Monthly Archives: July 2009

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link of the week …

It’s a terrible thing when I look through my list of 1,605 links on Delicious and can’t decide what to post for this week!

Instead of one, I think I’ll go with a medley of links that are locally useful.

  • Baltimore MomsLikeMe – A great resource for moms looking for support, advice, local events, networking, and more!
  • Festivals and Events – Searchable directory of local happenings.
  • Kart Tracks – Searchable directory of local dirt tracks, drag strips, oval tracks, and more.
  • kidsmealdeals.com – This site is awesome! You enter your zip code, select a specific cuisine if desired, choose a day if you’d like, and a list of kids meal deals is generated just for you! In this economy, who wouldn’t want to save a little money!?
  • Savvy Source: Baltimore – Great listing of things to do around town, plus reviews of local preschools. Lots of other information – product reviews, books, development info, camp/class searches, and more – available on a national level.
  • Tots2Tweens – Covers sites, events and family happenings in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Great resource if you’re looking for something new to do!

yes, please.

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unproductive …

It always seems that the one night you’ve got tons to do and the motivation to do them does all go wrong. Peanut and I arrived home only to be greeted by a total mess left for us by our Siberian husky, Cody. He was seriously sick all day, it appeared, and I’d say the mess I had to clean up fully spanned 30 to 40 square feet. I won’t get into any further details, but it was the really not so nice type of sick.

Lily’s hunger, naturally, was super timely. As I cleaned up Cody’s mess, I had Lily propped up with a blanket under her bottle. Thank goodness that worked out; I’m not sure if the smell of my house or the satisfaction of my daughter would have been more important at the moment. About half an hour later, the mess was cleaned up. Justin arrived home shortly after and immediately headed outside to begin trimming – yeah, dinner was going to be late … again. Not more than 15 minutes after he started did I hear a knock on the front door. It was Justin, along with two unidentified men.

IMG_9266e1 Who were the men, you ask? Reps selling Verizon FIOS service – it was recently added in our area, so they were trying to sign up new customers. I’ve been dead against Verizon FIOS for a myriad of reasons, and there was some serious irony in them showing up today; I’ll save the details for a post later in the week or this weekend. Anyway, my husband agreed and signed us up for Verizon FIOS. Oh, fantastic. Just super. That whole escapade cost us about an hours worth of time – yay.

By the time Hubs finished trimming and showered, it was 8:30. Do you think I’m starting dinner at 8:30? Nope – it was a McDonald’s night! Ha! Naturally, the trip over there and back wasn’t without excitement. I almost t-boned this car driven by a woman who thought I should yield to her as she entered the traffic circle. Yeah, I had the right of way, but whatever. If I hadn’t noticed her speed and reacted, it would’ve been all over.

IMG_9262e1 On a happy note, I shared my Happy Meal with Lily, giving her the purple unicorn, Fable. I’ll post pics tomorrow; she held Fable the unicorn the whole time Justin fed her – melt my heart!

Anyway, it’s now 9:49 pm and I’ve just gotten the chance to sit down. There was dinner, a baby’s bath, and some organizing of this crazy house that needed to be done … sigh. So much to do tonight, and absolutely nothing got done. IMG_9271e1 Guess you could say it’s just one of those days! Sadly, I know I’ll pay for it over the next few days. This new life sure isn’t easy … but it’s SO worth it and so much more fun! And in the grand scheme of things, life is good and I’m blessed. I think I’ll take this okay day and move on!

P.S. – One of the things I wanted to do tonight was further research on PUL. I’m learning now that it’s not approved for food use, so I’m looking for more alternatives. We’ll see if I get a chance for some research while feeding Lily tonight – watch for a post either tomorrow or Friday!

more on PUL …

I’m back again, and still on the subject of purchasing PUL, or polyurethane laminated fabric. I’ve found several sites for purchasing PUL and thought I’d share them with you. Here’s what I’ve got so far, and if you know of others, please let me know and I’ll post them!

Again, and as mentioned in my original PUL post, I have not ordered from any of these websites, so shop at your own risk, please!

what is PUL?

PUL, or polyurethane laminated fabric, originated in the medical field. There was a need for some sort of material that would provide a waterproof surface capable of being washed and sterilized over and over and over again. PUL is still used today in the medical field, and is often used to make cloth diapers, as well. More specifically, PUL is a fabric that’s been laminated with polyurethane on one side, making the fabric waterproof. Depending on the thickness of the coating (1 mil, 2 mil, etc.), PUL can be waterproof yet still quite breathable!

