Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gazillion Bubble Show Giveaway

What kid doesn't absolutely adore bubbles?  I know mine do, so I'm super stoked to be hosting a giveaway to the Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages in NYC.

The Gazillion Bubble Show is an amazing family show that will blow your mind.  You'll step into an interactive bubble world with lasers, special lighting effects, and amazing bubble artistry.  It truly is something to be seen.  The run time of the show is about 1 hour and does not have an intermission so it's perfect for antsy little ones.  

I took Isabella a few years ago and I'm so excited to be taking her again. 

You can purchase tickets to the Gazillion Bubble Show by clicking HERE or you can win your own right here.  

One lucky reader will receive a voucher for TWO free tickets to see the show on select days/times through September 30th 2014.  

The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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*I was given two free tickets to the show*

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I'll Be Nursing Forever

I'm not even kidding.  I will surely be nursing this child forever.  Or maybe even longer.  Some days I swear to high heaven that she nurses more than a newborn.  It's not out of hunger, she eats breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.  Or out of thirst, she drinks water from a sippy cup no problem.  She nurses for comfort.

I love that I've been able to provide that comfort to her, I really do, but honestly I am so done with nursing.  Arya is 15 months old.  I really think I've done a wonderful job nursing her, but breastfeeding is a two way street and I'm really ready to stop.

Problem is that she's not.

I've been googling ways to wean gently, because I don't want to traumatize the kid, and everything just seems to say, distract her or give her cuddles or just gradually drop a feeding.  The problem is, there's no distraction for her.  She screams her bloody head off, gets herself into a nursing position and yells "nurse, nurse".  She gets herself really worked up...real tears and everything.

I really don't know what to do.  I've considered seeing if she'll take a pacifier (she's never used one before), since that is essentially what she's using me as.  But then I think that I don't even know if she'll take one and if that's just replacing one habit with another.

I also googled when do kids self-wean and most things that I've read seem to say between 2 and 3.  I think I would ugly cry if I knew I had to breastfeed her that much longer.

I can't hide my boobs.  They're just there.  I feel guilty because I know she loves it more than anything and I really wouldn't mind if it was just twice a day (morning and night), but it's all the time.

Any tips?  Suggestions?  Commiserations?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Challenge

So I know you all know that recently I became a beachbody coach you also know that I did this after falling in love with the products...namely Shakeology and P90X3.  I wrote about them long before I became a coach.

I'd like to keep the focus of this blog on what it's always been, but this is a new part of my life that I'm pretty jazzed up about.  However, this will probably be my last Team Beachbody related post for a while because I don't want to be annoying/in-your-face/drink-my-shakes-bitch.  But I do want to let you know where I'm at if you're interested in following that journey.

Here's my new fitpage: Completely Fit (keeping with the theme there).  Like me if you'd like.

If you want me as your coach (free) you can sign up for a Beachbody account (free) by visiting me at

Starting September 2nd (so we can get back on track after Labor Day weekend) I'm hosting a challenge group for women only.  We'll be doing Shaun T's Focus T 25 which is perfect because it's 25 minutes and that's about all I have time for in my day.  If you want more information about that just shoot me an e-mail (

And that's all I have to say about that.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Not Upset About Kindergarten

I'm just not.  I've seen various articles and status updates around the interwebz lately from mothers lamenting the start of kindergarten.

I get it.  It's a milestone.  You worry.  Will the teacher be nice?  Will they make friends?  Will they feel comfortable?  Will they succeed?

I look at Isabella sometimes and I worry about all of those things too.  I don't want her to feel nervous or out of place or sad.  But then I look harder and I know.  I know that she is ready for this next step.  I know that she's ready for kindergarten.

She thrives on the structure and stimulation of school.  She loves to make friends and she's so super smart.  She can even read a little bit on her own.  She's ready.

Maybe it's because she was in school full time last year for Pre-K 4, so I'm already used to it and so is she.  Maybe it's because I know that she's more than prepared and more than capable.

So while I understand this is a milestone.  I'm not worried.  At least not for her.

Who I am worried about is me.  These are the parents and kids I'm going to be stuck with until junior high school and even then I'll probably still be stuck with them.  The neighborhood I live in is peppered with uppity families who think who they are and that's just not me.  I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of douchey parents for the rest of my life.  I also worry about getting all of the school notices filled out properly when they get sent home.  And having to miss everything because I'm working.

Looks like I need to calm my nerves a bit.  Bring on kindergarten!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ocean City 2015

We just got back from another wonderful vacation in Ocean City New Jersey.  We've gone every year since Isabella was one year old and it's always a trip I look forward to.  There's something about being at the beach every day without having to worry about making dinner or doing laundry or cleaning the house.  Even though we rent a house, it's different when it's not your own.  No nothing, just waves, sand, boardwalk, and delicious food.

I actually would have to say that this was my favorite trip so far.  Arya was so good.  She loved to just run around on the beach chasing birds.  She laughed at the waves and let them crash over her feet.  She loved to dig in the sand.  It was so fun to watch her experience the beach like she couldn't last year because she was just a wee baby.

It was also really nice with Isabella because she got to stay up late and go on the boardwalk to play games, go on rides, and play mini golf.

It was such an awesome trip.  I was so sad to leave and am already looking forward to next year.