Review & Giveaway: Illumibowl

A few weeks ago I was given an opportunity to test out this fun new product. Since I am a mom to three boys, I jumped on this one very quickly when I was approached.

One of my kids, who will remain nameless, still cannot figure out how to lift a toilet seat, aim or flush (which seems to be a common trait among boys/men). This child is finally getting up at night and using the bathroom. He never turns on the light and the night light isn’t close to the potty. So you can imagine what I walk into every morning. I am always Clorox wiping that bathroom! Well what if there was a cool product that would illuminate the toilet the moment that there’s any motion or movement nearby.

Well you are in luck. There is. It’s called the IlluiBowl  and it’s awesome. The color that I have it set to is red but you can change it. The boys love the red … It reminds them of the Star Wars Dark Side! Like I said I live with all boys. Everything is Star Wars!

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This gadget is awesome. You attach it over the side of the toilet and the moment that someone walks in the bathroom it illuminates. It’s even scared me a few times. I forgot that it was on there one night when I ran it to put towels away. But it works and even though I still have to clean the bathroom quite often, it definitely  hasn’t been as horrific.  Overall this is a pretty awesome product that I would recommend.  The only issue that I have had is the inside suction cup doesn’t always attach but it has had no effect on the use of the product.

IllumiBowl is:

  • Motion Activated
  • Easy to Clean
  • Splashproof

You can set your IllumiBowl to any single color or color-rotate (Red, Orange, Green, Teal, Blue, Purple, Pink, White). Your IllumiBowl color changing night light will make your toilet bowl glow every time you walk into your bathroom at night.

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Head on over here to order your very own IllumiBowl for just $19.99 or you can enter the contest below to win your very own IllumiBowl

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It’s Been 8 Long Years But I Had 31 Great Ones

Over the past few years I have shared many stories, pictures and jokes about my dad.  Today on the 8th anniversary of his death, I wanted to share with you some pictures from the early years. Below the pictures is a post that I shared a few years ago. It still has so much meaning and I will always continue to share it each year.

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Taking selfies with an old fashioned camera.  They weren’t even called selfies then!

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What have you done over the past 8 years?

I have tried to raise three insane boys. I have gone grocery shopping. I have cooked dinners {okay that one is questionable}. I have attended weddings. I moved into several new homes. I have made friends and I have lost friends.  I have sent two of my babies to school.  I have spent weeks at the beach. I have gone to the zoo, aquarium, and many other museums and events.  I started a blog, I celebrated high school reunions and I discovered that I love wine.  I celebrated holidays. I have cleaned rooms. I moved forward.

They tell you that you will move forward. That your life will go on. Eight years ago I never would have believed you. Eight years ago my life changed forever. But you know what, life did go on. We did move forward. We did continue on with our lives. Never once forgetting. Never once taking life for granted. Never once not laughing or enjoying the funny things in life. We have laughed. We have cried. We have celebrated.

Eight years ago today I lost my father to the most horrific and fastest moving forms of cancer. I never even knew stomach cancer existed until he was diagnosed with it. Four months later, he was gone. So little time.

Eight years ago I witnessed someone moving on to another life. I witnessed death. I remember the phone call from my mom, telling us to get down to the house ASAP. I knew. I just knew it would be the last time that I would rush down there to visit with him.  Joey and I packed up what we needed for Ben {he was only 3 weeks old that day}.

But here we are eight years later. We miss him every day but we have moved forward. We had too. We had to support each other. I had a husband, a child (now three), a sister and a mother. We had too. We could not stay stuck.

We miss him each and every day but I am thankful that we were able to move on together as a family. We are stronger than ever and we never take each other for granted. The memories are painful but we choose to remember the good ones. Never the bad ones. Just remembering the greatest father on earth. My father.

We love you and miss you more and more as each day passes by. I still can’t believe it’s been eight years. You would be so proud of us dad! I hate that you don’t get to see my boys. We hate that you have missed so much. But I know somewhere you are watching over us laughing non stop. I just wish that we could talk to you about it….

