New Monthly Feature – Frisky Friday

Hey ya’ll. It’s time for a brand spanking (tee hee) new monthly feature on Hope Springs Eternal, and this one is for adults only. Like, 18+ only. Also, if you are a family member or close friend of mine and prefer NOT to hear about my bedroom exploits with my husband, then this logo right above this text will warn you to just ignore this blog post.

Because I am now reviewing adult toys and products once a month.

If you are an adult, and don’t mind hearing about various marital romps and “bedroom aid” products, carry on. These posts will always be tactful and subtle, yet they will feature photos of the products we’re trying out and obviously I will have to review them honestly.

So without further ado, here is the first Frisky Friday post at Hope Springs Eternal!


Here’s where the frisky stuff starts so if you’re uncomfortable, now’s the time to leave.

Alrighty then. So this month, I reviewed the InnerVibe Duet vibrating C-Ring. If you are curious as to what a C-Ring is, check out the Wiki site’s definition: here. But I bet you can probably tell what it is from the image:

Click on the picture to be taken to the InnerVibe Duet’s page on EdenFantasys.

This C-Ring is a little different than your run-of-the-mill ones. This one includes dual vibrators for his-and-her pleasure. Before I get to my review of the InnerVibe Duet, here are a few specs on the item:

Material: TPR Silicone
Texture: Noduled
Safety Features: Phthalates-free/hypoallergenic/latex-free
Color: Baby blue
C-Ring Style: Stretchy ring
Max. Stretch Diameter: 3″
Unstretched Diameter: 1 1/8″
Weight: .1 lb
Special features: Waterproof, Removable bullet, double bullets
Powered by: 3 watch batteries
Control type: Push button

Now that the technical stuff’s out of the way, let’s get onto the review!

Josh and I decided to give this a whirl on a whim the other day. I wanted to wait until we could get a sitter for the baby so we could take our time, but who knows when that might be? After Nellie had been napping for almost an hour, we were making out a little when he waggled his eyebrows at me and suggested we tried it. After some balking on my part I finally gave in and said, “Okay, but we have to hurry.” Anyone who is a parent knows that your window of opportunity for Hanky Panky is very narrow, and I knew we were pushing it anyway because she’d already been down for close to an hour. So I scrambled off the bed, ripped my clothes off in record time and retrieved the InnerVibe.
Now, we’ve used a C-Ring with a vibrating bullet before and the results were rather unfortunate. It was too tight, the material was most certainly NOT STRETCHY and let’s just say there was some chafing involved. Plus the vibrator on the bullet was so strong I was fairly certain it was going to pulverize the most tender part of my vayjayjay into a fine dust. NOT. FUN.

This one, however, was better. Josh says it was still a bit too tight, but it was more comfortable than the other one we had tried. The vibrations were nice and strong, but not TOO strong. The rubber nodules wrapped around helped muffle the vibes, so to speak to a nice level. I had to take control of the situation so I could get into a good rhythm of what felt good. It took a while to get the positioning right but once I did, it felt great. We tried to do the basic missionary position when my wrists started to get tired from being on top and leaning over, but that didn’t work out so we returned to the first position we’d tried.

I don’t know how long we were going at it, but it was at one point that something didn’t feel quite right. Something was missing. I thought that the battery on my side had died but didn’t think it was possible as I still heard a faint buzzing. After climbing off my husband and checking, however, I confirmed what I’d thought: The battery on my side was petering (no pun intended) out. With a sigh, we rotated the C-Ring and I used the side that had been on my husband’s previously. And we were back in business! We resumed our activity and I got closer and closer to O-Town. I could see the gates of O-Town when suddenly, my buzzy little friend started to crap out on me again. Frustrated, we rotated it back and used the OTHER side that had been originally mine. The battery was back to being strong and once again, I got so close I could SEE it and… You guessed it. Bye bye, battery.

We repeated the “flipping over” process until the thing just died on us completely. We decided we would just finish separately since we were pretty sure the baby was going to wake at any second so I got mine, and sure enough as soon as I’d finished and was crawling back over to Josh to lend a helping hand, the baby started to cry.

So, my poor hubby went unsatisfied and we both ended up a little frustrated at how close we came (pun intended) to a great experience.

Pros of the InnerVibe Duet:

  • We liked the stretchy material on the C-Ring, even if it was a little tight on my husband’s “guy”.
  • I liked the way the vibrations felt; the soft stretchy nodules felt good to rub against and the vibration wasn’t too hard or numbing.
  • The small bullet fit snugly between us an wasn’t bulky or in the way.

Cons of the InnerVibe Duet:

  • The batteries aren’t replaceable. And obviously, don’t last any longer than 45 minutes because that’s about the length of time we were romping.. If that long. It didn’t feel like it was that long.

