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Month: May 2009

More Baby Goodies

My cousin and his wife are expecting their first baby at the end of June so I decided I wanted to make them a little something. I normally would throw together a little fleece tie blanket, but since he’ll be a summer baby I thought I should do something a little less warm. This is what I came up with.

Baby Blanket

The top side of the blanket is a soft knit fabric with a cute animal print. The bottom side is a fuzzy fleece backing. All I did was cut the two pieces of fabric, sew around the edge with right sides together (leaving a small opening), turn right side out, then topseam around the edge. It turned out really great. In fact, I think I’ll be making these again when I need another baby gift.

Baby Boy Hat

I couldn’t resist knitting up a little hat to go along with it as well. I packaged it all up, along with two cute little rompers I picked up and shipped it off to my cousin last week.

Now I’m just trying to figure out who’s having the next baby so I have an excuse to make more!

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Summer Goes Too Fast

What? You say it’s been a week already since I posted last? Nonsense.  Oh, wait.  It has.  Let’s just say I’ve been a little busy.  It’s not even officially summer yet and I already feel like it’s almost gone.  We’re hitting that fun time of year when Hubby’s work suddenly picks up and he works late nearly every night.  This leaves me to try to cook dinner by myself for two little screaming banshees who are starving when I pick them up from day care.  Then they must have baths because they are filthy from playing outside in the dirt.  Then they want to watch TV, read books, wrestle, hold me, play games, have a snack, and all kinds of other requests, cleverly delaying bed time because it isn’t dark yet!  Therefore, bed time gets pushed back nearly every night almost an hour past when it should be which means that I lose my precious me time and by the time I do get there my brain is fried.  Oh, and on top of that Evie is cutting her molars (3 in one week!) and has been more cranky and clingy than usual too.

Hugs(They’ve been very lovey with each other lately)

I have all these post ideas in my head, but I just can’t seem to find the time or the mental energy to get them out.  I owe Miss Evie a 14 month letter, which I have started and can’t seem to finish.  I have several one line drafts that haven’t progressed at all.  Plus, I started thinking about the fact that Zachary will be 4 years old next month and I am sitting around wondering how in the heck that happened?  He was just a baby, like last week right?  And holy cow, I have another birthday party to plan and haven’t even started!

Regardless of how stressed out I am, we did manage to cram in some fun over Memorial Day weekend (which is the real point of this post).  Thanks to Jenny over at Savvy Source, we got some free tickets to Jiggle Jam.  We took the kids on Saturday, which just happened to be probably the hottest day of the year so far.  Besides the fact that we spent the entire day melting in the sun, we had a lot of fun.  Evie loved the music and Zach enjoyed playing in the bounce houses and fountains.  We met up with Cagey and her two adorable kiddos for a while, which I really enjoyed.  It was great to see them outside of the computer screen for a change!  The kids’ babysitter, her sister, and nephews were there as well and we enjoyed visiting with them too.

Trying to peek at Anjali's bellyEvie likes bellies. Anjali is not amused!

On Sunday, we headed up north to visit my dad and his wife at her parents’ home.  They were staying there for the weekend and invited us up for a BBQ.  My brother and sister and their families were there as well and we had a great time playing with the kids and just enjoying each other’s company.

Evie and her Ball

Monday we stayed home and celebrated Memorial Day by cleaning the house.  Exciting, huh?  It had to be done, so it was nice that we had an extra day to fit it in.

Oh, and I should also mention that I read an entire book over the weekend.  I only mention it because this is not something I normally do.  It usually takes me about a month to find the time to read an entire book.  This one, however, I just could not put down.  Now I can’t wait to get my hands on the follow-up.  I’ve been doing a lot more reading lately and I’m really enjoying it.  I guess it’s the one good thing that comes from Hubby staying up late at night playing WoW.

And a few more pics for good measure…
My Niece Caitlin
My adorable niece, Caitlin

Girls Always Ruin Everything!
The girls messing up the T-ball game

Evie - Edited by Jen
A cute picture turned into an awesome picture thanks to the editing skillz of my friend Jen

P.S.  If you’ve made it this far, then please go check out my latest review and giveaway!  It’s a perfect gift for the little girl in your life! (Yes, family members can enter too!)

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Bon Bon Cupcakes Review and Giveaway

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Nearly a year ago, maybe more, I was searching for some local people to follow on Twitter. One of the names I came across was Bon BonCupcakes and I simply had to check it out.  With a name like that you have to be curious, right?  I followed the link to her web site and found the cutest leggings I’ve ever seen! I wanted to buy some right then and there, but stopped myself before my clicker finger got too happy.  Quite honestly, I stopped myself because of the price.  Considering Evie would be growing like crazy during her first year, I decided it would be better to wait until she was just a little bit bigger and could wear the leggings longer.

IMG_8495Well, lucky for me, the ladies at Bon Bon Cupcakes were gracious enough to send me a sample of their adorable leggings to try out on Evie.  And let me tell you, they are just as cute in person as the pictures on the web site.  The leggings come rolled up in the shape of a cupcake and in a clear cupcake box.  Also included is a “recipe card” for the leggings with the story of how Bon Bon Cupcakes was started by Marianne Cascone and Erin Cascone, two stay-at-home moms, on the back.

The leggings are made of a thick (but not too thick) microfiber material that is much more sturdy than most of the other tights my daughter has.  She was still crawling when we first tried them out, so she really tested the durability.  The ribbon ruffles around the bottom are adorable and stayed attached even with my daughter pulling and tugging on them.  They have been through the washer and dryer several times now and still look just like they did the day we opened the package.  Considering how well they hold up, I would say they are definitely worth the price.

IMG_8489Since Evie was just on the upper end of the 9-18 month size, I requested the 2-4T so she would have a little room to grow.  Even buying her a size up, it seemed like the sizing runs just a little bit small.  I would have expected a 2-4T to be just a little big on her since she was wearing 18 month size clothing, but they actually fit her just right.  I’m pretty sure they won’t make it up to a 4T size on her.  They are very stretchy, but were a bit tight around her belly.

Besides the adorable leggings, I love that BonBon Cupcakes is a local company and that it all started with a mom who was simply trying to come up with something to cover her daughter’s diaper.  Other moms of daughters can certainly commiserate with this.  I know I’ve been there!

So, you know what’s coming next, right?  You have a chance to win a pair of Bon Bon Cupcakes leggings for your own little diva!  Trust me, you want to win these!  Here’s what you need to do to enter the giveaway:

For each entry, you MUST leave a comment.

  1. For the first entry, visit the Bon Bon Cupcakes web site and then leave a comment here with your favorite style and color of leggings.  You must complete this step before any additional entries.
  2. For an additional entry, post about this giveaway on Twitter.  Then leave a comment here with the link to your tweet.
  3. For an additional entry subscribe to Voices In My Mind Reviews either by e-mail or feed reader then leave a comment here saying you did so.

Contest will end Sunday, May 31st, at 11:59 p.m. Central.  One winner will be chosen via and notified by e-mail.

To double your chances of winning some of these adorable leggings, be sure to check out the Bon Bon Cupcakes Giveaway Blog!  They have a contest going on right now to win not one, but 3 pairs of their best selling leggings!

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Over the last couple of months I have been trying to catch up on all of the things I’ve been putting off.  Well, a few things anyway.  I’m the world’s best procrastinator, so there will always be more things I’m putting off at any given time.  My biggest focus though has been taking care of all things medical related, which included scheduling the next well visits for the kids, all of us going to the dentist, and finally getting around to having Zach’s eyes checked.

Way back before Evie was born, Zach’s preschool he was attending had an eye screening.  They sent home very vague results that said we needed to have a full eye exam done.  Since I was a bazillion months pregnant I shoved it to the back of my brain and decided I’d get it done “soon”.  Then when he turned 3, we got a coupon in the mail from Blue Cross to get a free eye exam through the See to Learn program.  Yep, I thought, I need to get that done.

Suddenly, we’re coming up on his 4th birthday (holy crap, how did that happen?) and I finally got around to making an appointment.  We talked a lot ahead of time about how the doctor was going to ask him lots of questions and look at his eyes and that maybe, if the doctor thought he needed them, he would get glasses to help him see better.  We talked about how Mommy wears glasses and several other people in his family do as well.  He seemed all right with it all.

The morning of his appointment he was actually pretty excited.  We got to the doctor’s office, filled out paperwork, waited a few minutes, then the doctor came in and started checking his eyes.  I had a feeling right away that something wasn’t right (I’ve been through this many times myself).  After LOTS of testing, he decided he wanted to dilate Zach’s eyes and then check them again.

It took two assistants plus me to hold Zach down for the dilation drops.  Apparently they burn, but I’ve never had them so I have no idea how bad it was for him.  He wasn’t too happy after that.

After some more testing, the doctor finally sat down and talked to me (while Zach was going a bit stir crazy).  Apparently Zach is farsighted, has astigmatism, and a slight case of amblyopia.  He needs to wear glasses at all times (other than sleeping, of course).  He also needs to be checked again in six weeks or so to see if the glasses are correcting the amblyopia or if he will need to wear an eye patch for it.

Whoa.  I wasn’t prepared for all of that.

If anything, I figured he needed a slight correction because I had noticed him sitting a little too close to the TV, which made me thing he was nearsighted like me.  I never even considered the possibility of him being farsighted I guess.  But, now that I know, some other things are starting to make sense – like why he knows all his numbers and letters yet can’t make them out when I show them to him on a piece of paper.

So, we picked out his glasses that night.  There was only ONE pair in the entire store he liked. (Well, that’s not entirely true.  He did like the Barbie ones, but I vetoed that and didn’t bother to mention it to his Dad.)  The lenses were ready  a few days later and he’s been wearing them ever since.


I think he looks adorable in them and they must be really making a difference in his sight because he’s only complained about wearing them once.  I expected it to be a bit of a fight, but he actually likes them.  The biggest problem really is getting his sister to stop grabbing them off of his face!

Now, if I could only get over my guilt for not taking him to the eye doctor sooner…

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Best. Day. Ever.

Yesterday I took a personal day off of work.  The kids’ sitter took a vacation day so instead of stressing out trying to find someone to take her place, I just decided to ask for the day off and spend it with the kids.  I wanted to do something fun, just me and them.


We slept in, had a nice slow morning, then headed off to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead a little after 10:00.  I went back and forth trying to decide what to do but finally decided on that because, well, it’s free.  I figured Evie would love the animals (she’s really into our dogs and cats right now) and Zach would love the playground.  I was a little nervous because I only took the single stroller, but Zach said he wanted to walk.


We had a great time walking around checking out all the animals.  Zach was a little bummed that I didn’t have change to buy food to feed the goats (though we remedied that later), but instantly cheered up when he remembered the barn with the slides.  I loved being able to let him play and not having to rush.  While he went down the slides over and over again, Evie wandered around checking out the geese, ducks, and rabbits.  She’s really starting to love being outside and it was fun watching her explore.


After that, we walked a bit more and decided to stop for some lunch.  The kids played at a toddler sized playground for a bit, then we did some more walking, checked out even more animals, until finally we stopped at the BIG playground and let the kids play until they were completely worn out and it was looking like we were going to get rained on.


Just before we left, Zach yelled out, “This is the BEST. DAY. EVER!!!”  I couldn’t have agreed with him more.  The weather was perfect.  The kids were extremely well behaved.  We all had a really great time together.  It was relaxing and exhausting all at the same time.  It was perfect.


And, to top it all off, we stopped at Target on the way home for a few things and just happened to find a toy that Zach had been promised over a month ago (that we hadn’t been able to find in stock anywhere).  He was over the moon excited.


I just wish we could have days like that every day.

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Skin Free Review and Giveaway

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skinfreeRecently I was given the chance to review some products from the Skin Free skin care line. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you will remember that sensitive skin seems to run in my family.  Because of that I was really excited to try out Skin Free.  Skin Free products are made from natural ingredients, with no chemicals or perfumes that can irritate sensitive skin.  They are recommended for individuals with the following conditions:

  • Extreme Dry Skin
  • Skin or Fragrance Allergies
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Pregnant Moms
  • Babies
  • The Elderly
  • Diabetics
  • Renal Patients
  • After Radiation or Chemotherapy

I was sent samples of the Extra Moisturizing Soap and Shampoo Bar and the After Shower Moisture Spritz.  I tried them out on myself and both kids.  The soap bar definitely was mild enough for my kids’ sensitive skin, yet still did a fabulous job of getting all the kid grime off.  It also worked great as a shampoo.  The After Shower Moisture Spritz left my dry skin very moisturized and saved time versus lathering on lotion after the shower.  My only complaint was that I had a hard time pushing the pump on the bottle with wet hands (though from the looks of pictures on the web site they have changed this).  It ended up being easier just to take the lid off, pour it into my hand, and rub it in.  Regardless, I’m still using it because I love the way it makes my skin feel.

I was excited to find out that Skin Free products recently became available at select Walgreen’s stores.  I plan to continue using them and try out some other items in their product line.

Want to try out Skin Free products for yourself? Skin Free has offered to share their product with one lucky reader!  All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below telling me what soap you are currently using. For a second entry, post about this giveaway on Twitter, then leave a comment here with the link to your post.

Contest will end at 11:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, May 20th.  A winner will be chosen via and notified by e-mail.

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