Archive for January, 2009

Sticker Stash

January 21, 2009

Here is our sticker stash that we have collected in the last few months. 

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These are just the stickers we have gotten in the mail in catalog offers and at the Whole Foods checkout. 

Our daughter does not use stickers yet, but there will come a day when she will.  I’m glad I’m stashing away all these free stickers now.  She should have quite the collection by the time she is ready to put stickers to paper and not on toys or in her mouth.

What free things to you collect?

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Lavender Salt Body Scrub

January 20, 2009
Well, this will most likely be my last post for quite some time.  We are getting rid of the internet at home for awhile.  We are tying to live more simply and also save money, so bye-bye internet is the plan for now. 

One last little thing to share…lavender salt body scrub.  I made this for an upcoming event and I hope it is well received.  We’ll see I guess.

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Here is the recipe:

1 cup sea salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. vitamin E oil
1 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers
12 drops lavender essential oil

As you can see the olive oil is already separating in the jar, but I guess that is how the cookie crumbles.  I just wrote on a pretty tag and tied it on the jar with a white shimmery ribbon.   I can’t remember where I got the recipe from, as I had it jotted down on a little scrap of paper.

Thanks for reading.  I hope to be back here and there while I am at the public library.  I’ll sure miss writing this and reading all the other great blogs out there.  Thanks for visiting!!  Take care!!!!!

An Exciting Day!!!!!

January 14, 2009

Well, I was talking to my friend on the way home from an appointment and she was telling me that her daughter is potty trained.  The last time I talked to her she had not purchased a potty yet, so I was really surprised and happy for them.  Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  Anyway, while we were talking, the light bulb went on for me.  Our daughter has been sitting on the potty, but had yet to produce anything in there.  We’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and nothing.  She enjoys it, but nothing.  So, the light bulb went on when I was asking how they deal with outings.  Do they take the potty?  Etc., etc.  Anyway, they do take a potty, which I think is a good idea…for me and for my little one.  Germs….  Anyway, I was saying how I didn’t know how my daughter would do because she usually doesn’t go poop when we are out and about and will save it until we get home.  Light bulb!!!!  Oh, maybe she would like some privacy.  So, after lunch is usually a good time for a poop, so I put her on her potty with a few books, told her I was giving her privacy and asked her to tell me when she had pooped.  Well, a few minutes went by and I just looked in to make sure she was still on the potty.  I went back to what I was doing, then went back to check again.  She was kind of squatting, so I went in to help her get back on the potty and low and behold pee and a little poop too.  Exciting!!!  Exciting!!!  Exciting!!!  I think she still had to go, because a while later back in her diaper was more poop, but oh well.  So exciting!!!! 

Daddy is picking up some undies today.  I think we may try the underwear thing during the day and diapers (and pull-ups when we are out of diapers) at nap and night time.  We’ll see how it goes, but I’ve heard rave reviews about just putting children in the undies so they can feel that it is uncomfortable. 

I know not to push the issue and to let her take the lead, so we will see how it goes, but she has been giving me a lot of signs, so we’ll just try it and see.  If it doesn’t work, we can always try in another month or two.  I’ll keep you posted.

Muffin Tin Tuesday

January 13, 2009

Here is the MTT from today:

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Top row:  Whole Wheat and Flax Bread Circles, Cherry Tomatoes, Banana

Bottom row:  Corn, Yogurt, and Crunchin’ Grahams

Sara Snow’s Energy Bars

January 13, 2009

Just made these today.  jan-09-emmafinger-painting-001

They were very easy to make.  Just throw in the ingredients, stir and place on wax paper.  I found the easiest way to do this was to use the spoonula to mix it and to drop it on the waxed paper.  Then, just fold the wax paper over and smash down a little to make a flat patty.  I froze a few and put a few in the frig.  Here is the recipe from Sara’s website:

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 cups old fashioned organic quick oats
1/2 cup whole flax seed  (I got this in bulk at Whole Foods…reasonable as well)
1/4 cup organic dark cocoa power (or slightly less)
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 t spirulina
1/2 to 1 cup HOT water (I used 1 full cup of hot water)

INSTRUCTIONS
Stir ingredients together.
Form into individual sized paddies, like hamburgers.  (See my little hint about spoonula and throwing it on wax paper instead of forming it into patties.  It is very sticky, so I found it worked the best to just put it on with the spoonula.)
Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in freezer or fridge.

Also, I was able to get the spirula at Whole Foods.  I did almost have a panic attack when I saw the price…$39.99 a pound.  But, don’t worry I got enough to make this recipe about 8-10 times and it only costs me $.80.  Under a dollar.  I looked up spirula online and found out that it is awesome for you.  Very high in protein, vitamins and other antioxidants. 

Taste….

Well, I liked it and so does our toddler.  I would say that picky eaters may not eat them, but you can try it on them.  They would definitely be worth the nutrients you and your children would get.

Bleach Commercial…Are You Kidding Me???

