Friday, October 22, 2010

Shutterfly: Sharing joys of the Christmas season!

I know, I know. It's not even Halloween yet and I'm already talking about Christmas! I can't help it. Christmas is, and has always been, my favorite holiday ever! This year, I plan on sending out Christmas cards - for the first time! I planned on doing it last year; my first Christmas out on my own, being married, in our own, little home, so special!  But after Little Olive was born, we were too busy to focus on cards. - Not that I'm complaining! - But this year, we are totally doing it! 

I absolutely love Shutterfly's designs (http://www.shutterfly.com/christmas-cards), so I think I'm going with them. They have a lovely selection for Hanukkah too, which I think is cool (http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/hanukkah-cards), because everyone can celebrate their beautiful holidays without having to be vague, "Seasons Greetings." 

I'm not saying generic cards aren't okay, but for me, I love the ones that focus on the birth of Christ. Because for Catholics, Christmas is a Holy Feast Day. So naturally, my choice will be from the following page, http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery/religious-christmas-cardsNow, if only I could decide on just one! I love the blue "Three Wise Men", but since one of my favorite songs is "Angels We Have Heard On High," I'm loving this one. That would look really cute with a family picture too. :)

If you see any that you like, now's a great time to order. Shutterfly is offering 20% off all holiday cards: http://www.shutterfly.com/cards-stationery. If you were already thinking of doing it, well now you can save some money! :)

Alright, that's all. :) Have a great Halloween! 


Thursday, October 14, 2010

The No-Cry Sleep Solution

The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the NightAt the time of reading this book, I was questioning my bedtime and sleep methods.  I would always hold my baby, or lay next to her, and nurse her until she fell fast asleep. I started to wonder if I was creating bad habits. It was also frustrating because any time I would try to break her latch, she would wake up. I knew I was doing the right thing by being attentive to her needs and by creating such a strong attachment with her (because, as we all know, babies need attachments!), but I was beyond discouraged over this hour-long (sometimes longer) process.

That's why this book was a great comfort. Elizabeth Pentley writes with gentleness and common sense, both traits I highly admire. The one message that spoke directly to me was when she said, (and I'm paraphrasing) There's no easy fix, so be patient and expect this process to take a while. That is why she recommends keeping a "journal" of the bedtime routines. Parents need to see that their efforts are making a difference, and seeing that record of direct correlations is very encouraging.

I love this because it respected the baby and respected the parent for cuddling, loving, and giving that baby warmth and affection. It then also gives gentle, effective ways that will help you put your baby to sleep in a very peaceful way. As long as you stick with it! :)