Friday, April 29, 2016

Toddler Meals

I struggle when it comes to feeding Bear.  He still loves to eat and isn't too picky but we do tend to stick with his favorites.  In fact he will at least try just about everything you put in front of him.  The struggle I guess is with adding variety to his diet.  Especially when he doesn't eat pasta or bread.  Things we are working on.   Regardless, here are some of the meals he has eaten recently. 


White rice, Peas and carrots, Stir fry beef and shrimp (from our meal)

Meatballs, green beans, and white rice
Meatballs, peas, raisins, and animal crackers
Meatballs, white rice, peas, and honeydew melon
Fish sticks, peas, and apple slices

Hot dogs, Pear Slices, and baked beans

Taquitos, Funions, and apple slices 

Chicken nuggets, apple slices, and mac and cheese

Scrambled eggs, banana slices, and blueberries (cheerios not pictured)

Chicken cutlet, Grapes and Broccoli
Any suggestions I can add or try with him that you think he would like based off of what he normally eats?  



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Update 101 in 1001 (April 2016)

It's been a while since I have updated you all on my progress on 101 in 1001.  I'm making some decent progress on this project with just about a year left.


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5.  Move Bear out of his crib
We have successfully moved him out of the crib!  It was an easy transition thankfully.




30.  Get an ice cream maker and make two different types of ice cream or sorbet (2/2)
We purchased and have used our ice cream maker several times.  I see lots of homemade treats in our future!



Working on

2.  Have wedding gown made into a Baptismal Gown (if we ever have a daughter, if not get it cleaned and preserved)
I have been working on this one for a while and I'm having a hard time finding anyone who is will to do this.  I need to keep calling and asking.  If I really can't get it done then Baby Girl will end up wearing my nieces christening gown.  In that case I will get my dress cleaned and preserved.

19.  Eat twenty vegetarian meals throughout this project (18/20) Thanks to the rather late discovery of Zoodles we are eating more and more vegetarian meals much to hubby's dismay.




20.  Bake thirty new new dishes throughout the course of this project (sweet or savory) (17/30)
I tried baked eggplant for eggplant parm.  It was not that great at all.  Hence why you never saw any pics for it!  The breakfast casserole came out a million times better.  I'm counting this one.




21.  Use the fondue pot two times (1/2)
I was determined to use our fondue pot at least twice at this location.  Between Hubby's PT test and my aversion to food in early pregnancy we didn't get around to using it over the holidays.  I did manage to break it out one evening when we had nothing going on for a "snack plate" dinner of sorts.  It was an decent recipe but could have been better.


63.  Remain Debt free for the course of this project (not to include Car, home, or student loans)
I'm happy to say that we have been able to successfully do this one.  I see no reason why this would change in the future.


64.  Start college fund for Bear
While he does have a bank account we are going back and forth with the idea of hubby passing his GI bill along to Bear.  We aren't positive on this idea as a lot of things need to fall into place for that to happen but it is an idea.  If not we do need to start putting some money aside for his education.


78.  Get better at cutting hubby's hair.
I have been cutting hubby's hair more and more lately. It saves us $20+ a month and it's easy enough that I can do it.  Hubby also cuts Bears' hair which makes things easier as well.




89.  Do not purchase any makeup (unless that item is completely used up)
While I haven't purchased anything since hubby got me the naked vault (insert link) I still haven't used anything up as much as I would like.  Using what I have just shows I have too much!



Failed

 75.  Set aside thirty minutes a day for sixty consecutive days (15/60)
I hit 15 days and then messed it all up by taking a nap instead.  The following day I cleaned during my reading time.  It all went down hill from there.  On the plus side I am reading more which is the intended goal for this.  I'm still going to give it another shot to actually complete this one.



91.  Find a purse I love and use it throughout the course of this project
This is a total fail for the most part.  I have purchased several purses, clutches, handbags (8 in total) since this project started.  I do keep with one bag for a long time but I have been trying to rotate the one I use.  This is clearly not one I can complete as I have already failed at it many times over.  Oh well.  




