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Moving on to the next chapter!

We finally sold our house today morning! We moved and we closed on the house and it’s all over. I feel so bittersweet – sad to leave the house where we lived for 7 years and where my babies were born but also excited to move onto the next chapter of our lives.

We’re waiting for the next chapter and so we’re staying at a hotel for now. Which is quite challenging by itself. Try staying in a hotel room with 2 small kids. It’s enough to drive you crazy.

One advantage is that there is less space to run around and it’s easier to keep an eye on the kids while doing work in the kitchen. It’s also hard in that they get antsy because of less space to run around. Another advantage – it’s nice to have to not wash so many vessels and load the dishwasher and make the bed. It’s done by housekeeping… ūüôā

Some days are harder than others and yesterday was one of them. I needed to do laundry and hated to do it in the laundry machines in the hotel.

But this is just a temporary situation and we will move to an apartment in the near future. I look forward to setting up house from scratch though it won’t be our own. (We need a break from home ownership.)

 

Kids · Personal

Crying It Out was the best thing I did

Cry It Out or the Ferber method for sleep training a baby is one of the most controversial ones out there. I read about the positive aspects of it and the negative aspects of it. Scientifically, it can’t be proven one way or the other.

Both my kids were Ferberized, as it is called. I tried everything else to get them to sleep for more than an hour at a time and eventually got too exhausted and had to try CIO. My older dau

The first few days of sleep training are excruciating. This is what I did –

  1. I bought a video baby monitor. The thought of my baby in a room alone with no way for me to see her was too scary for me.
  2. Follow a bedtime routine. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. With m y older one, I had a long bedtime routine but with my younger one, I didn’t have the time.
    1. Long Bath, Lotion, Put on PJs, Read 2-3 books, Sing 3-4 songs, Rock her for 10 mins, then put her in crib and leave the room
    2. Short bath, Lotion, Put on PJs, Sing Songs, Rock her for 1 minute and then put her in crib and leave the room
  3. After putting them down, they would scream and cry. Check on them every 2, 5, 10, 15 minutes. I modified this according to how bad the screaming was and the situation.
  4. My older daughter ended up sleeping sitting up for the first few days. So did my younger one.
  5. After a week, my older daughter had started sleeping through the night. It took my younger daughter longer to sleep through the night, about 10 days – 2 weeks.
  6. It took longer to sleep train them for naps but eventually the night training kicked in during the day as well.

At the end of it, I was glad I had done it so we could all get some sleep. I still get only 6 hours of sleep every day and I have a video monitor next to me at night so I can always keep an eye on her.

The hardest part of CIO was listening to them cry all night for so long. And each time I would go to check on them, seeing the tears on their eyes would make me cry. But I had to stay firm and my husband really supported me at that time.

Both my kids slept better and deeper after they had been sleep trained. I don’t regret it at all.¬†This may not be appropriate for all kids and I’m not suggesting you do it for your kids but it worked for me and my family. I only did it after I had tried everything else for both kids.

Kids · Organization · Tech

What I’ve Been Reading Recently

Mommy On the Go: 4 Tips for Easy Outings with Kids РCreative Home Keeper РThis has some good ideas. Mostly about having 2 diaper bags Рone for quick outings and one for longer ones. Also, parking near the cart return area.

9 Times Mint Had No Chill | MintLife Blog¬†– This made me laugh out loud. I’ve thought those exact same things so many times. Seriously, though, I love mint. It helps keep track of my spending.

How to Choose the Best Over-the-Air Antenna for Free HDTV¬†– We use Sling TV for watching news mostly and have stopped cable or satellite for some time now. But Sling does not have ABC or CW and I do miss watching those channels. One of the options I’ve been considering is getting a Over-the-air Antenna for getting these channels for free. I will let you know how that goes.

Kids · Review

Review: Love You Forever

Mama’s Rating – 5/5

Kid’s Rating – 5/5

I read this book to my daughter every night this week at bedtime. She loves this book. It’s a simple story but touches my heart every single time. The first time I read it, tears came to ¬†my eyes.

