Feb 20 2014
Guys I know that I just posted a blog post about us expecting. This is an exciting time, but it also brings a lot of worry too. Babies need so much stuff besides love and comfort. The older they get the more things they need too. They also grow so fast, and outgrow things they like really fast too. In this tough economy we are always looking for ways to save and cut back. However when we have kids we want what is best for them, and we only want them to have the best of everything. So we want name brand clothes, shoes, equipment, and toys. Our kids do too, they want to be in fashion, and want to look cool.
That is why I want to tell you about a Consignment Sale that happens twice a year. It is located in Raleigh, NC but I do believe they have other locations too. If they don’t have a location near you that is ok too. It is just really important for you guys to know that consignment sales are another way for you to save money.
Let me tell you a little bit about the sale:
Items they have-
Another great thing is that:
Sale Dates and Times:
March 1st-6th, 2014 10am to 9pm
Volunteers shop sooner, so check the website to find out more
Location of Sale:
Morrisville Outlet Mall
1001 Airport Blvd, Morrisville, NC 27560-8935
To find out more information please visit them online at http://kidseverywear.com or you can find them on facebook at http://facebook.com/Kids-EveryWear-Consignment-Sale
I hope if you are in the area you will come check them out, I know I am going to. I am looking forward to saving money and getting my little one high quality items.
Feb 17 2014
So I did a blog post a couple days ago or maybe a week ago and I told you that a big announcement is coming. Well there is a big announcement. After 6 years of trying to conceive and being referred to a Fertility Doctor, James and I are so excited to share our big news with you.
WE ARE EXPECTING!!!!
We have no idea how it happened, the only thing we can think of is that the birth control pills leveled out my hormones enough for us to get pregnant. I will start with the whole story in case some of you don’t know our struggle.
James and I got married in September of 2007, and have wanted to have kids ever since. We were told by the doctors before we got married that it would be hard to get pregnant and if we wanted to we needed to try right away. So we did, and nothing happened. I have a history of cysts on my ovaries and we knew it would be hard to get pregnant without help. So we tried on and off for 6 years and nothing. That was until August, when I went for my yearly exam. I was terrified because I kept spotting for like 2 weeks before my period would come and when it did it lasted for like 10 days. So we decided to go in.
At the doctors office, I had a pap and it came back fine. Then we got to talking about the spotting and history of cysts and she for sure said I probably have another cyst or have PCOS. The diagnosis was sad, and the treatment was birth control. So in August I went on Birth control and I took it everyday at the same time. We were also then referred to a fertility doctor. My worst fear, and I was just really sad.
The birth control was fine because I needed to go in in a couple months for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. So I didn’t need to get pregnant anyway. Our plan was to wait till the appointment in February get the everything is ok with that, and then start trying again. After we would have had that taken care of we would have done another big appointment with the fertility doctor. I really didn’t want to go that route because I knew it meant fertility drugs. I never had a regular period either, and I took fertility blend for 2 months and that made my period come regular. However that was before I decided to go on the birth control.
I get a lot of questions about “Why I decided to go on birth control if we were trying?”. The answer to that is for many reasons, and they are: I needed to not get pregnant before I had the procedures for GI, I needed my periods to be regulated, and I needed it to help with the cysts. Birth control helps regulate you hormones, which helps to prevent the cysts from growing.
Now I took birth control everyday at the same time on the dot without missing a pill since August. I really didn’t think it was working because my period was always early, way before the brown sugar pills. However I just kept taking it, so I wouldn’t get pregnant.
My period ended around Thanksgiving and that was in November. December then rolls around, and nothing. So I just thought ok, the pills are regulating my period, or they are just not working all together. I never really know because I never had a regular period on them. It came monthly, just at different times. So then January rolls around, and still nothing. I had horrible cramps like I was going to start my period though the first week of January. So I just thought, oh its coming just a little late. After several days of cramping and no spotting or period, I decided something is wrong. So I have some pregnancy tests left over, and I pulled one out just to rule out pregnancy and assure myself that aunt flow was on her way. So I get the pee stick ready, and I pee on it. This is a digital test, so the wait felt like forever. I was totally expecting it to be negative, since I was on the pill. Little to my surprise it showed up as a positive.
