Giveaway Madness

31 07 2008

If you never win anything, this week is for you. There are over 800 different blogs giving away all sorts of items from target giftcards to homemade trinkets with Bloggy Giveaways as the headquarters.

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I am obsessing about all things baby-related (that’s right, dh!) so here are a few contests I’ve noted just for like-minded people:

Chicco Trevi Twin Double Stroller (better hurry, ends 7/31) from La La Girl

The ultra-hip 2008 Bumbleride Flyer Stroller from Mom Dot (ends 8/31, so you’ve got time)

A copy of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding from Attachment Parenting International

Clean that kid off with Huggies Clean Team Kit from Shake the Salt or a duck Bath Luve tummy warmer from Lille Punkin’.

After bathtime, warm baby with a boutique personalized baby blanket from An Island Life and Kennedy Grace Boutique.

Make cloth diapering more user-friendly with an Out and About wetbag from School teacher by day, Superhero by night. Hurry—ends Friday night!

Pick up extra baby supplies with a $50 gift card to Target from Unexpected Bliss or organic baby food with a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods from dkMommy.


For the big sisters and brothers:

No visit to the pool is complete without Huggies Little Swimmers from Dates to Diapers

More to be added later, just think I ought to sleep once in awhile.
Don’t forget to visit our giveaway here.

Children’s Programming Sabotages Diets

31 07 2008

I came to the realization the other day that I am always hungry because the shows my son watches (or are on in the background sometimes while he plays) always make references to food.  For instance on Clifford there is a dog named T-Bone and another one named Hamburger.  Then on Super Why the episode was about the hen making cornbread for her chicks.  Of course that made me think, hmm, cornbread, sounds good.  So I made some cornbread for my chickies.  Then since I had the oven on I made homemade granola (for the first time).  I am HOOKED!  It was super easy and SO yummy 🙂  My husband can’t stop eating it!  I just followed one of the recipes from my favorite cookbook, altering it a little to take into account the ingredients I had on hand. 

While that was baking I bagged the rest of the salmon that we brought home this past weekend.  Our new idea is to bake it right when we bring it home, flake and debone it, then package it in meal size portions and freeze.  I think it’s going to make it a lot easier to just grab some salmon and use it in meals like salmon alfredo, salmon patties, salmon casseroles etc.  Anyway, here are a few pictures of that fateful morning 🙂


This is the catch from the weekend.  Seven fish in total.  We estimate this is about 25 fish this season.  With us eating maybe 1/2 to 1 fish a week it should last us until the beginning of next summer!


After all the cooking, flaking, vacuum packing, etc.  the kitchen was a mess.  I try to be the kind of person who cleans up during the cooking process but it never works.  I was really tired from standing so I made myself a bowl of the still warm granola and sat down to rest…


After I finished I set the timer for 15 min and cleaned everything but the dishes.  Those took two loads in the dishwasher (because the baby was up late the night before so the dinner dishes hadn’t been done).  Anyway, before and after photos 🙂  Maybe not too impressive to anyone else, but with a toddler running around taking off his diaper and a teething baby, this was quite an accomplishment for me 🙂  Setting the timer is always great motivation.  You can do anything for 15 (or 10 or 5) minutes.  And usually once I get started I can finish even if the timer goes off.