Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mobile Blogging

So due to unforeseen circumstances I will be trying my hand at mobile blogging. Why u ask? No internet at the house currently, but I still seem to get a decent connection without my fast wifi....

Hopefully everything will work out right. Still waiting on the lights to review, they should be here hopefully by the end of this of week or early next week. Then I have a yummy new product on it's way to review & offer a giveaway as well. So these products will be my first crack at mobile blogging

Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Finally Working Again.....

I am finally working again....YAY!!!!! I have 2 jobs actually. Working part time at Lenscrafters, and part time for H&H Cleaning, where I clean one of the local Wells Fargo banks in my area. I am enjoying both jobs. The bank job (hehe, I said bank job...OOO) is 6 days a week with Sunday off. I can go anytime to clean after 6pm, just have to be out 11pm. It's really easy...A monkey could do it, LOL. I really enjoy Lenscrafters. I was excited to get that job. I am not only just looking for a job, but finally get a career under my belt. And bank cleaning is not my career, that is just easy money. But Lenscrafters, I can easily turn into a career.

First off, if I was a licensed Optician, I would be getting better pay. And considering I wear glasses/contacts, and almost my entire family wears glasses or contacts...Why not. I love the new styles of glasses.

I definitely have some upcoming posts for everyone. Some are hilarious and some are serious. I am still running my Prenatal Giveaway, if you haven't entered yet, do so, by going here. There are still 11 days to enter!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Upcoming Things...

Things here have been stressful, but no need to bother anyone with my boring life details. I do have an upcoming review of String Lights I will be be doing once they arrive. Also will be doing a review of a new Cloth Diapering product as well, again once I receive the products and try them out, I will put up the reviews. I am still doing my Prenatal Giveaway, Link here

You do not need to be pregnant to enter the giveaway, I will never restrict my giveaways to types of people, Now if I have to restrict it to US or Canada it will say so in the post. But back to the Prenatal giveaway, again you could be Trying to Conceive or have a friend who is pregnant or Trying to Conceive. Remember taking prenatals while Trying to Conceive helps aid in the conceiving process as you are actively readying your body to carry a successful pregnancy.

And I definitely have an update to do about my job situation; But I want to save that for another post.

Now off to get the kids off to bed, get some cleaning done, and then back to the computer for some me time...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Bedtime Stories

Do you have specific bedtimes you read to your little ones at night?? We have 3 read to our smallest; Goodnight Moon, Love you Forever, and Spot goes to the park. Those are his 3 favorites. Although he loves the Dr Suess books, they are long to read for bedtime.

Goodnight Moon was written by Margaret Wise Brown, an american's children's book. It is a highly acclaimed children's bedtime story. It is about a child saying goodnight to everything (as written by Wikipedia).

"In the Great green room, there was a telephone, a red balloon and a picture of The cow jumping over the moon....You know the story. I have been reading Andrew this story since he was about 3 months old. It has became a huge favorite of his to read at bedtime. If he wakes up in the middle of the night, he will ask for me to read the story to him before i lay him back down in bed. I can read the story without the book, and when he is half asleep is the only time I can get away with reading the story without the book or else he will ask and bed for the book because he loves the pictures.

Goodnight room, Goodnight moon, Goodnight cow jumping over the moon....We got to the point where we handed him the book a year or so ago and let him turn the pages while we read the story. Nathan and I had a system of reading it. He read one page and I the other page, and continued till the story was over.

Goodnight stars, Goodnight air, Goodnight noises everywhere....

Love You Forever was written by Robert Munsch. It tells the story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. I cannot read this book without shedding some type of tears somewhere while reading it (as written by Wikipedia).

A mother held her new baby and very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while she held him, she sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

My mother read this story to me when I was a child. I remember my mother holding the book and reading it to me. And I too remember my mother shedding tears while reading the story me as well. I didn't buy the book for Andrew till he was over a year old. And starting reading it shortly after. It took him awhile to get into the book. He does sit in my lap for bedtime stories. When I read these parts of the stories "very slowly rocked him back and forth, back and forth, back and forth" I do rock him back in forth while I am reading it.

When the son came home that night, he stood for a long time at the top of the stairs. Then he went into the room where his very new baby daughter was sleeping. He picked her up in his arms and very slowly rocked her back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. And while he rocked her he sang: I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, As long as I'm living my baby you'll be.

The last book Andrew asks for his "Spot Goes to the Park" It is written by Eric Hill. It is an small interactive book.

This book actually belongs to a series of books that Eric Hill wrote, that was later turned into a popular children's animated series on television (as written by Wikipedia).

I do not even remember where we got this book. I believe it was a hand me down book from friends, or possibly somewhere else. But Andrew loves the book. It is very short, so it is normally the last book I read, but he begs for me to read it first, but I always save it for the end. It is not a pop up book, but there are parts of it where Andrew can flip up a cover and see something new.

