Saturday, December 17, 2011

Noah singing into a lincoln-log-mic

It has been forever since I've blogged. I can't say I'll be here more often, but I wanted to post this video of Noah singing into a lincoln log. He loves to sing! We have been busy, and although I love to blog (and Joel likes it too) it just wasn't fitting into the day. Maybe I'll do a bigger update another time but I at least wanted to share this with our friends and family that live so far away.


(I'm not sure why, but the audio doesn't quite match the video. But you get the idea.)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I am thankful

I have to say, there have been quite a few little things "go wrong" in the past few days that have made our day to day life different and crazy. As a direct and indirect result of everything, Joel and I have only gotten 4 hours of sleep for the past couple of days, Noah is running around the house without a diaper on, we will have to run extra laundry every day for at least a week, a couch has been destroyed, and I am sick. But what I've noticed is that we are still so obviously blessed and taken care of. It all piles up and adds interesting challenges (a few that I could not figure out in order to get out of the house today), but I can't say "why me?" (as if I'm being singles out) because right next to the challenges, I still see blessings. I thank God for my beautiful family, our home, food on the table, the challenges that are piled on, and the unnecessary and unexpected blessings. May it all be for the glory of God!

Before all this happened, I read and shared with my Bible Study Psalm 139 and specifically 139:23-24

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Did I get anxious? yes. Have to apologize for things? yes. I didn't say "why me?", but I did say "I don't know what to do next" from being overwhelmed.

Last year, my husband gave me my favorite coffee mug and on it is probably my favorite verse. Any time I start getting anxious, or start saying "what next?", I grab my cup (preferably with coffee in it) and let out a sigh (audible or not) as I read the verse.

"The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him..."

I loved using this coffee cup the past couple of late night while I sat for hours while Joel combed through my hair for lice. That part of the verse serves as a wonderful reminder and statement of trust, but there is more to this beautiful verse!

"... and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him." Psalm 28:7

HE HELPS ME!

He helps me in so many unexpected ways. I am in awe of God!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Sweet Noah greeting you on video and an update on our Etsy shop

We bit the bullet and put some hours in to get our Etsy shop up and running. It is hard core because you have to set your own tax rates, accepted payment types and shipping charges. We have to get a business tax id number soon, but we are trying to make sure we apply for it right because doing it as a married couple can go in a couple different directions.  Our shop is Thrifty Innovations and it's web address is http://thriftyinnovations.etsy.com. You can read about our shop on our profile page here. We only have a few teethers and a puzzle up there right now, but we plan to have the stacker toys, cutting boards, and toy cars. I have a few other things I would like to make, but we are doing a little at a time and we have a lot of other commitments.

Of course I always love to share pictures with posts, but decided to do it a little differently today. I'll be sharing a video of sweet Noah. I've never done this before, so I'm not sure how well it will stream.

How to add a facebook like button to your blog (and update about favicons)

So I'll probably give you two posts today. That is fare warning. This first one will be brief because I just wanted to share some information and a couple links.

I put a facebook like button on my blog a long time ago and meant to share with everyone how I did it. I won't need to explain much because this first tutorial is short and to the point. It helps you get the exact code you want and tells you where to put it. So check this one out:

Monday, August 22, 2011

We love woodworking

Special update (3/1/2014): We opened the Etsy Shop! You can see our latest creations that are for sale at http://thriftyinnovations.etsy.com  and follow the shop on facebook: Thrifty Innovations.
Well, I've only sanded so far, but I love the results and love helping draw the outline before Joel cuts it. Joel asked if I would feel comfortable using a scroll saw because he thought it would be neat to do it together if we ever find a second one. I love this idea and Joel is keeping his eyes open. So far, we have made some teethers, a toy car, and a stacking toy. Our pediatrician said we should bring an extra teether with us next time because she might want to buy one. After this and a few other comments from friends, I think we'll be opening up the Etsy shop soon. We just need to finish some more toys. Joel is the one that suggested I post about these and share the link for the finish we just made the other night. If you can't tell - we love woodworking and toymaking.

