Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Eve Dinner

I'm 9 months pregnant, and just made this Christmas Eve Dinner. HUZZAH! 

Tried to make a small dinner but apparently around here it's go big or go home around these parts. On the plus side, lots of frozen turkey meals will be in the freezer when baby comes.



 
 
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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sarah's Stitches: Awesome Stuff!

So this isn't a product review, and it's definitely not a sponsored post.  I've just been thinking lately about this shop and I wanted to get the word out there about it.

It's on my mind because these just arrived in the mail:


Four beautiful, well-made, hand crafted snack (or makeup, or whatever) bags from Sarah's Stitches. I first learned about Sarah's shop on Livejournal years ago.  Before Aias was born, I ordered a bunch of fleece soakers from her.  I still have them, all ready to be used on Baby #2.  They, too, are beautiful, well-made, hand crafted and awesome (see pics below).

I guess what I love about this site is um, everything.  First off, you can tell Sarah is a good hearted,  hard working, and honest person.  Her prices are *beyond* fair. For the most part, I don't think you could make these things yourself for her prices.

These snack bags were (and are) on sale for buy 3 get 1 free, and the prices are just $3-$4 each anyhow. I've made a buttload of snack bags... trust me, if I had known I could have gotten them for $3-$4 each, I would have made zero. Her fabrics are adorable and these things are durable.  The shipping was also free.

Second, her wet bags are pretty famous. No, seriously.  Most of my friends online have purchased their wet bags from Sarah.  She makes them in tons of prints, tons of sizes, and once again, they are beyond affordable.

Third, this sort of makes my heart swell, but Sarah makes weighted blankets for kids who had Sensory Processing Disorder or who are on the spectrum.  These are expensive, time consuming, and difficult to make.  Not only does she make them, but she sells them on a sliding scale because she wants to make sure financial trouble doesn't keep your child from having one.

Fourth, you can buy items on her site for donation, so that people who want to cloth diaper can be given items. You can either purchase items that you want to be donated, or if you are in need, you can order them for your family.

Finally... this is probably my favourite product of hers even though I don't own any (heh).  I have a family child care and often have kids with cloth diapers. I know it's a policy in most child cares and day care centres that if your child uses cloth diapers, you have an individual wet bag for EACH soiled diaper.  Sarah sells small wet bags for individual diapers for only $6 each!  Your child care provider will thank you if you purchase these, even if they aren't required.  Small wet bags are also super convenient to stuff in your diaper bag for trips out.

Please check out her site first if you are shopping for any of the following baby items; she's a work-from-home mom who hand crafts these items herself and buying from her is really and truly directly supporting a small business.

Sarah's Stitches also sells:

- Snack bags
- Zippered Wet Bags
- Pail liners (these are hard to find!)
- Fleece soakers, pants, and shorts
- Naked time mats
- Quilts
- Wool play food
- Ribbon lovies
- Fleece liners for cloth diapers

Here are some pictures of the soakers I ordered for Aias in 2009.  They have endured MANY MANY MANY washes and dries.  They have been used over fitted covers, but you can get Sarah to add snaps or velcro for an extra bit of money and they would be great for over prefolds as well. 

They'd also actually be pretty good as training pants on an older child.





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Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY Belly Casting

My friend Charlotte messaged me a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted her to come over and do a belly casting before the baby was born. I said yes!  I had always wanted to do this but I thought it would be too much work or too expensive. I was wrong on both counts!

All you need to do a belly casting is to purchase two easy to find things:

- Plaster gauze
- Vaseline

and you'll also need  a bowl of warm water.

That's it.  I keep reading other DIY lists and they have things like rubber gloves, powders, etc, but nope... you can do it with just these two things (and the water!). 

A few words of advice about the plaster gauze.  It looks like regular gauze except with white powder in it, and it comes in a roll.  Here in Canada (where things are way more expensive than everywhere else, it seems) a single roll is about $3.99 at a medical supply shop.   You will want to get the thickest roll you can ( I bought 3 inch wide rolls).  Depending on how much space you want to cover, you will probably need 3 to 5 rolls total.  So the cost of the gauze will be roughly $20 which is a lot cheaper than any belly casting kit.

When I asked them if they had it at the medical supply store, they said no.  They barely knew what I was talking about.  However, I went over by the gauze and sure enough, there it was. I don't think they sell it very often because people probably don't do their own casts at home too frequently. 

Get the tiniest thing of Vaseline you can find as you won't use much.  Even a travel or sample sized container is going to probably be enough.

Here's how we did it:

1.  Set out a bowl of warm water.
2.  Open and unroll the gauze. Cut it into 10-12 inch strips.
3.  Take off your shirt and bra. 
4.  Cover your chest and stomach liberally with Vaseline
5.  Dip a single strip of gauze into the water, drape it on you.  Repeat, repeat, repeat, until you've made a thick cast that covers all the spots you want casted.
6.  Keep it on until it's dry (about 20 minutes)

Use all the gauze you bought; the more gauze the stronger it will be. 

Seriously easy.  Strangely relaxing!

Eventually it will be obvious that it's time to "pop" the cast off.  When it's completely dry you can decorate it!

I'm so grateful Charlotte offered to do this.  I wouldn't have done it myself and probably would have regretted it.  If you want a really meaningful and thoughtful gift for a friend, offer to do this for them.  They will be so happy you did.




 Pictures taken by Charlotte Watson.
 
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Food Doula Came!

Some of my amazing friends arranged for The Food Doula to come over to our place and cook us some food to eat once the baby is born.  Today she did!  She was here for four hours and prepared butter chicken, daal, shepard's pie, and a root salad.


In total we will have about 12 meals in the freezer from this visit!


 
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Monday, December 9, 2013

Twinsies

I don't care what genitals the baby has, matching outfits will happen whenever possible. Aias loooooves this idea.


 
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