Archive for July, 2011

Ready For The Party

It’s way passed my bedtime..not that I have any, but a proper time to sleep has long passed!  But I just finished the last preparations for my son’s birthday party tomorrow.  Hardest part was baking his cupcakes, but it’s all ready.  Only a few close friends, and family are coming so luckily I didn’t need to bake so many.  His first birthday, we ordered a cake for everyone, and my son if I recall didn’t have a cake.  On his second birthday, I baked him his own little cake, tasted great just didn’t look too great.  It was outside in the end of July, so the heat melted the icing.  We also served food for everyone that wasn’t allergy friendly, and made my son a separate dish.  That actually resulted in my little boy running around with hives, and I had to give him Benadryl.  Water balloons, and kids running around playing together caused that!  So this year I made cupcakes for everyone.  Completely allergy friendly, but just as good as the “normal” cupcakes.  I will stick to it’s healthier too, fresher organic authentic ingredients, can’t get that with most ordered cakes from store/bakery.  We are also keeping the food simple, and mostly allergy friendly.

I had some obstacles where the frosting wasn’t solid enough, and was running.  But with a few changes to original plan, they came out great!  My son actually ate two before he went to bed, and he never gets to eat cake so I let him.  He was licking the batter, and then the frosting the whole time.  It made me so happy to see him enjoy the simple things of being a kid.  I will post pics, and more about his birthday party this week once the fun is all over.  I’m ready for the party, but just need some sleep now!  Til’ next time!

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Me Time – Juvenex Spa

My birthday is on Monday, and since I usually dedicate all of my time to my family, I decided to treat myself to an evening at Juvenex Spa. When I first stepped in I was kindly welcomed by the lady at the front and a great calming atmosphere. Funny because right before you head up to the fifth floor, the lobby was kinda dirty and maybe a little scary!  0_o Ha!  Conveniently located near the train station on 34th Street Herald Square and located in small “Korea Town.”  Also a great area to grab many delicious authentic Korean dishes, which are one of my favorite types of food..but I do have many!

I called ahead of time to make a reservation and they had many slots available, actually I was able to call last-minute and choose the time I wanted to come. I chose to get the "Basic Purification" package which included a Korean style salt glow scrub, stimulating shampoo & conditioner, full body cleansing and body nourishment, and a cucumber gentle facial that cost $115.  But with a further look on their website, I was able to add on a hydration body wrap for $80 more, which ended up including  a relaxing massage in the end.  I walked out feeling renewed, and I have to say to all the parents out there, take one day or at least a half day just for you, it's well worth it and you deserve it!  I have been to a spa only once before this time, and it was years ago.  

I first took a shower, followed by the "Jade Igloo Sauna," then to the "Diamond Herbal Steam Sauna," and finally the cold water tubs more formally known as the "Japanese Style Soaking Tubs," they had a warm one with lemons floating about.  Aah I could just live there! I was already having fun, but the treatments were to come. A wonderful lady named Lisa made my little treat to myself a great experience. I felt comfortable the whole time, and I'm really a very shy person specially when baring it all here and there is involved. If you've never had a body scrub, I totally recommend it!  It clears away all the dead skin on your body leaving your skin so soft..or better said "invigorated."  The body wrap was also very interesting, and I believe it's supposed to hydrate.  It felt a bit strange, but then very relaxing.  To lay still, wrapped up with a mud like seaweed thing..yea no knowledge of proper name of this one, and cucumbers all over my face, also known as a cucumber facial, was surprisingly relaxing.  As a mom, I barely ever have the time to even let my nail polish dry..if I even have the time to paint them, but to have more than two hours to myself just to get pampered was great!  There wasn't much talk, just a little direction when needed, which was fine with me.  With a now three year old toddler at home, I talk enough and hear enough chatter too! 🙂  

I loved my time there, and hope to go again, but as a stay at home mom, this was definitely a treat that unfortunately won’t happen as often as I’d want.  To be fair, I already stated I want to live there, so that’s really not affordable. 😛  I don’t have much experience at spas, as you may have picked up on, but if you are a New Yorker, or visiting, treat yourself to a great time at Juvenex Spa (“the jewel of New York spas”), I certainly enjoyed my stay.  They are open 24 hours and 7 days!  They accept Spa Finder gift cards.  Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat in the area too, I had to run back home to my baby boy to give him a bath, so I didn’t get to.  Juvenex Spa has specified times when it’s only for women, and after hours when it’s for both men and women.  I went in the evening so I saw some couples, a few girlfriends, some woman alone like me, and one single guy that stood out to me.  He said he had a 20 minute massage when I first sat in the Jade Igloo Sauna, and when I left he was still there, but that shows that you can enjoy your time as long as you want.  The only thing I would do differently next time, is sit down to drink some water, as I only had a little and was so thirsty..LOL!  Oh, and I won’t rush out next time, for some reason when my massage was over I changed and was at the train station before I knew it, I wish I had sat down for a little while longer..and had some water!  It’s such a different atmosphere in there from the busy New York City streets, and felt like a great retreat.  I’m glad I took a moment to myself to enjoy this one evening, now back to being busy mom!