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PS – So Dad, I wanted to let you know that mom sold your house and moved into a new one… We threw some stuff out, just thought I would let you know! She couldn’t take care of your damn pool anymore!

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Christmas with the Callaways

This post is only 2 months late, oops!  I thought that I posted it back on New Years!

Even though we have an extremely hectic life we still have found some time to squeeze in some fun this holiday season. It’s not always ideal and there may be fights, kicking, hitting and throwing of iPads (note… by the kids not me LOL).

I am so thankful that we had Owen, for a variety of reason.  One of the perks of having another boy is that we were able to experience the live experience of Thomas the Tank Engine.  I really did miss going to Strasburg, PA to see Thomas.  It’s always a wonderful day, we have been there so many times and each time has been a great experience for the boys.  This year was Owen’s first time.  He loved it.  And the older boys had an awesome time as well. I think that they forgot how much that they really enjoyed riding the train, and the gift shop. Of course, they loved the gift shop.  The kids haven’t played with the trains since they discovered the iPad but this year they HAD to buy stuff.  Of course, we gave in.

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We also had a great day picking out our tree. The first few years we used an artificial tree but I really wanted the tradition of going to a tree farm and chopping down a tree. I love it. Joey may disagree since he has to do the dirty work.

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After decorating the house for Christmas, we had a wonderful night celebrating with Ben and the second grade class during their Snowflake Spectacular.  They did an awesome job singing holiday songs!

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One night, my friend Wendi and I took the kids over to Shadybrook Farms in PA to see their awesome Christmas lights display!  Considering that we have 5 WILD and CRAZY kids in the car they did behave pretty well.  Wendi and I came prepared.  She brought presents and treats and I had a scavenger hunt for light displays.  It was an awesome night.

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In the midst of it all I had my 20th High School Reunion.  The St. Mark’s Class off 1995 ROCKS!  An awesome night with great friends!  It really was a wonderful night.

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Finally, on the 24th we had time to go and visit with the best Santa Claus in the world.  He is so sweet and kind and caring.  We have been to him every year for the past  7 years (even though I have a year or two without pictures)

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The kids had a wonderful Christmas.  We got to spend time with our families and it was great.  Despite some minor fights, they did have a great holiday. I just love seeing the smiles on their faces on Christmas morning.  Worth all of the stress and hassle.

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New Year’s Eve

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The only one who could hang with me until midnight!!!!

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 I hope that everyone had a nice and safe Christmas and New Years {and now a happy Groundhogs Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and all of the other holidays that have passed since I originally typed out this email}!

Oh and Ben also celebrated his 8th Birthday recently… I will try and get a post up about that one shortly {hopefully before we hit Memorial Day}. I also have some posts coming on our blizzard, Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby Day, and a few other small ones coming soon. So keep on reading and check in often. I am trying to get all caught up!

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My Sweet Little Owen

So let’s flashback to just a little over two years ago, say November 2013.  Alright, are you there yet?

I was VERY pregnant with Owen {aka every time that I walked I thought a child was going to fall out of my body}.  See, here’s the proof: 

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But I also had Ben and Sean to take care of. Ben was finally in Kindergarten and Sean was in his last year of pre-school.  Sean was always getting into trouble. He was the destroyer and Ben was turning from his quiet, calm self into a crazy, fighting, back talking maniac — but I say that with love.  The moment that I found out that I was having a third boy, I kept doubting myself.  How on earth could I handle three boys.  I don’t do blood, Joey doesn’t do messes and together we were already exhausted from our first two boys.  BUT…. everyone kept telling me that third child is always the calm one.  The kid that just goes with flow, he will be relaxed, easy going and just a fun, quiet kid.  I thought wow this new baby will be awesome. He will be the chill kid in the house.  And he was…. until now.

God, just look at how adorable this kid was back then.

