5 gavels: Loved it! Can't live without it!
July 26, 2007
5 gavels: Loved it! Can't live without it!
July 25, 2007
Have you ever heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer? I haven't. But now I know. Tell everyone you know. Why Mommy was just diagnosed six weeks ago. SAHM of two boys. A two year old and a seven month old.
And then the rage came.
It swirled around me this morning, full of fear and fire and fury, and it made me mad. Angry. But more than angry. Resentful and red that such a thing would happen. That such a disease could exist. That beast cancer could act so fast and so thoroughly and so … wrongly.
I locked myself in my room and searched for answers. Thumbed the books. Searched the sites. Talked and wrote. But no answers came. There are none, you see. There are no reasons for such nastiness and disease to exist in the world, and even if there were, there is no rational reason why any individual should have to suffer its effects.
And so, this afternoon, I lay quietly on the hammock with my baby, and let the world wash over me and around me. The leaves rustled with the slightest breeze. The bees and butterflies set about pollinating the overgrown mint borders and the dying tomatoes in the garden. The hammock swung gently as I pushed us ever so softly through the air.
I was cradled by nature.
And I was reminded that the same world that holds disease and fear and rage also holds the comfort of nature and God.
July 24, 2007
I've been so busy checking out all the great giveaways that I almost forgot to weigh-in. According to this morning's weigh-in - I've lost 21lbs since I started on my weight-loss plan in January! I do feel significantly smaller. Of course, hubby is convinced that the scale is broken but I'm perfectly happy with what it says and I'm going with that!
I do need to be more disciplined with exercising though. And I was do so well for a time.
My birthday is Saturday and surely I won't have lost 9lbs by then (unless I stop eating today) so I won't quite have met my goal but I'm closer than I ever thought I would be. So, yay me!
July 23, 2007
Congratulations to our winner of the Doggy Days of Summer Giveaway:
Amy of In Pursuit of Proverbs 31!
**UPDATED: I'll be out of town until Friday night so if I don't announce my winner then, I'll definitely do it on Saturday. Good luck!**
By now you've heard all about the Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway over at Shannon's. Tons and tons of people are giving away fantastic FREE STUFF! All you have to do to have a chance at winning some of that great loot is to visit and leave comments on the participating blogs. It's just that easy. Just check out the Mr. Linky on Shannon's blog to see who's participating. And on Friday, each blogger will draw names of the prize winners...and one of the might be you!
Now, we were encouraged to give away something that may tell our blog readers a little bit about ourselves. So, I've decided to give away a Mama Relaxation Set because, well, I would love to be able to relax every so often in a hot bubble bath, surrounded by candles and PEACE AND QUIET. But alas, I never do. Our master bath only has a shower and no tub. It's a crime, I know. And I wish for a huge Roman tub with Whirlpool jets on a daily basis. Of course I could take a bath in the kids' bathtub but it's just not the same. You know, taking a bath with your knees poking out. So, if you have the privilege of having a nice bathtub (or short legs) and can manage to sneak away from your chaotic lives for a few moments, then leave me a comment!
The Mama Relaxation Set includes: Mixed Berry Scented Body Wash and Body Cream, Bath Salts, Bath Confetti and 2 Berry Scented Votives in Glass Holders.
Sound lovely? Go on and enter the drawing.
Do it for me.
July 20, 2007
So I'm watching Episode 5 of my beloved Top Chef - Miami last night and imagine my surprise when Padma announces that the guest judge for the contestants' pastry challenge is Maria Frumkin - the very woman who made my wedding cake! So I elbow hubby and exclaim, "hey! remember Maria? She did our cake!" And of course he has absolutely no recollection of the woman. Even though we drove an hour and a half to her cafe in Miami, had lunch with her, and did an entire cake tasting. At which he adamantly chose the banana filling. A choice to which I conceded because, after all, marriage is all about compromise, right? So why not get a head start? But I digress.
I dragged hubby into Sucre on Magazine Street because I'm a sucker for anything pastry-sweet-boutique related and even from outside, the place looked fabulous. As soon as I stepped foot in the door, there he was. In all of his beautiful skin and hair glory. I froze. It was pathetic! I totally was starstruck by a chef. A chef for pete's sake. And it's not even like it was Rachael Ray (I know I know, she's not a "chef") or Emeril who are clearly big celebs. Of course, I didn't say hi or anything but instead tried to act very nonchalant and very cosmopolitan and pretended to inspect the confections for the proper consistency of the marzipan and the like, because HELLO! that's what real chefs do.
