Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Furnace Frustrations

Well, the other night we were sitting in the living room watching TV and notice that is was getting kind of chilly in the house. For some odd reason the furnace is out. This isn't the first time we have had this problem. The furnace is new so there is no reason why is shouldn't be working, but it has been quirky this year. Every time we call people out to take a look at it, they can't find anything wrong with it. We thought maybe the batteries in the Thermostat needed changed, so we did that, it worked for a while after that. Then we thought maybe we had a faulty Thermostat, and changed it, but it still didn't work.

We had heard really great things about infrared heaters, so we broke down and bought a Heat-A-Lot Infrared Furnace. What is this you ask? It is a portable furnace. Unlike oil heaters the outside surface doesn't get hot so, it is safe for little ones and animals to be around plus it is supposed to be low on electricity... we haven't had ours long enough for me to be able to compare, however I will update after a month and let you all know if our electric bill has gone down since using it. This heater has a lot of cool features. Ours has an oak finish, looks stylish, is small (11.9" wide X 16.5" deep X 16.5" tall), if you didn't know that it was a heater you would assume it was some type of radio or CD player sitting off in the corner. The heater is on wheels so you can scoot it around where ever you want, plus it come with a cute little remote control. You can use the buttons on the front, but the remote makes it easy to adjust the heat from across the room or as you snuggle on the couch. The fan is so quiet that you don't even notice it is in the room either! We live in a one story house with a basement and so far just setting the temperature at 70*F had kept our main floor toasty warm, even at night with below freezing temperatures outside. Its been great and so far I really like it a lot!

Here are the complete specks as found on the Heat-A-Lot website for the Oak Model that we bought:

Heat-A-Lot 1500WO

Oak Model-11.9" x 16.5" x 16.5" (W, D, H), 30cm x 42cm x 42cm (W, D, H)
Power Requirements: 110 Volt AC, 1500 Watt
Power Cord: 6 feet(182.88cm),14 gauge
Thermostat: Electronic Analog Xlarge numbers Accuracy: +2 degrees (1 degree up and 1 degree down)
Delayed Start Function: Up to 24 hours
Safety Cutoff: Yes
Listed Approvals: C-TUV XU.S. & International (UL equivalent)    
Remote Control: Credit card type Xlarge-button surface
Pre-Filter: Lifetime electrostatic
Cord Storage: Convenient cord wrap for transport & storage
Lifetime Electrostatic Filter (for maintaining air quality): Removed and installed with springs
Heat Type: Therapeutic quartz infrared heat
Heat Chamber: Copper-ion generation panel with stainless diffraction coils
Heating Elements: Four (4) quartz infrared emitters
Emitter Life Expectancy: 20,000 hours (approx. 7-10 years)
Fan System: Single high-output scroll fan, providing a much quieter operation by eliminating vibration and ELF 60 Hz electromagnetic emissions caused by AC axial fan motors.
Fan Noise Level: 42 dB (comparatively quiet)
Warranty: Limited 3-year warranty

Price Range: $340-$450 depending on which model you want
Purchase Online: http://www.heatalot.com
Where To Find This Heater: Rural King (currently on sale for $299.99) 
My Rating: A+ $$$

 My Review Rating System:
  • A+ = Love it, will definitly use it and buy it for myself or family
  • B = Like it a lot, will probably use it or buy it for myself or family
  • C = Like it, may or may not use or buy it for myself or family
  • D = Think its Ok, but probably won't use or buy it for myself or famliy
  • E = Don't like it at all, will not be using it again and won't buy it for myself or family
$ = SUPER Cheap
$$ = Low Price
$$$ = Decently Priced
$$$$ = Somewhat Pricey
$$$$$ = Too Rich For My Pockets




Hopefully, this review helps you all out this winter!


Stay warm and thanks for reading dear followers!
Kelsey

Disclosure: We bought this product ourselves. Please note that I was not compensated in any way for my review and its is solely based on my interaction and experience with the product. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pregnancy Updates and Cool Twitter Parties Coming Up

Well, we made yet another trip to the hospital around 9:30PM the night before Thanksgiving. I was having cramps/contractions all day long but nothing consistent. Well around 9:00PM I went to the bathroom and there was blood, so off we went to the hospital. Once again they hooked me up to some monitors, did an ultrasound, took some blood, and ran some tests. Good news is that the baby is fine and my cervix hasn't changed. The doctor said that there isn't any reason why I won't go full term with this little girl, which was a relief to hear. So, why was I having all the cramps/contractions? Well I have a bladder infection and since my hormones are up I have the normal pregnancy bacteria issue as well... SO now I'm on 2 antibiotics and haven't felt any cramps/contractions since I've been taking them, which I guess means that we FINALLY found the problem! I'm hoping that this will fix the problems for good and the last 2.5 months will be breeze.

