C2E2 – Fun for the whole family

Posted by Jess on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

I have been contributing to my friend Kim Moldofsky’s blog, The Maker Mom, for a while now but this might have been the funnest contribution for the whole family!



Kids Costume Parade Participants Duplo & Lego area Props from the movie



Mason Jar Fairy

Posted by Jess on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

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Who wouldn’t want a fairy in a jar?

I used this amazing video as a guide to make my own fairy in a jar. Well its for Ruby but…

Supplies I used:

Wide mouth 16oz mason jar

Pink tissue paper

Elmers School Glue

Silver Glitter

Flicker LED Votive Candles

I wanted to use supplies I had at home so I used pink tissue paper, a wide mouth mason jar and Elmers glue. I purchased the silver glitter and Votive Candles from Dollar Tree. I also searched google for fairy cut out template images and printed it on regular white printer paper. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would work with the really thin printer paper and the pink tissue but I think it turned out awesome. The tissue paper is a pain in the butt to work with and I ripped it many times. I only used glitter on the front of the jar because I was impatient and wanted to make sure it was going to work before I put in too much effort. image2 (2)



This is what the jar looks like with the lights on. Not too glamorous looking :)


Aiden and I may have taken the fairy idea a little too far when Ruby thought it was a real fairy and we told her we caught it in the back yard. She said she is going to just take a little look at her when she is sleeping. Hopefully we don’t hear screams in the middle of the night when she sees a very flat paper fairy.


Deals of the week

Posted by Jess on Feb 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

My friend Michelle and I have been passing deals back and forth this week and I decided it might be nice to put them all in once place so everyone can use them. They are mostly food related but I will post anything I can find that I think will be helpful.

Win Free milk for a year! Even if you don’t they are sending out coupons to the first 125,000 entries received for a free half gallon of chocolate milk with the purchase of a gallon of regular milk. Why Milk

Get an awesome Coupon Book With $30 worth of coupons in the new Home Made Simple Coupon Book

Thanks to site Freebies4mom for proving the information on these awesome deals!

Will post more later…


My 2 year old

Posted by Jess on Jan 23, 2009 in Uncategorized

Wow how time flies when you are having fun. Aiden turned 2 on January 9th and seems to have turned into a new child at times. He is way more demanding, more verbal, and says “no” a lot more and in a much different way. He has grown up in so many ways and is still my baby in others. He still wants me to sing him farashaka before bed and he loves to snuggle. Plus I know he is still my baby because he will still give me a million kisses if I ask for them. He has grown up a lot though because he has no interest in listening at all most of the time which isn’t that much different from before but now he smiles as he ignores what you requested. He still loves the Backyardigan’s but his new loves are soccer and anything to do with pirates. He is obsessed with both. He loves taking about, watching and doing anything that has to do with either. In fact he just brought me a pirate eye patch that I have been requested to wear. Now I have two. One time I made the mistake of showing him how funny I looked with one over both eyes. Now I always get two :)

He still loves most food but I think he would eat pizza all the time. He would also drink milk 24 hours a day if we would let him. We just got back from his 2 year check up and found out that he is now in the 25th percentile instead of the 10th which he has been in since he was born. I am so excited. His height is now 33 inches and he weighs 26 pounds. Its so exciting to see him growing so much. We can try peanut butter now, we can give him skim milk instead of whole milk, we are supposed to limit his milk to 16oz which we have never done. Its another new milestone in his life and that makes me excited and also sad cause my big boy isn’t my baby anymore.

Aiden is such an amazing little monster (as I like to call him most of the time) and I can’t wait to see what new adventures he has in-store for me now that we get to spend some more mommy Aiden time together.

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Top 10 Reasons Why I NEED a Snuggie

Posted by Jess on Jan 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

The top 10 reasons why I NEED a Snuggie

10. It comes in 3 colors
9. You can eat snacks in it
8. It has extra large sleeves
7. Its made of super soft fleece
6. My feet are never covered with a blanket and a Snuggie is super large so it will cover them.
5. I need to use the phone, can’t with a blanket. Its too hard to get your arms out.
4. A blanket slips and slides all over and doesn’t stay on.
3. I want to hold Aiden and/or Solo without a blanket getting in my way
2. You can wear it to sporting events

And the #1 reason why I NEED a Snuggie…..

1. It will protect my lap from the burning hot mac laptop.

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Just another day

Posted by Jess on Jan 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

Today was just another day at work. Lots of work to still be done so I am just doing what I can do get as much as I can done before I leave. I hate leaving people stranded and I feel like that is what I am doing.

