Friday, August 7, 2015

We are monsters..... (And they're taking over my house!)

Am I talking about my two beautiful girls? NO.... I have become obsessed with Monster High. My eldest fell in love with them about 2 years ago, and I fought it like no tomorrow. Scantily clad teenage girls, short skirts, tight clothing, HIGH heels.... "NOT appropriate for a kid who's almost 4!", I told myself.

I found a doll on clearance, with a special discount, around Easter. Shopping at Target, while the hubby watched Camilla, I found "13 Wishes" Draculaura for only 10.00. She was fully clothed, and she was actually pretty. I stuck it in my cart, from Mr. Easter Bunny, along with a few sweet treats. She LOVED that doll.... I purchased a Sweet 1600 Frankie for her birthday that same year. Before I knew it, I was searching for deals ALL over. Boy did I find them!

My child now has (probably) close to 50 dolls, if NOT more. I haven't counted them lately. BUT, my personal "stash" consists of around 20. I have 10 dolls that I am holding onto for customs. I have 10 or 12 dolls put up for gifts! THIS IS OUT OF CONTROL! I even bought a used doll for my 17 month old- she admires her sister's dolls with such wide-eyed amazement. Gray loves that Twyla doll with all her little heart.

We are a group of girls (some of us older than others), and we all can share in this awesomeness that is Monster High!

And, can I just share with those of you who still follow and KNOW me.... There was a YOGA Lagoona released! Yes, of COURSE I own her! ;)


**I will update with pictures, but most of Mia's dolls are packed up right now, because we are painting her room soon.**

Thanks for still following, and I have every intention of blogging like I used to in the future! <3 p="">
~Ciao
Gigi

Saturday, January 3, 2015

ALL NATURAL doesn't mean you don't need to MAINTAIN!

ALL-NATURAL doesn’t mean you can’t have an allergic or adverse reaction to the product! It means “made from ALL natural (NOT man-made {chemical}) ingredients!

Stop ostracizing a product because of a reaction to a NATURAL substance….

In this rant, I am speaking more of “Hyland’s Natural Relief Teething Tablets”. They saved MY CHILD many nights of pain! HAVE ANY OF YOU actually put Orajel in your mouth? IT BURNS… and not just for a second, and then numbs…. IT BURNS- your tongue, your mouth…. And then after about 5 minutes, there is a numb (after the FUNKY taste and the AWFUL burning). Do ANY of you actually TEST anything you give your kids BEFORE you give it to them?!!??

I am not an anal, over-bearing mother (by any means). I AM, however, the mother that checks her child’s happy meal before I let them have it, I take a drink from their juice box before they drink it, I check ALL candy and fruit and anything else they eat BEFORE they eat it! Germaphobe, no, safe mommy- you bet YOUR ASS!

STOP ranting about how AWFUL something natural (and EFFECTIVE) is because “mommy government” is telling you that you have to feed your kids Tylenol and Benadryl and whatever else “chemical” ridden CRAP you feed your kids…. Don’t RUIN it for those of us who like being “natural” and who monitor what we give our kids. There are LOTS of moms I have PERSONALLY heard confess they give their kids Benadryl just to make them SLEEP! NOT because of ALLERGIES (which is WHAT that junk is for).

My girls eat LOTS of FRESH fruits and veggies; I pride myself on home cooking to avoid fast food and processed food. Don’t make excuses; either you care or you don’t. There are 24 usable hours in a day, if I can sleep for 10 straight hours with my girls, and still keep them healthy- YOU can work and come home and put in 2 hours to cook for them! Even if you are a single, working mommy- YOU can do this. All it takes is ONE day to cook for the whole week. And don’t give me this “frozen dinners are cheaper than fresh veggies” crap! It’s NOT TRUE.

I am on a FIXED income when it comes to groceries… I DON’T buy junk, I DON’T buy processed (boxed) meals, at worse I DO buy my girls Goldfish. They like them… it’s our “fast food” or “candy”. It’s our one “gluttonous” indulgence. They are easy for my 9 month old to grasp and snack, I like them, and so does my 5 year old. I am NOT overbearing, we just monitor and maintain.

Stop blaming a company that has been around for decades… that strives to give those of us who CARE what chemicals our kids are consuming for a REACTION your child had. DO YOUR RESEARCH and look into family allergies and reactions to things! Bees could kill me, but I still love honey! Do you understand?

I’m just tired of parents pointing fingers at a company that is successful, and has TONS of reviews from parents praising their product. Maybe some of these people didn’t give their kids the recommended dosage (OR AGAIN), maybe their kids had a reaction to a product in the tablets…. DO YOUR RESEARCH- CARE about your KIDS, not just what you can feed them to give YOU a few minutes of relief!

**climbs off of soap box**

Mommy of TWO little girls (one 5 (AND GREW UP on HYLAND’S products) and one 9 months who WILL grow up on them!))

Ciao~
Gigi