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We skipped the traditional Memorial Day festivities (parade and the like) and just hung out at home today. It was nice to be back around familiar surroundings after getting away for the weekend up north. Daddy dressed S in the morning, and I have to say she looked pretty darn cute and festive, right down to her two little pigtails!

Much of our day was spent outside enjoying the beautiful weather

After a trip to the park, S cooled off with a popsicle (well, not just ANY popsicle…a Trader Joe’s Fruit Floes to be exact. If you’ve never had one, they are like eating fruit on a stick…so yummy!) and a sippy cup full of milk (S insisted).

 

It was the perfect day…S had a great nap and went down well for bedtime, mommy got a lot accomplished (even a few more bags of mulch put down!), and a “traditional” dinner of burgers and corn on the cob. Who could ask for a better day?

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Splashy Good Fun

When S’s water table arrived, I practically ripped the box open right on my front porch to set it up. Mostly because I was so excited to see how much fun S would have playing with it, but also because it was so incredibly HOT outside and well, we were desperate for anything that would cool us off for a bit.

It was a “breeze” to set up, just popped the legs into the base and assembled the waterwheel contraption and that was it.

S took to her new table like, um, a duck takes to water.

So far, I’m very pleased with this table (and so is S!). Her little pool is set up nearby and she’ll go back and forth transporting water from one to the other. I think we’ll get a lot of splashes out of it this summer.

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One of my favorite summertime desserts is Strawberry Shortcake. My mom used to make this for us a lot when we were kids, so it brings back fun childhood memories. Strawberries and angel food cake cups were on sale last week, so I thought what better time to make some! The weather has been awesome in WI as of late, so this was the perfect treat to eat outside. S dug it, too!

mmmm….these are those stawbeebees I like so much…

Passing finger test…

Bib and fork work much better…

Yup, she’s down with the shortcake. Good, ’cause I’ll be making a lot more this summer!

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One of my favorite things to do on sunny Saturday mornings is make our way down to the Madison Farmer’s Market. There’s always so much to see, sample, and EAT! The market surrounds all four sides of the capitol building. Part of the reason I love going (besides the great food and people watching) is because it’s right in the heart of the city. I always feel such a good vibe here. I think it’s the perfect setting for a market.

The weather was amazing last Saturday (sunny and warm) for a trip to the market, so off we went. While mommy and daddy sampled some Rhubarb Scones (which were nice and soft and not dry and flakey…yum!), S devoured her pink sparkly flower cookie.

These pretty tulips were everywhere…

Then S got to sample her first Wisconsin cheese curds (squeaky cheese!). She loved them…anyone surprised?

Here’s our loot…we got lots of good stuff, radishes (which were so good, not hot at all), tomatoes, asparagus, cheese curds)

And look what those tomatoes turned into…

YUM!

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I was so happy to get my USB cables in the mail today. I almost did a little dance in my kitchen. Almost. Now my blog can return to life and include videos and pictures of the little munchkin. What’s a family blog without pictures, right?

Here is the Row Your Boat footage that I talked about earlier. Her big thing now is saying, “One more time? Ok.” And then she proceeds to do whatever it is she said “one more time” about a million more times. Clearly does not understand this concept yet. Her sudden bust of energy just came out of the blue, which is why I think this is so funny. American Idol, watch out!

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Some Kind of Bug

Being the end of May (and apparently almost the middle of SUMMER given the 90 degree temps we’ve been rockin’ in WI recently), you’d probably guess that this post was going to be about some kind of creepy crawly thing…or as S likes to call them…icky bugs, but alas, I am not referring to any 6-legged creatures. I am referring to yet ANOTHER round of sickness that has me feeling all feverish, achy and basically wanting to curl up in a ball. The sickness gods apparently didn’t think that a bout of food poisoning a few weeks ago was enough for me, so they bestowed this new bug upon me (very sneakily, I might add…one minute I was feeling fine, then I felt the sore throat creep in and almost instantaneously, the body aches and chills).

Between S’s ear infections, fevers and my various sicknesses this school year, I’ve pretty much exhausted all my sick days. Thank goodness school will be out in a few weeks! Being so miserable has made me very grateful that I at least can drop S off at daycare and get some rest at home. I don’t know what I’d do if I had to watch her and be sick at the same time. Ugh. Crossing fingers and pleading UNCLE to the sickness gods that this doesn’t happen this summer.

Knowing that this was probably my last day home ALONE for quite some time, I wanted to make the most of it, despite being sick. It was a strange sick day, to say the least…I managed to choke down some Airborne, pop some ibuprofen, and um, scrub the kitchen floor. Yes, that’s right. I was tired of looking at a dirty floor, so I mopped it. I know I’m crazy. Then, still feeling ok, just weak, I took down the ceiling light in the kitchen and scrubbed it out. Then I collapsed in bed and slept off my fever (I hope!) for a few hours. J woke me up calling to ask if I wanted any lunch. He brought home McDonalds, which I was mysteriously craving.

I now feel much better, just a pounding headache, but I’ve managed to tidy up the rest of the house. You can now SEE our kitchen counter and all the odds and ends have been returned to their proper homes. Whew. I feel much better knowing all that housework stuff is taken care of.

Here’s hoping that this is the last of the sickness in our house for a while! I think we’re due for a respite!

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1. She is quite the chatterbox. Or as J likes to call her, our little parrot. She repeats EVERYTHING we say. For example, one morning I was headed out the door with her and I yelled up the stairs to ask J if he had fed Cooper. Later that night out of nowhere S yells…”MOMMA, YOU FEED COOPER?”

