Friday, May 29, 2009

Garage Sales Part 2

I just love what $64 and a morning's garage saling can do for a girl... or rather two very special little girls! I think I may have done even better today than on my last adventure. I found all of the stuff listed below PLUS a nearly new double stroller! (pics of that to come later)

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a lavender bumbo (my friend S bought this for me at a sale she was at this morning and some lady tried to buy it from her before she even left the sale!)

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two short-sleeve Bumkins bibs, a bike helmet, a cashmere sweater for M, two knit tops for A (Children's Place and Oshkosh), jeans for A, and a swimsuit for A.

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A Baby Gap dress for A, with tights, a bottle bag, a wooden teething toy, 5 bibs for M, Robeez for A and M, a Sesame Street DVD, sandals for A, milk bags, breast pads, 4 undershirts for A.

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Fridge Phonics, Word Jammer, two pairs of play shoes, Bear figurines, a bib and burp-rag boutique set (unused), a diaper pad cover, two pairs of mittens for A, a nursing bra for me, four pairs of socks for M, 3 onesies for M, and a Haba toy for M.

And the double stroller, Jeep brand, with two little steering wheels for the girls to "drive" with.

It was SOOO much fun. I can't believe how well I did!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Diapers!

I'm going to try out some new diapers! I am SO geeked! With M being our second child, I thought for sure I was done playing with new diapers. But not so! As it turns out, no two children are alike... and along that vein, the diapers that worked well for A do not work well for M. They're just shaped differently.

So you can imagine my joy when I won the photo contest and my prize was three new brands of pocket diaper to try out. Yay!

THEN I found a very long discussion about Grobaby diapers on Diaperswappers.com. It seemed that everyone who had tried them liked them! Since my biggest pocket issue right now is the size of the leg openings, I decided that Grobaby might be a good solution. Since it's one-size, it ought to have leg openings that go small enough for M's little legs... SO, I did something I never do. I bought new diapers. I mean, brand spankin' new diapers! Here's the link to them so you can see: Grobaby diapers. ( http://www.thenaturalbabyco.com/grobaby%E2%84%A2-ic-11_16.html )

I had recently sold a bunch of covers from A that I knew wouldn't fit M, so I had a little cash. It wasn't much but it was enough! Good thing the Grobaby diapers weren't that expensive!

None of them have shown up on my doorstep yet, but I'm hoping that this week I"ll have them. Then I will have to prewash them. THEN I can try them out!

Waiting for the mailman is hard.

Pizza Crust Nirvana

I finally found a pizza crust recipe worth repeating! I have been searching for 15 years for one that I liked! Oh, my, stars! It's grand. The whole family devoured it!

Here it is: pizza crust.

We topped it with:

pepperoni
Italian sausage (chicken, with mozzarella cheese in it)
red pepper
black olives
feta

I used Ragu's jarred pizza sauce, gourmand that I am. LOL. It was divine. Seriously, the toddler ate three pieces all by herself! My husband did not complain about it being too doughy, and I did not complain about it being too hard/crunchy.

Next stop, grilled pizza...


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Nola Bar Update

Nola bars made with Virginia peanuts, m&ms, and raisins are delicious. Also, lowering the sugar content made a notable positive alteration to the flavor. Less cookie-like, more satisfying.

The Almost-Perfect Picture

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This is the picture that won us 3 brand new pocket diapers! Hooray! The theme was "9 pins standing," meaning the almost perfect picture moment that was somehow spoiled. In this case, this was the third of three snapshots I tried to take with the girls. In the first one, I was not in the picture. In the second one, A was not smiling. In fact, she was so displeased with her picture that she insisted I take a third. This one was perfect! Until I noticed that M was not in the picture. Oops.

SO, I entered it and won! I won a OS BumGenius, a medium Knickernappies Disposanot diaper, a Rocky Mountain OS diaper, and a pin. Yay! I can't wait for them to arrive. I have had issues with the pocket diapers we used on A fitting M's different shape, so having three new brands to try will be great!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

$50

This is what $50 worth of other peoples' crap looks like:

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It was the city-wide gatage sale for our community and both girls did really well. The clothes are mostly Gymboree brand or Carters. We even had TWO "holy crap" purchases! The cozy coupe that A has been in love with for over a year now and the dress for my $6 Samantha doll. I'm so geeked!

Not pictured are Elmo's DVD and a carseat toy for M. nak

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Time Out

Every now and then we have a rough evening where A pushes every button available while M is wailing in my ear. It doesn't happen too often, but when it coincides with me not getting a good afternoon snack, the results are disasterous.

These are, obviously, the evenings during which A ends up with a large number of time outs. Inevitably, these are also the nights when I am SO distracted that I can't remember WHY A earned a particular time out! Every time this happens I hope and pray that the standard post-time-out question of "Why did you earn this time out?" actually prompts an informative answer out of A so that I can figure out what to lecture her about...

I always feel bad when she's been sitting on a punishment (which she definitely earned or I wouldn't have sent her to it) and I can't remember why she's there. It's like I've experienced a failure in the chain of parenting events and got caught with my pants down or something. I should at the very least be able to remember WHY she's on time out!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Homemade 'Nola Bars

I tried a new recipe for granola/energy bars this weekend. I think I'm in love.

I got the recipe from Readers' Digest, of all places. Here it is.

I used walnuts, currants, and choc chips. Wowsa. I LOVE it. The sweetness comes largely from the chocolate chips, which surprised me. I think I could leave out the chocolate and then play with savory granola bars. Maybe do sesame and ginger? Craisin and orange zest?

YUM! The toddler approves, too.