Thursday, December 31, 2009

Free Redbox Rental

If curling up and watching a movie is your idea of a perfect evening, visit your local Redbox and enter one of the following codes to receive a free rental:


To use the code, select 'Rent with a promo code' before you select the movie. Note that you can only use one free code per credit/debit card.

Thanks Cha-Ching on a Shoestring!

Sunday Coupon Preview

I found a great website that previews all of the coupons in the upcoming Sunday paper. This is a great resource to decide if you want to buy a paper on Sunday (or three!).

Sunday Coupon Preview

Free Pregnancy Journal from PreNexta

I used a pregnancy journal when I was expecting my daughter and can't wait to share it with her when she gets older. If you are expecting, this is a great offer for you. Click here to receive a FREE pregnancy journal from PreNexta. This journal also includes great tips for a healthy and successful pregnancy.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Taco Bell: Free Taco Fresco

While supplies last, Taco Bell is offering a printale coupon for a free Taco Fresco. Click here to print your coupon. Print your coupon soon because there are only 1,000,000 coupons available.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Amazon: Magazine Subscriptions $5

Amazon is once again offering $5 subscriptions for the following magazines:

  • Southern Living
  • This Old House
  • Sunset
  • Health
  • Coastal Living
  • Golf
  • Essensce

Click here for more information.

Target: New Coupons

Target has posted some new printable coupons this week. Click here to review and print your coupons.

Sweet Tomatoes: BOGO

Click here for a BOGO coupon from Sweet Tomatoes (Expires 1/3/10).

Snapfish Sale: 40% Off Winter Clearance

Snapfish is offering 40% many of their photo gifts (Code: WINTER40). Click here for more details.

Now is also a great time to order photo calendars for yourself and all your friends and family. Use code WINTERCAL35 to receive 35% off your calendar purchase.

Happy Holidays!

Due to the holidays I have been completely MIA. Starting today I will resume posting information for all the mommies out there! Hope you had a great Christmas.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Frugal Friday Deals 12/4

With all of the holiday madness I didn't get to post and deals last week, but here are some great deals I found this week:

Cost Plus World Market- 25% off coupon here (expires 12/6) Sample Claus- 7 free Christmas downloads here.

Various Free Gift Cards w/Purchase:
  • Applebees-Buy $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card free
  • Denny's-Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card free
  • IHOP- Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card free
  • Outback Steakhouse- Buy a $100 gift card, get a $20 bonus card free
  • Red Robin-Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 gift card free

Thanks Mommies with Cents!

My Little Pony- Save $5 off $20 purchase with coupon here.

Gevalia- 3 boxes, $3 plus free shipping and a free stainless steel scoop here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Magazine Subscriptions: Only $5 at Amazon

I was so excited when I saw this deal because my Real Simple subscription is up in January. Amazon is offering $5 subscriptions on the following magazines:
  • Real Simple
  • Sports Illustrated Kids
  • Smart Money
  • People Style Watch
  • Popular Science
  • Travel and Leisure
  • Food and Wine
  • House Beautiful
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Southern Living

This deal is only available through 12/1! Click here for your subscription.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Carter's 50% Off Sale (Plus 20% off coupon)

November 23-29 Carter's is offering 50% off their entire store. Plus, click here to receive an additional 20% off coupon when you spend $50 or more (expires 12/2). Happy shopping!

Target: Free Medium Drink 11/27-11/28

If you are going to be out and about getting your holiday shopping done, print this coupon from Target for a free medium soda at the Target cafe (good 11/27 & 11/28).

Amazing Deal: 100 SeeHere Free Photo Cards

I have been waiting all year to order my holiday photo cards with my daughter in her first Christmas dress. When I saw this deal on Common Sense with Money I was a bit skeptical, but it works. After you create your holiday photo cards (or any other photo cards of your choice) enter promo code newbaby at checkout. You will receive up to 100 photo cards free. Click here to order.

Plus, through the end of today receive 50% off site wide (excluding prints) with promo code 2day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Blockbuster Express-Free Rental Through 11/30/09

Enter code 9PM at any Blockbuster Express and receive 1 free rental. This offer expires 11/30/09.

Not sure where to find a Blockbuster Express machine? Click here.

Thank you Cha-Ching on a Shoestring!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Snapfish: 100 Free Prints W/ Purchase & Free Prints for New Customers (Today Only)

When you place an order at of $5 or more, you will receive 100 free prints. This offer is only available through midnight tonight (11/17/09)! Plus, new customers can receive an additional 50 free prints for signing up.
Click here to make your purchase and receive your free prints.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Babies-How Expensive Are They?

