Saturday, July 31, 2010

I Need To Buy a Fly Swatter

...I need to buy a fly swatter... I keep telling myself that. I write it on my lists, I remind myself constantly, but somehow I never buy a fly swatter. I come home from the store and a fly buzzes my nose and I realize I forgot yet again to buy a fly swatter. But then one morning, I got up to find this little prince on my kitchen sink. I asked myself, Do I really need a fly swatter now???

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Blueberry Streusel Muffins

I had a little carton of blueberries going bad in my fridge and it was a dull, rainy day. Perfect solution? Fresh-baked blueberry muffins, naturally! Even better, are they, with a warm mug of fresh-brewed coffee.

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
2 1/3 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/8 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

  1. Preaheat oven to 375*f
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Ad egg; mix well.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Fold in blueberries.
  4. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened

Mix dry ingredients together, cutting in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle generously over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.

YIELDS: 15 muffins

Friday, July 23, 2010

Disposable or Cloth

So back in the day when my mom was having babies, she would often resort to cloth for economical purposes. Being one of the older kids, that meant I got my fair share of cloth diaper experience which included big ol' pins, layers of cotton, unattractive leaky rubber pants, and diapers forever having to be soaked in the toilet before washing. I was convinced early on that disposable was obviously the way to go. So slick, so easy, and no additional stinky laundry involved. Genius invention, to be sure.

But now, years later, it has come to my attention the exorbitant amount of money that parents pay, and their little ones get to so effortlessly poop and pee on it. Suddenly, I'm rethinking this whole disposables-are-a-God-send thing. I have also become aware that cloth diapers are turning into the in-thing. You're a cool mom if your little gerber baby is sporting a fancy bumgenius on his roly poly butt. Cloth has become cute, efficient and most importantly, economical. Being a married woman now, I have a new appreciation for economical, needless to say.

(I'm not even touching on the fact that cotton is so much more breathable and conducive to healthy skin than the synthetic fibers in disposable diapers.)

The point of this post, however, is that as knowledgeable as I may sound, it's all surface knowledge. Aside from knowing that Bumgenius comes highly recommended, I'm not exactly sure where I want to go from here. I'm 100% interested in any feedback you experienced moms might have as to what you recommend.

What are your thoughts on cloth? What is the brand(s) you use? Do you like their absorbency? What's your clean-up method? Do you have a recommended website I can look at? Or are you some sort of coupon-freak-of-nature that gets Pampers for free (I am after all willing to fore-go the whole cool cloth-diapering mom status thing if it means less laundry)?

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Even though it saves gobs of money, the initial purchase of cloth diapers is an investment in itself, and I want to make an educated buy. I'm researching as much as I can, but I'm a bit leary to know where to begin.

Perhaps someday I can write an experienced review of what is THE diaper of choice, THE method that works, and THE way to go. Until then, I wouldn't mind help getting my facts together...

Thursday, July 22, 2010


My 5 year-old niece in recent conversations...

"Naps are not good for you. You have to close your eyes and then you can not see anything!!"

"Ohh, I wike you so bad!"

Coming up to me and pats my tummy exclaiming, "Man! Yow baby is getting fat. Can you still see yow toes?"

Accompanied with hugs and kisses--"Mmmmm, I wuv you! I wiss I couwd mawwy you if I was a boy."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sisters Making Cousins

My man and I took a road trip to Nebraska for the 4th of July weekend. On top of all the normal fun that surrounds such holidays, my sister and I had great fun comparing our pregnant tummies. She's due exactly two months after I am on January 7th. It's so much fun to be pregnant "with" someone so close.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Brant & Hannah's Wedding

One month ago, on June 18, 2010
Wedding bells rang for one of my best friends. I'm so happy for her & Brant.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I Love Pregnancy!

photo: 07-05-2010
22 weeks and 1 day pregnant

If it weren't for the fact that the end result would mean finally getting to hold, kiss, cuddle and meet this beautiful baby boy I have dreamed so much about, I would be sad to think that I have reached the over-half-way-point of pregnancy. For now, I will just enjoy his gentle nudges in my tummy and all the attempts he makes to rearrange my organs, and most of all: desperately love him to death! Pregnancy is so underrated.