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how to get rid of cradle cap naturally

how to get rid of cradle cap naturally

{We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.}     Our little fella is 2 months old now. He is such […]

essential oils 101, a crash course

essential oils 101, a crash course

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there’s a baby in the house

there’s a baby in the house

There’s a baby in the house again! On September 12, a little darling boy joined our family! And in the middle of a hurricane no less! No, we didn’t name him Irma.

Two days before his due date, in the the middle of the night of a fierce storm, my labor started. I would think after experiencing it before, I would know what real labor is but alas, I was doubtful and anxious to wake my midwives and doula, and even husband at 2:00 in the morning for a false alarm. I worked up the nerve to text my doula and then call my midwife finally. I said “I just woke up not long ago with contractions every 4 minutes apart! What do you think?” And of course she said “Hope… you are in labor. You need to come into the birth center now.” I clumsily agreed, and hung up the phone with shaking hands. We frantically threw our stuff into the truck, leaving just as soon as my mom could get there to stay with Ace, who was sleeping, blissfully unaware.

We arrived unscathed and very quickly to the birth center around 4 am, even though we drove through the worst part of the storm that night. The wind was howling and the rain pelting, but somehow we seemed to have a clear path there, no trees in the road, no problems at all. It was as if God had sent an angel or two to clear the way ahead of us. At the time I didn’t take much time to think about it, but as I look back now, I realize how amazing that drive was. My husband may or may not have broken every speed limit in two counties, but we got there just in time. An hour and a half later, our little boy was born in the birthing tub at 5:30 in the morning. I got the water birth I had hoped for. It was a very fast and intense labor and delivery, but all went perfectly. Before we knew it, we were sitting quietly in our room, baby all bundled up laying on my chest. All 7 pounds and 6 ounces of him. Praise the Lord!

Shortly after meeting her brother, our 4 year old daughter began to refer to him as “Babe.” Ace and Babe are quite a pair. Ace is a very enthusiastic sister, maybe a little too… but nevertheless, I appreciate her passion! Ha!! And with her for a big sister, I know he’ll always have someone to look out for him.

The first month has flown by with this precious little fella. We are sleeping well, going through outlandish amounts of diapers, and purely enjoying his company. What a gift to have a little girl and a little boy of our own to love and to raise.

 

 

 

 

autumn bucket list

autumn bucket list

I adore living in a place that has distinct, changing seasons. It’s one of my favorite things… to feel the new season coming on. We’ve started a tradition of making a written-down bucket list of things we want to accomplish that season. But not like […]

what to do with your young living starter kit

what to do with your young living starter kit

So you have taken the leap into the wonderful world of pure essential oils? Welcome to the fun! I remember opening up my Premium Starter Kit and thinking how beautiful, how wonderful… What do I do with all of these?! And I closed the package […]

a stroll in the garden ~ july 30 ’17

a stroll in the garden ~ july 30 ’17

(As you can see by the date, this was a couple weeks ago. I just have been slack in getting it posted.)

It’s been awhile since I’ve shown what’s growing around here… Since spring I think. I can’t believe summer is slowly coming to a close. I know, I know, nobody wants to hear that! We still have half of August and September is pretty much still summer around here. I am getting pretty anxious for September to roll around so we can meet our new little fella!

I still have a lot to do to prepare for those weeks after baby comes where I mostly sit and nurse and try to maintain some sort of dietary and sleep habits but partially fail… And this time with a 4 year old running around, I’m upping the fun even more!

But for today, here is what is growing on outside (pun intended) and maybe you can help me identify this strange bug that likes to hang out on my zinnias!

 

What is this??!!

 

My cosmos are sooo tall! They have gone crazy this year!

This is the paste tomato that I’m trying out this year. (Gilbertie paste.) I’ve not had a good tomato year. Most of these ended up with blossom end rot and my cherry tomato plants got hit with some sort of early blight or something and also, I think they were sun deprived, growing behind my bean vines.

I grew cilantro this spring and read that if you let it go to seed you get coriander, so that’s what I’m doing. It also makes such a pretty little white flower.

Love that squash! It keeps coming!

Beautiful nasturtiums intermingled in my pepper plants.

And of course, the king of the garden, zucchini! I have been eating gobs of zucchini noodles (zoodles) with marinara sauce. So. Yum.

What is happening in your garden?

good stuff ~ what I’m loving, summer 2017

good stuff ~ what I’m loving, summer 2017

  When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad… I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad. I couldn’t talk about favorite things without thinking of that song, as my almost 4 year old daughter has […]

homemade sunscreen

homemade sunscreen

  There are two types of sunscreen creams/lotions available. Chemical sunscreen and physical or mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens use a process of absorption into skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin and reflect the suns rays. Chemical sunscreen uses active ingredients such […]

super quick, creamy iced coffee

super quick, creamy iced coffee

Whether you are a devoted coffee drinker, or a light weight like me who enjoys it occasionally, always with tons of milk or cream, I think anyone would agree that there is nothing like a tall, icy glass of iced coffee.

Sometimes iced coffee isn’t something we make for ourselves at home very often because after brewing the coffee, you have to chill it before you can drink it or it gets watered down with melted ice. We tend to reserve it for a luxury bought from a coffee shop. For a pretty penny usually, I might add.

When I’m craving an iced coffee, I don’t want to have to brew a pot of hot coffee and wait. I want it NOW!

 

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Well, in comes the ingenious invention… instant coffee. I know, some of y’all are probably coffee snobs and must have it strong brewed or french pressed or whatever. But I’m telling you, this hits the spot for me.

I have found a brand of instant coffee that I like, because it’s organic and because they offer decaffeinated. ¬†(Hope on caffeine is not a cute thing.) But if you like regular, they have that too. I’m able to get this at my local grocery.

Now the rocket science part is coming up.

You put a spoonful of coffee crystals in your glass about half full of water, add ice, and  fill the rest of the way with whole, (grass fed tastes sooo much better) milk. Whole milk now, none of that l-l-low f-f-fat s-s-stuff.

Yummy additions:

cream or 1/2 and 1/2

vanilla extract

agave or honey to taste

Now doesn’t that sound divine? Go make you some!

 

bookworm report

bookworm report

    Sometimes we hit such gold at the library, I can’t help but share! First off, man do I love the library. I think that every time we go. Especially as Ace gets a little older, and I’m thinking more and more about her […]