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Fun, Words and Crafts

Hello!

Loving this weather and it looks like it will be staying through the weekend!  The sun shining down and the blue skies makes me want to be outside all day.  This weekend we headed to a state park, which ended up being a lot of fun and yesterday we pulled out the little pool and sprinkler for the girls.  It was great excitement until a leaky swim diaper caused a little situation that landed all three in the bathtub and resulted in a sanitized pool and toys.

Daddy and his girls heading out to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daddy and his little lady.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They have found their shadows…oh what fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun in the sun…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words:

With our baby making his appearance about a week from now these scriptures have been on my mind.

Psalm 139:13-14 NLT

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

1 Samuel 1:27 NKJV

27 For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.

 

Crafts:

I finished the ribbon blocks that match the ribbon blanket and the little bells inside sound so cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, I forgot until this past week that I had started a cowl with yarn I got on our last kid-free getaway.  I finished it up last night and realize it truly is a “knit in one hour project”, I just never had an hour straight to sit down and do it!  For the cowl I used:

addi Turbo Circular Size US 15 circular needles, 32″

1 Skein Cascade Magnum Yarn in Iridescence

The yarn started out like this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I decided to ditch the pattern I was going to use and just cast on 68 stitches and knit in the round with knit two, purl two until the yarn was almost gone.  Then I finished off with the remaining yarn.  The cowl is cozy and I plan on pulling it out this fall.  For those that don’t know a cowl in really basic terms is a scarf that is knit in a circle.  So, I just put the circle around my neck and twist it around one more time = Warmth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are anxiously awaiting our little guy’s arrival and are very excited to hold him in our arms.  As you may have guessed posts will slow down for a while, but I will be back to post with updates on how cloth diapering is going, sewing his quilt, and other fun things!

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Have a wonderful day and blessings to you!

Marisa

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I know everyday we should say how much we care for and love our moms, but I wanted to do a special post in honor of Mother’s Day.  I am so thankful for all the mother’s in my life.  They have all taught me so much about myself and how I am a mother to my children.

Two of the most amazing women I know are my mom and my husband’s mom.  They both raised us as single parents and gave us examples of strength, grace and unconditional love.  My husband and I along with our kids are very blessed to have them in our lives.  Both women have a strong faith and rely on the Lord each and every day.  In the 7 1/2 years we have been married our moms have become friends and I just laugh thinking of the two of them together.  They are so funny, telling stories and giggling…it is quite funny to see.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivian with my mom (L) and my husband’s mom (R).  I realized I do not have a picture with either one of our moms and I don’t have any updated pics of our moms and the kids.  I have decided to take more pictures when we are together!

There are also those women out there that have influenced me as a mother.  Those friends that have older children now.  I was able to see them as mother’s to young kids before I was married.  I was able to see how they showed this amazing love to their kids that I did not quite grasp yet.  Now as a mom I get it.  I now fully understand the overwhelming, unwavering love a mother has for their child…it is true you can’t explain it to someone, they have to experience it.

The mom’s that are on this journey with me as we care for our young children are so important.  The mom’s I see at our kids activities that are going through the same things as I am right now.  I thank them for being such wonderful mothers and a great support system.  We share stories, swap tips, and sometimes vent to each other about our day-to-day happenings with little ones.  Knowing there are others right there with me in this mom adventure is what helps the most some days!

May we celebrate moms everywhere!

Marisa

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iPhone and iPad Apps

I mentioned a while back that I wanted to write a post about iPhone/iPad Apps, finally I am following through.  Here are the apps organized into categories.  The list is compiled from several avid iPhone and iPad users with backgrounds in various careers and fellow moms and dads.  I have added some descriptions and you can also click on the link to have it take you to the app store for the complete details.

Business, Professional:

Dragon Dictation

PDF Reader Pro

Evernote

Yammer

Numbers

Salesforce Mobile

Business Card Reader

1Password Pro

AMEX – pay bill or view account on your phone

Chase – do banking online

ABC News

Fun:

Red Stamp – create cards to send via email or text

Kindle

Netflix

AppStream

LED

Mom, Kids, Family:

Meetup

Cozi Family Organizer

Groupon

Jo-Ann

Shopping List Free

Games Adult:

Words With Friends

Bright Puzzles

Akinator

Games Kids:

Umi Numbers – great for beginning math concepts

Highlights Hidden Pix

Ant Smasher

Sprout

Tozzle – great puzzles for kids to complete

Cupcakes!

