Losing weight isn’t easy


So it’s has been a little bit over a month since my last post. Something that I have learned is Working out with kids is not as easy as I though. I have found that my daughter seems to think that when I work out, that is a perfect time to beg for attention and climb all over mom. I have been working at losing weight I started at 198 and I am now down 10 pounds. I am not losing the weight as fast as I would like but I’m hoping this Minnesota winter finally end soon and LP and I can go on walks again.


 

Things I have noticed since started my weight lose goal.

Ever since I started eating more healthy I have noticed:

  • I am not as hungry
  •  when I am craving a snack, I crave fruits or Veggies.
  • I have more energy
  • I am happier
  • I feel better about the way I look

Tips:

  • I drink a glass of water with one freshly Squeezed Lemon in it every day in the morning. I have noticed this helps keeps my cravings at bay
  • When I am waiting for something I do squats, butt kicks or lunges. I do it at work (I make sure no one is around), while I do dishes, folding laundry. If I can do it I do it.
  • I take the stairs every time
  • I dance. I turn on the radio and just dance. It makes you feel good and it’s exercise.
  • When I want to snack I reach for carrots

How are you doing with your weight lose goal? Comment below and let me know.

Happy spring 🙂

Fifth disease


Right now in our home we are battling Fifths Disease. I know it sounds horrible but it’s not as bad as it sounds. At first my mommy friends and I thought it was the same as hand, foot and mouth. Although they are similar they are not the same.

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The disease is also referred to as slapped cheek syndromeslap cheekslap face or slapped face. The Fifth Disease starts with a low-grade fever, headache, and cold like symptoms, such as a runny or stuffy nose. These symptoms pass, then a few days later the rash appears. The bright red rash most commonly appears in the face. Cheeks are a defining symptom of the infection in children (hence the name “slapped cheek disease”). Occasionally the rash will extend over the bridge of the nose or around the mouth. In addition to red cheeks, children often develop a red, lacy rash on the rest of the body, with the upper arms, torso, and legs being the most common locations. The rash typically lasts a couple of days and may itch; some cases have been known to last for several weeks. Patients are usually no longer infectious once the rash has appeared. Teenagers and adults may present with a self-limited arthritis. It manifests in painful swelling of the joints that feels similar to arthritis. Older children and adults with fifth disease may have difficulty in walking and in bending joints such as wrists, knees, ankles, fingers, and shoulders.

Fifth disease is transmitted primarily by respiratory secretions (saliva, mucus, etc.) but can also be spread by contact with infected blood. The incubation period (the time between the initial infection and the onset of symptoms) is usually between 4 and 21 days. Individuals with fifth disease are most infectious before the onset of symptoms. Typically, school children, day-care workers, teachers and mothers are most likely to be exposed to the virus. When symptoms are evident, there is little risk of transmission; therefore, symptomatic individuals need not be isolated.
Any age may be affected although it is most common in children aged five to fifteen years. By the time adulthood is reached about half the population will have become immune following infection at some time in their past.Outbreaks can arise especially in nursery schools, preschools, and elementary schools.

So Not only is LP battling this rash all over her body but hubby and I have it also. My knee has been killing me the last three weeks and hubbys shoulder has been killing him.

A friend of mine that is learning about essential Oils mixed up a concoction and brought it right over .

Thieves Oil,  purification Oil, lavender Oil, and Coconut Oil We put it on Lps foot every diaper change so every hour and a half on the bottom of her foot, and in one day the rash is so much better!  So I went to a talk about  essential oils and what they can do. I am for sure a believer! I have used essential oils in cleaning products but never for medical uses. I will now!

That’s all for now I need to get up and walking because my knee is really starting to hurt.

Happy parenting

Cloth Diapers…not your Mothers Diaper


When I tell people I cloth diaper they think prefolds and pins, I tell them about modern cloth diapers and how they work and people are just amazed, especially older women who used cloth diapers with their now grown children. So what is a modern cloth diaper? This post will cover some of the inner (the inside part of the diaper that touches babies skin)  materials  and inserts (what soaks up the pee on the inside of the diaper).

