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Oh dear, I'm gonna have to do a "sniff test" to find out what's even in some of those containers! I've decanted so much stuff over the years, and I'm pretty sure not everything is labeled. This should be interesting!
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2010 on Spice Things Up at Home Sanctuary
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You think so? I think so too. ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2010 on Fly Right at Home Sanctuary
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Does this count? I mentioned Minimum Maintenance to my husband, and when I came back from my postpartum gym class, he had DONE IT HIMSELF! Even if it doesn't count, it sure feels awesome!
Toggle Commented Mar 15, 2010 on Fly Right at Home Sanctuary
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I could take the easy way out and just apply this Small Thing to my own closet, but I think I'm up for a challenge today: I'm also gonna hang up the clothes crumpled on my kids' and (GASP!) my husband's closets! Woot!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2010 on Got a Few Hang Ups? at Home Sanctuary
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How do I choose? My mom stayed with us for three weeks, and a week after her return trip home, our house is still totally in "guest mode." The place hasn't been vacuumed in ... oh goodness, I don't want to do the math. Not only can I not see the surface of my desk, but the pile atop of it is steadily gaining in altitude. My youngest is 3 months old and I still haven't sent thank you cards for all the gifts. But I think I know what'll help me get my rhythm back: we got a new fridge last week, and the old one is just taking up space in our hallway. I'm gonna clean it inside and out, take some photos (for Craigslist) and get my husband to help me take it down to the basement. I'm ready to reclaim the hallway!
Toggle Commented Mar 2, 2010 on Hey Baby! Find Your Beat at Home Sanctuary
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This is another good one! My daughter's snow suit is so grimy! But this has been one of those days, so I think I'm gonna have to skip this one, however much I wish I could play along.
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2010 on Cape Disappointment at Home Sanctuary
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I just tidied up the kids' art table. The best part was that when my oldest spotted the cleared off surface, she immediately started drawing a new picture! Isn't it amazing how much more children can immerse themselves in a project or a particular type of play when the space in which they're playing is cleaned up? I notice this every time I manage to really tidy a play area. I wish I had the time to tackle my own desk today, but even this one small "work station" feels like such an accomplishment!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2010 on Work Station at Home Sanctuary
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This was great! Revamping my menu-planning led me to dust off some cookbooks I haven't used in a while, which resulted in the rediscovery of some family favorites! I've decided to make Monday dinners "kids' night," because it's the night my husband isn't around for dinner. So that will be the day we do things like grilled cheese or homemade chicken nuggets.
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I often tell myself that when I snap at my loved ones, it's because they made me angry. But really, it's almost always ME who made me angry. And that's no reason to snap at anyone. I think if I admit that a little more often, it'll be more peaceful around here!
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We're having pumpkin soup made from scratch (the pumpkin's in the oven as we speak) with the yummy artisan bread my husband bought yesterday. I can't wait!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2010 on Kitchen Medley at Home Sanctuary
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I finally, finally, FINALLY put away a candle holder that's been bugging me since Christmas. Every day I would look at that thing and think, "huh, I should really put that where it belongs. It's just in the way up there on the shelf." But did I do it? Of course not - not until today!
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2010 on Groundhog Day Redux at Home Sanctuary
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I'm new to the Small Things, and I'm so happy the first one is something that speaks to me so directly! I HATE seeing those tags that I've never bothered to remove, and yet somehow, I just can't motivate myself to just DO it! But today I'm gonna tackle a stubborn one on a flower pot I've had for years. Anyone have any tips for getting rid of that annoying residue?
Toggle Commented Feb 2, 2010 on Tag! at Home Sanctuary
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While I definitely see the logic behind this being an end-of-school thing and/or a five-year-old thing, I'm thinking of something else. My mom always talked to me about "anti-climaxes." I have no idea if that's a real word or if it's just what she called it, but basically, it boils down to this: Any time there was an exciting event in my life as a kid, I would look forward to it, enjoy anticipating it. It was thrilling. Then, before I knew it, the exciting event had come and gone (whether a birthday party or a trip or Christmas or whatever), and I would be in a complete funk. I apparently wasn't a tantrumy kid, but I've always gotten depressed easily, and I would sulk and complain and be bored and - from my parents' perspective, I'm sure - would generally be difficult. My mom never really gave me any coping strategies, but she talked me through the fact that it's often hard to experience the let-down that so frequently occurs after a thrilling experience. I've noticed that as an adult, I still react this way sometimes, but knowing that it's normal (at least for me), helps me just take a day or two to regroup, not do anything "useful," and just regather my emotional strength. OK, that was a long-winded story, but if you've managed to follow it this far, what I'm thinking is that maybe Molly's son just doesn't know what to do with his leftover energy, now that his birthday is over and there's a lull in the events going on around him? Maybe she could find a way to ask him if he's sad that his birthday was over so soon or whether he feels bored now that he doesn't have his birthday to look forward to anymore. Then maybe some more structured days would help him get back into the swing of things, along with some projects that would give him future events to look forward to. I hope this made sense. I feel that it was kind of rambling and all over the place. Good luck in any case!
