How to Store Produce

Don’t store fruits and vegetables together.

Onions – don’t store onions and potatoes together; store in a mild, warm, dry climate (don’t store in the fridge); store in a cool, dark, dry place; good air circulation is best

Garlic – store at room temperature; store in a cool, dark place

Potatoes – don’t store onions and potatoes together; store in a cool, dry, dark place

Tomatoes – on the counter top at room temperature

Cucumbers – store at room temperature if you’re planning on eating them soon; otherwise, store in the fridge, wrapped in a moist towel

Lettuce – store in an airtight container in the fridge;

Carrots – cut the tops off to keep them fresh; store in a covered container filled with water (or warp them in a damp towel or dunk them in cold water every few days)

Peppers – refrigerate

Apples – store 30 – 35 degrees in a humid environment; if storing in the fridge, place in the crisper drawer and lay a slightly dampened towel over them; can stay on a cool counter top for up to two weeks

 

For more storage tips:

Storage Tips (Washington’s Green Grocer)

The Kitchn’s Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables (The Kitchn)

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10 Links I Love | Happy Exploring!

Hello everyone. My to do list today consists of daily chores, preparing the crock pot for dinner, organizing my letter writing supplies, organizing my bookmarks on the computer, and possibly, if I have time, writing thank you letters for baby shower gifts and reading my women’s study book. I also have some homemaking subjects and questions I’d like to research, but again, only if I have time.

I started making baby essential purchases, and what fun that has been! There are a few things we’re going to wait to purchase until the due date gets nearer. But my next step is researching hospital bags and what items I should bring for the birth.

This weekend my husband and I will be traveling to the “big city” for a baby thrift store, as well as some other shops we’d like to peruse 🙂 I’m quite excited for our outing!

  1. How My Tiny Kitchen Taught Me to Love Cooking (Kitchn) | Home, Kitchen, Cooking
  2. Bring the Outdoors In: 10 Naturally Gorgeous DIY Projects (Apartment Therapy) | Decor, DIY
  3. 10 Spots to Sneak in a Little More Shelf Storage (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Shelving
  4. 15 Veggie Snacks for Feel-Good Munching (Kitchn) | Yum, Snacks
  5. IKEA Coupon: Get $20 off any $150 purchase (Money Saving Mom) | IKEA, Coupon
  6. Your Workspace Needs a Pretty Calendar (Apartment Therapy) | Work, Calendars
  7. 8 Storage Secret Weapons You Shouldn’t Be Living Without (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Storage
  8. Self Worth vs Net Worth: 10 Personal Finance Habits to Change ASAP (The Chalkboard) | Personal Finances
  9. Small Space Solutions: 7 Spots to Add a Little Extra Storage (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Storage
  10. Ocean-Inspired Art (A Cup of Jo) | Ocean, Art

Happy exploring!

When Should You Replace…

your razor?

  • every 5 – 10 shaves, or at the first sign of dullness. Extend its life by storing it outside of your shower, rinsing it after you’re finished, then storing it in an upright position and allowing it to dry.

your sponge?

  • at least once a month.

your bath towels?

  • after three uses (for bath towels), and every one to two days for hand towels.

My Tips for Pregnancy

I am in no way an expert, but here are some insights and tips I’ve found helpful throughout my pregnancy with twins thus far.

Stick to a regular sleep schedule.

Drink A LOT of water.

Eat well. (It’s ok if you slip up every now and then).

Keep a regular exercise routine. (It’s ok if, due to first trimester sickness, you don’t exercise until into your second trimester).

Take care of your feet. Soak them a couple times a week, and wear shoes with good arch support. You’re carrying around a lot more now and your feet will thank you!

Wear compression hose. Even if you don’t have venous issues, per say, you’re pumping a lot more blood through your body, and compression will help to get that blood flowing properly and even reduce swelling and sore feet and legs.

Invest in nursing bras now. They’re oh so nice.

Do kegels.

Stretch marks are inevitable, and not something to be feared or ashamed of. Your body is wonderful and you’re growing a baby!

Thrift stores are wonderful! No shame. Saving money is awesome.

And there you have it. Any more helpful tips? Comment below!

 

Nursery Essentials: Our List

As a way to help you prepare for a new baby, I thought I could compile our list of baby essentials & must-haves (after extensive research as we’ve never been parents before =) ). As a note, I live in a very small apartment and we don’t have a separate bedroom for a nursery (think studio apartment style), meaning nursery furniture will be in our bedroom area. I’m also having twin boys =), and we’re looking to be as minimal as we can be. Amounts for twins can be found in parenthesis after a specific baby item.

Essentials:

  • For Diapering
    • Disposable Newborn and Size 1 Diapers (for the first month or so)
    • Prefold Diapers, Diaper Covers, and Diaper Fasteners (at least 24 per baby)
    • Wipes (if using cloth wipes get 100)
    • Changing Pad & Covers – we’re using a dresser top as our changing station; (6 changing pad covers for twins, other sources say 2)
    • Diaper Pail with Lid and Bags
    • Diaper Bag – we don’t go out much (think remote living), nonetheless, you need something for your baby essentials when on the go (and when you’re leaving the hospital)
    • Diaper Sprayer – will be helpful
  • For Bedtime
    • Receiving Blankets (4-6)
    • Cotton Swaddles (at least 6 for twins)
    • Sheepskin Baby Rug – very versatile (can be used in bassinet, on the floor, and even as a changing pad
    • Cribs (2), Mattresses (2), Sheets (2-3 per crib, other sources say 4-6 or 6-8 total), and Waterproof Mattress Pads (at least 4 for twins)
    • Noise Machine – the nursery is in our bedroom area (1)
    • Humidifier – dry climate here in Colorado (1)
  • For Bath-time
    • Shampoo and Body Wash and Baby Lotion
    • Washcloths (at least 12 for twins)
    • Hooded Towels (6 for twins, other sources say 2 per baby so 4 total)
    • Sink Insert for Infants (1)
  • For Feeding
    • Glass Bottles – 4 ounces and 9 ounces (at least 16 total for twins, other sources say 10-16 bottles per baby)
    • Bottle Brushes
    • Breast Pump – I work from home and am going to breastfeed my babies, nonetheless, many mothers told me that a breast pump is essential and helpful
    • Mason Jars – for milk storage (at least 24)
    • Nursing Covers (at least 1)
    • Nursing Pads (at least 20, other sources say 6 sets)
    • Nursing Pillow (1)
    • Burp Cloths (at least 4 for twins, other sources say 20-30 using prefold cloth diapers)
  • For Getting Around
    • Baby Carriers and/or Wraps (2 for twins)
    • Infant Car Seats – can’t leave the hospital without one (2 for twins)
  • For Health
    • First Aid Kit – Nail files, nail clippers, thermometer, brush & comb, toothbrush, scissors
  • To Have on Hand
    • Baking Soda
    • Dried Lavendar
    • Unscented Soap
    • Natural Multi-Purpose Cleaners
    • White Vinegar
    • Coconut Oil
  • For Mother
    • Maternity Disposable Underwear
    • Nursing Bras
  • For Clothing
    • Homecoming outfits (newborn or preemie size)
    • Night gowns (6)
    • White Bodysuits (10-14)
    • Pajamas (6-8 pair per baby); Sleepers
    • Socks (4-6 per baby, 8-12 total)
    • Bibs (16-20, other sources say 8-12)
    • Short Sleeved Onesies (6-12, newborn, 0-3 months)
    • Long sleeved Onesies (4-6, or 6-8, newborn, 0-3 months)
    • Coats
    • Tiny pants (4-12 pairs, newborn, 0-3 months)
    • Overalls
    • Shoes
    • Don’t know if our babies will be preemie or not, should we wait until after they are born?
  • For Living in a Home without Laundry Machines
    • Drying Rack
    • Wash Basin

Items to Purchase Later:

  • Highchairs, Bowls, Spoons (at least 4 for twins), Sippy Cups
  • Stainless Steel Mini Food Containers (at least 6 for twins)
  • Bibs
  • Baby Food Maker
  • Bath Tub
  • Toys & Books

Items We’re Doing Without:

  • Stroller – no place here in the mountains for stroller use; plus, there’s not really a downtown and the closest shopping is over an hour and a half away
  • Bouncy Chair
  • Baby Swing
  • Baby Gym
  • Baby Mobile
  • Pack-n-Play
  • Pacifiers
  • Baby Monitors – our apartment is 600 square feet and I work from home
  • Bassinets – our babies’ cribs are situated in our bedroom, so there is really no need for bassinets

Our set up will be both cribs, and a dresser for baby storage and for the changing station.

For those who have an extremely small baby fund – utilize hand me downs. Don’t be afraid to ask. Also, research pregnancy research centers in your area. Jared and I will be visiting our local center in the near future to see what is available for us there. Then we’ll begin purchasing other items afterwards. If you’re having twins like us, yes, you’ll need to purchase more, but as far as clothing and linens, sources say you only need to buy 1 1/2X, not 2X the suggested amounts for one baby. Also, thrift store it up!

And for something that has been on my mind: Dreaming and planning for your babies’ nursery is such a wonderful thing. However, I’m finding that it’s also important to be careful, as things can’t always go the way in which you dream – due to where you live and how you’re budget looks, you can’t always make your nursery as you’ve imagined it. Some people might have a separate room for their nursery and the ability to purchase matching decor and furniture (which is ok, and a good thing). Others on the other hand might not have a separate nursery room, and can only work with items that are available to them (which is ok, and a good thing) like hand-me-downs and thrift store nursery furniture and baby items. So it’s ok. Babies are wonderful and everything is going to be ok.

Helpful Sources:

  1. Newborn Essentials (Reading My Tea Leaves) | Baby, Registry
  2. The Non-Toxic Nursery Guide (Goop) | Baby, Registry
  3. A Modern Neutral Baby Registry (Thoughts by Natalie Borton) | Baby, Registry
  4. Baby Registry Checklist (Baby Center) | Baby, Registry
  5. Registry Checklist, The Minimalist’s List (Fit Pregnancy) | Baby, Registry
  6. The Minimalist’s Baby Registry: What You Actually Need (Mother) | Baby, Registry
  7. Minimalist Baby Registry Guide Version 2 (The Wise Baby) | Baby, Registry
  8. Baby Essentials (The Bump) | Baby, Registry

For Twins:

  1. Baby Basics: What Will You Need for Twins? (Twiniversity)
  2. Cloth Diapering Twins Cheat Sheet (Twiniversity)
  3. Baby Basics: Diapering Twins (Twiniversity)
  4. Registry Checklist for Multiples (the Bump)
  5. Twins Baby Registry Guide (The Wise Baby)
  6. The Twin Source Registry Guide (The Twin Source)

Happy Exploring! | 10 Links I Love, + a Few More

Hello all. I do hope you’re well! I’ve got daily and weekly chores calling my name, but not until I eat a little something =) Remember to get in your exercise for the day, and drink a lot of water. Making time to read a book is also good thing to try to set time aside for.

  1. Declutter (In a Big Way!) by Asking Yourself One Simple Question (Apartment Therapy) | Minimalism, Simplicity, Home
  2. Here’s How to Have a Perfect Nap, According to Science (Apartment Therapy) | Wellness, Naps
  3. Wellness Encyclopedia: 10 Ways to Use Coconut Oil (FP Blog) | Wellness, Coconut Oil
  4. How To Properly Store Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onion, and Garlic (Live Simply by Annie) | Produce, Storage
  5. Make It Special: 7 Simple Ways to Customize a Rental Apartment (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Renters
  6. 11 Ways to Add a Little Style to Your Rental Kitchen (Apartment Therapy) | Home, Renters
  7. 5 Simple Ways to Get Back Into Working Out After Weeks of Skipping the Gym (Elite Daily) | Wellness, Fitness
  8. The 5 Best Places to Find a Homemaking Mentor (Keeper of the Home) | Homemaking *I have and am still learning on my own – as of now, I’m relying on helpful sources.
  9. A Critical Evaluation of Paedobaptism (Founders) | Theology
  10. 21 Things to Cook in a Cast Iron Skillet on the Grill (or Over the Fire) (Kitchn) | Food, Skillet
  11. 18 Things You Didn’t Know You Needed in Your Dream Backyard (Apartment Therapy) | Fun *I’m loving the look of natural swimming pools!
  12. Relaxing Kitchen Rituals for a Better Night’s Sleep (Kitchn) | Cleaning
  13. 7 Surprising Health Tips From Blake Lively’s Trainer (The Chalkboard) | Wellness, Fitness
  14. How Often Do You Really Need To Wash Your Activewear? (Well+Good) | Fitness, Laundry
  15. Habit Shift: Water (Reading My Tea Leaves) | Wellness, Water
  16. Be You, Tea Full: Why You Should Drink More Tea (FP Blog) | Wellness, Tea

Happy exploring!

Dry Feet Remedies

Dry feet are never fun, and this is something I’m newly becoming acquainted with due to now living in an environment with a high lack of moisture (I never had this problem in the high humidity state of Florida). I tried the following remedy, and already my feet look like new!

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Source
  1. Soak your feet in soapy water for around 15 minutes (some sources say 30 to 45 minutes), and then scrub your feet with a pumice stone.
  2. Wash your feet and dry them.
  3. Apply the oil (olive, vegetable, sesame, or coconut; I used coconut) liberally on your heels and soles.
  4. Put on a pair of clean socks and leave them on overnight.
  5. Repeat.

What are some other ways you can take care of your feet? Wash them carefully and regularly when in the shower, soak your feet with warm water and little liquid soap, moisturize your feet after washing, alternate the shoes you wear each day, and make sure your shoes have arch support. Also, try massaging your feet daily with motions towards the heart.

How often should you soak your feet? At least a few times a week.

Helpful Sources: