Febreze Noseblind Test

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This last week I was able to work with Febreze and learn a little more about being nose blind. Febreze sent me a great little package of some of their great products. My job was to invite over some friends (that’s my sweet neighbor above) to watch a show and participate in a survey. We took the survey’s first, made some popcorn, watched a show, and then took another survey. Basically, they wanted to know what my house smelt like. It was a little nerve wracking :) In the end, it made sense.

When I was a kid, my friend’s house had a very distinct smell. It wasn’t a bad smell, but their house had a smell for sure. One time I made a comment that something smelled like her house, and she asked me what I meant. I said, “This thing smells like your house!” She actually argued with me and said, “No it doesn’t! My house doesn’t smell like that.” She didn’t realize what her house smelled like. I just smiled and nodded but that item really did smell like her house.

Want more information on nose blind?  Check out what Febreze has to say HERE! 

Fast forward some years to my current residence. I try to always have a plug in going so I don’t forget to blow out a candle, and so if someone comes by unexpectedly they smell the plug in. I just want my house to smell good. I don’t want it to smell like “that house.” I didn’t understand the chemistry behind it, but Febreze enlightened me.

Basically, our noses are designed to help us figure out dangers. Fire, poisonous plants, things like that. At some point, your nose recognizes certain familiar smells and categorizes them as not dangerous. That way it can focus on less familiar smells that require action. Odors from various activities are released in your home where they can stay airborne or deposit on soft surfaces that act like odor-magnets. This is where your house get’s it’s “smell.”  … The same way my friend’s house had a certain smell to it when you walked in that I could recognize, and she couldn’t.

Luckily, there is a simple solution to nose blindness! Febreze actually contains a molecule known as Cyclodextrin that traps and eliminates bad odors. This patented technology is why Febreze is the best air freshener-it eliminates the odor instead of just masking it, which our smart noses can detect.  You know all the Febreze commercials where they have people in some dank places, but they have no idea because it smells good?  Those people don’t realize where they are because Febreze products eliminated the smell and didn’t mask it.  After we watched the show and ate the popcorn, I sprayed some Febreze…. and we agreed that it did work.

Are you friends with Febreze on Facebook? You can be by clicking HERE! 

This post was sponsored by Double Duty Divas and Febreze!  But, these are my opinions. I have so much Febreze in my house anyway it’s bout time they sponsored something! ;)

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  • ·         1 Febreze Air Effects
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  • ·         1 Febreze Candle

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4th of July decor From Dollar Tree – SO CUTE!

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I stumbled across the most adorable blog, who’s author used Dollar Tree items to make the most adorable 4th of July display.  The blue mason jars were actually a Target score, but the banners and wreath can be made from items from Dollar Tree!  The cute little paper lanterns are also at Dollar Tree!  I am just dying over this display and how cute it is.
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Those adorable pinwheels?  Cupcake wrappers from Dollar Tree.  She has a tutorial on how to make them on her blog post HERE.  She added them as a little extra flare to this wreath.  The wreath is a year round decoration that she adds little things to for each holiday.
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This banner is also made from cupcake wrappers and leftover doilies.  I have also seen small spools of this twine at Dollar Tree.  I didn’t see any doilies at Dollar Tree right now, but you can score a big pack of them at Wal Mart.

 

Teacher Gifts – Part 4

Today I am posting the last of the teacher gift series.  I’ve already posted about how to make the pencil vase, the crayon monogram, the paper cone, and now the little notebookThe personalized notebook is super cute and easy.  Start by cutting out either scrapbook paper (or any other kind of paper) into the size of the cover of whatever notebook you grab.I would suggest buying a non-spiral notebook-one that does NOT have spirals.  My Dollar Tree was out of those kind, and I actually prefer spiral because they open flat.  But anyway, cover the whole cover with glueMake sure to get the edges and the corners, I held it open while I smeared the glue, that way I didn’t get glue on the first page. Then stick the paper on.  If you go over the edge, it’s totally cool.  You can trim it.The front looked really bubbly.  Try and smooth it out best you can.  Once mine dried it smoothed out a ton moreThen trim the paper off…Decide how you want to embellish it.  I have lots of ribbon and scraps of scrapbook paper.  I cute a few things out, and glued them on.  I was panicking a little because the cover was still all bubbly-but it really did smooth out when it dried.  Still, if you are craftier than I am (and that isn’t hard to do) yours will look better.  For an added touch, have your kiddo write a cute note inside and draw a picture of their teacher.  And that is it!  Total cost was $1 for the notebook!

