Sunday, December 23, 2012

Need a Vacation?

OMG YES! I seriously need to get away. However, the first trip we have out of state the kids are actually coming with. Hopefully while we are out there we get to get away for just a little bit without the kids.

However, if you have $300 right now, you can get an all-inclusive four night stay at Villa Sol Hotel and Beach Resort in Playa Hermosa. That is in Costa Rica!!! This normally costs $1,395. But until January 7, 2013 you can get it for only $299! I wish I had that laying around. Maybe you can surprise your husband or wife, girlfriend or boyfriend with this fabulous deal!

Go here to get this deal before it’s gone!!!

Let me know if you take advantage of this. Share pics!!!  Smile

 

--Jennifer

Ten foot charging cable for Apple, Android and Blackberry

Sometimes we realize that our phone cables are just too short. So, here is a solution! A 10 foot cable! Only $11, regular price is $29.99! That is a 63% savings. This offer is valid until 1/3/2013 at 11:59PM (local time). Offer available through this link: 10 foot charging cable.

Printable Coupons

Here are some coupons  =)

$3 off BIC Mark-It Permanent Markers 

$3 off any two Triaminic Products

$0.75 off any one Odwalla Juice, Smoothie Drink


--Jennifer

FREE Whopper at Burger King

Burger King has a coupon for a free Whopper when you buy a Whopper.
Print it out here
Free Whopper with Whopper Purchase



--Jennifer

Friday, November 30, 2012

Crest 3D Whitestrips: Review

I received a VoxBox from Influenster. In t was a month of Crest 3D White Strips. I was excited because I had always wanted to try these.2012-11-15 15.43.26

At first I was a bit nervous. The box mentions that some people have had side effects like their teeth becoming sensitive, and I did not want that to happen, but I put them on and hoped for the best.

Now, let me say. I do not like them on my teeth! It did not hurt, it was not complicated, it was annoying. My teeth aren’t perfectly straight, and I am 100% OK with that, because they aren’t like super crooked or anything either. But I had the hardest time to get the strip to place under and onto the backside of my teeth. And then when I did get them done, it felt weird, it didn’t stick completely on the back, and was just annoying. Pretty sure I licked some of the peroxide or whatever whitening agent was in it. Also, it doesn’t tell you if you should dry your teeth ahead of time. No, not with a blow dryer! But like, dab a paper towel or something. I think you should! Trying to place the dang sticky thing on wet teeth seemed absolutely impossible! I felt like a crazy person.

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Then when they are on… don’t try to talk! It feels so weird. It screwed with my speech – not that the strips did anything, but I was afraid to talk, hell, I was afraid to close my lips over my teeth! And I had to do this for 30 mins?! I felt crazy. So I did it while I washed my face/put weekly facial mask on, and took shower.

Also, the package doesn’t say how long after you brush you should use them… or how long you should wait to brush after using! It just says something along the lines of do not use directly after brushing… So like what? An hour?

The commercials make it all seem simple and easy, but it just didn’t feel as glamorous as it looked on TV. *sigh* what can you do ya know? It’s a commercial for Gods sake!

Anyways. So I was expecting this crazy transformation on my teeth. Not that they are bad or really discolored, but could definitely use some whitening. Well…  I don’t know. Maybe I should have dried my teeth, maybe it should tell you when to brush after using, etc. Because I don’t see that much difference. I mean, yea, its maybe a tad lighter, but nothing to go jumping and spend $30 again next year on a box (yea, you should only use 2ce a year, anything more then you really need a dentist!). I also don’t feel the need to post a before/after pic, sing their praises, or anything really.

Yes, I do use Crest 3D toothpaste, so I thought that would give me some kind of secret edge…… nope. 

This is my honest review. I hoped I could give you better news than this. And maybe I just applied it wrong? Who knows. I am happy that I did not sit here and spend out of pocket, because I would have been asking for my money back.

Do I think you should get this? Well, that would be based on you. Like I said, maybe I did something wrong. Maybe it will work for you. Maybe it won’t. I would def watch for a good deal with EB at CVS or a really good coupon from P&G in the Sunday papers (usually the first of the month). 

30 Days of Thanks: days 18-30 is just one thing…

I didn’t need to do a full 30 days of thanks. Many of my thanks are for one person. I have said I am thankful for my family earlier on, and am very thankful for many, many things. But this last thing requires more than just one day.

I am soooo thankful for my Husband! He has been there for me when I am up and down, when I need a shoulder to cry on, he has been my rock. I don’t know where I would be without him, life would not be the same. I have this beautiful baby girl from him, and we are so thankful for her. He has been a great father to my, I mean our, son. He is patient, and kind, and loving, and everything anyone could ever ask for. I know there are times where I am selfish, or impatient, or even have a tantrum, but he is patient, and stands by me still. I love him so much, and without him, I would be lost.

I love you Chris! You are my everything, babe.

~Jennifer.

Dino Lingo–teaching language to kids

This is the cutest little video! There is a bunch of introductory type videos on YouTube for Dino Lingo. I showed my son Spanish, since we live in Arizona it would be wise for us to learn Spanish LOL. I also showed him Japanese and Greek. Wow. He seemed interested, not sure if he will pay attention, but I would definitely try this with my daughter.

The Greek one was interesting, to see the letters, and how each letter is pronounced, it was pretty interested. I think for us, Spanish would be easier to learn, to me it is closest to English, and a little easier to learn (or so I hope). It would be cool to see a sign language one like this, but I guess there already is one – Baby Einstein.

This is cute, and I think I may be getting the Spanish one to see if my kids can learn it. It would be beneficial to them. I am not too sure of any other language learning programs for kids, so this is top on my list in that category. I just think the graphics are a little plain. Kids these days expect good cartoons and graphics, like top of the line LOL. But it is still a good program.

Check out the Spanish one I viewed here, or check out some others on the Dino Lingo site.

