Monday, December 31, 2012

Guest Post: New Years Resolutions


As 2012 comes to an end, a lot of us are starting to think about our New Year's resolutions. I keep making all these goals for myself for 2013, like I do most years, that center around my weight. Especially now with the baby weight, I have this vision in my head of either make it happen, or failing on day 2 of the new year. Here is some advice on how to make realistic goals and how to avoid the common mistakes that cause people to fail: 

Preparing for Failed Resolutions, and How to Avoid Common Pitfalls
Picture this: As the clock strikes twelve on the New Year’s Eve, you make a resolution to get more fit, start a better diet and work out like never before. You are confident that this year you will be achieving your long lost dream of leading a healthier lifestyle. But only a few days or weeks down the line - you fizzle out. Sounds familiar?

Failed resolutions are not uncommon. But what most people don’t realize is, they can be avoided with the right level of preparation. In the following article we look into three common reasons as to why resolutions fail and what you can do about them...

#1: Having Unrealistic Goals

Whether it’s losing those extra pounds or getting fluent in Chinese, no matter what your goal is, it has to be realistic. You have to be practical in your approach in order to ensure that you not only stick to your goal, but also reach it.

For instance, when it comes to shedding weight, you can aim for maybe two pounds a week. So that you gradually make progress, which in turn helps you stay on track without losing your focus. The more you work on making your goals realistic, the higher will be your chances of success.

#2: Expecting Overnight Changes

Let’s face it - you did not add that flab to your body overnight, so how can you expect it melt away quick? While making resolutions will most definitely help you move forward, understand that it’s not a magic pill. You will have to actually be patient in order to see results.

What you should instead try to do is work on your preparation to help you make your resolution successful. When you’re well-prepared, you’ll find that it becomes easier to stick to your goal. For example, if you gained a few pounds over the holiday season, don't worry - get some sports gear to wear from somewhere like Always For Me activewear for your new exercise system. The idea is to get prepared and be ready; don't sell yourself short with excuses.

#3: Having Too Many Resolutions

A mistake that many people make is that they go for too many resolutions and tend to lose focus. While the idea of going through a radical change may be tempting, you should try to have one goal so that you are able to pull through it.

This also allows you to keep your goal simple and focused. It gives you the freedom of incorporating new positive habits into your life without really making any major changes. You’ll find that it’s easier to attain a goal when it’s laser focused, without too many other distractions.

Just the way there are people who fail at maintaining their New Year’s resolution, there are examples of others who succeed. So if you really want to reach your goals this new year, then prepare yourself for the common pitfalls that we discussed above.

*Disclosure: Consideration was giving for the editing and publishing of this article.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Social

1. Favorite New Years eve you’ve had before
My favorite was when Drew and I were in high school. We were at my parent's NYE party, it was 1999 and a lot of people we freaking out about the whole Y2K chaos... so we went to the basement and turned off the power. It was hilarious... even when one of the kids freaked out. Still funny. 


2. Are you doing anything for NYE this year and if so what?
I think we're going to my parent's party. We usually end up there, and it's always a lot of fun. A lot of the people going to it haven't met Fynn yet, so I'm excited for her to get to meet them all. 


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3. Name a book we should all read come January?
If you're a new parent, you should read The No-Cry Sleep Solution... if you're not, I don't really have any good book suggestions. Unless you're a kid or like kids books, in which case I'd recommend The Mysterious Benedict Society... this year I think all I've read is parenting books and books my 5th graders are reading. 

4. What are your new years resolutions?
LOSE THE BABY WEIGHT!!!! I've still got 10ish pounds to lose, and they're not coming off easily (ok, let's be honest, I'm not exactly actively trying to lose the weight...It's more wishful thinking that they'll just magically disappear"

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Firmoo

 I've posted before about how I wear contacts (and how I often out off ordering new ones until I'm completely out) and that I hate my glasses. My glasses were kinda ugly and were about 3 prescriptions old due to me being too cheap/lazy to buy new ones.

However, all that has changed. I got an offer for free (FREE!) glasses through Firmoo. I had never heard of them before, but was really excited to try them out.

 It was really easy. I went to their website. Picked the frames I wanted. Filled out the prescription e-mail (actually this was the hardest part since I had to first find the prescription... I could have called my eye doctor, but I'm due for an eye appointment soon and didn't want to have to have a new appointment before getting my new glasses. Again cheap/lazy won... so I spent about 20 minutes searching for that little slip of paper... and this is like the longest side-note I've written in a really long time) gave them my shipping info and boom! done! These babies were mine. 

I loved how easy it was to order. They have a great selection of a lot of different colors and styles including sunglasses and goggles. They also have the option of non-prescription lenses for the trendy people out there that want the stylish look of glasses but are lucky enough not to need corrective lenses.

