Mini Projects and Potty Training Help

Monday and Tuesday I traded in my usual Pandora station (Cora’s station) for my music.  The station is David Gray…now I have a soothing mixture of folky tunes coming from my speakers.  Ahhh….sometimes I can only take so many renditions of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star before madness starts to set in.  Whenever I need to accomplish my projects I need music.  I love music. I  could have it playing all the time…anything from classical (Bach, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Handel), to Christian (preferably traditional hymns sung by today’s artists), to oldies, to folk, to rock and even some pop mixed in there.  I love it all.  It keeps me focused.  Focused on things like finally folding and sorting Elinor’s clothes into these wicker drawers.

Until she has her own room, this will be in the corner of our room.  Good thing it’s such a tiny set!

I did clean those Ball jam jars.  Monday I grabbed a bouquet of Aldi’s $3.99 flowers and beautified my table.

And the kitchen island got a little color.

Don’t you think the blue booster seat just adds something?

Of course I had to put flowers in the living room.

Flowers and my music… and cinnamon bread.  My mom has the best cinnamon bread recipe and yesterday I wanted a little fall in our home.  It’s hot again but those few days of cool weather threw me right into feeling like the season had changed.  Our house was filled with the delicious scent of cinnamon and brown sugar.

Cinnamon Bread:

Preheat oven to 325. You will need 1 C sugar, 2 C flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 3 Tbsp brown sugar, 3 Tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 C butter, 2 eggs, 1 C sour milk, 2 tsp vanilla

Mix together and bake for 1 hour.  (For me it was about 1.5 hours)

While playing my music Cora was dancing around the living room.  She loves to twirl around and around to music.  I’m guessing we’ll be putting her in ballet classes some day.

It amazes me how naturally feminine little girls are.  It certainly does not need to be taught!

And finally an Etsy buy I have to share.  A while ago a girl in my church turned 21.  I asked her what she wanted and she told me about these earrings.  I ordered her 6 pairs (check out her amazing prices) and bought myself 4 pairs.  The grand total was $13.19 with shipping.  I especially love this coral pair.

So if you are like me an almost always wear big earrings…or just need some new studs in a variety of colors…I would check out her store.

Before I sign off I have some questions.  I would really love other mom’s insights into the world of potty training.  Cora is definitely ready and so we have started the process. She tells me when she does her deeds (including pee pee) and has started taking her diaper off every chance she gets.  Yesterday she used the potty twice…(has used it in the past).  I am not the quick method type of mother.  My friend used the 3 day method and was highly successful…potty training her 15 month old! (My potty training hero…:) ) However, after reading the book I realized it’s just not me.  I don’t have the patience or stomach to clean up mess, after mess, after mess…and I know that it’s a process of patience.  Yesterday while we were trying to use the potty she had 3 accidents.  I handled it well but I know I am limited in how much of that I can deal with in a day.  So, what do you recommend?  I know there are a million methods out there and I have read plenty…but I just feel kinda lost.  Like I said, I’m not rushing her but I do want her to start grasping the concept of using her potty.  So please, please…give me your advice!

Happy Thursday to you all!



16 Responses to Mini Projects and Potty Training Help

  1. LeAnna says:

    CUTE earrings! I’m going to check out that etsy store. Love your jar vases, they are my favorite way to use a ball jar!

    As for potty training, I don’t have much advice for girls. Quade pretty much did his own thing. At one point we did reach a stage where he needed direction, and I just set the timer and put him on the potty every 20-30 minutes. There were also a few instances of what I felt were willful “accidents” that we had to be firm about. I think it’s all a natural part of them learning their bodies, but it was made clear that we do not go poop on the carpet, or in the bumbo seat (ahem) but rather the toilet…That may not be a popular method for some, but in my opinion, being able to use the bathroom on a toilet in privacy and cleanliness is a privilege. I did rewards at first, but quickly figured out that wasn’t the route for us. Goes back to the privilege thing. Most countries share latrines, might as well teach ’em young to be thankful. Ha!

    I will say, every now and then if he’s too busy playing he’ll have a small wet spot in his undies before he realizes he needs to go. Not a big deal, really. I think that may be a boy/girl difference? He does so much better around the house if he’s just wearing a shirt and underwear. It’s easy for him to get off, and he doesn’t feel frustrated.

    If she’s going so far as to take her diaper off and tell you she needs to go, take it and run with it! Consistency is key, regardless of what method you go with. It can be challenging and time consuming to maintain that consistency, especially when you’re out and about, but she’s a smart girl. 😉 She’ll catch on!

  2. love the earrings! I’m gonna have to check it out. And the flowers…seriously mason jars are the best for holding flowers.

    Potty training, we just finished Jacob this week. Yaaa!! but…this was our third attempt. He’s going to be 3 at the end of November, Kaylin was trained and wearing underwear by 2. Different kids!

