Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Blog Redesign {Lucky Girl Design Studio - Review}

When I launched my blog in January, I never thought that just one short month later, I would win a valuable blog redesign package. Lucky Girl Design Studios was giving away their highest package on Today's Giveaway. I entered. I won!

Tonya from Lucky Girl was fabulous to work with. She has a great design questionnaire that really helps get the ball rolling. She asked questions that I didn't even think of. It helped to focus me and allowed me to think more broadly about not only how I wanted my blog to look but what I wanted it to be used for. Direction I definitely needed!

Even though I took my good sweet time in deciding what I wanted, Tonya was timely and kept in constant contact with me. I was able to view my design before it went live and make any changes I felt necessary.

From sidebar titles ($2.00/ea) to the Fabulous Bundle ($100), Lucky Girl Design Studio has something for your website design needs. Please check them out. I highly recommend.

Without a doubt, Lucky Girl Design Studio is in A League of its Own!!

What do you think of my new design?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

How To: Make Any Children's Pants Adjustable

Got a skinny kid? Me too!

My go-to stores for pants used to be Old Navy and Gap. Then for some God only knows reason, they stopped putting adjustable waistbands in 99% of their pants in sizes smaller than 2T. I was on the hunt for other stores that sold adjustable waist pants when some of the girls from my mom board suggested just doing it myself to all the pants she has or ones I like and buy.

After a little on line research, I set to it. And good news - it was easy!! It would have been even easier with my sewing machine but sadly, it's stuck behind a giant pile of boxes and junk. (We're reorganizing our attic crawl space - whole other post!)

Before
After
And here's how I did it!

Materials:

buttons
buttonhole elastic
seam ripper
scissors
safety pin
needle/thread and/or sewing machine

Procedure:

1) Use a seam ripper or very sharp scissors to cut two vertical lines on the front panel. I didn't measure. I eye-balled it and used the most space possible (she's really skinny), while still leaving room for the button (which I put at the sides, not the front, but you could do it either way). Make sure your ripped openings are long enough for the elastic to go through.


2) Cut a length of buttonhole elastic. Again, I didn't measure. I just held it up to the lines I had cut. You can see that I have it sticking out a bit on the non-button end. I wanted some security with the overlap. On the other end, I made sure that once I sewed on the button, there would be enough elastic to hook the button and leave the waistband in it's original size. You know in case she wakes up a chunky monkey tomorrow.

3) Secure the safety pin on one end of your cut elastic and thread it through the holes. (The safety pin is only used to pull the elastic through, so you can remove it when you're done.)


4) Hand or machine stitch the non-button end closed.


5) Sew your on button.


6) Repeat on other side of pants.

7) Wrestle or bribe your toddler into numerous pairs of pants so you can secure them at the appropriate size and Voila! You're done!




Friday, February 12, 2010

Aloha Friday


I often answer An Island Life's Aloha Friday question but haven't ever posted one of my own. Thought it might be fun. If you want to participate as well, head to An Island Life to add yourself to her Linky Widget.

So, I wonder:

Are you doing something special to honor Canada while you
watch the Opening Ceremonies tonight?



We haven't come up with anything creative yet. Everyone I know (us included) ate Chinese food for the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics. I suppose we could eat a pile of Canadian Bacon for dinner and spend the rest of the day saying, "Eh?"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Channeling Your Parents' Parenting

Welcome to the weekly Blog Hop! Anyone is free to join in. Simply enter your information in the MckLinky at the bottom of this post, repost the MckLinky code in your own post on the topic, and enjoy your fellow bloggers' posts. Remember to leave some Comment Love!
This week's topic: What aspects of your parents' parenting do you want to continue in parenting your own kid(s)?
If my home were hit by some Freaky Friday type twister-oo and my mom and I were swapped 29 years, she'd be my age and mothering my daughter. I'd be 30 and mothering well, myself. And you wouldn't.be.able.to.tell.us.apart. I completely and totally model my parenting by what my mom and dad did. I figure they raised two smart, strong, successful kids (toot, toot), so if I do exactly what they did, I will end up with the same results.

