Sunday, December 21, 2008
I was so lucky in winning this makeover from Frugal Mommy a little while ago. She was giving away a free custom blog design from Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs!
When they contacted me that I won I was so excited! Traci wrote me right away and she was so easy to work with.
I took a look at some designs in her portfolio and LOVED what I saw. A bonus? She never duplicates ANY of her work--so each blog design is a custom made design made especially for you! I looked on some of the scrap sites for a package that I loved and she went from there.
She was SO easy to work with and made it a lot of fun. I would recommend her to anyone! She was quick, nice, funny....and it made for a really great and positive experience.
Thank you, Frugal Mommy and Sweet Cheeky Designs--I LOVE my new look!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The much beloved second nap.
Isabella has flat out refused for a week....or so....to take the much needed second nap. Okay, so it was much needed for this momma. Obviously she doesn't need one anymore.
What do I do?! We both need that nap...desperately!
She takes her morning nap--no problem! Waves to her toys, waves to me and happily drifts off to sleep without a hitch.
But the afternoon? Just not happening....screaming, crying, throwing things out of her crib, trying to climb out of the crib....*sigh*
Guess this was her early Christmas gift to me.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The ornaments (which I have found a few hidden and tucked away in her room, cute!), the gifts under the tree, the songs, the singing animals at the stores...everything! And if you are wondering...we didn't make it to see Santa yet...that will be this Friday after my prenatal appointment, yay!
Anyway, I've always been a firm believer that when I have a child or children I want the season to be for them. Learning about Jesus, his birth, giving to others, donating money to different causes as they are out in the bitter cold hoping to get some change that will make a difference. I want her to know that the season is for giving to others and to know what we are celebrating.
I recently nominated a family for an amazing Christmas giveaway. You had to nominate them on the Barefoot Mommies blog and then readers voted to see who would be the winner.
Guess what...my family won! (It was actually a tie!). I was so touched by the people who took time to vote for the nominated families. I am so happy I could help make another family's Christmas a little brighter. It could be my hormones, but I was crying as I saw how many votes my family got. It. was. amazing.
So, this Christmas, if you have a chance to make someone's season a little brighter....I urge you to do so...this was so rewarding for me to do this.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Maybe my stress of nothing done was the cause of part of my dream last nite. Isabella woke up on Christmas and nothing was done!
No presents from Santa.
No gifts under the tree.
No cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
No Christmas dinner in the works.
How sad is that?! I have felt so lousy this week that now I am dreaming of no Christmas? This Momma needs to kick it in gear.
Here's my plan:
I have declared that tomorrow Isabella will see Santa. If she wants to, that is. I'm not going to force her up to the man in the big red suit if it means our happy-Christmas-get-a-move-on-Momma day will become a not-one-dang-thing-got-accomplished kind of day.
I am going to mail off the rest of our Christmas cards.
Order a few more Christmas gifts for some family members.
Finish my shopping for Leo and Isabella.
And hopefully if I feel okay I will treat myself to a Starbucks...if it sounds good tomorrow.
So here's hoping I will feel good tomorrow.
And honestly? Here's hoping I get one of those things accomplished tomorrow....because who am I kidding with a list like that...we all know I am a procrastinator....and love the last minute rush at the mall on Christmas Eve early afternoon.....
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
What are your favorite items? The portrait pacifiers for newborns. I remember having to pull the pacifier out for pictures, popping it back in and hoping the photographer had a fast shutter finger. I wish I had created them sooner.
What is your favorite item to create? The leaf wings with my fairy sets because they are so elaborate and different everytime.
- This giveaway is open to US residents including Alaska, Hawaii and APO/AE addresses due to shipping costs.
- For one entry, go to her shop and come back here to tell me what your favorite item is.
- For an extra entries you can do any of the following: grab my button and put it on your sidebar, become a subscriber or follower (if you already do that is okay, too!), and/or blog about this giveaway on your blog and come back and give me the link. Make sure you do a seperate comment for each that you do!
- You need to leave an e-mail address in your comment. The past few giveaways I've had no way to contact the winners! So please, if you do not have a blog leave me your e-mail in your comment.
