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:

Cold Teethers

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.

Rub Ice on Gums – Rubbing ice on the

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Baby Boy: 8 months

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Dear Ain,

 

Another late post – next week you will be 9 months, but I wanted to record everything you’ve done by 8 months! Here are some milestones that you have reached:

you are sitting up on your own really well now!! you communicate frequently and have said “Da da, Daddy, Ain, and hi!” 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 you use the “milk” sign frequently – seems like it’s more to communicate “I want”. For instance, you will use it to get our attention and for us to pick you up, not necessarily because you want milk.

Sleep: Sleep is still going well – we are so grateful for that! You

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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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Want to check out this challenge? Hop on over Money Saving Mom’s blog to join in on the Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge this week!!

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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Top 5 Posts: 10 Reasons and 4 Tips for Pinnable Images

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Hi. I’m so glad you decided to stop by!

I thought this would be a great way to review my top 5 posts. (Thanks Darlene for the idea!) Of course, I’m only speculating on why the following posts received so many views.

Let me know why YOU think these are my top five posts! 1) 52 Reasons I Love You Cards

 

2) DIY Car Mount For Your Cell Phone

 

3) DIY Home Management Binder

 

4) 25 Days of Working Towards Simple Living (Minimalism)

 

5) Pickling Cucumbers from the Garden

 

Possible Ten Reasons These Are My Top 5

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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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