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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Watermelon Festival

As you may or may not know, I might be a hick from the sticks.  I live in a rural area, so every summer the even smaller towns hold festivals honoring a fruit or vegetable of sorts.  There's the grape festival, sweet corn festival and watermelon festival- I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of them right now.

Anyway, I'm told that the watermelon festival is hands down the only one worth attending.  I recall going in high school and having fun.  But, having a fun hater for a husband, I haven't been in years.  Well, now that A is four, I can have lots more fun with her.  So, I resolved to take her to the watermelon festival.  I learned that I am apparently an old fart when it comes to rides and my daughter is a thrill seeker.  I also learned never to trust a carnie because some of them seem to have a God-complex.

So, we went.  The first 10 minutes ended with watching a verbal fight ensue between some trashy people who released some f-bombs and biznatches in front of not only their children, but about 30 other children in the vicinity.  Oh, the classy people that walk amongst us! 

So, my daughter was all excited about the rides.  I was not so much excited, because for some reason, I am a wuss when it comes to my life flashing before my eyes.  Well, the first ride she wanted to go on was this whirly thing that spun you up, down and around.  I seriously about tossed my cookies.  I was so disappointed in myself.  Of course, I wasn't gonna be THAT mom that barfed all over an amusement ride, so I held it in.

Well, as the night progressed we ran into some friends.  One of whom was more than willing to take A on that ship ride that swings like a pendulum.  There I was, watching in amazement as my four year old went on ride after ride after ride while I stood in awe of her braveness.  After some rides, we ate the required free watermelon, checked out the games and ridiculously priced food.  Then, it was getting near time to go.  I had purchased tickets in lieu of the $15 arm-bands that let you ride as many rides as you wanted all night.  A and a friend's daughter Z decided they wanted to go on "Moby Dick."  This ride is too horror-evoking to explain.  All of the adults looked around at each other to see who was going to volunteer to take the kidlets on the ride... and silence... and finger pointing... and silence.  So, finally I say that I will do it because guilt at the idea of these kids not getting to ride this last ride was more overwhelming than my fear and potential nausea.

This ride was a whopping 5 tickets a person and I only had 8.  So, an acquaintance happened by and offered me her bracelet.  I figured I could rig it up on my wrist somehow, so right in front of this carnie game woman who looked like she was ridiculed in high school for being an uber-dike and an ugly one to boot, glared at us as if we were plotting to steal the Hope Diamond.  So I get in line with A and Z and we wait our turn.  Well, said carnie woman comes trotting (or should I say manly striding) over to the man operating the ride.  She tries to be all nonchalant, but I know her type... she's a narc... a big ole narcy narc narc face.  So, I say to my friends, "20 bucks says she just ratted me out to that dude."  I have one of my friends go snag me 2 more tickets and I give up on the recycled bracelet idea.

We go to get on the ride and the man nicely takes my tickets.  I can barely bring myself to relay what happened next.  I clung to dear life to my harness.  I closed my eyes as tight as humanly possible.  It was death coming for me.  It was a nightmare.  I didn't scream, cause once again, I didn't wanna be THAT mom.  But, some random 8 year old sitting next to me yelled, "Open your eyes you're an adult!!"  If I weren't on that ride...

And it ended.  With most of my body still in tact, I walked slowly over to my friends.  It was over... I was alive.  And here's the kicker...  while I was on the ride, the dude operating it called over ole' beefcake Yolanda and laughingly told her that I paid with tickets.  AHA!!!  Take that, Nazi!  And go back to your loserville Loser McLosenstein corner... eat it... with a spoon.... *dancing*  I showed the carnie who had the college degree... woot, woot...

And now I'm  THAT mom... the judgmental one who makes fun of carnie folk... *sigh*

Thursday, August 26, 2010

5 Simple Steps to Keeping Your Child's Mouth Clean

Did you know that each year, more than 51 million school hours are lost as a result of problems related to tooth decay, the most common chronic childhood disease in America? In fact, tooth decay affects approximately half of all second graders and nearly 80 percent of 17-year-olds. That’s why Trident® has partnered with Smiles Across America® to help underprivileged children get the dental care they need.

Trident wanted to know what steps my family uses to keep our children's smiles bright and white.  Smiles are extremely important in our family.  My husband and I both had braces, so we know what it's like to be uncomfortable with your smile.  We want our kids to smile all the time without having to worry.  Here are some simple things that we do:

1) Brush twice a day.
Nick thinks it's most important to brush in the morning and I think it's most important at night, so we each make sure the children brush both times.

2) Lend a hand.
My kids are in the "do it myself" stage, which means they want to brush their teeth all by themselves as well.  I keep a watchful eye and if it seems like they aren't getting all their teeth, I will lend a hand and make sure they know how to get them all.

