Thursday, May 31, 2012

10 Months!

At 10 months Peanut:

~ weighs about 20.8 lbs
~ is about 30 inches long

~Is a crawling machine
~Has started standing every now and then (while holding on to something). He's a little wary of being on his feet though
~Can climb stairs. EEP!
~ Has now become a picky eater. If he could, he would only eat yogurt and pears. Ever. For all time.  
~ Has started signing "milk" but instead of using it for milk, he uses it for whatever item he wants at the time. So it's more like the sign for "gimme that!"
~ Gets into EVERYTHING. 
~ Loves bath time, and chasing Kitty
~ Still loves singing and music and Hubby's guitar. 
~ He also loves books, but mostly to pull them off the shelf/out of the box/make a mess with them as opposed to reading them. 

He is such a little man! I can't believe how big he is getting! 

The photo session was cut short due to grumping. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Kitty and Peanut: An Analysis

We have discovered that Peanut and Kitty are at about the same mental development level at the moment. This means that Kitty has the approximate mental ability of a 10 month old infant. We have always suspected it was low, we just were never able to quantify it until now. 


Peanut is obsessed with paper in general, but he has a special place in his heart for toilet paper. Especially if he can get his hands on the roll, and then pull it all off and rip it into tiny shreds. This is also one of Kitty's favourite pass-times. 

Kitty has long been obsessed with boxes. Mostly sitting in them and purring. But also scratching at them and tipping them over. Peanut also is loving to tip over boxes, and loves to bang on them to make noise. 

Can you find Kitty? (Surely she is plotting his demise...)
Both of them get the general mechanics of how a door works, but are unable to get past the obstacle if it is closed fully. 

Both are currently obsessed with yogurt. 

Peanut has also recently become fascinated with Kitty's god of idolatry: the bath faucet. While he is not as enamoured with it as Kitty is, it is still rather interesting. 

They both enjoy racing around and attempting to destroy anything that we own of value. Kitty is working on the furniture. Peanut is working on electronics and glassware. 

They both (for some unknown and disturbing reason) love to try and eat the tufts of cat hair that get missed by the vacuum. Blech. 

They have both figured out that the phantom screen we have over our front door can be used for escape if you push it at the bottom. And for now, the baby gate in front of the screen foils both of their escape plans. 

Yes, that is Kitty in a Bumbo...sigh

Kitty still has Peanut beat on the agility scale though. She can leap over baby gates like they aren't even there, and is much quicker at escape than Peanut is. She also beats him on the annoyingness scale as well; yowling when the baby is sleeping, crawling under the covers to cuddle in the middle of the night, racing around like a herd of elephants the second the clock strikes midnight. 

In some ways I feel sorry for her, being so dumb. But in others, I know she gets by on her looks, and she knows how to work it. Lets be honest, we only put up with her antics because she is so darn cute.

 And I suppose we could say the same about Peanut as well... 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Chocolate Fudge Calciummm...

Here is one thing I greatly dislike: milk. 
Anchorman anyone??
Let me qualify that statement by saying that I like milk products, and I like milk in things, but I would never ever have a glass of milk on it's own. (O.K. maaaaaayyyyybbbbeee with an Oreo cookie, or a huge slice of double chocolate fudge cake or something...mayyyybeeee)

But ever since I was a little child, my mom would always tell me how important it is to drink milk. It makes your bones and teeth strong, and I MUST drink it. Now that I am a grown woman who knows a thing or two about body chemistry, I know it's because it's an excellent source of calcium, and that a lack of calcium and vitamin D can lead to osteoporosis. As a woman, I am already at a higher risk for it because of my gender...which sucks. Because I really really really dislike drinking milk. Blech. I do eat a lot of cheese though (mmmm...cheese), and I tend to buy the Tropicana orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D, but I just can't shake that small version of my mom inside my head who is chiding me for not drinking milk. 

Here is one thing I looooooove: Chocolate fudge brownies. 

I literally started to drool like Pavlov's dogs just typing that out. Chocolate is definitely one way into my heart. 

So, enter Swiss Natural's Chocolate Fudge Brownie calcium chews.
 A way for me to avoid drinking milk, while appeasing my inner mother-conscience AND my sweet tooth? Score! Each chew has 600mg of calcium, as well as 400 I.U. vitamin D. I was a little skeptical about how well the chews would capture the taste of chocolate fudge brownies. My only experience with chews has been antacids, and they are a chalky experience, that's for sure. I was actually amazed at how great the calcium chews tasted. In fact, they were so tasty that Hubby thought they were candies and I had to stop him from eating more than the recommended amount! I am really bad about remembering to take vitamins, so we have started buying gummies instead of pills in an effort to make it more attractive to take them. We definitely don't forget to take these chews. It feels silly saying this, but they actually are a little sweet treat. The other thing I love about them is that Swiss Natural is 100% Canadian owned (which I never would have guessed. My money would have been on the Swiss!). Oh, and if you are a calorie counter (which I am not), then you will be pleased to know that they are only 15 calories each. Oh! And they are also gluten and gelatin free. Woo hoo! 

So, this puts me one step closer to my goal of being healthier this year. I am a person who loves food, and cannot stick to a diet. It's nice to have the peace of mind knowing that I am getting the right vitamins and nutrients to maintain my body's health. Now I just have to work on that whole weight thing...ahem. 

*disclosure: I was sent a sample of chews so that I could write this review. All views, as always, are truly my own! 


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Shame on Jane RemindeRings

Shame on Jane is a cute jewellery line which specializes in RemindeRings. Basically, they are gold or silver coloured bands with a message inscribed in them. The messages range from sassy to practical, and there are some great ones for weddings as well. I absolutely loved the inspirational rings. I think they are such a great idea! It's awesome to have that reminder when you see them on your hand to try and make a step in that direction.

I love that you can wear just one or stack a few for a funky look. The rings are nice and light, which is great as I totally forget I am even wearing them; they are so comfortable. I rarely wear any rings beyond my wedding bands, but these ones are so versatile they match with every outfit. So cute! 

And how about that packaging? When I opened the mail I fell in is soooo pretty! 

Shame on Jane also has personalized monograms, date or zipcode necklaces. I think it would be such a wonderful gift to give a date necklace for someone's wedding, anniversary or the birth date of their child. Hmmm...good idea for Mother's Day! 

Shame on Jane is running a contest right now for Mother's Day where you can come up with the next message for RemindeRings. If your message is chosen, you get a nice little shopping spree, as well as one of the rings that you helped design! 

A note for my readers: I think that it is only open to U.S. residents... :( Sorry fellow Canucks!

Enter the ShameOnJane Mother's Day Contest and Win a $200 Shopping Spree!

Disclosure: I received a set of the inspirational rings so that I could conduct this review, but all opinions, of course, are my own. I received no further compensation. 


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