Nanny Binder Cover

Long time, no post! Sorry friends, I’ve been super busy getting my stuff ready for my first day this week. But, I did want to take a quick second to show off a cover I made for my binder!

Coming soon: inside my binder’s organization! It’s got everything you need; child info, emergency contacts, lesson plans, developmental milestones, you name it! Be on the look out for that post coming soon!

#nannylife- Sample Infant Information Sheets

 So, here I am, less than a week away from beginning my newest journey as a full-time nanny! In the spirit of both organization, and having a bit too much time on my hands, I came up with these info sheets I thought would be helpful to anyone starting a new nanny position. I’m attempting to keep things as organized as possible, as I’ll be part of a nanny share with 3 families! This means I’ll have a ‘home base’ with my full-time family where the other two families will bring their child for care one day a week each (not on the same days). This works out so that I’ll never be caring for more than two infants at a time. That being said, all of the children in my care are under a year old, ages currently 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. So, these sheets are designed with infants in mind, but the general idea is that it’s important for any caregiver to be able to have information about the child available for reference, and contact info in case of emergency.

I began the first sheet as a simple contact information sheet, asking for information about both parents phone numbers, address of work, etc., and made sure to get both doctor’s contact info and insurance information.   The second sheet is where you can really tell that this is made for infants. I ask questions about bottles, feedings, and naps. Some of these specifics really come in handy when trying to soothe a crying infant to sleep!The last sheet is really just a list of things typically kept in a diaper bag, but are all things that may be needed during a typical day with an infant.

Nannies and soon-to-be nannies alike, I hope you found these helpful! If you’d like to use these sheets, I’ve the link to download is here- child info. Look out for more posts on #nannylife and see you next time :)

Your New Favorite Drink

It takes 21 days to make or break a habit. So, with that in mind, and Lent being 40 days, I figured it was a good a time as any to break one of my bad habits, and make a new one.

The first thing I wanted to do was break (or attempt to) my addiction to the sugars in sodas and candies. I gave up drinking all sodas/sugary drinks (including coffee!) for 40 days. Before this, I was a slave to Starbucks almost every morning. It doesn’t help that it was just feet from my work! But, I realized that beyond the effects of the caffeine I’m drinking in every day, I’m drinking in tons of calories and sugars each morning! It’s easy to turn down a burger because of the fat and calories, but think about all the sugars that go into the caramel sauce of your favorite Starbucks drink. Yep. Even my go-to, grande soy white chocolate mocha with no whip, came in at a whopping 470 calories!! Of course, that’s the standard recipe and there could be more or less depending on the whipped cream, type of milk used, etc., but, still!! So, I knew it was time to cut all those sugary drinks out of my life. Essentially, I’m drinking nothing but water. And sweet tea. Which, yes had both sugar and caffeine in it, 1) I drink it very sparingly, 2) Compared to the sugar in sodas its a much better choice!, and 3) Cut me some slack, this is harder than I thought.

In doing all of this research on the effect of sugars in sodas, I came across article after article about how important it is to drink enough water and keep your body hydrated. Did you know that the number one cause of kidney stones is chronic dehydration? Something that’s totally preventable. But how do we know how much is enough? Nowadays, there is no standard eight 8oz cups of water a day, because everyone is totally different and so are their needs. The basic formula for how much water you drink is to take your weight in pounds and multiply it by .67. Your body is made up of 2/3 water, so this is how much we should try to replenish. Of course, if you’re less active you might only need close to 50% of your body weight, and more activity always means more water! Aim for an additional 12oz for every 30 minutes of hard exercise. I weigh 112lbs, so my water intake per day should be 75oz as a base, plus 12oz per half hour of exercise. That’s quite a bit!! So, I decided to try to find a way to increase my water consumption.

First thing I had to do was get myself a new water bottle! If I were to just drink the standard 16.9oz water bottles, I realized that I would have to keep track of almost 5 every day. So instead, I went out and got myself one that’s 24oz, so I can drink 3 in a day and know that I’m where I need to be with water. The other reason I wanted a new water bottle is because I had taken an interest in water infusions! It’s a fancy way of saying putting fresh fruit in your water to make it taste good :) The first water bottle that I tried out was the 24oz Ello Tritan. I LOVED this water bottle. I found mine at Walmart for about $8, but you can find it on Amazon as well. Ello also makes a 20oz glass version of the bottle that’s really nice, but not really what I needed for my infusions. I found that the way that the top popped up on my bottle was perfect for never letting chunks of fruit get to my mouth. I could put as much fruit as I wanted into it, but when the top was opened, the opening was small enough for only the delicious, flavored water to come through! My boyfriend uses a 32oz version by Aladdin that we got at Walmart and he loves it! It comes with a little infuser ball to put the fruit in, then drop into the bottle. Works great for him, but he does admit that the slots in the infuser ball are big enough to let some fruit chunks slip out sometimes. Find what works for you!

Our bottle side-by-side, with just a simple cucumber-mint infusion.

Excuse my selfie face :P

One of my favorites- cucumber, lime, and mint!

More recently though, I dropped my precious water bottle and the top broke in a way so that it doesn’t close all the way, leaving me with a wet, leaking, mess everytime I try to drink from it. So, I’ve gotten a new bottle, and while I haven’t tried an infusion in it quite yet, I’m confident that the design will be helpful in keeping those dreaded cucumber seeds from getting through! I went to Target the other day and got the 24oz Contigo Cortland and I love that the top has a little ball where the water comes out, ensuring that only water goes through. In addition, it has an auto-seal function that means no spills! 

