The Daily Dozen Best Odds for Toddler’s

 

“You can’t pour from an empty pitcher”

 

I did a post very similar to this a little while ago. I have learned a few things since then. If you would like to check that out first before you go through this you are welcome to click this link.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

It’s hard enough to get toddler’s to eat three meals a day. With their resistance to anything new or green and leafy, and weird adversity to strange textures. If helping a child learn to eat well may never be easy it is especially difficult during toddlerhood, yet it is most important.

Eating habits formed during these years will pretty much last a lifetime. Those busy little bundles of endless activity need a steady diet of nutrients to fuel their never ending, on-the-go lifestyle.

A good diet is very important for growth and development. This doesn’t guarantee good health and long life but “the Best-Odds Toddler Diet can give your child the boost in that direction.

The Best Odds 9 Principles

 

  • Every Bite counts: With toddlers little bellies and fickle tastes, there are just so many bites we can expect them to take. It’s very important that each bite they take be as nourishable as possible.

  • All calories are no the same: always keep the quality of the calories in mind. (The 110 calories in the sugary cereal is not equal to the whole grain bran muffin)

  • Skipping meals isn’t a great idea but it’s a toddler’s prerogative: The toddler who skips regular meals can be prone to irritability and temper tantrums. Try to make up for the missed meal with a nutritious snack.

  • When possible, offer foods that satisfy more than one nutritional requirement. For the child who may be gaining weight slower that others foods like peanut butter, meat, avocado, cheese and beans are good choices.

  • The issue of carbs is complex: when offering carbohydrates to your toddler try using whole grain flours, bread’s, and cereals; brown rice, millet, quinoa, and other whole grains; legumes (dried peas and beans); and whole grain or high protein pasta.

  • There is nothing positive gained from sweet treats: Some studies on the effects of sugar on the behavior of some children have agreed on the idea that children “under the influence” of sugar exhibit hyperactive behavior. Whether you believe that or not, there are still plenty of reasons to limit your toddler’s sugar intake. Sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever. There are no vitamins and no minerals, nothing but calories.

  • The most healthy foods remember where they came from: Gone are the days when we ate what we grew. But, the closer we stick to the natural food chain, the better. Foods that remember their “roots” are much more likely to have the nutrients they had when they were harvested. Try to select baked goods, fruits, and vegetables that are fresh (or fresh frozen) rather than highly processed, canned, or overcooked.

  • A family that eats healthy stays healthy: You will succeed in your efforts to teach your toddler to eat healthy if you and the rest of the family show the example as well.

  • A good diet can be sabotaged by bad habits: the lure of seeing other children eating sugar filled foods and drinks can be tough to ignore. But, staying true at home will make it easier for your child to stay true out of the home.

For now, junk food is the biggest detriment to your toddler’s diet. Make the example for your child as they grow. Don’t indulge in excess with caffeine, sugar, or alcohol,

We know feeding a toddler can be tricky enough without turning food prep into a lab experiment.

Here is an example of an easy guide for The…

Best Odd’s Daily Dozen for Toddler’s

 

  1. calories- an average of 900 to 1,700

  2. Protein: four toddler servings (about 25 grams) one toddler serving is about… 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt, or 1 whole egg

  3. Calcium foods: four toddler servings: 2/3 c milk 1/2 cup yogurt, or 4 oz orange juice

  4. Vitamin c foods: 2 or more toddler servings

  5. green and leafy veggies and fruits- 2 or more toddler servings: 1 medium apricot, 1 slice of cantaloupe, 1 nectarine.

  6. Other fruits and veggies: 1 to 2 or more toddler servings- 1/2 apple, pear, or banana. 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/3 c grapes

  7. whole grains and other complex carbs: 6 or more toddler servings: 1/2 slice whole grain bread, 1/4 whole grain bagel or English muffin, 2 to 3 whole wheat crackers 1/4 cup brown or wild rice

  8. iron rich foods: a little very day- iron-fortified cereals, beef, baked goods made with carob or soy flour, whole grains, wheat germ.