The story is so simple but it is a reminder of a parent’s love for their children and that no matter how old you are, you’re always their child. It talks about life and death in a simple way that I can explain to my daughter.

One of the best books I’ve read to my daughter.

Cleaning · Organization · Self-Care

Daily Habit 2: Make the bed

I want to start focusing on keeping my house clean and tidy but it always seems so monumental that I don’t even get started. So I’m going to start with one new habit a month and focus on that habit.

The first habit is that of loading the dishwasher at night before bed. I have been doing that consistently for last few months. While continuing to do that, I want to add making the bed everyday in all the bedrooms to my list of habits.

So, everyday, in the morning before I go downstairs, I am going to make the bed. If my husband is still sleeping, he gets to make the bed.

I will keep you guys posted on how this habit goes.

Deals · Personal

Ultimate Home-making Bundle 2017 – To Buy or Not to Buy

I’ve read dozens of emails about the Ultimate Home-Making bundle 2017¬†for $30 which have been flooding my inbox in the last few days. Today’s the last day and I’m really debating whether I should buy or not.

I have bought bundles in the past and didn’t end up having the time to read the books or the ecourses but I did use some of the bonuses. So it wasn’t a waste of money.

But I’m debating whether I should get this year or not. I saw a few books and courses which sound really interesting this year.

  1. Temper Toolkit ecourse – Though I’ve never been a person to lose my temper over the course of my life, marriage and motherhood has changed me to the extent that I frequently lose my temper and I have been trying to make a conscious effort to control it. I have heard good reviews of this toolkit and it could help me learn to control my temper more – $29
  2. The Better Listening Workbook –¬†I have issues with my older daughter not listening to me and me having to repeat the same instruction many times leading to me losing my temper. Perhaps this workbook could help me. – $6
  3. Engage Рhas ideas on how to engage with my daughter which sometimes my husband and I have difficulty with and she then ends up on the iPad or watching tv Р$12
  4. Family Chore System & Planner РHoping that this can help me stay on top of my chores. Р$17
  5. The Paperless Home –¬†I love Evernote but end up stuffing a lot of junk in it and it ends up not being useful at all. This course might help me get rid¬†the paper junk in my house better – $32
  6. Cozy Minimalist Decorating Class РI have read great reviews of this course and maybe it can help me decorate my house better. Р$39
  7. The SAHM Wardrobe Basics Builder – I have read great reviews of this too and while I’m not a SAHM, I feel this could help me get a nicer and more put-together wardrobe – $29
  8. BONUSES – I am really interested in the Molly Green membership, Home Binder membership and the 1 month free membership of Bookroo and Kiwi Crate. – $29, $120, $18 and $20.

Put together, if I buy, I save quite a bit of money and might help me fix some of the issues in my life.

So I’m going to buy the bundle and go through the courses and books listed above and review them back here on my blog for some accountability.

Deals · Money

What to buy in May

There are certain times of the year when it is best to buy certain products.

Stuff to buy in May:

  • Produce
    • We love to buy lots of strawberries at this time of the year as they are very cheap and fresh. Both my daughters love strawberries and we go¬†strawberry picking every year.
    • Asparagus is other favorite at my house. We love to eat Roasted Asparagus this time of the year.
    • Blueberries, Peaches, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kale, Spinach, Potatoes, Onions are all good produce to buy and in-season.
  • Winter Gear
    • Winter/Spring gear is generally on sale or clearance
    • This is a great time to stock up on jackets for the next winter
  • Depending on what festivals/holidays are happening in the month, we will see sales in grocery stores.
    • Cinco De Mayo is in the first week of May. Expect to see sales on salsa, tortilla chips, tortillas, etc
    • Memorial Day is at the end of the month and there will be lots of sales¬†leading up to it on grocery supplies. Also, cookware, mattresses and appliances go on sale near Memorial day.
    • After Mother’s Day, keep an eye out for gifts and jewelry.
  • Thrift stores get lots of fresh inventory and with the warmer weather, more garage sales will start popping up