Thursday, January 31, 2013

BzzAgent - FREE Glade Expressions

Hey everyone,

So I was lucky enough to find out about this site called BzzAgent (Buzz Agent) and I signed up and answered some short and simple surveys and waaaalaaa I received an offer to try Glade Expressions for free!

The way it worked was they sent me a coupon booklet and there was two coupons for a FREE Glade expressions oil diffuser and one for the mist.  I will say I would not pleased with a few things:

1.  I had to go to two stores to find both products as the Glade section at our NEW Walmart was a mess, empty, and there was diffuser kit to be found.

2.  Krogers charged more than the max on the FREE coupon :-(  -See picture below.

3.  There was no light sent like vanilla hence my issue with paying just under $3 for the two products because I wouldn't of bought it with the selection of scents they have available.

I have been using the oil diffuser now for a few days and I will say the scent has toned down now and is a light pineapple scent.  The first day it was so strong.
you pop the white card into the oil
The mist is a big improvement from Glades previous sprays.  One time I used one of the older ones and I got the spray all over my ceiling.  Now it is more of gentile mist.

All and all would I buy these again -YES but only if they offered vanilla

So if you interested in becoming a Bzz Agent check out

Monday, January 21, 2013

We made it 10.5 months.. Some advice to expecting Mom's

From the mouth fingers of a first time Mom to the ears eyes of an expecting Mom.

1.  Everyone is different and everyones labor is different and everyones baby is different.  What works for one may not work for another so listen to the advice people give you and put it in your back pocket because you may or may not need it.  :-)

2.  I wish I had hired a professional photographer to take newborn pictures of Annabelle.  Being a photographer I thought I could do it myself but I got sick after her birth (really sick) and I was so sleep deprived I just couldn't manage to get a beautiful picture of her as a very tiny baby.   So if pictures are important to you then make the investment with a photographer that will come to your home in those first few days/weeks.

3.  Take lots of pictures at the hospital.  I didn't take my good camera to the hospital because I didn't want my Doula to have to try to figure out how to use it but I really wish I had it to take pictures during my down time during recovery.

4. ENJOY!!!!!!  your time in the hospital.  If you don't feel good and you think something is wrong be vocal about it so you can get to feeling better so you can enjoy your time.  Just think you have a whole staff of people there to get you anything you want so take advantage.  Also try to get some sleep and if this means you need to send the baby to the nursery for a few hours because you can't take your eyes of him/her then don't feel bad about that.

4. Bring some comfy PJ's and flip flops to the hospital.  Ones you can nurse in and that you don't mind if they get some blood on them (you bleed heavy after).  Those hospital robes are not so attractive for visiting with guests or pictures during recovery.  Also, next time I am bring a hair dryer and come makeup for afterwards, I always feel better when I am all showered up and my hair is dried and I have some makeup on.

5. Have colace on hand at home for when you get home.  You will need a stool softener.

6. Rent a breast pump from the hospital if you can.  That way if you don't need it then you can bring it back vs. buying one that you can't return.  Thankfully mine was not expensive.

7. Buy comfy lounge cloths (you will live in them for a while).  You know how they say you will change a baby onsie a few times a day, well let me tell you it isn't just the baby who gets spit up on so plan to change your shirt and some time pants a couple times a day also.

8. Take any help you can get at home.  Don't be like me trying to clean, nurse, learn how to be a Mom all at the same time.  Make a plan with your partner and in the plan expect that you will be not helpful for 6 weeks.  So who will grocery shop, cook, clean, laundry, wash/make bottles (if not nursing), get up at night.  You will be feeding every 2 hrs. and the baby at first will sleep a lot so between feeding the baby and yourself, showering and changing diapers that doesn't leave much extra time.  I happened to leave out the sleeping part to fit in laundry and cleaning and eventually painting my house (NOT GOOD I was a nut).   So if possible make easy frozen dinners, stock up on delivery menus, and/or buy freezer meals.

9. Your hormones are going to be doing crazy.  So expect to cry but if you feel like you are way down in the dumps talk to your doctor.

10.  If you have family that wants to help see if they will setup a schedule so not everyone is over at the same time and make sure they know they are their to help and not be a guest.  You don't have time for guests now they need to take care of you.

11.  ENJOY all the firsts!!!  Capture the memories because they grow so fast.

12.  When your baby is very little and when you are feeling up to it go out to eat!  They will sleep right through it.  Because there will be a point of a few months that it will be very hard to take them out to a restaurant because they can't sit up but they won't sleep through it and they are annoyed that they can't get out of their car seat.  :)

13. When the baby starts getting around more on the floor find a big blanket that you can throw in the washer and put it on your carpet like an area rug to catch the spit up.  It's much easier to put a blanket in the washer than it is to get your rugs cleaned.  Annabelle was like a puppy with her spit up.. LOL

I think that's enough advice for now.  The biggest one is to force yourself to sleep when you can and except help and most importantly cherish every minute of your newborns life.

Take care everyone!

P.S. We are going on a vacation after Annabelle turns one to celebrate our making it through a year and our up coming anniversary.  So excited to be at an all inclusive resort in FL with child care.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Weight Battle

I must admit losing weight after having a baby isn't easy even if I do stay at home with her.  Which let me tell you is not an easy job.  Most days I'm happy to get a shower in and some chores done never mind getting to the YMCA to workout.

For a long time after Annabelle was born I just didn't feel like cooking either because I was to tired or really didn't have the time.  This meant Jerry either had to cook or we ate take out or had sandwich and chips.  Jerry works a full time job and also teaches College one night a week along with online classes and as much as he tried to cook we really did end up eating out or eating sandwiches more and more.

Sooooooooo two weeks ago I agreed to start doing more of the cooking and then last week on Sunday prior to new years we decided to do one week of Vegetarian Raw foods all week.

We did it!  I must say I did feel much better last week although some of the recipes didn't always taste the best.  The first couple of days Jerry and I could feel the effects of coming off not only meat, but sugar and all processed food and dairy.  I longed for my egg sandwich in the morning.  Jerry craved his chips and missed his dark chocolate chips in his oatmeal.

The week was an expensive week with a Whole Foods grocery bill coming in at about $350.  We needed to buy things you couldn't buy every week such as Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Dates, and so on.

In one week Jerry and I both dropped SIX POUNDS!

We could feel it was a lot of water weight and though we still had our coffee and a glass of wine at dinner a couple of nights we did feel much better.

Saturday was our designated CHEAT day.  We went out for lunch to get burgers and boys did I sure pay for that.  I only had half of a burger and 1/4 of my fries and we had a veggie flat bread appetizer.  After leaving lunch we headed over to Whole Foods for the weekly shopping and both of us could feel the pressure of gas from the assault we just waged on our bodies.  Really it just didn't taste that good to me either.

Today is back on track.  This week we are doing a mix of raw and cooked veggies with one night of fish and one night with dairy.  We are also going to incorporate getting to the YMCA a couple times this week.

Is this a New Years resolution? NOPE!  You know why?  Because those are more often then not broken.  This is a goal I set for myself many years ago and though I am down 35 pounds from my pregnancy weight I really could like to lose at least another 15 before trying for number 2.

So that's what I'm up to.  Learning how to cook and bake without using flowers and processed food with no meat and very little dairy.

I will keep you up dated!