Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bath tub finger painting

I decided for some crazy reason that the middle of trying to move it was a great time to start doing some tot school activities with Bear.  I wanted to start small.  Use up some liquids that I didn't want to move and perhaps teach Bear something.  Or at the very least get him used to a type of somewhat structured activity.  

I picked up some bath paints from the dollar area at Target for his Easter Basket but have yet to get around to actually using it.  What better time then to use it as a Tot School activity. 


I started by using painters tape to make a triangle on the wall.  Why a triangle...well it was just something quick and easy to make.  That's why.  I used Bears hand and helped him trace the triangle several times.




Then I put paint all over his hands and directed him to paint the inside of the triangle.  


When Bear has sufficiently covered the inside of the triangle I let him have at it.  He painted his arm, some of the wall, his feet, and of course the bottom of the tub.



After about 20 minutes he had hit his max and was ready to move on.  Really he tried to climb out of the tub.  I peeled the tape off, then rinsed both the wall and Bear.  We followed clean up with Bath time because really why torture us both again later in the day.



Overall I think this was a success.  The activity itself was hit and that in the end was my goal.  Anything else was simply a bonus.  The concept of a triangle is a bit of stretch at his age but it was added exposure to a concept he needs to learn.  I wanted to focus on the color of the paint but they were not very pigment as you can see above.  This is my only problem with the activity.  I will need to pin some good "recipes" for homemade Bath Paint to make before our next attempt at something like this.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday



Happy Monday Y'all !
The weather outside is:
Hot and Humid but such is live in Louisiana.

On my Breakfast Plate this morning:

For me Hot Coffee and Greek Yogurt with pumpkin granola.  For the little one we have fresh pumpkin puree, yogurt, and sliced strawberries.

As I look out my window:
I see two moving trucks.  One moving in and the other moving out.  It is the beginning of PCS season for sure.
Right now I am:
Enjoying my morning coffee post breakfast writing this instead of doing laundry.
As I look around the house:
I can not believe how much stuff we have.  We need a serious run to donations this week to lighten the load.  

On today’s to do list:

Laundry, Lots of Laundry
Clean the Dog Crates
Pick up Dog Dirt
Write Moving Packing List
Pack up Makeup Cabinet into train case
Find Pups a new Vet


Currently reading:

I am re-reading "Bringing up Bebe" by Pamela Druckerman.  I read this back when I was pregnant with Bear and really enjoyed it then.  I stumbled upon it when cleaning this weekend.  I figured it would make a good travel book for the big move.  Something I didn't have to concentrate too much on.
On the T.V. Today:
Car and Cars 2 because Bear really enjoys both of those movies.  I am also feeling like a chick flick today.  Which one I have no idea.

 

On the menu this week:

We aren't doing a day by day thing here but we do have meals planned out.

Cajun Rice and Bean
Pop Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Gumbo (freezer meal)
Pasta with meatballs
Baked chicken breasts with steamed vegetables
Basically eating our way through what is left.


Favorite photo from the camera:

He is such a goof!


Prayer, Inspirational Quote or Devotionals:



You can join in by linking up with Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

How to get dressed by alison freer

I was excited to get this book until I actually got into reading.  I had hoped that this would have been something along the lines of a bunch of those tricks and tips, like what you hear on any style show but combined into one place.  I figured I would have know a few but I was surprised to be reading the same things I have heard only now in written form.  Meaning this book got boring for me and fast!  I wanted to hear something fresh and new.  See something I haven't seen before.  Which by the way this book is void of more than a handful of pictures.  I also did not enjoy the kinda sorta name dropping throughout the book.  The author could have stuck with "a client" or something to that nature.  We all got it, you dress celebrities...move on.   To wrap this whole thing up I am glad that I received this from bloggingforbooks.com as a free copy since it was the same old thing.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

What's Next...

