Me so busy and a contest wrap-up

I’ve been busting my butt this weekend trying to get my shit stuff together for a huge children’s consignment sale happening this week at the fairgrounds. I can’t believe all of the clothes I have to get rid of! We aren’t sure if we are done having children, but other than keeping a bag or so of “special” clothes for each of the two kids, I am selling or giving away the rest. There’s so much involved in getting the stuff ready, I’m feeling seriously overwhelmed. I should have started last month preparing, but no, last-minute Amy is my name; last-minute preparations are my game. ;) (Did I mention I’m a dork?)

No time for blogging other than to quickly fill you in on a few good contests currently going on in the blogosphere. Check them out. :)

Nell at Casual Friday Everyday is giving away one full year access to “Menu Planning Central”. This is a $239.64 value.

The Blessed Nest is giving away a $100 gift certificate for use at their own Blessed Nest store.

Mom Views is giving away a Diaper Vest by DadGear.

Mama Mio is giving away a Chic Tots Chic&Cozy Blanket/Bag in a stylish fuschia bloom print.

Steph at Adventures in Babywearing is giving away a t-shirt from Rusty Bumper, as well as letting us in on a 10% off discount code for Urban Baby Runway.

And, don’t forget, I’m giving away a reusable grocery bag.

This last link isn’t to a contest, but I wanted to share about an online store I recently discovered. It’s called Trendy Tadpole, which features cute and funny baby clothes. My favorites from the store are the “AB/CD” design (see below) and the “Boy in Black” design. I’d love either of those for Julian. The site’s logo, which is a picture of a frog with “oh snap” on it, is adorable too and is available on shirts as well.

AB/CD shirt

3 boys – a guessing game!

What two things do the three boys in this picture have in common? No, they aren’t related. And yes, that’s Julian in the back in the orange, white and blue and Ava is standing next to him, but she doesn’t have these things in common with the boys. (If you know me in real life and know the answer to this question, please don’t post a response. Thanks!)

3 boys and Ava

The answer will be revealed on Tuesday, Aug. 21. :) Happy guessing.

Gotta love schwag

One of the many perks of having a blog, I’m recently discovering, is that sometimes people and/or businesses will send you cool stuff (aka schwag) for free. In some cases, they are hoping you will write about their business or product, but other times they are just sharing the love. Either way, I think it’s pretty darn groovy. :)

A few months ago, I received an email from a woman with the company Ebeanstalk, saying she saw my blog and wanted to know if I was interested in participating in their “Mother Board,” a nationwide group of over 500 moms that receives, plays with, rates and reviews their toys and products. Free toys for my kids? Sign me up!

I got my first box from them last week which contained four samples of baby/kid sunscreen (unfortunately, not the kind that I like to use on my kids – I prefer California Baby sunscreen because it is chemical-free), a Playtex Hip Hammock baby carrier(!), and a set of plastic molds for making cakes in the sand, etc. I was just saying to Jody that I wanted to try to find a hip carrier and then, low and behold, I got one for free in the mail! Ah, serendipity. It turns out that the hip carry position (at least in the Hip Hammock) isn’t so great for a roly-poly baby of 22 lbs. Maybe it’s the size of my baby or the Hip Hammock itself, but I just didn’t think it was comfortable. Jody tried it out too and said his back was hurting after 5 minutes. Since I can’t foresee us using it again (I think I’m going to try converting my Ergo to the hip carry position to see how I like that) , I might give it away on my blog. I think it would work better for someone with a smaller child. Anyway, even though it didn’t work out, I was still happy to get to try it (for free). The plastic cake molds were fun for Ava in the sandbox, and I think they’d work well at the “beach” if we go back to the reservoir. I’ll likely be “freecycling” the sunscreen. I’m looking forward to my next box from them to see what other goodies I/we get to try. :)

Another thing I recently received is a Maya & Miguel DVD from Scholastic and PBS. They, too, contacted me and asked if I’d like a free DVD, so I said sure. I’ve watched a couple of the episodes on the DVD with Ava and think it’s a pretty good show. I like that the brother and sister seem to get along quite well (unlike the PBS show “Arthur” which drives me crazy with DW’s incessant whining), there are good lessons to be learned and there’s some Spanish language and heritage thrown in as well.

I also recently received a babywearing instructional DVD called Tummy 2 Tummy to try out. I haven’t watched it yet, but it sounds quite promising. I will be sure to write more about it after I’ve watched it.