I knew that it would be an added expense to have my daughter, but I never realized how much money I would spend during the first year. First there was the baby gear, then the clothing, next the baby food, and now formula.

If you are planning on having a baby or have just had one, it is a good idea to make a baby budget. I have found some great resources to assist you in planning for your little wad of cash (a.k.a. bundle of joy):

Baby Center: Baby Cost Calculator

Money Smart Life: Baby Expense Budgeting Can You Afford to Have Kids?

Remember that there are many ways that you can cut back on the costs of having a child. Here are a few ideas that I have found helpful:

  • Clip/Print coupons. Check out and for weekly printable coupons.

  • Sign up for email/mail savings from companies like Huggies, Enfamil, Similac, Gerber, etc
  • Borrow larger toys like bouncers, jumpers, exersaucers, etc. from friends who aren't currently using theirs (check out this post for more toy savings ideas)

  • Buy clothing from a secondhand shop

  • Breastfeed as long as possible (I found out this month just how expensive formula is!)

  • Make your own baby food (check out this post for more details)
Please leave comments with more ideas about how to save on first year baby expenses!


I have been losing my mind ever since I gave birth to my daughter. I have lost my keys, forgot about appointments, and misplaced things. I used to have to remind my husband of things all the time, but lately he has been reminding me. I like to blame it on the baby brain! Because of this and because of the increase in activities, I am in serious need of a personal organizer. If you are in the same situation that I am, check out this giveaway from Brown Paper Packages for your chance to win a Personal & Family Organizer. You can also download BusyBodyBook's Weekly Grid Sample Page here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Frugal Friday Deals 11/13

Here are some great deals to take advantage of this weekend:

Boston Market- $1 off any individual meal, $2 off any $10 purchase, $4 off any $20 purchase (plus kids eat free on weekends) here.

JC Penny- $10 off any online purchase of $10 or more. Use code GR8VALUE when you checkout (expires 12/18/09).

Coinstar- Get $10 more when you change $40. Click here for details (expires 12/6/09).

Free Download by a CMA Nominated Artist- at Click here for details (must redeem by 11/22/09).

Plus, if you are feeling ambitious this weekend check out the newly released deals for Black Friday from Target!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

30% Off at Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy

Click here to print your coupon for 30% off your entire purchase at Gap, Gap Outlet, Banana Republic, and Old Navy November 12-15. Plus 5% of your purchase will be donated to Donors Choose!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Frugal Friday Deals

Here are some great Frugal Friday Deals to make your weekend that much better:

Panda Express- Buy a 2 or 3 entree plate and get a single entree free with this coupon.

Denny's-Buy a burger, fries, and 2 drinks and get a burger and fries for free here.

Gymboree- 30% off between November 5th-8th with this coupon.

CVS- $5 of $30 purchase when you fill out a quick questionnaire here.

Target- 6 Wii Games for $30. Read this for more information.

Gap- 25% off entire purchase including sale items through the 8th with this coupon.

Carrie Underwood Download-Free from Walmart, just click here.

Outback- Free Bloomin' Onion with the purchase on an entree when you become a Facebook fan of Outback here.

Dairy Queen: BOGO free Blizzard when you sign up for their club here (scroll to bottom).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Coupons for Toys at Target

If you are looking for a Christmas/Birthday present for your young reader, there is a great deal at Target for the LeapFrog Tag Junior System. Originally 29.99, LeapFrog is offering a $10 off coupon and Target is also offering a $10 off coupon, making this product only $9.99!

Click here for the $10 coupon from LeapFrog
Click here for the $10 coupon from Target

Target is offering a total of 57 coupons for toys and games. Click here to view and print.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Getting Groceries...Cheap!

As a stay-at-home mom, I am always looking for ways to save money on groceries. I am proud to say that in the last couple months I have become a coupon clipping, price shopping master. Most weeks I spend about an hour looking through ads and clipping coupons. This week I spent $75 on groceries (which actually included a few high price items including 2 packs of diapers and 2 bags of dog food) and saved $80! My husband pointed out that if I spent an hour looking for the specials, I had made $80 for an hour of work. Not a bad salary! I am still perfecting my craft, but it has become a game to see how much money I can save. I thought I would share with you my recipe for success:
  1. Pull out the ads for the stores you frequent (I normally shop at Super Target, Fry's, and Sunflower Farmers Market).
  2. Look for the best deals on meat products. From these deals decide on your nightly main course. (Check out this article on "How to Spot a Great Price on Meat").
  3. Use sites like Stretching a Buck , $5 or Moms Need to Know to find great deals at your favorite stores + coupons.
  4. Take out your clipped coupons and compare with ads. Also, check out coupon sites like and
  5. Know your store's coupon policy. For example, Target will accept their coupons plus manufacturer's coupons, so you are often able to get items for free or very cheap.
  6. Look for stores to have double, triple, quadruple coupons (most will honor up to $1). When these promotions occur, use your coupons to buy lower priced items to get them for free or close to free.
  7. If you find a super deal on meat, frozen/canned veggies, canned foods, etc. buy extra and stockpile.