We made a really simple wood polish that is completely non-toxic and natural. I had searched around a little and found Amber Dusick's blog post on how to make Beeswax Wood Polish. She makes really cute little toys but has put her Etsy shop on vacation for the time being.

We had been letting Noah play with the toys we made for him anyway, but the polish made them feel like they were really done! Here are some cool before and after pictures of the stacking toy and the little car Joel made for his birthday. (Joel took the before pictures of the stacker at night and I took the after pictures just a few minutes ago in the middle of the day. So the lighting isn't perfect to show off the difference, but you'll get the idea.)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So much squash!

We didn't plant much in our gardens this year, but we still have so much! We planted three yellow squash plants, a cucumber plant, six tomato plants, hot banana peppers, cayene peppers and green beans and snap peas. Oh my! I wanted to can 12 quarts of diced tomatoes and Joel said he counted 90 green tomatoes so far. I think I'll have enough! I'm not sure how to keep all the peppers we are getting, but we'll figure that out soon hopefully. We have been freezing the squash like crazy.

We decided not to freeze anymore squash because we have plenty so we are eating it fresh and using it for everything. I put it in a Frittata the other night and we really liked it. I'm going to make another one for breakfasts. We even tried to give some away but were turned down because they already had too many to use! It seems like the whole of Berkshire County is overrun with yellow squash. If you have yellow squash to burn (or eat) here's the Frittata recipe:

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Better Granola

I haven't written a post in a while but I wanted to quickly share our new granola recipe. We hadn't made granola in a couple years, but wanted something for breakfast that would be better for us than cereal and didn't want to spend money on good granola at the store. I'm not sure how much this costs to make, but I know it isn't that much. I tried one recipe I found on a blog but found it too crunchy actually. I adapted it after using another recipe as the other extreme and came up with this totally different one. We like it a lot!

Whey for the oatmeal
I mentioned before that we started soaking our grains because they are easier to digest and we can get more nutrients out of them, so this recipe calls for soaking the oatmeal. If you don't want to do that, just skip the step and put all the ingredients together at once. We substitute honey in almost all our baking (including ice cream) and have been reading a lot about how some saturated fats like coconut oil and real butter are actually good for you. So this is not low fat and it is not sugar free, but it is nutritious and yummy!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Food adventures - Whole Foods, blueberry picking, cheese making, homemade ice cream and more!

A flower from our garden on our freezer
We ended up going to Whole Foods a couple Fridays ago. We were given a great price per pound on grass-fed ground beef and purchase 28lb for ourselves and picked up 10lb for friends of ours. We also bought 4 fresh chickens that were $1.99/lb which seemed like a good deal for fresh, no water or salt added, and free range and "enhanced environment" (not sure what that means for a chicken) chickens. Regular chicken from our supermarket is $3.99/lb not on sale. When I did a search for cheap organic butter, I found an article that rated Whole Foods brand organic butter the best tasting and the best price, so we picked up a case of that (15 lb) so that we could get the 10% off deal. We bought unsalted even though we usually prefer the salted but we love this butter more than any other butter we have ever had! This should last us a year or so. We got some bulk honey and a few other small things that we couldn't find around here like arrowroot powder, but there really wasn't anything else that was cheaper than our local Co Op and Guidos.

After this totally successful trip, I was pumped and ready to do more!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

We took a week off from being "busy" - now to keep it this way.

