Excited for 10 Year Anniversary Trip to Mexico

This year my husband and I are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary (OMG do I feel old). We looked at just about everything when trying to plan our vacation. Cruises, Caribbean, Mexico, NASCAR races, etc. As we were debating for months, the Cancun Visitors Bureau was having a Facebook contest to win a trip to the Riviera Maya. And we won!!!

The trip we won is for the El Dorado Seaside Suites by Karisma Hotels. The getaway includes 4 days, 3 nights however since we were already saving for a trip we extended the trip for 3 more nights. Forbes.com named it as one of the most romantic hotels in the world. El Dorado Seaside Suites is located on the secluded beach of Kantenah.

We’ve been doing research on El Dorado Seaside Suites and are even more excited after not only reading their Website but also all the travel review sites. Everyone has great things to say about the resort from the atmosphere, to the food to the staff. We’ve booked our trip for early summer which we know is the hottest time for the Cancun area, however we didn’t want to pull the kids out of school for a week. But what better place to be if it is too hot than one with the ocean and unlimited pools right!

This will be our first trip to Mexico. We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon which was absolutely gorgeous. I loved the Caribbean. On our honeymoon we did one off-resort activity but this trip we are excited to try all kinds of new things. Visit the Mayan ruins, deep sea fishing, maybe some shopping in Cancun and the list goes on.

Of course after our trip I’ll be sure to share how the trip we went and our thoughts on the resort. For now, we can’t wait!!!


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Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins You have to read this book! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is absolutely amazing! My co-workers were raving about the series so I finally read the first book, this weekend, in a day! I could not put the book down and am now even more anxious to read the remaining 2 books and see the movie.

Here's a little rundown of the storyline without giving too much away. North America as we know it is no longer. It is now run by the Capital and is divided into 12 districts. There were 13 districts however District 13 had been destroyed due to a rebellion. You are not allowed to leave your district. Rebelling results in death. As a reminder to the districts of who's in charge, the Capital holds a disturbing game each year. Each district holds a drawing of one boy and one girl to go as tributes between the ages of 12-18. The main character in the story is 16 year old Katniss Everdeen from District 12. When her younger sister Prim is picked for this years game, Katniss exercises her option to volunteer. Katniss and the boy chosen from District 12, Peeta, must fight for their life against not only the other tributes but also natural elements and any twists that the Gamemakers may throw at them. Only one child can win, so it's either kill or be killed.

Though the storyline seems twisted and quite frankly horrifying, you are so captivated to keep reading to find out what happens next. What choices will Katniss make? Who wins? But aside from the games, this first book really grabs you with the feelings, hardships and struggles that Katniss has faced her entire life.

Though this book was targeted for the teenager age group, I can honestly say, teenagers are not the only ones raving about this book. As a grown 30 year old, it's been a long time since I've been unable to set a book down. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Now onto the second book!

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Pinterest - My New Obsession

Logical Mama on Pinterest

By working for an internet marketing agency, you find all kinds of different social sites. I remember a co-worker saying how much she loves this new social Website and how she thought it would really take off. So of course I have to play too. So I created an account on Pinterest. She was right!

Pinterest is amazing in so many ways. First off, I am warning you. If you do not want to get involved with one of the best social sites in a long time, I highly recommend you DO NOT go to Pinterest. I was hooked immediately.

Pinterest allows you to organize your bookmarks or “pins” on boards using images pulled from the various articles you pin. Everything from my beloved Green Bay Packers to kids crafts, room and activities to fashion, home decor and vacations. Everything!

You can follow all the boards of another person or you can choose individual boards of people to follow. Then you can “repin” items from others boards onto your boards. You also have the option to simply like a pin as well as comment on pins. Brands are even getting on Pinterest. I follow a bunch of Better Homes and Gardens boards.

So, besides seeing really cool things, why would you want to get on Pinterest? Many, many reasons. First off, inspiration. You can find almost anything. I love seeing all the different kids crafts and activities other parents have pinned. I have started to update my wardrobe the last year. I had fallen into a t-shirts and hoodie slump. I still love them, but really am looking to get back into pre-baby shape and sazz up my fashion again. There are tons and tons of not only various clothing and jewelry, but entire outfits coordinated. Want to go on vacation? Check out Pinterest! You can see thousands of places as well as actual people’s comments on those places. Looking to change around your home decor? I have boards on my account for Laundry Rooms, Bedrooms, Kitchens, Dream Homes and more.

Many people (I don’t..yet) have Motivation boards in which they pin motivational sayings. Do you like to cook or bake? I tried numerous new recipes at Christmas time for new desserts that I found on Pinterest. It’s really endless.

Now that I have professed my love for Pinterest, which by the way is all my doing (in no way, shape or form did they ask me to) I highly recommend you check it out. And be sure to check out Logical Mama’s boards too! If you do decide to create account or if you have one already, make sure to drop us the link to your page in the comments below so we can see what things you like!


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Taste of Home Troop Donations

Taste of Home will donate 10¢ to the USO for each unique visit of their Flag Cake Recipe from May 26, 2011 to July 4, 2011, up to $100,000.

