I needed a new curtain for my 1 yr daughter’s room, so I figured I would make one. I am big on saving money and using what I already have. I love the special touch of something made by hand. Now in advance, I am just getting more into sewing. My sewing skills are not great, but basic. Learning more every time I make something.
First I measured the size I needed and lucky me, I had a panal of fabric that was the perfect size just need a small amount off the bottom. My window is long, but I am making the curtain to the floor.
- Measure your window.
- Measure out the fabric you need plus extra for the seems.
- I first pin the two longer sides together and sew. I usually do 1/2 inch wide for the sides
- Then I pin the top to the size I need for the curtain rod. I normall do 2.5-3 inches wide.
- Then I pin the bottom and sew. I normally do 1/2 in. wide.
- Hang up to see if right.
- I normally wash after I am done.
I don’t know about you, but I love marked down meat! It is still good and at low prices. This was my my meat from today’s shopping trip. Notice the largest 2.5 lbs ground beef is only $1.38!!!! Score! It was hidden too.
I freeze most of my meat and put into portion sizes. It helps with meal prep, wastefulness and saves you money.
We use ziploc vacuum freezer bags which are amazing. They are a great investment plus we wash and reuse use them a few times before throwing them away. It makes my meat last up to 12 months in my freezer! What do you do with your meat?
Now that my daughter is one, I am working on finding shows and movies for her to watch.
Some of our favorites:
- Franklin is really great for kids and teaches lessons. It is colorful and has animals which we all know kids love.
- Kid songs/learning songs DVDs are great, we use baby Einstein, Dave and Ava, super simple songs and little baby bum. These are great to watch and keep on in the background.
- CareBears is so cute and teaches lessons. Great for them to watch.
- Multi-show DVDs are great because you get a variety. We love the pbs ones.
- Sofia the first is just too cute and teaches lessons. When you have a girl you have to have princesses.
- Paw patrol is fun and of course it’s dogs!
- Star Wars rebels because well this house is a Star Wars house!
- Disney movies and also anything with fish are good too.
- Mickey Mouse clubhouse is kinda annoying to parents but kids love it!
We try not to let her watch much if any of adult shows. We tend to watch them before we go to bed or on a laptop or tablet with one headphone in while she is playing and/or watching her own show.
I understand about limiting the tv time and believe me she plays all day long! It helps them learn and pick up new words if it is playing in the background. Plus some of the learning ones show them things like clapping and such.
P.s. SpongeBob is not happening haha
What are you favorites and least favorites?
Who doesn’t love homemade Quesadillas? It is a staple at our house. It is quick easy and toddler approved!
We have picky eaters, so we made our own. I love ham and mozzarella.
My toddler loves cheese and sometimes chicken.
My husband loves meat and cheese galore and anything else he can think of.
Soft Tortilla Shells (corn or flour)
non-stick cooking spray
We use a large griddle and make all at once.
Heat griddle to 350-400 degrees
Spray with non-stick cooking spray if needed
Lay a tortilla down
Add another tortilla or fold current on over on itself.
Cook for just a couple mins til lightly brown.
Simple easy and boy does it taste delicious!
The snow is here in Indiana! We had fun this morning getting our car ready to drive. Windshield is complete ice and over 3 inches of snow. Plus they plowed some snow behind our car, so you know it was fun getting out with a low riding car. Well we had to make Diy De-icer this morning.
Mix 1 part water with 2 parts rubbing alcohol.
Either mix in spray bottle or mix seperately then add to bottle.
Easy as can be and works great! Hope this helps the ones who get the fun snow and ice.
Be safe out there.
You see so many lists and registries for a new baby, that you may get overwhelmed. I know I was. I wanted to make sure I had everything I needed before she came into this world, but really what do you need?
I had some great friends and family that helped thankfully. I also did some research on products. I went basic and cheap and stocked up. I found deals or had things given to me.
Here is my list of items that we used and loved:
- Rock n Play Sleeper is my number one. It cradles them, it has them reclined, it can make music, vibrate and rock. It is a life saver, It even folds up, so you can take it with you. I had mine given to me, I just had to clean it and I even passed it on to a friend who loves it as well.
- Changing Table is also another that was great. I had it in my living room for the first 4 months. It was great storage and came in handy when you had a gross baby. Most come with a buckle to keep them on there if u need to grab something or they wiggle a lot. Don’t always trust the sides to do that, if they are built up high. I got mine on a Facebook yard sale site for $25. Our daughter is one now and we use it for extra storage and to hold diapers in her room.
- Diaper Pail is a must! Baby diapers stink!!!!! We bought a cheap diaper pail, link provided. It uses kitchen trash bags, which is great. We buy the febreeze trash bags in bulk and are good to go. It holds a LOT too. Saves you money and your nose!
- Diapers are a must. We used Luvs diapers, plus whatever else we were given. Luvs hold a lot of pee by the way. We also used cloth one-size pocket diapers which are a lifesaver if you need to save money and have a washer and dryer. Buy in bulk with coupons, sales, and walmart/amazon. Also the link brings you to walmart to the biggest box of luvs diapers you can get at a retail store!
- Boudreaux Products are amazing and a life saver. They make butt paste in normal and extra strength plus a natural version, dry skin ointment, lip and cheek moisturizer, rash preventor, and body wash and shampoo. They are also safe for cloth diapers!
- Humidifiers are a must. Especially if you life in a place that the weather changes often or its extra cold or extra hot.
- Nose suction and saline are another you will need. Can get from hospital (hint).
- Onsies are major, lots of accidents can happen, I usually like to have enough to change 2xs a day, just in case.
- Bottles if you are formula or pumped breast milk feeding. I love playtex ventaire.
- One cuddly blanket for baby. The sleeper rocker was great because you can use a blanket and also they are good for tummy time. Blankets are baby’s friends.
- Fan because it helps prevent SIDS
- Wipes are needed for more than just butts. We buy in bulk of pampers, but when we can we buy the one and done wipes for when poop happens. They are great for little hands and faces. Also may save mommy and daddy too!
These are the bare necessities we used. Below will be a few extras to have if you are like my daughter and born in winter in Indiana.
- wipe warmer (helps stop shooting pee)
- carseat cover
Then and Now of my cute Daughter. A year makes such a difference.
Let me know if you think of anything else that is a must to have or for weather specific.
Most people make resolutions and don’t keep them, so I am making resolutions and goals. I am putting them into my phone as a monthly reminder and my husband is helping me. If you are like me, you need a little support to stay on track and not let life get in the way. This past year has been crazy, hard and rewarding.
This year will (fingers crossed) be better. My daughter is 1, my 5 year wedding anniversary is coming up and my health is starting to get better.
Resolutions and Goals:
- Make my husband feel special more often.
- Take care of myself more.
- Help my daughter learn as much as she can.
- Lose 2-3lbs per month and keep it off.
- Strengthen my knee.
- Start a decent savings.
- Pay off more debt.
- Work more on my blog.
8 may seem like a lot, but I am going to work on them a little at a time. If you don’t rush things, they stick better and become habits. Would love to hear about some of your resolutions and goals!