Monday, April 14, 2014

"Puddle Pug" review & giveaway

One of my favorite parts of the day is reading with Declan.  Since he was born we've been picking up books and reading to him throughout the day.  He absolutely loves it and kicks his legs in excitement as you turn the page.  We're also in that phase where we like to help gnaw on the pages too.  I was thrilled when the wonderful people at Sterling Publishing contacted me about reviewing a new children's book by Kim Norman titled "Puddle Pug".

Children's book + yes please!!

Let me tell you this has become a new favorite read in our house since it arrived.  And I know we're a little pug biased around here with our deep pug love, but this really is such a cute read.  We've absolutely loved reading about Percy the Pug and his puddle adventures and the adorable illustrations, by Keika Yamaguchi, truly captures a pug's spunky personality.  In fact, the pug's have been known to jump up on the sofa and join in for story time here and there.

Here's a synopsis of "Puddle Pug" from Sterling Publishing.

“Blue puddles, dew puddles, thick as turtle stew puddles . . .” Percy the Pug loves puddles of all sorts, but every one he finds is lacking. He soon realizes what is missing when he comes across a big, muddy puddle that is home to three friendly piglets and their mother. But Mama Pig is quite adamant that this puddle is for pigs only, and Percy’s clever attempts to enter are all foiled. How will Percy ever find a way to play with his new friends in the perfect puddle?

If you're needing a last minute Easter basket gift this would so be perfect!  "Puddle Pug" can be purchased from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.  Or just a perfect anytime gift for a pug lover too!

And the best part, you can win your own copy of "Puddle Pug".  Please enter below before Monday, April 21st.

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disclaimer: this book was given to me.  all opinions are my own.  giveaway provided by sterling publishing.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

the view from up here

i attract quite a crowd at my feet while making dinner each night.  i've got both pugs praying i drop something, declan chasing after said pugs in his walker and then my floor sweeper (aka the closest thing i'm ever going to have to a maid) who happened to join the party that evening.  it's a miracle dinner makes the table some nights.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

eight months

dear declan,

once again your mama is late posting this because she is in serious denial that you are now an eight month old.  oh how the time flies.  every day is such a joy with you.  this last month you have just become so much more active and curious about everything around you.  it's so much fun watching you take it all in.  the simplest things make you smile and your mama and daddy are getting quite the comedy ego making you laugh because it's so easy to do.  one day you'll figure out that we're not that funny.

you're quite the chunk (i need to weigh you), but my arms can feel it.  you're rocking size 3 diapers and wearing 6-9 month clothes.  you have the fattest thighs that i could squeeze all day and these dimples on your knuckles that are adorable.  this mama could eat your sweetness up with a spoon! 

still no are much more interested in this walking business and will take off in your walker pestering the pugs.  you're getting the hang of the solids business.  at first you weren't so sure, but if i mix the good stuff with the not so yummy you wolf it right down.  we also branched out with some sweet potato puffs so you can work on self feeding and even though only a few make it to your mouth the pugs have had no problem pitching in and cleaning up the ones that fall.

you're still not a fan of naps unless you're being held.  so some days you and i will just cuddle on the couch and get a nap together.  those are the best moments.  you light up when daddy walks in the door and always want to see what he is doing.  i know you will have the most amazing bond. 

my heart sometimes feels like it might burst when you smile.  we love you so monkey man.

all my love,

Monday, March 31, 2014

what we've been up to

enjoying spring weather and taking lots of walks.  this is how we roll on our walks by the way.

loosing too early in the ncaa tourney.  mama is also majorly loosing in the family bracket.

barking at every.single.animal on tv.  it could be the geico gecko or bears using toliet paper.  even mucinex mucus is game.

 and getting ready for easter too!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

the one where we try squash

So we're full on into the world of solid foods with Declan.

Which, by the way, is totally messing with my issues on cleanliness.

No matter how hard I try to contain it...IT. ENDS. UP. EVERYWHERE! 

