23 Weeks Down, 17 weeks to go!

A little update on Baby Bindscheattel!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 23:

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Highlights: 
  • He’s has been active mostly right before bed.
  • Back pain has gone away
  • Specialist says he is growing perfectly
 
Lowlights:
  • Still feeling tired most of the day.
  • Still look more fat then pregnant
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Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160 
Sleep: Starting to not be able to sleep on my stomach
Best Moment This Week: 
James Felt baby kicking for the first time this week!
Movement: Becoming more and more active, and has the hiccups a lot.
Food Cravings: Still want Olive Garden bread sticks.
What I Miss: Having energy to do more around the house.
Mood: Happy and getting excited!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:  Went to the specialist this week and the Doctor says He is growing perfectly and My placenta is in the correct spot and not moving into my muscle. Next regular Doctors appointment on the 7th

What I look forward to: Bentley’s birthday party coming up in November, little man is turning 4!

 

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Bindscheattel! I will be posting updates every few  weeks! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 23 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

DIY “If you give a mouse a cookie” costume

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Halloween is in a few days! In the beginning of the month Bentley’s school had said the children can wear their costumes on Halloween day( he is going to be the Red Power Ranger), but now they changed their minds and can only dress up as “Story Book Character’s”. So having only a few days we needed a simple, and quick story book costume! In a matter of two days i was able to make this cheap costume for my little one and you can too!

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Thing’s you’ll need:

  • Overalls
  • White T-shirt
  • headband
  • Poster board or cardboard
  • Brown paint
  • Black paint
  • Grey paint
  • pink paint
  • black face paint (or eyeliner)

I mostly had all of the paint already but Walmart has paint for around a dollar each, I also got the poster board and white T-shirt while at Walmart as well. The only thing I had to go find was the overalls, but fear not I found them at a child’s consignment store for around five bucks! (SCORE!). Tip: if you cant find overalls in boy’s, look in the girls section!14900349_1280043948704656_3383505926471693536_n

For the ears, I simply cut out two circles, painted then grey, let it dry and then painted a smaller circle within the ears. When they are completely I hot glued the circles to the headband.

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The cookie was also simple to make, I just cut out a big circle and painted it light brown, let it dry completely, then with a darker brown I painted the chocolate chunks.

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Now draw on a cute little nose, and roll up the bottom of the pants and you have a cute little story book mouse! Comment below on what kind of simple story book characters have you made!

Raising Lost Boys

Jessica

Mickey Mouse Apple Pie Apples!

Fall always brings out the yummy apple recipes in my house, Bentley is such a fruit child that we always have to have some kind of fruit laying around for him to munch on. If you have ever been to Disney World or Disneyland you know there is some Disney candy covered apples in the parks! This fall we cant make it to the Disney Parks to get some, so I thought that we would make our own! YUM

What you need:

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples

  • 5-6 c. caramels (or appx. 1 bag Kraft Caramel bits)

  • 7-8 cinnamon graham crackers

  • 1 1/2 lbs. melting chocolates (or chocolate chips)

  • cinnamon and sugar, to taste (appx 2 Tbsp sugar + 1/8 tsp. cinnamon)

  • 8 large marshmallows (if you want to make “ears” which in my opinion makes it more magical)

What to do:

1. Scrub apples and dry with a dishcloth or paper towel. This is to get the wax coating off

2. Melt caramel in the microwave (in a micvrowave-safe dish) for 30 seconds at a time until caramel is nice and melted or follow directions on package if using the Bits.

3. Place caramel apple sticks or cop sticks into the top of each apple and dip each apple into the caramel until fully coated, rotating the apple as needed. Let excess caramel drip off and them place on wax paper. ( Make sure you spray the wax paper with Pam or other non stick spray before placing them on paper, they WILL stick to paper if you don’t)

4. If you want to make ears take marshmallows dip a side in the caramel and place on the the top of the apples to make ears( I also learned that putting toothpicks through the marshmellows into the apple helps hold so much better) , hold for about 15 seconds. Let sit for about an hour or longer if you want. ( you can also put in fridge )

5. Put graham crackers in zip block bag , and smash with mallet. Make sure they are really broken down. Place in bowl and set aside.

6. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave until chocolate is just melted and there are no lumps. Dip each apple in the chocolate and allow chocolate to set up for a few seconds.

7. When chocolate has set a little, roll the bottom half in processed graham cracker crumbs, pat down hand just a tad. Sprinkle entire apple with cinnamon and sugar and set aside.

 With this treat I wanted to make it more kid friendly and have a little help, my son Bentley help me mash the gram crackers and roll the chocolate covered apples in the gram crackers. My only tip is don’t double dip from chocolate to gram crackers back to chocolate, we had to learn the hard way. Other then that , we had a blast making them and a blast eating them as well! I hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more Disney themed deliciousness!

