Friday, July 30, 2010

TerraCycle


I may not be the greenest girl there ever was, but I try to do what I can for my environment and our planet so when I found out about TerraCycle, I was all on board to do a promotion. Just to let you know, this is not a review or a giveaway. It's merely something that was brought to my attention and I am trying to raise awareness. I am not receiving anything nor am I giving anything to you wenches either (xoxo) but I am going to tell you all about TerraCycle because I think it's a great company.

TerraCycle is a very young company that focuses on collecting your garbage, upcycling it by turning it into something else, and then giving 2 cents for each piece of garbage you send in to your favorite charity.

I wanted to let you all know about two fundraising programs that are designed specifically for moms and daycare centers; maybe you'll be able to help out. The fundraisers are completely free and they will pay 2 cents for every used piece of diaper packaging (sans poopy diapers) or used baby food pouch. Since Huggies and Sprout Organic Baby Food pay for the cost of the program they are 100% free for any family, school, daycare, or other organization to participate. They even cover the shipping costs.

The collected waste will be turned into new products for new moms and their babies, such as bibs and diaper bags. If this sounds like something you may be interested in please sign up by visiting TerraCycle. They have some very informative videos on their website and they sell some really cute upcycled toys and other products that you might be interested in.

Let me know how you like it via e-mail if you do sign up and maybe we can do a follow up post in a few months.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Smart Knit Kids Seamless Sock Giveaway


I love to promote products that were created by moms after they've just had enough! That's the case with Smart Knit Kids Seamless Sensitivity Socks. The socks are created in the same way a caterpillar spins a cocoon in that they are started at the toe and work up to the ankle, but that's just the technical stuff.

The really good bits to know are that they don't bunch when you try to put your kids sock in the shoe, especially if they try to curl up their feet like Isabella does. Plus, there's no seems to "bug ya", there's a non-binding top, and there's a no heel design that keeps kids from out growing their socks so quickly. This means less socks that you have to buy and more money in your pocket. Everyone is happy! These socks also come in a variety of sizes and colors and are available in ankle, crew, and knee high sizes.

I've always had a problem getting Isabella's paws into her shoes because the socks bunched up. She has tons of cute shoes, because she's my daughter and I love me some shoes, but I usually gave up and either had her go out in just her socks because of the annoying bulges in the socks. These seamless socks are amazing. They just slide right into her pretty shoes.

Now for the fun stuff. Smart Knit Kids have generously offered not 1, not 2 but 3 pairs of socks to one of my readers. Here are the terms of entry.

Mandatory Entry

1. Be a public follower of my blog (1 entry)

Additional Entries

2. Visit Smart Knit Kids and tell me what you like about their website/product

3. Follow Smart Knit Kids on twitter by clicking HERE (1 entry)

4. Follow me on Twitter by clicking HERE (1 entry)

5. Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs (1 entry)

6. Follow a Little Guy Blogger, you can find them under the tab Featured Blogger (1 entry per blog that you follow)

7. Blog about this giveaway (5 entries)

Leave one comment per entry and if your e-mail address isn't included in your profile, leave it in the mandatory entry. This contest will end at midnight on August 4th. Good luck ladies.

In keeping with current FTC standardsI was provided with a free sample of Smart Knit Kid Seamless Socks so that I would be able to provide my honest opinions. The thoughts expressed in this blog are solely mine and I stand behind their integrity.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Daddy's Girl

Isabella loves her Daddy. So much so that she's become a hemroid on his ass. When my mom got sick I had about 2 weeks left in the school year and I was buried with end-of-the-year paperwork, so in an effort to keep me in work and off my boss's shit list, Andy was able to rearrange his schedule so that he could watch her on the days my sister couldn't. Great! In those 2 weeks she grew so attached to him it's crazy.


She'd cry when he left the room, want him to hold her all the time, and would only want him to feed her. At first I thought it was cute, but then my feelings started to get hurt because, hey I carried and birthed her.

