Thursday, June 30, 2011

Almost Katherine's first birthday

My sweetheart will be one tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Freezing baby/toddler food

A common complaint is that kids don't like eating healthy. Well, I figured with Katherine I would just not give her any other options so she would grow to like healthy food (I do not expect this to last long). Of course, we give her treats now and then, but overall she just eats plain fruits and vegetables (along with whole grains and some dairy). Basically it is like this: I boil and cut up broccoli and she goes crazy. I try to give her a diverse range of foods, though it is easy to sometimes get stuck in a rut. The foods that have worked very well so far are:
Bananas
Peaches
Strawberries
Blueberries
Watermelon
Canteloupe
Figs
Blackberries
Raspberries
Carrots
Yams
Corn
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts


I would like to try adding spices to get her used to them too. Up to this point, they have just been served plain.


At any rate, since I am not going to be enjoying cutting and boiling vegetables for her when the baby comes, I have been freezing little day sized bags of them. This way my mom can use them if she would like to while she is watching Katherine (while I am at the hospital). There is plenty, so I can use the rest when I get home.

Brussel sprouts and yams, haha
And yes, that means the baby has not yet come. :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Make your own healthy microwave popcorn for pennies.

Ha, awesome right?  I bought bulk popcorn a while ago with the intent of cooking it on the stove top. I think I did it once. It is just too much when there are a million other things to do. The great part about this is how healthy you can make it. I was aghast when I read the ingredients of several microwavable popcorn packages.

I can't credit this to my own magnificent mind. I honestly don't remember where I found it. I think it was on Pinterest.  I would love giving credit to the wonder-person who thought of it, but, alas, I can't. Some genius is out there.


Still, I thought I would pass along the marvelous idea.

This is what you need:


That's it! Bulk popcorn and paper bags. Simply put about 1/3-1/4 of a cup of popcorn in the bag and "pop" into your microwave (har har). I am SURE that leaving this unattended would be a fire hazard, so don't do it and use your discretion; don't blame me for anything. Also, putting it in for too long would be bad. I just put mine in for 2 minutes. It popped nearly all of the kernels and  showed no signs of burning the kernels.


For those of you following the fast, this can be completely vegan. After cooking the plain popcorn, I added olive oil and salt. There are a variety of other things that you can add. I have heard of cocoa powder, dill, Italian seasoning, butter (duh), curry and a million other things that I can't remember. Be creative!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Still here!

Yep, the due date was last Friday as I have been repeating over and over again.

I am still here! I would appreciate your prayers because I DO NOT WANT TO BE INDUCED. I should be allowed to go until sometime next week.







 This is from our trip in Upstate NY earlier this month. Mom took Katherine outside to water the garden. In the end, Katherine was watered too! She loved it. I could hear her sweet baby laugh from inside the house.


A few days ago, we got caught out in a rainstorm. She was in a different stroller than the one in the picture- with no covering. She loved it! When it started raining harder she started laughing.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A great idea from Pinterest.

I did not invent this idea. I found it on Pinterest and thought you would like to see it. It is a way of preserving fresh cilantro so it can be ready in your freezer.



If you click the link it takes you to the blog which has instructions and a recipe. I haven't gone through this blog yet, but it looks like a great resource for preserving food.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The dark recesses of my mom purse...

I have realized that my purse is now at one of its worst points of all time. A friend was about to watch Katherine for a while yesterday. I drew out my standby can of Cheerios that she could feed her and to my dismay discovered that the lid had popped off- leaving a whole new dimension of scary.


I am about to clean it and thought that in a mix of hilarity and honesty, I would share its evil contents:

Empty Cheerio can and lid
Partially drank bottle of water (covered in Cheerio dust)
Prayer book jammed with random unrelated notes
Ancient iPod (The first nano)
Wallet
FOUR checkbook registers
Case of hairpins
One baby shoe (The other is in her drawer.)
Work ID
Playing cards
Gum

Waterproof case

Toy rat (yes.)
Snoopy toy
Camera & Batteries
Bag of coupons
Pay stub
Ten old receipts
Hand wipes
Pen
Old Joanne Fabric flyer
Two hair clips (one smashed)
Appointment cards
Three packs of Starbursts (The mini size, K?)
Seven old gum wrappers
A key
Piece of a keychain
Lid for broken can of Tums

A tum
Paperclip
Scrap paper
Bags of tea

Mirror
Tylenol
Cream
Chapstick
Hundreds of Cheerios



Wow. And I am not telling you what I put back in ;)

BTW
Today is my due date.


EDIT:
Thanks Mat. Anna for passing along the Keepin' it Real Award for his one!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

50 Followers! Featured Pattern! Woot! Woot!



Wow- I remember the days I was so happy from seeing ten blog views per day- three even felt like an achievement.so, as you can imagine, I am pretty happy about fifty followers. Thank you all so much for reading my posts! I love writing and sharing ideas so much. It so so much nicer to do that and know the posts are being read!

Also, other good news: I have had barely any incidents of flower thieving! I have been wanting to dry my hydrangeas and, after reading a great blog post on how to do it last night, I clipped some this morning. So far about half of my drying attempts have been failures, but what is there to lose?


Even more good news is that my ruffle skirt tutorial was just published  at All Free Sewing. If you have not checked out All Free Sewing, you should. It is a great resource for loads of (you guessed it!) free patterns.