99.  keep the Kitchen / coffee / end tables all clear of clutter for one full month
This shouldn't be as hard as it sounds but one of the three spots seems to turn into the dumping ground for junk.  The end tables are the biggest offenders, but recently we have been piling stuff into the kitchen table.  It really shouldn't be hard and I'm determined to fulfill this goal as it is written!  One day maybe.



Monday, April 25, 2016

baby #2's bedding

  Since we know that Baby 2 is a girl, it is now time to start planning the nursery.  I'm starting with the bedding.  The first time around I picked up one of those "bed in a bag" type nursery sets that had everything from a crib skirt to a comforter.  I didn't use the comforter ever.  This time around I'm getting colorful sheets, blankets, new bumper, and a skirt.  Very mix and match because I like changing things up.

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Starting off I picked up several sheets that are gray and white patterns before we found out the gender.  Bear needed something as his sheets were dwindling by the day.  I knew gray would make its way into the nursery in some fashion regardless of gender so I felt safe getting them.  Above are the sheets on the baby registry that we plan to pick up.  I love this lavender color by circo from target.


I then added some blankets to the list.  The arrow blanket is gray despite the picture. To add some extra girlie touch I love this ruffled crib skirt.  Add a gray breathable crib bumper and the crib is pretty much complete.  


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After much debate, this was the winner for a baby mobile.  Though I may remove the blue cover on the arm of the mobile.  I think it will blend into the wall better that way. 

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From here, I can plan the rest of Baby Girls' room.  

Sunday, April 24, 2016

NIAW: Start Asking



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As part of National Infertility Awareness Week, I'll be talking a bit about my own struggle with infertility.  Yes, I have two children, but it was NOT an easy road to get there.  You can read more about my journey to where I am today by clicking HERE and HERE.  That said, I am here to talk about their theme for this year; START ASKING!


I thought about this topic for a while before I started to write this post.  There was a nagging feeling about what exactly I wanted to add to this topic.  Something I could add about my own perspective.  I knew what it should be.


Long before I even thought about wanting children, I knew there was a problem.  I never once had a regular cycle.  I shrugged it off.  It was just something that I needed to deal with and move on.  I never really mentioned it during my annual checkup.  When I did decide to say something I always got the same response.  Let's put you on Birth Control Pills and it should fix itself.  Yet it never did.  I still wasn't regular.  I did mention it again after the prescription ran out.  I was told by the same doctor that it would take a bit for my body to self regulate.  It never did.  I once again shrugged it off.  I figured I could revisit it when I got to the point of having kids.  

When I did finally ask the tough questions it was 10 years later and we were six months into trying for our first kid.  It would take another year and a half before I got a diagnosis.  Something to explain what I was going through.

Putting off asking the tough questions is something I deeply regret doing.  I wish I had asked more questions.  Pushed a bit harder to get answers.  Advocated more for myself.  It's not an easy thing to do for yourself, but it is the right thing.  If you don't start asking the hard questions early on it won't get any easier or any better by pushing it off.  If there are things you can do to help yourself, why would you not want to do them?  At the end of the day you are the only one who can start asking the tough questions and that's you!  If you think something is wrong say something.  The sooner you know the better you will be.  so START ASKING!






Saturday, April 23, 2016

Our Favorite Family Friendly Movies

At least once every two weeks we like to turn off the computers, put away the cell phones and spend some family time together by having a movie night.  Dinner is eaten around the coffee table and is usually something simple like homemade pizza or finger food snack plate.  For dessert we make popcorn.  Basically, forget any diet you are on if you are at our house for movie night.

Bear is still little so movies the movies we tend to be geared towards him.  We can't leave anyone out on family movie night!  That said I'm glad he is enjoying more of the Disney movies (or similar) and moving away from the super simple and highly repetitive movies!

