Cheap is the New Classy

I’m taking part in a group activity with fellow bloggers at As part of that, I’m going to introduce you to Dawn over at Cheap is the *New* Classy. If you love deals and steals, you’ll want to head over to Cheap is the *New* Classy for coupons, rebates and other specials that Dawn scours the net to find.

I’ve got to give her props for taking up a 2012 Reading Challenge. Uuuuugggh, I’ve got 2 books next to the bed and at least 10 magazines that I just can’t seem to finish. Dawn has already done a review for 10 out of the 60 books she is challenging herself to read in 2012. I’ve discovered quite a few interesting readss from her reviews of books from fiction to autobiographical. I’d like to read the Patrick Swayze autobiography she reviewed…but I’ve got other books to finish first.

I’m a sucker for my crockpot at the moment, so I am super stoked to see her What’s for Dinner? section, subtitled One woman’s attempt to learn how to cook, one recipe at a time! I’d have to say by the look and description of what she’s cooking she is doing a pretty good attempt.

So head on over to Cheap is the *New* Classy to catch some deals, check out the mouth watering recipes and get some ideas for new books you could read.

Little Angels Giveaway Great Swag Swap Giveaway Hop

Welcome to The Great Swag Swap Giveaway Hop hosted by Gypsy Mama Logs and Mama goes BAM! This is a special event to thank you the readers for commenting, giving your opinions and interacting with me on a regular basis. All giveaways end Wednesday, March 7 at 11:59PM

Along with a few other awesome bloggers, we have decided to have a look through some of our best swag from giveaways past, unclaimed prizes and surplus event swag to create special one-of-a-kind giveaways just for you. My giveaway is for a Little Angels gift bag that was given to me at a Launch event in New York just a few short weeks ago. Because I have 2 children, I was given 2 gift bags, but I really only need one – Lucky you! Here’s your chance to win 3 DVDs still shrink wrapped along with a few other goodies all which have never been used.

Once you’ve entered my giveaway, don’t forget to head on over to the other blogs listed below and enter some more. Good luck!

Here’s what you could win (all items pictured above):

  • 3 Little Angels DVDs (Animals, ABCs, and 123)
  • 2 Peanut Butter and Jelly Gourmet Popcorn packs
  • 1 pack of Little Angels wall decals
  • 1 Angels Watching Over Us book
  • 1 set of activity sheets

10 Fashionable Reasons to Babywear

Both of my little monkeys each arrived earthside 3 and a half weeks early. While I was pregnant with number 2, doctors told me that I was 90% likely to deliver this one early seeing as number one was early. You think we would have been better prepared, but nope we weren’t.

I guess I’m pretty cruisy when it comes to the business of giving birth, even with all the craziness of moving continent and switching from a midwife to a doctor with number 2, I knew I only needed a few things to safely welcome my baby into this world. With all the major department stores and online stores pushing “stuff” necessary for baby it can sometimes be hard to sift through the non-essentials. Really, all baby needs is your love, a place to sleep and to be fed.

My absolute must-have for the first few days at home with baby is a sling!

Mamavation Monday: When Being Sick Derails

What a week it has been. Monkey #1 has had the most persistent cough that he just can’t seem to shake. We’ve tried hot lemon and honey drinks, heaps of greens at dinner, more rest and have now even resorted to cough syrup. It is just starting to clear, but boy was it a nasty bug. There is something about the bugs kids pick up at school, they are always superbugs! So, he passed it on to me, I passed it onto my husband and now little miss Monkey #2 has it as well. Yuck, nothing worst that en entire house of sick people. I had the worst sinus pains and aches for about 2 days, so my intended workout plan for the week did not really go as planned. The upside is that I did in fact start the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and surprised myself with how manageable the workouts were. Of course my body felt worked out (sore abs and arms particularly) but I’d been convincing myself that I was completely out of shape, which now I don’t think I am!

I tracked my measurements last week, haven’t bothered to check again but will also take photos this week…their will be a wicked after photo in the next coming months :)

I tracked down a cover for the running stroller and after waiting a week it finally arrived! Excited for warm weather this week so me and my sidekick can get out for a run.

Today Mamavation asks,

What steps have you made so far this year to improve your quality of life?

One of the toughest things about being home with baby is not knowing how to direct my energy when tiredness is overcome by boredom. Normally, I would have thrown my shoes and headed out for a walk or a run when I wanted to eat out of boredom. That’s not so easy when you’ve just put your little one down for a nap and don’t want to wake her. So, for me, one of the biggest changes I’ve made to improve my quality of life is to come up with other things to do around the house so that I don’t just eat out of boredom. When I reeeeeallly feel like I want to eat, I try to at least bake or cook something healthy – like Kale Chips or Apple Choc Milk Bites – Lactation Mini Muffins when I am craving sweets. Has anyone else had crazy sugar cravings when breastfeeding? I can’t seem to get through a day without a major sweet craving.

Where Martha Stewart Talks About Being in Jail

Candid talk from Martha once the cameras stopped rolling

I had the pleasure of attending a taping of the Martha Stewart Show at the Chelsea Studios in Manhattan. It’s probably not something that I would have gone out of my way to find tickets for, but I was invited as part of a Meetup group I joined for Brooklyn mothers. I took up the opportunity as much to meet new mothers as to see the inner workings of the famed show from the perfect homemaker herself, Martha Stewart.

Once you get beyond the fact that the show started taping an hour late  *boo, hiss* remember, in my group we were all mothers either with young children or pregnant, so an extra hour meant feeding schedules were thrown off, babysitters and dads left waiting, and pregnant ladies nearing exhaustion. In any case, it was still enjoyable to see how such a big machine works.

No Mirrors in My Nana’s House

This is Monkey #1′s favorite song/book at the moment and so I just had to share. I walked in on him and his pre-k buddies dancing and singing along to this. I had to explain to him that it wasn’t “Banana’s House” and I think since then he understands the song even more :)

I haven’t really said anything about Black History Month, but seeing as it is nearly coming to an end, I thought this would be a goodie to share with all of you.

The book was written by Ysaye M. Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a talented all female gospel acapella group. I promise, after one listen you will have this song in your head at least for the day, if not longer. Though it was written with a black child in mind (“And I didn’t know that my nose was flat”) I think its a relevant message for any young child encouraging them not to be obsessed by the “beauty” in the mirror, more the beauty of their inner personality. Of course it also touches on nana’s unconditional love – priceless.

If you haven’t heard this before, I hope you enjoy!

What’s your child’s favorite book at the moment?

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