Tall Mom tiny baby: July 2014

My Whole30 Lifesaver: Pre-Made Paleo {review}

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As you may recall, Tall Dad and I have decided to clean out our bodies  - which of course means our  pantry as well; all in the name of succeeding at the Whole30 Challenge.  We vowed to eat only meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats for 30 straight days. Granted, we slipped up halfway through, but Tall Dad and I are going to restart the Whole30 with a new sense of determination. We learned what worked for us, and what didn't during the last try, and one of our greatest successes was having Whole30 friendly dishes in our freezer - ready to go. These delicious and timesaving meals are by PreMade Paleo. Hit the jump to find out how PreMade Paleo can chaneg your life...

ParentCast - Episode 21: Top 10 Facebook Faux Pas By Parents

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ever go on Facebook and your feed is clogged up with nothing but babies, parent stuff, and complaints from parents?  No, not the occasional post from your friends, but those people that over-share EVERYTHING?  You know what I mean - those parents who make EVERY SINGLE POST about their kid?  Yep - we bring in special guest Julie, and return special guest Erik to talk about this very subject this episode.  Hit the jump to find out why no one is going to like us after this episode.

Sunday Mornings at 6am

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ParentCast - Episode 20: Breastfeeding - Tips, Tricks, Successes + Heartaches (Part 2)

Friday, July 25, 2014

We're finally caught up!  Yay!  Anyway, this is the second half our SPECTACULAR interview about all things breastfeeding with Kathy Moren of Healthy Babies, Happy Mom's Inc.  Hit the jump to find why breasfeeding isn't natural and it requires a lot of freakin' work.

Whole30 Check In {video}

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Minute With Mary - Rootbeer Taste Test

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ParentCast - Episode 19: Breastfeeding - Tips, Tricks, Successes + Heartaches (part 1)

Welcome back to another episode of ParentCast. This time we're talking all about breastfeeding with Kathy Moren of Healthy Babies, Happy Moms Inc. We actually received so much great information from her on breastfeeding that we had to split this episode in two!  I know it's kind of a pain in the butt to listen to two different episodes on the same topic, but it would have been way too long to make it one episode.  So, hit the jump to find out how to get breastfeeding off to a good start.

ParentCast - Episode 18: Financial Planning For Baby w/ Special Guests: Derek & Carrie Olsen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mary and Blake talk all about how to plan financially for a baby with super special guests Derek & Carrie Olsen from the "Better Conversations" podcast!  They were excellent guests and we learned A TON!  Hit the jump to find out how money can be a force for good in your marriage.


Moccasins Rock - Especially Hand Made Moccasins From "Freshly Picked" #Giveaway

Monday, July 21, 2014

I love my son.  He loves me.  But you know what he hates?  Shoes.  Can't stand them.  Every chance he gets, those shoes are coming off his feet faster than I can put them on.

Before he was walking, this wasn't a big deal.  Shoes were only there for decoration.  If he kicked them off, who cares, right?  But then the walking began...

Hit the jump to find out how a company called "Freshly Picked" helped save my kids feet.

Becoming A Better Parent In A Better World With An Iced Tea In Hand #BrewOverIce #BrewItUp #shop

It's funny how having a kid can change your perspective of the world. I always wanted to be good person, but now that I have a pair of tiny eyes following me, I've realized that I need to be a role model day in and day out. Itty Bitty watches every move I make, whether it's drinking my iced tea in the morning, brushing my teeth, or even how I treat my friends and loved ones. He is my little shadow, my Padawan, and he's made me a better Tall Mom.

Saving Time Money And Your Sanity With Paperless Coupons #WalgreensPaperless #shop

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Tall Dad and I are at the age when our summer is consumed by weddings.  Weddings, weddings and more weddings.  Celebrating love on it's most important day is great.  Especially in the summer. The weather is perfect, and each wedding seems like it's own mini vacation. Heck, it gives Tall Dad and I a night out and a reason to have a few adult drinks together :) With Itty Bitty, there are very few opportunities for a night to get dressed up nowadays, so I look forward to these weddings with great enthusiasm.  While I love celebrating love on these very special days - my wallet does not.  They get expensive, right?  Nevermind if you're in a wedding!  Then it triples in price. It's a lot of money, and a lot of pressure.  You have to shop for new dresses, scour Pinterest to get ideas of what to do with hair and makeup, and then go searching for the perfect wedding card. Add a kid to this whole mess and, well, that's what you've got - a giant mess.  But, I've found out how to help combat some of the downfalls of love's best day.  Hit the jump to find out my ways to save money and manage my kid by using paperless coupons.


Friday, July 18, 2014

A perfectly sweet southern mother in law came into town a few days before her granddaughter was born. She was tidying up the soon-to-be new parents house, and began to put away some frozen items she had bought at the supermarket. She opened the freezer and was shocked to find feminine care products in bags, clogging up the freezer

The mother in law carefully approached her pregnant daughter in law, wondering if pregnancy brain had truly taken over. She was convinced that if she were to look, she would find Ben and Jerry's "Cherry Garcia" underneath the bathroom sink. When she asked her pregnant daughter in law what was in he freezer. The mom-to-be turned around with a smile and said, "Padsicles!"  (This story is completely true btw - the names have been omitted to protect the innocent :) )

ParentCast: Episode 17 - WE HATE COLIC

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I am sorry for the delay on putting our ParentCast episodes up here!  To be honest, I completely forgot to do it.  You'll be seeing our latest episodes being posted here once every few days.  We're already up to 20.  So - get ready for some awesomeness.  Hit the jump to find out how to best combat Colic!