Curious George: Spring Into Spring
George discovers what spring is and tries to get his buddy Hundley to enjoy it too!  Like any Curious George movie, things never go according to plan.  What We don't mind about this is the music.  Great songs that get stuck in our heads for days!  This is on Netflix and if it ever leaves we will have to buy the DVD.  (Jen this is one you need to check out!  The dachshund farm scene/song is adorable!)


Penguins of Madagascar Movie
Way over Bear's head, but he loves the penguins and the slapstick comedy they get into.  This is about the Penguins attempt to save themselves and their fellow penguins from the evil scientist all while receiving some un-welcomed help from another elite group or animals.  They also give you some back story on how the Penguins got together which is some of the best scenes in my opinion.  Pay attention whenever the bad guy says the names of the octopus'.  It's the sort of hidden humor like this that keeps us entertained as adults while watching a kids movie.


Tangled
Tangled is Disney's take on the whole  Rapunzel story.  In this version she's a princess who was taken from her parents as an infant because her hair had magical powers.  She finds her way back to who she really is with some help from a charming thief and a couple of animal friends.  We love that it reminds us of Aladdin.  Hear me out (and spoiler alert).  The poor guy gets the princess.  In this case she doesn't know she is the princess, but the concept still applies.  Most Disney princess movies the prince gets the girl.  Tangled and Aladdin the average Joe gets the girl. Not to mentions both leading men are thieves!  


Cars and Cars 2
These are obviously staples in our home. Bear is OBSESSED with Lightening McQueen!  In Cars, breaks down in its simplest form to Lightening learning to care about others.  We love the heartwarming story and the music isn't bad.  Cars 2 focuses on Mater being mistaken as an international spy.  Mater saves the day obviously despite his lack of skills.  This movie for us was missing the heart that Car had.  It's a good movie, but given the choice I'd pick Cars over Cars 2 any day.


The Emperor's New Groove
A new one for us.  The Emperor needs to learn a few lessons about trust, caring for others, and even humility while he tries to get back to his throne and also get changed back into a person. It is hard to find what we deem as classic Disney movies, stuff we grew up on, that don't have a lot of evil scary moments that could frighten Bear.  This movie does a nice job at downplaying the evil villain though the humors sidekick. 


Veggie Tales: Jonah
Obviously this is the biblical story of Jonah and the whale. It's a story in a story which works really well.  I like that they apply the concepts from the Jonah story directly into the characters conflict as a way to resolve it.  All very easy to understand for kids.  Those older than Bear would get the concepts better, but he tried to sing the songs and dances along.  


A Bonus movie from last nights Movie night.  We took a chance and went with a movie mash up of two shows we liked as a kid...


Rugrats Go Wild
This wonderful mash up of the Rugrats and the Wild Thornberry's is pretty awesome!  The Rugrats crew find themselves on a deserted island and while attempting survive they run into the Thornberry family.  The two groups need to work together to get off the island after a few mishaps threaten their chances of getting back home.


What are some of your favorite family friendly movies?  We are clearly stuck on a repeat of these.




Thursday, April 21, 2016

I Bought A New Cookbook!

No shock there!  I love cookbooks.  I read them like one would a novel when I'm bored.  Because of this I usually get a few new ones every year.  The first one I've picked up this year is Mary Berry's "Baking Bible".  



She is one of the judges on The Great British Bake Off. Through watching it, I feel in love with her baking.  She reminds me of my Grandmother and teaches or really critiques in the same way she used to.  I knew after hearing her talk about baking I had to have one of her cookbooks.  I figured one that takes the top recipes from her other books was a great place to start. 





Does this not look and sound delicious?!?!





I can't wait to dive in and get baking!





Have you heard of Mary Berry?  Possibly tried any of her recipes? 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pins for Baby 2

I pin a lot of things and many of them lately are for Baby 2.  That said her are some things I'm planning to make or do with her Nursery.