I don’t know what we were thinking, but I screamed at the top of my lungs for James to come in a look. I wanted to make sure that I was seeing it correctly. I even took another one, and took one of them apart. They were for sure positive. I took one in the morning to be sure too, positive again. Now I was freaking out and scared. When I was 21 I got pregnant by the guy I was dating for 3 years and I had a miscarriage. I also got diagnosed with RH factor.
So I was totally freaking out. I have had doctors appointments every week since we found out, and they have assured us that everything is ok, and that everything looks good. I still am really scared thought. Tomorrow is our Ultra sound and I was 8 weeks yesterday. James has a customer that he talks to often. He came in the Store after Christmas and him and James got to talking. In the conversation it came up did we have any kids? James said no but not from lack of not trying. His customer then said, “Its going to happen, and before you know it”. Then a week later we find out we are expecting. I call that a profit, or maybe he just knew. I have never met this customer but I cant help but think he must be a gift from God.
This pregnancy and this baby are a miracle. I cant wait to share our journey with all of you. So far I am feeling great. I have symptoms of tiredness, sore breasts, gagging, nausea, vomiting, hungry, not hungry, some cravings, and mood swings.
We aren’t out of the woods by any means yet, but I will be glad when we get to see that first ultra sound, and hear that little heartbeat. Remember if you have been trying for years it is possible, just have hope. Pray to god.
I am praying that we have a happy, healthy, full term baby.
Thanks for all your support, and prayers are much appreciated. I am so sorry that I have been gone for a while, I hit 6 weeks and morning sickness hit really bad.
Jan 21 2014
Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Hugo the Starfish is a series of children’s books written by: Suzy Lieberman. She was born in Europe but now splits her time between the United States and the Bahamas. Through her passion of art, languages, and teaching she has written these series of educational books for young children.
I had the opportunity to do a review on one of the books in this great series. The book I want to tell you about is called, “Hugo The Happy Starfish, Magic Words”. Hugo is a starfish who learns life lessons, throughout this great series of books. I am brining you one in the series of ” The Island Adventures- The Island of Respect”.
In this little tale children will learn manners and they will learn about respect. You will follow Hugo on his journey to an Island as he learns about respect. Hugo learns so hard lessons along the way, and make some people angry. However in the end it turns out ok. You will follow Hugo and meet all kinds of underwater animals. You will also learn why if you don’t have respect people wont want to be around you.
I loved this book, it was one of my favorites. I think that this series of books is a great learning tool for children. You can tell them we have to use manners and why. However this book will just help to have a added hands on learning. They can see what happens to Hugo when he doesn’t use respect and manners. They can then see what happens when he learns to use manners and treat others with respect. Children can then see that it is much better to treat people with respect because they will respond better. This series of books helps to teach children in a way that they can understand, the life lessons that they need. I also think that this is a great way for children to learn from Hugo’s mistakes.
As a childcare provider, I think that it is important to start at an early age teaching life lessons, and respect. These books are perfect for doing just that. I hope that you will check them out too. You can download them on any device that you have, as long as you have the kindle app. I hope you have enjoyed this review. Thanks so much.
You can find these books on Amazon in paperback or for the kindle. You can also follow Hugo on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HugotheHappyStarfish
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Jan 14 2014
Wow this year is so far off to a great start. I have accomplished a lot of things and have some big news to share with all of you too soon. The blog just switched to self hosted, which I am loving so far. I will have a series of 3 blog themes I switch through every couple weeks, because I cant decide which ones I like the best. I wanted to share with you some of my goals for 2014, and some posts that are coming up. Most of all I wanted to apologize for not posting as often as I normally do, but I am going to get better.
