Wednesday, March 25, 2015

happy birthday, lyla girl.


happy birthday, lyla girl // happy birthday to the girl who will move mountains one day...and if she can't move the mountains she will probably climb them...and if she can can't climb them she will most likely just blast her way through them // happy birthday to my sunshine girl and my rainbow baby // happy birthday to the girl who if you're around her its almost impossible to be in a bad mood // happy birthday to the girl who can remember song lyrics after hearing the tune once, and whose joy is contagious // happy birthday to our most fun and compassionate family member... and the member that requires the most discipline // happy birthday to the girl whose eyes sparkle and disappear when she smiles // happy birthday to the girl with messy hair and a silly heart //  happy birthday to the girl who loves "minja turtles", actually enjoys vegetables, is a daddy's girl,  loves her sisters, bonds with her brother over little things, is adventurous, loves dogs, has been chewing gum since she has had teeth, just needs someone to snuggle with her in order to fall asleep, thinks shirts are optional, and single handedly keeps cheeze-it's in business // happy birthday to the girl who is fearless and beautiful. 

i am so happy god gave me you happy girl. 
xoxo
mom





Monday, March 23, 2015

HUGE giveaway!! over $600 in prizes!















My bloggy fashionista friend Susan and I are back with a HUGE giveaway. In honor of our sweet little darlings Ava and Lyla's birthdays...we are offering you a chance to win big. A BIG thanks to all these fabulous sponsors who are making this giveaway a reality. Winners will be verified! Enter below and good luck! 

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Homemade peanut butter cups.






Mmmmm. Homemade peanut butter cups. What makes chocolate better? Peanut butter, the answer is peanut butter. 

I've been on a journey to eliminate processed foods, and what a long journey it has been. Anyone who knows me in real life, knows I am a complete sucker for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (my mouth just watered typing that sentence). Want to know what I am not a fan of?  TBHQ and other additives (just do a little research for yourself if you are unaware of these). So, I set off to find a way to make my own peanut butter cup...ok I asked my bff Siri. 

What I found couldn't be simpler! The best part I am in charge of what ingredients go into my sweets.

You'll need:

melted chocolate of your choice
organic peanut butter
a cupcake tin 
cupcake wrappers

Melt your chocolate of choice. Line your cupcake tin with cupcake wrappers. Spoon a small amount of chocolate in the bottom of the wrapper...with a spoon spread the melted chocolate up the sides of the wrapper. Place tin in the freezer for about 5 mins, to allow chocolate to harden a bit. Next, spoon a little peanut butter on top of the bottom layer of chocolate. Then, pour the rest of your melted chocolate on top. Freeze for at least 30 mins. 

Unwrap and enjoy the goodness. 


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flee.



Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. // 2 Timothy 2:22 

Flee is a verb, or an action, and is defined as the following : to run away from a place or situation of danger. 

When we are temped to sin or make bad choices, we should flee the situation. When we let the wrong people or poor decions into our lives it steals our peace, happiness, and joy. Flee from those circumstances before they ever have a chance to alter you. 

Don't stroll, or crawl, or walk...flee! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY wood polish.




I was out of wood cleaner looking for an all natural way to wipe up sticky spilled milk from breakfast polish my kitchen table, so I asked my new bff Siri to help a gal out...

...and here's what she found on the web...

2 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional)

Can I just say, I will NEVER use store bought wood polish again.like.ever. My cabinets haven't looked this clean in about three years ( app. age of my toddler ) . Also, this homemade cleaner doesn't have Butane, Propane, Isobutane, and Silicones...#justsayin

Do you ever make your own cleaning products?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

homemade bread sticks and letters.



dear husband, you're my favorite person in the whole world. thank you for always working so hard for this little family. 

dear jude and elisabeth, bummer you got sick on the nicest week of the whole year. (sad face)

dear lyla, i cant believe you are going to be three years old in two weeks!??

dear brooklyn, your everyones favorite sibling...i know b/c they tell you all the time that you're their favorite.

dear bobby flays pizza crust, your dough makes great bread sticks. 

dear jesus, sometimes when i think about your blessings my heart is so full i think it just might burst.

dear home grown tomatoes, i'm dreaming of you.

dear maui, i'm really dreaming of you. 

dear in-laws, it's time for you to come home now, everyone misses you. 

dear linqia, you are a great company to blog for. 

dear lovely weather, you are good for the soul.



breadsticks: // make dough according to recipe linked above // role dough out in stick form // brush melted butter on top of dough // sprinkle dough garlic salt and fresh shredded parmesan cheese // bake @425 for 8-10 mins 



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jude, Jonah, and a giveaway.


One of our favorite ways to teach and tell bible stories to our children, is in once upon a time form. They would much rather sit and listen to me tell them a story rather than read it from a book. 

On one particular day, the husband was telling Jude the story of Jonah and the whale. My groom gets to the peak of the story about how Jonah was swallowed up and was in the belly of the whale for three days...and thats when the little realist pipes in...

"Dad, dad. What did Jonah eat for three days?"

"Ummmmm. I am sure that there were fish in the belly. Anyways, sooooo Jonah was in the belly of the whale..."

"Dad, dad. If Jonah was in the belly of the whale for three days what did he drink dad?"

"Ummmmm. Well, there is also water in the whale son...I am sure he drank that."

"No. Dad. No. That's probably salt water. You can't drink salt water you'll die." 

"Ok. Well, I don't know he probably had a coke and a candy bar in his pocket... I am sure God provided for him. " 

This conversation went on for a while and required the help of google. It was adorable. 

So, according to Jude, the moral of the story of Jonah is...if God calls you to do something you probably should...and you can go 3 days with out water...and 21 days with out food. 

Now for the giveaway! This adorable book is one of my all time favorites. It tells the main bible stories in exactly that...story form. These stories are short and sweet, perfect for your little one. 

Enter below!