Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Great Strides Walk: Last Chance!

Oooh...what's that on my kitchen counter?

Besides the gummy colas and Barbie book....and Kohls bag.

It's a baby announcement for my newborn son!
In addition to a signed thank you note from my daughter, I'm adding a birth announcement for my son to our thank you gifts for all of our donors to our fund for Cystic Fibrosis.

Need that link again?
Here's the direct link to donate:

And here is the link to my blog post that explains why our family does this every year:

Thank you to all of my donors so far!  We appreciate every penny donated to our cause.
I hope that someday this is a disease that my children will never have to worry about.

Thank you!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Back Seat Driving

Kids say the cutest things right?

My kid is a back seat driver.  It started innocently enough.

We talked about different colors we would see....including traffic lights.  And we learned that green means go, red means stop and yellow means slow down. (though I had a few people try to tell me it meant to go faster...)

We also learned that the orange hand means don't walk, etc.

And soon she was saying "Go!!!" when the light turned green.  And "Mama, that light was red."
(uh....sure it wasn't orange?)

But the latest thing she said to me, she was definitely right. And I laughed so hard I almost had to pull over.

I was bringing her to daycare the other day and I wanted to move into the left lane. The driver in that lane was coming up fast, so I put my blinker on so that I could move after they went by.  Then they just stayed in my blind spot instead of going past me (and the slow driver in front of me).  So I came out with "Hello???" and my daughter asked me who I was saying hello to. I explained that I was talking to the car.  She said "oh."

Then a few minutes later the traffic was coming to a fork in the could go right or left.
The driver in front of me started to go right.....then changed their minds at the last minute and went left, and cut me off.  So I came out with "Where are you going?"  (my language and statements have become a LOT less interesting since kids have started riding with me.)

All of these statements were in a conversational tone, I wasn't yelling at the cars.
Then my daughter says to me again "Mom, who are you saying "where are you going" to?".

I again explained that I was talking to the car in front of me.
There was a brief silence from the back seat and then she said:
(excuse the stutter, but this is what she said)

"Mom, you can't talk to the cars because because because the cars can't hear you."

Smart kid.  Guess I'll stop "talking" to those other drivers. ;)

Please don't forget to donate to my Cystic Fibrosis campaign if you are interested.  This is my last week collecting donations.  I'm getting my daughter to work on those thank you notes this week! :)
Click here to donate:

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tacos for breakfast!!

Have you seen those new Taco Bell commercials yet?  The ones where they have all of these real life Ronald McDonalds talking about how much they like the new Taco Bell breakfast?

I got a kick out of this commercial...but I also got excited to try Taco Bell breakfast. I'm a fan of Taco Bell though I don't go often.  But I do love me some tex-mex food.

And tex-mex for breakfast?  That sounds even better!

The other day I made a swing into the Taco Bell drive-thru. (I'm pretty sure drive-thrus were invented for moms with newborns.  I need one at Walmart and Babies R Us please!)

I decided to try the new A.M. Crunch Wrap.  You get your choice of meat...I got bacon of course. I don't know how many calories are in it...and I don't want to know until I'm dieting again.  Because it was AWESOME.  In fact, if I could have one for lunch right now...I would.

I also got the Cinnabon Delights.  Do yourself a favor (if you are on a diet) and NEVER try these.

Trust me. They are so awesome. I'm drooling right now just thinking about them. Better than Cinnabon Rolls.  Better than donuts.  Better than anything with cinnamon and sugar.


Yep, you read that right.

I need to plan my next trip to Taco Bell soon....


On a side of my pet peeves is when someone hands you your change and they give you the bills or receipt first and then put your change on top of it.  That drives me nuts. It's the easiest way for me to drop all the change.  The proper way to do it is to give the change back first (in the cup of your hand) so that your fingers are free to grasp the bills.  It is also the correct way to count back change. (not that anyone does that anymore!)
The reason I bring it up is because the person at the window gave me my change back correctly and it just helped my experience be that much better.

