Have you tried shortening the afternoon nap to only 2 hours instead of 3? It could be that she is getting enough sleep in the afternoon to not be as sleepy at night? I am no expert though, just a thought!View Thread
I think I will probably be in a similar situation when I switch jobs after next week. I am afraid I won't have access to anything during the day! Thankfully, I will be able to work from home 1 or 2 days a week and I might have to fire up my home computer for access on those days!View Thread
1. How are your gardens coming along? So far, so good. The only problem is the slugs. I am trying very hard to not use chemicals to kill them and have hand killed probably a couple of hundred. I wish I could find their eggs and kill them that way, but I don't feel like digging up the entire garden to get rid of them.
2. How is potty-training coming along? Potty training is going well. No poops yet though, so that needs to be my next focus, but she usually does that while at daycare. She asked to go potty during the middle of the night twice over the weekend and actually went, so that was positive.
3. What's LO's temperament these days? She has been pretty happy. Like MontanaMama said, she wants to be outside all the time, but there are things that I just have to do inside so we get the occasional fit over that.
4. How do you handle discipline? Tell her she is sorry, make her apologize, and remove her from the situation.
5. What new eco-friendly thing are you up to these days? Trying not use pesticides. We also have a compost bin, but need to put it together. Thanks to you ladies, keeping the thermostat a bit warmer than normal. Trying to use a dishtowel or rag in lieu of a papertowel.
6. Have any exciting plans for the summer? Just starting a new job in a few weeks! Maybe TTC #2. If this cycle didn't work, we might wait a few months so that I would a better paid maternity leave. If I am KU'ed, I actually qualify for 6 paid weeks after 90 days at the new job, so it would work out. View Thread
I got most of my garden planted over the weekend and found a bunch of slugs when I took back some of the landscaping brick that serves as the boarder. I got out my salt shaker and killed probably 100 of the buggers around the whole outside. The problem is that you can't really use salt in the garden because it will kill the plants. I am going to use egg shells next because I read that will kill them when they crawl over them. I am just really hoping these non-chemical methods works because I don't want to resort to using chemicals, but I do need to not lose my crop! Has anybody successfully used these methods before?View Thread
There are a lot of websites, I think, but this is one I found yesterday. I haven't looked around a lot, but I think she has a whole bunch of different plans. She actually as a document where you can print labels with what each meal is and the cooking instructions too. http://onceamonthmom.com/summer-2010-oamm-menu/ If you do a search, I am sure you can find different sites too.View Thread
If you read the simplifying your life post, I mentioned once a month cooking. I think that it would be a great way to cut back on the grocery budget because you can buy in bulk and you know what you need, so you aren't buying unncessary itemes.View Thread
They actually make up the meal plan for you (including the grocery list, how many containers, etc. you need), so you wouldn't use those, UNLESS you say used the 2 week plan and streched it for a month by using those other meals in between. That is kind of why I want to start with the 2 week plan. We have so many interuptions during the week, that we would stretch it out.View Thread
One thing that I want to do when I can find the time (and empty freezer space) is something called once a month cooking. I posted about it on the one year board last week, but nobody responded to it. What it is, is a meal plan where you make all your meals for the month on one day, put them in the freezer, and then prepare them each night. So you do all the prep work, etc. once and only have to pop it in the oven or crock pot, etc. the day you are planning on eating it. I think I might be able to better use organic or natural products in the meals too if I am planning ahead and not improptu buying. Regardless, it is still healthier than stopping for pizza when I don't have a meal planned! There are several cookbooks and websites out there dedicated to this. A lot also have shorted two week cycles to try too. I think I will actually start with that.View Thread
You can definitely buy canning supplies at Target and Walmart. As a matter of fact, I just picked up some lids at Target on clearance. I can salsa in the fall. Tried spahgetti sauce once, and it sucked. I also canned pears and apple sauce last year and froze apple butter. You can also freeze tomatoes and I might try that this year. I do think you need to use them sooner than canning though.View Thread