November 29, 2011

We really need to move

We have totally outgrown our house.

When we moved in, in 2005 never would we have thought that we would have had any kids in here let alone two.  We thought we would have moved on by now.  Little did we know that the market would crash and most of us would be left to sit where we are waiting our next move.

We have enough bedrooms for us, but not enough if anyone wants to visit.  Since our families all live a plane flight away we really need a guest room.

We also need more living space.  Having all of my daughters' toys and the toy kitchen in my living room/tv room is not making it easy to entertain or even have play dates at my house.  Seriously I feel bad going to everyone else's house and not having them at mine.  I'm not really embarrassed but there is really no room to have that many kids here with adults.  Just wouldn't work.

Also, having the dining room table in the same space as the living room and using it as our "office" is totally ridiculous.

We need some room to spread out!

I don't need expensive finishes and crazy woodwork.  I just need a nice open great room with a nice kitchen that is open to the living area and a play room off of the living area.  We need a guest room and an office too.

I would also love a yard, without a pool.  Im kind of neurotic so any water feature with little kids gives me a heart attack.  Just want some grass and a normal patio to put he bbq grill.  I know I'm probably the only one looking for a house without a water view or a pool in the backyard.

Then there is the endless conversation of where to live.  I want to live in a community and my husband wants to live in the middle of nowhere so that he can keep our boats at the house.  Those boats seriously haunt me.  I want a manageable lawn with a little swing set...and he wants acres.  Really who are going to cut those acres of lawn and manage all of that.  Not me.  I don't go near lawn mowers.  That is a discussion for a different day, but lets just say that I will never go near one for the rest of my life.  I want to live where there are kids for my kids to play with just down the street or next door.  I don't want to have to drive in the car and drive down the road for miles to get to the nearest house.

Im probably asking too much....I watch HGTV and I say to myself while watching "House Hunters".  Oh I would never be that picky.  These people want way too much....but I am sure Ill be like them.

My new love is the "Property Brothers", by the way.  I would love if they would just come and find a home for me and make it how I want it.

Then there are the logistics of what to do with our current place.  It would be fabulous for a young couple or college students.

I just hope the coming year gets me a little closer to a new house!

November 28, 2011

Being Married to a Fisherman

There is not many ways to explain it.
I have so many weekends that are blocked off for tournaments, and so many days that are blocked off for practicing.  It makes me a crazy person.  I guess I can't understand spending that much time on a "hobby".

or the days that I have to do things and I come home and he is running out the door.  I ask where are you going?  "to the boat", "I have to get things ready".

Every month he meets with his fishing club.

He knows my feelings on fishing.  I guess I just don't get it!

Realize as I am writing this I am waiting for him to get home from another tournament.

I am trying to get my daughter christened.  She is yet to be christened...I know kind of late but it will be done!  I said maybe February.  My husband replied "February is a big fishing month with lots of tournaments". 

I have tried to compromise with letting him fish once a month....yeah that isn't happening.

Anyways, watch the commercial below....kind of sums up how I feel about fishing

You'll Laugh.  It encompasses everything I feel about fishing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1scgWtu21c

by the way I don't endorse this product...like I explained above I don't know anything about fishing.  Just love this commercial.  Makes me laugh every time I see it.


November 25, 2011

Favorite Thing Friday (and Saturday) 11/25/11

Link Up Your Favorite Things Below~
Hope Everyone is getting a lot of their shopping done!!  I am kind of late to the game this week so I am going to keep the link open until tomorrow :)

My Favorite Thing This Week is

A Link to a Giada's cute Mac and Cheese recipe that I saw in Parents Magazine.  I figured since most of us are eating leftovers...and food is still in our thoughts you might like this idea.  Easy to make and gets the kids to eat their veggies!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/baked-macaroni-and-cheese-cupcakes-recipe/index.html




Last Week the link to my co-host didn't work! She is co-hosting again so please go and follow her if you had trouble last week :)



November 24, 2011

Thankful 2011

2011 has brought me many things to be thankful for.  Sure, I have had some things on my plate that weren't the best to have to deal with, but overall I am thankful.