Plus, check out my favorite website Stretching a Buck for weekly deals at these stores:

Kroger (Fry's)




These are just a few of my ideas. Please leave a comment about how you save money on groceries.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Introducing Finger Foods

Much to my surprise, my seven month old daughter started feeding herself a couple days ago. About a month ago, my pediatrician recommended giving her Gerber Puffs so that she could begin learning to feed herself (with thumb and pincher finger). She has now mastered the concept! I have been doing some research and found some great information on starting finger foods that I thought I would share with you.

You can start your child on finger foods when they master the thumb-finger grasp (anywhere between 7-10 months) and when they begin to show interest in grabbing food off your plate.

Best Finger Foods:
  • Cut up pieces of bananas or pears
  • Baked apple cubes
  • Melon cubes
  • Pieces of avocado
  • Pieces of baked sweet potato
  • Peas
  • Cut-up green beans
  • Cooked, diced carrots
  • Bite sized pieces of cheese
  • Cereal such as Cheerios
  • Cooked pasta
  • Lightly toasted pieces of toast or bagels

Tips and Hints:

  • Check with your doctor before feeding your child any new foods
  • As with baby food, introduce finger foods one at a time
  • Give your child a few pieces of food at a time
  • Let your child "play" with the food, this is part of the learning process
  • ALWAYS supervise your child while they are eating!!!!

Here are some helpful links:

Southwest Airline Deals

For all you traveling mamas, Southwest is offering some great airfare deals available through tomorrow.

0-374 miles = $25
375-549 miles = $50
550-999 miles = $75
1000+ miles = $100

These rates are good when you book travel between Dec 2-16 or Jan 5-Feb 10. Click here for more details.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Free Sample: Pampers Extra Protection Diapers

Pampers is giving away a free sample of their Extra Protection Diapers. Sign up here to receive your free sample.

You can also sign up to receive money savings offers at In addition to receiving offers, you will also be entered to win a year's worth of free diapers!

Friday, October 23, 2009

New Printable Target Coupons

Target has added printable coupons that expire November 17, 2009 (a total of $19 in savings). Click here to get new coupons.

Just in case you haven't had a chance to buy your candy for Halloween, there are coupons for candy!

Super Giveaway From Rasun

Continuing with our theme of mom-made giveaways, we will be giving away a Super Mom Package. Rasunbaby, a company created by two very talented and creative moms, will be giving away a custom diaper bag, nursing cover, and state onesie to one lucky follower.

Rasunbaby offers fashionable products for moms and babies. What I like about their products is that they are truly one of a kind. I love their custom onesies (especially the three tiered ruffle bum).

The drawing will be held today through November 20th. I will select a winner using There are several ways to enter: Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

1. Visit Rasunbaby's website and become a follower.

2. Become a follower of Being Mommy (if you already follow, leave a comment)

3. Grab my button and provide the link to your site (if you already have my button, leave a comment)

4. Become a Facebook fan of Being Mommy

5. Follow Being Mommy on Twitter

Barnes & Noble: Free Hot Chocolate and Cookie (Tomorrow Only)

Visit Barnes & Noble tomorrow and receive a free small cookie and kid's size hot chocolate from their cafe. Click here to receive the printable couple.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Free Subscription-Parenting Magazine

Get 11 issues of Parenting Early Years free when you click here.

This magazine is geared to the needs of moms with children 0-5.

Fuji Film See Here-100 Free Prints

With Christmas right around the corner, now is a great time to order prints for all of your relatives. Fuji Film is offering 100 free 4 x 6 prints when you sign up on their site. You can get your prints here.

They also have holiday photo cards for as low as $0.59!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Huggies Diaper Coupons

Here are some great printable Huggies coupons from

Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers $3 off
Huggies Little Movers or Snugglers Diapers $1.50 0ff

Baby Deals offers deals on everything from baby gear to maternity clothes. Drop by daily to check out the new special.

Thanks Rachel for this info!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Traveling with Babies

In honor of my trip this weekend, I thought I would blog about traveling with babies. Including this weekend, I have now gone out of town 3 times with my daughter. I definitely took for granted how easy it was to travel without a baby. Now I have to plan for everything...what do I take, what is the best time to leave, what are all the possible things that could happen, etc.

I have found that the following things are important when traveling:
  • Make a list of what you need to pack.
  • Plan the best time of day to travel (if we drive we like to start in the evening when we know our daughter will sleep the most).
  • Travel as light as possible. Leave large items at home (i.e. take your baby carrier instead of the stroller if possible)
  • If you are traveling by plane find a company in your destination city that rents out baby equipment so you don't have to bring your own.
  • Contact the hotel ahead of time and rent one of their cribs.
  • Have a container full of travel size toiletries (hair gel, shampoo, toothpaste, cotton swabs, etc.). When you pack go to the container and pack what you need.
  • Pack one suitcase or bag with clothes, diapers, burp cloths, etc. and one for formula, bottles, bibs, etc. Then you will know where everything is!

Here are some great sites that have advice for travel:

Planning a Trip:

Travel Games for Babies:

Surviving a Plane Trip:

Packing Checklist:

Post comments about what you have found helpful when traveling.

Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to our two giveaway winners. Our winners were randomly selected using

Angela Hitt: Jewelry Designs for the Fashion Savvy and Bows #4
Toot Toot TuTus #82

Keep an eye out for our upcoming giveaways!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Target Deals

In honor of the Super Target opening in my hometown, I thought I would post a link to one of my favorite blogs, Stretching a Buck. Here you will find the weekly deals for Target and links to tons of printable coupons. Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 12, 2009


My daughter has been constantly chewing on her fingers the last week or so which leaves me she teething? I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about some of the symptoms of teething and what you can do to help your child.

  • Irritability
  • Drooling
  • Coughing (due to excess saliva)
  • Biting and gnawing
  • Cheek rubbing and ear pulling (pain can travel to these areas)

Addition Possible Symptoms (these are thought to be correlated to teething, but have not been proven):

  • Diarrhea
  • Low-grade fever
  • Not sleeping well
  • Cold like symptoms (runny nose)

So what are some things that you can do for your child to ease the pain of teething?

  • Offer your child cold/frozen teething rings
  • Feed your child chilled foods such as applesauce or yogurt
  • Use Baby Orajel or a similar pain relieving product
  • Give your baby Tylenol (check with your doctor first to make sure this is ok)

Here are some additional resources:

Feel free to leave comments about what has worked well for your teething child.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pedialyte Coupon

Unfortunately it is the season for illnesses. Pedialyte is a great product to prevent your child from getting dehydrated in case of an illness. Pedialyte is offering a $1.50 off printable coupon. Click here to print your coupon.

$75 in Savings from Hasbro

If you like Playskool toys check out their coupon link. Hasbro is offering $75 worth of coupons on toys for babies to young children. These coupons would be perfect if you are looking to get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Jamba's Feel Good Buck

Who doesn't love a good Jamba Juice pick me up? Jamba Juice is giving away Feel Good Bucks. The Buck is worth at least $1 and can be worth up to $10,000 click here for more information and to print your Buck.

Free Breakfast-IKEA

What could be better than visiting IKEA and getting a FREE breakfast? Visit IKEA between Saturday, October 10 and Monday, October 12 and receive a FREE breakfast and coffee. Click here for more information.

Easy Halloween Party Mix-Harvest Gorp

Every fall, my Grandma makes what our family refers to as Harvest Gorp. With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought I would provide the "recipe" for the mix. It is easy and quite a crowd favorite.

Harvest Gorp
Original Goldfish
Candy Corn (regular and larger pumpkin shapes)

Take all of the ingredients and mix together. You will have the perfect sweet and salty mix for your party.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Enfamil $5 Printable Coupon

If you use Enfamil Premium with Triple Health Guard there is a great $5 off coupon. Click here to print. You can print up to 2 coupons.

Monday, October 5, 2009

What Have You Done for Yourself Lately?

I went to a group called The Parent Connection this afternoon and the facilitator asked a good question: "What have you done for yourself since your baby was born?". For myself? Sometimes I am lucky to get a shower in. How do you take time to think about yourself when you have someone depending on your 24/7? Most of the time I feel guilty if I spend time doing something I enjoy because there is always something "more important" to do.

As I thought about this question, I realized that it is important to spend time on yourself. It is important for your sanity and so that you don't forget what it is that you enjoy doing. This is why I am challenging you to do one thing for yourself every day this week. It can be something as small as taking a bath or asking your significant other to watch the baby while you go to the store. I would love for you to leave a comment about what you did this week for yourself to serve as an inspiration for other moms.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Free Starbucks

Starting today, Starbucks is offering a free Via Taste Challenge. Via is their new instant coffee. When you participate in their taste challenge you will also receive a coupon for a free tall brewed coffee. Click here for more information.

