The Momma Diaries: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

7 Months Old

I really do not know when or how it happened, but suddenly my sweet boy is 7 months old! He is closer to being one year old, than he is a newborn...and that sounds absolutely unbelievably crazy to me! It feels like he was just being placed into my arms for the first time, yet, I cannot imagine my life without him.

Lincoln is learning new things literally every day. It truly amazes me to watch him discover the smallest things, & find such joy and amazement.

We had his 6 month checkup the other day [2 days before he turned 7 months, go figure]...and he is measuring in the 97th percentile for his height and weight. He was 20 lbs 7 1/2 oz & 28 3/4 inches! He did very well for his appointment, & his pedi was impressed with all of his milestones. We got the go ahead to try pretty much any food with him, but we're keeping quiet about that because we don't want any crazy family members to try to give him a hot dog quite yet ;)
As always, we had our 7 month photo shoot :) It was very hard to get pictures because my sweet boy does not like to sit still! He does however LOVE the camera...he smiles as soon as I take it out :) Here he is nomming away on Sophie...

And here's my big boy jumping on the couch...

Looks like he's waving :)

I know I say it every month, but time seriously needs to SLOW way down! I love watching Lincoln develop & discover new things, but at the same time, I miss that itty bitty tiny baby...I suppose he'll just always be my "itty bitty" tiny baby :)

Jen's Craft Corner Review & Giveaway!

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a wipes case from Jen's Craft Corner . This is an etsy shop with SO much variety! Jen sent me this super cute wipes case to review.I mean, how cute is that?! Even my husband likes it, which is a major compliment because he is seriously the pickest man ever! The case is fixed right onto the wipes case, so there is no way it is slipping off. It is very durable & did I mention CUTE?! ;)

Jen's Craft Corner has many other items besides the wipes cases. These adorable cupcake bows would look super sweet in any little girls hair :)

Jen has kindly offered one of my readers any wipes case of their choosing! There are many different fabrics & designs to choose from...and they really are SO well made.

Now, onto the enter:

Mandatory Entry [leave one comment]:

Visit Jen's Craft Corner and tell me your favorite product.

Additional Entries [leave one separate comment for each extra entry]:
Grab my button [1 entry]:
Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs [1 entry per day]
Blog about this giveaway & post link [3 entries]

This giveaway will end on Monday, July 5th at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen by]. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the post, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

Please note: I was in no way compensated to perform this product review. These opinions are my own.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

Special thanks to Jenny over at The Adventures of Two Under Two for this lovely award. Head on over to her blog to read up on her adorable son Henry, & her pregnancy with her second son Holden. Now I am supposed to tell you 7 things about myself that you don't already know. Hmm, let's see....

1. I always said I wanted to have two children. Now that I have little Lincoln, I want three!

2. I would love to open my own little scrapbooking store.

3. When I was 13 I won a National Teen Business Plan Award. Basically I had to create a non-existing business and develop a business plan for it. I got to travel to Washington DC and North Carolina for the awards & to meet with some high-end business women. Once I returned home, the fun didn't stop there. I was invited to several women's business events throughout New England & had to give numerous speeches. Although it sounds like a crazy thing for a 13 year old to do, I had a blast & met some pretty amazing people.
4. I love my planner. And no, I don't have one of those fancy electronic ones.
5. Sometimes I wish Jared & I lived near my family in RI. It's really tough sometimes to be away from them...even if it is only 2 hours.
6. But, on the flip side, I always said I wanted to build my own house....and we did!
7. I cannot wait to get a puppy. I have always had a dog growing up & it's killing me not having one. But, right now I know it wouldn't be fair to the puppy to get one. I can't give the time & training attention it would deserve. I think we'll get one next spring when Lincoln is a little over a year & can help Mommy train his puppy :) Oh...and this puppy has to be a big dog. I either want a German Shepherd or a Golden Retriever...we'll see ;)
& now I will pass this award onto some of my favorite ladies:
Two Isn't Enough for our Family
Mama's Little Chick
Completely Eclipsed
My Life With One Eye Open
Our Growing Garden
Have fun :)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

[almost] Wordless Wednesday

This is Lincoln's "I'm up to no good" look. He gets this look in his eyes right before he decides to blow raspberries with his food. I was so happy I was able to catch it on camera :)

Just a reminder that today is the last day to enter the Brag About it Hand Stamped Jewelry giveaway!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day Weekend

We had quite the busy weekend! This past Sunday was Father's Day, & we headed to my parents house in Rhode Island on Saturday morning to spend the weekend there. On Saturday, we went to this place called Wright's Chicken Farm. It is sooo incredibly yummy. It is basically "all you can eat" chicken, pasta, salad, and french fries...absolutely scrumptious! We went with my parents, aunt & her kids. Here is my big boy testing out the high chair...
And here he is playing Keno with his Uncle (my brother).

Here's Lincoln getting spoiled by Grammy & Grandpa (my parents).

