“I Ate Coin”

Guess where we were yesterday…

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Yep, the hospital!  Little man had his first ambulance ride, ER visit, and surgery in less than 12 hours, at not quite 2 and a half years old.

Long story short, he ate a quarter. (Ironically, the child in the bed next to us in the ER was a one year old who swallowed a penny.)

When the EMT asked little man what happened, he said, “I ate coin.”  So, at least on some level, he knew why he was there…

We stayed in the hospital overnight Thursday, and they did surgery Friday morning.  (The quarter was in his esophagus, so they just went down his throat and pulled it out.  It could have been much worse!)  We were discharged a few hours later, and he’s doing just fine now.

My sister thinks he should be a piggy bank for Halloween this year, like Hamm in Toy Story. Lol

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One Word Wednesday: PACKING!!

You may have noticed that I’ve been MIA for a bit here. I kind of alluded to some big news on my Facebook page a while back…

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Yes, we are moving!

(So much for my #OneWord365 this year, right?! lol)

I’ve been hesitant to post about this because…well, there’s just not much to tell right now. Our main objective at this point is to pack up everything we can and move it to a storage unit, so we can stage our house and list it (t-minus 20 days until our planned “on the market” day!) We do have a general area where we are house hunting…a different suburb about 45 mins. away from our current house (closer to my family, easier commute to husband’s work, etc.)

Fingers crossed that this whole process goes as smoothly (and quickly!) as possible. There may not be many updates on the blog until we get settled in to our new home, but I’m always on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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One Word Wednesday: RELAX #OneWord365

I try to make resolutions every year. And maybe that’s why the month January always overwhelms me. Because I’m trying to CHANGE ALL THE THINGS and “become a new me!” every time the ball drops on NYE.

Two years ago, I made a list of goals. And did about half of them. Last year, I summed up my resolutions in a sentence, which was only slightly more effective. This year, though, I’m making it super simple. With just ONE WORD.

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Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life.

So, my word for 2014 is:



I take things too seriously. I take LIFE too seriously. I worry and stress about the small things. Things that I CAN NOT CHANGE.

It’s time to stop doing that. It’s not good for my health, my family, or my marriage. R. E. L. A. X.

What’s your #OneWord365 for 2014?

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Clutter Clean-Up: Kids Playroom Organization

It’s a new year, so get a head start on your spring cleaning with these deals at zulily! (FYI I get a little something if you click the links below…*whispers* “support the blog!”)

Today is National Organization Day, and you can find all sorts of organizational tools for the kitchen, playroom, bathroom, bedroom, office, craft room, laundry room and more now on sale at zulily!

My focus is on the playroom, because…well…this is my living room (x 1000, because this pic was taken at least one birthday and one Christmas ago, so you can imagine what it looks like now!)

Luckily, we’ll be moving soon (more details on that later, when I actually have them!), and a playroom/gameroom is on our must have list! So, I’ve been searching zulily for a few things we’ll need.

1) Toy Storage – How cute are these wildlife bins! Available in Fox, Raccoon, Bunny, and Owl. Definitely need one of each!
2) Bookshelf – Sling bookshelves are great, because you can see the book covers, and they’re easily accessible. Anything is better than the stacks of books we have on our shelves now…
3) Rug to hide dirt – I’m not a huge fan of carpet (we don’t have any in our current home), but I would like to have a rug in the playroom to give Little Man a soft place to play on the floor. Obviously, with a two year old, light colored fabrics are a recipe for disaster! I think this gray rug would tie the room together nicely!

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Check out zulily today for more organization inspiration! You can find great storage solutions for your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, home office, and laundry room, and more!

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Is this thing on?

*taps mic*

Oh hey – what’s up, y’all?  How’s 2014 treating you so far?! 

I’m having a hard time waking up from my blog hibernation, as you can see. It’s just…cold…and my desk is by a big window…meh.

I know, excuses excuses.

But I promise there is a lot of “behind the scenes” work happening here.  (I’ll try not to break my blog in the process.  lol)

And some major life events are happening, too!  (No, not THAT!)

So yes, more real updates very soon, and maybe a fun giveaway to start the new year!

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PGM’s Best Social Media Moments – 2013

I’m pretty active on the main social media sites – probably Facebook and Instagram more than the others (which is probably why all of these links are to them!) But, be sure to follow me everywhere! Links in the sidebar that way! —>

- January -

I reached 1000 likes on Facebook!

- February -

My son lived on black beans and cheese for while, and it all turned out ok – as I reassured fellow moms in this guest post.

- March -

I did a blog series on organization- but this is my reality…lol

- April -

A flashback to my younger days…

- May -

2000 of you thought I was awesome enough to like on Facebook!

- June -

This picture got some people riled up, and co-sleeping became the norm at our house…

- July -

I was spoiled by this amazing view in Seattle.

- August -

Little man turned two years old, and the pumpkin spice latte came back to Starbucks early!

- September -

I had my 15 minutes of fame!

- October -

Just in time for Halloween, my news feed was freaking me out with stories of creepy crawlies!

- November-

I tried to revive my Google+ page, and took one of my favorite pictures of all time.

- December -

Best. Toy. Ever.

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Your Top Ten Posts of 2013

I thought it would be fun to end the year with a look back on the most read PGM posts of the past year. As it turns out (though I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise), the REAL top 10 were all GIVEAWAYS! lol But since I can’t link back to a bunch of closed contests…here are the top ten posts of actual content. As you can see, half of them are sponsor spotlight reviews for giveaways, and half are cloth diaper related! I think I know what I need to focus my blogging efforts on in 2014!

Fresh Start for Spring – Cloth Diaper Organization

Okiedog Backpack & Diaper Bag Review

Review of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers {Sponsor Spotlight}

Gray Star Boutique Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

Unimpressed with my Quest for the Trimmest AIO

Little Monsters Cloth Diapers Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Review

The Family Bed – Are You In or Out?

Your child, your CHOICE!

Create Customized Children’s Games with TinyTap

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Merry Christmas!

My little man wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2014!

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