3.04.2011

fashion friday



Head piece by my talented friend, Terra (contact me if you want a custom one!)
Clothing by Crazy8  (adorable and affordable)

3.03.2011

I've got fleas

I'm curled up in a ball on the couch. I've got little red bumps all over my feet, ankles and waist. I'm trying hard not to have a panic attack. 

For the last five or so months, I've gotten sporadic itchy, red bumps on my feet. No body else in the family or house guests have gotten them. Just me. 

In the beginning, I thought a spider just had it against me in bed. That is normally how it goes. I am always the one that gets bit. Chris and I will go out and the swarm of mosquitoes are surrounding me, turning me into someone who looks like they have chicken pox and Chris won't get one bite.

I made Chris and I switch sides of the bed since I was sure I was getting them at night. All that led to was a sleep deprived husband and still bites for me. 

After that, I thought "dust mites." I read some people just have more of an allergic reaction to them showing up as itchy, red bumps. I washed and washed our bedding and vacuumed and flipped our mattress. Unfortunately, bites continued to appear.

After getting a pretty bad patch of them a few weeks ago, I finally went to the dermatologist. She said, "fleas." With the dogs not coming in the house, but sleeping in the garage, I was reminded that I am the only one that goes to the garage continually barefoot to do laundry and get food. 

Relived that I found the problem, Chris and I immediately flea bombed the garage and our house on a weekend away, as well as treated the dogs. We came back and I didn't get a bite for a week. 

Then, I saw a flea on Audrey and ABOUT FLIPPED OUT! I had Chris check the dogs and sure enough, there were one or two fleas. He leaped out the door and bought another flea bomb pack. 

I won't get into the crazy double-hassle we dealt with after that. Short story is, we locked the dogs outside since we were bombing the garage, Mo (the little one) ate rat poison, both dogs had to go to the vet and get Vitamin K shots and meds and then Peeler (the big one who didn't eat it, but still was treated) had an allergic reaction and went back to the vet. A $300 vet bill later, we left for the week feeling confident that after bombing twice, washing things, vacuuming and flea spraying everything....we were golden. 

Think again. This week, I've gotten it worse than ever. I've killed two fleas inside the house and every day obsess about fleas. Every little black spec I see, I get down on all fours and examine. I'm spraying, washing and vacuuming like a crazy woman. I feel them all over. My hair tickles my arm and I start swatting.

So goodbye blog followers, the fleas have won. I'm either going to burn down the house, run away or die from a panic attack or let the fleas just take my body.

3.01.2011

Baby Yumm! Bowls

Cafe Yumm has been rocking my world ever since my University of Oregon college days. It is true when they say this food is "Soul Satisfying...Deeply Nourishing." 

Being without a Cafe Yumm! in Roseburg, I purchased the amazing Yumm! sauce and headed to my kitchen, newly married. They say, "A way to a man's heart is through is stomach," so the pressure was on - especially because I have quite the tunnel mouth for a husband. 

What is not to like and how can you not like how good it is for you? Rice, beans, Cafe Yumm! Original Yumm! Sauce, cheese, salsa/tomatoes, avocado, olives, sour cream and a dash of cilantro. "Yumm!" is right! 

Once my husband grew addicted to the Yumm!, I was excited to venture out and make it for Audrey once she was in Stage Two foods (7-8 months). I thought..."Wow, this is really healthy and packed with all the nutrients a growing baby needs...in just one bowl!" And we can all eat the same thing for dinner.

What a coincidence that Cafe Yumm! began more than 30 years ago in order to coax the founder's 2-year-old daughter to eat vegetables and grains. 

I'm pretty sure your baby will say YUMMMM!!!! 
Here are my Baby Yumm! Bowl ingredients: 



Baby rice cereal, warm (approx. 2-3 tablespoons)








Black beans (organic & low sodium good choices), mashed 2-3 tbsp.








Trust me,  you will want this for the whole family! 
Ingredients: canola oil, lemon, water, nutritional yeast, garbanzo beans, soy, garlic and herbs. Gluten-Free, Low Sodium  & Sugar-Free

1 tbsp



A small amount of shredded cheddar cheese (melted optional)








Avocado (mash depending on your baby's stage of chewing)




Also, add tomatoes and a little cilantro  once your baby starts getting used to the flavor



Have fun with the Yumm!

2.28.2011

cafe audrey

Second/third stage foods are going very well for Audrey. There is nothing this girl doesn't eat. Likes her food, like momma. 

A note with the ice-cube foods: 
    They take a little longer to microwave if that is how you are defrosting.   Most of the foods take 30 seconds.
   
Audrey's favorites thus far: 
     Egg yolk and avacado 
     Peas, carrots and rice  (egg yolk sometimes too!) 
     Blueberries and Greek yogurt (add oatmeal too!) 
     Chicken, sweet potatoes and melted cheddar 
     Apples, pears, cinnamon and oatmeal

Here are some shots of chicken cubes. 

Coming tomorrow... Baby Yumm Bowls: healthy and packed with all the food groups

 
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