Category: Presto

Sparkles and Presto. You know? I think he likes his boy

Time Consumption

Nothing is more exciting and bonding in relationships than creating together

Nannygoat and Lloyd needed a chance to go visit Presto at the NICU and some time to be adults without kids around. So I had Ladybug and Butterball (now also known as the DIVA) over for an evening of fun. As usual, the lords of the universe were smiling upon me because Twittermoms had just sent me a sample of Glue Dots and I was excited to have the girls try them! I didn’t have a big plan for it, so we just grabbed some construction paper and started creating! The girls really liked the Glue Dot applicators, so easy for their little fingers to use (and easy to switch from left to right hand, which is important when you are crafting with a lefty AND a righty at the same time).

First you make it:

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Then you show them off:

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The you add a bunch more Glue Dots on the back and hang them on Grandma’s fridge!

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What great fun we had. I love these Glue Dots, seriously in love. No mess, easy to use, easy to store. I had actually already used some back on Father’s Day for little craft project myself: I did a scrapbook page for MacD for his 1st Father’s Day with RolyPoly and the frame required the picture be sandwiched between glass. The picture kept slipping when Glue Dots came to the rescue:

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I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest to possibly receive a gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find

Some time ago I was approached by ecoSTOREUSA to review two of their products, here is a snippet:

I may not be a mother, wife, or a blogger, but if there’s anything that I know for sure- it’s that you, like me have people in your life that you love.
One way I prove my love to these people is by reducing the amount of chemicals that they come in contact to. This is why I represent www.ecostoreusa.com. An extension of a 20 year old New Zealand company www.ecostore.co.nz that makes affordable plant based, non-toxic Household Cleaning, Baby and Personal Care Products that contain No Nasty Chemicals™.
·Now, more than ever, we believe that the voice of the Mom Blogger, relative to the health of her family and the planet, coincide with the Ecostore mission. Word of mouth marketing and listening to the consumer – that’s us!
·The Founder was a stay at home dad living in an eco-village.
·We offer free shipping on orders over $25 and you can find us at Meijer and Duane Reade stores.

Already having two young grandchildren running around in the house and knowing that when RolyPoly’s mom would return to work we would be tending him several days of the week, I was excited to pick and try two products that would be safer to use around the house for them and for my little chihuahuas (which are just like little people: low to the ground, everything goes in their mouth and they need care, lol).

I chose the All Purpose Cleaner and the Laundry Powder. I found both products to exceed most of my expectations. The citrus-based all purpose cleaner has such a pleasant scent, that it was love at first sniff. But the truly amazing result I found was that after cleaning my counter tops daily with a regular cleanser; the first time I used this new spray my rag came away filthy! There was so much build up on the counters that I wasn’t seeing, I was a bit grossed out by what I saw. My “clean” counters hadn’t really been clean at all until I tried this product. I am actually on my second bottle. I use it every where in the house, from the kitchen to the outside screen room. It gets off every single thing my family has thrown at me; from markers to exploded soda on the walls (that dried because no one told me about said explosion). This is my favorite product ever. I have a steam cleaner for the floors, but for stubborn spills I spray a little on the spots before I steam clean and feel safe having small ones crawl around without worries of nasty chemicals getting on their hands and feet!

The laundry detergent impressed me with it’s value. Due to it’s concentrated form, I use a lot less detergent each load and my clothes come out just as clean. And now that RolyPoly is here (and doing the usual baby thing of having an accident or four a day) I have had to do his laundry quite often. I feel so much more confident doing his laundry with a soap that is plant based and contains no nasty chemicals. The powder has virtually no scent, so I will be perfectly honest in my review and tell you that my youngest (19) daughter (the Queen of all things must smell really, really good-including laundry soap) was not impressed. She now buys her own to use, which works in my benefit two ways A) I save money and B) My husband’s skin tends to react to laundry detergent with lots of perfumes in it. So win/win for me. Seriously, you only need to use a small amount of this detergent and you get clean clothes! What a money saver and it is planet friendly.

Now that Presto is here, being such a preemie, I know that when he finally gets to come home he will have some special needs. I am heading over to the Baby section of this great store to find some products for his family as part of their baby shower gift (okay, he actually arrived just before the baby shower so we had to cancel, but we are planning a ‘baby arrival’ party instead).

You can find ecoSTORE on Twitter and Facebook

Disclaimer: ecoSTORE provided me the above products for free to review. All opinions are 100% mine and I did not receive any other compensation for providing this review.

Bullet Test or Bullet Proof….

I have a new site design, I have a new site design, la la la laaaaaa la la.

