Save Money with Green Home Upgrades

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Green home improvement is a hot topic these days. With the cost of water rising throughout much of the country and energy policies facing an uncertain future, more homeowners than ever before are showing an interest in energy-saving remodeling projects and upgrades. The following infographic explains energy saving upgrades that will put money back into your pocket within two years.

Natural Bathroom Cleaning Tips

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More than 150 chemicals found in your home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and physiological disorders. The majority of these chemicals are used in routine bathroom cleaning. There are many DIY “recipes” that combine household ingredients to create a natural cleaning solution, and eliminate harsh chemicals. For example, you can combine baking soda and vinegar to create a tile cleaner. The following slideshow displays different recipes and methods for cleaning your bathroom without using harmful chemicals. Try these solutions to help clean your house safely.

How to Clean Your Bathroom…Naturally by Modern Bathroom, a company that offers sinks, faucets, and wall-mounted vanities.


December Baby – 11 months

Happy 11 months, big boy!

Less than one month until you turn ONE! I can’t even believe it!

It’s been a big month for physical development. You can stand on your own, and you took your first step a couple of weeks ago!

You now say “Uh oh”, “dada”, and “mama” (though not actually TO us yet). And you have 3 (going on 4) teeth.

Planning for your Winter ONEderland party has started! So excited to celebrate your big day (and eat some cake!)

I love you!

11 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Says “mama” or “dada” to the correct parent – Nope
  • Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo
  • Stands alone for a couple of seconds
  • Cruises – Been there, done that.

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Understands “no” and simple instructions
  • Puts objects into a container

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Says one word besides “mama” or “dada”
  • Stoops from standing position

5th Birthday Interview

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When my son was three, I decided that it would be fun to do an interview with him every year to see how his likes change as he grows. 🙂  (Links to the previous years at the bottom of this post.)

His answers are in bold, my comments are in parentheses/italics.

  • How old are you?: five
  • What makes you happy?: What makes me happy is when you let me go crazy.
  • What is your favorite animal?: Tigers, dogs, and lions.
  • What is your favorite color?: green
  • What is your favorite thing to eat?: yogurt
  • What is your least favorite thing to eat?: mustard
  • What is your favorite thing to do?: play Minecraft
  • What is your favorite TV show?: Pokémon and PJ Masks
  • What is your favorite movie?: Zootopia
  • What are you really good at?: drawing Pokémon
  • What is your favorite song?: the Pokémon song
  • What do you and Mom do together?: play games
  • What do you and Dad do together?: We do Pokémon battles.
  • What is your favorite book?: Pokémon XY
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?: Be the most goodest Pokémon drawer in the whole world!

Previous interviews: four / three

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    December Baby – 10 months

    Happy 10 months, sweet boy!

    You are constantly on the move! You’ve been cruising for a while. Now you are very briefly standing on your own, and you can walk if you are holding someone’s hand. 

    You finally have your two bottom teeth, and are a great eater. You love chicken, mashed potatoes, and mac & cheese. 

    You’re really good at jabbering things that don’t sound like actual words, but that’s it. I’m not surprised, though. As much as your brother talks, you won’t be able to get a word in edgewise!  Haha

    I can’t believe how close you are to being one!  I guess it’s time to get to work on your first birthday party!

    I love you so much, little guy!

    ~ Mommy

    10 month milestones (from Baby Center):

    Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

    • Waves goodbye – Nope
    • Picks things up with pincer grasp
    • Crawls well, with belly off the ground

    Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

    • Says “mama” or “dada” to the correct parent – He doesn’t even say “mama” or “dada”, much less to the correct person…haha
    • Indicates wants with gestures – Not yet

    Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

    • Stands alone for a couple of seconds – Yep
    • Puts objects into a container – Yep, over and over. Lol 

    December Baby – 9 Months

    Sweet boy –

    You’ve become a lot more confident in your mobility this month. You prefer standing to sitting now, but you still have to hold on to something for balance (at least with one hand). You can also lower yourself from standing to sitting without falling down!

    You’ve also found your voice. You do lots of jabbering, can say “baba” and something that sounds like “yes”, but not “mama”or “dada” yet.

    You still don’t have any teeth, but I keep thinking that one’s going to pop through any day now.

    I love you!


    Height: 29.5 in
    Weight: 23 lbs. 4 oz.

    9 month milestones (from Baby Center):

    Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

    • Stands while holding onto something
    • Jabbers or combines syllables
    • Understands object permanence

    Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

    • Cruises while holding onto furniture
    • Drinks from a sippy cup
    • Eats with fingers – Still working on this
    • Bangs objects together

    Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

    • Plays patty-cake and peek-a-boo – Peek-a-boo, yes.  Not patty-cake
    • Says “mama” or “dada” to the correct parent – Nope

    Five Years Old!

    Little man –

    Five years old. I can’t believe it.

    Last year’s interest in superheroes was fleeting. We are now knee-deep into the worlds of Pokémon and Minecraft. That’s what the big kids like, after all.

    You are a great artist and storyteller. (You obviously get this skill from your father.) You’ve excelled at swim lessons this summer. In May, you didn’t even want to put your face underwater. Now, you love to wear your goggles to practice swimming in the bathtub…lol

    You have one more year of Pre-K starting this week. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

    Love you lots and lots!

    ~ Mommy


    Current stats:

    weight: 41 lb.
    height: 44 in. (Or 3′ 8″)

    Shorts: 4T
    Shirts: mostly 5T, but can still squeeze into some 4T if the brand runs big
    Shoes: Size 10-11

    Likes – strawberries, corn dogs, broccoli 
    Dislikes – red meat, green peas 

    Read this year’s birthday interview! (See last year’s interview here.)

    December Baby – 8 Months

    Baby boy –

    Lots of motor skill development this month!  Sitting confidently?  Yep!  Crawling?  Been there, done that. Pulling yourself up to standing?  Yeah, you do that now, too…

    And when you are standing, you are bouncing. Especially in your crib. Standing still is apparently not an option. Haha 

    You babble a lot, but still nothing that sounds like words (at least to me).  Definitely not “mama” or “dada”.  Maybe someone here can translate “gukkk”?

    You are so much fun, little guy. I love watching you grow up!

    Lots of love, hugs, and kisses!
    ~ Mommy


    8 month milestones (from Baby Center):

    Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

    • Says “mama” or “dada” to parents (isn’t specific) – Nope
    • Passes objects from hand to hand

    Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

    • Stands while holding onto something
    • Crawls
    • Points at objects – Not yet 
    • Searches for hidden objects

    Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

    • Pulls self to standing, cruise 
    • Picks things up with thumb-finger pincer grasp – Working on this
    • Indicates wants with gestures – Not yet
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