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Up My Sleeve.

I’m proud to report that Sophia is doing wonderfully at nighttime now.  We are both sleeping so well and she’s a happier child during the day (and I, a happier Mommy) because of it!

Now… for what’s up my sleeve.  I’m getting super excited about the huge event that will be happening on the blog in 1 week…

I’ve got some great information to help you make doing cloth diaper laundry even easier, as well as, fabulous giveaways from Knickernappies, Rockin’ Green, CleanB Detergents, The Diaper Bag Wrangler, Rubymoon, Wahmies, Dropps, Nellie’s, and a surprise fluff giveaway to kick off the event on Monday!!  Get excited!

The Calm Before the Storm?

So, how did the second night of sleeping go after the talk?

Better than the first!?!  She laid down, cried/whined less than a minute, at 9 pm.  She didn’t make a sound until 6 am this morning!!!  Wow.  Is this the calm before the “crying it out” storm?  I sure hope not.  Maybe the talk really worked… 🙂

In other news, I took Sophia out to eat by myself today.  I enjoyed a Big Zax Snack Meal while she enjoyed Chicken with Vegetables and her new baby crack.  It was extremely difficult to do by ourselves and I definitely have a new respect for the Moms I see dining with their child/children by themselves.  It was fun, after we got the hang of it, and I look forward to sharing more Mommy & Daughter meals in the future!

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The Talk

So, yesterday Sophia and I had “the talk“.  It went a little something like this…

“Ok, Sophia.  You are 8 months old now.  It’s time for you to start playing a bit more by yourself.  It’s also time for Mommy to stop getting up in the middle of the night every time you whimper to rock you back to sleep.”

On normal nights, she goes to sleep around 9 pm and wakes up around 1-2 am.  I rock her back to sleep, but she has to be asleep, or when you lay her down, those eyes pop wide open and she screams when she sees me walk out of the room… repeat process over and over…  We were up for 2 hours on Wednesday night.

So… how was the first night after the talk?

WONDERFUL!

She woke up at 2 am and started making noises, but instead of running in her room (as I would normally do), I just listened.  The whimpers (she didn’t even really cry) were gone in less than 5 minutes!  Granted, I know tonight will probably be a different story, but last night gave me such encouragement!

a notreallydisclaimer:  Yeah, we had that talk.  I struggled with whether I would share this on the blog because so many other Mommy bloggers that I know, would definitely disagree with some aspects of my parenting style.  Whose to say they’re right?  Whose to say I’m right?

I believe, as a mother, you do what is best for your family, your child, and your life.  That’s what I’m doing and I encourage you to do the same, whether you agree with my tactics or not.  I think it’s time for mothers to start applauding one another instead of feeling judged by each other.

On another note… I’m Hopping this weekend!

If you’re a new follower, be sure to leave a comment and I’ll follow you back!

Tommee Tippee Review

I was so excited to get the chance to review Tommee Tippee products.  I always see them at Babies ‘R Us and they beckon to me with all the colorful bowls and cups!

Sophia just turned 8 months old yesterday and for the past two weeks, she has only been interested in eating foods that she can feed herself.  Let me tell ya, it makes for a difficult time when she’s eating yogurt or pureed green beans!  I’m not quite ready for her to self-feed with a spoon yet, but we’re getting there.  She has found a love for Cheerio’s, baby puffs, and asparagus stalks during this phase and I thought it would be a great time to introduce to try keeping her food in a bowl as she eats.

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The Tommee Tippee Explora Mat and Weaning bowls are perfect for this transitional phase.  The Explora Mat sticks to any flat surface and then the bowls suction right to the mat.  Voila!  Sophia can self-feed out of a bowl and I’m not worried about her dumping the whole bowl of Cheerio’s in the floor!

I’m also looking forward to taking the bowls and mat with us when we are eating out so that I don’t have to hand her every bite, so that it doesn’t touch the table.

Why I love it:  I love the funky colors and the fact that I’m teaching my daughter, at a young age, to become independent with food.

Buy It: You can buy Tommee Tippee products at at Babies ‘R Us.  The Explora Mat retails for $6.99 and a set of Weaning Bowls with Lid and Spoon retail for $5.49.

She always proves me wrong!

It never fails.  Sophia always proves me wrong.

If I say she loves fresh cherries, she won’t eat them when I try to show her Daddy.

If I say that she copies me when I cough, she won’t when I try to show her Grandmother.

