Fisher-Price Little People Animal Sounds Farm 599P


Product Description

With fun animal sounds all around and plenty to do, little ones will discover what a busy place the farm can be. "Neigh" says the horse,"baaa" answers the sheep, "cluck!" chirps the chicken, "moo" ... says the cow, "oink!" ... squeals the pig. They'll even discover what some of the animals feel like, when they pet the "cottony" cow, "hairy" horse, "woolly" sheep, and the "squiggly" piggly tail! From "furry" to "fuzzy" and everything in between, Touch & Feel Animals are a fun way to introduce children to a world of interesting textures and help develop their sense of touch.pAs toddlers grow, they'll learn about life on a farm that's just their size, with Farmer Jed and his animal friends! The farm includes Farmer Jed, cow, sheep, horse and pig; the chicken stays attached to the barn. Figures are surface washable with a clean, damp cloth. All pieces store inside. This playset also comes with a special free sampler DVD featuring three charming stories of the Little People friends. Playset requires 3 "AA" (LR6) alkaline batteries, not included.




Exciting News

I have made the short list for the new scrapbooking magazine Australian Scrapbooking Idea ..... so if you heard a strange noise last night it was me running around the house screaming like a mad woman!!!! I have been commissioned to do four pages for issue five and then I may make the team full exciting.

Aren't they cute?? The pups are now 6 weeks old .... well tomorrow they will be. So it was a trip to the vets to get thier needles and microchips today. You can only see 8 out of the 10 here as the last 2 couldn't fit into the window space. But they are in the back of the car talking and howling up a storm to see out.LOL.

New Doll clothes!

 It is Mara's Birthday today and one of her requests had been for doll clothes. She has two 18 inch dolls and enjoys new clothes for them. A while back I had found a bunch of American Girl Doll clothing patterns available for free printing and so I decided to try out one of them.

 I decided to try one of Felicity's dresses. Felicity is from the colonial time period. We had studied in depth and have again been reading about the colonial times and so I thought that would be fun. I chose a pretty green piece of fabric (That my niece Margaret had actually given to me). I had fun working on it and I like how it turned out but I will admit that it was a bit of work. Doll clothes go fast because the seams are so short but this one had a fair amount of detail with many pleats, separate pieces, underskirt and all.

 I also made shifts for both her dolls. (I didn't end up having enough time to make fancy dresses for both of them.) I also made a simple skirt and some mob caps. I made up my own easy patterns for each of those. I had thought I would share them with you today but my scanner seems to be having some issues so I guess I will have to do it later.

 If you have any girls that like American Girl stuff, using the free patterns is a fun way to make them happy. It takes a little time but very little money as even if you have to buy fabric (and bear in mind that you can recycle old clothes that you don't care for into doll clothes very nicely!) with such a small amount it won't cost that much. Much cheaper than buying the ready made clothes!

Inspired Crafts Sneakpeaks

I got my first Design Team Pack for Inspired Crafts a few weeks ago and there were some yummy American Craft product in I had a bit of a play to see what I could do....they were so easy to work with and the layouts came together all by themselves. I have taken a few sneakpeaks for you to have a look at....but if you want to see more you are going to have to pop into the store....or wait until I upload them later on.

A few photos of the girls to share. Found this happening the other day and just had to take photos....not sure of who was having the most fun?? Bronte or Paige??

Wordless Wednesday - Done!

42 quarts of applesauce (peach, strawberry, cherry, blueberry, and cinnamon)
holy experience

"Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises. Tell everyone about His miracles." 1 Chron. 16:8 & 9

 Today is one of those beautiful fall days that seems to be just made for saying "Thanks!".

So I will.

#713 Saying thank you to God for beautiful blue skies.
#714 For warm sunshine.
#715 For beautiful colored leaves.
#716 Soft breezes to dry my clothes.
#717 Herbs.
#718 Herb books found at the library that leave me in awe of all the healing power God put into plants.
#717 Schoolwork done in good time.
#718 Feeling refreshed and energetic when I woke up this morning.
#719 Having fun reading early American history with my kids.

#720 Schoolwork done in a timely manner.

#721 Abundance of good things to eat and put up for later.

#722 A hug from my child.

#723 Prayer. Being able to communicate with God at any time.

#724 A washer and dryer and clothesline.

#725 God's grace.

What are you thank-ful for today?

