Monday, October 31, 2011
This post brought to you by Puppies vs. Babies. All opinions are 100% mine.
Two of the cutest things in the world are babies and puppies. Whenever I see a cute baby it makes me want to have another baby of my own (until I get home and hear my kids fighting with each other) and whenever I see a cute puppy it makes me want to get another dog (until I get home and have to hear my dog barking at the UPS man, my neighbors, squirrels, etc.)
Right now there is a Puppies vs. Babies online contest going on where you get to vote for who you think is cuter. You have until November 23rd to cast your vote and the winning baby or puppy will get $5000 plus you get to look at heart melting pictures of pure cuteness.
As for me, I voted for a puppy. I do think babies are just so cute and as a mom I think my kids are just the cutest things in the world (except when they are having screaming tantrums) but being in my last weeks of pregnancy I am completely babied out right now. Puppies are cuter to me at this moment because they are less work to take care of.
So go check out the Puppies vs. Babies website and vote for who you think is cuter, though I do want to warn you that you may feel the sudden urge to want to get pregnant immediately or to run to your nearest animal shelter and adopt a puppy.
Who did you vote for?
Between not being able to sleep well at night and just a general lack of energy it seems as if things that would not have bothered me before really get on my nerves now. My kids are a large part of my lack of patience as they are at the ages now where they fight constantly about everything and most of the time about nothing at all. A lot of the time I find myself just letting them beat the crap out of each other because I just don't want to deal with their squabbles and I feel like they need to work things out by themselves. How many times can I intervene when they fight over a toy- it does no good and then they just start fighting over another toy five minutes later. But then there are the times where my head is already throbbing and I am tired beyond belief that the wrath of mommy comes out- I yell a lot and then banish everyone to their rooms.
I know that my patience and energy level will return once I have the baby so we all just need to make through he next week and a half of me being crazy.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I love Le Creuset. Everything is made so well and it cleans up very easy.
Right now, Amazon is selling the Le Creuset Stoneware Large 2-3/4-Quart Utensil Crock in Black Onyx for $14.12. Shipping is free if you have Amazon Prime or you can get Free Super Saving Shipping if you spend over $25.
This would make an awesome Christmas present. Buy one for yourself, one for your mom and one for your mother in law (this is just what I may do- I have a hard time saying no to a great price). You could even use it to make a cute little gift "basket" and add in some kitchen stuff or baking mixes. My head is already swimming with ideas...
Disclaimer: This post contains my affiliate link.
I use Charlie's Soap and have been for awhile. I started using this way back when I was cloth diapering my son and had a ton left over when I ditched cloth for disposables. Fast forward to more recently and my son had a weird rash on his skin. I wasn't sure what exactly it was from but I had been detergent hopping and using whatever I could get for a good deal so I thought maybe he was having a reaction. I saw my Charlie's Soap sitting on the shelf in the laundry room and decided to rewash all of my son's clothing in it because it was all natural and didn't have any weird chemicals.
My son's rash went away (who knows if it was the detergent or not- sometimes kids just get weird rashes) but I decided to stick with the Charlie's Soap for all of our laundry. It works so well and leaves the clothes so soft that I actually stopped using fabric softener and dryer sheets. It also keeps the inside of my front loading washer extremely clean and keeps the awful front loading washer smell away. The clothing comes out of the dryer smelling like clothing- not flowers or morning rain, just clothing. It is amazing how much chemical crap and fragrance that traditional detergents have in them. What is also nice is that when I have the baby I can just wash her clothing in with all of ours instead of having to separate it and wash it in special detergent because this has no harsh ingredients.
I started out using the liquid detergent but when the price went up a bit on Amazon I decided to go with the powder. I am not sure how much everyone else pays for their detergent but on Amazon Charlie's Soap is $11.99 for 80 large loads and with Subscribe and Save it goes down to $10.19 for 80 large loads
(shipping is free with Subscribe and Save). This all equates to paying about .13 cents a load. Maybe not as good as buying the cheap stuff at the store on sale with a coupon but if you want detergent that has no weirdo chemicals or fragrances because someone in your family has sensitive skin or allergies this seems like a winner to me.
Plus, I am lazy and the thought of having to go to the store to buy laundry detergent makes me shudder.
Disclaimer: This post contains my affiliate link. Charlie's Soap has no idea who I am- I wrote this post because I simply love their product and use it every day.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I love it because I don't have to go anywhere so I get to sit in my cozy, warm house and relax in my sweatpants.
If I did have to leave the house today I would be cursing up a storm in my head about having to drag my butt and my two kids out in the rain.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
That is until now. I am fat, pregnant and have a hunkering for chocolate.
I already busted open the bags of candy that I bought for trick or treaters and because I have no willpower I am not sure if said candy will still be around on Monday night. Luckily, I just bought two huge bags of candy from Amazon (gotta love Amazon Prime) that will be here by Monday so I'll just have to keep my grubby little hands off of them unless I want my house to get toilet papered due to a lack of candy on Halloween night.
The real best part of Halloween for a pregnant lady (once you get past the having to waddle from house to house with the kids while they trick or treat) is when I get to go through their candy when we get home to check for razor blades and hypodermic needles. At that time I confiscate what I don't think the kids should be eating- or should I say I confiscate what I think I should be eating.
I have been so good my whole pregnancy with not pigging out on junk so with two weeks to go until I have this baby, let the floodgates of sugary, fattening and high fructose corn syrup laden food open up!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Do you know what stinks about being a mom? It really stinks when you are sick.
-The kids don't care if you are sick because they still need to be taken care of.
-The laundry doesn't care if you are sick because it still needs to be washed and put away.
-The dishes don't care if you are sick because they still pile up in the sink waiting to be washed.
-The dust and crumbs don't care because they still accumulate all over the house waiting to be swept up.
So I guess we as moms should just jump on the bandwagon and not care when we are sick- why should we if no one else does? Onto the taking care of the kids, laundry, dishes and sweeping we go!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
I have already covered them with the new fabric (I am reusing the crib rail covers I made for my daughter's crib way back when) but now am on to the really sucky part- making the ties. I cut sixteen pieces of fabric tonight (eight ties on each rail cover) and of course my foggy brain contributed to me not cutting them the right width. I worked around my incompetence and the ties will just be skinnier than the ones I made for the front cover. I'm sure the baby won't mind. I started pinning the ties and hopefully will get that done tomorrow night. Then another night this week, probably after I make the kids' trick or treat baskets, I will sew (by hand because my sewing machine petrifies me) all sixteen ties. Then on yet another night I will attach said sixteen ties to the crib rail covers and will be done with this darned project I started.
Once I am done the crib will look adorable and I will only have a couple more things to finish up in the room before my baby makes her entrance into the world. Man, I hate sewing....
The past years have been pretty easy to make baskets for but this year I am kind of stuck.
My daughter is going to be a fairy princess and I dropped a pretty penny on this costume (yes, I know I could have made something like it but it would not have been as cute). My daughter fell in love with it when she saw it and looked beyond adorable when she tried it on. I am going to make her a tutu basket with matching tulle but will iron out the details when I go to Jo-Ann Fabrics this week. Not the most creative basket but at least it will be cute.
My son is going to be a guy from Star Wars which is where my stuck-ness comes in. I am not someone who knows a ton about Star Wars so I did a lot of searching on the Internet for some ideas for a trick or treat basket. Right now I am leaning towards an R2D2 basket made with a bucket, paint and felt but I was also thinking of doing a Chewbacca basket. I guess I will just have to get my inspiration from aimlessly roaming the aisles of the fabric store.
With Halloween about a week away I really need to get going on these baskets and will most likely run to Jo-Ann Fabrics after my doctor's appointment on Tuesday. I swear I am going to drive myself crazy between getting these Halloween baskets done and getting my daughter's/the baby's room done. And like I said before- no one else even cares about any of the stuff I am doing but as long as I care it is all worth it.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I apply my stubbornness and unwillingness for help to pretty much all aspects of my life- especially when it comes to my kids. The only time I ever don't take them places with me is when I can't, such as when I have to go to the doctor (I don't want my kids seeing me spread eagle while my doctor checks to see if I'm dilated) and dentists appointments (impossible to keep an eye on the kids while plaque is getting scraped off of my teeth). Any other situation and I just soldier on and take the kids with me. Yes, it would be way easier to ask my in-laws (who live in an in-law apartment at our house) to take the kids for a bit while I run to the store but I never (ever, ever) do that. If having kids were supposed to be easy everyone would have ten of them.
Is my way the right way? It is for me because if I got lots of help I would feel like I were incompetent at my job of being a mom. For everyone else- you just have to do what is right for you and your family. But think of this- if you think raising babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers is hard then just wait until they are all teenagers. I'm not sure that dropping them off at grandma and grandpa's house would be a viable option then so you might as well man up now.
Last week I got to put away all of the summer clothing and take out all of the fall/winter clothing and coats. I was very happy to discover that my son's snowsuit from last year still fits him (thank goodness for buying things big). He also has a winter coat that my mom bought him awhile ago at The Children's Place on clearance and he has mittens and hats that still fit from last year- the only things he will be needing are some extra mittens (just in case he loses the ones he has) and snow boots. My daughter has snow pants that I bought from Land's End on clearance a couple of months ago but she needs everything else- winter coat, boots, hats and mittens. I am planning on getting her a winter coat from the Gap because I got a coupon in the mail for next week for 40% off coats and I also have a $20 reward certificate that they gave me for upgrading from a regular Gap credit card to a Gap Visa card. The baby won't need a coat (we have one of those bundle me car seat things) but I do need to buy her a winter hat. As far as clothing goes the kids and baby are set, though I love buying them clothing so being set does not mean that they won't be getting more stuff.
So come on cold weather- I am ready for you (actually, can you just hold off on the snow for a bit until I find a great deal on snow boots?).
Friday, October 21, 2011
I may be old fashioned, but I always thought that whenever you received a gift from someone you were supposed to write them a thank you note?
Last year at my son's fourth birthday party we chose not to have him open all of his presents from his friends during the party because little kids would rather be playing in the jump house and eating cake than watching my son tearing open wrapping paper. After the guests from school left we let him open the gifts from our immediate family that were still there. My son and I wrote thank you notes to all of his friends and any family/friends of ours who left earlier in the day to thank them for the gifts and for coming to his party. Anytime a family member mails a gift we also always send a thank you note.
My son has gone to two birthday parties this year and has not received one thank you note. The gifts at each party were not opened during the parties so it seems to me that a thank you note would definitely be in order. After my son's party we handed out our thank you notes the following week. Being too busy is not an excuse either- I mean I had two kids and was pregnant and still managed to make really nice thank you notes for everyone (I printed out a picture that my husband took of all of the kids in the jump house and we wrote the note on the back).
I guess I'm a little taken aback by parents not teaching their kids manners. Thank you notes are a great way to show your appreciation to someone and the younger a child learns how to write them the more instilled in them this token of appreciation will be. It really makes your child sit back and have to think about each gift they received and it also shows them how to be thankful for a gift even if it may not be something they like all that much. Someone took the time to pick out a thoughtful gift and took the time to attend your party so they should at least get a thoughtful thank you note.
Like I said, maybe I'm just old fashioned.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
So, will I rest? Nope. I will continue to go crazy getting random stuff done around the house. I can rest in the hospital after my c-section. And then after that I suppose I can rest when the kids are all adults and have moved out on their own.