Ir5S1IDID8ntz3CTfc4LEVhlmt9Wl3 La Vida Buena: July 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Five

1. I love breastfeeding
2. I love how sensitive my son is. He randomly walked over to me this week, touched my cheek and said "i hope your jaw is feeling better today mommy"
3. I love looking at my garden! Its feels so good knowing we eat from it.
4. I love that Bonita likes to wash dishes....and does it well!
5. I love that my husband works so hard and makes so many sacrifices just so i can be a stay at home mom

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The SO UN-FUN week

Well, its only thursday, and I had some major oral surgery on tuesday afternoon. It has been BRUTAL! I mean, taking care of the kids, AND having this horrible pain, NOT FUN! I wish i could be blogging more, and I am going to try to get some post in today, its just been....HARD!
I couldnt breasfeed for 24 Hrs after getting put to sleep for surgery, but thank goodness for a pump and a baby who take bottles! I have to say, hats off to the moms who get up at 2am to make a bottle. I wanted to cry having to do that! I am so happy to my 2am routine,
-sit up
-pick baby up from bassinet
-sit at end of bed nursing with my eyes clothes
-put baby back in bassinet
-plop back onto my pillow and SLEEP!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Baby Basics-Month 4

So monthly I will post a Baby Basics. This will be monthly updates of Luz, because who doesnt LOVE reading about baby cuteness!!!

Luz is already 4 months old. It kills me how fast she has grown! She is amazing in everyway. Sleeps great, nurses great, and smiles ALL THE TIME.
She is into blowing rasberrys, and its so stinking cute. We just had her 4month check up and she is 13lb 6 oz and 24.5 inches long. PERFECT!

I thought she should be rolling already, but the pedi assured me its fine. She can grab hanging toys and can roll onto her side. So i was told not to worry.

She love love loves to stand. I need to get a door way jumper or something for the girl. Oh she can now reach for her pacifier from my hand, and then grab it and put in into her own mouth! Im impressed.

She ate like a teaspoon of sweet potatoe!!! That was her first taste of food...well she did like my ice pop one day :) I make my own baby food, so really she is just exploring...she is always trying to get my food so I figured why not!

Overall baby girl is doing awsome. She really is the light of our life!

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Friday Five

I decided to start a Friday Five. It will be 5 things about my family, that i will remeber, embrace, and use to remind me to smile and take a breath when i need it.

1. I love how Luz will stick her fingers in her mouth and sing herself to sleep

2. I love how amazingly talented my 3 year old is at electronics, from xbox to ipad, he can download games, play them....and charge credit cards!!

3. I love how my 6 year old still co sleeps....i know the day will come when she doesnt want to anymore

4. I love how Luz does a baby giggle when i kiss her belly

5. I love that all 3 kids wake up at different times!

Blogger Challenge CATCH UP!

okay we are going through a crazy heat wave, over 100 these past few days and keeping the kids inside during the day has been making us all a little crazy! But, let me do a 3 day catch up....

Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
honestly, i dont like pets. I know, call me evil mommy but i just dont. I wanted a Yorkie SO BAD, and got one, for about 5 months and I had to return it to my sister in law. I mean, i paper trained him, and loved him, but he was dropped and broke a foot....400dollars later. Loco was just 3, and really tossed the poor dog around. That being said, the kids want a guinni pig. I
told them no. Then we couldnt go on vacation, I am an extra chore on top of my motherly duties now, just no no no.
We do have 2 Betas though :)

Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
This is a tough one. I always imagined myself with my wedding dress, dancing with dad, you know, every little girls princess moment. I got pregnant with my oldest at 20, and we were not married at the time. It just never seemed like an important part of our life, and we were happy with the way we, a REAL wedding cost so much money. Sure my parents should pay for it, and they gave my sister a BEAUTIFUL wedding, but WHY... I couldnt ask them to pay for my 1 day fantasy. Then our son was born 2 years later...still unmarried....
When he was 2 weeks old we went to city hall and "got married" it was great. Funny thing is, we did it during DH's lunch break at work. So we ran to wendy;s to eat, and now that i think of it, that is where we ate on our first date! IRONIC!
But now after 3 kids, we are thinking about possible having a real church wedding. So here i go...
I would LOVE it to be on a beach. but thats just me. It would be near sunset, somewhere tropical. I would be happy with close family, our just us. Me the bride in White, Dh the groom in white. Bonita would be my bridemaid/flowergirl cause i KNOW even at 6 she would want to do that. I think the girls will wear lavender dresses. Loco would be in white with a lavender bowtie as my ring bearer and Luz, would be matching Bonita...
ahh beauty...oh yeah, we would have RINGS! (we still dont have rings, I cant justify us spending money on wedding rings when we have 3 kids to raise :)

Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
hmmmm Dave Mathews Band - You and Me

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Blog Hops!

