Friday, February 25, 2011

$100 Grocery Gift Card Giveaway on Facebook!

Earlier this week, I reviewed CuteyBaby's latest cloth diaper "It's a Wrap!"  Recently, I received an email from CuteyBaby notifying me that they are currently running a giveaway on their Facebook page for a $100 grocery gift card!

Anyone can enter this giveaway!  Do you eat food?  Do you have one of these stores in your area: Albertsons, Jewel, Acme, Farm Fresh, Savon or Cub Foods?  If you said YES! to both of these questions than you can enter!

Here's what you need to do to enter:

  • Go to Cutey Baby's Facebook Page and "Like" them.
  • Enter their sweepstakes by filling out the form here.

The giveaway ends Monday, February 28th.  So enter NOW!

Good Luck!

I received an email detailing about this giveaway but I was in no way compensated to promote said giveaway.  It is just a great giveaway that I wanted to share.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Our Little Reader

Sitting in her sister's chair, reading her sister's book, wearing her
"little sister" shirt.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review of That's A Wrap! Cloth Diaper

I have been cloth diapering Little C for about 20 months now and love it!  It is such a normal part of our everyday routine that I don't even think of it as being "different."  In fact, when I see a toddler at the library or gym class and their disposable is sticking out, I think to myself, "that's odd, they don't use cloth."

I have always thought that if more people got to see an actual modern cloth diaper (and no, it doesn't require pins and rubber pants) their minds would be opened.  I was excited to then learn that a cloth diaper company was going to begin selling one type of their diapers in select grocery stores.  What a great way to showcase the product and perhaps make people think twice about that disposable diaper they were about to purchase.

That company is Cutey Baby and that particular diaper is That's a Wrap!  I was given the great opportunity to review this diaper and see how it fits and wears on Little C.  When I first received the product, which included the diaper cover, two inserts and a roll of disposable liners, I was impressed with the color and cuteness of the cover.  It is a vibrant pink and white checkerboard pattern with the label "Cutey Baby" sewn on the back of the baby's diaper as seen here:
The front has a velcro enclosure and the inserts sit inside the cover.  The inserts lay securely within the lining of the cover.  This is nice for  those times that the insert is the only thing that is soiled and the cover is still dry.  Then you can simply take out the insert to be washed and put in a new one and reuse the cover.  Here is a view of the front:
Another plus with this type of diaper is the leg gussets.  This helps to keep all that yucky stuff off of your baby's clothes.  It really helps to ensure a tight fit (but not so tight that it leaves marks) in those important areas, as shown here:
Besides the diaper cover and insert, I also received a roll of their disposable liners.  Before trying these I was never a big fan of liners because they would always bunch up and not really do the job for me.  These liners have changed my opinion.  They work well at containing the messes so that all you have to do is dump it in the toilet with the mess and flush.  I have also used them when I need to put diaper rash cream on my child and I don't want the residue to get on my diaper.  Overall, these work great!

The only negative thing I have to say about this diaper concerns the velcro enclosure.  Don't get me wrong, it does it's job in holding the diaper secure around the child.  My problem is when it is time to wash the diaper.  There is nowhere for the velcro to adhere to without it becoming a huge diaper chain with the other diapers in my wash!  I guess you could wash the diaper with it remaining fully fastened as shown above, but I like to have mine open to make sure the water gets to where it needs to in order to fully clean the diaper.

Overall, I definitely recommend this diaper!  It does the job and offers a lot of neat features for an item that you wouldn't normally find at your local grocery store.  I highly encourage you to check them out and perhaps pick some up whenever you at your local Jewel/Albertson stores.  If there is not a store in your area, they are also available on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received this diaper plus disposable liners at no cost, but it in no way shaped or influenced my review.  All opinions are strictly my own and your results may be different upon using this product.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Laugh

A couple of days ago, the girls, as usual, had gone up to Miss M's room after lunch.  They miss each other after M has been at school all morning so I just let them be.  At some point M usually calls for me to get Little C out of her room so that she (M) can have some "alone time."  In other words, M has grown tired of little sister touching her stuff.

Well, on this particular day the girls were playing a little too long with no one calling for me, so I went to check.  When I came upon Miss M's room, I first noticed the door was closed.  Then I opened the door and this is what I saw:

You never know what you are going to find behind closed doors around here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How Much Snow We Got by Miss M

How much snow we got was about 40 feet.  It was a lot of snow!  I went sledding.  You should've seen our front lawn.  It was so so cool to see lots of snow!  I love lots of snow and I made a snow angel too.  When I got inside, C was watching Elmo.  I drank lots of hot chocolate with maybe 5 or 7 marshmallows.  

The snow is starting to melt now at our place.  We got lots of areas that are empty of snow.  That's it.

