Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Power of Spider Man

I just couldn't resist sharing this story with you all. I think this fireman deserves a great big hug and a prayer for doing such a small thing that meant so much to this little boy and saved his life. I found it on and the Associated Press.

Fireman dresses as Spider-Man to rescue boy

Comic-loving autistic kid on balcony had refused to let others near him

updated 9:45 a.m. CT, Wed., March. 25, 2009

BANGKOK - A Thai firefighter dressed as Spider-Man to rescue an autistic boy who climbed onto a third-floor balcony and dangled his legs over the side because he was nervous on his first day of school.

Firefighter Somchai Yoosabai was called in after the 11-year-old boy's teachers and mother failed to coax him off the ledge on Monday, he said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

"He was nervous about the first day at school, and he was asking for his mother," Somchai said. "He cried and refused to let any of us get close to him."

Overhearing a conversation between the boy's mother and his teachers about his love for comics and superheroes, Somchai rushed back to the fire station to change into a Spider-Man costume before swinging into action.

"I told him Spider-Man is here to save you. No monster will hurt you now," Somchai said. "Then I told him to walk slowly toward me. I was very nervous that he might have slipped if he got too excited and ran."

Somchai, who keeps costume of Spider-Man and a Japanese superhero Ultraman to liven up fire drills at schools, said the teary-eyed boy broke into a smile and started walking into his arms.

The fictional hero was created by comic-writer Stan Lee in the early 1960s. The character regained its popularity in recent years thanks to the trilogy of Hollywood films starring Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cupcakes Recipe

What can I say...I think the name of these cupcakes just makes your mouth water, right? They are so good and were triple tested by Good Housekeeping Research Institute. I found this recipe on MSN, however it is from Good Housekeeping. YUM!!!

Yields: 24 cupcakes

Total Time: 55 min

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 25 min

Oven Temp: 350


Filling and Cupcakes:
  • 2/3 cup(s) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup(s) creamy peanut butter
  • 10 tablespoon(s) (1 1/4 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 1 cup(s) sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon(s) milk
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Butter Frosting:

  • 3 cup(s) confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoon(s) butter (no substitutions), softened
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoon(s) (or more, as needed) milk


  • 1. Prepare Filling: In bowl, with mixer on medium speed, mix confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla until blended. Shape mixture into 24 balls using heaping measuring teaspoons. (Balls will be sticky and don't need to be perfectly shaped.) Place balls on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet; set aside.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 standard muffin-pan cups with fluted paper liners.
  • 3. Prepare Cupcakes: On waxed paper, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In 2-cup liquid measuring cup, mix sour cream, milk, and remaining vanilla; set aside. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat granulated sugar and remaining 8 tablespoons butter just until blended. Increase speed to high; beat 1 minute. Reduce speed to low; add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat 1 to 2 minutes more or until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until ingredients are combined, occasionally scraping bowl with rubber spatula.
  • 4. Spoon 1 heaping measuring tablespoon batter into each muffin-pan cup. Drop 1 peanut butter ball in center of each cup and top with another heaping tablespoon batter. Bake cupcakes 25 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted in cupcake comes out clean. Immediately remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
  • 5. When cupcakes are cool, prepare Butter Frosting: In large bowl, with mixer on medium-low speed, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, and 3 tablespoons milk until smooth and blended. Beat in additional milk as needed for easy spreading consistency. Increase speed to medium-high; beat until light and fluffy, scraping bowl often with rubber spatula. Makes 1 1/2 cups frosting. Spread frosting on cupcakes.

    Nutritional information is based on one cupcake. (I post the nutritional information reluctantly and because they were with the recipe...don't let the numbers scare you away from making them!! Just save them for special treats or occasions. Because yes, as stated above, these are numbers for 1 cupcake.)

Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Total Fat14g
Saturated Fat7g
Total Carbohydrate40g
Dietary Fiber1g

You have to see Fireproof!

