be the difference between yesterday (and the days before that) and today which was a much better day for Konnor. He had been dealing with something, and while I can't say we are fully in the clear, but just that today was much better.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

How do you keep from going insane?

I have been sick, tired, stressed, and gone through more emotions than I can probably count this last week.
I've had a small streak of luck too. But It only masked the other emotions for a little while.
Tomorrow is my next appointment and let me just say, It feels like months have went by as it would usually be between the first two prenatal (ok well maybe one month goes by) but it has just been so long, and I'll walk into the office tomorrow still only 8 weeks along. This pregnancy is going by so slow its not even funny anymore. It's also one of the worst since NOTHING seems to fit my cravings. I am now living on Lemonade, and I know that has more sugar than I should be drinking, but it really has been the only drink that I can drink that makes me feel not so queasy.
The throwing up has picked up again. We've increased the amount of times, and its not only in the morning. I just still don't get why they called it morning sickness when many women get it all day.
I keep watching the mail for some really awesome stuff coming. If just one of those items comes today, It'd make my day so much easier to get through till tomorrow.  But of course this day is already going by so slow. I still need to get some cleaning done and out of the way. 

I also need to start working on the party favor bags for my oldest sons bowling birthday party next month. My baby is going to turn 6! He is not a baby anymore.

Happy early birthday to my big man!! I hope he knows how proud of him I am.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

TinyTongs

I was lucky enough that my children would eat nearly anything I put in front of them at a young age. They always have. They've learned how to chew and eat regular foods rather quickly, well except for Logan, he's still catching up.
But none the less, both of my older boys went through the wonderful phase of, I'm not hungry.
I've learned a few tricks to get them to eat a little more than nothing off their plates. My oldest is over that and if he's not hungry, it probably means he got into something he wasn't supposed to just before dinner, or he's not feeling good. However, my middle son, he's heavily in that stage. I'm lucky if for breakfast I can get him to eat half of a pancake (this mornings breakfast).  So I recently learned another trick! A new utensil just for kids. Now it's not limited to the picky eaters either, my oldest son loved using them to eat his dinner with. These worked great for Konnor though, he ate his entire lunch with them. as opposed to this morning, he had two pancakes on his plate, and he had barely taken two bites of one. Logan ate more pancake than he did.


My husband and I are huge Sushi eaters, and being that I am a quarter Japanese I passed down  my love of oriental food to my kids, or rather just ate way too much during my pregnancy. These tinytongs remind them of our chopsticks, (Hey don't tell them there's a difference and meal time will be even easier for us).That is a big plus for us, because neither one are able to use chopsticks without the food falling all over the floor. Yay for the makers of Tiny Tongs.

So all in all, the tinytongs get a huge thumbs up from my kids.

Here's Konnorbear eating his lunch today with it.

We have found a wonderful answer to our "I'm not hungry" days.
Have a picky eater, or just want to make meal time a little more fun for your own kiddos. Go to www.TinyTongs.com  and enter amaberry20  for 20 percent off your order.
I'm getting ready to order two more pairs for my boys, so each one can have their own.


Any day now Logan will want them too. One pair for three boys? Not a good idea to keep trying that game.
Become a fan of Tiny Tongs

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A busy start to this week.

I have another product review coming this evening. I finally got batteries to get pictures. I'll have that up as soon as my middle son gets home from school and I can get some pictures of him using them too.

It's a really cool product and he's very picky as of late.
But anyway more on the next blog with that.
Right now, I'm going crazy because of what happened yesterday.
So I had my first prenatal appointment. All is well, I'm 7 weeks along so not further like I had thought, and that means, one slipped by when we were being careful, this baby just had to get here.
I had my first internal sonogram (wow that was so odd too). Out of three full term pregnancies I never once had to have one of those done. 
I am in the high risk area now because of how many c-sections I've had and because I just had a baby not even a full 9 months ago.
So I apparently found out with a dollar store pregnancy test when I was 4 weeks along. My friend and I thought for sure I had to of been at least 6 weeks to find out. I'm just barely 7 weeks apparently and they found what looked possibly like a yolk sac, although as my doctor said the form just wasnt that of a yolk sac, or it was a twin!

