12.22.2013

Moms Monday Mingle #84!!!! I'm Co-Hosting!!!!

Mom’s Monday Mingle #84


WELCOME! So glad to have you today linking your blogs up with us for Mom's Monday Mingle.




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12.19.2013

What on EARTH Have I Been DOING?!?!?!


Oh my goodness people.  You're probably all wondering where I have been!  What have I been doing in the months since I've written!  I'm sorry!  Maybe what happened is that I took a subconscious hiatus from my blog?.....sorry again.  If you're jonesin' for some information about what's been going on in this stay at home mamas life, you should definitely follow me on my Facebook Page!  I actually manage to get on there every day...you know, with the spare minutes that I have with the craziness that's been going on! 

BUT, I am finally here to tell you everything that I have been up to!!  I promise that I'll try to be better, I've already decided that it should be one of my New Years Resolutions!

Ready for this craziness? 


In October, S and I participated in a Haunted Hayride!  S LOVES Halloween, and started to help plan this haunted hayride months and months ago!  He had always wanted me to be in it with him, but I was hesitant, because, well, Halloween's great and all, but it's not my deal like it is his.  But I went along, and actually had a really good time! 

 
Yup, this is us, covered in fake blood.  Our skit?  Well, S chased me with his chainsaw (he had taken the chain off folks!) and I screamed bloody murder that could be heard all over the entire woods that the hayride was going on it!  It was hysterical!  Until, the engine blew on Ss chainsaw.  Bummer.  Then we spent the rest of the night hiding in the woods and jumping out and screaming at the passengers.  We got a huge kick out of it!  S hit his leg really bad, and was later yelled at by people because he never got stitches (it's really bad people, he bled forever, and the cut is still healing), and at one point I told S to drag me off into the woods.  However I was laying on my belly, and forgot about all of the dry leaves.  My shirt ended up around my neck, and I had "rug burn" from dry leaves and sticks all over my stomach.  That sucked.  THEN because my parents were watching the kiddos for the night, S and I went to a local bar (still covered in fake blood) and played some pool.  It was definitely interesting trying to order a beer while the bartender eyeballed me the whole time.....



Hunting season started!  You all might know that S loves to take Dude out in the woods with him, and one day, it was DUDE who randomly found this while they were out!!  Talk about pretty freaking cool!  Dude was ecstatic! 

 
 
 
Dude finally started Preschool!  This is my handsome 3 year old son on his very first day!  And of course, my beautiful 1 year old daughter who insisted on taking a picture with him!  Dude looooooves preschool with a passion and it's obvious that he's been learning so much!  You know, writing all the letters, following rules, etc etc......and some weird attitude problems that I know he's picked up from the other kids.  *sigh*  That whole thing is going to take some getting used to - him picking up the habits of other kids.
 

 
 
 
What do Princess and I do while Dude's at preschool?  Well, we do a whole lot of this.....
 


 
Princess had insisted that I hold her baby while she ate her breakfast.  She fed the baby some of her eggs, then gave some to the cat....then laughed hysterically about it!  Princess is such a  sweetheart!  She "helps" me do housework, we watch Mickey Mouse, Sesame Street, Sofia the First, Daniel Tiger.....and soap operas.  I know that she misses "Bay-men" wicked bad while he's at school, just like I know that he misses her while he's there, and that's so sweet!  Princess has also started pitching fits about the fact that she doesn't get to stay at school.....looks like we'll be signing her up for preschool pretty soon.....


Halloween finally rolled around!  Of course we all decorated cookies!  Do you think Dude put enough sprinkles his???

 
Dude was Raphael (the Ninja Turtle, not the painter) and Princess was Audrey Hepburn.  However, when I had decided on this particular costume for Princess, I was unaware that her character in Breakfast at Tiffanys was that of a "call girl".  Um.  I wouldn't have put her in that kind of costume on purpose.  But whatever!  She looks wicked cute!  They got so much candy and we all had an awesome time walking around town together.

 
 
 

 There's been a lot of this sweetness:

 
 
And this silliness:


(I walked in to get her one morning, and she was using her sock as a sock puppet!)
 
 
 
 
I spent a really long time getting ready for a craft fair that I participated in to help our local library!  It was the very first craft fair that I've done, and I had a great time, and yes made some money!  I very much look forward to doing it again next year, and maybe having a table at some other craft fairs!
 
 
Dude turned 4.  Enter sobbing mama.  I can't believe my baby boy is 4.  I can't deal, so I'll just leave it at that.  We had a nice, small party for him, he got a ridiculous amount of presents and he was beyond excited about the Cars cake that he had been asking for for.ev.er.

 
 
 
Then, my beautiful baby girl turned 2.  Again I can't deal. Again, a small party, lots of presents.....this, was by far, the best picture of the day!




And ahhhhh Thanksgiving!  Usually, my parents make a huge dinner at their house, but they decided not to this year. So, yes, I made an entire Thanksgiving meal!  Nothing got burned.  No one got sick.  However, I think that the kiddos may have gotten a little bored while waiting for the turkey to get done!

 
 
 
And we are into December! I got to spend an awesome day with my mom and my nana doing a lot of Christmas shopping!  I am currently not working.  S and I are talking about me going back to school in the New Year.  We're also looking into buying a new vehicle and a house in the New Year too!  Next year could be crazier than this year has been!  S and I have officially been married for 4 months! Annnnnnd we have already gotten a lot of snow here!  It's been cold.  Really, really cold.  As in, the trucks sometimes have a hard time starting.  As in, below zero temps.  But, the kiddos love the snow, and they definitely love playing in the snow with their daddy!



I think that's about it.


Yes, we have our tree and our Christmas decorations up.  We finally finished Christmas shopping (and spent wayyyy more money than we had intended to on our babies) and now it doesn't even seem like Christmas is next week!  Maybe it's because we still have to wrap all of those presents....


If, for some reason, you don't hear from me again before Christmas,
then I hope that you and yours have a wonderful, Merry Christmas,
Happy Holidays,
and a great season!  <3


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Fun Friday Blog Hop!!! I'm Co-Hosting!!


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12.15.2013

WICKED AD SALE!!!!






HI LOVELIES!!!!
 
 
Looks like we're all going to be stuck in the house most of the day today!
 
WHY?!
 
Because it is snowing like cray-cray out there!!
 
 
 
In Celebration of the fact that we're going to be shoveling our butts off.......
 
 
I'm having a wicked ad sale!!  Until I don't know when!
 
Use the code
 GETYOURSHOVELS
 at checkout to get 80% OFF OF ALL OF MY AD SPOTS!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 Perfect for right before Christmas (I'm sure you've spent most of your money, just like I have ;)  )!!!
 
I would love to work with you to build your business, your blog, or your Facebook page!!  You can get to my Sponsor page HERE !! 
 
Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! 
And that you're all enjoying this wicked winter weather that we're having! 
Be safe!


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11.27.2013

Sponsor Highlight: Leah and "Red Circle Days"


Leah started as a sponsor of mine in October and I want to let you know, that she has a great book for sale on Amazon called "Red Circle Days" that is all about those special days in your life that have a huge impact.  Such an impact, that you carry them like a tiny calendar in your mind, heart, and soul.

Here is a description of her book:

"There are moments in our lives that are imprinted into our very soul. Moments that don't require a photo album or memory book for us to revisit them time and time again. Some may bring to life the very feelings of sheer happiness they brought the day we experienced them. Others bring the heart wrenching sorrow we spend years trying to erase. These are moments that don't need a reminder or a red circle on a calendar date, our hearts wrapping around them much like the tiny box on a calendar, keeping them contained only to bring them to the surface each year. Red Circle Days is a collection of those moments that I will forever carry with me, thought provoking moments and stories which have left an indelible imprint on my very soul."