I told the ladies at the front desk that I might blog about my time at the Juvenex Spa, so I’d like to thank them for making my one evening to myself so enjoyable.  And of course, great thanks to Lisa!!!!

I wasn’t compensated for this post in any way, I just wanted to share my experience with everyone.  For more information about the Juvenex Spa in New York City visit their website by clicking here: juvenexspa.com  

My Baby Is Three!

As I type I could remember back to 2008, going through the labor pains, and the million things that went through my mind when the first contractions appeared.  I was worried about everything from if his nursery was ready to if I’m ready to be a mom.  But once the real strong contractions showed up, I was no longer thinking so much..lol!  All I could manage to think was how I needed medications to help me, or I would die from the pain!  I had a theory that everyone was making me deliver without medication on purpose, because when I had dealt with the first many contractions on my own, my midwife at the time, was convinced that I can deal with the rest.  I was relieved to think that was as worse as it will get, because if I remember correctly I was already seven centimeters when I barely crawled into the doors of the hospital.  But once they broke my water I didn’t see straight until my son was born.  Boy, was I misled about the pain.  I was at the hospital around four in the morning, and delivered my darling baby boy at 10:16 a.m.  But had been dealing with contractions since dinner at around five in the evening.  After screaming the whole time, for my mom, I am happy that I didn’t get any help and delivered naturally.  And I was calling for my mom, but my mom passed away when I was a teenager years ago..but apparently when in need we all call for our parents.  When my son turned one I was happy he was a little older, and then when he turned two, I didn’t mind too much, because he just got cuter.  Now that he is turning three, I feel time is flying by too fast.  Once three rolls around, there’s no going back to babyville.  By his personality, his preferences, and how he expresses himself  I already know I no longer have a baby, but time has snuck up on me, I don’t know when this all happened!!  He will always be my baby of course!  He has been so excited, everyday he has woken up asking if it’s his birthday.  And has asked everyone he comes across if they are coming to his birthday party.  I’m so excited that his birthday is here, and happier that his birthday party day is getting closer too.  He will be happy to hear that it is his birthday tomorrow when he wakes up, and I’m going to try to make it special for all his expectations and anticipation.

Thanks for coming by and make sure to wish him a happy birthday! 😉

Just Shopping For Food

A regular day going shopping for us seems to take up the whole day.  First the list of course, like anyone else I think, but then to find the products that are allergy friendly.  When we first entered the world of food allergies, we had to learn everything from scratch.  Some to our benefit, because I admit I never read ingredients in the foods that I bought before, now wouldn’t buy without reading.  Even if it’s food for my husband and I, surprising what we all consume..and not in a good way, so that is one good that came out of food allergies in the family for sure.  If you don’t already, stop and read what is in our everyday ‘go to’ foods.  Now back to shopping for allergy friendly products, it has definitely gotten easier over the years but here and there it takes extra effort and time to just to find that specific product.

Recently as I’ve mentioned, my son’s birthday is coming up.  So the last week, or more, I have been on the search for the simplest things that would be no problem if we didn’t need to buy allergy friendly, but unfortunately a mission for us.  It all depends where you live, because when I go visit my sister in another state and it never is a problem finding anything.  I believe I got everything I need for his cake for now, finally!  Oh and I also know there is options to order from online, but I still would end up buying from different sites to fulfill all I really need, so I just go physically.  Even though this time, I did order some stuff from the internet on top of everything else because couldn’t find it in any of the stores we have available.

So what am I talking about here besides baking ingredients, well noodles/pasta for example, many options but only a few that work for us, and just a select few stores that carry them.  We have been known to drive to three different stores, all in three different directions from one another to stock up on something as simple as pretzels for our son.  The latest, today we went to two different stores both thirty minutes from each other just to buy him candy that is safe to put in his pinata on his birthday.  Just a little packet of lollipops, he is okay with!  Well, of course we didn’t buy just one, and we stock up as much as we can, but the cost adds up easily.  We also bought allergy friendly ice cream, which is another thing to treasure, because we always have to hope to find it.

Just wanted to share just one of our moments in life that take up a lot of moments and often a lot of money too, and could be a struggle if we didn’t make fun of the drives and adventure of finding foods our boy is okay with.  It is always worth it to see that our little boy is never left out, well if mom and dad have anything to do with it! 😉

You’re Not Alone – Be Heard

When you sign on to Facebook, Twitter, read the posts by your friends, or talk to friends and family, don’t most of them seem so happy all the time?!  Does it seem like you are the only one going through relationship issues, financial, health..etc.?  And you are the only one that seems to have troubles, well you’re not alone!  Let’s face it not all of us are always that happy.  We have our days, and we all certainly have our troubles in life.

It’s not always easy to just open up to someone, and ask for support.  You don’t want the judgement that comes along with it, you’re afraid they won’t understand.  Well, you can come here, tell me and everyone about how your marriage isn’t so great, your troubles at work, finances, health issues, self esteem, and all that you want to just voice out.

I’m going to create a category following this post titled “Be Heard“, and this is for you!  Come by click on the tab, and just comment.  All of you, that might want to voice your opinion on something, or just let it out.  It will help you feel better to be heard, and I promise to hear you out.  Feel free to comment anonymously, you will need to put your email address, but put whatever you want as your “name,” which is visible to public.  You’re privacy will be protected by all means.  I hope you guys come around and voice all your troubles, or questions here, and find support from one another.  Simply know you aren’t alone, it starts with one person sharing to learn that you’re not alone, and we can expand from there!

xoxo

*I thank the first few that have reached out/commented.  I know it isn’t in the best format right now, but we all start somewhere! ;)*

Eleven Days To Go

 Eleven days to go including today, and then we will celebrate my son’s birthday with some friends and family.  He will be three, in eight days.  And my birthday is in twelve days.  Time is just flying by extra fast lately.  I’ve been keeping so busy and haven’t had the chance to see what time it was before the day was over.  Although I will admit there have been days where I’m so busy, yet wonder what I actually got done in the end.  Have you ever had so much to do, started one thing then the other, but didn’t complete any of it?  0_o

Alot of what’s keeping me busy seems to be revolving around my son’s birthday party.  I’ve sent out invites, and have most of everything ready, but still stressing over the cake.  As some of you might know already, my son has multiple food allergies, so I’ve been trying to figure out a good recipe for making a cake from scratch, and making it look fun for a very excited three-year old.  He has been talking about his birthday everyday, since we told him his birthday is coming up!  I’m no professional baker, I used to enjoy baking for fun but from a box where you toss in some eggs  and milk, and your done.  But have entered into a new world, of baking from scratch.  It has its benefits, for sure though.  Nothing beats knowing exactly what you are eating, and making it fresh, as I say.  But sometimes I wish I could just order a cool cake for him, because I want him to have an awesome cake.  It’s alright though, just pushes me to get better at certain things, and creates fun moments to remember.

The party is going to be Disney Cars theme, so I thought of many different ways I could make his cake revolving the theme.  But after looking for food coloring, and asking around a bit too, I’ve decided to just stick with a cake or cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  No food coloring for us this time.  The food colorings aren’t good for you anyway, and the natural ones sold have some ingredients that my son is allergic to, so it is really not a win win situation.  I had a cake with dirt road, and then race tracks in mind, but guess not.  Another thing that troubles me is that the party will take place at a park, which means the cake or cupcake wont be in the refrigerator for hours before we blow out the candles.  In the heat, the frosting tends to melt out of shape.  Lots of little things to figure out.

So, I’m going to be a little off until his birthday party is done with, literally not thinking straight with so much going on, mostly in my head. *giggle*  Going to be baking to test out recipes, but still waiting on special flour and ingredients I ordered from web to arrive, which is making me nervous.  I remember one thing, and freak out about another.  I have a list of to do’s to complete…  I need tools for baking, I need the cupcake trays, and I need miscellaneous things like citronella candles.  Wish me luck, and I’ll keep you all posted as the countdown winds down.

Opinions, stories, or any tips you may want to share please comment below.  I’d love to hear it!

Wordless Wednesday – fun IN the sand

It’s always fun at the beach to play with the sand, and more fun to play in the sand.  No? 🙂

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