No Tree Christmas Tree

For as long as my husband is playing hockey it is pretty much a guarantee that we will be moving from one apartment to another. Whether we are moving cities or we out grow our apartment the less crap we have to move the better. A fake Christmas Tree is one of those things we just don’t need and I hate the mess of a real Christmas Tree. So what’s a girl to do?  I sat down for a few minutes and thought, “What would Macgyver do?” (You’d be surprised how many times a week I ask myself ‘WWMD?’.)

Obviously, the answer is make one out of yarn and twinkle lights.

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In an hour you can have a no mess, no watering, spread some holiday cheer Christmas Tree!

SUPPLIES

  • Yarn
  • Twinkle Lights
  • Small Nails
  • Small Ornaments

HOW TO

  1. Measure or eye the outline of a Christmas Tree.
  2. Starting at the top hammer nails in the outline of a Christmas Tree.
  3. Then start back at the top and tie the yarn onto the nail.
  4. Outline the Christmas Tree with yarn. When you reach a nail do a loop around the nail before continuing to the next one.
  5. Cut small pieces of yarn and tie them onto the outline where you see fit. As many or as few as you’d like.
  6. Then take the twinkle lights and follow the yarn. When the outline with the twinkle lights is complete start the outline again, but this time run the string across the middle of the tree.
  7. Hang small ornaments and let the tree illuminate your space with warm, cheery vibes.

Final step

Take some fun holiday pictures in front of your awesome new tree!

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DIY Christmas Ornaments

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Having kids is exhausting and by the end of the day you may need a large glass of wine. No judgement here if that one large glass turns into two large glasses.

And what’s better than drinking wine? Knowing that the more you drink the more wine corks you’ll have to make Christmas Ornaments with!  While many would look at the wine cork as trash you can look at it and see sparkly decorations.

This DIY ornament is a great way to spend a cold winter afternoon with the family. Besides being a fun family activity you are also teaching your kids the importance of upcycling and reusing rather than throwing everything in the garbage.

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Preparing Yourself For a Long Car Trip and Vacation With a Small Child

Let’s face it… after you have a kid vacations are just not the same. For the better or for the worse taking a kid on vacation changes the entire trip from the get go. The car ride to a …

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Breastfeeding in Public…When Does It Become Inappropriate?

(IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT THROWING A SHIT FIT AND GETTING ALL MOMMY CRAZY…  READ THE ENTIRE STORY FIRST.)

Let me first set the scene up…. It’s Saturday at 5:30pm in a country where the grocery stores are closed on Sundays. It’s a packed madhouse with lines ten people deep at each of the four checkout lanes. Here I stand with my husband and baby waiting to buy our mass amount of groceries. Our daughter is smiling and waving at the baby in front of us.

Here comes the questionable part… The baby in front of us is a little fussy so her mom sits down on a case of beer and whips her boob out in front of us and the ten people behind us. Let me be clear, feeding her baby in public was absolutely not the problem or the point of this story. (I hate hearing babies cry so anything to stop it I was okay with.) The action in question comes when the baby didn’t want to milk her from the one teat she whipped the other one out and then sat there with both boobs hanging out… nipples and everything… for WAY more than just a few seconds.

Breastfeeding is one thing, exposing yourself to a group of people in a grocery store that aren’t paying to see and don’t want to see it is something else entirely. (I’m sure the three 14-year-old boys behind us where loving the free show.)

What is appropriate and what isn’t will never be something everyone agrees on. In some villages in Africa (and many places) women don’t wear shirts, much less bras, so having both breast out to feed isn’t inappropriate in the slightest. But in a culture where modesty is appreciated and exposing yourself in public can land you in jail the line between what is appropriate and what isn’t is a tough one to draw. On one hand this lady was feeding her child, on the other hand she had both boobs out for an extended amount of time and only one was being used to feed the child.

Should it be okay for women to breastfeed in public? Sure, just because I wouldn’t do it doesn’t mean shit. But should a woman have both boobs out (nipples out, too) while sitting in the grocery line?

These kinds of actions are what makes such controversy in the breastfeeding in public area.

