The Very Inspiring Blogger Award – Thank You

I started this blog to help me keep my mind active as I went from full-time/over-time career to 24/7 mom. After my son turned 6 months, I felt like I was losing all of my active brain cells. Months went by and I finally started discover and devour. It’s been so fun and challenging at times (when company comes I get so caught up in entertaining that I have less time on the computer…hence why my award shout-outs have been detained)

I appreciate being recognized for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from two creative people: hnMom and Pug Life. A big thank you to both of you, as I also feel inspired by your words and photos (respectively). hnMom’s blog provides experiences and information on raising a child with high needs. Her insights and advice offers valuable insights for any parent raising a family.  Pug Life is a whimsical site in where you will find a new picture of Eloise (adorable pug) in many different situations each day. Her photos always bring a smile to my face.

I truly appreciate all of my supporters and thanks so much for reading!

The Rules:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.

3. State seven things about yourself.

4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.

5. Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated.

Seven Things About Myself:

1.I second-guess some mom decisions I make.

2. I don’t really speak French as well as I would like to.

3. I am in desperate need of a pedicure!

4.I love my dentist

5.I still get the Sunday paper delivered to my house.

6. I add kale and parsnips to my pulled-pork

7. I now understand why my sister drank a pot of coffee a day when she had her children (I only drink one cup a day…but I still get it).



Boomie Bol

Folk Haven

My Twice Baked Potato

Ratnam Residence

Subhan Zein

The World According to Mitzie Mee

A Pool with Rules

Summer is here and we’re finally breaking out the killer gift my mother-in-law gave Oster: a splash pool. 

Before we could set it up we had to remove a very large sticker and an Owner’s Manual. I thought it might be wise to read the manual to see if there is anything we need to concern ourselves about (since this is the first splash pool we’ve ever owned).

According to the manual, there are a few safety measures that we are instructed to follow:

First – “Keep unsupervised children from accessing the pool by installing fencing or other approved barrier around all sides of the pool.”

Second – “Do not dive into this pool.”

Third – Apparently only women can watch their children swim. Sorry, Andy:


As we were putting Oster to bed I recited one of his favorite books to him while my husband put Oster’s pajamas on. It’s kind of a ritual we do…I occupy Oster and my husband does the overnight diaper, gets him dressed, and puts him to bed.

My Audience

I try to “mix up” the book selection every now and then. However, for a couple of nights now I have been attached to Tumble Bumble. I have memorized this book (without my knowledge) and recited it to him so many times that tonight I put a little drama into my production.

I think I found my next monologue for that audition* I’ve been wanting to go on!

*There’s really no audition. I have no acting talent whatsoever. I think I literally scared Andy tonight.

Tell Me About Yourself Award

A big “Thank You” to Boomie Bol for nominating discover and devour for the Tell Me About Yourself Award!  She is a talented writer who writes short stories and poems to share with the world. Her inspiring words are always a great read. I find myself in the story at times, smiling at the screen. Boomie is passionate and dedicated to her calling. If you haven’t visited Boomie Bol, take some time to check her out. You won’t be disappointed!

There are only a few simple rules to accepting this award:

1. Thank the person that nominated you (hello) and provide a link back to their blog.

2. Tell the world 7 things about yourself that you have not yet shared.

3. Nominate 7 fellow bloggers and let them know.

Seven Things You May Not Know About Me:

1. Short Term Goal: Learn how to cook a perfect Beef Wellington

2. Long Term Goal: Write a children’s book

3. I recycle

4. I always like the book better than its film adaptation

5. I prefer Caribou to Starbucks

6. I am an avid viewer of France 24

7. My husband and I are teaching Oster how to speak French

I nominate the following bloggers for the Tell Me About Yourself Award:

Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

Lazy Hippie Mama

Parenting is Funny

Pug Life

The Memory Book

My Twice Baked Potato

Coffee Camera Love

One Lovely Blog Award

I’ve been quite fortunate to receive a few blog awards over the last three weeks. As I’m just able to get to them now (Hotel de Oster’s Parents is finally vacant…until my dad comes at the end of the month…and Oster is in the process of getting rid of his horrible virus), I just wanted to say how appreciative I am for them. I’ll be working on them one at a time and will post about them throughout the week.

The One Lovely Blog Award is the first one I received.

I want to thank hnMom from The High Need Baby Blog for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you haven’t had a chance to see what she’s all about take a moment to peruse her site. She provides a wealth of information about raising a daughter with high needs. HnMom offers tips and strategies and discusses a wide range of topics that are suitable for any parent.

The Rules of Acceptance:

  1. .    Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. .    Share seven possibly unknown things about yourself.
  3. .    Nominate fifteen or so bloggers you admire.
  4. .    Contact the chosen bloggers to let them know and link back to them

Seven Things You May Not Know About Me:
1. Current Crush: Magnum Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars

2. Yesterday’s Crush: The Hunger Games Trilogy

3. I am addicted to Master Chef

4. I use a crock-pot to cook dinner at least once a week

5. I’d rather be dining al fresco, even in cold weather

6. I love to entertain and host gatherings

7. I don’t have cable or satellite

I nominate the following bloggers for the One Lovely Blog Award:

Coffee Powered Mom

Boomie Bol

Bringing up Baby Bilingual

Experience Life in France

From Marian’s Kitchen: Dairy-Free and Spelt Living

His Fashion Blog

Mom! Adventures in the Life of a Working Mama

Sleeping Should be Easy

Travel Lady With Baby

When the Kids Go to Bed

Take me out…

If you were to ask me what my favorite baseball team is I would tell you, “The San Francisco Giants”.  They are really the whole package: great pitching, good teamwork, they play to win, they have a beautiful ballpark, and they are in a great city. Not to mention, they have sweet uniforms and the garlic fries they serve at AT& T Park are delish!

Because I am a Chicagoan and a lover of baseball, I’ve always told people that I love the Giants, but I am also a Chicago fan.  There was a time when I truly believed in both the Cubs and the Sox. I cheered for them both (knowing full well that the Cubs would never have a good season in my lifetime).

It was last season when I finally gave up on those lovable losers. Why? Well, for one: they aren’t a cohesive team; second: it’s exhausting sticking up for them in any discussion; third: the ballpark isn’t really kid friendly.  Sure, people take their kids to the historic Wrigley Field. But it just doesn’t have quite the same “vibe” as other kid-friendly ballparks.

US Cellular Field (I still call it Comiskey) is entirely kid-friendly. The park is designed so it’s easy to walk around, there are several activities for children to participate in (Kids Day, Dog Day, autograph signing, run the bases, speed pitch machines, and a rain room), it offers kid camps and you can even enroll your child in its kids’ club.

Dog Day: You get to bring your dog to the ball park! Some of the players even participate.

My husband surprised us Sunday morning with tickets for the afternoon game. I haven’t been to a ball game since I was pregnant. So this was such a great treat for me. And, even so for it to be Oster’s first ball game!

Although we only sat for one inning we stayed for four! We had such a blast walking around and introducing him to the ambience: the crowd, the laughter, the sounds of the bat hitting the ball, and the music.

Mr. Serious watching the ball game.

He received his first certificate (Guest Relations hands them out for free with your child’s name on it). It reads, “Congratulations for attending your first game at US Cellular Field”. Now that’s definitely going in his scrapbook, along with the following photo:

Oh Nose!

We, as parents, know that ear infections are quite common in babies and toddlers. I feel very fortunate that Oster has had only 2 ear infections since birth. Oster’s pediatrician explained to us that it is so common in these young ones due to fluids not having anywhere to go. Instead of draining out, children’s short horizontal tubes keep the fluid stagnant making it easy for bacteria to hang around in the ear.

Until Oster can learn how to blow his nose, we have taken the liberty to go in and get his snot on our own (with a little help from the NoseFrida).