If I say that she can’t crawl yet…

she CRAWLS!

I apologize for the bad quality… it was shot with my cell phone and my high pitched voice.  I was just too excited!  And yes, I enticed her to crawl with a hairbrush.  Don’t judge… it worked!

Maybe I should blog about how she isn’t sleeping through the night… would it work twice!?!?!

Crawling yet?

Well, that’s a BIG, FAT   N-O!  Sophia is so close to crawling.  She goes from sitting to her knees, back to sitting, then to knees again, over and over and over.  Once she finally takes the first lunge on her knees, she plops down on her belly and let’s her whine voice be heard until you sit her back up!

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In other news, she has started pulling up to stand on her own!  She pulls up on toys…

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Bookshelves (thankfully anchored to the wall), furniture, and my legs while I’m sitting on the floor or in a chair.

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Will she go straight to walking?  What did your child do and what age did they crawl, walk, etc?

She’ll be 8 months tomorrow!  Seriously, that close to her 1st birthday… unbelievable!?!?!?

We have a Winner… for A Blogtastic Extravaganza!

I hope everyone enjoyed A.B.E. as much as I did!  I gained a lot of new readers and I hope you’ll stick around because there are plenty more giveaways coming up on the blog, including the “So Easy Doing Fluffy Laundry” event, starting Feb. 7th!

Now… on to the winner.  I had a whopping “1632” entries (including Extra Entries) into my giveaway.  WOW!  I realize that my prize package may not have been worth hundreds of dollars, but I worked hard to bring products into the package that are usable and will help you live a little green-er, in style!
Thanks to EVERYONE who entered, but there could be only one winner!

Congratulations to…

Katie M!
I’m emailing you now!
I hope she’s ecstatic to win these great products.
She has 48 hours to claim her prize before another winner is drawn.

 

A Blogtastic Extravaganza GIVEAWAY

You have until January 22nd 2011, at 11:59 pm EST, to enter into all A Blogtastic Extravaganza Giveaways. With over 100 different blogs and over $13,000 in prizes to be won, you do NOT want to miss entering these giveaways!

The time is here!  Are you ready to see what you can win in my “Living Green – Green Mama” prize package?!

Set of 4 Michael Miller cotton napkins from Napkin LapKin, $8.00 (RV)
Cutiepad (Mama Cloth) from Cutiepoops, $5.50 (RV)
Set of Re-Usable Sandwich and Snack Bags (in print of your choice!) from Bug Baby Creations, $10.00 (RV)
Organic Knotted Statement Necklace (teething/nursing necklace) from The Threaded Needle, $12.00 (RV)

EcoMom Gift Certificate, $15.00 (RV).

5 pack of Re-Usable Produce Bags from Qwerty O, $10.00 (RV)

4 pack of Skoy Cloths, $6.99

Set of Re-Usable Sandwich and Snack Bags from The Greener Route, $10.00 (RV)

The Living Green Prize Package is worth… $77.49!

Slumber Party

Family Slumber Party

When Sophia was about 4 weeks old, we transitioned her from our bed to her crib.  She did great.  We did… well, not so great. 

When I was pregnant, Rob and I both decided that we would not co-sleep.  We just felt that it was best for her and for our relationship as a married couple.  No one told me that when this little girl came home with us, that I wouldn't be able to bear putting her in a room by herself and not staying in there!  So… we co-slept for 4 weeks. She started sleeping much better during the night and I was still getting no sleep.  That's when we decided to transition her.

She seriously did so good.  We would lay in bed and say, "Maybe we should let her sleep with us just for tonight… Tonight?"  This happened almost nightly, but we still missed our baby so much, even though she was literally less than 30 feet away. 

During one of these conversations, we came up with a brilliant idea.  Once she was old enough, we would have monthly/bi-monthly slumber parties.  We would all sleep in our living room, watch movies, and eat popcorn.  We were so excited with our new idea for a family tradition and it actually helped us deal with the thoughts of her not co-sleeping anymore (that and the daytime naps that she took with us!).

So, yes, 7 1/2 months might be a bit early for a slumber party, normally, but we did it!  We had our first Family Slumber Party and it was so much fun!  Well, Sophie slept through half of the movie, definitely didn't partake in the popcorn, but she snuggled me all night long!

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Slumber Party

I can't wait until she's old enough to really enjoy this activity!  I definitely think she needs a cutesy sleeping bag for these occasions too!

