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September 30, 2014

Baby Love

01/03/13

Do you know what's in your purse?

You guys, someone stole my purse our of my car last Friday. I think it must have been when I was picking up my son from Mother's Day Out. Either that, or it was in my garage, which I don't want to think about because it totally creeps me out. No, my car wasn't locked. I'm very naive when it comes to people stealing things. I kind of have the "it won''t happen to me" mindset. But, not anymore! The reality is there are some people out there that do bad things. I didn't realize it was gone until our credit card company called to ask about some serious spending going on at Target, Gordman's, Academy Sports. Not to mention I had some serious (atleast for me) cash in my wallet. I went through the stages of grief - sad, mad, panick, etc....

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How to Make Homemade Baby Food

12/21/12

How to Make Homemade Baby Food

I like to cook. I don't like to bake, but I do like to cook. Of course these days I don't have as much time to as I would like, but you really don't need very much time to make homemade food for your baby. My Grandmother-in-Law (is that right?) got me a Beabe Baby Cook when my first born started solids. In between solid foods with my two kids, I even let my friend who has triplets use it and it's still holding up very well. So if you're thinking it's pricey, you're right, but a good investment with re-sale possibilities. All you need to do is buy the veggies or fruit at your grocery store. I opt for organic, but I'm not quite sure it's making that big of a difference from some of the articles I've read lately. But, there's really...

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New Cool Thing Alert at the Aquarium

12/10/12

New Cool Thing Alert at the Aquarium

As I've mentioned before, we are regulars at the Oklahoma Aquarium. As in, we go atleast once a week. It's a great all-weather-activity for us and it makes me feel good to take the toddler there for some educational fun. So, as your tour guide, I needed to share with you a cool new thing that's going on there. It's the newly opened Extreme Amazon exhibit. The fish are cool (and don't miss the iguanas hanging out in there too), but what is REALLY COOL is that there's a tunnel underneath the exhibit where your kids can crawl around. Since no one was watching, I crawled under there myself. In the middle, there's a place you can poke your head up and it's as though you're in the middle of the tank.      ...

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My Nutcracker Obsession

12/04/12

My Nutcracker Obsession

Confession: One of the first things I thought of after finding out I was going to have a girl was that I'll always have someone to go with me to watch The Nutcracker at Christmas. Yes! I was in ballet growing up. It seems funny to think of now since I wouldn't be caught dead in tights, but then again maybe if I spent as much time doing bar exercises I wouldn't be so anti. I digress. So during my short career as a ballerina, I was in The Nutcracker twice. The first time I played a mouse and the second time I was a soldier. A group of dance moms (who do not resemble anything to the Lifetime reality show) would take turns driving me and a few of my friends back and forth to Dallas for practices and shows. It was so fun. I remember doing our homework in the back...

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Hey, you! Get your baby on his/her tummy!

11/20/12

Hey, you! Get your baby on his/her tummy!

My son slept on his tummy when he was a baby. GASP! I know, I know. It's the only way he would sleep longer than 20 minutes and after a couple of weeks of only letting him nap on his tummy I caved. Because of this, any sort of head shape issues was not on my radar. Fast forward to the present to my daughter who hates...H-A-T-E-S...being on her tummy. When we brought her home from the hospital her biliruben number got pretty high, so we had to do the "tanning bed" for 7 days in our home. You're supposed to keep them under the lights as much as possible. So, besides nursing, she pretty much stayed there. At the time, I was so concerned with the jaundice situation, I didn't pay any attention to the fact that she was highly favoring looking to her right....

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Tips for Moving with Little Ones

11/06/12

Tips for Moving with Little Ones

Oh, sweet Jesus, I am exhausted. I thought having a newborn was tiring, but moving with a 2-year-old and a baby takes the boat. My #1 tip for you is to not do it. Stay where you are! But, since that's just not an option sometimes, here are some things I did or wish I would have done. 1) Start packing early. Invevitably, there will be a point when you just start throwing stuff into boxes and label "Miscellaneous." But try and get everything done prior to hitting the "OH SH**" button. With that, I suggest starting with the fragile items. You see at the beginning you're all refreshed and buzzed about the move, so it's the time to perfectly pack the China and stemware in bubble wrap and place it delicately in a box before the buzz wears...

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Malala Yousafzai

10/16/12

Malala Yousafzai

Last week, I blogged about the International Day of the Girl. With a sense of irony and sadness, Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistan girl, was shot in the head by the Taliban that same day. You see, the Taliban believe girls should not be educated, or for that matter, even leave the house. Malala believes differently and has risked her life to defend her right to receive education. "I have the right of education," she said in a 2011 interview with CNN. "I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up." Currently, Malala is recovering in a hospital in Great Britain. The doctors are hopeful that she will be able to make a full recovery. The depth of...

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International Day of the Girl

10/11/12

International Day of the Girl

Although she's still a baby, I feel a huge responsibility with my daughter. Not just the typical parental responsibilities, but the extras that come with being female. I want to raise her to be a self-reliant, confident, smart woman who never feels the weight of a glass ceiling. I want her to read about sexism in history books, but never experience it herself. And if she does, I want to raise her with the tools she'll need to handle it. I want her to have a healthy body image, and not feel overwhelmed by what she sees in magazines or televisions. When I lie awake at night thinking about these things, never does becoming a child bride, prostitute or school drop out come to my mind, but there are mothers out there who do. It's not that they don't want better for...

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Things I Don't Want to Forget

10/04/12

Things I Don't Want to Forget

This morning, I read this wonderful blog post by Allison Tate from the Huffington Post. I got very teary and it reminded me how quickly it all goes by. My little guy will be three soon, and somehow my newborn is almost 5 months old. When everything changes so quickly, I want to make sure and remember what is happening right now. Like how my son, no matter if it's a flu shot or a bonk on the head, truly thinks my kisses can heal. "Mommy kiss it," he'll say. Then, "I'm better! Tank you, mommy." Oh it makes me melt. Or how he refers to every child he meets, no matter if it's his cousin or a complete stranger, as his friend. "Mommy, there's my friend," he says while running to play with him/her. I love it, but it also makes me sad...

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How to Support Sibling Love

09/18/12

How to Support Sibling Love

First, let me be clear, my sister and I do not have the perfect relationship. We've had a few quaffs. I stole some clothes of hers back in the day and things like that, but we've never had any sort of physical altercation. Anytime we have a disagreement or have spent too much time together, instead of having some sort of blow out, we usually just kind of have an awkward few days until something bigger happens and the disagreement is forgotten. I've been mad at her and I know she's been mad at me, but for the most part we are truly best friends. Maybe our personalities don't conflict (she's type A and I'm type B) or our 3 1/2 year age difference is ideal, whatever it is, it works. Like most of these things go, I'm going to go ahead and give credit...

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