Thursday, March 28, 2013

This 2 year old is smarter than yours. (and mine)

Check out this video.

I can't blame this boy at all, who wouldn't want a unicorn pillow pet?

I would say I need to start working on Zoe's "tricks" but I can't compare her to this little boy. She's barely tall enough to reach the door handle. :)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Old-fashioned Cursing

Tee hee hee...

Okay, now that the kid in me has gotten a few giggles out, I ran into this article yesterday:

I found it interesting, but it made me think back to what I heard growing up.

When I was a kid our extended family would get together for some family gatherings and the grownups would play card games...I do remember one clearly that the adults would play because as a child I found it fascinating whenever they said "bull....". :)

My grandmother used to say "You're full of prune juice" and it wasn't until I was an adult and realized what prune juice was for that I realized what she was saying.  I kind of like that one. I'll probably use that with my daughter.

I also remember "bull malarkey (sp?)" and "full of baloney".

Anyone else remember some good ones?

And on this's another story for you. I didn't realize that my own potty mouth had gotten bad until I had a baby...and now my baby is old enough to repeat things. So I need to be VERY careful about what I say.

The other day I said "crap!" and she came right out with it...which was really adorable and I had to try really hard not to change the expression on my face...otherwise she would know she found a good word. Do NOT laugh or your child will repeat the word to EVERYONE.
(like last night when I convinced her to start saying "hey baby"......oy.)

So a few days ago I had my daughter helping me pour some food for our dog Oscar. She loves to get "Oscar food". We have a used yogurt container that we use as a scoop and it's the perfect size for her to help. Except that she isn't very good at aiming into the bowl. And she was going too fast...and she spilled an entire scoop all over the floor. I had a couple of things happen at once and I was of course trying to do too many things at once and a word slipped out.
And it began with an "s". And it ended with a "t".

And then my parrot repeated it.
With her own version.

She said: "shoot".

And I said "YES!" and laughed really hard.
I got off easy there. :)

(bad Mamma, bad!)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides

It's spring! Easter, Zoe's birthday and my birthday are right around the corner. I can't help but think back to what I was doing just two years ago.

What was I doing? Lying down in bed feeling incredibly lazy, bored and selfish. :) So I decided to do something about it.

This is our third year participating in the Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis.  Why do we do this?  For two reasons, #1, our good friends daughter was diagnosed with CF when she was just two weeks old. It was quite a shock for them, but they have taken it in stride. (Stride, get it? haha)

The second reason we participate is because the gene for Cystic Fibrosis runs in our family and our children carry the gene. If they have children with someone else with a genetic marker for Cystic Fibrosis, there is a 25% chance their child will be born with Cystic Fibrosis.

Don't hold me to that math...I'm trying to remember back to 10th grade biology. Feel free to correct me. :)

Vello Family at the Zoo last year.

If you visit our donation page, you can see a picture of Zoe with her friend Vivien. This is a great event for families and nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to investing in vital CF research.

I'm asking you to reach into your pockets and help us in finding a cure for this genetic disease. A donation of even one dollar can make the difference and I love and appreciate every penny donated.
Last year, as an incentive to get donors, we promised a picture of Zoe at the zoo.  We more than delivered on that promise, as I sent out a bunch of pictures to our donors.

This year, as an incentive, I'll be adding to that. A thank you note from Zoe for helping her friend Vivien. Yes, I know...this will just be a scribbled on thank you note..but will be unique art from make it even better, I'll send it as a digital document, so it won't even kill trees and clutter up your fridge.  Unless you want fridge clutter, that's up to you...let me know and we can send you an original or you can just print the one I email to you. I don't know, maybe you want to kill some trees.  I can't judge right? ;)

How do you help? Click on my link below to donate or join us in the walk! The link below has all the information you will need.  THANK YOU from all of us.

So...long story short...please donate, here is the link:

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Can't sleep?

This article might help.

I unfortunately have trouble sleeping. It's a combination of factors. Some anxiety, I'm a light sleeper, I don't have a consistent bedtime...etc etc etc. My daughter has always been a great sleeper but for the past few months she has been crying/whining/screaming at bedtime for about two hours.

And then she will wake up randomly at 2am or 3am or 5am to do it again. (usually for a shorter amount of time)

Wouldn't it be nice to have something that will help us fall asleep...that isn't an over the counter sleep aid?  Unfortunately the foods in this article won't help me, I'm allergic to most of them.
But maybe they can help you.

Note to self...start feeding Zoe bananas every night for dessert...