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Did you wanna see my living room after making all 4 of these crafts?

Teacher Gifts – Part 3

This is the 3rd post in a series of 4.  It’s the end of the school year and if you haven’t thought of teacher gifts yet and are out of time and extra funds, these are some great gifts to give!   I have already posted about how to do the pencil vase and crayon letter monogram, and today I will show you how easy it is to make the little fillable cone. Since these cones are fillable, I grabbed a package of stickers from the Dollar Tree.  You get 7 little boxes of stickers, my plan is to put as many as fit into the cone.  The teacher can use the stickers as little gifts for her students.  You could fill these with candy, erasers, pencils, crayons, tape… anything, really.  To actually make the cone, you can use any kind of paper you want.  Scrapbook paper is super cute, and I like this brown paper that was part of the packing material from something I ordered.   It was free :)   I cut the paper into roughly into a 6×6 square. I pulled the far corner over and kind of rolled it under, making sure the bottom came to a point.  You can see it taking the cone shape already.Once the cone was in the shape I wanted I secured it on the inside with some tape.  I also ran a small line of glue on the outside to keep the paper perfectly flat.  I did a very, very thin line so that it wouldn’t smear out and it would try quickly. If you are going to write a note on the cone for the recipient, now would be a good time. A glue stick would have been perfect, but I was goin with what I had on hand.  And that is pretty much it-now you just need to fill it up with something!After you are have filled your cone, you can either tape or glue the top triangle part down.  I chose to use a little bit of glue because I didn’t want any tape showing.The fun part is deciding how to embellish it.  I tried some twine.  I like how this looked… But eventually this is what I went with.  A button and ribbon I already had, some glue… and voila.  Done.  It  would also be cute to put your kids hand print on there… or stickers.. or lotsa ribbon or no ribbon.  I just felt the brown paper needed some dressing up.  The total cost for this cone was$1 for the stickers I bought to fill it with.  The paper was free, I already had the ribbon, and the button was an old one off a sweater.   If you bought scrap paper you can get it for less than $.25 a sheet at Hobby Lobby and trim it to the size you need.  Then depending what you fill it with will depend on your final cost.  Ease to make?  Super easy.   Tomorrow we’ll do the final teacher gift! Stay tuned!

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gifts – Part 2

I am doing a short series of cheap and easy teacher gifts!  With the end of the school year fast approaching, it’s time to jump on this fast!  Yesterday I posted how to make that cute pencil vase.  That was super fast and incredibly cheap.  Today we are doing the monogrammed crayon letter.  I chose the letter “T” because if my son doesn’t destroy it, I will be sending it to his Grandma who is a school teacher.  First, you will need a frame, some glue, a sharp knife, and of course, crayons.  I bought the box of 48 from the Dollar Tree, but when I opened them I did NOT like the paper wrapped on the crayons.  I would purchase a pack of Crayola crayons from Wal Mart.  I had bought some when they were $.24 at the beginning of the year.  *phew* Disaster avoided!  Crayons are one of the items that you shouldn’t buy from the Dollar Tree-but that’s a future post.  I did however, buy that cute frame.  I could have gone with a big one, but I thought that white mat would come in cute.  I also forgot to throw in a brown paper bag/butcher paper.  I used that for a background.To cut the crayons, place the knife where you want them to break, press hard and just roll.  I was surprised at how cleanly they cut and how easy it was. Make sure to get rid of any paper/wax bits that are sticking out, it looks better when they’re as flat as possible.I opened the frame from the Dollar Tree and took out the glass.  Then I put in an 8×10 piece of brown butcher paper and put it all back together, minus the glass.  I used butcher paper that has been a little wrinkly, but you could use a grocery store brown paper bag and it will be much more crisp-no wrinkles.   Now, I tested out a few ways to make my “T” and figured out fairly quickly I would have to make it very basic.  I have seen some people print out their letters on card stock.  I didn’t do that because my “T” was going to be so small that I could do without.  I cut the crayons, lined them all up how I wanted them to look, applied a generous amount of glue and then very slowly, stuck the crayons on.And that was it.  Done.  IF you wanted to embellish this more, I would have your child write, “To Mrs T” at the top, “With Love” at the bottom and add their signature.  Or, you could have all the kids in the class sign the matt.  Or your kid could decorate the outer part of the matt.  Or leave it white.  The options are endless and that’s what I liked about this! Now, I took this picture and then realized that the paper was coming away from the matt.  I took the matt out, put some glue on the back of it and made sure you couldn’t see any shadows around the edges.  I like it much better.

