I promised it, well, here it is! In a previous post I talked about how I did sew a toddler’s jacket from an old sleeping bag I had. Well, I used the remaining fabric to sew a small sleeping bag for my toddler. I wanted the sleeping bag to have sleeves, as my son is not used to being bundled up anymore. Since as far as I know no such pattern exists (maybe I should make one), I freehanded the pattern using a vest as a reference point. Here’s how I did it.
I discovered hiking when I was a young adult. As a child, my parents brought us to hiking spots when we were young, but we never really hiked, we just strolled along and stayed close to the parking lot. Only later when my sister brought me hiking in the Adirondacks in upstate NY did I really fall in love with hiking. After that I became an avid hiker. I even worked for a recreational equipment company where I could talk about climbing and hiking all day long. I met my husband because I was looking for a climbing and hiking buddy. Ever since I became a mother my love of hiking has been put on hold. It’s a lot more complicated to leave home for a full day when you are sleep deprived and your baby has to follow feeding and nap schedules.
Okay, if you’ve been following me lately you’ll notice I was quiet from the Pinterest/Facebook/blogging scene in the past week. Well, I’ve been a busy bee! After our camping trip I had to take a few days to recover from the exhaustion of organizing it all and then I started working on another project. In one of the lasts posts I talked about how we did go camping with our one year old and how I had to quickly sew a jacket for my son. I had been looking for a light jacket for my toddler for ages but still couldn’t find any in the multiple stores I shopped at. With the camping trip coming up I found myself short of toddler sized cool weather clothes and I wanted to find a quick solution.
We finally did it! We went camping with our one-year old for the first time! If you’ve read the previous post about this, you’ll see that my husband was much stressed and scared about this new adventure with our child. On my side, I must admit I was a little stressed but felt confident things would go well. In the end, here’s what happened during our first camping trip with our one year old son.
We will soon go camping with our one year old, and although we’ve been camping as a couple extensively, this will be our first time as a family. My husband is so stressed by this little trip he can’t sleep at night, and I must admit that even though this adventure excites me I am also a little bit worried.
I stumbled on this blog post from Wandering Dolphin this morning. I’ve been following theses guys for a few months now, as I’m curious about how a family decides to get out of the traditional way of living and actually live on a boat. It’s what I’m aiming for, but stepping outside the box sometimes feels so hard and complicated. I think it’s something we tend to overanalyze and overcomplicate because it is so out of the ordinary. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest, you’ll see I have a board called “One day, I’ll sail away”. I would like my children to grow up in a different way. There’s nothing wrong about growing in the suburbs and attending regular school (I know, because I was raised that way). But just as traveling broadens your horizons, I think traveling as a child opens your mind even more. This plan to sail away is just a plan right now, but we are setting it in motion slowly so that in a few years time, when our children are a little older, we are able to make the move. As you can see from the post, growing up on a boat looks quite appealing when you set aside society’s critical mind. A great read. http://wanderingdolphin.blogspot.com/2014/05/sailor-girl-what-my-life-is-like.html
My son recently started eating finger foods exclusively. We’re done with the purees, Yay! Ever since I’ve been looking for a cheerios-like cereal, something that is great for tiny little fingers and nutritious without the added high-fructose corn syrup and chemicals. Even though General Mills said they stopped using GMO’s in their famous cereals, I still don’t trust the brand. And while there are now a few alternatives in organic cereals, I found out most of these brands are sub-brands of the giant General Mills. I personally distrust any company who opposed Prop 37 and General Mills was on the top 15 funders (along with Monsanto, Kelloggs and Coca-Cola) with a meager 1,135,300$. What have you got to hide, Mr. General Mills? Because I really really REALLY don’t want to encourage them I’ve decided to make my own cereals. The first thing I did was Google “how to make your own cereals”, because really, who knows what goes into this breakfast staple? I finally found a few recipes that were helpful. Here they are: This is where I got my inspiration for the recipe. I decided to add applesauce and got that idea from here. This link seems great but the intense labor made me squirt. Since there wasn’t one perfect recipe you will find my own recipe below. It turns out it doesn’t taste like Cheerios at all! They taste more like a crispy muffin top, which I am […]