Today is the last day of National Infertility Awareness Week.  I thought it would be good to tell you all where we are as far as trying for another child.  Sadly, there isn't too much to tell.  Because of the dates of our move we are officially done working with my current RE.  He wished us the best of luck with whatever we do in the future and told us we can call him anytime with need help in working with a new RE in the future.  

So that folks is the game plan.  Once we get settled into a new location we will start the process once again to find a new RE.  Hopefully we find the same success with whomever we start working with in the future.  Until then we will continue to try on the off chance we luck (Extremely Unlikely) into a pregnancy the natural way.  We won't hold our breath as its a less than one percent chance of that happening.  Yet one can still hope right?

#NIAW

Friday, April 24, 2015

I'm Telling

Telling family that you suffer from Infertility is never easy.  You have to talk about reproduction and all that goes along with it.  You also never know how they will react.  I wrote the post below when we are about finally tell my In-Laws about our struggle.  Please keep in mind while reading this that we were still trying for our first child at the time.



#NIAW


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Another Infertility Repost

A lot of people think they know what it is like to try to conceive when you have infertility.  Their minds instantly go right to IVF.  However, not everyone needs to take that step.  We are lucky, if you can call it that, to not have to use IVF to conceive.   However when you don't use that what is there?  For us, this means medicine.  Lots and Lots of medicine.  







Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A repost

I wrote at the end of last year about how my family is not what I thought it would be.  The one I imagined in my head.  It being Infertility Awareness Week I wanted to post a link to that post.




Monday, April 20, 2015

Worth a Read

As part of National Infertility Awareness Week I have gathered a few great posts about Infertility from fellow bloggers.  


The Cost of Infertility from a Humming Bird Paused


Infertility has Stolen My Life from Jens Anchor of Hope


I will Be Your Pillow to Cry On from Mommy on the Loose


Infertility Etiquette  from Dreaming of Dimples


Infertility Facts and Myths from Amateur Nester

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's Friday, so why not some Friday Favorites?

1.  Hearing "Mama"

The purse security guard.

Bear has been a big babbler with a few real words tucked in there.  He clearly knows "Dada" or "dadee" for Daddy and "DewDew" for Duke.  He says these all the time.  "Mama" on the other hand always reserved for those time when he is super stressed or whiny.  So I only ever hear it as (Crying) "Maaaaaaaaaamaaaaaaaaa" (Deep Breath, More Crying).  Its was getting to me.  Then two days ago I got a clear "Mama."  No crying, no whining, no tantrum involved.  It was like music to this Mama's ears.



2.  Tossing and Donating.

Stuff to be gifted or tossed if none of my friends want them.

Nothing feels better right now then getting rid of things we don't need and don't want.  It's one of my favorite things about a move.  It feels good to lighten the load whether it is something as simple as cleaning out my makeup cabinet or donating old clothes.



3. Finally seeing older (yet new to me) movies.

It was pretty good!
You all would be shocked by the movies I have not seen that I probably should have.  Hubby has so kindly created a list of movies and he is determined to have me watch all of them at some point.  This was one of the movies!  I very much enjoyed this one.  What movies do you all like that I should add to hubby's list?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guest bloggers needed!

I will be PCSing (moving) pretty soon!  (Boy that is frightening to say!) While I am traveling I don't want this space to go empty.  This is where I need your help.

I am looking to get several Guest Bloggers to fill in for me while I move!

You can write about your last move or PCS, a recent craft project, a new workout routine, a new lesson plan you enjoyed teaching, a good recipe, a recent parenting success, the latest book you read, a day in your life, etc. I could go on but you all get the idea.  I write about anything and everything on here so you can too!  
If you are interested in writing something for here please send me a quick email to 

Shallowrootsliving@yahoo.com
(Please write "guest blogger" in the memo line as I get a ton of emails and don't want to miss it! Thanks in advance.)


For the post please try to include a picture and an about me blurb either in the beginning or end of the post.  Then email it to me in HTML format.  I assure you this is rather simple to do especially if you have blogger.  

