Le Bain [almost done}

Last year when I was SEVEN months pregnant we decided to gut the whole bathroom and remodel in TWO months...

I am sure you know the rest of the story :D

It is NOT finished yet, but is functional - which is a bad thing! But I {heart} it!!

Hubs worked really hard to finish before I had the baby and I am happy to say that I took my "last" shower there, without a door, but did!!

three things that I learned with this remodeled:

1. Mudding IS a pain in the neck (literally)... but when you are 9 months pregnant is MUCH harder and painful to do  ceilings!

2. DON'T start a BIG project when you have a preggo at home and company coming in three weeks of starting the project!

3. Do it anyways because it would be so worth it in the end...

I thought about waiting till we finish, but since I don't know WHEN that would be, I decided to post today.

The "Before":

This is how the bathroom looked BEFORE. We had a tiny, dark and moldy shower - which we didn't use - wonder why! And a linnen/MESS closet.

And here is AFTER...  drum roll {please}

We added the beadboard - I {heart} it!! Painted a 'harlequin' wall. Layed new tile, new hardware.

New light fixtures (love the recessed lights in the shower), light/fan combo, new shower unit - NOTHING 'green' about this water sucker...

New door...

Still need to finish crown moulding and next project will be to refinish the vanity and paint the countertop!!

Wish me luck!!!



Awake Training {for parents}

Dear Fellow Babies,
OK, here’s my situation. My Mommy has had me for almost 5 months. The first few months were great – I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, around the clock. Then something happened. Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep thru the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse.

I’ve talked to other babies, and it seems like its pretty common after Mommies have had us for around 5-6 months. Here’s the thing: these Mommies don’t really need to sleep. It’s just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep – they just don’t need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle.

It goes like this:

Night 1 – cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it’s hard. It’s hard to see your Mommy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, it’s for her own good.

Night 2 – cry every 2 hours until you get fed.

Night 3 – every hour.

Most Mommies will start to respond more quickly after about 3 nights. Some Mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don’t give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I know it’s hard! But she really does not need the sleep; she is just resisting the change.. If you have an especially alert Mommy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mommy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it.

The other night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up with:

-My sleep sack tickled my foot.

-I felt a wrinkle under the sheet.

-My mobile made a shadow on the wall.

-I burped, and it tasted like rice cereal. I hadn’t eaten rice cereal since breakfast, what’s up with that?

-The dog said “ruff”. I should know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL.

-Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room.

-Too hot, too cold, just right – doesn’t matter! Keep crying!!

-I had drooled so much my sheets were damp and I didn’t like it touching me.

-I decided I was sick of all the pink in my room so I cried.

It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mommies’ internal clocks.

Sometimes my Mommy will call for reinforcements by sending in Daddy. Don’t worry Daddies are not set up for not needing sleep the way Mommies are. They can only handle a few pats and shhing before they declare defeat and send in the Mommy.

Also, be wary of the sleep sheep with rain noises. I like to give Mommy false hope that listening to the rain puts me to sleep sometimes I pretend to close my eyes and be asleep and then wait until I know Mommy is settling back to sleep to spring a surprise cry attack. If she doesn’t get to me fast enough I follow up with my fake cough and gag noise that always has her running to the crib. At some point I am positive she will start to realize that she really doesn’t really need sleep.

P.S. Don’t let those rubber things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out.

Trust me.


Baby J

Source: Unknown (If you know, let me know)


At OUR house, works like a charm...


Household {Tips}

*Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster...

*Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

*Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

*Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

*Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy no soggy micro pizza.

*Easy Deviled Eggs. Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg.
Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

*Expanding Frosting. When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size.
You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving!

*Reheating refrigerated bread. To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food Moist and help it reheat faster.

Tip Junkie handmade projects


Preparing Your Home & Family for an Earthquake or Disater

The tragic disaster in Japan this last week should be a reminder to all of us that this kind of devastation can happen at any time and any where. The question is “Are you prepared for such a disaster?”.

Did you know that scientists say Utah's Wasatch Front faces a 1-in-7 chance of being hit by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake — the size of the tremor that devastated Haiti last year — sometime in the next 50 years?

If it hits at the worst-possible time — in the middle of a winter night — government computer models estimate that it could kill about 3,000 people, injure another 42,000, damage more than a third of all buildings and cause at least $35 billion in economic loss.