Now that she spends the majority of her time with me it's not nearly as bad, I'd even go as far to say that she's becoming something of a mama's girl. But she'll still go to her Daddy before anyone else besides me. But if I really think about it, it makes sense. I'm the one who makes her nap. I'm the one who makes her eat her veggies. And I certainly can't toss her as high in the air as Andy, so it's no wonder she's a daddy's girl!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Life Is Beautiful

This week's featured blogger from the Helping the Little Guy Project is Stefani from Life is Beautiful. She has an adorable daughter named Addison with whom she struggled to get pregnant with for years. You'll love this bloggers honesty and beautiful pictures. Her, her husband and her daughter make such a lovely family. She'll make you see that amidst the puke and nap strikes (yup she has 'em too) that Life is Beautiful.

If you would like to be a part of this project just send me an e-mail and I'd be glad to help.

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Healthier Living

I was recently at the oncologist office with my mom and they were asking her what medications she takes. She started rattling off a list: this for diabetes, that for hypertension, someofthis for high cholesterol. It made me feel like a ticking time bomb. I already lost the healthy gene lottery, so I decided that I can't give the Devil the stick to beat me with and I need to prevent myself from becoming unhealthy by being proactive. And I need to provide a healthy lifestyle for my daughter as well as setting a good example as to what healthy living looks like.

I've mentioned in a recent post that she's a picky eater so I need to be even more dilligent to make sure that she's getting the right nutrition. Hiding the veggies is working out wonderful for us so far, but it's more than that. There are some specific things that I can do to make our lifestyle a healthier one.

Eating right: I'm going to go through every cabinet, every shelf, and every nook in the fridge and freezer and toss all those things that are oh so delicious, but oh so bad for you. Like the pint of Ben and Jerry's cookie dough ice cream and the package of Oreo cookies. When I have those things in the house it's difficult for me not to indulge. The only possible solution is to not have them in the house. We already only eat whole grains. I want to up the amounts of fruits and veggies that we eat as well. Whether they are hidden or eaten outright. I also need to cut down on the alcohol. I've decided that I don't need a drink every. single. night. Green tea will have to do on some nights. I also want to eat more organically and visit more farmer's markets. Additionally, I need to make smarter choices when eating out.

Exercise: It's so much easier for me to exercise in the summer when I'm off. I drop Isabella off at the gym day care for an hour and it's wonderful. I get an hour to exercise and she gets to play with other kids, plus it's a great little break from being "mommy" in the middle of the day. I also want to start doing more family exercises, like runs, playing outside on the grass, and whatever else I can think of so that Isabella grows up with exercising as a part of her life. I also need to make time for it, no matter how tired I am, when I go back to work in September.

Taking care of myself: Making sure that I take time out for meditation and/or prayer. Making sure that I take care of my skin because I don't want to look like a ratty old leather handbag when I'm 40.

Indulgences: I realize that eating organically 100% of the time and working out 5 days a week isn't always going to be feasible all the time. Sometimes I'm going to buy the peppers that are on-sale and sometimes I'm going to want to drink beer with dinner two nights in a row. That's life and I'm going to allow myself these indulgences in moderation and realize that sometimes life needs to just be enjoyed.

Whelp, that's all I got so far but I think it's a great start and I'm really excited about it. If you guys have any more healthful living tips I'm all ears

That's all I got for right now, but I feel like that's a good start and I'm excited

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Pickiest Eater


I've mentioned it, I've hinted at it, I've glossed over it. The time has passed for hints and mentions and now it's time to let it all hang out. My kid is a picky eater. Like a really picky eater. When she was on puree's she would happily nom up all of her veggies, however now that she eats table food she won't go near a vegetable. I've tried carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, broccoli, corn, and peppers. She's not having any of it. I used to be able to hide veggies in macaroni or eggs but now she's hip to it and will spit it out.

They say that when you are pregnant what you eat will effect your baby's taste buds. Not true here. I was a vegan for the majority of my pregnancy which meant I ate mostly veggies, whole grains and fruit (and the occasional package of oreo cookies). She didn't get the memo that she's supposed to like those things. Although in Isabella's defense she does love fruit.

