Summertime Slacking

First, I must apologize for my absence! But now that summertime is finally here, I’ve been busy enjoying the weather and long days and I have not had a chance to do much blogging. And honestly, I hope you are all doing the same!

My little guy loves the outdoors so it seems like every free moment I have is spent in our yard, at the zoo or at a nearby splash pad.

I promise I’ll be back soon with new and exciting posts. But for a few more weeks my plan is to just take advantage of the lovely weather.


Kids and Weddings

Oh what a turn of events! I was married just a couple short years ago and I did not invite any children to the wedding or reception. Mainly, the reason was cost. I did not want to pay another $20-30 for your 5 year old to attend my reception.

But I also didn’t have many close friends or family members who had kids yet. So the secret second reason for not inviting kids was to keep the head count down. I knew that our relatives who lived further away (some who I had never even met) wouldn’t bother to make the trip if they couldn’t bring their kids. And that was fine with me.

Now I find myself on the other end of the situation. I’m attending a wedding out of state in a few weeks, and my child is not invited. Part of me is devastated. I would love to make it a family trip. But with no babysitting option while we are there, it just isn’t possible.

It’s funny how having a baby can totally change your tune. A couple years ago I had no interest in having kids at my wedding – clogging up the dance floor, crying during the ceremony, etc. Now I think it is the cutest thing when the little flower girl or ring bearer is dancing the night away….even cuter when they are completely passed out in someone’s lap, exhausted from their night of fun. Sigh.

Tip Hero’s Father’s Day Giveaway

Welcome to the Father’s Day giveaway event sponsored by Tip Hero, featuring some wonderful bloggers. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we thought that a giveaway event was a great way to recognize all of the dads out there and to give someone a chance to win a great dad-ly prize.

One lucky winner will be the recipient of a $100 Home Depot gift card to help get your favorite dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day!

This giveaway begins on May 24th and will run until June 7th at 11:59pm US Eastern time. It will be open to residents of the US only, 18+. Use the PromoSimple form below to enter, and be sure to take advantage of the many entries you can gain. And make sure you come back daily for even more chances to win. Good luck to all!

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5 Tips for Sleeping Well While Pregnant

Some people say that not sleeping well while pregnant is helping your body prepare for not getting any sleep once the baby arrives. I say, that’s crap. Get as much sleep as you can before that baby comes!

Some common problems that keep you from sleeping while pregnant are: heartburn, back pain, snoring (this is a problem if you’re husband wakes you up to tell you you’re snoring) and nasal congestion. At some point you might also deal with plain old insomnia and I couldn’t find a solution for that. But here are a few things that helped me with the others.

– Don’t drink anything before bed.
– Take a couple Tums when you lay down to sleep and keep them on your nightstand in case you need them throughout the night.

Back Pain
– Splurge on a pregnancy body pillow like this one from Boppy. They are perfect for the pregnant body. A normal body pillow really doesn’t work as well.

Breathe Right strips worked for me. The one thing I didn’t like is that my nose would be really red in the morning from the adhesive.

Nasal Congestion
– I suffered from the worst nasal congestion when I was pregnant. And really, it wasn’t even quite congestion. It was actually sinus swelling so even if I could’ve taken cold medicine, I’m not sure it would’ve worked. The one thing that helped was a humidifier.

Hard Baked Eggs?

I know I’m a little late in posting this since I tried it over Easter, but still wanted to share. I had seen a few posts about baking, instead of hard-boiling, eggs. I happen to have a terrible stove top that takes about 2 days to boil water so I was game to give it a try.

hard boiled eggs in oven

hard boiled eggs in the oven

It worked! And it was super simple! This is how I will make hard “boiled” eggs from now on.

I just put them in a muffin pan and put them in the oven at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Followed immediately with an ice water bath.

We used them to color Easter eggs and then later to make deviled eggs. There was no difference between a boiled egg and the ones I baked. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Review: Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips

I recently had the opportunity to try new chips from Green Giant. The Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips are available in two flavors:
– Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips with Zesty Cheddar are crispy tortilla chips made with real vegetables like carrot, broccoli, and tomato, plus 17g of whole grain
– Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips with Sea Salt are made with real sweet potatoes and 14g of whole grain, with 40% less fat than regular potato chips* (10g per 28g serving)

I think it’s smart for Green Giant to jump on the veggie chip band wagon. Everyone associates the brand with healthy vegetables so if you were looking for something healthy in the snack aisle, that would probably catch your eye.

Green Giant Veggie Chips

Green Giant Veggie Chips

The Tasting:
I really enjoyed the Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips with Zesty Cheddar. I opened the bag intending to have just a few for a snack…but I ended up eating the whole bag! Eating that many probably doesn’t fit the healthy profile but it tells you how tasty they are.

I was really excited to try the Multigrain Sweet Potato because I’ve been on a sweet potato kick lately. Unfortunately, I was not a fan…I didn’t finish a small bag. I do think they could work as a healthier choice when you are eating dip. As a vessel for your dip, they would be fine because it’s really all about the flavor of the dip.

Overall I’m excited about these new healthy snack options. I think they’ll be great for families who need a quick snack option but want to make sure they are eating healthy whenever they can.

I tried the products for free from BzzAgent.