Wife, Mummy, Nurse: October 2014

29 October 2014

Kitty Hat #Yarn Along

On Saturday night, I told my mother, "I'll be finished with Charis's kitty hat by Tuesday." Unfortunately, I have not cast off yet. I finished one of the ears, It will take less than 30 minutes to finish the other ear. I am not looking forward to weaving in all the ends.

Other than water, one of my favorite beverages to drink is tea, especially chai tea. Since going to Uganda in 2006, I am very particular about the taste of my chai teas. My favorite brand is Tazo organic chai. In the past, I have tried putting together spices and making real, homemade tea, but the results have always been wanting. You can often find me drinking tea and knitting at night after my children go to bed. Do you drink anything when you knit?

#SBMidnightRelease Twitter Party is TONIGHT #Giveaway

@SoftBums #SBMidnightRelease Twitter party

I'm so excited to join SoftBums to celebrate the release of their newest color combination - midnight blue with black snaps! You're invited to celebrate with us at the #SBMidnightRelease Twitter Party on October 29th, beginning at 8 pm CST/9 pm EST! This is an awesome opportunity to meet up with other cloth diaper enthusiasts, learn about what makes SoftBums products unique, and enter to win some great prizes! Ready to Party? Be sure to RSVP using the form below to be eligible to win prizes at the party! Be sure to follow host @InquisitiveMom and sponsor @SoftBums. Only the first entry is mandatory to RSVP, but completing additional entries will increase your odds of winning. You must RSVP and tweet at least once publicly using the hashtag #sbmidnightrelease between 9 pm EST and 10 pm EST on 10/29/14 to be eligible to win. Entries will be verified, so please make sure that your twitter profile is public during the duration of the event.

27 October 2014

Currently {October 27, 2014}

Thinking about soup! The weather is cooler. The temps are lower. Yes, I do realize what I wrote is redundant, but I don't care. A few soup recipes I have found that sound delicious are:

The many library books I need to take back to the library ASAP! Please tell me I'm not the only one who should have a library wing named after them. Sadly, I have library fines I need to pay and can not borrow any more books until those fines are paid. So, off to the library they will go.

24 October 2014

Preschool Books: From Sheep to Yarn


Lately, my daughter has been interested in everything related to knitting, such as yarn, needles, gauge swatches, patterns stitches. She has asked many questions, "How is yarn made? How do you knit?" I told her, "Yarn comes from sheep." Charis was even more puzzled. I took my daughter to the library in search of children's books to help answer some of her questions. I am doing a very informal unit study with Charis about processing wool-from sheep to yarn. How wool becomes yarn for preschoolers.

22 October 2014

Kitty Hat and Guest Posting #YarnAlong

I started knitting Charis the "Kitty Hat", but I have not gotten very far because caring for my son and nourishing him is more important than knitting. On Halloween, Charis will dress up as Hello Kitty. For Charis's birthday, Aunt Jen and Uncle Robbie gave her a Hello Kitty shirt. I bought Hello Kitty fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric to sew her a skirt, and I'm knitting her a kitty hat. Once the hat is finished, I plan on embroidering eyes and attaching a knit bow on the hat.

Canadian WAHM Superheroes #Giveaway

3 (4)Welcome and bienvenue to the Canadian WAHM Superheroes Super Giveaway, hosted by Lindsay at Maman Loup's Den!

When Lindsay first took the plunge into becoming a Work-at-Home Mom, she went in search of a community of fellow WAHMs with whom to network. Finding only resources suitable to American Moms, she decided to create her own group. She called it "Canadian WAHM Superheroes" because it can sometimes take superhuman powers to manage a home-based business and a home!

This giveaway highlights the creations of 11 Canadian WAHMs and is open to their target audience: CANADIANS! (Shipping costs make cross-border business pretty tricky) Check out these 11 awesome prizes for 11 lucky-duck Canuck winners:

Exclusive one-size Ella Bella Bum cloth diaper with inserts & booster

EBB Prize

When planning the Canadian WAHM Superheroes giveaway, Lindsay knew she had to get Sam from Ella Bella Bum on board, and she hasn't even had the chance to try one of her diapers yet! The frenzy that surrounds Ella Bella Bum stockings is pure insanity, and she's noticed fellow cloth diapering Moms in Québec have gotten on the EBB train, too. If you're curious about EBBs, check out Celeste from Thinking About Cloth Diaper's recent review. Sam is generously offering one winner a "3 Wishes" Exclusive, One Size Diaper with inserts and booster. This print is specifically designed for Ella Bella Bum. Retail value: $44.75

Headband Pack from Miss Molly Bowtique

Miss Molly Bowtique Prize

Miss Molly Bowtique offers a variety of hair accessories that are suitable for girls of all ages. Based out of Comox, BC she will be offering a headband pack valued at $30 where the winner will get to choose the sizing of the headband!

