Saturday, September 29, 2012

Play room

We never much used the bonus room before Madison's 1st Birthday party except for our workout equipment and the cat's litter box. We always knew once she grew up a bit, we would turn it into her play room. Enter her birthday party where she got a ton of toys. I set it up the best I could with what I had to work with. I will be posting later on all of the ideas I've gotten from Pinterest. Forgive my dark pictures as I took them with my phone for convenience :)

The view from the bonus room door. It will still house our workout equipment and tv but we did move the litterbox to downstairs. I tried to build a 'wall' with the kitchen and the trunk to the right. She still tries playing with the eliptical and cords.. You will see in my future idea post on how I plan to resolve this. :)
 

View from the opposite wall, looking back at the door.

A horrible, dark picture of the couch, windows and the radio on the end table.

I have set everything up in stations. I thought it would help her play a bit better with similar items.

Music

Books
Including crayons, coloring book and Alan's quiet book that his mom made when he was little.
She loves playing with the zipper page and the little felt person that goes in the 'bed'

Stuffed animals

Learning station 
Flash cards, puzzles, letter blocks, sensory bottles/tupperware, shaped blocks
For the sensory items, I put dried beans in a baby food jar, water and baby oil and blue food coloring in another food jar, water and oil with rubber bands and safety pins in another food jar and in the red tupperware is dried pasta. She loves digging in the pasta and throwing it everywhere. She also likes shaking the little bottles with liquid and the baby food jar is the perfect size for her little hands!

 Kitchen

Play area

Friday, September 28, 2012

Finger paints

We finger painted back when she was 9 months old. Now that she's a little more into being more careful with things, I decided to try it again. This time I was semi-smart and put her in her pool to paint, versus putting her on a trash bag on the deck like before :) It sort of worked. Remember the paints are edible and here's the recipe:

1 cup cornstarch
1 cup of water
food coloring

mix together and add coloring. Easy peasy!



Waiting paitently.. See them remnants of her boo-boo on her forehead? :(




A lot more gentle than last time!















(way overexposed but I loved it :) )











What was left of the paper.. Who knew paper dissolved in corn starch?




Monday, September 17, 2012

DIY fajita seasoning

As said before, I'm all about making things myself if I can. I decided to make fajitas this week so I knew I wanted to make my own seasoning versus buying the sodium filled packets. Found a recipe and made it. It's full of so much more flavor! Here's the recipe. I guarantee you already have these spices!



3 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. salt
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. sugar
2-1/2 tsp. crushed chicken bouillon cube
1-1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cumin

Mix it all together and put in a container. 1/4 cup of spices is the same as 1 packet you buy. Add more or less 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy 6 years!

6 years ago today, I married the man of my dreams. My very best friend and future father of my children. I knew from the moment we started dating that we would be married someday. We have the absolute best relationship anyone could ask for. We communicate about everything, always, always say "I Love You" when we leave(even for a few minutes or to go outside) or talk on the phone.We never argue. We witness so many people arguing about silly little things that just don't matter. You have to pick your battles and we just choose to get along! We make all decisions together and our biggest decision was to have a child. Of course, ultimately it was God's plan. A lot of people know we went through a lot trying to get pregnant and it took over 2 years. It was all in God's timing. Alan unselfishly lets me be a stay at home mom and that's so much more than I could ask for. We are so blessed for us to be able to do that and I'm blessed that I have a husband who wants me to stay home and care for Madison.

I knew right away that he would make a great father and he has really proved me right! He's an excellent father and Madison just adores him! She lights up when he comes home. I love that he got emotional at her party today while thanking everybody for coming and while praying.. He apologized for me but I told him that's why I (and other people) love him.. He doesn't care about showing emotion... I love you babe and here's to the next 60!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Things baby needs 6-12 months

As a follow up post to my Things baby needs 0-6 months, this post will tell you the things that Madison enjoyed during this time.

Mesh teether

We got her one for her Easter basket and she loves it! I like this brand because it has a gel pocket to keep the food cool. We keep ours in the fridge in between Madison using it. Her favorite food to eat from it is strawberry and banana. It does get messy but seeing her enjoy it so much is worth having to change her clothes afterward!

Mum Mums and Puffs
We gave her some at 8 months and she loves them. She loves feeding herself and feeling independent.
The Puffs seem to disolve faster than the Mum-mums and since they are small pieces, they don't break off
in her mouth which can be scary since she puts as much of the Mum-mums in her mouth that will fit!



Buttoned bibs
Around 8 months, she figured out how to pull her bibs with the velcro closure off.

Frozen vegetables

We started giving her chunks of food at 9 months. I know we could have done it sooner, we were just paranoid. I bought a package of frozen mixed veggies(corn, carrots, green beans and green peas) for us to eat as a side but one night when I fixed them my lightbulb went off. These were the perfect size for her to pick up! I now keep them in stock and she loves them!



Inflatable tub

When she started sitting up at 6 months, it was time to get rid of the baby tub. We used it from 6-9 months, until we put her in the regular tub
Food pouches

I waited until 11 months to give her one but now I wish I'd introduced them a lot earlier than that. She loves them and it makes for an easy car ride home when she's fussy and we give her one of those.