Missing pieces.

Posted 07-30-2011 at 08:51 AM by brewanothercup

We’re going on a mini vacation this weekend, and the stars must have been aligned just right tonight to get my little one to bed in 15 minutes and me out the door for some last minute vacation shopping.  I got in the car, rolled my windows down, and backed out of the driveway, all in silence. It felt a little strange to not see the top of a little head in the back, or to have someone to buckle in (more like wrangle in these days).  It was quiet and quick.

I got to my first destination and felt so strange just walking from my car to the store – no baby to unbuckle, no baby to wrap on my back, no last minute diaper changes. I no longer dawdle and look slowly at things, but have the rapid pace of a mama with a baby who might lose interest any second.  I bought my things and was off to my next destination.

Diaper Swapers

Kid Clothes: How to Dress Them on the Cheap

Posted 07-30-2011 at 07:07 AM by Monica Beyer

Children grow. Children grow very, very fast, and the smaller they are, the faster they grow. A baby will go through as many as 5 to 6 size changes during her first year alone. Considering the dirty clothes a baby generates just hanging around in the newborn phase, such as spitting up and leaking diapers (less likely with cloth, but it can still happen) it can be mind boggling to consider the amount of money you need to spend on just clothing in the first year. This is not even taking into account once a baby becomes mobile and testing solid food for the first time, either, which brings a host of new mess opportunities.

There are a few tricks you can employ when you are pregnant to start building a nice clothing stash, and you can use these methods throughout your little one’s childhood as they grow.

Gifts

Do not be afraid to accept gifts. In fact, and particularly for a first child or grandchild, babies can have too many clothes at first. People love buying baby clothes. Love it. Love it too much, in some cases. To combat this, and to make the gifts last a little longer, have your shower hostess include a note that says you’d love clothes in any size up to 12 months, for example. Or register for onesies in a multitude of different sizes. In some cases, the itty bitty clothes that many just love to buy will go unused, so don’t be afraid to request a gift receipt and exchange for different sizes or store credit.

The Fungus Among Us: Beating Thrush

Posted 07-29-2011 at 01:00 PM by Mel

When my first daughter was born in April 2006 I was determined to breastfeed no matter what. I was attending La Leche League meetings and when she was just six weeks old I attended my first local La Leche League Conference. During the first couple months postpartum we developed an intense case of thrush. It was extremely painful to nurse and I would cry every time she’d latch on, but I was not going to give up. I guess there are some positives about being stubborn! A visit to the doctor got us a prescription for Nystatin, but it didn’t seem to help. I contacted my La Leche League leader and did a lot of online research until I found something that would work for us.

Below, is what I have found has worked for me in my battles with thrush:

1. Start taking a good, quality probiotic supplement. I really like the Nature’s Sunshine and Garden of Life brands, but there are other good brands out there as well. Ask your doctor, chiropractor, or natural health professional what brands they recommend. I hear a lot of people say “Well, can’t I just eat yogurt?” Honestly, you could, but only if it is unsweetened. Flavored yogurts in the store are loaded with sugar and many have additional additives as well.

Finding Enjoyment During Deployment

Posted 07-29-2011 at 11:34 AM by HollyRay

Is there such a thing? Can we actually enjoy deployment? Since my husband joined the Air Force I’ve been surprised to meet so many women who admit to enjoying a deployment now and then. We love our spouses, we would love for them to be here all the time, but when they leave I think we have to try and make the best of it.  Some spouses get down and dirty with home projects; repainting, decorating, and fixing everything in sight. I liken it to the nesting urge you get while pregnant and so refer to them as nesters. Some hit the gym hard, in an attempt to loose weight or tone up. I classify these types as the transformers.  Some delve into interests they’ve never really had time to get into before, learning to sew, taking up rock climbing, maybe taking a college class or two, getting involved volunteering and the like, I tend to call them the busy’s, because they always need something to keep them busy. Finally the relaxers, the women who hit up the spas, have nightly bubble baths, get their nails done every week, etc. Some women do this normally but for the relaxers it’s a deployment only experience. There are other groups of course, and then those that fit into no category at all, but as I have seen it a good portion of spouses fall into these four categories.

So how do we find the joy in deployment? First we have to accept that we miss our spouses, that they miss us, and that just because we enjoy ourselves when they are gone it does not mean we do not love and miss them. Second, we need to figure out what will give us enjoyment.

If you are a nester, then by all means nest! You don’t want to change EVERYTHING about your house, as your service member may be overwhelmed with a drastic change upon returning home. However, maybe you would like to redo one room, or add specific decorative touches to the whole house. Small things that will be fun for you but won’t break the bank, or be too much of a task for you to handle. First what do you want to do to it? Let’s say it’s just not the right fit and you want an antique feel. Now is the time to hit up those thrift sales, auctions, and antique stores. Search eBay for great deals, and find things that you really love to avoid buyers remorse. Sometimes the joy is in the search, while looking for that perfect set of candlesticks or just the right frame for that picture.

