Saturday, April 30, 2011

{Puppy Love}

I belong to a facebook Mommy group and this week we shared photos of our children and their puppies. I thought it was such an adorable idea and thought I would share with you one of my favorite photos of Averee and her puppy.

Av and Bella have been BFF from day one. Bella couldn't wait to greet her when we came home from the hospital and they have literally been inserparable since. When we leave the house Averee continually asks about Bella and as soon as we pull in the driveway she begins to chant her name. I love this special bond that my "two girls" have! Happy Saturday!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

{Finding Frugal}

This is a good GREAT week at Publix. There are some really great stock up and save type of sales that you should totally take advantage of. We recently purchased TONS of chicken a couple weeks back when it was on sale and we have an organic delivery coming on Thursday so I was able to really maximize our budget this week.

Here's what I got:

(2) Tyson Chicken Nuggets (Averee's favorite)
(2) Tostitos Family Size bags
(2) Nature's Own loafs of bread
(2) Heluva Good Dips
(8) Playtex Tampon
(4) BIC Razors (4 ct)
(3) Lean Cuisine meals
(3) Sundowns B6
(4) Pace Salsa
(2) Simply Milk (I even splurge and got Chocolate for Ian...his favorite :) )
(1) Greenwise Organic Whole Milk
(2) Mahatma Spanish Rice
(3) Voskos Greek Yogurt
(2) Juicy Juice

Want to know how much I spent?? Check it out...

Spent $40.09 for $146.02 worth of grocery's. 
Not bad for an hour's worth of work (I put together my whole list together during nap time today...and thats while functioning on only 3 hours of sleep so I know that you can do it too!)

Best Deals?
Playtex Tampons... $0.90/box 
BIC Razors...I was paid $0.26/pack to take them home
Sundown's B6 vitamin...I was paid $0.44/container to take them home
Heluva Good Dip...$0.50/container (Sure hoping it's Heluva Good! Alright bad joke but seriously working on 3 hours here!)
Voskos Yogurt...$0...Free :)

Happy Savings!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Ok so I feel it is necessary to prelude this post by stating that I know I am not perfect...I never plan to be perfect...nor do I care to be perfect...that's how we learn right? However, this I just find out of control.

I recently came across a family that had a two year old and I was able to watch their breakfast habits. The mother decided on oatmeal for her toddler....I thought to myself good choice. Nice, wholesome, non sugary breakfast for a toddler who is in a prime time of growing! What came next was just beyond me...That nice bowl of plain, wholesome, actually good for you oatmeal was turned into an awful, teeth rotting, makes my stomach hurt bowl of junk. Said mom added an entire cartoon of whole milk....which I know what you are thinking...what's wrong with that? Ok...well what's wrong with that is that on top of the sugar in the milk she also added not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 7 packets of sugar!!!! You read it correctly....7! And to top it off she handed her child 8 oz of whole strength juice! I cringed at the thought of Averee eating this. Not only would she probably be a beast from the extreme sugar high she would be on but the thought of the awful nutritional habits I would be teaching her at such a young age. Ahhhh...Makes me want to scream!

Now I am guilty myself of sweetening my child's food a little. I have been known to added a little honey or maple syrup to things to get her to eat them. But when I say little I mean a drop! A small, teeny, tiny amount. And whole strength juice....Ummmmm I can count on my right hand the amount of times Averee has had whole strength juice. Her typical drink consists of 7 oz of water with about 1 oz of juice. And this actually came to my advantage when she was sick last month because to help avoid dehydration I needed her to drink so I mixed her juice at 50% juice and 50% pedialyte...She downed it!

I am also a huge believer in breakfast. I believe it starts your day out and that this one single meal can really determine how you will feel for the rest of your day. I find it especially important with a have have a healthy start.

Would you like to know how I prepare Averee's oatmeal? Well I start with plain organic baby oatmeal. I add about 1 ounce of a baby food veggie and about 2 ounce of baby food fruit (yes I still buy Earth's Best Organic baby food just for this purpose). I add a little bit of warm water and mix it all up. She loves it and not only is she getting a fruit and whole grain serving for breakfast but she is also getting a veggie serving without even knowing it.

So please...whatever you do...remember that if you teach your children at a young age what food tastes like without all the "extras" you will be helping them to create a lifetime of healthy nutritional habits.

And now I shall step down from my soap box.

Friday, April 15, 2011

{I heart Tinder Designs}

So I'm sure you all remember my fabulous sponsor Tinder Designs??? Well I'm super excited because I just received a cart cover for my dear dear friend who is expecting a baby boy in June and let me just say it is FANTASTIC! I can't wait to show it to her!

The actual pattern that I choose happened to be the very last one of that pattern but check out these gorgeous new fabrics to the shop....

 I'm pretty sure I do not know a child who would not love dinosaurs....My dinosaur freak (well at least she is when Dino Dan comes on Nick Jr. :) )
 In love with the owls...I feel like owls are the "in" thing right now and little kids love them!

I know as a Momma I would feel so stylish carting my kiddo around with this fabulousness!

So head on over to Tinder Designs and check it a mom I feel this is a must have baby buy! Great shower gift!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

{My Secret...}

So I have decided that you all have waited long enough and it is time to share with you what I have been up too.

I'm sure many of you can guess and a few of you actually know. It is something that is important to me and something that I feel incredibly passionate about. It is something that I have wanted to do for a really...really...REALLY long time (just ask my husband....he's been listening to me continually talk about this for over a year now!)

SO are you ready?!?

I...Michelle Cristan... am officially the owner of Michelle C Photo, LLC!!!! Honestly, I have never been more excited (OK maybe on our wedding day and Averee's birthday but besides those... :) ).

I just love the way a photo freezes time...the way it allows you to step back...even if only for a moment...the way it can keep your memory alive. I love the way it allows you to be creative and break the rules every once in awhile.

I wanted you all to be the first to know about it since I have been a little neglectful to my very loyal and amazing readers. I thank you for being patient with me as I work to grow and continue to settle on my new path and I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts along this journey!

And here's just a little sneak on what I have been working on...

I just love how I was able to feel the love between each of these families. Amazing!

I would love for you to check out my new website.... ... and you can even follow along my Photog blog (! And of course I would totally love if you would like to share this with all of your family and friends or anyone you might know in the Orlando area!! hehe :)

Again, I thank each of you for sticking with me and I appreciate all of your support! And don't worry...the Real Life Mom blog will continue on!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

{Just so every new mommy feels normal...}

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook today and it was too good not to share. I think we all experience all of these are one point or another ....heck I still experience #5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 18 and 19....ok so practically the whole judging :)

20 things no one told us about having a newborn

Hope you it's time for me to get back to trying to get better....I haven't gotten out of my pajamas in 3 days...yeah...not good.

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