Thursday, December 22, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
What's going on in today's world?
Ben Afleck & Jennifer Garner are expecting a third child! I was so happy to hear this news, as I am a fan of this gorgeous couple, and their even more gorgeous children. So it is such great news to hear they will be adding another one to their brood. They all ready have two little girls, Seraphina and Violet, so I am hoping for a mini-Ben.
Also a story regarding a split between the Hollywood Power couple, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, started to circulate. As soon as I saw this pop up on my Twitter feed, I was almost in disbelief. They seem like such an amazing couple and to hear that their marriage was dissolved was disheartening. Although there was no official word from either couple that his story was true, it was still a hot topic. However the couple did release a statement later on sating that their marriage was "intact". I was thrilled to read that because they are definitely my "married couple role models."
And the top story today would be the earthquake that hit the East Coast earlier this afternoon. Actually the story broke out on twitter before other news sources, sign of a media age. According to USA Today, the earthquake lasted 45 seconds, measured 5.8 magnitude, and the epicenter was in Mineral, VA. It came as a shock since the East Coast is somewhat virginal in the earthquakes, although in West Coast standards, it was a "baby" quake. I am in the MidWest and we rarely have earthquakes here also. However about 3 years ago, there was 5.2 that's epicenter was less than 20 miles from where we live and it shook enough to wake this sleeping baby up. I thought at the time my husband fell out of bed because he wasn't by me, but he was up getting ready for work...hehe! It was definitely an interesting experience and I can't imagine how the West Coast handles them so well. They really put a shock in your system!
Monday, August 22, 2011
iPhone + iPad + iMac = iDee
The first time I saw an iPhone, it was love at first sight. I couldn't believe all of the capabilities that is was able to achieve. The iPhone was way ahead of the current market, and since I am kind of a tech junkie, I dreamed of owning one. Eventually I did, after recycling through one bad phone after another. I originally got an iPhone 3G since that was the newest one available and I was so excited to play with it and test it out. While it does have some kinks (i.e. apps that crash, camera takes a while to load, freezes sometimes), it still was the best phone I have ever owned. And with Apple constantly updated their operating system, the phone is always improving. The phone is one of the easiest and most streamlined phones I have ever owned. No extra buttons to find menus and such, just click "Call" to make a phone call, and "Messages" to text, so it is super simple. It's unfortunate that some people think it is complicated because of the touch screen and all of the icons, but it is perfect for all age groups. I believe if they would try it, they would love it. I have obviously upgraded since then and now own the iPhone 4 which is such an improvement on it's predecessor.
After the iPhone came out, Apple manufactured a tablet called iPad, and after seeing the first advertisement, I thought I would love to own one! And to my amazement my husband bought me one for Christmas, even though I never asked for one and wasn't expecting it. I was so excited to play with it and test it out. I loved how similar it was to the iPhone, which made it easy for me to figure out. I mainly use the tablet to write(I'm writing on it as we speak!), to sketch or edit photos, read books and magazines, and play games. It is so convenient to just flip it open and play with it. Shortly after Apple introduced their iPad 2, with the addition of the camera, and although I would love to have one, I am content with my iPad.
During all of these Apple love, I had converted my husband into a Apple user, so he felt we needed an iMac. We have heard so many great things about their computers and since we loved their phones and tablets, we knew it would fit perfectly. We got an iMac less than a year ago, and it is so easy and simple to use, but being a PC girl it has been so hard to make the switch. I have grown accustom to using Windows and leaving it behind has been hard, so I still use the PC for designing and editing. But my husband is in love with the iMac. He hated all the extra "junk" on the PCs and loves how clean the iMac is. He is the primary user of it but I still like to jump on and do other stuff when I am working on the other computer. The biggest bonus is how secure the iMac is compared to PCs. It gets far less "baggage" from the internet than it's competitors.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
|My Workout Inspiration Board|
My short-term goal: To lose 10 pounds within the next two months.
Previous Weight: 201.0 lbs.
Current Weight: 197.6 lbs.
Amount Lost: 3.4 lbs.
Accomplishment: I kept my food journal for over a week. I also did pretty well on my diet...
Problem: Until I started craving sugar and carbs...realized it was time for Aunt Flo's visit.
Monthly Measurements: Taken on 7/13
Bust: 45 in
Waist: 41 in
Hips: 46 in
Monday, July 18, 2011
To be honest, I do want to start my own business. Event planning is my forte, that and designing paper goods for the parties. I love every aspect of planning, from concept to reality. When I plan something, I have every detail written out and drawn out on how I want it to look, plus a back up plan for a mishap. Plus I deal well with stress and I am a quick thinker. Every time I throw a party, everyone always tells me I should do this for a living. I would love to do that. Right now I am a stay at home mom, but I hope to one day start my own event planning business. But for now it is on hold for a couple of reasons: I don't want her thinking I am betraying her, and I want to be more educated on it.
