Archives for February 2013

Pinterest Challenge Winter Edition

Whoo whoo. It’s that time again.  Time to stop pinning and start doing!

This couldn’t have come at a better time, since I was just getting ready to start a project.  (It couldn’t have come at a worse time either because the wee one is sick, sick, sick.)

Wee One needs a place to nap on Wednesdays when he goes to the babysitter’s house.  The first week he apparently slept in the pack-n-play like a champ (I didn’t have high hopes of that lasting long). And it didn’t.  Last week he apparently took a blanket and pillow and curled up in the corner. Poor kid. Haha.  So I decided to make him a napmat to take along.


(Hubby took these pics for me…don’t you love the staged blanket?  He’s a keeper I tell ya!)

I found “pinspiration” here, here, here, and here.


I really like the first one, since we actually had a king size comforter without a use, so I just made a quick trip to Jo Ann Fabrics. #horriblefabricselection

All that’s needed for this project is fabric, thread, and some sort of filler–unused comforter or blankets or even regular cotton fill.  I thought about doing it no-sew, but I was afraid of how it would hold up to washing.  I think it would work out, though.

As for the fabric, I bought 2.5 yards off a standard bolt, then just folded it in half.  Exact measuring there, I know.  Ironically enough, that seems to be the perfect fit for a king comforter folded into fourths if you fold the edges of the comforter over a bit.  This is nice because it adds a bit of a roll barrier to the edge, making it nice and cozy.

I also hoped to add a pillow, but the hubs broke the needle on my sewing machine.  How, you ask? Because he had to take over the project halfway through while I nursed a sick toddler on the couch for three days (and counting).  And both of us are too lazy/busy/tired to figure out how to fix it.

(He’s now the beauty AND the brains of this relationship…)

I made three changes from the original tutorial:

1. Add a button closure to the top for easy washing instead of stitching it closed.  Took quite a bit longer, but still a naptime project (if you have a kid that naps well), or a 2 nap project if you have a kid like mine. 🙂

2. Don’t cut the comforter into 4 parts, just fold it.  Then it’s still washable.

3. Only 1 set of straps to tie it together.  Definitely still sturdy and manageable.

We’ll see how it goes today, but he’s been enjoying it for a couple of days now. Well, as much as one can enjoy something while sick. 🙁

The blanket was a perfect snuggle partner in the “sicky chair”.

Looking for more pinspiration?  Check out the other Challenge projects link-ups:

Megan @ The Remodeled Life

Katie @ Bower Power

Sherry @ Young House Love

Michelle @ Decor and the Dog

Tales From the Crib: Month 17

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We’ve been working on sorting this month. Why? I don’t know. But here, I’ll show you.


So long story list short, I’m quite the Daddy’s boy lately.  If he’s not home, which is frequently due to this thing called work, I ask for him.  And then I ask to talk to him on the phone.  Then I ask to Skype Grandma. Then I repeat this 4,092 times until Mommy’s completely frazzled.

Then, for kicks, I have a meltdown because the paper came off my crayon, we’re out of cat treats, or because I took my sock off but I only wanted it 3/4 of the way off.  Speaking of taking clothes off, I can take all of my off! Yay! Naked Toddlers unite! So, anywho, apparently, I’m “spirited”.  Mommy’s got books and everything about it.  But all you need to know is that I have enough energy for 3 kids, am very easily frustrated, am determined to get my way, and I’m very irregular (hehe)–no, no, it just means I don’t have regular times I like to do stuff like eat and sleep like most kids. But whatever, Mom.  I’m totally still sleeping through the night and napping for an hour (most days).

Mommy’s trying hard though to have fun, fun times.  Just check out our Valentine’s Day festivities.

First we baked cupcakes. Yes, there were veggies in my cupcakes and beets in my frosting ::sigh::

Then we did water play!

Then we made more snacks.  I think Mommy needed these.

Then we did presents that Cupid left.  See?! Naked toddlers can be successful in life!


I even got a monkey balloon!

Daddy had a meeting in Cincinnati, so we got to sneak in a trip to Grandma’s.

Cookies at Grandma’s!

A quick stop at Krohn Conservatory to smell the flowers.


We strolled around Eden Park for awhile first.

I may or may not have fallen in the mud…completely covering me, Mommy, and therefore Mommy’s car.  Daddy just watched.  He’s got this whole fatherhood thing down.

And I got a new slide at IKEA!

It’s supposed to “help me burn energy”. Bwahahaha. I don’t know if it does that, but I have fun with it.  Along with my Bilibo.

So, if anyone wants to talk on the phone, Skype, or run around the block 17 times while screaming at the top of your lungs, let me know, yo!


P.S. It’s Toddler Tuesday over at My Healthy Happy Home! Go check out what other toddlers are up to.

Valentine’s Day Flower Shop

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, so we decided to get in the spirit.  Crafts aren’t a big hit yet, cookies and candies have too much sugar, so that leaves flowers and gifts. right?!



I decided to put the play food for the grocery store in rotation, and instead fill it with flowers for a couple of weeks.  A few I had and a few I picked up at Hobby Lobby–that was a fun trip for the Wee One.  He picked out the large blue one and the round pokey one (can’t you tell I’m flower literate? Ha!).

I also included some tissue paper squares, “vases” (oatmeal containers covered with paper), and a basket with notecards for writing messages. (Please ignore the ripped paper on the “vase” in the first pic, and I didn’t even notice it until after I took pictures…Matty jumped right into playing before I could snap pics.  Apparently one should use twice as much adhesive as one thinks they need when dealing with a toddler…)

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The notecards are a definite fave.  HINT: Use an erasable colored pencil–so far no errant pencils marks.  Plus there’s paper readily available.



It’s a nice way to bring a little more liveliness to the playroom. And it’s never too early to teach boys the importance of giving flowers. 🙂

Munchkin Meals: Gear

Okay, yes.  I’m veering of course a bit.  Now that Matty has all of his teeth in (except 2 year molars), he’s turned into a good little eater.  In the past few weeks he’s tried at least 7 new foods, and is regularly eating things like sandwiches, sunflowers seeds, and cashews.  But I digress.

I thought I would focus on toddler eating gear. Why? Because…

  • He’s taken a great interest in cooking and spending  time in the kitchen.
  • He no longer wants to stand in his tower to eat (and the high chair has been long packed away).  He wants to sit at the counter like Dad does, of course.
  • I have to pack lunches and/or dinner for him a few days/week for babysitters, some of which needs to be transported, and microwaved.
  • He’s completely outgrown the sippy and will only drink from an open cup.
  • I’m thinking about doing a formal snack/drink station for him.
  • He’s really noticing what others are doing, so he wants a “real fork” and “real plate”, too.
  • I’ve got cabin-fever and a little online window shopping might just be the cure!

Obviously, every mini-chef needs a mini-apron!

Or perhaps I’ll make one?!

And of course the greatest piece of toddler gear we’ve already purchased was his Learning Tower ($40 at Once Upon a Child!). It’s a ridiculous space-hog, but totally worth it.

He’d probably love carrying his own lunchbox into the sitter’s. And he’d look adorable, no?

We have these snack bags. They work great for dry snacks.

But we need something for “wet” lunches that can also be microwaved.  Right now I’m using small glass lidded containers…any suggestions for something more kid-friendly?

He loves our Klean Kanteens, and tries to drink out of them.  Way too big for him.  I bet he’d love one of his own.

And check out this snack station! I’d love to create something like this for Matty.

We have a Pur filter that he knows how to use, so I’m thinking maybe another one of those.  We just need a small shelf and some storage.

Ooh! Klean Kanteen has storage canisters now.  These would be perfect for on-the-go snacking (for Matty and Mommy!).

Since Matty refuses sippy cups and only wants a “big” cup (aka glass), I had to get creative.  I saved a few small, glass food containers–peeled off the labels, ran them through the dishwasher, and voila.  He loves it.  They’re sturdy enough that if dropped they don’t shatter.

This contraption seems kinda cool! Kaboost. It goes on the bottom of a regular chair to boost it up.

Anybody got good recommendations for a long-term booster. MUST BE EASY TO CLEAN. 🙂

Well that was the end of my “Mommy time”.  Such a fun window-shopping excursion. Ha!  Any other feeding gear recommendations for strong-willed, independent little boys who can’t wait to be just like Daddy?

“M” for Daddy!

So, I thought it was time that Matty begins recognizing letters and environmental print.  Naturally, we started with “M”.  I put M magnets on his magnetic board, put an M on his frame wall, and began writing his name on his coloring pages.  A few days later I began pointing them out and explained:


M for Matty! Yay!

M for Mommy!

M for milk!

M for monster!

M for meow!

M for moo!

M for map!

Matty: Daaaaaad!

Me: No, not for Daddy. M for Matty. M for Mommy!

Matty: No! Dada?

Me: D for Dad. Proceeds to draw a D. D for Dad! M for Matty. M for Mommy!

Matty: Points to M. M! Mmmm. Dad!

Well, 2 out of 3.  I figured he could name the letter and give the sound. Heck, that’s fantastic!

A few days later we were at TJ Maxx where Matty saw a large wooden M decor item.  He started jumping up and down squealing, ran over, and yelled, “M! MMMmmm!”

People stopped and stared.  I beamed with pride. That’s right, folks. Gather ’round.  Clap for my genius child.  Then he yelled:

M for Dada!

Shakes head in shame.  

At least he’s inclusive.  No Family Member Left Behind!

(Completely Unofficial) Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge

Internet shopping party! Whoo whoo.  These are my favorite kinds of parties.  Good times without actually having to talk to anyone (introverts unite!).  John and Sherry at YHL (of course) came up the idea, based on this song.  If you haven’t heard it, it’s pretty funny.

The Rules 

Step #1. Go to a thrift shop with – just as the chorus of the song says – “$20 in your pocket”and take a picture.

Step #2. Spend that $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils.

Step #3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.  Bonus points for doing something ridiculous with the item in the photo.

Step #4. Blog and link up.

I actually had an extra element of challenge…I had to do the whole thing in under 45 minutes–between dropping Wee One off at the babysitter and getting to work.

Let me preface by saying I didn’t have $20 in my pocket. I don’t carry cash.  Credit card–holla!

My first stop was Mercy United in Wapakoneta (just around the corner from the babysitter).


This whole downtown area is actually pretty nice–antique shops, bridal shops, consignments shops, and a few restaurants.  The thrift stores must be trying to keep up with the high-end folk, because the prices were steep.

Like $15 for a JT bobblehead.  Sorry, dude, you didn’t bring that much sexy back.


There was a also a cabinet from Target with an orange clearance sticker for $24, marked down from $75.  The thrift store thought it needed to be marked back up to $60.  Say what?

So needless to say I left without finding any song items or spoils. Though I was tempted by this book.


I realized if I wanted the true “thrifting experience” I would need to head back to Lima.

So I hit the convention Goodwill thrifstore. And jackpot!

Housecoat + Flannel Zebra Leopard Pajamas

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And a kind woman standing next to me bought this.  After having a nice long discussion about how warm and generally awesome it must be, she asked me if I was going to get it because she would like to buy it.  And I felt so bad I almost bought it for her. 🙁

So I moved on.

Big A$$ Coat


I must admit.  I need a big a$$ coat. My kid likes to play outside even on the coldest days.  But I didn’t really want to resemble Barney.

But I did end up leaving with a few things.

Probably Broken Coffee Maker, $3


Wee One is obsessed with making coffee.  He’ll pretend to grind beans, put a filter in, pour the beans in to a filter, and pour the coffee into mugs.  This may save our real one from getting broken (more broken).

Reading Glasses, $1


Again, Wee One is obsessed with wearing glasses. Right now he wears Mr. Potato Head glasses, so I thought these might fit better (I’ll pop the lenses out first.)

Not the greatest thrifting day. At all. But I did hear Macklemore on the radio for the first time as I pulled into work.  And rocking out in the car for 3 minutes kid-free was totally worth it.