Wife, Mummy, Nurse: February 2014

28 February 2014

Week Eight {Catch The Moment}

February 20, 2014:

Look who decided to nap... After gibber-jabbering for 1 1/2 hours, Charis FINALLY fell asleep and did not wake up until 7PM!!! Let's just say her bedtime was late that night.

February 21, 2014:

Started the two needle cable baby booties pattern. Still not a fan of knitting socks on straight needles.

February 22, 2014:

Finally pulled out the sewing machine.

February 23, 2014:

Bandanna bib for Lil' J.

February 24, 2014:

Cuppa tea + my pregnant belly.

February 25, 2014:

Knitting a birthday gift for Charis's friend-P.

February 26, 2014:

My daughter LOVES oatmeal + brown sugar.

26 February 2014

St. Patrick's Day Shirts . Com {Review}

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

After my parents were married, my mother immigrated from Northern Ireland to the United States and found a job working at Jo-Ann Fabric. Every year in March, customers would come in wearing shirts and pins with, "Kiss Me I'm Irish." She took them literally and asked, "Where they were from?"

St. Patrick's Day T-shirts offers t-shirts for those with various tastes. There shirts are made out of light weight cotton and are available in Women's {slightly fitted} and Men's {standard fit} sizes.

I knew immediately which shirt I wanted to get-the Kiss Me I'm Irish Tee. When I first received this, I was not disappointed. I liked that my shirt was 100% cotton, since polyester sometimes bothers me. I decided to get a Men's XL shirt because I'm pregnant and would like some t-shirts that fit to wear around the apartment. The XL shirt was longer than some of my maternity shirts. The downside is I'm not a fan of all of the shirts on their site.

Do you try to wear green on St. Patrick's Day? 
What is your favorite St. Patrick's Day T-shirt? 

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.

Ravellenic Games {Yarn Along}

While the Olympics were going on, I was participating in the 2014 Ravellenic Games and was part of Team Geeky Girls Knit. I completed 6 {small} projects the last two weeks.

Top left to right:

1. Cake Head: Knit for my niece. My SIL and I are both pregnant-due two weeks apart. She's having a baby girl, and I'm having a baby boy. This project was made with yarn out of my stash.

2. Little Treasures Rainbow Pouch: Knit for one of my daughter's friends. Her birthday was early January, and I had not given her any gift. Christmas was just over, and I had limited motivation to knit. I used circular needles for this bag, since I strongly DISLIKE seaming. I cast on 60 stitches on size 10 needles and just knit. It was an easy, mindless project to do. Good for traveling. This project was made with yarn out of my stash.

3. Felipe: Knit for Lil' J. Easy directions, and I did not have any trouble understanding the pattern. If I were to knit another Felipe, the only thing I'd do differently is to use a kitchener stitch to join the shoulders, instead of a three needle bind off.

Bottom left to right: 

1. Quick Slip Cowl FroggedCharis wanted a cowl like her mama’s, so I decided to knit her one. The problem is, I COMPLETELY messed up the first 10-20 rows because I had been slipping stitches as if to knit {not purl like the pattern says}. It’s been sitting because I need to frog it and start over again. Entered into EventUnwind.

2. Two Needle Cable Knit Booties: I will make a few changes next time I knit these. I had a hard time understanding the directions at first. When it came to the directions for the top of the booties, it had, "k15, p2, k4, p2, k1, leave remaining sts unworked." Then it gave the directions for Rows 1-12, so I assumed wrongly, that I needed to turn it then, but the numbers were not making sense. I had to go back and re-read the pattern. I realized that I was not yet told to turn. 

I disliked that the pattern was seamed. I'd do a provisional cast on stitch and join using a kitchener stitch when finished with the project. Second, I'd probably add another cabled section. Third, I'd use DPN when I knit the ribbing of the sock. This project was made with yarn out of my stash.

3. Hearts: I had not planned to knit this, but decided to last minute for my daughter as a belated Valentine's Day gift. Every time she sees me knitting, she asks, "Mama, who are you knitting for?" Usually the answer is her baby brother or someone else, so I decided to knit this and tell her that, "Mama loves you." This project was made with yarn out of my stash.

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

25 February 2014

Naturepedic Organic Kapok & Cotton Pillow {Review}

This is a sponsored post.

Since I am pregnant, I now sleep with 3 pillows-one between my knees, one I lean slightly forward on, and one under my head. Before getting pregnant, I only slept with two pillows, so I needed to get another pillow. I'm slowly switching over to organic bedding. I figured I spend about 1/3 of my time in bed, so it's important to have natural, organic, non-toxic bedding.

specializes in the design and manufacturing of quality organic mattresses for infants, toddlers, children and adults that promote natural and organic materials, a non-toxic design, fire-safety, and overall health & safety. 
Naturepedic was founded by Barry A. Cik after he looked on the market for an organic waterproof crib mattress and found there was none. Barry developed the first and only waterproof organic waterproof mattress designed with a food grade safe polyethylene cover. Today, Naturepedic also manufactures organic: pillows, mattress pads & toppers, changing pads, toddler pillows, sheets, etc.

