Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just Wondering

Do you think that a blog has to have a theme that reflects its title, etc.? I would love to get a blog makeover one of these days but it just isn't in the budget to spend money on my bloggy hobby right now. That being said, I've been playing around with some free backgrounds today (you may have noticed if you've stopped by more than once) and I just cant find one that "works" with my "theme." (Do I have a theme anymore? I'm really not sure.) Don't get me wrong, I've found a ton of seasonal themes that I love but I'm trying to match something to my current header and, well, it's just plain not working. This is where you come in: I want your opinion so let your eye wander over to the right of my blog and take my poll. Thank you! :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Shout-Out to Turtle

This post is really a shout out to my good friend, "Turtle" of Inside the Shell, but I think some of my other readers might enjoy this little find, too.
I was perusing the Sunday paper this morning and found the annual Buffalo Magazine insert (mostly advertisements with some interesting short articles here and there) and, about half-way through, I discovered a page of unique finds which included the adorable little turtle pictured above. Do you know what it is? If not, let me help you out: It's called I-Turtle and, manufactured by Hasbro, is an adorable little speaker for your ipod (or any handheld music device). According to the product description, it's head sways, foot taps, and shell moves to the music and it also flashes colorful LEDs. It retails for around $19.99 and, although I haven't personally tested it, seems to me like a fun little find for the kid in us all.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Book Review: The Great Eight

In his latest book, The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (even when you have every reason to be miserable), Olympic champion and cancer survivor Scott Hamilton outlines what he believes to be the eight general guidelines for finding happiness in your life. His well known wit and humor show through in his writing however he includes some information that seems somewhat unnecessary and distracting. If you have a competitive figure skating background, and already know much of the history and terms which he discusses, it can be somewhat distracting to the main theme of the book. Overall, it’s a good read with some practical advice but if you’re looking for a polished, traditional “self-help” book, this isn’t it.

Hamilton offers many reminders about the important things in life, taking time for faith and family, and just really remember what is important and what is not. Perhaps the most important lesson Hamilton offers is a reminder not to resist change but, rather, to accept change as an opportunity to grow: "If you take the challenge to change as an opportunity to grow and learn something new, you have mad ethe best decision - now you can evolve."

Hamilton offers some insight into his personal life - his struggles, his triumphs and even his mistakes. Those who often have a negative outlook or have trouble letting go of mistakes will likely find these reflections useful in applying Hamilton's lessons to their own life.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thankful Thursday

My five for today:
  • Caffeine - after a sleepless night (thanks to my wonderful, adorable one year old); I don't think I could have survived this morning without it.
  • My husband who made the coffee this morning.
  • Ceiling fans that are doing a great job of keeping our house cool in this heat.
  • Finally feeling like "me" again. (It was a long road.)
  • My new bloggy friends - I'm so excited to have some new followers and to have found some great new blogs to follow myself.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

From One Blog to Another

About a year ago, in the midst of my postpartum depression, I discovered Katherine Stone's blog Postpartum Progress. While perusing the wealth of material on her blog, I came upon a link to Julie Green's blog Up Up the Blog. So, I began following Julie's blog which led me to her etsy site and, post purchase, she referred me to Paper Source: a wonderful source for paper, envelopes, invitations, and other such supplies. Well, I fell in love with that site (seriously could go broke there) and guess what? They, too, have a blog. Which leads me here: Check out this wonderful tip for making your own (beautiful) recycled vases. How's that for blog hopping?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Blog Guilt Free

Thanks to Pam, of the blog Pam's Perspective, I've discovered this revolution: guilt free blogging. It's about blogging because you enjoy blogging and not because you feel like you HAVE to post SOMETHING every day. If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know I've been struggling with blog topic ideas lately. It seems like the more I feel I HAVE to post something the harder it is to come up with something to post. Vicious cycle, don't you think? I still consider myself a new blogger and I don't really know where my blog is headed. I think that's OK, though. I have a one year old, a husband, three needy cats, and a house that won't clean itself (although wouldn't it be great if it did?); that being said, I think I'm entitled to guiltless blogging. Here's something to ponder (thank you, Pam): Is it better to post something every day or to post a "quality" post every once in a while? Whatever the answer, I've joined the revolution. You can join, too - look for the button in the column to the right and join the revolution. Happy blogging!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Five things I'm thankful for today:
  • My friend Julie who supplied me with enough birthday chocolate to get me through my construction aggravations.
  • A sleeping toddler.
  • Quiet.
  • Family Time.
  • That by 8pm this evening my dreaded traffic court appearance will be OVER.

Update 6/19/09: I just realized I thanked Julie for chocolate two Thursdays in a row. Wow. Guess I've been consuming much more chocolate than I realized. LOL.

Postpartum Support Forum

I was asked by Jennifer Ford Berry to host a forum (on her Western New York Mom network) for women who may be struggling with postpartum depression or baby blues. Many of you know that I suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of my son and have become, not only very open about my experience, but also something of an advocate for women with postpartum depression. If you would like to join the discussion, please visit the WNY Mom Postpartum Support Forum.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Postpartum Progress: For Moms Who Feel Bad Before Breastfeeding, This May Be Why

I, without a doubt, had postpartum depression after the birth of my son. What I didn't realize was that I also had a condition which made me feel upset, even nauseous, when I would begin to nurse my son. I commented once or twice to my husband about it and then essentially wrote it off as part of my postpartum depression. Turns out I was not alone in feeling this way. If you relate and are interested in learning more, visit Katherine Stone's post at Postpartum Progress by clicking this link:
Postpartum Progress: For Moms Who Feel Bad Before Breastfeeding, This May Be Why

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009


This is just one of the views through my family room window this morning. For almost two weeks now the private boarding school behind us has been constructing tennis courts adjacent to our property line. What used to be a relaxing view of greenery and nature from my family room is now a giant dirt pile and assorted large (noisy) construction machines. Construction monsters are more like it as these things are HUGE. Yesterday my house literally vibrated for a good portion of the afternoon (I felt like I was living in the SoCal land of earthquakes again) prompting me to take my son and head to Target (a dangerous venture for a Target shop-a-holic like myself). I keep telling myself that I need to just let it go - there's nothing we can do about it and eventually the courts will be built and we'll adjust to having them less than 30 feet from our property line. Yes, I keep telling myself this yet I'm having a seriously difficult time letting go of the aggravation and irritation. I wonder if there's a self-help book on how to do that.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Five things I'm thankful for today:

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary ~ I'm so very thankful that I found my soul mate who makes me happier than I ever knew I could be.

My adorable son who has made me smile so many times this week despite his more frustrating moments.

Chocolate (and my friend Julie who supplied me with quite a stash for my birthday).

Coffee - without which I probably would not have survived the last several sleep deprived days.

Quiet - which makes me sane after a hectic day.

Monday, June 8, 2009

I need some help

I seem to have failed at my goal of catching up on blogging over the weekend. I just can't seem to get the creative juices flowing. So, now I turn to you.... any suggestions, random questions, or creative topics?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Catching Up

For some reason I have found it difficult to get to my blogging lately. I find myself, once again, falling behind in not only writing my own blogs but also in reading my favorites and discovering new (to me) blogs. Perhaps it's because I have a fussy 18 month old, rearranged the living room and the kitchen, totally cleaned house, did a ton of laundry, hosted a house guest, and installed a new printer. I don't know... is that really a good excuse for neglecting my bloggy friends? Please forgive me. My goal is to get back on track and get a few posts in over the weekend as well as some very overdue blog commenting. Please don't abandon me.... I promise I'll make it up to you.