Thursday, December 16, 2010
When it comes to New Years Resolutions, there are two types of people. There are some like myself and others like my husband. I like to set goals for the new year and have resolutions. Even though some of them are not acheived, it at least makes me change my bad habits a little bit. I always like having everything planned out. My husband on the other hand hates making resolutions. His motto is "Why wait for the new year to change. If you havent changed already then your not going to." My answer, always.... "It gives you a moment to reflect on the past year and think about what changes you want to make."
Well, when it comes down to it, I make resolutions for myself, and for him too. LOL. In fact I make resolutions for the entire family.
So here are our family aspirations and plans for the new year:
1- HEALTH: I am overweight and would like to lose the weight from having a baby in June. My husband is diabetic and overweight. So this new year I plan to improve the health of my family. By improving the exercise and eating habits of myself and my husband, the kids will benefit also.
2- ACTIVITIES: I plan to search and find the perfect activity perfect for my 3 year old daughter. I want to get her involved in more activities.
3- MONEY: Save, Save, Save... I plan to be a little less lazy when it comes to coupon clipping. I plan to use a shopping list and buy necessities and healthy foods. I want to save money this year. Hopefully we catch up on bills and such.
4- BLOGGING: I love blogging, but again, I have been slacking. I plan to blog more often. I love the mom (and dad) community. I love the support and common interests that we all share. I plan to share more with you in this upcoming year!
Those are just a few of my plans for 2011. Usually as the New Year gets closer I create a much bigger list. Some may say I put too much on my plate. But if I complete even one of the items, in December of 2011 I will be one happy girl.
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The holidays are here. They lit the Rockafeller Center Tree. It is official. People are officially going crazy shopping now. Most of us do not want to be caught in a store during this season. Too crowded, little patience, and intolerable kids. For tose of you that are doing some last minute shopping here are Five helpful tops for holiday tech shopping:
1- Shop around. Usually the best buys are online. What I normally do is search on google and then click the shopping on the top left. Then I sort by price low to high. You usually come up with the place that has the lowest price. You do not want to pay more than you have to.
2- Buy the warranty. Gosh I cannot tell you how many TV's my inlaws went through. Each time it broke, it was replaced for free by the Manufacturer. It is usually worth it to be safe and buy the warranty. My husband also has replaced his radio a few times with the warranty that we purchased. We learned the hard way that is is worth it to spend the couple extra dollars and purchase a warranty. Especially if it is for a kid or teen.. or someone clumsy like my hubby.
3- Compare Brands. For example: whether HP or Lenovo or another brand. You want to buy a brand that you can trust but compare within the brands you do trust to get the best buy for your money. Do the research and compare the specs.
4- Do not get caught up. Everyone loves shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is great to do when you know what you are looking for but often times you get caught up in these "once in a lifetime deals" and spend more money than you should on things you originally had no intentions buying.
5- Check out the Reviews. Most websites have a review section. Read up on what others liked and disliked about the product before you buy it. It will give you a clue what you are in for and if it is really worth it.
I hope that these five Holiday Tech Shopping Tips are helpful to you.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010
1- Take A Vacation: This is what I keep telling my husband we need to do. I told him I want to start saving now for next year because I do not feel like dealing with family drama.
2- Screw Obligations: You have no obligation to anyone but yourself. Try and plan your holidays according to what is going to make you happy. Not what is going to please others.
3- Make Plans : Do not wait to the last minute. Make plans that way you are mentally prepared.
4- Avoid Shopping: Try and get all your shopping done before november. The longer you wait the crazier the stores will be an the less stock they will have.
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5- Just think of the kids: At those difficult times that you do not know if you can bear anymore, just think about the kids and the joy you are bringing to their lives.
6- Love!! The holidays are about love. Surround yourself with people you love rather than negativity.
7- Budget! Create a budget of how much you want to spend for the holidays. Sometimes you tend to spend more than you should if you do not budget.
8- Make a shopping list: Write a list of what you want to buy that way you do not go overboard. Every parent wants to get their kid everything. You will not have enough space to give them everything. It will spoil them. And they won't play with nearly any of it.
9- Leave the kids with a babysitter when you go shopping. It will save you a lot of stress.
10- Ask for help. If you plan to host a dinner, ask others to bring a dish or come early to help you set up.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Here are 10 tips for smarter holiday shoping and gifting:
1- Shop throughout the year. Try not to do all your shopping the last minute. My parents use to do that and it was never successful. Pick up things throughout the year as you see sales and put it away. By the time the holiday season is near you will have your shopping nearly done.