- This giveaway will run until December 17th @ 9 AM CST. From there Random.org will be used to pick the winner.
Thank you to all who enter and good luck! Thank you to Jen who made this all possible!
Monday, December 8, 2008
My doctor's office called me back this morning and want me to try Unisom and B6. If that doesn't help then they'll write me a script for something.
I promise I'll write more once I start feeling somewhat back to normal. I even have some cute pictures of Bella to post sometime this week.
I'm going to lay down for awhile....I still need to finish my Christmas cards and get those mailed this week. Anyone want to come over and help *smile*
Thanks for being patient, sorry to be so boring....and I promise to start posting more interesting things once I start feeling better.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I think it's time I tell you that Mommy's pregnant. I know I've told you, but I wanted to document it--all of my thoughts, feelings and what you are possibly thinking right now.
I know you've noticed a change in your Momma....and it breaks my heart a little bit. Momma used to be fun, silly, laughing all the time.
Now you come up behind me and give me the sweetest pats anytime I am getting sick....and that is the sweetest thing to me. Just knowing that you are trying everything to make your Momma feel better melts my heart into a million little pieces. You come and lay on me when I am laying down on the couch. That has to be one of the sweetest things you have ever done, munchkin.
I want you to know that you will always be my #1, my first born. Nothing, no baby, no person, can ever take that away from you, okay, honey? I know at first it's going to be hard. You may feel like you are replaced or that we no longer love you. But that is so far from the truth.
You and I have a special bond. You taught me how to love and care for someone more than I ever thought that I could. You taught me to appreciate the simple things--whether it's an airplane in the sky or you pointing at my eye when I ask you where my eye is (which I can't believe you can do! Smart girl!). Those are little things that as I've gotten older, I've forgotten about.
I love how you eat things and look at me and say "Mmmmmm" no matter what it is! I love how sweet you have been lately, you have no idea how much that is helping me during this first trimester. Thank you, sweetheart.
I do know something. You are going to be the best big sister in the world. You are going to protect, love and care for your little sister and brother and that is going to make Momma and Daddy so proud.
So, my #1, I love you. You are not being replaced, we are just adding another addition to our little family. A little person who will one day, someday, be your best friend ever.
PS--Sorry, sweetheart, if this is too sappy. Momma has been a total emotional wreck lately....
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
While pregnant with Isabella I wanted you. All of the time.
Except I lived in Turkey for 7 of those months. Away from you.
When I arrived in the US, I was sooo happy to see you right by base where we lived for 2 weeks. Amazing!
I even ate you the nite I was admitted to be induced.
You were, how shall I say it, my final meal.
Now that I have beanie numero dos, you are at the top of my hot list (besides Dominos which I had tonite). I thought about you all day.
And now I am thinking about you all nite.
Leo promised that we would all go to eat your yummy sandwiches (which are baked so I can eat the meat! Yay! Ew. The word meat makes me gag
Anyways, I just want to say thank you for whatever it is that you do.
To a momma where nothing sounds good, this. is. amazing.
Thank you, Quiznos. And I will see you for our date tomorrow nite.
Your #1 fan,
I have so many wonderful memories of watching the classics when I was younger. Whether it was sipping on a strawberry milkshake when I had the chicken pox or gathering around the television to pop a tape in our VCR to watch something as a family.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is going to help bring some of the memories back and they want to help all of us to create new ones with our families. Starting Sunday December the 7th they will be having a classics movie marathon each and every Sunday in December! How fantastic is that?!
Here is line up of the scheduled shows for December the 7th per their media advisory:
Sunday Dec 7th:
Noon: Treasure Island (1950)
1:45 pm: Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
4 pm: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
6:15 pm: Old Yeller (1958)
8 pm: The Parent Trap (1961)
10:15 pm: Pollyanna (1960)
12 am: The Barefoot Executive (1971)
On December the 14th, The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics--which comes from writer/director/producer Peter Fitzgerald, will follow the studio's history as it ventured beyond its animation to develop non-animated family fare--will air at 7 pm.
