Monday, May 30, 2011

Lil Bundle of Joy Review & Giveaway!

When I found Lil Bundle of Joy on Etsy, I instantly fell in love with EVERYTHING in the shop! They have all sorts of adorable things; from little plushie & crinkle owls to bibs & burp cloths.

 I choose a boy plushie owl & a crinkle owl to review. I couldn't wait for them to arrive. They are so adorable & I just knew Eli would love them as much, if not more than I do! 

Boy was I right! As soon as they came in the mail I ripped open the package, gave them a quick check over to be certain I was comfortable with Eli playing with them, & then handed them to Eli. He was immediately intrigued. He kept crinkling the yellow crinkle owl & giving the red plushie kisses, smiling & laughing the entire time.

We left for vacation the next day & I'm so glad I had them! The crinkle owl kept him entertained for quite a while on our 22 hour drive & he loved to snuggle the plushie!

If you have a little one, I am convinced they will like these little toys as much as my little guy did!

Feeling lucky?
Malissa, at Lil Bundle of Joy, will be giving one of my lucky followers a crinkle & a plushie owl. The winner will choose boy or girl & the color of their choice. Entry instructions can be found below.

Don't want to wait?
Buy it now & receive 15% off using the code DOTCOM15 at Lil Bundle of Joy on Etsy!

You MUST be following me publicly via GFC to win.

Mandatory Entry:
[+1] Like Lil Bundle of Joy on Facebook & tell them I sent you

Additional Entries:
 [+1] Like me on Facebook
[+1] Follow Lil Bundle of Joy's blog
[+1] Follow me on Twitter
 [+1 per day] Tweet this giveaway & put the link in your comment:

RT I want to #Win crinkle & plushie owl toy from @LifeAsMommy #giveaway ends 6/20

 [+1 per day] Post this giveaway on Facebook AND tag @Journey through Mommyhood & @Lil Bundle of Joy
[+1] Favorite Lil Bundle of Joy on Etsy
[+2] Favorite an item from Lil Bundle of Joy's shop & leave it in your comment
[+3] Add my button to your blog & leave me the link
[+4 per day] Vote for me on  Picket Fence Blogs
[+5] Blog about this giveaway & leave me the link

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry along with your email address so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway will end on 6/19 at midnight CST. The winner will be drawn via & will be notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is open to all residents.

The giveaway winner will be sent their prize free of charge. The review items were provided to me at no charge by the company. The review is my personal opinion of the products I was sent, & was in no way influenced by compensation of any sort.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ahhh! The Guilt!

I feel so guilty. Especially because I know he's not quite ready for this, but Mommy can't handle all those teeth!

I started weaning Eli a couple days ago. It all started during our trip because it was quicker to give him a bottle than to stop & breastfeed him. It would have added a few hours to our already 22 hour drive. I was still breastfeeding him in the morning, evening, & usually once when we stopped during the day, but my supply plummeted. After we made it to SC, I was breastfeeding as much as I could so my supply started to recover some, but then dropped again on the ride home. I probably would have worked harder to get it back up when we returned home if it hadn't been for all the biting!

Eli now has 4 teeth. I could handle the biting when it was tooth against gum...but now that it's tooth on tooth, I'm not doing so well. Especially with all the bleeding. Yes, that's right, he has been biting me so hard I start bleeding, a lot.

I'm still breastfeeding in the morning & at night. I will keep this up until my supply completely disappears. But I can tell he's upset when I come home for lunch or get off work & don't breastfeed him, the screaming & glaring gives it away.

I made it 7 months, which is pretty good, but still 5 months short of the year I had planned on. I'm sure the guilt will subside eventually, but for now I feel like a terrible Mommy.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Extra Hours Please!

Can I add a few extra hours to each day? Pretty please!?

I have so much stuff to get done & caught up on after being on vacation for a week at work, home, & blog. I'm most excited about the blog stuff, because I LOVE giveaways & this next one is fun :) I think you will all really like it!

I'm dreading all the cleaning, but am ready to no longer feel disgusted to look at my house. My husband, who doesn't believe in cleaning, was home alone all week, so my house is trashed. I'm estimating it will take a solid day with no interruptions to clean it all.

Now to find a sitter for Eli, so Mommy can clean & get all the fun blog stuff done!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

So sorry I'm 2 days late posting this, we have had some awful weather the past couple days.
The winner of the Rumparooz cloth diaper from The Changing Table is...
Amanda Mom of 2! Congratulations Amanda!!!

The winner has been contacted & will have 48 hours to respond. 
If they do not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

Monday, May 23, 2011

And the winner is...

To be determined! The Rumparooz diaper giveaway ended at 8CST. However, due to very bad storms hitting, I will not be able to draw for the winner until sometime tomorrow. Sorry for the delay!
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Friday, May 13, 2011

22+ hour drive?

Is this a wise idea with a 6 month old baby? I'm starting to get a little concerned...but it's too late to change my mind now! We leave for South Carolina on Wednesday morning. But I do need some pointers on keeping a baby happy when the majority of the day he will be in his carseat. I'm planning to take LOTS of toys to keep him entertained, but don't know much else to do.