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The first year and a half Owen was an angel. The kid was an awesome sleeper/napper, he ate foods that I wouldn’t even try. He was what everyone promised me he would be.I should have known better than to think it would last. I knew it was too good to be true. His second birthday snuck up on us and BAM Owen’s new behavior hit me like a ton of bricks.  First, I was sad emotionally that my very last baby was no longer a baby and second, that he was no longer the chill, calm, go with the flow kid that I had the first 2 years.   

Now I know that he learned all of his tricks from two other boys in our house but man, he has come up with a few doozies that even Sean, my insane toddler never even attempted.  He turned into this adorable little maniac. He colors on my cabinets and floors and walls. It doesn’t matter if he is using pencils, pens, markets, crayons.  He has no preference in his writing device.   He climbs higher in the pantry then Sean ever tried. He constantly flushes toilets and dumps bath soap everywhere.  He gets into everything in under 4 seconds.  Just the other day I was in the family room cleaning up a water cup that he spilled and turned around to this image.  

Mom, if you got me my yogurt when I asked, I wouldn’t have to climb

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I never even heard the stool slide or the fridge open.  Not only is he quick but he’s quiet when he’s being sneaky.  The kid could be downstairs playing nicely and I’ll run upstairs to grab one thing. I will turn around and they little devil will be right there at my feet. Scares the crap out of me every single time.

Just trying to make this plane fly mom

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It’s okay mom, I can get my own bowl of crackers

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I spy peanut butter balls on this ledge!

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Now he has pulled out his latest trick yet.  Climbing out of his crib.  Ben and Sean stayed in their cribs until very close to their third birthdays.  I don’t even think Ben ever attempted to crawl out, but we decided it was time for him to get a toddler bed.  Sean definitely climbed out many times, when we finally got his bed but again he was much closer to three.  I am not at all prepared for this part of parenting.  We are going back to sleepless nights. Nights where I worry about him escaping his room, the house, getting into some type of dangerous situation.  So while we are away this holiday weekend I am thinking of my plan of attack when we get back home.  The Thomas the Tank Engine toddler bed will be making another appearance and child safety handles, door alarms and gates will be coming out of storage once again.  I swear this part of parenting is much more difficult than the middle of the night feedings.

Wish me luck!

Oh here’s one more picture that my friend snapped the other day while we were shopping.  This is the type of stuff that I deal with every single day!!!!!!! But God, I love this kid more than life!

Lollipop, oh you mean the one stuck in my hair? I was saving that for later!

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P.S. Preschool for Owen starts in:

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Nuby Bath time Crayons

Over the past few weeks Owen has become obsessed with coloring and drawing.  He has his drawer full of blank paper, pencils and crayons and he will spend quite a long time scribbling on his paper. It’s too cute!  Now he get’s the chance to showcase his inner artist in the tub now too.  Thanks to Nuby’s Bath time Crayons.  He loves these crayons.

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I am always leery when it comes to bath time paints and crayons.  Will it stain the tile or the tub? Will it stain my kid? I haven’t had the best of luck in the past with crayons in the tub but these have been great.  The cleanup is super easy and they wipe off with just a washcloth or paper towel.  I forgot to clean the tub the other day after his latest masterpiece and they design sat on the tub and tile for over a day but I had no problem cleaning them.  They wiped right off with a wet washcloth. No staining, no discoloration on my tub.

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So Owen can continue to create wonderful works of art in the tub (and sometimes even on his brother).  They do love coloring on each other. It’s hilarious the designs that Sean will draw on Owen’s back!  The only issue with the crayons that I had is that they tend to fall out of the plastic holders.  They don’t click as easily as I hoped but Owen just took them out of the plastic and now he just colors without them.  So no major issue, but it was a little frustrating at first for him.  But overall, we love these crayons!

Nuby Bath Crayons

  • 3 years +
  • 5 colorful crayons
  • Easy clean, fun colors
  • BPA Free

Available at Amazon.com

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Life: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly….

