Saturday, August 30, 2014

First Week - Check!

Well our first week of doing traditional homeschooling with Kid1 is done! :) And I have to say,  I think it went pretty smoothly considering this is a totally new curriculum to both of us.

I am so impressed with the A Beka Academy! I know all curriculums are different, but wow, compared to what we are coming from - very impressive curriculum and the teacher in the videos is awesome and everything (videos, worksheets, books, etc) are so very well done!

I was concerned the Kid1 wouldn't want to participate in some things with the videos but he is really starting to now for the most part. Still doesn't like to sing with them, but he is calling out the answers with phonics/language and arithmetic now! So far it has been mainly review for him, there have been a few things he didn't learn with the cyber school we were with (for example putting the correct lines above the vowels to show if it is a long or short vowel, and cursive), so he is having a couple new things, but so far nothing major and he is catching on quickly. His favorite part this week was the two art projects that they did. I have been some things along with him and the video to get us both used to it - mainly singing along with some of the songs I know, saying the pledge of allegiance. I am still close by making sure he is staying focused and on task. Doing the readings for Reading together has been enjoyable too - excited to continue listening to him read to me each day :)

This makes my heart happy knowing for certain and seeing that making this switch was the right one to make for him (us).

Friday, August 29, 2014

Deborah & Co. Labor Day Sale!

Labor Day Sale

Deborah & Co. is having a Labor Day sale that runs from now through through Monday, September 1st! You can take $5.00 off any $50 order, (use the code LABORDAY5) and orders of $100 and more will receive a free scarf included in their package! 

They have just launched a brand new look for Deborah & Co. and have added lots of new items. With the holiday season coming up, Deborah & Co. can offer some great gift ideas! 

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Final Day for Lilla Rose Sale

Today is the Final Day for the Lilla Rose Sale!

10% off new items
20% off soon to be retiring products

Which of the new flexi-clips is your favorite?

Which new product are you the most excited about?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lilla Rose Sale!!!!

Lilla Rose Sale

Thursday August 21 through Saturday August 23

10% off brand new styles
20% off soon to be retired styles

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to Kid1!

In honor of Kid1's 7th birthday I thought I would share his birth story :) I love hearing about babies being born and find it so fascinating how different everyone's experiences are.

August 20, 2007 (35 weeks 1 day)
5 pounds 10 ounces
18.75 inches long
Due Date: September 23, 2007

This was our first baby. I knew some about childbirth, but there was still a lot I didn't know. I had no idea what Kid1's birth would be like, wasn't sure what to possibly expect and had no real hopes or wants for his birth, other than a healthy baby. The pregnancy had been smooth and easy, no problems, no issues, felt great!

It was Saturday morning on August 18 at 3am. Woke up and my underwear was wet. I thought maybe I had peed myself a little, so quietly got up, and changed (bed was still dry thankfully). Got up later and the same thing, so now I was really wondering what was going on. I kept dribbling a little every time I sat up or stood up – enough that I could feel it come out. After getting up for the day I put a pad on and went seeking the advice of some online friends. Several suggested calling the OB as it could be my water leaking. So I called and he had me come in to be checked out. I was barely, if at all, dilated. They monitored me for awhile, nothing 'exciting' at all, then did a pH test on me to see if it was the amniotic fluid or not – well the test came back as probably no, the stick didn't turn the shade of blue it should have if it was fluid, but it wasn't the shade it should have been if it was urine. So the doctor said it was probably my baby sitting on my bladder funny causing me to leak urine and sent me home. I tried to brush it off, but just didn't sound right to me as I still peed a lot when my bladder was full. So I went about my normal weekend wearing the pad the whole time since the leaking never subsided.

Sunday morning I got up for church and my pad and my underwear were soaked. The pad was so wet it was dripping when I pulled it off. Put a new one on, went to church as normal. After lunch and after my friend who was visiting left, I talked to my husband and told him it was still happening (he knew about the pad that morning). He didn't know what to tell me to do since we just didn't know what to think. I also noticed some slight cramping started that Sunday afternoon. I called a friend from church who knew more about baby stuff than I did, she said she would highly suggest calling the OB again. So I called and explained how I was still leaking and how wet the pad was when I got up that morning. So he had me come back in. This time he sent the midwife-in-training to the hospital to examine me. So they hooked me up to the monitor and noticed I was having some very mild contractions and at one point Kid1's heartbeat went down during one, but went right back up. They did the pH test again, and still didn't come back the 'correct' color, which confused the midwife. She decided to do a swab test and explained that when mixed with something, if it was amniotic fluid they would see it fern under the microscope. She came back a while later shaking her head – some ferned and some didn't!

With the doctor's permission they admitted me over night to be observed. Did an ultrasound to check my fluid levels which came back fine, Kid1 was nicely head down, and they monitored him the whole night. Around 8am the OB came in the check on me and do another pH test, which she looked at and said “Yes your water has definitely ruptured! We will get you a room and start you on Pitocin to start to induce you. You will have a baby by dinnertime.” She explained that it was too late to give any steroids for lung development.