What do you think about it?
~Jennifer

 

*Disclaimer- I viewed my complimentary clip through Influenster.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 18

On this 18th day, I am thankful for the heater! I know, I live in Arizona, why would I need a heater? Well, it gets cold here too! Especially at night. I am thankful that my kids don't have to worry about bundling up at night because we have a heater to keep us warm. It may have scared the crap outta me when I first turned it on last week (it literally made all of my smoke alarms go off!) but hey, it works, and it keeps us warm!

What are you thankful for today?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: day 17

This one is going to sound small in comparison to past posts..... but today, I am thankful for slippers. My toes are so cold right now, so I put them in a nice pair of warm slippers, and BAM! The cold is gone LOL. I know it seems trivial, and small, but you know what? It's things like this that we are grateful for when in the moment.

So, what's keeping your toes warm today?
What are you thankful for?

--Jennifer

Friday, November 16, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 16

On this 16th day of November, I am thankful for the food kitchens. We all know there are homeless people out there, or families who don't have food in the cupboards. The food kitchens are people who can help them have a nice warm meal, or even give out boxes of food to people who need it. I am very thankful that people can get food one way or another.

So I am going to ask you to do this: Thanksgiving is so close to us. Volunteer your time at a soup kitchen, donate money to a place that hands out food boxes to those who need it. Or even donate money. This is the season to give. It's around these holidays that I am more likely to give money to a homeless man that is on the corner, because I want him to go get a cup of coffee and a sandwich. I want him to go get warm for a while. I hope that this season everyone will give, as we have a lot to be thankful for right now.

What are you thankful for?
What do you do for the holidays - do you donate time, money, food?

--Jennifer

Thursday, November 15, 2012

30 Day of Thanks: Day 15

I have mentioned this before in previous days.... I am thankful for the union on this 15th Day of Thanks. The union has done a lot for us, they will go to bat for us, and they are just awesome people. A great perk of the union is the discounted tickets for events! Besides the insurance, the discounted tickets, and the great people,  the union gives us job protection, and we know when he will get a pay raise.

I am going to stop bragging about the Union now. It probably feels like they paid me to say it! But they didn't! They don't even know I'm writing about them LOL.

What are you thankful for today?
--Jennifer

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 14

On day 14, I am thankful for my husbands job. He can request off days if he needs to, he also has seniority so if he is shorted on hours he can grab them from someone who has more from him. We are thankful for a paycheck. There are people out there trying to find a job, and we are thankful that we have security in the fact that he is in the union - he can't just get fired - even tho it is a right to work state. The union protects us and his paycheck, and that is amazing to me. Never thought so highly of the unions until my husband joined his. The benefits are amazing too.

What are you thankful for today?
--Jennifer

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Days 7-13! (playing catch up!)

I've been slipping! Its hard to try to balance work and sleep with a baby! I work from home so it makes life easy, but it is also still hard trying to balance. Plus helping my 8 year old with homework. Housework has completely fallen behind since I had the baby 2 months ago! lol
Ok
So I left off on Day 6. Lets play catch up!

Day 7: I am thankful for my right to vote. Women had to go through a lot in order to be able to vote. And it's scary to think it wasn't that long ago! So, I am thankful that I can cast my vote for local, state and federal positions. I am thankful that I can do this even in the comfort of my own home weeks before the actual election day.

Day 8: Thankful for a dirty house - this means my kids are getting my attention, my kids are happy, and they have fun (well, the baby doesn't yet, but still). It means there is food in the house when there are dirty dishes, and dirty clothes means we have enough to wear!

Day 9: I am thankful that I can work from home. I am so happy that I can stay home with my baby and I don't have to leave her in a daycare. It's so different from when I had my son, but I was going to college at that time, but still! I love being with her all day. I love seeing her develop and get smarter, and bigger! It's amazing. I know there are a lot of people that wish they could stay home, so I do not take it for granted... OK, maybe at times I do, but still, I am so very thankful I can stay home with her .

Day 10: I am thankful for the few close friends I have. I have made many friends over the years, and only a few are still there today. I have friends that I try to keep in contact with from high school, old jobs, and local. Only 2 or 3 I can actually talk about real stuff with, the rest are what I consider acquaintances, or people that I couldn't rely on if I needed to. Those who are close to me, you know who you are. We have have deep conversations, and I know that I can use your shoulder if I need to, and you know mine have a spot for you.

Day 11: I am so very thankful I can breastfeed!!! I am on almost 9 weeks of breastfeeding! I am so very thankful that I can do it this time around. As I said in a previous post, I couldn't with my son. I also didn't have much support with it, so I just gave up. So Happy that I can do this for my daughter. I know it's best. I know there are some who can't and wish they could. I am very greatful.

Day 12: I am thankful for our medical insurance. I know some people don't have any, or if they do it isn't as good as ours. We have amazing insurance benefits from the Union my husband belongs to with Safeway (United Food & Commercial Workers). Before we started seeing the benefits of the union, I was against it. I worked at Walmart and they tell you all the "bad" things the union does, but in all honesty, Walmart would BENEFIT from it!!! Seriously! My husband has had steady raises since he started 4 years ago, and is making almost as much as my mom who has been at Walmart for 8 years! So in half the time he makes just as much... Hmm. But our benefits come in handy when we are sick, or like I need to do soon - get new glasses!

Day 13:  I am thankful for my mechanical friends!!! OMG without you I would have paid a fortune for my spark plugs to get fixed! I am so happy that I know someone, and my mom knows someone. And I was able to have my plugs replaced -- all 8 of them! Granted it was cold out, and rainy, but it got done, and I am very grateful for HER for doing them. Yupp, a girl! The best kind of mechanic! They understand when I say thingamajig or thingy. LOL


What are you thankful for?!

--Jennifer

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

30 Days of Thanks. Day 5 and 6.

Totally skipped yesterday, not on purpose though.

Ok. So day 5 (Nov 5). I am thankful for a roof over my head. I know that there are plenty of people who don't have one, or are at risk of loosing theirs.  I am very thankful that at the moment, I don't have to worry about mine.

