Oh, Peppa Pig.

My little J is so enthralled with Peppa Pig. I always said I wouldn't be one of those parents who let's their kids watch hours of TV, and for the most part I am still not, but when it comes to Peppa... well, she is on our TV quite often. Juniper snorts at us when she wants to watch it, which is really pretty cute, but sometimes a little demanding. We are working on lessening our screen time, which is kind of working. Let's say it works some days and some days it doesn't. But we always try to balance screen time with active play. Everything in moderation. At least that is what I tell myself. 

Anyway- if you don't know Peppa, she is a cheeky little British piggy. She is a little sassy, pretty funny, and loves to jump in muddle puddles, but you must wear your boots! Look her up, she's pretty cute.

Before Christmas we found out Peppa Pig was coming to town. I was a little unsure of how my then 17 month old would do at a live stage show geared to 4-5 years old. But my mom wasn't having it. She knew right away that J would love it and ordered up tickets. And she was totally right, Juniper stared with awe the whole time. She sat perfectly still, or danced and clapped when appropriate. It was adorable. 

Of course, we had to wear our Peppa hat that I made for Halloween this year.

And one of my all time favorite pictures of Juniper, she really sat like this for at least 20 minutes. And my heart melted.

I mean how can you deny that face who just loves Peppa? Have you taken your kids to any live shows? Was it wonderful? I hope so!


On Slow Parenting

I recently read a post on A Cup of Jo (one of my favorite blogs) about slow parenting. It so struck a cord with me. I am a rush rush, be on time type of person. I really enjoy being on time, to the point that I am always early. Constantly pushing J along to get here, go there, let's go. It often feels like go, go, go all the time. 

After reading Joanna's post I realized how much I was missing by pushing her along. So we are taking more slow walks, where I let her meander around the neighborhood with no agenda. We pick up sticks and acorns, head this way for a few feet and turn around because we missed a flower in the other direction. Sometimes we just stop to look at our neighborhood "woof-woofs". If I am honest, it sometimes drives me a little batty- but I am learning to move at her pace, when we can.

I mean, the joy on that little face at the simple pleasure of picking up a stick on our evening walk to the mail box earlier this past summer. I just can't. It's to precious to lose for the sake of moving too fast. 

On of J's favorite things to do is turn the light switches. And it is usually happening as we are rushing out the door to get somewhere. So I am usually doing it myself just to get the job done. I have been recently letting her do it and it brings her such joy to watch the light turn on and off that I might be able to handle being a minute or two late.

Have your tried slow parenting? I think it's pretty great and I hope to find more ways to incorporate it into our everyday. Will you try it?


A Nasty Splinter and It's Remedy

Last night I had the privilege to share my handmade goods at a holiday shopping night. It was set in a gorgeous barn and my space was near an old wood wall with tons of yummy character. As I was setting up, nailing hooks into the walls to hang my quilts I got a nasty splinter. Now, I would say I have a pretty high pain tolerance. But splinters, like stubbing your baby toe or paper cuts are just painful in the worst little way. Now, avert your eyes if you have a weak stomach, cause here it is:

Oh man. That little thing hurt so bad for the past, well, the past hours that I have been awake this morning. Long enough to make me want to cut my finger off. Seriously, chasing a toddler with a finger that screamed at you every time you bumped it was not a fun way to spend the morning. The skin is tight there on top of my finger so I couldn't really massage the offender out. I knew there had to be a remedy in my oil jar! 

I have been using Young Living Essential Oils for almost a year now and I find so many uses for them so I'm not really surprised they helped here.

So- To remove this nasty splinter, all it took was 1 drop of Thieves Oil. That's it! I let the oil sit on the spot for 10 minutes. I held my breath and pushed in the opposite direction and that nasty thing slipped right out! 

This picture and the above were seriously taken within 20 minutes of each other! Sweet relief! Now, it is still a little tender but feeling way, way better! I would totally tell you to try this method, instead of my old stand by- jabbing a pin in it... what was I thinking!?

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