Free Audio Books

We all know about Audible.com if you want electronic access to audio books for a price.

Public libraries give you free access to audio books via Overdrive or Hoopla. But did you know the podcast app you have on your phone may get you access to audio books for free, and not only the titles in the Public Domain?

I have an android phone, and use the app Podcast Addict. The two audio books I’ve been able to get access to are Chris Hogan’s Retire Inspired and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods.

Just thought I’d share this with everyone.

Favorite Baby Items (Birth to 6 mos.)

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Here’s a list with links to some of the items my husband and I used over and over during our son’s first six months of life. This does not include our crib because that was a hand-me down and I have no clue what the make/model is.

Safety:

Bedside Bassinet Side Sleeper/Portable Infant Crib >> I loved this item. It was the only bassinet that came up high enough. We have a very high bed, where the top of the mattress is 3 feet off the ground. The latches on each side are independent so we were able to lower one side so it was at an angle, which was useful since our son had reflux.

Babysense Video Baby Monitor with Camera and Audio, Long Range, Room Temperature, Infrared Night Vision, Two Way Talk Back, Lullabies, VOX and Long Battery Life, Model: V24US >> I have a love/hate relationship with this monitor. It only reaches so far into our bedroom signal-wise. And the battery only lasts 4 hours before it needs to be plugged in.

Graco FastAction SE Travel System | Includes FastAction SE Stroller and SnugRide 30 LX Infant Car Seat, Hilt >> I love the quick click connect set up of this system. Granted, the first time I tried to take my son for a walk in his stroller, I couldn’t remember how to open it! It had been almost 5 months since I’d gotten it. I’m not proud of the fact it took me almost 30 minutes to figure it out.

Feeding:

Dr. Brown’s bottles, 4 oz >> We’d gotten a free 4 ounce bottle in one of the boxes of goodies from making a baby registry. Our son ended up preferring this style of bottle to other types.

Dr. Brown’s bottles, 8 oz >> Once our son grew big enough to need the bigger bottles, we upgraded.

Little Remedies Gripe Water, Colic & Gas Relief, Safe for Newborns, 4 fl oz, 3 Pack >> My son, unfortunately, had a very sensitive tummy. In addition to the formula he was on, we also had him on a regimen of gripe water, gas drops, and probiotics. Once he was older (6-7 months) we slowly took him off them one by one to make sure he was okay.

Mylicon Gas Relief Drops for Infants and Babies, Original Formula, 1 Fluid Ounce

Colic Calm Probiotic >> So expensive! But it did what we needed it to do, which was balance his gut flora so he could begin to develop an immune system.

Clothing:

A lot of our clothing was hand-me downs, which was perfectly fine. But the sleep sacks! Those are a must!

Burt’s Bees Baby Baby Beekeeper Wearable Blanket, 100% Organic Cotton, Swaddle Transition Sleeping Bag >> Our son never liked being swaddled once we brought him home from the hospital. Since babies can’t have blankets, these sleep sacks are fantastic for keeping them warm. We got these sleep sacks in multiple patterns and sizes as our son grew.

Hygiene:

Baby Nail Clippers 20 in 1 by Royal Angels Baby | Safe Electric Baby Nail Trimmer, Baby Nail File Kit, Additional Replacement Heads, Newborn Toddler Toes and Fingernails, Trim and Polish (Blue) >> Such a great tool for trimming baby finger and toe nails.

Summer Newborn to Toddler Bath Center and Shower (Neutral) – Bathtub Includes Four Stages that Grow with Your Child >> I loved having this Grow-With-You system for my son.

Little Remedies Saline Spray and Drops, Safe for Newborns, 0.5 fl oz

Toys:

KiwiCo Panda Crate subscription >> This was a gift from my in-laws. We look forward to the new developmentally appropriate toys that our son gets every other month. Granted some of the items are hit and miss with him, but all subscriptions can be like that.

Sassy My First Bend & Flex Rattle Set – 2 Piece – for Ages 0+ Months

Shumee Wooden Rattle Ring and Teething Toy for Infants, Babies(0 – 1 Year) – Organic, Natural, Grasping, Clutching Montessori Shake Toy – Polished with Beeswax

Jolly Jumper – Stand for Jumpers and Rockers – Baby Exerciser – Baby Jumper >> Like his father, my son loved being in his jumper. Such a happy baby bouncing around.

Evenflo Splash Mega Exersaucer >> We didn’t get to use this for very long, because our son is ridiculously tall. It has also been discontinued by the manufacturer, but I did see several of them at my local Once Upon a Child.

Fisher-Price Deluxe Kick ‘n Play Piano Gym, Green, Gender Neutral (Frustration Free Packaging) >> The little panda crinkle toy on this activity gym was my son’s absolute favorite thing until it was used up.

Other:

White Noise Sound Machine | Portable Sleep Therapy for Home, Office, Baby & Travel | 6 Relaxing & Soothing Nature Sounds, Battery or Adapter Charging Options, Auto-Off Timer | HoMedics Sound Spa >> We didn’t get a sound machine until my son was 6 1/2 months old. What a mistake! I wish we’d had this thing from the beginning!

Delta Children 2-in-1 Changing Table and Storage Unit with Changing Pad, Grey >> I chose this changing table because it can become a bookshelf and toy chest when he’s older.

PooPoose Wiggle Free Diaper Changing Pad/ Changing Table Pad, White, 16″ X 32″ X 3.5″ >> This came in handy for making multiple changing stations around the house. First in our bedroom, then in another area with a higher work top so my husband didn’t have to bend over as far to pick up our son after changing him. Currently not available, but it was worth it.

