Monday, March 23, 2015

#DisneySide Treat Recipes

Remeber when I posted about my DisneySide @Home Celebration? I promised I'd share the recipes, and here they are! 

This is a REALLY simple, really delicious treat. All it takes is a few scoops of ice cream, some milk, malted milk, and a little pixie dust*.

*Okay... I used sprinkles. I'm out of pixie dust at the moment.

You can make this a glass at a time, or put together a large batch to share, the idea is still the same. I lightly packed (read: not smooshed) several scoops of ice cream into a large cup, added enough milk to just reach the top of the ice cream, then dumped a generous spoonful of malted milk powder over top. Mix with a spoon - you want it to be a little lumpy, like an ice cream soda. Or if you don't, just throw it all in the blender, but it's not as much fun. I poured the treat into smaller cups for the kids, then sprinkled a dash of everyone's chosen colors on the top. So. Good. And that's it. Drink, and repeat!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

My #DisneySide @ Home Celebration

I was super excited when I got the news months ago that I was selected to host a DisneySide @ Home Celebration. Then the kids and I took turns being sick for a couple months, you might remember. It's a little difficult hosting a party when people you're responsible for taking care of are vomiting. (Also, stressful and not fun to deal with WITHOUT a party to plan.)

#DisneySide @Home Celebration

Still, we were very excited! This is the kids unboxing our #DisneySide package with all the goodies sent to help us out with the party:

In the end, we decided to do something super fun, but super simple. G had seen the movie Big Hero 6 in the theater with my husband and LOVED it. When his birthday rolled around last month, a friend gifted him the DVD. What better way to celebrate our Disney Side than with a screening party of one of our newest Disney favorites?!!

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Big Hero 6 viewing party

You know what those tissues are for if you've seen the movie! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy, Happy Birthday! #minispbdaybash Day 8 GIVEAWAY

Aww... Thanks Google! 

And thanks to all the random companies that have my birthday included in their listserv! 

I did have a happy birthday, and I have the Instagram posts to prove it.

But do you know who else has his birthday in March? Mini Spray Pal 2.0. If you don't know who that is (or why that's his nickname), you clearly haven't been involved in the cloth diaper community for very long.

The Spray Pal is one of THE most awesome innovations of modern cloth diapering I have encountered (and I'm on my second cloth diapered baby, right?). Jen, one of the inventors, very generously sent me one during my most recent pregnancy. It's a splash guard that holds your cloth diapers while you spray them off into the toilet. I've said this before, and I will say it again:

The more regularly E eats solid foods, the more grateful I am for Spray Pal. 

In our current situation, I don't have an actual diaper sprayer hooked up - I'm just using the detachable shower head, which is more than close enough. It gets a little tricky, though, trying to hose off a dirty diaper and NOT the entire bathroom. The Spray Pal is my extra hands. I love it.

Anyway, back to the point! Mini SP 2.0's birthday! He will be turning 3 later on this month, and he has overcome A LOT in his short life. I wrote a little about it last year that I definitely encourage you visiting here. To see his reaction to hearing his mom's voice for the first time after his cochlear implant was first turned on, you can watch this video on the Spray Pal youTube channel.

In celebration of this AMAZING little guy, his parents have organized this COLOSSAL giveaway. Each day, there are new fantastic prize packages, and you don't even have to be into cloth diapering to want to win them!

Today is Day 8, and the list of prizes is this: 

Entry is super easy - just use the Rafflecopter form below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone! 
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nesting, Crafting: Preparing for Baby #3

Remember that time when I was pregnant and totally neglected this blog? Friends, let's just call it Spring and Summer 2014. Well, aside from trying to sleep and eat as much as possible, I was also getting in my fair amount of sewing and DIY.
Nesting, Crafting: Preparing for Baby #3 via A Cloth Life

The nursery is a tiny little room with no windows {okay, it's my closet, but it's a big closet}. I wanted to add a lot of brightness to make it more cheery and welcoming for our newest addition. I'm too embarrassed to show any pictures of what it looked like before (a mess), or even after (a slightly more organized mess). I do want to show you a few of the things I made or put together, though.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Catching You Up {E's birth story}

I know - I'm behind. I've got a lot of catching up to do. Seriously - my tagline and my About page barely even mention my third child if she's mentioned at all. But I did go a really long time without blogging, so that means a whole lot of stuff happened in my life. Should I share it all? Probably not. Let's just stick with the most interesting things, and that means today is finally time for me to share E's birth story. I'll warn you now: this is going to be one long post.
The birth story of my third child. #waterbirth #hospitalbirth #midwifery #fullterm #birthwithoutfear

At 42 weeks, I knew she would make her appearance at any time. Although, to be fair, I'd felt that way for at least two weeks. The Thursday before, I'd had my membrane stripped, and I'd spent the entire weekend in early labor amounting to pretty much nothing. That Monday, I went in for fetal monitoring, and although I was having contractions that were strong enough to keep me from walking or even speaking, they were spaced far enough apart, and sporadic enough that they were completely absent during my appointment. Now, that's not to say I didn't have strong contractions walking down the hall TO my appointment, and again walking AWAY from my appointment, because I did.  And yet, because the technician said I WASN'T having contractions, I convinced myself I wasn't actually in labor - E was just positioned in such a way that was irritating a nerve.

That night, I fell asleep in the kids' room, in G's bed with both kids. I'm still in awe that we were able to fit, but we did it. Throughout the night, I was getting woken up by my contractions, but I breathed through it and went back to sleep.

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