Monday, March 21, 2011

Purex Crystal Winners!

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Congrats to Patti, Erika, and Debby!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Grace refused to keep the hat on long enough for me to get a good picture.  We made the hat at a St. Paddy's Day party today.

Are you wearing green today!

Purex Crystals Review and Giveaway

As part of being a Purex Insider, I get to sample new Purex products before or as they hit the store shelves. I recently had the opportunity to try the new Purex Crystals fabric softener.  It works in all washing machines.  You add it at the beginning of the wash to the tub and it does its magic.  I love that I can use it with Grace's clothes as well as my workout clothes since it is 92% natural and doesn't have oil which can interfere with performance of these fabrics.  That being said I really wish they made it in a fragrance free version, since I'd love to make sure that my daughter's clothes are super soft, but I don't like her to have all of the additional scent.  It is nice knowing though that if one of her clothes gets accidentally washed with our clothes that it will not harm it.

My laundry helper - She likes to help fold(well unfold)

I have tried this for the last couple of weeks and I have to say that I really like it.  Our towels are much fluffier and the scent really does last.   I have been using it for all of our laundry except for Grace's.  I particularly love it on our sheets, towels and t-shirts.  It works great on the rest, but I have just gotten so used to washing all of our clothes with fragrance free detergents that it seems weird for my jeans to smell so fresh, but the scent isn't a bad thing at all.   There are currently 3 fragrances - Fresh Spring Waters, Tropical Splash and my favorite Lavender Blossom.

If you would like to buy the product there is a $1 off coupon on Purex's Facebook page, but Purex has given me 3 coupons for a free bottle of Purex Crystals to giveaway.  To enter leave a comment with the scent of Purex Crystals you would like to try.

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The giveaway ends Sunday March 20th 12:59 pm.  I will announce the 3 winners on Monday, March 21.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

1 year = 12 months = 365 day = 8760 hours = 15 minutes

Yes I know that is creative math, but that is how long the video montage that I put together for Grace's first year is.  I had a great time putting this together - thanks to my Macbook.  It was so much fun revisiting all of our experiences.  I can't deny that there might have been a few tears when I was making it.  She was so tiny and I still feel bad about her little conehead, which thankfully went away very quickly(not sure why the thumbnail shows that snippet of the video). It is really long though so I don't expect anyone but family to watch all of it.   I wanted to have one place with all of the major events of Grace's first year and found it hard to leave anything out.

Untitled from Kristi Peshke on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Grace is 1.  It is so hard to believe that this past year has flown by so fast.   Last year this time, Keith and I were frantically trying to figure out how to care for this tiny little 5 day old baby.  Of course, the pain from the c-section, the exhaustion from getting up during the night and befuddled feelings of what to do to make her happy have long since gone and we've settled into a great routine.   Actually, amazingly the way I remember it, things were pretty good at the beginning.  I don't know if I expected worse or if we are conditioned to forget the bad.  Of course, we had a few days there at the beginning that we really struggled at what to do to console Grace, but thanks to help from our families we figured it out.   And now a year later, we have a giggling girl that loves to clap and show us how big she is just to get our reaction.  She is quite the character now with her personality starting to shine through.    I know this year is going to be just as amazing with the changes that she is going to go through as she learns to walk, run, talk, learn, make friends etc.

Grace is now 30.3 inches and 22lbs 11 oz.  She had a huge growth spurt over the last 3 months.  I began to wonder a couple of weeks ago when suddenly she seemed to have outgrown a lot of her clothes.  Good thing that spring is around the corner since her winter clothes now look like capri's and 3/4 sleeved shirts.

  • She has been crawling and cruising, but she is starting to toddled a bit.  A few steps here and there, but not quite ready to take off.  The Dr. said that it is just getting over the fear now.  
  • Grace is babbling up a storm.  No real words yet, but they will be here soon.  I am hoping that 'mama' is first.  She babbles mamamamama a lot. 
  • Completed flights 14 and 15.  The ski trip to Colorado was a blast.  Grace definitely got to see here fair share of snow this first year for a southern baby between the snow in Michigan at Christmas, the ski trip, and all of the snow that we got here in Dallas.  
  • More trips to the zoo, aquarium,  etc.  We are exploring Dallas and look forward to doing more this year. 

Both sets of grandparents came in for the birthday week.  They were a huge help getting everything set up for the party as well as helping us with a few tasks around the house as well.  We first celebrated on Grace's actual birthday.  It was her first taste of cake and she loved it.  No qualms what so ever - she just tore in to the cake like she eats it everyday.  Saturday during the party she was a bit more reserved with it, but she was having so much fun watching everyone else that she was almost too busy to eat her cake.

Grace loved her little red wagon from Mimi and Grandpa!
Grace is really enjoying her new chair from Nanie and Papa!  She sat it in this morning to watch a little Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

We are so happy that so many people were able to celebrate the day with us.  Grace is one very blessed little girl.

Here are a few pictures of the party decor.  The theme was 'Hot Pink and Orange with Giraffes and Monkeys - which is the theme in her nursery as well..  I made all of the decorations myself.  Next year I think that I am going to buy it pre-made or I need to start when she turns 18 months old so that I am ready.  I did have fun learning to make a lot of this.  I hope to re-use many things in her room like the pom-poms over the crib and the wreath on her door.

Friday, March 4, 2011

So Big!!!

I've have been trying this with Grace for awhile (I would lift her arms for her) but hadn't really done it lately.  She has perfected clapping and loves to clap and just about everything now so I said it on a whim and she did the motion just perfectly.  It is so cute and she gets so happy when we cheer for her.  Anyways, enough said here is a super short video of 'How big is Grace'

I've also taught her 'If your Happy and you know it' song and she claps along pretty well, but I haven't been able to get that on camera yet.  

We've been busy lately getting ready for the big birthday party in a couple of weeks and I've been a bad mommie and not taken many pictures.   There will be plenty of photo's next week from the Birthday parties.