Monday, September 29, 2008

Baby Christening Gowns & Christening Rompers Ideal for ...

Rancho Santa Margarita – CA September 26, 2008 – Sandbox Couture, a popular online children's boutique retailer of baby clothes, designer children's clothes and baby gifts, today announced their expanded retail offering to include christening gowns for little boys, little girls, babies and preemies.

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Baby Christening Gowns & Christening Rompers Ideal for ...

Rancho Santa Margarita – CA September 26, 2008 – Sandbox Couture, a popular online children's boutique retailer of baby clothes, designer children's clothes and baby gifts, today announced their expanded retail offering to include christening gowns for little boys, little girls, babies and preemies.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Change of season means more baby clothes

So, fall is officially here. Yay! I love fall. The autumn season has always been a favorite of mine. It used to be that fall was something I associated with starting a new year of school, going back, something new, something fresh. But since 2000, I have happily associated fall with the beginning of my relationship with my husband, Daniel. We went on our first date on August 16th, 2000, but because he was leaving the area for his first year of college, I didn't see him after August 22nd, not again until mid-September. The following year I took tour buses and trains out to Pittsburgh to visit him, and the year after that I moved with him to Pittsburgh. Oh, and two years after that our daughter was born. And lastly, the year after THAT we conceived our son. For those still playing along, that's 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. ;)

Alyssa is all ready for the fall. She really hasn't grown too much since last year (just upwards!), so all of her pants from last year fit her just fine. She inherited my short legs, so at least this year most of her jeans won't be dragging the ground. I seriously have to roll up the cuffs on 90% of her pants. It's ridiculous!

Ryan, on the other hand, not so ready.... he has new shirts, about ten of them. But he needs pants. I wasn't sure what size pants he had leftover from last year, so I decided to wait on buying new ones until I checked out his drawers. Well, I went through them yesterday, and he's down to one pair of jeans and two pairs of cargo pants. Ridiculous! That kid grows too much. He was wearing 24mo/2T in the summer of 2007, here we are in the fall of 2008 and 5T fits him now. In comparison, Alyssa is wearing 5T loosely, and she's almost two years older than him. Well, that's my chunky baby.

So guess who has to go shopping for more baby clothes. Or should I say toddler clothes, since there's nothing really BABY about a whopping 5 in toddler sizes!

Psst... anyone else who has a horse-sized toddler like mine, check out eBay for onesies. I found a bunch (new! in packaging!) by Gerber that are 4T! I'm stoked!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Zzz, wedding favors, Zzz

You know, my poor sleep (going to bed late, waking up in the middle of the night, getting up early with the kids, napping during the day) didn’t start after having kids. It started after working from home.

When our daughter was born, I worked second shift, as did my husband. It was easy to keep our daughter on a schedule with us.
After our son was born, I learned very quickly to sleep when he slept. I coordinated the kids’ nap times so that Ryan was going down for a nap not long after Alyssa was waking up, and she was going down for her nap when Ryan was taking his second. At night, Ryan would go to bed by 9, and Alyssa would be bed at 10.

Nowadays, the problem isn’t getting the kids to nap and sleep at night, but getting myself to sleep. After they go to sleep, I all too often take advantage of the quiet to do my writing and research on wedding favors or whatever else I need to look up ezinearticles.com about. Like now. It’s 3am and I’m working. The kids will be up at 10. *cry*

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Baby shopping is fun

I think one of the most exciting things to shop for is a new pet or a new baby. I recently got a pug (four months old, female, beautiful, very well behaved and well mannered), and shopping for her was a lot of fun. But there's only so much to shop for for a dog. A baby, on the other hand, requires a lot of preparation! Baby furniture is just the tip of the iceberg, and even that is a lot. Cribs, playpens, strollers, car seats, high chairs... then there are the optional things like slings, baby swings, cradles, bassinets. But the fun stuff, the REALLY fun stuff, are the baby clothes, diapers, bibs, towels, and accessories like pacifiers, diaper bags and diapering essentials, breastfeeding supplies, toys and musical CDs.

When you think about it, it's amazing that there are literally thousands of items to buy for a new baby. I know we spent a decent chunk of change and time on new baby things for Alyssa. With our second child, we didn't have to get the big things, but we needed a lot of new baby clothes and newborn clothes, since we were having a boy, and obviously he wouldn't look too good in pink or purple. ;)

What was your favorite baby purchase?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Very Best in Wedding & Bridal Accessories

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Tozzo Wedding Favor Kit is one of many customizable, do-it-yourself items at AmericanBridal.com that helps create dream weddings, even on a budget

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Game Days!

Why is it whenever Football season rolls around, the stores go crazy! Everyone is wearing nfl jerseys, or crazy sports apparel in the upcoming teams colors. You would think that this time of year was one huge party especially, on Sunday's and, Monday's!

Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against team spirit or football or anything, I have a favorite team that I cheer for on game day. I actually sit with my husband through the four quarters of heavy hitting and touch down passes if there are any. I think I enjoy it more now that its more that my husband explained to me. Now we spend these two days out of the week watching the Football game together, kind of our date night!

I find myself looking at all the NFL football jerseys & NFL Apparel online. Now that we have date nights set, isn't it appropriate that I have an appropriate new outfit? I'm even thinking of painting my up my face too!

Super Cool Baby Bedding!


I found some really cool stuff for baby's room! The baby bedding by, Nurseryworks offered through Babybox.com has baby bedding that grows with your child! This baby bedding is designed not only for function but, are so up to date on ultra hip designs! Each crib set from Nurseyworks are available in several colors and hip designs to meet any style! Check out Babybox.com for all your babies needs such as,bassinets, bassinets, cribs and more!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Create a Soothing Baby Room

When choosing the decor for your little one who is on his way, I have found the place for you! Babybox.com has absolutely everything you need to create that special room of your dreams. Imagine your little one resting in tranquility in calming shades of blue and, white. This "Cape Cod" baby bedding set by, Sterling Anabella, is made of 100% Egyptian cotton, which is pure luxury. When it comes to baby nothing is too good! You will love the selection of crib bedding, baby furniture, and, baby clothes, that this luxury online baby store carries!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Pittsburgh Steelers and jerseys

Go Steelers! My husband and I lived in Pittsburgh for a little under two years. Actually, he lived there for three and a half years -- he moved there for college in August of 2000, and I joined him in August of 2002. We moved back home a year and a half later, just a few days before Christmas (yes, driving a uhaul from one end of the state to the other during the mad last minute holiday rush was INSANE. I promise we'll never repeat it!).

I loved Pittsburgh. It's going on five years since we left that city, and I still miss it. City life is a pain and expensive, but it's convenient and it's definitely quaint. Of course, I think I reflect more upon my memories of my husband and I together more than I do about the city, but it's still very special to me, and I would like to go back to visit.

One thing that really got me about Pittsburgh was the borderline RABIDNESS people had in terms of enthusiasm for football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Pittsburgh Pirates got some attention, but NOTHING like what the Steelers got. You would think it was an official holiday, the way people would dress up in nfl jerseys. The freakin' stores would even decorate, and employees (I worked at a K-Mart and a Target) would be strongly encouraged to wear the team colors (black and yellow).

Football never has been my thing, nor will it ever be. My husband enjoys it somewhat, so I'm thinking of getting him some kind of official jersey. I might even get a youth NFL jersey for our son, so they can dress up and be all GO TEAM! together.