Wednesday, April 30, 2008

BPA Free From Playtex

I am all about getting free stuff, especially free baby stuff! So this Works For Me Wednesday's is about offering you guys the chance to also get some free stuff while learning more about baby bottles.

As you guys know from this post, I have been hearing a lot of information floating around about BPA in baby bottles, and just like you all, trying to figure out how much of a danger BPA is and what products are safe to buy!

Well, it seems that Playtex has taken an interest in my blog as well, and sent me some information to share with all of my readers! They are, indeed, concerned about BPA and plan on clearly marking all their BPA free products and working towards new, BPA free bottles soon in the future! Super yay for us Moms because, in my experience, Playtex has made some of the best, most reliable baby products out there on the market! (You can see this post for my favorite toddler plates and cups by Munchkin)

I am super happy to share Playtex's press release with you, along with a link to help mothers shop for Playtex's current BPA free product's (more to come in the future).

Also, Playtex is offering a link for my readers to get the chance to try out some FREE Playtex BPA-free bottles! You won't have to pay shipping or anything, just go HERE, fill out the information, and Playtex will send you a free sample bottle given that supply is still available. What Parent doesn't love Free?

*****OK, it seems my link is not working for everyone, so here is the url to copy and paste into your browser: This should take you to a form page for Playtex where you can fill out info for getting the free bottles (it might take a moment to load). Sorry about the link not working right!********

Check out Rocks in my Dryer for other great Works For Me Wednesday tips!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Little Dude's Baptism

Little Dude was Baptized on Saturday and it was one of the most beautiful days ever!He was a little angel the whole time and made us very proud. No little demon toddler came out! Actually, ever since Saturday he has been a saint and even very happy about putting his hands together to pray before meals (usually he digs in while we pray). So, that has been a very fun development. I am greatly loving to watch my husband and son pray together, and really don't know what to pray for, except a great big "Thank you" to God for all the blessings I am getting to enjoy. (I am sure after JR gets here I will be praying for sleep....)

We had the majority of our family and friends there for the ceremony and after party and there really is no way to describe what a joy it was to celebrate the occasion with everyone that was able to come! Most of our neighbors came over with their children and Little Dude LOVED playing with all of them. In fact, when the last few kids headed home late in the night, Little Dude tried to follow them out and even said "bye bye" to me! Geeze. At any rate, he had a BLAST and that was the greatest thing to watch.

I have put a bunch of pictures in here for everyone; I hope you enjoy-now I am off to work on some Dakno and then hopefully get a short nap in before Little Dude gets up from his!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Getting Ready....

Well, Little Dude is finally getting baptized on Saturday! Yay! He is going to look so cute in his little suit...that is if he isn't screaming and tugging at the tie. Yes, we tried it on him to make sure it fit, and sure enough, he hates the tie and vest. Bill says Little Dude is just protesting the fact he will have to wear a tie to work someday. heh. So, keep your fingers crossed everything goes ok, Little Dude doesn't jump into the fountain before it is time (in another story, he LOVES water), and that I might be able to get a few tear free pictures.

After the ceremony (we are Catholic, everything we do takes a looooong time), we are going to celebrate with family, friends and neighbors back at our house. I made SO MUCH food too, and after seeing how long it took me and Bill last night to get some of the stuff done, I am SUPER glad we didn't wait until today or Sat. morning! And, we are getting Little Dude's toddler swing for him all set up this afternoon, so there is a big boy swing and a toddler swing for all the little kids that will be over...and there will be beer for the parents.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

On Motherhood....

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it"

-Mark Twain

I ran across this quote and it made me smile so I thought I would share it.

I go to the Dr. again today for a JR checkup and Little Dude is going to play at the neighbors while I am gone (this is the gestational diabetes test that takes an hour....sigh).

I do hope Little Dude wants to come back home when I get back. Or at least is excited to see me....

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Monkey, Monkey!!

This is an activity we did at my preschool that worked like a charm. Whenever a child started to act, well, angelic, all I would have to do would be to give out a monkey and it would pretty much get all the other kids to become little helpful angels instead of what they sometimes were. What am I talking about, you ask? The instructions are as follows:

LOTS of Plastic linking monkeys.
nail in the wall

Hang a plastic monkey on the wall in a place where you can add more monkeys to make a chain. When you catch your child being especially kind and cooperative, give the reward of a monkey to add to the chain. When the last monkey is hung, treat the whole class (well, for you guys, family) to a treat! In my class is was usually extra outdoor time playing or extra free play time. For families, you could easily make it an ice cream outing, or renting a video (do people do that anymore? Maybe I should say download a new movie from net flix..) or a special group activity like going to the local park as a family or reading a extra stories together (or even a story)

Anyways, that always worked for me and the kids loved it. It is a great way to reinforce positive behavior, which can easily go unnoticed when compared to the attention bad behavior can bring (even if it is punishment, it is still attention, and some kids will do anything for any attention, even endure punishment).

