Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fisher Price Recall


There has been a recall on several Fisher Price products in both Canada and the United States! Various Trikes, Highchairs and even Little People products have been recalled. Have a look at the Mattel Consumer Relations site to see if anything you own is on the list! If you own one of these items, here is their contact information for North America. Thank you to SaveMoneyInWinnipeg for the heads up on this!



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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Me Me Me

I've been tagged! Well, no...Not really. Check out Big K, little a to see what I'm talking about. And if you feel so inclined, you might like to consider yourself tagged also.

1. What is one thing you just can not stand?
Ignorant people make me want to throw things. At them.

2. If you could go back to your childhood, what cartoon or t.v. show would you pick to be your all-time favorite?
Oh, this is a tough one. You see, I'm a child of the 80's and they just don't make them like they used to! There are so many to choose from, but I think Jem has to be it. She's truly outrageous!

3. Whats something you do or have done that would surprise a lot of people?
For those who don't really know me, you might be surprised to know that I got married at the tender age of 21 and moved overseas for 3 years, then was divorced and moved home prior to meeting my now husband and starting our beautiful family together.

4. Do you believe in ghosts?
I really do.

5. When you go into a store whats your weakness, something you just can't help yourself from buying more of?
Stuff for D! I'm a sucker for all kinds of kid related things - clothes, toys, dishes, craft supplies...Honestly, I have a problem. My husband likes to "supervise" when I go shopping because of it. lol.

6. What is the funniest story you have on your significant other?
He finds himself in all kinds of bizarre situations, but for the most part they are not that funny!

7. What is your proudest moment of being a parent? {animals do count ;)}
There are many. Most recently, when I re-opened my daycare after being closed for several months I was concerned about how D would handle losing so much of the 1 on 1 attention she's been getting. She's only just turned 2, so I thought she might have trouble with a little bit of jealousy, etc. Instead, the complete opposite happened - she helps me with the younger ones, gives the babies hugs when they're crying, and has been an absolute joy.

8. If you could go back and relive one day of your life, which day would you choose?
The day D was born! Simple as that, it was the best day of my entire life.


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The Versatile Blogger


I checked my inbox this morning to find that Christine over at Redhead Rants has given me this lovely award! Fancy schmancy. :) All I have to do to accept it is list 7 random facts about myself that others might not know. Afterwards, of course, I must pay it forward to 15 other bloggers. I am not sure I can manage 15, due to time constraints, but I'll at least do 10! So, here's what I've got to say:

My Random Seven
1. I'm 29 and I am still afraid of the dark. Especially in bathrooms.
2. Having lived in Australia for 3 years, I still have cravings for Vegemite. Only, they don't sell it here, so I eat Marmite on toast instead. Gross, eh? (That's the Canadian in me speaking.)
3. I run a home daycare. To most people, that simply means earning a few extra bucks while being able to stay home with my daughter. To me, it means achieving a small dream I've had for many years - since before I even thought about having kids!
4. I totally steal my daughter's crayons and colour after she's gone to bed.
5. My family has a beautiful lake front cabin in a provincial park near by. It's one of my favorite places to be. Ever.
6. I'm an ice cream fiend.
7. My husband and I bought our first home in the same neighborhood where I grew up!

Paying It Forward
1.The Mommy Diaries
2.The Frugal Free Gal
3.Menopausal New Mom
4.This Momma Rocks
5.Obviously MARvelous
6.Create With Joy
7.Life Can't Wait
8.Hanner's Blog
9.Kindred Spirit Mommy
10.Always Around Boys


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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fallin' Behind

Since Fall has arrived and I consider the season to be a "fresh start" so to speak - I thought it would be nice to make a little list of to-do's, then try and accomplish them all before winter sets in. (And let me tell you, where I'm from, the winter comes fast and furious!) I know this is the kind of thing most people start in August, but better late than never, right? Not everything is a chore, some of these things are just ideas I am rather fond of! Here goes:


1. Take D through a Corn Maze, now that she's old enough to enjoy something like that!


2. Visit Boo At The Zoo

3. Clean out my overly cluttered hallway closet, and donate what I don't need. (There will be a lot of it.)

4. Transition D to her "big girl bed."


5. Make caramel apples. Check out this yummy recipe from Saving SAHM Sanity!


6. Start properly potty training D, perhaps on this coming long weekend.

7. Clean up the yard. Ugh.


8. Help Mom with her garage and closing up at the lake.

9. Decide on a Halloween costume for D (and maybe one for me, too!)

10. And number ten is a doozie, so brace yourselves - get pregnant!!! Yup. I totally just went there.


What are you hoping to do before winter???


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Monday, September 27, 2010

Meet Me on Monday


Since it's a quiet Monday morning - no kids here (yet!) I thought I would check out just one more blog hop. And it's the fun kind, where you get to ramble on about yourself! lol.... Who doesn't love doing that?

1. How many TVs do you have in your home?


We have at least 3 in our home, but only one is connected. Most days, when it's one, it's tuned into Dora the Explorer or something equally as "child friendly" ;)


2. What is on your bedside table?
Books... Stacks of them. A clock. A picture of the Mona Lisa I purchased in the Louvre, Kleenex, and Lip Balm.

3. How many pair of shoes do you own?

Kind of a lot! I'm not really sure how many to be honest, but I tend to go overboard with un-practical heels and wedges that I rarely wear, while lugging around my 2 year old and her daily necessities.

4. Can you change a flat tire?
Yup! Here's why: One spring break, waaaaaaaay back in junior high, all of my friends were sick and I had nothing to do but sit around bored. I was likely driving my parents nuts with the "omg, I am soooooooooo bored" comments. So, Dad took me outside and taught me how to change a tire, then had me rotate the tires on his car!

5. Do you like sweet treats or salty treats?


Oh! Salty, please! Chips and dip, nachos, pretzels, mmmmmm....



Link Up, my friends! Happy Monday!

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday Blog Hops

In the interest of picking up where I feel I've left off these last few weeks, I've decided to check out a few Monday blog hops! I'm always up for meeting new blog friends, and love to catch up on what everyone has been up to. So follow along, leave me a comment so I can follow you back. Oh, and most importantly.... Enjoy your Monday :)



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Simple Sunday Twitter Hop

Join me in the Simple Sunday Twitter Hop! Increase your Twitter followers and make some new friends. Check it out :)

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Love My Saturday

After a long road of pregnancy, loss and recovery I can finally say that it feels very good to get back to an almost "normal" daily life. I have been b u s y. I re-opened my home daycare in mid-September, and have been enjoying the routine of getting up in the morning and feeling like I can contribute to something more than just making it through the day with my little girl. I now have the opportunity to watch her learn and grow with her new friends. I'm getting to know them all. I'm running a business again, and able to accomplish more. Unfortunately, it leaves a little less time for blogging - but I think I'm starting to find a better balance here.

Where was I going with this? Oh, yes... I wanted to say how much I'm able to appreciate weekends again! The days and weeks were starting to blur together, and it was almost getting scary for me. I can now honestly say that I really, really appreciate a good Saturday! Today was the perfect example. DH and I took D out shopping in the morning, then came home to chill out. I baked muffins with her this afternoon, and then we went and got take-out for supper as a treat. What a lovely day! Tomorrow we'll go and visit my Father in Law and then just hang out together as a family before getting back to work again on Monday. I like this. I've missed it. What are your favorite things to do with the family on a weekend?

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book Review: Same Kind of Different As Me

I'll admit that when I read the back cover of Same Kind Of Different As Me I was not expecting to enjoy the book as much as I did. One day, however, I found myself with some spare quiet time (almost unheard of!) and nothing to do, so I picked up the book and started reading. I could not put it down.

Book Description (*As described on Amazon.com)
Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless-until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. And then they all came together.

But slavery takes many forms. Deborah discovers that she has cancer. In the face of possible death, she charges her husband to rescue Denver. Who will be saved, and who will be lost? What is the future for these unlikely three? What is God doing?

