Monday, February 27, 2012

Disney's Brave "The Prize" Trailer

You know I love a good Disney movie and Brave looks like it's going to be Ah-MA-Ziiinnngggg.

Nothing like a fierce, strong girl to make you feel wonderful.

I can't wait to take my girls to see this one.

Here's the latest trailer.

Enjoy!


How Do You Do It?

Today I did some volunteer work at my daughter's school. I got in at 9am and left at 130pm.

And when I got home, I was exhausted.

And you know what, I'm still exhausted as I crawl into bed to call it a day.

I didn't do anything too strenuous either but I was all over the place doing this and doing that and I feel like I could collapse (of course, going to the park and the grocery store after all this didn't help) and I feel like I would die if I worked full time.

It leaves me pondering how the hell do working moms do this?

I also wondering if I could even hack it as a working mom?

I'm sure after some time I would find a healthy balance and I wouldn't be bitching about how tired I am but you know me, I'm a whiner.

So how do you do it?


Friday, February 24, 2012

Florida Friday: Fun in Central Florida this weekend

This weekend in Central Florida there are tons, and I mean tons, of things to do. There's the NBA All Star Weekend, the Daytona 500, the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon, Sea World's Bands, Brew and BBQ and more.

All of these activities are without a doubt a fun experience, but... they come with lots of crowds, lots of traffic and lots of mayhem.

If you're like me and tense up at the thought of too many people, you can avoid big ticket crowds and opt for smaller activities.

I came up with some great ways to have fun without feeling like a cow in a chute full of other cows.

:)

Check out CoCo Key and its fantastic water park. The weather is in the high 80s today and it's the perfect time to skip the crowds and have some fun.

There's the Orlando Science Center and it's low-key activities that entertain kids of all ages.

You can make the drive out to Fantasy of Flight and spend the day drooling over gorgeous restored airplanes and even take a flight in a Bi-Plane.

If you have a sweet tooth you can spend time at Farris and Foster's mixing up to-die-for chocolate treats.

Or indulge your artist senses and soak in the masterpieces at the Orlando Museum of Art.

All of the above mentioned activities are super fun, I'd done them all and can vouch for them.

And there's a good chance you won't get caught up in the mega crowds and lose your mind.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Complete

This morning I woke up and both of my girls were in my bed.

I was perfectly sandwiched between them and in the dim light of the morning coming through the curtains  I was able to sit still and gaze at them.

I could hear their soft breath, see their little bellies rise and fall.

And I fell in love with them, all over again.

I drank in Roo's perfect profile with her tiny nose and beautiful lips.

I was able to snuggle into Turtle's  thick hair and her sweet scent.

It was in that moment I felt complete.

I felt that no matter what happened in my life, I was lucky enough to have this moment.

I was lucky enough to be their Mama.

I'll tuck this memory into my pocket and when I'm feeling overwhelmed, upset and bothered by the crap of a day I can pull it out and remember that there's more to life than groceries, homework, blog posts or drama.

And the world will be right again.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I Love Florida

I was born and raised here in Florida and I love it.


I love love love it.


Our beautiful weather makes every weekend perfect. Heck, it makes every day perfect.


The wonderful folks at VisitOrlando have put together a very thorough list of festivals and shows for the upcoming months to entice you to visit my home state.


From a press release:




MARCH
Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1 – 11
Celebrate the fabric of American life through ethnic traditions, social events, competitive contests, youth developmental programs and top-name entertainment including Demi Lovato, and Reba. Enjoy exhibits of agriculture, commerce, industry, livestock, fine arts, horticulture and crafts. The Florida Strawberry Festival takes place in Plant City, off Interstate 4, between Orlando and Tampa. Admission: Prices vary for performances.
flstrawberryfestival.com 813-752-9194
Atlanta Braves Spring Training
March 3 – April 2
The Atlanta Braves, one of baseball’s most dominant teams for more than a decade, opens drills in February at Cracker Jack Stadium located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Their Grapefruit League games – typically a home schedule of 16 dates – are played throughout March. Individual ticket prices range from $10 to $42. 
disneyworldsports.com
 407-939-4263
Bike Week Orlando
March 5 – 13
More than 100,000 Harley-Davidson enthusiasts from across the globe turn out for this annual event, headquartered at the Orlando Historic Factory Dealership. Festivities include live music, games and shows. Admission: Free.
orlandoharley.com 407-423-0346
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
March 7 – May 20
Walt Disney World Resort guests welcome spring with a full dose of beauty. From elaborate gardens and incredible topiaries to helpful seminars and nightly musical entertainment, the festival offers an array of special activities for all green-thumb levels. Admission: Included in regular park admission.
disneyworld.com 407-824-4321
World's Festival 2012
Early March
The Rotary Club of Casselberry presents this family-friendly event where Central Florida’s diverse community will be brought together for a day of celebrating the cultures of the world. The festival will feature 11 world-class performances of authentic folk dance, music and acrobats representing the cultures of Africa, Asia, Middle East, Polynesia, Haiti, Europe and Central America at the Metro Life Auditorium in Casselberry. Admission: Free. 
worldfestival.community.officelive.com
 407-222-8747
Valiant Air Command’s Tico Warbird Air Show Mid-MarchSee vintage C-47s and sophisticated 440 mph (708 kph) F-86 Saber Jets at one of the biggest air spectacles of the year at the Space Coast Regional Airport, just south of Titusville. Admission: TBD.
vacwarbirds.org 321-268-1941
53rd Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 16 – 18
The festival is one of the nation’s most prestigious outdoor arts events, rated sixth best by Sunshine Artists. More than 1,000 artists from around the world apply for entry and an independent panel of judges selects approximately 225 to participate in the show. The three-day event also features show-stopping jazz, children’s activities and great eats. Admission: Free.
wpsaf.org 407-672-6390
Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill
March 19 - 25
One of the crown jewels of the PGA Tour, the event annually attracts one of the strongest international fields of the season. Past Arnold Palmer Invitational champions who regularly play in the tournament include Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Tim Herron and Tiger Woods. Proceeds from the Arnold Palmer Invitational benefit the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. Admission: Prices start at $45.arnoldpalmerinvitational.com 407-876-2888
Jack Hanna Weekend at SeaWorld Orlando
March 24 - 25 
Jack Hanna, renowned animal expert and host of TV's “Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures," showcases some of his furry and feathered animal friends from all parts of the world. Hanna introduces unique and exotic animals, shares amazing animal stories and shows hilarious bloopers. Admission: Included in regular park admission.
seaworldorlando.com 407-363-2259
APRIL
48th Annual Ron Jon Surf Shop Easter Surfing Festival
April 6 – 8
Enjoy the sun, surf and sand along beautiful Cocoa Beach, just one hour east of Orlando, as you watch championship surfers from ages 12-80 from around the world compete in this annual surfing competition. An Easter egg hunt and food court, as well as surf clinics and demonstrations, are part of the fun. Admission: Free.
eastersurffest.com 321-799-8888
25th Annual Fiesta Medina
April 8 
As part of Orlando’s longest running Latin community festival, national and international performers take the stage to celebrate Latin culture and music at Festival Park in Orlando. The festival also features streets lined with displays and food along with a children’s carnival area. Admission: TBD.
renesproductions.com 407-381-5310
Easter Sunrise Service
April 8
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales offers Easter morning worshippers free admission from 6 – 8 a.m. to greet the dawn of this special day while listening to a 60-bell carillon Lake Wales Chorale. An Easter buffet will be served in the Blue Palmetto CafĂ© for an additional fee. Admission: Free.
boktowergardens.org 863-676-1408
Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival
April 13 - 14 
The festival will include two days of activities surrounding the dragon boat race. Enjoy the opening ceremonies the evening before the boat race, including live performances, demonstrations and team introductions. The race will take place April 9 at 9:15 a.m., followed by performances and ongoing events throughout the day. Admission: Free for opening ceremonies Friday evening and $3 for adults and $2 for children for Saturday’s race and events.
cfdragonboat.org 352-343-2531
21st Annual Florida Film Festival
April 13 - 22 
The Florida Film Festival showcases the best in cutting-edge current cinema; indulgent experiences in food and wine; a mix of industry parties and special events; and a star-packed attendee list. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the festival welcomes more than 25,000 guests each year, playing host to more than 100 visiting directors, producers and award-winning talent. Admission: Varies.
floridafilmfestival.com 407-629-1088
Spring Jazz Stroll at Harry P. Leu Gardens
April 14
Guests can enjoy an evening of live jazz music and candlelit walkways in a beautiful garden setting. Dinner picnic basket and blanket or chairs are recommended. Lawn seating only. Admission: $15-$20.
leugardens.org 407-246-2620
Spring Fiesta in the Park
April 14 - 15
Enjoy a myriad of booths offering tasteful regional arts and crafts along the banks of Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. The annual festival provides entertainment, goodies and homemade items for sale. Admission: Free.
cityoforlando.net 407-246-2121
Viva La Musica
April 14 – May 6
SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa host this celebration of Hispanic music, food and culture. The event features the sights, sounds and tastes of various Latin cultures through music, dance, crafts, food and concerts. Admission: Included in regular park admission.
SeaWorldOrlando.com 407-363-2259
buschgardens.com 813-987-5524
Central Florida Earth Day
April 22
Find out how to help the planet while having fun at this Lake Eola Park event featuring music, guest speakers and activities for the entire family. Admission: Free.
cfearthday.org 321-331-1859
11th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival
April 27 - May 13
Life is indeed a cabaret, at least for a few weeks during Mad Cow Theatre’s celebration of musical theatre. Cabaret artists and acts are featured in more than 40 evening and lunchtime performances. Admission: TBD.
orlandocabaret.com 407-297-8788
The Great American Pie Festival
April 28 - 29
Enjoy endless samples of pies with close family and friends. Held in Celebration, the Pie Festival includes demonstrations, bake-offs, pie tastings and pie-eating contests. Admission: Free. Buffet tickets: TBD.
piecouncil.org 407-566-1200
Florida Music Festival
April TBD
Florida Music Festival is a multi-day celebration of up-and-coming musicians held in downtown Orlando. The festival lets fans experience live music, film, visual arts and the cultural community. The event welcomes more than 250 performers from alternative, pop, country, urban, hip hop and acoustic formats, along with hundreds of filmmakers and dozens of visual artists. Admission: Varies.
floridamusicfestival.com
MAY
21st Annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival
May 17 - 28
The oldest, non-juried festival in the United States, the Orlando International Fringe Festival is a celebration of theater, art and music. Fringe encompasses hundreds of shows, the Visual Fringe, outdoor concerts and “The Kids Fringe Tour.” Events are held at various venues in and around downtown Orlando. True to Fringe roots, all acts remain uncensored, exposing patrons to performances from mild to wild. Admission: TBD.
orlandofringe.org 407-648-0077
The Central Florida Home & Garden Show
May 25-28
Held at the Orange County Convention Center, the largest consumer home and garden show in Central Florida features local, regional and national experts in remodeling, building, decorating and landscaping, instructional how-to seminars, giveaways and more than 600 exhibits with the industry's hottest home and garden products.Admission: TBD.
centralflhomeandgardenshow.com 877-871-7469
Gay Days
May 29 – June 4
Gay Days is comprised of multiple events staged at world-famous attractions, gay and lesbian clubs and unique venues that create a renowned gay and lesbian vacation experience.
gaydays.com 407-896-8431
Star Wars Weekends
End of May – Early June
Star Wars characters come to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where guests of all ages can come face-to-face with Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Queen Amidala as well as other favorite sci-fi characters from the famous film series. Star Wars Weekends are scheduled for four consecutive weekends. Admission: Included in regular park admission. 
disneyworld.com
 407-824-4321
4th Annual PLAYGROUND Arts & Music Festival
May TBD 
Held at Lake Eola from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., the event features live music, kids’ yoga sessions, creative performances, storytelling, art center, fire dancers, talent searches, karaoke, puppet shows and more. The festival brings out more than 12,000 locals each year. Admission: TBD.
playground-magazine.com 407-221-4932
Waves of Glory
May TBD
Wet n’ Wild’s new contemporary Christian Battle of the Bands music event features Christian rock bands, praise bands, singers, rappers and choirs compete for cash prizes. Admission: Included in regular admission.
wetnwild.com 407-351-1800

JUNE
22nd Annual Harvest Festival
June 22 - 24
Held at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, the event offers arts and crafts, live music, free tours, grape stomping, wine tasting and plenty of free parking. Food and beverages available for purchase. Admission: $2 donation to Hospice Foundation.
lakeridgewinery.com 800-768-9463

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at EPCOT
June – July TBD
Families can gather together for an unforgettable night of music and memories in the open-air America Gardens Theater at Epcot. Admission: Included in regular park admission.
disneyworld.com 407-824-4321
JULY

Independence Day at SeaWorld Orlando
July 4
As part of SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Nights, therewill be aspecial Fourth of July Reflections show featuring an expanded fireworks show timed to patriotic music. Admission: Included in regular park admission.
seaworldorlando.com 407-351-3600
Independence Day at Universal Orlando Resort
July 4
Guests can enjoy a special version of the popular Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular, a cinematic adventure that combines cutting-edge projection technology with lasers and pyrotechnics to bring movies to life like never before. Admission: Included in regular park admission to Universal Studios Florida.
universalorlando.com 407-224-4233
Independence Day at Walt Disney World Resort
July 4
“Disney’s Celebrate America! - A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” at Magic Kingdom will start at 9 p.m. The holiday-inspired “IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth” at Epcot will start at 10 p.m., and a special July 4th fireworks presentation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will start at 10 p.m. Admission: Included in regular park admission. 
disneyworld.com
 407-824-4321
Fireworks at the Fountain
July 4 
Celebrate United States independence at the free fireworks display and laser show around Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Residents and visitors alike pack their picnic baskets, comfy blankets and fun-loving kids and head out to Lake Eola from 4 – 10 p.m. for an old-fashioned summertime picnic. Admission: Free.
cityoforlando.net 407-246-2121
Fourth of July at Celebration Town Center
July 4
Celebration Town Center celebrates the 4th of July with a parade, live music and fireworks. Admission: Free.
celebrationtowncenter.com 407-566-4015
Coke Zero 400
July 7
This series has been an Independence Day weekend tradition for nearly five decades. Kevin Harvick will defend his title in the 160-lap, 400-mile holiday weekend classic that will feature fireworks on and off the track at Daytona International Speedway. Admission: TBD.
daytonainternationalspeedway.com 386-253-7223
4th of July Bash at Baldwin Park
July TBD
Baldwin Park Rotary Club hosts its 3rd annual Fourth of July celebration in Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park. The event, which will be held from 4 – 10 p.m., will include a parade, most patriotic dog contest, street vendors, games, a home-made apple pie contest and a fireworks show. Admission: Free.
baldwinparkrotary.org 407-745-9345
Red Hot & Boom
July TBD
Held at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte, Red Hot & Boom is an Independence Day celebration that features live entertainment by XL106.7 Radio, children's activities, vendor booths, food, drinks and a 25-minute fireworks display, synchronized with a mix of patriotic and today's musical hits. Admission: Free.
uptownaltamonte.com 407-571-8180
6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival
July TBD
Held at the Orlando Repertory Theatre and Loch Haven Park, the Target Family Theatre Festival features a variety of family-friendly and affordable shows. Admission: Free.
orlandorep.com 407-896-7365
*Details related to festivals and special events are subject to change."

I know I plan on attending a lot of these special events, which one interests you?

Wordless Wednesday: Cupcakes

Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Moser Roth Chocolate & Aldi


I’ve slowly been adding chocolate back into my diet and I couldn’t be happier about it. A life without chocolate is a dull life and it’s not the kind I want to live.

Recently, I was able to try about some Moser Roth chocolate (found at Aldi!) and was in heaven.

I got a bar of Mint and a bar of Orange and Almond (yes, orange!). I was hesitant about the orange and almond just simply because orange and chocolate is something that I would never pair together.

Oh boy, was it yummy.

The sweetness had the slight hint of orange and you know what, it did compliment each other. So much so that everyone who tried a bite of it asked for more.

And you can never go wrong with mint chocolate. It’s always been one of my favorite kinds of chocolate (behind milk, almond dark and caramel chocolate).

From the Aldi website: “Moser-Roth® Chocolate is a delicious treat for connoisseurs of sophisticated gourmet chocolate. This chocolate is made with the finest quality ingredients, carefully prepared according to a classic recipe and  comes in the following delicious flavors: Toffee Crunch, Orange Almond, Chili Chocolate, Mint Chocolate, Premium Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa, Premium Milk Chocolate and Premium Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa. 
 
Our family of Moser-Roth has been named the 2010 Product of the Year in the Value Category. Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. In the U.S., the Product of the Year seal is backed by the votes of 60,000 consumers.”

Both Moser Roth chocolates can be found at Aldi along with a great selection of other types of chocolate.


I received two bars of chocolate from Aldi to sample for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information. 

They Grow Up Too Fast

I lit two candles yesterday and sang through my tears.

When they say time flies, they weren't lying.

My baby is growing up and I'm doing my best to just keep up.

Turtle, I love you so dearly. Please ignore the tears on your cupcake.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Girls Are So Much Fun

The other day I had to separate my girls. As I was doing this, I was yelling at them to be nice to each other.

And I had a moment of what my life was going to be like for the next 18+ years.

Or maybe even longer.

Sometimes my babes get along swimmingly... they play nicely, they share, they make my life beautiful.

Then there are moments when Turtle is straight up mean and snatches every toy that Roo is playing with and throws temper tantrums when I scold her for misbehaving.

This is not to say that Roo is a complete angel while Turtle runs around with the devil horns. Roo can be quite the troublemaker when she wants to be, girl has been known to shove.

Those moments when they are at each other's throats make me want to put everyone in their beds and crawl into my own bed with a pile of chocolate and bad reality television.

Of course, the moments when they are sweet as can be, I just want to run and find my phone to take video of them playing together so I can save it for those crazy days when they make me nuts or when they're 13 and screaming that they hate each other.

I try to convince them that they are going to be together forever and that they might as well just get use to each other, but that often falls on deaf ears.

Regardless of whether they are pulling each other's hair out or they are snuggling on the couch, I love these girls so damn much.

So much that I feel like crying if I stop and thinking about them.

And regardless of anything, I am blessed... I am lucky and I am thankful.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Engrossed


Turtle is absolutely in love with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

We will spend all morning watching it and when the hot dog song comes on, she drops what she's doing and starts to dance.

The latest DVD from Disney is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: I <3 Minnie.





The DVD is out now (it hit the shelves on February 7th) and has an all-new, never-before-seen episode and four other episodes to enjoy.


From the press release:

  •  Minnie & Daisy’s Flower Shower (All-New, Never-Before-Seen) - The botanical highlight of the year is in trouble, unless Minnie and Daisy can get their flowers to bloom! Together, they board the glove balloon to help coax the clouds to sprinkle much needed rain.
  • Daisy’s Dance -Clap your hands and tap your feet! Join Daisy, as she gets ready for one of the most important events of her life––performing in the big talent show!
  • Daisy’s Pet Project - The Pet Parade is almost here and Daisy needs to find the perfect animal for which she can love and care. But it’s not as easy as she thinks and soon she has three new friends: an elephant named Bubbles, a giraffe called Longfellow and a bunny called Captain Jumps-a-lot!
  • Minnie’s Rainbow - After a brightly colored rainbow appears over the clubhouse, Minnie searches for the pot of gold that’s supposed to be at its end. Along the way, she meets a leprechaun and discovers that not all treasure turns out to be as she expected!
  • Minnie’s Birthday – Today is Minnie’s birthday, but the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends need to set up her birthday party.
This DVD is really cute and it fits perfectly as a great Valentine's gift for your own little one and retails for $19.99 U.S.



I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please full my full disclosure policy for more information.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Review: Bertolli Meal Soup

The problem with making a scrumptious meal on a weekday is that your days tend to be packed full with activities like school pick up, working out, naps, homework, etc.

Weekday meals for us tend to be quick and easy so I'm always on the lookout for yummy alternatives that taste like I spent all day working on them.

Enter Bertolli's Premium Meal Soup.



Bertolli has made it their mission to make a weekday special with their new frozen soups. I took a day out of the week and decided to make it a super special night.

I gave the kiddos to Grandma and got to work.

I set the table with real dishes (no plastic here tonight) and got rid of all traces of kiddie stuff. I lit some candles and folded the napkins.

The soup was really easy to make. You empty the pack of frozen soup into a pot with one cup of water and let it come to a boil. You need to let it simmer for five minutes and when its piping hot, serve!



I toasted up some yummy sweet bread to go along with it and served up the Roasted Chicken and Rotini Pasta soup. 


See how easy it is to make a weekday meal special?


The soup was yummy and had just the right amount of spice in it. It went well with the bread and there was plenty of soup for two.

You can find Bertolli Premium Meal Soups in the freezer section at your local grocery store. You can also learn more by visiting their Facebook page, following them on Twitter and browsing their website.





I participated in the Weeknight Meal Special Challenge and was compensated for this post. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.   

Giveaway: Pillsbury Cookies

I love cookies.

A little too much.

You can actually just refer to me as Mrs. Cookie Monster from now on out.

Or not, I'm sure it's trademarked.

Anyways, cookies are always a wonderful treat for me to give my girls and they are an even bigger treat when we make them together.

MyBlogSpark recently sent us a cookie package complete with Pillsbury Shape Sugar Cookies, a cute cookie jar and a spatula. 

My girls picked out the Princess cookies, of course but there are also Mickey and Minnie shaped cookies to choose from.


The cookies are cute and super simple.


We baked them for 12 minutes at 350 degrees and then we proceeded to eat them... all.

Okay, not all but they were yummy.

MyBlogSpark wants you to experience just how yummy they are so they have graciously given me a cookie prize pack to giveaway! 

Lucky you!

You'll get a coupon for cookies, a cookie jar and a spatula to whip up your own yumminess.

All I want you to do is tell me what your favorite cookie is.

Easy peasy!

This contest will run until February 19, 2012 and please make sure you leave me an email to contact you if you win. 


I received a cookie pack from Pillsbury via MyBlogSpark in exchange for this post. However, all opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Born via C-Section

I like to think that I am an open person, meaning that I am open to how people live their lives and I’m cool with it. I am an accepting person and believe that people make their own decisions about their lives and I have no say in it.

Sure, if they ask my opinion I will give it, but I always stress to them that the decision is theirs.

I’d never tell anyone what to do, how to do it or why I would do it a certain way.

It’s just not my bag, baby.

I’ve never spoken about my girls births like this before but February is C-Section Awareness Month and I want the world to know that I had a c-section with both of my girls and I had them by choice.

Yes, there were medical reasons to my choice but I still choose to have them that way. I had a choice to risk their lives and I decided that it was in their best interest to play it safe and have them delivered in a sterile operating room.

And I’m not ashamed of it.

I have had women try to shame me into feeling like a worthless piece of shit for having my babies the way I did, one even telling me that I really wasn’t a mother since my babes didn’t come out the chute.

I think I gave that woman the finger.

Mature, I know.

My point is that the births of both of my girls were wonderful, special, moving, beautiful and full of happy tears.

The point is they arrived!

The point is they are here.

Having them via c-section doesn’t mean I am a horrible person, it means I’m their mother and they are my children.

Despite how a child arrives to be in their mothers arms is irrelevant. Whether it’s through natural birth, an adoption, a c-section, heck even if a stork drops them off in a basket, they are children and we are mothers.

Despite how a child arrives, Mothers still bathe, dress, nurse, nurture them.

We still love them.

And they love me.


Huggie's Little Movers Slip On Giveaway!

Have you seen that adorable Huggies commercial with all the squirmy babies in it?

Have you ever watched that commercial and nodded your head along with it?

Yeah, me too.

Turtle is one squirmy baby, especially when I am changing her diaper. Her favorite move is the twist and roll and then dart to the corner of the bed where I can't reach her... and then she laughs at me, all while naked and jumping up and down.

Cute, yes. Annoying, sometimes.

Yes, I just admitted my baby can be annoying sometimes.

Huggies has just launched their own You Tube channel where you can upload videos of your own squirmy baby! This is a delicious way to spend some spare time because OH MY GOODNESS! The cuteness!!

To celebrate the launch, Huggies has graciously given me a Little Movers prize pack to giveaway to one of you! You'll get a package of Little Movers Slip Ons and a cute magnetic photo frame for your fridge.

All you need to do to enter is tell me your babies favorite move.

Easy peasy.

This contest ends on February 22, 2012.

Please make sure you leave an email address so I can contact you if you win.



I received a package of diapers in exchange for this post. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information. 

Wordless Wednesday: Cuddling Solves All

Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day Goodies from EdenFantasys

If you can believe it, Valentine's Day is right around the corner.... Seriously, it's 8 days away!


Have you even started shopping for your honey?


I spent some time on one of my favorite websites, EdenFantasys and picked out some yummy goodies that just might score you major brownie points with your sweetheart.


Lingerie:





The sweet bouquet shorty cami set

Pinstripe woven cami set


Wet look top and pant set

Then you will need some essentials...
Belleza Box

Fence Net Thigh High


 The Book of Massage



EdenFantasys has tons of great Valentine's Day gifts to choose from. Their website is always expanding and recently they added makeup to their collection! 


Another great thing about EdenFantasys is that they have a ton of hot lingerie for only $14.99! 

Now if they added shoes, it would be your one stop sex shop! 

Head over to EdenFantasys and start filling the shopping cart with tons of naughty items guaranteed 

Days of the Dinosaurs!

When I heard that dinosaurs were on exhibit in Orlando, I packed the kids up and went straight there. 

Seriously? 

Dinos in Orlando?

The Days of the Dinosaurs exhibit is at the West Oaks Mall (quite a hike for me, if I can say so), tucked into a storefront by the kids playground. 

Set up inside there are dinosaurs that move around and roar at people that pass by. 

They scared the crap out of Turtle, who spent the entire visit clutching my neck so I don't recommend this for anyone under 4, unless they are made of stern stuff.


Along the ways there's tons of dino facts to read about.



There's also a 20 minute 3D movie to check out. Roo loved it, I couldn't take it. The 3D effects made me feel like I was crossing my eyes so I cuddled with Turtle while Roo watched.



There's activities to do like dig for dino bones.


And a coloring station.

It was a nice visit for us, especially for our dino lover in the family. She was tickled pink by all of it, especially the gift shop at the end where she somehow talked me into buying more dinosaurs for her collection.

They only accept cash at the Days of the Dinosaur exhibit so make sure you go prepared. Tickets are $5 and kids 3 and under get in free. They will be at the West Oak location until the end of March. 

You can find more information about the Days of the Dinosaur here



I received comp tickets for this exhibit. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information. 

Review: My Little Pony Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express

Ponies are a big deal in this household.

DVDs are also a big deal in this household as well. 

Add the two together and you've got happy girls... and a happy Mama because them watching a DVD gives me time to breathe... and  pick up toys, do laundry, cook food and do geometry in my head.

Not the last one, but it sounded good huh?

My Little Pony has also been a big favorite in this house. My oldest owns all the new (and some of the old) My Little Pony toys and they are always scattered on the floor of her room.

With the newest My Little Pony DVD, Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express (out on February 28th!), Roo will gather up all the My Little Pony toys and sit on the floor with them circling her and watch the movie.

Yes, Turtle tends to come in and make a mess of her circle but after a few shouting matches they both settle down and watch the movie.

It's quite cute, I must say.

Friendship is Magic: The Friendship Express has 5 episodes and great bonus features, including sing-a-longs and a Meet the Ponies feature. Also included on the DVD is a sneak peek at the new Pound Puppies series.

This DVD is well loved in our house, check it out on February 28th when it hits store shelves.



I received a copy of this DVD for review purposes. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.