The sooner I can get them the better as I would like to schedule things early.  With any move Internet will not be around at some point.  Once I schedule them to post I will make sure to let you know as well a post it on social media.  

If you do not have a blog but would still like to write please feel free to email anyway!  You can still write something!


Thanks in advance!

Jenna 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Big News!!!

The big news I have been holding is that we are uprooting once again!  Many of you have already guessed this as we have been anticipating a move for a long while now.  However, we are most thankful that this time it will be to a new location!  Not just a house in the same town.  I have been waiting to let you all know but now that the paperwork is officially in hand, I can say that Shallow Roots Living is moving to...















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MARYLAND!!!

We are beyond excited for whatever this new adventure !

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Drive

You remember those days in high school or college where you would just go for a drive?  No destination. No plans.  You just drive.














Thursday, April 9, 2015

HSG results

Following two weeks worth of waiting to take this test, we woke up excessively early to make my appointment several hours away.  I needed to get a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test.  This means a dye is pumped into the uterus which should flow thought the Fallopian Tubes and into the body cavity.  The path of the dye is monitored through x-ray in real time.  If the dye flows though without an issue then your tubes are open.  If by chance they don't then that is clearly a problem which needs to be addressed.

Luckily for me my tubes were open.  My right side took a bit longer for the dye to flow through but as the doctor so nicely put it "no ones uterus lays perfectly flat in the body which was a surprise to me after medical school all those years ago."  Basically one was more laying forward and the other laying slightly backwards.  I rolled to my side and the dye poured out like it should have.

This wasn't my normal RE but another one in the same practice.  After working with her I am happy to say that I am very glad she did the procedure for me.  This is not to say that I have anything against my RE performing the procedure, he just wasn't in that day.  I have worked with her before over the phone but never in person.  She is as sweet as she seems over the phone which made the procedure go that much smoother.

Another thing I would like to note is the HSG test is a rather uncomfortable one.  Lots of cramping and mild pain during it but I of course forgot to bring Tylenol with me.  I remember it hurting a bit after the first time I had it done but since it had been almost 5 years since my last HSG I was foggy on post test details.  Thankfully I built it up to be so much worse than it was in my head.  While they didn't want me to drive (hello long drive) I think I could have been just fine doing so.  Mild cramping throughout the next few days but nothing major.  I didn't even bother to take anything for it.

I was also very thankful to have Hubby there to watch Bear.  Hubby was super smart in folding down one of the seats and letting Bear run around in the car while I went in for the test.  I came out and he was happy, fed, and still in his PJ's.  Much like I wanted to be.

In the end I was basically told that we can start again next cycle.  That is if we are still here.  Which is looking like we will be.  So now we wait.  Again.

Obviously we couldn't be in the land of things and not do a little shopping.  I stayed in the car for obvious reasons but Hubby ran into Target to pick up a few things we needed.  I stayed in the car.  :(
And of course took a selfie...

Grumpy Bear was starting to lose it.
Thankfully it was nothing that a bottle couldn't fix.
Also please ignore my lack of makeup.

Could tell I was still riding the high of the good test results?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

No looking back Wednesday

I stopped drinking Soda 2 years ago today and I don't regret it for a second!


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While I don't drink soda I do on the rare occasion use the Soda Stream to make seltzer when I start craving something with bubbles.  This is strictly Carbonated Water.  No sugar or syrups added.  
From someone who used to drink ginger ale like it was going out of style, I don't miss it all that often anymore.  

Have you given up anything for good?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Mastering Pasta" By Marc Vetri Review



This was a book I was very excited to get my hands on.  I had recently tried my hand at homemade pasta and thought this book could help me expand on what I already know. The beautiful pictures instantly made me eager to jump into the kitchen and give the recipes a try. 


The Authors Marc Vetri with David Joachim give you information galore.  They Jam packed the information from cover to cover, in each recipe and even within the blurbs before each recipe.  This to me is both helpful and annoying.  It makes this book geared more towards beginners than more advanced cooks.  I don't mind this on a first or even second read but then I really want to add a post it not with the basic directions to keep me from having to meddle thought the extra info that I have previously learned.  This I suppose is a minor flaw as the recipes are extremely delicious from the two I have already tried.



