Saturday, May 30, 2009

Last Day for Summer Block Party!

Hey everyone, make sure you check out the Summer Block Party ending tonight. The host blogs are:

Look What Mom Found
Life in a House of Blue
The Mom Buzz
Playdate Picks
As They Grow Up

And they're giving away great prizes, but it ends tonight, so get over there and throw your name in the hat! The prizes are from great sponsors like Casio, Revolution Foods, Cuisinart, Boob-eez, Victoria P Zurcher, Protect-a-Bub, Kushies, Kokopax, Pediped,, and Mutsy! There's even more than that, but as I'm busting my butt to get in a bunch of entries tonight, I've run out of steam :)

Also, make sure you hit up, we've won $100 in cashcards from them so far! Sweeties Sweeps has a great tutorial, check out her button on my side bar.

Oh, and this is a freebie - go to Pacific Rim winery to get the "Save Water, Drink Reisling" grocery tote for free! No catch, I just did it :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Giveaways Ending 5/29

So, I'm a bit of a sucker for bath goodies, i heart handmade is giving away a felted soap gift package from Persnickety Pelican. Check it out!

Also, I AM a cloth diapering mama, so have to send love to Your Mama Reviews (I love her giveaways!) for offering a set of Apple Cheeks cloth diapers!

Kind of -love- everything Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous does, so here's another giveaway from her - a gift basket with a candle, lotion and soap from Simply Pure Soy Candles and More.

Peanut Butter and Smelly is giving away a pair of New Balance shoes (ARV $100!).

J Leigh Designz
is giving away a free Microplane box grater. As a cheese fanatic, I NEED this!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Little Bit of This 'n That

So, regarding the puppy that I fell in love with - we went to go 'foster' it on Saturday, but somebody had beat us to it.  Nothing else at the shelter really caught our eye, until they brought out this little lab mix (maybe boston terrier in there?) that was just weeks old.  We brought her home and we've had fun with her the last few days, but it has cemented in my mind that as long as I still have TWO in diapers, adding a whole extra load of poop is such a bad idea.  YEACH!  So, tomorrow we'll take her back.  We've loved having her, and my in-laws really loved her, so I wouldn't be surprised if they pick her up and keep her after we return her.  We were glad to be able to love on her and play with her, I'm sure it beats being cooped up in a little pen for a long weekend.

This is me being TOTALLY okay with not having an adorable little puppy.


Yes, yes, I think I'll be just fine.

On another note, I won a contest!  I got a g Kissr lip gloss set from Natural Mommie.  There are six in the set, they are all fair trade and sound deliciously amazing, so I'm really excited to get them :)  I love that they consider them 'flavors' rather than 'scents' - don't you hate nasty tasting gloss that only -smells- like you could eat it?

And, on to my final note:

All of my girlfriends have been getting fake eyelashes.  What's up with that?  Is it a new trend that I've totally missed?  Do you wear fake eyelashes?  What's wrong with good old fashioned mascara that you don't change out until you realize your wand is completely hardend?  Harumph.  Everyone has big ole' bambi eyes but me.  But anyways, all that to say, I ran across a contest for LashFood over at Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous that would do me good.   I'd kind of love to not have to go to the extra effort of gluing hair to my face, so winning this would be pretty fantastic!

If you're feeling chatty, tell me about your memorial day weekend :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Giveaways ending 5/24

Who doesn't love Baskin Robins?! Enter here to win a $200 gift card for your favorite ice cream!

Win CVS Pharmacy facial prducts from The Makeup Divas!

The Makeup Divas are also giving away a Scandle scented body candle! Oh, I want!

Too cute! Feisty, Frugal and Fabulous is giving away a pair of Bugaloo shoes!

Wow, uber fashionable diaper bag at The Shopping Mama and Etsy it Up by Chouette by Cosette!

Your choice of handbags from Handbag Heaven being given away by Fairy Blog Mother!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bloggy Help

Hey, I'm totally new to blogging and would love any tips to make my site more user friendly. If you have any tips or tricks, please share!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rocks & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

Do you remember that time in your baby's development when they're teething and want to nurse but can't seem to remember how. Chomp. Chomp. It's been two days and it still hurts every time he nurses. I was ready to magically wean him right then and there, but am trying to remember that he was just hurting and it was an accident. Ouch! Oh my goodness, ouch!!

Okay - moving on, not that I couldn't go on for several more paragraphs about the degree of unhappiness that brought me, but I doubt in the interest level of such stories.

This week I took Kitt (yeah, that's a good nic-name for her), my two and half year old, to the animal shelter to get her a puppy fix, because oh my goodness does that girl go crazy every time she thinks she heard a dog bark a mile away. She was ecstatic! I am not particularly an 'animal' person, I'm not an animal hater, just one of those people that isn't really sure what to do with a smelly hairy thing panting in my face begging for attention. But, I have to say, I fell in love a little with a little black schnauzer with white toes and white spots on his belly. Darling! If he's still there on Saturday we're going to take him in to 'foster' care, which is in pet speak a trial run on whether you want them or not.