So the induction began 48+ hours later when I first woke up wet. They checked me after they started the process and was maybe a fingertip dilated. The contractions started, but weren't anything too bad or bothersome at that point. Around 5 (I think) our friend from church came to be with us as we had asked her to be there as support when I had Kid1. By that point I could feel the contractions but I noticed they had started to ease off some, weren't as strong (which strong for me still weren't very strong at all) as they had been.

At 6pm Monday evening the nurse came in to check me...her words made my heart sink – a fingertip dilated...still! I heard our friend say “uh oh,” which I knew wasn't a good sign as she had 5 kids of her own! I wondered how much longer I was going to go through this until I finally would start to dilate and my body would start progressing like it should be with contractions and all. The nurse had gone and told the doctor, who a few minutes later came in with an little ultrasound machine, she wanted to check something with the baby – low and behold Kid1 had, at some point during the day, turned around, he was now breech! The doctor suggested doing a c-section since they weren't sure how much fluid was left in me since I had never stopped leaking (I would leave a trail on the floor every time I went to the bathroom) and with that in mind she didn't feel comfortable trying to turn him back around in fear of his head rubbing the side of the uterus and causing him issues or damage. So we agreed to the c-section as we just wanted what was best for Kid1 and his health.

They got me all prepped and my husband got in his scrubs. Our friend prayed with me, took a picture of the two of us, and went to the waiting room to wait for and with my parents. Everything went smoothly with the c-section, had no issues or problems at all during it or with the epidural. My husband got to watch the doctor pull Kid1 out, which he said it looked like they were squeezing me to get him out like you would squeeze a tube of toothpaste :) And out he popped, feet first at 7:47pm.

His first cries were there, but were definitely not strong and not quite as loud as we expected. My husband was able to go over and take pictures and see him and they explained that he wasn't doing well breathing on his own, they were giving him oxygen to help him breath. As they finished stitching me up, the NICU team wheeled his little incubator over beside me so I could see him and rushed him off to the NICU. In recovery my husband showed me the pictures and then went to show my parents and our friend the pictures and let them know how things went. At that point we didn't know much else.

Later that night the NICU doctor came to talk to us and explained that Kid1's lungs were more premature than he was. He was hooked up to a ventilator to help him breath since he couldn't breath well on his own. My husband and my mom were able to go in to see him.

The next morning I was able to go and see him, with my husband. That was one of the hardest things I ever had to see – my baby boy laying there with all these tubes and wires hooked up to him. 

The hardest day was when I was discharged and I had to leave the hospital and leave Kid1 there. My husband and I would make daily trips to the hospital to visit him. I never did work up the courage to go and see him by myself, I always waited until my husband was home to go with me. He was a week old before we finally got to hold him, and that was limited until he was finally taken off almost everything so as not to overstimulate him. He was eventually moved off of the ventilator to a CPAP machine, then to oxygen, then to room air. The only challenge he had was passing his car seat test to be able to come home, which took him 3 tries.

On September 13, 2007, 3 week later, he was finally discharged from the NICU! That was the happiest day, to be able to finally bring our baby home! At home was still filled with challenges as he was on a heart/apnea monitor to monitor him incase he would stop breathing or his heart rate would go too high or too low.

Thanks to modern medicine he is now a very healthy and very active boy now and would never know that he was a NICU baby!

So a very happy 7th birthday to my baby boy :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lilla Rose News!

I have VERY exciting Lilla Rose news to share with you today!!!!

1. You can no pay with PayPal through my online store
2. We now ship Internationally!


Happy Browsing and Shopping!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

I need cooking lessons!

Cooking is certainly not one of my strong areas. Some things I make really good...but then you get other things that everyone complains about at dinner or just won't eat. You'd think after 10 years of marriage and cooking that my cooking would have gotten better, and it might have, but still isn't anything great.

Dinner tonight turned out bad. It was a pork chop and rice bake. I've followed recipes from the site I got it from other times and they turned out really good. This one = thumbs first anyway. Took it out of the oven after the amount of time it needed to be in and disaster! The pork chops weren't cooked all the way through, it looked like soup and the majority of the rice was still hard and uncooked. Talk about a blow to me. I was exhausted today anyway after a very early morning of being woken up, and this just did not help at all. So my husband started explaining what needed to be done, and took care of it. This meal ended up taking 2-2.5 times the amount of time the recipe called for to finally get it all cooked through (especially the rice). So that will be dinner tomorrow as we wouldn't have eaten until closer to 7:30 if we waited for it to finally get done.

My husband is awesome with food. The other week I threw a pork loin in the crock pot. After it was done I took it out and he looked said it would make a good BBQ pulled pork. So I shredded all the pork up like needed to be done and grabbed the bottle of BBQ sauce. He looked at me and said to put it away. He then made his own BBQ sauce just by adding in certain amounts of various ingredients. Would take little tastes here and there, add a little more of this and that. And it turned out delicious. That is something I could never do. If I don't have a recipe to follow, it usually turns out gross or just doesn't get made.

