Tuesday, September 30, 2008

What Did All That Mean? It Means...

I'm pregnant! Yay!!

This is how I shared the news with everyone. This is our daughter Maddie. (I'll have another post about the shirt she's wearing later).

I went to the doctor today for my first visit. Didn't get to see the doctor because he was at the hospital delivering a baby. The nurse took, like, five vials of blood and I got started on prenatal vitamins. Will see the doctor, hopefully, on the 8th.

I'm kind of scared and feel pretty old (36) but I'm happy more than anything.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sleeping Angel Photo Contest

One of my favorite blogs, 5 Minutes For Mom, along with Home & Bedroom Furniture is giving away a bedroom furniture set. If we won, I would choose the Lily Rose pattern. (Actually I think I just changed my mind - I might choose the Summer Breeze Set in a color other than blue - but I'm not going to be too picky!!)

All you've got to do is post a picture of your little one sleeping. I know I've posted this picture before, but I love it so much, I'm going to post it again.

Why don't you give it a shot too? Just click here: Win a New Bedroom Set for Your Sleeping Angel

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Since Maddie absolutely adores this story, I thought I would post this.

Putting Toys Into Groups

No wonder kids never pick up their toys - ha!


Maddie's Pick - Take 4

Lots of books this week. Her favorite to least favorite:
How to be a Baby, by Me, The Big Sister by Sally Lloyd Jones & Sue Heap
The Three Bears' Halloween by Kathy Duval
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Stone Soup by Jon J. Muth
Many Moons by James Thurber (We didn't even read 1/4 of this - way too long for a preschooler)

Second Batch:

Favorite to least favorite:
Bedtime For Frances by Russell Hoban
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Ridiculous Knock Knocks by Chris Tait
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward

Third Batch:

Favorite to least favorite:
Emily's Sharing and Caring Book by Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D., and Peggy Post
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Disney Pixar Cars Look and Find by Caleb Borroughs
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
When I Am A Sister by Robin Ballard

Maddie's most favorite of all these books: Emily's Sharing and Caring Book, followed by How to be a Baby, by Me, The Big Sister, then Caps For Sale.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Excellent Food Blog - Southern Plate

I thought about whether or not I should share this website with everyone or just keep it all to myself and wow everyone with all the wonderful recipes this lady comes up with. I decided not to be selfish and share! You can thank me later :)

The name of the blog is Southern Plate and she has some scrumptious recipes. I've been on a diet, so I haven't made some of the things that look sooo good like the Coca Cola Cake, the Fancy Mashed Potatoes with Cheese, Elvis Presley Cake.

But I have made the Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole, and the Taco Rex Cheese Dip (which was submitted by a reader) that will now become a staple at family get-togethers. I've made it twice and my sister has made it once since I found the recipe a few weeks ago. I think it's the best dip ever.

Be sure and check out her casserole chart too.

This lady makes cooking simple and fun. I love the fact that she uses mostly Walmart (Great Value) brand ingredients.

So go, go, go check out this blog and try not to slobber on your keyboard.

Suction Toothbrush Holder

I read about these over at Mighty Junior.

They're called Happy Suction Toothbrush Holders and they're $4.95 for a pack of 2 and you can purchase them at Tiny Living.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Maddie's Pick - Take 3

This week, listed by her favorite to least favorite, we got:
Knock Knock Jokes by Ima Laffin (She loves knock knock jokes.)
Now One Foot, Now the Other by Tomie de Paola (I cried when I read this one.)
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (She's really into the story of the 3 pigs.)
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (I thought this book was adorable, but kind of hard to read aloud.)

Next batch - her favorite to least favorite:
Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
What Will You Be for Halloween? by Mark Todd
Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes (Adorable book.)
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Got to Dance by M.C. Helldorfer
Chester's Back by Melanie Watt (Very hard to real aloud.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Happy Fall

I took this picture last year of a tree in front of the Mena Library.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Awesome Website - Toys

I think I'm in love with this website I just found. It's called Fat Brain Toys.

From their website:
"Fat Brain Toys is a retailer and developer of unique specialty toys, games, and gifts. We don't sell ALL the toys...just THE BEST, SAFEST, AND HIGHEST QUALITY TOYS! "

You can shop by age & gender; top-selling toys; new toys, games and gifts.

A lot of their toys (or the ones I pulled up) are cheaper than I've seen at Amazon.

Go check them out.

Bilibo - Cool, Funky Chair (etc.) For Kids

Check this little deal out.

From the Fat Brain Toys website:
"Both boys and girls can find virtually unlimited ways to play with Bilibos - from rocking, spinning, and sitting, to hiding under, carrying, and peeking through. At home, at the park, at the beach, in the water, and even in the snow, Bilibo provides hours of open-ended play."

It's on sale for $25.95 - $27.95.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Let's Get Some Things Straight Before I Get Old & Uncool...

I read about this over on The Presurfer. It's 1001 Rules For My Unborn Son.

The Martha Stewart Blog & Blog Contest

Martha Stewart (the queen of -- well, everything) is having a contest on her blog for people to submit their blogs for her review and she will then pick several blogs to be featured on The Martha Blog. (I didn't know it was possible to say "blog" so many times in one sentence.)

