The Momma Diaries: July 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes...

Major changes are in the works for our household...

Jared got offered a new job! Which is very exciting, & scary all at the same time. He recently got offered the position of a police officer for a town nearby. He just has to finish a few of the required testing procedures, and then he'll be off to the police academy. That is the scary part...the academy. He will be gone for almost 6 entire months. He can come home on the weekends, but he has to stay there during the week. I am not going to lie, it's going to be hard, very hard. I think it will be even more difficult because I am 2 1/2 hours away from my family...& live right next to my inlaws. I think I will definitely be making the trek home to Rhode Island a lot more frequently during the week, for my own sanity especially!

This is a great opportunity for our family. The academy will be hard, but in the long run, it will be worth it. It's going to be so difficult for Jared to be away from Lincoln during the week. I promised him I'd text him a picture of his little buddy every day. I know it's not the same as seeing them, how can it be?! ...but it at least will keep him connected in some way.

Because this is rapidly approaching, we have been trying to spend some extra quality family time whenever we have a spare moment. Although the academy will be hard, I want Jared to know I fully support him, and that I can do this. I will keep you all updated on the process.

I cannot just leave a post without a picture of my sweet Lincoln, so here is one that was taken a couple nights ago with his Daddy...

How did I get so lucky to have these boys in my life :)
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday







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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sew Totally You [Review & Giveaway]

Sew Totally You is a super cute Etsy shop that specializes in a variety of items.

I was sent this adorable matching "Monster" bib & burb cloth set to try out [well for Lincoln to try out]!

Isn't it cute?! I love bibs & burp cloths...especially matching ones! Lincoln always goes out of the house dressed in some cute matching outfit, so why should his bib & burpie be any different?!

The burp cloths are super absorbant. In the middle of the cloth [where the fabric is], is thicker than the rest of the cloth...which is great to soak in spit up, drool, boogies, you name it!

The bib provided full coverage around Lincoln's neck so his cute outfit didn't get any stains!

One of my lucky readers is going to have the opportunity to win a set of wash cloths from Sew Totally You ! Here's how to enter:


Mandatory Entry [leave one comment]:

Visit Sew Totally You and tell me what your favorite product is.

Bonus Entries [leave one separate comment for each additional entry]:

Follow my blog publicly [1 entry/comment]

Grab my button [1 entry/comment]

Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs [1 entry/comment per day]

Blog about this giveaway & provide the link [3 entries/comments]


This giveaway will end on Monday, August 2nd at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen from random.org]. 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 review. These opinions are my own.


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8 months!

How can it be that my sweet boy is 8 months old?! This is going by faster than I ever imagined!

Lincoln seems to be learning new things ever day! It is amazing to watch him discover something & see the look of accomplishment in his eyes.

He still loves his pureed food. We are working on finger foods, but most he despises the texture. There are a few finger foods [other than puffs & cheerios] that he is warming up to. Bananas have finally made the list. It seemed like it took forever for him to like banana pieces, which really surprised me because they're his absolute favorite pureed food! As soon as I'd put one into his mouth, he'd make his yucky face & spit it out, gagging! Watermelon, cantaloupe, & cheese [the boy LOVES cheese!] have topped the list as well.

Lincoln is also getting to be quite the mobile man in his walker!...don't worry though, we live in a ranch, no stairs :)

He follows me everywhere in his walker. It's really really cute. While he's following me around the house, he makes the "mmmm" sound. So cute!

Oh, and he says "Momma!" Actually, he has been saying it for awhile now, but I'm not sure if he necessarily understands what he's saying. Hmmm...we'll count it though! He also says Ma, Mama....my sweet boy has mastered the "M" sound :)

As always, we had our 8 month photo shoot! Here are a few pics :)



Gosh he's so handsome :) He amazes me more and more each day. How did I get so lucky to have him as my son?! I adore my sweet little Lincoln :)

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Nora & Finn Giveaway Winners!!!

Thanks to all who participated in the Nora & Finn Giveaways!

The first winner, of the fuzzy elf hat is.....

Comment #18 Jenny !!! Congratulations! Please email me your address at Kaymee81@gmail.com & I'll get your hat out to you right away :)

Now, for the second part of the Nora & Finn Giveaway...

The winner of the crocheted baby girl hat is.....


Comment #11 Nell !! Congratulations! Please email me your address at
Kaymee81@gmail.com so I can send your hat out!
All winners must contact me within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen :)
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Monday, July 26, 2010

Weekend Madness!

You are forewarned...this post is going to be bursting out the seams with pictures!

We had a crazy, fun-filled weekend :) On Friday, my Aunt dropped two of my cousins off to spend the weekend with us. Lincoln LOVES his big cousins! He loved playing with them, non-stop. By the end of each day, he'd be pooped from playing so hard all day. Having the girls around also allowed me to get some things done around the house!

On Saturday, we went to a birthday party. It was SO SO hot! Lincoln has decided that he does not like the heat at all. He was a fussy man. There was a swing at the party, so we plopped him inside...he wasn't too sure if he liked it at first...


...But soon he was squealing with delight! He LOVED it! Which means, Daddy needs to get to work & set his up at our house :)


After some swinging, this is what happened...

Yup, he fell asleep in the swing. We let him nap in there for about 30 minutes, & then his head started getting too droopy so we took him out to finish his nap on his blanket. Here he is with his sleepy eyes after he woke up...

Sunday, we headed to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch. Lincoln loved all the animals & the fish tanks. Unfortunately, I didn't get many pictures...here he is hanging out in the high chair with his sippy cup...

We had a great, busy weekend. Oh, and somewhere between all that craziness, my sweet boy turned 8 months! I'll save that for another post :)
Hope you all had a great weekend!!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pretty Smitten [Product Review]

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a beautiful print from Pretty Smitten . The print I was sent is an 8x10 customized You are my Sunshine print.

