What to Get the GIRL who has it ALL???

May 20th – My neices birthday.

Again the search (oh yes, always belated!) is on to find SOMETHING, ANYTHING that her doting parents, and extremely doting grandparents have not already bought her..

Did you ever notice that when it comes to people who HAVE, you are pressured to get them something NICE, but those who have NOT.. anything will do?? Just one of the unfair ways life work…

Back to my search…

GOOD NEWS!! The Web is CRAWLING with tons of sites sporting URBAN CHIC, UNIQUE, HARD TO FIND, baby and toddler couture.

I find one that intrigues me!

With a location in the East Villiage, PinkOliveBoutique is written up as “shopping at pink olive will be like having grace (the owner) as your own personal shopper you will want to make off with all her stuff!  Rounding out the mix are vintage accessories, handpicked by grace to complement the shop’s current selections.”

Surfing around here, I think I have hit the jackpot! My sis in law is all into education and I can assure you my neice does NOT have these stamps, alphabet cards, or princess booties!!

Check out PinkOliveBoutique

oh.. and Happy Birthday Ayla!

~~~ Andrea

Put Away Your WALLETS!! Part I

Hey Gals.. Its another beautiful MAY DAY. The Sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and my baby is getting SO darn cute.

One of the few moments of pleasure after giving birth – besides the most obvious of getting to meet your baby! – happens when those company reps visit you with lots of little gift samples. I received diapers, pacifiers, formula, a crib toy.. Hey, anyone who acknowledges what I just went through with gifts is WELCOME..

Remembering that… We’re going FREE TODAY!

FREE stuff for the coming baby! At Babytobee – The fine print – tons of FREE Gifts, Offers, coupons, magazines, and samples for THE BABY!

Click here Always a FAVORITE!! Coupons. Ladies.. it adds up!

Click here Get clothes, toys or accessories for your child with a FREE $500 gift card. Pick Babies-R-Us, Disney Store, or The Children’s Place. It’s your choice. Pick a free $500 gift card now! Fine Print – says participation required – not sure what that means :).

You can always mosy on over to our Free Stuff section of this site.

This was fun, so I will definitely do this again. Consider this Part I of an ongoing series of FREE Items.

~~ Andrea & AJ

Who Knew?? Think OUTSIDE the Shopping Box

Ah the Beauty of Consumerism…

There is really no boundaries to what someone will offer… if they think you will buy!

You can buy furniture at a pet store, and a pet at a furniture store ?? You can even buy sharp metal objects at the airport that Security will not allow through (another story for another time).

So why should I be surprised that when checking out the aforementioned 1 800 FLowers for a Mothers Day gift (although I had no business placing an order only yesterday :(), I came across the following Cute ADORABLE, and mostly Cuddly Items for Me and my Baby..!

This is a baby caterpillar. The plushness leaps out at you, doesnt it??

This baby (#4) has been all about organizing my place, so this hamper set up seems awesome!

These are definitely intended to become your babies NEW BEST FRIEND!

Last… my personal FAVE – the Burt Bee’s Sampler. In fact some people still owe me a gift. Perhaps I should send them this way. To use my baby as an excuse to test out all the great products is really too good to be true.

So next time you need a gift, think outside the box and try 1-800-FLOWERS.COM!!

~~ Andrea and AJ

Happy Mothers Day + Happy Birthday to ME!

Everyone knows it stinks to have 2 days where you are spoiled so close together. Inevitably you will get ripped off!

But enough about Me.

Now lets talk about what you can buy ME 🙂

or YOUR Mother, or Mother in Law, daughter, stepwhatever, grandmother, sister in law, sister, etc…Unless your budget can include Gucci, Prada, or Chanel., you would be surprised how well the timeless classic of FLOWERS would suffice.

Check it out –

Send flowers from $24.99 at 1-800-Flowers.com!

~ Andrea

Get Ready for Summer Early!

If you are anything like me, and from the generation when Sun Worship was THE favorite pastime, sometime Mid August you wake up and realize you aren’t 16 anymore and say… ‘I REALLY must start putting Sunscreen on’!

With baby skinned children comes the HUGE responsibility of taking care of their skin protection. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and Global Warming is doing its’ share of damage. I don’t want to scare you, so lets get to the point. It is especially now, when you dont feel the sun as hot as the summer months, that children spend more time outside, and need to be protected:

Mustela Very High Sun Protection Lotion SPF50

Mustela Suntan LotionFor the face and body of babies and children. Essential during very first exposure to the sun. 100% mineral filter, fragrance-free, water-resistant.Rich, water-resistant cream ensures double protection: on the surface and at the cellular level: Ensures optimal surface protection from the sun with an extra-broad spectrum (IR /long and short UVA/UVB rays) with mineral filters and their reflective power (titanium dioxide-iron and zinc oxide). Helps protect the skin at a cellular level: A unique combination of zinc salts and natural plant active ingredients (Aloe vera and Soy phytosterols containing Vitamin E) provides protection: – of the natural defenses of the skin. – against free radicals, which are recognized to cause premature aging of the skin. Mustela offers a wide variety of Sunblock.

Kids Wash Their Hands. Kids Brush Their Teeth. Kids Wear Sunscreen. PERIOD

~~ Andrea

G-d Bless The Swaddle!

Parents of the last decade know these 2 facts:

1) Babies should be put to sleep on their backs.

2) Babies that sleep on their backs are unable to control their reflexes, causing them to flail their arms, waking themselves up.. and you guessed it.. waking you up.

Certainly the discovery that putting an infant to sleep on it’s back could be lifesaving has helped many mothers sleep at night, yet placing them on their backs has nullifed that!

So what is the solution? The most fantastic creation ever, my first pick of the picks, my dont leave home without, my new best friend.

Swaddle MeThe SWADDLE.

The Swaddle is a glorified blanket that is created in a way to envelop your child snugly, arms, legs and all, ala the womb, to lull them into a reflexless, spasmless, blissless sleep.

It was very hard for me to use at first. I am claustrophobic and here I was placing my baby in a straightjacket! It seemed inhumane.
GET OVER IT.

Unfortunately my son isnt as into the swaddle as some of his friends, but since I am a WAHM (work at home mom), I have the luxury of allowing him to nap on his stomach while I work right next to him.

The Swaddles are very affordably priced, considering their awesome value!
Have a good nights sleep – on me! Buy the Swaddle Me!

~ Andrea & AJ ~

The Score: Me – 0, Illness – 4 … Day 199

Things had been going great for a long time… too long. I was going to bed whenever I wanted (LATE), getting up early, taking care of the children, taking them to all their activities in the boiling sun, shopping, working, working, and working…

and eating Pints and Pints of Ben & Jerrys.

No matter how much I tempted IT, I still woke up each day energized and ready to go.. well excluding the anemia and constant exhaustion 🙂

I decided that I was immune and nothing could get to me. That this time I was going to WIN! Then it all came crashing.

It is my 4th pregnancy and again I have lost to illness. I am definitely more of a ‘granola’ type of person. Whole wheat instead of white, herbs instead of medication, (excluding my junk food habit), yet ironically, I dont think I have made it through one pregnancy without antibiotics!

Just a few days ago, the ‘naturalist’…where I went�in hopes�of beating this before it turned into something… told me that the�baby is very selfish and will take care of all of his/her needs first. That women in the time of the holocaust, who barely had what to eat, gave birth the healthy babies. I find this reassuring. I also have been told that your immune system is basically shot during pregnancy, so recuperating is a much bigger ordeal.

I have a long list of tasks I need to accomplish before delivering. Instead of accomplishing anything, I am just witnessing the mess in my house build up, my bills go unpaid, the fridge empty, and the emails go�unanswered.��I am spending my free time snorting salt water, holding my face over the humidifier, coughing out my lungs, and getting very happy about the small things – like kids leaving the house in matching clean clothing, and the softness of KLEENEX brand tissues.

Here is to good health.

You think YOU are HOT… Day 185

This is my first summer pregnancy. I am literally MELTING… It is nothing short of a superhuman effort to get dressed and leave the house… just to enter a car with no working a/c.  We are talking 100 degrees outside, and the air inside the house cannot even compete with that kind of heat.

Whoever is able to get pregnant with ease, and wants to plan a pregnancy… here is a little advice. Aim to get pregnant in August/Early September. The advantages:

1) Your wardrobe is much cheaper, since you can get away with wearing sweatshirts, sweaters, etc throughout the winter months.

2) Your belly will keep you warmer in the winter 🙂

3) Your baby is born in the spring, just in time for the warm summer, and his/her wardrobe can be a onesie for about 4-5 months. There is no dressing a baby in the summer (other than showing it off of course)

4) Your electricity bills will be lower, since you cant be blasting the air on the baby, but you wont be forced to put the heat up for their warmth.

5) Mostly overlooked at this stage, but very relevant – your child will be in the normal cut off times for the school year. Parents of children born in the fall/winter usually have to choose to have their child be the youngest or oldest in a class.

