An almost break and a BREAK!

March 31, 2010 by  
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I have had lots of things to blog about but I am having trouble with time management still!

Here is a brief update on all the kids:

Last week Jillian fell off a chair and almost broke her nose, I took her to the doctor but it was still intact! Yay but we had a few days with bad swelling and a big bruise. She continues to be a monkey and a talker (today she learned to say alligator). Ethan got the Golden Ticket award at school and he had REALLY wanted it so that was great (he also showed a huge improvement with reading on his report card)! Jamie has been her normal self, either perfect or a handful! She was super good for her first filling at the dentist. Ben is Ben, cute and loud and he currently has a pimple on his nose but we don’t say pimple at 5. Both boys wore their PJs to school today and are excited to go to PJ night once John gets home from work! PJ night kicks off our SPRING BREAK, 11 days straight with no school! I am looking forward to lazy, busy, fun days at home! I’m especially looking forward to it since last week John was in Boston with work and things were crazy here. I have a bunch of reviews to write and I’ve got lots of GREEN ideas for April! I am definitely looking to be greener at home and with the blog!

We went to a great egg hunt where the boys did the sack race a bunch and the girls followed around the Easter Bunny!

Olay Total Effects Body Wash

March 25, 2010 by  
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Olay and My Blog Spark sent me a bottle of Olay Total Effects Body Wash to review and I have been enjoying using it for a few weeks now. I never buy body wash (just Dove sensitive skin soap) but I might become a convert now. I definitely think using the Olay body wash with the bath puff they sent (again not something I normally use) has helped improve my dry skin.  I am also pleased that I don’t need to use a lot of it because it makes a lot of thick silky lather with the puff. I’m not big on fragrance but this one is not strong enough to bother me and kind of nice. In all I am very happy that I was sent this product to try out because its not something I would have thought to buy and I liked it more than I expected to. You can click here for a free sample! (not sure how long the offer is good for, just says while supplies last)

Here is how Olay describes this new product:

Olay’s most advanced body wash, Total Effects goes beyond cleansing to deeply moisturize and fight 7 signs of aging all over your body.

  1. Improves elasticity
  2. Relieves dryness
  3. Deeply moisturizes
  4. Brightens dull skin
  5. Evens skin tone
  6. Smoothes rough skin
  7. Minimizes the appearance of dry lines

For soft, smooth skin in 1 shower, improved elasticity in 1 week, and young-looking, radiant skin in 1 month.

17 months!

March 24, 2010 by  
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Oh boy, maybe I should have sold both of our high chairs at our garage sale Sat! Jillian does not want to sit in the high chair anymore but she still falls off the booster sometimes, what a monkey. Jillian is 17 months old today, crazy! She is such a talker! I had made a list of things she says about 1 1/2 months ago and she has added on a ton of new words (baby, shirt, yes, bite, side (means outside and gets said a lot in combination with the next word), boots, shoes, dirty and please are some that I can think of quickly but she keeps saying new stuff every day so its hard to keep up). She is also trying out sentences and “I want this”, “I want those”, “I want that”, “I want it” and  “I want these” are the most frequent! Here are some important things she is still NOT saying: Ethan, Ben, Jamie and Jillian. I suppose it will happen soon enough.

Ethan this week

March 20, 2010 by  
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2 Ethan things I want to remember from this week:

  • “mom did you know that 2 awkward numbers equal an even number!” I love that he said awkward instead of odd and I’m happy with how he really likes math
  • also he has decided mixing 1/2 chocolate milk and 1/2 white milk is like when you get a twist ice cream “sometimes the chocolate milk takes over but there are still tiny speckles of white”. I’m happy I can “water down” chocolate milk now because Jamie and Ben now want their milk twisted too!
  • oh here is a third thing, he has been super helpful with cleaning up lately and today he did a lot of picking up and sweeping (makes up for drinking syrup off his plate with a straw at IHOP tonight!).

Ethan wouldn’t let me put up his picture from Saint Patrick’s Day with his face painted so this was all I had!

Animusic

March 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Geek Dad, Movies

I’m not sure where we first saw Animusic, but we have the first 2 shows and the kids love it.  Looks like most of the music videos are on Youtube and definitely something fun to show the kids.  They really enjoyed this “marble race” one.

Shamrock St Patrick’s Day shirts

March 19, 2010 by  
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I made these for the girls this year, I first added iron on fabric stuff to the fabrics and then traced hearts on the 2 fabrics, cut them out and ironed them on. Pretty easy although I should have added the anti-fray stuff to the edges because I think they might start to fray after a few washes. Jillian’s is a dress and Jamie’s is the t-shirt. I put green long sleeve shirts under them and I was pretty happy with them.

our blog is positive but not perfect!