Come, Spot. What are you doing? (under a flap), I'm getting my ball. And drew always points to blue on the ball saying "That is my favorite color mommy, BLUE"

These are Drew's favorite bedtime stories...What are your children's favorite bedtime stories???

Monday, April 2, 2012

Still Searching for work....

So on March 22nd my seasonal employment with Hale Groves ended until November later this year. I was one of the few kept on as long as possible. Wondering what I did there?!?!? Originally, I took from order for Hale Groves, but then I was moved to the Internet department; where I answered incoming emails for Hale Groves, and also was on Live Chat. In the end, I was mostly Live Chat and did some extra marketing work.

I was so sad on my last day, I had to get all my stuff...But my manager said he put my paperwork through to HR, and I was eligible for rehire for the upcoming season, I will be contacted when season started again. Also possibly there will be summer work for me too, so my manager asked if he could keep in touch with me over the summer. YAY!!!! I applied for my unemployment last Monday and I got my determination letter in the mail today, of course I was approved, YAY, that will help out tremendously.

Even before I applied for my unemployment I was filling out job applications, and even more now. I have been on a few interviews, but nothing concrete yet. It has definitely made things hard, but we are getting by. Rent is paid, food in the house, electricity and water are on, kids are happy and that is all that matters. Everyone now a days goes through rough patches with the economy being so bad lately.

Lately Nate has been getting upset with the amount of time I have spent on the internet, but its not like I'm on Facebook or Castleville or my blog ALL day, Mostly I am filling out job applications or searching for jobs to apply too. Plus with his sleeping schedule he has no room to talk, LOL. But he is the only one working in the family and I am busting my booty to find another job. Right now even if I only find part time work, it's better then nothing at this point. He wants me to go back to serving and although I want to as well, I don't know if I really want to go back to serving. I almost want to go back to office work for awhile. I think I need a change of job scenery.

I have a few draft posts I am working on, not ready to publish just yet. I sent in a survey for a review of a child's toy, I hope I get it. Still have to finish my post on Hazing and Bullying, plus my Birdie's Playhouse post....So much to do on the blog, with not a lot of time in the day to do it all in.

One thing I have been thinking of doing, and a general rough day by the hour of how our day around our house goes. It can get quite interesting...

So I am off for now...Going to go work on the blog drafts and check out Craigslist for some more job posting...Toodles for now....

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Perfect Prenatal Giveaway

I am so happy to be doing my 1st ever giveaway. And what makes me even more happy is that it has to do with pregnancy. I am giving 1 lucky winner a bottle of Perfect Prenatal, by New Chapter.

New chapter Prenatal is a whole-food multivitamin; That includes whole-food folate that is specifically formulated to nourish both mother and baby. Taking a daily multivitamin is more like an "insurance policy" that covers the nutritional gaps that are left by a less then optimal diet. Here is direct link for more information on the New Chapter Perfect Prenatal

One thing I do like about this Prenatal while reading over the information I noticed this prenatal can be taken anytime of the day even on an empty stomach. I remember trying to take my prenatals in the morning, and it made my morning sickness worse, tried during lunch and that wasn't any better either. I was only able to take my prenatal right before bed. This can make any momma comfortable about taking their prenatal.

Upon looking over their website their offer all types of supplements for men and women. But also Probiotics, and Therapeutics. Take a look at what New Chapter has to Offer. Also take a look at Best Price Nutrition and see what else they can offer you or a member of your family. You will not be disappointed.

Now on to more about the Giveaway. Again you getting 1 bottle of Perfect Prenatal, By New Chapter. This giveaway is for anyone. You do not have to be pregnant to enter. Remember even if you are Trying to Conceive, starting to take a prenatal daily is recommended my doctors to help in the fertility process. Since this is my 1st giveaway, the entries are low. Good Luck to the winner. Go to the Rafflecopter below to do your entries.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hale Groves

Do you love Oranges??? They are the premier fruit from Florida, my home state. All kinds, Valencia's Navels, Honeybells, you name it, Hale Groves grows it right here in beautiful Indian River County Florida. Not only Oranges, but Grapefruits, and other delectable treats.

Hale Groves was started by Mr. Steve Hale. When he was just a student in college on Spring Break he visited Vero Beach, Florida. He met an elderly man, who showed him his mail order fruit company; Mr. Hale became intrigued. After he graduated college in 1940 with a Mechanical Engineering degree, he was sent off to war, he completed his service in 1946. He then packed his wife and 2 kids up and headed back to Vero Beach, Fl. He started a small fruit stand along Highway US 1, their shed is where they packed the fruit, and their home was their office. Their first customers were just a small list of friends and family. From there the list grew, and they are now the leading company in the fruit industry.

Hale Groves is very unique in their process. When you submit your order, the fruit is still on the tree. Hale Groves does not use cold storage of any kind to store fruit waiting to be purchased and shipped. Everything is fresh from the groves. While you are looking over what you want to purchase, in their groves, the Grove Manager is constantly checking the fruit for the perfect conditions to pick the fruit. If it's not just right, they will not allow any fruit to be picked; They wait till it is just perfect, then they will allow fruit picking to be done, and orders will be filled. That is the #1 reason why the fruit is not shipped at the time the customer requests it. They need to be sure the fruit they are sending out is absolutely perfect!