Day 6 (Nov 6) I am thankful for food in my cupboard. While at times we struggle (who doesn't?), I am very thankful that I can feed my family every day.

Don't mean to keep these two short, but kinda busy at the moment with the baby. Just wanted to get those in!

What are you Thankful for today?
--Jennifer

Sunday, November 4, 2012

30 Days of Thanks -- day 4

On day 4, I would like to say I am thankful for this blog! I don't get paid a lot, and not often because I don't spam my readers, I don't post a ton of ads in my posts hoping to get a bunch of people under me in some online thing, and I don't make much off the ads. I try to keep my content real for my readers. While I don't make a bunch of money off posts/ads, I do get to try some awesome stuff every now and then. and I love that about my blog. Some times I do wish that I was offered more opportunities with my blog, but you know what? I am happy with what comes along. Especially since that isn't why I started blogging in the first place. I started blogging to release vents, and to maybe help someone who is going through a hard time. And as a matter of fact, I need to get back to these real life posts that started me in the first place!

Anyways, I am thankful for what my blog has brought to me. I am thankful for the readers/subscribers and page views that I get. I am thankful for every little thing on this blog, and I can't wait to grow it more and reach more people! 

What are you thankful for?

--Jennifer

30 days of thanks - day 3.

Thankful for the little things in life. Like my cell phone and computer. I know some may be thinking, what the hell? But here is why.
The cell phone because it would be what would get me saved if I ever get stranded or am in a car accident. It would allow me to call my mom, sister or friends to come pick me up, and roadside assist to come tow me, or jump, or unlock my doors!
My computer because it allows me to work from home, and to connect with people that are either: 1) too far away to see in person, 2) people I wouldn't normally meet where I live, 3) friends from high school and past jobs, and 4) family members!!!  For whatever reason, the world revolves on social networks, and I'm fine with that. I can still talk to people daily, even when my phone is acting up and not holding a good charge lol.

I know these are small things, and there are more to be thankful for. But honestly, for me right now, my cell phone is what is gonna save me if God forbid anything happens LOL.  and the big thanks will come as we get closer to Thanksgiving. Gotta save the best for last!

What are you thankful for?
--Jennifer

Saturday, November 3, 2012

30 Days of Thanks - days 1 and 2

There is this thing going on around Facebook, and I wanted to blog about it too. To elaborate more.

Day 1 - November 1.
I am thankful for my babies! They are blessings! Never meant to have them 8 years apart, but things happen for a reason. I know many people aren't able to have kids, and so this is why I feel blessed. Especially with the baby - I didn't think that I would get pregnant so quickly. I was on Depo for like 7 years! And got pregnant within 6 months. Back on Depo now LOL. Probably won't have another kid for at least 4 years. Who knows, may decide not to have anymore. We will see as time goes. But I am really thankful for my babes.

Day 2 - November 2.
I am thankful that I am here, and alive. I'm sure there are many times where my life could have gone in another direction. I could have been seriously injured in the two car accidents I had. Someone else could have been seriously injured. Someone was looking out for me, and I am seriously grateful for that. I know there have been times where I was speeding, or trying to make it through a light or just totally not paying attention. So happy that someone, somewhere was looking out for me (hope that continues!).

Alright, that's it for now. I plan to post these all month (trying to remember to post it every day!!!)
What are you thankful for?

On a side note: I am soooo looking forward to Thanksgiving!!!
--Jennifer

Spammers! Get off my blog!

I am tired of you spammers leaving spam comments on my posts! No one wants to go to your NFL Jersey site - whether its in the US or from China, or if they are cheap! Stop coming on my blog! Your gonna make me change how comments are posted (moderated or Google ID required!).  Ugh! Trying to get links back to your site, and its not gonna work. At least comment something relevant to my blog post! Geez!!

Ok.
End rant.

Monday, October 29, 2012

What's your style?

According to Julep, I am Classic with a Twist. I guess sometimes that's about right. Other times, well, it depends on my mood.

Have you heard about Julep? If not, your missing out. You get $40 worth of nail care and sometimes beauty items for only $20 a month. You can skip a month if you wish, as not every month will have something you want. It is great because with the holidays coming, you can gift subscriptions, or buy a box and give it to someone you know. The colors right now match the upcoming holidays, so Novembers box has beautiful fall and Thanksgiving colors.

You can get your first box for only a penny! Shipping is always free.  Go to the Julep website, and click Become a Maven. It will ask you questions and try to determine your style (of course, if you don't like what your given, you can chose another).  When you get to the final page, and are ready to order your box, it will tell you that it is $19.99, but don't worry, we got a code for that! Add the box to the cart and create an account. It will take you back to cart.  Enter one of the codes below, and enter your state in the shipping area and the total comes down to $0.01.

You can also earn Jules. You earn Jules a variety of ways. These Jules will get you free boxes or free add-ons. Referring people, adding more to your box, on your birthday, on your anniversary of becoming a Maven, etc. There are more on their FAQ page (once you sign up).

So go here and take your style quiz. Enter one of the following codes to get your first box for only a penny:
JULEPVIP, PENNY, COLOR2012.  This is good for first time/new customers only!


Here are my previous posts on Julep and some boxes I have received:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Week 6 of breastfeeding, and a baby update!


I still cannot believe that only 6 weeks ago I had my baby! Time sure does fly! I also can't believe that I am still breastfeeding! I could only have hoped to make it this far. I had struggled early on, but we found our way, and we are great! Baby girl is getting so efficient at latching on and doing a great job nursing. 
(Click read more!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Premama Prenatal Drink Mix

I have posted about Premama before (see blog post here). It is a prenatal pill that is in powder drink mix form. You can mix it in with any juice you like. It really doesn't add any other flavors to it. But if you were to drink it in water, you would taste a ginger taste.

For pregnant women, it helps get rid of nausea since there is ginger in it. And we all know that morning sickness isn't just mornings. I actually love drinking it with grape juice, but have had it with apple juice too.

You don't have to be pregnant to take this. If your taking a daily multivitamin, you can take this instead. Breastfeeding moms can benefit just as much.

