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Today marks the end (most likely) of my 8mn 11 day journey of breastfeeding L.  as I write this and the sadness that this will most likely be the 1st and last time I get to really BF one of my babies it is a chapter I knew would eventually come to a close.  It has been an interesting, sometimes stressful, but overall enjoyable experience. Read More »

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Group Friendship

03.8.2014

I think there is a big difference between knowing a group people yet you have individual close friendships within that group.  You tend to come together for a one off night out, or come together to help each other during a time of need. Verse having a true “group friendship”  one where there becomes no sense of individuality when outsiders are looking in,   one that almost feels as though privacy is hard to rely on, separate relationships amongst each other cause rifts or jealousy, that “shit” is talked, and no secret is really a secret. You are not always included or thought of outside of the group because it feels so insular.   Dont get me wrong – “group friendships” can also be amazing, they always start off making each other feel special, wanted, needed, important, cherished, part of something secret, coveted even! Read More »

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Wordless Wednesday

03.5.2014

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Ok, flat out, gonna say it.  We (or I) am crazy and apparently Im a gluton for punishment.  For YEARS I have wanted to get a second dog  - Mind you I wanted to get this dog BEFORE we had kids, but my lovely hubs was not ready for it.  On and off for let say, oh 8 years. I have been harassing M. with photos of cute little brusselie babies off the brussels griffon rescue website (btw, an amazing organization with all volunteers, etc… please donate if you have a heart and love the griffs! or dogs!) Anyways for approx 8 years he has said NO to all my pleas.. Randomly about 4 months ago I showed M. FB friends photo who fosters for the NBGR.. it was of this ADORABLE 5mn old puppy named Verdell. Read More »

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I think it is time that I start to write again.  It has been probably close to 8+ months since I have.  SO much has gone since I last wrote.. and in some ways I dont mind that I am “Starting fresh” – I doubt many of my old readers will be reading, and in many ways that is ok too.  I can write more candidly if I dont know who is reading!  :) Read More »

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I had intended to write and post this ON the 10th but I spent the day photographing the birth of a little boy, so my post did not happen, but if you check out the slideshow at the end of the post you can see how I spent the day capturing an amazing experience :) .  Anyways… Here’s to you my sweet little incredible 20mn old angel.  At 20mns old you walk, run, “jump” dance, spin, climb, crawl, and more.  You are the most amazing creature I have ever laid eyes on.  Yes, you drive me crazy at times and is still not the best eater, but you are also so charming and funny and fun to be with I am blessed to have you in my life.  At 20 mns my little bird can say a plethora of words… such as, baby, up, down, wet, walk, rain, wickett, momma, dada, dirty, water, eat, shoes, socks, pajama, bottle, blankie, banana, cracker, bug, and so much more. I dont know how tall you are or how much you have gained but I am hoping for a lb or 2 and an 1inch or so.

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This is probably one of my most recent favorite products to review.  If many of you dont already know it, I am Gluten Free.  There are worse things in life to have to be, and it def. forces you to have to think more about the choices in food you put in your mouth, BUT Udi‘s makes it  A LOT easier! Read More »

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Constant Debate

04.25.2013

I know I’ve talked about this before but it is a still a CONSTANT debate in my mind, between M. and I, with girlfriends, and anyone who meets me and asks.  Do we try for #2.  Now that we are out of the hell of horrible infancy and have this amazingly wonderful, adorable, beautiful, little toddler I dont know if I want to do all that other crap again.  I always dreamed of a big family, one to fill the holiday tables with, and playing together in the backyard, supporting each other through life changes, maybe even being best friends someday!  I always wanted my kid to have a sibling to lean on when times were tough, or to help when she might someday (far from now) be all alone.  However my own selfishness sometimes out weights all those good points.  I know, there is NO guarantee that our children will be close or even like or tolerate each other but I guess that is a gamble parents with more then one take!  I also wonder if having another baby so that my current one is not alone is the RIGHT reason to have another.  I dont doubt for even a millisecond that I would not love another baby as much as my little bird, but the need to have another is not one that comes from thoughts or feelings like “oh I love babies” or “I love being a mom, I could have 10 more!” HELLS NO! I struggle with the mom card almost daily.  I have a fierce love for my babe and she is the light of my life, but the fact that I am her MOTHER and that role, and this job I have taken on will never ever end is sometimes daunting!  People have suggested waiting a few years… but I dont want my kids (if we have more) to be far apart in age, nor do I want to be so far out of the diapers, bottles, and baby toy stage to have to do it all over again.  I also want my body back, and want to work at it, and feel awesome about myself.. I cant imagine getting back to a place I am happy with and then 4-5 years later feeling gross and crappy all over again! ha!  So I guess the time will come sometime soon that we will have to truly make up our minds once and for all.

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Hello all! I was asked by Dole to taste test their latest product, The Parfait fruit cups.  I was a little unsure when I first received the product… not because I was afraid it would taste bad.. but it was strange that it did not need to be refrigerated asap like other yogurt type products.  BUT I was committed to doing the post and making sure to give a true, honest review… I stuck the 3 different flavors, Pineapple and creme, apples and creme, and peaches and creme into the fridge to let them get cold and tried one each over the next 3 days.


 

Lucky for me (and DOLE haha) they were all pretty darn good!  I even let little miss R. baby try them.. and she asked for more… which if you know my child is NOT the norm!  It is a nice combo of real fruit with the smooth layer of deliciously light-tasting creme.  My favorite, which I was not surprised about was the peaches and creme… it also was the one that made the most sense combo wise for me.. but yah for being low fat, cholesterol free and very low in sodium I’d buy them again!  Here are some other details on the product that are good to know.   They contain all natural fruit and are rich in Vitamin C,  are available in the canned fruit section at select grocery retailers and online, and have a suggested retail price is $2.79/per package of four.   You can check out all the details HERE on the DOLE Fruit Parfaits website or also at dole.com 

Here is also a link to DOLE FB page or twitter in cause you are a fan!  But really, for a product you can keep in your cabinet and pop in the fridge whenever you are low on something…or if you are going out for the day but want a snack in your diaper bag for your or your little one.. or just to stick in your purse it is good, healthy, and better then the cheetos you got from the vending machine! For $2.79 it cant hurt to try them out!

Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and DOLE partnered in support of this campaign. DOLE compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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With the early wake up of my little bird I feared today would be a bust. I trekked to the gym, had a great class, only to learn that my babe managed to fall asleep in the daycare room! Ug! F–k! That was NOT what I had hoped for! I was anticipating her being “played out” and ready to nap… Not already napped, and for only 20 min :( so here I am watching the monitor like a hawk for the last 40mins as she plays, complains, and does nothing in her crib. Waiting, hoping, praying, she will go down for a real nap.

The coveted naptime has been screwed..today is going to be an interesting one.

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