April 8, 2014

Emergency Room Chronicles

It's been a really, really long winter. We've had our fill of bad weather, viruses and colds, and just when we thought maybe the storm had passed, our household got hit with another freakishly bizarre virus. It started with me last Friday, hit Tyler on Sunday, and by Sunday evening I was with Tyler at the hospital trying to figure out what his stomach pains, vomiting and rash was a result of. 

After 7 hours in emergency at the children's hospital, we were in the clear (no measles or hand, foot & mouth disease thankfully) and were sent home with clear instructions on how to get this little guy hydrated and back to his rambunctious self.

Our First Round of Waiting: Keeping Entertained with Despicable Me 2 in the Waiting Room
Waiting for the Doctor: Watching Cars 2 on the TV (love this hospital!)
So Cute!
A Super Warm Blanket, Bear, and Mommy's Touch Makes Everything Better
A Popsicle to Ease the Fever and Lift His Spirits

For me, the waiting was brutal, but for Tyler, he got a Popsicle, multiple movies and even a chocolate cookie for being such a good boy. I think the highlight of his hospital visit was when he got to do "peepee in the cup" he just thought that was the funniest thing ever.

I may have overreacted a little bit, but I'm glad my favourite little boy is OK... these kids sure know how to make us mom's worry!

April 7, 2014

Motivation Monday: Re-commitment to Being Fit

First things first, Happy Motivation Monday! I have so much to talk about this week but the most important, is this: my re-commitment to eating clean and working out every day. This evening, when the kids are sound asleep, I'm popping in my Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 DVD and I'm going to kick some serious ass in my living room. I've been pretty lazy the last few weeks but with the nicer weather, I'm realizing I am coming up to my weight loss anniversary date, and I still have 12 pounds of flubber to lose and tone up. Not to mention two huge wardrobe storage bags full of summer clothes (hidden under my bed) that I am desperate to fit into this Summer. If that's not motivation to kick myself in the pants, I don't know what is!

So, I have two months - think I can do it? Hopefully this new 30 day fitness challenge will help push me in the right direction. Here's more about Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 DVD in case you're interested in joining me in the torture challenge.

Jillian Michael's Ripped in 30 Calendar

On another healthy  note, this week I've promised to commit to meal planning in hopes to keep myself on track with eating clean, and also, to ensure the family's eating healthy meals (we've fallen into a Kraft Dinner and chicken fingers and french fries rut over the past few weeks).

Since I had the day off of work, I put my slow cooker to the test with this delicious looking Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe from addapinch.com. 

Source: Add a Pinch and Pinterest
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Daily Dose of Del Signore

April 5, 2014

The 52 Project: 14/52

A portrait of my family, every week, for 52 weeks.

Watching cartoons... Side by side... No poking, hitting or spitting for 5 whole minutes. #proudmommymoment

April 2, 2014

A Bit of a Rant: Selling Used Children's Clothing

What do you do when your kids grow out of their clothes, shoes and toys? Do you donate them to local charities? Do you donate them to friends or sell them online? Or do you sell them to used clothing stores like Once Upon a Child?

In an effort to purge some of the excessive baby crap accumlating in our basement, I decided to sift through some of Tyler's and Adrianna's clothes to see what we can get rid of. I made a keep pile (for friends and family) a donate pile (for a local charity) and a sell pile (to sell either to a used clothing store, or online in a few differnt mom 2 mom selling Facebook groups).

I carefully took pictures of a few items I thought would garner some interest, and I set my prices. And OK maybe they were a bit high, but I was expecting people would try to barter, and I didn't want to set the price too low for this very reason. But when I listed a pair of Tyler's leather GEOX running shoes in great condition (they still fricken light up in the heals) for $20 I didn't expect the one offer I received.

I was offered $5. That’s it. Seriously? I said, no, $20 firm, I'm not selling a $65 pair of shoes for $5. 

You know, I can appreciate that when you're looking to buy gently used items, you want to get a good deal. I'm all for finding a great bargain, and saving some money by trying to negotiate a better price. But sometimes I'm just not convinced that the whole nickel and diming an item is just not worth the hassle.

So I ask you: is selling your used items online worth the hassle or would you rather just make donations to local charities and/or family and friends who could put your items to good use?

And since we're on the topic, was I crazy for asking $20 for a pair of gently used boys shoes? Should I have just let them go for $5? Tell me what you think in the comments below.

The shoes in question:

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