Wednesday, January 31, 2007
My name is Amanda and Staci invited me to join this blog. I met her through a fabulous roomate I had when I was when I was single. Okay, that fab roomate is Natalie, another contributor on the blog. A little about me...
I live in Logan, Utah. Not for much longer - my husband will finish his coursework this spring and we will get to move somewhere new and exciting. He is studying to be an audiologist. How wonderful life is with him in the world! We have been married 3 years. I grew up in California and moved to Utah to go to school. I finished my Master of Accounting degree in 2005. I work as an accountant... for just a little while longer. I am expecting my first child in March. I look forward to the adventure and the change in lifestyle!
I like to garden, read, play games, sew, (almost) anything do-it-yourself, spend time with the hubby, cook (mostly desserts lately... how long post-partum can I use that excuse???), and challenge myself to do new things. I look forward to getting to you all!
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Why did I name my daughter Reagan? Well growing up with the name Katie really made me like the less-common names. Don't get me wrong, I like the name Katie - but being in a class with 5 other Katies wasn't the easiest when the professor just called on "Katie." So here is my 4 1/2 month old, Reagan Mackenzie.
How did I end up on this blog? Well, I too got to know the wonderful Lindsay while attending MSU. I also worked with her equally wonderful husband, Nate, at the Physical Plant on campus. I met my husband, Rick, in the University Ward, and we were married in May of 2004. I finished school just in time to have my first child, and graduated with my BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources. My husband will be graduating in May with his Masters in Accounting.
Reagan was born September 12th, had surgery at 3 days old, and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in less than two weeks. Although her first month here was the hardest time in my life, she is more then worth it. And lucky for me, Stephanie took care of her in the NICU, up until Steph had her baby girl. Reagan is so much fun, and has such a personality. Her expressions are endless, and she always makes me laugh.
I think this blog was a great idea. It is so nice to be able to talk to women who value their role as mothers so much. I look forward to sharing and learning from all of you.
Hi, girls! My name is Katie Earp (said Arp) and I know both linzerdoodle and stacibee from Naperville. Right now I live in Ann Arbor, MI with my adorable 17 month old daughter, Marissa, and my husband of three years, Ryan. Marissa thinks she runs the show (which isn't far from the truth) and copies almost everything we say. She is such a kick in the pants and I love being her mom! My husband is in his second year of medical school at the U of M and is still in the process of deciding what kind of doctor he wants to be. In the meantime I am excited to exchange tips and recipes with all of you!
My name is Missy Fuluvaka. I met Lindsay here in Minnesota, in the Minnetonka Ward. She is a wonderful person, as I'm sure you all know. She is an example to me.
I'm originally from Hawaii. I was raised in Washington state. I went to BYU Hawaii, where I met my husband. I graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelors in IAS. My husband and I have three girls who are very close in age (3 yrs, 18 mos., 4 mos.). It keeps me busy, but I love it. I've always really looked forward to being a mother and a homemaker. I'm really excited about this blog because I love exchanging ideas and recipes. I love cooking, crocheting, sewing and making cards. I don't know what else to write. Lindsay, I will really miss you, but look forward to keeping in touch with you through this blog.
When we asked the pediatrician about it originally, he recommended hydrocordizone ointment, which has seemed to work fairly well. I also happened upon a miracle treatment called "Aloe Gold" which is aloe in a liquid form. I put about a teaspoon of the liquid in his bottle every morning, which seems to help as well. We hurry and apply heavy duty lotion over his whole body every time he takes a bath to try and seal all that moisture in his cute lil' skin.
Am I forgetting anything or not doing something that might help? If you've got any suggestions, please share. I'm just praying the poor kid will grow out of it sooner than later!
Monday, January 29, 2007
I was showing Lindsay and Laura some of Megan's new tricks on Saturday night. I taught her to sign and she's finally starting to do it on her own! She can ask for "more", "milk", "all done", and "eat". I want to teach her more signs and it's fun now because she'll actually imitate them! I signed off and on to her the same three basic signs-more, milk and all done-from the time she was born but was never diligent until about six months old. At about Thanksgiving, around 9 months, she started imitating them and then at Christmas, she started signing spontaneously! Now, as soon as I lift her out of the crib, she signing for "milk" and in between bites she's asking for "more"! One website that was recommended to me is www.signingbaby.com
Here I am ladies. My name is Natalie I'm from Centerville, Utah, but now claim Logan my home. I am married to Mark and have a little blonde chatter-box Caden, who joined our lives in November...these boys are my life.
