Thursday, September 30, 2010

Do People Have Different Mirrors?

or is it just me?  I was on the subway the other day, which is something I really hate to do since I'm more of a cab girl, but anyway I was looking around and I couldn't believe the things that some people were wearing.  Now I'm not a fashionista in any sense of the word unless sweatpants and a ponytail have been gracing the covers of Vogue, but I do know how to dress for my body type.

For example, I wouldn't wear a pair of pants that are at least a size too small with a skin tight shirt that barely hits the button of said jeans.  I just would look at my muffin top and giant belly and realize that this outfit doesn't work.  But not the girl on the train.  She had no problem flaunting this ensemble.  And it's not like she was even fat, she wasn't, maybe a little bit thick but her outfit made her look way heavier than she was.  I wonder if she realizes this?

Also, if you are going to wear open toed shoes shave your toe beards because that is just nasty.  A pedicure wouldn't hurt either and if that's not your scene slap some paint on those bad boys or cover it up with a nice pair of flats.  Hairy toes on women skeeve me out.

Is a skin tight mini dress and sky high heels appropriate for 2 pm on a Saturday?  Either this girl was doing the walk of shame or she's trying way too hard to fit in on the fashion scene.  She was definitely able to pull it off.  Maybe if I was really skinny I would walk around in a mini-dress and F-me shoes too, who knows?!  Although I'd like to think I'd save my skank wear for the night scene.

The skinny girl at the gym prancing around in what can only be described as hot pants and sports bra.  You're skinny.  You know it.  I know it.  And so does everybody else in the gym.  Flitting around while the meatball muscle heads check you out is getting annoying.  I don't even think I've ever seen her work out.  But she's really getting on my nerves.  Put some clothes on woman!

And finally, the woman with the faded leggings that are stretched out and worn and the shirt that went out of style circa 1998, go shopping.  Buy yourself something nice.  You deserve it.  You work hard, you should get to look nice sometimes too.  But at least you're not wearing those sweatpants with a ponytail ;)
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Freckleface Strawberry = Ahhhhmazing

There's something magical about sitting in a darkened theatre on Broadway.  The stage lights up, the first notes are played, and you become enraptured.  Growing up in NYC I never had a backyard, but I did get to experience the lights and glamor of Broadway and I can't wait to get to share these experiences with my daughter.

I was fortunate enough to have received tickets to see the Off-Broadway play Freckleface Strawberry based on the book by Julianne Moore of the same name.  I can't say enough good things about Freckleface Strawberry!  It's set at an elementary school where a cast of characters (nerd, popular girl, ballet girl, class clown, jock etc) all make fun of poor Strawberry because of her red hair and freckles.  Eventually Strawberry realizes that she is proud to be who she is and her classmates appreciate her differences.

This play has such a strong and positive message about how to cope with bullying and how to celebrate each other's differences.  Older kids, and even adults, will be able to connect with the deeper message of this story.  Younger kids will be enthralled with the music, sets and humor because dang is it funny!  I went with another teacher that I work with and we were thinking that it would make a fantastic field trip.

Ok so let's talk logistics.  I mentioned to my cousin Nicole that she should take her 2.5 year old daughter Daniella to go see the play and she was worried about her sitting for so long.  Here's the best part it's only 70 minutes long!  The theatre is very small and there were tons of kids so you don't need to worry about your little ones bothering anyone.  Freckleface Strawberry is showing at New World Stages which features an outdoor cafe and places to grab a quick bite.  And more importantly the price is right, using this discount code (FSBOOK810) you can get tickets as low as $35.  It could make a really great Christmas present.