What Does Ff Mean For Electric Blan


Here is a page made for the sketch on Thursday in time :-))

And as a bonus a little birthday card. I am inspired Cath ...

Thanks for visiting!

Whats on the needles and a few FO's

Asalam Alaikum,

I finished my sixth BSJ, all I need to do is find some nice buttons.

Pattern:Baby Surprise Jacket(Rav link) by Elizabeth Zimmerman
Needles:US 7
Yarn:Bally Double Knit, an acrylic DK weight from the market here in Karachi.

Next, another pair of Mitered Mittens-

Pattern:Mitered Mittens(Rav link) from the May chapter of Knitter's Almanac
Needles:US 5
Yarn:Random acrylics from the left overs bag

The third FO was really simple. I am fascinated with lacy and/or embroidered handkerchiefs, I sewed up this one from some cloth left over from one of my lawn suits and added a simple crochet trim.

Pattern:None, it is just single crochet and chains
Hook:Steel #7
Thread:crochet cotton(I think it is a size 10)

My current WIP is from the July chapter of Knitter's Almanac, I am working on the PI shawl. This yarn has been hanging around for a while, it is so bright I didn't know what to do with it. I just decided to use it for the shawl because I think that most shawls look good in almost any color, and if I don't like it I can always frog it.







IBS and Going Dairy-Free

I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. I've always had a bit of a sensitive stomach but a year an a half ago, it began to get worse. I was mis-diagnosed by several doctors and when they wouldn't take my symptoms seriously, I went online and did my own research. I went to my family doctor feeling pretty confident that I had IBS and he confirmed that I had IBS but he had very few suggestions as to how to help deal with it other then "learn to live with it". I had a prescription for a medication that could help ease some of the symptoms but it wasn't helping all the time. I was stuck with a daily stomach ache that would sometimes last all day. I tried probiotics, I switched to almond milk, and I drank chamomile tea. Each thing helped a little bit but nothing got rid of the stomach aches completely.

Two months ago, after reading a book on how to treat IBS, I completely gave up dairy. My stomach aches are 95% gone! I haven't had a "pit in my stomach" stomach ache since I gave up all forms of dairy. I still have a little stomach upset when I'm under stress but it's nothing like it was 2 months ago. It's such a relief to feel better that it makes giving up some of my favorite foods worth it. I've stopped taking all of the probiotics and I only take my prescription once or twice a month instead of several times daily.

The reason I wanted to share my tummy troubles here is that I've had to make some changes to recipes to make them dairy-free. I thought I'd share those recipes in case anyone else could benefit from them.

So, if I can't have dairy, how do I bake everyday? How do I live without butter? Here are some of my favorites....

Spreading on toast:
Earth Balance (soy-free) It's a tub butter substitute that is non-hydrogenated and doesn't contain soybean oil. (I try to avoid non-traditional soy products). I like Earth Balances taste. It melts nicely and spreads well on toast.

Earth Balance
Olive Oil

If the recipe calls for melted butter: Olive oil, melted coconut oil, or melted Earth Balance
If the recipe calls for creaming softened butter: *Lard, coconut oil, Earth Balance
If the recipe calls for milk: Almond milk or coconut milk

Frostings: *Lard (though I'm finding the taste too aggressive) or Earth Balance
I've tried coconut oil but it makes the frosting too dense

With Cereal: Almond milk (I like the original or unsweetened varieties)

*Lard: You might be surprised that I use lard but here are some of the facts about lard that most people don't know....
-Lard is a great source of Vitamin D
-Lard has less saturated fat then butter
-Lard has more mono-unsaturated fat (good fats) then Olive oil
**Just be sure that your lard comes from animals not treated with hormones and the lard is NOT hydrogenated.

Unfortunately I still haven't found a way to make Mac&Cheese dairy-free and I don't think I'll ever be able to. It was my former favorite food but luckily the longer you go without a food, the less you think about it and remember how it tastes. I'm working on dairy-free ice creams but so far have only found so-so recipes. I'll be sure to post if I find a great one.

When you see me post recipes from now on, I'll put my dairy-free substitutions in parenthesis next to the dairy item in the recipe. I'm by no means an expert on the subject... just a food-lover trying to enjoy the things I've always loved.... without a stomach ache!



Speaks to me Sunday

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-15 

  I really like this passage. It has so much "meat" in it! I am so glad that God has given us grace which brings salvation, not just for you and me but for everybody! But I really like the way this passage says what comes next. We don't just recieve God's grace and say "Thank- you very much" but rather it prompts us to do something.

