23 April 2014

Baby Sophisticate {Yarn Along}

I'm almost finished the Lil' J's Baby Sophisticate cardigan. I finished knitting the sleeves, but need to weave in the ends on the right sleeve. Today, I'm planning on making the collar.  Then I need to decide on buttons; I'm leaning towards black buttons, but I'll decide when it's finished. I'm a wee bit nervous that I won't have enough yarn to finish the project, so I'm definitely praying and hoping my worries are unfounded.

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about not being able to find The Boxcar Children? I FINALLY found it and returned it to the library last night, but now I have a HUGE fine that I need to pay this week. I have a love-hate relationship with libraries.

What are you reading or knitting? 
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21 April 2014

What's It Like, Living Green? {Review & Giveaway}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Have you ever wondered what it looks like to live green? Do you have to give 100% of yourself to be green? I have come to realize from my own life that once I started being green in one area {i.e. cloth diapers} it opened up many other avenues in which I started trying to reduce, reuse, and/or recycle {i.e. menstrual cups/mama cloth/etc.}

What's It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids by the Way They Live by Jill Ammon Vanderwood is an excellent beginner's book on reducing our footprint on this earth. It is written for kids to help bring awareness for their responsibility to the earth. There are six sections:
  1. What's it like, living green?
  2. Recycle
  3. Reduce
  4. Reuse
  5. Responsible for our earth
  6. Kids teaching kids by the way they live  
About half of the subsections are written by children or teenagers and the other half are written by adults. In each subsection, there are various ideas to help implement changes to live greener. 

At the beginning of the book there is a 10 question quiz/questionnaire to answer, but you have to wait until the end to get the answers to the responses and see how green you are-most of my answers were the "Green Choice". There is also a section titled "How Green is My Family?" Drew, Charis, and I are a "Grass Green" family {which is in the middle}. We can definitely do better, but there are some hindrances preventing us to improve, such as we don't have a place where we can compost and don't have any land allowing us to garden. 

Overall, this book is good as a beginner's guide, but if you're already living a green life, you may prefer something more in depth. If you want to win a copy for yourself, enter via Rafflecopter below.

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What areas do you try to live green in your life?

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16 April 2014

Baby Knits {Yarn Along}

On Friday night, I decided to pick up my double pointed needles and knit Baby Socks. The pattern is from More Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I have only borrowed this book from the library at least five times and at this rate with the fines slowly adding up, it would have been cheaper to buy the book. Sigh... It's a very simple, straight forward pattern that is easy to memorize. I would like to keep this pattern on hand to knit more socks to give as baby gifts. The yarn used was Cotton Twirl {90% Cotton/10% Nylon}; I enjoyed the colorway, but since I've knit with it before and forgot to write down the details, I forgot what the colorway is called. My biggest complaint with that yarn was it was rather splitty; I decided to make a knot in the end in case I needed to unravel the project.

After finishing the baby socks on Sunday night, I picked up the Baby Sophisticate cardigan on Monday. I have not finished it yet, but right now I'm wondering, "Why did I put this down for so long? It's such a quick, easy knit."

Yesterday, I sent off the Seaglass Scarf to my #YarnStitchSwap partner. I hope she likes it because I selfishly wanted to keep it for myself and not send it off. Sorry about chopping my head off in the photo, but I wanted to try and get a picture of the actual scarf.

On Monday night, I started reading Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John to Charis again. I started reading it to her about a year ago, but she would NOT stay still for anything. Now, she enjoys it when I read to her. We only finished the first chapter, and I imagine we'll be reading it next week as well.

What's on your needles?
What are you reading?
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15 April 2014

Tools4Wisdom Weekly Planner {Review}

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Even with computers, tablets, and smart phones, I still prefer planners that I can write in and create lists where I can cross something out and get some satisfaction out of doing so. Recently, I have been trying to be more goal oriented because I have many projects I want to accomplish before giving birth.