Yup, its possible I could have been having twins. However, she didn't find a second heartbeat. So if it is indeed a twin, we'll be in mourning for the loss of my little ones twin. There was one heartbeat (although I seriously couldn't tell so I was taking my doctors word for it).
I like my doctor which is a plus. She seems straight forward and really nice. I felt somewhat at ease, despite my bundle of nerves getting in there and realizing i Had to have the other type of sonogram.
It ended up not being as bad as I thought it was going to be.
I've only had one other dr do the "exam" and not make me feel excruitatingly uncomfortable. I started off going to that doctor when I was preggo with Logan. I didn't continue because the doctors offices billing practices were not adding up right.
So all is well, I go back next week for another sonogram.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stroller Skate Off

I went to an event that I had already planned for before finding out I was pregnant.  Either way, I went and they did a stroller skate off for quinny zap strollers. Now granted I really don't NEED a single stroller, but hey that stroller would be awesome for traveling. Either way,I went, and to appease my mother who was simply telling me I shouldn't go. I was extra careful. So granted I was extra careful not to fall down. But I didn't win.
Oh well, it was alot of fun though. Konnorbear got to skate with me too I couldn't believe they had skates for that small of feet. Apparently they've had an 18  month old skate there before. They have like size 6 (tot) skates. I was like umm really, who decided to make that small and why?

So now I'm thinking When Logan learns how to walk really well, I'll take him back there to go skating. I didn't get to take pictures with my phone and I won't go into any of that right now. So my friend  took pictures of me (I didn't ask that one) and of Konnorbear with skates on. As soon as my cell phone charges up some more, I'll email them over to my email to add to the post. So check back for a couple funny pictures.

So tomorrow is my first doctors appointment I reschedule it last week because of the stroller thing I didn't realize that my event started at 10, and my appointment was at 9:30. So I have my appointment at 9am, then off to head back home to grab Konnorbear from school then go to another event. I'm kind of excited, this one we get to hear and see about some new flexible shoes for prewalkers and walkers. I'm all about the shoes and what I can find that will help his feet and protect them, but not hinder him from walking as the hard soles will do. Konnorbear couldn't wear the hard soles till he was nearly two in half.  I had him in soft soled shoes up until then. He had such wide feet but small feet and so hard soles were actually too heavy for him to lift his feet up properly. But when he wore softsold (lighter) shoes he did great. So of course I've saved the shoes for Logan well, what ones we can find two of. I promise they are all around here.
My kids go through shoes like they do socks. actually I think we can find more matches to the socks than we can find matches to their shoes. It's really annoying even after I implented the shoe box in the garage for them to put their shoes. Both shoes never make it there.

So its Sunday, later I have another review to post. I'm excited about this I need to put new batteries in my camera to get pictures.
For now, off to clean off the baby who has oatmeal all over him.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Great alternative to plastic cups for kids.

Over the last few months I've had to gather up all of the adult plastic cups to dispose of them. The reason-
My husband. He hates plastic. Now he's been wanting me to get rid of all of the kids plastic cups as well. I just couldn't bring myself to do so, especially because my middle son is still careless enough, especially with the regular size glasses. My oldest can handle it with minimal accidents.

Yesterday I received a Silikids glass. And this glass is great. I waited until lunch time today to use it for my middle son (3 years old) and he loved it. The glass fit perfectly in his hand, and I wasn't scared to hand it to him while he does the one handed carrying with his cups, when we as parents really think they should be carrying a glass cup with two hands.

