Thursday, July 30, 2009
When Eli and I first moved here we bought a shower curtain. We got the cheapest one they had at Target. It had mold on it with in a few months. So back to the store we went. This time around we went for the more expensive "mold free" curtain. Well, it was, up until a few months ago when I started to see the signs of mold arriving. In my effort to save money I thought surly there is a way to clean this thing. Well, there is! Put it in the washing machine and wash with soap, 1/4 bleach and hot water and hang to dry (I put mine outside but you could just put it back on your shower.)Good as new!
Now that I've done it, it seems so obvious that you should just clean it when it gets dirty. I've always just thrown mine out and bought a new one.
Here's another cleaning secret I've discovered: White Vinegar. My mom has always raved about using it to clean her windows and mirrors. But do a google search on "how to clean...." and pretty much every item in your house can be cleaned with vinegar! It has so many uses that will replace almost all your cleaning supplies. Here is a great site all about Vinegar Tips. Who knew one product could have so many uses?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Scary, isn't it? Its an Even Feed Walking Foot. I thought it would help me when sewing pieces together on the edge with a zigzag stitch. Well, it helps keep the pieces together but my needle sometimes goes over too far and breaks. I've broken 3 needles so far. I'm running out! I've also been making washcloths out of flannel and terrycloth and it is too thick to fit under the foot. I'm going to keep playing with it but if any of you have used one of these and can give me some pointers I would really appreciate it!
I can't get the link to show, but if you go to dirtydiaperlaundry.com you can read all the post!
Monday, July 27, 2009
These are sooooo good!!! But of course they would be with 1 whole pound of butter! They taste just like Pepperidge Farm's Chessmen cookies.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
2. Breastmilk only poo.......those were the days.
3. My husband. He continues to be good and sweet to me.
4. Pretty Butterflies in my back yard.
5. My crockpots. They are fun and simple.
Friday, July 24, 2009
So I mixed them with sweet potatoes and he ate them up! Peas are next. It is so much cheaper then buying those little jars and produces less waist. It's also better for the baby because you know what is in it! Here's a great web site that tells you what foods to feed at what age and how to prepare them. I prepare most all of the food the same. I steam it until soft then blend in my food processor. Add a little of the cooking water to make it smooth. Then I put it into my ice trays to freeze. Each cube is 2 teaspoons of food. Once frozen I transfer to zip top bags and write the date on the outside. Ethan started out eating 1 cube at night, then 2. Then we started giving 1 cube in the morning and 2 at night. Now he is up to 2 in the morning or sometimes 1 with a 1/3 of a banana, 2 at night, sometimes adding a fruit. Just yesterday I gave him 1 cube in the early afternoon. The only thing I don't like about feeding him solids is all the poo!!!!
As you can see we got a Highchair! Jee Jee and Grandpa Scotty got us the one from Wal-Mart. We love it. The whole thing is wipeable, you can remove the tray with one hand and it has a mini tray under that. Not sure what it is used for but I'm sure it will come in handy at some point. Eli likes it because it keeps Ethan confined. We were feeding him on the floor and that was sometimes a big mess. We are very happy to have our new highchair!
Ethan enjoys looking at the animals on the pad behind him. In between bits he has to turn around to make sure they are still there.
This is it with the tray removed. See the holes on the side? The tray really grows with your baby. It is not too big to fit in our kitchen without getting in the way.
He gets one a day after his first nap while watching Winnie the Pooh.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Eli says these are awesome! And we've almost eaten them all.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
So far we have gotten used:
Kick & Play- $10 garage sale
Walker- $20 craigslist.com
Swing- gift from friend
Stroller- gift from friend
Shopping cart cover- $5 garage sale
Fisher Price Car- $3 garage sale
Leap Frog Baby play center- $5 garage sale
Countless number of books for the whole family- thrift stores, garage sales, half price books (I never pay more then $1 for any of Ethan's books and they are all in very good used condition, no writing or tears.)
And of course cloth diapers! Although I think I'm going to stick to new for the one size so they will last through the next few babies.
Here are my 2 new great finds:
After a quick scrub down with some Lysol and a rinse with the water hose, staying away from any battery operated parts, these look good as new.
Here are a few things to look out for when shopping for used items:
Removable and washable fabric parts. Babies make a mess and it is very important to be able to wash the fabric. As I have found with Ethan they also like to chew on everything and you want to be able to get any other babies germs off before your baby chews on it.
Plastic that can be washed and rinsed without damaging any electronic parts. For the same reason as above.
Electronic parts in working order. If the person selling it really wants to sell it they will make sure it has batteries and works. You want to play around with it to make sure it works.