A few days later they came in the mail. I love that it came with a hard case, cleaning cloth, AND a keychain repair kit (I thought that was really cool!) The glasses fit really well and look great. The only drawback is the plastic. I knew they were plastic when I ordered them, but I didn't know how breakable they would feel. I'm afraid that one drop or mishap and they'll be toast. Maybe they're stronger then they feel, but that is the one thing I didn't love about them.

With all that said, I'm VERY happy with my new glasses. Even better? Firmoo has a First Pair Free Program. I don't know how they can afford to do this, but they are giving each new customer a pair of glasses for free (you just pay the shipping!) Just click the link above to find out more and get new glasses. 

Here is the description of their First Pair Free Program:

The old opinion that glasses are only necessities for people with vision problems has already gone. Glasses are increasingly becoming a fad and must-have accessories for  celebs and fashionistas. Everyday we can spot millions of non prescription glasses wearers and we are constantly fascinated by many noted film stars’ signature non prescription glasses.They instantly upgrade your look of modern,sexy, vintage or geek by wearing different styles of frames.
Any hot glasses/sunglasses /goggles frames you want can be found on Firmoo, and all are available for both prescription lenses and non-prescription lenses. Are you desperate to have a new look? Now here is the chance, Firmoo has launched a First Pair Free Program to people  worldwide. You will absolutely fall in love with the excellent quality, affordable prices, fashionable designs, fast delivery and the good service after trying them with paying shipping only! You even can get a refund/exchange if you are not satisfied with them. It's totally Risk free, so why not have a try? 
Click here (http://www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html) to get your free glasses now!


*Disclaimer: I did get free glasses for writing this post (I already told you that) however all the opinions and ideas (except for the section in italics) are my own. I LOVE my free glasses and hope that my readers will too!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

This week I'm saying it's ok:


  • to be kinda glad Christmas is over with... I got out of my Grinch mode and really enjoyed it, but now I'm glad all that hoopla is over with
  • to eat all kinds of junk food this week. Vacation = calories don't count (at least until I step on the scale)
  • to be more excited about all of Fynn's new toys then she is
  • to be REALLY excited that Fynn got a pony for Christmas. A pink pony. All my dreams have come true
  • to want the tree Out.Of.My.House. I'm tired of pine needles everywhere and I need that corner of the living room back... hopefully I can change Drew's mind and we can get a fake tree next year
  • that I melted down yesterday when Fynn refused to take a nap because I wasn't feeling good and I was exhausted. How I am I supposed to sleep when she sleeps if she doesn't sleep!?!?! 
  • to question my mommy skills when my 6 month old still doesn't sleep through the night OR nap... what am I doing wrong here? 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Guest Post: Prenatal Testing

When I was pregnant with Fynn, I felt so helpless because there was so much going on inside my body that I couldn't see or even know about. One thing that always made me feel better were the different prenatal tests available (especially that whole gender ultrasound... I REALLY liked that one). Below is a guest post about some different types of prenatal testing you can have done and details on the tests.





Prenatal Testing: Learning everything about your baby
There is so much you can discover about your baby before he or she is even born. You can find out whether you will have a baby girl or baby boy, know exactly how health and strong your baby is or even find out who fathered the child should you have any doubts. Let’s take a better look at each of these prenatal tests.

Is it a he or a she?
One of the most common tests done in pregnancy is gender DNA testing Pronged by curiosity and the commercial availability of these tests, so many couples find the thought irresistible. Gender testing can be done in the earliest weeks of pregnancy in a totally safe and non invasive way. Methods include anything from urine DNA analysis to hormone analysis in urine to analysis of a maternal blood samples. At this point, a brief explanation of each is warranted.
If you want absolute certainty and accuracy and the easiest procedure possible, opt for a urine DNA test. For this test you just need to provide a urine samples which will then be analyzed in the lab to determine whether you are expecting a baby boy or baby girl. This test is 99% accurate.
The blood test is also quite accurate (around 85% to 95%) but the thought of collecting blood samples often make people squeal or squirm. Also, with this test you will need to collect your own blood sample by pricking the tip of your finger with a sterile needle.
Hormone based DNA analysis is also a possible way of establishing baby gender. All the test requires is a urine sample from the mom. Although there has been much hype about his test but no studies have fully supported its accuracy.
Besides these types of prenatal tests, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to at-home, old wives’ tales: the cabbage test, the Drano test, the wedding ring test and the Chinese calendar. These are just a few fun baby gender tests that moms-to-be just love. However, their accuracy is low and they are anything but scientific.

