Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Crib/Toddler Bed Sheets

Now that we are all moved into our new house, I was able to get the sewing machine out again! I’ve been wanting to make sheets for the baby’s crib, and finally got the opportunity to (and while I was at it I went ahead and made some for Linnaea’s bed too!) I used THIS awesome tutorial from MADE, and I am in love with them! I will definitely be making all of their sheets from here on out… It was super easy, and all you need is 2 yards of fabric, 1/4″ elastic, and your sewing machine! It took me just a couple hours to make 3 sheets. The trickiest part is the elastic, but once I got the first one figured out the other 2 came together really quick and easy.

Here’s what we ended up with!!!

These are actually for Linnaea's toddler bed. She LOVES fishies

These are actually for Linnaea’s toddler bed. She LOVES fishies

The picture doesn't do this fabric any justice- it's a really pretty yellow

The picture doesn’t do this fabric any justice- it’s a really pretty yellow

Pretty in pink!

Pretty in pink!

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Rag Quilt Tutorial

I have been dying to sew up lots of cute baby stuff, but we are currently in the middle of a move so my sewing has slowed down quite a bit. One thing I have accomplished is a rag quilt. It was so quick and easy! I was able to put it all together in just a few days during Linnaea’s nap time. I think it is just perfect for a baby blanket 🙂

I followed THIS tutorial– the only difference is that I used 5″ squares instead of 7″ squares.

 

Don't you just LOVE those bright colors!

Don’t you just LOVE those bright colors! (Please forgive my phone pic….)

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Burp Rag Tutorial

With less than 11 weeks left until the baby is due, I have really started sewing like crazy to get some things prepared for her arrival. I’ll be sure to share all my projects and the tutorials I used to make them. I’ve found that making things myself has been a HUGE money saver for us! I’m a big sale shopper (and you all know my addiction to thrift stores and up-cycling old things!), so I’ve managed to get all of my supplies at half price or less!

The first project I wanted to share was baby burp rags. A friend of mine shared this tutorial with me (from Cloud9 Fabrics) and I LOVE them! They are super quick and easy to throw together. I made 8 of them, and it only took me a little over an hour from cut to finish. And this is a great way to use up some of those spare fat quarters you have laying around! Each fat quarter will make 2 burp rags, and just 1 yard of flannel (for the back) is all you need for a set of 8. So, 4 fat quarters and a yard of flannel later….. This is what I ended up with–

There are 2 of each pattern. Just LOVE them!

There are 2 of each pattern. Just LOVE them!

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2012 in review

It’s just about the end of 2012! I wanted to take this chance to thank you all for supporting my blog during this last 10 months. I’m hoping the new year brings me a little more time to dedicate to making this blog even better!! Happy New Year everyone!!

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Low Carb Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner!

Alright, I know we’ve already passed up Thanksgiving, but it’s not too early to start thinking about some healthier option for your Christmas dinner!

Traditionally, most people have ham or turkey for Christmas (at least in my family we do!) Turkey and ham are both carb free, however, to keep it that way do not use any sort of sugars to cook your meat it– this means no honey ham! We don’t need to really add any more sugar to the holiday season anyways, do we? 🙂

Here’s so recipes for low carb sides to go with your meal:

Instead of mashed potatoes, try mashed cauliflower

And top those off with this low carb gravy

Who doesn’t love green bean casserole? HERE’s an alternative recipe

We can’t forget the cranberry sauce!

And deviled eggs are always a great, low carb go to.

With THIS recipe, you can even enjoy rolls!

And don’t forget my broccoli salad recipe! I made this for Thanksgiving, and used dried cranberries instead of grapes. It was a huge hit!

For dessert, try out these– Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pecan Pie

And the Atkins diet website has some great recipes for low carb COOKIES, too!

It IS possible to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about gaining those dreaded extra pounds!

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Checking In!

Hi all! Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted! Hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving!

I’m working on a post filled with some healthy, low carb options for the holiday season. Stay tuned, I hope to have it up in the next week!

Oh, and I have to update on my pregnancy! I am now 24 weeks, and we found out last month that we are having another little girl!! So very excited. So, that means soon I’ll be sharing fun tutorials and patterns for newborn clothes and necessities.

Have a wonderful day!!

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Win a Keurig!

Just wanted to let you all know about a great giveaway from my friends over at As They Grow Up! Go to THIS PAGE to enter for your chance to win a FREE Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System and a box of Fair Trade Certified Pumpkin Spice K-cups! It’s quick and easy to enter the giveaway, ending October 31st!

