Friday, April 15, 2011

Where does the time go?

How is it that when one thing gets done, 5 more things need to be done? To-do lists grow and grow by the hour in this house, but then why does nothing ever get done?!? As of right now I do the most important things that need to be done and everything else gets swept under the rug.

My husband has taught me how to live a bit stress free. I've said this before but he has taught me to take each day as it comes. Tomorrow is not promised so we pretty much live for today. We live in the moment and tackle each task as it comes. I have so many things that need to be done, I can't even remember what they are. I will try to compile a list:

To-Do List:

  • Clean (this needs to happen daily)
  • Plan Joanna's 1st birthday party (I am keeping this simple!)
  • Keep in contact with family & friends (thank goodness for text messages!!)
  • Keep baby satisfied (this can go either way)
  • Eat right (not happening!!)
  • Get some form of exercise (uh yeah, I am lazy and tired!)
  • Go to a billion stores (grocery store, target, michaels, joanns, mall in general, bed bath & beyond, etc.)
  • ^^[why are there so many things to buy?!]
  • Sew something (nearly impossible when the baby is awake-she LOVES wires)
  • Make & Send Easter cards (halfway there, photos are taken)
  • Post in my blogs (possible thanks to night time sleeping)
  • Finish decorating Joanna's room (need hubbys help!!)
  • Take a shower (what's that?) <--kidding but this can only be done during nap time!
  • Win the lottery (this is MOST important because then I will hire someone to do it all!)

Of course, in addition to this list there are plenty of things in between and things lost in my brain. As long as the baby is fed, clean, happy that is really all I have time for! Mommy does need to be clean and eat from time to time so I try to get that done too LOL. When you have a baby, they are placed at the top of that list, everyday for the rest of your life! Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being a mommy and having someone to take care of, but it's crazy how much your life changes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Missing In Action

This mommy has been declared missing in action!! I feel bad that I haven't blogged in a while but that is what happens to mamas! Ever since we moved the desk into the bedroom (so little miss doesn't get the wires), I haven't been on the computer as much! Oh the world of the crawler!

We are still settling into our home, taking each project one day at a time. The current project I am working on is our daughters room! I will be doing fabric wall art using a cornstarch solution. I already have all my pieces cut out and taped on the wall exactly how I want it. (I must have adjusted her letters over 100 times!) Now I just need my husband to have a day off so he can watch the princess while I apply it to her wall! It looks great already and I can't wait to finish it! I will post pictures and directions when it is complete!

Time is flying as always, but we must take each day one by one and take it one step at a time. I've become really overwhelmed with all of the things that need to be done but that puts more stress on me. I have learned to just accomplish tasks as I go and at the end of the day I have a rewarding feeling of progress. Right now I am slowly baby proofing the entire house and while it is a long process, I am making progress! 

Things will never be perfect right away or all at once, and that might be difficult for some to accept. Once you can actually accept this, you will find yourself living more free in the mind instead of worrying about the million things that need to be done. After-all, its not our fault we are living in a fast paced world. Just take it as it comes! :-)

COMING UP - 2 Sun hat fails with a 3rd attempt to make it right!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Goodbye Smartphone... for now!

So, the one time I actually gave in and let my daughter have my phone, she ruined it!!!!!! It was slobber nation all in that phone and I did get it to come back on but the screen kept going out and now its done! I had the line switched over to a phone I was using 5 years ago. A samsung flip phone! 

It's so weird not to use a QWERTY keypad but there is some good in this. We are saving a little over $40 a month since this phone doesn't need the crazy data plan. No more internet, but that is what the computer is for! What I'll end up doing is getting a smart phone that doesn't require the data plan. Cell phone plans shouldn't be so expensive and maybe you should consider the "downgrade" too!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quick Wall Art

 I tried my hand at some fabric wall art! I am pretty happy with how it turned out and will be doing more around the house.

What I used:

-hot glue gun
-cardboard flaps from box
-straw string? (I found it on a bag of poparey I had)
-iron/ironing board
-pen for tracing

This was a pretty easy project except my baby kept trying to get the wires!! I'd save this for when the babies/kids are sleeping if you are a mom. 

STEP 1-  Iron your fabric! I didn't do such a good job so you can see some crinkles and I'm sure you don't want that. 

STEP 2- Take your piece of cardboard and measure an inch around it (this is for folding) and trace it so that it is an inch bigger than you piece of cardboard. 

Step 3- Hot glue the first side you want to work with and fold it onto the cardboard. I used a pen cap to smooth it out so I didn't burn my finger.

Step 4- Clip the corners diagonally so that they lay down flat when folding. 

Step 5- (not pictured) I took my string and hot glued it to the back. I determined which side I wanted to be up. Make sure you let it sit 15mins before hanging so the glue hardens. 

