Monthly Archives: September 2007

Maternity Clothing vs. The Real World

Ok, I am offically sending out a challenge to maternity clothing designers everywhere.  I hope they google these three letters and hit my blog because I am mad and writing about it.

This season the look is babydoll with the adorable stripe of fabric that is supposed to accentuate the bust line.  Well that is fine and good for all the size A or B cuppers out there but for those of us that are so blessed with natural DD’s when not pregnant this look it ridiculous. 

First of all being pregnant there is not a whole lot on my body that I am interested in accentuating, not even my face with my two chins!  Ok, I like my hair and eyes most days.  But I digress… So this whole babydoll thing with the bust line hem just ends up on anyone well endowed  about the middle  or top of the bust instead of nice and prettily underneath it.  Even if I am to find a shirt that is this style and might attempt to fit into it I end up pulling it down all day long to keep it from riding up and looking like I stole my smaller friends clothing or shrunk it in the wash.

Secondly shirts that are not in this style do not exist this season unless they are some frock that could double as a tent.  I have been to most department stores and maternity specialty stores and this is the style of the season. So for those of us well endowed like me I guess it is going to take a lot more searching.  So far I have lucked out and been able to find a few non-maternity shirts at Old Navy that are nice and long to cover that belly band or panel.

So I plead to you – the Maternity Clothing Designers of the World – to think of those of us that are well endowed to begin with and gain an extra breast size or two during the pregnant months.  Either rethink the proportions on these shirts that make it laughable just to hold them against ones body or be a little more diverse in your clothing styles.  Not everyone looks good in a babydoll shirts, plus that flare on the bottom does not hide the fact that we are pregnant, in fact it may enhance that oh so wonderful fat feeling we already have.



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Kit Kat III Arrives


Our family was not feeling diverse enough so we decided to add a little siamese to our life.  After a visit this summer to see my grandfather and aunt my kids fell in love with grandpa’s cat – Kit Kat II.  They talked about Kit Kat for weeks.  So since we can never add a dog to our life because that would just be to much insanity, plus we tried that already and family would most likely kill us, we/I thought a kitty was just what we needed. 

So thinking back to my childhood and remembering all the great cats my grandma always had with her siamese I really wanted to get that breed for our family too.  They can have a bad rep but I have never encountered this so I found a siamese litter and on Friday night I took the boys to pick out their new baby.  We already have two cats that pretty much just tolerate the kids because they were here first and never fully accepted being carried around by the neck or having their tails pulled.  So I am hoping by getting a kitten they will have a cat in the house that likes them, only time will tell. 

So I introduce Kit Kat III to you all and will have more photos soon.  He is adorable, fiesty, runs a lot currently sitting on my laptop keyboard, is getting used to our cats but not vice versa yet, uses the litter box (yipee!), and the kids think he is the best thing since string cheese.  Who needs a dog?  🙂


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Eat Locally

My buddy Big Binder is taking the Eat Local challenge in Grand Rapids and I solute her.  I love to support local businesses and that would include restraunts and produce made right in our own backyard.  I think that is why I love Horrocks because they seem to carry a lot of locally made produce and products.  I have not taken the full blown challenge but I can rightly say that I have bought local meat in the last week, locally produced milk, eaten tomatoes from my own garden, eaten onions from a farm share crop, bought my first batch of Honey Crisp apples, bought from Frito’s, and recycled/sold lots of junk at the Grand Rapids Press Garage Sale today!  So I am doing my part bit by bit to support the local economy and recycle too.  Click here on Big Binder’s Toot Toot blog for great local products that she got donated as prizes for you to win just for leaving her a comment.

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For those born between 1930-1979

Those Born 1930-1979  


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we   rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars wit h no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.  

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO  ONE actually died from this.  

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because,

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.  

No on e was able to reach us all day. And  we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms…….
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no laws uit s from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.  

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!  

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them.CONGRATULATIONS!  

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good .
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?!

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:
“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”


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Movie Review Monday (a day late)

Georgia Rules –

For the record I am sick of Lindsay Lohan and not a big fan of her acting or personal life but since my hubby went out of his way to the video store to get something new to watch it was this or The Hills Have Eyes 2.  So we settled in to watch it and it was Lindsay playing her typical bratty teen-self gone wild but the parts played by Flecity Huffman and Jane Fonda were pretty great.

 The plot was interesting and the movie kept you guessing on whether poor misunderstood Lindsay was telling the truth or lying.  I liked and I think even hubby thought it was not even halfway bad.  It even made me want to start a new, Mom’s Rules thing at my house.  Watch the movie and you may agree.  Great chick flick or watch with a hubby flick! 

Two thumbs up!

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Tooting My Own Horn

So tomorrow I officially get the offer to become the Marketing Director for Goodwill Industries.  After becoming a mom working part time was essential and very important for me.  I was not sure where my career would take me as a part timer but I am so thankful for where I am right now.  Every step was made with care and trust that it would all work out some way.  Going from working full time, then part time and then leaving the Griffins organization all together was agonizing for me because I had no idea what would happen next but with my hubby’s encouragement and my own trust in my heart that it would all work out.  It has not always been easy balancing family and work but for me it is worth it.  Thanks hubby for all you do for us as a family and giving me my wings to fly and be me.  I hope I am a better wife and mother for it.  🙂


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Works for Me Wednesday

shaklee.jpgSometimes I need a little inspiration for writing a subject and because The Diaper Diaries is always such a good read I checked out Rocks in My Dryer and decided I need to add to her Works for Me Wednesdays listing. 

Since having kids and getting older I want to make sure I am creating a clean and green home for my family as well as do my part to keep this earth green.  I have tried two brands of products so far.  Method Brand which I find mostly at Target and I love and more recently I bought some Shaklee cleaning products after seeing them on Oprah’s show (here’s the link), got to love her.   

I bought an inital Shaklee Cleaning kit for $55, (I think they normally sell it for $82) and when it came I was shocked at how much product came in it.  Dishsoap, laundry detergent, recycleable wipes, recycleable dryer sheets, their famous Basic H2 product that can clean anything – even windows, scour off heavy duty paste, fabric softener, laundry boaster and so much more.  The best thing is that it is all concentrated so it lasts longer than it looks.  So far I have used the wipes and they work great and better yet I don’t feel guilty about using another paper product.  I have also used the laundry soap and so far have done 20+ loads and have enough left for 20 more, the Scour Off paste which is a life saver in tough cleaning projects like a broiler pan, and I am going to mix up some Basic H2 and start cleaning with that this week. 

Check out Shaklee if you are living green or if you are interested in protecting your home, kids and planet.  Here Shaklee’s skinny on The Real Dirt On Clean.  For more green tips check out look,mom,look blog for some other great advice.

So going green with my cleaning products Works for Me Wednesday!

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