January 11, 2009

The Clorox Bleach commercial that has been running recently has been driving me nuts.  Well, seems I’m not the only one!  While I was reading my blogroll today, I came across this post.  So, instead of just yelling and shaking my head at the TV, I thought I’d blog about it too. 

Here is some of my research I’ve done over the last few months on chlorine: 
*  Toxic respiratory irritant that can damage the skin and other membranes
*  Listed in 1990 Clean Air Act as hazardous air pollutant
*  Very dangerous for children because they have higher metabolic rates and greater lung surface area
*  OSHA monitors exposure because it ranks 1st in industrial injuries and deaths in the U.S.
*  It is heavier than air, so it hangs around low-lying areas.  Think kids…shorter than we are sucking in all that nastiness.
*  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found dioxin (a toxic byproduct of chlorine) to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT
*  In 2000, U.S. Poison Control reported chlorine bleach was implicated in injures to 18,863 children under the age of 6
*  Mercury is used to produce chlorine.  Need I say more?
*  It’s by-products and compounds have been known to cause cancer and have been linked to liver disease.
*  The cumulative effects of dioxin (a by-product) in humans have been linked to birth defects, cancer, reproductive disorders and immune system breakdown.
*  Chlorine is a highly corrosive substance, capable of damaging skin, eyes, and other membranes.
*  Household bleach is the most common cleaner accidentally swallowed by children
*   It is considered an unclassifiable carcinogen by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
*  It is classified as a development toxicant, which means it can interfere with normal development of a fetus or child.  Most people I know would not use bleach while they were pregnant, so why would anyone use it when the kids are outside the womb? 

Have I convinced you yet?  I’m sure you can find a ton more on your own.  I’m convinced not to use the nasty stuff.

Here are some common names of chlorine that you may see on your cleaners:  chloramine, sodium hypochlorite, bleach, hydrochloric acid, trihalomethanes, disinfection byproducts.

Some alternatives: 

*  Use cornstarch to lift stains. 
*  Use distilled white vinegar to clean the floors, toilet, fruit, etc.
*  Use a truly green product, like Seventh Generation or Shaklee.  Not the greenwashed products that do not disclose all ingredients.

I feel better now.  Thanks for reading!

Third Hand Smoke

January 8, 2009

***Update:  We got rid of the bed.  Only problem is, my mom now has it.  She has grandchildren over quite a bit and an extra bed comes in handy.  She also leaves her windows open a lot too, so hopefully any carcinogens will be aired out the window instead of all over her home. 

That’s right, third hand smoke.  What is it you ask?  Well, it is the leftover goodies  carcinogens smoking leaves behind.  It is the nasty smell on clothing, hair (remember that smokey bar smell you had frequently in your younger twenties), carpet, furniture, etc.  I’ve been secretly worried about the bed I inherited from my Grandma when she passed a few years back.  The box spring and mattress still have that lingering smokey smell.  Love you Grandma, but I may have to get rid of that bed. 

Here is a great post about third hand smoke.  I’m sure there is much more information to digest out there.

Fabric Baby Bottle and Dish Towel Apron

January 7, 2009

Finished the dish towel apron yesterday.  It looks wonderful!  Still scared to use my machine, so I used my friend’s that I am used to using and know how to use.  This weekend though, watch out…sewing class here I come.  Here are the pics of the apron and the baby bottle…jan-09-emmadish-apron-fabric-bottle-018

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Two Muffin Tin Tuesdays

January 6, 2009

I’m a little behind.  Lots of cutting of fabric going on here.  I am done cutting my fingers for now though…thank goodness.  Anyway, here are the MTT’s from today and last Tuesday.

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Top row: Avocado, Cheese Quesdillas, Ham

Bottom row:  Pretzel Rods, Mozzarella Cheese, and Vanilla Yogurt

Can’t remember much from last week, but I know the pretzel rods are a big favorite right now, so I’m sure those were eaten.

Here is the one from today:

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Top row:  Peanut Butter Stuffed Crunchin’ Crackers, Corn and Olives

Bottom row:  Cottage Cheese, Goulash, and Applesauce

It was so cute, while were were eating, she looked at me and said, “Try applesauce,” and then she tried it and asked for more.  She did not try her olives, but everything else was devoured.

Happy Tuesday!!!

Dish Towel Apron

January 6, 2009

I am going to be making a dish towel apron.  I can’t remember where I got the tute from because I saved the file on word and didn’t reference a source when I saved it.  I’m sure it would be easy to find online if you google it. 

Anyway, I’m making the apron for an upcoming event.  Fill you in later in case the person is reading….anyway…  When I went to purchase the dish towel, there were aprons in the same aisle that were already made, pretty cute and pretty cheap, but not handmade especially for this person.  So, I decided to go through with my original idea and try my hand at the dish towel apron.  No cutting involved, so my left index finger should just continue healing and regrowing….sorry, gross probably.  Should have some disclaimer that there is grossness within this post.  I also purchased some heart cookie cutters and a whisk (can never have too many) to go in the front pockets of the apron.  You know, since aprons don’t have back pockets and all.

I’ll post a picture when it is complete.