Diseases
On a more serious note, there are prenatal tests that can determine whether your baby has any diseases in its genes. Some of these diseases he or she may have inherited or some may be due to some malformation in genes at some point during conception. Whichever the case, at least you have the choice of knowing whether your baby does have an illness. Usually, prenatal tests like ultrasounds or early pregnancy blood tests may indicate that something is not quite right. If your specialist’s suspicions are aroused, then he or she may suggest more in-depth tests. For these more in-depth tests (known as diagnostic tests), an OBGYN will need to actually get a sample of your baby’s DNA from inside your womb using sampling procedures which likely ring a bell with many moms: amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling.

Paternity before birth
In this day and age, there is no other way of finding out the father of child that is as accurate as paternity testing. For those moms who have doubts and wish to know before the birth of the child, prenatal paternity testing is an option. It is today possible to discover the father of a baby at just ten weeks using a blood samples. This means that the procedures we mentioned before (amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling) are not required to collect samples for an unborn baby for a paternity test. Scientists can use the baby DNA in the mommy’s blood. As we have seen, prenatal tests are many and diverse. We are indeed so lucky to live in an age where we have the choice of discovering the sex of our baby, the health of our baby or the father of our baby before we even have the child.

*Disclaimer: This was a paid guest post. 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Starting Solids- Adventures in Baby-Led Weaning

 There are a lot of things I thought I knew about parenting before I had Fynn. I thought I would never co-sleep, that at 4 months I would start giving baby rice cereal and other purees, and that my baby would never watch any tv until she was 2.

Right.

I've discovered since having Fynn that I'm a lot more holistic and attachment parenting focused then I thought I would be. I breastfed exclusively for 5 1/2 months, I'm all about co-sleeping (and anything else that helps use get a little more shut-eye... sleep continues to be an issue for us), Fynn loves watching the tv and our computer screens (we try to avoid it as much as possible, but she's determined)... and purees? Not happening. We have started baby-led weaning (BLW).

What is it?
I've already gotten this question a lot, because it sounds strange. Basically I give Fynn chunks of food and let her feed herself. Which sounds scary and wrong. Won't she choke? Isn't she too young? All things I thought myself before I started my extensive research. As with breastfeeding, I wanted to know everything there was to know about BLW before starting. When she was about 3 months I started reading about it. I read blogs, articles, doctor's advice, basically anything I could get my hands on. 

And I thought about it.

It makes since to me. Why spoon-feed food to a baby if they're not capable of putting it in their mouths to begin with? Why have her learn to swallow food before she learns to chew it? It just made sense to me. It's like breastfeeding in that it lets the baby be in control of their food. When I nurse Fynn, she decides when it's time to switch side and when she's done. There's no coaxing her to finish the last little bit because there's no measurement in breastfeeding. She's done when she wants to be done. That's the same premise in BLW. You give the baby food, baby decides if and how much to eat.

Our first experience was spur of the moment. I had planned to wait until exactly 6 months, following both the American Academy of Pediatrics and our Pediatricians recommendations to exclusively breastfeed until 6 months. At about 4 1/2 months Fynn became SUPER interested in everything food. She watched us like a hawk when we ate. Reached for foods and started doing this weird "chewing" motion when she was hungry (and when she saw us eating). We wanted to hold her off a little longer, so we had her start playing with a spoon (under VERY close supervision) and drinking water/breastmilk from sippy cups and cups.

But last week, when she was 5 1/2 months old, we decided to give it a go. We were making veggie sushi for dinner and had some avocado we were cutting up. I had planned on avocado being her first food as it's very nutrient dense and has a lot of healthy fats in it. Since we had it here, we figured we would try. We gave her some pieces on the tray of her high chair, and just watched. 

Let me tell you, that was hard. I'm a hands-on person, so just standing there while she tired to figure this our was SO,so hard for me, but I did it. That night she mostly just pushed it around her tray. She got a few pieces in her hand and proceeded to jam them up her nose, in her ears, down the side of her chair... I honestly don't think any actually made it in her mouth that night.

The next night we gave her longer chunks. She did a really good job picking up pieces and getting them to her mouth. She managed to suck on them and even bite a few pieces. I think she swallowed a bit that night, but she had a blast with it.

Two nights later we gave it again. This time she chewed up a couple of pieces, swallowed a little... and mashed it all in her hair. So gross. Each time so far we have had to have a full bath after "eating" to clean it all off of her. The most important part is that she is having fun, and learning so much. She's already figured out so much when it comes to this food thing. She gets it. She's getting better at it.

I read in one of the blogs about BLW that "food before one is just for fun", which makes sense seeing that the AAP recommends that breastmilk remain the main source of nutrition until age one. These first foods are just about learning about food and getting some supplemental nutrition.

This realization is VERY different than how I thought of first foods pre-baby. I was under the misconception that breastmilk (or formula, since at the time I didn't know how truly different the two are) was just to sustain them until they were old enough to eat real food. I had always thought that babies stopped drinking breastmilk around the time they started solids.

