June 18, 2013
Beth posted a list of her summer essentials (lots of good finds there!), and I thought I'd do the same!
Alba Hawaiian Cocktail Body Wash, Pina Colada - This body wash can be found at Target and smells amazing.
Colored Sandals - I just bought this yellow pair for $10!
Tortoise shell sunglasses - The bigger, the better.
TOMS - I've been wearing my Vegan Dot Classics, but I love this pair in pink ikat...they're on my wish list! Our Whole Foods is now carrying TOMS...they have a whole wall of them. That just seems unnecessarily tempting.
Canvas Tote for shopping at the Farmer's Market. I love the cute printed ones in this etsy shop, and the price is right.
Not pictured: a maxi skirt, mango oil body spray, a good mineral sunscreen, like this one from Alba, and comfy tees in lots of colors.
What are your summer must-haves? Share your favorites in the comments!
June 14, 2013
Everyone seems to be posting summer to do lists lately, so I thought I'd jot down what we hope to accomplish in our yard and garden this summer.
:: We planted a vegetable garden this year. Darryl actually tilled up a chunk of the back yard and we planted tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and something else...I can't remember right now. The goal is to keep the garden free of weeds and actually have the vegetables grow and thrive.
:: We started some of the tomatoes indoors from seed for the first time. When we transferred them, they kind of faltered a bit outside. I'm hoping they bounce back.
:: The patio has always been sort of sad. We tore up this weird, low deck that seemed to house spiders - eek! and bought a bunch of patio stones on craigslist for a great price. We need to lay the stones and make it look more inviting. And by we, I mean Darryl. ;)
:: Shade. There is a serious lack of shade in our yard, especially on the patio, so we are trying to figure out how to remedy that. We want to come up with something fairly soon so we don't burn up out there.
:: I'd like to plant some new flowers along the side of our house...there are some big holes in that side flower bed. Maybe a rose bush or two? Pink roses are my favorite, but any rose would be beautiful. Are those hard to grow?
:: I'd also like to plant some potted herbs. Darryl picked up some basil and lemon verbena yesterday at the Farmer's Market, so that's a start.
That's it for now! What are your yard and garden goals this summer?
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June 11, 2013
I love to involve my children in making Father's Day gifts for Darryl. There are so many cute and creative ideas on pinterest, so I thought I'd round up my favorites and share them today.
This is what we made this year. There are so many of these father's day questionnaires on pinterest...and here is a free printable questionnaire that you can fill in and frame.
This is the project we made last year: walk with me daddy footprint art. It is so easy and the poem is very sweet.
I thought this photo handprint frame was a cute idea.
This hand print tree looks really easy and this post includes a free printable.
What do your children do for Father's Day? Do you have a favorite project I missed?
June 10, 2013
I haven't done much baking in the past few weeks...we've been trying to cut down on our sugar intake. But this weekend we had some lemons that needed to be used up, so I made a batch of muffins. The only berries we had were strawberries, and although I don't normally make strawberry muffins, I decided to give them a try. I was really happy with the result! The lemon and strawberry combination is very light...just right for summer.
Vegan Lemon Strawberry Muffins
Recipe adapted from here.
2 cups white spelt flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
2 Lemons For Lemon Zest, plus a few squeezes of juice
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Milk, any (I used Almond Milk)
1/3 cup Canola Oil (I used vegetable oil)
1 tablespoon White Vinegar (I used Apple Cider Vinegar)
About eight strawberries, diced small
Preheat the oven to 375F. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, combine together flour, baking soda, salt and lemon zest.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, milk, oil, lemon juice, and vinegar. Mix well.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stir until just combined. Don’t over stir.
Gently fold in the berries using a rubber spatula.
Fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full.
Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 22 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. After that remove the muffins from the tins and cool on a wire rack.
June 7, 2013
Father's Day is next Sunday...yikes! Do you have your Father's Day gifts all set? I don't. I can't help you with your shopping, but I can help with the card. Here are a few printable Father's Day cards I made to share with you. They print two designs to a page. Just print on card stock and you are good to go!
Linking up to some of these parties.