Onto better things…tomorrow is Aiden’s 2nd birthday and I spent part of this evening looking for a good pirate costume for myself but didn’t find anything good enough to purchase. Now I have to go through my own clothes and figure out what is pirate costumish…that should be fun.

Tomorrow night we are going to decorate the in-laws house (our house is too small for all the people and activities) and then we are up early Saturday to greet everyone at the door for the BIG parrrrrrty :)

It is going to be so much fun – I can’t wait.



Sad day

Posted by Jess on Jan 7, 2009 in Uncategorized

I realized today that I only have 17 more days at my current job. Although to some I am sure that would be a wonderful thing, to me it makes me sad. I adore the people I work with and actually like my job. I guess that is the hardest part of this lay off. I wish that I could stay on but with the economy the way it is who knows when I will get another job. Since we don’t know we are going to have to take Aiden out of the day care that we love as well. It makes Steve and I both very upset but it is so expensive we can’t afford it while I’m not working plus it doesn’t make any sense to leave him in while I am home.

No matter what happens at least we all have each other and we have wonderful families whom help us whenever possible and would do anything for us.



Ears, heads and backs oh my

Posted by Jess on Sep 10, 2008 in Uncategorized

Aiden now has tubes in his ears. I have developed migraines again and my back is a mess. Its been a long few months but we are all doing great. We still love being parents and cherish ever moment we get to spend with Aiden. He is becoming a silly little boy that still loves the Backyardigans and his puppy. Solo gets a great deal of abuse from Aiden but I think they both love it. Aiden especially likes to sit on Solo’s back and say “horseee” and jump up and down like he is riding him. It is a pretty funny site and hard not to laugh out loud. Aiden is constantly doing things that we should be scolding him for but instead find ourselves laughing at or taking pictures of to document for when he gets older. Like when he spilled water on the floor, saw Solo licking it up off the floor so he started licking it off the floor. I realize if this is read by the wrong person they may call DCFS but lets hope that doens’t happen :) Instead of telling him to stop, I started laughing and ran and got the camera to video tape it. I know, you all want to see the video :) Once we find our cable to upload the photo’s I will add a link to this post.


Lots of 1st for our Family

Posted by Jess on Dec 29, 2007 in Uncategorized

Aiden is almost 1. His b-day is on the 9th of January so it is coming up fast. I can’t believe it. It really has been a year of 1st’s for all of us.

Our 1st baby
My 1st time getting laid off
Steve’s 1st time working somewhere that had layoff’s
My 1st time wondering if I wanted to work or be a full time mom
Steve’s 1st time wondering if I was completely insane (I think it was the 1st time)
My 1st time working for a big company
Steve’s 1st time being jealous of my company because of the extras offered.
Aiden’s 1st smile (happened within 2 hours of him getting ripped from my tummy. Sorry that was a little graphic but true. The nurses all commented on how almost immediately he was smiling)
Aiden’s 1st time cutting a tooth (took a long time but now he has like 10)
Aiden’s 1st time rolling over (did it early and then seemed to forget for a few months)
Aiden’s 1st Halloween (he went to bed at 6:30)
Aiden’s 1st Christmas (which was awesome)
Aiden’s 1st Step (now he is walking all over the place. He falls a lot still but he is still a walking fool)
Aiden’s 1st time meeting my best friend Anna (we are going to go see her in a few hours – I am so excited. I haven’t seen her since last year around this time)
Aiden’s 1st word (even though I spent 24 hours a day with him at the time, he said dada 1st)

There are so many other 1st for all of us this year. Learning how to live with a baby and lack of sleep was hard at 1st but we got through it and now we have an amazing little family that I love.

With Aiden almost turning 1 it has made me think about how amazing being a wife and a mother truly is. When you are a wife your relationship with your husband is different then after you have a baby. I think that Steve and my relationship has gotten so much stronger. I love hearing him over the monitor singing “American Pie” to Aiden when he just wont go to sleep. I love seeing the look on Steve’s face when he sees Aiden do something that he hasn’t done before or that is so cute we both look at each other and smile knowing that we have an amazing little one, an amazing marriage and an amazing family.

Wow, sorry I didn’t realize this was going to turn out so sappy. I feel like I should tell a dirty joke now or something.

I would love to her about any 1st you have experienced this year. Feel free to share.


No more Adult Songs for me

Posted by Jess on Dec 29, 2007 in Uncategorized

I was laying in bed last night trying to fall asleep, it usually takes me an hour or so, and all the sudden I realized that I was singing a song from the Backyardigan’s show over and over again in my head. At that point I tried to remember the words to any “adult” song and all that came to mind was more Backyardigan’s songs…that’s just wrong.

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