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Month: September 2017

Last night at our house

2:00 am

Baby: I would like some milk please.

Mama: no problem 

2:45

Mama puts Baby back in bed. Baby doesn’t sleep, she plays.

3:15

Mama: maybe if you have more milky you will sleep.

Baby: no thank you. 

Mama puts Baby back in bed. Baby plays. Mama googles natural shampoos for oily hair and puts some in her Amazon cart.

4:00 

Baby: I’m tired of being by myself.

Mama: would you like more milk?

Baby: yes please

4:15

Baby, asleep, is put back in bed. 

Mama goes back to bed.

5:30

Alarm goes off.

Mama: nope

6:00

Baby: I’d like some milky please.

Mama: seriously? … ok

Baby has a little milk and goes back to bed. Mama, tired, goes about her morning.

8:00

Baby: good morning!

Mama: good morning, I’m so happy to see you!

Mother culture 


We are planning to homeschool our children and being the person that I am I have already started digging into preparations. I’ve been listening to audiobooks and podcasts and following lovely Instagram accounts all pertaining to homeschooling. I may have even purchased some materials.

One of the things I’ve come across in my research is the term “mother culture.” It has to do with making sure your own cup is full so you have a source from which to give to your family. The two main things that fill my cup are reading and knitting, so I have been trying to make even just a little time each day for these pursuits.

I’ve been giving the babies “free play” time each day. By that I mean that for about half an hour I am not doing anything to entertain them, and while I am sitting with them and paying attention to them, I am keeping my interactions to a minimum. This gives them time to move, explore, and concentrate how they would like and me time for a little knitting.

When my daughter was tiny I could knit while she was in my arms. Around 3 months she grew too heavy for that to be comfortable, and quickly too easily distractable to even attempt it. So I mostly played on my phone while she ate. Recently I discovered that in the evening when she is sleepy and pretty focused on eating I can read while she eats. Amazing! So a bit of time for reading a real book, not just listening to an audiobook while doing something else has been created as well. I just wish I had thought of this sooner!

I would love to know how other mamas find time to feed their own souls.

All the best,

Rebekah

PS, this book is lovely so far! The Blue Jay’s Dance by Louise Erdrich (affiliate link)

Baking day

So I had some bananas that were too far gone for baby food and a hankering for baked goods. I usually use the most delicious family recipe to make banana bread but with some seriously dreary weather (the edges of Irma) I wanted something a little more fall-like. A quick perusal of the Smitten Kitchen website and I found her Jacked Up Banana Bread. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and I had all the ingredients. Perfect! I did not jack mine up but I did add ⅓ cup each walnuts and chocolate chips.

​I used a handy trick I learned from the Great British Baking Show (my favorite contestant ever, Martha) to fill my muffin cups. Perfect every time! The recipe is supposed to make one loaf and it perfectly filled 12 muffin cups which is less than my usual recipe, but just the right amount for my husband and me.


These really hit the spot!

All the best,

Rebekah

PS, this post contains affiliate links.

diy playsilks

Playsilks, some of the most beautiful open-ended toys with the most versatile and longest lasting lifespans. All the things I look for in choosing toys and I really wanted some for my little one but the pretty, hand-dyed ones I found on Etsy were cost-prohibitive for us right now. So I did a little google search and found some tutorials on how to dye your own. I ordered silks from Dharma Trading Co. and the rest of the materials I had on hand. After reading through several posts this is what I did:

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Materials:

Directions:

  1. Wash the silks. I washed them with my regular laundry and hung to dry and I carefully cut off the little tags. (I always wash on cold with a natural detergent.)
  2. Soak silks in hot tap water with a bit of vinegar to prep. I allowed each silk to soak as I dyed the one before. (I did not change out this water.) IMG_5722.jpg
  3. In a large pot you won’t mind possibly getting stained combine equal parts hot (nearly boiling) water and vinegar and a generous amount of food coloring to achieve desired effect. (The amount of dye bath you need is determined by how many silks you are dyeing at a time and the size of the pot you use. I used two cups each, but should’ve probably used more as it was hard to cover my entire silk the dye bath was so shallow in the big pot I used. I didn’t measure the food coloring, just eyeballed it. The only color I wish was a bit more vibrant is the orange, but I can always dye it again to make the color stronger.)IMG_5729
  4. Let sit on low heat, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes or until the dye is absorbed. (I added more coloring as needed to the dye bath by clearing the silk out of the way before pouring it in. When a secondary color needed more dye I mixed it in a glass, added a TBS of water/vinegar from the pot to check the color, and then added it to the pot.)IMG_5736IMG_5737IMG_5738.jpg
  5. Rinse in cold water until it runs clear. (My water ran clear from the beginning, the color didn’t run at all.)
  6. Change water/vinegar for each new color. (I changed for each “set” of colors. For example, I did red and then added yellow and red to the same water to do orange, but changed the water for yellow and green and then again for blue and purple.)IMG_5742.jpg
  7. Dry in the dryer. Iron if you wish.