The main reason that I started writing my blog was to share all of the fun and crazy times that we have with the kids. I wanted to share with my friends and family all of our silly pictures and stories since they aren’t aren’t always here to witness it all.  Plus no one would really believe half the stuff that happens with these boys if I didn’t take pictures and write about it. The blog has grown a little bigger then I ever imagined and I started to fall behind on posts. But I miss it so much. I miss sharing everyday stories with you guys. I have always promised myself that I wouldn’t hide behind the perfect Facebook pictures or Blog posts. I always wanted to be honest and share the good, the bad and the ugly. And when you have three boys … Trust me there’s a lot of ugly. That’s why I haven’t had time to blog as much as I normally do. Despite the craziness of LIFE, these boys are the light of my life and I couldn’t get through it all without them and the hubby.

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It’s been an emotional and crazy few weeks in our house. The kids have been super busy with school, Cub Scouts, CCD and now basketball season has started. I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off most days. I used to be an extremely organized person.  But lately it feels like I’m walking around in a haze (and that’s not from the wine). Between the new house, school, Christmas shopping, remembering to move the elf, feeding kids, taking the boys everywhere and entertaining the little 2 year old, I’ve lost all of my organization skills. I need help finding them, but I know that they are just buried under a pile of papers on my desk. That’s one of my goals for 2016 — better organization.  My house is a mess and my mind is even messier.  I don’t know if having the third kid has finally caught up with me or what. But I’m struggling to keep up.  Just like most parents, I am trying to find a balance between it all.  That’s why this blog post will be all over the place as well.  MY BRAIN IS A JUMBLED MESS.

So here’s the latest happenings…

A few times a month we have Cub Scout events and since I am one of the co-leaders of Sean’s den, I have a little bit more on my plate. But that I can handle. It’s been a lot of fun working with a few of the other moms teaching our group of boys. Don’t get me wrong it’s a lot of work but it’s all worth it. I work so much on his den that I forget that Ben has projects too. In the next few weeks we will experience our very first pinewood derby race. The boys are designing Minecraft derby cars — obviously. So hopefully the boys will love working on their cars over the next 2 weeks. I just need the hubby to help them out a bit. I’m not very creative, so I rely on Joey for that.

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Basketball started a few weeks ago and I love going to watch them play.  Practices are now over and games start in early January. Ben and Sean are on the same team so that makes the schedule a lot easier.   There’s something about watching 1st and 2nd graders play ball. You have some kids that can’t dribble and then there are the few that are dunking the ball. I love every minute of it and so do they.

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CCD has been pretty hectic this year. I decided not to home school them this year, so I send them weekly to class. Ben makes two sacraments this year so I thought the in class instruction would be better for him. I am dying to see him make his first reconciliation. What is he going to tell the priest??

Homework and school have been pretty easy for Ben so far. He doesn’t put up a fight. He does his math, his words and we read together each night. He seems to have the school thing down. He loves his teachers and he always tries to be the teachers pet. He is my little brown-noser and I love it. We just need to work on that kids handwriting.

Sean on the other hand has been struggling.

He struggles with attention, reading, math and his behavior. Joey and I hate seeing him struggle so much. It just makes me so sad that school doesn’t come as easy for him as it does for Ben. Now riding a bike … that’s easy! Sean is pretty much the youngest kid in his class. He is a whole year younger than most of the other 1st graders. That’s what happens when you have an August birthday. So we know that his maturity level is still a little off from the other kids. He started off school just fine but after a few weeks I could see him starting to struggle.

We have been working with the school and now he attends a daily one-on-one reading class. He also gets extra math help a few times a week. His reading has improved tremendously. But something was still off with him. He cannot focus or sit still in class. His attention span is basically at an all time low and it was causing issues in class.  We knew that we had to do something before things got worse. So we had him tested for ADHD. I knew years ago that he had it. Mothers intuition. But now I have it on paper. After tons of long conversations, my husband and I decided to start him on medication. I know that this doesn’t work for all kids and parents but this was the best decision for us.

He just started it a few days ago. So we are still in the early stages. It’s been a struggle each morning getting him to swallow the pill but it does seem to be helping him. Even after just 3 days we have noticed a change. I’m curious to see what his teachers think.

