The Momma Diaries: September 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I was a single mom for three days.

Okay. So, obviously I'm being a bit dramatic, considering my husband was in the Police Academy for six months & I was basically a single parent then. And, clearly it was much more difficult than a measly three days. But, the title seemed fitting :)

Jared had to go away for training Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday of this week. Which meant, it was just me and my sweet boy [as well as our cat & puppy]. I wanted the three days to go by quickly, and have some great "Mommy/Lincoln" time. He's also been on one heck of a nap strike lately, so I was really hoping I wouldn't have a cranky toddler on my hands.

Monday I decided we would head to Lincoln's favorite playground & the bookstore. Well, of course he fell asleep on our way there, so I let him nap in the car while I played on my phone. I decided when he woke up we'd hit up Kohls really really quickly. I was in dire need of a new pair of sunglasses, especially considering I'm going to Orlando next week. Mine broke. Again. Which is why I refuse to spend a fortune on sunglasses.

Lucky for me, because it's the end of the season, almost all of their sunglasses were on clearance! I was able to get a super cute pair for only $6!!! Now I won't feel so bad when I break them. Because, I KNOW it will happen.
Once we were finished at Kohls, we hit up the playground. Unfortunately, it was ridiculously hot & humid outside. Lincoln even asked me to leave after only being there for ten minutes. I don't blame him. It was HOT!!
After the playground, we walked over to the bookstore. The playground we visit frequently just so happens to be smack dab in the middle of an outdoor shopping center. It's perfect really. Lincoln happily played in the kids section for quite sometime. It was a fun day for us both.

Tuesday was spent hanging out around the house. I have a lot to get done before we leave next week. Oliver helped me do the laundry. He especially loved snuggling up with Daddy's clean socks :)

Dinner was interesting that night. I figured on just making grilled cheese for Lincoln and me. However, Lincoln would not leave me alone for a second. UNLESS, I had this bucket on my head.

Oh no, I'm not kidding you. I cooked with this bucket on my head. If I took it off, a complete meltdown took place. If I left it on, he smiled, clapped, and happily played with his pots & pans on the floor. Maybe I'm a sucker. But whatever.

Wednesday I had an appointment with my therapist in the morning. I'm feeling really good lately, however, I know it's important I keep up with my appointments. So, despite the urge to cancel to indulge in some shopping, I went.

We played outside when I came home. Evy even joined in. She was seriously "herding" Lincoln. If he would attempt to go out of the little space we were playing in, she'd herd him back in. I love this dog.

Now, it's back to normalcy, whatever that is. Lots & lots to do before our big trip next week. I hope you all have a great day :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

I love his legs.

The other day I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Making Something Good, and she was talking about how much she loves her son's legs. Liz is another Mom who has OI, just like myself, and her sweet boy is just like Lincoln, a little miracle, who is strong and OI free.

I totally understood where she was coming from. I have told Lincoln numerous amounts of times, how much I love his perfect, strong legs. Look at those chunky legs :)

Sure his legs have slimmed out some, now that he's walking. BUT, he's walking. Something I have never done without the assistance of some device. Seeing my son walk is something I take pride in. And seeing him run? Well that's pretty amazing too! Seeing him have such delight jumping on the bed? How can I tell him not to do it? He's having so much fun, and it's something I am SO happy he can do!

It's the little things that make me happy. But, Lincoln's strong legs? That's a big thing. It's a thing that makes my heart practically burst with happiness. It might seem like something so simple to others. But to me, it's huge, and I am forever thankful. Knowing I created a perfect, sweet baby boy, is truly a miracle.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Little man shoes.

Perhaps the only thing cuter than these "little man" shoes, will be my dapper sweet boy, wearing them. Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 23, 2011

I'm going to "Brag About It."

Way back over a year now, I did my first ever giveaway on my blog. It was from Melissa, owner of Brag About It. I didn't get to review one of their products, just give away a gift certificate to one of my [ridiculously] lucky readers.

I've wanted a "Mommy necklace" for awhile now. I have one that I ordered from another company [who's name I will not mention], but I was a little disappointed in the quality.

I follow Brag About It on Facebook, and I'm always loving their new styles. Also, the shop owner is SO nice, down to earth, and just an easy person to work with. I decided it was time to order the Mommy necklace I really wanted.

