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We LOVE GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce!! {Review}

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Snacking on the go with my toddler has always been a fear of mine. In my mind, it could really only go one of two ways:

1) Be totally messy, requiring a wash cloth and usually a change of clothes

or

2) Not very healthy at all.

Not anymore!! Now that we found GoGo SqueeZ by Materne my days of dread over the traveling snack are over. GoGo SqueeZ is applesauce in a re-sealable (very key) pouch!

From the GoGo SqueeZ website:

Story has it that in the 19th century, a very loving grandfather was determined to craft a special snack for his grandson. Using delicious apples from his backyard orchard in the Val De Loire region of France, near the Chateau Chambord, Monsieur Materne created a delicious and simple applesauce. The Materne company was born and would go on to become the most popular applesauce company in France.
Known as Materne Pom’potes in France, the brand has become the favorite fruit snack of children with more than 1 billion pouches consumed to date.


Materne GoGo squeeZ was launche…

To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?

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It's Friday!! :) Need I say more? There is nothing that I love more than having my husband home with us for two whole entire days.
My blogging time lately has been interupted with some intense working out. I'll have more reviews on this coming soon, but let me just say that in the last three weeks I have lost 8 lbs with Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred and 6-Week Six Pack. I'm so proud of myself!
Time for this week's question for my Day Zero Project - The 50 Questions that Will Free Your Mind:
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?I'm not going to be very whimsical when answering this question, because I believe that everyone has control over their own lives. Sure, there are events in life which throw us off-course, like a job layoff or serious illness. We don't choose for the events to happen, but we do have control over how we take action over them.
There are often times when I sit back and look at everything I have, my l…

Parenting Fail at Target, Our First of Many...

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Well, it finally happened. We became those parents at the store that make bystanders bawk in hushed tones and not-so-discreetly stare like we're all furry blue monsters or something.

Of course, no help from AJ. At 14 months old she has a very strong will. Her dad and I thought that we were helping her by giving her a little more freedom. HA! In the fashion of If You Give a Mouse a Cookiewe'll just say, if you give a toddler an inch...

AJ loves to run around. Nothing brings her more joy than walking and exploring on her own two feet. She is a toddler, after all.

Well we have this cute little monkey backpack/harness from Eddie Bauer that we thought we'd try out. We had never used it before, and since we were going to Target anyways, we thought we'd try it out for a test run.



Wait... you put your child on a leash?? OK... it's not a leash, it is a child-har-ness. Alright? (Yes, we put our child on a leash. We're trying to keep her close and safe!)

AJ's first …

A Blogtastic Extravaganza!! Sweet & Snuggly Baby Giveaway!! Valued at $161

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!!!
Congratulations to our winner, Jenny P of Massachusetts!


Welcome to Holly at Nap Time! You're just in time for A Blogtastic Extravaganza - an amazing blog event featuring over 100 blogs and $13,000 in giveaway prizes! The list of all the fantastic blogs is at the bottom of this post. Make sure you stop by them all and enter to win. You'll have to hurry though! You only have until 11:59 PM EST on January 22nd. This event will be history before you know it!


So what are you here to win? ONE WINNER TAKES ALL!

The Sweet & Snuggly Baby Prize Package
First up, from our wonderful sponsors at BabyLegs, a $50 BabyLegs Grab Bag!!! (For girls this will include two pairs of leg warmers, one pair of  tights, and one package of socks. For boys this will include two pairs of leg warmers and two packages of socks.) For our recent review of BabyLegs please click here. Also, visit BabyLegs on Facebook & Twitter!

Next up is from our sponsors at Cloth Diapers 'n…

If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?

There is light at the end of the tunnel. {Insert huge sigh of relief here.}

Last Thursday my daughter came down with a terrible stomach virus. The timing couldn't have been worse, as we were literally about 3 minutes from driving my husband to the airport for a business trip when she tossed her cookies. She was sick all day Thursday, but seemed to be doing ok besides a lack of appetite on Friday.

Friday evening we picked up my husband from the airport. God works in amazing ways, I tell you. As soon as my husband got home AJ not only became sick again, but I also became violently ill. Seriously, within an hour of my husband's arrival I went from woohoo! to oh blarg. I am so thankful that it held off until he got home.

