Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Shut Up and Squat!

I decided to challenge myself and join the bandwagon for the 30 day squat challenge. I've been complaining for a year now that I need to get in shape and back to pre-baby weight but I don't do anything about it! Am still 10 lbs over my normal weight and I can't seem to shake them off. With the boys the weight came off so easy and before no time I was back to my pre-baby weight, but with Dahlia it has been a bit more challenging for me. Maybe it's because am getting older, my metabolism has slowed or maybe I just don't have any good healthy habits since am always on the go. Whatever it is or whatever my excuses may be, now I just need to shut up and squat!

The challenge is: Get your bootie/legs in shape 
(FYI-those are my major problems!)


Here are the easy follow by instructions:




To encourage and really push me to keep this challenge I will be sharing photo updates that's my incentive to keep going, making it public.....To start I've posted a photo of me at 38 weeks pregnant (my heaviest ever! which is photo on the left) and a photo of me right now (that's the photo on right). I've weight the same for a year now! NO loss or gained weight since Dahlia was about 1 1/2 months:


Although I was very hesitant to do this I felt it was something that I have to do because I don't want to look like a quitter to the whole world. Plus I figured it might encourage someone else to also try the challenge too :)

Wish me luck!

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Dressed for Practice

The start of football season is just around the corner for us. This past Sunday was the boy’s first day of football clinic which is pretty much warm up practice and it prepares them for the pre-season grueling work outs (they are not that bad for the little ones).

For the occasion Dahlia wore an outfit gifted to her for her birthday, neon shorts and a floral printed blouse with a neon green hair clip flower.



A little more insight on the boy’s football regime: Practices are every Sunday for 2 hours until pre-season starts which is every day for 2 hours for 6 weeks! Then the season starts and practice is reduce to 3 days a week plus games on the weekends. Its a real busy time for us. My oldest is in tackle football and the little one is in his 2nd year Flag so we are used to doing this year after year. However we didn’t anticipate how easily bored Dahlia would get watching her brothers from the sidelines. Not even 20 minutes into practice she decided she wanted to walk around in the empty baseball field and around the playground. I wasn’t expecting not to be able to watch the boys like I have in the past, which makes me sad and it makes me wonder how will it go for us once the season actually starts!


The playground was a good entertainment for her and kept her busy for a while. But during that time we missed the kid’s practice

She also enjoyed the freedom of being able to run around in the dirt!


We were able to keep her a little busy while sitting in the side lines by playing peek-a-boo with her :)

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fixing Bathtime Woes


Bath time can be extremely difficult or fun for a toddler. My experience with the boys has been great, they loved playtime in the tub and would not fuss about bathing. Now with Dahlia I dread bath time, she gives me such a hard time. She screams her head off and cries as if the water is torture or she insist on climbing out of the tub!


Since she is giving me such a difficult time during bathtime I started doing some research on what to do during this time to make things easier and more fun for her. So far I've come up with this list of things to try during bathtime:

Toys: Bring fun toys into the bath. It can be water toys, stick to the tub decals, water crayons, low tech toys, even plastic tubberwear. These toys should be for bathhtime only so they can be excited about playing them only in the tub.

Switch toys: Rotating toys each week can make them seem "new" again.

Fun Company: If toys aren't cutting it then having the toddler bathe with a sibling can make things fun and the extra company may make them more comfortable. If buddying up is not an option then I recommend a doll for a girl or an action figure for a boy.

Having a Seat: The toddler should have a seat, its the safest way to bathe them. Insist on sitting them down by showing it is warmer to have a seat. But if the toddler is as bad as Dahlia, adding a non-stick mat around the tub is a must and shower them with a handheld sprayer or bucket while they are standing up.

Short and Sweet: Keeping bathtime short (10-15 minutes max) helps with a toddler who is too busy exploring life.

Read: If the toddler likes you to read then bring a waterproof book in the tub and read while they are sitting in the water.

Music: Singing to a crying baby can soothe her or try playing some of her or his favorites songs while they are bathing to keep them happy.


After trying all these tips the best result I've had is singing to Dahlia since she loves music, but still she cries to get out fast. Each baby is different and unique so if one strategy doesn't work ty another...I know I will.


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Summer Shorts DIY

This week’s DIY for Dahlia is a summer short revamped from a pair of pants. If you want to try to make these bleached out shorts, here is the easy tutorial:


Things you’ll need:
Pants
Scissors
Chalk or color pencil
Needles & thread
Pins
Bleach (Bucket for Bleach)
Side trim (But not necessary)


First thing I did was use one of Dahlia’s shorts and measure an additional 1 ½” (to fold hem twice) and marked both legs so I know where to cut.

Once the pants are marked I cut off the legs.


Then I filled a small bucket with bleach.


I dipped the pants to a little above the crotch (2-3”), pulled them up and dipped them again going a little lower than the first time (to make a linear line in between the dip). I held them in the bleach for a couple of minutes, then rinse the bleach out in the sink. Next I dried the pants for about 30 minutes.


Once they were out of the drier I folded the hem twice, this way there is no need to finish the raw edge with a sewing machine.

I stitched down the side seams and inseam with a hand needle (tacking is fine). At this point the bleached out shorts for summer are done, but I of course wanted to make them more special for my little fashionista…


I added a side Navajo beaded trim. I used hot glue to attach to the side seams (from waistband seam to hem) but the right thing to do is stitch down (it’s more secure) and they are done.


Dahlia modeled them for a bit since it was not so hot….I guess she’ll enjoy them when the weather is warmer!




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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tomboy Ballerina


Dahlia refuses to look at me when am trying to take a picture of her. She adores looking at her brothers running around playing! Or simple just doesn't like looking at the camera. In this photo she is wearing a  Target playsuit and shorts with a DIY tutu and headband.

To see the Tutu Tutorial click HERE

At times it almost looks like she wants to say cheese and smile but still doesn't look towards me, it's a bit frustrating but I can't deny her brothers and I have a great time trying to make her laugh.

After just 20-30 minutes of being dress like a little ballerina she wanted to take off her  bow and tutu! She is such a tomboy :)


I did get a few more shots of her when the boys were pretend playing with her....but there was no way of her looking my way. I think she gets that from her older brother who hates taking pictures, unlike the little one who loves the camera.

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