Thursday, March 31, 2011

Current Obsession: Shutterfly

I found Shutterfly a long time ago, but I didn't start using it until recently. And now I am ob-sessed. It all started when I found a Groupon for a photobook for only $10. Score! I made one for my mom for Christmas. Then, when the Bambinos were born, I kept getting $20 Shutterfly gift cards from the company that did their photos in the hospital. Those, in addition to Shutterfly's special offer emails, caused me to order over 500 prints and make another photo book, this one about the day the Bambinos were born.
Photobooks are so easy!
Oh, and did I mention I made more birth announcements when we ran out of the ones the photo people at the hospital did?

I also have one of Shutterfly's share sites where you can invite people to view a site you create (it's kind of like photobucket but better.) Although I made the site only so I could get 30 free prints, I have come to love it because anytime my dad takes photos of the Bambinos, he uploads them to the site and I have instant access to them.
Making a share site kind of reminded me of myspace, you can choose a design and everything.
The thing I love about Shutterfly's prints is that you can choose what you want on the back of each photo so I put the date and the name of each child in the photo. I can totally tell the Bambinos apart, but it's still kind of nice to know. I think you can even put a short description. Someday, I will actually put the 500 photos I printed in the baby books I'm going to make.

Do you use a photo service? Which one do you use?

*Shutterfly did not pay me/bribe me to write this post in any way.

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Hardest Thing


Today I did the hardest thing I've ever had to do: I went back to work. I never imagined it would be so hard leaving the Bambinos. When I first found out I was pregnant I figured I'd take 6-8 weeks off because I wanted to get back to work to make money. Toward the end of my pregnancy I decided on 10 weeks, three weeks ago I changed it to 11 weeks and I'm still not ready to go back!

I didn't cry like I thought I would when I left. But then when my GM looked at me and asked how I was and if  the separation was bad I actually teared up! What a big baby I am! Oh well, I'd rather be home with my babies anyway.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Way You Rockin' Them Blue Jeans Baby

Today I'm venturing out to get a pair of regular jeans. Since I return to work on Monday (which I'm still not ready for) I decided I want one pair of jeans to help me feel decent in my clothes. I'll still rock my maternity skinny jeans, but my other pair is too short to wear with heels.

I'm absolutely in love with wide, straight leg jeans. I pretty much always have been so I was thrilled to hear they're coming back. Here's some pairs I'm considering:
7 For All Mankind

Joes Jeans Wide Leg Trouser
Hudson Wide Leg Trouser
 I love these white ones. I know they're not as practical as blue jeans, but I think they'd look cute with a pair of my white wedges and the gray shirt I got at Target last week.

I'm actually terrified of going today. I haven't lost all my baby weight so I know I'll be a few sizes bigger than normal but I'm not sure how big. I'm afraid Nordstrom won't have anything in my size. I guess I won't know until I try though, right?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Springy Cakes

It's no secret that I bake waaaaay better than I cook. I don't have the patience for cooking: I stir too much, put things on the wrong heat (a higher heat helps it cook quicker, right?) keeping an eye on my food is boring. I like being able to mix a few ingredients, plop it in the oven, check on it one or twice and not worry about it again until the timer goes off.

Since all of us our January babies, we won;t be having any spring birthdays soon, but I dream of maybe making one of these cakes for some kind of party we might have this spring/summer.

I'd totally make this for Boyfriend's birthday since he loves golf, but then it would be my cake too since we have the same birthday.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Birthday

In only five years, you've made me laugh, cry, and filled me with more love than I thought was possible. You've almost drained me financially (okay not really, but you can be high maintenance) but I wouldn't change it for anything in the world. You were the original man in my life, the one who always gave me affection when I needed it (you are a bit of an attention whore.) You've been by my side through multiples moves, laughter, tears, breakups, make ups, births and everything in between. Happy Birthday little guy, I love you. 


I know this is totally jumping the gun, but I want to make my own baby food. I actually bought a Baby Bullet online so I can start making food as soon as the bambinos start eating solids. I ran across these bento boxes yesterday and thought they were a pretty cute idea. I'm a picky eater so I'm hoping that maybe these bentos will help them to NOT be picky eaters.

 I like that the lunches aren't filled with plastic baggies to be thrown away either.

I do find it ironic that I am the least domestic person ever but yet I have aspirations to make baby food and cute, little lunches when the time comes. We'll see if I can pull it off.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Magical Bank

 Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.

However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be:
1)Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2)You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3)You may only spend it. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules:
1)The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, Its over, the game is over!
2)It can close the account and you will not receive a new one. What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself? You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, correct?

Actually, this game is reality! Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can't seem to see it. The Magical Bank is time!

Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time....without warning. 

So, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds? Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.

Think about that, and always think of this: Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!

Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start spending.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Target Shopping Spree: Work Clothes

I go back to work on the 28th :( I'm not quite ready but I guess it's necessary. My stomach is shrinking at a decent pace but since my mondo boobs won't fit into anything, I need to get some clothes before I go back. I didn't expect much from Target (not sure why, I love that store) but I got some decent stuff:
 I think I like this. Luckily my work is casual (gotta love radio!) but I was thinking this would be a good weekend shirt too.
 This one I'm not sure about either. I like it, but I have broad shoulders so it kind of looks like wings on me. I might see if my step-mom can add a stitch or two to make the shoulders lay differently. I really like the bottom detail and think it would be cute with a  pair of wide leg jeans and heels.