Saving for Your Child's Future

If you have a baby, it is time to start thinking about saving for their future! With rising living and college costs, it is never too early to start saving for your child's future. When my daughter was born, my husband and I set up a savings account for her and established a monthly transfer to automatically save. It is crazy how fast the money adds up. There are several different types of savings account for children. The one that is best for you depends on your situation and how much you can afford to save every month.

Here are some links to check out for more information on types of savings accounts:

Leave a comment about how you save for your child's future.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

ReUsies Giveaway

If your child takes their lunch to school everyday and you are tired of wasting plastic baggies, check out this giveaway for reusable sandwich and snack bags.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Developmental Milestones

After about 10 years in the workforce I have grown accustom to reaching goals, competing, and the pressure to perform. Being a stay-at-home mom has created a whole new set of challenges. Thanks to our society, there is a great deal of pressure for your child to be the first to reach a developmental milestone. I will admit that at the beginning I was slightly obsessed with when my daughter should be hitting the milestones and how she fared compared to her peers. After driving myself crazy, I finally realized that my daughter is going to develop at her own rate.

It is a good idea to know approximately when your child should be reaching certain developmental milestones in case there is a problem, but as I have learned these should only be used as guidelines. Here are some websites that provide information on developmental milestones:

My advice is to let your child develop at their own pace. Spend as much time playing with your child as possible and make everything a learning experience.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gerber Coupons

About once a month Gerber sends me a packet in the mail that has coupons and information. The coupons are for formula, baby food, baby utensils/bowls, sippy cups, cereal, and more. They also send a great pamphlet geared toward my baby's age group that has information about nutrition, sample diets, and development. Click here if you would like to join their mailing list (just enter email address on right hand side and click "Sign Me Up").

Monday, September 28, 2009

Picky Eaters and Introducing Solids

My daughter started eating solids a couple weeks ago and so far we have fared well. She has eaten bananas, sweet potatoes, avocados, and pears. We are continuing to introduce a new food every 3 days. When talking to moms of 6-12 months old, I have found that I am one of the lucky few. Many moms have terribly picky eaters and don't know what to do. I have also found that many moms are now taking their children to eating specialists.

Here are some tips that I have found helpful when introducing solids:
  • If your baby is breastfed, start with foods that have a sweet taste to them (similar to breast milk) like bananas, sweet potatoes, pears, apples, etc.
  • Mix the food with either formula or breast milk, which will give the food a familiar taste.
  • Make the puree very thin to start with so it has a consistency similar to formula or breast milk and gradually thicken.
  • Let your baby put his hands in the food and "feed" himself.
  • Know which foods are appropriate to introduce to your child. Check out Wholesome Baby Food for introduction charts.
  • I am a big fan of making your own baby food. Not only does it save money, but the food has a nice fresh taste for your baby. Check out my older post for more details.
  • If your child doesn't appear to like a food, try it again. In fact keep trying. Some babies take 8-10 times to like a food.

If you are a parent of a toddler here are some great sites to help with your picky eaters:

As always I welcome your comments and suggestions for how you have overcome a picky eater!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Baby Toys

In this day and age, there is so much pressure to have the newest and latest things. I was at a playdate today with my daughter and got to talking with the other moms about toys. I do not own a lot of toys for my daughter nor do I plan on buying many. It seems that many of the magazines and websites geared for children are always promoting the "best toys" for learning and development. In my opinion, it is time to get back to the basics. While there are some great toys out there that do aid development, a child can learn from something as simple as putting things in and taking things out of Tupperware containers.

Here are my ideas for savings money when it comes to buying toys:
  • If you are going to buy a large toy (i.e. exersaucer, Jump-a-roo, etc.) try it from a friend first and make sure that your child likes it
  • Buy only one or two large toys and supplement with smaller ones
  • Instead of buying toys in stores, buy online. I have found that Amazon is usually cheaper than the chain stores.
  • Buy toys used from sites like Craig's List or even better, borrow used toys from friends.
  • Buy toys and clothes at thrift stores. Not only are they dirt cheap, but the money also usually goes to a good cause. (Thanks to the moms today for this idea)
  • Lastly, don't spend loads of money buying toys. Let your child play with your Tupperware, pots and pans, remote controls, and spatulas. They will learn just as much from these things and you will save a ton of money (not to mention keep your house from getting cluttered).

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Toot Toot TuTus

Do you have a little princess in your life? If you do, Toot Toot TuTus are perfect for you! Jessica Bennett is another one of my favorite moms that uses her talents to create great products for your little ones.

Jessica makes custom TuTus which are perfect for holidays and special occasions. They also make great gifts. Check out her website.

