Saturday #156

It seems like the weekend arrives faster each week, which is always a good thing, but it does make me sad to realize how quickly time passes by.

This Saturday we had planned to stick around the house and do yard work, but our electricity was out most of the day which was a good excuse to head out for a day at the Richland County flea market. We agreed to only take $30 along for the day, and wouldn't you know within 25 minutes of arriving my son had managed to sweet talk us into spending about half of it on him. He ended up with a book, despite our agreement that we do not need to buy more books until we buy an additional book shelf for his room (he has a library at this point that has hundreds of books in it). Then he found a Mater Truck he liked, a train and a van, a caveman, several dinosaurs, a puppet and a Star Wars toy before we made it down the first row of vendors.

Then we stopped to look at a robot, I was going to pass, knowing we would be out of cash before we saw everything outside, but the man at the booth said "Would this be for your little boy?" I said "Yes, he likes robots." The man smiled and said "Well, I would like for him to have it," he handed Rolf the robot. I said "Oh, you don't need to do that," Rolf hugged the robot and said "Love you," the man smiled and said "But, please, I would like to,".

It was a small random act of kindness, but it made my son very happy and the man assured me he was ready to pack it up for the day and this would make him happy too. It was nice to be reminded that there are kind people in the world that want no reward other than to see the smile of a child. This reminder was much needed, especially after stopping at a gas station in Mansfield on the way to the flea market and hurrying to leave as a huge fight broke out among a bunch of (no offense to anyone) low income hood-rats. My husband urged me to get in the car before they started shooting at each other, which was highly likely, considering the fight was apparently over the reality that one of them had stabbed someones girlfriend in the face over food stamps previously. Tempers were high and it was one of the situations you find in places like Mansfield that make me glad we moved away from there. It was not exactly what you want to hear about while you are pumping gas, or anytime really.

We enjoyed the stroll around the flea market, we found a great deal on Eukanuba dog treats which delighted our dogs, the find of the day was a Coach purse in excellent condition for $10. My husband urged me to buy it, as it looked great with my outfit.

After we were finished and out of cash we cruised through the town of Shelby and stopped at a park, where my son was thrilled to find a pack of little girls to play with. They would wave to him, he would smile and wave at them, then chase them around. It was very cute and he had a lot of fun.

Other events included the decision to move from a sippy cup to a regular cup. Rolf is doing great with the transition and has been very careful not to spill his drinks. My husband is amazed that he can handle the cup so well, but I have been working with him for a few months on drinking like a big boy. Rolf won't be 3 for 2 weeks, but he really is growing up fast.

I hope you had a fun weekend and managed to spend some quality time with your kids. It is hard to believe that you only get 940 Saturdays from birth until your child is ready to leave for college.

A Yummy Onion Crunch Review

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Onions are one of my favorite toppings for hot dogs, salads. burgers and more. With my cravings associated with my pregnancy, I find onions to be irresistible. When I heard about onion crunch I knew this was one product I really wanted to try. 

Onion Crunch is a condiment that is vegan, kosher, and all natural. It is great on pizza, burgers, salads, hot dogs, hummus and more.

I was impressed with the long shelf life and the wide assortment of uses for this condiment. If you can imagine it, you can add onion crunch to it.

I tried it right away on a salad, it was the perfect topping to my daily salad. It added a burst of flavor and a delightful crunch that was far better than the other crispy onion products I have tried in the past.

I tried it on a burger, on pizza and a chili dog. This stuff was heavenly to me with my near onion addiction, seriously it is super crispy, super crunchy, super yummy! My husband and son liked it too, which was disappointing to me, I was hoping they wouldn't... so I wouldn't have to share my onion crunch.

I have plans to try this condiment as a coating for baked chicken. I like how versatile Onion Crunch is, and I like that despite the onions being fried, they are not at all greasy. The sweet onions are perfectly seasoned and are very pleasing to the taste palate.

I saw they have a few varieties like bacon, BBQ and Chipotle flavors that I am dying to try. I would recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a delicious product that can spice up just about any dish you can imagine.

Connect with Onion Crunch to learn more or to order a few bottles to delight your taste buds.