March 18, 2010 by  
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Hmm…I thought maybe I should come clean with something: when I take pictures of the kids I always try to angle myself so that the MESS is not in the background and if I do capture some mess I try to crop it out! Oh and I also edit out scratches and boogers and bruises and bits of food on their faces.

This got me thinking. I really don’t like to see those blogs where their life looks perfect and not that I think mine comes off like that but all the same I wonder if I need to include more mess and craziness sometimes (because our life has extra of that to spare)? So here is goes! This is the yuck I found when I pulled out the couches to vacuum:

In great cleaning news, we are having our annual preschool garage sale this Sat and John and I are really going through things and decluttering! I got rid of a ton of stuff at the last one but since then the kids have outgrown more baby stuff and they have agreed to part with a few toys that take up a lot of space but don’t get played with much! When I say “agreed” I mean “I bribed them with a new Lego miners set”!

phrase of the night:

March 16, 2010 by  
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“I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”, “I want these”…..

Jillian is a talker. I need to record these things better. She keeps making sentences lately and then I forget to jot them down. But last night as John and I tried to sort through things to sell at the preschool garage sale on Sat, she was like a broken record! Apparently she wants everything!

Win some Tommee Tippee sippy cups

March 16, 2010 by  
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Tommee Tippee sent Jillian some sippy cups to review and a set to give away! 16 month old Jillian is a breastfed baby and has not been a big fan of drinking from most cups (although she loves to play with them and pretend to drink). I had bought cups that looked easy to wash and had the fewest pieces, but she just doesn’t get anything out of them. She will drink from a regular non-sippy cup if you hold it for her, but she really wants to hold it herself to pour it on the floor. Jillian has definitely done MUCH better with the Tommee Tippee sippy than the other kinds I’ve tried so I’m pleased. She is still not a big drinker, but we’re working on it and these cups are helping!  If you have a baby that is having trouble with sippy cups I’d definitely give these a try.  We have had ZERO leaks with these (not true of the other brands we tried so far)!

Here is how Tommee Tippee describes the valve “unlike other valve systems our active sensor valve is designed by a physicist to be both so sensitive that liquid flows on demand, yet truly spill and leak proof”. That statement is what made me think they’d work for Jillian and they did. They are BPA free and phthalate free. The only thing that bugs me a little is that I don’t always get the handles lined up perfect with the sippy top, BUT this doesn’t bother Jillian and if I don’t over tighten it doesn’t happen (they have models with the same tops but without the handles too). The SRP is only $7.99 for the 2 pack, which is very reasonable to me. Tommee Tippee has a huge assortment of bottles, sippy cups, straw cups and more. There website is very helpful and detailed and it makes selecting the right products for your child very easy.

To win a 2 pack of sippy cups in the green/pink colors:

  • Leave a comment below for one entry.
  • Leave a second comment about another product you like from the Tommee Tippee site and get a second entry.
  • Contest ends March 31st, 2010
  • Open to US mailing addresses only

Book Review – Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

March 15, 2010 by  
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This Christmas one of the presents the boys received from their Aunt, Uncle, and little cousin was Dragon Rider, by Cornelia Funke.  We had never heard of the book, but I added it to our reading pile to start after we finished the second Harry Potter. Well, we just finished Dragon Rider last night and this story is now one of my favorites.

The story is one which will appeal to kids big and small.  A hidden group of dragons learns that humans are coming and they will be discovered.  Only one of them is brave enough to leave their hiding place and search for their ancestral home. He brings along his faithful brownie and along the way befriends a human boy who becomes his Dragon Rider.  The story is filled with numerous creatures and adventures and every night the boys would chorus the same thing: “ONE more chapter dad, PLEASE!”

The book is very long, which in this case is a good thing.  We had a blast reading it and I frequently gave them their “one more chapter” because I, too, was dying to find out what happened next.  There is a wonderful blend of adventure, fantasy, friendship, and humor.  As soon as I finished the book last night Ben immediately asked if we could read it again.

If you go in search of Dragon Rider, I highly recommend the hard cover version.  The cover art is gorgeous and it contains many sketches which the boys loved studying with me.  The best part is that there is no cover sleeve!  Something I loathe in a children’s book because it always comes off and gets crumpled.

The timing of our read was also unintentionally well planned.  Dreamworks is releasing How To Train Your Dragon later this month and the boys can’t wait to see it.  If your kids become dragon obsessed after seeing the movie, Dragon Rider would be a great book to read with them.  While there is no Dragon Rider movie, there is an audio version on Audible.com read by Brendan Fraser.

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