The Momma Diaries: July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

"Fur" ever friends.

When I found out that Melissa's "Tattle Along Tuesday" topic was, Baby's & Pets, I was just a wee bit excited.  Okay.  I practically jumped up and down.  I was psyched!!  It's no secret I'm a huge animal lover.  It was very important to me to introduce Lincoln to pets at a very young age.  Pets are apart of our family, and I wanted him accustomed to living that way. 

Because he has always been around pets, he really knows no other way of life.  He adores his furry friends.  Let me introduce you to them...

First we have "our first born," Oliver.  Oliver is 5 years old.  Jared and I got him right after we got married.  He has been a great addition to our family, and a fantastic "big brother" to Lincoln.  I cannot say enough great things about this cat.  He is AMAZING with Lincoln.  Lincoln can seriously do anything to him, and he doesn't care one bit.  Although we encourage Lincoln to be "gently & nice" to Oliver, sometimes he gets a little too rough. Thankfully, rather than biting Lincoln, Oliver will let out a little "meow" to let me know when things start to get a little crazy. 

So with that, here are some photos of Lincoln and Oliver.  Most of these photos occur at the dinner table, because Oliver and Lincoln have been known to share food.  :::sigh:::

Next up, we have our sweet pup, Evy.  We added Evy to our family last summer.  Growing up, I always had a dog.  There is something so very specialbout the bond you can have with a dog.  They love you unconditionally, just like a child.  And the loyalty?  It just goes above and beyond.  We decided to get a German Shepherd.  I have always loved the breed, and how incredibly smart they are. 

Lincoln and Evy have become best buds.  She adores "her boy."  She follows me everywhere I go.  She is loving, smart, loyal, yet still has a protective nature about her.  I am so happy we added our Evy girl to our family.

Lincoln also has another dog in his life.  My parents have a beautiful Akita/Shepherd mix, Lacey.  Lacey is a sweet, gentle girl.  Lincoln first met her when he was one month old.  Wherever Lincoln is in my parents house, you can bet that Lacey will be there as well.  She has always "watched" him for me.  I cannot say enough good things about this dog.  I love her to pieces.

I wrote about Brady a couple of weeks ago.  My parents beloved Golden Retriver who passed away very unexpectedly.  Brady was the sweetest, most loving dog I have ever known.  He was also Lincoln's absolute favorite animal.  It makes me so sad that he will more than likely never remember him.  Thankfully I have many pictures of Brady, and the two of the together.  I still cannot believe he's gone :(

Pets are a huge part of our life.  Introducing Lincoln to his pets right from the start, and including them as members of our family, has enabled him to love them dearly.  I love watching them bond each day. 
For our family, pets will always play a significant role.  They can add so much to a family's dynamic.  I am grateful for all the furry friends I have been blessed to have in my life, and for all the more I will be lucky enough to be part of.

I'm linking this post up with Growing Up Geeky for Toddle Along Tuesday.  Feel free to play along too!!


Monday, July 30, 2012

My BlogHer '12 Faces...{The Real Deal}

Many of my fellow BlogHer peeps have decided to post photos of themselves.  You know, not the all pretty and made up photos, but "the real deal," sans makeup photos. Sounds scary, right?!  Well, I'm jumping in, so here we go...

I'm Kami, pronounced "K-Me." And I hope I look like this when you meet me.... 

 See that freaking hot man?  That's my hubs, and YES, he will accompanying me to BlogHer.  People say he looks a lot like this man.  Who I also think is freaking hot ;)

Back to me.

While I might attempt to look presentable, mid-day I might look a bit like this...

My curly hair and the August humidity should be a delightful combination.  I may attempt to straighten it, but more than likely I'll be rockin' my curly locks.  Which normally will get thrown into some sort of messy updo at some point during the day.

I will try to avoid this cheesy smile [and low-cut, cleavage bearing shirt], but no promises.

I am a huge coffee lover.  If I don't have my morning cup of joe before meeting you, I am apologizing now.

Aside from all of that, I'm a fun, quirky girl, so please feel free to say hello!  I also use a wheelchair due to Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which means I stick out like a sore thumb!  If you have any questions about OI, PLEASE ask me.  Don't think it will make me feel uncomfortable and whatnot, because I really don't mind. 

