Wife, Mummy, Nurse: October 2013

31 October 2013

Wild Orange Essential Oil Supplement {Giveaway}

One of my favorite things about winter is the smell of oranges and clementines. I love the scent that is left on my hands after peeling them. So when this month's doTERRA product arrived from My Natural Family, I quickly started using it often.

Some benefits of doTERRA Wild Orange Essential Oil Supplement are:
  • Excellent for disinfecting and killing fungus and pathogens
  • Effective against colds and flu, and is highly recommended for use during the onset of sickness
  • Supports the elimination toxins from the body, while stimulating the lymphatic system
  • Energizing, uplifting and sedative due to instilling feelings of peace
  • Powerful to use in the treatment of anorexia
  • Can be effective as an anti-cancer agent due to Wild Orange’s main constituent, limonene, which has powerful anti-cancer activity
How did I use it? I quickly found that it helps flavor water. I have been craving a lot of citrus water recently-both with lemons and oranges. I put a few drops in a liter of water and leave it in the fridge. During the day, I get that water out and drink it. I have found it also helps energize me. When I'm feeling sluggish, I put the oil on my pulse points and it helps boost my energy. I'd love to get a diffuser soon, so I hope to get than in the next two months. My favorite essential oil was peppermint, but now it's a tossup between peppermint and wild orange. If you love the scent of oranges and need uplifting, I highly recommend doTERRA's Wild Orange Supplement. You can buy it from My Natural Family for $10.50 or enter to win one for yourself below.

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30 October 2013

Felted Pumpkin {Yarn Along}

Recently, I wanted to knit something for myself-for my home. I knit a felted pumpkin, though my daughter's been claiming it for herself. Which I tell her, "It's not happening baby girl." Overall I'm happy with the way it turned out. I think I could have stuffed it a little bit more, but it has a unique appearance since it's felted. I did not use a real stem like the pattern called for, instead I knit about a 1-2 inch i cord. Currently, it's sitting on my bookshelf by the pumpkin candle.

I'm still reading Extravagant Grace by Barbara Duguid.

What are you reading or knitting?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

Betty Crocker Smash Cake

Over two years ago, I was planning my daughter's first birthday cake. Since I am not creative when it comes to baking and decorating cakes, I just make a 13 x 9 strawberry cake, with strawberries and whipped cream on top. Charis loved it and made a huge mess. Crumbs ended up everywhere. Many happy memories were made that day.

For baby #2, I'm already planning to have a smash cake on his or her first birthday with the help of Betty Crocker's smash cake recipes. What is a smash cake? It is an individual cake for a baby when they turn one. It's so cute and adorable to see them make a mess and enjoy every single lick and bite.

A few of my favorite ideas are:

If you want to sneak in fruit and veggies, mix bananas in to the
batter and combine pureed carrots, cream cheese and
 yogurt for the frosting. Top the cake with 
peas for a precious pop of color. 

Confetti sprinkles make this mini smash cake 
sweet and simple. 

Encourage your budding artist to create a messy 
masterpiece with this two-layered, three-inch
 round smash cake. The red confetti polka dots 
and turquoise-frosted cake will create swirls of color. 

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Betty Crocker. All opinions are my own, and I received a gift card in exchange for my review.

29 October 2013

Tiny Tush Pocket Diaper {#DitchDisposable Giveaway}

Welcome to the Ditch the Disposables Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green.
This giveaway hop is dedicated to all the wonderful, reusable products available. A fabulous group of bloggers have come together to offer you some great giveaways of reusable products so you can... ditch the disposables! Be sure to hop around to all the blogs involved on the linky below and don't miss the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize worth $320!

I will be giving away a Tiny Tush Elite diaper and four cloth wipes. Enter to win below.

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Good luck on ditching the disposables - now increase your odds of winning the best reusable products by entering more giveaways in the Hop, including the Ultimate Green Family Grand Prize!
This prize includes a $50 Gift Certificate to Glass Dharma, glass straws handmade in the USA, and a Softbums Cloth Diaper Starter Kit {includes a wet bag, 3 shells, and 6 inserts! You'll also find the new Merry & Bright Tote Collection from SnapSac resuable bags, a $50 GC to Lunapads.com, and a roll of 12 Unpaper Towels from TheUnpaperTowel.com!