Here I am with my cousin, Ashley...isn't she beautiful?!

We had a fun-filled day on Sunday as well. Jared already received his Father's Day present from Lincoln earlier in the week, but I picked him up a cute "Daddy & Me" frame at the gift shop the day before. It's super cute, it has a Daddy giraffe & a baby giraffe. We love all things "giraffe," and I think probably because of his love for Sophie! His other Father's Day gift was an "ABC" photo book. You can view the book Here .
Lincoln showed a HUGE interest in my parents dogs! He was reaching for them and petting them, and when they gave him little kisses he got all excited! He has seen them many times before, but he's really starting to show some interest. Here he is getting some loving from Brady.

And here he is reaching for Lacey!

And, finally, I saved the best pictures for are my two favorite boys :)

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Don't forget to check out my current giveaways !

Monday, June 21, 2010

Quilty Pleasure Review & Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review a pacifier leash from Quilty Pleasure . I received this one for my sweet Lincoln to try out.
It is super cute, I loved the "Alphabet" design. It can also double as a "toy leash," to attach your child's favorite toy! Lincoln loved it and thought it was a new toy itself!

Quilty Pleasure offers their paci straps in over 90 different there is something for everyone! They are kindly offering one of my readers the opportunity to score one of their super cute paci leashes!

To enter:
Mandatory Entry: [leave one comment]
Visit Quilty Pleasureand tell me if you win, which paci leash you'd choose [1 entry]
Optional Entries: [leave one comment each]
Follow my blog publicly [1 entry]
"Like" Quilty Pleasure on Facebook [1 entry]
Vote for Everybody Wins (affiliated with Quilty Pleasure) [1 entry]
Blog about this giveaway [ 3 entries]
This giveaway will end on Monday, June 28th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be chosen from Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck to all!
please note: I was in no way compensated to perform this review. These opinions are my own.

Friday, June 18, 2010

"Mom" Suit...

...I gots one! Honestly, I haven't worn a bikini in probably like two years now..which means I've been rockin' the tankini/mom suit for quite some time. However, now that I have the baby, it just seems more fun to say it ;) However, I wanted to get a new one for the season. I have just one bathing suit, and Lincoln seems to love the water, so I need at least one more. Apparently bathing suit season is over in the retail world, so everything was picked over at the stores. Luckily still had plenty cute "mom" suits to choose from. This is what I went with...whatcha think?!

I'm hoping it fits because I hate returning stuff. But, I do think it's super cute! Jared gave it two thumbs up as well, so that's always a good thing :) I can't wait to sport it at the pool with my super cute accessory [my sweet Lincoln, of course]!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Brag About It Hand Stamped Jewelry Giveaway!

I am going to begin this post saying, "whoever wins this giveaway, I am extremely jealous of!" This is my first giveaway, and what a way to start off! Brag About It is a one of a kind, hand stamped and custom jewelry shop...and they offer some absolutely beautiful pieces! This "Mother's Necklace" is one of my favorites.Melissa is the creator behind Brag About it, and she really is a talented woman! She is a Mom to two boys, so creating custom jewelry allows her to get her "girly" fix! Melissa has kindly offered one of my readers a $35 gift card to Brag About It & free shipping! Whoever wins this giveaway is going to have a tough time choosing something, because there is SO much gorgeous jewelry to choose from! There seriously is something for everyone.

Now, onto the giveaway...To enter:

Mandatory Entry [leave one comment]:

Visit Brag About It and tell me your favorite's going to be hard to choose!

Extra Entries [please leave a separate comment for each additional entry]:

Follow my blog publicly (1 entry)
Grab my button (1 entry)
Like Brag About It on Facebook (1 entry)
Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs (1 entry per day)
Vote for me on Top Baby Blogs (1 entry per day)
Blog about this giveaway & provide the link (3 entries)

This giveaway will end on Thursday, June 24th at 12pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen by]. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the post, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Q&A follow up post!

Special thanks to all who participated! And without further adieu, here we go!!!

Anne asked: "I would like to know what you guys do for a living?" Well, I am a stay at home mom. I do have a Bachelor's degree in English. Prior to having Lincoln, I worked in Human Resources. Jared works in construction. His company is having a tough year because of the economy so he was actually laid off from October until April...which honestly worked out perfectly because he was able to be home with Lincoln when he was a wee little baby. He actually just got laid off again last week...ugh. He'll probably be going back in September, so we're making the most of it and going to enjoy having a family filled summer :)

Breedwoman asked: "Where do you like to shop?" Okay. I will tell you where I like to shop for myself, not for Lincoln [although I mostly shop for him nowadays ;)]. My absolute favorite store is Target. We seriously go there like once a week. I love American Eagle for clothes, and Kohls is also one of my favorites.
"Are you a coupon cutter?" I am absolutely a coupon cutter. Jared and I go through the coupons every Sunday together...and I search online as well. Also, if I'm shopping online, I almost ALWAYS have a coupon code :)
"How are you able to be a SAHM at this day in age?" I honestly able to be a SAHM because of our ridiculously low mortgage. If I told you what our mortgage was, your jaw would drop, seriously. Yes, we did build our own house, but we did most of it ourselves. We have a lot of family/friends that work in different industries and they were able to save us a TON of money. I know how lucky I am, and I am very very thankful.

