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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday: Cleaning Tips

Happy Tuesday everyone! Tomorrow will be December 1st and to say I’m freaking out is a little bit of an understatement. Yikes! Where has the time gone?

Today I’m participating in Top 2 Tuesday, hosted by Taylor of The Undomestic Momma. Don’t forget Taylor is this week’s featured blogger in my Ask A Mom series. Send me your questions!

Today’s topic is:

Top 2 Cleaning & Organization Tips or Tricks

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a cleaning tip, but it does make your house smell good. Did you know you can use tuna cans as tart warmers? I know it sounds gross, but it works better than any candle or tart warmer that I’ve ever tried. You’ll need an electric candle warmer, a CLEAN AND EMPTY tuna can (remove the paper), and a tart. Pop the tart in the tuna can and enjoy!

I know you are thinking that I am so white trash, but a friend told me this was the secret to her amazing smelling house, and I had to try. I’m a total convert now! However, the tuna can is less than impressive so when others come over I stash it away.

Please consider donating your unused items to Goodwill. I’m not sure if you know this, but Goodwill employs individuals with special needs. In fact, a lot of my clients are able to have jobs and make money because Goodwill gives them the chance to get out of the house and work. Goodwill also does job training and placements for individuals with disabilities. Your donations make this possible!

That’s all I’ve got, unfortunately. I’m not really much of a cleaner. Cleaning is something I do when people are coming over. How about you?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Nothing Says “Merry” like a Peppermint Wreath

I’ll be running around like a crazy person this week attempting to get my handmade Christmas gifts completed. Until I have those to share, I thought I’d re-post some of my favorite Christmas crafts of seasons past. I hope you enjoy!

I made this peppermint wreath for my office door. We were having a door decorating contest and this was just part of my door concept. I think peppermint wreaths are gorgeous, and they are really easy to make. (If you don’t drop it and shatter all the peppermints. I had to make this wreath twice.) However… please use safety when using hot glue guns. This wreath gave me a third degree burn on my ankle and I now have a lovely scar.

These glittered ornaments are super easy to make. Thin out a little glue with water. Pop off the cap of the ornament, and pour some glue inside. Shake and roll to coat the inside with glue. Then pour in a little glitter and shake until the inside is covered.

I love my initial wreath. It stays on the inside of my front door full time, minus the floral additions I add for Christmas.

This santa pot would be perfect for neighbor or teacher’s gifts. Fill it with treats or goodies from Target’s $1 spot and you’re good to go!

Here’s a fun Christmas craft to do with your children! The snowmen and snow ornaments are easy and very inexpensive to make.

These coasters are a great co-worker gift. Package up four, tie together with a pretty bow, and call it a day!

Are you making any handmade gifts this Christmas?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I’m Thankful

One thing I am very guilty of is getting so busy and caught up in my life and my problems that I don’t stop to think of my blessings or others’ struggles. This month I’ve really tried to open my eyes to the struggles of others and pray for them. I’m also making sure that I give thanks to God everyday for the blessing he has bestowed me. It’s really changed my attitude and I encourage you to try to focus on gratitude in your life.

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I am so very thankful for this boy. He has changed my life for the better. I want to be a better person because he is in my life.

I am thankful for his health. Having a child has definitely opened my eyes to all the health problems that others face. I’m very thankful Jason’s heart palpitations turned out to be nothing serious. I’m thankful that we have excellent insurance. Thank you, God, for our good health.

We lost my grandfather earlier this year, and his death has made me realize how blessed I was to grow up with two sets of grandparents. I’ve lost two uncles, a cousin, my grandfather, and a woman who was like a mother to me. I am THANKFUL they were in my life, however short of a time it was. I am a better person for having known them.

I’m grateful that Jason and I both have jobs. I’m thankful we have a home, cars, and food on the table. Many do not.

I’m thankful that we are within driving distance of my family. We spent 4 years on the west coast and I spent many holidays alone, without my family or Jason to celebrate with. I’m thankful I can hop in my car and go home any time I want.

I’m thankful for YOU! Thank you for coming by my blog and reading my thoughts. I am blessed to know you.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Did you know dolphins are just gay sharks?

You get points if you know where the blog title comes from. 

How’s your week going? I’m rushing around like a crazy woman, trying to get a million things done today. Daycare is closed so I am not working today, and I have a bajillion loads of laundry to wash a fold, a kitchen to clean, a closet to organize, Christmas gifts to make…. oh, it stresses me out just thinking about it. I want a margarita and a Xanax, stat.

