I recently used my coupon for a FREE 8×8 Photo Book that I received from my local grocery store! I was so excited and instantly thought of my sister G and made a book of all of our adventures. Take a look here:

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You’ll love Shutterfly’s award-winning photo books. Try it today.

FREE Birthday Card

The Brita Bottle for Kids

I came across this Brita Bottle when Sarah used to drink formula. This was the perfect solution for my anxiety of not having enough filtered water for her formula. The refillable bottle is great for the environment, too! It was a wonderful find and I’ve even turned some mamas onto using the Brita Bottle.

Now they have kid-sized bottles in three fun colors.

“The Brita® Bottle for Kids is a great way to inspire your kids to ditch sugary beverages and learn to love water. The BPA-free bottle has a filter inside and comes in a kid-friendly size, so now they can get filtered water from any tap wherever they go.”

Ever felt anxious about not having enough food for your baby? Or am I just crazy?

FREE Haircut

Last month JCPenny announced free kids haircuts in grades Kindergarten to 6th grade. It must have been successful because they announced to permanently offer free kids haircuts every Sunday, starting November 4th.

Call your local JCPenny salon to book an appointment.

Sarah’s Surgery {2012}

Eight is the number of times…I’ve rocked my daughter in the middle of night, while she was screaming in pain.

Eight is the number of times…I’ve been to urgent care with my daughter or lucky enough to catch the pediatrician during the day.

Eight is the number of times…I’ve given my daughter antibiotics for ten or more days at a time.

Eight is the number of times…I have watched countless hours of Sesame Street so that Sarah would, hopefully, forget about her pain.

Eight is the number of times…My baby girl has had an ear infection.

Every time Sarah would get sick, she, without a doubt, had an ear infection! We went to see the doctor and she explained that Sarah’s infections were middle ear infections (otitis media or OM). Middle ear infections are NOT pool, bath or water-play related. Sarah’s infections were caused by mucus blockage within the ear canals. The doctor then went on to explain that ear infections are also genetic. Hubby mentioned that he had chronic ear infections when he was young, too.

So after every visit (and with our luck, it almost always happened on the weekends), we administered oral antibiotics and Tylenol for pain. Needless to say, she hated us and hated the changing table (in hindsight, a bad idea for us to use the changing table to administer meds since now she hates the changing table)! After a while, I couldn’t help but feel like I was giving her poison! After two infections back to back, hubby and I decided to make an appointment for surgery.

What really bummed me out was when the doctors suggested we spend less time with our mommy group. As I mentioned in a previous post, I need them more than they need me. But I also couldn’t help thinking I was putting my daughter in harm’s way.

The eighth ear infection was one too many! I was saddened by her being so sick and in so much pain. I’ve never myself had an infection, but I hear they are terrible!!

Fast forward to this past Monday, Sarah finally got some relief. She had her quick and painless ear tube surgery. I never for a minute was worried about the surgery itself.

She got in her scrubs and started to explore. Sarah loved all the gadgets. She was very curious and wanted to check out all the machines. Daddy playing with his baby girl.

After the final check, the nurse gave her some medicine that made her really sleepy.

I really wanted to jump in that bed and snuggle with her. I wanted to hold her hand through it all. I wanted her to know she was going to be ok.

Instead I just sang her a lullaby and prayed.Kissing my baby as she drifts off to dreamland :(

I was, however, worried about her coming out of surgery. From my research and warnings from friends, I heard how difficult it was for babies/toddlers to come out of surgery.

It took hubby and me what felt like forever to calm her down. She kicked, cried and pushed us away as she was in a state of confusion. She was upset, cranky and most of all hungry (nothing to eat or drink since the night before). We received ear drops and paperwork and headed home. Sarah was very needy that afternoon. She needed her mama and I was there for her.

The next day, Sarah was her normal self, silly and playful. Here she is trying to get on her car the wrong way!

Two weeks after the tubes were inserted, Sarah had her post op appointment. She passed the hearing test with flying colors and was allowed to resume regular activities. Good thing since Sarah and I were missing our mommy group very, very much!

Glad it is all over with now!

Farm Fresh To You

While hubby and I lived in Sonoma County, I really wanted to take part in a fresh produce delivery system. It seemed so natural to eat from the nearby farms! As much as I wanted to participate in getting fresh fruits and veggies every week, I couldn’t convince hubby that two of us would finish our box in time for the next delivery.

We celebrated 4th of July with our friends one year and the wife and I started talking about food and recipes. She mentioned she receives new recipes each week with her organic veggie and fruit farm program. I was ecstatic!!

Finally with a toddler who loves fruits and veggies, my convincing would be easy. Then a few weeks went by and I received my daily email from Groupon. (I browse the headings and usually delete. Every so often a heading sounds interesting and I open it. This time I’m glad I did.) They were running a Farm Fresh To You delivery trial for only $15! Normally these boxes run anywhere from $20-$40. I quickly bought it. I didn’t even wait to discuss it with the hubby. I figured I spend at least $15 in veggies and fruits at the supermarket so what is the difference if I get it delivered?!?

I was so excited! I quickly went back to the website and checked off all things I wanted (that way I get the most out of my box). For a few days before the box arrived, I was fantasizing about my yummy box filled with fresh organic fruits and veggies! I received my box and opened it with delight. I rummaged through the box and noticed a lot of things I did not like. I was disappointed! I thought, “How could this be?” I quickly called the company and within seconds I figured what went wrong.

Being so excited, I didn’t read all the instructions. I thought it was pretty self- explanatory and just checked the things our family would like to eat. I made a big mistake! I checked off the wrong things!!! We ended up with fruits and veggies we didn’t like. Some of the things we received were okay.

Here is the list:
2 eggplants
6 grapefruits
6 lemons
1 lb of green beans
2 bundles of beets

I steamed the green beans and we ate them with salmon one night. I boiled the beets and made a salad one afternoon. The rest was given to a friend who likes the fruit and veggies :(  Too bad I didn’t succeed in my mission. Luckily it was just $15 and a lesson learned. Have you ever made a silly mistake? Did it cost you?


First Day of School {2012}

Today was Sarah’s fist day of “school”. The program we chose to enroll her in is actually a parent participation preschool program, but we call it “school”. I even got so excited and bought her a toddler backpack and matching lunch box.


(I didn’t get a chance to take a picture before school started so naturally the first day she brings it she would get it stained.)

Being a Pinterest lover I got this idea of taking a picture of Sarah with a sign before her first day of school.

It came out really cute if I do say so myself! I plan on taking a picture of her on the last day of school to see how much she’s grown.

Some more cute outtakes from the photo shoot!

“Hmmm what is this strap all about?”

We had a lovely morning (class is from 9am – 12pm)! We played with the water table, sang songs and tried catching bubbles. The best part about school is there are 3 other mommy friends (Dev, Thomas and Patrick) that have signed up to be in our class too.


Looking forward to many more memories!

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