Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Digiscrapping for Trixie Scraps!

Last month I had the chance to join back up with Trixie Scraps and her amazing team! After almost a year long break, it was good to be back on a CT that I loved! Since then I have been busy scrapping!

Here are some of my pages! I've linked to the kits I used in the title. :)

Got Glasses? available only at Gotta Pixel

Love in the Garden Exclusively at Scrapbook bytes
{This is a desktop I created, you will be able to download it from Trixie Scraps blog for FREE July 26th!}

{Can you tell this is a favorite of mine?}

This one is on sale for just $2 today, July 23rd! Go get it!

Vacation Bible School {North Meets South Studios Collab}

Thanks for taking a look! :D Have a great week!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mug-O-Comfort Swap!

At the end of April, I participated in the Mug-O-Comfort Swap from Chaotic Goddess Swaps.

I was paired up with Whitney at Decor Chronicles! Seriously love all her ideas on her blog!! :D

She sent me really cute stuff! Check it out!

She found the cutest packaging tape!

crammed full of goodies!!

  I love love love owls, so this one was perfect!

I love everything I got! The tea is delish, and my hubby totally stole the cappuccino and refused to share! lol
I was super sad that my measuring spoons broke! :(  

So she sent me some new ones!!!

And the cutest bracelet! She has a shop too!!!

Thank you Whitney for all my amazing stuff! I LOVE IT!!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Remodeling our coat closet

So almost a year ago, we bought our first house!
We love it a lot, but of course, there were things that drove me crazy.
Our coat closet being one of them.

It's your standard coat closet. Minimal function, zero aesthetic. 
Additionally, it was right behind the front door, when the door was open. Those accordion doors were horrible to try to manage as others were coming in.
It had to go.

So Dave and I spent a few months throwing out ideas, including but not limited to moving it all together and expanding my laundry closet.....
Then I ran across this image on Pinterest.

I fell in love. So much so, that I started looking for hooks immediately!
I fell in love with these hooks from House of Antique Hardware.

So I started saving.
When we had the funds for the hooks, I gave Dave the green light.
This was in January.
He started by taking everything out {of course}

My laundry closet was a disaster.
So was my kitchen.

This is a very important and high functioning area of our home.

Next we went with paint.
We wanted something dark to hide dirt.
I'm a realist. I have kids, with muddy boots, and wet coats.
Dark was a necessity.

Next we put in the boards for the hooks to mount to.
We went with a black "drunk octopus" hook on the bottom.
Just your standard double hook from Lowe's.

And finally, it was done!
We snagged the blue roller cart from Ikea. It has holes in the shelves so that the water from the kids boots hits the rug on the floor. 
The top shelf we use for gloves, hats, and the like.

It honestly is the best thing! We took off the door too. At first that was temporary, but we love the ease of getting into the closet that we don't want to put it back on!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I miss Disneyland.

I'm having a rough morning. I'm really trying to put something someone said behind me. So instead of posting the RANT that I've got in my draft section, I figured I'd just mention how much I miss Disneyland.

It's been a little over 2 years since we went last. We still talk about it all.the.time.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Swapping Goodness!

I've signed up to be a part of the Chaotic Goddess Mug O' Comfort swap! I'm super excited as it's been a year {at least} that I've done a swap, and I love me some warm tasty beverages!

YOU still have time to enter! It's open until MIDNIGHT Mountain time TONIGHT! So get over there already!!!


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Early Puberty In Our Children

I ran across an article recently that has me all upset. "Preventing Early Puberty and Hormone Problems In Our Daughters" talks about girls going into puberty early, as in 7, 8, 9 years old. Many in the medical community are calling this the new "normal". What is normal about a child going into puberty at such a young age? They don't understand what is happening, why it's happening, or what to do about it!

What caught my eye was the list of ways to try to PREVENT this happening. They hit on preventing obesity in your kids. Obesity has been shown to prevent more estrogen, estrogen is a hormone. Lets put that one together.
Prevent/Reduce Obesity
  • Cut out the soda and juice completely! (Water is the best beverage.)
  • Cut portion sizes in half.
  • Do your best to eliminate bread, pasta, potatoes and white rice from the diet: emphasize good quality proteins and vegetables as the mainstay of their diet.
  • Cut the amount of TV watching in half (and adding exercise will make this even better!).
  • Make sure you are doing all of these things yourself!

 Two things on that list are specifically related to the TYPES of food we eat. TWO!

Going Primal it is in my scope for me to avoid processed sugars, wheat, gluten, and any grains. Corn, rice, quinoa, and legumes are all considered grains. It has NOT been easy. In our fast food, in your face, convenience world, stepping away from some of my favorite foods is hard! I am a lover of fried, baked, sweet yumminess! Eating out or doing fast food is all too common in my house. But since becoming educated about what's going on with our food, and how far away it all is from the farmer, I have daily been motivated. I can't say that I don't lapse. Some days I'm lucky if I hate any meal that was "Primal", but there is grace. I'm motivated. I'm continually motivated. It's what drives me to continue making better choices, not just for me, but for my kids and hubby. I love them too much to let them suffer! To know that I could be contributing to a problem now or in the future, makes me think twice before I cave and buy McDonald's.

I have recently started compiling a list of websites and info-graphics on Pinterest. You can check out my Food: Educate Yourself! board here. I also have pinned a couple other items there regarding this topic of puberty and the food we are eating. It's always a good idea to be informed!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Primal Recipes from around the Web

As I mentioned last week, I have been working on going "Primal". This is not a diet for me, this is a lifestyle change. The health of myself, my husband, and my kids depend on it. As Maria said in "The Art of Healthy Eating: Savory" you can either pay the doctor or the farmer. I'd like to pay the farmer if I can help it!

So I thought I would post some of the recipes I've found around the Internet that I've fallen in love with. I do have to substitute in some of them. Best judgement practices here people.

Simple, easy, and RICH. I enjoyed the blended flavors, and it tasted like a dessert more than something healthy. It is a bit pricey to make, but they were worth it. 

In season, this is a treat! We served it by itself on a day where we had had a late lunch. It would pair well with chicken either on the side or in it. I wish I could get Pomegranate year round without the added expense. They are seriously amazing fruits!

This was honestly the first thing I tried to make. I like them! My kids have to be in the right mood for them. Don't expect amazing pancake texture, you won't find that here. I did try them once with adding a bit of coconut flour to the mix. They did rise more. I think I will be trying the batter with this idea this week.

Super simple here folks! Just remember to grease your muffin tin. I didn't do that as I thought the bacon would handle it. Errr....Wrong. Just grease them. And don't expect yours to look like hers. Mine never come out like that.

This was amazing. We are all big ice cream people in this house. This was quick, healthy, and tasted great! I may add some more honey next time to give my son that added sweetness he wants. I did frozen strawberries AND cranberries. I've even got frozen banana. Ya know the ones, they are almost down for the count, and you either throw them out or make bread? I peel, slice, and freeze them. BAM!

I made this last week and my husband sang it's praises! My kids ate it ALL. It was the first meal in weeks that I felt successful! This is definitely on my list for a couple weeks from now.

I have a sweet tooth. Baked chocolaty goodness calls my name around 8pm nightly. So when I ran across this recipe, I had to give it a try. The texture is almost identical to a boxed variety, and they are rich and sticky. They hit the spot with a glass of milk. It does have coconut sugar in it, which is going to raise insulin levels, but it's better than refined sugar by a mile.

As you can see, I've tried a LOT of different things with success. I've also tried a LOT of things that either I hated something about it, or I hated it all together. Primal eating is definitely trial and error. Like I said in my last post, it's also not something I've got down consistently either. 

If you want to see more recipes, I do have a Primal board on Pinterest!

Have a great week!