CSN stores can easily drag me in for hours. There are SO many different things to browse through. With our upcoming move, I've been looking around on there for some new furniture, decor,appliances, etc for our new place. We're selling our current one, so I checked out the dining chairs and tables. The formal dining sets were so beautiful and it made me wish we were going to have a formal dining room. Not that we'd ever use it much.. but then I could have a big pretty table. So wish me luck in my searching on CSN stores for the perfect "accessories" for our new abode! And while you're at it.. you should browse the 200+ stores yourself. I'm sure you'll find something you absolutely love! And stayed tuned for more CSN goodness!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Wow. It's been ages since I've actually had a wholesome post. This year is flying by and most of the time I feel like I'm barely hanging on. I often question how parents of more than one child do it. This one I have seems to consume every minute that I'm not at work or sleeping. At even sometimes in my desperate attempts to get a nap in, she still manages to consume that time. But.. really, I wouldn't have it any other way.
We're in the stages of moving. Well.. we still have a month and a half before actual move date. But lucky me.. I've been living with a hoarder for the last 3 1/2 years. Yeah... every single thing down to a key to some old lock from some old place has a meaning to him. I've finally
threatened bodily harm to him encouraged him to start purging some stuff that he could live without. Yes.. you can get rid of that old receipt from 2001 from when you got a tank of gas, a pack of smokes, and a 20oz Coke. And yes.. go ahead and toss that employee handbook from your high school job. I'm pretty sure you're never going to work there again. Considering the place was closed down over 10 years ago.. You have pictures of your friends from when you worked there. And memories in your brain. I'm sure you'll never forget those days just because the handbook gets tossed out. Love ya, babe!
Anyways.. we've also been out and about enjoying this beautiful fall weather before we're bombarded with hundreds of inches of snow again! (Dear Mother Nature, I will kill you! Love.. Me) We've hit up the zoo, the pumpkin patch, the apple orchard, the parks, etc etc etc. Lots of cute pictures of my girl will follow at the end. (But hey.. slow down.. and don't skip ahead. You might miss something interesting. Or not...)
Today.. well.. it's a pretty special day. No.. I mean besides it being the 197th anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Leipzig. It's also Mother Teresa Day in Albania. One of Jimmy Carter's daughters is celebrating her birthday today. AND.. so is my better half! Yep.. he's the big 3-5 today.. but doesn't look a day over
50 ummm 21 or so.. Happy Birthday my love! Thank you for being the amazing, wonderful, awesome, hilarious, intelligent, and brilliant man you are! You're the butter to my bread and all that jazz!
So yeah.. that's us. Busy but loving life!
How about you? How are things? Yeah.. I'm talking to you out there (assuming you're still there.)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
There was a little girl named Kylee. She had a mommy who wanted her to look oh-so-cute on Halloween. Her mommy thought many months about the perfect costume for her little blonde beauty.
At first she was planning on dressing Kylee up as Dorothy and having her join in with her toddler friends on being the cast of the Wizard of Oz. (In tiny people form, of course!) But plans fell through.
So her mommy began thinking again.. and again.. and hours and hours of thought went into this decision. FINALLY! The perfect costume for a cute and animated little girl. (Yeah.. her mommy is kind of a genius and stuff..)
Precious Kylee would be... GOLDILOCKS!! Cute costume, no?
I will say that Kylee has tried on this costume a couple of times and she LOVES it! (I actually had to hide it away in her closet). She loves taking all of the little bears out and loving on them. She calls her dress "Gowocks" (yeah, cute, I know!) and loves that she gets to wear her "fancy" shoes with her costume. And lucky girl that she is.. her costume will be added to her dress up collection once Halloween passes.
This costume may be cheaper in price than most costumes out there. But don't let it fool you into believing the quality is cheap. It's thin enough that it's a breathable fabric but not thin enough that I feel like it's going to rip while she's wearing it.
So what are your little ones being for Halloween? You should head on over to Costume Discounters and check out their selections. It's not too late! There are SO many cute toddler costumes. And I spent quite a while in the girl costumes section as well before making my final decision! We will definitely be using Costume Discounters in the future!
*I was not compensated in any way other than receiving a Goldilocks costume to review. These are my words. My opinions. My thoughts. Thank you to to Charles at Costume Discounters for being such a pleasure to work with.*
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is our pollen count lately..
Thursday, September 9, 2010
What's that you ask?
.... FOOTBALL!!! ....
