Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Challenge: Day 2

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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!!

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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Mess-Free Christmas Handprint Ornament

Mess-free Handprint Ornament

The project was SO EASY to do! So easy that my mom did all the work while I held a slightly squirming 6-month old AND took the pictures!! I LOVE the fact that this project does NOT require getting an infant’s hand dirty with paint!

Mess-Free Christmas Handprint Ornament

Supplies needed:

a glass {or plastic} ornament ball clear embossing ink {such as Versa Mark} embossing powder {color of your choice} q-tip or pencil eraser {to clean it up a bit} embossing heat gun or hair dryer {just test the hair dryer on the embossing powder first}

Once you have all the supplies at the ready, then;

Step 1: Get the baby’s hand sticky

Step 2: Press baby’s hand onto ornament

I was not able to

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Easy DIY Baby Legs Tutorial ~ Mustache Edition

DIY Baby Legs

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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25 Signs You're a Mom

25 Signs You're a Mom

1.You’ve crawled under a crib at 2 a.m. searching for a pacifier like your life depended on it. 2. You have to make a rule about no poop conversations while on a date with your husband. 3. Happy hour has become the 60 minutes between your kids going to bed and you going to bed. 4. You have the ability to hear a sneeze through closed doors in the middle of the night, two bedrooms away, while your SO snores next to you. 5. You wear your baby for all of his naps of the day.

6. You believe coconut oil and breast milk can cure pretty much anything. 7. A 15-minute shower with the door locked feels

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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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Baby Boy: 5 Months

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Dear Ain,

You seem like a little boy and no longer a baby! In your mannerism, looking around more, rolling over, etc. This is SUCH an exciting time for Daddy and Momma!

 

 

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

can smoothly draw circles in the air with your arm picking up objects, shaking them for awhile, and studying them intently you smile when someone is smiling and talking to you playing peek-a-boo exploring the sounds you can make – shrieking LOUDLY now! sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against Momma or Daddy rolling over from back to tummy opening your mouth and moving towards food and pushing away when you’ve had enough

 

 

Sleep: You are awake a lot more during the day now. You

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Baby Boy: Four Months

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Dear Ain,

You are becoming such a social little person!!

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

can smoothly draw circles in the air with your arm picking up objects, shaking them a little, and studying them intently. You love your caterpillar! discovering your feet using your legs to push your butt up while on your back you smile when someone is smiling and talking to you laughing! exploring the sounds you can make carrying on “conversations” with others – these are more and more one sided as you are talking more sitting up pretty well while being supported and leaning against Momma or Daddy staring in fascination at repetitive activities opening your mouth and moving towards food and pushing away when you’ve had enough

Weight and Length:

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Fussy Baby Tips

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In the early weeks I certainly got frustrated, or ended up crying myself when Ain was crying and we didn’t know how to “fix it” or comfort him. It’s so hard when a baby can’t communicate what it needs, or what it is feeling. We ended up asking others and googling soothing techniques, and then used trial and error to find the source of his crying. Over time, we did get to know our baby more. We could tell whether he was tired, or hungry, or bored.

Secondly, I thought I would list off some things we have found to work (and also some cool soothing techniques we have not had a chance to try yet!). Remember, every baby is different. I have found that is really helps to study your baby, get to know their cues for tired, or hungry. And attend to their need BEFORE they get upset.

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