Baby Gizmo YouTube giveaway – Day 25

Have you been getting in on the Baby Gizmo YouTube Extravaganza giveaways? You haven’t! Well, all you need to do is go to their website, watch a video and enter their contest!

Today I entered the Day 25 giveaway for a BOB stroller!

www.babygizmo.com

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Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Who doesn’t love a yummy warm breakfast in the morning? I know its always a big hit in our house. Since having our newest addition, my husband has been helping out and giving a bottle in the morning so I can get some extra zzzzz’s. Unfortunately, he kept running out of time to make himself breakfast before work. So I started making crock pot breakfasts!

Our favorite: oatmeal!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (butter is also good)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (you can substitute maple syrup, agave, etc)
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal (not rolled oats)
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

Add all the ingredients in crock pot other than the water and stir it up.  Then add in the water. If you add all your liquid before stirring the cinnamon will float on top.

The oil or butter is needed to help keep the oatmeal from sticking.

Cook on low for about 8 hours.

Stir before you serve.

 

Notes:

I find that there is slightly less liquid than we’d prefer, but it works out better for us because my husband eats at a different time then my son and I. My husband puts the crock pot on warm once he eats. Also, I add cold milk to the oatmeal for my son and it cools it off for him.  I just use warm water to get it to the consistency that I prefer.

This is just a base oatmeal and may/probably will need more sweetener (especially if you have a sweet tooth like my family does). My husband likes to add honey, my son and I like to add maple syrup.  I always add chopped walnuts.  I sometimes add ground flax seed for added nutrition.

If you have checked out many crock pot recipes, you’ll learn that there can be quite a variation on crock pot temperatures. I promise, oatmeal in the crock pot is a good idea. If you try this and it is too watery, cut back on the liquid. If its too thick, add more liquid.  You may just have to fine tune it a little bit according to your own crock pot. Also, older crock pots have a tendency to be lower in temperature than newer ones (has to do with meat cooking – less law suits for burnt meat rather than uncooked meat). I have a new crock pot (about a year old) my old one died and I CANNOT live without my crock pot.

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Home remedy for pink eye or other eye infection

This morning when I woke up, my eye was especially itchy. I just thought it was because the air is really dry in our house and I have not been so good and keeping hydrated (really not good since I’m breasfeeding right now). As the day progressed, it started to feel like something was in my eye. So I assumed that there was actually something in my eye. I rubbed it periodically throughout the day figuring that whatever was in there was going to eventually work its way out.

Boy was I wrong! After I woke up from our afternoon nap (I take a nap when both my boys allow me to), I thought I was going to rip my eye out because I was itching so badly. I ran to the mirror and low and behold the tell tale sign of pink eye or some other eye infection.

After a quick internet search for some home remedies, I came across several mentions about using tea. Since I’m quite up to par on home remedies and why they work, the tea remedy totally made sense. So I gave it a try.

Within just a few moments my eye went from crazy, inconsolable scratchy feeling to “OMG, my eye almost feels normal.”  Within a couple of hours the redness was gone, the weird goopy stuff was gone and the itching was gone. My right eye started to get itchy (I must’ve spread whatever was causing it from one eye to the other) and used the drops as soon as I noticed the itching.

UPDATE: I used the drops for 2 days and the infection never progressed and was gone before I knew it. The time between needing to repeat the eye drops got longer and longer until my eyes didn’t bother me. Of course, if the itching and redness had persisted, I would’ve gone to a doctor. But I highly recommend trying this if you get an eye infection.

The Remedy:

  • Steep 1 bag of either green or black tea in warm, not hot water
  • Squeeze excess water out of tea bag, reserve the tea for later use
  • Check to make sure tea bag is not too hot and then place bag over infected eye. If both eyes are infected, you’ll want to use a separate bag for each eye.
  • Let tea bag sit on eye for 5-10 minutes
  • Put a couple drops of the remaining tea with an eye dropper in the eye as needed. Keep tea in fridge up to 24 hours.

NOTES:

Due to the necessity to take care of children, I was only able to keep the bag on my eye for just a couple of minutes. But I used the drops several times until the itching went away. I have had to repeat the tea eye drops about every half hour to an hour to relieve the itching.

The tannin in black tea (green tea is just young black tea) is a natural astringent and has anti-bacterial properties.  That is why it is a healthy, cleansing drink.

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Getting a new TV

Sadly, our TV is on its last leg. But happily, we’re getting a new one!

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Remove permanent marker from wood floor with eraser

Unbeknownst to me, a permanent marker had ended up in my son’s crayon bin. While I was on the phone, I handed him his crayons and a coloring book and let him have at it (otherwise he stands and cries to talk to the person – in this case insurance company thus the coloring books). He frequently colors the hardwood floor – accidentally or on purpose – not sure which, but I don’t fret because the crayon comes right off. So when I hung up the phone, my son joyfully exclaims “look mommy!” as he points at the marks he just made on the floor.

Luckily after a quick search I found a tip for removing  permanent markers with an eraser! It works!

At least it did for our finished hardwood floors. It took a little elbow grease but I got out the marks with the exception of a dent in the floor, that is now colored brown. How lucky was I that it was a brown permanent marker? Speaking of luck, my son showed me all the places he drew on the floor… he really was quite proud! Maybe I should’ve been mad, but how do you get mad at a 2 year old for discovering the joys of coloring with a pen?! Glad the crisis was remedied… and quite easily for that matter.

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Desk Organization: Part 1 – Process to organize a drawer

I’m on a mission to get my entire desk area organized. The desk is in our living room and it was truly an eye sore. And now that my son’s due date is only a month away, I realize I REALLY, REALLY need to tackle my big projects before he gets here.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any before photos because I only thought about doing the posts after I was already in the middle of the process. To begin the process I literally took everything out of, on top of and stashed under my desk and put it in bins. I semi-sorted them as I put the stuff in them (crafts, supplies, files, books & photos, miscellaneous). The only before photo I have is the dreaded cord drawer, but honestly, every drawer pretty much had the same chaos to it (if not more for some of the drawers):

Here is my photo of the crazy mess I made in the middle of our living room and this was after I already arranged all the crafts:

Now on to some of the fun stuff…

I actually finished one of the drawers. We have a small drawer on the right that we always use for batteries, cords of frequently used items and memory cards for the cameras.

During this process, I developed a pretty easy 5 step program to organize a drawer using items you have around the house:

  • Step 1: Remove everything from the drawer. Throw out anything that you know you won’t need (gum wrappers, crinkled up pieces of paper, etc) Think about what it is you really want the drawer to be used for, prioritize the items and either throw away or put the remaining items in another place. If you really aren’t sure if you want to throw away some stuff, put it in a box and label it. In 6 months, whatever you haven’t retrieved from the box get rid of!
  • Step 2: I had a couple of organizers in my jewelry making box that I didn’t really use, so I got those. And then the fun started. While creating my craft drawer I decided to use an empty cereal box. So I realized that boxes on their side would fit perfectly in the battery drawer.  So I rummaged through the pantry, found some boxes that I thought would work and found the perfect arrangement for my drawer.

  • Step 3:  Next you’ll need to cut the boxes. But before you start cutting, tape up the corners of the box. Then cut out one side of the box using an exacto knife or box cutter.

 

  • Step 4:  Now with your open boxes, arrange your items in the drawer. Figure out what dividers you want. Then use the leftover pieces from the boxes to create dividers. HINT: You’ll want to do the longest pieces first. It doesn’t necessarily have to look pretty, it just needs to be functional. Of course, if you have the time, covering the boxes with contact paper would really make the drawer look nice.

  • Step 5:  The fun part:  Put everything back into the drawer, step back and admire!

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Recycle your CD’s when you go to the California Science Center

Did you know that a center to recycle your old cd’s is just minutes away from the science center? Neither did I, but it is.

The CD Recycling Center
Ability First – L.L. Frank Work Center
3812 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90037

http://cdrecyclingcenter.org/centers/submission

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Yeah for Yoga, Lights and Turning!

On my last personal post, I told you that Max hadn’t turned yet. Well, after doing some research I read about several methods to help your baby turn if they are in the breech position.

First off, was certain yoga poses to help turn a breech baby. My favorite being going from a long downward dog and then going hanging out in the child’s pose with my butt up. Not only did Max move a lot but it really felt good to stretch. Also, bridge pose has always been one of my favorites so I was happy to have an excuse to have to do it all the time. I love the relief on my lower back as soon as I start to tilt my pelvis.

