Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday!  I was so happy that I woke up before the sun today because it was such a beautiful rise.  The sky was pink and orange and all sorts of swirl.  Half hour later the sky are grey, dark and dismal.  I am so happy to have been able to see such beauty for today.

As always I am linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites.
This week I am just adding random favorite photos and a few other things. 

Enjoy.

one

These little munchkins!  We had a nice morning watching cartoons and drinking coffee & chocolate milk.  I have my days when I have so little patience, I am ready for a break and then they sit down and say let's take silly face pictures! 



two

I've told you about my love for my citrus press before but I wanted to check with ya'll about this Breville espresso machine.  Have any of you tried it?  Is it a favorite for you?  I am thinking of getting one.  



three

We took the sleds out for a last run around.  Evan jumped the snow bank and didn't quite land up right. He took it like a champ though.  Until next year!


Meanwhile this little one was on doggy duty.

four

We have a store in our mall called Lolli & Pops.  I love to take the boys there every time we make a stop at the mall because they get so excited.  Ryan couldn't decide.  He was walking back and forth and finally decided on chocolate easter eggs.



five

This little guy!  

six

We had some time to waste Wednesday afternoon so we went to playtown express for a couple hours.  The boys ran and climbed non stop.  I am so happy that Ryan is old enough to just get in and out of all the jump houses.  He just loves it.  

That is it for this Friday.  I'll be back Monday for Weekend Recap but then I am boarding a plane for a fun two weeks with my boys.  I will not blog every day while I am gone but I will check in for Friday Favorites and a few other random posts if I get the time!

xo

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Life Lately



We are flying through this week guys!  I mean, hey- It is Thursday already.  We have a super filled day today.  

I have been busy packing for Florida and doing laundry.  

Let me show you a little of our life lately.


Holy wow- this hurt so much.  This is right after it happened.  It is looking way worse now.  I was putting wood in the stove and my hand slipped.  I ran it under cold water for a good 3 minutes and I think that is what semi saved me.  It still hurts when I submerge it in hot water but at least that major pain is gone.


We had a pizza party with friends and these three jumped and jumped and then passed out.


I've been using this in my smoothies this week.  It gives just the right amount of beet flavor without being over powering.  I love it.  My kids can't stand it so I sneak it in... no one knows nothing.


& here you have it... so delicious.  


I was going through my phone and noticed I had a lot of pictures of toys.... 


And a few selfies !!! :)


This little munchkin had me out there pulling him in circles... It was so cold!  


I am not much of a first thing in the morning breakfast person... but I tend to get hungry for a meal around 10:30.  On this day I cooked up some spinach and used leftover squash I had from dinner.. scrambled up some eggs I just picked out of the coop and here you have a tasty little brunch.   


I took the kids to Dairy Queen for an ice cream.  I needed to kill a half an hour.  Apparently it was free cone day.. you would think that the man working there would offer me a cone but he didn't.  I left there not even realizing it was free cone day until I drove away and saw a sign.  Probably better that I didn't eat one ha.



Nana bought snuggies.  Evan has been asking for a shark snuggie for so long.  Evan has the shark and Ryan has the dolphin.


We have been loving our juicer.... we are always stocking up on grapefruit and blood oranges!  Seriously, if you are in the market for a juicer, THIS one is the best.  It is so easy to use and clean.

There you have it friends.  A little look at our life lately and what is going on...  Thanks for checking in, stay tuned for Friday Favorites!



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Best Products to Control Hair Fuzz



Hi Guys!  Happy Wednesday :)

I wanted to share with you a few products that I use regularly to help control my frizz.  

Strangely, before I got pregnant with Evan I had very fine thin hair that was perfectly straight.  So during my pregnancy the back of my hair started to get wavy and the further along I got the curlier it got.  I just wore it up all the time and never tried to style it.  

After Ev was born my hair never went back.  In fact, when I was pregnant with Ryan it got worse.  So basically what I deal with every day is a disaster.  If I just let it air dry after a shower it is really curly... but not nice curls.  Mostly frizz and it is really tangly.  


I don't style my hair often but when I do I rely on these products.  Most days my hair is up in a twisted bun or pony.  I probably blow dry my hair less than a dozen times a year and I most likely I am using all the wrong products, but they work for me - so I'm sharing.




I use this oil a lot.  I have used it after blow drying but mostly after I let my hair air dry in the morning I will use it.  It brings a lot of shine to your hair and provides a lot of nutrients through the essential oils.  All of which my hair needs as it is so dry.  This also helps reduce split ends and breakage which as a blonde I am very prone to.


I am still learning about the love of dry shampoo but I do love to use it to bring texture.  I don't really go a while between washing.  I like to wash every day and if I don't care to wash my hair it is because I am staying home and don't care what it looks like... so hence why waste time with dry shampoo.    But I do love this brand.  It smells amazing.  


On the occasion I do blow dry my hair I use this.  It helps protect your strands from the heat of the dryer.  It smells amazing.  


This detangler is awesome.  I also use it on my kids.   I find it works best after you spray it and let it sit for a bit, then brush it out.  I have the hardest water.  We have a well and because of that my hair is super tangly.  It is such an effort to comb it out.  After having kids I have a ton more hair but it is really fine and tangles easily.  I love this stuff.  It works amazingly well.


This is something I use on my hair whether I am styling it or just pulling it up in a pony.  Not only does it smell great but it helps protect your hair.  It is a nourishing leave in treatment that will add shine and smoothness.  


