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Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Foundary: Todays Awesome Deals from Coco Company and More

Daily deal site The Foundary is offering some steals from Coco Company today (ends in 2 days).  24 inch storage baskets for $30 (regularly priced at $75). 15 inch willow 4-section baskets (I'm picturing a cool diy craft creating a hot air balloon in a play room, regularly priced at $80) for only $35.  Coco Company has some great wicker, wire and other rustic products and they are priced so low right now on The Foundary.  I'm totally into the willow mahogany chest that is normally $249 and is priced at $115! 

In addition to the drool-worthy stuff above, The Foundary is having sales on modern furniture, yoga gear, linens, kids play tents, luggage, office furniture (GORGEOUS secretaries and armoires from Office Classics) and more, all ending soon.   

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Zulily Events: Baby Slings Starting at $19.99!

Zulily is, as usual, having some fantastic deals. 
Slinglings, a parent-owned company has peanut shell-style slings that are starting at only $19.99.  If you have ever shopped for baby slings you know they are very pricey.  The most expensive are only $32.99 which is still a great deal.  These are regularly priced at $45.  These slings have some adorable fabrics like the Fireworks Sling, Leopard Sling and the Pop Art Jade.  They have plain colors too.  I so badly wish that this deal would have been available when I was shopping for one.  I ended up getting a good second-hand deals on a ring sling and peanut shell while I was pregnant with my 3rd child but you usually can't get them new at this price.

Hurry- this event ends on July 30, 2011! 

The Weavers on a Diet!

Well, Jason is anyway!  I'll get into in eventually.  Unfortunately for me his grandparents didn't open the pool this year so I'm not getting in any swimming and who wants to actually exercise outside when it's hot? 
About 3 weeks ago hubby decided that he needed to lose weight.  Duh...  His way of losing weight is unique to him and fight as I might, he won't actually eat well.  He is more of an exercise and Atkin's diet kind of guy (ummm, didn't that guy have a heart attack from all that meat?).  But at least he's into the working out part- lots of cardio and some weights.  And he is eating lots of salads.  But diet soda?  How early does this guy want to die?  I'm not a fan of fad diets, frozen "healthy" entrees and anything with the words "low fat" or "sugar-free" send me in a panic run.  When someone says they want to lose weight with a combo of diet and exercise I'm a one-way thinker.  Fresh foods (except rice- I'm all about rice...and a little whole grain pasta) and exercise.  Unfortunately fresh=half our paycheck at least so diving into a healthy lifestyle isn't exactly an option if we want to have a home.  Fortunately he's trying to kill himself with fat so I don't have to worry as much that we will lose our home to fresh blueberries.  
On that note, I so wish I could keep some plants alive.  That our soil was healthy enough to grow some kickin' fruits and veggies.  That we had a yard big enough for 1 apple tree.  Container gardens all the way, right?  But they cost SO much.  And you have to BUY dirt.  Anyone have a composter they want to give me?  That would work.  

So, I'm thinking no one came here to read about my wanting a composter:    

(this one would be nice)

Or hear about my wishes for a nice garden. 

You're here for the dirt, right?  How much does he weigh??? 

When Jason and I met he was probably around 180.  5'10".  Very muscular.  When he hit 220 a few years back it was like, wow- you need to lose some weight.  He yo-yo'ed a bit, dieted here and there, worked out some, gained some.  Until he hit rock-bottom.  Or I'm thinking more like Death's door.  I urged him to try to eat a little better.  Subsisting on soda, McDonald's, soda, Arby's, SODA, Burger King was just not a good idea anymore.  I begged him to just step on the dang scale and see the damage, because there was DAMAGE.  I tried scare-tactics.  "Darling, you are going to die from a heart attack at 4am and I won't be able to drag your fat booty to the front door.  You'll certainly break the cart thing that the ambulance guys bring in while 4 men are struggling to get you down the stairs.".  Something like that. 
Finally...finally he watched too much tv and decided he wanted some As Seen on Tv workout dvds.  They seem to be really popular and people like the results.  The cost- too much.  Anyone wanna give us their copy of whatever workout dvds these are when they are done? *Oh oh, I know what it's called.  It's P90X.  I keep hearing people talking about it and it's always positive.  So want a REAL challenge?  This is your guy!

And then FINALLY, a few weeks ago, he stepped onto the scale.  Which read:
289Two hundred and eighty-nine pounds.  OMG.  I did lose the bet.  I was sure he topped 300.  But ugh! 

So he signed up and joined his building's gym.  $30 a month.  That we don't have.  But it's for his health so I'm willing to sacrifice money we don't have to save his life.  But once he gets going he totally needs to join Planet Fitness for $10 a month.  Or someone can sponsor a family membership to some rockin' gym with a pool so that they can document our family's goal to a better lifestyle.  Hmmm...sounds good, right?!!  Any takers?  :) 

We did talk about taking pictures and documenting.  We took 1 picture but the lighting was all wrong and haven't done it since.  It's been...I think 3 weeks since he started working out.  He is down to 279 now- not too shabby.  It's a big step in the right direction and I hope we can share this journey with anyone reading!  Soon...maybe...I'll join him.  But no pictures of me. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Zoobles Mania

I never bought a Zoobles.  They seemed silly to me, this ball that pops open into a thing that does nothing.  Kind of like a Bakugan.  What's the point? 

Well, my kids don't seem to agree (except Zachary.  Bakugans are better).   Somehow my 6 year old daughter Amara ended up with one and it became one of the most coveted things in the house.  3 year old Jonas wanted that thing so bad.  Then 1 year old Henry discovered it.  He calls them "pop" and when he wants it to open into the creature he says "hep pop" (help pop).  Amara just aquired another one and it has all 3 of the younger kids buzzing with want and need.  Fights.  Cries.  They all NEED these things, these Zoobles.  They don't forget about them either.  There are times when they take a break from wanting them but the want always returns.  It could be an hour, a day or even a week but inevitably they fight for the Zoobles again and again.  

