I knew I had entered my nesting period when I insisted on cleaning our self cleaning oven by hand. The thing is, the oven was clean… but not like new clean, it has been stained by years of use, and the self cleaning feature only burns away the dirt. It doesn’t remove the stains and such. So I enlisted my sister’s help to remove the oven door so I could reach better. Inside and out. This is when I pulled out the best natural cleaning tool my secret weapon. Continue reading “Best All Natural Cleaning Tool”
Since today is my due date, and my little man has yet to arrive I decided to do a bit of research to see if there’s any way I can speed up his delivery. But I am also a firm believer that he will come out only when he is good and ready (or with the help of medical professionals). So I found the easiest ways to induce labor and I’m going to try some of these. Continue reading “10 Easiest Ways to Induce Labor”
My mom used to make English Breakfast Scones for us as kids but it has been such a long time since I have had them. But I was craving them and had to experiment a bit.
I was so excited to go on my hospital tour and it was actually a lot of fun. Our tour group was very small just two other couples, one was a set of first time parents and the other couple had five other children. It was nice to have a mix of experiences. Continue reading “What to Ask on Your Hospital Tour”
I’m so excited to be working with Primed Birth and the Tummy team to bring you a review of their online courses! They generously offered my course for free but rest assured all opinions are my own.
Motherhood is something I have been looking forward to since my husband and I decided to get married. I have always wanted to be a mom. Unfortunately our path to parenthood wouldn’t be as easy as we hoped. Continue reading “Primed Birth Prep Course Review”
There comes a time about every two weeks when the dog’s nails need to be trimmed…. Oh boy. I always know it’s time becuase I end up with a sweater snag or hole in a blanket. And that time has come. Pedicures for all the pups! Continue reading “DIY Puppy Pedicure”
One of the biggest blessings in my life are my two adorable pups. I don’t know what I would do without them. So naturally when I found out I was pregnant I started looking for ways to get my fur babies ready for my human baby. I read a ton of blog posts, books and looked for any advice on the subject. Continue reading “Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby”
Most Sundays at our house are filled with cooking, church meetings, and hair spray. But this Sunday I decided to take my hubby up to the mountains and just spend a relaxing day.
Continue reading “Sunday Dutch Oven Dinner”
Congratulations! You’re expecting! Now what? Well first you should get an appointment with an OBGYN to check on the little one. It may be a couple weeks until they can get you in based on how many weeks pregnant you are. I was in denial, so I didn’t take a pregnancy test until I was about eight weeks pregnant. Which was actually great for me because, I only had to wait a couple days to go to my first doctor’s appointment. But Boy-Oh-Boy were those few days excruciating. I am not a patient person and waiting a few days for an appointment was a nightmare. So like any crazy person I spent hours online trying to find out what I needed to know before stepping foot the in doctors office. The good news is you don’t really need to do anything. The bad news is you don’t have anything to do while you wait. Continue reading “Do’s and Don’t’s Before Your First Doctor Appointment”
Growing up my mom would take my siblings and me camping at least once a year. We had a group of friends and we would head out every summer. Somehow we always had everything we needed for camping, the magic camping fairy would prepare all out clothes, gear and food and we would just pack the car and leave. It wasn’t until I was freezing cold on a mountaintop with my brand new husband that I realized just how much work that camping fairy *cough, cough* mom…. Did before each trip. Continue reading “Camping Essentials Checklist”
The moment we found out we were having a baby my husband has been ecstatic, and terrified and worried, and so have I. The advantage I have, is getting all the attention. I think sometimes dads are overlooked in the whole pregnancy and childbirth process, which is silly because their lives are about to be changed just as much as the mom’s life but they don’t get the perks of having everyone fawn all over them for nine months before the baby arrives. Which got me thinking about how I can involve my husband in my pregnancy. Here’s what I came up with. Continue reading “4 Ways to Involve Dad in Pregnancy”
I am a list maker. If I don’t have some sort of list in front of me, I probably won’t get anything done, or I’ll forget half of what I need. So naturally when I got pregnant I started making lists like this one. Lots of people warned me about making this list, because I won’t know how big baby is going to be. But what they don’t understand is that some people, like me, have to have lists. Otherwise I will go completely insane. Besides I can just return what I don’t want right….. Continue reading “What To Stock Up On Before Baby”
I see lots of articles claiming to be what you really need for your baby when he or she comes home. But each one has things I don’t necessarily want or need to have. I talked with lots of other moms and grandmothers to see what I actually NEED to have, and turns out, it’s very simple. Continue reading “Bare Minimum Baby Needs”
This is Meal #2 in my meal prep for baby series. Meal #1 was a yummy sausage lasagna. But anyway, here we go. My mother has been making this Mac & Cheese since I was a tiny baby and it’s still one of my favorites. When mom would say she was making Mac & Cheese for dinner, the next question would always be “What Kind?” to which she would reply “The Good Kind.” And trust me, it is the good kind. The best part is it’s amazingly simple to make. Continue reading “The Easy Way to Prep Freezer Meals Before Baby: Part Two”
This is the first post in my meal prep for baby series. I am so excited to get my freezer stash going. It will be so nice not to have to worry about making a nice comforting dinner and wrangling a new born. I have been thinking about prepping meals for a while now but every time I thought about, coming up with a menu, then spending a bunch of money all at once, then bringing all those groceries home and cooking a bazillion meals all at once…. I would completely lose interest. So instead I made a list of 10 meals my family loves. Now once or twice a week I will buy enough ingredients to make 2 or 3 batches of one of the meals, that one we can eat one for dinner and I can put the extra one or two in the freezer for later. Continue reading “The Easy Way to Prep Freezer Meals Before Baby”
Everyone knows someone who has had to try to survive pregnancy without air conditioning. Whether it’s a camping trip, a job that requires you to be outside or god forbid the A/C unit in your home is either nonexistent or broken. Which is unfortunately what happened to me just as I entered my third trimester. Since keeping cool is fresh on my mind I thought I would come up with a few tips to help my other sweaty sisters in their hour of need. Continue reading “Surviving a Summer Pregnancy Without A/C”
We first brought home our tiny bulldog puppy, determined to do everything exactly right. Starting with her food. So we bought her the most expensive dry food in the store and were sure we were making the right decision. Then life kicked in and we couldn’t afford to spend as much on her food. Now it was time to do some research and decide what would be the second best. Turns out after doing some digging, even the crazy expensive dog food wasn’t necessarily what was best for her. Continue reading “The Inside Scoop On Dog Food”