2. Along with all the chatter, we are now getting some songs from S as well. Row, Row, Row Your Boat and Rock-a-Bye Baby are the current favs, and J just taught her BINGO (there was a farmer…) this past weekend. She knows quite a few of the lines and the ones she doesn’t know quite so well, she just makes up as she goes along. I have some cute video of her rendition of row your boat, but I have managed to commit the ultimate mommy blogger crime and accidentally broke the USB cable for our camera that uploads video/pics. Oops. Not to fear, not one but TWO replacement cables are somewhere in this great land being shipped by the USPS right to my house at this very moment. Let’s hope they are waiting in my mailbox when I get home from work today!

3. We have a little cookie monster on our hands now. Every time she walks into the kitchen, I hear “cuukee”. It’s rather cute how she says it, but I wish she was asking for something healthier like “baby spring greens with grilled zucchini and low-fat vinaigrette”. For now, fending her off at the pass seems to be working. Mommy is getting good at the distraction game.

4. She is still very sensitive to sounds. She picks up on doves cooing, dogs barking, airplanes flying, motorcycles whizzing by, sirens blaring, etc. She ALWAYS comments on these sounds (“I hear it!”) and when it’s something loud, as soon as it’s over or gone past, she says, “All done lawnmower”, like she’s so relieved it’s over. She’s even said, “No like sirens” when we go past an ambulance in the car or hear a fire truck going by.

5. When she sees J or I eating the same thing she is eating, she says, “Momma like it, too”. “Dadda like it, too.” It’s so cute to hear her go back and forth when we are all eating together.

S is 3 days shy of 23 months. The last time I can refer to her age in MONTHS, pretty soon it will be YEARS!

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*This post will be updated as the week goes on…*

Sunday

Saved $2.00 with car wash coupon.

Saved $5.00 in coupons at Wags. Spent $11.00 but got back $16.00 in RR’s for future purchases.

Monday

Rolled some RR’s at Wags. Spent $1.44, got back $16 in RR’s. Saved $2.00 in coupons.

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Here are the freebies from this week (5.16-5.21)

Sunglasses Cloth

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Lotion (free sample has ended, but you can still sign up to receive future sample info)

Flexitol Heel/Foot Balm (click on box on left hand side)

Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel

Crest 3D Whitestrips

Free mini-CLIFF bars (sign up for newsletter)

Hugo Boss Fragrance

Aveeno Nourish Shampoo & Conditioner

A freebie for fido! Request a sample of Bully Sticks. Limited to first 150 each month.

Enter to win $1,000 worth of dental care HERE. After you register, you can also request free samples of Lip Clear Lysine+ for cold sores, Canker Cover for canker sores and OraMoist for dry mouth.

Answer 5 questions correctly from the Home Cooks Kitchen Forum (I did it in about 4 minutes) and win a free letter opener/screen/computer cleaner. Click HERE.

Sign up for the Baby Bella Designs newsletter and get a $15.00 credit.

Enter your email address HERE(scroll down) and get some “Good Stuff” from Seattle’s Best.

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In anticipation for S’s big two-year mark next month, I’ve been scouring the internets looking for the perfect 2 year-old gifts. I want her presents to be age appropriate, as well assist us in getting outside and being active a lot this summer. Picking out her gifts is probably as much fun for me as (I’m hoping!) it will be for her to play with everything.

Now that she’s two, it will be fun to see her interact with her gifts a bit more. In the past, she was more interested in the packaging than the actual gift! Not wanting to break the bank either, I’m glad I’ve been able to save some money, but still be able to give S the gifts I want to.

Gift #1: Step2 Water Activity Table

I have big plans to take advantage of the warm summer weather and I think this toy will be just the ticket. S is big on splashing in the tub, so I’m hoping she’ll take that same enthusiasm to the outdoor water table. I didn’t really get any deals on this item (except for free shipping).  

Gift #2: Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe

I was a little wary of the whole “princess” part of this car (I’m sure we’ll be in full-on princess mode in a few years, but I’d like to put that off for a little bit!), but as far as I can tell, the only thing princess about it is the pink color. Fine by me. I’m told that these cars are a big hit with the little ones, so I’m hoping S is in agreement. I snagged this car for $15.00…saving $35.00 off list price.

Gift #3: LeapFrog Fridge Phonics

LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Alphabet Set

I purchased the fridge phonics awhile ago (along with the barn animals fridge toy, which was one of S’s Easter basket gifts) on a great sale/deal at Target. I snagged this for $5.00 (saved $20.00). More of a “keep-her-busy-while-I-straighten up/load the dishwasher/start a load of laundry-kind-of-toy”, but hopefully she’ll get some educational value out of it. I’m told the recordings can be rather annoying for parents, so we’ll see how often the fridge phonics make their appearance!

Gift #4: Little Tikes Deluxe Wooden Kitchen and Laundry Center

This is the “big-ticket item” and the one I spent many hours looking for. I read reviews on a million play kitchens and finally decided on this one. I wanted something sturdy (not plastic and tippy) and one that was realistic. I love that this has the little laundry center, too. There were no sales to be had on this item, unfortunately, but I did save $85.00 by using my winnings from Swagbucks. I’m pretty happy about only paying $135.00 for an awesome kitchen! This should allow for some quality rainy-day play indoors (and hopefully let mommy get some cooking done in her own kitchen while S plays along.)

I’d say a savings of $150.00 is pretty good for S’s birthday gifts! I can’t wait to see her play with all her toys. J and I are thinking of spreading out her gifts during her birthday month so she can enjoy each one a little more instead of having a bunch of new things all at once!

I also saw this cute shirt that Baby Rabies found for her little guy. I’m thinking of getting one for S:

2 Year Old Danger Sign Infant/Toddler T-Shirt

And then maybe one of these for me!

You can't scare me, I have a Women's Light T-Shir

Now that gifts are ordered, time to figure out the most important thing…the CAKE!

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