Posted by: Krys | February 5, 2011

Site to Place, Inc.

My husband is a talented landscape architect, and I am helping him out by mentioning his company, Site to Place, Inc., and its website (www.sitetoplace.com) on my blog, temporarily.

If you are into beautiful photos of natural scenes, check out his site – Site to Place, Inc. Most of the pics are of his designs! And many of them are of our daughter.

Posted by: Krys | June 11, 2010

Organizing the Diaper Bag – Toddler Style

E is still in diapers, but I no longer carry a dedicated diaper bag.  I have a beautiful purse that was designed brilliantly, with a central zipper compartment the exact right size for E’s toddler-age accessories.

Here is what I carry with me every day:

  • 2 Diapers
  • Baby wipes (Pampers, Huggies, etc.)
  • Disposable changing pad
  • Disinfecting wipes for dirty surfaces (Clorox or Lysol)
  • Disinfecting wipes for dirty hands (Wet Ones or similar)
  • Tissues
  • Band-Aids
  • Extra pacifier & pacifier tether
  • Snack-size bag of crackers (animal crackers, graham crackers, Goldfish crackers…) – I’ll admit to having munched on these while sitting in traffic, E napping in her seat, blissfully unaware.
  • Shiny, noisy toy for tantrum distraction – E has a toy cell phone that she loves to play with.  It’s about the same size as a travel packet of Kleenex, and is a sure-fire distraction when E looks like she’s starting to melt down.
  • Boogie Wipes – I don’t always carry these, but whenever E has a cold with a runny nose, I don’t go ANYWHERE without them.

The list looks daunting, and you’re probably thinking that I must be carrying around an incredibly large suitcase as my beautiful purse, but I promise you, this stuff doesn’t take up much space.  I’m still eating away at that “obscene quantity” of travel sized accoutrements I mentioned in the original diaper bag post, so everything fits quite nicely.  Furthermore, with the central pocket zipped, my purse looks stylish and chic, without a glaringly mommy vibe.

And, since I’m bragging on the glorious purse, I’ll tell you a bit about it: it is a Nicole by Nicole Miller “Shopper”, though it’s from a previous season, and I’m not seeing anything exactly like it in stores now (I’ve been looking to see if I could get one in a more summery pattern).  I bought it at JCPenney on clearance last year, and it looks like the overall design has changed bit, though the central zipper compartment is still there.

Moms – what are your must-have toddler accessories?

Posted by: Krys | April 16, 2010

Meal Planning Help for the Helpless

At one point, before E was born, I had developed this amazing schedule for chores, errands and meals.  I was planning our meals, creating an organized grocery list, and getting the shopping done regularly.  The house was in great shape and we were eating home cooked meals regularly.  It was a peaceful, wonderful time.

And then E was born, and my organized, sane life fell to pieces around her.  My beautiful, amazing, awe-inspiring little girl threw our lives in to complete disarray, and now, the only thing I have enough mental energy for is making sure E is fed, clothed, washed and rested.  The rest of us (mom, dad, dogs and cat) have been pretty much left to fend for ourselves.

Well, that’s not good enough for me.  SO, I researched a bunch of different meal planning sites, and the one I like best is E-Mealz.com.  For a paltry $5 per month, I have access to a complete weekly meal plan, including grocery list.

The reason I like them so much more than the other meal planning sites is that they go way beyond a simple meal plan and list.  The folks behind E-Mealz have taken the time to look at the weekly specials for a number of different stores, and depending on where you shop, you just sign up for that store, and each week, you get a meal plan that takes advantage of those specials.  This will potentially save us a hundred dollars A MONTH.

They have a couple dozen plans to choose from, and offer stores like Walmart, Aldi, Publix and Kroger.  They also have “any store” options, in case you don’t shop at any of the specific stores.  They offer plans for families and couples, for 7 days and 5 days.  They have plans for low-carb, low-fat, or low-calorie diets.  They have vegetarian options, too!

I selected the Points Plan for 2 people shopping at Walmart.  It includes 5 dinners made to fit into the Weight Watchers points system, which is great for me these days, since I’m back on WW.  E’s daddy’s sort-of on it, too.  We’ll both do a lot better with the E-Mealz plan in place, I’m sure.