And I’m still in the process of reading Elizabeth Pantley’s “No-Cry Discipline Solution” book. I admit that after reading quite a bit of it, I haven’t picked the book back up in about a month. This summer has just been so busy. Anyway, I’m already using a handful of techniques from the book with Ava, but I’m looking forward to reading the section on parental anger since that’s something I think most parents struggle with, but very few talk about. I’ll be writing more once I have a chance to read more. :)

Anybody else want to send some cool loot my way? Clothes or shoes for my kids? Clothes or shoes for me? ;) Actually, what I really need is a new purse. hehe. Or a good baby carrier for the hip carry position. ;)

Cute and cool stuff abounds

I know I’ve talked about the *Attachment Parenting International online auction fund-raiser before, but here I go again. This time, with pictures! ;)

As I type this, 28% of the items on the auction (of over 200 total items) have yet to be bid on. Which means there’s a WHOLE lot of stuff to be had for well under retail value.

Now to further tempt you to click over and start bidding, I want to take a few minutes to show off some of the cute and cool items currently open for bidding.

First off, there are these two adorable dresses that my mom made…

Citrus dress 2T Flower dress 4T

These two “pillow case” dresses were made by my mom specifically for the auction. The citrus one is a size 2T and the flowered one is a 4T. Ava has three of these dresses made by grandma and she gets compliments on them wherever we go. They are adorable and are truly one-of-a-kind. Click the pics above to bid on them at the auction. My mom also made a couple of “taggies” toys/blankets (like this one) that are listed in the “Children” section.

And now I’d like to feature a few more items (as well as their generous donors) that I helped round up…

Strawberry dress

This super cute strawberry circle dress with matching shorts is a size 12-18 months and was donated by Baby Bonkin. It currently has no bids on it, and bidding starts at $7, so you could get this dress for well below retail value. Click on the picture to place your bid now. Baby Bonkin also has a few other cute clothing items open for bidding on the auction.


Primrose Path Signature Smock Set

This adorable Signature Smock Set is size 12-18 month and beyond. The set includes matching handmade smock dress and drawstring pants made from modern fabric in a fun pink and floral print. It was donated by Urban Baby Runway, and is currently sitting at well below retail value. Click the picture to place a bid.


Rosie Toesies

It’s not just cutesie little girl clothes though. These Rosie Toesies are beautiful handmade slippers (for women) and will keep you feeling cute & comfy all day long. Great for the spa or lounging around the house. Donated by BellaBella Designs. Bidding has yet to get started (and starts at only $11!) on these slippers, which would make a great gift. Click the picture to bid.


Blessed Nest Nesting Pillow

The all Organic Nesting pillow is a wonderful nursing pillow and is very comfortable for both Momma and baby. The pillow is also great for pregnant mamas to use to sleep with before baby is born. It was donated by Blessed Nest. This pillow retails for $84, and is currently sitting at only $35, so you could potentially get it for well below retail value! Click the picture to place a bid.


No-Cry Discipline Solution

Elizabeth Pantley generously donated two signed copies of each of her “No-Cry…Solution” books. API is offering all 6 books in one set, and the other books each separately. Click the picture above to bid on all 6 signed books. I’m currently reading “The No-Cry Discipline Solution” myself and have found a lot of useful techniques in it.

In addition, there is a set of 11 signed books from the Dr. Sears library in the book category (as well as many other books) open for bidding.

There are 49 books and/or magazine subscriptions (!) available for bidding in the auction. Several are signed by the author.

And this one, Mama Knows Breast, donated by author Andi Silverman, too!

Mama Knows Breast


Eesti Ring Sling

There are currently 25 items in the baby wearing category – slings, mei tais, Moby wraps, pouches and Ergos all included, and even some children’s size carriers. This beautiful espresso brown ring sling above was donated by Eesti Slings. Click the picture to bid on it.


Imagine Peace onesie

This cute “imagine peace” onesie is size 6-12 months and was donated by Sassy Onesies. Click the picture to place your bid.


Peek-a-boo B nursing cover

Four Peek-a-Boo B Nursing Covers were donated by Peek-a-boo B Covers. The cover allows you to nurse your baby discreetly anywhere, if you choose to nurse away from prying eyes. Made of baby-soft lightweight and breathable poly knit, mom and baby stay cool and comfy. Click the picture to place your bid. 4 different colors are listed on the auction.


Newborn hat booties

Hand knit by Dawn, this beautiful newborn to 3mo hat and booties set is perfect for a baby girl. This set was made in very, very soft 100% pure wool, shades of pink and lavender yarn. The booties feature ties at the ankles to help keep them on wiggly feet. The hat features a picot edge and pretty eyelets. Click the picture to be the first to bid on this adorable set!


And now, just to help display how diverse the items in this auction are (it really isn’t all AP-related items), here are some other things open for bidding.