Saturday my husband did a wonderful job taking care of us, but the inevitable happened and Sunday he was sick too.

We got into a pattern where AJ was fine all day, and then she would throw up in the early evening or right after we put her to bed. We took her to…

New Sitcom on CMT - Working Class - Premiers January 28th {Review}

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You may not think of CMT wen you're itching to watch something funny on television, but all that is about to change. On January 28th, Country Music Television is premiering their first ever sitcom, Working Class.

WORKING CLASS focuses on Carli Mitchell (Melissa Peterman), a single mom from a rough and tumble background, trying to give her kids a better life by moving them to an upscale suburb. She quickly finds that making the transition to “the good life” is harder than she thought.
She's unwittingly befriended by her cranky neighbor, Hank (Ed Asner), her only “career” prospect is a glorified deli job at the local grocery store, and the man she falls for not only already has a girlfriend – but he’s also her boss, Rob (Patrick Fabian). With her ladies-man brother, Nick (Steve Kazee), to help her out (when he’s not acting like one of the kids himself), Carli faces the challenges of parenting, dating, and making friends in her new community by doing more with less, staying true …

24 Hours of Progress - How to get things accomplished once and for all

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The question has been out there for awhile. Now that I did the Fall Family Challenge with the ABC's, what will be my next "blog event."

Here's a short preview today; the 24 hours of PROGRESS.

So often, the only projects that get "done" around our homes is dinner (and no, takeout doesn't count) and the laundry. Out of necessity though. There are so many little nagging projects that linger for most of us. Yes, we can live with a little clutter here or there, but it sure feels good to get those little things out of the way!

Spring is a natural time of rebirth and shedding the layers that has descended upon our house over the winter. The Holly at Nap Time series 24 hours of Progress is designed of 72 household projects that will take on average about one hour to do.

Beginning February 7th, each Monday, Wednesday & Friday a list of 3 project options will be posted. To play along, simply choose 1 (or more, depending on how ambitious you're feeling) p…

Have you visited the Nap Time Boutique yet?

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That's right... my very own blog store! Featuring all of our favorites for baby and mom. Make sure you check it out today using the tab at the top right, or by clicking this link. The best part is that we're powering it all through Amazon, which means that you know that you're getting the best price available it a completely secure environment!!

The shop has been up for a couple weeks now, but I'm still working on the little details. I'd love to hear your feedback! Thanks!

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In other news, AJ is still sick. Last night it was more throwing up and diarrhea. She did sleep pretty well last night though... only got up twice and each time I gave her a few sips of water. Today she has been keeping everything down, but I haven't given her anything except for the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast). Any feedback on other foods to start back on would be greatly appreciated. I'd love to give her some chicken soup but she won't touch the stuff. (T…

Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?

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It's been one of those days. Little AJ has a stomach bug of sorts. She was up fussing several times in the night, and I assumed that it was her teeth bothering her but she started getting sick right after breakfast. Luckily, we've been about 4 hours puke free now and I got her to eat a little bit of plain bread and applesauce. She's zonked now, so hopefully we've seen the worst of it.

It just breaks your heart when your child isn't feeling well. Suddenly all rules go out the window. Yes, you may have your pacy all day long. Yes, you may watch cartoons all day long. Yes, I will snuggle you all day long. My goodness though, it didn't take me long to realize what a nervous eater I am though. Since the New Year I've been dieting (successfully, might I add. I've already lost 4 lbs.) and I have hardly had any cravings at all. The minute I got a moment to myself today thought I just started itching to binge on anything and everything. Yikes!! Don't worry …

On Overall Health - Get Your Skin Checked!!

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. One in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of their lifetime. People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times likely to develop basil cell carcinoma. These are just a few of the facts about skin cancer. A friendly reminder that you need to take care of your skin!!
As part of my New Year's Resolution, I've moved my focus to overall health. That means that yesterday my husband and I took our annual visit to the dermatologist for a full body scan.

Neither of us try to tan, and are always extra cautious when going out in the sun. I always apply at least a SPF 50+. That doesn't mean that we don't still need to keep an eye on things.

For years my husband had a couple moles on his arm that he didn't feel good about. As we moved around the country and visited new primary care physicians for check-ups, my husband always brought up the…

Cinch! 5 Day Fast Forward {Review}

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It wasn't long ago that I was asked to review Cinch! - a new diet created by Flat Belly Diet author Cynthia Sass. For my review on the book, please click here.

