Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits!

Cause who doesn't like tips, tricks, help hints, 'cheat sheets', pointers and even organizing pointers to make life that much easier?!
If you 'know' me, you know that I am a very organized person and I have more bins, buckets and labels than I know what to do with. 
I can't stand when I can't get something as organized as I want it.
 {Like closets...especially my linen closet}
Now-- mine doesn't quite look like this:
Nor-- does it look like this: 
Honestly-- it looks like this:
But I have a new way to organize my linen closet to make my sheets look nicer and also keep from looking for matching pillow cases...
Fold your sheets inside your pillowcases. It keeps your set together and is easier to stack...not to mention looks neat and organized!
  {mine doesn't look like this yet...but hopefully next week I will have a picture for you}
Nice and organized!
Just how I like love it! 
What are your tips, tricks, help hints, 'cheat sheets', pointers?!
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Monday, January 28, 2013

DIY: Melted Crayon Valentine's

Oh the decisions on what Valentine to make every year!!
This year the kids and I searched Pinterest together and they got to pick out the ones they wanted to help make!

Abby is an artsy person {like her mama} and decided to make her classmates all heart crayons.

Start out with unwrapping some crayons (the broken older ones work great)

{I found some amazing crayon peelers that wanted to help out}

Put all the crayon pieces in a bowl and grab a silicone mold of your choice.
{I did hearts since it is for Valentine's Day}
$2.50 in the Target dollar spot

 Put all the broken pieces in the silicone mold.
{I did color grouping, but I also did a few with all the colors together}

Bake them at 230 degrees for 20-25 minutes


 Abby wanted these for her Valentine's so I made a little tag for each one and put them in little clear bags tied with ribbon.
Super cute!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

So Many Are Unaware!

{after taking Blake to the doctor this morning...looking at 3 different babies in their carseats...I feel this is necessary to re-post and I even added a few things}

 A few years back (for daycare licensing purposes) I took a 3 hour car seat safety class. Going into the class I thought to myself, "what in the world could possible take 3 hours to teach someone about car seats?" Well, let's just say I will never 'be the same.' I double check my own work, my hubby's work and anyone who straps my kids in their car seats. I also tend to look at pictures on FB of kids in carseats and also infants in carseats and see how they're strapped in. My kids safety has no price, they are always my number one priority. 

Now, I don't now EVERYTHING, no matter what my husband says I think about myself. But I do know A LOT about car seats and safety of them. I have posted before, here, about car seat safety, but now with winter here, I just want to remind you all that your child should not be wearing a coat in their carseat, or a snowsuit in their infant carseat.. 
Now, I live in the 'frozen tundra,' and I know it can be super cold getting in your car after shopping {trust me, this week it got as cold at -12 degrees}, being out and about or even from sitting in/out of the garage. If you are at home, you can let your car warm up, then put your kids in their car seats without their coats, strap them in and put their coats on backwards over their straps, but when you are out, it isn't easy to run out of the 'shopping mall' and start the car, leave it running and then go in after it is warm. So, I know you won't all listen to me as I tell you, when kids wear their coats in their car seats, they aren't safe! To those of you who may not know...there are other ways to keep your kids warm in their car seats without their coats being on. {REMEMBER...there should be nothing in between your child and their carseat straps}

Other options:
*Keep a blanket in the car, to wrap around them after you have strapped them in. 
*Put their coat on backwards, over their straps
*Put their coat on, but after you buckle their straps, pull their coat out from the straps, so their coat is just behind them. Then pull the straps tight and zip the coat over the straps.
Here is a video explaining it.
(This is what we do, since my kids don't have very 'poofy' thick coats)

Car seats are made to be tight against your child. When they have a coat on between them and their straps they don't get tight and there is a lot of room for them to compress in an accident, leaving a chance for them to get injured in an accident.

Here are some pictures that explain the difference of strapping in your child with and without a coat.

Here is another article about why it is dangerous to wear a coat in a car seat.
Not only should there not be anything between your child and their carseat straps,  the chest buckle should be arm pit level. So many people don't realize this and the buckle stays around their belly area, and never gets moved to the correct position.
Here are a few pictures of children not strapped in properly:

Correctly buckled:

There are so many people who are just an-aware of how to buckle their child in their carseat. Now, I don't personally know all of you, but if I can help keep your children safe by giving you the information I know...I will do my best!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

On Slippery Ground

Out of the negative degree days we've had lately, there was one 37 degree 'warm' day last weekend. I have promised to take the kids skating for years.
They finally got their wish...we went out on the rink by our house.

I have never laughed so hard. I am pretty sure there were tears flowing out my eyes my laughing so hard.

Abby was pretty good at getting the hang of it, she actually was mad when I said we were going to leave.

Chase was doing better by the end, but look oddly like a giraffe learning how to walk.

They spent quite a few minutes laying on the ice

The chairs I brought to help, we a great to push around and keep them on their feet.

All in all, they had fun, got a few bruises, and soaked up the extra water from the ice.

the words out of Chase's mouth made me laugh...

"I hate skating, this sport is not for me!"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits

Cause who doesn't like tips, tricks, help hints, 'cheat sheets', pointers and even organizing pointers to make life that much easier?!

This year has been horrible for our family and illnesses! I will take any working 'thing' to make my kids feel better! Sick kids pull at my heart strings.

A few years back they pulled all the kids cough medicine off the shelves for kids under 6. These past few months my kids have had countless nights of coughing all night long. I don't know about you mamas, but I can't sleep though that. I feel SO bad for my kiddos and have tried Vicks vapor rub on their feet, humidifiers, sleeping upright...

Guess what?!
I finally found something that works!

A small cup of warm apple juice before your infant/child goes to bed will help, if not omit their coughing. If they start coughing in the middle of the night, wake them up and give them it and their cough will decrease if not be gone for the night.

We swear by warm apple juice for coughing and it makes our kids stop coughing every time.

Win win...Kids get their sleep and so do mom and dad! 

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Blake 10 Months Old 10 months

 *You are a moving machine
*You are walking behind toys and along couches
*You still snuggle with us and I soak it up as much as I can
 *You LOVE splashing in the bathtub and I end up just as soaked as you
*Your endless smile takes over your whole face
* You love being outside and taking walks 
*You are always on the go
*You mostly eat finger foods and the occasional baby foods too
*You are a pro at your sippy cup
 *You have the cutest most kissable cheeks 
*You have the cutest giggle
*You are a magnet to the dog water love to splash!
*Your most ticklish spot is on your neck, under your chin
*You don't like being confined in the Jumperoo or Exersaucer, you want to go, go, go!
*You love playing peek-a-boo
*You are the happiest baby I know

*You finally put yourself to sleep and sleep in your crib always
*You love to talk and babble...da-da, da-da and mum-mum, mum-mum 
*You can say 'ma-ma' and 'da-da' and I think 'ma' (for more)
*You adore your older siblings and smile/giggle whenever they talk to you
*You look like your mama...especially when you smile 
 * You sleep about 10-12 hours at night
*You wear 9-12 month clothes
*You like to 'walk' holding our hands
* You are in size 3 diapers
*You have 6 teeth with 2 more coming in
 *You are still a happy smiley boy!
Your stats at 10 months are...
Height 30"
Weight 21 lbs 5 oz.
Head 45.5 cm
{Past months}

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