Saturday, October 31, 2009

sale alert

For anyone interested, Buttknits is having a sale right now on knit/crochet patterns. She has longies (pants), soakers and some amigurimi (animals) as well. Here's the linkies:
http://aperrypatterns.etsy.com/
or
http://www.ravelry.com/stores/butt-knits-amber-perry-designs

I've made the basic longies pattern a few times and it's my fav of the longies patterns I've tried. I'm actually working on another pair right now. :)

Hurry sale ends tonight I think!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

multitasking

I have been itching to start a new knitting project for awhile now and finally got the motivation to cast on. I am making D a new pair of longies (wool pants that serve as a cloth diaper cover) with Malabrigo Merino yarn in "Citrus." This is some seriously yummy, squishy yarn.

I had planned this pair of pants to be gender neutral but there is a bit of pinky peach in the colorway so we'll see how they turn out. I also wanted to try making cables for the first time. So far I have had to rip back to the waistband twice but I think I might have it down now. Oh and I'm using the Butt Knits basic pattern and making up the cabling part.
So who thinks I'll actually finish these before he outgrows them? :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

mommy brain

I have a really bad case. My head is pretty foggy. When I woke up this morning my power was out. So I spent the better part of the morning explaining to W why nothing in the house worked over and over. This morning was my church mom's group. I had intended to go but completely forgot that it's Wednesday. When my power came back on, I sat down to check my email and realized it was Wednesday and that I had missed group. I then forgot about it again. I called the leader of the group later in the day to ask her a completely unrelated question. She was all "Where where you?" I was like, "Oh this morning? I forgot." Of course the irony is that I completely forgot about the power being out which was the real reason I forgot about group. So I had a valid excuse, but instead sounded like a complete flake. I am still laughing about that one. Like I said, foggy.

This afternoon I started feeling a bit dizzy. Then I realized that all I had to drink all day was a cup of coffee. Dehydrated much? So NOT a good idea when you are nursing a baby a million times a day! I will be keeping my Klean Kanteen by my side from here on out.

BUT I have been working on the snacks thing. I made up a bunch of breakfast burritos (scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, whole wheat tortilla) and froze them for a quick meal. I stocked up on some granola and other snacks. I still want to make some muffins. Maybe tomorrow!
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At least I haven't misplaced any of the children. :)
Well I should go get some shuteye while I have a chance... Peace out

Saturday, October 24, 2009

taking care of me

Being an AHM (that's At Home Mom) the majority of my life is spent meeting everyone else's needs, desires and even whims. Of course I love it most of the time. But I almost forgot how demanding it is to care for a newborn. I am literally nursing and burping and changing outfits (his and mine) and changing diapers and soothing around the clock. Lather rinse and repeat. And that doesn't include the tantrum taming, snack/meal prep, entertaining and other stuff that the older kiddo needs from me.

Seriously how do people do this with big families?

Anywho I am trying not to feel guilty about living on egg mcmuffins, coffee, Halloween candy and almonds. However, I am starting to feel (physically) pretty crappy. The sleep deprivation is kicking in and a steady diet of caffeine and sugar are not exactly helping to keep me balanced. The hubs has suggested that I go back to yoga, but that would actually require pumping and getting the little one on a bottle. (Sounds an awful lot like work to me.) I know one preemptive strike would be to stock up on some nutritious snacks.

I guess I am rambling a bit. I haven't been having too many coherent thoughts these days.

Anyone else have some suggestions? Or know of any easy snacky recipies I could try? :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

October 15 ~ A day to Remember

Somewhere between 15% to 25% of known pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is something most people don't think about until it touches them personally. The truth is, it is a shockingly common experience. This painful loss is usually mourned in silence. October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in the US and Canada. At 7pm on the 15th women all across the country will be lighting candles for an hour to remember babies lost to miscarriage or still birth.