So, this is me.  No makeup, hair thrown back, ridiculously huge smile plastered across my face...

See you all in the great NYC!  It's going to be a great time fo' sho'

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekly Roundup

Another pretty darn busy week again in our household!  Between unpacking from my recent trip to Florida [which I still need to blog about], to getting ready for BlogHer, I am one busy Momma! Here's a quick recap of our week...

twins baby shower, little tikes playhouse, alex & ani

Baby shower for my BFF having TWIN BOYS!! // Playing outside in his brandy new playhouse courtesy of Grammy & Grandpa. // Loungin'  in the bathtub. // New Alex & Ani in memory of my sweet Brady.

We have a crazy week ahead of us...umm, BLOGHER!!!  So, we're having a low-key weekend, which is very unusual for us.  But it's okay.  It's rainy and miserable outside, which means for lots of snuggles from my favorite little boy.


Friday, July 27, 2012

The Final Countdown!!!

The countdown is on.  FOR REALZ!!!  In less than one week, I will be in NYC connecting with 4,000+ influential women involved with social media!  BLOGHER!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah.  I'm a bit excited.  I'm sure you cannot tell.  The past week I've been crazy busy getting everything squared away for my big trip.  I *think* the only thing left on my very long "to do list," is to buy highlighters and sharpies! 

I have all my outfits squared away...thank you LOFT!!  And now, Loft is not sponsoring me, but this is the first time I've ever bought anything from them.  Yes.  I know.  Apparently I've been living under a rock.  I normally wear a small or a medium, but I found out I'm an EXTRA small at their store.  So now I love them even more ;)

I have seriously lost count with the amount of times I have had to re-do my schedule for the event.  OH, and get sweet puppy Evy even ATE one of my schedules I had all printed out!  Nope. Not kidding!!

 I surprisingly have received a few invitations from offsite events, which I am very excited about!  They are all relevant to my blog, and I'm looking forward to connecting with SO many different brands, and bloggers!! 

So, who's coming with me?!  Hope to see you there!!!

Annnnd just a little reminder that if you're interested in advertising, now is the time to do so!  I am currently offering buy one month, get one month FREE of ad space!  Click here for more info :)


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Creating a "Guest-Ready Bathroom"

When Jared and I were building our house, 3 years ago, we knew we wanted a guest bedroom, as well as a guest bathroom.  Most of my family and friends are at least 2 1/2 hours away.  When they come to visit us, it's very rare that they leave that same day.  Most will visit for a day or two...sometimes more! 

Oh, and because it's summertime???  That means MORE GUESTS!!!  People take vacations during the summer, school's out, and it's when family and friends have lots of get-together's!!! 

A bathroom is a very personal space, in my opinion.  So when our guests stay with us, I like for them to be as comfortable, and feel "at home" as possible! 

And because each person who stays with us is unique, we will prep our guest bathroom differently to provide their specific needs. 

For example.  If one of my friends visits with her children, I might put out a fun soap, or buy their child a special toothbrush!  If my Mom comes to visit, I make sure she has one of her favorite body scrubs in the shower. 

Oh, and back to toothbrushes....have a few spare!!  Forgetting a toothbrush is probably the worst thing to forget when going away for a couple of nights.  I always make sure to have a few extra just in case! 

One thing I particularly like to do when hosting guests, is putting out Kleenex Hand Towels, rather than using a regular old hand towel.  I think it's a nice, yet simple touch to add.  I even place them where my regular hand towels would normally go!

OH....and make sure you stock up on plenty of toilet paper!!!

How do you create a "guest-ready bathroom?"  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Call for August Sponsors {BOGO SALE}!!!

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Helloooooo August!!! AKA: My birthday month!  And I will absolutely NOT tell you how old I'm going to be :::cough::: 31 :::cough:::

August is going to be a HUGE month for The Momma Diaries.  And no, it's not because it's my birthday.  One word.  BLOGHER!!!  I will be in New York City August 2nd to the 4th, and I am soooo unbelievably excited!!!  I am looking forward to attending this conference to build my blog, connect with brands, and let's not forget meet other amazing bloggers!!

