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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bad Blogger!

Hello everyone!

I know it has been a while. Life keeps going, ya know? My son turned 18 last month (phew!) and everyone started school, including my Munchkin. He is now reading the Cat in the Hat by himself and knows his math addition 1+ all the way through 8 (he surprised me with that one the other day). We've been working on 1+ through 5, but he surprised me my knowing 1+8=9!

Pirate Day at the dentist; his first tooth cleaning!


Along with the family's schooling, I am keeping busy with plenty of projects! I will be starting necklaces and acrylic jewelry charms to earn extra money for Christmas, you'll have to check them out! Course, I'll have to get them posted... lol.

I have crossed a few items off of my Year of Projects, another pair of arm warmers,

a hat (have to figure out how to finish the bill) and a scarf from one of my books. I have successfully completed 2 pairs of socks and am now taking on the challenge of actually trying to make them fit my foot! Since I have a size 5-5.5 shoe, the patterns for the size 8 tends to be a little big.... ha. SO - I have purchased the materials that I need and I will be casting on soon! I will keep you updated.

I am finishing a Where's Waldo hat for my older son, and starting a dreadlocks hat for him as well. I look forward to seeing how it turns out. Although the pattern for the dreadlocks hat isn't very clear, so I will have to do some experimenting to get it right. I guess that is how we learn, right?

I have made 1 of 2 toddler sized socks, and this toddler has got to have long feet! ha, they are a bit long. I need to learn the art of adding in another color, particularly in working with stripes. I get a funky jog in the color change and sometimes more than one... hmmm

I finished my dreamy strozzi necklace, it turned out very well! I would highly recommend the pattern for anyone looking for a gift to make. I used the baby alpaca.... oooh, so dreamy soft....


More pictures to come!

Well, that is all for now... I will sign on again soon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Your Baby Can Read!

Since I am a little short on time and behind in my posts, I thought I would just share a product that I absolutely love! I believe that all moms want the best for their children, and every mom needs to find ways to keep their baby busy in a constructive way. This product does just that.

When we received our Your Baby Can Read package, we weren't sure exactly how it would work, but it was a fun way to entertain our son, a very active 10 month old, productively. He loved it! The video shows children between the ages of 6 months to 5 years old reading at various levels. The younger children indicate their knowledge by pointing or acting out the word being shown. Fabulous!

We started our son when he was 10 months old, I let him eat his breakfast while he watched the video. Then before bed we would read through flash cards just as we do books now that he is older. One month after starting, he read his first word - "dog". "Do" he said! LOL!! We were thrilled!

My son is now 3 years old and is reading between First and Second grade levels. He can read entire small books by himself. Video demonstrations will be loaded soon for your entertainment... 

This is not a sponsored post and I hope I don't get in trouble for promoting the product, but it is a wonderful program from which I believe anyone can benefit, including non-english speaking families as multiple languages are offered.

Your Baby Can - Childhood Development System

Now, the program requires the time and involvement of the parents. While sitting in front of the videos may make some impact, the real progress will be made by parents reading to the children and encouraging them. Most children are only be interested as much as their parents show interest. 

Some people might wonder what the benefits of teaching your child to read at such an early age - why?? Aren't they going to learn later? They might. The parent orientation video explains many benefits of using the program and I highly recommend to all parents that they check it out. As for me, I've read recently that illiteracy among the American children is quite high. Learning at a young age helps to foster a love for learning, it helps shape the child's brain for easier learning in the future. And quite frankly, the younger the child, the easier it is for them to learn multiple languages, of which reading is one. There are so many other reasons, but listing those would make this post a novel.

My son can navigate around our computer, my smart phone, he can put together a jigsaw puzzle of the United States, and he can count to 40 by himself, and to 100 with a small amount of assistance. He can count to 30 in Spanish and to 6 in Japanese. When we are baking, he reads the recipe to me. As far as I am concerned, the higher the leg up I can give my son in this world, the better for him. He loves to learn, it is fun and exciting, and it opens up his world in a huge way.

I highly recommend Your Baby Can Read! If you aren't sure about it, there is a starter pack. Try it out! It will be one of the BEST investments you can make for your child and their future. 


If you have any questions, feel free to email or comment!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Phew!

Well, July and August is our family's month for birthday's! Among many others, my son's 3rd was this weekend and my husband's was today! We took my son and a few of his friends to Out of this World Pizza and Play off of Cornelius Pass Rd. He LOVED it!! haven't uploaded pics yet, those will come soon! (I think) For my husband's birthday we made German Pancakes (YUMMY) and took a picnic to the Pittock mansion. It was a great way to enjoy the beautiful weather!

http://www.outofthisworld.net/Ver2/Index_01.html

I have started to work on a few Christmas gifts, one a hat and scarf set knitted with Austermann Candy Color. I will probably make two sets. I'm not altogether happy with the pattern I am using, hopefully I will find a better pattern for the second set.

I finished my first pair of baby socks! I used the Jelly Bean baby socks from Susan B Anderson. They turned out great and I had no problems, they were really quite easy! I used the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino... LOVE it!! I will post pics soon...

I will be casting on another hat and also a pair of baby booties probably tonight and tomorrow...

I am starting to think of Christmas gifts and will be starting to practice socks, I want to make some special socks for my hubby for Christmas... I also will be starting the afghan for my son soon...

well, that's it for now - time to resume birthday festivities! See y'all soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Introducing.... Boowa and Kwala!

The initiation into my Wednesday Webpages topic will be Boowa and Kwala and Up To Ten.com

I found this webpage when searching for something for my young son who is now almost 3. I stumbled on the "Tasty Alphabet" game. Each letter of the alphabet is displayed on the screen (in the form of a cookie) and in the bottom right hand corner, a letter will pop up with a voice announcing what the letter is. When the child clicks the matching letter within the alphabet display, the letter in the corner spins and makes celebratory noises. My son LOVED IT!

