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Spreading Some Bloggy Love

My old swap buddy Meg @ Faith & Gasoline just gave me the Kreativ Blogger award! She’s such a sweetie and today seemed like the perfect day to spread a little bloggy love, so now I’m going to pass it on to some of you, my loyal and faithful readers! But first – the rules:

  1. List seven of the things I love.
  2. Present the Kreativ Blogger award to seven other bloggers.

Seven Things I Looooooove Are:

  1. My Family – this is all inclusive, because, duh obviously I love my husband, my son, my not-yet-born little BB, my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – it would get tedious to list them all, but a crime to leave any out – so they’re all getting grouped together right here! Hope they like being all squished together-like!
  2. Getting Great Stuff For Free – like this cool Itzbeen Baby Care Timer that I reviewed @ Momma’s Review today. I can’t wait till little BB is born so I can put this to excellent use! Being a review blogger is pretty much the most awesome thing I’ve ever done and working for my bestie Ange is pretty fantastic. I’ll be reviewing a lot of other great stuff soon, so if you haven’t bookmarked Momma’s Review yet you really should!
  3. The book I’m reading! – I’ve had excellent book luck so far this year and Waiting For Birdy by Catherine Newman is no exception. Get this guys – it’s a memoir by a woman who wrote a column at babycenter.com about finding out she was pregnant with her second child (when her first child, a son, was about 2 1/2) and all those weird second time around, “Do I really want this?” stuff as well as typical mommy worries, potty training, etc. It’s like reading about my life by someone way better at writing than me. Spooky but awesome. You can read some great teasers for this book here.
  4. Breyer’s Double Fudge Brownie Fat Free Ice Cream – this stuff is delicious – like swoon worthy and only has 110 calories in a one cup serving. It’s unreal. We switched to frozen yogurt for awhile to cut down on calories and were pretty happy with that decision – then in walked this ice cream and BAM are we hooked. It’s like guilt free heaven.
  5. Cuddling With MM – he’s growing up so fast, learning new things every day and gaining independence by leaps and bounds. He annoys the heck out of me (especially when he strips down naked and pees all over his bed) but man I love just sitting down and cuddling with him – and I love it when he asks me to cuddle – he really is the best!
  6. Whole Foods – I had never been to a Whole Foods before and wasn’t really sure what the hype was. I mean, isn’t Trader Joe’s good enough? And while I love me some TJ, now that I’ve been to a Whole Foods, I get the hype. They are nice – it’s kind of like going to the Gourmet Grocery Store except stuff is still very reasonably priced. I just wish our closest location were a little bit closer and not quite in quite so ghetto a neighborhood. Our location does story time with milk and cookies on Tuesdays and seriously if they weren’t where they are, I’d be loving the idea of taking MM there for that!
  7. Yogi Chai Tea – I’ve been a pretty huge Tazo fan for awhile and still love their teas (especially the frappucino style you can get at Starbucks) but I recently tried Yogi Tea’s chai for the first time (I found it at our Whole Foods) and oh my lord, it is heavenly. It has a little bit lighter of a flavor but still so delicious and the aroma is just out of this world. By far the best cuppa tea I’ve ever had.

Wasn’t that fun? I think even managed to sneak in some blogging about things I’ve been doing lately, etc. that would have been too ittle for a blog post of their own – it’s like a “random stuff” post with a purpose – not to mention how nice it is to think about all the awesome stuff in our lives, instead of just our gripes and complaints (sore back, sprained foot, my car’s check enginge light is on, my son strips down naked and pees all over his bed…) so it seems fititng that I end this with something else that makes me superly happy and filled to tbe brim with love – YOU! Here’s a special little shout out to seven of my readers who make me smile constantly:

  1. Krystyn @ Really Are You Serious
  2. Scrap Girl @ Serendipity
  3. Sue @ My Musings
  4. Ange @ Red Knows How
  5. Jen @ Stuff Jen Says
  6. Nancy @ Life With My Boys
  7. Jean @ Working Momma 247
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Teaser Tuesday: Waiting For Birdy

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TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:

  • Grab your current read.
  • Let the book fall open to a random page.
  • Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
  • You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
  • Please avoid spoilers!

My Teasers (So I found two GREAT teasers this morning and I just cannot choose, so I’m just going to go for broke and break all the rules today):

“Sometimes, during the late afternoon especially, I feel so genuinely rotten that I worry it won’t ever end, not even after the baby’s born. I worry that I will always feel like throwing up, and that, for the rest of my life, that’s all I’ll have to talk about.”

from page 18 of Waiting For Birdy by Catherine Newman

“And when I called my OB practice about the migraines, they really didn’t muster a whole lot of concern. But you know how it is – you could call and say, “My leg fell off in the supermarket,” and they’d be like, “Of course it did. That’s really common, especially in all this heat.”

from page 33 of Waiting For Birdy by Catherine Newman


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Book Review: The Perilous Journey

Grade: A+

I am in love with this new series by Trenton Lee Stewart! The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey is the sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society. That’s quite a mouthful, I know, but it’s seriously worth every word. My husband and I are both huge fans of this new series about a group of extraordinarily gifted children: Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance – each uniquely talented, smart and savvy in their own ways and together quite a team.

I love how this series shows kids that there are different ways to be smart and none are more or less impressive than the others. It teaches kids that there are a lot of ways to solve their problems and that when they think hard and care about something that they can accomplish anything – especially when working together as a team. What a great lesson to learn while reading a thrilling adventure story, huh? They’ll even pick up some great new vocabulary words along the way.

In The Perilous Journey the heroic foursome find themselves leaving home to rescue their beloved mentor, Mr. Benedict, and against all odds manage to leave England and travel to many new, exciting countries, facing off against some pretty terrifying bad guys, and learning a lot about themselves along the way. For four very smart children, they still have a lot of growing up to do, and like all children it isn’t always easy for them – or for their friendships.

I really recommend this series to any child or adult – I think it could be a really fun book to read with your children – or on your own. This, in my mind, is the new BIG series worth trying. I promise you will love it! You can buy the Mysterious Benedict Society and The Perilous Journey together at Amazon.com today for less than $20 with free shipping!