Friday, May 10, 2013
Chewy Oatmeal Energy Bars:
2 C. dates, soaked and seeds removed
1.5 to 2 C old fashioned oats
1/2 C. unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp honey
In a food processor, blend the dates until they become mashed and sticky. Add oats, coconut, chia seeds and honey and continue blending. Start with 1.5 cups of oats. If the mixture seems too sticky, slowly add more oats. You want it to be chewy, but not too sticky. Transfer mixture to an 8x8 pan and press firmly and evenly into pan. Refrigerate before cutting into bars. Store in refrigerator.
Other ingredients may be blended or folded in - Raisins, mini chocolate chips, nuts - whatever you like!
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
On Saturday, March 9th, I was 39 weeks and 3 days pregnant. I was still working full time and the long days of sitting at a computer were exhausting and miserable. I had an easy and healthy pregnancy and enjoyed it even at the very end, but I did NOT want to go back to work on Monday.
Friday, March 1, 2013
I still have much to learn (not due till mid March) but I think I have most of what I need.
I plan on doing disposables at first and cloth part time till we get the hang of it. I decided to buy several different types so we can see which one works best for us, then order more of our favorite diaper if needed. I'm thinking pre-folds and covers (referred to as All in 2 or AI2) makes the most sense.
4 Flip covers
3 Thirsties covers size 1
A dozen pre folds
From Diaper Junction for $50.15
1 bumGenius! pocket diaper (certified used)
1 Flip cover with 2 stay dry inserts (certified used)
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I started researching options for natural childbirth long before my husband and I even decided we were ready for another baby. I knew a home birth was right for me. Being in my own environment, walking, eating, letting things progress at their own pace, using water for relaxation, no purple pushing, delayed cord clamping, immediate skin to skin and breastfeeding with baby - these are all the things I want for me and my baby.
I trust my body and my midwife. I've been eating healthy foods to stay low risk and to help my body prepare for labor. With my estimated due date 2 weeks away, I am ready for my home birth and so excited to meet my baby!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Once it was nice and smooth, I began to apply wood oil using a soft cloth (an old cut up t-shirt actually). First I applied several coats over an hour, making sure not to let it dry during that time. Then the wood got an additional coat of oil every day for about a week.
After all that coating, I brought the dresser back outside for additional wet sanding. The theory is that wet sanding creates a wood oil "sludge" that penetrates the pores of the wood, making it super smooth and slick. So I applied a thin coat of wood oil and sanded with a fine 500 grit paper. Once that was dry (after several days), it got another coat of wood oil.
Really there's no way you can apply too much wood oil. The more you add, the more it penetrates the wood and the smoother your piece becomes. Just make sure it dries completely between each coat or it will get tacky.
Here's what it looks like now! I think it's quite handsome!
You can see more of Chrissy's work here.
Monday, February 11, 2013
I ordered a 2" piece of foam here and got my fabric from Jo Anns with a 50% off coupon. I bought an outdoor canvas fabric so it could be easily wiped off in case of spills.
Here's how it went down.
Electric carving knife
Fabric (1.75 yards ~ $14)
Foam ($26 with shipping)
I used some paint I had on hand and painted the base of the coffee table.
Then I stapled some extra fabric on the corners for padding.
I measured and cut my foam using an electric carving knife to fit the top of the coffee table. Then centered the fabric and stapled to the bottom of the bench, folding the fabric at the bottom so the staple would go through 2 layers to ensure durability.
A note about the carving knife: I read online that you can cut foam with any serrated bread knife. I tested a section of the foam and that was definitely not working! I borrowed an electric knife and it made a perfectly straight cut. You MUST use an electric knife when cutting foam.
Once I had stapled it all down and finished off the corners, I trimmed off the excess fabric for a clean finish.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Decorating and organizing Ollie's room:
Organizing the laundry/storage room:
I transferred all this into our outside storage room:
"Cubby Hole" Project: