September 18, 2014

Cat Thursday

Filed under: Memes,Pets @ 7:00 am

 

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I haven’t done Cat Thursday in a really long time, and I thought I’d try getting back into it. This particular Cat Thursday is brought to you by – cats in places they don’t belong. Ok, one cat, one place she doesn’t belong: the changing table. I have it all ready for Smurfberry’s debut into this world in a couple of months and what does Dusty Rose do? Yep, she finds it and sits on it. To be fair, there’s a super soft changing pad up there. Also, it is nice and high and dogs can’t reach her. Of course she found it appealing LOL.

 

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Interested in becoming a certified nurse’s assistant?

Filed under: Reviews @ 6:30 am

One of my friends is in nursing school right now, and I am very happy for her accomplishments. She originally started out wanting to do a shorter program and be an assistant, but then later decided to continue on in the career. I was asked to review the website FindCNAClasses.com and I thought that would be an interesting opportunity to have a look at something similar to what my friend was looking at several years ago.

FindCNAClasses.com is an easy to use search for classes to become a certified nurse’s assistant. The website contains some good articles explaining what a CNA is, talks about the career options and how to obtain one’s certification. The website also gives career options for what one can do with a CNA certification.

I did a quick search with my location and FindCNAClasses.com found me a local school that provides this certification. FindCNAClasses.com provides tips on how to prepare for the CNA examination as well as provides a practice exam. The website is pretty simple to use and would definitely be a good resource to someone looking to find some local classes and get started on their career to become a certified nurse’s assistant.

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September 17, 2014

“50 Things to Know About Breastfeeding: Quick Tips for New Moms” Review

Filed under: Reviews @ 7:00 am

Since I’m a mom-to-be and plan to breastfeed,. I jumped on the opportunity to read 50 Things to Know About Breastfeeding: Quick Tips for New Moms for free in exchange for my review. I was provided a PDF of the book.

I really enjoyed reading 50 things to know about breastfeeding. Each tip and suggestion contained good reminders and appeared to be well-researched. This book has information on the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as some things to expect based on different ages of the child. My only complaint is the lack of editing. There were too many mistakes and that is not acceptable for a book you have to pay for. I was given a PDF for review, but since the book is already out, I have to assume my PDF copy is the final version.


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50 Things to Know About Breastfeeding: Quick Tips for New Moms

DescriptionAre you wondering if breastfeeding is right for you? Are you struggling in your breastfeeding relationship? Are you curious about the benefits of extended breastfeeding?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you…

50 Things to Know about Breastfeeding by Taylor Ford offers a refreshing approach to obtaining information about breastfeeding your child. Most books on parenting provide you with only limited tips and advice on breastfeeding. Although there’s nothing wrong with that, if you want a comprehensive, quick guide to breastfeeding, this is the book for you. Based on knowledge from the world’s leading experts such as Dr. Sears, Ina Mays Gaskin, and other professionals, this book will soon be your go-to resource.

In these pages you’ll discover the many benefits the breastfeeding has to offer, for both you and your baby. This book will help you get the most out of your new relationship with your baby.
By the time you finish this book, you will know the ins and outs of nursing, as well as how to continue building a lifelong relationship with your child.

 

 

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September 15, 2014

“50 Things to Know About Surviving the First Year of Parenthood: Simple Advice for New Parents” Review

Filed under: Reviews @ 7:00 am

Since I’m a mom-to-be, I’ve been interested in reading some parenting books. I jumped on the opportunity to read 50 Things to Know About Surviving the First Year of Parenthood: Simple Advice for New Parents for free in exchange for my review. I was provided a PDF of the book.

Honestly, I can’t say this was a very helpful book overall. The 50 things list read more like a blog post of observations (for example, not being able to sleep through the night anymore) than real tips. Plus, there were errors everywhere. Since the book is already out there and available for purchase, I have to assume the PDF I received is the final version as well. I was a little disappointed maybe because I was expecting a lot more. However, this book has some really good check lists and other printables attached to it that I found really useful and some I plan on using. These include a hospital check list, an after-labor check list, baby clothing size chart and more. I found those really helpful, and I learned that “newborn” sizes are up to 7 pounds? Really? So if my baby is big, all my  newborn clothes that I got as a gift won’t even fit!!! So that gives me some things to think about and more items to plan on purchasing before the big day.

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DescriptionThis is a collection of 50 simple tips that any soon to be parent would like to know before their first year of parenthood. A great quick read for a soon to be parent. The book also includes tools including Website Resources, Baby Feeding/Diaper Schedule, Mom Medicine Schedule, Baby Clothes Size Chart, Baby Sitter Sheet, Short Hospital Bag Checklist, After Recovery Kit, Baby Medicine Basket Items, and a list of 10 Things to Know When Traveling with a baby.