So I submitted I Am Nacho Mama just to give it a shot. I know I Am Nacho Mama is just starting out, but I hope it will continue to grow and grow and grow. And maybe Miss Martha can give it a big ol' nudge.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cool Flashlights For Kids

Maddie has an unnatural obsession with flashlights. I bought one at Kroger (or Albertson's) the other day that was in their summer clearance section. It was a pink monkey that makes a monkey sound every time she flips its head back to make the light come on. I thought it would really irritate me making that sound all the time - but as of yet it hasn't. I paid a total of about $1.96 I think it was for this flashlight. It broke after a couple of weeks (but Kelly was able to fix it after buying a new bulb at Radio Shack.)

The flashlights pictured above are Flash Buddies - the same brand as the one Maddie has. You can buy one at Amazon for $9.89.

I bought the flashlight pictured above at the mall a long time ago. The switch is hard to work on it. It's got a little bitty slide switch where the off position is in the middle. I wouldn't waste my money. But if you want to, you can buy it here at Amazon for $5.99.

This flashlight looks pretty neat. From Amazon: "The snout of this 4" x 2" pig lights up to show you the way. Works off a battery or can be hand operated with an easy squeeze motion. Includes handy carrying strap."

The hand-operated option seems like a good idea because I don't know about you, but I've spent boo-koos of money on batteries since Maddie was born.

You can buy it here at Amazon for $4.95

I Spy With My Little Eye...

...a cool Etsy find.

I wish I had even an eensy, weensy creative bone in my body, but I don't. But this person certainly does.

Description from their website:
I Spy Bag of treasures for your little one to manipulate and find. At least 40 treasures hidden in the bag. Has a wrist handle so children can carry the bag wherever they go. Perfect toy for all ages *. List of treasures attached to bag. Great for traveling or quiet time.

What an awesome idea. And a great deal at only $18.99 each.

There's tons of patterns to choose from Ainsley and Oswald

Wordless Wednesday - Sourpuss

This is Maddie shortly after she was born almost three years ago.

For more Wordless Wednesday, visit 5 Minutes For Mom.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Maddie's Pick - Take 2

We got a ton of books last week at the library, so I'm going to break it up in three different batches.

First Batch:
These are listed in order of her liking. She liked Goldilocks and the Three Bears the best.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Carolyn Buehner & Mark Buehner
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest by Judith Viorst

Second Batch:

Her favorite to least favorite:
Pinkalicious by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann
What Aunts Do Best by Laura Numeroff
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Third Batch:

Favorite to least favorite:
Fancy Nancy Bonjour, Butterfly by Jane O'Connor
The Tall Book of Nursery Tales illustrated by Aleksey & Olga Ivanov
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
Millions of Cats by Wanda Ga'g
There's A Nightmare In My Closet by Mercer Mayer
Brian & Bob (The Tale of Two Guinea Pigs) by Georgie Ripper

Maddie's all-time favorite out of all three batches is definitely Pinkalicious.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Playing With The Moon

Saw this on The Presurfer. Apparently this person received an email that had these pictures in it. Go here to see more.

Lost Me Find Me Child Alarms

I read about these over on Tell Me Something I Don't Know.

From the I Want One Of Those website:

  • A transmitter hidden in a cuddly toy wrist-band for your child and there's a receiver alarm small enough to fit on your keyring for you.
  • As soon as your child wanders out of the set proximity (between 1 and 20 metres) the alarm sounds, allowing you to take immediate action.
  • Switch the alarm to 'Locate' mode and the alarm will sound as soon as you get close to the child.
  • The transmitter is available in a cuddly, soft tiger or pink rabbit wrist-band.
The downside is I think they're only available in the UK right now.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Door Knob Hangers For Tired Mothers

Keep solicitors and visitors from ringing a doorbell and waking a napping baby with the door alert that reads, "Baby Sleeping - Do Not Ring Doorbell - Mother Tired and Dangerous." Buy it here at Etsy from KnobNots - $3.50.

Or "Baby Sleeping - Do Not Ring Doorbell - Solicitors Will be Eaten Alive - Please Keep Quiet."
Buy it here.


Wordless Wednesday - Sunset

I took this picture a year ago Saturday in Mena, Arkansas. It was my 35th birthday. Saturday I'll be - ahem - 36.

For more Wordless Wednesday go here.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Belt 'Em


Maddie's Pick

I thought I would try something new. Maddie and I like to go to the library. Maddie loves, loves, loves books. She has so many. Every time we go to the library, I usually have in mind a couple of books that Maddie might like - but I don't like going in to the library just to check out a couple of books - I like to leave the library with a stack of books. So I always pick a few at random. I thought it would be neat to show you all the books we checked out, and which one Maddie liked the best. So here we go.

This week, we got:

Knock! Knock! by Jan Wahl
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke
Where Is That Cat? by Carol Greene

I'll start with her least favorite and work my way up to her favorite.

