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Hello Out There [26 Sep 2008|04:29pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I am really new to this whole thing. :) I'm not quite sure what all to say since I've never really done the posting-my-thoughts-on-the-web thing before. I am a 22 year old mother of a beautiful 2 year old little girl and have been with my husband for 3 years. We have a tight budget and I guess I wanted a place where I could talk with other people in a similar situation; trying to make ends meet the best way they can and exchanging thoughts and ideas on what works and what breaks the budget. I've talked a lot with my mom about my ideas...but I think I've started getting on her nerves. :) So I'm in search of people that do want to talk about stuff.
I have to go as my daughter has awoken from her nap. Be back soon.

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New! [16 Sep 2008|10:55pm]

Hello everyone!
My name is Erika, and I am way new to this community. I am nineteen years old - and will be twenty in three short days! I'm expecting my first child (a boy) on December 31, 2008, with my wonderful significant other.

Pregnancy has been pretty tough, but now being half way through my second trimester, things are finally letting up. Now I'm just suffering emotional problems. I scheduled my maternity pictures for late October. Problem is, I feel so FAT and ugly. I feel like absolutely nothing looks good on me anymore. Not even make-up. Did any of you feel like this? And if so, what are some things I can do for myself to help subside these feelings!?

Help me ladies! :(
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Dinner Ideas - My dinner tonight!! [10 Sep 2008|08:19pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts  

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
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    Prep Time:
    25 min
    Total Time:
    1 hr 5 min
    6 servings, one stuffed chicken breast each
    What You Need
    1-1/2 cups water
    6 Tbsp.  KRAFT Roasted Red Pepper Italian with Parmesan Dressing, divided
    1 pkg. (10 oz.) spinach leaves, stems removed, chopped
    1 pkg.  (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
    1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted red peppers
    6 small  boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1-1/2 lb.), pounded to 1/4-inch thickness
    1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
    Make It

    PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Bring water and 2 Tbsp. of the dressing to boil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Stir in spinach, stuffing mix and peppers; cover. Remove from heat. Let stand 5 min. Set aside.

    PLACE chicken, top-sides down, on large cutting board; spread evenly with stuffing mixture. Starting at one of the short ends, tightly roll up each chicken breast. Place, seam-sides down, in 13x9-inch baking dish. Brush with remaining 1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) dressing.

    BAKE 35 min. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake an additional 5 min. or until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through (170°F).

    Kraft Kitchens Tips
    How to Pound Chicken Breasts
    Place 2 chicken breast halves in large freezer-weight resealable plastic bag. Pound chicken with the side of a heavy can, rolling pin or meat mallet until chicken is 1/4-inch thick. Remove chicken from bag; set aside. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts.
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    feeling fat..... [31 Aug 2008|11:20pm]

    [ mood | embarrassed ]

    Can we say fat anyone? I've been feelings fat, ugly and unsure of my sexiness since this whole arm thing started on June 13th. I know that I've been unable to take care of my self well, such as doing my hair putting on make up and even painting my toes nicely every now and then,  but lately I've just been feeling very unsure about my self. I'm not sure if my self esteem is just low or if I'm having a moment.... but I'm not feeling to groovy about my self and I'm not usually like this. I don't want to fall into a rut of these feelings. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do to pick my self up? I do have some medical restriction with my left arm. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear it!

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    Day 6 after surgery... Thank God for Marli! [23 Aug 2008|03:38pm]

    [ mood | sore ]

    So today is day 6 and I'm feeling better after 6 days. My arm is really sore and I get tired with things easily, but I have to say that I'm happy that this whole arm thing will be over very soon. Monday was the surgery and lets just say that for the first 3 days all I did was sleep, sleep, sleep and sleep! I stayed over by Bruce and the family while tropical storm fay came through as well as my surgery. Today is my 1st day back to being me.... I'm home at my house and I went shopping for my self today. Who ever said shopping with one arm was easy was a liar!!

     Like I said today was my 1st day out and about in the world again on my own, doing grown up people things such as shopping with her soon-to-be 5 year old and cleaning up a house that wasn't lived in for 6 days! I got up this morning from Bruce's house and of course he was still sleeping.... I decided that today was as good of a day as any to start the grown- up process again. Marli was so excited that she was going to get her mommy back 100% all hers.  Since my surgery she hasn't really spent 1 on 1 time with me. Bruce (daddy) and his family took me to the surgery on Monday ( which was Marli's 1st day of school) I didn't really see her, but I called the school to make sure that she was doing well on her 1st day back. After the surgery was done with Bruce drove me home to his place and him and his mom took care of me. Marli was home, but all I did was sleep for the 1st 3 days. She didn't really talk to me or be there to help me with anything really.
      After day 3 the whole Bruce and his mom taking care of me thing wore off.... Bruce wasn't really around cause he was working and Bruce's mom was busy with other things. I went to pick Marli up from school and she loved that seeing as though nana usually picks her up and when we got back to Bruce's place she told me everything about what had been going on that week. Thursday and Friday it was like I was living there with no help at all!! Marli helped with my shower... cleaning my back and helping me put the band aids over my stitches when I needed it. I didn't mind being there like I was living without help, because to be honest they weren't really helping me all that much anyway. I put Marli to be on Thursday night by my self because Bruce was "working late". I was in bed with Marli that night at
    8am.  Come Friday after dropping marli off at school with some help driving from Bruce's mom.... I took Marli into the classroom and all the kids were amazed to see an adult with a broken arm! LOL After talking with the kids about what happened to me I went back to the car where Bruce's mom was waiting on me. We went to breakfast that morning and after that I was so tired.  I'm able to do things when I need to, but afterward I'm more tired than normal. I slept all day long until about 4pm. Bruce's mom then drove me to Marli's school again to pick her up!
      Picking her up at school is just about the nicest thing... I get to see her interacting with her friends and her new teacher and everything that has to do with her new class. They had show-n-tell and she brought her fake purple and white snake to show everyone. They took pictures of the kids with what they brought to show-n-tell and her explanation of what she brought was "my fake snake that she won at my company picnic"... how sweet is that??? LOL Later Bruce sent me a text to ask if I minded if he went out tonight.... I said "sure" and that was it. Marli and I had the night to our self in his place with Disney channel and we hung out all night. I decided that since I was able to manage Marli for the last 2 days pretty much on my own I could come home to my place and do it!
     So, today was the 1st day. Boy oh boy am I tired!!! I went shopping and marli was the sweetest thing ever. She helped me get the things that I wanted and I let her pick out some fruit. She said at one point... "Mommy you are very strong and I love you"! I wanted to kiss her a million times and just keep her in that moment. I kissed her twice and said thank you... no matter how bad I feel mommy is always here and will take care of you. Shopping together was very nice! We didn't argue and she was more help than I thought. She did as she was told and when it was time to go to Wal*Mart to get the other things that I needed she didn't complain at all! When we got home today from shopping she helped me take all the bags up stairs and even offered to help me put them away! Do have a little girl any more or a big girl?????? I'm so proud to say that I have such a sweet daughter and that she's such a good little helper when I really need it! Thank God every day for this child and for the love that she has given me in this time of need! LOL

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    A new graphics community [19 Aug 2008|12:00am]

    [ mood | accomplished ]

    I have made a new graphics/icon request community, where you can go to request icons and different graphics of your babies. Introducing baybee_icons! Please join, make requests, tell your friends!

    If this is not allowed, please delete.

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    Hurricane or not??? [17 Aug 2008|07:34pm]

    [ mood | accomplished ]

    Today was a pretty good day! I have to say I work up in the best of moods. I spent the weekend with a friend and it was really nice. Today I was all cheery and in an awesome mood. I woke up and drove over to see Bruce and Marli. Today is my day to have her, but Bruce and I were going to spend the day together shopping for the last minute things that Marli needed for school. It was nice; Bruce and I were laughing and talking about Marli and how big she's getting and everything. We went to 4 different places to find her uniform that she needed for her school as well as a few other things that we needed to get her for school.
      Despite our break up we always do well with getting things done for Marli. Bruce and I are always doing things together as a family and it's nice that it works this way for now.  We laughed so much today that it made me really miss the old times we had.  Bruce is taking me to my shoulder surgery tomorrow if the weather holds up. I'm not really up to waiting another day or so maybe even more if the weather doesn't hold up. I'm hoping that things will work out and the surgery will go as scheduled and that marli will make it for her 1st day of school. I'd have to say that over all this was a pretty nice day! Bruce and I accomplished everything that we needed to do for Marli and getting her prepared for school as well as having a nice day together!

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    The Wine Regions of Italy [18 Jul 2008|01:07am]

    It certainly is no big secret that more wine is produced in Italy than any other country in the world. Truth is in Italy's wine regions it's making has been raised to the level of an art form. An art that has been passed down from generation to generation and throughout many decades. Wine making thrives in Italy because it's climate allows for the growing of a large variety of grapes. More so than any other region in the world.

    The majority of this production is done in the world famous region of Tuscany. Tuscany can be found right in the center of Italy. The famous fashion capital Milan is far to the north, near the borders of France and Switzerland, while Rome is a little to the south. Tuscany is a jewel set between the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west and the Apennines mountain range on the east. It consists of ten provinces, one of which is Pisa. A city famous for it's Leaning Tower. The capital city is Florence.

    The wine history in Tuscany is just as historic as Italy's architecture and art. A history that extends as far back as the beginning of time.

    Everybody has heard of the well-known wines such as Chianti from Tuscany, Valpolicella and Soave, but what about the marvelous Rondinella, Malvasia and Sangiovese? These are marvelous wines, and the little known Malvasia is superb. There are more different types of vine grown in Italy than any other country, and Italy can truly be awarded the accolade of wine growing country of the world. The French, Germans and all of the New World Australian and American wine producing areas pale into insignificance when compared to Italy. At least for volume.

    This geography provides every type of climate possible for growing grapes, and the cold loving vines and those larger and juicier grapes that prefer more heat are all well catered for. It never gets too dry, and never gets too wet. Were you to personally design a country and climate ideal for growing just about every variety of grapes, you would end up with Italy.

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    Afternoon Tea and High Tea - Are They One And The Same? [13 Jul 2008|10:07pm]

    The extraordinary festivity of afternoon tea is frequently mistakenly believed by numerous individuals to constitute the same things as high tea, nevertheless these two ceremonies are really distinct occasions and descended from distinct varied sources, and this should be thought as such by everybody.

    High tea and afternoon tea ceremonies are most decidedly not a similar matter and in point of fact emerged from altogether unlike origins. In this article, the deviations among the afternoon tea ceremony and the high tea ceremony will be talked about applicable to from each one's beginning, customs, times of occasion and principal purpose.

    The Social function of Afternoon Tea

    The entire custom of the afternoon tea ceremony itself began back in the 19th century England and was developed by the Duchess of Bedford; these occurrences were the beginning of the traditional afternoon tea ceremonies that commenced as an intermediate social occasion when lunch was over only dinner was still to occur for at least three additional hours.

    The tea was then served up with an range of breads and butter so that it would tide one over until dinner was served. This midafternoon meal comforted the Duchess and her elite group of lady friends through the following hours until easily after dark at which point their following meal would be served up. This small meal occupied the time in between when they were becoming hungry but would however accept waiting for the last meal of the day, which was evidently thus rather advantageous.

    Finally, the afternoon tea experience developed to involve numerous many foods such as baked goods, scones and finger foods, only the midafternoon scheduling of the observance has, to this day, continued at any rate comparatively the same.

    Time for High Tea

    High tea is frequently mentioned as the identical occurrence as the afternoon tea ceremony, nonetheless they are in point of fact not similar at all. Possibly some regarded high tea as seeming more appropriate, but this ceremonial occasion is in reality the one that was pursued and was developed by the more ordinary people in nineteenth century England instead of the elite-like afternoon tea ceremonies.

    Afternoon tea was an already normally performed custom, and so the less fortunate individuals acquired this custom as their own common tea time. In lieu of an earlier scheduled tea time, even so, their tea time was instead scheduled to take place nearer to dinner or even in place of dinner entirely.

    Such was the beginning of the ceremonial occasion itself, in point of fact, and this custom was partly founded in order to assume the position of the common meal with the happier and celebration occurrence of tea time. Unlike the afternoon tea of the rich, this tea time happened close to dinner time and included much more dinner-like foods such as meat, eggs, cheese and the like. Also, both sexes were included in this meal, unlike the afternoon tea ceremony.

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    Picnic Backpacks [02 Jul 2008|02:07am]

    Picnic Backpacks
    The next time you want to enjoy the great outdoors with your friend, significant other or loved ones, one of the things you should bring along is a picnic backpack. While everyone is familiar with a picnic basket, picnic backpacks are the newest in a line of items to help you enjoy quality time together. If you are looking to appreciate nature and be together with friends and loved ones, a picnic backpack is the perfect accompaniment.

    Picnic backpacks look similar to hiking backpacks. On the outside they are made from fabrics like traditional backpack (canvas, acrylic, etc), but inside instead of carrying trail guides, clothes, caps and mosquito repellant they are packed to the brim with cozy picnic accessories.

    For example, a picnic backpack will include two plates, utensils for two, two wine glasses, some napkins and a cooler compartment to store your food. On the outside of your picnic backpack, there is a chamber to safely store a bottle of wine or other beverage. On the other side is a chamber where you can roll up and place a picnic blanket. The picnic backpack looks surprisingly simple and is a great accessory for those looking to have a picnic a few miles into the countryside without having to haul a picnic basket through moderate trails. Many picnic backpacks even include a compartment to carry a few of your hiking essentials such as a hiking map, sweater and cap.

    Picnic backpacks are usually made of canvas and have cushioned shoulder straps for convenient and comfortable hauling. They usually come with plenty of room for a nice lunch or treat. The cooler compartments on most picnic backpacks even have room for an ice pouch to keep foods fresh for more than just a few hours, giving you time to get to your picnic spot and still have fresh, cold food.

    Since wine is essential, most picnic backpacks have a cushioned and cooled side chamber to store your wine bottle safely through the woods or countryside. Many picnic backpacks also add a cheese knife and cheese cutting board for a refined picnic treat.

    Picnic backpacks are very affordable and usually start at about $50. There are some that include special compartments and accessories that can cost $150 or more. Many people choose to buy a picnic basket for a close friend or their spouse, giving them a hint to take them on a wonderful trip that includes a delicious picnic. Picnics are a great way to enjoy nature and spend quality time with one another. Besides being a great gift for a close friend or significant other, they make excellent corporate gifts, especially if you have a boss or colleague that enjoys the outdoors.

    If you are looking to explore natural surroundings, quality time with a close friend or significant other and enjoy a yummy treat after hiking, definitely look into purchasing a picnic backpack.

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    French Cuisine [09 Jun 2008|09:07am]

    Indisputably, one of modern France's greatest treasures is its rich cuisine. The French have an ongoing love affair with food.

    The cuisine of France is remarkably varied with a great many regional differences based on the produce and gastronomy of each region.

    Culinary traditions that have been developed and perfected over the centuries have made French cooking a highly refined art. This is true of even the simplest peasant dishes, which require careful preparation and great attention to detail. It is expected that even the simplest preparation be undertaken in the most careful manner, which means disregarding the amount of time involved.

    Of course, the secret to success in a French kitchen is not so much elaborate techniques as the use of fresh ingredients that are locally produced and in season.

    French cooking is not a monolith: it ranges from the olives and seafood of Provence to the butter and roasts of Tours, from the simple food of the bistro to the fanciful confections of the Tour d'Argent.

    A French meal might begin with a hot hors d'oeuvre (or for luncheon, a cold hors d'oeuvre) followed by soup, main course, salad, cheese, and finally dessert. The French operate with a strong sense that there is an appropriate beverage for every food and occasion. Wine is drunk with the meal, but rarely without food. An aperitif (a light alcoholic beverage such as Lillet) precedes the meal and a digestive (something more spirited -- say, cognac) may follow. This close relationship between food and wine may, in part, closely parallel the evolution of great cooking and great wine making. It is probably not coincidental that some of the best cooking in France happens in some of her finest wine-growing regions. In Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, and Touraine, wine is as prevalent in the cooking process as it is in the glass.

    French cooking is considered by many to be the standard against which all other cuisines are measured (it is also referred to as haute cuisine). This standard was introduced into the French courts by Catherine de Medici in the 1500s, and later perfected by Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), who is considered the Father of French Cooking.
    Nouvelle Cuisine, which became popular in the 1970s, was in reaction to the rich cooking of classic French cuisine. This new cuisine has a healthful cooking philosophy: crisply cooked vegetables and fruit based sauces as opposed to flour and cream sauces. From classic French cooking to Nouvelle Cuisine, and the many French regional cooking styles, there is something to satisfy just about every palate.

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    Looking for something interesting to do... [13 Dec 2007|11:12am]
    Hi . Working mom here who is far away from her family. Would love to see how other moms are making their families work and raising their beautiful children!
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    [03 Oct 2007|02:57pm]

    Hi! I am Lucy. I have a 3 year-old son Dima. Actually he is going to turn 4 in February. I`m working several hours a day. I'll be glad to communicate with all of you. And I am 25 years old now. So glad to meet you all
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    [03 May 2006|07:59am]

    [ mood | frustrated ]

    Ok so my daughter is now 9 weeks old, and my fiance and I, which have been together for 6 years, are fighting all the time. About everything. And I mean everything, and it's driving me nuts. Any advise????

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    Hi I'm new [02 May 2006|04:46pm]

    [ mood | anxious ]

    Hi I just wanted to leave a quick post. I'm a new mommy and would like other new mommies to talk to. My daughter Josie was born on 2/28/2006, she was 8lbs. 12oz. Talk to you all soon!

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    Update - the pacifier [14 Aug 2005|02:30pm]

    [ mood | impressed ]

    Tyrone have been doing SO WELL!! He made it through two bedtimes and two naps now. Im sooo PROUD OF HIM!

    Mike told me that when he put Tyrone in bed for napping.

    Tyrone: where pacifier? (signs)
    Daddy: No, you re a big boy now. (signs)
    Tyrone: *grunts* and trying to sleep.

    AWW cute!


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    Pacifier & Blankie [13 Aug 2005|08:22pm]

    [ mood | hot ]

    Mike and I are trying to BREAK Tyrone's habit of pacifier. We think its good start now to break it before he start goes a daycare in Sept.

    We started last night for Tyrone's bedtime. No problem - just sleep through all night and NO CRY at all! So now we continue doing it for Tyrone's napping today. STILL NO PROBLEM! :) :)

    Now it will be third time without pacifier as I hope he will make it through by tomorrow morning! *crossed fingers*

    Mike and I want to see if Tyrone can do it without his pacifier for a weekend. If so, we will continue all week until he is really get it over. The pacifiers will be THROW OUT IN A GARBAGE! :) :)

    Blankie - Tyrone still want sleep with his old blankie AND his new blanket of madagascar. He really want to sleep both of it. I was hoping to get rid of old blankie. I will let him keep it for awhile since we started trying to get rid of his pacifers. That is the most thing we want to get it done. Later will do that with his blankie.

    Gotta go watch a movie with Mike! :)


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    Hey, mums and dads! [09 Aug 2005|06:49pm]

    Just wanted to let you all know that I've got a ton of baby stuff going up on eBay soon-- super cute baby clothes in a range of sizes and ages (from newborn to about 4 toddler) lots of styles and seasons, many items brand new with tags still attatched! It breaks my heart to let some of this stuff go, but little Kallista (my younger sister) outgrew it all so fast! So don't miss your chance to dress up your little princess while you still can!

    You can check out the current auctions HERE. Most of our items are grouped together into either lots or super cute complete outfits, and we're always willing to let them go at a fair price. Be sure to check back often, too, because it's not all auctioning at once-- we have so many cute clothes and accessories that we're going to be at this for weeks!
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    [08 Jul 2005|10:23am]

    Tyrone learned the colours now, also know the sign language words for the colours. :)

    He only know the colours are;


    Now I am teaching him - brown, gray, white, black, and pink. Its so so fun teaching him! I am using the books or other toy have different colours on it, I ask him "where is green?" he will point at green wherever on the toy. :) :) :)


    P.S. Tyrone and Im going out soon to buy the juice boxes for Tyrone, and two different kind milks (1% and 2%). AFter that Tyrone and I might walking around in small plaza mall that where have Zehrs (grocery store).
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    [29 Jun 2005|02:25pm]

    i have to know! how is everyone in this community doing with potty training.. especially those with the boys! aiden has got the peeing down.. just not the number 2.. he doesnt want to i dont thinK! so i need some ideas on rewards for him when he goes! when he goes pee he gets a sticker.. and he loves him.. but thats not enough for the poo i guess! HELP! i need some opinions and some ideas! mostly those with boys tho.. because girls and boys are soo different!
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