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April Showers? Toddler Crafting!

Crafting with an infant or a toddler is no easy task. Honestly, these days, nothing is easy. We try to stay busy since Daddy is overseas and C is a handful. Every time that we send Daddy a box, we put a couple “art” things in there. Granted, “art” with a 10 month old, doesn’t look like much. One of my favorite crafts to do with C to send to Daddy is handprint or footprint art. We send one box every month and so far, they have all been involved with the holidays. In February, we got a frame and put his handprint and footprint on each side. C does NOT like paint on his hands so the handprint was a ball and his footprint had no toes. March was a hand “shamrock” that really just looked like four handprints with missing fingers. This box will have a footprint carrot for Easter. C doesn’t really understand it or like it but I think that it is cute and Daddy also loves them. Now that it is warm outside, there is a lot that we can do. Messes can stay outside and it makes it much more fun to do anything with a toddler. I found a recipe for taste safe paint. Anything that is taste safe with a toddler is a must try! It’s a really simple recipe, too (save …

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7 Things I Will Do Differently with the Next Baby

Being a parent is a tough job! Now that my husband and I have a toddler we often chit chat about what it was like when he was a newborn and what we want to do differently the next time we become parents. Here is our list: 1.       With baby #2 I will use newborn cloth diapers. With the first baby I really had no clue what I was doing. I was hesitant to build a stash of diapers before his arrival. It took awhile to get a wash routine. Now that I have a good grasp on cloth diapers, I know which styles work for our family and have built good sized stash, I will definitely start cloth right from the beginning. I realize there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to cloth diapers now, that infant poop isn’t so scary once you have a toddler!  2.       When it comes to the next baby I will do less caring. I don’t mean less caring for the baby. I mean less caring about what others think. With #1 I did a lot of unnecessary worrying about what others thought of my decisions as a mom. I worried about what others thought of breastfeeding, what I was wearing (or not wearing), how my baby was dressed, opinions about using cloth diapers, opinions about where and how my baby …

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Family Favorite Simple Meals

Being a family with four kids, who have many different interests, can be a little hectic!  I try to plan most of our dinners in advance, based on our activities for each day.  I am currently egg free (and was previously dairy free) so most of these are easily adaptable to special diets. Sweet Potato Hash My personal favorite quick meal for anytime of day, and it doesn’t hurt that the rest of the family loves it too!  Cook peeled & chopped sweet potato in a cast iron skillet with onion, oil, and seasonings until tender & slightly browned. We like to top it with an egg or two, although I’m currently doing avocado instead.   BBQ Sandwiches  When I’m on top of my planning game, I love to use the slow cooker!  Throwing a meal in while I’m already in “kitchen mode” (making lunches/breakfast) is so simple.  BBQ pulled meat is by far the easiest to start.  I use pork loin (or tenderloin), beef chuck roast, or chicken breasts with a sliced onion, a bottle of BBQ sauce, and a bit of water cooked on low all day.  Serve on grilled buns with salad & steak fries to for a meal! Peanut Noodles I stay home, so I’ll try to sauté veggies during the day to toss with peanut sauce (I make my own with natural PB, soy sauce, …

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Baby it’s cold outside! Babywearing in the Winter

If you’re like me and aren’t lucky enough to hibernate all winter long or move south until summer comes back, bringing baby out into the cold is inevitable. If you have an older child too, it’s a guarantee with all the sledding, snow angel making and ice skating they want to do! It doesn’t have to be unbearably cold for you or baby though. Babywearing is a great way to keep you both warm and happy. Any style of carrier works in the winter, but some are more convenient than others. Wraps are warm, but the dangling ends are more likely to get wet or dirty from wrapping outside. You can avoid this by wrapping before you leave. I prefer a soft structured carrier (ssc) like Lillebaby, Onya or Tula because they are quick and easy to put on and take off. If you are able, try putting your child in the carrier while still in the car to avoid the shocking blast of cold air. If that is not an option, speed is of the essence! Have your carrier on and ready to put baby in when you open the car door. For quick trips outside like running into the store, I suggest bringing a small blanket that you can tuck around baby until you get inside. You should not dress them in too many layers if you won’t …

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It’s Never Too Late to Simplify Your Routine in the New Year

I am typically not one for New Year’s Resolutions.  Since the birth of my daughter, 13 months, and thoughts of a sibling on the near horizon, I feel called to set intentions rather than resolutions.  My top intention is to simplify, perhaps dare I say minimize, many aspects of my life.  Downsizing is a process I need to embrace and I truly hope it simplifies my daily schedule and routine.  As a stay at home mom, my house is my home base and it is clear that it is becoming more chaotic by the day. Toys everywhere, outgrown clothes to be washed and stored, cupboards overflowing with one trick pony kitchen gadgets, and now a walking toddler to add to the mix.  Things need to change for my own sanity.  To start, I’m making small changes to my purchasing habits in hopes to save money and decrease my waste.  I am wanting to go paper free in the kitchen, which shouldn’t be hard since we already do it in the nursery.  I switched to cloth wipes by the highchair and attached a small basket on the back to put dirties, a wet bag would also work.  This has already cut our usage of paper towels in cleaning up baby and I don’t have to make extra shopping trips.  Another aspect of this intention is to relearn how to sew, it has …

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