My current set-up

 I’ll be sure to update on how it does with my fruit! Until then, drink plenty of water, feel some sunshine, and have a beautiful day :)

NAN-ee

Short little post to announce news and such.

The inevitable has happened. I’ve decided to begin blogging about my newest adventures as a full-time nanny. I’m so excited to start in just a few weeks time! My most recent job was working at a preschool center, and while I absolutely loved it, I definitely didn’t love spending 3 hours in the car each day just battling Austin traffic.So, I hopped up on Care.com and through dozens of e-mails, phone calls, and interviews, I’ve found the perfect family to nanny for!

Now, I don’t consider myself just your casual babysitter. I do have extensive experience with newborns that I feel will definitely help me as a nanny. I’m excited to be part of a nanny-share that will help 3 separate families, all with newborns. Of course, I won’t ever have all three of them at a time, that would be a lot!

I’m looking to start my blog as an extension of the community of nannies out there; I know there are lots! I hope this becomes a place where I can give advice, ask for advice, share laughs, troubles, triumphs, and more. Children are the light of my life, and I truly love caring for them. I’m excited to grow as a caregiver in continuing to pursue my ultimate goal of becoming a teacher. Even if you’re not a parent or nanny, I hope to create a blog that is engaging and exciting for all to read! Until next time, have a beautiful day<3

Pinterest Is Perfect, and I Am Not

Ah, Pinterest.

The eternal time-waster. The reason I feel the need to jump up and craft something out of mason jars. The main force behind my obsession with weddings. Also, the reason I often feel like the things I create aren’t really up to par.

Pinterest, in case you’re new here to the internet, is a website comprised of little ‘pins’ that you can save to your ‘boards’ as a way of easily finding them again later. What started out as me finding new outfit ideas or recipes quickly turned into an obsession that now spans 34 boards (plus 5 secret boards), 122 likes, and 4,113 pins. Four thousand pins. As in, four thousand things that I saw on the internet and decided I might want to reference back to. I pin absolutely everything, even things that have literally no relevancy to my life right now. I have an entire secret board dedicated to nursery decorations, though I am sitting here at 19, unmarried, and the thought of children 5 years into the future at minimum. But, obviously I need to pin all these ideas now, lest I forget. Or, you know, come up with some ideas of my own.

I love Pinterest, I really do. But its a complex love/hate relationship that has made me delete the app of my phone numerous times declaring, ‘That’s it! I’m done! That is the last “thinspiration” post I read about how nothing tastes better than thin!’ (Side note: Obviously people who believe that have never eaten bacon. Or pepperoni. Or McDonald’s at 2am after a night downtown. Just saying.) I honestly don’t even want to begin with the problem Pinterest has with these ‘fitness’ pages claiming that the way to lose 20 pounds is to drink nothing but dandelion water with cucumber for 5 days straight. Let me be perfectly clear on this one- in no way is that healthy, realistic, or ideal. Nothing can replace a balanced diet and regular exercise. But again, I’m just touching on this one. Maybe someday I’ll go full-on rant and let Thinspiration have its own post here. But, not today.

The subject of my post today was the embarrassment I felt after taking some pictures of something I had created from Pinterest. So yesterday was a Friday during Lent, and being Catholic (albeit not a model one), I don’t eat meat on those Fridays. So, it was up to me to try to figure out what we could eat for dinner, having minimal ingredients. I refused to eat yet another tuna sandwich, and Jake had succumbed to the idea of just a pb&j. ‘Alright, self’ I thought, ‘How can I make this pb&j worthy of calling dinner?’ So naturally, I took to Pinterest, and found this awesome article on making bad-ass sandwiches. Like, look how amazing that looks. Yum. 

Image via buzzfeed.com

So I’m here, grilling my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, thinking about how I could blog about them! I had the title set out and everything. I would start the post with, “Do you have 5 simple ingredients? Then you’ve got hot, delicious, melt-in-your-mouth pb&j sandwiches.” But, alas. My grilled sandwiches looked sad and limp compared to the amazing Buzzfeed models. Maybe it was my camera? Maybe it was my angle? Maybe it was the fact that I sort of burned one side of the sandwich, so a certain side had to be facing up. Unable to figure it out, I decided against the how-to post. Not sure anyone really wants the recipe to a sandwich that looks like this.

Image via my kitchen.

So, there’s that. My smooshed up, slightly burned, grilled PB&J. In case you’re curious, the sandwiches to the right are peanut butter with thinly sliced apples in the middle. This sandwich is delicious and different on its own, but I made the HUGE mistake of grilling it, which made the apples turn to mush and left me very sad. Visions of recipe blog posts that danced in my head were just sitting there on a plate full of disappointment, looking back at me and almost daring to say ‘See? You’re not a real blogger. You can’t even make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.’ I gotta say though, those stupid smug sandwiches were delicious.

And at the end of the day, that’s what matters. I tried something new, and it tasted great! It honestly reminded me of one of my favorites from the Texas State Fair- deep-fried PB&J with banana sandwiches, served with powdered sugar on top. Deep-friend Texan heaven, basically. I accepted that maybe they just weren’t the prettiest, and ate my delicious sandwiches while scrolling though Pinterest again, now looking for how to build my perfect planner. I’ll let you know how that one works out :) Until then, have a beautiful day, and I hope to see you here next time!