Friday, March 11, 2011

Giveaway Coming!!!

Okay, Mamas-of-Girlies!! (or Aunties-of-Girlies, etc...)

I have to offer a teaser! I'm going to be doing a giveaway here in the next few weeks, so make sure you check back!!

I was a lucky little girl to fall into this knowledge! I had a few diapers that were not a perfect fit for us, so I have been trolling www.diaperswappers.com for a while looking for a new home for them...and found a mama who had a couple diapers that I wanted...and made some of the cutest bows...and she is graciously trading some of her bows for my extra diaper...

For being a mama of THREE (count them, 3!!) girls, I am not the biggest fan of bows...on the flip side, I don't really like naked rubber bands, either. Imagine my excitement when I saw her flowers!! She has gorgeous fabric flowers and some of the coolest flower stackers... And the prices!!! So reasonable and in the Make-You-Buy-Bunches Range!!!

So go drool (and feel free to buy!!) on

Blue Willow Creations:

Here's her Etsy Site!!

And go fan her on Facebook, for new products and galleries!!

Blue Willow Creations will be my new Go To!! I will post pix of mine when I get them!! I even got to pick m fabric combinations...ooh! AND she will do customs if you have a fabric you MUST match...you can send it to her....and she'll whip you up some magic!!

I will be giving away a Flower Stacker when it gets here!! Make sure you check back!!

deals with tweens and other craziness

I am totally excited...I get to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring tonight with my boy! Never mind that I watched it while I folded laundry a couple of weeks ago... I made Gabriel read The Hobbit on the promise that I would let him watch the movies.

Here's the thing. I'm not making him read the rest of the books. I might make him listen to the audio books this summer...but I am going to make a confession, I really enjoyed the Hobbit...it was really good...But the rest of the series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, makes me crazy. I don't love them. This is the only exception so far where I liked the movies more than the books. The LOTR is tedious. While I like a good description as much as the next person, LOTR takes that a little too far. EVERYTHING is described, to the exaggerated extreme that every breath, every footstep, every thought is described. IN DETAIL. Uggh! While I was reading, I sat there and figured out how much time had passed, and I think that the time frame for the ENTIRE trilogy was about 3 weeks...and I think I spent a week and a half reading it. And I read fast. It was brutal. I wanted to keep my geek card, and put it on my list of things I'd read. So I did, but it was awful. I'm waiting for the phone call that my geek card will be revoked...because I dared to speak against the trilogy...

In the meantime, I'm going to enjoy the date night with Gabriel. I love that boy!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rat 3-9-11

I have lost back down to what I was before the last unfortunate rat. Good, I guess. No more diet drinks. It's working, huh...wierd.

I have gone to bed reasonably, about 50/50...those that I have not been good about resulted because of working out too late...but I have managed to work out reasonably early for the last 3 days...I hope to be able to get up and work out before I get the kids up tomorrow...I may check in just for that... :) I'd really like to change over to morning exercise.

I made quinoa and peanut satay dip and chicken...which is YUMMY! I think peas, sweet potatoes, or carrots would go GREAT with it. The kids won't touch it...but I liked it. Still working on finding new stuff for them.

The kids' food? I have been making a form of Bento Boxes for them, and they really like it. I use THIS site for ideas...I've gone cheap, and am using Ziploc divided containers, but I have enough that I can wash them in the dishwasher every couple of days...Elise has been eating more variety because of the divisions...utilizing the OCD tendencies does have some benefits! :)

I also bought some new skates!!! I cannot begin to tell you how VERY excited I am!! I got last year's version for about 1/2 the price, so I was able to get premium performance skates for a recreational skate price. I would have paid full price to get what I wanted, but I actually preferred last year's color combination! Bonus!! And I am now all set to start training for A2A! I am sooo excited!! Yay!!! I'm sick, perhaps, but dead serious! As of right now, I'm planning on the 38 mile distance...but if I can manage to train with some kind of regularity, then maybe, I can up it...we shall see.

I am hoping to get "skinny, fit Tiffany" back by doing "skinny, fit Tiffany's" exercise activities. I got my bike ready to go with the kid's trailer for when it gets warm again. Ethan worries about my taking my skating up again. He keeps reminding me that I am no longer a "Spring Chicken"...but I countered that I may get to look like one by acting like one. He rolled his eyes and reminded me to be careful. He knows how recklessly I used to skate, but I think that motherhood has tempered my consequence planning... Plus, my dad took up Mountain Biking at age 50. I come from a long line of acting-the-age-you-want-to-feel-like. So, there.

A girlfriend commented on my Facebook wall "Girl...just how FIT ARE YOU? You are running, skating, Shredding...I stand in awe...." Here's the thing. I am fairly fit. The problem is to be really fit, I have to look like it and quit making myself fight against my own body. As I said before, I need to ditch about 7 pounds to get healthy, but to truly free my old self, I need to lose about 15...not that that loss will take me back to college, but it will go a long way to allowing me to do what I want...and that is the truth of it. You can run, bike, skate, and exercise while dragging around a few extra pounds. However, for it to be really fun and to make it hurt less, losing all that extra makes all the difference. It's like running with a bag of groceries. You can do it, but it's no fun.

I believe that my special needs blog placed 3rd for the Reader's Choice Awards (I have to wait on the official announcement to know for sure!)...which is cool, but missed 1st and 2nd place by 7,000 and 6,000 votes, respectively. So, it's not quite as impressive as it sounds. I am still pleased though. Not bad for a 5 month old blog! :) The reason to brag about this is to explain why I've been forced to keep stalking my votes. On my phone. At night. With my husband home. I feel badly. I am going to start putting it away when the kids go to bed, so I can kick that addiction again. I promise!

So, is that everything I have to rat myself out about? If not, I'll check back in. Thanks for making me stay honest!