May 14, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized at 7:53 pm by bitsypieces

I’ve got a new home at:

Maintaining numerous blogs is too much work! Time to clean house and consolidate. All my future posts about mommyhood, style, money, parenting, products and more will now be at

Hope to see you there!


April 29, 2009

Win A Munchie Mug

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:46 pm by bitsypieces

I desperately want a Munchie Mug. Desperately.

I guess I could buy one, of course. But why not take a chance on winning one first? Me and My Boys! is currently running a contest for a Munchie Mug.

These snack cups look great! They seem to be spill proof, and I could see myself tethering it to the side of Baby’s umbrella stroller for no-spill snacks on the go.

Enter the contest here.

Win A Kiss My Face Package

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:39 pm by bitsypieces

Being a natural-granola-type (sort of), I love Kiss My Face products. They don’t use toxic chemicals and they’re animal-friendly!

One lucky reader of The Army Wife will win a super cool Kiss My Face package. Check out the contest here.

Win Some Dipes!

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:29 pm by bitsypieces

Despite my general squeamishness about germs and icky stuff, I use cloth diapers. (Which, in truth, aren’t any more icky than the disposable versions.) I love to hear about mommies who also use cloth (I’m the only one I know among my real-life circle of mommy friends), so I was super pleased to see this cool contest at A Psych Mommy for four Happy Heinny diapers!

Happy Heiny diapers are cute, durable and affordable (when compared to expensive throwaway disposables!). Learn more about these diapers here, and enter the contest here.

April 24, 2009

Win a super cute K.C. Fuzzy onesie!

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:17 pm by bitsypieces

Another cool contest from Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House! The winner receives a beautiful soft cotton onesie from K.C. Fuzzy.

Personally, I love onesies. They’re versatile and convenient. And when they have gorgeous designs like the ones offered by K.C. Fuzzy, they can be adorably stylish, too!

Win a Kids Konserve Waste Free Lunch Kit

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:10 pm by bitsypieces

Back in the days when I worked in an office, I usually carried my lunch in a reusable insulated lunch sack. But aside from choosing a reusable bag instead of brown paper, everything about my lunch was pretty wasteful. I packaged my food in plastic baggies and plastic wrap, and completed the ensemble with a paper napkin.

Fortunately, lots of manufacturers are making very cool lunch kits that help avoid waste. You can win a very nifty one at Two of a kind, working on a full house. The prizewas provided by The Soft Landing, a great store (one of my faves!) that only sells safe and healthy kid products.

April 20, 2009

Win A Safer Lunchbox

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:45 pm by bitsypieces

Aladdin Lunch & Go Lunchboxes are BPA, PVC and Phthalate free… plus they look very contemporary. They’re a great way to send lunch with your hubby and kids without sacrificing their reputation for “cool.”

Want to win one? Enter the contest at: Shannon Blogs Here.

March 27, 2009

Still spending…

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:42 am by bitsypieces

In my BC days, I spent my extra cash on things like…

  • Cute little outfits and dresses
  • Sexy shoes
  • Trendy handbags
  • Cosmopolitans
  • Dinners at restaurants without crayons by the door

Now that I’m living la vida AC, however, I am indulging in baby products. Lots and lots of baby products.

However, I AM trying to stay within a budget AND get cute things, too.  So I recently purchased the Chicco C6:


I have an awesome Graco stroller system (a gift!), but it’s a little too bulky and heavy for quick errands. I use it for strolls around the neighborhood and such, but I wanted something I could stow in the car all the time. Thus, my new stroller needed to fold up small (like an umbrella stroller). However, I also wanted something cute and functional.

The Chicco C6 fits all my requirements. It folds up small, it’s lightweight, it has a decent sunshade, and it also has a small storage spot… according to the reviews. I haven’t received my stroller yet–shipping takes so long!–but I am anxiously awaiting it.  Once I try it out, I’ll be sure to post a review at Mommy Tried It.

March 25, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized at 2:27 pm by bitsypieces

I think I  might have to accept that I have a little bit of a spending problem. For some reason, I am always shopping… buying crap I don’t need. These days, I justify it in the name of “Baby needs stuff,” but it all comes down to the same thing: Crappy Clutter.

And I am a sucker, too, for the “healthy” or “all natural” spin. All of Baby’s feeding bowls and utensils are BPA-free. Does that mean they’re superior? Probably not. But they cost two or three times as much as conventional versions.

Hubby and I are not wealthy people. He has a decent job and I make part-time income from writing, but many weeks I am on a limited budget for groceries and stuff… and I have often passed over a $15 pair of shoes because “we can’t really afford to spend it.”

Sometimes I think my spending priorities are really screwed up, too. I spend $50 on a plastic toy for Baby, but I won’t pay more than $8 for a pair of jeans (which is why most of my clothing comes from eBay.) On the other hand, I’ve probably invested $100+ trying to find just the right diaper bag/handbag combo.

Fraked up, right?

So my goal for April is to take a cold, hard look at my spending priorities. Then we’ll see what happens.

March 23, 2009

Planning Pregnancy

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:54 pm by bitsypieces

Hubby and I were lucky the first time we got pregnant. We decided it was “time,” started jumping each other like bunnies around the time of the month I expected to ovulate, and ended up pregnant in just  few months.

But I am realistic enough to know that we might not get so lucky again. It could take months or years–or possibly never–for us to get pregnant again… especially since neither of us are getting any younger.

On the other hand, I’m not quite ready to go through another nine months of pregnancy, nor am I ready to have a second child in the house. I want to spend more time getting to know Baby before I need to focus on another one, too. And I want to lose all the pregnany weight, tighten up my tummy, and look good in clothes again before I wreck havoc on my body for a second time.

So we’re going to hold off on the pregnancy thing for the summer, I think. Maybe we’ll think about “trying” again by autumn. That gives me a few months to shed the weight and get in shape, plus some time to do a few things–like write more and read more and enjoy Hubby more–that I’ve been neglecting lately.

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