Friday, April 30, 2010

Friday Funny

My very funny friend  The Mayor has started her very own version of #FF, the Friday Funny. Post something funny, link it up at Crazy Town, meet new bloggers and find a few laughs. unfortunately for me, the funniest thing going on in my neck of the woods is that, I'm sick as a dog and doped up on Dayquil. Which reminds me of a very funny joke, that is my reality as of the past week. 




A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. 


The door of his wife's car was open, as was the front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding into the entry, he found an even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked over, and the throw rug was wadded against one wall. 


In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a Cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. 


In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door. 


He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. 


He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls. 


As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. 


He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What happened here today?" 


She again smiled and answered, "You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all day?" 


"Yes," was his incredulous reply. 


She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it."


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Healthiest Oil On Earth



Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (EVCO) is an amazing product that you can find in any health food store. We use it for a plethora of things: cooking, diaper rash cream (cloth diaper safe), face and body moisturizer, and even as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair.
The oil is more solid during the winter and melts to liquid in the hotter months. The light smell of coconut is refreshing, and beachy. Plus it has a unique form of saturated fat that actually helps prevent stroke, heart disease, and hardening of the arteries. If you're not sold yet, you will be shortly... EVCO contains medium chain fatty acids that also speed up the body’s metabolism, burning more calories and promoting weight loss. Bottom line, you have to try this product or you'll be missing the benefits of the healthiest oil on earth.















Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Compost 101

I've mentioned on OLM before how I have a strange love for compost. Not only is it great for the environment, but it's incredible for your garden's soil. I only started doing it this year, and it's easy peasy, I swear anyone can do it. You can get a fancy compost bin or simply make your own (like we did). The question most people ask me is "What can and can't you toss in the compost bin?" I hope this inspires you to start a compost of your own. 




What to Compost:
There are two classes Greens, which are high in Nitrogen and provide protein. While the Browns, which are high in carbon provide energy. The ideal compost would have four parts brown to one part greens. 


Browns:

  • shredded cardboard, this means pizza boxes!
  • dried leaves
  • bark and sawdust, in moderation
  • straw
  • corn stalks



Greens:

  • grass clippings
  • leaves
  • kitchen scrapes (fruits, veggies, coffee grounds, tea bags)
  • fruits



What NOT to Compost:

  • pet droppings 
  • ashes
  • colored paper
  • meat
  • bones
  • dairy
  • chemicals


I just toss everything in the compost bin and let it cook, I turn it often with a pitch fork. A healthy compost pile will have worms, but not flies. If I missed anything, please add it to the comments! 




Sunday, April 25, 2010

Diaper Diary part 1






If you would have told me that I would cloth diaper my baby and love it, I would have laughed in your face. My conception of cloth diapers was seriously dated. I had visions of safety pins and complicated wraps that would leave me elbow deep in baby poo. All skepticism aside I decided to do some research, to make the best decision for my Daughter. The facts that I uncovered were terrifying, do you even know the cornucopia of toxic chemicals disposable diapers contain? Or that Scientific studies show a link to asthma? If our founding Father's used disposable diapers they would still be sitting in our landfills, because they take a whopping 500 years to biodegrade. My main concern was how in the world would I keep up with the laundry?! The benefits of cloth out weighed my fears, so I jumped in.  


My Cloth Diaper Wash Cycle:


With a lot of 22 diapers I do my laundry every other day. For potty diapers you toss them right in the diaper pail. For poo diapers quickly rinse the poo off with a diaper sprayer into your toilet, and toss in the diaper pail. My diaper pail has minimal stink. A lid keeps all funk contained and a sachet of baking soda helps absorb any odor. When laundry day arrives I simply empty the diaper pail into my front loading HE washer and do as follows:



  • 1 cold rinse (no detergent)
  • 1 hot wash with 1/3 tablespoon powder
  • 1 extra cold rinse
  • Hang to dry
This process takes about 2 hours and does not back up my regular laundry. I must warn you cloth diapers are so adorable, you may become an addict. 




One Love Mama's gone Carbon Neutral


I'm ecstatic to be a part of a wonderful program called, "My Blog is Carbon Neutral". The goal of this initiative is to cut our blog's footprint by raising awareness of the effect and damages caused by carbon emissions and also to neutralize these emissions via tree planting. According to Alexander Wissner-Gross PhD physicist at Harvard University and environmental activist, an average website causes about 0.02g (0,0008oz.) of carbon dioxide for each visit. You can offset your blogs carbon footprint for 50 years by joining this program and having a tree planted for your website. All trees will be planted in Northern California's Plumas National Forrest, which was devastated by wildfires in 2007. 




Just a few easy steps to make it green:
  1. Write a blog post about the initiative + insert your favourite button
  2. E-mail the link to your post to CO2-neutral@kaufda.de
  3. We plant a tree for your blog in Plumas’!






Friday, April 23, 2010

Happy 101 Award!!


I'm over the moon to announce I received my very first blog award! Huge thanks to Ellie over at http://www.ellie-town.com/ for the Happy 101 award!  Please stop by and check out her beautiful blog, I promise you will love it!!







So here are the rules of the Happy 101 Award:


1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

2. List who gave the award to you and use a link to her blog (or hyperlink).

3. List 10 things that make you happy.

4. Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.

10 Things That Make Me Happy
  1. My daughter's smile! It's so sweet,  I want to pour it on my pancakes!!
  2. The sound of my Husband's laugh. 
  3. A big pipping hot cup of coffee.
  4. Chatting on the phone with my sister, laughing until our bellies ache. 
  5. My compost pile. There is something very empowering about turning what appears to be trash,  into rich soil. 
  6. Getting my hair cut. I only do it about every 6 months (if that). I will literally be on cloud nine for weeks after!
  7. My dogs! They are so hilarious and cute. Even if I'm having the worst day ever, they make me smile through my tears. 
  8. Really old friends.  The kind you don't hear from for months, but the minute you do its like you just met for coffee yesterday. Love that!! 
  9. Snapping the perfect photograph. A picture so full of life that when you find it years later, your transported back to that very day. 
  10. Riding around in the car on a sunny day, windows down, and Tom Petty on the radio. Bliss. 

    Now it's time to pass this lovely award on. I look forward to hearing your happy 10:


    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Happy Earth Day!!


    I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't always do my part. I was not born, nor raised to reduce, recycle and re-use. I would consume things, toss them away and never look back. However once I became a Mother all that changed... It was as if my Daughter woke me up. 
    What I do today matters. Long after my Husband and I are gone, this earth will still be her home. I want to be able to look my Daughter in the eye,  and honestly say that I did my part in preserving our planet for her.  






    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It's not."





    — Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax















    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Wordless Wednesday

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    Monday, April 19, 2010

    WFD: Carnitas



    In California we have some of the best Mexican food North of the border. If you let my Husband pick, we would have it for every meal.
    My Mom gave me this recipe for drool worthy Carnitas, that rival any we've ever had. One of the great many things about this recipe is 1.) You make it in the slow cooker and 2.) The meat will last for days in different forms (think breakfast burritos, Taco salads, sandwiches etc). I hope y'all enjoy this one as much as we do.

    Ingredients:
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    • Pork shoulder
    • 1/2 cup soy sauce
    • 1 jar orange marmalade
    • 8 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 1 onion
    Preparation:

    1. The night before place pork, soy sauce, orange marmalade, and garlic in a container to marinade.
    2. In the morning chop onion and place at the bottom of your slow cooker, empty pork and marinade on top of the onions. *Do not add any water!
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    3. cook on low for about 6-8 hours, or until it's easy to shred.

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    4. Serve with all the fixings; warm tortillas, avacado, diced tomatoes, sour cream and cojita (mexican cheese). Now go enjoy that yummy goodness!!
    fixings
    gobble



    Natural Teething Remedies...

    The word "teething" is terrifying, but I'm here to help! Most babies sprout their first "toof" anywhere from 3-14 months. You can expect; tons of drool, the need to chew, ear pulling, and crankiness. We're surviving teething with minimal discomfort, and absolutely no medicine! Some of you may think, "Is this woman crazy, grab the damn Orajel!?" I won't do it, and let me tell you why...
    Benzocaine (the main ingredient in Orajel) is an anesthetic. Even though applied directly to the gums it may unintentionally numb the throat and tongue, thus enabling your baby's gag reflex. This is a serious choking hazard especially for a teething baby producing excessive saliva.
    If you look up Orajel on The Cosmetics Database you will find it scored a 7 out of 10 for toxicity. Siting this product for: Violations, restrictions & warnings, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Neurotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), and Data gaps. Now that I've (hopefully) scared you away from Orajel , I'll share what soothes onelovebaby safe and naturally.

    1. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace:

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    Amber is fossilized resin, which warms against the skin. It has been used for centuries all over Europe for it's healing capabilities. It's natural anti-inflammatory properties make it sublime for a teething baby. These necklaces are made specifically for babies, which means it is knotted between each bead, so that if the necklace breaks beads won't go flyin'. Plus it's adorable!

    2. Sophie the Giraffe:
    Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Brown/ White

    This teether is a miracle! It does cost quite a bit more ($17) but it's worth every stinking penny. She is 100% BPA free, made of all natural rubber and food paint. Her knobby head and long legs are idyllic for your baby getting those hard to reach places.

