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11 Dec

Pinterest is a visual wonderland.  A magical outlet where I can escape, visualize, imagine and dream.

This week, I finished Christmas treats for my friends without  setting foot in a store.  The brilliant, creative soul at TipJunkie  gave me ideas from the kitchen, to the tree, to the table, and taught me to create beautiful, simple, personal treats for my lovelies!

Brock's Handprints Christmas Tree; dark green with green glitter and colorful button ornaments

This week, I pinned porches and rooms, adorable ideas within our budget.  The marvelous Holly Mathis Interiors encouraged me to place  pillow here, rearrange there, and hang a little something simple on the wall.  Our home feels warm and  inviting.

This week, I found an outfit (via polyvore) that I was certain I had the pieces parts to create, yet, never in my wildest dreams, had I put it together.  I ransacked my closet, decked the ensemble, and made a date with the hubby!    Of course, he always thinks I’m pretty (good man!), but I definitely soaked up his endless compliments about my appearance.

This week I hunkered down with three sick kiddos and made an endless stream of crafts and Christmas goodies.  We sat together at the computer and picked our favorites, which we then proceeded to make and enjoy (Watercolor paints in the bathtub, Marshmallow reindeer ~ to name a few).  Thanks to fabulous inspiration from Heather at The Other White House, we modified and created these awesome Handprints Christmas Tree.

This week, I tried a new recipe, read words that inspired, laughed out loud, and made plans to play again and again.

Stella's Handprints Christmas Tree; snow white with purple glitter and colorful button ornaments

“So how much time did you waste?”  Let’s be honest, a handful of you are probably thinking along those lines.

The truth is, I am a Fire Wife.  Half the week, my crazy days turn to quiet nights.  Watching movies and TV Shows happens intermittently and I love a good book.  But, most nights, after the kids are tucked in and the cleaning and straightening are complete, it’s simply great to sit and do nothing.  Relaxing and daydreaming  with a cup of tea or a glass of wine is perfect!  So, thank you Pinterest for your pretty, pretty ideas and lovely forum.

So, here’s what I am thinking…I am going to make a commitment to post at least once a week (I am aiming for Tuesdays ~ but if Brett’s off, then a  day +/-), when I will share my favorite pin of the week.  I will highlight the pin, the website, the content, and why it’s so damn amazing.  The Pin will be something that speaks to my soul and fuels my desire to be a mighty, sweet woman, wife, mama, and friend.

Until then, happy pinning and Enjoy Yourself!

Keep it on the Up and Up

16 Nov
Diaper Cake #2

Diapers; one more child in diapers.  I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We are extremely fortunate.   I declined all offers to have a baby shower for my third child.  Nevertheless, many friends and family opted to bring us diapers.   With such an amazing support system, we received many boxes.  Gavin is four and half  months old and Tuesday was my first diaper  excursion.

Now, I had apparently been out of the diaper loop for a bit.  The prices were overwhelming.   I love Swaddlers.    They are soft, comfy, and hold a heck of a lot of “stuff.” I’d like to imagine my kiddos like their feel as well.  Huggies are functional, albeit a little rough, and, when it comes to our kiddos, they definitely do not hold through the night.  Luvs are good in a pinch, and Kirkland…well, please see Huggies description.  But, let me tell you my greatest surprise this baby…Up and Up diapers from Target.

I found myself standing in the diaper aisle at Target in complete denial.  Side by side on the shelf were Up and Up diapers and Swaddlers.  Both size three boxes contained 144 diapers.  The price of the Swaddlers box was $35.  The price of the Up and Up brand was $19.99.  Shocking!

I opted for the Up and Up brand (Living on the edge!) and a small pack of Swaddlers in case they didn’t hold through the night.

Not only did they hold through the night, they prevented complete diaper leakage, did not leave red marks on Gavin’s thighs, were less rough than Huggies, and prevented poop from shooting up and out onto Gavin’s back (Yummy!)

I am super excited.  My wallet and I love the Up and Up diapers!

Family + Food + Friends + Football = Fall

3 Nov
Chocolate chip muffins baking in an oven

Image via Wikipedia

One of our favorite holiday eats comes from Trader Joe’s.  Available one time per year, the Pumpkin Muffin mix and the Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle mix add to the season’s ambiance.  My kiddos love to climb up to the counter, add small hands, and eat scattered chocolate chips!  It takes a little extra time and it’s definitely messier, but I’m banking on the fact that I’m creating memories to last a lifetime.  Although the recipe doesn’t call for chocolate chips, we have found that adding 3/4 cup to the muffins and scattering a couple onto each pancake makes for good eats!

Baking always gives me a little smile, which is why I was so excited to discover this list about Fall Treats.

Thank you for the list  Lauren, http://thelittlethingswedo.blogspot.com/ and to Roxanne at  http://roxannima.com/ for bringing it to my attention.

1. Nothing says fall like … cinnamon, chicken pot pies, Monday Night Football, leaves

2. My favorite autumnal tradition is … Crisp, cold morning beach walks; the CrapFair – first Sunday in November

3. My favorite fall treat is …  Pumpkin Muffins from Trader Joe’s with Chocolate Chips added and the Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks (One time per year!)

4. Fall makes me think of … Crisp mornings, blustery days, apple picking in Julian, football season

5. Autumn free form word association … go! coats, blustery, Thanksgiving, scarves, apples, harvest, pumpkins

6. My go-to outfit in the fall is … jeans, sweatshirt / sweater, scarf, and although I should probably wear some shoes, I will forever be flopping around in my Rainbow Sandals

7. My favorite fall holiday is … Thanksgiving is absolutely my favorite holiday of the year with the Fourth of July running a  close second.  Giving thanks, spending time with family, running the Turkey Trot, enjoying delicious home baked goods, and relaxing. Family, Friends, Food, and Football.  Is there anything better?

Happy Thanksgiving!