Lately, I've been so busy. Party planning, baby wrangling, reviewing products, entering a new season, toddler chasing, play-dating with my girls, couponing, shopping, and X-Y-and Z-ing. I honestly haven't had a moment to myself.
The thing is, I'm involved in so many things in one day that the moment I get a minute for me, I have no idea what to do sometimes.
That really is okay. Maybe I'll get just a moment to sit, a moment to think, a moment to be silent.
Just me, ALONE!
No one calling on the phone, no phone calls to make, no underwear to wash, no noses to wipe, no backs to rub.
I write this like I have some "me" time on my schedule. I don't. As a matter of fact, no one even knows about it. It may not ever happen if so. Something is bound to come up when you let others know they're NOT invited to your party.
So just between YOU and me...
I probably wouldn't have made it (like all the past meetings), but this week they called and shined the spotlight on me!
Well, being as though I was throwing a big costume party for my girls on Saturday, and my in-laws were in town for the festivities, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...I was really not in a position to take time out of my busy schedule to hang with the girls.
However, I did commit!
So, as I rushed frantically around the house trying to dress the girls and get them there (not on time, just there), sippy cups, diapers, wipes, snacks, etc. are being thrown everywhere and into my big purse.
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- I once called 911 at 14 while changing a diaper.
- I am the youngest of 3 kids.
- I watch soap operas in Spanish religiously.
- I refused to give my 2nd born a name without "-ella" in it
- I love to dance salsa, meringue, and bachata.
- I had plans to join the circus in 1994.
- I have a choleric-sanguine temperament.
Me: Can you change the baby's diaper.
Hubs: No way
Me: Yes! I've been changing diapers all day!
Hubs: So, just cause you watched some feminist videos doesn't mean I have to change a diaper right now.
Me: What videos have I been watching of moms asking dads to change diapers?
Me: Change the baby's diaper.
Hubs: Ok, let me ask you this one question. Is it a pee diaper or a poo diaper?
Me: It doesn't matter!
Hubs: Well, is it a #1 or #2?
Me: It doesn't matter if it's a #3 or a #4, change the baby's diaper!
Hubs: WAIT, what is a #3 or #4? Is that something new? I've never even heard of those before. I didn't know they could do THAT!
- No more unavailable sitters!
- No more wondering who will babysit at the last minute!
- No more feeling guilty, asking for childcare from busy friends!
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- 5 Ingredients or Less
- Soups and Stews
Recently, I downloaded an app on my iPhone called "ShakeSmoothie"
It's the perfect app for smoothie lovers like me. (I could survive on Smoothie King alone!)
The motto, "Chewing is overrated!" is best lived out by those with blenders, because truth be told, buying these drinks out at $5-7 each gets expensive!
Save big, and enjoy trying this delicious smoothie (one of my favorite flavors) at home:
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large bananas
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup honey
Place all ingredients in a blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
Makes: 3 servings
Have an iPhone? You can download the app at: shakesmoothie on the iPhone
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According to a recent study reported by Mashable, 92% of toddlers have an online presence. What does that say about us as parents?
I cannot tell a lie. I set up an email account as soon as my daughter Isabella was born for the sole purpose of securing her cyber real estate. Ten years ago, you could reserve your name and web page in your name with hardly any problems, other than the occasional squatter.
These days you have to add numbers like 007, 2486, and 5000 behind your name, because chances are someone already is using it on nearly every email provider and now social network, blog, etc...
Reserving my kids space on the World Wide Web was just securing her own piece of real estate online for the future. (That's what I tell myself)
At first, I had plans to use her accounts and update family with her blog and so on, but I soon found that blogging can be a full time job, and EVERY detail of her life wasn't meant for writing about. At least not by me. I'll let her pick up that workload when she's ready. She's 3 now, so maybe in 4 years. (that sounds about right, huh?)
Kids these days are getting online earlier and earlier, so it's no surprise that parents are creating their own personal spaces for them.
What about you? Does your child have his/her own space on the net? If not, check and see if their own space is available. Is it?
It's fall again and it's time to hang up our harvest decor and send out invitations to the many family celebrations and neighborhood parties that we are known to throw during this season.
As you prepare for these parties you may be asking yourself, “What can I do to entertain my guests?”
The food is easy, the decorations are somewhat easy, but the activities can be a lot harder to plan with guests of different ages attending.
What activities or fun can you provide to engage everyone, no matter what age they are?
Allow me to introduce Python Printable Games!
Recently, I had the opportunity to review their huge Halloween party games pack and printable Thanksgiving Party Games pack!
Each pack included over 30 printable items, including scavenger hunts, trivia, party games and craft activities suitable for Fall Harvest and Thanksgiving: even NFL games for the guys to play in the evening!
What I like about having games to download is they are stored on my computer for me to print out at my leisure. No more storing game boxes and puzzle pieces on my shelves! The games are also easy to dispose of after parties or gatherings. Who needs more clutter?
Here is a preview of just a few games I received:
- Newlywed Game Questions For Halloween
- Halloween Name That Candy Bar Game
- Halloween Synonyms Game For Kids
- Chew On This Candy Names Game
- Trick Or Treat Halloween Trivia Questions
- Food Fight! Thanksgiving Mad Libs
- Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt For Kids
The price per pack is $19.95, for over 50 enjoyable games for kids, teens, and adults. The best part about buying from Python is their games are environmentally friendly. No shipping or packaging is required!
All of Python’s Thanksgiving printables and Halloween printables are delivered to customers via download. Once you pay for your selected party pack, you will receive an email link to a page to download and print your games.
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I was not compensated in any way.
All opinions and statements in this review are my own.
Did you know that October 6-12, 2010, is "International Babywearing Week"?
Well it is in fact, and in honor of this special time, I'd like to dedicate this post to my kids for being my babywearing inspiration and to Moby Wrap for their awesomely designed wrap, which keeps my baby comfortable and secure, while I wear her!
October 1, 2010
Headed to a mall lunch & playdate in our Moby Wrap
I purchased my Moby Wrap last Wednesday at Babies R Us, and I am so glad I did!
Baby has been as comfortable as ever and I feel a lot more freedom to get things done when she doesn't want to be separated from me.
Since last week, while wearing baby in my Moby Wrap I have:
- Taken the girls shopping, and instead of putting toddler in basket, I put her in the seat!
- Done the laundry!
- Made chocolate lollipops for The Chatty Daddy with toddler!
- Taken the girls to lunch and a playdate at the mall!
- Attended a jazz festival!
- Enjoyed a family dinner at a restaurant!
- Taken a long family walk in the cold around the lake!
Life is better, babywearing!
It's International Babywearing Week,
"WEAR" is your baby?
For more info on babywearing and International Babywearing Week, click here!
(photo coming soon)
Beef stew has always been one of my favorite meals. Meat, veggies, and
chunky potatoes in a pot, yummy!
Funny, I had never made it before.
Now, with my new quest to learn the art of Crock-Pot cooking and chronicling my adventures over at The Chatty Crock-Pot and participating in Latina on a Mission's "Sabroso Saturday", I will enjoy making it today.
Thanks to the folks over at Razzle Dazzle Recipes for the recipe!
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
1 to 2 pounds stew meat
1 10 1/2 ounce can tomato soup
1 soup can water
1 onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
4 medium potatoes, pared and cubed
3 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup dry red wine or water
Mix soup, water, basil, salt, pepper and onion.
Add meat, potatoes and carrots.
Put in crockpot on low for about 6 to 8 hours.
Servings 4 to 5
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