First let me tell you that You are my Sunshine, is a very special song between me & my sweet little Lincoln. It is the one lullabye I will sing to him, & it will almost immediately make him stop crying.

I had the print personalized with Lincoln's name, date of birth, weight, & length. I had chocolate brown text on bluebell paper. I matted it myself with a brown matte to match the text, & framed it in a white 11x14 frame. Here's the result... Pretty darn gorgeous, don't you think?!

I now have it hanging on the wall, in Lincoln's nursery...it completes his room perfectly.

Pretty Smitten offers many other beautiful paper products. From personalized stationary, party papers, and gift items, there's something for everyone!







They are known for their signature mini swarovski crystals that adorn their invitations, note cards, and party items. Who doesn't like a little sparkle on their paper goods?!



Pretty Smitten has recently partnered with Stella & Dot ...beautiful jewelry to compliment their style!
For more information on Pretty Smitten check out their blog Here . You won't be disappointed!!
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


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Dragonfly Dreams Winner!

Thanks to all who participated. The winner of the Dragonfly Dreams giveaway is....

Comment #28 Resourceful Red !!! Congratulations!!! You have 48 hours to contact me at Kaymee81@gmail.com or a new winner will be chosen :)

Don't forget to checkout my Current Giveaways
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My son is a comedian...

Lincoln is really starting to get quite the personality.

& it's just getting more fun by the day!

The other night he was seriously protesting going to bed. Normally he takes his last bottle at 8pm & then goes to sleep. However, at 10pm, my sweet little boy was playing happily in his crib. So when I went in there to check on him, I said, "okay mister, Mommy's serious, it's bedtime." Do you know what my precious boy did? The little stinker laughed at me. HUGE belly laughs. He found me hysterical. So, obviously I couldn't help laughing myself. This carried on...him laughing at me. It didn't matter what I said, or did, he just laughed :)

He is also starting to laugh whenever I do. If I look at him & laugh, he will crack up! It's really funny.

Today he must have really tuckered himself out, because I left the room to go pee, & came back to this...

I quickly grabbed my cell phone to take a pic :) Then, I picked him up & carried him to his crib. He only took a 30 minute nap, & then woke up ready to play some more!

I can only imagine what's in store for us as his little personality further develops. He's quite the character :)
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Cynsational Treasure Winner #2

Because the first winner for the $10 gift certificate to Cynsational Treasure never responded, I have drawn a second winner....the new winner is.....

Comment #5...LIZ!!! Congratulations! Please email me within 48 hours at Kaymee81@gmail.com or a new winner will be chosen :)
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Weekend Recap!

We had a great weekend! Friday afternoon, my parents arrived from Rhode Island to spend the entire weekend with us. We had a huge cookout on Saturday with my Mom's side of the family. Most of them haven't seen our house yet, so they all surprisingly brought us housewarming gifts! We so didn't expect that, but it was still very sweet of them :)

Lincoln got SO much attention, of course. He loved every minute of it, & managed to function with only a 20 minute nap before they arrived.

We were able to get a group shot, thanks to Jared's uncle who stopped by. Here's the crew...

We also got a really cute picture of Lincoln with all of his big cousins. They refer to him as, "baby Lincoln." :)

And finally, after all that excitement wore off, Lincoln passed out on Grandpa...with his new green monkey stuffed animal :)

A great time was had by all! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!


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Nora & Finn Giveaway [Part 2]

This is the second part of my giveaway with Nora & Finn To see my review on this shop, and to participate in giveaway #1, click Here .

Giveaway #2 features this adorable little girls crocheted hat from her etsy shop. It is size 3-6 months.
If you want to win your little princess this darling hat, or win it for another cute little baby girl in your life, here's how to enter...
Mandatory Entry [leave one comment]
Visit Nora & Finn and tell me what your favorite product is.

Bonus Entries [please leave one separate comment for each additional entry]:

Follow my blog publicly [1 entry/comment]

Grab my button [1 entry/comment]

Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs [1 entry/comment per day]

Blog about this giveaway & provide the link [3 entries/comments]

This giveaway will end on Monday, July 26th at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen from random.org]. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the post, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck everyone!

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Nora & Finn Handmade Hats Review/Giveaway [Part 1]



Nora & Finn is an Etsy shop that specializes in custom handmade hats. Her work is absolutely beautiful! I was kindly sent this super cute hat for my little Lincoln.


I guess you probably figured out by now that I'm a big time sucker for cute baby boy hats :) This one is unbelievably adorable, and Lincoln thought so too! He was very excited when I handed it to him. He immediately started to "shake it up," which is what he does with all things he loves :)


It's the perfect size for Lincoln, because there is some stretch in it, so it will be able to fit him this fall/winter season. Please excuse the excessive drool on his shirt, he's teething to the extreme....


Besides Lincoln's cutsie newsboy hat, Nora & Finn makes many other styles of hats. This teddy bear hat is precious...

Thanks to Nora & Finn , one of my lucky readers will win this super cute Fuzzy Elf Hat...




Here's how to enter....



Mandatory entry [leave one comment]:


Visit Nora & Finn and tell me what your favorite product is.



Bonus Entries [leave one separate comment for each additional entry]:


Follow my blog publicly [1 entry/comment]

Grab my button [1 entry/comment]

Like Nora & Finn on Facebook [1 entry/comment]

Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs [1 entry/comment per day]

Blog about this giveaway & provide link [3 entries/comments]


This giveaway will end on Monday, July 26th at 11:59pm EST. I will announce the winner [chosen by random.org]. 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 review. These opinions are my own.

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