The program starts with the 5-day Fast Forward plan that ends erratic eating by focusing on five simple foods—spinach, almonds, raspberries, eggs, and yogurt (or vegan-friendly alternatives)—eaten in a variety of combinations. These first 5 days promise up to 8 pounds of weight loss. Each of the five foods is low in calories yet loaded with nutrients and natural satiety-boosters, which allows you to “detox” from junk foods without feeling deprived.

With the knowledge in hand, it was time to put the diet to the test.

Now, Sass mentions right in the beginning that the 5-day Fast Forward is not for everyone. There is a quiz that asks questions like "Do your feelings of confidence and motivation soar when you follow a limited eating plan?" and "Do you get frustrated when you have to figure out what to make for d…

A Word to Those Who Gossip...

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One of my New Year's Resolutions is to dedicate 5 hours to reading each week. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I spent most of my days reading and exploring the world of books. Since then, my reading has diminished, and I'm constantly blaming it on having "no time." The thing I've come to realize though is that if I'm going to read and have a relationship with books, I'm going to have to make the time, because for the next 18+ years time is not just going to present itself.

Anyways... so I'm currently reading The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin. It's been a bed-side staple of mine for about 8 months now that has just brought me so much inspiration in all aspects of my life. (Full review coming soon...)

One of the things that Rubin discussed in her chapter about focusing on friendship was that we should avoid gossip. Well, that's a given. From experience, gossip rarely does any good, but we are all guilty of it. We're all eager to…

My Own Leaptop™ by LeapFrog Review

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AJ has always been fascinated by computers. Since we live so far from our family, we've made it a tradition to webchat with her grandparents every weekend, so from birth she's had a lot of exposure to our home computers. She loves hitting the keys on the keyboard and seeing what happens on the screen.

When her first birthday rolled around in November, there was no question that we wanted to find her a laptop computer (toy, of course) of her own. After a little online research, we decided to purchase the My Own Leaptop™ by LeapFrog. After two months of daily play, I'm so glad that we did!

About My Own Leaptop™ :
Comes in 2 different styles - Scout version is green & Violet version is purpleIncludes a USB cable that allows you to connect to the Internet to personalize with your child's name, custom song playlist, "email" messages, and moreHas 3 different play modes, including alphabet learning, animal learning and music learningIs the perfect size for grow…

If happiness was the National Currency, what type of work would make you rich??

Well, last night the workouts began. My hubby makes the perfect personal trainer because, well, he's honest. Last night we worked on circuits of sit-ups, push-ups, and jumping jacks.

I really hate push-ups. Really. But I haven't avoided them - I'm not a cheater. Usually I do "girly push-ups" <--- my husband's words, not my own - using my knees. And apparently I wasn't doing those correctly either.

What the heck are you doing?? Um... a push-up. A push-up? Straighten your body out. You need to go down farther than that. No. Do it again. Do it 5 more times. No. That's wrong. Get.Up.And.Do.It.Again. (This is when he got all Jillian Michael's on me, which he knows I love. I began to cry hysterically (of laughter). Why do I even have to do push-ups? They are good for your arms... and your core. My arms? But I don't want to be jacked. From 5 push-ups??? I'll let you know when you're close to being jacked, and then you can stop.
Ahhh... now …

2011 Resolutions

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Well, 2010 is behind us, the holidays are over, and somehow by God's good grace we made it safely back to our cozy home in Virginia yesterday. I tell you what - there is nothing like sleeping in your own bed.

Our trip to Michigan was a success. We didn't get to see nearly as many people as planned, but that's to be expected. Those grandparents sure love to hog our little angel. :)  I suppose though, that with us living 800 miles away that it is their right to hog her.

My husband and I even got out for a date night to Carabba's. A first time for both of us as highly recommended by my parents (with a gift card). We were delighted!! I forgot how nice it is to share a meal without dodging flying spoonfuls of mushy, usually already chewed food!

2011 is a fresh start for all of us. I'm happy to share my 2011 goals with you.

New Year's Resolutions
Focus on overall health. Workout for 30 minutes at least 4 times a week (preferably 2-3 times at the gym)Lose that pesky…