Wife, Mummy, Nurse: March 2014

31 March 2014

Choose Your Own Diaper {Giveaway}

Welcome to The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway hosted and sponsored by The Parenting Patch! To say thank you to all my Facebook fans who helped bring me to 20,000 likes, I am giving away one (1) "choose your own diaper" (valued up to $25) or a $25 Amazon gift card. One lucky reader can choose any cloth diaper valued up to $25. For my fans who are not into cloth diapers, I am offering a $25 Amazon gift card. And, not to leave out my international readers, I am offering $25 PayPal cash. All to say thanks to you!

 One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Wife, Mummy, Nurse will win one (1) "choose your own diaper" (valued up to $25) or a $25 Amazon gift card. To enter for your chance to win the The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! And thank you!

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The The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $25 minus any PayPal charges via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway ends at midnight CST on April 21, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner 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. Wife, Mummy, Nurse is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

26 March 2014

Cheeky Soaker and Quilting {Yarn Along}

There's SO MUCH to do in preparation for Lil' J's arrival in 7 weeks at the most. I often wonder, "Where has the time gone?" As much as I want to meet him, I also want him to stay put for another 5+ weeks, so that I can get everything accomplished that I want to.

Knitting wise, I am knitting a small cheeky soaker for my unborn son. Since Charis was almost 10 lbs. at birth, I decided that I'm not knitting newborn items, even though I'd love to. This project is another attempt to stash bust. My husband is happy that the last time I bought yarn was when we were in PA in February, and I have not seriously looked at buying yarn since then.

I am "reading" 150 Blocks for Baby Quilts and 130 Mini Quilt Blocks. I have never made a quilt, but am hoping to sew one for our son. I'm keeping it simple {I hope}. Sewing only 16 blocks. We'll see how it turns out. I'm praying and hoping it does. Do you have any tips for a quilting newbie?

What are you reading or knitting?
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.
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25 March 2014

Big Slice Apples {Review}

This is a sponsored post. 

As a mother who is in my third trimester, I sometimes feel exhausted and don't want to slave away in the kitchen cooking a meal or preparing a snack for my daughter and I. One of our favorite fruits are apples. We often have sliced apples for snacks.

I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to review Grandma Hoerner's Big Sliced Apple Pouches.

Big Sliced Apple Pouches are:
Made with real fruit
Ready to eat
Gluten free
They come in 16 flavors.
There are three lines: pure, fit, and luxe

I received five flavors from Big Slice: Pineapple passion fruit & fiber, Cinnamon french toast, Boysenberry chocolate, Cherry vanilla, and Natural. My two favorite pouches were natural and cinnamon french toast. I ate these pouches by itself, with my morning oatmeal, with pancakes, and with plain Greek yogurt. I loved that they are easy to open and portable because I brought one of the packets on a walk that I took with Charis and ate it while she was at the playground playing.

Our lunch: Big Slice Apples with Eggs and Yogurt

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What flavor would you like to try?
What way would you eat Big Slice Apples?

24 March 2014

Currently {March 24, 2014}

Thinking about my husband who should be home soon. It's almost 10:00 PM, and he's running a wee bit late. {I know this is sappy of me, but it's true.}

Reading 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. Even though Charis is 3 1/2, if we're still in MD when she ready to go to school, she'll be homeschooled. Part of me thinks, "I have ages to decide on a curriculum." But then I'm reminded that...
...each child who resides in Maryland and is 5 years old or older and under 16 shall attend a public school...  Maryland recognizes nonpublic schools and home instruction as alternatives to public school enrollment as a means for students to receive regular, thorough instruction. {Source}
And I'm reminded Charis will be five August 2015!! Plus with Lil' J coming, I want to try to read up on some things before he is born. Time certainly flies. There are so many different options. A lot of my friends follow the classical model, but honestly there are some issues I have with it. Do you homeschool? What curriculum do you use?

Listening to songs to a sermon {"The Lord of All" Mark 2:18-3:6} preached by my parents' pastor.

Watching Frozen. I borrowed from the library last Friday. Charis now asks to "Watch the movie with the trolls." And I've had to tell her, "No. You can't watch it now", more times than she cares to hear,

Thankful for my heating pad. That Lil' J is head down {hopefully he stays that way}. The few freezer meals I have in the freezer.