Also, you can get the plastic monkeys super cheap at places like Big Lots, Wal-Mart, and sometimes the dollar store. Head on over to Rocks in my Dryer for other cool tips!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Prince in the Back Yard

Britain's SKY NEWS reported that Prince William landed his HELICOPTER in Kate Middleton's back yard as part of a "routine training sortie"....

LONDON, England — Military officials have defended a decision to allow Prince William to land his Royal Air Force helicopter in girlfriend Kate Middleton's garden.

The Ministry of Defense issued a statement after the News of the World reported the prince had landed the aircraft at the property in Berkshire on April 3.

OH MY GOODNESS! That is SO CRAZY ROMANTIC!!! I love fairy tales, (if you know me, I am the BIGGEST Disney fan)and it is so cool to hear a sorta modern day one!

And hey, it might have been a waste of public money, but really, can you say that politicians here dont waste public money constantly? Like say the "Love Gov" and the Tea Pot Museum in Sparta North Carolina.

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., who, with Sen. Richard Burr, got the Teapot Museum its money. They also received several thousand dollars in campaign contributions from the project's lobbyists.

Foxx told us she's simply claiming a share of the money Congress sets aside each year for such purposes, called "earmarks."

"The money's gonna be spent, and it's up to us to again be advocates for our areas to try to help with those areas," Foxx said.

They say the money is there, why shouldn't we have a piece of it — so what's wrong with that?

"That is exactly the kind of attitude that got us $29 billion in pork in 2006," said Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste.

That's right, $29 billion worth of race-car research, something called the Cattle Congress — and teapot museums.

Does anyone know where Sparta is? Or that it is an hour and a half from an airpot? I do cause I used to live near there when I was younger, and drive through it on the way to visit family-trust me, thousands of people are not flocking to see all the teapots sitting there in the building our tax money paid for. People are; however, driving over the potholes in the highway that runs near Sparta. NIIIIICE.

Seriously, I'd much rather have a politician (though Prince sounds much more romantic, I'll say Prince)...I'd much rather have a Prince using the money to fly to the girl he loves for a visit than to have the other shameful wastes of money (ahem, Love Gov) that go on here every day.

But that is just me. Perhaps because I am a coffee drinker I just don't understand the need for a teapot museum.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Varicose Veins and toddler swings

So, I did some research this weekend, and I found out that Vitamins K and C work together to strengthen vein walls. You can bet I am now going to be eating all the Vitamin K and Vitamin C containing foods possible! Lucky for me I am craving salads like crazy, and Kale, Leafy Green Veggies, and Cheddar Cheese are good sources for K. Vitamin C is a different story, since with my acid reflux I have been avoiding acidic foods; however, I will be starting an orange eating regimen here soon!

In other news, we now have a swing set up for Little Dude! Yay! I am so excited! Our friend, Chuck, gave us his son's old slide and swing, and we put the swing on our old frame. (Long story short, it is an old frame left here by the old owners). After I get some Dakno done this week I am going to work on priming and painting the frame! Also, I have my eye on a cute toddler car shaped swing at Home Depot, which I think since we lucked out in getting a free big boy swing, and had not been able to get rid of the frame (lucky for us, now!), we can splurge on the car swing. I want to get it all set up and ready by this weekend, because Little Dude is getting baptized and we are having a full on party/get together to celebrate! So, with our little village and the swings, there should be plenty for all the kids we are planning on having over, so perhaps the parents can partake in some relaxation, food and fun!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Family Farm Days!

Well, today Little Dude and I, along with my friend Jess and her son Kip, are going to NC State's Agriculture Awareness "Family Farm Days" over on Lake Wheeler Road. I tried to find a link with info, but honestly I am too tired from staying up until 10pm with friends. (When did I get old?)

Anyways, we will be heading off right after lunch to partake in tractor riding, farm animal petting, and some fresh, homemade icecream from NC State's dairy/agriculture program. YAY! (Really, what else do you need to encourage Moms taking a toddler to pet a bunch of farm animals? Icecream does it for me!)

This weekend is also the Walt Disney World "Blogger Conference" and my bloggy friend, Steph, over at Adventures in Babywearing is going! I wish I could go, but I know it would also be hard to leave Little Dude for 3 days. Though if you have to leave the kids behind while you go somewhere, Disney World sure is the place to do it!! Have fun, Steph!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A village in my back yard

So, I have a super cute village popping up in my backyard, mostly courtesy of Craig's List. I recently got a cute little playhouse for free from a person in my neighborhood. She had put it on Craig's List for Free, but no one had responded...I am thinking that since she was REALLY OLD, she must have put it in the wrong area and not under kids, cause I know it would have been gone in a second. Anyways, good for me that I went for a walk and she asked me if my son would like it!! Though it is pink, and took FOREVER to clean, we love it! Bill said we would have to fix the pink with some plastic paint..though he did let me put fake flowers in the "window boxes" on the house, too cute!!

Little Dude is loving his little village. We have a sandbox boat (which I still need to get sand for; if I finish all my Dakno work today I will celebrate by getting him some this afternoon). We have a little castle with a slide and "secret passage" in the back wall. We have a little play house complete with kitchen, table and seats inside, and a little set of chairs and a table I have set up on the outside!

Little Dude and I ate lunch out there the other day-so much fun! I am super glad it is getting warmer! I also found him a little cozy coupe car super cheap that he is in love with. As soon as we go outside he runs to his car and rides around for a bit before doing anything else. He is so fun!

Well, now I am going to get to work on the VA stuff I need to do for Dakno, but then it is lunch outside again! Yay!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday-BPA free products

Well, it is another Works for Me Wendesday! My item that works for me is a site I found with a list of BPA free baby products. What is BPA? Taken from Safe Mama:

Bisphenol A is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastics and resins commonly used for items such as shatterproof baby bottles. Bisphenol has estrogenic properties which, in animal tests has shown to cause a bevy of health problems such as an increase in prostate and breast cancer, uro-genital abnormalities in male babies, a decline in semen quality in men, early onset of puberty in girls, metabolic disorders including insulin-resistant (Type 2) diabetes and obesity and neurobehavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Research is showing that when plastic containers, mostly those used to hold liquids and foods, are leeching Bisphenol into the foods and liquids they are holding. Heating food and liquids with these plastics is shown to increase the leeching of this contaminate.

Many companies use this chemical in their packaging including cans, soda cans, and plastic food containers. There is a risk of absorbing this chemical through the use of containing foods and liquids but can also leech into our water systems through landfills.

Apparently, there are 7 types of plastic (who knew?). If you look at the bottom of most plastic products and in the recycle symbol, you'll see a number that indicates the type of plastic it is. Numbers 1,2, 4 and 5 are safe for food. 3, 6 and 7 are not, with 7 being BPA, the worst one (or at least the one that has gotten tons of media attention for its use in baby products).

Safe Mama has a nifty little spreadsheet she is working on to help all of us clueless moms on what to buy that IS safe! (Thank you Safe Mama!!!!) So, without further adieu, here is the spreadsheet.
So, that, for right now, is what works for me! Head on over to Rocks In My Dryer for other nifty tips!

On a side note, the bottles I used for Little Dude to supplement breast feedings were playtex vent air wide. I loved them and they made it very easy to switch back and forth; however, they apparently do have small amounts of BPA in the bottle part, the nipple and vent are completely free of BPA, according to the Playtext statement. Here is just part of their statement:
The Playtex VentAire Bottle Systems* are made from a grade of polycarbonate that is FDA approved for food contact and comply with all U.S. and European standards.

So, now I am debating if I should throw out my old bottles that really got very little use and buy all new ones for JR, or if moderation is the key to avoiding the harmful effects of BPA.

JR will drink from a bottle so rarely, and esp since I really mastered the babywearing and breastfeeding at the same time with my awesome sling, I feel quite confident to do it in public without anyone being able to tell I am feeding JR.

Is it bad of me to want to use the bottles I used for Little Dude? I did actually check all my sippy cups and plates for him, and they all fall into the safe plastic categories, but do I really need to worry about the bottles? I guess I will start looking around and checking out bottles, but I am very sad to spend the money when I have some really great, hardly used bottles sitting ready to go, esp when honestly, it seems like moderation may be the key. Like not letting formula sit in the bottle all day, or heating the bottle in the microwave.

