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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

How To: Christmas Card Edition

I simply can't be the only one who has trouble in the grammar department. The whole, YOUR vs. YOU'RE, IT'S vs. IT'S, THERE, THEIR, THEY'RE, and is a comma supposed to go there, and what about an apostrophe? I am clueless when it comes all this, and yes I did attend high school English and passed. Better yet, I even passed College English. Still, can't seem to get all of these little grammar goodies straight.

As I was trolling Facebook one night I saw that someone posted a picture of their Christmas card and noticed that there was not an apostrophe at the end of their last name. Which got me thinking, "did they address their own Christmas card wrong?" I started asking my husband how to make our last name plural and what do you know? I have been addressing our Christmas cards wrong every year (face to palm).

So, this year, as I sat down to brainstorm the annual Christmas card design I made sure I put in the correct spelling/plural of our last name.

Since I can't be the only one out there who second guesses themselves in the grammar department I decided to make myself a little chart to help me remember. Hopefully someone can get some use out of it.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Gift Guide: Girly Girl Edition

It's here!
The most wonderful and stressful time of the year is here and you need to get your shopping on.
I have created the perfect gift guide for that girly girl in your life and these gift are for all under $80! 
Whether that girly girl be your wife, fiancé, best friend or whoever, here is a list or ya.

These gifts will surely put that warm Christmas smile on a face.
I know I would love to have a few of those under the tree myself, I may even have that jacket coming  directly to my door in a few short days. I just couldn't wait until Christmas. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What I Got My Eye On!

I am always down for a good sale so when Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday all hit at the same time of the year this mama goes crazy!!

Here are some items I have my eye on this season...

I have a good mixture of well known brands such as Kendra Scott, Kate Spade and Tory Burch, 
but I also like the idea of supporting small businesses. I have several Etsy shops and even one independent contractor (Beach Body) whom I want to support. I can't wait to check out their deals!

Now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the big talked about sale holidays but don't forget about Small Biz Saturday on November 28th! 
Shop Small, Shop the 28th!

Monday, November 24, 2014

T Ball & Life Lessons

Well, the time is here. I have been waiting for this time since Colby was in my belly kicking and moving about. When I was pregnant the standard pregnancy joke came up about how he was going to be a soccer player, but I just had a feeling we would be producing our own little TBall team. 

I have waited to see my little man dressed in his first TBall uniform with glove in hand and a big smile on his precious little face since before day one of his life.

Watching your little toddler learn about the game of baseball will just make your big squishy mama heart just about explode. The uniform in itself is just too cute for words and then to hear him talking to his team mates in the dug out about boy things just gets me. My baby is not a baby any more. 

This thing I am calling TBall is not just a game, they are life lessons that he is learning.  How to work as a team, pay attention, listen to directions, respect people, self worth, are just a few things I have personally seen this season. He is making me prouder and prouder as the Saturday games continue. 

While #bigbrotherCEnlow (thats his hashtag on Instagram) plays, mommy and #Aussiegrams (Austin's hashtag on IG) watch, giggle, feed each other puffs and give lots of kisses. I need to relish these sweet moments with my Aussie because soon enough he will be playing right along with his big brother. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Cue the Confetti: Blogging Break Over

This is my comeback. Yes it may be my seventeenth blogging come back but never the less, I am here. I am back. Cute the confetti ladies! I do have to say what a great time to make a re-appearance in the blogging world than around the holidays. I have so much to be thankful for and love all things about Christmas (fa-la-la-la). Be on the look out for some holiday gift guides and elf on the shelf sillies.

Also, what a great time to make a come back when you have #hashtags like #iwokeuplikethis, #basicbitch, #tbt, #selfie (because really who doesn't like a good selfie), #bae (because lets get real I just learned what that meant two weeks ago) and my favorite #RBF (resting bitch face). My posts won't typically be chalked full of profanities but these just make my laugh, and again perfect time to come back into the blogging world so I can overuse them while sipping on my #PSL.

I like to think ill stick to this blogging thing for a while but with my 9-5 and crazy boy mom status I may not be posting as much as I like but just send me a little reminder or stop over to the FB page to see what the newest happenings are over there. I will most likely be posting over there more frequently so stop on by to say hey there too. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Toddler Easter Treat

Are you looking for a quick and easy Easter toddler treat for your kids classroom Easter party? Well, look no further! I have these super easy peeps "recipe" that you can whip up in no time, and there are two ways you can do them too. 

Like I said, I am talking easy, all you need is about thirty minutes, some Easter peeps (can be the birds or bunnies), and candy melts.

-Melt the candy melts in the microwave.
Takes about 45 seconds at the most.
-Dip the bottom halves of the birdie Peeps into the chocolate.
-Set the Peeps on wax paper to dry. 

It is that easy. I told ya so. 

Or there are the ever so easy pops. Just grab a pack of paper straws, cut them in half to make them more kid friendly and slowly wiggle the straw just above the dried chocolate. Eat and enjoy!

Kids love these fun treats and to make the pops more kid friendly, choose a bright colored Peep, melting chocolate and paper straw. You could even add a fun printed cellophane bag and tie it up for your kids class and add a cute printable. Before you know it, you will have a  cute "Martha Stewart" Easter treat for your kids class in no time. It will look like you spent hours on this cute creation but in all reality, it only took about 30 minutes and the kids will go crazy over them. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Make Your Own Baby Food

Making your own baby food can be cheaper and healthier than store bought. When making my son's baby food I prefer to buy organic produce. Which is why in the sentence above I put "can be cheaper". Since organic baby food is historically more expensive, the price of the baby food may actually equal out to the price of store bought baby food or in some instances, it may even be more. Now, I bet no one has told you that before. But, its true. Just because you make your own baby food doesn't always mean its cheaper, most of the time yes but not always. For example, I just bought a small container of organic spinach from Publix (I live in the South) and it was $3.99. When all I was all done with making his greens it did not even fill one ice cube tray, which equals out to about maybe give feedings of two cubes per feeding. If you catch Publix's BOGO on Earth's Best than my homemade baby food is way more expensive. However, I have not found any baby food company that sells organic spinach. 

The reason behind me making my son's first baby foods is simple. Babies have not developed system like us adults, so all these extra pesticides can be potentially harmful to their little bodies. There is a new study out there (of course there is right?) about how they are linking pesticides to ADHD and other mental disorders in children. Do I know much about it? No? But, it's out there and they doing more research on it. I also don't like how baby food companies put extra sodium into the food. They are sweet babies for crying out loud. Why all the extra crap? I get it that its a preservative but still. Just because I think feeding my son organic baby food DOES NOT mean that I never feed either of my kids junk because I do. My toddler gets the famous Donut Friday if he is good all week and he gets prepackaged snacks and so on. And, Austin has gotten canned baby food before, I do believe everything in moderation. 

Now onto my tips and tricks of the easiest way to make your own baby food. I promise it is easy. So, if this is your first time or you are trying to see if it will work for your lifestyle. The answer is yes. You don't need any of those expensive baby food cookers, do they make the process easier? Maybe yes and maybe no. Depends on the person. 

- Steamer.
-Wooden Spoon.

All you do is, buy whatever produce it is that you want your baby to consume. Wash it really well. Pop it into the steamer. Steam it for about 20-30 minutes depending on what it is. Scrape out the food with a spoon into the blender (I find the wooden spoons easier since they don't transfer the heat and are 100% BPA free) and then puree and/or liquefy the food. 

Now, I prefer the larger steamer over those baby food cookers because the steamer/blender combo can handle larger quantities. I find that the baby food cookers take me three times as long because they are smaller and can only hold a little bit of produce at a time. The baby food cookers do have the steamer and puree all in the same appliance which makes that part easier. However for me, when I make baby food, I go big or go home. I make large batches. 

Next, you can either freeze the food or go ahead and have fresh food for the week. If prefer to freeze the food (you normally do this when you are making big batches), pour the baby food into ice cube trays and throw them in the freezer for about 24 hours. After the baby food is frozen you can pop out the cubes and separate the fruits from the vegetables into their own separate freezer safe baggies and put them back into the freezer. When you are ready to feed your baby, take out however many cubes you want, let them thaw and maybe do a quick zap in the microwave before you feed the food to your baby. Remember to make sure the food isn't too hot or too cold for the baby. 

If you prefer to keep the food fresh and not freeze it, I have found that this Infantino Squeeze Station works great. It simplifies the process and doesn't take up much room in your refrigerator. It really doesn't get any easier than this.  These pouches are not reusable so that does stink and adds another cost into the mix but they are very very easy. They even sell screw on spoon caps to make feeding on the go easy. 

Another food pouch option is the Little Green Pouch.  What is awesome about these pouches are that they are reusable and big. Whenever I am on the go and know I need to feed A while I am out, I will put a couple of frozen cubes into a Little Green Pouch, seal it up and throw it in my diaper bag. By the time he is ready to eat has been thawed out and ready to consume. 

And there you have it. The whys and hows behind my organic baby food making experience. Please feel free to ask me any questions.