Watching Frozen for the 1st time.
Linking up at A Mama Collective.

19 March 2014

Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway sponsored by Zookaboo and hosted by The Parenting Patch. For more information about the diaper covers from Zookaboo, check out my Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Review.

One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Wife, Mummy, Nurse will win one (1) custom made cloth diaper cover from Zookaboo. To enter for your chance to win the Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck!

Giveaway is over. Winner: Erin C.

The Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway is open worldwide. The Zookaboo Custom Cloth Diaper Cover Giveaway ends at midnight CST on April 2, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner 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 Wife, Mummy, Nurse are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

17 March 2014

Currently {March 17, 2014}

Thinking about My to do list this week. My brother and SIL are staying at our apt. on Thursday and Friday night. They are attending a PCA Mercy Ministry Conference about 10-15 minutes away from our place, so they plan on sleeping on our pull out couch. I need to get the place more de-cluttered and clean!! One annoying thing about purging is it often gets messier before it gets better, and I am partly tempted to just throw everything in a bag or two and stick it in a closet, but in the long run, I'd be more annoyed if I did that.

Also thinking about the brevity of life. There was an acquaintance who was killed about a week ago in a major car accident. I knew her from my childhood. She and her family would visit her husband's family in Iowa, and I remember playing with her son. The last time I saw this person was at our church's international conference about two years ago. No, I didn't know her well, but I've been praying for her family, that God would comfort them.

Reading The Boxcar Children to my daughter. Growing up, I remember pouring, after I learned to read, over these books in elementary school. The chapters are short, the print is large, and it keeps my daughter's attention span for at least 1-2 chapters at a time. Plus, she likes looking at the "pictures" {silhouettes} and often asks questions about them.

Listening to a reading of Jefferson's sons, a piece of historical fiction by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

Watching Little Dorrit, a 2008 BBC adaptation of a book by Charles Dickens.

Thankful for the small accomplishments I have made preparing for Lil' J's arrival.

  • Taking four bags of items to the thrift store
  • Cleaning most our most of the kitchen cupboards and boxing up over half of our mugs and glasses.
  • Boxing up a few boxes of books. 
  • The 3 meals I have in the freezer for after the baby {homemade meatballs, salmon pasta dish, and meatloaf}.

16 March 2014

Lucky Little Ones {Giveaway}

Welcome to the Lucky Little Ones giveaway hop with Irresistibly Green, Just Add Cloth, Our Piece of Earth, and a variety of awesome parenting bloggers. This hop is all about your little infants and toddlers! Aren't they lucky?  Each blog is offering a baby or toddler related prize valued at $20 or more for you to win for your lucky little one!

I will be giving away a small hand knit green wool soaker {ARV $25}.

Giveaway is over. Winner: N.P.

When you finish entering this giveaway, make sure to check out the grand prize offering over $240 worth of eco-friendly baby gear for one lucky winner. The grand prize includes: 3 WAHMies ine size picket diapers. (Cow, Blue Dot, Pink Dot), 2 WAHMies pail liners in light blue, 1 large WAHMies wet bag, 1 medium WAHMies wet bag, 1 tube Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention, 1 tube CJ's BUTTer, 1 small Planet Wise wet bag, 3 Fuzzibunz Perfect size pocket diapers in choice of size and color 1 pack of fleece liners (10) 1 Jellystone Troika teething necklace.

Be sure to continue hopping through the other blogs below for a chance at their fun prizes!

Prizes ship directly from sponsor unless otherwise noted. Irresistibly Green bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact the blogger through whom you won a prize should issues occur. Grand prize is fulfilled via Irresistibly Green and is available to U.S. entrants only. All prize winners are chosen randomly and notified via email.

