Friday, October 17, 2014

Sleep, Are You There?

Hello friends! You may have noticed I've been a little absent these days.  You have this face to blame:

You see, friends, this baby DOES NOT SLEEP.  She just doesn't. I was one of those moms who were like, "oh, a six month old, yea they sleep, no problem."  I was wrong. Very wrong.  I jinxed myself when she was a newborn.  She would constantly sleep. I had to actually wake up her for feedings, she slept so much.  I thought we had it made.  But then, around three months, she just stopped sleeping, and I became a crazy person, desperate for sleep, bags under the eyes, hair never brushed, caffeine inhaling mother.

In an attempt to break her terrible habit of waking up every two hours, I asked some mom friends what to do.  This is my second baby, so I thought I knew what to do, after all, I've done this before.  My son slept from seven weeks on.  It was amazing.  This girl though is very different.  She's just too excited.  Here are some things I tried over the past two weeks and guess what...THEY WORKED!

 

1. White noise or music: My children are like me, they need some sort of noise to sleep. Sounds backwards but it works.  I sleep with a fan, my son does too.  Ada here enjoys the calm sounds of beach waves and/or some music to get her to sleep.  Her favorite song, for some reason is this.

2. Put them down while they are awake: this is something that took some time to work but now is great.  If I put her in bed while she's sleeping, she can't figure out how to get herself to sleep.  Putting her down almost asleep, awake, but not crying, works 90% of the time. 

3. Establish a routine: my son was not a routine based kid, and still isn't at age four.  Ada, however, is very routine. Each day, I am working on making her a schedule that looks something like this:

8:45-wake up

9:00-eat/play time

11:30-nap

2:00-wake up, eat, play

4:00-nap

5:00-wake up, eat, play

7:00-eat, bath, pjs

7:45-8:15-play time

8:30-eat, rock, snuggle, bed

Since I started doing a schedule like this, she has been waking up once instead of every two hours.  It's been glorious. 

Naps have been better too.  She used to only nap for spurts of 20-45 minutes, and now I can usually get two hours out of her, twice a day.  It is not an exact schedule, but an outline.  Take some time in the beginning to help her out getting used to it by being home for nap time and trying to keep it as routine as you can.  The more you stay on schedule, the more it will help them to do the same.

As I said before, this whole schedule thing is new to me.  I am fortunate to be a SAHM, so I can make her schedule around us, but if your baby is at daycare, try and get them on your schedule, or adjust your days home to what they are used to when they are there. 




This has made for a happier mom, but more importantly, a happier baby!



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pinterest Pumpkin Craft



My son kept asking to do some Fall and Halloween crafts, so naturally we headed on over to Pinterest to see what we could find.  We found this pin and had so much fun making our pumpkins.

We did both the bottle cap ones, and the paper towel tube ones. I found the paper towel tubes pumpkins came out a little better, and were easier for him to color in.  I jumped on board and did some too! These can easily be framed, and the printable can be found here.

They can also be made apples by doing them in red and green, if you want to add some to your fall picture. It was fun, easy and he had a ball doing it.

To keep on our projects, be sure to follow on Instagram!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Gluten Free Tex Mex Mac n' Cheese







This recipe has been passed around from all my mama friends, and I've made a version of it that is gluten free and absolutely delicious.  It's easy, and can made into two meals depending on your family size.  I don't know the original origin of this recipe, but this is how I do it!

What you'll need:
-1 package of gluten free pasta (I use elbows)
-1 package of ground turkey (mine usually comes in 1.3 lbs packages) or a pound of hamburger
-8oz cream cheese
-1 c. ranch (I use Ken's)
-3 c. shredded cheddar (I use Heluva Good Mexican)
-packet of taco seasoning
-16 oz salsa
-1 c. corn (I use a whole frozen bag)

                                                 







What to do:

1. Cook pasta.
2. Cook the ground turkey with taco seasoning, like you're making tacos.
3. Mix cooked pasta with cream cheese, cheese and ranch.
4. Once turkey is cooked, add the corn and salsa, and mix.
5. Mix the pasta mixture with the turkey mixture and blend well. I also top it with cheese.
6. Put in baking dish and bake on 350 for 25 minutes.