I have so many things I want to blog about today. First of all, do you remember me mentioning that I bought the Fisher Price Little People Nativity for Cooper? It is at Target on sale for $14 less now. I decided to be smart and take it back to get the difference… only it wasn’t that easy. I told the salesgirl it was a gift (so I could get the money back on a gift card, versus a credit on my credit card (because it takes forever for credits to post to my bank account)) and returned it. Then I went back to pick up another nativity from the toy section – and they were sold out! I had to go back to the salesgirl and tell her I did want it after all. She looked at me with eyes of judgment, which I really hate. This is why lying is bad, y’all.

Speaking of Target, they have little wooden toys in the dollar spot that would make perfect stocking stuffers. I got Cooper a railroad car just to keep him from pitching a hissy fit in the store (I know! bad me!) and he is obsessed with it. They have fire trucks, police cars, and more so I’m going to stock up for stocking stuffers.

Are y’all doing Black Friday shopping? It’s a tradition for me and my mom, but I’m not sure how it is going to work now that I have Cooper. I’m not crazy about taking him out into those crowds. Since I did shop for 10 hours straight last BF (at 30 weeks pregnant!) I figure it would be lame not to go this year. I have two people to buy for, so it isn’t a necessity, but I just really want to go for the experience. I love me a good deal!

My husband is such a strange bird. He says the weirdest things, and he thinks they are compliments. Yesterday he grabbed my thigh and said “look at that juicy side of beef!” I looked at him and horror and he said “what? I like beef.” Sigh.

I’m taking a week off from Ask A Mom, but it will be back on December 3rd with Taylor from The Undomestic Momma! I just love Taylor’s blog. She’s a fashionista, a mommy, a master diy-er, and more. I first “met'” Taylor by participating in Top 2 Tuesday on her blog. Taylor is experiencing some health problems right now (she has Lupus, Chron’s disease, and Raynaud’s disease) and is currently going through chemo. I am really looking forward to hearing more about her life and how she keeps such a strong and hopeful spirit. What questions do you have for Taylor? Please submit questions!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ask A Mom: Tatertots & Jello

Confession: sometimes I feel so utterly clueless as a mom. Do you? Are there times when you ask yourself “what the heck am I supposed to do now?” or “how should I handle this?” As much as I love Google, there is no amount of books or reading that can truly prepare you for motherhood. Some of the things you learn are learned “on the job.” A lot of the things I’ve learned, I’ve gained from other mothers.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have a lot of “in real life” mommy friends. Most of the women I interact with IRL have older children or no children. When I have questions, I turn to my lovely blogging friends, my readers, and my Twitter buddies. I decided to start this new series – Ask A Mom – because I know there are other moms out there like me. I believe we all have questions, and we all could stand to learn a little from other people.

Ask A Mom will feature a weekly interview with a featured blogger. I’ll announce the blogger on Mondays, and you’ll have a couple of days to submit any questions you’d like to ask that blogger. (You can also ask questions in the comment section.) On Friday, I’ll post the interview.

This week’s interview features Jenn from Tatertots & Jello!

The beautiful and talented Jenn

I’ve been reading Jenn’s blog for about two years now. Jenn is a true blogging success story – she started out small, and has grown into a readership of over 7000! Tatertots & Jello features Jenn’s own amazing craft projects and transformations, and also features projects from other readers. Jenn is so very creative and talented, and I’m amazed at all she manages to do with 4 children. When I decided to start this series, I immediately knew I wanted to interview Jenn. I needed to know how she does it!

My favorite Jenn project: Cupcake Liner Wreath

So, without further adieu…. how does she do it?!

Tell me a little bit about your family.

Jeff and I have been married for 20 years. I still can't believe it!! We have 4 kids. Our oldest is a son, Nick who is 16, then a daughter Hayley who is 14, then another daughter Hannah who is 11 and our youngest child Ella who is almost 6.

What's a typical day like in your household?

A typical day starts off with getting my two oldest up at about 5:30. They are actually really good about getting up. My daughter has a religious class before school so she leaves about 6:30 each morning. My son leaves at 7:30 and then I get the two younger kids up and get their breakfast. My 6th grader leaves about 8:30. Then it's just Ella and I for the morning. We usually hang around in the mornings. I do email and she plays, or sometimes watches tv while I do email. I know -- I am a terrible mom :) She goes to school at 1 in the afternoon, then I have 2 hours to either run errands or work on a project for my blog. At 3 the kids start coming home and then it's chaos until about 10 at night. I do most of my project between 10 and 2 in the morning - lol. It's hard to work them in sometimes.