I'm not sure I could bring myself to spend $6-9 on one ball-creature called a Zooble.  My kids clearly are in love with them but $6.  For a little thing.  Anyone have any they want to give away?  Even with the love I'm not totally sold on the idea of these things rolling around the house.  Maybe I can find a killer deal on them sometime and then save them for Christmas or something.  

What crazy toys do your kids love?       

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What a Difference a Year Makes

I shared most of these pictures before but it's better seeing them all in one place to see how they grow!  Henry's first year, month-by-month (plus a few in-between):

First Photo: March 30 2010

2 weeks old.  4/14/2010

1 month 4/30/2010

2 months 5/30/2010.  Already loves being outside.

2.5 months.  Finger-sucking for comfort but that didn't last long.

3 months June 30, 2010.  Bring on the chubs!

4 months.

5 months August 30, 2010

5.5 months.

6 months Sept. 30, 2010.  Loves his big brother so much!

6.5 months.  Loves standing!

10/30/10 7 months.

7.5 months.  I promise I'm not eating them, I'm just coloring!

8 months 11/30/2010.  He wouldn't stay still for pictures.

This was what the rest of 8 months looked like!

9 months

10 months January 30, 2011.  Mega hair growth spurt!!

11.5 months (11 months, end of February, the camera was missing).

March 30, 2011- ONE YEAR!!! 

Wiggly crying baby to a walking, talking menace!  This is one of my absolute favorite age groups.  I can't get enough of it! 

Friday, July 8, 2011

St. Patty's Day Fun

I know, I know...It's JULY, Alex!  But I'm on the right computer at the right time so I have some pictures from our local Saint Patrick's Day Parade to share.  The York St. Patrick's Day Parade (York, PA) was a fun day out for the family and we found the perfect location at the old...court house, I think.  The kids got to see things from way up high and they were able to run off some energy.   

Regular-sized men in itty-bitty cars

BIG Doggy

Fun Dancers!

Martin's: Best Chips Ever

Adorable dancers

Classic Cars come to York every year. 

Fun times, lots of money for local businesses but sure does crowd the roads in my neighborhood!

The End!

The New Girl

Well, after seeing the commercial's for Fox's show The New Girl (coming Fall 2011) over and over and over again I'm hooked.  I want to see it!  I'm a So You Think You Can Dance Addict and it seems that during every commercial break there is a promotion for The New Girl (Zooey Deschanel). 
I guess their marketing ploy worked- show someone enough of something, it becomes familiar and you want to keep watching.  It looks funny enough and I'm always amused by the characters Zooey Deschanel plays in movies so this might be good.  Hopefully they aren't ruining it by only showing the good points.  I hate it when I see a movie preview and they show you every good part and the rest of the movie ends up being garbage. 

The majority of my must-see shows are on Fox.  Hopefully they aren't bumping any of my favorites for this one!  I'm also looking forward to the return of Bones and House, especially after their killer season finales.  Booth and Bones hook up?!!?  House runs his car through Lisa Cuddy's house?!?  I can't wait to see what's in store for those shows. 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Henry!

Whoa...a little late here, considering said Henry is now 15 months old!  
Better late than never?  

Henry's first outfit in the hospital- a newborn sleeper that fit his 9lb 7.9oz body for a whopping week.
 Here's what not-so-baby Henry has been up to:

*New words in April:
Zzzzac (big brother Zach)
Maa (big sis Mara)
Juju (Jonas is his Jojo) 
No, Dritch (in combination, when he didn't want food, he wanted a drink)

*New actions in April:
Blowing kisses
understands burping (and humor in general)- during a conversation between daddy and Zach they were mentioning the word and Henry fake-burped and burst into laughter.
Went down the slide by himself- LOVED it. 

The feeling of different textures on his feet, like grass and concrete. 
Climbing.  Everything.
Watermelon, grapes, strawberries

Dancing, especially to the ABC song, Ke$ha's Blow, Britney Spears (one of her new songs on the radio).  I have a pre-teen that loves that garbage...ugh.

Grew a little taller but didn't gain any weight between 9-12 months.  But he's still a big boy.  Like I promised, there was no 1 year haircut- I must preserve the gorgeous hair!! 

March 30th: Happy first birthday to Henry.  He had plenty of fun and cake at a few laid back parties.  His first party was at the skating rink.  There was a school function there so we partied with a few friends and an adorable cake made by my friend (of course those photos are on the wrong, aka, uncharged laptop) so I'll share those later.  We didn't skate that night but just a few weeks later we gave it a shot and he loved it.  1 year old on skates?  Crazy, right?  Not to him!  He gleefully slipped and slided while death-gripping my hands.  Any attempts to stop resulted in major tears.   

#1 Dude! 
Did you know that typically, 1 year old shirts are only in size 12m?  This shirt didn't last long!

April 3rd: Family birthday party at Grandma and Grandpa's house.  What would a party be without Weebles for a Wobbly Weaver? 

I made the cake this time, one for him to destroy eat and one for the rest of us.

At that point, my ONE YEAR OLD Sony camera decided to crap out, again (on cake 2).  Disappointed Sony...SMH.  The shutter works when it wants, zoom works when it wants and it results in very blurry pictures when they shouldn't be.  My last Sony lasted over 7 years- that's quality.  I don't know what kind of junk cameras they've been creating ever since.   

ANYWAY.  Henry was a very dainty cake eater.  But in keeping with his messy ways, he delicately stuck his whole face and hands in the cake. 

All clean!

Stay tuned for more birthday fun and milestones!