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How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- a quick & easy project for holiday decor!

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!I received such a great response to my Large Pumpkin Knitting Pattern (thanks, guys!) that I decided to make a version out of fabric. These fabric pumpkins take less than 15 minutes to make. They require no pattern and there’s minimal sewing involved.

This is a great project for making use of fabric remnants!

Supplies needed:

Fabric

Fiber fill

Yarn or twine

Felt (for leaves)

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

These pumpkins can be made in any size.  You want the size of your rectangle to measure roughly width= 2 times the height.

Fold your fabric over and sew the side seam.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

To gather the ends of the pumpkin, you will need to use either a sewing machine or needle and thread. For heavier fabric (like the upholstery fabric I’m using), a large-eye needle and thread (on in the above picture, yarn) work best.

For thinner fabrics, like the orange silk pumpkin above, a baste stitch done a sewing machine is the easiest method.

Pull the thread to close the opening and knot.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

This is what the bottom of the pumpkin will look like.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Stuff with the pumpkin with fiber fill. Be sure to leave a few inches at the top so you can add a stitch to close it.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Run a stitch through the top of the pumpkin and pull to close.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Make a knot to secure.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

Take a long length of yarn or twine and fold in half. Criss cross over the pumpkin to create the ridges.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

For the stem, I used a stick I found outside. Add a small amount of glue to the bottom of the stick and press on to the pumpkin. Use the ends of the yarn to hold in place.

How to Sew Fabric Pumpkins- Fast & Easy!

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mom life

#1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery

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#1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery A baby monitor is always a “must have” on every new parent’s shopping list. Being able to keep an eye on your baby at all times bringe a sense of comfort. My first entry into the world of baby monitors was 4 years ago when Indigo was an infant. A lot has changed since then and the technology and the features are so much better now! My second son, River, is 9 months. He takes a long nap in the middle of the day and I like to keep an eye on him without physically being in the nursery.

I had the chance to test out the VTech RM5762 Wi-Fi Remote Access Video Baby Monitor with 5″display and 1080p HD 360-degree Pan & Tilt Camera and I rely on it daily! See why the RM5762is my#1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery.

# 1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery

VTech RM5762 Wi-Fi Remote Access Video Baby Monitor with 5"display and 1080p HD 360-degree Pan & Tilt Camera What do you get with the VTech RM5762 Wi-Fi Remote Access Video Baby Monitor with 5″display and 1080p HD 360-degree Pan & Tilt Camera?

The RM5762 comes with 1 parent unit (the monitor) and 1 baby unit (the camera). It also has 2 AC adaptors, battery pack for parent unit, 1 wall-mount bracket (with hardware) and an installation and quick start guide.

How to Install the Monitor

I usually dread bringing new tech devices into the house because they can be a pain to install. I’m not the most tech-savvy person and messing with wires, connections and thick installation manuals is not my idea of fun. Luckily for me, the RM5762 couldn’t have been easier to install! I plugged in the camera, turned on the parent unit and helpful prompts showed me how to pair the camera with the parent unit and how to connect to the internet. Honestly, anyone can easily install this!
# 1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery Where to Place the Camera

The RM5762 features a 1080p HD 360 degree panoramic viewing Pan & Tilt Camera. It can sit flat on a dresser or changing table or you can mount it to the wall. Right now I have it on the changing table, but once River is mobile I will mount it to the wall (it comes with hardware)l. The camera pans and tilts so you have a ton of options when it comes to placement. The camera is controlled with arrows on the parent unit.

MyVTech Baby app

Setup is a breeze. Just download the app and use the username and password you already created when setting up the monitor.

The app allows you to watch your little one from any location in real time. It’s perfect for when you have a babysitter! You can view and control the camera from work, a restaurant, or anywhere else. You can pinch the screen to zoom for up to 10 times the detail.

The app also offers alters which notify you when the camera detects movement. You’ll know when your baby wakes up from a nap or when someone else enters the room.

There are no fees or monthly subscription for the app.
# 1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery My Favorite Features

The features on this unit are extensive which is why it’s my #1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery! The monitor can do everything from playing soothing sounds and lullabies to seeing in the dark (thanks to automatic infrared night vision).

I love the big 5 inch touch screen and high definition video. The last baby monitor I had was 4 years ago when Indigo was an infant. I thought it was going to be something I used all the time, but the resolution was so poor I could barely make out my baby on the screen! Not the case with the RM5762! The unit has a large display and I can clearly see River. I can even tell if he’s smiling!

I also love the motion alters. River is a light sleeper and if he hears a floorboard creak, he wakes up. With the motion laters I can find out if he’s awake without peeking into the room or constantly checking the parent unit.

