This post is sponsored by Squatty Potty but all opinions are 100% my own.
For those of you that know me, you probably knew that I had some major complications after the birth of my second child. I was the horror story that women didn’t want to tell first time moms about, but did anyway because it is a crazy story. Everything was fine and dandy after I gave birth but then my stitches tore and all hell broke loose. Now, let me ask you something- who talks about going to the bathroom after they give birth? Was it the scariest moment of your life? Because I shook and cringed at the thought of having to use the bathroom while some poor nurse held me up. These are things people don’t tell you about childbirth.
Anyway, after the stitches fiasco and then having another surgery after that to fix the problem using the bathroom was a really long and stressful process. My body doesn’t digest food properly anyway so that added on to the complications. I would advise you pregnant and new mammas to eat a lot of fiber- like a lot. Here are some of my favorite high in fiber snacks:
Trail Mix with dried fruit and prunes
Spinach Salad with avocados (minus cheese)
Papaya smoothie (minus yogurt)
Green smoothie with extra of kale and spinach
and lots of water. Not only did that keep me regular but also kept me from having panic attacks every time I had to use the bathroom. Perhaps something that could have helped me more was the Squatty Potty toilet stool. It is only natural to be in the squatting position to use the bathroom and also to give birth. The colon is in a kinked position when we sit but not when we squat- make sense? Even after all these issues with digestion and childbirth, I have used and found that this toilet stool really is helpful. I know, TMI but seriously- we all do it, why not make it a bearable experience? Sometimes all the fiber in the world couldn’t help me and it would have been nice to know a different position that could have helped.
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It’s nothing new to some of you that I love eating but don’t exactly love a necessary part of it- the cooking. If I could hire anything out it would be a chef- seriously. I, like most of you, am really busy with family life, work and church- that leaves little time to make everything from scratch. Homemade is overrated- just kidding- I love homemade and usually do make everything but something’s gotta give. I was sent over this amazing box filled with the most delicious treat mixes from Shirley J. I had to stop myself from making (and eating) all of them. I have a control problem- I lose it when it comes to treats. So, this was perfect because I ate a few, had enough for my family that was visiting and then gave lots away as get well gifts. Simple and delicious…can’t even tell they aren’t from scratch.
Most of the mixes just require shortening (use applesauce in a 1:2 ratio for a healthier version) and some just require water. This was a quick fix when I had several friends that were in the hospital or had family in the hospital the day after I received this package. It was a lifesaver as I was able to crank out cookies in about 20 minutes. I didn’t want to visit empty handed and let’s face it- treats make everything better.
Yum…coated in sugar. These Ginger Molasses cookies are perfect for the holiday season.
We also had a fun Christmas movie night with the kids and used the Gluten Free Mugging Chocolate Brownie Cake Mix. No more waiting 33 minutes until the brownies are done. No more eating leftover brownies everytime I pass the counter…. We made 2 mugs and split them with the kids. It was the perfect serving size and very rich. We added chocolate chips and marshmallows because it is awesome that way. It was ready in 90 seconds. Perfect and delicious.
Shirley J and I want you guys to have a chance to taste these yummy mixes. Winner will receive 1 Mug, 3 Mugging Mixes and 1 Cookie Mix of your choice! This giveaway will close Friday, December 13 at 12 AM EST. Keep this for yourself for a fun family night or this makes a great neighbor gift. Good luck!
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I am blogging over at Erin’s from Strawberry Mommycakes. I made this modern origami geometric advent calendar and included a free printable. Go over and get ready to be the masters of paper folding- trust me, it’s an easy one!
With Thanksgiving right around the corner (tomorrow!) I wanted something that I could use to help us all remember what we are thankful for. The idea for this free Thanksgiving printable place mat is one that you could use all of November and even at random times throughout the year- which is why I didn’t design it solely with Thanksgiving garb. Gratitude should just be remembered once or twice a year but it should be a daily remembrance.