That being said...I'm expecting my blog traffic to be pretty huge in August!  Which is very lucky for anyone who'd like to advertise! 

And even luckier for you...because this is my first blogging conference I'm attending, AND it will be my first ever visit to NYC, I'm offering buy one month of ad space, get one FREE!!!  YES.  You read that right folks.  All you have to do is click here and enter code "BOGO" at checkout.  Easy peasy :)

So, you're interested in sponsoring The Momma Diaries in August?! Well, of course you are!! The Momma Diaries is a great way to boost your sales, gain more followers, and exposure for your site! Our readership is growing every day! I am looking for any relevant companies, brands,  etsy shops, and blogs to take on sponsorship. I am offering four advertising options, all of which can be found and purchased here.

I also am looking for "swap sponsors." Swap sponsors will trade ad space with me for one month. You place my ad on your blog, and I'll place yours on mine. It's a win win for both of us! Please note, if you have swapped with me in a prior month, I unfortunately cannot take you on for a swap sponsor.  I need to allow everyone to get a turn :) If you are interested in being a swap sponsor, please email me your blog stats here.

As of July 2012, here are The Momma Diaries stats:

486 GFC followers
443 Twitter followers
134  Facebook Fans

Average approximately 7,000 unique visitors per month

Interested? Purchase your ad space here or email me for additional information!

And incase you already forgot...this month one month of ad space, get your next month FREE, with code "BOGO."


Wordless Wednesday: Being Goofy with Goofy

Goofy, Epcot, Mickey, Disney Characters

Lincoln gave Goofy a run for his money, trying to be sillier than him!  Oh, & Goofy totally had a thing for my Mom...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

"What do I want to be when I grow up?"

Sounds funny asking myself that question, at [almost] 31 years old.

But if I'm honest with myself, I think depending where you are in your life, the answer for that question changes over time.

When I was a little girl I was a HUGE animal lover. I still am! I thought the dream job for me, was a veterinarian. It sounded perfect. I would be in the company of furry friends all day long. That sounded great. That was until I learned that veterinarians also had to put animals to sleep. There went that idea.

Next up on the list was a teacher. I loved school. My brother and I used to play "school" when we were kids. And because my brother is younger than me, he was always the student. Poor boy was always getting bossed around by his big sister :)

I'm not exactly sure when the whole teacher thing disappeared, but it did. In high school I wanted to do something with writing. I put all my effort into my journalism classes, and was even the sports editor of our newspaper. In my senior yearbook when asked where I see myself in ten years, I replied " the editor of a successful magazine." High hopes for sure. And although those standards are incredibly high for just ten years time, I truly believed it was an attainable goal. Looking back at this, I'm proud of my 17 year old self for responding with such a mature, inspiring answer.

I started my college career declaring my major in Communications, focusing on Public Relations. Like a lot of college students, I changed that major, and received my Bachelor's degree in English. So what the heck do I do with my English degree?

Well, for starters, it's proudly displayed in our office/playroom :)

It's waiting for me if I decide to ever go back to work.

Do I regret the seven years (yes, I just said SEVEN), it took me to earn that degree; to be a stay at home mom? Absolutely not. I am proud of that degree. Those seven years shaped me to being the person I am today. And honestly? How can I regret that?

So when asked, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" I think the best answer is "me." It's simple, and it's honest. It's being 100% true to myself.

As time goes on, life changes. We change. Why should we be committed to just one dream? Shouldn't we explore all our hearts desires? One thing is for certain. I know I will encourage Lincoln to believe he can be anything. I want him to believe in himself, and follow all his dreams. If he wants to be a doctor today and a baseball player tomorrow, I will be right there cheering him on.

So whatever your dream job is in life, as long as you stay true to yourself, I think you're doing an okay job.

Linking this post up with Growing Up Geeky's Toddle Along Tuesday.


Monday, July 23, 2012

July Birchbox

Last month I was a bit disappointed with my Birchbox.  I was really hoping they'd make it up to me this month.  And?  Boy, did they ever!  This month's box was amazing.  I am very excited to share it with you!!!

