Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Oh Ian :'(


You have taught me something today. I was sitting on the couch, babbling like a idiot because I'm stressed out over bills. Yup bills.

How stupid of me.

Your mommy has went through SO MUCH more stress then me. And she's not babbling on the couch like a idiot. She's blogging and potentially saving other babies lives.

So Ian, I grabbed my computer and started surfing facebook to try to get my mind off things. A good friend Erin reposted your mommy's blog link from another mommy who had reposted it from someone who reposted it and so on and so forth.

I clicked. Because I wanted something to read.

Maybe I should have waited until I was a little more emotionally stable.

I cried through your whole story. My little boy, sleeping in his pack and play in my bedroom was awoken to mommy hugs and kisses.

I wish with all my heart your mommy could be doing the same.

Ian, you are another example why parents should be educated about vaccines. Rarely does this happen unless there has been a reaction/family history of bad reactions causing the parents to google it. Of course, some parents DO research everything from vaccines to diapers to breast milk/formula.But not that often.

What I see typically is "Doctor knows best". Doctor tells you to vaccinate (or hell, just brings the needles in and does it), you vaccinate. Doctor tells you to use pampers instead of Hughie's, you switch. Doctor tells you to give the baby this medication or these vitamins, you fill the prescription and give it to the child.

All 50 states allow medical exemption to vaccination. All states allow a religious exemption to vaccination except Mississippi and West Virginia. No worries Mississippi and West Virginia. Parents have successfully obtained religious exemptions to vaccination. The constitutional right to have and exercise personal religious beliefs, whether you are of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim or other faith, can be defended. The following 18 states allow exemption to vaccination based on philosophical, personal or conscientiously held beliefs: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

Parents, Educate yourself on vaccines. Do it for Ian. Do it for your child. Not all of these vaccines are as safe as they seem. Any vaccine can cause side effects. Like any medicine, a vaccine could cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction.The CDC has it posted in BIG BOLD letters on their website. Don't let any health care professional tell you otherwise.

Possible Side-effects from Vaccines: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/side-effects.htm

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dear Eddie Bauer...

Dear Eddie Bauer,

You are so freaking awesome! Thank you for making such wonderful car seats (and handbags).

About a year ago my awesome aunt flew out to see me from Georgia and promised me your Deluxe 3-in-1 car seat for my son. Unfortunately since my only means of transportation was my sister in laws 3-seater truck, I hardly got to use it since I rear face. Rear facing that bulky of a seat is nearly impossible on that kind of limited space. We used a little, (dinky), Graco SnugRide.

Last week, my sister in law (Cady), bought a 1990 Honda Civic. Last week, we got the insurance, registration, and her licence renewal taken care of. Last week my husband's friend Steve properly in staled the car seat like the seasoned pro he is.

This morning I text messaged a friend of mine regarding how awesome this seat was. Randomly. See, we haven't used it much. She was in the market for a new seat for her daughter. I told her about it's plush awesomeness and durability. But I had yet to have experience with reliability in a accident.

Not even a couple hours latter, Cady passed Little Cesar's Pizza. We were going to get a Hot N Ready Pizza and go to the park with Rebel to picnic and play. She went to the next light, made a u-turn, began down the road and BLAM! So 70 year old crazy lady hits us.

Or as according to her, our car jumped in front of her out of no were as she California Rolled out of Taco Bell.

The car hit EXACTLY were Rebel was sitting on the back passenger side. Rebel didn't even flinch. Nor did he spill a drop of his apple juice.

Thank you. For cushy suede seats. Easy to cleaness. Durability. Dependability. Side Impact Protection. Built in head rest. Cup Holder. Easy to Installness.

Unfortunately, now we have to buy a new car seat. But at least I know which one to get ;-)


The Pincott Family

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

What are your top three nursing must-haves?

This topic has been on my mind to blog about since I started unpacking Rebel's bedroom. Most of my nursing must haves got mixed in with his stuff and, since we're no longer nursing, in his closet. I found my little canvas box that contained my most sacred (tehe) must haves that allowed me to nurse his whole first year at ease. What are they you wonder?