Premama is 100% natural and if your counting calories, only has 6 of them. It has everything a pregnant or breastfeeding mama could need, want and hope for. It has the recommended Folic Acid, Iron and DHA. It also helps your digestive system so that way you can spend less time in the bathroom (why practice pushing now?).

I think its great that you can take it with you on the go. If you plan to be out around the time you would normally take it, you can throw it in your purse, and go.

The only downfall - its not available by Rx. But you can buy it online (See below for discount).
Now, you may ask is it FDA approved, and here is what their website states:
"Premama and many other prenatal supplements are over-the-counter (OTC). They fall under the 'supplement' category and do not require FDA approval. Facilities at which Premama is produced and packaged are FDA-approved for the nutrients they handle, their cleanliness, and their conduct. They are also USP Verified."

There are traces of milk and soybean. But I am lactose intolerant and I was fine. There are only trace amounts, so unless your severely allergic, you should be fine. Premama is free of nuts, gluten, egg, fish, shellfish, sulfite and tree nut. Also note, they are certified Kosher pareve by the OU, and there is no BPA in the packaging.


Think you want to order? Well, if you order online at www.DrinkPremama.com and use code JENNIFER2012 you will get a 10% discount on your order. 
Alternativly, if you live in an area where they are sold locally (hopefully soon it will be everywhere!), you can buy it in person. I don't think you get a discount that way though. To check out where you can buy locally, visit their list of retailers.

Do you take Premama? Don't you just love it!?

-Jennifer

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Influenster

Have you heard of a site called Influenster? It's a great website where you can review products you may use every day. And, if your chosen, you may get to review a box of products - for free. I have yet to be chosen, but I haven't been a member very long. The more you do on the site, the more your chances increase (write reviews, ask questions, share on social media, etc). They will send you an email letting you know that you are in the running, and need to take a quick little questionnaire to make sure your a good fit for it. I just took a survey (my first one I might add) so hoping I get this one :)

They just recently had a site makeover. The colors are bolder, the site is easier to navigate, and there are many, many ways to earn badges. There are several different types of badges, such as Mother Bear, Do-Good-Er, Catnip, Bow-Wow, Boomer, Collegiate, Blushing Bride and Wellness. Its pretty easy to figure out what each badge is for, and what products may be in it. 

I like the site - I think I'll like it a whole lot more once I start getting boxes (which they call VoxBoxes). Best of all, its free! 

You should sign up, for free, here: Influenster.

--Jennifer

I was not paid to make this post,  nor do I receive anything to do so.  Just earning my relaunch badge. The thoughts here on this post are my own. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Christmas is coming! (Post+Giveaway)

Ok, so I think I just heard a collective "OMG Let's get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first!!!" And I am totally with you on that -- but only when it comes to Christmas decorations. Otherwise, it is the perfect time to start buying presents, and Christmas or Holiday cards and what not.


The announcements I
just ordered recently.
I was just telling my husband the other day that we should do our own Christmas cards this year, and put the kids pictures on it! I already have a really cute babies first Christmas onesie set that she can go in (of course, I do also plan on buying her a cute Christmas dress, but the onesie is for her to sleep in!). And I think that it would be super cute to put her in that for pictures for a Christmas card!

I just ordered announcements from Tiny Prints, and oh my gosh, they were so cute! I think they came out perfectly. I couldn't have been happier. So, I thought why not use them again for the Christmas cards?! I just went through and saved like 20 different designs to my favorites! I can't decide which one I want to do! There are so many different ones to chose from. Holiday cards, Christmas cards, even ones that you can put photos on! I just cannot wait to get these done - but I gotta wait for the baby to get a bit bigger so that she can fit the Chrismas outfit (for 0-3mos, and I'm thinking she won't fit it too well until we get closer to December)...



This is cute - would put both
kids on it.


I really love this one.
Here are a few of the ones I was looking at.... Which is one you would use?
But this one is cute too...














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--Jennifer

This post was sponsored - reviews/thoughts are my own. I received some form of compensation for this post. See my disclaimer page for more information.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Breastfeeding

It is something I was unable to do with my son 8 years ago. Partly because I was 17, and mostly uneducated about breastfeeding. I knew that it was best, and that if the baby nursed only a few times, that was still really good! We had latching difficulties on one breast, and I just gave up. I didn't fight it, it didn't hurt my feelings, I just said "Oh well, its not working" and went to formula. I did this in the hospital. Back then there weren't hospital nurses who cared so much about breastfeeding that they were willing to help. Also, my mom didn't breastfeed my sister and I, and couldn't offer much support or tips or anything. So, I did what any frustrated teenager would do: give up.

But this time. I am 26 years old (which is the same age my mom had her 2nd, my sister). I am more informed about breastfeeding, my husband (whom I met after my son was born) is super supportive, and so is many people I know. I admit, I had a rough time for a short while. In the hospital I gave an ounce of formula to my baby because my nipple hurt so bad, and I just couldn't bring myself to let her nurse from it. I was crying, and the nurse helped me out. That nurse later helped me get a good latch with the baby, and showed me what I did wrong and how I could make it work. She was so helpful!

After we got home, it still went pretty easy. Then we hit a rough patch at about 2 weeks. She wanted to nurse for what felt like all the time. She was using me as a pacifier. I hear that is normal, but it wasn't to me, and it hurt! She was nursing so much, that it was as if my nipples were raw. I couldn't handle it. I gave in and gave her some formula in between nursings to try to get her more full and to hopefully let my nipples breathe. I went and rented a breast pump (hospital grade from WIC), and that helped, but I wasn't pumping enough to get her full at a feeding. I would still have to either put her on, or give her formula. She didn't have much of it at all -in fact, the can I used (Enfamil for Newborns) is still mostly full!

