Monday, October 20, 2014

weekend recap.





A very melancholy thought entered my mind last week. The thought of winter, the thought that in a few short weeks it could be very cold here. With that said we are spending every moment we can outside. Outside in the beautiful, crisp, fall landscape.

Here is a little weekend recap. 

park days and costume arrivals // pancakes and lazy mornings // a ninja and princesses //// dressing up and trick or treating // pumpkin bread //  being thankful for the  candy we received but agreeing that only handing out tootsie rolls was a little lame // nature trails and blissful we didn't see a snake this time around // pizza bread // homemade caramel // late night pinning and bottle  feedings // an awesome sermon for parents //  a birthday party and car ride talks // pumpkin bread and sunday night cereal (every sunday night)  // "i'mmmmmm tierrrrrrrd" and "awwwwwwww brookie" // baths and clean baby smells //  snuggling and simple moments //

What did you do this weekend?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

letters.






Dear M&M's + honey roasted peanuts + candy corn,
You are one of my favorite fall treats, 


Dear pumpkin spice candy corn,
You taste like candle wax.

Dear common core,
I had a feeling I wasn't going to like you. I tried to give you chance. I am a smart person...I have the grades and transcripts to prove it...but atlas I still find myself having to google my second grader's math homework. While I am on the subject of homework...I am fairly certain my children just spent 7 hours of their day at school...I don't really think they need homework almost every night... again you, common core,  are to blame for that. 

Dear Harvey
In the words of Daniel Tiger...Grow ups come back...so please stop freaking out every time we leave the house. I promise we won't leave and forget about you.

Dear Huffington Post,
You good company during those 2 am feedings. Also, the more tired I am the more funny I find things to be. I laughed so hard I actually cried when I read How to Put a Toddler to Bed in 100 Easy Steps.  I found parent tweets to be equally funny. But, my favorite read so far this week was On Motherhood and Sleepless Night...grab some tissues. 


Dear Pull-Ups,
We have had a small minor break through in potty training. Hallelujah praise the Lord.

Dear Walmart,
Normally I loathe you. In fact I almost never shop at you, I am more of a Target kind of gal. But, this year you came through for more...in the forms of an Elsa costume. Every other place...in store and online have been sold out. I have one happy 7 year old, so thank you.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

book review and giveaway!



The fine folks over at Tommy Nelson have really outdone themselves this time. They are introducing a series called Brave Girls. As a mama to now 3 daughters, I couldn't be more happy to have this book in my home. The outline of the book is women of the bible. In this book you will follow Hope, Glory, Honor, Gracie, and Faith...young girls that became friends at a youth group. These young ladies will take your through the amazing stories of strong  and faithful women like Esther, Miriam, Mary, and more. 

This idea is so unique and I am smitten and my seven year old is as well. She loves the 5 brave girls and already and even has a favorite. Each girl comes from different walks of life, which makes them easy to identify with. The illustrations are colorful and vibrate and the words are perfect for early readers and beyond. 

 

Do you have a daughter or a young girl in your life that would love this book?

Enter below.

Monday, October 13, 2014

weekend recap.





weekend recap // early out and no school // pumpkin cookies // lunch with grandparents // walks and bike rides // decorated a spooky gingerbread house // a nature walk turned exploring // geocaching and finding treasures // rainy days // embracing the beauty of fall // survivor, the amazing race, and casey's pizza // 2 am feedings // coffee // movie watching, pretending, and turning the living room into a boxcar // the new needtobreathe album // great worship // cheered on the cards // cheered on jude // first place medals // coloring and late bedtimes // 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

may or may not.



We may or may not have ended up with 40lb  of honey crisp apples from the orchard this year.

Honey crisp may or may not be my favorite.

With all these apples I may or may not have wanted caramel to go with them.

I may or may not have searched for a recipe and found one.

I may or may not have gone to the pantry and discovered our Korn syrup expired over a year ago.

I may or may not have asked my bff google what I could use as a substitute. 

My bff may or may not have said honey.

I may or may not have searched for a honey caramel recipe and stumbled across THIS one.

I may or may not be smitten over it.

I may or may not eat apples everyday now...and by "apples" I may or may really mean caramel.

I may or may not really urge you to try this simple and natural recipe.


Ok your turn...anything you may or may not be up to today?




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

currently listening to.



The song Multiplied by Needtobreathe might be my new favorite...

My children love to dance to Joy by Rend Collective...

Oceans still stirs my spirit every time I hear it, every time.




What are your favorite songs lately?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

potty training.






Today's post is sponsored by Pull-Ups. Pull-Ups is currently offering a Big Kid Academy...I am enrolled...and if you are potty training I suggest you should too.

Potty training. Potty training might be the end of me. I am currently on my third round of potty training. You would think I would be a pro by now...wrong. Even though I am failing miserably with my two year old I can still shed some light on the potty situation...

Here are my top 5 potty training tips. 

1.) Each child is unique and there is no special formula...that was super helpful...huh? Seriously though...what worked for one kid might not work for the other. Finding out what is going to work for that individual is key.

2.) There is no magic age. I have learned that if they aren't ready, they aren't ready...end of story. Sometimes holding off just a little while longer that what you wanted can make all the difference. It was my goal NOT to have two kids in diapers...but atlas little miss wasn't interested in what I had planned. 

3.) Bribe. No joke. Stickers, chocolate, toys, trips to Disney...

I am not ashamed to admit that my oldest daughter was potty trained with a one simple sentence... "If you use the potty we can call Prince Eric (aka Ariels man ) on the phone." For some reason my red head was obsessed with Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid. I just had to offer a short bribe and that was it, she never used a diaper again.

4.) Get them interested in the bathroom. Even if they aren't actually going, make it fun. I have thrown a potty party. We read books about the potty. We watch videos...I recommend Bear in Big Blue House. We get fun big kid stuff like Pull-Ups with fun characters...while my youngest will pee in her Pull-Up all day long...she is OBSESSED with her "Stuffins" and does not like to wear diapers...so that is a start.

5.) Be consistent. I know that part of the reason my current potty trainer hasn't fully gotten it...is because I haven't been putting in any effort on my end. I haven't really had her sit on the potty and allowed  her to spend the time she needs to go. It is full laziness on my end...or the fact that I sleep deprived with a newborn.


So tell me what are your potty training tips?