Wednesday, August 17

Where I've Been...

I took some time off, in case you didnt notice, LOL!

After my husbands job transfer, a move across the country, and a new baby, I was exhausted. I needed to take time off and just focus on myself and my family. I didnt have time to blog anymore. I still dont have much freetime, but I wanted to just start up again with family type stuff so that one day I can look back at my blog and smile at the memories of my babies growing up.

My Emmie is 8 months old tomorrow. I cant believe she is that old, and that I have been living in this state for that long. I still feel like a Minnesota girl, I dont know if I will ever fit in here.

Emmie is into everything! My goodness, she is trouble LOL! She has been crawling since 5 1/2 months. She must get her hands on anything and everything. Especially if its her sisters! She laughs most easily at her big sister and looks at her with such admiration it fills up my heart with joy. Two little girls, how did I get so blessed?

She still sleeps great, always has. Thank goodess for that! She is always smiling, so happy to socialize. If she is sad, the instant I hold her she is calm. She reaches for me now, which makes me feel so loved :) She loves solids, but has become a litlle more picky lately. Today a tooth popped through, her very first one!

Her big sister is 4 now and starts preschool in a few weeks. She is so smart and says the funniest things, I am always laughing with her. She is nervous about school because she had a rough class over the summer. Some of the girls were mean to her which absolutely brok my heart into a million pieces. There is nothing worse than your child losing their little innocence and learning those hard lessons. I am trying to be positive about school and let her know what to expect. She will have different kids and a different teacher, so it should be a different experience. Its also at a church so I am hoping that will help infuse kindness, not bullying.

Life is good...stressful at times, but we are hanging in there. Luckily I have had lots of family come out to visit me, but I still miss them all like crazy. I miss being a quick car ride away. I miss them on the different birthdays and holidays. I miss seeing the joy my girls bring to them. So we are getting by, day by day.

I feel like I have missed so much in the online world! If anything is new in your life, I would love to hear about it! Hope you stuck around during my break and check back from time to time!

Kellie






some pics of the fun we've been having together!

Thursday, March 3

My Growing Girl!

Guess who's 10 weeks???  Actually almost 11 weeks!!  She is a happy, sweet, cuddly little girl who I am so thankful for.  I just can't get over how happy she makes me, and how she fits into our family so perfectly.



She is still nursing like a champ!  And she's almost 9 pounds, which may not seem like much but she came home and was only 4lbs 11oz so she's grown a lot!  She started in preemie clothes, now she's almost done with newborn size. 

She gives happy smiles pretty easily now. It used to be only in the morning she'd smile at me, but now it's all the time. It is the cutest thing ever...and always makes me laugh!








My 1st daughter was born with jet black hair, just like me when I was born.  But Emilie has almost red hair!  It's brownish red and looks so pretty in the sunlight.  Both mu husband and I are Irish, so I guess we were bound to have a little red in the family :)

Attention Facebook Fans! I Lost My Old Facebook Page, Can You Like My New One? THANK YOU!

Soooo....

A couple of weeks ago I lost my Facebook Page for Ladybug Soup. I had almost 500 Fans - or likes - so this really upset me. I've had that page for quite awhile and there is no way to know who the people were that liked my page.

I can't get the original page back, so I am asking you all to please, please, please re-like my new page.  This one is set up differently, so it won't be deleted by Facebook again. I really hope that you all just take a moment to like my page.  If you leave a comment here or on facebook, I will go and like your page back!

Click HERE to 'Like' Ladybug Soup on Facebook!!  Thank you SOOOO much!!

DACRON Mini Pillows Review & Giveaway

Early spring is the perfect time to get some things done around the house!  I have been cleaning, sorting, and updating pieces around my home to lighten and brighten the feel of my house.  Many stores are celebrating this new season with White Sale, making it so moms everywhere can find great deals on bedding for everyone in their family!

When searching for pillows for your bedroom, guest bedroom, or Child's room, you can always turn to DACRON - America's favorite pillow fiber for more than 50 years! In fact in a recent nationwide study, 2/3 of consumers were familiar with the DACRON Brand making it one of the highest levels of consumer awareness among popular home furnishing brands!



I was able to try out a pillow with DACRON fiber and it was so comfortable!  I am a pillow nut...I use them everywhere!  when I was pregnant I would use them to support my growing belly. Now that I have my newborn I still use them to support my arms while holding her or breastfeeding her.  the DACRON pillow is the perfect size to support my arms and I find that it is supportive yet still soft enough to feel comfortable.  My oldest daughter also loves to use it while she lounges, it really is the perfect size for her!  


Now it's easier than ever to find a quality pillow with DACRON fibers...just look for the quality seal. The DACRON® fiber quality seal, introduced in the fall of 2010, will be featured on the packaging of bedding products that are filled with the branded fiberfill from INVISTA. The DACRON® fiber quality seal will endorse brands, like luxuriously comfortable DACRON® Comforel® fiberfill, durable and functional DACRON® Performa® fiberfill, and long-lasting DACRON® DuraLife™ fiberfill.

Consumers can trust the DACRON® taglines: “Trust What’s Inside” and “It Just Feels Good”.  They can also be assured that pillows bearing the DACRON® fiber quality seal are filled with quality fiberfill, leaving them feeling comfortable night after night.

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First Time on DVD! Chuggington: Let's Ride The Rails Giveaway!

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Have a train fan in your house?? Then chances are you've seen the fun kids show 'Chuggington' on the Disney Channel! The colorful and contemporary CGI-animated TV series follows the amusing adventures of three young trainees, Wilson, Brewster and Koko, as they learn to “ride the rails” of life and become productive chuggers.  Featuring a dynamic fleet of relatable and diverse characters, each engaging episode of “Chuggington” is filled with positive life lessons that encourage and promote early social skills.

Now Chuggington is available on DVD for the first time in Chuggington: Let's Ride The Rails

Chuggington: Let’s Ride The Rails (SRP: $16.98) welcomes preschoolers to the vibrant world of “Chuggington” with six fun-filled episodes that take young viewers on entertaining explorations, while gently reinforcing valuable lessons such as humility, trust, respect and teamwork.  The episodes featured on the new DVD are “Clunky Wilson,” “Braking Brewster,” “Can’t Catch Koko,” “Old Puffer Pete’s Tour,” “Koko On Call” and “Hodge And The Magnet.”  Special bonuses include “Chuggington”-themed coloring pages and activity sheets. 

My Daughter is really into trains right now and we can't wait to check out this fun new DVD! And one lucky reader will get to win their own copy right now!


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Monday, February 28

I've been trying some new recipes lately and have been having so much fun baking & cooking! I have never really been great in the kitchen, but I've never really tried hard either.  I am finding so much enjoyment in making meals and treats for my family.  It's actually a lot of  fun, and I'm not too bad at it either! I feel so domestic lately, it muyst be the new home and new baby having an affect on me :)

I've never made Banana Bread before, this was my first try. And it turned out delicious!!  I thought I over cooked it, but on the inside it is SO soft and moist.  We had a favorite bakery back in MN that I would always buy banana bread at, and my Husband said this is better than that!  That makes me feel great, and inspires me to keep making great food!



Here is the recipe from Betty Crocker:


You'll Need:

1 1/4 cups sugar


1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped nuts, if desired

Directions:
 
1. Move oven rack to low position so that tops of pans will be in center of oven. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2x4 1/2x2 1/2 inches, or 1 loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches.


2. Mix sugar and butter in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in nuts. Pour into pans.

3. Bake 8-inch loaves about 1 hour, 9-inch loaf about 1 1/4 hours, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans and place top side up on wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.


I added chocolate chips to my banana bread, right before adding it to the pan. I also skipped the nuts, since I'm not too fond of them in my breads.  You'll want to try this recipe, it is a great one!

Ten Things To Miss If Mom Was Abducted By Aliens!

Being  a Mom means running the household...whether it be making sure your child has their favorite jeans washed & ready for Monday morning, keeping track of Doctor appointments, or getting a hot meal on the table...moms do it all!  Sometimes, as kids get older, the may forget just how much Mom does for them!