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2009 on Q&A: tantrums from end of school year? at Ask Moxie
Even though it doesn't sound like it's the same thing, this reminds me soooo much of some of my daughter's naps. She gets sleep terrors, and when she does, there is nothing anyone can do to console her. In fact, it makes it much WORSE if we try to console her. I didn't realize it at first, but this is pretty much par for the course with sleep terrors. The thing is, she has most of her sleep terrors during naps, not at night, and she almost only gets them when she's overtired (which has been most of the time, recently, unfortunately). Sleep deprivation is thought to be a trigger for sleep terrors, which happen when you get "stuck" between two deep sleep cycles. So while it doesn't sound like there's a sleep terror thing going on, what I'm thinking is that maybe the OP's unhappy napper is waking up at the "wrong" time in his sleep cycle. Could it be that his brother's waking also wakes him up, but that their sleep cycles aren't in sync, leaving one brother refreshed and the other totally groggy and unhappy? Maybe you could watch them like a hawk for a few days in a row and see if the "happy brother" is waking up before the "unhappy brother." If he is, you could try whisking him away before he wakes his brother and see if it changes anything. Apart from the sleep terrors, my daughter wakes up from her nap in a vile mood if she didn't get something to eat shortly before going down. And if I don't get her something to eat within 5 minutes or less of her waking up, her mood just gets worse and worse. She's that hungry! Do your boys have lunch or a snack right before their nap? If not, having them eat before the nap might by worth trying. If all this is totally wrong, then I would agree with those who say try TV. I am not a fan of small children watching TV, but when my daughter is in a really hostile mood, watching TV for 15-30 min really seems to help her calm down, and by that time, she's "forgotten" whatever was getting to her before. In your situation, if the TV works, it could be a godsend.
This is pretty much how my daughter's daycare handles potty training as well. And at daycare, DD is apparently an ace, regularly using the potty and going through very few diapers (because they stay dry). At home, she's not really interested in using her potty, and I've decided that's okay with me. She's 23 1/2 months, and I figure we'll reassess the situation in 2-3 months. I've peeked in to see her sitting on the potty with other kids at daycare. They all sit down and sing songs and clap hands. It really doesn't seem like a high-pressure situation, so I'm not worried by it at all. I agree with Moxie that as long as it's not being done in a pressuring and/or threatening way, there's nothing wrong with a toddler using the potty at daycare but not yet at home.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2009 on Q&A: "forced" potty training at Ask Moxie
Such a beautiful dress! I hope that I will have these kind of times with my daughter some day (she's almost 2). Up until now, I've never been able to sew while she's around because she protests so vehemently against the fact that my concentration is somewhere else. Also, I think the sound of the sewing machine still freaks her out a little. But you give me hope that she will soon be drawn to the act of creating with needle, thread, and fabric! Thank you for this!
Toggle Commented Apr 2, 2009 on sewing with help at SouleMama
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What a fantastic story! Totally lifted my mood on this gray morning. People can be so amazing. :-)
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This is such a beautiful piece! I'm not Jewish (or religious in any way), but I'm always amazed at what wonderful lessons scripture can teach us. There is so much wisdom regarding how to be a better person, parent, spouse, etc. And I think Amy has put it into words beautifully.
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I loooooved The Milk Memos, and the milk storage chart I printed out ages ago and put on the fridge is barely legible at this point. What a cool idea for a magnet!
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Thanks! I think I'll give that a try!
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I'd love to win this for a friend who's incredibly nervous about breastfeeding her first child!
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This would be so perfect for a friend of mine who will be giving birth soon!
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I never had a problem with my supply until my period reappeared. Now I struggle for about two weeks every month. I'd be so interested to learn more about boosting my supply!
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I would like to join the voices who say you should stir the coffee before pushing down the plunger. Stir. Wait maybe 20 seconds. Then push down. It will change your life! ;-)
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I subscribe through Google Reader, but most of the time I visit the blog directly. The experience is much more satisfying that way! :)
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