Today’s link round-up has ice cream recipes, Christmas in July ornaments, how to make a stress ball out of clay, and more.
The Suburban Soapbox has toasted marshmallow ice cream and other cold treats.
Chicago Jogger taught us how to make Crockpot BBQ with apricots.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make an aromatherapy stress ball out of clay.
Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make a squishy sensory bag.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make DIY clipboard art displays.
Peekaboo Pattern Shop shared a free button-up romper pattern.
Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and Upstate Ramblings
When I learned I was pregnant with my second child, I chose not to make mention of it for a few months. My first child was only 13 months old, and I just wanted to experience “normal” life for a little longer before people started asking all the pregnancy-related questions, and eyeing my belly for signs of the bump.
Now with the Internet abuzz with rumors that Kate Middleton is expecting her second child, I almost feel sorry for her.
The Duchess received all kinds of attention when pregnant with Prince George and people are ready for more…but is 32-year-old Kate Middleton ready for all that again this soon? The rumors are based on a childhood friend’s claim that a sibling is on the way, but Kensington Palace has said Kate hasn’t talked to that friend in years.
I tend to believe Kensington Palace, because anyone who is a true friend and learned Kate was pregnant would share the joy but keep the news to themselves. But now with these statements, people are looking at Kate with a critical eye searching for “the” signs.
Is her face fuller? After all, her face looked fuller when she was expecting the Prince. Other rumors suggest she holds something in front of her stomach when she is out among people, but really what is she suppose to do with her purse or the flowers someone hands her?
So is she pregnant or not? Rumors say yes; Kensington Palace has said…that she hasn’t been in touch with that old childhood friend for years. They did not say that she isn’t pregnant. So that has stirred more speculation because they didn’t deny the rumors.
It leaves the royal watchers chomping at the bit, but along with them we’ll all have to wait and see. This isn’t the first time rumors have suggested baby number two was on the way. Remember that little slip William made when accepting a baby gift from a woman in New Zealand? He told that woman she may have to make another one soon for baby number two. But Kate wasn’t pregnant.
Even if she is expecting now, she may want to wait a little while before making an announcement. Let’s give her some space. After all, remember how sick she was the first time round?
Photo credits: CLIKATV
Today’s link round-up has inspirational desktop images, tips for cooking millet, pool noodle hack for adults, and more.
Thrifty Recipes taught us how to make chocolate chip sour cream banana bread.
Songbirds and Buttons shared inspirational desktop images.
Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to cook millet.
Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make Kool-Aid play dough.
Create Craft Love shared some pool noodle hacks for adults.
Oh Everything Homemade taught us how to sew a blanket for a toddler.
Photo credit: Thrifty Recipes and The Suburban Soapbox
Back in March, an assistant manager at the Nanuet Barnes & Nobel told 22-year-old mom Shereen Matera that she would either have to cover up or leave the store if she planned to keep breastfeeding her five-month old son. Matera tried to calmly explain that the law in New York allows women to breastfeed in public, but the employee said the store had a different policy.
Matera went home where she ended up posting her experience on Facebook with the group Badass Breastfeeders of New Jersey. Members of the group were as upset Matera and the outrage spawned an organized nurse-in at the bookstore the following day.
This protest caught the attention of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman who decided to look into the situation. For him it seemed to be an issue of women’s rights, and following months of deliberation, Schneiderman and Barnes & Noble came to a settlement which will result in some changes for the nationwide chain’s 42 stores in New York.
Barnes & Noble is now required to train its store workers on the state’s breastfeeding law which allows mothers to nurse in public. The stores will also be displaying the international symbol for breastfeeding at the store entrance, and they are donating $10,000 to a breastfeeding support group overseen by the Rockland Department of Health.
New York’s breastfeeding law has been around for 20 years, and according to Schneiderman, “All New York residents, including breastfeeding mothers, must be afforded equal protection under the law. No mother should endure harassment for breastfeeding her baby in public. There is one set of rules for everyone in New York, and I applaud Barnes & Noble for taking steps to ensure that moms are not harassed or discriminated against.”
Matera says she is pleased with the outcome, but says a simple apology would have been satisfactory.
Photo credits: Christine K
When I had my kids, my mother and mother-in-law were on the spot with meals. What a godsend!
Today, many people don’t live near family so friends step in to provide meals. When my girlfriend had her baby last year that was the case, and when I stopped in with another meal I saw a pile of casserole dishes waiting to be returned owners.
While that reflected the love of many, I thought about the extra work we had caused. She didn’t have to make the meals, but in her little kitchen the empty casserole dishes took up valuable counter space and were a constant reminder of something she needed to do. Return them.
Use Disposable Dishes: Since witnessing that collection of dishes piled on her counter, I’ve moved to using disposable containers that can go in the freezer when making meals for new moms. It eliminates clean up and removes the burden of trying to return all the dishes to the people who dropped them off.
Food Allergies and Preferences: Another thing to consider when making new mom meals is any food allergies, preferences, and restrictions. For instance, when making a meal for my girlfriend I knew not to include mushrooms if I wanted to keep her other children happy.
And if you don’t know the family well, be sure to ask about any food allergies. If a family has dairy issues, macaroni and cheese doesn’t work.
Along with this, if the new mom is breastfeeding, find out what foods her doctor has told her to avoid. For instance, my doctor told me to avoid tomatoes, chocolate, and spicy foods. With those kinds of restrictions in mind, I’ve made a mild chili and delivered it with a bottle of Red Hot to be added by those who want to add a little spice to their serving.
Call or Text Ahead: Don’t just pop in on the new mom. You certainly don’t want to risk waking her from a much needed catnap! Contact them first to see if it is okay to drop off a meal.
Along with bringing the meal, consider dropping off disposable utensils and plates so clean up is as easy as dumping everything into the trash. When you stop by with the meal, avoid the urge to stay and visit; remember those first couple of weeks are exhausting!
Photo credits: armigeress
Today’s round-up shares a way to get paid to DIY around the house, a few delicious recipes, a game, and more.
Amanda’s Cookin’ shared a vintage recipe for a Lazy Daisy Cake.
Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to get paid to DIY.
Sand in My Toes showed us how to make a number hunt game.
The Crafty Blog Stalker shared a recipe for cabbage and pineapple slaw burgers.
DIY Beautify taught us how to make a bird feeder using thrifted plates.
The Casual Craftlete shared a recipe for lemon blueberry chia jam.
Photo credit: Amanda’s Cookin’ and Kenarry
Today’s round-up has a first birthday badge, puree, a summer reading list, non-toxic sunscreen, and more.
It Happens in a Blink shared a tutorial for a first birthday badge.
It’s Always Ruetten shared her summer reading list.
Army Wife to Suburban Life gave us 15 ideas of things to do when you’re alone.
Sand in My Toes taught us how to make a parking deck out of a cereal box and other items you have around the house.
A Mom’s Take shared her recipe for a moisturizing non-toxic sunscreen.
Carolyn’s Homework shared a guest post and taught us how to make peanut butter and jelly cookies.
Photo credit: It Happens in a Blink and It Bakes Me Happy
Today’s link round-up has recipes, wire word art, fun summer recipes, and more.
Kalyn’s Kitchen shared a recipe for raw zucchini carpaccio.
The Neighborhood Moms talked about three baby gadgets that may be bad for children’s development.
View Along the Way showed us how to make easy wire word art.
A Mom’s Take shared some ideas for a baby essentials kit.
Gingerly Made taught us how to make watermelon Rice Krispie treats.
This Silly Girl’s Life showed us how to make mini mint s’mores.
Photo credit: Kalyn’s Kitchen and Confessions of an Overworked Mom
The crowd at the US Track and Field Championships gave Alysia Montano a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line in the 800-meter race. She came in just 35 seconds more than her personal best, but what made the crowd applaud her performance is the fact that Montano, 28, ran the race while being 8.5 months pregnant.
Montano is a five time national champion, and she had been running regularly throughout her pregnancy. She got the okay from her midwife and doctor to run in the race 800 meter race.
At 34 weeks pregnant, she knew she could run a decent time, but didn’t really have an exact time in mind. In fact, her goal was to be lapped and she accomplished that.
“More than anything, I wanted to be here and feeling that fire and desire to be on the track and to race.” – Alysia Montano
This is Montano’s first pregnancy, and she says her midwife and doctors were so encouraging that she knew as a professional runner that she could do this. And as she looked into whether or not she should run while pregnant, she learned that exercise during pregnancy is good for the mom and the baby.
When she finished the race, she didn’t even realize she was given a standing ovation, but she said that she felt so supported and even a little choked up about it.
It really had her fired up to be back at the Championships, though she admits, she wasn’t out there competing to make it to the next round. She had qualified to be there and looked at it more as a celebration. She was celebrating where she was at, that she had made it 34 weeks, and that this is what it looks like to be a professional woman athlete starting a family.
Photo credits: Letsrundotcom