The Return:

Ahh yes.  September.  Last year.  The last time I posted.

 

I feel like the first 12 months of my baby’s lives is filled with being overwhelmed.  I mean I keep them fed… I play outside… I even keep the house relatively together – most of the time.  But I just don’t get a whole lot more than that done.  Blogging fits in that category.

 

So to kick off my return… In the next couple weeks I’m planning on doing a series on…

 

How I Design a Project @ www.DIYinRealLife.com-How I Design a Space- 

 

So stay tuned!  I’ve got all sorts of good stuff coming up!

My Friday:

Friday:

Just had a toilet overflow out the bathroom door, all the way down the hallway and back into our room before I noticed it… I raced into the living room and put the almost asleep baby I was holding down on the floor which made him scream bloody murder because he didn’t want to be on the floor at all.

Then I used up all the newly washed and folded towels to sop up the mess. I had just finished mopping up the floor (with extra concentrated thieves cleaner because… Toilet! EW!) when the naked two year old in the tub started clamoring that she wanted out. And since all the clean towels were no longer clean, I grabbed a little dishtowel and wrapped it around her waist. I slung that girl over my arm like a sack of potatoes and tiptoed across the wet newly mopped hallway floor and safely into her room where I could get her dressed. At which point she ran shrieking from the room stark naked (like two-year olds tend to do) down the wet hallway floor and… whooooosh-thump. I heard her head hit the floor.

So Emma is blood curdling screaming sprawled out on the floor.

Wesley is still blood curdling screaming in the living room.

Finally now, Emma is playing in the living room fully dressed. Wesley is happily nursing. And all is well with the world. 😉

#anyoneelsereadyfortheweekend #aintnobodygotenoughcoffeeforthat #mommasaidtherewouldbedayslikethis #justbeingreal

Homemade Playdough Fun!

Okay… So this summer we’ve done a lot of the usual summer fun activities…

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But when a friend came and stayed a few days, we decided to make play-dough.  Because let’s be honest… It takes a lot of muscles to make play-dough! Ha!  Between the two of us, we stirred up the play-dough completely painless!

 

Homemade Playdough using Essential Oils at www. DIYinReallife.comSince Emma’s finally to the age where I don’t think she’ll EAT the play-dough, we went for it!

 

 

 

 

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INGREDIENTS:

*4 c. flour

*1 c. salt

*4 c. water

*4 Tbsp. coconut oil  (I just want to note how good this smells!)

*4 Tbsp. cream of tartar

*Essential oils of choice

*Food coloring

 

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First we threw all the ingredients in a saucepan other than the essential oils and food coloring.  We put the heat on low and stirred the entire time.

 

Homemade Playdough using Essential Oils at www. DIYinReallife.com Don’t try to multi-task here, momma.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of multi-tasking.  Just not when making play-dough.  Keep stirring.  Don’t stop.  Even when your arm feels like it’s going to fall off.  Many thanks to Sylvia here for taking the brunt of the stirring!! 🙂

 

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Once it looks like… Well… Playdough? Yeah… When it looks like playdough, you’re done stirring!

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I divided it into 3 sections and rolled them into balls.  Then I used my thumb to make a large dent in each one.  That’s where I dropped food coloring and my Young Living essential oils.

Green = Peppermint

Yellow = Lemon

Blue = Thieves

(I would have used red for Thieves but I didn’t have any red food coloring.  Oh well. 🙂 )

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Then we kneaded and kneaded the play-dough adding more coloring and scent until we were happy with how it looked and smelled.

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I loved how the essential oils made it smell and Thieves for instance is good for supporting the immune system.  So it can’t hurt having it in there to keep her healthy immune system strong!  This recipe can easily be made without essential oils if you don’t have any, of course! 🙂

Homemade Playdough using Essential Oils at www. DIYinReallife.comEmma has been having a complete blast with this stuff!  FUN!

 

Eviction.

How’s that for a title that will make you nervous?? Ha!!!

 

No actually, that just happens to be the subject I posted on my personal Facebook this week! 😉

 

 

Emma's Eviction Notice!

Apparently she didn’t take the news of her eviction notice well.

“Dear Miss Emma Lyon,
We now inform you that you are required to vacate the premises. (AKA: Your crib) All belongings must be removed within 28 weeks as the new tenant will be arriving on or around March 23, 2015.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,
The Management”

 

 

And so yes!  We are getting ready to do this whole baby thing again!!!  More details will follow soon *hopefully!* now that I’m close to 2nd trimester and feeling human a bit more often now!  Ha!

 

 

 

And since I’ve gotta leave you with a happier picture than that last one of Emma, here you go! 🙂

 

 

Love this girl!!

LOVE this girl!