Is there one I missed? Let me know…

My only advantage to being EXTRA HOT this Summer… my husband and I finally agree on the temperature of the a/c! No arguing – “Raise the air” “lower the air”… “Its cool outside” “yes honey but we are inside”

Any tips on staying cool for what is likely to be an even longer summer….?

To know or not to know…that is the question..Day 181

This blog is being taken over by a pregnant woman 🙂 …

There are a few types of people. Those who will find out what they are having right away, and tell everyone.. “oh we are having a girl and naming her Ashley”. Those who will wait until birth to discover the sex of their child (a decreasing amount). The majority fall into the category of those who find out the gender, then keep it to themselves, or share it with a very limited amount of people based on a need to know basis. (Isnt it need to know for your Mother not to buy you all green and yellow for every baby?)

Which one of these are/were you and why? Why did you feel it was public knowledge or why did you feel that you should wait to find out?

Were you disappointed? How did you deal with the disappointment?

For my first 3 pregnancies I did not know. I figured I needed something to push for. However, I did like having the information in my possession if for some reason I should choose to know. Therefore I ask the Ultrasound Technician to write it on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope. I had never opened the envelope… until now. This being my 4th pregnancy, and perhaps the need to be more organized, I could not reason with myself anymore why I should NOT KNOW. While it was so obvious to me in the past, that feeling left me. Also I cant ever push (my babies dont descend down the canal or something, and need to be karate chopped out), so that reason also seemed silly coming out of my mouth.

So now I know. I am a little less impressed with my self resolve, and I dont know what to do with the information. When you are in a delivery room and everyone is anxiously awaiting the news, and you reach this emotional/physical/spiritual plane than only giving birth can offer, it seems appropriate to hear the words – “Its a Boy! or Its a Girl”! Life changing words. Here it was like “Its a x, pass the butter”. Maybe I would feel differently if I heard it was the opposite sex? Perhaps. I may never know.

From Bottles to Sippy Cups, Schooching, Dundydunning, and “Go to your room”

Last week we took away Tehilah’s bottles and started giving her sippy cups. The first several days were difficult, but not she is fine with it. We got a six pack of cups in many different colors and her favorite thing to do is to try an use all six different ones in one day. She’s quite good at it. She will get one filled up with water, then leave it in her room. Then she will request apple juice, which she’ll leave in the den. The lunchtime requires another cup of water… Etc. We have also started giving her real plates instead of plastic. She’s doing fine with it.

Well Ben is now getting up on all fours and schooching backwards. He hasn’t figured out the forward motion thing yet, but I’m sure it is not far away. Last night he wouldn’t stay asleep unless he was nursing the whole night. Poor Julie! She’s a trooper. He refuses to take a pacifier. Any suggestions?

Now I bet you asked yourself what dundydunning is didn’t you? I would guess that 99.99% of everyone who reads this doesn’t know. Well, that may not be true considering that my readership is probably 25% (at the very least) family and they (at least my father’s side of the family) will know exactly what dundydunning is. Forty some odd years ago, my Uncle Robert used to wake his two brother’s up by straddling them in bed and bouncing up and down on them why screaming ‘dundydun! dundydun!’ Well, this was something that my father taught me and being in favor of passing on family traditions, have taught Tehilah. She loves to come and dundydun her Dad, even if it’s not the right time for him to wake up. 🙂 Viva la tradition!

Now back to the subject of disciplining Tehilah. She is now old enough that we send her to her room. Whenever she goes in she closes the door and starts crying these big fake alligator tears. After a few minutes we let her out. She has also learned to say “Sorry Ben” when she gets too physical with him. She will say sorry when told to, but she knows that she is admitting wrong doing when she apologizes and she doesn’t like it. So it is “Say sorry or go to your room.” She usually, but not always, chooses to say “I’m sorry Ben.”

One last thought. Her speech skills are improving like mad. She can have a real conversation and can repeat anything back to you. I was barbecuing yesterday and she kept asking “What you doing Dad?” I told her I was going to cook meat on the fire. So all day she was walking around telling anyone who would listen (and quite a few who wouldn’t) that “Dad cooks with fire outside.”

She is such a Daddy’s girl and I love it!