Wine Bottle Decoration, Part 2 – Tissue Paper Pompom

DIY found here: http://www.taradennis.com/create/accessorise/tissue-paper-pom-poms.html

Ingredients

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  • Ribbon
  • Tissue Paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Skewer sticks (or something else to hold the pompoms)

 

Step One

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Using about 7 pieces of tissue paper cut down to 25cm x 17cm, fold them “accordian” style. Tie a thread around to hold it together and place another piece of thread under the knot. This piece will be used to tie it around the skewer stick.

 

Step Two

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Cut the edges to form some kind of triangle

 

Step Three

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While holding the middle (where the thread is), carefully seperate each piece of the tissue paper to form a pompom

 

Step Four / Final Product

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Using the double-sided tape, tape some ribbon arround the top of the bottle to hide that orange thing that was there last week. Tie the pompoms around one or several skewer sticks and place them inside the bottle. Voila!

I’m not quite sure if I like how it looks, I think I might change it in the future and try to find branches like in the tutorial I linked to above.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

the strange case of dr.jekyll and mr.hyde

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a drama-thriller novel first published in 1886.

The tale follows Gabriel John Utterson, a lawyer with a very special friend. While walking with his cousin, Utterson learns of an incident witnessed by his cousin concerning a certain Mr. Hyde. With this name ringing a bell, Utterson heads back home and searches through the wills of his clients to find his friend’s, Dr. Jekyll. Just like he thought, the will that had given Utterson an uneasy feeling did mention Mr. Hyde. The will stated that if Dr. Jekyll were to disappear for three months or to die, everything should go to Mr. Hyde. Utterson starts investigating his friend, Dr. Jekyll, and tries to meet with the mysterious Mr. Hyde. A series of unfortunate events happen before Utterson can finally know the truth.

Just like any tale as old as time, I knew about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but I had never read the book myself. I was surprised at the fact that the book isn’t about how Dr. Jekyll started becoming Mr. Hyde, but was instead about a lawyer named Utterson that was investigating Mr. Hyde. It was only at the end that we got to know the story from Dr. Jekyll’s point of view. I was still immersed in the story and would definitely recommend it to anyone that wants to know the story in depths.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Verry Berry Cake

Original recipe here: http://www.skinnymom.com/2013/06/12/no-bake-red-white-and-boom-icebox-cake/

Ingredients

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I won’t be putting measurements because I just went to taste.

  • 9×9 inch pan (or bigger if you need more servings)
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cool Whip (or some other brand)
  • Graham Crackers (the grocery store didn’t have any so I used another brand again)
  • Chocolate chips

 

Step One

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Start with a layer of Cool Whip then put some graham crackers

 

Step Two

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Put another layer of Cool Whip then some blueberries and some chocolate chips

 

Step Three

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Another layer of Cool whip and some strawberries with chocolate chips

 

Step Four / Final Product

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I wanted to do another layer of Cool Whip and crackers before another layer of fruits, but I didn’t have enough space or enough Cool Whip so I just did another layer of Cool Whip then some more blueberries and chocolate chips. Put in the refrigerator and you’re done!

 

I’m probably going to make this recipe again because it is delicious, but I might do it a bit differently. I found it a bit weird that the bottom layer was Cool Whip, made it also hard to serve. So next time, I think I might try to do a bottom layer of a crust made of graham cracker pieces then put some Cool Whip. I’ll try making a little note in a post someday when I try this version out.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Professional Goal Update #1

I’ve been struggling for the past weeks to find the perfect solution where we could have a house, a second baby not too far apart from our son and where I’d still get to study in what I want. I even made three scenarios and worked out in each of them when I would start school, when my toddler would start kindergarten and when we would be able to have a second baby.

The first scenario is me starting school this September. I like this scenario because it means I would get to start studying what I want sooner. The problem with this scenario is that it would mean that my son would need to go in daycare sooner than what I would have wanted, unless my in-laws accept to babysit him. If they do that, than I would feel more comfortable if I didn’t have too much school hours during the day so that their day isn’t wasted, which would mean it would take 4 years instead of 3 to finish the program. Since I can’t have a baby while in school, it would mean that my son would be about 6 years when he gets a sibling and I don’t want them to be this far apart. It would also mean that I would have to pay for my school and my son’s school at the same time for 2 years.

The second scenario would be for me to wait a year to let us settle in our new home and get back on track financially before adding the costs of school. This scenario pretty much gives the same result as the first scenario. Since my son would be 3 when I would start school, I wouldn’t mind as much his going to daycare so I would be able to do the program in 3 years. It would still mean we would have our second baby way later than what I would like and it would still mean I would be stuck paying for my son’s school and mine at the same time for 2 years.

The last scenario is simply us taking a year to settle then having our second baby. I would wait for the second baby to go to daycare before starting school. I’m thinking it would take about 3 years before the second baby would go in daycare, but depending on the finances it might be sooner if I need to get a full time job for us to be able to live properly.

With all these scenarios I really wanted to go for the first one, but the thing is, the houses are pretty pricey where we want to move. I thought I could find one in our price range where we could afford it with only me working part time, and I found some that looked okay. They weren’t exactly what we wanted, but they were houses we would’ve been able to live in fine until we could renovate to our taste. Sadly, all those houses aren’t in good places. One of them is too far from the city, another one is right next to train tracks and then there’s one that has a farm behind it (we would smell cow poop all summer). All the other houses are either in really bad shape or too pricey; which means scenario number 3 it is.

With scenario number 3 in mind, the plan now is to finish the secretary course I signed up in back in November and get a job in that. I’m hoping I’ll still be able to stay home more than a year with the second baby, but I guess we’ll have to see when we get there.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Wine Bottle Decoration, Part 1

I’ve had an idea of decoration with a wine bottle for a while now, but there was a small detail that I couldn’t figure out to complete the idea. Now that I’ve figured that out, here is part 1 of the decoration!

Ingredients

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  • Paint of the color of your choice
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint brush
  • Wine bottle

 

Step One

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Place the painter’s tape in the pattern you want

 

Step Two / Final Product for Part 1

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Paint your bottle. The orange bit at the top is going to be covered in part 2 of this project.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Upside Down

Upside Down

Upside Down is a romantic sci-fi movie release in USA on the 15 March 2013, from what I can gather it was originally released sometime in 2012.

In a world where there are two gravities, there is a town Up Above and a town Down Below (Up Above is like Down Below’s sky and vice versa). A young boy from Down Below manages to reach the edge of the gravities and meets a girl from Up Above. Both of them start meeting up there throughout the years and during their teens they start dating. Since contact between Up Above folks and Down Below folks is prohibited, they get caught while Adam tries to bring back Eden in her gravity safely with a rope. The rope gets cut and Eden falls to the ground in her gravity. Seeing blood come out of her head, Adam is certain she’s dead. About 10 years later, Adam learns that Eden is still alive and decides to do everything he can to get to her and see her again.

This movie is basically like Romeo and Juliet in the sense that there are two lovers from different worlds that can’t be together because of that, but they still try to make it work. What made this movie different from every star-crossed lovers movies is the fact that the different worlds isn’t just the poor vs rich that we keep seeing. Yes Up Above is richer than Down Below, but they’re also in different gravities; which means, Adam needs to find a way to be able to be in Up Above without falling back in his gravity, because when he’s in Up Above it’s like he’s filled with helium and just flies in the sky and when he gets back in his gravity he because like a rock and falls down. It was very hard to get used to that concept while watching the movie, but it was worth it. I was pleasantly surprised at how I enjoyed the movie. I didn’t think I would at first, but it became so intense when Adam started hitting road blocks that I got sucked into the story; so much that there is one question at the end that I need it to be answered.

SPOILER ALERT DO NOT READ THE REST IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED OF THE ENDING

In the end, Eden is in Adam’s gravity without needing some Down Below weight material stuff that Adam needed to use to be in Up Above because she’s pregnant with Adam’s babies. My question is, if the mother is from Up Above and the dad from Down Below, what will the twin’s gravity be? Another small question, once she gives birth, is Eden going to fall back in her gravity?

 

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Young Mom <3


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Lasagna Soup

Original Recipe: http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/11/slow-cooker-crockpot-lasagna-soup.html

Ingredients

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  • Ground beef
  • 3 cups of beef broth
  • 28 ounces of diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounces of tomato paste
  • 1 cup of Garden Cocktail (or any vegetable drink)
  • 2 cups of pasta
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Grated cheese

 

Step One

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While your ground beef is browning in a frying pan, put some water to boil in a sauce pan and add the Garden Cocktail.

 

Step Two

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Once the ground beef is brown, add the beef broth, the dice tomatoes and the tomato paste. Let simmer for about 10 minutes. Don’t forget to put your pasta in the water/Garden Cocktail once the water is boiling.

 

Step Three

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Add the grated cheese to the ground beef mix, salt and pepper.

 

Final Product

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Serve and enjoy!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Personal Goal Plan

When I was pregnant, the first thing I wanted to do after giving birth was start working out because I hated my weight. I know it’s weird to say since most of that weight was my son in my belly and I would lose that once I gave birth, but once that was done, I was definitely not satisfied with what I looked like. Sadly, life got in the way and I didn’t get to exercise like I wanted to. Then laziness took over and now, almost two years later, I still haven’t lost a pound; to be more precise, I lost some then gained it back so I’m basically back to the weight I was right after giving birth.

As you all know, last year I did the C25K thing in the hopes that I would keep going and I really wanted to, but then the holidays came around and I started being too busy with work and shopping for gifts and planning how we would spend the holidays to actually do any exercise. I told myself I would start again in January, new year new me mentality, but then I got too depressed about everything. I had to do some cleaning in my head before I could even consider doing anything for my body.

Right now, it’s not completely clean in my head yet, but it’s close enough that I can start exercising again. Now, since it’s been at least 2 months since my last jog, I thought I should start C25K over before thinking of doing more than that. I won’t be updating you every week again like I did the first time, but I will try to give you a monthly update of how it’s going. Those updates are mostly for me, just to motivate me more to actually do what I say I want to do. I already did the first week of C25K and sadly had to take a week off because my brain messiness was taking over again.

I won’t tell you my goal weight, but I will tell you how much I would like to lose. I would like to lose 30 pounds for this summer. I don’t know if it’s realistic or not, but I’ll do my best to lose as much as I can while still being healthy. I would also like to lose the belly pouch I have, if that doesn’t already come with losing weight. This task might be a bit harder than losing weight since I have this belly pouch because of my linea alba being ripped.

About that, I did some research to know if there were exercises I could do to help flatten the belly when your linea alba is ripped and I actually learned what my condition is called! It is called a diastasis recti, and there are exercises that I can do to help flatten the belly, I just need to be careful on how I execute them because it’s basically sit-ups but there’s something I need to do with my belly to make it so it doesn’t stretch the abdomen further. There’s also wall push-ups that I can do while doing this thing with my belly to prevent the muscles from stretching further. It felt really good finally putting a name on my condition and being able to research it to learn more and find out about exercises I can do!

Wish me luck!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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