Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tip Tuesday : App Review Toddler Counting

Monday, June 18, 2012

1st Day at Mother's Day Out

Before our 1st Day of Mother's Day Out, we posed for the traditional school pic. Or.. I asked him to pose and he strutted around the yard like a peacock.  Having him sit or stand still for any length of time is not on the menu these days.. 

 He thought everything was awesome and dandy when we got there, but we had to wait in the playroom because we were early, and he was having a blast with all the toys , UNTIL I made him leave to go meet his teacher, and he LOST.HIS.MIND. ( see pics below).  Quite the 1st impression.

and just like all kids, he was fine as soon as I left. He saves all his major dramaz for his mommaz. Sweet boy!
Unfortch, he picked up a germ on day 1 and missed day 2. Tomorrow will be day 3 and I hope it goes well. The fact that they got him to nap on a floor mat was shocking!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tip Tuesday : Today in iOS Podcast!

Today's Tip Tuesday is a little different in that I am giving you guys a new resource to learn from: Podcasts. 
podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication or streamed online to a computer or mobile device.

Since the beginning of my iPod and iPhone love I have been listening to a podcast called "Today in iOS" ( formerly "Today in iPhone". It is a FREE download of basically a talk show all about iPhones and iPads. The brilliance of it is that you can call in and ask questions for other listeners or the host to answer for you. All the iPhone news, including apple rumors and stock coverage are featured. 

It is a GREAT thing for people who have commutes or long drives as it provides you with great entertainment and makes the time go by faster. I think I have been listening for 5 years now and I just love it. 

You can download it in iTunes HERE and load it onto your device . There is also an APP that provides extra info and the ability to stream new shows without synching to your computer.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Randomosity & Catching up...

I have not blogged much lately... and honestly have not really missed it, although I think that is because I have not had time to. Erik has been working a lot lately ( thank you bubs) which means I have been with the boy 24-7 and he has been keeping me busy. Here are some things we have been up to:

Reading. I am trying to read more. I read the 50 Shades series and am currently reading "Raising Bebe" ( thanks Sarah S.) I am fascinated by this Bebe Book.

New and More discipline. I had to face facts that I was being lazy in many regards when it came to disciplining peebs. He is a persistent little joker and sometimes I just don't have the energy to haul is 40lb but to the time out chair 85 times in a row... BUT I am in full force now. He catches on pretty quickly but he fights a good fight. The biggest victory in all of this is that now when he acts a fool in a store, I do not pick him up from buggy or even really acknowledge it. I just pretend to be very confident and unbothered ( while i sweat buckets from embarrassment) and then he STOPS. and BEHAVES for the rest of the trip/trips.  Good stuff.

Peebs still is not talking much! I am so mystified by this. I would be very worried if not for having him evaluated a few months ago, and also because I have heard him talk.. WHEN he wants to, but HE.DOES.NOT.WANT.TO.  In fact the more we encourage or celebrate talking the less he does it. He acts out his communication and is very good at it. I am surprised ( daily) by what he can do (i.e. pull a chair all the way over to the fridge so that he can reach and get what he wants. 
He does however, completely understand anything I tell him. Even long thoughts, for example, " Peebs if you want to go outside you must first come let me change your diaper and then put your shoes on" He will come right over for a diaper and then grab his shoes. 
I am dying for this kid to talk. It will be so FUN. In the meantime, after reading "Raising Bebe" I have resolved to talk and act like he is 4 basically, and just expect him to come out with full sentences any day now.

Erik has been gone to Bonnaroo since Friday! I am so sad I missed out but someone needed to stay with Peebs and so I volunteered to let that be his Father's Day present. It has gone really well and I am glad he could go have fun. I am a firm believer that all peeps/parents need time alone, time with spouse sans kids, and then family time. He never gets free time when he is not working so this was a great trip for him! 

With daddy gone for the weekend I worked hard on cleaning this house and organizing some things. I am planning a yard sale soon and can not WAIT to get a lot of this junk out of this house. Min inner hoarder will cry... but my Feng Shui will be kickin'! I have some designer stuff that I may do a blog sale for... just not sure that is what I want to do with my free time. Ever since I started working from home, any kind of consignment sale etc works my nerves.

Speaking of work.. things are going well. I have FINALLY completed a full production of the ilatch case, now in back and white and in a beautiful box. Hoping TONS of big retailers pick it up and order tons. The ikid design is almost complete. This has been exhausting but worth it. I have a prototype now that is not near as good as the final product will be, but I love it and so does peebs. I can't wait to get that all completed as well.

This is getting long, so I will end now. Here are some pics just for fun.

The boy took some crayons and redecorated his playroom. I was watching him but not wearing my glasses and I NEVER saw him standing on the furniture to color these shelves! Geesh! He is sneaky. Thank goodness for magic eraser.
 Chocolate popsicles. Pretty much his only "treat" he gets these days as we are back in food bootcamp. I give him these because he is getting his molar
 trying out the ikid proto
 2 trips to the Monkey Treehouse and he started going down the big slide all by himself!
 watering his daddy's plants. He does EVERYTHING Erik does in the yard. It is so cute and funny.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Menu Planning & Food Budget : Week 1

We have been WAY overspending on food for the last few months and I am working hard this week to plan better and reign that in. I have made a Weekly Menu, A shopping list (broken down by section), attached the recipes, AND price shopped online to get an estimated Weekly Total.
Few things to remember:

  • We buy expensive meat due to the hormones and all of that and as a result eat meat maybe twice a week. This is for health and financial reasons. Many of these recipes can have meat added.
  •  I only priced shopped certain things organic depending on price differences and importance
  • We eat a salad pretty much every night, and I did not show all the different ways to make salads or price match for that. I just use this as a way to incorporate a living veggie and fruit daily ( nuts too) etc.
  • I try to keep most of it healthy with a cheat day or so

This weeks meal total was right at $89.00. The menu is below. If you like it and want the lists and recipes etc you can click here and print out the google document with all of that information compiled.

MONDAY: Baked Lemon Pasta , Roasted Asparagus, Salad and Texas Toast

TUESDAY: Parmesan Chicken Fingers, Green Bean Casserole, Baked Brown Rice

WEDNESDAY: Tomato and Corn Pie with a salad

THURSDAY : Hummus Melts, Baked Sweet Potato Fries & a Salad

FRIDAY: Cheesy Enchilada Casserole with Side Salad

WEEKEND: Leftovers

Tip Tuesday: Adding Emoticons on your iPhone/iPad Keyboard

First things first, What are Emoticons? They are those little smiley face, hearts etc that you see people use on Facebook status or twitter or in texts (usually used to convey a mood or temperament) :

So if you want to add these to your iOS Keyboard do the following:

1. Download this FREE Emoji App 

 2: Launch the app and tap “ok, let’s do this”.
 3: Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > International Keyboard > Add New Keyboard > Emoji.

 4: Reboot your iPhone.

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