Wife, Mummy, Nurse: August 2016

30 August 2016

Preemie Hats #SocialSummer

I hate seeing people suffer. (Especially since the only thing I can do is pray, which is most important.) Even though praying for strangers, friends, and loved ones is important, we should try to do what we can to physically help those in need. 

Soon we'll be moving about 30-40 minutes North of where we currently are. I'm going through things and once again realized, "I have so much yarn. What am I going to do with the skeins that have 30-50 yards." 

A light bulb went off! I should knit preemie and newborn hats and see if there's a local hospital near me that will take donations of hand knit hats. 

On Monday, I knit the first preemie hat this year-red hats for preemies. As you can tell, my hat is not red. I think if the yarn was a lighter color, the heart would be much easier to see. My goal is to knit 52 hats (which is enough to qualify for finishing for Geeky Girls Knit's 52 weeks of charity KAL). 

What ways to you try to spread joy? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders.

24 August 2016

Roasted Garlic

 This is a sponsored post for Moms Meet. 
One of my favorite way to cook vegetables is by roasting them in the oven. I just wash vegetables, cut them up, drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top, place them in the oven, and stir once or twice. Roasting vegetables brings out the flavor so much. Using a good olive oil brings out the flavor much more potently.

Farchioni has been around for 236 years. Farchioni is a great Italian success story that started way back in 1780 and is now on people’s tables all over the world, with products recognized and prized for their quality.

A few facts about Extra virgin olive oil:
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is the freshly pressed juice of olives. It is cold pressed, meaning it is pressed without heat or chemicals.
• With a high smoking point of 400°F extra virgin olive oil is suitable for cooking and can enhance any dish by drizzling on as a finisher.
• Store oil in a dark cool pantry away from heat and light, which causes decay. 57°F is the best temperature for storing and beware not to store your oil next to the stove. To ensure freshness, consume oil within 6 months from opening. 

Where to buy: Farchioni oil is available at Whole Foods North Atlantic Region (New York metro market), Gourmet Garage in NYC, Best Markets in Long Island and Adams Fairacre north of New York City.

A delicious way to use Farchioni is to roast garlic. It's so simple; once you roast garlic, you will never want to buy crushed garlic in a jar again.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Peel the papery skins off the garlic bulb and throw them away.
  3. Cut the tops off the individual garlic cloves.
  4. Place garlic bulb on aluminum foil. Drizzle with Farchioni extra virgin olive oil. Wrap the bulb with aluminum foil and place in oven (top side up).
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. (The cloves will feel soft when pressed.)
  6. Remove from oven and cool.
  7. Use the roasted garlic with bread, pasta dishes, vegetables, or eat it by the clove.
Have you heard of Farchioni extra virgin olive oil? What's your favorite way to use olive oil?

23 August 2016

Freezer Corn

A little over a week ago, my parents were visiting us. They brought 34 ears of corn with them and gave them all to us. I like corn, but there's no way we can eat 34 ears of corn before they go bad. Instead of wasting what we did not eat, I decided to preserve the taste of summer by freezing the corn. It's SO EASY to preserve corn. If you are given extra corn cobs, make freezer corn.

Steps:


  1. Place a pot of water on the stove and bring to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, shuck all the corn. (If you have extra helpers, AKA children, put them to use and have them shuck the corn.) Take as much as the silk off the corn as possible.
  3. Once the water has boiled, place corn cobs in boiling water. Boil for 3-4 minutes. After boiling, place the corn cobs in ice water.
  4. Cut the kernels off the corn cobs. Place kernels in freezer safe bags.
Have you ever made freezer corn? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders.

22 August 2016

(un)Natural Mom #Review

When I announced I was expecting my first child, it seemed that everyone had an opinion about something. Instead of sending my child to public school, I should homeschool, but I should do it exclusively at home-not use any co-ops, tutorials, or Classical Conversations. Or, I should not let my daughter celebrate Halloween because that's "celebrating Satan". I should breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, but stop as soon as my daughter reached 12 months old. I should not co-sleep with my daughter because think how that affects your marriage. These were just a small portion of the comments I received, from friends in the church. The world has so many more opinions about how I raise my children.

About the Book:
Unnatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…
—Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are—Move beyond the myths of “supermom”—Complete a profile to determine your own parenting style—Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you—Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
About the Author:
Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.
My thoughts:

What is an (un)Natural Mom? "An (un)Natural Mom is any mom who finds some everyday aspect of motherhood so challenging that she experiences shame, fear, or even despair." (p 14) I don't experience shame, fear, or despair everyday, but I find myself quick to be angry at my children at least once. (It does not always show outwardly, but if you were to cut my heart open, you'd see black.)

This book was not quite what I was expecting. I thought there would be more about how unrealistic our culture's standards of mothering are and moving beyond the myths of "supermom", but 6 out of 9 chapters in (un)Natural Mom were devoted to the parenting-style profile and gave examples for the various types of parenting-styles. I enjoyed reading the different styles, but it seemed more like a "how to" book than a book about relying on Jesus. There were verses in the book, but instead of pointing to Christ, they pointed back to the parenting-style profile.

My favorite quote (responding to the question: Who first called you by the name Mom?) is found on page 252:
Our first calling came from God Himself. When He allowed you to conceive a child, whether in your own body or not, He called you Mom, long before anyone knew.
Do you find it hard to be a mom? Are there things your children do that just push your buttons the wrong way? I was given this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in anyway? 

19 August 2016

Family Christian Review #Giveaway



Family Christian is a Christian retailer, operating in 250 stores across the country. Right now Family Christian is having a Buy 1 Get 50% off sale ALL Books, Movies and Music for the whole family! Shoppers can mix and match products to get the deal, which means they don’t need to shop within the same department. The sale goes through August 25, so head over to a Family Christian store now.

I was sent a Family Christian appreciation certificate to write about my experiences with shopping there. Usually, I have had an easier time shopping at an actual store. I believe there online purchasing needs to have room for improvement.

Cons:

"Available in-store only." There were at least 5-10 items I was interested in, but they were available in-store only. When I typed in my zip code, it said, "Out of stock." (In all three locations that are near me.)

"Coupons may not apply." When I finally decided to purchase a certain book, I was told (on the phone) that the appreciation certificate I had could not be used to purchase that item.

There are times it seems like the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. I placed a phone order last Friday, August 12, 2016. After giving the appreciation certificate number, along with my address, I was told that I would receive an email with the order confirmation number. After not receiving an email for 3+ hours, I decided to email Family Christian stores. On Monday, this is the response I received, "When did you place this order? I checked our system, and I don’t see this item purchased from you. I just found 3 different people which don’t match your first or last name." I replied to the sender about when I purchased the item with the appreciation certificate. I received an email, on Tuesday, with my order details and received the item I purchased later that day. It would have been nice to receive a confirmation email immediately, instead of having to go search for the email.


Pros:

When I spoke and emailed with people at Family Christian, they were kind and courteous. They responded to my emails quickly (within 24 business hours).

The different in-store experiences I have had have been better than my online experiences (which have been hit and miss). I am one who prefers to go to a store, instead of shopping online. (I like to be able to look at what I'm interested in purchasing.)

One item, I would LOVE to get my hands on is, especially since Chariots of Fire is one of my favorite movies. Plus, Eric Liddell as from Scotland; you can't go wrong there.

Book: For the Glory by Duncan HamiltonDescription: Eric Liddell, hero of Chariots of Fire, ran and lived for the glory of God. This compelling narrative is his untold and inspiring story of athletic heroism and faith in the darkest circumstances—from his Olympic medal to his missionary work in China to his last, brave years in a Japanese work camp during World War II.

Family Christian is offering my readers a $25 appreciation certificate of their own! Enter via Rafflecopter below. What item would you like to purchase with the certificate? Where's the nearest store to you?

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18 August 2016

$50 Baltic Essentials Store Credit #Giveaway

Here's a chance for you to win $50 store credit to Baltic Essentials!

Baltic Essentials carries a wide variety of jewelry for children, adults and pets too!  The collection includes Baltic Amber and Hazelwood designs that are very trendy and are known to aid in teething pain and other ailments.  All jewelry comes with an authenticity guarantee.  You can read more about Baltic Essentials by visiting the review by Latched On Mom HERE.

To enter, just fill out the competition form below! Open to US and Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/16/16-8/30/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!


Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This post may contain affiliate links. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com

16 August 2016

Pippi Longstocking #SocialSummer

When I was 5 years old, I spent the night at my best friend's house. Her parents decided to rent the movie Pippi Longstocking. I remember enjoying the movie and also thinking, "Pippi is very silly." I saw the movie at the library a few months ago and wanted to borrow it, but before borrowing it, I wanted to make sure that I read the book.

Since reading Pippi Longstocking to my daughter last month, I now think Pippi as a cross between Amelia Bedelia, Anne Shirley (from Anne of Green Gables), and Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes). She's hilarious. There were at least a handful of times I ended up in tears because I was laughing so hard. Charis had to ask me, "Should I get daddy? He won't laugh as much."

Who is Pippi? She's a girl who lives all by herself in Villa Villekulla. Her "mother is an angel", and her "pappa is king of the natives". She meets her next door neighbors (two children-Tommy and Annika). Together, these three, along with Mr. Nilsson, the monkey, go on many adventures, including fighting with the police, organizing on an expedition, going to the circus, and rescuing a boy from a fire.

The Pippi Longstocking book I read is illustrated by Lauren Child. I immediately recognized her illustrations as Charlie and Lola. Lauren's illustrations are whimsical. Most of the time, the writing in the book is normal (from left to right), but every so often, in order to add to the story, Lauren bolded a word (for example plutification) or made a sentence backwards.

For those wondering, I did borrow the movie from the library and shook my head wondering, "How did I like this movie? It's horribly dubbed."

What is one book you've been meaning to read? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders

10 August 2016

Missoni Inspired Scarf #YarnAlong

The Summer Olympics are in full swing, which means the Ravellenic games are happening now too!! The 2014 Winter Olympics was the first time I participated in the Ravellenic games. I had a ball. I was able to get SO much knitting accomplished in a short time. This year, I decided to participate again.



The event: Scarf Hockey. The pattern: Missoni Inspired Scarf. Team: Team Knit Equals Joy. I am currently knitting the missioni inspired scarf for myself and using 100% wool or a combination of various animal fibers with wool.



I am also throwing this scarf into the Gilmore Girls KAL co-hosted by Geeky girls knit and The knitting broomstick.

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

09 August 2016

Days of Creation Pin

Pinterest. It's one of my favorite social media platforms. Currently, I have 2315 pins. Most of them, I have yet to try. Last Monday, August 1, I decided to focus on the story of creation for the week for school. (We're doing a very low key, fun school this summer.)

I choose creation because we're going to use Story of the World this year for history. A hesitation I had for using it was that it does not start at creation. No problem. Why do I need a text book to tell me about creation? We have the Bible.

Everyday, Charis and I would sit down on the chair together, and she would read the verses for one day of creation:
Monday-Day 1. Read Genesis 1 v. 1-5.
Tuesday-Day 2. Read Genesis 1 v. 6-8.
Wednesday-Day 3. Read Genesis 1 v. 9-13.
Thursday-Day 4. Read Genesis 1 v. 14-19.
Friday-Day 5. Read Genesis 1 v. 20-23.
Saturday-Day 6. Read Genesis 1 v. 24-31.
Monday-Day 7. Read Genesis 2 v. 1-3. (I planned to read this on Sunday, but we were at church until 5 PM, then we went to a friends' house to visit and fellowship. We left our friends' house around 8:30 PM.)

In order to help her remember the story of creation and what happened on what day, I printed out the pages to this pin. My daughter LOVED creating this book. Unfortunately, on Day 7, there's a picture of a man that I'm guessing is supposed to be Jesus. (Drew and I believe that pictures of Jesus or God is a violation of the 2nd commandment. So, I had Charis pull at a cotton ball and glue it over "Jesus's" face.)

What was the most recent pin that you tried? This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by social insiders. Follow me on Pinterest.

Family Told Story Featuring Me

Are you featured in any often told family stories? Tell us about it.

Yes. My dad loves to tell stories about things. There may be times that he embellishes stories in order to add humor, but not always.

The year-1992. The location-I forget; somewhere east of the Mississippi River. My mum was in Northern Ireland with my brother; they were visiting her parents. When my mum would go visit her parents in Northern Ireland, the leftover siblings would go on a road trip with our dad.

