Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sleep update!

Remember my post here?
Asking for advice on sleeping ... 
well you guys certainly came through!! 
Thanks so much! 

and I'm sure you're just dying for an update! ;)
MONKEY MAN SLEEPS!!! 
Yes - I'm shouting from the rooftops!!

It's amazing!
We lay him down at 7 - and he goes to sleep!
No crazy man, up all night screaming! 
NO PACIFIER! 
(yes, we're mean - we went cold turkey on everything at once!)
Then he sleeps through the night -- and normally wakes up at 5. 
Which is wayyy too early for me -- so I breastfeed and put him back in the crib!
and he sleeps until 6-7! 
It's Incredible! 
Oh did I mention he naps too?
YES! He went from no sleeping, no naps to sleeping ALL NIGHT with TWO Naps!! 

Yes - i am now officially one of the moms you hate.
The one whose children sleep! :)
Oh - I know the feeling!
I was totally a sleepy-kid, mom-hatin' momma. 
 It's true.

But Dr. Ferber -- mad props doc. 
You are a genius!! 

It wasn't all easy - and it took a few nights of crying!
But in the end --- we have a MUCH happier baby!
and if only the all-night puke fest would stop ... 
we'd have a MUCH happier Momma!   

oh and how's the hubs feel about this?
"man, this is awesome - why didn't we do it MONTHS ago?"

so true Tarzan, so true.
You live and learn right?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Casserole anyone?

My husband cooks dinner 5 nights a week!
(yup, you read that right!)
I know, I'm a lucky lady!
 One night a week we go out!
One night we eat leftovers or whatever we can find! :)

BUT - this week the hubs is SUPER stressed with Flight School. 
so I'm on dinner duty!
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH! :/

Casserole suggestions anyone???
The hubs LOOVEESS Casseroles!
and they are easy peasy.
which is exactly what this morning ALL DAY sick mamma needs! :)

so load me up with some delicious-ness, pretty please?
with a cherry on top?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Blogtastic Extravaganza WINNER!

A Blogtastic Extravaganza is officially closed!!!
Thank you EVERYONE for making this event SO successful!!!
There were 319 entries, my largest turn out yet!!

But I want to send a HUGE Thank you to each of my sponsors!
You ladies were awesome!!!
Your products are awesome!!
I hope to work with you again soon!

For all my new followers - keep coming back, I have a LOT up my sleeve!!
Lots of great giveaways, lots of crafts (new Silhouette) and lots of party planning (monkey man is turning 1)
So without Further adieu ....



#296 - Waiting Lisa

CONGRATULATIONS LISA!
You are one lucky lady!!

The winner was selected using random.org. I have emailed and she has 48 hours to respond!

Want to see if you won another giveaway?
My Silly Monkeys will be posting a compiled list of most winners tomorrow!

Thank you again for making this event so great!
I'll definitely be participating in more! :)

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Monday, January 17, 2011

BLOGTASTIC EXTRAVAGANZA GIVEAWAY - ITS HERE!!!!

It's time to party!!!!
A BLOGTASTIC EXTRAVAGANZA is here!

Welcome to ...
Diary of a Preppy Mom's -
PREPPY MOM ON THE GO
where you have a chance to win an awesome prize package that will make your busy life a WHOLE lot easier (and more stylish)!

You have until January 22nd at 11:59 pm EST to enter into all the Blogtastic Extravaganza Giveaways! There are over 140 blogs participating and 1000's of dollars in prices to be won!

I've gathered over $130 in prizes!!
It's totally easy to enter: Just follow these steps:
(you must be a follower of Diary of a Preppy Mom)

*Check out the package
*Fill out the Entry Form
That's it!!

PREPPY MOM ON THE GO PRIZE PACKAGE:


Sew-Fantastic (Get Sassed) has added a Mini-Shopper Clutch to the package!


This handy little mini Clutch will hold all of the little things you always need in one small compact wallet. The right side holds approx a 4x6 notepad accompanied by a smooth black ink pen or pencil. The left side can hold your iPhone, coupons, a calculator, credit cards and more.



BebelooshMini is providing a set of 3 organic, re-usable Sandwich/Snack bags!


Reusable sandwich and snack bag made from 55% recycled hemp and 45% organic unbleached cotton and beautifully decorated. The mix of hemp is giving the sack enhanced durability and wearability.This eco-friendly sack keeps plastic bags and harmful materials away from your food.


Boob*Toob is adding a nursing cover to the package ... but just not ANY nursing cover!
It’s a tube of fabric with elastic on the top and bottom, with plenty of wiggle room for you and your baby.
It’s the ONLY Nursing Cover That’s GOT YOUR BACK… And Your Front… And Your Sides.



K. Davis Creates is offering a crayon roll!


Crayon rolls are a perfect way to keep your child busy in the car, airplane, church, waiting room, while shopping or whenever they need entertained and not always be searching for the crayons that have fallen in the bottom of your purse or diaper bag.


