Alcoholic Frozen Pouch Drinks?!

We lived on a dry campus for two years, which apparently is the equivalent to living under a rock.  Some wonderful person in the world discovered the ability to package frozen alcoholic beverages in Capri-Sun-esque pouches.  YUM.

25 Before 25: How Did I Do?

Since I turn 25 today, I thought I’d better look back at my 25 Before 25 list that I wrote in October and see how many things I was able to cross off of my list.  The answer?  Not as many as I’d hoped.  Life just got in the way!  There were a lot of unexpected things that happened between then and now.  There are some things that I’ve been working on, but didn’t feel comfortable crossing off the list quite yet.  I put a side note on others that didn’t work out as I’d hoped.  Oh well!

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Celebrating Summertime Giveaway!

Celebrating Summertime Giveaway Kick your summer off right with the chance to win a  

(1) KINDLE FIRE

OR
(1) $100 CASH
OR
(1) FLOATING PAVE NECKLACE

 THAT’S THREE DIFFERENT PRIZES UP FOR GRABS – THREE {DIFFERENT} WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED!

This great giveaway is brought to you by:  OutnumberedMama  Mom and More  and   Mommy’s Business – Getting It Done  along with these other blogs and websites:  My Little House of Treasures Disney Contests & Sweepstakes MyStyleSpot   Two Classy Chics   Mommies Point of View   Featured Product Reviews   Kid Things  Little Mama Jama   Adventures With My Boys   Social Studies Momma  MS Stole My Brain  There’s a Contest for That   DebrasDollars  Mommy Powers  Please visit all of them to say thanks for this giveaway! 

PRIZES

(1) KINDLE FIRE – Available to US or Canadian Residents ONLY

(1) $100 CASH – Paid Via PayPal, available INTERNATIONALLY

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We Joined a CSA!

My friend, Marisa, introduced me to CSAs (Community-Supported Agriculture).  You can purchase a full share or a half share CSA through a local farm and pick up your share of produce every week for the agreed-upon season.  I thought this was so awesome!  After recently being disappointed by the produce available at chain supermarkets, I thought it was a great way to know exactly where your produce is coming from and support local farming at the same time.

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Gunslinger

Here’s C in his typical gunslinger stance:

25 Before 25: Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

One of my goals on my 25 Before 25 list was to find an excellent homemade macaroni & cheese recipe.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found one that is similar to the Wisconsin Mac & Cheese at Noodles & Company.  Yum!

Go to Pretty Kitten’s Kitchen to get her delicious recipe for Noodles & Co – esque Mac & Cheese!

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Some People Make Me Feel Like a Shitty Mother

You know how people make comments that they don’t really mean anything by, but it makes you feel like the shittiest parent ever?

With living out of state, then having two recent moves and being in a wedding, C has spent time staying with both sets of his grandparents.  When we lived out of state, my parents took C for a week once so that I could have some time to work and rest.

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Hubster’s Tooth-Brushing Song

Our bedtime routine usually involves me giving C a bath and Hubster feeding C his bottle and brushing his teeth.  The other night, Hubster created a toothbrushing song.  It goes like this:

C and his toothbrush are
Going to happy town
Gonna brush those pearly whites
So you don’t need a crown

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The Hooded Frog Monster!

C has a funny habit of laughing and crawling toward you when you say, “I’m gonna get you!”  Hubster decided to switch it up by wearing C’s hooded frog towel.

It only made C laugh harder!

And here’s a little video to enjoy…

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Preparing for the Arrival of a Newborn by Katie Moore {Guest Post}

Katie Moore is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

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We Move Tomorrow!

I’ve been doing a great job of not dwelling on our upcoming move.  Somehow, I’ve managed not to daydream about what our apartment might look like (we haven’t seen it!).  Until now, that is.  We’re going to get our keys tomorrow and I cannot wait!

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The Lasting Effects of Postpartum Depression by Delilah Love {Guest Post}

Hey y’all! You can call me Delilah! I’m the mommy to 5, wife to 1, and warden to a psychotic dog! I’m a
self-confessed socially awkward, southern girl with sass. I share my sometimes-successful attempts at domestication, motherhood, and life in general on my blog, Confessions of a Semi-Domesticated Mama. I’m definitely not the next June Cleaver but my kids are still alive, my house hasn’t been condemned and I still have all my own hair. I’m just a mom- that’s my superpower. Welcome to my Semi-Domesticated Life.  I hope you brought wine.

