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,

photo credit – Ad Astra Photography

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

May: Set up a Routine

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Step 1: Declutter the whole house

So, last month our community hosted a neighborhood garage sale and it was a GREAT excuse and created a limited time table for us to quickly go through the house and declutter. It was awesome!! However, we did not have too much time to reorganize or find places for everything. PLUS last week we had a slight water leak in our basement and so now that part of our storage area is chaotic.

Step 2: Set up a Routine

I’ve decided to go all digital. I’ve tried various apps, but for this time I’ve decided to go with Chore Checklist. I’ve never used it before, but I’ve set everything up and I think it’s going to work well. It’s very versatile and only $1.50 for the full version.

The free version looked really good too – it just doesn’t

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Easy Coconut Date Rolls

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These are so easy to make and delicious!! Best part about it? No need to add sugar. I definitely crave sweet things, so I like when I can enjoy eating something sweet without worrying about the amount of refined sugar in it. Second best thing? These only require 3 ingredients!!

Coconut Date Rolls 10 oz. pitted dates 1 cup slivered almonds (roasted – optional) 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes (reserve some for rolling) To Make:

Making these Easy Coconut Date Rolls is as easy as 1-2-3!!

1) Put all the ingredients in a food processor.

Blend ingredients until a paste is formed. If it looks a little dry, just add a smallest splash of water.

2) Form into heaping tablespoons and roll. 3) Roll balls in the dried coconut.

Top with a slivered almond, if desired! Makes 15-20 rolls.

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Baby Boy: 9 months

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Dear Ain,

You are 9 months already – time is going by too fast!! Momma was excited for your doctor’s appointment – we wanted to see how much you have grown.

Weight: At the doctor’s appointment we found out you were almost 17 lbs. and 28 inches long! Still a tall, skinny (compared to other babies) baby – but look at those rolls!

Sleep: Sleep is still going well – we are so grateful for that! You consistently wake up only once a night for a feeding – it’s usually 8-10 hours after you fall asleep. Then after eating you go back to sleep for almost another 3 hours. You usually fall asleep between 7:30 and 8pm and wake up for the day about 12 hours later.

 

 

 

 

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Tips for soothing a teething baby

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My little one just had his bottom two teeth break through this week, when he was one week shy of 9 months. I know he’s been working on the teeth for awhile and he’s been “teething for about a month. These are the signs and symptoms you might see when your baby begins to teeth:

Drooling Chewing on solid objects Sticking fingers in mouth Irritability or crankiness Sore or tender gums Decreased appetite Difficulty sleeping Tips for soothing a teething baby:

If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these simple tips:

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Often chewing can help your little one’s teeth work their way through the gums, or it just helps to have a little counter pressure when the gums hurt. So, give them things to chew! If it’s cold, even better, since the cold will numb the pain.

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