Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lately.

“Any moment called now is always full of possibles.” 
― China MiévilleKraken














Lately.

Rain visits us during the day. Nights are cooler and the sun shines perfectly. 
We spend our time out on the porch.- Our daughter blowing bubbles and splashing away in her pool.
My husband grills and I kick my feet up and enjoy these moments with my family. 

Lately.

Nature is absolutely beautiful. Rainbows appear after the rain and fields of flowers blow gently in the wind. Normally you can go on long drives and see nothing but sunflowers lining the side of the roads. -It's beautiful. 

Lately.

I'm nearing the end of this pregnancy.- 38 weeks next week.  I'm nesting, adjusting and experiencing sleepless nights.  I've been experiencing contractions. Lots of contractions.  I usually sit them out, swaying my hips while sitting on my exercise ball. This is the time that our daughter prepares a special meal (play food) and feeds me. Mama needs all the energy she can get! She's very thoughtful.  We have spent our time going over reading lessons with our daughter. She's making such great progress. -We're so proud at how quickly she is learning.  We take trips to our local library. -Children singing and dancing.-It feels my heart with such joy. Our daughter enjoys picking out a few books of her own. -It makes her feel all grown up. 

Lately. 

Life has treated us well. I'm thankful for each new day. 
I'm ready for all new things and endless possibilities.  :)

Thank you for coming along on my blogging journey.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Little colorful box monster. (A Diy craft for little hands)



This hands-on craft is so much fun! At times it can get a little messy, but it's tons of fun. My daughter absolutely enjoyed this fun craft. We named it- Little colorful box monster. It's colorful and designed by my daughter. 

For this craft you will need:

-An empty box. -We used a tissue box. 
-Craft/construction paper
-Scissors
-Paint
-Glue stick 
-and of course anything you would like you add to your little monster.
-stamps, stickers, beads-etc.

Since we used a tissue box we can easily insert items into the monsters mouth.
-Mail, battery operated candle, candy and  more! 

Get creative when designing your monster box. Cover your box with craft paper. We chose white paper. This made it easy for my daughter to paint and create her own look for it. We added some teeth and a few sparkly stick-ons. I promise your kids will enjoy this craft! :)






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Hello and welcome new readers! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY- Simple cute on the go snack container

DIY- Simple cute on the go snack container


When on the go we like to pack a few snacks away. 
They sure come in handy with our daughter if we're out for too long. 
I decided to make a simple cute snack container.  For this I am reused an empty Nesquick chocolate milk container. 


For this Diy project you will need:
-Scissors
-Craft paper
-Glue
-washi tape (optional)


1. Start off with lining up your craft paper onto the container. Once lined up, glue craft paper onto container. 

2. Once step 1 is finished, you can apply some washi tape to the bottom of your container. I did this just to add a little more design to our container.

-Now  fill  your container with a few snacks! 



You're all done! Enjoy your simple on the go snack container!  It sure does come in handy and we were able to reuse this container instead of throwing it out. :)

-Stephanie

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Products (Currently using and packing away for my hospital stay)

Truth is..I over packed for my first pregnancy! My stay was short and we packed like we were staying for quite some time. I'm more prepared this time around. Packing less for mommy and baby. These products are a few products I'll pack in my personal bag. Not all products are pictured below. These are just a few. 



1. Clean and Clear- Morning burst facial scrub. I absolutely love how refreshing this scrub is. Its light citrus smell will for sure refresh you in the morning. I'm sure this will come in handy for my hospital stay. It's actually a tiny bottle I picked up from Target.

2.Nivea Smooth Sensation. This lotion is light weight and has a nice soft clean scent. My skin tends to dry out. I can use all the moisture I can get.  

3. Softsoap body wash. This time I'm packing smaller bottles of each product. It helps to not take up so much room.

4. Body Oil. I currently use this right after my shower. Just a few drops and your skin is left feeling silky and soft. I'll probably pack this away for my stay at the hospital. 

5. Bareminerals.  I don't wear much makeup. But I do want to feel and look refreshed. Especially for my hospital pictures. This power foundation is very light weight and goes on very smooth.

6. Covergirl blush. I'll probably toss this in my bag. Just a gentle light sweep across my cheekbones and I'll be on my way.

7. Benefit. On my birthday last year, I actually received this from Sephora as a gift along with mascara. It's a soft focus highlighter for your face. You can apply above cheekbones, or the arch of your brow. Adds a simple glow and looks wonderful. I always carry this around with me.


8. Deep conditioning protein pack. It's a great leave in conditioner and my hair could use a little tlc from time to time. 
  
9. Blistex Lip Vibrance. I was looking for a product for my lips. I threw this one in our cart and hadn't realized that it had color tint. I love it. It provides a light shade of color along with SPF 15. 


