Monday, August 31, 2009

Trip Nowhere

My parents are planning a trip to Scotland in the spring. My sister recently got home from a trip to Poland. And the furthest I've been in months is Walmart, 20 minutes down the road.

Once in awhile, I look at my life and see how boring people must think it is. Some days, I have absolutely nothing to say. Some days, the only trip I take is to the mailbox. And some days, the most intelligent conversation I hold is with a 5 year old.

I find myself being jealous every now and then. I dream of faraway places, things I've never seen. I look through photos of places I've never been and people I've never met. And it just makes me wonder. The what-ifs creep in.

But then someone yells down the stairs, "Momma, momma, momma! I need you!" And all those questions disappear as fast as they appeared. It's amazing how someone so small can make everything else seem so right.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Oscar Mayer Lunchables Review

I'm a list person. Always, always need a list. For the last few weeks, I've been struggling with a list of foods I can send with my little one for school lunches. (I also struggle with what to send with my hubby when he's at work.)

We recently had the chance to try the new Lunchables from Oscar Mayer. The new varieties offer whole grains and more wholesome choices. Hubby decided to try the Ham & American Cracker Combo, which includes lean ham, Kraft 2% American, Ritz Crackers, Sugar-Free Jell-O, Chewy Chips Ahoy! Cookies, spring water, and a Tropical Punch Kool-Aid Single.
Once hubby started to munch away, my little man asked if he could share. He loved making cheesy crackers on his own. And of course enjoyed the Chips Ahoy and Jell-O.

I like how easy they are to send for meals, especially for hubby. (Who's just a big kid himself.) These are great for the occasional last minute meals, especially when we're running late. Since everything is already in the pack, they can just be tossed into a bag until lunchtime.Just so you know...I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central on behalf of Oscar Mayer Lunchables and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Small Talk Six: School Time

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Today’s topic is “6 things you loved or hated about school.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . .

1. I loved seeing my friends year after year.

2. I loved writing papers. (I'm a nerd like that.)

3. I hated having to get up early every single day!

4. I hated taking tests. They always made me anxious.

5. I loved playing sports throughout the school year: cross country, track, soccer, and softball.

6. I hated getting a bad grade. I was a straight A student, but I remember getting an "N" in 4th grade (for not satisfactory). I tried to hide it in my desk so my parents wouldn't see it.

Friday, August 28, 2009

How to Pack a Lunch

Maybe I should title this one "How to Pack a Lunch that No One Will Eat." Because obviously, that's what I'm good at doing.

The last two days, my little man has come home with almost everything still in his lunch box, still unopened. The first day he ate two mini pancakes and a little jello. The next, goldfish. He tells me he runs out of time or just didn't feel like eating.

I'm wondering if maybe it's just too overwhelming at lunch. And I'm hoping he gets used to it.

So what do I pack?

Day 1: Mini pancakes, grapes, yogurt, and jello (all his faves)
Day 2: Soy butter on crackers, goldfish, strawberries, and applesauce
Day 3: Trail mix (pretzels, raisins, crackers, cereal, a few m & m's), carrots, grapes, and soy butter crackers

The rest of the month will use a lot of these rotated throughout.

He'll also be getting mini muffins, cheese, mini waffles, smoothies, apple "fries", oranges, pears, cereal, soft pretzel sticks, and salad.

It's so tough to pack with a picky eater, food allergies, and school guidelines. But, he won't eat the meals they sell (and I'm not sure I blame him).
I do love the lunch box he picked out from Lunchopolis though. The containers are a perfect size for food, and let me pack 4 separate things that don't touch. (One less reason I have to worry about for why he isn't eating.)

Do your kids pack lunches? What do you include?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The First

Early Wednesday morning, our house was filled with commotion. A little one donning a shark backpack was ready to head out the door. An hour before the bus was to arrive.

He was so anxious and excited, he could barely stand still. I was so anxious, my mind was racing through every last minute reminder I could think of.
He looked so grown up. So much older than just a few days ago.
By 3:45, I was waiting impatiently at the bus stop, ready for him to hop off the bus. He finally did, greeting me with a huge smile and a "Mommy!"

