Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Things I’m loving right now…


littleblendsTessa doesn’t eat vegetables.  (She also doesn’t like many fruits.  Strictly crackers, yogurt, cheese, and meat if she had her way.) When she gets older, her flat out refusal will no longer be an option but at this age we can’t reason with her and the gag reflex is strong in this one (as the doc found out with his tongue depressor at our last peds appointment).  So, she doesn’t eat vegetables.  We offer them.  She throws them on the floor.  I thought about trying baby food veggies but I hate to take a step back after all the months we worked to get her to eat solids.  The doctor said it isn’t worth fighting with her at this age and recommended a multi-vitamin. (She also doesn’t like fruit juice so the V8 Fusion stuff is out too.)  Twitter told me about Little Blends.  She loves them – carrot and strawberry is her favorite flavor.  I love that I can get at least a little bit of vegetable in her this way. Stonyfields also makes a fruit/veggie yogurt blend called YoBaby 3in1 Meals but I can only find it at Whole Foods.  If you haven’t seen any of these in your grocery store, check out the organic section of your grocery store because they annoyingly don’t stock it with the regular yogurt in many stores.

sexxycurvesI had a favorite mascara made by Maybelline but they quit making it a few years ago.  I’ve been searching for a new favorite…and I finally found it.  I love Rimmel Sexxy Curves mascara.  It lengthens and curls but doesn’t clump or look ridiculous.  And bonus! It is pretty inexpensive.  My only complaint would be that they don’t seem to make anything softer than black…I prefer a brown-black.

kuhn-rikon-ultimate-can-openerI love this can opener.  I’ve had it for over a year and I still love it.  There is a bit of a learning curve but once you figure out how to operate it, it is awesome.  It doesn’t cut the can open – it uncrimps the top from the can so there are no sharp edges.  There is no blade that gets icky and touches your food inside the can.  The pointed tail opens the ring top cans without breaking a nail.  It also opens bottle caps and 2 liter soda bottle caps.  And it comes in cute colors.  I’ve bought it for my step mom (she doesn’t use it – I haven’t given her sufficient lessons…seriously had to walk my husband through it for a month), my mom, and my mother in law.

furminatorMy mom sent The Furminator to Steve for  Father’s Day last year.  She apologized that it was a lame gift.  After using it, he said it was the best gift she ever gave him.  He claims its awesomeness must be a result of being made from ground up unicorn horns.   I seriously think we could brush the dog bald with this thing.  It takes off so much loose hair – it is worth the money. They make smaller ones for cats too.  Now if only I could find a way to get my sweet hubby to use it on the dog more often…but he does so many other things around here that I just can’t bring myself to nag.

pumpkinpancakeLast but by no means least, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix – GAH! This stuff is awesome.  Normally, I might make pancakes once every few months but I’ve made this 4 times in the past 3 weeks.  It is so yummy.  Just enough pumpkin and not super sweet – perfect.  If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, get some.  Now.  Go.  It is seasonal so it might disappear at any moment and you don’t want to miss it!


FTC Disclaimer because apparently they aren’t busy enough – they need to create work by policing little old mommy bloggers.  Ahem.  (Kidding FTC…please don’t sick the IRS on me.)  Anywho – No one asked me to pimp these products nor did they provide me with any monetary compensation or products in return for my giving them some love.  (Although if any of you wants to hook me up, I’ll gladly accept some free TJ’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix.)  The links contained in this post will lead to the products listed but the companies could care less that I am linking up (in other words, they aren’t affiliate links…assuming my assumption of the definition of “affiliate links” is accurate).  I just love my readers and thought some of them might love these products that make life easier/happier.

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9 Comments to

“Things I’m loving right now…”

  1. On February 15th, 2010 at 3:41 pm Bobbi Says:

    One thing you are doing right now is keeping up with your blog so much better than me! How do you do it? OH, that’s right, your kids NAP!!!!!!
    I have heard of the yogurt blends, thought about them, but my boy isn’t big on yogurt and the girls would read the veggie blend and well, that would be enough said!! My kids aren’t big veggie eaters either. Which makes no sense since I love them! How do you get Sabrina to eat them!?!?!

    WHere oh where oh where can I get that dog comb thingy??? I have dog hair EVERYWHERE right now with the puppy losing her puppy fur. I will sacrifice my first three born for one!!!!!!

  2. On February 15th, 2010 at 5:40 pm Stephanie Says:

    I am going to try those blends because the monkey won’t eat his veggies either. Thanks!

  3. On February 15th, 2010 at 9:23 pm Alleen Says:

    I just got the furminator last week. Oh.my.God. I could make a whole new cat with the hair I got off of one of them in 5 minutes. Problem is, they aren’t too keen on sitting still for me to do it.

  4. On February 15th, 2010 at 9:57 pm Cheri Says:

    Ok, trust me on this: green smoothies. If your kid will drink a smoothie of their fave frozen fruit and yogurt or milk in the blender, add a handfull of spinach. I know it sounds gross but you cannot tell! We do frozen banana, apple, frozen stawberries and spinach w plain yogurt She sucks them down! You can also just throw in lettuce.

  5. On February 16th, 2010 at 9:42 am Burgh Baby Says:

    I need can opener lessons. We have that can opener and I can’t use it. At all. I’m can opener stupid.

  6. On February 16th, 2010 at 4:33 pm Stephanie Says:

    That can opener looks pretty handy…and our electric one just officially died. It will be time for a new one soon.

  7. On February 19th, 2010 at 8:09 am Ansley Says:

    I second the smoothie idea. We’ve hidden every sort of vegetable in them and if they are in with colorful berries, you can’t really tell. You should have heard my husband gag the time he called home and asked what we were doing and I told him that I had just finished mixing up a strawberry, spinach and broccoli smoothie. Yep, she drank it and declared it delicious. I on the other hand, got a bit nauseous myself watching her drink it, but it was a small price to pay.

  8. On February 19th, 2010 at 9:15 pm Jordana Says:

    We have the same kind of can opener. Much better than the old kind!

  9. On March 13th, 2010 at 7:22 am Merlot Says:

    I love the Little Blends too and Lovey Girl does eat vegetables although she’s only 10 months and hasn’t rebelled yet. Maybe I’ll give the Furminator a try. I do have a majorly shedding dog.

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