12 March 2014

Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap {Review and Giveaway}

When I was in nursing school, one of the first skills we learned was how to wash our hands. Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent spreading infection. Germs {viruses and bacteria} can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces. Because of this, one of my goals is to teach my daughter how to effectively wash her hands. Here are the steps:

Dial recently came out with a liquid Deep cleansing hand soap, which offers refreshing moisture, gentle micro-scrubbers, and three vibrant scents:
  1. Yellow raspberry & black sugar refreshes your senses with a tart and rich sweetness.
  2. Water blossoms invigorates with a crisp floral scent inspired by aquatic botanical.
  3. Coconut lime verbana brightens your day with juicy and tangy citrus.
I received the water blossoms and coconut lime verbana scents. Coconut lime is my favorite which I put in the bathroom since it matches our towels. Upon using it, I immediately wanted to go on a tropical vacation to the beach. Water blossoms is by the kitchen sink. The micro-scrubbers were gentle at exfoliating my skin.

Enter to win 3 free coupons for Dial Deep Cleansing Soap. Coupons expire March 31, 2014.

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The Dial brand provided me with two samples of Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

Petite Garter Cowl {Yarn Along}

Charis's friend turned 4 years old February 28; we went to her birthday party March 1. I seem to have a habit of not finishing gifts for her friends{at least in time for the party}. This is something I need to work on.

I knit P. a Petite Garter Cowl, but since it was just garter stitch, it was boring, and I did NOT want to work on it. It took me 1 1/2 weeks to complete, when it should have taken me 1-2 hours. Do you have craft projects like that? This project would be great for someone who is just learning how to knit; I prefer projects that are going to keep my attention at least for awhile.

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

$25 Diaper Junction Gift Certificate {Giveaway}

Indyposted, a newsmedia site offering breaking news daily in all areas of interest (politics, entertainment, sports, U.S., etc.) is sponsoring a giveaway for my cloth diapering fans.  Indyposted knows how hard it is to find time to stay up-to-date with news when you're wrangling a baby, but they make it easy for you to check headlines & breaking news in a snap.

One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Diaper Junction.  This contest is open to adults, 18 and older, worldwide.  Should a winner be chosen outside of the continental U.S., that winner will receive $25 in PayPal cash instead.

Please enter through the form below.

Giveaway is over. Winner: B. Lozano.

10 March 2014

Currently {March 10, 2014}

Thinking about what projects I want to make for my children-Charis and Lil' J-before Lil' J is born. I'd like to make a rag quilt for my son {using flannel that I bought ages ago and have not done anything with} and a mug rug for Charis {using fabric scraps from previous projects}. Charis enjoys drinking pink herbal tea or lemon water while I drink my tea or coffee. I think she'd enjoy getting a mug rug, plus it can double as a small placement for snacks.

Reading Meet Felicity to Charis. Growing up I loved reading the American girl series.

Listening to shape note singing with my husband-not my favorite thing to listen to, but he enjoys it, so I'll listen along with him.

Watching The Little Princess with Charis earlier today; she enjoyed watching it. I forgot how many things were different in the Shirley Temple version compared to the book. Hopefully, The Little Princess will be a book I'll read to Charis soon {I need to read the other books I borrowed from the library first}.

Thankful for the four bags that are in the van, hopefully going to the thrift store tomorrow. The two bags of trash and the bag of recycling that has gone out of the apartment. There's still MUCH to do for the #40bagsin40days challenge, but it's slowly happening.

I'm also thankful for the small raise my husband received from his tutoring job; I have frustrations with his work, but he enjoys it and it's a way God has provided for us.

Charis watching The Little Princess. Excuse the mess, I wish
my apartment was clean and organized enough to be in a Martha Stewart
magazine, but it's not.

Ironic that as I'm trying to get rid of clutter, I buy three items on
clearance at Target-a pair of pants {5T} for Charis, a Cherokee
shirt {12 mos} for Lil' J, and a Christmas gift for my niece.
Linking up at A Mama Collective.

04 March 2014

40 Bags in 40 Days De-cluttering Challenge

Starting tomorrow {March 5}, I'm planning on joining White House, Black Shutters in a 40 bags in 40 days de-cluttering journey. As I wrote yesterday, I'm already in a purging mood-I need to clean and get rid of our "junk". It's not junk, but to me it's in the way and needs to get out. 