The thing of it is, I don't want her to have to be on a diet for the rest of her life and I want her to eat healthy. Because if things continue she'll soon be a walking talking carbohydrate with a cheese purse. But in all honesty, carbs and cheese are pretty fabulous! So I needed to do something so I asked around and everyone kept mentioning Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld. It's a cook book that tells you how to hide the veggies in the food. Like cauliflower in muffins and spinach in brownies. It sounds yuck, but people keep saying it works and the meals are kid and adult friendly so I just went out and bought it today. I'm pretty excited about giving it a go, plus I really just love brand new cook books, so I'll keep you guys posted on how it works on getting in veggies to the pickiest eater.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Transatlantic Blonde

This week's featured little blogger from my Helping the Little Guy Project is Melania25 over at Transatlantic Blonde. Melania and I have been e-friends for years via our mom board and she's a good twitter buddy, despite the time difference since she lives in Glasgow. She's an American born punk rock sorority girl with an adorable son whom she calls Blondie Boy. I've seen a picture of him in a kilt and I'm not ashamed to say that I'd arrange a marriage for him and Isabella in a hot minute. So go and show this Transatlantic Blonde and see how mommyhood overseas compares.

If you want to be a part of the Helping the Little Guy Project just send me an e-mail.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Destroyer

What's wrong with this picture? Oh yeah, the cabinet is missing a door. Wanna know how that happened? Isabella ripped it off. That's right, she ripped the door off of the cabinet. That is not the only thing that she's destroyed. She broke a picture frame, I can't tell you how many books she's ripped apart (thank God for board books), she's using her crib rail as a teether (note to self: go buy crib cover so my next baby doesn't think his/her sister is a wolf), and she has also ripped the head off of older cousin's doll. Oh and she's also ripped the period key half off my keyboard so that I have to push it reallyreallyreally hard to get it to work. I mean it's not that important of a key, it's not like I need it to end every sentence or when I visit any sort of dot com.


Not only is she a destroyer, she's a waster. She prefers to poop 3 minutes after I've changed a pee-pee diaper. She'll leave 2 ounces of milk in her bottle or sippy cup and throw half of her meals on the floor. I should tally up the cost of all of this mess and waste and hand her a bill once she's old enough to work ;)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Forgiveness

Sometimes we're just too hard on ourselves. We put ourselves down, beat ourselves up, and give ourselves a good kick when we're already down.

Be honest, how many times have you looked in the mirror and criticized your body, called yourself fat, wished your nose was smaller, your hair was fuller, your thighs firmer?

How often at the end of the day have you felt guilty and called yourself a bad mom/wife because you ordered take out instead of making something fresh and healthy for your family or because you put on the TV for your kid so you could steal a moment for yourself?

Have you ever put on your pity party pants and cried in the corner into your merlot because you felt like you were Falling Apart?

Forgive yourself. We forgive everyone else. We forgive our kids for being cranky, our husbands for not pulling their weight, our friends for not inviting us to breakfast and the beach, our boss for not recognizing our abilities and hard work, and our coworker for not giving us our due credit. We forgive.

I always offer my forgiveness to others, whether they ask for it or not, because it makes me feel free. I'm going to start offering myself that same dignity. So many of you commented on my Falling Apart post and sympathized with me and encouraged me and it meant a lot. It truly did. Sometimes, most of the time, I'm my own worst critic. I never seem to live up to the image I have in my head and I need to forgive myself for that.

I need to forgive myself for not being perfect. For not having a house that is spic and span. For having cheerios in every nook and corner of my house. For falling back on TV when I'm at my breaking point. For reaching my breaking point. For not buying all organic when it's too expensive. For falling asleep in front of the TV.

Melissa, I forgive you.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Reminders and Reflections

If you have won a giveaway from this blog and have not been either received your prize or been contacted from the company please let me know so I can see what the problem is. Also if you didn't receive your 10% discount code from the Kikou review let me know via e-mail because some of your e-mails weren't linked in with your blogger account.

And in regards to the Helping the Little Guy Project, if you have requested to be part of the project either in a comment, e-mail, or twitter I have you already written you up. Posts are scheduled at this point until October. I will notify you via e-mail when your date is the week of your scheduled posting. So it would be great if you could follow the featured blogger or comment on them at least this way we could build a great sense of community. There are 20-30 featured bloggers so that means everyone would gain some great followers and maybe some great friends.

