potty training…dun dun dun.

BENJAMIN

 

ben will be 19 months on the 5th of september. seriously. where has my little calm child gone?  he is definitely a ham & always finds a way to make us a laugh.  recently, he has become quite aware of his boy parts.

i as his mom should have known this was coming. i mean really, he’s a guy after all. but comes the topic of potty training.  when did you decide it was time for your child to potty train, or atleast start making them aware of bathroom habits?  he definitely is aware when he needs a new “diapey,” whether its one or two.  its the chase down to change him that is something we still need some work on.  

we plan on getting him his very own “potty” here in the next month or so, just so he can get acclimated to the whole “potty” idea. however with his communication skills in the super lacking department, it makes things tough.

so what cues or development signals did your family use when it was potty training time?

 

 

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raspberry lime muffins

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this girl loves a good muffin. so much that i’m willing to spend good money on one. like those amazing ones at corner street always have my heart pit pattering away,   so when i found pints of raspberries for $0.99 cents each i felt my little baking light bulb ding on.

i had previously pinned a recipe for raspberry lime muffins & what i love so much about her recipe was that its a good recipe for just about any fruit / lime or lemon combo you can come up with.  yeah amazing!

 

raspberry lime muffins
breakfast muffin with a little zest.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 tbsp baking powder
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 tsp lime zest
  6. 1 tsp lime juice
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 1 cup heavy cream **
  9. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  10. 1 cup raspberries, fresh
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with liners or grease with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt & lime zest. Add lime juice, eggs, heavy cream & melted butter. Mix until well combined. Do not over mix or muffins will be hard.
  3. Fold in fresh raspberries.
  4. Fill muffin liners 2/3 full & bake for 18-21 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. **I didn’t have any heavy cream on hand so I used the following substitute… 3/4 milk mixed with 1/3 cup melted butter.**
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The original recipe says frozen fruit can be used as well, but I prefer fresh whenever possible.

Everyone in our home has been gobbling them up for breakfast since I made them.  Next time I think I’m going to try a Blueberry Lemon Combo with a few pecans thrown in.

Sounds delish!

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$5 knock off TOMS, don’t judge.

1662211_10204474461080964_3913976500599872563_n   “They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” 
― Andy WarholThe Philosophy of Andy Warhol its friday. thank goodness. i must say it has been an awesome week.  we have some changes going on around here, but once we get settled & everything, i will share more with you all.  but here are some things i’m incredibly happy about right now:

1. fresh produce that i can create magnificent meals & treats with.

2. the signs of fall coming… halloween decor in stores, fall cookbook magazines & all those awesome pins on pinterest.

Follow Bethani Gregg’s board Autumn! on Pinterest.

3. seeing the baby rabbits frolicking in the garden (even if they did eat my broccoli)

4. painting. it is so good to see some color on those walls.

5.  ben & his vocabulary is growing. he can now say “kitty,” but it currently sounds like a body part. take a wild guess.

6. cherry vanilla cream soda from whole foods.  seriously. i can’t get enough.

7. navy blue & gold. totally doing this to my craft room wall, but a navy background.

8. tomorrow is saturday. & i’m off. what now! totally productive day tomorrow with husband and ben.

9. 5 Below & their beyond awesome $5 knock off TOM shoes.  I have like 6 pair.  don’t judge. mamas on a budget.

10. this little blog of mine.  its hard posting everyday, but i have made some amazing friends out this little blogspace.  plus some amazing partnerships & connections have started to develop from this & i couldn’t be more excited about it. here’s to making this blog bigger, better & even more fabulous.

what are 10 things making you incredibly happy right now??

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let the paint dry & sandpaper fly….

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i’ve always had this thing for row houses & wood paneling.  maybe its the nostalgic look that it gives off, i’m not sure.  but it always warms my heart when i see one.  there’s this super cutesy neighborhood by my work that is nothing but row houses & wood paneling.  total pleasantville feel when i casually detour through on my way to work.

we will never own one of these homes. the upkeep of that paneling is something i don’t want to deal with (let allow my wallet can afford). but see all the glamour of these homes, makes we want to do some much more to mine.  so my list is getting longer & new things just pleasantly fall into my lap.

i’ve got quite a bit of sandpaper to purchase, but i can already see the light at the end of our home makeover tunnel.

- painting.  lots of painting to be done.  working where i work, its easy to keep an eye on the oops shelf for any colors that i can handle.  i’ve managed to snag a gallon for each bathroom for $9 / gallon. that’s like a $20 savings per gallon my friends.

- ben’s growth chart.  i’ve got a few unused fence panels & i’m going to sand + stain one to hang in ben’s room.  i’m having a tough time deciding what color stain to use, but i’m thinking something dark & masculine that he can appreciate when he gets older.

- dresser makeover. i managed to be on facebook at the perfect time last night & scored a vintage-esque looking dresser from a neighbor for FREE.  it needs some definite love, but i’m super handy with some sandpaper, stain & paint. can’t wait for this darling piece to come together.

- the laundry room. i personally hate laundry beyond any other chore out there. (ask my husband or mom.) i feel prettying up the laundry room will make this dreadful chore alittle better.  i’m going to use leftover paint from my kitchen redo & find a few consignment/thrift items & personal family photos to make it even more awesome.

i’ve also got some pallets & old wood doors patiently waiting in the corner of my garage, so with time they will be used in a project somewhere.  any fun home projects going on out there?  i’ll be sure to share my progress as it happens.. but with a wild toddler, patience is a virtue.

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a little snip here…..

bens first hair cut

 

a few weeks ago, i finally came to the fact that been needed a hair cut. yes shaggy hair on boys can be cute & hip, but i couldn’t take it any longer.

i researched a few places & then we buckled up for errands and the moment of truth.  we ended up using a place called pigtails and crewcuts & it was by far adorable inside.  themed chairs lined one side of the building while the other side was decked out with video games and “big kid” chairs.

we eagerly waited for ben’s name to be called.  i think he was really digging their train set they had in the waiting room.  it was his turn next.

we plopped him down in the chair & he was all smiles until the lady came towards his face.  then it quickly took a turn for the worst.  she was amazingly fast & through and he was done in no time. (thank you jesus!)

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he made a quick leap into daddy’s arm so they could check out prizes in the treasure chest.  he found himself a green little whistle that he quite hasn’t figured out yet, except that it belongs in his mouth.

first one down & many more to go….

 

 

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trampolines + dodge ball

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ben & i enjoy being able to get out during the day to find fun activities to do. but being a semi sahm who works odd hours, its even harder finding thing that aren’t so hard on the wallet.

with ben being 18 months, we can really still take advantage of all those get in free activities.  yes i still get charged, but for fun kid places, its usually nominal.

i had been hesitant about taking him to a trampoline park for the obvious reasons…… big kids… jumping…. broken bones…

but i am so glad i told worrysome wanda to hit the road.  we had a blast!!  i looked up and found that our park has a toddler time so for ben & i to get it, it cost me on $6.50. and that was so jump for 4 hours.  we only jumped for about a hour and a half, but for $6.50 i wasn’t complaining.

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i’m pretty sure ben’s favorite was the dodgeball area (of course!) he would try to carry those balls all over the place, even though the sign posted frowned on that. what are they gonna do?

we definitely want to go back, but are going to wait until school starts, so we don’t have to worry about so many bigger kids.  also a day when dad can go too!  plus i’ve learned the “ins” of bringing a back with some bottled water and a few snacks in it.  #momwin

if you’re looking for something for your littles to do, seriously check to see if places like trampoline parks have “toddler times;” it really saves so money.

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