10. My simple to-go bag. I picked this up sometime last year. I'm sure it was purchased at the Target dollar aisle. It's light, simple and fits most of my products inside. 


11. e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator.  I carry this around with me at all times. It's so gentle on your lips as it exfoliates the chapped skin away. I love how it leaves my lips feeling soft and looking great.

A little update: I took a short break from blogging. I needed time to think and rid myself from technology for a  few. I'm currently 35 weeks along in this pregnancy. Experiencing braxton hicks contractions daily. I totally hate this heartburn that I'm experiencing day and night. Baby's head is down and I'm one uncomfortable mama! I  try reminding myself that pregnancy is beautiful and that soon I'll be holding our newest addition to our family. Life is a blessing. :) 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Warm Sunny days. (Summer happenings)


“Every summer there are a number of nights, not many, but a number, when everything is perfect. The light, the warmth, the smells, the mist, the birdsong – the moths. Who can sleep? Who wants to?” 
― Fredrik SjöbergThe Fly Trap: A Book about Summer, Islands and the Freedom of Limits












Summer happenings

*Time in my garden. I've had so many visitors in my garden these past few days. The rain has brought moisture and new life. Bumblebees, baby birds, butterflies, caterpillars and hummingbirds.-They all stop by for a brief hello and go on their way. 

*Arranging flowers. - My daughter has been making her very own flower arrangements from the garden. We snip a few flowers together. She's always prepared, wearing her tiny little garden gloves. Soon after, she arranges her flowers.-Just the way she wants it. It's beautiful and I'm glad she enjoys her arrangement. 

*The weather is warm. - We still have days that the rain comes to visit. On the warm days, I brew tea and place it on the kitchen window. Normally I place it out back on the porch. -The weather is perfect for it! 

*Bubbles. - We can't get enough of bubbles. We've been sitting out back in the evenings blowing bubbles with our daughter. We really enjoy this time with her.

*Grilling and Baking. - We have been grilling out back most of this summer. Preparing different dishes. Lately I've really enjoyed our grilled bacon wrapped asparagus. It's so delicious. Our daughter thought for a while that she was eating green beans. - She soon found out what it really was and she loves it! I haven't baked much lately. But recently I made a simple cake with sprinkles on top. It's an evening dessert that we seem to enjoy. :)

*Pregnancy- Recently at my doctor visit-baby's head is now facing down. I'm experiencing a lot more pressure than I did with my daughter. I'm Currently 34 weeks and just recently had our first appointment with our doula. She was able to provide some valuable information. I've been working on a few different breathing techniques and stretches. I recently finished reading Doulas, written by Susan Ross. If you're ever considering having a doula during labor and delivery, definitely a good read. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful summer. A warm hello and welcome to my new readers. I appreciate all of my readers for coming along and sharing my blogging journey with me. :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Bug Sheet [exploring nature/entomology] Free printable

Encouraging young ones to explore entomology- (scientific study of insects
Teaching them to make observations that they discover in nature. 
I hope that you and your young ones will enjoy this free printable I've provided. 
Below you will find a link to the pdf file. 



Enjoy and go out and discover nature! 
I'd love to hear about which insects you come across.



Pdf download for bug sheet Click here  [Courtesy of my husband]  :)

-Stephanie 


Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer days [Home] snapshots









*Puzzles
*Melty Beads
*A new cold coffee brew system
*Rain, rain and more rain


It's been raining a lot! We actually had two days that the rain came falling down the entire day. It was dark and gloomy out. A few days before, we took a little trip out to Target. We picked up some puzzles and melty beads. -Their dollar aisle is amazing! We actually ended up throwing in a small simple kite. 

At home, we have enjoyed putting together puzzles. Our daughter absolutely loves working on puzzles. Her face lights up and she's so proud when she puts her puzzles together all by herself. Of course we're proud of her too. 

 I also came across some melty beads. Oh what a fun little project to get your hands on. On a rainy evening we worked on our melty beads. It took some time and with the left over beads our daughter will create one of her own. She was such a great helper. After we were all done, we took them and added some magnetic tape on the back and added them to the fridge.   

Recently we bought a new cold brew coffee system. We were out enjoying our time at the Starbucks cafe when my husband noticed it sitting on their shelf. He's a bit of a coffee lover. He enjoys roasting beans, grinding them and what not. I'll sip a cup and enjoy with him. He's actually been drinking decaf since that's what I prefer to drink during pregnancy.  I absolutely love this cold brew system. It's simple and you could also brew teas. 

I enjoy our time at home. On these warm, rainy summer days I cherish these simple moments I spend with my family. Home is where we come together, share our love and make lasting memories. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful week. Enjoy your weekend with your family and cherish the simple moments! 

-Stephanie