Friday, November 30, 2012

Apparently, I AM my Mother.

Throughout my entire life, my mother has always sang.
Loudly, the same lines over and over, out of tune, wrong words, etc.
Yes, there were times where her less than stellar singing voice was embarassing...
that is until the Big One was born.

He screamed the first few days he was home from the hospital and oddly enough, my mom's singing voice would calm him down.
Sing on mom!

Tonight I was giving the Big One dinner.
He was sitting at the table and I brought over his plate.
"You forgot my napkin."
Got him a napkin.
"You forgot my juice."
Got him a juice.
"You forgot 'nother piece of my heart."
"You forgot 'nother little piece of my heart."

Then it hit me.  I am my mother.  I have been sining Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" for approximately the last 10 hours.
Loudly, the same lines over and over, out of tune, and I just discovered after a quick listen on iTunes,
the wrong words.

I felt exhausted today and attempted three times to take a nap.
The Big One wasn't having it.

However, I have to be quiet now because Batman is sleeping.
In the middle of my kitchen floor.
Using a dish towel as a blanket.

Our Elf on the Shelf, Arthur, has been visiting in random places,
however tomorrow he will be more adventurous! 
(Seriously, planning a whole month of creative ideas is hard)

Here are a couple places that he has shown up-

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Last night I read a blog post on Diving for Pearls that would make any parent tear up.
It talks about how so many people focus on the negative of having children, 
"Just wait until they are teenagers."
I remember when Laithe was a baby a lot of people said 
"Just wait until he can talk back."
Implying that anytime after the first year of a child's life there was nothing to look forward to other than attitudes?? 

99% of the time,
Laithe is very laid back and easy to get along with (with me and with others).
The other 1% of the time?
Yikes.  Watch out.

This morning at his playgroup, he had a meltdown of EPIC proportion.  It was insane screaming and crying to the point where he couldn't even catch his breath.
A little girl took a piece of fake bread from a fake sandwich he had made...
and he's two.  <----That's the main thing.

It's hard to focus on all the joy a child brings to your life when they are acting like something from the exorcist.  
However, it's those times you need to remember it most.
So take a look at that little psycho screaming in the corner and remember just how lucky you are.

Seriously, try.
It helps keep your brain from melting.

Give me a break, mom

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Christmas Table Centerpiece: Dare to DIY: Entertain

As I got out a few Christmas decorations today,
the Big One kept saying "Happy Christmas Time!"

He was so excited to start preparing our house for Santa.
Last year we put up minimal decorations,
he was at the age where everything that went up had to come down.
Example: We only had ornaments on the top half of our tree.
We went to visit family for Christmas last year,
so it felt like having minimal decorations was appropriate.

We will be staying home this year, since it will be less than a month until my due date.
I won't technically be "entertaining" for Christmas,
however isn't "entertaining" a child what Christmas decorations are really all about?

Our best joint accomplishment today was this centerpiece for our dining room table:

Super easy.

Take a gold sled and stuff it full of things until it looks cute.
The Big One was shoving feathers in there and I wish I would have taken a picture of it!
We agreed to disagree on the feathers however I was able to persuade him to take them out and run around the house with them instead.

I also got this Santa and advent calendar at the Festival of Trees on Friday.
I've been searching for a wooden advent calendar,
when I saw this one it was love at first sight.

(with a shadow box I made last year)

(how it currently looks)

I bought this shadow box on sale last year at the Container Store.
Then I spray painted the background with glitter spray paint,
glued ribbon & an ornament inside
and threw some tiny ornaments in the bottom.
It took about 10 minutes to make
and is really cute!
Last year I had it on the entry table (where the advent calendar is now)
so I'm searching for somewhere to put it.

Once again, so happy to be linking up with 
Dare to DIY!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving!

Easy Bookmark

The Big One and I put together one last Christmas gift today.
It's especially great for grandparents!

Materials Needed:

Hole Punch

Step One:
Select a painting or drawing

Step Two:
Cut out number of bookmarks needed
(I didn't measure them, but they are approximately 2x5)
I let him help cut them out, which nearly resulted in the loss of my pinky finger.

Step Three:
(or take them somewhere to be laminated)

Step Four:
Punch a hole in the top center.

Step Five:
Tie a piece of yarn through the hole.


Total time, less than 5 minutes.
$0 cost.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Turkey Recipes for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Normally I would have a Meal Plan Monday, however I think most of us have enough cooking planned this week.
I have wanted to link up some ideas for leftover turkey for the weekend ahead.