Books need to be in good condition. No chewed corners, torn pages or crayon marks. I'm a big fan of keeping books in good condition. I hope to teach that to Ethan!
With clothes I make sure they don't have stains on them or they are not torn. Unless it is a really cute outfit and I can fix what ever is wrong.
I have lots of thrift stores here and some are better then others. Some have a great selection of books, some are really big on clothes. I only shop at Goodwill for books because their prices are too high for everything else. Some of the prices are as high as if you bought it new. You just have to be careful and know your retail prices. This comes from years of shopping experience!!
There is only one thing I have found so far that I will not buy used: Car seat! It is very important to know that your car seat is in excellent condition. They say that after 6 years the plastic in the seat starts to break down and doesn't protect as well. Also, if you are not the original owner then you will not find out about any recalls that your car seat might have. Here are a few great web sites I found that have excellent reviews:
www.CarSeatData.org On this one you can type in what car you have and see what seats work best. This helped us out because I have a really small backseat and I want Ethan to rear face until 33lbs.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday: Chicken cooked on the grill...Thanks Eli. Broccoli, black eyed peas
Monday: Crockpot- Cowboy Beans- This recipe comes from "A year of Slow Cooking" I have found so many great recipes there. When I began looking for recipes for a slow cooker they all seemed to have the same few ingredients: Cream of something (chicken, mushroom, celery), Chicken or beef, and a packet of some over salted chemicals. Stephanie has brought a new life to slow cooking! She uses fresh, natural ingredients that are tested on her own family. So you know they have got to be good! I will be using a lot of her recipes over the next few weeks. Or at least until it cools off.
1 pound dried pinto beans, soaked overnight
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey (optional)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins, made in the USA is gluten free)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1(10-ounce) can Rotel, or traditional chopped tomatoes, your choice
1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
7 cups water
sliced jalapenos, optional
Serves 8-10 as a side dish, or 5 as a main course. Sort pinto beans, and soak overnight in lots of fresh water. If you live in a climate where the house gets terribly hot overnight, put the beans in the refrigerator to soak to keep icky bacteria from accumulating.In the morning, drain your beans, and pick out any that have split open, or look discolored and shrively.Pour into a 6 quart slow cooker. Brown hamburger and onion on the stove, and drain fat. While the meat is cooking, add the rest of the ingredients into your slow cooker. Start with 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. Add the meat, and top with 7 cups of fresh water. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for about 6. My beans took 6 hours on high to tenderize, and then they sat on warm for another 3 hours. We're at sea level. If you live in a higher altitude, your beans will take longer to soften.Taste the beans. If you'd like your beans to have more of a tang, add some more Worcestershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. Top with sliced jalapenos, if desired.
Tuesday: Pork loin Crockpot
4 pounds boneless pork shoulder
1 onion, sliced in rings
2 cups ketchup (a 24oz bottle seems to be exactly 2 cups. weird.)
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon gluten free Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
The Directions.Use a 6 quart crockpot. Trim meat, and place into your crockpot. Add sliced onion. Squeeze in 2 cups of ketchup, and then pour 1/2 cup warm water into the ketchup bottle and shake. Pour the ketchup-y water into your crock. Add vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire, Tabasco and salt.Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork.Serve over rice, or make sandwiches on rolls or sliced bread.
I got a great deal on Pork Loin at HEB ($1/1 lb) I've never cooked Pork Loin before. Eli is going to cut it for me. I couldn't handle it :~(. I found this recipe on A year of slow cooking. I'm going back today to get more pork! Eli says it is the best cut of pork and we have already eaten 4 pieces of it. For this recipe I will be halfing it because I don't want to use all my pork at one time.
Wednesday- Charro Beans made in the crockpot, cornbread- I love Jiffy! It's just the right amount and just the right sweetness.
Thursday- Crockpot Chicken Adobo- from A year of slow cooking
--3 to 5 pounds of chicken meat
--1/4 cup soy sauce (La Choy and Tamari wheat free are gluten free)
--4 cloves garlic, chopped
--1 tsp black pepper
--1/2 tsp salt
--1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (can use regular white)
--4 bay leaves
--1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
--1 yellow onion, sliced in rings
If you have the time to assemble the chicken in a plastic zipper bag with the salt, pepper, soy sauce, garlic, and vinegar the night before, do so. The chicken will be much more flavorful if left to marinate overnight. Then dump out in the morning on top of the vegetables.I used a 6.5 quart crockpot. If you use 3 pounds of chicken, everything will fit in a 4 quart or larger.
Rub the chicken with salt, pepper, and crushed garlic. Set aside. Slice the onion in rings and place the rings at the bottom of the crockpot. Add in the shredded carrot. Put the chicken on top. Pour in the soy sauce and vinegar. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5. This is done when the chicken is cooked through and has reached desired tenderness.
Saturday- Homemade Pizza.......For the last 2 weeks I have been planning to make homemade pizza. I still haven't done it. So this week, I will plan on doing it on a weekend day and maybe I'll do it this week!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
2. Sleeping babies....Ethan is supposed to get up at 7am but he was sleeping so soundly I don't have the heart to wake him. It is now 8:15 and he is still asleep!
3.Cool weather.....Will we ever have any? It's already 80 here.
4.Fraggle Rock! I had forgotten how much I liked it until I put the DVD in for Ethan and started smiling as soon as the opening song came on. Oh, and Ethan likes it too!
5.Garage Sales. I got 5 books, Christmas cookie cutters and 2 huge toys for Ethan all for $14 yesterday. I have found the key is to go to neighborhood garage sales. Then you can park your car and hit 5 or 6 at one time. Oh, and go to the better parts of town; they have the good stuff!
Leave a Comment and tell me one thing you are thankful for today.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Not sure what makes this one different but the color. It's $500.00!
UPDATE: A friend of mine told me this was the highchair Angelina Jolie bought for her children.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
1. Sleep duration
3. Sleep consolidation
4. Sleep schedule
We have started to see some big improvements! Ethan is now sleeping in his crib for all his naps and at night time. We decided to go "cold turkey" with him. I started by trying it only at night but the first night he ended back in bed with us by 4am. But for the past 2 days he has had his schedule of:
Wake at 7am
In bed napping by 9am for at least -1-1 1/2 hour
Awake for 2 hours
In bed napping by 1 for at least 1-1 1/2 hour
Awake for 2-3 hours
In bed napping between 3-5 for at least 1 hour--Can be a shorter nap but should be at least 1 hour
Then we do our bed time routine: Eat solid food, bath, book, nurse, bed
The last one is the hardest. He really fights it because he is so tired. As he starts taking his naps better then he won't be as tired for the bed time and it should get easier and he should go to sleep quicker.
I think the main point of the book is that sleep is learned and if your child doesn't learn how to put himself to sleep and stay asleep for a good amount of time then he will have sleep problems all his life.
Eli and I both loved him sleeping with us. But it was really hard on me during the day because he would not sleep unless I was right next to him. I would even try to slip out after he was asleep but he would wake within a few minutes. He would also stay awake really late at night, sometimes till around midnight. If I wanted him asleep earlier then that I would have to go to bed with him. At my age, I don't think I should have to be in bed while it is still light outside! I also don't think he was getting enough sleep. He would get really grumpy around 5pm everyday and it was a fight until I nursed him to sleep and was with him for the rest of the night in bed.
I think this is the hardest thing we have done as parents so far. You can ask Eli, I have not been the nicest person the last few days. But I'm doing much better now!
Ethan is doing well with it all. He is smiling when I go to get him from his naps. His first nap this morning, he woke up and started playing in his crib instead of crying!
I recommend this book highly to all parents.
I participated in a GDE (great diaper exchange) on my baby board. We each got paired with another mama (secret) and sent her 1 diaper we love or wanted to try. We then left clues so she could guess who we were. It was fun and it took my mama a few clues to guess me and took me a few to guess who I had. My mama who had me sent me this:
Here's Ethan in his new smartipants! I only bought 1 because I have been reading mixed reviews. The legs do gap a bit but I tend to change him before anything leaks out. It is a one size so it adjusts on the front like the BGs but has snaps instead of Velcro. I have tried it on the small setting, on the med setting with the waist tighter, and nothing helps make the leg holes tighter. I think I will keep using it and see if he grows into it. I wish it fit him better. It's so cute! Oh, and the liner comes out of the pocket in the wash so I don't have to pull it out while it's poopy. Great feature. I am looking at some others that do the same but don't have the leg problems.
I'm still waiting on my sassycloth AIO pocket, 2 fitted and 1 cover. I also have 2 used coming- one size FB (fuzzibunz) that I've never used before and 1 BG in green, just like the white ones I have already.
And the most exciting one of all.........A spellbound Goodmama!!! This one I have been looking at for a while. Goodmamas are fitted one size that are very absorbent and very popular. They can go up to and past $30 each. Well, I'm not paying that for something my baby poops in no matter how cute it is. But this one I had to have for the opening of HBP. I finally found it used for a good price and jumped on it! It should be here before we go see the movie on THURSDAY!!!!! I'm also making Ethan a shirt with HP on it.
Now you ask: With all this buying are you still saving money? The answer is "YES"!! I only buy when I have "extra" money from things other then paycheck money. And I buy most in very good used condition and that cuts the cost. Plus, unlike disposables, I can use them with the next baby or 2;)