2- Shop online. Avoid store lines, crowds and crazy people by shopping online.
3- Save Receipts. There are so many sales during the hoiday season. Save the receipts that way you can repurchase an item that was already purcheased at the sale price if it goes on sale.
4- Get a Babysitter. Kids will drive you nuts shopping. Save yourself some sanity and find a babysitter for when you do your shopping.
5- Watch out for sales pitches. You may think your getting more for less. But actually your spending more money and getting less things that you intended on buying.
6- Get creative. Rather than spending money on gifts, get creative and make some homemade gifts for family. (ex. A craft, cookies, or a scarf.)
7- Buy Giftcards. They are perfect for that person you do not know what to buy .
8- Do not overshop. You do not need to buy for everyone you know and you do not need to buy your kids every toy in the toystore.
9- Create a budget. You need to create a budget and stay within your spending limit. Otherwise you will wonder what you burned all your money on.
10- Wrap as you buy. Wrap your gifts as you buy them, otherwise the night before christmas you will be p late wrapping.
I hope that these 10 tips for holiday shopping and gifting will help you this holiday season.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
10 Tips For Making Life Easier:
1- As Long As We Have Eachother We Have The World: That is our family motto. You can use it too. At the end of the day what matters is family and love. And as long as I have my family, no matter what life throws at us, we will get through.
2- Count your blessings: There is always someone out there that has it worst than you do. So think about the things that you are thankful for and hold them close to your heart.
3- Don't take life too serious: Sometimes you just have to take a step back and look at things and just laugh. There are times that I just get mad and angry and then I realize its really not that big of a deal.
4- Be Prepared: It's better not have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
5- Communication: Life is much easier when you learn how to effectively communicate. Communication is important in all aspects of your life. In a marriage it helps you and your partner to resolve any issues and stay on the same page.
6- Ask For Help: Don't be embrarassed to ask for help.
7- Save !: Save money. Open a savings account for your kids. It will make life easier for them when they are older.
8- Think about what you want before you buy it: A lot of things are purchased impulsively, then you think 'why did I buy that?'Before you make a purchase think about it fully. If you prevent yourself from spending some money, it will help in the long run when you need it for something you really need to buy.
9- Get rid of the Credit Cards: They are nothing but trouble abd the less you have the easier your life will be.
10- Stay Positive!: Even when life lets you dow, keep your head up and think positive. Things happen for a reason. Sometimes it takes a couple bad things to get something good to happen.
No one said life is easy, it is full of challenges. Every challenge that we overcome makes us stronger. Just live life to your fullest and you will realize things aren't as hard as they seem.
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010
My first daughter we were a nervous wreck bringing her home.
My second daughter we were also a nervous wreck bringing her home.
From my experience, I would like to share with you
Ten Tips for New Moms Who are Bringing a Baby Home:
1- Have a carseat in your car. You can not bring your baby home without a carseat. So you should have it installed into your car sometime before giving birth. I had my carseat put in when I was about 35 weeks pregnant. I wanted to be sure incase I went early I was prepared. There are usually local sights and checkpoints in your area that will check that you have it installed properly.
2- Clean your house. Before I gave birth I made sure that the house was completely sanitized. I washed down everything that I can, that way my baby came home to a clean home.
3- Ask For Supplies. When you are in the hospital ask for extra supplies to bring home. We got lucky and the hospital that we were staying in gave us a nice bag with extra formula, diapers and a blanket.
4- Limit Company. Everyone will want to see the baby. There is time. No one is going anywhere. Limit the amount of comany you have and spread it out over time. You do not want too many people crowding the baby.
5- Wash Your Hands. Have your family and friends (any you too!) wash hands. You do not want to spead unwanted germs to the baby.
6- Ask For Help. One thing I always hated was asking friends and family for help. Having a new baby is a huge adjustment. From your hormones, it is also a gigantic emotional rollercoaster too. Ask friends and family for help with housework and the baby. Your body is healing and you definitely will need the help.
7- Do the Laundry. Wash all new and handed down baby clothes in laundry detergent that is scent free and sensitive for babies to prevent skin irritation and allergies.
8- Sleep. When your baby sleeps, you sleep. Sleep patterns will be a huge adjustment for new moms. Heck, I still feel like I cannot catch up on sleep. Get all the sleep that you can. Sleep when your baby sleeps.