We got home at bout 1:30AM and in the morning we were up getting food ready for Thanksgiving. Luckily, our friends that were joining us for Thanksgiving Dinner took on a large portion of the cooking and I only had to prepare 3 dishes, Green Bean Casserole, Corn Pudding, and my Great Grandma's Yeast Rolls (which are a family tradition/secret on my mother's side). Thanksgiving went great, we had enough food to feed at least 5 more people, maybe even more, lol! Our friends brought THE BEST desert I've ever had for Thanksgiving, it was a Pecan Streusel Pumpkin Pie, YUM!

My mom and sister (and her three kids) all came to visit us the day after Thanksgiving. This was the first time I saw my new nephew, he was born in October. Holding him, I just couldn't remember my baby girl being so little, although I know in reality she was that little at one time. When your parents tell you that your babies grow up really fast you don't really understand it until you have your own and watch time just fly by. It was quiet a unique experience for me to have FOUR kiddos under 4 in my house at one time. Normally, my baby girl and I are here by ourselves and its pretty quiet. They were all SO entertaining playing together and running around, it was just too cute for words! Today we are back to our normal routine... our world is slow and quiet again, lol!

Okay Ladies, thought I would let everyone know about some upcoming Twitter Parties that I think would be cool, so here you go:


Diapers.com Holiday Twitter Party

When: “Cyber Sunday,” 11/28 from 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. ET
Where: #diapersdotcom on Twitter
How: To participate, use the hashtag and follow me at @ResourcefulMom and our sponsor at @diapersdotcom
Prizes:
Participants will be chosen at random to receive gift codes in increasing amounts all the way up to our grand prize winner who will receive a $100 gift code!
Go here to Register for this event to win cool prizes!

Real Diaper Association Holiday Twitter Party
When:  Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Time: 9-10 pm ET
Hashtag: #clothdiapers #RDA
Who to Follow:@RDAHeatherMc, @RealDiapers, @EcoChicParties, @EcoChicSideKick and our sponsors @TheWillowStore and @fuzlife
Click here for more information on how to register to win prizes during this event!

Well, that's all I have for today dear followers!
Off to put up the Christmas Tree!
Kelsey

Friday, November 19, 2010

Fun Night at the #MeetSweetPea Twitter Party

Last night was the Twitter Party with Sweet Pea Diapers hosted by Eco Chic Parties. I thought the party went pretty good, lots of information and questions. The Giveaways were awesome and I even won a One Size Cloth Diaper with 2 microfiber inserts. Which is GREAT! I am looking forward to trying it out and determining if I'd like to purchase more. I believe they are running a 10% on the Sweet Pea Covers and One Size Diapers thru Cyber-Monday, so get them fast while the sale lasts!

I really want to add to my stash when Baby #2 gets here and being able to try different diapers before settling on a specific brand is SO nice. I am fortunate this time around that I have been able to try several different brands like FuzziBunz, Haute Pockets, Thirsties, Nubunz, and bumGenius. Although I LOVE them all, I tend to lean more towards my bumGenius cloth diapers. I really like the way they fit my first daughter and the insert seems to hold SO much more urine than the other inserts. I also am a fan of having the pocket opening in the front as opposed to the back I have 2 of the bumGenius 3.0 Cloth Diapers in my stash and I'm curious to try and possibly buy the new bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diapers because I like mine so much. Many of the retailers for bumGenius have a buy 5 get 1 free sale. If your interested check out Kelly's Closet for this cool deal!

Back to my crayon crisis... I thought the Crayola Large crayons were going to work out, however last night while I was participating in the Twitter Party my baby girl broke one, I believe it was blue. So, problem not solved. The saga continues...

