MamaTalesBlog's Blog – September 2011 Archive (22)

Unwinding for Lunch

So today I was supposed to tackle my child's clothes and toys to go through and sort out everything she's outgrown so I could give them to another mom that needed them. I was also supposed to bag up another mound of things we are going to donate to Salvation Army and then pack the things we need for the next few weeks until we meet our things in WA. Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 29, 2011 at 1:47am — No Comments

The End is Near

I finally feel like I'm starting to get things done with this move.  The movers will be here on Friday and for the past two weeks I've been going through our house figuring out what's going, what's getting donated or given away and what's going into the trash.  So far we've already donated 7 bags full of clothing to goodwill and given away four shelves of books, baby things, furniture and cooking stuff to family and friends. …
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Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 28, 2011 at 2:38am — No Comments

Parents Are Older

Guest post of the week by Moises Henderson



My parents are getting older so when they asked me to help them research home security plans I gladly obliged. They’ve always been so great to me I figure it’s the least I can do at this stage in their life to help them get through all this logistical stuff. …
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Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 27, 2011 at 2:12am — No Comments

Only 40 Calories?

As luck would have it, as a BzzAgent I signed up for a Nature's Own campaign and was chosen to participate. They sent over a coupon to try out a free loaf to see what our family thought about it.   What? Free food and it's something I have to buy for Izzy?!? Umm, yes I'll try it out. One of the breads they offer is a 40 calorie 9-Grain bread made with no artificial preservative, colors or flavors. …
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Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 26, 2011 at 10:41pm — No Comments

Pile O' Crap

I'm haven't had the opportunity to blog in awhile and I missed it.  So here I am to tell everyone that I'm still alive. I've written in the past of our pending move and the next thing I know it's here.  The movers will be here either Thursday or Friday to start packing our stuff and by Monday our house should be empty.continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 26, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

Labels, labels everywhere!

A guest post by Amanda Lehrman from The Momma Files. Amanda Lehrman has a background in education and is a mother to her son Jack. This is her final post in the September Education Series as a guest writer for Mama Tales. With the various spelling strategies taught in school, many parents struggle with which one to use at home. Some of you tell your child to sound out the word, some say to look it up in the dictionary or refer to spell check on the computer. I believe that a combination of…
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Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 26, 2011 at 1:04am — No Comments

Writing starts with W!

The third guest post in the September series by Amanda Lehrman from The Momma Files.

Amanda Lehrman has a background in education and is a mother to her son Jack. Please check back here next Monday for her last post of the September series on tips to prepare your little ones for school.





Writing is funny. There are so many rules to follow, lines to stay in and utensils to use. It's all very technical, especially to a child. In my opinion, it is too technical. By the time we… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 19, 2011 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Izzy's Bday - Part 2

I finally have a moment to finish blogging about Izzy's bday. The party was themed after her favorite character, Dora a Explorer. We had Dora plates, napkins, table covers, a wall sized poster, party favors, and Dora episodes playing in the background. I am sure this won't be our only character themed party in the future but it was cute having one for the first time. One of Izzy's godparents, Cindy does professional baking on the side and she's made some amazing cakes and cupcakes. I was so… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 18, 2011 at 2:51am — No Comments

Nut Up or Shut Up!

Hello mamas! I'm ending my first week with Insanity strong. I'm proud to say that I finished six straight days of really intense cardio workouts straight without missing a day. I feel great! This program is no joke. I haven't been able to complete the entire workout at the intensity or speed that the people on the video do but I see improvement. I'm able to do more each day without pressing pause on the DVD or having the feeling of nausea like I did the first day.… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 18, 2011 at 2:06am — No Comments

Finding "Me" Again

A guest post by Laura, a fellow team mate on Team Insane Xers. Team Insane Xers is a support group lead by our coach Heather Foltz. Laura is here to share her fitness story to show other moms that it CAN be done.



My name is Laura, and I’m a mother of three teenage boys, one in college, one in high school, and one in middle school. I was always the little one of all my friends, short and petite. “Little Laura” was my nickname. Then once I had my boys, I just really put on the weight.… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 14, 2011 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Bye Bye Belly Pooch!