Wildtree Review

Remember my delicious dinner of Shrimp Scampi Pasta that I made the other night?  Well, I think I may have beat it last night!

Last night I made a scrumdiddlyumptious Chicken Stir Fry, with the help of Wildtree’s Kickin’ Asian Stir Fry Sauce!  Want to see how easy it was?  Sure you do!

I was cooking for the two of us, so I made just enough for dinner and leftovers for lunch.

I sliced 1 large onion and 1/2 green pepper.
I also sliced 2 chicken breasts into small slices (not pictured because, let’s face it, uncooked chicken looks disgusting!?  Your welcome.)

Heat your Grapeseed Oil (or EVOO) over Medium-High Heat.  Add chicken and cook until browned, be sure to season with salt & pepper.  Take your chicken out of the pan and add Onions and Peppers, lowering the heat to Medium.  I add salt & pepper and love to squeeze 1/2 lemon on my veggies when stir frying!

When the veggies are good, return your chicken back into the pan and toss.  Here’s the good part… I added 1/3 cup of the Kickin’ Asian Stir Fry Sauce, stir.  I also decided to be fancy (and lazy) and steam up some broccoli in the handy plastic packs, in the microwave.  I added the cooked broccoli to my stir fry and mixed well.

With a side of fried egg roll (yum!) and served over rice, this is one of my top 5 favorite meals, for real!  I normally despise leftovers (I know, not so very green), but I could not wait until lunch time to eat the rest of my stir fry!

Why I love this sauce:  It made a simple meal, seem so complex!  The sauce has a hint of sweet (but not too sweet) and a hint of spice that makes it the perfect balance.  I love that I can pronounce and KNOW every ingredient on the label.  Seriously, how many times can you say that.  Oh yeah, high fructose corn syrup or sugar of any kind… not in this sauce!

Buy It:  You can buy a 12 oz bottle of Kickin’ Asian Stir Fry Sauce for $10.00, from Wildtree with Amanda.  I would assume that 1 bottle will make at least 4-5 stir fry dinners for my family!  Don’t forget about the Scampi Blend I shared with you yesterday either.  It’s available in a 4.5 oz jar for $12.00 or a large 12 oz jar for $20.00.

Wildtree Review: Scampi Blend Seasoning

I have a great product and company to share with you all… I was so excited that Amanda gave me the opportunity to review Wildtree products!

Wildtree is a great company. With super great products. the products are all natural. peanut free. msg free. additive free. dye free.  Wildtree makes making good meals healthier and easier.

I am always looking for ways to make cooking easier (aren’t we all), faster, and definitely healthier.

The first Wildtree product that I received to review is the Scampi Blend.  Oh my.  It smelled delicious as soon as I opened the pack.  I’m a HUGE Shrimp Scampi lover (uh, hello, Red Lobster’s Endless Shrimp feast!) and was very excited to make my own Shrimp Scampi.  I was able to see EXACTLY what was going into the recipe and how good it actually is for me!

I decided to make the Shrimp Scampi over pasta and followed the directions directly on the seasoning packet (how convenient!).  I used frozen shrimp as there was a great sale at the grocery store, but I would think this recipe would be even better with fresh shrimp (not so readily available here in TN!).


Boil your pasta. I chose to do a Thin Spaghetti, but Angel Hair would be great also.  After your pasta is finished cooking, save 1/4 cup of pasta (starchy) water.

Next step, combine the Scampi blend with your oil.  Wildtree makes a great Grapeseed Oil that they recommend using with ALL of their products.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any yet, so I just used EVOO.  I mixed 2tbsp of EVOO with 2 tbsp of the mix.


Toss the shrimp in the mixture.  I wish there was a way for you to smell what is going on in this pan!
Once the shrimp is cooked, I removed it, put it on a separate plate and then added the pasta to the skillet along with the 1/4 cup of pasta water.  This coats the pasta with the Scampi mix as well!  Once it’s finished, add the shrimp back and toss!  Then… plate!

We loved this meal so much that there were hardly any leftovers!

I highly recommend the Wildtree Scampi Blend.  Stay tuned… tonight I’m trying this one and you may just get lucky enough to try one of these yourself!!  Wildtree with Amanda Giveaway coming soon!

*Edit* I forgot to add that this seasoning can be used in more ways than this!  The package suggests sprinkling the dry blend on chicken, fish, or scallops (so maybe tofu would work too!  Thanks, Brea!)  I have just enough left to try on a chicken breast for another dinner this week.