If anyone knows of the movies that Kirk Cameron has done over the years, you are probably aware of his latest one, Fireproof. But if you don't know about his movies, this one would be a great one to watch first! It shows you how to guarantee the love and longevity of your marriage by devoting your life to God and being true to each other. It has a great line in the movie "You never leave your partner in a fire." It means that when we get married the whole part of "For better or worse"...that includes the WORSE part just as much as the better. I just watched it tonight and I am going to buy it and I am going to buy the Love Dare Book and Fireproof Novel. Just click the title link and it will take you to the Fireproof your marriage website. Let me know what you think.
~Stephanie Laissle

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baby Shower Ideas, Etiquette and More!

Baby Shower 101 is a wonderful website that gives all kinds of games, ideas and etiquette and much more! I am currently a co-planner for my cousin's baby shower and I visited this site to get game ideas. Let me tell you... I have only gotten through the first 60 games and they have a lot more to offer. Not only do they offer game ideas but they also have shower etiquette, gifts ideas and photography tips. This is a wonderful website; check it out!

Milkies~New Product for Breast Feeding Moms

I have found a great product for breastfeeding moms or even the moms that are pumping and then bottle feeding (because at Me and Mommy Boutique we support moms in whatever choice they make for their babies nourishment). This product just happens to involve moms that use their own breast milk. Now my children are 2yrs old and 10mths old so these are not something that I can go and buy and try out for your guys to review them first; therefore, if you do buy them please let me know how they work so I can do an updated post on them.

They are called Milkies. Slim and portable, no one will even know you are wearing it. Best of all — it collects your leaking breast milk when you nurse, allowing you to store extra breast milk effortlessly. When you have breast milk available all the time, you will never resort to formula.

So like I said, try them out and get back to me.

~Stephanie Laissle

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Is It Safe to Have a Cat In a Household With a Baby

Here is an excerpt from an article by Kim Campbell Thortnon, Contributor for It concerns families with cats and babies. It is pretty understandable how families could be worried; so read on to here if it is safe or not and be your own judge. My advise is just be smart about your pets whether they are cats or dogs....

The rumor that Dr. Brazelton helped repopularize goes like this: Families with infants should get rid of their cats because the animals will harm the baby by sucking its breath or lying on it and smothering it.

But experts say this tale probably began because cats, attracted to soft, warm bedding, probably curled up near babies who died from other causes. Because they were found near the babies, the cats got the blame for the death.

I tell my clients that millions of women for thousands of years have had healthy babies and lived with cats,” says feline veterinary specialist Elaine Wexler-Mitchell of Orange, Calif. “I think the only danger of a cat around a baby is that cats like to snuggle next to warm things in small areas, and a cat will not know if this position is dangerous for the baby.”

She advises keeping cats out of the room where the baby sleeps. If the cat is used to spending time in that room, start restricting its access at least a month before delivery, and don’t allow it to nap in the bassinet.

“Most cats stay away from babies, especially when the baby first comes home,” Wexler-Mitchell says. “They are scared of the crying and the changes in the home environment."

She recommends letting interaction between cat and baby occur naturally, under supervision. Never leave babies unattended in the presence of cats or dogs, and give pets plenty of attention away from the baby so they don’t feel abandoned.

How to solve a toddler temper tantrum

So I came across this article written by Meredith F. Small and would like everyone's opinion. I actually have the video "The Happiest Toddler On The Block" but haven't watched it yet. This article reverences the book that goes with the video. So read the article and tell me if you think this is good advice....