So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Ditch the Disposables participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

28 October 2013

UGLee Pen {Review}

My memories of high school history class are not fun to remember because my teacher did not know how to teach. Mr. O. would not interact with us and did not try to get us to think for ourselves, instead he would have us come to class with a notebook and write down his class outlines verbatim. At the end of every class, my hand would be killing me because we did so much writing. Even now, I often have notebooks lying around to take notes of my thoughts, books I'm reading, prayer requests, blessings from God, etc.

If you are like me writing by hand a lot, then check out the UGLee Ergonomic pen, invented by Dr. Lee, and is good for those who have to write a copious amount. It will also benefit those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, children learning to write, and children with special-needs, who have a hard time holding a pencil or pen properly.

My brief thoughts. I like these pens! I go through pens frequently. I like the way this feels when I'm writing, and it writes smoothly. The one thing I don't like about it is that dust collects easily on the full size grip.

Check out UGLee pen on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Have you tried using ergonomic pens?
If so, how did they work out for you?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

23 October 2013

Aran Sweater and Brigid Socks {Yarn Along}

On Friday, Charis and I went to a local consignment sale that happens biannually. While there, I noticed an Aran sweater made out of 100% merino wool that was made in Ireland being sold for $3. I jumped at it. I'd easily spend $50+ on one over in Ireland. It looks brand new-no stains. It is still a bit big for Charis, but it would look so cute with one of my childhood kilts that my mum has kept. Seeing this sweater reminded me of the cardigans and jumpers my granny would knit for me growing up. My mum knit an Aran sweater for Charis for Christmas one year. I know this is not knitting, but it is wool related.

I'm still knitting the Brigid socks. I'm at the same point in both socks {further along than this picture shows}. They are slowly coming along.

I'm reading Extravagant Grace by Barb Duguid. So far, I LOVE IT! Which isn't surprising. Her husband is the pastor at the church my parents attend, and she and her husband did our pre-marital counseling. I'm only 80 pages into it, but when I read it, I can't put it down. Charis does not allow me to read it too much when she's awake, but when she's asleep, I need to clean, straighten up, etc.

What are you reading or knitting this week?
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

22 October 2013

Little Pim Language Learning Giveaway Opp

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IMPORTANT: Please read this Blogger Opp thoroughly and in its entirety.   We are giving away 1 Little Pim Language Learning System. Little Pim is an award-winning system of DVD's and digital downloads that teaches children ages 0-6 a number of languages with choices from French, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Hebrew, English (ESL), Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Chinese. The final price depends on how much participation we get.   For a review on Little Pim, go HERE.   Thank you lovely Co-hosts for helping me with this giveaway!  

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We are looking for bloggers who have at least 1,000 Twitter followers AND 1,000 Facebook fans to post the blogger opp, the getting excited about language learning post, the giveaway (all 3 posts), plus promote at least 4X per week on both Twitter AND Facebook. If you do all those things, you will receive a FREE Twitter and Facebook link in the giveaway. All HTML will be provided.    

The Schedule
November 5 - The Get excited about Language Learning Post
November 12 - December 4th - The Giveaway
Co-host pages and paid links are also available.
Paid links
$3 per additional link (Bloglovin, email/newsletter subscription, Pinterest like, Pinterest Pin, Instagram, etc)
Links appear in the main entry form
No Google + links as it's against Google guidelines.
Co-host Pages Available
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Back link in main post to your blog

Forms to fill out and Blogger Opp HTML 

Fill out the form to enter the giveaway HERE.
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HERE is the form to report your Blogger Opp Posting. If you do not report your posting, your links WILL NOT be included in the giveaway.

IMPORTANT: It's important that you report all of your posts (link will be in the email when I provide the HTML) and promote at least 4X per week on both Twitter and Facebook. If you do not do these things, your links will be removed.

  sbdotsdivider   Litle Pim is hosting a Kickstarter campaign for 13 days in which they are trying to raise money to produce a holiday eBook that helps children learn about traveling, languages and holiday traditions around the world. Those who donate to the campaign receive reward and those who donate $10 will receive a free eBook. You can find more information on the Kickstarter Campaign here.  