My sister and I traveled with our father for 3+ weeks that summer-between synod and my dad filling in for preachers in Pennsylvania and New York, we had an awesome time. (Don't tell my father that I used the word awesome. He always says, "Only God is awesome. That is rather cool.")

My job was choosing which hotels we stayed at. My requirement was simple: It must have a pool. One of the hotels we inquired about staying at was Holiday Inn. My sister, father, and I went into ask the front desk clerk what the price was. We were told it was over $60 to stay there for the night.

I replied, "Motel 6 is cheaper, and they'll leave the light on for us."

The front desk clerk chuckled and said that he would bring the price down to what we would pay at Motel 6.

I was not trying to be funny or smart. I was an 8 year old who wanted to make sure we were not being frivolous. My father put me in charge of what hotels we stayed at because he new I did NOT like spending money.

Are you featured in any family told stories? If so, what is your story? This is today's BlogHer's writing lab August 2016 prompt.

06 August 2016

Simply Baked Lactation Cookies #Giveaway

Do you need a lactation boost?  Many moms are concerned that they're not making enough milk. One of the most common galactagogues you'll see mentioned is lactation cookies.  Simply Baked is a WAHM business that offers Lactation Cookie Kits and premade Lactation Cookies, Boobie Bites, Lactation Cookie Cups as well as toddler Teething Biscuits and Daddy Cookies!  To learn more about their products, check out Latched On Mom's review.

Want to try these cookies?  To help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Simply Baked is giving away 1 lactation cookies kit of dairy free chocolate chocolate chip (double chocolate chip) and a lactation kit of Ginger Snap Chai. To enter, just fill out the competition form below! Open to US only. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/5/16-8/19/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.



This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!
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Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com

03 August 2016

$50 Store Credit to Momzelle #Giveaway

There are many things happening during World Breastfeeding Week!  Here's some more fun to be had!  You have a chance to win $50 store credit to Momzelle! Just fill out the competition form below to enter! Open to US & Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from 8/3/16-8/17/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.


This giveaway is hosted by Latched On Mom and co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!

Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com

Current WIPs #YarnAlong

Ugh!! My yarn basket is overflowing with WIPs. I have 3-4 things that are late gifts and need to be completed, but the problem is, I pick one up, work on it for 5-10 minutes, then start knitting another project. I need to sit down, finish a project, then move on to the other project.

Two of my current projects are:

Calico scarf. For a teenager at church who graduated from high school.



Star Wars cross stitch. For a Christmas gift. Sometimes I think it will be an ornament, but other times I think I should make a mug rug with it.

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

02 August 2016

Mary Kay Hearts Together Lipstick

One of my friends, Bobbie, has breast cancer. When I was 10 years old, we moved from Iowa to Pennsylvania. My mum was hired to teach 2nd graders at a Christian school. Bobbie was the 7th and 8th grade teacher at that school. At the end of the day, I often went to her classroom just to talk to her. I asked her questions such as, "Are you married? Do you have children? Where did you go to school? What's your favorite book?" She was very patient with me, and answered every single question. When I was in 9th grade, I had her as a classical literature teacher, until the end of January. She went on maternity leave because she was pregnant and had a few more weeks left before her daughter was born.

A few months ago, Bobbie put a request up on Facebook. She was selling Beauty That Counts® Mary Kay® Creme Lipstick, Hearts Together as a fundraiser to help cover her expenses. For each lipstick purchased, part of the proceeds go towards women's shelters and ending domestic violence.

Swatched on the arm.
When my daughter came back from Pennsylvania, she carried the lipstick in her suitcase to give to me. Of course she did not remember to give it to me. Charis came back in June, and a week later, as we were cleaning the bedroom, I emptied the rest of Charis's suitcase? Guess what I found in the front pocket. That's right the lipstick from your fundraiser. When I found it, the little goose said, "Oh, that's from Granny. Mrs. Van Til gave it to her." I immediately stopped cleaning, opened the lipstick, and tried it on.

This lipstick is one of my new favorite things. It's perfect for those with lighter skin, which is ME!!! I like how it does not feel tacky on my lips. It adds the right amount of color, especially for daytime use.

What's your new favorite thing? What's your favorite lip stick? My new favorite thing. This post was written as one of the prompts for the summer blogging challenge by Social Insiders.

Are Fairy Tale Endings Possible?