 

 

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Giveaway: $25 Visa gift card and This is Where I Leave You novel

Filed under: Giveaways @ 5:00 am

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Perfectly Imperfect Mom is hosting a Giveaway with Warner Bros. Pictures.

You can win a $25 Visa Gift Card and the This is Where I Leave you novel.

This is Where I Leave You will be in theaters September 19th.

 

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September 10, 2014

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Update Project

Filed under: Home,TopPosts @ 7:00 am

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The hardware on the kitchen cabinets that came with our house when we bought it had to go. Sure, it was cool looking and modern and very sharp. Unfortunately, that last part was literally. If you brush up or lean up against them, ouch! After multiple bruises on my hips and scrapes on my hands from using my kitchen normally, I had enough. Hubby even said that the hardware on the island is perfectly positioned to attempt to keep us from having any future children. So in an effort to start child-proofing and help ourselves not have any more problems going forward, we decided to replace the cabinet hardware with something rounder, softer, and lacking the hard edges.

We first went to the hardware store to see what our options were. We measured the current hardware handles to be 5 inches, so we needed to find more that fit. I believe we counted 44 handles. We quickly realized that all the nice looking cabinet hardware was pricey. We still wanted the silver metal look since that went well with our appliances, and there really weren’t too many 5 inch silver rounded cabinet hardware options to choose from. After realizing the least expensive option was still around 4 bucks a handle, we decided to look online. Yay online. We found the rounded hardware we ended up using for much cheaper, more in the 2 bucks a handle category, though we had to buy 50 of them since they are sold in packs of 10. Still not super cheap, but the best we could find.

The new handles look really good and match our faucet, which is very curvy too. So these look like they were here all along. We ran into some issues with a couple of handles needing the holes to be drilled out a bit more, and a lot of washers needing to be added to keep the handles from wobbling (OK, so maybe you get what you pay for, but really, I expected less issues since we still spent more than $100 on this project). But I was happy I got to help! Me, I used a screwdriver to remove and add some handles, until I couldn’t stand up anymore and my feet got swollen and my back started hurting and I had to pull the “I’m prego and have to lay down” card. But I helped! So yay! I contributed to a home improvement project. Take that HGTV.

 

♥♥ Ashley LaMar. Farrah. Hannah @anewaddition. Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom. Logan Can. Marcia @ Menopausal Mother. Melanie. Sarah

Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2014 sale Sept 10-15

Filed under: Health @ 6:00 am

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle sale has begun! The sale is running from September 10th through the 15th (or until 30,000 bundles are sold).

I’m excited to have joined the team to get the word out about this bundle sale! I’ve been working on getting healthy for the past few years, with losing a lot of weight prior to this pregnancy, and now trying my best to stay healthy through this time in my life and beyond. I’m looking forward to learning from this event and continuing the wellness journey for myself and my growing family.

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will include more than 70 eResources from top healthy living bloggers as well as amazing, tangible bonus offers. This year’s bundle is valued at over $1,000! The bundle is on sale for $29.97! So check it out!

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September 8, 2014

“Cutting Though the Clutter of Life” Review

Filed under: Reviews @ 7:00 am

Even though I purged a lot of stuff before we moved into this house in February, my home is  quite cluttered. Part of the problem is we haven’t unpacked everything, or we’re still working on projects, so stuff is just everywhere. Since I got pregnant right away, my motivation and energy levels are zilch for organizing and de-cluttering. So I jumped on the opportunity to read and review this book to see if it can help me get on track. Below are my thoughts.

The book’s strengths: The book starts out with a motivational section on why you should consider de-cluttering, and I ended up skimming some of that. But once I got to the meat of the book, I found a lot of what I wanted to see – there are a lot of tips and suggestions. The book includes questions to ask yourself about specific items to help decide whether it should go or stay. I liked the practical suggestions for items that can stay out on counters and others that should be stored elsewhere. I think my favorite section is the paper section. This book has a breakdown of how long you need to hold onto each type of bill, document, etc. I also really liked the tip about contacting the Direct Marketing Association to ask to be removed from all the junk mail we receive. I’m going to have to contact them.  We get way too much trash in the mail that goes from the mail box to our trash can immediately.

Some things I didn’t like or areas of improvement: I’m not really religious, so all the devotional sections sprinkled in were kind of awkward to me and kind of disrupted the flow of information. This book doesn’t exactly have chapters or separate sections, so it is just a flow of information with bold subheadings for the item being evaluated. Maybe more defined section headings and a table of contents would be useful.

 

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Author: Melissa Smallwood

Description: Cutting Through the Clutter of Life contains practical tips to overcome the clutter in your home and schedule while also tackling the issues that create clutter in our hearts and minds. This brief ebook will help you develop a plan, based on professional organizing strategies and Scripture, that will assist you in decluttering your whole life- home, heart and head.

You can find this book on Amazon. Find Melissa Smallwood on Facebook and her blog.

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September 4, 2014

“50 Things to Know about Modern Manners: Etiquette is a Way of Life” Review

Filed under: Reviews @ 7:00 am

I have an interest in rules of etiquette so I thought I would take a look at the book 50 Things to Know about Modern Manners: Etiquette is a Way of Life and provide a brief review here on my blog. I often feel general rules of etiquette are not followed in normal daily interactions with people, and that is why people tend to get so upset with one another. All of us can benefit from a refresher in some of these generally accepted rules and tips for interacting with other people.

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Title: 50 Things to Know About Modern Manners: Etiquette is a Way Of Life

DescriptionDo you think manners and etiquette have gone the way of the dinosaurs?
Have you been hurt by someone who didn’t have manners or proper etiquette?
Do you want to learn how to behave in certain situations?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is for you…

50 Things to Know About Modern Manners by Krista “KK” Mounsey offers advice on how to behave in ten different situations.
Most books on manners tell you that you must do this or that- and that you have to memorize a set of social rules in order to behave correctly.

Although there’s nothing wrong with that, there are some other things that you should know in order to accomplish your goal.

Based on knowledge from etiquette professionals, when you display proper manners/etiquette, people will genuinely like you and want to spend time with you- and even do whatever you ask them to.

In these pages you’ll discover tips and tricks that you can do in order for you to accomplish your goal of becoming one of the most likeable people in your circle of friends.

 

This book includes various tips and etiquette suggestions for items such as:

  • Life at home with family
  • Dating
  • Workplace and Job Search
  • Cellphone use in public
  • Other social situations

Some of the important lessons in etiquette I took away from this book include:
* Say thank you and show appreciation.
* Be kind and set a good example.
* Learn new skills in the workplace and always remain professional.
* Think about the other people around you and consider their feelings before acting.

Many of these are common sense, and some of them kind of had me rolling my eyes because of their simplicity. But since common sense is anything but common these days, the items serve as a good reminder.

I’m going to try to get additional 50 Things To Know books to peruse and share my thoughts.

♥♥ Madaline. Marcia @ Menopausal Mother

September 1, 2014

Welcome to Third Trimester

Filed under: Pregnancy,Smurfberry,TopPosts @ 12:39 pm

Today I am at 29 weeks pregnant, so I’m well into in my third trimester. I thought this would be a good opportunity to reflect upon the end of the second trimester and everything we’ve accomplished so far.

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I took this photo a few days ago so I thought I’d share it as part of this post.

Smurfberry’s accomplishments:

By the end of the second trimester, Smurfberry:
* Weighs about 2 pounds (or more, since we’re measuring bigger)
* Can kick and poke (and oh boy does he!)
* Has thickened layers of skin, some hair and body fat.
* Has all 5 senses functioning

Go Smurfberry! You keep on growing nice and healthy, but be nice and let’s not get to be like 9 pounds at birth, OK?

Mine and hubby’s accomplishments:

We’ve gotten a lot of the big stuff that I know we’re going to need – crib, car seat and stroller, dresser and changing table, etc. Here are some of the awesome things:

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The crib was actually a gift/hand me down. My niece and nephew used it, and my MIL painted it so it would look nice and new for her newest grandchild. She also gave us the adorable Lion King bedding :) We’ve been wanting to use greens and browns in our theme, something forest or jungle themed, so that works out nicely.

Since we’ve already had our destination baby showers with both sides of our family, we already are stocked up on a lot of the goodies we will need. My friends are talking about throwing me a local baby shower too, so I’m excited to finish off my “you will need this” list.

I am starting to feel the effects of the third trimester though. I’m out of breath again, feel huge some days and have a hard time getting up from a seated position. Nevermind dropping stuff – if there’s no one around to get it for me, I don’t need that item! lol Heartburn is back and sleeping has become difficult. But, I’m still trying to remain optimistic that it won’t get too bad, and am trying to stay calm about all the unknowns of the labor experience. It terrifies me, but I’m trying not to let the fear take over. Now’s the time to start reading inspirational posts even though I’m not usually into the squishy stuff.

Anyone have any advice for me? I’d love to hear it :)

♥♥ Carmody. Elizabeth. Gale. Hannah Clementson. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama. Lysha @ Magnolia Mom. Madaline. Natalie. Sarah. Tiffany

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