I contacted Melissa and asked if she could do a custom order for me. The song "You are my Sunshine," has always held a special meaning for me and my sweet boy. I asked if she could put that quote on one large disc, with Lincoln's name on a smaller disc, and add his birthstone. Here's what she sent to me... She even added an extra disc that has a sun on it. Isn't it gorgeous?!

I love love LOVE it. Seriously. It's perfect. It's the Mommy necklace I have wanted since I became a Mommy :)

& it goes with anything...even a messy ponytail, sweat pants, & a hoodie :)

So, thank you Melissa, for allowing me to Brag About It! Your work is truly beautiful.

Please note: I was in no way compensated for this review. I purchased this gorgeous hand stamped necklace from Brag About It. I am writing this because I am truly in love with this perfect piece of jewelry.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Goodbye to makeup & mirrors?

That's right folks. That’s what’s happening at a British school, in northern England, which not only banned makeup for its 13- to 16-year-old students, but also took down the bathroom mirrors. This new approach is aimed to get teenage girls to focus on what's really important, rather than perfecting their beauty skills.

Do I agree with this? Actually. No.

I believe schools are over-stepping their boundaries a little too much here. I think if a parent allows their teenager to wear makeup [within reason], then so be it. It's their choice. I'm not talking bright blue eyeshadow and sexy red lips, however, what is so wrong with a little respectable makeup?

Now onto the fact that the school took down the mirrors. This to me is horrifying. Isn't it a known fact that teenagers struggle with self-esteem? In my opinion, removing the mirrors doesn't scream "embrace your natural beauty" to me. To a teenager it says, "I am ashamed of what I look like. Wouldn't it be better if I just disappeared?" Hence removing their mirror images.

Maybe I'm being a little mellow dramatic here, but I really do not agree whatsoever with this approach. If you want an angst teenager, then by all means, carry on. However, this school stating that teenage girls are far too concerned with beauty rather than academics, kind of seems funny to me. The school itself seems far too concerned with eliminating makeup and mirrors, rather than implementing motivational education programs, to engage their students.

Just my two cents. What are your feelings? To read the article click here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My boys.

I love watching the special "Father/Son" moments between my two boys.

Happy Wednesday!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My cutie little helper.

Lincoln loves helping his Momma! He's my best little helper when it comes time to change over the laundry. See for yourself :)

Stick2it by American Greetings [Review & Giveaway]

When American Greetings contacted me & asked if I'd like to review one of their new products, Stick2it, I was pretty darn excited! If you have ever seen the interior of my house, you would know I have a thing for wall decals. We have a bunch of quotes adhered to our walls in pretty much every single room. So obviously I was ridiculously excited when I received this huge sample pack in the mail.....
Stick2it offers a HUGE assortment of decals. Not only do they offer them for the wall, but also for your car, phone, and laptop!

They are easy peasy to apply, AND they're repositionable, which is a huge bonus.

I really like their iPhone skins. I have a white iPhone, and it really dresses up the back of it :)

My favorite out of the decals would definitely be the family car decals. I love how it even has a dog & cat so your fur babies can be included!

Stick2it has generously offered one of my readers their very own sample pack! Here's how to enter:

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Please note: I was provided these super cute decals free of charge. I was in no way compensated for this review. These opinions are my own.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Recap

Another fun weekend for our household! And, of course it was always! We had lots on our agenda to take care of...& we wanted to throw a little bit of fun in there as well :)

Lincoln enjoyed some pancakes for breakfast with his partner in crime, Oliver. This cat is ridiculous. And no, he's totally not allowed on the table, he is just very obstinate. We decided to head to Ikea, in an attempt to find Lincoln a "big boy" bed. As you know, Lincoln has been co-sleeping with us since Jared went into the Police Academy LAST, for a year now. As much as I enjoy snuggling my sweet boy every night, I know it's best for us all if we make the transition sooner, rather than later. Lincoln was very excited to be going out with Mommy & Daddy for the day :)

We knew we wanted to get Lincoln a twin bed. As cute as the toddler beds were, they just didn't seem practical to me. Especially considering he's been sleeping in our king bed for a year. I don't think he'd be a fan of the lack of space, to say the least.

We ended up getting him a daybed, although it doesn't look like a traditional daybed to me. It's also a trundle bed underneath, in case we ever wanted to expand it for him...AND, it has two drawers for storage...a HUGE plus!

Jared spent a few hours assembling his bed, while I kept Lincoln occupied. Here's the results....