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Visiting Grandma and Grandpa

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to visit my grandparents before we move again.  It was great seeing them, and we managed to grab C for a quick picture.  It wasn’t easy! I can’t believe this is the first time since C was born that we got a picture together.  Love them!

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Guest Posting at Growing Up Geeky

Melissa, aka Mama G, at Growing Up Geeky was kind enough to invite me to guest post today while she enjoys a much-deserved vacation!  You may view my post here.  Be sure to check out her site. She posts lots of pictures of her super adorable daughter, Carina. :)

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Aeropostale $250 Giveaway!

Welcome to the $250 Summer Wardrobe Giveaway!

Aéropostale is a mall-based, specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories. Aéropostale provides customers with a focused selection of high-quality, active-oriented, fashion and fashion basic merchandise at compelling values. Products can be purchased in-stores and online at Aeropostale.com and ps4u.com.

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C Goes to the Children’s Museum

We had a play date at the Children’s Museum with C’s cousins this week.  It was so much fun!  C loved crawling around and, in true C fashion, he managed to find a few different “doors.”

He also *loved* this truck.  He didn’t want to get out of it!

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Humidity, Curls and Frizz

I live in the Midwest, and summers here can be severely hot and humid.  Midwestern summers are NOT a curly-haired girl’s best friend.

My typical summer hairstyle is a curly mess of a ponytail.

Because the alternative is this:

Image credit: sheknows.ca

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Blogger Opportunity: Celebrate Summer Giveaway

Celebrate Summertime Giveaway!


Join me and OutnumberedMama in hosting a multi-prize giveaway. Depending on the level of participation we will be giving away a Kindle Fire and a cash prize. If there are more people interested, OutnumberedMama will add more prizes. Here’s how it works: $5 per social media link – Facebook Like, Twitter Follow, Google+ add, GFC follow, Pinterest Follow. Your Blog name (with link) will also be listed in the body of the blog post. -OR- $50 to be featured at the top of the giveaway post, have name added to graphic and twitter handle added to “daily tweet” option of giveaway. This also includes a choice of three entries (as listed above) in the Rafflecopter. Please use this Google Doc to submit your entry: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFk4Q0JVQ21EeGpOS2VGRHRZcFJkdmc6MQ All participants must contact OutnumberedMama no later than June 25th to be included. Please send your payment via PayPal to 1outnumberedmama@gmail.com. Giveaway will run from June 29-July 15. A fully coded blog post, with image and Rafflecopter, will be emailed to you no later than June 27th. You will need to schedule your blog post to go live on your blog on June 29th, 2012 at 12:00am. If you are wondering why it would benefit you to participate in something like this, here’s the simple answer – for just $5 you can get the exposure of large prize (Kindle Fire and Cash) giveaway without having to come up with the prize on your own. If you have any further questions please contact 1outnumberedmama@gmail.com

Things I’m Afraid to Tell You: 10 Things About Pregnancy and Early Motherhood

Today, I’m joining the Things I’m Afraid To Tell You linkup!  Thank you to Jess Constable, who came up with this idea, as well as Ez of Creature Comforts, who turned it into a movement.  Here is a Huffington Post article on this topic by Laura Rossi.  If you’d like to link up with a post, you may do so with the linky at the bottom of this post!

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Happy Anniversary, Hubster!

Three years ago today, Hubster and I were joined for life.  I love you, dear!  Here’s a quick summary of that beautiful day in pictures.

Guest Posting at PPD to Joy

Today, I am guest posting at PPD to Joy about experiencing anger and anxiety during PPD.  Check out my post here!  PPD to Joy is written by the wonderful Yael Saar, whose work has no doubt been invaluable to many others including myself.