If you are like me and are looking for a goal oriented planner, then you need to check out Tools4Wisdom Weekly Planner. Some of the planner features include:

  • Spiral bound
  • Weekly mom planner
  • Goal sections: Yearly and Monthly
  • Weekly planning sections
  • Journal pages
  • 1 year unconditional money-back guarantee

My thoughts: 

What I liked:
That it's spiral bound, which allows it to lay flat and me to use it like a notebook.
The goal sections, since I'm very much a to-do list person and enjoy checking off items.
The plastic covering on the front and back, which helps keep it nice and allows me greater freedom to drink my coffee around the planner.

What I hope they add/change: 
I wish they had the date {year} on the cover of the planner; I usually save planners for a few years and like to look back on years past.
For 2015, it would be helpful if major holidays were added;
I confess to having NO idea when Easter is since it's not on the calendar.
Increase the spacing between the 30 minute slots; at times I was pressed for room.
Add a section for addresses/telephone numbers.
Add a section every week that is blank; sometimes I have not needed all the various sections the way they're organized, so I do my own thing with the calendar. But if you're Type A and everything needs to be just so, this may be more of a deal breaker for you.

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What type of planner do you use?
Have you heard of Tools4Wisdom before?

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Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally 
and believe will be good for my readers.

14 April 2014

Currently {April 14, 2014}

Thinking about needing to go to the bathroom... Yes, that was probably TMI, but these days, it seems that all I need to do is drink water, go to the bathroom, repeat every 30 minutes.

The occasional Braxton Hicks contractions I sometimes get, usually when my bladder is full. When I was pregnant with Charis, I did not get any Braxton Hicks contractions, but with Lil' J, they started around 34-35 weeks. Thankfully, I have not had any signs of labor though. I'm one of the few women I know that does not want to give birth before her due date. Yes, people think I'm crazy, and I get annoyed at the questions, "Are you ready for the baby to come?" I answer honestly, "No." Then they act shocked, "Why? You NEED to be ready." Meanwhile, I'm thinking, "Why are you asking if you have no interest in why I'm not ready and want to give me your opinion. People need to be better listeners {including me}."

Reading. I must confess I have not started reading anything new. I should probably go on to my library and see if they are any books I want to listen to. These days, I prefer to be cleaning, relaxing {while knitting and watching a television program}

Listening to Charis singing, "Let it go. Let it go." as she's twirling around and around. Yes, she has definitely seen Frozen way too many times.

Watching Call the Midwife. Last week's episode caused a flood in our apartment. I cried and cried and cried. They need to have a warning on their episodes, "Warning: Watching this show might start flooding as a result of crying."

Thankful for breezes and fans. Yesterday it was so hot, at least to this pregnant woman. Our AC is not yet on, but thankfully God sent breezes today, and a few years ago, He provided fans for us which have been on throughout the day.

A pair of cotton baby socks I knit for Lil' J.

Linking up at A Mama Collective.

11 April 2014

Baby Blue X-Small Charlie Banana {Giveaway}

I am now officially full term. My "due" date is April 30, but I expect Lil' J to be "late". In reality, I'm somewhat hoping he'll be "late" because my SIL had her baby two days ago!! That's right. The cousins will be less than a month apart. I can't wait until the two babies meet. Plus, I keep thinking of everything I need to do between now and his birth.

In the meantime, I'm cleaning {AKA nesting}. I brought in Charis's car seat from the van and washed the cover tonight. I hope to wipe it down after posting this giveaway. Tomorrow, I plan on cleaning out the van, which desperately needs to be done before putting Lil' J's car seat inside. I also stocked our freezer tonight with wonderful processed food {yes, I'm being sarcastic}. I'm not thrilled with this, but I also need to give myself grace and remind myself, "We don't eat like this all the time. You will have a newborn baby and a pre-school daughter to watch, plus Drew will go back to work almost immediately."

As a small celebration for my upcoming delivery, I am giving away a Baby blue x-small Charlie Banana diaper. Enter below via the Rafflecopter form.

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Pink Heart X-Small Charlie Banana Diaper {Giveaway}

My SIL had her baby two days ago!! In celebration, I will be giving away a pink heart x-small Charlie Banana diaper. If I wasn't 37+ weeks pregnant, I'd try to go visit, but I have to stay here and get ready for my baby.

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