 
 
And here is her biography that you can also find on Amazon:


"Leah Vidal is the author of Red Circle Days. Her work appears weekly at www.littlemisswordy.com. Her writing covers a range of topics including current events, health and wellness, parenting and daily tribulations. While she enjoys writing about each of these, she is most at home when adding a personal element to a broad topic by sharing life's little moments...those that plant the thought provoking seed of self discovery. She believes it is these moments that are life's biggest lessons.

Leah's blog has been featured on BlogHer, Freshly Pressed on WordPress and featured on Fitness and Parenting sites.

Leah paused her career in Public Relations to raise her two children and has never looked back, except on the days when it would be nice to have an office to escape to or at least a desk to hide under. Her family currently lives in Puerto Rico, where she is a fitness focused (physical, spiritual and mental health), homeschooling mom of two, and wife of one, who enjoys combing the beach for sea glass, avoiding the kitchen, and making words come to life."



I love reading Leahs blog that you can find on Wordpress here: Little Miss Wordy on Wordpress
She recently wrote a very funny post about the differences between "Workout Barbie" and "Sweaty Barbie"!  It's hysterical and you can check it out here: Gym Observations: Workout Barbie vs. Sweaty Barbie  Seriously check it out!!


You can also find Leah on her blogs Facebook page here: Little Miss Wordy and I would love it if you all headed to her page, gave her a "Like," and told her that I sent you!


Last, but definitely not least, head on over to her Amazon site and check out her book for yourself!  I know it would be a wonderful read for anyone this holiday season, or as a gift!! 
You can find it here: Amazon: Red Circle Days




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11.10.2013

Jingle Bell Jackpot Giveaway!! $150 Cash!! Hosted by Funny Postpartum Lady :D


Dates: 11/10 - 11/25



Tis the Season for shopping! And with shopping comes a hefty toll on our wallets.That is why I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you this great Giveaway. And this Giveaway ends just in time for Black Friday Shopping.
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10.21.2013

Night Terrors Suck.


 
Plain and simple....night terrors just suck.  Big time.

Yes folks, Dude has night terrors.

He doesn't have them too often, but when he does, boy oh boy are they horrible.



Dude has always been a little bit of a hard sleeper.  He wakes up a lot earlier than Princess does, sometimes it's harder for him to fall asleep, and most nights he's tossing and turning and at least once a week he ends up in bed with me and S.

All of those things hold no candle whatsoever to the night terrors that Dude has sometimes.



The first time was absolutely horrible, for all parties involved, and honestly I had no idea what was going on! 



From Kids Health :
A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but with a far more dramatic presentation. Though night terrors can be alarming for parents who witness them, they're not usually cause for concern or a sign of a deeper medical issue.......A night terror is a sleep disruption that seems similar to a nightmare, but with a far more dramatic presentation. Though night terrors can be alarming for parents who witness them, they're not usually cause for concern or a sign of a deeper medical issue.....During a night terror, a child might suddenly sit upright in bed and shout out or scream in distress. The child's breathing and heartbeat might be faster, he or she might sweat, thrash around, and act upset and scared. After a few minutes, or sometimes longer, a child simply calms down and returns to sleep....


Hmm. Great.  That's really, really great.

Like I had said, Dude doesn't have them very often, but when he does, he's screaming, and thrashing, and shaking.....and then I start freaking out.

That's right, I. freak. out.

I can't handle my kid screaming the way that he does, in absolute terror.  This is probably why I am completely unable to comfort him while he's having a night terror.  Dude must be able to sense my freaking out on a subconcious level, and then he freaks out even more?  Who knows?  But I do know that S is the only one who has ever been able to calm down Dude when he's having a night terror.

This makes me feel like crap.

S has to take Dude outside to calm him down.  I can just imagine what our neighbors are thinking when they hear the bloodcurdling screams coming from our front yard at 10 at night.......but the police have never called or shown up, so that's a plus.  The reason that S takes Dude outside?  We think that there is a connection between Dude having night terrors and when he's really hot.  Is this true?  We can't really be sure, but we did notice that Dude had them more often over the summer when it was harder to keep his room cooler.  And last night, we had a fire going in the living room fireplace to warm up the house.....So S takes Dude outside to cool down a little, the whole time talking calmly to Dude and asking him questions about what he can see so that Dude will focus on something and wake up a little bit.

obviously this is an old picture, but it's the same thing that happens now when S is getting Dude to calm down......