I was sent a standard size organic cotton/organic kapok pillow. The outer fabric has 300 thread count organic fabric. The filling is a 50/50 blend of organic kapok and organic cotton. I had no clue what kapok was, but I learned from the packaging that Naturepedic's kapok fiber,
also known as "silk cotton", is certified organic and hand picked from the tropical kapok tree (ceiba pentandra). Kapok is very light and highly water resistant, helping wick away moisture while adding a softer and more comfortable feel.
It is GOTS certified organic and is available in these sizes:

  • LS54: Standard Size (20" x 26")
  • LQ54: Queen Size (20" x 30")
  • LK54: King Size (20" X 36")

Upon opening the package, I immediately noticed that the pillow is "spot clean only", which to me is a drawback. But this drawback actually encourages me to change and wash my pillow cases often. I have been using the pillow for over a month and love how soft it is. Plus, it is able to support me in just the right spots since I have to sleep on my side. If you are looking for a safe, non-toxic pillow, then I recommend this brand. The organic adult pillows range from $79-$139. I might get a toddler size for Charis, since the pillow she has is coming apart at the seam.

To learn more about Naturepedic, check them out on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

Do you use organic bedding? Why or why not?

I received a pillow for the purpose of this review.
All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way.

24 February 2014

Currently {February 24, 2014}

Thinking about the various families that we know {personally or through our church prayer chain} who are grieving and suffering. We have recently heard of many deaths within the last few months-three of them sudden. It is a reminder that we do not know the time of our death and need to be ready.

Drew, Charis, and I went to a visitation two weeks ago. While there, Charis was telling me that people die because of sin and that God punished Jesus because of sin. I'm thinking, "She's been listening to what I say!!!" So often, it seems that it goes over her head or she's more interested in something else. It's a joy to see the simple, small blessings of a child who seems to understand. We still pray for her soul and Justin's soul daily.

Listening to my husband talk about politics in the Ukraine. This should not come as a surprise to me, since he's getting his PhD in political science, but it still surprises me at time.

Reading Why miscarriage matters if you're pro life.

The blogger compares and contrasts things that are said about aborted babies to babies who have miscarried. My favorite quote in Rachel's post is:
What if you were consistent? What if all your actions when dealing with loss of any kind, affirmed that fact that all life -- ALL LIFE -- is good, worthy of recognition and worthy of grief. 
As one who has not lost any baby/babies, I have often said or thought clueless things when it comes to friends who've had miscarriages. I have definitely been at fault for saying, "At least she was only X amount of weeks along," as if that could make the grief easier. It has been at least 4+ years since uttering those words, but when I think back on the times I have said them, I regret doing so. They cheapen the baby's life and the mama's grief. What is often needed is to weep with those who weep and to pray for the family.

Thankful for the fact that I was FINALLY able to pull out my sewing machine. On Saturday, I made two bandanna bibs-one for Lil' J and the other for a friend's baby.

Bandanna Bib
Linking up at A Mama Collective.

22 February 2014

Week Seven {Catch the Moment}

It has been 4 or 5 weeks since I have linked up, but I am actually taking photographs almost everyday. I missed 3 so far... If you want to follow me on Instagram, you'll be able to view the last 30+ days of photographs.

February 13, 2014:

Charis and I walked from my parent's house to Wolf Creek Yarns, then Beans on Broad where Charis enjoyed her white milk with chocolate syrup. Afterwards, we went to see daddy at Grove City College and watched diving for 20 minutes and walked back to my parent's house.

February 14, 2014:

Another quiet day at my parent's house. I was able to get some knitting accomplished. This bag is a gift for one of my daughter's friends; the picture was taken before it was felted.

February 15, 2014:

Apples are one of my FAVORITE, quick, healthy snacks. Thankfully, they often fill Charis's "need" for sweets.

I could not find my iPod charger, and my iPod battery died. Sadly my camera battery also died, and I could not find my charger for it. Sadly from February 16-18, I did not take any photographs. As you can probably tell, I found my iPod charger, as well as my camera charger.

February 19, 2014:

Since going to PA, our schedule has been completely OFF. Charis and I are waiting for daddy to get home from work.

19 February 2014

Lillie Baby Cardigan {Yarn Along}

Another project finished from my 2014 knitting goals!!! One of my friends is due late March/early April, and she's having a girl. Last May, I cast on the Lillie Baby Cardigan for a LuvInTheMommyhood KAL, but I did not come close to finishing it. I messed up on a section and needed to frog part of it; instead of frogging, I let it sit and sit and sit, until picking it up again a few weeks ago.

I bought the buttons for the cardigan at JoAnn Fabric. When I went to purchase them, I found everything else in my cart, except the buttons. I dumped out my purse, checked my pockets, etc., but still could not find them. I assumed Charis had dropped them, so I asked the clerk if I could go grab another set. She said I could. I left the store and forgot about the missing buttons. Two days later, I was washing clothes, as I emptied the washing machine, I found the three buttons, but the cardboard it was attached to could not be found. I called Drew in a panic and felt like crying. The next day, we took the buttons back with a receipt and paid for them. I was so frustrated with myself, but was happy we corrected it. Just in case, I looked up shoplifting laws in MD and found that because we went back and paid for them, we cannot be prosecuted. I have NO clue where they were. I'm not sure if my daughter put them in a pocket or if I somehow overlooked them, but now I have the cute buttons for another cardigan.

07 February 2014

2 Tickets to Inspired Family Conference {Giveaway}

If you're in the Philadelphia area, you're going to want to check your calendar off for Saturday, March 22.  If you're not in the Philadelphia area, you'll want to start making your travel arrangements now.   The Inspired Family: A Mindful Parenting Conference, is taking place at Temple University in March 2014.

I am delighted and excited to share this conference with you, with an amazing line-up of seminars -- there is truly something for everyone!  From pregnancy to toddlerhood, from the individual parent to the family unit, there are sessions covering a wide array of parenting topics.

For more information, visit the Inspired Family website HERE.  To purchase your tickets now, click HERE.  To connect via social media, visit Inspired Family on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram

Inspired Family is giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win (2) tickets to the Conference (an $80 value).  Simply enter through the form below:

05 February 2014

Baby Gift #1 {Yarn Along}

On Friday, there is a baby sprinkle at a friend's house. At church this past year, 5 women have had/are having babies, but only four of the women will be at the shower. The fifth had her baby earlier this week. One person said, "That the shower is not a sprinkle; it's a thunderstorm."

I decided to knit a "Dr. Seuss" themed hat using the Basic Baby Hat pattern, but I have been told it looks like a "Where's Waldo?" hat instead. Not what I was going for, but I'm not going to change the gift last minute. Tomorrow, I hope to sew a bandanna bib using the fabric behind the hat.

Last Thursday, I went to a thrift store with my MIL and bought Square Foot Gardening. I started reading it on Sunday and highly recommend it, especially if you want to garden, but have limited space. The summer Drew and I were engaged, I had a small 5 X 2.5 ft. area at my parents' house that my mum said I could use as a vegetable garden. I already used lots of the suggestions in this book, and it's a nice reminder that I don't need a huge space to have a garden. 

What are you reading or knitting?
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.
This post contains affiliate links.

$50 Target Gift Card {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway sponsored by Dictated and Segment and hosted by The Parenting Patch!

February 14 is approaching fast. Valentine's Day will be here and gone before you know. In celebration of the holiday love, how would you like to win $50 straight from Cupid's arrow to spend at Target? Two (2) lucky readers of The Parenting Patch, Dictated, Segment, and Wife, Mummy, Nurse will each win one (1) $50 gift card to Target. To enter for your chance to win the Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! Happy Valentine's Day!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $50 via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The Cupid's Arrow Target Gift Card Giveaway ends at midnight CST on February 19, 2014. Two winners will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winners will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The Parenting Patch and other participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

03 February 2014

Currently {February 3, 2014}

Thinking about: Thankful for {almost} finishing a cardigan for a friend's baby. It's being blocked now, and I need to sew on some buttons. I'm also thankful that I finished a knit hat over a week ago. I need to sew a bandanna bib and figure out what to knit for another baby for this Friday's sprinkle. 

Reading: Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew. Mel goes into what a square foot garden is: 

  • A garden based on squares instead of rows
  • He encourages you to plant herbs and flowers in square foot gardens-not just vegetables
  • Taking advantage of spacing when planting. Plant items that need more space next to items that don't need as much space
I have been wanting this book since Drew and I were dating, but never bought it because we are not in a place where we can have a square foot garden; our condo association rules state that food is not to be grown on balconies. Of course, I've broken that rule by planting some things in plant containers, but I haven't wanted to go to a huge amount of work and set it up only to be told I have to take it down.

Listening to: Jars of Clay Christmas Songs. Yes, I know Christmas was just over, but I like listening to the music year round. 

Watching: Not watching anything. Though, I plan on watching the latest episode of Downton Abbey this afternoon while Charis is sleeping. It's a dreary day and Charis has already asked to watch The Hobbit-she's her father's daughter. But, I'm trying to focus her attention on other areas of life-toys, coloring, helping mama, reading books, etc.

Thankful for: Water and Coffee! I try to drink at least half a liter of lemon water before drinking coffee. I have to remind myself to drink water. When I was about 20 weeks pregnant, I was at Jo-Ann Fabrics and felt my uterus tighten every so often. At first I ignored it, but realized I had not had a lot of water that day. So, I went out to the van and got my Nalgene bottle, drank 3/4 of a liter, and the tightening stopped. I have to remember to drink because dehydration can cause preterm labor. 

Linking up at A Mama Collective.