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DIY Daily Family Memories Journal December 7, 2010

I briefly mentioned how I was going to be recording an event everyday in life life of my children. Things they say, things they do, etc. Family moments that I don’t want to forget. Just something small written each day- one sentence to a paragraph long. I made a run to Michael’s Craft Store late last night to gather supplies: $7-$8 for everything (I already had the Mod Podge).  If you have other supplies on hand, it will be even cheaper.


  • 2-4 pieces of scrapbook paper
  • Notebook
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint or foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Embellishments (optional) I used ‘pearl stickers’

Step 1- Cover back of notebook. Line paper up with outer edge. I used a clip to keep it in place.

Step 2- Trace.

Step 3- Cut.

Step 4- Mod Podge. Start at the outer edge with the Mod Podge and work your way in and onto the front cover. Be sure to press and smooth paper to ensure no bubbles form.

Step 5- Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 for the front except this time, line paper up with the spine of the notebook. Leave a little paper slack at the spine.

Step 6- Coat the entire notebook in Mod Podge. This seals it securely and it dries clear. Feel generous when applying Mod Podge, especially over seams, edges and corners.

Step 7- Get creative! This is where it gets really fun. I bought 4 scrapbook pages with the same theme and had 2 leftover after covering the notebook. I cut out details from the remaining 2 and scattered them over the notebook- using Mod Podge under and on top.



Step 8- Final touches. Add lettering, gems, pearls, etc. I covered all embellishments and stickers with Mod Podge as well, so they would stay secure.

Here is the finished product:






100 Goals for 2011. That is NOT a Type-o. December 5, 2010

Filed under: Goals — Naturally Mama @ 6:52 pm
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In my last post, I mentioned that I would be making 100 goals for the coming year. Yep- ONE HUNDRED. Big and small.
These are going to be typed in no particular order, as they come to me.