I am so grateful to have a set of parents that I want to model after. I know many are not as lucky. As a I learn and grow as a mom, I hope that I will be able to add in my own twist to the methods. Some things will absolutely remain the same. Here is a list:
  1. Bedtime. I had a bedtime until literally 11th grade. Eleventh grade. And it was embarrassingly early. Like 9pm. But I did well in school, I can't remember ever falling asleep in class, and I was a relatively well rested, pleasant teenager to be around. Perhaps it wasn't the sleep that caused all this. However, there are a "couple" articles/research studies/experiments that document the benefits of a good night's sleep.
  2. NOT grounding. I was never once grounded. My parents didn't believe in it. I don't know why. I've never asked. (We are having dinner there tonight. Hello, dinner conversation.) It sure seemed to work though! The bro (he needs a baseball related nn) and I were never arrested, suspended, or otherwise in serious trouble.
  3. Teaching financial freedom. I had to take classes in school. I had to save a percentage of all gift money. I did not receive an allowance. I may handle this differently than my parents, but it is so important to teach children how to manage money!
  4. Be a parent. I feel it now, but I never once recall feeling like my parents were my friends. I felt loved, appreciated, valued. But I had rules, restrictions, privileges, and consequences.
  5. Brag. Just enough. Just within earshot. Just the truth.
With all that being said:

I wonder a) how my husband would respond to the same question. He and I had very different childhoods. His mom and dad used different methods and also raised smart, strong, successful children. b) how he'd respond to my answers. I don't agree with a lot of methods his parents used and I am sure he's not in love with all of my parents' ideas either. I am a stay at home mom, so I spend the majority of the time with the All Star. I need to do a better job of making sure the Head Coach and I are on the same page. His ideas are important too.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Today is the Greatest Day of the Year

Two reasons.

First, my brother came home to visit for the first time since moving in August. I was (am) crushed that he moved. He is my only sibling. We were super close. There are still many hurt feelings there, but now isn't the time to dwell on it. He is here. A street over at the moment and I'll finally get to see him tomorrow!

Second, LOST. ABC rocks my world for creating this show. I am one of the crazy intense fanatics. Luckily, so is my husband. I hear they have support groups for spouses of "Losties." It is so fun to be able to watch it together. Anyway, the season premiere was tonight. We all wore theme shirts. Even the All Star (though she was in bed an hour before it started).


We tried to have a themed meal, but seriously. I don't want to eat boar and beyond that, the options are limited. Fish biscuits anyone? So we made some dip, and buckled our seat belts for what would be the beginning of the final season of the greatest series ever created.

It was fantastic! Lots of questions answered, but still.posing.new.ones! Man these guys can write a TV show. I've decided not read spoilers this year. I want it to be completely and totally fresh when I see it each week.

It is a bittersweet season. I'm very sad it's coming to an end, but it's been an amazing show and I am so glad I can claim to be a fan from the very first episode!

What about you? Are you a LOST fan? What did you think?

February 2, 2010 . Greatest day of the year.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What Is Your Child's Favorite Food? Least Favorite?

I mentioned in my inaugural post the online community of women (mostly moms) to which I belong. I talked about how supportive they are. Recently we all decided to support one another by making sure everyone who has a blog is posting regularly. These girls rock! One of our members, Paige, is spearheading our brand new AntiDramaMama Blog Carnival.

Each Wednesday Paige will post a topic (please recommend a topic as well!), write your answer on your blog and then link your post here (you don't have to be an ADM member!) in the Mcklinky below. If you are not a blogger feel free to answer the question in the comments section at the end of the post.

Today's topic is a nice easy one to get us started: What Is Your Child's Favorite and Least Favorite Food(s). Are you happy about it? How do you encourage a more diverse palate?