Not only can you find Oranges and Grapefruits at Hale Groves. But they also sell fruitcakes, Brownies, Key Lime Pies, Florida Stone Crabs, Candies, Honey and Jellies. Everything they have is delicious. I grew up receiving this fruit at Thanksgiving and Christmas time. I always knew there was something good when that Orange box appeared. Now granted I also grew up have an Orange Tree in my backyard; But at the holidays it was nice getting their fruit. I vaguely remember getting pears at Thanksgiving, and Oranges for Christmas.

The fruit doesn't have to be in season to order it, You can order anytime of the year and it will ship when harvested, or you select that perfect date you want to receive it.

Check out the bottom of my blog for a link back and a special code for savings off your 1st order. Or Click here

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Are you a Morning Person?

You would think with 5 kids running around my house that I am morning person....NOPE, I definitely am not a morning person. One of my good friends posted a great link on Facebook the other day and I finally have time to share it with you. I will attach link, but also give my take on these steps.

The article is from Circle of Moms. if you haven't been there yet, Please check it out. The article is called 7 tips for becoming a morning person. Here is the link to the actual article http://www.circleofmoms.com/article/7-tips-become-morning-person-03316

Step 1. Resolve and Stick to a New Wake up Time. Now essentially what they are staying is if you want to start getting up @ 8am, set the alarm for *am, but "Don't hit the Snooze button" If you do, you know you will go back to sleep, and either sleep through the snooze the 2nd and 3rd time around or just completely sleep through and then not wake up till the same ole time you always get up. You body will eventually adjust, but you have to get up.

Step 2. Start your morning with coffee, If your not a coffee drinker, some can start the habit up. I was never a coffee person till my son was born, but I learned quick that it helps wake me up in the morning when he was an early riser. After he turned a year old, he wasn't much of a morning person. So I can sleep in, but with my older kids (stepkids), I do get up early, but my downfall is I crawl back into bed when they get on the bus. It just looks so comfy. If you feel you will never been a coffee drinker, there are other ways to help get you going in the morning. Maybe get a hot shower, or Go for a job in the morning. A great way to get your heart started, then come back to get that hot shower to cool you off.

Step 3. Keep Fatigue at Bay by staying Busy, You have to stay busy; Or fatigue will hit you, and it can over power you, But do not let it. Wake up, get your coffee. Are their dishes that need to be done from the previous night? Did you not get the toys picked up from the previous night either? Those are just 2 things to keep you busy. Maybe start that laundry that never gets started till Noon or later....See I know the wheels are turning in your head thinking of all the things you could get accomplished if you just stuck to getting up earlier in the morning.

Step 4. Play during the day, Not at night. I know it might be easier to sit on the computer and get those things done that you normally do after the kids are in bed, but try doing those in the morning, get them done now. As the day goes on write a list for the things you want to do tomorrow.

Step 5. Try Melatonin. Some do not know, but our body actually produces this naturally. Ever wonder why babies sleep so much. The abundance of Melatonin they have in their system. Our whole life we make it, but as we get older our body doesn't produce as much as when we were born. But they make supplements that contain Melatonin to aid in what our body does not produce, to use us sleep. Actually my parents both take this nightly for as long as I can remember. I also did as well when I was in my teens.

Step 6. Adjust your Schedule Gradually. So instead of changing your bedtime from 1am, to 10pm, do it slow, the first night go to bed at 12:30am, then the nest night maybe 12:15am or 12am. Every night go to bed a little earlier until you reach your goal bed time.

And last but not least Step 7. Take a Multi-Vitamin. Now I actually do not take a multi vitamin, but Nathan does. He takes Centrum Multi-Vitamin, for men under 50. It is also designed to support enegry and help protect against Stress. Which is something he needs. Nathan carries a lot of stress with his job. They promote energy and help us get a good start to the day.

There you have it. 7 tips to become a morning person. The article is a great read, and there are more featured articles on the site that are a great read as well.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Busy Morning...

Wow, We had a busy morning in the house today. Woke up @ 8am to get my older kids on the bus. Then got dressed, woke up little bug and got her dressed for school/daycare. Then woke up monster man to get him dressed and ready for his appointment @ the doctors. Told the little ones to wake daddy up to say goodbye before we headed out.

