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My son, a cupcake, and a major parenting dilemma.

We just finished our third week of daycare, and things are swimming right along beautifully! :D

(Can you tell we’ve been watching a lot of Nemo lately?)

I expect that there will still be bumps in the road, and yes, there is a lot of crying in the morning during the dropoff. But – and this is pretty dang amazing, if you ask me – the director of the daycare has been sending me a text message when little man settles down (which is usually about 5 minutes after I leave) and she’s even been sending me photos on my phone! I’ve been able to steal of glimpse of art projects, snack breaks, and big smiles throughout the day, and it’s made SUCH a difference in my adjustment (it’s harder for us than it is for them, right?)

For this mama who works 60 miles away from that daycare, a photo to calm my nerves midday is absolutely priceless!

But then, on Friday, I got a different kind of text message. It struck fear into my very soul.

“Project today is decorating cupcakes. We’re going to eat them at lunch. Wanted to check with you to see if its OK. We can take him into another room if you want.”

Oh dear. Ohdearohdearohdear. What do I DO!?

Well, I say NO of course! I tell her to take my son as far away from those evil things as she can. Wrap him up in bubble wrap and don’t even let him hear you say “cupcake”!

Yeah, right. If only. (I did NOT tell her that.) I chilled out for a moment, and thought about it, and ran it by my coworkers (One of whom called me a food freak and mocked over the cubicle wall in his best teacher voice “Oh no, little man, you go into the closet by yourself and play with a carrot.” Haha. :| )

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I go to pretty good lengths to make sure my family eats the most natural diet possible. We fall off the wagon once in a while, but when it comes to my son, I’m pretty vigilant. He gets his fair share of treats, but they’re always healthy, “real food” ones, and he really hasn’t had any cake other than on his first birthday, 11 months ago.

But it’s not the cupcake itself I have an issue with. Really. As I’ve explained to my mom a bunch of times – he can have cupcakes. And cookies. And ice cream. And all the good stuff that I sure as heck grew up with and loved. He just gets pure, natural versions of them.

THIS is my real fear:












I’ll admit: Cupcakes are happy food. Ingredients ending in “5 & 6″ are not. :(

And even though I knew (as my coworkers dutifully pointed out) that one cupcake never hurt anyone, there was one thought I just couldn’t escape: If you say you believe in something to your very core, what does it say about you if you buckle when that belief is challenged? Who are you, really, if you let that happen?


Can you guess what I did? Cupcake or no cupcake?

What would you do?



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Back-to-School Giveaway: Loveable Labels

I was recently offered the chance to do a Back-to-School giveaway from Lovable Labels. At first, I thought it didn’t really apply to me since I only have a not-even-two year old, and he’s not in school yet.  But then I remembered – if we ever finally end up moving into our new house, starting daycare is one of the first things on the agenda. And, from what my moms friends tell me, most daycares require you to label everything you send.

So, actually, this review/giveaway was timed just perfectly for us! (Looks like we’ll be moving in about a week, so “school,” here we come!)

There were so many really cute design packages to choose from, but we settled on the Movin’ and Groovin’ Back-to-School pack, which included:

  • 15 regular sticker labels
  • 80 Slimline sticker lables
  • 48 Press ‘n Stick Clothing DOTS
  • 12 shoe labels
  • 2 mini-metal tags (4″ silver ball chains included)
  • 12 square labels

Wow! That’s a LOT of labels! But then, kids have a lot of stuff, right?

Here’s where a few of ours have ended up…

I’m saving the bag tags for our new Skip Hop lunchbag and backpack (but they haven’t arrived in the mail yet…and they are a surprise!)  Until then, I’m just sticking the other ones on everything I can find in our house. :)

Why I am really digging these labels:

  • They’re SO much cuter than a name scrawled in Sharpie. :lol:
  • They’re not just stickers. They are really well-made, durable stickers that can stand up to whatever your kids throw at ‘em.
  • They come in a variety of shapes and designs, so they fit perfectly wherever you need them.
  • They have adorable graphics on them, so the little ones are excited to use them, too.
  • They are waterproof and  dishwasher, laundry, microwave and sunscreen safe. No peeling and falling off!
  • There’s no two ways about it: Kids lose stuff. I, for one, don’t want to be replacing things all the time! (Especially those things I purchased after lots of thought and research.) With Lovable Labels, I won’t have to!


Win it!

Lovable Labels has generously offered one lucky ABCGP reader a “Back-to-School Pack” of personalized labels! (retail value $44.95)

Thanks, Lovable Labels! :)

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  • Tweet this giveaway! (one entry per day, leave a separate comment for each with URL of each unique tweet) Win a #backtoschool pack of labels from @MyLovableLabels and @ABCGP! Ends 9/2  http://t.co/zi44ezg (RV $44.95) #giveaway
The product in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed are my own, and are not influence by any compensation. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. This giveaway ends just in time for your child to get prepared for Back to School at midnight, 9/2/11. The winner will be selected by random draw (Random.org) and will have 7 days to respond to a notification email from Lovable Labels before another winner is selected. Winner will be announced as an update to this original post. Open to US residents only, 18 years of age or older.


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