31 Days to Declutter the house - Project Declutter

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I’m doing it again. For a 4th year in a row – 31 Days. If you are not sure what it is, check out the link. I’ll be writing every day for the month of October on one topic – decluttering the house. I’m calling it Project Declutter. My goal is to make it through every room in the house and purge! I try to do this twice a year and I did do it last back in May (although it wasn’t quite a complete job). It’s time again.

 

Come back and visit on October 1st and I’ll describe the process and the schedule for working through the whole house!!

 

Introducing Toddler Tuesday + Baby Bump!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you MAY have seen the news. Last we on Facebook we announced it, and now we are making it blog-official – WE ARE PREGNANT!!

 

We are so excited for our new little one, coming at the end of March 2015!!! Today I am officially 14 weeks and starting my second trimester. I’m glad to be past the nausea and aversion to food. Let me tell you, morning sickness is a bit rougher when you have a toddler that you are trying to encourage to eat. The peanut butter smell made me nauseous, but since pb & j is one of the things Ain will eat consistently, I had to put up with it (or feed him something else and Daddy would feed Ain pb &j in the evenings)!

So, I’m not going to update you weekly, like I did last

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Freezer cooking with Meatless Monday

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At the beginning of this month I joined in with another friend and did of bunch of freezer cooking. She was more ambitious and planned out a month’s work of cooking – I was only able to do two weeks worth. I actually did it all in one day, but I would advise menu planning and shopping on a separate day from all your chopping and cooking up.

In the spirit of Meatless Monday (as I mentioned last time) – several of the recipes I used were meatless. In fact, for all my meals I ONLY purchased about 2 lbs. of chicken and 2 lbs. of ground beef. That’s saving money!

I made:

– this Freeze Ahead Lasagna – we are having it tonight!! – this is in it’s thawing out stage:

 

Bean, Spinach, and Quinoa Burritos (Ain liked this too! But

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Ain's 1st Birthday - Very Hungry Caterpillar!

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Ain is now One! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite books, and since Ain has had Very Hungry caterpillar toys since birth I thought it would be a great theme for his first birthday! If you are looking for some great ideas, check out my First Birthday Pinterest board – it’s full of Very Hungry Caterpillar themed ideas.

 

 

My sister Amy helped me design the cards I sent out to some family (others we just invited via facebook). Here was the inside of the inviation:

 

 

I didn’t get a picture taken, but on the drive up to the clubhouse I tied caterpillar balloons to posts, something like this (source):

 

The birthday boy, coming home from church, ALMOST ready for the party:

 

 

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Meal Planning: Meatless Monday

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Hello all!! My posts have been pretty sporadic as of late. Throughout the summer I wanted to take a little blogging break, plus having a little one around – it really does take a lot of my time up! I feel like I spent so much time around the kitchen table or just in the kitchen, while my little one eats and eats and eats. He is a slower eater, which is actually a good thing in the long run, but it’s time consuming right now.

I used to post my menu plan weekly, on Mondays. I’m not QUITE going to get back into doing that, but I do want to start posting about Meatless Mondays. This fall, in efforts to help us put money aside and pay off student loans, I’m going to plan about 2 meals a week which are Meatless (which saves money – Meat=expensive!) and

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Ain Levi - One year!!

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Dear Ain,

Your 1 year birthday has come and gone (post on that a little bit later)!! Crazy! I can’t believe how much has happened in one year – and now the start of your second year of life. I hope it is just as fun!!

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Mobility: You are crawling like crazy, pulling up to standing, and are climbing the stairs easily (with encouragement).

Sleep: Because of your activity, sometimes you don’t want to slow down long enough for naps. You take one, sometimes two naps and then go to bed around 7:30pm.

Play: You are content playing on your own, but you LOVE playing with others. You peruse books, talk to the ceiling or lights, bang blocks together, pull up to standing,

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Treat Yourself: Herbal Bath Teas

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As a mom, I have a new appreciation for taking long, luxurious baths…

especially when I can toss in a bath tea or two and let my body soak in moisturizing and soothing essential oils!! Such a treat!

 

A fellow work-at-home mom I know, Megan, has been making and selling body care products with essential oils. Talk about brilliant!! Since I’ve been growing in my love for natural living I’ve definitely wanted to get into essential oils. I just need the money to spend and I’m all over it!

I had the opportunity to try out a few of Megan’s products (check out her fb page: Serene Essentials for more details)! She has so many: Sunscreen, shower steamers, Aromatherapy necklaces, lotion bars, sitz bath teas, and lip balm just to name a few. I really want to try out

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Baby Boy: 11 months

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Dear Ain,

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Mobility: You are starting to get more mobile!! You are a rolling maniac now – rolling in both directions!! You can also scoot backwards on your tummy, but then get stuck since you can’t move forwards.

Sleep: Because of your activity – sleeping during the day is hard for you now. You just want to practice rolling and moving about. It takes you a long time to settle down. You have gotten your legs stuck between the bars on your crib several times.

At night you sleep well – except for that week and a half of teething – that was rough!! Your top two teeth came in 2 days apart and are very big!

Baby Boy: 11 months

Baby Boy: 10 months

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Dear Ain,

Oh no – you are 10 1/2 months already – I’m late again!!!

Weight: We think you are just a little over 18 lbs now and you seem to be so long!! (We’ll just have to see how long at your next appointment.)

Sleep: Sleep is still going well – you pretty consistently sleep through the night – waking maybe once at 5am and sometimes you sleep all the way until 7am!! If you do wake at 5am, I feed you and then you go back to sleep for a couple of hours. You usually fall asleep between 7:30 and 8pm at night and wake up for the day about 12 hours later.

Social: You really are learning by interacting with people! You are

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Take it on Tuesday blog hop #122

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Hi Friends! It has been so inspiring seeing what you all have shared with us these past many weeks! Things are getting busy for everyone already as summer approaches, so we have decided to take a break from Take It On Tuesday for now and hope to put together something bigger and better in the Fall. Be sure to check back with us then! We’ll still be around, I love getting to know so many of you out there in “blogland!”

We love to share and pin your projects! Follow us on Pinterest to see new ideas and pinned projects! 1) Follow Romance on a Dime on Pinterest 2) Follow Eyes on the Source on Pinterest 3)Follow Take it on Tuesday blog hop #122