6.24.2015

easy peasy pancakes

Easy Peasy Pancakes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted

In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter, mix until smooth. Heat and eat and enjoy!
I made pancakes from scratch for Father's Day. GASP. I know it. From scratch. Dan taught me how to several months ago and because I'm on breakfast duty every day for Porter, I try my very best to whip up yummy food for my growing boy. Some mornings it's toast or oatmeal. But other mornings I surprise myself by making these delicious pancakes or french toast, both which are always accompanied by scrambled eggs. You really can't screw up scrambled eggs. God bless you, eggs. So try these pancakes sometime, because they are deliciously fluffy and perfectly salty and sweet at the same time. And if I can make them, it's a proven fact ... you can make them too.

6.21.2015

when daddy comes home

When daddy comes home from working

"Squirmy Shermie" comes out in full force. Squirmy Shermie is a nickname we have for Sherman when he gets super excited. If we know Squirmy Shermie is coming, I typically run around the house and make sure there are no water glasses left out on the tables. And Porter just ducks. I'm not kidding. The poor kid knows to "stop, drop and duck"when Squirmy Shermie is here. That tail, you guys. That tail is lethal.

And Porter (who is typically pantless by this time of day, because I refuse to go through more than seven pairs of shorts in one day) runs up to Dan and gives him a big bear hug. He hangs on tiiiiight while saying "dada dada dada." And then he typically drags him over to his train set to play or into our bedroom, where he knows he can get an even better hug out of daddy. And maybe even a quick game of wraaastle.

And me? What do I do when daddy gets home? I look up to the ceiling and thank God that I made it through another day alone with the boys. And I thank God that Dan is willing to cook dinner every evening. And I just thank God for Dan.

And we all live happily ever after. 

Cheers to the weekend! 
And a very happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there.
Especially you, Dan the Man. You are truly one of a kind and we are the luckiest to get to do this life thing with you. We love you more than you will ever know. Muuuuah.

6.16.2015

essential oils // getting organized

Ahhh. My two favorite topics combined in one post.
I am in heaven right now you guys.
Oils and organization? Yes please!

I definitely think organization can help when it comes to oils. After getting your hands on a starter kit, you will have 11 pretty little bottles of powerful essential oils + one diffuser. So what in the world do you do with them? Technically, the 11 oils and diffuser are all you need to get started. One thing I love about the Young Living premium starter kit is that this particular starter kit sets you up for your essential oil journey. No need to buy 90 more oils or additional diffusers or anything else. This kit alone will allow you to get started with essential oils.

However, if you do have a couple of pennies to spare, I always recommend a few additional items to help with learning about and using essential oils. First, resources. I already mentioned here, but two items that I just don't think I could live without are my Ref Guide For Essential Oils app and my Gentle Babies book. These are two amazing resources that I purchased immediately after getting my starter kit and I am so glad that I did.

Also, if you plan to make your own concoctions (medicines, cleaning supplies, beauty products, etc.) using your essential oils, I would recommend purchasing some glass bottles and jars to store your precious (cheap) concoctions. Using glass for essential oil storage is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. Although diluted oils are usually okay in plastic for a short amount of time, undiluted essential oils should never be stored in plastic containers, as some properties in many essential oils will break down the plastic, which can destroy the oil and often cause leakage. Furthermore, dark amber glass helps protect the contents from potentially damaging UV light. Plus, they're pretty!

I use the following four types of glass bottles to make all of our essential oil recipes, from multi-surface cleaners, to disinfecting sprays, to diaper rash cream and teething relief for Porter. I will continue to post essential oil recipes that have helped our family over on my oils page, and nearly all of these recipes use oils that are already included in your starter kit. Amazing.
1. Large spray bottles, 16 oz (Amazon)
2. Small spray bottles, 2 oz (Amazon)
3. Roller bottles, 10 ml (Amazon)
4. Beauty jars, 2 oz (Amazon)

So .... what in the world do you put in these glass bottles? Well, oils of course. But typically only a few drops (a little goes a long way with oils!). Depending on the recipe, you might choose to have some additional items ready to go. The following items are the only items I buy in order to make ALL of our essential oil recipes. I buy nothing else, nada! Plus, baking soda and distilled water and vinegar and alcohol cost like 50 cents total. So the only thing I spend my money on is a carrier oil (we use coconut oil) for topical application to the skin. And the coconut oil lasts forever. I use raw coconut oil for my beauty jar recipes and fractionated (liquid) coconut oil for my roller bottle recipes, as raw coconut oil wouldn't be able to get through those silly roller bottles. Easy peasy!
1. Distilled water (Target)
2. Distilled vinegar (Target)
3. Rubbing alcohol (Target)
4. Witch hazel (Target or Amazon)
5. Raw coconut oil (Target or Amazon)
6. Fractionated coconut oil (Amazon)
7. Baking Soda (Target)

And finally, if you are OCD cool like me and want to really get organized, consider finding or purchasing something to store your essential oils in. They like being together and love having a place to call home.
I just went with a cheap wooden spice rack I found on sale at Target. I keep all of our little bottles here and store them on a shelf in our kitchen, next to some of our homemade essential oil concoctions. Of course some people prefer to hide their oils in a cabinet or drawer. But I've found that if I keep them out in the open, I tend to actually use them when I need them, and it just makes life easier. Kind of like keeping food out on my kitchen counters. Opening a door when you need something fast is just too dang hard.

After all of this organization talk, I think I'll go color-coordinate my sock drawer.
Really, I am totally normal.
I'll just keep reminding you of this.

6.11.2015

a safe spot

I know what you're thinking. You are thinking that it is extremely unsafe and irresponsible to have a 20 month old sitting on top of a high kitchen counter. But I assure you, it's safe. And with the current construction and painting and flooding going on in our home right now, this might just be the safest spot for him. As long as I keep that little bowl of watermelon filled up to the tip top ... this kid ain't goin' nowhere.

But I did have eight pillows on the floor and I set my phone to self-timer so I could be just a few steps closer to him. You know, juuuust in case.

6.10.2015

get ready hose

A couple of evenings ago, I was in the kitchen doing something extremely productive. No, I wasn't cooking. But I was probably cleaning or making a grocery list or pondering the meaning of life. Or maybe I was looking at Instagram. Tomayto Tomahto. So I was in the kitchen and the boys were outside. And suddenly I heard the sweetest little giggles come from the front yard. And then those sweet little giggles turned into snort-filled laughter. And the snort-laughing eventually turned into happy shrieks and screams. I grabbed my camera and headed out to see what in the world daddy was up to. Only dads can make little boys laugh like that. :) And this is what I saw ...
It was finally hot enough and Porter was finally old enough to experience his very first
"get good and soaked by the water hose and laugh until you pee" good ole time.
And with a smile like that?
No doubt that ole hose will have a very busy summer.