Connect Dots

Health & Wellness:

Gaiam TV – a whole library of yoga and wellness dvds

WalkMeter

Fitness Pro

Yoga Trainer Lite

Ease Into 5K

Yoga Journal iPractice

Authentic Yoga

Spirituality:

Reminders From God

Holy Bible

Love Dare 30 – focuses on marriage

3 Minute Retreat

Guided Meditation for Relaxation

Mindfulness Meditation

Entertainment/Social Media:

Twitterrific

Facebook

FeeddlerRSS – one place to read all the blogs you follow

ABC

Pinterest

Instagram

ScoreCenter (ESPN)

Sportacular

Xfinity TV – DVR your favorite shows on the go

Flixster – great place to look up movie showtimes and reviews as well as watch trailers

Flipboard

People

Zinio – magazine app

Information:

Wikipedia

Dictionary

WeatherBug

Music:

Pandora

Shazam

Songify

LINKS:

Apple App Store

Moms With Apps Website…lots and lots of info!

Best Free iPhone Apps for Moms

Top 50 iPhone Apps for Moms

Top 50 iPhone Apps for Kids

Enjoy!

Marisa

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Thankful for the Little Blessings

Today is one of those days where you take a deep breath and think all is good.  The sun is out, things are going good and there is a sense of peace.  I like to think of these things as little blessings.  I once read in a book the author called them God Breezes, those moments of peace and contentment as you notice little blessings.

The scripture for the week from the study of A Confident Heart by Renee Swope is:

“Satisfy [me] in the morning with your unfailing love, that [I] may sing for joy and be glad all [my] days…for I have put my trust in you.” Psalm 90:14, 143:8b, NIV

The printable is so cute I had to share.  Find it here.  I am enjoying reading the book, Chapter 3 was filled with great points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Little Blessings This Week:

The weather has been beautiful the last two days and just that is enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wonderful surprise today…Daddy came home to have lunch with his girls.  It was fun watching them dance in the living room and then all sit at the table together.

Enjoying our time outside has been fun unless each little one wants to head in a different direction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vivian and I put the pack and play bassinet up in our room this week.  Since then she has become a little mom.  Her day literally revolves around this little baby doll named JJ.  Last night I showed her how to put a diaper on her little baby before bed and she told me to wake her up if her baby cried.  Yes, the baby is sleeping in the pack and play in our room.  This morning as she was eating breakfast she was also feeding her baby in the highchair.  Today for lunch she had to wait until the highchairs were not being used by the twins and then she fed her baby.  I tried to get her to eat lunch but she said after she put her baby down for a nap.  The funny thing is I sit at the table and feed the twins like she did this morning for breakfast and I usually eat lunch after I get the twins down for a nap.  It has been really fun to watch.  Oh and yes it is JJ’s birthday tomorrow so we are having a little birthday party for her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updates:

I have yet to make the ribbon blocks but hopefully this week I can get to them.

Part of my order from Sweetbottoms Baby arrived this week!  Waiting on the fitted diapers, but everything else is here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 diaper covers on the left, bag of detergent that smells amazing, green bag is the wet bag for dirty diapers when out and about, white bag is the diaper pail liner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great day and enjoy all the little blessings!

Marisa

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Mother’s Day Gift: Bloggers for Birth Kits

I came across this and wanted to share…A unique twist on giving a Mother’s Day Gift.

Bloggers for Birth Kits helps to reduce maternal and infant mortality in developing nations.  For some reason this cause spoke to me, maybe because I am a couple of weeks from having our son.   Before yesterday I had never heard of this before…yesterday I got an email from babble.com, in the email was a link to this article, The Mother Pucker Project: Bloggers Create a Better Mother’s Day.  I clicked on the link and read the article.  In the article was a link to Adriel’s blog which has a page titled Bloggers for Birth Kits.  In a simple description on Adriel’s site she explains it as this:

Bloggers for Birth Kits is a simple initiative to rally bloggers to reach out and help mamas in Papua New Guinea. These women may seem very different to you… but they are mothers with the same heart – mothers who desire to deliver healthy, thriving babies just as we do. (The idea was born out of this post: Four Healthy Mamas, Four Healthy Babies.)

Two statistics from her site:

Every minute a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.

In rural Papua New Guinea 1 in 7 women die in childbirth and that rate is simply unacceptable.

So this Mother’s Day donate to help save other moms!  $10 creates 5 kits.  You can mail you kit or donate online by following the link on the Bloggers for Birth Kits page.  Last year in the Mother’s Day Drive they raised over 2000 kits!