Basil had a restful week too.
We had an awesome week last week. There is so much I could say about it. We took a break from email (most email), facebook, TV, picking out songs for Sunday, guitar making, hobby woodworking and other things that were keeping us "busy", so that we could slow down and smell the flowers. In the right place, I don't see anything wrong with the activities, but I know I was drained and so tired from daily life and from the pile up of months of emotions surrounding seeing my family in Minnesota, saying goodbye to my Grandparents in NH, and dealing with Noah's ongoing weight issue. We needed to refocus and needed to have a week to leisurely and purposefully spend with each other and God.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Our homemade yogurt adventure

So, I already mentioned in my bulk food post that making our own yogurt is a lot cheaper than buying it from the store. We were buying 32oz of plain (no sugar) full fat yogurt for $3 on sale and $4 not on sale. To get the most fat and what we consider the best nutrients for yogurt, we bought a half gallon of raw milk for $3.50 from a dairy farm in the next town over. That is 64oz of yogurt. Twice as much for about the same price. You could cut the price down even more if you just bought your milk from a store, but we are fine with the price of this raw milk when it is being used for yogurt. It is still quite the deal!

If you have never bought raw milk (or any milk) directly from a dairy farm like this one (if you want to know where we go, let me know and I'll tell you), I highly recommend it; it is an awesome experience. The first time I bought milk from this dairy farm, I called ahead of time and the farmer said I could come right down so he could show me where to buy the milk. When I pulled up, I walked in the barn to meet him and he popped out from behind a cow. Awesome! He was very friendly and I really appreciated being able to meet him and actually walk into the barn that my milk was coming from. Now any time I want milk, I just walk in the barn, put cash in a jar and take milk out of the refrigerator. An honor system!

So with this last purchase of raw milk, we made our first batch of yogurt. Joel says it is better than the store bought kind (Stonyfield). Because I have read that making yogurt with raw milk can result in a thinner yogurt, I was excited to find the post, Four Secrets to Thick, Creamy Yogurt Every Time on Passionate Homemaking. I figured it still might be thinner, but every little bit of advice helps! I recommend looking to her post for her tips and recipe, but here is the short of how to make it (with our pictures):

Saturday, July 2, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: wood teethers, gardens, and my boy

Homemade wooden teethers, the garden I get to garden in, and my boy!

I have lots of pictures to share (and a flower question)!

lavender and teethers
Joel and I picked up a ton of nice wood for $25 (craigslist!) and are making little toys and games with it. We have seen really cool wooden toys and teethers on Etsy and thought it would be a fun thing to do together. We are starting with teethers and I love them. We are going to list some on Etsy too just to see if they sell. We racked our brains to think of a shape that was original so that we weren't copying someone and thought of a baby foot (we haven't seen them yet anyway). I love baby feet and footprints, so it appealed to me. After we made the template, I realized it is kind of cute and comical for an additional reason: baby's like to suck on their feet anyway, so I guess, why not give them a third! We plan to make a beeswax and jojoba oil finish for them too, but we haven't found a source for the beeswax yet.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Researching Bulk Food Options

My Grandparent's old freezer.
It will soon be the home of yummy meat. 


Uff-da! I enjoy scouring to find the right deal, but this one has been wicked complicated. I have a couple of favorite blogs that I read, and they have really great suggestions for where to get my staples in bulk. The problem was that after I filled up my cart with amazing deals, I found out the warehouses were based over near Washington state. The shipping was totally not worth it!

I have been looking for places to find grass-fed beef, chickens, nuts, kamut, arrowroot powder, butter, beeswax and coconut oil at more reasonable prices. There are a few other odds and ends that I would like to find, but these are the big items that are proving hard to find or when I find them, they are very expensive. It seems like they don't have great bulk food ordering options over here in New England.

So, if you live near western Massachusettes and are doing anything like I am, I hope this either helps you, you get a good laugh out of the run around I did, or you can give advice on some other options for healthy, real, bulk food on a serious budget.

Lets talk about Coconut Oil...

Monday, June 27, 2011

What is going on?

There have been a lot of changes around here. Thinking about blogging makes me notice the changes, but there would probably always be a lot whether I noticed or not. On our way to NY to pick up a bunch of wood for Joel, I started talking to him about a few blogs I had read earlier in the day, specifically Homemaker by Choice. After I commented that I kind of wanted to blog again, Joel quickly added that he liked it when I blogged. I was excited to hear him say that because I didn't want to do something that he thought was a waste of time. He said it is another way to hear/read what I'm thinking about.
A favorite photo op stop on the way to Minnesota.