I guess I feel like as a wife and mom and stay at home mom I should be able to cook better and have things turn out a lot better than they do. It gets very frustrating sometimes! I want to be able to cook better, to have meals turn out better - to not have tough meat, for things to taste good, to make food everyone enjoys all/most of and wants to eat... I just can't get that to happen the majority of the time and it is very frustrating to me.

Anyone else struggle with cooking??

Saturday, August 9, 2014

All About Lilla Rose

Have you heard of Lilla Rose before? Well if you haven't, then you are missing out on some great products! :)

Lilla Rose makes awesome hair accessories and badge clips. Their hair accessories have totally replaced all my other hair-things. The products are designed to work in any hair type (from baby fine to very thick) and length (from short to long)!


Flexi-Clips: Women who use the flexi clip say it is so comfortable, they forget they are wearing it. The wide variety of designs, patented sliding pin, and array of colors makes our hair clip unique. The beaded wire really does flex around the hair. Our repeat customers are singing their praises about the strength and longevity of their flexi clips. Available in 7 sizes.

Flexi Oh!: We began with the amazingly flexible figure-eight from the flexi clip. We decided to fold it in half and put a clasp on it. It bends around hair, scarves, and even napkins. The flexi oh! is simple, functional, and attractive. Available in 4 sizes.

Badge Holders: With the professional in mind, Lilla Rose badge holders are a functional fashion statement. The flexi designs are embellished with our most popular centerpiece motifs. Magnetic clasps are available for an extra charge so you can make your badge holder breakaway.

Hairbands: We have chosen sharply faceted crystal beads that exude quality with just the right amount of sparkle. From glittering hematite to crystal aurora borealis, our many color choices are perfect for everyday to after dark. You will find the adjustable comfort band an added bonus.

Bobby Pins: A time honored hair ornament, useful in many ways as a decoration for all your hair styles, adding flair and glamour alongside all the changing trends. Also useful for those fly-away whispy's that frame your face but can annoy.

You-Pins: Tired of that chewed up pencil holding your hair during the last hour of work? Can't wait to get home and wash off the pen marks that ball point hairstyle left behind? Our "You" pins are a much more classy, easier way to secure that up-do. Shaped like a "u" for any do.

Hair Sticks: here we have a contemporary classic. Adorning and securing your bun or twist is easy with such a beautiful and practical accessory! And so many style to choose from.

As you can see from some of my previous posts, Lilla Rose releases a special flexi-clip of the month every month! These products are limited in quantities, so when they are gone, they are gone! Something new they have started this year is releasing another special product to go with the flexi-clip of the month. Like this month's other special product are bobby pins. When ordering a flexi-clip or flexi oh! you should always be sure to check out the sizing chart and sizing video to help determine what size of each you will need for your hair and for various hair styles.

If you have any questions about Lilla Rose, please feel free to contact me!

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Our Homeschooling Curriculum 2014-2015

I have shared some in other posts, but I thought I would make a post devoted to what we are using this year for homeschooling.

This will be our first year traditionally homeschooling. For Kindergarten and 1st grade for Kid1 we used a state cyber charter school. Good school, we just felt due to various circumstances that it was time to switch to traditional homeschool.

For Kid1:
He will be doing 2nd grade and we will be using the A Beka Academy DVD Independent Study program. So far after looking over all the curriculum and previewing the DVD's - I am very, very impressed! Love the 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Chappell, too! 

From the website: "Video courses with master teachers are available in the Independent Study Program for four-and-five-year-old kindergarten and grades one through twelve. The parents receive books and the use of videos for independent instuction and are responsible to keep a record of the student’s grades and progress. Report cards, transcripts and diplomas are not issued from our office for the Independent Study Program."

Also for Kid1:
To add in some Pennsylvania history, I will be using State History from a Christian Perspective by A Helping Hand. We will be using their My State History Funbook. This is a fun way to introduce state history to a child and is geared for kids up through grade 3. We are doing the option of doing 1 lesson per week for 30 weeks. This comes with almost everything needed too.

From the website: "My State History Funbook is a color-cut-and-paste activity book which provides an introduction to your state through fun activities on an elementary or pre-school grade level. Your student will construct his own colorful scrap-book about his state, using pictures and cutouts that we provide along with pictures from free tourist literature."

For Kid2:
She is currently 3.5, so I decided to do a little preschool curriculum with her this year. We will be using Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme. I had used the free version of this with Kid1 when he was younger. I was excited to find out that you could now pay $10 and get everything needed for the whole year in 1 download! Totally worth the money to purchase! This curriculum is only 3 days a week as well, which is nice for this age!

From the website: "Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme is a chronological study of Bible stories, rhyming, and letters for 3-5 year olds. Don't let the name 'Bible and Rhyme' fool you though! In addition to chronological Bible history and phonemic awareness activities, this curriculum also includes an integrated alphabet study, developmentally appropriate math, science, and crafts!"