A little normalcy

Juggling family life, work and any illnesses we suffer in our home (including mental illnesses) can take it’s toll. This is about my dog. She’s a year and a half old and just a wack-a-do. She is good around me and pretty much only me. So when the kids were in a room with her she would go bonkers, but now I have time to PROPERLY train her to be in the living room with us. We are on day 3… it’s going great. She still doesn’t do well with visitors, she wants to jump on them, etc, BUT she is doing great with sitting on the couch while the kids play in the same room.

My two kids and the dog playing peacefully

My busy schedule the last year and a half made it almost impossible to get her settled. She had to be in the room with me ALL of the time, no one else could watch her. She likes to dig and chew – so I am tackling those behaviors now. Chewing isn’t too bad, it’s the digging. I felt torn as a new mother last year to continue to work to have money to provide more to my family, even though I knew we would be fine.

I have worked since I was 17 and I have only had time off of work while looking for a job in 2008 and 2010 briefly. So going PRN (as needed), is hard for me. I want the time with my family but I also WANT to work. I am feeling more relieved after a few weeks doing this. My husband has a good job so I don’t need to worry now about money, thankfully.

Life is feeling more normal and I am trying to find a schedule to follow to make sure I don’t forget to do daily things on time – the week can get away from me quickly.

This weekend I am making cakes for my husband’s grandma. She bought me a cake mold for x-mas that I honestly wouldn’t use often just because I am #1 on a diet, and #2 they are cake molds shaped like wedding cakes… kind of odd but I figured I will make her little birthday cakes with it.

My mess – while looking up a recipe for vanilla cake ( I don’t like to use box mix)
One set of cakes cooking (don’t mind the messy oven, I need to clean it big time

I have just frosted the cakes – they look great. I had to make a set of non-dairy, non-soy cake mix for my SIL. Her baby has food allergies and is breast fed so I found a vegan recipe that worked great. I will be putting fresh fruit on the cakes tomorrow at the birthday party and hopefully my husband’s grandma will notice I used the cake mold she bought me for x-mas. I used to make cakes all the time but I am dieting now so I stopped.

We bought baby safety lock

Well another thing I did this week was, I bought baby safety locks for some of my cabinets in my kitchen. There are more cabinets we are going to lock but these two had items in it that my baby found out she could get into.

Works like a charm
After about a minute she realized she couldn’t get in anymore and wandered away šŸ™‚

Seriously guy’s buy safety locks for your cabinets. They may not look GREAT but I have cleaning solutions in those cabinets and cast iron pots and pans that if she dropped on herself, she would get hurt. So it’s worth knowing my baby can’t just get in while I look away for a second. Accidents happen and I don’t want her to get hurt.

Below are some links to some good safety locks for different items around your home, check them out by clicking the image. The image will take you to the amazon page.

This is the lock we have, they work great for us.

These also look pretty good

I love the idea of this one

I also bought a large pack of those plug covers. Those are a must with my baby since she has decided that she wants to stick her fingers in everything she sees! What kind of safety items have you found that work for your family?

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