Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I ROCK!


Thanks Holly for the awesome reward!

Wordless Wednesday-First Time In Snow



When Kaia was just a month old, my brother and his family as well as my own went up to Pinetop, AZ for some fun in the snow. We don't get snow in the valley here so, we needed a getaway. I didn't have a carrier for Kaia so, I bundled her up and then tucked her in my hubby's coat.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Making Tuesday Tasty-Raw Apple Cake


This recipe was my great-grandma's recipe. A few years ago, my Grandma gave me a recipe box with some family recipe's in it. I love apple and spice cakes so this one is a goody.


Raw Apple Cake


4 C apples sliced(your favorite)

2 C sugar

2 eggs beaten slightly

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 C vegetable oil(I use canola)


Mix all ingredients thoroughly


Dry ingredients


2 C flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt


Add to apple mixture and mix. If you like, add 1 C raisins and 1 cup chopped nuts.


Put in greased and floured loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 min's.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Freaky Friday-Vitamin D deficiency


OK, I know this subject doesn't sound that freaky. But, really, it is. Recently I skimmed through an article touching on Vitamin D deficiency in young children. The cause and affects of that, and how to remedy it.

Many people don't realize that vitamin D deficiency is a major problem and can have many adverse affects. Vitamin D isn't actually a vitamin, it's a precursor hormone. This nutrient in our bodies help build strong bones and teeth but, does much more. It supports other minerals and nutrients to help with normal processes in the body to keep you healthy.

Major vitamin D functions

Supports key mineral absorption and metabolism (especially calcium and phosphorus in the blood and bones).

Regulates normal cell differentiation and proliferation (e.g., prevention of cancer).

Promotes insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation (insulin secretion).

Regulates over 200 genes through binding to vitamin D receptors throughout the body

Our primary source of Vitamin D is sunlight. As much as 70% of the American children aren't getting enough vitamin D. That's astounding to me! This has affected their blood pressure levels, their good cholesterol, and their insulin sensitivity.

What I didn't know is that you should be out yourself and letting your children play in the sunshine for 10 to 15 minutes without sunblock and then covering them up. For darker skinned children it takes longer due to the melanin in their skin.


Ultimately what makes this freaky is that Vitamin D deficiency can cause our children to develop major diseases in their 20's and 30's. Including rickets, high cholesterol, soft bones, certain cancers, obesity, high insulin, etc.


sources-CNN.com, womentowomen.com

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vinyl Banner Giveaway!





My daughter is turning three the day after Christmas. Her Birthday's have been low key so far since she is only two. I know that soon I'm going to need to be more creative since she was nearly a Christmas baby.

Uprinting.com is offering an awesome giveaway that I can't wait to participate in! They are giving a lucky winner a 24 x 36" Vinyl Banner w\ grommets, that's a $62 value!

Uprinting.com offers many awesome printing options and ideas for today's needs and Vinyl banners and Banner Printing are just one way to make a statement for personal or business needs.


Win It

Please tell us how you would use this banner and what you would like to do with it if you won.


Extra Credit

tweet @uprinting and leave your tweet link here for an extra entry

blog about this great offer and leave your link here for an extra entry


U.S. Shipping only! Giveaway will end October 28, 2009 11:59 P.M Arizona Time. Good luck!

Uprinting.com Greeting Card Giveaway!


Wow! They just keep coming up with better giveaways! I am so amazed at this one. Uprinting.com is offering a giveaway for 250 ct. 7 x 5" (folded to 3.5 x 5") Custom Greeting Cards. That is a $96 dollar value!


Along with offering high quality posters and business cards, Uprinting also offers greeting card printing. You can use one of their templates or use a family photo, pet photo, or one of your baby.




Hurry and enter so you can stock up on greeting cards for business, friends, and family.

Win It

Please comment and tell me how you would use these greeting cards(mandatory)

Extra Credit

Blog about this awesome giveaway and post your link here in a separate comment

Tweet about this @uprinting and leave me your tweet link for another separate comment/entry.

This is for U.S. only shipping. The contest will expire October 14, 2009 at 11:59 PM Arizona time.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Testing the webcam


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Making Tuesday Tasty-Caramel Apples


It's that time of year again. Fall! There's so many lovely recipes and tried and true recipes. This one is courtesy of Food Network and uses fun orange and black sprinkles for Halloween.

Ingredients

Orange and black candy sprinkles, or candy corns

2 (14-ounce) package caramels

1/4 cup heavy cream

8 Granny Smith apples, washed and dried

8 popsicle sticks

Directions


Arrange the sprinkles or candy corns on separate plates and set aside.

Heat the caramels and heavy cream in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until melted. Turn the heat down to low.

Skewer the apples with the popsicle sticks. Working in batches, dip the apples into the caramel, coating them completely and letting any excess caramel drop back into the saucepan.

Dip or roll the apples in the sprinkles or candy corns and stand them up on a wax paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
Serve

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-Blonde

I went from this




to this..



Making Tuesday Tasty-Pumpkin Pancakes


This is labeled as IHOP's pumpkin pancake recipe...they are a favorite here in my house! Delicious and they taste like Autumn, how can you go wrong?


Ingredients
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice

Directions

1 preheat a skillet over medium heat.

2 Coat with oil or cooking spray Combine eggs, buttermilk, butter, pumpkin, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.

3 Blend ingredients together.

4 Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

5 Mix in the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and blend until smooth.

6 Pour the batter into the skillet to form 5-inch circles (1/4 cup portions).

7 When the batter stops bubbling and edges begin to harden, flip the pancakes.

8 They should be dark brown.

9 This will take about 1 to 2 minutes.

10 Flip the pancakes and cook the other side for the same amount of time, until dark brown.
Courtesty of Recipe Zaar

Monday, September 14, 2009

Winner-Large Format Posters Giveaway


My random.org winner is.....


my2boyz said...
I would use in my kids room, or in the living room..


Congrats! An email has been sent and you have until the morning of the 15th to respond to me.


Thanks to all who entered!


Melanie

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Freaky Friday-Life Gem

My sister-in-law posted this recently on her blog and I totally stole it! I think I may have seen this at one time and blocked it out. ha ha. There is a company called Life Gem that creates lab created diamonds in a variety of colors out of your loved ones ashes.

My dad passed away in 2005 very suddenly and my Mom just passed away this year, almost two months ago. I'm already in the shoes of someone that has lost someone very close to them. I tried to see myself wearing a gem created from the carbon of my loved ones. I couldn't. Perhaps it's my belief system. That we are created from dust and return to dust. That our souls are gone once our body dies. Perhaps it's a morbid thought to me?

When my Mom was handed to me in a red velveteen box, my heart sunk as if there were two tons on my chest. When we said goodbye to her at the coast, in no way did I want to deal with the ashes, the whole box had to go into the water. So, I guess my thought process is the same.
Besides the very steep price, I guess the idea doesn't appeal to me.

I can see people wanting this as an option and that it could be a very wonderful experience for some. I've seen some people grieve so deeply their losses, that something from their deceased loved one is always around them for comfort.

If you are this type of person, they may be the right service for you.

**these are my opinions solely and do not reflect any real life contact, or bad service received from the Life Gem company. I was not paid for this opinion**

Dare To Design Contest-Shabby Apple


OK, I'm not entering this contest but, as a huge fan of shows like Project Runway, I wanted to put this out there for other people to get a chance!


Shabby Apple is offering an AMAZING contest in which 15 top designers will be chosen and featured on their website. Voters will then have a chance to decide what their favorite is.


This was taken from email I received:


Requirements:

Design a dress. (You do not need to be a professional designer.)

Put a sketch, computer drawing or photograph of your design on your personal blog with the words "Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses". The words, "Shabby Apple Dresses" should be a

link to www.shabbyapple.com. You must provide a link in your post to http://www.shabbyapple.com/.

Posts without this caption will not be considered.
Post should include ideas of fabric and colors and design inspiration.
Email daretodesign@shabbyapple.com with the DIRECT link to the posting of the design on your blog.
Dress must adhere to Shabby Apple design standards. Dresses must have sleeves, hemline to the knee, no cleavage.
Dress should be appropriate for Spring season.
If your dress is chosen, you are responsible for getting a sample and pattern made. Not to worry, if you are not a seamstress, Shabby Apple will provide you contact info for pattern makers and sample making.

Parameters:

Contest begins September 10, 2009.

Contestants must submit their entries by November 3, 2009 by 11:59 p.m.EST.

The top 15 entries will be posted on the Shabby Apple blog by November 10, 2009.

Blog readers will vote on their favorite entry. The contestant whose design receives the most votes by November 24, 2009 will win. Winner will be announced on the Shabby Apple blog by December 10, 2009.

Winner Receives:

Winner's design will be featured as part of the Shabby Apple spring collection.

Winner will receive a 3% royalty on every dress sold of his or her design.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Your Zone At Wal Mart

I am part of more than eleven moms which is a focus group set up especially by and for Wal Mart products and services. I have had the pleasure of doing a review for their new Marketside stores and am now checking out a new line sold for teens called "Your Zone".

