Friday, November 26, 2010

Diaper Genie II Elite Review

Is it weird that today, the day after that hallowed family holiday, Thanksgiving, I thought about how awesome my Diaper Genie II Elite is? Well, I did. Yesterday was Baby D's very first Thanksgiving. And thus his first time eating Thanksgiving fare. The turkey, the candied yams, the southern-style baked macaroni and cheese, the ham, the collard greens. Need I go on? Ok, the Tiramisu was pretty delicious too.

Anyway, this delightful smorgasbord must've been a bit too much for the kid because he's been a poop-machine all day. ALL DAY. Poor guy.

So, I've been counting my blessings today that we have a Diaper Genie in the apartment because, even with all those dirty diapers in there, you don't smell anything. Nothing. The same couldn't be said for the last diaper container we had. I actually registered for it because I didn't want to have to buy refills for the Diaper Genie.  Yes, I was a being a cheapo and boy did I pay for it. After a couple days' worth of diapers, the other diaper container stunk up the apartment to high heaven. Something our noses couldn't afford in such a limited space.

The difference between the Diaper Genie and my other can was that the Diaper Genie bags actually line the whole inside of the can. So the diapers never touch any part of the container. You just open the top using the foot pedal and toss it in. The other can we had, the Diaper Champ, actually required that we squish the diapers with the weighted top until the rotator thing pushed it down into the not-so-airtight diaper chamber.

We use less than one bag refill a month for the Diaper Genie so its really not as bad as I expected. That's about $6 (less with store rewards coupons) every 6-8 weeks. And a lot less headaches because we don't have to change the bag as often because it doesn't smell. We just wait until it's full.

Big D really likes the Diaper Genie too. He's very tidy and disliked the other diaper container because of the odors that it allowed to escape and the frequency with which we had to change it. So, the Diaper Genie also gets his vote, which is key because he's the only one in the house willing to do the heavy lifting around here!

Disclosure: I received the Diaper Genie II Elite for this review and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own. Thank you to PlaytexBaby who supplied the product for the review.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Baby D Likes to Party. All Day.

Dear Friends with Children:

Why haven't any of you warned me that its entirely possible for a baby to stay up for 10 hours straight? With no naps. Zero. Well, if you don't count the new "laying my head on the ground to psych you out" thing he does. It looks like a temper tantrum but he just lays there for a second and back up he goes. Grabbing everything in sight and making (admittedly very cute but constant) noises all the while. If you try to sit him in your lap, bring on the flat-backin' and jelly-leggin'. Yes, my friends, we have a toddler. A smiling, pointing, laughing-then-inexplicably-whining, curious little toddler.

Add the stress of STILL negotiating the contract on a house and researching the best mortgage rates and we have a party. A sleep-deprived, return-to-wearing-my-anti-teeth-grinding-retainer party.

Aren't I supposed to be on here hitting send and letting go? Instead I'm wearing this retainer and watching enough ID Television true murder mysteries to scare a coroner. Where is my crossword puzzle book? Vacation cannot come soon enough!


"Who Says You Need Twelve Hours to Function?" Karns

Monday, November 15, 2010

Terrible Twos... At One?

So, I've been EXHAUSTED because Baby D has been squirming, squiggling and sliding out of our hands for the past week. The guy just. doesn't. stop. moving. It's magical and exciting to see him developing these new skills and chasing freedom from our grasps, but boy is it tiring. He's quite the little vocalizer, reprimanding Big D and I, his lowly minions, in his very own language.

Did I mention that he points? And waves in a mocking fashion whatever objects he managed to grab from their not-so-well-hidden temporary homes on shelves or atop raised surfaces and tables? He's lucky those pearly little rabbit teeth he has are always visible in a rickety little smile. Well, when he's not furrowing his little brow very seriously and putting us on a time-out.

Don't believe me? I have video. I'll post just as soon as I have a moment for a nap and a quick tutorial on video editing. Which could be once he turns three.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My laptop is down for the count and my back-up is at work so I am unable to post (in a meaningful way). Hopefully, I'll be back in business tomorrow!

-iPhonin' it Karns

Monday, November 8, 2010

House Hunting - It's a Jungle Out There.

The reason I've been incommunicado lately is because Big D, Little D and I have been on the house hunt. And boy is it a hunt. Let me share a story with you about one slithery little predator we encountered.

So, our sweet little family made an appointment to view our very first listing. And we loved it. It had everything we wanted. Except a driveway and a garage. But hey, its New York. You can't have everything.

We put an offer in right away, all the while discussing just how we'd decorate the place. What kind of grill and garden furniture we'd use. I was representing us as a real estate broker - yes, I wear many hats - and we were able to move quickly. Making us great prospective buyers. So I thought.

Enter Anita the Cheata, we'll call her, the seller's broker. She refused to send a counter-offer to what was, by all accounts, a very good offer. As a  matter of fact, she launched into a rant about my lack of business cards - and anything else she could think up - at the visit. You know, the visit to the seller's house that she didn't attend. You see, what I didn't know about New York is that some real estate agents are sharks.

Anita the Cheata didn't like it that I was representing myself. She wanted the commission that I, as the buyer's broker, would have earned. And boy did she try everything to get it. Including reminding me about my relative newness to the business and downright refusing to respond to my offer. Or cooperate in any way. It all left me wondering whether my being a person of color had anything to do with her acidic response to us.

But don't cry for me Argentina. Anita the Cheata actually did me, well, us, a favor. We would have settled on that house, and wouldn't have discovered the one we absolutely love. And worse, we would have allowed an undeserving sales agent the joy of receiving a good chunk of change for the holidays. Coal in your stocking Anita!

Here's to a successful house hunt. Wish us luck. We just may need it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Baby Dipper Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Its Lindsey G.!

Lindsey, I have e-mailed you with further information. If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. Some of your pureed baby food suggestions actually made ME hungry. Though that really isn't a great feat :)

I have many more exciting giveaways coming up, so stay tuned!
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