It often seems like I have a hard time breathing-not really. We don't have space for everything and I thought I was over the hurdle, but Christmas came and Charis received LOTS of toys from family-most of which I either returned to the store without a receipt or gave away. I have learned one thing from Christmas 2013-next year I'm going to put clothes that Charis will need for the next size up. A few things I hope to do...
  • Get rid of Charis's clothes to the thrift store-to family members who hoped I'd hand down clothes, sorry that's not happening. I will not keep them in our tiny apartment for the next 6-10 weeks before Lil' J comes.
  • Clean the pantry-get rid of food {thankfully there's not too much} that has long since expired.
  • Wipe down the kitchen cupboards-get rid of a lot of our mugs.
Will you be joining me and others in this challenge?
I'm looking forward to it. Thankfully, the bags can be any size.
The good news is Sundays are OFF, even if they weren't I was going to take them off. 

03 March 2014

Currently {March 3, 2014}

Thinking about everything that needs to be done before Lil' J comes. I have three garbage bags of clothes/toys/etc. that need to get OUT of our apartment and go to the thrift store. I also want to pack up more boxes. We still live in a one bedroom apartment, and we'd like to move this summer. BUT, Drew is applying for jobs at different locations, and we don't know where we'll end up. Going through things and getting rid of our stuff {AKA junk} is hard since I'm a pack rat, but I've come to realize more and more that my treasure is in heaven. When I die, the stuff I have will not come with me.

Reading Why I decided to spill the beans early in my pregnancy. Okay, I didn't spill them as soon as I could. I found out I was pregnant late August, but my parents were coming to visit 1-2 weeks after I found out. Since I wanted to tell them in person {my favorite way for announcing pregnancies}, we had to be quiet and not tell family until the same time frame we told my parents. I told 3 really close friends before we told our families because I wanted prayer for the baby after all he is a child, a living human being created in God's image. I wanted their support and since they saw me 2+ times/week, they'd start getting suspicious by how tired I was. Ultimately, I don't think there's a "right" time or a "wrong" time to announce a pregnancy, but I no longer look down on women who do decided to announce it right away.

Listening to Spanish (Listen and Learn a Language, 5), a Spanish learning CD that we borrowed from the library. Charis loves Spanish pre-school and constantly asks, "Mama, what's the Spanish would for sink? What's the Spanish word for washing my hands? How do you say oatmeal?" Sadly, I often have no clue and tell her, "We'll ask Daddy when he gets home." Thankfully Drew is able to answer these questions since he received his Masters degree in Spanish translation.

Watching various DVDs {fictional and non-fictional} on Irish history/stories. Shadow Dancer and Micheal Collins. Both of which I like, but my mother did not finish watching them because they hit too close to home for her, since she remembers the troubles in Northern Ireland having grown up there.

Thankful that we have a roof over our heads to protect us from the weather. That we have heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. When I want to complain about the size of our living space, I try to remind myself to be thankful that we have a home in a safe neighborhood.

I'm thankful for the enjoyment Charis and I have with each other: Duplo building blocks and eating popcorn.

What are you doing currently?
Linking up at A Mama Collective.

Ozeri Green Earth Smooth Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan {Review}

This is a sponsored post. I received an 8 inch pan for Ozeri for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links.

As my Teflon pots and pans wear down and get scratched, I have slowly been replacing them with stainless steal and cast iron pans. I recently learned about Ozeri green earth frying pans. They come in three sizes: 8 inch, 10 inch, and 12 inch.
  • Unlike other ceramic cookware brands, the Ozeri pan utilizes an ultra-safe ceramic coating derived from nature which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.
  • Delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating as found in nature (no heavy metals or chemicals) that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge die-cast aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant Bakelight handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

I have been using The 8" Green Earth Frying Pan by Ozeri, with Smooth Ceramic Non-Stick Coating (100% PTFE and PFOA Free) for 4-6 weeks now and use it at least 5 times/week. I wanted to really try it out before writing a review. So far, I cannot be more pleased. I have used it to caramelize onions, saute peppers, cook chicken, cook eggs, make pancakes, and have had NO problems with food sticking. Everything just slides off. I also like how easy it is to clean; I don't have to have it soak for so many minutes before trying to scrub food off. The only downside is the pan does not come with it's own lid; it is purchased separately on Amazon for $13.45. The 8 inch pan can currently be purchased for $25.95.

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