Beyond Deweyville

Breeding, feeding, writing, reading, crafting, and photographing in Orange County, CA Where it has become a novelty to raise your own kids and mow your own grass (if you can afford some).

Twirl this! May 28, 2011

Filed under: sewing — mothersandothers @ 9:34 pm
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First off, let’s all look down and comment on Bootsy’s well groomed two year-old fingernails.

I am a kudo hog

She did recently turn two <falls off cheap IKEA stool>!

I decided to make her something twirly since I’m still happily riding and waving from the train to Obsessedwithskirtsville

I’ve been searching and hunting for a good (and er, free) tutorial on a skirt with a tie.


I found it over on Molly’s blog Me and Madeline

You can view her super easy tutorial here

If you visit be sure and show her some love for her generosity.

Happy Birthday Bootsy Girl!



White Flour–How to make it a little less evil May 19, 2011

Filed under: Food — mothersandothers @ 1:34 pm
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So, I’m not going to lie, I love cooking with white flour.

I know how alarmingly BAD it is, but I still keep it around for certain things.

Am I delusional that 50,002 green smoothies might balance it out just a wee bit?

Here’s one way you can add some really good stuff back.

You won’t even notice.

I promise.

Gather three things, you can find them all at Henry’s, Mother’s, or Whole Foods, but unfortunately NOT at Trader Joe’s.

Soy Flour

Brewers Yeast

Raw Wheat Germ

For each cup of flour you use put the following into your measuring cup first

1 T. Soy Flour

1 T. Wheat Germ

1 tsp. Brewers Yeast

It should look like this:

Then fill the rest of your measuring cup up with flour, level as usual, and continue on with your recipe.

Now, do you swear you’ll go make a green smoothie after eating whatever it is you’re making with white flour??

Thank you!

I got this tip out of the following cookbook that I wish I would have found before I had three kids.


Be Good To Yer Mama May 7, 2011

Filed under: Crafts, you can do it! — mothersandothers @ 1:03 pm
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How about an easy peasy, yet fancy shmancy homemade scarf for your mom?

I have some serious love for Living Crafts Magazine.

Check out this tutorial and learn how to make this lovely scarf made out of your gently loved t-shirts (no old smellies, please).

Happy Mamas Day!



We’re a-okay with our private parts (and so are our toys) May 3, 2011

Filed under: General,Kids — mothersandothers @ 7:41 pm
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“Mommy, why doesn’t this doll have any private parts?”

I knew our dolls needed an over haul after my daughter asked this question last year.

After some serious internet searching that led to some often hilarious results, I found a great new resource.

Enter this little guy (he also has a sister that has a, gasp, vagina)

What do you know, dolls that send a message that private parts are normal.

You can find them, and a host of other cool dolls at