So if you live within driving distance of New York City or are planning to be in the area, why not snag some tickets to go see Freckleface Strawberry?  If you do let me know how you like it and I'd be more than happy to publish your post.  You can get tickets by clicking any of the above links or by visiting www.frecklefacethemusical.com 

In keeping with FTC regulations I did receive 2 complimentary tickets to see Freckleface Strawberry the musical so that I could provide my honest opinions.  The views expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced in anyway now stop reading the fine print and go get yourself some tickets.  
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BOLO for A $20 CSN Giveaway

Want some le Creuset?  Want some toys and games?  Well stay tuned because there will be a $20 one time use Gift Card to CSN where you can find anything you are looking for.  And I mean anything.  Also, there will be a big slow down on reviews and giveaways here since I can't keep up now that I'm back to work so get in while the getting is good.  Although I'd probably never turn down a chance to work with CSN since I love them so.
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Guest Post: Is My Baby Too Young to Learn Signing?

I took a bunch of sign language classes when I was in college and had seriously considered getting my masters degree in deaf education, but ultimately went for my Special Ed degree. So when Misty Weaver, the chief editor Baby Sign Language, contacted me about a guest post on sign language I was all about it. Here it is and I hope you enjoy it.

Is My Baby Too Young To Learn Signing?

Is your baby too young to start to learn http://www.babysignlanguage.com/">Baby Sign Language ? The short answer is: No. You can start signing with your baby from birth – some moms even begin to learn the signs while baby is still in the womb! http://www.babysignlanguage.com/">Baby Signing is a great early activity for Mom and baby to do together, and a great way to make new friends during those sometimes lonely first few months. Because Mom needs to learn the signs first – and then repeat them lots and lots to baby – it doesn’t matter too much if your baby is very young when you first start signing. She will soon pick up the signs and eventually sign back to you.

When To Start Signing
The sooner you start signing to your baby the sooner she will begin to communicate. If you have an older baby, you can still begin to sign with her at any time. Even when your child has started to say a few simple words you may find that learning to sign helps her with her communication. But beginning when baby is young will give you a head start.

How To Start With Baby Sign Language
Pick a few simple signs, such as Mommy, Daddy and Milk, and use these signs over and over whenever you say the word or encounter the object. Repetition is really important, as is choosing signs which are interesting to your baby. Food and important people are great starter signs as they capture your baby’s interest right away. Use the sign and say the word clearly, with good eye-contact. With older babies you can also use flash cards to help if the object of the sign is not present.

When Will My Baby Start Signing?
Be patient and don’t expect your baby to start signing immediately. Encourage all her efforts at signing, even if you don’t recognize the sign baby is trying to make. Most babies over the age of six months will need about two months of exposure and repetition of a sign before they begin to use it. So if you start signing with your baby when she is seven months old, she will most likely be using one of your favorite signs by the age of nine months. Research shows, however, that the younger you start the sooner your baby will be signing back.

How To Develop A Baby’s Signing Vocabulary
When your baby has mastered her first signs you can begin to introduce new ones. It’s a good idea to stick to groups of similar ideas or objects when introducing something new, for example food signs, or colors, or animals. Remember, make it fun and repeat, repeat, repeat. Encourage all your baby’s efforts at making the signs. Only introduce a few new signs at a time, and continue with these for around two months.

Where Can I Find Resources To Help Me?
There are loads of resources online for you to use at home. Take a look here for free baby signing downloads and how-to video clips. Remember – have fun, repeat and encourage. These are your steps to success no matter how young your baby.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Confessions of a SAHM

The featured blogger this week is J from Confessions of a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) and I have to say that it's been intriguing for me to read her blog because this is a point of motherhood in which I have limited frame of reference since I'm a SAHM myself for 10 weeks in the summer and then it's back to the grind. J has two daughters under 3 and she's just as much of a luddite as I am. She struggles with trying to fit everything in. So if you're a SAHM and want to commiserate with someone who is on the front lines right along with you or if you're a working mom who wants to see what it's like on the other side, go and check out Confessions of a SAHM and tell her you found her here.

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

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

I Believe

...that Mrs. Trophy Wife from Exploits of a Military Mama and I were separated at birth and are really sisters.  We both have a love of wine, Anthropologie, and running.  Plus if we really were sisters I'd get to knock a few years off my age.

...in Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks on a crisp Fall morning.