Angel Line Windsor Glider and Ottoman White Finish and Gray Cushions >> My mom really looked forward to having a rocking chair to rock her grandson in. This and the changing table (above) are the first things she bought when I told her I was pregnant. The nursey was barely set up when the boxes arrived!

Using Less Plastic

Earlier this year I read another book called How to Get Rid of Plastic by Will McCallum. It was quite the eye-opening book, especially the chapter on plastic in the bathroom. One of the main reasons I want to use as little plastic as possible is because my county’s recycling program doesn’t take most plastics or glass.

Even before coming across this book, I’ve been doing what I can to use less plastic in my life. Before I list the examples, please note I’ve listed several resources I’ve found useful in my less plastic, less overall waste journey.

Less Plastic ~ Less Waste examples: *spare dishes and silverware in my desk at work so I don’t use disposable stuff as often *bamboo cutlery for on the go *reusable produce bags at the grocery store *reusable carry bags for grocery and general shopping *carrying my own water bottle *asking for a mug for my drink at certain restaurants *using silicone and other reusable straws *switching to shampoo, conditioner, handsoap and body wash bars *cloth napkins instead of paper napkins *DIY facial scrub *DIY hot cocoa mix *using glass jars for leftovers and dry goods storage *purchased a refillable wipe pouch for my diaper bag *made my own reusable face pads for applying toner to my face out of flannel fabric

One thing I learned from the Sustainably Vegan YouTube channel was the notion of using a plastic container until it is no longer useful. I do that with the containers for my facial scrub, using the previous scrub container and a Gelato container for storage. We keep the plastic tubs from take out and deli meats to use as faux Tupperware for leftovers and lunches. Any plastic food containers that we don’t use for leftovers and lunch are used for freezing items so I’m not risking my good, legit stuff like Rubbermaid containers. If they break after 1 freeze, oh well. My latest was taking a large body wash pump bottle I’d finished (I’ve since switched to a soap bar) and made it into a huge liquid soap dispenser for my guest bath. I also have soap bars in there and in my bathroom.

Resources: *Sustainably Vegan YouTube channel *Shelbizlee YouTube channel *How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum *Article: A Guide to Zero-Waste Living *Article: 6 Easy Ways for a More Zero-Waste Life

Favorite Pregnancy Items

During my pregnancy, I found several items that made those 9 months more comfortable.

Clothing:

I essentially gave myself a uniform once I couldn’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes anymore. Maxi dresses and leggings. It made things so much easier in the morning. Everything could be mix and matched.

KORSIS Women’s Summer Casual T Shirt Dresses Short Sleeve Swing Dress Pockets (multiple colors)

No Boundaries Juniors’ Macrame Leggings, 2-Pack (I bought other patterns)

Items:

Leachco Back ‘N Belly Pregnancy/Maternity Contoured Body Pillow, Ivory

Exercise/Mental Health:

Yoga was a huge part of my pregnancy. I had an anxious pregnancy for no other reason than I was worried about the WHAT IF.

Prenatal yoga: Bettina Rae

Prenatal yoga: BrettLarkinYoga

Prenatal yoga: Yoga from Melbourne

Guided Meditations (from various YouTube channels)

None of these links are affiliate links. Just links to share what helped me.

A New Path?

2020 has certainly been a year, more for some than others. In the last couple of months, I’ve had time to read, reflect, and take in the knowledge that those more experienced than me in some respects.

In reading The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll, I found guidance for project management and reflection, as well as a personal challenge to meditate on a challenge Ryder put forth (not a true challenge, but one that really got me thinking): what is something you’ve always wanted to do but never pursued for whatever reason.

For the past several years, I’ve yearned to be a professional (read paid) research assistant or person who gets paid to look up and research random topics. As an Academic Librarian, I kinda do this now, but not on the scale I want. I work at a small, commuter state college where research papers tend to all be about the same 15 topics. Occassionally a professor working on their dissertation have come to me personally for help looking for books, ebooks, articles, etc. I love working with those professors on those projects.

So how am I going to take up the “challenge” of becoming that type of researcher? I’m going to use my blog to share fun facts, resources, pictures, video links, my thoughts, etc. on a variety of topics as they pop into my brain.

I’ve downloaded the app for this blog onto my phone which is making blogging more accessible now. There are some limitations but I’ll work around them as best I can.

This doesn’t mean I’m completely going in a new direction. I’m still writing and self-publishing books, knitting, making YouTube videos, reading whatever book catches me. I hope you enjoy some of what I post.

See y’all in the next post! ~Cori

Vlog July 2019 aka Where Have I Been?

Yoga with Adrienne 30 Day Challenge Review

It’s been a dreary month. What have you been up to?

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I still can’t believe 2018 is over and we’re half-way through the first month of 2019. Here’s a list of the top 10 Tales From a Polk County Girl videos from 2018:

  1. Resetting the Cash Envelopes
  2. 2018 Planner Set Up
  3. Moleskine Weekly Pocket Size Walk Thru
  4. Everything Binder Set Up
  5. Book Review: Clara’s Kitchen
  6. Franklin Covey Seasons WO2P Inserts Walk Thru
  7. New to Me: Chic Sparrow Wide Creme Brulee 
  8. Mead Flex Binder Collection Update (Oct 2015)
  9. Mead Flex Binder Product Review
  10. Franklin Covey 5 Choices Planner Inserts Walk Thru

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