But besides the fact that some days I feel it would just be a whole lot easier to roll in the garden hose and hose him down; it's allowed me to spread my culinary wings a little bit too since I've been making all his foods.  Which is ever so ironic because my childhood lunches consisted primarily of Lunchables and PB&J.  My mom is reading this dying inside because Lord knows this woman tried every trick in the book to expand my palate.  It's a true miracle my system didn't go into a massive shock when I eventually outgrew this (to some degree).  You'll be relieved to know that my days of Lunchables are long gone and when I pass them at the grocery store I gag a little.

I'm praying Declan does not inherit my picky palate, so I'm really trying my best to introduce this kid to everything, even stuff I won't touch.  Case in point, butternut squash.  True story...I have never ever had butternut squash in my life.  Before a few weeks ago I couldn't even point one out to you in the store.  I know I'm embarrassing myself here.  Thankfully pinterest was able to talk me through on locating and cooking that one.  And so Declan and had a joint introduction on butternut squash together. 

I think it's safe to say we're both not big fans.  A whole lot of gagging going on from someone.  I think if I snuck it in another dish though we may like it better.  So we'll keep trying (or maybe he will).

Now sweet potatoes...a whole different story.  This kid takes after his mama's love for sweet potatoes.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

seven months

dear declan,

this past we have really seen your little personality come to life.  some days i see more of a little boy than a baby as you carry on a babbling conversation with us or even just yourself.  we've found that you're ridiculously ticklish and your daddy and i cannot get enough of that precious belly laugh.  you love to hand out smiles and i'm afraid you already know how to work a room when you go from full on crocodile tears to a smile in seconds.  it's quite the talent sweet boy. 

you're up to size 3 diapers and depending on the outfit are wearing 3-6 to 6-9 month clothes.  we've been discovering the world of solids with you.  i'm afraid you're not a huge fan of the greens, but when i busted out some sweet potatoes last week you found your love.  still not much of a napper, but you sleep through the night so i'm not complaining (well some days i do).  daddy is working so hard on crawling with you.  i still think you may just skip the crawling and go straight to walking.  you just don't seem that interested with the whole crawling business.

the highlight of this past month is you said "mama" the day before valentine's day.  you had just woken up and we were playing in our bed and i said "mama" and you looked at me repeated it and smiled so big.  the sweetest sound this mama has ever heard.  thank you for that valentine's gift.  you're also so fascinated by the pugs lately, sadly not sure that feeling is mutual.  pug had a real glimpse into the days ahead this month when you grabbed his curly tail and tried to put it in his mouth.  we've heard about it for days from him.

sweet boy i'm soaking up every minute with you.  even the tough days.  the ones where you're teething and want to do nothing more than cry and i don't get a shower in that day and it's take out for dinner.  i'm so thankful for God's grace is in those days. and as we sit there and rock and cry i'm reminded that one day i'll long for even these days too.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

some randomness

1.  it's cold and snowy here today.  i'm so ready for some sunny spring days.  i know this guy is.  stylin' in his babiators.

2. early this week i was fighting a sinus infection and of course it happens to fall right when boy is heading out of town on a business trip.  declan was sniffling for a day and over all pretty tired so we took it easy.  maybe too easy.  let's list off the major mom fails in this picture.  thanksgiving bib check.  reindeer pjs in february check and maternity boppy still on my bed check.  yeah that last ones a sore subject in our marriage (i can't part with it's awesomeness).

3. i just finished "the silent wife" by asa harrison.  so disappointed.  i'd heard if you like "gone girl" this one's even better.  so not true in my opinion and i hate to speak ill of a read.  sadly, my choice in reads has been off lately.

4. speaking of books...we headed into the city last week for a doctor's appointment for declan at cooks.  i had visions of hitting up barnes and noble then grabbing a bite at panera with my little man.  sadly, i forgot they just closed that barnes and noble.  makes me so sad i love to wander around barnes and noble.  save the bookstores.  so we hit up panera and mama ate her grief in carbs.

5. baby up.  that's my cue.  later.