Ok so you're looking at the picture and you're thinking, well it doesn't look much different than a glass with a cover over it. But it IS different.
Some interesting facts about the silicone
  • BPA Free- We are all looking for anything not glass to be BPA free now a days. 
  • Easy to clean- because of the open pores it won't keep bacteria or fungus trapped in it. Plus it can be boiled to be sterilized. 
  • Safe- Non-toxic as you really just never know when you're little one, (3 or 5) will put things in their mouth.
  • Hypo-Allergenic- The silicone material will not react to anything else sitting beside it or any other way.  So if you leave it next to something and forget it on the counter overnight, have no fear, there won't be any funky gunk inbetween the glass and the silicone. 
Now I am not sure, and would rather not actually test it to be sure that a really big drop would keep the glass still intact, but I will say, at lunch time he did knock it over on the table, and spilled nearly half of the contents out. I noticed it didn't make a loud noise like most do and of course there wasn't a chip in the glass at all.



This glass is a great alternative to the traditional cheap plastic sippy cups, that in my opinion you buy over and over again. The retail price of this glass is 7.95, not bad considering in just 6 months you'll probably by 7 of the 1.00 cheap plastic sippy cups. This one would last you at least two years before your little one would ask to use a bigger cup.

Silikids didn't just stop at making the small glasses, they made universal siliskins to fit glass bottles and other sizes of glass cups, or even a sigg bottle to keep the little hands from freezing or burning when a liquid is inside. They have also made Silicone bibs, which keeps the stains off of the baby, as well as off the bib. Silicone wouldn't stain. It would wash right out. How cool is that.
And just take a look at these neat looking bibs  if anything I'd like one for the coolness factor!



To check out where you can purchase the siliskins for your glasses check here.

Have a crawler? they also have silipads for ages 6 months to 24months.

The silikids brand was founded in 2006 by a mom. Way to go fellow mom!! Just proves, Moms know best!

I think its finally time to check into a couple more silikids glasses, and get rid of the plastic for good.
Now to find a good glass kids dish.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Open school Policy.

I took my oldest to school with what I thought was one minute to spare. After what happened yesterday with me walking him into school and being told I was unable to walk him back to his class room on the second day of school, I let him out and told him to go directly to his classroom, and watched him walk in and turn to go down his hall.
He was stopped and told to go the office. Now granted I realize he was late, but I went through the fuss of letting him out and walk in by himself because thats what they wanted me to do the day before.
Needless to say I got my youngest out of his car seat turned the car off and marched right in there and I did make a scene. I spoke with the principal and found out that I am NOT allowed to come and eat lunch with my child at school, and if I just feel like walking him back I HAVE to have a prior appointment with the teacher, and that appointment has to be approved by the front office.

So how is this encouraging parents to get involved with their kids.

I have already sent a message over to the PTA president in hopes of getting on board there, plus a few other emails have been sent out to have someone look a little closer at this policy.

I understand there is safety measures to be taken, and I was all for and ready to hand over my ID when I went to go take my son in. But I really think this school is taking it a bit to far with their security.
And the handbook says there is a closed school policy,  and talks of the doors being locked, doesn't say specifically if they just locked from the outside only, and that would be fine, as long as their are the safety measures taken in the case of an emergency.
But are they locked from the inside as well, I'll test it out soon, considering these policies aren't explained very well.

And apparently I am not the only one disgusted with these rules they've implemented.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Can I really do it a 4th time

As you know from previous post (if you don't now you do) that I am pregnant with baby number 4. I am not even thinking about boy or girl, but rather can I do a fourth c-section? Am I going to make it through this pregnancy and birth? I think once I'm in the recovery room I will finally destress and needless to say, I have a long way to go.
There's alot that is so strange with this pregnancy. It was really seeming typical with the morning sickness, as I was starting to feel sick this past week, which would put it right on target of 6 to 7 weeks if I go by my last pregnancy. I knew I was pregnant at 4 weeks. Our third child we planned and it actually took us many months to get pregnant with him. I went through so many pregnancy tests those months. Now with my first two, morning sickness was kind of what tipped me off that I was pregnant. And I found out with them about the normalish 6 to 8 weeks along. My first I was a little further, If I remember right, I was nearly ten weeks when I found out about him. Now we don't know for sure how far, as again there was no tracking involved, and we were trying to prevent. If we go back to the last oppsie, that was back in  June, but, I took a test in July, after being 1 week late. This time, I was two weeks late before the surprise came up. So all in all, I could very well be near ten weeks. But we won't know for at least another two to three months exactly how far along I am, as really the sonogram will be the only way to tell and I won't be doing a sonogram till the "20 week" sonogram. Of course up until then I'm going to be stressed beyond belief about this pregnancy.

