Giveaway Time

So, I’ve been hinting at this for a while, and I’m finally ready!

I’m hosting my first giveaway here at A Sprinkle of Joy. ūüôā

Nothing too fancy, but with Fall and Halloween right around the corner, something to get you (and your little ones in the mood).

So what am I raffling off?

Some Halloween clothes!

You get to chose between this long-sleeved Boo shirt (can also be made on a bodysuit for babies. sizes 0 months to 5T available)
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Or this dress (sizes 6 months- 5T).
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**Note: the dress in the picture is not what is being raffled off. You will get to choose what fabric you want based on these options.
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Once a winner is chosen, I will notify them so they can inform me of the size the choose.  I will then make the item and send it directly to them.

I’m hosting this giveaway using Rafflecoppter, so take a look at the choice and have fun!

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Friday Five

Thank goodness for Friday!  Lately I feel like I have been go, go, going with little time to just sit back and relax.  Then, my mind is going a mile a minute, so I have a hard time sleeping.

Please tell me I am not alone in this!

Here’s hoping the weekend can give my mind a bit of a rest. ūüėČ

Onto my Friday Five!

ONE: BLOG RECAP

Y’all, I actually blogged every day this week! Not sure how that happened (o.k. I know a little… staying up way past my bedtime). I’m hoping that I can continue to post 4-5 times a week, but I’m not 100% sure how feasible that is.
If you missed it:
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I shared with you my newborn must haves
Gave a sneak peak of something fun coming next week
Talked about why I am ready to break up with breastfeeding
and of course, partied with my co-hosts at Idea Box

TWO: FOOTBALL

In case you didn’t know football season starts soon! I play fantasy football with my hubby and our friends and draft day is Saturday. I can’t wait for this season. I can feel it, this is my year!

And of course more importantly, it’s time to cheer on my Spartans!

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Also, as I was searching for a good MSU football picture, I stumbled across these gems from my senior year… TEN YEARS AGO!? ¬†I look so young… my goodness, I didn’t realize how old I am….
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THREE: SO MUCH SEWING

If you’ve read my blog for a while (or follow me on Instagram) then you know I love sewing. I have started a very bad habit of starting a bunch of different projects at once.
This is my sewing “area” (I have everything in pile in the living room, then have to set it up at the kitchen table when I want to sew. Then put it away again when I am done. I really want a craft room).
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There is a little bit of everything going on! A Halloween dress (size 6-12 months) I need to list on Etsy, the starts of a new Spartan dress (using a new design), tulle, so much tulle. I made Autumn a smash cake skirt, and am planning on another skirt (or maybe dress) for her actual party. I’ve also started making Annabelle a Halloween costume. I hope to do a tutorial so, be watching!
Needless to say I need my mom to come over so I can have a long, uninterrupted sewing time.

FOUR:FITNESS

A while back I posted that I was doing the Bikini Body Mommy Challenge. In all honesty I didn’t have a whole lot of weight to lose after having Autumn. Staying active during pregnancy and breastfeeding helped a lot.
I am happy to say I lost 8 pounds and a total of 8.5 inches! I think I am more happy about the inches lost than the weight (although that’s nice too). I’d love to lose a few more pound, but more than that build more muscle. I am now a little lost that I don’t have something to follow! Do any of you have any free suggestions (that I can do while the kids are up). Looking for some cardio and weights.

FIVE:FUTURE ENGINEER?

I think we may have a future engineer on our hands.
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I hope that you all have a restful weekend!


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Breaking up with Breastfeeding

 

Dear Breastfeeding,
I think you better sit down, we need to talk.

Breastfeeding, I want to break up.

There, I said it, and you know what it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

We have been through a lot together, and and at first I really enjoyed our time together. Cuddling up with my baby being able to feed her was an amazing feeling. Yes, you made me feel like a super women. I had to return to work, and was worried about our time apart. I didn’t want our relationship to suffer, plus pumping was no fun (but doable if need be). Once summer started, and my teaching job came to an end I gladly continued our relationship as my little girl grew and grew.

Eventually, we took a break. I think it was a mutual feeling, as you saw that we didn’t need you anymore. We said a slightly sad goodbye, and continued with our lives.

A few years later you found your way back to us. I had a new little girl, and once again you made me feel amazing. Watching her nuzzle up to me was great. Sure I could do without the multiple night wakings, but it was worth it. This time, since I had transitioned to a SAHM I didn’t have to worry about pumping and I was thrilled. Our relationship was going to thrive!

But, something changed. While I didn’t need to pump, I still did, in case we ever needed to be apart for a feeding. The thing was, my daughter had grown so attached to you, that a bottle was unacceptable. A sippy cup wouldn’t do. Not even a normal cup.

Nothing but straight from the source.

I tried everything I could.  Different bottles, different people feeding her, different positions.  Everything.  But it just ends in her crying, and me crying as I pour another hard pumped bottle of milk down the drain.  So I gave up trying for a bottle.  It was just us.

Can you see how this makes me feel? I love you, and what you do for us, but I am feeling smothered. We are together all the time. In most healthy relationships people spend time away from one another. That doesn’t happen. Trying to plan doctor appointments or dance classes around an ever changing schedule is exhausting. Going out to dinner with friends? ¬†Nope, that isn’t likely since I have to be there to feed my daughter before bed. What I wouldn’t give for her dad to be able to give her a bottle.

So can you see? Do you understand why I want to break up? I know, I know, that I may sound selfish. I know that so many women would love to have the relationship we have, but this is how I have been feeling. I feel it only fair that you know.

With that said, our relationship isn’t just us. It includes my daughter, and she isn’t ready to break up yet. She really loves you, so I will carry on. When she is ready though, so I am I, and we will be saying goodbye.

~Danielle~

Breaking Up with Breastfeeding | Can you see how this makes me feel? I love you, and what you do for us, but I am feeling smothered. We are together all the time.

**Please note: ¬†I know there are many moms out there who struggle with breastfeeding. ¬†Some exclusively pump, some decide formula is the right choice. ¬†If you had your heart set on breastfeeding, but it just didn’t work, I’m sorry. I can imagine how hard that must be. ¬†This post is not meant to be a “breast is best” or make other feel poorly about how they choose to feed their baby. ¬†Mothering is hard, and we all need to support each other. ¬†So know, no matter how you feed your baby, I support your¬†decision. ¬†Only you know what works best for you and your family.**

Newborn Must Haves

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Now that I’ve had two newborns (eek, how is my youngest almost one?! ¬†I swear she was just in my uterus), I decided it was time to compile a list of what I think newborn must haves are. ¬†I know that every child is different, but these are the items I am glad I had, or wish I had gotten sooner.

**Please note, I am not including things like a crib, car seat (think of getting an extra base), diaper bag, diapers (so. many. diapers), or a stroller.  Those are all things I certainly think you need, but hopefully you all know that.

Also, breastfeeding moms may want to purchase a breast pump. ¬†If you check with your insurance, many will allow you to rent one. Even if you aren’t planning on going back to work, I suggest some sort of pump. This manual one is pretty nice. Sometimes you get a bit engorged, and it’s painful. Doing a quick manual pump helps to relieve some pressure and allows you to build up a bit of a freezer stash, you know so you can get away from time to time.

On that note, if you are formula feeding (or planning on giving expressed milk in a bottle) I would suggest getting a wide variety of bottles.  My first took to a bottle easy peasy lemon squeeezy.  Some kids (like my second) are picky, picky, picky.  In fact I was never able to get my second to take a bottle, which makes for a stressed out mom.  If I want to leave without my baby, then I have to try to plan around her nursing schedule which is all dependent on her naps (read not at a set time).

So, with that said, here is my list of must haves! 

Newborn Must Have| Check out these 11 must haves with a new baby in the house
{1}Baby Monitor 

Now, you may not need a baby monitor right now (if your babe is sleeping in your room), but it’s good to have for when you are ready to make the switch. ¬†I love this Motorola one. You can change the camera angle from the monitor (read, you don’t have to go into the room to adjust), it is a video one, it tells you the temperature (I have actually used this, so love the feature). You can also purchase an additional camera and toggle between the two (or set it to automatically switch). This is great for when you add a second little one to the family.

