Valentine’s Tea Party ♥ 1st Birthday

1 Apr

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My Babygirl’s 1st birthday came and went. That year went by way too fast 😦

Anywho, I have some things I made for her special day I wanted to share.

I love to bake and create yummy cakes and cupcakes for my family and friends.  I have been wanting to try baking those cute little cakes in the can. I thought it would be perfect for my daughter’s first cake.

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All you need is cake mix or homemade recipe prepare as on box or as usual. Can(s), I used 2 tomato sauce cans.

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They do take longer to bake just keep an eye on them and don’t fill the cans up too much. After done baking let cool and decorate. I did a rose design with a large star tip.

For her party I went with cupcakes in the design of a bouquet of roses.

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This was my second time making a cupcake bouquet but on a larger scale. You will need more than 24 cupcakes, found that out last minute. Got the pot and styrofoam ball at Joanns fabric (used those coupons). The styrofoam ball is expensive I am sure it was 8 inches and so was the pot. I painted the pot with acrylic paint and added sticker letters to create my message.

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Hot glued the styrofoam ball on very quickly around the edges of the pot.
You attach the cupcakes with toothpicks, there are plenty of tutorials out there. I would suggest decorating the cupcakes prior to putting them on the ball. It can get a little messy but I like the outcome better than decorating while the cupcakes are already on the ball. I decorated the cupcakes here while on the ball. Its totally up to you. Fill in gaps with tissue paper. 

Now to my favorite! The first thing I have sewn for my little lady, her party dress.

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She had a Valentine’s tea party. Love the hearts on the dress. Got the fabric from Joanns 50% off and used McCalls 5791 pattern, the dress that is being modeled.

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I didn’t make the bloomers or headband. I made 2 simple 5 petal flowers from leftover fabric from the dress and glued it on a purchased headband and on the dress.

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And look at those shoes! They are the cutest!  Got them at Burlington coat factory for $6. Gotta love Minnie Mouse!

I decorated our house with paper heart chains. Gave paper teacups fill with Valentine’s candy to the little girls as favors and robots made of candy to the boys.

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I can’t wait until next year! Finally get to plan and host girly parties!

Postpartum shedding is a B****!

10 Jul

I’ve been experiencing
postpartum shedding like no other. Postpartum shedding is normal months after giving birth but I have never experienced this much before. The worst part is, it is shedding and thining in the front of my head, making me feel self conscious.

The only thing I can do is to roll with the punches and not put too much too stress on my hair.

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             Top pic is postpartum
              Bottom pic is before

Did anyone experience this?
Any tips?

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UPDATE!!!!!!
My edges have been growing back but sadly my baby girl’s hair is shedding : (

Crochet Bootie Socks

13 Mar

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You can find the sock pattern here and the bow pattern here.

VBAC, It CAN BE DONE!

25 Feb

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I had my baby GIRL going on almost two weeks ago! I didn’t want to know what we were having but my husband did, so at the 20 week ultrasound the tech told him while I went to the bathroom. All of our family and friends were kept for knowing until the big day as well. My husband did a great job at keeping it a secret. This was the most stressful pregnancy so far due to things unrelated to the pregnancy, so when she did arrive she was the great light at the end of the tunnel.