Things I look forward to in 2014:
Upcoming Posts for January and February 2014:
As you can tell we have a lot coming up, I hope that you will stay tuned for the big announcement, and that you will give me some of your suggestions on posts that you would like to see coming up, or things you would like to see more of. Thanks guys.and more, big news, goals
Jan 8 2014
Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp cool air, the changing leaves, and all the fall fruits/veggies. It’s a great time to visit the Farmer’s Market, the apple orchard, or the pumpkin patch. As much as I love fall, I also love winter. I think this is one of my favorite recipes for winter, because it just warms you up. One of my favorite foods is Ravioli, after all I am Italian. Since Fall has a lot of pumpkins and Kale, I thought why not make a Pumpkin, Kale, and Sausage Ravioli. You could make this recipe vegetarian and omit the sausage, and you could substitute the Kale for Spinach. I have also made mine Gluten free for the purpose of this post but I will post the not gluten free version too. That way you can chose to make it either way.
Pumpkin Kale Sausage Ravioli:
Ingredients for Filling-
Ingredients for Ravioli-
Directions for making Gluten Free Wonton Wrappers-
Using either a stand or hand mixer, beat the flour and egg together. You’ll know it’s the right consistency when you pinch it between your thumb and pointer finger and it holds together, kind of like playdough. Be careful about not adding extra water unless absolutely necessary. Better to err on the side of too little, as you can add water as needed.
I can’t emphasize enough that you need to LIBERALLY use flour for the forming of your wontons.
First, keep your rolling pin heavily floured every time you roll a wonton skin, using the same flour with which you made your dough. Though I own a wooden rolling pin, I’ll bet that the new silicon non-stick rolling pins would be excellent for making these wontons.
Remove dough from mixing bowl and knead into one large symmetrical shape. Make sure your kneading surface remains constantly well-floured. Divide your shape into four pieces. Set three of them aside, underneath a wet paper towel or tea towel. NOTE: I used a silicon baking mat as the surface on which I kneaded and rolled my wontons. It was an ideal surface.
Take one of the dough pieces and roll into a snake. Evenly divide the snake into four pieces. Lay three of the four pieces under the wet paper towel to keep moist. Under your wet paper towel you should have three of the original larger dough pieces and three of the smaller dough pieces.
Take the remaining dough piece and use your hand to flatten it into as much of a square as you can. It never really got totally square-shaped, as the edges were a bit ragged. Sprinkle the top of your square with flour. Roll it as thin as you can without breaking the dough.
Flour the top of a thin metal spatula, then use it to carefully remove the finished wonton skin to a plate that has a piece of wet paper towel on it. Cover the wonton with another piece of wet paper towel.
Continue until you have 16 wonton skins. Set aside
Now that your wonton skins are made, and you have all your ingredients gathered, we can start to work on the filling.
Directions for Filling-
I hope you enjoy this recipe, I know I have. I also hope that you will make it at home. It is really not that hard. It is a great way to hide vegetables for picky eaters, and these are packed with a ton of vitamins.
Notes: If you don’t have a gluten allergy you can use regular wonton wrappers. If you can’t find wonton wrappers you can use egg roll wrappers. Just cut them into quarters.
Another option for these is to spray with a little cooking spray and bake them in the oven at 350* makes a great appetizer.appetizer, dinner, Ravioli
Jan 6 2014
When you have little ones, and it is time for nap it can be hard to get them down sometimes. This can be because they are all wound up from the mornings activities, or because they just don’t want to take a nap. The worst part is if you do get them to sleep, any noise can wake them up. Studies show that children need to take naps, when children nap it gives their minds a chance to rest. Having rest and sleep can also help to ward off sickness. It is also a good idea to have rest time or nap time to give your child a chance to recoup the energy that they have lost.
Well I have a great way to soothe your child to sleep at naptime, a great way to help them rest, and a great way to help them stay asleep. After all when your child is napping that is when most of your stuff gets done. Its a album called “Greatest Naps Volume 2: The Best of Jammy Jams”. The album is a compilation of new and previously released Jammy Jams songs covering multiple genres of music. All of these songs are an instrumental version of popular songs. Don’t be surprised if you are like me and you find yourself wanting to go to sleep too.
