June 28, 2016

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Yesterday evening we celebrated hubby's 41st birthday! He played golf in the afternoon so he didn't get home until dark but we made an exception for AG's bedtime so she could celebrate too. After work, I took her to pick blueberries at the farm where we lived in the camper. She did a great job and we picked a ton. We went to the grocery store after that to get supplies for pie and other staples. When we finally got home we took care of the dogs and got to work on our masterpiece. I forgot to put foil around the edges and they got a little extra crispy so I had to do some trimming which takes away from the overall look. But it was pretty enough and tasted great! 

I would advise you against putting candles in a hot pie. They'll melt. #duhh

We improvised and worked it out so we could still have a candle for hubby to blow out.

For his gift we kept it simple. He got very nice golf shoes for Father's Day so we had to be more budget minded. He's got a great beard and I noticed he was using AG's toy comb to brush it so I had to do something about that. Behold, the gift:

He seems to like this set much better than the pretty purple plastic comb. I can't imagine why. 
While I was at it, I made up a quick batch of "Big Daddy Beard Oil" for him. (Name and recipe by me.)
Here's what I used:
In a cobalt glass 1oz vial with glass dropper

2 parts jojoba oil
1 part grapeseed oil
(filled almost to the neck)
1 drop Lime essential oil
2 drops Orange essential oil
2 drops Frankinsence essential oil
2 drops Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil
1 drop Cypress essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
3 drops Cedarwood essential oil
(For my post on essential oils go here.)

It smells delightful! Manly and very pleasant. All of these oils have different properties that make them helpful in supporting healthy skin and/or hair. I certainly didn't need to use all of them but I got a little carried away while pulling them out of the oil drawer and smelling as I go. With such a small amount of each, I didn't feel bad using so many. And I certainly don't mind hubby smelling like this! I'll share how it's working after he uses it for a while.

Happy birthday handsome!! We love you!

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June 26, 2016

Living Room Makeover - Out With The Old

I have a new obsession. Meet the new sponsor of my blog!
Just kidding. The only way Red Bull is sponsoring this little blog is by supplying the energy and motivation I need to set aside time to type it. But maybe one day. #goals
This green Kiwi Red Bull is delish! Save your health spiel for another day and let me enjoy my caffeine/sugar/B vitamin high while it lasts.
I've become so in love with these that I've been trying to buy them from Amazon by the case so I can have them on hand daily. But alas, they are so new that the only people selling them at the moment are very proud of their product and want upwards of $3 per can. There is even one trying to get $4.38/ can. No thank you. I will buy them send my husband to buy them from the nearby gas station for $2ish.

Anyway. I'm here today with exciting news. We sold our sofa! And rug. And matching door mats. Here's our living room "before" photos. The only difference in how these are staged and how we live is the surfaces. Meaning, the coffee table is empty and the sofa has only the pillows that came with it. It normally has other decorative pillows and blankets - and toys and people and clothes because people live here. #myhomeisnotamuseum

I broke apart the sectional into it's 3 pieces to get a look at the configuration I'm thinking we will use in the space. This includes a sofa, love seat, and recliner. Hubby NEEDS a recliner and that is what spurred this entire process. My love of furniture shopping made me an easy sell.
The sectional pieces are about the same size as the items I've been looking at online. I'm torn on material and color at this point. But I do know what sizes will fit nicely. And I have a pretty good idea of what I want our new rug to look like.

Also, you can see a more real life view of our home in those photos. I even included my favorite vacuum if you look close enough. #atleastmyfloorsareclean #mostly

Check back soon to see more #reallife photos with bag chairs in our living room!

June 22, 2016

Where is the downtime?

Life seems to get busier and busier as time goes on. I think this is why it feels like time is flying by as we age. When you're a care-free kid, time is slow and there is so much time; but then you get older and gradually add more and more to your plate and as I've done this I find myself bouncing from task to task without much downtime. I think downtime is the key to cherishing these fleeting days. Really taking the time to reflect and appreciate life every day. Writing is a great way for me to do just that and I've been missing it. So today I'm going to do a little reflecting and remembering of life lately. 

For Christmas/birthday, my wonderful husband and daughter gifted me a Nikon D5200. I've wanted a dSLR for years and now I finally have one! And guess what... I love it! I am not one of those moms who got a fancy camera and used it a week then forgot about it in a closet. No no. I keep it out on the counter where I can quickly grab it when something is going on or as we are running out the door. I even used Amazon gift cards to purchase a "nifty fifty" lens and I've been learning so much about photography. It's become a great hobby that I've been able to use to capture my own family and to bless others with photos as I learn. Here is my most recent photo of AG from Father's Day last weekend: 

She loves the "blowy flowers" and I was so glad to have taken my camera to the golf course. My 50mm lens hasn't left my camera since I got it. I absolutely love it! 

Parenting a three year old has its ups and downs. Some days she is an absolute angel and some days she is a sassy threenager. I've learned that keeping a schedule is more important than fun, bedtime must be enforced and has to start no later than 7:30pm with her tucked in by 8pm, no exceptions (I'm looking at you dear husband), when she starts getting cranky it's either because she is tired, hungry, or needs hugs, OH! or she has watched too much TV - there's a reason the experts recommend limiting screen time. 
There are times when she needs discipline and tough love and there are times when she needs grace and hugs. There is a definite learning curve to figure out what the proper response is in any given moment and I've come to believe that the only way to know that is to be present and truly know the child. 

This pretty well sums up marriage after the honeymoon phase aka real life. Thankfully the days of struggle are fewer than the fun ones. I wouldn't trade my handsome hubby for the world. I am blessed. 

Yes that has a capital S and no it's not a type-o. We have a new puppy. His name is Connor and he is precious. He's a lab mix and he is a bundle of energy. He loves Gauge and they play non-stop when we let them both out. As much as Gauge loves me, Connor loves AG. She is his person and he follows her all over. She can also get him to come anytime by "whistling" in which she makes a loud, somewhat high pitched, "wooooooo" noise. He will not go into his crate for me but all she has to do is stand by the door and "whistle" and he goes right in. It's the darndest thing. Connor has huge paws and the vet predicts he will be a big boy. Based on his appetite, I have no reason to disagree. He is like a teenage boy, starving all the time.
Here's a very real-life photo:

Happy Friday!