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Everyone's been asking how we've been dealing, now that I have a NewBaby in the house. She's tiny, and is still in the eats-poops-sleeps stage of life, but check out this post to read how I don't lose "myself" in the process!!!
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Making Time For Mommy
I really think my computer is dying. It's lived a full, long life, and I am finally ready to part with it. It's been upgraded from a WIN98se to a WIN XP pro twice, and now after three crashes, reformatting several times, buying a ton of components & extras and recently a new hard drive, I realized I could have bought another two computers! Ugh!
Anyway, this year I have been researching different brands of desktops and laptops, as my husband assured me that this tax return we could make an investment in that area- and I CANNOT wait!
Since I was in middle school, my parents, friends, and neighbors have asked me to help them with various computer issues, and frankly- I have no idea why I never went into some sort of fancy computer job. If I had to give a definitive answer to that at this exact second, it's because when you talk to me about RAM, I think you're talking about a Dodge truck. (Yeah, I'm a little bit of a tomboy.) It's the technical words and phrases that spin me in loops, so you can only imagine how it's been researching the next computer or laptop in our lives!
Thankfully, God gave me a husband who knows ALL of the computer technical terms and can help clarify all the differences.. but honestly, to be a fly on the wall at the electronics store would have you in stitches. No matter how many times he explains, I still don't get it!
So tell me readers, what type of a desktop do you own? What type of a laptop do you own? If it's a PC, do you really hate Vista as much as my mother? Which do you prefer, XP or Vista? Pro or Home? What's the difference? For those of you that have a Mac, why do you prefer it over a PC? Tell me more!
Background: We are not huge gamers. Our idea of an exciting game is Roller Coaster Tycoon.. Well, for my son and my husband. I personally only play on Pogo or BigFish. I do a lot of creating on my computer.. basic graphics, buttons, headers, signatures for message boards, personal photos, etc. I have never used my Adobe Photoshop, because my computer would crash if I installed it. I would love the ability (memory? disk space?) to do more. We do not download any movies or watch dvds or webisodes on our computer. I think that's basically it. Thanks in advance for your input, your advice is greatly appreciated!
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After going through over 300 replies and weeding out a few invalid entries, I wrote down all of the entries and extra entries posted, and figured the only real and legitimate fair chance was to do a random drawing from papers with everyone's name on them. My dear friend Kerri volunteered for me to video her, as she drew a name and here are the results:
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I am always in the market for cute, funky, reasonably priced stuff for my family. My style is rather confused, lol! Sometimes I like preppy clothes, sometimes my kids get decked out in retro tees and flower power dresses, sometimes they look like little punk rockers in training, and some days we wear our pjs all day long. While browsing some online shops and boutiques, I found GIGGLE BUG BOUTIQUE, and I am *so* happy I did! Giggle Bug Boutique carries an assortment of clothes and accessories for babies, children, moms, dads and even for your pets! If you need a gift, GIGGLE BUG BOUTIQUE is a perfect shop to get all that you need. You'll find a variety of designer diaper bags, clutches, personalized items, gift baskets, Bugaboo Shoes, Baby Legs, even CD's, and so much more! Let your child's inner super hero out in a handcrafted cape! Never loose another binky with paci-clips.. everything you need, just a click away! 4BabyAndMom was fortunate enough to be able to have a quick interview with the Giggle Bug Boutique Owner, Nicki. I hope you enjoy getting to know Nicki and the GIGGLE BUG BOUTIQUE as much as I did!
HI NICKI! I *LOVE* your boutique, the stuff on there is so fresh and funky, practical, and very reasonably priced.. I'd love to learn a little about you and what you were doing before Giggle Bug Boutique came about.
Let’s see…well, I spent 13 years in tele-com, mostly in data networks and boring geeky stuff like that. I had a brief couple of years in marketing, and though I loved that part of it, telecom can only be so interesting. So, after my last son was born, I decided it was time to do something I really wanted to do…and just be a mom and a wife. That only lasted for about 2 months. My brother and sister in law who created Bugaboo Shoes, called me and asked if I would help them market the new shoe biz in the Midwest where I live. A little hesitant to make any commitments outside of my immediate family, I agreed to help. We were only looking for specialty shoe stores and boutiques for the shoes, so I was meeting a lot of boutique owners. Listening to their stories on how they opened their boutiques, I got the craziest idea! I wanted a boutique that I would shop in. My taste is very eclectic. Some days I want the cute little tutu and tiaras and some days I want to rock out in my funky t-shirts, jeans and a pair of BabyLegs on my arms. I wanted a place to shop for the whole family including the pets that would be a fun experience where you could find not your every day designs, but some funk to it!
