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Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Baby Buying Checklist

When there's a new baby on the way, walking into the baby section of the store can be a bit overwhelming, especially for first time parents. As a mother of three, I have a pretty good idea of what I consider to be the necessities. I happen to know a couple people who are expecting this year, so I thought I would share my Baby Buying Checklist I made a while back for anyone who needs some baby buying advise. I know what worked for me, but what I consider to be a must have, someone else may disagree and vice versa...no biggie!

New Baby Checklist {Over The Apple Tree}

I do have a few tips and advise to go with The List:
Diapers and Wipes: you need these, duh! Don't be afraid to put them on your registry, ask for a variety of sizes. There's no telling how fast your baby will grow so get a couple packages of each size to start with. I can't tell you how happy you'll be to know you have a stock pile of diapers and wipes, one less thing to worry about when you're getting used to your new role as a parent whether it's to one or one of many! I like pampers newborn diapers best, after that don't be afraid to try the cheap ones. My kids weren't sensitive, so they all used the Walmart brand and they were just fine. I like regular A&D for diaper rash, but all kids are different so trail and error. Some people consider a changing table a must have, I do not. My kids got changed on the bed, couch or floor with a waterproof changing pad and it was just fine.

Clothes: Same deal, get a variety of sizes. Exactly what you need will depend on where you live and the time of year. For example if your baby is born in December in a place where it snows, you need a snow suit and lots of Onsies to layer and stay warm. If you live in FL, not so much. When you buy outfits for sleeping, think about this...it's pretty difficult to do up all those little snaps at 3 am with no sleep. Zippers are awesome and the open bottom gowns are even better!


Bedding: There are certain guidelines to follow regarding your baby and sleeping to prevent SIDS. So before you go crazy and buy that super cute matching crib set, just know it's only for decoration because you can't bury your baby in that huge overstuffed comforter. Your baby will have a diaper leak in the middle of the night at some point, make sure you have back up bedding.






Feeding: You need bottles, small and large. If you're nursing you might want to invest in a breast pump and storage bags. You need insulated carriers for all this milk when you leave the house too. I'm also a fan of the travel bottle warmers. You can plug it into your car, it's great if you take long car rides. There are tons of cute burp clothes out there, I like the good old fashioned cloth diapers. Before you know it, that tiny baby will be eating actual food! You need spoons, bowls, cups and bibs! The point is, think ahead and add all these to your registry.


Health and Safety: Go ahead and get the Tylenol, teething gel, saline(for boogy noses) and gas drops now. You'll need it at some point and better to have it now than wait till you need it and have to make a midnight run to the pharmacy. I didn't include a nasal aspirator on my list because the hospital gives you one that works better than the little store bought ones. They'll give you a thermometer too, but I like to have a backup because I always loose them! Even though your baby won't be mobile for a while, this is a good time to look into baby proofing. Check out some great child safety tips here from a professional child proofer! At the very least get some outlet covers and cabinet locks for hazardous chemicals and medicines. You might also want to add baby gates to your registry.


Entertainment: As babies get older, they stay awake longer, get bored and need stimulation for their development. Get toys, rattles, walkers, travel toys for the car seat and stroller. You need a chair of some kind. I like the bouncy vibrating chairs that play music. You can't carry that kid everywhere and he or she will not want to be out of your sight. Because it's mobile, this is a great place for baby to hang out while you cook dinner, take a shower or even go to the bathroom! Baby swings are awesome! I didn't have one with my first son and I managed but they really are wonderful and most babies love them.

Gift Registry: Baby showers are absolutely fantastic! You know some amazing, generous people who want to buy stuff for you...let them. Register for everything! When people go to buy gifts, they have all different ideas of how much they want to spend, if you include all the cheap little things, that stuff adds up and you'll end up with more of what you need and less of the junk that people pick out themselves because they don't want to go for the big ticket items! Save all your receipts, you might buy something then someone else may give you the same thing. At least you know you will be able to take one back. If you're reading this and you are going to a baby shower, please include a gift receipt with your gift! For various reasons the parents might not want or be able to use what you gave them. Give them the option to change it for something they can use. The bottom line is that you want to help them out.

Saving Money: No doubt, kids cost a ton of money, but you can be smart about your buying and save a bit. First of all, take advantage of that baby shower! Wait till after the gifts come pouring in, then take those gift cards and go buy what's left that you still need. Check places like Craigslist for any of the big stuff you don't get as a gift or don't want to pay full price for. If it's your first kid, everything the best and brand new wears off fast when you see how quickly they grow out of it. People sell good clothes on ebay too! Hand me downs are a wonderful thing. Most friends and family will be more than willing to share stuff that they don't need anymore. Don't be afraid to try the store brand baby items. I always bought generic everything...diapers, lotion, soap, rash cream, pain reliever, it all worked just fine for me. I understand some children have sensitivities to certain brands and products and that can't be helped, but try and see what works for you.


New Baby Checklist Printable {Over The Apple Tree}
Baby Buying Checklist Enjoy this free printable checklist I put together of all the things I think you will need for a new baby!









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Pack For The Hospital: Here are some things that you don't want to forget to take to the hospital when the big day arrives!

  • Camera!
  • Books/Magazines
  • PJ's, you don't want to wear a hospital gown for two days
  • Go home outfit for you, something loose and comfy
  • Go home outfit for baby with hat(washed)
  • Blanket for baby
  • Pacifiers(sanitized)
  • Feminine Pads(the hospital ones are horrible)
  • Car seat for baby, you can't leave without one
  • Toiletries for you
  • Some diapers and wipes(the hospital will give you some, but it won't hurt to take a couple just in case)
  • Chapstick
  • Nursing bra if breastfeeding, tight fitting bra if you're not
  • Computer, ipod, tablet

My go-to baby shower gift is a diaper cake. They look great and are full of things any new mom would need. Go here to find out how to make one!



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow

So last week I was trying to get a puddle reflection shot but it was too rainy. Well, all that rain turned to snow! Gotta love Colorado!

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree
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Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree
aspen tree
Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree


Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree
my cold baby apple tree
Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: First Snow, Over The Apple Tree




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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet Projects

We're a bunch of Harry Potter nerds at my house and I've been wanting to do some Harry Potter crochet projects for a while now. I finally got these done just in time for fall. All projects available in limited quantities at my Etsy Store!

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

Harry Potter Inspired Crochet » Over The Apple Tree

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Rain

It has been rainier than usually in Colorado this year and I have been trying like crazy to capture a cool puddle reflection shot, but I can't seem to get the timing right! Since it's still raining out, this is all I got. Maybe later today after it clears up I'll have time to go and do some experimenting.






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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Waiting on Nature

So after two weeks and a google search, I've learned that different species of butterflies/moths take different amounts of time to go through their transformation. What I thought would be a fun learning experience for the kids has turned into a long waiting game where they have finally lost interest. I hope our little creature in there is ok in there!




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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Princess Anna Crochet Hat

This Disney's Frozen, Princess Anna inspired crochet hat is easy to make and is a great gift for the holidays or a Frozen birthday!


Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

I found this great Rohirrim Bonnet pattern from Vallieskids and thought it was a great starting point for a Princess Anna Hat. Full credit for the original bonnet goes to the original designer however, I rewrote the pattern to reflect the changes I made. I wanted it to be shorter in the back and longer in the front. I also added more femininity with the shell edging and flower details on the side. I never write down patterns for other people to read, so I hope what I did is clear. If not, please feel free to ask questions.

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple TreeH(5mm) Hook, worsted weight yarn
Purple yarn
Row 1) ch 61, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn(59)
Row 2-6) ch 2(counts as first dc), dc in next st and in each across
Row 7) ch 2, 2dc in next st, dc in each across until second to last stitch-2 dc in second to last, dc in last(61)
Row 8) ch 2, dc in each st across
Row 9) ch 2, 2dc in next st, dc in each across until second to last stitch-2 dc in second to last, dc in last(63)
Row 10-12) ch 2, dc in each st across. Tie off Purple
Black Yarn
Row 13,14) ch 2, *skip first st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st(forms an X), repeat from * across to last, dc in last st. Tie off Black(31 X's)
Blue Yarn
Row 15) ch1, *3dc in next st, sk next st, sc, skip next st, repeat from * Do not tie off blue yet.(16 3dc groups)

-Fold bonnet in half and sl st with purple yarn the base of the purple section together, this will form the back of the hat. Weave in ends
-Pick back up the blue yarn, ch1 and sc along the bottom of hat. Tie off and weave in ends.

TIES: Measure six long strands of yarn, pull halfway through the bottom front of hat, braid and tie knot at end.

FLOWERS: Magic ring, ch2, dc, ch1, sl st, four times, tighten ring forming four petal flower. Leave long string to attach onto hat. Use contrasting yarn, knotted for center of flower.

GREEN CROCHET EMBROIDERY: tutorial found here

This pattern was designed for a 4-6 years child but because of the style, one size fits most children. You can make bigger by adding rows to the purple section after row 12.

»»»» If you make this hat to sell, please be nice and give credit to me as the designer and link back to me. Please do not copy and post this pattern and claim it as your own. Please do not re-publish photos as your own.

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC

This spring I took a trip to Charleston, SC for my brother's wedding and had a whole half a day to myself! What to do? I spent about three hours just walking around with my camera! If you ever go, you have to take a walk and see all the historical architecture, churches and cemeteries. 

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple TreeWordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree


Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree

Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree
Tried sweet potato biscuits for the first time here and they were so awesome!
Wordless Wednesday: Charleston, SC » Over The Apple Tree
The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be at least 400 and as much as 1400-1500 years old.

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