I am thankful for a very happy and healthy baby girl
I am thankful for her very happy and healthy big sister
I am thankful for my family
I am thankful for health. Sure I have some things that kind of make some days slightly more difficult than others, but they are things that I can deal with.

Alright now on to the more petty things

I am thankful for Lipton tea
I am thankful for coca cola
I am thankful for TV
I am thankful for Flip Flops
I am thankful for sleeping through the night again
I am thankful for driving with the windows down and listening to my favorite songs.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers.  I am very Thankful for you, as well.  I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving!



November 22, 2011

You Know You Are Getting Old When....

You hear one of your favorite songs from when you were a teenager on the Classic Rock station.

or even worse

You hear it in an elevator!!!!

Seriously people....Green Day in the elevator.  I was horrified.

Matchbox 20....okay I guess that's alright, but Green Day...Seriously!

My sister recently went to a concert to see Third Eye Blind.  I got so excited for her...she asked me why I was so excited.  You see she is only 19.  She didn't understand the impact that Third Eye Blind had on me at 16.

She thought they were a new band!!! so funny.

My mom laughed after she picked her up because she said everyone walking out of the concert was my age.

You know music these days wasn't like it was in the 90's.

I think that my parents would say that about the 60's and 70's.

I'm Getting Old!


November 21, 2011

Lela- A New Kind of Shopping Experience for Parents and Parents to be

Make shopping fun again with Lela!
www.Lela.com

What is Lela? Learn more about the experience that is Lela in the video below.


Your going to like it!






I know that when I was pregnant and registering for my first daughter I felt lost and overwhelmed by all of the decisions that I had to make regarding baby gear and products.  I mean how many different strollers could there possibly be!  It doesn't end there....you have to continually research to figure out what the best products would be for your family and child based on your lifestyle and what you need.  I still had to research my heart out when getting ready for my second daughter.  Things change so quickly in the world of baby and kid's gear and products.  It is hard to keep up and know what is best for you.

I have had so many of my friends call me after going to register and tell me that they didn't register for anything because they were so overwhelmed.

Now there is an answer to your shopping problems!  Lela is a new website that finds out your personal preferences by you taking a quick and fun compatibility test.  The website then matches you with products based on the outcome of your test.


Below is what one of the product pages looks like.  Not only does Lela match you with products it also gives you extensive information on the product so that you know whether or not it is a good match for you.  I love that it doesn't just give you run of the mill information.  It tells you what features are good for parents, kids, babies, infants separately.  It will also tell you what is included with the product and what things you might want to get additionally.  Overall, it is very thorough in giving a great overview of each product on the site.


Even after matching you with products based on your compatibility test, Lela, allows you to personalize your experience even more by filling out what matters to you most regarding the product you are shopping for, making your search even easier!  You can find this on the left sidebar.  You can see it asks you the price range, what type of stroller, the type of family it is for and the style you are looking for.

Not only does Lela match you with the best product for you it also finds the best price!  Looking at stores such as Giggle, Amazon.com, Diapers.com and Kmart you will be shown the best prices and exactly where the product can be found.  So no more scouring the internet to figure out where you can get the best deal.  Lela does it all for you!

Lela Knows!  So you don't have to.

This would have made finding a double stroller that met my needs so easy when I was pregnant with my second daughter!


Right now Lela will match you up with the following products: Strollers, cribs and car seats.  In the coming months they will be adding more and more products and baby gear to their site!  They will be adding highchairs, baby monitors, baby carriers and cameras very soon.  So make sure you keep checking in for more product choices.

Also, in the coming months Lela will be introducing an Ipod app and after that an Android app.  How great is that going to be!  You could be registering or just be searching for the perfect product and you can just pull out your phone and be matched right away with the click of a button!