The All Star loves food. She is skinny. Clothes fall off of her. You wouldn't realize this from eating a meal with her! Her favorite food is noodles. Any kind. Sometimes it's the old favorite, macaroni and cheese. Sometimes we drizzle olive oil and Parmesan cheese on top. The AS will just chow down on noodles all day if I let her. She also loves fruit, veggies, bread, CHEESE, and even meat (finally). I say finally because she used to not like it much at all. Her molars came in, she could chew it, and now it's a favorite.

On the other hand, there aren't too many things she won't eat. The All Star is picky sometimes in the amount of food - "What mom? I ate 1 chunk of fish and 3 black beans. Then I finished it off with 2 rolls, 2 helpings of green beans, and a pork chop. What do you want from me?" - but she'll try most anything.

I look forward to the day when we all eat exactly the same meal. I always swore I wouldn't be a short order cook. I would not make PB & J everyday for my kids because they wouldn't eat different foods. Luckily I don't have to do that. I alter the All Star's food because The Head Coach and I are doing a no carb thing right now. Obviously I can't feed the child a diet of meat and vegetables alone.

I am generally quite pleased with how well she does with food. She was a breastfed baby who never took a bottle. There was a time when I thought I would have to go to kindergarten with her for snack time. So, to say she's healthy, happy, feeding herself and loving food makes me proud!


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Blog Launch!

Welcome to A League of Her Own!

Allow me to introduce you to The Home Team.

The General Manager:
I am a wife. A mother. A proud Cleveland Sports fan. My family - those that comprise The Home Team and beyond mean everything to me. I am a former teacher. I miss the little first graders I used to share my days with, but wouldn't trade how I spend my days now for anything. I love to cheer on the hapless Cleveland sports teams. They let you down year after year, but really - if you won all the time, what would be the fun in waiting "until next year?" If you haven't already noticed, my blog will carry a pretty heavy baseball theme. My favorite sport of them all.


The Head Coach:
The HC is one of those people who is good at everything they try. He does electronics. He does carpentry. He does cake decorating. He does music. He does sports. He cleans. He fixes. He heals. Did I mention he is the most wonderful father and husband?



The All Star:
She completes our world. The AS is a smart, funny little lady. Her favorite things are Elmo (even though we are a non-TV watching before a certain age family) and ladybugs. She's a tall skinny little thing but eats almost every meal like it is her last. Someday she'll thank me for the good metabolism but right now we just want her to weigh enough when she turns two to be able to turn around in the car!

The Mascot:
Our beast of a weimaraner. She is a crazy (with a capitol C) dog. She was our first baby and grew very attached to us. We were worried when the All Star came along that the dog would not handle it well. They are the best of friends and we couldn't ask for more. Like all mascots, this one will likely only be able to contribute support and a cheering section to the blog. But she's part of the family, so she's included!

Everyone, right down to the dog, helps everyone else on this team feel happy, loved, secure and safe.

Now that you know who we are, how about what we are doing jumping into the pond that is the blog world? I belong to a close knit online community of mothers. We started as a small group when planning our weddings and expanded when we started having children. The women I share that community with have given me immesurable amounts of advice, support, and friendship. I know that most of them would say the same. Being part of such a large group of women has also made me realize how different everyone's opinions are. I know that I have a lot to say about the things that make my life as a mom easier. However, I felt it didn't have to end there. My husband has strong opinions too. I hope that my daughter will one day as well. And my dog... well, just wait until you get to know her. She might be the strongest willed of all of us. The long and short of it is, I would like to create a place where parents and non-parents alike can come to gain information on a variety of topics.

I hope to include:
  • product reviews
  • crafts
  • recipes
  • guest posts from other moms
  • stories about my life as a mom
  • stories from the HC about his life as a dad
  • giveaways
Okay, enough with my rambling. Let's just dive in. Without further ado:

Play ball!