Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Baskets for Infants

I have always been really into holidays. I always get my little sisters and Tyler an Easter basket, and everyone gets a stocking at Christmas too. Even the dog gets a stocking. I think it is because my Mom always did such a good job with holidays when I was younger. I always had the coolest stuff in my Easter baskets.

This year will be my first Easter I get to make a basket for my little man. I know that he won't really be interested in any of it, but I am excited none the less. Want to know what he is getting in his Easter basket?

A Sophie Giraffe! Sophie, if you have never met her, is an amazing natural teether for babies. She squeaks, she tastes good, and she is perfect for little baby hands.

A very hungry caterpillar rattle. We love the book and have the stuffed animal as well.

An organic bunny lovie from Under The Nile.

AND I am hoping to get him a little sapling toy. Hopefully they will be in stock at our local store because I do not have time to get it shipped. They plant a tree for every toy sold. You can even get them personalized in their Etsy shop.

He is also getting some babylegs, some sleepers and onesies, and some bubbles :)

 A little overboard for a 7 month old? Maybe...but I told you I love holidays. What are you putting in your kids' Easter baskets?

How to Make Squash Baby Food

Squash is a great first food for babies and easier to make than you would think. You can use this method to cook any type of Winter squash or pumpkins. We used butternut squash.

First, make sure you wash your squash (hehe!) and slice it own the middle lengthwise.
Use a spoon and scoop out all of the seeds and stringy stuff from the inside.
Fill a small baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water and lay both halves of the squash with the flat side down
Cook in the oven on 375 for about 45-50 minutes or until the flesh of the squash is very tender.
This is how mine looked when it was done:

Next, take your spoon and scoop out all of the squash from the skin.and put the squash into your food proccessor or baby food maker.

Puree the squash to your desired consistency. Logan is still on Stage 1 baby foods, so I pureed mine for about 30 seconds.

Let cool and then scoop into whichever baby food containers you prefer...You can use ice cube trays and freeze them, or you can purchase special baby food containers. I just use baby food jars that I wash and sanitize.

Our medium butternut squash made 3 1/2 jars of baby food. You can keep these in the fridge for 2-3 days or freeze them for up to 3 months.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


We have had another busy week here, so as usual, I only got a few pictures. If you think I am a crazy person and want to know wht I post pictures of myself every Wednesday, check out Lindsey's blog over at The Pleated Poppy

Sunday: To a baby shower and Easter egg hunt

I hate when I know someone is taking my picture, I dont want to smile all big, so I normally end up with a face like this, lol.
Dress- New from TJ Maxx
Shoes- New and on clearance at Old Navy
Cardigan- Ann Taylor loft
Belt- New York and Company
Necklace and Earrings- Brighton

Heres a close up of the shoes. I really need a pedicure. My toenails havent been painted since before I was pregant.

Tuesday: Running errands and to watch my little sisters first softball game :)

 Husband wasnt around to take my picture, so I had to take it standing on my bathub again.

Shirt- Julies Closet from TJ Maxx
Jeans- Old Navy
Earrings -Target
Bracelet- Brighton

and today...just working around the house:

Shirt- Converse from Target
Cardigan- Forever 21
Jeans- New York and Company

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Busy Week

We have been super busy this past week, which is why I haven't blogged since Wednesday. I have been Spring cleaning for my mother in law and trying to get some cleaning done at my house as well. Logan has been super fussy, so I have been washing windows and baseboards with him strapped to my back.

We have been running non-stop this weekend too. I went to Keenland to watch some horse racing on Friday and out to dinner with friends. Yesterday, my mom and I went searching for a sewing table. Currently I sew on the coffee table sitting on the floor. Not good. We didnt have any luck so I may just have to order a new one online. I am in love with this table from World Market. It may have to be my Mother's day/anniversary gift from my husband.

Today, we went to church, a baby shower, and an Easter egg hunt. Logan went to the nursery for the first time at church today. He was so fussy that they had to take him to another room down the hall so he wouldn't disturb the other kids. Already getting in trouble and he is only 6 months old :) He is going to be a handfull. In his defense, though, church is right during nap time.

I have also been sewing like a mad woman. The sewing business is really starting to take off. I am selling mostly to friends and family, but it is still keeping me busy. I would love to see the Etsy sales increase, but I am working on that. Here are some crayon holders I made this weekend to put in the shop.

I have been working on some new applique patterns as well. These can be put on a onesie or a toddler tshirt. Let me know what you think :)

Current Kelly's Closet Coupons

Kelly's closet has a free diaper special going on right can get a free one size diaper (with a value of at least $18) with a $69 purchase! Just use the code APRILSHOWERS at checkout! Limit 2 uses per customer, one per order.