Baby Shower Gift Ideas

I am expecting my second child, as many of you know already. I am not due for like 6 months, but people are already asking me if a) anyone is having a baby shower for me and b) what do I need and or want.

I feel bad asking the people I love to spend money on me. And I am a realist. Sure, who doesn't like to receive gifts? But I love gifts from the heart the most. (Now, if you really want to buy me like a crib or a infant car seat or diapers or wipes I would love that too, but you know what I mean!)

So, in honor of the Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide, I have a few ideas of things that would mean a lot to any mom to be that can be given really inexpensively if not for free.

When I had Rolf several of my neighbors took the time to prepare meals for my new family. This touched my heart in a way I could never describe in words. I still get teary eyed when I think about how surprised and grateful we were to have a home cooked meal delivered to our house when we were exhausted and trying to cope with our new family.

This time around I am not afraid to tell my friends and neighbors that while gifts are appreciated and would mean a lot to us, if they really wanted to do something for us, they could do something as simple as help me take my dogs outside after my c-section or bring me my mail. A gift of time will be remembered for years to come. When I had Rolf, a friend came over and mowed our grass out of the blue. I was shocked to arrive home and see someone mowing our grass, and touched to see it was a dear friend who simply waved and said "Go enjoy that baby you two!"

I would love to have someone give me the gift of a hug. Hormones and emotions will take over for a while, and just having someone wrap their arms around me for a minute can make all the difference in the world.

I would love to receive letters or emails from friends, to keep me connected to the outside world. A new baby is time consuming and phone calls are wonderful but sometimes hard to manage. Having the ability to read at my leisure would make me happy and keep me feeling normal and remind me of how important friendship is in life.

I have asked a few dearies to loan me a favorite book, I love to read, and when I had Rolf I found that reading to him helped me talk to him and fill the time of recovery with something that kept my mind busy with things other than worrying about being a mom.

When I had Rolf, everyone had advice. Advice is nice, and while people mean well, it is not always helpful. The gift of reassurance would be one of the best gifts I could imagine receiving this time around. To hear someone say "You are doing fine," or "Trust your intuition," would go a lot further than hearing what I am doing 'wrong'.

Finally, something as simple as stopping by to visit and maybe paint my toenails, or keep an eye on the kid(s) while I grab a shower would be like a million dollars to me, or most new moms.

I hope this post helps you give a gift from the heart to a new mother in your life.

Saturday #155

The Saturdays keep rolling by, faster than what seems possible. With a new baby on the way, I feel a sense of urgency to make the most of the 25 or so Saturdays we have as a threesome. I have a confession to make. I am happy to be preparing for a new addition to our family. I know that in the long run, giving Rolf the chance to be a big brother is a gift, but there are times when I feel guilty. I feel like I am taking something away from him when I realize how much a new baby will change his life.

On this Saturday I was ill with a headache most of the day, but I had to put on my big girl pants and face the day. It was cold, and snowing so our hopes of a day at the park were diminished, we went to the mall to use the indoor play area, but the mall was so crowded we could not even find a parking place. Instead we took Rolf out to lunch at McDonald's, which is a treat for him. We go to McDonald's much less than the average family.

From there I needed to pick up dog food, diapers,cat food, milk, oh, you know the essentials. So I told my sweet little boy he could have a new toy and a DVD. He selected a Percy from Thomas the Train toy and the Land Before Time DVD.

We headed home, I did a little cleaning and prepared dinner. Rolf had a bubble bath, and we all reconvened in the living room after dinner to watch Willy Wonka as a family. Rolf has never sat through a movie before without falling asleep, so my husband and I were delighted that he sat in my lap for most of the movie and happily watched it with minimal yawning.

This time I didn't make it to the end of the movie. I fell asleep on the sofa, when I woke at 11 p.m. Rolfie was in bed, and my husband was snoring away watching Comic Book Men. I still had a headache and general ickiness, so I brushed my teeth and climbed into bed with Rolf. We slept peacefully until nearly 8 a.m. and woke up happily, I was feeling much better too.

I am not sure what today will hold for my little family, but I am sure it will be fun, and we will spend the day together. Weather permitting I would love to get out for a walk with my guys.

I hope you had time together with your family. From the day our children are born until they are ready to leave for college or just to get out in the world as adults we only get about 940 Saturdays (and Sundays) this figure helps me to remember to spend every weekend doing something with my family, instead of dashing off on my own. As Rolf gets older, our weekend time will become less and that makes me cherish our time together even more.

Saturday #154

We spent the day together as a family, but the day was less than exciting or action packed. That was fine by me. We ran a few errands together and went to lunch, came home and began the frantic rush of prepping for company. I clean everyday, I mean, dishes, laundry, picking up, running the vacuum and etc, but the reality is that you cannot tell I do anything. There is always another load of laundry to either put away or wash, more dishes to go in the dishwasher and a new mess to clean up.

Sunday we wrapped up the cleaning spree and my parents came to visit. We had a nice afternoon together they got to see my son in full swing. All in all it was a nice day. Rolfie was adorable, he used his shy baby voice for my parents, they played outside with him and volunteered that we could have his birthday party at their house. An offer like that cannot be refused! So they will get to spend another afternoon with the kid early in May.

Saturday #154 was mild, but I felt accomplished as I had my family together even if we were doing mundane things like straightening up Rolfie's room and hanging shelves. That is the goal, just to be together every chance we get on weekends.

I hope you got the chance to spend the day with your family and I hope you made the most of your time together. It is hard to believe that we get such a limited amount of time before our children are ready to head off to college. Only 940 Saturdays. I wish I had started this series earlier so that I would have a full record of our weekends together for Rolf when he is older, but I am glad I am doing it now!

Saturday #153

Saturday #153 I spent with my family, which means I accomplished my goal of a meaningful family day.
Rolf and I got up in the morning and took our walk. We came home to play in the backyard until we grew tired of waiting on my husband to wake up. We finally went to wake Mr. Sleepyhead.

We headed out to Killdeer Plains with the intention of having a picnic. We got out to the plains and saw a lot of wildlife, but we couldn't find a dry place for picnicking. We settled for sitting in the car and munching. rolf was delighted because he at in the front with Mama while Dad climbed in the back. We had a little lunch and tried another walk, but my dear son wanted to fight, and refused to hold hands which is never a good sign. We are not ready to turn him loose just yet, he has a way of finding trouble, as most little boys do.

We headed into the nearest city to do a little shopping. Nothing exciting but we needed things like diapers and cat food.

We continued our family fun time on Sunday. We hiked around at Lowe Volk Nature Preserve, we came home and cleaned the car out as a family, trust me when I saw it needed it after having our picnic in the car the day before. I convinced my husband to help clean the living room, and we had a nice dinner on the deck.

We spent most of the weekend outdoors where we enjoyed the nice spring weather. I look forward to the next weekend, although it is supposed to be cooler. We are anticipating a brief visit from my parents which will be fun for Rolf, a captive audience ready to spoil him rotten.

I hope you were able to enjoy time with the people you love over the weekend. As a reminder, I write this weekly post because you only get around 940 Saturdays with your children before they are ready to head off to college. This is a mostly self serving post so that I can record and remember how I spent the limited time with my son, but also it gives you a chance to get a glimpse into my life

Pregnancy Dreams

Pregnancy is a magical time filled with growth, love and magic, oh and Tom Cruise haunting dreams...

Well, I have had plenty of time to dream lately. I can barely stay awake with this pregnancy. My husband has given me a great excuse, I am "sleeping for 2." With all the time I have spent sleeping, I have been having really odd dreams.

Now, I know that no one really cares about your dreams, we all think our dreams are interesting to others, but really they are not. I am not going to let that stop me from sharing my strange dreams with you.

It all started about 6 weeks ago. I watched Rock of Ages with my husband and dozed off shortly after the movie had ended. I dreamed that Tom Cruise was actually the bad guy in the Scream movies and he was looking in my windows... little did I know that Tom Cruise, who I am not particularly fond of would become a common theme in my pregnancy dreams.

