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She’s Four!! March 10, 2011

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My little one will be 4 on Wednesday. It really it true about just how fast time flies by. I remember right after giving birth, asking the midwife if I could go home yet.

M is always a delight, singing, sharing things she finds delicious, loves reading books, dinosaurs, princesses, cartoons, swinging, helping to garden (she’s going to grow watermelons this year!), and loves to play with her cousins. Her favourite ice cream is chocolate, she loves broccoli, carrots, and peas, loves meatballs, and usually only eats the frosting from cakes or cupcakes. She loves to meet new kids, so playing at the park and going to Story Time at the library are favourite activities.

We were planning to celebrate M’s birthday at the park, but due to the weather, it’s going to be at Chuck E Cheese. I’ll still be making her a fun cake (this year it will green with a Tom and Jerry figurine on top) and we hope to have lots of family and friends with us.

Her first big girl decision? Getting her hair trimmed! We’ve been suggesting top her that it was a great idea, and taking her with both of us frequently when we get our hair cut. M was convinced cutting her hair would hurt, and despite seeing that it didn’t, she kept saying “No thanks”. Suddenly, this past week, she decided she would be ok with getting her hair cut. I asked if she wanted to go with me, and I would go first, and then she would go. She agreed that that would work.

So in the chair I went, getting my hair cut, and she was the entertainment for the others sitting in the waiting area. She would show off her Ducky dinosaur, and tell them how she was getting her hair cut. Finally, it was her turn, and she climbed into the chair like a pro. She asked about the apron, and the neck tissue guard. She told the lady it was ok for her to spray the detangler, so she could smell like flowers.

This first snip!

The stylist attached the first snip to a little fold over card, and wrote down the time, place and date of her first hair cut, which will go into her baby book.  M said “It didn’t hurt!” when the stylist showed her the first cut. She was a really good listener when ever the stylist asked her to move a certain way, or look up or down. She was also surprised at the hair on the apron and floor when it was done.  Afterward, she got to pick a sucker for being good, and showed off her new hair to everyone once we got home.

Duckie approves!

No more split ends and hopefully, less tangling!

So here is to 4 years, and to New and BIGGER adventures M!

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Homemade Laundry Soap

Filed under: how to,learning,life — jeanius80 @ 1:26 pm

I’ve noticed lately that my psoriasis seems to be more irritated lately. I suspect it is the laundry soap we use. (It’s usually the cheapest, Sun?) After a few forum chats about being greener, saving money, being more self-sufficient and making instead of buying…laundry detergent came up a few times. Enough times that I thought it would be worth the effort to try it out.

 

A few people would post recipes or links to such (like this, I used recipe 1), and they are  all usually variants on the same.

 

What you’ll need:

a bar of soap 4-5 ounces (make sure it is labeled as SOAP). I used a bar of Dr. Bronners Peppermint soap:

A box of Borax. I used 20 Mule Team Borax:

Be aware, that they are changing the look, but not product. The new boxes are mostly white, with light green and the name is slightly less prominent.

You’ll also need washing soda. NOT the same as baking soda! I used Arm & Hammer:

 

I didn’t have a bucket, so I went to my local hardware store, and picked up a 5 gallon bucket, and lid. I also bought a 1 gallon water jug, to make measuring easier.

In a pot, you need to heat to boiling, 1 quart (4 cups) of water. While it is heating, grate you bar of soap. This step makes it easier to melt the soap in the water.  Once you are done grating the soap,. add it in thirds, stirring and making sure each addition has disolved. After the last of the soap has been added , turn off the heat, and let the soap water finish combing.

In your bucket, add 2 cups of the Borax, and 2 cups of the washing soda. Mix them and then add the hot soap water. Stir this and get the powders dissolved as best you can. Add a gallon of hot water, stir and then add a 2nd gallon of water.

 

That’s it! Let it cool before you use it, and it only takes about 1/4 cup per load of laundry. The best part is that you can customize each batch using a soap you like, or that suits your skin (fragranced or not!). You can even add essential oils once the mixture has cooled, 10-15 drops per 2 gallons.

 

I am planning making a batch using Pears soap.. It’s so easy to make, that I am almost disappointed that I have to wait to make another batch!

 

 

Easter…(2010)

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I hope, if you celebrated the past holiday, that you enjoyed yourself! We went to an Easter Egg hunt event put on by a local radio station, 100.7 Wolf. The Mr. heard of it on the radio, and decided he wanted to check it out instead of our regular egg hunt at our community church, Sound Life.

We arrived early to the park, in order to have lunch and let M run around and have a bit of fun. After eating our lunch, we took a walk and M saw a gazebo. She was excited that she could get in it, and pretended it was her house. We then walked over to the egg hunt area, and I began knitting on a scarf, while M and the Mr. played tag, and she also picked some little daisies for me.

The crowd just continued to grow larger and larger as we waited. The station started to play music for the crowd, as well as hand out stickers, rub on tattoos, and a few other mementos. The egg hunt was to start at 1 pm, and the radio station announced that the host of the even, Fitz, was yet to arrive, so it would be slightly delayed (about 10 minutes). I asked Mr. if he wanted to stay, and he said yes, since M was excited to hunt for eggs.

When Fitz arrived, he went of the rules again ,and announced the prize giveaways (a bunch of different coupons for local businesses and Wii’s). Because of the Wii giveaway, the crowd was very large. Mr. assured me it would be cool, since the radio had been announcing prior that they would have thousands of eggs. He was (of course) still hoping to win a Wii, and M was just excited to find eggs, regardless of what was actual in them, though candy would be a big hit []

To our dismay, and the entire crowds, they station had only prepared about 5 half filled garbage bags of eggs, not nearly enough for the crowd of thousands who had shown up. I’d venture to guess they didn’t even had a 1000 eggs total. Because of the way this was set up, it was pretty doomed to be a big disappointment to the kids. With all the adults and teens, there was no way the younger kids would even get a chance to see the eggs, let alone pick one up. Mr. held on to M, and I decided to step out of the crowd. M was a little sad (she is a big trouper though, and didn’t cry, but did say she wanted to hunt for eggs). Mr said he saw people grabbing bunches of eggs, and a few smaller kids getting knocked over. Pretty sad what people will do just to win a damn gaming system.

Over all, it was a disappointment, because of peoples behavior. We saw posted comments afterward, of people complaining about the free prizes they got, as well as some generous people who gave away their eggs to cheer up other children. We left as soon as Mr. and M exited the egg hunt crowd, so we were not present for the aftermath. It seems a lot of kids got separated from the parents in the crowd, and as Fitz was trying to help, greedy people were more interested in getting their prizes, than helping families.

I really hope the station learned to be more prepared, and perhaps they also will wake up and realize that they have a LOT of listeners, and the events they put on will always draw a large crowd. I think they figured since it was not a big park, or a city location, that the crowd would stay small and be easy to control. Not so.

To make up for all of this, my sister and nieces came over Sunday, and we had a little egg hunt in the yard. The girls were excited to hunt for eggs they had dyed, and even picked real grass as the egg nests. It was better than Saturday, and and best because it was family.

 

Help for Haiti January 17, 2010

Filed under: absolute jeanius,charity,design,hat,knitting,ravelry — jeanius80 @ 9:49 pm
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I am sure you’ve heard about the terrible situation in Haiti, after the recent earthquake. A lot of members of ravelry.com have decided to fund raise. Notably, a lot of designers have decided to donate a portion of the income from some patterns to aid the help in Haiti. I’ve decided to participate, and have put the Ravelling Lace Hat up as a “Help for Haiti” pattern. The price is $5.00, with 50% of all sales going to Red Cross International Response Fund. Thanks to the ravelry group, Lazy, Stupid, and Godless, who began a “LSG-a-Thon For Haiti“, the masterminds behind ravelry made it easy to find patterns that are donating to the cause. Currently, there are 962 patterns listed with some proceeds going towards Haiti (not all through the same charities).

So crafters, ravelers, go forth, buy up some patterns you know you want anyhow, and help those in need at the same time. I’ve decided that I will forever donate 50% of the proceeds from the sales of Ravelling Lace Hat to the Red Cross International Response Fund. It is the least I can do!

Ravelling Lace Hat

 

A bit of Catching up! December 11, 2009

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A lot to catch up on! Here is a (picture heavy) post from October .. I am so late on posting!!

pumpkin patch spider

giant spiders!

Jason and Makenna spent some time finding just the right pumpkins for carving. We ended up with 5 pumpkins (two for Papa, and one for each of us).

picking out the perfect pumpkin

Me and Makenna

They had a lot of really cool things to see and do at Spooner Farms. I think we’ll definitely be returning next year! Not only did they have those cool hay bale spiders, they had a large musical pipe instrument set up for you to bang on and make ‘music’. It was a big hit with the elementary aged kids there. They had the pumpkin house for photos as well as a giant paper mache’ pumpkin and a few other things to see and do (corn mazes and other activities- we didn’t check them out oo much, Makenna was getting tired). They also had a really nice store, with candles, seasonal decorations, and yummy food stuffs. There was popcorn, doughnuts, caramel apples, roasted corn on the cob and other delicious smelling foods to tempt you. It was almost overwhelming!

Here are our pumpkins we carved, we sort of cheated and used one of those carving templates. Otherwise, they would have just been simple ‘scary’ faces.

not so spooky jack o'lanterns

Makenna dressed up as a princess ballerina. Because of how cold it gets here, she is wearing sweats under her costume, and we decided to trick-or-treat in down town Puyallup, instead of after dark in a near by neighborhood.

Makenna, princess ballerina

And Makenna with her cousins. They joined us for trick-or-treating. The girls really had a lot of fun.

Kristina, the witch, Elizabeth, a fairy (Rosetta, I believe), and Makenna, princess ballerina

Jason and I went out with friends that night, to dinner and to see ‘Paranormal Activity’. We decided to dress up in ‘costumes” Jason was a priestly vampire, and I was his victim…

the vampire and his victim...

Sorry for the crap load of photos. I just never seemed to have the mojo to post these last couple of months! Nothing too exciting happened in November.. but we did recently re-do our bathroom! I’ll be sharing that soon, as well. (It will be a lot of photos as well.. though probably not as many as this post!)

 

Just a quickie October 8, 2009

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Life has been… stressful.

The auction date for the house has been moved to October 13, which is better than the 9th.

The garden has given up the goods (a few ears of corn, and some tomatoes and carrots). We cut the sunflower top off to let it dry so we can harvest those seeds too. Maybe we’ll have a whole bunch of sunflowers to cheer up the yard, instead of just one 🙂

I am temporarily closing the etsy shop. I will probably be re-listing the fibers I have for sale directly through the blog. I will just need to figure out how to work with paypal to accept payments through here. Need to take new photos too. Perhaps I should make a light box…

Any local knitters are welcome to join me on Friday at 7pm, at the Northern Pacific Coffee Company, located on Garfield Street, just by the Pacific Lutheran University. They have food, and coffee, as well as beer. Nice atmosphere too. So come, join us!

 

Ravelling Lace Hat September 18, 2009

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A new pattern, and thanks to my LSG tweasles, it’s ready for the whole world!

If you do find any mistakes, please feel free to PM me through ravelry, make a not here on the blog, or leave a note on the ravelry pattern page.

Ravelling Lace Hat

New pattern for a hat or tam. A pretty, two color lacy hat. You’ll need worsted weight yarn, in two colors. Approximately 60 grams of the main color, and 20 grams of the contrast. If making a tam, you will need about 100 grams of main, and 30 of CC. This pattern if fully charted.

Please note… when knitting the set up chart and chart A, you need to knit a round as the stitches appear (knit the knits and YOs, and purl the purls) after each row of the chart. The other charts are knit as is, no other rows.