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Saturday, October 27, 2007

All moms should be skinny, in shape

Let’s face it, for most moms when their feet hit the floor they’re running nonstop until it’s time to lay head to pillow again that night. Or, if you’re not quite that lucky, your head will hit the pillow sometime in the early a.m.

From my perspective, a mom of four children, I think I should be skinny and in shape. Not the newly chunky (some call “thick”) woman that I see looking back at me from the mirror. I came upon this realization when I was standing in front of the sink washing dishes and I was sweating! It dawned on me that sweating was a good sign (well, not really when you’re just washing dishes…); but it meant that I was burning calories. Yeah!

So I figure that if I move at an even faster pace throughout my day, I should be svelte in no time. (Come on, don’t you think that will work?) I know experts say that a nutritious diet and regular exercise will keep one at an ideal, healthy weight. I’ve come up with my own “scientific” evidence: a kind of nutritious diet and regular, fast-paced activity WILL (speak it into existence) lead to a healthy and ideal weight.

Take today, for instance, I had to do a marathon laundry-washing session to get the kids’ clothes ready for when their dad picked them up. I had to make bottles for the baby and fix her cereal while I made breakfast for the toddler and pre-schooler. Only about an hour and a half later I had finished three loads of laundry, cleaned up and dressed two children, made meals for five people (all different meals) and got myself dressed. After the children left, I jumped in the van to pick up a bookcase and when I returned home rushed it into the house (working biceps and upper back) and rushed back out to make a delivery and get a few things at the store. I think I got about 30 things and it only took 30 minutes – that’s one item per minute. When I returned home I picked up as many bags at once as possible and bench-pressed the 25 pack of water and rushed it into the house! Hey, that’s some calories, right?

I could review some other busier days, but you get the point. So, moms (dads can participate too!) try going into hyper drive to get everything accomplished each day. Maybe you’ll get things finished sooner and lose weight and stay in shape at the same time.

BTW: If you try this you agree that I will not be held accountable for any injuries or exhaustion that results! :-)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Technology... aargh!

A month ago I told you I was going to show you pictures of my birthday gifts. Well, I didn't forget. Okay, I did forget, but then I remembered. So once I remembered I didn't post any pictures because my daughter's digital camera and/or my laptop have started doing something weird.

I have no idea what's going on but every time I try to load pictures to the computer they don't show up in the viewing screen from the camera. Therefore since I can't see the pictures, I don't know which ones to load. It's soooo frustrating! I'm ready to throw the camera and the laptop out of the window.

So, just so you know, I didn't post what I said I would because it's all the robots... uh, technology stuff's fault and I haven't posted any recent pictures (like of Andre's 4th birthday!!) because of the same reason.

Stop pretending... you know you were wondering! :-)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Shopping on Black Friday

I guess I’ve been living under a rock for 39 years because I’ve only heard the term Black Friday twice. I can’t even remember the first time, but the second time was recently when I was reading a news article about a group of women who rise at about 3:30 a.m. to make it to the stores by 4:30 a.m. on Black Friday, which is the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest Christmas shopping day of the year for saving money.

There’s a website where you can buy Black Friday items without standing in line at a store. And unless you live in a year-round warm climate area, this is a really good thing! Whether you use JC Penny coupons, Linens-n-Things or take advantage of Home Depot deals (and many others) for your Christmas presents; you can find everything you need at the Black Friday site.

We all know how busy stores can get during holiday shopping; that’s why I love the Black Friday site – there are popular and well-known major retailers. And, to top it all off, Black Friday offers a notification service: All you have to do is enter your email address and you’ll get a notice when new black friday ads are posted.

Talk about shopping made easy!

Although I normally avoid the busiest shopping days of the year, I may actually shop during Black Friday this year… uh, from my computer! Happy shopping!

Buy laptop bag, support Susan G. Komen for the Cure

I absolutely love this laptop bag. It's a Komen Milano and with any Komen laptop bag purchase you get free shipping and a Mobile Edge teddy bear. The best part is that 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Brilliant idea! NutraMist!

This is one of those things that, when you see it, you'll say, "What will they come up with next?" It's NutraMist(TM) fast-acting oral sprays and what they call "America's Cure for 'Pill Fatigue.'" NutraMist has developed a new four-product line that is designed to tackle everyday problems:

1. NutraMist Energy Shots
2. NutraMist Crave Control
3. NutraMist Sleep Now
4. NutraMist Immune Boost

The oral sprays are drug free, caffeine free, sugar free, carb free, alcohol free, non-aerosol and non-addicting. Each one is in purse- and pocket-sized spray bottles that are convenient and easy to use.

Since my children are passing around a bug I've been using the NutraMist Immune Boost -- not only does it have a great taste (Tropical Burst flavor), but I really believe I can see the benefit. Normally there are other products that I use to fight germs/colds/flu that have an immediate relief of an oncoming scratchy throat and I can feel the same benefits with the NutraMist Immune Boost, which is a blend of vitamin C, zinc and echinacea. It also contains 17 antioxidants and immune-boosting botanicals.

The NutraMist products (only $7.99!!) are available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Linens-n-Things, CVS, GNC and others. Stop by your local store to grab a couple for your family or get them online at NutriMist.


Sorry about memes...

Okay, I have to admit it. I suck at memes and (gasp!) I don't like them. I have a total blockage when it comes to getting them done and following the rules. I have such good intentions when I say I'm going to do it and then I see them on other people's blogs -- and although I read them -- I get a feeling of absolute complete dread if I've been tagged.

