Thursday, July 30, 2009

Book Recommendation

I just finished The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson (of "Ask Amy" fame) and had to share what a wonderful book it was. Poignant is a word that comes to mind. I found it to be touching and inspirational and it really left me in a happy place every time I read a little bit of it.

Please excuse this short post which is really not a true book review. For a more thorough (ok, and "real") review, check out Margaret Andrew's (of Nanny Goats in Panties bloggy fame) review over at curled up with a good book.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

I have an addiction....

You know those cute little buttons you find on blogs that say "grab me"? I love them. I want to collect them all. There are so many creative and cute blog buttons out there. Blinkies, too... I love blinkies. I think I have a problem; I mean, have you scrolled down my side-bar lately? It goes on and on and on with buttons and blinkies. Yet, I want more. I think I'll have to start a new blog purely for my button, badge and blinkie collections.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This week's five:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Infant Tylenol
  • Sleep
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Elmo

(I think you get the idea of how my week has gone so far.)

Attorneys to try 11th-hour bid to save seals at La Jolla beach | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times

I grew up going to this beach, a toddler playing in the sand, and later memories of watching the seals make their home here. I really hope they get to stay...
Attorneys to try 11th-hour bid to save seals at La Jolla beach L.A. Now Los Angeles Times

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

Today's Five:

  • Aleve which seems to be the only thing helping my poor back after a mommy-picking-up-squirmy-toddler incident yesterday.
  • The fact that I can almost stand up straight today. (Soooo close.)
  • Despite the back injury, I got to go enjoy a Mom's Night Out last night and met some new people.
  • Matchbox cars - which distracted my son enough this morning to allow me to enjoy some coffee unperturbed.
  • My health - go read this blog and be inspired and thankful.

P.S. - If anyone can tell my why Blogger changes paragraph spacing, no matter what I do, I would greatly appreciate some help.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Book Recommendation for Moms

If you've been here before, you know I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth Pantley and her no-cry solution books. The No-Cry Sleep Solution was a life saver for us. Here's the latest addition to my growing "No-Cry" Library:

We're just beginning our potty training journey, and are only in the "introductory" phase with our 19 month old son, but I can already tell this book is going to be yet another invaluable resource for us.

Here's a sneak peek excerpted from the book:

Potty Training - Get Ready, Get Set, GO!

If your child is near or has passed his first birthday, you can begin incorporating pre-potty training ideas into his life. They are simple things that will lay the groundwork for potty training and will make the process much easier when you're ready to begin.

During diaper changes, narrate the process to teach your toddler the words and meanings for bathroom-related functions, such as pee-pee and poo-poo. Include descriptive words that you'll use during the process, such as wet, dry, wipe, and wash. If you're comfortable with it, bring your child with you when you use the toilet. Explain what you're doing. Tell him that when he gets bigger, he'll put his pee-pee and poo-poo in the toilet instead of in his diaper. Let him flush the toilet if he wants to.

Help your toddler identify what's happening when she wets or fills her diaper. Tell her, "You're going poo-poo in your diaper." Have her watch you dump and flush.

Start giving your child simple directions and help him to follow them. For example,
ask him to get a toy from another room or to put the spoon in the dishwasher.

Encourage your child to do things on her own: put on her socks, pull up her pants, carry a cup to the sink, or fetch a book.

Have a daily sit-and-read time together.

Take the readiness quiz again every month or two to see if you're ready to move on to active potty learning.

Excerpted with permission.

Postpartum Progress: Time Magazine Skips the Facts About Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Progress: Time Magazine Skips the Facts About Postpartum Depression

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I think I'm a loner.

Let me explain. For those of you that don't know, I moved to Western New York from San Diego almost six years ago. I'm a San Diego native - born and raised in America's Finest City (well, a suburb there of but you get the picture). How I came to Western New York is another story for another time.

I've always felt a little bit "different" from the local natives but this summer that feeling has hit me hard. You see, I seem to be the only one here enjoying our weather in the 70's. It's been sunny and below 80 and I think that's awesome. Not much humidity to trigger my asthma, no over-heating chasing my one year old around the back yard. I mean, could it get any better? Apparently. No one I know here likes this weather. Everyone seems to like the temps over 80. So here I am, alone in my love of the weather. Sniff sniff, boo hoo. Somebody tell me I'm not crazy.

On another note, I'll come up with some more interesting blog posts this week. Guess I've been too busy enjoying the weather to come up with any engaging blog material lately.

Happy Blogging! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I would like to introduce you to Alice.

Who is Alice you ask? Alice is a fabulous online shopping service. I heard about it on our local news segment last night (Ways2Save) and already placed my first order today. I am so excited, not only about the money I saved, but about the time I shaved off to my actual trip to the grocery store for fresh food items today. (Trust me, with a 19 month old in tow the faster I can get in and out, the better.)

Here's how it works: You sign up for a free account and start shopping. It's that simple. I chose to sort my product searches by sale price and wow did I save some money. Shipping is ALWAYS FREE so you get your items delivered to your doorstep within 2-3 business days and it doesn't cost anymore than going to the store (maybe even less if you factor in gas). How great is that??? Click the picture below to visit Alice and introduce yourself.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Thankful Thursday

This weeks' five:
  • I remembered that it's "Thankful Thursday" (just in the nick of time)
  • The weekend is almost here.
  • The house to the rear of our property that went from horrible tenants to horribly neglected in a year has officially been demolished!
  • I had almost a full night's sleep the past two nights.
  • Our DVD player which saved a rainy day