Wife, Mummy, Nurse: November 2014

27 November 2014

15% Coupon Code for Eyla's

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Visit Eylas.com and save 15% while you can!  Happy Holidays!

26 November 2014

Nine Naturals #Giveaway

Welcome to our week-long giveaway that we are co-hosting with a fabulous group of mommy bloggers from across the United States and Canada. We are very excited to be giving away toxic-free goodies from Brooklyn (New York) based company Nine Naturals. Forward-thinking Nine Naturals make personal products which are smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. They craft their products using only natural and organic ingredients, which include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deodorant, body wash, sunscreen and lip balm. Mommy Beware For a health conscious mother or mother-to-be, most of us are well aware as to the dangers of eating genetically modified foods and foods sprayed with pesticides. We are aware of the dangers of drinking coffee, consuming alcohol, or smoking during pregnancy, and so many other things. However, not a lot of attention is spent on the dangers of slathering disease-causing chemicals and endocrine disruptors on our bodies, which are found in most mainstream personal products. Especially, as these are used on a daily basis! The skin is the largest organ, and it aptly absorbs whatever is put on it very quickly, traveling into the blood stream, moving around the body, and of course this can affect a fragile fetus growing inside. So What is Available and Safe to use during pregnancy 

24 November 2014

Currently {November 24, 2014}

Thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! This is my FAVORITE time of the year. I have been torturing my husband by playing Christmas on and off music since July. Knitting projects for my nieces and nephew have commenced. Actually, my nephew's is finished. It's just my two nieces' gifts that I need to complete.

We're looking forward to seeing our immediate {and extended} families this week. On Thursday, we'll be at my parent's house for Thanksgiving-having traditional American Thanksgiving food. On Friday, we'll be at my mother-in-law's house eating Italian food for our second Thanksgiving meal.

20 November 2014

Kitty Baby Slippers #YarnAlong

I have started knitting both of my nieces their Christmas gifts, and better yet, the great thing about knitting for babies/toddlers is they don't need a lot of yarn for their projects. So, stash busting it is.

K. will {hopefully} receive a pair of kitty baby slippers. I write "hopefully" because I have to felt them and if they felt to be too small, I'll just have to give them to another baby. I knit both soles. Unfortunately, once I started knitting the main part on one of the slippers, I ran out of yarn. Since the slippers are a gift for someone else, I am going to buy more yarn at JoAnn Fabrics. 

I am knitting a pair of longies for M. On her Christmas list, her parents wrote she needed some leggings. I found some yarn {Patons classic wool and Cascade 220} that I'm going to use for her project. The waistband is pink, the body of the pants will be knit in birds of paradise, and the legs will be stripes of turquoise and black.

What's on your needles? 
Join me at Ginny's Yarn Along.

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10 November 2014

Currently {November 10, 2014}

Currently enjoying a visit with my in-laws. They made a five hour trek to visit us-or really, visit our children. Lil' J has been wooing them with his smile. Charis spent the night with them at their hotel and went swimming with Grandma this morning.

Tonight, I went to the library and swung through the Starbucks drive through without my children. I love them, but must admit, it was nice to go to the library and quickly get what I went for. I tried the Chestnut Praline Latte tonight; it was so delicious, much, much better than the Pumpkin Spiced Latte.

09 November 2014

Pineapple Chicken Curry #Recipe

Remember the Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest I wrote about in October? I submitted a recipe to Chiquita over a week ago. The three ingredients for the week I submitted my recipe were: Pineapple, Spinach, and Bananas. The first thing that came to my mind was, "I need to make a smoothie recipe, but that's the obvious thing to make." I was then reminded of the vast array of foods my aunt made for my Grandad's 90th birthday. My favorite dish was a pineapple curry recipe. Unfortunately, I did not get the recipe from her. Then, I decided to come up with a recipe for a curry dish. Bananas did not go in the dish itself, instead they were a garnish on top of the curry.

08 November 2014

Save Up to 50% Off on Crafty's Online Classes

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Have you wanted to try a new craft? Or advance your skill set in knitting, crocheting, sewing, art, or photography? Then don't miss Craftsy's Shop to Unlock Sale happening now! Get up to 50% off online classes for a limited time only! If you purchase a class during the flash sale, you will unlock a second set of classes on sale. For users that purchase, you will receive a subsequent email with a link "unlocking" the next set of classes. Hurry, this offer expires on November 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy's Shop to Unlock Sale now and save big.

What class would you like to take?

07 November 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas found on Zuilily

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Christmas is coming! After today, there are six more Fridays left. One of my favorite websites is Zulily. There you can purchase items for the whole family for a percentage off regular retail price. 

