Holiday gift guide – 1 year olds

Last year Peanut was almost 1 so I thought, in case you're still searching for that perfect gift for a 1 year old in your life, I'd post some of the hits from last year. 1.  Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Love to Play Puppy 2.  Plan Toys Cone Sorting 3.  Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn: Learning Kitchen 4.  Little Mommy Baby So New Doll - Owl Print 5.  Mickey Mouse 4-in-1 Ride On 6.  Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag 7.  Vtech Jungle Gym Bouncing Colors Turtle 8.  Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Home Playset 9.  VTech - Touch and Teach Turtle 10.  Melissa & Doug First Shapes Jumbo Puzzle 11.  Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm   Here are a few of our favorite things from other ages: Baby registry – stuff we used part 1 Baby registry – stuff we used part 2 Daycare stuff, 3 to 6 months Favorite toys, 3 to 6 months Favorite baby gear, 3 to 6 months Our exersaucer Baby things, 6 to 9 months Baby things: 1 year old Favorite toys at 18 months   Note: I did not receive any any compensation for these, however, some of these may be affiliate links.  These are actual toys we own and use and I promise not to recommend anything I don't actually use or buy. … [Read more...]

The grinch strikes again and the most flavorful turkey meatloaf

A couple of years ago I wrote this post about my husband, the Grinch.  And you'd think that after I shamed him publicly on the internet he'd change.  Nope.  It's practically December and we still don't have a Christmas tree!  Shame, peeps, shame. Every year I start my whining about getting a Christmas tree early and every year it gets put off until the first weekend in December.   This year I took a new strategy and banned "Christmas Vacation" until we have a tree in our home.  Guess what? It didn't freakin' work. And the Grinch wasn't just happy banning a beautiful tree in my home or refusing lights and decorations until said tree appears. No no.  This year the Grinch is also banning cookies from my life.  From my pregnant, in dire need of cookies, life.  I've been whining about wanting some cookies since Sunday and I've yet to see them appear.  Must be due to the fact that there isn't a tree in my house and that the chimney is blocked by the wood stove, both coincidentally the Grinch's fault. Any who, the meat loaf ("Ma! The meatloaf! I never know what she's doing in there..." name that movie) When we were in Western MA during the Hurricane my brother-in-law, Michael, made us this amazing meatloaf with mashed potatoes.  It was so good that I have been thinking about it ever since. Until Michael gives up his recipe, I've set out on a mission to make a flavorful meatloaf of my own - with, of course, some healthy ingredients.  I used turkey and whole wheat … [Read more...]

Week by iPhone, 47/52 and Brave giveaway!


What a week, peeps!  Can I just tell you how much I loove love love love love Thanksgiving?  Cuz it's a lot.  Any who, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. Sunday P and I spent the day together doing the usual - hanging out, playing tea party (umm I think I need to wash these more often because they mostly end up in my mouth), and trying out some new maternity clothes (new skinny jeans in the pic on the top right!).  During the week Jon had some late evening meetings and P and I were on our own.  Honestly, this is becoming routine - the minute that Jon says he won't be home on time, something goes wrong.  Either P chokes, the dog throws up, there's a major meltdown or something.  This time I was unloading the dishwasher (I hate hate hate hate hate the dishwasher...and this is another reason to hate it) and because of my pregnancy I'm ridiculously clumsy, so, of course, I dropped the bowl and it smashed into pieces.  Le sigh.  I put the dog in the crate, gave Peanut dog food to play with (her favorite activity lately) and started cleaning.  About 5 minutes in I realized i hadn't seen the kid in a bit and I found all the dog food scattered along the hallway and a bunch dumped into the crate.  That was a bit more cleaning than my back and belly wanted to handle so I let the dog out, telling him strictly to keep out of the kitchen (he shockingly listened) and hope he'd eat the dog food that P was spreading around the house.  No such luck.  I spent the next 15 minutes after … [Read more...]

Seraphine super skinny jeans and a giveaway

Peeps - do I have a treat for you today! If you've been following along for a while, you know that I struggled pretty hard with maternity wear, in particular the jeans, when I was pregnant with P.  I even wrote a whole post about crying in the changing room the first day that I had to buy maternity jeans.  I swore that this pregnancy would be different - that I wouldn't let it dictate the clothes I wear and to limit me to a handful of so-so items that I felt awkward in.  This time I swore that I would be picky about the clothes I buy and wear and that I would feel good wearing maternity clothes.  After all, I think that can really make or ruin the 9 months (well, at least to me). So once I knew I was pregnant I set out to find the kinds of outfits that I would feel great in.  And first on my list were jeans.  I had a pair from my last pregnancy (I borrowed a lot of clothes when I was pregnant with Peanut) but I wanted to find a pair of super skinny jeans that would help me feel like me. And find them I did!  I found Seraphine Maternity through a recommendation and went on to read reviews from fellow bloggers.  I was loving the way their clothes looked - like fashionable, fitted clothes, not just draped maternity wear.  I set my sights on their pair of dark indigo super skinnies and couldn't get over them.  Lucky for me, Seraphine offered a pair for me to review and were generous enough to do a $100 giveaway for my readers! I couldn't wait to get my pair and I … [Read more...]

16 weeks and a first major meltdown…by me


And it happened. My first major meltdown/panic attack about having a second kid. Out of nowhere, as I was sitting at my desk, filling out an expense report and reading an e-mail, my brain turned a corner and off it went, into the unknown. What are we going to do about a second high chair? Crap, I'm not going to have a guest room anymore. And I don't have any plans or ideas about a nursery. I don't want to move Peanut out of her crib, she loves her crib. And her room. Is she going to hate us? omg, she's going to hate us. We didn't just make a decision to change our life forever, we made a decision to change hers. And she is so happy right now. What have we done?! omg, our lives will never be the same. And it's going to be hard. So so so hard. How are we ever going to handle this?! Where are we going to put the baby swing? We don't even have a baby swing. How am I going to afford this all over again when I already have a toddler that we're paying out the nose for? omg, daycare costs. What are we going to do? How is this going to work? And I just bought lunch when I could have eaten something from home. Why oh why did I just spend $8 on a sandwich? If we put a second car seat in my car, how the heck am I going to fit anything else in there? And it's wreck these days with just one toddler and one very small dog - my car is going to be trashed. I don't want a two-kid stroller. I'm just never going to leave the house again. Ever. And I hate being stuck … [Read more...]