I hope you will join me and sign up for the Lela website.  It doesn't cost anything but it will be invaluable to you and your family.  http://www.lela.com/register

You can also find Lela on Twitter @lelaknows and on Facebook.  So please follow them to learn more about their website and keep up to date on their new features that they will be rolling out.

I am so happy that I was able to share this with my readers.  The website really does making shopping easier and enjoyable.  I really loved how much information that the site is providing.  It really is one stop shopping at its best.  Everything you need is right in front of you.  No need for the thousands of books and websites telling you what you should buy and where.  Lela does it all for you.  I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I do!  www.lela.com










disclosure:  I was given the opportunity by Mom Fuse Pop Alert's to review the Lela website.  I was not compensated in any way.  These are my true opinions based on my experience on the website.








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November 18, 2011

Saturday's Top 5 Laughs 11/19/11

Linking up again with The Mommyhood Chronicles


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This week wasn't full of many laughs....It was kind of a tough, long week around here.  Ever have one of those?  However, there were a few funnies!

1.  My little one went for her 9 month check up.  The Dr. was trying to test her milestones and all she did was sit there and stare at him with her mouth open.  I guess that is why they ask the mom what milestones they are reaching!

2.  My older daughter is still scared of monsters, so she requested that she sleep in the crib with "baby" (that is what she calls her sister).  Im sorry but with all of the items she needs to sleep with her sister would never fit....(Not that I would ever allow it)

3.  My husband let my older daughter sit next to him on the counter and told her that they were "hangin out" .  I asked if I could hang out too.  She replied "NO WAY"....I guess I am not cool enough to Hang out with!

4.  We went to Little Gym and saw Elmo.  Last time we saw Elmo it was for a Birthday party and there was pizza.  So all day I heard "Elmo Pizza Party".  I really felt bad that there was not going to be any pizza.  It was funny though that she associated Elmo with Pizza!

5. Remember last week when I asked my daughter if she knew who Santa was.  She exclaimed " He brings presents"  I was shocked she understood.  Then the other day I asked what kind of presents she wanted.....my two year old had a list.  WHAT!  seriously she gave me a list of items.  Princesses, Thomas, etc.

Hope everyone had a great week!




November 17, 2011

Favorite Thing Friday Blog Hop 11/18/11

 Link Up for the Blog Hop Below!

My Favorite Thing This Week Is A Quote:





"Whatever You Are, Be A Good One" - Abraham Lincoln



What is your Favorite Thing This Week?


Sometimes Just Going To Hawaii is on My Mind

and my kids can come too.  Yeah I am not one to leave my kids at home.

Sometimes I wake up in the morning and I would just board a flight to Hawaii and stay there for a month or two.    I got to tell you I am dead tired.  I look like I am 80 and well Im ready to sit on the beach and relax.  I think my kids are ready to sit in the sand and relax too.

I know we all are ready to jet off at any moment.

I just want you to know you aren't alone!

It is after all one of my favorite places on this earth.

I daydream of Hawaii too.... It's not just you.  Even Chelsea Lately was talking about it on her tv show last night.

Do you ever look up at the planes in the air and wonder where the people in them are going?  I do all the time.  I wonder if they are going to somewhere exotic and exciting.

This year I won't be spending the Holiday's with my parents.  This is the second year in a row.  Kind of makes me a little sad, but my mom said next year we will definitely be together.

I told her that would be great, but I would love to spend Christmas with my feet in the sand!

I guess right now I will just have to settle for pinning pictures of amazing places on my board on Pinterest and daydreaming about it.


November 15, 2011

I Like Burnt Toast

Do you think that's strange?  I kind of like many of my things burnt.  Seriously if someone almost burns something they turn to me and ask if I want it.

I don't like burnt meat though....I actually like mine rare.

but the hamburger bun...go ahead and roast it.

Burnt Toast....yum!  I like it just before it turns black and starts on fire.  Yup, I do.

I have been known to light a few pieces of bread on fire trying to get the toast to perfection.

I also like my hotdogs to have a little crispiness to them.

Alright I might be a little strange, but I guess that is what makes the world go round.


