Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Highly Disappointed

On a recent trip to the US, Mr. Twingle and I found these Nûby cups and thought we'd give them a try with Pickle.  
She's been fighting using any sort of sippy cup for milk, so we thought this might be a good option.

We had used Nûby cups for the twins when we transitioned from bottles to cups; but, Pickle doesn't like the ones we used with them.  In fact, if she sees us reach for it in the cupboard she goes into meltdown mode.  She won't use it for anything.

We were pleasantly surprised when she decided she liked the new Nûby cup.  We had bought two since they happened to be on sale at Toys R Us at the time.  

Well, we've only had them about a week and I've discovered I'm actually quite disappointed with them.  While Pickle loves them and drinks her milk, water and juice without question from them; today while drinking the silicone straw sheared right off in her mouth.

It's difficult to see from the photos, but part of the silicone straw is ribbed like an accordion, I guess to allow some bending.  Well, that is where the straw broke.  Not only am I disappointed in the product itself; but, my little girl easily could have choked on, or swallowed, the piece of silicone that came off.  

I've contacted the company with my concerns and complaints.  We shall see what comes of it.  

In the interim, I would strongly advise against purchasing this cup for your little ones.  I'm hoping I just got a faulty straw.  I will continue to allow Pickle to use the second cup we got; but, you can be certain that I will be watching her like a hawk to ensure her safety should it happen again.

I'll post again when I hear back from Nûby customer service.

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm Not Ready for This

I knew this day was coming; but, I'm so NOT ready.

For what? you ask.
For the day Pickle decided to start climbing out of her crib.

I put her down for nap two weeks ago and she decided that she wanted no part of that. After a lot of babbling and talking to her "friends", I hear, through the monitor "Mommy help, I stuck". I run up the stairs thinking she has an appendage stuck through the bars of the crib to find her straddling the front rail, feet dangling and hanging on for dear life.
I lift her down and ask her what she was doing, to which she replied "I no nap"; well no kidding!

That night she wanted to sleep with Pretty in her bed. We didn't think that was a great idea; but, thought maybe they could sleep together on the futon also in Pickle's room. After about an hour of trying to get Pickle to lay down and go to sleep we put her back in her crib where she happily stayed because Pretty was still going to sleep in her room.

We didn't have any more escape attempts again until last week. Every day last week whether it be first thing in the morning or after nap (providing she actually napped), little miss Pickle was found perched on that front rail.

Needless to say, it was time. You see, I broke my collar bone at 8 months old by climbing out of my crib. I didn't need to see my baby do the same thing to know it was time to transition to the toddler bed.

So yesterday, Mr. Twingle converted the crib to the toddler bed. We let Pickle play in her room and explore the bed without the need to actually sleep, yet!

We started the bedtime routine a little early last night with a soothing vapor bath. Then got into some snugly warm Jammie's and read a couple books. We tucked her and her "friends" into her big girl bed, gave her a new Tinkerbell night light and closed her door. She immediately got out of bed and tried to open the door; thank goodness for childproof door knob covers! We let her cry for about 15min before Mr. Twingle went back in to settle her down and put her back in bed. It didn't take long for her to settle down and Mr. Twingle left the room again. This time she stayed in her bed though she cried, not as hard as the first time. 5 minutes later, she was asleep, in her bed, looking ever so cute!

All in all, not a bad first night in her big girl bed. I just hope tonight goes as smoothly.

Wish us luck.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy (American) Thanksgiving

Wishing all my friends, family and readers in the US, a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your turkey dinners.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

GlassesUSA

Shopping for new glasses can always be a tedious task, at least, that's how I feel about it.  I only wear glasses for reading and luckily my prescription doesn't change often.  If fact, it hasn't really changed since I was in university, more than ten years ago (ugh, I feel old).

I came across GlassesUSA.com, an online eyeglasses shop and thought I would check it out.  They have everything from designer frames to sunglasses.  There is something to fit every budget.

They even offer fashion frames.  This means you can get your favourite eyeglass or sun glass frames without an rX.  Simply click the "frames only" button and enter 00-Plano where the prescription would go; and voilà, a new pair of fun glasses to smarten any ensemble.

On my first visit, I was confused by the website a little.  You see, I selected a category of frames to look at; but, the page didn't appear to change at all.  It wasn't until a few minutes later that I realized, you need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the category of frames you're looking for.  Once I figured this out, the site was very easy to navigate.

I think the virtual mirror option on GlassesUSA.com is very cool.  This allows you to take a photo using your computer's camera and then "try on" the frames you like; just like visiting an eyeglass store!  I probably spent more time than I should have playing with this particular feature!

After an extensive search through the many frames available, I decided I was going to purchase a pair of non-prescription sunglasses.  I don't really need new reading glasses as I just replaced the frames last year and you can never have too many pairs of sunglasses, especially with the winter months approaching.  There's nothing worse than becoming snow-blind.

I decided upon the Michele style, which luckily for me, were on sale for $69.00, regularly priced at $115.00.  That's 40% off!  A good deal, if I do say so myself.