...that there is humor in every situation.  Sometimes something is so sad that it becomes funny.  This is why at funerals after the initial cry, you'll see my family and I laughing to the point where it's obnoxious.  Humor has seen me through a lot of tough times.

...that spending an evening curled up in your pajamas, drinking wine, and watching reruns of Sex and The City is one hell of a good time.

...in souffled pumpkin pancakes enjoyed as a family for Sunday breakfast

...that sometimes no matter how much you love your friends and how close you were that circumstances, life issues, and time can lead you apart and even though when you do spend time together you may feel that closeness again, it might not ever be as it once was.

...in my freaky internet friends and our ability to band together when one of our own is struggling.

...in clean floors, sunny windows, and in stashing the clutter anywhere I can.

...that sights, sounds, and smells make a home.  There's nothing like waking up in the morning to the smell of coffee brewing, sizzling bacon, a laughing baby, and warm slippers.

...in lighting scented candles whenever the chance arises.

...in doing something selfish for yourself each week.  Maybe it's a mani/pedi, a night out with the girls, date night with the husband, a good book in a bubble bath.  You are worth the little moments that you carve out for yourself.

...in deep tissue massages, throw in some hot stones while you're at it.

...that sometimes the only way to deal with a full inbox is to hit delete.

Mrs. Trophy Wife over at Exploits of a Military Mama hosts the "I Believe" posts every week and this time she's asked us to link up with her and that makes me so happy because they are my fave.  So what do you believe in this week?  Link up.






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What Teachers Wished You Knew

Long before I was a mom I was a teacher.  I taught 2nd grade inclusion for 3 years, 3rd grade gifted for two years, and now I'm a reading teacher.  I will admit that the way I speak to parents after I joined the mommy club has changed.  I try to imagine that their little monster is my little monster.  How would I want someone to tell me that my daughter was struggling?  With the school year in full swing I thought I might give all you parents out there on some tips on how to deal with your child's teacher.


Your kid is not an angel.  As a teacher there is nothing more frustrating then trying to communicate to a parent that in one weeks time their kid stuck gum in another students hair, didn't do one homework assignment, and talks all day long and they look at me bewildered and say "Not my kid."  Yes, your kid I swear it.  Denying that your kid has behavioral issues is doing nothing to correct it.  Parents are also responsible for their children's behaviors.  So buying your kid a new DS game after I write you a sad note home is doing nothing for your child.

When your kid tells you that they don't have homework, they're probably lying.  

Sometimes when a child is having a really difficult time academically his/her teacher may suggest that they get tested for special services.  As a parent I can't imagine anything more devastating than hearing that my baby couldn't keep up with his class and may need specialized education, but the fact of the matter is that early intervention is the best way to support your children.  Sticking your head in the sand is a disservice.  

The cutest kids are usually the biggest pains in the ass.

Teachers do have favorites as well as ones that grate on their nerves, this is normal.  Showing this preference is not.  

Reading to your child is the best thing you can do for them.

Dunkin' Donuts Gift Cards are the single best gift you can give a teacher except a heartfelt thank you note.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

A Case of the Nevers

We're all wonderful parents before our kids are born.  We judge, we smugly say "That will never be my kid"but until that little bundle of shrieks joy comes into your life you never really know what your breaking point is.  I've learned at this point to never say never, but there are some "nevers" that I've clearly broken and some that I've held true to.

My Broken Nevers
1.  I will never let my kid eat sugar: Yeah, not so much.  I try to limit her sugar intake as much as possible but she totally had cake on her birthday and if it's a special occasion she can have a cookie or two.  You can call the sugar police because I'm guilty.

2.  I will ignore my child's tantrums so she learns how to behave properly: this is still probably the best way to handle a screaming/whining/pain in the ass toddler but when you're in the grocery story and everyone is staring sometimes if I throw a toy or a cookie (see above) at her it will get her to shut up long enough for me to strap her in the car seat and get her home.  I'm only hurting myself with this one in the long run but I'm ok with that.

