Friday, April 11, 2014

Grocery shopping with two kids- a step-by-step guide

There were a LOT of things I was scared to do with two kids.  The other day I needed something at IKEA so I decided to make a day of it and get lunch as well.  Suddenly there I was eating lunch in public with my two kids totally alone (well, with out any adults to help) and totally chill about it!  I've come a long way.

But in the beginning it wasn't so, and the biggest fear was grocery shopping.  Because we need to eat!  And I don't want to waste my child free time by grocery shopping, so I wanted to do it with my kids.  I just wanted someone to tell me how they did it.  It seemed impossible.  Of course we just did it and figured it out along the way, and you can do that too.  Or you can read this post.

1. Park next to a shopping cart return.  It doesn't matter how far from the store you are, you need a cart to get you in.  Especially if your older child is a runner.

2. Hopefully there are carts in the cart return.  I've only had a problem finding carts like twice.  And you can sometimes wait around for someone to finish loading their groceries and offer to take the cart off their hands.

3. When your baby is a baby, keep them in their car seat and balance it on the back of the cart.  Some people say this is dangerous.  Do not push your cart really really fast and let go.  That might make it dangerous.  I am always right there, so I don't find it dangerous.  When your baby is older and can sit alone you can put them in the front seat and your older kid in the back.  Olivia thinks its so cool to sit in the back right now.

4. Have a list because you're never going to remember what you need when your kids are trying to sample the lemons.

5. Have a checker help you out to your car if you want.  I never do because I'm really stubborn.  But it doesn't really matter because your parked next to a cart return anyway.

6. If it's hot in the car, put the groceries away first.  If it's cold outside put the kids in the car first.  Always put their safety first.  Then the food.  Then quickly return the cart.

7. Unload the kids.  Get them a snack or put them to bed or put on a show.  Unload the groceries.

Now that I have two, shopping with one seems so easy.  When I have three, will shopping with two seem that way?  By the time I have three kids, Olivia will probably be in kindergarten.  But still, anyone have any tips for shopping with three kids?  ;)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What Would You Do With. . . 1 Dozen Eggs????

It's April!  It's spring!  I love this time of year and remembering my sweet Olivia as a new born.  I honestly have very little memory of her as a baby, but I remember the spring when she was new.  New life. . . Easter. . . Easter eggs.

So we thought it would be fun to see what you (and I) would do with 1 dozen eggs.
I wanted to try the ideas from this pin and make some natural dyes.  But time got away from me and I found myself at the grocery store on Saturday before this post was due.  And so I turned to my usual PAAS coloring kit.

It. Was. So. Fun.

But first let's account for the dozen eggs.  1 got used for crepes on Sunday morning because we needed four eggs, and I only had three left in my carton.  So Adam stole from my blog project.  1 egg broke while boiling.  That left us with ten eggs to color.

After they were colored I ate a few with my lunches, and Olivia ate a few with her lunches.  Let me tell you the yummiest egg salad ever.  Mix one perfectly ripe avocado with one or two diced hard boiled eggs.  Spread on whole wheat toast.  Perfection.  I keep wanting to call it vegan egg salad, because no mayo, but then I remember that there are eggs in it.  So. . . not vegan.

Olivia is at a great stage in life where she really enjoyed this.  We put the tablets in the vinegar and the fizzed and she just thought it was so cool.  She was also pretty content to let her dad do the dying, which I'm sure will not be the case in future years so I was happy that it was fairly mess free!
Our cups of dye all set out.

The little brother.  So content now that he doesn't have an ear ache.

So excited to dye Easter eggs!

In her plastic craft apron.

1. My egg, I was going for a coral and it turned out more orange :(  2. My other egg, I wanted a light blue and bingo.  3. Yellow with stickers.

1. Adam's half and half egg, with stickers courtesy of O.  2. A solid green egg that we let soak for a loooong time.  3. A solid red egg.

1. Giving your child a white crayon on a white egg is one of those times you can feel like you know magic.  Olivia was so impressed with what happened when we dyed the egg she colored on!  2. Adam did this one too and I think it turned out beautifully!  Half green, half purple and they overlap in the middle.

1. Adam's idea to dye an egg in three different colors. (yellow, blue and purple I think) 2. Half purple, half blue.

Don't you wish that hard boiled eggs didn't need refrigeration?  Well, don't worry, this was just for a picture. I put them back in the fridge.
Funny story before we end.  As a kid I spent the night at my best friend's house, just down the street a lot.  One day I came home after eating breakfast with her family only to find out that my family had made hard boiled eggs for breakfast.  What!?!?!  With out me?  How rude.  I went on and on about how jealous I was.  When my dad asked me what I had for breakfast I said, "Only pancakes and bacon and hash browns." (or something equally yummy, I can't really remember) So yeah, I really like eggs.

And next month the theme is flowers.  Yep, just flowers.  Real, silk, paper, fabric. . . super general so you can make it what ever you want!!

We would love to have you link up ANY Easter egg posts, not just recent ones and not just specific What Would You Do posts.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mysterious Illnesses

So I'm here!  I'm alive!  I know you guys worry about me (sarcasm).

Sometimes I have anxiety attacks.  And what I think is causing them isn't always causing them.  I got really stressed with a work project for Oilo and freaked the heck out.  So I quit.  And then caved.  One last project.  This cot in this fabric.
I'm making the fabric portion of this cot. . .
In this BEAUTIFUL fabric.  Don't you love it???

But on Wednesday things came to an all time bad.  Axel threw up his milk before eating breakfast.  He still seemed hungry (not like a stomach flu) so I fed him his oatmeal.  He threw it all up and it was very scary because he couldn't breathe, and he couldn't stop.  We had plans for a play date that morning and Axel threw up all over me so thoroughly that I had to change everything.  As soon as I got my clothes stripped off, my door bell rang.  I threw on my bathrobe and answered the door.  I felt so bad telling my friend that I couldn't take her daughter that morning. 

As soon as my friend left I called the doctor and made an appointment for Axel that afternoon.  He ate lunch after his nap and kept it all down.  He seemed happy and cheerful, I almost canceled the appointment.  But I thought we might as well go and get things checked out.

Axel has had an ear ache for probably three or more weeks.  The ear infection fed his cold causing him to gag on mucus (and throw up almost daily), and causing his eye to occasionally goop up.  He was very happy in California, though he still had some moments of clingy-ness, but the week before we left and the week since we've been back he has been incredibly whiny and sad. 
Despite the cute face, this is Axel being incredibly whiny and sad.
Last night he'd been on antibiotics for four days.  I forgot what fun he could be when he wasn't constantly crying to be held.  I let him stay up 30 extra minutes because I just couldn't put a happy boy to bed.  

And that's when I realized that working for Oilo wasn't the only cause of my anxiety attacks, but Axel's health problems were as well. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I might start blogging again.

(And on Wednesday I'll be blogging April's What Would You Do With. . . 1 dozen eggs.  Join us, wont you???)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Five Little Confessions: Mom Edition

I have been awful about reminding you guys, but it's the first Wednesday of the month which means: Five Little Confessions!!  This month Jacq and I are hosting, and I hope you guys link up too!!


My kids just LOVE their vegetables.  They hate watching TV and both learned sign language at 8 months.  NOT.

Being a mom is hard and it's even harder when we think everyone else is perfect.  So I wanted to do my five little confessions about my parenting.

1. I think ignoring my children occasionally helps foster their independence and creativity.  When I'm around they don't play as well, they climb on me and they whine.  When I'm ignoring them (maybe doing laundry, maybe playing a game on the iPad) they interact well, they make up their own songs and they play independently!
Playing together, making a mess, while I ignore them to make dinner.  Don't worry, I kept them away from the cleaners.

2. Today I bought Olivia bubble gum even though I knew she would swallow it.

3. We have watched Frozen every day for a week.

4. I have a favorite child.  It's just not the same one every day ;)

5. I know I need to put lotion on my babies but I worry that they will be cold if I do it before bed and I never remember to do it in the morning.  So dry skin all around (because when do I have time for that?  I get less than five minutes for a shower!)