So anyone out there gone through several c-sections? Can anyone tell me what to expect at my first drs appt, (it will be a new doc too).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Go Green with your kids toys

These days "Going Green" is becoming a more popular trend.  Now I won't say I'm perfect, as I know I am not, but I did get in on the cloth diapering a little ahead of the curve. And I did begin using more natural products for cleaning, which also had me thinking of the health of my children. But why stop there at just the cleaning products and cloth diapers. My youngest is at the age where everything is in his mouth, and of course my two oldest aren't much better than him at keeping things out of their mouths.

Plan toys has their own motto for their toys. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The way they manufacture their toys is designed to reduce waste and save energy. They strive to use recycled and recyclable materials in their toys. And the safety of their toys are not compromised in this process.
All of the wooden toys are made with Organic Rubberwood from rubber trees that no longer make latex. They use a chemical free kiln drying process to stregthen their wood. When building the toys they use non-toxic e-zero glue, soy and water based ink and dye.

Using these key items keeps the toxins out of these toys, and out of our childrens mouths.

So while we have to be careful about the supplies we use to clean our floor, we don't have to be worried about the toy that reaches their mouth.
This information can be easily found on the plan toys website by watching this video (Let me add it has some breathtaking scenes in it).
To check out other videos on plan toys check out their facebook page and become a fan.


You might think the toys at plan toys are just baby toys but they do have toys that will appeal to older children. My oldest son is 5 years old, and loves to do puzzles. What has me the most excited is that these toys aren't the normal video games, or television show based toy. (ie Power Rangers) Instead these toys are more educational toys, that will inspire them to think. When you check out their catalog, and click on the icon that looks like a little person outline, it comes up with information on the Child development skills that will be learned or practiced while playing with the specific toy. In the catalog you can also find toys that are more suited by age. When I went to search through for a toy that would appeal to my three year old, I clicked the ages 3 and up. After doing the search I found the Pirate Ship. This one toy helps develop their creativity and imagination, something that we all should encourage our kids to do in my opinion. It also has the ability to help them develop language skills by telling a story with the pirate ship as well as playing with other children with the toy and developing social skills of sharing and patience with others.

I am adoring the plan toys website.I could easily get my Christmas shopping done and out of the way here at the Plan Toys website.
 And of course I just have to throw this out there as well, but I really think my middle son would adore the green dollhouse. I have always been (despite my husbands disappointment in me sometimes) one of those mothers who encourage my boys to play with any type of toy they desire. Be it something that is "labeled" a girls toy or  a  power ranger dress up outfit. Like the shopping cart my son so eagerly played with so much that it broke (thats how plastic holds up to boys). In my opinion boys need to learn life lessons just as much as girls and they don't make a hot wheels sewing machine.
Either way, you really should check out the site for yourself, it has so many interesting toys, something will peak your interest.  Check out www.plantoys.com  and become a fan on facebook.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Need an All in one stroller

Need a Sleek Modern stroller for your little one to ride around in style without giving up the comfort? This stroller is very lightweight weighing in at 21 pounds without the wheels on. The wheels can be easily removed and then reattached leaving this stroller very compact. It could actually fit in the back of my SUV without breaking the back window.  The flash version of the stroller being folded down can be found here




A ever so popular feature has been added to this stroller, the bassinet. This is just an awesome feature to have your little one riding around in such comfort. Who wouldn't want to be snuggled in the bassinet all cozy and what mommy doesn't want their little one to sleep while they get things done. Other accessories to this include the parasol to keep the sun or wind off of your baby. This stroller is also has the separate car seat adapter for the ever so popular car seat carrier Maxi Cosi.


