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Aug 26, 2013

Organized Laundry Closet

I have had the laundry closet on my list of projects for a while now. It's one of those projects that I knew would only take a little while yet for some reason never got around to it. I finally completed it this morning and I love how it turned out! My closet is located in my half bath right off of my kitchen, which I love. I do wish I had a laundry "room". With a family of 5 the bathroom floor gets covered in laundry in no time! This is the bath that guests use, wishing I had a laundry room so I could just close the door! Ha!

I had the original shelf all the way across the top of the closet. (pictures below) However, I am very short (5'1") and it is hard to reach the detergent up there, especially if I purchase the large size. So I went to Walmart and purchased a 3 ft shelf for $11. Took out hubby's leveler and power drill and got to work :) I love the end result!

Here is my laundry room with the door shut (I just repainted this bath and will do a post later this week on that, waiting to put my cabinet back together that I painted :)

Here it is with the door open.

To the left, I have hung a command hook for my swiffer sweeper.

Top shelf: I store my swiffer extras. The green basket (from the dollar store) houses extra light bulbs. I also have large lawn trash bags, ziploc vacuum seal bags, and extra Lysol wipes.

The white basket holds toilet paper for this bathroom. The blue basket (also dollar tree) has my cleaning rags. This works great, as soon as the come out of the dryer they get thrown in the basket! Also extra kitchen paper towels.

My new shelf! Yes, it is wire and the other is wood, but this IS the laundry closet so it doesn't need to be perfect. :) I have all laundry related items on this shelf. Easy to reach, easy to organize. :)

The green basket holds stain removers and my 3 drawer organizer holds extra items like Dryel, delicate washer bags, washer cleaner (a mush have for HE washers!) and color catchers (these work great), etc.

I am so happy with how this laundry closet turned out! Now on to my next project! One at a time. :)

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Aug 20, 2013

Husband tag!

You may have seen the YouTube videos on the husband/boyfriend tag. One of my favorite YouTubers is Tiffany D (for her channel click HERE) I thought it was so cute and a fun way to have a fun conversation, so hubby and I sat down for a Q&A sesh. I have to say, he did pretty good! Here is what he his exact words. :) H

1. She's sitting in front of the tv, what is on the screen?
The wives or whatever that show is (I do watch real housewives!)
2.  You're out to eat what kind of dressing does she get on her salad?
Thousand Island (correct!)
3.  What's one food she doesn't like?
You like all kind of food, mama (correct!)
4.  You go out to eat and have a drink, what does she order?
Dr. (correct!)
5.  What size shoe does she wear?
6 (correct!)
6.  If she was collecting anything, what would it be?
Junk (lol)
7.  What is her favorite type of sandwich?
BLT (correct!)
8.  What would this person eat every day if she could?
A bowl of cereal (I do lol)
9.  What is her favorite cereal?
Frosted Flakes (correct!)
10. What is her favorite music?
You like country (correct!)
11.  What's her favorite sports team?
I wouldn't know it...You like baseball so I would say Atlanta Braves (correct!)
12. What's her eye color?
Dark brown (correct!)
13.  Who's her best friend?
Me (double correct!)
14.  What's her heritage/where is she from?
Half Korean (correct!)
15.  You bake her a cake for her birthday, what kind of cake do you bake?
You don't really like a whole lot of cake, but if I had to guess it would be chocolate because you like chocolate. I like ice cream cake (thanks for making sure I new you liked ice cream cake...;) and I am a chocolholic, but my favorite cake is pound cake :)
16.  Did she play any sports?
Yes, soccer, cross running (correct! cross country :)
17.  What could she spend hours doing?
Facebook, computer, blogging (Obviously I need to spend more time OFF the computer, lol)
18.  What is one unique talent she has?
Loving everyone (awe!)

There was one more that asked what is one thing that he does that makes me ill, or something like that. We skipped that one because we don't like to bring up the things we don't like in each other. :)

This was fun! Sit down with your significant other and have a questions session to see how much they really pay attention! Tony knew way more than I thought he would. Never underestimate a man, even though you don't think they pay attention to details, they do! <3

Crockpot Yogurt

Good morning! 

wrapped up in cozy beach towels :)

Ty eats yogurt every morning for breakfast. He loves it. However, it is almost impossible to find yogurt that isn't laden with sugar but full fat. It seems like every yogurt is low fat or fat free. Growing baby brain needs lots of good fats. :) So dilemma solved, I'll make my own.

I found several recipes, but most made TONS of yogurt, and with a shelf life of 2 weeks or so, Ty and I could not eat that much. So I found THIS recipe and could not wait to get started! I followed the recipe exactly but added a teaspoon of vanilla the same time I added yogurt. YUM! I am making this again with sweetener and strawberries for the girls. :) This made 1 quart of yogurt, the actual size I buy in the store!