All in all, it’s not a bad value for $11.99. It’s actually a pretty quality item for that price as long as you view it pretty much as a one-trick pony item. Unless you can get off at the drop of a hat, you’re looking at one use out of this bad boy. In hindsight, if we hadn’t just jumped from zero to sex in half a minute and had taken the time to get me a little more aroused, it probably would NOT have taken me so long to reach O-Town. But we didn’t, so this item didn’t work out as well for us as we’d hoped. But I would pay $11.99 for it, because it did feel good while we were using it!

If you enjoyed this post, keep your eyes peeled for next month’s Frisky Friday.

Happy Sexing!

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my participation in EdenFantasys‘ review program. I received no monetary compensation and was given this product for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this post are entirely honest and my own.

Bugaboo Jewelry Review & Giveaway – For Angel Babies or Earth Babies!

After the Angel Baby sculpture giveaway went so well, I decided I wanted to do another giveaway targeted toward Angel Mommies. I browsed through Etsy once more, searching for something unique, special, and perfect.

That’s when I found..

I contacted Kristi at Bugaboo to see if she’d be willing to host a review/giveaway and to my delight, she said yes! We messaged back and forth, looking for the perfect piece when she showed me a new design. I fell in love with it immediately, and she customized one just for me and my Angel Baby; my Green Bean. It was precious, and perfect and quite unique! It came in the mail quickly and I was excited to open it up and look at my necklace.

Beautiful hearts stamped into the exterior…………

And inside, the hand-stamped name of my precious Green Bean.

It comes with a Swarovski crystal, the color of which you choose. I chose Peridot for the month of August, which was Green Bean’s due date month (August 9th, 2008).

The chain is linked in the back, so you can choose a varying degree of lengths to wear the necklace. I prefer a lower-hanging necklace so I hooked mine a bit lower.

I found out when I contacted Kristi to touch base about the giveaway that she had named this particular piece the “Green Bean Locket of Love”. I immediately teared up and felt so honored and happy that my little Angel Baby had something named after him/her! I love to wear this necklace. It goes with everything, and I love the fact that I can carry my Green Bean close to my heart. A few facts/details about the Green Bean Locket of Love:

  • The pendant is strung on a silver snake chain that is 16″ long with a hand-applied extender (as I mentioned before, for varying lengths).
  • This piece can be personalized in varying degrees; names, dates, symbols, and words can be stamped on the outside and/or inside of the locket depending on what you like.

Now I know that this one is for my Green Bean, but this locket could easily be to honor a living baby as well. That is one thing I love about Bugaboo, and this piece in particular is how easily personalized it is; making each piece a custom work of wearable art.

Now, for the part you’ve all been waiting for: The giveaway details! You can win a Green Bean Locket of Love to personalize for yourself! Here’s how:

Mandatory Entry:

  • Visit Bugaboo Jewelry on Etsy and tell me which piece (besides the Locket of Love) you would love to own. Be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment.

Extra Entries:
In order for your extra entries to count, be sure to enter each extra entry in its’ own, separate comment!

  • Become a follower of my blog and comment saying you follow.
  • Follow me on Twitter.
  • Tweet the following: “Win a beautiful custom necklace from @karmapearl for your Angel or Earth Baby! #baby #miscarriage”
    Post the PermaLink of your Tweet by clicking on the time of your Tweet right underneath it. You may Tweet once a day. Be sure to enter your daily Tweet into its’ own comment for it to count.
  • Become a fan of Hope Springs Eternal on Facebook (include your name)
  • Tell me the story of when you got your BFP (big fat positive, A.K.A. positive pregnancy test)! I love BFP stories, and love to tell both of mine. Even the one with Green Bean. I understand that these stories may be painful for some, so if you still would like this extra entry but would prefer NOT to tell your BFP story, find me something funny on YouTube and post the link here!

This giveaway will close on May 14th, 2010.

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Nellie Rose – 14 Weeks

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, Nellie is now a Very Angry Badger. She is relatively well-behaved in this video, proving my theory that she’s out to make me into a big, fat, liar in front of all my readers.

She is SO FREAKING CLOSE to rolling over I can’t stand it. And now everything goes in her mouth. If you lay something down on her chest (a blanket, a bib, etc) it immediately goes in her mouth. Also, she’s learned how to shriek. Excellent.

PreSeed Giveaway Winners!

There were three winners of the PreSeed giveaway and they are:

Congrats to Tillie, Kayce, and Kaitlin! Please e-mail me at with your address so I can send it to ING Fertility and you can have your prizes!

Mommy Vs. Angry Badger

So Nellie does this thing now where she fights sleep and has EPIC BABY MELTDOWNS when I try and make her go to sleep. She can also go from happy to THRASHING ANGRY BADGER BABY in less than five seconds. I shit you not, she will be happy and cooing and drooling all over me when suddenly, her face goes blank, her lip pooches out and her body tenses up. She will then start wailing like I just bit her little toe off.

WTF, kid?

Also, when I’m feeding her I’ve learned to take the bottle out of her mouth and burp her every ounce or she will VOMIT UP HER OWN NOSE. But when I take that bottle out, Jesus. Her entire body goes tense, she screws up her face and she SCREAMS BLOODY EFFING MURDER. I’ll pull her to my chest to burp her and she puts her feet on my legs and shoves herself upward, flailing her arms at the same time. After a few moments if that doesn’t work, I’ll sit her on my leg bending forward slightly (a pose that was so very easy when she was newborn and pliable) and try and burp her that way. She thrashes her head from side to side, looking around frantically, swings her arms, and bucks.

WTF, kid???

And bedtime/naptime? OH LORD HAVE MERCY. Don’t even get me STARTED on that shit. Nellie no longer falls asleep on her own unless she’s
A: in the carseat with a full tummy or
B: being pushed in the stroller with a full tummy.

Nooooononono. She needs to be swaddled, rocked and paci-ed. And even then, I have to hold her down like some sort of wild beast because as soon as that paci gets popped in her mouth, those tiny little eyelids start to flutter. And when they do, she realizes that she’s losing and gets PISSED. That’s when my sweet baby daughter turns into the ANGRY THRASHING BADGER FROM HELL.

She’s swaddled at this point so she can’t swing her arms but by god she tries. She pulls, and bucks, and kicks her legs. She SHRIEKS and SCREAMS and throws her head from side to side. I have to grab her, cling her to me, pat her on the butt and hold the pacifier in her mouth. She will begin falling asleep again, realize that she’s losing the battle and become a writhing bundle of tears and screams again. This process goes on for at least five, sometimes ten minutes before she finally tires herself out and goes to sleep. I then have to hold her for at LEAST 10 to 15 minutes to ensure she’s really asleep, because if I don’t and I dare put her in her crib she will wake up the SECOND her little body hits that mattress. And if I stop patting her butt, or take my hand off the paci and it falls out? She wakes up, loses her shit and I have to start all over.

Oy. Vey.

And you know what? She doesn’t do this for ANYONE BESIDES ME. I tell people this, and then she goes and falls asleep peacefully on her daddy while he’s watching her at night.

I found a grey hair today. Wonder why?


So if you read Leigh Vs. Laundry you’ll know she does a “caption this photo” thing each Friday where she snags an hysterically awkward photo and invites her readers to come up with a caption, and on Monday she has a friend pick the winner of who came up with the funniest caption.

I’ve been participating in this for a few weeks and I’m psyched to say THAT I FINALLY EFFING WON.



So go over to Leigh Vs. Laundry and check out the AWARD WINNING CAPTION. And look around her blog while you’re at it, because it’s FAB.

Monday Melodies – Baby You’re A Rich Man

How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?
Now that you know who you are
What do you want to be?

The featured artist on this week’s Monday Melodies really needs no introduction. They are made of awesome, they were trailblazers in the music world.

They are the Fab Four.

The Beatles’ Wikipedia page is full of way too much info, so I’ll just post a little bit.

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.[1] From 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later worked in many genres ranging from folk rock to psychedelic pop, often incorporating classical and other elements in innovative ways. The nature of their enormous popularity, which first emerged as the “Beatlemania” fad, transformed as their songwriting grew in sophistication. The group came to be perceived as the embodiment of progressive ideals, seeing their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s.

Why do I like the Beatles? Where do I even begin? From a very early age, my parents listened to the Beatles. I can remember my mom and dad singing “Don’t Pass Me By” to me one day when I was upset at something. My mom was a bonafied screaming, fainting, thrashing Beatlemaniac and saw them in concert twice. She had every single album they put out (including the infamous Butcher Cover) and countless pieces of paraphernalia until her dog whizzed on everything and ruined it. I was raised with this stuff. It wasn’t until I was twelve years old when the Beatles Anthology aired on TV that I myself became hooked on the Fab Four. I became obsessed; I had to have every one of their albums. I had to memorize all the words. I insisted upon learning all I could about the band and its’ members. They became my favorite band, and still are to this day. One of the things I love the most about the Beatles is the fact that each and every one of their songs is utterly unique and yet, when you hear a song you KNOW it’s the Beatles.

So today, I give you one of their lesser-known hits: Baby You’re A Rich Man off of the Magical Mystery Tour album. Lala doesn’t have Beatles music so I had to settle for a YouTube vid. Enjoy!