And of course Oliver likes the bed as well. I have a feeling he'll be keeping Lincoln company in there!!

We chose to go with a "transportation theme" for his big boy room. His nursery was stars, so it was pretty easy to just add the transportation details to the existing decor. We also got this super cute rug from Ikea to match his bedding [which we got from Target]....oh, and this rug was ONLY 15 bucks! Such a steal!!

Lincoln isn't sleeping in there quite yet. We're actually going to be getting a tv for his room [don't judge]! I know it will help with the transition, and honestly, I'll try just about anything.

Jared and I also managed to get out for a couple hours just the two of us, to head to a retirement party for one of his fellow officers. I was really looking forward to this, because I knew I'd meet some of the guys he works with. While it wasn't exactly the "police ball" I was hoping for since Jared's become an officer, it was still a good time. One of the Sergeants actually reminded me of "Mr. Big" from Sex & the City...which I found hysterical. It was nice to be out, just the two of us, even if it was only for a couple hours.

When we came home, our sweet boy was very excited to see us, and full of energy. He actually played with his puppy, Evy for a little while...AND I even managed to get a [blurry] picture!

We'll be starting "operation big boy bed" sometime in the near future. Wish us luck! I'm not sure who it's going to be harder on...Lincoln or myself!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Guest Bloggers Wanted!!!

It's that time again! We're heading back to Orlando the beginning of October to visit my Dad...& I need a few guest bloggers lined up!

What am I looking for? Anything really. You can submit a post you have already previously blogged about that you really love, and got great feedback from....or, you can send me something completely fresh and new!

I will tell you the day and time your post will be scheduled to appear on my blog.

All I ask is that the day I post your post, you write a post on your blog telling your readers you're being featured on my blog for the day, and link to my blog.

Sounds easy peasy, right?! All interested parties please email me at Looking forward to hearing from you!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Does the term "Mommy Blogger" offend you?

I've seen a lot of posts recently about how bloggers are starting to become offended by being referenced to as a "Mommy Blogger." I'm assuming the problem these bloggers are having is they believe their writing won't be taken seriously because it only comes from a "Mommy Blogger." They won't be considered a "serious writer," because their only a Mommy Blogger.

Am I offended by this title? No. In fact, I like this title. I am a Mom. I am a blogger. AND, I am a writer. To me, the title is a compliment. I am writing about my life....being a Mommy is a HUGE part of my life.

Apparently "Mommy Bloggers" have a rep as only posting for the opportunity to review [free] products, and have poor grammar and punctuation.

Well guess what, this Mommy Blogger has a college degree in :::gasp::: English!

Writing is what I do. It's what I've always done. I'm good at writing. It has always come naturally to me. I was that girl in school who LOVED essay tests or short answers. Because, even if I didn't know the correct answer, I could "write my way out of it."

In my Senior year of high school, we were asked a question for our yearbook. "Where do you see yourself in ten years?" Many put married with kids. Some put traveling around the world. I wrote, "the editor of a successful magazine."

Am I the editor of a successful magazine? Well, no.

BUT, I am writer of this ridiculously awesome "Mommy Blog" called The Momma Diaries :)

So, if someone calls you a "Mommy Blogger," take it as a compliment. Don't let other people's insecurities get you down. Be proud of that title, and cherish it. Not everyone can own it.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

People can be so ignorant!

I have put off writing this post, because it really pisses me off, honestly. I'm not a bitter person by any means. However, ignorance is something I just cannot phathom.

Because I use a wheelchair when out in public, it's amazing the looks I get from people when I'm out with Lincoln by myself. Most of the time, I'm completely oblivious to it, because I'm so focused on Lincoln....and honestly, a bit used to it. But while we were traveling a few weeks ago, some people were just plain rude!

Here's an example: I was traveling with my Mom and Lincoln. Both times when we were checking in for our flights and we handed over our licenses and Lincoln's birth certificate, I heard the comment, "that's HER baby?!" Seriously?! I mean, come on people. It's two thousand freaking eleven. Yes, I do have a physical disability, but I also have this thing called a life, and it's pretty darn awesome.

When we were at Sea World, my Mom and I were in the restroom. This woman was chatting with us when she said something about my "little brother." I said, "actually that's my son." You should have seen the look of disbelief on her face! Then she went on a rant about how much my Mom must help me out. Umm, no, actually my Mom lives 2 1/2 hours away. Another look of "shock."

