Oct 27 2014

Blog focus and what to expect

As you all know I haven’t been blogging a lot lately. Boy has life been really rewarding but also hectic.

I have a lot of reviews I need to get caught up on and finish my pregnancy journal.

Baby is already here and a month old today. I just can’t believe how fast time goes.

So the focus on the blog has been mainly kids. It will stay that way but I would also like to add in things about pregnancy, saving money, babies, and much more. So it won’t be all about being a nanny and tips. We will still have all the fun activities and advice though. Just better.

So here are some posts to look forward to:

– Pregnancy: finishing week by week details

– Reviews: I have lots coming up and lots that are over due. All great ones too.

– Birth story

– Life changes

– Products I recommend

– Milestones

– Cleaning products and tips

– Play dates

-Safety precautions and child proofing

– Examples of developmental groups

And lots more! Hope you’ll stay tuned, and please help me by sharing my blog.


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Oct 5 2014

I’m Back and I have an update

Wow I have missed blogging so much, but this pregnancy has been far from easy for me. I suffered for the first 20 weeks with horrible morning sickness. Now that I think the worst is over I am going to try and start blogging again. I have lots of stuff to get caught up on, and I have a lot of fun ideas that I hope will be able to become reality.

The last time I posted about pregnancy was at 12 weeks, and we are now at 26 weeks. My goodness when they say time is flying they aren’t really lying. It seems like just yesterday that we found out we were expecting, and now we are almost to the end. I am really glad that I am able to enjoy the last bits of this pregnancy. So here is a little bit about what has been going on.

13 weeks to 16 weeks:

Oh boy these are exciting weeks. Morning sickness is still terrible and to top it off my headaches are back. The doc said its because of the hormones, and got a referral to the neurologist.  Before I could make an appointment the headaches started to get better. Oh and at week 15 we did an early ultra sound to do the gender revel. When we were there we had them do a 3D/4D ultra sound. It was so cool. The baby still looked a little bit like an alien though, but still amazing to see. So we also found out that this little baby is quite the stubborn one. He lays really low in my pelvis making it hard to see what the sex is. After about 45 minutes we were able to see that ITS A BOY! We were excited either way because we had given up on having kids. It had taken so long to get pregnant. We both thought for sure that since I was so sick it was going to be girl.

17 weeks to 20 weeks:

So now that we find out it is a boy we go through and do all of our planning. This means starting our registries, and trying to figure out a theme for the nursery. I have a friend that is a designer so for a shower gift she is going to help with the layout, and designing of the nursery. We are so lucky. I really wanted to design some custom bedding, but I learned very early on that this is expensive and we need to be saving. So we went with a set from pottery barn. It is elephants, gray and white. So we will incorporate baby blue with it to make it more suitable for a boy.  I also learned from all of my years as a nanny and childcare provider that you want something neutral. You never know if you are going to get more than 1 shower. So it is good for it to be neutral so when the next baby comes if its not warn out you can use it again. This goes for everything-bedding, equipment, etc. These are also the first few weeks that I am really starting to feel him kick, not just the butterfly feelings. It really makes you feel pregnant. It is so exciting. We have also had many names in mind for a boy, but not many if it was a girl. So since it was boy it was easy. His name is Elijah James King.

21 weeks to 24 weeks:

I never stop worrying, and with this being my first pregnancy that I have gone this far I think it is worse. I don’t ever know what to expect. Luckily the doctors and midwives have been very helpful. My biggest worries have been him being really active one day and not the next, and not being able to make it to the hospital in time. We live an hour away from our doctors office and the hospital. The doctor assured me with this being the first we will have plenty of time to get there. I also keep thinking about what do I need to pack for baby, and me for the hospital. These are little worries. The big worries are- we are going to be moving will we have enough money for a deposit, will we be able to find a place in time, will I be able to handle the move so pregnant, what will we do if nana doesn’t want to watch baby?. All of these run through my head but I know that it will work out in the end.

During these 4 weeks we also had another ER visit, for a UTI and a massive migraine. This was the worst visit ever because they tried to do an iv in my lower arm and couldn’t get it to go in the vein. Worst pain I have ever felt. On top of that I was really sick and my head was killing me. They ended up giving me fluids, and a Tylenol 3. The drugs I threw up, they made me sick. That was ok with me though, I wasn’t to keen on taking a prescription drug anyway. We had another ultra sound during these weeks too. It was the abnormalities scan. Everything looked perfect, he is defiantly a boy, and was weighing in at 1.9 pounds. His heart rate is between 145 and 160 depending on how active he is. Some days he is really active and others not so much. There was one day that he didn’t move at all and I worried. I wanted to call the doc, but my friends said try orange juice. Boy did that ever wake him up, its the sugar in it. Now I know that if it happens again, that’s all I need to do. However I am learning that babies are like us, they have their lazy days too.

