Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Woah... 2 posts in less than a week?! Is it possible? Well, now that Ben's home with me I actually have some free time! I'm loving it! For those of you who don't know, we recently sold our our restaurant and through the process, the one thing that I've learned is that there is nothing more important than Health and Family.

When Ben got the shingles back in May, it was so hard on all of us. I think that was the last straw and we realized that working your ass off to make money is sometimes not worth it if you're compromising your health and the time you spend with your family. I was worried at first about selling the restaurant because it would compromise our lifesetyle. But after seeing Ben so sick and how exhausted we all were (him running the restaurant, and me taking care of Christian) plus, the lack of time we spent together and comparing it to now - omg...TOTALLY worth it. I looove seeing Christian and Daddy interact together and Christian seems happier because he's not alone with his grumpy mom all the time.

Anyways, here are some recent pics of my cutie-pie angel-face!~

Christian and Daddy wearing their matching swim trunks in Maui. Ben was wearing a bandage because of the shingles. Christian was having a love/hate relationship with the waves. Note the look on his face - he was both scared and intrigued at the same time.

At the Old Lahaina Luau where he got lei'd for the first time. lol...

He had soooo much fun dancing and eating and just walking around! You can tell when he's really happy because his eyes just disappear! lol..

Slurping a mango smoothie at the aquarium. Is that face to die for or what?!

Cruising around in his Tot Wheels while sporting his flashy shades. It was like at 7pm but he insisted on wearing his sunglasses. and then he kept checking himself out in the mirror!

He's already learning how to drive the car himself - it's so cute to watch.

K, that's all for now folks. Stay tuned for more posts to come soon (hopefully). ^_^

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Baby Gear - July 2007

Apologies to everyone who check my blog occassionally looking for an update. There have been so many times where I've felt compelled to write but just couldn't find the time. But to make it up to everyone, I'm working on a "how to" make baby food entry. I've taken some pictures of the process but I'm thinking I might actually video tape it and put it up so everyone can get a visual of all the steps. So be on the look out!

But in the meantime, here's some cool baby gear that you all may find useful for your babies or babies to be.

High Chair -

When Christian was just months old, I was still in a state where I wanted the most innovative, coolest, hippest and most expensive baby gear available. Now, I realize that that was just plain stupid. I had my heart set on the Flair High Chair by Boon. Not just the standard version but the Elite version. Why the Elite? Because the Elite had the cool orange backing whereas the Standard just came with a plain white backing. For $200 more, my baby could eat in modern style with the cool orange backing. Totally worth the extra $200, right? Oh and did I mention that this $399 high chair has a very cool pneumatic lift feature so you can adjust the height of the seat? See, totally worth the money. Thankfully though, this chair wasn't available on the market when it was time to put Christian in a high chair. Otherwise, we'd be $400 poorer while my kid would be styling in his State-of-the-Art chair.

Here is what I settled for.
The IKEA Antilop High Chair for $18.99. AND... for $5 more you can get the matching tray to attach to the high chair. This chair is fantastic folks. Clean up is a cinch and if it gets too dirty to clean, hey, just buy another one. Sure, it doesn't have the cool orange backing or the awesome pneumatic lift feature but it gets the job done. And it's modern, simple and sleek style won't make your house look all tacky like those big bulky Peg Perego or Graco high chairs. Besides, before you know it, your kid will grow out of the high chair and will want to sit in his/her own "grown-up" chair.

Eating Out - I just bought this yesterday after seeing a friend of mine use it at a Dol this past weekend. One of the best purchases I've made so far.This Booster Seat by Fisher Price is awesome. It attaches to virtually any chair and it comes with it's own little table tray. There's also 3 different height settings and for older babies, you can remove the green backing. For a mere $24.99, it's totally worth the money. I bought mine at Target yesterday because I needed to use it last night at a restaurant. But you can get it at Amazon for a couple of bucks cheaper and it qualifies for free shipping. Amazon is also having a special offer through Shutterfly where you get a free 20-page casual photo book if you purchase the seat by August 15. Soooo worth it. And you can even use the seat at home!

Grocery Shopping

I've had alot of inquiries about my high chair/grocery cart cover. It's by a company called Cuter Than a Duck's Butt. I did a ton of research before I finally decided with getting this cover. It's plush, easy to wash and fits virtually any cart/high chair. Although it's a bit on the pricey side, if you're a germaphobe like me, this is a must-have for your trips to the grocery store.

Floor Mats

We have hardwood floors. Christian has had more than his share of accidents on them. I've been meaning to get some play mats but everything out there is so ugly. You've all seen the infamous, ugly, bright-colored interlocking Alphamat or something like it. *Barf* Who the hell wants this thing laying around in their living room?

Well, thanks to the folks over at Skip Hop, we modern parents now have an alternative. Coming in August is the new Skip Hop Playspot.

It'll be available in 3 different color schemes and you can preorder yours at Amazon.

Costing $79 for 20 tiles, the interlocking shapes allows you to create a mat to your room's dimensions. I'm planning on ordering 2 sets since our living room space is pretty large. I love the colors and the mod design. I can't wait to get this!

There are more things that I want to post but right now, I must tend to my baby. If any of you have discovered any cool, useful products, please share! I'd love to hear about them!