  1. Get rid of plastic cups/bowls/utensils and trade for glass & stainless steel.
  2. Switch from Teflon to Stainless cookware.
  3. Get a new toaster oven. Thanks for the free one Sis, but it’s on its last… piece of toast.
  4. Replace body care products with all-natural and organic products as the products we currently have run out (because we’re too poor and I’m too frugal to throw the ones I have out!).
  5. Make my own homemade cleaning supplies.
  6. Buy some plants that suck up VOCs in the air. See more about this here.
  7. Learn to sew. I bought a machine and I’m gonna use it!!!
  8. Finish learning to crochet.
  9. Lose 20 lbs.
  10. Switch from Bare Minerals foundation to EcoGlo Minerals foundation.
  11. Switch mascara to something much better for my body than my current mascara. Have you heard of Skin Deep? It’s a database of cosmetics and their safety ratings. Pretty awesome.
  12. Figure out some kind of system for the paperwork that floats around the house. Suggestions anyone?
  13. Acquire enough cloth diapers to be able to skip a day between washings. ah, to dream…*
  14. Purchase essential oils.
  15. Try Spirulina. I purchased some powder and have yet to try it. Read more about this superfood here.
  16. Organize and go through upstairs storage room.
  17. Replace at least 2 windows in the house.
  18. Volunteer 12 hours minimum. One hour a month. That doesn’t seem overwhelming and seems like a good start.
  20. Push judgments of people out of my head. I shouldn’t even be entertaining those negative thoughts.
  21. Keep all dirty laundry in laundry baskets. This has a lot to do with getting my HUSBAND to do so as well :/
  22. Finally paint the 2 doors in my bedroom. The only 2 brown doors in the house.
  23. Go to the dentist. We’ll see about this one… My phobia always gets the best of me.
  24. Start using cloth wipes exclusively for Cohen, at least when at home.
  25. Find a talent/hobby that can bring in some money.
  26. Save money.
  27. Pay off all credit cards. Hopefully with taxes.
  28. Get adjusted @ the Chiropractor.
  29. Install reverse osmosis water filter, at least on the kitchen tap.
  30. Get chlorine filter for shower.
  31. Switch to BPA-free toothbrushes
  32. Eat my favorite food…pizza…only *crying a little bit* once a month. *crying a little bit more*
  33. Detox from refined sugars. So addicted it’s not funny.
  34. Redecorate Hailey’s room. At least revamp it a bit.
  35. Find shelves and put them up in living room. At least revamp it a little.
  36. Read 10 books front to back without skipping boring parts. I tend to lose interest easily, so this will take some effort. I’m not too much into fiction, so I sometimes skip the boring parts of educational/parenting books, etc.
  37. Finish Cohen’s scrapbook.
  38. Write one thing about Cohen, Hailey and our family life a day for a year.
  39. Actually use my reusable shopping bags for shopping.
  40. Take my pile of plastic bags to be recycled.
  41. Cover my laptop in stickers. Black is boring.
  42. Paint wooden letter blocks for Cohen’s name.
  43. Look into homeschooling and decide if I’m going to pursue it or not.
  44. Have Hailey join some type of social group (she wants to try Girl Scouts).
  45. Convince Evan to get rid of the TV in the bedroom. We don’t ever use it, anyhow.
  46. Meal plan every single week.
  47. Donate money every single month.
  48. Donate goods to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, etc. instead of Goodwill. Goodwill is a great organization, but I’ve paid many-a-salary with how much I donate to them. Some things are put to better use elsewhere.
  49. Send random thank you cards to people and organizations who have made a difference in my life.
  50. Have more patience with people I don’t know.
  51. Have more patience with people I do know.
  52. Spend more time with my outside family.
  53. Make someone feel special just because.
  54. Get together with a Mama group or form my own in my town.
  55. Go to more community functions and events.
  56. Find a church to go to.
  57. Promote breastfeeding to the community and local businesses.
  58. Make my own natural chapstick, lotion, and/or soaps.
  59. Spend a few extra bucks buying something from a WAHM that I would normally buy elsewhere.
  60. Shop locally and support small businesses as much as I can.
  61. Encourage others to shop locally and support small businesses as much as they can.
  62. Make homemade granola.
  63. Start taking a better multi-vitamin.
  64. Have Hailey start taking a better multi-vitamin.
  65. Bake cookies for a neighbor.
  66. Smile at people at times when I usually wouldn’t (when appropriate, of course!)
  67. Buy purple converse. My hot pink ones are living their last days, I think.
  68. Try 5 healthy foods I would never normally initiate trying.
  69. Get rid of the clothes I keep that I will never wear…
  70. Find better cloth diaper detergent. I’ve heard great things about Rockin’ Green.
  71. Make living room feel more like home. It’s a little bare and not very inviting.
  72. Talk Hailey into getting a hair cut.
  73. Get  my hair cut.
  74. Take more pictures of everything/everybody.
  75. Get CD player for Cohen’s room and lots of music for us to sing and dance to.
  76. Visit my last employer before Cohen turns one.
  77. Shop second hand as much as possible. I already shop second hand a lot of the time, but there are times when I could buy used and don’t, usually out of convenience.
  78. Paint frames that have been sitting upstairs for a year, put pictures in them and hang them downstairs.
  79. Find a place for a bookshelf and fill it with books!
  80. Be more careful when recycling: labels, lids, etc.
  81. Find 5 new (to me) bands/artists to listen to.
  82. Take Miyah on more walks.
  83. Be more physically active, myself. Walks, yoga, etc.
  84. Remember everyday how short life is and how I must take everything in and appreciate it while I am being given the chance to.
  85. Cut out coffee except for a few times a year. Right now I have decaf a few times a month.
  86. Make at least one craft with Hailey each Holiday.
  87. Work with Hailey on her math skills more.
  88. Sweep daily- I need to get into this habit now since we have pets and hardwood and Cohen will be scootin’ and crawlin’ before I know it.
  89. Make a food stockpile so we aren’t continually having to go to the store for things we should have on hand.
  90. Use less paper.
  91. Clean oven. I’ve never done this since we bought it… 2 years ago? I tried, but smoke filled the house :/
  92. Gather blankets the whole year and donate them to the homeless in December 2011.
  93. Look into eco-friendly mattresses for all of us. Expensive, but our health is worth it.
  94. Spend less time on the computer.
  95. Watch a sunset with the family.
  96. Take a vacation- even if it’s just for an afternoon.
  97. Travel somewhere in Oregon or Washington where I have never been.
  98. Get a juicer and use it every day.
  99. Talk to my Husband when things are on my mind.
  100. Remember to love myself for who I am and who I want to be. Not hate myself for who I’ve been or who I wasn’t before.

There you have it. 100 goals, big and small for 2011.


Note to Self: Staying up Late…

Filed under: Everyday Baby Stuff,Parenting — Naturally Mama @ 1:43 am

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Note to self: Staying up into the wee hours of the morning is nothing short of STUPID. When you do this, it never fails that your 2 month old will wake up at 4am, less than 2 hours after you fall asleep, and be ready to rock the day. Who are you to tell him that he’s supposed to be tired? If you hadn’t mindlessly stayed up getting a DIY tutorial ready and wasting tons of time on Facebook doing other important things [which could have waited], you wouldn’t be half-way asleep, ranting in your blog at 4:31am.