Where to Buy
# 1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery VTech is a brand trusted by parents for their babies and children. With VTech, parents don’t have to choose between style and design, or features and functionality. VTech has a variety of baby monitors to suit your family’s needs. They offer everything from simple audio monitor or would prefer an option with audio, video and soothing lullabies. VTech baby monitors offer features that can grow with your children. Additional monitors can also be added to the system to keep an eye on multiple children in different rooms.

The RM5762 (along with VTech’s other great assortment of products) is available at buybuy BABY.
# 1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery # 1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery Thanks for reading my about #1 Tech Must-Have for the Nursery! What are your nursery must-haves?

mom life/ Tips

How to Build Credit as a Single Mom- 5 Easy Steps to Take

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How to Build Credit as a Single Mom- 5 Easy Steps to Take

Today I’m discussing a topic that many people find taboo- personal finances and credit score. As a single mother, I am the sole provider for my family as well as the sole caretaker for my young sons (ages four years old and nine months). I know there are many single mothers in my position. Even the ones who receive child support often struggle financially. According to Census Bureau Reports, the average child support payment is $430 a month. Given the high cost of childcare, lack of support, and the pay wage gap, single mothers seem destined to struggle financially.

It doesn’t have to be that way though. One way for single moms to get ahead financially is to have a good credit score. When I was younger, I never gave any thought to my credit score. I never even had a credit card. I saw countless people get into credit card debt (including a few acquaintances who had 6 figure shopping debt!). I figured the best way to stay out of debt was to never get a credit card. Good idea, right? Not really…

No credit history meant I had no credit score. As the sole provider in my family, I’m responsible for everything, including all kinds of unforeseen expenses. If I ever had to take out a loan, I’d run into major problems with my lack of a credit score. A good credit score shows lenders that you can responsibly borrow money and pay it back in a timely manner. My credit score told lenders that I’m a risk.

Several months ago, I decided to get my finances in order and to build credit.

How to Build Credit as a Single Mom- 5 Easy Steps to Take
How to Build Credit as a Single Mom

Get Real About Your Finances
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Watch Out For Errors on Your Credit Report
Errors on your credit report can affect your score- sometimes by many points. Errors on your credit report can prevent you from taking out a loan for a home or a car. On average, these errors can take four months to correct. Errors can and need to be fixed, but repairing credit errors on your own can be confusing and time-consuming.
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How to Build Credit as a Single Mom- 5 Easy Steps to Take
Get a Secured Credit Card
Several months ago, I got a secured credit card. A secured credit card requires a cash security deposit (usually a few hundred dollars). Secured credit cards are a great option for people with no or bad credit.

Pay Your Credit Card Bills on Time
If may not seem like a big deal to make a payment a few days after the due date, but late payments can have a big, negative impact on your credit (in some cases the bad mark can stay on your credit report for seven years)!
Each month I make a small purchase on my credit card (less than $50) and then pay it off when the bill is due. I also mark the date the bill is due every month on my calendar, so I won’t forget. In a handful of months, I’ve watched my credit score jump from nothing to the “good” (690-719) range. My goal is to get into the “excellent” range (720-850).

Develop a Budget

I always avoided making a budget every month. Once I got into the habit, though, it became part of my daily routine and a huge help! Making a budget is simple- You have money coming in, so chose where you want it to go. List all of your expenses in a current column, then adjust them in a proposed column. You aim to make sure you have enough cash to go around for all necessary bills, plus at least a little extra for savings and emergencies.

Thanks for sharing my journey to build credit as a single mom. Improving your credit score may take time, but it can be done! My improved credit score (which raises a little more each month!) has given me peace of mind for my family’s future.

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Free Knitting Pattern

Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern- Knit Flat!

Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern- knit flat and ideal for beginners!

Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

Socks are usually my least favorite thing to knit. Whenever I work a small piece on double point needles I inevitably end up dropping stitches. Add in the turning heels and grafting toes and you have a frustrating knitting project, in my opinion at least.

This Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern is straightforward, beginner-friendly and best of all, it’s knit on single point needles! The booties are worked in garter stitch with a ribbed cuffed.

Note- I usually get a lot of questions about what “M1” means in a pattern. “M1” means “make 1 stitch”. It’s an increase that’s created between stitches. Here’s an illustration showing how M1 is done.

Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

Yarn: Weight 4 (I used Lion Brand Jeans in Topstitch and in Khaki and Caron Simply Soft Stripes)

Needles: Size US 6 single point

Guage: 2 inches = 8 sts.

Size: 6- 12 months

(Make 2)

Cast on 23 sts.

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: K11. M1. K1. M1. K11. (25 sts)

Row 3: K1. M1. Knit to last stitch M1. K1. (27 sts)

Row 4: Knit across.

Row 5: K12. M1. K3. M1. K12 (29 sts)

Row 6: Same as 3rd row. (31 sts)

Row 7: Knit.

Row 8: K13. M1. K5. M1. K13. (33 sts)

Knit each row until pieces 1 1/2 inches from the cast-on edge.

Shape instep

Row 1 (Right Side): K19. K2tog. Sl1P. Bring yarn to the front of work. Turn. Leave remaining stitches unworked.

Row 2: Sl1P. K6. K2tog. Sl1P. Bring yarn to the front of the work. Turn.

Repeat last row 8 times more.

Next row (Right Side): Sl1P. Knit to end of row.

Next row: Knit across all sts. 23 sts remaining.

Next row: (K3. M1) twice. K11. (M1. K3) twice. (27 sts)

Next row: Knit across all stitches.

Knit for 4 rows.

Next row: (WS). (K7. M1) 3 times. K6. (30 sts)

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 3 inches. Bind off.

Finishing: Fold sock over and sew the leg and foot seam.

Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

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Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

Easy Baby Socks Knitting Pattern

Wellness

7 Simple Changes for a Better Night’s Sleep

7 Simple Changes for a Better Night’s Sleep- make these easy changes today for a better sleep tonight!

7 Simple Changes for a Better Night's Sleep

Isn’t it awful when sleep eludes you? When you are lying in bed, staring at the clock, thinking “If I sleep now, I’ll have 4 hours” getting so stressed out and wound up because you can’t sleep that suddenly that four has become three, and then two, and when you finally manage to doze off what feels like seconds before your alarm.

Sometimes, our lack of sleep has a clear reason. You might be worried about something that you’ve got to do the next morning, or struggling to sleep because you are ill and uncomfortable. But, on other occasions, you just can’t sleep. There’s no obvious reason. Sleep just doesn’t come. Today I’m going to share 7 Simple Changes for a Better Night’s Sleep that will hopefully get you back on track.

Being tired is horrible. Life seems harder, the more tired we get, the harder we find it to sleep, and suddenly you are exhausted all of the time. Also, let’s not forget how cranky a lack of sleep makes us! Fortunately, there are usually a few small lifestyle changes that you can make to help you to get a better night’s sleep. 

7 Simple Changes for a Better Night’s Sleep

Stick to a Bedtime

Our bodies and minds quickly adjust to things. We get used to routines and start to expect them. You might get hungry at around the same times every day if you are used to eating then, and if you have a regular bedtime, you might find that you start to feel sleepy at this time. Having a bedtime can help you to switch off and fall asleep more easily. 

Make Small Diet Changes

Your diet might be having a significant impact on your ability to sleep. Avoid any sugary snacks late at night, which may give you an energy boost, try eating dinner early, so that your body has a chance to digest before you go to bed. If that doesn’t work, try thc e juice which might help you to feel relaxed and reduce tension. 

Avoid Caffeine

You probably already know that caffeine before bed is a mistake. But, did you know that caffeine affects us all differently? Some people can’t have caffeinated drinks after lunch, and some are better off avoiding it entirely.

Go For a Walk

Exercise is one of the best things that you can do if you want to sleep better. But we haven’t always got time to spend hours at the gym. Try going for a short walk after dinner, even if you only have time to go around the block. It should be noted that intense exercise right before bed can have the opposite effect and keep you up. 

Ban Phones in the Bedroom

Having your phone charging next to you doesn’t often help. You might find yourself tempted to check the time or even to go on social media if you are awake. Leave your phone in another room, and you might sleep better. 

Limit Other Technology

Other technology, like TVs and computers in your bedroom, can also be a mistake. Try to see your bedroom as a space to relax and to sleep, but nothing more, and the atmosphere might be more conducive to switching off. 

Leave Work at Work

Worrying about work, thinking about what we’ve got to do, or getting wound up about something that happened during the day is a common reason for lack of sleep. But, leaving work at work is harder than we would like. When you first get home, talk about your day, and then close the door on it until the next morning.

I hope you found these 7 Simple Changes for a Better Night’s Sleep helpful!

recipes/ Featured/ Vegan

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili- Hearty & Delicious!

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili- all the flavors of fall!

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

 I was hesitant about buying a slow cooker because I didn’t know how much I’d use it, but it turned out to be a great purchase. Slow cookers are such a time saver on busy days! Chili is one of my favorite meals to make. I love that I can add the ingredients, turn it on and that’s it. No standing over a stove or setting timers so meals don’t burn.

This Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili is hearty, delicious and it can be customized in many different ways. You can swap out the sweet potato for butternut squash, add pinto beans and/or carrots and adjust the spices to your liking.

This recipe makes a large quantity (4 big servings), so it’s ideal for leftovers or freezing.

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

To make, simply add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until the sweet potato is tender.

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

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  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until sweet potato is tender.

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

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Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Vegan Black Bean Pumpkin Chili