Wednesday, August 29, 2012


My sister had to have an emergency c-section at 33 weeks, but Aiden John was born yesterday. 4lbs, 2 oz, 17 inches. He's a little guy, but came out screaming which they say is a good sign.

They are calling him AJ. He'll have to be in the NICU for a bit to be monitored, but we have our fingers crossed that he is ready to take on the world.

Welcome to the family little one!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sick with Worry

My nephew is about to be born (via emergency c-section) today at 33 weeks. My sister developed pre-eclampsia and was rushed to the hospital.

Keeping my fingers crossed she and the little guy are ok. All I can do is sit here with all crossables crossed and wait........

Friday, August 24, 2012

Date Night!

Tonight is a rare date night for NJhusband and I. We are going to a murder mystery dinner! My Mother-in-Law saw a Groupon for it awhile back and got it for us. I haven't been to one since high school and am so excited! The theme is 80s Rock! I'm breaking out the blue eye shadow and the scrunchies!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A non-Recipe Recipe

NJhusband had plans to hang out with some friends after work on Monday and wasn't going to be home for dinner. Usually if he isn't home I will make thai peanut noodles or cashew chicken or some other nut-based dinner for myself, since he has food allergies and has to stay away from nuts. Unfortunately, I didn't have all the ingredients on hand to make my usual fare, so I had to get creative. I had a few tomatoes from the garden to use up, some lettuce that needed to be eaten and some leftover turkey bacon...I paged through my recipe book and came across a BLT pasta salad recipe and fell in LOVE. Throw some tomatoes, lettuce, turkey bacon and cooked/rinsed pasta in a bowl and add some ranch dressing (Hidden Valley Organic is mine of choice). It was SO SO good. NJhusband came home later and had some and immediately requested I make it again the next night for dinner. He usually hates cold pasta salads so it was a ringing endorsement that he liked this one.

I love it when leftovers come together to make a really great new meal!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A Little Less Faith

NJhusband is a "car guy". He loves his car, takes care of it and even has a name for it. When I moved from NYC to New Jersey to live with him, I needed to buy a car and I ended up with a Volkswagen Tiguan. 

NJhusband's car love rubbed off on me and I came to be a "car girl" myself. Giving her a name, taking care of her and keeping her clean. We don't have parking or a garage by our house, so we rent a space in a small, gated parking lot around the corner. The gate is always locked and nobody can get in who doesn't have the key so it was a complete and total SHOCK when I went outside this morning and saw that someone had damaged the entire driver's side of my car with a huge dent and scrape. There is no way someone could have done this damage and not noticed. TOTAL hit and run. 

Yes I'm glad I wasn't in the car and nobody was hurt, but I am still upset that my perfect car has been damaged and that I'll have to fork over my deductible to get it fixed. I'm mostly upset that people do this and don't hold themselves accountable. I have a little less faith in humanity today.  


Friday, August 17, 2012

The Teeee Veeee

I go through phases of watching either a lot of TV or none at all. I tend to fill my DVR while going through a reading phase and then get into a TV phase and watch it all. Here are my current DVR hits and misses:

Mob Wives (the original) I'm WAAAAAY behind on this train, but I just watched the first few episodes of this show and was hooked. It's like a train wreck you just can't look away from.

High School Moms on TLC. This was a major snooze. I just didn't connect to any of the girls or their stories.

Netflix on Demand Hit

Again I'm late on this train, but I've been slowly making my way through the Friday Night Lights series. Love. LOVE this show and can't believe I didn't watch it when it was on. I'm on the last season now and will be so sad when it's over. These are my peeps! Hmm...maybe I should get out more.

What should I move on to next? Any suggestions?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review: Almost Amish by Katheryn Cushman

Susan and her sister-in-law, Julie, get an opportunity to step away from their normal lives and live "almost" Amish for a summer. Julie embraces the lifestyle and takes full advantage of the challenge, whereas Susan simply finds a way to transfer her perfectionism and ridiculous standards onto the Amish way of life. I can't tell if it's a mark of really great writing if you loathe a character as much as I did Susan or not. I loved the premise and story of Almost Amish, but Susan really ruined my enjoyment of the story. At every page turn, there was yet another example of her squandering away the chance to slow down and appreciate a more earthly version of hard work. I'm torn on whether this is a must-read or not. Loved the story, but I feel like it was ruined by the villain. Tough call. 

Bethany House Publishers provided me a copy of this book to review, but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations and thoughts while reading this novel.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Things They Don't Tell You When You Adopt a Dog

1) Dogs are FUNNY.
- not a day goes by that Orion doesn't totally crack us up by doing something goofy. Last night he wedged himself under our glass coffee table in an attempt to get his toys out.

2) You will have more dishes and laundry to do. Between his bed, blankets, toys, food and water bowls, the cleaning list is endless! Plus he has skin allergies, so I have to even use a special soap for his laundry! 

3) You will never want to leave him alone. This may just be my own neurosis, but as a stay-at-home wife, I don't leave the house daily and often when I do go out, I take him along. This unfortunately has led to Orion thinking that mama is his own personal playmate and he tries to block the door if I do try to leave without him. We are thinking of going on a vacation and it pains me to think I have to leave him at his Doggie DayCare overnight. *sidenote, if I'm this bad with a dog, how will I be with a BABY....oy!

4) If you buy them a squeaky toy, it will become their favorite toy and you will have to endure squeaking At 6am when you are trying to sleep, at 6pm when you are trying to watch tv. squeeeeeeeeeeeeak. 

He's a character, but I definitely can't imagine him not being here. He was definitely meant to be in our family! He even likes to cook:

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Going Green for Pink & Blue - The Honest Company's Bug Spray and Dishwasher Gel

The hunt for pregnancy and baby-friendly products continues in the Newlywed Tales household! We've had a few misses with the lotion and the body oil and now it's time for some HITS! Enter the bug spray and the dishwasher gel (2 different products obviously!)

The Honest Company Bug spray is a definite keeper for me. The trick I learned is to READ THE LABEL and when it says shake before means it! I used it once without shaking it and it didn't work as well. The last few times I have used it, I have shaken it (like the bottle SAYS to!) and it's a whole different product. It isn't quite as hard core as the sprays with DEET, but I don't feel comfortable using that while TTC or pregnant so I had to find an alternative. I had tried the Off Botanicals previously and that stuff didn't work at all. The Honest Bug Spray was easy to apply and (finally!) has a smell that is lovely! I love hanging in our yard and we eat most of our meals in the summer outside so a natural bug spray that works was a must for me. I am THRILLED with this one and will definitely be buying it again.

Now on to the Dishwasher gel. MAJOR HIT. I'd read mixed reviews, and was hesitant to try this, but I am SO glad I did. It worked great on our dishes. They came out just as clean as with our regular detergent (Cascade) and with no residue on our glassware. I will 100% be buying this when we have a baby.

Next up: The Laundry Detergent

**The Honest Company has no idea who I am. I bought all these products myself in a true quest to find baby and pregnancy friendly products for myself and our home and wanted to share my thoughts with others.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Going Green for Pink & Blue - The Honest Company Body Oil Review

After a miss with the body lotion, I had high hopes that The Honest Company's body oil would be a hit.  First up, a little goes a LONG way with this. a few drops at a time is truly all you need to start with. The feel is amazing. It absorbs immediately and doesn't leave you feeling or looking oily or greasy. As for the's reminiscent of baked goods, like sticking your nose in a cake just out of the oven. LOL A step up from the old lady smell of the lotion, but I probably won't use this on myself too much. I can see it being fabulous for baby massage though. I would probably buy this again once I have a baby to use on them.

For those keeping tabs:

The Honest Company Lotion: Hit with feel and absorbency, big MISS with smell

The Honest Company Body Oil: Hit with feel and absorbency, Miss with smell for adults, potential hit with babies

Next up: the Bug Spray!

**The Honest Company has no idea who I am. I bought all these products myself in a true quest to find baby and pregnancy friendly products for myself and our home and wanted to share my thoughts with others.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Phone Etiquette

Is caller ID today considered the new voicemail?

Scenario 1: The Friend

If my friend Andrea calls me, but doesn't leave a voicemail does that mean she wants me to call her back? In this case, I say yes. We are close friends and even if she didn't necessarily need me to call her back, we have enough to talk about that we can basically chat any time.

Scenario 2: The Business Call

Here is where I get confused. I do volunteer work and often make calls to check people's references. The invent of caller ID means that if they don't recognize the number, they don't pick up the phone (I admit I am guilty of this myself), therefore, 9 times out of 10 I end up leaving a voicemail for the reference to call me back. If they call me and I miss the call, they almost NEVER leave a voicemail. Is this considered a call back and it is again my turn or not?

I miss the days of answering machines, when you waited for the machine to pick up and the person to start talking to see who it was before you picked . My how far we have (not) come.