I have always thought road trips were fun. We even took a random road trip for our honeymoon. We flipped a quarter & headed in the direction it told us too, which ended up being California. I loved every minute of that, but this may be where I change my mind on road trips.

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Playdate, Mother's Day, & a Vegetarian Baby...

Eli & I visited Sam & Stacey last Monday for a playdate. A very long overdue playdate. They hadn't seen each other since their newborn pictures in November (Sam is 2 days older). Not that they really interacted with each other, after all they we're less than 2 weeks old. But now that they are actually getting old enough to play, we need to be sure & keep it up. Here are some pictures of these adorable boys. Eli is on the left & Sam is on the right.

For Mother's Day Eli painted picture frames & flower pots for his grandmas & great grandmas. It turned out cute, but was a huge mess. He sure did love squishing the finger paints! Please ignore the messy garage & the fact that I hadn't done my hair or make up yet...

Now, for those of you still reading, I need some suggestions. My baby HATES meat. We haven't tried much, but he ALWAYS spits it back out. I know I can't have a vegetarian baby, so I need pointers on how to get him to eat some meat too instead of only fruit & veggies! This seems like such an odd question because I know in a few years I will be begging for pointers on getting him to eat veggies.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I failed...again

I have to be one of the worst cooks in the world. It smelt good, but it was gross! Luke took a bite & then asked me to never make that again. I've come to the conclusion that I need a cook, my family needs a cook...otherwise were destined to eat out way too often.

Maybe i just need to stop trying to come up with my own recipes & should just buy a good recipe book. A cookbook with good, simple, idiot proof recipes. Any suggestions?
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hop a Little Tuesday!

Welcome to week 8 of Hop a Little Tuesday.

There are 3 different linkys.  You can link up your Blogs, Facebook [fan pages ONLY], & Twitter accounts!

*Become a follower of the first 3 blogs on the list. [leave comments and we will follow back!]  Your links will be removed if you are not following the first 3 blogs.
*Link yourself to the list.
*Make sure you leave comments for new blogs that you follow saying that you are stopping by from Hop a Little Tuesday].
*Come back next week.

*Please add the button to your blog, & share the link with your Facebook readers & Twitter followers & help us spread the word! [You don't have to...but it would be AWESOME if you did!]  The more the merrier!

One random person will be chosen to have a spotlight post next Tuesday on Little Boys are Made of Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails and Love You Always and Forever.

Link up your blogs here:

Link up your Facebook here:

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Rumparooz Diaper Giveaway!

CLOSED - Winner has been drawn! Congratulations AMANDA!

I started using cloth diapers last month & LOVE them. One of the diapers I tried was the Rumparooz. They are my FAVORITE of all the pocket diapers. They fit Eli well & NEVER leaked! 

The Changing Table is giving away one (1) Rumparooz Lazy Lime One Size Snap Pocket diaper to one of my followers!

The Rumparooz diapers have a waterproof outer & include a 6-r soaker which customizes to 6 absorbency & size settings. It is the only cloth diaper with inner gussets, has 100% hypoallergenic microchamois inner, & will fit babies 6-35lbs.

You MUST be following my blog PUBLICLY via GFC in order to enter to win this giveaway!

Mandatory Entry:
[+1] Like The Changing Table on Facebook and leave a comment saying I sent you.

Additional Entries:
[+1] Like me on Facebook.
[+1] Follow me on Twitter.
[+1] Follow The Changing Table on Twitter.
[+1] Follow The Changing Table's blog.
[+1 per day] Tweet this giveaway & put the link in your comment:

RT I want to #Win a Rumparooz #clothdiaper from @CrunchyChic & @LifeAsMommy #giveaway ends 5/23

[+1 per day] Post this giveaway on Facebook AND tag @Journey through Mommyhood and @The Changing Table.
[+3] Add my button to your blog & leave me the link.
[+4 per day] Vote for me here.
[+5] Blog about this giveaway & leave me the link.

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry along with your email address so I can contact you if you win.  This giveaway will end on 5/23/2011 at 8:00pm CST. The winner will be drawn via giveaway is only open for US residents.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Welcome back Sleep, you've been missed.

Much to Mommy's relief, Eli started sleeping all night again! At his 6 month appointment we found out he had ear wax compounded in his ear. It must have been bothering him because he's been sleeping GREAT since his pediatrician cleaned it out! Although, listening to him cry while getting it cleaned out was worse than the shots. But he's feeling much better now!

I've been feeling great with all this sleep. Luke & I even cleaned out the garage. 1 1/2 years after moving here, we FINALLY went through all the boxes. I decided that if I haven't used or worn it since we moved here, I probably wouldn't miss it, so we hauled almost everything to the dump or Goodwill. I'm excited that we can now use our garage for parking. I should probably start cleaning on the rest of the house now. I have a lot that needs done, but all I want to do is cuddle with Eli. It will all get done.......eventually.