He grabbed my hand and talked all about his day, so quickly I could barely take it all in. Talked about the friends he made, the games he played, the things he learned.

Then he crashed. He curled up with as much food as his little belly could handle. Ate and ate and ate and just snuggled.

It was the first. And we made it through in one piece. One 179 more to go.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Kick Off to Kindergarten: Trendy Tadpole Review

On our quest to find some of the cutest back to school clothes out there, I discovered The Trendy Tadpole. They carry a variety of kids tees, each with something witty, hip, or trendy, but all with quite a bit of personality.

I love when I can dress my son in clothes that really show what he's all about. I know we go through school learning not to judge on appearances, but I think clothes give us an opportunity to extend our personality. To put it all out there.

We were lucky enough to receive the Oh Snap! tee from The Trendy Tadpole. On more than one occasion, I've heard my son utter that phrase. Although I have no idea where he heard it from. The tee definitely exudes personality, and we've gotten lots of comments on it while we're out and about.Little Man told me the tee was "sooo comfy." And he absolutely loves the frog on the front. It's been washed over and over and the graphic and tee itself have held up exceptionally.
The tees do run small, as emphasized on the site. Be sure to order up a size.

Little man just told me the King of the Playground tee should be the next one we get. Definitely seems like another one that would fit him well.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Critters

Kick off to Kindergarten: Lesruba Designs Giveaway

When searching for fun clothes to start kindergarten, I stumbled upon Lesruba Designs. Lesruba Designs carries a little of everything, from apparel and bags to decor and gifts. The site is set up so that you can easily shop by occasion, interests, holidays, or recipient.

Lesruba Designs carries a huge assortment of products geared towards kindergartners, including tees, totes, journals, and pillows. The designs are fun and whimiscal, with bright art adorning the front of each item and sayings like Off to Kindergarten, Kindergarten Rocks, and Kindergarten Kid. What a fun way to celebrate the beginning of school!

The tees are standard fit, 100% cotton, and pre-shrunk.

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One lucky reader will recieve the Kindergarten Rocks tee (shown above) in a child's small (6-8).

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Smart But Feeling Dumb Review

There are certain things we hope our children will never have to deal with. And a learning disability is one of those things that usually tops the list. We hope learning comes easily, and that our children fall in love with school. I hate to imagine my little one struggling.

However, studies show that an estimated 20% of the world's population is affected by dyslexia. Dyslexia is composed of hundreds of symptoms, but all result from signals being scrambled in the inner-ear and cerebellum. It effects people differently, but causes many of the same issues for people dealing with it.Smart But Feeling Dumb by Harold N. Levinson, MD defines dyslexia, offers insight into how people with dyslexia see things, and provides information on the treatment of the disorder. The book shows people who have succeeded, despite dealing with dyslexia. It provides hope for families and individuals.

Over 35 years of research, Levinson found that treating dyslexia with a series of anti-motion sickness medication, antihistamines, and vitamins was met with great results. 75 to 85% of his patients saw improvements over the course of treatment.

Smart But Feeling Dumb is a comprehensive resource for parents or teachers. It shows people that dyslexia does not define a person, and there are treatments out there that have helped others. It breaks down stereotypes and shows real people.

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Would you like a copy of Smart But Feeling Dumb? I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader.

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2 Days...

In two days, my little one will officially become a kindergartner. And I'm still not ready. All along I've thought: I'll be ready when the time gets here. I'll get used to the idea. I'll be ready for him to go.

But deep down, it hurts to see him go. I know that sounds absolutely crazy, but the thought of going from 5 years of him around almost every moment to being away from him for 7 hours/5 days a week, makes my stomach hurt. Every time I think about it, I want to sit down and cry.I don't though. I pretend to be so excited. I try to be a good momma. We read together about going to school, we practice our writing and our manners. We talk about what foods to pack for lunches, what we'll need to send in his backpack. We smile and laugh about it, and I ease his fears.

But who eases mine? All anyone wants to know: is are you going to work full time? What are you going to do all day? Won't you be bored?

