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How to Clean Your Dishwasher

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A common problem with dishwashers is that they form rust stains on the inside. This happens because the iron in the water is reacting to the oxygen in the dishwasher and the air moisture. If you have city water (like me) the stains probably won't be that bad, but over time it really gives the interior of your dishwasher that dingy and "old" look. Here's a super quick fix!

You may not care about what the inside of your dishwasher looks like, as long as it's getting the dishes clean. But if you're a little picky like me, or especially if you're selling your home, you want the inside to sparkle just as much as your dishes. It's the little things that buyers are looking for, and a clean dishwasher can make the appliance look newer and seem more efficient. Not to mention, any cleaning tips that require very little effort on my part are definitely worth it.

I got this tip from the television show Get It Sold, but homeowners (and mothers!) have been doing th…

Upcycled Baby Food Jars (A Craft Project!)

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It is currently 94 degrees at my sunny Virginia home, and I am inside wearing long sleeves and long pants, socks and shoes, because it is all I can do to keep from scratching at the excessive amount of mosquito bites I received over the weekend. Ahhhhh nature. Have any anti-itch remedies? I've heard that toothpaste works well, but you don't necessarily want to use it because of the flouride content getting into your bloodstream(which is the same reason you spit it out instead of swallowing it). I'm really looking forward to my husband coming home with some Benadryl. Thank God for modern medicine, and for not placing me on this earth 100+ years ago.

Yesterday afternoon I was feeling slightly more motivated than usual and decided to upcycle some baby food jars. Upcycling is a type of recycling that consists of turning something disposable (like used baby food jars) into something of higher value. I'm a huge fan of recycling and keeping the world a greener place, so most…

Haircut for a Princess

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Happy Friday!

My Black Bean Stuffed Peppers were a huge hit at dinner last night. 1/30 recipes tried for my Day Zero Project. Have a recipe you'd like me to try? I'd love to hear from you! Please email me at hollyatnaptime@gmail.com for a chance to have your recipe featured on my blog! And make sure to read my full review of the Black Bean Stuffed Peppers here.

I mentioned a couple weeks ago that we booked our 2011 family vacation to Walt Disney World. I couldn't be more excited! Here is your second Disney Secret: Harmony Barber Shop.

OK... so maybe Harmony Barber Shop isn't a secret, but if you're not paying attention while walking down Main Street USA you just might miss it. They offer haircuts for all ages, but their real specialty is first haircuts. For just $16, a first haircut comes with special things like Mickey stickers, bubbles, a little magic pixie dust, special "First Haircut" mouse ears, a certificate, and a lock of hair for mom and dad to …

Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

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One of my biggest weaknesses is that I am a creature of habit. Often when I go to a restaurant for the first time, I will order something I've had before somewhere else. And... rest assured I will probably order the same thing every other time I go to that restaurant for the rest of my life.

Ok - maybe I exaggerate a little bit, but  my habitualness is pretty bad. So when it comes to cooking dinner for my family, I pretty much rotate among the same 10 dishes that I know and love. If we try anything new, it's almost certain that my husband made it. He's good at creating new concoctions and thinking outside the box. I'm hardly willing to try new recipes let alone create my own. And this really irritates me. I especially want my daughter to grow up trying a variety of different things, because there are so many kids out there that just eat nothing but junk, and of course those bad habits don't suddenly change during adulthood. It's time to get those good eating h…

Baby in the Sky

It's Wednesday, but it sure does feel like Monday. I just got home last night from a whirlwind weekend trip to see family and go to a wedding. Special shout out to Continental Airlines for making the travel a little less complicated. It was our first time traveling with baby, and my husband and I are generally not happy travelers. You know that couple you see arguing over the stupidest things like where to grab lunch or who carries what bag? Yea... that's us. In fact, our first fight happened in an airport. We laugh about it now, and I think both he and I know that what is said in the airport can not be held against us. Somehow though, baby made everything easier. People are nicer, they help you through security, crew members offer to carry your bags, flight attendants asked us if we wanted to board and get comfortable before they let anyone else on. Wow! If you haven't flown with your baby, I highly recommend it. Our daughter was a little fussy, but she didn't cry or …

Day Zero Project - The List

Phew! I'm exhausted! I feel like my brain is on overdrive after the last few days, as I have prepared my list for the Day Zero Project.

One of the great things about blogging is that it helps me keep up with what my friends are doing in various locations and stages of life. I first read about the Day Zero Project over at my dear friend Lauren's personal blog -  Laurenchanting. Basically, the task at hand is to create a list of 101 things you want to accomplish in 1,001 days. The website is designed to help you keep progress of how you're doing, as well as to find inspiration for things to add to your list. This unique idea started in New Zealand by a guy named Michael Green, and it has traveled it's way around the world pretty rapidly.

First of all, thanks to Lauren for blogging about this awesome idea! Creating my list has really motivated me to expand my horizons, and the 1,001 days is a good (and fair) benchmark for many of the "To-Dos" I've had on m…

I love Diapers.com

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Last night my 9 month old daughter did the cutest thing in the entire world! My husband was laying on the floor playing with her, and she crawled over, lifted his shirt up and blew a raspberry on his tummy! It was the sweetest thing in the world, and both of us were so shocked that she put all those steps together, but she totally knew what she wanted to do and she set out to do it.

Parenthood is awesome.

One of the things that makes it even more awesome is the website Diapers.com. They literally carry everything baby, from the (obvious) diapers, to the food, toys, books, blankets, safety products and more! What's even better is the free overnight shipping on all orders of $50 or more. I absolutely love logging in to purchase my mega cases of diapers and wipes, and having them magically appear on my doorstep the following morning. Talk about convenience! They take coupons, too!

I usually don't gloat about businesses. This is my personal opinion, and I assure you I have no affi…

Goals

Today, for the first time in a long time, I woke up thinking "Today is going to be a great Monday." I'm not even sure such a thing exists, but I could just tell that today was going to be close. My daughter only woke briefly once in the night, after a stint of about a week where she was suddenly wake 4-5 times/night. Also, I woke up before her this morning, and was able to get dressed and prepare for the day in total peace. That never happens!

It was an eventful weekend in parenting. Friday night we made our first late night run to the store for needed supplies. In this case, an infant suppository. Our poor peanut was tossing in turning in bed and completely uncomfortable, crying out in pain. I'm usually not a fan of messing with our bodies natural processes, so I was a little weary of trying the suppository, but it worked like magic. Within four, no, three and a half minutes our daughter had relieved herself and was ready to comfortably go to sleep. Thank you Pedia…

TGIF

Thank Goodness It's Friday!

I'm so ready for the weekend, phew! Two weeks ago my daughter started crawling, and because our house has a pretty open floor plan we needed to order our baby gates online instead of purchasing the regular doorway sized gates. I really love shopping with One Step Ahead. They have so many unique children's items! But come on already! I'm going to go bananas if those baby gates don't get here soon. I feel like all week I've been chasing our daughter around saying "No, no, sweetie.... nope... honey don't do that.... not the cat's water .... no. No. No. NO!" Not to say that I'm not happy that she is mobile. I'm thrilled! We were just a little unprepared at how quickly it would happen.

As much as I love being out and about on the town during the weekend, I'm really looking forward to a weekend at home to get some much needed cleaning and organizing done. My family is traveling to Michigan next weekend for a…

One Car Family

My husband and I both gave up our cars a few years ago when we moved to Manhattan. After all, most people don't drive in New York City. The parking alone was going to be $400/month, and with such easily accessible public transit, the transition from two cars to no car was really easy. In fact, as much as I dreaded my daily commute from the village to the Upper East Side, it's one of the things I miss most about the city.

Upon moving to Virginia suburbia, we knew that once again we were going to become car owners. Out here the public transportation is sparse, and cars are just how people get around! On the weekend we moved down, we purchased one brand new car. For the last 18 months we have shared that car, making us the definition of a "one car family."

Now, it really bothers me that there is such a stigma attached to being a one car family. Is it that we must be really environmentally conscious and doing our part to keep a greener planet? Nope. It's that we mus…

10 Years Old Again

Happy Sunday, everyone. I hope the weekend has treated you well. It hasn't turned out the way I had planned for it to, but has been surprisingly delightful all the same. Last weekend my daughter started crawling, and now she is zoom, zoom, zoooooming all over the place! In a lot of ways it feels like she's an entirely new baby now, and lately my husband and I have just been having so much fun with her! She's been super smiley and social and every day we just love her more than the day before. It's amazing. Parenthood is absolutely the best. I mean, you know you're going to love your children before they arrive in the world, but I don't think anyone can describe the actual, true feelings. It's so beyond what I ever thought I could feel.

This morning my husband and I had nursery duty at church and were lucky enough to care for our friends' three month old son. He's absolutely perfect, and after holding him both my husband and I felt how much we misse…

The 2, 3, 4 Rule

It's almost the weekend! For some reason, I feel like this week has gone on forever. If you're in the Richmond, VA area this weekend make sure you check out the Carytown Watermelon Festival on Sunday. 2,500 watermelons have been donated by Martin's and the proceeds go to benefit Shriner's Children's Hospitals. (Plus there will be a ton of entertainment lined up and various other vendors and children's activities.)

Now, the main reason for my post.

As humans, most of us are creatures of habit and routine - I know I am. I am completely resistant to change and trying things in "new ways" but luckily I understand that for personal growth this is sometimes necessary. When it came to changing my daughter's schedule to be more flexible, I was even more resistant. Everything I've always heard from my child development classes to years of working in various daycares and child learning facilities is that "children crave routine and direction."…

Box Tops for Education

I'm a huge fan of Box Tops for Education. In a world where public schools already receive too little funding, I don't understand why anyone wouldn't collect their box tops. Huge companies like Cheerios, Pillsbury & Ziploc all proudly include the 10 cent Box Tops for Education logo on their products, giving us 10 cents for our children's schools. I know that 10 cents might not seem like a lot, but it is 10 cents that the school didn't have before.

Collecting box tops can also be fun for your kids, and a positive example of how to help out the community. When you sign up online, you can also follow your school's progress. Most schools are already registered, but if your school isn't, please consider leading the cause! My daughter will not be attending Kindergarten for another 4 years, and we may even move before then, but in the meantime there is no reason for us not to support our local elementary school. During the 2009-2010 school year my local school…

A Sleeping Retreat

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Monday, Monday, Monday. I'm happy to say that for the first time in a long time, I woke up feeling refreshed. Probably mostly because my 8 month old daughter only got up one time in the night, but also in part because I was waking up with brand new 100% organic cotton sheets. Aaaahhhhh.

Not long ago my husband asked me when we were going to make any progress on our master bedroom. It is by far the saddest room in the house, but only by default I'm afraid. When we learned that we were expecting last year and had just purchased a new home, all of our priorities shifted. Our backyard needed to be seeded, needed flower beds, needed flowers, needed a fence (still working on that one), and the babies room needed all the things a baby's room needs (plus some, of course). We needed to purchase a car, after living in NYC for two and a half years without one. And we needed appliances. Back then, the look of our bedroom was extremely far down on the list of important things.

When m…