5 Simple Daily Routines…

Five simple routines that help me keep my sanity! www.DIYinRealLife.com

So… I was down at Emily’s (You know, my awesome friend Emily? We did this project and this project.)

 

Well Emily has this knack for asking questions that really make me think.  Last time I was there, she asked what were some of my “routines.”  Things that I generally do in my day to make things go smoother and things that generally contribute to a better and happier frame of mind! 🙂

 

She also sent me an article to read at about the same time… 15 Tips for the Highly Sensitive Parent.  I read it and several things struck me.

http://www.sortacrunchy.net/sortacrunchy/2014/06/survival-guide-for-the-highly-sensitive-parent-.html

Go read it!!!!! 15 Tips for the Highly Sensitive Parent.

You see… I’m a pretty extreme introvert. (Interestingly the writer is an extrovert, but I still found many useful things to implement)  I need a bit of quiet time. Overload things too much and…. Oof!  It’s rough on me.

 

If Emma’s had a bad day and has been excessively loud and angry…

The trash is full of stinky diapers and banana peels and the invasion of the fruit flies has hit in full force…

I just find myself getting upset at… Well… Pretty much anything.  And I don’t want to be that wife and mom for Emma or when Handsome Man gets home from work.

 

So here are a few simple things that keep me in a better frame of mind throughout the day.  Some of these things are pretty no-brainer, and some won’t work for everyone, but it sure helps me! (The following in no particular order! 🙂 )

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1. Make a pitcher of flavored water.

It’s summertime, so with it comes all the delicious additions I don’t normally have or get. Also, I find that I’m better about drinking water when I have a delicious pitcher of goodness in the fridge.

 

So far, my favorite concoctions have been:

*Sliced strawberries, fresh basil, a bit of Truvia, and a few lemon stevia drops.

*A squeezed lemon, some fresh ginger root that I squeeze through the garlic press, a bit of Truvia, and a few lemon stevia drops.

*2 squeezed limes, fresh mint, a bit of Truvia, and a few peppermint stevia drops.

*Sliced cucumbers and raspberries

And today I sliced a white peach and a handful of bing cherries… We’ll see how that one tastes shortly!! 🙂

I’ve started THM (Trim Healthy Mama) the first diet I’ve actually liked.  I mean really? A diet in which you are never hungry, eat most things you like, AND you loose weight?  I’ll have it!!! Anyway… By using Truvia and Stevia in the water, I can drink lots of it all day long and it doesn’t spike my blood sugar at all!  But you could easily add just a wee bit of sugar to give it that extra sweetness!  Mmmmmm!  I love that such a small thing like taking 5 minutes to makes lightly flavored water totally makes my day a little brighter! 🙂

Revive Our Hearts Podcast

2. Listen to an Encouraging Podcast.

My friend, Grace came for a visit (See? I have so many inspiring friends!)  and she was telling me about how much she enjoys podcasts.  Revive Our Hearts podcast in particular.  So right away I downloaded the  Podcasts app on my iPhone and added Revive Our Hearts.  Every day it automatically downloads the daily podcast.  They are only 20-30 minutes long and sooooooo good!  Today I put Emma down for her morning nap, got it playing on my phone and stuck it in my pocket. I listened to it as I put dishes in the dishwasher, threw a load of laundry in the washer, and swept the floor.  It’s so good and those days when I find it hard to get into the Word, I feel like I’m still getting some encouragement!  Last week, they had several days on contentment…  I love the real life application and how it ministers to my stage of life!

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3. Light a candle. 

I pretty much light a candle every single day.  If you don’t do candles, do something!  Even if dishes aren’t done and toys are strewn everywhere, if it at least smells good, my frame of mind stays so much better!

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4. Go outside for a bit. 

I’ve been trying to hang out on the porch for a bit everyday. Handsome Man built a porch gate, so it’s nice to take Emma out there to play and not be constantly getting up to carry her back up the stairs she has descended in order to stuff her mouth full of potting soil! Ha! I love my outside time most days.

Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Shortbread Crust – Low Carb and Gluten-Free

A total favorite!!

Lemon Cheesecake Bars with Shortbread Crust recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. 

5. Always have snacks.

Preferably sweets! haha!  As I mentioned before, I am doing THM, so a private Twix bar stash is out.  But I can have lots of other sweets.  Skinny Chocolate made with truvia… Berry Whips made with stevia… Even Lemon Cheesecake! And if I don’t have anything on hand? Life is sad! lol!  Making time to make sure I have tasty sweets is vital! lol!

Other than those few routines, every day is different! Some days I feel like I have it all together and some days I totally don’t.  But I do find that if I do a few simple things, my frame of mind stays so much happier! 🙂

 

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What is mommy hood?