What was your inspiration behind the name of your Boutique?
The name was probably the easiest. My husband has always called me his Giggle, probably because I spend a lot of time laughing. Why not…there’s so much in life to giggle about! And Bug comes from our boys who are the inspiration in everything that Giggle Bug Boutique is about. We’ve always called them our Bugs. Our oldest, Mak, has moved on away from the Bug era, but even at 15 he’s still cute as one. Our youngest, Tate, is still Tater Bug though. Our boys give us inspiration every day in everything they say and do. I want them to see Giggle Bug is an expression of what we want for them…and that’s to play and work hard, love long and laugh so very much!
What do you feel is the most important quality in your business?
The most important thing to me about Giggle Bug Boutique is customer service. I run the store like a mom because I am one. I shop my designers as what I call a professional mommy! I want the best quality, the coolest and hippest styles at the most affordable prices. When you shop at Giggle Bug Boutique, you become our friends, even if you’re just browsing!
WOW~ Thanks so much to Nicki, owner of GIGGLE BUG BOUTIQUE for allowing us to interview you!
I really love learning about merchants- who they are and where they came from, and how their ideas developed into a reality. I think as a consumer, it helps allow us to remember that shop owners are real people too, and as a business woman, it reminds you that all things *are* possible, when you put your heart, mind and faith into it.
Wow! So life has been interesting to say the least.. adjusting to NewBaby, and having a sick toddler on top of everything- days are a little longer and nights a whole lot shorter, but the rewards are definitely worth it.
NewBaby is doing well. She's grown from 4lbs 13oz to 5lbs 2 oz!! Grow Baby, Grow!! The pediatrician is very impressed with how superb she is doing. She really is a little miracle baby!
Abbigaile is sick.. The other night she spiked a high fever and instead of just keeping a watchful eye on it, I decided to bring her to the ER because of NewBaby. Surprisingly, we were in and out in about an hour! Turns out she has an ear infection, and a sore throat, possibly strep, but the doc couldn't really see all the way in. Abbie has ear tubes, I thought infections weren't supposed to happen?? Oh well.
Alex is doing very well at school, now that they've advanced his reading group. He is in a 1st grade reading group, and LOVES it! Completely different from his old school that thought perhaps he had Autism or Asperger's Syndrome, or some other spectrum disorder. Amazing what some people can come up with, just because they're not willing to recognize excellence.
On to the fun stuff! 4BabyAndMom's Fabulous February Fiesta is coming up! We have only a few more slots left for sponsors, so if you know of an amazing company that you'd love to see featured, please let me know! You can contact me at 4BabyAndMom [at] gmail [dot] com.
You saw the other list of sponsors HERE, right? I cannot wait! There's going to be giveaways, discounts galore, interviews and many amazing products featured! Oh, now you want to know who else is participating?? Ok, ok.. Here's another sneak peek!!
I apologize for neglecting my blog this week, HUGE changes have occurred in my household since Monday.
Have no fear, the children are all doing well, in fact, all three of them are. My husband and I are now officially the legal temporary guardians of a beautiful baby girl. Without getting into specifics (legally I am not sure what I am allowed to disclose or not) the baby was either going to be placed into foster care, or we were going to keep her awhile. The judge chose us.
She's adorable- born premature at 27.5 weeks and 1lb 15oz. She's a miracle baby, for sure! She was able to breathe on her own within 24 hours, her lungs are still doing great. She had to receive blood on a couple of instances, but I am unsure of all of those details. She eats like a champ, and so far, so good. She was released today at 4lbs, 13oz- HALF the weight of Alex when he was born! She's such a peanut, I don't even know where to begin! I was given an infant CPR course before I left the hospital today with her, and a short video on preemies. Did I mention, she's HALF the size of Alex when he was born?!
I need you, my readers to give me some advice now. For those of you that had preemies, what was the one thing you wish someone told you? What is "different" with a preemie vs. a full term baby? (Aside from the obvious, weight, immune system, etc). For those of you that didn't have teeny babies, what was the one baby product you couldn't live without??
Normal blog posts will resume on Monday. I apologize again for any inconvenience. Remember to mark your calendar, because the FABULOUS FEBRUARY FIESTA IS COMING SOON!