20 weeks down, 20 to go!

We’re half way there with baby Bindscheattel!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 20:

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Highlights: 
  • Starting to feel baby move more
  • Baby boy had a strong heartbeat at my appointment.
  • Being blessed with a healthy baby and pregnancy so far!
 
Lowlights:
  • Having major Mid/ Upper back pain at times.
  • Still feeling tired most of the day.
  • Had to go to the hospital food possible food poisoning.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  lost 4lbs 
Sleep: Sleep has been okay, Still can lay on my stomach at times.
Best Moment This Week: Starting to really feeling baby move around in lower belly. He really likes to be awake and moving in around 2am!
Movement: Becoming more and more active everyday!
Food Cravings: Really have been wanting Olive Garden bread sticks.
What I Miss: I miss being able to fit in my regular clothes.
Mood: Emotional and really tired!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:  Had a doctors appointment today, went great Doctor says he is very active and heartbeat is great! I do have to go to a specialist for another ultrasound just to check out my placenta. Next appointment in 4weeks.

What I look forward to: Start looking pregnant instead of looking fat..

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Bindscheattel! I will be posting updates every other week! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 20 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

Halloween craft for those who cant touch pumpkins!

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About 3 years ago we found out Bentley was allergic to pumpkins ( I know such a odd allergies)! So this year I wanted to find a alternative for carving pumpkins. While shopping at the best craft store, Michaels. Which right now the Halloween decor and crafts is 50% off, score!

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We happened to walk past these Styrofoam skulls, and thought what a neat idea to do by having paint them instead of carving a pumpkin. The skulls and other Styrofoam figures (Frankenstein, Witch , and a zombie) were actually 60% off , which ended up making them come out to about $3.00 each.

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We also bought a package of this kind of paint , it was only $8.00 for the whole pack of 12.

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Bentley had a blast painting his skull! While painting we even practiced how to spell his name, and what colors he wanted to use! So it doubled as a fun craft and a education lesson.

 

What Halloween craft’s are you doing this year besides carving pumpkins? Share below !

Planing for a Baby Financially

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Being on a tight budget and being a stay at home mom and pregnant with Baby #2, I needed to find ways to save some money before baby arrives. So far I’ve saved up to $50 in gift cards, and already bought Remy over 100 pieces of clothing ranging from newborn to 12 months, and some baby gear.  Here’s how I saved hundreds for my soon to be family of four at 20 weeks pregnant.

5. Shopkick App

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Shopkick is this amazing Phone app where once you enter certain stores, scan the Items on the list, purchase certain items, and scan receipts you earn kicks, and when you have enough kicks you can trade them in for gift cards Ranging from Walmart, Starbucks, Target, even save money on gas! I have gotten up to $50 in gift cards using this App. It does take time, but over the course of 9 months you can rack up some kicks!

4. Stock up 

You probably see “Stock Up” on every blog talking about planning for a baby financially, But by buying diapers and wipes, even toilet paper now and when you see them on sale you will save for the future.

3. Coupon’s  

Coupon’s are such a money saver!  Now you don’t have to become an extreme coupon-er to save money, even just saving a few dollars here and there is still saving! When I started with coupons I was so confused , so many different kinds of coupons, and rules. To get started I went to YouTube and watched different videos but mostly got all my information from this amazing blog. She explains everything so well, and makes it easy to follow.

2. Sell what you don’t need or Trade for what you do need.

If you have some clothes you don’t wear or some house items that just don’t go along with your house anymore sell it. Chances are there are Facebook pages for your county where you can sell your items.  You can also trade with other moms. Say you have some clothes that don’t fit your prego belly  and another mom has some clothes that her baby out grew, you can trade for them.

1. Garage Sales

My biggest saver! I was blessed enough to drive up on a garage sale, where a mother was selling her son’s clothes he didn’t fit in anymore. When i had picked out about $5.00 worth of clothes she told me shes gonna pack up and donate the rest of what i didn’t take. I ended up basically getting everything for $45. From baby clothes, maternity clothes, bottles and even a Boppy Pillow! Now not every garage sale you pull up to will do this, but you can find a lot of stuff cheaper which is always great and saves a bunch of money.

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Some other ideas could be

  • Start a little Home daycare
  • Find a craft you’re good at and sell the item.
  • Become a consultant for a company ( Such as It works, Scentsy, or Usborne Books)

Saving money can be challenging, but if you follow some of those ideas, it should start becoming a litttle easier, and once you start saving you’ll find more and more ways to save! What do you do to save before a baby is due to arrive? Share some of your ideas below in the comment box!

Thanks for Reading!

Jessica