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Friday, November 18, 2011

Stop before someone gets hurt

How many times, as a parent, have you said, “Stop before you hurt yourself?” If you’re like me you probably can’t remember the number of times you’ve said it.

Lately my three youngest children have been “off the chain.” They have managed to do the opposite of everything I have said – especially the girls. Last night was no different.

I don’t know why, but the girls – 6-year-old Amareah and Anna, 4 – decided that everything they did in the shower was funny. They were showering, laughing, sliding and splashing. I said, “Stop before someone gets hurt” about three times. Not minutes after I said it the last time, I hear Amareah saying, “Anna, mommy said stop and calm down. Annaaaa…” Then Anna’s hysterical laughter stopped abruptly, there was a pause and a loud cry.

I wasn’t feeling that great so I was laying on the couch. For a moment I considered not moving from my spot. I figured that it was as usual: She bumped her head or scared herself and was just screaming. After Amareah said, “Anna what did you do?” about a thousand times getting louder with every instance, I thought that I better take a peek.

The scene when I walked into the bathroom was two naked little girls with shower caps on, one looked scared and shocked, and the other one had her hand covering her mouth. I zeroed in on Anna, got closer and with hands on hips said (still not wanting to think she was really hurt), “Where did you hurt yourself? Let me see.”

She removed her hand from her mouth and her entire mouth was filled with blood, and her two front, top teeth plus one to my left were pushed back. I put my hands on my head, which felt like it was gonna explode. And said, through clenched teeth, “this.is.why.I.say.listen.Why.won’t.y’all.listen!?” Thereafter I was a nervous wreck, with my emotions raw from not feeling well and the on-edge nerves from the rowdy kids, I was already emotional.

Tears fell and each of my children began to cry while running around trying to follow the directions I was giving. I quickly dressed Anna and my neighbor went with us to the ER last night.

This morning was a trip to the dentist. Now doses of antibiotics and pain medicines later, Anna will have 30 days of no biting into anything with everything cut into small pieces so she can minimize the use of her front teeth. (One is looser than the other) Everything is okay, so to speak, but she’ll have to be careful and I have to look out for any infection or something irregular that could result in harm to her adult teeth.

She’s excited about the goodies she’s allowed now: ice pops, Jell-O, yogurt, macaroni and cheese. Ut oh, forgot the applesauce and I should get some watermelon. She’s thrilled that she gets to do things that are otherwise frowned upon like pulling apart meat and cheese into small pieces. And she’ll get lots of soup along with extra personalized attention.

Needless to say, I have been a nervous wreck every time she moves… and she does a lot of that. Right now she’s napping quietly next to me on the couch and I’m thrilled to just gaze at her sweet face.. I’m just happy that she’s okay and hope to keep her safe while she heals. I better stock up on the wine because what 4 year old do you know that can be still?

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Where to Purchase Vintage Jewelry Online

Whether you are in the market for a brand new lapel pin or a personalized initial necklace, the current trend for most jewelry is heading towards vintage. Anything with blue sapphires, colorful pearls, and green emeralds is quickly becoming the hottest trend. Nothing will accessorize your favorite piece of business clothing and give it a quirky touch like a bold and beautiful piece of jewelry from another generation.

Vintage jewelry is so popular because it can stand the test of time. You can find it by visiting local resale shops, pawn stores, and even by routing through your mother's old jewelry collection. With the expansion of the Internet and millions of creative individuals coming together, finding vintage and vintage inspired jewelry through e-commerce sites has become relatively simple. Here are some of the best places where you can find quality pieces with a unique vintage spark:

Etsy

Etsy is the most unique online location to find vintage jewelry. Instead of relying on pieces crafted several decades or even centuries ago, the cooperative of artists who sell their goods through this web site come together in order to create new from the old. You can find items that are relatively cheap because the artists creating them are selling directly to you.

Israel Rose

While it may be expensive, Israel Rose offers classic vintage jewelry from several different golden eras. This website offers a chance to purchase expensive pieces of classic jewelry, but if you are truly serious about purchasing, you may want to consider actually visiting instead of checking out online in order to get a feel for how the pieces will fit you.

Mod Cloth

While not exactly vintage, Mod Cloth takes a modern spin on vintage jewelry designs and sells them to a younger, more diverse crowd of people. The best thing about this website is the low prices they offer on quality jewelry. Because the vintage trend is picking up so much steam throughout the design industry, more of the top names are making inspired pieces for you to choose from.

eBay

If you are at all familiar with online shopping, you probably already have an eBay account. If you're in the market for vintage jewelry, then you will be excited to hear that they have an entire section of the website dedicated to it. You can find vintage oval rings, jewel necklaces, and vintage animals, usually for pennies on the dollar because of the bidding nature of the site.

If you want to make yourself look as fashionable as can be without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe, accessorizing with vintage jewelry is the way to go. Remember that there are no wrong choices to go with whatever ensemble you choose to wear, you are only limited by your creativity.

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Mystery of the shower monster

My youngest daughter, 4-year-old Anna, has been potty trained since she was 2. Long before she was 3 she stopped wetting the bed at night and would get up on her own to go to the bathroom. Sometimes when she was smaller I could hear her struggling in the middle of the night to use her stool to get on the toilet or get her clothes down, and I would run to help her.

Now fast forward about two years later. Instead of going right to the bathroom on her own then getting back into her bed she has taken to coming to wake me up to go with her to the bathroom. Mind you she has to walk past her bathroom to get to my bedroom. After quite a few nights of lost sleep (I also have my own sleep issues) I became rather annoyed. So each night she’d get the “if you have to use the bathroom, get up, go to your bathroom then go get back into your bed.”

Sometimes that worked and sometimes it didn’t.

DSCF6044 Finally after much prodding I asked her why she doesn’t want to go into her bathroom. She said she is scared. I ask why is she scared all of a sudden. I got a week of “I don’t know” as the answer. Then I asked, “What about the bathroom makes you scared?”

“The shower.”

“Why?”

“There’s a monster in the shower.”

Of course I explained that there isn’t a monster in the shower and it’s just the same as it has always been. But, to help to alleviate the situation, I have put my OCD on hold and pushed back the shower curtain so she can see that there’s nothing in there each time she goes in at night.

Now, I don’t know where the monster came from, but I’m sure it has something to do with the kids walking around scaring each other every time they’re in the bathroom. The three monsters created their own monster making the littlest monster haunt me at night.

So far I’ve had one kid-free night. Wish me luck as I hit the hay tonight.

How do you get rid of the monsters in your house?

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Buy rose gold women’s jewelry for Christmas

I’m not ashamed to admit that I have a jewelry addiction. Luckily, I’ve controlled it a little by making some pieces for myself and I want to make some as Christmas gifts. I think my mom and grandmother would like pieces that are representative of their grandchildren. However, when I saw the rose gold women’s jewelry at Lauren Klein I decided that I suddenly need a new piece for the holidays.

image There are some gorgeous, dainty pieces – both rings and necklaces – but the ring that most caught my eye was the Floral Art Deco Rose Gold Ring. Isn’t it gorgeous?

I am not normal a pink-wearing girl, but this is so beautiful and unique that I would love to see it adorning my finder. And, you know what, the lady in your life would love to see something sparkly on their finger, around their wrist, perched on their ears or handing around their neck too. The holiday-buying season is here so go ahead and get started with your shopping. Buying women’s jewelry is always the way to go. ;-)

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