Friday, October 2, 2020

September Favorites

1. I have never been one to fear butter. The more the better! About a month ago I considered doing a whole30 so I bought this ghee (I love all Organic Valley products) and stashed it in my pantry. That round of whole30 didn't happen but I started using it for sautĂ©ing chicken, wilting spinach, for eggs, toast, etc. I love the flavor of it and appreciate the spreadability since I don't often plan ahead for room temperature sticks of butter. This is definitely a new pantry staple for me! 

2. Growing up, my mom always had this pumpkin candy dish out for the fall season and it's pure nostalgia. I love that it's glass because you can keep it out from September-November and it's a touch of fall without being overkill. It's survived several moves and many seasons and is hopefully durable with small toddler hands! I always fill with candy corn but you can truly fill it with whatever you like.  

3. My birthday is in September and my husband bought me this Lululemon "Going Places" jacket in black. I have been needing a casual jacket to wear with athleisure clothes but have been very picky with what I'm looking for. This is it!! It's long, lightweight while providing warmth, and has big pockets for holding all the things while out about. It's true to size but if you are in between sizes I would go with the smaller size. It's the perfect coat for fall!

4. Graham, my 2 year old, just switched to a big boy bed and buying sheets for it was a lot of pressure! I wanted to find something that he would use for awhile (nothing to babyish) and something he would appreciate and look forward to every night. I ended up with these sheets from Pottery Barn Kids and we are both elated. They are super cute and he loves pointing out what everything is. 

5. To add to the above, we've been having major sleep regressions for the last month and a half. He wouldn't stay in his crib, chewed his pacifiers, separation anxiety, etc. It's been a difficult phase but a friend of mine recommended this book and the methods used to sleep train toddlers. It's been just over a week since implementing and sleeping overnight has drastically improved! I am really enjoying this book and feeling equipped to handle all of the difficult sides of a toddler. If you too are struggling, I fully recommend this book!

6. If I had to choose one thing to cook with for the rest of time, I would likely say a cast iron skillet. It gets a TON of use in our house. I have the 10" and often times find that it's just too small for certain things. We invested in the Lodge 15" skillet and truthfully, I almost returned it because it's huge! However, this month I have turned to it more than my smaller one. It sort of doubles as a griddle for me since I don't have one so I've used it for pancakes, egg in the holes, grilled cheese, searing meat, etc. It's large and heavy but it's an excellent pan! 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

August Favorites

 I would consider myself a pretty frugal person and don't often "shop" unless it's something I truly need. This said, late night nursing sessions with a tired perception of necessities has me singing a different tune lately! Here's a roundup of some recent purchases that I have either just discovered or have been loving and recently purchased again.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Losing the Pacifier

There are plenty of things people prepare you for when it comes to parenthood. You won't sleep, you'll be in constant demand (especially if nursing), you'll never again enjoy a hot meal or cup of coffee, etc. On the other hand there are many things moms neglect to inform you of. Months after your baby is born you will lose hair by the handful, all day long. Your hormones, although slightly more stabilized will still be a loose cannon and you may get misty eyed over seeing a pregnancy announcement or a simple birthday card with sweet words. 

One thing people don't prepare you for are the stages of development that are both thrilling and heartbreaking at the very same time. Tonight I put my "baby" down for bed without his pacifier. He is obsessed with his "baba" and I couldn't fathom the day I would tuck him in without it. Nobody tells you when the right moment is or how you should do things. You're just left to figure these things out! 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Scheduling Self-Care

As a stay at home mom, weeks can be long and days can be mundane, especially during winter in the Midwest. My husband plays in two different men's leagues every week so it's difficult to schedule something in the evenings because the days and times of his sports change every week. I've tried to block off me-time but it doesn't always work or I cancel on myself all too often.  I know it's important to take care of myself but the time available always seems to go towards someone or something else. Why do we put ourselves on the back burner?!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Black Friday Sale

After a day filled with family time and great food it's safe to say my heart (and stomach) is full. As a small shop owner offering sales is tough but what better weekend to go big or go home? I know from experience that this is the weekend that kicks off holiday shopping and who doesn't love to snag a good deal?! Everything in my shop is on sale up to 20% off from Friday-Monday only. Luckily, you can shop from the comforts of your couch and I'll have everything shipped out by Monday to get these goods in your hands as soon as I possibly can! 

Are you a die hard Black Friday shopper?! I've braved the stores in years past even venturing out late at night to be first on the sales and to be honest, I skip that madness nowadays. But I'm curious if you do and if so, is it for a specific item or are you just in on the adventures of it all?

Happy Shopping!