While we're just started this eating process, it's already a fun adventure and something that we are all enjoying together as a family. 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Social

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite is Chocolate-Lover's Fling which is chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces and cherries in it. I don't know if you can get it other places (I actually googled it an couldn't find anything on it), but there's an ice cream place right by my house that makes it. Ah-mazingness. 



What is your favorite smell?


I love the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking. There is something so homey and comforting about the smell... not to mention the actual eating of the cookies later. 


What is your favorite TV commercial? (Past or Present)

These two are hilarious, even if you don't have kids.
 I love this little boy. So cute! 



What is your favorite day of the week?

Saturday. It's perfect because I get to sleep in a little (I can't believe I now consider 8 am sleeping in... there was a time not too long ago when 8 am was ridiculously early to me... oh how I miss those days). Most Saturdays we don't have anything we HAVE to do, so we hang out, play with the baby and the dog and just relax. Love it. 


What is your favorite way to waste time?

Blog reading and watching shows I've DVR'd. I could do it for hours... if I actually had uninterrupted hours to do what I wanted with. 


What is your favorite article of clothing? (Feel free to show a picture)


Like the ugly carpet at work? 
I love big fuzzy socks. I wear them whenever I can. I get home at night? Fuzzy socks. Heading to bed? Fuzzy socks (until my feet get to hot and I kick them off). Wearing boots today? Fuzzy socks. I have like 12 pairs in a variety of colors and fuzziness (sweet, spell check says that's actually a word). These ones here are my favs. Nice and long, so they keep more of my leg warm. Pink (the bestest color, obvs) and Penguins (nuf said).


Saturday, December 22, 2012

My Christmas List

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Like I mentioned the other day, I don't really want or need anything for Christmas. I keep seeing every where people's posts about their Christmas list, and I'm asked just about every day what I want.... and I've got nothing. There's really nothing I want or need right now. That's not to say there aren't things I need (I'm in desperate need of some basics like socks and underwear) but there's no "gifts" that I'm wanting. I can think of a million things I want for Fynn, but nothing for me... is that a sign that I'm all grown up now? Or is just because baby crap is just so freaking expensive that I just want others to buy it for me? Either way, I just don't know how to answer the question. What IS on my Christmas list?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday's Letters

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Dear students,

TGIF... for both our sake. Seriously. This week has been loud, crazy, and exhausting. We all need this vacation next week.

Sincerely,
Your tired teacher... who has a headache

p.s. I may be annoyed with you, but I still greatly appreciate your generosity in all the gifts, homemade treats and cards you've given me this week.



Dear baby girl,
You're almost 6 months old. Start sleeping through the night

Love,
Mama, who's jealous of all the mom's whose babies have been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks. (seriously how do they do that?!?)



Dear Zoey,

We've nicknamed you Stoop Dog this week because you're too chicken to leave the stoop and brave the rain/snow for your walks. Therefore, you can't be so antsy and obnoxious... you chose not to walk.

Knock it off (bonus points if you can name the show/character that nickname is based on)


Dear Grammy,

You mailed a package to my house. You didn't tell me about it, but you told my mother and told her that I was not to open said package until Christmas. It was open 30 seconds after we got it in the house.

Love,
You should know better

Dear Cabelas,

I love, love, LOVE the pink camou baby sweatshirt I saw there the other day. I just can't see spending $30+ on a sweatshirt my sweet baby will outgrow within a few months.

Sincerely,

Feel free to send me one in a 6-9 month size

Dear world,

If you end today, then it was nice knowing you. 

Signed,
A blogger who no longer exists. 








Thursday, December 20, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
It's Ok:

  • To hate the week before Christmas break, seriously this is a wasted week at school. We do "holiday" crap like listen to music and make freaking paper snowflakes. Waste.of.time

How sinking cute is this little
sweater/leggings outfit? 
  • That I wear a sweatshirt and messy hair to go out places... but get the baby all dolled up. Hello? Real life doll here! 

  • To see a preview of one those Bachelorette wedding specials and throw up a little in my mouth. All this cash and hoopla and then we'll be "shocked" in 6 months when the divorce papers are being signed. Over it. 
  • To be really anxious at work this week after the school shooting last week. I find myself thinking about what I would do and how to protect my kids if something like that (God forbid) happened here, and it scares the crap out of me

Nice and toasty
  • That with the woodstove cranked the other day, we got the house up to 76 degrees... and I loved it... REALLY loved it. 
  • To go to the store for the hubby's gifts... and walk out with 3 more gifts for the baby... even though I swore up and down I was done shopping for her
  • To remind people that I'm giving away FREE ad space this month. Click the Contact/Sponsor Me tab for details.
  • To laugh a little on the inside when a kid comes to me after recess hysterically sobbing because the game "wasn't fair" 
Move over people, I'm driving Daddy's truck
  • To include this last picture just because it's really cute (rest assured, we were in the parking lot)


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Babies R Us has failed me again

We've been good to Babies R Us this past year. Between our baby registry and all the stuff we have bought recently for ourselves and for friends with babies, we've done a lot of business with them.