What would you say your personality is as a mother? Are you easygoing, the disciplinarian, the fun parent, etc?

I like to think of myself as easy-going. But Jeff travels so much that I really am the disciplinarian. I crack the whip about chores, homework, all of that fun stuff. But I really love the fun stuff more and hate being the mean parent.

How do you juggle all of your responsibilities? How do you balance time with your children, time with your husband, and time for yourself?

Juggling time is very hard. My time is after the kids go to sleep. That is why I stay up so late. It's the time when I get to be creative and work on projects. Having time for Jeff and I is hard since he travels so much. We try to go on dates. We were really good about going out together once a week, but need to get back on schedule. It gets tricky when your kids start developing a social life of their own!! We also go on at least one trip a year by ourselves. That's a time when we can just focus on each other. And it is probably been the best thing for our marriage.

Jenn & Nick have bonded over a shared love of Julie & Julia

You are so creative! Have any of your children inherited your love of crafting? Do they help you with your products?

My kids are all really creative. My grandparents were both painters, and then Jeff's grandfathers were both painters too. So they have that in their genes. My son is a good artist and my oldest daughter channeled her creativity into music - she plays 3 instruments. And my younger two kids love anything creative. Our house is a craft explosion most days!!

What is the most stressful part of being a mother? What is the most rewarding?

The most stressful thing to me is hoping my kids all grow up to be happy and that I've taught them all that I need to. It's a very sobering thought. The most rewarding is just being with them. Being a mom is the hugest blessing in my life!

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You have four children. How do you make time for each of your children individually? It is hard to make sure each child has one on one time with you?

Yes, making time for each of them is hard. I try to spend at least a few minutes with each of them every day. I go in and tuck them in at night and talk to them about what happened that day. I also love doing things with them. Each of them has something unique that we like to do together. My son and I have a couple shows we love to watch together - just the two of us. Or we will sneak out and get gelato sometimes. It's fun to see what they love to do and then make that a special thing that we do together. I think once they become teenagers especially, it's important to keep those lines of communication open.

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How you discipline your children? How do you reward them?

I have found that privileges is the key to motivating kids. Find out what your kids care about. Then reward them with those things for good behavior and accomplishments. When I was a new mom I thought it was all about taking things away, but really it's all about giving them things for doing good. The more I reward them for good behavior, the better behaved and motivated they are to do better.

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How do you handle chores in your house? Do your children help you cook meals?

We have a chore chart. Each of the kids has at least 4 things that they are responsible for each day. We also take turns making meals. I have a great cookbook that I found last year, the Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. Each of the kids has a day that they plan the dinner, fix it and clean up everything. It makes my life so much easier. Plus it has really cut down on complaining. The kids get to pick out what they want to make and they are proud of what they create.

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Do you have any special traditions?

I love the holidays! Just spending time together is what I love. But also I love making cookies with the kids.

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How are you helping your children develop into responsible, dependable individuals? How do you help to strengthen their morals and character?

I think having them be responsible for the things they do is a big thing. When they make mistakes they get privileges taken away and I hope they learn from that. I really try to emphasize service to others, empathy for other people and being kind.

What five products could you not live without as a mom?

So many!! Wet wipes are great for almost anything. I keep a pack in my purse and in my car at all times!! My cell phone. I don't know what we did before phones. My two oldest kids have phones and I love knowing what they are doing all the times. I also learned to text and that is a great tool to keep in touch with your kids. My crockpot! I don't know what I would do without it. It's a lifesaver for sure! And Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Gets almost anything off of furniture -- even sharpie marker! Scuff marks off of baseboards. Wonderful product! And lip gloss - makes me feel pretty even when I'm running kids around on 3 hours of sleep :)

Jenn’s Back to School Crepe Party!

What advice do you have to give to other mothers?

My advice is to enjoy your kids. take a deep breath. Don't get freaked out over small things. Find out what your kids enjoy and try to do those things with them. Keep the lines of communication open with your kids when they are teenagers. Try to remember what it was like to be that age. Enjoy each day with your family. it seems like yesterday I had three kids under the age of 5 and it seemed like they would be little forever and now they are so big. Time goes by so fast! Also, no one is perfect. My kids aren't perfect, I am by far not a perfect mom. And no one is. People may seem perfect on the outside, but everyone struggles. Just do the best that you can do.