This past weekend we started Zoe in her toddler bed (converted her crib) and it's working out MUCH better. Now we just need to fix it so that she doesn't fall out. She is starting to voluntarily go to bed again.  Now I just need to learn how to sleep again myself.

Too much on my mind right now! know what would help?  Getting consistent about exercising again. I got a bad cold at the beginning of February, couldn't breathe for almost a month...and just stopped. :(  I was doing so well too!  I have gotten on the treadmill a few times this month, but I lost my consistency.  A few people I know are losing weight and doing a great's time for me to join them and get back to it.

I just need to find some motivation.  I'll work on that.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Remember when I couldn't decide if I wanted an e-reader or not?
You can find that old post here:

This conversation started for me almost 2 years ago...and guess what? I LOVE my e-reader.

So today I am cross-blogging with my other website. I'm going to talk about e-readers, what I use, why and what I love about it.  Go join the conversation over at:

Monday, March 11, 2013


This past weekend I got busted.

Not for speeding (something I occasionally do). And not for anything else illegal. Sorry, I'm just not that interesting.

I got busted by my almost 2 year old. What was I doing?

For the past two years I have had two of her favorite blanket. I swap them out and wash them so that they get the same wear and tear. She calls this blanket her "Gigi" or maybe it's "Geegee". I have no idea where that name comes from. We never called her blanket that.

At first we thought that was what she was calling all blankets. Then we realized that she called her other blanket, "blanket" and this special one was called "gigi".

Back to my story....

This weekend I was doing some laundry, and her blanket needed to be washed. When she wasn't paying attention, I swapped out the blankets, putting the one that needed to be cleaned in the hamper and the clean one from the closet in her crib.

Lately she has had a habit of pulling that blanket out from her crib, no matter where I place it in there, she manages to get it. I always think it's out of her reach and then she comes running out of her bedroom, giggling, and holding her "gigi". She had just done this and was sitting in the living room watching her favorite show. I figured she was distracted enough that I could get the laundry sorted and started. After less than a minute, she shows up in the doorway to my room.

Z: "Mama, sit me"  (roughly translated means please come sit with me)
Me: "Mama is sorting laundry, I'll sit with you when I am done."
Z: "Help sort laundry!"
Me: "Okay.....nnnnnnnooooooooo!"

She lifted the towel off the top of my pile and saw her "gigi". She picked it up and said "Gigi!" and then I watched her face as she first went from surprise to confusion to surprise again. She grabbed her blanket, ran into the living room with it and found the other "clean gigi" that she had just put on the couch.  She grabs both of them and runs back to me saying "Two GIGI's! TWO!"

Totally busted. I had been successfully hiding that there were two of these items in existence until yesterday. It took some crying and confusion to wrestle away the dirty one. But I did eventually get it clean.

And I'm hoping that by now she has forgotten there were two.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

You Wanna be a Writer?

Are you a writer?  Do you want to be a writer?  Do you need some help?

I would love to be a writer. My problem? I don't take the time to write (I barely post often enough on my blogs) and I can't ever figure out what I want to write about. I LOVE to read. But I haven't come up with enough ideas on my own yet.  I could probably use a collaborator.

BUT...I do know two published authors. And I know other people who like to write, so I want to share something with you.

It's a service to help critique your writing! ( would be paying someone to tell you that you can or can't write.) I'm intrigued...and scared...and VERY interested.

I am most interested in her cheapest service. For $5 she will do a critique of your first 500 words. I think that's all I need for someone to tell me to keep going or give up. :)

So check it out and definitely let me know if you use her services.  I'll blog about my experience. She's running a contest to win some of her services as well.  You can read about that here:

And you should enter, you might be the winner!

Monday, March 04, 2013

Annoying Spam Comments

I apologize in advance folks....

I had to change the settings for leaving comments. I was starting to get a lot of "spam" comments. These are random comments that may or may not reference what I was writing about. They are almost always "anonymous" and leave links to their websites.  And those websites are likely trying to sell you something or will install spyware on your computer.

Want to know what spyware is?  Ask me about it...and I'll post it on the other blog:

And speaking of that other blog, it really needs an update. :)  Fell behind on that one...

So as much as I love getting comments and feedback, I hate getting false spam comments.
Coincidence or not?  These spam comments started once google decided to combine my blog with my google+ account. Hmmm.

Books I'm reading will be blogged about this week and I'll add some "about life" stories too. I think my most popular posts are when I post about my life anyway. :)

Thanks for understanding about the comments...please keep leaving comments! :)