35 Weeks down 5 to go !

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Highlights: 
  • Had my Baby Shower
  • Constantly moving
  • Only 5 weeks to go!
Lowlights:
  • Horrible Sleep 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Went to the hospital and found out I have a bad UTI.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160  Week31- 179 Week35 -186
Sleep: Sleep is horrible… Cant get comfy and am having hot flashes
Best Moment This Week: 
Had My baby shower this weekend, it was amazing thank you to my mother who made all cute decorations, and put the whole thing together for me. We Played a lot of fun games, and had some yummy cake!
Movement: He loves to kick me in my bladder. You cant see him move so much through my shirts now! 
Food Cravings: Speedway Limeade Icee
What I Miss: Being able to walk at a normal pace, and not like a drunk turtle.
Mood: Tired a lot , and getting very anxious!
Upcoming Appointments/Events:I had an appointment on Monday and doctor said Leo is head down already and looks great! He didn’t check if i was dilated. 

What I look forward to:  Hoping to see him soon! I already love him so much !

I hope you enjoy following my journey with baby Leo! I will be posting updates every few  weeks! What are some of the changes you started feeling at 35 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise

Making pancake shapes easier.

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I don’t know about you, but I am the worst pancake maker ever. I always other have the pan to hot and burn my pancakes, or my pancakes come out looking like distorted circles trying to be shapes. Now saying that my mom showed me this neat little idea to make it less painful to make pancakes into less painful cool shapes. So if you are lacking in the cooking deparment on some foods here’s my tip to you!

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This awesome tool is a Dispenser Bottle, obviously you’ve seem them when you go to restaurants, or baseball game for my family where mostly there is ketchup or mustard in them. Every time I make pancakes I seem to be on Facetime with my mom and she normally gets a huge laugh from me failing on the pancake making skill that I do not have. So for Christmas she got me my own dispenser bottle so I can finally make semi decent pancake figures (mostly Mickey Mouse and Dinosaurs).

Just pour the pancake mix in the bottle, and pour it on the pan in desired shape, it’s like decorating a cake. This made making pancake shapes easier. She bought mine here, and it comes in a package of 6 which is awesome if you want to be extra crafty and make different colors in each bottle and make colorful pancakes.

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I’m sure you child will love the new shapes you can make now, just like Bentley did when he saw his Dino on his plate! Enjoy, and show me some shapes you’ve make with your pancakes in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

Tribe of Little’s.

A letter from a young mom.

A letter from a young mom

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In this world we live in now, becoming a mother at a younger age is becoming more of the norm. Yet even though it happens more and more, people seem to judge you more and more. They say that becoming a mom or parent at such a young age ends your life. That all you can ever become is a toy picking up, diaper changing, bath giving, and snot nose wipin everyday mamma.

I recently had a friend of mine travel on a 5 month hike, and on one of his inspirational post through Instagram some things he said caught my attention. Now he wasn’t putting down anyone, but instead encouraging people and do things you wouldn’t normally do like he did by going on this long endeavor. See his amazing photos of his travel here.

Now seeing his amazing adventure it came to me, that my life, my normal everyday mamma life is also truly amazing. I know this, and have known this since my son was born, but I believe that some people out there think that becoming a parent at such a young age ends your life,  now I’m not knocking what my friend went through and how i know it was a life changing experience, I just want to let people in on a little secret. Being a toy picking up, diaper changing, bath giving, and snot nose wipin everyday mamma is possibly the most amazing and exciting adventure you will ever have in life because it never ends.

Finding that person who will truly unconditionally love you, that when you see their smile it lights up your world, that watching day by day how they learn something brand new, and become so excited and proud of themselves when they do. It’s so rewarding, like opening  a new present each day for the rest of your life. Not just for a few months, or weeks, or days, but forever.

So mom’s to be, don’t think that your life will become irrelevant or that what you will go through each day is boring or lacks adventure, because it’s so much adventure, that some times your body will crash, you will be tired and never get a moment of peace, that even going to the bath room alone will be hard but all will be worth it.

 

Thanks for Reading

Jessica.

31 weeks down, 9 weeks to go!

Highlights and Lowlights of my Pregnancy Week 31:

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Highlights: 
  • Third Trimester 
  • Constantly moving
  • Only 9 weeks to go!
Lowlights:
  • Having contractions 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Bentley is starting to notice more that there is a baby coming and he will no longer be the only little one in the house.
 
