Archive | December, 2010

November Reads

12 Dec

Some November Reads

I know it’s already the middle of December but I thought I’d share what I’ve been reading lately.  (I went on vacation and meant to post this before.) 

  • Because He Loves Me-A WONDERFUL book.  If you are looking for a last-minute Christmas gift this is a great one.  Not only is the book inspirational, but it overflows with practical applications for the believer to apply the Gospel to all areas of their life.  I have already read it a couple of times and each time it speaks straight to my heart.  A great book to read alone or to read in a group.  My church used it for a Ladies Summer Bible Study one year.
  • Choosing Gratitude-Do you struggle to be truly grateful for all that you have?  I think everyone can be more grateful.  As believers it is clear that God desires for His people to have hearts overflowing in Thanksgiving.  One of my goals the past month or so has been to cultivate a more grateful heart so this was perfect. 
  • The Person of Christ-I read this book for school along with The Work of Christ.  Honestly I found it kind of dull and wouldn’t recommend it.  There are better books out there.  If you are looking to read a book about the person of Christ I would instead recommend: Jesus and the Gospels by Blomberg or Jesus the Messiah by Stein.
  • Williams Sonoma-Kid’s Parties-GREAT.  I really enjoyed this book.  Enough that if I found it really cheap I would probably buy it.  I actually used the Lemon Cake and Lemon Icing recipe for Elijah’s birthday cake.  (pictures to follow tomorrow) 🙂  This book had excellent ideas for birthday parties for kids 3 and up.  Not much about birthday ideas for a one year old.
  • Eating Well 500 Calories-GREAT.  As we try to continually pursue a healthy lifestyle I found this book to help us stay within our goal of healthy yet nutritious food.  We really enjoyed 2 soup recipes from this book. 
  • Perfect Table Settings-okay so this one might sound pretty nerdy but it was really cool.  It contains about 100 different ways to fold napkins.  Can you believe there are that many ways to fold a napkin.  I think before reading this book I knew about 3 folds now I know a couple more.  It also includes step by step photos that anyone could follow.  Especially great for the holiday season where we tend to use fancy napkin folds and china more. 
  • Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery-had lots of ideas and even inspired me to make Chocolate Cupcakes for Eli’s birthday.  I’d like to eventually be more creative in the area of cakes and cupcakes.  I figure there will always be birthdays so there will always be a need for cake. 
  • Confetti Cakes-another inspiring book.  This one focuses more on using fondant.  Currently I am a little scared of it but maybe someday.

So that’s most of what I’ve been reading the past month.  What good books have you been reading lately?

A Daddy/Daughters Trip to Florida (+ Eli)

10 Dec

My sisters and Dad at the beach.

This past week I was blessed to be able to take a trip with my two sisters, Dad, and Elijah to spend a relaxing week in Florida.  It was wonderful!  A much-needed break after a long semester (we left the morning after my finals.)  🙂  Hope you enjoy some pictures only wish we had taken more!

Eli on his first plane ride. He was pretty good I think he's going to take after his mom! We found an empty Mentos Gum container to be one of his favorite toys on the plane.

Eli at the beach

Sadly Eli hated the sand and was pretty scared of the ocean.

Eli enjoying the waves with his Papaw from the beach.

My sister Katelyn enjoying the waves.

Almost bliss.

Sisters' Footprints

I think he's a little young what do you think?

We even managed to find a library on our vacation. 🙂

My baby sister Bekah turned 10 while we were in Vero Beach. This is the cake Katelyn and I made for her. My Dad surprised her by taking her to DisneyWorld the next day!

As you can see we had a great time.  I feel so blessed to have been able to spend some great time with my Dad and sisters.  It isn’t often that I get to see them so much.  We are settling back in to a routine at home and looking forward to Saturday when Elijah will turn 1! 🙂

Sew a Travel Cloth High Chair

8 Dec

It was wonderful having along a travel high chair on our recent trip to Florida. 🙂

I just got home from a wonderful Daddy/Daughter week-long trip to Florida.  (Eli went too).  The night before I left it occurred to me that I don’t have a high chair in Florida.  I didn’t want to spend the money to buy one just for while we are there but I also didn’t want to struggle with my wiggle worm for a whole week trying to feed him on my lap.  I remembered seeing a portable high chair that you tied to a chair in some baby boutique store online.  There wasn’t time to order such a thing but I thought I bet I could sew something that would work.  I looked around online and adapted  this mama sew’s stuff’s to what I had on hand.  I wish I would have thought to make something like this sooner.  It would have been really handy to have.  Especially when we were just going over to dinner at a friend’s house.  Since it is cloth it rolls right up and could easily be stored in a diaper bag.

First make your patterns out of Pattern Ease or Newspaper.  Make a rectangle 37″ X 7″ this is the waist belt, one 19″ X 11.5″ this is the seat and the third one (the connector piece) 4.5″ X 3″.  For the belt mark the center of the length and mark 2.5″ on each side.  This will be where the connector piece is inserted.  Also mark the center on one of the short sides of the seat and note the 2.5″ mark on each side. I also rounded the edges of the seat and belt by using a juice cup as I thought it gave it a nicer finished look.  You will need 2 pieces of fabric and batting.  (I actually used part of a sheet I cut up and a curtain panel.)  Quilted fabric would also be great for this but it is kind of expensive. 

I like to cut out all of the pieces at once to save time. I like to place the batting on the inside before pinning down my pattern pieces.

Pin down pattern pieces and cut out.

 

To sew the waist belt place the 2 fabric pieces right sides together and the batting on top. Sew all around the edges leaving 3" open. Sew the seat in the same manner.

Turn right side out. Press the seat and waist belt pieces with an iron.

For the connector place the pieces right sides together and sew down each long side. Turn right side out and topstitch along edges.

Insert the connector piece into the opening of the seat and waist belt. Pin in place. Sew in place. I also reinforced this by sewing it a couple of times.

Cut a piece of velcro 2" X 5". Place a piece of velcro 1.5" from the edge of the waist belt. Sew the scratchy side to the outside of the belt.

Sew the soft side to the inside. Make sure before you sew this on that when you fold up the high chair it will attach to the scratchy side.

Insert baby and enjoy! Here Elijah tries it out right before our flight. Doesn't he look sleepy. 🙂