Wednesday, May 14, 2014


These type of posts are a great way to blog about a bunch of stuff I've been wanting to without having to write up whole posts on each subject....

Cricket Ultra Smooth Detangling Brush

This brush is amazing. AMAZING. My hair is so prone to knots it's not even funny. Last year I switched from using regular conditioner to apple cider vinegar and that has helped a lot, but I still have a hard time brushing my hair from time to time. A friend recommended the Cricut Ultra Smooth Detangling brush. Worth every penny (I got mine at Ulta with a coupon). The brush gets my knots out fast and easily, and is virtually pain free. The handle is a little weird, but I've gotten used to it and use this brush daily.

Canceled Television

Recently I started watching two new TV shows: Surviving Jack and Trophy Wife. Both are fun, witty comedies. And both, unfortunately, just got canceled. They are on Hulu Plus if you're looking for some funny, noncommittal TV to watch (Surviving Jack is only 6 episodes and Trophy Wife is a full season).

Spaghetti Squash a la Crock Pot

I discovered spaghetti squash a few years back, and always just cooked it in the microwave. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The crock pot is totally the way to go! Pierce the squash a bunch of times and throw it in the crock pot with 2 cups of water. Cook on low for about 7 hours. Cut it open, scoop out the seeds and fork the spaghetti strands into a bowl. I mix it with chicken sausage, sauteed mushrooms and spaghetti sauce. So easy, and healthy!

Italian Wonder Pot

Another super easy and yummy meal! I follow this recipe. All you do is throw all this in a pot:

And in about 20 minutes you'll have this bowl of deliciousness. Topped with feta cheese, of course.

Homemade Granola Bars

Harry's favorite breakfast! They mix up in no time and are yummy and protein packed.

- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup sun butter (peanut or almond butter would also work)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup chopped dried fruit (for this batch I did a mix of apricots, prunes and cherries)

Mix everything up and spread the mixture in to an 11x7 baking dish. Pop it in the freezer for a few hours to harden and it'll keep in the fridge for a week or more.

Music Class

Our parent/toddler preschool class is almost over so I've been thinking about what to do with Harry this summer. We thought about sending him to a preschool camp for a couple weeks, but I'm not ready to send him to school by himself just yet. I looked around for a few different options and found a music class that looks like a lot of fun. I'm excited for it to start!

30 Month Check Up

Harry had his 30 month check up at the doctor's Friday afternoon. He didn't get any shots at his 2 year appointment in November, so I figured he was due for one. All week I was talking about going to the doctor and we watched the shot episode of Daniel Tiger a whole bunch. He seemed to understand what was going to happen really well. He even brought his little stuffed Daniel to the appointment and the nurse was very sweet with him and measured Daniel first so Harry could see what was happening. Well, turns out he didn't need to get a shot at all! I guess he's all caught up until kindergarten, which is great (besides an annual flu shot if we choose to get them). I do feel bad for talking shots up so much for no reason. His current stats:

Height: 37 inches, 77th percentile
Weight: 26 pounds, 18th percentile

Oh, and the best part of the appointment? Harry finally passed his hearing test! I never got the impression that he has a hard time hearing, but he's failed in one ear three times in the last 15 months. We figured it was a false reading due to ear wax buildup or his unwillingness to sit still during the test. Turns out we were right! Harry was perfect while testing so I'm confident we got an accurate reading.

First Dentist Appointment

Yesterday was Harry's first dentist appointment. It couldn't have gone better. He does okay most of the time when we brush his teeth, but I really thought he was going to freak out when a stranger started poking around his mouth. He proved me wrong and was as cool as a cucumber the entire time! Dr. G was so sweet and gentle with Harry, and really reassured him that everything was going to be okay. She put fun sunglasses on him so the bright lights wouldn't hurt his eyes (why don't all dentists do this... genius!) and sang some of his favorite nursery rhymes while cleaning his teeth.

Dr. G said his teeth look great and just suggested we start flossing. It honestly never crossed my mind to floss a toddler's teeth, but all his teeth touch so it's important we do it. At the end of the appointment Harry picked out a prize and tooth brush and even got a "My first dentist visit" picture.

If you're local and looking for a pediatric dentist, I highly recommend the practice we went to! Feel free to contact me and I'll give you the info.

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