….Then about 20 minutes after I fixed it, the baby ripped half the crayons off and ate the violet red.  *Sigh*

Final Cost?  $1.24 + tax

I bought the frame from Dollar Tree for $1, the crayons came from Wal Mart and were $.24 (I couldn’t pass that price up when I have 13 nieces and nephews..), the glue and butcher paper were on hand.  If you had to buy everything, I think glue is around $.50 and you can get brown paper bags for free at the grocery store for free.  It might cost you $2.

Cheap and Easy Teacher Gifts – Part 1

:: I am posting a Teacher’s gift for $1! Make sure to check back and see what I make! :: 

School is almost out, and it’s time to start thinking about teacher gifts.  I know not everyone does them because of time and cost, but these 4 gifts are really, really easy and cheap to do and I think teacher’s need a little appreciation.  I substitute taught for 2 years and wow, I will tell you, that is a demanding job. I polled all of my teacher friends and asked them what they recieved most often, and the answer was candles and lotions.

My own Mother in law has an entire cupboard at home and school full of candles and lotions.  She sends me shopping there every time I visit and I love it.  But going beyond the normal gifts, my teacher friends suggested things that can be used, don’t take up much room, or are edible.  The first homemade teacher gift is this cute pencil vase!

I saw a similar one on Pinterest, but decided to put my own spin.  I have a TON of pencils from last year’s CVS deal where they were practically giving them away. I got five packages for free.  I purchased the skinny vase at Dollar Tree for $1.  You could cut the cost and be extra frugal by using a recycled veggie can.  Or use a glass cup that your kids broke all the matching ones to.  You choose.  I went with the skinny vase cause I thought it was cute.

Now, you can hot glue the pencils to the vase if you wanted, but doing it this way means the teacher can reuse these pencils!  I grabbed half the pencils and secured the pencils to the vase with a rubber band.

Then I did the same thing with the other half of the pencils.  Super easy.  You can add more or take away pencils as needed.   And that’s pretty much it!  It’s really that simple.  Crazy, huh?

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To finish it off I grabbed a big, fat ribbon from the bag of ribbons I’ve been collecting over the years and tied it to the vase to cover the rubber bands.  Since I won’t be giving this away just yet, I used a fake flower that I had on hand.

So what is the final cost?The ribbon, pencils, rubber bands and flower are all things I already had on hand so my total cost was $1 for this pencil vase.  I could have even cut that cost by using a can, but I liked the vase.  If you had to buy all of these things new, it would still only cost around $2-$3 dollars.  You can pick flowers from your own garden, buy a small boquet fr om the Dollar Tree, or buy fresh flowers for as low as $4.  You have the option to make the flowers as expensive or inexpensive as you want.   If you don’t have pencils but have tons of markers, you could use those instead!  Get creative :)

Happy crafting!

