Happy Fall!

I’ve been feeling badly lately that I have not had time to post on this blog.  Bridget has a lot on her plate right now, and I’ve been busy with the kids and homeschool.  So for right now, for a while, I might not be able to post very often.

I have been doing projects, and will continue to do projects, but the time required to take the pictures, put them on the computer, edit them, upload them, write the post, then link the post to Pinterest, link parties, etc., is just a little too much right now.

So tonight, in lieu of a project post, here’s a fun picture of my kids from our recent DIY fall photo shoot.  Happy fall!  May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a blessed holiday season!

Bernadette's Kids

Help! Breastfeeding Troubleshooting

Breastfeeding Troubleshooting

There is so much great information available now about breastfeeding.  About it’s health benefits and bonding opportunities.  And breastfeeding is widely encouraged and protected.  Yeay!

That all said, when I was pregnant with my oldest, the idea of breastfeeding weirded me out.

And I’m not going to lie, the idea still kind of weirds me out! :)  But I also think it is great, amazing, awesome, and (can be) no muss no fuss.

Breastfeeding is great because you always have your baby’s food supply with you, ready when baby is.  And, it doesn’t cost!  It truly is a great way to bond with baby, provide them with the best nutrition, and give yourself some mini breaks throughout the day.

But what happens when you have trouble breastfeeding?  Whether you have latching problems, low milk supply, mastitis, or just temporary blocked ducts, breastfeeding can be painful and heartbreaking.

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Car Trip Activities for Kids: The Results

We drove to Disneyland from Washington State with four kids…and survived!

Disneyland Car Activities

I was going to simply update my post Awesome Car Trip Activities for Kids with info on what worked and what didn’t, but that post was already insanely long!  So today’s post is a follow up to that post.  Sort of a before and after deal.

You should definitely read the first post since I am going to just refer to the activities that I gathered and made rather than fill out this post with the information a second time.

Now, I’m not going to lie, parts of the trip were ROUGH!  We drove 1,100 miles each way, taking two days to drive down, and driving back up in one shot.  However, out of four kids we really only had trouble with one, so that’s pretty good!  I have three words for you…two, year, old.

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Awesome Car Trip Activities for Kids

Road Trip Car Activities For Kids

A mini van.  Four kids.  Over 1,000 miles each way.  More gear than anyone could possible need or use.  We must be crazy!

Our family is about to road trip to Disneyland!

Nick and I are super excited about taking our kids to Disneyland.  And, crazy as this sounds, I am also super excited about the road trip!

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20 DIY Disney Shirts (Not Another Round-up!)

(See my post-Disneyland update at the end of the post.)

 

 

DIY Disney Shirts

To prepare for our trip to Disneyland (only a few more days away!), I spent the summer making shirts for our family to wear.

Not just a single shirt per person for a photo op.  Oh no.  A shirt per person, per day.  Plus a couple of extras!

DIY Disney Shirts

I had decided that it would be fun for the kids to have a Disney shirt each day we are at Disneyland, which will be four days.  And on one day the whole family will wear matching shirts, so that meant one for my husband and I.

Well, Nick decided that the kids should have a couple of extras.  And I thought that maybe I would wear a Disney shirt each day.  Then Nick surprised me by requesting a shirt for each day!

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DIY Disney Autograph Books

DIY Disney Autograph Book What’s a trip to Disneyland without the magic of seeing the characters?  Well, I don’t know!  The kids are super excited to meet some of their favorite characters.

While I don’t remember ever having an autograph book or having the characters sign anything, apparently it is what you do at Disneyland these days.

Since I am a DIY fan, and I want to try to save some money on our trip, I made each of the kids their very own personalized autograph book.

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DIY Disney Necklace Craft

DIY Disney Necklace (8) Our Disneyland countdown chain is getting shorter and shorter, and now we are measuring the time until we leave in days rather than weeks!  We are super excited (and not at all stressing out…!)!

We’ve managed to do a few more Disney themed crafts.  It has been so fun having a Disney themed summer, and helps us keep our trip in mind (like we could really forget it, right?!).

Last week we made Mickey Mouse necklaces out of washers and nail polish.

DIY Disney Necklace

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Disney Sewing Craft

Disney Sewing Craft

A few months ago I decided to start teaching the girls to sew.

I came across a great idea (on Pinterest, naturally!) for using shelf liner to teach kids to sew.  So I bought some shelf liner, plastic needles, and small balls of different colored yarn.

This is basically the same idea as lacing cards.  I cut a square of shelf liner (you want the spongy type, with holes in it), and draw a simple shape on it with a Sharpie.  Then we thread their needle, and the kids sew along the lines of their shape, going in and out of the holes in the shelf liner.

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Disneyland Road Trip Clipboard Craft

Disneyland Clipboard craft

Our family trip to Disneyland is fast approaching!  We are super excited!

We told the kids about the trip at the beginning of summer, so that they could have fun thinking about the trip, and so we could do some Disney crafts this summer to get ready for the trip!

The first craft we did, the day after we told the kids, was to make a Disneyland countdown chain.  When we started we had 52 days until the trip.

Disneyland Countdown Chain

It has been fun watching the chain get shorter and shorter.  Today we are 22 days away from our trip!

Yesterday we worked on another fun Disney craft for our trip.  The kids decorated clipboards for the road trip!

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We’re Going to Disneyland Goody Basket

Going to Disneyland Goody Basket

We’re going to Disneyland!!!  Woo-hoo!  I am so excited!

We’ve talked about it for a while, always as some distant, future trip, but we decided to go this summer since kids under 3 years old are free.  That means Patrick and Norman are free.  And the girls are at the perfect age to experience the magic!

Once we made our decision of course my brain went into hyper drive!  I’ve been planning, and researching, and pinning.  So get ready to see a lot of Disney on here this summer!

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