Now...will Taco Bell breakfast survive? I don't know, I don't see too many people stopping at Taco Bell for breakfast.  Not with all the options out there.  I think they will need to get a superior coffee drink to really bring in the breakfast crowd.  Good luck Taco Bell!  I hope it works!  I love Tacos for breakfast!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Okay...forget what I said about spring.
Today I had to scrape ice off my windshield and there was snow on the ground.


My son is now about three weeks old.  He's reached a point where he is awake more during the day and I've reached a point where I'm wondering what to do with him.  I feel like if he's awake I need to entertain him.

So far the swing is doing that for me...but I am going to have to come up with something better than the swing soon.  Mostly because the music is driving me nuts...too repetitive.

If you haven't had a chance yet to check out my post about my walk for Cystic Fibrosis, please do! If you donate, you will get a personalized thank you note from my daughter Zoe.

Her signature is really cool...she does a pretty good "o" and "e".  And her "z" looks like a lightning strike.  Pretty know you want one!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Spring has arrived!


It's warm outside!  The sun is shining!  I'm not wasting any more time here....

Going for a walk.  Will post more later. :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis: Great Strides Walk!

It's that time of year again!

Three years ago while I was on bed rest, pregnant with my daughter, I decided to do something with my free time.  I had never participated in a fund raiser for a charitable cause and I was a little worried it wouldn't go well.

But it went very well!  My friends and family have been such a great support for this cause.  And I'm asking you to support this cause once again.

This year will be our 4th year participating in the Great Strides walk at the Mendon Zoo to support Viver's Givers.  Why do we do this?  For two reasons.

#1. "Viver" is Vivian, our friends daughter who has Cystic Fibrosis.  This is her team of walkers to support finding a cure for this genetic disease.

#2.  My husband's family is a genetic carrier for Cystic Fibrosis.  I don't carry the gene for it, so our children will never have Cystic Fibrosis, but they may be carriers.  It's for THEIR children that I support this cause to find a cure.

If you can find it in your heart (and pocket) to contribute even a small amount, we would be very grateful.  This year my daughter Zoe is old enough to write her name (sort of) and we will be sending thank you notes from her.  As a bonus, you will also get pictures of us at the zoo, including a rare photo of my new son!  (he will be just over a month old, same age as Zoe when she went on her first walk!)

AND...we have something else for my top three donations!
(if you want them...feel free to say no thank you!)

What are they?  Kate Spade postcards!  I got them in the mail along with some stickers. And at first I was going to keep them.  But then Zoe asked if she could color on them.  And I was very tempted to tell her no.  Because I'm a huge Kate Spade fan. But it occurred to me that I never really send post cards.  So I let her scribble...and put the stickers on them.  And now this art work can be yours! :)

Thank you in advance for any donation, we appreciate it very much!

To donate to my fundraiser, please click here:

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

We are never ever ever....getting back together!

Just to put everyone's concern aside...I'm talking about my maternity clothes. :)

If you haven't found out yet.  I gave birth to my son 12 days ago.  And I'm able to put my "fat" pants back on. :)  And it FEELS GREAT!

So I'm starting to pack up my maternity clothes and that feels even better.  My husband and I have decided that we are not having any more children and so I will never wear my maternity clothes again.

And I have also vowed to never weigh that much again.

I didn't gain a ton of weight...and it was mostly baby weight...but it HURT to carry that much weight.

Thus...I've had the Taylor Swift song in my head as I gleefully pile up the clothes. :)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Asbestos Awareness Week

Did you know that this week (April 1st - 7th) is Asbestos Awareness Week?

I didn't.  This is something that I didn't think directly affected me....but now after doing a little research, I think it could affect just about anyone.  I recently had a reader reach out to me and ask me to share her story.  I was happy to do so.  I believe that educating ourselves about things we don't know is always a good thing.

Heather is a survivor of Mesothelioma.  Once diagnosed, most patients die within two years.
But Heather beat the odds and survived.

If you have a free moment, please take a look at her website and story, you can find them here: