Friday, May 29, 2009

Sleepy Wrap Giveaway!

This Giveaway is now Closed.


Over the last year have become a total baby wearer. I was not in the beginning of my motherhood with my first. With my second, I tried it out more, and now, with my third, I do not know why I hadn't started sooner!! My hands were full holding on to other little hands and I needed a place where my third was comfortable and secure. I fell in love with baby wearing. I love having baby A close to me (and he loves it too!) It allows me to get so much more done around the house; from homeschooling my oldest to cleaning. Plus, studies show that babies that are worn and are close to their moms tend to be healthier, gain independence more quickly and cry less.

I have tried a wide variety of carriers: pouch slings, ring slings, mei-tais, soft carriers, and wraps. Wraps are a great and easy way to carry a baby. They do not compare in comfort. They keep the baby so close and can be worn for kangaroo care, nursing, or for an outing to the park.



One amazing Wrap is the Sleepy Wrap. (Note: a Full Review is on its way soon!!) I am so excited to help promote this company by bringing you a giveaway. This company was started by a mom who saw a need for a wrap made out of material that is stretchy and does not lose it shape. NAP, Inc is passionate about promoting mother-child attachment and helping to promote a natural lifestyle. Not only does this company make an amazing product, but it puts its mission into action by supporting non for profit organizations that encourage breastfeeding, attachment parenting, and pregnancy resource centers, to name just a few. Please go to the Sleepy Wrap website to view a full list of the organizations they support.

The Sleepy Wrap has been nominated for one of Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards. To vote for this great product go to the Pregnancy & Newborn website. But hurry, voting ends this Sunday, May 31st! All people who vote are entered into a drawing for a prize package of all of the Reader's Choice Award Winners!


How to get the Sleepy Wrap:

Buy it!: Visit the Sleepy Wrap Website. It comes in 13 beautiful colors for $39.95, or Organic Natural and Khaki for $59.95. Plus, if you voted in the P&N Reader's Choice Awards, you can get an extra 15% off (see @SleepyWrap on Twiter for more information).

Win it!: This is the exciting part! One lucky reader will win the Sleepy Wrap of their choice. To enter (Open to US Residents only):

1. Follow @SleepyWrap on Twitter and tweet about the this giveaway. You can just copy and past the following:

Sleepy Wrap giveaway!! Spread the word!! http://bit.ly/HDVc2

or, if you do not have a Twitter account:

- Head on over to Sleepy Wrap and tell me which benefit of baby wearing you like the most.

After you have completed the first entry, you are eligible for additional entries. Please leave a separate comment for each entry.


2. Blog about this giveaway. Include a link to http://blessedwithfullhands.blogspot.com/ and http://www.sleepywrap.com/. Include a link to your post in the comment.

3. Follow Blessed with Full Hands on Blogger.

4. Follow me on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Leave the URL to your tweet in the comment.

Please make sure you leave a way to contact you if you win!!

The giveaway ends June 15th @ 11:59 PM. The winner will be chosen using random.org and notified via email.

Good Luck!

Go Vote and Win Great Prizes!!

Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine is having their annual Reader's Choice Awards. You can go vote now. Once you vote, you will be entered in a drawing to win all of the winners!!

One of the products you can vote for is the Sleepy Wrap. If you have not tried it, go to the Sleepy Wrap Website to check it out. Plus, as an incentive to vote, Sleepy Wrap is offering a 15% off coupon to all who vote in Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine's Reader's Choice Award.


Follow Sleepy Wrap on Twitter @SleepyWrap to find the code.

God Luck!!

Bye, Bye, Babcia



My Grandmother passed away on Tuesday. She is loved by all of us and affectionately called Babcia (it is polish for grandma) by my sons.
We will miss you Babcia!!


K with Babcia in 2006


A with Babcia in 2008


Eternal rest grant unto Babcia, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May Babcia and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

I Trust in Jesus

Last week, we started school with praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for my grandmother. The boys seemed to pick it up rather quickly, but by the end of each chaplet, they would be fidgety and not really paying attention. But, I was wrong . . .




While we were driving to Buffalo last Friday to see my grandmother, K could be heard saying, emphatically, several times, "I trust in Jesus." It was so cute, that I could not help but laugh a little.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Way to go, Mom!

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It feels like I have been dragging this week. With travelling to see my grandmother before she died and with her passing, I have been sluggish, but I have gotten a few things done.

1. Our vegetable garden is planted!! We planted green peppers, tomatoes, cilantro, basil, carrots and watermelon. There is so much more I wanted to plant, but do not have the space.

2. I am almost done with final grades for the classes I tutor. I just need to transfer them to the final grade report sheets and send them out.

3. I have spent some good quality time with K this morning. Since J is still asleep, K and I have snuggled on the couch and read and read.

Want to share your successes, go to Faith and Family Live.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook - May 26, 2009

From the Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...
It is cool, and cloudy. It had been raining, but has stopped. Thank goodness for the rain!

I am thinking...
Gosh, this house is messy. We took an unexpected trip to see my grandmother. We left in a hurry and came home late last night. I have a bunch of reorganizing and cleaning up to do today.

I am thankful for...
Three things: For being able to see my grandmother before she dies. She is not expected to live much longer. I was able to say good bye and tell her that I love her. Thank you God for that gift.


Second: Getting to spend time with my parents and watching the boys with Grandpa and Grandma. The boys loved riding on the tractor with Grandpa.

Third: My wonderful husband who drove most of the trip and does so much for our family. I love you sweetie!

From the learning rooms...
Today, we will be taking the day off. But, we will be finishing up this week!!! Just a couple of fun projects and activities planned and then, let the summer begin!! And, even though I say that, one thing I have learned while homeschoooling, is that the learning never really stops.


From the kitchen...
Roasted turkey wraps with salad before tennis!

I am wearing...
A pink v-neck t-shirt and navy blue pants.

I am creating...
Final grades. I am finishing final grades today for the students I tutor.

I am going...
To take the computer to get more memory today . . . . after using my parents' computer this weekend, I realized that I could complete the things I do on the computer in half the time it normally takes me, if only my computer were faster. And since a new computer is not in our budget, I will give ours a boost with more memory.


I am reading . . .
I am between books . . . I will start another one in a day or two.

I am hoping...
That the vegetables I planted will have enough room. From what my mom told me, I think I will be canning a lot this fall!!

I am hearing...
Word World . . . the only show my kids are allowed to watch regularly.

Around the house...
There are bags that need to get unpacked, laundry that needs to be put away and cushions that need to get put back on the couch (what fun is a couch if you cannot take it apart and make a fort out of its cushions?!).

One of my favorite things...
My home . . . there is no place like home.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Finishing final grades, writing a book review, working on our budget, tennis lessons (for the adults) and soccer (for the boys).

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
The boys getting a tractor ride with Grandpa.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Little Things Mean a lot

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Here are my small successes for the week:

1. My vegetable garden is ready to plant. Thanks to my hubby for getting so much mulch and my boys for helping me work up the ground. This is our first vegetable garden and I am so happy to have one.

2. I have kept to my eating plan this week. This has been hard. I have been pretty stressed over a family situation and I am an emotional eater. I have been craving chocolate and other sweets, but have refrained. Keeping "my eyes on the prize".

3. I contacted a company about doing a review and a giveaway and they said yes!! I am so excited. This will be a fun one and I think the three people who actually read my blog will love it too!! Look for it soon.

I will add the link to others later . . . I did not see it on the site!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Air Show!!


Like my friend Maurisa, we headed to the air show this weekend. My boys were mesmerized at the moment they saw the soldiers who searched our bags when we got to the parking lot (before they even saw one airplane). I knew they would have so much fun. Through the day we climbed in planes, tanks, helicopters and other vehicles. The boys met pilots and soldiers trained for the secret service special unit (they were carrying 2 guns and several other weapons). J and K got to "shoot guns" and wear helmets as well.

They had a great time and loved every minute of it.



Soldiers, planes and guns . . . what boy wouldn't?


Monday, May 18, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook - May 18, 2009



From the Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...
It is cool, but sunny and beautiful!

I am thinking...
it has been a busy day today.

I am thankful for...
My pastor's homily yesterday . . . it was AMAZING!! I feel so blessed to live in a little catholic "oasis" where the people I know live the church's teaching and love Jesus so much!

From the learning rooms...
We are winding down, less than two weeks left.


From the kitchen...

Lemon Garlic Roasted chicken, rice and peas.

I am wearing...
Jeans, a black button down shirt and my mary jane crocs

I am creating...
A vegetable garden!! To my husband's dismay, I decided to tear up a portion of our yard to have a vegetable garden. Sorry, sweetie!

I am going...
To take the boys to soccer after dinner.


I am reading...
Praying Scripture for a Change: An Introduction to Lectio Divinia

I am hoping...
That we all remain steadfast in prayer and our nation becomes, again, a nation under GOD!

I am hearing...
The beautiful sound of quiet!

Around the house...
Dinner is in the oven, J is outside playing and K and A are asleep.

One of my favorite things...
Working out in the morning. I usually do not want to do it, but I feel great afterwards!!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Wrapping up school. Getting out in nature and enjoying God's creation.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...
Enjoying the weather with a picnic!

To read other daybooks, go here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Transformation

As stated in my Small Successes post, I began to workout, consistently, again this week. This has been a long time in coming. I hate to admit it, but I weigh the most I have ever weighed (except when pregnant). I have been eager to start to work out regularly again, but kept on putting it off because I was so tired because A had been waking up 2-3 times a night. As my clothes became tighter, I finally resolved to start.

This past week I started a workout and eating program called Transformation. It was started by Bill Phillips and is based on his Body for Life program. I was introduced to Body for Life years ago and actually completed the Challenge before I got married. I was the thinnest, healthiest and the most energetic I had ever been. I felt great. But, with the birth of my first came added weight and the loss of desire to workout with the intensity I had before.

The Transformation challenge consists of 18 weeks and several assignments. You workout 6 days a week; 3 days cardio, 3 days weight training. With this "program" you also learn to eat better. You eat foods in specific portions and you eat 5-6 times a day. The seventh day (Sunday) is a "free day" . . . on your free day you do not exercise and you do not have to follow the eating program.

Since starting this week, I have been so energized. Partly because I am just so excited to be on a regular exercise routine and partly because I am already gaining more energy. I have been waking up at 6 Am to workout first thing in the morning.

I love this program because it helps me to be very structured with my workouts. I will admit, I do not feel I have a great deal of will power and if I just said "I will workout this week", I would probably go for a walk for 5 min (or a leisurely stroll) and say "I exercised!!" The structure of the Mon, Wed, Friday weight training and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday cardio, plus with set reps and intensity levels makes me rise to the occasion, instead of settling for barely raising my heart rate.

Also, I love the eating program. When I completed Body for Life in the past and now again, it forces me to be more intentional about my eating. I plan all of my meals, not just dinner. I have been using the Eating for Life Cookbook and Saving Dinner. Both have great recipes that are healthy (and that my kids love too!!!).

So, wish me luck! I am posting this, partially, to help keep me accountable to it!

Friday, May 15, 2009

How much is that baby in the window?

This morning while I was changing Baby A's diaper, J looked at K (my 2 year old) and said' "Wouldn't you like another baby?"

K looked at him and said, "Yeah. We need to go to store to buy baby."

I must have missed that aisle in the store!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Way to go, Mom!

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Here are my Small Successes for the week:

1. I have worked out every day this week!!!!!! This is huge for me and I will probably write another post just about what I am doing, but I have decided not to allow the fact that baby A disturbs my sleep to be an excuse for me not to exercise anymore. With the exercise, I have also overhauled my diet. I find when I am not working out and I am tired, I tend not to eat as well and make less healthy dinners (which affects my whole family). I am pretty picky about the foods we eat anyways, but I am working on it even more.

2. I finished up "tutoring" at St Peter's this week. I have been tutoring there for 4 years and will miss it tons.

3. I worked on our front lawn this weekend. I treated it with grub killer, I fertilized it and I planted grass in some strategic areas. Our front lawn has always been the worst on our street (my only consolation is that we live on a very small street!). We have tried everything over the years and just cannot get grass to grow. But, I think we have found the problem . . . grubs!! I have been told it will take about a year to get our grass to come in, but that is OK with me!!

What are your small successes? View others here.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Need a Laugh?

If you need one, watch this video! This is from comedian, Tim Hawkins. It is called "Things you don't say to your wife."

Monday, May 11, 2009

Catholic Vote does it again!



This is such a beautiful video. And, praise God, they were able to get it aired during the American Idol finale. Pray that it touches hearts!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

This has been a wonderful weekend/day for me so far. As we usually do on a marriage prep weekend, we went to the Sunday vigil mass with the engaged couples yesterday evening. Then, since the weather was so nice we decided to head downtown. We had a picnic for dinner on the banks of the Potomac and then walked around the National Mall.

This morning, my wonderful hubby and baby A let me sleep in. I woke up to flowers, and Dunkin Donuts and coffee on the kitchen table. I have been finding homemade cards and gifts all around the house. I feel so blessed to be a mom to three wonderful boys and a wife to one great man!

With all of this joy and celebrating my own motherhood, I have been very aware of, and praying for, those women who are moms, but have no little ones to hug today because their babies are with our Lord, or those women who want to be moms, but have yet to be blessed with a child. I know this day must be a difficult one for them. And so, I pray for those women. My heart goes out to them and my prayers are for them this day. May they know joy and hope today. And may they have little hands to hold on future Mother's Days.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good Job, Mom!

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Here are my Small Successes for the week:

1. I took two naps this week!! This is huge for me. The boys were sick last week and over the weekend and at the beginning of the week, it finally made its way to me. Yesterday, I only did what was necessary to make the household function and I rested. The boys and I sat on the couch and read a lot.

2. I got our vacation planned and booked for the end of the summer. This is another big one, since we are fairly last minute with things like that. No extravagant vacation, just another trip to Williamsburg.

3. We took a trip to the library today. J desperately needed a new book to read (that I read to him). We are on Prince Caspian.

What are your successes? Read others, here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Where, oh, where is my little son J? Oh, where, oh where, can he be?

Between sick kids and having to get up several times in the night (thanks to baby A), I desperately needed a nap yesterday. So, when I put A and K down for a nap, I told J that I was going to rest on the couch. J usually just goes into the play room and plays quietly during that time. Well, when I woke up after taking a little nap, I did not hear J at all. I called for him, fully expecting to hear his voice coming from the play room. But I did not. I looked around the living room and saw this . . .

Now, that blanket had been lying on the couch since the morning, so I did not think anything of the fact that is was on the couch in such a manner. I called for J again. No answer. I decided to get up and peek beneath the blanket. This is what I saw.


J sleeping peacefully.

Monday, May 4, 2009

20 Favorite Things

A fun post suggested by The Simple Woman's Daybook . . .

20 Of My Favorite Things

1. Color-
sea moss green
2. Dessert- Chocolate Mousse
3. Smell-A spring morning with hyacinth blooming, or freshly brewing coffee
4. Flower-Lilies, I love lilies
5. Animal-dog
6. Month- May or October
7. Beverage-iced tea or coffee
8. Pair of shoes- my Mary Jane style crocs, but I prefer to go barefoot
9. Snack- Trader Joe's Trail Mix with Chocolate covered espresso beans
10. Song- Revelation by Third Day . . . this is my anthem right now!!
11. Book- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen . . . I could read this over and over again and I have!
12. Fruit- peaches, freshly picked and in season . . . not store bought ones!
13. Hairstyle- shorter haircut, worn down
14. Piece of clothing- I love this short sleeve, gray baby doll sweater that I have. It is cute and comfortable.
15. Store to clothes shop- none, I really do not like to clothes shop, to be honest
16. Season- Fall
17. Hobby- I love photography, I just do not get a chance to go out and photograph much.
18. Thing to collect- I do not like clutter, so I refuse to start collecting anything!
19. Movie-Pride and Prejudice . . . The 6 hour BBC version
20. Restaurant-Lemongrass

To see others, go here.