Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today's giveaways

I am well on my way to having Christmas in giveaway land. Here are some that I am working on today:



http://www.giveawaytrain.com/2010/11/holiday-helpers-ergobaby-weather-cover.html  -
This giveaway is especially cool if you're bummed that the weather's getting cooler and are horrified when you feel your babe's legs in the ergo only to find that they're FREEZING!

These ladies are working hard at putting together an awesome Christmas giveaway event. You should go check them out and give them a shout out!

Have fun!

Day 8 - my favorite quote

You'd expect me to come up with something witty and profound for this day, wouldn't you. Quotes are like movies to me - I can never remember them. But of the ones I can remember, this is my favorite:

Semper ubi sub ubi

It's more advice than it is a quote, but very good advice.

My favorite Bible verse is

Always let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love 
for I have put me trust in you.
Show me the way I should go
for to you I lift up my soul.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Day 7 - A picture of me and the person with whom I have been the closest for the longest

This was an easy-peasy day.

This is my seester. She is nine years younger than me, but has been my best friend since I was old enough to appreciate her. I love her.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Another great giveaway

I'm working on rebuilding my fluff stash on a REALLY tight budget and winning giveaways is such a blessing in being able to do this. I stumbled across this giveaway from this super cool blog tonight. You should go check it out!


Day 6 - My favorite book

I love books. Just ask the hubs - he has to lift all the boxes of them every time we move. This would be so much easier if my books weren't in storage in Denver and I could go look at my bookshelf and see them. But since they're all packed away in boxes I shall have to put down yet another lame-o answer. I really like kid's books. There are some I could read over and over again. I don't know why. Maybe it lets my mind take a little break or maybe kid's books have really good messages that adult's books miss sometimes.

I could read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory every day for a year. I love it.
I love reading Llama Llama Red Pajama to Sofia. It makes me smile.
The Madeline books make me long to return to Paris.
I've probably read Charlotte's Web and the entirety of the Little House series 20 times a piece.
I adore Christian action/adventure novels. Bet you didn't know there was such a bizarre genre.
I like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and some of the other girly classics.
I used to read all things Milan Kundera, but I've outgrown my tortured bohemian stage.
I also really like books like 1984, brave new world, and anthem, but again, they were from another phase of my life.
I like the book of James in the Bible.

See you again tomorrow. Think I'll do some reading now.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Christmas "shopping"

As I continue to Christmas shop without an income, I came across this giveaway. I can think of one little niece who would very  much like to have one of these under the tree from her Auntie Stina.


Day 5

Stop asking me my favorites!
Right now my favorite tv show is Fringe. But I always love a good documentary. I was in a documentary on the history channel once - The Doomsday Flu. Perhaps that is what started my love affair with documentaries. Stay tuned for more riveting info about me tomorrow!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Day 3

Another day, another question.
My favorite movie - another very tricky question. I like movies and I like a lot of different movies. I feel like there should be categories.
My favorite classic is probably My Fair Lady
My favorite movie that makes me feel wistful - Chocolat
I'm a sucker for the comic book movies my favorite of which is Elektra
My favorite animated film is Anastasia
My favorite foreign film is Amalie

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Day 2 – your favorite song

This is actually pretty hard for me. I'm not very well in touch with my likes. I think I tend to focus more on my dislikes. Really, I'm just staring at the screen, no idea, listening to children, nephews, daughter all around me. One song that comes to mind is "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" by Jewel, but I'm sure it's not my favorite, just one that I like that I can think of right now. My mind is also consumed by children songs right now, mostly in french - did you know that Alouette is a hunting song about plucking a skylark? I also love me some praise and worship singing. How's that for a long-winded answer.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 1 - a recent picture of me

All About Me... 30 Day Challenge

 I'm hoping this exercise will jump start my blogging. Follow along or play along!



all about me.... 30 day challenge!

Ever wonder who your blogger friends really are?  Wonder no more!  We've put our own spin on the "All About Me in 30 Days" blogging memes floating around to share a little bit of ourselves with our friends. 

This 30 day challenge begins today and ends on December 24th.... if you miss a few days, just play catch up!  No pressure :)  Be sure to grab the button so we know you are participating - post it anywhere on your blog or in each daily post!  Be sure to link up below and join in on the fun!

Day 1 – a recent photo of you

Day 2 – your favorite song

Day 3 – your favorite movie

Day 4 – a photo of you as a child

Day 5 – your favorite television program

Day 6 – your favorite book

Day 7 – a picture of you and the person you have been closest with the longest

Day 8 – your favorite quote

Day 9 – your dream house (description or photo!)

Day 10 – a photo that makes you happy

Day 11 – a photo that makes you angry/sad

Day 12 – something you are OCD about

Day 13 – a description of what's currently in your handbag/purse/diaper bag!