Have you tried HEB diapers?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of H-E-B Baby Diapers.
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I love trying out different brands of diapers to see if I can find some for a price that doesn’t make me choke, but is still worth the money. We have 2 kids now so we have tried almost every diaper on the market, and by now I know what I am looking for in quality and value. My 4 month old is sleeping pretty good at night. And by sleeping at night I mean she is only half awake while eating and immediately goes back to sleep. Under no circumstance do I want to wake her up by changing a diaper. If it ain’t poopy-I ain’t changing it.
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So, I need something that will last about 10-12 hours. I’m happy to report to you that the HEB brand of baby diapers lasted 12 hours.  In fact, they are VERY, VERY comparable to another big name brand of diaper that is commonly given at baby showers, only much cheaper!  I will definitely pick up a couple more packages of diapers when I am in H-E-B next.

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Now for a more technical review: The HEB brand diapers fit well, they felt very soft both inside and outside, have a stretchy waist, and they’re not so squarish I feel like it’s making her legs stick out straight. HEB has recently redesigned their diapers, so now the inside is hypoallergenic and lined with natural botanicals, vitamin E, aloe, and they’re fragrance free.HEB Diaper AND they also have the little yellow line on the outside that goes green when the diaper is wet. When the baby is a little older, you know when they’re wet, but I especially LOVE that feature when they’re smaller and you cant actually decide if they did something or not. Honestly, these are a GREAT brand to choose for the quality and value.

If you want to check out their redesigned diaper, stop by your H-E-B and grab a pack, or visit them online HEB.com

Again, this is a sponsored post on behalf of H-E-B baby diapers, but those are my honest opinions about the diapers!
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Are you brand specific?? Would you give these guys a try?  Why or why not?  Comment below for a chance to win a $5 gift card to one of the Dollar Stores!  (Winner will be picked at random, must comment before May 7th at midnight CST)

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Back to Blogging

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I am sure most of you have noticed my blog has not been updated since December 28. For a deal blog, that’s pretty ridiculous.  Very ridiculous. I did not mean to be gone for so long, but life happened and I had to figure out where I was going to put my time. I have thought about this blog every day and worried that I haven’t been posting, and I want to apologize. I love to blog, I love to share deals, I love to help people save money, and I love to keep up with deals myself. I didn’t mean to stop posting deals, but it just kind of happened. Running a blog isn’t very easy and right now it’s just me and my blog, with my sister occasionally helping out.  I never meant to abandon y’all.

I knew I would need some help keeping this blog up after I had the baby. I interviewed a few people but I ran into some technical difficulties that didn’t allow them to have log ins before I went to the hospital to have a baby.  My baby came a day before her due date, and since my son was 2 weeks late I figured she’d at least be a day or two late, not show up early. I didn’t have a single thing ready, and in between contractions was trying to finalize emails for a company I was working for, pack my bag, and find a friend who would watch my 2 year old overnight. It was too late to find someone to help me on this blog. I was allowed to leave the hospital after one night, and had barely been home 2 hours when Tristan got incredibly sick again.  It seemed like he was just getting better when Christmas and tons of visitors came along.  We had a beautiful Christmas and were looking forward to the New Year when my husband got really sick.  So, the new year came and went.  I had a baby who wasn’t even 2 weeks old, a sick husband and a rowdy toddler. I was pretty exhausted with the baby and trying to recover from the delivery myself. Thankfully, my Mom thought she’d come visit for a few days and became a life saver.
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I think many of you know that the flu has been going around this year and it’s really, really bad.  I wish we had missed out on catching it, but we weren’t so lucky.  My husband was crazy sick, and my Mom was kind enough to sleep on our sofa and tend to him since she’d already had the flu right before Christmas. I slept on the floor in my son’s room with him and the baby hoping we wouldn’t catch it. Well, my poor little Tristan woke up sick and crying with a low temperature and I knew he had the flu, too. Children cope amazingly well under hard circumstances, and although I knew he had the flu, he didn’t seem as bad as my husband.   Since my husband was getting worse and not better after several days, we decided to head to the doctor.  I left the kids with my Mom and took him in.  We were almost home when she texted that Tristan had a high fever.