I know there are worse things I do, but I can't remember right now and I haven't been writing them down all month like I should have!!  So I'm going to commit to next months theme right now so I can start jotting down ideas when I have them.  Next month I'm going to confess to you about my make up and beauty routine.  Or lack there of. . .

I hope you wrote your confessions to link up!!!


Friday, March 21, 2014

Food Friday: Fajita Burritos

The winner of our giveaway is Ashley Perez! Thanks to everyone who entered!


This was going to be one dinner and then I changed my mind and it turned into a completely difference dinner (all right, not COMPLETELY different, they were both Mexican based after all)  I'm sure I'm not the first person in the world to come up with fajita burritos, but I certainly never thought of it before this night.  Basically its just my favorite fajita recipe, but with all the ingredients cut into bite size pieces (instead of strips) and black beans and white corn thrown in the mix.

Ingredients
1-2 chicken breasts, diced
Olive oil
1-2 bell peppers (color of your choice), diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 cup frozen white corn
1 can black beans, rinsed
2-3 limes
fajita seasoning (I like the traditional stuff you find on the ethnic food isle)
tortillas (you cannot beat the raw tortillas from Costco that you cook yourself.  Except maybe if you make your own)

Directions
1. Brown chicken in olive oil and a squeeze of lime with a sprinkle of salt and fajita seasoning (mine has so much pepper, that I don't feel the need to add more, but it doesn't have any salt so I am pretty generous there).
2. Add peppers and onions.  Cook through.
3. Add corn and black beans and season with more salt, seasoning and lime juice if needed.  
4. Serve in warm tortillas.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Super easy jewelry hanger

I'm not a big jewelry person.  I love my earrings but Axel likes to rip them out, so I'm a break from them.  But the few pieces of jewelry I do own was everywhere.  I have two closet earring hangers, they have little pockets for each pair, so they aren't a problem, but my necklaces and bracelets didn't really have a home.

I looked at some options on etsy, but the one I really wanted was sold and I couldn't find anything else like it.  I thought about doing cute knobs from Hobby Lobby but they were like 8 dollars a piece!  That's a tad much.  Plus a huge commitment to screw something that big into your wall. 

I thought about thumb tacks but I wanted something a little cuter.  So I had a idea to hot glue cute buttons on to thumb tacks.  I got some cute buttons at Hobby Lobby.  They were a little expensive as far as buttons go (I think $3 for four buttons) but way better than the pretty knobs I was looking at before. 

So that's the tutorial.  Just hot glue them onto your thumb tacks.  Yes they still had the shank on (the loop on the back that allows you to sew it on) and maybe I could have found a way to remove it but I didn't care that much and it isn't really a problem.  You just have to hold it still for a second while the glue cools to the touch. 



Monday, March 17, 2014

House Tour: Master Bedroom (sneak peek)

(First, don't forget to enter my giveaway here!!  Even if you don't have a toddler girl, this would make such a fun little gift for someone this Easter!) 

Sometimes when house work feels out of control, it's good to just take one little area and really clean it and make it beautiful.  I'm sure I'm not the only mom whose bedroom comes last in the cleaning list.  But really, my dresser is the first thing I look at every morning and it was CHAOS!  It had never really been organized since we moved in and it was just sort of a dumping place for. . . everything.  Books, jewelry, receipts, hair accessories, gum, pens and pencils, etc, etc, etc. 

But today!  Today I got a little tray for the printer paper at Target and decided to finally get this space under control.  And it has just made everything so much more cheerful!  This area has to kind of double as an office space and our dresser.  Since we have a laptop, we don't really have a computer desk, nor do we have the space for one.  Which means our dresser became the home of our printer and computer paper.  (The open space in the middle of the dresser is where we put the computer when we're printing something.)

I have a before picture, but really the only change is swapping their furniture for ours.  I did feel like the dark heavy wood really over powered this smaller master bedroom, so I do prefer our shorter white dresser.  But other than that it's not a huge change :)  And I'm going to call this a middle, not an after because there are still improvements I would like to make (like having only ONE change jar and not two. . . baby steps guys)

BEFORE

MIDDLE
The little frame in the middle is from Fiji.  Never did get pictures printed to put inside.  Someday. Someday.
A picture that includes our crappy blinds, for reference.