Lil speedy bike

This is a twelve inch wheeled beginner bike with training wheels and was donated by Trail Kids. It is Royal Blue with hand print graphics to add color and style. It is recommended for children ages 2-4 and fits a 15-18″ inseam. Click the picture to place your bid.


Orlando vacation

This auction is for a 2 BR, 4 night/5 day stay at the Orlando International Resort Club, a RCI Gold Crown Resort, from 8/11-8/15/07. Accommodations include 2 bedrooms (much like a well-equipped furnished apartment/condo), equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, wireless Internet and more. Fun! Click the picture to place your bid.


Blue man group

The winning bidder receives 6 FRONT ROW TICKETS to see the incomparable Blue Man Group in Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Arena, along with backstage passes to the post-show meet & greet all happening on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007! You’ll also receive Blue Man Group Gift Packs. Click the picture to place your bid.


Sawyer Brown

You are bidding on a autographed photo of Sawyer Brown, a Sawyer Brown “The Hits Live in Concert” DVD, and a Sawyer Brown t-shirt (cream, size large). Bid by clicking on the picture.

In addition to all of the cool stuff above, there are also collectibles, health/beauty products, jewelry, cloth diapers, art, yoga sessions, a photography session, and much, much more. Go check it out. The API auction closes on July 21, so there’s just one week left to bid on all of your favorite items. Happy bidding. :)

Thank you to all of the generous donors and to you all for bidding and helping to support Attachment Parenting International. :)

*Attachment Parenting International (API) is a not for profit organization that works to protect the parent-child connection.

best. rattle. ever.

Last night we had to say goodbye to the best rattle ever, when Aunt Carrie accidentally stepped on it, causing it’s demise.

The little yellow plastic telephone rattle was over 30 years old. It was mine as a baby, then my brother’s, then my sister’s. My mom saved it and gave it to me for Ava when she was born. Ava loved that rattle and so did Julian. It was the perfect size for little hands and little mouths.

Exhibit A – Baby Ava enjoying the rattle:

Ava with mommy’s old rattle 11/4/04 Ava loving her rattle 4/28/05

I looked through all of my pictures of Julian today and was bummed to discover what I suspected to be true – I never got a picture with him playing with it. Maybe there’s one hiding out there somewhere. Mom? Carrie? Either of you have one?

Edited on 6/9/07 to add: I found a picture of Julian with the rattle! Woohoo! 

3/15/07 - Julian and the phone rattle

Here’s the rattle carnage.

RIP rattle

RIP dear rattle. RIP.

Not long after the rattle was demolished accidentally broken, Jody hit the ‘net to see if he could track down a replacement on Ebay. He didn’t find anything there, but he did come across these wicked cool wooden rattles that are pretty much the same shape, and, judging by the pictures of the babies on the site, look to be enjoyed equally as well.

Wooden rattle

So I think we’ll cough up the (gulp) $20 for one of those. It should last forever and would be a cool replacement to pass down through future generations. :)

For all the grief we gave you about breaking it and as sad as I am to see that rattle go, Carrie, maybe the change to something new won’t be so bad after all. ;)

8 things about me

I’ve been tagged by Tanya at The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog to tell you 8 things you don’t know about me, so here goes.

1. I spent the first 18 years of my life living in two different houses on the same street. When I was about 12 years old, my family moved from a ranch on one side of our street to a two-story house on the other side of the street. I’m not even sure we needed a moving van since everything just had to go across the street.

2. I was pre-engaged once (and even had a small diamond ring to prove it) to my first serious boyfriend. We were together for 3 1/2 years – from when I was 17 to 21. It didn’t last, and I ended up pawning the ring to buy a ring for my next boyfriend (which also didn’t last). I should’ve just kept the darn thing.

3. I took Polish dancing lessons when I was growing up. And I was darn good. :) Ask my sister. She’ll tell ya.

4. I was a Girl Scout through my senior year in high school.

5. Even though I was a Girl Scout for all of those years, to this day I’m not fond of tent camping. (Much to Jody’s dismay.)

6. During my sophomore year in college, I took court reporting classes. It seemed like relatively easy work that I could do from home (the transcribing part, not the recording part which takes place in court), and made good money. After a semester and a half, I decided that was NOT the career path for me, and it wasn’t as easy as it looked. You gotta be damn fast to be good in that business.

7. I have a horrible habit of being late. I’m sure I will be late to my own funeral.

8. I’ve always secretly wanted to be goth (or at least dress that way).

I’m tagging Heather G., Mama Saga and Melody. :) But if you aren’t Heather G., Mama Saga or Melody and haven’t done this meme yet and feel the urge, do it! Then let me know that you did so I can read more about you. :)