Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Today I'm thankful for my family. For my friends. For my faith.

I'm thankful that I have a job. That I have a house. That I have a car that works.

I'm thankful that Mike and I are on the path to debt freedom.

I'm thankful that it didn't snow last night.

Please remember this holiday season that it's all about giving, not receiving. That great deal only lasts so long but memories last forever.

Enjoy your turkey, your football and your family. And be thankful that you get to be with the ones you love.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Comforts AGAIN

Seriously, I can't get enough of this brand. And I got to try some other new products thanks to BzzAgent.

We'd already been buying the diapers, wipes, training pants and food for a while. With the campaign that I'm currently in, I also got to try the soap or shampoo & lotion. I had stocked up on some Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe a while ago and I'm finally nearing the last bottle of that so I was excited to get to try the Comfort's version for free.

First off: LOVE THE PUMP! If you've had a squiggly, wiggly baby in a bathtub, then you know what it's like to try and get soap on your hands while keeping the baby from slipping under the water. Comfort's Baby Wash has a pump top, so with one hand I can steady the baby and with the other I can pump some soap. It also helps with portion control so we're not accidentally squeezing out too much (has happened....very messy). We will be refilling this bottle with more baby soap/wash.

Second, it's tear free. This is a must. I love that my bald babies can be washed from head to toe with one soap and that usually means some soap on the face. But never a tear with tear-free soap!

It's also hypoallergenic. When we were having skin problems with Mercy a few years ago, we couldn't even use Johnson & Johnson stuff on her. She's break out in a rash and hives and it was no fun for anyone. I've noticed it a little with Bethy sometimes, but this baby wash didn't leave a mark on her!

After bathtime it's usually bedtime. Bethy is in crank-mode lately. I blame the last tooth (number 16!). And I think she might be afraid of the dark. A nightlight in her room seems to help. And Mercy's purple puppy that plays music. And Comforts for Baby nighttime lotion! The sweet smell of lavender helps calm everyone in the family down. It's not greasy or oily and it rubs in really well. And the whole room then smells like lavender, which isn't a bad thing.

Another thing to note about both the body wash and the lotion is that they're paraben free. (Enter blank stare when you look at the word paraben.) That's what I did. So then I started googling it. Basically, parabens are preservatives used in cosmetics, lotions, shampoos, etc. They mimic other hormones in the body, such as estrogen. There has been studies linking parabens to cancer and fertility problems.

Here is one short article about parabens on I think the biggest concern to me is the fact that is puts artifical estrogen into your body. Since I practice Natural Family Planning and I'm charting my biological signs of fertility, I could see how artificial estrogen could screw things up. That could lead to baby #4 if we weren't careful. But, hey, at least we could keep buying supplies for cheap, thanks to Comforts :)

But more and more things I'm reading show that parabens have a relationship to infertility in both males and females. So it's best to just stay away. Thankfully Comforts for Baby is helping us do that.

And now for some cute Bethy pictures! Notice the Comforts for Baby on her bum!

Made it to the top!

And she's using the wipes container to get a leg up. 

Thankfully I stopped her before she toppled over the back of the chair.
I received these products to try and review for free because I'm a BzzAgent!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013





How about you....


That's today, if you didn't know. And it's not for a president. Or for a senator. It's a local election. And believe it or not, those count too. And they're important.

So please, take the time to learn about the candidates and then go exercise your right to vote. If everyone who said that their vote didn't matter went out and voted, then their vote would matter.

For everyone who complains about taxes, or laws, or policies or anything. Do something proactive and VOTE!

Candidates for Logan, Utah election, November 5, 2013

Other election links including polling locations - You can vote at ANY voting place in Cache Valley for this election. Please take your picture ID.

Wear your sticker proudly!

Edit: Please take your kids with you. Teach them how important this is. Lead by example. Mercy told me she wants to go vote again. Tomorrow. I think she might want another sucker and sticker. This kid has gone with me to vote in EVERY election I've voted in. only 15 more years until she can vote!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Why I Smile

My friend Patti just had a post on her blog about why she smiles. She has a 4 year old, almost 3 year old, 1.5 year old and one on the way. She posted a blog post about what she loves about each kid. Made me think about doing that for my own. Especially since Mercy is driving me nuts right now. Ha ha

Why I Smile:

Grace - Almost 7 years old and going on 17. But a helper. The other morning Bethy woke up and Grace made her a bottle, then sat in the little kid's room and read a story to Bethy while Mike & I got a few more minutes of sleep. She loves Legos and Barbies and wants to be an artist when she grows up. Or a horse trainer. She sees people she knows when we're walking to school and always says "hi" to them by name. She wants to be friends with everyone. She has a huge heart and as her name says, she's full of grace.

Mercy - This kid is the comic relief of our house. Every day she makes Mike and I laugh out loud. A lot. She's in "poop" and "butt" mode so potty humor is everywhere. But she will come up and ask for a big hug and a little hug and a big kiss and a little kiss. She says Bethy is her baby. She sings songs ALL the time from the ABC's to Call Me Maybe. Her favorite color is pink. Her favorite clothes are pink. She pees her underwears but "just a yittle tiny bit". Yes that's spelled wrong cause she pronounces things wrong. Cereal is "yetil", Sally is "yally", we don't live in "our house", we live in "us house". She's afraid of carwashes. She's afraid they're outside in the backyard, in the dark. She'll full out body tackle Grace and then hit her head on the wall and get up laughing.

Bethany - When I come home from a long day at work, Bethany is at the top of the stairs, screaming, and bouncing and so excited to see me. That makes my heart swell with love for her. She says "night night" and "meow" and won't say "mom" but I know she loves me. She's my little bitty-bit with 15 teeth and no hair and the most ticklish armpits in the world.

Mike - He's not my kid. He's my best friend, my co-parent, my fix-it-man, my chef, my landscaper, my escape from the every day. He's my everything. He works 50 hour weeks and then comes home to make dinner and check homework and baths and bed. He's my hero.

That's why I smile.

Monday Mayhem

I have some pics of Halloween. Somewhere. I'll post them.

This week is kinda back to normal as far as scheduling goes. Grace was sick this weekend, but well enough to go to school today. I hope no one else in the family catches what she had.

Today I'm getting my car's safety inspection (required by Utah to re-register your vehicle). I hope it passes. I REALLY hope it passes. But if not, we have some wiggle room in the budget to fix stuff.

Mike has an eye doctor appointment too. He needs new glasses. And contacts. Grace needs to get her eyes checked. With parents like me and Mike, our kids will probably all need glasses. Poor kids.

Oh and I get to vote tomorrow. :) I love voting. It's for the city mayor and city council. And a school bond that would raise our taxes. Usually what I vote for doesn't pass. Maybe this year it well. Doesn't stop me from voting though.

Monday - Hot dogs w/tater tots
Tuesday - Grilled chicken, mashed red potatoes & cooked carrots
Wednesday - Fish sticks w/mac n' cheese
Thursday - BLTs and soup
Friday - Frozen pizza
Saturday - Chicken drumsticks w/butter noodles
Sunday - ummmm

I'm really, really tempted just to take the Halloween candy to work and give it away. Too much sugar in our house and my kids are asking for it at, well now. It's 8:50 in the morning. Lord, give me strength!