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Smart, thrifty, baby cuddling mama/papa seeks comfortable carrier to hold baby, go lots of places, and wash easily. Preference given to carriers that are not the most expensive of the world.

Does this sound like you? Then I have a response that you’re gonna love.

You see this? This exceptionally long piece of fabric? Its gonna change your life. Not in a E-Harmony, my life is complete now, change your life. More of a baby-lugging, wallet-saving life.

Let me explain…

Required Items:

  • Very Sharp Scissors
  • Exceptionally long fabric (At least 5 yards (15 feet) though I think an extra yard would have made it easier for Mr. Man to use)
  • A friend with a discount card for fabric for extra savings(or maybe you are this person already, then nix that step)
  • A friend who has a baby in some form (or maybe  you don’t have a friend to share with, or maybe you want two carriers for yourself, or… you get the picture)
  • Instructions

I could not find the cotton knit with curling edges that the instructions suggested, mainly because I am helpless in a fabric store. BUT I did find a lightweight cotton-type material that curled on the edges (read: does not need to be hemmed). Mr. Man says it looks like the inside of his gym shorts. I said I didn’t care, because all the little holes make it way cooler than a jersey-type wrap. That’s what I said anyways, I have no proof either way. But once we bought the material we simply cut it in half lengthwise so we had two long-narrowish (about 30 inches a piece actually) pieces of fabric and we were done.

Yes, that’s it.

Ok, maybe wash it too.

Especially if your baby likes to suck on everything like mine does.

If you have 2 and a half minutes, 3 minutes if you’re a slow cutter and $20 (less if you are a better dealfinder when it comes to fabric) and you have a completely functional and super comfortable baby wrap. Perfect for schlepping that darling little one from here to there and back again. If you get a nice manly colour, then you can pawn baby off on daddy when  you are schlepping around together.

TADA!

If this is your first time using a non-structured wrap, PLEASE make sure you are tying your wrap correctly before putting baby in it. There are lots of tutorials and instructions online. You can just youtube videos of the different ‘carries’ or if you are a visual/text learner like me, I found Wrap Your Baby was excellent for a step-by-step guide for tons of different carries.

Try it, see if it works for you, love it, report back.

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Confession: 87.3% of my parenting decisions are based on whether they will allow me to avoid more work. Case in point, elimination communication.

Day 1: I went potty shopping today and got some weird looks from the other Wal-Mart shoppers as I carried my 7 month old baby and two potties through the store. I wanted to stop them and explain that I wasn’t some wackadoodle who couldn’t let her kid be a kid and why elimination communication (EC) is a viable option for your baby. But I didn’t. Probably a good thing. I bought a European Potty for discriminating poo-ers or something like that and a cheap $5 potty seat that sits on your toilet. I didn’t think he would use that one much, but I didn’t want to have to drag our potty all over our two-storey house. Guess which potty Buddy Bear prefers?

You guessed it, the cheapo potty seat. He has his mama’s taste I think.

Having gotten our house all nicely outfitted with the appropriate potty paraphernalia, I was ready to give this a go! And surprisingly it worked! (I know, apparently hundreds of generations & cultures before me knew what they were doing, weird eh?) I watched the little man like a hawk and managed to catch all of his poos. Not so lucky with the pees, but that’s ok those diapers are way easier!

Life Lesson: I CAN do this! I bet with a little more time and practice this won’t even feel like work at all.

 

Day 2: Caught him first thing in the morning, and I felt like we were on a roll. Today was only going to get better than yesterday! And then we had to leave the house. BIG mistake. We came home to the exploding diaper of DOOM. I guess that’s only to be expected when he’s in his car  seat for the better part of an hour.  And it just got worse after that. I only caught him half of the time for the rest of the day. So much for that winning streak that we were supposed to be on.

Life Lesson: Pride goes before the fall. Because this isn’t as easy as it looked. But I am not going to be a quitter, so I’m sure if I just focus more we’ll get this.

 

Day 3: Today was a busy day and I knew it was going to be a bad one for EC. Was I ever right! I didn’t catch him all day, and I have the laundry pile to prove it. Do hardcore EC-ers just not leave the house or am I just missing something here?

Life Lesson: Never leave the house. No, that’s not what I was supposed to learn? Umm… Just say no to peer pressure potty-training?

 

Day 4: Was too lazy to get him to the potty first thing this morning, so as he laid next to me in MY bed I heard the result of my decision. It was a good motivator for me. Today has not been the best day ever, but we will keep trooping on and there is still a chance for my potty-training skills/sensitivity to my son/observational abilities to redeem themselves. Also, we can’t keep toilet paper on the roll anymore, its too great of a temptation for our little guy.

Life Lesson: I haven’t learned any yet, but I still have another 8 hours in my day. You can learn a lot as a parent in 8 hours!

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My mouth just died and went to heaven.

Because I just had the TurDucken of cookies.

