Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Goodies to Share

I realized that one of my favorite things about all of the blogs I read is that I always find so many goodies, whether it be recipes, places to shop, new products or a good laugh! So today, I just have to share a few things with you.

First of all, am I the only person who has never heard of The Elf on the Shelf? Where have I been my whole life? I am not a resident expert, but I think the concept is simple (and GENIUS), you read this book to your kids about the Elf who watches over them to report back to Santa each night on their behavior.. enticing them to be good :) You get a little Elf doll (obviously to put on your shelf..) & each morning when he returns from the North Pole, he is in a different place in the house doing silly things. The kids have to go find him each morning! There are tons of fun ideas out there, like filling your kids stockings, placing the Elf on your countertop making snow angels in flour or staging him to be having hot cocoa with barbie.. HILARIOUS!!


Also, I am making all of my own artwork for the little G's nursery & I needed a filler for one of my 5x7 frames to match one of the quotes I framed. I threw together this fun little dots design. I thought I would share the high resolution JPG file in case anyone wanted something similar to use in your baby girl's room. Fun & modern... clearly very simple! :) Feel free to save it & print as you wish.


I know it's not much, BUT could be just what somebody out there is looking for! I love polka dots SO much... wanted to polka dot the walls but thought that might be going a little overboard. 

I know there are a lot of readers who are also expecting & after reading many of your blogs, I see that we have something in common... we all crave sweets! I recently discovered RED VELVET CAKE Yoplait yogurt. Anyone else ever had this? Yogurt is supposed to be very good for you while pregnant, especially for the calcium. I normally can't find many flavors that don't give me the super-sticky-sour-yogurt-mouth. But this one is a real winner... I eat it in place of ice cream when I'm craving it. And it's red... and now it's the holidays... how FESTIVE!? 

 Image via bakerella.com

Also for the other expectant mama's... I got a copy of "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy" the other day & it is officially one of my new favorite pregnancy books. It's not the most informative book but I was laughing out loud like a fool. So if you're still looking for a great, light-hearted book to read while breaking in the new nursrey glider... better scoop this one up!


Last but not least, I came across a blog the other day with such an amazing birth story that I just had to share! I laughed...then I cried. So good. Literally makes my heart skip a beat out of excitement for my little one's arrival. Read here & enjoy :)

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for sending me to Joanna's blog. What a wonderful birth story. Brought back many memories that we experienced 15 short months ago. One blog that I found while expecting was Becoming Sarah. She's witty, honest and takes the best natural photos ever. She is a huge advocate for child literacy and is always recommending great books. If you check her blog out, I'd go back to when she was pregnant and read til the present. You'll fall in love with her family and exuberance for being blessed to be a mom.

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  2. I haven't heard of Elf on the Shelf either! But how fun does that sound? Will have to check it out along with the red velvet yogurt!

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  3. I too have just learned what Elf on the Shelf is! I wish I had kids so I had a reason to buy it. Maybe I will anyway. :P

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  4. Oh my. I read Joanna's blog but hadn't read her birth story somehow... cried like a baby :) I can't wait to meet our little girl! I'm going to be a mess!!

    That yogurt sounds delicious. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

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  5. P.S. If you haven't read any of them, www.designmom.com has a whole serious of birth stories. They are so fun to read!

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  6. Yay, thanx for sharing all that! I don't have any kids, but I love to read peoples birth stories, so thanx for sharing that one. I love birth stories, they're so intimate and special and sometimes funny or maybe sad. It's just a very personal but beautiful moment.

    Also, I will second that red velvet cake yogurt is amazing! : )

    Btw Elf on the shelf sounds so cute! I had seen it, but I didn't realize how many cute ideas people do with it.

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  7. Another GREAT Yoplait yogurt flavor is the white chocolate strawberry one. Delicious.

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  8. I love reading your blogs! For the yogurt thing...put it in the freezer...it turns to fro yo! DELISH!

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  9. I love your blog! I am constantly checking for new posts! :) Thanks for sharing the beautiful birth story too! And as a teacher we sometimes do elf on the shelf in the classroom. I am not pregnant YET! My hubby and I have been trying for a few months now and unfortunately hasn't happened yet :( And I know you said your hubby and you tried for a few months then stopped trying and it happened and I was just wondering (if you don't mind me asking) how long you were trying? It's just so upsetting every time Aunt Flo shows up and is just good to hear stories or those who don't get prego RIGHT AWAY!

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  10. I love your blog! I am constantly checking for new posts! :) Thanks for sharing the beautiful birth story too! And as a teacher we sometimes do elf on the shelf in the classroom. I am not pregnant YET! My hubby and I have been trying for a few months now and unfortunately hasn't happened yet :( And I know you said your hubby and you tried for a few months then stopped trying and it happened and I was just wondering (if you don't mind me asking) how long you were trying? It's just so upsetting every time Aunt Flo shows up and is just good to hear stories or those who don't get prego RIGHT AWAY!

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  11. OMG I'm so glad you posted about this because I kept hearing about "Elf on a Shelf" and had no clue what anyone was talking about. That's SUCH a cute idea! I can't wait to have kids so I can do this. Ha... I'll probably do it before then. My boyfriend can just think I'm weird. What else is new?

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  12. AMAZEBALLS this post makes my heart skip a beat :)!! xoxo

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  13. Just stumbled across your blog via pinterest! We have the same due date!! :] And both boys :]

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  14. Oops, just kidding, you're having a girl... still, same due date! (Though we're secretly rooting for 10 days early so our little boy Lincoln can be born on Lincoln's birthday, haha!!)

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  15. Had not heard of Elf on a Shelf either, so you're definitely not alone! Thanks for the red velvet cake picture and the pregnancy book recommendation! I wanted to find a book that would give a good laugh, since most pregnancy books to me are terrifying!

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  16. "A Cup of Jo" is one of my fave blogs! Thanks for sharing all these goodies. Your weekly updates make me laugh, and my family/friends love the "white board" idea that I adapted from your creative chalkboard. I think I'm the only preggo that craves sour and salty rather than sweet, except for the occasional mint chocolate chip ice cream from Baskin Robbins. =)

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  17. just heard about Elf on a Shelf via Pinterest, who knew! :)

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  18. Another great book you must read is Sippy Cups are not for Chardonnay. Hilarious!

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  19. I had heard of Elf on a Shelf before but now thanks to Pinterest, I have so many fabulous ideas for when the time comes! Funny you mention sweets ... I was never a sweets girl pre-pregnancy. In fact, I really didn't like them (give me a bag of chips any day!) but it's basically all I want these days!!! Hope you're enjoying them!

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