    Anyways, I just picked a week, cleared out my schedule. And started the day in underwear (I prefer the training ones, cause they’re a bit thicker and don’t leak as much if theres an accident). I put them on the potty approx every hour for the first day. If they have an accident I grab them and put them on the potty. The first time they use it they get a sticker. If they’re ready to be trained each day gets easier and the accidents less.

    With Kaylin, rewards worked awesome. With Jacob they didn’t. He simply would “squeeze” one out whenever he wanted something. For him if he had an accident he had to give me a train. If he peed on the potty he got a train back. It work super for him.

    I agree with LeeAnna though, whatever method you decide to try consistency is key!

    Good luck!

  3. Danelle says:

    that bread sounds delightful, except for the sour milk part? 🙂 sour cream perhaps? You think I can healthify and use non-fat? and yogurt in place of the butter?

  4. admin says:

    Hey. It is sour milk. Just add 1tsp vinegar to the C of milk. (strange but sure doesn’t taste bad ) 🙂

    I don’t know. Guess you could try it out! It is a lot of butter but it is also really good as is…let me know if you do try to make it healthier and it works out!

  5. Susanna says:


    I want those earings first of all and secondly, it does sound like Cora is at a good place potty training wise…stay strong! But if you give it a good try and it is getting frustrating, know that if you wait until 3, it will come really quickly. Ellie has just suddenly potty trained herself in the last week or so and I have hardly had to do anything. I know many people think waiting until 3 is kind of gross but I am so glad now that I have just let her be because she is just going now and it is all on her own initiative. I am amazed how quickly she has just fully gotten it so quickly without any accidents so anyways, just my thoughts from a pretty easy going mother!:)

    Love you!

  6. bchallies says:

    The details make your home more and more beautiful….And Cora in the blue booster chair makes it look perfect! Mom

  7. jenny boyd says:

    I agree with your sister, if it does seem like too much right now, just give it a rest for a while. You can continue to “play” as in before bath, nap, morning ect.. but not to the extreme. That is what i have done with Claire and it seems like just in these past few weeks she has taken the initiative her self and started going by herself and telling us when she needs to go, so we have gone back to only nap/bedtime diapers and panties during the day. I truly believe that most children need to just mature enough to “get it”, physically and mentaly and when you push it becomes a battle that is just not worth it ( in my opion) and Cora is pretty strong willed like Claire and it will probably be on “her time” not yours LOL!!! when she is ready. Good luck on whatever you decide !!!!! Hope to see you this weekend!!!

  8. Sarah says:

    I bought three pairs of earrings from the etsy shop — it only cost me $5.62 with shipping. Amazing! Thanks so much for the tip!

  9. maryanne helms says:

    Those earrings are so cute! As for potty training, I am so brain-dead I have no insight to offer…except to invest in some Lysol wipes and enjoy the ride!

    Love ya!

  10. admin says:

    Thanks Jenny. Yeah, she is seeming interested but is very strong willed so we’ll see:) I wish she had an older kid to watch use the potty so she wanted to follow behind them… Hoping you might be coming the shower tomorrow? (Also hoping all the invites went through now that I’ve asked this ) 🙂

  11. Betty says:

    I wish my Aldi had flowers! They look beautiful and brighten up all areas of your house. I am going to have to look at that Etsy link, great Christmas gift idea for all my sisters. I have no advice yet. I know your shower this weekend is going to be so great, can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it!

  12. Kathryn says:

    I both love and dread potty training. It’s so challenging (and often frustrating!) at the early stages, but so wonderful and exciting when it “clicks.” I tried training my first son at about 20 months. He would tell me when he had to go etc etc, he seemed very ready. But it quickly became a battle of wills, and all my pushing him to go on the potty made him more resistant to it. Ahhh!! I realized that in truth, he knew what was happening (when he peed or pooped) but didn’t understand the concept of doing it on queue or in the potty. We stopped and gave it break for 7 or 8 months. When we revisited it again, he potty trained in ONE day and it was very easy. It totally clicked and there was no struggle. My second son, I tried to be more laid back with, and he potty at about 2 1/2. I think there is definitely something about cognitive/mental development that makes things “click.”

  13. Stephanie says:

    I love your decorating style – so calming and lovely. Where do you get your inspiration for decorating, and do you find that it changes over time…?

  14. admin says:

    Thank you Stephanie! I would say it has changed over time and might possibly continue to change:) I should post the transitions it’s been through on the blog some time…many. I am liking where it is finally!

  15. Anna says:

    I made your cinnamon bread on Friday… and it’s gone. 🙂 Mmm, it was so good!

  16. love the mason jars… a house is always brighter with flowers in jars all over!

    those earrings! awesome deal. love the colors!

    hunter is 2.5 and sage is 15 months… hunter is being potty trained now and he’s doing great. i’m really laid back about it… he wears pull-ups and goes on the potty when he tells me he needs to. if i ask him and he doesn’t want to, i don’t force it. for me, this works best because it keeps drama out of our days! he will eventually be fully trained and we will both keep our patience in the process. : )

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