Zoo Pictures!

Yay, so my picture transfer stuff is all fixed! (Don't I sound so technical ya'll?)

Here are some great pics of Little Dude, Janet, her son Nic, and me at the zoo! Enjoy!!

This is Janet and Nic, he is exactly a year younger than Little Dude! Janet and I grew up together in the mountains and were in Marching Band together in high school. Wouldn't it be cool if Nic and Little Dude played in a band together?

Here is a pic of Little Dude and his fabulous Mama (Me!)

We are ready to start our zoo adventure! Doesn't Little Dude look so very cute? By the end of the day we came away with two sleeping kids, two very tired Mamas, and no sunburn! I did super good keeping the sunscreen on, we didn't even turn pink anywhere!

The ostrich was Little Dude's favorite animal. He got SOOOO excited to see it and kept doing the sign language for "bird" and quacking at it. (I just taught him that ducks say quack, and ducks are birds, so I guess in his mind all birds say quack now)

The African Elephant was my very favorite and we were super close to her, too! So lovely.

Monday, April 14, 2008

no pictures yet

Well, I tried to put zoo pictures on my computer so I could transfer a few good ones to my blog; however, I was kind enough to let some friends that were over for the weekend use my computer and now the printer (HP Photosmart I love) says there is no connection for the images to get downloaded to the computer...SOOOOOOO I will have to bug my brother in law John to fix whatever he, Dakota and Alan did to my set up.

Yes, I know, I am pretty computer illiterate. I did try looking at the wires to see what was unplugged and try to plug it in, but really, I see NOTHING that is it must be connected in the wrong spot? I any case, all I can do on my blog today is ramble.

Actually, I will let you know about the zoo. It was FABULOUS! Little Dude LOVED it. His favorite animal? The ostrich. Who would've guessed? We got to get super close to the African Elephant (which is RED!) And to the Chimpanzees! Super super fun!

I was going to put up pics sooner, but I was so tired on Friday that I couldn't even think past cleaning the house for the weekend.(We had a ton of house projects and friends coming over all weekend, also super fun!) Aversboro Zoo has tons of hills! And keeping up with Little Dude while 6 months Preggo was super hard (and I am super out of shape!Walking around the zoo with both kids will be a good workout next fall!)

Alright, I guess that is all for now, I will make sure John helps me when he gets off work to fix whatever he and the guys did on here so I can get pictures up for you all!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Zoo!!

Yay! Tomorrow is our Zoo Trip day with my great friend, Janet (I went to middle, high school and college with her!) and her little boy, Nic. Super YAY! I can not wait! I have been slowly packing everything and getter lunch, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, hats, and all the other baby items together throughout the day and they are stacked on the kitchen table, all ready to jet out the door.

We are leaving the house at 8:30 to pick up Janet and Nic, then piling into the van and driving to the Asheboro Zoo, which is going to end up being about an hour trip one way....Here is to hoping that Nic and Little Dude enjoy each other's company in the back seat for that long!

I am taking my stroller and my sling, that way if Little Dude gets sick of the stroller and wants to be carried, I can indulge him without breaking my back. I am also hoping that it is not busy should he want to run around some so I can let him. Other wise he will have to pick the sling or stroller. I wish I had one of these to put him in...I think he would really like riding on my back and it would be pretty comfy for me too. Oh well, the one I have will have to do, but I am certainly saving up for one of those slings to use for Little Dude or the new guy for football season! And maybe, MAYBE I can find a used one somewhere for cheaper, as that is a lot of money to spend...but then again, my birthday and our wedding anniversary are coming up soon so maybe I can ask for it.

I think all will go well and I certainly can't wait! So, I won't be posting tomorrow (at least not until really late), but I hope to have a ton of zoo pictures up for Friday.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Works For Me Wednesday-Finding Children's Toys

It is another Works For Me Wednesday hosted by Rocks In My Dryer! My tip this week is about finding great deals on baby/toddler/children items-especially outdoor toys! I have two words:

Craig's List

Yes, I am a Craig's List fanatic! I look through it every few days to see if great Little Tikes items or other such great outdoor gyms are put up for sale. So far I have found an outdoor castle with slide, lego tables and chairs, ride on cars, a play house, play kitchen, play food, play construction toys, a second nursery curtain that actually matched the one I had been given! (Little Dude's window has two windows) It is the greatest source for finding inexpensive baby items without having to go through the bidding wars or uncertainty of condition that ebay has. (Though I do love ebay too!)