But winter is coming.  So last night, S sat with Dude on the couch while I sat there stressing out because I had just seen my son staring at his open closet and screaming like something was coming out of it.

For the longest time, I was afraid that Dudes night terrors had something to do with this Situation, but of course there is now way to know what makes Dude have these night terrors.  He doesn't even remember them after S finally gets him to wake up, nevermind being able to remember them in the morning.

I know that there is really no way to stop the night terrors, but I will be looking into it more! 

Maybe then I can stop freaking out when it happens and we can find some ways to stop them.....?


obviously if you want your kids night terrors to stop, you shouldn't take advantage of these kinds of photo ops.....
 

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10.15.2013

Sponsor Spotlight! Amanda & Long Winter Soap Co.


This post is a long time in the making...

Why?  Not because Amanda has sponsored my blog in the past, but because Amanda has actually supported me for a few years now!

That's right people, I actually know Amanda, and I have watched this awesome woman make her soaps, perfume oils, and lip balms!

Oh, you didn't know that Amanda is the entrepreneur of an amazing company?  You didn't know that she makes these ridiculously fabulous products?

Well you do now!
And you need to check them out at her online shop! 
 

Pumpkin Spice Soap!  Just one of the amazing soaps Amada has for sale!
 
 
"This is an essential oil blend for the bad girls. Or the good girls who fall under questionable influence on Halloween, whichever. It's mostly patchouli (that's the witch part) with a hefty amount of dark smokey vanilla, and a touch of star anise and clove."
I need to try this one!!! 
 
 
Annnnnnd then we have one of Amandas most popular items ever!  It's awesome! 
Yes I have tubes of it!!
"Smells just exactly like real imaginary unicorn farts! Which smell like spearmint and pink cotton candy, everybody knows that."
 
 
 
AND you should also know that when Amanda makes her amazing soaps, she has to let them "cure" for some time before she can actually put them up for sale.  SO sooooon she will also have soaps for sale with lovely names like ""Pink Peppermint", "Coal Miner", "Almond Biscotti", "Campfire", and "Lavender Oatmeal"!!!!  I for one, can NOT wait to get my hands on these soaps!
 

You may also be wondering how Amanda has been helping me out, sponsoring me, supporting me for a few years now?  Well, because we actually lived next to each other for a time, back in 2010.  She would hear me constantly vacuuming, and I would smell amazing smells coming from her side of the wall!  We became friends and I got to watch the mixing, and hear about new scents that she was using, and even try some of the soaps!  Amanda encouraged me to get my own Etsy business up and running and gave me so many ideas and tips on what to do to really get my own business running.



And a little bit about Amanda in her own words!

"Long Winter Soap Co. started in 2007 when my youngest daughter, Lucy, was born with red hair and the skin to go with it. Everything made her break out in a rash, which led me to seriously distrust commercial products and revert to my soaping skills to create a recipe she could touch.

Five years later, it's a full time gig. I get up at 6, make coffee, answer convos, get the kids to school (sometimes on time!), answer more convos, pack orders, make stuff, pack more orders, hit up the post office, make more stuff, pack more orders, make peanut butter and jelly sammies, answer more convos, take a pee break, make more stuff... You get the idea.

How is this stuff made? I think the most interesting is the soap. I use the cold process method, which means I take sodium hydroxide (lye), mix it with a liquid, then mix the lye + liquid with a special blend of vegetable oils. I mix all of that until it thickens, add scent and color and all that fun stuff, then pour it into a big long mold. The soap sets up overnight, then is cut into bars and allowed to sit for 4-6 weeks until it's nice and hard and the pH is nice and chill."



Go and check it all out! You're going to love Amanda and her Long Winter Soap Co.!!!



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