Friday, June 28, 2013

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I despise a lot of technology...
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Happy Weekend!!!

Spring Fever Vox Box

I get so giddy when I'm notified about a new Vox Box that might potentially be on it's way to me!
This is my third to date, and I have so much fun finding new products and giving my honest feedback.  
It's so interesting how so many different opinions can stem from one product!

In my Spring Vox Box I received the following items:

This was the only product I received that I used daily.  I left it out on my dresser, and it became my daily deodorant.  Thank goodness for the antiperspirant and odor blocker because my office was lacking air conditioning in this 90+ degree weather!  We all know how annoying white deodorant lines can be on clothing-but there was none of that to be had!  I even rubbed a pair of black shorts on my pits just to sure...The only negative I encountered was that after I had shaved, it burned a little.  But, all in all, excellent product, and it's on par with any other specialty deodorant at $4.95.  

Disclaimer: that's actually not my VoxBox, rather I found it on Google Images.  Anywhoo-it wasn't until I went to fill out the survey and write this that I realized I have not seen this around for awhile.  You know what that means?  It means my boys loved it so much, they hijacked my "lipstick."  But from what I do remember, it was not drying-which is my biggest pet peeve.  Seriously-I don't wear anything on my lips, ever, because I find it too drying. Also, it's color was just right.  Not nothing, but definitely not too much.

First of all, how cute is the packaging?  Now, these are not for me.  I give myself a manicure once a week, which is free.  I can't justify needing to continually purchase new press-on nails.  However, I will say, one of my co-workers said that for the past few months she has been using these instead of getting the gel-manicure (which runs close to $30) and she said these last about three weeks-3 WEEKS!!!???!!! I remember back in middle school/high school wanting longer nails and just buying some nail glue and a box of fake nails.  I was lucky if those could last a day holding up to the regular wear and tear! And these last 3 weeks? With no glue, just adhesive?  It's almost enough to get me to purchase some and really try it out.  

Again, being really honest-because I wear a wig (bet some of you didn't know that...) I don't do my real hair.  I wear a wig for religious reasons and it's just me, I don't do my hair.  I wear my wig everyday, I usually wear it in the house, so as long as the wig looks nice. And, truthfully, hair was just never my thing. I am truly terrible at it-so I wasn't interested in playing with my own hair, and I definitely wasn't interested in using it in my wig for fear of messing something up!  I did send this product to a fellow VoxBoxer and I'm waiting for her reviews on the product.  

Unfortunately, these were enjoyed more by my children than myself.  As I opened the VoxBox, I was so excited to see something edible that was a long the lines of junk! Apparently they were just as thrilled because I was promptly instructed to share.  I would have preferred the peanut butter version, but I love the chocolate coating the light and fluffy cake on the inside.  What a perfect combo!  

So, there ya go-my Spring Vox Box review.

I received all products complimentary from Vox Box in exchange for my honest reviews of each product. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

And the Winner is...

Keren Klein!!!

Keren has won a bib and burp cloth set from Magaby's Kid-ture and a set of personalized newborn spoons from Sweet Kev!  

I can't wait to see pictures of what you choose! 

 


 
Sweet Kev
Can be found on facebook...

I have found each of these ladies fabulous to work with and I look forward to every occasion to order from them!

I can't wait to hear about your next personalized purchases!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

One of those nights...

I typically feel in control-I carry lists, planners, notes in my i-phones, post-its, you name it!
But tonight, I feel like a failure.
It's funny-I've read it so.many.places., even repeated the mantra to others, but tonight, I just am not feelin' it.
Everyone ate
Everyone's asleep
Everyone was wearing clothes
No one got hurt
No one's dead
We survived
But why am I not buying into that advice tonight? 


Parenting is a fine line between accepting your limits, yet not overstepping them, or on the other hand-not meeting the expectations.
Unfortunately, money can also play a role in this.  For example, our babysitter comes from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday.  The total number of hours is the standard, although typically, babysitters in our area are from 8am-6pm.  
All my babysitter does is sit my babies-no cleaning, no cooking.
All cleaning is done by me.
All cooking is done by me, and most nights it is a home cooked meal.
But I've realized that with working full time, it would be super beneficial for everyone if I had that extra hour.  But I just can't afford to pay for that extra hour, so this year has been filled with a lot of anxiety and stress as I find the evenings really trying as I have a lot to accomplish in a limited amount of time.  
It would also be nice to sleep, but beggars can't be choosers. 

Why can't I just accept the advice from above and concede?
So what if things are messy. Or there's some dirty dishes some mornings.  
What's the big deal if laundry takes a couple days to be put away.
These are never ending cycles anyway.  

I don't know...
 
Tonight as I was putting Dovy to sleep, for the third try, at 9pm, I thought for a quiet moment how all of this is exactly what I dreamed of, and I should stop taking my kids for granted.
I need to unplug sometimes.
They need to unplug-we have old i-phones they play with, a DVD system in the car, and they've gotten into the habit of watching something in the morning when they wake up and before they go to sleep-but I don't see how any of this is beneficial.  
It just makes things worse-they fight over who gets to play with what phone, they fight over what to watch on TV, they fight over what DVD to watch in the car, and tonight, for the first time, they even fought over which CD to listen to-Moshe wanted one CD, for the 4th time, and Dovy wanted a different one.
Someone was always unhappy, and that someone ended up screaming until I turned it off. 
I'd rather listen to silence...