November 14, 2011

Mommy Isn't Allowed to be Sick or Hurt




I am sitting here with a pretty yucky cold and I also hurt my finger really badly.  I'm not complaining to you, but boy is it a realization that when you are a Mom it doesn't matter how sick you are, you still have to get up and try to function.  Even if you serve grilled cheese sandwiches all day and they sit in front of the tv.

When I got pregnant with my second daughter my first was only 9 months old.  I get really bad morning sickness that usually lasts around 20 weeks.  It is really, really bad until 13 weeks.  The poor thing spent most of her summer sitting on the floor of the bathroom with her toys.  UGH!

It's just funny that if this was 10 years ago I would be laying in bed drinking tea for my cold with my finger wrapped up.  Instead I am still doing the daily routine and I didn't wrap my finger because it was too hard to take care of my kids and do stuff wrapped up.

I have decided that I am giving up cleaning up toys......since it is such a dangerous job!  I think its a good enough reason to give up that chore.

Below is a picture of my finger.  I'm telling you watch out when you are cleaning up after your kids.  I broke it getting it stuck in my toddler's doll stroller.


Don't look below if things like broken fingers gross you out.  It really isn't that bad of one though.










I know disgusting, Could definitely be worse...but some asked to see it.

It's a dangerous job being a parent :)



November 11, 2011

Saturday's Top Five Laughs 11/12/11

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I'm Linking Up with The Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday's Top Five Laughs



1.  My toddler, when asked her name will respond with her middle name.  She has a slightly interesting and kind of difficult first name and we always call her by both first and middle name so I guess she just caught on to the easiness of the middle name.  So we have been working with her to say her first name, and now she is saying it.  The other night I asked her, her name and she responded "bathroom"  "My name is bathroom" and started laughing....

2.  This is my 2 year old's idea of cleaning up.  Notice the wipes....



3.  I was talking to my 2 year old about Santa.  I told her that he was coming soon, and asked her if she know who he was.  I was thinking she would be clueless...  she exclaims " Mom, Brings Presents" and walks away.  I am totally naive.  

4.  My daughters and I went to a friend of mine's for a playdate with her kids that happen to be the same ages as my kids.  Let me start off by telling you that we do not have any animals at home.  Therefore, my daughter doesn't really interact with any or anything that goes with the animals.  So we are on the playdate at my friend's house and they have a cat.  All of a sudden I noticed that my toddler had gotten really quiet.  I look over and she has the cat food all over the floor and she put basically an entire bowl of cat food into the water bowl.  What a mess, but it was funny.  I owe my friend a big bag of cat food.

5.  This isn't a funny, but just something cute.  My 9 month old now knows how to clap and she yells yayy!!! when she does it.  I was shocked but she says it clear as day.  I know it is just her imitating my sounds but it is so cute!

Hope everyone enjoyed your week!





November 10, 2011

Favorite Thing Friday Blog Hop 11/11/11

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Welcome to the Favorite Thing Friday Blog Hop!
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Link Up With Us At The Bottom

My Favorite thing this week is a favorite post of mine from way back when.



Blog Hop Rules

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3. Have Fun!! and I can't wait to learn about all of your favorite 
    things.

November 9, 2011

Pet Peeves



We all know the story.  You are boyfriend and girlfriend, and nothing could possibly drive you crazy about the other person.  They are perfect.  You are in love.

Then you either move in with each other or get married.

It doesn't happen right away.....but slowly, ever so slowly you start to realize this person is not perfect.  Oh My God they do things that drive you absolutely NUTS.

In the beginning its just a minor annoyance but as time goes on, boy could you go insane about it.

In other people's eyes its no big deal, but for you.....its the most annoying thing ever.

The pet peeve that most annoys me about my husband is that when he takes off his shirt....he does it in our living room and hangs the shirt over the dining room chair ( the rooms connect).  Why can't he wait till he goes in our room when he is ready for bed?  Drives me insane...  I have even tried to remedy the situation by putting a hook in the bathroom.