Additionally there are few things that I liked about the book.  

  • The recipes come in both standard and metric
  • Ingredients are relatively easy to find
  • A variety of skill levels are involved with the various recipes
  • Beautiful Pictures
  • Fabulous recipes

Overall I think this book is well worth getting.  I know it is one I will be using for a long time.


If you are interesting learning more about this book or the Author you can do so below.

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Author Bio

FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter basket 2015

Easter is tomorrow and this year I think his Easter Basket is really cute!  We are trying to not spend too much on the actual items he gets.  He is only 21 months old after all.  Therefore a lot of what is in there is recycled gifts.  By that I mean things we already had, some he has even played with before, but things he hasn't seen in months.  I make it a point to rotate his toys so he can rediscover things he forgot about.  I try to use holidays like this bring out some of those items.  Obviously at his young age he doesn't really know the difference.


As you might be able to see we are also not giving Bear any candy this year.  He has his own snacks like arrow root cookies, Gerber biscuits cookies, and puffs that he loves.  They are sweet enough for him that he doesn't need anything else.  We plan to put a few puffs or a cookie is some of the eggs.  The rest are small little people animals, Sesame Street figures, animal bath toys, and melted down egg shaped crayons.




The Carrot "eggs" and Polka-dot eggs were from the dollar tree.




I'm kicking myself for not getting more of these now.  I didn't like them at first but hubby did.  When filling the eggs I forgot about them and decided I liked them very much.  Enough to run back to the store only to discover they are long gone.  I did get more carrots at I really love those as well!


Thanks to target I picked up the Sesame Street bath paints (2+) and the bath books.  I loved the bath books as a child so I had to pick up a few when I saw them.  One is obviously in his Easter basket and the other two will likely be stocking stuffer for Christmas.   Yes I'm thinking that far ahead sometimes.  The two book are ones we have but rarely read.  Duck and Goose Easter book and a Thumper book.  A whole can of puffs with pretty wrapping rounds out the basket.

There is more!

This golden egg concept is not one I have ever heard of until recently.  Well this is my take on the golden egg...






I knew I wanted to give him the JellyCat Bunny for Easter but I wanted to do so in a special way.  While at target I spotted this big egg with a handle (we removed it) filled with plastic eggs.  You can always use more eggs so I grabbed the one that matched the target set I bought last year and there you have it.  I stuck the golden egg in there with some grass to make it look prettier.  I'll "hide" along with a few of the other eggs in the morning. 

 I'm excited to see how he reacts to it all. Last year was more just for show.  A photo op if you will. This year he gets it a bit more.  He has already done the unit Easter egg hunt but more on that on Sunday.  

What are you all doing for Easter 2015?

What did you put in your kids baskets?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Actually Using the Pins!

Instead of just pinning and pinning I decided to take several pins 
and actually do them.  
Shocking I know!

After a few weeks of the same workout routine I became bored. 
 I needed to shake things up but I have limited resources since I workout at home.  
Pinterest is obviously a decent place to go for some quick at home workout routines.
Below are a few I am loving right now.

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I love yoga and this is a nice cool down / stretching post run.

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Hubby had picked up some resistance bands a few years ago.
I finally decided to break them out and give them a try.  
I don't hate them as much as I thought I would. 


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I have had trouble with my hips ever since I was pregnant.
This is helping a lot!

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This is another quick set of exercises I thrown into my routine.
We have an exercise ball that has not seen much use until I started using this set of exercises.

Can you tell I want my body back?

What fitness or workout Pins have you done lately?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Deliciously Worded Wednesday

Apricot Bars










Recipe can be found here.  
I used Apricot Preservers instead of Strawberry Preserves.  
The Strawberry was just too sweet for my liking.