3.  TV is the devil: A little TV never hurt anyone.  If I need to get dinner on the table or put sunscreen on her or change her diaper when she's rolling around like a lunatic I turn to my trusty friends the Wiggles and my new bff Dora.  If she does develop an unsightly case of ADD there's always Ritalin right?

4. She will be dressed to impressed everyday: I don't know what the hell I was thinking with this one.  Sure there are times I like her to be decked out and matchy matchy with a pretty hair bow, but honestly sometimes it's black stretchie pants and a T-shirt.  If it's raining sometimes we just stay in our jammies all day.  After the I get my ROR from the sugar police the fashion police can pick me up.

My Never Broken Nevers
1.  She will never sleep in the bed with us:  She's never slept with us.  I'm not willing to give up my sleep  or my, um, private time with my husband.  I've been romanced by the notion of midnight snuggles with my baby girl, especially since I don't get to spend as much time with her as I'd like during the week, but I sleep like a tornado and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  She's happy in her crib and I'm happy that she's there.

2.  She will have manners:  Ok, so I can't say for sure if this is true yet but I've never given up on trying to instill manners in my little monster.  Before she could speak I always modeled "please and thank you" and now that she can talk she always says "peese", but we're still working on thank you.  If she could only stop stealing her poor cousin's sippy cup she'd be a very polite little lady.

What are your nevers?  Have you broken them?
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Childcare Woes

Since my mom is going through chemo and isn't strong enough to take care of Isabella we've had to seriously consider our childcare options since she was Isabella's main care giver while Andy and I worked. We are very fortunate that Andy has a rotating schedule so he has time off during the week where he can watch her and my sister is wonderfully forfeiting her two days off (Monday and Tuesday) to watch her. But we're still short 5 days a month and since I'm assuming it would be illegal to throw a sippy cup and a bowl of cheerios on the floor and let her fend for herself on those days we had to look into day care.

We went to a bunch but have ultimately decided on Children of America. It fits in with our budget, I loved the director, and I really liked her teachers and the room she would be in and it is equipped with webcams. So if any of you have any insights on Children of America, good, bad, first, or second hand I'd really appreciate it.

So intellectually I know that millions of parents use day care and that she'll have fun socializing with other kids and will engage in fun group projects but emotionally this is tearing me apart. What if she gets scared in the middle of the day and wonders where I am? What if she won't nap on those little cots? What if she cries? What if they're mean to her? What if she feels abandoned? I'm really very nervous about it and we don't start until November so I have several weeks for my fears to grow. I think I'm going to go back and take another look around just because in my mind it's slowly morphing from a bright, sunny school to a dungeon when I know that's not the case, well intellectually I know that's not the case.

There's also the money situation. Andy and I had a budget all set up that we would be saving $300 a month for a bigger house so that we could hopefully be out of our townhouse and into a bigger home in a few years and then we could start trying to have another baby. Well now all of that extra money has to go to day care. Additionally, since Andy will be watching her during the week as well, he can't pick up any overtime shifts on weekdays, only on weekends which will be cutting into our family time. But what can we do? With money going out on day care we can't turn down overtime shifts since that's the only way we can pad our savings.

It's just a shitty situation all around. If you guys could share your day care experience or if you have any tips on helping with the transition I'd love to hear it.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Wholesale Keychain Review


Wholesale Keychains sent me a lovely Digital Keychain for me to review. I've had run ins with digital keychains before and to be honest they've always kind of scared me. They usually come with a 3 inch thick instruction manual, a CD-Rom, and a whole bunch of wires. If the instructions are bigger than the device I usually just throw in the towel and make myself a sandwich. But this time was different. There was just a leaflet and a USB cable. Surely I could figure this out.