Best wishes in your holiday preparation!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Give Thanks" Sign (Dare to DIY)

I am joining in the Dare to DIY hosted by the lovelies at:

The theme for this week is "be thankful"

I knew I wanted to make a sign of some sort, but that is where my creativity was hitting a wall.
I had an extra 16x20 canvas and when I brought it out the Big One said
"Is that for me to paint?"

Sure.  Why not?
He's way more creative than me.

Here is his tutorial for a "Give Thanks" sign complete with LOTS of handprints.

Materials Needed:
craft paint (we used tan, red, orange, yellow, & black)
foam brush (to brush paint on hand)
stencil for "Give Thanks"

 Brush paint onto hand using a foam brush.
Then let them handprint away!

We did one color at a time and let it dry for about an hour between each color.
 I cut out "Give Thanks" using vinyl & my Silhouette 
and painted it black...
in retrospect, I wish I would have used brown.  
Love it.
And he is super proud that it's in our entryway.

I'm also linking up at:

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pregnancy Pity Party

I planned on posting yesterday with a cute bookmark tutorial, but...I didn't.

I don't want to be a whiny brat.
I am very lucky to have a healthy pregnancy,
so many people wish that they could have the same.  
I have never had any issues with either pregnancy that would threaten my physical
health or that of our children.

However, I am currently suffering from perioral dermititis.
Basically, it looks like an angry red bumpy flaky gross rash above my mouth
and it is also beginning to spread onto my chin.
It is quite painful and constantly feels like its burning.

And it is GROSS.
It can't be covered up
and people WILL notice it.

I've had it for about six weeks and it has gotten OUT OF CONTROL
over the last week.
To the point where it is affecting my emotional well being.
It's hard to go out of the house when you feel like everyone is looking at your face.
I've been trying to avoid going out as much as possible because I am so self conscious about it.
It has brought me to tears several times in the past few days.
(I'm sure being hormonal doesn't affect the crying at all- haha)

I am extremely embarrassed by the way it looks,
so I suppose I am writing this in case I see you out in the real world.
I constantly feel like I have to explain it as soon as I see someone.
"Hi!  It's so good to see you!  Sorry I have this disgusting rash all over my face and that it is so distracting."

Here is a picture of it on the calm side:
(with less than stellar lighting, I apologize)

Basically a red moustache.

There isn't anything that I can do while still pregnant except for natural treatments.
Things like yogurt, honey, apple cider vinegar, etc.
If you know of anything, I will gladly take your suggestion.

Commonly it clears up shortly after delivery, but in some cases antibiotics are still needed....which can't be taken while nursing.  So here's to hoping in clears up after delivery!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DIY Christmas- No Sew Fleece Blanket

My cousin made me a no sew fleece blanket when I was pregnant with the Big One.
It is the most used item in our house.
It is always on the back of the couch and it doesn't seem to matter what the temperature is,
one of us is always using it!

When thinking of gifts to give this year, it seemed like an obvious choice.
However, you have to time it well with fleece being on sale.  It is surprisingly expensive, typically around $10 a yard & you need approximately 5 yards to complete each blanket.  Who wants to pay $50 for something they then have to make themselves?  Not this lady.
I've been watching ads for JoAnn, Hobby Lobby, and Hancock Fabrics.
Hancock had fleece on sale last week for 50-65% off.

I also purchased a "kit" a few weeks ago at JoAnn's.  Basically a kit comes with two cuts of fabric and directions similar to those I am going to give.  These can be a GREAT deal if you find them on sale and have a coupon to use with them.  They typically run about $30 before sales/coupons.

Takes approximately an hour start to finish,
probably less if you are working without a toddler
and pregnancy oreo breaks.

Materials Needed:
2 1/2 yards of fleece (print)
2 1/2 yards of a complimenting color fleece
Pinking Shears (or scissors)

Step One
Prewash the material.  

Step Two
Find an area where you can lay the fleece out flat. (I use our bed)
Put wrong sides together.

Step Three
Cut 5 inch squares from each corner.  I like to use pinking shears for all the cutting, only because to me it makes the edges look "finished."  Feel free to use regular scissor.s

Step Four
Cut 1 inch sections 5 inches long, for the length of the fabric.
(I also trim the end with the pinking shears)

Step Five
Tie the top & bottom sections together.
(measuring.  38 inches.  everything is always 38 inches)

Step Six 
(feel free to skip this step)
Dinosaur fight

Step Seven

Wrap and give!

Definitely an easy project!  Will definitely be a well used gift!

**If you are making a blanket for a child, use cuts of fabric that are 1 1/2 yards.  I made one for the Big One last week and it is MORE than big enough**

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  The Big One was sick, so we hung out at home.  Saturday was 70 degrees and gorgeous, so not going out was a little painful.
Yesterday was rainy and gross- I definitely didn't mind watching movies and eating Amish Friendship Bread all day.
Today we're back in action, although it is a chilling 24 degrees out right now...which makes me want to repeat yesterday.

I'm hoping by the end of this week that I will be completely done with Christmas gifts- making, buying, and wrapping.
I've been working on a few hand made gifts & I'll be posting tutorials this week for two of them.
Now, if the husband would tell me what he wants...if not he's going to end up with this Mr. Rogers sweater

in every color.  I like it.  He will not.

Here are a few meal ideas for the week, yum!

Martha Stewart's One-Pot Pasta 
Boil Penne pasta for 6 minutes less than al dente; add broccoli florets, and cook until Penne is al dente. Drain; return to the pot, and toss with a couple of crushed garlic cloves, some olive oil, the zest and juice of a lemon, salt and pepper, and plenty of parmesan cheese.

Happy cooking!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Please Don't Discover the Dinosaurs

For the last week, during every commercial break we have seen this

Not once, but twice, every single commercial break.
It made Laithe run around the room with wacky waving arms screaming about going to see the dinosaurs.  There was no way out.

When I looked up Discover the Dinosaurs I was surprised to see how expensive it was.  Discount tickets were available Friday only, so of course that's when we went  :)
$13 for me
$9 for the Big One
What. A. Deal.

We got there at 12 on the dot where they proceeded to try to sell me a timeshare for 10 minutes before we were able to go in.

We had completely walked through the exhibit in about 15 minutes.
It was neat and he really enjoyed it.
Then we walked straight into the gift shop...
which was the size of the exhibit.
Fortunately he picked out two little dinosaurs that were $5 total.

They also had bounce houses, mini golf, face painting, etc. for $5 each.  
What a rip off.

His toy dinosaurs?  One of the legs fell off 8 minutes later when we were in the fabric store.  

Have you ever been to a great traveling exhibit?

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Push Present

We are officially in the single digit weeks counting down to my due date!
9 weeks and 6 days to go!  :)

My husband asked me last night "What do you want for your having a baby present?"
" push present?"

I really hadn't thought much about it, however I have dropped hints for a ring...

Husband- if you're reading this...size 7

I have also dropped hints for a watch 


By "dropping hints" I mean specifically showing my husband pictures and sending him links and saying
This is a great gift idea, save it for future use.
The watch and ring were send as Christmas and anniversary ideas.

I was also thinking about a Garmin Forerunner,
I have wanted one for a long time and I plan on training for a half marathon as soon as I get clearance after having Kai.

The Garmin Forerunner 610 is cute...and functional...but they are SO expensive.
It would have to be a Christmas/Push Present/Valentine's Day/Birthday Present in one.
However, the husband might like only having to buy one gift to cover the next 6 months?

When we had the Big One, the husband got me a Pandora bracelet.  Maybe I should just get a few more charms for that?

Did any of you get push presents?  Was it a surprise or something that you told them you wanted?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

I'll only be cooking dinner three nights this week which makes my meal plan super easy!
I've also been searching Pinterest for desserts, my pregnancy sweet tooth has really kicked in!

Lazy Lady Lasagna

This is the first thing I was ever able to cook for myself.  It's the easiest recipe ever.

Lasagna noodles (9)
Mozzarella cheese (2 cups at LEAST)
Pasta sauce (1 28oz jar)
Hamburger (1 lb or more)

 Brown hamburger while cooking 9 noodles

Mix browned hamburger with pasta sauce.
 Put down a layer of cooked lasagna noodles
Then a layer of meat/sauce mix.
Followed by a layer of mozzarella cheese

Repeat twice.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes


(Or "grilled cheese" to us normies)
How fabulous does that look?  Whoa.

Make that lasagna, it's amazing.

Follow my Just Desserts board on Pinterest to see what I'm craving.
The greatest dessert of all time-
Om nom nom.

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