June 5, 2013
I was looking through my Etsy favorites and noticed a lot of triangles accumulating there. Here is a little sampling:
|from gold and silver linings|
|from asleep from day|
|from green garden stamps|
|from on your case|
|from twiggs designs|
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June 4, 2013
Well, I thought maybe it was time for a little update about Baby Bee's floppy larynx. You might remember that he was diagnosed with moderate laryngomalacia (a birth defect of the airway) when he was two weeks old. I recently heard that a mom in our area had a baby who had laryngomalacia and tracheomalacia, and I hearing that news took me right back to the first days after Baby Bee's diagnosis when I was so nervous, worried and exhausted. I so wish that I had known someone who had been through this before me.
I know when he was first diagnosed with laryngomalacia, and the doctors said things like it will get worse before it gets better, it should resolve by 18-24 months, his airway will firm up as he gets older, etc. At that time I really could not wrap my mind around what a floppy larynx would be like in an older baby. I only knew what it was like in a teeny newborn, and that was loud, squawking, high pitched and completely unsettling. Every time Baby Bee breathed in, his larynx flopped over his airway, and created some kind of sound. I can't count the number of times that I wished I had a mom friend that had a baby with LM, who I could call or text and who would say, well, this is what it will be like next month, at six months, at one year.
Honestly, in those first three months, I was very anxious. There were many days when Baby Bee was so loud that I would call Darryl at work and say, Is this normal? Should I take him in? His chest is retracting, but he seems happy, so what do I do? It was nerve wracking, and I know I grew a few more gray hairs. His breathing was so noisy at times that we would have to talk loudly just to hear each other over the racket. Thankfully we have a wonderful pulmonologist that I felt comfortable calling anytime at all if I was concerned.
As you know, I did everything in my power to stop any sort of reflux from happening, because when he would spit up, it did make his breathing sound a lot worse. The radical diet changes I made were totally worth it to me, and of course as he grew, spitting up basically stopped anyway.
I made every effort to avoid germs and sick people during the winter seasons. This year it seemed that everyone in Michigan had the plague, so we basically did not take Baby Bee out in public. Does that seem extreme? Maybe to some, but I was not willing to take any chances. The flu and respiratory infections that were going around here were severe and took several weeks to get over. I was comfortable dealing with some isolation if it would keep Baby Bee from getting a nasty cough and compromising his breathing.
When Baby Bee was around five or six months, things started to improve somewhat. The super loud noises started to tone down as his airway widened. He would still get loud, but not as often, and not so loud.
As he grew, and was sitting up on his own, and then pulling up to standing, that seemed to help quiet down his breathing as well. He started to crawl, and then was walking by eleven months. By the time he turned one, I would only rarely hear his stridor. When he was sleeping, he would still have a bit of a low pitched stridor that sounded like hehh-hehh, hehh-hehh (combination growl, snore and laugh). This was worse when he was teething heavily. If he was very drooly during the day, he would also have that low pitched stridor as well.
Last night, he was sleeping, and his breathing was louder again...I think due to some excess saliva pooling back in his throat. I would say that 60% of the time now he breathes silently when he sleeps. I really do not ever hear his stridor during the day unless he is very congested. The fact that I can't hear his breathing is amazing to me. Fifteen months ago it was very hard to see ahead to this day. His floppy larynx still is not totally resolved, and we will have to wait and see how long that will take. I am so thankful that he is growing and thriving and doing so well. Holding my tiny guy in the hospital room after his bronchoscopy, I didn't know what the days ahead would be like. I prayed and prayed and prayed that his breathing would be easy, that he would grow and that God would protect him and keep him alive and well. God is so faithful.
So if your baby has recently been diagnosed with laryngomalacia, I would say this to you: I know it is so scary right now. Having a new baby is overwhelming, and hearing that his airway is compromised is so frightening that it is hard to even comprehend. Find out everything you can about your child's condition, and keep in close contact with the doctors that are treating your child. My experience was with moderate laryngomalacia, so not every case is the same, but it will get better. As your child grows and gets bigger, the noisiness will improve and those early days will become a distant memory.
Try not to let your worry steal your enjoyment of the early days with your baby. Enjoy those first snuggles, smiles and the times when he is sleeping in your arms, even though he may be breathing noisily. It goes so fast, and soon you will be chasing a busy little toddler around the house and wondering where on earth time has gone. :)