Kids

Let kids be kids: a note on gender equality

September 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

The other day, while browsing Facebook, I encountered this article that tackled gender equality. As a mom of a very active little boy and expecting a little baby girl, this article went straight to the center of what’s going on in our lives.  

How to sew a toddler’s sleeping bag

June 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

   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. 

Natural remedy for ear infections

June 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Natural remedy for swimmer’s ear that works better than doctor’s medication! I have this great homemade recipe that I use fairly often to cure outer ear infections (also known as swimmer’s ear). I have always been prone to such infections, and as far as I can remember I spent a few weeks every summer as a child having to put drops in either ears and keeping clear of the pool for an even longer period of time.

6 toddler friendly hikes in the Bay Area

June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

  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. 

How to sew a toddler’s jacket from an old sleeping bag

May 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

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. 

Camping with a one-year old – how we did it

May 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

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. 

Camping with a one year old – What to bring?

May 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

    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.  

Free Hoody Crochet Pattern

April 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A few months ago I found this great hoody pattern on Ravelry for my son. If you’ve been looking for a free pattern that will fit your child and that is easy enough, this one’s probably the best you can find. I crocheted this sweater in less than 3 weeks, taking advantage of nap times and evenings in front of the TV. I used a great quality yarn, Cascade Superwash 220 Sport Merinos wool.  While I had to work with a different gauge than what the pattern dictated, it still ended looking great. The hood was probably the trickiest past for me to do, and I really have no idea why. I also added a few rows and stitches for the sleeves, as they looked quite small even if my son is on the skinny side. I did not follow the instructions for the front pouch, which maybe I should have, as mine is square instead of decreasing at the top. If I had to do it all over again, I’d probably add a little more red, have either 2 stripes or a larger one, and include a little flash of red in the sleeves.   Overall, it’s a great pattern and I might use it again someday. Link to the free pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/faster-than-lightning-hoody