Back in May, we were very disappointed. When we bought a glider for Fynn's room and were promised a BRU gift card when we picked it up. A week later when we went in to get it, we were told that our purchase didn't qualify and were treated like we were idiots for not knowing that. We were annoyed, because it was their staff member who told us about the gift card and she promised that our purchase did qualify. They were very rude to us, and I sent an e-mail to the company telling them about our experience. They were useless as well, just saying they were "sorry we had a bad experience".

Things have clearly not changed.

On Black Friday, we went out at 5 am (yup, with the bitty. Whatever, she actually slept better while we were out shopping that night than she usually does at home). We went out specifically to purchase a Motorola Video Monitor for half price. Half price people! We were soooo excited. We had wanted a video monitor, but didn't have the cash to spend so much. This was perfect for us!

We took it home, and loved it for the first couple of days. Then it got funky. The video got all grainy and green and you couldn't see a thing. It's one of those products that says not to return to the store, but to contact the company. So I did. I e-mailed back and forth with the guy who told me to take it back, because it was clearly faulty.

This leads us to last week. We went back to Babies 'R' Us to return our monitor. Unfortunately they didn't have the same monitor in stock. They looked at their computers and for some reason they didn't have any at any store in the district. So they gave us two options. 1) Take the money back or 2) Shell out an additional $50 for the exact same monitor because they would have to get it online and ship it to our house... um, why couldn't they order the monitor to the store and then have us pick it up? According to them, they couldn't do that. The customer service person was actually very nice, and was trying to help us out, but it was clear that the store policy and/or manager were making it impossible for her to help us.

I'm disappointed. I keep giving Babies R Us another chance. And they keep letting me down. They clearly do not stand behind their merchandise as they made no real attempt to replace a faulty monitor. The worst part, to me at least, is that they just don't value their customers. The product they sold didn't work. Most places would bend over backward to at the very least replace the item. Babies R Us apparently does not have this mindset towards their customers. In both these incidents (and in a few others we've had) they just don't care about the people keeping them in business.

I'm done with them. I'm tired of they way they treat me when I'm having an issue with their product and I can't trust them to sell me items that are of good quality. This time they couldn't even be bothered to e-mail me back about it. Not going to lie... I'm thinking of posting on thier Facebook wall too... maybe if more people hear about their poor customer service, they will do something to improve it.

**update** I got an e-mail back from BRU about a week and a half after my original e-mail saying that the store just followed their return policy. The fact that this is okay to them is disgusting. I'm sending them this post, I'm done with this company. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

200 Stalkers

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Today was big for me. Today I hit 200 stalkers followers. That blow my mind. To think there are that many people who find me interesting/amusing/pathetic enough to want to read on a regular basis is an incredibly and humbling feeling. Thank you all for being on this journey with me. For almost 2 years now I have been pouring my heart into this little blog, and I am constantly amazed by how it has grown, and how I have grown with it. 

For the bloggers reading this, I'm giving out free ad space this month. Any size ad space, as many ads as you want. From now until Christmas day.  

Guest Post: Pregnancy Diet and Exercise Routine

Pregnancy: Your diet and exercise routine
There is no need to undertake any drastic changes in eating habits or alter your normal routine in any radical way whilst pregnant. You just need to follow a few guidelines which will maximize your health and that of your baby.
We are considering having a baby
If you are actually planning a child, then there are some very useful steps you can take. First and foremost, you might want to have a few health checks to see whether you and your partner have any hereditary illnesses in the family. You doctor will be able to provide you with a wealth of information basing his or her advice on the results of screening tests,genetic health DNA testing, your ethnic origins as well as your family health history. Further to this, some more simple measures in life style include increasing your intake of folic acid. Taking just 800 micrograms daily can significantly decrease the risks of your baby suffering from any brain problems or neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Folic acid should be taken for up to 3 months before getting pregnant.
Can I get folic acid from foods? Yes, there are many foods which can be good sources of folic acid. Lentils, spinach, peanuts, grains and broccoli are all good sources of this important mineral. Nowadays, it is also common to buy fortified foods in folic acid – fortified means that these foods have had folic acid added to them. Despite the many foods containing folic acid, it is often advisable to take supplements so as to make sure you are taking adequate levels.
Foods I should be indulging in and those I should be avoiding
Pregnant or not, you should be eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. If you do not consume much of these, being pregnant is definitely the right time to start. It is pivotal that you and your baby get the variety of nutrients and minerals that can only be gotten by following a varied diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables. Grains and nuts are also to be included. Remember that pregnant women are also more likely to suffer from constipation – drink lots and lots of water and space it out over the day. Dairy products are also a great food to consume as they provide much needed calcium for strong osseous development – just make sure anything you take is pasteurized – this means no cheeses such as camembert or brie.
Meat and eggs are also great sources of protein (important to build muscle). Any meat or eggs you eat must be well cooked and this includes red meat. If you like your steak anything less than well cooked, you will have to make a switch to well-done for 9 months. Sushi lovers- stay away from it both because the fish is raw but also because you can never be 100% sure that is was handled with clean, sanitized hands. You immune system as a pregnant woman is already suppressed during pregnancy and you are thus, more likely to get sick from certain foods. A severe case of food poisoning could have catastrophic effects and even lead to miscarriage.
Exercising and movement
Undertaking moderate activity is important and strongly recommended. You can do up to 30 minutes per day with a total of 2 hours per week. If you follow a strict and vigorous gym work out, you will have to moderate this significantly. Also, as your pregnancy progresses, you will find it much more difficult to carry out certain fast movement anyway. Keep in mind people who carry out sports and exercise are more prone to getting injured- a situation you should avoid as much as possible. Health care specialists also recommend pelvic floor exercises. A good rule for exercising whilst pregnant: you should be able to effortlessly speak whilst doing any exercise undertaken.

