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2014 September » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Sep 292014
 

Hello Monday!! You always seem to come around too fast after a fun weekend. Trying a few new things this week since we have a relatively calm week. I love the onset of fall – bring on the soups, stews, and goulashes!!

Lunch:
Mon: Everroast Chicken, Guac, and veggies
Tues: Egg Salad Tortilla
Wed: Out
Thurs: Left over Picadillo
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sun: Ravioli
Mon: Chicken Francese with Brown Rice
Tues: Chicken Pineapple Fried Rice (own recipe – making it up as I go)
Wed: Crockpot Picadillo over brown rice.
Thurs: Macaroni Casserole
Fri: Something quick

Sep 242014
 

The end of the crib era has arrived in our house! We took Lia’s crib down this past weekend and put up her big girl bed for no other reason that it’s getting too hard to snuggle with her in the rocking chair haha.

She’s put her foot up a few times in her crib but showed no desire to climb out so it wasn’t that. It was just the fact that I love to snuggle with her and it’s easier if she has a bed vs. bringing her back to ours and starting that habit.

I would have done it sooner but I couldn’t find the bed that I wanted. I was waffling between a Jenny Lind that I could paint a fun color and a plain metal bed that wouldn’t compete with her pretty dresser. What I found wasn’t exactly what I was looking for but it’s perfect just the same! It is a metal bed but not entirely plain. It’s delicate and pretty and I love it! (and I’ll have to take a picture of it later..)

Lia’s adjusted pretty well to it. We have rails up on either side and I noticed the other night those are necessary (I found her smashed up against one). Plus, we put a gate on her door because she’s at the top of the steps and I fear she’ll wonder out and fall down. So now when she wakes (usually around 4:30am), she’ll come to her door and yell “mamma!” or “daddy!” at the top of her lungs until we come out. Once she sees us she generally turns around and climbs back in. Lately she’ll do that then pat the bed next to her for one of us to lay down too. Who can say no to that?!

Now I just have to get her big girl quilt made to cover her bed (just like I did for Noah). More on that later.

Sep 222014
 

This week is going to be a little crazy with things going on most evenings. I tried to pick quick things but also things that I already had in my fridge (since I have a bunch left over from our BBQ on Sunday). So, nothing truly exciting this week..haha

Lunch:
Monday: Out
Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Salad
Wednesday: Chicken Lunchmeat Rollups
Thursday: Egg salad
Friday: Out

Dinner:
Sunday: BBQ (chicken, burgers and sausage)
Monday: Pasta and Sauce
Tuesday: Chicken sausage, Peppers, and pasta
Wednesday: Hamburgers on the grill (on lettuce for momma)
Thursday: Pizza (or Chinese food – per Noah’s request)
Friday: Turkey Tacos and black beans(on lettuce for momma, tortillas for the rest)

Sep 182014
 

Those of you that are Facebook or IG friends have seen me post a few things about ice dyeing. What, do you ask, is ice dyeing? Well, exactly what it sounds like – dyeing fabric using the combination of ice (or snow) and powdered dye. A co-worker of mine introduced me to the concept during a “crafternoon” party (over margaritas of course) and it’s become kind of an addiction. I’ve had enough questions from friends that I figured I’d share our process.

The whole process, end-to-end, takes about 2 days. Prepping the fabric, setting the dyes and the wrap up steps are quick – relatively. It’s the ice melting part that takes a while of course.


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For supplies, you’ll need:
1. 5 gallon bucket (to do the pre-soak)
2. Large bin (we used a rough tote and smaller shoe box sized bins) with a grate or porous raised surface (so the water drips through as the ice melts). We used florescent light louvers that had been cut to fit in the bin.
3. Fabric to dye (we used cotton, bamboo, and rayon fabrics)
4. Fiber reactive dye (found here)
5. Rubber Gloves
6. Protective mask (do you don’t breath in the dye as you sprinkle it on)
7. Textile Detergent (again found here)
8. Soda Ash (see a trend? again found here)
9. various rubber bands, threads etc if you want to tie up your fabric

It seems like a lot but once you have it, you use it over and over again (and again, it’s addictive). Plus, they’re relatively cheap materials. I think our total set up was about $14 a person.