I've also noticed something that makes me sad. In the past month I've lost some followers, I've also gained a bunch which I'm so grateful for, but it makes me really upset to lose followers both on here and on twitter. It may just be my insecurities getting the better of me, but it makes me wonder what I'm doing wrong? It's probably just a difference in tastes, but I rarely de-follow anyone so I'm not sure what might cause someone to stop following. If you hate me just send me an e-mail and tell me why so I can stop worrying if maybe I shouldn't talk about bowel movements anymore.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What I Can't Say

I feel that women are meant to feel that they should instinctually want to stay home with their children, and many women do, but I feel that it's something that is thrust upon us. Let me explain: I love my daughter more than words can say, but I also love my career. I don't feel like I need to give up one to have the other. It might not be easy but I can have it all. Sometimes do I wish I could be a stay at home mom? Sure. But I love my job. I'm good at what I do. I may not love the beurocracy, politics, and paperwork that comes with teaching, but put me in front of a classroom with kids and I'm in my element.

The thought of taking a leave from work upsets me, not just because of the money we'd lose, but I don't want to take a 3 month break from work. I don't want to give up my career and I don't want to be made to feel that I'm a bad mom because I chose to work.

The problem with this is that I'm always scared to say it out loud. People look at you like you have some sort of genetic disorder because you don't want to give up your career. There's nothing wrong with having a baby and a job. Just like there's nothing wrong with only having a job and not a family and there's nothing wrong with giving up your job for a baby.

It all boils down to choice. There are some women who relish staying home with their little ones and the bond that I'm sure develops because of that. But not all of us. It's ok to work. It's ok to chose to work and it's ok to WANT to work. I hope I'm making sense...sometimes my intentions get muddled when I start to pontificate.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: The Woodchips

Her blog is pretty. Oh so pretty. She goes only by the letter M, which is kind of bad ass, and she blogs at The Woodchips. She's an adoptive mother to a little boy and did I mention that she has a really pretty and whimsicle vibe. She's been a solid commenter and follower over here for a while and I always appreciate her candor and humor. And I bet you love her too even though she actually likes doing laundry, she says it's her Drug of Choice. So comment and let her know how awesome she is and follow if you like her even half as much as I do. Remember, we all need support so let's support our fellow bloggers and let them know that we care about what they have to say just as much as we want people to care about what we say.

If you want to be a part of the project just e-mail me and I'll add you to the list.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Annoying!

I'm just gonna out and out say it that sometimes my kid is downright annoying. She's a keeper and all but there are somethings that she does, or doesn't do, that drive me bonkers.

She refuses to eat any green vegetables. No green beans, no broccoli, no avocado. Those are delicious veggies and I nommed them all up when I was pregnant so there's no valid reason why she shouldn't like them. Additionally if she could find another way to show her distaste for said vegetables besides throwing them on the floor I'd appreciate it.

The whining has to be the most annoying sound in the world. It's not crying. She's not upset. She's annoyed she's not getting her way, which usually means playing with the stove. It's out and out whining and it is the fastest way to put me in a fowl mood.

She's not snuggly anymore. She's all about the walking around and being all independent, which is wonderful for her development, but annoying to her huggy mommy ;)

Oh and what's with the throwing things on the floor and laughing when I pick them up?! Not cool Isabella, not cool at all.

It annoys me that she doesn't like the Wonder Pets. They are amazing. I actually watched an episode by myself after she had gone to bed. She's all about the Wiggles and Ni Hao Kai Lan, who are cool, but they're no Linny, Tuck, or Ming Ming

Now in all fairness, there are probably a bunch of things that I do that annoy the shit out of her. Like when I kiss her all the time, that's probably very embarrassing for my big one year old. I also sing really badly and quite often. And I always mess up the words to her favorite Wiggles song. So I guess we're even.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Those Culturelle People Are Tricky

Here I thought that the folks at Culturelle were using my blog as a platform to promote their product, however what they were actually doing is trying to hook me onto their product. Well played Culturelle, well played.

