This first picture is a pretty accurate look at who my kids prefered all week. Both Tanner and Kate, were absolutely in love with Clay and Paul. All week Kate said, "I hold you....Paul" or "I hold you...Clay". Tanner would say, "Where is he?" He would search the house for Clay or Paul to play with. Paul had never-ending patience with building forts, playing with blocks and wrestling.
And guess who we saw at the zoo? Kate Hudson and her son Ryder. She was right next to us walking with her little boy. I even talked to her (for a mere 3 seconds). Clay was totally making fun of Danielle, Makayla and I for being star-struck, but it was really cool. She looked just like in the magazines. She was in leggings, cowboy boots, a man's button-up shirt and over-sized sunglasses. Shad was mad at me that I didn't take a picture of her and sell it to a magazine. = ) Typical Shad.
Again, it was so fun to have them all out for the holiday. I really hope that Danielle and Clay end up down here. I loved having family around for Thanksgiving. I loved baking with Danielle. I loved watching how much my kids love their aunt and uncle. I loved going to the zoo and out to eat as a bigger/extended family. I loved waking up at the crack of dawn with Danielle so we could hit the sales at JoAnns together. Thanks for coming. We love you guys!!!
Sweet thing: "Do you know how many to take"? With an air of superiority!
Me: "What"? Looking at him like he had three heads!
Sweet thing: "I'm just saying".... With eyebrows lifted
Me: Pointing to the bottle "One.A.Day"..... crazy man....
Sweet thing: Laughing "I was just checking"..........................
All CCM's are welcome to enter the contest
Click here to visit Nicole's blog. This is one of my favorite blogs to visit.. She has it decorated for the holidays.. I love it!
Best of luck Nicole, with your first bloggy give away!
Schools are closing early, so we are opening our doors.
Tuesday, Nov 25 2:30 - 4:00pm
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Saturday, December 6th, 2008
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some Wall Street stockbrokers and bankers jumped from
their office windows and committed suicide when
confronted with the news of their firms' and clients'
financial ruin . . . Many people were said to almost feel a
little sorry for them . . . . . .?
In 2008, the attitude seems to have changed somewhat:
What next?? The auto industry?!? And, at what cost to the American public?!
I'm fed up...................
We have been doing well though. Shad has begun to come home a little earlier, which has been WONDERFUL. The kids are obsessed with him, so it's nice for them to be able to see him more. Work is still tough right now, with the economy, but he seems to be handling it well. He told me this last week that their theme song at work these days is that song that has the line, "it's the end of the world as we know it.... " in it. But he told me this half laughing. He knows that he can't control any of it, so he just does the best he can each day. He's amazing. After the holidays he'll be slammed again at work because all the snowbirds will be back and he'll be marketing like crazy.
The kids have been a complete joy lately. They are so cute and sweet. Kate is constantly saying, "I hold you." Which translates into, "pick me up and hold me." She must say it 100 times a day. Tanner is growing up so fast. He is very into his "friends" lately and talks about them all the time.
Danielle, Clay and Clay's parents and sister are coming up today to stay the week with us for Thanksgiving. I have been soooo excited for them to come. We all waited to see Twilight so we could go together. It's always nice to have company because it gets me motivated to hang pictures, clean the house and organize.
I feel like this is a really boring post. I can't believe it's almost Christmas. 5-6 more days and we're officially in the holiday season. I'm not ready for it to hit yet. Love you all!!!
My name is Lauren Kurnit and I'm a casting associate for the unscripted series "Nanny 911." We are currently looking to cast families in the Philadelphia area, and I was hoping you might be able to help me spread the word to your fabulous group's members.
We are essentially looking for families who really want or need the opportunity to spend three or four days working on bettering their lives with our nanny specialist. Perhaps mom and dad don't know how to deal with the public tantrums or wish that they could get through a meal without a meltdown; our nanny specialist will work with them to implement structure and create harmony in the home. As we all know, child rearing doesn't come with a manual and sometimes a little bit of outside help is all a family needs.