  • 1 quart of milk, preferably full fat
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt with live-active cultures
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  1. Pour the milk into your crock pot and turn the heat on medium or high. You want to heat the milk very slowly until it reaches 180°F (30 mins to 1 hour).
  2. Turn off the slow cooker, unplug, and allow the milk to cool to 120°F (about 30 mins).
  3. While waiting for the milk to cool, measure out your plain yogurt starter and allow it to come to room temperature.
  4. Once milk is 120°F, add the yogurt and stir gently until it is fully incorporated.
  5. Cover with lid and then wrap the slow cooker with several towels.
  6. Set it where it will be undisturbed for 6 to 8 hours. Yogurt likes a quiet, still environment to ferment.
  7. Place the cultured yogurt into the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before eating to ensure that it’s fully set.
  8. Enjoy!

This was so easy and yummy!

Aug 14, 2013

How I organize my: Diaper Bag

Hello fellow mommies! I decided to write a post today about how I like to organize my diaper bag. Now after a day out and toys and diapers being thrown in and out it gets totally disheveled. So when I re-pack it each time, I take an extra 45 seconds :) and reorganize it.

I decided to do this post today because I just WON a beautiful diaper bag over at The Married Life Blog (click HERE) She does so many giveaways and reviews. Head over and check her out! Tell her the Busy Bee Mommy sent you :)

The bag I won is the Ooyoo Betsy bag (click HERE). 

When putting things in my bag, I put them in vertically so they are easy to grab. I love using Ziploc bags to organize and I rarely use the pockets inside. :)

This is the Betsy:

This is my Vera Bradley: (I love this diaper bag and would recommend it a million times :)

Inside the bag:
  • The plaid 31 thermal tote is where I keep my diapers, wipes, and changing pad. I like keeping them together in a bag because it makes it easy to just pull out that one thing rather than fish around for each item. Also, if I run in somewhere to change his diaper, I only have to grab this one bag.
  • The black 31 cosmetic case on the left: My walking pharmacy. I have used this for years. If the girls need a bandaid, they yell "check the walking pharmacy" lol. I have benedryl, dramamine, Ibuprofen, etc. in here. I may do a post on it at some point. :)
  • The polka dot 31 tote (do you see a 31 trend :) This is MY bag. I have my compact, lipstick, etc.
  • I used a quart size Ziploc for Ty's medicine etc. I have gas drops, teething tablets, desitin, tylenol, clippers, lotion, and soap. 
  • I also used a quart size bag for his handy wipes: Boogie wipes, paci wipes, and antibacterial buddy wipes (see picture below)
  • The black bag far right is a thermal bag I received in my parting bag from the hospital. I keep his food in there (see picture below)
  • I have a drool bib
  • extra outfit
  • and a compact reusable tote

 Food bag: Ziploc with spoons and a paper towel, his food bib, pouches (I use these for travel) and his puffs. I also pack his bottle in this bag if we are going somewhere during milk time.

Wipes bag:

This is how I organize my bag! Depending on where we are going I will throw a couple of toys and a book in as well. Most often I will have an extra pacifier in here as well (in a side pocket)

Hope you have a fabulous Wednesday!

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Aug 13, 2013

7 & 8 Month update!

Time to move the crib down again!

Weight & length:  On his 8 month birthday: about 26" long and 16.8 pounds

Sleeping:  Still up every 3 hours. While learning how to scoot and crawl, more often. He is now on the standard 2 nap a day schedule (except while working on a big developmental step)

Eating: Still nursing on demand and eating 3 meals a day. He is eating all kinds of pureed foods. Also puffs and toast with butter, banana, or egg yolk. 

Diapers: Size 3

Clothing:  Still in 6 months

Hair: Dark brown, getting so thick now! Still has his adorable hairline and has horrible bedhead! so cute.

Eyes: dark, dark brown like mine. :)

Personality:  Still the happiest in the morning. What a personality he has! He has started getting a little shy and will hide his face in my chest when someone is taking to him. He is perfect when we take him places and lets people hold him easily. He does great during church, etc. He is such a joy.  He is our little observer.  He is so content on sitting and watching and taking in the world around him. He is more sensitive to the tone of our voice, especially daddy's.

Milestones: Oh goodness, he is rolling all over the  place, scooting and trying to crawl! He loves to sit but wants to stand holding on to things. He can pull himself up holding on to certain things and can walk holding our hands! 

Firsts: Went to the park for the first time, LOVED IT! First wedding and first family beach trip.