Thursday, July 28, 2011

The little guy hair style

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We had a little fiasco this weekend with an attempt to cut the little guys hair. Lucky for us the Doctor has an amazing friend who just moved back to town and is a hair stylist. He has only had his hair cut by her and he loves her. The doctor claims that she is the only person who has ever cut his hair the way he likes. She is awesome. Find her at Hush Skin Care Boutique. We decided not to show the before picture for fear that he may kill us in the future.


This is the end result...a mohawk! Fun, summery, more work for me...what every mother dreams of!

He is now very hard to take a picture of as you can see here as he runs away from me. I spent about 20 minutes chasing him before he finally sat down, we both had fun...

Camo shark shirt and navy shorts-handmedowns, Camo shoes- Old Navy

He is still pretty darn stylish...minus the pacifier. We are linking up with mama loves papa today for Small Style!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The little guys Halloween Costume inspiration

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For the last couple weeks the little guy has been saying soccer buga and I couldn't quite figure out what he was saying.  We don't own a soccer ball so I was pretty sure it wasn't that but what else could it be right....

I was reading with him the other day and finally figured it out when we pulled out a book with Grover on it...he was saying Super Grover! He then ran around the house yelling it and holding his hands on his hips. Too cute! Now I have to work on making the costume for him...

More to come on this project!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Our plan

We talk about our goals...dreams...and hopes, a lot. We realized the other day that we never expressed we go!

  • Raise our children to appreciate life and to respect the earth
  • Do the best to live off and with the land
  • Own and work a farm
  • Open a bed and breakfast
  • Raise animals not only as pets
  • Embrace the opportunity to write our cookbook
  • Host unique community dinners made from only local food
  • Increase our community involvement

Some of these are large goals and our mind set is to take it one step at a time and enjoy striving forward slowly...learning...growing...enjoying...teaching.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Sseko!

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So I don't know how to load this video but it made me smile so I had to share. Happy Birthday, I love you Sseko!
Sseko turns Two!

A little bit about our girls...North, South, East and West.

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I love my girls...

Here's North, she is the head of the flock and the biggest. After several pictures she finally came over to get a closer look at what I was doing.

They are 17.5 weeks and doing really well. We are now at the point where we have to start checking for eggs. I'm planning on making a couple fake eggs to place in the nesting boxes so they get the idea of where they should lay.

South is the smallest but I think she is second in command, always hoping she might take over. Since she was so little she had to develop a big attitude to make sure she didn't get pushed around. East and West are followers, they kind of do whatever North does and are almost like twins.

We get most our information from a friend but I also spend time researching on two helpful websites...

Check them out if you are interested in starting your own flock or you can bug me with questions. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The little guys funky style...

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As of late I have been letting the little guy pick out his own outfits in an attempt to get him to wear clothes. These are two of my favorites. As you can see he didn't want me to take his picture, I think he sensed that it was going to be posted...

Short-alls, bright orange shirt with monster/aliens (Hanna Anderson, gift from grandma), and turtle shoes
Most of what he wears is gifts and hand-me-downs...I don't think I have purchased anything for him except socks since before Christmas. I am lucky to have a cousin who has an older son, she sent all his "T" sized clothes and he also has two older cousin that we get some stuff from too. It means that most of it doesn't match but I think that's how he likes it.

Plaid motorcycle shirt, different plaid shorts, and pirate themed PJ bottoms for a hat (Hanna Anderson, gift from grandma).
We are linking up with Mama loves Papa today for our first Small Style!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

30 days 30 ways...Sseko Sandal Challenge

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I'm so excited and I hope some of you will join me in this challenge. I have decide that I will be wearing my Sseko sandals every day in the month of August! I will also attempt to come up with a new way to tie them everyday! I'll only post pics of my ties once a week. They had a contest on facebook yesterday and I was one of the lucky winners of a pair of straps from the new neon collection! Thank you again Sseko! I love you!

PS: Sseko has a contest starting sometime in August! Find them on facebook and join in the fun! You might be the lucky one who wins!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Dryer balls

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A friend of mine from the moms group I am in, just started a work from home business making felt food and dryer balls. I had never heard of dryer balls, oh my goodness what a great thing they are. Here is some info on how they work. Please check out her website Shayna's Treats for more information and order yourself a set.

Why use dryer balls?

Using 4-8 dryer balls can save you from 20% to 40% (depending on the size of the load and what kind of fabric is in there) on your drying time!

Dryer balls replace expensive dryer sheets and fabric softener and help to get your clothing soft and static free without the chemicals!

