Sick Toddler

Well, I had ideas for today’s post, but Bubs has a cold. For those of you who do not have kids or your kid hasn’t been sick yet, basically what that means is that the whole night & day revolve around your sick child.

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Poor Bubs, of course there isn’t much I can do for him, and he doesn’t understand why he doesn’t feel good. 😦

He went to bed last night as normal, then starting at 10:45 pm, he woke up EVERY hour until about 5:45, then he slept about 2 1/2 hours and we’ve basically been up since. (For those of you who do not have kids, that means this Momma was up every hour as well).

His nose is so stuffed up, I got about a 25-30 min nap out of him earlier. Which was about enough time to drink a cup of coffee, then his congestion woke him up.

I tried to give him a bath after his short nap, normally he LOVES bath time, but not today. He screamed the entire time. At least he was clean for a few mins, the slobber & snot seem to be never ending. After his brief bath, he ate a snack of crackers & a banana. The rest of the afternoon has consisted of this…

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It’s only 2:45… I am exhausted and so is he! I thawed a jar of my homemade organic chicken noodle soup for him to eat later, hopefully that helps a little.

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I guess my blog ideas will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m off to warm up my cup of coffee for the 4th time today.

What do you do when your toddler is sick?

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Halloween Fun!

Wow… what can I say, I have been missing from the blogosphere for a few weeks now… I cannot believe how fast this fall season is passing by! Halloween came & went so fast!

Austin the zebra

Austin the zebra

Bubs was a zebra for Halloween this year. I made his costume (can you tell?). Growing up, my mom always made our costumes, and I would like to pass that tradition on to my children as well!

I had a great idea of how I would paint stripes on a white hoodie & white leggings… well… it turns out that a white hoodie & white leggings are hard to find for a 16 month old! I did, however, find zebra leggings & a zebra hoodie… so I bought those. So, I guess you could say I “cheated” a little on my costume making, but that wasn’t my plan, I had no other option! I did make ears & a maine out of felt to add to the hood, I used black socks (over his shoes), and black mittens (well, for a few mins anyway) on his hands for the hooves. I think it turned out great!

My Zebra

My Zebra

Zebra butt

Zebra butt

We had such a busy Halloween season (I’m not complaining), I have always loved Halloween! Bubs got to wear his Halloween costume three times!!

Oct 20th our town had a Halloween festival in our downtown park, the kids could trick or treat, there was live children’s music, and a costume contest! They even had a costume contest for pets! We brought Lexi, dressed as a cow, with us. Halloween is her favorite holiday, she LOVES all the crazy kids running around! We met our neighbors in town, N & Bubs had a great time just playing and watching the other kids. We did not collect candy, since Bubs isn’t going to eat it anyway!

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Whoa… don’t fall over!

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Trying to sneak some of N’s candy!

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Daddy, Bubs & Momma

Family Photo

Family Photo

As unhappy as Baby Girl looks in this photo, she really was thrilled to be downtown with all the kids! She just isn’t that photogenic (well, and she’s not too thrilled to be dressed as a cow, although, she LOVED that everyone “moo’d” at her!)!

Next up… Oct 25, Plymouth Whalers OHL hockey game, Halloween night! They had trick or treating between periods, and lots of kids dressed up! Again, we did not collect candy, but it was fun for Bubs to see all the kids dressed up!

Walking with Daddy

Walking with Daddy

Snack Break

Snack Break

Hanging out

Hanging out

Picture with Daddy

Picture with Daddy

Snuggling with Uncle Mike

Snuggling with Uncle Mike

Bubs is such a good sport, he loves his Plymouth Whalers, even though we were out past his bedtime, he did great at the game!

Of course, next is Halloween… Oct 31… Austin’s cousins, Gavin & Avery came over to trick or treat with Austin. Too bad I didn’t get a picture of the three of them together BEFORE trick or treating… it was raining here on Halloween, so when we got back from trick or treating the kids were SOAKED… well, luckily Bubs was not that wet, since he was in his stroller. Here are some photos of him…

After trick or treating

After trick or treating

My Zebra after trick or treating

My Zebra after trick or treating

We did collect candy on Halloween, mainly because Bubs saw that his cousins were getting candy… he was so cute, wanting to give the next house the candy he got from the previous house! Our neighbors are so sweet, many of them were prepared for little trick or treaters, they had “toddler approved snacks”, things like fruit snacks, cheddar fish, small suckers and cheetos! Bubs had such a great time, I can’t wait for next year!!

What did your kids dress as this year for trick or treating?? Did the weather bother them?

Little Artists

Well, Hello Monday!

What a great weekend! Yesterday I was trying to think of something fun to do with Bubs outside, we are having this AMAZING late summer Fall weather! It was perfect out, not a cloud in the sky, high 60s, with LOTS of warm sun!!

I pinned a safe kids finger paint recipe on Pinterest, MONTHS ago, and have been dying to try it out with Bubba. I kept putting it off, thinking “the older he is, the more he will enjoy the paint”, and hoping the weather would cool down a bit too. Well, Sunday was the day to find that recipe and make the paint! So I pulled up my Pinterest boards and went on a search for it, guess what?, it turns out, I pinned about 5 different safe kids paints… I had a specific recipe in mind, so it took a while to find it. Here it is if you want to make it yourself. (I made a double batch).

I mixed up the recipe, then added my food coloring… I had 13 colors!!