We love some college football in this house! Me and Kylee cheer on the Nebraska Cornhuskers (GO BIG RED!) and my honey is an Arkansas Razorbacks fan (yeah.. exactly...) because he is currently boycotting the Ohio State Buckeyes due to all of the changes going on with the Big Ten.
Kylee is a huge football fan. She has her own football. ("Fooball!) and she throws her hands up in the air and declares touchdowns with the best of them. It's so cute to see her excited about it. And just another thing she can bond over with her daddy.
Without going into quite the debate.. I'm just going to say that I do not support the Huskers move to the Big Ten. I'm going to miss the teams we've played against for years. The rivalries. It's not a move I'm at all excited about making. But you go where you have to go, I guess...
So I'm going to enjoy the cool Fall weather, the chili, the chips and awesome dips, the cold beers, and whatnot and cheer on my Huskers in their last season before the big switch. Cheering right along with me .. is this cutie..
Friday, September 3, 2010
How cute is the Super Skivvies banner? I just love it! Steph is one creative and talented woman! She was also such a pleasure to work with. Very sweet and informative.
I came across Super Skivvies while I was searching etsy for cloth trainers. I was done with store bought pull ups and using disposables. I wanted to find a trainer that was cute, functional, and well made. Kylee is still blessed with cute little chunky legs (although they've slimmed down a ton as she's gotten older) and I didn't want any trainers that were going to leave marks on her leg. I also wanted a pair that had sturdy elastic in the waist so they didn't slip off of her, but ones that were easy enough that she could take them off herself. I loved the look, design, and structure of Super Skivvies so I contacted Steph about doing a review.
At first she told me it would be a few weeks before she could get a pair made and out to me.. so I began to wait patiently. Then, she emailed me a day or two later and said she had a pair to review AND giveaway ready to be shipped to me. That made my day! And a few days later the mailman was
We reviewed the Springtime in Oogaville pair and aren't they SO cute?! They are a size Small (2T-3T) and fit children approximately 25-35lbs. Kylee is right around 30-31 pounds and they fit great with some room to grow! (Rise: 16.5", Waist: 16.5", Thigh: 11.5") Super Skivvies measurements are unstretched. There is a lot of stretch in the waist and thigh area. So you don't have to worry about any of those painful looking red marks. Kylee has no indentations or markings when she wears these and I really appreciate that.
"Super Skivvies feature one layer of soft 100% cotton interlock in the body, a rayon (from bamboo)/organic cotton velour liner in the crotch area, 100% cotton interlock waist and thigh bands, and no-roll elastic encased in the waist.
Included is a removable insert consisting of three layers rayon (from bamboo)/organic cotton fleece. Just tuck the insert into the crotch lining, and your undies are trainers!" (From the Super Skivvies etsy shop product description)
I love the insert that comes with this trainer. You can leave it in for training purposes or take it out if you want just plain underwear. And when you wash your Super Skivvies, you do not have to pull the insert out, it comes out during the wash cycle. I love that feature! I also love how soft the insert and crotch lining is. Even after a few washes it still all feels as soft as when we first got it! You can also purchase additional three and five layer inserts on the Super Skivvies website!
Please note that Super Skivvies are NOT an alternative to diapers. With the insert in the trainer there are five layers of protection which is enough to contain a single accident. Kylee has had one accident while wearing her Super Skivvies (not a very big one) and the insert did a very good job of containing most of it and the body of the trainers was barely wet.
So in finishing, I must say that we LOVE our Super Skivvies and plan on purchasing a couple more pairs! Kylee really loves the "waindow haws" (rainbow hearts) pair!
SOOOO.. lucky readers you.. Steph has offered a little something-something for you guys! I have a little "package" of goodies to send to one of you! What does it contain you ask?
You will get a size small (2T-3T) pair of Super Skivvies, a 10% off code for your next purchase, an informational booklet, and some fun stickers! How great is that??! And how cute is that print? Bacon, Eggs, and Toast! Yum and Adorable!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Towards the end of our summer there were many days that Kylee and I stayed home. We didn't leave to do anything. Well.. we played out back a little bit. But mostly we stayed inside. Why? Potty training! She's been casually training for a couple of months now and doing alright. But, we finally ditched the pull ups because she was just treating them like diapers. We did the run-around-naked-and-hopefully-make-it-on-the-toilet method. We put her potty chair in the living room right in between the couch and the tv stand. I would put her on it every 30-45 minutes and we would talk about going pee and poop. We would read books. We would sing songs. And sometimes it would only take a minute or two and she would go. Other times it would take 10 minutes before she would go. (Of course there were times she didn't even go at all and then would stand up and pee on the carpet. Fun..)
