Monthly Archives: August 2010

Trying to get out of this rut

Between a baby with the flu and teething, my life has been absolutely revovling around this child.  My house is a diseaster, the laundry is piled high, I have not been knitting or sewing, and it’s been at least a week since I last cooked a meal.

Because I haven’t been cooking, I haven’t been eating well.  We’ve been eating out more than I would like, and my fridge is not stocked with the usual goodies.  Because of these two issues, I haven’t been sticking to my vegan diet.  That’s right, I’ve been eating cheese (gasp, I know).

His crying and whining has made me depressed and feeling like I’m failing at everything.  I need to shake this and get on with life.  I’ve re-evaluated my priorities and goals.  I have a new plan, hopefully one that will work.

I want to lose about 10 more pounds.  Unfortunately I’ve plateaued for about 3 months, so I need to change things up a bit and work even harder.  I’ve added a spin class to my schedule and been doing push-ups and sit-ups throughout the day.

Mostly my diet needs cleaning up.  A vegan diet needs to be well planned and diverse if one is going to thrive eating this way.  I need to plan better, keep foods ready to eat because sometimes I just get too hungry or busy to cook.  I’ve decided to make a personal chef day once a week.

Once upon a time I was planning to make a career of personal cheffing, so luckily I have a good idea about what needs to be done.  Basically I will plan all my meals for a week, make as many ahead of time as I can and keep them in the freezer and fridge for easy meals.  If I dedicate one day a week to doing this, I think the rest of my week will be pretty easy as far as the food situation is concerned.

Luckily the baby is feeling better today and I hope it continues.  I find myself getting a little depressed and missing his usual happy self.  I know I can handle him better if I’m taking care of myself too.  

Motherhood is so hard sometimes.


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Shabby Chic Diaper Bag

In the 30 Days of Sewing group on Ravelry, we decided to have a Flouncy Bag Sew-Along.  The pattern is from the book, One Yard Wonders.  Many of us were interested in making it, and making it together was really fun.  We were able to ask each other questions, share pictures, and just chat about the pattern.

I was interested in making the bag for a quick trip diaper bag.  I have a messenger bag I use, but it’s kind of big.  It can hold many cloth diapers, wipes, toys, burp rags, extra outfits, my current knitting project (and book), and all my necessities.  Sometimes I feel like I’m lugging around the entire nursery.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this messenger bag. It’s been so good.  I did want a smaller, cuter bag for those quick trips where only one diaper change may happen.

Since I use cloth diapers and they are bulky, this couldn’t be the quick change bags that are in the book, One Yard Wonders.  I thought this would be the perfect bag for this purpose.

In the bag I have: One pocket diaper, 2 cloth wipes, a wet bag, my wallet, sunglasses, cell phone, keys, a pen and lip gloss.  This all fits inside nicely.  Since the pattern says to sew loops of ribbon on the inside, my smaller things are held securely to the side and easily accessed.  I still even have room for a toy and some snacks for the little one. 

Overall I am very happy with the way the bag turned out.  I omitted the D-rings and decorative ribbon on the strap.  I didn’t have either, but I don’t think it made much of a difference.  I love the fabric I used. It’s matches my personality with the shabby theme and of course, my love of roses.


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I have the sweetest baby.  He turned 9 months old yesterday.  We both have the flu right now which is not fun. 

After a few sleepless nights and a few really long days, my efforts have been rewarded.  My baby called out “Mama” and reached for me when he was feeling his worst.  He’s been saying it so much now!  I can’t believe how he’s growing and how smart he is.

I love my baby more than anything in the world.  I hope he gets feeling better soon.

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Committing to a Vegan diet and other goals

I’ve had a rough few weeks, but now I can say that I’m back!  Life’s back to its regular routine.  I am making some changes though, so I thought I would blog about them.

First of all, I am committing to a Vegan diet.  Indefinitely.  I know there are times when I need to be flexible, but I want to be vegan.  Here are a few reasons why I love it so much:

1. I am actively choosing compassion over killing

2. I feel GREAT when I don’t consume animal products, especially dairy and eggs

3. I don’t have to worry about weight management

4. It makes me happy.

I am undecided about what to do about the animal fiber dilemma.  I’m very torn.  I’m going to work through my stash and then decide later.  For now, I already have it so I might as well use it.  So if I can’t use the word vegan to define myself, I’m going to call myself a herbivore.

Last night I made rice and almond milks, fresh wheat bread, and slow cooked some garbanzos overnight.  I’m very excited that things are going all the way back to the way they were, like when I was vegan the first time.

I need to finish my socks this week.  I had a very difficult time knitting when we had company for the past two weeks.  I’m happy to work on them again.

I’m starting on Day 1 for the 30 Days of Sewing again.  Sewing also makes me very happy, and I just love setting time aside daily to work on it.  It is very fulfilling, and visiting in the Ravelry group is so much fun.  There are so many fun women there and it’s encouraging to talk to them, work through problems, and share our sewing projects.  The group really keeps me going.

I’m going to try really hard to incorporate sign language into the baby’s routine.  We’ve been working on it for a week, and he is responding really well to it.  I feel like he’s understanding what I’m trying to say to him.  I know the key with signing is consistency, so I’ll do my best. 

I know that was very random, but I just wanted to share my thoughts.  I hope everyone has been well.

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