    3. Wet Frozen Wash Cloth:

    This one doesn't need much explanation. Leave one end dry so it's easy to grip and the frozen cloth will numb her gums (naturally), while she gnaws away.

    Sunday, April 18, 2010

    Party Planning Maniac!

    I love being a Hostess, I will take any excuse to open my home to friends and family. I love details, tasty treats and putting smiles on faces. Now that my onelovebaby is turning 1 years old in two months, I eat, sleep, breathe, and plan her party. My Husband thinks I'm insane and manages to love me for it. I can't help but feel the magnitude of this BBQ. It marks the day my life changed forever, one year of Motherhood on my belt, and one year of life for my beautiful baby.

    Her nickname has been "Ladybug" since she was a little bean in my tummy. Naturally we're going with a Ladybug theme. I ordered the most adorable invitations off Etsy. It was so simple and quick. I placed my order last night, she made the invitation (the same day), I uploaded it onto my Costco account and picked them up today. Of course I'll hold onto them for a while, but one thing off my To-Do list.

    Here are a few more things that are my inspiration for the big day.
    Ladybug Appetizers Recipe

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    10 months old.

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    Yesterday Isabelle turned 10 months old, I didn't expect it to be so emotional... but it was. I sat with tears in my eyes looking at my picture trail from when this journey began unto now. I had an overwhelming need to hit the damn 'pause' button, everything is happening too fast. It feels like just yesterday I was packing my bags for the hospital, urging her to come join me on the 'outside'. I look up and she's cruising, babbling, and gobbling up a peach.
    Not long she'll get right up and walk out the door, down the street and on her own. I love watching her grown, but I will tell you it surely is a heartbreaking joy.


    Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    Wordless Wednesday

    Tuesday, April 13, 2010

    30 day shred

    I've bit the bullet and started Jillian Michaels '30 Day Shred'. She has kicked my ass for the past 5 days straight. The soreness has subsided and I actually look forward to working out (I never thought I would say that). The truth is, after having one-love-baby (10 months ago) I stopped thinking about my figure. Now that my sisters wedding is rapidly approaching and the thought of standing at the alter with four sized 0 freaks of nature, I've noticed the extra jiggle in the middle. It's not going to vanish on it's own...
    I'm still a bit apprehensive about posting my before pics at this time, but maybe in 30 days I'll be proud to share how far I've come. I hope. In a perfect world I would shed 30 lbs in the next 5 months. I don't know how realistic that goal is, but I'm shooting for the moon.

    Friday, April 9, 2010

    WFD April 9, 2010


    Shrimp Cakes! I got the recipe from my girlfriend and I have made them ever since. One of the great things about this dish, is that you can make the shrimp cakes in the afternoon and fry them at dinner time.

    Shrimp Cakes

    Ingredients:
    Ingredients for Shrimp Cakes

    • 16 uncooked large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 green onion, sliced
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • Pinch of ground black pepper
    • 2 cups breadcrumbs
    • 2 tablespoons (or more) Olive Oil

    preparation:

    Step 1: Coarsely chop shrimp in processor. Add egg, lemon juice, mustard, cilantro, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper. Blend in using on/off turns.
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    Step 2: Dump mixture in a large bowl and pour in breadcrumbs, mix well with your hands.
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    Step 3: Form mixture into cakes, transfer to foiled baking sheet. Refrigerate 10 minutes. (Can be made up to 4 hours ahead.)
    3
    Step 4: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, fry cakes until cooked through and golden brown on both sides, adding more oil to skillet as needed, about 6 minutes.
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    5

    What's For Dinner?


    40 Garlic Clove Chicken

    2 bulbs of garlic

    4 chicken breasts boneless/skin less OR with bone and skin (I use boneless/skinless)

    ½ cup white wine

    ½-cup chicken broth

    1-teaspoon tomato paste or tomato sauce (I use the paste)

    1 sprig rosemary or use the power (I use fresh)

    1 sprig thyme or use the power (I use fresh)

    1 bay leaf

    Cook chicken in a little bit of olive oil to brown transfer to plate

    In pan, add

    Wine

    Chicken broth

    Tomato sauce

    Rosemary

    Thyme

    Bay leaf

    Pull the garlic bulbs apart and you should have about 40 gloves

    I do take off the paper however; the recipe says do not remove the paper.

    Place chicken in a roasting pan single layer

    Pour over the mix from the frying pan

    Place the garlic over the chicken

    Cover and cook at 375 for 1 ½ hours

    Welcome!!

    I am One Love Mama and Welcome to my blog. I’m a 26-year-old, stay at home Mom, devoted wife, wild middle sister of four, and your cheeky new blog friend. I love to live green, and strive to make my family’s footprint as small as I can. Get comfortable and grow with me.

    One Love Mama.