Hooked off Germs

As I use different products to keep my baby’s items clean and disinfected, I’m becoming more and more aware of how many things go in my baby’s mouth. Practically everything. Most importantly are his bottles and pacifiers.

I’ve seen other moms dump all their kids toys into a bucked of water with bleach, and other moms who wash all their kid’s items with Lysol. I, personally cringe at the thought of both those ways. I’m not saying what they’re doing is wrong, by all means, to each their own.

I want to add to the different ways to clean your baby’s belongings for those moms who don’t like the idea of chemicals either.

I started with the largest pot I had and put all the bottles laying down (glass bottles on the bottom since they’re heavier than the plastic ones). I filled the pot with water and put on the stove on low heat and let the water boil slowly. While the water is still cold, I squeezed 1/2 a lemon into the water. I like the idea of a lemon since it is a natural  cleanser.

As the water is coming to a boil, I squeezed 1/2 a lemon into the water.

Yummy lemon from our backyard

Let the water continue to boil for at least 10 minutes
NOTE: If you have plastic bottles, make sure they are ok to be in high heat temperatures. My plastic bottles are graded 5 which means they are safe in high heat. Click here for a list of the plastic grades. 

After about 10-15 minutes of boiling water, I removed the bottles and placed them in the sink. (I washed the bottles again, just to get the lemon smell/taste off the bottles).

With the water still boiling, I took advantage and threw in all of his pacifiers and toys that he puts in his mouth.

I only left the nipples and pacifiers in the boiling water for 4-5 minutes before taking them out and rinsing them.

Next up: His toys.

Finally, lay/hang everything to dry.

The bonus of boiling lemon water–If your pot has residue or calcium buildup, it will break it down, and make it easier to get a squeaky clean pot.

The whole process took about 20 minutes. I got clean baby items, and the house smelled like yummy lemons.

What are some ways you clean your baby’s toys/bottles/etc.

Hooked on Nesting

As our countdown to baby is fast approaching, our nesting has become a part of our daily life. Every other thought we have is baby related. My husband and I keep thinking baby is still months away when in reality, baby is only eight days away. It’s crazy to think that in only eight days, our lives are going to change. Our lives will never be the same again. Instead of putting each other’s needs before our own, we’re going to be putting our baby’s needs first.

After watching a lot of HGTV home makeovers, and seeing before-and-afters of room transformations, our baby’s room was our own “makeover” room inspired by our favorite designers from those shows.  From the theme, to the colors, to lighting, we drew out the room and pictured what we wanted the room to look like. Our goal was to make the room a very peaceful place where baby can be calm, and relaxed (along with very exhausted parents to find peace and quiet).  Our baby’s room includes:

Theme: Airplanes

  • Light grey walls (inspired by “Flipping Vegas” @Amie_Yancey) who taught us that grey walls are perfect for small rooms becuase it makes it look larger and brighter.
  • Dark blue accent wall with hand painted clouds drawn by my sister-in-law @elinasinanyan 

Other Accents include:

One of my favorite parts of the nursery is the bookshelves that my husband and I created. We used basic spice racks from Ikea, spray painted them white, and started his Dr. Seuss and Elmo Collection.
My favorite feature of this wall is the “M”. It’s dark brown stained with gold finish which brings some warmth to the room since everything is mostly white, grey, and blue. With the colorful books, it really stands out on its own.
Here is little Ms. Fallon anxiously waiting for baby’s arrival. I feel like she knows he’s coming soon. She came in the room (which she never does) and sniffed every corner of the room. Even though I told her to leave the room, she sat on the rug for a good twenty minutes and would not move. She was smelling the rug and constantly looking backwards at the crib. I wonder if she knows something we don’t…
I wonder what their first meeting is going to be like.

Hooked on Blankets

One of the hardest things to do is starting a new project. New projects are always left with unfinished projects, which are often times pushed off to a corner and forgotten about (trust me, I’ve got several of those in a corner which I intentionally forget about).  The inspiration behind this afghan is the fact that I wanted to prove to myself that I can actually read a crochet pattern and do it correctly. I’ve tried so many times, to crochet by reading the pattern instructions. That has always left me frustrated, annoyed, and many little pieces of blanket attempts in the trash. This one I plan on finishing! I am going to be my own inspiration. 
You can find the written pattern for this blanket at:
Please keep in mind that I am only following the written pattern, and not following the color schemes, or the yarn used. At first, I tried to use the Pipsqueak yarn, but found it too difficult to get it started. Maybe one day I will try this pattern with Pipsqueak yarn. For now, a simpler, softer yarn will be easier for me. 

At this point, I started to feel really proud of myself for even doing the first 2 rounds correctly. After going around twice, I decided to change into the white yarn. (I am using Caron Simply Soft in Autumn Red and Off White)

I went 4 more rounds and added my second row of off white. By the time I had finished the second round, I was so excited that I decided to get comfortable on the couch, and crochet the night away. 

After the 4 rounds, I decided to go 8 more rounds of the pattern before adding another round of off white. I am now pretty stuck.

After working on my blanket and getting stuck for a while, I decided to finish off the blanket with 14 rounds of red yarn and giving it a nice white finished edge. 

Here is the final product.