Swimmom’s Weblog

Diary of a Stay-at-home Mom, motherhood and beyond

Just say no to biter biscuits! December 31, 2007

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Sophia loves biter biscuits, but this picture will give you clear reason why I don’t give them to her as often as she would like!


Gotta love it!


Sock it to me! December 18, 2007

Filed under: gift ideas,toddlers,Uncategorized — swimmom @ 9:56 am
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Our feet are the means to a destination, why not get there in style?

Now that my almost 3 year old has outgrown baby socks, I am intent on letting the “cute sock” legacy live on through my 10 month old.

Your little one will definetly get plenty of oh’s and ah’s with Trumpette’s adorable socks for boys and girls. This is also a great baby shower or new mom gift. My mom gave me a box of the ballerina socks before I had Sophia, the mere site of them (and probably my hormones), made me break out in tears.

Their website declares, “Our Baby Socks Rock”, and clearly they do.

Last time I looked, I didn’t notice they have awesome toddler socks, which they clearly do, so George isn’t out of the woods yet. I love these, titled, “Full Mickey”.

Think I could get away with it?

You could “walk” on over to KM Baby Socks , they also sell their socks in sets of 6 pairs and they have adorable designs a great prices. My favorite were they Viabella for girls,

And they have Future Star for boys.

At less then $20 for the set, you can’t beat it.

If you have the problem I do, keeping all the socks together and not losing them?

You could head on over to Little Miss Matched. They sell their socks in a group of 3, that way if you lose one, there is always another one to go with it. And the color combinations are adorable.

They not only sell baby socks, but toddler and women’s socks also (for all you mismatched moms). They make being mismatched in.

Cute socks are great (for you and your child) if you take your baby or toddler to mommy and me classes!

You can’t go wrong with a cute pair of socks, they keep your little ones feet warm and are a great compliment to a cute outfit or personality.

Besides the only thing cuter that baby feet (and toddler feet) are baby feet in adorable socks.


Lead-free or not? December 16, 2007

Filed under: gift ideas,motherhood,parenting,toddlers — swimmom @ 6:47 pm
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Lead-free or not?

How are you supposed to know?

Moms Rising has taken out the guess work, and should make Christmas shopping just a little bit easier.

Healthy Toys has tested 1250 toys for common chemicals and have made their results available online.

But what if you’re at the store and need that information ASAP?

Well, Healthy Toys and Moms Rising have partnered to make that information available at the tip of your fingertips, literally, via your mobile phone.

All you have to do is text, Healthy Toys and the toys name to 41411.

For example, text, Healthy toys Elmo Flashlight , to 41411.

They will reply instantly whether the toy tested “high”, “medium” or “low” for potentially dangerous toxins.

Check out Moms Rising for more tips on receiving the information via your mobile phone.

I received the above information via email from Moms Rising.

If you like this information, then help your children and future generations by signing this petition to demand Congress to make sure our toys are safe for kids ( a no-brainer) and lead-free.

Maybe you’re thinking how can one person make a change?

If you don’t, who will?

What do you have to lose?

Spread the word.

It’s definetly worth a try!


Monkeys, Kitties and Doggies…Oh My! December 7, 2007

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I know I talked about their adorable hats before but Bla Bla kids also has great dolls for kids.

I wanted a doll for my 10 month old daughter that she could have for a while, because of her age it also had to be soft and well-made. My sister, checked out their website, and ordered their 18″ Coco doll my daughter Sophia for Christmas.

She received it in the mail yesterday and she was impressed with their quality and softness ( a big deal for a baby, or any kid). I love how they have dolls of with a bunch of characteristics.

If you don’t want a Girl doll, they also have Monkeys, Kitties, Doggies, Fairy Tale and Garden dolls (all just as sweet and adorable).

I was thinking of getting the Monkey doll for my son.

Check out their website they have a great selection of unique, adorable gifts for your little one, ranging not only from the hats and the dolls, but finger puppets, back packs, and rattles (just to name a few).

Bla Bla Kids seems like a company built on great ideals and ethics.

Besides how could you not resist their motto, “happiness fits in the palm of the hand”.

