Sunday, January 13, 2013

Creative Birth Day Announcement :: Hey, That's Pin-tastic!

I'm a printable-creating virgin. There, I said it. 

But with easy-to-navigate online photo editing programs like PicMonkey, creating this creative birth day announcement was super easy. I simply uploaded a blank white background (a blank MS paint document that I had saved to my computer) and began to strategically place my text where I wanted it. Playing with size, font and color and referring to this pin (what a shame there's a misspelling!) I was able to create something that I loved and cannot wait to hang in the nursery. 

Not too shabby for my first attempt, no? It needed to half-rhyme. Needed to. 

Amateur? Yes. Took forever? Yes. Perhaps I shall leave the printable-creating to the professionals. ie: Pinterest and Etsy. 
                                                                          Source: Uploaded by user via Emily on Pinterest

i love you more than carrots

Welcome to Week 15 of Hey, That's Pin-tastic, the weekly link up where you pick one pin that you've recently pinned, create, bake, make or decorate it and return here to share the pin wins (and fails) that you've recently tested and tried! 

Be sure to grab the Hey, That's Pin-tastic button from the side of ILYMTC and add it to your post this way your readers will be able to check out all of the other pin-tastic pins! As always, each post that includes the button or a link back to ILYMTC will be pinned to the "official" Hey, That's Pin-tastic pin board (with over 3,100 followers). So? Stop pinning and start doing! Happy Monday!

Changing Table Organization & Must-Haves!

Every January I get the bug. You know the one I'm talking about and no, not the flu bug (even though that's already made its way through our house late last month).

I'm talking about the Organization bug. There's just something about starting fresh in a new year that makes me want to organize all the things! I literally have an organization project on The List in just about every room in our house.

There's the pantry to tackle, the boys' reading books in the playroom, our seasonal clothes in the master bedroom closet, the black-hole that we call the guest room closet which has become the catch-all for just about anything and everything and so much more. 

This month I thought I would start small and begin with a project that I knew I could accomplish in one day without making too much of a mess. The nursery changing table. 

I've had these awesome collapsible orange storage crates from Land of Nod sitting on our changing table for months without any idea as to how to use them. I obviously knew I would fill one with diapers and another with wipes and whatnot but I wasn't quite sure what to do with the rest of them. 

After gathering all of our "most-used-daily" baby supplies, I set to finding them each their own happy place on the table. Since the boys and I do the majority of our daily living on the first floor of the house, so much of these must-haves were scattered throughout. I'm so happy to have them all in one place and within reach when I'm upstairs with Mac. This is especially useful for after naps, early wake ups and after baths. 

We have another changing table that we keep on the main floor of our house and it is also stocked with very similar items! So, what's in those crates? 

Diapers: Dailies and overnites. If you haven't already heard about the secret of diapering your littles in Huggies Overnite diapers (one size up) you're missing out. 

Toiletries: Hand sanitizer, Body moisturizing lotion, Diaper cream, Boogie Wipes and Dapple toy wipes. Not pictured: the bulb snot sucker, baby brush and comb.

Socks: Self-explanatory. What you can't see, is that inside of Mac's laundry hamper I keep a small lingerie bag. When the socks come off at the end of the day, they go right into the lingerie bag which helps decrease the saga of The Lost Baby Sock. 

Blankets and Swaddles: Receiving blankets, muslin swaddles, sleep sacks, etc. 

Burpies and White Onesies: I like to keep a little stash of plain white onesies in the changing table in case of diaper blowout emergency. Plain white onesies are also great for layering under other clothes in the colder months. Having them on-hand at the changing table eliminates having to grab something from the closet or drawer when you're in a pickle! I also keep a few burp clothes here as well!

Last but not least, if your little is a wiggler and roller like mine, it's great to keep a toy secured to the rail of the changing table. This gives them something to occupy their attention while you're trying to wrestle them into and out of their diapers! 

Chances are you already have most of these changing table must-haves already in your possession. Now all you'll need to do is find a few fitting baskets and you're on your way to having a perfectly stocked and neatly organized changing table. 

Whew, I already feel less overwhelmed and excited to change the next diaper! 

Okay, kidding about that last part.  So, what's on your list to tackle and organize this new year? I hope you’ll come back tomorrow and join in the organizing fun as we kick off our linky parties!

If you link up on just one of our nine blogs, your project will be seen on ALL nine sites. Pretty awesome, huh? So get to those projects and be sure to link up!

Be sure to share a picture of your project on my Facebook page, even if you don't have a blog! I will be sharing some of my favorites both there and on Twitter throughout the course of the week! 

Happy Sunday!

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Big F-U to The Sickies.

You know what sucks? Winter sucks. 

When you have kids, winter is synonymous with sick and as much as you may want to hole you and your kids up for the months between October and April, groceries need to be bought, errands need to be run and thus starts the vicious cycle of The Sickies. 

Part of me wants to call a big ol' bullshit on the "breastfed babies get sick less" rule. Either that or I must have the world's sissiest antibodies. Hardly a solid has graced Maclane's lips and the kid has had strep, two ear infections and a handful of colds already this winter season. Granted, I understand that living with a walking germ factory toddler also tends to complicate things but can't a mom catch a break? 

I've sucked more snot from noses, taken more temperatures and sang more lame Wee Sing songs in an attempt to get my kids to open their mouths for medicine than I care to admit. And it's only January. 

Just the other night I swear I was reliving an excerpt from the movie The Exorcist. I know you know what I'm about to say. Had I just grabbed Mac from his crib and taken two steps into our carpeted, mind you, master bedroom before I swear I saw his head spin. At 3am in the morning he was able to projectile vomit not only all over me but also the carpet in front of our dresser as well as the accordion shades on our windows. The shades. On the windows. 

Talk about going for distance. 

And that wasn't even the worst vomit episode we had encountered that week. A mere few days before that while trying to cajole Carter into taking his antibiotic, I must have cajoled just a little bit too hard because as soon as it touched his lips, he gagged and vomited fish stick all over the couch. 

A word to the wise? If you ever plan on having children? Stick with leather. I'm not quite sure there is anything worse than day old fish stick vomit, let alone two week old, mercilessly-cleaned-with-the-spot-bot fish stick vomit. 

As for the spot bot? You know when you're breaking that baby out at 3am on a weeknight it should have been named the "Oh Shit Bot." 

Is it too late to craft my family a little bubble to live in?
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