Baby Sprinkle

What is proper ethic for having a party to honor your second born? Do you have a baby shower? Do you create a registry? Those were the questions that I had when we got pregnant with our second child.  Our second pregnancy was great because we found out that we were going to have another boy. Our son was going to be a big brother to his brother.

We did create a registry but it only had things that we really needed. It wasn’t much because I saved everything from my first pregnancy.  Having another boy also limited to what we really needed. We asked our guests to bring diapers and wipes because the reality of it is that you use a lot of diapers and wipes the first year.

My husband and I decided to have a baby Sprinkle which just showed how much we love the second  child. When you’re pregnant with the first, you get everything and then there’s nothing for the second. The baby Sprinkle was themed with ice cream and donuts. It was in the summer so it fit great. We had an ice cream bar with different kinds of ice cream as well as toppings. Everyone loved it.

 

We had plain blocks and asked our guests to create a block which our second son will use when he gets older.  Our favors were mason jars filled with sugar cookie mix and sprinkles. I created labels with the ingredients and directions to make the cookies. That was a huge hit. I hope this inspires you to create your own baby Sprinkle for your second bundle of joy. We can’t forget the second baby that comes into our lives. Happy creating!

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Second Pregnancy

My husband and I started planning baby #2 in the winter.  We knew that we wanted to have more children.  Of course there’s a lot to think about when planning to extend you’re family.  Money is always the question. It is important to have that figured out.

I worried how my first born was going to handle being a sibling.  We made sure to let him know that he is special and important to us.  While pregnant with my second child, we made sure to read books to our first born.  We told him that he’s going to be a big brother.  We let him touch my belly and kiss it. It was amazing to see how he reacted to my baby bump.  Towards the end was when he would kiss my belly every day.  Every time there was a pampers commercial, we told him that he’s going to have a brother like that very soon.  I have to say that it worked.  When our second son was born, my first born reacted in a way that shocked all us.  The first day was rough at the hospital put that changed the second day.  The second day, when he came to the hospital, the first thing that he did was come over and give his brother a kiss. Everyone that was at the hospital was in complete shock. We never thought that a child of all most 2 years old, would react that way.

Things have changed but not too much.  My son still goes to his brother every day and kisses him often.  Every morning he sits on a chair and wants his brother to sit with him and then I have to take a photo of them.  It’s amazing to see this relationship start the way that it has. My only hope is that it never ends and they continue to love one another.

There are challenges of course. My husband works nights so I’m home with the boys.  It’s a challenge to bathe them.  The other most difficult challenge is making sure that my first born understands that we love him the same and nothing has changed.  We just have to give the newborn a little bit more attention. We try our best and we are learning as we go along.  I of course wouldn’t change this experience for anything. I love my boys so much and look forward to the next few years of amazing experiences and challenges that come our way.  I will blog about theses challenges and experiences.

Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine is a nice coastal place to visit.  I’ve always wanted to go to Maine and Portland was the closets to New York. Our hotel was the Hyatt and it was in Old Port. That’s where all the major places to visit are.  The Hyatt was nice.  Parking was either self which was $20 a night or valet which was $22 a night. The lot that they used was a block away.  We valeted because it was easier for us.  They had breakfast every morning which was nice. They had toast, English Muffins, cereal, eggs and so many other choices.  Our room had the view of the bay.  They also had a pool and fitness center. We used the pool. It was small up to 4 feet only.

The day that we arrived it was raining but we were able to get a few things done.  For lunch we went to Duck Fat which we had to wait 20 minutes because it is a popular spot.  When we sat down to eat, we had Beglian fries and pouting fries. They were very good. They were cooked twice in duck fat.  We all had sandwiches. Their menu is small because it’s a quick eats place. It still was a very nice place and the food was good.

When the rain stopped, we walked around the old port. We found some souvenir stores. I always enjoy looking for magnets and ornaments from places. The one place that I found all my souvenirs was in a place called The Blue Lobster.   We of course found a lot of ice cream places and had some ice cream before dinner.  Dinner was an adventure. We went to J’s Oysters and we were told  there was a 30 minute wait. We waited an hour to get seated. When we went inside there were empty tables. We were really upset about the service at J’s. I had a lobster pasta which was good.  The view was nice though.  See the photo below.

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The next day we visited Cape Elizabeth (see blog before this one).  We came back and then went to the Portland Science Center which had a special show in of Pirates. These were artifacts from a ship that was lost which was taken over by Sam Bellamy. It was really cool to learn about pirates life. I learned things that I didn’t know.  That was a nice experience.  We really enjoyed Portland, Maine. It’s a nice town to visit for a  few days.  Happy travels.

Cape Elizabeth

We took a trip to Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  We stayed in Portland, Maine and took a drive to Cape Elizabeth. It was beautiful.