To celebrate the March 11th release of 'Mars Needs Moms' SocialMoms is having a fun blogging opportunity for moms to share what their kids would miss most if they were abducted by aliens!  I'm pretty sure that these things would get my kids missing me so much, they'd find a way to get me back...just like in the movie!

  • My comfort when they are sick or hurt.  Nothing is better than having your Mom with you when you are hurting.  My Husband does a good job too, but there is something about the comfort I give my girls that is something only a Mommy can do.

  • Dancing!  When I dance with my Daughter, we have so much fun! It's hilarious to teach her my silly moves. She doesn't care if I look ridiculous or can't dance well. It's about letting loose, laughing, and bonding with my girl.

  • Cuddles!  Both of my girls love to cuddle!  My oldest likes to cuddle at night still, which I soak up and enjoy because it won't be like that forever.  My youngest of course is a cuddle bug, and she sleeps on me with love and trust.

  • Doing Girly Things - Hair, nails, and fashion!  I can't resist a pretty dress that is perfect for spinning.  I paint her nails and do her hair, and totally get the Princess thing.  After all, I was once a little girl too!

  • Imaginary Play - My Daughter takes after me in this way.  She can play for hours with anything....things like sticks, rocks, her own fingers even....become alive with her imaginations.  They become real to her, have conversations, and play out stories.  She has the best imagination and I love playing along with her!  I think she'd miss that extra playmate she gets from her Mommy.

  • Singing Songs!  I teach her some great songs that I knew when I was a kid.  I even make up completely new ones to help her get through a hard situation, or to make something more fun!  She used to hate brushing her teeth until I made up a fun song that we could sing together!

  • Our talks.  She's only 3, but I think she would miss our chats about different things. I like to ask her questions, have her tell me stories, give her my undivided attention and really hear her.  If she is acting out, I get down on her level and find out WHY she is crying.  What is the reason behind her attitude. It usually helps her so much, and I think she trusts me because of it.

  • My smiles!  This is mainly for the new baby!  She is smiling now, which warms my heart so much.  I am good at getting her to smile back at me, and I believe she knows my face from other people.  My smile is familiar to her, and she likes to return the favor :)

  • Holding her!  My baby knows that if she needs me, if she cries, if she is hungry, Mom will be there for her.  I will come scoop her up, let her feel my warmth and love, and help her.  Make it better.  Even my oldest knows this.  If she falls, is sick, or needs help, I will come scoop her up and rescue her. 

  • The way I know them so well. I know when my oldest gets scared. She has a certain look on her face, even a fake smile, and a tone of voice that tells me she is scared.  Even when she tries to hide it, or fake being happy, I can tell. I know her better than anyone. I've been with her everyday of her life since she was born.  I know what she needs, and she knows I will give her that.

 

There really are so many things I think they would miss about me.  Fortunately, I don't foresee any alien abductions in my future, so my girls won't have to worry about fighting martians to get me back :)  Instead, we'll just enjoy the movie 'Mars Need Martians' when it comes to theaters!

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Thursday, February 10

A Weekend Any Twilight Fan Would Appreciate!

My amazing Husband surprised me with a really fun time last weekend.  He wouldn't tell me what we were doing or where we going, just that he had my day planned for me.  Of course this made me nervous, because we aren't always on the same page when it comes to fun :)

After driving to who knows where, we ended up here.  Recognize it??


It's the Carver Cafe...the exact place that the cafe scenes were filmed in the movie Twilight!!!  How cool is that!!!  We had breakfast there (which was so delicious!) and then busted out the camera.  The waiter & waitress were so friendly, she even asked me if I wanted to sit in the exact table that they filmed in.  Of course I was really excited for that! 




They are so used to tourists, they said that teens come in and completely freak out, LOL! 

I was SO proud of my Husband for finding this place for me. It was a complete surprise, and he had the whole thing planed out for me. I was thinking of taking the long drive to Forks Washington this summer to get my picture taken there, but I really love the idea of visiting the places that the actors actually filmed at. We also saw one of the high schools and the Cullen house.  Next time we get some free time we're going to drive by Bella's house, which would be so cool to see since so much was filmed there!