There are so many choices AIO (All In Ones), Pockets, AI2 (All In 2), Prefolds, fitteds, flats…..there are so much you pretty much need a collage degree in cloth diapers

INNERS

Microfiber Fleece~ This material wicks moister away from baby. It is found on inserts (so that you can put inserts against babies skin, and on the inners of diapers (the inner is the material that is found on the inside of the diaper that is against babies skin). This material is used as an inner on Thirsties diapers as an example

Suede Cloth~  This material also wicks moister away from babys skin keeping him dry. The only down fall to this material is that some kids have a reaction to the material causing rashes. This material is used in BumGenius Diapers.

Those two materials are mostly used in “name brand” diapers. The following materials are mostly used in WAHM (Work At Home Mom) diapers found on sites such as Etsy or Hyena Cart.

Crushed Panne~ Similar to suede cloth minus the rashes Crushed Panne is a thin material that wicks away moister away from babies skin. Crushed Panne is a thin material but holds up to the many washes that cloth diapers go through. This material is great!

Velour~ This material is a Plush Knit and very soft. Used for cloth wipes as well as inners for diapers this material is a WAHMs favorite for fitted diapers as well as diapers with PUL outers. Velour holds up well wash after was and never fading making your diaper always looking new. Velour can be found in both bamboo and cotton.

Sherpa~ This material is a knit terry with soft brushed loops. This material is very soft and fluffs up when you wash it, it’s very absorbent and be used as an insert, cloth wipes, inner or a whole fitted diaper if you want . This one of my favorite materials

Fleece~ Fleece is less commonly found as an inner in diapers for the pure reason that it does not wick moister away from babies skin. One this material is wet it becomes uncomfortable for baby. Although this is not ideal for a full-time diaper wearing baby, for a toddler starting potty training it’s great for your little one to no pee in their diaper and ask to go potty.

These materials are all great choices for different situations in your little ones daily life, may it be a long car ride, a bedtime diaper or just an everyday diaper.

INSERTS

Microfiber Terry Cloth~This material is most commonly used as the insert or inside soaker of a fitted diaper. microfiber terry is not the same kind of terry cloth as a bath towel, if you buy a drying towel for a car it’s the same as that terry cloth.

Bamboo Terry Cloth~ I myself don’t have a lot of experience with this material. I know that it is very absorbent and a favorite among the Cloth diaper community.

Hemp ~ Hemp is a very absorbent material making it great for heavy wetters. This fabric is very dense and takes longer to air dry compared to other soaker materials.  You can find hemp in many different materials such as terry, french terry, fleece and jersey. A down side to hemp is that it takes a lot more washes to wash out all the natural oils to bring out it’s full absorbency potential.

Screwing up your kids, it’s a reqirement


I have been thinking about a few different topics to write about, teething, amber necklaces, and some other informative topics. Today I want to take this time to talk about the lighter, funnier side of being a parent. Stories from both my experiences as a parent and experiences from being my parent’s child. To warn you this post is going to be funny, sarcastic, and probably a little offensive. you have been warned.

Oh and dad if you are reading this I love you and you did an amazing job raising us kids. This is just poking fun at our experiences. Please take this that way.

Growing up I was the oldest of six kids (second oldest of seven but my older sister is 13 years older than I am and moved out of the house when I was four).  I like to think that I am a lot like my parents were when they were young. Always up for good company and a good time. I have older parents my mom was about 40 when she had me and my dad was a bit older than that. Growing up my siblings and I were allowed to run around the neighborhood with out an adult (it was different times back then and I grew up in a small town) but for the most part I think my parents wanted us kids to grow up independent and so they took that and applied it to their parenting style (something that I too have applied to my parenting style). It is still a wonder how all of us kids survived looking back I remember things from the perspective of a child. Going in to public with six kids all with in 5 years of each other must have been a hand full, but I remember mom and dad yelling at one of us to behave, or to stop that, or to be quiet. Being the oldest I was always so embarrassed because where ever we were we always drew attention. Now that I am a parent I see a lot of my parents style of parenting in mine. By no means am I going to have six kids but I do have a more lax style of parenting then lets say my in-laws.

