Sunday, March 31, 2013

Medical Alert Devices

Whenever I think of medical alert devices, I think about that old commercial:
That being said, I totally get why some people would need one. If you live alone, or have medial issues, something like this could really save your life. A couple of times when I've done something stupid, like walk into a wall or fall down the stairs, I think about what would happen if I was really hurt and couldn't get to my phone. What would I do? Would someone find me in time? It's really scary to think about. And I'm not even an elderly person living on my own. I think I'd move into an assisted living facility or nursing home before I'd live alone when I'm old... just saying. 

This is where a product like Vital Alert is amazing. It's a pendent worn around your neck with a service that you can connect to with just the push of a button. Their 24/7 service can help you in the event of an emergency, and give you peace of mind that if something were to happen, you could get help quickly and easily. Even if you can't reach a phone.  Knowing that there's someone there 24/7 if you ever need help is a really comforting thought. I have my phone with me a lot, but there are plenty of times when I'm upstairs and it's on the counter. Or I leave it in the car... or I just can't find it anywhere. Having a pendant right on my body is just reassuring. 

Not just for emergencies, though. If you're not feeling well or thinking something could be wrong, Vital Alert can connect you to a nurse helpline who can give you advice or direct you to the appropriate care. The Nurse Helpline is available 24/7 to answer questions and be there when you need it most... it's nice to know there's someone there on the line... just in case. 

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Can you make your baby smarter while they’re still in utero?- A guest post

Kristen Hurst is a stay at home mother of three who enjoys blogging. She received her bachelor's degree in fashion marketing, and writes often about maternity swimwear. When she's not trying to juggle the lives of Casey, Austin and Ben, she enjoys painting and catching up with a great Jane Austen novel. 

 Let’s face it; we live in an extremely competitive world. And it turns at a rapid rate, with ever increasing global pressures and a population that is strife with people entering our schools, as well as a lackluster job force and the world economy. So where will your child fit? And is there anything you can do before they are even born?

You can! And here are a few tips to start that little budding genius of yours on the path to Smartsville:
  • Start building a strong foundation: this goes without saying that having a healthy environment to grow a child, helps both mother and baby to be. Make sure that you talk with your doctor before your pregnant, start your prenatal vitamins as soon as you can. Make every effort to quit smoking (smoke deprives that developing fetus essential levels of oxygen) and drinking alcohol. Rule out any chronic illnesses as sometimes an underlying infection could potentially harm an unborn child, eat healthy vitamin and protein-rich foods, never eat under-cooked meat and get lots of calcium. Rest when you can which can be easier said than done, especially if you suffer with chronic back pain or severe indigestion, but the less-stressed the better it is for that baby of yours. When you are feeling anxious, stress hormones flood through their tiny bodies, too. 
  • ·Make children a priority: When embarking upon the oft exciting and terrifying world of childbirth and parenting, it can be one fraught with a bit of trepidation and a great amount of unknowns. But if you are a savvy parent, you will do your best to prepare you (and your newborn) for the best possible experience possible. Make sure you go to every doctor’s visit; bring up questions in regards to issues or symptoms. Ask about what you as a parent can do to give your child the best tools for success from the very minute they are born. Certainly choosing to breastfeed is certainly one way to begin the journey. If breastfeeding doesn’t work for you due to physical or emotional difficulties, make sure you bond with your child as much as possible. The stronger your child develops that bond, the quicker he/she will be able to grow with confidence and strength.
  •   Diet and overall Health: As your child grows during the first year of their life, they will never again experience the same amount of brain growth as they will in this very prescient period of time. Try to encourage good eating and sleeping habits. Don’t forget those little brains grow and develop during those little naps they often take (no wonder infants are always so sleepy, lots of growing going on!). Limiting their naps or amounts of food would be extremely harmful at this point, though there have been some errant, on the fringe-parents who have actually tried to slim down a chubby baby by withholding essential nutrients. Keep your child well-fed, well-rested and above all, healthy. 
  •  Stimulation: There is no documented scientific study that demonstrates reading to a pregnant woman’s belly would produce a child that was more inclined to reading than one who wasn’t; rather it produces more results more along the lines of anecdotal evidence. A parent who swears that the headphones placed on her stomach encouraged her toddler to recognize songs that she hears on her favorite television show. But the key here is involvement. And that absolutely is essential in growth and development. The neglected child will not prosper, bloom and grow as her counterparts who are constantly under the care and supervision of a nurturing parent. Speaking, singing and interacting will help them in every facet of development. 

At the end of the day, very few of us will end up with mathematical geniuses, artistic or musical prodigies, or even a child who reaches a status of celebrity. But the role you can play as parent can help them develop the best to their ability. Something we all should push ourselves to do each and every day. After all, there is something to be said about raising a good and decent citizen of the universe. Probably we won’t receive the same recognition and accolades as the parents of a toddler who could read and write at age seventeen months, but if your child is a happy, healthy individual, then that is worth all the effort.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Friday Chaos!

Thursday Thoughts

  • I discovered last week that Drew actually does still read my blog. He used to read and mention things about it all the time, but he doesn't do that anymore, so I just figured he doesn't read. However he commented on last Thursday's thoughts... guess I should be more careful about what I say about him here :)
  • I have this obsession with entering giveaways on blogs. I just love it... it just sucks because I don't really win anything. I've won a couple little things. Ad space, small gift cards, even a cute set of rings... but I REALLY want to win something big. Just once. Just to say I did... guess I better get back to entering and hope for the best. 
  • Last weekend my sister and I were at the mall with Fynn and the Easter bunny walked by. I thought the kids eyes were going to pop out of her head. She just stared at that giant bunny while he waved at her. Makes me wonder what she would have done if we actually plopped her on his lap. I'd do it, but seriously? I'm not waiting in line for an hour with a baby just to get a damn picture. Sorry. Not happening.
  • As I type this Drew's talking to me about something that's happening on the Bruin's game. Since I mentioned that I'm going to be careful about I post about him on here, I'm going to say that I'm listening REALLY carefully to what he's saying to me. REALLY carefully. 
  • Conferences started yesterday. Which means my life is going to be crazy busy and exhausting for the next three weeks. I really wish I had the option to just set up two (or more even!) conferences with each family during the school year. 1) It's be way more productive because I could focus solely on that student and not on all 26 at once 2) it would be less stressful 3) I wouldn't have to stay after school for 1-4 hours every day for three weeks. Which means I'd be less grumpy. Which means my students would probably have more enjoyable school days for those three weeks. Just saying. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My child may develop an identity crisis

My daughter has a lot of nicknames... it much be confusing for her. Though, she really only responds to Fynnleigh, Fynn and Fynnie. The rest of the names we call her must just sound like jibberish. Here's a list of the names I can think of right now:
  • Fynnie
  • Fynnie-Fynn
  • Phineas 
  • Fynnie-boo
  • Boo
  • Boo-Boo (complete with asking if she wants a pick-a-nic basket)
  • Bitty
  • Bids
  • Bitty- Boo
  • Fynn Fynn
  • Bitty Baby
  • Chubs (FYI, this is said with the utmost love. Her bitty baby chub is adorable)
Clearly I have a thing for nicknames, because I wrote this post about poor Zoey's impending identity crisis more than two years ago. It's funny to look at because we still call Zoey a lot of those nicknames... I wonder if, in another two years, we'll still be calling Fynn by any of these names?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Future Dentist

This is Fynn's new favorite thing to do. That's right, she checks out teeth. Now I don't know if she is just looking to see what she's going to (hopefully) have in her mouth soon, or if she really is facinated with teeth. But if I were to let her, she would search around in my mouth all day. And she does this to everyone she can. If she ends up being a dentist, this picture is so going in the waiting room of her office. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

To Add Insult To Injury

As if having a kid weren't physically damaging enough, my body has added insult to injury. Not only do I still have 5 pounds of chub to get rid of, streatch stripes on my belly and thighs, and a constant back ache from lifting 20 pounds of cuteness. I also have recently noticed this:

What, may you ask is that? That is what happens when half your hair falls out during and post-pregnancy... and then starts to regrow. I now have this lovely inch long section of hair right by my forehead that sticks up no matter what products I put into it or how I do my hair. Awesome.

Want to see it again:

Yeah. Oh, and I wore my glasses to work the other day, and you would have thought I grew an extra head for the day. I must have been asked a hundred times when I got glasses and/or told I looked "cute" in them. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

SEO Consulting

How do people find your blog or website? For a lot of people, the majority of their traffic comes from search engines. I know that I get a lot of strange Google searches that bring people to my site (such as ). How can you increase your ranking on search engines? By increasing your search engine optimization! One of the most successful ways to to use a SEO consulting service. These are the experts in SEO who know the tips and strategies to significantly increase your ranking in search engines. 