1) My Prolacta Bioscience hospital grade breast pump. This is the most amazing pump I've EVER used. And trust me I used quite a few. It's easy to use, strong, has a carrying handle, and the power in it is absolutely amazing! This is the pump they give to you when you donate breast milk, it's for you to keep and in my case, free to pass on to a mama in need (mine was donated to me).

2) Cloth breast pads. Yesssss. These are AMAZING. They hold better then disposables, are FAR MORE cost effective, are cute, and if your getting them handmade, perfectly sized. I have 34d's and I always seemed to get the disposable nursing pads made for women who were a cups or less.

3) This one is really hard, because I could have survived with the above two. But I couldn't have lived without my husband (he's the latch master) or Lasholin brand lanolin. But since some people dont have or cant get a latch master, I'll leave it at lanolin!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

ANOTHER (Yes, ANOTHER) Rebel:T/L/C Review!!

Can Kelli ever stop her genius? Psshh....That's like telling my kitten to stop chewing up my phone charger (we've gone through SIX so far). A few days after my 19TH birthday I received a package in the mail from Nevada. I love it when I get packages from Nevada because I always get cool stuff ;) This time I opened it up to see..

YUP...she even does CLOTH gift bags. She's THAT amazing. Now...whats INSIDE the gift bag is what really counted ;)

OooOoo whats inside whats inside?!

And inside that??!!??

My awesome BFF sent me PRODUCE BAGS!!! YEY!!! And I'm not even being sarcastic because I've really really been wanting a set of these ever since a friend of mine, Lisa, showed me a set she had stashed in the truck of her car. I even went as far as to buying the fabric needed to make them myself and then Dude AKA Distructo Kitty (my iPhone cord loving kitty) got ahold of it and well....now I have claw marks in my tulle. Gotta love kittens though.

I used my bags immediately (they came on grocery day LOL...I think she plans this stuff) and I gotta say they are extremely useful (well...LIFE SAVING) from the cart to the car to the counter. I have several different sizes for different produce needs.

Thats esspecially helpful since I hate using a whole pastic bag for just one avacodo/tomato (Our taco nights are usually just for my husband since I don't "do" taco's so we end up with ONE avocado ONE tomato and ONE small thing of lettuce)

The next size up is good for about 2-3lbs of fruit/veggies/etc. I wouldn't reccomend more since I worry I might rip my perfect little bags (I'm sure you could get more in there if you wanted though). This week Rebel is trying fresh peaches (a 2lbs/99CENTS sale item ;) These are a great way to keep them fresh and easily accessible.

For the larger size I am TRUELY grateful. We are one of those rare families that don't own a banana hammock. I know I know....we're weird. But up until recently we never owned more then a couple bananas at a time and they were either eaten or forgotten before we had a need for storage. Now Rebel has became a banana junkie. Were looking for a BA but the white pages are not very helpful. Maybe there are online meetings ;)

The carry bag wasn't forgotten once all the bags were used either! I found a special special use for it for something VERY dear to my heart (wink wink)

(everyone says it stinks lol.)

All in all it was my most used birthday gift so far (besides the pre-paid credit card hehe) but by far my favorite (....and prepaid credit cards are awesome...so thats saying something). Kelli puts ALOT of time and effort into her work to make it perfect (gotta love OCD!)

If you like my blog "like" Kelli's page ;) http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=258218&id=113388705351049&ref=fbx_album#!/rebelTLCs She's my inspiration for most of my writing and has some AWESOME products, all made with WAHM (work at home mom) LOVE!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Do you like saving money too?

Over the past couple years I've had to learn how to stretch my money. Big time. I was out of the house by the time I was 15, pregnant at 16, and married at 17. Life comes at you fast ;)

I wanted to share today a few websites that make my life easier, the ones I turn to when there's $100 left to buy us all food, clothing, and entertainment for the week.

The first on is swagbucks. What is swagbucks? Swagbucks is google (basically), but every time you use it you earn points (or 'swagbucks'). After you save these up for a bit, you can redeem them for anything. Yes anything. Because if it's physically not in their 'swagstore', they also have pay pal (CASH!!) and amazon gift cars (and amazon UK, and amazon CA cards!). I usually save up and buy a amazon gift card, apply it to my account, and periodically when I need something but have no cash, I use my saved up amazon money to buy what I need.