With Craig's List you can still back out of the deal if you get to the item and see it is not in the condition you want to pay for, or haggle the price down.

Also, it is a great source for getting rid of unwanted baby items and making some quick cash at the same time!

So, happy hunting guys! I am off today to pick up a cozy coupe car for Little Dude that I found for 10 dollors. AWESOME, because they are $50 dollars new, and that is without shipping! Yes, Craig's List is my friend.

Meet Emily!

Emily came home from the hospital earlier this week and tonight we had the pleasure of having dinner with Mike, Beth, and Emily! She is so super cute! I had forgotten how small Little Dude used to be! Here is a lovely picture of Little Dude's future playmate:

I can't wait for all the children to be big enough to come over to each other's houses and play. That will be so super fun! And I am so excited there is a little girl for me to dote on now too! As a girly girl myself, I am hoping Emily will like girly stuff as well so I can indulge her with occasional cute items! Disney store, here I come....

Monday, April 7, 2008


So, as a pregnant lady, I really don't think I am having any cravings that are too weird. No ice cream and pickles, or chocolate and eggs. But, I am craving vinegar like CRAZY. I really can't get enough of it. Sometimes I even pour a little on a spoon and eat it that way. Is that weird?

Anyways, a new bloggy friend of mine, Steph over at Adventures in Babywearing, gave me a salad dressing that is just AWESOME, and I think it will now be a staple even when I am not preggo, I love it that much. In fact, it is 9:30 at night and a house full of people are over watching the Championship basketball game, eating chips and dip, and I made myself a salad with this dressing:

Balsamic Vinegar (I put a ton on), Olive Oil, and Dijon Mustard.

Can I just say Fabulous?

Among other cravings are the normal girl cravings: Baby slings, Baby items, Clothes for me, Shoes for me, Household products...for me. So far my requests for such items due to "the baby needing" them has fallen on the deaf ears of my husband. Vinegar he will entertain, a shopping spree he will not. Hmmm...apparently I will just have to keep trying the puppy dog face....

A Pain in the ....

Leg. My leg. My left leg to be specific. In my left leg, I have formed the dreaded varicose veins that I am pretty sure all pregnant women pray not to get. Let me just inform you that for me, they are every bit as painful as books describe, if not worse, simply because there is nothing I have found yet to make it GO AWAY!


With Little Dude, I had none of this, though I did have problems with my left leg hurting from time to time and in the end (last 2 or 3 months) it would swell up on me while my right one stayed just fine. I am wondering if it is because I am right handed? I played soccer all through high school and in college for a few years, with my right, of course, being my dominate leg, so I wonder if perhaps these problems with my left leg are simply from it not being as strong and muscular as my right?

In any case, all the dr.s I have talked to say there is nothing I can do except 1) wear some pregnancy hose which feels like it is made of wool and makes me itch and sweat because it is so thick 2) have the baby. BIG SIGH.

On an upside, the medication the dr. put me on last summer for my silent reflux has done a great job of controlling it and I have been able to swallow normally again for awhile now..yay! So, I guess I'd rather have a painful left leg as apposed to acid in my throat. I think...not being able to swallow was a pretty good diet...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Here comes Emily!

My good friends Mike and Beth went into labor a little while ago! Yay! So, lets all think good thoughts for Beth to have a smooth delivery, and tomorrow we get to meet Emily! I can't wait!

Toddler Kisses

I have decided there is nothing better than getting kisses from a toddler, well, your toddler, anyways!

Every night before bed, Bill and I have a routine with Little Dude, and in the end he has started adding "kisses" as part of it!

*We have dinner after Bill gets home, which is usually 6 or 6:30

*After Little Dude has finished decorating the wall, his hair, and his clothes with the food we thought he had be eating, we get a bath ready.

*Bath time is usually by 7:30 or 8 and even with the drought, there is really no way to NOT give Little Dude a bath. For some reason he has a love for saving food in his hair, so by bedtime you can tell what I have given him for meals and snacks. "Oh, you had cottage cheese today, eh?"

*After bath time, our Little Dude likes to run around his room with just his towel or bathrobe on while we gather his clothes and diaper supplies to an area on the floor. (Yes, I have an exhibitionist, and yes, he wiggles so much and is so strong now that I gave up on the changing pad this week-it is much safer to just change him on the floor)

*Once I have finally proven myself stronger than a toddler and gotten his diaper on, we get his PJ's on. At this point he usually starts shaking his head as he knows it is getting close to bedtime.