21 October 2013

Apple Picking at Larriland

80 days until I turn 30! I'm getting old. Thankfully, I was able to cross another thing off my bucket list of things I want to do before I'm 30.
21. Go pick fruit and/or vegetables with Charis at a farm.
This was not my first time picking with her. We picked apples at Larriland when she was 5 weeks old. Needless to write, she has no recollection of it. I planned on picking more vegetables and fruit this summer, but since we were getting a weekly CSA box, I didn't see the need. Together, we picked 20+ lbs. of apples. Three different varieties: Fugi, Stayman, and Braeburn. Charis and I have been eating 2-3 apples a day. We may need to pick apples again ASAP. We also bought apple cider from the barn; it was SO MUCH BETTER than store bought apple cider, still pasteurized, but the taste was delicious.

Have you picked apples with your children?
If so, how did it go?

16 October 2013

Brigid Socks {Yarn Along}

I started knitting Brigid socks to give as a Christmas gift to a loved one. Even though the pattern calls for casting on 48 stitches, I cast on 64 stitches for a few reasons 1) to better fit the recipient and 2) I'm using smaller needles. So far I'm enjoying the pattern; there's enough changes that it's not boring. I am taking the advice of another knitter and knitting so many rows of one sock, then knitting the same amount of rows of another sock. I have the horrible habit to finish one sock or one leg or one glove, but not finish the other. I hope doing this will allow me to finish the socks soon so I can move onto the next project. I tried taking a photograph, but took it too late tonight. I hope to take it tomorrow in natural light.

What are you reading or knitting?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

10 October 2013

Chuck E. Cheese's

Two weeks ago, Drew's aunt and his mom were in town visiting. Charis LOVED spending time with them, and I had a much needed break on Thursday. While I napped, they went to the local thrift store, Babies R Us, and Target. Later that evening, I joined them at Chuck E. Cheese's. It was Charis's first time there; she loved it. My daughter was too excited to eat her pizza; I was thankful I decided to just get a small bacon and cheese pizza to split between us. She ate less than one slice. I ate all the other slices, which were on the small side.

She enjoyed the games, but she was most excited about the maze on the ceiling. At first, she was hesitant to go up, but once she did, she did not want to come down. Thankfully, we decided to get her prizes right as we were leaving.

Two weeks later, she STILL talks about "Yucky Cheese's" on a daily basis.

Unless we have something special going on, we will most likely not be going back. I had a good time, liked the pizza, but the prices were on the higher side. I'd rather take her on a walk to the playground and have her play on the swings and slides for free.

Have your children ever been to Chuck E. Cheese's?

09 October 2013

Getting Ready to Knit Christmas Gifts {Yarn Along}

In 2011, I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for the first time. While there, I bought some yarn planning to knit Christmas gifts for family, but I never used it. I pulled out the yarn yesterday because I hope to actually use it this year. I love how soft it is; it's 50% merino wool and 50% silk. I never know if I should blog about the gifts and post a final photo of them before Christmas or wait until after Christmas. Not everyone in my family reads this blog, but I don't want them accidentally stumbling over here and see what they'll be getting. Unless I change my mind, I'll just post the yarn and maybe the projects partially knit. How do you handle showing Christmas gifts on your blog?

I have yarn that is bulky. The tension is too tight on size 11 needs, and on size 13 needs, it's too loosey goosey. I have searched for size 12 circular and DPN, but have yet to find them in any stores I've searched. Do companies make size 12 knitting needles? Or are my pursuits in vain?

My wonderful in-laws gave me The Knitter's Life List as a belated graduation gift!! I put that book on my Christmas list, but have since scratched it off. I enjoy getting ideas for future knitting projects from it.

What are you reading or knitting? 
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

05 October 2013

#JaqJaqBird Twitter Party {Giveaway}

I am so excited to introduce you to the world of Jaq Jaq Bird and invite you to a Twitter Party on Tuesday, October 8th, at 9:30 pm EST hosted by The Inquisitive Mom and Our Piece of Earth! We're excited to be joined by special guests @wifemummynurse, @Thankful4Thorns, @TheMedianMommy, @mamacollective, @sunshinepraises, and @SAHMofDQ.

This unique, PVC and BPA free line of accessories for babies and kids offers a variety of stylish, sustainable products. Jaq Jaq Bird helps families eliminate waste in the art room and lunch box, makes clean up faster and simpler, and encourages creativity. Plus, all of the products come in modern, whimsical prints that will appeal to both mom and kids!