{2} Swing

I think a swing is a great thing to have. When your baby is crying, and you have tried everything, a swing can be a life safer. It really is amazing to watch them be lulled into sleep. While I didn’t make it a habit of using the swing, on days where nothing was working, the swing did. I like this swing by Fisher Price. It’s not super fancy, but works well. We used it for both of our girls and it’s still going strong.

{3} Nose Frida

Ok, so hear me out on this on. The Frida is a nasal aspirator that you use your mouth with. You put one end on the outside of your baby’s nostril, and then the other end in your mouth, and suck. There is a stopper in it so you do not eat any boogies. And you get far more stuff out of your little one’s nose than with those damn bulb ones that the hospital gives you.

{4} Bouncy Seat

I know what you are saying. A swing and bouncy seat?! Really?! And you know what, I say yes, really. A swing is petty stationary. A bouncy seat is not. You can move it to different rooms with you, which is a huge bonus. Some babies have reflux, so after they eat they have to remain somewhat upright. This works will for that. Once again I went with Fisher-Price.

{5} Swaddles

So in the hospital the nurses are amazing at wrapping your little bundle of joy in a snug tight little burrito. But I assure you, once you get home, your little one will magically become a Houdini, and bust right out of those blankets. Plus, the last thing you want to do at 3am when you’re up for the 4th time changing a diaper is try to make a tight swaddle so your baby doesn’t moro reflex himself or herself awake. I’ve used the SwaddleMe and the HALO SleepSack and loved them both.
Now, if your little one can still manage to bust their arms out of those, look into the Love To Dream Swaddle UP. This allows babies to have self soothe with their hands, but still lessons the moro reflex so they are less likely to wake themselves up. Love to Dream also makes this awesome transitional swaddle. It allows you to unzip one arm at a time to get babies used to not having there arms swaddled. I used it with my second, and it was amazing.

{6} Baby Carrier

I am pretty pro baby carrying. I think it is great for baby and mom/dad/grandma/aunt/whoever else you feel comfortable wearing your little one. There are a lot of options out there. I have both a Moby and an Ergo and love them both. If you get the Ergo be sure to get the infant insert, so that you can wear your baby safely. Also, don’t be scared of the Moby. Once you wrap it once or twice it’s really easy. If you go to youtube there are TONS of ideas and tutorials of how to wrap a baby. I do feel that the Ergo was a bit more secure, so that’s the one I always wore when grocery shopping.

{7} Boppy

The Boppy is great. If you are breastfeeding it helps to position the infant, and leaves your hands free (so you can read blogs, like this one ;), while you are feeding your baby at 2am). It is also great for when you baby starts tummy time, so even if you are a formula feeding, still give it a though.

{8} Pack and Play

When you have a newborn, the pretty much eat, sleep, poop and cry. If you live in a two story home, with bedrooms upstairs, trudging all they way upstairs multiple times a day is tiring (espically if you had a c-section or particularly traumatic delivery). Setting up a pack and play, like this one as a downstairs changing area. What is great about this one, is that it also doubles as a napper. Remember, eat, sleep, poop, cry. Having somewhere to put your baby to sleep that is close by is great. Plus, the napper is somewhat small, so I think it gives baby’s a feeling of being enclosed, which helps with sleep.

{9} Pacifier

Even if you don’t think you’ll use a pacifier, have some around. My first daughter used them, my second had no use for them. Kind of like bottles, have an assortment of them Our go to were the Soothies. If these are the type your little on likes, then you should also check out WubbaNubs. If you don’t know, they are a small stuffed animal attached to a binky. They make it a bit easier for your baby to find their binky.

{10} White Noise Machine

Some babies have a really hard time sleeping when it’s too quite. A white noise machine can help this. We’ve use thisone for both girls. It’s nothing fancy, but has done good.

