Look, I know it’s cliché to say that time flies. BUT, TIME FLIES! Sarah is already ONE year old today.
And even though we celebrated birthday(s) a few weeks ago with the frogs, today is her official day. So I will still give her some birthday treatment.
It’s so fun to see little newborn raisins develop into little monkeys – just look at the changes! Here’s a video of her first days home with us:
And then here’s a little “song and dance” video she put together for you when she was roughly 7 months old. She wasn’t doing much standing yet – still in her planking phase. But she still wanted to dance! So without further ado…
Happy Birthday #1 Sarah!
Name 22 things every Mom needs. Easy right? There are so many things a new (or seasoned) Mom needs in order to navigate life with their little ones.
Well, right now you can win up to 22 must-have items for Mom and Kid – just Pin It to win it!
In May we celebrate moms and it’s also pregnancy awareness month, so what better way to recognize both moms and children than to offer a giveaway of the best mom and children’s products? Mom Entrepreneurs have come together to offer 22 must-have mom and children’s products in a Pin It To Win It Giveaway event from May 2nd to May 31st. Two easy steps to enter: 1) create a Pinterest Board called “Products I Like” and 2) pin all the all the products you want to win using the Rafflecopter form below. One lucky winner will receive all the products they pinned.
NuComfort Memory Foam Stroller Liner by Tivoli Couture
All Tivoli Couture stroller liners are designed to provide optimum support for every passenger – proven by the Chiropractor Recommended seal. This accolade marks their ability to offer proper positioning and reduce musculo-skeletal stress. Unlike many stroller lines available today, Tivoli Couture liners offer pure luxury because theyíre made from generously thick, high-density memory foam – a material famous for its ability to relieve pressure and help promote circulation. Tivoliís well-padded memory foam pad cushions the ride; helps absorb shock and can protect little ones from metal protrusions often found in jogging and umbrella-style strollers. www.TivoliCouture.com
A wall-mounted diaper & wipe caddy, Bobee allows for one-handed access so you can keep one hand safely on your baby. The diaper caddy comes white and is customizable with included colorful decals to decorate and match your nursery room decor. Changing table space is freed up for other important baby items, and the diapers and wipes are up and out of the way from curious little hands. The dispenser fits high quantities in all sizes and brands of disposable diapers. Pre-package wet wipes fit neatly below. www.bobeeinc.com
Two pairs of Belle Bottoms or Gift Card for $28 by the Buti-Bag Company
Iron on pant cuffs that can lengthen and/or add style to your little one’s pants! www.butibag.com
Pink Noblo Umbrella Buddy
Invented by two moms to stop fly away beach umbrellas (and the injuries that can result from this), the Noblo is a simple to use beach umbrella anchor. Three easy steps: 1) Fill noblo with sand, 2) velcro to beach umbrella, and 3) relax at the beach. Noblo will take care of your beach umbrella. www.thenoblo.com
The Diaper Clutch
The Diaper Clutch is a stylish and convenient way to carry your diapers and wipes! The Diaper Clutch is the very first to feature the easy access window to the wipesÖmaking diaper changing that much easier! The inner pocket has enough room to fit 2-4 diapers…depending on size. Grab it and go for that quick outing or toss it in your diaper bag! Designed around the Huggies Disposable wipes refill pack, the diaper clutch is also compatible with most disposable soft pack wipes with hard top cover. The Diaper Clutch comes in many different stylish prints for both boys and girls. www.thediaperclutch.com
$40.00 Cash Card for Kiddotags.com
Kiddo tags ô manufactures personalized laminated dishwasher & clothing tag labels, allergy warning labels & waistbands. Stick it. Tag it. Find it!
Made: USA MOM
Le bibble Baby Bottle Bib – Anchors Away 2-pack by Bibble, LLC
Dribble, meet Le bibbleÆ. Le bibbleÆ is an organic + designer baby bottle bib that sops up leaks and dribbles – while keeping baby focused on bottle. Available in an array of bright and beautiful prints, each with an organic underlay for wiping dribble, Le bibbleÆ takes bottle feeding to a new level, making being neat chic. USA Made. www.lebibble.com
3 Piece Shabby Chiffon Set, 1 headband, 1 set of Tiny Toes, 1 bracelet by Fairy Godmother
Our Shabby Chiffon set is our bestselling collection. You can win 1 headband, 1 bracelet, and 1 pair of Tiny Toes barefoot sandals. Your set will be made just for you and your baby, in your favorite colors and in her correct size. www.fairygodmotherstore.com
Babee Covee 6-in-1 Baby Blanket & Cover
Babee Coveeô is an award-winning versatile baby blanket and cover that is SIX products in ONE! It makes daily life easy with baby by eliminating the need to buy, pack and carry bulky single-use items while helping to protect baby/toddler from germs where ever you go.