Here are five categories I found that would make good Christmas gifts:

06 November 2014

21 Day Walk Challenge

Before children I used to love Daylight Savings Time-but now, I very much dislike it. Before DST, after Charis and Justin woke up from their naps, we often walked to the park. Justin rode in the stroller, and I brought a jump rope to work out while Charis was playing at the playground and swings. But now since it gets darker, it is often too late to walk to the park.

On Monday morning, I saw Leslie Sansone posted a 21 Day Walk Challenge on her Facebook page. Woohoo!! This is just what I needed. I hope to get back into taking my children for walks, but I need to find the time that now best suits our needs. Monday afternoon, after both children woke up, we went to the library to borrow the DVDs suggested in this week's workout.

05 November 2014

My First Soaker #YarnAlong

First hand knit soaker made by me in 2010.
As a little girl, I remember visiting my granny in Northern Ireland. I loved watching her knit. I remember asking my granny, "Will you teach me how to knit?" She taught me the garter stitch. When I went home that summer, every now and then I would knit. But distance wise, I was not close to granny and my new knitting skill slowly dwindled.

In college, I picked up knitting again. My first year of nursing school, I even knit a few scarves as Christmas gifts, but thought, "Knitting is boring." Looking back, I realize I was bored with knitting the garter stitch all the time. I did not seek to expand my skills.

04 November 2014

Audrey BumGenius 4.0 Snap #Giveaway

One of my favorite cloth diaper brands is BumGenius, since I have found their diapers fit my daughter when she was still in diapers at 40 lbs. I bought this diaper to give as a baby gift, but the person I bought it for, did not like the print. Since I have a boy, I decided not use it on him. As a result, I'm giving it away on my blog.

What's your favorite BumGenius print that has been released?

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BumGenius 4.0 Diaper #Giveaway

BG 4.0 Giveaway

Who doesn't want to celebrate her birthday by giving away a cloth diaper?!

It's Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den's 21st birthday (haha!) and Renee at Lil' Monkey Cheeks is helping her celebrate by giving away a BumGenius 4.0 to one lucky winner! The giveaway is open to Canadian and US entrants, and the winner will receive her choice of BumGenius solid colour 4.0 pocket diaper. (ERV $22) Please see the Rafflecopter form for full terms & conditions. Runs Nov. 4 at 12 AM until Nov. 17 at 11:59 PM, EST.

Win a BumGenius 4.0!

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Bloggers were not compensated for promoting this giveaway. Please contact Lindsay at MamanLoupsDen(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions.

03 November 2014

Yarn Giveaway #Thankful4Followers

Welcome to the [2nd Annual] Thankful for our Followers Giveaway Hop hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!
YOU are the reason that bloggers like us host giveaways so we've decided it’s time for all of us bloggers to show even more of our appreciation to you… our readers and blog followers.

One of my favorite hobbies is knitting, especially in the fall and winter. This time of year, I can often be found knitting Christmas gifts. I will be giving away a small yarn package, perfect for knitting or crocheting items for yourself or family. The yarn I will be giving away includes:
  • Sugar ' n Cream-Psychedelic {ARV $2.99}
  • Patons Kroy Sock Stripe-Meadow Stripe {$7.49}
  • Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash-Apple Green {$5.99}
  • KnitPicks Comfy Worsted-Zinnia {$2.99}
  • Lion Brand Bonbons-Celebrate {$7.99}

 Normally we offer giveaways with entries to help boost our blog and following numbers, but this Hop is all about making it easier on YOU.
Each blogger in this Hop is offering a wonderful prize, worth at least $25 and ALL giveaways have only ONE way to enter! Hop around to them all as we show you how we’re Thankful for YOU! Enter below via Rafflecopter.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Thankful for Our Followers participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

If you won this giveaway, what would you make with the yarn?

02 November 2014

Sitting Still During Church

Drinking her Nesquik
We have been working with Charis on sitting still in her seat and listening to what is being said during church. She, like any active four year old, is not always very good at this. There are some Sundays where we are up and down over and over again-taking her to the bathroom, taking her out of church, and helping her refocus her attention.

01 November 2014


Yesterday was Halloween: it was my daughter's first time trick or treating-or in our case trunk or treating. In the past, we have never gone trick or treating. Charis's first three Halloweens were spent at our church Reformation party. Last year, we did not have a Reformation party, but I was in Pennsylvania, at my parents' house on Halloween.

This was the first year we did not have any other obligations. The last few weeks I have been "slaving" away on my child's costumes. Okay, I joyfully knit them.