*So, we carry/drag our Little Dude over to his "Reading Corner" in his room and I start to brush his teeth.

*He has already decided he doesn't want to go to bed, so usually we have to hold him down to brush his teeth. However, once I am done, he insists on doing it himself, so I let him have the tooth brush while we read stories. I must say he does a decent job of actually brushing.

*After 4 or 5 stories, a bedtime prayer and some stalling, which he has gotten really good at, we put away the books and tell him to pick out friends for bed.

*This part of the routine he loves and I guess his will to fight bed time is dying as he realizes there is no stopping it. He will pick out little stuffed animal friends to throw into his crib, the regulars are his giraffe and his little red dog.

*Next, we let him turn out the hallway light and his bedroom light and then we turn on his music night light.

*At this point we say our good nights and give out hugs

*And now, Little Dude has started giving us TONS of really sloppy, open mouth kisses all over our faces. He even makes the "muaw" sound in his sweet baby voice. Then we leave and close the door; this is usually by 8:30, but sometimes 9.

*Side note, we know the kisses are probably just another stall tactic; however, it is one we don't mind holding up bedtime for because it is just so sweet, slobber and all.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Free at Last

Well guys, we have a very exciting announcement today: We just paid off my school loan and are now 100% debt free (except our mortgage). Yes, that is right! It is the greatest feeling in the whole world.

I feel we have always been really good and frugal with money, but when I got pregnant with Little Dude we started watching, listening to and closely following the advice of Dave Ramsey and his Financial Peace University Philosophy.

We never actually took the class, but we learned about the philosophy and put it into effect for us by reading his books. There are tons of his books in the library and his TV show comes on the Fox Business Channel around 8pm here in NC. His whole philosophy has set us on a mission, and being free of credit cards and debt in general is just so liberating! I have a link to his website below for any others that would like to check out his financial planning:

and here is a link to his blog, which you can also reach off his website:

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Sippy Cups and Baby Plates

It is Works For Me Wednesday hosted by Rocks in my Dryer! This Wednesday I am going to share my find on baby plates and sippy cups.

As a new mom, I have probably tried EVERY kind of sippy cup out there, and none have worked. ALL have leaked. Even the ones that weren't supposed to leak, Little Dude would either shake and get the stopper out (like in the Gerber kind), or find a way to unsnap the lid (like on the toss and go kind).

But last month, I decided to try again at a new kind of cup. I splurged and went for a more expensive brand that only came in character themes (which is why I had avoided them, not because I necessarily didn't like the characters, but simply because I would be SO MAD if I paid that much for a cup and it leaked).

HOWEVER, I have GREAT NEWS to share! I have found a sippy cup that DOES NOT LEAK!! It is made by Munchkin and in the Dora or Diego themes! There are some different kinds: The ones with the straws leak when shaken, and the toss and go kinds my child could get the lid off off and shake to make leak. BUT the hard spout 9oz sippy cup is FANTASTIC!! It does not leak, and even though I have even tried to get the stopper to fall out, it does not!! No leaking of any kind AND it is dishwasher safe! And all the bottoms are interchangeable with other Munchkin brand tops, and vice versa! Nice!

Munchkin also makes some baby plates and bowels that are MICROWAVABLE and Dishwasher safe. The Microwavable part is what got me! I LOVE that I can put left overs on his plate, heat them up, and give them to him all without having to use something else to cut the leftovers on or heat them up on one of our glass plates!

All other brands I have looked at don't have microwavable plates and bowls, but for the little bit of extra money (the pack of 3 Munchkin bowls and plates was .85 cents more expensive than the next cheapest bowl and plate set at my Target). For .85 cents and the ease of heating his food on one plate and then throwing it in the dishwasher, it is well worth it! They come in cute fish designs or in the Dora and Diego themes.

At my local Target, the plates and cups are in the $7.99 range, and the cups you get two in a pack and the plates you get three each of plates, bowls, spoons and forks (spoon and forks I don't think are microwave safe, just to note).

Well, that is What Works for Me! I hope my information helps other people trying out different kinds of baby dinnerware!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


My husband and I were talking tonight and he said this gems to describe a person's character:

HONESTY is a virtue displayed when people are looking; INTEGRITY is a virtue displayed when people are NOT looking. INACTIONS can be just as character defining as ACTIONS.

How is your character defined when no one is looking?