Our life in B-town

Attempting family life that is frugal, organic and eco-friendly

Lions Then Elephants and Now Giraffes! August 27, 2012

Filed under: Frugal,Johnathon,Pregnancy,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 12:28 am

I love baby decor. I picked a theme for each of my boys while I was pregnant with them. Johnathon was little lions, Zephaniah was elephants and Solomon will be giraffes. I figured I would just keep going with the safari animal theme with the boys. ūüôā

When I was pregnant with Johnathon I was a very broke single mom on bed rest. But I still wanted Johnathon to have a cute bedding set that matched his theme. I picked lions for his theme because they went so well with his personality. He is a very noble and loyal little guy, fiercely protective of those he loves. I got a blue gingham bumper second hand. I think it was only $5 at the Goodwill. Someone made me a sweet patchwork quilt with little lions on it. It was mostly blue and yellow so I pickled up a few bright yellow sheets second hand. I never found a crib skirt that would work with his bedding so he doesn’t have one. My mother got me his crib right after he was born. Target was having a clearance so I picked a white crib for him from those clearance out. I believe it was only $80 and it converts all the way up to a full size bed so I will never need to buy him another bed frame, just a mattress and foundation when the time comes. ¬†I found a dresser with a broken drawer in the dumpster after he was born so I fished it out bleached the heck out of it and glued the drawer back together and painted it. Both the boys still use it for clothes now. I am washing his blanket now but when I get a chance I will take a picture of it and add it to this post later.

When I was pregnant with Zephaniah I knew if I had another boy I would do elephants. I had seen way too many cute baby elephant themed things that just inspired me. Plus they seemed to fit his personality well. He is always hungry and is very methodical in how he does things, always the same way and if you vary in his routine he gets upset. ¬†He also has a great memory! He remembers everything I show him or tell him, plus he is totally stubborn. His bedding choice was easier. I just bought him a set I found on clearance that I liked and had elephants. I spent $45 on the set and it included a sheet, bed skirt, and blanket. I am still making his mobile (Bad mommy! But in my defense we were homeless at the time of his birth and I didn’t really get his crib together until after he was 6 months old and we had a home again.) but it matches his crib set and is very cute. I want to make one for Johnathon too but I worry he is too big for these things now. We shall see how he reacts to Zephaniah’s first before I decide. I searched for almost a year for a similar solid back white crib for Zephaniah and finally found one in March and it was on sale for $200! Score! At the top of my budget but considering I got a good deal on everything else this works, especially since it also converts all the way up into a full bed!

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For Solomon I am still on the fence about what I want to do. I love the ease of a set ¬†but the price is killing me so I am considering another piecemeal set. I am sorta leaning towards finding pieces that are¬†separate¬†because¬†I am not particularly loving the sets I find. I kinda want to do a grey and yellow color theme this time and I found a set I liked but it is now no longer sold. Of course! I have found the blanket but not the bumpers, skirt or sheet. I am thinking of just getting the blanket and getting other things that ¬†match it. I also love the idea of a grey chevron bumper. It has great contrast for developing eyes and would fit in nicely with the other patterns in the boys room. I just need to find an affordable grey chevron bumper and I will do it. ūüôā Now I need to find another solid back¬†convertible¬†crib because ¬†the one that took forever to find for Zephaniah is now no longer¬†available! Of course! ¬†If you see one ¬†then let me know!

If you are interested then check out my pinboard going for little Solomon here.


Protected: Been Baking for Barter! August 23, 2012

Filed under: Frugal,Holidays,Johnathon,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 2:42 am

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Brenda’s Italian White Bean Soup/Stew August 14, 2012

Filed under: Doing for others,recipes,Sean,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 1:11 am

I made this last week and I had been meaning to post it but I had other things I wanted to post too!

  • 1 lb Dried great northern beans (or other white, mild flavored beans -I used White Lima beans)
  • 4 Chicken or veggie bullion cubes (Or about 1 quart of broth-I used home-made chicken broth)
  • 1 quart of water to cook beans (Omit if you use broth, you can always add extra water if the beans soak it all up)
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning (I omitted because I used home-made spaghetti which was already spiced to my liking)
  • 2.5ish cups spaghetti sauce (or one of the cans from the dollar store -I used home-made I had in the freezer)
  • 1 bunch spinach or half block frozen chopped spinach

*Optional* None of these things are required for the recipe to turn out but I will comment on what I added to mine. ūüôā

