Monday, December 26, 2011

Looking Back - Two Years Ago Today

I can't believe I was holding an "Italian Bomb hero"-sized baby this time two years ago. After waiting in Labor & Delivery for over twelve hours while doing a crossword puzzle and looking on longingly (while on a strict no-food restriction) as Big D ate a delicious-smelling breakfast platter, then a couple slices of pizza, garlic knots, an iced coffee and a few snacks, I gave birth to our favorite dude and little commander - Baby D.

I'll tell you about the previous rookie-mom false alarms later.

For now, a picture of my swaddled Christmas present pre-Terrible Twos:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY Christmas Card - 2011

I hope none of my family members see this before they get one in the mail. Who am I kidding? None of them read this blog : |
For anyone who is interested in a tutorial, shoot me an e-mail! At some point, I may actually put together and post one after the holidays. I wouldn't hold my breath on this one, though.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Oral-B Stages Party

Recently, we had a FABULOUS Oral-B Stages party for the kiddos. Baby D is at the age where oral hygiene has become very important. The kid has a mouthful of bright white teeth. We want to make sure they stay that way!

A handful of fellow moms (and dads) got together on a cool but bright afternoon to learn about how to make tooth brushing fun for our toddlers. Oral-B and MommyParties sent over a package that are ideal for children 4-months through 4 years old  We received Disney's Winnie the Pooh Toothbrushes, as well as Cars, Toy Story and Princess toothpastes. In addition to the toothbrushes and toothpaste we also received popcorn/popcorn boxes, movie ticket invites, goodie bags,activity ideas, recipes, and money saving coupons.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Twelve (Good Sleep) Nights of Christmas

Forget Five Golden Rings; Sleep is the “Stocking Stuffer” of the Season

New York, December 14, 2011One of the big health news stories of 2011 has been the declaration of “Sleep” as the cure for all that ails us – stress, obesity, poor concentration and a lacking love life.

While there is no true “gift of sleep,” there are gifts aplenty in all price ranges to help improve sleep quality.  Resolve to sleep better in the New Year and kick it off with twelve (good sleep) nights now.
Sleepy’s offers these sleep stocking stuffers worth checking into:

1.                   Creature Comforts Massaging Slippers
2.                   Bliss Plush Rectangular Travel Pillow
3.                   Fuzzy Friends Cow Slippers
4.                   Hot Hug Duck
5.                   Sound Asleep Pillow with Speaker
6.                   Sound Oasis
7.                   DreamTime’s Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask
8.                   Simmons Beautyrest Sleep Massager
10.                 Wildbleu Wicking Pajamas
11.                 300 Thread Count Adjustable Bed Sheets
12.                 Aromatherapy Dream Bath Sleep


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sleepy's Serenity Gel Pillow Review

Based on what studies have found about the importance of sleep on our health and well-being, I've put it at the top of my list for the coming year. I've actually been trying to focus on it since I was pregnant with Baby D. With the recent addition of my Dr. Breus bed, I've been achieving my sleep goals one snooze at a time. 

Recently, Sleepy's sent over a set of pillows that I chose from their line. Big D and I added these babies to our already nearly perfect bed setup.

The Serenity Gel Pillow comes in a two pack and is a gel infusion poly fill with a quilted cotton cover. It feels as comfortable and cool as down minus the allergic reaction that I get from down. Its also hypoallergenic. The Sateen exterior is smooth and silky and nice enough that you wouldn't need to add a pillow case. The light blue satin piping gives it the appearance of serious sleep-inducing equipment. And it truly is. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SmarteCard Review & Giveaway!

Of course the holidays just rushed upon us after I just finished putting our Thanksgiving dinnerware away! Always the procrastinator, I was happy to get the opportunity to review SmarteCard just in time for Christmas!

SmarteCard allows you to send your friends and family members greeting cards electronically while giving back to one of several charities from which you can choose. It costs less than the price to order your cards, stamp and send them in the mail - and it works perfectly for everyone - even procrastinators. Procrastinators with giving hearts. It's simple - you go to, choose your card, upload your photos and send!

They also make it easy to enter your friends' email addresses by importing them from your e-mail/social network account. The best part, it's tax deductible!

Pick your favorite design

Upload your photos

Pick your music

Customize your greetings
 Everyone who received one of these LOVED them. The music I chose - a jazzy version of Jingle Bells - was a hit because it got everyone in a festive mood. Just what a greeting card should achieve!

Deets: $1 per e-mail address you send your SmarteCard to. 80% of every donation (minus credit card processing fee) is allocated to 501 (c) 3 organizations. Your payment is tax deductible.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Going Vegetarian?


They used to call me "Karnivore" in college because I was obsessed with the Atkins diet and would frequently pull a Slim Jim out of my bright purple LL Bean back pack during class as a little snack. This is why it comes as a complete surprise to me that I recently thought of becoming a vegetarian - on humanitarian humanness grounds. Mostly, I've been wondering if Baby D makes the connection between the chickens we see on the farm and in the books and the nuggets I served him for dinner. How do you explain that to a child without leaving them thinking of adults as animalcidal maniacs?

I was on the farm with Big D and Little D when I started to feel sad that I eat animals. They are so furry and cute and I regularly eat them with a side of vegetables. I can't even argue that they'd eat me if I didn't eat them because most of the animals we saw - cows, lambs, goats, etc are herbivores themselves.

I may need to rethink this who meat thing. I wonder if they have Slim Jims for vegetarians?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

*Disclaimer - If you are in any way adverse to over-the-top gluttony, do not read this post.

We held our first every Thanksgiving as a family in our home. Before she passed, Big D's Mom was the Thanksgiving Heroine and the family looked to her for an awesome holiday. We tried to continue in that same spirit and I hope we did her justice.

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