I can't wait to get to know you all better and have fun sharing and talking about our live experiences as women and mothers. We have lots to get to know about eachother it sounds like!
Thanks to Staci--she's my best buddy here in Logan. Thanks for inviting me to be a part of this blogger....
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I'm Liz and I live in Eden Prairie (Minneapolis) Minnesota! I met Lindsay in my last ward where she and I and two other girlfriends were all pregnant at almost the same time! (our husbands have put up with a lot of "baby talk" between all of us!) "Meg" is my sweet girl Megan aka "Meggie"! She turns one this Friday!!!!! I'm still amazed that I was very pregnant and about to have a baby a year ago! She is happy, smiley, solemn, a yeller, a growler, a talker, and just about everything else sweet and soft you can think of! ...and her hair is finally long enough for pigtails!!!!
Anyway... I grew up moving around between Minnesota, Arkansas, California and Utah. The rest of my immediate family lives in Arkansas now. I went to Utah State and loved it there but when I was done, I felt I needed to move somewhere new. I moved here four and a half years ago for grad school, met the sweetest man I ever met, married him and I'm still here! I work part time as a speech therapist working with kids and adults and geriatrics. I love what I do but someday I hope to devote all of me to being a Mom.
I look forward to meeting everyone else!!!
Hi everyone! I loved Staci's idea for getting to know each other. I really hope you'll do the same!! I live in Minneapolis and I'm moving to San Antonio, Texas this weekend! Before I had this cute baby, I taught elementary music in the schools and early childhood music at a community school. I've been married about 4 1/2 years. The people I've invited to this website are friends from Michigan, Minnesota, and Chicago (where I spent most of my life).
Check out my profile for more info. or go to my blog: www.littlevandcompany.blogspot.com.
Ladies--I'm excited for you to make a post about yourself and also for you to fill out your profile! Thanks again Stac!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Have you seen these? I received my set from my hip older sister. And I mean that, just about everything cool that I have is from her. Most of you have probably already seen them, but seriously I have had zillions of comments on these baby girls socks. They look so cute and you don't have to worry about shoes coming off.
So, with that I guess I'll start. My name is Staci and I'm the mom of the cutest lil' boy ever. (Of course I'm extremely biased.) I live in Logan, Utah with my fantastic husband of almost 3 years and we're currently awaiting word about acceptance from pharmacy schools. Right now I work at the University as a conference coordinator and enjoy it, but not as much as I'll love being home with my baby in the very near future. I know Linzerdoodle, the creative mind behind this awesome blog, from good ole' Neuqua Valley High School. We go way back and share lots of the same interests. I just love her!
So...now it's your turn. Tell us who you are and what makes you tick!
Friday, January 26, 2007
Smart Balance Buttery Spread
Barilla Plus Pasta
Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
Do you have any recommendations?
Thursday, January 25, 2007
1 c. mayonnaise
2/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. vinegar
1/2 c. milk
1 T. poppy seeds
Wisk together and refrigerate.
1 head iceberg, romaine, or spinach
sliced red onion pieces
1 lb. crumbled bacon
fresh sliced strawberries
grilled teriyaki chicken breasts-sliced
Pour dressing over salad before serving.
LD's notes: I've never made this salad with the chicken but I've tasted it. It's delicious both ways depending on if you want it to be a side dish or a meal! Yummy.
I just thought I'd share this new find that someone shared with me yesterday. I promise you will absolutely love it. It's this website called, http://modbeclothing.com/ and there are tons of cute, modest, stylish clothes. They're having a special "Blow Out - End of Season Sale" right now to empty the warehouse for their spring line. If nothing else, just check out the belts and flip flops that are only $1! You seriously can't beat that.
It's one of those companies that you have to know a "consultant" in order to purchase anything...so just let me know if you're interested and I'll totally hook you up.
As a new mom, I find myself frequently having questions about raising my baby. I also like to try new recipes but I've found that the best ones are those that have been tested by people who are like you! And who doesn't like an idea for saving a buck? I love a good deal! So bring on the questions and ideas! And if you have a story to share that would be fantastic too. Thanks and enjoy!