Guess I will not be going there!

Posted 07-29-2011 at 11:20 AM by blairmarie333

I recently heard about a local restaurant that does not allow children. I was shocked. I haven’t heard of this before and almost didn’t believe it. I did some quick research and I stumbled on a website dedicated to be, “happily childfree.” I of course did not like this website from the start. I am a little upset that someone actually took the time to create a website dedicated to being “happily childfree.” To who ever created this: You don’t know what you are missing!

The Joys of Summer

Posted 07-28-2011 at 03:27 PM by Krista

We all have our summer faves. These things, for me, represent what summer is all about!

What is summer without delicious, crunchy, sticky S’mores? The only thing that could make them better is if you roast them yourself over a campfire!

 

I love the juicy taste of watermelon! It really takes me back to summers I spent with my grandparents, eating watermelon and spitting out the seeds! My cousin used to put salt on hers!

Fun in the summer sun ( that won’t break the bank )

Posted 07-28-2011 at 01:09 PM by whitneywalters

Now that my kids are starting to get a little older they are wanting to do more things and being a money minded mama I am always looking for summer time actives that will not cost us a lot of money to do. So far this summer we have been able to do a lot of family friendly actives and have spent very little money in the process.

My kids personal favorite thing to do is go to the zoo. This year we decided to get a family pass that is good for a year. The initial cost was more then we ever spend on a family activity but in doing the math we only needed to use the pass three times in order to make our money back and so far we have already used it five times since getting it in May. Many family oriented places offer annual passes and they can actually save you a lot of money in the long run.

A Case of the Stinkies

Posted 07-27-2011 at 02:17 PM by Britt Schwartz

I was very nervous and excited when we decided to cloth diaper our two girls, Payton (2) and Sawyer (5 months). We bought our stash and decided that instead of using a pail liner and a trash can, that we would use a stylish cloth hamper from Target.

Why not?  It’s adorable and it serves the same purpose as the trash can!

We started using the cloth and for the first month or so we had to do laundry once a day, since we were running out of diapers. We decided to invest in more and when we received our new order, we were able to do laundry every other day. During the first month, we had no issues with our diapers. We loved cloth diapering but then we started having some trouble. At first, it started with the diapers giving off a horrible odor whenever we changed the girls. Shortly, after we started to notice the smell from the diapers, our laundry room took on the same scent. Our diapers then started to leak and rashes appeared on our daughter’s bums.

Hello, Prenatal Workout!

Posted 07-27-2011 at 12:59 PM by HollyRay

Let me preface this by saying, I am by no means in fabulous shape. A couple rounds of medication and a food allergy had me at 208 pounds when I got pregnant with my first daughter. I worked out all the time – I was a dance teacher, and a Zumba instructor, teaching a total of about 28 hours a week, and still I gained 50 pounds and looked like a hippo. I didn’t loose much of the baby weight and started my second pregnancy at 238, I discovered my allergy problem during that pregnancy and gained about 10 lbs over the 9 month period. I left the hospital at 255 thanks to a dozen bags of fluid over a 24 hour period, my doctor didn’t seem all that concerned that I was walking out with an 8 pound baby and an additional 8 lbs of body weight, but I was freaking out. How was I going to loose all this weight?

Without the medication and food allergies in my way I headed on my path to a brand new body. I started teaching Zumba 3-5 times a week, I went to the gym, and I ate everything that was healthy and tasted fabulous. About 10 months after my second daughter was born I was under 200, and a mere 30 pounds away from my healthy fit weight of 165 (the weight I have always looked best at) then a BFP changed my happy attitude. Don’t get me wrong I knew I was going to get pregnant at some point, and I am over the moon to be adding to the family, but I did mourn the loss of my “slowly changing, back to my hot self” body.

The Sentimental Value of a Mattress

Posted 07-27-2011 at 07:01 AM by mommygreenex2

Hi y’all! I’m a mama to two bambinos, a darling daughter who will be five next month and a smiley son who is six months old. We are in the middle of moving ((sigh)) and we are getting rid of most of our furniture. We are moving in with my elderly father who lives alone on six acres so there’s no room for our stuff. I have been posting items for sale on Craigslist and just last week, we sold our bedroom set.

At first, I was relieved that it sold. One, because we really needed the money at the moment, (we are only recently a single income family; decided to be a SAHM after numero dos was born.) And two, it was a huge relief to my husband that he wasn’t going to have to move it out of our second floor condo and store it somewhere. But as the man came to collect his new bedroom set, my eyes started to burn and I felt tears welling up in them. Why in the world was I about to lose it over a bedroom set that was over 10 years old? It was busted up, had lots of water damage, missing knobs, but I was all torn up about it going out the door.