Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Dolls


I love the Melissa & Doug wooden dolls. 
Who says little boys can't play with dolls?

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Play Room Revamp: After

   I originally started the play room revamp the beginning of this month, I blogged about it here   I rearranged our play room so many times in the past, and it was never just right. 
The playroom is right off of the front door, it's the first room guest see when they come in. 

Obviously it was picked up and not so messy, but everyday toys were still thrown about. Nothing had a "place" It was hard to teach Curtis to pick up, when he didn't have anywhere for it to go. I love love love our playroom now. I can put away the toys, and entertain guests without them tripping over matchbox cars. We were on a "budget" for this room, my goal was to stay under $200. Now I did blog earlier about my beloved PLAY pillows. That unfortunately during the process of redecorating got ruined. I was very sad, I loved them. I went out and bought pillows to complete the look, eventually I'll add more pillows to it and possibly recreate the PLAY pillows. 

 Now what you've been waiting for, the AFTER!

 The Details:

Subway Art: Anything But Perfect  Free
Frames: IKEA Saxnas Frame $4.99 
            IKEA Virserum Frame $1.99
Art Supply Jars: IKEA Forvar Jar $2.99
Toy Storage: IKEA Expedit $69.99
Toy Bins: IKEA Drona Box $4.99each
Bird Curtians: IKEA Eivor $14.99 2panels 
Masterpiece Idea: A Little of This Blog $12.60 in supplies
Masterpiece Vinyl: Etsy: Vinyl Express $7.00
PLAY Pillow Idea: Craftaholics Anonymous Free
Target Pillows: Target $12.99

Grand Total: $185.44

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Weekend Report

This weekend went by a little slower, which was nice. 
On Saturday I got some "alone" time, I went to 5 different stores. Got all the odds&ends errands done, then met my sister Cashel for Lunch at Crave. Were we split an Apple Raspberry burger and Parmesan Fries with Truffle Mayo :::Drools:::
After Curtis's nap we went to the grocery store. Normally I don't get the big car shopping carts for Curtis to ride in. 

1. They are a pain the rear to steer 
2. They always seem to be crawling with germs 
3. normally the "Car" part is in the front of the basket where I can see him. 
Since Bradley was with me. We decided to get the a new car-cart that I haven't seen before. It had them sitting up top on the cart where I push it, It didn't look that dirty {plus I cleaned the whole thing with sani-wipes} and my expert car-cart driving Husband was with me. Seriously that guy can drive that big ol' thing around the grocery store no problem. If I drive it, I'm bumping into people and displays. Curtis was in heaven driving the cart, and didn't complain the entire grocery trip!

On Saturday we got a box from Grandma & Papa H. It was fun valentines day presents, and  1 Christmas present from Great Aunt Linda! 

 So happy to have his very own Mickey MOUSE!

 Clifford Dog Book & Blanket from Aunt Linda! 

He had a very good Saturday. :)

Sunday was filled with laziness, we skipped church {I know such heathens} 
we stayed in pj's, I scrubbed the kitchen...and eventually we all got dressed.

Our TV is dying, it's a sad thing. We've been holding off on buying a new tv for awhile now. I hate spending money on "Big" items, and a t.v. is one of those big ticket items. Blah! Bradley spent the day researching, and we'll probably shop around for awhile before we finally commit. Even talking about committing to a new t.v. makes me anxious. I don't like spending $$$ money! 

We stopped by target, and browsed their tvs and then made our way to our friends house for dinner. I got to hold a snuggly newborn, and give the parents a break :) It was nice to fellowship with them, and of course Curtis & Kayley had a blast playing together. 

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

No Singing Mama!

   I sing to Curtis all the time, have sense he was a little baby. Well the last few weeks, he's decided he doesn't like me singing {or Brad singing} Every time we start to sing something " no mama, no dada, no sing" I'm thinking we must have awful voices ;) 

Here's a video the other night of me trying to sing the ABC song. 

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1..2..3 Strikes You're out ...

   Saturday we got a special box from Grandma & Papa H. When we opened the box, the first thing Curtis saw was a baseball mitt. Curtis is a lover of gloves, he loves putting on any/all gloves. So of course a baseball mitt was no expection. Bradley taught him how to use it {as best as you can with a 2year old}

Curtis giving Daddy directions

It was a huge hit! Thanks Grandma & Papa!

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Recipe: Deep Dish Mini Pizzas

While I was browsing Pinterest last week, my husband often looks over my shoulder and points out everything he wants me to cook :) 
As I was scrolling, he saw mini deep dish pizzas. I pinned it to look at it later. 