I felt really bad about giving her formula. When she would look at me while I fed her formula, it was as if she knew the difference. Her eyes just said "Mommy, what is this? It tastes funny". I cried about it. I didn't want to do it, but at the same time, my nipples hurt so bad that I would cry through her nursing. I felt like a failure. I didn't understand why something so natural hurt so bad. Why would something so natural, be so hard?! Women have been feeding their children from their breasts since people started walking the Earth. So why was it so damn difficult for me? Well, when I went to my two week checkup (I had a c-section), my doctor asked if I had any post partum blues or depression. I told her that I didn't think I did, but that my husband was worried -- and then I broke down. I cried in the doctors office and told her what was going on. She reassured me and said that she went through the exact same thing. She knew exactly how I felt, and what I was going through. She gave me some encouraging words, tips, and told me that it is OK if I chose to give formula to the baby. That made me feel better. I have to say though, the thought of giving up breastfeeding this time around was a lot harder than it was with my son. And I think this is mainly because now I was educated. And I don't want to spend a crap load of money on formula! Also, she spit up - only a little - with formula. But never with breast milk. I felt bad that I was giving my baby something that made her too full and she didn't know when to stop and would throw up. It hurt my heart.

But, some how, I got stronger. I pumped a bit more, which seemed to help heal my nipples. And now, at 3.5 weeks, I haven't given her any formula at all for almost a week. We did realize though that in order to stop her from always using me as a pacifier (one night was literally from 11:30pm to almost 5am) that I needed to give her a binky. I hated that idea, but when the first night it worked wonders (almost 5 hours of sleep, then 4 hrs, and fed for 15 mins between each one) I decided that she gets to keep it. I still hold her and love her and cuddle with her. But at the same time, mommy wants to eat, and use the bathroom, and I have to work a little during the week too. I need a little time to myself to be able to do these things. And if a paci helps, then we must use a paci. and you know what --- I am OK with that!

And I have to say, the Similac Simply Smart bottle, has really been a help for when I give her breast milk that I've pumped. She takes to it really well, and doesn't seem to know the difference. (I wish they paid me to say that, but they didn't)

I have learned that like my birth plan, my "baby plan" isn't going as planned! And that it is OK to stray away from what I originally had intended. Not everything goes as planned, and we must do what works best for us. I don't know how long I'll breastfeed for. I am hoping I can make it to 6 mos at least. And then maybe just pump from there. Who knows, maybe I'll go a whole year or more!? I am just excited I made it past 2 days, and 1 week, and 2 weeks, and now past 3 weeks. I will take it one step at a time, and see how it goes. That's how you gotta take life anyways, right?

What are your breastfeeding experiences? Does any of my post sound familiar? Sound off in the comments!

---Jennifer

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Life Insurance at any age

It's never too soon to look into life insurance. You never know what the day will hold. Literally anything can happen.  You can check out life insurance rates by age on many sites. It's best to look into life insurance while you are young and healthy.

There are two different kinds of life insurance to chose from: whole life and term life. Whole life is for the rest of your life, while term life is for a selected term (between 5 and 35 years). With term, your age matters most.

You don't want to wait until you are older to get a policy, you should get it while your are young and healthy. A 30 year old will most likely get a better rate than a 50 year old, simply because they are younger, healthier, and are less likely to file a claim (less risk the company will have to pay out).

There are many sites that can help you look at the best rates from all the national carriers of life insurance all on one site. Mozdex.com is one of those sites. Mozdex.com is a great resource for people looking to buy life insurance. They provide instant quotes so you can get the lowest price possible. They give you quotes from all the leading life insurance companies, so you know who will give you the best rate.

Call to action: Do you have life insurance? Do you mind sharing how old you are or how old you were when you purchased it? Are you planning on waiting until a certain age before purchasing a policy? What age is that? Share with me! Since I am only 26, I am not sure if I would want to get it now, or wait a few more years, or even 10 more years!

--Jennifer


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored. Please see my Disclosure http://www.mytotallyrandomlife.com/p/disclosure.htmlpage for more information on these types of posts. 

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Birth Story of Isabella.

The birth story for my daughter goes along the same lines as it did for my son actually. I really hoped it would have gone differently, but the labor / delivery itself, was almost identical. 
Baby Toes!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Been MIA because.....

Welp, for those of you who don't follow me online (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), I had the baby!!! :)
Isabella Lynn was born on 9/12/12 via c-section (after a long 24 hrs of labor). She was born at 12:44pm, 7lbs 1oz, and 19 inches long :)
I'll be posting my birth story soon, as well as pictures. In the mean time, you can follow on Twitter, Instagram (user name jentyree), or friend me on Facebook (please message me letting me know your from my blog, as my personal page isn't the same as my fan page). Thanks everyone!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tiny Prints deals!

Are you thinking of getting your holiday cards yet? No!? You should be!
Christmas is right around the corner, and before we know it, BAM! It will be here and we will be thinking what happened to the time? This year has gone by super fast, and I think Tiny Prints realizes it. So, right now, until 9/11/12 they are offering 20% off their Holiday Cards. 
Check them out here. 

More deals include:

Monday, August 27, 2012

The Ultimate 'Push Present' - Juno Lucina diamond Pendant Giveaway!

There is a GIANT giveaway going on right now! A Juno Lucina diamond pendant. This can be used as a "push present". If you don't know what a push present is, its a ridiculous way for new moms to get an expensive present. LOL. For me, the baby is the ultimate present, but some moms want something a bit more extravagant for after they push out their baby (me, all I want is Seattles Best Coffee from BK LOL). 

Check out the giveaway! Enter now!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Get Back to School with Tiny Prints... And a Giveaway!

For most of the country, the kids are back in school already! Can you believe the summer is gone!? Here in Arizona, my son went back late July, and the summer truly felt short, but it was fun while it lasted. So many people are still doing  back to school shopping, and besides just the stuff that you buy from Walmart and Target, there are other things you should consider as well.  (Giveaway below!!!)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

App Review: Voice Answer for iPhone/iPad

I purchased the app on the iTunes App Store called Voice Answer. It an interesting app, claiming to rival Siri and is available for iPad, as well as the versions of the iPhone that don't have Siri on it, and even the iPod touch users can use it.
Here's what I think about it....