I should post something right? Well, it was a holiday weekend you know. I got a little behind, what with all the days off and stuff (you people who know I am unemployed and always ‘off” just shush yourselves!) We had a wonderful holiday weekend, I have pics to share. We had fireworks (you people who know where we live and that they are illegal here? just shush yourselves again!)

I want to see what bullets look like on the new site so here we gooooooooooooo:

  • I got to HOLD Presto today. I happened to show up at the NICU at just the right moment and now, Bear and I are the only people who have had the chance to hold him (besides his lucky, blessed, lovely parents). He was SO TINY and light (compared to RolyPoly). But he gained another 2 ozs in the last two days. That boy will be home before I can say, ummm, Presto!
  • I have talked to some trainers/horse people/my heart and my sister (who happens to own  a stable in KY and lots of horses-including one who ran IN THE Kentucky Derby year before last. I have decided (with Bear) on a new approach to our riding and my beloved horse, Rain. I quit my lease and restarted it again (crazy much) within days. But now Bear and I are working together with just Rain. When I am confident (and as talented as Bear), then she will look back into leasing Knighthawk when she can concentrate on what he needs and not have to watch over me.
  • I rode today and I wasn’t afraid. It was relaxing, yet exhilarating. Peaceful and contemplative. Perfect.  Also my new helmet fits well, not that I needed it.
  • On Thursday, Bear and I are getting more spa-stuff: Hyrdo Therapy, facials, massage, some super shower thingy (using up what is left on our Groupons. Sure wish they hadn’t had a limit of one per person.) I could completely and totally become a rich person who goes to the spa daily. I could. I just know I could.
  • Tomorrow I will be babysitting RolyPoly. We get him three days a week. You probably notice which days they are, because those are the days I don’t post anything.
  • I feel better emotionally and spiritually today than I have in months. I wonder if it’s just that super cute new header?!?! I mean Jenn couldn’t have come any closer to ‘creating’ me.
  • My husband got a new steering wheel for Father’s Day. He couldn’t install it before because the car was being painted. It’s in there now. And there must be some issue with the horn. Because HE KEEPS HONKING IT.
  • Done with bullets now. Will go finish cooking dinner.
  • Love you all and you can just keep on leaving me comments about how freaking awesome the new layout is!

Trying To Fit It All In On Friday

Whew, from last Friday to this Friday a lot has happened. I am a new aunt again, as my step-brother had his second daughter yesterday. She is a beautiful baby girl 6lbs 6oz and she and mom are doing well. Presto (our NICU) baby is doing FANTASTIC. He is off all IVs and never had to get a PIC line. He gets a little nasal cannula oxygen once in while, but most importantly is feeding and tolerating food well. He even had his first bowel movement, which means he is processing his food! Mom got to hold him outside the incubator yesterday! We had some issues with the horses and got out of our lease on Tuesday. I have been praying about it, and talking to some people (and will do some more talking), but I think I have come up with a new plan which I hope to share in the next week or so. There has been some other drama in my life, which was affecting my personal feelings of well-being and peace, but I am working and praying on those also. Babysitting RolyPoly three days a week has really cut into my sewing time and ApronFrenzy is taking a hit. I spent a ton of money on material months ago and with all that has been going in my life over the last few months I got very few done. So today I am offering up the SALE OF THE CENTURY. For one day only. Even if you don’t want them, but sure and tell your friends, I could use the help! If you order all three of these awesome 4th of July Snoopy aprons before 3:45pm PST TODAY, I will include overnight delivery (for Saturday, just in time for your 4th of July celebration) at no extra charge, you just pay the regular S&H and I will pick up the difference for overnight service! Plus I am giving you the sale price on these three aprons (total value of $84.93) for just $67.94. That is a savings of 20% off retail! All three aprons are the made from the same material so can be used together as a family set, or split up for hostess gifts. The women’s Maryjane style can be seen here. The Unisex Adult BBQ (can be worn by male for female) style can be seen in the right picture of this post here. The child’s matching apron is the same exact style as the Adult BBQ apron and is a medium, it has one long tie so can adjust to fit most any child.

Buy here.

Now I still have a lot of money invested into aprons with a patriotic or red/white/blue theme to them and I will continue to finish them up, because to me summer=BBQ and BBQ=America. But this is the only material I have that actually says 4th of July, so I really want someone to have them for this holiday. Thus the sale. Tell your friends, tell your parents, tell your neighbors!

You can click here to purchase the set. Thanks for everything and Happy Independence Weekend!

