Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dear EV (Mar 2017 - Eight Months Old)

Dear EV,

Another month goes flying by with your sweet smile!  Oh how I love that big smile of yours.  I will never get tired of see it.  You are my happy baby!

What big changes this month!  Eve you started babbling "mama", trying to crawl, got another tooth, and clearly showed us you want more real food.  That big personality is coming through more and more.  When you don't like something, everyone in earshot knows it!

Can we talk about the tongue for a second?  You had about a full week where it seemed like your tongues was constantly out!  What an interesting week that was.  

There was also the first snow storm quickly followed by ice of the year.  We headed out and pulled you around in the sled.  You didn't seem fazed by it all.  You did seem to enjoy watching your brother go sleigh riding.  

OK onto your current stats:

Weight: 17.4 lbs (birth weight: 6 lbs)*

Length: inches (birth length: 19 in)*

*Once again you don't have a doctors appointment this month so I took the measurements on my own.  They seem to vary from what the doctors office seems to find. 

Diaper size: Size 3 in disposables.  We over bought disposables so we haven't used the .  We may need to move you up to the one size soon. 

Clothing size:  you are still in 6m clothing.  There are a few big 3-6m stuff that fits you, but they aren't going hang around much longer.  I even had to pick up some summer stuff because the weather suddenly got hot.  We only had winter stuff for you and on 70+ degree days that isn't going to cut it.  

  we are still doing only puréed food with you.  I am trying some thicker purées to help you move up towards a chunky texture.  Apples are your favorite food with pumpkin coming in a close second.    

Likes: you love the activity board that comes off the walker toy, the push motorized jeep, car trips, cooling teething rings, and eating!  You love eating real food! 


 the dogs barking, being in your car seat when not in the car, watching people eat if you aren't eating too, your brothers shrieks, and teething.

You currently have two teeth.  You cut the first tooth at the end of last month and a few short days later the second one broke through.  I'm thinking that by how much you are chomping on everything in sight

Crawling: you don't crawl yet.  You are learning to push up onto your arms and even sometimes get your knees underneath you.  Eve, you do pull yourself across the floor with your forearms.  It's an adorable sight to see.  

Sweet moment:  I love watching you with your brother.  He is really loves. Always trying to play with you or help you out.  It so sweet. One day he won't like having his little sister tagging alone, but until that day you are just soaking it up. 

Speaking/words: the constant babbling has turned into some real words.  "MaMa" and "DaDa" are clear.  You seem to have some understanding of what they mean as well.  When one of us leaves the room you tend to call for us using the correct names.  Your aren't terribly consistent, but I'm shockingly surprised. 

Looking Forward:
  I can't wait to hear you calling for me to come get you when nap time is over.



Monday, March 27, 2017

Pinning for home

I have been using Pinterest a lot lately especially when Eve insists on being held until she falls asleep.  Normally its aim less pinning, but recently it's a lot of home stuff.  We have been thinking about the possibility of buying a home and what changes we could make, big or small, to make it work for us.  It will be nice t actually be able to make things our own if we buy instead of renting.

1. Easy Storage Ideas - There are always those simple storage solutions that make life a bit easier.  Ideas like the one below are just a few of the ideas we would like be able to use in our own home.


2. Outdoor Furniture - I have always wanted to get outdoor furniture similar to this.  We enjoy time outside a great deal and this could be perfect!  We have been putting money aside for this for a while.  I'm hoping we have a need for it at the next location.


3.  LED nightlight in outlet covers - I hate losing an outlet to a nightlight and this obviously solves that simple annoyance.  


4.  Better art for Bears room -  Bear's room has some makeshift art that we did before he was born.  He could use some updated ones like the ones below. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Menu Planning Again

We have been in a meal planning rut lately.  We are trying to get to a point where we only have just what we need for the week in the house.  I want little to no extras.  I feel like we should be empty by now, but its like the bottomless pit.  One I can assure you I will not be moving again.  That's for sure.  Oh the woes of moving all the time.  I digress.  There isn't much that I'm excited for except for the ribs.  Those are just always amazing.  

If you have any great pantry meal ideas please send them my way!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Nursery Craft for "E"

I wanted to make a few crafts for Eve's Nursery before she is born, but that never happened.  I had the supplies on hand to make the felt letter so I started there.  I wanted to make a few of the crafts I planned way back when before we moved.  It's a nice stress relief for me and it gets the projects done!

I measured and cut a bunch of string

If I wasn't doing two colors I would have just wrapped the string around the whole thing in both directions.  Since I decided to do two colors, I have to do this.

This is what it looks like with the two colors.  

I wanted to plan out how I added the other color in to "fade" the two colors.  

As you can see all that went out the window when I lost track while mindlessly wrapping the yarn and watching a tv show.  It's not as perfect as I would have liked, but it's not bad.  

This is all the same exact yarn letter.  I have no idea why the coloring changes so much in each pictures.  The last picture is the closest to the true colors.  It will fit in her room perfectly. Or her new room where ever that turns out to be.   

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Time outside

There have been a few days of cold weather in these parts, 
but that's not keeping us stuck indoors.  
Bear needed to burn some energy and we needed fresh air. 
After bundling up, we headed outside.  

After running around for awhile he wanted to play with his RC car.  
He had a blast, but this one isn't really made for the outdoors. 