If you are interested in helping us spread the word, please e-mail me and I will send you a flyer. Feel free to pass this information on to any families (single or two-parent) that you think might be interested.
Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the show can feel free to contact me via email (email@example.com) or 212-404-1842. We also have a website with further information: www.nanny911casting.wordpress.com.
Alternately, interested families can send an email with the following information:
2. Address and contact information
3. A brief description of the family members. They should be
sure to note the out of control kids and give us examples of
bad behavior /why they need a nanny specialist.
4. A list of the issues the family would like resolved (potty
training, tantrums, etc.)
5. Pictures of the family and the home
6. Whether you own or rent your home
Any family who makes it on the show receives $10,000. The length of filming varies between three and four days.
We are currently in our last phase of casting, so if you know of any interested families, please tell them soon!
I look forward to hearing from you and thanks for your anticipated help.
Jennifer Sullivan Casting/Nanny 911
If you think you can gather at least SEVEN other families that live in VERY close in proximity to you, contact us to be part of the ultimate family and neighborhood bonding experiment.
~ the taping of the show will be Summer 2009
~ families must be able to commit for 3 weeks (24/7); stipend of $5000 will be given during this time to each participating family.
~ winning family will receive a life changing monetary award!
This will be posted to the CBS website soon--so contact the the casting agent (below) immediately if you are interested.
Contact her directly at:
Lauren Spiegel Casting Producer
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Baby Clean Fun, co-creator Michelle Cruz and asked her a few questions about how the idea for the CD was born.
The idea for the CD came up when co-creator Beth, mother of 3, would sing "Mr. Washcloth" to her baby to distract her and clean her up after meals. The song was so catchy that Michelle remembered it and sang it to her children. Amazingly, Michelle had the same reaction that Beth had. Singing the song made after meal clean up a breeze!
The two friends, thought if this could work with cleaning up after meals, it would certainly work with other challenges like getting baby to eat, washing little hands, and putting on shoes... just to name a few. Before they knew it there were 16 songs for 15 different tasks.
To hear a sample of the songs & view the lyrics click here
The Baby Clean Fun moms are from Lancaster County and worked long and hard to get their CD produced. Support local Moms and order a copy of Baby Clean Fun today! FREE Shipping until December 25th.
Facebook-ers... click here to become a fan of Baby Clean Fun.
I am a HUGE fan of "Baby Clean Fun" and would like to share a copy of the CD with one lucky Chester County Moms reader. My 3 year old daughter and I sing 'Gotta Brush" every night while brushing her teeth. Our rule is, when I am done singing she is done brushing.
It has totally worked and I know she is brushing for more than a few seconds.
To enter this contest please email firstname.lastname@example.org and enter Baby Clean Fun in the subject line.**
**This contest will end at midnight on November 30th. The winner will be notified via email and has 10 days to respond. If the winner fails to reply within 10 days we will pick another winner. The winner of the contest must be a Chester County resident.
2. Free your mind from worry.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
The hooks are still crooked and I haven't finished (well....maybe I should say started) Tanner and my aprons yet, but I still like the idea. It's in my kitchen right beside where we bake.
I have been looking forward to hanging these lanterns up for 6 weeks and finally yesterday it happened. I obviously still have several dining chairs to put together and things to put on the walls, but it's slowly happening.
If you can't read the little sign, it says, "And they lived happily ever after". Totally cheesy... and I totally love it.
These little birds and leaves are clips to hang the kids artwork and pictures on. The chalkboards are magnetic too. The kids love them.
So I'm getting there. Here are a couple of pics of the kids playing with a toy train that Grandma got them at Disneyland. They LOVE it. It makes the same exact noises as the train at Disneyland and blows smoke when it goes around the track.
Tanner is so boy. The other morning I went into his room to find snot smeared across the wall right next to his bed. Gross. Then later in the day we were building a sandbox together and he "stepped out" to make a few calls (pretend of course). I asked him who he was talking to, and he said "my friends". I started naming some of them and he said no to all of the boys, but yes to all of the girls. Finally he said, "I'm talking to all the girls."