More than 60,000 people would need public shelter during freezing temperatures. Most power, water and communications would be out initially, and may not be restored in some areas for months. Fires could be widespread.

Police and firefighters would be so overwhelmed that they could not reach many people for days, so we, as neighbors, would need to rely on each other for help.

As we have seen from recent disasters around the world, being unprepared can be devastating. Many put off creating an emergency plan because it seems like such a time intensive and expensive project.

The emergency plan checklist by Buttoned Up breaks it down into smaller tasks that can be accomplished in 20-30 minutes increments {download free here}. Using the emergency plan checklist as a guide, below are helpful tips and links to preparing for a catastrophe:
One: Organize Your Emergency Plan

Your family may not be together when a disaster occurs, therefore it's essential to plan in advance how you will communicate and get back together in different scenarios.

•Establish a contact. Because it may be easier to make an out-of-town call, identify a contact {ideally out-of-state} your family can call and who can also relay information.

•Make a contact list. Provide a list of contact phone numbers to all members of your family. For cell phone users, program that person(s) as "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) in your phone. If you are in an accident, emergency personnel will often check your ICE listings in order to get a hold of someone you know. Also, make sure to let your family and friends know that you’ve listed them as emergency contacts.

•Subscribe to alert services. Many communities have systems that will send instant text alerts or emails to let you know about such things as bad weather, road closings and local emergencies. To sign up, visit your local Office of Emergency Management website.
•Establish a meeting place. Select two meeting places in the case your family is separated in an emergency. The first location should be near your home. The second should be out-of-state or further away. Also, review possible evacuation routes available in your area online.

•Learn about school and work plans. Find out what emergency plans are in place for your work and child's school.

•Share the plan. Quick Share My Emergency Information is a form you complete to create an email text that includes basic emergency information you can share your family, friends and neighbors. It provides your contact information, emergency contact, out-of-town contact and your neighborhood meeting place.
•Prepare Your Home. Identify items in your home that need to be secured in the case of an earthquake. For complete information on making your home safer visit, Home Quake Safety Toolkit.
Two: Document Your Valuables

To be reimbursed after a catastrophe need a list of the items in your home. Recording with a video or camera the items you would want replaced is a great option. Also, documenting room to room all valuables {artwork, electronics, jewelry, rugs, furniture, clothing, etc.}. The next step is to store the video, photos or list safely with your attorney, accountant or family member.

Three: Get Your Records Ready

One way to organize for an emergency is to create a Home & Life Binder. The binder holds the most critical information for your home and family, so you’re never without it when you really need it. It should be kept in a safe, yet handy place. Assuming you have a computer and printer, creating the binder is a fairly easy DIY project - here's how step-by-step.

Four: Prepare Your Emergency Kit

Ready America, recommends the following items be included in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

•Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

•Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food {canned & packaged foods - include cooking utensils}

•Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

•Flashlight and extra batteries

•First aid kit

•Whistle to signal for help

•Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

•Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

•Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

•Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

•Local maps

•Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

This is a list of additional items to strongly consider adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

•Prescription medications and glasses.

•Infant formula and diapers.

•Pet food and extra water for your pet.

•Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.

•Cash or traveler's checks and change.

•Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the EFFAK Emergency Financial First Aid Kit - PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.

•Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov

•Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.

•Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

•Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

•Fire Extinguisher {get training from your local fire department on how to properly use a fire extinguisher}.

•Matches in a waterproof container.

•Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.

•Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.

•Paper and pencil.

•Comfort items such as books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

For those in earthquake country, have each member of the family keep sturdy shoes, whistle and a working flashlight next to each bed. The shoes will protect feet in the case of broken glass. Also teach everyone in your household to use the whistle or knock three times repeatedly if trapped.

I will post more on the kits {72-hour &  a Grab-n-Go kit} later!

Five: Discuss Your Plan With Your Family

Set a time to meet with all members of your immediate family and those that live with you to discuss your emergency plan together. Let all know where to find the emergency kit{s}, locate important information and who has the documentation for household valuables.

Is your family ready for a catastrophe? If not don't delay in preparing. Planning for a disaster sounds depressing, but when complete will reduce any anxiety or worry you may be feeling.

Plan ahead and be safe!
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