  9. High-fat foods: 5 to 8 toddler servings daily- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, butter, or mayonnaise, 1 1/2 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon peanut butter, 1/4 small avocado, 1 egg

  10. restrict added salt: While everyone needs a fair amount of salt in their diet. But, not the amount that the average American consumes. Restrict your toddlers salt intake to prevent a salt dependency in the future.

  11. Fluids: four to six cups daily- pretty much self-explanatory

  12. supplements: little research has been done to the need of toddlers taking supplements. But, if you think your toddler can benefit from a daily vitamin, I highly recommend Flinstones gummies complete

 

A sample toddler menu as a reference:

breakfast

  • 1/2 c orange juice

  • 1/2 c whole grain breakfast cereal

  • 1/2 c sliced banana

  • 1/2 c milk

 

Mid-morning Snack

  • 1/2 c milk

  • 1/2 slice whole grain bread

  • 2 tsp peanut butter

 

lunch

  • 1/2 grilled cheese on whole wheat

  • a wedge of cantaloupe

  • 1/2 c milk

 

afternoon snack

  • whole wheat pretzels

  • 1/2 c 100% juice

 

dinner

  • 1 oz pasta

  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 c cooked carrot slices

  • 1/2 c milk

 

bedtime snack

  • pear slices

  • fruit cookie

  • 1/2 c milk

 

I have been told by Allie’s doctor that it is a good idea to give her 3 main meals and 3 snacks every day. It seems like a lot, but considering she doesn’t eat all that much in one sitting, it works out well for us. The daily Dozen Best Odd’s is a great comprehensive guide. 

This has been a long post, but I have done some extensive research because Allie is on the smaller side of the weight chart. She is as tall as she should be, but a few pounds under for her curve.

If you have any other advice that works for you, please let me know in the comments.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Chores for Toddlers: If they can walk they can help

“Housework is what a woman does that nobody notices unless she hasn’t done it”

Chores for Toddlers’

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Chores for todlders are a very good idea. There is no doubt that children are messy. It seems that they always leave a path of destruction in their wake. We are constantly picking up after them. It is a never ending story of stepping on Lego’s and doll parts.

But, if they can walk, they can help! Start giving your child little things to do around the house. Depending on their age, there are a lot of things they can do to make life easier. Also, it will teach them the value of having a clean place to enjoy with the family.

There are a bunch of things toddlers can do to help around the house. I’ve chosen 12 chores that Toddlers can do with supervision. This list should help get things done faster and hopefully make it more fun.

These chores for toddlers should be a big help for you and the family.

Chores Toddlers’ can Tackle

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1- Pick up and put away their toys

to make this easier, have a cubby system at their level so they know where their toys go and it’s easy to sort them

2- Put their dirty clothes in the hamper (laundry basket)

this is easy enough just put the clothes in the basket when they take them off

3- Help sort the laundry

this one is pretty easy just dark and lights, also helps with learning colors

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4- Unload the cooled down dryer

Allie loves helping mommy take the clothes out of the dryer 🙂

5- Help get the mail

they can put outgoing mail in the mailbox and bring in the mail for the house

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6- Dust unbreakable items around the house

this is especially good for the meticulous child who likes things just so

7- Unpack and put away unbreakable groceries

Allie really enjoys putting the boxes in the pantry for mommy

8- Sweep the floor with a small broom and dust pan

they will get a kick out of pouring the dirt and dust in the trash

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9- Tear lettuce for salad

a very easy and fun task to prepare for dinner

10- Water the outside plants

having their own small water pitcher makes this a fun experience

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11- Pull weeds

this is a fun chore with supervision so they don’t pull everything

12- Snap green beans

Allie loves doing this with Mommy, she  thinks  it’s silly to hear the snap each time

Including the kids in helping with the chores teaches them responsibility and takes some of the work off of your back.

Knowing how to keep things clean is a great lesson. Children also really love to help out wherever they can. They love to be included in the daily happenings.

I’m sure you can figure out a few more chores for toddlers to help  around the house.

Here is a link for a great chore chart to get you started with your toddler

Wishing you stress-free house cleaning and more fun with your children.

Are there any chores that your children love to tackle? Maybe there are some they absolutely hate? Let me know in the comments.