Paint 1I called our neighbors to see if N wanted to come paint with Bubs, they were in and headed on over! While we were waiting for them to arrive, I made a few stamps out of potatoes, I thought the kids would have fun using the stamps, as well as, painting with their fingers!

PotatoesBubba wasn’t that interested in actually painting, he wanted to eat the paint and eat the potatoes!

AustinWe tried to have N show Bubs how to use the stamps…

Austin 4It didn’t work out so well… Bubs took it and “ran”…

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Escapee 3As you can see, he was eating the potato (see the paint on his face?!), he ended up eating most of the square off of the square “stamp”!

Meanwhile, N was making a layered masterpiece!

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All-in-all it was a fun Fall day, spent outside with friends! We will definitely do the paint again, it was a GREAT recipe, safe for the kids to eat, did not stain their skin and made vibrant colors! Now that we know it washes off easily, I think next time we will do it inside, maybe that way Bubba won’t be as distracted!

What are some fun Fall outdoor activities you have done to enjoy this weather??

Got Laundry?

Don’t we all? Laundry seems to be never-ending, especially if you have kids! I am always looking for green ways to do laundry and reduce the amount of chemicals used on our clothing, bedding & towels! Since Bubba was born, I stopped using fabric sheets. They recommend parents of new babies not use them, as they can irritate baby’s delicate skin. I wanted to do a little research of my own, so I went to EWG’s Guide to Cleaning and looked up our dryer sheets… WOW… way to scare a new mom!!

For the most part, I didn’t miss them! EXCEPT when I am washing fleece/fuzzy blankets and sheets! Those dryer sheets always helped reduce the extreme amount of static created by fleece and made our sheets seem softer & more comfy… well the risk isn’t worth it, in my opinion!!

I remembered reading somewhere (I am sorry, I can’t remember where!) that vinegar could be used as a fabric softener… so I decided to give it a go! And guess what? I LOVE it! No vinegar smell, clothes come out softer and less static-y, AND without the use of chemicals!! I use distilled white vinegar and a downy dryer ball…. This is what I do…

Step 1: Grab your dryer ball, here is mine…

Dryer Ball

Step 2: Grab your vinegar, I buy store brands and usually have a few bottles around (since vinegar has MANY uses!)

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Step 3: Pour desired amount into dryer ball (I like to fill it to the Extra Large line). Pull the plug to lock vinegar in the ball.

Step 4: Throw the ball into the washer with dirty clothes. Run wash cycle.

Step 5: Take clothes out of washer, throw in dryer, when dried, fold/hang and go about your day!

Easy-peasy! And chemical free!! It works GREAT all around, vinegar can also help reduce the soap residue that stays in fabrics, especially towels!!

Do you have any eco-laundry tips??

*Please comment below, on my blog! Thanks!

Planning for a Green Baby – Our Blue (Green) Nursery

It is all about COLOR when decorating, in my opinion!

I once decorated a bathroom, when I lived alone, in HOT pink. That’s right, I had HOT pink stripes on the wall, and a HOT pink & purple shower curtain. A male friend of ours said “It looks like Victoria’s Secret threw up in your bathroom!”! I loved that bathroom, but it was definitely a “girls” bathroom, so when Scott & I bought our house, he made it very clear he did not want another “girls” bathroom. It also took him some time to realize I have an “eye” for decorating, and using color, without going overboard!

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The walls before we painted (with a test strip of different blue)

Scott & I discussed wall color for our spare bedroom for years, without ever moving forward with our ideas. The walls in that room were very badly damaged… or should I say poorly repaired! It was evident that the previous owners had a chair rail in that room, that they decided to remove, and fix the damage themselves (VERY poorly). When we bought the house, almost every room in it was painted white. On top of that, it was painted with the cheapest, flattest white paint! We repainted most of the rooms, but had left the spare bedroom alone, knowing that 1) one day it would become a nursery and 2) it needed a lot of work because of the wall damage.

After we found out we were expecting a baby, we discussed what color we would paint the walls and what we would do about those damaged poorly repaired walls. I, of course, voted for green paint! Scott wanted blue, if it was a boy, but said I could do green if it was a girl. I figured that was a good compromise. We both agreed we needed to hire someone to repair the walls & paint them.

Well… we found out we were expecting a baby boy! So Scott won the wall color…finding the paint was easy, we have already painted many walls in our house with Benjamin Moore Aura Low VOC paint, and have LOVED the outcome, so all we had to do was settle on a shade of blue. We both knew we did not want a “baby blue” color, just something in the blue family. The color blue we landed on, was actually a blueish-green, called Bahaman Sea Blue. We chose to pay a professional that had painted for my parents, friends of my parents and even some of the buildings I work in! He did an absolutely amazing job! Besides repairing the damaged walls, he painted the walls & interior of the closet blue, and painted the trim & ceiling a nice clean, crisp white! By the way, don’t the floors look great? You can read about them here.

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Lexi likes to photo bomb!

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Before any furniture was in the nursery, the walls were quite bright (to say the least) and many of our friends & family (Scott included) wondered what we were thinking! Once the room came together, everyone loved the outcome, Scott even said it might be his favorite room in the house now! (Hopefully you will all agree once you see the finished room!!)

Do you have a favorite room in your home? Have you ever had a decorating idea, that others thought was a bit crazy, until they saw the finished product?