Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Review: A Valentine for You

I’ve loved anything Winnie the Pooh for the longest time. My husband, at the time my boyfriend, would buy me those adorable stuffed animal mini Winnie the Pooh’s. I’d always get one for each holiday/season. And now that I have a daughter, I can pass the toys and the joy that Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Woods to her.

We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to be one of the firsts to review the newest Winnie the Pooh DVD titled, “A Valentine For You.” It is a charming three episode feature that truly is a sweet treat for the entire family. Roo loved the features and the Valentine’s Day cards that come enclosed in the Special Edition.



A Valentine for You is a classic in the Disney vault and it follows Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit and Gopher on more crazy adventures as they hunt down the love bug, learn lessons in helping friends and mysterious admirers. With the Special Edition, you’ll get two classic episodes of Winnie the Pooh plus a New to DVD episode titled “My Hero.”

From the press release: “In Un-Valentines Day, it's that warm and wonderful time when Pooh and his pals like to show how much they care. But Rabbit wants to cancel Valentine's Day because last year, he was up to his ears in the flood of cards that littered the Hundred Acre Wood. Reluctantly, everyone agrees – until someone anonymously sends Pooh a pot of honey. Suddenly, the Valentine rush is again out of control, much to the delight of all -- including Rabbit. In A Valentine for You, Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Rabbit see Christopher Robin making a valentine for a girl and find he's been bitten by a "Smitten" and is lovesick. Worried that he'll no longer have time for them, and hoping a second bite from the love bug will cure him, they set out on a wild adventure to capture the Smitten. My Hero is a new-to-DVD adventure that shows the lesson of two friends truly helping each other. When Piglet saves Tigger’s life, Tigger decides to repay the favor by being Piglet’s servant. But Tigger’s new job causes Piglet more harm than good. When Tigger saves Piglet’s life, his obligation to be the servant is erased and all is back to normal.”

Winnie the Pooh’s A Valentine For You will be released on January 5th from Walt Disney Home Entertainment and comes with a special Valentine’s Day game titled, “Catch the Love Bug Game” and themed Valentine’s Day cards to share with loved ones.



Disclosure: This DVD was provided to me for free in return for my honest review of the movie. Please see my full disclosure statement for more information.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sick Germs Penetrate Mommy's Lysol Induced Household

Living on a barn means that you will no doubt encounter tons and tons of germs. Gardening, mudding and tons of animals guarantee germs.

It comes with the territory and I've learned to accommodate the situation and do what I can to avoid any unnecessary germs.

But sometimes those suckers are too sneaky for their own good.

Sometimes an outsider will bring un-authorized germs into our house and contaminate the whole damn place.

Which is exactly the case in point going on at our house.

Someone, I'm not naming names, brought the sick bug into our house and my poor toddler is suffering, complete with hard-core congestion, yellow snot that rolls down the face hourly and a fever.

So far I've managed to avoid this bug, but it's taken down three other people in our household and it's only a matter of time before my weaken pregnancy immune system is under attack.

But I won't go down without a fight. I'm armed and dangerous with tissues, hand sanitizer, Lysol and tons of anti-bacterial soap.

So you've been warned sick bug, back away or I'll spray!

Monday, December 28, 2009

FedEx Has A Blog?

Now that the holidays are past (well, with the exception of New Years), it’s a time to look back and reflect on everything. If you’re anything like me, you’re worn out.

You’re tired.

You did too much, like always.

Luckily for you, if you make the resolution not to spend so much time planning and executing and more time having fun, I found a great blog for you.

Instead of spending hours googling everything, FedEx has a blog that will help keep some of that hair in your head.

Yes, you read that right: FEDEX.

Not just package delivery anymore.

Enter the new Out of Office blog from FedEx Office. Their motto is “Unexpected Ideas for Creative Projects.” It offers endless ideas for projects, parties, and presents year round! Have a birthday party around the corner? Or maybe you want to start planning for Christmas 2010 (Hey, some people do!) the new Out of Office blog from Fed Ex Office has it all… and then some!

There’s links for templates and tools that will make your live easier. You can create business cards for your Mom business, invitations for your tyke’s birthday party (with 7 day shipping included for FREE!). Need creative ideas to showcase your kid’s artwork or what about tips to put together the perfect family journal? It’s all there, plus there are great blogs from knowledgeable folks that know how to plan the perfect event.

Head on over to the brand spankin’ new Out of Office blog from FedEx Office and check it out for yourself… you won’t be sorry!

Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of FedEx Office. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!


Tomorrow the craziness starts.

We've got a playdate to bake cookies, then I'm in charge of Christmas Eve dinner (small, but still big), there will be songs to sing, cartoons to watch, too much food to eat.
It will be insane.

But it will be fun.

Everyone have a Very Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm Done... I think?

I love Christmas... I really do.