This album and all the other Jammy Jams albums are great. They are perfect for all ages, and great for playing at naptime or bedtime. C loved listening to them, and I know your child will too. It is also a great thing to have when you are traveling on long car rides.
If you are bored of the same old lullaby’s or you are like me and cant carry a tune, this is perfect for you too. I got tired of singing all the same songs daily before nap, you know the ones I am talking about like, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, “Rock A Bye Baby”, or “Hush Little Baby”. Yes it did get little C whined down, but it gets so boring singing the same songs over and over. Then they get stuck in your head all day too. This is a great download that you can hum or sing along too, and have fun while you are doing it.
Some of the songs you will find on the CD are very popular too. Like “Wrecking Ball”, “We are Young”, ” I will always Love you”, and “Get Lucky”. These are just a few of the great ones on this album. I hope you will check it out. Also remember this is a giveaway too. There will be one lucky winner who gets a download of this album. Good Luck to you all!!!
You can connect with, and follow Jammy Jams by visiting them at one of the links below:
You can buy their albums at most best buys, amazon, on their site, or Barnes and Noble. I hope you will give them a try, I am sure that it will change the nap time routine too.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am not being compensated to write this review, and neither is this blog. As always all of my opinions are my own and I have not been influenced in anyway.Jammy Jams, Lullabye's, new age, soothing to sleep
Jan 5 2014
Ever since I was little I can remember making gifts in school to give to my parents. They loved them so much, and when I was an adult they gave them back to me. I was a little unsure of why they were giving them back but they explained because they wanted me to have them. When you give a homemade gift it is something that they will treasure forever and something that takes a lot of thought into making it. I think that is what makes it more special. As an adult I like to make and give homemade gifts too. My mom also was also big on doing homemade Christmas gifts too, I guess that is where I got my love of homemade items.
This Christmas I made a lot of homemade gifts to give. I think that they all turned out great. Below are some of the pictures and 2 recipes for the ornaments. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
Explanation of pictures above: Mug is done with Sharpie Markers, wreath ornament is done with thumbprints- Then you can add a picture to middle of it, Handprint ornaments that are painted are done with salt dough, snowman is cinnamon applesauce, wreaths are burlap and ribbon, handprint ornament at bottom is clear glass, with embossed handprint, drummer boy is clothes pin and pipe cleaners, candy cane ornament is beads and pipe cleaner.
Salt Dough Ornament Recipe:
Notes: They make great gifts or you can hang them on your tree to enjoy every year. If you don’t want to paint them, you can add water to the top it will make them glossy and turn them a light brown. If they are not done you can bake them for longer.
Applesauce Cinnamon Ornaments:
Notes: The bobby pin goes in the top in the thickest part, and goes until you have a little loop. You can decorate them with glitter and glue when they are dry. They make great gifts too. If you want to dry them faster put them in the oven at 200* for 2-3 hours.
I want to leave you with one family tradition that we have done since I was a kid, and that was to go look at the Christmas lights in neighborhoods. I look forward to it every year. What are some of your handmade items you made this year?
Sorry this post is a little late, but I couldn’t share until now or they would know what they were getting. I hope you can use this for next years gift giving. Every year I do a new handprint with little C so her parents can see how much her hands have grown. Boy was I amazed to see the one from last year and this year. I also hope you guys had a great start to 2014, and a wonderful Christmas 2013.
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Jan 4 2014
Move over old uncomfortable booster. There’s a new one in town, and I am so much cooler.
Did you guys know that there is a baby line called Ingenuity? They make all kinds of baby products. They can be purchased at any Target, Walmart, and amazon.com. Ingenuity is made by Bright Starts and Kids II, these are two great companies that make awesome kids gear.
I was sent this booster to try before it became available on the market. In all my years of working with kids, I have seen and tried lots of boosters. None of them are quite like this, and they can’t compare to this. This booster is a 2 in 1 seat, it can be used with the tray or without it. The tray stores under the seat for when it is not in use or when you have an older child in it. This booster is also very comfy because of the padded insert. The insert is also removable too, which allows for easy clean up. By far this has been my favorite booster.