 Again, super casual but I like that I can wear it with wide leg jeans or white, wide leg pants.
The one I got was long sleeved and slightly different, but I couldn't find it online for some reason

And lastly, this dress
It's a decent LBD that I can wear  to work or to any events we have going on this summer. I like that it totally hides my bra straps.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

EMOMS Twin Facts

Last night, Boyfriend, the Bambinos and I went to our first EMOMS meeting. EMOMS is a club in our area specifically for moms of multiples. It was kind of cool knowing that every woman there has at least twins and sometimes higher order multiples. In the spirit of EMOMS, I decided to share interesting twin facts:
  • States with the highest multiple birth rates are Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
    • The State with the lowest rate is New Mexico.
  • Superfetation is when a woman is already pregnant but continues to ovulate. Sometimes this can result in twins conceived at different times
  • Fraternal twins are the result of hyperovulation (when a woman drops two eggs) Superfecundation describes a situation where the eggs are fertilized by sperm from separate incidences of sexual intercourse. In a case where a woman has sex with different partners, the twins could have different father!
  • The first successful separation of conjoined twins happened in 1689!
  • A peasant named Kirilow was presented to the empress of Russia in 1853 for the following reason. He had been married twice. His first wife bore fifty seven children, including four sets of quadruplets, seven sets of triplets, and two sets of twins. His second wife gave birth to fifteen children-six sets of twins and one set of triplets. At the time of his presentation to the empress, all seventy two of Kirilow's children were still alive.
  • Mrs. Mary Jonas (d. 1899) had 15 sets of boy/girl twins
  • A woman from Italy had 11 sets of fraternal twins in 11 years the last being in 1947 - not all of them survived.
  • The Tremblay's of Quebec, Canada had 6 sets of twins in 8 years. (Can you imagne?!)
  • Nigeria holds the world record for multiple birth. It's thought to be due to the amount of yam in their diet.
  •  Just because mom or pop is a twin doesn't mean two are on the way. There is no way whatsoever to predict identical twins so a mom who is an identical twin has no better chance of producing twins than any other women. 
    • And the twinning gene is carried on the female side, so dad doesn't have much to do with it (at least in terms of the first generation - the dad can pass along a gene to his daughter). 
  • If fraternal twins run in a female's family, her odds of conceiving twins are much greater!
    • The gene for hyperovulation may be passed down from generation to generation.
    • It's a myth that twins skip a generation. Often the gene will be passed down to a male member of the family, then he will in turn pass it down to one of his daughters who will then have twins.
Chances of Having Twins
Twins of any type - 1:40
Spontaneously fraternal twins - 1:60
Identical twins - 1:240
2nd set of identical twins - 1:62,500
Two sets of fraternal twins - 1:5 (Oh wow! How crazy would it be if I had another set of twins!)
If mom is fraternal twin - 1:20-25
Conjoined twins - 1:60,000
Twins in Australia - 1:66
Twins in UK - 1:72
Twins in Canada - 1:89
Twins in Japan - 1:166
Twins in Nigeria - 1:22
Twins if using Clomid - 1:5


Monday, March 14, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up: Movie Watching

This weekend was filled with all kinds of fun things. I made more cake pops, went to my friend Kylie's baby shower, and I watched movies. Boyfriend bought Jackass 3D only because of the prank below. Every time the trailer showed this part of the movie, I would laugh and laugh. He tells me I'm mean for laughing at it, but then he did the same thing when we watched the movie! He rewound it at least 10 times so we could enjoy it over and over.

The best part is, in the movie they show it from the side and it's even funnier!

Friday, March 11, 2011

My Heart Hurts

My heart hurts for those affected by the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan and bordering countries.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Look Ma, I Made Cake Pops!

I randomly decided to make cake pops on Monday. After picking up a few ingredients, I gave it a go. The only problem was, Eli got really fussy and none of the regular calming tricks worked so I made the cake like this:

I made the cake balls and let them sit overnight. 

Yesterday brought the fun part. There was only one problem - I'm completely undomestic. My chocolate ended up a thick, fudgy mess.
I was worried I burned it so after a trip to the craft and grocery stores, I came back home and brought my chocolate from the mess above to this
It was still way lumpier than I would have liked but much better. Eventually, I ended up with

Cake Balls!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Baby Gaga

I've read a lot lately about how people are buying other people's breast milk to nourish their baby. One British ice cream parlor has taken it a step further and started selling ice cream made from breast milk!
The man responsible for Baby Gaga ice cream
 The ice cream parlor owner (who looks all kinds of crazy) says if it's good enough for babies it's good enough for adults and he pays women £15 for every 10 ounces of breast milk they donate. He screens women using the same blood test blood donors are screened with.

I don't think I'd have the guts to try it, would you?


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