I am excited to blog again, but admittedly intimidated by the thought of posting an "update" instead of just a fun post. So this will be an update, but I'll try to remember to add fun stuff too...

Friday, May 13, 2011

My Skinny Boy

Well, it has been a while again since I posted. Exactly a month actually. We have been moving things around in the house because a friend of ours will be moving in with us for a while.

This is Noah early this month - May. He is such a happy guy.
Right now I am watching my son walk along the piano bench in his bathrobe.... well after that brief interruption (I had to go get my son as he was peeing on the floor), he is now taking another nap. I have an old picture of Noah in the same housecoat and when I put him in it today, his skinny body nearly made me cry... I could just wait a week to post this when I have some answers, but I'm not going to.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The attention hog/cat - Basil

I'm not quite sure how I let it go this long without a post. I really did have things I wanted to write about, but we have been a little busy and preoccupied.

This is an old picture of Basil chillaxin'.
Our sweet cat is sleeping peacefully on her cat scratcher but has had a rough month. About two weeks ago, we brought her to the vet because we thought she might have a UTI. Thankfully (sort of) she doesn't but they said her "issues" are mostly a mystery. She needs some pretty serious dental work, which could be giving her pain or discomfort, but the vet didn't think it directly caused Basil's UTI like symptoms (peeing outside of the litter box). The vet seemed to think we could wait a little while to save up for the dental work.

Since our financial situation doesn't have room for the dental work prescribed, we honestly considered finding her a new home. This was not easy for me to accept, and thankfully it probably won't have to come to that (we found a cheaper vet in the area, but still need to save up). I started scowering the internet for good opinions on pet ownership and found many that I agreed with and could mold into our philosophy on the subject. Here is basically our conclusion:

Monday, March 21, 2011

How to make disappearing navbars in blogger (aka "auto hide" and "peekaboo" navbars)

I saw the disappearing blogger navbar on my sister-in laws blog and loved it! I did a quick google search and found a super easy tutorial on how to do it. If you want to add one to your blog, it is easy if you follow the tutorial from Shabby Blogs here.



Unfortunately, it isn't perfect when viewing your blog in Internet Explorer. A disappearing navbar (also known as an "auto hide navbar" and a "peekaboo navbar") flickers in Internet Explorer 6 and below. All internet browsers handle html a little differently and I don't know enough to fix the code that was provided in that tutorial.

I did make an addition to their code. I wanted my blog to still have a 30px space between the top of the window and my header. I added this code to make this happen:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mark Twain says it's spring fever

Mark Twain explained to me why I have the unexplainable cravings for all things outdoors and can't seem to contain my excitement:

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want is so!

"it just fairly makes your heart ache" - love that explanation. We drove by the little Farm Girl Farm today and it was so exciting. Even if we don't buy a share, I might just walk by every so often to watch it grow and change.

Now for some SPRING pictures. I am so happy it is spring!
Our whole family went outside for some fresh air today. It was so lovely. We pulled the dead stuff out of the garden areas and Joel picked up the yard.


this is the main garden area. we might expand it.

This one has some wild flowers and hosta to line the driveway

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Feet and Farming

from our garden in 2009
This post is a little random. I have feet and farms on the brain. I guess I'll explain...

Joel and I had the opportunity to catch up with someone from his family on the phone today who happens to read this blog every once in a while. Since I like "home remedies", he asked about something for sore feet. He was sort of joking, but if I knew of something out of the ordinary, he wanted to know; he has been doing some extra hard work for a couple days. The first thing that came to mind was just a good foot rub from his wife, but I had no idea about herbs or ingesting anything to help. Well, if you are reading, this is for you: Home Remedies for Foot Pain. I think they had the right idea with a foot rub with oil and a foot soak in warm water with epsom salt. That sounds good to me right now, and I haven't even been working hard. But I didn't think about a banana or asparagus to reduce swollen or bloated feet.