  God's grace in our lives will cause us to say "No!" to ungodliness. If we let it, it will train our minds so that we don't have any interest in ungodly living. Wordly passions/desires will be treated the same way. That is not what is important anymore.

  Instead we will live in a way that is self-controlled, upright and godly. Maybe a little easier said than done, but through God's grace we will learn.

 I have been thinking about self-control a lot lately. Currently I am doing a cleanse in which I am not to eat any form (no honey or maple syrup either) of sugar and pretty much no carbs. To be very honest this is not easy for me. I defenitely have a sweet tooth and I am finding out how much I like carbs too. This has been a test in self-control to be sure! With God's help I will make it through these 2 weeks and I hope this process will help me to grow stronger in this fruit of the Spirit. There are even more important areas than health that I need to practice self-control in!

 It is my goal to fully follow this passage; Be eager for Christ's coming and excited about working for Him! I hope you are too! What do you gain from this passage?


Product Description

Introduce little learners to letters and numbers with the help of lights, music and a realistic sports announcer.
  • Three modes that allow little ones to: shoot baskets to count from 1 to 10; hear the alphabet; play a game where each basket helps spell a 3-letter word
  • Two textured, easy-grip basketballs that are perfect for little hands
  • Backboard that extends to 20 inches, allowing babies to play while sitting or standing
  • Swivel cup that catches balls for infants, or turns and sends balls back to active toddlers



Size: 66 * 31 CM length width can be adjusted for 6-14 months of the use of baby

Fabric: inside: 100% cotton outside: 60% + with thin sea
Under pressure in the 35 kg

I've got MAIL!!

OH. MY. GOD!! These came in the mail today!! I'm in fabric heaven people :-)

9 different colours of polkadots + 2 others.

Lines & dots in cream/brown and blue/purple.


Teddies for September

Name : "Betsy"
Price : RM45
Status : Went to Natasha - just because :-)

Name : "Tilly"
Price : RM45
Status : SOLD!

Name : "Milly"
Price : RM45
Status : Went ti lil' baby Sheikha

Name : "Jessy"
Price : RM45
Status : SOLD!

Bringing in the Harvest {Freezing Broccoli}

The last few weeks we have been busy with putting stuff up for winter. Making salsa, canning tomatoes, making pesto and canning applesauce and more have been done to ready us for the next few months.

  I am excited to have all of this done even though sometimes I grow weary in the process. The job is not over yet either. We still have stuff in our garden and we are still working.

  I am very blessed to have parents that taught me how to get stuff ready for the winter (You should see their freezers!) but I know that isn't the case with everybody so I thought it might be helpful to share how the putting up is done.

 I am going to try to share as many as possible of the things we do in simple step by step instructions. Today we will start with broccoli but stay tuned for more later!

This year I actually forgot to plant broccoli but as usual my parents grew a lot and as they do so very often they shared with us. The 5 gallon bucket they sent over actually had a mixture of cauliflower and broccoli. They can be done the exact same way so I just mixed them together.
 Step 1. Clean your broccoli. Wash it well in cold water and if you desire you can soak it in salt water a while too. Broccoli is often plagued by worms and so you do want to watch carefully for them. Though if you miss one or two you will just get some added protein. :-)

Step 2. Cut up your broccoli into the size pieces you want.
 Step 3. Dump it into boiling water and blanch it for 3 minutes. (Blanch is just a term used for quickly cooking veggies like this.)
Step 4. Take it out. I use a big slotted spoon or you can use some other sort of strainer.
 Step 5. Place it in a bowl full of cold water (you might like to add ice) to get it cool quickly.
Step 6. Drain it and place it in containers or bags, label it and but it in the freezer.

We use a lot of recycled containers.

 Step 7. I highly recommend some cheerful helpers!

(by the way, sorry for my photos that are tipped the wrong angle. Every so often blogger decides they need to be turned and I can't seem to correct that.)

Broccoli is very easy to put up, though of course it takes time, and it is very nice to pull out later to use. We love eating it with cheese on top. That has been a favorite for several of my kids (Currently Megan really loves it).

For those of you that have done broccoli too, is this how you do it? Do you have any more tips? I would love to hear your thoughts too. If any one has questions feel free to ask and I will try to answer.

I am linking this to Frugal Friday.