The line focuses on trendy colors and patterns. It's fresh, definitely good for tweens to teens, and has lots of fun decorating options to go with their bedding. There are bed options, bedding, decorating ideas, desk sets, space saving ideas, and more.

Suzanne Calling is hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive a $500 Walmart gift card to redo their teens room with Your Zone items!!! Hurry because it ends September 10.
Mom knows it all is hosting her own giveaway for the same item, hurry ends September 10.
On The Go Mommy is hosting one but, it ends tonight midnight central time!
The Mud Bug is hosting her giveaway until September 10...hurry!

Wordless Wednesday-Kaia in 3D

3D done at 30 weeks and she was born at 35 weeks gestation. Born 5 weeks early exactly. Weighed 4lbs 12oz and was 17.5 inches long. Perfectly healthy, no NICU stay. Breathed on her own from birth. Perfect, just small.



birth

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

See Kai Run Wins iParenting Outstanding Product!


See Kai Run® Wins iParenting Outstanding Product Award For 2009
Seattle, WA (August 2009) -- See Kai Run, popular manufacturer of the perfect first shoe for new walkers, has been chosen as one of the outstanding products for 2009 by iParenting. The iParenting Awards, part of the Disney Interactive Media Group, is the leading family products evaluation program that is committed to helping parents make informed decisions as they choose products for their families.
The iParenting Awards’ method for testing and evaluating products requires review by leading experts, parents and childcare providers, and each product is evaluated on numerous attributes such as quality, durability, age-appropriateness and play value, among many others.
The award-winning product tested and honored in the 2009 Awards is the Cameron Sky sandal, which represents See Kai Run’s first walker line for kids 6 months to 3 years old. Features include:
· Quality construction for healthy development of children’s feet – flexible soles, padded collars, wide toe box.
· The use of quality, safe materials – butter soft leather which meets the most stringent U.S. and international guidelines available.
· Creative, fun, styling that appeal to children and their parents.
iParenting Awards, a Disney Interactive Media Group property, is part of the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, which includes Disney Family.com, FamilyFun.com, PregnancyToday.com and BabiesToday.com.
About See Kai Run
See Kai Run and Smaller promote healthy development of babies' and children's feet with their ultra-flexible soles, butter-soft leather and wide toe box. Our footwear meets the American Podiatric Medical Association's rigorous standards for foot health and functionality and has been awarded the APMA's prestigious Seal of Acceptance. Retail prices starts at $32.

See Kai Run is a family-owned and operated business located outside of Seattle, Washington. The idea was born when owner Cause Haun was on a quest for the perfect first pair of shoes for her son, Kai. Unable to find shoes in fun styles that still promoted the healthy development of little feet, Cause and her husband created their own line of shoes that satisfied all of these needs. In almost 5 years, See Kai Run has seen sales expand from a few boutiques, mostly in the Seattle area, to stores all around the country and worldwide. Please visit http://www.seekairun.com/ for additional information.

Green To Grow News Release


This is for all my California readers, please take a chance to look!

BPA-FREE BABY BOTTLE MANUFACTURER GREEN TO GROW URGES PUBLIC TO DEMAND SUPPORT FOR CALIFORNIA’S TOXICS-FREE BABIES AND TODDLERS’ ACT (SB 797)

Slated for Vote September 8, California State Assembly Bill 797 Proposes a Ban of BPA in Food and Beverage Containers Designed for Children Aged Three Years and Younger

LOS ANGELES – September 2, 2009 – Green to Grow, a leading Los Angeles-based manufacturer of BPA-free baby bottles that provide a safe alterative to polycarbonate products containing Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical currently banned in Canada, Minnesota, Connecticut and under scrutiny in several European nations - is urging the public and California Assembly members to support the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act (SB 797). Introduced by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica), the bill was passed by the California State Senate on June 2, 2009 despite aggressive lobbying by industry groups and will go before the Assembly on September 8 for a final vote.

In support of this landmark legislation, Green to Grow has donated 1,000 baby bottles and 3,000 nipples to the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center in Los Angeles, which serves as a primary source of health care for more than 100,000 underserved and low-income residents. Launched in 2007 with a strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility, Green to Grow produces baby bottles from PES plastic, which is free of BPA, phthalates, lead, and PVC, and also manufacturers and distributes gift sets, silicone nipples, and a line of organic cotton totes and accessories.

Green to Grow founders, husband and wife Michael Ritterbrown and Shelley Aronoff, announced the company will continue to donate baby bottles to charitable organizations that serve families in need and support their efforts to educate families about safer alternatives to polycarbonate plastics.

