Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baby stuff

I am potty training one daughter and feeding a toddler. I am a busy mommy, and it wasn't until I had a conversation with a mother of one child, that I realized I might have a little bit of expertise to share in the area.

I always try to make healthy meals and just grind up my own baby food in a food mill. The one I love best is by kidco. I own three. One is in the diaper bag and two are in rotation at the house. I have used these for all four of my kids, and I am always surprised when someone (at a restaurant or at a dinner party) has never seen one!

When potty training, I wait until they tell me they are ready. Then, I use padded underwear until they stop having accidents. They are called "training pants". I don't use disposable training pants, they are too much like diapers. The kids get the uncomfortable feeling of wetting themselves, but you have less of a mess to clean up. Win/Win.

I also love this potty seat. Because we have such a small living space, I love finding products that save space. This potty seat attaches onto the seat and just flips up when one of the other kids needs to use the restroom. No dealing with putting the seat on in a hurry or finding space to store the unused potty seat. Brilliant. We have the Safety 1st one, but other "flip" potty training seats are out there, and worth getting.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Freezer Paper Stencil for t-shirts

Cut out desired shape out of Freezer paper. I asked my butcher for some free, as it was for a girl scout project. Iron the stencil, plastic side down, on med/hi heat with no steam. I ironed it in with a piece of board underneath, so I could really push down and make a good seal.

Apply your paint. I chose the puffy paint, but in retrospect, it turned out a little hard. I would choose a thinner fabric paint next time. But It was a girl scout project and this was a fun way to apply paint.

We added fairy dust, because that's how we roll.

Viola! Peel off the stencil when the paint is still a little wet. Otherwise, it might peel the dried paint off the shirt as well.

Which is worse?

My daughter got a Toto for Christmas. He is cute enough.

Except for when he is provoked. Scary.

Who is scarier? I don't know. One thing is certain, neither is happy.