Example: going through some old pictures I come across a picture of my sister at the top of a fully extended extension ladder she couldn’t have been more than five years old. I turn to my dad and say I love that your first reaction is to grab a camera and take a picture, mom most not have been home that day. No wonder you had so many kids, you didn’t think we would all survive to adult hood” he laughed but to be honest I remember my dad working on the roof of the house and him taking me up on the roof and teaching me how to walk on a roof. I was about six. But that’s the way it was, he grow up on a farm and had to work on the farm as a child. the things he learned he taught us. Although a lot of my storied of my child hood would have cps called now a days, I am thankful for my childhood it made me who I am.

With LP she is my dads granddaughter for sure. When I look at her I can just see the wheels turning, figuring out how she can get in to mischief. One morning we went in to the playroom and I feel asleep on the couch. LP was learning how to share food, so I woke up to her trying to feed me something, I woke up thinking where did you find food. No it wasn’t food, it was poop from her diaper. That’s right, insert reaction here. As a parent you become accustomed to the gross things life throws at you. Poop is apart of your life now, it’s everywhere, and after a while it’s not as gross as before you had kids. My sisters (who are all childless) always are grossed out by things LP does or things that come out of her and they can’t believe that it doesn’t phase me. Trying to keep those little buggers clean is a never-ending battle and before you know it your kid is the one with peanut butter in her hair, snot dried up around her nose and food all over her shirt. You know what kid I am talknig about, the one you saw when you were childless and you thought to yourself  “man clean up your kid; when I have kids my kid will never look like that.” Well bam bitch you were wrong and that’s what you get for judging someone with kids when you don’t have any. Or going to a friend’s house who has kids and their house is trashed and you don’t understand why because you don’t  have kids…… well buddy that is your future because cleaning with a toddler is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos, it doesn’t work.

When you are a parent especially a stay at home mom. you are constantly with your kids. you learn quick if you want to do things you have to bring your kids with and for SAHM’s a break from the kids are very few. Nap time is your favorite time of the day, closely followed by bed time. Nice relaxing showers are a thing of the past, that is if you even have time for a shower. You have a kid banging on the door yelling for you, sticking their little fingers underneath the door; that is if you are even alone in the bathroom. Oh and I hope you like company when you take a shit because that little bundle of joy is going to demand to be with you on your lap. Once you become a mom you no longer get the right to be alone. When you finally get the chance to get a break and you have a sitter and you get to go out with your friends, you feel like a bad parent. THERE IS NO WINNING!

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When your child is born you think that the baby stage is going to be the hardest because you have to do every thing for them.Then they get to be toddlers and all of a sudden your cute daughter has an opinion and her new favorite word is “no” and no matter what  you do they will learn that word and they will use it day in and day out. She wants what she wants and if she doesn’t get it prepare for a full on temper tantrums. So you do your best and hope that you aren’t screwing up your child too much. Your baby falls off the bed or the couch (it happens) and after a while you think well so much for college for my Little one. Lp is very clumsy just like her mom. So she is always falling, hitting her head things like that, and you can help but make light of it. The funny thing is LP will fall and hit her head and you think that it will be followed with tears and sometimes it is but most of the time she pops up like a champ and continues playing, more than once other parents have laughed in amazement.

All of these things suck not going to lie. When your Little one wants to snuggle or does something cute and funny it’s so worth it.  Being a parent is hard. You do your best but in the end you end up screwing up your kid one way or the other. The best you can hope for is that they become a good person and a productive member of society.

Happy Parenting 🙂

Mama! I can’t…….can do it.


As a parent you want to protect your child, you don’t want them to get hurt, you want them to be happy, but you don’t want them to be whiny (what parent does, right?). There is a line that can cross and that line is the over protective parent. No one wants to be that person but I can see how it is easy to not even notice that you have become one.

When LP was younger Hubby and I were at his parents house. By this time LP had long been mobile and she has had her share of bumps along the way. LP was climbing on a chair (on the Legs not very far off the ground) and Hubby jumped up to retrieve her. “What are you doing?” I asked. “I don’t want her to fall and get hurt.” She was just learning to climb and I asked him “How do you think she will learn how to get up on a chair if you always stop her?” The way I see it is most of the learning we do as adults is trial and error, what makes us think it’s any different for kids. The only difference is we don’t have a giant stopping us when we are having a little trouble. Same with parents that help their child too much. I’m not saying not to help your child but there is a point where it goes to far. Like instead of your child going to try a task on their own they turn to you for help, Then you might have passed that line. If you catch the early signs of over protective parent don’t worry there is still hope for you 😛

I am not saying that it isn’t easy to risk your child getting hurt but the smile that takes over their little face with pride when they have accomplished a task on their own is worth the stress.

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I have to remind myself that everything is a new experience for LP and that I need to let her have those experiences and knowing the difference between learning and danger is part of what makes a good parent.

Happy parenting 🙂

The Family Sleep Over


As a young adult there have been many times that I would go to friends houses and hang out for the night and just end up sleeping over. Now that I have a child I no longer have that luxury. Now that I am older with a child I have come up with (I’m sure this is not a new idea) the family sleep over. When hubby and I are craving adult interaction we pack up LP and head over to family friends with children. LP gets to play with the kids and after the kids get put to bed that’s when the adults get grownup time.  It’s brilliant! Kids get a great experience and the parents get adult time! If you have friends that would be down for this I would encourage you to try it out. It’s a lot of fun for everyone in the family.

Happy Parenting 🙂

Sister Mom


As I was winding down last night I was looking at parent magazine and came a cross a small piece about mom role models for new moms. I my self have a couple so I decide to write a post about it.

Sister mom is a mom with older children that has a parenting style you share. There are a few pluses to having a sister mom. You see what works for you and how moms actions shape Little ones as they grow, then you can use the same methods on your child, sister moms make mistakes and you get to learn from them. Spending time with your sister mom gives you a chance to have some very much needed adult time, you get to learn her methods, and your child get social interaction with older children which also helps with her development.

I myself have a few sister moms. ( shhhh they don’t know) I don’t just copy everything they do as a mom but I defiantly take a few pages out of each of their hand book. I have been watching them all very closely since LP was born and I have picked up a lot of stuff, learned what doesn’t work for me and got a lot of adult time in. As a new mom I defiantly suggest that you adopt a sister mom, someone with a similar parenting style or what you would like your style to be similar too. Like I said I have been watching my adopted mommies very closely ( okay girls get paranoid lol) and All of them are amazing. I have learned so much and seen the results of their actions in their wonderful children. One of my mommies have three children and I adore all three and I watch how she resolves conflicts between the three of them and I am always so impressed, (someday when LP has brothers and/or sisters I will be prepared) I also watch how she turns fun activities in to learning experiences for her little ones. Another mom has one daughter that is seven and she is also the mom with the oldest kiddo (out of my sister mommies) I watch how she teaches her little one how to be responsible and how she teaches her how to handle responsibilities.  She teaches her  how to be patient with the little ones and now that she is older how momma deals with temper tantrums.

My final sister mom I don’t get to see very often but when I am with her I always watch how she interacts with her little guy. She listens to him and even with the everyday conversations with him she always makes him feel that everything he has to say to her is important. Her patients with him truly amazes me, not because he is so wild but because she is always so patient with him no matter what her mood. ( okay I am sure not all the time but she does better than most) She always wants the best for him ands he talks to him as if he is her equal (which I love) she doesn’t dumb things down, she explains things to him so that he learns how to communicate better.

All of my sister mommies are amazing, stong, and fun women (this is why I am friends with them). They are also amazing mothers and I am so happy I have role models like them in my life.

Happy Parenting 🙂

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