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Cora has decided that sleeping through the night is for the birds so we had a lot of “quality” Mommy/Daughter time last night. This morning was a little rough, but I was able to go on a morning beach walk with my best friend and her son, Isaac. After the walk, and with no hope for a mommy nap, I stopped by McDonald’s to try their new iced coffee. I decided to get the large because it was only $2.09. It was 32 oz of pure bliss! Did you catch that? 32 ounces!!!!! Iced coffee is fuel for this mommy.
Typical of most stay-at-home moms, it is one of my main “jobs” to save money for the family. One way (of many) is to make my own baby food. With Eli I bought a baby food cook book and tried the recipes. I found the process to be very time consuming… ug! Now that Cora is ready for food I’m going at it again… my way! Here is a “recipe” I made up today that you can do while you are feeding lunch to your toddler and getting dinner started and switching over the laundry and…
Throw peeled carrots into a pot (you can buy the peeled baby carrots so you don’t have to peel and it will cook faster)
Fill the pot about 1/4 full of water (not too much because nutrients boil out of the carrots into the water so you will want to salvage as much as you can)
Cover and put on a low heat till the carrots are soft (this gives you plenty of time to do stuff, just check on them and stir every 15 minutes or so)
Smash with a potato masher
Puree in a blender (you may need to add more water, be sure to use all the water from the pot!!)
Add cinnamon to taste. The cinnamon will make the carrots taste like pumpkin pie… REALLY it is yummy. Only spice a portion of your mix so you can mix up the tastes for your little one.
We just received the Eli’s Lids tee shirts and they are fabulous! Of course I had to have Eli wear one out to a family dinner at Home Town Buffet (yes, my family goes there, with 20+ people’s likes to cater to… we love that place). Eli proceeded to get jello, beans, spaghetti sauce, chocolate, mac & cheese and so much more on the shirt. We got home and I scrubbed the heck out of it and then let it sit in a sink of oxiclean overnight, but many of the spots were still there. I then scrubbed it more, to no avail. After breaking a sweat and using a few choice words I noticed the hand soap…mmmm. A squirt of that and a few scrubs and the shirt was as good as new.
It seems I have been on a 8 month hiatus… that is what having another baby will do to you!! I’m now the proud mama of 2 kids. Eli will be 2 in September and Cora Jane, born Valentine’s Day ’08 (9 days late!!) is 5 1/2 months old.
Business is chugging along and I’m proud to announce that Eli’s Lids will be launching some adorable tee shirts next month.
Now if I can just figure out how to add pictures…
I had always planned to partner up with a charity, and donate a percentage of my profits to their cause. I think I have finally found the perfect charity! They work to help kids with autism get all the therapy they need. They have an amazing heart for what they do, and they REALLY do help the families they work with. When things are finalized I will reveal exactly who they are and what they do.
I got the dreaded signature and it was much easier than I thought it would be. The landlord was very nice… even sweet. Then I made my fourth trek to the city to get everything paid for and turned in. I even got to answer a question with “I own my own business.” That was monumental for me. So if anyone out there needs help starting a business feel free to ask me questions and I’ll help… I may ever write a book about it