Nope.  Still Does It.

His pet peeve with me is that I leave half drank sodas around through the day.  I don't know why.  I am so busy I don't really pay attention to where my drink is and then I open a new one.  I know...Im wasting soda.  I know its annoying.  I'll have to work on it.....but not until my dining room stops being a wardrobe.  Yes I hold a grudge :)

What drives you crazy about your significant other?


Ricki Lake Chats about More Business of Being Born on UStream Live 11/9/11 5pm PST

We are so happy to have the opportunity to share with you the live chat with Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein as they get ready for the premeire of their much anticipated release of More Business of Being Born.  Just hit the Social Stream Tab!

You can participate in this chat by tweeting questions to the @rickilakeshow on Twitter or by signing in to UStream under the Social Stream Tab Below.

Don't forget Sippy Cup Chronicles is giving away their 4 DVD Box Set More Business of Being Born here.





November 8, 2011

**Closed** Win More Business of Being Born- Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (Review and Giveaway)

Review and Giveaway

It's Here!!  The Much Anticipated Release 

Enter to Win At the Bottom of Post!
Before Dancing with the Stars, Ricki Lake did a film called The Business of Being Born in 2008.  Through this film we all saw how real and wonderful giving birth could be.  It became a popular, well loved and watched video for moms and moms to be.  I was one of them.  It was well done and raw.  I wasn't yet pregnant but it gave me such a feeling of empowerment regarding the birthing experience.

Now Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein do it again in their four part documentary DVD series More Business of Being Born.  They felt that after the success of the first film many women were left asking so many more questions about giving birth and exploring their birth options.  Now we are being provided the answers in the same loving and real way that the first film did.  

The four DVD's include:

1) Down on the Farm: 
  Conversations with Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin 

Follow Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Director Abby Epstein to The Farm Community in Summertown, Tennessee, where pioneer midwife Ina May Gaskin talks candidly about the latest birth trends and the art of midwifery. Gaskin, who was featured in the original The Business of Being Born, sparked Lake’s initial interest in natural birth and has continued to inspire the filmmaking duo’s advocacy efforts. Also on the journey is pregnant actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who has enlisted a midwife to attend the birth of her second child and joins the filmmakers in meeting The Farm’s famous midwives and touring the picturesque birth cabins in the woods. In the poignant final sequence, Gaskin exhibits her Safe Motherhood Quilt and calls for a deeper examination into the rising maternal mortality rate in the US.  (Running Time: 55 min)

2)  Special Deliveries: Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight on Birth

Featuring celebrity moms Laila Ali, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan, Melissa Joan Hart, Kellie Martin, Alanis Morissette, Christy Turlington-Burns and Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Special Deliveries is a collection of intimate birth stories from a diverse group of mothers. Whether they chose to deliver at a hospital, home or birthing center, these heartfelt and humorous testimonies speak to the lasting power of the birth experience.  True inspiration for any mother-to-be, this group of women trusted their bodies and intuitions, taking responsibility for their birth decisions even when things didn’t go according to plan. None of these courageous women has ever spoken on the record in such compelling detail, and, on this DVD, the filmmakers weave together their passionate narratives as a celebration of the journey to motherhood that will leave viewers with a renewed sense of amazement about the power of women.  
(Running Time: 74 min)

3)  Explore Your Options: Doula's, Birth Centers & C-Sections

The most comprehensive and educational DVD in the series, Explore Your Options offers birth-planning guidance around key topics such as the role of doulas (labor support specialists,) the advantages of birth centers and the alarming escalation of cesarean sections in the United States and Brazil. Epstein and Lake talk to doulas about why their profession is currently booming and uncover why having a good doula can make-or-break the entire birth experience. They look at the ever-growing rates of inductions and c-sections, which have reached 50% in many US hospitals and more than 99% in some private hospitals in Brazil. How “safe” are these cesarean surgeries, and what are the health implications for the mothers and babies? Explore Your Options examines the pros and cons of birth centers, described as a perfect middle ground between home and hospital. Special features include Alanis Morissette and Alyson Hannigan on the advantages of doulas, Christy Turlington Burns on her unexpected complications at a birth center, Molly Ringwald on how she avoided a cesarean birth with her twins and  Gisele Bundchen and Michelle Alves on the cesarean epidemic in their native Brazil. (Running Time: 102 min)