Nearly every night since then, Tom Cruise has had a villainous role in my dreams. Sometimes he is peeking in the windows of my house terrifying me. Some nights he tries to steal my baby. Some nights I have 1 baby, 2 babies, 3 babies, 4 babies (they just keep coming) and Tom Cruise is pretending to be my doctor so he can steal them from me. Really? What the heck?!

Other nights my doctor is actually not my doctor, but my son's wacky pediatrician, and I have to flee the doctor's office or the hospital in fear. Then I run into Tom Cruise and can't get away from him.

Some nights, Tom Cruise is dating my mother in law. Which part is scariest? Tom Cruise or my Mother in Law? I can't decide, they are both pretty frightening.

Did you have strange dreams while you were pregnant? Do you remember any of them? If so, please share!

Elizabeth and Clarke Subscription Box Review

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I love subscription boxes and I love stylish clothes! Imagine how thrilled I was when I found out that I was going to get a chance to review the Spring Collection from Elizabeth and Clark.

Who? What? Elizabeth and Clarke is an amazing service that all fashionistas will want to learn more about. Imagine getting a box of shirts delivered right to your door each season. I am not talking about any old shirts either. I am talking about gorgeous shirts in a variety of styles.

The Spring Collection was great. It totally exceeded my expectations. At first I was cautious... I am a mother and the shirts are white... but, I am not looking to be one of those women that live in a t shirt and sweat pants. I do dress up and try to look my best regularly. Elizabeth and Clarke actually sent the perfect color. I have avoided buying white clothing since the day my son was born. I forgot how lovely I look and feel in this color.

I love the silky off white long sleeve blouse. It goes well with many of my maternity dresses which happen to be sleeveless. It is not really warm enough for bare arms here in Ohio, so this makes a classy addition to my dresses. The off white color goes with everything I own, and the material is so smooth and silky that I never want to take it off.

The racer-back tee is fabulous. I love the slouchy pocket and the way this tee hugs my pregnant belly, giving me a pregnant and proud of it look.

I was unable to wear the sleeveless white blouse with chiffon pleats, it was too snug on my ever expanding baby bump. (Insert Frowny Face here), but I have placed it in a safe place. This shirt is one of the first items I will wear to show off my post baby body. I have the skirt to pair with it already selected.

I absolutely adore this service. I would love to get a subscription as a gift and I think several ladies in my life would feel the same way. You can get 1, 2 or 3 shirts each season. For 1 shirt you will pay $30, for 2 shirts the cost is $25 each. For 3 Shirts the price is a mere $20 per shirt. Try finding clothing of this quality at the mall for that price!

I would highly recommend that you check out the website, browse around a little and subscribe for someone special, and or yourself. You will be pleased with your quarterly delivery of amazing shirts at low prices.

Connect with Elizabeth and Clarke to learn more. Check out the facebook page to stay up to date with the latest boxes available.

Saturday #152

It was a nice day weather wise in the great state of Ohio. We loaded up in the car and took Rolf to Mansfield for an Easter Egg hunt. Within 10 minutes of the start the eggs were all gone, they had an amazing turn out. We were a little disappointed to find they actually started early, as we got there (4 minutes after the scheduled start time) people were leaving in droves, there were no more eggs for the kids to find.

Rolf didn't really care. He found a few kids to play with so he was happy.

After things wrapped up there, Rolf and I went for a haircut. then made quick run into the grocery store.

When we got home, put the groceries away and had a snack we headed back outside for a while. He enjoyed playing with trucks and scooping pebbles from one place to another while I tackled the not so fun aspect of pet ownership... Pooper Scooper duty.

I wanted to keep Rolf outside and busy while my husband wrote a paper for school, so we enjoyed a small campfire and plenty of play time with trucks. When we were properly dirty and starting to get cold after our little campfire had gone out we went in for a bubble bath. Then I tackled the task of cooking dinner.

All in all it wasn't the most exciting day, but it was a day we spent together as a family. We made the most of the sunny weather and took the time for relaxing. I knew Sunday would not be as zen with the Easter holiday and the visit from the mother in law. 

I hope your family had a great Saturday too!