Archive: February, 2011

Monday
February 28, 2011

My Frugal Findings: *HOT* $10 Rue La La Credit & $4 Kiwi Magazine Subscription!

AWESOME!! RueLaLa contacted me and is giving all my readers a $10 credit to anyone who signs up under my link from now until March 3rd!! So sign up and get your $10 credit!! :) Credit will appear within 48 hours after sign-up.

You have until May 31st to use your $10 credit, so I’ll be sure to post any *HOT* deals I find!

Here is another great deal available today!

Mamapedia is offering $6 for 1-Year Subscription to Kiwi Magazine. Use coupon code coupon code 1YEARKIWI1 to get the 1 Year Subscription for ONLY $4! If you want a 2 year subscription enter code 2YEARKIWI2 to get a 2 years for ONLY $8!

This is for new members only, but you can just open another account under a different email address (spouse, mom, dad, friend, etc.) to get the deal.

For more steals/deals be sure to visit me at OneFrugalChick.com

~Natasha

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Monday
February 28, 2011

CONTEST – Cylinder Light ($149.99 value!)

CONTEST
Attention all readers… In this Contest you have a chance to win your choice of Single Cylinder Light ($149.99 value!) from Oilo.


Oilo offers one of the largest selections of designer look modern cylinder lighting for a chic lighting solution for any room in the home. Shades are handmade from Oilo’s signature 100 percent woven cotton fabric. A sheet of white acrylic encases and diffuses the light to cast a soft glow.

In addition to lighting, Oilo carries beautiful baby bedding. For a gorgeous gender neutral nursery, check out the Modern Berries Crib Set in taupe:

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* Contest will be open until Midnight EST on Sunday, March 6th. Contest winner must have a US or Canadian mailing address.

* The winner will be randomly selected (from random.org) and announced on Monday, March 7th. Please check back to see if you won, or leave your email address with comment. The winner will need to contact spearmintbaby@gmail.com to provide name and shipping address.

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Monday
February 28, 2011

photo of the day

This is a picture of my daughter Cora-probably one of my favorites of her. And if I’m not mistaken I believe she is a birthday buddy with Rexford- May 6th. This was taken on a sick day but she was pretty photogenic which makes me think she might be one of those kids who fakes being sick just to stay home. Love the blog and all the fun ideas and topics!

Sarah

yesssss! they are b-day buddies! Cora is so sweet :) XO, shari

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Friday
February 25, 2011

your weekend


image via Tumbler

this photo just sparked a memory- when i was little (5 or 6 yrs) i used to ride in the back of my dad’s green Chevy pick up truck. no seat belts and no one thought twice about it! can you imagine that happening today?

TGIF! it’s been a long week with very little sleep. the kids are still sick but i’m not as worried now that i’ve seen a doctor. Harper struggles whenever i attempt to give her her oral medicine. i’ve tried being funny, strict, bribes, etc- but she still says “GUCK!” and turns her head to the side.

i cannot wait to see my husband tonight. last night we were on the phone and he told me that we are going to plan a trip with the kids for August. we will have 1-2 weeks and can go anywhere. but what kind of vacation is doable with a 1 yr old and a 2.5 year old? any suggestions? we’ll be researching destinations this weekend. i can’t wait to rummage through my old issues of Condé Nast Traveler!

a few more tidbits:

my blog obsession this week: downtown from behind.

i’m going to plant some tulips on Sunday. did you know that you can plant tulips indoors any time of the year? check out this tulip time lapse video.

affordable, long-haired, Icelandic sheep skins. i want these all over my house!

concrete leaf end tables

do you read online magazines? i discovered Covet Garden this week and it is so charming!