Anyways.. a few days of that and lots of carpet cleaning and one weekend it just CLICKED! She started using the potty all on her own! I kept it in the same spot for a week and then moved it back to the bathroom. She didn't dig peeing in the bathroom on her little potty chair. So I put it back in the living room. I mean.. people that come over won't mind watching my 20-month-old pee.. right? *sigh*
Fast forward a couple of weeks and we were planning a trip to the zoo with some friends and their cute kids. I didn't want Kylee to wear a diaper to the zoo. I didn't want to send her mixed messages. SO.. I took the seat part out of her potty and put it on the toilet. I figured if I could get her to pee on the big potty then she could wear her underwear to the zoo and use the toilet. We had ONE day to get this. The morning got crazy hectic so I actually didn't end up putting the seat on the toilet until the early afternoon. And wouldn't you know.. she went on it with no problem! Like she'd been doing it for years. SO.. I dressed her the next morning and went the underwear route and packed 2 changes of clothes and a diaper. (Just in case) Grabbed the potty seat and crossed my fingers. And my girl.. did PERFECT! Asked to use the potty and everything! No accidents! Even drank 2 full sippy cups of water and stayed dry! I cried a little on the inside (and outside). Because during the day... we are now DIAPER FREE!!
Monday, August 23, 2010
People who always live without air conditioning. People who can't afford to buy fans to put in their windows.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
If you're anything like me you love to host a good party now and then. I don't do it very often, so when I do I have to make sure it's very nice! Along with making sure all the food is perfect, a great host must bring out the best dinnerware sets possible! CSN stores is the place to go for your casual and everyday, formal and fine, and holiday dinnerware. Their selection and prices can't be beat! And I'm sure your guests will appreciate all the work you'll go through finding the perfect dinnerware for them to eat off of! (Little do they know how easy and quick it is to shop any of the 200+ stores on CSNstores.com)
Please stay tuned for some more of CSN stores goodness!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Kylee is pretty much potty trained during the day. If she's distracted by playing I have to remind her (and occassionally take her kicking and screaming to the bathroom) to go to the potty. But otherwise, she's pretty good about it. She'll even go sometimes by herself without me needing to be in there with her. I'm always very proud when she disappears and I go to find her and she's sitting on the potty.
I still put her in diapers to take a nap and a night. We're not ready for that milestone quite yet. Especially since Kylee still sleeps in a crib. I also am not so brave yet to take her out in public with just her underwear on. I have this fear of her having a huge accident in a place that isn't so easy to clean. I'd hate for her to be the kid that ruins the fun for everyone. But I also hate having to put her in pull ups because she gets that comfort of a diaper and will sometimes get lazy and just pee in it. So I wanted to find something that would contain a tiny accident or minor leaking but not act as a diaper.
Allow me to introduce you to Green Sprouts cloth trainers!
Monday, July 26, 2010
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
I love it.
Sometimes.. I hate it.
When she first started talking it was OH SO DARN CUTE! Every new word she said we would clap, cheer, oooh, and ahhh over. (And still do)
But.. there's one thing I could have lived without her learning..
It's cute to hear her say it. The first time. Even the second time. But after roughly hearing it 7,892 times in a day. My ears hold up the white flag and surrender. Please. Please make it stop.
The phrase "What's that" has gone through many stages during it's first learning.
"Wu za" .. is how it came out first. It was so cute. Especially since it was only being said 2 or 3 times a day.
"Whu zat" .. even cuter! And still not said all that often so I'm still loving hearing it!
"Weez dat" ... HILARIOUS to hear.. but now it's being said about 1200 times a day. Starting to lose the cuteness factor.
Now ladies (and possible gentlemen..) we have...
"WHA IS ZAT?" said almost a good 10,000 times every 2-3 hours.
Heaven help me. She points. Asks. I tell her. She points again like her hearing went out and she didn't receive the message of what said thing was. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. And don't you DARE pretend you didn't hear her because she only gets louder and more in your face.
And suddenly things she's pretty much always known what are have lost their name in her mind. Really Kylee.. you don't know who you are? Do I have to tell you that it's "you, Kylee" to 81 pictures in an album? Do I have to tell you that your baby dolls are your baby dolls and your kitty cats are your kitty cats? You know this girl. Why must you torture your mama?
So.. you.. you evil "What's That Stage" I say to you.. GO AWAY! Or at least tone is down a
helluva lot tiny bit. Please?