I'm only about halfway through the one month probiotic and I am loving it! I'm all about the poop. I've blogged about poop way more often than any grown woman should. I have been so regular since I've started this product. I'm talking like twice a day, no problem, no pushing, no cramping. It's a wonderful thing.

Superficially, my hair and skin have never looked better. I'm planning on buying my next month's supply this week.

In keeping with FTC regulations, I did receive a free month supply in order to provide my honest opinions on this product. The thoughts and beliefs expressed in this post are mine alone and I stand behind their integrity. Additionally, I agreed to one review after the month was over, this mid-month update was written solely because I love this product, will continue to use it, and wanted you all to know about it, even if those tricky Culturelle people duped me ;)

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Falling Apart

Have you ever felt that you were falling apart at the seems? Like you were failing at everything that you tried to do? Sometimes I feel that way. Like I just can't keep it together. I feel like I'm failing my daughter because I'm not home with her, because I want to work. I actually really like my job. I feel like I'm failing my friends because I'm not the same as I was for them; I'm not as available. I feel like I'm failing my husband because I'm so drained at the end of the day that I don't have any energy left for him. The house isn't put together, I'm not put together.

I feel that even when I'm putting in 110% effort I'm still falling short in every area of my life. I'm not always such a sad sac. Somedays I rock this shit. But sometimes I just feel like my best is not even close to good enough.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Sasstastic


It's Week 6 of the Helping the Little Guy project and I am beyond thrilled to be featuring Chrysanthemum from Sasstastic. I'm talking girl crush right there. Chrysanthemum is also a frequenter of my Mom Board and I have loved getting to know her better. I'm telling you this girl has answers; she's like crazy smart. She's always available to give advice or lend a helping hand. And I don't know if you've ever seen a cuter girl and my daughter is a girl and I still think Indigo gives Isabella a run for her money. Case in point I really like her and I know that you will too so go and show her some comment love and if you aren't biased against adorable little girls with super cool names, follow and you won't be disappointed.

If you want to be a part of the project e-mail me and I will add you to the list.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

I Can't Say No

Andy if you're reading this I am not talking about sex, that I can shut down with the quickness. It's all the other garbage I can't say no to. Can you drive me to the doctor? Can you help me move on Saturday morning? Can you pick me up from the airport at the ass crack of dawn? Can I have both of your kidneys just in case? Sure why the hell not. I have such a difficult time saying NO.

I really need to grow a pair and learn how to tell people that I just can't help them all the time, but then I feel like that's bad karma and if I need help one day no one will help me. And I do like to help people, I will help anyone that I can whenever I can, maybe just not at ass crack of dawn on Sunday morning.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Weight


I've never had a positive body image. Ever. Even when I was vegan and I lost a ton of weight, I'm 5'3 and I weighed 110 lbs, I never thought of myself as thin. I would look in the mirror and criticize my hips or try to hide my belly. Looking back in pictures I couldn't believe how amazing I looked. I'd say to myself, "Oh surely if I looked like that now I'd rock amazing dresses and a bikini." But if I'm being honest I probably wouldn't. My body still wouldn't be good enough for me.

My favorite store is Metro Park. Their clothes have a rocker edge but are still flirty (just my style), but I hardly own any of their clothes because you need to be fairly thin to wear them. I was browsing there the other day and fingering a slinky purple cocktail dress when the I-work-on-commission-so-you-look-great-in-everything sales guy sashays over to me and tells me that I'd look fabulous in that dress. My response, I'd need to wear 10 pairs of Spanx to pull it off.

I want to enjoy the body I have while I continue to make improvements in it. I was doing so well, I was down 10 lbs, sticking to Weight Watchers, going to the gym 4 days a week. But once my mom got sick there was a lot of take out and not a lot of working out, so I put back on a few pounds that I lost.

But more than losing weight I want to make peace with my body. I want to praise it for being strong and healthy not pick it apart because it doesn't look like a supermodel's. I want to accept the curves while still trying to banish the fat.

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