Hello everyone! Today we are going to be getting real, and talking about postpartum depression again. This is a real issue with so many mothers, and so many mothers are too afraid to talk to someone about it. Hopefully this post will help anyone who […]
It’s Fall, which means it’s starting to get chilly outside again, and it’s the time of year we crave hot meals and comfort food. There isn’t a better time to try this Homemade Instant Pot chicken noodle soup. This is also wonderful when you’re sick, […]
Fall is here! My favorite time of the year, and my favorite time to decorate the house. I love walking into someone’s home and seeing they have put some thought into their decorations, which is what I am striving for this year! However beautiful fall decorations usually run between $10-$45, so they can get pretty pricey!
This year I wanted to get a little more festive and make my own sequin pumpkin. I have a soft spot in my heart for all things that glitter, which is why I went with sequins. (Plus, it’s a lot LESS messy than glitter!) I chose a cream-colored pumpkin with silver and gold sequins to try and keep a more elegant feel, and they usually match everything
Luckily with this project if you already have a hot glue gun and some glue, then this is only going to cost you about $4.00, for the first pumpkin. Then after you have made one, you will definitely have left over sequins so all you will need to buy is another cheap pumpkin! So much better than $10 per decoration!
If you’re not familiar with a hot glue gun, this sequin pumpkin is going to take about 2 hours to complete. However, you can start and stop this as many times as you need to. Since I have a toddler running around I couldn’t do it all in one sitting, so I did it in chunks.
- Plastic Pumpkin of your choice ($2.88)
- Hot glue gun ($2.97)
- Glue stick batons ($0.97)
- Sequin of your choice ($0.98)
- The most crucial part of this whole thing is picking out a pumpkin that you are going to be happy with. Most of the pumpkin is still going to visible so be sure to pick one out that is going to look good in your house.
- Make sure the pumpkin is free of any dust or dirt because the sequin won’t stick as good to a dirty pumpkin.
- Plug hot glue gun in and let it heat up.
- Place a small dot of glue where you want to put the sequin, then quickly and carefully place the sequin on the glue. You need to be quick because the glue dries fast!
- Repeat step 4 until your whole pumpkin is covered in sequin to your liking.
- Once all the glue has dried, if you got the sequins with the hole in the middle (like I did), be sure to trim any glue you can see. I used tweezer to pull it out and then, I rubbed off any excess on the sides.
- Place in your home and show off your beautiful pumpkin!
Once you have completed your pumpkin, send me a picture of it so I can see what kind of sequin creations you come up with. You can email them to me or post them to my Facebook page HERE.
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Here we are back with another book review because I love to read! However, this time I am reviewing a children’s book because my toddler loves to read as much as I do. Thank goodness! We receive #BabyLove: My Toddler Life by Corne Dehghanpsheh in […]
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What are toddlers known for? DESTRUCTION. MESSES. CHAOS.
Lately I’ve been battling with my toddler because he loves to make messes. However, I like to keep my house clean… see my problem? Luckily for me after all my persistence of trying to get him to pick up after himself, it’s finally paying off.
But how did I get him to help me?
MAKE IT A GAME
I honestly make everything a game. When I cleaned his toys up, I would throw the toys into his toy bin. Every time I made it I would get excited, and that made him want to help me. The downside of making cleaning a game, is it takes longer to actually achieve clean. I think it’s worth the extra time it takes, because it is teaching your toddler to pick up after themselves.
Every time I clean his messes I make it a habit to sing “the cleanup song”.
Clean up, clean up, everybody everywhere. Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share.
I’ve sang it so much now, that he tries to sing along with me. When I ask him to clean all by himself he will start to sing this song all on his own. Like I said earlier, it’s all in keeping it fun.
Anytime my toddler spills something or dumps his snacks on the floor, I have him help me clean it up. This way I am slowly teaching him responsibility for his actions. We usually take turns picking the snacks up off the ground, and putting them in a container. If he spills liquid he either helps me wipes it up off the floor with a towel or paper towels, or if he spills on the carpet, then we take turns standing on the towel soaking up the liquid. He doesn’t get scolded, but he must help in the cleanup.