“Whether we like it or not, the BPA controversy has become a matter of economic and social justice,” said Green to Grow Vice President Shelley Aronoff. “Many national retailers such as Babies “R” Us, Walmart, Target, Safeway, and Whole Foods have already stopped selling products containing this proven neural, developmental, and reproductive toxicant. Sadly, unless legislation banning BPA is passed, many families who lack access to these specific retailers will continue to unknowingly purchase polycarbonate baby bottles, sippy cups, and other products sold at discounters and local merchants that continue to sell products that contain BPA.

A synthetic estrogen that can disrupt the human body’s own hormones, BPA has been linked to a variety of serious health problems by over 220 scientific studies and is thought to be particularly harmful to babies and young children. In the face of mounting scientific evidence that even extremely low levels of BPA can impact health, state legislatures across the country have acted to ban BPA from plastic

baby bottles and sippy cups, as well as in the lining of infant formula cans. Congress is also considering federal regulation, and 22 states and municipalities are currently reviewing legislation to regulate the chemical.

“A large percentage of exposure to BPA appears to be the result of leaching from baby bottles and food and beverage containers, hence the importance of protecting children from this toxin while their bodies are still developing,” Mr. Ritterbrown commented. “Numerous scientific studies have shown that because BPA acts like an estrogen when ingested, it’s literally like giving babies daily low-level doses of birth control pills. A wealth of scientific data shows that this kind of hormone disruption can cause diabetes, breast cancer, ADHD, early onset puberty, obesity, impaired brain development and immune function disorders, among others.”

Mr. Ritterbrown added that Green to Grow’s donation to the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center is part of its ongoing outreach philosophy in which it gives back to communities in need while helping to educate them about the BPA issue.

“We believe in the power of knowledge and direct action. We cannot wait for change to happen. We have to do what we can now to protect families and the earth,” he commented. “Isn’t it clearly our responsibility, as citizens and as lawmakers, as parents and as caretakers, to speak for those who are unable to speak for themselves, to stand up for those who lack the resources to stand for themselves?”

As many lawmakers have not yet committed to supporting SB 797 on the Assembly Floor, bill sponsor Senator Pavley is urging the public to contact their Assembly member and urge them to vote in favor of protecting our children from harm by supporting SB 797 on the Assembly Floor.

“California has always been a leader on environmental and health issues, but we are already behind other states and countries that have banned BPA from children’s products,” said Senator Pavley. “Let’s get this dangerous chemical out of our children’s food and drink.”

How California Voters Can Make a Difference:

Visit www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html and enter your zip code to find what legislators represent your area. Call or email them and ask for their “Yes” vote on the ‘Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers’ Act (SB 797).

About Green to Grow
Founded in 2007 by husband and wife Michael Ritterbrown and Shelley Aronoff, Green to Grow is an eco-friendly and BPA-free baby bottle and accessories manufacturer and distributor based in Los Angeles, California. Committed to providing parents with safer baby bottle options, Green to Grow produces baby bottles from PES plastic, which is free of BPA, phthalates, lead and PVC. It also manufacturers and distributes silicone nipples, starter/gift sets, and a line of organic cotton totes and accessories.

Large Format Posters-CLOSED!


Large Format Posters has chosen to offer a really fun giveaway to my readers! They are offering one of my readers a wall graphic in a 24x24 size. I was trying to think of a way I could use this in my home, since I am going to get one too.

There are so many ways I could get use out of these. I would love to print up a cupcake graphic for my daughter's room since I'm trying to decorate her new room right now. I have a large section in my kitchen, above the sink that would look really neat if I put some photography up. I also have a step-son that is in love with the Cardinal's, and would be super happy if I had a picture of one of the players up.

What's awesome about these? They are large, high quality photos that you can peel and stick to any flat surface. You can put them on walls, appliances, toy boxes, dressers, etc. This would lend a hand in many decorating dilemmas and adds to the new fad of wall decals. The best part, it's your own artwork, photography, or graphic.

Buy It

Large Format posters sells a variety of sizes in their wall graphics, starting at $30.33

Win It

Large Format posters is giving away a 24x24 wall graphic to two of my readers! How exciting.

Rules

Please tell me how you will use this wall graphic if you win. Must be done to be eligible to win.

Please tweet this contest @kaiasmommy and @uprinting and leave the link for another entry

Open to US residents only. There will be a $5 handling fee to the winners, free ground shipping is included.

Winners will be selected at midnight Arizona time on September 13, 2009.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wordless Wednesday-First Christmas Married


We were married November 17, 2005. This is a picture of our first Christmas together. We took them after getting to his mom's house.