Archive for January, 2014

Do Ugly Babies Exist?

Friday, January 31st, 2014 by by

Now some of y’all are going to have some issues with this post, but I’m not here to people please, (well, not entirely.) I’m here to tell it like it is and to tell the truth- and hopefully give you a chuckle. As a mother of an almost toddler with a new one on the way I am smack dab in the middle of the baby storm. Part of this “Babynado”, if you will, includes the much heated debate on whether or not babies can or can’t be ugly?

I hope this blog entry clears it up. The answer y’all is YES! A resounding YES. I know, I know I’m supposed to say all babies are gifts from God and they are beautiful. I DO believe that ALL babies are gifts from God, but they are not all asthetically pleasing to the eye. Am I lying?! (more…)


Fun in the Snow

Thursday, January 30th, 2014 by by

These photos were taken before we had a snowstorm and the snow was beautifully soft and powdery. (more…)

Baby Food!

Monday, January 27th, 2014 by by

I made my own baby food with Sprocket and wanted to do the same with Spark. I realized I never really documented any of it and wanted to put together a post that showed some of the process.

The underlying theme is the same regardless of the food…cut, steam/boil, puree.

$13.85 worth of produce


Clothespin Math – Preschool Math Activity

Friday, January 24th, 2014 by by

Clothespin Math Game - This preschool math activity is easy to make at home and even lets kids practice their fine motor skills.

I was in the grocery store recently and happened upon these brightly colored clothespins. I just loved them and knew I could use them for an activity. You don’t need to have colored clothespins for this preschool math activity. Any clothespins you have on hand will work.

You will need:

  • Clothespins
  • 6 paint cups or other sturdy cups
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Tape



First Star

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by by

“Look, Mom! The first star of the night! I’m making a wish.”

“Before you make your wish you’re supposed to say, ‘Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.’”

“No. I don’t think I need to that.”

“All right. take your chances…”

“How did that go again?”

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by by

Easy Blueberry Muffins - so simple to make my kids helped to make them.

I am a huge fan of warehouse clubs. The problem is sometimes I go overboard. I usually get more fruit than we end up consuming and I am stuck trying to figure out what to do with the rest. We freeze some of it for smoothies and use the rest in other recipes. This past week I bought blueberries, forgetting I already had some at home that were well on their way to mushiness. Since my kids love blueberry muffins I thought we could try making them.  These easy blueberry muffins are sure to become one of our family favorite recipes. (more…)

Keeping the Kids Busy while Cooking Dinner

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by by

Mini wants to be held by me all the time if I am with her. I love it and hate it at the same time.  It is really hard to get things done, so when I have to cook dinner, I need to keep her busy in a place that she can see me.

I showed Mini where the pots where and gave her some fun things to bang on them with.  The things that I chose (more…)


Valentine’s Day Mobile with Tissue Paper Dyed Hearts

Monday, January 20th, 2014 by by

Valentine's Day Mobile with Tissue Paper Dyed Hearts - with water and tissue paper kids can create this beautiful mobile.
One of our favorite mediums to create art is tissue paper. We have used it for so many fun kids activities such as Tissue Paper Turkey Craft and Coffee Filter Flowers Made With Tissue Paper. So when I was looking for a Valentine’s Day activity for my preschooler, I went back to my trusty tissue paper. What would Valentine’s Day be without hearts (and chocolate)? We didn’t use chocolate while making these tissue paper dyed hearts, but they are still pretty sweet. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) The bleeding tissue paper dyes the hearts in bold, bright colors, making this a fun way to add some love to your home. (more…)

The Gospel According to Karith: What I Would Tell My Pre-Pregnant Self

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by by

While being a mother has truly been the most awesome thing I have ever done in terms of love, time, energy and effort there are things I wish I would have known/done before I became one.

I’m not mad, but feel like my friends who did this before me should have done a better job of warning me. Maybe they did, but like most impending moms I was just too excited/ scared/ nervous to listen, and my friends just did their due diligence by reassuring me that it was all going to be okay. And that’s what good friends are supposed to do.

I do vaguely remember a few friends and my mother saying something like, “You’re going to be so tired after the new baby gets here, that you need to sleep when the baby sleeps.” Which is all great in theory (more…)

Potty Training Success: Three Turds at the Brewery

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 by by

Potty Training is no joke. We had two ramp-ups to potty training that both ended in a crabby toddler and over-stressed parents.

Last spring break we did the whole “lets just hang out naked and wait for the potty bell to go off every 10 minutes” approach. Sprocket was very confused by the pee coming out of his body and after three days and, literally, hours on the potty, he still wasn’t getting it.

Oh, Elmo.
He would sit and read books on the potty for hours….

I decided that I didn’t want my spring break to be cooped up inside (more…)