Monthly Archives: September 2014

10 Uses for Baby Food Jars: Travel Sewing Kit [#tuesdaytips]

 (I haven’t done this one yet, so I borrowed the picture from

With a little extra time and material, you can make this adorable travel sewing kit.  Great for trips or your desk at work!


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10 Uses for Baby Food Jars: Mini First Aid Kit [#tuesdaytips]

Now, I’ve seen a lot of wipe containers used as first aid kits – and I really like that idea… but I’m thinking a little bit smaller.  Empty baby food containers would make really good mini first aid kits to keep in your glove compartment, diaper bag, desk, or purse.

Possible items to include:

  • antibiotic ointment
  • band-aids
  • a couple aspirin
  • a wipe packet
  • a cotton ball
  • tweezers
  • lighter
  • needle & thread
  • plastic glove
  • stomach medicine
  • matches
  • hard candy (low blood sugar)
  • aluminum foil sheet (folded)
  • safety pin
  • gauze
  • other medications

*Make sure any medications are clearly labeled.

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10 Uses for Baby Food Jars: Car Air Freshener [#tuesdaytips]

20140828_074345I accidentally spilled milk in my van a while back and let me tell you, it STUNK.  The next morning I had, of course, completely forgotten about the stench and I needed something to improve the smell quickly.  I grabbed a plastic baby food container and a couple of Scentsy squares… voila!  Instant air freshener.

I stuck it up by the window while I was at work and when I came back, my van smelled like fresh apple pie.  Amazing.

20140908_184611Plus, it fits right in the cup holder and has a lid.  I can’t believe I didn’t think of that sooner!

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10 Uses for Baby Food Jars: Condiment Holder [#tuesdaytips]

Baby eating baby food (blended green beans)

Baby eating baby food (blended green beans) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was actually the main reason I started keeping the empty baby food containers – to store my ketchup, ranch or BBQ sauce.  Even though the plastic ones tend to leak a little bit, I love them.  The jars work a little better, they’re sealed better… but I usually just stick them in a zipped sandwich bag anyhow.

Shredded cheese for nachos, frosting, butter…. I’m sure most people will have thought of this use already, but you never know – it could be useful to someone!

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Do any of the moms on here have any advice for nausea from progesterone pills? [#TTC + #momadvice]

**From our Facebook page – Reposted with permission.**

August 7 at 6:47am

I am not a mom yet, my dr has prescribed me progesterone pills to help kick start my cycles. Do any of the moms on here have any advice for nausea? I am on day 2 of this pill and I can barely start my day because of how sick I am.


Nabisco "Saltine" crackers

Nabisco “Saltine” crackers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • BTDT Mama Take it AFTER your first meal of the day has settled, take with PLENTY of water, and a light snack. And if it’s still an issue in a few more days call and tqlk to you Dr. about taking it later in the day or taking a half dose until your body acclimates to the additional hormones.
    Commented on by Erin Elizabeth ·August 7 at 7:06am · 
  • BTDT Mama And please call your doctor if you have worsening of nausea, abdominal cramping, clay colored urine, migraines or EXTREME irritability. Not everyone’s body responds well to hormone replacement. Give it some time as MILD GI symptoms tend to subside once your body adjusts. 
    Commented on by Erin Elizabeth ·August 7 at 7:13am · 
  • BTDT Mama If you have taken Erin’s advice and are still feeling nauseous, try some of the tips in our ‘Dealing with Car Sickness’ article. I would add sipping on an ice cold can of Sprite… I’ve heard a lot of people swear by the sea bands when they have morning sickness, so you might want to give those a try for ‘hormone sickness’!…/tuesday-tips-dealing-with…/

    My husband and stepson unfortunately have to deal with car sickness.  Although m See More
    Commented on by Alissa Dix · August 7 at 7:23am · 
  • Lorna Kahle Thank you so much! They told me this may happen for the next few months until my body adjusts. I do notice when I eat I feel better. They told me I should take it right before bed due to the drowsiness side effect. I will definitely try taking it after a meal to see if that helps and the sprite suggestion. Thank you so much!
  • Lorna Kahle I can’t thank you enough for your advice. Last night instead of taking it right before bed on a sip of water, I took it an hour after dinner and drank 3 bottles of water. I was a little groggy and slightly dizzy but It was no where near how bad it has been and I was not nauseous! I’m going to get a sea band too just to see how well that works! Thanks so much!
  • BTDT Mama Talk to your doctor about putting you on a nausea pill. Also try sea bands and dramamine
    Commented on by Lauren Vangelder ·August 8 at 7:18pm · 
  • Lorna Kahle The progesterone is compounded with b6 and b12 vitamins which should help nausea but it’s not working too much for me. When I call for my next month of pills I’m going to see what they can do for nausea. So far I’m on night two of taking it after dinner with tons of water and that is helping tremendously. I’m going to try a sea band too.
  • BTDT Mama Honestly I swear by drama mine that’s what I took
    Commented on by Lauren Vangelder ·August 8 at 8:37pm · 
  • Lorna Kahle K I will ask about that too 
  • BTDT Mama Dang spell correct its called dramamine its an over the counter sea sickness meds
    Commented on by Lauren Vangelder ·August 8 at 10:39pm · 
  • Lorna Kahle Oh gotcha! I will pick some up then
  • BTDT Mama (Still talk to your Dr first!:) )
    Commented on by Alissa Dix · August 9 at 9:42am · Like

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Getting Jo to Sleep in her Own Bed [#babysleeping]

20140817_220106JR and I decided that it was about time we made a concerted effort to get the kids in bed on time so we could have an hour of kid-free time in the evenings.  The plan was to have both kids sleeping in bed by nine o’clock and to enjoy each other’s company from nine to ten (our bedtime).  Getting TicksJr to bed the first night wasn’t much of a challenge, we bribed him with a movie in bed and he was already comfy cozy at around 8:30.  So then the focus was on Jojo… the plan was to get her ready for bed from 8:00-8:30, give her a bottle and story from 8:30-9:00 and then put her in her crib to go to sleep.  Now, previous to this, Jojo has generally fallen asleep in our bed and, in order for our plan to work, she was going to have fall asleep in her own bed…

When we put her in her bed, she started screaming bloody murder.  She wasn’t having any of that business.

I was prepared for this – I don’t know if I’m a heartless person, but besides stressing me out a bit it didn’t bother me that much that she was crying.  I knew she was fine.  I knew she was safe.  I had known this was coming and I had let JR know how this was going to go – but he just couldn’t handle it.  It was almost painful to watch him force himself not to go into that room and scoop up our princess into his arms.

Eventually she stopped crying and I looked into our room to see JR holding her and rocking.  Going in there and holding her had been part of the plan, but only after a certain amount of time had gone by.  Like 15 minutes…

And it had been about 7.

We somehow managed to make it through that night and she eventually fell asleep around 10:00.

The next night was pretty much the same thing, except I rocked her in the room for about 15 minutes while her sound machine made noise and colors.  Then I put her in the bed and she screamed for about 15 minutes – then I picked her up and rocked her in my arms again for about 15 minutes.  Then she screamed for about 10 minutes and fell asleep.  (See a pattern here?)


But then I was panicking that she died or something and I had to go in to check if she was still breathing.

Once I was reassured that she was still living, I joined JR in the living room and we enjoyed out kid free time.

It was delightful.

The next night we did the bed time routine and I rocked her for 15 minutes, put her down and she went right to sleep!

She did wake up once in the middle of the night crying (she even stood up) and I was about to get her, but then her sound machine came on and (to my shock & surprise) she laid back down and went right back to sleep.

A small miracle.

Here’s the sound machine we have:


The Munchkin Voice Activated Crib Light, but I got it when TicksJr was a baby (six years ago) and it looks like they don’t sell it anymore.

Here are a couple I found on that look relatively similar:


Nature’s Lullaby Player with Nightlight

The First Years Gentle Vibrations 3-in-1 Crib Soother

The second one is a lot more expensive than the first one, but the second one VIBRATES – which I would definitely recommend if you don’t already have a vibrating crib mattress.  (Side note:  I LOVE our vibrating crib mattress!)  Oh, and the second one has a light – ours has multi-colored lights, but Jojo doesn’t really seem to care one way or another about them.  Although, it is an easy way to get peek at your sleeping baby without waking them up…

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10 Uses for Baby Food Jars: Jewelry Container [#tuesdaytips]

20140828_100104I don’t know about you, but I have 10,000 empty baby food containers sitting around my house.  My husband asks me why I don’t throw them away (and then he calls me a hoarder) but I just KNOW I have uses for them.  So I decided to make a list of my top ten uses for old baby food jars/containers!

(These are not in any particular order.)

I just used a baby food jar this morning when I went to the gym.  How, you ask, did I manage to use a baby food jar during my morning work out?  I actually used it to store my jewelry.  I work at a college, so I can fit in a quick trip to the gym before I clock in – but I have to bring my clothing/jewelry with me.  20140828_100041The little baby food containers are the perfect size to hold a pair of earrings and a (long) necklace.

I was super excited when I thought this up this morning.  I’m sure someone out there has done this before… but there’s probably also someone out there who read this and was all like “EUREKA!  Now I know what to do with all those baby food containers I’ve been saving!”

You’re welcome.


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