BabyFables is generously offering two of her most popular products for our package!!

These awesome Monthly Onesie Stickers (in the design on your choice)


Babies grow SO quickly and before you know it, they are walking, talking and getting into EVERYTHING! :) Use these stickers to remember how little they once were. These make WONDERFUL baby shower gifts! Peel the sticker and place on your little one's onesie or tshirt, Snap a pic or two (or 20...) and you're DONE! :)

AND these awesome Dishwasher Safe Labels (in design of your choice)

These stickers are ** Waterproof and Dishwasher safe **
They are perfect for school, home, daycare, grandma's house and anywhere else you want to keep track of your child's items. ♥Resists scuffs, tears and smudges so labels remain easy to read ♥These stickers are designed to repel water ♥Extra-strong adhesive adheres to metal, plastic, glass and more!

and because every busy mom wants to come home to a wonderfully smelling house ...
our final sponsor is SCENTSY!!


April has generously added a gift certificate for one warmer + 3 bars!!!!


Seriously, how awesome is this package???
All of this could be yours!!!

MANDATORY ENTRY:
(USA ONLY - sorry!)
Follow Diary of a Preppy mom & Fill out the form below!
That's it, very simple!




Now that you have entered, you should check out all these other amazing giveaways!



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Blogtastic Extravaganza Sponsor Spotlight: K.Davis Creates

It's our FINAL Blogtastic Extravaganza Sponsor Spotlight!!

TOMORROW IS THE BIG DAY!!!
YAYYYYY!



Meet K.Davis Creates ...

She has an AWESOME Etsy shop where she sells lots of wonderful goodies!
I'm such a fabric snob - and she doesn't disappoint!! 

and guess what?
She offers FREE SHIPPING on ALL items!!
Whhhooo hoooo, I loovee free shipping!!

She has adorable clutches ...



Seriously ... I could just eat this big bow up ...


I also love the Keychain Fobs ...


BUT my most favorite thing in K.Davis' shop are the crayon rolls ...



Go check out her shop!!!
You'll be glad you did!

and then come back tomorrow ---
because she's giving away a crayon roll in our Blogtastic Extravaganza Price package!

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Blogtastic Extravaganza Sponsor Spotlight: Scentsy


When April contacted me about participating in our Blogtastic Extravaganza, I was sooo excited! My friend introduced me to Scentsy a few months ago and I'm hooked!! I love the wickless candles and how the wax doesn't get that hot ... which is great for little monkeys who have wandering hands! :)

I'm sure you've all heard of Scentsy ... but just in case this FABULOUS company is new to you, here's a little information from the website:

Scentsy began in 2003 with the powerfully simple idea of aromatic candles – decorative warmers with wax melted by the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame. Colette Gunnell and Kara Egan, Scentsy’s founders, shared enthusiasm for the idea. From this idea, they created a partnership and Scentsy was born.

Now celebrating its sixth anniversary, Scentsy is a recognized industry-leading company. In 2009 the Direct Selling Association awarded Scentsy its highest honor available to young companies, the Rising Star Award, for its growth and commitment to ethical business practices. In 2010, it was ranked 19th on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies, and number one on the Inc. 500 list of consumer products and services companies.

They have such an awesome variety of Warmers!
There is sure to be one that will match any decor!


This one is my personal favorite:


and then they have AMAZING Scentsy Bars to burn in the warmer ...

Like flirty Berry Blush ....

or how yummy does Guava Nectar sound??

April is GENEROUSLY offering a gift certficate + 3 bars!!!
So do you need some new scentsy stuff?

CHECK OUT our giveaway package tomorrow!!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blogtastic Sponsor Spotlight: BabyFables

A Blogtastic Extravaganza is only one week away!!
and seriously -- the package is amazing!
I WANT IT. :) 
I can't have it - but you can!!!
So make sure you come back on January 18th!!

 and today I have yet another AMAZING Sponsor to showcase!

Let me introduce you to the FABULOUS Etsy shop Babyfables!


 BabyFables is absolutely one of my FAVORITE Etsy Shops!
Her items are MUST HAVES for every Preppy Mom on the Go!

See these labels?
Aren't they fabulous?

But these aren't your mama's labels! :)
These stickers are very durable and will stick to just about anything you need! 
They are perfect for bottles, sippy cups, plastic containers, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc!
♥Resists scuffs, tears and smudges so labels remain easy to read
♥These stickers are designed to repel water
♥Extra-strong adhesive adheres to metal, plastic, glass and more!
They are even Dishwasher safe!! 
Goodbye Ugly Sharpie name ... hello stylish labels!

They come in a set of 30 for $10.95!
What a Steal!!

Babyfables sells other fabulous items as well!

Like these Onesie Stickers ...