Thanks, Jenn! I appreciate you participating in Ask A Mom today and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers. Readers, do you have any questions for Jenn? Leave them in the comments! What did you think of Jenn’s interview?

Be sure to visit Tatertots & Jello today!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Randoms

Just a whole bunch of jumbled thoughts….

Thanks for your advice on Cooper’s sleeping issue. I’ve been very strict about his schedule, and that has helped immensely. I’ve also went back to swaddling, and it has worked like a charm. He’s too big to truly swaddle, but it holds long enough for me to give him his bottle and put him down. He busts out of it sometime during the night without waking up.

There was a little judgment, I thought, in the comments for that post. I asked for advice on Twitter, and funnily enough, women who had never read my blog flocked over to jump on the bandwagon against CIO. For the record, I don’t care what you do with your child, because it is YOUR CHILD. I did appreciate everyone’s comments, but I won’t tolerate people using my comment section as a podium to bash my readers and long-term blogging friends for their parenting decisions. If you want to put down people, do it on your own blog. (Some comments were deleted by me.)

Moving on.

Fisher Price Little People Nativity

I am done shopping for Cooper’s Christmas gifts! I’ve been buying stuff since the early summer when I saw it on sale. I picked up his last gift last night (see above), and it is the one I am most excited about. I love, love, love the B. toys sold at Target. He’s getting the Parum Pum Pum Drum and the Zany Zoo. My mom is getting him a walk/ride/push toy, which I’m also very excited about. He’s pulling up and standing on his own now, so I can’t wait to see what he does with a walker toy.

Any suggestions on stocking stuffers for an almost one year old?

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is just around the corner. Slow down! In other news, Cooper turned 10 months old this weekend. My baby will be one before I know it.

What’s new for you?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friend Makin' Monday


Once again, I'm linking up to Friend Makin' Monday, hosted by Kenz of All The Weigh. Today's topic is:

What's on your DVR?

I did a post a few months back about my favorite television shows. Because I'm not a complete couch potato, I've weeded out a few shows. Here's what is in my current "to record" list.

Sunday:
Amazing Race
Desperate Housewives
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
Kendra/Kardashians/Football Wives {whatever reality drama E or VH1 has to offer}

Monday:
Dancing with the Stars
Gossip Girl
How I Met Your Mother

Tuesday:
Glee
Dancing with the Stars
16 & Pregnant

Wednesday:
Hell's Kitchen
Modern Family
Cougar Town
RR/RW Challenge: Cutthroat

Thursday:
Grey's Anatomy
Fringe
Nikita
The Big Bang Theory
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Some of these shows sit on my DVR forever before I watch them (Fringe, Grey's, Nikita) but I can't bring myself to stop recording them. Some I watch the instant they record (Big Bang, HIMYM, Glee). Some are total trash (Challenge, anyone?) but I just can't stop watching.

What are you watching?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Halloween Recap

I haven’t even updated y’all on the Halloween happening at the House-hold, have I? You aren’t surprised, are you? After all, there is a 2-4 week turnaround time on this blog. My life philosophy has long been “why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?”. Word.

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We kicked off the fall celebrations by heading to a local pumpkin patch. Cooper was not feeling the pictures that day, as you can tell. Still, I think we got some great shots.

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The last shot cracks me up. Great picture, but what’s up with the corn?

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Our state zoo had a Halloween bash called “Boo at the Zoo.” They had activities and events for the kids, so the whole family went to partake of the fun. I did not get a good picture of Cooper in his zebra outfit, but he was a cutie.

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Whenever I’m around my family, I have to watch them carefully or they’ll try to slip something by me that they know I won’t approve up. Check out this picture Jason snapped of my mom giving Cooper a roasted marshmallow. Obviously he loves it. Obviously I do not approve. See my dad’s face? He knew I was going to blow a gasket when I found out. This is the same man who regularly slips my child blow pops. It took me ages to figure out why my child’s lip were stained blue.

All in all, the zoo was great fun. There was the unfortunate incident of the elephants getting in on right in front of the kids. My brother, the prince, directed my nephew to me when he asked “but what are they DOING?” Dude, I thought I had years before that question would come my way.

