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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Wraps and slings and carriers, oh my!

Wanted to share with you all my week in baby shopping.  So this week as I begin to get that "oh my goodness Isaiah is going to be here in 9 weeks" feeling we decided to do something about it (and what better place to start then to shop!). We made a run to Other Mothers that had needed to happen for awhile as we had some stuff to resell and thought we could browse and use the in store credit if we found something good. I was specifically trying to find something to wear baby Isaiah in. I used a Moby wrap with Jordan and really liked it but sold it awhile back when we weren't making any plans for a third baby. So I was thrilled when I came upon an Infantino SlingRider for $15. I had seen them around and one of my friends that recently had a baby was using one so I went ahead and purchased it. I also got him a cute take home outfit and a baby bouncer, which I paid only $21 for by the way:) I was thrilled that we had made some progress as our buying list is pretty short since we have been there done that twice in the last 3 and 1/2 years.

The next day I decided to check online for a manual for the sling so that I made sure I was using it properly only to find out it had been recalled. I was so irked and was trying to decide if I should call Other Mothers when I saw that the company was offering to take back the recalled item (they paid for shipping) and give an item in exchange. So I chose the Wrap & Tie 3 in 1 carrier that was worth $40. SCORE!! Here's what it looks like (they threw in the toy too):
So after being happy that something that originally bummed me out worked out in my favor I decided to continue on with my list. I wasn't planning on getting more than one thing to wear baby in but I was thinking about how much I really liked having the fabric wrap that he could lay down in in the beginning. It is especially great around the house. I came across the HugaMonkey Baby Sling and was pleased by the price and the simplicity of the wrap. Not all complicated like the Moby! Plus free shipping. I checked reviews to make sure it was a well liked product and when doing that stumbled upon a 30% off coupon that made the sling only $20 dollars. Can you say SCORE, again??

Now I am really just down to needing to pick up a monitor, some bottles and some fill in pieces in his wardrobe. I of course had mounds of boy clothes but gave a bunch to a friend in need after Jordan so I need to replenish a little in the baby sizes. Jeremy's parents are buying the bedding and painting him a dresser like the other boys got. We already have the carseat, bassinet, and crib. Starting to feel more ready. Kind of. I am pretty ready things wise but am still preparing myself physically and emotionally for having a newborn in the house and upping the kid count to 3. Hey, if nothing else, it should make for some interesting blogs, right? ;)

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What we had for dinner

Pepper Lover's Pizza
This has become a definite favorite of ours. Pesto, peppers and french bread all make it irresistible! I got this out of a spin-off magazine from Taste of Home called Simple and Delicious. It truly lives up to the name of the magazine being both simple and delicious:)

1 each yellow, orange, and red pepper, julienned
1 medium onion, halved and sliced
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (I usually just use a mix of oregano, basil and seasoning salt)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese (I use double, half for mixing with the peppers and half for topping the bread with before putting it in the oven)
1 loaf unsliced Italian bread
1/3 cup prepared pesto

* In a large skillet, saute the peppers onion and Italian seasoning in oil until tender.

*Remove from the heat; toss with cheese.

*Cut bread in half lengthwise; place on a baking sheet. Spread cut sides of bread with pesto.

*Top with pepper mixture and remaining cheese (if desired). Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 5-8 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 This great as an appetizer, cut into 10 or so slices. Or if you are like my husband and I, we cut each side into halves and have at it:)

Monday, March 1, 2010

My first sewing project

A few years ago my mom bought me a sewing machine. I must admit that I was excited at the idea of learning to sew but didn't get around to it for sometime. Last year I bought this awesome book that walks you through sewing and gives tons of projects for beginners, including several of the patterns. I bought the fabric to start some projects but yet again, everything sat for awhile. One project I was going to do was an apron so I had bought some brown fabric and some pink fabric with brown polka dots on it. When I got pregnant I started noticing all of these nursing covers around and thought that would be a simple project to tackle so I decided to use my apron fabric for that.

I decided to wing it and just looked online to get some measurement ideas. I actually made the length into the width because I like my stomach to be covered when nursing (I think that bugs me more than the idea of my boobs showing!). It is also reversible and has a pocket on each side to hold things like breast pads, binkies and spit up rags. I have some ideas for how to improve on these in the future but I am proud of my first go around. I must admit this looks like it could double as an apron so I didn't stray too far from my original project idea. Here are pictures of both sides of the nursing cover. I would have put it on for the pictures so you could get a better idea of what it looks like but I was all scrubbed out and ready for bed when I took the pictures and didn't feel like exposing myself in that way:)

The nursing covers I looked at online used metal rings for the neck straps to make them adjustable. This is something I would like to incorporate into my next cover. Any other suggestions on how I could make this better? I think I could probably make it smaller too, it is kind of mammoth. I just really wanted adequate coverage!
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