If you are interested in the cloth diapers I mentioned above, please visit their websites for more detailed information:
>FuzziBunz
>Haute Pockets
>Thirsties
>Nubunz
>buGenius

Thanks for reading dear followers!
Kelsey

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Icky Day

Well, today is an icky day...cold and rainy, but not a consistent rain but annoying off and on sprinkles. All I wanted to do this morning was sleep in... but that didn't happen, the baby was up at 6:30AM. I put her to bed late last night in hopes that she would sleep in but no such luck. It's funny how you never really think about the fact that when you have babies that your days of sleeping in will come to an end. Some days I long for the times when I was young myself and on Saturday I could be lazy and sleep in past my alarm clock setting... Oh those were the days. The only thing that makes "having" to get up early is the excitement, joy, happiness that shines on my daughter's face when I go into her bedroom to get her in the mornings. She is always SO happy to see me, EVERY day, I love it! And it make not being able to sleep in seem like a privilege.

Anyhow....On a totally random subject... I was messing around on the internet and posting things on Twitter about looking for crayons yesterday when I was sent this link from @iColor3D . Naturally, I was curious as to how you color in 3D so I visited their website and facebook page. I'm thoroughly amused by the idea of coloring in 3D, I guess that is the big kid in me coming out! I love coloring, especially with my daughter. I just recently introduced the world of crayons and coloring books to her, which she immediately picked up on and has come to LOVE, hence my search for perfect crayons for her. Well, I'm crossing my fingers that iColor3D will decide to send me a product to review... we'll see!  I REALLY want to get the product reviews and giveaways started and hoping THIS will be my leg in! Even if they don't I felt the urge to share this product because A) They sound COOL and B) They were nice enough to answer my Tweet about Crayons and 3) It will help promote a really unique product for kids, which is AWESOME!

Thanks for listening dear followers! And if you have time check out iColor3D!
Kelsey

Monday, November 15, 2010

Why is this baby in such a hurry?

Well, yet another small scare for us....

Everything has been going fine all week, I took it easy, nothing happened, everything was great. So, we decided to go grocery shopping yesterday and get some stuff before the last minute Thanksgiving flock invaded. I hadn't been doing much walking all week, so walking around the store was a little uncomfortable but nothing too bad that I wasn't able to ignore. Well, when we got home, after we put the groceries away and settled down I noticed I was having some "cramps". Well, then I noticed these "cramps" were pretty consistent and close together... about 3-6 minutes apart. My dear sweet hubby started to get nervous and wanted me to call the doctor's office. So, I called, and my orders were to drink a bunch of water and lay down, if they didn't stop after 30 minutes I was to go into the hospital. Well, I did what they said, but waited a little longer than 30 minutes and they stopped. I was fine the rest of the night and felt pretty good this morning. I just don't understand why this baby is in such a big hurry to get here, she still has about 3 months to go, I'm only 27 weeks (today) along. Needless to say I probably won't be going grocery shopping again until after the baby is born. Just another thing my dear sweet hubby has to take on while we wait for this baby to finish "baking". Well, stay tuned, I'm hoping nothing more will happen, but this baby has a mind of her own already.

On another note, I'm looking for some FAT crayons for my daughter to try out? Anyone know where I can find some? I tried to let her color but the regular size crayons break to easy when she scribbles, she is only 16 months, so she doesn't have fine motor skills. I bought her some Crayola Large Crayons yesterday while we are out and we are trying them out today, but they still seem a little too thin, when I say FAT, I mean I want FAT Crayons!


I would LOVE to do a Review and Giveaway for some FAT Crayons! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for listening dear followers!


Kelsey

Saturday, November 13, 2010

#MeetSweetPea Diapers Twitter Party 11.18.10

TWITTER PARTY Coming Soon! 

If you've never participated in a Twitter Party I recommend trying to start now! I've participated in several and the most recent Party I attended I won (25) 5x7 Folded Cards from Shutterfly! Its a great way to learn about products you love or are interested in, as well as a great chance to win GREAT prizes! 

As most of you know I love Cloth Diapers, so I thought I would advertise a Twitter Party coming up soon. Currently I don't have any Sweet Pea Diapers, however I am interested in learning more about them and depending on what I hear, may make a purchase for our newest bundle of joy! 