Yael Saar of PPDtoJoy.com survived postpartum depression twice, and became a mama on a mission to remove guilt, shame, and blame from parenting. Her Facebook group Mama’s Comfort Camp has over 150 mamas from all over the world supporting each other with self-care and self-kindness. I’m a member of the group and I love it. You can ask to join the group here.  Yael will soon be teaching her (Not)Secret (Not)Weapon online class about disarming anxiety and anger with practical bodymind methods and emotional safety nets. How cool is that? Check it out at http://www.ppdtojoy.com/not-secret-not-weapon/

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We Bought an Elliptical!

Hubster and I have been talking about owning an elliptical for the past year or two.  Now that we’re moving to a bigger place and also contemplating gym memberships, we started looking into it more seriously.  After reading a bazillion Amazon reviews between the two of us, we decided that the affordable ones were flimsier than we wanted.

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Arming Myself With Information

Now that C is 13 months old, it’s about that time…to think about when to start trying for baby deuce.  PPD caught me off guard last time (well, let’s be honest, the pregnancy itself caught me off guard as well!).  This time, I want to be thorough, knowledgeable and have a game plan.

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A Man and His Boat

We’re staying at my brother-in-law’s house this month, while we transition from one university to another.  It’s kind of out in the middle of nowhere, like 15 minutes from the nearest town – and that town is one that I would consider small and in the middle of nowhere. ;)

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Airbrush Tan Fail

Since I’m the palest member of the upcoming wedding party, I decided that I would get an airbrush tan to feel better about myself in a strapless dress.  I have the type of skin that is so pale that I simply burn and then go back to pale white.  I never, ever can get a tan.  Back in December, I’d done a sunless tan in a booth and just thought that maybe an airbrush tan would be more seamless and natural-looking.  In order to avoid any blunders, I went for a trial airbrush tan because I’d never been to that salon before.

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PYHO Wednesday: Will the Terror Linger?

Today, I’m linking up with Things I Can’t Say for Pour Your Heart Out Wednesday.

If you’ve hung out here before, you know that I still struggle sometimes with the effects of domestic violence from six years ago.  My ex stalked and harassed me; and after two attempts at a restraining order, the justice system failed me too.

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Find Your Perfect Road Trip on visitPA.com

This post brought to you by PA Tourism. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our family is used to road trips.  We lived far away from family for two years, and have pretty much perfected the whole road-trip-with-a-baby thing!  It wouldn't be much of a stretch for us to consider a road trip for our family vacation.  VisitPA.com is making it easy for families to take roadtrips with their Roadtrip-a-Matic tool.

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Visit Idyllic Newport Beach This Summer!

This post brought to you by Newport Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.

I absolutely love California, and one place that I have yet to visit is Newport Beach.  Having spent a lot of time in SoCal, I’ve heard a lot about the beautiful beaches and coastal cuisine that can be found in Newport Beach.  If you’re looking for a summer escape, check out VisitNewportBeach.com for an easy to navigate tool to plan your perfect vacation.

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Whoa – I Love the ID Channel!

The brother-in-law has satellite tv, so we’ve been enjoying all of the tv-viewing options available to us.  I stumbled upon the “ID” channel (Investigation Discovery) and am crazy about it!  It’s like there’s always some type of 48 Hours Mystery, Dateline, 20/20, etc., on.

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Guest Posting at The Fussy Baby Site

I’m guest posting at The Fussy Baby Site today!  Check it out! :)

When Friends Are Like Family

Last night, we celebrated my friend’s bachelorette party and it was a blast!  I’ve known L and her fiance, J, since college.  J was Hubster’s roommate for two years, before they both got involved in residence life.  L, J, Hubster and I used to have a couple’s night about once per week.  It was so much fun, and we all became very good friends.  L and J are one of the few non-blood-relatives in my life that I know would be there for me no matter what.  Life could take a million big shits on my face and they’d still be hanging around with their noses plugged.

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My New Favorite Picture of All Time

We just received the digital images from C’s 1-year photo session.  They are absolutely stunning.  I’m in love with this picture of C and me.  He’s so wonderful and I love him to pieces!

A big thanks to Katie, of Behind the Lens Photography.

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Another Call for Guest Bloggers!

We’ve moved once…and we’ll be moving again!  I’m looking for guest bloggers for June 20-26 while we move from our temporary housing to our apartment.

Please pass this along via Twitter and/or Facebook to anyone you think might be interested!

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