This weekend I also dropped off some invites to my son's 1st birthday! I can't believe it is all ready time! His birthday is in a week, but we are having his party the weekend after, that way my husband will definitely be off of work. I went over to his aunt and uncle's and dropped off a couple and hung out with my bestie (my husband's cousin). Our boys were having fun blabbing to each other. It is too cute to watch. Then I got a phone call from my brother. Our mom, who hasn't talked to either of us in months (I haven't seen her since Christmas), was in a car wreck. She needed a ride, so she called my brother, who doesn't have a reliable car. And I found out she had changed her number and never even told me. It is a sore subject and I may elaborate more one day. I digress....After I visited my brother, had to drop off his invite, I went to hang out with my aunt-in-law. We chit chatted and let our boys play. My poor guy was worn out when he got home, so Sunday was a lazy day. We hung out at home and played until later that night, we visited my in-laws who had just got back from their vacay in Florida. It was a pretty boring weekend, with a couple bouts of drama.
How do you feel about starting a business with relatives?
Friday, July 15, 2011
Recently I read about Kate Hudson's boy, Bingham Hawn, and the Beckham's girl, Harper Sevin, which really got me interested in all the recent names that celebs have decided. Some more are Natalie Portman's son, Aleph; Ashlee Simpson's son, Bronx Mowgli; and Mariah Carey's son, Moroccan Scott. It seems like this has become overplayed. They all have a reasoning for it, but I just love a good old simple name. Let the personality speak for the child, not the name.
Do you have a weird name? Do you like the unique name trend?
Thursday, July 14, 2011
The website describes it as follows:
In natural rubber 0-12 months+
The famous giraffe 'Sophie', who has been part of babies; lives for more than 40 years.
Slender, flexible, and soft, baby can squeeze and chew her in complete safety. Made of 100% Natural Rubber (phthalates Free) and food paint. Lovable and amusing, she makes a happy sound when her body is squeezed: stimulate baby's hearing and helps him to understand the link between cause and effect. She is perfect for soothing Baby's sore gums when teething.
After reading many reviews online, I decided to splurge (price ranges from $18-$23) and buy this toy before my son began teething. It was definitely a great investment. My son loved this toy and really gnawed her once he started to teethe. It really is stimulating to all five senses of the baby. The colors are high contrast, which really caught my son's attention. It makes a squeak when you squeeze her, which sounds similar to a dog toy, but my son loved to do it anyway. Once he figure out that it made that noise when she was squeezed, he did it all the time. The rubber is soft to the touch and feels great on the teeth (I tried it first). It also had a clean smell to it. Another bonus is the safety of the rubber and paint, especially with all the fuss over lead based paints. I guess they didn't care as much as I was a child, because we ate just about anything!
The only pitfalls would be that it is quite pricey, but definitely worth the investment. The paint seemed to also chip off easily. Guess it was fine since it is food based paints, but when I saw it peeling I would cut it off. Another big concern is the choking hazard. I do not have personal experience with this, but I can see how it could potentially be a choking hazard. The legs and head are slender and long and could easily get lodged into the throat. So I would always make sure your child is supervised.
I really did enjoy this product. It was a lifesaver in my time of need. I think it may have some problems, but none of them were significant enough to affect my recommendation of this product. If you have a child who is having a hard time teething, I would try out this product.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Fast forward five years and I was at my heaviest at 220 pounds! I guess happiness does make you fat. (I met my husband and got married.) I got pregnant over a year and a half ago and was so afraid to get any bigger. I actually ended up losing over 20 pounds, a combination of horrible morning sickness, and being diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 20 weeks. I had to be on a strict diet, which was hard for me, but worth it, to make sure my little one was healthy. So now here I am almost a year since giving birth and I am still stuck at 200 pounds!
I have decided to really get going on this weight loss journey, and the best way for me is to hold myself accountable. I debated about whether I would include my actual weight, and decided that actually seeing it, will motivate me. So I have decided to join in and make today: Weigh-In Wednesday! Every Wednesday I am going to document my current weight, previous weight, amount lost, goals, accomplishments, and problems I face.
My long-term goal: Start eating healthier and exercising more, encompass a healthy lifestyle.
My short-term goal: To lose 10 pounds within the next two months.