Make A Mother’s Day – Mother’s Day Flower Project

I was contacted by Danielle with the Jewish Women’s International about something they’re doing for Mother’s Day called the Mother’s Day Flower Project. Basically, the Mother’s Day Flower Project is an event where donors can designate honorees to receive Mother’s Day cards (sent by JWI), and they use part of the money raised to send bouquets to 150 battered women’s shelters across the U.S. The rest of the proceeds fund a number of other projects (year-round efforts) to help at-risk women become independent, comfort kids living in abuse shelters, and teach teens about healthy relationships and financial literacy.

Now, I’m not Jewish but I am a Mother and I’m all about helping out other Mothers, and women, in general. I think it’s a very noble and worthy cause, and would be pleased as punch if you’d spread the good word yourself.

Feel free to use the button on the left hand side of my blog and paste it to yours. If you’d like to write your own post about the Mother’s Day Flower Project, please do so.

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CoddleLife Bottle Review

I was contacted by Frankie at CoddleLife before Nellie was even born. He asked if I was interested in reviewing one of their BPA-Free Propylene Bottles. At the time, I was gung-ho on the breastfeeding train and was confident I’d never need to use a bottle, EVER. But I said go ahead and send me one, if I ever need to use a bottle, yours will be the first I use.

Oh, how naive I was.

I ended up using the CoddleLife bottle within the first week of Nellie’s life when she wasn’t gaining weight from breastfeeding and I supplemented a little formula. I wanted her to keep from getting nipple confusion, and CoddleLife’s bottle is advertised to help to avoid that. In the beginning, the CoddleLife bottle was the ONLY bottle I would use to feed Nellie supplemented formula.

About CoddleLife (from their website):
Due to increasing concerns regarding toxins found in baby products, parents are now more conscious about finding safer alternatives for their children. We share the same vision and believe that safer materials should be used, not only in baby bottles, but also in all other baby products as well.

The creator and owner of Coddlelife is a mother-of-three who has many years of experience in the baby feeding products industry. The collaboration of her special insight, background, and mother’s intuition contributes to the success of the Coddlelife brand today. As a mother herself, she understands how important it is to make parent’s lives easier. Her experience and sense in what are the concerns of parents around the world is an on-going daily development for everyone at Coddlelife. Our management team spends a great amount of time to assure quality products are being manufactured to our high quality standards. By working closely with mothers and fathers all over the world, we gain extensive knowledge in what parents really want in baby products. Our goal is to make their lives easier, solve their problems, and meet their needs.

Coddlelife focuses on developing the best baby products in the industry, and is committed to producing excellent quality, innovative, practical, and safe products for the parents of today. It is a lifestyle brand that celebrates living well and joyously for both parents and child

About CoddleLife’s BPA-Free Propylene Bottle

  • It features a Peristaltic Nipple. WTF is that, you ask? A Peristaltic Nipple basically means that it stretches in response to the natural movement of a baby’s tongue.
  • It has a textured lip base to stimulate baby’s senses.
  • It has a one-piece air venting system to help reduce colic, spit-up, and ear infection.
  • It is microwave, sterilizer, and dishwasher safe!
  • The bottle, collar, and cap are all 100% propylene and the nipple is 100% food grade silicone.

My Experience With the CoddleLife Bottle

As I mentioned, the CoddleLife was the only bottle I’d allow to touch Nellie’s lips while we were breastfeeding. To the bottle’s credit, she never had any sort of trouble switching from breast to bottle! She didn’t get the bottle often; only about an ounce of formula after every other feeding to get her little belly full. I really loved the soft feel of the nipple, and the unique air-venting system it had was great. The only two problems I had with it were the numbers on the side were sort of hard to read, and the air venting system tore after about 5 times using the bottle. I was cleaning it out and I noticed that it had torn. So, naturally, like any paranoid new mother I immediately stopped using it. I have this weird thing that if something of Nellie’s breaks, or causes her any pain or discomfort or anything like that I immediately want to throw it on the ground, burn it, pour salt over it for good measure, run it over with a truck and burn it again. I didn’t do this to my CoddleLife bottle; I simply just stopped using it after I discovered the tear.

I do have a few pics of Nellie using her CoddleLife:

I would definitely buy and use a CoddleLife bottle again. Even though the air-vent system tore easily, I may have just been a little over-zealous in my cleaning. A single CoddleLife bottle is moderately priced at $6.99 for a single 8 oz BPA-Free Propylene bottle, 3 for $18.99 and 6 for $35.99. They also offer glass bottles. You can buy from various stores, or directly online.

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I’m Not Here Today…

Hi everybody! I’m over at Christine’s journal today – Raised Queer – blogging about my definition of “family”. Check out my guest post, and then browse her blog – she’s AWESOME.

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