Recently sweet Carrie (Rantings of a Woman) tagged me with the Shopping Tip Meme. I saw that on Tammy's blog (Mom Knows Everything) and had breathed a sigh of relief that no one had tagged me with it... and then I checked my email. OMG... LOL.

I hope I don't offend anyone (or lose blogging friends), which is why I haven't said anything in the past. But it's so rude of me not to follow through and not say anything. It's even ruder (more rude! HA!) not to do it after I say I will.

So, here's an It's a woman's world! rule: If I'm tagged with a meme I may or may not do it. Sorry... I can't make any promises.

BTW: On the other meme -- what was it called? -- the one where everyone wrote about themselves/their blogs... Is there a way to copy everything and preserve the links without going through and manually setting each one? SIGH! See my dilemma?

Total meme laziness... sorry!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Wash your hands!

I know a lot of parents have a difficult time getting their children to wash their hands and once they wash their hands it’s about whether they got them clean or not. Well there’s a new product out called SquidSoap by Airborne that takes the guess work out of the well-washed hand.

SquidSoap makes it easy:

Step 1 – Press pump and a vegetable-based ink stamp goes on their hands.
Step 2 – Wash for about 20 seconds and the ink stamp is gone.
Step 3 – Ta da…. clean hands!

My children love SquidSoap. I don’t normally have to force them to wash their hands if I mention it, but they seldom initiate hand washing on their own. Now, my 2-year-old automatically washes her hands without being asked.

Besides the great toy squid that they love to touch (don’t tell them it comes off! I have to get another bottle so we have two!), SquidSoap has a great citrucy scent.

Thanks to MomCentral for introducing me – and my kids – to SquidSoap by Airborne. Now I have one less battle in the fight to keep my children healthy! (The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that hand washing is one important key to helping children stay healthy.)

Happy hand washing!


And it all spewed forth!

Despite the uncertain nature of having four children, I had grandiose ideas of everything I was going to do today… uh, I mean yesterday (Sunday). My list consisted of putting all of the laundry away, organizing the children’s toys and putting them in the storage containers, straightening the living room, washing and putting away the dishes and cleaning and straightening my bedroom as well as writing several posts, going through the mail and cleaning off my desk.

The day started off pretty much as planned. I was able to sleep a little late – well, if you call 9 a.m. late when you don’t get to bed until 2 a.m. and the baby slept in. I know I should have woke her up, but I wasn’t feeling 100 percent when I got up so I decided to enjoy some baby-free time while I ate breakfast and took a morning quiet-time break. Before I made it to the kitchen, Andre the now big-time, 4-year-old reminded me he needed batteries for a toy he got for his birthday, which was Saturday. I did a little complaining while mentally checking every crevice in the house searching for eight AA batteries (I discovered there was another toy with a remote, which also needed batteries). So I run to the store (might as well get diapers while I’m there) and skip the big breakfast I planned.

By the time Amber and I pried the back off the toy (the manufacturers put the wrong type of screw in it) it was time to get on with my day.

1. Lunch made – check
2. Medicine administered – check (Andre is complaining of a headache and he and Amareah are both coughing)
3. Kids napping – check
4. Toys organized – check
5. Living room straightened – half check
6. TV watched – check (okay, so that wasn’t on the list, but Amber and I enjoy watching TV. together so I do that in between whatever I’m doing)
7. Played with kids – half check (sitting on the couch and pointing/directing isn’t exactly playing)
8. Dinner – check
9. Dessert – check (have to have leftover birthday cake)
10. More play – check (well, them not me)
11. Laundry folding, putting away – check, check
12. Bedtime – check (with big resistance)

Then my list takes a nasty turn just when I was about to get to the very nasty kitchen. It goes a little like this:

1. Baby not sleeping (by now it’s about 9:30 p.m.)
2. Feed baby
3. Wash dishes
4. Child throws up
5. Clean up, bathe child
6. Wash down bed, put sheets in washer (THANK YOU AMBER!)
7. Get child dressed
8. Soothe child, settle child on loveseat
9. Back to dishes
10. Baby cries, take out of swing
11. Settle on couch with baby
12. Baby dozes off (after 45 minutes)
13. Child throws up AGAIN!!!
14. Baby wakes up
15. Clean up child, clean off couch
16. Finally get child to bed (THANK YOU AMBER!!)
17. Settle on couch with baby and breastfeed AGAIN!
18. 45 minutes later… Baby is in bassinet

It’s now 3:54 a.m. and I’m starring at this screen wondering if it all makes sense and thinking about the rest of the dishes in the sink. The additional laundry there is to put away and how much sleep I’m not going to get. Amidst that is how do I keep the other children from getting sick and my subliminal messages to myself not to be disappointed that I didn’t finish everything that needs to be done.

Hmmm, there’s a pattern here (didn’t I just complain about this last weekend?!). Maybe I should just trash the "to do" list. But there must be something to it. I mean on “John and Kate plus 8” she has tons of lists and to dos and everything seems so organized, clean and finished. If she can do it with eight children I’m sure I can catch up with four.

I have now tired of jumping up from my seat to see if anyone is awake or crying so I guess I’ll try to get to sleep while I can. There’s always tomorrow. I’ll just get up and try to finish the kitchen tomorrow morning (it’s a little bit of a bummer because I like to start off the week with everything in order). At least – so far – tomorrow’s list is short so I should be able to finish. Well, unless I’m just too tired and since one additional child will be home I better not get too attached to that list either.

Aww, the joys of being a mom…

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