We walked in the door a few minutes later.   I quickly hugged my little boy, gave him some Tylenol for his high fever and sat him down at the table with some apple sauce. We sent Jeff to bed.  My Mom was holding little Summer. I was in the kitchen only a few feet away from Tristan, giving the baby a kiss when I heard a plate hit the floor. I looked over in time to see Tristan fall off the chair, hit the wall and then the floor. I thought it was him just being a 2 year old, but as I moved the chair to pick him up I realized something was very wrong. His eyes rolled back into his head and he wasn’t crying. I picked his stiff body up and suddenly, he started shaking. I yelled at my Mom that he was having a seizure, and then to my husband to call 911. Then I started to cry. I kept trying to say, “It’s OK Tristan, It’s OK…” But then his lips went blue and my Mom yelled, “He’s choking!”  That is a concern when people have a seizure-not that they can choke on their tongue, but since he had been at the table eating, he might have had food in his mouth.

And that’s when I lost it. All I could think of was a little boy who started choking on some bread at church-the family tried to do the heimlech and when that didn’t work, rushed him to the hospital. He died on the way there.  I couldn’t let that happen to my little boy.

My Mom grabbed Tristan and started pounding his back, my husband and I were both trying to call 911… and that’s when I couldn’t stand seeing my son blue, not breathing and the phone seemed to take HOURS to connect. Since both hospitals in Lubbock are on one side of town, they have ambulances garaged across town, and one is really close to us. I threw my shoes off and while still on the phone with 911, ran to the ambulance garage what I now know is almost a quarter mile away. Somehow I got there in about a minute and a half, which was faster than calling them. They hurried to the house with me, and my little boy was unconscious but breathing. We went to the hospital anyway.
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Tristan had what is called a febrile seizure. You can read more about them HERE, but basically when a child has a sudden spike in temperature their body shuts down and they have a seizure. They’re fairly “normal” for little kids to have, they do not cause any permanent damage, he will probably never have another one, and he probably won’t remember he had this one.  It’s common for people to stop breathing momentarily during a seizure.  Tristan quit breathing long enough his entire body turned blue.  It was horrible.  Completely horrible.   As long as the seizure doesn’t last more than 15 minutes, or he doesn’t have 2 within 24 hours, there is no need for additional testing.  The doctor at the hospital was very kind and reassuring. They kept us there til his fever went down and then we went home.  The doctor explained that while seizures are scary and terrifying for parents, they’re not that bad.

Since that night I haven’t wanted to be on the computer or my phone.  I just wanted to be with my little boy, my family, and to be honest, my bed.  I’m pretty tired.  When I thought for those moments that I might lose my son, I realized that nothing, NOTHING in this world mattered more than my family.   You honestly don’t know when your moments with them will be the last-I had no warning that he was going to have a seizure, and to suddenly see your child blue and not moving made me want to go back to all the mornings I set him in front of a TV to blog and just play cars and trucks with him.

So, I took a few weeks off, sent my broken (again) laptop to the shop and have just been enjoying my new baby (who is already growing up too fast), and trying to spend quality time with Tristan.  Life has gotten back to normal, my laptop got fixed,  Jeff is back in school, no one is sick anymore and I feel like if I manage my time wisely, I can get back to taking care of my little blog that I love so much.   I am so sorry to everyone who has been coming here to find deals, only to find a plain ol’ blog post. I should have at least taken the time to say something on Facebook or asked a friend to post here, but I will be honest, I was a little overwhelmed.  So many of you have left sweet comments about the birth of our sweet little girl, and I want to thank you for that. I read every comment and every encouraging word has lifted my spirits.  Thank you for being understanding.  I’m excited to start finding some great deals again and back to blogging!   Next time I will be more prepared-I have some friends who are going to help me out in the future so there isn’t a big empty space here when there should be some great deals!  I hope y’all enjoyed the holidays too, and yours were full of health and happiness.

Best Gift Ever: a New Phone with the BEST Wireless!!!

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For the last few months my husband and I have been dreading seeing our monthly phone bill. We have a 2 year contract with a very big company, and regardless of all their promises, our bill is always about $30 or more than it should be. We have been wanting to leave and go to a no-contract, unlimited plan.  I posted about looking for a phone plan and finding one we liked HERE.  Finally, my husband’s contract ended and he has been shopping around for the cheapest wireless plan out there.  We decided a while ago we would go with Wal Mart Family Mobil and give them a try.