On to labor and delivery. About a month before my due date the doctors tried to scare me into having a scheduled c-section because I had a c-section with my last baby. I had a vaginal with the first. Check out more My Birth History. I really had my heart set on the another vaginal birth but im flexible. They tried to scare me into a scheduled c section a week before my due date. I was not happy. I wanted the baby to come on its own. At my next appointment I talked them into giving me a week after my due date. My due date was feb 16th, my c section was to be the 21st if i didn’t go into labor on my own. I was more ok with that option.
About a week before I gave birth I started spotting and having inconsistent contractions. That week at the doctors I was 2cm and 50% effaced. More spotting and contractions but nothing to be alarmed about just super annoying. The next week, tuesday The office calls to change my appointment from thursday to later that day because there was a big snow and ice storm coming wed and thursday. I washed and did my hair thinking I had a couple days before I went into labor. While doing so I was having some pretty strong contractions and they were getting closer together. On my way to the docs I was having them, walking to the office I had to stop because of them. While Waiting, more contractions. While the nurse was taking my blood pressure I had more which raised my blood pressure. When I got examined I had a couple. I had only dilated one more cm since the last visit but they wanted me to get observed. So to labor and delivery I went. I was told to walk around the unit for an hour and the contractions got stronger and painful. I was only 4-5cm and they were thinking about sending me home. I didn’t want to go home because the contractions were really bad. Then they decided I was in active labor. I got a bag of fluids before my epidural (orignally I didn’t want one but the pain was so bad at only 5cm than with my last baby, the 9 ponder at 9cm. I really wanted one). I got the epidural and the doc broke my water and gave me poticin. I was so happy and relaxed. I got a couple hours of sleep and rest before i was awaked by painful contractions. The contractions kept getting stronger and more painful. That epidual failed me!!!! It was push time and too late for another epidual. There was so much pain and pressure it made it hard to think and push. After pushing for a little while I was allowed to take a 30min break. Which helped alot with bringing the baby down. I pushed for around 30-45 more mins. I felt that ring of fire they tell you about when the baby’s head crowns. The nurses had the nerve to tell me to stop pushing and to wait for the doc. It felt like a boulder in my vagina. I clawed at my husband’s arm and said where is she (the doc) she needs to hurry up! I told them I can’t hold it and pushed that baby out! They put her right on my chest and thats when the doc came in. Wow! THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!! I held my baby up to see if it was a boy or girl. At first glance I saw the umbilical cord and thought another boy but was like look around it and seen a vagina!!!! I finally got my little girl!!!! I cried happy tears!!!!

I didn’t even tear! Which was even awesomer lol.

That was my third time giving birth, it was the easiest, fastest but the most painful. Everyone was for sure I was having another c section (even myself at times). I believed in my body and I had, I guess a natural vbac! Yay me. My body always knows how to surprise me and be amazing. Thank God for everything!!!!

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                       Baby J
                      8lbs 1oz
                         20in
                      2/12/14

New Crochet Corner

29 Jan

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          Headband/earwarmers
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         With matching bootcuffs
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                       Batman
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            Blue Girl Butterfly Hat
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                  Matching Grey
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                 Slouchy puff hat

  (All of these are about 1 year old)

Wash Day 3 weeks Post

21 Dec

I washed and relaxed my hair 3 weeks ago. Now, usually I wash every 4 weeks but im trying to work my way up to every 2…baby steps.

I started by prepooing with coconut oil for about an hour and half. Shampooed with motions keratain and than with a mix of motions and herbal essences hello hydration conditioner.

I applied my coconut lime conditioner for about 30mins. Conditioned with herbal essences for 8mins and than motions moisture plus conditioner for 15mins.

Applied coconut oil to hair. Blow dried on high and flatironed on 310 the lowest my flatiron gets.

My hair came out so soft and fluffy

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    Sorry for the mugshot look lol

Little men need love too!

10 Dec

It just came to me… I’ve been neglecting haircare for boys. I don’t know how that got past me? Well maybe because my little guys are so low maintenance.

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My boys don’t have the long hair, all braided up and what not. We keep it cut and maybe let it grow to little curls but that is it. I feel now this is me… I don’t have any girls, I have boys and they will have short hair not long, I will not be braiding, twisting, locking or ponytailing my son’s hair and my husband feels the same. My husband does cut their hair and his own and does a great job.

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Even though their hair is low maintenance problems do arise, like find the right shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, dry scalp and haircuts.

I will be adding boys hair care to my blog because little guys need love too and who doesn’t love a guy with a great head of hair…short or long.

Relaxer Update

7 Dec

I usually wait 4 months (16weeks) before I relaxer my hair again. This time it was 19 weeks.

It did come out alot better than my last one, I think it was because I only relaxed just a little bit of my hair (new growth) instead of my entire length.

I am going to change my relaxer next time to optimum because dark and lovely gets my hair too too straight.

Overall I really like my results but not love.