Do you believe it's possible for some people to get that fairy tale ending of happily ever after? No.

Note: Before you think that I am unhappy in my marriage, that is not the case. Drew and I are happily married. We love our children. That said, our marriage has had its ups and downs. Before I started dating Drew, I definitely treated having a boyfriend and marriage as an idol. (A sin of mine.) I (mistakenly) thought of my future husband as a mini-god. I thought, "Life will be great. I won't have to worry about finances. I will be able to have children and stay at home with them. I will be the perfect wife and mother." (God was gracious in giving me Drew and also humbled me to realized that our daily bread comes from God.)

In Walt Disney movies, we are taught that once the heroines were married, they live happily ever after, but that is not always the case. Yes, in marriage, there is definitely joy, but there is also suffering. Almost 7 years ago, Drew and I exchanged marriage vows:
I pledge you my troth, according to God's holy ordinance, to be your wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward until the end of our days, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish until death do us part.
Even in our marriage vows, we said that we would be faithful to each other "for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish until death do us part."

In my own marriage, at times we have wondered how we were going to be able to buy groceries the next week or even month. At one time, we only had $20 in our bank account. I have been questioned by "friends" about if I should have married my husband since he was not able to "provide financially". Hello, it's a bit late to ask that; he's my husband. And even if he was able to "provide financially" in the beginning, there's nothing to say that 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the road that he will continue to "provide financially". We've had to put having more children on hold due to finances, and I have been to one to bear most of the grief about this-from friends (who think birth control is sinful) and myself (treating children as an idol).

Before getting married, I thought, "I want to have 6 children. Enough to have a basketball team with one substitute." Yes, it could still happen, but I have come to realized more and more that my plans may not be God's plans. We need to trust in Him and to seek Him in prayer.

We have also had many happy times: Births of two children. My graduation from Slippery Rock University with a BSN. Drew completing his PhD. (That had a lot of turmoil, late nights, and crying on both our parts.) Our siblings getting married. 3 nieces being born. 1 nephew born. 1 nephew on the way.

The last seven years, I have realized that marriage does not bring eternal bliss. Drew is a sinner, and I am a sinner. We are two sinners relying on God and pray that He will use us to bring Him glory.

Do you think it's possible for people to get the fairy tale ending of happily ever after? This is today's BlogHer Writing lab August 2016 Prompt.

01 August 2016

Ariel in The Little Mermaid

What is your favorite fairy tale and why?

Ariel in The little mermaid (the Disney version, of course). The first Disney movie I watched as a little girl was The little mermaid. One, I love the ocean and swimming. For the next 5+ years after watching it, I often pretended that I was Ariel swimming around on the ocean floor.

Plus, Sebastian's words could not be anymore truer when he sang:
The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake...
I am often reminded of this song when I'm complaining about the smallness of our living place. Another friend would prefer to live in a tiny home because of the simpler life. (Not me!)

Or when Charis was an only child, I often complained about having only one child. Someone else is drowning in housework, caring for multiple children, and another person has no children and has desperately been trying and praying for just one.

At other times, I wish we had two vehicles. But acquaintances in our neighborhood don't have any cars, and others have more cars, but are not thrilled with the cost ($$$$) of upkeep.

Sebastian's song reminds me to be thankful for the green seaweed in my lake.

So, what is your favorite fairy tale and why? This is today's BlogHer Writing lab August 2016 Prompt.

Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra #Giveaway

The importance of a good pumping bra can not be underestimated. Having both hands free allows you to more efficiently manage your time while you pump which helps you be more productive.  Visit Latched On Mom's review of the Simple Wishes Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra to learn more about how this bra differs from other pumping bras and how it can benefit those who pump.

Simple Wishes is giving away one Signature Hands Free Pumping Bra to help celebrate World Breastfeeding Week! Just fill out the competition form below to enter! Open to US & Canada. Must be 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway runs from 8/1/16-8/15/16. Winner will be announced on this post as well as emailed. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is co-hosted by Mama Hippie & Mama Banana's Adventures!


Latched On Mom received this product in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own, written by me. This post may contain affiliate links. Latched On Mom and other participating bloggers did not receive compensation to promote this giveaway. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other social media. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor's responsibilty. If you have any questions, or have a product you'd like for me to review, please email latchedonmom@gmail.com