The trendy Babee Covee offers nine different styles and can be used as: 1) car seat “tent” cover 2) nursing cover 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) stroller cover/blanket and 6) playtime blanket. www.babeecovee.com
2 Easy Steps to Enter:
Step 1: Create a Pinterest Board called “Products I Love”…don’t have Pinterest? No problem! It’s super easy to sign up here: www.pinterest.com
Step 2: Pin all the images you want to win via the Rafflecopter form below. IMPORTANT Pinning Instructions: Click on the buttons that say “Pin this image on Pinterest.” There are 22 – one for each product. Then click the Pin It button, fill in a description, then pin the image. Click “See my pin” and then copy the URL and come back to the Rafflecopter and insert the URL of your pin – aka your pinlink. Screenshots of how to do this can be seen here. The chosen winner will receive the products that they pinned so pinning all 22 products will give you the opportunity to win all 22 prizes.
Go HERE for the official site – and good luck!
Kids say the darndest things. Which a lot of times are repeats of what they heard their parent’s say. Some of Max’s current phrases, words, exclamations are:
An inquisitive “So…”
An exasperated “Oh, Man!”
An inviting “C’mon let’s go”
A decisive “How about…”
He’s now 2, but when he was around 20 months old, he would often exclaim “Oh, no!” – such as here when Sarah gets stuck. And stuck again.
He tends to lean towards a serious note. Like when he’s playing flash cards or any number, alphabet games. And his “Oh, no!” exclamations were always under a serious tone. So, I just had to lighten him up about it.
I think it’s imperative to have a good sense of humor. The ability to laugh at life. And at oneself. He picked up on the concept quickly. Oh how true it is they are sponges – soaking up their surroundings. We must be – as selective as we can – in what they experience.
Or you could move to Bhutan where the Gross National Happiness is more important than their Gross National Product (for real!).
And if none of that helps, buy a ticket to Timbuktu and send a postcard. Seriously.
Angelina’s decision to share such intimate details with the world is both gracious and humble. I’m a firm believer in sharing information – both tragedy and joy – with others. It’s the only way we can grow as a human race. What good is it if we all have to live and learn each heartache or enlightenment on our own?
I’m not saying you have to share every detail of your life with the whole world, but if you share insight and knowledge – just within your circle of friends and family – now those words can help others and also spread the globe. To me, we should always be moving towards better understanding, knowledge and a “we’re in this together” attitude.
I’ve mentioned this theory of mine before – back in 2011 when I was grateful to the women who had shared their information with me on how to get pregnant:
I’m happy there are women out there who share their personal journeys with others so we can all benefit. Women who are embarassed, or trying to appear perfect, or just hoarding good news to themselves can go to hell! Or at least go to some some deserted island. Where they can sit around giving each other the stink eye all day. I say get over yourself! We’re all in this (life) together. We may as well help each other out instead of holding each other back.
As you already know, I was Angelina’s double so you may think that I’m just bias. But, I’m not. If I didn’t believe in her – I wouldn’t blog about it.
Now, as to what everyone can do with the information she has shared? That’s determined by the individual. It may help someone feel better about their own double mastectomy. It may prompt someone to get tested. It may inspire someone to be more accepting of their loved one who is going through the same thing. Whatever the article did for you, I’m sure you can find a way to pay it forward.
Since the test that Angie mentions is $3,000 – I won’t be getting it done anytime soon. But I am curious if I too have that gene. My maternal grandmother (still alive and well at 98!) did have breast cancer, but survived. And an Aunt as well. So… I don’t know. Maybe I too may have this gene? Hopefully someday testing will be available to everyone. Maybe someday health insurance will cover the testing as part of a ‘well, routine visit.’ But that’s getting into a whole other blog post.
It’s been really hot here in Los Angeles the past couple of days and it got me thinking about the ocean, sun, wind, sand… It’s always about 10 degrees cooler at the beach and something about being near the ocean is so relaxing to me. I always leave there feeling relaxed and… well, a little like summer.
Getting to the beach is easy when you live on the coast, right? In theory, yes. It’s only about a 20 minute drive for me (with no traffic). But actually getting to the beach with two little ones, is not so easy. Next year will be much easier. They’ll both be old enough to run around and make sand castles. And throw sand at each other – ha!
I have a cute grass umbrella and a blanket that I keep in my car – just in case I’m ever on a job or audition near the ocean. That way I can easily make a 20 minute pit stop and soak up a little summer. And then just say I hit traffic on the way home. =)
But, keeping my beach umbrella in place is often not easy since it’s almost always windy at the beach. And an umbrella on the loose getting blown around? Not a good idea. Definitely a safety hazard.
That’s why The Noblo was invented! A couple of mom’s wanted something to keep their beach umbrellas safe from getting blown around and… voilà… The Noblo was born. It’s such a simple, great idea! Martha Stewart included it in her 20 summer must-haves. And I have to agree. I now keep one in my car with the umbrella and blanket. Because beach time, should be chill time. No worries. Just relax. And The Noblo helps you do just that.