My Experience With NovaLash Eyelash Extensions From Calma Salon

Friday, July 11, 2014

You know that phrase "The eyes are the windows to the soul?" I believe this to be true. Looking into another person's eyes, making true genuine eye contact - rather than our facebook messages or texting hellos - is such a REAL experience.  Hit the jump to find out how the staff at Calma Salon made this experience that much more vivid for me.

Prepping for Our First Whole30 And Shopping List

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tall Dad and I have taken on the task of eating only protein, vegetables, fruits and nuts for 30 straight days - as part of the Whole30 program. 

The only problem was, our tiny apartment is chock full of grains, cookies, candy, ice cream, and an assortment of items we are no longer able to eat. It was time to prepare and shop for our Whole 30 adventure!

First, I cleaned out all of the old overdue vegetables and fruit from our fridge. I also took out our beer and Narraganset Shandy. Insert sad trombone sound. I will have one on day 31, that's for sure!

We also threw away all of our chips and cookies. I said farewell to my cheese sticks and yogurts. I said see you later to my wine glasses and put them away on their shelf. Ciao lovely pastas and breads. 

Next I turned to Peapod, and began putting items that I already love (and fit within the plan) into my virtual cart. 

The Best New Mom New Baby Gift: Postpartum Recovery Kit with 5-hour ENERGY® shots #ThisIsMySecret #shop

Monday, July 7, 2014

One of my girlfriends has just given birth to an adorable baby boy, and I couldn't be happier for her! To help celebrate, I'm sending she and her husband a super-duper new-parent postpartum recovery survival kit, including all sorts of essentials - like pain medicine, 5-hour ENERGY® shots, snacks, headbands and much more!
She and I already made a bunch of padsicles back when I visited her last month, so I know her freezer is stocked and ready. If you still haven't made padiscles and are expecting - head on over to this blog post ASAP and make yourself some!

As fabulous as those first weeks are with your newborn as a new mom, there is also a war zone between your legs. Even if you have a c-section, new moms go through the most epic of periods.

So to help with the mess, pain, and general crankiness, either make yourself or ask a friend to gather the following supplies.

Lillebaby isn't just for babywearing - but also TODDLERwearing - Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons Baby Carrier #Giveaway

Thursday, July 3, 2014

It's full on summer here in the Ocean State - and that means it's time for the beach! Our family recently visited Warren Town Beach, a true gem in Rhode Island, and had a most lovely time.  Tall Dad and I learned that going to the beach with a toddler is a bit more cumbersome - between the beach mat, toys, diaper bag, and Itty Bitty himself - so we decided to pack wisely.  

We purchased a beach cart, and I carried Itty Bitty around from the car to the beach in our new Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons baby carrier.

It's funny, I don't even know if I should be calling it a baby carrier - because I'm currently using it as a toddler carrier!  However, the Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons carrier is meant for infants through toddlerhood. 
Here is why I love this carrier:
It's meant for all four seasons, thanks to an adjustable center panel - which can be zipped up for warmth or zipped down to reveal a breathable mesh. 
The Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons offers more carrying positions (6) and lasts longer than any other baby carrier. You can wear your baby on your front, your side, or your back. 
I never let Itty Bitty face forward when he was an infant, but had I owned this carrier,  I probably would have then, because this carrier offers an ergonomic face forward option. 
Any pregnant woman will be sure to tell you that their back hurts. Then, as a new mom, we are constantly picking up and putting down our child. Our backs ACHE! This carrier offers lumbar and neck support - which is unbelievable.
The carrier be worn with babies weighing 7lbs--45lbs!
It also has a narrow and wide seat adjustment and a hood.
The buckles are even padded. Ive never had these before, and holy smokes are they amazing! 

I also like that the carrier is meant for babywearers of all heights - from 5' to 6'6" - so even tall moms can easily wear it! The weight is distributed between the waist and shoulders,  and the padding on the straps is incredibly comfortable. The shoulder pads are 3 inches wide by 1 inch of thick premium foam.
This carrier Is machine washable, and is super light -  only 1.34 lbs!

I love that products like the Lillebaby COMPLETE All Seasons Carrier are available - so I can be a toddlerwearing Tall Mom!

Since I LOVE this carrier so much, I am offering YOU a chance to win the carrier yourself. 

Please note, this contest is only open to individuals living in the continental US and are 18+ years old.  Best of luck!

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The Living Reminders: A Podcast Dedicated To The Show "The Leftovers" on HBO

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

So, Tall Dad and I have jumped feet first into the podcast world.  You are already well aware of our first foray into podcasting - ParentCast.