4)  The VBAC Dilemma: What Your Options Really Are

The VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) has become a hot-button issue in the modern maternity care system, as one in three new mothers will give birth via cesarean section. Are all of these mothers then forced to undergo a repeat cesarean the next time around? Epstein and Lake posed that question to dozens of experts, determining the surprising truth about VBACs. They also follow several women's stories – both those who succeed and fail at attempting a VBAC – including that of filmmaker Abby Epstein, whose first c-section delivery was depicted in the dramatic, final moments of The Business of Being Born. 
(Running Time: 51 min)

Trailer for More Business of Being Born

 some scenes of mothers giving birth and breastfeeding

My Opinion and Reaction:

What I liked about these films is although they encourage natural births they also give a more rounded informational approach that some thought the original film lacked.  Being someone that comes from a medically inclined family and can only have c-sections and was definitely not a candidate for midwives or a vbac I enjoyed learning about the different options that there are available.  I also enjoyed learning how very different everyone's experiences are.

I did not agree with all information given in these films and you may not either but isn't that is what is wonderful and smart about them.  They do explore some very hot button issues that may make some uncomfortable and encourage discussion, but raising awareness for all of these issues is so important in empowering women to allow you to be more in control of your decisions allowing you to have more open communication with your caregivers.

Even having c-sections under the care of two different doctors at two different hospitals I found major differences in my experiences which you can read about here.  I found myself asking my new doctor, when pregnant with my second child a million different things that I never thought of the first time around and that is what I think More Business of Being Born gives you.  A chance to open your eyes in different directions and allow you to explore your worries and thoughts regarding your birth plans.

I loved going to "The Farm" through the film and learning from Ina May Gaskin in Down on the Farm: Conversations with Legendary Midwife Ina May Gaskin.  Although I don't agree with everything she had to say it was a very interesting and enlightening experience to learn about how they go about their midwifery on "The Farm" and what has worked for them for decades.  Ricki and Abby really ask some very hard hitting and important questions to Ina Maye and the other Midwives.  They really don't leave any stone unturned.  They asked many of the questions that I probably would have asked if I had been there. 

One of my favorite videos out of the four was Special Deliveries:  Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight on Birth.  It was such an intriguing film because it made the celebrities very real.  They have to go through the same things that every other woman has to go through.  They have to make tough decisions and not everything goes according to their plans either.  It was very real and raw to see how they experienced their births.  I also liked that none of them "sugarcoated" their experiences.  They tell it how it really is.  Very interesting video that was also very emotional and inspiring.  Especially loved Alanis Morissette's (seen below with Ricki Lake) home birth experience.  She was very real and talked straight about what she went through.  Along with each story there are so many great hints and ideas that many expectant mothers can take with them to add to their birth plans.


In the third film, Explore Your Options: Doula's, Birth Centers & C-Sections, I learned so much!  I never knew how important Doula's could be for women.  I also never knew the difference between what a doula did and what a midwife did.  The third film answers those questions.  It also talks in depth about birth centers, which was always a foreign concept to me.  It was also interesting to learn about Brazil and the C-Section issue there.  

The final film talks in depth about VBACS (vaginal births after c-section).  You really get well rounded information on this topic.  Being a mom that had a repeat section I was extremely interested in watching this film particularly.  That is because I actually never thought to ever have a VBAC.  It was my decision and not that of my dr.  However, I have heard so many things about VBAC's but you never really get any straight answers.  There is so much gossip that goes around.  That is why I like that Ricki and Abby went directly to the sources of who actually would be able to give knowledgeable advice on the topic.

