Unintentionally, in October, I became very busy with my real life obligations. So much so that I ended up neglecting my blog. And then I decided to turn that negative into a positive and social experiment. So, I stepped away from this blog for 1 month, just to see what would happen. 

In October, I only made 2 posts to this blog.

The next post didn’t come until mid November. Giving a gap of 23 days between the last October post and the new one. Almost an entire month. 

Friendly recap of the posts made in October:

How I made a Pinterest Worthy Birthday Party for $50and it was allergen friendly.

You can also read how I made his dairy free smash cake here, I’m not a professional decorator, so don’t be intimidated by skills lol.

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Novembers first post- Homemade Holiday Gift Idea for Everyone On A Budget

Now that we’re all caught up on the blog, lets recap the real life.

Homework and cookies. A typical sight on any given Monday, since that's when new homework packets come out.
Homework and cookies. A typical sight on any given Monday, since that’s when new homework packets come out.

We started with the normal school this or that stuff with our daughter. I began really crafting up a storm to prepare for my son’s birthday party.

October 4th, I got to chaperone a school field trip to the pumpkin patch. My daughter’s first field trip, plus the first one of the year. Husband stayed home with baby, so I got enjoy a few hours with my daughter to myself. The trip was great, but my daughter cried and had several tantrums… so it definitely could have gone better.

October 5th- we thought my son had Measles. He had been teething very hard on the 3rd, and had a slight fever as well, and by the 5th he was covered in red spots. 

But unlike his typical hive reactions, these started at his forehead and worked their way down. It took a few days (about 2 or 3) to full develop over his entire body. The appearance of the hives so closely together and blotchy looked like any Google image case of Measles.

Pair it together with his crying, fevering, loss of appetite, etc. and we were working our way down that symptom checklist pretty smoothly. 

Photo I took during the fever, before the spots arrived.
Photo I took during the fever, before the spots arrived. 

Thankfully a call to a nurse hotline helped us determine it wasn’t Measles like we had been lead to believe by Google MD. 

So what was it that caused this reaction? 

The night of the 4th, we gave him lavender scented baby bath wash, to help calm him into a nice sleep afterwards so we wouldn’t have a repeat of the sleepless night prior.  

Normal motherly thought process. Baby needs sleep and relaxation. Lavender and a warm bath, perfect combo for a good night. Sent my husband to the store to get it and everything.

Turns, out that he is allergic to lavender.

We didn’t know. How could we have known, we don’t use lavender scented anything at home. Hardly use anything with scents actually. The reason it didn’t get better and only got worse? I kept using it. 3 nights in a row.

There’s now an almost full bottle sitting on a shelf, wasting away.  

October 6th, we went to the beach for my cousin’s gender reveal. Son covered in spots and extra clingy for mommy. 

October 7th- We went on a 3 hour road trip north to visit my brother’s daughters, so that the kids could all enjoy the pumpkin patch together. 

Starting with a lunch at Red Robin and then a trip to Walmart for umbrellas and a quick potty break. But of course, couldn’t walk out of the store without visiting the fishes.

There was a bubble man, making huge bubbles for the kids to pop and be amazed at. Seriously one of the coolest things ever was watching huge bubbles being filled with tiny bubbles. 

Tires for the kids to roll around in the mud. Sounds like manual labor and punishment, but by golly these kids went crazy for it!

Riding toys, pumpkins, and a cup of hot cider afterwards. No pictures of our trip to the mall and dinner, since my phone had died by that point. But overall, it was a looonnnngggg but fun day. Just wish 6 hours of it wasn’t spent in the car.

October 10th My sons first steps were caught on camera.

October 14th- My son’s first birthday party.

My birthday boy and me enjoying his photo backdrop and props.
My birthday boy and me enjoying his photo backdrop and props.

October 15th, my husband, my brother, my son and I all went to the waterfront for fried chicken and to play Pokémon Go.

12 months old!
12 months old!

On Oct. 23rd, my son turned 1!

October 25th, my daughters school chocolate bar fundraiser started and we spent HOURS at the laundry mat washing our comforters. My son liked watching the blankets in the dryer.

October 26th we carved our pumpkins. 

My kids scooping out pumpkin seeds.
My kids scooping out pumpkin seeds.

October 31st-Halloween.

November 3rd was my sisters baby shower, which I planned, and hosted. pretty much using all of my spare time from the moment my sons party was over until the day of, making things and getting everything right.

I had spent so much time that day, decorating her apartment and hosting the games that I hardly got any photos. But she had a blast and we learned that over 20 people can fit into her living room.

Of course I couldn’t have gotten everything set up so well if it wasn’t for my husband, my sister and her husband and the great group of friends she had there helping to prepare the foods and following my dictatorship. 

My daughters new teacher/classroom.
My daughters new teacher/classroom.

November 7th, my daughter was moved to a new class due to the school district being over crowded. 

An elementary school with over 150 kids MORE than they are built for, had to break at some point, and 16 kindergarteners got the shock of it.

The school gave up its teachers lounge, hired a new teacher, and took about 4 kids from every current kindergarten class to make a classroom size of 16.

There’s pro’s and con’s to this, and you can bet I have been a very vocal momma bear about all of it. Biggest issue being that the Nov 6th ballot had a school construction bond that would help the district, unfortunately the school district has a 60% supermajority vote needed and the vote count was at 59.12% and failed.  *insert angry mom face*

Plus side, the change in classroom, teacher, and students around her didn't disrupt her learning by much, because she was still able to reach a big milestone of counting to 100, in front of the entire classroom.
She counted to 100!

Plus side, the change in classroom, teacher, and students around her didn’t disrupt her learning by much, because she was still able to reach a big milestone of counting to 100, in front of the entire classroom. 

And a week later I became active on my blog again. 

So what happened during the month of inactivity, from the blogs perspective?

It continued to get page views, mostly from Google thanks to SEO and Pinterest. There was a noticeable drop in views though, since I wasn’t actively promoting it. I continued to gain followers on Twitter and Instagram. Other than that, it was pretty much the way I left it. 

I will say that it was nice being able to focus on my family a little and enjoy some time to ourselves, but I missed blogging. 

A pic of my adorable kids, both feeling under the weather this flu season. Neither one of them having a drop in energy levels though.
A pic of my adorable kids, both feeling under the weather this flu season. Neither one of them having a drop in energy levels though.
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