Current Weight: 201.0 lbs.
Accomplishment: I decided I was going to do this and really try to stick with it.
Problem: I sometimes forget to eat a meal, usually breakfast or lunch, which results in mindless eating later in the day.
Monthly Measurements: Taken on 7/13
Bust: 45 in
Waist: 41 in
Hips: 46 in
Monday, July 11, 2011
We arrived almost exactly when they opened, with some help from Google maps (thank God for my iPhone, because men can not be trusted with directions). Everyone showed up, looking a little tired, but still excited to start the day. I must say that I think I was more interested in to Zoo than my son, but that's okay, since he really doesn't know what he is even looking at. I have not been to the Zoo since I was a young child and had also not seen their penguin exhibit ( I am a BIG penguin lover)! It was another long, tiring, and yet completely fun filled day. We saw a lot of the animals. Only downside was the heat! It was so hot. And as a result I was so dehydrated.. It also doesn't help that I can go almost a whole day and only have one glass of fluids! Another bad thing that happened was that my son dropped Sophie the Giraffe at some point and my husband looked forever but couldn't find it! It was somewhere near the lions, so maybe they ate her for lunch. Oh well, we can always buy another one.
What's your favorite exhibit at the zoo?
Friday, July 8, 2011
Expect to bleed...a lot. And sometimes for quite a while. It felt like I was never going to stop bleeding. I think it was almost 6 weeks of a constant period. The hospital provides you with their massive pads and "Mesh-tastic" underwear. When I got home I purchased the overnight pads, and they were lifesavers. As far as the underwear are concernes, I defintiely kept with the mesh during the hospital stay. Some people prefer to wear their own, but those were so much more comfortable and I didn't have to worry about ruining them. Also I know some books recommended you bring your own gown...how about not! It was a mess after giving birth, might as well use theirs instead of ruining one. Trust me, no one is here to see what you look like or what you are wearing...it's all about the baby! And since you will be bleeding, your lovely nurse will come in every couple of hours, usually once you get comfortable, and push on your uterus, making sure everything is doing good. Oh the lovely parts of birth.
Before going into labor, I decided I was defintely going to be an epidural type of gal. Why put up with the pain, when I don't have to? So once the pain reached unbearable, I asked for one. I was so excited to see the anesthesiologist, but as they were preparing me, it felt like forever, because everytime I had a contraction, they had to stop and wait for it to pass. All I thought was just stick me all ready! At the hospital I was at they lower or stop it a little before the pushing, so that you are able to actually feel the pressure and are able to push. The esperience that I had as well as a few others, was that one of our legs was completely numb while the other one we could still move. I didn't think this was going to happen. I thought I would get it and not feel a thing. I was somewhat surprised by this and wish I would have known this beforehand.
I am generally a hot natured body, but during labor, I got the worst case of the shakes and shivers. I was hot and yet I couldn't control my body from shaking. They say that is your bodies way of relieving stress, so I tried to breathe slowly and focus. They eventually subsided.
Luckily for me this did not happen, but my best friend, who gave birth a few months after me, experienced this: vomitting. Sometimes during labor, you may end up vomitting. She had little bowels by the bed in case she felt it coming. Some people experience it as an effect from the epidural or pain, and some doctors believe it may be related to a drop in their blood pressure. I'm thinking it may have been a combination of all three for her. I do remember her blood pressure dropping dangerously low at one point (She was the opposite of me...mine was dangerously high).
The very last and definitely most important thing I wish someone would have told was to make sure everything is well documented. We did remember to pack a camera, but because our circumstance was a little different we were not prepared. I said earlier that I don't really reember much of the details and it's only been a year. Try to take as many pictures during your labor, and make sure you document or write little thoughts in a journal. That is such a great way to record your labor and I wish I would have done this.
Hopefully that provided a little insight into labor that you may not have known. What are you most afraid of regarding giving birth? Or if you all ready have a little one, what is something you wish you knew beforehand?
Thursday, July 7, 2011
The following is the description from Downy's website:
Downy UNSTOPABLES™ In Wash Scent Booster
The first thing I noticed after opening the package, was the scent. I received my sample in Fresh, and it really lived up to it's name. It had a light, airy, somewhat floral fresh scent to it. They also have it in Lush, which is lavender scented. I also loved the packaging of the product. The colors they chose, as well as the design and shape of the container, were all appealling to the eye. It would really pop out next to other products. I love that they used black, because not that many brands dare to venture into that color palette. It really works here. In addition to these factors, I absolutely adore the name UNSTOPABLES. It really is unique and describes the goal of the product: to leave an unstoppable scent. As far as the product's usage, I found it to be easy to use. Just shake into the cap, toss into water before clothes, and enjoy a lasting scent. The scent was also lasting. The towels I used it on a week ago, still smell Fresh!