And it was good.

Very good.

 

And then my heart hurt.

 

Because of this.





 

The TurDucken of all cookies! An Oreo stuffed inside a peanut butter cookie. It was so good. And so bad. And because I am so good I will share with you how I made it.

I used this recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies as a jumping off point. Except that my darling niece (Penny’s sweet baby) is allergic to milk. So that means that not only is butter unacceptable for making cookies, but margarine is too! (Did you know that margarine has milk in it? I did not until several days ago) So, seeing as I was already signing my death certificate by making these cookies, I threw caution to the wind and used shortening instead of margarine/butter. (Hey, at least I didn’t use lard! I was tempted though because it was 20 cents cheaper!)

At this point, I had to taste the cookie dough and see if it was going to be ok. It was. Kind of. It gave me a bit of a greasy mouth feel that I was less than pleased about. But that was ok, because then I didn’t stop right here and eat the entire bowl of cookie dough.

Not that I’ve ever done that before…

You know how the recipes always say to blend your flour and baking powder/soda together in a separate bowl before adding it? See that little teaspoon sized clump of baking soda? You can see it, because I never do the separate bowl thing. Separate bowls make more dishes, and I hate dishes. I wonder if this habit has a detrimental effect on my baking? Hmm…


At this point, Buddy Bear has thrown up on himself. Again. For the third time since I started these cookies. Should I have been concerned? Probably, but he was all smiles so I wiped up the spit-up, and soldiered on with the cookies.


The cookie dough is hanging out in the fridge right now. That’s my little secret for yummy cookies. Always chill the dough before shaping and baking. It makes them a little tighter and more caramely. Carmelized? Carmelicious? You know what I mean. Fantastic cookies with the right mix of chewy and melty and good. If you don’t know what I mean, come to my house and I will show you with your very own chocolate chip cookie of awesome.


This was my first attempt at getting the cookie dough to ‘mate’ with the Oreo. I took two big globs of dough, snuck the Oreo inbetween and rolled it into a ball. In my opinion it was too big and the cookie to Oreo ratio was way off, so I tried another technique…


I put some dough on the pan and then smushed the Oreo into the middle of it. This technique was even worse than the first one. Finally, I ended up squishing two small pieces of dough into flatter shapes and shaping it around the Oreo like a little sandwich/calzone of cookies. I think this worked the best, so that’s what I did for the rest of them.

Popped them in the oven for about 12ish minutes and tada!


A miracle was born!

 

I was quite leery of how this creation would taste, with its fusion of cookie and especially the shortening business. But when combined with the artificial taste of the Oreo, it was delicious! It didn’t taste like the typical peanut butter cookie, but that’s ok because its not typical!

So so yummy. Wrong and fattening and bad for you. But it still tasted so good!

Ok, I admit about a half hour after I ate the first Penoreo, my heart felt a little sick and my mouth tasted like shortening. But that might could be attributed to the 1 (or 6) Oreos I had during assembly (for quality control!) Either way, I would still eat these and like it!

You should eat them too. You would like it.

Unless you hate everything delicious.

But you don’t. So eat these.

 

My mouth just died and went to heaven.

Because I just had the TurDucken of cookies.

And it was good.

Very good.

 

And then my heart hurt.

 

Because of this.

Andme, mommy 101.JPG

 

The TurDucken of all cookies! An Oreo stuffed inside a peanut butter cookie. It was so good. And so bad. And because I am so good I will share with you how I made it.

 

I used this recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies as a jumping off point. Except that my darling niece (Penny’s sweet baby) is allergic to milk. So that means that not only is butter unacceptable for making cookies, but margarine is too! (Did you know that margarine has milk in it? I did not until several days ago) So, seeing as I was already signing my death certificate by making these cookies, I threw caution to the wind and used shortening instead of margarine/butter. (Hey, at least I didn’t use lard! I was tempted though because it was 20 cents cheaper!)

Andme, mommy 016.JPG

At this point, I had to taste the cookie dough and see if it was going to be ok. It was. Kind of. It gave me a bit of a greasy mouth feel that I was less than pleased about. But that was ok, because then I didn’t stop right here and eat the entire bowl of cookie dough.

Not that I’ve ever done that before…

Andme, mommy 018.JPG

You know how the recipes always say to blend your flour and baking powder/soda together in a separate bowl before adding it? See that little teaspoon sized clump of baking soda? You can see it, because I never do the separate bowl thing. Separate bowls make more dishes, and I hate dishes. I wonder if this habit has a detrimental effect on my baking? Hmm…

 

Andme, mommy 023.JPG

At this point, Buddy Bear has thrown up on himself. Again. For the third time since I started these cookies? Should I have been concerned? Probably, but he was all smiles so I wiped up the spit-up, and soldiered on with the cookies.

Andme, mommy 030.JPG

The cookie dough is hanging out in the fridge right now. That’s my little secret for yummy cookies. Always chill the dough before shaping and baking. It makes them a little tighter and more caramely. Carmelized? Carmelicious? You know what I mean. Fantastic cookies with the right mix of chewy and melty and good. If you don’t know what I mean, come to my house and I will show you with your very own chocolate chip cookie of awesome.

Andme, mommy 084.JPG

This was my first attempt at getting the cookie dough to ‘mate’ with the Oreo. I took two big globs of dough, snuck the Oreo inbetween and rolled it into a ball. In my opinion it was too big and the cookie to Oreo ratio was way off, so I tried another technique…

Andme, mommy 085.JPG

I put some dough on the pan and then smushed the Oreo into the middle of it. This technique was even worse than the first one. Finally, I ended up squishing two small pieces of dough into flatter shapes and shaping it around the Oreo like a little sandwich/calzone of cookies. I think this worked the best, so that’s what I did for the rest of them.

Popped them in the oven for about 12ish minutes and tada!

Andme, mommy 098.JPG

A miracle was born!

 

I was quite leery of how this creation would taste, with its fusion of cookie and especially the shortening business. But when combined with the artificial taste of the Oreo, it was delicious! It didn’t taste like the typical peanut butter cookie, but that’s ok because its not typical!

So so yummy. Wrong and fattening and bad for you. But it still tasted so good!

Ok, I admit about a half hour after I ate the first Penoreo, my heart felt a little sick and my mouth tasted like shortening. But that might could be attributed to the 1 or 6 Oreos I had during assembly (for quality control!) Either way, I would still eat these and like it!

My mouth just died and went to heaven.

Because I just had the TurDucken of cookies.

And it was good.

Very good.

 

And then my heart hurt.

 

Because of this.

 

 

The TurDucken of all cookies! An Oreo stuffed inside a peanut butter cookie. It was so good. And so bad. And because I am so good I will share with you how I made it.

 

I used this recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies as a jumping off point.  Except that my darling niece (Penny’s sweet baby) is allergic to milk. So that means that not only is butter unacceptable for making cookies, but margarine is too! (Did you know that margarine has milk in it? I did not until several days ago) So, seeing as I was already signing my death certificate by making these cookies, I threw caution to the wind and used shortening instead of margarine/butter. (Hey, at least I didn’t use lard! I was tempted though because it was 20 cents cheaper!)

 

At this point, I had to taste the cookie dough and see if it was going to be ok. It was. Kind of. It gave me a bit of a greasy mouth feel that I was less than pleased about. But that was ok, because then I didn’t stop right here and eat the entire bowl of cookie dough.

Not that I’ve ever done that before…

 

You know how the recipes always say to blend your flour and baking powder/soda together in a separate bowl before adding it? See that little teaspoon sized clump of baking soda? You can see it, because I never do the separate bowl thing. Separate bowls make more dishes, and I hate dishes. I wonder if this habit has a detrimental effect on my baking? Hmm…

 

 

At this point, Buddy Bear has thrown up on himself. Again. For the third time since I started these cookies? Should I have been concerned? Probably, but he was all smiles so I wiped up the spit-up, and soldiered on with the cookies.

 

The cookie dough is hanging out in the fridge right now. That’s my little secret for yummy cookies. Always chill the dough before shaping and baking. It makes them a little tighter and more caramely. Carmelized? Carmelicious? You know what I mean. Fantastic cookies with the right mix of chewy and melty and good. If you don’t know what I mean, come to my house and I will show you with your very own chocolate chip cookie of awesome.

 

This was my first attempt at getting the cookie dough to ‘mate’ with the Oreo. I took two big globs of dough, snuck the Oreo inbetween and rolled it into a ball. In my opinion it was too big and the cookie to Oreo ratio was way off, so I tried another technique…

 

I put some dough on the pan and then smushed the Oreo into the middle of it. This technique was even worse than the first one. Finally, I ended up squishing two small pieces of dough into flatter shapes and shaping it around the Oreo like a little sandwich/calzone of cookies. I think this worked the best, so that’s what I did for the rest of them.

Popped them in the oven for about 12ish minutes and tada!

 

A miracle was born!

 

I was quite leery of how this creation would taste, with its fusion of cookie and especially the shortening business.  But when combined with the artificial taste of the Oreo, it was delicious! It didn’t taste like the typical peanut butter cookie, but that’s ok because its not typical!

So so yummy. Wrong and fattening and bad for you. But it still tasted so good!

Ok, I admit about a half hour after I ate the first Penoreo, my heart felt a little sick and my mouth tasted like shortening. But that might could be attributed to the 1 or 6 Oreos I had during assembly (for quality control!) Either way, I would still eat these and like it!

You should eat them too. You would like it.

Unless you hate everything delicious.

But you don’t. So eat these.

You should eat them too. You would like it.

Unless you hate everything delicious.

But you don’t. So eat these.

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