You're in a store, little kid in hand, and then suddenly she tries to pull away. You bend down and whisper quietly in her ear, "Stay with Mommy, honey," knowing full well that this reasonable request is a foolish attempt to dampen the temper tantrum that is rising like a tsunami inside your kid. With a pounding heart, you scoop her up and run from the store before someone shouts, "Bad parent. Dreadful child. Get out!" No one knows why 2-year-olds have temper tantrums, but most of them do. It starts with mild anger over something simple but then quickly escalates into full blown fury dramatized by screaming, fist pounding, foot-stomping, and screaming. The child also descends psychologically into a place where they can't be reached by words or physical comfort, and parents stand by helpless and confused. Clearly, the child is distressed, but to the parent, the distress seems way out of proportion to the situation. And it is physically stressful for the child, which suggests that there must be some evolutionary reason why temper tantrums are so universal for little kids. Pediatrician Harvey Karp, author of "The Happiest Toddler on the Block," and an expert in getting babies and toddlers to quiet down, claims that tantrums are an expected product of human development. He sees our little darlings as less-evolved savages driven by instinct and emotion, not thoughtful reasoning, and he suggests it's our job as parents to civilize them into Homo sapiens. And so, Dr. Karp suggests, in the midst of a tantrum a parent should reach way back to our ancient ancestors and think like a Neanderthal and become one with the child and figure out how to stop the screaming. His method is to speak in short phrases that reflect the primitive emotions of the child ("You are angry") rather than addressing the adult modern Homo sapiens situation of the moment ("Please stop. Big girls don't scream in stores.") Apparently, nothing infuriates these little Neanderthals more than Homo sapiens logic. They just want to be heard and their emotions acknowledged and a tantrum is best controlled by the simple, "I hear you. I feel you." Of course, Dr. Karp maligns Neanderthals by suggesting there were instinctual creatures swayed by emotions rather than thought. Neanderthals didn’t have language, but they had bigger brains than modern humans and could probably do logic problems with the best of us. His advice is better couched in the notion that Homo sapiens, and presumably our ancestors, were designed to feel very deeply, and little kids simply want their emotions acknowledged, just like adults. In fact, adults spend millions of dollars each year to talk to counselors and get their feelings heard. And relationships work best when people are able to see and hear each other's pain, misery, happiness and joy. And so parents need not read the history of human evolution to know how to deal with their unruly kids. All we have to do, even in the middle of the most embarrassing public tantrum, is to reach inside and feel that same frustration and anger with the world, and then bend down and say, as Dr Karp would, "I know just how you feel." Meredith F. Small is an anthropologist at Cornell University. She is also the author of "Our Babies, Ourselves; How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent" and "The Culture of Our Discontent; Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Illness".

Kids Craft Projects

I have discovered a great website that has great little craft projects for your and your kids to do together. They range from alphabet templates which are great for decorating letters to animal projects. There are even coloring pages that you can print out and let your kids color all kinds of things...instead of your walls. Check it out, it's lots of fun!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Jennifer's Chili Recipe

Here is a great chili recipe from my friend Jennifer.


2 cans pinto beans
2 cans kidney beans
1 lb chili meat or turkey
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 pkg of McCormick's chili seasoning
1 Chopped onion (to taste)

Brown the meat and then put all ingredients together and let it cook in the crock pot for at least an hour before serving. Garnish with your favorite toppings.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Eggs in a Cup

Here is a great recipe I saw on GMA from Emeril Lagasse. Try it out and let me know what you think.


  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 4 thin slices Virginia ham, about ½ ounce each<
  • 8 large eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 8 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • Cooking Directions

    Butter four 6-ounce crème brulee ramekins with the butter and lay one slice of ham in each ramekin so that it sits flat on the bottom (it's OK if it comes up the sides.)

    Crack two eggs into two separate small cups and pour simultaneously into one of the ramekins so that the eggs sit side-by-side on top of the ham slice. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

    Repeat with remaining eggs.

    Place the 4 filled ramekins onto a baking sheet and transfer to the oven.

    Bake until eggs are just beginning to set up and become opaque, 9 to 10 minutes.

    Remove from the oven and drizzle each ramekin with 2 tablespoons of the heavy cream and then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cheese over the top of each.

    Sprinkle the parsley and chives over the ramekins and then return to the oven.

    Cook until eggs are just set up but yolks are still runny, 10 to 12 minutes, or to desired degree of doneness. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    Cute and Easy Pencil Holder

    Here is a way to entertain your little one...for at least an hour. Just take a soup/vegetable can and paint the whole can with a background color. Let your kids paint it with whatever colors they want and let them loose with the stickers, decorations, pompoms, etc. Just make sure that if the can has a sharp edge that you cover it with a thick ribbon (I did not have a thick enough ribbon for the pencil holder we did). I think the best thing to use for the ribbon is hot glue, so supervise your little ones during this project. And the best advise is to have FUN!
    ~Stephanie Laissle

    Coming Soon....Posh Petals Couture and Baby Bella Maya!