I love to hear my children say or write the things they are grateful for: sometimes something simple like Batman and sometimes more meaningful things such as “a wonderful day” or “family.” I feel often times we focus on what we don’t have and are filled with envy or jealousy of things our friends and neighbors have. I know I have felt jealous at times when I couldn’t vacation here or get those awesome shoes. Having to write down all the little things we are grateful for have made my heart happy and helped me love a little better. These place mats are not just made for children, but for adults as well and I laminated them so they could be used again. I put in blank boxes so kids that aren’t writing yet could draw the things they are grateful for.
I am grateful for the pudgy and dirty little hands in these pictures. It shows that they have fun being creative and we are able to play outside. I am grateful they love being creative as much as I do because it is something we can do together.
I hope you all have a very safe and loving Thanksgiving. Also, invite those over that may not have a place to go. I am sure they would be so grateful to spend time with new friends.
Download printables: 11×17 8×10
How many of you like to get your nails done? Go ahead raise your hands. And don’t be embarrassed about your neglected nails. Really. I totally understand- I’ve been there. Who has the time to sit at a salon inhaling toxic fumes (ha!) for an hour. And then not being able to touch anything while your nails dry….oh the hassle of beauty! Getting my nails done is a treat- an “I may be in my sweats but at least my nails are pretty” treat. You just need those once in a while. As a member of Super Mom Tested, we were given the opportunity to experience this treat with Glamour Gels.
They only have one location (so far) in Murray, Utah at the Fashion Place Mall. The ladies made us all feel welcome and were very fun to chat with. The whole process took about 35 minutes and when I was done I didn’t need to protect my nails like a mama bear protecting her cubs- because you know that’s how it is with freshly painted nails. I was able to take all the Instagram pictures I wanted without worrying about smudging them. I got the Nearly Nude and Gold Glitter as accents. I know I am just a little wild. I loved that the other girls were braver than me and got Gold Foil, Embedded Sequins, a Snowflake Stamp, Glitter Tips and bright colors on their nails. It was a perfect girls day out without taking ALL DAY. Hear what we had to say in our Glamour Gels Review.
Lucky for you, Glamour Gels is having a great Black Friday Special! Go right now and grab your girl friends. Get dolled up just because you deserve it. You’ll thank me after you’ve bathed your kids, washed dishes and all that other stuff that makes your nail polish chip and acylic nails lift- because these won’t. And if they do (guaranteed 3 weeks) then Glamour Gels will fix them.
Make sure to keep up with them on Instagram and Facebook for great deals and ideas for the holidays.
Living on a grad school budget is a little tough for me seeing as I can’t really go shopping for myself. But let’s be honest, I don’t really like to spend all that much on clothes when it comes down to it- meaning I like nice clothes and have expensive taste but when push comes to shove I can’t spend that much money. What I do like is the thrill of the find. I found this pleated and plaid skirt (something a granny would wear) at a yard sale for $3 like 4 years ago. All it needed was a little hemming and taking in at the waist, but I loved the pattern and pleats- it is just a classic piece.
Really, you can be fashionable and frugal. I know for some it isn’t worth the hassle searching for something and then having to fix it up but for me it is, especially right now. Plus, I get a high off of seeing the potential of something so blah and unflattering and turning it into something great. My point is, see beyond the size and length. If you like the pattern and it doesn’t need too much reconstruction, sometimes refashioning or sewing clothes is a great alternative to getting fashionable pieces on a budget.
This was the easiest refashion ever. I wanted it to hit below the knee so I just took off about 11″ and hemmed it. I also just moved the button in a few inches so it would fit on my upper waist. I really need to get some booties to wear with this skirt….someday.
For those that don’t sew, here are some of my faves:
*Just as an FYI, my husband took these pics whilst holding a screaming and squirmy toddler. Why didn’t we take them at a different time you ask? Well, because she is always screaming and squirmy.
Fall Decor: Yarn Tassel Garland This is an easy piece of decoration to make! What else reminds you of fall other than orange and yarn? I used to knit a lot but that has been put on the back-burner. I figured I might as well take some yarn out and make what I could with it…the yarn tassel garland was born.
I looped the yarn in between my four fingers about 8-10 times. Then I cut the string and cut another small piece of string to tie around it.
I tied it 1/3 way down from the top and then cut the loops which go at the bottom.