If you use cloth diapers, you're probably familiar with the Jaq Jaq Bird Perfect Pouch by now. This fabulous wet bag is a generous size and made of a proprietary fabric that provides a leak, sweat, and water proof environment for diapers, swimsuits, wet clothes, etc. Jaq Jaq Bird Perfect Pouches are also the preferred wet bag of the folks at Spray Pal. In fact, MommyCon attendees can meet these two at their booth this coming Sunday.

The same awesome material that makes the wet bag so useful is also found in a variety of fun and practical accessories for your family. Jaq Jaq Bird offers adorable, adjustable bibs , mini pouches for lunches, adorable kid's aprons, activity totes, pacifier catchers, and more. Each of these products is made with your child and mind, can be adjusted to fit comfortably, contains messes, and can be easily cleaned. Plus, both mom and kids will go crazy for a mess free chalk experience using Jaq Jaq Bird's butter stix and chalk mats.

Want to learn more about Jaq Jaq Bird's awesome accessories? Please join me at the #JaqJaqBird Twitter Party this coming Tuesday, October 8th, from 9:30 pm EST to 10:30 pm EST. Be sure to RSVP and join us to be eligible to win 1 of 3 awesome prizes, including an awesome grand prize!

New to Twitter Parties? No worries. Just follow the easy steps below to join us and have a great time!

1. Complete your RSVP using the easy Giveaway Tools form below. Only the first entry is required, but complete more entries for additional chances to win a prize.
2. Don't have a twitter account? Creating one is easy at www.twitter.com.
3. Before the party begins, create an account at www.tweetdeck.com. This will be your party venue and the place to chat with hosts and other party-goers.
4. A few minutes before the party, go in and set up your Tweetdeck space for the ultimate party experience. Here's a great tutorial from Toronto Mom to get you  started. This is a screen shot from the last twitter party I hosted to provide a visual of how I set up my screen.
5. Before the party, be sure to make your settings "public" in twitter if you have a private account (public is the default setting). If I can't see your tweets, they won't count. Add your twitter handle to Column 1.
6. Add #JaqJaqBird to Column 2 as your party hashtag.
7. Add @InquisitiveMom, @JaqJaqBird, and @OurPiece of Earth to Column 3 as your party hosts.
8. Add @wifemummynurse, @Thankful4Thorns, @TheMedianMommy, @mamacollective, @sunshinepraises, and @SAHMofDQ to Column #4 as yourSpecial Guests.
9. Create a tweet and add #JaqJaqBird to the end at least once between 9:30 EST and 10:30 EST. This hashtag will allow the other participants to see your tweets and will add them to column 2. Tip: Write #JaqJaqBird and copy it, then you can just hit "Ctrl V" to add it quickly to all tweets.
10. Relax, join in the conversation, and have fun! Learn about a fantastic company, cross your fingers for a win, and make some friends along the way!

02 October 2013

The Knitter Magazine {Yarn Along}

I have not started any knitting projects this week. I finished the pouch I was knitting last week, but have yet to take photographs of it. On Friday, Drew, Charis, and I went up to Baltimore, MD with Drew's mom and his aunt. We had a lovely day up there. Hopefully, I'll post pictures on Friday. Shortly before we left to go home, I went into Barnes and Noble to check out knitting magazines. I splurged on The Knitter Issue 62. It's a UK knitting magazine. I bought it because the "free" items in the package looked the most promising, plus it brought back happy memories of seeing magazines in Tesco in Northern Ireland.

I'm still reading Charlotte's Web to my daughter.

What are you reading or knitting this week?
Join me over at Ginny's Yarn Along.

01 October 2013

Autumn is Coming

Every October, it hits me that fall is here. Another September has come and gone. One of the biggest things I miss about living in Pennsylvania is the seasons are much more distinct there than they are in Maryland. Here we might have a few cold days in the 50s, but the next week it's in the 70s. I miss how I could put away my summer clothes and pull out my sweaters. Here I can't do that. I still keep at least 2-3 shorts out, along with short sleeve shirts.

Thankfully, the temps have been dropping. It has been in the 80s during the day, and at night lower. We're beginning to see a few of the leaves change color on the trees. A few other things, I enjoy about fall are...


:::Walking at the park with my daughter

:::Picking apples at an orchard

:::Going on Hayrides

:::Getting ready for Christmas

What are your favorite things about fall?