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending

Shhh, there is a baby asleep in my bed. I got to see the newest addition yesterday in the NICU. He is tiny, but doing well. His breathing is doing great, they took him off the vent, then put him on a cannula and by yesterday morn his ABGs were so good they were thinking about talking that off too. They are considering his gestational age at 30 weeks (so the neonatologist was wrong in her hopes that he was 32-33). So the doc says consider her due date (Aug 26th) as the date he may get to come home. It could be earlier, but we won’t know for some time. The issue now will be feeding. Apparently babies this young aren’t quite ready for food. The have started a pic line and a feeding tube. They will begin with just some sugar water and over the next few weeks start introducing some proteins/food slowly. There is some risk he may react to the food, not be able to tolerate it, or develop an infection. The doc says the NICU is a roller coaster ride and right now we are on the kiddie ride, but at any moment we could end up at the top of a big drop and not know how we got there. He took the pacifier and sucked a few times, which is a very good sign. Funny aside: the NICU doc recognized me as he was RolyPoly’s NICU doc in April and he remembered RolyPoly and asked how he was doing. I guess you could say I am getting to be the NICU Grama-expert. Not a great title, but I’ll take what I can get. Mom recovered very quickly and is doing pretty well. Still getting a little magnesium for her HBP, but otherwise great. Except she really wanted to go see little “Presto”. Thanks to Anna for his nickname, because it really was ‘hey, you are going to have a baby in a few weeks and then “Presto”: You are having a baby right now!’ I am not sure (because I have been babysitting RolyPoly this morning), but I think SusyQ was going to be allowed to try and get up to walk a bit last night and visit Presto in the NICU. Hope that went well.

In the meanwhile, I need to get back to 4th of July aprons or it will be November before they are done and what a waste that will be. Sometimes life throws punches at me and I can deflect them, sometimes they land a good blow. I just take it as best I can. The Universe sent me this note this morning and I am trying to take it to heart:

Actually, Vixen, it’s easier to accept others, than to change them.

It’s wiser to understand them, than to get angry.

And most of the time, it’s more fun to love ’em, than to leave ’em.

Your call,
The Universe

Have a wonderful Thursday and enjoy your loved ones. Sometimes it’s not easy, but it is always worth it in the end.

Where I Post The Thing I Forgot To Tell You

A few months ago I got some exciting news. I started doing some research (okay I asked twitter) about how many people had given birth or were due to give birth in 2010. I was going to call it Year Of The Baby. Probably draw some parallels between unemployment rates and the suffering economy and what people due with with their time when they have no money…

But I never got around to it. And in never writing that post, I forgot to share a special story about Sparkles. If you have read my about me page, you know I have an “adopted” (not legally) son named Sparkles. He was been a very close part of our family life for many, many years. He did in fact live with us for a time, and has been at everyone of our special family events ever since then. Mr. Vixen and I love him as dearly as we love our (biological) son. I am his “other” mother and she and I don’t mind sharing. He is quiet, sweet, caring, loyal and I can always count on him to help me out no matter what. Just like my other kids.

Point is, he is(was) expecting his first child August 30th-ish. And I had ultrasounds to share and a plan for you all to help me come up with the baby’s super secret internet name. Well, sometimes life takes your choices and decisions out of your hands. Early this week, Sparkles’ girlfriend (let’s call her SusyQ because she isn’t real fond of her original super secret Internet name) was put on bed rest due to some signs of preeclampsia and her high blood pressure. Then an issue with the protein in her urine became worse and she went for a nights stay at the hospital for monitoring. Things got a little better, then a little worse, then a little better. Well you get the idea. Yesterday, we stopped by on our way to visit the horses and drop off some books for her to read. A perinatologist had read her ultrasounds and thought possibly the baby was 2-3 weeks further along than they thought. She had also received two steroid injections to help speed up the little guys lung development. But before we could leave the hospital the doc returned after visiting with the perinatologist and reviewing her chart (and headaches) and said he wanted to induce NOW. He explained the risks (apparently high blood pressure spikes are a leading cause of placental abruption) to the baby and the huge risks to SusyQ herself, including stroke and coma. She was not prepared to say the least. Tears were shed. In the end, she decided to proceed.

An hour or two later, I got the phone call from Sparkles that things were not going well and it was time for an emergent c-section. We live only moments from the hospital, so we got there in a flash.

Long story (and not getting any shorter) I would like to welcome my newest grandson Sean Liam into the world. He is quite small at 3 lbs 6 ozs and is in the NICU, but seems okay. Mom is well and recovered quickly. So: First sorry I forgot to tell you we were having another kid (whoopsie) and second…can you help me come up with a super secret Internet name for this little one? I know  you guys can have a  name picked out by the time I get back, because I am heading there now to see him IN PERSON because I haven’t got to hold him yet!!! (click on pictures for full view.)

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