Safeway trip: Saved 68%!!!

Many of my friends and family know my husband works at Safeway. So we usually shop there because we get the extra perk of using my husbands work discount (which is 10% off Safeway brand items - even food!) Well, this trip, nothing purchased was Safeway brand, so no extra 10% discount, but I did have coupons, and I did save a bunch! I spent  $16.52, but saved $31.27 with coupons/store deals!!! Here's what I did!

CVS shopping trip - saved over 50%


The other night I saw some good deals in the CVS ad.. and I haven't shopped at CVS much, but I def wanted to try my hand and see if I could do as good as I see some other couponers do... I don't think I did as good as them, but I think I did pretty decent!  Take a look...
                                

OK. So before taxes and coupons, both transactions together totaled $66.46 (before tax). After coupons/discounts, the total came to $31.46 (before tax). That's just a little over 50%!  Here's what I did...

Maybelline Baby Lips: Pink Punch

At a recent CVS trip, I purchased a few different makeup items. I haven't tried any of these before, so I thought what a great way to start adding beauty posts to this blog. I've been trying to figure out if I wanted to have a separate blog for makeup/beauty, but then I thought, why? Why not keep it all together?! So, here is my little independent review of Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch.

Maybelline Baby Lips: Peppermint w/ SPF 20

I bought this recently on a shopping trip to CVS. I keep seeing advertisements for it, and figured, why not? Its not terribly expensive, and they claim to help make your lips softer, so sure! Lets try it.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Back to School Already


I don't know about you, but my son has been in school for a week already. My son started 2nd grade this year. He is getting so big. I love seeing him grow and learn - even though he says he hates school most of the time. The reason he hates it is because hes forced to pay attention LOL. So far, he has done really well, with only one day where he had to get a warning. 

If your not in Arizona, then you probably have another month for your kid(s) to go back to school. Arizona usually gets out earlier in the year, and goes back earlier then most. Chandler - the city we live in - participates in year round schooling. Meaning, they get only 2 months for summer, and then they go back. Its to help retain information learned from last year (its actually been proven that this program works well)., They also get longer breaks than most other schools, and more days off here and there throughout the year. He also gets a 2 week break in October, as well as a 2 week break in December/Jan (for Christmas) and then another two weeks for spring in March.

We don't have to buy school supplies for him - not like many others do. The school provides everything (or really, I think the teacher does). But we obviously can donate to the classroom, and the teacher lets us know if she needs anything. But here in a few years he will probably have a list of things he may need to get on his own. 

Its definitely not like when I went to school. We used to have days dedicated strictly for back to school shopping - supplies and clothes. I guess we are lucky? We don't have to have these big excursions like some families have to have. And even though I don't have to buy him school supplies, I always take advantage of the deals for school supply items! I still have pens and mechanical pencils I got for free (using coupons) from last year! 


A bit off topic, but can I just say, the past 8 years of my life have gone by so fast! In 8 years I have: graduated high school, had my son, moved to Arizona from Ohio, started culinary school, dropped out (for many reasons), met a great guy, started my first job, moved to Tucson to be with that guy, had a few more jobs along the way, moved back to the Phoenix area, got married, and now am pregnant with a little girl. Yes, I've had struggles to overcome in the past 8 years, but who hasn't? I'd like to say life has been a cake walk, but of course it hasn't been. I'm not a kid who comes from a wealthy family who will pay for everything for me. I've had to work. And yes, I've had to go back to my parents for help a few times. But thats part of growing up and learning. It also doesn't help that I had my son 6 weeks before my 18th birthday. That forced some growing up to do that I would have normally had time for on my own.

But all in all, I like to think we are doing OK. Yea, we could be better, but it could be way worse! 

And my baby boy, is turning into my big boy. And in 10 years will be 18, and, a man. I can't believe how time has flown!

So tell me, are your kids back to school yet? Hows your life been since you had kids? Has it just flown by? Do you wish you had more time with them while they are little?

34 Weeks of Pregnancy.



Wow. 34 weeks already! It feels like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant. I was at my sisters house, and she got me a Walmart brand pregnancy test. And I took it. And before I was even off the toilet, the thing started showing positive.

I had no idea it would be that easy to get pregnant. I had been on the depo birth control shot for years (literally like 7 years). I know the stories, it can take up to 18 months to get pregnant - if not longer! I was only in my 6th month without the shot when we conceived. I still am in awe. 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Eric's 8th Birthday Party

My sons birthday was actually July 13. But we had his party on July 21 at Peter Piper Pizza. They have this awesome new party package called Play Pets - where kids can pretty much help put the stuffing into their teddy bear pet of their choosing, and then put a wish inside the animal. It was so cool. I'll tell you more about that later on in the post though.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Another Mystery Shopping Email Scam. Tisk...


I really wish these companies knew who they were messing with! I am a seasoned pro (or so I like to think so) when it comes to mystery shopping. And I get scam emails all the time. 

Please remember people - If they are legit,  they won't send you an email like this.
If they are legit, you would not get unsolicited emails from them.
You would only get emails if you were registered with them, or with another site that you opted to receive recruiting emails for shops in your area. 

If you have any questions - send me a message!

Here is the email I got. Sad thing is, I work for a company called The Secret Shopper. This is the second email I got from someone claiming to be someone from a company I shop for... Tisk. Please note the bold and see notes...

From: Agent Recruitment  mobra100@chapman.edu

Mystery  shoppers  normally  get  paid  between   $200 per assigment.
   You are expected to complete your mystery shopping  assignment  and
   fill out an evaluation form, answering questions about your shopping
   experience in the establishment, the quality of customer service, etc.

   Money order/Payment check would be in a certain amount which you
   would be required to Cash at your Bank, then deduct your salary and
   have the rest used for the evaluation at the store that would be given
   to you for evaluations.
 