Search engines have lots of different ways to rank websites. The higher you are in their ranking, the more your site will be viewed. There are many strategies to helping increase your rank. There are people whose entire careers revolve around learning and implementing these strategies, these are the people who work at SEO consulting services. Knowing these strategies can not only help people find your website, but they can also increase your readership. The more people who view your site, the more people are going to come back and visit again. If no one knows you're there, they can't very well visit on a regular basis. SEO consulting services help get your name out there to more potential visitors.

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Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite thing about Spring?

The warmth! I'm so tired of the cold and the snow around here. I need some warm sunny days.

2. Favorite kind of flowers to grow or receive?

I don't grow flowers... in fact plants kill themselves in my presence. But I love getting just about any kind of flower as long as their pretty and no one expects me to keep them alive.

3. What is your favorite nail polish color?

I like different nail polish colors. Reds and pinks just aren't my style. I like to go with blues, greens or even blacks.

4. What is your favorite out door activity?

Going for walks with the dog, the hubby and the baby. Whether it's down the road, on the beach or on a hiking trail, I love just walking with the three of them. Hanging out and enjoying the fresh air.

5. Do you have any fun Spring plans? Details

Excuse me while I go laugh for awhile. Yeah, no. Spring break will consist of house projects, baby wrangling, and maybe a little down time for this Mama. Maybe.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ready to move

I'm ready.

When Drew and I bought this house almost 4 years ago, the plan was to rehab it* and sell in a couple of years. Those years have come and gone and we're ready to get out. 

Not that we don't like this house. I love the location. It's an easy drive to work and to local places. The neighborhood is decent (actually there's just one person I can't stand in the neighborhood. They just happen to live right next door with their dog they let bark all night long and attack people). I like the town we're in... it's just this house. Our living room is tiny now that we have all the baby stuff, and I don't like the way things flow. I always feel like there's no place to put things.

We'be spent four years now remodeling and making the house look nice... but it still doesn't feel like home to me. It just feels like the place that we live for now. We want to move. Soon. Not out of state or anything (much to my chagrin) but just to a different house/maybe different town. 

With that in mind, we have some project to get done around here before we can put it on the market. Which led to two weeks ago when Drew started taking apart our deck. He put the decking material on Craigslist for free and quickly got about a bajillion responses. He ended up choosing a guy who works in construction. He came last week and took off the railings. They tried to get up the decking, but the guys drill wasn't working right and the boards kept snapping. He decided to bail on the decking, but somehow ended up taking the hot tub that's been sitting unused in our basement this whole time**. Score! Our basement looks huge now. 

After he left Drew started using his own drill out there and managed to get the decking up without wrecking it, so he's been doing that little by little all week. The guy's going to comeback when he's done and take it, which means we don't have to take it to the dump.

Hopefully after this deck project is done, we will only have a few more projects to go before we can get out of here! 

* We bought the house at auction after it had been foreclosed on. It was in pretty rough shape, as in needed all new septic system, pipes in the basement, new bathrooms, mostly new flooring, and a lot of little stuff. Luckily Drew's super handy and I'm super good at holding things for him, so we were able to do about 90% of it on our own

**It was in the house when we bought it... kinda nasty looking, not something I wanted to sit in. We don't even know if it works.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Chill Out

Seriously people, chill out.

Everyone's been freaking out because Google Reader is going away... um, so?

I get it, I get it. If Google Reader is your go-to place for reading blogs, then yeah, it sucks. You're going to have to find a new reader or use something like Bloglovin' or link to your blogs through Facebook or Twitter. It's a little work (seriously little if you switch to Bloglovin' cause they have a handy little button that imports all your Google Reader blogs for you, just saying) but it's not like their deleting your blog or something.

And then there are the people that are all "OMG, Google's getting rid of Reader, and GFC, and {insert Google product here}". Um... no. They're getting rid of Reader. If you're a Blogger user, your Reading List when you log in is still going to be there. (At least until they get rid of that too)



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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts

  • I took Tuesday off in an attempt to get over this cold I've had for about three weeks and maybe get some things done around the house... and then Drew guilted me about my plan to send the baby to daycare. So I decided she would stay home with me. Except then we had a snow day, so the whole fight was pointless. Fantastic.
  • Even better? I went through four sets of clothes that day. Because my kid thinks it's funny to make messes. Especially when it involves throwing food at me. That was apparently hilarious
  • Last week we had 50 degree weather. This week it's in the 30's and we got a foot of snow. Typical Maine. I'm ready to move.
  • I ended last week's giveaway on Friday, and then started a new giveaway Saturday... I love being able to give things to my readers.
  • Thankfully the bank got me a new debit card Tuesday after my whole stolen info debacle. I was feeling really lost without the ability to buy stuff. Not that I really wanted/needed to buy anything... it was just knowing that I couldn't without borrowing Drew's card that was driving me bonkers

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sensory Experiences

Hey everyone! I’m Aly from Giggles and Grumps. Amanda was awesome enough to allow me the pleasure of writing a guest post, so I hope you all enjoy!