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The Friday before Thanksgiving, we went to a Fall Festival at a local church. It was great fun! They had a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon artist, games, karaoke, a silent auction, bounce houses, rides, and more. I wish Cooper could have partaken of more, but he had a great time watching everyone. Look at the little sheriff riding the pony! Jason looks just a little crazy in that picture.

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On Halloween, we decided to be low key and go to the mall. The stores were handing out candy, but I really just wanted to put him in his costume and walk around. Apparently (according to some Twitter talk) it is tacky to take babies around from house to house to trick or treat? I had no idea.

In other news, I’m really excited about a new series I’m going to be kicking off on my blog this coming Friday. It’s called Ask A Mom, and it will feature interviews with mommies from around the blogosphere. The interviews will focus on mommy tips and parenting advice from bloggers you know and love. Are you having a issue with your child that you need help with? Is there anything that stumps you about parenting? Do you just want to know how another mom handles motherhood? Comment with your questions! The series will kick off with Jenn from Tatertots and Jello this Friday!

How was your Halloween?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Steals & Deals: Online Edition

Let's chat about ways we can save money when shopping online, shall we?

I'm not a HUGE online shopper. There are certainly individuals who shop online more than I do. However, I do like to sit around in my pajamas. I also like to shop. So anyway to combine the two is okey-dokey to me. Over the past years, I've found some great resources to save you a little money while you shop.

Do you know about Woot? I stop by daily. Woot is a deal of the day website. Each day they post a new product that is new or refurbished, at a discounted price. I got my Flip video recorder from Woot for about 50% off what I would have paid in the store. I've gotten several Melissa & Doug wooden toys for Santa to give Cooper from Kids.Woot. Check it out.

I also stop by MamaBargains, BabySteals, and Shnoop daily. They are all deal of the day type websites, just like Woot. MamaBargains and BabySteals feature children-friendly products, and Shnoop has a hodge podge of items like batteries, Method oil diffusers, and toys. MamaBargains has great deals on kids shoes - they frequently sell the Rileyroos and Squeakers brands. I buy from BabySteals the most often; in fact, I just purchased a designer OiOi diaper bag two weeks ago that I love. Shnoop is great is you have a child who loves Thomas the Train - they seem to have Thomas items on discount several times a week.

Zulily & Totsy are also great sites for children's clothes, accessories, and supplies. I much prefer Zulily over Totsy, but that is my personal preference. If you like smocked or boutique clothing, Zulily frequently sells Viva La Fete and Le Top. If you are interested in either site, please do me a favor and let me send you a referral email. If you purchase, I will get a referral credit. Win win!

One Kings Lane is a home goods website featuring multiple brands a day at a discounted prices. Several weeks ago, they had Cuisinart products (mixers, food processors, etc). They also sell sheets, towels, candles, foods, and more.

I save a lot of money by shopping on Ebay. All of Cooper's smocked clothes come from Ebay. I've discovered my favorite brands (Kelly's Kids, Bailey's Boys, Funtasia 2, Sir John) and I search for items from those brands in his size. You can actually go into Ebay and create a custom search with brand, size, price, and more and Ebay will email you when new items are listed matching your search criteria. I will never pay more than $10 on any one piece of clothing - and most of the brands I've listed retail for $60 or more in boutiques. I also search for hats, Gymboree, Janie & Jack, Gap pants and dress shirts, and monogrammed H or C clothing.

I recently discovered Ebates and I could just kick myself for not signing up sooner. If you aren't on Ebates, create an account immediately if you shop online at all. Ebates offers cash back on items purchased from participating stores. Let's say you are going to make a purchase from Old Navy - log into Ebates, find the link for Old Navy, and Ebates will forward you to the Old Navy site. Then Ebates will credit 3% of your Old Navy purchase to your Ebates account. Every quarter, you will get a paper check or a PayPal credit for your purchases. Do you buy e-books? Use Ebates to get books from Barnes & Noble and get 8% cash back. Ebay is on Ebates as well! I've been signed up for a week and have already made $12.00.

Swagbucks is a great tool for internet searches. Download the search bar to your desktop, and use Swagbucks every time you would normally use Google to search. You get points just for searching, and you can cash in those points for gift cards to Amazon and other retailers. It is a little annoying because it pops up with a lot of featured searches. I use it for websites I visit every day, like Facebook and Twitter.