What better time to give back to those serving and protecting us everyday than between Memorial Day and the 4th of July. All you have to do is visit the link. No download, no print, no sharing (unless of course you want too, which I highly encourage you to do), just visit the page. Our troops deserve this!

Be sure to share it with everyone you know. Facebook makes sharing so easy!
And on a side note, the cake looks pretty tasty too. I think I’ll have to give it a try!


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Poverty - Blog Action Day

Today is Blog Action Day. This year bloggers united to focus their efforts on poverty. With the economy in crisis, job losses growing and financial turmoil everywhere, this year poverty will be more of a concern than other years past. More families will need our help.

When poverty and financial problems arise, children seem to get hurt more than anyone. So today I am simply asking that everyone take some time to find a way to help a child this week. Whether it be donating a coat to Coats for Kids, volunteering with an organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters or donating toys, school supplies, clothing and baby supplies to local shelters and distribution centers.

Take a step back and look at how things may seem to a child in need and see how you can do something small to bring a big smile to their face.


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Timesaving Tips for Moms Commentary

I came across this article on ivillage, titled "13 Timesaving Tips For Busy Moms and it got me thinking. At the end of every day as I am finally getting ready for bed at 11:00 or later am thinking, I have to get up in 6 hours or less. I also am thinking about all the stuff I did not get done that day, that I wanted to. It seems, now as a mom, more than ever, time is my worst enemy. Whether it be at work, home, anywhere. So I went through ivillage's list of timesaving tips for busy moms to see if I could get any help. (BTW, I get a kick out of the article's title. I don't know about you, but do you know any "un-busy" moms?)

So yes, there were the obvious tips for moms, get organized, maximize your trips, get a calendar (I'd be lost without mine), write things down, but they had some tips I really am going to give a try. The one I think I liked best was finding your timewasters. The tip was for a week to keep track of the items you waste time on. For example, if you spent 10 minutes looking for your car keys, write that down. Then at the end of the week, make adjustments to help decrease this wasted time. I will be giving this a try starting this weekend.

Another great tip was to teach your child to help. This is something myself as a parent, I can proudly say have done very well on. My daughter is 2 1/2 and she loves to clean and help with chores. She helps me dust, vacuum, pick up her room, put dishes away, laundry, etc. Of course she doesn't actually vacuum, but she has her toy vacuum in which she goes right along side me. She gets to play and I get something done, plus we're doing it together.

Now let's talk about the tips that I'm not too fond of or find realistic. In theory they make sense. Finish what you start, don't leave projects unfinished. Now, I don't know about you, but this is not always feasible with a toddler, nor am I expecting that to change when the second baby arrives. Sometimes things have to be dropped and they don't get touched again for at least a couple days. Another tip that I think goes right along with the above points is to designate days to grocery shop, clean the house, etc. Again, a lot of the time, that just doesn't work.

The last tip I would like to comment on is to review your priorities. Here is the exact tip from the article "11. Review Your Priorities. While certain joy can be found in relaxing over a television show, don't overload. If you are watching three or four hours of television a day, that is time probably better spent doing something else."

My response: What mother has a problem of watching 3 to 4 hours of TV a day? I barely can get in 45 minutes of my TIVO'd Young and the Restless in while getting ready for bed, doing a little exercise and talking to my mother all at once!

Happy multi-tasking!!!

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Before & After Photos From Locks of Love Donation

Here are before and after photos of my Locks of Love donation.


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Cutting My Hair For Locks of Love

Locks of Love

This Christmas season with my little girl almost turning 2, I just have a whole new appreciation for everything and am in the Christmas mode full swing. About 1 month ago a woman at yoga told me with my hair has gotten long, I should donate it to Locks of Love. I thought yeah, maybe. Then I read Deanna Favre's book and she and her family donated their hair to Locks of Love. So the idea started to grow on me. Then to top it off, one of my favorite websites had an article about Locks of Love, so I said that's a sign.

My hair is long and has always been long (past middle of back). I've had it shoulder length once in 7th grade and never let it get that short again, so this is a big challenge for me, yet it will be very beneficial to my heart.

Hair is something I am fortunate to have and it will grow back. Some children and adults are not. So I'm going for it. On the 19th I am scheduled with my salon to cut it. Locks of Love requires at least 10 inches so my hair will probably end up shorter than shoulder length when all is said and done. I will try and post before and after pictures.

So this holiday season, I'm not asking you all to cut off your hair and donate it, but maybe do a little extra something. Something that will make someone else smile. My little girl has made me realize how fortunate we are; not only from what her smile brings, but also in everything she has brought to our family.


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Welcome Message

Welcome to Logical Mama. Of course information on this site will help those who are not first timers, but since I'm a first time mom I figured why not name it accordingly. My little girl has just turned one. I remember the first week home with her and how I had a million and one questions. So I figured why not share my experiences, tips and information I learned along the way.

Along the way this blog will discuss secrets to getting your baby to sleep through the night, recipes for homemade wipes, how I started solids, formula choices and breastfeeding topics plus much, much more.

I also want to encourage other readers to share their tips and secrets so together we can help our families along with others with our experiences, mistakes and adventures!!!


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