Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Source: etsy.com via Mandi on Pinterest|
I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, especially since this was a first attempt. I thought about adding her time of birth, location of birth, and a few more details, but ultimately decided I liked how it looked as is. Now all that I need is to print it out on some quality paper, buy a matte and frame, and voila, Lucia will has beautiful wall art to commemorate her birth. I plan on it looking something like this once it's framed:
(out of fear or because you think, "I just can't do that.")?
off because you think you can't do it (or for any other reason?)
Now's the time, do it!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
- Maturity level
- Love for children
Friday, March 23, 2012
|ready to go out for my birthday dinner (the dress Lu's wearing was mine as a baby)|
|In case you needed to see another picture of this cutie!|
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I’ve been making gradual baby steps over the past year toward becoming more healthy and environmentally conscious (“crunchy”, if you will). I’ve started making some of my own home cleaners, my own body products, and buying more organic foods. I feel like it’s time to take it to the next step… growing some of my own food. Almost every serious “crunchy” bloggers I’ve come across grows at least a few of their own vegetables or herbs. We live in an apartment, so a garden is out of the picture, but I did make a goal to grow at least one plant this year, perhaps a cherry tomato plant or an herb we regularly cook with. I know, it seems as though one plant isn’t much of a goal, but it really is a huge feat for me.
My mom has what we call a “brown thumb”. She can’t keep any plant alive. In fact, one of my close friends brought my parents a cactus as a “congratulations grandparents” gift when Lucia was born. Lucia’s only 3 months old, but her cactus is already dead. Seriously, who kills a cactus? (It’s worth mentioning that my mom didn’t even realize it was a cactus and over watered it.) So I never really had plants around growing up and I’m terrified that I’ve inherited her brown thumb. And I’ve been putting off getting that plant I promised myself I would get.
I was recently offered the opportunity to receive a sample of Expand ‘n Gro™ Concentrated Planting Mix. Combine that with the fact that it's spring and stores are just filled with plants and gardening products, I no longer have any excuses not to get that plant, especially since Expand ‘n Gro™ planting mix should make it so much easier to grow plants even I could do it. According to it's label, some of its benefits include all natural fibers which can hold up to 50 percent more water than the basic potting soil (it won't be as fatal if I forget to water the poor thing once in a while) and the fact that it feeds plants for up to 6 months (I won’t have to change/add potting soil more than twice a year!). I also like that it can be used in pots or in the ground, so once David and I do get a house and have a spot for a garden, I won't have to worry about buying different planting soil for my pots and my garden (the simpler the better for a beginner like me). Even more exciting, it grows up to three times the amount of flowers and vegetables than a plant in native soil, so maybe my one little plant will grow enough to actually cook with! With results like that, my mom might even be able to keep a plant alive with the help of Expand ‘n Gro™.
Do you garden? What are you growing in your garden this year? What do you think would be a good "starter plant" for me to get?
Would you like to try Expand ‘n Gro™? If so, don't forget to check out the website, there is a coupon on the website for $3 off.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
- Make sure you know what foods they eat (do they eat dairy or not, do they eat seafood, etc.).
- Try not to make a completely separate meal for them unless it is absolutely necessary. It can make them uncomfortable that their diet is creating an extra burden for you (at least in my experience and that of some of my friends with special diets).
- Don't forget to think about all areas of the menu (it's especially easy to forget about dessert when considering a special diet - obviously dessert doesn't [usually] contain meat, but it does often contain eggs, dairy, wheat, and other foods that people commonly avoid or are allergic to).
- Along the same line as the previous suggestion, don't make a big deal about their diet, announcing it loudly to other guests or saying things like, "I just never know what to make for you."
- If in doubt, let them know what you plan to make and ask if they have ideas of how to make it fit their diet. They are used to having to accommodate themselves in all kinds of situations, so they most likely will have some suggestions. This works best if you could give them a few options.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
|Unfortunately, you can't see Lucia's bib that says "Irish at Heart"|
Friday, March 16, 2012
Today is my birthday, so it isn’t a usual Friday in my home, although I suspect that it will be much more ordinary than last Friday was. Last Thursday, I flew to Atlanta with my three month old daughter, Lucia, to be with my best friend, C., while she had a minor surgical procedure. I went back and forth regarding whether I should write my “Day in the Life” about last Friday which was a very abnormal day in my life or the previous one which was much more average. Ultimately, I decided to write about our unusual Friday in Atlanta for two reasons. First, life with a baby is ever-changing and unpredictable, so even if I had written about my Friday at home two weeks ago, it would only vaguely resemble how I currently spend my days. Second, by describing what was out of the ordinary last week, I am more aware of what exactly I’ve come to rely on as my “ordinary”...continue reading at Catholic and Crunchy
Stacy and I have met in real life (we met through out blogs) and she's just amazing. If you are unfamiliar with her blog, you should check out some of her past posts and get to know her a little (after you read my guest post, of course!). She is getting married next month, so won't you offer some prayers for her wedding and marriage?
If you are visiting my blog for the first time, I'm glad you're here! I blog about marriage, motherhood, faith, and everything in between. I also host two series, on entitled On Marrying Young and the other Baby on a Budget. Both are filled with great guest posts and I'm always looking for more guest posters.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
- I would like a natural birth with as few interventions as possible. I don’t want to be offered any pain medication unless I first ask for it.
- For pain relief, I would like to try hydrotherapy, hot/cold therapy, and frequent changes of position.
- If I have back labor pain, I’d like to try sterile water papules.
- Daddy would like to catch the baby and cut the umbilical cord.
- No eye drops for the baby after birth.
- If any potentially life-threatening circumstances arise (to mother or baby) at the birth center or after transfer the hospital, please contact a Catholic priest as soon as possible.
Monday, March 12, 2012
|steak, yum yum (at 26 weeks)|
|practicing using a spoon--with mixed results!|
- How do we get started with solids, Kellymom.com, which gives lots of info about how to balance milk and solid food intake as baby is starting out
- There are loads of bloggers that have written about the hows and whys of BLW, so here’s just one to whet your appetite: 10 Reasons to Choose Baby-led Weaning, Diary of a First Child
- Some research regarding weaning, food preferences, and weight as a child has recently been reported in the news: NHS Choices and Analytic Armadillo talk about the research behind the headlines
- Some documents on portion sizes for toddlers that were really enlightening to me in terms of how much food a toddler needs (these are for ages 1-4, so a baby just starting out would need even less!): The School Food Trust UK (Section 3 in particular) and the Infant and Toddler Forum (factsheet 1.3)
Amy is originally from the Midwestern USA, but moved across an ocean to be with the man she loves. She and Jon have been married for 5years and have a son called Gus, born in November 2010. She is writes about food,health, and parenting, but mostly just about her little family, at You Shall Go Out with Joy.
Please check out the other posts (including some great guest posts) in my Baby on a Budget series.