Here's the specks on the upcoming Twitter Party:

What: Help us welcome the newest cloth diaper to our stash and yours – Sweet Pea Diapers.  
When: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: 9-10 pm ET (6-7 pm PT)
Hashtag:#MeetSweetPea
Who to follow:@SweetPeaDiapers, @EcoChicParties, and @EcoChicSidekick 


PRE-REGISTRATION PRIZE PACKAGE:  One All-in-Three Sweet Pea, 1 pack of Sweet Pea wipes, and 1 Sweet Pea wetbag   *Pre-registration prize will be selected from all of the comments and extra entries earned before 8:30pm on the evening of the event.  You still must attend the party and tweet once during the party to be eligible to win.
DOOR PRIZES: Door prizes are compliments of our sponsor Sweet Pea Diapers.
#1:  One one-size Sweet Pea with 2 microfiber inserts
#2: One one-size Sweet Pea with 1 microfiber insert and 1 hemp insert
#3: One all-in-three Sweet Pea
#4: One Sweet Pea Cover and 2 pre-folds
GRAND PRIZE BUNDLE:  2 one-size Sweet Peas, 1 Sweet Pea cover and pre-fold, 2 all-in-three Sweet Peas, 1 set nursing pads, and one set of Sweet Pea wipes.

About the sponsor:
On the web: http://sweetpeadiapersusa.com
On Twitter: http://twitter.com/sweetpeadiapers
On Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Pea-Diapers/110762785609172?v=info

For ALL Information Details, and Registration Visit: http://ecochicparties.theecochic.com./meetsweetpea-diapers-party-11-18-10/

ENJOY dear followers!
Kelsey

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Small Scare

Tuesday morning we had a small scare. I spotted a little, so I called the doctor's office. They wanted me to come in just to make sure nothing was wrong. So, I packed up the baby and headed to the doctor's office. They did a pelvic and found more blood, so they decided to send me over to the hospital to get hooked up to some  monitors, do some blood work, and get an ultrasound the check out the baby and the placenta. Luckily, nothing was wrong and my baby girl is growing as she should be. The whole time I was in to hospital I just kept thinking that she just wasn't ready yet, she had to be okay, and she had to stay in there a little longer. They sent me home with orders to "rest". No heavy walking, no picking up anything, including my 16 month old daughter, just sitting around... so not cool. So, today is day 2 of my orders to "rest" its been okay, but really weird... my baby doesn't really understand why I don't pick her up but she has been really good about it. I feel like my arms have been cut off. I'm supposed to be on rest for two weeks... if everything is good and I don't have any issues until then I will be off "rest". If something else happens then I will be put on "bed rest" which will be even harder than this "rest"... so I'm trying really hard to take it easy, relax, and not pick up my baby girl.

Just an update ;o) Thanks for listening dear followers,
Kelsey

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Getting Closer, but Oh So Far Away!

Well, I'm now 25 weeks along. The new baby is getting more and more active, which is nice because for a while I was getting nervous something was wrong because she just wasn't as active as my first daughter was at this stage. My belly feels so big already and can't imagine getting any bigger, although I know I will most definitely be HUGE by the time #2 is due.

This week was pretty busy... I had to go in to the doctor's office to get a couple moles removed... not because we thought something was wrong with them, but because they keep getting bigger and bigger. I'm pretty much blaming it on the pregnancy hormones. My daughter kept messing with the one on my chest, trying to pinch it off, so we decided to just go in and have it and another on taken off before she actually did rip it off. My doctors did pretty good from what I can tell, they are healing fine and don't really hurt at all, just itch a little. I was surprised that they didn't hurt right the lidocaine wore off, but nothing, which is cool because I was still able to fold clothes and wash dishes like normal and pick up my daughter without being uncomfortable. All in all it was an okay experience, I was a little nervous at first, but it went really well. They sent the moles off to get tested and tests came back and they are just normal moles, no cancer cells or anything.

Yesterday, I had to make a trip to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned. Everything looks good there too, no cavities, yeah! Word to the wise, get your teeth cleaned BEFORE you get pregnant. It wasn't a bad experience, I was just uncomfortable laying on my back because my belly is so heavy now. I couldn't have done it at the beginning of my pregnancy because of the morning sickness and my easy to activate gag reflex. I was a little nauseous laying on my back but the dental assistant was nice and raised the back of my chair higher than normal to help me out, which I GREATLY appreciated.

I can't believe how much my baby girl is growing up. When everyone tells you that time flies when it comes to kids, you never really understand it until you have kids yourself. I am totally amazed at how smart she is and how fast she learns. 16 months, wow! This morning I brought her into bed to hang out and watch cartoons, I just sat there and watched her. She is her own little person now, with her own little personality and mannerisms. Amazing!

Oh well, I better get back to work!
Talk to you later dear followers,
Kelsey

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