If you have young children or are around them on a regular basis, this post is for you. A lot of people are unaware of just how important sensory experiences are to children. Simply put, a child is born willing and ready to learn. Their brain is wired to do so. Connections are made between neurons within the brain not only through maturation but also more so through experiences. The more hands on, sensory filled experiences young children can have, the better. Did you know, a toddler’s brain is twice as active as a college student’s brain. Why? Because of all the neural connections being made through experiences (enrichment). These connections will serve their development for the rest of their life.

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Think about it – a young child, in particular an infant or toddler, has no idea what “sticky” means. You can describe sticky all you want, but really, until they experience it, they aren’t going to fully understand. But if you give them a bowl of sticky colored pasta and let them see it, touch it, smell it, and possibly even taste it, they are MUCH more likely to remember that experience, fully understand what sticky means, learn about other things (perhaps color, short vs long, sticky vs slimy (add oil to some), how to squish it, etc) and in turn build more connections in their brain because of all the senses used. As they play (hopefully as you play with them) and as you talk to them about what they’re experiencing, imagine their brain cells firing off and building a connection with other cells.

The easiest and most available sensory experience you can give your child? Play dough. You can get it in a 4 pack at The Dollar Store. Want to make it an even better experience? Make it with your child. Most recipes require you to cook it on the stove and I just never had success with that (read: I always burned it). Luckily, I found an awesome recipe where you can use the microwave. This cools down quicker, it’s pretty hard to burn it, and safer while cooking it around children. Here’s a list of ways to make your play dough experience even better:

- Make two or three batches and make each a different color to allow for color mixing
- Scent it! (use store bought flavorings bought like the ones available at Walmart, or use cinnamon, lemon juice, etc)
- Add glitter!
- Offer your child different tools – rolling pin, fork, plastic knife, whisk, popsicle sticks, straws, etc
- Add texture with rice or sand (after it’s made)
- Play with it with them
- Talk to them and make observations about what they’re doing

Overall, make any sensory experience you do with your child fun. Allow them to get messy. I promise, it's even more fun if you get into it too! Hope this sparked something in you to get more involved with your children and provide them with new and interesting experiences!
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

That TIme My Debit Card Was Stolen

Last Tuesday morning I got a strange e-mail from saying that a lot of my account information with them had been changed. It told me that the account e-mail, password, and name had all been changed.

My first reaction: Did I go onto last night? Hmmm... I don't think so. But I did order pictures from Shutterfly, so maybe I logged in to Walmart too to check prices. Crap. No, I didn't. What the...

So I quickly called the number in the e-mail to inform them that it was not me who had change the information. Of course, it was 7am when I called, so I got their answering service which said to leave my name and phone number, so they could call me back. Then I called Drew to give him a heads up and have him check out bank account (sad fact? I don't even know the log in info for our online banking... Drew's told it to me before, but I always forget it). 

He logged into our account and goes "Yup, there's a $180 charge from last night on it". I totally thought he was kidding. I even laughed and said "Yeah, right. That would suck". Yeah, it did suck because he wasn't joking with me. Ugh. I was so annoyed. Drew said he would talk to our credit union because it's in the same building as his office and I was going to take care of Walmart's customer service to make sure they knew it wasn't my purchase and that they were going to cancel the account so this thief couldn't make any more purchase.

Later that day I finally got a Customer Service Rep on the phone. The woman was really nice and told me that the account was already canceled and that they were going to work with my bank to reimburse my money. Easy enough. The only part that sucked was that the person was smart enough to have digital merchandise delivered to their e-mail address, and it was already claimed, so they couldn't just cancel the order or not ship it.

Everyone involved was great. My bank, Walmart's customer service, they were all really nice and super helpful.


Here's my question. Someone goes in, changes ALL their account information except the credit card. Then orders $180 worth of digital merchandise that is going to a different e-mail account than the one on the account... and that doesn't raise any red flags? It seems simple to me, but I would think changes like that would put some type of hold on the account to prevent fraud like this from happening.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Car Insurance

I feel like insurance is one of those things you never think about until you need it. I know I never even knew the name of my car insurance company until I got into an accident. It was my first (and only) accident and a moment I will never forget. While it's something you really need, it's not necessarily something you want to spend a ton of money on. Being able to find cheap car insurance is a must. Being able to buy it online is even better! isn't  an insurance company itself. It's a cheap auto insurance search engine that let's you find quotes and comparisons from the nation's leading insurance companies. You put in your zip code, and it let's you see the insurance companies licensed in your area. You can then go on to get quotes and make comparisons. It's quick, easy and most importantly can help you save money on something that you need.

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by All ideas and opinions are my own. 

Giggles and Grumps

Have young kids and looking for some new, fun activities to do with them? 
Meet Aly from over at Giggles and Grumps

When asked about her blog, Aly said: My blog is full of ideas, tips, and tricks for taking care of young children. I have tons of activities for infants and toddlers in particular right now. I have a background (an associates degree) in Early Childhood Education. Based on this and my years of experience working professionally with children, I create or find activities through various sources [and then complete them with the girls I nanny, complete with pictures] that encourage positive development in all aspects of a child's life. I also provide other prospective nannies and babysitters with a list of must-haves before they start nannying or babysitting. My blog is pretty new, so there's a lot more to come!

Aly's blog is full of a lot of great ideas, I've bookmarked a couple I want to try with Fynn such as a baby-safe paint recipe (because you KNOW she'll end up eating it) and some cute ways to use hand and footprints to make great gifts. The things I love most about her blog, is that she's categorized her different activities by ages so it's easy to find something that is appropriate for the age of your kid. Her resources are great for parents, babysitters, or really anyone who works with young kids and is looking for some fresh ideas for fun, sensory activities that help them learn while they play.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sunday Social

1. Favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Curl up on the couch and read or watch tv. Anything relaxing and mindless. Rainy days just make me feel tired and blah.

2. Favorite thing to do on a Summer weekend?

Sit outside in the sun with a good book. I can be on the beach, by the pool, or just out on my deck, but I love sitting in the warm sun and relaxing with something interesting to read.

3. Favorite Spring accessory?

I've got these in like 10 colors
Flip flops! Ok, ok, they're technically supposed to be for summer. And it's not exactly warm enough in Maine for flip flops before late April/early May... but to me, nothing says spring like breaking out the open-toed shoes 

4. Favorite way to spend a Winter day?

Yup, that's me on my Ski Doo MXZ 550
Riding on my snowmobile which I haven't done much of the past two winters... next winter we're dropping the Bitty off with one of our parents and hitting up the trails. I miss it!). On really cold winter days I love having the wood stove cranking.

5. What is your favorite season and why?

Summer! I love the warmth, the sun, the longer days. I love that I get the summers off (one of the few perks of teaching). I'm always in a better mood in the summer and much more relaxed. 

6. Best birthday you ever had?

This is a random question to have in with all the ones about seasons. Hm... best birthday? I don't really know. Most of my birthdays have been pretty low-key. I guess my 16th birthday is my most memorable because my best friends (at the time) threw me an awesome surprise party (they even invited Drew who I was friends with at the time and had a major crush on!). It was also great because my parents got me 16 gifts and gave them to me throughout the day. They even had my best friend (who conveniently was in all my classes that year) give me a gift in every class. It's not that they were huge gifts or anything, it was just the thought and love that went into it. And the fun and excitement of not knowing what was coming next. It made me feel special to have that much thought and attention go into my birthday. I can't wait to do things like that for Fynn on her birthdays. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

I remember reading The Hobbit my freshman year of high school and being severely disappointed when the movie version was a lame cartoon. I was excited to see that Warner Brothers is going to release a trio of films that will recreate this classic novel. The first of these three is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 
This first movie takes Bilbo Baggins into the Wild and into the company of many different creatures such as Goblins, Orcs, Wargs, and Sorcerers.

Interested? You can buy the Blu-ray Combo pack on March 19th OR you can win it here. See the Rafflecopter form below to see the different ways you can win! 

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Where was this 4 years ago?

Four years ago (whoa, was it really that long ago?) when Drew and I were planning our wedding, we wanted to have favors that were cute and fun. I really wanted to do something like customized M & M's with our names on them or something equally personalized (I love things that have my name on them... doesn't matter what it is, if my name's on it, I love it). However, everything we found was just too expensive. We were having a decent-sized wedding, and couldn't really afford to drop a ton of cash on favors. 

We ended up with some cute (though impersonal) favor boxes in the shape of a bride and groom filled with dark chocolate hearts. Tasty, cute... but not what I had envisioned in my head originally.

They can even put your picture on it!
Oh how I wish I had found Announce It! back then. Their website,, lets you create just that. Customized candy bar wrappers for any and all occasions. You can get all different sizes and kinds of candy with personalized wrappers for a great price. I actually think doing these would have been cheaper than the boxes and candy we ended up buying and THESE would have had our names on them. Missed. Opportunity. Make sure to check them out at

This style would have completely
matched our wedding colors!

Disclaimer: This was a sponsored post by all ideas and opinions are my own

Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday's Letters

Dear parent volunteer at school,

Thanks for your advice about my daughter's sleep habits. I especially liked the fact that you said she's a behavior issue and is manipulating me when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I know your kid slept through the night at 6 weeks, so my kid must be trying to take advantage of me. I should probably bring her to your house at night so you can "fix" her.

I must be a behavior issue too, since I still wake up in the middle of the night.

Dear new followers,

Hi! I'm so glad you've joined me. I've been getting so many more comments, tweets, and e-mails lately from people reading my blog. Love you guys, thanks for all the love and support.

This happy blogger

Dear Zoey,

That buzzing you're hearing in your ears at night isn't actually bees. It's Fynn's white noise machine set to "Summer Night". Sorry to freak you out so much. Now please stop shaking your ears out at 3 am and scaring the crap out of me.

I hate those damn crickets too, but it helps her sleep.

Dear person who hacked my account,

You suck. Hacking me was one thing, charging $180 was a step too far. Luckily they e-mailed me when you changed all my account info, so I was able to call my bank withing 8 hours of your hacking. But now I have to wait for a new card from the bank, I'm not a patient person. I hope you got something good.

Not cool, Not cool

Dear Drew,

Telling me not to spend money this week because you don't want to transfer money into our account? That's basically begging me to drop some cash. Even without my debit card I can do some damage

You so brought this on yourself

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts

  • Last Saturday I got Fynn to take TWO hour and a half naps... now I know what I've been missing for the last 8 months. I got soooo much done while she slept
  • The other day I was joking with my students about having dance parties in the classroom while their at specialists... one of my kids goes "oh, THAT'S why you sometimes have that sign on your door saying not to disturb" Sure kid, you keep thinking that. At least that will get them to stop asking why the room's locked when I'm pumping
  • Fynn somehow got a sweet potato chip the other day. Drew and I were plowing through the bag when all of a sudden one fell on the counter. I figured Drew had just dropped it, so I picked it up before Fynn got it. Except it was covered in baby drool. And she was licking her lips. No idea how she got that.
  • There's still time to enter my giveaway for a movie poster and stuffie from the new Dreamwork's movie The Croods. Just saying
  • I might have a slight addiction to baby headbands. Fynn already has about 30... and then we went shopping the other day: 
She needed these, I swear

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Enjoy the First Ray of Sunshine in Spring 2013


With the sun shining and the weather really starting to heat up, it's time to grab some new
sunglasses. You can go for a conservative retro-chic look or something totally wild and colorful. Summer is coming so you will get a little more freedom than usual. Embrace it. Yes, Sunglasses have been a wide application around all groups of people. The main reason is that sunglasses play an important role in UV radiation protection. Indeed, millions of people around the world benefit a lot from the sunglasses.

In comparison, wraparound sunglasses are better choice for sunglasses because of their wraparound design. First, they will offer better eye protection by preventing UV rays from more than one angle, the front and the sides. Second, they can shield wind or other fine articles from reaching your eyes and cling firmly to your face. Third, they can make your face look smaller. Fourth, they will protect the skin around your eyes by covering larger parts of your face with their distinct shapes. All and all, these features undoubtedly make wrap round sunglasses an ideal choice for you to enjoy comfort and fashion at the same time.

But for the people who have vision problems, a pair of sunglasses is not enough. In this case, prescription sunglasses can provide an excellent service. Nowadays, prescription sunglasses have attracted more and more people and played an important role in our life. They are specially designed for people with myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. Stylish prescription sunglasses not only provide you with a clearer vision but more importantly they put you in a position of fashion and vogue. If you have to wear prescription glasses and want to wear sunglasses, stylish prescription sunglasses are the very item you can lay your hands on.

 Where will you get sunglasses? Purchasing online may be a better choice. You can buy the high-quality sunglasses at wholesale prices. The latest styles and designs will make you outstanding among the public. Firmoo should be one of your better choices. is the world's most popular online eyeglasses store. Years of expertise in optical industry enable to offer varieties of prescription eyewear to the consuming public in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices. The low prices in never compromise the quality of eyewear while treating the quality and services to consumers as top priority.

Enjoy fashion & comfort at the same time. Now is the brightest time to buy sunglasses!

Not sure about purchasing glasses or sunglasses online? Don't worry! I had a great, easy experience ordering glasses from them back in December. Ordering was easy, shipping was fast, and I've been incredibly happy with  the glasses I got! Not to mention, I look super stylish in them. Which is good... since I'm running out of contacts again, and I have to go to the eye doctors before I can order more.  *Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by my review of the company and experience with them are my own words and ideas. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Three Word Tuesday

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Welcome to Three Word Tuesday. Here's how it works:

  1. You post a picture from your week with just three words describing it. It can be something funny, serious, memorable, or mundane... whatever works for you.
  2. Add my cute little button to your post:
  3. My Show
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  • Link up with me to share. Interested in co-hosting TWT? E-mail me at

  • 8 Months

    We've reached 8 months... it freaks me out to know she's 2/3 of the way through her first year. Like that fraction work there? Can you tell I teach fractions to third graders? 

    Dear Fynn,

    Please slow down and be a baby! You're so determined to discover new things and learn how to do things that I feel like you're not a baby anymore. You look and act like such a toddler. I thought I would have all this time to get used to you growing up, but here you are speeding through your first year.

    This month you:

    • Are around 20 lbs... I think. You were 18 at your 6 month check up, and I can tell you've grown since then. I can't wait until your 9 month check to see just how big you've gotten. You're a lot taller then before too, which is hard to believe because you're already so tall for your age! 
    • Learned how to move! You get on your belly and do the "inchworm" it's hilarious. Towards the end of this month you figured out how to get your legs up under you, but you're still fastest and more comfortable inching around. 
    • Figured out how to go from your belly to sitting up. You're pretty good at it, but it scares me because you often look like you're going to faceplant.
    • Are still obsessed with the dog. You love to grab at her face and ears. Poor Zoey. She's such a good sport though and doesn't get upset, even when you're beating on her. 
    • Are finally getting some hair. It looks blonde for the most part, but some of it is darker, so it's hard to tell what color it will actually be when it grows in
    • Want to walk so bad! You fuss and fight until we stand you up, then you try to get us to let go! You clearly do not have the ability or balance to even stand up on your own, let alone walk, but you really want to! 
    • Love daycare. You and your BFF "C" (who's 15 months) give each other hugs and get so excited to see each other in the mornings. It is adorable. You also LOVE "D", your babysitter. Knowing you're in a place where you're loved and where you love them makes it so much easier to go to work every day
    • Started kissing. You do this adorably slimy, open mouth kiss right on our faces. It is just so sweet. Sometimes you will even do it when I ask for kisses which melts my heart
    • Still have no teeth. Seriously, it's frustrating. You keep getting fussy and acting like your teeth hurt, but there's nothing there! 

    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    Sunday Social

    1. What is one movie you are terrified to watch?
    I'm a wuss. Anything with ghosts, zombies, spirits, psychopaths, or any other movie where people are tortured/maimed/murdered. Not my cup of tea. Which is funny considering that Drew and I were obsessed with horror movies in High School. Clearly those days are over.

    2. What is one TV show you have always wanted to get into but haven’t yet?
    Parenthood. I keep hearing how good it is, so I've watched it a few times, but I just can't get into it. I don't get what I'm missing. 

    3. What is one daring activity on your bucket list?
    Skydiving... I don't know if I'll ever get up the guts to do it... but I really want to. 

    4. Would you ever travel alone?
    Probably not... being in new places alone freaks me out. Probably because I have no sense of direction. I get lost at the Maine Mall. There's like 3 stores there.
    No lie, this is the floor plan for the Maine Mall.
    The biggest mall in Maine. I couldn't make this crap up.

    5. What activities do you like to do alone?
    Weird question. Sounds kinda sketchy. I mean, there are a lot of things I like to do alone. Go to the bathroom, pick my noise... Oh, they probably don't mean things like that. Ok, I like to read alone because I don't like to be interrupted  Same with blogging. And yoga... but that's because I look like a spaz and don't want others to see me like that. 

    Saturday, March 9, 2013

    The Croods {and A Giveaway}

    It's an age-old story. Dad wants to protect his family. Teenage girl wants her independence and a chance to really experience the world... we just don't usually see this dynamic play out in a cartoon cave-family. 

    The Croods, it's the latest Dreamworks animated movie hitting theaters March 22nd in 3D. It stars some well-known names such as Nicolas Cage, Cloris Leachman and Emma Stone as a family of cavemen (cavepeople?). 

    Their home is suddenly destroyed they are forced to set out on a road trip to find a new place to live. On their journey they discover new places, faces, and themselves. The father, Grug wants to keep his family safe. Safe as in unchanged... and bored. His wife, Ugga and son, Thunk are content with his "fear is good; change is bad" motto. But teenage daughter Eep wants to break free of her boring life and discover the wide world in front of her. 

    It's the clash of personalities and dynamics that make this movie look like yet another hilarious Dreamworks comedy, I can't wait to see it. The pictures and trailers I've seen show yet another brilliantly created masterpiece that will surely be a box office success.  

    Belt Plushie
    The Croods movie poster
    Until you can see it for yourself, you should check out their website for video clips, games, and more information about the movie. AND you should enter my giveaway for some sweet items from the movie. I have a Belt plush toy (he's the sloth) and a movie poster to give to one My Show reader. See the Rafflecopter entry below to enter, and make sure you check out The Croods when it hits theaters on March 22nd. 

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    *Disclaimer: I received related products in compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. 

    Thursday, March 7, 2013

    Thursday Thoughts

    I'm linking up today with:
    Thursday Thoughts

    • Drew and I had bread, olive oil, and jelly beans for dinner last night. Clearly we're on a health kick. Clearly
    • The saddest part of the aformentioned meal? I actually went to the grocery store last night to get it. Not the jelly beans, those were an impulse buy. But the bread and oil? Planned dinner. 

    • Along with the jelly beans we ate, I bought jelly beans to do one of those guessing jars... I filled a jar, thought it looked all pretty. And then realized I probably can't send a kid home with 461* jelly beans. Crap. Currently coming up with Plan B that still involves my awesome, multi-colored jar of beans. 

    • Sometimes I amaze myself. The other day I was eating chips and salsa, and complaining as usual about the squishies in the salsa. And then I had a light bulb moment. I put the salsa in the Magic Bullet! It's perfect now, and I get to have my own little jar of salsa in the fridge. 

    • I'm fighting yet another cold right now. Between teaching and Fynn's daycare, I'm exposed to billions of germs a day... obviously my body can't handle it
    • Fynn wants to walk. I'm scared. Girl is over trying to crawl. Or just sitting still would be a cool trick too. Nope, she's not having it. She wants to walk. I'm so screwed. 
    • I'm not really feeling blogging this week, which explains why I've been MIA... Maybe next week I'll be back to my usual spark
    *I asked Drew to guess how many jelly beans there were. His first guess was 463. I'm still trying to figure out how he did that.

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013

    Three Word Tuesday

    Telling Mommy Secrets

    Welcome to Three Word Tuesday. Here's how it works:

    1. You post a picture from your week with just three words describing it. It can be something funny, serious, memorable, or mundane... whatever works for you.
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    Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Eavesdropping Via Baby Monitor

    I mentioned it on Twitter last week, but I love to eavesdrop on Drew and Fynn over the baby monitor. 

    I love watching Drew and Fynn together any time. They're adorable and sweet and there's something so heart melting about watching the man you love interact with their child. But those moments, when they're alone, are probably the sweetest of all.

    Every morning I go downstairs to get ready, pack lunch, etc. Drew stays upstairs and when Fynn gets up he starts playing and talking to her. Cutest. Thing. Ever. He jokes with her and tells her how smart she is. I hear them playing games or babbling to each other and I just can't help smiling.

     This morning he went up to put her down for a nap, and I listened to him read her a book in the silliest baby voice imaginable. A voice I didn't know my husband had. A voice I would have never heard if I hadn't turned on the monitor. This tough guy I've been with for 10 years? He has a major soft side. Her name is Fynn.
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