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Grateful Project: Days 6-10

November 12, 2014

Day 6: My Family

family1(my little brother aka Uncle X)

I am grateful to have the supportive family that I do. They have always accepted and loved me no matter what.

Day 7: My Nearby Friends


My support system. My pseudo-family. My soulmate sister wives. I am grateful beyond words to have found these amazing friends.

Day 8: My Faraway Friends


The few friends I’ve been close to since elementary school. The handful of friends who I’ve known since high school and college.  All the  other great people whose paths crossed mine before we moved to WI. I am beyond grateful to still have them be a part of my life; despite the long distances.

Day 9: My Neighbors


We won the lottery when it comes to our neighbors. On our small street, each neighbor helps out our little family anyway they can. From helping out with childcare (and giving me a break when Daddy Bear is away), to delivering all sorts of tasty treats just because. We are surrounded by generous and loving people.

Day 10: Staying home with the girls


Even on our not so great days, it’s still the greatest job I’ve ever had. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to stay home with these girls (and Toby Dog). Not only am I enriching their lives, but they are enriching my life as well.

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9 Months Old

July 29, 2014


9 months in. 9 Months out.

Moon Baby has officially been a part of our everyday lives for the same amount of time that I was pregnant with her.


It’s absolutely true what they say: your loves grows with your family. I did not honestly think it was possible to love another human being as much as I love JBird. Little did I know that another fierce little girl could have all of my heart.


She is a near-constant ray of sunshine in our lives every single day. She is always laughing, always smiling, and always willing to snuggle.

9-month-collagePlus, the rolls. The rolls just keep getting more glorious. I love them. So perfect.

Life is oh so good.

Only 3 more months to go before this little lady turns 1!

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Can It Be Friday Yet?

March 18, 2014


It’s only Tuesday, but it feels like it should be Friday.

DSC_0962I’m solo parenting while Daddy Bear is away on business, our washing machine died mid-load today, and my head strong toddler is being particularly stubborn about everything.

DSC_0921I’m tired and cranky.

DSC_0973I’m planning my dream spa getaway when the day finally comes when I can actually getaway (I predict 2 years from now, give or take).

DSC_0922Did I mention that I’m tired?


But, despite these not so great turn of events, I still get to spend my days with this crazy crew.

DSC_0924Still better than a 9-5 job.


Now, I just need to muster up the mental strength to survive until Friday. Piece of cake, right?

…famous last words.




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Raw Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

February 4, 2014


Welcome to your newest addiction.


Oh, fudge.

This recipe for “raw” (buzzword of the moment) fudge is divine. If you’re from the tiny slice of heaven known as Upstate NY/Northeast PA, then you’ll love how much these chocolatey treats taste like Gertrude Hawk Smidgens. Seriously; except these are totally “clean” and free of any junk.


The other wonderful and amazing thing about this recipe? It takes about 2 minutes to make.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

-1/2 cup all natural peanut butter (or any other nut butter)

-1/2 cup coconut oil

-1/2 cup cocoa powder

-1/4 cup raw honey

-1 tsp pure vanilla extract

In the food processor, combine ingredients and blend until everything is a uniform consistency. Spoon out into silicone molds and place in the freezer to “set-up”; about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in the freezer.


**No silicone molds? Use a muffin tin! I love the silicone molds because it makes it feel like you’re eating candy hearts.**


*Use this recipe to make peanut butter fudge too! Just skip the cocoa powder!*






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November 1, 2013


DSC_0295The newest member of our little family: Lady L


Born at home on October 25th, 2013 at 12:45am


6 pounds 15 ounces 18 inches


It’s hard to believe a week has passed already since this sweet girl entered our world.


I’m currently in the process of writing up her birth story. Stay tuned for that.


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A Waldorf-Inspired Handmade Birthday

October 18, 2013

handmade birthday

Sometimes, I’m a total crazy person. Ok…most of the time.

For whatever reason, I had it in my head that I HAD to make all of JBird’s birthday gifts.


So I did.

A very happy handmade birthday was had.

handmade birthday

A lot of time. A lot of patience. A lot of love. That is what went into these gifts.

handmade birthday

Having absolutely no idea what I was doing, I’m pretty pleased at how they turned out.

I made a set of weather gnomes: handmade birthdayhandmade birthdayhandmade birthdayhandmade birthday
handmade birthday
Daddy Bear made a birthday ring AND calendar ring (birthday ring never made it to photos). I wood burned and polished the pieces (using homemade beeswax polish). I still need to wood burn the months and dates onto wooden blocks; but I ran out of steam. The concept behind the calendar is that it will become a part of our daily rhythm. We’ll come down in the mornings, change the dates, interact with the peg gnomes, and gain a better understanding of how the months change and shift throughout the seasons. Plus, it makes a great centerpiece on our table. :
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I saw this sweet oatmeal set on Etsy…so I made it after dinner one night:
handmade birthday
Then, crazy pregnancy brain hormones kicked in and I woke up 2 days before her birthday with an uncontrollable urge to make a hand-stitched, felt, blueberry pie. I have no idea why, but here it is:
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I also made some “Autumn Gnomes” (see top) and some “Rainbow Gnomes” (also pictured at top).

I have a few ideas up my sleeve for Christmas, so I’ll be sure to post them once they become a reality too.

*Please disregard the wrinkly sheet in the photos. Ironing is NOT a priority at the moment. Then again, it’s never a priority*



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Maternity Selfies: 31 weeks

August 20, 2013





I hit single digits this weekend.

Only 9 more weeks until my estimated due date.


Since all of our family lives back East (and many of our friends too), I wanted to take some pictures of the belly to share with everyone.DSC_0127

It’s amazing what you can do with a timer, tripod, and step stool.DSC_0148

As the end approaches, I’m still feeling very Zen about this whole new baby thing. 

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Our Mud Pie Kitchen: The Beginnings

May 20, 2013

mud pie kitchen

My husband found this little gem on the curb last fall. We stashed it in our garage, knowing that it would become our outdoor play kitchen (aka mud pie kitchen).

mud pie kitchen

All of our mud pie kitchen play structures were found on curbs, freecycle, or salvaged from the garbage. They include: our play kitchen, toddler size picnic table, table made from  wooden spools and a piece of plywood (covered with our old camping tablecloth), and all sheltered from the sun and rain by a 8×8 garden canopy/gazebo that we scored a few years back off of freecycle. Frugal fun is where it’s at.

mud pie kitchen

mud pie kitchen

I scored some awesome mud pie kitchen finds at a local thrift store too: metal mixing bowls, old muffin tins, old pie pans, old mini tart tins, old egg beater, small metal pots, and some enamel bowls. I think I spent about $20 total.

mud pie kitchen

I’m sure my quest for more fun and unique thrift store items to use in our outdoor play kitchen will be never ending, but this is a good start.

mud pie kitchen

A deck planter filled with topsoil has been our go-to dirt pile for months now; making it a “no-brainer” addition to our mud pie kitchen too.

mud pie kitchen

I dusted off an old plastic tub (usually our camping dish sink), and filled that with soapy water too (which was promptly used to give the dog a bath).

mud pie kitchen

For something that we just threw together in an hour, I’m definitely pleased with it; and I think a little JBird is pleased with it too.

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mud pie kitchen