A guest post by Heather Foltz, a SAHM with two boys and my personal BeachBody coach for the Insanity workout program.





I am sitting here thinking back to the beginning of my journey with fitness and nutrition. As I sit here, I'm laughing and thinking that I never really had a beginning. To be honest, it has always been a way of life to work out. But the nutrition part... yea, still working on that!… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 13, 2011 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Here We Go Again!

Morning mamas! If you've been following my blog you've read some of my attempts at getting back into shape post baby. Back in July I started up with Stroller Strides which is a local group of moms that work out at the park with their babies. I was only able to stick with it for a few weeks until I injured my knee, BAD! I gave myself a few weeks off to give my knee time to heal. Now, I was in the position where I wanted to start up my workout out again with only a few weeks left before I moved.… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 13, 2011 at 7:03pm — No Comments

Izzy's B-day Part 1

This past weekend has been a little crazy. Our little girl turned TWO on Saturday and planning her birthday party was a mixture of joy and stress. I didn't want the craziness of her first birthday to become a recurring theme but I also wanted her to feel like it was a special day. Last year we held it at our home in Santee with over 40 guests. It was extremely hot and we didn't have enough room for seating. It's just felt crowded and rushed.… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 13, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Reading Starts With R!

The second guest post in the September series by Amanda Lehrman from The Momma Files.

Amanda Lehrman has a background in education and is a mother to her son Jack. Please check back here for more educational tips to prepare your little ones for school.



Reading is a skill that starts before the days of school. It begins with babies recognizing pictures in a book and progresses naturally as that child gets older. My son has a book of first works that was introduced to him when he… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 12, 2011 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Do You Like Smoothies?

Right around the my hubby's 36th birthday he started talking about getting into shape as a family. Well, in our case it was getting back into shape. We've been talking more and more lately about how much weight we've gained since we were married six years ago. I'll be honest, I'm 25 pounds heavier since I got married and had a baby. Not to mention, having a baby doesn't make the new weight distribution pretty.… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 9, 2011 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Don't Check Out of Parenting

My sister and I took the kids over to Play Town to let the kids get in some fun and burn off energy. Play Town is a local business that caterers to families with children under the age of 5. It's a large room filled with activities. You can find a inflatable jumpers, slides, mini roller coasters, a playhouse, toy cars, bikes, etc. I think Play Town and other businesses like it are GREAT! It gives parents, like me, a chance to let their child play in an air conditioned and safe place with… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 9, 2011 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Who's That Crazy Lady?

Have you ever noticed that you are more willing to do things you wouldn't have been caught dead doing before having kids? I am so there right now. Izzy and I were out and about most of the morning. I had to take her to the pediatrician for a wellness checkup and then run errands afterwards. Towards the end of our trip we were waiting at the red light around lunch time. Izzy was getting a little fussy so I broke out singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". She loves that song and will usually join in… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 8, 2011 at 1:47am — No Comments

Sharing Precious Moments

One of my treasured memories growing up, was when I watched National Geographic with my dad. I remember sitting with him as a little girl watching programs about lions, sharks and well, the world. I believe those precious moments impacted the very core of my personality. They taught me to respect the wild and developed my ability to empathize with animals, nature and other people. Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 7, 2011 at 1:24am — No Comments

ABC, Easy as 123

A guest post by Amanda Lehrman from The Momma Files.

Amanda Lehrman has a background in education and is a mother to her son Jack. She will be a guest writer for Mama Tales during the month of September on Mondays. Please check back here for more educational tips to prepare your little ones for school.



From a very young age, children notice everything; planes, lights, signs, pictures. Parents should take advantage of this opportunity to expose their children to everything… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 5, 2011 at 11:54am — No Comments

DIY Felt Family Project

A guest post by Anastasia Irvine from Motherhood: Deconstructed.

Ana is a married stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. If you’d like to read more from Ana, you can find her blogging here, on Facebook, and Twitter too!



Ever notice that young kids are more interested in the box that their toys come in then the toy itself? It’s easy to spend way too much money on high-tech, overly-priced toys to keep our little ones entertained. When I think about my favorite toys, they were… Continue

Added by MamaTalesBlog on September 5, 2011 at 1:05am — No Comments

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