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My next relaxer date is in march but I might wait a little longer not sure because hair goes through crazy changes after giving birth (due in feb)…we will see.

Cheeseburger Sliders

13 Nov

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Another idea from pinterest. Hamburger spread in a baking pan to cook, than cut into little squares. Something super easy that you don’t have to watch over when times are busy or when your tired. They are also great for parties.

WHAT YOU NEED

Hamburger

2LBS. of ground beef (I used 1lb of ground chuck and 1lb of lean)

Onion 2 slices ground up in a food processor

1/4c. steak sauce

2 eggs

1 c. of dry bread crumbs

1 tsp. of salt/pepper/garlic/season salt

Other

Baking pan

Cheese

Hawaiian rolls

What you do

Mix all ingredients for the hamburger very well. Spread into pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with cheese. Cut into squares to fit your buns and enjoy!

Note: you can also make hamburger ahead of time and freeze it. Take it out the freezer and thaw when ready use.

My Baby History

31 Oct

Hey! So I haven’t posted much about my pregnancy first because of being sick and forgetting/laziness. Right now I’m 24 weeks and 4 days. A little more than half way done. Yaay!!!! I’m feeling so much better. Just alot of aches and pains but I will take that over throwing up any day. My pregnancies seem to always be hard. It’s worth it though.

Background
1st son

I was fresh out of high school just turned 18 and loving the boy around the corner when we found out I was pregnant. It wasn’t a surprise but was something we wasn’t ready for at our age. We got through it…..man it wasn’t easy. My pregnancy was ok. I had normal symptoms, nausea, constipation, smells bothered me boobies hurt and grew like crazy…nothing I couldn’t deal with or hide. Those went away by the end the first trimester. Feeling great working part time and communting back forth to college. I thought I had it down packed until I got to the middle of the last trimester my blood pressure started to go up and nothing I did would bring it down. I felt fine. So that was scary because there was no warning other than having my blood pressure checked whenever I went to the doctors. They decided to induce me a month before my due date at 36 weeks. My baby was perfectly healthy at 6lbs 4oz. Ooh yeah a boy! We were expecting a girl…we had two ultrasounds at two different places both saying it was a girl. Surprise surprise.

2nd Son

4 years later we were expecting. I thought it was going to be the same hopefully minus the high blood pressure. About a week or two after I found out I was pregnant I started dry heaving in the middle of the night then everything that went past my lips made me sick but stayed down. A week later nothing would stay down. I hate throwing up it is one of those things that has always been. That on top of not experience this with my first child made it unbearable. The docs said try eating this, eat small, sip, tums, ginger, seabands….ha! NOTHING WORKED. Until they gave me phenergan. What a happy day! I gained 10lbs in a month! At 20 weeks I could go with out the meds. Certain things still made my sick but no throwing up. Great! No high blood pressure. I went into labor naturally at 39 weeks. Slept through most of the labor at home woke up at 4am to bloody show and a strong urge to poop. We got ourselves and son together dropped him off at my moms and went to the hospital. I thought up and down I was going to be sent home. Nope got there and was 7cm… my contractions were just uncomfortable. But i decided to get the epidural because i didn’t know how bad it was going to get. Before the anesthesiologist left i was checked and was 10cm. I could of went without one! I deal very well with pain. Push time! 3 hours of push time…ugh not again! 3 hrs of pushing with the first as well and delivered vaginal. My pushing wasn’t the problem…it’s what they call narrow hips?… they could see his head but wasn’t moving down any farther. Nothing much more they could do but suggest a c section. Scared the crap out of me and I cried but decided to go ahead with it I was tired and just wanted my baby. He was born a little before noon that day at 8lbs 15oz. My big baby boy!

3rd Baby

We found out I was pregnant again in June right before we were to move. Got awful morning sickness as with the second but I could control it a little better however smells trigger it. Moving, summer, two kids to deal with and new smells made it worse. I cried because I didn’t know if I could take on all this. I didn’t want to live at one point. Yes it can get that serious. That has pasted…I gotten my phenergan and now off of it, now feeling good…working on growing a healthy baby.

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                22 weeks along

Sorry for the long post…thanks for reading.