Baby Boy: 7 months

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Dear Ain,

Wow – 7 months already (well, really 7 and a half months, since this post is late)!! Here are some milestones that you have reached:

you said your first word! you definitely communicate your likes and dislikes and push something away from your face or bring it to your mouth you can select a toy to play with make connections between actions and words: you understand the word and sign for “milk” exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up on your own for a little bit at a time bringing food and objects up to your mouth you are showing so much character!

 

 

Sleep: You do a great job falling asleep on your own –

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 4

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 4 Use Your Minutes Wisely

As I talked about yesterday, sometimes it seems like days just rush by so quickly (like today!!). If you want to be productive in your day, then take advantage of the tiny blocks up time that pop up throughout your day.

It easy to mindlessly hop onto facebook, or instagram, or other social network for the umptenth time that day. But, think about what you could do with a few extra minutes:

- change the laundry over to the dryer – clean up the dishes in the sink (so they don’t pile up) – tidy a room – go through the mail – file

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 3

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 3 Create a Successful Morning Routine

Do you feel like your days are “busy” doing something, and yet you are somehow always behind and disorganized? Do you feel like you cannot cram anything more into your hectic days? Do you feel like you’re always running around in circles?

You need a routine. I know for me (when I stick to a routine), my day feels more peaceful and I feel like I know what I’ve accomplished for the day.

How do you come up with a successful morning routine? Follow these steps:

Step 1: Brainstorm a list of things you would like to do each morning, then pare that list down. Take to

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 2

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Yesterday the challenge was to Just Say No. I wrote a list off all I wanted to accomplish today and then I chose 3 things to cross of my list. This helps us to practice  learning to evaluate our activities and commitments. I chose to cross off:

1) Send out thank-you notes. Yes, these have been on my to-do list for awhile, but today I need to tackle more pressing matters that I have also been putting off.

2) Creating a flyer for our business. My goal is to accomplish this sometime this week. But not today.

3) Being on the computer after 6 p.m. (This idea is from Money Saving

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 1

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It’s one of my favorite times of the year! I love the fresh start feeling of January 1st. If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know I LOVE to set goals and plan away!!

I always get overambitious Jan. 1st and set lots of goals. In my mind, I’m okay with not achieving all of the them. I think just the process of thinking through what goals I want to set and then writing them down helps me refocus and remind myself of my priorities. Last year I resolved not to set year goals, but to set goals a few months at a time. I think that DID help me accomplish more of my goals. Although, after June when Ain was born, I didn’t really set any more monthly goals (other than my 30 before 30 project). So I did fizzle out a little – but having

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Easy DIY Baby Legs Tutorial ~ Mustache Edition

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So, my husband got me THIS for Christmas!!

 

It didn’t arrive until Dec. 31st, BUT I didn’t waste any time. I knew exactly the first project I wanted to do. I grabbed the men’s mustache socks I had purchased at Target and made…

Easy DIY Baby Legs!

This is really only a four step process!

Step 1: Cut

Take your men’s socks and cut off the foot. With the bottom piece cut the toe and heel off and toss. You will use the middle section.

 

Step 2: Turn inside out and sew

Take the middle section an turn inside out. Sew a line down one of the long sides, about 1-inch from the edge.

 

Step 3: Fold

Fold half of the section over itself so that the unfinished side

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Baby Boy: 6 months

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WARNING!! Get ready for a WHOLE lot of cuteness!! Dear Ain,

Wow – it’s crazy how much you change in a month! You are now 6 months old and SUCH a joy!! We have definitely settled into a routine for nap times and bedtime. And there have been a LOT of fun firsts this month!

We can see that you keep growing and growing – every single day!  You have reached great milestones:

can perceive the distance between one thing and another can play with something using both hands, will transfer object from hand to hand you study objects/faces intently you can select a toy to play with make connections between actions and words: you understand the word and sign for “milk” playing peek-a-boo exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against

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5 ways to decorate/organize on a budget

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As a new mom, I’m always seeking frugal ways to make my house more of a home. I focus on using items you already own to organize or spruce up a living space.

1. Look around you.

There are many items you already own that you can use in different ways to organize or decorate your home. Have an extra garden hose to make a wreath? Want something creative to do with bottle caps? Wine corks? 

2. Check out thrift stores/dollar stores.

Thrift stores or Dollar stores usually have a lot of items that, with a little bit of sprucing up can be just perfect for that little empty space in your home you’ve been wanting to fill! Use an old tie rack, shower curtain hooks, or antique

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30 before 30 Completed!

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A year ago now, I posted my 30 before 30 bucket list. Little did I know that I would find out in less than a week that I was pregnant! That changed some of my priorities. So today I give you the 30 before 30 list that I did complete before my 30th birthday!

**If you want to make a similar list, I would encourage you to check out the original post, as it has some printables for making your own 30 before 30 list!

 

My husband and I took a trip to Colorado the weekend before my birthday, just to knock out some of these 30 before 30s! That’s right, I just made “30 before 30″ into a noun. The trip was so much fun and the weather was GORGEOUS! We’ll have to move to Colorado some day.

Here’s my official

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5-day Slow Down Challenge: Focus

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5-day Slow Down Challenge: Focus

(original challenge here)

Focus is the key word for both Day 3 and Day 4 of the challenge. Multi-tasking. Does it really work? You can’t give your all to two or more activities at a time. Something is suffering. We end up doing one ore more of the tasks poorly.

We don’t try to multi-task during family time, do we? Or how about trying to work on a blog post while watching a movie. It doesn’t work.

Since this slow down challenge started I have been more diligent about giving my complete focus to Baby Ain while I’m feeding him, or when he starts “talking” to me. He is giving his complete focus to me and he deserves it back, especially when right now he needs the talking time to develop and grow. As I mentioned last time – these

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