It was no problem, even for me who is a complete Techno idiot. It worked on my mac and after only a few clicks and once four letter word I figured it out no problem. Now I can take pictures of my family with me wherever I go. I really like how it shows the pictures in a slide show. All in all I was very happy with this keychain. If you would like to purchase one you can see their many options by visiting www.wholesalekeychains.com

In order to provide my honest opinions I received a free digital keychain. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone. They were not influenced in any way.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Life as We Know It with Two Twinkies and a Tater Tot

To say that I am excited to feature Heather from Life as We Know it with Two Twinkies and a Tater Tot for this week's featured Little Guy Blogger would be an understatement. I've been a follower of Heather's for a while and I can't imagine how it would be to have a two year old at home and then find out I was expecting twins. Now her life is a three ring circus as she cares for twin girls and her son, but this blessed mama wouldn't have it any other way. She's also a teacher so her mothering duties don't stop at home. So go and show Heather some comment love and follow if you love her as much as I do. Let her know you found her through me.

Remember it feels great when you see a new comment or follower to your blog so bring that happiness to someone else today.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

It's Important

...to remember where you came from. If you've moved on and up in your career, blog, social circle, whatever don't drink the kool aid. Remember what it was like when you started at zero. Show kindness to those left to fill your shoes.

...to pick up the phone every so often. The sound of a friends laughter is way more connecting than an "lol" over a screen.

...to be grateful everyday, even when you're faced with one shit storm after another. I'm not talking about the big things, obviously we're grateful for our kids, home, family, health, etc. I mean the small things like getting a spot close to the entrance of the mall or hearing your favorite song on the radio or remembering you have an umbrella in your trunk when it starts to rain. There are little joys in even the shittiest of days.

...to carve out a few moments of quiet just for yourself. Whether you take 5 minutes to meditate, or want to enjoy a hot cup of coffee on a chilly Fall morning on the deck or sip a glass of wine on the stoop wrapped in a blanket at the end of the day. Do it.

...to declutter. Every object in your home takes away some of your time. If you don't absolutely love it, toss it or donate it. Life is too short to be spent dusting knick knacks that you hate just because your Dear Aunt Sally gave them to you.

...to be kind. Everyone just wants to feel like someone understands them in this crazy, chaotic world.

...to give credit where credit is due. This post was inspired by the "I Believe" posts over at Exploits of a Military Mama

What is important to you?

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Friday, September 17, 2010

My Stint As a Stay At Home Mom

I'm a working mom. I've written ad nauseum on the ups and downs of bringing home the bacon. Well, half the bacon. But for 10 glorious weeks each year (plus holidays and recesses) I get to stay home with Isabella. It really does give me the best of both worlds, but this summer was exponentially different than last summer.

Last summer my child was a screaming, sleep fighting, little blob who for the duration of her waking hours was hell bent on spitting up or pooping on me. This summer was way better. There was still screaming and sleep fighting but it was less annoying. Perhaps because it's way more infrequent and because she's like a billion times cuter. But it didn't all come up roses.

There were some days where I honestly thought I was going to lose my mind and I seriously considered moving her bedtime up from 7 pm to 3 pm in an attempt to keep the few marbles I have left. Some days she woke up early, napped quickly, tossed entire meals onto the floor, flipped out over every little thing. There were some days that I honestly didn't know how I would make it through. I was tired, angry, frustrated, and at a loss at what to do and what I had done to create such a monster.

But then there were days where she slept late, napped long, ate her veggies, played nicely, gave out tons of hugs and kisses, and soaked up all of our adventures. I wanted to bottle up those days; never let them go. I was completely present and completely happy in my life.

Most days were a mix of the two, with some highs and some lows. Now that I'm full throttle back into work I really miss the lazy mornings, playing with bubbles on the deck, swimming in the pool, evening walks and play dates. I'm not going to miss the tantrums, the diaper changes that required me to build up my upper arm strength to hold her down.

I love my job and I love my daughter so I'm glad I get to have both. I'm just upset that my mom isn't well enough to watch her yet. My sister is covering the days that Andy works but by November we'll need to look into part time day care. We're short 6 days a month and there's no other options. That I'm sure will need a post all on it's own.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

When Your Boss Reads Your Blog

There are a handful of people in real life who read my blog (Hi Nicole, Jasmine, Regina, Michelle, and Teresa) because apparently my e-friends have much better taste in on-line literature then my IRL ones. One of them is my boss. Now to answer what I'm sure is your first question, no I didn't walk up to my boss and give her the URL to my blog because that would have truly been asshattery at its finest.

Through a random chain of events, one of those ladies went from being an out of classroom pull out teacher working with 4th graders on test prep to becoming my assistant principal. But it gets better, I have been plucked from the classroom to fill her shoes, so when she observes me she'll probably be thinking, "That's not how it's done bitch." However, there's still more to the story. I've known her for years. We went to the same grammar school (different years) and our mom's worked together. She's the one who handed in my resume in the first place.

Now in all honesty, I very rarely discuss my job on my blog so there's very little chance of any conflict of interest or any other big words that might cause a pain in my ass. But, what if she sees me at a faculty meeting and is thinking about the fact that I have hemorrhoids or that sometimes I want to lock my child outside to get away from her incessant tantruming. What if she passes by me in the hallway and giggles at my pathetic attempts to get my kid to eat her veggies?

She's professional, and one tough cookie, so I think she'll be able to at least hold her laughter and mocking in until she's behind closed doors!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Diamond Earring Review

Ok let's just start off by saying that these earrings aren't real diamonds (could you imagine) but they sure are purdy. They are square and sparkly and I've worn them out on several occasions. They're not too big and gaudy, but classy and tasteful. And while they probably wouldn't get mistaken for the real deal, they do look beautiful on. If you're interested in a pair you can visit www.diamondearrings.org

In order to provide my honest opinions I received a free pair of earrings. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone. They were not influenced in any way.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Monday Morning

This week's featured Little Blogger is Teresa from Monday Morning. Teresa is an actual real life friend of mine. She's been my little sister, Meaghan's bff since grammar school (I have the blackmail pictures to prove it) but over the past 5 years or so she's meshed into one of my closests friends as well. Teresa has a great sense of style, she's smart, sassy, and has some really great stories about boyfriends and dating. She manages to be both quick witted and dopey at the same time. She has a great post about Dragging Ass in regards to fitness. She's a real riot so go and show my girlie some love, tell her I sent you. Remember that supporting each other builds community. And she helped me out this week big time by writing a guest post for me.

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

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Guest Blogging with Monday Morning

Since I've been back to work, which I'm going to be writing about just as soon as I pull my head out of my ass, I've been really busy and am having a bit of difficulty easing into my routine. Never one to have people suffer at my expense, Teresa from Monday Morning has offered to write up a guest post for you to enjoy. Teresa and I are friends in real life and have known each other for the better part of 2 decades. You can read more about Teresa by visiting her blog and reading her guest post.

***This post does come with a warning. Teresa is a lovely young girl who went to Catholic school her entire life but, God love her, has the mouth of a truck driver so just be careful who is looking over your shoulder.**

Holy Shit-balls Batman, I’m a guest blogger. How the hell did this happen?!

I guess I’ll start by introducing myself… I’m Teresa from Monday Morning and I use my blog to write about disagreeable topics that will make you love me, or hate me. Either way, I’m fucking happy. So let get right to it….

A few friends and myself are heading to Las Vegas the end of September. As much as I want to say we’ll be four wild and crazy single ladies living it up in Sin City, we’re not all single. Actually, all but one is currently in a relationship.

My fried D, who is coming to Vegas, calls me the other day to tell me that her boyfriend’s dumb ass friends are giving him shit about ‘allowing’ her go to Vegas. WHAT?! Where the fuck do these assholes come off?!

I mean, honestly, lets all use 100% of our brainpower here. If I have nights out with my girl friends right here in NYC without my boyfriend, what’s the difference if I go out with my girl friends in Vegas? If I really wanted to cheat on my boyfriend I don’t need to go all the way to Vegas to do it. There are equally hot pieces of ass right where I live, I don’t need to spend $600 to fly to the other end of the country. And any nerd that thinks The Hangover is the accurate portrayal of Las Vegas then I’m going to safely assume your dumb enough to think Spiderman is building spider webs in the middle of Manhattan right now.

On the other hand, I know why men don’t think that we can go out and have a Dick free night. When they go out all they think about is Vagina and how they are going to get it and bring it home later. Therefore they can’t believe that when we go out we’re not always on the hunt for Dick. Women don’t think about Dick 24 hours 7 days a week. Seriously, we would rather shop and talk about shoes then be concerned about where to find the nearest Dick all the time.

Temptation is everywhere! Right in your town, in your grocery store, possibly right the fuck next door. What can you do about it?! Absolutely nothing. There is nothing you can do people! Therefore let your girlfriend travel half across the world, or let your husband go to the raunchy bachelor party, because cheating is a state of mind it’s not about location.

I thought this was obvious but apparently not. Don’t worry that’s why I’m here to share the common sense that I was blessed with.

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I would also like to acknowledge that today is September 11th and I would like to remember all the lives that were touched so many years ago.

"So bless New York's finest, our angels in blue.
Giving us hope and helping us through.
And bless New York's bravest, the FDNY, giving their sweat and their tears and their lives.

And bless all the medics and our troops overseas,
And the guys in the hardhats removing debris.
Bless the everyday people who answered the call.
Bless those who gave some, and those who gave all.

And bless all the souls who left us this year.
You may be gone, but you'll always be here. "

Shilelagh Law

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Goals, Revisited

At the beginning of the summer I created some goals for myself. You can read the entire post HERE but here are the highlights.

So, by Labor Day I would like to have 300 followers on my blog. I know you're not supposed to get wrapped up in numbers but I'm not that enlightened yet. This I have accomplished and then some. I'm so thankful to have found such a supportive community of followers who inspire me right back with their own blogs.

I'm gonna throw in 100 twitter followers, although I'm not exactly what you would call a "Twitteratti" but whatev. Closing in on 200 which is great since I'm such a Twitter slacker.

I would like to be at my goal weight of 120-125 pounds (I do much better with a range). I'm giving myself a lot of leeway with this one since I currently weigh about 135, so I think giving myself 3+ months to lose 10-15 pounds is reasonable and healthy. Ummm, FAIL! I'm currently about 130 so I missed the boat by 5-10 pounds le sigh.

I would like to enroll in one of those Little Gym or Gymboree classes. I can't do it during the school year because there are hardly any classes available on the weekends, I'm guessing they keep it free for parties. I think it would be so much fun to do one of those together. Another FAIL. We just were having so much fun at the pool, play dates, and day trips that we didn't get to do this. Maybe in the Fall I'll try and go to one of the early morning classes. They're just so expensive.

I'd like to take a photography class. I have this schmancy pants Nikon camera and no fricken clue how to use it properly. Another FAIL, although in my own defense, I wrote the original post before my mom got sick. I definitely wouldn't have had child care to go take a photog class.

I would like to win a giveaway. Now I realize that in order for this to happen I actually have to enter a giveaway. So maybe I'm going to change this goal to "enter giveaway" I have won two giveaways! Score!

So I'm running about 50/50 with my goals which is ok I guess but I'd like to push myself a bit harder. So here are my upcoming goals that I'd like to have established before the new year.

1. I would really like to get to my goal weight of 120-125. I know if I just exercise a bit more will power I'll be able to do it.

2. I would like to try the one free class offered by Gymboree.

3. I would like to insist upon one free afternoon without Isabella to do whatever I want while Andy watches her

4. I would like to host a dinner party for my best girlfriends complete with a theme based menu

5. I'd like to make more of an effort to call my friends on the phone and spend more time with them and have them spend more time with Isabella.

Hopefully I'll do better than half this time around.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Freckleface Strawberry Discount Code

This might be the coolest thing to happen to me since I started blogging and if you're in the NY tri-state area, or planning on visiting or driving up anytime soon, it could be awesome for you too!

Freckleface Strawberry is an off-Broadway play that is based on the best selling book written by Julianne Moore. Now it is becoming a musical that centers around a young girl who will do anything to rid herself of her freckles and red hair so that she can be just like everybody else.

I will be seeing the play on September 25th and I'm here to offer you a discount code for you to use on any performance. Tickets may be as low as $35! That is for sure worth a trip.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE and here is the discount code FSBOOK810

Hope you're able to enjoy this family friendly musical! Maybe I'll see you there!

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Featured Little Blogger: Random Acts of Brackett

This week's featured Helping the Little Guy blogger is Lindsey from Random Acts of Brackett. She's a working mom; a teacher so you know she works hard. She has three absolutely adorable daughters with even cuter "isms". Lindsey may be one random mama who doesn't have it all figured out but she loves chicken and I love her blog. Go and visit her and tell her that you found her through the Little Guy Project. By supporting the Little Bloggers you will not only be supporting bloggers who need it but also increase your own readership. So why not take a few seconds and lend a helping hand.

If you want to be featured on this project just send me an e-mail and I will add you to the list.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Deceptively Delicious

This post is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form. In fact I'm pretty sure that Jessica Seinfeld is going about her life happily oblivious to my existence. However, I am not oblivious to hers since she up and married a celebrity and decided to write a cook book on how to fool our kids into eating their veggies.

I mentioned in an earlier post that Isabella is The Pickiest Eater and I needed to do something about it because, "she doesn't like veggies" just wasn't cutting it for me anymore. So on recommendation I picked up her book Deceptively Delicious and I have to say that it's been a really good investment.

Basically she gives you a ton of recipes that you add in veggie purees in to make your kid eat them. I've tried out nearly half the recipes and I love most of them. The muffins and desserts are the easiest I think because the flavor of the veggies is masked really well. Isabella has decided that she will no longer eat chicken but I still try to offer it to her regularly so maybe she'll get used to it. Sometimes she will just suck off the breading or the sauce which is where the veggies are hidden anyway so I'm fine with that.

Some of the recipes I couldn't get quite right, like the rice balls or the mozzarella sticks that just kind of fell flat in the pan, but overall I'm very happy.

I still offer her veggies so that she can see that we eat them and that they are a part of our meals. Sometimes she eats them and sometimes she doesn't but getting in healthy meals has become a lot easier. Now if someone would just write a book telling me how to get her to stop throwing her food off of her high chair and onto the floor...

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Friday, September 3, 2010

And the Winner Is...

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A Case of the Particulars

Lately I've noticed some behaviors in Isabella that if I noticed in an adult I would immediately assume that they had OCD and should be medicated. However, since she's just a wee peanut I'm going with she has a case of the particulars.

For example, there was an out and out meltdown the other day and for the life of me I couldn't figure out why. Until she knocked down her green sippy cup from the table and then she was happy as a clam. You see she didn't want her pink sippy cup, she needed to have her green one.

Then she does this thing with her animal figurines. She has to arrange them so that they are all standing up in a straight line. If one of them falls over, she very calmly fixes it so that it's upright. Then she knocks them all down and starts over.

When she's in her high chair she'll separate her fruits; red on one side and blue on the other. Cheeses or carbs usually go in the middle. If she's eating something on the floor she dumps it off of her plate and then puts it back on and then dumps it out again before she eats it. Every time. She's a character my kid. I'd love to know what's going on in her baby brain.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Summing Up Summer

Summer isn't technically over yet, but I'm starting to get sick of the heat and I'm preparing to go back to work (with a new top secret assignment, but more on that another day). There are no more upcoming vacations to be enjoyed, we're preparing for our Labor Day BBQ, the last of the season and I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming Fall and Winter festivities and their respective wardrobes. It's been a difficult summer since my mom's been sick but its also been a wonderful summer. I've loved staying home with Isabella. Here are some highlights that sum up my summer.

Lots and lots of pool time
Country Fair
Petting zoo
I made time for a few girls night's out
Sesame Place

Pretty party dresses

Dinners out sans baby
Getting some rays

First time at the ocean

It's been a fantastic summer and I'm sad to see it go but am also excited to start back at work and for Halloween and cool weather and Fall clothes! Thanks for sharing in this summer with me.

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