I would like to add my son's birth as another "Happy Day" item, but he has not decided to make his appearance yet. I have been doing tons of reading about natural birthing and feel a lot more empowered than with Katherine's birth. Her birth was sort of  not really natural- it was first stalled by medicine, then induced. Because of being induced, as much as I wanted to be free of meds, I was a sucker for all of them- even the epidural. To top it all off, by that point her head was to big and was almost an emergency Cesarean after a long, long, long second stage.

In contrast, I had an ultrasound this week and found that the little man's head is about 5 or 6 inches (or cm- I forget how they measure) smaller than Katherine's. Glory Hallelujah. I really hope to have a free birth this time. I really really really wish it could be a home birth, but it isn't, so I have to deal. I have a great midwife at the hospital though, so that makes a huge difference.

He is due Friday, so we will see what happens!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Scented Lavender Jar














































































I made this a while ago in an effort to use less chemical fragrances. The only catch is that you have to stir it around to get the scent strong. In a breach of etiquette to pass along some advice, I will be blunt. If this is used in the bathroom- stirring a few flower buds is a lot less "obvious" than spraying a can of Glade and a lot safer than a lighted candle. The only thing is that I don't know how to relate this to guests without some awkward sign, haha. If you think of something, pass it along.



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I am linking up here and with the other links on my top bar as well.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In the dark and pouring rain...

I feel great about myself. I decided to drive to the supermarket to get some tea that my midwife recommended. It was pretty dark (9pm) and in the rain. Did that stop me from raiding my next door neighbor's trash at the curb? Nay. I would like it to be known that I don't go through trash cans, BUT there was a lovely green lawn chair set sitting right there. So I took them to our side of the house and got completely drenched doing it.

I am so excited about it! If only they also left a table...

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lacey blues ruffle skirt
































































So, I think my picture pretty much explained everything. The sewing was easy, all of the credit goes to my friend for choosing the color combinations.. If you would like to learn how to make one in more detail, here is my tutorial.

As you can see, I was getting creative with photo editing. I am always seeing such lovely editing jobs, I was inspired to try something different. I don't barely know what I am doing with photos, so don't judge. offer me lots of praise for making this. the best edits you have ever seen..


(Photo repeated for link parties)



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Back!

Well, I did have the intentions of posting while on my trip to see my parents, but as you can see, nothing came of that plan.

I had a wonderful trip with Katherine. We stayed with my family in Upstate NY while Matt attended a conference in NYC about church growth, chastity and how to deal with those who are addicted to internet pornography. Heavy hitters, huh? He told me that he has had a marvelous time.

Basically, his trip would not have happened if I didn't stay with my parents. There is no way that I was ready to handle Tues-Sat, still working, taking care of Katherine and being ready to give birth at any time.However, I was really looking forward to seeing my parents, brothers and old friends.

I just got back tonight. Matt is coming back in the late-afternoon tomorrow. I can't wait to see him!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

What has happened to my memory?

I have always been somewhat absent minded, but I took it to new extremes today.

We have been planning on visiting Matt's family in Queens. This trip had to be cancelled and rescheduled and rescheduled for the past two months, I think. It is terrible. At least we finally reached a time when we were all free.

I scurried about this morning making sure everything was attended to. I very carefully packed Katherine's clothes (accounting for the inevitable leaks) and was happy that it finally fit on one big bag. I went all out- I cleaned so we could come home to a nice house, watered plants, washed dishes, everything.

Since I have to drive home by myself for the first time (NOT A FAN) as Matt is saying in the city for a conference this week, I wanted to have some great car music. In addition, I am leaving the day after I get home to go to my family in Upstate NY. Lots more driving= I need new music. I worked for a while looking for new songs to get from iTunes. It was great until with the slip of a click... I deleted my ipod. Yes, all of my hard work of organizing songs (a multi-year creation) was wiped out. I felt that sinking feeling like you get when you accidentally run over your pet. I put some music back on it, but it really needs a lot of time to be thoroughly replaced.

We got on the road. I am not going to list each delay we had, but it was a lot.  While driving I realized that I left Katherine's clothes and pack of diapers at home. I also realized that I left my ipod at home. However, the worst of all was that when I called to say we would be late, I found out that we were supposed to visit next week.

Thankfully, in the end, it all worked out. They were free, so we could still come. Matt bought Katherine some diapers and we will get her some new clothes tomorrow. When I opened my bag I found out that I actually did pack my ipod.

Wow.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Thrift store finds

So, I was super excited to have had a marvelous shopping experience. Actually, it wasn't marvelous, but two great finds made it up. First of all, I DIDN'T get this gorgeous vintage pillowcase that would have been an adorable summer dress for Katherine. Sigh. All I could think was that all of the germs of Pennsylvania were on those sheets. Though this might be true, that is what washing machines are for: ten cycles (just kidding).

The maternity clothes was also a bomb out. I can usually find at least one really good thing, but it was cleaned out for my size. Of course there were some insanely hideous looking alternatives which made me wonder why they were ever made in the first place- do people think this looks good? I almost took pictures.

At any rate, when I came to the housewares section, I was pleasantly surprised.



This lovely hand painting was about two dollars.

Next I found bags of thread for about three dollars each- these bags were large and STUFFED with thread. Here lies the third problem of the day: I only bought one bag. Still, that one bag was pretty decent. When I got I found these cool, ancient wooden spools:


So that was that! I really should go back for that pillowcase and thread...
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