I am doing some blog hops so I will will be adding to this through the day

Bassgiraffe's Thoughts Thursday Blog Hop

i couldnt get this ones button to work!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Day 5 Blogger Challenge

Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.

Why you shouldn't let them pick out bedtime stories....

So we visit the library ALOT! With a 1st grader reading really well, and a 3 year old who loves to listen and a 4 month old who benifits from it all, we go through LOTS of books in this house. Usually the kids are free to pick what they want from the childrens section of the library and we just leave with 20+ books and i go through the pile at night. Sometimes they are awsome, sometimes they are boring and sometimes its the same book for 5 weeks in a row. This past library trip, something new was picked out, and it was a tough book to get through.

The book is about a little girl, telling her story to her mom. The book starts with her and her mom, and her mom is sick. They get a family helper to come....and the girl notices she is there more and more. Then mom goes away to the hospital and she dies from being sick.

It was a very sad, beautiful and touching book. I didnt mind so much reading it to the kids, it was tough since it was a bedtime story. If i would have known, i would have saved it for the day, and we would have discussed it.

It made me sit back and once again really appreciate the little things in life with my kids, the giggles on the swings, the voices of them thinking they REALLY have a good singing voice, and the moments just sitting on the couch at night, waiting for daddy to get home from work, when everything is still, dark and we just are there, in a moment together.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blogger Challenge Day 4

Day 4A picture of your best friend
My husband. My one true friend, never let me down, never left myside, can me my laugh when i need a cry, can make me smile when i am pissed. He is amazing!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Blogger Challenge Day 3

Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.

I never went on a "date" me and my husband met when i was 17, we hung out, walked around a mall and ate some Wendys in the food court. It was perfect, and it was what started it all! I wouldnt change a thing....and wouldnt want to try anything else.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Blog Challenge Day 2

A Photo of something I ate today.....and this is what i share with you! I eat this almost EVERY night for some reason....
Im not a huge dinner eater, and I am happy to have lost the 20 pounds I gained in my pregnancy and 3 months post partum i am 5 pounds lighter than when i actually got pregnant! Third pregnancy...I AM SO PROUD! BREASTFEEDING is amazing to loose weight! Well here is my nightly dinner/snack
Life Cereal and blueberries!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blogger Challenge DAY 1

Day 1: a photo of me and a description of my day
i HATE pictures of me. I really do. But, since I commited to this, i have no choice. I will start with my day though. Well, I went to my first ever physical at a doctor. I figured i am 28, 3 kids, I probably should get some routine blood work done and all. So I took the picture of me, sitting in the doctors office waiting....and waiting....

30 Day Blogger Challenge

SO I read over at about a 30 day blogger Challenge. Sounds like fun for me, now lets see if I can Keep up!

Day 1 – A photo of yourself and a description of how your day was.
Day 2 – A photo of something you ate today.
Day 3 – Your idea of the perfect first date.
Day 4 – Your favorite photograph of your best friend.
Day 5 – A photo of yourself two years ago.
Day 6 – A photo of an animal you’d love to keep as a pet.
Day 7 – Your dream wedding.
Day 8 – A song to match your mood.
Day 9 – A photo of the item you last purchased.
Day 10 – A photo of your favorite place to eat.
Day 11 – What’s in your makeup bag?
Day 12 – A photograph of the town you live in.
Day 13 – Your favorite musician and why?
Day 14 – A TV show you’re currently addicted to.
Day 15 – Something you don’t leave the house without.
Day 16 – Your celebrity crush.
Day 17 – A photo of you and your family.
Day 18 – Something you crave a lot.
Day 19 – Another picture of yourself.
Day 20 – The meaning behind your blog name.
Day 21 – A photo of something that makes you happy.
Day 22 – A letter to someone who has hurt you recently. A letter to someone who broke my heart.
Day 23 – 15 facts about you.
Day 24 – A photo of something that means a lot to you.
Day 25 – What’s in your purse?
Day 26 – A photo of somewhere you’ve been to.
Day 27 – A picture of you last year and now and how have you changed since then?
Day 28 – Your favorite movie.
Day 29 – Something you could never get tired of doing.
Day 30 – A photograph of yourself today + three good things that have happened in the past 30 days.

Please join in if you would like and remeber to link back to me where you found the challenge

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ice Pops for Breakfast!

