I’ve been a little less wordy lately, and no news is good news, or so they say! But in this case it really is.. we are having the best summer break so far!!—taking little trips all over, forgetting what time it is, naps in the car taking, lots of sun and splashing at the water park and the beach. Continue reading “Summer I love you”
My little babe is nine months! This is a really sweet phase.. Emma has an absolute sunshine personality, she is a joy for all of us. The kids are figuring out more and more how to make her belly laugh. She is feeling bigger every day, especially in her speech and she is LOUD. I don’t know what she is going to do with these pipes but let’s all hope something! Continue reading “Emma at 9 months”
I am full in my heart today. Full of bacon, sweet memories, taking my time to wake up and only hiding in the bathroom once. Full with the wonder of each day with children, their new rush of energy and joy in the mornings, their purity, perspective, half-eaten meals, dirty fingernails, thousand-watt smiles and many injuries (them and us). Continue reading “Mother’s Day notes”
This picture feels like it best emulates me as i try to achieve these short and simple reading lists! I’ll come back and share in depth on one or two of these but here’s what I’ve got in my bag as I scurry around this Spring! What have you got in your queue??
Preschool clues: Raising Smart, Inspired and Engaged Kids in a Screen-Filled World, Angela Santomero—I just cracked this one open this morning but excited to see what Santomero has to say in the subject of screen time. This is also the creator of Daniel Tiger (as we know Jr., we ultimately have Fred Rogers to thank ;), Blues Clues, Creative Galaxy and a few more my kids love. She has a lot to say about the background and shape of these shows and why they are as such!
Permission to Parent, Robin Bergman MD
Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin—I’ve had a few Baldwin works on rotation and have been eager to get into this.
The Floating World: A Novel, C. Morgan Babst
The Liturgical Year, Joan Chittister—a beautiful work by a catholic nun on the importance of the liturgical Christian calendar and the beauty of living day by day in view of Christ. This has been a superb introduction for me, as I’m less familiar with liturgy and the approach she takes. Adopting it all!
The Year of Less, Cait Flanders
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty—I mean, I just can’t believe all the girl power generated from this novel and the show thereafter. We’ll see if this emulates the power squad that plays it on the series!
This was a sweet Easter season for us. We celebrated Easter Sunday together at home for breakfast and baskets before heading out to church, and then to our family party. Luke and James woke up before everyone else and read the Easter story together, which I sleepily overheard. The rest of us awoke to the sizzle, smell and pop of Continue reading “Easter season”
I just can’t. How in the good heavens does time fly through my fingers like this? My baby boy is four years old tomorrow, which might as well be 15 (but goodness thankfully it’s not). What an incredible first four years Continue reading “Luke is four!”
This week we’ve been gearing up for Luke’s fourth birthday. He chose funfetti cupcakes to bring to preschool so I had a late night moment alone with a funfetti mix and frosting. I am NOT an experienced cupcake baker, though I bake plenty. It’s something I’d love to learn! Meanwhile though, I am quite an experienced cupcake eater Continue reading “Bits and pieces”
Emma is (more than) six months now! She is incredibly squish-able, super smiley and still has a loud chattering voice 🙂 She loves Continue reading “Emma at six months”
This is my absolute favorite cookie recipe. This is originally from here, but i’ve tweaked it just a bit. I cannot tell you ENOUGH how much amazing feedback I get on these. I can eat so many of them, it’s shameful, or impressive? But every school function, community event, bridal/baby shower, family party, YOU NAME IT, somebody is going to tell me that these cookies are their fave. And let me tell you, it’s not in the skill, this is all recipe.
To describe, they’re flavored perfectly, the right consistency of baked well on top and just enough soft inside. They have crunch in their nut, chips, raw sugar, sea salt mixture and there are so many leftovers.. somebody THOUGHT this through. So if you’re looking for a recipe to try, look no further, it’s a family heirloom now. Note, I never use a mixer on these anymore but did for years. It takes some muscle but I love them by hand the most. Continue reading “The very best chocolate chip cookies”
I thought I’d throw together a few things I’m currently enjoying using as of late. I’m always curious about other people’s go-to picks they’re into at any given time! I could read posts like this all day long. Here are a few of mine—most of them are from Target 😉
Simply Keto cookbook—I’m giving a lower carb lifestyle a try so having recipes on hand is super helpful. I love the no fuss, simple approach of these recipes!
Matrix Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray—my hair has been dry this winter and recovering from longer damage of bad brushes, tight elastics and too many top knots. This stuff goes in after I wash and moisturizes super thoroughly, helping it air dry better. And it smells nice mmm.
Tweezerman eyelash curler—I’ve officially reduced myself to the level of “even mascara is too complicated for me” status. But lately, it feels as if even mascara takes too much time and cleanup (facepalm!). But thankfully, on days when I just can’t, I still can use this fancy eyelash curler and give myself just a little something something.
“Yes to” Cucumber eye masks—late nights and daylight savings calls for some pampering on my underlids, does this work? I think so? But either way it’s soothing for the time it’s on there!
Vans Old Skool stripe—I just bought these trying to channel my inner junior higher and I’m so glad I did! I missed you old pals.
Bomber jacket Old Navy—this is soo comfortable and hits all my athleisure and poofy 90s rap video notes. I have the black one with the gold zipper!
Universal Thread tees—I love these $5(!!) tees. They were $8 originally and are on sale currently but they’re incredible comfortable, that worn-in feel, and they have an amazing cut. Overall I am privvy to wanting anything from this Target sub-brand, simple, nice cuts and lots of neutral colors (slow clap).