Friday, August 31, 2012
Our latest winners is Lucy N, who won the Tommee Tippee tableware set for kids.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
We have two critter dilemmas at our house, and I could sure use your help. The first challenge is chipmunks, and not the kind who sing and bring in money (aka Alvin, Theodore, and Simon). The other is moles, or gophers...though which of the two for certain, I cannot say.
Two summers ago my oldest son was getting married. Just before we set to take our family of five in the SUV to his place, a couple of states away, the air conditioner stopped working. It'd been giving us signs that it was ailing for awhile, but they were unusual signs...like a fine white spray of powder, almost like tiny pieces of shredded paper coming out of the vents when you turned on the fan, so we did exactly what you're not supposed to do (ignored them).
I called the mechanic and he quoted me $600 to get the air running, and they were booked so the car would be gone two days. Fine... we got a rental to go to the wedding, and gave him our vehicle when our trip was over. When the car was ready, the manager of the shop called because he wanted to talk to me personally. It turned out the cute little chipmunk I'd seen numerous times running across my porch or out from under my car was really a sneaky varmint. He'd been storing up nuts in the air conditioning box of the car. A whole box (a nice-sized box too) of acorn nuts later, and a pass on labor fees (because it was amusing to everyone in the car shop), and our a/c was up and running good as new.
We were told the likelihood of the chipmunk using our vehicles for storage again was minimal at best. The advice was that if you take away their storage they're smart enough to know not to put things in there anymore and they'll search for a new place to take their nuts. Not our chipmunk...I have been finding the telltale signs lately; an acorn half eaten on my floor mat, that fine white papery substance again (not in the vents, but in the car from time to time), and the worst sign of all, that little sneak running out from under my car when I open the front door of the house.
We have beautiful backyard that I love. Unfortunately the pocket gophers or moles (I'm not sure which one) have also found our yard to be appealing and they're digging holes back there that catch you unaware (I swear I'm going to break an ankle from the falls they cause me if we don't find an effective solution soon). It makes playtime in the yard less than fun (it's hard to have fun when you constantly have to watch where you step).
The Biggest Dilemma?
I suppose the biggest dilemma is not the animals themselves, but rather me. I don't want to kill them. I know...I know...I know...I've heard it all before from anyone who's heard the tales, there are countless ways to kill them, and I'm a 'wimp' or whatever other name you want to throw in there. It's okay, hurl away (but don't be too harsh, please, lol), even the ones I love have sent the 'don't be so lame!' lines my way. I've also heard the definitive, 'Well, if you don't want to kill them (have you seen the things used to kill moles?!??! That's not my only moral obstruction with killing them, but really?!?! *Shudders*), then you'll just have to suffer with them,' advice.
But that can't be...
There are so many different solutions to every kind of challenge imaginable. There has to be a foolproof way to repel those two beasts...I mean critters, so that they aren't dead, but they aren't messing up my stuff. I am looking for creative critter compromises to help me with my dilemma.
I've done the research online, asked friends, and tried some of the solutions, but nothing has worked so far for either situation. So, if you have, or know of anything that has worked for either type of dilemma, please feel free to share. The only stipulation (besides not killing them), is that I can't have any kind of substance to repel them that is going to cause harm to our toddler.
It's not an easy order to fill, I know, but this is the Internet...surely someone knows something that I don't. If so, please share (and thank you!)!
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Today my son asked me to define the word 'accident' to him. I did and followed up with teaching him what 'on purpose' meant as well.
I'm here to tell you that everything he does today is followed up with these two words: on purpose.
"Look Mom, I'm riding this bike on purpose."
"Look, Mom, I'm eating on purpose."
"Can you seeeeeee that I'm picking up this crayon on puuuurpooose?!?"
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Our youngest child turns five in a few days, and the day after he does, he'll also be attending his first day of school (ever!). I have been through this before, three times in fact, with my older children, so it surprised me that I was as nervous as I was about the whole ordeal. Tonight, however, we had attended an Open House, and I found that the school was lovely, the principal seemed compassionate about his school and his students, our son's teacher was very warm and welcoming, and the classroom was as cute as it could be. And miraculously, I'm not nervous about it anymore.
|They gave the kids lollipops, so smiling was out of the question for little man, but here he is w/his new teacher, and we've been practicing how to say her name, so he'll have it right when the first day of school rolls around.|
|They had little welcoming packages out for the kids. Very cool!|
Yes, my son will be a very young five, but I have confidence in his ability to keep up, both socially and academically.
Yes, he'll be away from me for big chunks of time for the first time, ever, but I know he's ready.
And yes, I'll miss him like crazy, but I also miss working, so finding the right position for me is next on my to-do list. I worked in higher ed. admin. for years when we lived in another state...but we moved, and I have found myself in a rural community, with no large colleges or universities close to my home, and a saggy economy (Michigan is just aching economy-wise), so finding work that offers the pay I used to make is going to be hard. Maybe more than hard, but that's okay too...I've been making my pay writing the last few years (and anyone who has done that knows it is no piece of cake), so even if I do have to take a salary less than what I'm used to, it'll be okay because surely it'll be more than I make now. :)
So...here's to new beginnings, or maybe better said, to moving forward. It's time for my youngest and I both to transition into new phases of our lives, and while it's sad to leave a time that's been so happy, it's fun too, to think of all the possibilities our futures hold.
|Photo from YumYumDish.com|
Have you heard of Yum Yum Dishes yet? These little beauties were created by a mom (Tracy Adler) who'd just had her second child and was finding that getting back to her pre-pregnancy weight was becoming a challenge...in no small part due to too much snacking. To help moderate her portions, she created the perfect little bowl for indulging in a treat. It's the perfect size for snacking because it holds just enough to satisfy your craving, or meet your snacking needs, but not so much that you'll over indulge in whatever it is that you're eating.
They're also pretty to look at, or maybe a more accurate description would be that they're 'cute!' They come in cheery bright colors, like cherry red, sunshine yellow, pistachio green, and bold blue; and they're made of a nice, thick lead-free ceramic. According to the Yum Yum website they can be microwaved and put in the dishwasher, but we haven't done either with ours yet, and probably won't. They're so simple to hand wash that there's really no need.
We have only had our YumYum dishes a few days, but we've already used them several times. Last night my son wanted a late night snack (as late as you can get for a toddler anyway), so we put some grapes in the bowl and it was the perfect size. Today, after lunch, my son wanted some of the brownies we have in the house, so I cut some off and cubed it for his bowl. Because just a few pieces fill the bowl up, it gives the allusion of being a lot of food, but in reality, it's the perfect amount. One other feature about these bowls that I like is the plastic snap-on lid (the kind with a big lip so you know it's going to stay put). It makes the dish great for travel time (or for preventing spills just going from room to room).
In addition to the bowls, they also have a 9" plate that they offer. The plates are really neat because they have writing on them to indicate which type of food should go in each section (i.e., veggies, protein, carbs). It's a great way to reinforce the importance of food selection/types to the little ones. These plates are smaller than a traditional plate, but not so small that you feel like you're being deprived of enjoying your food, so they're great for a child, but also perfect for an adult-sized meal.
You can see from the following picture how the size of the plate looks in comparison the the bowl:
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