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post brought to you by easyDNA.ca

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Social

What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
Currently it's this picture, but it tends to change every week as I take new pictures of Fynn.

What do you keep beside your bed?


  • water
  • lip gloss
  • ear plugs (the hubby, the dog AND the baby all snore)
  • my iPhone
  • alarm clock
What is your least favorite chore?
Vacuuming- I don't know why, because it's not exactly a difficult chore, but I just really hate doing it.... which is why it doesn't happen too often around here. 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be?

Pumping. Gladly. That's an hour of my day at work that I would be more then happy to get back.


What do you do to vent anger?
Usually I cry. And cry and cry and cry. Once I'm done crying I tend to need to vent. Whether it's confiding in a friend or Drew, or blogging about it here, i usually have to get my frustration out somewhere or it builds and builds and makes me incredibly anxious.

What is your favorite Holiday of the year and why?

I had to think about this a lot. I enjoy most holidays, just not all the hype and craziness that goes into some of them ::cough::Christmas::cough:: if it weren't for all the hype, Christmas would be my favorite, but by the time Christmas day gets here, I'm just over it. I like Thanksgiving because it doesn't have that hype, and it's a fun, meaningful day. Since having Fynn I think I'm really going to start loving the 4th of July since it's the day after her birthday, so I think that's going to be a lot of fun. So no, I haven't really answered the question, but I tend to enjoy every holiday that involves a day off... and since I teach, that tends to be most of them :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Some Randoms

  • Yesterday I watched a student VERY actively pick her nose for about 5 minutes... she didn't seem to care that like 6 people were watching her
  • I also saw another student (thankfully not one of mine) who was grabbing at herself as she walked down the hall today... I ducked into the teacher's room so that she could continue to think she was alone in the hall
  • Why do parents think it's in my job description to find their childs missing gloves/jacket/pencil? Um, no... I read my contract the other day, says nothing about keeping track of your kids crap. Your kid? yes. Their stuff? not so much.

  • I'm entering This giveaway over on Neely's blog for all kinds of amazing goodies. From ad space to make up and everything else.
  • I'm also entering Eliza's giveaway for a Target gift card (mostly go go buy more diapies and headbands for the bitty
  • So I do about 90% of my blog reading on my phone (usually while pumping, sorry if that's tmi) but the hard part is commenting. I read on my Bloglovin app (which I loves!) but I haven't figured out how to comment on there and by the time I get home on my laptop I forget all about the comments I wanted to write (so if you're one of the people whose getting comments on post from like a week ago, I'm sorry... it just too me that long to remember that I REALLY liked your post). Any advice? 

Friday, December 14, 2012

My Heart is Breaking Today

For the families of those people in Newtown, Conneticut.

I cried the whole way home today. It breaks my heart to think of those poor, innocent children. Those parents who sent their kids to school today, and will never get them back home. I can't even beging to imagine how they are feeling. How other kids in that school are feeling. How that town will rebuild. It's horrifying, terrifying, and unimaginable.

I came home today an snuggled my sweet little baby a little tighter tonight. Gave her an extra kiss when I put her down to bed. I'm thankful that I get to do that tonight, and aching for the mom's who can't.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by today's events.

Friday's Letters

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Dear house,

Please clean yourself. Seriously. I've got a lot of more important things to do. Like spend time with my baby. And when she's sleeping I need to do school work and spend time with the hubby... not clean. So do some bibbity-bobbity-boo and clean yourself up

Thanks,
Staring at the messiness


Dear Zoey,

Keep your tongue off of my baby's face and out of her mouth. I love you, and I love your puppy kisses, but I don't love the thought of your germy tongue being all over her.