Notes: some tutorials suggested using gloves to keep your hands from getting stained. Because my dye bath was so hot I used kitchen tongs to stir and move my silks until they were cool enough to handle. My hands were not stained at all. My pot is stainless steel and also did not get stained. You don’t have to worry about using a special, non-cooking pot if you use food coloring like you would with acid dyes.IMG_5770.jpg For my rainbow silk I measured the first 10” section and then just eyeballed it from there. I used metal clothes pins to pin it to the sides of the pot so only the section I was dying at the time got in the bath. I was also very mindful of keeping the edges rolled up and out of the way of my gas stovetop. I rinsed it in between each color and I was careful to rinse down towards the already dyed sections, just in case, even though my dyes didn’t actually run.fullsizeoutput_1f75 This was a really fun, easy project and only took a little over an hour from start to finish to do all seven silks. We have had lots of fun playing with them already!

All the best,

Rebekah

PS, this post contains affiliate links.

Hello and welcome!

I’m so glad you’ve stumbled on my little corner of the internet. In my first post I want to take the opportunity to introduce myself and share my heart for this blog. Most of this content can be found in the “about me” tab in the future.

My name is Rebekah, I’m a 30-something wife and mama. My husband Tony, my daughter, and I live in the piedmont triad area of North Carolina. We love our home state and our dream is to move to the mountains one of these days. Speaking of dreams, that is largely what this blog will be about, our journey towards achieving the dreams we have for our family. I want to document our journey in a way which helps to grow my husband’s network marketing business and inspires others on a similar journey.

My hope is that a public documentation of our journey will provide accountability as we seek to live our lives with intention. This will be the primary focus of the blog. I also hope to help build a customer base for the products we use and believe in which we sell through Amway. This will be a secondary focus of the blog. There are many families and individuals seeking to provide extra income, or work towards a full time income, through network marketing businesses and I hope sharing our journey with Amway will be helpful and inspirational to others on a similar journey.

As a new wife and mother with a bit more than the usual life experience brought to these relationships I would like to share my journey towards creating the loving and beautiful home I envisioned for my family for so many years. Having worked with children professionally before becoming Mama, I hope to offer a unique take on motherhood to my readers as we love, nurture, and educate our children. At the moment I also do family childcare which allows me to stay home with Little Miss and still help with the family budget.

My interests, hobbies, and quirks that you may hear about from time to time include:

  • Reading, personally (for pleasure and growth) and with the little ones
  • Knitting, oh so much knitting!
  • Other projects, crafts, and handwork
  • Cloth diapers and other ways to “go green and save green”
  • Frugal but healthy meal planning (the struggle is real)
  • Shopping small and local on a budget
  • DIY in general, esp for home decor and things for the little ones
  • Our plans for home education and learning through play and everyday experiences
  • The activities I do with my baby and our childcare little ones
  • How on earth do mamas juggle all this?! (Help! I need to hear from you!)

In order to protect our children’s privacy I won’t be using their real names and you won’t see pictures of their faces here or on my public Instagram account. I love Instagram! I hope you’ll follow me there too, but I will say that I am not a photographer and my pictures are all taken with my iPhone. I just can’t add another hobby right now, and even if I could it would probably be spinning or canning. I’m on Ravelry, Pinterest, and Twitter as well (username for all three is flutterbysong) but I’m not very active anywhere but Instagram.

So I hope that gives you a good idea of what you’ll find here and I hope you’ll join me on the journey. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I’m going to do my best to make it fun around here!

All the best,

Rebekah

PS, it turns out there’s a bit of a learning curve to getting the technology to work well. I hope you’ll have grace for me as I figure this all out!