4:12 am: I feel Juniper squirming next to me (we bedshare). I pull her close and realize she’s soaked through her wool diaper cover. Craig wakes up and starts to change her diaper, while I nurse her to keep her calm and quiet. #coparenting. Once her diaper is changed, we’re all back asleep in a flash.
If you and I were to go on a coffee date, I’d definitely have to order an iced something, because holy cow, it is HOT here. Like, middle-of-August kind of hot. Can we please sit inside in the sweet, glorious air conditioning? I mean, I love the outdoors as much as the next gal, but it’s so hot the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs (well, not really—that’d be kinda awesome though and really convenient).
Because I already brought it up, you’d probably ask me about the chickens. And I’d start gushing about my feathered friends. Oh gosh, do I love them, so! We had them literally cooped up in their house for the past three weeks to help teach them where home is, but this past week, we’ve been letting them free range, and let me tell you, everything feels right in the world with a whole flock of chickens running around at your feet.
Last weekend, my sister, my parents, and I held a two-day yard sale. It was a ton of work getting ready for it, but, in the end, it was totally worth all the sorting, pricing, and organizing, because we collectively made $1549 over the course of 10 hours (on two different days). We had almost nothing left at the end of the sale, and we all managed to clear a whole bunch of junk out of our houses. It was a raging success!
I lost count of how many people came up to us at the yard sale and told us it was one of the best yard sales they’d ever been to. People were raving over our signs, our organization, and our items. We worked SO hard to make sure everything went smoothly, and since it did, I thought I’d pass along some of our wisdom.
Oh, hello, my dear friend! If you and I were able to get together today for a coffee date, I’d gush over how beautifully radiant you look. You are such a stunner! Ow, ow! Tell me your secret? Did you find some new, awesome skin care line? Or are you just that beautiful?
Then, I’d tell you how glad I am that we could finally get together for another coffee date. Is Spring always as crazy for you as it is for me? It’s pretty much non-stop go, go, go from March through June around here. But I’m definitely not complaining, because it is all super, dooper fun stuff! And as exhausting as Spring is around here, I will never complain about sunshine, warm breezes, and skirt (without tights) weather returning. Spring is my jam.
Anyway, I’m glad we could both find some time to sit down together. Do you have any fun stuff going on over the next few weeks?
6:47 am: Juniper stirs next to me (we bedshare), and I turn over, pull her close, and she nurses. Sometimes she falls back asleep, not this time, though. After a few minutes of nursing, her eyes flutter open, she smiles, and starts speaking her adorable baby language.
6:58 am: She’s done nursing, and is up and ready to go. She’s crawling all the around the bed. Climbing on us, the pillows, the headboard, basically anything she can get her hands on. Craig wakes up, and we all relax in bed a bit longer. We chat about a few things, and try to keep the baby girl from crawling off the edge of the bed.
I know this post is about two weeks (okay, maybe a little more) late, but I’m finally ready to talk about what I want in 2015, so it’s right on schedule for me. You’ve probably seen it going around on social media. People picking one single word to help them shape and define their new year. One little word that helps provide them direction in every decision they make in 2015.
I had absolutely no intention of doing this.
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I’ve led a charmed life. Never once, have I wondered where my next meal would come from. Having those kinds of blessings can sometimes make it hard to remember that not everyone has the same privilege. Daily, I purposely try to turn my focus to compassion and empathy. It’s not always easy to be empathetic to the person who cuts me off while I’m running late for an appointment, but if I can remember in those moments that everyone I meet is fighting their own battle, I’m being the person I want to be for myself, my family, and my friends. And, most importantly, being the kind of example I want to be for my daughter.
Happy Black Friday, everyone! I hope you all had an absolutely spectacular Thanksgiving, and if you chose to brave the stores this morning, I hope you were able to get exactly what you wanted without too much hassle. You couldn’t get me to go Black Friday shopping is they were literally paying you to take TVs, so I’m happily at home this morning enjoying some down time with the family.
Since we are now officially into the holiday shopping season, I figured it was time for me to show off some of my picks for the best gifts for healthy cooks. These are some of my absolute favorite kitchen tools I own, and I can recommend each and every one of them!