May 29, 2010

Some of the Baby Products I am in Love with..that work

Conair Sound Machine(the white noise is great for calming a crying baby), RazBerry teether, Moby Wrap Carrier, Swaddle blankets, Saftey 1st Tubside Bath seat, Flat Head Syndrome Support Pillow (more on this later),WubbaNub Pacifier and the elevated sleep/co-sleeper bed...These are some of my favorites, feel free to share your favorites with mommy's can always use good products that work!

May 28, 2010

A little intro into my family

Family Fridays….I’m going to be devoting this day to telling about family time. It could be ideas of things to do as a family, craziness in my family, projects we are doing, or just updates of what we have been up to lately. Everything Family, which in our case could be just about anything! I say “anything” b/c…we are a human family of five, plus two dogs.
1. Me-Kellie Girl
2. My hubby or sweetheart as you might hear me call him depending on the day
3. Our oldest girl, Rainbow, she’s 8
4. Our middle child and little cowboy, Wrangler,he's 2 1/2
5. Our baby boy, Dumpling, turning 1 next week
6. Our male Boston Terrier, Tank
7. And our female Mastiff, Tonka

Ps. these are nick-names…yes my kids have somewhat unique names, but no we did not name them Rainbow, Wrangler and Dumpling…LOL Although, we are from Oklahoma....

With a little insight into my family….let me tell you more about what we’ve been up to lately. For the month of May we started with May Fest of course, arts, fun and great fair food. Then we were off to the natural history museum, which by the way is fabulous and they often have little to no entry fee. Rainbow has been practicing all year for her dance recital which was last weekend and she did great! School is out for the summer, so all three kiddos will be home with Moma….all day! With Summer here we will be looking for fun, inexpensive things to do with the kids…we enjoy the outdoors, so we will be spending a lot of time outside on the days it’s not to hot…probably the zoo, the pool, museums, the park…and anything else I can come up with. We are taking a family vacation with one of our favorite families in July, it will be interesting I’m sure…so I’ll be updating on that. Today, I just wanted to give you a little intro to my family, so you would know in the future whom I am talking about in my blogs. For the last three days I’ve been home with Wrangler, he’s got a stomach bug….did you know that once you became a mom you deal with so much grossness coming out of every opening of one’s body, yuck! I always thought of myself as one with a weak stomach then I became a mom and then an ultrasound tech., working in the hospital, you see way more than you ever dreamed or wanted to see. Let me just say people are weird and kids are gross, but I love my babies and when I was working I loved it to…one day when the kids are all in school, I’ll go back to all the weirdness I loved. I guess that’s all for you know a little about me and my family and I’m sure throughout this process, you will find out much more as we take this new journey into my thirties. Good Day!

May 27, 2010

When your child has a fever...this could happen

Tonight, because my little one’s sick again…. I am writing about something very close to my heart, that most parents don’t know about and that I think you all should! One of the scariest moments of my almost 30yrs of life came when my little boy had a sudden fever, which caused him to have a febrile seizure. I am here to give you some of the facts about febrile seizures, because it is more common than you may think. Approximately 1 in every 25 children will have at least one febrile seizure in their life and more than 1/3 will have another before they outgrow the tendency to have them. Each seizure can look different in every child, in our case he became completely lifeless and unresponsive, his eyes were rolled back in his head, bleeding from the mouth and shaking, this all lasted about 5 minutes total, which seems like a lifetime when you are holding your lifeless baby in your arms. Although extremely frightening, fever seizures are usually harmless.
The big question is what to do if this happens to your child? So, here’s what the experts say.
Parents and caregivers should stay calm and carefully observe the child. To prevent accidental injury, the child should be placed on a protected surface such as the floor or ground. The child should not be held or restrained during a convulsion. To prevent choking, the child should be placed on his or her side or stomach. When possible, the parent should gently remove all objects in the child's mouth. The parent should never place anything in the child's mouth during a convulsion. Objects placed in the mouth can be broken and obstruct the child's airway. If the seizure lasts longer than 10 minutes, the child should be taken immediately to the nearest medical facility. Once the seizure has ended, the child should be taken to his or her doctor to check for the source of the fever. This is especially urgent if the child shows symptoms of stiff neck, extreme lethargy, or abundant vomiting.
I’m here to tell you that staying calm was NOT on my list of things I did!! I immediately paniced and called 911, but it is good to have the facts, just in case. I pray no one reading this every has this experience, but wanted to share some of mine.