I just think it's about time some people grow up. Oh, and while I'm on this rant. PLEASE let your children ask me all the questions they want. Do not "shhh" them! I never mind answering questions for kids! However, the ignorant adults need to put a sock in put it nicely :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Weekend Recap

Thankfully this week's "weekend recap" post is much more timely than last weeks! We have a very busy weekend. Jared was off from work the entire weekend, and that's only something that happens every 6ish weeks or so! My Mom works in retail, and she has every other weekend off. It just so happened both their weekends off happened to coincide with eachother's!

Jared's been itching to play hockey. He has played since he was a little boy. He used to play ice, but now he plays roller. He's VERY good....& I'm really not even being biased! He played on a pro team for a few years but took a break when we had Lincoln. This year he's going to be playing pro again, but for the Rhode Island team....which I'm super psyched about, because that means more trips home to see my family :)

Anyways, he played in a tournament this past weekend in Rhode Island with his new team, and I visited with my family! It worked out perfectly, on all parts :)

Lincoln was so excited to be at his Grammy's house! He even chatted with his Grandpa on the phone while he was there...

My Mom & I brought Lincoln to see his Daddy play hockey for one of his games [he had six]! While Lincoln didn't pay too much attention to the game [he was much more interested in playing the drums on the bleachers], I know it meant the world to Jared to have him there. He showed him off to all the "guys" afterwards. It's funny seeing all these "manly men" swoon over a toddler!

Jared also skated with Lincoln. I know he's been dying to do that with his son since the moment he was born. Lincoln LOVED every second of it. He is such a little daredevil! Despite Jared saying he doesn't want Lincoln to play hockey [because it's dangerous], I think we'll be buying Lincoln his first pair of skates sooner than later :)

After the game [which they won], we went out for dinner....where my sweet boy insisted on eating his grilled cheese with a fork!

We also brought our sweet pup, Evy with us for the weekend. She is a great little traveler in the car, and loves the dogs at my parents house. She is getting SO big SO fast! She seriously doesn't even look like a puppy anymore...she looks like a miniature German Shepherd! She's soooo pretty..... On Sunday, Jared finished up his tournament, which they won! Lincoln & I hung out at my Mom's. Lincoln enjoyed a canoli...

We got home late Sunday night, when my silly boy decided to party in Momma's bed!

He does this all the time....he goes in between the foot board & mattress. He thinks he's hysterical :)

Another great fun, family weekend! Oh, and I still haven't even looked for another USB cable for my we're still using my iPhone photos....which I think aren't so bad! I think I might sell my point & shoot iPhone seems to do a better job!

Hope you all had a great weekend :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011


10 years.


Where were you?

I was in biology lab in college when I heard the news. I don't think I really understood at that time exactly what was going on with our country. I knew it was bad. But, I don't think I knew exactly how bad it really was.
A country in complete devastation.

Today we remember 10 years. A date that we will all remember. A day we will never forget.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Weekend Recap

Yes, before you remind me that today is Thursday, I know. I am just a little bit late with my "Weekend Recap" post. Oh well, life gets busy sometimes, what can I say!

We did have a VERY fun filled weekend. Although Jared had to work on Saturday, he was off Sunday & Monday. We took full advantage of this, and had some much needed family time.

On Sunday we had a few errands to run, but we ended our day with taking Lincoln to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner! He was just there a week ago in Orlando, but not with his Daddy. Lincoln really likes it there, with the exception of the thunderstorm every 30 minutes. Here he is with his Daddy, while we were waiting for our yummy food.

Monday we headed out to a local fair nearby. I know it's not *technically* fall yet, but I love all the fairs that come with fall! A lot of them are no different from the next, but it just reminds me of my childhood...& who can pass up yummy fair food?! Lincoln was all about the corn dog...

& with the exception of letting his Daddy have a few bites...he literally devoured the ENTIRE corn dog!!!

As much as he enjoyed his fair food, there was also a dog agility presentation going on. He LOVED that! He was pointing at all the dogs saying "puppy." And, each time when the dogs finished running the course he clapped, threw his hands up in the air, and celebrated :)

We had a wonderful holiday weekend, & I think Lincoln would agree :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lovable Labels [Review & Giveaway]

Anything stationary related always gets me excited. Pens, pencils, name it. Labels would also fit into this category, and who doesn't love labeling things?! And you know what's even more crazy? As much as I like labeling things, my husband enjoys it even more! For example...we have one of those ornament storage boxes that has all the dividers specifically for Christmas ornaments. Well, my label maniac husband labeled that box "ornaments." :)

So you know I was over the moon happy when Lovable Labels offered me the opportunity to review their Back to School Pack! I chose to review their Movin' & Groovin' pack.

What I liked most about these labels, is all of them are together in this neat little booklet. It is much easier to place this booklet into a drawer, rather than have a bunch of label sheets scattered all over the place. The labels are soooo cute! I really like how there are tabs that tell you specifically what each label is meant to be used for.

Even though Lincoln doesn't go to school yet, I still find these labels quite handy. Maybe it's just because I'm a label freak, but I think having his personal belongings labeled is a nice thing to do. And, I know all the other Momma's at the playground are jealous when they see something of Lincoln's sporting these super cute labels :)

Now, for the part you've been waiting for. Lovable Labels has generously offered one of my readers [US & Canada] the chance to win their very own Back to School Pack of their choice! Here's how to enter [please leave a separate comment for each entry]:

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This giveaway will end on Monday, September 12th at 11:59PM EST. Winner will be announced [chosen from]. Winner will have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Open to US and Canadian residents only.

Please note: I was provided these super cute labels free of charge. I was in no way compensated for this review. These opinions are my own.

Monday, September 5, 2011

What a fun trip!

Well, we're back from visiting my Dad in sunny Orlando! I'd like to thank Meghan & Ashley for keeping my blog warm while I was away :)

I have way way more pictures to share with you all...but my darling puppy, Evy, ate my usb cable that connects my camera to my laptop! Jared thinks we have another one around here somewhere. So, until we find it, these are the pics from my phone.

We had a wonderful time while we were away. Lincoln was seriously an AMAZING traveler! Despite this picture of him trying to make the great escape on the plane....
He was truly awesome. I was so very proud of my sweet boy. He was very fascinated looking out the window while we were in the air, and he didn't cry or fuss once! Here we are when we first landed into Orlando.

My Dad was waiting for us when we got to the airport. Lincoln was SO excited to see his Grandpa! He loved having both of his Grandparents together. He would sit right inbetween them on the couch.

We didn't have a high chair there for Lincoln, but that was okay...he's apparently a big boy now!

Oh, and don't think for a second that he would go back in his high chair once we came back home. He gave me a look like, "Psshhhh, Mom that's for babies!!"

It was HOT in Florida. Obviously. The humidity was ridiculous. But that didn't get in the way of our plans! The condo my Dad is staying at his beautiful. There are three pools. Surprisingly enough, we only went swimming one day. We were SO busy the rest of our stay there, that's the only opportunity we got!

I ordered Lincoln a puddle jumper. I heard great things about them, so I had one shipped to my Dad. I really liked it & Lincoln did too, which is even more important! Like I said, Orlando is HOT. I spent my days with a messy pony tail, sundresses, and a TAN!! Seriously, my cup of tea!!

We planned to go to Sea World while we were there. We rented my Dad a wheelchair so he wouldn't have to walk. Lincoln was so incredibly excited about Sea World. I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun he had. His favorite, was the Shamu show. I think this is my most favorite picture from our trip. His expression just says it all.
Lincoln loved Shamu so much, that Grandpa brought him home for him. Shamu will be keeping my Dad company while he's in Florida. There was no way I was bringing this whale onto the plane!! He's seriously over 3 feet! So, my Dad will have a little [big] bed buddy to keep him company :)

We were busy busy busy. Lincoln napped in his stroller if we were out. Check out those adorable curls! The humidity really made his hair super curly! I was really hoping my Dad would get the call for his transplant while we were there, but unfortunately that didn't happen. We're already booked to go visit again in October. This time for 8 days, rather than 6...& Jared is coming too! We're hoping to take Lincoln to some of the Disney parks, and we're definitely going back to Sea World again. We were able to upgrade our tickets for just $5 more for unlimited passes for the rest of 2011!

Lincoln was so, so sweet with my Dad. I've mentioned before that if I'm using my wheelchair, he'll try to help push me. Well, my Dad isn't walking too well right now because he's so weak. Lincoln would always go and grab my Dad's hand when he was walking. He's such an intuitive little boy. And, it just melted my heart each time.

It was hard saying goodbye to my Dad, but we'll be back soon! Let's hope he has his surgery before we go back in October!

Here's what Lincoln thought of the trip....I think he was happy :)

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