I'm not completely crazy - I'm not just picking out a puppy because it stole my heart and so diving in headfirst based on my emotional impulse stemming from 'well aren't you the cutest thing ever?!'. I mean, I don't think that's it at least, or he'd be here right now... right? My husband IS a dog person and in the almost 5 years of marriage has lamented regularly that he misses having one around.

For you parents who are pet owners, what's your experience with them? I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old. Am I crazy for considering it? I have to add that my 9 month old, lets call him Mac, is a fearless little thing that is already turning into an adrenaline junkie (cruising, crawling on top of boxes, throwing himself at things - seriously, nine months? I had so much more time with Kitt). I'd love your thoughts. I'm really trying to convince myself that this is not an emotional decision based on an irrelevant cuteness factor.

Dang, I'm really trying hard.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Days Like This Don't Happen For Me


A dozen days of tantrums and challenges and then a break in the clouds.

Today the kids:

Woke up too early, but then blessedly fell back asleep.
Left me alone while I made breakfast.

Then Mac napped while Kitt and I:

Went to the park and played.
Met a new mommy (who happens to own the gymnastics studio that Kitt is on the waiting list for) and friend for Kitt.
Looked at puppies and kitties at the animal shelter.

Insert brief meltdown here because we left said shelter.

... but then I got home and we:

Had lunch.
Went for a walk on this beautiful day.
Took naps.

Oh my goodness, seriously - heaven!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A Day in the Life

As I've stated in my profile, I'm kind of an excitable person. High energy. This has many obvious perks, but is somewhat challenging in relation to how excitable my two year old can get. Yeah genetics... y-e-a-h. She's all around darling and sweet, but just a teensy bit aggressive when it comes to getting attention from, well, absolutely anything with eyes. Puppies, her little brother, friends (well, those other little short people she runs around with - does she have a sense of 'friendship' yet?) - yeah and anything taller than my knee too.

I can remember being a little, um, socially aggressive? Is that the word I want to use? I'm very extroverted and need people to feel alive and well, and I swear she really is my clone (in every single way). This is why people don't marry themselves, it's impossible for me to deal with the 'me' in her. When she melts down because she's tired I think to myself 'yeah, I'd scream like that too', when she needs snack and she needs it now - I get that. But boy am I, er, I mean, is she ever exhausting!

The thought of taking her all raw and new and waiting to be impressed upon and realizing that I'm the one responsible for molding her is just terrifying. It I teach someone how to -be- and that person is starting with a lot of the same basic material as me - aren't I recreating a mini-me? Oh, terrifying. How can I work out the kinks? How can I teach her the life lessons that I missed along the way when I'm still lacking so much?


So this is why they say parenting is hard.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Contests worth entering - ending 5/18

Steals and Deals is offering Good For You Girls skincare which is skin care actually for young girls!

Oh dear, I AM a bit of a nerd, so of course I entered to win a Caprica DVD... It's the prequel to Battlestar Galactica.

Disney Umbrella Stroller giveaway from The Full Mommy.

Win $75 towards fun baby/toddler Zutano clothes from Catch the Drift.

Lipgloss Break is giving away an AMAZING looking lavender facial set from Daybreak Lavender Farms

Too cute little girl's swimwear from being given away by The Mud Bug

My First -Tangible- Prize!

I just heard back that I won the Shi Shu baby blanket from Life Staring Ellie and Eve! I entered it at the last minute yesterday. I'll post more about what you can enter by the end of today so that you can win some swag too!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blog giveaways Ending 5/14

If you can get in on this now, here are some blog contests ending today! is giving away free Aurora photo editing software from

Simply Stacie is giving away a free necklace of your choice from Abella Galleries

Something Snappy is giving away organic Kiss My Face products for kids.

The Opinionated Parent is giving away four bottles of Spa Sister's lotions.

Your Mama is giving away a bottle of Lavender Hydrosol from Aromatics International

Have you Heard is giving away a $50 giftcard to Molla Space - not a lot of entries, good chances!

Kindred Spirit Reviews is giving away your choice of nursing tops from Glamour Mom - I kind of love this product and want one very very badly!

Sweeps to change my life

I recently started on a sweepstakes rampage. I'm driven to enter anything and everything that I come across that doesn't require a blood sample or my first born. In the week that I've done this I've already won my first prize, a $20 cash card from in a sweeps I heard about through Sweeties Sweeps which I kind of love. As a stay-at-home mom, this gives me a little diversion during nap time and hopefully, one day, we'll win something that'll make life just a little more luxurious. I mean, if I keep at, odds are more will come my way!

So, this is just a place for people that are looking for sweepstakes and contests. I'll post things that I stumble across for you to check out. If you win, I'd love to hear about it! Nothing like a little vicarious living!

Enjoy, I'll have more to update as I go!