Other news and what I am looking forward to:

Until next time, Love you guys.




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Jun 3 2014

Munchkin Safe Step Gate With Trip Guard



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Munchkin has done it again, and come out with a great product. Lets face it as mom’s and parents we have so much going on all at the same time. When we are going up stairs or going from room to room we have baby in tow, along with a lot of other things. It can also be hard as a parent, caregiver, or grandparent to get things done during the day. This is because once children are mobile we have to watch them all the time. Having gates up can help to keep children safe and out of trouble. This doesn’t mean they should be left alone, but it will give you peace of mind knowing that you can get some stuff done. The only problem that I have with baby gates is that they are flimsy. They are also made out of plastic and wood that is flimsy and easily breaks. Another thing that is not so fun about these gates is that you have to open them to get to where you are going or, you have to step over them. This gets to be a lot of work, and it can be dangerous. The Gates that have doors on them and can be mounted have a high bar at the bottom that can cause you to trip. With the Munchkin Safe Step Gate you no longer have to worry about that. It has a 50% lower floor bar than the competitor gates on the market. The Munchkin Safe Step gate, is really durable too. It is made out of steel, and it can mount 2 different ways to make sure that it is really secure. If you are worried about little ones trying to climb on it, and that it will fall, don’t. You can mount this gate directly into the studs using the hardware that is included. We live in an apartment, so we didn’t do that, and ours works just fine. This is because it can be mounted and tension set, causing the gate to stay in place. I want to share with you some of the great features this gate has to offer, and trust me I cant pick one, they are all my favorite. I think that you will find this gate to be one of your favorites too.

No More having to step over and undo a gate anymore. I love that, because when you are holding a baby, or trying to get over yourself it can be dangerous. So throw these old baby gates away. They are cheaper, but not safer, and they don’t last nearly as long.

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We have had this gate installed in our house for a couple months now, and are absolutely loving it. With my job as a nanny I have had the opportunity to use and try out many different types of gates. Some of them were better than others, and some of them were just plain hard to use. There are so many different gates out there on the market that it can be  hard to choose. With this gate system there is no more worry. It is safe, sturdy, and easy to use. I also love that it is so easy to install. We just recently found out that we are expecting and I love the fact that I no longer have to step over a gate, or lift it up every time I need to go into another room. When baby arrives I can feel comfortable using this gate, because I know that they will be safe too. I also am comfortable having it around because I can open and close it with one hand. This gate works perfect anywhere and will adjust to many different door widths. I also love that you can install it at the top and bottom of stairs. I hope you will give this gate a try too, it will be a mainstay in our house. It is by far my favorite gate.

Thanks to munchkin for sending it for me to review. In exchange for my honest opinion and review I was sent this gate free of charge to try in my own home. I have not been compensated in any way. As always all opinions are my own and I have not been influenced in any way.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will give this gate a try. You can find munchkin brand products where ever baby products are sold. You can also find them on these social media sites, if you would like to visit them. This will also help you find out about products and new items coming out soon.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Munchkin_Inc

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Mar 13 2014

Lately- A little Update

Its a positive, oh my!

Its a positive, oh my!

I feel like I have been gone forever, and that I am really slacking in the blogging area. Its not just in the blogging area though it is in all areas of my life right now. Thank God I have a really supportive and understanding husband. He truly is my rock and I love him to death. I am behind in doing a lot of things both at blogging and at life. This pregnancy has been one of joy, worries, scares, and lots of sickness. I think that that has all passed, and I wanted to just give you all an update.

As you know I found out in January we were expecting, and this is after 6 years of trying. We were very excited and scared too. I got an appointment with the first doc that would see me the next day. Everything was great and we were only about 2 or 3 weeks pregnant. So really all I felt was a little crampy and tired. We then had doctors appointments for what felt like every week for a month. I was doing great, except for the mild gagging. Then that all came to a screeching halt at 6 weeks. This is when the morning sickness took over day and night. I got a prescription for something that helped some, but not all the way. Trying to keep food and water in me was becoming a big chore. I felt horrible all the time, and this morning sickness was taking away the joy of being pregnant. Since the start of pregnancy until now, which is 12 weeks I had lost a total of 8.5 pounds. To me that seemed like a whole lot, but the doctors said it was ok.

