Archive for July, 2011

Baby Fever

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by by

Me: It seems like all my friends are pregnant… again!!! How does this keep happening!?

Daryl: ….ummmm….

Me: Don’t look at me like that, I know how it happens!

I can’t say that adding number three to our brood hasn’t crossed our minds. In fact I think about it almost every day. We had never planned on stopping at two. And I think I can correctly speak for Daryl’s half and say that neither of us really feel quite complete yet. The stack of cards that we have been dealt means that we have to think this through a little more carefully than we have in the past.

For now, I’m happy with focusing on my upcoming half-marathons and living vicariously through my friends’ ultrasound pictures and facebook statae that depict their midnight cravings for ice cream and breakfast cereals. I’m plenty busy chasing after the two that I already have, thank you!


How to Save Money When You Think You’ve Maxed Out

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by by

I’ve talked before about our family’s desire to pay off our student loans and get out of debt. After a year and a half of trekking along, we’ve managed to lower our balance by almost half, as well as pay cash for the birth of Peanut (no maternity coverage). After some recent examination, we figured we could cut back even more. With the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s makes us want to try and really see if we can do it by our goal date, July 2012! Here are some ways we are cutting back to save us an additional $4,000 throughout the next year:

  • Lower our grocery bill - I recently discovered The Grocery Shrink, and after reading a few of her posts, I decided to buy her eBook and see if I could glisten anything new from it. I am so glad I got that eBook, because not only did I learn a whole new approach to grocery shopping, but I can see that it is going to save us approximately $125 a month!! I thought I was a frugal person before, but Angela has shown me ways in which we can cut back even more to get to our goals without sacrificing healthy foods.
  • Cut back on phones – We have a house phone as well as 2 cell phones. I recently was gifted a blackberry, and so we also had a data plan and messaging on my phone. We hardly use our house phone, so cutting this out will be easy and save us $24 a month. By switching back to a basic phone, I will also save an additional $20 a month on our cell phone bill.
  • Eliminate Entertainment – Although we did not spend much on entertainment to begin with (only $25 a month), we realized that there are plenty of things we can do that are free and save this money instead.
  • Cut back on Babysitting – This is one area we really hadn’t even implemented yet, so it will be easy to cut back on it. We had originally planned for 2 dates a month, but now we are going to shorten that to just 1. We will also do something free instead of using entertainment money to go out somewhere. Savings on this is $20 a month.
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Slackers and Slides

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 by by
I’ve been going through a bit of a rough spot with regards to my migraines and just trying to deal with being in pain on pretty much a daily basis. The good news is that, in less than a month, I will be starting acupuncture again. I did this very briefly right before I got pregnant with Haeden. I didn’t really experience it long enough to know if I will get good results, but it is defintely something I buy into, and now that my insurance pays for it, I’m happy to give it another shot.

Keep your fingers crossed, please. It has basically been determined by the “professionals” that alternative treatments are my only hope – at least until menopause. MENOPAUSE? That is not even an option, folks. I’m twenty-seven. I refuse to spend the greater part of my life in pain. Refuse.

Anyhoo, I also refuse to let this post revolve around poor, pitiful me. This should brighten it up a bit:

Long time no post

Monday, July 25th, 2011 by by

I took some time off blogging, but I’m back :)

Ava’s medport went in just fine.  With the exception of strep colonization at the port site, all is well.  She doesn’t love being accessed at all, but she’s getting less terrified.  Her Mitchondrial disease is starting to progress.  Her liver is enlarged, her motility is terrible, she’s acidotic, etc….  She’s now on neurontin for chronic nerve pain (neuropathy).

She’s also sweet, happy, and spoiled rotten.

Her heart is showing some effects, mainly thickening of the valves.  Cardiology wants her tested for Danon disease (Lamp-2).  GI wants a liver biopsy.  Neurology wants a lumbar puncture.  I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone my thoughts on these tests.  We are having a big appt with multiple specialties next month to get a game plan.  If they all decide these tests are needed, they WILL be done at one time, and they will get everything needed, because they will NOT repeat these tests again.


Texas Summer Giveaway Bash -Grand Prize-

Monday, July 25th, 2011 by by

Now who wants to go there?! I do! I do! With this heat wave sweeping the nation this is like a dream get-a-way! Have you heard of Great Wolf Lodge? Take some time for the family and enjoy a lovely vacation on us! There are 12 locations thru out the US, and one is in Grapevine, Texas! This indoor waterpark hotel has many different things that would draw a family in! Cool in the lazy river, or enjoy a Starbucks and massage! This place is packed with things to do! It’s the PERFECT staycation!

One lucky reader will win a one night stay in a Family Suite! This comes with access to the water park! Black out dates to apply. Every entry to every giveaway up to this point will add you an extra entry! Maximize by going to every single site to enter!

This is the last giveaway of our Texas Summer Giveaway Bash! We thank you and all our sponsors for helping us spread the word that Texas has so many awesome vacation spots. If you live in Texas, stay in Texas. Support our great state and the people. It will help you save a little gas money and not have to buy a plane ticket. Follow my blog via GFC if you’d like to stay on top of my blog and the giveaways that are to come! Good luck!

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The Fire Station

Monday, July 25th, 2011 by by

Last Friday, High Park Home Daycare went on a field trip to the local fire station at Keele and Dundas West. Both Aidas’s mother (Aldona) and the twins’ mother (Marlaine) came along to help out with the excursion. This trip has been a long time coming. I had wanted to take them last summer, but children have to be at least 2.5 years old before the fire department will allow them to tour. Well, the youngest of our group turned 2 and a half on July 2nd, so we were now ready!

When we got there, there were no firefighters or fire trucks in sight. No one answered the doorbell. With all the hype surrounding this trip, I was really dreading having to tell the children they would not get to go on a fire truck. Not only would they be sad; it could get downright ugly. Toddler rage times five. On a hot day. Far from home. This is the stuff nightmares are made of! Okay, I digress, and embellish…

Let’s just say there was a big sigh of relief when we saw a fire truck pulling up to the station. Marlaine quipped that we were probably the last people they wanted to see after attending to a fire. I agreed, and I even felt a little guilty just for being there. Well, if they were disappointed to see us, they surely didn’t show it. They were absolutely hospitable.

The kids enjoyed sitting in the fire truck. One of the firefighters showed them (more…)

Week In Training Review: Week 3

Monday, July 25th, 2011 by by

Week three of training was scheduled to look like this:

Week Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
3 Off Hills 3M 6M 6M 3M 10M

But it actually looked like this:

Week Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
3 Off Intensity 3M 6M Off 3M 5,5M

I don’t have any decent hills nearby, so I swapped the first workout with one that I found in a magazine and was interested in doing. It’s called an intensity workout, and it involves sprinting on the treadmill at it’s highest slope for 15 second increments. It is 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off, for a duration of 8 minutes, with one mile of warm up jogging and one mile of cool down. It was short but intense, and I could use a workout such as that in my routine.

Once again, I took the Friday off. I just don’t think my body was ready to be pushed six workouts a week. The signs are all telling me that I need a night of rest, and the need seems to be most prominent by the time I get to the Friday run.

I will add the Friday back in as my body gets used to the new schedule. The Sunday run was also considerably shorter than it was intended to be. I’m really not happy about that. I had slept in, attempting to get a few winks while Daryl watched the kids. By the time I got up, ate something, and was ready to go, the temperature outside was soaring; especially the temperature on the black pavement of the road. I decided to go anyway. There was a man running the opposite direction. The first time we crossed paths, we glanced across the street and waved. The second time, the wave was a little less enthusiastic and with a bit less of a smile. The third time we passed, I was beginning to feel nauseated and lifting my hand to acknowledge him was too much of an effort. He looked to be fairing about the same. As he approached, he shouted to me, “This is getting dangerous, we both need to go home. It’s just too hot.” I felt he was right. Not wanting to risk heat exhaustion, I ran the 1.5 miles back home and jumped on the treadmill. Although it felt better to be in the air conditioning, I think my body was already putting the brakes on. I ran two more miles on the treadmill before raising the white flag. I was going to be sick if I didn’t.

Week four’s long run is scheduled to only be eight miles, but I think I will try to push it to ten, since I didn’t make this past ten mile run.


Bubbles, Bubbles, Everywhere!

Monday, July 25th, 2011 by by

My bestie, Elizabeth, helped me come up with the measurements for this bubble solution “recipe.” A good friend is one who will help you with a math problem, even when she’s halfway around the globe. We figured out the measurements for three ounces, because it is easy to find three ounce bottles to store it in. (They are usually next to the travel sized products.) It is also much easier for kids to manage the amounts when making just three ounces, and part of the fun of this activity is that your kid can make the solution with your help.

For 3 oz of bubble solution, you will need:

1/3 cup water
1 ½ tsp dawn dish soap
½ tsp light karo syrup
For large batches, use:
1 part dawn dish soap
10 part water
.25 part light karo syrup

In my opinion, it is important that you use Dawn brand dish soap – the liquid, concentrated kind. I have made a lot of bubble solutions. Dawn makes the best. They didn’t pay me to say that. Also, if you don’t want to use light Karo syrup, you can use glycerin, which can be found at almost any pharmacy or drug store. Karo syrup gives you equal results at a much less cost. It will be either in the baking section of the grocery store or next to the pancake syrup.

The Ultimate Super Cool Amaze Your Friends Bubble Blowing Apparatus:
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Smacksy Sunday Links

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by by

One of my favorite blogs Ill Seen, Ill Said recently posted this fascinating video about photographer Jane Brown.

I love the perennial favorite, Letterheady.

Sharing another fabulous reading from Listen To Your Mother LA: Picket Signs by Gabby Friedenthal.

Happy Sunday.

ATTN K-Mart Shoppers!

Sunday, July 24th, 2011 by by
Kmart is having a double coupons events starting tomorrow, so I have heard. I have not seen a confirmation on their blog of in the ad. So, please don’t get mad if you store doesn’t double their coupons this week.
This means Kmart will double coupons up to 99 cents, as always. To take advantage of this, you need to have a Shop Your Way Rewards Card (sign-up is free online or in-store). Think you have a card? Just tell the cashier to look it up by phone number or email. If you don’t have one, they can add you on the spot! According to the rules, you can only use 4 of the same coupon per transaction. For example, you have 5 coupons for $1 off Lever 2000, you can only use 4!  I would definitely call your local store in advance to see if they are participating. And the double up to $.99 means that, if you have a coupon for $.25, it will double up to $.50, or if you have a coupon that is $.75 off, that will double to $1.50!
Here is the link of the participating stores and the rest of their rules.
Good luck & let me know what deals you snag!!