Have a Wonderful week!!!

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14 of my top favorite blogs for 2016

 

My Top Favorite Blogs of 2016

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I am addicted to reading blogs. All different types, from food and family to fashion and lifestyle. This is a big reason why I decided to start blogging.

The bloggers on this list are the ones I have been reading most this year. Some a lot more than others. They are in no particular order. But, most of them are mom blogs.

I get a lot of inspiration and also helpful tips from these bloggers. They are wonderful and creative people. Definitely, check them out and add them to your blog reading list.

My top favorite blogs 2016

14 Blogs I’ve really loved this year:

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http://www.everythingmommyhood.com/ blog reviews, recipes, giveaways, DIY and owns a blogging community https://www.facebook.com/groups/MommyhoodMediaBloggers/

http://www.powered-by-mom.com/ about connecting, sharing and building community

http://www.lifeofasouthernmom.com/ reviews, giveaways, recipes, and helpful tips

http://theblogdiva.com/ product reviews, gossip and everyday life experiences

http://www.momalwaysfindsout.com/ family life, recipes, crafts, travel and much more

http://livingwellmom.com/ Everyday ideas for healthy living and Realistic inspiration for real moms

http://www.sahmsue.com/ dedicated to making life less stressful and more fulfilling for moms. You’ll find ideas for stressing less and enjoying life more, organizing ideas, activities for kids, real-life parenting insight, easy recipes, and realistic tips for living life more naturally

http://www.thesahlife.com/ life, favorite recipes, crafts, parenting tips and ideas, budgeting and money-saving tips, and more

http://www.imasillymami.com/ real-life experiences with humor and lots of sarcasm

http://womenwinningonline.com/ Jen teaches you how to Start your own online business, tips for More effective marketing of your online business, how to Get more followers for your online business, How to Earn more money in your online business, and how to Add tools to your business to make your life easier.

http://mummyswritingdarling.co.uk/ Writing about motherhood to keep above water. If I can’t make you laugh- then we can cry (and drink) together.

http://www.momadvice.com/ a community for women that are looking for ways to stay organized, stay sane, and stay within their budget.

http://www.abeautifulmess.com/ Cheers to doin’-it-yourself, always learning, trying, failing, dreaming big, enjoying the small stuff, and above all else … embracing imperfection. Life is better when it’s a little bit messy. home decor projects, recipes, and crafts

http://www.ladolcevitablog.com/ design sensibility is a modern take on traditional style– gravitating towards classic silhouettes and timeless pieces paired with a touch of glamor and an infusion of color. Through her design approach, Paloma is able to create comfortable, luxurious spaces reflective of her clients’ tastes, interests, and lifestyles. Paloma believes that the most beautiful interiors are also the most personal.

These really are some great bloggers. I highly recommend checking out at least one of them. You will not be disappointed.

Who are your favorite bloggers this year?

Do you have a blog in mind that has helped you out a lot this year?

Let me know in the comments so I can check them out as well.

Have a wonderful Weekend!!

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19 Thanksgiving Recipes for your family dinner

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”

Happy Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 24, 2016!!!

We all know that getting together with family over the holidays can be very stressful. Especially, if you happen to have a large family. In order to take some of the stress off of your back, I have compiled a list of recipes, decor tips, and tricks to wow every one of your guests this Thanksgiving.

I have found recipes for Hors D oeuvres, salads, and soups, side dishes and DESSERTS!!!

I will not be offering any recipes for the Turkey because I know everyone has at least one family recipe that they will not stray away from for anything.

All of the recipes in this post are in my “Thanks and Giving” Pinterest board.

Hors d’oeuvres

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Sage polenta and parmesan madeleines

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White Cheddar Toasted Almond and Crispy Sage Cheeseball

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Balsamic Caramelized Onion melted cheese Crostini

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Butternut Squash Pear and Ricotta Bruschetta

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Butternut Squash and Sage Wonton

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Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Salads/Soups

 

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Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad

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Autumn Crunch Pasta Salad

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Autumn Quinoa Salad w/ Maple Mustard Vinaigrette

Carb Sides

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Pecan Cornbread Dressing

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Buttercup Yeast Bread

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Apricot Sweet Potato Bake

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Cheddar Parmesan Potatoes

Veggie Sides

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Company Corn

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Cranberry Broccoli Salad

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Baked Vegetable Medley

Desserts

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

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Peanut Butter Crumb Apple Pie

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Cranberry Raspberry Pie

In my opinion, the biggest thing about the holidays (Thanksgiving in particular) is being with family and friends.

