A Letter to C on His 1st Birthday

My sweet little C turns one this weekend, so I’ve written this letter to him to commemorate the occasion.

Happy 1st Birthday, my C-Monkey!  We are so happy that you’ve come into our lives and filled it with so much love and adventure.

You are very investigative.  When you were very small, you carefully watched everything and everyone around you.  Now, you get into everything!  You always need to inspect everything to figure out what it is, how it works and even how it tastes.

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Pinterest Recipe Round-up

Since my last few days of blog content have been on the serious side, I wanted to lighten it up today with a few of my favorite recipes that I’ve found on Pinterest.  Pinterest is a major time-suck, but it’s a wonderfully mindless site to visit when you’re looking for relaxation and good ideas.  You can follow my boards here.

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Be Gentle

“Be Gentle.”  I say these two words to C countless times throughout the day.  I don’t know why I don’t apply them to myself. I’ve only had three appointments with my therapist, but I feel like we’ve covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time.  At my last appointment, we discussed negative thoughts – how to control them, combat them and make them positive.  I realized that I think pretty awful things.  Things I could never (and would never) say to someone else.

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When Do You Decide To Let Go?

We’ve all had friendships end.  Some end abruptly with an argument, others simply fade.  The ones that fade can be as difficult as the ones that end dramatically.

A couple friendships that I once held dear seem to have faded away.  I don’t know how it happened, and I can’t recall when it started.  I’ve tried to reach out, even when the idea of putting myself out there was terrifying.   I didn’t know what to say or where to start.  A text wasn’t returned.  A Facebook post was ignored.  A birthday gave me the opportunity to leave a voicemail.

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Change the Conversation – Be Enough Me Monday

This post is part of a special Be Enough Me Monday link-up called Change the Conversation, by Just. Be. Enough.  

“The mother with PPD.”

“(Hubster’s) wife.”

“(C)’s mama.”

“A stay-at-home mom.”

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Comfort Food at Its Finest

Sweatpants, Law & Order: SVU, and Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked.  I’ve been wallowing a little lately.

Confession: I really want a second baby.
Problem: It’s probably not the right time for us to have baby deuce.

And that makes me sad.  When I’m sad, I wallow.  And when I wallow, I eat Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked.

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Our Little Inmate

Hubster Dressed C Like an Inmate

Earth Day Cash Giveaway: $500 Prize!

 Earth Day Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the EARTH DAY CASH GIVEAWAY hosted by MamaNYC! I have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you a terrific CASH prize! This event runs from April 20-30, 2012 and is open to residents WORLDWIDE! Keep reading below to find out how to enter this giveaway!

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The Socialpunk Trilogy: Excerpt and Giveaway

Monica Leonelle has released Socialpunk, the first part of her Socialpunk Trilogy.  If you enjoy books like Ender’s Game, Neuromancer or The Hunger Games, then you’d likely enjoy Socialpunk!

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit.  Below is an excerpt from Socialpunk, available via Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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UPrinting Giveaway!

Are you ready for a fun giveaway?  This giveaway is for readers that need to order business cards for the first time, or perhaps update their outdated cards.  With UPrinting’s Business Cards Printing, you can upload a file or even design your own card online with their Easy Design tool.

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Meant To Be

If Hubster and I hadn’t met in college, where would we be now?  It’s a question we were pondering yesterday as we marked five years since we officially started dating.

We decided that neither of us would have broken off our prior relationships, because we wouldn’t have met each other and realized how much we “clicked” with someone else.  I would have been in a terribly mismatched marriage, that would likely have ended very badly.  Hubster would have ended up in an equally loveless marriage.

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Another Day, Another Dollar

It’s the beginning of a new week, which means that I have my coupons clipped, scouted the best deals, and sorted lists and coupons by store!

Ready, Set, Save!

I’m so glad that I’m able to contribute to our finances with couponing.  Standing at the checkout and watching my total come down with the scanning of each coupon is an awesome high.  It’s like a game to see what I can get for $1 or less each week. :)

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Attention Bloggers: Earth Day Cash Giveaway Opportunity!

Earth Day Cash Giveaway

MamaNYC is hosting another HUGE Cash Giveaway Event


…. and I’m participating!

Earth Day Cash Giveaway ♦ April 20-30, 2012


  • The ‘EARTH DAY CASH GIVEAWAY will launch on Friday, April 20th (12:01AM) EST and end on Monday, April 30th (11:59PM) EST.
  • This event will feature over 100+ bloggers and serve as an excellent tool to help build your followers and readership!
  • We will be giving away over$500+ in PayPal Cash!
  • Each participant will be required to pay a minimum $5.00 in order to participate in this event. This fee will be used towards the prize [only].
  • You may increase your followings and pay an additional $5.00 each.
  • You decide on how entrants will follow/like your blog! Facebook, Twitter, Google+ Plus, RSS, Email subscription, Networked Blogs, GFC, Pinterest – it is up to you!
  • Sign up’s will run from Friday, March 9th until Tuesday, April 17th! 
  • Be sure to say Little Mama Jama referred you!