On Thursday when I went look up the recipe for dinner, I realized it was just a picture, no recipe, no linky, nothing. Well that won't work! So I winged it and came up with a pretty delicious dinner, thanks to the inspiration anonymous pinner.

Pizza Sauce 
{or pasta like I used}
Pillsberry Pizza Crust
Shredded Cheese of your choosing 

1. Roll out your pizza crust. Cut 12 squares. Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray (or butter it) 

2. Lay the squares into each hole, and spread the on a bit. Start the layering with pasta sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. 

Viola! Delish Mini Pizzas! 
I served ours with sauteed spinach with garlic & olive oil.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Guest Post: Green Baby Gifts

Hey Guys! 
I'm excited to introduce you my Cousin Chris and his lovely wife Melanie. They write a great blog called The Little Green Homemaker  They have an awesome perspective on everything green. I'm so impressed with their determination to make their house chemical free!  They've recently threw out the last of their chemical products! Plus they are an adorable couple. Today they are writing about their top green baby gifts! Spring seems to be the season of new babies, these items would make for great gifts! 

It's seems like everyday I turn around, there's someone new that we know who's pregnant. I can currently count four different women who are due within the first week of July alone! While my husband, Chris, and I currently have no children of our own, we do have a few clear ideas on what we do and do NOT want to receive at baby showers. 

Why? Because we firmly believe that what we come in contact with on a daily basis affects our health. And when we're looking at what's going to be surrounding a brand new life, we're going to err on the side of caution. For us that means no plastics, no disposable diapers, and no "cosmetic" baby products that contain harmful chemicals. So while we are trying to gently steer people away from these products, we will have some products that we will promote instead!

The following products are currently some of my favorite products that are healthy and wholesome for baby. These are some of my favorite gifts to give!

1. Graham Gardens' Baby Bird Collect 
(Cost: $10.75 - $59.95)

Graham Gardens is one of my favorite places for skin care items. I use items from their regular line often, and would never dream of going back to "conventional" products. The Baby Bird line is unique in what it is formulated without. Their products never contain parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, or preservatives. Even their baby powder is formulated without talcum (which can cause a whole host of problems.

You can always feel safe putting any of these products on your baby. I've also heard that their Tailfeathers Zinc Cream is amazing!

2. Sophie the Giraffe
(Cost: between $20 and $25)

Chris and I are all about safe materials, and this adorable giraffe fits the bill! Sophie, made from all natural rubber and food grade paint, will ensure that you won't have to worry about what chemicals are leaching into your baby's mouth. Plus, Sophie ranks high among parents and babies for her easy-to-grip neck and soft, squeezable squeaker body.

Sophie can be found at places like Toys R Us and Nordstrom.

3. Little Sapling Toys Wooden Blocks 
(Cost: $28)

Chris and I bought these blocks for our nephew. His mom raved about how these blocks were his favorite because they were sized smaller than other blocks he had, and he could grasp these without problem. Chris and I like them because they're a toy made of wood (not plastic), promote imaginative learning, and are not finished with harsh stains but with beeswax and jojoba oil. The different colors come from different varities of wood. They also come with a convenient cotton drawstring bag to keep them all in one place!

4. Lifefactory Baby Bottles 

 (Cost: $14.99 - $16.99)

Glass bottles have been around for a long time. So why do we like these? First and foremost, they are BPA free. You can get BPA free plastics, but I prefer glass (I'm still wary that there will be another chemical found in plastic someday that will be harmful). We also love the fun silicone sleeves that come in an array of colors. Reviews on these are fantastic, and very few parents report broken bottles. The biggest complaint seems to be that these are too heavy for some babies to hold up when then get to that stage.

The added benefit of these bottles: if you buy the 9 ounce bottle, you can also convert it into a sippy cup and a water bottle as the child ages.

Chris and I currently own the 16 oz. water bottles from this company and love them.

5. Petunia Pickle Bottom Ergo Carrier  

(Cost: $160.00)
This is by far the biggest splurge item on the list, but I am in love with the prints of this carrier! I love the idea of baby-wearing, and plan on "wearing" our baby when our time comes. Ergo's (from reviews I've read) seem to be the pinnacle of carriers - functional and easy on Mom's back. And what's not to love about their partnership with Petunia Pickle Bottom's prints in organic cotton!

[Note: Also with this item, it is important to buy this from a reputable source. Sadly, this item is also often counterfeited.]

The Little Green Homemaker
So there you have it, our top five choices for green baby shower gifts. If you're interested in more of our green tips, find us at our regular

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