I know that spending long periods of time with certain family members can be very stressful. At least, it is for me and my family.

Let us all try and make the best of our time together.

We only have one family. Even though we didn’t pick them we can’t help but confess we love those annoying people!

Have fun this Holiday week and give thanks for all the people in your life!

I am thankful for all of you!

I am also thankful for the chance to write this blog. Whether it becomes successful or not, I enjoy it very much.

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

Thank you 🙂

Allie’s Mommy

Kristen

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Random list of the things I know I don’t know

A Random list of things I just don’t know

I’m not ashamed, I’m human

“An essential aspect of creativity is not being afraid to fail”

Random list of things I don’t know.

If you don’t know… you can learn.

I have realized recently, that I have been going about this blogging thing all wrong.

I have been trying to portray a personality of knowing much more that I actually do. In doing so, I sounded fake and uninteresting,

I have decided to re-do what I shouldn’t have done in the first place.

Also, I would like to apologize to anyone who may have read my blog in the past. I know it must have been excruciating to get through. I know that you did it in order to be nice and give feedback. I greatly appreciate it.

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So, in order to make amends, I would like to explain the things I do NOT know.

First, I am doing this in the “stream of consciousness” style. While I am writing this a few days before it will be published, I will not be editing excessively. I want to show all of you the real me.

I am not in any way an expert blogger. I learn new things every day. I don’t want to act like I have it all together anymore. BecauseI most certainly do not.

This is me. I’m here for all of you. I want to help other SAHM’s like me, the best I can.

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If you are here to genuinely help me and learn with me every day, Thank you so much!

I love being a mom and a homemaker. I try very hard to do the right thing for my little family.

If you get through this post and you realize that you are like me, please subscribe. It would help me out a lot.

I have been doing this for about 8 months and I have 1 subscriber.

I have put a heck of a lot of work into this blog and I want to be able to help people with it.

Enough about what I want.

Random List of…

Things I DON’T know…. yet

1- Schedules:

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  • I do not handle schedules well.
  • I couldn’t even tell you the last time I actually followed a schedule. High school maybe.
  • Schedules with a toddler is just so funny to me.
  • How do mothers with a young child, especially those with more than one, stick to a strict schedule?
  • I just can’t.
  • It is very rare when I wake up before 8 in the morning. (and I have a 2-year-old)

2- Diet:

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  • Huh?
  • My diet is horrible
  • If you don’t believe me- ask my love handles and saddle bags (as my mom likes to point out frequently)
  • I barely have enough time/energy to cook the food let alone make fresh/organic meals
  • Don’t judge me, monkey.
  • It’s not all bad, I eat fruits and veggies on a regular basis
  • But, if you tell me I’m supposed to have 4-6 servings of each a day, I’m gonna laugh in your face.
  • Cause, who actually does that?

3- Exercise:

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  • My exercise routine consists of going up and down the steps a few times a day in order to get the laundry done.
  • Maybe I’ll take Allie for a walk to the park if its warm outside.
  • Other than that, I don’t do much of anything.

4- Blogging:

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  • Yup. I have no idea what I am doing.
  • I want to learn everything I can so I can offer a great resource.
  • I love doing this
  • I need to buckle down and do it right.
  • My heart is completely in it

5- Socializing:

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  • I don’t do it by choice
  • I have not been diagnosed
  • But, I have some sort of anxiety problem
  • I get very anxious around large groups of people
  • I tend to avoid social situations in any way possible
  • I do not answer the phone if I don’t now whois calling
  • A lot of the time I don’t call ANYONE, EVEN IF I know them
  • My Anxiety is hard to explain
  • Most of the time I don’t even know the cause of my panic attacks

6- Working:

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  • The only job I’ve ever had was at a boy scout camp working in the kitchen as a salad prep/special needs liaison/cook
  • The reason for this goes back to my anxiety with social situations
  • I have extremely bad panic attacks when dealing with anything that has to do with talking to strangers.
  • Especially, in a professional capacity
  • Which is why I need this blog to be successful
  • This is my chance to contribute to my little family and take some of the stress off of my SO
  • Right now he is paying for everything I need to make my blog better
  • He has been paying for it for the past 8 months
  • And everything else we need

7- Life:

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  • It’s difficult, to say the least
  • Life can cut you down when you least expect it.
  • I try to Get up and keep going
  • It will get better
  • My mom always says… “This to shall passs”
  • I hang on that hope every day

 

And that was the random list :/

 

This has been very hard for me to get through. I can only hope by putting myself out here to you, I can get some feedback and really start helping other moms like me.

The one thing in my life that I know I am doing right is raising my beautiful daughter.

Allie is my everything and without her, I would be lost. She gives me purpose. She wakes me with a smile every day. “Mommy, I’m awake!”

Everything I do is for Allie. Which is why I named my blog Allie’s Mommy. Being her mother is the one thing I am completely confident about. No one can take that away! She is my heart and soul.

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Thank you so much for being here with me.

Is there anything in this post that you can relate to? Let me know in the comments and maybe we can help each other.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy

Mom funk? Here is some mom power inspiration!

Are you in a mom funk?

Here is some momsperation!

 

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You are not just a mom, You are so much more!

 

Yes, you are a Mother but you are also….

  • Sister
  • friend
  • daughter
  • wife/girlfriend
  • nurse
  • driver
  • chef
  • housekeeper
  • homemaker
  • decorator
  • shoulder to cry on
  • ear to vent to
  • advisor

 

and not necessarily in that order all the time.

You take on so much as a woman, not just a mom.

 

Mom funk affects the best of us on many occasions! It can be very daunting and tiring. Here is a little help for my fellow moms.

 

Quotes for those days you need to fight the mom funk

 

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12 Ways to get your mom power back

 

  1. Exercise: even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Get yourself moving and grooving. Exercise is a great way to get in a better mood.
  2. Get away FROM the kids: go take an hour long hot bubble bath or go for a mani/Pedi and let daddy take care of the kids. You deserve it!
  3. Get away WITH the kids: Take a nice weekend where you and the kids can have a great time and relax.
  4. Stop, drop and read: Take some time to read a good book. It will get your brain working on things other than dishes and laundry.
  5. Write a letter to your child: Tell your child all the happiness they are bringing to you and all the smiles you cherish. Then in the future let them read the letter.
  6. Write a letter to your future self: Tell yourself about all the things you would like to achieve with your family.
  7. Go outside: even if it’s cold, bundle everyone up and go out for some fresh air and the sunshine.
  8. Make a 10 list: no matter what the topic, make a list of things you love or hate or a to-do list. It’s fun and therapeutic to put things on paper.
  9. Balance hip parenting with “keeping it real”: You don’t always have to be the “perfect soccer mom” You’re the best mom you can be.
  10. Be spontaneous: Do something crazy with the kids. Don’t worry about schedules and time.
  11. Tell your kids their birth story: at an age where you think they will understand/appreciate the love and amazing experience.
  12. Go through your pictures: make it a point to explain to your children the reasons that each photo holds a special place in your heart.

 

I’m not in the mood to mom today

 

I have the mom funk

My get up and go, got up and went!

 

It’s gone. I don’t remember when it left. All I know is it isn’t here anymore and I’m not sure when it will come back.

 

I have absolutely no desire to do anything productive today.

 

Here are a few reasons I feel this way:

  1. The laundry pile is almost as tall as my 3-year-old
  2. The sink has started to look like an abstract piece dedicated to Mt. Everest
  3. I refuse to pick up the toys in what used to be known as the “family room” because I don’t feel like starting that vicious circle again
  4. I’m still in my pajamas…
  5. because I am being lazy

 

But, I will tell you that when I’m feeling this way I always think of how I will feel when these chores are done.

Feeling accomplished and proud of yourself is one of the greatest feelings in the world. No matter what you need to do, it’s an incredible feeling.

Believe in yourself! Even if it’s just a few loads of laundry or a sink full of dishes. You can do it! No task is too big or too small.

 

If I don’t do laundry today, I’m gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow

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Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.”

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The biggest advice I can give to another mom to fight the mom funk is:

Get a good night sleep! Please, when the kids have gone to sleep for the night, forget everything else. It will all be there the next day. Take a half hour to sit and read a good book or just watch tv. Decompress from the day. Then, go to bed! I cannot stress this enough. You will be much more pleasant in the morning.

 

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in a society where stay at home moms are referred to as lazy or taking the easy way out. Let me tell you something right now…

 

You are doing a great job to your child and your family! Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are lazy or not providing for your child! You rock!!!

 

You are a wonderful mother doing a great job with your family.

 

Let me know in the comments what chores you absolutely do not like doing.

 

What is one thing as a mother that you wish could be easier to accomplish or take less time?

 

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

 

 

 

Gourd! Oh my gourd! 15+ crafts & recipes using gourds

Oh my gourd…

There are so many things you can do with gourds

*some of these links are affiliate*

Gourd have been used in homes for a very long time. From recipes to really cool crafts. They have so many useful applications.

I’ve always been interested in doing crafts with gourds. I figured a few other moms wanted to do the same. So, I thought it would be nice to gather some information on how to do some great stuff with gourds so you don’t have to. I have found some really fun things you can do that are fairly easy to accomplish.

Here are some great ideas I found all over the blogosphere to help you become inspired to decorate your home with these beauties. I hope you enjoy some of these crafts.

The beginner’s Guide to Gourd Crafting (Click this image if you would like to buy the book)

Check out my pinterest board “Thanks and Giving where I pinned the ideas I researched for this post Thanks and Giving Board

 

Basics of Crafting with gourds

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How to clean a gourd and basic decoration

How to craft with gourds
The pulp inside your gourd will have dried either as a solid mass or as a dusty mixture of seeds and pulp pieces. It is fairly easy to determine the kind of dried pulp inside the gourd by shaking it. If you hear a thunk inside, the pulp is a solid mass. If you hear a rattle, you have loose seeds and pulp

If you plan to make a birdhouse from your gourd, then you may want to drill a hole to install a skewer as a perch. You can easily punch holes in your gourd with an awl-just apply gentle pressure and twist the awl a little until it passes through the wall of the gourd.

Colored pencils provide a softer look and are also good for children. However, since the surface of the gourd is uneven, it can be harder to get good coverage. To work the pencil pigment into the little pits of the gourd surface, try cutting a cotton swab stick in two, and rubbing the cut end of the stick into the pencil marks.

 

Glue-Decorated Gourds Centerpiece

Glue decorated Gourd Centerpiece

Feel daring? Create your own abstract design by lightly drawing it on with a pencil! In either case, you’ll want to practice the design with your hot glue gun.

Let dry by standing the gourds upright in recycled cottage cheese or yogurt containers.

Apply two coats of paint in a color of your choice, allow to dry, and you’ve got a seasonal centerpiece you can be proud of.

 

Preserving Ornamental Gourds

Preserving Ornamental Gourds

Ornamental gourds add color and interest to fall arrangements and decorations. Children as well as adults take great interest in these odd plants. Gourds, members of the Cucurbitaceae family, come in bell, orange, egg, pear and apple shapes. They may be smooth, warty, colored, plain striped or ridged in pattern.

 

Fall Crafts with Gourds

Fall crafts with Gourds

These gourds have tough skin so make sure you use a good sharp cutting tool to get through them and be careful.

Stacked Gourd Topiaries. How fun are these! Use larger gourds in all shapes and colors for a front door topiary by simply placing a stake in the center of the pot and pushing it through your gourds.

 

 

Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

Use thrift store candles and a can of spray paint to make your mini pumpkins the star

organic take of a fall cloche could be used on any style table, or would be really fresh as a coffee table decoration for the season

 

 

 

Some inspiration:

This is a great book for gourd crafts 20 great projects dye, paint, cut, carve, bead and wood burn in a weekend

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This is a more traditional way to use pumpkins… I like the idea of the layered leaves, and the use of the different pumpkins.

