DIY Baby Shower gift: “New Mom Survival Kit”

I recently went to my first baby shower after having Lincoln. When I was trying to think about the most important things that I’ve used in this first year, I realized that maybe the mom-to-be might need a little something too. Of course a baby shower is supposed to be all about the baby, but in order to have a happy baby it’s important to have a happy mom. Hence, the “New Mom Survival Kit” that I created.

The kit includes: A small bottle of red wine, Crystal light energy drink mixes, Advil, tide to-go stick, under eye cream, hand sanitizer, hair ties, and Chapstick.

Of course I got a little something for baby too!



What would you put in a New Mom Survival Kit?

Life from my iPhone pt. 4(?)

If you live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan like I do, you know that summers here are short and sweet. We’ve been trying to get out and enjoy all the nice days that we’ve been having lately because we know that when they end, it’s a long time until we will see them again. With the warm weather and days spent with my computer put away, that also equals less and less blog posts. And for that, I’m sorry but not sorry. There will be many days all too soon that I’ll be cooped up in my house with the heat on with plenty of time to write blog posts. So for today, you can enjoy some photos I’ve taken on my iPhone lately. 

I hope you all are getting out and enjoying your summer as well!

Getting back into the swing of things

As you may know, at the beginning of the month we went to Florida for a week. We had such a great time and are so thankful for everything John’s parents did for us while we were there. The day after we got back was my birthday. John had to go back to work already that day so I went out to lunch with my friend who lives two hours away and my mom. After lunch my mom and I went shopping at all the local shops and picked up a few things. She made me a delicious strawberry shortcake as well! Once John was done with work we went out to dinner with my brother and his family and my dad at the Italian restaurant that I work at. Afterwards my mom kindly watched Lincoln for about an hour so that we could go out for a quick drink on the Downtowner deck. It was lovely. I’ve been fighting off a cold since the day before we left Florida and it finally seems to be going away now. I had plans to write a different blog post today but since I’ve been so busy I will just post some photos from Florida and my birthday. 


DIY edible finger paints


Last week Lincoln and I decided to try out some finger paints. I searched online for some recipes for baby safe paints that I could make and I found a pretty simple one.

What you need:

2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
4 1/2 cups of water
food coloring of your choice
a pot & whisk
a canvas or thick paper for painting

What to do:

First add the 4 and a half cups of water and salt to your pot. Turn the stove to medium heat. Measure out your flour and slowly add it while mixing it in with a whisk to make sure there are no lumps.

Once you start to feel that the mixture is thickening, turn down the heat to low and continue to stir with the whisk until you get the right consistency for your homemade finger paint.

Scoop out a few spoonfuls and add to a muffin tin (or any other small containers) so that you can color the finger paints for use.

Add two drops of food coloring and mix well. If you want deeper colors you can use a few more drops.

Since I didn’t want to make a large mess, I let Lincoln do the finger painting in his highchair. One mistake I had was using printer paper. It was too thin and ending up ripping but I could just say that added to the artistic side of it all.

Tape the paper or secure the canvas to the surface your child will be painting on. Add a few drops of the paint in whatever pattern you want. (I put plastic wrap on top of the picture because I thought it would be less messy but Lincoln figured out that he could just poke holes through it. The next time I do this I will just let him directly touch the paints since it is edible paints after all.)

And the last step, let their artistic abilities take over. Since Lincoln is only 9 months I let him just use his fingers, but if you are having older children try this out, feel free to give them a paint brush and see what their artistic creation will be!



Dear Lincoln {10 Months}

Dear Lincoln,

It’s crazy how fast 10 months can fly by. Each day and each month seem to run right into each other. I remember the times I would think things like “I wonder when Lincoln will start doing …” like rolling over, sitting up, eating solids, crawling, etc. I would search the Internet to see what milestone comes next and when to expect it. I would see other babies online and think “wow, Lincoln isn’t doing that yet” or “wow, Lincoln started doing that a long time ago”. But that is the beauty of it all, every baby is so completely different from one another.

Every month I like to write down in these posts the new things you have learned and started to do, and it is not for comparison. But rather to go back and read in the future and remember how fast we learn, and how wonderful every new milestone can be. I hope that whenever I do decide to have a second baby that I start this series all over again with them and I bet each of your months won’t match up with one another, but that is the joy in it all. And I plan to keep up the letters to you every month for as long as I can. Life moves too fast sometimes, and when you’re younger you might not realize it. But when you get to be older, it’s nice to look back on what was special to us.

This month the weather finally started to feel like spring, and maybe even summer on some days. We spent as much time outside as we could. You’re still a little unsure of what you think of the grass and aren’t quite sure how to move on it. We went for lots of walks and a few hikes. You love to ride on mom or dad’s back on the hikes and chatter the whole time.

You’re getting so good at standing up next to things and walking around them. So far you haven’t been adventurous enough to let go and stand on your own, but I know that day will be here sooner than we know.

You love to eat. But you don’t love when mom and dad feed you. You’re such a big boy that you want to feed yourself, which is fine by us becaus you eat like a champ. You even tried some pizza this month, I’m sure you’ll be asking for that all the time when you can talk if you’re anything like your parents. You’ve also learned that the dog loves to eat people food too. We know when you’re full because you start to drop your scraps to the puppy. He has his new favorite spot under your highchair.

This month we celebrated the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup! Even though it might not be your dad’s favorite team, he’s a little outnumbered up here by my side of the family.

We did a little redecorating to your bedroom (which I plan on making a blog post out of soon) and added a great big map and globe. I have a feeling you will like to travel a lot and be adventurous just like your momma. Gotta start ’em young!

You had your first really high fever this month but you took it like a champ. I think it was harder on mom and dad than it was for you.

You got to celebrate your first Father’s Day this month. We are so super appreciative of everything your dad does for us! We went bowling, played some mini golf, and went out to eat with dad and grandpa. Mom won both games, you’ll have to get used to it.

You also painted your first picture this month. We made some edible finger paints and smushed it around on a paper. Maybe you’ll be a little artist like I also tried to be.

By the time this is posted, you will have gone on your very first airplane ride to visit your grandparents in Florida! There’s lots of good things in store for this month and I’m so glad I get to share these experiences with you. It’s crazy to think that in just 2 months you will already be 1! Time to start planning your birthday party.