The transporter also has a great price tag. Compared to many of the other strollers that have the bassinet option, the seat and chassis tags in at $399 and the bassinet option just $149. Want an even better deal www.Mutsy.com is giving my readers a 10% percent discount on any of their items. Don't need a stroller just yet. They also have the really awesome Easy Grow high chair  or the ever so popular Grow up! booster seat that can be used for children up to ages 4. They also have another line of strollers called the Rider line. This includes the 4Rider, 4Rider Light and the Urban Rider. You can use any of these stroller seats to fit the the rocker frame that you can purchase separate. So many options to choose from to stroll in style.

Just visit Mutsy and during the check out use the code amaberry10 for your ten percent off! Hurry though! This won't last long.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

It's the weekend!

Remember when I said I had a ton of things to do. Well I got started on one of them yesterday. Our room! I cleared out our desk that we had in there and took it upstairs to the gameroom and made a spot for it in the corner. Our office is now going to be upstairs. It's not a big deal as I really didn't use it to much in our room. Just moving that opened up so much room in our bedroom that we really could fit a round crib (I've wanted a round crib since baby number 2) but never went through with it, because we were having boys. If I find a used decently priced, I think I may actually get it this time around. We may very possibly need two cribs anyway.

Husband went out to the movies this afternoon. After helping me quite a bit with the work I had left to do from yesterday, and yes there is still more to do. But overall its coming together. Next week I'm off to look for a new couch for our living room. Hopefully before the baby comes we can actually have some decent furniture in the house. We still have a "sitting room" thats off the dining room that has nothing in it. At one point we had a pool table, but we got rid of it because we wanted it to be a sitting area and all the pool table was becoming was a clutter catcher.
I'm also going to be on the lookout for a cheap King size headboard. I'm going to decorate it with fabric to match our room. I will post pictures of that project.
I've also got another project going on in my head. I want to make a diaper christmas tree for my SIL, My little Logan was a christmas baby born on the 7th of Dec, but hers will be closer to Christmas, around the 20th. So I want to make her a diaper cake, but decided it would be more fun if it looked like a christmas tree.
I'm excited even though we don't do disposable diapers here in this family.

Oh, and morning sickness has kicked in.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Just making a quick update this morning

School is about to start on Monday. Wow, the summer went by fast. Hopefully this pregnancy does the same. We've got so much to do, from cleaning up our bedroom and getting it organized again, there is so much of Logan's stuff in there since Logan still sleeps in his bassinet. As much as I'd hate to move him to his crib, but it seems he'll be moving up soon to make room for new baby.
I also need to spend as much mommy and me time with Logan as he doesn't get the mommy time the older two got with me.

So far so good with the pregnancy, I took yet another test when I we got home from Florida, double checked, still pregnant. I had made it through the long 18 hour drive to and from Florida without morning sickness starting.
My first appointment is one week from today, While I'm going to a different Doctor, I should still get to deliver at the same hospital Logan was born at.
Hopefully I'll get out as quick as I did with Logan. (Recap- I left when he was 36 hours old).
After getting back we've announced our news to a little more people. Despite being so early, however nobody believed us. In fact, not one of our friends (not online) actually congratulated us on our pregnancy.
What is with people thinking we're stupid enough to "joke" about being pregnant. That was the reaction we got. Yes we know that Logan is only 8 months old, but its not like we said hey lets get pregnant and dtd and got pregnant. No, instead we were talking as if Logan was our last child at least biologically. Somehow there were other plans apparently.
Either way, after the initial shock, (ok I have to admit I'm still shocked) we are very thrilled about our newbies arrival sometime early next year.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Spotlight on PR

I came across the Feels Like Home Blog and Adrienne about getting noticed by PR professionals. They have graciously teamed up together to help people like me, get their foot in the door with PR professionals. To join in on the help (and we know I need it), they have asked us to write a Bio Blog. So here goes. Considering my latest news, It will be updated a bit from the Blogger profile bio.