Stopped by the gas station to get gas, the van was on empty. Sometimes we run it dry. Gas was $3.85 a gallon...Holy Crap!!! Gas is getting expensive. Little bug arrived on time and went on the playground before class started. Then off to the doctors to get monster man in to see his Pediatrician. We arrived right on time. YAY for Mom's super driving, LOL

Had to pay a few co pays. Got him back in the room, he weighs 31.6lbs, WOOHOO, Way to Grow Monster Man!!!! The reason for his visit was last Thursday night he was complaining of an earache, and I'm thinking on here we go again with that, he becomes a horrible bear when he gets an ear infection. Friday it was still bothering him, but his dad said he didn't complain of it hurting all weekend while he was there, but still went to the appointment for the reassurance. She checked him out and thankfully his ears were clear!!! YAY, she checked to see if his 4 year molars were possibly coming in, and sure enough he has some swelling in his gums where his 4 year molars should come in, so that was probably the cause of the pain. She stated it might become more frequent as they come in, but just monitor him, and if I had any questions to call her. She is an awesome doctor!

One appointment down, 1 to go!!!!

My appointment was reassurance that my body had a natural miscarriage and no intervention was needed. Which Nathan and I were positive that is exactly what happened, but I needed that reassurance and had questions, that no matter how much research on the internet I did, i would rather confirm those answers with a medical professional. I peed in my cup to do the pregnancy test. The nurse asked me a series of questions, that included How many pregnancies I have had, including live births, miscarriages and abortions; My last period, when the miscarriage started, etc....The doctor came in, and stated my pregnancy test was negative which was good, he did an exam, also a pap smear, since I was a little overdue for one. She stated my miscarriage was complete, no medical intervention needed. YAY for my body doing it correctly. I asked him if I can ovulate without have my period after a miscarriage and he stated yes, I told him I suspected I ovulated a few days ago, he replied with my cervix looks as ovulation possibly occurred. He said if my period doesn't show within 2 weeks take a test, if it is positive go ahead and call the office and they will schedule an appointment for me to see their new OB/GYN, she is new and wonderful. I agreed. He stated we can start trying again when we feel comfortable. We were not actively trying, but not necessarily preventing, just going with the flow. He told me to continue to take mt prenatal.

I was happy with the appointment. And now we are going with the flow for a few months...

Promotion for Hubby?!?!?!

So if you all didn't know my husband is in the MIT (Manager in Training) program at his job. He works as a cook at Travel Centers of America. He has been working there since August 2011. He loves it. It is a very low pressure job compared to working as a cook at Cracker Barrel where we met. Shortly after he started working at the TA, their General Manager moved on to bigger and better things and they brought in a new manager, who he got along with quite well. By October, I believe it was, he was put into the MIT program.

I wont go into the stupid problems he has endured over the past 2 months, because it's petty crap that should have never been started to begin with.

Country Pride is the restaurant he works at. Its not bad food, lol. Its mainly buffet with other items cooked to order. He started off being the 4pm to midnight cook. But since being in the MIT program, and bringing on one of his good friends from Cracker Barrel. He isn't the 4-12 cook, but does some Manager shifts and 1 overnight shift from 12am-8am. It's the one shift I hate! Granted it is only one night a week, but still, I have issues with sleeping when he isn't here.

There were talks of several places we could go if accepted a Manager position with Travel Centers of America. The one I absolutely detested was Rawlins, Wyoming. 1st off, if anyone from there reads this, it has nothing to do with your city nor your state; It's just we have 2 little ones in our family, and I know that Nathan could not be that far away from little Jenessa, and I don't want to take Andrew that far away from his birth dad. As he does see him every other weekend. Other places were Alabama, Georgia, Texas, etc...Those are just to name a few. But in reality i would rather stay in Florida while our youngest are little and not in school yet. But in my heart, I know I need a change, emotionally I need that change. And the change would be good for our family too. I have never lived outside of Florida and I think my body is telling me that I need that change.

So last week He got a call from his General Manager, it was his day off and he asked him to come in that he needed to talk to him. And I hate when they do that because he always ends up getting stuck there. It drives me bonkers!!!! So we went down there. Andrew and I waited in the car. He was not happy about that, as he wanted to go into daddy's work. He came back out within 20 minutes or so. I asked him what happened, and he said I will fill you in when we pull out. I was thinking something bad if he would not tell me right away. As we left, he said 1st off I have to go into work. We are going home, I'm changing and take me back, I don't want to leave you without the van today in case you need to work too. I was pretty much on an on call basis with my job as it was seasonal work. He then said I have an interview with Nick the District Manager tomorrow about a Kitchen Manager in another store in Ocala, Florida. Which I was over the moon about because he knew I did not want to leave Florida.

One thing we did not realize after he interviewed was that the job was not with Travel Centers of America and Country Pride, but it was actually for their sister company Petro Travel Center, and the restaurant is Iron Skillet. And with what research I have done; it seems Iron Skillet is just like Country Pride, but a little bigger with a bigger buffet, offering more items.

And Nate learned that the job isn't in Ocala, Florida; but actually in Carnesville, Georgia. If he accepted the job, he would be going to Ocala for his training, then going to Carnesville for the job. Which is fine. Georgia boarders Florida, and we would be close to my parents, but after researching we found out that we would the just able the same distance from parents as we are now, just the opposite direction. Which is still fine. I was more happy with the thought of going to Ocala, because it would put us an hour away from them.