{11} Angel Care Movement Monitor

If there is one thing that I really think you should get, it is probably this movement monitor. When I moved our daughter’s into their own room I was really on edge. Sure I had the monitor, but what if they stopped breathing? I wouldn’t know. The Angel Care movement monitor helped put my mind at ease. It has a senor pad that goes under the crib mattress (note, you will probably have to get a wooden board to put on the springs of the crib, since the pad has to go on a flat surface), and an alarm. If 20 seconds pass and the pad doesn’t register any movement, then the alarm will sound.

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Friday Five

Hello Friday Saturday,¬†it’s nice to see you. ¬†Little be late on my Five on Friday post….

I hope that everyone had a fantastic week, and has a fabulous weekend.

So what’s been going on around here?

ONE: BLOG RECAP

First, I have to say WordPress must have updated my theme, so it no longer shows a list of posts (instead is shows the most recent post). I’m trying to figure out how to get it back to list form, so if any of you have any ideas, let me know. ūüėČ

Here’s what happened on the blog this week.

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I shared my haul from the $10 Target challenge. Crazy story about this. Natalie (of At Home with Natalie) mentioned this post on her Facebook page, and it got me 500 views in the span of about 24 hours! It wasn’t one of my best hauls (nor one of my best posts) so hopefully pepople clicked around a little to see some of my other stuff.
I created a delcious brownie bottom pumpkin cheesecake.
I partied with my ladies at Idea Box

TWO: DETROIT MOMS BLOG

My most recent post was published over at the Detroit Mom’s Blog. I talked about a bit about our experience when Annabelle had to wear a helmet. I talked about this on my blog to, you can click on plagiocephally on the sidebar to see those posts.

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If you missed my other DMB posts, you can check out Grocery Shopping with Kids, the Imporanace of Play, Dealing with Postpartum Depression

THREE: ETSY

I’ve been working on getting some fall/Halloween stuff up on my Etsy store. Be sure to check back here next week or so, I may have a little surprise!

FOUR: SPREAD THE LOVE

A few of my favorite posts I’ve read the past few weeks:
Beth @ Our Pretty Little Girls: Finding Balance
Cournety @ Sweet Turtle Soup: S’more Milkshake
Laruen @ Alos Known as Momma: Let’s talk about Peanut Allergies

FIVE: LEARNING

Now that summer is coming to an end, I’ve started thinking more about what I am going to do with Annabelle this fall. I tried to do educational activities last year, but with a new baby it just wasn’t happening. I’m going to try again this year. I created this¬†printable¬†to help me out.

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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom

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It’s hard to believe that we are already half way through August! Before we know it September will be here, and bring with it the glorious season of Fall.

Fall

Football, cool weather, apple orchards, cider, Halloween…

Y’all I could go on and on. ¬†I. Love. Fall!

Before I go on any further, I have a confession.

I’m not a huge pumpkin fan.

I hear the collective gasp of the internet, but it’s true. ¬†While everyone is scrambling to get their pumpkin spice latte, I am waiting for the peppermint mocha.

Pumpkin pie is OK, but you know what, if there isn’t chocolate then why bother?!

Enter this cheesecake.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom| Are you looking for a different twist on pumpkin. Try this yummy pumpkin cheesecake made with a brownie layer on the bottom, drizzled with chocolate and topped with toffee pieces. From http://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownie-bottom/

It’s got a hint of pumpkin flavor with some yummy chocolate too.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom| Are you looking for a different twist on pumpkin. Try this yummy pumpkin cheesecake made with a brownie layer on the bottom, drizzled with chocolate and topped with toffee pieces. From http://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownie-bottom/

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom| Are you looking for a different twist on pumpkin. Try this yummy pumpkin cheesecake made with a brownie layer on the bottom, drizzled with chocolate and topped with toffee pieces. From http://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownie-bottom/

While it may look fancy, it comes together very easily.

