Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

These pictures are far, far from my best work, but my kids are pretty cute, so you know.  That's enough.

My original plan was for the kids to be Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad wolf.  Sophia had the best dress too.  But Frozen came out on DVD this year and so obviously Sophia just had to be Elsa.  Cooper hates costumes so we're going for comfort with this embroidered shirt my mom made him.  Maybe next year he'll want to go for a costume again.  We'll see :)

Love these cuties!  Come back Monday for a recap on how our Trick-or-Treating went.  Maybe I'll even share a photo of Eleanor, AKA, the world's cutest little superhero.  Happy treating!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Parenting: School Routine.

Do you have trouble with your kids in the morning?  If so, this is the post for you! *Said in my best announcer voice*

Listen, I'm not perfect, and granted, I'm the mom of a kindergartener (who did attend Pre-K) so I have exactly one year of experience getting a small child ready in the morning.  But.  I have a pretty good routine down with this child of mine.  I might daresay I've nailed it.  <<--I'm sure tomorrow will be a disaster now.  Just watch.

And now without further ado...5 tips for making school a success.

1. Set yo alarm fool!  Okay, so I was kidding about the fool part.  But you won't be successful in getting ready for the day if you oversleep, so set an alarm on your phone to go off at the same time every day so don't have to think about it.  Boom.  Done.

2. Do as much nighttime prep as possible.  This includes, but is not necessarily limited to; making lunch (we make PB&Js and leave them in the fridge overnight), picking out clothes, ironing said clothes if necessary, and making sure all the books and/or folders are in the backpack and by the door.

3. Have a designated spot for everything.  Sophia knows that her backpack is supposed to hang on a door in our kitchen.  Her lunchbox is stored in her backpack.  After she hands me her papers for the day, I check her folder for her behavior chart and then she puts her folder back in her backpack so we aren't looking for it in the morning.  If we don't replace her folder Cooper is liable to run off with it and then we're all frantically looking in the morning.  Yikes.

4. Do homework as soon as your kids arrive at home.  Yes, my 5 year old has daily homework.  She comes in, shows me her folder puts away her things (or she's supposed to, as I'm writing this I'm reminding her to put away her backpack) and then goes to sit down to do her homework.  She can go to the bathroom or get a drink but other than that, its do not pass go, do not collect $200, do not watch TV or play.  In her case, the homework is only 10 minutes or so and when she's done she's done for the night, so there is no fighting or nagging to get it done later.

5.  Have a good back-up plan!  This one is crucial.  There are going to be days where you forget to do, well, all of the above!  Your alarm clock's going to fail, you'll forget to make lunch the night before or iron any clothes and you're going to need to have a firm idea of your back up plan.  My alarm clock didn't go off a few weeks ago and Sophia had 20 minutes to eat, be dressed, have her hair done and be out the door.  We jumped up, I picked out clothes that didn't need to be ironed, she ate a super quick breakfast and it was a simple ponytail hair day (usually I take more time on her hair).  I had forgotten to make her lunch the night before so we pulled out an "emergency lunchable" and tossed it in her lunch box and she was not late that day!  So have a back-up plan in place for those rough mornings.  You'll be happy you did!

So there you have it!  To be honest, these tips are nothing original, they were my own life before I had kids.  I basically took everything my mom taught me and pirated it for my own blog post.

So yo-ho my friends!  Enjoy your day and if you don't do these things already, start today!  They make your day so much less stressful :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Printable.

Just in case you need a last minute decoration for the spookiest day of the year.  We like Halloween in this house, but not the creepy, witch, zombie, ghost infested version.  We like cute costumes, lots of candy, and pumpkins everywhere (like everywhere, because I found out this year I am obsessed with pumpkins).  So I made this little printable to go along with our Not Spooky Halloween.  Enjoy!

Sized to an 8x10.  Copy & save & it's yours! 

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Epic Essential Oil Fail.

I've been wanting to try essential oils for a few months now.  I only have a few, but so far I do like them.  Currently I have Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint.  This is the story of how I managed to screw myself up bad with Peppermint oil.

*DISCLAIMER* This is NOT a story about why you shouldn't use essential oils.  This is a story about how I managed to make a colossally stupid mistake.  End disclaimer.

I had heard that peppermint oil was good for headaches.  I'm not 100% sure what you are supposed to do with the oil, but since I had a headache the feeling of laziness was strong.  I figured if I rubbed a drop on my temples that would be good enough.  So I got a drop and did just that.  The smell was really nice.  Strong, but nice.  I sat back with my laptop and waited for the oil to do it's magic.

A few minutes later I had an itch on my eye.  I bet you can tell where this story is going now.  Oh yes.  I reached up and rubbed my eye with the same ever loving finger that I just had peppermint oil on.  I don't know if I've ever wished for a time machine so badly.  I'm telling you guys, I was calling on the name of Jesus like none other.  It burned like hell fire.  Cooper was napping and it's a straight miracle I did wake him up with my yelling and pleading for the pain to subside.

I ran over to the sink and started frantically splashing water in my eyes all while yelling "Oh Jesus!  Oh Jesus please don't let me die!  Don't let me go blind!  Is this what hell feels like, GOD!!"  It hurt SO bad.  I legit thought I was going blind.  My eyeballs hurt just thinking about it.  Imagine rubbing Tabasco sauce in your eyes.  Or the spiciest Cajun seasoning.  I felt like there was a possibility that somewhere, someone I've wronged in the past was manically laughing over a voodoo doll with my face on it.  I think this may be what pepper spray feels like.  Robbers be warned, if you break into my home I may skip the steak knives and just go straight to essential oils.  Didn't you hear?  Now instead of just healing all your ailments, they ward off bad guys too.  What a value!!

Moral of the story: Peppermint essentials oils does get rid of headaches.  You can greatly improve the speed if you get it in your eyes, because your eyes will be hurting so horribly you won't even feel any pain in any other area of your head anymore.  I don't recommend going that route.  At all.

P.S. when I told my mom this story she laughed for like 10 minutes.  I hope to have a relationship with my own daughter one day where I can laugh to the point of tears at her brazen stupidity.  Maybe she won't be as dumb as me :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Style: Coral + Gold.

Truth, I'm actually really nervous about publishing this.  I don't know why, maybe it's because I've never done style posts before, but I'm trying something new :)

Shirt: Old Navy, sold out//Skirt: Handmade (similar)//Hair: Tutorial

I've been wanting to start some style posts for a while and now I'm finally hopping on the bandwagon!  The thing is, I have a real passion for modest fashion.  I know that modesty means different things to different people, but for myself it means wearing things with sleeves, no low necklines, and skirts and dresses to my knees.  It's just the way I am!  These aren't standards that I hold others to at all.  This is honestly just the way I feel most comfortable.

I've been wanting to write about modesty for a long time now, but I feel like so many other people can, and have said it so much better than me!  Modesty is really two fold, it should cover both your body and your heart.  I know a lot of people talk about being modest for God and truthfully, that is a big part of it for me.  Equally people talk about being modest for their husbands, and that is of importance to me also.  I know that Eric doesn't want everyone else seeing too much of me, because that's for him only ;)  However, there is a facet of modesty that I feel like too many people leave out when they discuss the topic.  Self respect.  Honestly, I respect myself too much to walk around showing a lot of skin.  I respect myself too much to go out with my butt hanging out of barely there shorts.  I respect myself too much to let my boobs hang out of my shirt in such a way that makes men and women alike not even be able to look my in the eye.  I'm sure that I could still be modest if I wore pants, but for me I feel like skirts are less revealing (and bonus points, they are slimming!).

This is who I am.  My religion does strongly encourage the way I dress, but they don't force me.  I'm a grown up who not only picks out all my own clothes (okay, I let Eric pick out some stuff for me, occasionally) but I sew some of them too!  I have heard people say before that I go to a church where I am forced to wear skirts.  The truth is, I'm happy to and I want to!  I love them and at this point it's a part of who I am.  And you know what?  I'm happy with me.  If you are different than me (and I know many of you are) don't mistake my feelings on clothes for judgement.  I just wanted to share a little more about me, something a little more personal, and to explain more of what you will be seeing here in terms of style posts.  If you have any questions about what I believe that aren't answered here, then leave them in the comments below or email me!

About this look, I really, really love this outfit you guys.  This skirt is the perfect color, I've been wanting this color for a long time, that's why I had to go and make it!  And this shirt was just an impluse buy at Old Navy on the clearance rack.  I think I paid $6 for it thinking it was okay and it had gold so I would probably like it and truth be told I needed something cheap to fill out my requirement for spending Old Navy cash.  Then I got home and put it on and it was just so comfy and pretty and did I mention the gold? I did?  Well, there's gold on there!  Haha!  It's funny how you can pick something up that's cheap and quick and then it turns into an instant favorite.  The print doesn't show up that well in the photos but trust me, it's pretty :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, October 13, 2014

Recipe: Easy Lemon Cookies

Someone suggested to me recently that I blog more about cookies since I have such an obsession with them.  While I think that is an awesome idea, I have definitely dropped the ball on blogging about cookies.  And that's really sad, because who doesn't want to read about (and see pictures of) delicious cookies?  Everyone, that's who.

So this is a recipe I got a few weeks ago from my friend Jaime.  I was over at her house and she asked me if I wanted a cookie.  I said yes and ate one...and then several more.  Usually I'm more of a classic, traditional cookie girl.  I prefer chocolate chip, warm and gooey, fresh out of the oven is best. Mmmm.  These are lemon cookies though.  I've never had a lemon cookie so delicious.

1 box Lemon Cake Mix
2 eggs
6 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 cup powered sugar

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter.  Set it aside and let it cool a little.  While the butter is cooling, hand mix the cornstarch and the powered sugar in a small bowl.

Mix the cake mix, eggs, and melted butter in a bowl (just hand mix, it's not hard and you don't need a mixer).  Thoroughly combine until everything is mixed.  Take your spoon and drop some of the batter into the bowl with the powdered sugar.  Once some of the sugar is on the dough, form it into a ball.  This isn't like regular cookie mix, if you try to roll it before it's dipped in the powered sugar you will regret it, haha!  Roll them into balls and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake for 9-11 minutes.

Let them cool about 10 minutes and then try not to eat them all at one time.  I dare you.

Don't forget to pin this so you can remember where they are when you're ready to make them :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coloring Book Dress.

Sorry guys!  As far as pictures go there are a LOT of them today.  This is the cutest dress, it's a coloring book dress!  This was colored entirely by my 5 year old and she loved every second.  It actually took her a few weeks to do it all, it's a lot more than it seems.  It's another "Nana" creation.  We got so many compliments when she wore it, I wish I could make them and sell them, who doesn't want creative license to color all over their clothes.  Seeing this in photos is hardcore making me want to make myself a skirt, haha!  What better way to express creativity than this??  Anyways, I hope you enjoy seeing Sophia in it as much as I did.  And aren't these pink tights just the icing on the cake?  I love it!  Thanks Nana for another beautiful and fun dress :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11