(There are so many women and men that use the “look away if you don’t like it” ,but what are people suppose to do in this situation?  Walk through the check out line backwards? )

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What are your opinions or thoughts?

Intelligent comments are always welcome!

 

Preparing Yourself For a Long Car Trip and Vacation With a Small Child

Let’s face it… after you have a kid vacations are just not the same. For the better or for the worse taking a kid on vacation changes the entire trip from the get go.

The car ride to a destination and the actual vacation with a young child can be a relaxing, refreshing experience or it can be an aggravating, stressful blur. The best way to ensure a smooth, enjoyable car ride and vacation is to be prepared, cross your fingers, and hope for a pleasant child that will chill and let you enjoy yourself.

We recently made the 5-hour drive to Switzerland for a quick vacation. It was a last-minute trip with one night to pack everything we would need for a three-day stay and a combined ten hours of driving with a 14-month-old and a dog.  I didn’t have my usual 3 to 4 days to start preparing everything so I was more stressed than usual. This isn’t our first rodeo though and with some experience I have learned some of the best ways to have the most enjoyable, relaxing trip you can have with a young child.

Tips For Taking a Car Trip and Vacation With a Small Child

 

Try to start getting ready a couple of days before the trip with lists…then use the lists.

Using lists helps to ensure nothing will be forgotten. (An added plus to having a list is getting to check stuff off the list.)  What toys or stuffed animal does your baby need? What food and snacks will she need?  Bottle cleaner… dish soap…..  Put it all on the list and it hopefully won’t be forgotten.

Organize the car so anything you need is easy to access.

Food pouches, snacks, and baby toys should be easily reached. Having them behind the driver’s seat makes it easy for the passenger to reach without having to unbuckle the seatbelt and hear that annoying f-ing beeping sound that can really drive someone crazy. The beeping on top of struggling to get a food pouch from a weird part of the car, personally, makes me snap and that is unenjoyable for everyone.

Pack a small cooler with milk of choice.

Since I’m not a fan of breastfeeding and think breastfeeding a kid over the age of one is just freaking weird my 14-month-old is drinking organic cow milk. I’ve done a lot of research on the milk I feed my daughter and ensure that the cow or cows it comes from haven’t been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics. I like to pack my own milk to be safe. I’m also not risking a change in milk upsetting her stomach causing her not to sleep and causing me to be tired, grumpy and an all around bitch.

Bring a Pack n’ Play and if there isn’t room for a Pack n’ Play bring a sheet and blankets.

Hotels often charge for the use of their Pack n’ Play, so save some money and bring one from home. I’m super uncomfortable with the thought of how many toddlers and babies have pissed or thrown up on the hotel’s Pack n’ Play and how well it got disinfected.  Can’t bring your own?  Sheets from home are easy to pack, take up a small amount of room, and are clean…usually.

Bring a small fan or sound machine.

One of the worst parts about vacationing with a toddler is having to be super quite at bedtime. Unless you get two hotel rooms you’re gonna be stuck with a sleeping baby and having to tiptoe around the room at 8pm. Any background noise, like a fan or sound machine, might help her sleep and you to be able to watch some TV or do other fun adult activities… quietly.

iPad.

I’m not one of those ‘no screen time’ moms, but even if you are for the sake of your trip bring an iPad with kid games and shows. Throw Baby Einstein (or another educational show) on, give your kid a Ritz Cracker and maybe you’ll have enough time to enjoy a long lunch and a few glasses of wine. It’s vacation… you NEED it.

Over pack

The one positive to a car trip is that you aren’t charged for how many bags you have. One bag or five bags it doesn’t make a difference. When you are going to a country like Switzerland where everything is WAY overpriced it’s nice to not have to go buy diapers that cost 2-3 times more than they do in Germany or America.

Also, weather is pretty unpredictable so pack for the cold, pack for the warm, make sure you won’t be stuck unprepared for what nature can throw at you. Pack anything you might need… bags are free!

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In the end, don’t over stress about all the shit you need to pack and what might be forgotten, most places you visit have a place to buy what you need.

It’s vacation. Have some wine and chill as much as your crazy baby will let you.