Thursday, November 10, 2011

Increasing Family Connection with One Simple Rule

Breakfast Table

All Eating and Drinking Happens at the Kitchen Table. No Exceptions.

A rule that was born out of the honest frustration of dealing with a toddler running rampant with a sippy cup, has become a habit that is bringing us together as a family.  Don't get me wrong, we have always eaten and enjoyed our meals at the table.  Even before we had children, David and I ate the majority of our meals together at the table.

But now it is different.  Last night after cleaning up dinner, we found ourselves sipping coffee and enjoying dessert around the table.  Helen was sitting with us and long after dessert was finished we were all still there. We were talking; Helen was quietly putting together one of her favorite puzzles and making "hats" for us out of her toy farm fencing. Clare was bouncing on knees, and we were just together. It was nice.

I thought it would be a struggle for me to follow the new family rule - to not carry my own glass of water around the house with me, but honestly it has been nice.  If I want a drink I just get it in the kitchen, have a seat, and usually... someone ends up sitting there with me.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Econobum, your secret is safe with me...

or is it?

I can't pass up a great cloth diapering deal, and when I saw that during the month of November Econobum cover and prefold sets are buy one get one free... only $9.95 for two onesize covers and two prefolds (with free shipping from to sweeten the deal) I just had to order!

Now, I wasn't expecting much... how great could a economy diaper cover really be? Well, let me tell you... I am impressed. On the smallest rise setting these fit my 3 month old over my GMD prefolds beautifully and with the two other settings still available, they should fit until she is out of diapers.

The PUL is much thinner than the PUL of Thirsties diaper covers, but I kind of like it because is stretches over the prefold like a layer of skin.  I have been very careful when pulling the snaps apart because I am afraid if I pull too hard they might rip out of the PUL, but other than that they are awesome!

They do not have leg gussets, but fit snuggly enough that they hold everything in and that is the main purpose of a cover right? Just hold everything in and you are doing your job!

I haven't prepped and tried the prefolds out yet, but they look nice.  They are narrower than GMD prefolds because they are designed to be trifolded - not snappied. But seriously, even if I never use them... two covers for less than $10! That is awesome! So, if you need more covers, or are looking to cloth diaper on a tight budget these Econobum diapers might just be the perfect choice.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Banana Cream Muffin

I finished my sweater, but before I share that... I wanted to share this:

Banana Cream Muffins

1 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour (I used white whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup very soft butter
2 ripe bananas

1/2 cup raisins
  • Preheat oven 400F, grease standard muffin pan
  • In a large bowl, mix together first four dry ingredients
  • In a medium bowl, gently beat together next five ingredients
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry just until combined
  • Gently fold in raisins
  • Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups
  • Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Turkey Hand Print Thanksgiving Cards

2011 Nov Handprint Turkey 2

It is time for Thanksgiving crafts! Thanksgiving has always been a personal favorite of mine... something about the crisp fall weather, the friends and family, and all that delicious food.  We can't always have the perfect Thanksgiving with all our family due to how spread out we all are, so this year we wanted to share a little Thanksgiving Love with our family we won't be able to see in person.

Helen and Clare both assisted in making these cute Turkey Hand Print cards.  Helen provided the hands (and a tiny bit of help with the gluing) and Clare provided one of her cute little feet to make the turkey's body.

2011 Nov Handprint Turkey 3

All you need for this super-easy Thanksgiving craft is some construction paper (White, Yellow(or Gold), Orange, Red, Black, and Brown), Scissors, Glue, a Pencil, and a Black Marker. We used blank white note cards  though you could just fold some white paper for the card.

Trace the hands and foot, cut out all the pieces, glue together, and use the marker to draw in the Turkeys' eyes! It is really as easy as that! It was so funny, for some reason Helen was very concerned about the turkeys' eyes, she kept picking them up off the table and trying to put them on the unfinished turkey bodies while chattering about them.

2011 Nov Handprint Turkey 1

Our mass-produced Thanksgiving cards! So cute!
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