Overall More Business of Being Born is a  Must See in my book!  Entertaining, real and intriguing.  All parents and parents to be should watch these films.  Knowledge and awareness are key to getting the best possible care and that is just what these films give us.  Thanks Ricki and Abby for another great film!

Please learn more about More Business of Being Born on their official website www.thebusinessofbeingborn.com and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/bobbofficial


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Disclosure:  Please consult your Doctor and/or Midwife concerning your care for any decision that you should make regarding your birth experience.  Any information depicted in this film is that of the film's producer, director and those appearing in the film.  Jennifer and Sippy Cup Chronicles has nothing to do with any guidance or information that this film gives you regarding birthing experiences and options.  During some instances this film does contain images of real life birthing experiences and in some cases they can be somewhat graphic.
Sippy Cup Chronicles was given the set of films under the title More Business of Being Born by Total Assault LLC.   but we were not compensated in any other way.  The review that I have given above was my own honest opinion after watching the films.  

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November 6, 2011

Baby/Toddler Sleep Hint








Once in a while I want to share with you a few hints that have helped me.  I am NOT but any means telling you that I am a perfect mom by sharing these ideas with you.  Please....my floors are full of crumbs and toys and my laundry baskets are full.

I am also not saying these ideas are going to definitely help you.

Just wanted to hand a long a few things that have helped.  Many of my friends ask me about different tips, so I figure I would share them with you too.

This is something that I have done to help my girls make associations with going to sleep.  Especially when they are babies...as many of us know those first few weeks are a killer when their clocks are messed up and they don't know day from night.

Well one thing I learned through the No Cry Sleep Solution book was to start a routine every night and do the exact same things every single night.  You can do this with newborns all the way up to kids.  Teenagers may retaliate.  Just Kidding.

From that I decided that I would sing the exact same song to my children every single night before bed.  The same one.  Not a few different ones.  

I started this with my older daughter when she was an infant and I actually started the second time around while pregnant.  

Okay you may not love the choice in songs I picked but you can pick whatever song you want.  I sing the Barney I Love You song.  I have been singing it for decades because of my much younger brother and sister. Its easy to remember and quick and it tells them I love them every night.

Every single time without fail when I start to sing that song they both know that its bedtime.  It really helped during sleep training also.  

Anyways, just an idea!




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November 4, 2011

Saturdays Top Five Laughs 11/5/11

Linking up again with the Mommyhood Chronicles for Saturday's top five laughs.


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1.  So as many of us know from my previous blog posts, my toddler is terrified of Monsters.  We have been working on it and it has been better, but Halloween was not the best day for a toddler scared of Monsters.  We had to go to the mall to trick or treat because it was pouring rain.  Did you know the mall did this, I didnt.  Anyways, we ran into the scariest looking costume and my toddler hid from him behind the pillar.  It was so funny.  She didn't want to leave from behind the pillar.  See Above.

2.  My toddler has been enjoying her play kitchen and she decided to serve "fried eggs" to her little sister for dinner the other night.  So funny because my 9 month old crawled all over with the play fried eggs in her mouth!  See Below.


3.  My 9 month old likes to drive my toddler crazy.  She has been chasing her around and then the other day they were both playing in the kitchen and the 9 month old dumped all of the play food out and took everything out of the cabinets on her sister.  So funny...she is definitely the defiant one!

4.  Just another picture that I think you will find funny.  This is my 9 month olds first time trying the teething biscuit.  yes bathtime was extra long this night.








5.  This one is just a funny thing that my husband did.  I googled myself the other night just to see what would come up.  Most of the stuff was Facebook related.  All of a sudden i realized all of these posts to fishing forums.  Now my husband is a tournament fisherman so that wasn't that surprising, but why would I be in talking in a fishing forum...turns out he has accidentally been posting using my facebook because he doesn't realize until after he posts that he is logged into my facebook account.  Had me laughing so hard....now I log out of my facebook whenever I use the family computer.

Hope everyone had a great week! and lots of laughs.




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