The odd thing is that I started thinking that I would almost welcome some foot pain right now, as long as it comes from hard work in the fresh outdoors and preferably from digging in the dirt.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Potty Time - Reusable Homemade Wet Diaper Wipes

Noah has been doing so well with EC (Elimination Communication). I'm not terrific at reading his signals yet, but he is terrific at screaming until I get it right. Haha, today was really the first day he had to yell to get my attention. I acted totally clueless when he was trying to tell me he wanted to go to the bathroom and I was spacing it. All was well once I put him on the toilet. Zero poopy diapers today! Hooray for Noah.

But after traveling this weekend and missing a couple potty opportunities, we definitely wished we had some reusable wet wipes (and I mean pre-wet wipes, not dry ones that I would have to run under water or spray with a squirt bottle). We ended up buying some disposable ones and used them more than once. I decided after the second poopy diaper, that I had to make my own.

24 reusable wet wipes ended up costing us $.99 + the cost of 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of liquid baby soap! Here's how:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dates on a dime - the library and dessert

Joel and I haven't had a date night in a while. We make time for each other at home, but we haven't had a chance to get out of the house. The last time we made the plan, I got sick.

My lovely sister said she would hang out at the house while Noah was sleeping so that we could go out for a couple hours. We had stir fried rice before we left and planned on only getting dessert out. I have to tell you, this was one of the best dates ever and I don't think we expected that from such a simple night.

Part one, the Library:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Personalize your blog by adding a favicon

I was sitting in this comfy chair and reading, but I decided since I hadn't posted in a while, I could blog in this comfy chair too.
A recent change I made to my blog is the favicon. The favicon is the little image that shows up next to the url or in a bookmark or tab next to the title. It means Favorite Icon. Favicons are mini .gif images that are converted to .ico (but new browsers recognize .gif too). So here are the key things to know when you are making a favicon for your blogger:

Favicons:
  • will be 16 pixels by 16 pixels
  • end in ".ico" (or ".gif")
  • need to be hosted on the internet somewhere
  • will need to be coded in the Design tab under edit html

So here's how to do it...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Brown Thoughts on Frugality

When I was trying to figure out a way to describe one of my desired "labels" in blogger, the only word I could think of was "frugality". This word is so popular today, but I wanted to make sure I picked the right word. I started to do some searching on the web today and this post is a result of it.

In an article I was reading, the author was commenting on their dislike for the term frugality, arguing that we should avoid the word and use "money-smart". I guess I could, but it just isn't really what I was looking for. "Money-smart" focuses on the money issue and not the whole package. My favorite definition of "frugal" is from the Collins English Dictionary: "practicing economy; living without waste; thrifty". So, we are trying to practice economy and live without waste because it is right; we are charged to be responsible stewards of the money we have and everything else under our control. Therefor, we try to be thrifty! Because of our many reasons for being frugal, I put "natural" in front of it since money is definitely already implied.

When I was reading the article "The Case against Frugality" this quote got me:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

These are a few of my favorite things: Flowers and Hot Chocolate

Fresh Flowers and Hot Chocolate!

This is just a quick post to say: I Love My Husband!

I love having fresh flowers in the house and he knows it. My old flowers had died and he bought me some beautiful roses for valentines day. I was just looking at the pictures that he snapped of one of them today. He has an artists eye and I admit, I wish I had thought to take the pictures myself. And then tonight...


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Yummy Bread in 5 minutes

When I used to process holds at the Lenox Library, I came across a bread book that I just had to put on hold for myself. It came nearly a month later (VERY popular book) and I read a lot of it but didn't get a chance to make any of the recipes at the time. I just got a container large enough to hold the dough and we have made three loaves so far.

The book I am talking about is Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I used a recipe from their second book, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, that I found on their website. It is so easy!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Angel Food Ministries

There was a time when our refrigerator, freezer and pantry were nearly bare. We made what we could with the buy one get two free spuds and whatever else was around. I didn't bother looking for something to eat for lunch, I just waited for dinner. It was just that time in the month that the funds and the food ran dry.