Simply Breakfast = my new daily morning read.

love this blogging idea: random photo #1 = Sydney Bus Stop.

an awesome rental house in New Orleans.

a cute print!

since we’ve been on the subject of Alice in Wonderland, check out these porcelain tea sets? (click “work,” then “tea time.”) oooh, i want a set just so i can have a tea party.

doesn’t this seem like an awesome activity to make people mingle at a wedding party? sometimes small talk is so uncomfortable.

a rad bathroom makeover!!

have a wonderful weekend. please feel free to share family vacation ideas.
XO, shari

p.s. Dwell products on clearance:


the Gio Lemon Bottle Holder is perfect for new moms on the go. babies never finish their entire bottle of milk before falling asleep and this stylish bottle holder will keep your baby’s bottle insulated hot or cold! (reg price = $20!)


i love the Chocolate Dots Bundle Bag! it will keep your baby cocooned & cozy in a modern print. (reg price= $54!)

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Friday
February 25, 2011

Birth Story


I’ve always been curious of other’s birth stories so I thought I’d share mine and of course some pictures of Isaac…

Sunday morning I started having contractions, nothing out of the ordinary but I could get back to sleep at 2am so I started timing them. At 4am they were coming every 10 minutes but they didn’t seem that bad, just uncomfortable. Around 5:30 I woke David and let him know that the contractions were coming closer together and that I thought my water broke (it didn’t). I call the on-call doctor at 6am and she tells us to go to the hospital. We get to the hospital about 7am and they but me on monitor and do a test to see if my water broke. We find that my contractions are 5 minutes apart but my water did not break and that I am only 1cm dilated. I was 1cm the week before so I was kinda bummed that it was early labor. By noon I’m still 1 cm dilated and having contractions every 2 minutes. The doctor gives us the option of laboring in the hospital or at home. I decided to go home.

When we got home I was able to take a nap and my contractions then slowed down. By dinner time they started picking up again and I was not able to sleep that night. David helped me through most of the morning hours since I was having intense back pain. At 8am I call my doctor see what to do and she tells me to come in to the office to get checked. It turns out I am now 5cm and she tells us to go to the hospital. At the hospital I make use of the jacuzzi and their massage therapist. My water breaks at 3:30 and the contractions then become very painful. At this time I am only 6 cm dilated, kinda bummed that I have labored for so long and not making much progress. The massage therapist was heaven sent, she stayed with me most of the day helping me labor with out medication. At 6pm I’m 8cm and just feel like I can’t take it anymore. I’m completely exhausted and am falling asleep in the 2 minutes in between contractions. I end up getting an epidural and make it to 10cm in just an hour. I then started to push, but my contractions weren’t coming that frequently. So after an hour of pushing we tried Pitocin to make the contractions more regular, but it didn’t help. I requested that they use a vacuum extractor but I had no energy left to help push him out and he just wasn’t coming. The doctor then did an episiotomy and pulled out his head. I was supposed to help push out his shoulders but I couldn’t. She pulled him out and in the process I tore in two other places. The epidural had worn off so I was in an incredible amount of pain and was given two more doses of medicine before repairs were made.

My birth plan was to try to deliver naturally and I feel that everyone was very supportive in trying to make that happen. Honestly, I knew that his birth wouldn’t go as planned (what does?), but I wouldn’t change a thing about what I went through. And yes I would do it again, because he is the most precious gift from God.


mamahuang.blogspot.com

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Friday
February 25, 2011

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Birthday Party















i’ve received sooo many birthday party submissions lately- i am so impressed with all of the work put into children’s parties! this party was for 5 year old Halle- isn’t it a pretty color palette? i love the “eat me” cupcakes, rock candy sticks, and adorable Fisher-Price Tea Set (i just ordered one for Harper). for more visit hanalynch.blogspot.com.

p.s. Hana is a super amazing photographer. for info on photography packages visit Hana Lynch Photography

p.p.s. Alice in Wonderland inspired engagement photos.

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Friday
February 25, 2011

photo of the day

These are my adorable kids. My daughter, Melia, can not stop kissing her brother, Owen. Literally, he is a month old now and there is not 10 minutes that pass (unless she is napping) that he doesn’t get at least five kisses!”
Tanis

awwww, this is so sweet! thanks for sharing :) XO, shari

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Friday
February 25, 2011

Ice Cream Parlour Birthday Party







such a fun theme! i love the “Ice Cream Parlour” chalkboard sign. more at cheninboutwell.com

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