Mommy Blog Tip of the Week


You've seen Rachel Ray use a Garbage Bowl when she's cooking her 30 Minute Meals - it saves precious moments by not having to go to the garbage pail every time you have something to toss. And it IS a great time saver. We usually use an empty vegetable sack when cooking dinner - or if we didn't have one from that meal, we use a bowl. 

Well, the past few weeks I've also been keeping a small garbage bowl on the counter for catching bits and pieces throughout the day. Be it the seal from the milk jug, a used tea bag, apple cores from snack time, or the wrapper from my Emergen-C, it saves me that moment of tromping across the kitchen to toss it in the garbage EVERY time. It's amazing to me that just eliminating one little step from any chore can make your whole day that much less hectic. 

So mommies, let's take one baby step closer to sanity: Garbage Bowl. 

Rowan is officially SITTING!

Rowan is finally sitting unsupported!! Just a week ago she would wobble around for 20 seconds or so and just flop over. Then the other day she stayed up for almost a minute. The next day 2 minutes. And last night I plopped her down on a play mat while I gave Ophelia a bath - and she stayed upright for the WHOLE bath! YAY little girl - an official milestone for you! Next goal - get to sitting by yourself.


Check out The Maxwell's Craft Room for my latest project: The Montana Mei Tai©.

The Car Seats are HERE! YAY!

Seeing as Rowan is growing at an alarming rate and that the extra convertible car seat that we had was about to expire, we had to take advantage of the incredible sale ( thanks for the tip off Lexi!) on Discontinued Pattern Britax Marathon Car Seats at Traveling Tikes. And seeing as how we couldn't possibly get on without a matching seat for Ophelia, we ended up with TWO brand new Britax Marathons in the Hannah print. Thank you Beba and Papa!

The seats arrive and Ophelia is so excited. To have a new box to play with.

My seat testers. Rowan sat here for a whole 5 minutes without screaming. Hopefully these seats will make riding in the car a more pleasant experience for her. Perhaps.

Update: These Britax seats seem to be miracle seats. Rowan has actually been able to ride in the car without screaming the entire way for every outing since we installed them. Yesterday, we drove out past Livingston and back (about an hour round trip) and she only squawked a bit at the beginning and when we stopped to pick up our freecycle loot. 

Massive Recall: Graco Strollers and Dorel Asia Cribs

If you have either of these products, immediately discontinue use until you can receive and install the repair kits.

I am linking you to two excellent posts at Barbara's Beat with all of the details about these two recalls.

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Graco recalls strollers due to fingertip amputation and laceration hazards
"The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Graco have issued a recall of Graco’s Passage™, Alano™ and Spree™ Strollers and Travel Systems."

Dorel Asia recalls cribs; poses strangulation and suffocation hazards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Dorel Asia SRL, of Barbados, is recalling, to replace, drop side and non-drop side cribs that pose suffocation and strangulation hazards to infants and toddlers.

Wordless Wednesday

Holidays 2009

More to come! We are working on the video...

Crafting with your Toddler

My mom has been telling me to get Ophelia a glue stick and some glitter for ages now. I've been thinking "Do I really need to let the mess get THAT out of control? Let's just stick with crayons for now." Well, seeing as the house couldn't possibly get any messier than it already is, I've resolved to let Ophelia have at it. Plus, it's a fun learning tool and helps her with fine motor skills. Development, here we come!

We went to the craft store yesterday and totally pimped out our kiddy craft stash. Grandpa Jeff and Grandma Tammy gave us a jumpstart with the craft items they sent at Christmas: finger paints and paper, new crayons, new starter markers, and a smock. We added craft paints and brushes, glue, glitter, stamps. sticky foam sheets and shapes, washable markers, pipe cleaners, plaster of paris, and scissors. While Ophelia 'napped', I cleaned up our paper and coloring book stash and organized it all into one big 'box o' craft stuff. I even got a cheapo Christmas Journal that we are going to transform into a craft journal, so we can keep track of what we are doing!

When Ophelia got up we tackled our first official craft project: A is for Alligator. I drew the A and she colored it. I let her try out her new learning scissors on some scrap while I made an eyeball and cut out the A and the foam teeth. Then we busted out the glue and I let her stick it all together. Some foam flowers finish off a pretty cool alligator, if I may say! I'm hoping to save some of the good ones and Modge Podge them onto some cardboard so we can hang them up in her room as wall art!

Today we woke up to a bunch of new snow and pretty cold temps. So I decided that Snowy Day Snowman might just be the perfect craft for this morning. I drew the snowman and cut out some shapes for the facial features while O was again practicing with those scissors (we are not even close, btw - she is still trying to use two hands to operate them). I applied glue and O stuck the eyes and nose and mouth bits in place. Then we did the same with the marshmallows. And we got to eat some too! And count some too! We finished it off with a name and some iridescent glitter!

Our project ideas came from a great blog I just found called No Time For Flash Cards. "A resource of activities for young children that promote play, discovery and learning."
No Time For Flash Cards

Lisa Leonard Designs Giveaway at Walk Slowly Live Wildly

... Live Fully. Love More. I just love Sara's family motto. It should be a mantra for us every day. And she had it printed on a custom hand stamped charm necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs along with the names of her husband and daughters. So cool! You can check it out on her latest blog post at Walk Slowly Live Wildly.

Lisa Leonard Designs has generously offered to give away not one, but TWO separate $50 gift certificates for her online store. Plus she's offering a 15% discount through January 11th for readers of Sara's blog.

This hand stamped necklace is my favorite! Go check out Lisa Leonard Designs and find your favorite! Then go check out my friend Sara's blog and comment - and maybe you will get lucky and win!


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