A couple months ago, I wrote a post about what to teach your kiddo if s/he gets lost, and I got a lot of positive feedback on it. It really is something that I feel is a critical skill for little ones to have. I also mentioned that before the age of 3 or 4 years, it is hard for a little one to be a big help with getting found. I have a little one who can’t stay much besides, “Ball!” and “Dat!” and I doubt he could help in an emergency. I got this idea to help with any emergency that might involve my littlest guy after I started leaving the Monkey’s diaper bag when I dropped him off at his half day preschool I know that they have all of our emergency information on file, but how quickly can they get to it. Plus, if we somewhere else, and the Monkey was hurt, and we were separated. Maybe I’m just a paranoid mama, but I thought he needed his very own “ICE” tag. At my jobs, we’ve always had “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) information that quickly shares all of the critical information if something where to happen, now Monkey has a traveling “ICE” tag.
Guess what?! I’m a co-host this week! Welcome to the Instagram Blog Hop! If you’re new around here, the Instagram Blog Hop is a party where you link up your Instagram account, find and follow new Instagram friends, and be continually inspired by what you see in your Instagram feed! No need to have a blog, just an Instagram account!
I love celebrations, and this is the time of year that we do a lot of celebrating at my house. Over the period of 37 days in our house, we have 3 birthdays and one anniversary. Mellow Man says that he’s been taking someone out to a special dinner every weekend. Believe it or not, that’s true! In fact, our little Monkey turned one two weeks ago, and had his first Hibachi birthday party…
Well the past few days have been a doozy around here. During the storms that hit the East coast on Thursday, we had some heavy winds that knocked over this lovely old oak tree right onto the power lines. A transformer also blew, so from early evening Thursday until early morning Saturday, we were without power! Mellow man and I spend Saturday cleaning up the fridge and kitchen, and today was Father’s Day. In all of this chaos, I didn’t get around to announcing that I had a lovely opportunity to guest post over at Cheerios and Lattes!
I was lucky enough to be able to have a guest post over at Alderberry Hill a couple of weeks ago! I’m just starting to get my feet wet with jewelry making, but I’ve always loved charms and beads. When I was a little girl, my mother had this beautiful silver charm bracelet that she got on her sixteenth birthday, and I loved to take it out of her jewelry box and admire it. I always wanted one just like hers, but never had one. However, this summer is my chance! I made my own charm bracelet!
Well, I’ve finally found a crafty hobby that has a large following of boys and men: Paracord Survival Bracelets! When I decided to teach myself some of the basic paracord bracelet weaving techniques, I discovered dozens of tutorials made by men! Now that I’ve made a few, I’m obsessed as well. They are manly friendship bracelets. Seriously, I looked into why the military might use them, and why they were being sold in my local Boy Scout shops, and I learned a bit about their history. Paracord is extremely durable and strong cording, but it is also very lightweight. It is always good to have a length of rope on you in case of an emergency, so paracord bracelets were a way for the military to easily carry several yards of strong cording with them. There are dozens of different patterns and knotting techniques that you can use to make these bracelets, and I ended up making 3 different bracelets for the Frog. I made them in his team colors, so that they would match his other swim league swag.
We love gingerbread around here. We love to bake and eat gingerbread boy cookies. We love warm gingerbread with lemon sauce. We like the gingerbread cookies that they sell at Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamburg. It’s one of the few desserts that all of the dessert-eating, over the age of 1 people in our house truly enjoy. In Atlanta, there is this great little breakfast diner called Java Jive that is located on Ponce de Leon Avenue (pronounced PAHNCE duh LEEon to natives of Atlanta). It has the most heavenly breakfast treat that is available only on the weekends: Gingerbread Waffles. The waffles taste just like warm gingerbread and come with a tasty side dish of lemon curd. Tonight when discussing dinner, the Mellow Man suggested that I make waffles, and more specifically, Gingerbread waffles like they make at Java Jive. It was 6:30pm, and that is a tall order to fill. A copycat version of the world’s best waffles for dinner? When would I even find such a recipe? Well, I didn’t succeed in finding the recipe, but I did come across Rachel Ray’s Gingerbread waffle recipe, so I thought I’d share it here:
I don’t know about y’all, but my free time is pretty limited, but I’m loving this new hobby of mine, blogging! It’s hard to find time to do everything I want with blogging, and I tend to be a night owl blogger. I’ve really wanted to go to a conference or workshop, but it’s hard to get away from the family for a couple of days. I am heading to another niche conference in August, but I’m still so green in the blogging world. There are a bunch of non-niche specific things that I need to learn more about: SEO, social media, marketing my blog (and myself), and how to network. Recently I joined The Blog Workshop, where I hope to learn more about these topics. I recalled that I saw some of my fabulous bloggy mentors talk about this workshop back in May, but I had a conflict with the dates and times. So I jumped at the chance to sign up now. The organizers have made the conference and all of the workshops available for participants to listen to on their own time and at their own pace.
My wonderful mother-in-law got me a subscription to Taste of Home magazine for Christmas. It’s a magazine that is entirely recipes, and a lot of them are easy ones– the kind that don’t take hours to make. In my first copy, there was a recipe for Speedy Chicken Marsala, and I tried out the recipe. I had to make a few tweaks, as I didn’t have the exact ingredients, but I was quite pleased with the outcome. I thought I’d share the recipe here, as I love finding yummy, quick dinners for my family.
Monkey is 4 months old now. It’s hard to believe, and I keep squeezing him extra tight and enjoying that delicious baby smell because I know that the newborn days are flying by. Each passing day is bittersweet– it is wonderful to watch him grow and thrive, but I miss some of his itty bitty baby behaviors. I took these pictures early this evening.
Monkey is such a happy baby. He is a joy to be around:
He is such a smiley boy– he loves to laugh. Frog was much harder to make smile.