20 Quiet Activities For Toddlers

20 Quiet Activities For Toddlers // The Haas Machine

Before January was born, I prepared  in all the usual ways. I cleaned everything in our house from top to bottom, we tackled projects that needed finishing, & I made tons of freezer meals so we wouldn’t have to think about cooking or a lot of grocery shopping. A few weeks before she arrived, I came up with the brilliant idea of creating a “quiet box” filled with activities for Ruby to do, either on her own or sitting next to John or myself. When John had time off of work, we really didn’t need these, but when I was on my own (especially the first week!) & wasn’t really able to be up walking around, these little projects saved us!

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Posted in Hatching a Haas, Kid projects.

Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese Soup // The Haas Machine

Winter is officially here in the Northland! Snow is on the ground, I’m battling my toddler’s feet to get them into her boots, & everyone on Facebook is complaining about it. I know people can get crabby about the weather & I can definitely get on that bus at times, but dear Lord it is November & we’ve got a whole lotta winter to get through here people. Pace yourselves!

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Posted in Meat, Soups.

Espresso Brownies

Espresso Brownies //The Haas Machine

My dear friend Jamie is simultaneously one of the most talented bakers & genuine friends I know ( I think those two things should always go hand-in-hand, don’t you?). I sure hope you have a friend like her, because not only does her cheerful & peaceful disposition immediately calm you when you are in her presence, her baked goods send you to this little happy place that I’ve seldom experienced with other friends. You know how some of your friends enjoy baking, but it’s not like you’re going to be blown out of the water over their muffins? Jamie is not that kind of baker. Now even though I am 100% convinced that she’s just got some mad skills in the kitchen, I also believe that her products are so lovely because of the heart, attention, & seriousness she puts into her baking. Does she substitute margarine for butter or skimp & use low quality chocolates? Never. She’s the real deal, people. Continue reading

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Ameda Breast Pump Giveaway

Ameda Pump Giveaway // The Haas Machine Ameda sent me a Purely Yours CarryAll pump, in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own.

Like I mentioned in my “Fourth Trimester Loves” post, if there was anything I was going to master with my second child, it was gonna be breastfeeding. I mean, I was a dedicated breastfeeding mama with Ruby, so I figured I would have this thing down by now. Even though we had a rocky start, I nursed her on demand exclusively until she was 6 months old. Then she started eating some solids, but I continued to nurse her until she was weened at 2 years. Before she was born, I committed to nursing her for one full year because I believed that it was the best for my baby, but once she quickly reached age one, I knew that we would continue for a bit longer. At one, she still seemed far too young to be weaned & I knew that my milk was still providing her with necessary nutrients for her body. Plus, she adored nursing, & it was mutual, so why rush weaning? Continue reading

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Fourth Trimester Loves & After-Birth Sitz Bath Herbs

Fourth Trimester Loves // The Haas Machine
Alert: This post has a hefty amount of OHT, otherwise known as one-handed typing, because as I write this, I am snuggling my sweet babe. Please ignore all my spelling errors & sentences that just don’t make sense. I’ve still been blaming pregnancy brain for my lack of intelligence, & even though I’ve obviously given birth, I’m going to continue to use this excuse for as long as I can…

Well, here I am, 6 weeks after sweet little January entered the world. Although we’ve had our severe ups & downs (a bit too much crying, yelling & emotional dependence on cookies than I would have liked), we’re slowly adjusting to life with 2 kiddos. Even though the hard times have been extremely difficult, I think we’re all doing pretty well. Ruby is definitely adjusting the best out of all of us. She’s been an incredible big sister—being very patient when she’s crying, acting very concerned, & doing whatever it takes to soothe her. A minute ago, I was upstairs when January started crying & Ruby yelled up the stairs, “Mama, what did you do with the pacifier?” What a big girl (& where did my baby go?!?!) She’s constantly giving her little sis’ kisses & cuddles & it’s pretty gosh darn adorable. If anything, we just need to be on the lookout for a bit too much lovin’ because she’s always up in her grill. Continue reading

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