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the one with Jack’s style

I was a little worried about dressing a little boy. He needs to be stylish ya know, and I have so much fun shopping! But all the men in my family and my husbands aren’t really into fashion so the chances are slim Jack will be. So his style needs to be stylish and easy. I also don’t want to spend a lot of money on his clothes since he grows out of them so quickly. There are 4 main places we buy his clothes; here’s the details and some pieces currently on his wish list (mama’s wish list).

striped shorts . hoodie . onesie set . shoes . shorts with suspenders . mickey hoodie . pants . chambray button up . tank . hat

  1. Target – Most days Jack is just in a onesie. I get most of them here. Their Cat and Jack line is awesome! I also get basic white onesies to put underneath button ups, shoes, socks, and fun holiday stuff. You know like a random tee to wear on easter and never again. So far he usually wears the size of the month he’s closest to.
  2. Carter’s – Carter’s has weird sizing. He always wears about 3 months bigger than he is. (they come in 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months). He’s almost 9 months and he has to wear 12 months. But they have really well made clothing. I especially love their shorts and pants. My favorite thing about Carter’s are their clearance racks. They are very cyclical with their clearance and keep everything organized and updated wonderfully!
  3. Old Navy – If you’ve ever visited the blog you know I love Old Navy for myself so it wasn’t a hard stretch to find Jack clothes here. I’ve bought him everything here, but I focus on dressier clothes. I love their dress pants and button ups. Their sizing is weird as well. Like his clothing is labeled 6-12 months right now.
  4. H & M – Here is where I get all of Jack’s trendier items. He doesn’t wear many trendy items mostly because there isn’t an H&M close. I love online shopping for myself, but not for Jack oddly.

the one with a chicken pesto sandwich

You know I love easy recipes. So here’s one for you today! It’s for a chicken pesto sandwich that is both easy and delicious! It’s a little time consuming, which is not my usual. But it’s worth it for the tastiness! I usually just buy pre made pesto because . . . this is an easy recipe. But go ahead and make your own if you’re down. Ok here’s the recipe for the chicken pesto sandwich!

Ingredients:

everything bagel

chicken breast

1/4 cup pesto

slice of mozzarella cheese

slice of bacon

How to:

  1. Bake chicken as you usually would with pesto poured over the top.
  2. When you have 5 minutes left place cheese on top of chicken. Bake last 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked and cheese is melted.
  3. While the chicken finished cooking, toast the bagel then cook the bacon.
  4. Then layer your sandwich together.
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

the one with Jack’s 10 month update

Height: 31 inches

Head: 19 inches

Weight: 21lbs

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleep: We went on vacation at the end of June, and he started sleeping through the night. He wasn’t napping like he usually does, and we were a lot busier during the day. So I didn’t expect it to last, and it didn’t. But there was a big change once we got home. Some nights he does sleep through the night, most nights he only wakes up once. IT’s very more consistent than it used to be, and for him to wake up more than once it’s extremely rare, and usually only happens when he doesn’t have a good dinner. We’re still breastfeeding him so I’m not worried about waking up once a night. All my research shows that’s normal in all other breastfed babies, and we’re almost at a year . . . so it’s almost over.

Feeding: He’s such a good eater of all solids! We’ve tried everything mama and dada eat except honey, and he basically loves everything. Green veggies are a struggle unless they taste just right, but we eventually get it down. There are some tricks and some very silly dinner time shows to get him to eat. But we both think it’s worth it to give him a wide range and be sure he likes lots of healthy foods. He has breakfast, lunch, dinner, and nurses 4 times a day.

He recently weened himself off his mid afternoon nursing time. It was sort of an accident. We were really busy (moving, finding a house, going on vacation) and I forgot for about 3 days in a row. When I realized what had happened, I also realized he didn’t act fussy at all. So I continued for a couple days, and he was fine! So we nurse at 7 am, noon, and right before bed (then usually in the middle of the night). I am sure he gets a snack around that time now tho.

Fun Stuff: He’s sitting up on his own, crawling, army crawling, rolling, and just generally always on the move. He says mama, dada, night night, and bye bye. Night night is nana and bye bye is bi biii, but it counts because he says it at the right time. He loves to just play on the floor with his toys, go on family walks, flirts with every person he meets, have long conversations with mama and dada, still loves taking baths, and loves his jumper. We’re about to change him out to his walker because he’s standing on his own as well. He’s very shaky still, but with the support of his walker toy thing or someone close by he does just fine. He’ll be walking soon enough!

Jack has been such a champ through the move! It’s like he hardly noticed. There were a couple rough nights, the car trip up wasn’t awesome, and he’s been a little clingier. But I expected all of that, and it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Also per my wonder weeks app he went through a major brain leap (the longest so far) the week of and after our move. Plus he still is currently. So with that, AND moving he’s being a champ.

the one with watermelon salsa

I have a huge sweet tooth. But now that Jack is eating what we eat I try not to keep too many sweets in the house. Of course, that means I end up just buying candy on the way home. But sometimes I follow through and find healthy alternatives. Watermelon salsa is one of those. I’ve made it a couple times this summer, and it gets better everytime I make it. This dessert works as an appetizer or a dessert, and takes a bit more time than my usual recipes do. But the cinnamon chips are worth it.

For Salsa:

1/2 Small-Medium Seedless Watermelon, finely chopped
2 Cups Strawberries, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 Lime, juice of

For Cinnamon Tortilla Chips:

1 package Whole wheat tortillas, 10″
Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

For Salsa:

Combine Salsa ingredients in large bowl. Then let stand for about 30 minutes at room temperature before serving, to allow it to marinate. Of course, if you wanted to be fancy you could carve out half the watermelon and use that as the bowl.

For Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees c.

Then brush butter over one side of each tortilla.

Next, sprinkle lightly with cinnamon sugar.

Then, use a pizza cutter to divide each tortilla into wedge slices.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

the one about Indiana

Big news today . . .

Almost 3  years ago my husband and I took a giant leap of faith. We moved from our beloved home state of Indiana to Florida. It was a quick career path for him to get to his dream job. It also allowed financially for me to be a stay at home mama! Of course, there was a catch! We knew this move would be temporary as this job was a stepping stone to the one he wanted. And the likelihood of coming back to Indiana was also very low. But our God is an amazing God, and my husband is simply the best there is! So we’ll be moving back home again to Indiana later this month!

Since we knew this job was temporary I never expected for our little beach town to feel like home. But it does. This move is very bittersweet. Florida is just as much home as Indiana to us now! I told Scott recently I’m going to become the mom who takes her kids and their friends to Florida every year. It’ll be to our little beach town so I can see my friends that have become family here. We’re are truthfully going to miss this place and all of our people here so very much.

But we’re ready for this next step in Scott’s career! And Jack is very happy he gets to see his grandparents more often! 

the one with chalk paint

Chalk paint has been all the rage on pinterest now for awhile, but I have yet to use it. To be honest, I didn’t even know what it was or how it was different than usual paint. So I finally looked it up! It’s just a furniture paint that makes it easier on the painter. It doesn’t require primer, is easy to cover if you change your mind, and gives everything that vintage look we all love without too much work. I recently decided to dip my toe in the water of chalk paint and wanted to show you the results!

I found this frame at goodwill for $3 a few years ago, and painted the glass with chalkboard paint. The details on it are stellar so I didn’t touch the actual frame at all. But over time I kept thinking I needed to. We have zero black in our house (except the dining room table, but it just seems to fit). All of the other frames are silver, gold, or white. So this one stuck out like a sore thumb sometimes. Chalk paint seemed like the best idea once I researched it. Everyone promised it would make the details pop even more.

I followed this tutorial to a tee (two coats of paint). It is pretty easy just like everyone said. And the details do pop just like everyone said. I’m also really happy with the parts where the black pops out.

In the end, I honestly don’t really think I’m a total convert yet. Luckily, I have a big beautiful new to me but very old piano I need to bring some life too 🙂

the one with Jack’s 9 months update

My baby is 9 months old . . .

Height: 21 lbs

Head: big

Weight:  32 inches

Nicknames: Dumplin, jackster, jack jack, sweet pea

Sleep: He has an amber necklace for teething, but we never let him sleep in it. Well, I found out from a few friends that they let their kids sleep in theirs, and that’s actually normal. So we started letting him sleep in his necklace. Solids also starting going much, much better. So he now consistently sleeps from 8-230, nurses, then sleeps from 215-7. I like to sleep from 1076 (with the break to feed him it’s more like 8 hours) so this works out perfectly! I’ve known since we started breastfeeding he probably wouldn’t sleep through the night consistently until we stopped, so only waking up once is great! His tummy is still adjusting and he is teething like crazy so some nights he’s still up twice, but rarely more than that.

Feeding: Here’s a lesson in listening to your motherly instincts. I did a lot of pinterest and asking other moms research about introducing solids before Jack was born. From that I decided baby led weaning was what I wanted to try. But when the time came I got really scared he’d choke. So we did homemade purees instead. And we struggled. He loved food, but only wanted about 2 ounces a day. And he stopped pooping. I had this feeling the whole time that I should just do baby led weaning and he’d do better. Well he turned 8 months old and I finally gave in.

We started with rice, shredded chicken, and avocado one day when I was at lunch with friends and he was really fussy.  Welp, now he eats 3 meals a day and loves food so much. Eggs, chicken, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, zucchini, broccoli, blueberries, apples,  . . . you name it he eats it. He wouldn’t take to green vegetables, now he does. He’s pooping, and he’s sleeping better. It’s obvious he still prefers nursing so that’s our next step – increase the amount of food and start weening him from the boob. I plan to nurse for a year to 18 months so we’ve got plenty of time.

Fun Stuff:He prefers sitting up and playing over laying down now. He’s a crawling monster, but I think he might still want to just roll everywhere. He can pull himself up on his own, and is working on standing and balancing on his own. He gives high fives, sometimes waves bye bye, says mama and dada and I’m almost sure he knows who we are, he has 3 teeth, and he is so curious about the world around him. I love watching him check things out and learning about them. He’s a very excitable little boy. He claps his wrists together and jogs his legs like a frog when he gets excited. It’s the cutest thing.

the one about cloth diapers

I get questions almost everyday about Jack’s cloth diapers. So I figured it was time for a detailed post about them. The most common question is do you regret buying/do you like cloth diapering? and the short answer is I love them! My husband even came around.  But because I know you want the ins and outs (and some of you wonder how I could feel that way). Here’s the details . . .

What diapers do you use? We have 18 one size adjustable Alva pockets that we purchased on Amazon before Jack was born. I chose pockets because they’re cheaper than all in one’s and you can personalize their absorption. All in one’s you can add extra liners to if the baby starts wetting through, but most of them are around $15 to $20 a diaper. The Alva pockets we purchased were 6 for $40 and came with 2 inserts a piece. You can also add more inserts/liners for more/better absorption. I also chose the organic cotton because they had better reviews. Finally, we chose snaps over velcro. I feel like it’s obvious that they will last longer since velcro doesn’t hold well through many washes. The snaps also help the sizing go smaller and bigger so he can wear them from 8 to 32 lbs instead of 10 to 25 lbs.

What inserts do you use? We just use the microfibers that came with our diapers. We use 1 diaper with 1 microfiber insert for 2-3 hours and we have no problems. I started doing that at about 4 weeks old, and still do. Now at night we actually put him in a disposable. We’ve tried putting in another insert and we’ve tried hemp and charcoal inserts as well (and many mixes of the three). The longest he lasts in a cloth diaper is 6 hours. We could do one change a night since he’s waking up after about 6 hours anyway, but changing his diaper would stimulate him enough that it’d be hard to get him back down. No thanks! You can’t put microfiber against their skin so I’m glad we have the hemp and charcoal inserts just in case.

How do you wash them? After each use we put them in an open mesh bag that’s in a open small hamper. We wash every other day 9 at a time. So I usually end up with 9 in use and 9 being washed. We have an old school agitator washer so if you have one of the newer front loaders this won’t work for you. We wash in hot water for a small load with a quarter cup of pyrex all natural soap for a rinse and spin. Then we use a full cup for a full wash. Then we dry on low heat for an hour. If there are any big stains or anything we lay them out in the sun for awhile and the stains come right out. Once they have cooled down we re stuff them and put them in a dresser drawer.

 

How do you deal with poop? We have this sprayer that we very easily in about 5 minutes attached to our toilet. After every #1, we just separate the insert from the diaper and put it in the pail. After every #2, we spray the diaper well then separate and put in the pail. You don’t have to do this with breastfeed poop per what everyone tells me, but we did and I highly recommend it. We’ve never dealt with poo smell, and our diapers rarely stain enough that we have to sun them.

but isn’t it gross? The spraying of the poop is gross. Not gonna lie. But so is wiping their butt after said poop. It’s literally 30 more seconds of gross for thousands of dollars saved.

but doesn’t his whole room smell? Nope. At first we did not do the extra rinse in our wash routine, and it would smell in his room. It also smelled highly of ammonia when we would take the diaper off of him. So after som research on pinterest we added the extra rinse before things got really bad. We haven’t had a problem since. If we leave them out for more than 36/48 hours before washing it comes back, but that’s our fault. Some moms use pails with lids (not diaper genies just regular pails with lids) or a closed wet bag. I imagine they don’t ever deal with stink unless they open it.

and what about the bulk? Yea they are bulkier than disposables, but we haven’t had a problem with clothes fitting or him looking weird. He’s usually just in a tshirt and a diaper or a onesie and a diaper. I think he looks cute. He’s 8 months old and he fits perfectly in 9 month clothes. He’s tall and lanky so sometimes even 6 month clothes still fit.

and what about leaks? Yes, leaks happen. It’s not common, and can always because of something we did. Sometimes it’s too tight because he’s bigger, sometimes we left it on for too long, sometimes we put it on weird, etc. Again this is not a common thing, maybe once a week. Nighttime is the struggle.  I really think I know of 2 ways that would work for him. But it would be very bulk or I’d have to buy a couple new diapers. Not worth it to me. Also – he’s never had a blowout in a cloth, but he has had many in disposables.

how much money are you really saving? A quick google search tells you most babies go through over 3000 diapers in their first year (i think that number is high, but ok). Huggies sells diapers 72 for $24. So in the first year you’d spend $1010 on diapers. Or you could spend $150 to get some cloth and buy 1 box of 72 for out of town trips and overnights to last you 3 months. Our water/electric bill went up around $10 a month. We’re doing more dishwasher loads, bathing a baby every night,  cooking more, and added 3 loads of laundry a week. Anyways, if Jack is potty trained by 2 years old we’ll save approximately $1500.

What would you recommend to someone thinking about cloth diapers? Do your research. Learn about all the different diapers – google and pinterest lots and lots. All in ones, all in twos, or pockets are going to be the easiest diapers. But there are many other options, especially for inserts and liners. I knew there were a lot of diapers that were going to be too much work for me and that my leary husband would not be ok with. So I chose to get all of the same without trying different options. I’d actually not recommend that unless you’re like us. I’d also recommend not buying more than 12 or so diapers until you know it’ll work and you’re 100% committed to it. Some people only have 12 forever anyway. You have to find what works for you if this is going to work for you.

the one with 3 bedroom updates

The bedroom is where I always struggle with decor. I’ve always wanted a serene, calming bedroom with a nailhead or tufted headboard, and some purple in there. Being the diy’er that I am, I could not would not buy a headboard. Of course, I made it myself. You can find those here and here. However, I’ve lived with those nailheads for two years, and I hate them more every day. So I recently did 3 bedroom updates including getting rid of them.

  1. It was easy to get rid of the nailheads. I just used a hammer to pry the nails up, some ice to puff it back up, and ironed the wrinkles out. It feels like we have a whole new headboard that I can appreciate again. It’s 5 years old, and the fabric has started to fade so it will have to be replaced when we move. But for now it makes me so much happier. 
  2. I also added some new handles to our nightstands. These are the ikea brimnes nightstands. We had the plain white handles that come with it on. I always knew a better handle in a metal with make it look soooo much better. I just never got around to it. But we’re about to buy a new dresser, and I wanted the handles to match. So much better. The handles are $2 ones from lowes that aren’t online. Please ignore the milk dud in the carpet. 
  3. Lastly, I put up some new art above the bed. I love how it simplifies the area. It really brings it all together in the room. There were too many woods/metals going on. This fixes it I think! The frames are 16×20 Ribba’s from ikea. The prints are these.

the one with raspberry crumble bars

Today I just want to drop by and delivery a quick and easy dessert for raspberry crumble bars! They’re like little raspberry cobblers but you don’t have to use a fork to eat! Plus, they’re super pretty!

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • about 12 ounces raspberry preserves – you could use a premade pie filling too

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large, microwave-safe bowl add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the sugars, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  4. Then add the flour, oats, optional salt, and stir to combine. Mixture will have some larger, well-formed crumble pieces as well as some sandier, dryer bits.
  5. Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
  6. Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust.
  7. Then evenly spread the raspberry preserves over the crust making sure there’s complete coverage. Preserves should be about 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch thick.
  8. Evenly sprinkle with the reserved heaping 1 cup crumble topping mixture. Before sprinkling, I squeeze the mixture in my palm to encourage bigger crumble pieces to form.
  9. Bake for about 30 to 32 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set and is lightly golden browned. Place pan on a wire rack and allow bars to cool for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months.