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They also have BumGenius diapers and Grovia diapers Buy 4, get 1 free! So if you are looking to stock up, now is a great time. Click the Kelly's Closet link to the left so they know I sent you :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

WIWW #3- A Baby Shower

This week was another fail with the picture taking,,,and the getting dressed for that matter. The husband and I were both sick with a stomach bug all weekend and I have been doing some Spring cleaning, so yoga pants and t shirts were pretty much my uniform this week. But I did manage to look somewhat presentable one day this week. I went to a friends baby shower on Sunday. The weather was gorgeous and I was so excited to get to wear my new spring dress. Here she is:

Dress: Old Navy
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shoes- Macys
Belt: Express
Bracelet, Earrings- Brighton
Blue Headband: Forever 21

I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spring Wreaths

Since it has finally warmed up, I am getting into Spring cleaning mode and wanted to do a little decorating. My mom is a florist, so she has access to a floral supply house in Lexington. I went yesterday and picked out some stuff to make a few wreaths and decorate my tree for spring. My mom came over last night and helped me put my wreaths together. Here is our finished product:

The left one is quite a bit smaller and I did it by myself, the larger one my mom helped with. I think they turned out pretty good. I love the ribbon. It is burlap kind of material and comes in a bunch of different colors. And I am really into birds and nests for Spring. These lovelies will go on my front and side doors.

My house is not country at all, and is decorated pretty modern, but I think I make this tree work. Its the only one I have like it in my house. For Fall and Christmas, it is decorated super modern with all kinds of sparkly things on it. For Spring, I used birds nests, sparkly butterflies (these stay on pretty much year round) and little birds that I got from Hobby Lobby. Here is a close of of the butterflies:

and I found these cute little birds at Home Goods a couple weeks back. The moss heart is from the floral supply house. I had no idea what I would do with it, but it looks pretty good propped up behind my birds.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cloth Diaper Picture Contest: Granola Babies

A few days back, I heard about a cloth diaper photo contest at Nurture Baby Naturally's facebook page. I have entered tons of giveaways since I started cloth diapering (It's kind of addicting, right?) But I have never won. But since this was a photo contest I decided to enter. The picture with the most likes would win a free one size diaper from Granola Babies. Here is the photo we entered from a couple of months ago:

Fast forward 4 days and I am exhausted from the whole process. I enlisted all of my facebook friends to vote for my little guy and we were winning for the first couple of days. But then, a couple people posted  pictures of some really stinkin cute babies and it was neck and neck for a while.  Then we started losing so I had to hound my friends for votes. I know. All for 1 cloth diaper? I am pretty competitive, though, and cloth ain't cheap :)

I stayed up til midnight making sure we were in the lead, (we trailed back to 2nd at some points) and at midnight we were winning. Then I realized that Granola Babies is loccated on the West coast, 3 hours behind us. Well me and the husband have had a nasty stomach flu all weekend, so I couldnt make it much past midnight. I just gave one last plea for votes on my facebook page and went to bed. My facebook friends think I am insane and I have probably been defriended by some during the process.

This morning, we were announced as the winner (yay!) but then one lady's picture wasn't showing up on the wall, so then they didn't know who really won. They are actually going to send us BOTH free diapers! SO nice of them....I don't know what the details of the prize are yet, but I am hoping to get to try a new brand!
I had not heard of Granola Babies until I saw the photo contes. But after checking out their website, they actually have some really great deals and shipping is always free! I don't know of any other websites that do this.  They also rent cloth diaper packages that include 8 different brands of the most popular diapers for $25. You get to keep them for 2 weeks and then ship them back. This is great if you are new to CD'ing and want to try out a few different brands. Next time I run out of my Rockin Green, I will definitely be ordering from Granola Babies!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday #2

Here is my WIWW post, week #2. I did actually get dressed EVERY day this week...but I still failed at taking the pictures. This post has really motivated me to put more thought into what I wear everyday... no more pajamas for me!

Shirt, Jeans- Old Navy
Boots- X Appeal? from Rack Room years ago
Cardigan- Forever 21

This is what I wore Monday, lol.

Shirt- TJ Maxx (tank, cardi and belt, all one piece)
Jeans- American Eagle
Earrings- Target
Shoes- Sperrys

Dress- Forever 21
Belt- Express
Leggings- Forever 21

I am linking up with Lindsey at The Pleated Poppy! Join us!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Logans New Ride

I have been searching for a walker for Logan for a couple of weeks now. We have a lot of wood flooring in the front part of our house, so I thought he might like to glide around on it while he is learning to walk. I went to 3 different stores on Saturday and the only walkers I could find were really unattractive. If I have to have a huge baby toy in my house, I at least want it to be somewhat cute. I am super picky about baby things. Finally on Sunday, I found a super cute one at Buy Buy Baby. We ended up getting the Combi All In One Walker, special edition black Mustang GT.  I LOVE that store, but its kind of far away. They have the best selection to choose from. It was a little pricey, but I had a 20% off coupon.

He loves his new ride. He hasn't figured out how to walk in it yet but he can scoot in it a little bit. His favorite thing to do, though, is honk the horn. But he doesn't honk it with his hands..He honks it with his face. I have a really funny video of him doing it but for some reason I can never get videos to upload on here. If you know why it will not work, please let me know :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kelly's Closet Coupon Code: 10% Off Your Entire Order!!

Hey there...I just received the April Diaper Shops newsletter and wanted to share the latest Kelly's Closet coupon code. They are celebrating their 10th anniversary and from now until April 10th, you can get 10% off of your entire purchase with the code 10YEARS! Excludes BumGenius, Flip, Econobum and Grovia. Limit 2 uses per customer.

To place an order click my Kelly's Closet link in the sidebar (So they know I referred you!) Happy shopping!