I’ve been a busy little bee. Both with work and home. I’m still freelancing or contracting or whatever you want to call it, it’s all the same in the end. Things were supposed to slow down for a bit but the only break I managed to get was when I got a serious case of the flu and was out for two weeks. Of course I wasn’t off the hook being a mom, but I won’t ever be. I digress. I managed to take on some extra work to help someone out. I have to stop doing that. I’m going to run myself ragged!

I’ve been working with the kiddo and a while back I found I like a lot of the Montessori approaches to things. I’ve been using it as a basis for teaching the little man. I’m not limiting him to what he learns on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Right now we’re on a science kick and I’m teaching him about space. He’s got three planets down. We’re keeping Pluto on the list. It’s status as a “dwarf” planet will give me something to discuss with him when he gets older. Plus he sounds really cute when he tries to say it and ends up with puttle.

Since my last post I have realized how much I despise hospital’s billing departments. Their impatience ended up costing my mom money she doesn’t really have and of course there is no recourse for her to recoup said money!

Eff corporations!

I recently joined Influenster and oddly enough, I had a bottle of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise sent to me to try out. We normally don’t go through enough mayo or spread of any kind to make us go through an entire jar before the expiration date. Of course that was before the kiddo.

IMG_9850When we first started feeding him solid foods, we noticed that he would develop a rash on some occasions. There wasn’t ever a rhyme or reason to it either. Then we started making foods for him using the Hellman’s mayonnaise bottle I received.

We made egg salad, cheese sandwich roll-ups (pictured to the right) and various other items. That mayonnaise became the control in my little experiments. It was one of the things that would keep him eating what was on his plate.

Well, eventually with the help of that awesome squeeze bottle (seriously, no more messy butter knives) of Hellmann’s, we have discovered that there is a 99% chance that he has a yeast allergy!  He has a doctor appointment next week, so cross your fingers and expect to see yeast free recipes here soon.

Hellmann’s totally wins props for tagging their social media campaign, #SqueezeMoreOut! I really do like the no mess bottle, especially now when kiddo is clinging to my leg acting like he has never eaten before. I haven’t reached the bottom of the bottle yet but so far it’s been nice to not deal with a mess. I wonder if the bottles will transfer over well to the other condiments. I can’t stand when they splatter on my food or worse, me.

Note: This is a sponsored blog post. I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

My nephew AJ turned six today. I called him a couple of hours ago to say Happy Birthday. I also asked him if he looked older and he said yes. I asked him if he had grown a beard and mustache yet and he laughed and told me Noooooo. I told him that Uncle Josh said that when boys turn six they automatically get beards and a mustache. He laughed more. Then I told him that Uncle Josh must have been playing a trick on me because I’m a girl and they are boys. Too funny.

I finished one glove. It is entirely too big for my hand, so I will wait for both gloves before I can get an action shot with Josh wearing them. The pinky was a pain in the tush. I frogged it twice and finally got it on the third go. I don’t think that is too bad for my first pair of actual gloves. I think I’ll take cables over gloves anytime though.

My mom brought me some yarn and needles today! They were from Brittany‘s best friend. She tried very hard to get into knitting, but couldn’t. I gave her and Brittany each a skein of yarn and a set of needles when they told me they wanted to learn. Her friend’s older sister bought Stitch N’ Bitch and she tried to learn from that. Unfortunately, Brittany and her friend were 10 at the time and it just didn’t stick. So, I think she was trying to clean up and decided she should give me the size 15US needles that she had also bought, the needles I gave her and two skeins of yarn she had bought. If she wants to try again at another time, she knows where to find me.

Due to Brittany’s disrespectful attitude today, I have decided that for the time being, I will stop working on the clapotis I was doing for her. I can’t make something for someone who can’t be respectful to me.

So, this means I think I may start on Rogue. I will try to work on gauge swatching tonight and possibly cast on tomorrow. I have read about a lot of people starting with the sleeves to get used to the cables. I may give that a try. I think this might be something I actually show progress pictures of. Imagine that.

Finger knit scarves
I made a total of five of these, each using Lion Brand Homespun Yarns (see below for specific colors).
These yarns hide mistakes very easily and you can mix up a couple of the lengths to make a pretty thick scarf.

Each is about 1 inch wide and vary in length.

Materials used:
My fingers
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn Williamsburg 321
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn Deco 309
Lion Brand Homespun Yarn Baroque 322

Sites for Finger Knitting Instructions:

Kids Can Make It – Finger Knitting Instructions
Camp A Roo – Finger Knitting Instructions (Scroll Down)