We went to the Portland Head Lighthouse. It was amazing. You’re able to walk around the area and explore for free. There is a museum there that is attached to the lighthouse and there’s a small charge for it. We didn’t do it because our son would not handle it.  We were able to walk around and look at the lighthouse in different views.   After exploring the lighthouse, we went for a walk.

The walk was around the around the area, around the lighthouse. You were able to get a wonderful view of the lighthouse and the cliffs. I’ve read that the lighthouse is one of the most photographed in the world and I have to be honest it should be. It was simply amazing to see. I really enjoyed taking in the view and how amazing it looked.  See the photo below.

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After the lighthouse, we went to the cliff walk. This was a nice walk around the area to see all the scenes around the lighthouse and Fort Williams Park.  We walked and of course took lots of pictures with the beautiful scenes.  It was relaxing and breathe taking. Our friends went down to climb the rocks. We didn’t because of our son and the fact that I’m 7 months pregnant so it was not possible for me.  See the photo below of some of the things that we saw.

 

After the cliff walk, we walked over to to Fort Williams Park.  It’s an abandon Fort that we were able to talk and explore ourselves. We walked up the stairs and were able to see the beautiful views from there. It was simply beautiful.  I love to travel to coastal places because the views are amazing and beautiful. I hope this inspires you to travel and see the beautiful views of Cape Elizabeth. Happy travels.

 

Tinkerbell Disney Pandora Bracelet

I’m obsessed with Pandora charms. Every time they come out with new charms, I just want to rush and get new charms.  Well when I read that Pandora is teaming up with Disney, I was in heaven.  I’m a big Disney fan. I have every movie possible.

Disney and Pandora teamed up to come out with charms for 10 years. That’s ten years of Pandora Disney charms to look forward to.   They are releasing charms slowly. A few charms at a time.  I of course love Tinkerbell.  So when they came out with two charms I had to have them. They were so popular that the Pandora stores were sold out of them. I had to wait to get my charms.  I finally did. The murano Tinkerbell was the first charm that I got and I ended up getting two of them plus the one where Tinkerbell is in a star. I also got the Tinkerbell dangle where she is in a heart. The murano bead glows in the dark so that was cool and a nice surprise when I saw my bracelet glowing while somewhere in a dark place.

Now Pandora Disney came out with Tinkerbell’s dress and slipper dangle charms.   Every Disney princess Pandora bead comes with the dress and shoe.  I got my Tinkerbell for Mother’s Day.   Recently Pandora was having a sale that when you spend $100, you can get a leather bracelet for free.  I went for a hunt for a green leather bracelet. I found it and put my Tinkerbell charms on it.  I am beyond obsessed with my Tinkerbell Pandora bracelet.  I can’t wait to see what else Disney Pandora has in store for us Disney fans.  Below is a photo of my Tinkerbell Pandora bracelet.

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Queens Zoo

The Queens Zoo is located in Corona, Queens New York. It is a Wildlife Conversation Society Park.   It is a small zoo that goes around in a circle.  You are able to see all the animals this way.  There is also a petting zoo there as well.  They are open until 5:30 pm on weekends from 10 am.   These are the summer hours from April to November. During the week, they are open from 10am until 5pm.  They are also open during the winter months from November until March.  The hours are from 10am until 4:30pm.

Yesterday we went with our son and nieces for a nice afternoon at the zoo.  It was a prefect day. The kids got to see many animals and spend time together.

Some of the animals that you can see at the Queens Zoo are as follows: lots of different ducks at the waterfowl marsh (where you can feed the ducks for 25 cents), alligator, sand hill crane, bald eagle, lynx, puma, Roosevelt elk, owl, coyote, sea lion, bison, pronghorn antelope, push, chacoan peccary, thick-billed parrot and an Andean bear.  There is also an aviary with many different kinds of birds.  That’s a lot of animals for a small zoo.

The petting zoo has a lot of domestic animals.  The kids are able to feed them for 25 cents as well. Some of the domestic animals are pigs, goats, wheels, llama, horse, donkey, and chickens.  The kids had a great time feeding the animals and we were there for a while feeding them.

If you are looking for a quick place to visit, definitely go and check out the Queens Zoo.  It makes for a wonderful afternoon with your children. Happy traveling.

Bridal Shower Gift Basket

My work partner is getting married in the summer. I wanted to do something special for her.  I know both her and her fiancé have a lot of things and they didn’t really need anything so I found something small for her.  I got her a wedding frame as well as champagne glasses to be used for the day of the wedding.

At work, I had the grade come together by bringing in their favorite bottle of wine for a special occasion for their first year of marriage.  There are many different firsts. Here are some first ideas: Christmas , Valentine’s Day, New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Anniversary, just because, first fight, dinner party, etc.  When you create this basket for someone be creative in different first for the first year.

We all picked a holiday or special occasion. We came together and put it into a basket with a note on each bottle of wine with words of advice.  It was amazing to see how everyone came together and put some thought into it.  My partner really loved the idea and so did her fiancé.  Below is a photo of the basket with wine. Hope this inspires you!

 

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