WE LOVE ICE POPS! I mean, who doesnt when its hot and summer. I prefer to make smoothie pops for the kids, and none of the good that go into them ever bother the kids. I also don't feel like I am commiting a crime when I help myself to one...or two as well! So I started this time with organic Banilla yogurt, fresh carrots, strawberrys,huge anounts of spinach and mint! Yep, mint from mt garden. If you are a smoothie drinker, and have never tried some mint in your berry smoothies, you are totally missing out!!!

I whip these together in my blender with a bit of water and agave and freeze.I only have one set of ice pop molds, but I have a baby bullet that came with a freezer mold and I just put cut in half tounge depressors in for the sticks.

These are great when the kids want an icey for breakfast! Another great addative is ground flaxseed. We add that in all the time, but I got mommy brain and forgot this time!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Farmer Market Bliss

This past friday I went to my first farmers market of the season! I forgot how much I absolutley LOVE these things. I mean, Loco sat in the grass and ate an ENTIRE bag of fresh peas that I had just bought. The look is beautiful, all the colors, and everything. I do go a little bit crazy and buy ALOT each week, and then sometimes I struggle to get it all finished. So far this week I have made :
-soup 2 times using Broccoli,Carrot,Zuchinni,Potato,onion and Garlic.
-Kale buscuits
-smoothies EVERY morning with carrot,blueberrys,strawberrys,apple and spinach
-I have been throwing the rest into random stews,stir-frys and chicken dishes
-Salad everyday....but I have to be honest, I am so tired of eating salad!

BUT I NEED MORE IDEAS!!! What do YOU love to put all the fresh Vegis from this time of year into?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

7th Generation Diapers Review and Giveaway!

I had the awsome oppertunity of getting a try out a package of 7th Generations new Free and Clear diapers. Now, I am a cloth diaper user, full time and can honestly say, new baby Luz has never been in a plastic diaper. I never liked the idea of all the chemicals next to her skin, getting wet, YUCK it grosses me out! The thing is, sometimes going out, or at night,I just want a break from all the cloth. Its an extra chore in my life that gets added in. So getting to try these diapers, AMAZING!

What Seventh Generation leaves out is just as important as what they put in. Free & Clear diapers do not include chlorine processing, fragrances, latex and petroleum based lotions. In an effort to contribute less overall landfill waste and continue to ensure a premium standard of absorbency, the new Free & Clear diapers have been redesigned with a lighter-weight core. With processed chlorine-free wood pulp in Free & Clear diapers, Seventh Generation also makes certain that no chlorine is released into the environment during the totally chlorine-free (TCF) whitening process of the diapers and training pants.

Seventh Generation has also reduced the size of the diapers’ plastic packaging, meaning that each pack now contributes even less overall landfill waste than before. In fact, Seventh Generation Free & Clear diaper packaging can now be recycled at local supermarkets where plastic bag recycling collection boxes are available.

Now for my review, they are a horrible ugly brownish color, but as ugly as they look, I kinda LIKE the look! I know, sounds crazy, but it goes to show you that is doesnt have any whitening agents in them. Also, they hold up great. Luz sleeps 9+ hours through the night and I am happy to say we have NEVER had a leak with them! I will most definitiall be keeping a package of these on hand for my cloth diaper breaks, and will be taking a package with me to the beach for a week, when I wont be able to cloth diaper.
Here is a link to an awsome coupon to try out a package for yourself! to download a printable coupon for $2.00 OFF any ONE Seventh Generation Baby Product (Diapers, Training Pants, or Wipes)!


MyBlogSpark and 7th Generation are offering one of my readers a package of 7th Generation diapers for free! Yep, they will mail a package in your choice size (2,4or5) directly to your house!

I am going to keep this one simple, since I am working on the blog. Here is how to enter:

Follow my blog( 1 entry)
Tell me what you like about 7th Generation diapers (1 entry)

Leave a comment for each entry. Winner will be chosen randomly on 7/16/2011 at midnight,so get your entrys in now!!!

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Life has made me take a break, a breath and enjoy the world

I know I have been MIA for such a long time. I am working on my blog, making it revamped, better for you, better for me. Alot has bappened in the past year, for starters we got a new addition to the family! She is a precious, amazing little girl! ( i still need to get a blog name for her"
Bonita finished a year of public K, something i never thought we would do but, she came out reading at an end of 1st grade level! Made me such a proud mommy:)
And Loco, well, still loco! He is a firecracker, non stop movement, yet the most loving boy in the world. He is in love with his new sister, even after her being here for 3 1/2 months, he kisses her all day long!

I will be doing lots of gievaways, one ill be working on later in the day so please keep checking back in!