Monday, August 30, 2010

Infantino Mom: Eco Sash & Firefly Crib Soother

I don't know about you, but I love babywearing.
It provides me so much ease when I'm busy doing other things. If I'm out working in the garden and need to help prune this or chase Roo away from that, I can do so much easier if I have Turtle straped to my chest instead of in my arms.

Babywearing also gives you the opportunity to snuggle at any moment.

I recently tested out the new Infantino Eco Sash Wrap & Tie baby carrier.

And I must say first that I have no clue why it's called the Eco Sash. I checked the entire package the carrier came in and the website for anything "eco" and found nothing. So maybe it's just a cute name or maybe they named it the Eco Sash because it has a "natural sitting position for baby."

When I pulled the Eco Sash out of the box, I grabbed the instruction and read them.
And read them again.

And then tweeted for help.

I couldn't figure the thing out!

Now I am college educated, but sometimes these baby products get the best of me. I had to call my husband in from the barns to read the instructions and go over the steps with me to get it right.

The Eco Sash has these really wide padded shoulder straps, which in my opinion are too wide. And after getting it on and adjusting the ties and getting Turtle in the thing, it felt uncomfortable. She was leaning to far forward and it felt like she was going to fall out.

So I wiggled and wrestled and got the buckle-free straps tied tighter and felt more comfortable with her in it. Of course she still felt like she was tipping forward, but I just wrapped my arms around her and went out for a walk.

I keep the Eco Sash stashed in my car so whenever we're out and about and Turtle has been in her carseat or she's fussy, I pop her in it and off we go.

She's got attitude.

The Infantino Eco Sash can be worn in three different ways: face in, face out and backpack (which I plan on trying out once the nugget is a bit bigger). It also has a great mesh bag to store it in, comes with a detachable head hoodie to keep the weather out of the baby's face and the fabric panel is reversable so if the hubby wants to use it he can change it to plain black instead of the girly nature pattern.

This month we also had the chance to check out the Infantino Firefly Soother.

Which came just in time. I originally had this fish thing on the crib, but it was dying out. So I popped some batteries in the Firefly Soother attached it to the crib and put it to work.

When installing it on the crib it comes with strings to pull it flush against the crib, but it didn't seem to pull tight enough on our crib so it hangs slightly.

And while it has yet to soothe Turtle to sleep, it has provided entertainment when she's in her crib wide awake.

It distracts her when she's fussy, it makes her smile when she's happy, she can turn it on and off on her own, which is important when I need just one more minute of sleep.

It's a great addition to our crib toys.

The Eco Sash Wrap & Tie Carrier will be available soon at Babies R Us and the Firefly Soother is available now.

I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products to as part of my participation. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Experience Not Necessary

Some would think that a Mom with more than one child would be qualified as an expert.

I thought that once I had Turtle I would automatically earn my Mommy badge and become equipped to handle any situation and to be honest with you, some days I feel like I can tackle any problem.

Other days, not so much.

This past week has felt like one of the days where I feel like I am carrying about the "Mommy How To Manual" and consulting it for every little thing.

Seriously, every little thing.

Ever since Turtle went to the doctor for her 6 month check up (which she got vaccines at), she's been unable to sleep longer than two hours without screaming like a red faced banshee. Every night for the past ten nights I've been waking up every hour (sometimes every 20 minutes) to comfort, soothe, wag my finger at, beg and plea for her to get some sleep, so I could get some sleep.

During the day, I put her in her swing and she sleeps like a champ.

But come night time, she's hell on wheels.

She fights going to sleep too.

Usually through tears.

And I feel like I don't deserve my "veteran" Mommy badge.

I feel like I'm a fresh, clueless Mom that can't do anything right.

The cry-it-out method doesn't fly in our household, I've tossed out the whole Rice Cereal = No Sleep idea, I tried the extra 730pm nap and still found myself up all night.

And I know this is normal, right?

Please tell me it's normal.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Florida Friday: Orlando Science Center

Today's Florida Friday is short and sweet... enjoy!

