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A Day Fit For A Smoothie

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Now that summer has finally decided to rear its head in Tennessee, I decided to go on ahead and make smoothies! It’s a healthy snack for both me and baby, and it’s also delicious. On my last visit, my dad handed me some Asian pears. I’d never had one before, so I decided to turn it into the first smoothie I’ve had in awhile. It’s very easy to make. First, put about half a cup of ice in the blender, to make sure it’s cold.

Then, you’ll want to put in your fruit. I diced one pear and then threw in a decent amount of blueberries, since I love them. The recipe I followed actually recommended strawberries, but we had blueberries already in the house. 

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I used 1/3 cup of yogurt and 1/4 cup of milk as well to make it nice and thick. At this point, you can either add sugar or not… I usually leave it out. 

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Blend it all together, and you have an Asian pear smoothie! Yum!

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I found it to have a very sweet but also very refreshing flavor. I think the blueberries kept it from becoming too sweet, because I’m sure if I’d used strawberries it would have had a much different taste. I will certainly be making this one again. 

What are your favorite smoothie flavors?

 

 

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Steps to an organized nursery

Well, I had my first baby shower last weekend and it was a success! Now that we’re starting to get things for the baby, we started seriously organizing it. I might regret having everything done before I go on maternity leave, but I figure having everything set up as we go is the best plan. That way, in case she decides to come early, we’re ready to go.

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We’ve already bought her several books. My eventual plan is to make some outward-facing bookshelves so she can pick her own books when she’s old enough to do so, but there’s no rush on that. The white cabinet next to the bookshelf is an awesome find from Hobby Lobby. We’re using it in our eventual nursing corner, and it has burp cloths and will have things I need on hand to feed her late at night.

OH, and the most exciting thing? Is the baby monitor. We finally decided on a stroller we both liked, and if you spent more than $150, you got a free baby monitor! A snazzy one, too, because it has video and everything.

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Burp cloths. Always important.

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I made these. This was, I think, the third sewing project I ever did. I love the Winnie-the-Pooh fabric. I also made her a matching receiving blanket.

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We bought drawer organizers at IKEA, which we love. In this drawer, we have a random bottle I got as a sample, diaper rash lotion, and pacifiers. In the drawer next to this one, all we have is diapers. (I’ll spare you the image. Just know… I’m learning slowly but surely that newborn diapers are tiny. So tiny I’m having a hard time believing humans ever fit into those.) One of my friends also gave me small containers to organize things, like formula, food, etc. Although right now the plan is to breastfeed, I guess you never know. In the drawer below, all we have so far are some swaddling cloths.

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Our organized closet. On top we have clothes for day time, and below are clothes for sleeping. People gave us hats, slippers, and bibs, so that’s currently in the hanging fabric organizer. We also have a few diaper covers, which are so cute. People were so good about giving us clothes for a variety of sizes, but I just realized I have very few newborn outfits that are actually for cold weather, haha. Oh, well. Next to that, we have a bulletin board so my husband and I can write each other notes and communicate. Our work schedules do not match at all, so we figured we’d need a central place to write notes, like “R didn’t sleep well. R just ate. Blah blah blah.” Maybe even (gasp!) a love note, haha.

I know I’m making this kind of long, but I really like the initials we found for the wall:

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Gifts for a baby shower

Lately, I’ve made it a goal of mine to try and sew baby shower gifts as much as possible, so when I got an invitation for a week and half a way, I panicked. The one thing I knew how to do? My go-to pattern for babies — burp cloths. I used the tutorial from Purl Bee and had at it. 

Another thing that caused me a minor panic attack was the fact that my sewing machine is at my mother’s due to not having a space of my own quite yet, and she’s not been feeling well. Today, though, she felt well enough so I got to bang out some burp cloths for a baby boy!

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Cute, huh? I picked out firetrucks and monkeys, frogs, and bears for the front and polka dots and a dark blue flannel for the backs.

ImageImageI’m really pleased at how they turned out! Despite the fact that I was pretty much at war with my sewing machine (either the thread caught on something, or we ran out, or the bobbin ran out, or…) So, as you can imagine, churning out four clothes were quite an adventure. Tomorrow I’m going to run out and buy some red ribbon to tie over it and… viola! Baby shower gift!