Of course my little monkey needs the sock monkeys!!



This idea is pure genius ...
You just put the sticker on a solid onesie ...
snap a few (hundred) pictures!
That's it! So Simple!!
What a great way to document your child's growth with these adorable onesie/tshirt stickers!
I wish I had these with Monkey Man, 
but I'll definitely be getting a set for the new little peanut!!

Or maybe I'll order the BUMP Stickers!
What a wonderful way to document your pregnancy!!
Just stick the sticker on any maternity shirt (or your bare belly)!

BUY IT:
Babyfables is offering FREE SHIPPING!
Just enter PREPPYMOM at checkout!
Order quickly and you can get 10% off her New Year Special. 
WIN IT:
Babyfables is also offering a set of Dishwasher Safe Labels AND a set of "My Firsts" onesie stickers for our Preppy Mom on the Go Prize Package!!

See you back here January 18th!


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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Bobble.

Have you guys heard of Bobble?? 



They are soooo awesome!!

The Bobble™ bottle is a revolutionary new concept in BPA-free water bottles. Unlike other BPA-free bottles, the Bobble actually incorporates a built-in carbon filter that is guaranteed to provide 150 liters of pure water — which equates to about 250 bottles of water. The Bobble™ is BPA-free, made from recycled plastic and the super stylish carbon filter comes in six different colors and filters chlorine and organic contaminants from regular tap water! 

My husband's a pilot and he has been asking for this FOREVER ... 
you know, just in case he crash lands in the ocean and needs to filter the water???? 
Not sure! and I don't really want to know! haha!

I just want one because they look cool! 
and since I should be drinking OODLES of water a day -- 
why not look good doing it, right??

Well, my husband is FINALLY going to get one!
Mamapedia is having an awesome special ...
Spend $10 and get $25 worth of products!
That means I'm basically getting TWO Bobbles for the price of one!
They are normally $13.98 each (extra filters are $9.98)
I'm sooo excited!

The deal is still open ... check it out here!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blogtastic Sponsor Spotlight: BebelooshMini

A Blogtastic Extravaganza is right around the corner!!


and I have another AWESOME Sponsor to add to my Preppy Mom on the Go Package!
Let me introduce you to the FABULOUS Esty Shop Bebeloosh Mini


Bebeloosh Mini reusable snack bags and lunch totes are a fun way for kids to go green at lunch and have fun doing it. Not only are they better for the environment than using plastic baggies, but you’ll save money using these in place of baggies, containers, and brown bags. Elena's products are perfect for the busy, eco-conscious mother! The fabric is a combination of recycled hemp and organic cotton! Even the envelopes she mails it in are made with recycled material!

Look how amazing this lunch sack is?
She had me the moment I saw the sailboat ...

But my favorite item is her signature item --
the Reusable Snack Bags!



This Eco-friendly sack keeps plastic bags and harmful materials away from your food.
It features a Velcro enclosure that will keep all crumbs inside.
Finished size is approx. 7.5"x7.5".
Machine wash and dry when necessary. 

BebelooshMini has generously offered to add to our ABE On the Go Package!!
She's giving away 3 re-usable snack bags with the design on your choice!!
Valued at $19.50! 

So you definitely don't want to miss the giveaway starting January 18th!
More great sponsors showcased every day leading up to the event!
Did you see the other sponsors?

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's time ...


Monkey Man is almost ONE!
I know, it's CRAZY!! 
I can't believe he's ALMOST ONE!
BUT you know what else is CRAZY?
He STILL doesn't sleep. 
AT ALL. 
EVERY NIGHT IS A FIGHT!
Until he FINALLY passes out!
Then he wakes up 2 hours later ....
and we fight it out again!
I'm exhausted!
and I'm pregnant.
I.need.my.sleep!
Beauty sleep if nothing else! ;) 

I "attachment parented" him for 11 months. 
I've had enough.
I want my bed back ... 
I want my sleep back!

So tonight ... 
I let him cry it out.
YUP - I said it.
We.let.him.cry!

I researched sooo many different "methods"
and decided Dr. Ferber seemed the most logical! 
Want to learn more about Ferber? 
Here's a quick synopsis on BabyCenter!

Tonight was Night 1 ... 
It took about 11 minutes and me going in after 2, 5, 7 minutes!
But then he fell asleep! :) 
on.his.own.

Now let's see how long he sleeps for! :) 

What about you?
What works/worked for you?

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Big Boy!


My sweet little monster  monkey is 11 months old today!!
I can't believe how big he is getting!
and how fast!!

I love your smile!
I love the sound of your giggles!
I love your curiosity! 
I love your serious stares!


I love how you drag the broom around the house, helping me clean!

and I love how proud you were when you used a straw for the first time!!


You are such a big boy!

But no matter what - you'll always be my baby!!

and now I officially have ONE MONTH until your birthday!
I better start planning! :)
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