Monday, November 11, 2013

My...Oh My

Calvin has learned to say "What's that" in the past week or so and he's saying it more and more while pointing at stuff. Tonight we had a "What's that" session of the kitchen as he sat on my hip. He wants to be up high so he can see what we see. I had been toiling around the kitchen all afternoon prepping dinner and baking brownies so I left my step stool out. Calvin thought that step stool was put there just for him! He could stand there and watch everything I was doing for dinner and how our food is made.

Aside from the dinner in process, Calvin was really stuck on seeing his dirty bowls and sippy cups in his side of the sink. I explained several times that those are dirty and after you eat or drink from it this is where it goes and mommy has to wash them so you can use it again. After everything was in the oven and underway I got Calvin off the stool and sat down to the laptop to do some household budgeting. After a few minutes I kept hearing; bang, clang, clank...bang, clang, clank.....bang, clang, clank. As focused as I was my curiosity and worry got to me so I walked around the bar to see what the noise was.

This is what I was met with...........

I have NO IDEA how he got from that ladder into the sink but he was serious about "washing" those dishes! Total EPIC moment!!! He even took all the dishes from the other side of the sink and was "washing" those too! Then he threw a fit as I lifted him out of the sink and walked him strait to the tub.  

I realize how dangerous this could have been with him doing that kind of climbing; he did get a talk in the tub about how that's not exactly how dishes are washed and he can help next time mommy does them. However,  it shows he is learning and paying attention and hopefully it means he appreciates all the housework mommy does!

xoxo & baby giggles

DIY crafts and Internet cooking

We've all seen our friends share those "easy crafts" and scrumptious suppers shared on Facebook. They tout headings like "only 4 ingredients and only 20 mins in the oven!". I was suckered in by a few of those recipes and here was the outcome.


Scramble eggs with a mixer (for smooth beating) and either season or pour over veggies. One egg per muffin cup. Bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Healthy breakfast!

Here's the real life "egg muffin". No veggies as I had none on hand but was only seasoned egg. Not so pretty and symmetrical. No idea how these eggs got so out of control! We ate them but I never made this again. Even though the herbs were blended with the mixer it's like they floated to the top during baking. Just weird. 

With the holidays coming up I've seen the Salt Dough DIY hand/foot print ornament recipe. Sentimental and inexpensive when you're living on a budget to give as gifts to family. Here is the super easy internet version...

.....and here is ours. Ours are not painted or technically complete yet but you can tell that they are a world of difference. Lol, seriously I'm not trying to discourage anyone from trying anything but have an open mind and be realistic. You never know if you don't at least try! 

Happy DIY'ing!!!!

xoxox and baby giggles

Sunday, November 10, 2013

When did Parenting Come with So Many Labels?

This wasn't really intended to be a "part 2" per say to the post of No More Mommy Wars but I suppose the topics go hand in hand.

I grew up in a very old fashioned home with older parents. My mom was forty and my daddy was fifty-six when I was born in 1983. It was a bit of a time wrap from how we did things and how other families did things. The Jones's may have done things one way and we have done them another but our parents were just parents at the end of the day.

Fast forward to January 2012 when I found out the Little Monster was nesting in the lair and my research began. About having the best pregnancy, the best birthing plan, all the current parenting trends. I was researching everything you could think of. Between my pre-existing conditions and Hyperemesis Gravidarum, the best pregnancy went out the window. Turning my focus to parenting methods I was overwhelmed with all the info and the criss cross bashing and bad mouthing between the populations who practiced each.

Can not forget to mention all the sub categories which in my opinion are just made up and have only gained ground because of the internet. Like "organic family", "breastfeeding family/mom" or "non-vaxing family". One decision in parenting doesn't make it an entire philosophy, but I have come to realize parents who choose not to vaccinate tend to follow a certain type of lifestyle that is mostly absent of modern medicine.

Regardless, why all the labels? What happened to everyone just being parents and making different decisions? Why do we have to be in one category or another? Why not just say "oh, we do things as natural as possible in our home and not vaccinating is what we feel is best" instead of "we ARE anti-vax in our house". That gives off a tone of superiority and I believe that is what turns most people off including myself.

We all just want to do the best job at being our kids parents as possible and we may see things differently or find different ways of doing things. My way doesn't make me better than you and your way doesn't make you better than me. Can we just be friends and respect each others choices?

xoxo and baby giggles

DISCLAIMER:  I am by no means cornering or picking on families who choose not to vaccinate. I just needed something to make a point. I could have used anything; organic only, baby wearing, breastfeeding ect...not an attack by any means.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Zulily Review

Zulily is another online shopping site that offer more than just clothes. You can also purchase accessories, toys and other playtime things. The difference with Zulily is that the merchandise is not their own brand. They are like an outlet mall offering products from various retailers for discounted rates. Quantities are limited, there may only be only a few items in each size.

Once you make selections and purchase, you wait. Wait, and wait and wait. Once your order, they then wait for the rest of that item to sell out and they wait for the bulk order to arrive from the retailer. Then your order is packaged and on it's way to you.

I used Zulily once and waited almost six weeks for one t-shirt to arrive. I wasn't completely crazy about the process. However, I have a lot of friends who use Zulily and love it.  I suppose if you are planning way in advance it's a great process. I'll say that the concept is a good idea, it's just how long they take to complete the whole process is a bummer for me.

It's ify if I will use the website again. I personally just don't like to wait more than a week. When I see something I want and I make that order, I'm excited about getting it. Whatever "it" may be, I'm in suspense until it's in my hands.

Here is Calvin in his Nautica Zulily steal.

xoxo and baby giggles

Friday, November 8, 2013

No More Mommy Wars

The term "mommy wars" has been floating around for several years, at least that I know of. It really came to my attention in 2012 when I was pregnant. I had no idea just how big of a deal or how serious *some* women took breastfeeding, cloth diapering, vaccines and other various parenting choices.

Summer of 2012 when I was in my third trimester the memorable Life magazine cover of "Are you Mom Enough" which featured a cover photo of a sorority looking girl with her boob flopped over a tank top and breastfeeding her three year old son.

Boy was I blown away with this message and what I was supposed to do once this Little Monster got here. Attachment Parenting...huh?? The woman featured in this photo was interviewed on the Today Show shortly after the release of the Time issue and made the subtle claim that she had no control over the photo on the cover and just wanted to get the dialog going.

At the time I was on a lot of pregnancy, infant and parenting pages on social media and people either applauded and supported this cover or hated it. There was no "dialog" going about attachment parenting but there was sure a lot of cyber bulling that reeked of sanctimoniousness. Over time I weeded those pages out of my feeds not to mention a few friends who just did not know when to stop. 

Now that I've been at this mommy thing for fourteen months, when I look back at all the obnoxiousness or when I do run across some online argument turn nasty I think who are these people and do they act like this in real life? Come to think of it, I've never gone to any park where there was a "mommy war" under way with mommies catapulting rocks and dirty diapers at each other. That raises the question of just what are mommy wars and what is keeping it going? I'm not looking for the generic answer of "mommy wars are moms who are on opposite ends of the parenting spectrum". Think about the word "war" and what that usually indicates; combat, rumor spreading or verbal attack, egging houses, other random violence. I can't recall hearing any news story about a moms being arrested after pulling each other's hair out in a yoga studio because one wouldn't listen to the other's baby wearing philosophies. The only thing from the war list I have ever seen demonstrated is verbal attack and where is that happening 90% of the time? You got it, online groups/clubs and social media. 

I think of women who are doing the war raising so to speak as people from the MTV show Catfish. Their lives are so bland, boring or unfulfilled that they tout themselves as some sort of expert putting others down who haven't and need to "research". In real life they are just desperate for attention they will take it from any outlet they can. 

"Do your research" they say and you'll know why "we cloth diaper in this house and you'll find there is nothing better". Then there is someone who feels they must crusade against this slander and then it starts. Around and around and around they go; posting links and quoting doctors. Your classic mommy war. There might be people in real life who try to shove their ways down your throat but in real life you say no thank you and/or walk away. Just don't engage this online silliness with strangers who need to feel fulfilled in some way. It's pouring gas on a fire. 

You can save yourself from the wasted time and energy by just leaving the group or unlike a page or never join them if you haven't signed up for any yet.  Try a few if you must but never feel obligated to remain someone's friend or worry what these strangers will think if you leave the group if things start getting out of hand. 

I'm not here to bash any choice. You want to breastfeed for four years, do it. You'd prefer to formula feed, do it. You want to cloth diaper, do it. You prefer Huggies, ok. You love Moby wraps, alright. You'd rather stick with a stroller, no problem. You want to co-sleep until whenever, whatever works for your house. 

Since when did our personal preferences and methods become everyone else's business? 
Stop the mommy wars.....stop engaging. If there is no one engaging then there will be no one to war with.

xoxo and baby giggles

Thursday, November 7, 2013

FabKids Review

So you may have heard of a website over the last few years called "JustFab" ( that selects shoes according to your preferences and style and includes shipping for a monthly membership fee of $39.95. I heard of it several years ago but never used it.

I believe it was our last Citrus Lane box we got a free trial for FabKids, which is the new kid clothing division. They market their styles to be "fashion that is play ready". I'll try most anything on a hassle free trial and we would get a free outfit out of it; so signed up I did.

Just like any other store there will be garments and designs you like and don't like. We got the free outfit plus two months of membership which means one outfit per month (total of 3 outfits). The sizes start at XXS and run through XL. The outfits are a little big on Calvin since the XXS fits like a 2T or 3T. The shirts aren't so baggy but the pants he's got a little bit of growing to do. One outfit he could luckily wear with a little bit of tucking and rolling up, I was glad since it's my favorite outfit.

Best sweater EVER made!!! I couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks FabKids!!

Overall, I would continue a membership once Calvin got a little bit older and can actually wear the sizes they offer. The one thing I didn't care for was not being able to go back and redo your profile to get different monthly "picks". That would be the only thing I  would suggest they change and I would agree with the "play ready" part. The clothes are very functionable and flexible. 

Cool website!

xoxo and baby giggles.....