Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Table Setting

I had to replace my old worn and ripped vinyl table cloth and decided to make a formal table setting. It is the first time I had done so, so I really tried to make it look great.

I started by finding some fall colored placemats with light orange, dark orange, brown, and off-white. I purchased several years ago but had never used. I had 6 placemats, 6 off-white napkins, and 2 orange napkins.

I used the 6 matching white napkins to go at each place setting with plain folds and I found a tutorial for fancy napkin folding and came up with one that would stand upright!

 Here are 28 ways to fold napkins by BuzzFeed and the tutorial I used below for a crown fold can be found here.

I reused my table centerpiece that has a flower vase in the middle and votive candle holders around it, I tried putting some extra folded napkins in the same colors in it, but ended up sorting through my round glass pebbles and filling it with yellow, brown, red, orange, and clear and putting a small pumpkin on the top. I already had 'hot apple cider' scented votives it it PERFECT! I turned an orange charger upside down to give it a pop of color.

One of the first things I did when I opened my new table cloth was iron it from the underside since it was a plastic coated fabric table cloth. The pictures show ripples along the table-it just took some time for the table cloth to pull to all four sides evenly and get rid of the extra fabric because it is a glass table, not wood (for some reason that seems to matter). Be patient-if you keep pulling and tugging you will probably get frustrated. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quick Tip: Homemade Bitter Apple Spray

 This spray is a pet training tool. The bitter taste deters pets from nibbling on your possessions--within weeks, you can have your pet trained with this method. Bitter apple sprays can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 in pet stores, but there are a few recipes you can try at home to make a spray that is just as effective at a fraction of the cost.

Bitter Vinegar

Your pet will turn up its nose after one whiff of this vinegar and water spray. Combine 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before applying the solution. 

Generally, one spray will do the trick. Spray all table legs, wires, baseboards and couch cushions. Don't forget any of your pet's usual chewing spots. Reapply every few days to freshen the bitter taste.

Lemon Juice and Rubbing Alcohol

Many commercial bitter apple sprays contain isopropyl alcohol. Although this recipe contains isopropyl alcohol, otherwise known as rubbing alcohol, use only a small amount. You want the bitter taste to be strong but not so overpowering that it makes your animal sick.

Combine 4 oz of water with 3 oz of lemon juice and 1 oz of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Shake well and then spray a small amount on the back of your hand. Test its strength by licking it. If the alcohol tastes too strong, dilute it with more water.

This mixture lingers a little longer on furniture than the bitter vinegar spray so reapply only as needed or when your pup starts licking or showing interest in the sprayed areas again.

Friday, September 27, 2013

A day in the Life of a Blue Crayon

My Aunt sent me this ridiculously cute outfit for Syrus and as crayons often do, he inspired some creativity. Once I had put the outfit on, I couldn't stop taking pictures of him. I ended up capturing his whole day in a series of photographs, so here is the finished product, I hope you enjoy!

Syrus, the little blue crayon, woke up in his crib bright and early, eager to begin the day!

Hurry up mom, I'm ready to eat!

Mmmm that was good! Why can't I have more than 6 ounces right now? My tummy will NOT explode!

Hello, beautiful day!

Ahhh the morning glories are attacking me!! Mom help!

This is a much friendlier flower!

Time for a diaper change!

Here mom, let me write this post, it's about me anyway!

Scrub a dub dub!

Getting Sleepy...

Night night everyone!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Final Baby Squirrel Update

I am very sad to report that the baby squirrel did not make it past 8 weeks in our care (about 9 weeks of age).  I never imagined that I would be so sad after losing an animal that I knew wasn't a pet and that would be leaving my care for the wild shortly anyway.

He went from fine on a Monday night, to not well on Tuesday morning, to not being alive by the time I got home from work Tuesday evening.

He was a great little squirrel with personality and being comfortable around me.

The last photo I ever took of him was here sitting up on a shoe. Luckily it was a super cute photo!

One of my favorite things he did was hop right into my hand when I would go to pick him up to feed him his formula.

I did extensive research and searching in trying to figure out what happened and came up with the conclusion that he just got sick, like many small wildlife animals do.

We buried Mr. Squeaky by a tree that I think he would have enjoyed. At the very least, I am able to come away from my time with the little guy knowing I gave him more time than if we hadn't rescued him. He got to run around, climb some tree trunks, and eat some seeds and nuts.

Here is a small recap of his 8 weeks with us. It was a long time, yet he should have lived so much longer.


Monday, September 23, 2013

Raising a Baby Squirrel- Week 7

The squirrel has had time to get some nuts and seeds in his cage. I have a short video that you can watch of him looking at the new-to-him foods!

He has also had time to run up and down a tree log in the house. I wanted to provide him something that would be very close to what he would experience in the wild. I had a long log from a tree I had cut down earlier this summer that was just perfect for him. I love this video because he rubs his little face then turns himself into the cutest squirrly ball!!

The squirrel is still drinking formula but is showing interest in the nuts and seeds provided to him. He holds them in between his little hands and gnaws on them just like you would imagine. I only know this from watching him when outside the room. Any time he would sense someone coming in he would immediately stop. I guess natural instincts don't need to be taught! He just knows how to have an idea what is going on around him.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Quick Read: Sugar Lemon Foot Scrub Recipe

Pamper your feet with this moisturizing, sweet scrub! 

Combine 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and the fresh squeezed juice of 1/2 a lemon. Massage the mix on your feet, rinse, pat dry and moisturize.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Sensory Playdate - Bugs and Flowers

Sara and Lily Stepford came over for a play date today! We decided to do some sensory play together and I chose the theme of bugs (for my boy) and flowers (for the girly girl). Syrus (at just a little over 3 months) had fun, but Lily being a little older (9 months), really got into it!


Items used:

Various silk flowers
Rose petals
Ladybug robe
Straw flowers
Hungry Caterpillar toy
Butterfly net
Garden book
Butterfly rattle
Fowery silk scarf
Flower box
Ladybug costume
Flower and bug jewlry
Ladybug umbrella
and Butterfly pasta (colored bow-tie pasta)

Lily decided to read us all the book

And I read it again to Syrus

Lily looked great in the ladybug costume

So we showered her in rose petals!

She was a Lily-bug!

Mommy caught the Lily-bug!

Then Lily caught Sy!

Then we caught a dragonfly

Sy enjoyed the flowers

So did Lily

And the two of them enjoyed the rose petals together

Then came the really fun part, the butterfly pasta!

We used gel food coloring to get the vibrant colors

Lily wasn't sure what to think at first, but then she got into it.

Syrus preferred to just dip his feet in

The kids seemed to have a very good time and so did we!

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