Thursday, September 23, 2010

Decky doodle grand opening! You must check it out!!

There is a really awesome hyena cart store opening the 30th and I am excited to share it with you all. has some adorable items coming soon. If you are shopping for some tshirts to match those new fall woolies you have been buying you really need to stop by at check her out.

If I had a newbie I would snatch this up in no time!!!

I braved the art of home made yogurt!

I kept hearing a lot of people talking about making yogurt in the crock pot. My kids eat yogurt like you would not believe and I have been looking around trying to find a whole milk yogurt since both my older kids are skinny minnies I figured the extra calories would do them both some good. Since I have not been able to find any in the stores I decided to be brave and try making some in the crock pot and I am so glad I did.

I followed the guide here and when it was done and I let it sit in the fridge for a while, the kids and I tried some. They wanted it vanilla so I added a dash of vanilla from watkins and a spoonful of sugar and they loved it. I personally wanted blueberries so I put some fresh ones in my food chopper, added those a spoonful of sugar to it and I do say it was the best yogurt I have ever had.

I am not buying store bought yogurt anymore, this is way better and it was really simple to make!!

Fall is coming

Which means it is longies season once again! I just wanted to share what Kairi is wearing today, I love the new fluff we have been getting for fall and winter!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yes I am THAT mom

You know the mom I am talking about. The mom that has screaming children in the grocery store, the mom that has spit up on her shoulder, the mom that is over protective about everything, the weird mom that loves cloth diapers and all things home made. Yes I am that mom and I am proud.

Being a stay at home mom and that fact that I do not always want to wait for weekends or ten o'clock at night to go to the store I do often take all three kids with me to the store and while mostly they are good we have had our fair share of grocery store melt downs. Most recently we were at Wal mart and Alexzander was walking to close to the end caps, he turned around to talk to me and scratched his shoulder on the corner of one, this added to the fact that he was over tired after playing at the park that day turned into a way over the top crying episode. The old women walking by gave me the look of death and I simply ignored her. Go ahead and judge me and my kids based on a moment of the day, I do not know you and I really do not care what you think.

It does not seem to matter how often I change, my clothes always end up dirty. Kairi is getting teeth right now, so not only is she slobbery more then the average bull dog but she spends a lot of the day on my shoulder. Since I already have laundry that seems to multiply like rabbits I do not want to change a dozen times a day so yes I have been in public more then once with drool all over my shoulder. I chalk it up to a mark of motherhood.

As for the over protective mother, yes I openly admit I am THAT mom. I watch my children like a hawk when we are in public, I have been known to parent another child ( you push my kid down at the park you better believe I will give you a mouth full ) and I spend far to much time researching everything that involves my kids. Some may think this is over the top protective behavior, that is okay with me.

I love my cloth diapers, I have openly admitted that even if they never saved me a dime I would keep using them. While I do not really do it for the saving the planet aspect ( it is just an added plus because I know God called us to care for his planet ), honestly I do it now because they are adorable, yes I am a cloth diaper addict. I also openly admit that I am that mom that would rather have all my kids clothes home made, I even have been known to have my girls wear the old time bonnets because I think they are adorable. I love home made toys, I love home made just about everything, yes I am that mom and once again, I am proud.

I have come to the point in my life where I know other people ( especially other mothers ) are judging every aspect of my parenting style and I say judge away. I will proudly wear the badge of THAT mom if it means I have happy, healthy and safe children.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Add some emotion to your soakers!

I was lucky enough to snag a tester spot to test a new soaker from EmotiBums. I love trying out new fleece soakers and I am really in love with this one. The fit is fantastic and I run into issues since Kairi is a long baby, many times her diaper stick out the top of the soaker, I am not having any issue with this soaker at all. I have used it over pre folds and fitteds and both have been great!

I am not sure when she is going to start selling them but I know I want more when she does and I will let all my readers now when they are available also!


Monday, September 13, 2010

Kids in the kitchen ( baby proofing )

I have had several people ask me, "how do you keep you kids out of the kitchen while you are cooking"? Simple answer, I don't. The only time I will not let them out with me is if I am cooking something with hot oil that could splatter them.

I really feel that introducing my kids to cooking and baking early is going to help them in the long run to become great cooks and bakers themselves. Not only am I taking that time to teach them about cooking but I also use it to teach them to count, read and other things.

Earlier today my daughter helped me make home made whipped cream, she poured the sugar in after I measured it and helped me whisk it. She loved being able to help. My kids help me with at least one meal a day when we are at home.

When it comes to safety matters in the kitchen I have baby proofed in a way that was easy, all the knives in drawers they can not reach, cleaning supplies are in one cupboard and the older two know they are not allowed to get in the cupboard, we are still teaching Kairi that she is not allowed to get in that cupboard. I found it easiest to give them a couple cupboards they can dig in, it gives them an area they can go to and then the cleaning cupboard does not seem so tempting. I let them play with my plastic storage bowls and my pots and pans. While I am out doing dishes Kairi will be happily playing drums on the pans and the older two will usually be coloring at the kitchen table. When I do not want them in the kitchen for one reason or another I simple put the gate up. My oldest can take it down but he is learning that I put it up because the kitchen is off limits.

Awhile back we had a pizza and movie night, the kids made their own little pizzas and then we watched a movie while we ate. They had a great time!

Mini pita pizzas-
pita bread
pizza sauce
Your choice of toppings

Spread the sauce and on the pita bread and then let you kids decorate their pizzas. Then bake the pizzas at 350 till cheese is melted and bread it toasted.

At my daughter's birthday I let the kids decorate their own cupcakes. I got some frosted cupcakes, set out bowls and containers of sprinkles and let them go. It was a simple activity yet the kids really enjoyed it.

I really do encourage you to find ways you can let your kids be involved in cooking and baking at a young age, it is a great way to spend time with them, a great learning tool and it will help to encourage them to cook when they get older.

Giving up meal planning ( this time for good )

After several months of taking a lot of time to make it, and still not following the meal plan I made,  I have decided to give up on meal pl...