So remember to tune in each Sunday in December to create some wonderful memories with your family! I know we'll definitely be watching the movies that will be showing.
Although I hate the way you make me feel 24/7, I am grateful that you are here.
Because you are here it means that you and my bean are working hard and working together.
And I couldn't be happier.
But can I tell you a secret? I can't wait until the end of January when the second trimester arrives and you begin to fade away (although replaced with many other symptoms). I don't really like feeling sick and being sick all day every day...
5 weeks 5 days pregnant w/our bean
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Let me give a quick background on Bugaboo. In 1999 the first Bugaboo debuted in Holland. Bugaboo was created after wanting a stroller that could be used for both leisure activities and for use in the city. When the designer, Max Barenbrug, tried to sell his revolutionary design in the beginning, it was believed that the whole concept was much too revolutionary. However, Max never gave up on his creation and in 1999 the first one was sold!
Now that we know the background of Bugaboo, let me tell you about Bugaboo Friends. Bugaboo Friends is located at bugaboofriends.com. When you register they will ask you a few short questions. Who are you, about yourself, what you like to do on a day out, etc. It didn't take long to register at all.
The whole registration took less than five minutes. After I got my confirmation e-mail I was able to log back onto http://www.bugaboofriends.com/. They have cute videos of families with their Bugaboo strollers out in the city, on a subway or in a park. Normal families that you can actually stop and think, hey--that could be me!
You are also added to a gallery of friends where you can connect with other members. See who's like you, maybe meet some new people that you wouldn't be able to meet otherwise. You can find different photos and videos in the gallery--I loved it! You can also be inspired by the many stories that are in the gallery of friends.
Monthly the gallery urges you to complete a challenge. This month's challenge is to create a video showing your Bugaboo in the city. Not only do you get to watch other videos and get inspired, but you also can win a prize for being the most creative one out there!
You can upload this to your social networks--Facebook, MySpace, etc. You can invite your friends, find friends and see how others spend time with their Bugaboo.
Thank you, Bugaboo, for providing me with the chance to join this amazing group!
Monday, December 1, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
* For my husband, my rock and who would do anything for Isabella and me.
* For Isabella, my beautiful, healthy, happy, adorable, cuddly little girl.
* For our new little baby....I still cannot believe it's true....
* For having a roof over our heads
* For having food to eat for each meal
* For clothing to keep me warm
* For my family--they are by my side through everything....they are the definition of a family
* For Leo's family--they are so kind hearted and loving
* For being able to be a stay at home momma to Isabella...I feel lucky to be able to do so
* For my friends--both irl and my bloggy friends. What would I do without you guys?
* For my health. Too many times we take things for granted.
I have much more that I am thankful for, but those are the main things that popped into my head this morning.
I wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
They are amazing. I remember the first time I saw them on Oprah....I goosebumps the entire time. Their voices are out of this world....I cannot describe the gift that they each have with voices like that.
I recently got the chance to review their new cd, The Promise. I loved it. I received it on a cloudy, cool day and popped it into my laptop. It was perfect listening music while I browsed my favorite blogs and read Twilight.
Today I recieved TWO Il Divo cd's to giveaway!
I received not only The Promise, but their Christmas album as well! How would you like to win both?
All you need to do is:
1) Leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Christmas/holiday song is. It's that easy!
You must do this to be eligible to win the prize--if you fail to do so, your comment will be deleted.
2) This is open to all US residents, 18+. You don't have to have a blog to win, just leave me a valid e-mail address so I can contact you to let you know that you won.
3) This giveaway will end on December 2nd at noon. At that time I will use Random.org to select the winner.
Good luck to you all and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Don't forget to enter my other giveaways going on. I am currently giving away 3 Progresso gift baskets and an adorable handmade lightswitch cover!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We all know how much I love giveaways.
Giving them, entering them, winning them....I just love them!
Recently I have been winning some pretty sweet giveaways and I want to highlite some of those.
My latest and greatest win? A free blog make over from the one and only Traci at Sweet Cheeky Designs. When I saw her e-mail to me telling me that I won? I couldn't believe it! Her blog designs are. amazing. She never duplicates a layout and is willing to do what you want.