And all I want to know is: how do you let go? How do you give them that push to grow, and learn, and still know you'll miss them every minute? How do you handle that complete change? And why do I feel so guilty that I'm the one worried?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A Little of This...

As usual, there's a ton going on in the blogosphere.

Have you checked out the Back to School Giveaway Event at 5 Minutes for Mom? They are giving away lots of incredible prizes, including backpacks, shoes, and lots of other goodies.
Over at, if you're looking for some last-minute summer boredom busters for the kids, you can find some great ideas in the Kids Can Make This Section of our website. The downloads are free and can help you teach your kids to sew with a fish pillow, learn how to make homemade beads, paper bag books, and more!
Hellmann's and Best Foods Mayonnaise has teamed up with Billy Ray Cyrus to encourage people to join the virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share program to raise money for the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

For every sandwich created as part of the virtual Sandwich Swap 'n' Share program on Facebook, Hellmann's and Best Foods will donate 7 lunches to Feeding America. Plus, each sandwich created will automatically enter you for a chance to win a $250 grocery store gift certificate. And for every friend on that you share your sandwich with, Hellmann's and Best Foods will donate an additional 7 lunches to the charity. So go make and sandwich and share it with all your friends!

Small Talk Six: Bye-Bye Summer

Today’s Small Talk Six topic is “6 things you’ll miss (or won’t miss) about summer.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc . . .

I will miss...
1. My little one as he goes off to school
2. Fresh berries...and eating them as we pick
3. Going to the drive-ins
4. Corn on the cob
5. I'll even miss wrinkly little feet caused by too much time in the water

But, I will not miss...
6. Bugs!

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Kick off to Kindergarten: Baby Rock Apparel Review & Discount

With back to school shopping, I've been hunting for stores that carry cute, unique clothes for boys. Not an easy feat. My 5 year old loves to "look cool." So needless to say, shopping lately has been interesting.

I was excited when I stumbled on Rock Baby Apparel. They have a huge selection of clothing for infants up to 8T. They also carry bottles and pacifiers that make a statement, as well as belts and blankets.

From the site:
Rock Baby Apparel carries a unique assortment of stylish baby clothes, trendy toddler clothing, as well as, casual boys apparel edgy hip baby gifts & punk clothes for children... Our punk clothing for newborns and toddlers is turning heads in celebrity parents circles from LA to New York, so if you haven't seen them in a boutique in your city you will soon. Kids Rule wearing our clothing!

We received the Random Acts of Craziness tee. (I'm looking out for his teacher here and passing along a little message.) I love the design on the front of the tee, and so does my 5 year old. He wanted to wear it the second it arrived.
With several trips through the washing machine, the shirt has held up very well. It still looks brand new. And it's incredibly soft, as it's made from 100% ribbed cotton. The sizes do run on the small side, so be sure to order up a size (as they mention on the site). My 5 year old comfortably wears their 8T.

Discount Code:
Baby Rock Apparel has offered 15 % off any item on their site. Just use the code: mommasgone before 9/5/09.

Happy school shopping!

*This is part of my Kick off to Kindergarten Party. Be on the look out for more posts, reviews & giveaways throughout the week!

Kick off to Kindergarten: ebeanstalk Plan Toys Review

Lately it seems that when I'm in need of a toy, whether for a birthday gift, a special occasions, or just because, I get overwhelmed with all the choices. It's tough to find something that will withstand the play of a little one and hold their attention. But I've found a huge selection over at ebeanstalk that looks like it will do both, including learning toys and baby toys.

We recently received the Activity Bus from Plan Toys, a company who specializes in safe, green toys. With my little one getting ready for his first day of school, and his first bus ride there, the Activity Bus allowed him to explore some of his anxieties.
The bus arrived with two figures, school desks, a blackboard/map, and books. I was impressed with the quality. The set is made of wood, except for the figures' yarn hair, and very sturdy. As I was cleaning up one afternoon, I accidentally stepped on one of the desks, and was upset when I thought it was broken. But, the pieces popped right back together in an instant.

