Two Great Baby Tips

I had a great idea for a blog: write about three of my best baby tips. But there was a problem, I could only think of two tips. So here you go. Two never-fail, good-advice-in-any-situation tips! Seriously, everybody in the universe who takes care of a baby should use this advice!


1. I remember my mom pinching my tummy in the zipper of my footie pajamas. In high school a friend caught my lip in my zipper as they zipped up my coat collar. Here is a way to never zip your baby’s skin in their footie pajamas.

Pinch the zipper handle between your thumb and index finger. Bend your middle finger around the top of the zipper head (the part that slides), planting your finger pad firmly on the base (the part that fests against your baby’s skin). As you slide the zipper up or down, your middle finger protects baby’s skin from getting zipped.

I used to only follow this trick while zipping up and I thought my kids would grow o a ripe old age without me ever having zipped them. But just this morning my wiggly toddler got pinched as I was unzipping him. So from now on I’ll be holding the middle finger guide in place both up and down.

2. I was having trouble finding the diaper rash ointment, we call it booty medicine, in my diaper bag and also in the basket where I keep diaper supplies. I didn’t want to root for it, so I’d start without it then when it turned out I did need it, ugh, it was somewhere at the bottom . Yada, yada, yada. So I thought to myself, “Why can’t I just keep the wipes and the booty medicine together?” AHA! I taped the ointment tube to the side of the pack of wipes! It has been working great. Be sure to tape it so the ointment lids opens away from the wipes (mine is a flip lid). My wipes go faster. So when they are gone, pull of the tape and tape the tube to the new package.
There you go. Enjoy a slobbery baby kiss! Live is good.


Celebrate a Little Victory

My kids’ piano teacher just told me this at our impromptu parent teacher conference. “Any time he makes the slightest improvement, I praise him to the skies.” With a more negative attitude I could have taken this as bleak news. But isn’t that exactly would I’m doing when I tell the baby how smart she is for biting her own toes?

Lately I’ve been joking that DD5mos sees every second she is awake as a small victory, except that I’m not really joking. Babies who stop napping at five months are no picnic.

However, when I take a minute to apply this idea to myself, as we should do with all wise words, I realize how ecstatic I would be every minute of the day if I got into a better habit of celebrating the little victories. Imagine this: “Yay! I finished a load of laundry!” as opposed to “Drat! I am nowhere near finishing the laundry today!”

Would that make a fantastic change in my attitude or what! I’m excited to try it this evening. I’m going to make a big deal about how beautiful my kids’ teeth are and how great their breath smells instead of complaining about the toothpaste in the sink.

Latest Update–What have I been doing?

What have I been . . .


I finished book three in the Beyonders trilogy. Very good. DD 15, Hubs and I enjoy read quite a bit of YA lit. One stand out line was “sacrifice is giving up something good to get something better.” I enjoyed the excitement of the story, but it is the struggle to be selfless and to cling to faith through trials that will bring me back to this book.


Removing clutter. I have gotten rid of a few things, but there still seems to be too much. I am overwhelmed.


Our living room has made some strides toward becoming nice. I donated an exercise bike, moved furniture, and made a plan to make the sewing machine accessible. There’s more work, but its getting close.


Fall high school courses for DD15. I’m also planning to let her drive more. I have to put her need to learn about my own comfort (and safety–ahem).


Lots of weekly outings to our local Drive-In! Yes, you heard me right; we have one of those!

Not planning to fix?

Typing. I can’t blog in the dark, ‘cause I gotta look at my fingers!

Promising myself I’ll do?

Clear off my desk, blow up my Mother’s Day hippity-hop, write in my kids’ journals. Seriously, why do I put that off?

And what do I wanna do?

I want to start tomorrow like it’s a whole new world! Like Miss Hickory, I want to graft myself into a whole new life of vitality and usefulness. (Just finished reading that book with the littles tonight, too.)

So, in case I don’t see you, . . .good afternoon, good morning, and good night!

Is Simplicity Your Answer?

I read an article by a guy named Dave. He said:

Yet, simplicity cannot handle all questions. For example, how do I find purpose in my life? Simplicity says, “Why are you asking me that?”

How do I rekindle the passion? Simplicity says, “Huh?”

I admire the personification of “simplicity”. I makes his explanation so simple.

I’ve been decluttering for the last several months. And I’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff. But it doesn’t seem to be enough. Now I’m frankly not done. And I’m hanging on to a few ridiculous things in the hope of getting some sewing crafts done this winter i.e. two boxes of denim scraps.

But I’ve given some thought to the results I want. What do I want from decluttering? Here (in no particular order) is what I would like to gain by decluttering:

Places to store our belongings
Knowing where things are having them easily accessible
Room to play, work and relax at home
A calm, peaceful home
A clean home
Tidy children who don’t feel comfortable in a mess and clean it

Now I have to ask simplicity which of these things she can solve. Hold on . . .

