Mittens are such a pain when it comes to small children! We tried every brand and style and we couldn’t come up with anything that Luke would keep on his hands. Finally we have a solution though…. Daddy’s socks! Men’s tall socks are the best mittens around. If it’s really cold out just add more layers! For Luke we usually layer two pairs on Jon’s work socks. The key is to put them on under the jacket and they are virtually impossible for him to pull off. We stretch the socks all the way past his elbow. Such a cheap and simple solution to a constant problem. Now if I could just find something to keep his shoes on in the car…
I get this way at the end of every season, I just can’t wait for the next one to arrive. Winter is the hardest though. It makes everything a whole lot harder and it always seems to be the longest season of all. I know in theory that spring will come, but it sure doesn’t feel like it when it’s about 5 degrees, the hose is frozen, the wind is whipping and I have to take my gloves off to mess around with the water hydrant and my numb fingers are sticking to the metal and soaked!!
I’m just a bit over 32 weeks pregnant (although this picture is from about 29 weeks)! This pregnancy is pretty similar to Luke’s in the way I am carrying and the symptoms that I’m feeling. Generally I feel pretty decent at this point but I do have some pretty uncomfortable moments. I’m getting a bit of morning sickness back (I had morning sickness for the first 20+ weeks), some sciatic pain and a bit of carpal tunnel in my hands. The carpal tunnel is significantly better this time though. A combination of getting my wrists adjusted by the chiropractor, not being pregnant in the middle of summer and no longer working in an office position I’m sure. My blood pressure is much lower with this pregnancy as well which is great. With Luke’s pregnancy I was on modified bed rest at the end to control my blood pressure. It was definitely not fun! Chasing a toddler while pregnant is certainly not a joke, I’m down right exhausted by the end of the day but overall I really am doing pretty well. I’m 3lbs under the weight I was with Luke at this point so I’m guessing I’ll end up at about the same weight in the end. Hopefully it comes off as easily this time, but I hear it gets harder with each pregnancy! I’m due next month! Ah!!
I have officially been a fulltime stay at home mom for one year now. This is the place I’ve wanted to be my entire life and in some ways it is exactly as I imagined. In others it’s worlds different.
I thought being a stay at home mom looked like this- Baby happily playing while I made dinner and cleaned up the house. We’d play together and everything would be spotless and organized (I mean I am home all day right?). The reality is anything but! My days are long. Well over 12 hours and my house is a mess during that time. With I tiny tornado running around undoing all the cleaning, it’s hard to keep up when he is awake. When I want to cook something it’s now, how many ways can I entertain the toddler with kitchen utensils so he’ll stop trying to spill the flour bucket… or throw a tissue in the milk I’m measuring out…. not that those things happened…this week
I’m not a creative person by nature, but I have to create activities a hundred times a day! That baby that would happily play on the floor while I worked, well he isn’t the one I was blessed with. My sweet boy is in to everything and does not want to be left out! As a result, my 17 month old helps chop vegetables and plays in the sink and washes the counters with a spray bottle. Anything I can come up with to keep him busy! He just wants to be involved in whatever I’m working on.
I truly love this stage in my life though. I love being a mom and I love being home to take care of my son, my husband and my home. It can be so difficult at times but I know the pay off will be worth it in the end! We always said that we wanted one of us to be home to raise our kids. I’m so thankful that I got to be that one!
In my quest for thing to keep Luke busy I recently made him a busy bag. The bag had a few interesting goodies (coins, a washer, chalk, an old gift card) in it and was filled with hand soap. I reinforced the edges with duct tape to help prevent leaks.
The key to making this kind of toy really interesting (with Luke anyways) is to hide it in a spot so that when he finds it he doesn’t think he’s supposed to play with it If I just give him the bag it’s boring, but if he finds it himself it’s at least 10 times more interesting!
Who doesn’t like a cool glass of lemonade? It’s basically the ultimate in refreshment. What if that glass of lemonade was also filled with probiotics to help support gut bacteria and overall health? That’s a pretty nice bonus right? I came across this recipe in my search for uses for the whey strained when I make yogurt. It’s a very simple recipe and it is well loved by even the pickiest of eaters! Please take my word that you will never know there is whey in this drink or that it is filled with probiotics. It really just tastes like a good glass of lemonade!
We go through a lot of yogurt in our house. When we were looking to cut back our grocery budget, the $25+ we were spending on yogurt seemed like a good spot to tackle! I spent a good bit of time looking through tutorials and then found this recipe to be the one for us.
I typically make yogurt twice a month. It costs about $6 for 4 quarts of yogurt. Definitely a huge savings over the individual cups we were previously buying.
Once my yogurt is made I strain it to thicken it into Greek style yogurt. Straining merely involves letting it strain through a flour sack towel for a few hours to separate some of the whey. This is my straining set up:
Colander in a tall bowl-
Lay a flour sack towel over and secure with a rubber band-
Fill with yogurt-
Allow to strain to the thickness you prefer (I usually strain for 2-3 hours)-
In the end I have nearly 2 quarts of Greek style yogurt and 2 quarts of whey
Don’t throw away that whey! I have a great lacto fermented beverage that you can use it in. I will post about that next! I promise know one will ever know it’s in there!