Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Have you seen this?

You know that they are always retouching things in the world of media - but this is sort of a reality check. It's no wonder so many young people have issues with their self image in today's society.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I love...

Cloth diapering.

Seriously, it's so much easier than I ever imagined. I've even graduated to cloth wipes {only part-time though because I take the disposable wipes out and about}. I ordered three more cloth dipes today, to bring my current stash to a total of 20 diapers. I think I'm done for awhile now. :)

Not only are they cute, but they have saved my skinny boy from bruising on his butt - he had terrible bruises when he was in disposables from falling down. Shortly after switching to cloth, the bruises went away and he hasn't had another. And, even cooler - Blake is into it. My mom is into it - she did a show and tell with a group of old ladies at Hardee's after breakfast last Sunday. I secretly think my Dad is into it too, but he'll never admit it. :)

I've become a total cloth diaper snob. When we run out of cloth or forget to pack some with us on a day out, and I have to put him in a disposable, I even notice how his butt sounds "crinkly." Snob much?

Some of Isaac's stash - minus an orange, cow print, and another Dallas Cowboys dipe - they're in the wash. :)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Busy Night

Want to know just a few of the things we do in the final hour before Isaac heads to bed?? See for yourself - he's such a busy little guy, it's tough keeping up with him:

1. Practice languge - We're hoping Isaac picks up on more of his grandma's native Chinese and Taiwanese than I know. So far, it seems we're headed in the right direction.

For those who need translation {because they don't know the language, or I'm not pronouncing it 100% correctly}. First, I say "hello," followed by "how big are you" to which he responds with the action for "so big." I then attempt to get him to show you good-bye, which he doesn't do, but he does give me the kiss that I ask for. Lastly, he very proudly shows that he knows where his nose is when you ask him in Chinese. He doesn't, however, point to his nose when you ask him in English. He also knows the words for flower, swing, feed fish, open and close door, gentle, diaper change, and a handful of others. I'm learning more too!

2. Walking - even doing turns, and correcting himself on stumbles. What a little stud.

3. Watching Sophie do her tricks, but trying to help out too!

4. Climb the stairs, laughing almost the whole time. This is usually followed by a lot more walking.

5. Playing with blocks and other toys. Can you pick out his new word? He's talking up a storm these days! This one would be his official third word, followed by mama and dada. He also says, "maa" when referring to cows {it doesn't sound like a cow, but like a baby calf} - I don't count this as a word because, really, he's just mocking the sound.

6. Climb up on the couch using pillow or whatever else is available to step on. This is only an attempt as it was near the end of the night, so he was really tired. Also a sure sign that he's really tired - he stumbles and falls a lot more when he's walking around.

Thanks for taking a peek into our evenings. Anyone want to baby-sit? ;-)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Life of the party

This video {Thanks Lola!} of my Uncle Wayne at my brother's wedding last weekend probably sums up why he is always invited to everything - who wouldn't want this at their next party?! He's so awesome.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday deals - 9/24/09

1. Right now at Boston Market, Two (That's right TWO) kids eat free for every $6 purchase. Kids must be 14 and under and must be present. Deal ends Oct. 31.

2. The Children's Place is having their fall sale with some great prices. Use code V4989 at checkout and get an additional 15% off. Woohoo!

3. Coffee lovers, get your free coffee spoon here. :) I don't drink coffee, but I ordered one for my hot cocoas!

4. $5 off a $10 purchase at Build-a-Bear Workshops. Coupon here. Expires 9/28.

5. Free portrait package from The Picture People for new little babies. Coupon here.

6. Bath and Body Works is giving away a FREE travel sized item with any purchase now through October 7 {Isaac's birthday!}.

7. I want to try the new Yoplait Delights - they look yummy! So, I'm printing a $1 off coupon here, in addition to the $1.25 off one multi-pack of Yoplait Delights from, and I'm going to try them for a steal. :) You should try them too, and then we'll talk about how delicious they are!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


For those of you who don't already know - I've been a little absent from my blog for a few reasons:

1. Prepping for Isaac's first birthday {and his first birthday party} - sometimes I get a little emotional over him turning one
2. Catching up at work now that Brian and Jenna's wedding is past
3. Blake is opening his own chiropractic practice - so working on plans for that, meetings, etc. has completely eaten up our time! That being said, we're SOOOOOOO excited!! :)

I do promise to stick to the Thursday deals! I missed last week because of the wedding, but we're back on track this week! :)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Happy Marriage

Congrats to my brother and my new sister-in-law on their marriage this weekend! Thanks for the great time!

Some pics from their big day:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Adjust Adjust

Isaac gets adjusted by his chiropractor {daddy!} fairly often - we attribute his adjustments to his general overall good health through his first year. While other kids were dealing with ear infections, major colds, flu, and other ailments, Isaac has only had one minor fever {which broke after an adjustment}, one sickness caught from daddy {and passed on to many}, and a couple minor colds {one he had to sleep elevated for and was actually sort of miserable for one night, but it wasn't terrible, especially considering how bad it could have gotten}.

Blake and I recorded this little clip last week for a few friends who were interested in Chiropractic. Most kids are squirmier than Isaac is in the video, but you can tell when daddy hits a spot that is tender by observing Isaac's reaction. If you're interested in how chiropractic can help kids, this site is very informational.

Friday, September 11, 2009


Isaac has been taking anywhere between 3-5 steps on his own for awhile now, just never really making too much in the way of forward progress. And then yesterday, he really started taking off. At this rate, he's going to tear up the dance floor at our family wedding next weekend!

Check it out (I missed a few steps with the video, but you get the picture!)

Super deal

Thanks Jennifer for sending this my way. How you got the message that you could get a nursing cover free is beyond me! ;-)

FREE nursing cover from Udder Covers using code BACKORDER. Just pay S&H - $8.95. I ordered Porter for future/eventual kid #2.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Deals of the week - 9/10/09

1. Try Venom Bite Cold Blast free {just confirm your request in your e-mail!}

2. Free sample of Lacoste perfume here! Choose from three different fragrances.

3. Free Palmolive Pure + Clear dish detergent here.

4. Bummer! I WISH we had a Waffle House in Iowa. To my southern friends, please use this buy one get one free coupon and eat a lot for me!

5. Caribou Coffee lovers: get a medium cup of Caribou blend coffee for $1 on Mondays!

6. Ladies: Free Kotex sample kit here.

7. Free sample of the new Huggies Little Movers diapers for all you moms of babies out there!

8. Cold season is just around the corner - be prepared with your free sample of Emergen-C multivitamin PLUS in cherry pomegranate and pink lemonade fizzy drink flavors.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Boo hoo

We had Isaac's weight checked today because of his showing at his 9 month appointment. He was 30 inches long, and up to 18 lb 7.5 oz. Woohoo, he gained weight! BOO HOO, his weight dropped into the 5%.

Our Dr. looked at him and said he appears to be a healthy, happy baby, but that she would strongly recommend the blood draws at his one year check up {or before if we want} to check for other diseases {Celiac disease or thyroid problems for example}.

To be honest, I really don't feel there is anything wrong with him. He's just a tall and skinny kid who is so active that he burns off too many of the calories he consumes. Seriously, while we were waiting for the weight check, we did laps around the waiting area. Ideally, I'd like to decline the blood draws and tests, but on the slight chance that there might actually be something wrong, I don't want it to go undiagnosed forever either. What to do, what to do?

This should be a case of Mother knows best, right?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Bad Hair Day

Isaac had the most awesome hair when he woke up this morning {Happy 11 month birthday to him!}! I had loads of fun taking pictures of it before and during breakfast. Let the photos begin:

11 months

Isaac will be one year old in a month. That evokes a lot of emotions in me.

New things this month:
1. Waves
2. Takes up to five steps unaided
3. Sleeps through the night again - at least, we're on night 3 in a row. It was pretty sporadic for awhile.
4. Understands when we ask him to do things like: "Help us put toys away", "Where is {Sophie, Mama, Daddy, Grandpa, Grandma, etc.}?", "Turn the page" {when reading a book}, "Let's go upstairs."
5. Shakes his head no, when we say "no" or when he doesn't want something
6. Drinks from a cup {when he's patient - otherwise, the contents of the cup are all over him!}
7. Drinks from a straw
8. Got tooth #6
9. Had his first major split upper lip

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Apparently, Sophie still thinks she is queen of the house. I caught her sitting on her makeshift throne today!

"Yes, I'm looking at you, faithful servant. Clean up this mess."
What a diva.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Thursday deals - 9/3/09

1. Free Frutista Freeze from Taco Bell. Coupon here.

2. Free sample of Exederm Ultra Sensitive Skincare. You have to sign up to get it. I decided to take the plunge since I suffer from eczema. This is supposed to help, and it's better than prescription cream if it works!

3. Purchase any Blue Bunny Aspen or Sedona Frozen Yogurt Granola Novelty over Labor Day weekend {September 5-7} and you’ll be eligible for a full rebate on your purchase. Rebate form here, and make sure it's postmarked by September 19!

4. Try a free bottle of Bob's Country Sauce here. I've never seen this in stores, but if you have, get your free bottle! :)

5. Boston Market 1/2 off family meals or Market feasts {Sept. 5-7}. Coupon here.

6. Free small cup of flavored coffee at Borders! Coupon here.

7 . Teachers: Go here to get a free canister of Clorox wipes for your classroom. Ends 9/5!

8. Free Betty Crocker potatoes here. Choose from Au Gratin or Mashed.

9. Another TGI Fridays Buy One Get One coupon, here. Expires 9/7.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


I must have a knack for picking out the defected food products. First the banana, then the cupcakes, and now this: