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A quick hello!

Hi Friends!

The weeks just keep flying by. I’m not complaining though because exciting things are underfoot. I can’t wait to tell you all about them, but until then I’m trying to be patient.

There has been some progress on the stitch-a-long. I frogged and restitched Day 3 and then started Day 4 only to frog that too! Blergh! There must be a life lesson in this somewhere. Patience again? That darn Patience is really getting on my nerves.

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Around here…

We went to a party at a farm last weekend and they had a taco truck and a full-on fireworks show. I don’t know which part was better.

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Our chandelier stopped working and then we trash picked this one that works perfectly! The Universe provides!

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Our new computer arrived! Isn’t she a beauty? (Insert emoji with heart eyes)

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Exciting times! What’s new in your world?

Down to Earth

This was a pretty eventful week!

First, my kitchen was featured on Rhonda Hetzel’s blog, Down to Earth, as part of her My Favorite Places series. I am such a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of Rhonda’s blog and books. She inspires me every day to live a more simple, authentic lifestyle. Love her!

Then, I spent two days with this woman…

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Fergie! She was amazingly down to earth, thoughtful, and friendly.

But just so you don’t go thinking that life around here is all about hob-nobbing with royals and famous bloggers, this week I also…

Watched Charlie watching Tom practice guitar:

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Such a fuzzy photo, but I love that Charlie is speaking his mind, music critic that he is.

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Found a fake pumpkin with fake barf that some practical joker left in the kitchen:

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Felt warm and fuzzy catching a kid reading. Tom is clearly exasperated by the dramatic turn of events in Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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Homework! Homework! Homework! What is up with 5th grade math?!!

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Cross stitched:  I know (snore).

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If you think it’s boring reading about the slow progress on this project, imagine how boring it is to be the one stitching it.

Hope that you had a great week! Happy Friday!


Hi Blog!

It is rainy and cold here this week, a bit strange for the beginning of June. Biggest is disappointed because his class trip to the lake was canceled. I secretly am enjoying this weather anomaly. It feels cozy to be stuck inside when it’s rainy outside.

We had a nice weekend. It included a sushi date (mmmm) and a lot of kitchen/cooking time for me. It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, it does, but I’m trying to be a thankful/positive person.

Lately my mind has been on simplifying. I want a simple life and I don’t mean that fake curated perfect looking simplicity that you see on blogs and in magazines. I want true simplicity; to live modestly, cook our own foods, and make do with what we have. It’s a constant struggle between this want vs. our current situation.

We have a busy life in a busy suburb with busy kids and busy careers. I suppose there is a time and season for everything and some day things will be slower and simpler for us. In the meantime, I try to do what I can to bring pockets of simplicity into our world. Some people think I’m a weirdo for baking bread or making bugspray or insisting that things be made from scratch when I’m already up to my eyeballs in chores, but it makes me feel better, like I am taking baby steps towards something. Ya know?

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Did you miss me?! That was a really long break.

Our trip was fun, but action-packed. After 9 days away, it feels great to be back in our cozy house. Sign me up for Homebodies Anonymous.

Luckily we had the weekend to decompress before going back to work and school. We ate SO MUCH delicious food while away, that Tom and I agreed to do a bit of a cleanse when we returned. I spent the weekend making bone broth and prepping fruits and veggies for juicing this week.

After reading some horrific articles about the gross stuff on produce, I decided that we need to be more thorough about cleaning ours. Ick. It was weirdly satisfying to give our groceries a scrub down. I spent a few hours (seriously) on Saturday doing this. Clearly I have issues.

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I know that I should probably post vacation pics after a trip instead of vegetable washing pics, but I am preoccupied that way today.

Look at this mess! Embarrassing, but I’m showing it like it is. You can see my secret shame (Chik-fil-A iced tea) and my obsession with wooden spoons.

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A pot of bone broth getting started on the stove. Do you love simmering stuff? Giving it a stir every so often makes me feel so productive!

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I had a bit of a melt down the evening before we left for Florida. It had been a very busy week at work and home so everything was feeling very last minute. I had really wanted to pick out a new cross stitch project for the trip, something gorgeous and monumental for a next project, but alas, it never happened.

So there I was scrambling and fretting about what to bring, because, can you EVEN IMAGINE going on a trip without a cross stitch project?! No! I can’t either!

I finally decided on 2 little patterns from the Internet and packed them along with fabric scraps and floss from my collection. It wasn’t exactly the monumental next project I wanted.

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On the left is a Minecraft Creeper bookmark for Biggest. I don’t like it because the greens are too dark, so you can’t really make out his black features. Yes, I am being picky about a silly Minecraft bookmark. Must. Do. Over.

On the right is a little freebie I downloaded from Craftsy. It will eventually have bees on it and a cute little saying. I don’t love the colors or fabric, but that’s what you get for 9pm on a Wednesday. Sigh.

Lesson learned : Pack cross stitch projects before anything else!

Hope you all had a great week! {Vacation photos tomorrow… maybe…}

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Neatly labeled dry goods.

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Freshly ironed napkins.

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Finally framing this work of art by a talented 8 year old.

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Having a little buddy sit with me while I practice piano scales.

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Walking in on a little dog enjoying a sun spot.

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Finding this old pic of me and my sweetie from vacation.

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And this one of the boys when they were tiny.

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Doing Google image searches for “Cat Loaf.”

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What’s making you happy today?

Random thoughts on a snowy Tuesday

Hi Blog!

We got more snow! It is the pretty fluffy kind. School was canceled, but I went to work anyway because I’m dedicated like that. Haha. If you knew me in real life, you’d be laughing too.

I had my style consult and it was a little disappointing. She mostly said the stuff that I know already or could read in any article titled “how to dress for your body type.” Oh well… guess no life changing style makeover for me.

Last night, we ate chicken wings and onion rings and then felt sick. I know, not the wisest food decision, but they are so delicious while you’re eating them. It’s so hard to make good life choices.

I forgot to tell you that last weekend I made homemade laundry detergent! I felt like such a homesteader! I am pleased with it so far, but the clothes don’t come out with that fresh laundry smell. People online say to add those Downy scent things, but I’m not too keen on adding chemicals back after making homemade soap in order to take the chemicals out! I’m thinking about adding essential oils for some scent, but am super stingy with my oils (some of those suckers are expensive!), so we shall see.

Are you bored with looking at this project yet?

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It’s almost completed! And then you can hear me lament about how to finish it… and what fabric would look good on the back… and should I try piping around the edge and yikes… how do I sew a zipper. Bet you can’t wait! 🙂

Hearts ‘n stuff

Happy Almost-Valentines Day, friends!

I went to look on my phone for some pictures to post from the last few days and found nothing of interest to share. There were a few videos of Tom and I singing “those were the days” to my piano playing a la Archie and Edith, but there’s no way those will be posted on the Internets for all of eternity.

This felt like a very long, hard week.

This weekend, I am looking forward to:

making heart shaped pancakes

baking a heart shaped dessert

wearing pink and red (maybe at the same time!)

xoxo-ing my valentines

putting cute labels on the dry goods in the pantry (so excited for this!)

making homemade laundry detergent

using my new iron. (what can I say, it’s exciting around here.)

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Charles in Charge

There’s something about the start of a new year that inspires me to clean and get organized! I think this might be a universal feeling because I’m noticing it on a lot of blogs.

{Insert random picture of Charlie because he’s just so darn cute!}
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This weekend was very productive! First, I tackled the basement and the guest bedroom. It is easy to toss odds and ends into these rooms intending to “deal with them later”, then shut the door and promptly forget about them. I spent all Saturday tidying and dusting and organizing and packing things up to be donated or sold. Yippiiii! That’s my idea of a good time (wild, I know!).

Sunday, I cleaned and organized the pantry top to bottom, then filled it up again after a massive shopping trip. Does a stocked and organized pantry make anyone else insanely happy? Sometimes I go in just to stare at the nice straight rows of cans and boxes and jars. Tom rolls his eyes when I talk about my “systems,” but they are the best!

I spent almost the entire day in the kitchen, cooking all kinds of yummy things to get us through the week; meatloaf, spaghetti sauce, beans & rice, soup, fresh juice. Bring it on, Week!

Lest you think it was all chores around here, we had a lovely date night on Saturday to dinner and a comedy show. I ate a really tasty roast beet salad. Why are restaurant salads always SO MUCH better than home salads?

And did I tell you already that Charlie caught a MOUSE?! Tom was pretty proud of him, but I was mostly horrified that we had a mouse in the house. Ugh. I guess I should be glad, however, that any mice we have will now have to deal with this tough guy. Be warned, Evil Mice.

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Tis the Season.

6 days off from work = really hard to get back into the swing of things this week.

We had a our first snow fall the day before Thanksgiving. The boys and I were snug at home so they bundled up and went outside for an adventure. All of their adventures these days seem to involve Nerf guns.

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Littlest and his friend built a snowman. It was pretty cute until they kicked it over immediately after this shot was taken.

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I did a lot of sewing while I was home, and my little buddy was a great help.

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I’m kinda a one trick pony when it comes to sewing, so guess what I made… more pajamas pants!

Some really BIG ones…

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And some really tiny ones…

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Because doesn’t every Elf on the Shelf need pajama pants?

Speaking of elves, we had quite a fright on Thanksgiving Eve when we couldn’t find Timmy (our elf who was expected to arrive on Thanksgiving) anywhere! Yipes! Tom made a mad dash to Target to look for a suitable replacement. He found several different elves but none that looked like our Timmy. He brought one home, thinking that the boys wouldn’t notice a switcheroo, but I wasn’t so convinced.

Well, thank God for Christmas miracles because who should appear stuffed in the very back corner of my closet but TIMMY himself! What a close call!

And for the record, here is ORIGINAL Timmy next to IMPOSTER Timmy. See the difference? Why do manufacturers insist on causing trouble for parents of missing elves? As if we don’t have enough problems already.

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The excitement doesn’t end there! We got our tree! Wheeee! And decorated it!

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My favorite ornaments are always the homemade ones.

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Apparently inspired by the Christmas spirit, this virtuoso put on a show for us. He only knows Jingle Bells and the Dreidel Song so it was a short concert.

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Which turned into a jam session.

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Then I learned how to make lattes at home! This was monumental.

Here is my latte shown next to a char sui bao which is, in my opinion, the perfect food.

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Littlest was uncharacteristically quiet one day, and then we figured out why.

A Christmas list as tall as he is!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

Around here.

I don’t really have anything to write about today, least of all cross stitching. There’s not been much of that going on.

Things have been pretty uneventful around here. Poor Tom caught the bug. He is such a trooper and doesn’t milk it nearly as much as I do when I’m sick.

There is a big work industry event next week. That means a lot of long days in NYC. I think I got out of the evening events except for 1 night. Phew.

Let’s see. The happy little things lately…

Cleaning out my desk drawers (They needed it! How do I end up with so many random pens and plastic forks from the cafeteria?)

Burning candles and puttering around the house (Current fave – “Sugar Cookie” by Yankee Candle. It tricks people into thinking that I’ve been baking.)

Listening to Biggest practice Mississippi Hotdog on his violin (This will probably get old at some point, but right now I love it!)

A steamy hot bath (Bonus points when it’s chilly out)

Fried Dumplings from the Korean food court (Way better than steamed)

Ron Swanson jokes (No explanation needed)

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