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Summer days.. it's you I'm talking to!
Where have you gone?
I am refusing to believe that August is less than two weeks away! How is that even possible?
It has been such a hot summer. Skin-melting-hotter-than-hot kind of weather. Our yard has taken such a beating. We've gotten
a shit-ton our fair share of rain and then some. We've had flooding all around us and I swear you combine that and the crazy humid temperatures we've been having and it's no wonder the mosquitos have been out in packs. Tim.. bless his heart.. loves sitting outside at night and having a few cold beers. I do too. But NOT in the summer! I have no desire to become any insects source of a blood transfusion. Get back to me when the temps drop and those damn things leave!
When it's possible to go outside and not melt into a puddle before you get out of the driveway, we have! We've enjoyed time at the pool and splash station, the park, the library party, the lake, a couple of parades and festivals, and going for ice cream! Nothing super adventurous has gone on. But.. I think that's what I've liked about this summer. It has been so relaxing and chill. Exactly what we needed!
So.. while I'm sad to see the summer days go soon... I've got arms wide open to welcome slightly cooler temperatures and bug free zones! I'm not looking forward to the snow and freezing temperatures again. So.. maybe.. Autumn can stick around for a while. A VERY long while...
Hey, a girl can dream, right?!
What has your family been doing this summer??
Oh.. and feel free to enter my Boogie Wipes giveaway. It ends on Sunday. Or something like that.
And I've got a review and giveaway coming up for some awesome cloth trainers! WooT WooT for potty training!!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I'm sure once Kylee is old enough to care she's going to LOVE that I'm telling you guys that she is a ... NOSE PICKER! Yes. My precious, beautiful, intelligent, and funny daughter picks her nose. Mostly it is to get a reaction from someone, but we've also caught her "mining for gold" when she doesn't think anyone is watching. Y-U-C-K. (But I still love her.. booger finger and all...)
SO... when I came across Boogie Wipes I knew they sounded perfect for us. Remove the boogies.. be gentle on the nose. I'm all for that! So what exactly are Boogie Wipes? Glad you asked.
"Boogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Extra soft, alcohol, phthalate and paraben free, Boogie Wipes are available in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol and Simply Unscented. Recommended by pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue."
Monday, July 12, 2010
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July 5, 2010 10:02 PM
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Thanks to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for the Boogie Wipes giveaway!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Yes.. it IS July 10th. Yes.. I am just now getting around to putting up my 4th of July post. Not that I have to explain myself but.. I haven't been able to use my computer for a few days. WHY? Because.. my sister decided that my computer needed a few hellacious trojan viruses. I mean really.. only the cool people have them. I couldn't even get past the Windows welcome screen. How wonderful is that? It's not. It sucked. I contemplated death to my sister a couple of times.. I won't lie. Because, you see, I am a lover of all things photography. BUT.. I'm terrible when it comes to organizing, editing, etc. I'm also horrible when it comes to backing them up. Which means
bajillions thousands of my photographs were in jeopardy of becoming.. "extinct" !! Luckily my aunt knows someone who knows someone.. well anyways, this someone gave my aunt instructions (from Portugal!) on how to fix my computer. And.. VOILA! Here I am again. Anyways...
Then when Kylee woke up we decided to pack it up and head to dinner. After driving around and realizing the two places we really wanted to eat at were closed (*sigh*) we decided to eat at IHOP. I mean really.. if you don't love breakfast for dinner.. I don't know if we can be friends. So we grubbed on pancakes, hash browns, eggs, fruit, etc. and then rolled our bodies home. We sat out in our neighbor's driveway and watched everyone who had come to the top of our circle shoot off fireworks. The highlight of Kylee's night was getting to feed the neighbor's dog a grilled hot dog. She LOVES dogs and she kept saying "nom nom nom" with each bite Body (the dog) took. It was SO cute. Finally about 11:15 she started getting really tired and went straight to bed. It was a really relaxing weekend and I enjoyed all the family time. Getting Kylee back on her sleeping schedule took a couple of days but it was totally worth it! I hope you and your family had a wonderful time celebrating the independence of our country and managed to give thanks to the soldiers who are away from their loved ones fighting for our freedom.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
* It has ports for tunnels to be added on (hello, additional fun!)
* It's colorful and catches the eye of the young and old
Thursday, July 1, 2010
My name is Christina and I am a Monkeysnuggles-aholic. It's been a couple months since my last purchase. (And I've got a craaaaaaving!)
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