So, are you asking yourself why on earth I have researched PUL? No, I do not plan on making cloth diapers. While I’d love to greatly reduce my carbon footprint by doing so, cloth diapers are not in my plan. What I do plan, however, is to reduce the number of plastic sandwich bags my family sends to the landfill each day. It may not make much of a difference, but every little bit counts.

How will I do that, you ask? With the recent growth of our family came the need to save as many nickels and dimes as possible. For us, one of the ways we can save a bit is to pack our lunches for work each day. As I settled into eating a home-prepared lunch each day, I found myself saving and reusing sandwich bags that had once been filled with Rold Gold pretzels, Cheez-Its, Fudge Stripe cookies, PF Wheat Crisps, and other tasty dry foods. I felt guilty throwing away a perfectly good bag that could certainly be reused for similar food items the next day. I’d shake out the crumbs and pack it up for the next day!

That daily behavior led me to search online for alternatives. Sure, I could use small containers, but they’re often so bulky and are terribly hard to come by at our house. My google search on “reusable sandwich bags” led me to a myriad of possibilities available through commercial websites and etsy pages. Ultimately, I decided on a plan – purchase one of these bags from an etsy seller, make sure I’m okay with the concept and materials used, and subsequently make my own.

At this point, I am waiting on the delivery of my sandwich bag. Some decisions I’ll have to make will be bag sizes most suitable for our specific food choices, closure options, and outer fabrics (Of which I have plenty!). Hopefully the bag I chose will ROCK and I’ll be able to develop my own version from its overall concept. I’ve gotten plenty of ideas from looking at various bags online, so I’ll choose what I feel is the best of each design element and go from there.

We’ll see what happens! Meanwhile, what are YOU doing to reduce your waste impact and carbon footprint?

(And yes, I realize that I’ll eventually have to throw away and replace my reusable bags, but it’s a whole lot less waste than the sandwich bags we throw away every day!)

Note: It is also possible to purchase PUL fabric from a cooperative. Cooperatives pull together PUL fabric purchasing individuals for increased purchasing power or custom fabric. Use cooperatives at your own risk – these are just a few I found through a google search; as I have yet to purchase any PUL fabric, I can’t say whether or not they’re reputable. Here are a few:

that’s what it’s all about?

I’ve been thinking lately about the answer to this question as it relates to my blog. What’s its purpose; what’s it all about? More importantly, do I want to change that?

Here’s how I see it now. I blog on a daily basis to:

  • keep friends & family up to date on what’s happening with us. It’s incredibly difficult to keep in touch with everyone individually right now, so this blog allows me to write it once and share it with all who want to read it.
  • avoid insanity. Sometimes I just need to share/vent/rant. It’s nice to know that you can read it if you want, and skip it if you don’t. Then I don’t feel so bad about sharing as I’m not forcing it on you!
  • offer advice and a sense of community that may help someone out there. I know I don’t have gobs of readers, and that’s okay. If I can provide something useful for at least one person, or make someone feel like they’re not alone in what they’re going through, I’ve succeeded.
  • maintain a bit of history for Lily. I want her to be able to look back at the contents of this blog and see who she was as she grew and who we were (Ehem, in our younger years …). I’d love for her to know about the moments we’ve enjoyed with her (and because of her) every day, and just how much we love her.
  • organize my thoughts and keep my mind stimulated. Some of the things I blog about are outside of the norm for me. I pursue them because I enjoy the challenge and love to learn, and I enjoy sharing what I discover with you.
  • feel a sense of community. I’m a woman. I’m a mom … a working mom. I’m a wife, sister and friend. I work in marketing and enjoy many things like photography, cooking, crafts, our Siberian husky (Cody), sewing, quilting, scuba diving, reading, gardening, and much, much more. I’ve made friends through this blog by discussing these circumstances and interests, and I hope to continue to do so, as I enjoy the sense of community I often feel online.

What I don’t think I want to do is focus on one subject. There are so many well written “focused” blogs out there, and many times, that suits the writer better than being random in posts and topics. For me, however, I feel like I’d be leaving so much out if I focused on one subject – at least for my purpose. I know I have a very small audience, and that’s okay – it’s not about the numbers, but about capturing our lives on a day-to-day basis.

I’m going to try to focus more on making a difference in the blogosphere and providing relevant information while still sharing some personal details. I have a few ideas in the works that will allow me to share different things and to share differently, and hopefully these changes will allow this one blog out of millions (Billions?) to impact a few more lives in a positive way.

Until then, stay tuned – exciting changes are underway!