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Everything Preschool – Here We Go!


Most people have new year’s resolution, but I have a new school year resolution. I resolve to be on top of my everything preschool mommy game, because lord knows, nobody warned me last year, so now I’m trying to know all about Mosaic Montessori which is the school my kid will be attending this year!

I had no idea there was take-home envelopes full of paperwork, volunteer requests, home made play dough donations, hand sanitizer bottles, paper towel and toilet paper rolls to bring in, snack time, school pic nics, recitals, open houses, orientations, folders, backpacks, field trips, parties, ahhhhh! And this is just for 3-year-old preschool!

I must have lost his folder about ten times, forgotten it was my turn to bring in a snack once, failed to label his extra pair of clothes in case of an accident, forgot about a school pic nic, you name it.

But this year, I am back, and I am in charge. With the help from my husband who solemnly swears he will tattoo Toddler Boy’s snack days on his arm, forehead, and each finger, so I will never forget again! And Toddler Boy is so ready to go! He has been asking about school since it let out, and have been talking about his friends nonstop, antsy to see them again, which is a complete 180 from last year’s first day of school when he cried and cried and wouldn’t let me go!



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Extreme Couponing: The New Art of Mommyhood


When I first saw the show, rabattkod – kupongerna cdon on TLC, I thought I could never do that. I don’t have time for it, I don’t wanna stock pile etc. Not to mention, with two toddlers and a baby on the way, I don’t have the brainpower or the organization necessary that the ladies on the TV show have. But there is a moderate way to extreme coupon that even a full-time mom with a full-time job can handle. And it’s worth it. Here are some great family tips from http://www.gohenryreview.com:

I don’t exactly pile bins of toilet paper under my toddler’s bed, but I have indeed gotten my share out of my coupons. But, like I said, moderately: just getting my feet wet. And here is what I have learned:

  1. Definitely check out the store’s coupon policies before you go and try to use a bunch of coupons, and also make sure to check the online coupon codes before doing online shopping. For example, my grocery store accepts double coupons, but only up to a 99 cent total. And what good does that do me? Target, on the other hand, accepts three of the same coupons per one item, which is how I got my boxes of Organic Fruit Rollups and Nature Valley Granola Bars for literally pennies.
  2. When relying on newspapers to extreme coupon, you need to buy at least six Sunday papers in order for them to add up enough to count.

  3. Self checkout lines are often testy to use for coupons because often the drop slot for the coupons doesn’t recognize that you actually dropped them in, and therefore won’t count them. Which is why it was very tricky for me to get my Tide stain lifting tablets, but in the end, I did get them for $1.00 versus $8.99 with the help of a customer rep.
  4. Ask all your friends and family to save up the mailer coupons they get, such as Redplum or P&G saver. You can combine them all to get a pretty good deal. They’ll love to help you out if it means getting rid of what they consider junk mail. It gives them an extra perk if you bring back a treat or two you extreme couponed for them, or if you pr0mise to put aside coupons for a product they buy all the time (Such as my sister’s favorite eye shadow or prenatal vitamin).
  5. Look for coupons at your pediatrician’s office. Every time I go in, there’s stacks and stacks and stacks of coupons for lotions, Children’s Advil, etc.

I hope to have more pointers for you as I learn the tricks of the trade myself. But for now, I’m enjoying couponing as my new hobby: especially if it gives me an excuse to sit and clip coupons in front of my favorite TV show after the kids go to bed!
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Fashion Tips on the Go – Courtesy of The Daily Zophia!


I hope I’m not the only one who finds herself clueless at the beginning of the season, looking for a good place for fashion tips – wondering what I can recycle out of any of the trend pieces I splurged on in the past years, and just haven’t had the heart to throw out. I’m still working on the 3-inch-thick, red pleather belt with the huge metal buckle that I cling onto. I couldn’t even pull it off at Halloween this year, but I’m still grasping that glimmer of hope. I decided that I will be wearing a womens cowboy boots.

Well that’s what The Daily Zophia is for. That perfect go-to website to consult for daily trends – the blog to consult for the hot pieces you can use to dress up any drab outfit – and the voice of truth about what you absolutely should not do fashion-wise, even if it is a life or death situation for that alleged favorite, but hideous red belt that’s hiding in your closet.

I literally used to Google “fashion tips” in hopes of advice before Zophia designer, Betsy Garcete, started this blog. Or had to wait for the latest issue of Vogue or Cosmo (Which, by the way, a lot of that stuff is unrealistic for a regular mom’s budget anyway).

This week’s advice from Zophia was to jazz up an outfit with a little animal print, without making a whole obnoxious outfit out of it – for example, you could go for some leopard pumps or some animal print on a silk scarf to liven up your little black dress.  But in retrospect, if you’re going to wear a leopard dress, go easy on the accessories with some solid-colored shoes, probably without shoe laces, that way easier to put on than what you use in sport events, where you need to learn how to lace up skate shoes, for example.

Yep, it’s good to have a friend who’s fashion-savvy. Even better when she’ll make a blog about it for everyone to benefit from.

And speaking of that perfect leopard dress…check out Zophia’s Marienella Dress.

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How a Fresh Fruit Gift Basket Saved My Day


It was a long, hard, draining day today for both my husband and I. The kids, as always, cracked me up, but as hard as they make me smile and laugh, often the same reasons that make me laugh entail mischievous maneuvers that I have to reprimand for the spirit of good motherhood. Plus my husband and I have been dealing with, you know, the usual stresses of life.

