Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sneak Peak: Christmas Cards

 I just took this with my canon point and shoot! I can't wait to get back the "professional" prints. Is the black and pink ok? Or should I use something with the traditional red and green? We are doing another shoot Friday.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Making a liar out of me...

I have never been a runner. Everyone else in my family is. I have always felt a little left out but never enough to want to actually become a runner. Now, don't get me wrong. I enjoy exercise and sports. I would even call myself athletic but I don't like running just to run. To me it's kinda like math, what's the point? I don't just go around solving algebra equations for the heck of it, why would I just go for a run?

Of course that was before I went to the doctor yesterday and realized I have gain about 20lbs since having Amelia. Blah. So, I said to myself, "Self, this is unacceptable. Something MUST be done," and I remembered reading about the Bluebell FunRun. Bluebell Ice Cream sponsors a 5k/10k each year to raise funds for the local high school. It's relatively cheap and at the finish line you get ice cream. What better motivation?

So, I have semi-committed to run the 5k. I would like to get a jogging stroller so Amelia can join Curtis and I on morning runs. I thought it would be a good start to a healthy family tradition. It's important to me that she take better care of her health than I have of mine. That's why I also brush her two teeth every night, well almost...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Great Cloth Diapering Adventure: All the Way

I am thinking about going all the way, and converting to useable cloth wipes as well. My pail liners have arrived and we have been in the swing of things for a few days now. I feel like cloth wipes just make sense. It seems silly to have a cloth diaper pail and a trash can next to the changing table and a waste of space. So, as soon as I can afford it I am going to take the plunge. All cloth, all the time (well, except for maybe when other people watch her.)

I've been looking at brands and all the cloth diaper brands we use (fuzzi bunz, bum genius, and charlie banana) all make wipes too. The only thing is they are all kind of, well, boring. No color, just white. The designer in me just doesn't like that. I found these from Thirsties. I am at least going to buy one pack. The rest can be white, but I need at least a little color in my life.
What about you other cloth diapering mamas, do you use cloth wipes? If so what brand? I'd love suggestions. Also what about companion sprays? There seem to be so many choices.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I think I can make that...

I have been on this cleaning and organizing kick since, well, before Amelia was born I guess. If you are friends with me on Facebook, you know how much I enjoy doing dishes. Well, a friend and I were exchanging cleaning tips the other day and she told me about a magnet you can buy for your dishwasher. One side says "Clean" and the other "Dirty." It's so supposed to cut down on those "Are these dishes clean?" moments of sniffing plates/cups...Am I the only one who does that? I looked the magnets up online when I got home and thought, "I think I can make that..." So, yesterday I did.

I downloaded a fancy font and used Power Point. I'm sure you could use other programs but I was already using it on a homework project; word would probably be easy too. Once I got it looking the way I wanted I printed it off on plain printer paper. I already had a magnet sheet in my stash of craft supplies (Score!). It was the kind with adhesive on one side, no glue necessary! I did put a coat of mod podge on the front though. Just to make it a little more water resistent. And ta-da!

What I need to do today...

there is a super long list of things I have to do today. The list should go something like this:
  • clean kitchen, bedroom, and living room
  • make menu and shopping list
  • work on studio project (ALOT)
  • write Art History paper and work on presentation
  • wash clothes...this should probably be closer to the top
What my day will realistically look like:
  • stalk friends on Facebook 
  • play with Amelia
  • make lunch
  • take nap with Amelia
  • play with Amelia
  • cook dinner
  • start making a list of foods I want to make next week off my Pinterest board
  • get distracted and waste HOURS pinning and re-pinning things...
Does this ever happen to anyone else? I have all this time now and I feel like the more time I have the less I get done. 
Of course when I get to spend the day with this kid, can you blame me? 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Great Cloth Diapering Adventure: Renewed Commitment

She likes pulling everything out of her diaper bag. Ugh!
Over the last few months we have gradually started using only disposable diapers. This has been very disappointing to me. I've found that ordering from Amazon makes it affordable but I've never given up on cloth. It's what I want to use. It's funny because after all the research I had done I still didn't know what to do with the diapers in the mean time. I'm talking about that in-between used and being cleaned time. I knew I needed a diaper pail but I didn't really know what that meant. This made it hard trying to explain to other people (i.e. my husband) what to do once he had changed a diaper.

Now, that I am going to be home full time I decided it was time to get serious about this. I spent about a hour researching other people's solution to the diaper pail issue on youtube. After several videos I decided that all I needed was a 13 gallon trash can and some good pail liners. Why had I never thought about this before? I have no idea. It was such an epiphany moment. I went right away to amazon and ordered two liners and a wet/dry bag. I am going to try the planet wise brand since several of the reviews on youtube suggested it. I will probably do a review after using the products for a few weeks.

I am excited to get back to basics though! I have been doing so much cleaning and organizing around the house since I stopped working. I feel like I might actually get things under control. Gasp! Can you believe it?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Amelia's First Halloween

What can I say? It rocked. She didn't just tolerate her duck costume she actually seemed to dig it. I don't usually get back from class until about 6pm on Mondays. This meant we would have to hustle if we were going to make it around town and to the in-laws (a forty-five minute drive one way.) So, we decided to have a Halloween weekend and trick or treat both Sunday and Monday night.

Our little technology fend!
I was so impressed that Amelia didn't complain once about her costume. We visited with Curtis' parents Sunday night and had an awesome steak dinner. On Monday I ended up home early from school. We ate dinner and relaxed a little before visiting our friends Rebekah and Edgar. Amelia crawled around the house and we chatted, while Rebekah handed out candy to other trick or treaters.

After about an hour we migrated over to Gigi's house. This is when the little duck decided she'd had enough. Our cranky duck finally gave up the fight with wakefulness and passed out on the ride home. I had originally planned to make Amelia's costume but around labor day Carter's had a 50% off sale and I couldn't resist that good of a deal. So, we will save the handmade costume for another year when she can remember (and pick out what she wants to be.)


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