Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up once again with Darci and friends for Five on Friday:)

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My sweet kiddos! I snapped this picture while they were sitting together for a few minutes. That doesn’t happen often-they are always on the go! I’m loving their stripes as well:)

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One word…addicted! My husband and I love Chipotle! It’s so, so yummy! We pick it up to go sometimes on the weekend. My husband has their app, so we’re able to place the order in advance, select a pick-up time, and walk right in to get the order! How convenient! I would love to find a good copycat recipe for their chicken burritos. I’ve tried a few recipes but nothing is as good as the real thing!

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It’s party planning time! While Miss Harper’s birthday isn’t until March, I’ve been busy planning her second (gasp-time has flown by!) birthday party. The loosely created theme will be based around mason jars and the colors will be green, navy blue, and a splash of pink. I’m having so much fun coming up with decorations and party ideas!

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It’s also spring consignment sale time! Over the snow days last week, I started entering in information for a consignment sale in March. One huge advantage to being a seller (besides the money you make) is the opportunity to shop early and get some great clothes!!

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In my quest to simplify life and stress less, one of the things I’m working on is paring down the number of household products we use. I’m also making more household items, such as this foaming baby shampoo and these reed diffusers. I came across an article recently about how bad some of the baby shampoos are and started doing some research. I found a neat, free app from the Environmental Working Group called Skin Deep. You scan the barcode of products and it will give you a rating scale of 0-10 for health concerns (focusing on cancer, developmental/reprotoxicity, and allergy), with 0 being the best and 10 being the worst for you. I went a little crazy scanning items the other evening, ha! Luckily, the highest product number we had was a 6, which I proceeded to toss. I also ended up throwing away some of Harper’s toothpaste that we hadn’t used yet since it ranked 5 out of 10. Yuck:( Now I’m on a mission to find safer shampoos, soaps, and other toiletries for us. Any suggestions?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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{It’s the Little Things Link-Up}

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Hello! I’m linking up with Words About Waverly and Sadie Sky Boutique for a new link-up!  It’s a link-up where you document memories and the little things in life.  I love the idea, and it goes very well with my goals in 2014.  I’m focusing on slowing down this year, not stressing as much, and spending more quality time with my family.

Here’s a wonderful moment…I snapped this picture one evening last week.  Will was watching an episode of “Madeline” on the iPod and Harper wanted to join in.  I got them settled together on the couch and they stayed like this for about fifteen minutes.  Love them so much:)  It’s so sweet to see how they interact with each other.

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Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 25-Owl Valentines

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Happy Monday! I know Valentine’s Day isn’t for a few more weeks, but I’m trying to stay ahead of the game, ha! I wanted to make some fun, non-candy Valentines for Will’s preschool friends and came across lots of cute ideas on Pinterest.  I love these cute ideas but ended up making some owl Valentines.

Here’s what I did:

{1} Create a tear drop shaped template out of cardstock or scrapbook paper (I did this free-handed so it wasn’t perfect but it worked for me).

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{2} Trace and cut out tear drops.  I didn’t have any red or pink paper, so I used greens, yellows, and oranges.

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{3} Fold over the top of the tear drop and glue down.  Cut out a v shape at the top of the owl’s head.  Glue on eyes (I used buttons) and cut two slits for the pencil to slide through.  I found some cute, cheap pencils at Target (of course!).  Add the pencil and a personalized note.  I wrote, “You’re a hoot!”

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Here are the cute owls!

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Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for a fabulous Five on Friday:)

What a nice week! We went to school on Monday, had off Tuesday through Thursday due to snow, and now a two hour delay today! I could get used to this, ha! (Update- now we are off today! Four days in a row!)

{1} I’m loving these adorable Valentine’s plates I bought at Target the other week!  I’m not big on buying lots of seasonal items such as plates and cups for the kiddos (though they are so cute and fun), simply because I don’t feel that we get enough use out of them.  Plus, I’m trying to keep things more simple and don’t want lots of clutter around the house.  However, I couldn’t resist these! (They were pretty cheap and not too Valentine-ish, so we could use them throughout the year).

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{2} Last weekend, we went downtown (in the freezing cold! It was like 20 degrees…brrrr) to our local toy store, Pufferbellies.  Will and Harper love playing with all the fun toys:) Here’s Harper making some music! After playing, we headed to a new cloth diaper store (see #3 and 4 below) and then to a coffee shop for some vanilla chai (me), a chocolate mocha (my husband) and a lemon poppyseed muffin (the kiddos).  Such a fun morning!

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{3} While at the new cloth diaper store, I came across an organic laundry soap called Eco Nuts.  I have heard of the soap nuts and had always wanted to try them.  The nuts are a berry that grow on trees in the Himalayas.  All you do is put 4-5 nuts in a bag (it comes with two bags) and toss them into the washer.  We have an HE washing machine, and they work just fine! I washed several loads of laundry with the eco nuts and they worked well (there’s just no fragrance)!  I’m trying to purchase/make more natural household items, and these are so cool!  You reuse the nuts up to ten times and they are compostable.

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{4} My reason for checking out the cloth diaper store was to purchase these training pants for Will.  He has been potty trained since last summer but has been wearing a diaper at night.  He is typically completely dry in the mornings, so I wanted to buy these training pants to use.  One thing I regret not doing with my kiddos is cloth diapering.  I didn’t know anyone who cloth diapered when Will was born and was so overwhelmed with him as a baby (nursing, going back to work, pumping, in general he was a fussy baby, etc.) that I didn’t think much about cloth diapering.  I briefly considered it when Harper was born, but I didn’t follow through with it (I really wish I had, though).  Anyway, we have been using the training pants and Will loves them!  He is such a big boy now!

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{5} Oh, Target!  In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with Target.   I go there on an almost weekly basis.  Here’s some of their most recent Valentines items.  I bought some heart candy cups and plan on making this s’mores mix.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Foxes, a Runaway Cow, and Snow Ice Cream!

Today was Snow Day #2 (and we’re off again tomorrow!)!  Here are some scenes from around our house today, on a very chilly, snowy day.

Harper and Will are obsessed with the Fox song! I must have heard “What Does the Fox Say” about ten times today (no kidding!).  Here they are dancing to the song after breakfast.  They are also hooked on dancing to techno, thanks to their daddy.  Miss Harper will specifically request “techno” now, ha!

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Since we haven’t left the house in two days and it’s been too cold to spend much time outside, our house looks like a tornado blew through it!

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Will looked out the window earlier and shouted out, “Mommy, there’s a cow coming up the driveway!”  I look out, and sure enough, there was a cow strolling up to visit!  I ran out to chase the cow back down the driveway to the barn, but she decided to go straight through the barbed-wire fence and back into the field.  Ouch!  I texted the farmer and let her know what happened…she came later and repaired the fence!

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Photo for daddy!  Daddy has been at work the past two days while we’ve been at home enjoying our snow days, so we periodically sent him pics.

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After the kiddos woke up from naps, we made snow ice cream!  I had never made it before (and have always been hesitant about eating snow) but googled to make sure that eating ice cream made from snow wasn’t too bad for you.  It was so easy…and delicious!  Mix together 1 cup of milk (I used 2% since that’s what we had), 1/3 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a pinch of salt.  Head outside and scoop up 8 cups of clean snow.  Stir snow into milk mixture and now you have snow ice cream!  It melts very quickly, so eat it fast!   We had fun making snow ice cream…I think it will turn into a yearly tradition:)

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Now I have to come up with some more activities for snow day #3 tomorrow!

Snow Day!

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We are enjoying a relaxing snow day! It’s our first “big” snowfall of the season and Will and Harper were so excited to go out in the snow to make snow angels and snowmen this morning! They are napping now, so I’m enjoying a few minutes of quiet while sipping hot chocolate (The Pioneer Woman’s recipe-yum!) and watching the snow continue to come down. I’m sure we will be back outside later today:)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

What I’ve Been Reading Lately…

One of my goals for 2014 is to read more, so I thought I’d give an update on my progress.

I love anything Jodi Picoult and am enjoying listening to The Storyteller, her most recent novel, in the car commuting to and from work.  I like listening to her books better than others because of the different narrators that come to life on CD. This book has me not wanting to turn off the car when I get to work…and makes the drive much faster!

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I started reading Diane Chamberlain’s books a few years ago.  I haven’t gotten far into Necessary Lies but what I’ve read is good.

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Some non-fiction: a book about how French kids eat everything.  I’m looking for some tips to help with Will, who has become a super picky eater lately.

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More non-fiction: Tori Spelling’s party planning book, with lots of pretty ideas!

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And more…this book is very interesting.  It’s about a family who simplified their lives through eliminating waste.  The author, Bea Johnson, shows how you can reduce waste in all areas of your life.  She and her family (husband and two sons) only produce one quart of garbage every year–how crazy is that?!  Anyway, I’m not nearly that radical, but it’s a good read and includes great points on how to simplify your life.

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This book is fun!  It includes recipes for making your own yogurt, baking mix, graham crackers and lots of other items that you can make instead of purchasing.
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And Goodnight, Gorilla.  Miss Harper has requested this book as her nighttime story for the past several weeks.  In a few weeks, I’m sure she will move on to another book, but for now, Goodnight, Gorilla:)

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