Archive for September, 2010

National Preparedness Month – What Happens After Disaster Strikes? + $25 Gift Card Giveaway Ends 10/01

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by by

More often than not when you think about being prepared for a National Disaster we think about the before and during! At least I know I do. I have teamed up with Clorox for the month of September to help you be prepared and know what to do!

Here are a few things to do after a National Disaster Strikes:

  • In the wake of disaster, there is much to do as you assess the health and safety of your household as well as next steps to rebuild your life. The first thing you’ll want to do is check communication channels to ensure that local officials have declared it safe to return home.
  • When home, cleaning up after a natural disaster can be a daunting task so it’s important keep your health top of mind using these steps:
    • Before entering the home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage
    • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots
    • Look for flooding or large pools of standing water surrounding your home. These waters can be contaminated with high levels of bacteria that can make you sick, so disinfecting with a solution of bleach and water may help to remove mold and prevent the spread of infections and illness (more…)

Through a Child’s Eyes

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by by

One of the coolest things about being a parent is getting to experience life all over again. There are so many things we overlook, ignore, basically, we just don’t truly even notice anymore. However, when a child comes along, we go back to really paying attention and noticing how wonderful and exciting things can be, no matter how simple. I experienced this a lot this past weekend since I took the boys to the beach with my mom and a couple family friends. Troy had been before, but it had been awhile so it was like his first time all over again and of course it was Will’s first time. It was amazing to watch and see them explore and figure things out. Troy didn’t take long and was very fascinated with the water, shells, sand….Will was a little hesitant at first, but by the end of Saturday, he was the same. I felt like a kid again squealing when we found things, pointing simple things out–surfers, pelicans, dolphins or whatever, and it made me realize how much I had overlooked for so many years. Then, we went to the Aquarium. I was very excited about this because I just knew the boys would love it, especially Will, since he’s obsessed with all things fish. I was definitely not disappointed. Both boys were in awe and excited and loved every exhibit they had. I felt like a little kid watching with them and cannot wait to go back!


Requiem for a Squirrel

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by by

Photo We Heart It
Bob, Brandon, J.P. and Mia sat around a pile of sticks they called “the campfire.” Under the shade of the biggest tree in the park, they told ghost stories.

“There’s a bloody arm in there,” said J.P.

“Ew. No there isn’t,” said Mia.

Bob pointed up to the branches above them. “I think there’s a ghost in the tree up there.” Jake started up the small hill to meet the campers. The other parents and I chatted in the ravine below. “Hey you guys!” called Jake. “It’s a dead squirrel!” There was a rush down the hill as kids encircled the squirrel corpse.

“Whoa,” said J.P. “His eye popped out.” (more…)

Noah’s 2nd Birthday Party

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by by

We packed quite a few people into our apartment for Noah’s birthday party on Sunday; roughly 20 adults, and precisely 6 toddlers. I invited guests to come at 2:00, since most of the kids go for their nap around noon, including Noah. Noah went down for his nap before noon, and slept until shortly after 2. This meant we could do food prep uninterrupted (which I always seem to be doing up until the bitter end when I entertain). We were also able to put up the decorations at this time. Noah may not have gone so easily for his nap had we decorated the room with a Mickey Mouse theme beforehand! (more…)


Cloth Diapers OORAH, Event #12: Bummis Cloth Diapers Review and Giveaway 10/09

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by by

Are you ready for the next awesome Cloth Diaper OORAH sponsor?
We all know about Bummis right? Well, if not, let me tell you about a fantastic company with amazing products.
Bummis began as the proverbial “kitchen table business”, started by 3 mothers who were using cloth diapers on their own babies and were inspired to create the products they themselves needed. That was way back in the 1980’s. It remained a home business until it grew too large to fit into any home! Since then, Bummis has grown and prospered while staying true to the vision that inspired its inception and the values that fuelled its growth.
We believe that once parents see how easy it is to use cloth diapers, they will use them! So we focus on making it easy – through the products we design and distribute, the washing and using information we disseminate and the customer service we are so passionate about.

Bummis does make easy to use products with only parents in mind. We were sent a Stretch Bamboozle and a Super Whisper Wrap. I have to tell you all, I really didn’t use to be a fitted kind of a momma with a cover, I would (more…)

(Not really) Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by by

I sometimes have a brief window of time each afternoon when Larissa naps and Kellan is occupied by a highly cerebral educational activity.

It’s during this rare and magical time that I turn into a craft werewolf. Nothing is safe from my rabid wielding of Mod Podge, craft paper, and/or a glue gun. Sometimes even spray paint is involved. I suppose I could spend this time more wisely by napping or even planning a delightful dinner, but since Domino’s is basically on speed dial around here – why bother?

Plus, it’s easier to ignore the utter chaos and lack of visible flooring in this house if I can lift the eye upward with something pretty. The fact that I made it is just a bonus. My family could care less about my creative endeavors, but then again…I like to think that one day all five of the kids will be fighting over something I decoupaged. It could happen.

I have many talents, but photography is not one of them, so assume that objects in these pictures are better looking in real life than they appear.


I saw a very similar sign hanging in a local fancy-schmancy boutique for over $100 and thought, “I could do THAT.” So I did. For less than $3.00. I have a weird strip of wall between the kitchen and family room that was perfect for this project. Below the sign you can see “Ne Hao Kai Lan” on our TV. I told you Kellan was aptly occupied.

Soccer mom!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by by

I’m officially a soccer mom. Anastasia began soccer last week, and this post is long overdue. Why? Because this week has been about battling illness. It all began with Anastasia’s first soccer game. She was too cute!

Not sure why the picture is sideways… anyways, she played great until the last 10 minutes of the game. Then she got really fussy and clingy, something that is totally out of character. I tried to get her to introduce herself to the only other girl on her team, and in the process of doing so she threw up. I thought it was from heat, but the next two days her and David were (more…)


Kicking it with The Bucket

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by by

We pulled into the parking lot of the neighborhood park. It was a beautiful fall evening, and we were meeting some friends for a picnic. I put Evie in the Ergo, the deviled eggs in the stroller, and took Jonah’s hand as I closed the van door. I thought I had gotten everything. Jonah threw his hands onto the closed door and started crying “Bupee!” He started to throw his head back and bounced up and down on his heels; an invariable sign that a tantrum is brewing. “BUPEE! BUPEEEEE!!!” What does he want??

It was clear that whatever he wanted was still in the van, so I opened the door, hoping to avoid the meltdown that now seemed imminent. Imediately Jonah lunged forward into the van, and with the same drama as a child who had been reunited with his lost dog, he grabbed an orange sand bucket and exclaimed “bupee!”

With disaster thwarted, I made a mental note that “bupee” means “bucket.” Jonah has become quite attached to (more…)

BabeeGreens One Size Hemp/Cotton Fitted Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by by

I was super excited to review this BabeeGreens fitted diaper.  Why?  Because it is made in Asheville NC!  I am a NC girl, born and raised.  Even though I didn’t live in Asheville I have been there a few times for vacations or a day trip.  I have fond memories of the town.  I haven’t been back since adulthood but I imagine it is a lot like Ithaca NY, a crunchy town I like to visit often.  It is always nice to see US Made diapers, and even better to find some made to close to “home.”

Ease of Use ✩✩✩ Like many other fitteds, this one utilizes a Fold Over Rise. There are snaps on both sides of the top. You can fold to different levels and still use the inside snaps, which makes for an easy way to size the diaper. With the rose folded there is no way to snap in the Contour Booster seen in the video. You can however use the lay in boosters that come with the diaper. To snap the diaper on it isn’t hard. The snaps lie lower than some diapers so it might appear weird but it is correct, I promise.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ So, at 18.95, made in the US, using organic materials, this is a steal! Also, you not only get a good fitted, you get the newborn contour which can be used at birth. I doubt it will fit for long since it is (more…)

Work It Out

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 by by

I didn’t expect to be posting a belly pictures at 11 weeks, but the scary fact is, there is a belly to be seen!  I must say, that the size of my been-there-done-that belly coupled with the many twin pregnancy dreams I’ve had since getting pregnant freaks me out!  I prefer my babies one at a time, and while we did only see one baby at our six week ultrasound, there was a suspicious dark circle below the baby that left Dustin and I both scratching our heads a little.  It haunts my dreams for now.  Without further ado, here is my 11 week bump:

Ack, right?!  Kind of reminds me of about 20 weeks with Lawson!  Hopefully, it’ll stay about this size for the next (more…)