May 26, 2010

I love a good home remedy!

Today I am so excited to share this home remedy I found! Let me start by telling you that yesterday while two of my three kiddos were coloring, the two year old found a permanent marker in the color box and while our backs were turned for all of 3.2 seconds he colored an entire wood table top….so in search for a way to clean up this mess, I found a remedy that actually worked, yeah! First, apply toothpaste in a thin coat over entire area of marker(I used ultra- bright, don’t think this matters) Second, let set for 15 minutes(my 15 turned into 30, because I lost track of time) Third, scrub(gotta put some elbow into it) with a damp cloth and WAH-LAH, marker be gone and Mommy is SO excited….never did I think I could be so happy after such a big mess and honestly I didn’t believe it would work, but it did! Us Mom’s just have to know these things….because with kids, especially youngin’s there WILL be accidents like this one!

May 25, 2010

Tuesday again and time is flying by....

It’s Tuesday already and I have not been a good blogger…need to get into the swing of this and make time to blog more often…bare with me please, I barely have time to take a pee during the day, so even though I really want to do this, I have to find the time! I promise to get better…. Tuesday means tillage, so here’s more about the garden project.

After you have dug your garden to your specific size and location, if you live in Oklahoma you must till the garden area or you will have big red clay clumps...which is not ideal soil to start a garden. Luckily, I have a big, strong, sweet man at home to help me get this project started :)

May 19, 2010

Whatever Wednesday

Whatever Wednesday
It’s Wednesday and that means I can talk about whatever I want on this blessed day! I have decided to tell you about all the uses for coffee grounds, not only can you recycle them and be more” green”, there’s some great uses for the grounds. If you aren’t a coffee drinker, you can ask one of your local businesses to save them and most places will be willing to help. So, here’s a list of some of the uses I know of, I have not proven all these theories…but plan to try them all, so I’ll let you all know what works and what doesn’t in my experiences….more to come
1. Add the grounds to your compost /soil for garden, it has things like Calcium, Potassium, Nitrogen and Sulfur in it to help your garden grow. Also, helps ward away pests.
2. Sprinkle around the base of your plants as a fertilizer
3. Rub your hands with the grounds to get rid of onion smell after cooking with onions
4. Use to scour your pots and pans when cleaning
5. Dry grounds overnight then put into a sock and place in fridge as odor absorber, you can also add a few drops of vanilla for a even better odor
6. Use as a skin exfoliate in the shower, the caffeine is said to be particularly good for cellulite
7. De-Ice sidewalks after ice or snow
8. Keep bait worms alive by mixing with soil
9. Die Easter eggs by adding warm water and letting eggs soak
10. Use as a stain on furniture that needs touching up by adding warm water and soaking wood
11. Use coffee grounds to repel ants in areas needed
12. Use in flower beds to keep dogs and cats from digging

Tillage Tuesday

Tillage Tuesday’s
Today is Tuesday and this is the day I start telling you about my first vegetable garden experience. Yes, I have started a garden….does that mean I am getting old? NO! It just means I love vegetables! Besides almost being a vegetarian, I also want to instill in my children healthy eating habits and what better way than to teach them through my own experiences with gardening. We all adore the sunshine, so this is just another way to get us outside and active. There is a lot of details that go into planning a garden and so many ways to do it, here’s the beginning of our adventure in tillage.

First, we picked a spot in the yard and got a start to digging up the grass, to help with weeds.

May 17, 2010

Menu Monday

Menu Monday’s
Today is going to be called menu Monday’s because I am planning on posting a new recipe every Monday. As you already know I truly love to cook and create new recipes, so most of these are my originals or recipes I have improvised to suit me, feel free to do the same. I will admit that I am not one to use measuring cups when I cook, so some I am guessing on the measurements, because I am a throw it in kind of cook. Bare with me if some of my recipes say a little of this or that….and I sometimes just make stuff up as I go, with what I have at home, so don’t be afraid to just say no if it sounds really strange…Hope you all enjoy!
Stuffed bell peppers
1 can black beans, drain and rinse
1 cup rice
1 medium onion
¼ cup fresh cilantro
4 large bell peppers, cut in half and remove seeds
1 large tomato
1 garlic clove, smashed and diced
Add desired meat, chicken, hamburger, sausage or eat as a vegetarian meal
Pre cook meat and rice, mix all ingredients together, place peppers on sprayed baking dish, spread lightly with olive oil, salt inside peppers then stuff peppers with mixed ingredients ,bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes and Enjoy!