Check out the site:
http://boowakwala.uptoten.com/kids/boowakwala-games.html

This site is for kids from 1-10. My son started playing these games when he was round 18-20 months old. Each level of the site is designed for each different age group, teaching them computer concepts like using the mouse and keyboard, educational subjects like shapes and colors, hot and cold, etc for the young, and reading, match, science, etc for the older kids. The kids also practice motor skills by using the mouse to draw and color pages, some even printable for your scrapbook. The kids also get exposed to logic games, and music... perfect for the budding genius!

The site also deals with issues that concern young children such as, going to the doctor, friends moving away, going to bed, building sand castles at the beach and many more.

I used this site as an incentive to potty train my son. He knew at a young age what the toilet was about, but the incentive to use it just wasn't really there. I told him that he could play the game every time he want potty. For one week, that's all he did, eat, sleep, potty and play Boowa and Kwala! After that week, he was fully trained.

As he's gotten older, he has started to play different games, using the keyboard and spelling, and finding things.... This site is GREAT!! check it out and spread the word. There are three levels to the site and the basic level is free with more to offer with the paid memberships.

Check it out and let me know what you think and have fun exploring!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Mommies and Money

I don't know about you, but I love finding way to save a few dollars here and there. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a cheapskate, but I do LOVE to save money! I have two tips today for saving a little bit of cash and it has to do with diy home cleaners... ha!

My two favorite things for diy cleaning and quite frankly sanity savers sometimes: Vinegar and Baking Soda. Why? Because they are SO versatile, and live in almost every kitchen - if you don't have it, your neighbor probably does...

One use for vinegar is as a laundry softener - works great! Just add some to the water during wash or rinse and your laundry will be nice and soft without using dryer sheets or any other brand name softener.

Another nice attribute of vinegar is its aromatic properties.... lol! yes! Ignore the aroma you smell out of the bottle and add it to the water of your laundry to cut any mildew smells, urine, chlorine, sweat, anything! This stuff is fantastic for taking care of foul odors.

Baking soda is also good as a deodorizer. Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda in sweaty shoes before bedtime, into the garbage can, down the garbage disposal (I have poured vinegar, then sprinkled baking soda - sometimes added a bit of lime if I have one), and of course the fridge- anywhere that needs a little bit of extra help.

Baking soda may also be used to soak up spills. I'll give you a personal example: I spilled a full cup of coffee on my bedroom floor yesterday morning and couldn't find our carpet spray. After blotting the carpet with towels, I sprinkled baking soda all over the wet areas and by the time we were home from church, the coffee had been absorbed and all I had to do was vacuum up the baking soda! The only marks left on the carpet are the areas that didn't get baking soda. I love it!

There are many more uses to both of these products, including dishwashing and house cleaning. I'll fill you in on those another time. My son is calling.

So, the next time you need a clothes softener, a deodorizer, or an absorbent, look through your cupboards for your vinegar or baking soda! (By the way, both of these can be purchased bulk at your neighborhood box store - another way to save!)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Whew! time to breathe...


Rachel's necklace using washers and beads
Well, birthdays, birthdays and more birthdays! I've been busily making gifts for birthdays and graduations. It's been fun! I tried my hand at jewelry for the first time and I do believe they turned out rather well! The date on my camera is incorrect - you'll have to ignore that part for now... ha.

It's been a while since my last post, I have to write an update on everything going on!

I finally put the finishing touch of ribbon on the booties and delivered them to their new owner, baby Keely! they turned out very cute, if I do say so myself, although I didn't get a completed pic to share. Maybe I'll get one with her wearing them...

Audrey's boa scarf turned out well, and I think she liked her necklace and her purse - again, didn't get pics of everything, you'll have to take my word that they all turned out so cute!

I have finally figured out what was going on with the leg warmers! Two things: I was getting mixed up and knitting the wrong direction and I was forgetting to knit the alternate round! Once I figured out my mistakes, I whizzed right through the pattern and now the second leg warmer is half completed. wahoo! I guess I can cross that one off of my blog along list! Although, there is a second pair that I want to make that is already in my ravelry queue - I'll add that!

I'm just completing my third sweater for the Erin Bears. These are so cute and super easy! I can hardly wait to make them for the little munchkins in my life!

oh! and I found the easiest pattern ever for a stuffed toy! you basically just knit a square, then seam off the head, arms and legs, and stuff! adding whatever tail or ears are appropriate for the animal - the first I made was a bunny, all I have left to do is finish the ears and attach!

 Not too bad for my first one!

 I've also started a pair of socks. I'm using two patterns, as the original pattern I found was too confusing, and the second pattern I found online to help me understand the first, is vague. Putting the two together, I think I can knit a simple pair of ankle socks! I'll keep you updated and post pics in my next blog.


So, my list for the blog-a-long (which I've kind of already started) consists of  a few specific things I would like to make, and will choose the pattern along the way. What I want to make this year - not in order:
  1. socks
  2. baby booties - jelly beans
  3. baby maryjanes - ravelry pattern
  4. red and black striped hat for my older son - ravelry pattern
  5. hat for younger son
  6. scarf, headband and gloves combo (for Gramma)
  7. blanket for my older son (multiple patterns in different squares)
  8. a toy
  9. leg warmers
  10. sweater
  11. fingerless gloves
  12. shawl
  13. something lace-like (Larisa shawl or Just Heavenly shawl)
  14. bag or purse
  15. baby blanket
  16. gifts, gifts and more gifts
talk to you soon!