Over the last few years I have spent a lot of time trying to surprise my husband with a gift he really likes or wants without him finding it before he gets it.  I honestly have never succeeded.  I will hide a present in the closet, in MY CLOTHES and for the first time in 5 years, he will help me out and put something of mine away and find his gift. Or he’ll look at the bank statement really close to his birthday or Christmas.  Or he’ll clean out whatever random place I hid his gift for the first time ever and find what I got him. It never fails. This year he has been looking and looking at new phones, and I knew he’d never imagine I’d get him a new phone.  I can’t even tell you how excited I was to give him the phone! I knew he would never expect it.  And, I was right.  I actually caught him off guard (also because I gave it to him early), but he never expected to get a new phone.  Finally getting the chance to surprise him with a gift was probably more fun for me than it was for him.  He was also excited we got 3 months of free service, too. I think that was the part that made him smile the biggest!
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The best part of giving the phone to him and part of the reason he needed it early, was that his other phone was on the fritz. It was a complete disaster, battery wouldn’t stay charged, calls wouldn’t show up, calls would drop, etc. He has been excited to change his old phone out. Now, according to him, here are some highlights of being on a super cheap network and having an affordable smart phone:

  • Access to Android Apps
  • Long battery life
  • Fast internet
  • Loves the operating system
  • Online account management and information
  • Ability to pay in store
  • NO CONTRACT!
  • Lowest price ate plan for unlimited wireless

So far, we love it.  The phone was really, really easy to set up, we haven’t ported his old number over but according to our old company and this new one, that will be really easy, and mostly, we love that this is such a cheap wireless plan (less than $50 for unlimited text, talk and internet!!!).  When my contract ends I am going to take my iPhone and move it over to the Family Mobil network as well.  I did some research and it looks like just about any iPhone can be moved over as well.  Pretty awesome.  If you want to see more people who are giving Wal Mart Family Mobile a go, check out the hash tag #FamilyMobleSaves and #CBias!  You can see more pictures on my Google+ album, too!
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Our Little Christmas Gift

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Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a great one.  We had a beautiful one.  My parents came in from China, my brother and his wife came down from Utah and my sister and her kids came up from Houston.  It wasn’t the whole family and we missed everyone who wasn’t there, but we were glad to see everyone who came!  Christmas Eve was spent doing a live Nativity with the cousins and plenty of scripture reading, as well as a couple performances by the girls from “Frozen.”   Our new little addition (Summer Micheale, born the 18th at 2:34 am) was supposed to play the baby in our Nativity scene, but she slept through it.   Christmas is such a great time of year and we are so blessed in so many ways.

since my son went 12 days past his due date.  As the date got nearer I kept feeling like she wasn’t going to be late like her brother, so when she came right on time I was a little panicked.  We hadn’t packed a hospital bag, we didn’t have anywhere for her to sleep, the car seat was in a box in the garage somewhere, and we actually didn’t have somewhere for my little boy to go.  So, I was having very painful contractions about 8 minutes apart, trying to pack a bag and texting friends to see if we could drop my son off.   We got to the hospital and about 4 hours later, got to meet my little girl.
DSC_0992edit (Large)We have been so in love with her.  I still keep looking at her and thinking, “I can’t believe I had this whole baby inside me…”  I love putting her in a little ball and letting her sleep on my chest.  She is just an angel.  When Tristan first met her he wasn’t a fan at all, he said, “That baby is sticky!” and wouldn’t come near her, he even said, “No, I don’t want a sister.”  It was so funny.   It took him about 15 minutes and then he warmed up and wanted to hold her.  Since then he has been so sweet.  He brings her diapers, binkies, blankies… and always says, “We bring this baby home?”

I wanted to thank y’all for the sweet comments, they mean so much to me!  I am so glad someone is still reading this blog since it has been a little neglected.  I had some friends lined up to post while I am out and then my site security was upped so much it locked EVERYONE out.  *sigh*  But thankfully that is fixed and we are ready to go :)

I hope you have had a beautiful Holiday Season and many warm wishes for the New Year!