3) Keep sweet consumption to a minimum.
Kids don't need all that sugar anyway, but especially their teeth don't need it. We might give one sugary treat a day, if that.  Juice is 100% and is third in line after milk and water.

This is an absolute.  Our kids do not get soda.  Not only does is serve no nutritional purpose, but it is not good for their teeth.

5) Lead by example.
I always brush my teeth with the kids when they do it so that they see mommy brushing as well.  I rarely drink soda and drink tons of water.  This way my kids will hopefully mimic my healthy choices.

Simple, right?  But these tips can save you lots of money and good oral hygiene in the future.  What about you, do you have any tips on keeping your kids' teeth sparkling?

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Trident blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Infantino EcoSash Wrap & Tie Baby Carrier Review

I know I've told this story before, but seeing as how I'm reviewing a baby carrier, it only makes sense to rehash.  Picture it, Sicily, 1952... or my house, 2008.  It was springtime and I wanted to smell the fresh air as it breezed through my house.  Unfortunately, I did not have a screen door.  Well, I had purchased one, it just hadn't been put up.  Reason being?  Well, although he has many great qualities, handyman is not one of Nick's highlights.  In fact, he tends to break things more than fix them.  So, I asked my father-in-law and my own dad (the master carpenter) for help, hoping one of them would jump to my aid... well, jump they didn't.  And I am an impatient person!

So, I took my then two year old and my then 5ish month old outside with me while I put the door up myself.  And in order to properly contain my infant, I used a baby carrier to strap him to my chest.  It was a Godsend!  I was able to put up the door and we were able to feel the gentle breeze roll in.  None of this would have been possible without my handy dandy baby carrier.  That was an Infantino, but since then, Infantino has come out with newer and better models! 

The model I  chose to review is the Infantino EcoSash Wrap & Tie

wrap & tie
3-in-1 design: face-in,
face-out and back carrier
suited for 8-35 lbs (3.6-15.9 kgs)

Buckle-free: just wrap, tie and go!
Natural bucket seat.
Easily adjusts for a perfect fit.
Wide & comfortable padded straps.
Super soft and breathable.

And believe me, those buckles are a pain in my caboose!  And the comfort of this style not only is great for your baby's sensitive little body, but also saves poor mom (or dad) from getting stabbed by plastic!

To learn more about Infantino and their products, visit:
Babies R Us will offer $10-off the EcoSash and Balance carriers from August 11-September 21st.

“I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.”

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A's First Day of Preschool

So yesterday was A's first day of preschool.  She had her backpack ready and it was filled with the required school supplies.  She was excited and so was I.  One down, one to go!  Now I am only counting down the days until L is in school.  It was cute because the teacher gave us this sweet note about wiping away our tears and putting our feet up.  I said to my mom, "why would people cry?"  She informed me that people DO cry and she used to stand in the hall with a box of kleenex to offer people.  Well, not me!  I want my kids to be independent because no one likes leeches.  HAHA!

Anyway, since I think she was the cutest one there, I thought I'd share a picture or two from A's first day.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Interesting Forward of the Day

My mum forwarded this to me.  I thought it was good!  I'm just going to do the first one for today.

                        1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady.

 During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: 

 "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" 

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name? 

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. 

"Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant.. they deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her name was Dorothy. 

This is completely true!  My husband and I went to the same orthodontist in high school.  He would say the name of one of the assistants and I would have no clue whom he was referring to.  He said, "you don't know any of the assistants names?"  And I didn't.  I guess I didn't think it was important, but he did.  Likewise, the other day I called my vet clinic to make an appointment for my parents' cat.  I didn't recognize the name of the woman who answered the phone, but when I gave her my name she said, "oh hi!" as if she knew who I was.  This is probably true, but I only know the names of the actual doctors.  It makes me feel snooty that I don't take the time to learn the names of everyone in an office, not just those in charge.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Conversation with a Deer

I was riding my bike last night when I happened upon a deer standing along the road.  I stopped my bike and decided to have a conversation with the deer.

Me: Hi, Deer!
Me: Hey, there's an apple tree a couple blocks down.  I saw another deer eating there earlier.  Was it you?
Deer: ...
Me:  If it was you then nevermind.  Otherwise, go eat them apples!
Deer: ...
Me:  Well, you stay safe and don't go out in the road!
Deer: ...

And then I rode away.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Music Monday: Top 10 Favorite Songs of All Time Part 1

Here are the first half of my top 10 favorite songs of all time (no particular order):

"Push"- Matchbox 20

"Far Behind"- Candlebox

"My Immortal"- Evanescence

"November Rain"- Guns N Roses

"Everlong"- Foo Fighters

Sunday, August 1, 2010

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