My Life of Travels and Adventures: October 2011

Book Review: Who Loves You Best

28 October 2011

Another quick read while traveling for work.  

According to goodreads... An unforgettable story about the complex choices women make for love, motherhood, and family—and the unexpected events that open our hearts to what really matters in life.  
Clare Elias feels more than ready to conquer being a parent. She’s already mastered the business world, running a flourishing chain of boutique flower shops. Her husband, Marc, is handsome, successful, supportive—and nearly a decade her junior. Clare is at the top of her game, so how hard can motherhood be?
Then the babies come—both of them. And Clare finds herself in the midst of the crisis faced by every woman who’s ever tried to Have It All.  She’s sworn she won’t have her children raised by nannies the way her inattentive mother did, but when help arrives in the form of pretty, young, hyperefficient Jenna, Clare has no idea that bringing this stranger into her family will change everything. As Marc becomes distant and secretive and, worst of all, one of her babies gets sick, Clare—and Jenna—must make the kinds of heartwrenching decisions that no woman wants to face.
 Wise, witty, and powerfully emotional, Who Loves You Best captures the working mother’s joys and frustrations—as well as the guilty secrets of nannies—in a tale that is surprising to the very end.
Who Loves You Best by Tess Stimson was an interesting read.  We have not considered a nanny for our little guy on the way but this book made me wish we could afford one.  The book shows the love and caring that the nannies have for the children.  All in all the book was an easy read with an interesting end.  Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: Take It Like A Mom

23 October 2011

 I read Take It Like A Mom by Stephanie Stiles recently on a work trip.

According to goodreads... One thing sets her apart from other modern-day superheroes: mom genes. 

Annie Fingardt Forster used to be a lawyer who wore dry-clean only and shaved both legs. But things have changed. Now a stay-at-home mom, she wears cargo pants and ponytails and harbors a nearly pathological hatred towards hipster parents. 

With a three-year-old and a baby on the way, Annie knows what to least, she thought she did. Faced with her husband's job loss, pre-school politics, and a playground throwdown with her arch nemesis, Annie realizes that even with her husband and friends by her side, what she really needs is to learn to suck it up-and take it like a mom.

It was a quick and interesting read that did not require that much thinking.   Overall I enjoyed this book.  Rating: 4 out of 5.

Baby Room Update

19 October 2011

Well my last baby room update was at the beginning of September.  You can see the pictures here.  Basically we had carpet installed, a crib and dresser in the room.  That was it.  Well a lot has changed.  Check it out.

Well I we have a chair in the room.  I opted out of a glider/rocker for a cute little comfy chair. 
Okay, yeah the chair is full of new projects for the room.  A rod for the new closet, a new blind for the window, a new curtain rod and new blackout curtains.  I am not sold on the black blackout curtains yet, so they probably will not be going in for a while.  

We also bought this shelf at Ikea and some cute colorful bins at target.  I wanted a place for books and toys to be stored.  
I think this will work. 

We also got a small lamp for the dresser that will hopefully work for those middle of the night wakings.  

The plan is to have a changing pad on the other end of the dresser (where the pile of books are). 

So here is a look into the room from the doorway.  You can see that we moved the crib (which is currently lacking a mattress but is full of baby clothes).
You can see from that picture why we needed new blinds.  

And finally a picture from the window looking out of the room.
We still need to get a lot of baby goodies before Baby Rudiger makes his appearance.  Only 3 more months to get stuff in order!

Recipe - Meatballs & Tomato Sauce

05 October 2011

I am a sucker for homemade meatballs.  The original recipe actually came from my mother-in-law.  Of course, I have made a few changes.  But it is still so good.

2 lbs lean ground beef
1 medium onion (I usually leave this out)
2 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
3 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs

2 - 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 - 8oz can of tomato paste
1 diced green pepper
1 chopped onion
3 Tbsp italian seasoning
2 Tbsp minced garlic cloves

1. Mix all the ingredients for the meatballs thoroughly.
2. Shape into meatballs. (I like my meatballs large!)
3. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a large saucepan.  I actually make the meatballs in the crock pot, so I use that for my mixing.
4. Mix in the meatballs.  Be careful when stirring to not break up the meatballs.  Make sure all the meatballs are under the sauce.
5. Cook on low for 4 hours either on the stove or the crock pot.  Since I start the crock pot at lunch my meatballs cook for closer to 5 hours.  Either way they are yummy.
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