Life moves on. There are new joys to celebrate. Still, I will never forget the babies I never got to meet. I will be lighting two candles tonight and saying a prayer for my "sisters" who are remembering their losses as well.


http://october15th.com/

http://www.babylosscomfort.com/

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Review: Ecostore USA

The folks at Ecostore USA were nice enough to send me a couple products to review. All of their products are made from plant or mineral based ingredients and are free from toxic chemicals. They carry household products, bath & body, baby products and pet wash too.

I chose the Dishwash Liquid and Toilet Cleaner. While I sometimes mix my own natural cleaners, these are two items I prefer to purchase premade. As a result I've tried various "green" brands. Some are better than others.

The Dishwash Liquid bubbled up nicely and did a great job on my pots and pans. Now in the effort of full disclosure, I don't usually have any super greasy pans. I really liked the subtle citrus scent. I don't like heavily perfumed dishwashing soap. There is something odd about my pans smelling like flowers when they are clean. I give it a thumbs up!

The Toilet Cleaner also had a subtle scent, but I wish it was a little stronger. Maybe something with essential oils? Anyway it did a nice job cleaning. The formula was nice and thick and slightly colored so you could see it in the bowl.
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My verdict: Nice to find non-toxic products that WORK. I think the simple labels are kinda pretty too. Free shipping on orders over $25!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Linky Love: I Heart Fall Edition

I love fall! PUMPKIN mania is all over the web. And the recipes are plentiful.


Anyone not love Pumpkin Spiced Lattes? I made this Starbucks knockoff version. It was yummy but a bit more work than I'm willing to invest in a cup of coffee. If I ever had a crowd to serve, this crockpot version would be awesome for a party.

I'd also like to try this Harvest Pumpkin Brownies recipe from Everyday Food Storage and these Pumpkin Pancakes from The Mother Load.

Meatloaf The Nourishing Traditions Way - mmmm comfort food!

12 Weeks till Christmas: Prepare your Holiday Budget Now (at Simple Mom)
yikes! I know for sure I will not be handmaking the majority of gifts as I did last year. Time to figure out plan B.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

This is where I'm at this week. Life is up in the air at the moment. Trusting God that things will settle down again soon. As much as I'd like to run away with my sweet baby that is not currently an option. :)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

baby update and other randomness...

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Baby Dex is over 1 week old! I am SO in love. I always found it a little annoying to hear moms wax poetic about how they loved their babies, but here I am! A lot of things are different this time. I think a big change is that I am more relaxed and confident. I have much more realistic expectations for myself and for the little one. I wasn't sure I would ever have another baby and yet here he is... healthy and whole and beautiful!

(Can you believe that I never really was a "baby person" before I had kids. I mean, they don't DO anything, you know?)

Anyway, we've been to the pediatrician and took him to the hospital to get the newborn blood work and hearing screen done. I thought we'd get some comments due to the homebirth thing which is uncommon to begin with but VERY uncommon in our area. At the Drs they said this was the second baby recently that they've had that was born at home and they seemed completely cool about the whole thing. I did get the "He was born at home? On purpose?" :)
So no need to whip out my reasearch on the safety of homebirth... heh.

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In other news, fall is upon us! I am really looking fwd to the fall festivities this year. It's time for apples and pumpkins and Halloween! I was looking to get the boys matching Halloween skeleton PJs, but everywhere online is sold out of the 4t size. I know W would get a kick out of the glow-in-the-dark aspect. Maybe I'll have to go to an actual store? hmm I think I want to skip the trick or treating this year and just stay home and hand out candy. I'm not keen on the gobs of junk. We did go last year, but I easily left the goods at pop-pops after giving W a couple chocolate minibars. Pretty sure I can't get away with that again!

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I made this Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe yesterday! Quite yummy, but I made a complete mess. I don't know if it was because the mix was so hot but it blew the top off my blender a bit. I had my hand over it so it wasn't a complete disaster, but I did have to wipe pumpkin spice goodness off my counters. Oh and my coffee was not strong enough so I'll have to improve that next time.