Weight Gain/Loss:  Week20-158  Week23-160  Week31- 179
Sleep: Can not sleep on my stomach anymore, and its becoming harder to get comfy and fall asleep.
Best Moment This Week: 
Christmas was amazing! Felt little monster move all day! Bentley is starting to get really excited. Buddy our Elf left for the North Pole and Bentley got a new bike and Some Dinosaurs from Santa! See a few of Buddy the Elf’s adventures over at,  4 Easy Elf on The Shelf Ideas.
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Movement: So active, and has the hiccups a lot! also he loves to kick me in the bladder almost have pee’d my self a few times!
Food Cravings: McDonald’s Hash Browns are becoming a must in the mornings!
What I Miss: Fitting into my old clothes..
Mood: Happy and getting excited and finally have started nesting!
Upcoming Appointments/Events: I have an appointment coming up on the 2nd to see if i am dilated and how my cervix is doing!

What I look forward to: Only 9 more weeks to go! Planning for the baby shower coming up in January.

 

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 31 weeks? Comment below!
Thanks for reading
Jessica Louise
Also A Merry Christmas and Happy Hoildays from our family to yours!
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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

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!

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

 

 

What single parent’s want you to know about dating them.

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So after having my son Bentley, I dated a few guys. I needed them to know i was a single parent but I had everything under control. I did end up finding someone who truly loves me and my son, but before things got serious I sat James down and basically said all of these things to him and made sure he understood it.

Do you think maybe you found that perfect person, someone you wouldn’t mind catching a movie with or taking out on a fancy dinner.. when reality hits and you find out they are a single parent. Now being a single parent can be many things, taking care of their child completely on their own with no help from the other maker of the child, or the other parent is involved but they are no longer together with the person you want to date. SO you sit there and possibly think “I don’t want to be a parent too” , ” I don’t want to be a part of that Baby Daddy/mama drama”, or my favorite ” I don’t want to take care of two people”. Well here what few of us single parents want you to know.

10. Just because you are dating us , does not mean you have to take care of us and our child. 

We got this, obviously. I mean what do you think we were doing prior to dating you. Please do not think that we secretly say in our minds when we first meet “Hmm yes this one will provide everything for us and I don’t have to provide for my own child at all” No, most of us ( not all ) are not gold digging assholes and in all honesty we’re probably wondering if you’re good with children or even like them.

9. We will cancel sometimes because of our children. 

Our children come first, if one’s sick, or the babysitter has to cancel well then we will have to cancel. Will this happen every single date, NO! Can it? Yes, so get it through your head now , that things happen when dating someone with a child. Things we can not control.

8. Do not tell us how to parent our own child.

If and when we finally let you meet our child, and you sit there and tell me what to feed my kid, or how to discipline them, you need to just stand up and walk out. I won’t tell you how to eat and dress, so don’t do it to us, we get it from other parents enough as it is. Now if we’ve been dating a while and I give your permission that’s a different story, but only if we say it’s okay. Just know when you cross that line though, you are crossing a parenting line.

7. Just because we have ” Baby Mamma/Daddy” drama does not mean you do.

Now some are a tad bit crazy, which again we can not control. Should we have picked a better person, probably. But that other person gave us our wonderful child and that we are grateful for. Just because we have to deal with them does not mean you need too.

6. Just because we are together does not mean you are my child’s “Step Parent”.

If you are completely on board with the whole parenting thing then awesome for you. But this doesn’t mean my child has to call you Mommy/Daddy. If you and my child are okay with it, then that’s a different story, but we want everyone to be comfortable.

5. If you hate children, and do not see yourself ever wanting children or liking them ever. Just Stop and turn around.

It’s nothing personal…okay maybe it is, but if you don’t like kids well then i’m sorry but it wont work. See our child is our world, and we want to find some who will want to or eventually want to spend time with us together.

4. We are a packaged deal.

No, we cant sell them. ( we’ve already tried that… Kidding). We can’t just drop them off every night at the other parents house or babysitters to come be with you. Again they are our world, the reason why we wake up and move our asses to the shitty work place everyday. So we can get them want they need and mostly want. So you take us both or none at all.

3. Please do not think buying our child everything impresses us.

If we see that you’re trying to buy our babies love/liking you, we’ll think it’s cute the first few times but we want them to love/like you on their own, and for who you are, not want you get them.

2. We can still have fun! 

Believe it or not, we can still go out and party and have fun! Obviously not every night or week end. Yes, we will want date’s were we can just sit watch a movie and relax. Cause being a single parent is not easy. We also can go out to a club or a party and drink and have fun, just like any other person out there! We not boring trolls.

1.Our child will always come before you.

Hell, our child comes before ourselves. So if you think were just going to push them aside for you. You are very very wrong, and need to date someone without children.

 

Bottom line.. our kids again are our world. We love them with all our hearts and couldn’t imagine life with out them. We are strong and do not need your help, in parenting or providing the minute we get together. We will not hesitate to push you aside for them, and if you are with us long enough to want to become part of our little family. I promise you it is the most rewarding thing with all the love and happiness we bring.