Dharma has a full on tutorial here you can browse through but real high level you’ll do the following:

1. Wash the fabric in the textile detergent to get rid of an residue.
2. Soak the fabric in soda ash solution for 30 min
3. Don your rubber gloves and ring fabric out. Then pinch, tuck, scrunch, wrap to get your pattern.
4. Place fabric in plastic bins and cover with ice (we used 10lb bags of ice. 1 for the shoebox sized, 2 for the big rough totes). You can put more than one article of fabric in each bin as long as you’re okay with them sharing colors.
5. Don your dust mask and use plastic spoons to sprinkle the dye over the ice. This is there it gets fun. You can combine colors, stick with 1, whatever. The sky is the limit.
6. Now wait….24 hours (at least – but no more than 48) for all the ice to melt and the dye to set.
7. Rinse, wash with textile detergent, wash #2 with textile detergent, rinse
8. Dry (hot as you can)
9. Iron
10. Enjoy:)

We found that it’s really hard to do wrong here. Most of us used 2 or 3 colors but had a few, that had larger pieces, use 4 or 5 colors. Depending on the color you use, some of them separate into their primary bases – so like a jade green will give you green, yellow, and blue colors as it works through the fabric. You never know how it will turn out (which makes the rinse step kind of like Christmas or your birthday:) ).

As for wrapping, scrunching, pinching etc…have fun. Try different things. I did a lot of twisting and scrunching for the scarves. The fabric I pleated and then twisted. I want to try one where I just scrunch and see what happens.

There are Pinterest boards dedicated to the craft and a quick Google image search gives you lots of really neat pictures. Like I said, it’s addictive. The time commitment is really not that big – 30 min for the soak, maybe 30 min to arrange and apply the dye. Then 20 min to rinse the next day and your wash loads (which is a set and come back later situation). It’s a great craft to do with your girls over drinks and some gabbing:) ( would recommend doing it outside or on a tarp if you have more than a few people working at once – it gets wet because of the ice and the dye can travel in the air if you’re not careful).

Have fun and share if you try it!!!

Sep 162014
 

Last week we started another round of the Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge ! Since it worked so well the first time, I’m trying it again. The big difference this time is trying to work in half marathon training into the schedule (like replacing at least 2 or my HIIT cardio workouts with runs…we’ll see).

The program consists of 6 days a week of short high intensity workouts that alternate between cardio and strength. They’re generally under 25 min which is totally digestible when the only time you have to do them is after the kids are in bed – at 9:30pm!

They have check in’s every 15 days and encourage you to stay off the scale in the mean time (did you know that your weight can swing as much as 5 lbs in either direction in a short period due to water retention etc..)

Starting Measurements:
(they’re pretty much my ending measurements of the first challenge…)
Waist – 30 in
Hips – 37.75 in
Chest – 33.5 in
Thigh – 20.75 in
Bicep – 10.5 in
Calf – 14.25 in

If anyone is interested in joining our Facebook group, let me know. We have a great group of gals who are working together to encourage each other to keep going and pushing hard!!

Sep 152014
 

Building the menu this week was a challenge. I’m running out of lunch ideas and trying to keep it quick and portable but still tasty and nutritious.

Lunch:
Sat: Sandwiches
Sun: Butternut squash soup with chicken skewers
Mon: Left over Butternut Squash soup
Tues: Left over Chili
Wed: Chicken salad with peanut dressing and carrots
Thurs: Cold Cuts and Cheese
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Chili with corn bread
Sun: Pizza Party (Birthday Party)
Mon: Pasta and Bolognese Sauce
Tues: Salmon on the Grill
Wed: Veggie Fajitas
Thurs: Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Fri: Pizza

Sep 082014
 

Another week, another menu! We already didn’t follow the plan on Sunday so that will just move on down the week somewhere.

Dinner:
Sat: Shrimp and Corn and potatoes on the grill
Sun: Kung Pao chicken with Zoodles
Mon: Pizza
Tues: Crockpot Bolognese and pasta
Wed: Fajitas
Thurs: Salmon on the Grill
Fri: Fish Tacos and black beans

Lunch:
Mon: Out
Tues: Shrimp salad
Wed: Out
Thurs:Egg Salad Sandwich
Fri: Banana Sushi

Sep 012014
 

It’s only Monday and I’ve already altered this plan given the fact that our weekend plans were upended due to storms. Oh well, thankfully this is flexible:)

Lunch:
Mon: Artichoke and Mozzarella Panini’s
Tues: Fajita salad
Wed: Left Over Red Pepper Alfredo
Thurs: Left Over Chili Mac
Fri: Out

Dinner:
Sat: Greek Burgers and Corn
Sun: Fajitas and Greek Salad
Mon: Roasted Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Alfredo on Zoodles
Tues: Pulled Pork in the Crockpot
Wed: Chili Mac
Thurs: Pasta and Sauce
Friday: Pizza

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