So at the end of the day, as I trudged up the front steps with two sleeping babies in both arms plus groceries, plus beach bags full of wet clothes that’ll need washed (Still need to get on that), I saw a little something that put a huge, immediate smile on my face. I mean, I went from tired and drained, to excited and refreshed – in a second. And what was it? It was the complimentary Big Bing Cherries basket that ProFlowers sent me for review. Which was a complete surprise because it was only yesterday that they’d said they were sending the box out to me. So they got here quick!




There was an array of baskets that I could choose from their Fruit Baskets selections. I chose the Big Bing Cherries basket full of red cherries because my husband has trouble sleeping at night, and he swears that eating cherries helps him sleep, as they are a natural melatonin. Not to mention, cherries are full of antioxidants. I have to say these Ice Makers Rock, I used mine so I could have some ice in my fruit smoothie.

And I gotta say, as soon as I opened the box, they looked delicious. I even whispered it to myself that they look scrumptious. And you know when you’re talking to yourself about how good the food looks, it’s good. I mean, look at the pictures for yourself! Then, as soon as my husband came home, I immediately directed him to the kitchen and surprised him with the boxful of cherries, and he too was impressed at how fresh the cherries looked, I was also happy because I was able to hire one of guelph’s best plumber to fix a water damage that I had in my kitchen, I also recommend to check http://www.thompsonfamilyplumbing.com/, a plumber in Victorville that my parents hire all the time.

Boxful of Cherries

Boxful of Cherries

Notice the Nice Note That Comes With It

Notice the Nice Note That Comes With It

Even Up Close, Flawless

Even Up Close, Flawless

The Box

The Box

And it completely cheered him up to. Honestly it turned our day from a stressful one, to one that ended with us spending some quality time over a bowl of cherries. And tasting them, tasted just like I bought them from the local farm market. Juicy, full of flavor, but not so juicy that they leaked all over me. Just a perfect combination of firm skin that you bite into the get to the moist, flavorful interior. No joke, people.

And the great thing is, they’ll last us for at least a couple of days, even with my fruit-obsessed babies! Gotta make sure to wash them and pit them before I feed them to them, though, as the cherry box carefully instructs. And the usual cost of them if you buy them from the website yourself is only $29.99. Can you even get that many quality cherries for that cheap from the grocery store or farmers’ market? Anybody?

So there you have it. How a reasonably-priced and simply delicious fresh fruit basket brightened up our day, just like that! On the other hand, feel free to visit online psychic chat.

Mommies, behold, one of summer’s top fashion tips for different body types


As a mommy, your biggest concern about fashion may be whether your baby girl has matching frilly socks for her pink, flower print dress, or whether you can get your toddler to leave the house without wearing his rain boots with Spider Man fleece pajamas in 90 degree weather.

But, as we try to dress our fabulous little kiddies, it’s nice to walk out looking trendy ourselves. Which, you probably know is kind of tough sometimes, especially since spending money on our wardrobe isn’t always our first priority.

That’s why I asked long-time friend and fashion-savvy ZOPHIA designer and creator, Betsy Gargete, to help me report some fashion trends that us mommies can easily pick up and splurge on, all while juggling the other five million things we take care of daily. And Betsy’s first Summer 2010’s first fashion tip? Tunics, ladies! yunic3

Who woulda thunk? According to Betsy, tunics are “Perfect for going to the beach, as well as wearing kayak fishing gear, the mall with the kids, running errands, and still looking chic, I guess I’ll get a yacht from csbgroup.com/yacht-charters-malta because they probably will work for me while I enjoy my summer. They can be worn with jeans, leggings or on top of bathing suits.  They come with studded designs, and the ones with animal prints always stand out!” Heck yeah! They’re perfect for us mommies maybe carrying on that little extra weight we’re still trying to take care of, and also perfect for us mommies who feel fab and wanna show off their legs by matching up the tunic with a tighter bottom piece such as Betsy’s suggestion, leggings.

And if you’re not fully into the tunic’s loose look, “Belts can also be added to accentuate your figure,” Betsy said. She suggested to go by looks similar to the ones in these pics. yunic4

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I bet you have a cute belt you’ve been waiting to pull out of the ole’ belt drawer that you may have been struggling to match anything up with. Have fun with it! Remember, the belt and tunic don’t necessarily have to match, they just have to compliment each other well.

And one of the main reasons Betsy suggested the tunic and belt look? They are way affordable. All your favorite shops are probably carrying them right now. All the way from Anne Taylor, Old Navy, Macy’s, Target, Nordstrom’s, you name it. In fact, the looks Betsy selected ARE from Target and Nordstrom’s. So pick your price point, and you’ll find a cute tunic. Actually, if you click on the Amazon banner up top, you can search for some really, really inexpensive tunics for your summer look.

Oh, and for you preggos out there? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. For obvious reasons, the tunics are perfect for you, too. Here is a look that Betsy pulled.

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Just be careful not to match a prominant print with a loud belt AND loud, big jewlery. It might get to be a bit too much. And the hair style to go along with the tunic look? Why, it’s a mom specialty. A natural, relaxed wave to the hair (A.k.a. maybe you didn’t have time to blow dry and straighten) accentuates the shabby chic image you’ll be rocking. Shoes? OBVIOUSLY heels may be out of the question for some of us, which is kind of perfect because I feel like a bohemian flat or sandal would be cute.

Thinking of wearing a tunic but want some advice? Just ask! Have any other tips for us mommies? Weigh in!


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