Here are the product features:
My favorite parts of this booster are:
The other thing I love about this booster other than it grows with baby, is that it can replace a bulky high chair, since it goes from infant to 50 lbs. I love that, because I live in a small place, and I have no space for extra bulky things. By far this is my favorite and even if I had all the money in the world I would still choose this booster for all of the great features. There are other booster seats on the market, but none of this quality and that grow with your child. I love to do cooking with little ones, but there is never an easy way to cook with a toddler. You put this on the counter buckle them in and you are good to go. (Never leave them unattended on the counter though) You don’t have to worry about putting them up there with you, because of the buckles and the slip resistant feet.
If you would like to follow or connect with Ingenuity or purchase their products you can do so by clicking the links below:
Target: http://www.target.com- search for Ingenuity Baby
Disclosure: I received the above item to test before it came on the market. All opinions and views that are expressed are my own. This blog nor I have received any compensation for this review. This review nor I have been influenced in any way. Thank you to Ingenuity baby for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
Jan 3 2014
For us ladies it can be hard to wear cute jewelry around little ones. This is because we are so worried that it is going to be tugged on and broken, its not child friendly, or it is just an after thought. Being a mom or a nanny is a lot of work, and sometimes you don’t want to get dressed up and you surely don’t want to wear your best jewelry around little ones. NiHaMa offers handmade jewelry, that you don’t have to worry about. It is made out of cotton and wood. So it is perfect for teething babies to play with, chew on, and great if you are nursing. She also makes great teething toys too, and they are made of the same materials.
I would like to tell you a little bit more about the owner of NiHaMa, and how she got started making her handmade items. Jana is a mom of 3 kids and lives in Germany. When she got pregnant she started her handmade hobby. She used her children as her inspiration, and her muses. She is a wonderful women and all her things are made from the highest quality items. She also uses all natural items too, so they are safe for children.
Jana’ s items make great gifts for baby showers, or new moms. She can also custom make you something if you don’t see what you are looking for. All of the items come beautifully packaged, and include a business card, and a little poem with them. The shipping was also pretty fast, especially with it coming from over seas. All of her items you can feel good about wearing and letting your child play with them. This is because they are high quality and all natural.
I hope that you will go to Jana’s Store and check her items out. This is also a giveaway too, so make sure to enter to win.
To connect with her or follow her use the links below:
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/nihamaj
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nihama.nicehandmade
I received the piece pictured below, and you will be receiving the same set in your choice of color if you win. This giveaway is open world wide too. So anyone can enter. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. I received the items listed below free of charge. All opinions are my own, and I have not been influenced in anyway. I have not been paid to do this review and my blog anannysperspective.com has not been compensated in anyway.
Please make sure to click the links below to enter the giveaway.
Jan 1 2014
Each year, we all make resolutions that we can’t seem to keep. This year I want to change that, I want to inspire you all to make resolutions that you can keep. Resolutions are sometimes silly, but they can make a huge difference in our lives and our children’s lives.
For 2014 I want to be better at a couple things, and so I have several resolutions for 2014. They are to be a better wife, to be less needy, to spend more time with family/friends, to loose weight/get healthy, to focus more on lesson plans, to make sure that little C is learning, and to be a happier person. I think if I accomplish all of these things this year I will be happy.
Some resolutions are:
There are so many of them, and everyone means a great deal to the person that makes them. So why do we make a New Years Resolution? I think that it is because of part tradition, but I also think it is in part because we want to become a better person, and better parents. We want to be someone that our kids look up to. We want to show them our healthy habits, we want to be more involved with them, and their lives. Whatever your new years resolution is big or small, I hope you keep it, and I hope that you will remember this post in the coming months. This is my official challenge for you, lets see who keeps their resolutions.
Share with me what your resolution is for 2014. I hope that your 2014 is better than 2013, and that you accomplish all your goals.
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