Anyway, I am trying very hard to get back into the groove that I was in before E came along.  I was so proud of everything I had accomplished in becoming a truly decent homemaker, and although I know that new moms get a “pass” on housekeeping for a spell, I think it’s time to kick some homemaker butt again.

Moms – have you been here before?  How did you break free of the baby black hole?  E is my world, and all I want to do is spend time with her to the complete exclusion of everything else.  How do you get past that?

Disclosure: If you do decide to try out E-Meals, you can help support our family by following the links in this post.  Once you subscribe, encourage your friends to subscribe, and you can earn free meal plans, too!

Posted by: Krys | March 13, 2010

My sweet cousin

This post is about E’s cousin H. H is five years old. She is going to tell a little story.

“I fed E. She drank the whole bottle and then she played. She walked around the house, pushing her little lion. I watched her, and then I went and played upstairs with my brother. We played ball with my Aunt K. We had so much fun that we got to stay for dinner. I was so hot – there were a lot of people here. E had so much fun and she played so much that she got tired and even cried a little bit.”

This story takes place at E’s first birthday party.

Posted by: Krys | March 13, 2010

My hero!

A beautiful fall day at E’s grandparents’ house.  We were swinging on the porch swing, E, E’s cousins H and L, and mommy.  Suddenly, we heard an odd sound, and “POP” we were falling!

Mommy was so worried that E was going to fall and get hurt, but luckily, E’s cousin, L, is a QUICK thinker, and caught her before she could fall.  Whew!

What a relief!  My hero!

Posted by: Krys | March 13, 2010

12 Months (Birthday Girl!)

Ta-da!  E is one!  12 months old.  A year has gone by.  What a year, too!  She is one amazing little girl. Read More…

Posted by: Krys | March 5, 2010

The Playhouse

E’s definitely growing up.  She has her own house now.

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Posted by: Krys | February 14, 2010

Being Busy

I still consider myself a new mom.  We’re not through the first year yet, so that still counts, right?

Anyway, I am absolutely floored by how busy I am now that E is walking.  I thought that I was getting nothing done before she could walk, but now I’m in a constant state of “what’s she doing?”.  I’m always dropping whatever I’m doing to check on her.  She’s a pretty quiet player, so the old “if they’re quiet they’re getting into trouble” adage doesn’t really apply to her.  She plays very well on her own, and usually isn’t doing something she shouldn’t.  BUT, every once in a while, she finds something she shouldn’t and then we’re off to the races.

Consequently, the housework isn’t getting done.  All those plans I put in place before she was born have been tossed out the window.  Laundry hasn’t been properly done in months.  I mean, things are getting washed, but it’s usually only because we’re out of clean underwear, rather than because it’s my day to do the whites.  Same deal with the dishes.  We run the dishwasher when we’re out of clean bottles for E, not because we’re normal people who run the dishwasher regularly.  And the vacuuming, and the dusting, and everything else you can think of that keeps a household from falling apart.

I’ve been told that this is normal, and that the best advice other moms received was not to beat yourself up about the things that don’t get done.  Try to celebrate the little victories, like actually getting a load of laundry done!  Still, I’m frustrated by the clutter, the piles of dirty laundry and the nagging feeling that I could be doing better.

So, I’m off to do laundry now.  E’s sitting with her daddy, napping, so I have some time to myself.  Funny, time to myself used to mean I’d read a book or research something great for my professional blog.  Now I’m excited to have time to do laundry.  *sigh*

Posted by: Krys | February 13, 2010

11 Months

SHE WALKS!

Woo hoo! I’m so totally energized by this that I want to go straight into potty training.  I’m absolutely convinced that E is a 2 year old in an 11-month-old’s body.  She should be ready for potty training, right?  No? Read More…

Posted by: Krys | January 13, 2010

10 Months

E continues to refine her technique on all things Baby.  According to her daycare teachers, she’s got the coordination of a much older child.  Daycare is doing wonders for her – she often interacts with older children, and I really think she watches them and learns from them every day.

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