Another great giveaway I've won is a fourteen dollar gift certificate to Bears Baked Goods. I used it on some chocolate cheesecake brownies...to die for! They were delicious and arrived so fast! Yum!
I've also won a $30 Barnes and Noble giftcard, an adorable boutique (handmade!!) dress from Bugs -n- Bees Boutique, a handmade owl pillow from My New Thing, a candle reed diffuser, 2 Chex spa giftbags, an E-book of my choice to make tons of different hairbows, a 3 pack of winter candles, a handmade felt zippered pouch...and that's all I can think of right now!
I am grateful for all of these winnings. I've entered so many and look at how many I've won!
Please check out the links that I've highlighted--I know you will love their products just as much as I do.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Yesterday at Wal-Mart I decided to pick up a pack of cheap-o pregnancy tests. Remember my slight obsession?
After Isabella and I unpacked all of our bags, I remembered I had bought a 3 pack.
All three of them turned positive.
Due to my obsession I immediately wanted Leo to go get more.
He firmly told me no, I am in fact PREGNANT!
We are so surprised, happy and shocked!
Isabella's going to be a big sister!
**This is not my test above. My new lens has yet to arrive so I had to find one on the web**
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
After a day full of exhaustion from myself.
After a day full of being bundled inside from the cold.
After a day of dreading tomorrow's dreaded 2nd flu dose for Isabella.
I have made an executive decision--a decision that will ensure that this Momma stays sane while keeping her family sane.
Tomorrow is declared take your child to Barnes & Noble and treat yourself to your favorite Starbucks drink--you know the one.
Don't forget to buy something for your little one....it will make your bookstore experience much. more. enjoyable. For everyone.
PS--I am going to buy the second book of the Twilight series. Being halfway done with the first I am now hooked on this crazy phenomenon that has swept over our country. (Don't mind that I am probably the only one around who hasn't completed book one yet....)
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
With my phone. (that will be important here in a minute...)
So, I'm sitting out here in the living room. I can hear her in her room playing and just being Isabella.
Awhile later I thought I heard a woman's voice.
I perked up and listened. Nothing. Must have been one of her baby dolls.
Then I heard it again. And again. It kind of freaked me out that maybe someone was in her room!
I go into her room and there's Isabella squatting down with my phone open and someone talking to her--and she even managed to turn it on speaker--which explains why I heard someone talking.
You should have seen the look on Bella's face when she saw me come in her room--it was the look of "oh crap! I've been caught!"...hilarious!
I glanced down and saw it was my Mom's cell phone. I was still confused and said, "hello?!"
My Mom-Bella's Mema-was laughing hysterically.
Apparently they had been having a real conversation.
My mom said she saw me calling, answered and heard nothing but some rustling. That's when she knew it was Bella, ha!
She asked Bella if she had been good and Bella answered like of course she had been good today. And then she started jabbering away to her Mema.
At this point my Mom thought maybe something had happened to me and Bella was calling for help...which cracked me up for some reason!
So to everyone whose numbers are in my cell phone...if you get random phone calls, hangups or just weird calls from me?
Just remember--more than likely it's not me....it's Miss Bella....
Monday, November 17, 2008
He brought me home a thing of Double. Stuff. Oreos.
Yum! These are my favorite....by far.
As I was
He sits there for a second and replies.....
"It's not my fault you have no self control!"
Hm. Come to think of it?
I really don't.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
****Giveaway now closed****Winner will be announced shortly. Thank you to all who entered!
- For one entry, visit her Buster and boo shop. Come back here and tell me your favorite item(s) that she carries.
- For a second entry, visit her Woolies shop. Come back here again and tell me your favorite item from that shop in seperate comment. ***Important: leave a seperate comment for what you like at Woolies for your second chance!***
- This contest is open to anyone--you can live anywhere, she'll ship there!
- This contest will end at 12pm cst on Saturday November 22. From there one winner will be picked via random.org and notified.