That’s enough to put a smile to my face.


Need a Break? December 4, 2007

Filed under: parenting,toddlers,Uncategorized — swimmom @ 9:27 am
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I love the show Jon & Kate plus 8. TLC had a marathon on Sunday and since it was a snowy, rainy day I watched it on and off while playing trains and doing Melissa and Doug puzzles over and over again with George. I love watching Jon & Kate, they have a great family dynamic, but selfishly, when I watch that show, I realize the chaos I experience with just 2 kids is nothing!

Anyway, her husband had this great t-shirt on, “Daddy needs a time out”, which made me laugh.

I thought it would be perfect for my husband. (What daddy doesn’t need a break for on reason or another! They also sell ones for mommy! Not that we need one!)

Anyway, the website that sells it Time Out Spot has a great idea.

The Time Out Rug

which I think is completely perfect (the website comes complete with Time Out instructions). I don’t know about you but my son doesn’t sit in a chair for 30 seconds, let alone 2 minutes for a time-out. The creator of the website seemed to have the same problem with her kids, hence the Time Out Spot. I brought up that idea to my husband and he doesn’t think that fact that it’s not a chair would matter, but we’ll see!

I also came across this product on ABC mommy, a bib with sleeves.

I don’t know about your kids, but my daughter, Sophia, is messier than my son was as a baby. When she eats, it is all over the place. She crushes the food with her fingers as she stuffs it in her mouth and gets food in all her crevasses. It’s pretty funny! My husband swears she just needs to wear a trash bag with a hole for her head. I stopped putting bibs on her because she just rips them off. So I let her make the mess and change her afterwards.

Besides, how much bib, is too much bib?


So many choices…. December 3, 2007

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I have fallen into the baby leg warmer craze, especially now having a daughter, they are cute for boys too. But, with all the different brands of baby leg warmers out there, how do you know what brand to buy, or what’s the difference. Well, I explored 3 brands of baby leg warmers, Huggalugs, Baby Legs and Crawler Covers.

First let me say, I liked all 3 brands. The most inexpensive was the Crawlers Covers at $9 a pair you really get a nice quality product.

I ordered them from Etsy.com (a website devoted to buying and selling homemade items) and received free shipping. The nice thing about the leg warmers besides the great price, the cute designs (she has a lot of selections), I felt, was the fact that I was buying them from a work-at-home mom, so I knew they were made with care, with kids in mind (she is a mother of two) and made in the US.

The other pairs, from Huggalugs and Baby legs, I ordered from Snazzy Tots. They cost $12 per pair (still not bad) and they had a promotion for free shipping. I received these rather quickly. I ordered them on a Wednesday and received them on Monday. Both brand have very cute designs. I ordered the

(baby legs, rainbow design)

and the Huggalugs Fairy Floss

The Huggalugs are made in Australia. And the Baby legs are made in China. I loved both products, the baby legs were a little softer than the Huggalugs and if you are looking for a company with a cause Baby legs does a lot to promote AIDS awareness and suffering in Africa (they are holding an online auction on ebay). If you order direct from their website, they even have a space for you to make a donation in the amount of your choice to the Sanya Babies Home in Uganda. It’s nice to see companies give back.

When it comes down to it, they all have nice products! I guess it depends on what matters most to you just the product, or what’s behind the product that counts!

It’s nice to be able to get both!


(My daughter Sophia in the Crawler Covers)


What sleep? (ode to teething part II)….. November 29, 2007

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You tricked us Teething

disappearing, and letting us get some sleep

But now you’re back and with a vengeance.

We say to you as we weep ….

Oh sleep, Oh sleep,

Please come to me,

my little angel has been teething

and waking at 1,2 and 3.

I wish she would sleep

and silence this house.

her moaning and groaning

is keeping us all up and about

we tried Tylenol and Orajel

(and by the look on her face,

I am sure she

thinks it tastes like hell)

Nothing works for more than an hour or so

please teeth come through

and give our baby some rest

and us get some sleep

so are days will be happier

and our nights without a peep.

If anyone out there has some good teething remedies,

don’t hesitate to chime in,

you’ll help us tremendously

and put on my face

a big grin.