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom| Are you looking for a different twist on pumpkin. Try this yummy pumpkin cheesecake made with a brownie layer on the bottom, drizzled with chocolate and topped with toffee pieces. From http://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownie-bottom/

It’s a great dish to bring to a fall party. ¬†Something a little different, that still tastes delicious. ¬†We had my parents over for dinner and I served this for desert. ¬†They approved (of course they could have just been being nice).

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom| Are you looking for a different twist on pumpkin. Try this yummy pumpkin cheesecake made with a brownie layer on the bottom, drizzled with chocolate and topped with toffee pieces. From http://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownie-bottom/

Now I didn’t take any pictures while making it (mainly because I had little hands helping, and it can be tricky to take decent pictures while supervising), but I hope the directions are clear enough.

This recipe requires a 8-Inch springform pan. ¬†There are a few steps in making it, but it really isn’t hard!

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom
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Ingredients
Brownie Layer
Cheese Cake Layer
Drizzle Layer
Servings: 12-16 people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 8 inch spring form pan. Line outside of pan in tin foil to avoid any leakage.
  2. Mix brownies according to package/recipe. Spread in the bottom of the spring form pan and bake 20-30 minutes or until brownies are done.
  3. While brownies are baking, start the cheesecake layer by beating the cream cheese in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  4. Add both sugars and beat until fluffy, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
  5. Add the pumpkin puree, yogurt and vanilla.
  6. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  7. Pour cheese cake layer over the baked brownie layer (it does not have to be cool).
  8. Reduce oven to 325 degrees and bake for an hour to an hour and 15 minutes, or until cake is almost set.
  9. Turn off oven, crack open oven door, and let cake sit in oven for an additional 30-45 minutes.
  10. Take cake out and refrigerate overnight.
  11. The next morning, place a mixing bowl and whisk attachment in freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  12. After, take bowl out, and whip whipping cream until it starts to get thick.
  13. Add powder sugar and cocoa and continue to whip until peaks form.
  14. Pour into a piping bag, and pipe rosettes around the outside of the cake.
  15. Melt chocolate and shortening in a bag. Clip corner and drizzle over the cake. Finish by sprinkling Heath toffee pieces over the cake.
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Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brownie Bottom| Are you looking for a different twist on pumpkin. Try this yummy pumpkin cheesecake made with a brownie layer on the bottom, drizzled with chocolate and topped with toffee pieces. From http://www.asprinkleofjoy.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheesecake-brownie-bottom/

Target Challenge [August]

I’m so glad I got my butt in gear so I could participate in this months $10 Target challenge!

I, however, made a bit of a mistake. ¬†After rushing to get the kids and myself out the door I arrived at Target only to realize that it was almost Autumn’s nap time. ¬†I didn’t get to browse quite as long as I’d like, and like in months past I completely forgot to snap pictures while shopping.

#fail

But, I participated none the less, so that’s gotta count for something. ¬†Right?

So, what did I end up leaving the store with?

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I think I ended up with some great stuff! ¬†My first stop (as always) was at the Target Dollar Spot. ¬†With back to school season upon us I knew I’d find some stuff I could use with Annabelle ¬†(since I’m going to try to get back into “teaching” her), and I did. ¬†I bought some number matching cards, where you put a clothes pin on the corresponding number (like, one sun= clothes pin on the number one). ¬†While I’m sure I could DIY that, you can’t beat $1. ¬†I also got a number and alphabet puzzle.

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After that I kind of meandered around the store. ¬†I picked up some trail mix, since you can’t go wrong with that. ¬†At that point in time I was at about $6.50, so I went on the hunt for something around $2.50. ¬†I have been wanting to try a new dry shampoo (I have one that I’m not found of), and saw the one above for about $2.50. ¬†I’ve only used it once, but I *think* I like it better.

Not my best haul (check out my first challenge… seriously, I was so proud), but a good one.

Also, I was super bummed that they didn’t have the Oregon Trail card game. I totally wanted to buy it, and it was all out ¬†( I guess that means I’ll have to go back soon… darn).

Also, since this post is void of pictures, I wanted to share a preview of a yummy desert I will be posting soon.  Be sure to check back later this week or next!

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