Hanging Picture Frame

image-5I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pictures. I have pictures all over our house. Honestly I don’t think I know how to decorate without pictures. One of my favorite pieces in our home is this gem which I found on Etsy. It’s the perfect combination of style, functionality and a great way to display lots of pictures (and invitations) without one of those ugly collage picture frames. I’ve found that printing off your Instagram pictures works well so you have the perfect size picture without your frame being overloaded. I love Printstagram for printing all of my Instagram photos. $12 for 24 square pictures mailed directly to your home. Love it!

Sample Schedule 3-5 months

Our boy just turned 5 months this week (22 weeks) and we decided to try a 4 hour feeding schedule instead of his current 3.5 hour schedule. Mainly because of his last two feedings being so close together and for ease in planning our days. Not sure if it is going to stick yet but here is our previous 3.5 hour schedule which he was on from 12 to 22 weeks.

3.5 Hour Schedule (12-22 weeks)

  • 7 Wake him up and Eat – nurse about 15 minutes
    • usually a cat nap in the car on the way to work for about 20 minutes
    • 9- down for a nap, on his back, in a sleep sack with his paci
  • 10:30 Eat – 7 oz bottle
    • 11:30/12 – he is usually ready for a nap earlier at this point (less wake time)
    • On his back, in a sleep sack with his paci -even at daycare
  • 2:00 Eat- 7 oz bottle
    • 3:30-4:15 – short nap
    • I pick him up from daycare at 4:30, occasional cat nap in the car on the way home
  • 5:30 Eat – nurse about 20-30 minutes
  • 7:00 Bath, Bottle, Bed – usually another 7 oz bottle

This schedule was great for our initial school (daycare) and work routine. I would wake up at 5:30 am and get completely ready before waking up our boy at 7. Then I’d feed him and pump (while he sat in his bumbo or played with Daddy) and then be out the door by 8:15 to head to daycare and then work. On days when I had to be at work by 8:30 I’d wake up earlier and pump before feeding him but keep his wake time at 7 am.

Basil Lemonade

image-12My best friend made this for my baby shower earlier this year and it was a huge hit. I decided to do the same for another shower I threw this past week. Here is a simple recipe for a tasty spin on lemonade, perfect for a shower or party.

  • 2-3 bottles Simply Lemonade (depending on the size of your drink dispenser)
  • 1/4 cup sugar per bottle
  • Fresh basil finely diced

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  • Pour 1/4 cup sugar directly into Simply Lemonade bottle.
  • Add fresh basil
  • Shake and let sit overnight (shaking occasionally)
  • Enjoy!

 

Crescent Cinnamon Rolls

When you are low on groceries and out of eggs and bacon. Here is a great, quick, recipe everyone will surely love.

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Ingredients
  • 1 tube (8 count) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, unrolled and separated
  • 5 tablespoons butter,softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons cinnamon
Glaze
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons powdered Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place the unrolled and separate crescent rolls on an un greased rimmed cookie sheet(one with sides).
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and cinnamon
  4. Evenly spread the cinnamon butter over the crescent rolls and roll up tightly.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Place in a zip lock bag and snip a tiny corner off.
  3. Drizzle the glaze over the cinnamon rolls.

Original recipe available here.

Diaper Diaries

It’s about that time again.. time to “up” our little man’s diaper size. How do I know? Well you can refer to the size chart that diaper companies provide or you may also know because you are constantly changing your little one’s clothing after multiple blow outs (3 exactly) in one day. That’s a definite sign that its time to “up” your diaper size. Here is my list so far in tracking how long our little one is in each size (pounds provided by Pampers). NOTE: I noticed that our little man started “exploding” out of his diapers 1-2 pounds sooner than the suggested weight range. For instance a size 2 diaper is listed for 12-18lb however we noticed they were too small for him at about 16lb. That’s been the case with every size so far.

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Size N (Our boy: 0-5 weeks)
Up to 10 lb.
222 Avg. diapers per month

Size 1 (Our boy: 5 weeks – 11 weeks)
8-14 lb.
216 Avg. diapers per month

Size 2 (Our boy: 11 weeks – 20 weeks) 
12-18 lb.
216 Avg. diapers per month

Size 3 (Our boy: 20 weeks – 30 weeks ) 
16-28 lb.
177 Avg. diapers per month

Size 4 (Our boy: 30 weeks – ?)
22-37 lb.
162 Avg. diapers per month 

Size 5: 27+ lb.
Size 6: 35+ lb.
Size 7: 41+ lb.

It’s also good to remember how many diapers you went through. Here is our record (yes, I tracked them this long and I’m not really sure why!):

May (birth- 2 weeks): 141 diapers

June (3-6 weeks): 382 diapers

July (7-11 weeks): 378 diapers

August (12-15 weeks): 324 diapers

September (16-19 weeks): 291 diapers