We have a routine we’re working on that’s actually coming along quite nicely. Right before bed I tell him “it’s time to clean up your toys”, and he will walk around the living room picking up his toys. Now he’s only a toddler, so I can’t expect him to clean the whole living room for me, but he does pick up 5 or 6 toys and put them away. Then he will get distracted or lose interest. I will either tell him “keep cleaning”, or I will help him pick up his toys, which usually makes him interested in cleaning again.
He is still learning the concept of cleaning, but I think it’s totally appropriate (with guidance) to expect him to help me clean up his messes.
- Make cleaning a game
- Don’t expect too much
- Only push cleaning their messes (to start)
- Sing fun songs
- Never scold or punish over messes/cleaning
- Praise them, let them know you like what they are doing
- Create a routine so they learn when they SHOULD clean
Getting your toddler to help you clean doesn’t have to be a terrible time. I personally have had fun getting him to help me. It’s like another playtime right before bed. Give this approach with your toddler a try. They won’t start cleaning overnight and it will take some persistence, but they will learn. Let me know what works to get your kids to help you clean!
If you are struggling to get your “mom cleaning” done while your child is running around crazy, I might have some tips for you HERE!
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Are you done with being pregnant? Most of us are at 37+ weeks. I just might have the answer that is simple, and easy to enjoy.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and I do not claim to be. Always check with your doctor before trying anything that could induce labor.
So, what is acupressure?
It’s a massage where you target certain parts of your body. You apply pressure to them, to ultimately restore balance back to your body. You can use them to relieve pain, stress, or internal problems. We’re going to focus on the pressure points that help induce labor. Acupressure might increase blood flow to the uterus, influence hormonal responses and stimulate uterine contractions. So, be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any acupressure.
These are the six pressure points that I used:
- Spleen 6 point – above the ankle, on the backside of the lower calf
- Bladder 60 point – on foot, in the depression between the ankle and Achilles tendon
- Pericardium 8 point – center of palm
- Bladder 67 point – outside of the end of the pinky toe, near the edge of the nail
- Large Intestine 4 point – Back of hand, deep between the webbing of your thumb and pointer finger
- Bladder 32 point – In the dimple of your buttocks
The best way to do this is to press firmly on the pressure point and massage for about a minute. Give the pressure point a break for about 20 seconds, and then continue the process for about 2-3 minutes.
I am not an expert on acupressure at all but, I have tried it and I did go into labor the next morning. So, something must have worked. However, acupressure was not the only thing I tried. I read somewhere that acupressure works the best when it is combined with other tactics.
That night we hit acupressure hard, along with:
- Eating pineapple
- Bouncing on a birthing ball
- Taking a long walk
- Hot shower
- Going for a drive on a bumpy road
I never imagined I would go into labor that soon. I had a doctor’s appointment that morning and my doctor told me I wasn’t dilated or effaced at all. My due date was still 3 weeks away, but she wanted me to go ahead and start walking more and bouncing on a birthing ball, to get the process going. As we all know bringing on labor can be a lengthy process.
So, that night after the doctor’s appointment we tried everything we could find online, just to get a feel of what we should be doing. One thing we didn’t try was castor oil, I’ve done a lot of research on it, and it just isn’t healthy for you or the baby. Please do your own research before you try that.
The next morning, I woke up at 5 am and my water broke. HOLY CRAP.
Now this is my own personal story, maybe my water was going to break all along and it was just good timing, but maybe not. I still think the acupressure had a lot to do with it, because we spent a great deal of time doing it.
The best part about doing acupressure is it feels amazing! I had my fiancé rub the pressure points for me, while my big fat pregnant self just relaxed.
Remember to always check with your doctor before participating in anything that claims to be “labor inducing”. You need the all clear to make sure you and baby stay safe!
If you’re still not fully prepared for baby to arrive yet, I have a complete list of essentials you need before they arrive HERE, if you need to check it out. Be sure to like my Facebook page HOUSEWIFE00 and subscribe so, you never miss a post!
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