This bottle has lasted me a while.   I will use this after I use a hair curler.  Typically what I do is let my hair air dry, brush it out, curl it with a 1.5" barrel and then brush it out adding a few spritz' of this stuff at the roots.  It is a bit expensive and I think you could get the same result with a dry shampoo but for some reason this gives me a little bit more of a texturized style which I like.  Even though I have a lot of hair, sometimes at the root it isn't thick enough so I use this and the elastic works better in my hair.  It grabs better, if that makes sense. 


Lastly, is this thickening spray.  Even though I have a lot of hair I like it to have a more of a full feeling... so I use this spray.   It helps when I spray it before pulling it up in a top knot or bun.  I think it makes the hair stay easier with the hair tie.  



So there you have it.   #momhair

Quick and Easy Kid Smoothie


Hi Tuesday!  I am linking up with Ashley and Erika for Tuesday Talk.  Every third Tuesday of the month we like up and chat about all things.  

Today I am chatting with you about a quick and easy kid smoothie that your littles will love.


Here is the scenario.... We wake up late -surprise surprise.  One child is screaming pancakes while the other child is screaming NO.  You go with what you want and that is a quick and easy yummy go to; something everyone loves-smoothie.  That is how we roll in this house.  

When there is a fight, mom always wins... and I always choose health and easy. 

Stonyfield drinkable yogurt is a sure win... I always use this as a base to most of the smoothies I make the kids.  I usually get a little fancy on Saturday's.

I created this yummy summer smoothie in honor of spring.  

It is so easy, light and fresh.  

Ingredients

2 large handfuls of strawberries, hulled (frozen)
1 small handful of mint
2 sprigs of basil
1 banana
1 tsp of honey
1 bottle of Stonyfield drinkable strawberry yogurt


Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.


Serve & Enjoy 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Balancing Work & Home Life


Workin' It Wednesday on a Monday!
(rescheduled link up)

So Erika and Shay started a new linkup in January called Workin' It Wednesday.  They have been so fun and this month we are talking about how we balance work & home life.  

Take a look at what you may have missed in month's past.


So as part of balancing work and home life... most important-take care of you.  So with that-I have a fun day planned for myself.  After school I have a babysitter coming and I am going to pamper myself... relax and enjoy.  Sounds like a dream, but its really happening and I am so excited. 

But back to business. 

OK so- I'll first start off by saying I am a stay at home mom... You know the kind of person that doesn't work "outside" the home.  

pregnant with evan

A lot of people look at us SAHMoms as people who don't work but lets be honest.  That isn't true.  We just don't work outside the home.  

pregnant with ryan

Here is my opinion. 
My job as a mother is the most rewarding role.  There is no greater gift, miracle, joy, or responsibility than being a parent.  No one can dispute that raising kids, particularly good kids, is a vitally important job.  For a lot of women, it might very well be their most important job even if they have another one.

Motherhood is my important job.

giving birth to evan


But to say that all women must share this sentiment is close-minded and insulating.  Women who don't want to - or can't have - children certainly have important work still to do.  Teachers and cancer specialists, brain surgeons, maternity nurse, and engineers- whether they're parents or not- may consider their chosen professions to be their most important job.  And for those of us in need of their expertise, we'd be wise to let them focus on it.

evan at birth

So, how do I balance it all?!?!  How about - how do I separate my needs and wants as person, as a wife, as a friend, as a sister, as a daughter... how do I put all that aside and be the best mother I can be... at all hours of the day, and night for the next 18 and if I am lucky 20 years.  

evan

That is the tricky part.  That is the part I haven't figured out yet.  We as mothers can't turn it off.  We can't leave "work" and go home.  My boss- he sees me naked when he wants a snack and I am in the shower.  My boss watches me pee first thing in the morning.  My boss climbs into the bath with me at the end of the day.  My boss cries when I say it's time to go to bed. 

 My boss is my biggest accomplishment.  My boss is my greatest achievement.  My boss is the reason I wake up every day.   My boss is the best thing that has ever happened to me. 

So.  How do you do it? 

evan
Admit that you can't do everything for everyone. Giving your all to your children is admirable, but it can leave you feeling drained. Taking on an overly abundant list of child-related tasks -- such as your church's  bake sale, your preschooler's class reading time and your mommy and me yoga class, along with your normal daily tasks of bathing, feeding and spending play time with your kids -- will leave roughly zero hours and zero minutes for your husband. While you shouldn't shirk all of your parenting responsibilities, you can bow out of the occasional chore -- such as heading the school fundraiser -- to spend some of your day with your spouse.


 giving birth to ryan

ryan

Ask for help. There's nothing wrong with asking for someone else to step in occasionally. 
Make couple time for you and your husband. Schedule a date night once a week -- or once every other week if necessary -- where someone else watches the kids. 


ryan


Listen to your husband, and ask him to listen to you. While the bulk of your communication may revolve around which child has swim lessons and which one has soccer, you need to take time to talk about more adult-like issues. 




Don't forget that your husband has feelings too. Although he might not always say that he is feeling neglected, he may not understand why you shower the kids with love, but treat him like a stranger.

All in all, being a stay at home mom is hard.  I make it work by juggling all parts equally.  Most important... I can't pour from an empty cup.  I need to take care of myself.... 

As the saying goes...  If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!

I am so so so excited for the next link up.  Spring cleaning is my favorite time of year.  I love it, look forward to it, drag it out through summer, and could talk about it for days.  Make sure to check back for this one, it will be a doozy.

See ya'll tomorrow friends.







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