I split mine into two meal, baking half in the above dish and freezing half.



For more dinner inspirations, follow on Instagram! @KnaptimeKnitter

Friday, September 12, 2014

Insta Shopping

I recently stumbled upon a great Instagram account, @shopmamascloset and purchased a couple of great items from her.  It got me thinking about my own overflowing closet, and my kid's too.  So, I've started my own Shop My Closet account so you can go shopping!

@ShopThroughTheHeart over on Instagram.

You may, like I did, be wondering how this kind of shopping works.  It's very easy.  All you do is comment on the post of the item you want, and leave your PayPal email.  From there, the shop owner emails you an invoice through PayPal (check your junk mail if you don't see it) and you just pay through PayPal and then it ships to you.  So easy and super fun looking through "closets"! It takes thrifting to all whole new level of awesome.

Keep checking back, or follow, to see new stuff. I'm still going through everything, so much much more to come.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DIY Kid's Vest


We love a good DIY project here at our house, and I'm thrilled when my 4 year old son gets involved. I recently found a denim jacket at a thrift store in my son's size and was really excited to make him a cool dude vest.  The jacket would have worked for a few months, but he's been growing like a weed, so we cut off the arms to make it a vest.

But did we stop there? No we did not.  Using some fabric paint we found at AC Moore and a some stencils we had on hand, we personalized his vest.

Total cost was around $5 since we got the jacket at a thrift store and used a coupon on the paint.  We worked together to stencil it, and practiced spelling his name while stenciling.  We let it dry outside and he was able to wear it about 20 minutes later.






Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Quick Steps to a Clean Bathroom

We are deep into potty training mode and that means the bathroom my little guy uses is, well, not as spotless as I'd like. With a new baby, and two dogs also thrown in the mix, its tough to keep up! But bathroom clean up doesn't have to take forever.


Step 1: Take a look around. See anything that has made its way into the bathroom that doesn't belong? (examples include but are not limited to: shoes, blocks, Ninja Turtles, crayons). Recruit your little ones to help you and put that stuff away.  If you're short on time and minions, toss it in a basket and put it in the room they belong in. Maybe they will magically get put away?

Step 2: Toilet time. Throw the bowl cleaner in, give it a good scrub down and then clean the outside with either a Lysol wipe or spray.  I like to use something that smells fresh so I really feel like its doing the job. Yes, I know, it's probably working the same as non yummy smelling ones, but its a treat for my nose.  This is also when I wipe down any surfaces, and the sink.

Step 3: Remove all garbage and line the trash can with two or three plastic bags to make it easy to dispose of the full bag and the next is already in place.

Step 4: Forget the broom and grab the vacuum.  I use the hose and brush on all my non-carpeted floors and it makes it quicker and does a much more thorough job.  Use the brush to get the corners and the parts of the toilet where dog hair and dirt tends to congregate too.  

Step 5: If time allows, I use a sponge to mop so I can really scrub, but if you're short on time, do a quick mop, let it dry a minute or two and do it once more.  I use Gain Mr. Clean All Purpose in a big thing of super hot water. It smells amazing and shines when I'm done.

Oh, guess what! You're done!

You may notice I skipped the hamper and shower/tub.  I empty the hamper as it gets full and toss a load of laundry in, and the showers I don't do every time I bathroom clean.  Typically, unless they are super dirty, I do those every 3-4 bathroom cleans.  Or I ask (demand) my husband do them, because I hate that job.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Superheroes Believe in Miracles

Have you checked out Superheroes Believe in Miracles? It's a wonderful charity organization which sends birthday packages to kids with serious and chronic illnesses.  To cover some the shipping costs, they are auctioning off many items, including a Crooked By Design Minion hat I recently donated. To check out the auction be sure to "like" their Facebook page and stay tuned for tonight's auction.  There's a bunch of other great stuff from other Etsy shops as well and it goes to a great cause!