Just for our followers, Jessica is offering a $5.00 off coupon. When ordering, just mention that you are a follower of Being Mommy.
Toot Toot TuTus is also giving away a custom 2 color TuTu for one of our lucky followers. Drwaing will be held through October 15th. To be entered into the drawing you can do one of the following: Please leave one comment per entry.
  1. Visit Jessica's website and comment about your favorite design.
  2. Become a follower of Being Mommy (if you are already a follower, leave a comment)
  3. Grab my button (if you already have it, leave a comment with your blog's URL)
  4. Have a friend become a follower (leave the name of your friend in the comment)
  5. Become a Facebook fan of Being Mommy (if you are already a fan, leave me a comment.
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Check out our other current giveaway.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Angela Hitt: Jewelry Designs For the Fashion Savvy and Bows!

This is our first official "Being Mommy" giveaway! Angela Hitt is a mom who is putting her talent to good use. She makes fun, creative, and affordable bows for the daughter, niece, or granddaughter in your life. That's not all...she also makes beautiful and fashionable jewelry for women and little girls. All of the products on her site would make great presents and it is never too early to start buying presents for Christmas.

Angela is graciously giving away a free hair bow to one of our lucky followers. Being entered into the drawing is easy. You may enter into the drawing by doing the following:
Please leave one comment per entry.
  1. Visit Angela's website: and comment about your favorite bow.
  2. Become a follower of Being Mommy (leave a comment to tell me if you already follow)

  3. Grab my button (leave a comment if you already have my button on your blog and your blog's URL)
  4. Have a friend become a follower (leave the name of your friend in the comment)

I will accept entries until October 10th and a winner will be randomly selected on October 11th.

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Fun Activities

I subscribe to several magazines and I am always finding great ideas for activities. The problem is that my 6 month old is definitely not ready to use scissors, glue or glitter. I don't want to keep the magazines for 5 years so I bought a 3 ring binder, page protectors, and dividers. I now tear the articles out the magazines, put them in page protectors, and organize them according to age group. As my daughter gets older, I will now have an organized book of activities for her to do!

Please share any great activities that you do with your children!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Bonding With Daddy

My husband took the first 2 weeks off after I gave birth to spend time with our new baby. I know that I am the luckiest woman alive because my husband insited on changing almost every single diaper those first couple of weeks. You might be wondering "why in the world would he want to change all those diapers?" and rightfully so. The answer is that this gave him a chance to bond with our new bundle of joy. Since I was breastfeeding, it was hard for him to find time to bond with her, so diaper changing time became daddy daughter time.

I believe that having your child's father bond with him/her is VERY important. For one, your child won't cry every time daddy takes her out of your arms. Additionally, a dad's involvement is important in a child's development. Children need the play time that only dads seem to be able to provide. There are many different ways that your significant other can bond with your child and it is your job to encourage this bonding time.

It seems that women (for the most part) seem to transition into motherhood much better than men transition into fatherhood. Many men struggle with becoming daddy. Luckily there are many websites dedicated to helping men with this challenging time (now you just need to get your man to swallow his ego and admit that he Check out these resources on becoming a dad:

And these sites on bonding:

Moms-don't forget that your significant other may not be able to do things as well as you, but you need to let him do it anyway (I have to practice this one)!

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Friday, September 18, 2009


I have now been breastfeeding my daughter for 6 months. I feel this is a great accomplishment, especially considering it has not always been easy. I have had a few friends lately who have struggled with nursing their newborns. While the first few weeks are the hardest, there are several problems that can arise during the following months. I encourage all new mothers to breastfeed because the benefits to your child are great:

  • Protects against infections/illness/allergies-your milk can transfer immunities to your baby
  • Lower chance of SIDS
  • According to studies enhances intelligence and development
  • Better health later in life, including better dental health and a lower chance of cancer and diabetes

Most of us would do anything for our babies and this (in my opinion) is one of the best things you can do. In addition, the best result for you as the mom is getting back into your old clothes. Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories a day! You can take these steps to ensure you get the best experience:

  • Read, read, read-I prepared myself by reading every piece of advice I could find. This way I knew what to expect from the beginning.
  • Seek out help. There are several organizations such as La Leche League that provide support for breastfeeding moms. Most hospitals also offer a support group. Don't be afraid to attend one of these events. It is always nice to know their are moms just like you!

  • Be prepared with all the necessary equipment. Buy a good breast pump. Buy a few good nursing bras. Buy some nursing blouses if you choose.

  • Meet with a lactation specialist in the hospital. If your hospital doesn't offer one, meet with one right after you leave the hospital. It was strange to have someone messing with my boobs, but it really did help.