Our dryer balls are made of 100% wool, a natural alternative to plastic balls, they make less noise, work better, and last longer!

How do they work?

The dryer balls bounce around in the dryer with your clothing, lifting and separating them and allowing the air to circulate much more efficiently. They also absorb some of the water, and the gentle friction of the wool against the fabric softens and gets rid of static electricity.

I personally have a sensitivity to wool products so I am working on making myself a set that are cotton. When I have it worked out I'll share so those of you who are wool sensitive or allergic have an option to take advantage of this cool product!

Friday, July 8, 2011

I felt the need to share...

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I was one of those lucky women who had an extremely easy pregnancy. No morning sickness at all, only once did I ever have an issue with a food, it was some cheese. I am not saying this to brag in any way. The birth was also pretty easy compared to most but then I had the audacity to want to breastfeed my child...

I was one of those women who at a young age considered having a breast reduction but after talking to people and realizing I may never be able to breastfeed after surgery, completely wrote it off. All the doctors I had seen during my pregnancy had warned me that I was going to have a very very hard time and I took this warning and did everything I could to make sure that I would have the best chance to be able to breastfeed my child.

My pregnancy was kind of all over the place...literally...Chico, CA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, and Chico, CA again. We moved a lot...we had planned on moving before we found out we were having a child. It ended up not working out the way we planned, but does it ever.? With moving comes issues of jobs, insurance, etc. The bottom line is that I met a lot of doctors and they all, sadly, told me the same thing.

After many many visits with a lactation consultant and a screaming infant for days (who was obviously very hungry) she pulled me aside and told me that it was time to take a break...

I was heart broken but started pumping and purchased the perfect bottle so he would not get nipple confusion. The emotional torment was heart wrenching but I pressed on. After a week or so of not breastfeeding my consultant told me to try again...

so again, I tried...

She came to me a few days later and said "Honey, I know you want this and I know how much this means to you but this is one of the worst cases I've seen in my 40+ years working. You need to stop."

This was one of the hardest days of my life!

This is what I was supposed to be able to do, provide food for my baby. I pumped for months, which is extremely time consuming. It's this vicious cycle...feed baby...get baby to sleep...pump...o baby is awake...when am I supposed to sleep? Much less clean the house, make food, eat, shower, be a wife...

I was at a point where I got 40 minutes a day but only in 5-10 minutes naps. No one can survive for long on that little of sleep, much less be a mother and wife. I was angry...hurt...frustrated and didn't know what to do. Most people believe that women who cannot breastfeed do not exist but that is not true. This is something I do not talk about but I felt the need to share. I know that there is someone out there who needs to hear this.

After months of pumping, my milk dried up and we had to forfeit to complete formula feeding. It was hard but the little guy is a happy, healthy kid. My heart still hurts with the fact that I was not able to breastfeed him but I know I tired, battled, and pushed myself to the limit to make it happen. I am in that small percent that is simply unable to breastfeed. Some people may believe that I should have tried harder, that's fine. You don't have to agree with me but I know I did everything I could have to make it work. I hope this helps the women out there who need it. I am not against breastfeeding in any way, shape or form but I am for what is best for you and your child. Breastfeeding is best but it doesn't work for everyone, some women are simply not able and there is nothing wrong with that.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Simple smoothie recipe

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Are we the only ones with lots of fruit and veggies left over from the 4th of July celebration? My mom brought a flat of peaches, and a watermelon. We were busy all weekend and kind of forgot about harvesting zucchini, so we have four huge ones that are not going to taste the best. They would be perfect for bread or grilling but we don't have grill and its to hot to use the oven. The little guy loves bananas or as we call them bugabugas but he doesn't always eat the whole thing, so I have been putting them in a freezer bag so they don't go to waste. All of this adds up to this mornings inspired idea...

I was searching for zucchini recipes to use this stuff up in a different way then plain old steaming and I saw recipes for smoothies. What a great way to sneak in more veggies, use them up and have a yummy breakfast. The little guy is really great about eating veggies so I never worry much about that but I figured the more the better.

4 strawberries
1/2 banana
1 peach
1/4 c or so watermelon
1/8 c or so zucchini diced
blend and splash in some juice or water if needed. We found this great juice that the little guy loves it has cranberries, banana, strawberries, sweet potato, carrot, and beets.

It made enough for the little guy to have some with his oatmeal, I had a small glass and I made a popsicle with the rest. Perfect breakfast treat for both of us, plus no sugar added!
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