I'm going to try, again, to re-vamp my night time routine, which I think is essential before the baby comes.  
For starters, I think it's time to admit defeat and increase the babysitter's hours-and use that time to be productive around the house or with errands. 
I will need to plan with my husband at the beginning of each week so I know his schedule.  
Dinner should take place no later than 6:30.  
The boys will be upstairs no later than 7:30.  
Change into pjs, brush teeth, read books, cuddle and relax until 8:15.  
Dovy still needs rocked for a little to relax, so he can be rocked for 10-15 minutes, typically with my husband he will request to go into his crib when he's done,however he does not do that with me.
Moshe will stay up talking all night, which is how my husband is sometimes trapped with him until 9:30/10pm at night-this is a definite no-go.  
Not for Moshe and not for my husband.  
Moshe is old enough to have a discussion with, so I think we'll have to do that and create a plan with him-and stick with it!

All in all, I know this isn't easy-not for anyone.  
I know everyone struggles.  I just think part of me isn't ready to accept that I will also struggle.  That the house isn't going to be quiet at 7:30 at night. 
But what was happening was we would get upstairs around 7pm, but then watch an episode of Micky Mouse Club House, and that's 50 minutes!  
Even if we all lay in bed watching, the boys still expect additional cuddles before bed; so that's why bedtime was taking until 9/9:30pm!!!
And that just doesn't work-not for anyone.

So, I guess the point of this was to seek bedtime/general routine advice-what tips can you share with me that have worked in your house?


Admitting your despair, yet asking for grace...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On the move...

Move #5 that is...in almost 6 years...
Stop the madness!

Things didn't work out at our current place and we are prepping for a move a few weeks pre-baby.  
Deep breaths....things will work out.

Just as I was finishing up spaces here, I have to start all over.
Fortunately, the place we're hopeful for is basically an identical layout to our current place, so I can just transpose what I've done here.  
Unfortunately, the kitchen is from the 1950s, oh, and so is the bathroom.  
It didn't help when my husband said, so it'll take you another year to get settled...
But then I realized, I'll take you all along for the journey as we settle into a space that isn't technically ours, and work with the 1950s kitchen and bathroom to the best of our abilities and budget.

Here are some current Pins


Navy love~ living room Vanessa De Vargas / Turquoise L.A.
Via

Office space in kitchen.  :-)
Via



You can follow my On the move board on Pinterest HERE 
to see what I am dreaming of for our next space!

I will be moving pins from our last move onto that board, as some spaces will be kept the same.  

Now, if there are any handymen reading, HELP!

Don't forget to enter the bip and burp cloth set, and personalized spoons giveaway!  Like Sweet Kev on Facebook, follow the blog, and comment on your favorite newborn gift!!!
Giveaway ends tomorrow at midnight!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Monday Munchies...

Head on over to Facebook and Like Sweet Kev, follow my blog on the right sidebar, and comment on your fave newborn gift and you'll be entered to win a burp and bib set and a personalized spoon set!!!
Giveaway ends Wednesday... 

When it comes to making my life easier, I'm all for it, within reason.  
Obviously it would make my life way easier if I just never cleaned, cooked, baked, made scrapbooks, but what I really mean is-I look to cut corners without being obvious.  
For instance-my kitchen looks clean, but don't move the toaster.  
I can clean my bathroom in 5 minutes, but only because my shower has a door that closes, and I'm assuming that no one is opening it. Although we all know what they say about assuming...
When it comes to baking, I'll use a boxed mix, but make my own frosting.  

But some things are just.worth.it.
Peach Cobbler
Need I say more?  


Filling
8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced into thin wedges 
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar 
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
1 teaspoon lemon juice 
2 teaspoons corn starch 

Main Topping 
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces 
1/4 cup boiling water 

Extra topping
3 tablespoons white sugar 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

The first step in this process is peeling, pitting and wedging the peaches.  I found that if I make that my first step and do it at a time when I can just put it in the fridge-say I have some time to do that, but not the whole recipe, it makes the recipe feel more manageable. 
The recipe claims that prep time is only 20 minutes, but I find I spend at least 20 minutes dealing with all the peachiness. 



Add all the filling ingredients to your peaches in a large bowl.  The nutmeg and lemon juice are key here. I did not have lemon juice this go around, and I think it really made a difference in the taste.  


Pour the peaches into a 2 quart baking dish-I just use either an 8x8 or 9x13 tin.  
Bake for 10 minutes at 450


In a separate bowl, mix in the flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt.  Add in the butter, and then use a pastry blender (I always attempt a fork and end up just using my hands) to mix in pieces of butter.  It really doesn't have to be perfect because then you add in the boiling water which helps it all come together to form a dough-like consistency.  
 The person who gave me this recipe told me to double the main topping if using a 9x13, so I've always done that (the measurements given here are not doubled) however, for an 8x8, these measurements worked out perfectly.  