Also read that it was good to rest on your back with some pillows underneath. When I’m really stressed out, I find the easiest way for me to fall asleep is to lay in corpse pose and breathe. While pregnant with Milan, I didn’t worry about sleeping on my back at all because my doctor had told me that its not harmful for the baby, just that I might get out of breath. But with Max, I was so worried about it that I didn’t back sleep… except for the last two weeks. I did have a pillow under one butt cheek to make sure I didn’t lose my breath. So this was another easy thing I did… I also got much better sleep over the last two weeks!

Last but not least, last night I got on all fours, took a flashlight (torch for any of you Brits) and shone it on my lower pelvic area. I didn’t notice any movement, so I moved the flashlight to my belly button area, kept it there for a moment and then I felt Max move. Then I slowly moved the light down to my lower pelvic region. Within about 5 minutes, Max was sideways. He stayed that way. Eventually my hand got tired and I went to bed. After about 10 minutes of laying in bed, Max was moving so much that I got up on all fours (still in the bed) and I felt Max’s head go down!

He got the hiccups and I could feel them really low – a good sign that the head is down.

Today at the Dr.’s office, she felt around and she said that the bump up top felt like a butt! Then when she went to find the heartbeat it was low like it should be when the head is down. She decided to hold off on the ultrasound till next week because there’s still a chance that Max could move again, but I really believe that he’s going to be head down and all will be good!

Posted in Personal, Pregnancy

Sippy Cup drawer organization

Pinterest may be a bit of a time sucker, but it sure is motivating!  After seeing the post “Organizing the Sippy Cup Drawer ” on Delightful Order I actually got off my but and organized the drawer. It really had been bothering me for a LONG time. And since my baby will be making his appearance sometime over the next month or so, its definitely time to get everything in order.

I had several baskets lying around and tried many combinations, but I just couldn’t get everything to fit in a way that made sense. So I used the next best thing… empty tissue boxes, baby wipes container, chocolate milk mix container and some cardboard.  It may not look pretty, but it sure is nice to open the drawer and see everything in its place.

My son actually squealed when he opened the drawer this morning. “Momma, momma Oook! Its clean!” He helped me put away the dishes today and insisted on putting away everything in his drawer. He got everything in the right spot so I’m definitely considering this organization project a success!

I do realize that we have a lot of cups, but most of them don’t stack and I’m not really a fan of cleaning the same cup over and over throughout the day. Also, I’ve started working with my son to put his cup and dishes in the sink when he’s done. Thus, lots of cups. Lots of bowls and plates for that matter, too.

If this system works well for a period of time, I’ll cover everything with contact paper. But before I put in the extra effort, I want to test it out. So far so good. And no matter what, it was definitely better than what it was… darn, should’ve taken a before photo!

 

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Zucchini Carrot Fritters

I saw a post on Pinterest the other day for zucchini fritters and I just hadn’t been able to get them out of my head. Unfortunately, the recipes that I could find weren’t as healthy as I’d like or seemed to have an ingredient or two that I wasn’t sure of. Today, I pulled out my food processor to prep for some food I’m making this week. While I was getting everything ready, a recipe was born. I gave it a try and I’m so glad that I did… they turned out amazing! My son and my husband gobbled them up, not to mention the many that I ate, too. Of course, I must share so here it is:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 finely chopped shallot
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped oatmeal or oatmeal flour
  • 3+ tablespoons oil

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients besides the oatmeal and mix together. Then mix in the oatmeal. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes or so to let the oatmeal soak up some of the liquid (you can use this time to clean up any mess you’ve made).

Heat the oil on medium-medium/high heat in a skillet. Drop a spoonful of the mix into the oil. Cook 3-4 minutes each side.

Place the fritters on a paper towel on a plate so that the excess oil will drain.

Makes 12 fritters (about 3″ diameter)

 

Notes:

We served them with sour cream.

I used the food processor to prep everything and it went really quickly.

I used the Quattro Formagio blend (Parmesan, Asiago, Fontina & Provolone) from Trader Joe’s, but I’m confident that any flavorful cheese blend would work.

You can use regular flour but try it first with just 1 egg because oatmeal flour usually absorbs more liquid.

You could easily substitute the shallot for a couple of green onions and a small clove of garlic, or if onions are an issue for you or someone you are cooking for, you could leave them out. If you leave them out, I’d add in either a small clove of garlic or garlic powder, though.

 

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