Monday, April 30, 2012

#Giveaway for Cloth Diapers Inc! $15 GC

I have teamed up with Angela from Life With My Littles to offer one of our lucky readers a $15 gift card to Cloth Diapers Inc! One great thing about Cloth Diapers Inc is that they offer FREE US shipping! Secondly, they have a great selection of items for baby and mommy.

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#MMM Birth Control

Manic Mommy Monday!

I'm joining in on a blog hop with The Gnome's Mom to share a little bit about the life I lead here. The Gnome's Mom is one of my favorite blogs to read and follow on a regular basis as well. If you're a blogger and would like to link up, feel free! And add us on Twitter with the hashtag #MMM


You read that right! I got to take birth control powder instead of pills, not once, but TWICE this month! I wasn't worried about it the first time. Figured I just didn't notice and the blister pack was broken (perhaps Fuss stepped on it or something weird happened).  When the second one came up, I knew I wasn't crazy and I saw the intact blister pack on that one! "WTF" is about all that went through my head. So I snapped a picture. Hubs and I discussed and figured I should call the pharmacy.

I called first thing the following morning (as I take my pills at night to make it easier to take them on time) and left a message. In the meantime, I decided to look at the remainder of my pill pack to see if there were any more "broken" pills. Wouldn't you know it?

Proof that I wasn't completely insane! Here is a pill that looked perfectly intact from the top view, but was obviously NOT. I get the call back from the pharmacist. She says bring the pill pack in and she will replace it. Thankfully, I'm on a "mini" pill because my body rejects synthetic estrogens, so it doesn't matter what day I start the next pack...they are all the same. The other problem with that is that these are very dependent on being the correct dosage at the correct time to be effective. We've been using these for over a year with no problems. However, this little "manufacturing error" as the pharmacist called it, could make life very interesting. *sigh* The pharmacist even pointed out, "I've used birth control for YEARS and have NEVER had this happen! Plus I've never SEEN it happen. You must be the one in..." whatever number because she trailed off and didn't finish her sentence.

I don't know where this will lead us, if anywhere, but wherever we do end up I know it was meant to be. Gotta love this "crazy, tragic, sometimes almost magic, awful, beautiful life." (From Darryl Worley's Awful Beautiful Life)

So, there you have it. My Manic Monday for this week as I (im)patiently wait to see what lies ahead of us.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mommy and Me Day at the Mall and Giveaways!

Well, I had a great time at the Mommy and Me Expo at Meadowbrook Mall yesterday. I met some great people and got to network and learn a few new things! I will be sharing some of what I learned with you in the coming weeks.

I also have a chance to review (and hope to giveaway) a Soda Stream! So if you could send all your friends to check out the blog, I'd really appreciate it!

Make sure you visit back often as I am co-hosting a giveaway for a $15 GC to Cloth Diapers Inc. with Life With My Littles! I also have a cute little bow to giveaway and review!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Winner of My Freshwater Pearls...

Is Mary Beth Elderton! Mary Beth has 24 hours to claim the prize before a new winner will be chosen!

Thanks to all who entered!


Monday, April 23, 2012

MMM Ugh!

Manic Mommy Monday!

I'm joining in on a blog hop with The Gnome's Mom to share a little bit about the life I lead here. The Gnome's Mom is one of my favorite blogs to read and follow on a regular basis as well. If you're a blogger and would like to link up, feel free! And add us on Twitter with the hashtag #MMM

It has been a crazy couple of weeks! I have been taking a semi-break from blogging, but plan to pick back up now. Fuss's birthday party went off without a hitch! Well, almost. My nephew, Little Man, pulled the pinata down on his head when he went to pull the string (it was the one that released the candy) and he got embarrassed. Hubby had to put the pinata back up again! lol.

Hubby and I now have to get a surveyor for our property because our neighbors started arguing about it last night. That means $500 and a whole lot of a pain in the @$$. I'm really tired of living in the city. I wish I lived back "home" in the country again. I want enough property to have a nice little garden and let Beast run. Here, he's on an underground fence and limited as to where he can go. I also want a nice big play area for Fuss. she has so much fun just running around outside and playing in the dirt and rocks!

Sorry for the pity-party today. I'm just really frustrated and missing my space right now.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Fuss!

On this day, 2 years ago my amazing daughter was brought into the world. She was tiny, but feisty and came out swinging (literally).
Despite the nursing difficulties and the acid reflux, we made it through that first year. Despite my depression and Fuss's fiery nature, we've made it through year 2.
I don't pretend to know what lies ahead of us. I don't pretend to be the perfect wife or mother. I do, however, know that I will always be devoted 100% to my fabulous Fuss and her daddy. Wherever our road leads, as long as we face it together, nothing will stop us!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Review & Giveaway: My Freshwater Pearls

I received an email from Jennifer at asking me to do a review of their beautiful cultured pearls.

Here is a photo of me wearing them. I chose the peach pearls to match a necklace that I already had. The color on these pearls is amazing! They are lustrous (as you can see in the photo) and very deeply colored.  They have stainless steel posts and backs that are very securely attached and set flush with the back of the pearl (this makes them very comfortable to wear). Fuss actually tried to pull the back and the pearl apart! Go figure. I wore them all day long for 3 straight days with no sensitivity or soreness at all. For me, this is a big deal! I tend to turn anything silver green and anything other than the purest metals makes my ears red and usually infected from severe sensitivity. This didn't do either!

They have 5 colors of cultured pearls to choose from. I must admit, I love the purple colored ones! Of course, the traditional white pearl is available as well as green, peach, and rose. I found these earrings to be very high quality and beautiful. I would also highly recommend these to someone who has sensitivities!

Now, for the fun part: The Giveaway! Jennifer has graciously agreed to send one lucky winner a pair of classic white pearls! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter below and we'll take care of the rest! Secondly, Jennifer graciously extended a discount for all my readers! Simply use the (case sensitive) code: SHOP10 for 10% off your entire order!! This code is valid from April 11, 2012 through May 31, 2012!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter, everyone! I hope it is filled with smiles and blessings abound.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Technical Difficulties

So, I have no clue why my side bars decided to push themselves to the bottom of the page, but I am working on it. I hope to have it figured out quickly! LOL. May have to redo the whole template. *shrug*

Gotta love technology!

#MMM Time for Renewal

Manic Mommy Monday!

I'm joining in on a blog hop with The Gnome's Mom to share a little bit about the life I lead here. The Gnome's Mom is one of my favorite blogs to read and follow on a regular basis as well. If you're a blogger and would like to link up, feel free! And add us on Twitter with the hashtag #MMM

Many of you who have been reading the blog for a while know that we have had quite a few funerals lately. Fuss, Daddy, and I actually went to another one Saturday. I received word from my dad at around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday that my step-mom's grandmother just passed away. This brings the current count up to 5 (plus one from a guy hubby works with) for us in 1 month. Hubby's grandmother also just fractured her femur. We aren't sure how bad that is yet, though. I have spent sooooo much money on flowers in the last month it's ridiculous! I think I'm going to start donating to a charity instead of spending money on flowers. At least I do buy dish gardens that can be saved and live for as long as they are cared for. :-/

My original idea for this week's post was to talk about my movie date with Hubby to see The Hunger Games. Instead, I find myself thinking about life and death. The cycles of renewal that come with each season in nature and in our lives. With each death, there is more room for new life and a new beginning. That can be spiritually or physically but it comes when we least expect it.

We took Fuss to the funeral homes with us. We feel that it's important for her to understand the process. Is she still a little young? Yes. But the earlier I get her used to the idea of going, the easier it will be to explain things when she finally asks. Okay. Enough for now. I hope to have a lot more fun posts up soon. With summer coming, we should be having a lot of great times ahead.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Nightmares of a Mommy

After waking up this morning to Fuss calling, "Mommy, help me" because she wanted out of her bed and had a potty accident, I'm still feeling shaken. I cannot get the feeling out of my head: Fear, desperation, anxiety. Why? I had a nightmare. Fuss went missing. One minute she was there, the next gone. Thank goodness it was just a dream!

Here's how it played out:

We were at a carnival of sorts with my mom and sister. We'd been walking around all day and finally found a picnic table to sit down. Fuss was right with me as my mom and sister walked away. I put the diaper bag down to look for something inside it. Mom walks up to me and asked where Fuss was. Panic. I look frantically for her. Scream her name as I run around. No response. People aren't even paying attention to me. My sister comes up and I tell her Fuss is missing. She runs off to find help. I finally get someone to pay attention to me. They announce over the loudspeaker that a child is missing. She is 3 feet tall with brown hair and blue eyes, wearing a pink sparkly shirt and shorts. Then they say they can't help me further. WHAT?!?!?!?! So, now, I call the police...and get an automated system! I'm shaking so badly that I can't even push the buttons on my cell phone. I find a picture in my diaper bag and start grabbing people, screaming in their faces, "Have you seen my daughter?" No one seems to care. She's gone and there's nothing else I can do.

Then I wake up. I hear Fuss in her room. "Mommy, help me!" Deep breath. She's here. She's safe. I take her to the potty and clean her up then give her a huge hug. I would probably cling to her all day today if I could.

Have you ever dreamed your child went missing or was kidnapped? I have a child recovery kit I will be making sure I have filled out and in her diaper bag at all times starting today. Do you have one?