Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Recipe for Homemade Baby Formula Made With Goat's Milk

There are a lot of reasons why parents would rather feed their baby homemade formula than store bought formula. For me, I did the research and concluded that in my opinion the homemade versions were a healthier alternative. You may notice that I said "versions"- Yes, there is a lot of different recipes out there and it's hard to decide which one you want to use and which one you fully trust. This recipe below is just one of many. I'm lucky I didn't have to try out a few and figure out what worked best. My baby seemed to love this goat milk formula from the get go and I've never had problems with it. I will say, however, that I do not add the nutritional yeast. My boys (including my husband) have always had skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis due to a yeast sensitivity. The more research you do you'll see that the formulas are quite flexible and you can decide what's best for you and your baby. Please keep in mind, I'm not a doctor. I'm just a parent who got this recipe from another website and am saying it's a good fit for us. I am also breastfeeding for the majority of our feedings so I can not tell you how baby would thrive on this formula alone. I only use it as a supplement on occasions. 



This will make 36 oz.

4 cups powdered goats milk (8 scoops pdr. & 4 c. water- dilute more at first)











1/4 cup of kefir (start baby on yogart at 7-8 months & stop usage)












1/4 teaspoon bifodobacterium infantis











1/4 teaspoon acerola powder (this is for vitamin c)











2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil (this acts as an antifungal found in breast milk)

1 teaspoon unrefined sunflower oil (this is for vitamin e)

1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon cod liver oil 

2 teaspoons maple syrup (for carbohydrates)

2 teaspoons black strap molasses (decrease if stool is too loose)

2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (this is for vitamin b)


* Blend & Refrigerate!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Baby Bo's First Photo Shoot (2 weeks old)

 This is the only photo I did not take myself. Jonah, my 6 year old took this wonderful picture! I didn't even have to crop it. I did however make it black & white.
 I wasn't sure if the sunflower hat would be too feminine, but I couldn't resist.



 This is my favorite picture. He's in a blanket my mother had bought for him. It is really too big for him, but made a great photo prop anyhow.
 BABY FEET!!!



 Bo was getting cranky at this point, so even though I wanted more with the camo blanket, he wasn't having it. I'm happy though to get a picture with his eyes open.
3 sets of feet. This was a difficult picture to take. Not to mention trying to photoshop the dirt off of my kids feet. Though, photoshoping was easier than actually making them clean their feet.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Some Before and After Pictures of Home Repair/Cleaning


 Who likes drop ceilings? Certainly, not I! 

Everyone I talked to told me that I couldn't paint these babies because they would sag, but I googled the crap out of the subject and turns out a lot of people paint drop ceilings with success.

This is a picture of a before tile that is surrounded by freshly painted ones. The difference is tremendous. 


This is the edging tool I used to paint the drop ceiling tiles with. This aloud me to coat them with a very thin layer ensuring I would not cause my tiles to sag. 

I also used primer to paint them with for a couple of reasons. One, I'm cheap and had plenty of primer left over. And Second, it looked nice leaving a whiter than white appearance with a flat finish. 

To sum up, drop ceilings are unsightly even when they're new, but painting them or just plain replacing them makes a huge difference in appearance.


 My grandmother gave me this rug along with this Little Green Machine, which is pretty much a smaller version of a carpet shampooer. When I received the rug from her it was dirty and dingy looking from years of pets walking and perhaps even using the bathroom on it. I'm not a big fan of a lot of cleaning products, but I must say this Little Green Machine did a wonderful job of cleaning this rug. Of course, having a full sized carpet shampooer would be best, but for someone who doesn't have one or is just looking to spot clean this baby is a great alternative.
You can see the huge difference the Little Green Machine made in this picture. There's an actual line in the rug that defines the part I cleaned and the part that's still dirty.







If you're smart do not buy Grout Bully!
This is a product that is worthless! 

Again, another cleaning product my grandmother gave me (I would never buy something like this from TV), but since it was given to me I thought I might as well try it. Well, even I was astonished. I knew it would suck, but I never imagined it would suck so much! Not only did it do nothing, but it made my grout look worse than before leaving a nasty film over my grout and tile. 

I have terracotta tile just like the picture above and my tile still looks like the before picture on the left. 

I did steam clean the tile, which did clean it, but did very little for actually whitening the grout. 



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A Whirlwind of a Year... So Far

It's already April and flying by is an understatement. The home school year is almost over and busy, busy, busy is the word that has described our last few months. 

I'm currently going on my 6st month of pregnancy. Yes, I said 6! I know, I just found out I was expecting! Compared to my last two pregnancies this one is, yes you guessed it, flying by. I don't even think I've taken one picture of myself. I haven't been a total flake though, I have made some pregnancy vlogs for youtube so somethings have been documented. 

We found out last month that we are having a boy! Yep, our third boy! Crazy, right? I was honestly disappointed at first, but now, of course I'm pretty happy about it. 

Steve's been doing great in school, but he's still gotta ways to go for that degree. Did I mention, he made the Deen's list? Though, anyone who knows Steve knows he's a bit of an over achiever, so this is no surprise. 

Soon Jonah will be out of Kindergarten and Max will be moving on to the fourth grade. Hard to believe, for me anyway. Even harder to believe that when I start this third child into school, Jonah will be in the 6th grade and Max will be entering high school! Perhaps Max can help school this third one, lol. 

And amongst all of that, we've been house hunting! We got a realtor, we got approved for a loan, now it's just up to finding the right house, which hasn't been easy. After three months of non-stop searching, our current place doesn't look so bad. I'm ready to throw in the towel for a little while and just stick around here. 

Welp, that's been our year, so far, still busy and always exhausted. All in all, life's still pretty good. ; )

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012: Year in Review

Another year's gone by so it's that time again to recap all the special moments.

January 


Steve's 32nd Birthday!


 3DS cake I made him.








 February



The boys got to handle reptiles at our local college. 












 March


Us at Jackson Park. 








 April


We took the boys to Jackson ball field to teach them baseball.




 









 Our Family Photo for the year taken at McDonaugh Park.











 1st fishing trip of the year.










 May



Another trip to McDonaugh Park. This time we hiked and had a pic-nic in the woods. 
























Max's King Cobra Science Project for the 2nd grade.










 June


All of us at Great Grandma Judy's house having a marshmallow roast. 












 Our first camping trip of the year and ever!


Our tents at North Bend State Park.


 The boys roughin' it.



 Steve's solar panel set up.




A serious fisherman.










 July


Daddy letting the boys and our neighbor, Kayla play with sparklers.






 
 Slip 'n Slide at grandma Judy's!




  



 August



Swimming!!!









Max going bunging at the mall.








 September



Bowling!!!









 October


Pumkin Fun!!!



Nothing better than homemade Halloween Costumes!
 November


An attempt at Karate class. 










 Sis-n-law, Pam's 28th Birthday Party!
 Her baby, Winter.
 Lol, she was actually 28.





 The whole gang.









 Oopsy, this was for October.

Our bat decorations.
 Jonah in his homemade indian head band.
I found out I am Preggos... again.










 December


Another hike in McDonaugh Park. 






Jonah playing dress up as Link.