  • Find friends that are breastfeeding. Talk about your problems and concerns with them.

Here are some great sites that provide more information:

Feel free to post any comments about what challenges you have had or other tips you would like to share!

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Another Diaper Savings-Costco

If you are a member of Costco, look in their coupon mailer for a $5 off coupon for the Kirkland brand diapers. You never know about store brand diapers, but I have used this brand and think they work great.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Great has a great offer this week...extra large cases of Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Swaddlers, or Huggies Snug & Dry for $39.99. Plus receive $5.00 off if it is your first order.

That is as many as 228 diapers for only $34.99! Best of all they deliver the diapers right to your door in as little as 2 days. also has a great refer a friend offer. If you refer a friend they will receive $10 off their 1st order and you will receive $1 off every time they order!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sleep! (or lack of)

Ah...the days of getting a full night sleep. I am afraid these days are over. I now understand why my grandma still gets up every morning at 5 A.M. despite the fact that her children have been gone for years. Having a child definitely changes your mindset about sleep. I now find myself getting up early just to take a shower. If I don't take a shower at 6 A.M. it is usually 3 in the afternoon before I get around to taking one! The time that Haley sleeps is the best time for me to get things done. Even right now I am blogging, eating breakfast, doing my make-up, and watching the Today show. The question is: how do you get your child to sleep?

One of the greatest challenges of being a new mom has been trying to figure out how to get Haley to sleep. Everyone seems to have advice about how to get your child to sleep, but what I have found is that every baby is different. There are several methods that have been proven effective. Check out these websites for advice on different methods:

Here are the things that I have found effective (remember what works for one parent may not work for another):
  • Create a bedtime routine (i.e. bath, book, song, bed)
  • Create an nap routine. This should be different from your bedtime routine.
  • Create an environment conducive to sleep (I purchased a sound machine to block out outside noises and to use as a cue to sleep)
  • Be willing to try different things. What works for your child will most likely change over time.
  • If you find something that works don't be afraid to use it. For example, if your child likes to nap in the swing, let him sleep in the swing. It won't hurt!
  • Ask your partner for help. On days that I can't manage to get Haley to sleep, I give her to my husband and of course she seems to fall right to sleep. It also provides good bonding time for your partner.

Feel free to leave some comments about what has worked for you!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Great Giveaway...Flirty Aprons

Check out my friend Sarah's blog for a chance to win a Flirty Apron. Here is the link:

Flirty Aprons makes fun, fashionable aprons for men and women!

Homemade Baby Food

After checking out the prices for baby food at the grocery store, I have decided to make my own. I know that many of you may not have the time or desire to make baby food, but if you are interested I have found a site that is very helpful.

This site charts when you should start different foods and gives directions and recipes for making the food. To make your own baby food there are just a few basics you need to get started:
  1. Food processor or baby mill (I purchased a Black & Decker food processor for about $30 at Walmart)
  2. Ice Cube Trays
  3. Freezer Storage Bags

The best thing about making baby food is that you can make it up to a month ahead of time, freeze, and then thaw as needed. I have started looking through the weekly grocery ads to find when the fresh fruits/veggies are on sale. I cook the foods as recommended, mash or puree, and divide into ice cube trays to freeze. After frozen you can put the cubes in freezer bags. That's it! It really is simple and is a very cost effective way to feed your baby.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ode to the Stay at Home Mom

I couldn't wait until the day that my daughter was born. I was so excited to be a stay at home mom and to quit my job. I never realized how difficult it would be. I always had the fairy tale vision of going to the park, keeping the house spotless, having dinner on the table every night, and finally having time for myself. A couple days after my daughter was born I found that the reality is the complete opposite. It's too hot to go to the park during the summer. Everytime I try to clean something, Haley wants to be held or wakes up from her nap. Dinner time=fussy time. There is little time I have for myself because there is always something that needs to be done.

The hardest part for me about being a stay at home mom is feeling lonely. After working at the same company for 8 years and constantly being around people, I didn't really know how to be alone. Sometimes the T.V. is my constant companion. I talk a lot to Haley (and our puppy), but it isn't the same as adult interaction.

On the flip side of all this, being a stay at home mom is very rewarding. I am there to witness almost all of my daughter's new milestones. With all the time we spend together, Haley and I have developed a very strong bond. I am free during the day to do different activities. The best feeling in the world is when Haley smiles at me or laughs with me and the ability to know what to do when she is upset is something that no one will ever be able to do as well as I can.