    We are adding a couple of new lines to our boutique. We will have Posh Petals Couture and Baby Bella Maya products arriving in the next couple of weeks.

    Posh Petals Couture is a lovely line of flowered headbands, flower clips and crochet beanie caps. Cheryl Burke recently wore a flower by Posh Petals Couture while dancing the Viennese Waltz with partner, “Olympic Sprinter", Maurice Green, on the October 27th episode of the ABC hit show “ Dancing With The Stars”.

    Baby Bella Maya
    is sweet line of products offering slip covers for infant and toddler car seats, blankets, pouch slings, booties and covers for Baby Bjorn front carriers.

    Please visit in the coming week to scoop up everything your heart desires!

    Tuesday, March 17, 2009

    Stationary is now here!

    As my earlier post stated we are now carrying Little Angel Announcement's Stationary. It is now available online at

    My child can eat!

    Ok so do I have the only 3 yr old that can throw down some food?? I am asking this questions to all you moms (and dads) and welcome any comments. I just want to know if my kid eats a lot or if this is normal. She has always eaten this way and my 10mth old is following suit...See the pics (10mth old's food to the left and my 3yr old's to the right) These are their lunches by the way.

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    Little Angel Announcement's Stationery

    Me and Mommy Boutique is now carrying Little Angel Announcement's Stationery! We will have 12 different designs for you to chose from for that special stationary you have always wanted. They are great as gifts too! Please visit later this week. Hear are a view of the designs you will be able to choose from...
    ~Stephanie Laissle


    I just love those morning hugs from my kiddos. My 3yr old comes up to me every morning and gives me a big hug and says "I love you mommy!" I just love it and can't wait until my 10mth old can do the same thing.
    ~Stephanie Laissle

    Sunday, March 15, 2009

    The love for our kids

    I have always known that I love my kids...however; I had a "nightmare" the other night and I do mean a NIGHTMARE! I dreamt that someone had done harm to my youngest daughter who is 10mths old. I don't know how anyone else dreams; but when I dream it is always very real to me at the time the dream is going on. So needless to say when I woke up it took me a minute to dry my tears and realize that it was just a dream and I was still in my cozy house sleeping next to my loving husband and my two very special little girls were sound asleep in their beds just as happy and safe as could be. Man I LOVE my kiddos!

    ~Stephanie Laissle

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Mommy blessings

    I want to give my blessings to all of the mommies that have more than two children. I myself have two little girls; one is 3yrs old and the other is 10mths old. I am currently visiting my sister-in-law and her family. She has two children of her own who are 3 1/2 yrs old and 17mths old. I watched them for a short time yesterday on my own. The babies napped most of the time and the "big" kids ate lunch and played. While I had a fairly easy time with all 4 kids, I have learned that anyone with more than 1 child has got to receive a reward of some kind for our braveness to tread the "children waters." I say that because having two of my own I know that it is very difficult a times but with I remember with 1 it was easy; not to knock the parents with just 1 but if you decide to have more than 1 then you will know then what I am describing. I do not know how people with lots of kids keep their sanity with all of the yelling, screaming, crying and fighting; the "No that's my toy," "Mommy she is being mean," etc., etc. But I look at my kiddos and know that it is all worth it when they give me that great big "Laissle" hug as we call it in our family and I am told "Mommy I love you!" or when my 10mth old looks at me and gives me that great big toothless grin and laughs. It makes all of the destruction of toys and crying and runny noses that much more tolerable. Which leads me to my next point of savoring every moment, even the crazy ones! I have now learned with my 2nd now here that life is going by very fast and you have to relish in every moment and make each minute count. So...that is my rant for the day. I hope every mommy and daddy out there, whether you have 1 or 100 kiddos, remembers to hug and kiss your kids everyday and tell them that you love them and the important thing is to mean it and show them everyday that you also love yourself and your spouse or partner.

    ~Stephanie Laissle