Day 14 – a photo of a person you’d love to trade places with for a day

Day 15 – a photo of yourself and a new friend you met this year

Day 16 – a song that makes you cry

Day 17 – your favorite website

Day 18 – a photo of your favorite memory

Day 19 – a picture of somewhere you’d like to travel

Day 20 – a talent of yours

Day 21 – a hobby of yours

Day 22 – a photo of your wedding/future wedding plans

Day 23 – a photo of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

Day 24 – a recipe

Day 25 – your worst habit

Day 26 – a photo of where you live

Day 27 – a photo of someone you could never imagine your life without

Day 28 – your hopes, dreams, plans for the next 365 days

Day 29 – a picture of something you want to do before you die

Day 30 – it's Christmas Eve! post a photo of what's under your tree this year!

How to Christmas shop with no income

I have been thinking a lot recently about how on earth I'm going to be able to wrap shiny packages for loved ones for Christmas since we have no income. It's kind of a drag especially since it's Sofia's first Christmas. I've even thought about just wrapping up toys that she already has. Then I stumbled across this giveaway. If I won this I would be able to wrap up something for all the someones in my life. It would be so much fun and such a blessing in hard times.


I highly recommend entering for yourself.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Teething Bites!

So our darling, easy-going, delightful daughter has recently turned into a little baby Mr. Hyde. She hasn't really been sleeping well since she turned 4 months old - namely she had been waking up 3-4 times a night, but would go back to sleep immediately upon nursing. Fine. I can deal with that. About 2 weeks ago she upped the ante and started waking 3-5 times, the first being an hour after going to sleep. I thought it would be a good idea to try to rock her back to sleep during these times of waking when I KNOW she's not hungry. WOW! Mistake. Apparently, nursing is the treatment for teething. But I didn't know that until yesterday. I just thought, there's no way I'm going to keep feeding this kid if she's not really hungry. And like any good mother, I worried that soothing her with food would naturally lead to an unhealthy relationship with food later in life. I can be such an idiot. It took me 2 weeks to understand that nursing can be part of teething and can actually help the process. Now, despite the utter sleep deprivation and frustration, when my sweet babe wakes up in the middle of the night, sometimes whimpering, sometimes shrieking, I hold her close , tell her it will be okay, and let that baby nurse until she can sleep again.

She has two bottom teeth now. I thought, "Super, maybe we can get some sleep." Nope, I also learned the dirty secret mamas don't tell you ahead of time. Teething lasts until they have ALL their teeth. She may not sleep until she's 2! So until then, I treasure the groggy, dreamlike nightwakings knowing that they will disappear all to quickly, replaced by first words, first steps, first day at school, first friends, first dates. David put this into perspective yesterday when he said, "Just think. I'll be walking her down the aisle before we know it." Hard to believe. I refuse to blink and I 'll never again wish away another phase. I will, however, nap more!

Friday, November 19, 2010

All I Want For Christmas

I am loving the network of mommy bloggers that I am "getting to know" through finding and entering giveaway. It's about so much more that winning stuff. For me, it's about making connections with other women who are going through or have gone through the mama learning curve. Granted, they don't know me from Eve and they may think I'm a loony toon for thinking so highly of our virtual connection, but I am inspired by reading these mamas' blogs. I hope you are too. Oh and they are hosting a GIANT Christmas giveaway - so check them out NOW!


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rubber Gloves - Check!

So up to this point, cloth diapering the little bug has been a breeze - just as easy as disposable diapers and oh, so much cuter, not to mention affordable, greener, safer, etc. But I've been trying to introduce small amounts of solid foods into her diet because, after all, isn't that what you do when babies turn 6 months old? She loves food! There's no doubt about that. She opens her mouth wide and lunges for the spoon no matter what color food is on it. The kid even ate pureed spinach. Yes, her hippie mama just opens the fridge and looks in for some organic fruit or veggie she can cook, mash, and cram into her kid's mouth!

Today I learned the meaning of the question, "What about all that poop?" As spinach goes in, so it comes out and all over her cutest, softest brand new Fuzzi bunz. So now the question is, "what do I do with all that poop?"I quickly learned the importance of a pair of rubber gloves in the bathroom and I'm considering a second nappy bucket in the bathroom, but foremost, I'm considering the possibility of withholding solid foods until she turns a year old or is potty trained. Okay, maybe not that long, but a year. That's reasonable. And perhaps we could work out an agreement where she lets me know when she's planning on pooping and I can put one of her beater diapers on. You can negotiate with a one-year old, right?

GoGreen Pocket Diaper Giveaway

Those of you who know me, know how I'm loving the cuteness of fluff on my little bug's behind. I love the opportunity to try new diapers out especially if I win them from awesome giveaways like the one from this mama blogger.


Totally worth checking out and entering!