Here are some of the things that I have found helpful in adjusting to motherhood:
  • Meet new moms. Try a website like to find a group of moms in your area. The group that I am a member of holds daily activities. It is a great way to get out of the house and to connect with others in the same situation.
  • Take time for youself everyday. Don't feel guilty taking a nap, a bath, or even reading a book during your child's naptime. Your child will reap the benefits later!
  • Find events around the community to attend during the day. Many public libraries have baby storytime aimed at babies from newborns to 2.
  • Make a schedule for your baby, but be flexible. Don't be afraid to go out of the house every once in a while during your baby's normal naptime.
  • Find someone responsible to watch your baby so that you can go to a movie or even get a pedicure every once in a while.

Whether you are a stay at home mom or you are returning to work, the transition can be very hard. Check out these resources from one of my favorite websites:

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Diapers, Diapers, Diapers (and poop)

My daughter, Haley, was born on March 16th, 2009. To my surprise she arrived 3 weeks early! I am usually a very prepared person, but due to her early arrival I had not had a chance to pack my bags for the hospital or to put the finishing touches on the house.

After Haley was born, my husband and I discovered that there are newborn diapers. All this time I had assumed that diapers started at size 1 (which of course I had plenty of at the house). So once we got home my husband went to the store and much to my surprise came back with the right brand/size of diapers. I knew that she would use a lot of diapers, but I don't think I really grasped just how many. I also didn't realize how expensive diapers are and how many brands would not work for her.

I remember a couple of days after Haley was husband and I were eating breakfast and Haley was asleep in our room on the other side of the house. Suddenly we heard a loud noise. We looked at each other and said "no, it couldn't be". Well it was. Our little bundle of joy had just pooped and we had heard it across the house. Who knew a little one had so much force. We soon found out that she could "blow out" of almost any diaper. After the last 5 months these are the tips that I have for new moms:
  1. Register for a couple packages of newborn and size 1 diapers. It will be nice to have them on hand and will give you a chance to try a couple of brands. You can always return a package if you are one of the lucky few to have a baby too big for newborn diapers.
  2. Try different brands. What works for your friend's baby may not work for your baby.
  3. Look for any way to save money on diapers (see below for some tips)
  4. Always pack additional outfits for unexpected blowouts and line your infant carrier with a burp cloth if you have a "blowout" baby like mine (trust me this is much better than washing the infant seat cover).
  5. If you have a poop stain that just won't come out of your baby's clothes, put the outfit in the sun for a few hours. I don't know how it works, but the stains come right out.
  6. Have your husband change as many diapers as possible for the first couple of weeks. My husband changed almost all of the diapers for the first 2 weeks and it was a surprisingly great way for him to bond with Haley (plus it gives you a nice break).

Money savings ideas:

1. Visit manufacturer's website and sign up for their email/mail coupons. Here are a couple of the sites:

2. Buy diapers at a wholesale club such as Cosco or Sam's Club. Make sure if you buy a large box that you buy it when you baby is first using a size. They can grow out of them quickly! Also, look in the mail for the coupons that these clubs often send. I was able to get $9 off when I purchased a box of diapers and wipes.

3. Use This site will give you $5-$10 off your first order and best of all they are delivered right to your door. They will also email you their specials.

These are just a few of my tips. Please feel free to leave comments with any other words of advice or money saving tips!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Being Mommy

As a new mom I never imagined how much my life would change. Growing up I always knew that I wanted to be a mom. In fact I guess you could say that this was one of my main goals in life. On March 16, 2008 I married the man of my dreams and we began our "fairy tale" life. Then in June we found out the we were expecting our first child.

I should have known that things would not turn out the way that I envisioned the day that I found out that I was pregnant. After taking about 5 pregnancy tests that all came out negative I had almost convinced myself that I wasn't pregnant, but there was this nagging thought in my mind that said "just take one more test". I had always thought that I would tell my husband in some creative romantic way when I found out that I was pregnant, but of course that it not the way it happened. So I went to the friendly neighborhood Walgreens and purchase a digital pregnancy test. After I peed on the stick I set in on the back of the toilet seat. I left it there and decided to take the trash out and complete some other tasks. Then I heard the garage door open. I had almost forgotten about the test so I jogged inside and grabbed the test. To my shock the test was not like all of the others. This one clearly read PREGNANT. I walked out of the bathroom dazed and test in hand. As my husband walked in the door I handed him the test. He looked at me and then at the test and then said "wow". So maybe this moment wasn't quite what I had expected, but it was the beginning of one of the most magical experiences of my life.

So I am writing this blog to share with other moms, moms to be, and women of all ages the adventure of being mommy and all of the things that I never knew. I hope to make this a place to share things that have worked for me as well as things that haven't. Mostly I hope to just share how amazing motherhood can be in even in the most trying times.