My 5 year old really enjoyed playing with the bus and figures. I was surprised at how long he spent making up dialogue for the "teacher and kid." Listening in on his play gave me a lot of insight into what he is worried about in regards to starting school.

The activity bus is intended for ages 3-6. The books included are rather small, so I set them off to the side after the first time we played with the bus, so my son wouldn't lose them (and I wouldn't step on them). The set is made from rubberwood, wood from rubber trees too old to produce latex. They are also dyed using water-based dyes.

Little man has been scouring the Plan Toys catalog, and has many items added to his own personal wish list. But the Crane is at the top.

*This is part of my Kick off to Kindergarten Party. Be on the look out for more posts, reviews & giveaways throughout the week!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kick off to Kindergarten: The Night Before Kindergarten

We are avid readers in this house, and our book shelf is filled with a little of everything. When any new experience comes up, we try our best to find a book that explains it to our son. Reading about new places and new experiences usually helps to calm his fears.

We recently had the chance to read The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing. The book follows kids as they get ready for school, head off for their first day, and find out what the classroom is really like.
Set to the rhythm of The Night Before Christmas, the story is easy to read, and held my 5 year old's attention very well. While reading it together, he continually asked questions, allowing me to understand some of his worries about starting school. Once I finished reading, he asked me to read it again.

We spent almost an hour reading the book together, answering questions, and talking about what school will be like. Each time the story ended, he got so excited at the last page:
The children all waved
from the door of the school.

"Don't cry, Mom and Dad;

kindergarten is cool!"

He asked if I would be lonely without him here, if kindergarten was really that fun, if I would be there to get him at the end of the day. The Night Before Kindergarten is truly a great way to open up communication with your little one. It lets them bring up any questions they may have.

Wing has also written many other Night Before books, including The Night Before Summer Vacation, The Night Before Halloween, and The Night Before First Grade, among others. She has also authored Go to Bed, Monster!, An Eye for Color, and Jalapeno Bagels. You can see a full list of her books over at her site.

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I have a copy of The Night Before Kindergarten to giveaway to one lucky reader.

To enter:
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Leapfrog: Let's Go to School DVD Review

Little ones have all sorts of anxieties when it comes to start school. It's a whole new world. New people, new rules, new surroundings. It can be a lot to get used to, and a lot to look forward to.Recently, my son and I had the chance to watch Leapfrog: Let's Go to School on DVD from Lionsgate. The DVD takes children through Tad and Lilly's experiences as they tour a classroom. During their exploration, they find out that the classroom is more nervous than they are. From the bell to the blocks to the globe, everyone is worried about something.
Throughout the DVD, kids also learn various phonics skills, can work on counting, and meet new animals.

My son was so excited to learn more about different animals, and was astounded to find out a group of dolphins is called a pod. I loved how the DVD reinforced many skills we've worked on while showing school as a fun place.

Let's Go to School is aimed at kids 3-6 and has a run time of approximately 35 minutes. (And for those 35 minutes, my little one was glued to it.) It is currently available at Leapfrog.

*This is part of my Kick off to Kindergarten Party. Be on the look out for more posts, reviews & giveaways throughout the week!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kick off to Kindergarten: Wet Ones Review & Giveaway

With school starting, I can only imagine the number of germs my little one will be coming into contact with. Unfortunately, he's the type of kid who gets sick very easily. Every fall and winter, we battle one cold after another. And it's miserable. (Some days I consider putting him in a bubble to keep him from getting sick!)

Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand and Face Wipes are perfect to have on hand to kill germs. They are hypoallergenic, contain Aloe, and kill 99.99% of germs. They come in two scents, Citrus and Fresh Scent. And they are so easy for kids to use when water isn't available.
My son finds it easier to wipe his hands with Wet Ones than to run to wash them sometimes, and often times it's much quicker. I'm sure as school starts, they will find a permanent spot on my counter so that he can clean his hands quickly before having an afternoon snack.

Would you like to try Wet Ones?
I have two canisters to giveaway to two lucky readers.

