all is calm, all is clean

Good morning! This is just a little ole blog post with a few flowery pictures to help me with my morning affirmations. This morning it is going something like this.

"All is calm, all is clean ... all is calm, all is clean" ... 
while I breathe into a brown paper bag.

Because the real story? The real story looks something like this ... 
But the boys are working extra hard to get some walls put up today so that we can ditch the mess and go enjoy our long weekend. Which is exactly what you should be doing too.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! 


homemade fruit & veggie wash

Fruit & Veggie Wash

Add two tablespoons distilled white vinegar
Add 3 drops of Lemon essential oil
Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water
Shake and spray!

Same story, different spray. I used to buy my fruit & veggie wash from The Honest Company. Great stuff, big price tag. In contrast, the little bottle featured above has a little price tag. Little is my favorite. Unless we're talking about pizza. And then big is my favorite. Oh but back to veggies. How in the world did I go from veggies to pizza?
Although we do consume our share of pizza, we eat a ton of fruits and veggies too. This little veggie wash is so great, as the Lemon essential oil removes petrochemicals and toxins, which is extremely important for everyone, but especially for kids and pregnant women. So tah-dah! Our family needed this big time. Kids? Check. Pregnancy? Check. After spraying our fruits and veggies, I leave them to rest for about five minutes before rinsing and eating or storing. But typically I eat more than I store. And speaking of eating, now I'm hungry. A big salad with a side of pizza is calling my name. Or maybe a big pizza with a side of salad. Don't judge.


another one bites the dust

Here we go again. Again. Here we go ripping apart another room in our home. Here we go doing something over again, for the second time. It is a trend that we just can't seem to shake. We refinished our bathroom in 2007 and again in 2014. We redid our kitchen (partially) in 2007, then again in 2015. And here we are, redoing our "office" for the second time. The first time we knocked out a wall, installed windows, and painted everything white, white, white. But we knew what we were doing was "just getting by." Although the white paint helped (white helps everything in my opinion) you just can't hide dark, cheap paneling forever. Dan will be tearing down our current walls, replacing studs as needed, switching out some electrical, and putting up new drywall. The ceiling in the office is the only room that is "textured" and it reminds me of popcorn ceiling and gives me the chills every time I look up. So we'll be fixing that too. And finally, the doors. Well, we currently have no doors. This is such an odd little room because we use it more as a hallway (to get from bedrooms/bath to the kitchen) than anything else . But, we're going to try and make it more functional and Dan will be installing pocket doors for easy sliding and hiding. Pop in a new closet door and install a new light fixture and we'll be in business.
And why in the world are we doing all of this, you may ask? Babies. They get everything, don't they? Our plan is to have this be the new babe's bedroom. Or, if we don't like that idea, it will be a nicer home office for Dan (who currently shares an office with Sherman ... in the sun room) and the kiddos will share a room. Or maybe it'll be our new bedroom. Time will tell. But either way, we are excited for another project. The funny thing? I swore when we bought this little old house in 2007 that we'd be moving out by 2010. Or definitely by the time we had our first baby. But here we are in 2015 ... trying to figure out where the heck we're going to put all of these cribs. This little home of ours has certainly come a long way. And so have we. Let the fun begin!


cookies for breakfast

This pregnancy insomnia stuff is no joke. I don't remember having it with Porter, but with this babe? With this one, I typically go to bed around 10:30pm and wake up somewhere between 3-4am. Every single morning. Sometimes I eventually go back to sleep. Sometimes I just lay there. And sometimes I bake. Pregnancy you guys. It is weird. Oh but let's back up a little. I realize that I already lied to you and it's not even 7am yet. Sorry. I didn't bake. I mixed three ingredients in a bowl and smooshed it in a pan. Yay me! "No-bake baking" is my kind of baking. In case you wake up at 3am too ... or in case you hate cooking and baking as much as I do ... or in case you like eating cookies for breakfast (ding ding ding) ... I'll go ahead and share the recipe. Am I even allowed to call this a "recipe?"

No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Squares
3 cups oats
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey

Line a 9x9 pan with foil and lightly grease.
Melt the peanut butter and honey together until smooth.
Combine mixture with oats.
Press into foiled, greased pan.
Place in refrigerator until set.
Cut into squares and enjoy!


a sunday prayer

Dear God,

Thank you for this gorgeous day and for our amazing family and friends and for yummy watermelon. Thank you for always, always taking care of us and for reminding me daily of all the gifts you have given our little family. We are so thankful. And God, just one more quick thing, it's just an itsy bitsy favor. If you could please keep those scrumptious baby leg rolls around for as long as possible, I would really, really appreciate it. Not too long, of course, but maybe just until he goes to preschool? Or kindergarten? Or maybe college?