Weeks 7 & 8

I’m catching up this week.  I hated being sick, I had almost zero energy! But I’m glad to be feeling healthy again! Here are how these past two weeks have panned out in terms of my 2013 goals:

Goals as a runner:

1) Run at least 14 miles a week (2 miles a day) for the year.

Week 7: I think I got MAYBE 6 miles in!

Week 8: 13 miles.  One mile shy!  Oh well.  I’m easing back into it, right?

1) Have a business plan in place by June.

I’m still dreaming, but looking at my calendar, I have 3 months left to figure this one out! Eek!

Mommy & Housewife:
1) Organize one thing in the house each week for a year.

Since I received my mother in laws sewing machine (which unfortunately is going to cost a lot more to tune up and possibly repair than buying a new machine), I was able to clear a space for it on the desk.  Hubby’s books are officially in the bookshelf!

2) Clean at least one thing in our home each day.
Being sick make me realize how dirty my house really gets when I let this go for almost 2 weeks!  Yuck! The bathrooms got a GOOD scrubbing yesterday!

3) Finish cross stitching all of our darn stockings!
Finishing up the last details on DH’s stocking!  Did I ever mention how much I hate doing French knots in cross stitch!?!

How have you held up during this cold and flu season?  Only 44 more weeks to go!


Mess Free Monday

I’m back!  Man these past two weeks have been hard!  Erin’s been sick, I’ve been sick, hubby has been sick, in-laws have been in town, birthdays, basketball game, we are all exhausted!  However, it has been a great two weeks.  I really enjoy having my in-laws around.  Erin is really loving her Yi Yi (Mandarin for grandpa) and Ni Ni (Mandarin for grandma).  I just wish she got to see them more than twice a year.

This morning, I decided to try a quiet mess free activity for Erin. I usually like to do the messy ones on bath days and today is a bath day, but I just didn’t have the energy in me. (I really should be napping right now, but I’m relying on my coffee to get me through this post) I found this activity on Pinterest a week or so ago and then my older sister re-pinned it from someone else with my name attached to it, so I had to pull this out.

The blog I read about this activity didn’t really give it a name, so I’m going to call it “mess free window paint.”


1) Ziploc bags of any size.  I used gallon and sandwich size.

2) paint.  I used Erin’s Crayola washable kids paint.

3) Tape

4) Window accessible to your child

First, I took two colors of paint each and poured one in each side of a Ziploc bag on the bottom, then sealed it closed. We have 10 colors, so I used 5 bags with 2 colors each.  I randomly put the colors in.

Second, I used packing tape and taped the bags to our windows.


Third, I let the kid loose with them.

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As you can see, Erin really seemed to enjoy them.  I hung these up at around 9am.  It’s currently 2pm, they are still hanging and paint has yet to dry or clump inside the bags.

Toddler Activities Week 2

This week, we’ve gotten some new activities for Erin.  My challenge is to have at least 2 new activities each week.  Her activity box is getting fuller and I’m excited to see these activity supplies just pile up for those rainy days and to just be able to pull something out.

Last week, we made play-doh (it’s still going strong a week later!), and we did finger painting for Valentines day.

This Monday, I pulled out the washable paints by Crayola I found on sale at Target during our special day out last week. I have some paint brushes from the dollar store (they aren’t the best, but the kid doesn’t seem to care) and bought art paper at Target on sale as well.  I used plastic take out lids and put a little of each color on them for her to dip the brushes into.  The Crayola package said to keep the paint away from items that cannot be washed as they can stain them.  We rent our apartment and I was afraid of the kitchen floor staining, so I took a garbage bag and cut it open, laid it on the floor for us to paint on.  I set up while the kid was brushing her teeth and then turned her loose.  This is how it all started:


And this is how it ended up:


There was one tantrum along the way.  She needed to pee and wanted to continue painting while she sat on the potty.  Sorry kid, I let you eat on the potty, but I’m just not comfy with painting on the potty.  She was NOT HAPPY about it. Since this activity is on the “messy list,” I like to have her partake before bath time and preferably plan it to take place on a “bath day.”  Then, I can just set her in the bath tub, strip her and start the water with no extra messes to clean up.

My other planned activity this week is Sensory Balloons. I got this idea from another mom friend.  Each balloon is filled with a different texture: rice, flour, corn starch, sugar, play-doh, dry beans etc.  I’ll post a picture another day this week.  I have the balloons, but realized late last night that I need a funnel to fill them.  So, on our way to the Library today, we will be on the search for a funnel.