1. Ribbon Bow Holder.  With an ever growing pile of bows, flower clips and so on, we will need something like this.  I'm confident that I can make a similar one for our daughter with some slight modifications.  I have plenty of ideas, but this is a great jumping off point.  Hopefully, more on this in another post.


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2.  Yarn letter art for the nursery.  Baby Girls' name starts with an "E" so clearly we will change the letter but keep the concept.  I have plenty or yarn around that we can use to make this.  
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3.  Cloth diaper storage.  New cloth diapers are being added to the stash, so I needed new storage ideas.  I was going to completely overhaul my current storage, but after seeing this pin I just plan to buy a bigger unit than the one I have.  I may even attempt to label the drawers like the this pinner did. 
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4.  A "too small" basket.  Ok, well ours is simply going to be a crate with a sign on it, but once again its the concept that I'm focusing on.  I have done everything from a pile on the floor to filling old disposable diapers boxes.  That needs to change!  This can help a ton as there seems to be always things that kids outgrow.  When its full its time to put it in long term storage.
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5.  Card punch out art.  For Bear I used a multi-picture frame and layered the circular punches based on the event they came from.  I plan to do something similar with this next baby.  
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What pins have you been using lately?

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Meal Plan

These next few days there will be lots of cooking!  I don't mind it actually, in fact I miss it.


There are plenty of standard meals for us on there like Tacos and Salads.  The extras this time are Snack Plate and Pantry Meal.  This is my attempt to wean down our pantry.  There is no real rush on this except that it looks terrible to me.  There is too much in there and I can barely find anything anymore.  We end up with 2 or in some cases 3 of an item because I didn't even know what we have.  So we will slowly work it down and hopefully keep it that way.  

Friday, April 15, 2016

Currently

Currently I am...


Cooking - simple meals.  With so much going on lately, traveling, cleaning, reorganizing, it doesn't leave as much time as I would like for cooking more elaborate meals.


Buying - lots and lots of girl things!  After years of only boy stuff it's nice to see some girl stuff enter the mix.


Sewing - well not seeing exactly but I am trying to find the perfect ribbon colors to make my next project which will include some sewing.

reading - more like re-reading.  I've finished babywise once again as I wanted to refresh my knowledge while I have the time.  I've moved on to "the happiest baby on the block."  Both books I loved and used while Bear was an infant.  I have no doubt they will be equally as helpful this time around.


planning - A trip to New York to see family.  Oh and eat some yummy pizza.  Nothing too big.  We like relaxed and low key.

loving - This warmer spring weather!  The outdoor time is really nice.  




hearing - Tangled in the background as I write this.  I never knew a little boy would love this movie as much as he does!  I think its Flynn Rider he likes best as he perks up a bit when he see him.

needing - a day of nothing important.  One of these days I really want to take Bear to the zoo and  just walk around.  If nothing more than to just get out of the house and enjoy the view.  

smelling - My morning coffee that is calling my name.  Call it the placebo effect, but without a cup of coffee, even decaf, I feel like I can't function.




wearing - Maternity pants and larger t-shirts.  I didn't really buy much maternity items before and I certainly don't plan on doing so now.  This is the last baby and I don't want to waste money on anything I don't really need.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Baby Girl Clothing Haul

We picked up a bunch of clothes for Baby Girl since finding out she was a she.  I love the Carters brand clothes so of course I had to start there.


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The top two outfits are newborn size and the bottom right outfit is 3 months.


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Once again these are all 3 months old outfits.  All clearly are from the same collection.  One that I love!


A few days later, we picked up some outfits from Target.

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We also picked up hair bows, pacifiers and water bottle.  The water bottle was Bears' pick for his baby sister.  Clearly she won't be able to use it anytime soon, but it is the thought that counts.

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We are super excited for baby girls arrival and picking up a few things here and there has made it seem much more real to us.  I'm sure there is plenty more purchases to come.