Wednesday, April 23, 2014


You guys aren't sick of all this adorable baby fashion yet, are you? Good because we've got plenty of yummy goodies to share in the near + far future. Translation: the adorableness will. not. stop.
Come with me to a place of handmade goodness, where nature meets style and they have adorable cloth + leather babies. That place is Rocks and Roots Apparel (on Etsy, of course!) and it's a really, really nice place to be. Ahh nature, the place I've longed to be since last November(ish) when the first snow fell and I instantly became a rat in a cage. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in this family, the kids couldn't wait to get back to their roots either. Speaking of roots, I think a good pair of shoes is very grounding for kids. They're learning to walk, connecting to the world via their feet, exploring with their senses, nerves and tootsies. With the sturdy teal moccasins Ayara received she's more capable than ever of exploring her surroundings, and in style. Bonus for you: these moccs are on SALE right NOW! Boom! Also, have I mentioned before what a rat's nest girlfriend's hair can be when she wakes up in the morning? Since chopping mine short I've had the same issue. The solution is Rocks and Roots Apparel's upcycled leather mama/baby bands. They tie in the easiest of ways at the nape of the neck, never requiring wandering toddler fingers to pry them away. Also, you noticed those reinforced leather-patch pants, right? Lately, although no longer crawling to get around, Ayara has been blowing through the knees + legs of her pants. What gives? I guess I don't have to worry anymore - she's set for a while with these bad boys.

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Monday, April 21, 2014


Projects, projects, projects. There is always something fun + exciting to do when you're two, or three, or twenty-eight. When we can't be outside running and stretching our bodies because it snowed and temperatures reached record lows AGAIN this SPRING... the next best thing is crafty time inside.
If you think back to my Spring Bucket List you'll remember that I've been wanting to make bird feeders for quite some time. The idea came to me after Bob cleaned out the cupboard and found some long-since-forgotten nasty wheat cracker things. They're enormous and taste like cardboard so naturally I thought "hey! birds will probably love this!?" Right?
A few weeks ago Bob's mom dropped off a random jar of mixed nuts she wasn't loving, two days ago I bought a jar of crappy PB just for this project, and yesterday Dayr took four bites of an apple and decided he was done. "There!" I thought, "all the supplies we need for our bird treats!" I spread the PB for the kids and set everything else out on the table for them. They placed their treasures with love and when they were finished I used the tip of a pair of scissors to make a hole in the enormous cracker, tied on some hemp cord, and hung them in our tree. I love looking out the window at them. They're natural and handmade and gorgeous, they bring me a lot of joy.
What you'll need:
  • A "base": this can be a large cracker, pine cone, old piece of bread - get creative!
  • Nut Butter for "glue": I used a cheap crappy kind but any type will work
  • Decorations: We used various nuts, lentils, seeds, and an old chopped apple from the compost, oh and one lonely pea from Ayara's lunch plate.
  • A "hanger": I used hemp cord but there are many options for this, too (ribbon, string, floss, fishing line, etc.)
  • A "hole poker": maybe scissors, like us, maybe your finger, a stick, a knife(?)
Get creative and have fun, let me know what type of birds you attract!

Sunday, April 20, 2014


Oh Happy, Happy Day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014


[How Far Along]
9 weeks, only four more until second trimester aka my favorite, breezy time!

[Baby is the size of]
A fun-size candy bar you don't have any of those in your pocket, do you?
[Weight Gain]
Holding steady at my pre-preg weight for now.
No baby movements yet.

Just like last week, nausea is in full swing. Funny story for you: I made the kids lunch, not myself very hungry, and sat down with them to pray. I curled myself up on the wooden table bench and held their little hands in my own. No sooner did Taylen finish the most beautiful bring-you-to-tears lunchtime prayer "thank you for my beautiful family..." did I feel an overwhelming need to vomit. Fortunately the first of this pregnancy. I bolted to the kitchen sink, wretched, and grabbed a slop bucket from the cupboard. I heard Dayr ask his sibs "What is mommy doing?" Taylen announced "I have to poop!" and raced off to the bathroom. I felt a little prairie doggish myself soooo I sat across the tiny, tiny bathroom from my son, nearly knee-to-knee while he pooped and I did the same, while puking into a bucket on my lap. Tears running down my face from the pressure I couldn't help but laugh a little when I wretched again in the bucket and Taylen, without thinking, imitated my noises back to me. I wiped his butt in between hurls and after it was all over I felt starved.  It was my hilarious moment for the week, and just another reason I love that boy. All of them, actually. They just make everything better.
[Maternity Clothing]
Yes, please. I love the roundness of a growing baby belly. For me it's comforting and beautiful. This week I'm playing with some new pieces from Belly Dance Maternity. Like the above-pictured NOM brand striped tank. It's made of pillowy-soft cotton that, even on my most irritable days, doesn't irritate my skin (or my mood!). If you've ever been preggo you know that's a win/win.  It's long enough that it'll last all nine months, cute enough that it'll last far beyond pregnancy days, and comfortable enough to wear while nursing I am sure. I typically wear a size XL and that's what this is. Often times those are snug on me, but not this piece. It feels a lot like wearing nothing, which feels pretty darn good to me. I guess what I'm trying to say is this is my new go-to piece. This morning it's cool enough to pair with jeans and a sweater, but I am looking forward to sporting this sleeveless with shorts in the (hopefully) near future, too!


Carbs. I can't. stop. thinking about the next town over's ooey, gooey Parmesan bread sticks. Roman Wheel, looks it up, they're the best in the world. I just know it.  
[Best Moment this week]
See sleep/symptoms above ^

[Looking forward to]
Knocking some more off my Spring Bucket List!
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This week we had a church potluck we were attending, and on top of that we've been trying to stay ahead in our meal-planning so we don't get overwhelmed in the food department. The kids are often overwhelming and anything we can do to make life easier is a 100% good idea, always.
I decided to make a tater tot casserole for the potluck. Two reasons: 1) it's delicious and 2) last time we potlucked there wasn't a lot of food, let alone food that the kids would eat (the pizza someone brought was gone before we made it through the line, go figure!) so I took matters into my own hands making something that the kids will eat and that contains all the major (albeit not-so-healthy) food groups: you've got your protein (ground turkey) veggies (frozen peas - go ahead and use fresh it you've got 'em!) and carbs (tater tots), oh and there's dairy in there, too, with the creamy soup. I do not add salt to this as there's already a good deal of it in the soup and tots. But it's like I always say... to each their own! I can hear Bob laughing at me as I type that last part ;)
I figured that while I was cooking/baking it might make life easier to double the batch (one for church, one for home) so in the spirit of simplicity, I made two. The following is the recipe for one 9x13 casserole.
1 lb ground turkey
1 C. onions, chopped
1 t. pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 C. frozen peas
1 Bag frozen tater tots
To Make:
Brown the turkey + drain it well. Add: onions, soup, and frozen veg and mix well over low heat. Spread mixture in 9x13 baking dish. Top with a layer of tots. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
Some people like to smother it with cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking, I say just follow your heart (you know, literally - that's high in cholesterol + sodium) Enjoy!
I could use some recipe inspiration, what's on your "comfort food" list?