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Archives for April 2011

An Obsession of Royal Proportions…

I think I'm going to blame it all on Disney...maybe it was those fairy tales, princess dresses, tiaras and magical true love's first kisses that got me hooked at the tender age of (somewhere around) 3...Cinderella, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, … Continue Reading

Regression Depression

"Oh yes, he's potty trained!" The moment those words escaped my lips, I was addicted.  "Diapers? Oh no, we won't be needing those!  He's potty trained!" "He'll let you know if he needs to potty.  He's potty trained, you know!" Fast forward to … Continue Reading

Discipline Discussions – #18

Parenting Chit Chat and talking about discipline! Books we've read and used Time Outs Defining our discipline styles Our discipline struggles Spanking To spread the word about our show, tell your friends about The Playdate Crashers … Continue Reading

Product Review: Lamaze Books

Most people know that reading to their children is important.  What many people don't know is that even when your children are babies, they can benefit a great deal from regular reading with their parents.  Even at very young ages, children can learn … Continue Reading

Tutorial: Haircuts At Home

We really need to stop referring to our youngest son as "Baby."  He is almost 14 months old, is walking, and is starting to talk (well, mostly jabber, but you know what I mean).  After he turned one, my husband and I started to start using his name … Continue Reading

On Our Own

This probably won't be the most upbeat of all my posts, just to give a fair warning.  I'm writing about our Early Intervention evaluation which happened just this afternoon, so I'm still trying to think it through myself. Today, we had a lovely … Continue Reading

Product Review: COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Collection

I'll admit it - I still wear makeup every day.  I know a lot of moms choose to forego makeup not long after their firstborn enters the world.  I am not one of them.  I'm not sure if this is simply due to a poor self-esteem or undereye circles, but … Continue Reading

Guest Post: I’m A Coupon Failure (Alternatively titled “How To Save Money At The Grocery Store”)

After Jamie's post earlier in the week about Extreme Couponing, we thought it would be great to get a guest post from someone who still manages to save money without using coupons.  Shaina's post at her own blog was perfect for us, so we asked her to … Continue Reading

Ready to Paci-Wean?

Before I had kids, I swore that my child would never have pacifier still when he was able to talk. I briefly considered taking it away after his first birthday because I knew it would only get harder the longer we waited, but my husband took pity on … Continue Reading

Breastfeeding In The News – #17

Parenting Chit Chat - Dairy issues, walking toddlers, developmental fears, sleeping, and weaning from the pacifier Congratulations to the new parents and newly expecting parents in the playdate crashers family! We discuss breastfeeding in the … Continue Reading

Extreme Couponing

I know several of our readers are pro-couponing and couldn't meet their needs without them. Personally I look for coupons and try to use them occasional. I really got into CVS extra care bucks for a while to help me stock up on diapers before my … Continue Reading

Onward Into The Unknown

Today we will meet with a caseworker from our state's Early Intervention program for our first in-person meeting.  It shouldn't be a very exciting appointment -- mostly paperwork -- but hopefully after tomorrow or the next few days we will have a … Continue Reading

Change It Up!

It's that time again!  The snow is gone (here, anyway), the days are longer, and it's time to trade in our sweaters for shorts! I should be excited that my littlest one, who is just now really starting to take off walking (at almost 14 months, in … Continue Reading

Around The Interwebs

Last night, my husband directed me to a new website that he thought I would enjoy.  Not surprisingly, he was correct and I love it. MemoryGlands.com (from the people that bring you PeopleOfWalmart.com) is a fabulous source of nostalgia for … Continue Reading

Mama Necklace Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Autumn A. (entry #30 or 82), you are the winner of the Belle Fille Boutique mama necklace giveaway!  Congratulations! I will be emailing you to get your mailing address and Daphne will send your prize to you! Thanks for … Continue Reading

One Day They’ll Grow Up

One day, not so long from now, my kids will be teenagers. That is the thought I had yesterday as my husband and I drove seven high schoolers on a trip for greasy burgers and hiking (great combo, no?).  My husband is a youth minister and while I do … Continue Reading

What Are You Reading?

I don't have an official book review for you today, but I would love to hear what you've been reading! Tell us in the comments below! … Continue Reading

More Mommy Guilt

(Caption: Cole and Luke whispering about my mothering skills, Will thinks, " are you going to do something about this?") Making time for all three kids is hard. I've received a lot of suggestions about things that I could do to give each child … Continue Reading

Tricks Of The Trade

I'm a stay at home mom.  I have a very part-time job, but I consider my family and homemaking my career. Unfortunately, some days I'm pretty sure if I were being evaluated on my job performance, I'd be getting a pink slip and asked to pack up my … Continue Reading

*Giveaway Closed* Belle Fille Boutique Mama Necklace Giveaway!

This giveaway ended on Friday, April 8th, 2011!  Thank you for entering! We are thrilled to have a new giveaway sponsored by Daphne at Belle Fille Boutique!  Daphne is the mama behind some beautiful mama necklaces (for nursing and/or teething), … Continue Reading