Do you Groupon? This is another site I wish I had found sooner. You sign up for your city (or a nearby city) and they send you a deal of the day for local restaurants, shops, and/or services. Create an account even if they don't have your city, because the Groupon site frequently has web deals. Earlier this year, they did a Gap Groupon where you spent $25 and got a $50 gift certificate to the Gap. Last week I spent $20 on a $60 credit to Blurb. I also spent $35 for a 16X20 canvas print from The Canvas People. Check out the blog Mama Cheaps - she does a summary of all the Groupon deals each day.

Lastly, be sure to sign up for emails to your favorite stores, like Shutterfly, Old Navy, Gap, etc. I know those constant emails can be a pain, so set up a separate email account. You really can get valuable coupons that you can use in stores or online. Gap & Old Navy send you a coupon code for $10 off when you sign up for their store emails. I also love The Frugal Girls blog for tips on deals.

What are your tips on how to save money when shopping online?

***I do receive referral credits if you create an account and purchase from some of these websites.***

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thursday Lovies: I’m Loving It….

I took few weeks off from Thursday Lovies but I’m back this week. Won’t your participate with me? This week’s topic is the things you are loving right now. It could be fashion, television, music, food, products… anything! Leave me a comment if you participate so I can swing by!

I’m Loving It….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I showed you my boots in my FMM/T2T post, but I’ve got to talk about them again. I love, love, love boots. I think they are so chic and effortless. However, it is hard to find boots when you are plus size or have wide calves. I got the boots on the left from Torrid, and the boots on the right are from Target. I also have a black slouchy knee high pair from Lane Bryant.

I was super reluctant to try jeggings (jean leggings) but once I did, I was hooked. If you are anything more than an absolute stick, you’ll want to find a pair with a little bit of substance to them. Some jeggings are made of legging fabric, and I personally think they show each bump and dimple. These Target jeggings are thicker and are made of demin fabric. They are perfect! Jeggings are great with flats, heels, and boots. Just please, for the love of Tim Gunn, wear them with a longer shirt.

This Orville Redenbacher Natural Salt + Pepper popcorn is to die for. Seriously, it is the best snack ever. It comes in mini bags and I found mine at Wal-Mart. Yum in my tum!

Have you tried the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice? If not, get it before it is gone. It is amazing. If you’re looking for something caffeine free, this is your drink.

I love The Real Housewives of Atlanta. NeNe leaves me in stitches every episode. Phaedra is a hot mess. Kim… well, Kim’s just a money hungry tranny, but I adore her hot tranny mess self.

How about you – what are you loving today?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

9 months

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You are 9 months old! It is hard to believe that another month has passed. You are looking less like a baby and more like a little man each and every day. Your daddy and I ask each other all the time who you look like and neither one of us are quite sure! I think you are the perfect mixture of us both.

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You still weigh about 20 pounds. You wear 9-12 and 12 month clothes. However, some of your 12 months clothes are too short! I think you are going to be tall like your daddy. You wear size 3 diapers during the day and size 4 diapers at night.

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You have started to eat more finger foods. You love to feed yourself waffles, peaches, oranges, and bananas. You are still loving sweet potatoes and squash. You have discovered that you can feed George and JC. While my back is turned, you lean over your highchair and share your food with George!

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I worried for months that you would never start crawling, but this month you took off! You army crawl most of the time, never lifting your belly off the ground. You started off slow – rolling more than crawling – but these days you are all over the place! I had to barricade you out of the kitchen after you knocked over one of the houseplants.

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You are starting to show that you have inherited your mommy and grandfather’s temper. You like to be independent and get your own way. You like to feed yourself, even though you make a mess. You don’t like to be told “No.” When you don’t get your way, you have a little bit of a meltdown.

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You are talking up a storm! Most of the time I don’t know what you are saying, but you can day “Mama”, “Dada”, and “bye.” Every morning you say “bye” as I turn off Baby Einstein and you also say “bye” to the house as we leave to go to daycare. When you wake up in the morning, I can hear you saying “Mamamamamama” in your crib so that I will come and get you.

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You love to watch other children. If we go somewhere and there are other babies or children present, you have a blast watching what they are doing. Your daycare worker, Mrs. Susie, says you spend most of your day smiling and laughing at the other kids.

Sweet Cooper, you are such a blessing to your father and me. We are so happy to have you in our lives. The holidays are coming up and we can’t wait to spend them with you! We love you!

Love,

Mommy & Daddy



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