We were looking for anything that would give us a bunch of food for less to replenish our supply each month. Through the grapevine, we came across Angel Food Ministries. They have some amazing deals. Our freezer if full of frozen vegetables and meat and our house has fresh fruit and vegetables. When our friends decided to try it out last month, they bought us a box. This month, my amazing mom knew that we were going to be ordering the boxes and ordered them for us. Thanks Mom!

I would say that maybe half of what is in this freezer is from the Angel Food Box

Friday, February 25, 2011

Changes - Slowly but surely

Our family is slowly making many significant changes in our life. I need to emphasize slowly and many.

My husband and I have had countless "couch chats" about ideal changes. There was a time when Joel was more than resistant when I had a change in mind. Change never came easy to us, but lately, we both have been eager!

Just one big change seemed to jump start it all.
We had been planning for me to quit for months. Months! But we were waiting for Joel to find a second job. We had been over our budget several times and didn't think there was room for us to lose a source of income. We had been struggling with my work schedule even though it was a work-at-home job. I was just too preoccupied with work because I always had a deadline on my mind which was taxing and left me exhausted. Only days after making an elaborate plan to fit my work time into our family schedule, I turned around from my computer and said to Joel "I just need to quit, now". Joel got a small smile on his face and said "Do it. God will provide." (I am seriously tearing up right now. I love this man that God gave me!) The relief that flooded my emotions cannot be explained.

Pulling out and packing up the work files! Yay!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A new favorite toy

I could be writing about one million different things it seems. But I am just going to post some new pictures of Noah. I should just explode soon and write a giant update, but not tonight. I am sick with a head cold that is disguising itself as an over emotional person. I have tears constantly running down my face because the work up to all the sneezes are torture. And because of all the tissues - just call me Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Anyway, in an attempt to make my very active child less dependent on my entertainment, I pulled the mirror out of his bedroom and then decided to take some pictures. I had so much fun and it gave me a break so that I could blow my nose as needed instead of having him try to help me (he loves tissues).







You can see more pictures in the picasa photo album.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Love Story

I have been thinking about my love story for a few days now: remembering how everything happened and thinking about how crazy it was. I spent a good part of yesterday writing it so that it could be done by the time Joel got home. I read it to him and he pressed the button that published it on my blog. :-) I guess he liked it (he did tell me that). Here is a taste.

"When I finally gave up, and admitted my shortcomings - that I did not know how to force the outcome I wanted on my life, I was given the greatest gifts of contentment, purpose, and a husband. Wait... What?"

If you don't know anything about my love life, I'll tell you it was definitely unconventional.

Click on the My Love Story page above if you want to read it. I put a few pictures from each event in too. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jury Duty

Jury Duty? Really? I always wanted to get Jury Duty - at least I thought I did. But when I was walking back from the mailbox and reading my mail at the same time, I felt like my heart dropped to the ground. Wow, there aren't a whole lot of things that do that to me anymore. Seriously! Ladies - it was that feeling you might remember from high school when your heart throb walks in the room unexpectedly and you instantly wonder if you look okay. I think it might have also been the initial feeling I had when I first saw the "pregnant" reading on the test stick for Noah. 



I totally didn't expect this - the feeling I mean. I figured I would be all hunky dory for it. I can just imagine the way I will feel in the courtroom too. Oh, the pressure. If I actually get selected and the case actually happens, I wonder what it will be about. And to think that I would have some say in a guilty or not guilty verdict... that is scary. On the one hand, I don't want to feel that terrible heart racing, nervous, don't-screw-up feeling, but on the other hand, it is probably a little healthy to be realizing that there will be real people and the outcome will affect someone's life. Of course the Ward Bird case in NH is a pretty good example of how a jury outcome can affect someone's life. 

I'm just going to pray that if whatever I have to be there for goes to trial, the lawyers do a good job at presenting evidence so that my fellow jurors and I can all make an informed verdict. 