- When leaving your comments you must leave me a way to get in touch with you in case you are the winner. If you have a blog, make sure you have your e-mail posted so I can e-mail you. If you don't have a blog, make you sure you leave your e-mail when you leave a comment.
Good luck to everyone who enters!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Since the time change you have decided to wake up at, oh, 5 o'clock in the morning. Every morning.
Due to my lack of sleep I feel unhumanly tired.
For example: Today when Mema called? She thought that I was sleeping.
Which would have been fine. If I was indeed sleeping.
So, honey, tonite? Please sleep. And sleep well into the morning. Momma doesn't mind if you sleep in.
Shoot, sleep until 7 and I will be ecstatic....alive....and normal feeling.
I love you, my little early bird.
And remember....sleep until you see the light outside. That is when Momma likes to wake up.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
The ever wonderful Tip Junkie is hosting some amazing giveaways!
Not only is she hosting giveaways (have I mentioned how amazing the prizes are?), but she is also the host of Mom-prenuer Shop-a-Thon which is showcasing some awesome Mom-prenuers!
Go over and check her out--I know you'll thank me later ;)
Without further ado....here we go....
The rules of this one? One word answers...only!
1. Where is your cell phone? Somewhere...
2. Your significant other? Couch
3. Your hair? healthy
4. Your mother? Loving
5. Your father? Loving
6. Your favorite thing? Isabella
7. Your dream last night? Bizarre....
8. Your favorite drink? DietCoke
9. Your dream/goal? success
10. The room you're in? warm
11. Your fear? death
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? thinner
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you're not? Mean
15. Muffins/donuts? Muffins
16. One of your wish list items? books
17. Where you grew up? Missouri
18. The last thing you did? talk
19. What are you wearing? clothes
20. Your TV? On
21. Your pet? Cat
22. Your computer? necessity
23. Your life? wonderful
24. Your mood? sleepy
25. Missing someone? yes
26. Favorite pastime? playing
27. Something you're not wearing? bikini (hehe....like I would ever wear a bikini again!)
28. Favorite Store? Target
29. Your summer? okay
30. Your favorite color? pink
31. When is the last time you laughed? Today
32. Last time you cried? unsure
33. Who will/would re-post this? dunno
34. Four places I go over: Target, Barnes & Noble, Gap, Toys R Us
35. Four people who e-mail me? sister, mom, Leo, grandma
36. Four of my favorite foods? Mexican, sushi, Italian, dessert
37. Four places I would like to be right now: Missouri, vacation, Dallas, shopping ;)
38. Four people I tag? anyone who wants to play along and let me know if you do!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thank you for my check of money that the government somehow forgot to pay me while I was in the Air Force.
Nevermind that I have been out for over a year.
Nevermind that I now live in Mississippi and you sent it to my parents' house (that may be my fault, Santa. Don't worry, I'll be changing that soon so that mistake won't happen again....)
Because when I got the phone call from my Mom?
I was a little freaked out why she was calling me on Monday nite sounding worried...
Waiting for me.
This check could not have come at a more perfect time.
Property taxes, Christmas, travelling, camera lens....
You definitely got my list right this year!
Thank you, Santa! I now know to be good each and every year....cross my heart...
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
The good news for my week? Isabella has been so happy lately!
For the past, oh, shall I say two weeks, she has been grumpy. Grouchy. Lots of tears. Lots of unhappiness.
That was hard for me. I just didn't know what to do. I tried everything that I could think of and nothing worked.
So this week was much, much better!
Now on to some bad news that we all could have done without.
A lot of you asked about my camera lens....oh-how-I-cringe just thinking about it....
Basically, it was put somewhere it should not have been *ahem cough Leo*.
Isabella saw the pretty strap and pulled it down where it met its fate by landing lens down.
It was still working, but wasn't turning to focus as smoothly. I figured, hey, I can hold out 'til Christmas....but Leo had other plans.
He tried to inspect it, mess with it, whatever. And he freaking broke it!
Ahhhh! I was so upset....am upset, whatever....
So, that's the story of the death of my lens.
Which for good measure? I am still grieving and mourning until I have a working lens...
