Let Them Get Dirty, Momma.

I’ve realized something recently: I have a hard time letting my munchkin get dirty.

I don’t understand why, but I’ve always hated the idea of letting Munchkin play in the dirt. I’ve always been a little unhappy when he gets food on his clothes or in his hair. I just want him clean.

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Pinterest-Inspired Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party on a Budget

Our little miracle boy turned one this summer! And yes, I’m very late in posting his birthday party… but that’s about how things go around here! I want to share with you everything I did for his party, because we were certainly planning on a budget!
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We’ve won the battle, but we’re still losing the war: 5 things to remember as you fight infertility.

I’ve realized something this week: infertility is not a single battle to be won, but a war we constantly fight. Succeeding in becoming pregnant one time does not mean that a person is no longer infertile.
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Don’t Act Like a Christian

Why is it so hard sometimes to act like a Christian? Basically, why is it so hard to act like Christ? I think there’s a problematic word in that sentence – “act.” “Acting” denotes a sense of falsehood, a character. We shouldn’t act like Christians. We shouldn’t act like Christ. We are Christians, and therefore we have the Holy Spirit inside of us. That means our behavior should be real, a result of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, not a result of our attempts to follow the rules.

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Toddler Muffin Recipe Tweaked

I usually stick to recipes when I’m cooking. There are few recipes I make that don’t include measurements. However, I do a lot of tweaking with recipes! I previously posted a list of finger foods I give my munchkin (although that list has grown as he’s gotten older and gained more teeth!), but I want to share several tweaks I made to one recipe: his toddler muffins.
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Competition vs. Contentment in Motherhood

Since becoming a mom, I’ve noticed that I struggle with being content in two areas. I am naturally a competitive person, which is not a bad thing. It means I enjoy watching sports (I’m sure my husband liked having me get into last year’s NBA playoffs when we were cheering on our team!). It means I can get together with friends for board games and card games. It means I work hard to be the best I can be. However… it can also be a curse.
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Awesome Baby-proofing Life Hack!

So I now feel thoroughly stupid! 🙂 How did I not think of this on my own? Munchkin is getting a lot more time to roam around the house (supervised, of course). He’s still a little young to understand the discipline associated with the word “no,” so we have some areas that we go round and round with, including the kitchen and entertainment center cabinets. Well, a family member told me today to use… Wait for it….

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A rubber band! Here I was, getting ready to add cabinet locks to my grocery list! It’s not that I totally baby-proofed everything in our house, but I don’t want Munchkin to get into it if it’s dangerous. I already had cabinet locks on the cabinets with chemicals, but I hadn’t thought to buy one for my small appliances (i.e., food processor blades, blender blades, mandolin blades) cabinet. Now I don’t have to! I’m sure Munchkin will learn how to remove them, but not before he’s old enough to understand what areas are safe and what areas aren’t. I’m just shocked that I haven’t seen this in the life hacks pins I have on Pinterest…

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UPDATE: Please keep in mind that this is not a permanent fix. It will likely only work long enough for your child to learn what is off-limits (which you have to be consistent about). Also, a tip: buy brand new, thick rubber bands. Old bands and thin bands break easily, and your child’s increasing strength might cause a weaker band to break.

We ended up using this tactic for even our accordian-style linen closet doors (I keep all the extra bathroom products in there). I just looped a few rubber bands together to make a chain.

Also, please remember that when it comes to cabinets with poisonous cleaning products or medicines, ALWAYS buy a cabinet lock. Saving a couple dollars isn’t worth the risk to your child’s life.

Finger Foods for My Independent Munchkin

I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my son lately! My munchkin isn’t really a picky eater (he eats more than his parents do!), but the last few days he’s scarfed down things he previously hated. It’s made my day! It also reminded me of a lot of tips I read or was told when introducing him to solids, so I thought I’d share some of those as well as some ideas for finger foods. My little man decided at 8 months old that he wanted to feed himself (and after getting two teeth at 6 months old, he still hasn’t got any more!), so I had to come up with several soft options that he could pick up and feed himself.
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“Following in Daddy’s Footsteps” Craft

This is my husband’s first Father’s Day, and I’m hoping it’s a good one! A couple of years ago, we both struggled with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day because of how hard we’d been trying to get pregnant. I’m so excited for my husband to get to celebrate his first Father’s Day, so I wanted to do something a little personal and special for him as a gift from his son.
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Super Simple Stir-fry

Ok, so truthfully, this is probably a stir-fry wannabe. I don’t have a drop of Asian blood in my body, and most of my attempts at cooking Chinese food have been total failures. However, a few years ago, I came up with this concoction on a whim, and we liked it so much it became a staple! I like it because it’s easy – and since it includes grains, meat, and veggies, I don’t really have to fix anything else to have a complete dinner! That’s always a win!
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