So in my last post…

The awesome one…

The one that disappeared and is nowhere to be found…

I wrote a bit of what’s on my heart lately in relation to mommy hood.  But now that’s gone.  Soooo…. How about a Take 2? 🙂

The DIYinRealLife.com gang at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO

 

 

Now don’t get me wrong… I LOVE motherhood!

And I LOVE her!

But you know me… I also LOVE to accomplish things.

I live off of lists and crossing things off.  I even tend to write completed jobs on my list just so I can cross them off even if they weren’t originally planned!

I love knocking projects out one by one! LOVE it!

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But with a kiddo, I find that even the easiest tasks are SO hard to complete.

Unloading and loading the dishwasher?  Nearly impossible when she’s awake.

As soon as she hears the dishes rattling, BOOM! She’s scurrying into the kitchen as fast as her chubby little legs can crawl so she can climb on the dishwasher door! (Have I mentioned her funny little crawl? Hilarious.  She crawls on her feet, not her knees like a normal child! But let me tell ya… She can move QUICKLY!!!)

Laundry? Forget it. That’s out of sight in the basement.  No eye contact – No laundry.

Anyway… You get the drift.

Emma

But I’m slooooowly coming to the realization (and I hear these things over and over, but learning them for myself is not always so easy)

This is the stage of life I am in!  I am a mommy. And I totally realize I’m a mommy of only one.  And those of you with more children are probably laughing and thinking “Oh Honey… Just you wait.”  But this is where I am now.  And I’m learning this all for the first time!  I just pray that God continues to give me grace and teach me with each added challenge child! 😉 lol!

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The goal isn’t necessarily to accomplish HUGE projects in a whirlwind fashion.  I can’t paint whole rooms in an hour or two or singlehandedly build a wall full of shelves in an afternoon any more.  And that’s okay!

Sitting on the rug in the living room and playing with blocks?

Playing chopsticks on the Little Tikes piano that Handsome Man found on a garage sale for 1.00 (Score!!) while Emma giggles at me?

Even this post has taken me 3 separate times to get it hurriedly typed out! 🙂

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It doesn’t feel super productive.  It doesn’t feel like I’m accomplishing anything. But that’s okay!  I guess I’m learning that mommy hood isn’t always about getting oodles done… Sometimes… Just sometimes…  It’s just chilling on the porch swing while Emma splashes in the water table. 🙂

UPDATE: The feature picture being in a jail on the post about mommy hood was unintentional… And ironic. 😉  I didn’t notice it until later when I was on Bloglovin’. Haha!!

It’s THAT time of year…

Yes.  The flu. The colds.

 

 

Or in some cases… BOTH.

 

Poor sick lady!

That’s my poor ‘punkin.

Respiratory Flu.

Usually she’s hands-down a daddy’s girl.  Honestly, unless she’s hungry, she prefers him.

 

Poor sick lady!

Unless she’s sick.  Then all she wants is momma.

She’s had it for 5 days now.

So for pretty much 24 hours a day, I’ve held her.

Handsome Man had it too for a couple days.

So now there’s dishes filling the sink…

Kleenexes scattered in piles by the couch and chairs…

The living room where we’ve camped out this week is completely trashed…

And we’ve been eating an awful lot of chinese take-out…

And that bothers me.

But I’m trying to learn how mommy-hood is more important than all that.

And so I’ve been snuggling my ‘punkin…

One-handedly surfing Pinterest…

And catching up on Downton Abbey.

(I mean WHO saw Matthew dying???  I didn’t. I’m upset.)

And now… She’s tired of sitting with daddy again.  

So I’ll one-handedly surf Pinterest…

(Maybe I should organize them and  clear out the ones I don’t find inspiring anymore?)

And maybe I’ll get caught up on the last season of Doctor Who…

But most importantly, I’ll snuggle her…

‘Cause I’m pretty sure that’s my most important job right now.

My FAVORITE Addition to the Nursery!!!

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She’s here and as cute as the nursery is, it doesn’t even come CLOSE to comparing to the CUTENESS of my Emma Lee!

 

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She’s already changed so much!

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This is her favorite position!

Knees hiked up underneath her, little bum in the air, snuggled on mommy’s chest.

It’s hilariously cute!

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She’s quite fond of her daddy!

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Sometimes it’s best just to yawn and snuggle with daddy!

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Who knew Handsome Man would be so awesome at manicures??

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Milk Coma…  I love when she TOTALLY sacks out like this!  Ha!!

 

 

And yes… I totally rationalize posting lots of pictures of her adorableness because:

1. She’s too cute NOT to show off!

2. It doesn’t get much more DIY in Real Life than having a baby! 😉