Then this flower amused him the rest of the time.

Sniff sniff

Such a sweet big brother.  I think we are in trouble when he is older.

Eve spent most of her time enjoying her walker.  
Even if her feet don't touch the ground yet.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Half Meal Prep

Last week was a different take on meal prep.  
There were some freezer meals and some prepped meals.  
Overall, they all worked well.

Freezer Meals

Sausage and zucchini stuffed shells

Green Soup over rice (no pic, Sorry) 

Red Beans and Rice (no pic, Sorry)

Prepped Meals

Chicken Fajitas.  I added freshly diced tomatoes and avocados.  I skipped the tortilla chips this week,  but it would have added the needed crunch to meal.

Italian Chicken, tomatoes, and spinach over spaghetti squash.  It was just OK.  I loved how well the spaghetti squash held up, but the mixture was just OK.  It could have been because I used frozen spinach and not fresh, but I doubt it.

Sausage and Acorn Squash.  Normally, I just put the sausage mixture into the roasted and halved Acorn squash.  I just eat it out of the shell.  That wouldn't work for reheating though.  This worked just fine.  Ones we will repeat whenever the Acorn squash looks good.

The fresh meal we ate the day I do all my prep is usually a salad.  This week was no exception.  I used the left over odds and ends from the meal prep then added homemade baked spicy chicken nuggets.  

So not the best week food wise, but not the worst.  
We need to shake things up here food wise.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Harvest (book review)

This book wasn't what I expected.  I'm really not sure what it was I was expecting, incan tell you this isn't it. I probably won't be using artichokes in a flower arrangement (seems like a delicious waste), but I do like the new spin the authors took with how we use homegrown plants and herbs.  They arranged the contents by growing seasons which is helpful for when you have an over abundance of one particular plant/Herb.  However, I feel like they could have done more.  Maybe if they were to dive a bit deeper into the growing tips or possibly even more uses for the plant or herb it would be useful for the masses.  However, if you know someone that is very into gardening and homemade items then this could be a good gift for them.  Being a weekend gardener and only doing DIY when I get the time, this book isn't one I would buy for myself.  That said, I do know several friends and family that would really enjoy it.  


FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Cloth diaper wash routine

One of the biggest questions and emails I get about my cloth diapers are mainly regarding my was routine.  I figured why not post the answer to that here.

To start I store my diapers in these drawers.

The dirty diapers are stored in this wetbag.

 It is the same concept of a "dry pail" and I leave the zipper open as long as the door to the room is open.  This keeps them from smelling or stinking up the room.  The diapers stay in there no longer than 2-3 days.  Typically the morning of the 3rd day I am washing them because I don't have enough.  My kid goes through a lot of diapers, but she also drinks a ton of liquids.  It's all means more diaper changes and washes for me.  Additionally, we have have a diaper sprayer attached to the toilet and when needed I will spray off any #2's before putting them in the pail.

Currently our rental home has a washer and dryer already in it so ours are just being stored.  This meant I needed a new routine.  My old one didn't work despite both the old and new being front loaders.   

This is the new machine.

It has one feature that I both love and hate; extra water.  However, you can't add extra rinses with the extra water.  Extra rinse wins out so I need to add water to wet the diapers.  This tricks the machine into thinking there is more in there and thus adds the extra water the cycle really needs.  I found on my old machine I never needed to add water.

I run a rinse spin cycle until the diapers are soaked.  I turn the machine off mid cycle.  Again this is just for more water.  If the diapers smell worse than normal or there were a bunch of loose #2's then I may do a quick wash without soap. I don't have to do this too often thankfully.  

If I need to add more water first I do, but I put a small amount of Purex free and Clear (liquid) detergent into the mix and wash using the following cycle:  Regular wash, eco warm, medium spin, and heavy soil.  I also add one extra rinse.   During that last rinse I make sure to see that there is no soap left in the diapers.  If there is I let the cycle finish then run a rinse and spin cycle (medium spin is the max I use) as needed until all soap is removed.

When the wash is all done I sniff the diapers.  Judge me all you want, but if there is any hint stink to them I will do a rinse cycle until it's gone.  This is super rare though.

This is a long wash routine.  I hate having to babysit the laundry like that.  The rental home washer is not the best so therefore I have to overcompensate for it by using longer wash cycles.  My old washer had a sanitize cycle that I loved.  I would do a pre-wash (without soap); sanitize cycle (medium heat, medium spin); extra rinse as needed.  I could set it all at once and know they would be cleaned without any soap or stink left in them.  I digress.

You could toss them in the dryer at this point, but I don't.  I hang them up over night.  Flipping the inserts over half way through tends to help them dry faster.  

Once dry I stuff them and back into the drawers they go.  

When I run into problems I tend to find that I was a bit heavy handed with the soap.  I know this because my kids have super sensitive skin.  They will likely get a mild rash and that means I needed to rinse the diapers better.  The build up of soap is not good.   The next time I wash the diapers and I go lighter on the soap.  If it was really bad I would run a whole no soap cycle again.  This is rare, but it does happen.

This is not the ideal wash routine like I had with my own washer, but it will have to do.  The water and electricity are ever so slightly up, but it does still cost less than disposables full time since I have already more than broken even on my stash.

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...