Custom Diaper from Butt Ons Cloth Diapers

Butt Ons Prize

Butt Ons Cloth Diapers is based in Alexandria, Ontario. She makes hybrid fitted, newborn, OS, and over-night diapers. One lucky winner will receive a free custom diaper valued at $32.

Prize Pack from Little Miss Bows and Bands
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Farah at Little Miss Bows and Bands is offering 1 set of baby leg Warmers, a set of 3 shabby headbands and 2 clips to one lucky winner! Perfect for that Little Miss in your life. Retail value: $30

Custom Cloth Diaper or Custom Mama Pads & Wrap from Occupied Mind Creations

OCM prize

Occupied Mind Creations based in Bothwell, Ontario is offering your choice of either a custom standard all-in-two or hybrid diaper (not organic or import) valued at $26 OR 2 custom regular mama pads and a pad wrap, valued at $25. Lettermail shipping is on OMC!

Two Diaper Covers and Choice of Inserts from Eenvoudig

Eenvoudig Prize

One lucky winner will choose two Diaper Covers and two Prefolds or a Hemp Bamboo Trifold from Eenvoudig's Etsy store. Retail value: $25.

Calvin Klein-Inspired Onesie Diaper Cake or Equivalent Store Credit from Sweet Little Baby Cakes

Sweet Little Baby Cakes Prize

















Sweet Little Baby Cakes based in Courtenay B.C. specializes in newborn diaper cakes. These practical & unique baby gifts for the new mother have what the new mommy wants and needs the most...a lot of diapers. We also carry photo props including newborn headbands, photo wraps, maternity sashes & bunting flags. We ship our products across Canada & to the U.S & offer free delivery/shipping from Campbell River to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. One lucky winner will receive a Calvin Klein Inspired Onesie Cakevalued at$40.00. This mini three tier diaper cake is whipped from 50 size 1 Pampers Swaddlers diapers Topped & frosted with 2 C.K onesies, 2 matching headbands, 1pr. alligator clips & coordinating ribbon. Approximate size 10" round by 14" high. Since not everyone needs a diaper cake, the winner may also choose $40 shop credit. Sweet Little Baby Cakes can make cloth diaper cakes upon request!

  A Walda Hat from C.T. Zill Creations

CT Zill Creations

C.T.Zill Creations is based in Thorold, Ontario. Carla is a WAHM who, in her spare time, loves to crochet, make custom jewelry and repair cloth diapers. One lucky winner will receive a Walda hat valued at $30. Super thick and cozy, this basket-weave hat is sure to get noticed! With a cute pom-pom and just the right amount of slouch, this hat is sure to become a favourite. Made from 100% Acrylic.

A Hybrid Diaper and Bib from Mouse & Hatter Designs

Mouse & Hatter Designs

Mouse & Hatter Designs is an Ottawa based company all about your little one's comfort while creating products that are eco-friendly and handmade. She specializes in hybrid fitted cloth diapers/accessories and other customizable children's apparel made with organic and/ or upcycled materials. ie: Diaper pants, shirts, hoodies, booties, bibs, cloth wipes, custom orders etc. The lucky winner will receive 1 OS hybrid diaper and bib valued at 35$!!!

Four Lanyards and Three Keychains from Cold Lipstick's Garden

cold lipsticks garden

Cold Lipstick's Garden is pleased to be giving away a set of 4 lanyards of the winners choosing, as well as 3 key chains! Valued at $35. Headband for Mom and Matching Baby Accessory from Apple Tree Baby

WAHM super contest

Apple Tree Baby is a Saskatoon-based business specializing in handmade mom and baby items. The winner will receive an adult sized twist headband and their choice of either a matching child-sized twist headband or matching child-sized slouchy beanie. Valued at $25.

The Canadian WAHM Superheroes Giveaway is open to Canadians only. Please see the Giveaway Tools form for full terms and conditions.
Participating bloggers were not compensated for their promotion of this giveaway. Bloggers are not responsible for technical failures or sponsors' inability to fulfill prize commitments. Please contact Lindsay at mamanloupsden(at)gmail(dot)com with any questions or concerns.

21 October 2014

Reminded of My Weakness

Saturday night, my 5 month old woke up not once, but five times. 8 AM Sunday, I cried. It was officially the fifth time he woke up since 12 AM, and he was not going back to sleep. Drew helped out and got up with Charis and the baby.

Sunday night, Lil' J woke up four times. That is not including the two times I finished nursing him, put him back in his crib, and he woke up crying again within 10 minutes. Both of those times, I picked him back up and nursed him again on both breasts. Monday morning, I was exhausted, impatient, and felt like I was losing my mind.

20 October 2014

Currently {October 20, 2014}

Brief recap of our life currently: On Saturday, we had our church picnic. It was cold and windy. I was so thankful that I brought a hat and cardigan for Lil' J. My daughter did NOT want to wear her jacket. Most of the evening I let her get her way, but about 30 minutes before leaving, I firmly told her, "Put it on." She obeyed, but as she put it on, she said, "I'm not cold."

At the picnic, one of the games involved a pair of disguise glasses. Charis was given a pair of glasses after the picnic. Yesterday before church, I had fun putting them on my son and taking a picture of the little cutie.

18 October 2014

Surprise Ride #Review #Giveaway


Charis is at an age where she is very inquisitive, constantly asking questions, and wanting to create things. Unless things change, our plan is to home school our daughter next year. I have been doing informal educational activities with Charis.  When I saw an opportunity to review a Surprise Ride educational subscription box, I jumped at the chance.

Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest #ChiquitaCookingLab #MMLovesChiquita

Do you love bananas and cooking or baking? Then check out the Chiquita Cooking Lab Contest going on now.

  • Each week 3 ingredients will be listed. Just scratch off the ticket each week to see the ingredients.
  • Create a recipe using those three ingredients. The recipe can have more ingredients, but it has to have the three listed ingredients each week.
  • Submit your recipe over at Chiquita anytime before Sunday ends.
Want more incentive to enter the contest? Each week there will be one $4000 Grand Prize Winner. Plus, there will be four random first Prize winners winning a Chiquita prize pack. 

The contest runs from now through November 24, 2014.

What recipe will you create?
This is a sponsored post.
I will be receiving a GC for promoting the Chiquita
Cooking Lab Recipe Contest.

17 October 2014

$25 GC to Adelaide's Attic by Director Jewels #TreatYourself

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind… treats!  Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own - so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveaway - from Step2!



Wife, Mummy, Nurse will be giving away a $25 GC to Adelaide's Attic by Director Jewels. At Adelaide's Attic you will find beautiful hair accessories-headbands and clips, soft toys-loveys and pillows, and birthday party planning customized printables.

Does your little girl love Disney Princesses, then you will want to check out the Set of 6 Pretty Princess Felted Clippies.


Are you a Patriots fan and want to go all out and wear a headband for the big game, then check out the Royal Blue, Silver headband.


Want to make a purchase to Adelaide's Attic yourself, use this code: BLOG2014WIFEMUMNURSE for 10% off any purchase through 11/30/14. These items would make cute stocking stuffers for your children and/or nieces.

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


16 October 2014

Ageless Derma Pressed Mineral Foundation #Review


When I was in high school and college, I loved getting dressed up and putting on makeup. Now I enjoy it even more. When I do wear makeup, I usually go with a barely there look, since that is what Drew likes most.

I was recently given the chance to review Ageless Derma's Natural Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation. It is Paraben free, contains Vitamin A, E, and Green tea extracts, and has broad spectrum sun protection. Ageless Derma is cruelty free.

15 October 2014

Felted Baby Yoda Hat #YarnAlong #Knitting

This year, I plan on taking Charis and Justin trick or treating, but I refuse to pay tons of money on a costume. So, I decided to knit part of their costumes. I bought some green wool yarn at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft store a few years ago. I decided to knit a Felted Baby Yoda Hat for my son. He'll wear green pants, a long sleeve white onesie, and the yoda hat. Out of pocket money spent on his costume = <$2

The Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt #Giveaway



Welcome to The Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt! Halloween is right around the corner so Cloth Diaper Addicts and some blogging buddies decided that it would be fun to do a fabulously spooky giveaway with a twist! Hidden around our blogs, there’s a jack o’ lantern or two. Find the jack o’ lantern and enter it in the Rafflecopter form for 10 points! Not to worry, every good scavenger hunt comes with hints to find the goodies. One lucky winner will come away with a brand new bumGenius Freetime Jules!

 This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States and Canada, ages 18 and up. Here’s your hints. And don’t forget to come back for the daily entries to increase your odds of winning! Good luck!

Cloth Diaper Addicts pumpkin #1 - You feel just a little bit smarter for knowing all about these brilliant diapers.

Cloth Diaper Addicts pumpkin #2 - I’ll tell you what I think about this fruity diaper.

Maman Loup’s Den pumpkin - Bonjour! Find my pumpkin and learn the ABCs of saving for your child's education (en français)!

The Anti-June Cleaver pumpkin - Magic Mike’s favorite thing to do to diapers.

Our Piece of Earth pumpkin - There's a new baby in the house! Guess what is on the butt?

First Time Mom pumpkin #1 - Can you cloth diaper in an apartment without in-unit laundry?

First Time Mom pumpkin #2 - Oh no, my baby hates tummy time!

Conservamom pumpkin #1 - What to do when disaster strikes

Conservamom pumpkin #2 - When traveling don't forget your diapers when traveling.

This West Coast Mommy pumpkin - Find me to learn all about diaper origami!

Wife, Mummy, Nurse pumpkin - Find my pumpkin under wool.

Learning and Nesting pumpkin - The fun is in getting your hands dirty.

Retro Modern Melissa pumpkin - Dawgs are a woman's best friend.

According to Carolyn pumpkin - A cloth diapering parent’s BFF

Mommy’s Favorite Things pumpkin - Find my pumpkin to enter to win the Cadillac of cloth diapers

Sunshine Praises pumpkin - You can find cloth in a state that’s nuts.

Cozy Bums Diapers pumpkin - This limited diaper is perfect for a joyous occasion.

 Don’t forget to visit Thinking About Cloth Diapers and The Parenting Patch, too, for more daily entries!

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10 October 2014

Homemade Almond Milk + a Giveaway


One of my favorite treats to drink is smoothies, usually made with almond milk, whey protein powder, and some strawberries. It's so delicious. I usually buy unsweetened almond milk from the grocery store, but I was told it was so easy to make. I decided to try it out myself.

08 October 2014

Fox Scarf #YarnAlong


First Christmas gift down... many more to go. This year, I might do Christmas knitting a bit differently. I'm horrible at knitting something for the same people year after year. I plan on knitting something for my children, two nieces, and nephew.

Veggie Tales: Beauty and the Beet at Family Christian Stores

My daughter was recently introduced to Veggie Tales and has fallen in love it. I am so excited that there's a new Veggie Tales movie coming out: Beauty and the Beet.

Beauty and the Beet, releasing October 11, is a story about Mirabelle and her traveling family band, the Veggie Tones. They are determined to make their next gig at Vegetable Square Garden. On their journey, a fierce winter snowstorm hits, and the family gets stuck at a run-down resort! 

07 October 2014

Currently {October 7, 2014}

Thinking about how excited I am our local library reopened!!! Last November it closed for renovations and was supposed to reopen in May... five months after it was supposed to reopen, it finally did. Yes, sometimes I love the efficiency of the government.

My next knitting project. On Saturday evening, Charis, Justin, and I went on a walk. I tried putting my son's hat on, but it was too small. I decided that after I finish my nephew's Christmas gift, I will knit a hat for my son. But, I have yet to decide on a pattern.

04 October 2014

Pierogi Casserole

In 1994, my family moved from Iowa to Western Pennsylvania. In PA, I was introduced to some new foods: Italian wedding soup, pierogis, and pizzelles. Pierogis are one of my "comfort foods", which is why I don't make them too often. They remind me of the few Pirates games I attended and watched the pierogis race. In my marriage, peirogis are the perfect compromise, since they have pasta on the outside {representing Drew's Italian heritage} and potatoes on the inside {Grandad was a potato farmer in Northern Ireland}.

03 October 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. There are many good things about autumn: cooler temps, more knitting, walking to the park, wearing sweaters, leaves changing colors, apple picking, Halloween, Thanksgiving, getting ready for Christmas, spending time with family, soups, baking, candy corn, and pumpkins.

02 October 2014

What to Bring When Shopping at ALDI

Yesterday, I wrote about four reasons I love shopping at ALDI. I have heard people complain about ALDI because they were not aware of what they needed to bring on their first shopping trip. If you have never shopped at ALDI, you will want to read these tips before going on your first grocery shopping trip:

01 October 2014

Corvallis #YarnAlong

I completed my test knit-Corvallis-by Taiga Hillard Designs. Let’s just say that I LOVE this pattern. Even though it took me 2+ months to complete, it was very easy. There were many weeks where I was not working on it. When I picked it up again, it was easy to get back into the swing of knitting it.

Four Reasons I Shop at ALDI

When Drew and I were married five years ago, I was not too concerned about saving money at the grocery store. I had a full time job that paid well. But when our daughter was born I cut down my hours and worked PRN, money became tight, so tight that at one point, we only had $5 in our bank account. We had expenses that needed to be paid. On Wednesday nights, Charis and I attended prayer meeting. I was thrilled to discover that there was an ALDI on the way home from prayer meeting, so I started doing our weekly grocery shopping there. 6 months ago, an ALDI opened up less than 2 miles away from our apartment. ALDI is one of my favorite grocery stores; we do the bulk of our grocery shopping there.