I've heard so many wonderful things about On the Day You Were Born. I didn't care for this book. Aww, boo, hiss, moan. I don't know why I didn't like it. Maddie got extremely fidgety and even asked for another book while we were in the middle of this one.

I found that Splat the Cat was very well illustrated and well written - for some reason or another, it was kind of hard to read. I know that sounds crazy, but sometimes when there's words on the page and then a picture with words in it, I think to myself, Do I read the words in the picture first? Do I read the words in the picture ever? Why do I worry about things like that? Because I don't like to mess up the flow of the book.

Princess Pigsty - I love this book. It is such a cute story and illustrated nicely. It kept Maddie's attention and I think she even laughed a couple of times.

Where Is That Cat? This is really a cute story. Maddie got involved by trying to find the cat in each picture. She read this by herself I think two more times after I read it.

And finally, Maddie's pick is Knock! Knock! Out of all these books, I never thought in a million years she would have liked this book the best. It's about a young witch who's lonely and wants someone to keep her company. Every so often, there's a knock at the door and in walks a pair of boots, then legs, et cetera. Maddie adores this book. I can't count how many times I've found her either looking at this book or asking either me or her da-da to read it to her.

So there you go, Maddie's pick for this week is Knock! Knock! by Jan Wahl.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

De-Crusts & Slices Sandwich - All In One Push

If I had a million dollars, I would buy these - okay, if I had an extra 20 bucks, I would buy these.

I read about these over at MightyJunior.

They're called Good Bites
- The Original DeCruster Slices & Removes Crust in One Touch.

With just one motion Good Bites™ removes the crust, seals edges and slices your child's favorite sandwiches.

They're $17.85 for a set of all four designs over at Inventive Parent.

I wonder if large cookie cutters would work as well? Wait a minute, I don't have any of those either - sigh!

Things I Love Thursday - Glad Press n' Seal Wrap

For this edition of "Things I Love Thursday" I've decided to go with Glad Press n' Seal wrap. My sister told me about it a year ago or so. I thought she was crazy because I assumed the Press n' Seal would be about the same as Saran Wrap.

I've always hated Saran Wrap. Do y'all remember that episode of the Carol Burnett Show where Tim Conway was trying to sell Saran Wrap and he got all wrapped up in it? When I think of the Carol Burnett Show, that episode always comes to mind because it absolutely cracked me up.

Press n' Seal is not like Saran Wrap at all. You just press the sides down and it sticks. The other day I needed to microwave some frozen corn. I about passed out (well, not really) when the directions said to cover the corn. I thought, I don't have a bowl that has a cover that's microwave safe. Then I thought about the Press 'n Seal. Grabbed the box and read it and I found out it was microwave safe. Slapped some Press 'n Seal on the bowl over the corn and nuked it. By the time the microwave beeped, the seal was so good on the corn, it looked like a giant atom bomb or something - the Press 'n Seal had totally stuck and had trapped in all the steam.

(I never thought in my entire life that I would say I loved plastic wrap - I've got to get out of the house more often!)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Things I've Learned From Being A Mother - Take 1

Maddie and I went to story time today at the library. It was our first time to go. There was only one other mother there with her 2 1/2 year old and baby. A couple of other kids showed up during the second book.

I thought Maddie would absolutely adore story time. Instead, she was very, very shy - didn't want to participate in anything - had to sit in my lap - wouldn't color because she was too busy watching the other kids color - wouldn't stand up and dance even though she loves to dance.

Sometimes you have those moments, whether you're a mom or a dad or just a person - but sometimes I have those moments where I just say, Aha - why didn't I think that way all my life?

Take, for example, today as we were walking out to the car from the library, I thought, You can't have any fun if you don't participate. You won't have fun if you're sitting there being shy and worrying about what everyone is going to think of you. That's no fun at all.

I've always been pretty shy - always scared I was going to draw attention to myself - never wanting to say anything for fear I'd say the wrong thing.

One of the many, many things I've learned from being a mom is, Who the hell really cares? I mean, really. Are you going to look like a jackass if you stand up and do the chicken dance when everyone else is doing the chicken dance? You might, but so will everyone else doing the dang chicken dance.

Sing, dance, play, laugh at every single opportunity that comes your way. You'll be glad you did.

(Each time I have an epiphany like that, I'll write a blog post. Who knows how often that will be. How about y'all? Have you learned anything from being a mom?)

Wordless Wednesday - Who Me?

After emptying her blow-up pool, Maddie had the perfect opportunity to dance in the mud.

5 Minutes For Mom - Wordless Wednesday

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Labor Meme For Labor Day

Rocks In My Dryer is hosting a Labor Day meme - but instead of actual manual labor - we're talking about real labor - when you gave birth to your child. To me having a child is manual labor and I think most people would agree with me.

I had it pretty easy though.

How long were your labors?
Never went into labor.

How did you know you were in labor?
See question above.

Where did you deliver?

Spinal block and Petocin

Yes, a planned one at that

Who delivered?
My doctor - took him a while to get her out - felt like I was on the log ride at Six Flags. Also took a good 5-10 seconds for her to breathe - scared me to death.