My dad is one of eleven kids, and my mom is one of ten kids. Even though my aunts and uncles weren't nearly so prolific as my grandparents, I still have a whole lotta cousins, and it's great! Two cousins have had babies in the past month or so, and I'm blessed to live close enough to go visit.
Both are doing SO WELL, and both are nursing their little ones, which makes my heart sing. (and my milk ducts ache for another baby!) Since we're still waiting and praying for another blessing to our family, this is a lovely, lovely way to pass the time. :>)
So, let's keep the happy glow going with some fun links.
Soap slivers. Growing up and pre-Hubs, I didn't have a soap sliver problem because we just grafted them together so the old soap melted into the new and got used up. That doesn't work for Hubs. So perhaps I'll dust off the crochet hook and make something like this Soap Saver from Crochet Spot.
I don't make much in the way of clothes for Goose, but I am nuts for this "In The Garden" Shirred Twirly Dress at From an Igloo.
So I made a crib sheet out of Care Bear fabric for Goose's toddler bed. It totally didn't lure her in to sleeping there (though we took down the crib and she's hanging in there). Short story is, I'd rather have elastic all the way around for a better fit, and look! Here's a Crib/Toddler Bed Sheet Tutorial by Dana from MADE (who I love to link up!) over at luvinthemommyhood.
Such a sweet idea - Fabric "Tea Bag" Sachet from Mademoiselle Chaos.
The Train To Crazy (hee!) made three versions of fabulously, wonderfully adorable duckling costumes. Goose may have to be a duckling for Halloween next year!!
I can hardly function without my keyboard wrist pad and wrist rest mouse pad, so I was very interested in this tutorial at Updates from the Copper State for a DIY Keyboard Wrist Rest.
After writing my enormous post on food additives, I love finding recipes like this one for homemade pizza rolls from Little Life Improvements - bonus: they freeze well!
Ooh, ooh, ooh! I found lots of good ideas "the most important meal of the day" including 10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas from Kelly The Kitchen Kop (and she'll tell you why we shouldn't eat breakfast cereal, Blueberry Streusel Muffins from Amy's Finer Things, Baked Soaked Oatmeal also from Kelly (I'll have to see how it stacks up to my soaked baked oatmeal), Homemade Breakfast Cereal from Kelly, Cheeseslave's Homemade Granola with Soaked Oats & Sprouted Flour, Homemade Grape Nuts from Encouraging Nourishment, and all these posts reminded me of Sarah's Grain Free Granola, now at heartland Renaissance.
The following recipe actually made me buy apples at the store even though I couldn't remember why! I'm thinking tomorrow, Goose and I will make some Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Scones from heartland Renaissance. (Hey, Sarah... Sarah's Musings was a lot easier to spell! :>))
I am seriously hungry just looking at the picture of these Chicken Chimichangas from The Mother Huddle. (Yes, that growling you just heard was my stomach. Sorry.)
Add a big pile of cheese and some of this Homemade Enchilada Sauce from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures, and I might sign over my firstborn...
Admittedly, I'm just starting to wrap my head around using more sesame seeds. Which are a component of tahini paste. Which is a component of hummus, which is a healthy snack! Hallee the Homemaker tells us how to Swap Sunflower Seeds to Make Tahini.
Some good ideas at 5 Tips for Surviving Summer Road Trips at Inspired to Action. From the comments section, I clicked through to a book on "Carschooling".
Here are 10 Organic Garden Aids from Tipnut.
Sounds like fun to me - Mad Scientist Party (well, the first five experiments thereof, anyway) at One Charming Party.
Admittedly, I'm more of a "buy stock cabinets" sort of girl, but I'm really impressed by this Playroom Storage Wall at Sawdust and Paper Scraps.