   To start earning money immediate, reply this email with
   the following information below to sign up :
 
   Personal Information:
   Email Address:
   Full Name (First, Middle, Last) :
   Phone (Home & Cell) :
   Full Address (Not POBOX):
   City, State, Country :
   Zip Code :
   Gender & Age :
   Occupation :
 
   Thanks for responding,
   We will wait for your full details .
 
   Sincerely,
   Candidate Recruitment Team
   Secret Shopper ® 2012
 
First off - it wouldn't come from an .edu email address.
Second - they were stupid - get paid between  $200 --- um, is it just me or is there a number missing there? LOL
and third - NEVER ACCEPT A CHECK/MONEY ORDER TO CASH AND SEND BACK A PORTION TO THEM!!!! That is a RED FLAG right there!!! They do this, and take everything they can from your bank account-  they over draw it way beyond what your able to even fathom. I have seen a FEW legit check cashing shops - however, you take your own pay check to a check cashing place to cash. You keep your money. They ask you questions about the clerk, the service, etc, and then send you a check for the fee (usually like $5 plus whatever the cost to cash it was). Seriously, thats all! Never fall for a scam! Know what to look for people.
  • And use common sense! 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

$1000 Extreme Cash Giveaway - Sign ups are Open!

If your a blogger, you may want to take notice to this. (If your not, keep the dates in mind!)

Pregnancy Forum is sponsoring a $1000 Extreme Cash Giveaway. It will run from September 13 - October 1st, and is open worldwide.


Sign ups are now open for the $1000 Extreme Cash giveaway. We bloggers know how great it is to hop on some of these giveaways, because it helps us increase our readers/social media stats. 


Monday, July 9, 2012

The Nissan 37OZ

The Nissan 370Z is a very unique model from Nissan that I think everyone should at least get a test drive in. It's very interesting and pretty unique in design. I think the reason I love Nissan so much is because it's saved me tons on gas. If you're confused about your next purchase, no worries. Tons of people are, and it can be a very nerve-wracking decision to make! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Julep box!

I meant to post this the other day. But I got so caught up in other things, that I just forgot.
I had a post a month or two ago as to how you can get a free Julep box, and I shared what was in my free box.

Well, I skipped last month, but made sure I got the July box! I am happy I did. It came with a free extra nail polish for 4th of July! It's very Patriotic.

In the box, was red white and blue crinkled papers. Also some Atomic Fire Bomb candies (too hot for me, but giving to my nephews). I love how neatly they always pack the boxes too! There was a lip gloss (color Camellia). and two nail polish bottles (colors Audrey which is the light pink, Frieda which is the darker pink, and America). The America color is a red glitter base, with white and blue confetti, as well as silver stars in it. I have it on my nails now, and I have Frieda on my toes :)

From left to right - lip gloss color Camellia, nail polish colors Audrey, Frieda, and America.

Here are the pics of America and Frieda, on my nails.


I don't have very long nails! But this is America with a top coat.

My toes wearing Frieda.













Now, this monthly box is normally $19.99 a month (billed on the 27th of every month). But, follow my steps and pay only $0.01 for the first month, and then decide if you want to continue! Each month they give something different!

When you go and sign up, you will first need to take the style quiz. They want to know about your style personality, and what would be best for you. Afterwards, it will tell you what you are (I'm classic with a twist). Then, it should take you to the area where you need to create an account. Once you get past that, it should take you back to your cart, where it will say the name of your box, and $19.99. Enter either code INTROPENNY or COLORS4ONE. It should bring it down to $1.01  Make sure to enter your city, state and zip code for shipping - and chose Free Maven shipping. The total will come to $0.01! Easy!

You should keep it for two months (to help me get my referral credits). If you chose that the next box you don't want, you are able to go into your account on the 20th of the month and skip that month. And you won't be charged. So if you don't like whats going to be in the box, you can continue to skip. I actually have it in my calendar on my phone to remind me each month to see if I want it!

Here is my post for the first box I got free using this code.

Let me know if you sign up! And share pics of what came in your box - especially if your a different profile than mine!



HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! Happy Birthday America!

--Jennifer

Free Nail polish! No CC needed

You can get a free Zoya Nail Polish, in the color America (fitting for the 4th of July). You won't even need a CC for this one!  No shipping either.
Click here to get your free nail polish (you can also buy another color, and still get America for free!).
Use promo code Freedom2 at checkout.

Act fast, who knows how long it will last!!!


Friday, June 22, 2012

Sanitizer?

When you think of hand sanitizers, you probably think of brands like Purell or Germ-X right? But, they aren't very nature friendly are they?

Many people today are more Eco-conscious, and more Earth friendly. People also want their products to be safe for them. Clean Well is a company who is trying to find a better way to clean.

Some of their principles are something we all can relate to. Believing in a way to safely eliminate germs, believing in the power of nature, and a better way to clean.

Clean Well believes that you can clean, without using harmful chemicals. Their products are made with thyme oil, and are free of chemicals like alcohol and benzalkonium chloride. Their products are safe, and if ingested by kids (which they do sometimes) it has no risk of getting them sick. It is also good for those with sensitive skin. I especially like that last one. Since getting pregnant this time, I've developed a sensitivity to a lot of things, and even have eczema now.

Even their active ingredient is biodegradable, and breaks down quickly to avoid upsetting the natural balance of things. How many companies can actually say that when it comes to cleaning products? And the best of all, its not tested on animals!!! Bonus :)

I for one will probably end up getting the hand sanitizers. With a newborn on the way, I am going to want people to have clean hands before they touch my baby, and if I can have one that is gentle enough for sensitive skins, and is OK to be ingested (how many babies suck on peoples fingers!) I think that is the safest option for our family.

They do have other products too. Like hand soaps, disinfectants to go, and even commercial products for businesses. Go check them out today, and be green.

So, who do you use the most?




*This post is a sponsored post. All words and opinions are that of my own. Please see my disclosure statement HERE.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Mystery Shopping Scams: Know what to look for.