We should know sometime this week if he is offered the position. Everyone cross their fingers!!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Something New...

So one of the reasons why i started this blog is to be able to make some extra cash, or heck even make money full time, but some extra cash would be nice. I would love to get into starting to do reviews and giveaways, but I'm not really sure how to get started. I'm not having much luck researching on the internet either, and its rare that I don't find what I'm looking for on the internet. One thing I have always been good at is researching. I will search till I find exactly what I'm looking for, but lately trying to find out how to start doing reviews and giveaways is leading me to a brick wall...Not very happy about it. And of course the other thing reason why I started this blog was for my family. We have a busy life, and although I might not always get on here, I still post about the major things that have occurred in our life. So with that said, yes I have some updates to post about. Which they will be following the next few days.... And if anyone who stumbles upon my blog knows how I might be able to get started with reviews and giveaways, leave me a comment please :)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Never got to say goodbye...

It's been really hard for me to write this post. Nobody ever wants to say goodbye to someone they never had chance to say hello too.

On March 9th, 2012, Nathan and I got the news we had been waiting for awhile. That we were pregnant! We were both shocked that we did it; but again we were so happy. I calculated my estimated due date to be around November 14th, 2012. A Thanksgiving baby! We were so delighted. So that put me early in my pregnancy, around 4 weeks.

So that was why I had a horrible stomach ache all day that would not go away! I ate 9 slices of pizza for dinner and the stomach ache got a little better, but not much. We laughed in bed that night as Nathan had to work overnights it was a Friday. And we laughed as we were in Walmart earlier that day and was actually going to pick out 2 outfits for our future child not knowing I was actually pregnant. But we decided to wait. Nathan wanted this baby to be a surprise, and that is hard for me, as I really want to know the sex, but I struck strong. But then he put the outfits back and said we will find out the sex, its too hard not knowing.

Later that night is when we found out I was pregnant. The test line was light pink, but a line is a line. We were overjoyed from then on. I had light cramps off and on, but that is normal, as my body was getting used to someone else being in there. But the weekend went on. Andrew was at his dad's house as he is only 3 he doesn't really understand much. But I could not wait till he got home to tell him that I had a baby in my belly.

By Sunday night Andrew was home from his dad's house, and I was so excited to tell him. He was happy, and said I can't see the baby, and I told him he could't see the baby till November when he or she was ready to come out of mommy's belly. Later that night Nathan's older three kids, were picked up by their sister to go visit their mom in Sanford for Spring Break.

Monday morning, I took my other test I had waiting and the test line was still light but still there. Again a line is a line. I went to work Monday and had cramping off and on, but again cramping is normal as my body is adjusting to having someone else in there. I walked from my work to Nathan's work as he had the van. He asked me to walk home as his boss needed to have a vehicle in case he needed to go somewhere, I told him I was cramping a bit, and didn't feel comfortable walking home, but oh well. I started on my walk home, and I got to the light and he texted me to come back and get the van as he didn't care what his boss said, and i shouldn't have to walk. I told him I did not want him to get in trouble, but I would go back to get the van. I went home and tried to take a nap, but Andrew was making that impossible. When Nathan was off work, I went to pick him up, and when we got home before bed, I noticed I was spotting light pink. And I remembered from my pregnancy with Andrew that I did spot light pink off and on, and I have a healthy 3 year old now. But something did not feel right. I had a feeling I was losing the baby, but praying that everything was fine.

I woke up Tuesday morning and I was bleeding. It was over, I lost the baby. It was the most heartbreaking thing ever. I was so hurt, that I let my body fail in having a healthy pregnancy. Nathan was numb and silent, couldn't even talk to me. I was scared that he would not want to try again. We were silent to each other for awhile. I felt so angry with God. Why would he let us see those positive tests if he was never going to let us keep the baby. I felt it was unfair and cruel. Nathan told me not to think like that, as he felt like we jumped the gun, by testing so early, my period wasn't due just yet. But I was pregnant. But not anymore.

The cramping was horrible, the bleeding was horrible. I couldn't stand the pain, it felt worse then having my regular period. Although Nathan disagrees; he said he has seen me in more pain when I am having my regular period. We had several long talks and we decided that we would wait awhile before trying again. My body just was not ready to support a pregnancy yet.

I know what happened with the pregnancy and the baby. I had what is called a Chemical Pregnancy. A chemical pregnancy is the clinical term used for a very early miscarriage. In many cases, the positive pregnancy test was achieved before the woman’s period was due but a miscarrige occured before a heartbeat was able to be seen on an ultrasound. (from www.babyhopes.com) It is hard to accept, and I still cry at times. But everyday it does get a little easier.

I have to remind myself what the IUD did to my body as far as preventing pregnancy. Mirena is a soft, flexible IUD that releases small amounts of hormone locally into your uterus. It gives you birth control you can count on—that lasts for as long as you want, for up to 5 years. Mirena is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. You can try to become pregnant as soon as Mirena is removed. Within a year of having Mirena removed, about 8 out of 10 women succeed at becoming pregnant. If you have a pelvic infection, get infections easily or have certain cancers, Mirena is not right for you. Mirena is also proven to reduce heavy periods in women who choose intrauterine contraception. In my honest opinion I will not get it again, it also thins out the lining of your uterus so you cannot support a healthy pregnancy. Although you can get pregnant on the Mirena, if you suspect your pregnant and you have an IUD, you need to see a doctor immediately.

Although we never got to say hello, we never really said goodbye either. I know you are watching over us in Heaven, keeping all of us safe, and one day we will meet again.

Baby Frazier 3/13/12

Friday, February 24, 2012

We got it...

We got our van!!! Definitely not the van I had shown a picture of in a previous blog.

We did go look @ the van I showed a picture of, but after test driving it we noticed there was a small knock in the engine. Definitely a big problem. We cannot buy a vehicle that already had an issue with it. We need a vehicle that is going to be reliable for our family.

Funny story about test driving the Honda was I told Nate we were going to drive by another car lot to see what they had as well. He said fine but pull in so we can look. I was not to keen on stopping to look at other vehicles while on a current test drive, I definitely did LMAO, when we decided to do it. So we did. The sales guy was nice & informative, down to earth, told the facts. He actually asked about the van wed pulled up in. we We told him everything and did LOL as well.
So we took the Honda back. Nate told the guy about the engine, he said ok, Nate said no thanks on the van. The guy handed him his card, & we left & went to the other lot.

After we did our paperwork, got our numbers. Narrowed down to 2 vans, one being an 7 passenger, the other an 8 passenger. We decided on the 7 passenger. We are very happy with our decision.

We bought a 2001 Dodge Caravan. It its blue, & I love it!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

We have a reason to Cloth Diaper...

We finally have a reason to Cloth Diaper...No, I'm not pregnant...yet, lol. I was so happy when i realized we finally had a reason to Cloth Diaper. We have 2 A Mommy's Touch AI2 diapers in our stash for our new baby, but Nathan does not want me using them on Andrew. my reason is they are diapers, and he doesn't wear them anymore, but they do fit him, lol.

Our youngest son is still potty training, he wears pull ups at night, but we ran out 3 days ago, The 1st night he just wore a thicker training pants by Gerber and no accidents. On the 2nd night we did the same trainer because the 1st night we had no accidents, well he had an accident. So i changed him, and my hubby found a swim diaper and i used that. He had another accident, my fault probably because swim diapers are not designed like regular diapers, so i changed him back into another pair of training underwear and hoped for the best, and he remained dry for the rest of the night.

On the 3rd day i woke up and got smart. I went on You Tube and looked up "How to fold a receiving blanket into a cloth diaper and found this video for the "Origami fold" and went with it.

We used this video and folded up all the receiving blankets. I decided there is no use in buying pull ups when I can use these, and get hard core with getting him accident free at night. Its rare that he has accidents at night, and ever more rare when he has more then 1 accident per night.

So on the 3rd night we got him ready for bed in his origami folded receiving blanket with a snappi, and a Gerber Birdseye cloth diaper folded as a lay in insert, a pair of his thicker training underwear, and his pj shorts and sent him off to bed. I made sure i had back ups in case he had an accident. He woke up once and needed to go potty. Then he woke up wet through to his shorts, I changed him into my back up that did not have the Birdseye folded insert, but instead another receiving blanket folded as an insert, he didn't remain fully dry for the rest for the night. He woke up and I changed him, but he wasn't wet through to the receiving blanket on the outside, but just the folded insert. I was so happy and proud of him.

Here are the pictures of what we folded and how it looked.

Here is Andrew all ready for bed in his origami folded receiving blanket with a snappi. The one thing is we do not have any type of water proof cover to use, So i am improvising for now on that, till I can either get something or make something.

And here is the picture of our little stash.

The one on the right is the ready to use with an insert in case of an accident Too bad we are only using them this week till Thursday night, as Drew is going to his dad's for the weekend. I am happy and very proud of myself.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Too Long...I know...Several Awesome Updates!!!

I know I left again. We have been having internet difficulties lately. But now everything is fixed. We gave Comcast the ax, don't even want to go into it. We are happy with U-Verse. I love it. I'm not happy with their channel line up, but it is something I can get used to. My son is definitely not happy that it does not include Sprout TV, which means no more "Super Why" He loves that show, and although at times I feel it can be corny, It is a very good educational show.

Things have been a little stressful here, we are one of the millions of Americans that are still waiting for their tax refund still. We filed on 2/1/12, and at first we were told we would have it by February 21st, then it was changed to February 14th. We on Friday, hubby and I decided we would give it a rest and quit obsessing when it would come cause we know its coming, its just really hard when you need that money. So I made it to Sunday without obsessively checking and the message i received was we should have it by February 23rd. And Hubby said, "So much for their 21 day promise". Its not really a promise from the IRS that we will receive it within 21 days, that is just the normal processing times for the IRS, but I think when they implemented this new pay system, i think it was, everything got screwed up, and i know a lot of my local friends are either getting them a week early or a week late. I really truly hope this money comes before the 24th, but I know i can wait until then.