In spoonfuls, drop the main filling on top of the pre-cooked peaches.
 Mix your extra topping and sprinkle over the main filling. 



Bake at 450 until golden brown, about 30 minutes.



Delicious, and definitely a summer must! 



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

My Favorite things...Newborn edition GIVEAWAY!!!!!
Updated: In order to participate in the giveaway, follow my blog, comment which newborn gift you love, and LIKE Sweet Kev on Facebook


Some of you may recall that I became an Auntie about six weeks ago.
Some of you may remember the comment my aunt wrote about being an aunt: it's very important business.
Important business indeed!

I wanted to welcome my niece with all of my favorite things!
It's like Oprah up in here... 
Let me just start out by stating that my gifts are always personalized.  I love personalize items, yet I realize that isn't always the most economical, so I don't typically buy personalized items for myself, but I love to give personalized items to others because, well, I love personalized items!

Not only am I going to showcase what I got for her, some of the items are up for grabs!
Just follow along on my sidebar, and comment which is your favorite newborn item, and you'll be entered!
The giveaway ends next Wednesday at midnight, 6/26.

For starters, I would need a vehicle to contain all of these spectacular items

Thanks Pottery Barn for your wonderful totes! 
I wouldn't mind one for a new diaper bag...

Next up we have personalized burp cloths made by Magaby's Kid-ture


These burp cloths have become a staple newborn gift, and everyone raves about them!  I cannot wait to place an order for myself once this baby makes it's appearance!  
I won't even bother attempting to highlight some of her pieces, because-I want to show you the whole shop. 
Check it out for yourself!
Magaby's will be giving away a bib and burp cloth set, check 'em out...
Personalized Bib and Burp cloth set BOY GIRL  Lots of Styles and ColorsPersonalized Bib and Burp cloth set BOY GIRL  Lots of Styles and ColorsPersonalized Bib and Burp cloth set BOY GIRL  Lots of Styles and Colors
Now, in case the spit up just cannot be contained with these burp cloths-I know, the thought of cleaning spit up with these adorable cloths is horrifying...then maybe the little one needs a bath and will dry off with her own personalized towel

 Once again, thank you Pottery Barn

When my niece gets to be a few months older, I know she'll totally enjoy eating her rice cereal from her very own personalized spoons made by Sweet Kev


Sweet Kev can be found under that name on Facebook.  Not only does she sell embellished silverware and serving pieces, she also sells awesome dessert items

Need I say more?  I can't wait to throw my next birthday party-now Dovy just has to decide between Elmo and Micky Mouse...
Sweet Kev will be giving away a set of personalized spoons!

My sister-in-law is in medical school, so of course this was a no-brainer

 I saw this at a boutique shop and ultimately ordered it from Amazon

I couldn't wait for my niece to receive all of her Auntie's favorite newborn things!!!


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Onto the 8th...the BIG 3-0

And thankfully we're not talking about my birthday!  I have a good while before that!!!  
We are in the homestretch!  
On Friday, we'll be in single digit countdown folks. 
For treatment and for weeks left of this pregnancy!
In a week and a half I can actually say, next month we're having a baby!
G-d willing...all should continue to be well.


 This is what happens when your husband is on the night shift and you rely on your 3 year old to take a picture with your i-phone....because I still haven't figured out how to upload pictures.

 Total weight gain/loss: 40 lbs.  This shouldn't really scare me or surprise me.  With Moshe I gained 40, with Dovy I gained 45.  So, to end up at 50 or 55 won't make me happy, but it's only another 5-10 lbs to lose.  And I've lost it all twice, I'll do it again! 

Maternity clothes? Mainly stretchy skirts during the day, but also maternity bottoms (I really don't have that many) and all maternity tops. Enjoying my new tops and dresses from Destination Maternity.  They have tons of super cute stuff, but their higher end collections have seemed to increase in price from what I can remember-but they are totally adorable. 

Sleep: Waking up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, and I need lots of pillows. 

Best moment this month: So happy to have gotten a good report from the doctor at last week's appointment! 

Movement:TONS! And I love it!  Almost every time I start to panic, I feel something. This baby is constantly moving which is totally my saving grace.  I've had a lot to worry about throughout this time, and the frequent movements bring me constant comfort. 

Exercise:What's that?  No, seriously-exercise does not even cross my mind.  And I forgot I bought that DVD.  It will be put away into the exercise bin and I'll use it next time.
 
Gender: We know and some friends and family have been let in on the secret. 

Labor Signs: Nope! 

Belly Button in or out?Mainly out

What I miss:running, feeling healthy, not having rolls of fat, breathing.  But it's fine, I've done this before.

What I am looking forward to:Looking forward to my OB appointment this coming Monday and the week after an appointment with the highest of the highs, which I'm assuming we'll determine a final birth plan.

New Symptoms:  Unfortunately the heartburn has returned with a vengeance.  I pop tums like they're candy...I even had that dreaded choking on your acid reflux and can't breathe moment.  I am just really noticing the weight now, and Moshe asked me why I'm walking funny.  I asked him how I'm walking and he imitated me-it was hilarious.   



 
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