Author: Dena

It’s not goodbye, just see ya later…

This is one of the hardest posts I have written to date, as it will be my last as a CTWM blogger. A little while ago, my husband and I made the decision to look at the possibilities of moving closer to our families in NH. Things happened fast, and just before our vacation I was offered, and subsequently accepted a job. We will be moving soon, and the house that seemed so small a few weeks ago now feels like a small country that needs to be packed up. And though we are thrilled to be able to live closer to family (really close, as we will be living with my folks for a bit), I’m a bit sad, a little stressed, and trying to hold it all together. It hits me in waves and the little moments throughout the day about the life we have built over the last 10 years in CT. The neighbor who has become a surrogate grandma; the friends who are sad to see us go, yet so happy for us; the house that I brought both of my babies home to; the people who have watched those babies and helped us turn them into the two beautiful flowers that they are; the people who were strangers at first and have become like family; my sisters who may not be related to me...

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When your child gets lost…

It was our first day of vacation and everyone was excited!  We had an adult to kid ratio of 6 to 2, so we were feeling confident that we could navigate all the throngs of people easily and not lose anyone. We were wrong. While walking to our next destination, we came to a fork in the road and among hundreds of other visitors and all the looking up at the sights, Miles went one way while the rest of us went the other. Cue panic and fear. Luckily we noticed it right away, but it still took us a good 10 minutes of hell to find him.  He was just as scared as we were, but because he was prepped he was able to remember what to do to help himself to find his family.  It was a good reminder to always be alert and aware, but also of the importance of preparing your kids for the worst, even if it never comes into practice. Some tips for teaching your kids what to do if they get lost:  –  Take a picture of your kids each morning in the clothes they are wearing for the day in case you need to show it to people to help locate your child and give an accurate description of what they were wearing.  In moments of panic it is easy to...

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Product Review: CleanWell Botanical Cleaners and Fabric Spray

When it comes to cleaning my house, if you follow me you know that it is a reluctant chore that is not on the top of my list.  I do not have floors you can eat off of and the bathroom sink often looks like an alpine slide from all the toothpaste spit (Win for brushing the kids teeth, though!).  The good folks at CleanWell have come out with a newer cleaning product line and were kind enough to send over some for me to try! My experience with this company has been good.  I usually stock up on their Hand Sanitizer to put in school backpacks or keep in the car.  It really helps in the potty training years when “I gotta go!” means I had to go five minutes ago and you better PULL OVER NOW LADY!  I have known their products to be toxin free and rate well with my trusty EWG.  I was excited ( and so was my husband) to try out their cleaning products! When I DO clean I usually use homemade stuff, so I was interested in seeing if CleanWell products would persuade me to spend a little extra cash next time company comes over and I need to clean. CleanWell’s website and the fact sheet they sent me boast that their products do not contain synthetic fragrances, dyes, ammonia, alcohol, or...

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Cleaner Living: Make Your Own Drinkable Yogurt

It happens to all of us. You take the kids to the grocery store (which I am convinced is hell on earth), and they are instantly attracted to the bright colors and fun characters on packages of stuff you don’t necessarily want to give them.  It’s confusing to them why something with Dora on it can’t be good for them- I mean she can lead you safely across the Sticky Swamp, why wouldn’t she be leading you to healthy food? Well, advertising rant aside, I just find it gross that companies turn simple things into science experiments and places to put unnecessary ingredients, like sugar.  Case in point, my kids like those yogurt drinks. When you look at the nutritional information you see this: Sugar makes its way to the second spot on the ingredient list, and there are a whole lot of things labeled that I’m sure our ancestors did not put into their own yogurt mixtures.  Even on more reputable brands, like Stonyfield Farms list (organic) sugar as their second ingredient.  Now, my kids get their fill of sugar from cakes, candies, and ice cream, do they really need to be getting it with something healthy like yogurt?  I say no.  Besides the health factor, these little drinks can be EXPENSIVE! So what to do, but make your own! I have read a lot about the benefits...

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10 Reasons My Kids Hate Me This Week

Do you ever have one of those days (weeks, months, years) when you think your kids HATE you?  When not only do you think you are doing it all wrong, but maybe they do too (or <gasp> someone else is doing it better)?  Both Patty and Sarah hit the nail on the head this week, and got me to thinking of the reasons my kids “strongly dislike” me every now and then. Let me preface this list by stating the “Mommy Guilt Disclaimer”- I love my children unconditionally, with all of my heart. They are the reason I get up in the morning and fight like hell every day that they have the best little lives ever. But, let’s be real; they are also the reason why bedtime is often the best part of my day, and the wine rack is as essential a fixture in my house as the toilet.  I don’t really think they hate me, in fact I’m pretty sure they love me- they prove it every day with their sweet snuggles and spontaneous “I love yous.”  BUT I also have the sneaking suspicion that they plot together on the regular to see how long it takes this time to make Mommy go bat-shit crazy. So…. 10 Reasons My Kids Hate Me This Week: 1.   I make them eggs and bacon, and occasionally pancakes and...

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