Five Things Friday: Children’s Books

For Today’s Five Things Friday, I have picked 5 of my favorite books from when I was a kid. I only have one so far, and must get the other 4!

1. Teddy Bear Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy This came with a RECORD, and my sister, Caty, and I used to sing this over and over, we used to sing one line completely wrong. It probably isn’t funny to anyone but us, but I still sing it that way.

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2. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw My mom used to read this to Caty and I when we were sick.

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3. Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi I loved Raffi growing up, but Caty and I got our own books with one song, and this was mine. It’s even better if you act it out.

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4. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff This is the only book I currently own for my baby. Nick thinks it’s hilarious that I know the entire thing.

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5. Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss I love all Dr. Seuss but this one was my favorite as a kid. I think mostly because I wanted a turtle as a pet.

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6. I know it’s supposed to only be 5, however this is a poem not a book. My dad used to read The Children’s Hour by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Caty and I. We both can repeat the entire poem from memory.

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All photos courtesy of Amazon.

Keep your questions coming here!

Today’s Question: What was your favorite children’s book>


Today, I am 35 weeks along and the baby is the size of a honeydew melon! Their is less space available for the baby now, he is taking up almost all the space available, which would explain the swift kicks to the ribcage and the hips. His kidneys are fully developed and his liver is almost fully developed, he can process some waste! Babycenter tells me, most of his development is done, however he will spend the next 5 weeks gaining weight. Ten pound baby here we come!

My hormones are out of control, I get very emotional about everything, but especially my body, I am already insecure, and I know everything is for baby b so I am trying to not let my insecurities get the best of me. Big props to my husband for putting up with me.

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How far along?: 35 weeks, 1 day.

Total weight gain? This week I gained 4 pounds, yikes. This baby is going to be a cute chubby baby :), puts my total at +26.

The Bump: I used photo booth on my laptop and then another with my phone, so they’re not great, but I do what I can when I am alone taking the photos, so it’s a pretty terrible photo. I am trying really hard to not get down on the rest of my body in this photo. All I can say is I can’t wait to get cleared for working out again.

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What I’m excited about/looking forward to: I WANT MY FURNITURE. I am so impatient, and being a hormonal pregnant woman is not helping.

Maternity Clothes: It’s hot, I am a sweaty mess in the heat under normal circumstances. I am staying inside in shorts and tank tops for as much time as possible.

Symptoms: I have heartburn every morning for some reason, but it usually goes away after an hour or two. THe worst has been my hips. like excruciating pain when I get up to go to the bathroom around 4 am. I also have an appetite fit for a horse, and no signs of letting up yet.

Labor Signs: Nothing yet.

Milestones: 35 week check-up with the doctor early next week. Plus our first father’s day this weekend!

Today’s Question: I plan on writing a post, with my personal opinions, on how to handle friends that are pregnant or have newborns. Any questions you want me to answer?

Baking with Kids

Since Nick and I live right outside Boston we are both at least 2 hours away from our families. It’s usually a treat when anyone comes to visit us, since we usually do the traveling.

During their April vacation from school my two nephews and my mom came for a visit. The oldest, 15, loves to bake so I thought one of the things we could do together is bake something. I asked him in advance what he would like to make and he gave me some very generic answers. I bought a lot of ingredients so we could decide that day.

When our the boys and my mom got here we hung out for a bit before we started cooking. The boys ended up deciding on the dreaded chocolate chip cookie. I say dreaded because I have NEVER been able to make a chocolate chip cookie that I love. They need to be fluffy and chewy. I always end up with flat cookies. I have tried a million different recipes and today was no different.

I decided to use this recipe on the back of the bag for the Ghirardelli chocolate chips, I had never tried this recipe, and for the 2 years we have lived year, I have never attempted the cookie of doom.

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My helpers:
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Ben, 15

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Cole, 7

I split up tasks for the boys to do based on difficulty. I had Ben do a lot of the measuring and handling all of the liquid ingredients, while Cole dumped the dry ingredients in the bowl and helped mix the ingredients together

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While the boys finished up putting all the ingredients together, I lined my baking sheets with wax paper and set the boys up in stations. I showed them how to make a good size cookie and let them get dirty!

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Once the boys finished, we put the first round of cookies in the oven. While I washed the dishes the boys ran around playing games.

Finished product:
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That didn’t seem to bother the boys at all, they devoured waaay to many before lunch, it’s okay it’s vacation after all, so I think they loved them.
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They tasted okay to me, a little too buttery almost and again flat. What are your tips for fluffy delicious chocolate chip cookies?

Here are a few of my tips for baking with children:

1. Pick a recipe that is age appropriate. Don’t pick a recipe that includes a lot of heavy machine use or knife skills if baking with a young child.

2. Pick a recipe that the child likes, or if you want to pick something they have never tried, use an ingredient that they love, like chocolate.

3. Bake something that doesn’t take forever. Depending on the age, the child could lose interest very quickly and you might be stuck doing the rest of the baking and watching a child.