The Orlando Science Center is hosting a "Walmart $5 Day" this Sunday, the 29th.

From 10 am to 6pm, all admission to its exhibits, films and live programs is only $5 per person.

Current programs running right now include: Frogs, Diabetes A Deeper Look and If A Starfish Can Grow A New Arm... Why Can't I?

Be warned though, its going to be crowded.

Also, you will have to pay to park in the garage but it provides easy access to the Orlando Science Center.

The Orlando Science Center is located at 777 East Princeton Street • Orlando, Florida 32803

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dear Daughters: Remember This

The main purpose of this letter is to read it when you're older.

You need to read this letter when you're both grown up, bratty sisters that insist you hate each other.

I want you to read this letter and remember that when you were younger, you were the best of friends.

You played together, laughed together and you shared.

And most importantly, you made Mommy so happy when you did this.

When you were younger and you both were so overjoyed at the sight of each other that you squealed, screamed and laughed.

Roo, you remember how much you waited and waited while your sister napped and when she woke up, you would run screaming into the room calling for her.

Turtle, you remember how happy you were, how much you smiled when your sister would rush into the room and share her toys with you.

The time you spent together was so special, so precious and so dear to your Mommy's heart.

And if you insist that I'm making all of this up, that Mommy is lying just to get the two of you to get along, just remember this: I have photographic proof.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I Can Feel It.

Okay, maybe I can't feel it quite yet, but I've got fall on the brain.

And yes, I am like 95% of people who beg for summer and then get tired of it.

But in my defense, I live in Central Florida and it's damn hot in CF.

It's muggy, humid, hot, sweltering and yes, it's home but its sucky when you deal with four plus months of it.

Towards the end you start yearning for cool, crisp weather.

You start dreaming of warm apple pie and pumpkin patches.

Why yes, I'll still be wearing flip flops while I do all of these fall activities, but I'll be so in love while I do it.

Trick or treating, petting zoos, picnics outside, story time at the park... it's all my most favorite things.

Of course come February I'll be begging for swim suits, hot sandy beach days and tons of ice cream melting on to sticky kid fingers.

Never happy, am I?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rice Cereal = No Sleep

Updated 08/24/2010: See Below

Last weekend I started giving Turtle rice cereal.

I figured she was six months and she had been eyeing our food for weeks while licking her chops... okay, maybe she wasn't licking her chops but I thought: Why Not?

A couple days after she had been eating it (slurping it mostly), she started waking up 10+ times in one night. Just woke up screaming her tiny little head off. She was so restless and miserable, the poor thing.

The next night it was worse.

I put her in our bed thinking that maybe it was loneliness.


She still slept horrible and spent half of the night screaming.

So after conferring with the Moms in my playgroup, I decided not to give her any rice cereal.

And what do you know, she finally got some sleep.

Meaning that I also got some sleep.

So now I'm clueless as to what to do next.

Should I move on to oatmeal? Skip the cereal all together and head straight for purees? Call the doctor and moan and groan to the nurses?


Did your babies ever hate rice cereal? What did you do?

Updated: I just have to say that my dear little Turtle did not eat rice cereal last night... and she did not sleep. Well, she slept... a little. She was restless from 730 until 1230. Then up at 1am, 3am, 4am and 6am.

I'm just exhausted looking at those times.

So now I'm really clueless because I have NO CLUE why she isn't sleeping well.

I'm desperate now.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Review: Madeline's Halloween & Other Spooky Tales

As soon as I feel the summer heat cracking and starting to give way to cooler weather (and FYI a two degree difference in Florida is BIG), my thoughts immediately turn to Halloween.

We do Halloween big in our household.

We hold a huge party at the farm where everyone dresses up. We have tons of candy, food and costumes. There's haunted hayrides on the tractor and lots of people.

It's perfection.

And it's a tradition we love sharing with our daughters.

To get Roo in the mood for Halloween, we got Madeline's Halloween and Other Spooky Tales to review.

In Madeline's Halloween and Other Spooky Tales, Madeline and her 11 classmates, plus her dog Genevieve and her next door neighbor Pepito find themselves in spooky situations. With a haunted castle, a Spider Lady, a mummy and New York City, Madeline and friends find themselves in a "hauntingly fun adventure. "

Madeline's Halloween and Other Spooky Tales includes five spooky episodes including: Madeline's Halloween, Madeline and the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats, Madeline and the Mummy, Madeline and the Haunted Castle and Madeline and the Spider Lady.

It's a great DVD that provides great entertainment and is the perfect treat to get your kids in the mood for Halloween.

Madeline's Halloween and Other Spooky Tales is on store shelves now.

I received a copy of Madeline's Halloween and Other Spooky Tales to review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Florida Friday: Pinkberry

As I mentioned in the past, Pinkberry was planning on opening its doors in my hometown of Orlando.

Last night, they did just that.

While it was super hot, it was a lot of fun.

They had a photo booth, a fabulous sketch artist, Pinkberry tattoos, a hair station and yes, Pinkberry!

The doors officially open today.

Head on down to Pinkberry today and try one of their famous frozen yogurt topped with healthy fruit or yummy cereal.

Pinkberry is located at 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd Orlando Florida (in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips Shopping Center).

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dear Turtle: 6 months

This past month has been absolutely jammed packed full of brand new discoveries.

You've accomplished so much that I'm in shock.

Two teeth, crawling, sitting up and your first taste of rice cereal.

It's enough to make your poor ole' Mom sigh.

You're growing up too fast.

Next thing I know you'll be moving away to college and begging me not to embarrass you in front of your friends.

But you can't protest if I embarrass you right now... because damnit, child. I love you so much. I stop and stare at you (whenever your sister will let me) and I want to weep with joy. I'm so proud of you, so in love with you, so fascinated by you that it's overwhelming.

It makes me woozy when I actually have a moment to myself and can think about just how much elation you bring me.

Your toothy, drooly smile that never fails to brighten even the dullest of days (and moods). Your giggle that starts off small and rises to screeching sounds, especially when I kiss you under your arms. How you chew on your lower lip making old man faces when you're concentrating on toys. Your fierce determination, your chubby thighs, your long fingers and even your constant waking at night.

Which by the way the nighttime wakings, the ones that I swear I hate, I love... I think it's your way of making sure we get alone time, just you and I.

I love you... so damn much.


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

5 Important Lessons

TwitterMoms and Fandango want to know what are the "Five Important Lessons Every Kid Should Learn."

It took a little bit of time for me to get my list just right, because really there are tons of things that kids need to learn.

Here's my list:

1- How to get dirty.
Dirt makes the world go round and learning to love dirt means (to me, at least) a happy, healthy kid.

2- How to make their own bed.
This is a given. This would make Moms everywhere happier.

3-How to read.
Reading makes me so happy, so I can't see why it wouldn't make any child happy. Books bring bigger and better imaginations and a world where kids can see anything and everything would be magical.

4- How to tell a great joke.
Who doesn't love a funny kid?

5- How special they are.
Every kid needs to know they are loved... oh, so loved.

Short, sweet and to the point. Do lists get any better than that?

"I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Nanny McPhee Returns blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Monday, August 16, 2010

Review: Wubbzy Goes to School

The other day I was flipping through the bazillion channels on our television when I came across the cartoon section. I decided to get away from what we normally watch and check out some of the other characters out there.

Bad idea.

I am not a stick in the mud, but some of the cartoons out there are downright strange… and super inappropriate for Roo.

I quickly shut off the satellite box and deemed that it was movie time.

With movie time, I have a bit more control over what Roo watches.

Thankfully, we had just received a new Wow Wow Wubbzy DVD to check out. It was like a big sigh of relief on my part because I know that Wubbzy is a solid fellow.

While yes, he may get into trouble sometimes, but it’s mild and it’s a learning process for him and Roo as she watches it.

With the DVD Wow Wow Wubbzy: Wubbzy Goes to School, the adorable bendy-tailed Wubbzy gets over his fear about school and finds out that he loves to learn.

In additional episodes, Wubby hangs with his best pals Walden, Widget and Daisy learn magic from Moo Moo The Magician, Widget learns to become a ballerina and more.

With Wubbzy and his friends, you never have to worry about things being inappropriate for your pre-schooler. It’s all good clean fun packed with lessons about life.

Wow Wow Wubbzy: Wubbzy Goes to School is on store shelves and available online now.

I received a copy of Wubbzy Goes to School to review. All opinions in this review are 100% mine. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Dear Roo: Crazy Child

This past month has shown an explosion of energy from you. All of a sudden you're this crazy big girl that spends the entire day running circles around me.

And half of the time you're screaming like a banshee.

I think it's been a month long growth spurt.

Especially because as you run circles around me you tell me constantly: I'm hungry!

Occasionally, you'll stop and rub both of your hands on your belly and dramatically say: I'm starvin'!!!!!

I think it's absolutely adorable.

Except for the times when I list every healthy option I have in the kitchen and you demand cheese.

Every time.

We've broken up your banshee circles with daily visits to the park, story time at the library and your very own redneck water park. Which is your Buzz & Woody slip and slide complete with your pink slide.

You can spend hours going up the slide and splashing down in to the tiny pool.

My favorite time of those crazy summer days is after all the chaos has been chased away, you're fresh from your bath and you let me cuddle you.

It's always just for a second.

But for that wonderful second, you're mine.

I love those moments.

And I love you.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Giveaway: Dinosaur Train Under the Sea


It’s still really got in my neck of the woods so we tend to hide ourselves inside during the peak hours of 1-4pm.

Some days we do fun crafts or just loaf around being silly.

Most days, we watch a movie.

I love nothing more than popping popcorn, cuddling on the couch and watching cartoons.

And nothing makes Roo happier than sitting down to watch an episode of Dinosaur Train.

We recently received the newest episode of Dinosaur Train titled: Dinosaur Train Under the Sea.
It’s cute, funny and educational.

And the best thing about doing this activity, I don’t feel guilty that she’s in front of the tv.

She can sit down and within: 25 minutes know the name of a new dinosaur, know its features and what its diet is like.

It’s a win-win situation, if you ask me.

Dinosaur Train Under the Sea is a one hour special where Buddy and the Pteranodon family journey Under the Sea to the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic oceans to learn about new aquatic creatures.

The Dinosaur Train Under the Sea DVD will be released to stores on August 24th and will contain eight fun adventures, along with DVD extras such as: interactive games, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and information for parents.

And lucky for you, I have a copy that you can win.

All you need to do is tell me what Dinosaur Train Dino is your favorite.

Additional entries can be gained by following my blog and tweeting about this contest. Just please make sure you come back and leave additional comments if you do these.

Contest will end on August 21, 2010 and winner will be notified via email, so please leave me an email to contact you.

I received a screener copy of Dinosaur Train Under the Sea for review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Florida Friday: Orl/OC Convention & Visitors Bureau

As you know, Orlando is packed with stuff to do.

Seriously, jammed packed.

And it’s also jammed packed with tourists during the hot summer months.

That is why I’m here to tell you, the best time to visit my hometown is during the fall.

It’s (slightly) cooler than the summer months and it’s packed with great deals that only come around once the tourists have gone back home.

The Orlando/Orange County Conventions & Visitors Bureau (yes, I know it’s a mouthful) is running special fall deals that start August 15th and run until November 15th.

Their website will be packed full of special package deals with exclusive savings. Hotels are going to be offering a great savings, plus tons of attractions in the area will be offering special discounts to visitors.

There is also a link to the Orlando Macgicard which gives you tons of discounts at retailers and restaurants in the Central Florida area.

Another great deal going on with the Orlando/Orange County Conventions & Visitors Bureau is that during the month of September over 60 amazing restaurants in the Central Florida area will be offering a 3 course meal for dinner for only $30.

Check out the Orlando/Orange County Conventions & Visitors Bureau’s website for all the latest and greatest that is going on with Central Florida.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Toys Are Back In Town: Disney On Ice Giveaway

When I was a girl, my mother and sister once took me to see Barbie on Ice for my birthday.

And I remember spending the entire hour plus in awe. I was on the edge of my seat watching every move the skaters made. I adored their costumes and cherished the program my Mom had bought me (I still have it to this day!).

It’s something I knew from an early age that I wanted to share with my daughters.

Now, you know my daughter isn’t the Barbie type; she’s more like the Buzz and Woody type.

Luckily for me, and her, that the folks at Disney and Pixar have granted my wish.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 On Ice is coming to O Town!

Visiting the Amway Arena on September 10-12, 2010, your little ones (and even the big ones too) can see Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape the toddlers of Sunnyside Daycare to get back home.

Orlando readers can get a special discount using the code: MOM for the following shows: Opening Night, Friday at 7:30pm; Sat. at 7:30 pm; and Sunday at 1 and 5 pm.

A maximum 6 tickets can be purchased using this special code (Note: Note, this price isn’t good for rinkside or VIP seats.). Tickets can be purchased online with Ticketmaster.

I also have four tickets good for any performance to giveaway to one lucky reader. All you need to do to enter to win is answer this question for me: What Disney character is your favorite?

See, simple and easy.

Make sure you leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Contest ends August 20, 2010. Vouchers for four tickets will be mailed via snail mail to your address.

I am receiving four tickets for Disney On Ice for my time. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

My Girls

It's really hard to put into words the amount of love I feel towards my daughters.
I try to.

I sit down, open up my documents and stare at the blinking cursor for hours (okay, not hours, but it feels like hours!). I occasionally type up a sentence or two, but always end up erasing them.

Simply because I feel like what I feel for my two girls is completely indescribable. Even as a writer, who can string along poetic sentences like a bad romance novel, I feel a loss for words.

Even as a Mother, who stops what she's doing a thousand times a day to stare at my girls, I'm speechless.

But, oh my heart, it starts beating fast and I get this crazy, queasy (the good kind) feeling in my belly and my fingers itch to touch them.

Roo and Turtle do things to me that I never knew existed.

I get all giddy and excited when I think about them. My heart swells with pride when I watch Roo doing grown up three year old thing. When Turtle smiles at me, I literally think I am going to burst with happiness.

And in that second, I can close my eyes and I forget about being poetic and just think: I love being a Mom.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Walking Dead

A while back, I cursed the growth spurt.

Yeah, well, I'm doing it again because damnit, it's back!

And not only do we have a growth spurt, we have two teeth and the attempts to crawl.

So, as you can imagine it's been crazy in our household.

During the day, Turtle is fine. She's a bit fussy and frustrated when she can only get the back half of her body going (which by the way, is super cute because her tushy is high in the air when she's attempting this).

She has a fussy moment around 4pm, but it's nothing that a nap doesn't solve.

The problem we're really having is at night time.

For the past four nights, she has been an absolute terror.

Okay, maybe terror isn't the right word... but damn, it's been a wreck. Or maybe I'm just a wreck in the morning from lack of sleep.

Last night in a span of six hours, she was up five times.

And this morning we both look like the walking dead.

And while Dr. Google says growth spurts usually effect a baby for 2-3 days, I'm calling b.s.

All the while, praying it goes away because Mommy misses her sleep.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Review: The Waterpik

I think I've seriously shared everything with you... there's probably not one stone that hasn't been overturned in our relationship (well, maybe one but we won't ever go there).

And now, I'm going to share my showering habits with you.


I was asked to review the Waterpik Medallion Easy Select 5.

Here's the only picture you'll see of it, because as much as I love you and share things with you, I draw the line at pictures of me in the shower (and so does my Mom).

The WaterPik Medallion Easy Select 5 has five water features to choose from: High/Low Concentrated Center Spray (my favorite setting), Circular Massage, Power Spray / Pulsating Massage, Misting (Roo's favorite) and Water Saver (my husband's).

A cool feature about this shower head is that if I'm in the shower and my husband left the sprayer on his favorite setting, I don't have to reach through the water stream to change it. You can change the setting right on the handle and forget about all that water hitting you in the face when you're not ready for it.

I also love that it's not a fixed mounted shower head, it' s hand held so when Roo hops in the shower she can bring it down to her level... plus she loves soaking the entire bathroom.

The Official Waterpik site says: "Designed for those with discriminating taste who want to experience the ultimate in shower style and performance. All EasySelect™ products feature an in-handle spray mode selector, which makes selecting sprays easier than ever. Designed with OptiFLOW® technology that increases water force up to 30% by optimizing water flow, so you feel refreshed and invigorated."

You can purchase the WaterPik Medallion Easy Select 5 at local hardware stores.

I participated in a blogging campaign with MomSelect and received a WaterPik Medallion Easy Select 5 to review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Friday, August 6, 2010

HomeHer 2010 Giveaway

UPDATED: Giveaway ends tonight! Enter now!

I'm sure you've heard that there's a little blogging conference going on right now, maybe you have... maybe you haven't: BlogHer 2010 in New York City.

A group of tweeps decided that just because we weren't in New York City we couldn't be just as fabulous as the rest of them.

So we decided that we would hold our own little blogging conference.

Enter #HomeHer10.

And what is a blogging conference without swag?

Busted Knuckle Photography, who's fabulous tag line is "Putting the Ordinary in Extraordinary" has graciously donated a print of their art to one winner.

And it's so easy to win. All you need to do is leave me a comment on which "session" at HomeHer 2010 you loved the most (get as creative as you can because I'm going to hand pick the winner based on who can make me spit out my Coke furthest).

Giveaway ends on August 7, 2010 at midnight EST.

Busted Knuckle Photography has donated one print for myself and another for the winner.

Florida Friday: Farris & Foster's

Two words for you: Chocolate Party.

It’s enough to make any chocolate lover’s mouth watering.

Farris and Foster’s offers you just that. A mouth watering chocolate party guaranteed to make you question how you ever survived without a chocolate party.

I was lucky enough to visit Farris and Foster’s and get a personal chocolate party with all the fixings.

Teri Lanenga, part owner of Farris and Foster’s led me, the husband and Roo (Turtle was there, she just slept most of the time though) through the joys of bathing in chocolate.

Okay, maybe not bathing. I sure wanted to, but they advised me against it.

We had a whole table to ourselves and we suited up in gloves, aprons and hats and got our first lesson in being a chocolatier.

We did chocolate molds, which by the way they have over 1000 different molds to choose from, even curvy lady legs!

Of course, Roo chose dinosaurs and made herself a Sprinklesaurus Rex (which we ate for breakfast the next day).

The husband delighted in the yummy macadamia nuts and proceeded to make a dozen milk pre-molded chocolate filled macadamia nuts.

My favorite part was the huge milk chocolate conveyor belt that takes up a whole wall of the shop. You can pick anything you want, from Twinkies to Nutter Butters and get it slathered in milk chocolate. Teri kindly told me not to think about jumping on the belt because I was too big to fit through the opening (but could you imagine if I could?!). I made turtle clusters (of course!) with caramel and milk chocolate.

We spent a good hour learning how to pour molds, make peanut butter cups and stuffing our face with the yummy treats they had prepared for us. Dipped strawberries and raspberries, graham cracker covered chocolate and gummy bears, white chocolate covered cookies, everything a chocolate lover could dream of.

Farris and Foster’s offers three different types of parties: Regular, Family Night and Date Night.
The regular party costs $22.00 per person and you get a pound of chocolate included (if you want more, you can purchase additional pounds for a reduced rate). Family Night is $25.00 per family of four (Family Night is only available on Mondays) and Date Night is $25.00 per couple (Friday nights only). On Date Nights they turn down the lights and turn up the twinkle lights, play romantic music.

You can also purchase pre-made chocolate at Farris and Fosters. The Lanenga’s have a quirky sense of humor and have named at their chocolate after famous people with a twist. You can find scrumptious treats like John Lemmon, Almond Schwarzenegger, Johnny Cashew, Ghengis Pecan and Walnut Disney. They have plans to add great new names coming from Harry Potter and the Twilight series.

And if you’re watching your waistline or a diabetic, Farris and Foster have a great selection of Sugar Free Chocolates.

If you want to check out Farris and Foster’s for yourself, call and arrange a party or you can drop by and fill your basket with yummy pre-made treats.

Farris and Fosters is located at: 4875 New Broad Street (in Baldwin Park) Orlando, Florida 32814 and you can contact them at 407-770-1607.

There is also a location in Lakeland, but I have never been. But here is the contact info: 1554 Town Center Lakeland, Florida 33803 863-686-9136
I visited Farris and Fosters and was treated to a Chocolate Party. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

On A Quest

I know recently I said I was on a quest... but that one didn't pan out like I'd hope. So being go-getter, I thought: Let's go on another quest.

My first blogging conference.

With Blog Her 10 going on right now and my Twitter account being full of nothing but #blogher10 tweets (which makes one feel kinda lonely that all her bloggy friends are in one place and she's in another), I want nothing more than to be a part of the cool kids club and attend a future event.

So I'm throwing my name in the hat on the hunt for a sponsor for the Type A conference in September.

Yes, I know I am super late in the game... but like I've said before, better late than never!

I'm working on sponsorship letters (even though I am CLUELESS on what I'm really supposed to say) and finding people to send them to.

If you are feeling froggy (and really generous) send some tips my way on how the best approach regarding sponsorship is. What should I include in my letter? What are great ways to show sponsor love? What kind of shoes should I wear (just kidding, kinda)?

Help a girl on a quest, would ya?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Yummy: Pinkberry Comes to Town!

UPDATED: Contest has been extended until Friday, the 13th.

It’s no secret of my love for anything cold and sweet.

Put something frozen and yummy in front of me and it won’t last.

When I was contacted by the adorable folks at Pinkberry, my taste buds were perked.

I’ve heard tons about Pinkberry, which is a frozen yogurt made of fresh, high quality ingredients and I’m happy to announce to my local readers that: Pinkberry is coming to Orlando!

Opening their doors on August 20, 2010, Pinkberry is the delicious treat that is known for its “signature tang” and I cannot wait to taste this yummy treat.

Want to learn more about Pinkberry? Check out their Facebook page and become a Pinkberry groupie (a great online community where you can share your love of, what else, PINKBERRY!) on their homepage.

The VIP Grand Opening is taking place on August 19, 2010 and I have my hands on two VIP tickets to attend. All you need to do to win these bad boys is leave me a comment on which Pinkberry flavor you want to try.

Also, I have 20 Pinkberry shirts with BOGO coupons to give out (You don’t have to be a Central Floridian to win the shirts and coupons just the VIP tickets), entry for this giveaway is the same as the VIP tickets, just tell me what’s your flavor.

Extra entries can be earned by doing the following:
- Like Pinkberry on Facebook
- Follow me and Pinkberry on Twitter @NYTMBlog and @Pinkberry and Tweet out the following message: @Pinkberry is opening in #Orlando. Win Prizes w/ @NYTMBlog!
- Blog about this contest

Contest ends August 11, 2010 at Midnight EST. All winners must provide me with their shipping information in 24 hours or new winners will be chosen. Winners will be chosen by

The Orlando Pinkberry location is:
7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd Orlando Florida (in the Marketplace at Dr. Phillips Shopping Center).

I am working with Pinkberry to spread the word about their Grand Opening in Orlando. I received compensation in the form of frozen yogurt and t-shirts. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Woe is Me Post

For the past five months I have been doing the round-around dance with my doctor's office and my insurance company.

When Turtle was born and had to see the doctor for her first appointment my insurance company told me that I literally had to jump hoops to add her on to my insurance policy.

Then the doctor's office wouldn't see her because I didn't have an insurance card with her name on it.

Amongst the post-partum panic that set in, I cried and cried and cried until my husband demanded the doctor see her and paid cash for her visit.

And then again for the next visit two weeks later because the card still hadn't come in.

Then of course, letters and insurance cards came pouring in saying: WELCOME BABY!

So I decided that since we were poor and could really use that cash back, to get a reimbursement. So I filed a letter to the doctor's office and then one to the insurance company.

Add those letters in with dozens and dozens of phone calls between both parties and I was exhausted but the day did come when I found out I was getting a reimbursement.

I was so happy. It wasn't a lot of money, but money is money.

I even was told last week that the check was in the mail.

So I waited... and waited.

I stalked the mailman and everyday when there was no check in the mail, my hope began to falter.

So I contacted the people that said the check was in the mail... and of course, there were no notes in the file that said that and whaddaya know, no check in the mail because I wasn't getting a refund (after five months of their computers showing a refund).

So I started calling the insurance company.

All I got from them was sorry. The letters they sent out didn't exist (even though they were in my hands) and that I was out of luck because my daughter's doctor wasn't her primary care doctor.

So now here I am, deflated and exhausted after spending so much time and energy on this matter only to be told: you're screwed.

Nothing like having money dangled in front of your face, only to have them snatch it back with an evil laugh (because all people who screw me over laugh evil).

The moral of this story: that today sucks and so does everyone else.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Giveaway: Breyers Smooth and Dreamy

I’ve mentioned it before, but let me say it again: Damn, I love ice cream.

I could, and normally do, eat ice cream daily (sometimes twice a day, but don’t tell anyone).

But I’ve also got baby weight to lose (yes, I still have some of it!).

So my ice cream habit is sometimes deterred because it’s not the healthiest snack around.

But the wonderful people at Breyers have stepped in to save the (my) day.

I give you Smooth and Dreamy: all natural treats from your freezers that have low calories and are not low on taste.

My freezer is always stocked with the Triple Chocolate Chip bar, but there are more flavors to go around. Like Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (to die for!).

Wanna try them for yourself?

I have five coupons good for a FREE box of Breyer’s Smooth and Dreamy. All you need to do to win is leave me a comment on your favorite ice cream. One winner will be chosen to receive all five coupons and notified via email (so please make sure you leave your contact information).

Contest ends on August 8, 2010 at 5pm EST.

I participated in a MomCentral Blog Program with Breyers and received ice cream coupons and a gift certificate to taste the ice cream and evaluate it. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

Dear Turtle: The Crawling Edition

I've been watching you very closely lately. And I don't know if you know I'm watching you, but I am. I see you when you pull yourself up on all four and start to rock back and forth.

I watch you worm your way backwards and I know it's coming.

You'll be crawling soon.

Very soon.

And I have to tell you: I'm not ready!

I'm not ready for you to be scooting around the house because 1) I don't have that extra energy to clean the floors everyday and 2) There's too many big girl toys all over the place.

Roo has tons of toys and those toys have smallish parts that go with them.

The tiny dinosaurs, the horse saddles, the pennies....

If you start crawling I'll have to start really paying attention... like, seriously!

With Roo, we lived in a tiny little house and she only crawled in one main room.

Here, on the farm, it's much bigger.

And there's a dog that sheds like it's going out of style.

Just thinking about all of this makes me tired.

But you don't care. You're ready to crawl and by god, you will crawl. I've seen that determination in you. It's the same look your Dad gets when someone tells him no.

And reverse psychology won't work either.

So I'll have to admit defeat, bust out the cleaning supplies daily and prepare myself to chase you around the house and yell at Roo to keep her toys off the floor.

So bring it on.

Crawl away.

I'm ready, whether I want to be or not.