I got this today in my email today. If you are a Mystery Shopper, you know this is a scam. But if your not - this is how you know its a scam.
You NEVER get sent money to mystery shop with. That is the scam. You screw your bank account for these people. And they win most of the time. Even if you can’t cash it bc your bank needs to let it clear first, YOU will be the one screwed bc now you no longer can have your bank account - and will be labeled with trying to cash fraudulent checks.
Know that a mystery shopping company would never solicit you unless you asked for information on their jobs. Certain sites will allow you to get emails from other recruiters as they post jobs in your area - but then you know you signed up for that.
Also know, that they won’t ask you to enter your information in an email, they will send you links to their company, and will have you register as a shopper. Here is the email in its entirety. Please know the warnings. 

“Business Evaluation Secret Shoppers Services has selected you
as Secret Shopper for our organisation. You will earn $200 as
our Secret Shopper. Your employment packet will include funds
for your evaluation which would come in form a check/money
order as well as instructions attached giving you details of your
first assignment. The form of payment like we stated are in
the form of either a money orders/cashier checks which would
be delivered to your residence via one of the various courier
service in a certain amount which you would be required
to cash a your bank, deduct your survey fees of $200, & have
the remainder funds used for the evaluation you would
be required to carry out as Secret Shopper.
Send your continue interested with the following details:
- First Name ……………
- Middle Name ……………
- Last Name ……………
- Tel Phone ……………
- Cell Phone ……………
- Address ……………
- City ……………
- State ……………
- Country ……………
- Zip Code ……………
We are waiting your good response, Thank You.
Regards,
ANASTACIA NELLY
Agent Recruitment@
Greet America, Inc.”

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Shopping Notes

Never miss a deal! The best prices are sent to you.
Sign up now, and make sure your paying the lowest price on the things you buy the most.
And when you refer people, you earn gift cards to places like Amazon! :)

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Android users: Check this out!


Gotta Android phone? Wanna participate in a survey on your phone that will earn you cash/gift cards? Check it out. Its only for people in select cities tho.> see below.
I have this on my phone too! :)

The Android study is looking for:

- Individuals who own an Android Phone or Tablet
- Have OS v 2.1 or higher on their device (settings, about phone, android version)
- Are willing to help test new software in exchange for $50 if they qualify & fully participate in the study
- Live in one of the cities previously noted on our website (Charlotte, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City)

If you fit this, please visit:  http://www.fgglobal.com/4sfvfivvid

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Totsy

Totsy is an online website that you can purchase baby and kids clothes and toys and more for up to 90% off. Its actually a pretty great site. For me, having a baby due in September and an 8 year old, I will def be going there to get some great deals on clothes. Check them out. Sign up for an account and receive offers via email, as well as great deals, specials, and more.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

SavingStar

Are you a member of SavingStar? SavingStar is this cool company that allows you to earn cash back with what you buy. All you do is connect your store cards (Fry's, Kroger, CVS, etc). Then you pick which coupons you want to use. It tells you how much that coupon earns you, and just $5 gets you a reward. You can choose either a bank deposit, PayPal payout, Amazon gift card or donate it to the American Forests. You can save all your rewards and then get one big reward. Which is what I plan on doing. You should check them out.

Right now, they have some awesome deals going on...
Get $5 back by simply spending $35 on select Huggies products!







Or you can get $5 back when you spend $20 on certain cleaning products..








Sign up now to start saving money and getting cash back and get some coupons!





GUM toothbrush e-coupon

Valid thru 6/27: Buy 2 GUM® Toothbrushes (does not include Crayola Kids), Save $1.00

Kroger/Frys e-coupons

There are quite a few Kroger and Affiliates coupons online. Here are some:

Valid thru 6/27 only at Kroger & Kroger affiliates: Buy any 1 Orville Ready to Eat Popcorn, Save 50¢

Valid thru 6/27 only at Kroger & Kroger Affiliates: Buy any 3 Healthy Choice Frozen Entrées, Save $1.00


Valid thru 6/27 only at Kroger & Kroger Affiliates: Buy any 2 Ro*Tel Products, Save 50¢


Valid thru 6/27 Only at Kroger & Kroger Affiliates: Buy any 2 Snack Pack 4 pk Products, Save 50¢



Save $2 off June issue InStyle

Save on the June issue of InStyle Magazine. Get it now before its gone!

Buy 1 June issue of InStyle Magazine, Save $2.00

Stone Ridge Creamery Coupons, select stores

SavingStar has some coupons for Stone Ridge Creamery Novelty items. Expires 6/13

Only at ACME Markets: Buy any 1 Stone Ridge Creamery® Novelty item, Save 25%

Only at Shaw's: Buy any 1 Stone Ridge Creamery® Novelty item, Save $1.00


 Only at Jewel-Osco: Buy any 1 Stone Ridge Creamery® Novelty item, Save $1.50

Culinary Circle Pizza Coupons, select stores

There are some coupons with SavingStar for ACME stores for Culinary Circle Pizza. Check it out here:
  Only at ACME Markets: Buy any 1 Culinary Circle® Pizza, Save $1.00  Exp 6/13

There is also a coupon available for Shaw's. Get $1.75 off one Culinary Circle Pizza. 

SavingStar also has one for Jewel-Osco 


Sweetest Kid Photo Contest!

I bet you think your kid is the cutest of all! And of course your right. So enter them into a photo contest! These are always fun, and you never know, maybe yours is the cutest of all!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rosetta Translation Services

A week or so ago, I took my grandma to the hospital (don't worry folks, she's alright). And one of the things I noticed was the blue phones, with 2 hand sets. I realized that was translation services for those who don't speak English and need help. Its kind of cool that those phones are around, and I've never seen them out like that before. They were in every room too. Which was cool.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Halloween isn’t that far away!

Wow! 2012 is going by so fast, we are half way through it! I cannot believe it.
This Halloween we are going to have our own addition to the family – a baby girl, Isabel. And yes, I am going to be one of those crazy people dressing up their baby for Halloween while we take our older one out trick-or-treating. I’ll probably go with the classic bumblebee costume for her. Not sure yet. Maybe a lady bug, or a flower!

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