I easily added the glasses to my cart and set up my online profile for checkout.  The only snag came when I tried to apply a gift card.  You see there is no one on the check out page to apply a gift card/certificate.
I ended up contacting customer service via email and was pleasantly surprised when they returned the email within the hour.  I was expecting minimum 24 hours before getting a reply.  Unfortunately, customer service wasn't much help.  They didn't answer my question at all, simply telling me I couldn't use more than one discount code at a time.  I responded, thanking them for their prompt reply and addressed the issue that they still hadn't answered my question.  I even took a screen shot to send them with the problem I was encountering to ensure they understood the problem.  We did manage to get the problem solved and you simply enter the gift card/certificate number in your shopping cart where it says "coupon codes", BEFORE proceeding with the checkout and getting to the payment options page.

Once the gift card problem had been resolved, check out was easy breezy.  It was quick, efficient and easily navigated.  I placed my order at 8:26am on November 6, and the order shipped on November 9 from Israel and was attempted for delivery to me on November 10!  I have to say, I totally wasn't expecting it that quickly.  Sadly, I wasn't available to accept the delivery and had to pick up the package from the shipping depot.

My only disappointment is that it isn't noted anywhere on GlassesUSA.com that international shipments may be subject to Duty and/or Tax.  While I'm not surprised, it would have been nice to know;  there was $7.91 in Duty owning on my shipment.

My overall experience with GlassesUSA.com has been wonderful.  Once I worked out the navigation on the site and the snafu with the gift card, everything else just fell into place.  I would definitely recommend GlassesUSA.com to anyone looking for new eyeglasses; whether they need prescription glasses or not.  The customer service is fast and friendly and even apologetic when they don't answer your question the first time.  And the glasses themselves are great.  The same sturdy quality I would expect from a small eyeglass boutique with high prices.

I'll definitely be looking at GlassesUSA.com when I need to buy glasses in the future.

I hope you'll check them out too!

DISCLAIMER:  I was provided with a gift card towards the purchase of eyeglasses for review by reps at GlassesUSA.com.  The words and opinions expressed are solely my own.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Harry Potter Party - Quick Update

This past weekend was the Harry Potter party I've been planning for the past few months.  Overall, it was a great day.  The kids had fun, which is all I could have hoped for.  I have to get a card reader to download the pictures from the party, so stay tuned for a more in depth recount of the days events and photos!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Holiday Cooking Made Simple

It’s finally here… that thing you love to hate… the holidays.  I’ve been trying to avoid thinking about it, as if that would somehow slow down the approach of turkeys and trimmings and diets and gifts, but a bit of advance planning can make a big difference to your holiday season.
This time of year is magical for children, but can be incredibly stressful if you’re not careful.  As the holidays approach, the panic descends, relatives arrive and the food piles up in the kitchen. Not only do you have to cook a huge turkey, but you also have to make sure that all the side dishes are done and ready to serve at the same time. It is even more difficult when your small children are fussy eaters or when your guests have varying tastes or restrictions. For example, if one person likes their meat well done, and another wants bacon but not sausage with their meal (not to mention the vegetarians) it can be incredibly trying.
In these situations the easiest thing to do is to take note of everyone’s preferences and get out the George Foreman grill. You can stick the turkey in the oven and quickly cook your accompanying squash, bacon or onions, meaning that you can cater to everyone’s needs. The grill is also great in the days after Christmas; you can easily make yummy snacks by using the leftovers. For example, you can make tasty turkey and cranberry paninis or even reheat some of the left-over meat. 

The grill is also great a great thing to have around if you want a low fat holiday, whether you are cooking meat or grilling vegetables. Holiday cooking doesn’t have to be stressful, and by using a grill you can both reduce your stress and use up leftovers after the holiday meals.

*This is a SPONSORED post provided by Caliberi.  I have received compensation for publishing this post.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Goodwill Spa

As a mom of three, I seldom get to pamper myself.  It's not just because I can't find the time; but, often I can't justify the cost when I could be buying things for the kids.  I used to regularly get my eyebrows waxed every 2-3 weeks and now, it's more like 2-3 months between waxings.  The upside is I'm saving money by going so long between waxings; the downside, I end up looking like a wooly mammoth.

This is part of the reason  I was excited to see a tweet, not too long ago, about a spa here in Hamilton, that was running a free brow waxing promo.  Free?  That's right up my alley.  

But there's a catch...

You see, Rachel from Aesthetics by Rachel is offering her customers a free eyebrow wax for a simple donation of two canned goods.  These canned goods will be given to the Good Shepherd foodbank.  This small goodwill gesture to her customers helps out thousands of people in the end.  Talk about paying it forward!  That's a catch I'm willing to make!

I went to visit Rachel last week and got my eyebrows waxed.  I took with me, more than the required two canned goods, as I felt inspired by Rachel's generosity.  Not only did I do something that helps others, making me feel good in the process; but, I got an awesome eyebrow wax out of it.  I will definitely be going back to Rachel even when her Christmas promotion ends.  She's professional, kind, personable and did a wonderful job on my wooly mammoth brows.

Rachel offers many other spa services too.  I highly recommend you check her out and don't forget to bring your canned goods.  Why not bring something along even if you're not looking for a brow wax?  After all, 'tis the season of goodwill.