I'll get better as I go! This was also my first tutorial. Try it out! It's fun and I have everything in the house and added from flavor to the wall!

I'm going to do my daughters room next and try some fabric wall paper using cornstarch. Keep a look out for that next!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Is Your Family Prepared For a Disaster?

First off I want to show off my 8 month old. Yesterday she turned 8 months old and I cannot believe how big she has gotten!! (Why couldn't pregnancy go by this fast!?!?) She is crawling like a maniac and is addicted to pulling herself up on anything she can (including mommy). Hopefully she will be learning to cruise soon!

With the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan and living in Southern California, I think now might finally be a good time to use this as a reminder that we too are vulnerable to mother nature and we need to be prepared. So I will post about how to be prepared and every mom especially with a baby should be prepared.

When it comes to being prepared for a natural disaster, I am sure some may think its a lot of work, but when it happens to you, you will have wished you were more prepared. You don't have to go all out with underground cellars and generators galore, but you can stick with the basics that will help you out tremendously in case of an emergency.

You should at least have these things: (and keep it together/know where they are!)
-flashlight (make sure the batteries are fresh)
-candles (with lighter/matches)
-bottles of filtered water
-keep your important papers in a safe but easily accessible place in case you need to grab them quickly

This website suggests a Go Bag with items necessary for being prepared. It also gives information on what to do in any disaster situation. At least read through because knowledge is power. Stay informed!

Another extremely helpful website is FEMA. They have articles that help you plan and prepare, recover and rebuild, apply for assistance, and you can look at disasters and maps. Make sure to "Like" FEMA on Facebook to get preparedness and disaster related info directly from FEMA. And if you didn't know, FEMA stands for "Federal Emergency Management Agency".

You've got time right now, go look now and get ready!! Southern California has a 94% probability of a 7.0 magnitude or greater earthquake in the next 30yrs. I will post back with my safety kit and what I've done to prepare.

COMING UP: Hubby's birthday (on St. Patrick's Day!), losing 10lbs, & I haven't forgotten about the stars!!! 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's Been A Rough Week!!

Quick Recap - the baby got sick, runny stuffy nose and we moved at night with no lights and a crying baby!

We are finally in our new home! I still have some unpacking to do in the kitchen and bathroom but the bathroom has to wait because we need more shelves! (no place to put anything at the moment) The baby has been a fussy one and it's been a veerrrryyyy long week. With her not being able to breath out of her nose from time to time and being in a new environment, I am sure this is all very overwhelming to her.

We were supposed to move on the 1st but my husband worked all day so he took off the next day. I had already had the gas and electric switched over so after we did our errand we had, we came home to no power! We had to pack and move in the dark with a few candles but we managed to do it!
Home Sweet Home
I want to share some products that have helped me with the baby being sick. The first product is called Nosefrida. Instead of using the nasal aspirator (bulb) to suck out the boogers/snot you use your mouth/breath to suck it out for the baby. I know it sounds gross but it really works and makes a lot of sense! With the bulb, you only have so much suction to pull boogers out. Depending how much breath you have, you can suck a lot out in one breath! It's a bit pricey but totally worth it. It's for small noses and since they say babies/kids get sick 4-5 times a year, it will come in handy I am sure. You can order it at Amazon or if you need it right now, check out your local Whole Foods which is where I got mine for $15.99. I also got the extra filters because it says you should change it every time you use it.

Another product I want to share is Boogie Wipes! They are wipes that have saline on them so I find that they easily grab the snot/boogers better than a regular wipe and not as harsh as a tissue. They have two scents, grape and fresh scent. I recommend fresh scent because the grape is a bit overwhelming and I regret getting that one. You can get these at Target for $3.99.

COMING UP: My attempt at decorating this house, getting back into shape with some other moms, and hubbys birthday! (st. patricks day)

Hope you enjoyed your weekend!! :-)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Do you know about Amazon Mom?

If you do, that's great! If not, I'll share. A fellow mommy told me about it and now that I am all signed up, I want to share it with you!

Here are the benefits:

-FREE two-day shipping with Amazon Prime benefits
-30% off diapers and wipes with subscribe & save delivery
-Exclusive email discounts and offers

Amazon Mom is a free membership program aimed at helping parents and caregivers, from the prenatal days through the toddler years, use Amazon to find all the products their family needs. 

To join, simply sign into your Amazon account and tell us whether you are a Mom, Dad, or other caregivers of a child. By providing information about your family, you can help us personalize offers, e-mails, and product recommendations to help you find exactly what you need at just the right time. 

COMING UP: We're moving (which means lots of decorating!!), some astrology (why not?) & Starting cloth diapering!