9- Call The Doctor. If you feel like anything is strange, or wrong, call your doctor. No question is a dumb question. That is what they are there for.
10- Enjoy Every Moment!! They grow so fast, too fast it seems. Enjoy every single moment to the fullest that you possibly can. Before you know it, you are going to look them in the eyes and say "Gosh, where did all the time go?"
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Does yor child enjoy reading? What things to you do as a parent or caregiver to make reading for your child more fun?
From the moment that I found out that I was pregnant with my first daughter, I knew that I wanted my chikldren to enjoy reading as much as I do. Reading to your child is very important, It teaches them to use their imagination and enhances their learning.
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In our home reading is encouraged and we do everything that we can think of to get our children to embrace it not just in the summer, but year round.
Here are some fun tips, tricks and strategies that we use tp get our children to embrace summer reading.
1- Begin reading to your children early on. It is never to early to start reading to your kids. The warlier that you start, the better they will be able to sit throught the stories as they get older.
2- Encourage comprehension with ffun activities. There are some books that you can find fun activitiesd online. After reading the story, check out some fun activity pages or coloring pages that they may have online. For children it is kind of like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
3- Check out your local library. We have a couple libraries close by to us which hold fun reading activities. One library has storytime. The librarian will read a story to the children and also sing a couple of songs with them. Then there is another library that has a summer reading club. They give you a folder with a sheet to fill out with books that they read. Then once you return the sheet there is a wall that has all the childrens names on it who are participating in the program. Each time they bring a sheet back they get a sticker. At the end of the summer they get a prize.
3- Go to the library anyway. Even if the library near you does not hold any summer activities, it is still fun for your child to go there and just read books. Take advantage of the air condition.
4- Check out local bookstores. Borders and Barnes and Noble also have some fun programs for children, which also include storytime. The Borders near me also gives out a small snack to the children.
5- Lead by Example. When your child sees you pick up a book, they will want to also. My daughter tries to immitate everything that I do. Reading is one of them. If I sti on the couch and open a book, so will she.
6- Designate a Reading Time. In our home, reading time is a half hour before bed. When Rose, our 2 1/2 year old goes to bed we allow her to pick out 1 books that I read to her and one book that she reads to her baby sister Maddy.
7- Bring Books Along. On long drives, rather then putting on the car DVD player, have your child entertain themselves by bringing books along. You can also bring books along for days at the beach or park.
8- Subscribe to a Children Magazine. Kids feel big and important when they get mail. We subscribe to Wild Animal Baby Magaxzine. When it comes in the mail my daughter gets very excited. She loves it, and runs straight in the house to read it.
Enjoy your summer reading!
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I have winners to announce:
For the Seventh Generation: Natural Baby Starter Kit Review and Giveaway
The winner is # 21
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June 11, 2010 6:59 PM
For the CSN Stores: KidKraft Step N' Store Stool Giveaway
The winner is #97
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June 6, 2010 9:05 AM
For the UV Skinz Giveaway
The winner is # 41
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May 26, 2010 7:45 PM
The winners have al been emailed and have 72 hours to reply.
We took Samantha yesterday to get her first haircut. Her cousins came over last weekend with new haircuts, so we were able to convince her to get a haircut. The place was cute. She got her haircut in a plane while watching Dora. Now she looks so much older. She will be 3 in October.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
If you read blog, it is no surprise that I am pregnant. I am actually scheduled for a C-Section in 18 more days (June 4). I was excited about being given the opportunity to review the Seventh Generation Natural Baby Starter Kit. Seventh Generation sent me with products to review upon my request.
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Monday, May 24, 2010
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Friday, May 21, 2010
My 2 1/2 year old daughter has suddenly become Ms. Independent. She can do everything herself, well at least she likes to think she can. Of course as a mom I encourage her and let her believe that she could unless she is putting herself in danger.
* I was sent a free Step N' Store Stool from CSN Stores to review. I wrote this review which contains my thoughts and opinions which are honest and truthful.I did not receive any compensation for this post. *
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Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The 10 winners selected for a Bra Makeover will also star in their very own webisode wherein a makeover candidate will receive a fitting with Deyette and walk away with the perfect Playtex products. A new webisode will premier on www.PlaytexBraMakeover.com every two week.
Monday, May 17, 2010
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The winner has been chosen by Random.org. Please reply to my email within 72 hours, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. CONGRATS!!!
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