My name is Amie, I have been married for 6 years, although a rocky 6 years, we are still together, and have managed to produce three beautiful boys. I am so outnumbered, but I enjoy my boys and can't imagine life without them.
We have recently found out that number four made his way through, and we should be expecting sometime either in March or April of 2010.

I am a social bug, or at least I do try to be. I attend playdates galore through a local moms group in my area. Along with some of my favorite things to do during the day, Metro Moms. These events through Metro Moms include well over 500 members and they do attend actual in person events. (great way to get your product out there for me to show off).
We have a wide variety range of moms who attend these events, some do work outside the home, and there are some who own their own businesses and work from home, and of course there are moms like me, who blog, and go to these events with their kids.

I am always available for product reviews. I am not just all mommy but it is the biggest part of my life. So I am not limited to just baby and kid items. Although anything that could make mommy being easier, is always a plus in my book. If I can be mommy just a little easier, than maybe I could get some non mommy time in!


Spotlight

Life has been interesting lately Some HUGE news

I haven't updated in a little while as there has been alot going on recently. Last Wed my grandmother who was 74 passed away suddenly.
There's a whole story on that, that I am so angry about but I can't possibly go into it right now. The only thing I can say right now, is Grandma RIP.

Two days after she passed away, my husband and I loaded up the car, and headed the roughly 18-20 hour drive to Florida so we could attend her funeral. Prior to actually doing the loading up on Friday. I found out some other interesting news.

We're having our fourth baby.
My youngest is only 8 months old, and this whole thing is scary. Completely unexpected. I prided myself on the fact that the first big surprise back in 05 (Konnorbear) was a safe two years apart from Jordan. And Logan, was planned, so he was his safe distance of two years apart as well.
However, newbie number 4, and Logan, will very well possibly be in the same GRADE! All because of Logans birthday being in Dec and past the cut off date.

so two under two?
I just don't have a clue how to do it.

Oh and yes, the factory will be getting fixed after this one.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Don't you want just one more!

I am so tired of hearing it, mainly because YES! I want another baby. I just don't want to be pregnant again/have a 4th c-section, and sadly my husband refuses to do the whole surrogate mother thing.
I have had to attempt to come to terms with this whole idea that I am not having anymore babies in my house. As much as I'd like to say adoption could be in the cards. It's not and I have to be realistic, it's cheaper to have a baby than it is to adopt a child.

Now please don't get me wrong, I would adopt in a heartbeat. I'd save every last penny and make it happen if I knew my husband could love him/her unconditionally. I would have no problem doing so then as I know I could and would.
But It's not fair to my husband, and especially not fair to the child to be brought into a family where they may not feel as if they are loved unconditionally by both their mother and father. I just couldn't chance that one.

I just keep getting those feelings of our family just isn't complete yet but I am not sure where it is taking me.
My marriage needs to be better before that could happen, if it could happen. I mean we already have three right now.

Just remember, they're only 5 and 3

That's what I kept telling myself yesterday after I realized my wonderful oldest sons decided to leave the hose on for roughly about 4 hours. My husband and I caught it after dinner. When he had gotten home, he mentioned where did the water come from that was sitting in the street. Of course I was like, uh did it rain or something, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky and a inkling of rain in sight. So we didn't think much of it, went back inside and I finished dinner and then he goes back outside, and tells me, there's more water. So I follow the water, and lead it back to our backyard where our hose was left on and running for quite awhile. I couldn't believe it roughly 4 hours of running water.
Needless to say both boys went straight up to bed because of it, we had already had dinner and it was 7 so just an hour earlier than their bed time. This of course was all warranted because the day before, they'd gotten in trouble for throwing dirt on their water slide that we have. And that thing is expensive.
How do you teach your children at this age the value of things, and how to take care of their stuff. We must have done something wrong at a young age, because they just dont take care of things they have. Dvds get scratched, video games get scratched, pieces of toys are lost left and right, and usually end up in my foot.
I have pushed and argued over the one toy at a time rule. IT NEVER happens though.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Back to School Supplies "How I spent less than $50 for supplies" For two kids!