Inconvenient Preferences and 30 goals down, 70 to go! December 3, 2010

Filed under: Baby Milestones,Everyday Baby Stuff,Goals — Naturally Mama @ 7:19 pm
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In the last few days, Cohen has decided that he doesn’t enjoy the car for more than a few minutes at a time unless he’s asleep. This is pretty inconvenient, as I drive Hailey 15+ minutes each way to school every weekday. There was a rattle in the car and I figured out that sometimes, if I shake and swirl it just the right way, he will be quiet and fall asleep. I’m sure I look completely ridiculous driving down the road shaking a baby rattle. It’s over-sized and bright red/purple too, so you really can’t miss it. Lets hope this phase doesn’t last long.

Today, he was having one of his usual ‘I’m so tired but I don’t wanna go to sleep and I just don’t know what to do with myself’ meltdowns. I could only console him for a couple of minutes at a time. He was sooo tired- I’m talking rubbing his sleepy red eyes on my chest and can hardly keep his eyes open tired. So, I go to Youtube and search for ‘white noise baby’ and clicked on the first video- the sound of falling rain. This was right after reading this blog post about white noise saving a Mama’s sanity. Instantly, he’s quiet. Within 20-30 seconds, he was asleep and stayed that way for around an hour. Miracle. Needless to say, I bookmarked the white noise Youtube videos and I am thinking about buying this 60 Minute white noise MP3 from Amazon.

Last but not least, an update on my 100 goals for next yer. I’ve gotten 30 listed. Still need to come up with 70 more. It’s hard! I thought to myself ‘Eh, 100 goals… I’ll just include all of the little stuff I want/need to do and I’ll be done in no time!’

WRONG. In bold and italicized.

But, they’re on their way to being posted. I’ll just procrastinate a little longer… I’m hoping to have the list done by Sunday.



Growing so Fast.

Filed under: Baby Milestones — Naturally Mama @ 1:05 pm
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It’s time to add some new milestones Cohen has met… I know I just recently did this, but it seems like he’s starting to do something new almost everyday! He’s 11 weeks old and some new milestones he’s met are:

  • For the last few weeks, he’s been producing tears! His eyes goop up from time to time, but the ducts are mostly open and producing tiny little tears.
  • For the last week or 2, he straightens his legs when you stand him up and holds his own weight. He can do this for quite some time.
  • He’s been kicking his legs and moving his arms while awake and laying on his back more and more over the last week.

  • In the last week, he’s gained control over his neck and torso. His neck has always been very strong but it’s getting stronger. When I’m holding him, he holds his torso up and away form me somewhat- supporting himself and holding himself steady. He’s no longer slumped up against me all of the time.
  • For the past 2 or 3 weeks, he’s been bringing his hands to his mouth when he’s not hungry, just to chew and suck on them.
  • As of a few days ago, he sucks on his own tongue while awake… adorable! Here’s a picture of that one:

  • Yesterday, Daddy observed him noticing his feet! Lifting his legs up and looking at them.
  • He’s been giggling more and more. He loves for his face to be lightly touched or for you to make funny noises before you kiss him.

  • His conversations are getting longer, louder and more complex. He’s using different pitches, noises and consonants.

He’s still not loving tummy time and I know he’s supposed to be getting around 30 minutes daily, but he’s been getting about half of that. It started out in 1 or 2 minute increments in the first couple of weeks and we’ve worked our way up from there. I try to roll him over to his back before he gets upset about being on his tummy to avoid him having immediate negative feelings towards tummy time.

I realized that these 2 and a half months have already flown right by… I can hardly remember when he was simply a tiny, sleeping baby. Didn’t look into my eyes, didn’t smile, didn’t talk to me yet. We get so caught up with what our kids are doing now, we tend to forget what it took them to get there. I’ve decided that I’m going to get a blank journal from Michael’s and decorate it all awesome-like. I’m going to try and write one thing a day for the next year about the happenings of our lives.


A look into my personal life…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Naturally Mama @ 9:45 am

I’ve decided to import my personal blog into this blog. I hate going from one blog to another and I have nothing about my personal life to hide, so why not? Enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing. If you go back to older posts, you’ll see quite a few personal posts mixed in now. Feel free to check ’em out!


Procrastination is a Big, Fat B! And I'm Damn Good at it. December 2, 2010

Filed under: Goals — Naturally Mama @ 8:33 am
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My 100 goals, which I said I would start today (yesterday, technically), will be available for your viewing pleasure tomorrow. Are you jumping up and down with excitement?


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