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From left to right:

Oscar de la Renta live in love perfume -- This is a very light fragrance with light notes of hyacinth and orchard.  It's very summery.

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion -- You can either mix this with your foundation, or apply as a highlighter on its own.  It gives your complexion a nice radiant shine.

Blinc Mascara --  This is where Birchbox made it up to me.  First of all, I'm a mascara junkie.  And, I'm a firm believer that no two mascaras are the same.  I have tried many, many kinds.  Needless to say, I was thrilled when I saw a very generous tube of this in my box.  I really was happy with this mascara.

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss -- I love me some lip gloss!  Birchbox made me very happy with this super chic shade in "wind." Although it's tiny in size, I can see it lasting awhile. 

Earbuds -- Who doesn't love fun, bright earbuds?!  I thought this was a nice addition to my box

Tea Forte Minteas -- This is a tiny tin of little mints!  BUT, they're not just mints.  They're infused with antioxidants.  Pretty neat!

All in all?  This month's Birchbox kicked some serious butt!!!  If you'd like to get yourself a pretty little box that will pamper yourself each month, click here :)


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fifty Shades of...."OHHH MY!!!"

Fifty Shades of Grey.  The hottest trilogy out there...literally.  Have you read it?  I read all three books in about three weeks time.  If I had the time, I could have finished them all in a matter of days.  I was that hooked.  I don't normally read these type of books.  But all over the internet was talk of Christian Grey.  I had to find out what all the hype was about. 
So?  I dove head first into book one.  And despite how horribly awful the actual writing is, I was very intrigued.  I would find myself reading "just one more chapter" until 1am!
Sure it was very repetitive, and the English major in me cringed at some of the context, but it was oddly appealing. 
The first book ends with such a cliff hanger that you are more than willing to tear into book two.  I personally found that the storyline developed more in books two and three.  Sure there was still endless amounts of "kinky fuckery" [omg I cannot believe I just said that], but there was more.   

If you have not read these books yet, I will warn you.  Prepare to read the several lines over and over again.

"I blushed crimson."

"I turned scarlet."

"....and he smelled of Christian."

"I do as I'm bid."

"Stow that twitching palm."

"We aim to please."

Christian saying, "Come for me baby." and Ana doing so on demand.  Umm, if one of my readers is able to do this, please speak up...because I think personally I'd feel all pressured and get stage freight. 

And let's not forget the dreadful, repetitive talk between Ana and her inner goddess and subconscious

Despite that dreadfulness....I enjoyed the books.  And, I encourage you to read them. 

I also wanted to share a few "your ecards" that I found floating aroud on pinterest.  These surely made me laugh.

Okay.  Now.  Did you know you can now purchase your very own Fifty Shades apparel?!

You can get these shirts on sites like CafePress, Zazzle, and even Etsy! 

Now?  Did you hear they are making a movie out of these books?  I cannot imagine what this will even be rated, because the books are most certainly even more extreme than an "R" rating.  However, here's who I'd love to see as Christian and Ana.

Colin Egglesfield and Alexis Bledel.  Okay, for starters...just look at that photo of Colin.  And those eyes?!?! :::swoon:::  Alexis is simply beautiful, has brown hair, and bright blue eyes.  She also certainly seems innocent to take on the role of Ana.  I loved her from Gilmore Girls. 

So, there you have it!  My take on Fifty Shades.  Please feel free to add your thoughts/comments, I'd love to hear them!!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Say Please {Review & Giveaway}

Have you heard of Say Please?  The company was created by two Mom's that wanted to feature positive messages on greeting cards, clothing, and other accessories.  Their thoughts were, "Positive words can change someone's day, a life, and eventually the world."

Say Please is most known for their product, Lunchbox Love.  These are little business sized cards that say a sweet message on the front, and a fun fact on the back.  People have been putting notes in lunches for many years.  Lunchbox Love offers a fun, hip way of keeping up with the tradition!  These cards come in a variety of themes, so they're not just for kids!  From teachers, to moms and dads, their is a card pack for everyone

I consider myself a very optimistic, postive person, so when I was contacted by Say Please to review their Lunchbox Love for Camp set, I eagerly replied!

These cards have a message on the front, and a fun camp fact on the back.

I love that these cards provide such a positive reinforcement, and the facts on the back are fun and educational!  While Lincoln is obviously still a bit too young for this concept, I definitely see myself tucking these sweet notecards into his lunchbox or backpack :)

One of my lucky readers will win their very own set of Lunchbox Love for Camp!
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Monday, July 16, 2012


I haven't posted about Lincoln's speech progress in awhile, so I figured I'd share how he's doing. 

While he still is not 100% caught up to where he technically should be, he is seriously making more progress each and every day.  The "two word" phrases are finally starting to come out spontaneously!  And I am just so proud of him.  What's even better, is I can see how proud he is of himself, and that fills my heart with such joy. 

"Dada" comes out clear as day.  We still co-sleep with Lincoln, and the first thing he asks for when he wakes up in the morning is, "Dada?" He's been doing this for a few weeks now.  Also, when Jared comes home from work he gets all sorts of excited, running to him all while screaming "DADAAAAA!!!" 

Now, back to "Momma."  I mentioned before that Lincoln called me "a nonna," which is exactly what he calls a banana.  He used to say, "Mum Mum Mum" when he was upset about something.  But, he hasn't done that one in quite some time now.  I was just "a nonna."  Which seriously was okay.  I know he was trying SO hard to say "Momma,"  but he just couldn't figure it out.


I'M MOMMA!!!! 

My sweet, sweet boy calls me Momma!!!  It's the best, most wonderful, perfect thing I've ever heard!  I think he knows it too, because he'll sweetly give me those big brown eyes of his and say, "Momma."  I am putty in his hands!!!  I seriously melt every.single.time I hear him call me "Momma." 

It may have taken him 2 1/2 years, but I'm Momma.  And it was so worth the wait. 


Friday, July 13, 2012

Update on my Dad.

I realized I haven't updated you all on how my Dad's recovering from his liver transplant since he was being a royal pain in the butt, to put it nicely. 

Well, I am happy to report that my Dad has been making fantastic progress with his recovery!  He is even driving again.  He hasn't drove in 2 years!! 
His new liver is functioning perfectly, and he is getting stronger every day.  He cannot come home from Florida until about 6 months or so post surgery, so we're looking at September-ish or so. 

I am so incredibly thankful that my Dad is back, and that Lincoln can finally have his Grandpa. 

My mom, Lincoln, and I are going there today for a week to visit.  I cannot wait to see him!  He is looking forward to really playing with Lincoln, rather than just being able to watch him play. 

Unfortunately, we also have to tell my Dad about his dog Brady while we are there.  That is going to be awful.  I still cannot fathom that he's gone.  I just hope my Dad doesn't slip into a depression and go downhill, because I know how possible that is. 

I am planning on a few scheduled posts while I am away....and I might even attempt to blog on my mobile app! 

I hope despite bring such sad news, we are able to enjoy our time together.  Hope you all have a great weekend!!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

July 4th 2012

The 4th of July was never a big holiday to me growing up.  One of our dogs was deathly afraid of fireworks, so we always stayed in...which I was okay with. 

When I got older, I just never did anything "big" to celebrate the day.  I worked in Human Resources at Target for 7 years, and we all know that retail stores never close, so a lot of my time was spent there.

When I met Jared, he introduced me to his entire family for the first time at their annual 4th of July party.  This is a party thrown by his Dad's side, and his father is one of nine children....needless to say, this party is HUGE!!!  It's at a house literally in the middle of nowhere, and they even have their own fireworks show at the end of the night.  It's a fun time, and has become a tradition for our family. 

Last year Lincoln didn't do well with the fireworks.  He was all excited for about  10 minutes, then he flipped out and we had to leave.  I was really hoping this year would be a different experience for him. 


He loved them.  He seriously DANCED to the fireworks!!  He was so excited.  He was dancing like a crazy man, that every so often, he would just fall over.  It was hilarious.  I was laughing so hard, I was crying! 

Here are a few pictures from our day...

It was a great day, indeed.  Lincoln had the best time ever, which makes Jared and me both very happy.   I love this is a yearly tradition for our family! 

I'm linking this post up with Growing Up Geeky for Toddle Along Tuesday!!

Monday, July 9, 2012


My Mom surprised my Dad with Brady exactly one year after my Memere (Dad's Mom) passed away.  My father has ALWAYS wanted a Golden Retriever.  This was also right around the time my Dad was diagnosed with Cirrhosis.  At the time we didn't know if my Dad would ever need a liver transplant, but we knew it could be a possibility in the future.  My Mom thought it was the perfect time to get my Dad his faithful friend.  He couldn't come up with a name for the little pup, and I suggested "Brady."  My Dad loved it.

Brady gave me my first taste of having a newborn.  I was 22 years old when we got him, and I still lived at home with my parents.  Brady slept in his crate in my room.  He would wake up twice each night to pee and play!  He hated falling asleep alone, which led to me falling asleep on the floor next to his crate, with my hand inside on his tiny paw.  Eventually we both had enough of the crate, and he slept in bed with me.

I remember rocking Brady multiple times a day.  I thought to myself, if I rock him each and every day, he can't possibly ever grow big enough to not fit in my lap.

Of course, he did grow...he's a Golden Retriever!  We called him "the puppy," because even when he was 5 years old, he still had that same adorable face.

When Lincoln was born, I was amazed at how quickly the two of them bonded.  Lincoln would lay on him, and he even attempted to ride him a few times!  Brady didn't care one bit.  He loved everyone.  Unconditional love.  You don't find that often.  Brady was beyond unconditional. 

Saturday morning I received a phone call from my Mom that I wasn't expecting for many years.  She told me when she came home from work the day before, Brady had passed away.  Our sweet, lovable dog, was gone.  My Dad's dog, who he hasn't seen in one year, and was more excited to see him when he finally comes home, than anyone else, will never see him again.  Lincoln's favorite, even above his own dog, Evy.  That sweet puppy I used to rock to sleep every day. 

How could this possibly happen?  He was only 8 years old.  He still acted like a puppy, and was at the vet just last month for his yearly check-up.  After everything my Dad has been this past year, how could his puppy not be able to greet him at the door when he finally comes home?

While we weren't there with Brady when he passed, our other dog, Lacey was thankfully with him.  Lacey is 12 years old, and he loved her more than anything.  If he could have chosen anyone to be with him, she would have been who he would have picked. 

We still haven't told my Dad.  He's alone in Florida right now, and how can we tell him such devastating news over the phone?  My Mom and I are going there on Friday, and we will tell him then.  The thought of telling my Dad makes me sick to my stomach. 

The night that Brady died, Lincoln went to our refrigerator and was pointing to a picture of him saying, "Brady!!!"  I find it ironic, because at that time we had no idea what had already happened. 

Dogs aren't just dogs to me.  They are a part of the family.  And Brady was such a special part of our family.  I wish more than anything that he didn't have to go so soon.  I wish my Dad had a chance to say goodbye. 

Rest in peace my sweet Brady pup.  You will never be forgotten.  And you will always be so very much loved.


Friday, July 6, 2012

BlogHer '12 Weekly Check-in

Another week closer to Blogher'12! I am getting more and more excited each day!!  So, what's new to report this week?!?!  Parties, parties, and more parties.  That seems to be all the rage!  Everyone is posting which parties they are invited to, and which ones they are hoping for an invite.  It is CRAZY!!! 

As for me?  I am not stressin' about all the party biz.  This is my first blogging conference, and I'm pretty excited about just that!  Not to mention, BlogHer has their own parties that I'm sure are equally fun. 

I am just excited about the conference itself!!  I'm excited about attending sessions, and meeting some of my blogging buddies!!  I'm excited about being in NYC for my first time ever with my husband!!

If I happen to get invited to a party that is relevant to my blog, that is awesome!  And if not?  That is okay, too!  So I refuse to stress over which parties all the cool kids are going to.  Because really?  That is just high school all over again, and what fun is that?!

If you have a BlogHer '12 related post, feel free to link up below!