Same Kind of Different As Me is the emotional tale of their story: a telling of pain and laughter, doubt and tears, dug out between the bondages of this earth and the free possibility of heaven. No reader or listener will ever forget it.

What I felt after reading this book was a renewed understanding that everyone has a story. Most of us breeze through our daily lives, encountering people we like and some we don't, some we judge - knowing little more about them than what shirt they happen to be wearing that day. Hearing Denver's story reminds us that we behave the way we do because of where we've come from, and because of how we are raised. It reminds us that while someone might appear to be falling apart, they might have more sense and understanding of their own life (and sometimes even yours) than you do. For those of us who get caught up in the daily grind like Ron, the book really hits home. I enjoyed the very personal and candid voices of both characters. Together, they've told a story of friendship, love and loss that is more intense than any fictional novel I've encountered. This book is, in my opinion, worth a read for anyone who needs a wake up call.


*I've been sent 1 copy of this book for review in conjunction with Booksneeze

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

When My World Changed

Two years ago today, I called my Mom in a panic - not because I was going into labor but because it was nearing go-time and we still had no drapes in the nursery! And no prepared meals in the freezer! Oh, I was nesting...big time. I begged Mom to come shopping with me, because D was due in just 2 weeks and I didn't feel 100% "ready"... It just wouldn't do. So, she came and got me in the morning, and I hobbled off with her to Superstore first, and then to look for window coverings at the fabric store. Her neighbor and our good friend met us there, to help with the decisions and look at the sales. Three and a half hours later, I had new curtains for the baby's room, drapes for the master bedroom AND for the living room and dining room as well as a new duvet cover and sheets for DH and I. I've always been good at spending money. ;)

By this point, my feet were KILLING me - and of course they were swollen up the size of footballs, so we decided to go and have lunch. Now, a sane pregnant lady would have stopped after all of this shuffling around - but not me! I was in dire need of groceries, because the next day I was planning to spend ALL DAY in the kitchen preparing meals to freeze for after the baby was born. So, we made a trip to Safeway and picked up $200 worth of meat, veggies, pasta and everything I'd need. Late that afternoon, I arrived home with my dozens of shopping bags feeling like I had everything under control. Yeah, I was almost ready!!! I was also completely and utterly wiped out... but did that stop me? Ha! Not at all - I hauled out my iron and ironing board, opened up all the new curtains and drapes, ironed ALL of them and hung them before starting to make dinner for DH and I.

I'm sure at this point, most of you can see where I'm going with this...

That night, I was absolutely DONE. I crashed, woke up the next day feeling refreshed but still tired, got myself some decaf and sat down in front of the TV to chill out for a couple of hours, before starting in the kitchen. I was just thinking to myself, you know what? I kind of hate The View! When I felt what can only be described as the most disgusting, panic inducing gush of "omg" fluid from you know where... They say it only happens like that in the movies, and that most often when your water breaks, there's usually only a trickle. I can verify that's a LOAD OF CRAP! It was just like in the movies. Gross. So, of course I panicked and called my Mom, who had me call my O.B. Then I tried getting a hold of DH who of course was not able to answer his phone as he was driving at the time. I used the emergency number he gave me, and to this day I feel I should go and apologize to the guy who answered for putting him through that! I hope he has kids, at least then he might understand my crying and pleading, and begging for DH, LOL.

We made it to the hospital - no contractions, no pain - and my c-section was a breeze. My little girl was born on September 12th, 2008 and was absolutely perfect. She was a beautiful newborn with dark hair and huge, clear blue eyes (which to this day have remained the most gorgeous blue I've ever seen.) The doctor told us she was very pretty, and followed with "I don't just say that to anyone.." She slept through the night after only 6 weeks, and was most often easy to calm when crying.

Tomorrow, D will be 2 years old! We've had an amazing 2 years, and as she grows more each day I can't help but be amazed by her charm, her sense of humor and how much she seems to be learning. I can't wait to see what the next year will bring. Happy Birthday to my little Munchkin - I love you more than anything or anyone in the world! xo


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Friday, September 10, 2010

Max & Ruby - Live! Enter To Win


About Max & Ruby Live! On Stage -

Max & Ruby: Bunny Party is a brand new live show by Koba Entertainment, the producers
behind other memorable theatrical productions including The Backyardigans: Sea Deep in
Adventure and Doodlebops: Together Forever Tour. Conceived and directed by award-
winner, Patti Caplette, this 90-minute event is the creative collaboration of a dynamic team
of artists including Juno Award winner, Norman Foote (music and lyrics), Beth Kates (scenic
design) and Anne Armit (costume design).


I was excited to find that Misfit Momma is hosting a giveaway for 4 tickets to see the Max & Ruby Bunny Party live in Winnipeg! I've entered the giveaway, and you can too! You have until September 24th, so don't miss out.... And if you're feeling generous, let her know I sent you so I can get an extra entry! ;)

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Fun Follow Friday

I haven't done a Fun Follow Friday in a while as I've been so busy, but it's one of those quiet and rainy mornings - D is chillin' out in front of Tree House (I'm allowing it) and I think I'd like to check out some new blogs. If you stop by, please let me know so I can return the follow!

My Wee View


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Somebody's Likin' On Me


What a lovely way to start off the morning! I logged into my Google account to find that Marie from The Things We Find Inside has given me an award. Certainly not something I would have expected, as I've only just started blogging. So thank you, thank you, thank you for your kind words about my blog and for spreading the love to B2BeMom!

Here's what happens next:

1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered.

3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.

And in keeping with the rules (or the pay-it-forward tradition) here are my Fave 15 -

1. How To Survive Life In The Suburbs
2. Hon, What's For Dinner?
3. Opinions of a Moody Mama
4. Because It's Fun To Win
5. Beauty Secrets You Need To Know
6. Misfit Mama
7. Peg City Momma
8. Salad For Breakfast
9. Sowing Dandelion Seeds
10. Thanks, Mail Carrier
11. Pardon My Dust
12. This Mama Rocks
13. Today's Diva
14. My Organized Chaos
15. Oh My Baby

Go check them out, I'm sure you'll enjoy them as much as I have been!

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

SJ Reviewer: Munchie Mug Review






Designed by Witty Works Inc. (a family-based business in Sonoma, California) The Munchie Mug is a spill resistant snack cup for children 10 months and older, that is innovative in both concept and design. It's ideal for use at home, in the car or anyplace when you're on the go! Children love the colorful cup and soft fabric while parents like its convenience and ease of use.



As a product reviewer for Survey Junkie, I was sent the Munchie Mug in Yellow. It features:

  • Screw top with spill proof fabric covering
  • Carrying handle for little hands
  • Additional plastic lid to keep snacks fresh
  • Child friend and Environmentally Friendly

How it is used:

Unscrew the lid and put in the snack. Cloth opening actually remains closed at all times, that is, until the child wants a snack. When hungry, the child easily and comfortably puts their entire hand through the soft non-scratchy opening and grabs the snack. Then the hand is freely withdrawn through the opening with the hand holding the snack. When the hand is removed, the cloth opening closes by itself. A solid stay fresh lid is also supplied in order to keep the snack fresh when the Mug is not in use.

The Munchie Mug is top rack dishwasher safe. It's made from all FDA Food Grade compliant materials, and is 100% recyclable.

Price:

$15.95

My Thoughts:

Like most babies and toddlers, my daughter is a big snacker. She loves cheerios, puffs and crackers. I'll often give these to her in a small bowl, only to find them all over my living room floor 10 minutes later - it drives me nuts! When I was sent the Munchie Mug to try out, I was thrilled. I washed it and we put it to use immediately. My daughter had the fabric covering figured out in literally no time at all. She liked the little fish design on the container, and the carry handle on top. I filled the snack jar half full with cheerios, and let her go play with it in tow. I'm pleased to report no spills! My carpet stayed clean, and my active toddler had a full tummy. What more could a busy Mom ask for?


Where To Buy:

Check out Munchie Mug online to purchase yours.


Disclaimer:

I received this product at no cost to post a review of my honest opinions of the product. All opinions stated in this review are my own and I was not compensated in anyway for a positive review