Knit Pattern: Garter Stitch Mobius Cowl for Babies and Toddlers

This cowl was the result of my needing something to keep from fidgeting during a language course last year. As was usual in the autumn, I started carrying yarn and needles around in my bag to keep my hands occupied. This led to my friend wanting to pick up knitting again and asking for a simple but practical beginner pattern. Scarves, I told her. Great, my girls need scarves, she said. But not the dangly ones — an infinity sort that will sit neatly because we have to put so many layers on them during the winter, she added. So we started …

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Most important meal of the day.

Just uncovered this from the photo dump folder while I was cleaning up and had to post it to the blog. I have to wonder just how many other moms out there have this same dilemma. Although I always have snacks for the little guy available in my purse, I will forget to pack my own breakfast three times out of five a week. At least this means that my supply of baby snacks is always relatively fresh 😉 Those Moomin whole grain and fruit cereal bars (middle) are pretty tasty, actually. The Ella’s cookies were a bit dry but …

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Pin There, Done That: Sensory Bottles, Part 1

This was one of those projects that I had been meaning to make since Blob was one, but didn’t get around to doing until January of this year. To be fair, though, there is far less choice for large, sturdy plastic bottles in Finland, since they are considered horribly wasteful. Innocent Juice made the ones I was most happy with, so I started saving my juice bottles after we were done with them. The plastic is not as thick as I would like, but still highly resilient to toddler abuse. The mouth is wide enough to fit a variety of items …

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Toddler logic is not Earth logic.

We have apparently entered the compound word phase. Which would be great except that the words are still somewhat questionable at best. For instance, Blob cannot pronounce “ankka” so ducks are now “kakka”. Which can be somewhat confusing, especially when we are trying to tell if he needs a diaper change. But that’s all just setup. So we have cartoons on in the morning while I get dressed. The little guy usually eats then runs around shouting “moo!” and “ihahaa! ” while waving his stuffed cow and horse. Today he noticed the parrot while watching Jake and the Neverland pirates. Him: Moo! …

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Ella’s Kitchen Fabulously Filling Fish Pie (with mash)

So I did a review of all of the current Stage 2 meals available in Finland a few months ago. Not completely satisfied with the range, I took the opportunity when traveling to pick up a few more flavors to try out on our little bottomless pit. This was an exercise in giving him variety, though I wasn’t so sure his reactions would be consistent since he only got to taste these once or twice. Then again, there isn’t much that he won’t eat in the end, so who knows? Ella’s Kitchen Fabulously Filling Fish Pie with mash. It looks like… well, mashed …

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The 2015 harvest season begins!

This year’s harvest season started a little late, thanks to the mild spring extending into a cooler-than-normal summer. Along with the regular rainfall, this led to abundant flowers that resulted in what is looking like a bumper crop for many of our fruits. Above, my first strawberry harvest from the first weekend of July. These strawberries are typically ready by mid-June. However, once they started, I was pretty much out in that strawberry field every few days keeping those plants picked clean. Half of them went into the freezer for later use (mostly the ugly ones, which are better for incorporating …

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The more things change…

December 2007. T and I were watching TV as our new kitten Misu scampered around our feet, doing all the things that silly young things do. At one point, she was out of our field of vision and we heard frantic thumping, followed by a resigned whine. After a minute, I went over to investigate and found this sorry sight. The look on her face was one of, “Sigh. Life is hard.” Being the loving parent I am, I immediately grabbed my camera and snapped a photo before freeing her. This photo remains on my phone to this day because …

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A Year of Blob… with bonus tractor ridin’ action!

Our little dude turned 1 this weekend. 1 year! It mostly passed in a sleep-deprived haze, but we’re still very pleased to watch him turning into his own little person. So many infant things to pack away, even as our living room is rapidly filling up with clunky, loud toddler things. Well, let’s save the sentimental stuff for later — today, I mostly wanted to share this video of Blob playing with his favorite birthday toy, a riding tractor! His father apparently had a similar one when he was the same age, so insisted on getting it. I was rather …

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Ella’s Kitchen Stage 2 Textured Meal Pouches

We’re jumping forward a bit here from the Stage 1 stuff that I’ve previously reviewed because I wanted to follow along our dinner progression path for a bit. I mentioned that we started out with veggie purees, to which I began adding a bit of meat or couscous as the weeks went by. At 6 months, we moved on to Stage 2 meals entirely, which are “textured not lumpy”, as the pouches point out. They list these meals as 7 months and up on the label, but based on what I’ve read and Blob’s willingness to try everything, we thought it’d …

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