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Archive for the month “June, 2012”

Day 171 – June 10

Today I learned about “filling your bra.” I’m guessing it’s not what you are thinking . . . .it has nothing to do with drag queens needing some “help”. I learned it in the context of using a ring sling. Confused yet?

A southern mama from Alabama posted a video showing a few tips on how to get a good seat for your baby in a ring sling. Her method was the “fill you bra” method. She basically put the baby in, leaned over (this is the filling your bra part), then finished up the carry. Even after watching the vid (which you can find in her blog post here), I was still thinking that the “fill your bra” referred to actually stuffing your bra with socks, TP, whatever. I couldn’t figure out why you’d have to lean over to do that.

Well, I was educated in a thread over one thebabywearer.com (TBW). Apparently, it’s not about stuffing things into the bra, it’s about making sure the girls are well seated, shall we say, in the cups. The leaning over bit makes sure everything is where it’s supposed to be. Who the heck knew! I’ve been bra-wearing for over 20 years and I’ve never heard of that. I know I’m not the only one, because a whole slew of other moms on (TBW) were like, “Oh, THAT’S what you meant!”

So there you have it, now you, too know what it means to “fill your bra”. Do ya feel enlightened? =)

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Day 167 – June 6

I tried out three new recipes today, with varying amounts of success.

First . . . .macaroni salad, pinned on my Entrees board. If you can believe it, I’ve never made macaroni salad before. Honestly, I have no idea why. We LOVE pasta around here, buy it by the cartful. And the salad was super easy to make. I’ll definitely be keeping this recipe in the rotation. The nice thing is that you can vary the flavor by changing just a few ingredients, so you don’t end up with the same old same old.

Second . . . I happened to see these fruit flavored water recipes on pinterest today, and thought they’d be perfect for DS1’s birthday playdate. They were super easy to make and they turned out pretty good. I actually just used this as inspiration and did my own thing: strawberry-lime and watermelon-sage. It’s probably not something I’ll keep in the fridge at all times, but it’ll be fun to experiment on occasion.

Finally, I decided to make some cupcakes for DS1’s birthday. Someday, I’ll learn to use liners when making cupcakes. Yep, they turned out yummy . . . too bad I couldn’t get them out of the muffin tins in one piece! Needless to say, I didn’t serve them at his playdate. Total bummer, because the gingerbread buttercream frosting looked like it would be amazing! (When the cupcakes were a flop, I didn’t bother making the buttercream.) Fortunately, we were still able to enjoy the cupcake crumbs with ginger whipped cream for DS1’s birthday dinner. So, I guess all was not lost!

Day 165 & 166 – June 4 & 5

June 4 – A few months ago, I decided to try my hand at DIY house cleaners. Some worked well, and some were a total bust. Mopping solution was one that worked quite well. But, for some reason, I never bookmarked the recipe, so every time, it was a new one. Fortunately, they all work pretty well. Today I found and pinned this collection of recipes. I used the one that called for dish soap, vinegar, and water. Super easy to make, made the floors feel nice and clean. I think next time I’ll add some essential oils to cut the vinegar smell, which was kind of strong.

June 5 – This summer, I plan on going to the park several times a week and going swimming at least once a week. As you can imagine, schlepping enough pool gear for myself and 3 babes requires a large bag. I found and pinned this tutorial by Tasha from Creation Corner and decided this would be my pool bag, with a few changes: I added a waterproof liner, and made pockets on both sides.

This bag was basically free to make: the outer fabric came from freecycle, the liner was an old shower curtain, and I used an old Illini t-shirt for the pockets. It was really quite easy to make. Even with adding the liner, it took me maybe 1.5 hours from cutting to finish. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I really love how the pockets are on the outside . . makes it easy to access things like books, sunscreen, etc. I do wish that I would have made the bottom of the bag wider . . . 5 inches is just not very much. So, I think I’m going to make 3 little waterproof bags for the babes to carry their suits and swim robes in, and I’ll use the giant bag for all of the gear.

Stuffed and ready to hit the pool!

Flying solo (Days 157-162 : May 27-June 1)

I’ve been doing the “hubby is off on a trip and I’m on my own with the 3 littles for a week or more” thing for awhile. I’m still terrible at it and find that I have almost zero time to do pretty much anything for myself . . . that includes blogging. This week was no exception, so I just kept track of what I learned. Now that DH is back, I have a wee bit of time.

May 27 – The babes and I had lunch at Taco Bell today. As we were eating, a train went by. All three of the littles are enthralled with trains, so they watched it go by with piqued interest. As we are watching, DS1 says to me, “That other train track next to the other one is siding.” Hmmmm . . .. time to interpret what he actually means. I figured he meant to say “next to”, so I corrected him. He kept insisting that he was correct. I asked for more explanation and he said that when one track is next to another, it’s called siding. He was so sure of himself I figured I’d ask where he had heard that. “In my ‘Piggyback’ book.” Well, there you go, schooled by my 5 year old! Really though, he’s reading quite well, so he’s always telling me little tidbits that he has read in his book. So I get to learn all sorts of new things from him. It’s lovely to be able to learn something from your child.

May 28 – I tried a new dessert recipe today from my pinterest desserts board: creamcheese pound cake. It sounded amazing and seemed easy enough to bake. I’ll just cut to the chase and say that I was sorely disappointed. Given the amount of sugar, butter and cream cheese that was in the cake, it should have been completely irresistible. Not so much, unfortunately. Strangely, it wasn’t particularly sweet, and it lacked in flavor. I made a strawberry coulis, (also pinned) which was delicious and was the one thing that saved the cake. So, I’ll be chucking the pound cake recipe and keeping the coulis recipe. It’s probably just as well, though. I can’t say that the pound cake was particularly healthy!

May 29 – Today we were scheduled to go to the park in the afternoon. DS1 has a hat, but it’s a baseball cap, and it just looks funny on him with his long hair. So I decided to break down and make him a bucket hat. I figured it would be an easy enough project to finish in about an hour. A) I was wrong about how long it would take. B) The pattern sizing was off. I used this good-looking pattern from Oliver and S. The directions were great, it was not too tricky to make, but it was MUCH too small. I made the largest size, which was supposed to fit a 5-8 yo (if I recall correctly). It was the same size as my toddler’s bucket hat! And, it ended up looking rather girly, so it was pretty much a bust all the way around! I wondering if maybe the pattern didn’t print off at the correct scale? In any case, we ended up being late to the playdate, and DS1 had no hat. Big. giant. fail.

May 31 – I’m not the worlds fastest seamstress. In fact, I’m pretty darn slow. I always say, “Oh, I should be able to get this done in 30 minutes.” It never works out that way. . . . until today. As I was getting the sack lunch ready for our park playdate, I realized I only had one sandwhich wrap thing. This was a problem, since I have three children. So I got the bee in my bonnet to make two more. Off we zoomed to my sewing room. The older two entertained themselves by cutting fabric, and the toddler played with spools and whatever else he could find. 15 minutes later, I had two, fully-functional sandwhich wrap thingies. So, I learned that I actually CAN sew quickly, especially when the projects are easy. My problem is that I rarely make the same thing twice, and I’m always trying to do new things. Neither or those make for a very speedy sewing experience! I think I should make quick and easy things more often!

ETA: I’ve been meaning to take pics of the sandwhich thingies all weekend. It’s obviously not happening any time soon, so I’ll just post this without pics=)

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