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Catching Up!

20 Nov

Yes that’s right I have been a little bit behind this past week. After E was sick/teething my body decided to give out for a couple of days too. I had a little virus and stayed on the couch for a little while. Thankfully Nana agreed to babysit E so I didn’t get her sick and so I could get better faster! This resulted in me sleeping, showering, sleeping, watching tv, lounging, eating, sleeping, reading, and a little more sleeping! But I am feeling much better. So not only did Nana babysit but she brought over food! And not just any food, oh no, she brought the famous holiday family special goulash and let me just tell you that happens to be my FAVORITE holiday meal EVER. AND she made my favorite cookies haha. I am spoiled. I happily devoured it and went back to being lazy 🙂

YUMMY!! And if you want this recipe .. I hate to break it to you but I don’t even know it! One day I will … but I highly doubt I’ll be putting it on this blog. I think I am going to be keeping this one a Family Recipe.

These babies? You can find these at your local grocery store 😛 But I am sucker for these things! When I was pregnant with E and we moved here, every time we went over to Nana’s she would have this and I would devour them. She still makes them for me all the time and I think I will love these things until I die.

So since I did a lot of concentrating on getting better this week, I made up for a little of it today (key word little). Enjoy!

Christmas Puffs!!!!! I seriously never get sick of making these things. They are budget friendly and pretty dang cool looking once you get the hang of making them. I plan on using these to tie around my goodie bags and use as bows for presents. SUPER FUN!

The leftover scraps from the puffs that I thought would look really cool stuffed into a clear ornament? Maybe? That attempt might happen this week!

Stamping and Signing the flips ide of my Christmas Cards and the blank space is going to be the family picture 🙂

Cut up the paper and getting stuff ready to make fun Thank You cards for Christmas. More on this later!

And say hello to the second sleeve!!! Still a work in progress but hey look how far I have gotten!!

So I have managed to dabble in a little bit today and hopefully this week will offer a lot more! Oh and since I finally finished my book I am on to the next one on my list.

Excited to get this book started!

Love Always,

J

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Leap Frog – ABC Animal Orchestra

20 Nov

I signed up for this free book giveaway at www.freebies4mom.com and they sent me this book in the mail. It’s Leap Frog’s Tag Junior ABC Animal Orchestra and it’s a book to teach your child ABC’s. In this collection they have other things like Numbers, Opposites, and so on.

E already loves this book and I do too! This one and Dr. Seuss have seem to be her favorites. This book is educational and the type of book that’s going to stick around for a while.

Barnes and Nobles description:

Ratta-tat-tat on Cat’s congas and croon with Baboon’s bassoon while exploring the ABC’s!

This Tagâ„¢ Junior board book springs to life when you touch the Tag Junior book pal to any part of any page. More than 24 playful activities and 150 audio responses encourage little ones to explore while helping build confidence with books. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog® Learning Path to see their child’s progress and get printable activities to expand the learning!

Introduces:
– Alphabet
– Music
– Animals

For ages 2 to 4.

 

As you all probably know by now E is only 16 months and I would have bought this book for her months ago if I knew it existed. My second favorite thing about this book is you can buy Tag Junior Book Pal that reads to the kids. I am super excited about getting this when I think she’s a little older and understands how to use it. When I got this free copy a $5 dollar off coupon came with it that doesn’t expire until March 2011 so that is PRETTY SWEET!

Barnes and Nobles description:

• Set the stage for reading! The Tag™ Junior book pal encourages toddlers to explore while helping build confidence with books.

• Each Tag Junior board book introduces a different preschool skill—such as the alphabet, counting or social play—through 24 playful, book-based activities and more than 130 audio responses.

• Open-ended questions and fun sound effects encourage children to take charge, as they touch any part of any page to bring words, pictures or activities to life.

• Download audio for your child’s books, and keep up to 5 at a time on your book pal!

• See your child’s progress through the online LeapFrog® Learning Path, and get printable activities to expand the learning!

*Included sampler book, If I Were…, has 16 activities and over 70 audio responses.

For ages 2 – 4.

 

There is a whole series of books that go with this tag reader and I plan on purchasing all of them. If you have a one year old I would consider getting these right away and buying the book pal when they are two. These are great learning books whether you have the book pal right away or not.

I give these books and book pal 5 stars! This totally rocks!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy!

Love Always,

J

Little Earthquakes

20 Nov

TADA! I finally finished this book! This has been a long hard battle for me and I’d have to say I was highly disappointed with this book up until the last few chapters. Midway through the book Jennifer Weiner finds a way to grab your attention but holding it was not her best value in my case. I was half interested instead of not interested at all and then at the very last chapter for each girl I had an emotional connection. But it took me until the last chapters. This book has a great storyline, great characters, and a real sense of living the lives of true people but it lacks that “I can’t put it down” feeling. The other thing that probably made me a little crazy was instead of “chapters” she had sections where the name of the person she was talking about was at the top and then a couple of pages and then the next person and so on. In the beginning this made it really hard for me to keep track who was who, where they came from, and what was that guys name I was probably supposed to remember? And then there was that one girl that you kept wondering why the heck is she even in this book until you get to the middle. So those are a little of my pet peeves. I rate this book a 2 and a half. It had potential but I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone who loves a book you can’t put down or they might just give up and put it down forever halfway through.

 Barnes and Nobles description of this book:

 In Jennifer Weiner’s richest, wittiest, most true-to-life novel yet, this highly acclaimed storyteller brings readers a tale of romance, friendship, forgiveness, and extreme sleep deprivation, as three very different women navigate one of life’s most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.

Rebecca Rothstein-Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, supportive friends, a restaurant that’s received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl…and the mother-in-law from hell.

Kelly Day’s life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors of her largely empty apartment, she’s struggling to balance work and motherhood and marriage, while entering Oliver’s every move (and movement) on a spreadsheet, and dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day.

And Ayinde Towne is already on shaky ground, trying to live her life to the letter of a how-to guide called Baby Success, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril — and their new family even more in the public eye.

Then there’s Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has just come home, leaving Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret, to start her life all over again.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after…and how an eight-pound bundle of joy can shake up every woman’s sense of herself in the world around her.

From prenatal yoga to postbirth sex, from sisters and husbands to mothers and mothers-in-law, Little Earthquakes is a frank, funny, fiercely perceptive Diaper Genie-eye view of the comedies and tragedies of love and marriage.

If you are a mother to a young baby and have the patience for a book that peeks at the end then this one is for you!

Love Always,

J

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