Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Believe it or not, our dogs picked these costumes out themselves. Winston is a skeleton and Kia is a She-Devil. They love greeting all of the trick-or-treaters!

This time next year we will be dressing up our little one and I can't wait. How much fun that will be! I just love this little mouse & cheese costume.

More puppy pics after the jump.

Baby mop

How hilarious is this Baby Mop? The number one reason you need it? To "teach your baby a strong work ethic early in their life." This is almost more than I can handle.

And, my cousin Jason needs this shirt.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A poem

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!
—Rudyard Kipling

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What happens if there's a tie?

Have you ever wondered what would happen if there was a tie in the race for President of the United States? Not only is it possible, but in 1824, four candidates and no electoral college majority actually forced the process. It's pretty funny to think about, huh? Imagine... Obama as president and Paul Ryan as veep! 

Have fun watching the debate tonight!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

La Cambusa refrigerator

In case you've found that your refrigerator just isn't cutting it anymore, here's the ultimate in food storage. Check it out. With both cold and and dry storage and customizable options including a TV and small oven, and weighing in at 1,100 pounds, the La Cambusa is... well, expensive. It starts at $40,500. Holy cow!

Friday, October 5, 2012

IKEA trip

This weekend Bob is running a marathon near Chicago and our return trip will take us right by one of my favorite stores - IKEA. Of course, I'm very excited to see my man do his thing on that 26.1-mile course, but I'm also very excited for our IKEA trip. In preparation for all the goodies to be had - namely nursery gear, curtains, and rugs - we are clearing out the car so we can squeeze every last possible thing in.

I love walking around IKEA as if it's my own home,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Debate day

It's debate day! Will you watch the first presidential debate tonight? I tend to steer clear of reading and watching too much coverage of the race to the White House - the media loves spewing incorrect biased information - and try to find my facts apart from all the hooey.

I love a good debate. Tonight, we're having friends over for a little debate party... Food, drinks, and making fun of each candidate and hoping for some real zingers. Here's an idea for a debate drinking game. Or, just for laughs, watch this video of Jill Biden inadvertently making reference to Joe's, well...

Have you tried this game?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Missing mom

Eight years ago today I lost my favorite person in the whole world. My mom and I were besties. Her joyful and loving spirit continues to live in my heart. Fun memories, like this one, make me smile from ear to ear.


OK, so I told you that I had a serious case of baby-brain...

Look at these baby bums. Aren't these gDiapers the cutest? I'm planning to use reusable diapers as much as possible with baby Mango and I've decided on gDiapers. They're adorable AND earth-friendly. You can opt for the washable cloth inserts or for the compostable/flushable inserts. We're going to give both a try.

The EPA information on the long-term effects on the planet from disposable diapers is frightening.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin bread

This weekend I made this really delicious homemade pumpkin bread. Best of all, it was SUPER easy. With the temperature dropping and the leaves changing I've got a serious case of pumpkin brain, i.e. give me pumpkin recipes!! I forgot to take a photo of my bread before I cut into it, so I borrowed this one.

I also put out some pumpkins and bright yellow mums in front of our house. So so pretty! Ah, fall, I heart you.

I'm back and it's October

How did that happen? Just two months ago I was welcoming August...

After a two month break from my blog, I think I'm ready for a come back. There's no telling how frequently I'll be posting, but I do miss it and feel ready to take on some level of commitment once again.
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