Ir5S1IDID8ntz3CTfc4LEVhlmt9Wl3 La Vida Buena: October 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Baby Basics Month 7

I cant not believe my baby girl is 7 months old. Where did these 7 months go? I mean, she is closer to being 1 than a newborn now. Officially has hit babyhood. Makes me sad, yet i love this age so much. She can play independelty, giggles at everything, loves to cuddle, she is just amazing.
* She is not crawling yet, which i am surprised because my older 2 crawled right after turning 7 months, and Bonita crawled the day she turned 7 months. ITs bound to happen any day, but I am not in a hurry. That just means i need to REALLY check the flood!
* She is eating pretty good, sometimes alot sometimes a pinch. Really its up to her.
*She has 2 teeth, that came through together!
* She loves her Teta (breastmilk)
* In the course of a day she mastered her pincer grip and is loving the Happy Baby Organic Puffs (which i dont think melt like the gerber)
* She signed "more"

Oh and her stats, about 16lb and 9oz. not sure for her height.

And my crew, because together we are complete!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

My Good Morning Promise

My typical morning,
5:30-Hop outta bed to either the husband in the shower or a baby awake,
5:40- Change diaper, make sure coffee was programmed the night before and is brewing
5:50-start breakfast for my husband, usually a healthy smoothie, vegi omelet, something good.
6:15 - kiss him goodbye and indulge in a HOT CUP OF COFFEE.

I usually don't put anything healthy or substantial in my belly until well after 11. Once my husband leaves i start breakfast for the kids. After school drop off i start cooking dinner and cleaning, and feeding the baby, and laundry. There is just so much going on for me, i never take time FOR ME to eat. So.....WE GOT A JUICER!

My new morning promise is to have a cup of fresh veggi/fruit juice before i take a sip of coffee. I am loving it! Its crazy how much fruit and veggi is actually needed to make a decent cups worth. But I figure its a good way to wake up my body

I am loving trying all the combos. Lets see, this am I did 1 pear, 1 apple, 1 carrot, 1 big chunk of cucumber and 1 celery. It was heaven. I also have been trying to eat more salads, and overall have a healthy diet. My next problem is to drink more water. I am a horrible water drinking, i know, so easy to do, but i just don't do it.

So are you a juicer? ( i feel like its a cult!) Share your favorite juice drinks! I will try them all. I really wanna try one with fresh ginger! YUM!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Apple Carrot Bread

So with my vast amount of apples, I was going to make an apple bread. I have always loved to make differnt healthy snack for the kids, and always try to have a fruit AND a vegi in each one. So I revamped my Apple Bread and made a VERY LOW suger, BUT SO YUMMY Apple Carrot Bread. This would make great muffins too!

The goods that make it:
2-3 Shredded Apples (skin can stay on!)
1 large shredded carrot
1 1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon of cinnamon (use more if u want!)
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking sode
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1/4 cup applesauce(i used my homeade applesauce but you can use oil or butter too
1/4 cup of sugar (thanks to the apple and carrot you dont need alot!

In 1 bowl mix the dry (baking soda and power, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg

In the second bowl beat the egg sugar shredded carrot and apple, and the applesauce together.

make a well in the dry and add the wet, mix. it will be clumpy like this!

Put in a well greased bread pan

Bake 350 for 50 mins.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Red in the Flower Bed Blog Tour

Red in the Flower Bed, written by Andrea Nepa is one of the most beautiful, well written childrens stories I have ever read. MY daughter and I had the privilage of reading this one evening together, and when we were done, we sat in a silence, just thinking about the book.
Every child grows up wondering why they look different, why their hair is differnet than others in their family, why their skin color might not be a perfect match. Most time, we can explain this by simply saying "you are a mix of mommy and daddy"
The author of this book Andrea Nepa is the mother of an adopted Vietnamese daughter named Leah. Anyone who has gone through adoption knows the journey a child must take, not only to enter a new family(in the story's case a seed journeys to a new flower bed) but when that child has settled, they might not look like the all the other members of their family. The book goes on to show that even if you are different, you still complete your families rainbow, and are just what the family needed.

This is such a well written, simple story with so much meaning to it. I would reccommend this to be on every childs bookshelf.
If you are interested in buying this story, please visit Tribute Books

To read more about Andrea and her family, you can visit her facebook page.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Super Undies WInners!

Congrats goes out to -

You are my 3 winners for superundies!!!! I will contact you via Email shortly.

And the Bonus 20.00 giftcard for one of the 3 winners goes to #3, KATIE! CONGRATS

I hope you all enjoy your superundies as much as i do

Monday, October 10, 2011

The boy who takes me by surprise.....

Loco, my non stop moving boy.He wakes up ready to go, and he continues to go till he crashes down. I mean it there is no down time.
He is a computer game genius, At 3 he learned to work the Xbox, just for netflix. Then one day he found the video games, learned how to download just the demos, and off he went. He has completed all of the Lego game demos he could get his hands on. He just turned 4 a month ago. The kid is amazingly latented.
I figured it was time not too long ago to try to get him to sit and learn, handwriting, reading, the good stuff. But he wouldnt sit. I couldnt teach him anything, so I gave up. I mean he has been able to identify his letters and knows their sounds since 2, but i want to teach him to read before Kindergarden and be able to write.
Everyone said "boys just arent ready" and i accepted it.


I sat him down with a book the had pictures and a place for for him to write the letter that it began with. Not even knowing he could form letters, i left it with him and walked away.
I came back just 5 mins later and found this complete with a smiling little boy.

I was so proud, so shocked. I mean WHEN did this child learn to write letters??? He continued to work in his book and we are going to complete the Explode the code primers over the next month or so and then i would like to move foward with book 1 and really getting this little man reading.

I will be sure to post our updates.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Wrap Up

Its been such an amazing week here. The mornings are cold and cuddly, the afternoons are so warm and beautiful. Really just amazing weather. It was national walk to school day this past wednesday and of course me and the kids walked to always :)
There has been lots of time spend on the swingset this week also. Other from the bees that need to just be gone, there is nothing to complain about.
I went apple picking with Loco and Luz. We have SO MANY apples. So far I have made crockpot applesauce, which isnt amazing. I made apple bread and that is DELICIOUS! I was thinking of making a pie and maybe some apple jam? Really I still have 2 huge bags full.
I made a Foccacia bread last night and me and Bonita have been devouring it. We are complete bread lovers. It was so nice with the fresh rosmary from my garden (that the frosty mornings has been killing)
So with such a great week I thought i would wrap it up with some pictures from our amazing time! Have a great Weekend!
Oh and also, my birth story was featured on a blog! Be sure to check it out!
Be Your Best Mom

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Amazing Fall Weather!

I have not posted alot latley because the weather here has been amazing. Most days i spend outside with Luz and Loco on the swing set. ITs cool, yet warm, just perfect and sunny. IT so nice now to have Luz at the 6 month mark. She loves to go on the swing next to her big brother. ITs these moments that make being a stay at home mom so wonderful. I feel so blessed!
I also want to thank my followers, I made it to 100!!! It is very exciting for me :)

BrytonPick Review

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Free From Origianal Sin

Yesterday Luz was baptised. It was a very nice ceremony, short, sweet, just us and small amount of family in the church. Baby girl tried to steal the book from the preist, had no problem with the holy water on her head. I bet she would have been happy with she could have sat in it! Anyways, here is a pic from the day. It was so nice too that she was able to wear Bonitas baptism dress.