But, aha!  Another show!  It's called, "The Living Reminders."  In TLR,  we recap and discuss the show, "The Leftovers" on HBO!

The basic premise behind the "The Leftovers" is 2% of the world has disappeared on October 14th.  We then follow what happens to a small (fictional) community called Mapleton three years after what is now being referred to as, "The Sudden Departure."  But, instead of focusing on the characters who disappeared, the driving force of the program are the people who are left over.  The regular people who have no idea why their loved ones are gone, and don't have a clue on how to move on with their lives.  It's a fascinating concept and that's why we decided to podcast about it.

In our show, we recap the last episode in segment called, "Re-Heating The Leftovers." Which is followed by our famous Listener Feedback sessions, and then "Next On The Leftovers" and the award winning, "Sudden Theory Of The Week," anchors the end of our show - where Tall Dad and I theorize what the heck is going to happen next on"The Leftovers."

So for your listening pleasure - I have included the first two episodes for you.  Just click the picture and it will bring you to the episode.

Have a listen and let us know what you think!

What Is Whole30

I've finally done it.

I've had my come to Jesus moment. 

My diet sucks. 

I feel fat and bloated. 

Of course, I'm sure the skittles I had for dinner aren't helping.  

Lest we also forget, it's Awful Awful season at Newport Creamery - which usually means I'm doomed to gain 5 more pounds. Mmmm...extra thick coffee Awful Awful....(end dream sequence)

Ok, so maybe I have been eating like a 5 person family at The Old Country Buffett.  Yeah, I definitely have been.  But the good news is that I have decided to kick myself in the butt and change my way of eating, by using a plan called Whole30.

So what is Whole30?

Whole30 is a 30 day challenge to eat clean good-for-you-foods, all the while cutting out all grains, dairy, soy, and legumes. Oh, and, most importantly, it also excludes my one true love...sugar. My mistress, alcohol, is also gonzo. 

In other words, everything that's fun about the act of eating - cake, wine, mashed potatoes, BREAD, butter, maple syrup, Skittles, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, and yes, even Awful Awfuls, their all done.  More done than Gary Busey's illustrious acting career.

Why would anyone jump on board this train of craziness? It's like the lamest thing you've ever heard, right?

Well that was my reaction at first when I read about this Whole30 program from Amy's blog, A Blossoming Life. Amy and a few friends of hers decided to take on this challenge of eating clean.

But then I read on, and I saw Amy's weekly updates, and she talked about how she began having fun in the kitchen. I read other blogs about how eating the Paleo way truly changed individuals lives. 

One of my favorites was Summer from The Dirty Floor Diaries' transformation after eating differently. 

Her joint pain - disappeared. Awesome!
Summer's migraines - went away! Yahoo!
and she had tons more energy. Lord knows I could use some more energy! 

All of these changes Summer went through were because she decided to eat differently. 

So, as I've said before, I've been pretty sick recently, and I also have been eating delicious crap for about a year. (That night I had nothing but Swiss Cake Rolls and Junior Mints for dinner comes to mind...) I was pretty addicted to all things bad. Bad food, bad drink, bad snacks, Breaking Bad....I didn't know if I could make a full on lifestyle change, but I knew that I could change the way I ate for 30 days.

To some of my friends and family, this sounded downright outrageous. Why would I ever eat like this?

Here's why:
  • It's not a diet, and it's not about losing weight. Sure I'd love my muffin top to drop off a bit, but my health is bigger than that.
  • I want to detox my body. I'm actually lactose intolerant, and yet I'm addicted to diary. What!?!? Yes, I know...It's like rats being addicted to d-CON.  Sadly, it's true and I pay for it.  Every. Time. I'm also honestly addicted to carbs and sugars even though I know they aren't doing anything good for my body. 
  • I want to know what other types of food bring me down, or cause my body to not function the way it should. By steering clear of these items for 30 straight days, I will have reset my body. I can then slowly introduce the foods back, one at a time, and see how I react to them.
  • If something causes a bad reaction, if I become cranky, or bloat up, or have stomachaches, then I should probably steer clear from those types of foods for the most part.  (see: dairy)
  • It's only 30 days. It's only 30 long days.  It's ONLY(?) 30 long days.  It's only thirty long freakin' days?! IT"S THIRTY GOD D*MN DAYS!?!?!?!?  Ok - breathe in, breathe out.
  •  I can do this. 
I'll update you on how our process goes, but I want to leave you with a quote from the Whole30 website that sealed the deal for me:

'It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard. 

'You’ve done harder things than this, and you have no excuse not to complete the program as written. It’s only thirty days, and it’s for the most important health cause on earth - the only physical body you will ever have in this lifetime.'

And ya know, they're right. Tall Dad agrees too.  Birthing a baby is hard. This is not.

But, for the time being, let's just call this program - not easy, shall we?  So, yeah, it's not easy.  But, this is the only physical body I will ever have in this lifetime, and it's totally worth a not-easy 30 days!  

My only concern though?  What will those Awful Awful's do without me?

Stay tuned :) I'll have more updates shortly!

Have any of you ever tried a program like Whole30? Have you ever thought about it?