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On Living Far Away

Sometimes it makes me sad that we live far away from our family and close friends.  I wish that we could just jump in the car and attend every birthday party, life event, holiday or random get-together.  We thought a six-hour drive was difficult when we moved here…but then we had C, and it is exponentially more difficult.  There is so much stuff to pack and plan for, and the drive is so much longer with him.  He hates being confined to his carseat, forcing us to make numerous stops and endure his loud protests.  PPD and 6-7+ hours in a car with an angry baby do NOT mix.

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Let’s Talk About Baby Care Tasks That We Hate

Since we all know that not all aspects of life with a baby are filled with sunshine, rainbows and glitter…

Let’s talk about the tasks we can’t stand, but have no choice in doing.  I can handle poop.  It’s smelly, it’s messy, but in the end it’s just human waste and we all produce it.  I can deal with urine.  I’ve been peed on several times by my son.  Whatever – urine is sterile.  Baby vomit has an extremely unpleasant smell and although makes my own stomach turn, cleaning it up is still not what I consider the worst task in baby care.

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Kids Consignment Sales

I noticed on Facebook last night that there was going to be a kids consignment sale at our local event center this weekend.  We decided to check it out and I’m so glad that we did!  We found a crib mattress for C for only $25!  Once we move, we’re going to have him sleep in a crib instead of the pack ‘n’ play.  Now we don’t need to pay retail for a mattress!  I also found some sleepers for him, all under $3, a $3 board book and a $5 Melissa & Doug puzzle.

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The Inspirational Story of Caine’s Arcade

If you haven’t seen “Caine’s Arcade” on Youtube, it’s an inspirational story of a 9-year-old boy’s imagination coming to life.  The 10-minute film is such an uplifting story about people coming together and to make a boy’s dream come true.  It gave me goosebumps, especially after I heard on the Today Show this morning that $100,000 has already been raised for Caine’s scholarship fund!  What an awesome little boy.

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Black Friday Shopping Prank

This is one of Hubster’s and my favorite videos.  Hope it will make you laugh! :)

Living Room By Day, Bedroom By Night

Well, we did it!  We moved our bed into the living room so that C could have his own bedroom.  We have so much more floor space now, and we have been sleeping wonderfully.  Wonderfully!

Please excuse the piles of laundry. There's always laundry in some stage of completion at Chateau de Novotny.

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We’re moving in two-ish months to a new state.  A lot has changed about our life since we first moved here two years ago.  Instead of getting my graduate degree, I became a mother who works at home.  We have a rapidly growing, wild, delightful little boy who enjoys exploring our apartment.  We’ve really outgrown this one-bedroom space.  Honestly, there’s quite a bit of stuff that we have in this apartment that we really won’t use anymore in this new chapter of our lives.

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My Baby is So B.A.

Here’s C with with a faux-hawk.  He’s such a badass baby.  ;)

Mentally Checking Out

In less than a month, Hubster will graduate and shortly after that, his graduate assistantship will come to an end and we will need to move out of our campus apartment.  We don’t know exactly when we’re moving yet; mostly because we don’t know where we’re headed next.  Yet, I think I’ve already begun to mentally check out of this place.

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C Jams in the Kitchen

When Hubster Feeds C

I often overhear funny shenanigans between Hubster and C when I’m in the bathroom getting ready for the day.  This morning, I asked Hubster to feed C while I put my makeup on.  After the typical sounds of getting C’s yogurt ready and putting him in his chair, I overhear this:

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Look Who’s Standing!

Mr. C has become even more of a “busy body” as he practices his new skills.  He loves to stand, climb, cruise along furniture, pull himself up on anything, then go back to the floor – up, down, up, down…

Here he is standing in bed after his nap!

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Oh No, It’s April!

My baby boy turns one at the end of this month.  It can’t be!  Where did the time go?  What happened to my sweet, tiny infant who slept perfectly in my arms?

This past year with him went by far too quickly.  During his first colicky two months, I sometimes begged God to make the time pass more quickly so that difficult phase would end.  During his third through fifth months, he refused to nap anywhere but in our arms.  I spent so many hours confined to our rocking chair.  I often prayed that C would just get over it and sleep alone so that I could take a bathroom break.

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What Would You Have Done With the Mega Millions Jackpot?

$640 million.  Can you even fathom that kind of money?  Were you one of the people that rushed to the gas station to purchase a ticket for the Mega Millions jackpot this week?  We didn’t buy one, but that was only because we forgot!  Hubster and I usually play the lottery when the jackpot gets big, because it doesn’t hurt to dream, right?

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