And then we left. Hubby kept trying to convince me to take a picture of Chef Armstrong with my camera phone but I refused. After all, I am not some crazy-fan-chef-stalker-chick. Right? Right??
Urged to Return Toy Ovens
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Easy-Bake Ovens
Units: About 1 million
Manufacturer: Easy-Bake, a division of Hasbro, Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I
Hazard: Young children can insert their hands into the oven's front
opening, and get their hands or fingers caught, posing entrapment and
Incidents/Injuries: Since the repair program announced in February,
Easy-Bake has received 249 reports of children getting their hands or
fingers caught in the oven's opening, including 77 reports of burns, 16
of which were reported as second and third-degree burns. Easy-Bake also
received one report of a serious burn that required a partial finger
amputation to a 5-year-old girl.
Description: The Easy-Bake Oven is a purple and pink plastic oven that
resembles a kitchen range with four burners on top and a front-loading
oven. "Easy Bake" is printed on the front of the oven. Model number
65805 and "Hasbro" are stamped into the plastic on the back of the oven.
This recall includes all units with the retrofit kit. The Easy-Bake Oven
is an electric toy and is not recommended for children under eight years
of age. Ovens sold before May 2006 are not included in this recall.
Sold at: Toys "R" Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys and other retailers
nationwide from May 2006 through July 2007 for about $25.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Caregivers should immediately take the recalled Easy-Bake Oven
away from children, and call Easy-Bake for instructions on how to return
the toy oven for a voucher towards the purchase of another Hasbro
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Easy-Bake at (800)
601-8418 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.easybake.com
July 19, 2007
What's your favorite sleep item for baby?
July 18, 2007
The Justices of MamaLaw are excited to introduce…LOVE IT! Thursdays
We Mamas certainly do love to share our Mama know-how with each other, don’t we? What better way to spread the word about the products we love or hate, new products we’d love to try, products that make our lives easier, and products that have passed (or failed) The Mama Test, than by blogging about it! It'll be like our own Mama Consumer Review.
So, share your trade secret so that we can all be “in the know.”
Every Thursday, you’ll write a post for your blog. In it, you’ll describe your product, your experience with it, and why you love it (or even hate it) so much. Then it’s time to render your verdict by giving your product a “MamaLaw Gavel Rating”:
4 gavels: "Liked it. I would definitely recommend it."
3 gavels: "It was ok. Maybe if it was on sale..."
2 gavels: "What was I thinking?"
1 gavel: "I want my moneyback!"
You can lift the Gavel Rating images from this post. And don’t forget to link back to us! Once you’re done posting, make sure to come back to our blog to sign the Mr. Linky so that everyone can visit your LOVE IT! Thursday review.
* Most importantly – PLEASE do not blog about something that you are being paid to review. We want to keep LOVE IT! Thursdays as genuine and fun as possible.
And we’ll see ya…on Thursday!!
This Week's Theme:
The theme for this week’s LOVE IT! Thursdays is: “I love _______ so much that I always used it when my baby would not sleep.
July 12, 2007
The time has finally come. We need to trade in my sports sedan for a "family car." It was nice while it lasted, but let's face it - squeezing two toddlers in car seats, a steamer trunk full of toys, sippy cups, diaper bags, assorted snacks, a doublestroller, oh and hubby and I, into my "B.C." (Before Children) car is getting to be a bit much. Having said that, we are going to start test-driving some family-friendly options soon. Do you have any recommendations? Something that can seat at least 7, is reasonably priced and does not scream "Driver-in-Mom Jeans-approaching" m'kay?
I don't want everyone to know that I'm wearing Mom Jeans until I get out of the car.
Mom Jeans - Awesome video clips here
July 10, 2007
And 1.0 lb heavier. But trust me, it was totally worth it. Beignets. Cajun redfish. Grilled scallops. Pralines. Praline bread pudding. Taffy. Peanut brittle. And oh the martinis.
In fact, +1.0 lb is pretty impressive.
And for all my fellow dieters, I just have to share my latest find:
Hershey's 100 calorie wafer bars. SO. GOOD. They taste just like a Kit-Kat.
Now if only I could find 100 calorie bread pudding.