4. This one isn’t so much baking but general kitchen tips: a. Make sure the kids understand the importance of cleaning the kitchen before and after baking.

b. Washing your hands frequently, especially if you are touching the ingredients, like my nephews touching the cookie dough.

c. Eating raw dough/ingredients. This is my personal preference. Since the kids are not mine, I didn’t want to let them eat raw dough if it isn’t what their parents would want. But I wouldn’t let my kids eat raw dough with eggs. I wouldn’t want my guests, especially kids, spending their visit on the bathroom floor.

5. Send the kids home with what they made. I certainly didn’t need 4 dozen cookies at my disposal. I think it is a proud moment when the kids can go home and share with their families what they made.

Today’s Questions: Do you have any tips for baking with children? Also, do you have a baking kryptonite? And I will take ANY chocolate chip cookie suggestions!

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 10

I have seen this song challenge on many other blogs or facebook and twitter. The idea is to share a tiny bit of yourself by choosing a song. The idea is to choose a song every day, but for the purpose of the blog I am going to choose once a week.

The tenth day is a song that makes you fall asleep. I am honestly drawing a blank with this one. If I listen to music I am more likely to stay awake.

Today’s Question: Do any songs make you fall asleep or does music keep you awake?


Today, I am 34 weeks along and the baby is the size of another one of my favorite fruits, a cantaloupe! He is gaining a lot of weight and preparing for his entrance in to the world! According to babycenter, he is gaining more fat and his testicles are making their descent to their resting place. I don’t know why, but I find this amusing.

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How far along?: 34 weeks 1 day.

Total weight gain/loss: I am up 3 more pounds from last week, which puts my total at +22. I am definitely gaining way more weight now, in the last trimester, than in the first 2. Supposedly, your appetite is supposed to lessen from here on out, but I really haven’t experienced that. I have been trying to eat filling foods, like eggs, beans and oatmeal in the morning so that I am not as hungry throughout the day, but it doesn’t seem to matter.

The Bump: I don’t have a photo for this week. I’ll try and update this over the weekend, so you can see the belly in all its glory.

What I’m excited about/looking forward to: Nick and I are going shopping this weekend for a bassinet and hopefully a glider. Fingers crossed we find something!

Maternity Clothes: Normally I don’t mind the muggy weather, but as a pregnant woman, I wish it would cool down just a tiny bit. If I had it my way I would walk around in my bathing suit for the next 6 weeks.

Symptoms: I am definitely back to the exhausted phase, I am tired all the time. I am also really sore, I think a big contributor is the stairs to the condo + the weather, so I am trying to take it easy. I also have this constant pain in my right calf. It’s always sore, but at random times it’ll become painful with no notice.

Labor Signs: Nothing yet.

Belly Button in or out?: Still an inny, yay!

Milestones: None this week.

Baby B is attending his first contest this weekend, NKOTBSB. I am sure Nick wishes it was something different, but I think he will love every minute.

Today’s Question: Know anyone who needs tickets? I am still selling 3!

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 9

I have seen this song challenge on many other blogs or facebook and twitter. The idea is to share a tiny bit of yourself by choosing a song. The idea is to choose a song every day, but for the purpose of the blog I am going to choose once a week.

The ninth day is a song that you can dance to. I will pretty much dance to anything. I listen to top 40 in the car when I am not listening to my iPod, but I do have a pretty stellar getting ready to go out playlist and it includes some sweet 80’s music. So for this week I will use “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar. Also from the awesome movie 13 Going On 30, don’t judge.



Today’s Question: What is a song on you’re getting ready or dance party mix?


Today, I am 33 weeks along and the baby is the size of one of my favorite fruits, a pineapple! He is gaining a lot of weight and preparing for his entrance in to the world! According to my doctor he is head down, so that is good. He has a nice strong heartbeat, and the past few days he has been so active, I love it. He won’t kick for his Nouna (Godmother) though.

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How far along?: 33 weeks 4 days.
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Total weight gain/loss: I am up 2 more pounds from last week, which puts my total at +19. I think I am going to be one of those women who gains IT ALL in the last trimester. Luckily, it seems to be all in my belly. At least that’s what everyone tells me.

The Bump: I took this photo at my in-laws over the weekend, so it’s not great, but I do what I can.

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What I’m excited about/looking forward to: I don’t know what I am excited about. I am still anxiously awaiting the furniture. Nick and I NEED to at least get a bassinet this weekend. I need to feel like we are at least making progress somewhere.

Maternity Clothes: It’s a good thing I am not really working right now because the weather, plus the humidity is insane. I stay inside with the AC and tanks & shorts. When I go out I stick to leggings, long tanks, and dresses.

Symptoms: I am becoming more and more achy as the days rack up. In the middle of the night I have gotten many charlie horses…not fun. I also find it hard to get really comfortable for long periods of time, whether it be sitting or lying down.

Labor Signs: Nothing yet.

Belly Button in or out?: Surprisingly still an inny. I don’t know if it will pop.

What I miss: Sleeping on my tummy and sushi.

Milestones: None this week.

The baby attended his first of many Greek Festivals this weekend. Nick was playing in the band, as he usually does, and the baby and I enjoyed gyros and loukamades all weekend. He also attended his first wedding, as my college roommate got married!

Today’s Question: Is there anything else we can do to prepare for baby b without furniture??