Liz asked: "What is your greatest achievement in life (besides your precious son)?" Man, now that is a hard one, because Lincoln would absolutely be my first answer! I would have to say [finally] getting my college degree. It took me seven [very long] years, but I do have my pretty degree framed on my office wall :)
"What is your biggest fear?" Hands down, something, anything happening to Lincoln. I just want to protect him from absolutely everything possible. I know there will be times when he does get hurt, and it will hurt me so much more than it will hurt him. I just want him safe. Always.

Mandy asked: "What is your favorite thing to do when you have "me" time?" Well, as I know Mandy knows because she has a precious son of her own, "me" time comes far and few between ;) But, when I do get some time, I love to curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. That is h.e.a.v.e.n.!

Jenny asked: "What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?" Wow. Do I have to pick just one?! Being a Mom is seriously the best thing I have ever done with my life. I would have to say the "mother/son" connection I have with Lincoln. We really do have a special bond. It's the way he looks at me. He gives no one else that look. It really is special :)

Renata Bowers asked: "How did you get started blogging? I am new to it myself, and you have a lovely, readable style!" First of all, thank you so much for the compliment! About two years ago I joined a "Mommy" message board. Almost all of the members had a blog, so I wanted to be one of the "cool kids" too ;) I am really glad I got into it though because I love love love blogging! I have always loved to write, and this allows me to, well, do just that!

Aislinn asked: "If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?" Honestly, I really have no desire to travel overseas. I have been to Jamaica and Mexico, but I'm pretty much set on just traveling within the states, or Canada...I LOVED Niagara Falls. But, right now if I could travel anywhere, it would be to Disney World, haha. No joke at all. I haven't been in ten years and love that place! I'm a big kid at heart ;)
"Do you ever want to meet any of your fellow bloggers?" If I ever had the opportunity, absolutely. I love meeting new people.

And there you have it! Thanks to all who played along, I had fun :)
On another note, I have some awesome giveaways that are in the works, so stay posted for that! And, because I am getting involved in product reviews/giveaways, I would like to know, "what products are you interested in seeing?" Let me know!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

My new favorite thing... cuddling Lincoln in our bed :) Yeah yeah, I know "they" say it's bad and all that, but seriously, I think some good momma/son cuddle time is a good thing! The past two mornings Lincoln has woken much earlier than usual. He normally sleeps until 8-9am (I know, you're jealous!)...but the past two mornings he has woken up at 6:30am. And, this just means he's ready to go back to bed at 8am. So, the past two mornings I have taken advantage of this opportunity and brought him to bed with me for some snuggles :) He is seriously the cuddliest thing e.v.e.r.! And, I cannot get enough of it. He gets ALL excited when he wakes up and sees me lying next to him...melts my heart every time! I think Jared is completely jealous because we bought a summer quilt for our bed last night and he said, "if Lincoln spits up on this, we can get the stain out, right?" I think Daddy wants some Lincoln snuggles in bed too!

Oh, and I completely forgot to post this super cute family pic of us the other day. Isn't it precious?!

Hope you all are having a great Thursday!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ask me, if you dare!

Okay, so here's the scoop. I couple of months ago I posted a "Q&A getting to know me post." The purpose was for my readers to get to ask me any questions, and then I in return would answer the questions in a seperate post. Well, that didn't work out so well. I seriously got not one question :::ducks head in embarrassment!::: So, in all honesty, I deleted the post. Now that I have way more readers (101 to be exact!), and I update this thing on a regular basis, I am going to [attempt] to try this again.

So, here we go...ask me whatever you'd like. I will post my answers in another post [or 2, depending how many questions I get], next week. Annnnd go...!!!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Cuteness Overload!

Can I just brag about my sweet boy for a second? He had his 6 month photos taken on Saturday, and he was seriously the happiest baby e.v.e.r.! The photographer said he was the best baby she's ever had...I'm sure she's said this to other people before, but it still made me feel good! His pictures came out absolutely amazing. It was so hard to choose a package...which needless to say, I spent a small fortune. But it was oh-so worth it! She took a ton of pictures, but I will show off a few of my favorites :)

Here is a cute family shot :)
My nakey boy in the tub!
so flippin' cute!

"swimming" with sophie :)

Poor Sophie's broken neck, ha!

"uh oh, you caught me!"

My sweet happy boy :)

Can't get enough of him :)

Sitting up on his own!!
Love it !

So yeah, that's just a glimpse of what I had to choose from! I know the photographer, so she took some extra time with us and took way more pictures than she normally would. I cannot wait to get them in to hang on my walls!

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