Week 5 we had our first ultra sound. ( This was really early but based of my last period we thought we were 8 weeks) The Ultra sound was the scariest day of my life. I remember thinking what if something is wrong, what if there is no baby, what if the baby has died, and etc. So I go in and have to get undressed and they do the ultra sound. She is looking all around and is asking all these questions, this made me quite anxious. The questions were are you sure of your last period date, did the doctor confirm the pregnancy with a blood test, and how far along are you suppose to be. As you can tell all of these questions are freaking me out, and I am on the verge of crying. Basically what was happening, is that she wasn’t seeing anything on the screen, just a big empty hole. We could see this too, but there was something that kept flashing on the screen, so James asked her what it was. She said hold on and zoomed in. That’s when we saw it, we saw our sweet little baby, and the egg sack. I was really early, that is why it was not showing at first. She measured and told us we were only like 5 weeks. On the pictures you could see a little dot, and the egg sack. We also got to hear the heart beat for the first time, and of course I cried like a baby.

First ultra sound. Baby is the size of a pen point. Look for the arrow. You can also see the egg sack

First ultra sound. Baby is the size of a pen point. Look for the arrow. You can also see the egg sack

Oh my has the morning sickness began. I think this is the worst part of my pregnancy. I have had a previous miscarriage and I was always worried about taking anything. I felt like it would just somehow harm the baby, even if it was safe. My thinking also was this is all part of this great big journey and you need to experience it all. The only problem is ever since I was a kid I hated being sick, and I always wanted my mommy. Being an adult now it is a little easier but I just felt awful. I also felt bad because nothing was getting done. I am tired all the time, and sick all the time. During this period I leaned on James a lot and he had to pick up a lot of the slack. I was still able to eat, but really had no cravings, and no appetite at all. I pushed through and made myself eat because I knew it was best for the baby. Still I was losing weight like crazy and this worried me. The great part is I have a great doctors office, and they help put my fears at ease. Of course I am always worried and scared about the big MC word because of past history and because of it just being normal fears. I always worry when I go to the bathroom, or with every little cramp. The cramping early in pregnancy is normal, its due to stretching and growing.

I am still having my usual nausea and vomiting. Sometimes it is worse than others. One thing that I have found that makes it worse is the constant burping. I burp and then I throw up, I guess because your stomach relaxes or something with all the hormones. So far I have some heartburn, and am just really tired. That was until one morning at 8 weeks. I threw up 2 times in a row, and then had to go the bathroom. When I wiped, there was blood. It scared me and I immediately called for James. It was to early to go to the doc, but I did call her. She said it could be from stressing the cervix not to worry to much, unless it was like a period or I was cramping. It was none of these and I had no cramping, just the little spotting. So I got some rest and called the doctor when they opened. They got me in right away to see the midwife. She did a routine pelvic check, which was fine. She didn’t see any blood in my cervix or any outside. This was all good. She also had me do some routine blood work, to check my levels.  So I went home to rest. Then the next morning I got up to shower and got sick again. This time I felt a really bad cramp, and called to James. I again needed to use the bathroom and when I wiped there was blood again. Ok this cant be good I am thinking, this is the second day it has happened so that can’t be good. I called the on call doctor again, and she told me to call the doctors office and try and get in for an ultra sound. On the way into the doctors office the midwife called and said my results came in, and my progesterone level was really low. That was what was causing the spotting, so I would have to go on a supplement until 12 weeks. Since I was already on the way to the doctors office when she called, we went ahead and got seen. They did another quick pelvic exam. He said he did see a little brown blood in the cervix, and he ordered an ultra sound. We went over to the hospital for what was an emergency ultra sound. They did a vaginal one, and a stomach one. Everything was fine, and the heart rate was at 172. She said everything looked perfect. I couldn’t believe how much the baby had grown in 3 weeks. We left with lots of pictures of our little one.

This is our scan at 8 weeks. This one was an emergency ultra sound after 2 days of spotting. Heart rate was 172. So everything was great. Thank God

This is our scan at 8 weeks. This one was an emergency ultra sound after 2 days of spotting. Heart rate was 172. So everything was great. Thank God

Boy the time seems to be flying by, and it feels like just yesterday we found out we were expecting. I cant believe that as I am typing today we are already at 12 weeks. To me this is huge, I am still worried about everything, but I know that the risk of MC is a lot lower now at 12 weeks and now that we have seen and heard the heart beat. Weeks 9-12 are still rough, and I am still battling morning sickness really bad. In fact I had to go to the ER one Friday for severe morning sickness. The same thing that Kate Middleton had. They gave me fluids, nausea meds, and an acid reducer. All of these helped a great deal, and kept me from getting sick. That was scary because I just couldn’t keep anything down. It started about 11:30 on a Thursday and didn’t end till I went to the ER. They did an ultra sound at the ER too. I was 12 weeks then, and you really could see the baby. It was the cutest thing to see if bouncing and moving everywhere. At one point we saw its arm going up like it was punching or waving. This must have been a very active time for baby. I cant wait till I can actually feel these movements. I told the ER DOC that I feel flutters and she said this early its most likely gas. I like to think it is the baby moving, but either way I know I will feel it soon enough. The meds made me really sleepy, so I went home Friday and slept until Saturday afternoon. I think this was good, because my body just needed it. Since then I have been feeling great. I still get a little queezy every now and again, but I think the worst is over. I truly have to thank God, my husband, and my 2 precious doggies. I don’t know what it is about dogs but they just know when you aren’t feeling good, and they were right by my side. About a week before the ER visit I had a doctors appointment. I wanted to ask about the pressure I was having before needing to use the bathroom. They always do a urine test before you visit the doctor, so they just checked to see if I had a UTI. It was negative, but she sent it to the lab just to be sure. They also gave me an antibiotic to have on hand in case it came back positive. It did come back from the lab the next day and they called to say that I did have a UTI, so I took the antibiotic for a week. This is not before I asked the doctor and the pharmacist if it was safe, and just to be sure asked over and over again. It was totally fine, and they said UTI’s are very common in pregnant women. I went back for a recheck this week, and it was fine. For the first time we heard the babies heart beat on the Doppler. It was so cute, and exciting. The doctor said everything looked great, and that everything was good to go. Meaning I needed to stop worrying and relax. James keeps joking with me, asking do I need to buy you a Doppler. He asks this because it always makes me feel better to hear the babies heart beat.

Some things coming are:

Reviews- hope to get more things to review as it gets closer to the end

Baby shower event- I want to do a shower event with lots of reviews and giveaways

Regular posts- These will be the posts that I have been doing such as recipes, activities, helpful hints, favorites, etc

Pregnancy updates- These will not be weekly but most likely monthly

Questions- I want to hear from you, and answer your questions

I leave you guys with that, I hope that you continue to follow me and our journey through this blog and the new one if I start it. As always thanks for your support.

– Gatorade: you can freeze it in ice cube trays and suck on them, when you feel like you cant keep anything down

-Unisom and B6: I take 25 mg of unisom at night, and 50mg of b6 a day

-Jolly Ranchers or Preggy drops: sucking on these has helped. You can use any sour candy really

– Rest: make sure to get plenty of rest and sleep

-Crackers and Ginger: Eat saltines, toast, and anything with ginger. It will help to settle your stomach. I keep them by the bed in the morning and much on them before getting up

-Smaller meals and eating 4-6 times a day: this has helped a lot. My stomach is never empty and never too full

-Popsicles: I have loved these especially at night when the morning sickness is terrible.

-Peppermint candy or Altoids: these help me with nausea because I it takes care of the nausea right away




Feb 20 2014

KidsEveryWear- Great Deals and you can save thousands

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.

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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.


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Feb 17 2014

Ok Guys….My announcement is here!!!

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 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.


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Jan 21 2014

Hugo the Starfish Series Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


1465373_566274670120040_1764379443_nHugo 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.

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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.


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Jan 14 2014

A Big Announcement Coming Soon

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.

2014 Goals:

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.


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Jan 8 2014

Pumpkin Kale Ravioli

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-

  1. In a sautee pan put some butter, let it melt. Add your onions, and garlic. Cook until they are slightly brown. Set aside.
  2. In that same pan brown the sausage, and then drain it. Set it aside to cool.
  3. In a stock pot- add butter, your spices, chicken broth, and your kale. Stir it all together. Then cover the pot and let the Kale wilt. Cook it until it is completely wilted and then drain and set aside to cool.
  4. Get a big bowl- Add cheeses, pumpkin, egg, some more salt and pepper, add your cooled onions, Kale, and sausage. Mix it to combine it all together
  5. Now you are ready to stuff your wonton wrappers.
  6. Add a small spoon full of the filling to the wrapper. Then you can use an egg wash or water along all 4 edges- This will help seal it. You can then fold it over to make a triangle and press the edges to make sure it seals. You can also if you want a tradition ravioli layer another on top of the bottom square and use a fork to seal the edges.
  7. Continue this process until you are all done.
  8. Boil in salted water until they float.
  9. For a sauce you can use regular marina sauce, or brown some butter with Garlic, sage, and parmesan then toss in Ravioli.
  10. Enjoy

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.



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Jan 6 2014

Greatest Naps Volume 2: The Best of Jammy Jams Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Jammy Jams Jammy Jams 2

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.

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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.



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