Today we went to Shad's office and Shad's assistant Sarah gave Tanner some candy. On our way back to the car, Tanner asked, "Why she give me candy?" I said, "She likes you." He paused for a few minutes and then said, "She loves me."
On a really sweet note, today I was picking out a few church dresses for Kate and I held them up to ask her if she liked them. She said, "No, don't like it." (She never likes any of the clothes I pick out. She prefers to wear Tanner's clothes.) Anyhow, Tanner leaned over to her and said, "But Kate, they're really beautiful. Don't you like them?" It was so sweet.
On Steve Irwin Day, people from all corners of the globe join together to raise money for Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors conservation projects. The day will represent the many things Steve was passionate about - family, fun and wildlife conservation.
You can participate in Steve Irwin Day.....Don your khakis and visit the Austrailia Zoo website.
This information comes from the Healthy Child, Healthy World Blog.
Bisphenol-A has had its fair share of media coverage this year and things are definitely not quieting down. Just this week a scientific panel released a report charging that the FDA ignored valuable studies when it concluded last summer that BPA is a safe chemical. Many retailers and manufacturers have responded over the past year by voluntarily phasing out the suspect plastic. Despite these clear market signals, the manufacturers of BPA aren’t giving up without a fight. Here is the latest in this on-going chemical saga:
• Kudos to Canada for officially declaring BPA a toxic agent and banning the sale, import, and advertising of baby bottles containing BPA.
• Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, along with the Attorneys General from New Jersey and Delaware, sent a letter to 11 baby bottle and formula container manufacturers asking them to voluntarily stop using BPA in their products.
• San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier wants stores in the city that sell baby bottles made with BPA to pull them from the shelves -- and Safeway already has agreed to do so across its grocery stores nationally. She will also be asking hospitals to discontinue their use of these products.
• The National Institutes of Health’s National Toxicology Program released a report on October 23rd reaffirming their 2007 findings that BPA does indeed pose a health concern. Now if they could only convince their FDA peers…
In addition to the piles of studies that have already raised red flags, new research continues to demonstrate BPA’s potential ill effects.• The first study on humans showed a link between BPA and heart disease and diabetes.
• In tests on breast cancer cells, researchers from the University of Cincinnati found that BPA may protect cancer cells from dying off when they are exposed to anti-cancer drugs, reducing the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
• Based on a review of 261 scientific publications, the National Toxicology Program found that BPA may alter brain development and behavior, and increase the risk of prostate cancer in children, infants and fetuses.
The government agency that has the authority to protect us from this chemical, the US FDA, has declared BPA safe. Since they made this declaration, many have been asking why. Investigative reporters from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uncovered a dirty, little secret: the FDA report claiming that BPA is safe was written largely by the plastics industry and others with a financial stake in the controversial chemical.
The American Chemistry Council, the trade group representing chemical manufacturers, submitted their own (biased) review of BPA studies that the FDA used as the foundation for their evaluation. In addition, it recently came to light that the chair of the FDA subcommittee failed to disclose receiving a $5 million “gift” from a major BPA user. Science for sale, anyone? "This latest revelation makes clear that no matter who is in the White House come January, he has to rebuild the FDA," said Environmental Working Group (EWG) President Ken Cook. "An agency that once epitomized independent, impartial expertise in the service of public health has degenerated to a disgraced stenographer for the chemical and plastics industry."
Sign the petition supporting legislation (S. 2928, HR 6228) introduced this summer that bans BPA from all food and beverage products. The Consumer's Union has already gathered almost 18,000 signatures! Add yours now.
The facility is broken up into 2 bouncing areas. Area A has a giant slide, obstacle course, and basketball bounce.
Area B had an awesome rock wall, another giant slide, a really cool bounce mountain and a huge octagon bounce.
The party hosts at Pump It Up, were all so nice and were interacting with all of the kids and parents to make sure everyone had a good time. The Chester County Moms Blog team Loves Pump It Up!
For more information on birthday parties, family fun nights, pop-in play, field trips and lots more please click here or call Larry at 610-918-9180.
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West Chester, PA 19380