Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Tenderness of a Toddler

Sometimes I am simply blown away by how tender, gentle, and understanding children can be. Amidst the tantrums and the "BUT I WANT IT, IT'S MINE!" moments are the instances that are forever etched in my heart. I am so grateful for these etchings.

I have been dealing with some wicked side effects from the Cipralex my doctor just put me on. I am also dealing with a sinus & tonsil infection, which I have been put on antibiotics for and may also be throwing some side effects at me. For the past 3 days I have been vomiting, dizzy, weak, and constantly dripping from the nose. Last night was the worst because I couldn't get any long stretches of sleep. It's been rough, I'm not going to pretend to be superwoman. I'm barely managing to stay upright long enough to feed and clothe my child, and everything else is pretty much on the back burner.

Beaner is well aware of how sick I am. She's vomited before, she knows how much it sucks to "have the puke-ies", as she called them. So, when I went running for the bathroom this morning, she was hot on my heels. "Mommy! You puke-ies in the toilet please! I'm here Mommy. It's ok, I got you, you're safe". She patted my head and back, handed me a towel and my water bottle and gave me hugs when I was done. Here is my 2 year old daughter comforting me as I sobbed between heaves, telling me that it was ok and would be over soon.

Maybe I'm not doing such a bad job with her, after all.

Monday, March 28, 2011

ShoeDazzle Giveaway Winner!

 Thank you all for your comments! I hope you had as much fun as I did, perusing the goodies over at ShoeDazzle!

Without further ado, the winner of the free month of ShoeDazzle is:

Enjoy your new shoes, jewelry, or handbag Allyy! (please email me your account info!)

Stay tuned for more giveaways!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Learning With Hip Hop

Music is a big thing in our house. When I say big, I mean B-I-G.

I am a singer/songwriter and hubby is an audiophile. Between the two of us, it was no surprise when Beaner started asking for Lady GaGa by name when she was about 8 months old. We've tried to expose her to a variety of our music, as well as so-called "kid music". She's a big fan of stuff from Sesame Street, and equally fond of Snack Time by the Barenaked Ladies.

I let her review Mark D Pencil's "Learning With Hip Hop" and I must say, it was a fairly big success. How do I know it was a success? Because she started to dance. That's pretty much the ultimate seal of Beaner approval. That, and if she doesn't like something, she flat out tells me to turn it off and puts her hands over her ears.

I liked the repetition within the songs, the way the entire CD is appropriate for all ages, and how it combines some good beats. One of my biggest pet peeves as a Mom is having to listen or watch something that annoys me AND gets stuck in my head. When I found myself humming "Do You Know Your ABC's?" at the grocery store, I didn't mind.

Verdict: Beaner and Mom approved!

You can listen to some of the tracks on Myspace (HERE) as well as LastFM (HERE).
You can purchase the CD from Mark's website:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Win a Month of ShoeDazzle!

A few months ago I gushed about my absolutely favorite obsession, ShoeDazzle! If it's possible, I'm even more obsessed now. I have an amazing collection of handbags and shoes and I get compliments on them all the time. They also have jewelry sets, as well as special "dazzledeals" twice a week.

What's the point of this new post? Well, I've decided to share my obsession with you, my awesome readers!

Simply become a follower of Urban Domestic, then head on over to ShoeDazzle's Facebook fan page and "like" them. Once that's done, come back here and leave me a comment about what shoe, handbag, or jewelry item you think is a "must have" for spring.

To see the goods you can either check out the fan page photos tab, or sign up for ShoeDazzle using my invite code and check out your showroom when it's ready. That invite code will also give you 20% off your first item. Don't forget to read the FAQ!

On March 28th I will select one lucky winner (using a random number generator) to receive a free month of ShoeDazzle!

Happy dazzling!

This post is participating in Made by You Mondays at Skip To My Lou 

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