[Dictated to AEK by Miss M - age 6]
[Editor's note: we did not get 40 feet of snow, but it was a lot!]

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Don't Mind the Girl w/the Screwdriver and the Dick Clark Record.

She's just taking apart a very old computer....

all the while spinning some tunes.

How I love to play in the snow by Miss M

I love to play in the snow because it is so fun!  On the weekend, I spent time with my daddy and go outside and I made snow angels and sometimes I do sledding and sometimes I get hot chocolate!  I also love my baby sister!  She is so cool.  And she loves to go on my bed.

My best friend at school is Brodey.  I like to play with him.  I also like to play with the boys.  At art, I get to free draw after I am done with my art project.  We usually sign things to go to birthday parties.  And I also like to play with my friend Brian and Abby and Beth.  Abby and Beth are twins.  And Skyler and Chase are twins.  

That's it.

[Dictated to AEK by Miss M - age 6]

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Won't You Be Mine?

A Valentine's Day Redux:

We started the morning off right with these "To My 3 Sweethearts" beauties sitting on the kitchen table.
Little C had a bit of a rough morning with a trip to the doctor for a check-up.  With the exception of the screaming and the crying, she is doing great!

Miss M had an awesome morning with her Mom coming to her school and helping out with her class's V-Day Party.  She also got to eat a cookie and juice in school and hand out valentines.  Score!

Besides the fact that the awesome J stayed home from work and took Little C to the doctor and gave us lovely flowers, he also cooked a wonderful favorite meal of Miss M's and mine.  Crab Legs!  With homemade garlic twist rolls.  Yum!  

Once again, I am reminded of how blessed I am to have these amazing people in my life.  I hope you were reminded of your blessings of love as well.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A Journal a Day...

For Christmas I asked for and received the book/journal One Line a Day: A Five year Memory Book.  I have always wanted to keep a journal, but with two little ones it is has always been a good idea but never fulfilled.  Well, last year I saw the One Line a Day book somewhere and thought that this might be something I could handle.  You see, you don't get much space to write...only about 5 small lines or so.  The really cool thing about this journal is that there is space on each page for five years!  The top of a page lists the date and then on the side is spaces for five years.  You fill in the year and your entry.  I think this will be neat way to see how many different things we do on a particular day over the course of five years.

The really neat thing about this is that I feel like I am doing a better job at documenting my children's childhoods than I ever have before.  Both of the girls have "baby books" but only Miss M's is filled up to about 3 years or so.  Little C's book is an utter disgrace.  I was supposed to write in it every month up until she turned a year.  Um, yeah, that didn't happen.  I think I have it filled until she was maybe 5 months.  Sad.  Of course, I could try to go and fill it in but I would really be lying and fudging on things that I honestly do not remember when they happened.  This little book (and did I mention that it is indeed small?!) helps to solve this problem.  I write in it every night before I go to bed.  Sometimes I will write down something funny Miss M said or something new that Little C did but for the most part I just document the events of the day, kinda like my Granny did all those years ago.

I encourage new parents and not so new parents to get one of these books or start one of your own.  You will be providing not just your children a gift for the future but also their children and their children....

I didn't receive anything for writing about this book...just wanted to share a great product!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My 100 Days of School by Miss M

It is the 100 day of school, which was yesterday.  What we did was: have a parade and I got to see all of the other kids posters.  We went to see the first graders and the fifth graders.  Well before the fifth graders, we saw the second and then third and then the fourth grade and then the fifth grade. We didn't get to see the sixth grade because we didn't want to walk that far.  Before I went to do the parade, we made necklaces with painted noodles that we strung on a thread and then we tied it around our necks.  We made the hats by picking out a piece of paper and then I taped it all together and decorated it.  And then Mr. Purdom (our principal) came to read us the book StinkyFace. That is all.

one cool mom and one cool dad <----typed by Miss M

[Dictated to AEK by Miss M (age 6)]

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

100 Days!

Yesterday, Miss M celebrated 100 days of being a kindergartner!
Little C had to get in the action too, of course!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Snow Day(s) and Earaches

Here's our house with about 20" on the ground, not counting numerous snow drifts that made us truly snowed in!  No school for Miss M and no work for J!  Yay!  The only problem was....


Miss M and her ear.  She went to bed on Tuesday with it starting to bug her.  We gave her some ibuprofen (the last of the bottle) and she went to sleep.  She then woke up a couple times during the night complaining that it was really hurting her.  At one point, she told me she needed one of those Sleep Number Beds since her bed was not comfortable for her ear!  We gave her some tylenol which helped.  She rested more during the day and was even able to go for a quick sled ride with her sister.  Overall, a good day!  And we get another Snow Day today!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

In My Granny's Words

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