We know exactly the van we are getting, there's a hint to one thing we are using our tax money for, is finally getting a bigger vehicle!!!! But without any type of money we cannot do much about it. Here is a picture of it. I really hope we can get it

Isn't it beautiful!!! Just perfect for our family size.

In more good news, I finally got my sewing machine, Thank to my wonderful mother!!!! I had originally asked for hers, thinking she didn't use it anymore, but she cannot locate it in the hanger, she decided I did not need her old one, but a brand new one. So she bought me a Singer Heavy Duty 4100 series. I love it. I haven't used one since i was a teen and it was my moms i used. I had no problem threading the bobbin, but I am having problems threading the machine properly, and all the thread is bunching on the bottom. When I told my husband he said I will help you with it on Monday on my day off. So tomorrow he is gonna help me and i can finally get to sewing!!!! YAY for me!!!!

Here is a picture of the Sewing Machine she got me. I am in love with it. After my mom said she was going to buy me one instead of giving me hers, i told her i didnt want anything special, something with plenty of stitch choices, nothing too fancy or expensive. I love her to death, she knew I needed something to last me. My 1st project, is my 1st cloth diaper. Nothing too fancy or special. I dont have all the materials to make it at this exact moment. I still need some hook and loop and FOE, and i want some regular elastic. I like the look of the FOE, but i know it wont work for every type of cloth diaper.

Here is a picture of what i have so far, sorry for the poor quality, they were taken on my phone.

It is made from one of my husbands old huge t-shirts and one of my sons old baby blanket. It has only 3 diaper layers, but i am attaching an internal soaker pad as well. It's ok if I dont every use it daily, but its my first trial diaper, and im proud of myself, and so is hubby.

I know the stitching on the internal soaker isn't correct, but its not done, cause of the thread bunching on the bottom. But it is only my 1st attempt. So i know it wont be perfect. Before i attempt to buy all my fabrics, including PUL, I want to get some good practice. Plus i have tons of things i can use around the house to make diapers, covers, inserts, and cloth wipes. Plus i want to attempt a few wet bags too.

He asked me if i could get a good hang of doing this, could I make them at home and sell them, and i told him absolutely, So we will see how good i can get!!!

Here is some random thought for you all...What would the world be like without us?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lazy Sunday...

It is a very lazy Sunday. Definitely switched up. Normally Nate does not work till Sunday night, but today he went in @ 8am, and gets off work @ 4pm, YAY!!! The King of my Castle will be home tonight! I am very happy!!!! And Jenessa was picked up by her mommy, earlier then normal, against Nate's wishes of course, but she will be back on Friday. So we deal. Drew went to his dad this weekend and will be home around 4-5pm today. I cannot wait, I always miss that booger, when his dad's truck turns the corner and I can't see him anymore. So for now, I am sitting here playing Castleville on Facebook, Listening to iHeartRadio.

I really need to clean up our bedroom, there's a lot of cleaning that needs to be done. Which will all get done eventually today. Dishes, more laundry to be done. There is always laundry and dishes to be done. Then sweeping and mopping.

Well My fluffy mail still has not come, I am sad, I do want my fluffy mail really bad!!! When I checked tracking it said it was in Atlanta on the 27th, which is when it was supposed to be delivered, and then late in the night on the 27th, and all day the 28th, it was in Memphis, REALLY, Why Memphis, that is further north then when it was in Atlanta...GRRR...I knew I hated USPS, and the lovely lady that sent my fluff to me hates USPS, but they can be the cheapest to mail things out.

We had Tara's party yesterday. No real pictures, because we were having way too much fun, I am mad at myself because I never got a picture of her cake. Nothing special, just a homemade funfetti cake mix, with cream cheese icing, and then "Happy 11th Birthday Tara written on it in pink icing, with pink sprinkles, lol. They had pizza for a late lunch/dinner. I have pictures of them playing baseball. Still need to get them uploaded first, and I will post a few soon.

Off to go find something to do, lol....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I Won!!!!!!

I entered a contest for 2 used cloth diapers from Babycenter, and YAY, I won, all I paid for is shipping. I cannot wait to get them in the mail. My 1st fluffy package, too bad I can't even use them yet. Drew is way too big for diapers.

They are 2 diaper from "Mommy's Touch". I had never heard about them till i entered that contest, and I have been doing some hardcore research lately, obviously not in depth enough, lol. I want to take a stab and think I am getting 2 of the "budget Bottom AI2 Diapers" But I will know tomorrow. One needs some stitching repair and that is easy-piesy for me to do.

Here is the picture of the 2 diapers in the ad for them when I entered the contest.

I am ecstatic to get them in the mail, according to USPS tracking it will be here tomorrow, Oh i hope my fluffy mail comes before I have to go to work, cause then my Hubby will get it, and i know him he will open it. And I want to be the 1st to open our fluffy mail!!!

Once I have the diapers, I will do a Mini-Review on them, and do a through review of their website. So for now, I will be sitting here impatiently waiting for my fluffy mail!!!! Did I say impatiently...Ok, just wanted to make sure I said I will be impatiently waiting...

Happy 11th Birthday Tara Alysson

Happy Belated 11th Birthday Tara Alysson!!!! I cannot believe my baby girl is 11!!! Time just flies by. She has grown so much and is maturing so well for her age!!!!

Tara is in 5th grade, she is begging for home-school, and although her dad and I have talked about it, we are probably going to for go homeschooling with her and her twin siblings because they really need that social interaction that they get from going to a brick and mortar school.

Last time I checked her favorite color was purple, but as a pre-teen that could change daily, lol. And she is a hughe Justin Bieber fan, but in her words "Who isn't, Mommy" Umm...Mommy, lol!!!

Her party is Saturday, She wanted both her dad and I there, and that is only going to happen on Saturday. We are doing cake and presents, and having a great day. I might break out the slip n slide if it's good weather!!! Again, Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl!!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Been Forever...

Yes, I know it has been awhile since i have been here. Things have been quite crazy around the house, and i will definitely get here soon to give a full report!!! 1 Major even that has happened is Miss Tara turned 11!!! Happy birthday Tara, she turned 11 on monday the 23rd. Her party is Saturday because she wants both her dad and i there together, which is only going to happen on Saturday.

Again, I have lots of things to tell everyone, and will soon, things are crazy, But when i come back, I vow to not leave for this long ever again, My honor!!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy Heinys Giveaway

Now dont think, "Oh, here she goes again". I have become a little passionate with cloth diapering. If Drew wasnt so far with potty training, I would try them with him. Well I really dont see why I couldnt regardless because if i bought or made Drew a few cloth diapers, I could easily add them to the stash for the new baby, when they are potty training.

This one is for the "Birthday Blessings Bash" Happy Heinys One Size Pocket Diaper #GIVEAWAY {Nature Bumz} Here is the link to check it out for yourself.


The give ends on January 16, 2012!!! There is still 5 days left to enter. The winner gets a Happy Heinys one size pocket diaper in winners choice of color and closure! *subject to items available*

I have checked out Nature Bumz website a few times. They have a great diaper selection, I need to check it out more.

I am working on getting my sewing machine. Not only am I looking into making clothes and other things for the girls, But i am very interested in trying to make cloth diapers, for my stash and if I get good enough even open up my own web store. Who knows, the possibilities are endless.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

You did what....

So the other day my husband said i told T that we were trying to have a baby. I asked him why, cause we didn't we weren't going to tell any of the older kids, cause we didn't want it getting back to his parents, because his mother would flip, she does not want him having another child, but his father says if we want another child there isn't anyone to stop us and its our life, our choice.

I was shocked to say the least. Now she asking a billion questions about where babies come from, how to they grow. So I took her on Baby Center and showed her a few things about pregnancy and babies growing in womens bodies. She was very intrigued and had even more questions, I told her to save them for later, lol, there are plenty of time for questions.

So this bleeding from having my IUD is insane, i wish it would stop. Well it does for a day or two, then starts right back up again. Then goes away, then comes back, its driving me crazy cause i don't know when is the right time to actually START trying to conceive a baby.

I made a new email address today, I can never stick to one, my life is constantly changing and it seems that my email address reflects my life. That was random.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Another Giveaway

As I told you I am researching Cloth Diapering like there is no tomorrow...Here is a giveaway for Econobum!! Again, I am very interested in Econobum, So i am entering another Giveaway, in hopes to build a stash for this little bundle of joy we are planning.

Wish me luck, and there is still time left for you to enter the contest as well...

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Thirsties Duo Diaper Giveaway!!!

Ok, So everyone knows we are TTC, We are very excited!!!! Lately we have been thinking about ways to cut some of the costs with a new baby, he/she will be our last, and Cloth diapering is one thing I have been very interested in for this new bundle.

Nathan wants to start buying things now, even though i am not pregnant yet, but he wants us to be prepared when the baby comes. So I have been plugging away on the computer researching everything I can, and entering contests to win things, and I found one called "GIVEAWAY #13 - Thirsties Duo Diaper w/ Snaps (Ends 1/6/12)" One of my entries is blogging about it. I am very interested in trying all types of cloth diapers to find what will work for us. I know one thing, I am interested in snaps and Velcro over snappis and diaper pins. I would love to win this contest and recieve new cloth diapers to add start/add to my stash for our new baby!!!

Adventures In Fluff

And if your a mommy or a mommy to be, Go enter the contest if you are cloth diapering or wanting to try it with your new little one!! Hurry up the contest ends on 1/6/12!!!