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge Fall 2012

Did anybody else complete the challenge? I’d love to see what everyone made!

Here’s some pictures of what I managed to get done this week….

 

I think this is my favorite thing I made all week! I’m OBSESSED with pleats, and just love how this skirt turned out… Here’s the tutorial so you can try it out too: Pleated Pocket Skirt

I’m always going back to circle skirts because they’re just so quick and easy! This one is for my daughter’s birthday outfit 🙂 Circle Skirt Tutorial

Ok, so not clothes, but accessories count too right? I made this purse as a birthday present for my daughter. It didn’t take long, and I think it’s super cute! (The angle of the picture makes the top look a bit crooked, but it’s not really 🙂 )

Make it yourself: Buttercup Bag Sewing Pattern

Finally, I made this beautiful cape! I thought it would be so cute to have a 2 year old in some old-time fashion! So, I decided to make my own twist on Little Red Riding Hood’s cape… I actually used a Little Red Riding Hood costume pattern to create this

Here’s the back. Not the best picture, but just wanted to point out the hood

Here’s the pattern I used: Simplicity 2571

I did include a lining in mine. Basically, to do this, you’ll want to cut out and sew 2 capes (one lining and one with the outside fabric.) You’ll then line them up, right side together, and pin. Sew the 2 pieces together along the outside, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, and sew the opening shut. It was the first time I’ve sewed a lining into something so large. I was intimidated at first, but it ended up being a lot easier than I originally thought it would be. I also sewed a button closure instead of the recommended ribbon/tie closure.

So, there you have it! Got a lot accomplished, and I still have a few things left on my list to work on! Maybe I’ll get a few things done this week too 🙂

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Kids Clothes Week Challenge!!

Earlier this year, I posted about Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC)… Well, it’s that time again!! Fall Kids Clothes Week Challenge starts October 8 and goes through the 14th! I had a great time last year and accomplished so much. Check out elsie marley’s blog to learn more! I encourage you to join in 🙂 And stay tuned for pictures of everything I make!

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A Word on Homeschooling….

Actually, I suppose I could title this post “A Word on Teaching” or even “A Word on LEARNING”.

Recently, we began “toddler school” for our nearly 2 year old daughter. Basically, it has been an introduction to colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. In my research, I came across people asking, “If you start schooling that early, then what will they learn in kindergarten?” I’ll use this post as an opportunity to provide my personal answer and opinion on that matter.

In the last 4 weeks, I have discovered what a sponge a 2 year old’s brain truly is. They are aching to learn, to discover new things, to soak it all up. I am truly amazed at just how much Linnaea has learned in such a short period of time. She begs me every day for “school, school, school!!” She is anxious and excited to see what we’ll be learning about that day. Why not take advantage of that? Why not fill that sponge? She’s learning from a young age that school is great, learning is FUN, and it gives me great hope for the future.

Now, I’m not saying that everyone should sit their child down for a strict 8 hour school day. We simply set aside 20-30 minutes a day. We learn through playing, coloring, finger painting, and other creative little projects. We also sneak in some learning when she’s playing throughout the day. We use her toys, draw pictures, and point out letters in books that she knows. I’ll get more into our schedule and tools we use to learn at a later time…

Now, back to the original question, “What will they learn in Kindergarten?” Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but I am pretty sure that kids are supposed to know their alphabet and numbers, etc. before entering kindergarten. If I am wrong, then your child will be ahead of the curve! This is the beauty of homeschooling, learning can be at your child’s pace. If, by the time Linnaea is of Kindergarten age, she has already learned and mastered all of the kindergarten criteria, then we move on to 1st grade curriculum. It’s that simple! I have always thought that that is one of the magical things about homeschooling. I was always ahead of everyone throughout school, I got bored easily and craved a challenge. In a home school atmosphere, once a child has mastered a topic, then you move on to the next. There is no class to wait for to catch up. There aren’t 29 other kids with questions. Your child is the focus. And the opposite is true as well– should they need a little extra time on a topic, you can give them that extra time. You’re not slowing down an entire classroom. Your child is learning at THEIR personal pace.

Ok, perhaps I got a little off path, but you can see what I’m saying. Don’t let comments like these stop you from starting to teach your child early. They want to learn so badly! Their little brains are just waiting to be filled with information. Take advantage!! You’ll be amazed, I promise.

 

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