I love the music, the lights, the cookies (Oh! The Cookies!!), the presents, the tree, everything!

I go gaga over Christmas.

And being a girl, I go gaga over shopping.

So when I finish up all my Christmas shopping, I feel a bit sad. Like I'm not ready to be done. Like I still want to be out in the crowds, surrounded by crazed people trying to snatch up the last Mr. Potato Head.

My husband on the other hand would rather I pluck his nose hairs with rusty pliers than be forced to shop.

And of course, being me and being a girl who loves to shop, I keep checking the sales ads and the coupon blogs for great sales because "just one more gift wouldn't hurt the girl!"

Bad, I know. This will lead to spoiling but I have another baby on the way and this may be my last Christmas to really spoil her... right?

Or is that just an excuse?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Worth the Weight

The total weight gain of my first pregnancy is known by exactly three people... and one of them is me.

All you'll ever learn from me is that it was not good... at. all.

And it feels like this pregnancy is going to be a repeat of the first. While the first two trimesters were great with very little weight gain, my third trimester seems to be making up for lost pounds.

I know part of the reason is that sometimes I am hungry all the time. It's just hit me like a ton of bricks and all I want to do is eat.

Sometimes I'm strong enough to resist, others... not so much.

Sometimes it's sweets and others it's fruit... or lately, hot ham and cheese sammiches.

I think I should never be given leave to gain any weight, ever.

And I know that I'm pregnant, I'm growing life, yada yada yada... but I can't help but worry about it. I worry to the point where I dread going to the doctor's office and get so anxious about stepping on their damn scale.

Tell me I'm not the only one who struggles with this.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Excuse Me While I'm Needy

A while back I referred being pregnant like having PMS, just worse.

And I still firmly stand by that statement, especially the hormonal part that leaves you wondering if you'll ever be sane again.

Case in point: Last night I was needy... emotionally, physically, everything. I just needed something from my hubby and proceeded to pout when I didn't get what I wanted.

Of course, him being the sane part of this relationship asked me what I needed.

I told him I didn't know.

He said he couldn't help me if I couldn't help him.

And I wanted to cry.

Not because of him, but because of me and my inability to communicate what I needed or even get my brain to function properly so I could figure out what I needed.

It just happens when you're pregnant. You need something, anything, anyone to make you feel better about your ballooning body, swollen feet, huge nose, bad acne, greasy hair and incurable hunger.

But you can never really, truly put your finger on what it is.

So bless that beautiful man of mine, he gave me a chocolate bar with almonds, a hug and told me to go put my feet up and keep my trap shut.

It worked (for now).

I'm so lucky.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Shock

While out running errands earlier today, the hubby and I were talking about the baby and the great naming debate.

When it hit me that I'm 30 weeks along this Monday and that means I have 8 weeks left of my pregnany (and before you send me any email saying pregnancy is 40 weeks, my doctor is doing my c-section at 38 weeks).

EIGHT WEEKS!

Um, that's two months.

And that's coming up really, really quick.

It kinda sent me into a panic mode because I feel like I am not prepared.

With Roo, I spent the entire 39 weeks preparing. I had read all the books, the crib was set up, the cake from two baby showers was eaten, clothes were washed and I was ready.

Besides a few packs of diapers and a brand new stroller (thanks Mom!), I'm soooo not prepared.

The crib is in pieces (literally) in the hallway, the hand-me-down onesies from Roo are in storage (and in who knows what kind of condition), I haven't even made a list of what I need to do.

And just thinking about it makes me exhausted.

There's too much to do!

Think it's possible to hide under the covers and pray the baby fairy comes along and takes care of everything?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Family.

This week we've been in South Carolina enjoying some quality family time.

Playing in the leaves.

Hanging out with Grandma.

And eating... tons and tons of eating.









Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dear Roo: I'm Sorry

This month's letter is a few days early, rather than like last month's letter which was a few months too late.

Earlier tonight as we played at Grandma and Grandpa's house, you crawled into my lap and asked to be held. The sad thing was, while I could hold you, I couldn't cuddle with you like we use to.

We couldn't get as close as we like all because I have this huge pregnant belly for us to contend with. And I got so sad about it because I love to cuddle with you, hold you close and feel your skin next to mine.

And I'm sorry about that.

I'm sorry that our cuddle time isn't what it use to be but I promise you that as soon as this baby pops out of me I will snatch you up in my arms and hold you so close you'll probably think I'm insane.

Insane, no, but crazy, yes... Crazy about my first born and the amazing ability she has to cuddle.

I love you,

Mommy

Friday, December 11, 2009

Chanukah Begins Tonight

If you live in the Central Florida area and are looking for some Chanukah activities to participate in, check out what the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando (the JCC) is hosting.

The eight-day festival of lights is a fun and educational holiday to learn about no matter what holiday you celebrate and everyone in the community is invited to participate.

Saturday Night Out, December 12 which includes making potato latkes, a scavenger hunt and Hanukah games.

Latkes & Lyrics, December 12 is a family cookout complete with concert.

Family Chanukah Party & Dinner, December 16 will be full of dreidel spinning, song singing, candle lighting, and latke eating.

There are fees to participate, check out each link for the nights cost.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sometimes Pregnancy Sucks

I know pregnancy is supposed to always be about the miracle of life, glowing pride, happy fuzzy dreams and petunias... but sometimes it isn't.

Sometimes pregnancy is nothing but a big, fat worry-wart that can drive any woman to insanity.

The thing about pregnancy that sucks for me is the unknown.

The unknown feeling that you have no control over what is going on with your body. That unknown feeling you get when you don't feel the baby move or your arms go numb or you can't breathe.

It's not like you can lift up your shirt and see through your skin. You can't ask your baby if every thing's okay.

If something is wrong, you have no clue.

Today the baby wasn't moving and yes, normally she is a quiet baby in the morning but I tend to worry if I haven't felt a shoulder roll against my belly button or not even a hiccup.

And when I hadn't felt her move by lunchtime, I got worried.

So I tweeted about it, google it and poked my belly. I flopped back and forth from my left side to my right side. I rolled around like a whale, all the while screaming in my head for the baby to give me the tiniest movement.

And thankfully, she did.

All my poking must have pissed her off because now she's doing the tango in my belly and I couldn't be happier.

While it may seem like a small thing to some, it was like a big weight of relief lifted from my shoulder. The invisible brow of sweat disappeared.

Sanity was returned to its normal position.

All is well in the world and while pregnancy doesn't suck at this moment, it did this morning.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When To Call It Quits

Roo has had sleeping issues her whole life (all 32 months of it). It took over a year to get her to sleep through the night, she sleeps restlessly, she was a kicking co-sleeper, etc. etc. etc...

Lately, at least twice a week, she's been forgoing her naps.

Those sweet, blissful two hours that I love during the day.

Those wonderful, quiet two hours that I work during, twitter during and read endless blogs during.

Those perfect hours that are alllllll mine, and no one else.

Sure, when she doesn't nap she crashes at 7pm and I get those hours back, but I like my break during the day (especially when I'm exhausted and need to lay listlessly on the couch). Plus I like having my kid up at night so we can play longer and she actually gets time to spend with her Daddy.

And I know that around her age kids tend to drop their naps all together... but there are a few out there that guarantee some kids will hold on to their naps until their four.

I don't know why I'm questioning it so much, but I am.

And it's not like she gets super cranky without her naps, she just wears down around 5pm and is slow until she crashes at 7pm. I can deal with that, but do I have to?

Or better yet, do I want to?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Merry SITSmas!

It's that time of year again, it's Merry SITSmas Day!!

Today is all about being cheerful, looking forward to the the New Years and lots and lots of comment love!

It's almost the perfect day (if I had snow falling outside, I'd be complete)!

In honor of Merry SITSmas Day, I thought I'd leave you a list of my hopes and dreams for this wonderful holiday season.

1- Happiness... nothing is worse than a grinch at Christmas (I'm talking about you, dear hubby!).
2- A safe trip to Grandma's next week.
3- Diamond hoop earrings (Hey, a girl can dream, right?).
4- Lots of sugar cookies, classic Christmas movies and snuggles (not snuggies!).
5- Love abound.

So head on over to the SITSgirls website, sign up for some love and enjoy the day!

Monday, December 7, 2009

What Can YOU Do?

My belly is amazing.

Look at what it can do!

It can hold my library book.




It holds my remote so I don't lose it.



It can also hold my soup for when I'm hungry (don't worry, it's not hot).
And I can balance soda cans on it (don't worry I'm not drinking soda, even though I would love to).



Can your belly do that?
Ha ha... the Mommy competition has already begun and the poor kid isn't even born! :)


Friday, December 4, 2009

Review: Preggers

My pregnancy with Roo was a simple pregnancy with no problems.... until the end.



In the end I developed pre-clampsia. And the best thing about pre-clampsia is the swelling. Oh, God, the swelling. It was horrible. My feet looked like puffy, doughy loaves of bread that were embarassing. I never went out of the house without jeans or pants on.



This pregnany pre-clampsia is on my mind all the time. I'm constantly checking my ankles and my feet, hounding my hubby to tell me if he sees even the slightest bit of swelling (so far, nada!).



While doing some research, I found a product called Pregger by Therafirm. Essentially it's a Gradient Compression Hosiery designed to limit any swelling brought on by pregnancy.


What exactly does Gradient Compression Hosiery Do? You ask. Well, from the Preggers website: "Gradient compression hosiery are designed to deliver a controlled amount of pressure which is greatest at the distal end (ankle) of the garment and gradually decreases towards the proximal end (top) of the stocking. This gradient pressure promotes better blood flow improving circulation, assist in preventing swelling, and energizes tired legs and feet."



This, of course, to a pregnant woman sounds like heaven. So I gave it a try.



And holy crap.



Wow, those suckers are tight I can see why you wouldn't swell. There's no room to swell if you're wearing them!! And I admit it, they were almost impossible to put on that I looked up their website just for tips on how to get them on!

But they work. And while they are a tad bit uncomfortable (because they are so tight), you won't have to worry about any swelling... at all.

Preggers is actually looking for more opinions on their super-duper tight compression stockings, so if you're pregnant and worried about swelling, check out their website and fill out a form to test a pair out. All you need to do is provide your opinion in exchange for the product.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pregnancy: AKA The Moody Blues

Being pregnant means having to deal with the ups and downs that your emotions deal you.

This, of course, is not entirely your fault. You can blame it on the baby and not feel guilty about it. Or if you're feeling spunky, just blame it on your husband.

Every woman in the world can understand that one.

I blame the baby (sorry Turtle), who I also blame for the lack of breathing ability, the inability to bend over, the sleeplessness, the cravings, the frequent need to pee and the frequent need to cry.

My emotions go up and down at the drop of a hat.

One second I'm loving life, I'm laughing and I'm happy. The next I'm grumpy, pissy and growling at everyone who comes into contact with me.

It doesn't take much either to set me off. The wrong wording of a sentence, someone driving with their blinker on for miles, some snot at the park pushing my child, whatever it is. The clouds roll in and its best to just stay out of my way.

For those who have never experienced the wonders of the moody pregnancy blues, just think of the grumpiest day of PMS (replace your cramps with a tiny baby doing cartwheels inside your belly) and lengthen it out for ten months and there you have it.

Of course, that cartwheeling baby tends to stop your bad mood and makes you remember all the good things about being pregnant and bringing a baby into the world... until the next jerk cuts you off in traffic and you find yourself displaying your middle finger for all the world to see.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas is my favorite time of year.

The decorations, the food… the gifts!

This year I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite things with you. A sorta Holiday Guide/Review for your entertainment.

Wear Your Music Guitar String Jewelry





Looking for something totally unique? Taken straight from the guitar strings of your favorite artists, Wear Your Music Guitar Strong Jewelry is the perfect gift for the Rocker Mommy.

From the Wear Your Music website: “Each guitar string bracelet is handcrafted from recycled fine silver and guitar strings used and donated by the artist you select.”

Another great thing about the Wear Your Music Guitar String Jewelry is that the proceeds from each bracelet go to designated charities chosen by the artist you pick. Charities include: the Rhythum & Blues Foudation, Make a Wish, Rock the Vote and more.

Just remember that each bracelet is custom made upon your order and can take up to three weeks to ship, so if you want this under your tree for Christmas, act fast! Bracelets can be purchased directly from their website.


Funky Kidz CD


Looking for a great music cd for your hard to please kids? The Funky Kidz cd is jammed pack with kid-friendly classics redone with a funky twist. With artists like: Bam Sam’s Funky Nation, Paul Sanchez, The Radiators and more.

From the Funky Kidz website: This musical recording is a compilation of classic children’s songs, familiar to both kids today and parents of yesteryear. The songs are meant to invoke happy memories of childhood for everyone, while exposing children to the funky, high-instrumentation sound that oozes out of the Crescent City.”

Not only is the Funky Kidz cd super cool, it was voted cd of the year 2009 by Creative Child Magazine.

Kids will love this cd, but be warned you could end up like me with this cd on permanent replay in your car! Samples can be heard and cd’s can be purchased straight from their website.


Sensuous Beauty’s Blooming Belly Balm & Healing Salve


If you’ve got a preggo on your list this year, order this product NOW.

From Eden Fantasys the Sensuous Beauty’s Blooming Belly Balm & Healing Salve is an answer to her stretchy, itchy skin (I know it was for mine!). It’s yummy smell and easy to lather on salve is a spa-like treatment that will make you feel like you’re in heaven.

From their website: “A wonderful product for the mother-to-be, this balm soothes the skin and helps to lessen stretch marks on a "blooming belly". Made with organic and wildcrafted ingredients, it also features the wonderful scent of ylang ylang essential oil and a St. John’s Wort infusion. Simply rub in small circles over the breasts, belly, and hips to keep skin moisturized. Also excellent as a salve for minor cuts, bruises, and sunburn. “

I can also attest to the healing salve part because I have surgery scars from my appendix being removed and since using the salve on them, they’ve healed dramatically.

Sensuous Beauty Blooming Belly Balm & Healing Salve can be purchased directly from Eden Fantasys website.

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All products mentioned in the gift guide were provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.