Sincerely,
Your grossed-out Mama


Dear Christmas,

How on earth are you a week and a half away? How is this possible? There's still so much to do, and we haven't even decorated the tree yet... SLOW. DOWN. DECEMBER.

Love,
Only halfway done our Christmas shopping


Dear Hubby,

I know you're tired. You get woken up 2-4 times a night by a crying, fussy baby. That's tough. Almost as tough as being the person who gets woken up by said baby AND has to get up and feed, comfort and get that baby back to sleep. Seriously, it's pretty much the same thing.

Sincerely,
Shut your face. I'M tired


Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Ok Thursday

Its Ok Thursdays
This week I'm saying it's okay:

  • That our Christmas tree is a little small and sad... it actually fits in the house this year which is a major accomplishment for us
  • To be really annoyed that we spent $45 for this small sad tree... Christmas trees are ridiculously expensive... the worst part? We live in Maine... a state full of evergreens... yet we buy ours. I'm thinking next year we hit up the woods out back and see what we come up with. 
  • That we spent a whole day (and a lot of cash) buying Christmas gifts Monday, and we're only about half done. This is the major reason why I am the grinch. Seriously. 
  • That I got ridiculously excited because a former student switched her after school club day so she could be in my group... yeah, I'm awesome enough for her to come back :)
  • To be convinced I'm hearing aliens and/or ghosts over the baby monitor at night. Seriously sketchy
  • To want to go to bed at like 8 every night this week... I haven't, but I've wanted to
  • To also be ridiculously excited that I got an offer for free glasses the other day. Dude, my glasses are about 7 years and 3 prescriptions old because I'm too broke cheap to buy new ones... and now I get some for free... that review is coming a few days after I get my new glasses
  • To not really want or need anything for Christmas... everyone keeps asking me what I want, and I've got nothing. I've got things I want for Fynn... but I really don't want anything. Is this a sign that I'm really a grown up now? 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Remote Computer Repair


I've realized recently how important it is to take care of your computer. As more and more pictures of the baby are saved onto this machine, I realize how devastating it would be if it crashed and we were unable to get our files off of it. Yeah, we back things up and try to save in multiple places, but our backing up does not even close to keep up with the amount of new files and pictures that gets added on here lately, especially with my blog work and all the files that go along with it.
Just some of the picture
files I would be sad to lose

If something does go wrong with my computer, being without it while it gets repaired would be rough. Yeah, I have my iPhone, but there are so many things that either can't be done on the phone, or are just a lot easier to do on a PC. That's why I think it's really cool that there are sites out there that can diagnose and repair your computer remotely. It saves the trip to the store AND gets your computer back up and working much faster.

Geeks Mobile USA is one of the many computer repair and computer support sites out there. They are able to help figure out what is wrong with your computer and fix it for you. Remote sites can save a lot of time and hassle, especially when it's a quick fix. It stinks to bring your computer in, wait a week until they get the chance to look at it (or worse, wait for them to send it to some other place for diagnostics) and then discover it's a 5-minute fix.

It's crazy how much we rely on computers these days. Even ten years ago, going a week without a computer was no big deal. These days it makes a huge difference both in people's work and personal lives. Anything that can save time and get your computer back to speed is something worth trying out.

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by Geeks Mobile USA

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bloglovin

I recently started viewing all the blogs I read on Bloglovin'. I made the switch mainly because the Mobile RSS feed app I was using on my phone kept tweaking out and it was driving me nuts. Hopefully this app will be more useful. I'm still playing with all the features, but so far I really like how it organizes things and how easy the app is. 

I may be the Grinch

I think my heart is three sizes too small,
as I don't really enjoy Christmas at all.
Between the over decorating and holiday cheer,
The excessive Christmas music, I wish it wasn't here


I hate the fake happiness

and the stores that are all a-mess.


The worst part's the parents

who lecture their kids
they claim "be kind" "be giving"
but then they flip their lids.

Okay, my poem's done. But seriously, maybe there's something wrong with me, but I don't enjoy this time of year. I'm really trying this year, for Fynn's sake. I want her to enjoy the magic of this time of year, but it's so hard for me. 

I guess it starts because the holiday decorating starts the day after Halloween. The whole obsession is what gets to me. It seems like every year we start earlier and earlier. The decorations and the Christmas music, the mad dash to the store... I just feel like it becomes all about gifts and greed rather then anything meaningful.

I want to get back to the joy I had as a child. I looked forward to Christmas. I got excited about the magic and the joy. And it wasn't just about the gifts. My strongest Christmas memories are all about decorating the tree, listening to the music with my family and being together with my mom's (extensive) extended family on Christmas Eve. I want that for Fynn. I want to be excited and full of joy for this time of year.

So I guess I have to fix myself first.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday's Letters

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Dear Class,

Nope, we don't need a class pet. 1) You can't even manage to clean up after yourselves the majority of the time. 2) I have a baby and a dog, 26 students and 22 math students, an after school group of 28 kids, a husband and, oh yeah, myself to take care of... another living thing relying on me? No thanks. And your suggestions of a snake, salamander or a bunny? Still laughing about that one.

Sincerely,

Mrs. No-freaking-way

Dear Zoey, 
Licking up all the spit up and breastmilk you can get near is pretty much the nastiest thing you've ever done (second only to the cat crap you tend to savor in the springtime). You need to not. Also, I sincerely apologize for the fact that you needed a haircut more than a month ago and we still haven't even scheduled your appointment... you deserve better little dog... I'm working on it.

Love,
Your grossed out and apologetic Mama

Dear Readers,

Vicki from My Vickilicious Life is doing a sweet giveaway on this here old blog. Starbucks and Ad Space. You should probably enter here or using the widget on the right side of the blog.

Just saying

Dear local beauty salon,

I was rather confused when you called me yesterday confirming my shellac appointment on Saturday morning. It was confusing for two reasons. First, I didn't make an appointment and second, um... I don't even know what a shellac is. Though it sounds like some kind of decorative paint... I'm imagining puff paint smeared on my hair. Or would it be nails? I don't even know what part of your body you even get shellacked (no idea if that's even a word, but spell check said to add the k before the -ed) 

Thanks,
But no thanks, I'll go without that shellac-ing. 


Thursday, December 6, 2012

5 Months

Holy Crappo baby, we've reached 5 months!


Here's what's going on in baby world:


You weigh about 15 pounds. Wear size 2 diapers, though you're almost big enough for size 3. You squeeze into some 3 month clothes and are starting to fill out 6 month stuff. 


  • Pretty sure your official nickname is Bitty or Bids, as in Bitty Baby... we started calling you that at 6 weeks and it's stuck. While your're no longer incredibly small for your age, your still little, and still my bids. 
  • You've rolled a couple more times, even for your daddy once. I have the feeling that you are perfectly capable of doing it, but just choose not to most of the time. Whenever you do it and we get all excited you give us this look like we're nuts for thinking this is a big deal. Clearly you're just too cool for rolling
  • I do, however, think you're going to crawl pretty soon. You scoot up your bum and move your arms and legs like you're ready to go... you just haven't figured out how to get all your limbs to work together and get you moving.
  • You got some hair... really in just the last 2 weeks it's started sprouting. Now we can actually see it. You're either going to have light brown or blonde hair... not sure yet. 

  • You found your toes this month. I'd love to give you credit for this, but you really noticed them while we were on a play date (with a younger baby!) and she was checking hers out. All of a sudden you looked down and were like "holy crap, where did those things come from?". Since they you love looking at them and grabbing them. You stuck them in your mouth once, but based on the face you made I'm assuming they didn't taste very good. 
  • You squeal... like a banshee. It's both ridiculously cute and ridiculously annoying at the same time. Bravo for being able to do both those things in one action. 
  • You are majorly in love with both your puppy and your daddy, and you're really cute with both of them... now share the love with your Mama... seriously. 

  • You are mad teething. It's so sad and obnoxious. You get really fussy and nothing seems to make you feel better when they're really bothering you. You pull your ears, gum everything you can and actually cry out with something that sounds like "owie". To make matters worse, you actually managed to bite your tongue the other night and made it bleed. We're doing everything we can to make you more comfortable, but I'm hoping that tooth pops soon. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mini Kick Scooter

I have this bad habit of both wanting Fynn to remain a itty-bitty baby while wanted her to be older/bigger so we can do more with her. I tend to excitedly look at older kid toys at the store while at the same time staring wistfully at the newborn clothes that she will never fit into again. 


But then I see something she'll be able to play with in a few years... and I get really excited. Like these:


This is the Mini Micro Kickboard scooter from Kickboard USA. Adorable, right? We got the pink one (cause we love pink around here). It's lightweight and has a sturdy little steering thingy (column? no idea) Fynn has no idea what it is, but she really enjoyed posing with with it. I see her a couple of years from now zooming around on this bad boy. I was a little worried that it would be too much like the older kid scooters and too big and zoomy (I know, I made that word up) but it seems like it's perfect for the 3-5 year olds it's made for. It's a good size and sturdy but not something that will fly down the road making my mommy-gut clench in fear. 
1) My baby looks exactly like my husband 2) Her face. It kills me


I know, I know, she's 5 months... but this says it's for kids age 3-5... so it won't be too long before she can really ride it. Until then we can just play with it and pretend she's riding. Bonus, she has some older besties who can play with it until she's big enough. 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive a free (pink!) scooter to review. 
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