Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Long Overdue Update

Wow... where to even begin? 
I could probably write a blog post on each area of my life lately... 
but I'll try stick to a synopsis! 

Zac and I recently celebrated our two year wedding anniversary! We actually just got back from a mini, kid-free vacation to Indy. We spent the days shopping and the evenings eating. It was HEAVEN. Don't get me wrong... I LOVE CADEN with all of my heart, but it was wonderful to get away with just my husband for some MUCH NEEDED us time.
If you've been reading TFTA for awhile, you should know that I'm expecting our second son in mid-October. The pregnancy has been wonderful, with none of the Kidney/Bladder problems I had with Caden. But let me tell you, being pregnant and having a crazy 18 month old boy is no walk in the park. I'm exhausted at all times of the day. Thank goodness Caden still takes 2 naps a day :) Other than that, I'm drawing near to the end of the pregnancy and CANNOT wait to meet Mr. Parker William. Now if only I'd get the urge to get everything done that I need to!
And last but not least, Mr. Caden. Oh man, that kid. He's HUMONGOUS, nuts, energy packed, and the most loving child I have ever met. He is now 18 months old and wearing 2t/3ts! Seriously... that big! He wore an all 3t outfit the other day and I about cried! Where has my little baby boy gone??? He's also starting to talk up a storm. It's mom this and dad that.... Cars, trucks, vroom, trains, ball (bawwwl), anything boyish he can get to come out of his mouth! His latest thing is dragging me all over the house. He'll grab my hand and start pulling me to wherever he wants to go... most of the time it's for a drink or to his basketball hoop. :) I can't wait till he has a playmate of his own size (Parker eventually), so that it's not just stinky ole' mom!
That pretty much sums us up right now! I'm still a SAHM. I can't imagine being away from my kids. I am thinking about finishing up school though, so that when they start school I'll have something to do! I'm leaning towards a marketing degree instead of the arts now though... what do you think?

ohhh man.

Today I received one of my first ever negative blog comments. The reader asked why I had stopped sharing about my life and if I'd ever go back to it, instead of being a commercial for companies.  I was shocked to read it at first, and felt I should answer in a blog post... and accompany it with an update. :)

I honestly had no clue that anyone honestly read any of the post about us. I'd get a comment here and there, but all anyone ever REALLY paid attention to was giveaways and reviews. Heck, I'll admit that even I'm guilty of it on other mommy blogs. So I started doing more giveaway/reviews because thats what I thought that you all would want.

I want to thank my anonymous reader for letting me know otherwise. While I have shared a few things lately about the pregnancy, I will make sure to share alot more... about my life in general and the everyday trials that come with it! I will try to make The First Time Around a healthy balance of mommy-life, children information, and the products we use. I've been meaning to get back into this blog... I think you were the push I needed. :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

I need a KING!

Recently, my lovely husband took me on a mini-vacay for our 2nd wedding anniversary. We spent a few days in Indianapolis... our first getaway since our honeymoon. While there, we had a king size bed. Can I just say... it was HEAVEN! So now I'm obsessed with bedroom furniture sets! I need a king size bed!

Upon looking around, I found CSN and They offer a GREAT variety of options at affordable prices! Here are a couple of my personal favorites!

This black set would look FANTASTIC with our green damask print bedding!

This set is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love sleigh beds!
Wildon Home Sahara Bedroom Set

Now that I've shared my bedroom (furniture) fantasies with you,
check out all that CSN Bedroom Furniture has to offer you!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hot as me? Try Breyers!

I can't believe how unbelievably hot it is outside. 
Of course, being 7 months pregnant in the midst of it doesn't help. 

How do I survive?  
Ice Cream. 
Lots and lots and lots of ice cream. 

My current favorite?
Breyers Smooth & Dreamy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwiches!

"Creamy cookie dough flavored light ice cream with cookie dough pieces between two delicious chocolate chip cookies…with 4g Fat and 160 calories per sandwich! You'll want to jump for joy right alongside the kids with these ice cream sandwiches."

I recently had the chance to try the new Breyers Smooth & Dreamy line through Mom Central and let me tell you... IT ROCKS! There are 3 new flavors of ice cream sandwiches and 3 new bar flavors, with 6 bars/sandwiches in each box! These seriously lasted MAYBE two days in my house, MAYBE. My husband even loved them... and at only 160 calories each you can definitely afford to love them!

Not only was I lucky enought to try the new line from Breyers... 
One lucky reader will get free product coupons so that they can try them!

To Win:
~ You must fulfill the mandatory entry before additional entries!
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Mandatory Entry
Which flavor do you most look forward to trying?

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"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Breyers and received products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”