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*This is part of my Kick off to Kindergarten Party. Be on the look out for more posts, reviews & giveaways throughout the week!

Kick off to Kindergarten: Back to School with Office Max and Peter Walsh

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a webcast from Office Max and Peter Walsh. Peter is an organizing guru. And I have a lot to learn. So I was paying very close attention throughout the webcast (with only the occasional interruption from someone missing a shoe, someone needing help with a drink, you know, the normal requests when momma sits down for a second).

Peter offered some great advice for organizing this school season:

Tips for Organizing the Home
1) Find the Vision you have for a Space
2) Make Organization a Family Value
3) Use the Right Tools for Great Organization

Tips for Organizing your Child
1) Show that you Value Organization
2) Establish Clear Limits and Routines
3) Always ‘Finish the Cycle’ (Complete a Task)

Tips for the Classroom
1) Establish Clear Routines
2) Involve Kids with Classroom Organization
3) Use Words, Pictures and Color to help Organize

I loved some of the simple advice offered, such as labeling, color coding, finding a system that works for you and going with it. During the webcast, it was suggested that parents talk to the teacher about what papers should be kept at school, at home, or trashed. Papers take over our house sometimes, so being able to organize and purge will work wonders for us.

The webcast provided me with a ton of useful tips. Hopefully, I'll be able to make them work for us so our school year goes smoothly and well-organized.

If you're interested in what other bloggers had to say, you can check out their tweets
#OMX_Blogcast. You can also connect with Peter Walsh or Office Max on Twitter.

*This is part of my Kick off to Kindergarten Party. Be on the look out for more posts, reviews & giveaways throughout the week!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Troublemakers

One gets in trouble, the other eavesdrops & instigates more trouble...

What to Expect Guide to a Healthy Home Growth Chart

After about 5 months of pregnancy, I hit the nesting stage. And everything had to be clean. I would spend hours cleaning every little nook and cranny of our house, not wanting a single germ around my baby.

Over the last 5 years, I have toned down my cleaning obsession a bit, but I still like to keep things clean. I'd rather spend a few minutes disinfecting the house than a week dealing with a sick little one.

Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series, recently published the Healthy Home Growth Chart with a grant from Clorox. The chart offers advice on keeping your child healthy from birth up to age 5.
For example, Murkoff says moms of 5-year-olds shouldn't leave home without sanitizer or anti-bacterial wipes, as playgrounds can have more germs than a public toilet. Moms should also have a bottle of water handy so that germ-laden water fountains can be avoided.

Around here, we have never leave home without our all-natural hand sanitizer (so I can use it without worrying about it containing alcohol), and we have a sports bottle personalized with my son's name so he feels special carrying it. Both have likely saved us from catching colds or worse over the last few years.

The Healthy Home Growth Chart is a great reference for moms who only have a few minutes to read over the tips. It also has very practical advice, with a huge emphasis on proper hand washing and general care.

And just so you know...I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox and the What to Expect Guide, and I received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Small Talk Six: Time to Relax

Over at Small Talk Six, today’s topic is “6 things you do, used to do, or would like to do to relax.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc...

I can say, first of all, it's been a long time since I've really gotten a chance to relax, but when I had time for it...

1. I loved a nice hot bubble bath (without people banging on the door, yelling through it, or barging in to add toys to my water).

2. I loved to read. Anything and everything. Give me a good book and I was content until the last page.

3. I would snowboard. Something about being out in the mountains by yourself is so relaxing.

4. I loved to drive. Just to drive. I would pick a direction and just go.

5. I used to write poetry. It was an easy way to get all my thoughts out and put my mind at ease. I only wrote for myself, and that was all that mattered.

6. Before having my little one, I would nap for hours out in a hammock. So peaceful.

Even though I can say I don't get a lot of time to rest or relax anymore, I still wouldn't change it for anything.

Want to join in? Go here to learn how and to view the weekly list Small Talk Six topics for 2009.

Welcome to the Zoo

It seems our animal exhibits continue to grow. Pretty soon, I think someone is going to be sleeping outside. And it's neither me or my 5 year old.

When we moved in a little over a year ago, we brought with us our Himalayan we've had since I was pregnant with Little Man.

Since then we've added a turtle, 6 goldfish, two gerbils who now have 6 babies, a 10 week old kitten, and a 6 week old kitten. I'm feeling completely over run by animals, and you can imagine who gets to take care of them all.I get to feed, play, clean up messes, and give the attention hogs a little love all day long. Even the turtle bangs on the cage if you ignore him too long. Which in turn causes a kitten to climb on top of the aquarium. And I have to run to the rescue before one of the water inhabitants becomes dinner.

Hubby has an ultimatum: Not another pet comes into this house or he goes.

Wonder how he feels about that.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Hanging Out

My cutie patootie of a nephew:

Blog It Forward To Fight Hunger

With times being so tough, more and more people are struggling. More and more people are going without.

Did you know that 36 million people in America aren't sure when or what their next meal will be? That's 11% of our population suffering from food insecurity. Statistics show that almost 12 million kids are growing up hungry. I can't even imagine what parents must go through wondering if they'll be able to feed their children. Or worse, knowing that they can't.

In 1999, ShopRite began ShopRite Partners in Caring in an effort to help fight hunger. The program currently supports 23 regional food banks and over 1400 charitable agencies. Since 1999, they have donated over $20 million to help fight hunger in our communities. By choosing items with the ShopRite Partners in Caring logo, you can support the companies dedicated to helping out too.
Now, ShopRite Partners in Caring has teamed up with General Mills to initiate Blog It Forward to Fight Hunger. By leaving a comment on this post, a box of cereal will be donated to a food bank in ShopRite's trading area.

Sweets & Treats Party

For his 5th birthday, Little Man requested a candy theme. I figured, why not? A lot little sugar now and then wouldn't hurt anyone. (Which technically isn't true, since the day ended with an early bedtime and a belly ache.)

We baked, frosted, and dipped sweets all through Friday night. Our kitchen was covered in sprinkles, chocolate, and bits of cookie. But the end result made the kiddos drool.

There was a candy buffet:

There were cupcakes to be decorated by little hands:

Whoopie pies to munch:

And even more candy from the pinata:

There was also lots of non-candy related time spent at the playground, in the sand box, and playing with new toys.

But when all the sugar-buzzed children went home to their own parents, I was definitely happy to sit down and rest. And can you believe I didn't eat any of that candy???

Mrs. Dash Review

There are lots of reasons behind my ventures to eat healthier lately. I want to feel better, look better, and have more energy. So I've gone to a lot of effort to cut out excess sugars, salts, and additives. We've been cooking from scratch more often and using a lot more fresh ingredients.

We recently had the chance to try Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime Seasoning Blend. The new seasonings, also available in Caribbean Citrus, are all natural, salt-free, and do not contain MSG. The Fiesta Lime combines sweet chili peppers, cumin, paprika, and cayenne, among other spices.We tested out the Fiesta Lime on grilled chicken this week, and it added a wonderful flavor to it. A bit spicy, but very yummy. I really like that it can be added to our meals without adding any extra salt.

But we did learn that a little goes a long way. Hubby was doing the cooking and added a little too much, but now we know for next time. And it looks like Mrs. Dash's Fiesta Lime will be a constant in our kitchen since the meal was quickly devoured.

Thanks to Mom Central for providing the product for review!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Please Excuse the Interruption...

My basement is covered in water.
Everything stored down there is covered with mold.

The fridge just stopped working.
Right after I filled it with leftovers from the party today.

The gerbil popped out more babies.
The prelude to a 5 year old's birthday party was seeing the gerbils going at it again.
It may scar the poor kids for life.
I'm hoping they don't go home to tell their parents about our frisky little friends.

Meanwhile, I'm searching for the nearest hole or corner.
I think I may just stay in it until next week.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Little One!

Even though you aren't so little anymore.
You were always the happy baby.
You were always the explorer.
You were always into one thing or another.
You were always full of personality.
You were always ready to play. Ready for excitement.
You were always just a little wild.
I hope none of that ever changes!