I have the honor of hosting another giveaway!
Let me tell you--I am jealous that you will get a chance to win some goodies from Crafty Ladies.
Tell me about Crafty Ladies: We're a mother and daughter team who love to create all sorts of gifts. I, (being the daughter) run the site, make the edibles (fudge, sampler and dipping spoons) and the soaps. I started out making frames (that is why the website says: cuteframesbyk). My mom started getting interested and asked me to add her stuff--all of the scarves and hats, ornaments, pet toys and jewelry.
Do you have any other shops? We decided since she (mom) made all of my wedding favors, that we would also put together a wedding shop, A Sentimental Affair.
Is there anything else you would like to add? I am the one who also created a blog for our site. For the past month, I have been looking for donations for bereavement baskets. I am delivering 10 baskets next week and another 10 in Dec. With the help of the Etsy community I have been able to gather a lot of generous donations for the baskets. You can check out my blog and see what sort of generousity there is on this site. http://creativeladies.blogspot.com/. If anyone would like donate an item please convo me through my Etsy shop. We have also donated many of our items to the outside community and try to run as many giveaways as we can to.We love being able to express our creativity with the world as well as networking with others.
They have generously offered 4 Chocolate Dipping Spoons w/Peppermint Topping! Yum! Just perfect for the cold weather that has started arriving at our doorsteps, don't you agree?
- Go visit their Etsy shop, Crafty Ladies. This is a must to be considered for the prize
- Leave me a comment on one item (besides the prize) that you love from their store
- You have until Friday Nov 14 @ 10 pm (CST) to enter
- One entry per person
- This contest is open to US residents only due to shipping costs
- Please leave me a way to contact you whether by blog, e-mail address
Thank you for entering and good luck to all!
The winner will be announced on Saturday the 15th. I will e-mail you after Random.org generates the winner.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
It never disappoints!
This week's theme is six things that bring me joy.
1. My family. I know that no matter what they love me for being me. Leo is my rock, my best friend and a wonderful husband. Isabella is funny, sweet, beautiful and is the best dance partner ever.
2. Starbucks. I love their hot pumpkin spice lattes or their iced caramel macchiato. I usually get them each time I go to Barnes and Noble. There's something about wandering around, browsing books with said coffee in hand. Pure bliss.
3. Reading. Books are my little getaway. For just a little bit I get to escape into their world, their lives and it's just a nice time for me to be in my own little world for a little bit.
4. Crafting. Whether it's making bows for Isabella, scrapbooking, making cards or just daydreaming about all that I want to do, I love it! It's also another thing that I can do for just a little bit of quietness by myself...I love seeing all that I can create. Totally relaxing.
5. Getting mail. I love getting mail. With the exception of bills, just opening a piece of mail brightens my day. A card, a gift, a magazine, my Netflix movie...it doesn't matter, I love it all.
6. Hmm....their are so many things that bring joy into my life. I had to think for a little bit on what my final list maker would be. I have decided it's going to be when I get my hair done and they wash my hair. I am usually so relaxed and daydreaming...totally relaxing....
Make sure you go visit KD and write a list of your own....and while you're at it--go check out her blog! Funniest. girl. ever!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The past three days have been wonderful.
We have taken a walk every single day. The sun is shining, the wind is blowing and we even saw some trees changing colors.
You exclaim many times how everything is "pretty" or when you see a kitty you tell momma "kitty".
I love how when we come back you are so happy, so refreshed.
And so am I.
Our walks let us talk, let us listen and let us enjoy things that we would not get to enjoy if we were stuck indoors.
Yesterday when we saw two kittens? You. were. ecstatic.
You kept saying kitty over and over--and you saw them from so far away!
I love how when we return your cheeks are flushed, your hair is a little wind blown and you grin ear to ear.
I think this will be our new thing.
You, me, and a walk after your morning nap.
PS--I am not mad about the camera lens. Sad? Yes. But not mad. I've been wanting something nicer for awhile now....maybe Santa will bring one for me this Christmas....
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wow, are you all in for a treat!
Sounds wonderful, right?