Shortly after I made my binder I realized that I could use it as a helpful reference. If I was wondering, “how old is so-and-so’s kid” I can just flip through the binder and see that they have a new baby in their 2009 Christmas card, so the kid is 3 now. Flipping through the pages is also how I figure out how long people have been married, and so on.
So, not only is it fun to look at everyone’s old Christmas cards, it’s useful!
And finally, here is the picture my husband and I used on our Christmas card this year:
My family is at a really fun stage where things are changing quickly. Just two and a half years ago my husband and I got married…and now we have two children. Makes my head spin! I am so grateful, and a little overwhelmed sometimes! We have had two Christmases in a row where we had the joy of celebrating a baby’s first Christmas…and if my husband gets his way, we’ll be doing it again next year…but I don’t think he’ll get his way! Really though, I want as big a family as I can get. Maybe it’s just because I have the sweetest little baby girl right now, but I want to have tons of babies!
So, I thought it would be fun to stitch up a cute reminder of what our family looked like in 2012. We hope to have many more children, and if I continue to stitch up various reminders, it will be a fun way to watch our family grow. At first I was planning on using this as a ornament, but it never got on the tree, and I now plan on leaving it out after I get all the Christmas stuff packed up.
Here is a glimps of our penguin family
A simple how to:
1. Cut out two body pieces, two wings, and a front piece
2. Sew eyes and beak onto front piece.
3. With a running stitch, sew front piece onto a body piece.
4. Add embellishments (bow tie, scarf, etc)
5. Pin the wings in place and then sew front and back body pieces together, attaching the wings as you go.
6. Fill with batting and stitch up opening.
7. If desired, add a string or ribbon for hanging.
Here is a fun little look back at last year. Last year was my first year as a mom–and therefore my first Halloween with a little baby to dress up. Although I had a few cute ideas, my husband won out, and our little 5 month old (at the time) went as Steeler’s player Troy Polamalu. Can you guess where my husband is from?
But I can’t really complain because it did turn out really cute. And, as I thought about it, the little guy looked more like Troy Polamalu’s Cabbage Patch doll than anything else. What do you think?
In case you’re not a Steeler’s fan, here’s Troy Polamalu. Remember him from those Head and Shoulders commercials?
Although it really doesn’t need much explaining, here is the very simple How-To:
- Head and Shoulders
- baby stocking cap
- Black yarn
Making the wig: Take the black yarn and wrap circles about 10″ in diameter. Once you have a decent amount, tie the loops at one end, and cut at the other end of the circle. It will then become several pieces of yarn, all the same size, tied in the middle. Then, stitch the gathered pieces of yarn onto the stocking cap. stitching down just the center where the strings are tied. Repeat several times until the entire top of the head is covered, varying the length of the yarn as you move down the back of the cap.
Finally, put all items on a little baby and snap quickly before they wig is ripped off!!
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The decision to quit my job and become a stay-at-home mom was not an easy one for me and my husband. We spent a lot of time pouring over a budget, running scenarios and talking to people who already had kids. In the end the door opened…and a lot of other doors shut. However, even though I was making a teacher’s salary, my income was, and is still, missed. Therefore, I have made it my “job” to save money were possible. I have a grocery budget (that I do better with some months), we do without some of our more expensive hobbies, we buy secondhand often, we do cloth diapers, and I make my own wipes. I know none of these things will be getting us rich, but cutting corners and tightening the budget has brought me and my husband closer together and, I feel, led us to live a more simple, focused life.
And so, here is the simple how-to for making your own wipes. I got this “recipe” from my dear friend Dorothy. She uses these wipes exclusively and is very dedicated to cloth diapers too. (Ain’t she cool?) Also, and this is important, if you are hesitant I want you to know that my son has NEVER had a diaper rash of any note and we have used these wipes literally from day 1. These wipes are natural and very gentle on his little butt.
DIY Baby Wipes Recipe
- Roll of Paper towels (the kind with the smaller sheets are best)
- Knife and Cutting Board
- Natural Cleaning Solution Here is what I use
- Essential oils, Lavender and Ylang Ylang
- Container (I use an old ice cream pail with the lid)
Step 2: Mix up wipe solution. Here is the recipe:
- 1/2 cup Cleaning Solution, mixed with water 3:1
- 3 cups of water
- 4-6 drops of Lavender Oil
- 4-6 drops of Ylang Ylang Oil
Step 3: After an additional 15 minutes, pull out the center cardboard tube. Since it is soaked through, it will be easy to remove.
Step 4: Gently pull up the wipes from the middle and use!
I hope you consider making these DIY baby wipes. They are easy and one 1/2 paper towel roll will usually last me about 1.5 weeks.
If you are interested in other thrifty baby prep projects–check out these posts:
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