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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Snuggle Bear is 30 and here's a gift to you! #giveaway

In honor of Snuggle Bear turning 30 this year, he would like one of my winners to have some sensational smelling fabric softener!  What would Snuggle Bear be if he weren't soft and cuddly?  And having a house smell awesome is never a bad thing!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  One lucky reader will win Snuggle Scent Boosters, Snuggle Exhilarations liquid softener and sheets.  I've been using my gratis products all week and I LOVE them!  The scent boosters are awesome because as soon as I pull the clothes out of the washer, the great smell hits me!  Anyway, one winner, one set of these.  Giveaway ends October 1 at noon.  Good luck and pass the word on to your friends! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy birthday, @Snuggle_Bear!! Snuggle is turning 30!!!

Hey, fellow 80s babies!  Remember this little guy?


How uncanny can you be?

I have three scenarios to present to you.  Now, if you are going to share a story that can one up me, feel free, but make sure it applies to YOU, not your uncle's cousin's grandma's sister's grandaughter's friend.  That would be cheating.

So I have three friends who I have known for varying amounts of times and met in different ways.  We each have coincidental commonalities amongst our children.  Which one do you think is the most uncanny?  And let me apologize to said friends because I guarantee I'm going to be off on some ages or birth months.

Friend A:  Her children are a step-son (I'm a horrible person for not knowing his age, but I wanna say he's in middle school), a 6 year old son, a 2 year old son and a 1 year old son.  Her 6 year old's middle is the same as MY 6 year old's middle name and it is not a common name.  Her 2 year old is a month or two younger than my 2 year old and her 1 year old is a few months older than my baby.  We both kept wanting girls and ended up getting boys.

Friend Sa:  Her children are a step-son (I think he's 9), a 6 year old son, a 2 year old son and an almost 1 year old son.  Her 6 year old was born 6 days after MY 6 year old.  Her 2 year old was born a month before mine and her almost 1 year old was born 3 months before my baby.  She also kept wanting a girl and ended up with all boys.  PLUS, she and I have birthdays the same month of the same year and our wedding anniversaries are a day apart.

Friend St:  Her children are a daughter that is in high school, a 9 year old girl, 7 year old boy and almost 2 year old girl.  Now, aside from the age similarities with three of them, what is really cool in my mind is that her youngest's birthday is the same as MY birthday (which also happens to be my mother's birthday) and my oldest's birthday is the same as HER birthday.  Also, her 9 year old daughter and my 8 year old daughter have the same middle name with the same unique spelling.

So, there you have it.  Which is the most uncanny?  Oh, and to those who are like, "you said you all wanted girls, what horrible human beings!  You should be lucky to have a child at all."  Go F yourselves, that's not the point of this post.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oh, Baby! by Chad Geran Board Book Review & Giveaway!!!

My toddler LOVES looking at books.  He also loves tearing paper, so we have a shelf full of board books.  My 9 month old also likes board books.  What's nice for him is that if the illustrations are colorful and simple, it keeps him entertained for quite awhile.  (It also doesn't hurt if they taste good, lol.)

I'm always on the lookout for a good board book, especially when new ones come out!  So, when I was offered a gratis copy of Oh, Baby! I was more than willing to write up a review about it!  Even though it has no words, it is actually great with my toddler!  Each page has a different baby either in a different scenario or wearing a different, interesting outfit.  So, it's fun to look at with H and point to the pictures, ask him questions and point things out that teach him new words.  He is working on vocabulary building, so this is very stimulating to his mind.

And it also entertains Baby A.  When I first gave him the book he spent about 10 minutes touching and looking at the pages.  The colors are bright and the illustrations are simple, which makes them easy to decipher in terms of shapes and colors. 

This will definitely be a book that stays on the shelf until Baby A outgrows it.  And since it's such an adorable and useful book, POW Kids! Books and I would like to offer one lucky reader a free copy!  Contest is open until noon on Sept. 29 and is open to US residents only.  Thanks & good luck!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

That other four-letter "F" word

I couldn't even begin to create a list of all my pet peeves... most are trivial, some are grammar nazi issues, others revolve around people.  Today I'd like to address a pet peeve that has irked me the majority of my life-- that four letter word that starts with an F and ends with a T and is synonymous with passing gas.

It's a good word, look it up!
I think the word is crude.  I think discussing it when you are an adult is uncouth.  I don't like when people laugh about it... it's impolite and immature.  Of course those who disagree with me chalk it up to being a bodily function and "what's the big deal?"  Welllllll...

According to "Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Freshly Updated)"
by Judith Martin:
Unacceptable Noises. Miss Manners does not plan to mention them, chiefly because they are unmentionable, but you all know who you are. What they are. At any rate, there are noises that are acknowledged by neither the noisemaker nor the noise recipient, because socially they do not exist.
I was raised in a household where I think we were taught very proper etiquette when it came to normal mannerisms.  No one ever purposely passed gas and if someone did, it was unheard of to laugh about because it just seems "trashy."

I know, I know, I'm gonna catch a lot of flack (behind my back, of course) by people who were raised differently and feel highly insulted by this, but this is my blog, and I'm free to voice my opinion.  When I think about people making f**t jokes I picture immature college guys that will never grow up or two toothed hillbillies that shower in the river.

We raise our kids this way too.  Belching is also one of those things that people should not giggle about, but I think those are harder to make quiet.   Society is going down the toilet as it is, let's add a little class to this sad sack society.