I did, however, have an unfortunate problem with the product. I used one of towels I washed with it, to wipe off my son. I laid him down for a nap, and when he woke up, he had broken out all over his face and body. He had an allergic reaction to the product. It was the first time he has ever had that happened (At first I thought "Oh Lord...chickenpox! Which I have never had so I thought I was screwed). We ended up giving him Benadryl and it subsided. Another thing I think that Downy could improve on the packaging would be the lid. It really is unnecessary. I didn't use it, I just flipped and shook. It would be much easier to have just a flip top and no cap. Another downfall is the fact that it seemed like I needed quite a bit of product in order to really smell the scent.
I would definitely recommend this to a friend, even with it's shortcomings, it is a great product with a wonderful idea behind it. I will unfortunately not be able to use it myself because of my son's reaction to it, so it looks like someone is going to get some smell goods in the family.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
I wasn't sure what we were doing, because I figured my husband would have to go to work. Well we all decided to go to Holiday World, sort of last minute. Family that had to work, were calling in to work, including my husband. So after that came the hard part: deciding what time we all wanted to get up. Some of them were wanting to be there when it first opened. However the couple of us that have young children, did not feel like bringing our children that early. The only reason we really wanted to go was to see their fireworks display, so we would have to stay until after they closed, leaving us not wanting to arrive too early. We got there around noon, about 20 of us. The first thing we did was hang out in kiddie land. The little ones seemed to really enjoy it. My wonderful husband was pushing our son around, since it was his nap time (we seem to always leave around that time), so I could take pictures. We kind of wandered around the park, stopping here and there at rides for the kids. I am a big theme park enthusiasts, and grew up riding roller coasters; having a child changes everything. Luckily my wonderful mother-in-law took him for a little while so my husband and I could ride the rides. However I like roller coasters and he likes the spinning rides, so we didn't ride together much.
Growing up I had horrible motion sickness, so bad in fact that just a short ride in to town would cause me to feel nauseous. Which is why I despise all things that spin me in circles, especially in the summer heat, when my motion sickness is heightened. We did have a blast that day, and everyone enjoyed it and had fun. I got some great pictures of my little man's first theme park trip. And I can tell you that no one regretted calling into to work either!
So have you visited a theme park this summer? Or maybe you have had family reunions also? Tell me about it.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Cops & Robbers
My brother, who was my best friend growing up, and I would ride our bikes everywhere. Obviously that can become a little boring after awhile, so we took our love for riding and injected a little imagination into it to come up with our version of Cops & Robbers. It was a role-playing game, in which one would be a cop, the other a robber. Our "high-speed" chase took place on our long driveway. To make it fair, the robber had about five or ten seconds of getaway time. However I really dreaded when I would be the robber for the simple fact that my brother really knew how to commit. I think there were moments that he thought he was a cop. He would jump off his bike and tackle me to the ground, while twisting my arm around my back (painfully I might add), all the while he would be yelling at me to "calm down" and I was "under arrest." I was generally scared for my life! But that adrenaline rush made it so much more entertaining. It was like a mini version of "Cops."
Lava Floor (or Shark Infested Waters)
On the days it would rain, our imaginations were really put to the test. We didn't have the outside to work with, just confined inside the house. As a result we would play a game called Lava Floor, or Shark Infested Waters, depending on the day. It was a simple game that could be played throughout the house, room to room. The rules were simple: Don't step on the floor! You can use the couch, coffee table, throw pillows on the floor, or any other inanimate object, as long as your body didn't touch the floor. Of course we imagined that the entire floor was covered in lava, or full of sharks. If a part of your body hit the ground...you lost it! So you would have to hobble around on one leg. It got really interesting trying to move from the living room to your room and to the bathroom. Of course our mother always told us "She was dead" when we told her to "get out of the water!"
The last game I want to discuss is a game we names Booby Trap. This may be more for the demented children. (We turned out fine!) I want to talk about this game because unlike the other two, which are more universally played, this one seems to be limited to my brother and I. We usually played this at night time in the house. Basically on person would go into their room and set up a "booby trap." After that was done, the other poor person, the "victim", would walk into the booby trapped room and try not to have a ball hit them, or a book fall on them, or trip on string. The twist on this game was that the "victim" would walk into a pitch black room without any lights! It was definitely fun and painful, an "enter at your own risk" type of game.