When we got home we put the movie in since it had been so long, and it was really cool to see the places we visitied on the tv! Hubby definitely got big points for this one!

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Mealtime Etiquette - My Tips!

Dinnertime with toddlers can sometimes be a challenge.  My daughter has always been extremely picky with her food.  If it isn't the right brand, color, or does not look familiar, she doesn not want to go near it.  It is really frustrating as a Parent, let me tell you!  There are certain things I have done to make dinnertime a little more smooth for all of us.  It has helped to get everyone toegther to enjoy meals....

Here are some of my Do' and Don't of Meal Time Etiquette.  If you'd like to see more, head over to Socialmoms.com!

  • Do-  Involve Your Child.  If you let them help cook the food, prepare the food, or serve the food, they may be more willing to try it.  Sometimes my daughter will help me cook but still not want the food.  But that's okay because we are still getting quality time together while we cook, and who knows the next time she may just try it!
  • Do - Have your Child Try One Bite.  I will have my daughter try one bute of something new, just because she may end of liking it. 
  • DON'T - No TV While We Eat. This is a big one!  Dinner time is an important time to get together as a family and share stories about your day. When my Husband gets home, we sit down and eat together and leave the tv off. That way we are forced to chat and won't rely on the tv to fill the silence.
  • No Cell Phones At The Table. My Daughter is too young for this,ut it's a great one for teens...and the Husband!
  • Clean Up Your Own Dish - When you are finished with your meal, you can get up and clear your plate in the sink.  It's easier if they are rinsed right away, and it lets everyone help in the cleaning process.
  • Wash Your Hands Before You Eat  Especially important with kids in the house!  If they are outside playing, and come in to eat, make them wash up frst!
  • Use A Napkin - not your sleeve...pretty slef explanatory right?
  • Teach Kids How To Set The Table - the right way!  Show them where all of the silverware goes, the cup, the napkins.  People may not know these skills anymore, but it's important to learn.  I personally learned from my Granmother.  The table had to be set the proper way everytime, so I learned earlly and would help her set the table for holidays and everyday meals.  I never forgot and will teach my daughters too!
I am sure as my children get older, there will be even more rules for dinnertime.  They will want ot be playing outside, texting, the whole teenager thing.  What are some of your tips for a smoth and enjoyable dinner?

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Tuesday, February 8

Helpful Tips For Planning Your Valentine's Day Evening/Weekend!

Still trying to come up with a special Valentine's Day plan? Here are some helpful tips to make the planning easier and more fun!

Plan a getaway... at a hotel in your own backyard. A romantic escape in your own hometown is a great way to “get away” from life’s daily stresses without having to go too far – or breaking the bank. Plus, with Valentine’s Day on a Monday this year, you can add an extra day of romance to your weekend together.


Pack a picnic. Fill up a picnic basket with all of the foods and luxuries that you both enjoy most – think chocolates or gourmet take-out from a favorite restaurant. This allows you to spend time one-on-one, without the hassle and high price of dining at a restaurant.

Fill the day with little surprises. Take a bubble bath, plan a movie marathon, and make a playlist of favorite songs that you can both relax to. Remember – Valentine’s Day is really about the experience and enjoying every moment together.


Find deals that let you indulge yourselves. Look for deals that do the planning for you with some great value-added bonuses. DoubleTree by Hilton’s “Sweet Romance Getaway” package greets couples with a bottle of sparkling wine waiting in the room so you can kick off the Valentine’s Day celebration in style. Plus, you’ll even receive a full breakfast in the room or in the restaurant, and perks like early check in and late check out so you are guaranteed extra quality time with your sweetheart. And who could forget that the hotel’s legendary, warm chocolate chip cookies, are a guaranteed sweet treat for everyone at the end of the night!

We'll be celebrating Valentine's Day this coming weekend since the holiday falls on a worknight this year.  Of course we'll have the kids along, since it has become more of a fun family holiday which is still great! Whatever you choose to do, the important thing is to share it with someone you love!

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