Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mommy ME Time

Everybody needs a little ME time. 

I know that I do and sometimes it just can't wait until after the kids are in bed for the night.  It's especially important on those days where getting a 5 minute break from the kids is impossible.  

It is ok to step away for a minute, as long as your kids are safe.  

Sometimes if I just need a minute, I will turn on a tv show for my 4 year old and put the baby in a safe toy or play area and go in the other room for 5 minutes.  

Everybody needs time to themselves and teaching your kids that it is ok to need quiet time and to take time for themselves is important also.  

It doesn't matter what you do with your ME time.  You can sit quietly at the kitchen table, read a book, drink a coffee, really anything that you find relaxing.  

I like to read novels.  I can get engulfed in the story and it takes me away, even if only for 5 minutes.  Sometimes all you need is a little brain vacation!  

I have been trying to take a 5-10 minute ME time break every day.  Sometimes I get lucky and all of the kids are in bed and quiet for at least 10 minutes at the same time.  

It is hard to sit and do nothing when you are surrounded by laundry that needs done, dishes that need washed, bathrooms that need cleaned, floors that need vacuumed, and toys strewn across the house; but sometimes that is exactly what you need to do.  

What do you do during your ME time?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This is by far the best chocolate chip recipe I have ever made.  I think the reason is because my husband, who is a Chef, came up with it!  His recipe actually calls for white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I only used semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Here is the recipe...

Yields: about 2 dozen

Preheat oven to 325

1 cup         Butter
1/2 cup      Sugar
1.5 cup     Brown Sugar
3 cups       Flour
4 tsp         Vanilla extract
1 tsp         Baking soda
1/2 tsp      Salt
2              Eggs
1.5 Cup   Chocolate Chips (or half white chocolate chips)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Feeding Your Baby What You Eat

When my son's doctor told us at 6 months that he can start eating everything that we eat, I was pretty surprised. With our oldest son, now 4, we were told not to give him any meat until 9 months. 

Since I was already pureeing all of the baby's food in the magic bullet (shown at the bottom) it didn't take much to purée whatever we were eating for dinner.  I picked up the magic bullet at a yard sale for $10 and has been by far one of my best finds.  I have definitely gotten my money's worth!

I still stuck to fruit and veggies only at breakfast and lunch, but for dinner he ate what we did, and loved it! 

He has pretty much devoured everything we have given him. I steer clear from spicy foods, sausage, and anything I just don't think he should have. If we happen to eat fast food or something fried, I give him a healthier alternative. 

So far this has worked great and he is already eating what we eat, and most of the time I don't even have to purée it anymore. He has 8 front teeth already and chews pretty well.  

The only problem that I have right now is that he wants everything we eat, no matter if he can chew it or not and whines until I either leave the room or give it to him!  It is probably better that way than for him to refuse everything...  As much as he eats, you would think he is a big baby, but he is far from it.

I researched it a lot and found out that the earlier that you start them on what you as a family normally eat, the less picky that they will be when they get older.  I have a little while to wait to see if it worked, but I hope it does!  

How did you start your baby on solids? 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Best Homemade Play Dough Recipe!

I have been wanting to make play dough with my son for awhile andjust never got around to it. 

I was always scared I would do a recipe with himand it would bomb and him be disappointed. 

So I asked for any recipes from myFacebook friends and got an awesome one from a friend.  You can find the Best Play Dough EVER here.

Therecipe that I listed is half of the original recipe.  Next time I make it, I will probably cut itin half again and make different colors. 

Best Play Dough EVER
2 cups flour
1/2cup salt
2cups water
2tablespoons oil
1/4cup cream of tartar

Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and whisk to make sure itis well blended. I added the food coloring here and made sure it was combined well.  Cook and stir over low/medium heat until play dough iscompletely formed and no longer sticky. Allow to cool before playing with, andstore in an airtight container or bag.

Walking already?

My little man took his first steps yesterday.
My oldest son took his first steps at 9 months old so it isn't too much of a surprise that my 10.5 month old wants to start.

It is a question if whether I'm ready or not! 

I know, selfish right? 

I finally got everything at crawling eye level pretty baby proof and now I have to worry about walking baby eye level too! 

The baby gates are already up, but now his reach has increased so I will need to maintain the house a little better.  

I am definitely not a neat freak and tend to have baskets of folded laundry on the couch and papers on the coffee table.  I guess this mess is going to have to be contained before my organized mess turns into chaos! 

Good thing I got a lot of baskets at the thrift store…  Guess I better start painting them!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Rainy Day Fun

What do you on a rainy day or any other day you are stuck in the house? 

I try to get creative and do different things. 
You can read about our play in tunnels and tents here. 

We also like to paint, color on the windows, and learn and play with different things. 

I help my son type words on the computer, we do the Tag Map, build puzzles, make marshmallow creations, and play with Lincoln Logs (when the baby is sleeping).

Over the past few days my son was sick but he wanted to do something besides sit and watch TV so we tried a little bit of everything. First we did some watercolor painting on coffee filters. He wasn't very interested in that so we painted on paper instead. Next we read some books with the baby. 

After that was done, he was still bored so he colored the sliding glass door with window markers. This is by far one of his favorite things to do. He gets to draw whatever he wants for however long he wants. And it's such a large space, his creation can be huge!  

I always look for new things to do to keep his interest, even just for those days that I just need him to keep busy and stay content without my constant attention.  

What is your favorite quiet time activity?