  • Up to 1 lb ¬†ground beef or¬†Italian¬†sausage ( I used sweet Italian sausage links)
  • Dried or fresh garlic to taste
  • 1/4 cup of shredded zucchini (I had some in the freezer so I tossed it in)
  • 1/2 cup of sliced carrots (I had some shredded in the freezer so I added that)
  • 1/2 cup of Sliced green, yellow, orange or red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup of sliced eggplant
  • 1/4 cup of mushrooms
  • 1/2 olive slices

Put beans, water, bullion (or broth), seasoning and sauce and garlic if using in pot or crock pot. Cook until beans are soft. If you are adding sausage or beef, brown that and add now. Chop spinach (and other veggies) and add to soup and bring back up to simmer. More water/broth makes it more like soup, and  less water like a thick stew or chilli texture. This makes a TON of food. Definitely enough for leftovers several times though!

My yummy bowl of soup!

My family LOVED this recipe and even my pickiest (Sean!) said we should make it again. It was an easy throw together dinner that is good for everyone. Zephaniah was the only one who couldn’t eat it because he is¬†sensitive¬†to tomatoes and gets a rash but it wasn’t a big deal to boil a few beans and veggies into his own little soup though. I am sending part of the left overs over to a friend that just had a baby along with lasagna, blueberry muffins and¬†vegetarian¬†chilli. Perhaps a few other things too but we shall see how ambitious I am!



Filed under: About me,Birth,Pregnancy,Sean,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 1:22 am

Meredith was finally able to get our announcement pictures back to us! Darn her working 3 jobs! This makes the official announcement!

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We are having our third BOY! His name will be Solomon David Hezekiah!


Heartburn August 11, 2012

Filed under: Johnathon,Pregnancy,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 10:03 pm

Old wives’ tales say heartburn while pregnant means baby with hair. For me so far this has been true. Johnathon was born with very very little hair and Zephaniah was born with a full head of¬†fiery¬†red hair!

Newborn Johnathon

With Johnathon I had very no heartburn and there was barely any hair on his head! I craved Mexican food (Namely taco salad!) and potatoes my whole pregnancy.

Newborn Zephaniah Photo by Jen Martin Studios

With Zephaniah I had TONS of heartburn! It almost never stopped no matter what I did! He was born with a full head of hair. I craved Mexican food (Namely enchiladas) and jalapeno poppers with raspberry sauce.

This little one is giving me heartburn again! I have been eating tums and papaya like it is going out of style as well as drinking milk to no avail! Let’s see if it is true this time too!

Did you have heartburn during your pregnancies? Where your babes born with tons of hair?


Protected: Braxton Hicks, More Water and Baby Sitting!

Filed under: Birth,Johnathon,Pregnancy,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 12:02 am

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I did not want to cook tonight! August 6, 2012

Filed under: Johnathon,recipes,Sean,Self sufficiency,Solomon,Zephaniah — rorosarahbeth @ 11:00 pm

So I guess I will make crock pot mac and cheese. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is the best and easiest one I have found! You don’t even have to cook the noodles! ¬†I do pop it into the oven and add a¬†crumb¬†topping . The original recipe is here. I find this is a great recipe for sneaking veggies into! Tonight I added shredded zucchini¬†and summer squash and even Sean couldn’t tell! I mean yeah he knew it was in there since it was greenish but he could barely taste it! ¬†Johnathon thought I was super cool for making GREEN in the Mac and Cheese! He is pretty good at veggies but it is always good to sneak in a few more!

2 cups  milk
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
1 egg
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (Or a little more if you like it cheesy!)
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/2 grated summer squash
1/2 grated zucchini
Salt and pepper to taste (my family is not really a fan of either so I don’t add any to the pot and each adds their own)
Crumb topping(optional)
1/4 cup of bread crumbs
1/2 cup of wheat germ
2 tbsp of butter
Grease or spray your crock pot really well. Then just put everything into your crock pot and mix well. Don’t cook the noodles before adding them! Turn the pot on LOW and cook for 3-4 hours. I like the slightly browned crisp edges so I usually cook it for closer to the 4 hour mark.If desired then mix the bread crumbs and wheat germ and melt the butter, mix this all together and put on the top of the finished¬†macaroni¬†and cheese and pop into the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 350 or until the crumbs are slightly browned. This feeds my family as a main dish easily and has enough for left overs.

Mac and Cheese crock pot style!

With the crumb topping!

My bowl of yuminess!