I am really hoping that this helps him out. I get so emotional and cry when I see him get so worked up over a simple addition problem. First graders should not be shedding tears at homework time. Not when the problem is 2+3. He knows the answer. He just can’t figure out how to settle in his chair and write it down. We will do anything to help him out.

Have any of you other moms experienced this? Did you Medicate? Did it help? Please share your experiences with me! I know that we are doing the right thing for him but it’s not always easy.  As long as my Sean keeps the same sweet, crazy, funny, and goofy personality than we will be happy.  I just want him to enjoy life and school just a little bit more!

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Oh and in the middle of all of this my little guy turned 2 and the old man turned 40. I can’t forget about those two important milestone days! I will post a few pictures from their special days soon.

Christmas is almost here and I can’t wait to see the boys reactions on Christmas morning.  I will also be happy that I don’t have to move that darn elf anymore.  I was pretty good this year. I didn’t forget to move him once!

Talk to you all soon! Thanks for letting me share with you. Look toward to another post tomorrow. I have a Nuby bath toy review coming up!

 

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Kwik Stix Paint Sticks Review & Giveaway

Painting is one of the things that my kids ask to do but I almost always try to come up with some excuse to get out of it. “Oh we don’t have time, we need to finish homework and baths”, “Ummmm, mommy just cleaned today, can we please paint another day?” or my favorite one “We are all out of paint brushes”.  I pray that they will forget all about it for a few weeks and then I can find a new set of excuses.  It’s such a hassle for me and not worth it some days. If they do get to paint it means that I am in a really good mood or I just picked up a new box of wine that day!  Next to Play-Dough, painting is pretty much the only craft that I despise pulling out of our craft closet.  I hate the brushes, the drops of wet paint everywhere and the constant dipping of brushes into water or God forbid into another color.  Why on earth would a kid think it was a good idea to mix colors! Okay that’s just my  neurotic self talking. I know they are just being creative.  But for the past few  years I have left the painting to their teachers at school.

But there has to be an easier way, I have tried all sorts of painting products. I like the paint with water books but the kids do not enjoy them as much as I do.

But then I was approached by The Pencil Grip, Inc. to review one of their products – Kwik Stix.

I have never heard of Kwik Stix until they reached out to me.  But let me tell you that I absolutely LOVE THEM.  I wasn’t sure if the kids would like it as much as their mommy, but they did.  Sean and Ben both had a blast painting.  They kept drawing pictures of me for some odd reason.  Maybe they were just so happy that I let them paint for once in 2015.

Kwik Stix are awesome, clean and there’s virtually NO CLEANUP!  They look like the size and shape of a standard glue stick but its paint in there and there’s NO MESS.  Did you hear me, no dripping water or paint onto clothes or my floors.  You don’t even need a brush, a smock or a bowl of clean water. You just take off the cap then twist it up from the bottom. It’s a very soft texture but it’s not runny or drippy.

The kids had a blast drawing pictures and painting them in. It is also a fast drying paint and has the finish of real paint.  They said that it would dry within 90 seconds and that was pretty accurate. The one small bit of paint that Sean got on the counters wiped off easily 1/2 hour later when I finally noticed it.   The only downside was that they were a little thick. Sean was working on a project and couldn’t stay in the lines.  So it would be great if maybe they had another version with a smaller tip for smaller projects. But other than that they worked great!

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I have already let Sean use them twice this week! That’s shocking for me, painting before school on a Tuesday morning. WHAT?  I figured why not, there’s no clean-up for me.  He just puts the cap back on and viola we are done and I have some pretty cute pictures to hang up.

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I would definitely recommend these for kids of all ages. It’s the perfect Christmas gift or stocking stuffer this year.  You can find them over at Amazon in a variety of packs.  It’s better than a crayon since it works on all types of materials.  Sean painted a canvas bag and it even works on wood, cardboard or canvas.  I might try a pumpkin later on and see if it sticks onto there!  That would save a lot of carving and mess next Halloween!  Heck, I even let Owen do some painting with them.  He tried to eat them at first but then he got the hang of it after I showed him how they worked.

I would definitely recommend these for kids of all ages!

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Moms Don’t Have Time For Stitches

You know that you are a mom when you know that you need stitches but shrug it off because it’s too much of a hassle. Ain’t nobody got time got that.

Yeah my can opener is on its last leg and sometimes leaves jagged edges. Of course tonight I cut myself on one of those edges. Blood everywhere. I usually pass out or get very nauseous but tonight I did ok. I tried everything but it wouldn’t stop. I know that I probably needed a stitch or two but why on earth would I drag three boys out at dinner/homework/bedtime to an urgent care center for stitches?? That’s insane. I’ll just keep wrapping it until it stops bleeding….

Okay 3 hours later and I’m back. The blood isn’t gushing anymore. We are at a slow trickle (at most). I think that I’ll live. This happened about a year ago when I broke one of those fancy new light bulbs. Those things are horrific. Sean accidently dropped one and it shattered it everywhere. I cleaned it up and put it in a trash bag. Well I forgot it was in there and dropped the bag on my foot. Yeah that foot was slashed to death. I probably needed about 5 stitches but again, I’m a mom. I don’t have time for stitches.

So while I know that I’ll live, it really got me thinking about how many of us moms brush off our own health issues because of the kids? I know that I do. Not just haircuts and pedicures but real health issues. I’m talking about mammograms, annual Obgyn visits, flu shots, dentist appts and obviously stitches. I’ve put them all on the back burner since I’ve had kids. I save my babysitters for important issues like school conferences, kids doctor appts and concerts (obviously).

Why do we do that? Why don’t we put our own health first? It’s like flying on an airplane. They always tell us to put on your oxygen mask before your kids. Why don’t we (moms and dads) take care of ourselves first. If we are sick and suffering then our kids suffer. Ok so I vow to schedule a bunch of appointments this week. I’ve been avoiding so many doctors for way too long. I’ve avoided the Obgyn even though I have had extreme stomach pains ever past three months. I’ve avoided the dentist. Why? Well because it’s the dentist. I think I need to see a gastro dr for an endoscopy. My dad died of stomach cancer and I know that I need to start testing early. Oh crap I just realized that I am 4 months behind on for my dermatologist appointment. That’s something that I have never slacked on. I am actually pissed that I missed that last appointment. Of course I canceled it because it was the week Sean broke his wrist.

So please tell me that I’m not the only one that avoids doctors. My husband thinks I’m nuts. He’s the complete opposite. He’s at the dr weekly….

So let’s take care of our bodies. Let’s schedule those appointments that we have avoided. Mammograms don’t hurt, the dentist isn’t that bad and really the dermatologist hurts less than my finger right now.

**** Sorry no pictures these post because no one wants to see bloody fingers sliced open by a metal can ****

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A Visit From the Tooth Fairy

I am finally getting a chance to catch up in all of my posts!!! Sorry for the silence on here over the past few weeks. I’m struggling to get a grip on things lately. So much to balance with the boys and I don’t have much free time anymore.  I’ll figure it out one of these days {or I’ll probably just have to wing it for the next 18 years}.  So here’s a quick update on some big news about Ben.

A few weeks ago Ben finally lost that first tooth. You know the one that had been loose for about a month or so. He would wiggle it all of the time but it wouldn’t budge. I on the other hand ran out of the room screaming every time that he touched it.  Yes, I’ve had 3 c-sections but a loose tooth still makes me queasy and nauseous. And the boy who can’t stand blood or shots had a fun time chasing me around with that wiggly tooth!  Little brat!

Well I was praying that it would not fall out when I was home alone with the kids. I know I am a wimp and thankfully the tooth fell out at school. When I brushed his teeth that morning, I could see that it was pretty much out of his gums. He wiggled it but it didn’t fall out. I knew it wasn’t going to make it through the day. And I was right. When be got off the bus in the afternoon he came running off screaming that he finally lost it. He told me that when he was getting off the bus that morning his friend said that his mouth was bleeding. When he showed his teacher she used a tissue and I think it just fell out after one little wiggle.  His new tooth was already sitting back there waiting!  And you can see that he has another tooth back there too.  It’s just waiting for his space up front!

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They put his tooth in the cutest little tooth box. He was so excited.

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He couldn’t wait to write his note to the tooth fairy.  The kid begged for $20 but the tooth fairy just couldn’t do it. He did get $10 for his first tooth (and the tooth fairy promised me that it was going to be a lot less for every tooth after). He was set in $20 because he wanted to buy this box of Pokemon cards from Target.

Here’s his note!  Good luck trying to figure out what it says. I will translate it for you:

Dear Tooth Fairy, 

Leave me twenty dollars.  My tooth is in the pillow.

Look down and you can take my tooth out and open the box. 

Love, 

Ben

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When he woke up he was pretty angry that the tooth fairy didn’t leave him the $20.Thankfully after a long talk about earning money and saving it, he put his $10 in his wallet for later.  We went to Target the next day to buy those Pokemon cards!  He forgot that he had another $10 in his wallet from doing some chores around the house! He was a happy camper!

We have two more loose teeth but I think that they are going to be staying put for awhile!  He is still biting into apples with no issues.  Ewww gross!!!!

Who Needs Sleep??

Who needs sleep?? This girl does!

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I don’t even know how I am typing this post right now since my eyes are being held open by toothpicks. It was another sleepless night in our house. I don’t know how I created three children that do not like to sleep. Owen has been a handful lately and not sleeping or napping on schedule (even off schedule he’s not napping) it started before daylight savings time but did get worse after. Owen is 11 months now but he’s still waking up 1-3 times a night. I try to let him cry it out but he can’t figure out the self soothing thing and just screams forever (or in Sean’s words he screams for infinity). So after what seems like forever I cave and feed him. Oh and now he’s started soaking through his diapers at night so I have to start buying overnight ones. I’m tired of changing pajamas and sheets at 3am.

So the other day Owen decided that after a 1:00 am wakeup call he would get up for the day at 3:45 am. So yes I spent all day home with the 3 boys on about 3 hours of sleep. I went to bed around 11:00 pm but was up from 1:00-2:00 am with Owen (I cannot fall right back to sleep after feeding and changing him). Then he woke me up again at 3:45am. The other two boys were up pretty early too.  They didn’t have school yesterday or today because of the NJ teacher conferences.  It was raining all day out so the boys were restless and fighting NON-STOP. I tried entertaining with Legos, games of UNO, iPads and of course Christmas movies. Nothing could contain their behavior. The morning wasn’t bad but by 11:00 am I was exhausted and moody. Owen finally napped a bit so that helped. I was excited for bedtime. I got the kids to sleep by 7:00 pm. I knew that they would probably be up by 6:00 am but I could handle 6!!! If only it was 6:00 am that everyone woke up for the day!

I tried going to bed myself at 8:00 pm but I had to shower and fold some laundry. I had about 1,000 other things on my to-do list that I had to skip. I gave up even trying. I finally fell asleep around 10:00 pm. But by 1:00 am Owen was awake and ready to rumble. He was soaked again so I had to change him, feed him and deposit him back into his crib. Thankfully he went right back to sleep. But the dreaded 3:45 am arrived and right to the minute he was awake and screaming. I ignored him for awhile but he wouldn’t stop. Joey fed him and changed him. Oh and while this was happening the boys woke up. Yes all 3 kids were wide awake at 4:00 am. Owen finally crashed around 5:00 am but the older boys did not. So I am sitting on my couch right now with two boys who have been up since 4:00 am and one baby who slept until 6:30 am. Thankfully the sun is shining today and Ben has an afternoon play date!!! It should be a less stressful day but not any less tiring! Wonder if I can get them all to take a late morning nap?!

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