Category: Mommy World

Sleep…What Sleep?

I have told my husband many times that my favorite time of the day is the time I get to just lay down in my bed. Sometimes on those run run busy days it seems like the only time that I get to breath.  It’s the only time that it’s just me and the bed…and my husband. My husband, oh how I love him so. Except for those many restless nights he has; thus making my night restless. He has a genetic back disorder and on top of that has played football from Junior High School clear to College. He suffered many back injuries. We have been to several doctors and many, I mean many Chiropractor visits. So put it simply he has horrible back problems. Six out of seven nights he ends up on the couch or in the recliner.  I don’t know how many days it seems like my body goes on auto pilot through the day because of my lack of sleep.

We desperately need a new bed and maybe even some good pillows. How about you? Do you think you could use a good bed or pillows? If so now would be the time to do it. Why you ask? Well Nature’s Sleep is offering a promo code that gives you 50% off of everything in their store. You heard me correctly, 50% off of EVERYTHING in their store.

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Why you should invest your good hardworking money into Nature’s Sleep?Well it’s simple if you cherish your sleep then you should. Nature’s Sleep realizes how important a good night’s sleep is. Outside the fact that sleep promotes good health it also makes everyone in a happier mood. So it’s important for EVERYONE to get a good nights sleep. They know this, so they developed an entire line of products that will cradle your body from head to toe. Causing you to relax and enjoy dreamland! Their products are designed to be washable, anti-microbial, anti-dust mite, anti-bacterial and allergen resistant. How great is that!!

Here is what Nature’s Sleep has to say:

“Nature’s Sleep’s mission is to provide everybody the opportunity to enjoy a better night’s sleep at affordable prices, while maintaining a concern for our environment.”

“All of our products are designed with the highest concerns for health and hygiene and we are committed to providing comfort that is safe for you and safe for the environment.”

I am stay at home mom of three kids under the age of five. I have a husband who sleeps less the 5 hours a night causing me to sleep less than 5 hours a night. If you think I deserve the chance to review a Nature’s Sleep Mattress, then please head on over to Nature’s Sleep Facebook Page( let them know so!!!



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Drool everywhere, anything and everything goes into the mouth, and crying after crying…what does that sound like? Teething time: every parent has been there and dreads it for the next one.

I recently had a chance to review some Chewthers from Tommee Tippee. I love the idea and concepts behind Chewthers. I have to say these are very cute and stylish. Not only are they cute, but very useful as well! Chewther oral trainers are specially designed for self soothing, speech development, progressive feeding and tooth care. As children grow, in order to prepare for adult-like foods and learn to speak, they first explore texture to develop and train the muscles, movement and lip seal needed! They have four different stages: 1:3 months, 2: 4months, 3: 6 months, and 4:9months. All these skills are learned from just chewing on a toy. How cool is that!

I received two different kinds of chewthers. I got one for 4 and 6 months. My daughter loves both of them. The stage 2, dual ended chewther, works great because it is easy and small for her to hold on to. It is used for speech development, and helps with pureed foods. It will also help them develop a lip seal. The stage 3, chewther keys resemble a toy they can safely stick in their mouth. How great is that?! It is used for help with the progressive feeding and help with mushy foods. It encourages jaw and muscle coordination.

I love to scrapbook but just don’t really have the time and patience to do it. Tommee Tippee offers the new application that allows me to make a scrapbook with very little effort. It’s called “The Day Baby Was Born”. The application is free which makes it even better!! It allows you to capture memories of pregnancy and birth through the gathering of Facebook posts, a selection of birthday news and facts and the collection precious memories through a pregnancy journal!

One lucky winner will have a chance to win a chewther! If you know of another mother who would love to have this for their child please feel free to share on facebook, twitter, or google+!

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*Disclosure: I received the products mentioned above free for a review purposes. All opinions are my own

By now you guys know that my husband is a coach and we are always on the go. I usually bring my own drinks and snacks to the game. It’s a lot cheaper that way. There were always one problem. By the time it got towards the end of the game the drinks were getting hot and stuff were melting. I didn’t want to bring a bulky cooler to the games, so I just dealt with it. Finally I found something that works great for games and quick trips to town.(I live 30 miles away from a Wal-Mart)

What is it you ask? Thirty-One carries a thermal tote. It’s a small bag that has the lining you need to keep things cool. I love it. It works great. It’s small but convenient. I don’t have to worry about carrying around this big thing along with handling the kids and all their stuff. Plus, it keeps are drinks cool for the whole game or drive.

Right now they are doing a special promotion called “Thirty-One Gives”. It’s about empowering women, strengthening families, and changing lives. Here is what they say: “we believe in her-women and girls. We embrace her inner beauty and celebrate her natural gifts. It is our mission to celebrate and empower her, helping to strengthen her belief in herself, strengthen her family and lead a purposeful, thriving life.”  In other words encouraging you to be you!!

In honor of this promotion my sponsor, Kim Rumback,  is giving away a URU Thermal Tote. It isn’t the same color as the one in the picture, but it’s the same size. The URU Thermal Tote is mainly pink with a white floral pattern.


