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DIY Cord Organizer

I have been itching to do a DIY project for a while, but needed something that would be quick and simple, and this little project fit the bill. It was a perfect father’s day gift for my wonderful hubs, who travels and likes to keep things super organized!

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You will only need a few things…

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-1/4 yard of fabric

-1/4 yard of fake leather or vinyl

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-Snap buttons

-Exacto knife or rotary cutter

-Metal ruler

-Matte cutting board

-Pencil

-Fabric glue

-Fray Check

Then you can follow this tutorial like I did. The only step I added was to use fabric to line the inside of the rolls.

IMG_3417I cut the fabric the same size as the leather, applied fray check to the edges, then used fabric glue to adhere the fabric to the leather. Once dry, you can quickly and gently iron the fabric to seal completely!

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I think it turned out pretty cool, and Drew says it works well on the go! Score!

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I plan on making some for gifts in the future. The middle size works well and is what Drew uses most often (If you feel like just tackling one).

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Sunday Morning Oatmeal

My husband Drew travels most weeks. On those days, his meals consist of things you would expect a traveling man  to consume-granola bars and deli sandwiches. The thought of this makes my heart hurt. I have always believed that food has the ability to heal us from the inside out. There is something about a warm, homemade meal that makes you feel loved, taken care of, and at peace. So, on the weekends, I try to make up for the lack of food love he gets on the road.

I have to be completely honest, the past  months have been challenging for me to commit to cooking amongst the chaos and business life brings. But more recently I have been workin’ my little kitchen’s tail off, loving every minute of  it, and I have to say…so does Drew. This is one of those recipes that came about based on what I had in my pantry a few weeks ago, and it has now become a requested staple in our house. You have got to try it!

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YEILDS: 2 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups water

pinch of salt

1 cup oats

1 1/2 tablespoons light brown sugar, lightly packed

1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 cup whole pecans (I prefer honey roasted or salted)

1 banana, peeled and sliced

1/4 cup golden raisins

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Directions:

Bring the water and salt to a boil in a small saucepan.

Lower the heat to medium-low. Add the oats and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 minutes or until desired consistency is reached.

Off the heat, stir in the sugar and syrup.

Serve topped with pecans, banana slices, and raisins.

*If you have a little one, these oatmeal balls are a perfect for them to handle right at the table with Mom and Dad! Eli loves them.

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Using the package directions on the oatmeal, prepare a serving size of 3 instead of 2. After the oats are done cooking, let cool slightly, then scoop balls using an ice cream scoop.

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Sprinkle with cinnamon, and store in the refrigerator for a few minutes while you prepare the “grown up” oatmeal. Once cooled, serve them up and enjoy watching your babe make a mess!

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Baby-Led Weaning

Hi Lovelies!

It seems like forever since I have posted, and well, I guess it has been. I took a little mental break, but can’t wait to catch you guys up on all we have been up to! Eli is now seven and a half months old, and I can hardly stand it! I’m putting together a few six and seven month highlights for those of you who don’t get to see the little man often and will post that this week. But, the most exciting new development with him has been baby-led weaning.

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We started introducing food at six months. We wanted to wait until he was able to sit up on his own, and was dexterous enough with his hands to handle finger foods. Banana slices in a mesh teether was his first taste of real food, and he devoured the entire banana…through the teether…we figured he was quite ready.

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I had heard about baby-led weaning through the grapevine of bloggers and youtube mommies I follow. It seemed like an interesting concept, so I decided to read into it (I highly recommend Baby-Led Weaning by Tracey Murkett and Gill Rapley). For those of you who aren’t familiar with this concept, let me give you a brief summary:

Baby-led weaning is based on the idea that babies are able to feed themselves whole food from six months of age, when they naturally begin to reach for food (they still full time breastfeed for all of their nutrients).

Under careful supervision, they should be able to explore suitably sized pieces of food in their natural states. The colors, textures, smells, and pure tastes are all important when introducing a new food because that is what makes it exciting. You lose a lot of these experiences when you puree food.

BLW fosters independence-babies are able to choose which foods they wish to eat, how they want to eat it, and when they are finished. (This was a biggie for me because Eli has always been breastfed and I was not used to “measuring out food” for him. He let me know when he was full, and he now does with food as well.)

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And, that’s pretty much it! It is really simple, and has been one of the most fun things I have done with Eli. I love cooking for him, and he enjoys exploring, and making an utter mess. You get to learn what your baby likes and dislikes, and watch their little minds, mouths, and hands learn each time they are placed at the table.

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In my next few posts, I will share a bit more on how we operate around here at mealtime, so look out for those posts in the next few days!

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