Back to school supplies add up. 10 cents here, 25 cents here 80 cents there, but you need multiples of the item. And of course if you have more than one child who is attending school you begin to push the budget just to get it all.

This year I have two in school, granted one of them is going to prek for the first time, and the other is off to Kindergarten. I noticed though that the prek school supply list is actually more than what my oldest sons list for Kindergarten needs. Needless to say, I have to learn to be frugal, especially when the third little one goes off to school in a couple years.

The easiest way to get all of this at the best discount possible, no easier way to say it, than to come out with it. You need storage.
Last year my oldest was in the 4 year old Prek program, his birthday was also right after school started. I actually came across this idea, looking for party stuff for his birthday that year.
I now have started a box for each child, that will contain the basics for the following school year, all of which, I paid roughly 20.00 for the entire set.
Again, I started this, because I was searching for some fun cheaper and useful ways to fill my sons goody bags for his party.
2 packs of scissors (the dull ones they use for the younger grades). They're roughly about 50 cents (at a sale) to 1.00 for the pack. After he started school, everything went on sale, So I shuffled and I went every few days to the store, Target and Walmart mostly and once things really hit 70 to 90 percent off. I picked them up. I purchased all of these at 5 cents to 10 cents a piece. Now I bought several, not just one. So spending 20 dollars was pretty good in my opinion.
Well we had leftovers of course. So this year, the only thing I actually had to go out and buy for my sons, was the one green folder they needed. I still have plenty left for even next year. Between papers,pencils, pens (they always get lost in my house).
The easiest and best way to achieve getting exactly what you'll need is to go ahead and grab the list for the next grade up. After school has started, just hit up the stores every so often, it does pay more to wait, although you don't always get the best selection because many are picked over.

Now to get my kids excited for school this year, I did let them get new backpacks this year. This is where the other 30.00 came in. I bought them each a backpack and lunchbox, from toys r us through their website. The lunchboxes were free, and it was free shipping. Now if you don't have an overly picky child or a child that can go through backpacks (like mine). You could also wait till the school supplies go on clearance, and pick up a brand new backpack for roughly 3.00. I picked up two. I had orginally planned to save one of them for him for this year. But my son ripped his backpack towards the end of the year, so he got it early on.

It really does pay to wait though. I will be there waiting too. Once I gather up everything (and more than likely extras). I will place it in their boxes and store in our garage with their label. I'll also save the list so we have it to compare to the list that comes out right before school starts next year. This way I don't have to go through the box to double check I have everything. I can just see what is different between the lists, and check my extras box and good to go for the school year.

Now to get this started. Unless you can wait a little ways into school, you'll need certain supplies to start. You can get the basics, and hope for the best, or you can check the ads. Don't just go to walmart and expect their prices are the best every single time.
I noticed that the glue sticks were in different amounts in the packages, and if you need 24 (my son did) then buying the 12 packs seemed like a great idea. Nope, they were actually more expensive than if you bought 6 of the two packs. But then again, target happened to be cheaper all around for their 6 packs.
Each week before school, grab the ads from the sunday paper, and compare them to your list. Most families go grocery shopping once a week (or at least make a run for milk once a week if not more). This is the best time to grab the sale instead of doing it all in one stop and spending more on the supplies.

Those little numbers really do add up fast.

And then you add in the back to school clothes.
Luckily my kids are quite picky on that yet, but I do know where I'll be going for my discounts.

Happy Back to School Shopping!