Thirty-One offers several things outside the thermal tote: cosmetic bags, thermal picnic bags, wallets, and a verity of tote bags.  They even offer monogramming. Want more information? You can check out our sponsor site at :

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Winning Is Not Everything

I remembered in middle school I loved playing Volleyball. Did I play on a team? No.    “You loved playing it, so why didn’t you go out for the team?” you asked. The answer is simple sportsmanship. My school was full of kids that ruined playing sports for me. They were all about wining so much that it made it no fun for me. I didn’t even want to try. I hated it. I had lost all interest in sports.  I married a guy who is all about sports. Sports is his passion, he is a coach! Go figured! 🙂

Keeping that in mind leads me to what I think is important to teach our children, and that’s sportsmanship. First thing we need to teach our children is how to be a team player.

A Team Player:

  • is nice and  respectful to his/her teammates
  • shares the ball
  • says positive things( I think this is very important, you need to encourage each other to get better instead of putting them down)
  • forgives mistakes (mistakes are their so we can learn from them)
  • doesn’t cheat
Sportsmanship is:
  • be fair and follow the rules
  • respect all players: your teammates and the other team players, the referee, coaches! Everyone. (I think it’s important to remind the kids that it’s just a game. Have fun!!) (To put it simple, remember the golden rule)
  • Be a good winner, be humble, and tell the losing team good job!
Most important thing we got to remember as parents is that we got to lead by example.  Time and time again I see parents get upset and yell at their children when they make mistakes. It’s important to remember that all though your children are older there are little eyes watching you at games. Instead of yelling at them, encourage them to do better next time. Teach them to learn from their mistakes.  Just encourage them to have fun and enjoy playing sports and being active. The more they are having fun, the more they will want to do it and improve!

Mommy Facts

Key Mom Stats:

Number of Moms: 2 billion in the World (82.5 million in the US)
First-Time Moms: Average age of new moms is 25, vs 21 in 1970
Number of Kids: Modern moms average 2 kids- 4.3 babies are born each secondWorking Moms:
72% of moms with children over 1 year old work
55% of moms with a child under 1 year old work, vs 31% in 1976
Moms with a full-time job spend 13 hours working at the office or at home on family chores

Household Chores:
Chores: Women average 2.2hrs/day, vs. 1.3hrs/day for men
Laundry: 88% is done by moms, totaling 330 loads of laundry & 5,300 articles of clothing each year
Least Favorite Chore: Vacuuming the stairs
Bathroom Multi-Tasking for Moms: Reading is the most common activity, followed by talking on the phone, meditating, watching TV, drinking coffee, eating and balancing the checkbook.

Mommy Records:
Most Kids: Mrs. Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725-1765
Oldest Mom: Rosanna Dalla Corte gave birth to a baby boy when she was 63 years old in Italy in 1994
Heaviest Newborn: Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22lbs 8oz boy in Italy in 1955

Mother’s Day:
1st Mother’s Day: May 10, 1908; founded by Anna Jarvis; made a national holiday in 1914 by President Wilson
Busiest Phone Day: 68% of people plan to call Mom on Mother’s Day, totaling 122.5 million phone calls
Card Giving: 50% of households give Mother’s Day cards, totaling some 152 million cards

Baby Cores:
Diaper Changes: 7,300 by baby’s 2nd birthday
Diaper Changing Speed: Moms take 2 minutes, 5 seconds (adds up to 3 40-hour work weeks each year!). vs 1 minute, 36 seconds for dads
Giving Attention: Preschooler requires mom’s attention once every 4 minutes of 210 times/day
Taking Care: Preschooler moms spend 2.7hrs/day on primary childcare, vs 1.2 hours for dads

Misc Mommy & Baby Facts:
Cost of Raising a Child: Middle-Income families spend $242,070 to raise a kid to 18(not including college!)
First Year Baby Costs: $7,000 of baby items before 1st birthday
30 Pounds: average weight gain during pregnancy
Baby Gender Gap: 105 boys born for every 100 girls.
Most popular birth month: July
Most popular birth day: Tuesday
Most Popular names of 21st Century:
Girls-Emily, Madison, Hannah
Boys-Jacob, Micheal, Joshua
Research suggests that moms who give birth later in life, live longer.
Having kids make you smarter.

*references available at

·         “Cleaning up with children around is like shoveling during a blizzard” – Unknown
·         “I’m not going to vacuum ’til Sears makes one you can ride on.” – Roseanne Barr
·         “My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.” – Erma Bombeck
·         “By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacation-less class.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
·         “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.” – Calvin Trillin
·         “It is amazing how quickly the kids learn the operation of the DVD, yet are unable to understand the vacuum cleaner.” – Etienne Marchal
·         “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” – Lin Yutang
·         “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod
·         “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” – Tenneva Jordan
·         “To a child’s ear, “mother” is magic in any language.” – Arlene Benedict
·         “There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” – Jill Churchill
·         “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.” – Maya Angelou
·         “A mother’s heart is the child’s classroom.” – Henry Ward Beecher
·         “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.” – William D. Tammeus
·         “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” – Oprah Winfrey
·         “Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same; and most mothers kiss and scold together.” – Pearl S. Buck
·         “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder
·         “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren
·         “Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.” – Maxim Gorky
·         “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”– W.R. Wallace 
·         “With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood.” – Isadora Duncan
·         “A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, ‘Where mother is.'” – Keith L. Brooks
·         “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” – Emily Dickinson
·         “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh
·         “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother.” – Abraham Lincoln
·         “Making the decision to have a child – It’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”– Elizabeth Stone
·         “A mother never realizes that her children are no longer children.”– James Agee
·         “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”– Margaret Culkin Banning
·         “Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.”– T. DeWitt Talmage
·         “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.”– Mildred B. Vermont
·         “God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” – Jewish Proverb
·         “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” – Irish Proverb
·         “A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb
·         “Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.” – African proverb
·         “The woman is weak, but the mother is strong.” – Korean proverb (p.s. thanks Connie)
·         “An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest.” – Spanish proverb
·         “There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.” – Chinese Proverb
·         “My mother’s menu consisted of two choices: Take it or leave it.” – Buddy Hackett
·         “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.” – Phyllis Diller
·         “Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.” – Phyllis Diller
·         “We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.” – Phyllis Diller
·         “Poverty is hereditary – you get it from your children.” – Phyllis Diller
·         “I asked my mom if I was a gifted child… she said “they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.” – Unknown
·         “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” – Milton Berle
·         “I know how to do anything – I’m a Mom.” – Roseanne Barr
·         “A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car for ever after” – Peter De Vries
·         “All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde
·         “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” – The Golden Girls
·         “If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.” – Edgar Watson Howe
·         “The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she’d have children if she had it to do over again. ‘Yes’, she replied ‘but not the same ones.’” – David Finkelstein
·         “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” – Lisa Alther
·         “Mothers of teenagers know why animals eat their young” – Unknown
·         “Any child can tell you that the sole purpose of a middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.”– Dennis Fakes
·         “Raising a kid is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” – Ed Asner
·         “Children are gleeful barbarians.” – Joseph Morgenstern
·         “The hand that rocks the cradle usually is attached to someone who isn’t getting enough sleep.” – John Fiebig
·         “I’d like to be the ideal mother, but I’m too busy raising my kids.” – Unknown
·         “Child rearing myth #1: Labour ends when the baby is born.” – Unknown
·         “Children are a great comfort in your old age. And they help you reach it faster, too.” – Lionel Kaufman
·         “My mother tried to kill me when I was a baby. She denied it. She said she thought the plastic bag would keep me fresh.” – Bob Monkhouse

Calling All Moms!

I need help. My daughter started several months ago out of the blue sucking her two fingers. I don’t know why she started sucking her fingers, but from the get go I got on to her every time I saw them in her mouth. I have tried hot sauce, soap, and just simply getting on to her and nothing seems to work. How did you get your kids to stop sucking on their thumbs or fingers? I need ideas. She starts preschool in August and I want this to stop! 

Sadie Girl in all her Glory!

Alright, I have to get this off my chest. We have a pit-bull named Sadie Girl. I get tired of people judging me and making me feel bad because I have a pit-bull. I was told once that I shouldn’t have her because I have kids. Sadie Girl was neglected  by her previous owner at my friend’s house. My friend couldn’t keep her, because she has cats. The cats and Sadie Girl wasn’t a good mix. While my friend was trying to find a new home for her I got to watch how she interacted with her kids. Sadie Girl loved her kids. The most harm she brought to them was licking them to death.  My friend called a shelter to see if they would take her. They said they would, but she more than likely would get put down because they were only allowed one pit-bull. I couldn’t stand the thought of a dog getting put down because of what kind of dog she was. My landlord didn’t want us to have a pet, but I called her a begged her to let us have her. While my landlord was talking it over with her husband I did research on pit-bulls and found out a lot of good information on them.  She finally agreed, but she had to be an outside dog.  I can’t stand how people are so quick to judge her without even meeting her.  I want people to think about two things Do you think I would honestly put my kids in harm’s way? Do the research yourself! You will see media only shows the bad things because that is what get people’s attention. Here are some key facts I found while do the research myself :

Ten Facts About Pit Bulls Every One Should Know

Bryson And His Best Friend

1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark as outstanding therapy dogs.

2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. One example of well-known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs. Kris and her dogs have helped save the lives of many people during their efforts.
3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs. One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer) has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history. Read more about Popsicle here. Including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.
4. Pit Bulls are great with kids. They weren’t referred to as the “nanny’s dog” for nothing that’s for sure.
5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive. The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive. In fact, quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs. Like any dog individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.
6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well. They were featured on recruiting and propaganda posters during this time period.
7. Sgt. Stubby. A Pit Bull war hero. Stubby was wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them of a poison gas attack and he single-handedly captured a German spy.
8. Pete the Pup on the original Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.
Does this really look like a killing machine?

9. Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%). View the ATTS stats here.

10. They are dogs not killing machines.