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These gourds are the perfect example of how you can make a minimalist look really warm and inviting, and budget friendly, yet still have a clean look

 

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Very beautiful centerpiece

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Fun with kids crafts

Exploring Fall colors with Gourds

 

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Fall painting with Gourds

 

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Gourd Fall kids craft

Gourd Fall kids Craft

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These are a couple great resource for  Crafting with Gourds  Gourd Craft

 

Gourd Craft Tutorials

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Doing crafts with family and/or friends can be a lot of fun. I find it very relaxing to use something natural like gourds or pumpkins to make something so beautiful.

It takes very little time to prepare and I’m sure you will be very happy with the results.

 

Here are some gourd recipes just for fun

Ridge gourd Coriander Chutney

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Bitter Gourd Fry

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How to cook a gourd:

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Gourds aren’t used so much in American cooking. They are very much used in Indian cooking though. There are a lot of curry recipes using gourds.

Bottle Gourd Curry

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Now a bit of information and history:

“A gourd is a plant of the family Cucurbitaceae, particularly Cucurbita and Lagenaria or the fruit of the two genera of Bignoniaceae”calabash tree”, Crescentia and Amphitecna.

The term refers to a number of species and subspecies, many with hard shells, and some without. Likely one of the earliest domesticated types of plants, have been discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC. They have had numerous uses throughout history, including as tools, musical instruments, objects of art, film, and food.

Gourd is occasionally used to describe crop plants in the family Cucurbitaceae, like pumpkins, cucumbers, squash, luffa, and melons. More specifically, gourd refers to the fruits of plants in the two Cucurbitaceae genera Lagenaria and Cucurbita, or also to their hollow, dried-out shell. A gourd can also have a hard shell when dehydrated.

There are many different gourds worldwide. The main plants referred to as gourds include several species from the Cucurbita genus (mostly native to North America, including the Malabar gourd and turban squash), Crescentia cujete (the tree gourd or calabash tree, native to the American tropics) and Lagenaria siceraria,

Cultures from arid regions often associated gourds with water, and they appear in many creation myths. Since the beginning of their history, they have had a multitude of uses, including food, kitchen tools, toys, musical instruments and decoration. Today, gourds are commonly used for a wide variety of crafts, including jewelry, furniture, dishes, utensils and a wide variety of decorations using carving, burning and other techniques. 

The Chinese developed a technique of tying a two-part mould around young gourds, or a part of them, so that the gourd grew into the mould and took its shape. Shaped gourds had various decorative uses, especially as boxes, bottles and other containers.

The Luffa, Luffa aegyptiaca and Luffa acutangula, have been used throughout recent history as scrubbing sponge and strainer. This is prepared by removing the skin and pulp from the gourd, and bleaching the fibers.”

 

The name gourd is applied to those whose fruits have hard, durable shells used for ornament and as utensils, e.g., drinking cups, dippers, and bowls. The Old World genus Lagenaria includes the calabash, dipper, and bottle gourds. Luffa cylindrica is the loofah, dishcloth gourd, or vegetable sponge; when the edible fruit—called California okra in the S United States—is bleached dry, the inner fibrous network is used as a filter or a scrubbing sponge. Among the many other gourds are the serpent, or snake, gourd (Trichosanthes anguina) of Indomalaysia, whose slender fruit reaches 6 ft (1.8 m) in length. Many of the edible members of the family have been cultivated for so long—often since prehistoric times—that a single species may include several quite different varieties. Cucurbitaincludes the pumpkin, the vegetable marrow, and the summer squashes.

 

Gourd Wiki

List of Gourds and Squashes

Information on Gourds

 

 

With all of these ideas for crafts and recipes, I’m sure I will be pretty busy in the next few months. I love doing crafts and seeing the finished product of my efforts and hard work.

 

 

Will you try any of these ideas? What is your favorite?

 

Do you have any of your own crafts for the fall season that you like to do?

 

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

Allie’s Mommy

 

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