This week, be sure to look for our Giggle Bug Boutique review and Bugaboo Shoes giveaway!! Trust me, it's totally worth it, and subscribers get bonus entries! Hurry, tell your friends! ;o)
Another week has passed, and I almost made it through without a topic to post. We did some errands in the morning and then headed to the grocery store before heading home about 12:30. Today was Alex's last day at home before he goes back to school tomorrow, and with our groceries in tow, I get an epiphany.
"Who wants to go on a PICNIC?"
"MEEEEEEEEE!" pipes two voices from the depths of the minivan.
"But Mommy, we need a basket with two openings.. Do we have a basket?"
"I think we can find something."
We head home and unpack the groceries, make sandwiches, pack some tostitos, and cookies, juice, cups, and plates in a shopping bag, and start basket hunting. I know I have baskets, several to be exact, but none have an opening like a picnic basket, none except....
"I FOUND A PERFECT PICNIC BASKET, MOMMY!" as all of the sporadic toys that find their way into the living room bounce onto the tiled floor, fleeing from the bottom of the toy basket that rescued them from the vacuum or toss pile.
We quickly clean them up, and throw our food, blanket, and miscellaneous picnic stuff into this basket and head to the park. We set up the blanket, and enjoyed the best bologna and cheese sandwiches ever. The kids had a blast listening to Nature, and discovering all of the new and different sounds we could hear if we really listened. We cleaned up, threw the basket back into the car, and then played at the park for awhile.
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Another rainy or snowy day in December passes as your children tell you for the 9 millionth time, “Mommy, I’m bored!” You’ve played about 42 games of Candy Land, colored all of the pages in the My Little Pony coloring book Santa brought, and organized the Legos to replica the pyramids in Egypt 10 times over.. what do you have left to do? The school break is almost over, and my children, along with many others are becoming quite stir crazy.
Thankfully a former preschool teacher, director, camp leader, Mom, and wife, Allie, put together one of the best preschool activity sites to date! NO TIME FOR FLASHCARDS was developed as a resource of activities for young children that promote play, discovery and learning. Children are intrigued by the sounds of songs in familiar tunes, lessons that are easy to follow, and crafts made with everyday items found around the house.
I met Allie, author at NO TIME FOR FLASHCARDS , on BabyTalkBio , an online parenting community. Instantaneously, my children and I fell in love with the arts & crafts, as well as all of the songs and book reviews Allie posts. Abbigaile is almost 3 and her favorite thing to do is watch the songs preformed on NO TIME FOR FLASHCARDS . She sits and mimics the hand movements, bops & dances to the music, and giggles with every funny facial expression. She asks for me to play them over, and over, and over again! My son. Alex, is almost 6 and loves recognizing the tunes. The words to the songs are always sung to a familiar tune, such as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". The crafts are easy enough for my daughter and interesting enough for my son. We've made homemade crayons, a rainbow of colors, and even tried today's post on NO TIME FOR FLASHCARDS - Free Art Friday, Yogurt Finger Painting.
Allie's beautiful son models all the arts and crafts, and readers often submit pictures of their creations. If you've never heard of NO TIME FOR FLASHCARDS, be sure to check out the Top 10 of 2008 for fabulous ideas to help your children stay active, learn new and exciting things, all through free play and their own creativity. The possibilities are endless and with the help of No Time For Flashcards, you and your child will never have to be bored again!
I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to my loyal readers, and for all of the feed back you have given me over the past several weeks! I wish you all a blessed and prosperous New Year!! I would also like to offer a very special thanks to Callie and Brandi from POLKA DOT PANCAKE for taking a giant leap of faith in the launch of 4BabyAndMom. I am looking forward to a New Year filled with new and exciting adventures and experiences!
2009 is going to be a wonderful year at 4BabyAndMom. As a fairly new blog, we've been blessed with the opportunity to review some amazing products from some intriguing companies. These are businesses that care about us as consumers, and try to accommodate our needs for products that are not only cute or trendy, but efficient, reasonably priced, and practical. Over the next few weeks, some of these companies will be announced and trust me- you *don't* want to miss it!!
If you know of a product or company that you would like to see featured on 4BabyAndMom, please contact us at 4BabyAndMom [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know! Without you, our readers, 4BabyAndMom would not be, so again, THANK YOU!!!
Wishing you all the very best in 2009,