She says, “I can accomplish the first three, no problem. But as for you feeling calm and feel, I can have little bit of effect, but you’re the boss of your actions, thoughts and emotion, Woman. Take charge!

“And speaking of taking charge, Clean your house and make your kids help.”

Decluttering is important, but won’t solve every problem. And a messy table during school isn’t actually a problem.

Okay, so my simplicity is not as simple-minded as Dave’s. But seriously, no amount of decluttering will make my house stay clean.

I have six kids and a husband for goodness sake.

And most of the mess is made with things you use all the time—Hello, they wouldn’t be decluttered anyway.

This in a nutshell is why I was disappointed in my possession purging: I wanted my house to stay clean. Well, that’s just not going to happen, Sister. Eight people live at your house. ‘Nough said?

So what can help? I’m telling myself to “keep on keeping on.” Classy advice, I know. But This is a teaching and training season of my life. And a loving, nurturing, enjoying season. A season that is going to come to a close some one of these years. And you’re going to miss it when it’s gone.

Keep teaching and working with those kids. Remind till you have the hang-up-your-coat-when-you-come-in dream echoing through you sweet dreams. Keep things simple when and where you can. And as Winston Churchill, great man, is said to have said, “never, never, never, never give up.”

Thanks to the Dave guy and Simplicity for clearing that up for my. I think I’ll have a happier future because of it. 🙂

How has simplicity helped you?

Almond Snowball Cookies on 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats

Week two of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats. Do not fail to checkout this blog hop. All the traditional tried-and-trues and exciting experiments you need are here linked together in one festive Christmas blog hop!!

So what’s our offering? Ta-da! I make cookie mix into maximum flavor.

My wonderful cousin, Beccah, gave us a couple packs of sugar cookie mix. I wanted to dress it up a little, ’cause sugar cookies, eh, they tend to be methods of getting frosting to your mouth at functions where finger-lickin’ if frowned on or a cute craft project for the wee ones that isn’t going to be sucking up prime real estate on the fridge for an eon.

So I was pleased when Sis, aka DS 8, asked to use a recipe found in this cookbook (in the Party Treats section):

The ingredients were as simple as the procedure.


Almond Snowball Cookies

We poured everything into a bowl and mixed it, sugar cookie mix, 1 cup almonds, 3/4 cup flour, 1 cube butter, 1 egg, 2 T honey,  1/2 t almond extract. Dropped dough balls into a shallow dish of powered sugar to coat and baked at 350 degrees. Easy-peasey.

They tasted great. As you can see, Benjamin has happy eyes. And he can barely hold the cookie, because he didn’t allow it to cool at all but ate it straight out of the oven. The dough tasted great too. According to the kids. Because how else would I know? Oh all right I ate plenty of dough–it was fab.

The dough was crumbly we had to mash it together a bit before rolling it in the powdered sugar.

Thank you all for hopping by. We’ll have several more tastey recipes coming out this Christmas season along with my series on creating and keeping family harmony, so be sure to stop back by.

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12 Weeks of Christmas Treats–Gingerbread Cookies

Have you noticed the Christmas countdowns? Yes, they’ve already begun. Meal Planning Magic is once again hosting their phenomenal blog hop: 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, formerly known as 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies.

It wasn’t hard to choose a first post for this event. Sweet, spicy gingerbread. Mm-mmm. After all, nothing says “Christmas is coming” to me or my kids like gingerbread cookies.

Here in Wyoming September can be warm and autumn-y some years, but winter is cold and it could take a flying leap and avalanche onto us at any time! Yeah, once the football season starts, there are no guarantees of leisurely leaf changes, or sunny Indian summers.

One of my I-hate-winter-and-here-it-comes coping mechanisms is to start looking forward to Christmas right away. As soon as my precious tots can claim their first fall chill, they start clamoring for hot cocoa. The second subject of supplication is to bake gingerbread men.

Sadly for my blessed babes, I really hate rolling dough, but fortunately I love gingerbread. We don’t always make the men, but no matter what the size of shape, this taste bud tingling treat is hard to beat.

Nothing says “Christmas is coming” like gingerbread.

Gingerbread Cookies½ cup margarine
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup dark molasses
½ teaspoon salt
½ Tablespoon baking soda
½ Tablespoon cinnamon
½ Tablespoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
2 ½ cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Blend in eggs. Blend in molasses, salt, baking soda and spices. Put down the mixer and stir in flour. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake approximately 10 minutes depending on cookie size. This dough can be chilled, rolled and cookie-cut if desired.

If you want to tone down the flavor, you can replace the molasses with syrup. That tames it in a hurry. I’m going to try a bit of cayenne or white pepper in my next batch. Woohoo!

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