Jury Duty? Really. I hardly feel qualified.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Family Music Favorites

Joel and I have been getting lots of recommendations for books and music for children. Here are a few music recommendations that we really like.


Seeds Family Worship
www.seedsfamilyworship.net

These are great. They are all memory verses put to music. Seeds Family Worship also put a few of the songs to video. Here are two:






Bible Books
by the Bigsby Show

We love this song! So much fun!




Questions with Answers
by Dana Dirksen

We have Vol 1 of Question and Answer and love them. Noah loves to listen to them too and we can't wait until he can understand and sing them. You can buy them from songs for saplings or from itunes. This is a YouTube Video of Dana with a Sunday School Class.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Proud Mama!

It has been a while. I think I will be keeping the blog up now though. I have a list of things I could blog about but the top of my list, is NOAH. He is seriously awesome in so many ways and for the past five days, he has totally amazed us!

We decided to try Infant Potty Training. We are considered "late starters" because he is pretty much mobile at this point. Apparently, it is easiest if you start before 6 month or before they start to creep and crawl. Well, we didn't have a problem! We might have tried to teach Noah about going to the bathroom for a week and then we stopped for a couple because we were traveling to NH several times over the holidays. While  Joel was at work on Thursday, I noticed Noah doing something, not sure what it was, but I know that I could tell he was doing a #2 (gross...). This reminded me about the EC training (Elimination Communication). Later that night, before we put Noah in his PJs, Joel held Noah over his potty and there was nothing. Joel did the "psss" sound, but it just didn't happen. Joel just decided to hold him over the big potty and did the same thing - "psss"....

Haha, Noah did it! He peed on the big potty. Well, he is pretty consistent with that now and then on Sunday added a #2 at night. 

To be honest, one reason I am so excited (other than the fact that my son is a genius) is that we switched to reusable diapers to save money. Because we are using reusable diapers... it is much more difficult to deal with a poopy diaper. And I really have a weak stomach too. If Noah keeps it up, I wont have to change a poopy diaper again and we wont be dealing with too many wet ones either. 

Hooray for early potty training!





About Infant Potty Training
Info online:
   http://babyparenting.about.com/cs/pottytraining/f/infantpt.htm
Two books I used as reference:
   Infant Potty Training - If you had to get one, I would recommend this one.

If you want to borrow one of the book, let me know (I mean, if I know you).

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Very cool website for buying household products with free shipping

I want to share a helpful website with you. Joel and I are penny pinching and really like this website because we can compare unit prices and it always ships free.

Joel and I were looking to buy some special detergent last month and ended up stumbling across Alice.com. We like to buy a lot of our household products online but don't like to pay for shipping. Alice.com always ships free and has some great deals on popular items. To give you a heads up, the only catch is that you have to buy 6 items at once. That isn't a problem for us because when we get low on something, we can just add it to the cart and wait for 6 items to pile up. It is just like a shopping list waiting on your frig. If we really think about it, we can find 6 things that we need or will need soon (they have a few food products as well). We have been able to organize all of our most bought cleaning supplies (dish soap, laundry soup, trash bags), paper supplies (paper towels, tissues, T.P.), bathroom supplies and more in our "my product" section - seriously awesome. I don't have to search for the brand I always buy and I wont be searching around alice anymore either. I just go to the "my products" and put them in the cart when I need them.

I found out that they do have a referral program. So yes, hehe, I would get some referral points for this, but I would have recommended it to you anyway. I am glad I discovered it because it also gives you a $10 credit when you spend $50.

It saves lots of time and everything is shipped to your door free. If you are interested, click on the link below to sign up, and you’ll get a $10 credit in your account after you spend at least $50 on the site.

http://www.alice.com/referral/79E8EB8E

Happy shopping!

What a 6 item cart could be:
country save dish detergent
country save laundry detergent
oxy natural dishwasher detergent
7th gen trash bags
new england coffee
shampoo

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