Archive for February, 2009

It’s so nice to have family in town

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by katiejessen

Yesterday, O and I went to Mamaw’s house so he could play with her and his cousins.

O only 3 weeks older

O only 3 weeks older





Breakfast Nook—-almost done

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2009 by katiejessen

The round table fits perfectly….

I love my chairs bought for a great deal on Craigslist…

Oliver is enjoying his highchair….

My parents old plates are hung….

My sisters chandelier works great…

Three shades darker paint adds good depth in a subtle way…




A little diaper changing entertainment

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2009 by katiejessen
2D Paper Toads & Frogs

2D Paper Toads & Frogs


Homemade Baby Food

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2009 by katiejessen

I’m making my own baby food and it is not as scary as it sounds. So far, we’ve tried banana, avocado, sweet potatoes and pears. Next is butternut squash. A friend of mine gave me a really great book, “Super Baby Food,” by Ruth Yaron. The book teaches you everything you need to know about feeding your baby and kids homemade.  Ruth states in the book that making your own baby food costs 1/3 of what it would to buy it. WOW, that is amazing and it’s surprisingly easy.

Banana- Peel and mash w/ a fork.  This is the easiest.  

Avocado-  Peel when ripe and puree in blender, food processor or even with a fork.

Pears- Wash, cut in chunks and puree in blender or food processor




Sweet Potatoes- Wash, bake in oven when cooking dinner, peel and puree in blender or food processor


Butternut Squash- Wash, cut in half, clean out seeds, chop, steam for 25 min. and puree in blender or food processor




All of these foods can be frozen. As soon as you puree, fill ice cube trays or baby food storage containers, cover and freeze overnight. Store in good freezer bags. Each ice cube is approx. 1 oz. Pull out amount for feeding and enjoy!

This is just the beginning….I’ll post more as I make it.

I Love It When Things Just Work

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 by katiejessen

You just have to get creative and try things. This chicken I bought at Hobby Lobby for $2 in the 80% off section. I would have never even considered it before I saw this idea done at my friend Jess’ house. Thanks Jess for inspiring me! I tore the back off of the blue frame (which I’ve had for a long time) and then just TRIED to fit the wooden frame inside and it fit. The wooden frame is another one of the garage sale finds (box full for $1). Then, I placed the chicken inside and it fit. No glue needed and it’s now hanging in my kitchen by one nail. So, just play around with things. Get creative when shopping whether it’s at a garage sale or department store. You have it in you….I know it.

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Plan, plan, plan and you’ll save $, $, $

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2009 by katiejessen

You will be amazed how much money you’ll save if you plan out your meals before grocery shopping. Here is my menu for next week with all of the recipes on a cork board hanging in my pantry. My sister made that cork board for me out of wine corks (LOVE IT) and the chalk board is just an old cabinet door painted w/chalk board paint.


Who wouldn’t want to eat in this????

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2009 by katiejessen

This is O’s new highchair. It’s actually the same one I ate in as a child but looks different thanks to my Dad. He spent many many hours stripping layers of paint and staining it for our sweet boy. We can’t thank you enough Dad for all of your hard work…..we LOVE it and love you.