 

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Cloth Diapers

I thought I would never use cloth diapers…I did use gDiapers on our twin girls for a while because I was curious about cloth diapers and figured that would be a way to ease into it.  The gDiapers were short-lived because then we moved and I could not get the hang of it and gave up with all the packing and unpacking of boxes.  Now this time around I was getting all the baby stuff out and I got a couple of emails about cloth diapers and I was curious again.

Sylvie and Amelia are both still in diapers, using about 6-8 diapers a day.  So, that is 12-16 diapers for the twins and then another estimated 12 per day for a newborn for a grand total of 24-28 diapers in one day.  That bothers me that I am contributing that much to landfills.  Yes, I could potty train the girls, but they are not two yet and with a newborn potty training two does not sound fun.  Vivian and I have been talking about recycling a lot lately.  She comes with me when I take things to the recycle center and many times as I toss something in the garbage, besides food scraps, that our recycling center does not take she asks me with huge eyes, “Mommy is that going into the ground?”  I know some may think I am crazy, but if I don’t try it I will always wonder could I have used cloth diapers?  If things go well with our baby boy I may try the girls in them also.  We will be working on potty training them at some point but until then it might work…will see!

Our current daily stack of disposable diapers.  The two on top are night-time diapers so they don’t leak through.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What our daily stack would look like with three in disposable diapers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started doing a lot of research, reading anything I could find on how to cloth diaper, the easiest diapers to use, how to clean them, using a diaper service versus no diaper service…and the list goes on.  I asked for help from a friend who has cloth diapered both of her girls and what a wealth of knowledge she was!  So, this week my stash of cloth diapers, accessories and detergent should arrive from Sweetbottoms Baby.  I am excited, nervous and looking forward to it.  I have a pack of newborn diapers in the nursery for the very beginning when the grandma’s are here and we are getting into the swing of things with a new little one but after that I am planning on going for it.

A new diaper cream!  I came across this in the research that I did.  I have used coconut oil in the kitchen for years but never did I think about using it for a diaper cream.  Sylvie has the most sensitive skin and needs a barrier most times she has a diaper on.  I have started using coconut oil this past week and I see a big difference.  I bought a tub of it and just keep it with their diapers.  The only thing is I wish I could make it into a tube like a glue stick…it would make applying it so much easier and less messy.  If you don’t know coconut oil melts like butter, so you literally melt it on their bottom.  Their body heat is enough to take it from a solid to a liquid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some websites and articles I have used so far for research and purchases are:

Sweetbottoms Baby

Green Mountain Diapers

7 Steps For the Cloth Diapering Newbie

Cloth Diaper Review: What’s the Best Cloth For You?

Simple Mom

Eartheasy

Benefits of Cloth Diapering

I will post a picture showing all the goods once they arrive.  Also, I will let you know how it is working and what I find works best for our family…stay tuned!

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Have a great day!

Marisa

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Happenings & Updates

Happenings:

Things are winding down as we wait for our baby boy to arrive and my nesting phase is slowing down.  The hospital bag has been packed, the car seat is ready to go, the garage has been cleaned out, most closets have been organized, and his room is ready except for pictures, which should be hung this weekend.  I have also decided in my nesting craze to change out our nightstands and add a couple of pictures to our bedroom.

Sewing Update:

I finished up the ribbon blanket last night and hopefully this weekend I can make two matching blocks.  A very creative and dear friend of mine mentioned I should put a bell inside the blocks to make noise.  I think that is a wonderful idea so I will pick some of those up.  The quilt is next up on the list and my goal is to get at least the front of the quilt done before he makes an appearance…if not my Plan B is to have it done by Christmas time!

Squares laid out from Moda, Circa 1934, Charm Pack.  Time to sew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished front of ribbon blanket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The back is a soft black minky dot fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Update:

Our next book club is toward the end of this month and I am hosting.  I am excited to have everyone over and enjoy one last evening with friends before life gets a little more busy.  The book we are reading is The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  I started it this past weekend and I am enjoying it.  The storyline is good and it seems to be a quick read so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am doing a bible study by Renee Swope based on her book A Confident Heart.  Each week you read a chapter and she writes a blog post about the chapter.  The reading is easy and the scripture she brings up in the book is great.  My favorites so far are Jeremiah 17:7 and Isaiah 49:23.

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. NLT

…Those who hope in me will not be disappointed. NIV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone/iPad Apps post will be out in the next few days!

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Marisa

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