I made about 12 of them and then strung them on a piece of jute twine. Easy peasy. It just adds a splash of fall to my non Thanksgiving decorated home. I put away Halloween and I really just want to decorate for Christmas.
I used a fuzzy yarn but next time I would probably use a silkier and bulkier yarn. Also I would probably make it longer to add dramatic effect but I still like the simplicity of it. This could be an easy craft to do with the kids and change up the colors depending on the holiday. I think I will make an all white and gold one for Christmas. The possibilities!
Have a great weekend!
Do you guys know what MOvember is? It’s a month long event involving the growing of mustaches to raise awareness for prostate cancer and other male cancers. This month we wanted to help raise awareness so, Jen Goode started this Blog Hop of Mustache Creativity. Jen created a mustache stamp for us all to use. Check out the fabulous products other bloggers have come up with using her stamp.
I have been wanting to make leggings forever so I took the opportunity to make my own mustache fabric. I mixed 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts acrylic paint. Seriously, this fabric medium is amazing. I use it all the time and it saves me so much money because I don’t have to buy fabric paint, I can just use regular acrylic paint.
I wanted a grungy newspaper look so, I just overlapped my stamping on the fabric.
I then followed this legging tutorial for my little Ollie. My son loved it! And so did my older son who wanted his own pair of mustache leggings. Gotta get working on that.
Jen is so kindly offering a free printable card kit and mini thank you note cards featuring her stamp.She is also giving away a goodie box which includes the mustache stamp wheel. Enter here! Go show her some love.
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Yes, this is a post using toilet paper. You didn’t think there was much use for toilet paper than the obvious, right? There really is more to toilet paper than meets the eye.
For this project, I wanted to create something for my daughter’s room. Her nursery was missing something on the wall where her crib is. I wanted to keep things simple since her room has lots of color from her crib bedding. Cottonelle’s Triple Roll toilet paper was perfect because it was thick and didn’t easily rip. I was able to make this White & Glitter Bow Garland and use it as wall art. You could also use it as a backdrop to a bridal or baby shower. Make a few strands and it makes a fabulous and simple decor piece.
Want to make one yourself? It really didn’t take longer than 2 episodes of Law and Order. Gotta love multitasking. And make sure to go to Target and use this coupon and buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12 pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex. Get it while supplies last!
Cottonelle Triple Roll Toilet Paper (if you use anything else it will mostly likely tear)
Hot Glue Gun
Twine or Ribbon
What I Did:
First, rip the toilet paper into squares using the perforations.
Then, apply the glitter glue to the outside edges of one side. I chose the side with only the ridges.
Once the glitter glue is dry, I scrunched it in the middle and twisted it in the center two times, that way the side with the glitter on it is facing you again. There is your pretty bow!
I dabbed Elmer’s glue on the inside and on the back side to hold the twist. I held it in place for a couple of seconds. If you wait too long then your fingers will get stuck and tear the paper.
I measured how long to make the garland and divided that by how far apart I wanted the bows to be. I made mine 110″ long and made 20 bows, each would be about 5″ apart.
I put a dab of hot glue on the back and placed the twine on the bow. Hold in place for a bit until it no longer moves. Repeat for the rest of them.
Didn’t think toilet paper could be so cute right? I will make a couple more of these during movie nights and use them to decorate for an upcoming baby shower. Any other ideas of what you could use this garland for?
I am joining in with some great etsy shops today to bring you a handmade gift shopping spree! Buy handmade gifts from Etsy this holiday season with a $250 gift card to spend any way you choose. Sounds great right?
Visit the lovely Etsy shops below as well for a taste of what you can find when shopping handmade this holiday season.
How cute are these shops? Here are some of my favorite items:
The Merci Stamped Clothespins would be so cute closing a treat bag | Love this vintage necklace | I needed this “BOO” sign for Halloween! | One can never have enough tote bags, right? | Need this sign for my house | It’s true, all you need is love- and this sign | These are the perfect accessory for the holiday parties coming up | Love these Ukrainian eggs- what beautiful detailing | Unique wedding favors | If you like to throw parties, you need these labels | These cards would be perfect for a book themed party | This faux cross stitched printable would be a great addition to a cozy home
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