Search & Win

Next is ChaCha. What is ChaCha? Have you seen a KGB commercial? No?! Ummm...Ok. ChaCha is a "Human search engine", a service were you can call or text a question (What was Abe Lincoln's birthday? Who gave us the statue of liberty? Is my boyfriend cheating on me? Whats the square root of pi?) and within a few minutes, you get a answer back (February 12, France, No, he's as faithful as can be, 1.7725)

But....Who is giving you these answers?

Regular Joe's, stay at home moms, just about anyone.

Are you going to get rich? No. Are you going to make $8 a hour? No. But it's a couple extra bucks when you need it. They have a new "Pay me now" option that allows you to save up your money month by month and cash out when you need it, plus special events to earn extra cash and cool prizes.

You can apply to be a guide at chacha.com, scroll to the bottom and click "Become a Guide"

(Hint: Use google on your tests....they expect you to!)

Next is www.retailmenot.com. This is my LIFESAVER! I use this site the most when I am ordering domino's ;) they always have TONS of cool promo codes! I've never paid more then $10 to feed my entire family on pizza night. This is also great for printable coupons, and all online stores. They have something for everyone, even international!

I'm also in love with www.freesamplesite.com. The ladies (and gents) on this site are amazing freebie finders! I've gotten so many tips and tricks to get free samples, coupons, and special offers from the manufacturers I use everyday. The best tip I ever got was EMAIL THE COMPANIES YOU USE! Eg. If your using Huggies, contact Kimberly~Clark and ask away for samples, coupons, offers, and to be on their mailing list. If you have a problem with any product EMAIL THE COMPANY! They will ALWAYS refund you or replace the product. And 9 times out of 10, they will throw in extras. I had a situation were I found red mike and ikes in my hot tamales. I thought it was accually a good combo and called Just Born. Turns out that 2 batches had got mixed up and now there was mike and ikes in everything. I received coupons, peeps, a 5lb bag of hot tamales, several small bags of fire hot tamales, mike and ikes, etc. 2 10lb packages! I also had a situation back when I was using disposable diapers were the tabs on my pampers kept riping right off. P&G send me coupons for 3 mega-boxes of pampers and a mega bag of wipes! The people on freesamplesite.com are truly amazing!

Amazon is another place I love. You can buy anything (even food) on amazon.com and have it shipped to your door. I always buy 'used' and get awesome deals! The only sucky part is when buying used, you have to pay shipping (buying directly from amazon you do not if your order is over $25 typically). But, even with shipping I usually save a bundle. Books I buy for $4 (1 cent for books, $3.99 for shipping) typically, and movies are just a bit more if that (some are even cheaper).

Graveyardmall.com is another great one. It's were "good deals come to die". It's like a online "Ross", full of other store's stuff they couldn't sell, so they sell it to GYM, and GYM sells it you you for wholesale prices. Unfortunately shipping can be high at times, but they have been getting better with this.

I can't talk about Listia.com enough!
Auctions for free stuff at Listia.com

Listia is Ebay, but free. You 'bid' on items with credits. Well, Jen, how the heck do I get these credits? Easy Peasy. Click the banner above, fill out the usual info (name, email, user name, password, etc), and score 150 points to start. You can get more credits by being a active member, sharing Listia and auctions on facebook and twitter, referring friends, or 'selling' you unwanted things (clothes, shoe's, jewelry, housewares, electronics, etc etc). If you find something you REALLY want, you can always buy credits. Usually you have to pay shipping for your winnings, but about 1/3 of the time the items are shipped free to you.

There's more ways to save money using the net, so I'll update you guys asap with my findings!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Were do I start??

Do you know how many people I run into in real life and on the web that want to start cloth diapering, and are pleading,"WERE DO I START?"...

Pssh...you? What about me? The seasoned diaper-er? Were do I start??!

Ok peoples...here we go.

We all start somewhere. We didn't just wake up with a stack of OS AIO's. Very very few of us even had someone telling us whats good and bad, what PUL means and if Velcro or snaps will work for you or not. Most of us scoured the Internet trying to figure out was AIO means, what 'FB' stands for, what cracked PUL means, etc. I wanted to share a page that helped me quite a bit when I first started up: